Source:Dailynews Former Prince of Wales College (PWC) cricketer, Ajith Mendis passed away after a brief illness. He represented Cambrians from 1969 to ‘71 and combined schools cricket team and toured India in 1971. Later, he represented Sri Lanka Air Force in Sara Trophy Cricket Tournament that same year. Funeral arrangements will be notified later. Source link ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/112427/eight_col_hotel3.png?1604558046 Auckland’s DHBs have acknowledged hotels are not ideal healthcare venues in a report into how a nurse caught Covid at the city’s quarantine facility. The nurse was infected at the Jet Park Hotel while she was treating a patient. Photo: Google Maps The Nurses Organisation, the National Party and some epidemiologists are calling for a review into the hotels, saying they may not be the best place for people to be quarantined. A nurse was infected at Auckland’s Jet Park in September, and two healthcare workers have tested positive at the Sudima in Christchurch this week. A summary of a review into the Jet Park case by Counties Manukau DHB chief executive Fepulea’i Margie Apa has found the nurse was infected when she went to help a patient who had become very unwell. She stayed in full PPE but the patient removed their mask for treatment and the nurse ...

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Source:Ceylontoday An organisation named CSC Nation Lanka sparked controversy in social media recently afterphotos posted by its chairman on Facebook showed how he facilitated childless couples to adopt new born children. The chairman, Manjula Ukwatte in a massive social media campaign claimed on the organisation’s Facebook page that he shelters helpless pregnant women until they deliver their babies and later put those babies up for adoption.  Many raised their eyebrows at the nature of his conduct because according to law, only a District Court can give children up for adoption. That too, happens after a thorough screening process involving several State institutions. Some even alleged that Ukwatte is carrying out an illegal baby farm under the guise of charity work. However, Ukwatte did not give a fair response to the criticism. When social media users questioned his conduct and asked how an individual could put children up for adoption without ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/83657/eight_col_BNZ-Bank_002.jpg?1563159124 The BNZ’s profit has been knocked sharply lower by the effects of Covid-19 pandemic, but it’s confident the worst is behind it. Photo: RNZ / DOM THOMAS The bank, owned by Australia’s NAB, reported a net profit for year ended September of $762-million compared with last year’s $1.02 billion, as its margins were squeezed by low interest rates, rising costs, and it set aside $300m for bad and doubtful debts nearly three times the level of the year before. Chief executive Angie Mentis said the bank and the economy had come through the pandemic in better shape than might have been thought. “When we look at our customer base we helped about 30,000 with Covid support worth about $10bn and about 70 percent of those are now returning to pre-covid, and we’re really pleased that our customers are showing strength.” She was confident that the level of bad and ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Alston-Koch.jpg Source:Island Singer Alston Koch, who is still holed up in Melbourne, Australia, due to the coronavirus pandemic, was a guest at the recently held Excelencia Educativa, which took place in Ecuador, on October 15th, 16th and 17th. However, he was not physically present, in Ecuador, as overseas travel is prohibited the world over. And, in Victoria, where Alston and his family now reside, the 25-kilometre travel zone and the “ring of steel” around regional Victoria, are still in force. The ‘Disco Lady’ hitmaker appeared, via Zoom video, at this educational event. The rest of the participants, at this event, also did their thing (speeches), using the same format. Unfortunately, although I checked out the video, on YouTube, I couldn’t understand a word that was said as it was all in Spanish (I believe), with only Alston doing his bit in English. He had this to say, on video: “Hi! ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/112416/eight_col_033_6376223_5fa2852f85dff.jpg?1604552560 The United States set a one-day record for new coronavirus cases on Wednesday with at least 102,591 new infections and as hospitals in several states reported a rising tide of patients, according to a Reuters tally. A man wearing a face mask registers for the voting at a pooling station during the Presidential election, in New York. Photo: AFP Nine states reported record one-day increases in cases on Wednesday: Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Washington and Wisconsin. The pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of American life, including a record number of voters mailing in their ballots in Tuesday’s presidential election, the outcome of which has yet to be decided. In addition to rising cases, hospitalisations on Tuesday topped 50,000 for the first time in three months. North Dakota reported only six free intensive care unit beds in the entire state on Wednesday, when it was ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/83269/eight_col_fries.jpg?1474882597 A dispute over the humble potato has reached boiling point over claims European frozen fries are being dumped in New Zealand. Photo: 123rf Potatoes New Zealand is worried the local industry will turn to mash because of surplus fries being imported from the Netherlands and Belgium. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is now investigating – but it could take up to six months. Global demand for frozen fries has plummeted because of Covid-19 lockdowns leaving a mountain of product sitting in European cool stores. Potatoes New Zealand said trade data showed exports of frozen potato products from the EU to New Zealand jumped by 50 percent in June – putting the $1 billion-a-year potato industry here at threat. Chief executive Chris Claridge was relieved MBIE was looking into it. “This now formalises the government’s involvement and ensures that the evidence we’ve put in front of the ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/over-100-whales-beached-at-panad.jpg Source:Dailymirror More than 100 whales have beached along the Panadura coast today, Panadura police confirmed. An operation has been launched by the Sri Lanka Police and the Sri Lanka Coast Guard to safely guide these whales back to sea. A similar phenomenon of this nature was witnessed in Sampur several years ago.   Source link ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/246558/eight_col_049_f0311077.jpg?1603495955 A Covid-19 wastewater testing pilot’s being rolled out around the country as a safety net for catching the virus in the community. The eight-week ESR pilot will see sewage sampled at managed isolation and quarantine facilities as well as in communities that do not have MIQ hotels – including Gisborne, Dunedin, Queenstown, Taupō and Whangārei. People with Covid-19 can excrete the virus for weeks, so a positive wastewater test would mean health authorities could target testing in a community to contain the spread. “When the work first started there were dreams that you’d be able to look at the sewage and say, ‘this relates to five people or 500, or a few people’,” ESR’s Dr Brent Gilpin told Checkpoint. “I think as we’re realising, people can shed the virus anywhere from just a few hundred per ml of whatever you’re looking at, through to potentially trillions of viruses. “What you can ...

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