https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/95326/eight_col_051_XxjpbeE007558_20200123_PEPFN0A001.jpg?1579974752 A New Zealand trade specialist is welcoming Chinese President Xi Jinping statements about his desire to open trade doors with the world. Chinese President Xi Jinping also says he doesn’t want a trade war with the US. Photo: AFP Addressing Apec leaders yesterday Xi promised he will cut tariffs and indicated he wants to forge new partnerships. Xi said he has even reached out to the United States – declaring China doesn’t want to get caught up in a trade war with America. Pat English, formerly New Zealand’s trade commissioner in China and also a former executive director of the New Zealand China Council, said while there have been “ripples” in this country’s trade with China, the announcement was positive. Asked on Morning Report if Xi’s comments were credible, he said if the policy was being outlined in the Apec forum there was no doubt it was true, even ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Tēnei te mihi ki a tātau katoa e huihui nei i tēnei rā Ki a koutou ngā whānau o te hunga kua riro i kōnei – he mihi aroha ki a koutou Ki te hapori whānui – tēnā koutou Ki ngā tāngata whenua – tēnā koutou Ki ngā mate, e kore koutou e warewaretia Haere, haere, moe mai rā   My warmest greetings to everyone here today My greetings to those who are joining us from and the country and around the world on the live stream. Greetings especially to those who are on the Coast at the portal at Pike River, to you, your loved ones, your family and your friends. Greetings to you all. 10 years ago today 31 men went to work at the Pike River Mine. 29 of those men never came home. There is nothing relative about grief, sudden loss is devastating. But 10 ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Matthew-Chasemore.jpg Source:Dandenong It’s set to be a season like no other in the Dandenong District Cricket Association’s highly-regarded Turf 1 competition, and finally the on-field action begins on the weekend in a welcome relief to the cricket-loving community. DDCA reporter NICK CREELY takes a look at how the Turf 1 clubs are shaping up ahead of the 2020/21 season… BERWICK Nickname: Bears President: Andrew Moore Coach: Brad James Captain: Matthew Chasemore Last Season: Premiers Most Runs: Matthew Chasemore (635 runs at 57.73); Lachlan Brown (281 runs at 23.42) Most Wickets: James Wilcock (35 wickets at 11.26); Ruwantha Kellepotha (27 wickets at 17) In: Nathan Pilon (returning) Out: Isaiah Jassal (Casey-South Melbourne) Home Base: Arch Brown Reserve, Berwick Turf 1 premierships: 7 Most recent premiership: 2019/20 First match: vs Narre South, 21 November, Arch Brown Reserve More: It was a golden season for Matthew Chasemore’s side in 2019/20, and despite the season coming to an unfortunate end and preventing the club playing off in the grand ...

