https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/106531/eight_col_000_Hkg7763034.jpg?1596132021 New Zealand officials will be arriving in the Cook Islands today as part of ongoing work to investigate a possible travel bubble. Covid testing capacity and border defences will be scrutinised over the next few days. Photo: AFP While reluctant to put a time frame on it, this week Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a bubble could be in place a couple of weeks after officials have given the green light. The Cook Islands has had no reported cases of Covid-19 and is anxious for tourism to restart. Minister in charge of Covid-19 Response Chris Hipkins said officials would be in the Cook Islands for about a week. “They will be looking at what the testing capabilities are in the Cook Islands in the event they need to do testing there and they will look at the border defences.” Hipkins said there would also be a focus on the ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/112918/eight_col_cytonn-photography-n95VMLxqM2I-unsplash.jpg?1605238054 It’s the world’s biggest trade deal most people have never heard of. New Zealand and 14 other countries from the Asia Pacific region are set to sign a new major trade agreement this weekend – the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership encompasses Japan, China, South Korea, the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Australia and New Zealand. File image. Photo: Unsplash / Cytonn Photography It encompasses Japan, China, South Korea, the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Australia and New Zealand, creating a free trade zone, which covers nearly a third of the world’s trade and economic output. New Zealand already has individual trade deals with many of the RCEP signatories, and is bound to others through the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) deal of a couple of years ago. International Business Forum ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png New laws intended to discourage young people from vaping while allowing smokers to continue using vaping to give up cigarettes take effect today, Health Minister Andrew Little says. “Today’s changes mean the laws around vaping are now similar to those around tobacco smoking,” Andrew Little says. The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Act 2020, passed in August 2020 and comes into effect today. It introduces a range of prohibitions and restrictions on vaping which will be phased in over a 15-month period through to February 2022. Some of the key initial changes from today are: the sale or supply of vaping products to under 18s is prohibited indoor vaping is prohibited at workplaces, restaurants and licensed premises vaping is prohibited at schools and early childhood centres (including outdoors) most advertising and sponsorship of vaping products is prohibited retailers cannot encourage the use of vaping products (with some ...

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Are you constipated?-by Dr Harold Gunatillake Approximately 100 million people in the United States suffer from constipation and that these people spend $700 million yearly on constipation-relief products. What a shame when constipation is easily avoided through healthy diet and cleansing. Eating fruits Fruits are expensive and most people in Sri Lanka unfortunately cannot afford to eat daily.  They contain high fibre, forms bulk in your gut and makes your smooth muscles activated and with water helps stools the right consistency to pass easily. Dried fruits are loaded with fibre and is one of the foods that help relieve constipation. Bananas, figs, prunes, apples, mangoes. Mangoes are seasonal, and available in Sri Lanka during certain months of the year. They are low-calorie and high in fibre and is a great source of vitamin A and C, contains calcium, zinc, and vitamin E. There is a remarkably high fibre mango called ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Prof.-Neelika-Malavige.jpg Source:Dailymirror Adequate and rational testing is a must to identify new patients, new outbreaks in new locations The current strain may have come from elsewhere It is important to get rid of the stigma. It’s not anyone’s fault if someone gets COVID-19 We should aim to go back to normal live as fast as possible, within the safety frameworks Let’s not stigmatize those with COVID19. Also let’s stop the blame game Long term complications were seen in young adults; such as fatigue, lack of concentration, lack of fitness for many months after getting COVID-19 Individuals (both symptomatic and asymptomatic) can be PCR positive for many days and even more than two  months. But they do not shed infectious viral particles after 10 days As the Western Province, the economic hub of the country is opened after nearly two weeks of lockdown and people are eager to get back to ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/34182/eight_col_Juicy.jpg?1424832699 Local investors have stepped in to save part of the colourful and high profile campervan company Jucy. File image. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson The New Zealand and Australian campervan and rental car operations are being bought by Polar Capital, the investment company of Colin Neal, with a minority stake going to another local David Cushing. No price has been disclosed. “Jucy is an iconic brand and while the impact of Covid has been devastating on JGL we are very excited about the acquisition and are pleased we are able to play a part in securing the future of Jucy Rentals and retaining the jobs of 150 Jucy crew,” Neal said. Jucy’s accommodation, sea cruises, and US operations are not part of the deal. Jucy was severely hit by the Covid-19-related border closures, and shut most operations during the lockdowns. Various parts of the group received a total of ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/112938/eight_col_Trucks-3.jpg?1605250550 Retailers are grappling with huge demand ahead of Christmas, but Covid-19 has slowed down the arrival of many goods heading for New Zealand. Nearly 50 percent of retailers are expecting stock shortages ahead of the holiday season.  Checkpoint approached a few retailers asking for one or two items people had been struggling to get their hands on. First on the list was a 55 inch Nano Cell LG TV. Harvey Norman did not have any available when Checkpoint visited. A lot of the new stock is already pre-sold. When looking for 32gb Kindle, Harvey Norman only had one left in store. Some were available online at Noel Leeming, but not on the shelf.  For Briscoes and Rebel Sport, demand has been high since they returned to normal trading post lockdown, but owner Rob Duke said that pace was not matched in shipping times.  Home and lifestyle retailer Redcurrent was having ...

