https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/59854/eight_col_68788469_l.jpg?1529660709 Questions are being raised about a new mobile app which tracks, records and scores how well people drive. Tower said its GoCarma app is a way for drivers to potentially lower their insurance excess, but critics warn it intrudes on privacy and it is unclear who is really getting the benefit. Photo: Screenshot Insurance company Tower has launched GoCarma which monitors people’s driving habits, from how they brake to how often they check their phone. Tower said the app is a way for people to measure their driving ability and potentially lower their insurance excess. However, critics warn the app intrudes on people’s privacy and it is unclear who is really getting the benefits. Once downloaded, the GoCarma app is connected to the car by Bluetooth and uses the driver’s smartphone to track how they accelerate, brake and corner. Tower head of propositions Sally Gordon said the purpose of ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The Government has approved a package to be offered to eligible policyholders who settled with Southern Response prior to October 2014, Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission David Clark announced today. “The proactive package offers a top-up payment to customers in a situation similar to Mr and Mrs Dodds, who recently won their case for further payments. Payments may include certain professional fees, a contribution to legal fees, unpaid contingencies, and interest. The package’s implementation will be overseen by an independent oversight committee. “The roll out of this package is intended to address the inequity of those who settled their claims prior to October 2014 compared to those who settled later. “I acknowledge the lengthy time the ongoing court action is taking and the stress this causes claimants.” As the package will affect some policyholders that are potentially part of a current court case known as the Ross Class ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Ampitiya-Seminary2.jpg     Source:-sundayobserver December is a holiday month for schoolchildren when many office workers also take their yearend holidays. However, the deadly Covid-19 pandemic has put an end to all this not only in Sri Lanka but around the world this Christmas season. The pilgrim trek to Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak) also begins this month and goes on till April. I recall a journey to Kandy during Christmas days somewhere in the early 1980s when I was an ardent reader and contributor to the now defunct Kalpana , a monthly Sinhala magazine popular among the Sinhala readers. The editor of the magazine, Gunadasa Liyanage did a fantastic cover story on the Ampitiya Seminary in Kandy in December, 1983, with a colourful cover picture of the building photographed on a cool mist-laden morning. Having seen the magazine, I nursed an ambition to visit the Ampitiya Seminary one day as a ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/88016/eight_col_large_2V9A7987.jpg?1478131940 People are spending more than 200 days behind bars waiting to be deported because of Covid travel disruption. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly As of 25 November there were 14 people under court-imposed Warrants of Commitment being held in prison until they can be deported. Half have finished a prison sentence, while Immigration NZ said the others were mostly long-term overstayers who presented a flight risk or risk of absconding. Covid-related flight disruption and travel complications has scuppered deportation plans. One person in Christchurch Women’s Prison had spent 273 days in detention, another in Mt Eden Corrections Facility had been behind bars for 245, and another person 196 days. Others range from 63 days to just a week. Immigration lawyer Alastair McClymont said it was unfathomable that people should be languishing in prison for so long when others convicted of serious offences spent less time in jail. He said ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/81050/eight_col_large_2V9A6020_g.jpg?1473290647 Real estate agents are being accused of fuelling the red-hot property market by manipulating so-called “estimated prices” on websites. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly Consumer advocates warn it is a case of “buyer beware” and urge those looking for a home to do their homework first. Edward and his wife have been looking for a home in Wellington for a couple of years “on and off”. “We start looking, and then prices shoot up too much and we stop … until we go another round.” In the last three years, residential property prices in the region have ballooned 51.4 percent – from $518,000 in 2017 to $785,000 according to the latest REINZ data. An avid follower of the website homes.co.nz, Edward was horrified to learn it was a simple matter for agents to bump up the estimated value of a property by uploading their own appraisals. “And quite often ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The Government has extended the International Airfreight Capacity (IAFC) scheme until March 2021 to keep critical freight and exports flowing, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood said the Government moved swiftly to keep New Zealand connected to the world with the COVID-19 aviation support package in March. “The scheme has helped airfreight return to 90 per cent of pre-COVID levels. This means we can keep getting time critical freight like medicines into New Zealand and enable our exporters to get their goods to international markets. “Having these international flights continuing means we can also keep bringing Kiwis home and get critical workers into New Zealand to support our economic recovery.                                                                “New agreements have been reached with ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/21-Maidens-01.jpg Sigiriya Rock Palace: A historic marvel with its paintings of the king’s harem Go early morning and listen to the orchestra of birds, and see the troops of monkeys playing in the moat around this incredibly grand rock palace, an extraordinarily beautiful arrangement of boulder gardens that sport natural fountains from January to early February, only dwarfed by the sheer size and majesty of this massive bold outcrop on the surrounding awe-inspiring landscape. Its sheer faces and overhangs challenge even the boldest of spirits to free style climb and when the wind is gusting, despite all the safety equipment, one is occasionally left with heart in mouth, especially when contemplating sudden heavy rainfall on the metal staircase or a swarm of hornets that are angered by the intrusion. There is the main route upwards an easy walk and yet if you have time the countless little cuttings in the ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/251390/eight_col_charley.jpg?1607815163 African-American country singer Charley Pride whose No 1 country hits included All I Have to Offer You (Is Me) and Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’ has died at the age of 86 due to complications from Covid-19, according to his website. Charlie Pride performs at an awards ceremony in Nashville last month. Photo: AFP Pride, who died in Dallas, was not the first Black artist to make important contributions to country music, but he was a trailblazer who emerged during a time of division and rancour. Between 1967 and 1987, Pride delivered 52 Top 10 country hits, won three Grammy awards and became RCA Records’ top-selling country artist, according to the website. He released dozens of albums and sold more than 25 million records during his career. “We’re not colour blind yet, but we’ve advanced a few paces along the path and I like to think I’ve contributed something ...

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