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Deepavali (Diwali) 2020 Celebrated in Sri Lanka, mainly by the Hindu Tamil community and is the most significant Hindu holiday. It is a festival of lights symbolizing the victory of good forces over evil ones when Lord Rama defeated Demon King Ravana according to the mythical story.This day coincided with the birthday of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa. Madam Shiranthi Rajapaksa, wife of the Prime Minister visited the New KathiresanTemple, for a special Pooja in honour of the husband’s 75th birthday, on Galle Road in Bambalapitiya, Colombo, Sri Lanka.Among a large crowd of devotees, Meyyammai Vasanti Rajendran the wife of the chief Trustee, welcomed Madam Shiranthi by garlanding her, to participate in the special Pooja for blessings to the husband.Vasanthi is seen standing next to the first lady with a tray of lotus flowers, and also seen garlanding her in another pic.View some of the pictures ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/112964/eight_col_000_1T96M0.jpg?1605339249 The United States has seen more than 250,000 deaths due to Covid-19, a bleak marker as cases soar once again across the country. A nurse cares for a patient in the Covid-19 intensive care unit of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Photo: AFP / Northwestern Medicine According to Johns Hopkins University, the country has now reported 250,029 deaths and nearly 11.5 million cases. It has more infections and a higher death toll than any other country worldwide. Cases have once again started to soar throughout the US, hitting new daily highs in the last week. Speaking to the BBC today, top US infectious diseases Dr Anthony Fauci said the country was “going in the wrong direction at a very precarious time”, with people more likely to gather inside as the weather gets colder. The news comes as New York City – the epicentre of the US outbreak in the ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/brand-images/rnz-sky-sq.jpg Thames-Coromandel District Mayor Sandra Goudie is disappointed BNZ will be shutting its branch in Coromandel township and says it is a let-down for some in the community. Photo: RNZ / DOM THOMAS The Australian-owned bank announced it would shut down eight so-called metro branches and 30 others in the next eight months; among the bricks and mortar locations for the chop are Huntly, Ōpōtiki, Wairoa, Balclutha, Kaikohe, Geraldine, Cromwell and Taumarunui.  That is despite BNZ two years ago promising to keep all regional branches open until at least 2022.  The bank is also axing its branch in Coromandel township. Thames Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie Photo: supplied Goudie told Checkpoint the news was “incredibly disappointing”, considering they had one of the highest populations of over 65s in the country, and were one of the top five visited destinations.  “Our population explodes during the summer period, which has now extended quite ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou and thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. This is a critical time for New Zealand as we respond to the damage wreaked by the global COVID-19 pandemic. It is vital that investment in our economic recovery is well thought through, and makes the most of the opportunity to build a better future which puts people and sustainability at its heart.   As we observe the worsening pandemic from our relatively comfortable position of stamping out its spread, we remain committed to fending off a resurgence that can threaten our safety, wellbeing and our way of life. It has been a difficult year for many people and businesses and the shadow of COVID affects our actions in ways we could not have predicted this time a last year. It has also turned up some unexpected results; as we came out of lockdown I ...

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[og_img] Enthusiasm for War: Australians in the 1910s and Jihadists in the 2010s-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Introduction:  Remembrance Day ceremonies in Australia and Europe led to the recuperation of items on the “Will to War” which I had presented way back in time[1] and Dr Richard Koenigsberg[2] in New York has chipped in by sending me copies of some of my articles in the Library of Social Science (his outfit). At a time in 2020 when sporadic jihadist assassinations in France and Australia in 2020 have reminded us forcefully of the recurring phenomenon of the force of Allahu Akbar in the Middle East as well as such outposts as Sri Lanka (witness the 21/4 strikes in 2019)[3] as well as Australia (see below). Let me stir the pot by bringing both sets of enthusiasm into juxtaposition within the framework of a title I used way back in time: namely, THE WILL TO WAR. In Australia and Europe ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/65871/eight_col_Surveyor.jpg?1537491162 One-off costs including retrospective payments to workers have pulled the meat processor Alliance’s profit before tax down to $7.5 million. Covid-19 has affected the co-operative’s processing operations, Alliance Group chief executive David Surveyor says. Photo: Supplied This compares with a $20.7m profit before tax in 2019. But before adjusting for one-off events, the farmer-owned co-operative made an underlying profit of $27.4m for the year ended September 2020. Alliance Group chair Murray Taggart said it was a credible performance for the company given the disruption and volatility in global markets as a result of Covid-19. “The co-operative has faced challenges on many fronts. Like many businesses, we have been impacted by the pandemic, however, our farmers also experienced extreme weather including drought, snow and flooding in parts of the country and difficult growing conditions. “These on farm challenges also flowed through to the co-operative.” Alliance Group chief executive David Surveyor ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/113257/eight_col_harmoney.jpg?1605750339 Consumer lending company Harmoney has had a lacklustre debut on the Australian and New Zealand stock exchanges. New Zealand based Harmoney, which specialises in personal loans, has made the Australian exchange its primary trading home with the NZX as a secondary market. Photo: RNZ The company’s shares were trading at $AU3.26, 7 percent below the $AU3.50 issue price in Australia, and at $NZ3.70 in New Zealand, about 1 percent lower. The New Zealand based company, which specialises in personal loans, has made the Australian exchange its primary trading home with the NZX as a secondary market. It’s the second new listing for the NZX this year and comes after the company raised $AU92.5 million ($NZ99m) a few weeks ago. Harmoney’s chief executive David Stevens said the money would enable it to go to head-to-head against similarly styled companies that had listed on the ASX recently. Harmoney chief executive David ...

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