https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/252004/eight_col_000_8T83VG.jpg?1608415121 Australian states and territories are moving quickly to stop Covid-19 from spreading from New South Wales, but the NZ government says it is still too early to say if it will affect a trans-Tasman bubble. Passengers wearing face masks arrive from New Zealand at Sydney under the one-way rule bubble. Photo: AFP or licensors The latest cluster in Sydney’s Northern Beaches now has 38 cases, and that area has been put in lockdown until Wednesday. From today, the neighbouring state of Queensland is requiring arrivals to have a border pass and get tested for the coronavirus. Tasmania requires anyone coming from the state to spend 14 days in quarantine – but anyone who has been in Sydney’s Northern Beaches is banned. Western Australia is reimposing its hard border, so no-one can travel there from New South Wales. WA’s Premier Mark McGowan said while he regrets having to take the ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Understanding fire risk conditions will now be clearer and simpler, thanks to a new online tool launched today by the Minister in charge of Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Internal Affairs Minister Jan Tinetti. “Last summer, wildfires destroyed over 10,000 hectares of native bird habitat. No one wants their property destroyed or their life disrupted by fire, but many of us don’t realise just how risky some common activities are,” Jan Tinetti says. The new mobile-friendly tool on Fire and Emergency’s checkitsalright.nz website makes it easier for people to understand fire danger conditions across the country and helps make informed decisions about lighting outdoor fires this summer. “New Zealanders can check local fire danger and fire season status, and get clear guidance on whether they need a permit to light a fire or not. The tool is part of Fire and Emergency’s Summer Wildfire Prevention Campaign which uses native ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Peter-Kuruvitas-beetroot-curry.jpg Source:Gourmettraveller Deep pink in colour, this curry makes a stunning addition to a selection of dishes. INGREDIENTS 350 ml (about 14) small beetroot, washed and trimmed 50 gm ghee (see note) 1 large onion, finely chopped 2 small green chillies, finely chopped 10 fresh curry leaves 3 cm piece pandanus leaf (see note) 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 200 ml coconut milk 1 cinnamon quill 3 tsp white vinegar 1 tsp each ground coriander and chilli powder 1 tsp caster sugar METHOD Cut beetroot and stems into 1cm pieces and set aside. Heat ghee in a saucepan over medium heat, add onion and green chilli and cook until translucent (6-8 minutes). Add curry leaves, pandanus leaf and garlic and cook until fragrant (3 minutes). Add beetroot and remaining ingredients, cover, and simmer over very low heat, stirring occasionally, until tender (30-35 minutes), then serve. NOTES Ghee is available from ...

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Image source: facebook WITH EVERYTHING THAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING IN 2020, HERE IS SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS JUST ONCE, EVERY 800 YEARS. THIS MEANS THAT THE LAST TIME THIS WONDERFUL EVENT TOOK PLACE WAS IN THE YEAR 1220.       It seems too good an event to miss, so I decided to inform all eLanka readers to remember the date, 21/12/20, as soon as your evening sets in, to go outside with your binoculars or telescopes or whatever, and capture what will definitely be a glorious sight in the sky, something that will not occur again until 2820 when you will no longer be around to see THE CHRISTMAS STAR.  Desmond Kelly (Editor-in-Chief)  eLanka.  Source link ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/251999/eight_col_000_8XG3MR.jpg?1608398459 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has imposed tighter coronavirus controls on millions of people in England and drastically scaled back plans to ease restrictions over Christmas, seeking to curb a new more infectious strain of the virus. Photo: AFP The number of cases in England has soared in the last two weeks because of a variant of the virus that scientists said is up to 70 percent more transmissible. Johnson said the government had to take urgent action. “It is with a very heavy heart I must tell you we cannot continue with Christmas as planned,” Johnson told a news conference. “I sincerely believe there is no alternative open to me.” London and southeast England – about a third of the English population – are currently in the highest level of a three-tier system of rules but will now be placed in a new Tier 4 level. People in ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/73999/eight_col_114635422_l%281%29.jpg?1549314972 Business deposits have boomed and borrowing has dropped, according to latest Reserve Bank figures, driving calls for more wage subsidies to be repaid.  