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  Situated on a hillock in Kandy City above Kandy Lake among trees, shrubs and beautiful flower beds, Wales Park is a small park ideal for a leisurely stroll. The park covers approximately two hectares of land and is well-known for its walkways, well manicured garden paths, beautiful flower beds, woodland areas with shady trees, tree canopies, a relaxing atmosphere with a cool breeze as well as majestic views of Kandy City and Kandy Lake.   Wales Park also known as The Royal Palace Park, Wace Park or Rajawasala Park (meaning park of the Royal Palace in Sinhala) is situated on a breathtaking location away from the hustle and bustle of Kandy City. The hillock where the park is situated was named as Castle Hill by British during the British Colonial Era as the hillock was the site of the palace of Konappu Bandara who ruled as King Wimaladharmasuriya I, ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png A Ministerial Summit on Veterans’ Affairs was held in the Republic of Korea this week. Ministers with veteran responsibilities were invited from all 22 countries that had been part of the United Nations Forces during the Korean War (1950 – 1953). The Summit marked the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the war. It included an opportunity to honour those who had taken part, with a visit to the United Nations Cemetery in Busan. Thirty-four New Zealanders who lost their lives in the conflict are buried in Busan. Because of the pandemic, many Ministers could not travel to Korea, and were represented instead by members of their respective diplomatic missions in Seoul. New Zealand was represented by the Deputy Head of Mission at the New Zealand Embassy. New Zealand’s recently-appointed Minister for Veterans, Hon Meka Whaitiri, was delighted to have the opportunity to sign on behalf of New Zealand ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Sri-Lankan-born-quadriplegic-Doctor-Dinesh-Palipana-named-Queenslands-2021-Australian-of-Year.jpg   Source:-Newswire Sri Lankan- born Dr. Dinesh Palipana has been named as Queensland’s 2021 Australian of Year, the Brisbane Times reported. He is the first quadriplegic medical graduate and medical intern in Queensland. Dr. Palipana is the 36-year-old founder of Doctors with Disabilities Australia and has contributed immensely to spinal research in Australia. He is also a senior resident at the Gold Coast University Hospital, a recent law graduate, and the doctor for the Gold Coast Titans physical disability rugby league team. Dr. Dinesh Palipana was bestowed the tittle of Queensland’s 2021 Australian of Year by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday (10). The Premier said that Dr. Palipana has helped create national policies for inclusivity in medical education and employment as the co-founder of Doctors with Disabilities in Australia. The doctor is reported to have commenced research on equipment that could help people with disabilities walk or even ride ...

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