https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/South-African-cricket.jpg Source:Island Every time Sri Lankan teams go to South Africa, they ask the locals one question. ‘What happened to Marchant de Langa?’ The six foot seven inch tall quick, made his Test debut against the Sri Lankans in Durban in 2011. He took seven wickets in the first innings and his victims included Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews, and Tilan Samaraweera et al. Yet, after that, he was hardly heard of. So what actually happened to de Langa? Well, he turned ‘Kolpak’ preferring County Cricket in England instead of Test cricket for his country. Isn’t that absurd? One may wonder. The ultimate joy for any player is to represent your country. That too, after you had proven yourself in Test cricket, why do you want to return to First Class cricket? Well, the reason being, white South African cricketers get a raw deal in their country and they are seeking ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/68299/eight_col_TEACHER-GENERIC13.jpg?1540530883 The Auditor-General is warning that hundreds-of-millions of dollars of school income is at risk because of the pandemic and schools must budget carefully to avoid financial problems. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller In his report on this year’s audits of schools’ 2019 finances, John Ryan, said some high-decile schools were more reliant than others on foreign students and fundraising than other schools. “We reported last year on the risks of relying heavily on revenue from international students. Those concerns have been realised in 2020 with the closure of New Zealand’s borders,” the report said. “For most schools with international students, the revenue from those students was equivalent to less than 10 percent of the school’s total expenditure (excluding teachers’ salaries and notional rents, which are funded directly by the Ministry).” “However, we identified that for 2019 the revenue for 42 schools was equivalent to more than 20 percent of ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/114065/eight_col_147687262_l.jpg?1606726253 Global consumer goods company Unilever will use its New Zealand staff to trial a four-day working week, at full pay. Photo: 123RF The trial is open to all 81 staff and if successful, could have implications for the company’s 150,000 employees around the world. Unilever New Zealand managing director Nick Bangs said the goal is to measure performance on output, rather than time. “Unilever New Zealand’s strong growth trajectory as a business makes this the perfect time in our life cycle to drive something new and ambitious. “Maintaining competitive edge, increasing productivity and improving well-being sit at the heart of the four-day work week,” Bangs said. The company said momentum for a four day week was growing in the wake of the Covid-19 upheaval of standard working practices. It will train some staff in a new project management method which breaks work into short phases with frequent reassessment. Bangs ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Today’s initial agreement between DHBs and the PSA on pay equity for clerical and administration staff is an important step toward better, fairer pay for this crucial and largely female workforce, Health Minister Andrew Little says. If ratified, the agreement between the Public Service Association and the country’s 20 District Health Boards provides for an immediate pay lift of up to $2500 per annum for thousands of women and some men working in the sector. Detailed work in coming months will result in further pay increases for many. “The Labour Government is actively committed to advancing pay equity – better and fairer pay for workforces largely made up of women,” Andrew Little says. “The DHB clerical and administration workforce makes an important contribution to provision of health services to New Zealanders. It’s unacceptable their work has been undervalued for so long simply because it was predominantly performed by women. ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Obituary.jpg WIJESINGHE – Annette (nee Davy), wife of late Willie, mother of Zeena, Tania, Jessica and Roshan, mother-in-law of Mazahir, late Chithranjan and Paul, grandmother of Nishad, Nisham, Sheikan, Charishka, Tarnisha, Damian, Amanda, Denver and Jason. Sister of Gertrude, late Patrick, late Felix and late Andrew, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News, 2.11.2020) CHRISTY-  Daisy, wife of late Thomas Samuel Christy, mother of Choisy, Mabel, Irene, Glorida, Princess, Joy and Pastor Samson, mother-in-law of Nimal, Tom, Lloyd, Fareed and Helena, grandmother of Janelle, Joel and Jael, in Sri Lanka. – 27/2, Sunethradevi Road, Kohuwala, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 2.11.2020)   GARTH – Rev.Fr Gerard Maxwell Linden, OFM, son of Dorothy (Can) and late Wilfred John Garth, brother of Aubrey (Joe), Michael, Noel, Anne and Trevine (all of Can), late Conrad, Ivor, Monica and Ralston, brother-in-law of Drehan nee Ousmund), Vihitha (nee Fonseka), Aubrey Atton and Tamara (nee Ferdinands) (all of Can), ...

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10 Fun Facts About Downy Woodpeckers [ NetHugs Newsletter for November 28th, 2020 ] [ From the Archives ]     Please Like NetHugs on Facebook [ Popular Right Now ]   * If you got this email from a friend and would like to join our FREE newsletter, CLICK HERE. The post 10 Fun Facts About Downy Woodpeckers appeared first on eLanka. Source link ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/83203/eight_col_074A1221.jpg?1562549775 Recent government statistics bore out fears over Wairarapa’s economy expressed in a recent district council survey. Work and Income offices Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King People in Masterton, Carterton, and South Wairarapa said their biggest worries were a Covid-19 resurgence and the long-term economic impacts of this year’s lockdown. The predictable results were in a report to the Wairarapa Joint Recovery Committee, for its cancelled meeting today. A total of 249 Wairarapa folk responded to the questionnaire, which closed on 2 November. Almost a quarter [24 percent] said their biggest fear was a return of widespread community transmission of the coronavirus. Another 22 percent said worries over jobs was their primary concern. The latest data from the Ministry of Social Development [MSD] shows the fears over long term employment may be realised. Carterton, Masterton, and South Wairarapa had an increase in Job Seeker Allowance numbers in the six months ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/218240/eight_col_qantas.jpg?1576376055 Qantas is outsourcing more than 2000 ground staff roles across 10 airports in a bid to lower costs as it faces a financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic. Qantas has now cut about 8500 jobs, out of a pre-Covid workforce of 29,000. Photo: AFP Baggage handlers, ramp workers and cabin cleaners at airports including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, Cairns, Townsville, Alice Springs and Canberra will lose their jobs. The move to outsource about 2500 jobs was first revealed in August. The outsourcing cuts come on top of 6000 already announced redundancies across Qantas’ workforce, revealed in June. Qantas has now cut about 8500 jobs, out of a pre-Covid workforce of 29,000, due to international travel bans and state border closures. Jetstar had already outsourced ground handling roles, costing about 370 jobs. That left more than 2000 baggage handlers and cabin cleaners fighting to keep their jobs. Earlier ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The Government is delivering on a key commitment by introducing a Bill to Parliament to expand sick leave entitlements from five days to ten days a year, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. “COVID-19 has shown how important it is to stay at home when people are sick. The Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill will mean more workers can stay at home if they’re sick, and more sick leave will help support working parents. “The Bill also keeps the current maximum entitlement of any unused sick leave at 20 days annually, which will help make it easier for businesses to implement. “We know businesses benefit too when their staff stay at home when they’re sick – it means bugs don’t spread, leading to fewer absences and increased productivity. Respondents to the 2015 American Working Conditions Survey who reported working while sick estimated that this reduced ...

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