So far $533m of wage subsidies have been repaid – the Ministry for Social Development has carried out more than 10,600 audits, referring 973 cases for investigation. Photo: 123RF Figures released to Checkpoint showed business bank deposits in October were up more than $17 billion on the same time last year – $104bn, compared to $87bn in 2019. That was in contrast to business borrowing from banks which was $109bn, about $6bn less than the same time last year. The boom comes after more than $14bn in Covid-19 wage subsidies were paid this year. Auckland University accounting professor Jilnaught Wong said the figures showed there were many outfits doing very well. “In spite of the various lockdowns we’ve had, business this year has been better than business last year,” ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Novel-Christmas-Concert.png The De Lanerolle Brothers “Novel Christmas Concert” ALL FUNDS WILL GO TO WARDEN’S SPECIAL COVID-19 FUND The De Lanerolle Brothers are happy to welcome you to a very novel idea of their “Premier” – a virtual Christmas concert in the new normal. To REGISTER for the premier, simply follow the steps below… Carry out an online TRANSFER or DEPOSIT of A$10 to STCOBANSW/ACT account given below & send a PICTURE of the transfer slip to the hot line number +94777-996991. Account          S. Thomas College Old Boys’ Association, Sydney, NSW Bank                Westpac Banking Corporation BSB                   032287 Account           133084 Description     Winter Melodies – DLB With the receipt, please send a preferred Mobile number & Email address for us to send the ZOOM link. ONE DAY before the 20th of December, the Zoom link will be sent to you via what’s app & email. It would be advisable to download Zoom if ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/64158/eight_col_40541337_l.jpg?1535501363 Steel & Tube’s first half result is expected to be stronger than expected with an improving economy and cost-cutting measures driving profit growth. Photo: 123RF The steel manufacturer’s underlying profit, excluding tax adjustments, for the six months ending 31 December was expected to be in a range of between $6.5 – $7.5 million, compared with the year earlier’s $5.7m. “Covid-19 has made for a difficult year, however, we are pleased with our progress in the year to date,” chief executive Mark Malpass said. “We have seen positive signs of economic activity with a number of new projects and longer-term contracts secured,” he said, adding the company had secured a solid pipeline of work, while supply chain disruptions had not significantly impacted the business. He said revenue for the first five months of the period was down, but tracking close to the year earlier, with cost reductions and gains from ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The Government’s decision to act quickly in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to a better than expected economic recovery, Grant Robertson says. The Treasury today released its latest economic and fiscal forecasts in the 2020 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update. While New Zealand’s economy contracted in 2020, it is forecast to rebound strongly in 2021 outperforming regions we compare ourselves to, like the Euro Zone, the United Kingdom and Japan. “Global economic activity is expected to continue to recover over the rest of the forecast period, although the pace of recovery is likely to be uneven as countries contend with renewed virus outbreaks and the resulting containment measures. “Of course the pandemic is not the only risk to the global outlook. Ongoing trade and geopolitical tensions, in particular tensions between China and the United States, have the capacity to affect growth and lead to higher ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/NEW-YEARS-EVE-HOLY-MASS.png   A few things to note: 1) More details will follow regarding this event, so please keep an eye on our emails in the coming days. 2) Attendance for this event is strictly limited to 250 people and preregistration is compulsory. *Please note, only add attendees to the below registration, if they confirmed to be attending. If your circumstances change, please do let us know. A number of individuals who registered for the Christmas event didn’t attend, and this is unfair to those who wanted to register but weren’t able to, due to capacity constraints. 3)In the below registration tiles, we also request that you include your home address. This is for the purpose of updating our local database and will remain strictly confidential Register Your Attendance: Attendee’s Name (First Name and Surname) Adult or Child/Infant Contact Phone Number Home/Residency Address Source link ...

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