https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Family-life.jpg Source:Peterite – pre 70s FB 18th of November has come round and in the run up to the Peterite centenary falling on 18th January 2022, having covered the notables among the Rectors (including the first Peterite to be Rector, Fr. Claver Perera), today we commence publishing brief details of notable alumni. What better way of presenting notable alumni than to commence with those who served in the Vineyard of the Lord. Since the death anniversary of Rev. Fr. Michael Rodrigo fell on 10th November (30.6.1927 – 10.11.1987), we begin our posts of Peterite alumni who opted to serve in the Vineyard of the Lord, with him, a Priest martyred for his services to God’s poor. There are many martyrs that the Catholic Church has recognised and elevated to Sainthood but never has there been a martyr from Sri Lanka – a son of the soil – recognised by the ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/113224/eight_col_tui.jpg?1605730831 Samoa has recorded its first positive test for Covid-19, Prime Minister Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi announced in a live address to the nation this morning. Samoan PM, Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi Photo: Samoa Govt He confirmed one patient in a quarantine facility tested positive to the coronavirus on Wednesday night. However Tuila’epa said a second confirmatory test came back negative when conducted this morning. The man was a sailor who arrived in Samoa on a repatriation flight from Auckland last Friday. He has been placed in an isolation ward at Tupua Tamasese Motootua hospital. The prime minister said the country would not take any chances as the man could transmit the coronavirus to others. Seventeen sailors, who had been stranded at overseas ports, arrived on the Friday flight and have been in quarantine with the close to 300 passengers. Tuila’epa urged people not to panic and to heed advisories from the ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/233757/eight_col_200615_NZ-HOUSING_01a.jpg?1592359258 First home buyers now have a record share of the property market, according to a new report from property analyst firm CoreLogic. CoreLogic senior property economist Kelvin Davidson says people are managing to buy their first property by compromising on location and type of property. Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon The report shows for 2020 to date, first home buyers now make up 24 percent of the market share, up from an average share of 21 percent, and a previous peak more than a decade ago of 23 percent. CoreLogic senior property economist Kelvin Davidson said while it was still tough for first home buyers, the report proved many were still finding a way in. “It’s not easy, it never has been easy but what it’s showing is there’s still an appetite there to get into the market to get onto the property ladder and that market share is ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Speech to the Climate Change + Business Conference, November 12, 2020 Tena koutou katoa Thank you for inviting me to speak here today. It is great to see us all come together for a common cause: to redefine our future in the face of unprecedented times.  Covid-19 and climate change are two of the greatest challenges facing this generation. Both touch every corner of the world; affect just about every aspect of our lives; and threaten our country’s wellbeing and stability. Like Covid, climate change is not a distant threat – it is already having affects worldwide. According to the Ministry of the Environment’s Our Atmosphere and Climate report, New Zealand’s average temperatures are warming, sea level is rising and extreme weather events are becoming more frequent.  And nothing is out of its reach, from our physical and mental health to our ecosystems and economy.  While Covid-19 and climate change ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/The-World-Diabetes-Day.jpg Source:Dailynews The World Diabetes Day the primary global awareness campaign focusing on diabetes mellitus is held today November 14 each year. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2020 is The Nurse and Diabetes. Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), each World Diabetes Day focuses on a theme related to diabetes; type-2 diabetes is largely preventable and treatable non-communicable disease that is rapidly increasing in numbers worldwide. Type 1 diabetes is not preventable but can be managed with insulin injections. Topics covered have included diabetes and human rights, diabetes and lifestyle, diabetes and obesity, diabetes in the disadvantaged and the vulnerable, and diabetes in children and adolescents. World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage ...

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Transcript: When you are over 60, high blood pressure also called Essential hypertension is most likely to occur in men and women equally. There is no identifiable cause, but is thought to be linked to genetics, poor diet, lack of exercise obesity and stress factors. It is a silent killer, unless BP is checked regularly and treated with antihypertensive medication if the readings are above the normal range and lifestyle changes. Other inevitable causes are insulin resistance, high alcohol intake, high salt intake, aging, low potassium, and calcium intake Now let us go deeper into the subject of primary medication for high blood pressure and how they work. It is important to know what medication your doctor has prescribed for any ailment and seek knowledge how those drugs work in your body and their side effects. Having such prior knowledge seem to help psychologically. This talk is about knowing how ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/248873/eight_col_test.jpg?1605654160 There are three new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today, the Ministry of Health has confirmed. Photo: 123RF There was no 1pm media conference today but in a statement the ministry said the new cases were all detected in recent returnees in managed isolation. There are no new community cases. One of the new cases is a person who arrived from the United Kingdom via Dubai on 14 November. The other two arrived from Dubai on 14 November. All three tested positive during routine testing around day three of their time in managed isolation, the ministry said. There are now 64 active cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand and the total number of confirmed cases is now 1652. Yesterday there were 8392 Covid-19 tests processed, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 1,199,426. There were four new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation facilities yesterday. ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/93425/eight_col_tim-marshall-EFTB4fZOt0Q-unsplash.jpg?1576125669 An Auckland wharfie estimates Ports of Auckland is half as efficient as it used to be because of problems switching to an automated system to load and unload freight containers. Some ships are waiting up to 12 days to unload at the port, and many retailers fear their shelves will not be full as they approach the festive season. On Tuesday, Ports of Auckland general manager of communications Matt Ball told Checkpoint Covid-19 had caused delays to the full roll-out of automation, but he said the system was working efficiently and was not to blame for the problems. Ball also said the ports were short of about 50 staff, including crane drivers, straddle operators and lashers. He said the company’s performance at the moment was not good enough. A worker with decades of experience at the Auckland port, who Checkpoint has kept anonymous to protect his identity, said the company was not being upfront about ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The number of New Zealanders taking up apprenticeships has increased nearly 50 percent, and the number of female apprentices has more than doubled. This comes as a Government campaign to raise the profile of vocational education and training (VET) begins. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced the campaign at Mulcahy Engineering and Fabrication this afternoon.  “The first phase of the VET marketing campaign includes social media influencer activity targeted at school leavers and learners under the age of 25, and radio announcer adlibs aimed at starting meaningful conversations about vocational education and training in the community,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “The second phase of the campaign, set to begin next month, will include TV, radio and social media ads, digital displays and online videos. “Vocational education and training plays a key role in New Zealand’s recovery from COVID-19. We know that many New Zealanders ...

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