https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/66695/eight_col_78724671_l.jpg?1538541599 The Port of Napier has weathered the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and a fall in cargo volumes with a solid lift in profit. Photo: 123rf The company has reported a profit of $22 million for the year ended September compared with a forecast of $20m in last year’s share float documents and an actual profit of $6.8m in 2019, which included one-off costs of the NZX listing. Cargo volumes were down 7.5 percent, mainly bulk and logs, while revenue was marginally higher at $100m. Napier Port Chair Alasdair MacLeod said the year had been more challenging than expected when it listed on the stock exchange, largely because of the pandemic, which was still making the outlook uncertain. “This resilience operationally, backed up by tight financial controls, has left Napier Port in a stronger position than we anticipated at the outset of Covid-19. It has further cemented our position ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/248838/eight_col_Hope-Bayly.jpg?1605603099 Business leaders aren’t backing National Party’s call for the government to “rein in” the Reserve Bank and insist conditions be put around new funding. Business New Zealand head Kirk Hope and Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller / Dom Thomas The National Party wants the government to ensure that the $28 billion Funding for Lending Programme is targeted at the more productive parts of the economy – so it doesn’t flow into an already unaffordable housing market. Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly said while the independence of the Reserve Bank was paramount, without conditions, he believed the funding would be gobbled up by property investors. He said the government could and should be clear about its expectations. “All I’m suggesting is that if the government is clear that we do not want to see rapid escalation of house prices, the Reserve Bank is smart enough to be ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The Government has today launched a market study to ensure New Zealanders are paying a fair price for groceries. “Supermarkets are an integral part of our communities and economy, so it’s important to ensure that Kiwis are getting a fair deal at the checkout,” Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs David Clark said. “Groceries are one of our most regular expenses, so we want to make sure pricing is fair. New Zealand has one of the most concentrated retail grocery markets in the world and there are indicators that competition in the sector has weakened over time. “We also know that the average Kiwi household spends roughly 17 percent of its weekly expenses on food, and this has been increasing year on year. It’s been a tough year for many Kiwis and launching this study is an early fulfillment of a Labour Party campaign commitment to make sure we’re ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/adventures-of-tymeron-jaffna-epi.jpg Adventures of Tymeron | Jaffna – Episode 05 : Dutch Fort and Dutch Hospital   Source:Dailymirror Experience the ultimate cultural experience presented to you by Tymeron Huban Carvalho! Hospitality Partner: Jetwing Jaffna. The post Adventures of Tymeron | Jaffna – Episode 05 : Dutch Fort and Dutch Hospital appeared first on eLanka. Source link ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/248831/eight_col_collagecovid.jpg?1605589235 By Catherine Taylor for the ABC Analysis – This time last year – as China’s perishing winter descended across most of the country – rumours about a strange new flu were beginning to circulate in Wuhan. Wearing masks has now become the norm in many countries across the world amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: The Yomiuri Shimbun / AFP On China’s social media platform WeChat, users had been discussing their coughs and colds for weeks with words like “SARS” and “shortness of breath” spiking from mid-November. By early December, a so-called “pneumonia of unknown origin” had been identified, and patients – many of them workers or customers of a well-known market – were finding their way to Wuhan’s hospitals for treatment. The first cases of pneumonia of unknown origin were identified in Wuhan, China, in early December 2019. Little was known about the characteristics or transmission of the pathogen, ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/113014/eight_col_containers.JPG?1605487249 Ports of Auckland is unsure if a backlog of imports can be cleared before Christmas, as some retailers fear their shelves will be half empty during the festive season. Photo: 123RF Last week, Mainfreight managing director Don Braid told Checkpoint Ports of Auckland was struggling to get slots available on its wharf for arriving vessels. Some blame the shipping snarl up on an automation project, which the port said was supposed to improve its operations. Retail NZ chief executive Greg Harford said stock shortages were a very serious concern for retailers in the lead up to Christmas. “Obviously a retailer needs to have stock in store or in the warehouse … so if those products aren’t available, then that means less revenue coming through the door for those retailers and what would normally be the busiest and most profitable time of the year may well be one that turns up ...

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The sad news just to hand, came from Priya Peiris of Moratuwa, about the passing away of Paul Fernando, a good friend of his, in fact, one who he (Priya) had mentored and encouraged all along, on the very difficult road in Show-biz in Sri Lanka, just as it is everywhere else.            I did not have the privilege of knowing Paul, personally, but knew about him, via his recordings as a young lad, after I came out to Melbourne. Even as a teenager, this guy was “personality plus”, good looking, vibrant, and, from what I was given to understand, a pleasure to be with, & listen to, as he sang his heart out, to anyone who would listen,           Paul Fernando, WAS the Prince of Baila, as far as I was concerned, and has been called to his rest, much too ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor has paid tribute to the winners of the 2020 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. “These are the people and organisations who go above and beyond to protect Aotearoa from pests and disease to ensure our unique way of life is sustained for future generations,” Damien O’Connor says. Linda Peacock, of Kiwifruit Vine Health in Mount Maunganui, received the Minister’s Biosecurity Award, which recognises an individual, group or organisation that has at least 10 years of continuous outstanding contribution to biosecurity in New Zealand. “Linda is a long-standing, passionate, empathetic, focused, and enthusiastic contributor to our biosecurity system,” Damien O’Connor said. “Linda is a worthy winner of this award – she has led from the grassroots. “For more than 30 years, Linda has worked collaboratively with growers and technical teams from all growing regions, taking science-based lessons and turning them into easily understood, practical solutions which have ...

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[og_img] MEXICO CITY 1968 INFLUENCED THE COURSE OF OLYMPIC HISTORY WITH MAGICAL FEATS-By Rear Admiral Dr Shemal Fernando PhD Bob Beamon at Mexico City 1968-Dick Fosbury at Mexico City 1968 Source:Sundayobserver The performances, records, innovations and drama at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City, officially known as the Games of the XIX Olympiad still continue to resonate after 52 years. As the last edition of the turbulent 1960s, the Mexico City Olympics were the first to be held in Latin America and the first in a Spanish-speaking country. The Games presented 172 events and 5,516 athletes – 781 women and 4,735 men, from 112 countries. Notably, three athletes, Bob Beamon in long jump, Dick Fosbury in high jump and Al Oerter in discus throw achieved magical feats. The Games were the first to be held at high altitude. The choice of Mexico City to host the 1968 Olympic ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/103179/eight_col_144564131_l.jpg?1591162173 Just one new case of the coronavirus has been linked to the outbreak in South Australia overnight, Premier Steven Marshall says. Photo: 123RF Authorities are scrambling to contact trace and contain a Covid-19 cluster in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, which prompted sweeping new restrictions across the state yesterday. The new diagnosis brings the number of confirmed and suspected infections associated with the Parafield cluster to 20. Marshall said it was a good result, with thousands of people tested since the cluster was discovered. “If we reflect on the last 24 hours, today there’s just been the one new infection despite the fact that we have essentially done the contact tracing for the people that are infected,” Marshall told ABC Radio Adelaide this morning. “[We have] put a lot of people, I’m talking hundreds and hundreds of people, in isolation, subjected them to a test, and at this stage, just one ...

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