https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/50936/eight_col_1_155.jpg?1517508553 People might end up paying more for their fruit and vegetables, not less, after an inquiry into supermarkets, Horticulture New Zealand says. File image. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller The industry group says growers who supply produce to supermarkets do not always get paid the price they need to meet all their costs. The government this week confirmed the Commerce Commission market study Labour had promised during the election campaign. The main focus of the investigation will be the experience of the consumer, but it will also look at the way that supermarkets procure their goods. Horticulture NZ chief executive Mike Chapman said that could lead to an unexpected outcome: Fruit and vegetable prices might have to rise to meet the real costs of producing them. “It may be that consumers at the end of this inquiry should pay more to enable their produce to keep on being produced,” ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Forty one schools from the Far North to Southland will receive funding for projects that will reduce schools’ emissions and save them money, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. This is the second round of the Sustainability Contestable Fund, and work will begin immediately. The first round announced in April supported projects at 53 schools. Chris Hipkins said the Government is accelerating investment where projects can begin straight away to support local jobs. “A total investment of around $2.5 million has been allocated to the successful schools in this round, for a total of $5 million across both rounds of the Fund,” Chris Hipkins said. “These initiatives will reduce carbon emissions and costs for schools across the country. “For example, at Ladbrooks School* in Halswell, has installed new LED Lighting system, new low-flow tap fittings, a heat pump system to replace old electric hot water cylinders, and more efficient ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/galle-face-hotel.jpg Source:Roar.Media History records social transformation. It is through the lens of historical narrative that we see the ages and eras of the past and learn of the people, places, and events that made an impact. Documented history throws a light on the customs and rituals of people as they wend their way through time, leaving their mark on a particular epoch. In the 1950’s, Ceylon has just gained independence from the British Raj, the fruits of which were yet to be seen. Many of the cultural influences of the British were still apparent, including speaking the English language, clothing styles, and partaking in English customs and holidays. The major Christian holidays—Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Christmas were all celebrated on the island, and going by documented history, Christmas in Ceylon in the 1950’s was a riotous time with all the main hotels hosting gala events. These began as early ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/73999/eight_col_114635422_l%281%29.jpg?1549314972 Emergency benefits for temporary visa holders will be set at the same rate as the main unemployment benefit – but they won’t get access to extra support, like the accommodation supplement or food grants. It’s been a tough time for temporary visa holders, the Union Network of Migrants says. Photo: 123RF From December, migrant workers who have lost their jobs because of the pandemic – as well as student and visitor visa holders who are facing financial hardship and can’t get home – will be able to get an emergency benefit for a limited time. Usually, people who are not residents or citizens are ineligible for support from the Ministry of Social Development. However, there is specific provision in the law to grant emergency benefits to people not normally entitled to it, during an epidemic. It has now been confirmed that the emergency benefit will be paid at the ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/226690/eight_col_80392053_l.jpg?1585626467 The government has paid out more than $100 million to support businesses to pay staff who have been directed to self-isolate and can’t work from home. Photo: 123rf.com Since the Covid Leave Support Scheme started in March, $129,448,173 has been spent. Employers get $585.80 a week for full-time workers and $350 for part-timers for a fortnight. The Ministry of Social Development said as of 6 November, there have been 24,247 approved applications of which 4606 went to the self-employed. About 90,000 employees have had wages covered by the scheme. Unions have been calling for more sick leave for workers. Government documents from September and released earlier this month show about $30m set aside for the programme had not been spent. It was proposed this surplus be used to partly fund an expansion to the scheme announced that month, along with an additional $31m of new money. A spokesperson for ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png From 1 December, people on temporary work, student or visitor visas who can’t return home and or support themselves may get an Emergency Benefit from the Ministry of Social Development, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today. Previously, temporary visa holders in hardship because of COVID-19 have had support from a temporary programme delivered by Te Tari Taiwhenua, Department of Internal Affairs and the New Zealand Red Cross. Carmel Sepuloni said the Red Cross programme, which began on 1 July, had supported over 12,300 people, helping with basic needs like food and accommodation. “With the end of this programme on 30 November, we want to ensure people eligible and most in need continue to get support with their basic needs while trying to return home as soon as they can, if they are not able to find suitable employment. “Even though the employment outlook and frequency of ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/tour.jpg Source:Island Sri Lanka Tourism, as one of its initiatives to promote the island destination on social media and virtual platforms shared engaging content of its many attractions and resources turning the pandemic to an opportunity. As result of this effort, Sri Lanka Tourism was able to participate on a destination promotional programme on Nile TV international, with the continuous effort and guidance of the Sri Lanka embassy in Cairo, Egypt, to make this become a successful reality. The purpose of this collaboration was to encourage Mediterranean travelers to engage with ‘’brand ‘’ Sri Lanka virtually , and have a positive experience that would keep Sri Lanka as their ‘’must travel’’ destination once its borders are open for visitors. The programme included an exclusive interview which was hosted by Taghreed Hussein, in which Ms. Kimarli Fernando; chairperson of Sri Lanka Tourism participated as the special guest on the November 9, ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/111192/eight_col_iso_hotel.jpeg?1602778654 There have been nine new cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand’s managed isolation facilities today, with the new imported cases coming from all over the world. An Auckland isolation hotel Photo: Alexia Russell In a statement this afternoon, the Ministry of Health said there had been no further community transmission. The Ministry also said the varied origins of the new cases was a “clear reminder that mandatory isolation and testing will continue to be of critical importance as high numbers of New Zealanders return home before the holiday period”. The nine new cases include: One person arrived from France on 17 November and tested positive at around day three. One person arrived from the Netherlands on 17 November and tested positive at around day three. One person arrived from Dubai on 17 November and tested positive at around day three. One person arrived from the United States on ...

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