https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Leopards.jpg Source:Dailynews The WNPS Monthly Lecture titled ‘Leopards of Wilpattu National Park- Insights into a stronghold population of the island’s only Big Cat’ will be delivered by Dinal Samarasinghe via Zoom and FB Live on Thursday, November 19. Those interested are welcome to Sign up online. https://forms.gle/NnFQEEod7hE14kvh9 The Sri Lankan Leopard is one of eight subspecies of Leopards in the world, and it is endemic to the island. This large felid is the island’s only apex predator and is categorized as an endangered subspecies by the IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature) primarily due to losing ~37% of its native habitat. The lecture will provide key insights about the population of Leopards in Wilpattu National Park based on a study conducted in 2018, and discuss future conservation implications. In addition, it will also provide a synopsis about the leopard, its global status, biology, and its importance in the ecosystem. Over the last 10 years Dinal Samarasinghe ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/98580/eight_col_48713294_l.jpg?1584927472 A ministry hamstrung during the Covid lockdown by its lack of up-to-date laptops has spent almost $5 million buying new ones and the means to run them. Photo: 123RF The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment struggled in April with thousands of workers unable to work properly from home. It identified the lack of secure computer access as a “very high risk”. It has since spent $4.7m on 1000 laptops and equipment, licences and support services. This is on top of a $12.5m digital overhaul the ministry was halfway through when the pandemic hit. Although the ministry admitted at the time of the alert level 4 lockdown that its computer system was “insufficient”, deputy chief executive of corporate, governance and Information Richard Griffiths, said its IT staff were not caught flat-footed. That was despite 3800 of its 5500 staff only having access to old Windows 7 systems that would ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/112578/eight_col_147654817_l.jpg?1604801546 A Joe Biden presidency is good news for New Zealand and the world, an expert in trade and diplomacy says. File image. Photo: 123RF Former trade negotiator, diplomat and director of the New Zealand-United States Council, Stephen Jacobi, said a Biden win should usher in better days for United States too. “We should see, hopefully under a Biden presidency, greater engagement with the world and more involvement in multilateral institutions, like the UN, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the World Trade Organisation,” Jacobi, now the executive director of the New Zealand International Business Forum, said. “I think we’ll see an end to the unpredictability, a return to more rational policy making – all of this I think is going to be much better from a New Zealand point of view.” There may be some instability over the next few months during the handover period, which might mean ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/247957/eight_col_049_f0321402.jpg?1604791688 Two Defence Force staff are at the centre of latest community outbreak of Covid-19 in New Zealand, with one travelling from Auckland to Wellington after getting infected. Photo: 123rf.com There was one new case of community transmission reported today – a close contact of the Auckland quarantine worker first reported by the Ministry on Friday. There were also five new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation in New Zealand today. It has been confirmed today that the two community cases revealed in the past few days are Defence Force staff, one civilian and one military, and that Defence House, where 1300 personnel work, has been closed for a deep clean. Vice Chief of Defence Force Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Tony Davies said the first positive case – announced by the Health Ministry (MoH) on Friday – is a serviceperson who has been working in the quarantine facility in Auckland. “The ...

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