https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/112653/eight_col_068_AA_27102020_182934.jpg?1604939570 The European Medicines Agency (EMA) says it has been hit by a cyber-attack and documents relating to a Covid-19 vaccine have been accessed. A health care worker in Turkey holds an injection syringe of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. Photo: AFP / Anadolu Agency BioNTech, which makes one of the vaccines in partnership with Pfizer, said its regulatory submission was accessed during the attack. The EMA is working on approval of two Covid-19 vaccines, which it expects to conclude within weeks. The cyber-attack was not expected to impact that timeline, BioNTech said. The EMA did not provide any details on the nature of the cyber-attack in a brief statement on its website, beyond saying a full investigation had been launched. A spokesperson for the agency said it was still “functional”. But BioNTech, in a statement published on its website, said it had been told its documents had ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/111952/eight_col_200605_ANZ-CHCH_03.jpg?1603932380 The ANZ bank is predicting a double-digit rebound in GDP numbers out next week, but that may increase the chances of recession next year, its chief economist says. Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon The bank says the economy has been surprisingly resilient, helped by success in containing Covid 19, and it expects GDP to be up 14 percent for the third quarter. It points to the housing-induced bump to domestic demand and the wage subsidy as key contributors to the economy’s strength. But chief economist Sharon Zollner said the strong rebound would increase the chances of a fall in GDP in the last quarter of this year and first quarter of 2021, leading technically to a recession. She predicted that the economy’s size would not match what it had been pre-Covid until the end of next year. ANZ chief economist Sharon Zollner. Photo: RNZ / DOM THOMAS What stands ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png DOC and Predator Free 2050 Ltd are backing the development of a biodegradable rat trap that can be distributed by air to contribute to a predator free Aotearoa, Minister of Conservation Kiri Allan announced in Wellington today. The aerial micro-trap, which will be co-funded and designed by conservation technology company Goodnature, stands to be a game-changer in predator control. “Traps are an important predator control tool, but current technology limits the use of traps in the backcountry or over large areas, due to their costs and servicing needs,” Kiri Allan said. “The aerial micro-trap is a new concept that is non-toxic and humane, and potentially cost-effective for suppressing rats over large areas and in remote and difficult to access locations. “Each year millions of our native taonga—birds, bats, lizards, frogs and insects—get killed by rats. We need to innovate to create new tools and transform our ability to remove ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/railway-cafe-video-and-tyranscri.jpg   Transcript: If your taste buds feel homesick, and you are yearning to eat the food your mother gave you, this Lankan café restaurant come close to that craving and says it all. Ruwan, and Tharana invited us out for my birthday, so we went there last Tuesday evening. Street parking close by was easy. The wine shop was just opposite so we did not have to carry our esky with us. I share my excitement with this little place café restaurant in the suburb Mortdale, right opposite the Railway Station. No wonder its named Lankan Railway Café. You could travel by train from any segment of Sydney and just a hop and a step -wallah you are there.  WE ordered String hopper biriyani, Fried rice special called ‘‘‘Thilak’’’, egg gotha roties, with many curries with gravy including pol sambal, and goat curry. The entrée was unique, dry fried ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/109271/eight_col_covid_tracer.jpg?1600079807 A Bluetooth upgrade to the Covid-19 Tracer app is being launched today. Photo: RNZ The upgrade will create an anonymised record created of every person the user has been near. If one of those people tests positive for the virus, the user will be sent an alert by the app. It brings New Zealand in line with countries like Singapore that have been using Bluetooth-enabled contact tracing since March. Though contact tracing will get easier with the Bluetooth upgrade, anyone hoping it will mean less scanning of Covid QR codes is out of luck. Covid-19 Response Minster Chris Hipkins made it clear the upgrade is not a substitute. “The Bluetooth technology, it’s anonymised and it doesn’t record location, whereas your QR code tells you where you’ve been,” he said. “Also we found that in the contact tracing process that the QR codes can be an important memory-jogger for people. ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/60366/eight_col_kiwifruit-pickers_v_pkg.00_06_28_12.Still006.jpg?1530493489 A former Bay of Plenty kiwifruit labour contractor and its former owner have been ordered to pay hundreds and thousands of dollars for exploiting six migrant workers. Photo: RNZ/ Nick Monro Raj Kiwi and former director Rajasekar Chellappa have been penalised $160,000 and $70,000, respectively. The penalities are in relation to 49 employment minimum standards breaches including minimum wage, holiday pay, not keeping records and absent employment agreements. The contractor has also been ordered to pay wage arrears of more than $26,000 to the workers. The total payment is more than $250,000. Source link ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Hon Carmel Sepuloni today launched the Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund, making $50 million available in a unique opportunity for the screen sector to tell New Zealand’s stories to a global audience. Speaking at the Big Screen Symposium in Auckland, the first major gathering of the screen sector this year, Carmel Sepuloni said the fund will allow for New Zealand’s stories to be told to international audiences at a scale not previously possible. “New Zealand’s successful response to COVID-19 puts us in an enviable position for film making. We have a golden opportunity to capitalise on the worldwide demand for content and our current production advantage. “New Zealand is widely regarded as one of the world’s premier locations for screen production, and our film and television makers are renowned throughout the world for their ingenuity. We’ve designed this fund to give ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Deen-the-Book-Man-at-the-Good-Market.jpg   Deen the Book Man at the Good Market For this week’s ‘Notes on Resilience’, we speak to Hafleen Dawood, a secondhand and rare book seller based in Wellawatte, better known as Deen the Book Man. In-between receiving customers at his Saturday stall at the Good Market, he paused to speak about how the pandemic affected book sales and how he adjusted to meet reader requirements. Hafleen runs a secondhand bookshop which specializes in hard-to-find books, a stall at the Good Market, a book delivery service and lending library. His website (https://www.deenthebookman.lk/) announces its slogan as “You name it, I find it!” “Do you know how when someone goes on to the computer and types a word and it automatically suggests other words? If someone says one or two words of a book title, the full name of the book title comes to me. That is one of my ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/114211/eight_col_000_8WB4NN.jpg?1606932966 Rich countries are hoarding doses of Covid vaccines and people living in poor countries are set to miss out, a coalition of campaigning bodies warns. Photo: AFP The People’s Vaccine Alliance says nearly 70 lower-income countries will only be able to vaccinate one in 10 people. This is despite Oxford-AstraZeneca pledging to provide 64 percent of its doses to people in developing nations. Steps are being taken to ensure access to vaccines is fair around the globe. This vaccine commitment, known as Covax, has managed to secure 700 million doses of vaccines to be distributed between the 92 lower-income countries that have signed up. But even with this plan in place, organisations including Amnesty International, Oxfam and Global Justice Now say there is not enough to go round, and drug companies should share their technology to make sure more doses are produced. Their analysis found that rich countries have ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/114708/eight_col_IMG_6273.jpg?1607491455 The stock exchange has welcomed its fourth new listing this year, although it was a quiet debut, it was not traded. Auckland Real Estate Trust independent director, Nick Hargreaves rings the bell to commemorate the start of trading Photo: Supplied Australian based and listed Auckland Real Estate Trust, formerly known as Quattro Plus Real Estate, has listed as a foreign exempt company as a means of expanding business and gaining investors. The trust had a bid price of 86 cents per share and a reference price of 79 cents. It specialised in investing and developing inner city properties into boutique co-working spaces which catered to small to medium sized businesses. It had seven properties in Auckland, including a handful around the Viaduct Harbour, and one in the United States which would be divested next year. Trust chief executive Andrew Saunders said it dual listed to make it easier to ...

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