https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Cycle trails and cycle and walking tourism are more popular than ever, with nearly two million trips on the country’s Great Rides in one year, says Tourism Minister Stuart Nash. “New analysis of data from the 22 trails which form the Great Rides shows an increase of nearly 700,000 trips in the year to February, compared to 2015,” said Mr Nash. “The Great Rides offer intrepid travellers a low-cost and accessible way to see the best parts of the country by going off-road. The rides are graded from easy to expert, and offer something for riders and walkers of all abilities. “Cycling and walking these trails is a great way to explore unique scenery and enjoy the best of local culture, architecture, food and wine. Cycle trails are growing in popularity with travellers who want to combine health and fitness activities with leisure and holidays. “Cycleways and walkways are ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/a-virtual-christmas-from-hulftsd.jpg A Virtual Christmas from Hulftsdorp – The Lawyers’ Choir Colombo Although we are unable to have our annual Christmas service this year, it is not stopping the Lawyers’ Choir from doing what we love. This year, on the last day of term, we bring you the joy of Christmas virtually!   The post A Virtual Christmas from Hulftsdorp – The Lawyers’ Choir Colombo appeared first on eLanka. Source link ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/223609/eight_col_Coronavirus1crop.jpg?1582665287 Overseas New Zealanders are struggling to get home to see dying loved ones – and hitting out at the government’s slow turnaround for emergency managed isolation applications. Photo: RNZ / Liu Chen The system offers a lifeline to people who need to come home within seven days, yet some are waiting a lot longer just to have their applications assessed. Not wanting to endure the current 10-week wait for spaces, Maikel said he applied to cross the ditch from Brisbane and see his gravely-ill mother. He became eligible this month when MBIE widened its emergency allocation criteria to include people with dying relatives, people who need to care for children in unsafe situations, some critical workers and people stuck in travel limbo. Yet he heard radio silence from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment after sending in the application, and the additional information about her condition that they ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/115419/eight_col_DTC_6898.jpg?1608512446 The stock exchange operator plans to beef up its investment in technology following disruption earlier this year from settlement, clearing glitches, and heavy-duty cyber attacks, but how much it will cost and who will pay is still to be figured out. NZX chief executive Mark Peterson. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas The NZX commissioned two reports on the problems, admitting it did not meet its own standards in certain areas of its technology systems. Chief executive Mark Peterson said the reports made a number of recommendations. “Recommendations included formalising the Technology Sub Committee of the NZX Board, enhancing its working relationship and communications with the ecosystem, a range of technical hygiene improvements which includes extending crisis management planning and bolstering NZX’s IT organisational structure with some specific specialist skill sets.” He said a major upgrade to its core trading system would begin in March next year. “This includes enhancing ...

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Source:Island We have read some interesting stories in this newspaper about Burghers who flew their flags in the administrative services and elsewhere including in the sports field. But no one has yet written about the Burghers who rendered a yeomen service to the public to keep in touch with the outside world via telegraphic communications round the clock 24 hours day and night. The Cable and Wireless Limited branch in Colombo was a British owned company which had it headquarters in London, responsible for hnadling all external telegraphic services in the colonies of the British Empire including India and Sri Lanka (then Ceylon).    The Cable and Wireless office and instrument rooms were housed in the left wing of the old Central Telegraph building in Colombo Fort. Cable and Wireless conducted all telegraphic communications with the external world overseas via old submarine cables and high frequency (HF) radio systems with transmitting and ...

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  “Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values” Thomas S. Monson What is Christmas asked Jack from John-why does it make people happy-joyfully enthusiastic-with silver bells and stars in a Christmas tree-making it so much a mystique  Mystique john said is food for the heart and soul to enable love and forgiveness and enthusiasm is-God within-so defined in the dictionary Jack continued to say that only turkey and wine could induce this happiness and enthusiasm in Christmas-John said-it is so for those not aware or made to believe that Jesus is no God why do you say Jesus is God asked Jack read the bible both old and new with the mind’s eye open-follow teachings of the ‘Jesus instituted ...

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[og_img] Bambalapitiya Flatters and Friends website – (Connecting Flatters from all over the world) – by Kumar Bhagwandas www.bambalapitiyaflats.com It is a website put together over 10 years ago by Kumar Bhagwandas and have been updating since, for The Bambalapitiya Flatters and Friends who are now scattered all over the world. There is enough information to keep someone busy for quite a while. www.bambalapitiyaflats.com/ The post Bambalapitiya Flatters and Friends website – (Connecting Flatters from all over the world) – by Kumar Bhagwandas appeared first on eLanka. Source link ...

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  On behalf of eLanka, let me wish everyone out there, all the very best for a brighter future, no matter where you are, at the moment, reading this. 2020 has not been the best of years, to put it mildly. To go into details seems totally unnecessary, and eLanka’s main reason for this important “Message in Music” is to sincerely remind each and everyone in a simple,yet beautiful song “MERRY CHRISTMAS, FROM OUR   HOUSE TO YOUR HOUSE”  I hope you enjoy it.       Desmond Kelly (Editor-in-Chief)  eLanka. Source link ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/114275/eight_col_77869283_l.jpg?1497987250 New Zealand will see the new variant of Covid-19 from the UK here within the next few weeks, a top epidemiologist warns. Photo: 123rf.com But, the new Covid-19 variant found in the UK is potentially only a problem for New Zealand if the virus is imported and it starts an outbreak here, Professor Michael Baker said. Top health officials in the UK say that there was no evidence the new variant was more deadly, or would react differently to vaccines, but it was proving to be up to 70 percent more transmissible, the BBC reports. London and other parts of southeast England are now in lockdown. The mutation has also been detected in Netherlands, Denmark and Australia. “This is probably not that surprising, that a strain like this would emerge because there is this evolutionary pressure on the virus, it’s always got lots of variants floating around and if ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/85661/eight_col_93063163_l.jpg?1565751260 The New Zealand Rural Land Company (NZRLC) has had a quiet debut on the stock exchange, listing at a slight premium. Photo: 123RF Its shares touched a high of $1.31 in early trading compared with the issue price of $1.25 in the recent share float, before settling at $1.28 with only small volumes being traded. The company raised $75 million in the public share float, which along with debt will give it about $100m for rural land buying. NZRLC plans to buy rural land and lease it to farmers or other producers. In its pre-listing statement, the company said it its initial focus would be on acquiring dairy properties, but in due course would be looking also at horticulture, viticulture, forestry, as well as sheep and beef. The company has already identified 21 dairy farms in the South Island, covering 9239 hectares, that might be available for acquisition. It ...

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