[og_img] Mega meat factory draws fire Source:Island It was a crying shame that South Asia’s biggest meat processing factory had been set up in Katunayake, although Sri Lanka was called a Buddhist state, Ven. Dr. Omalpe Sobitha Thera said on Thursday, addressing the media at Sri Jayasekerarama auditorium in Rajagiriya. The factory is expected to meet 10% of the world’s processed meat requirement. The press briefing was jointly organised by the National Intellectual Sangha Council and the Justice for Animals and Nature Foundation. The Thera said, “We were very happy when we heard the country was going to ban cattle slaughter. But now we are told it is going to take more time. The people have been duped.” Ven. Sobitha called upon the government to reveal the persons behind the meat project, and demanded to know where the meat would come from. Ven. Prof. Pallekande Rathanasara said Sri Lanka was ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/252289/eight_col_food1.jpg?1608749639 President Donald Trump’s threat to veto the $US892 billion ($NZ1257b) coronavirus relief bill approved by Congress this week may delay aid for millions of families on the cusp of eviction and about to lose unemployment benefits. Volunteers prepare food assistance for the needy in Groveland, Florida. Photo: AFP Trump’s apparent refusal to immediately sign the bill “has injected uncertainty or worse into the effort to protect millions of Americans from falling over a financial cliff”, said Mark Hamrick of Bankrate. His statement stunned Capitol Hill. Republicans and Democrats have been negotiating a coronavirus stimulus rescue package since July and Trump – who has largely stayed out of the talks – had been expected to sign the legislation into law following its passage through Congress on Monday night. The package of measures is linked to a bigger government spending bill, which includes foreign aid funding as well as a $1.4 ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/46969/eight_col_35794698_l.jpg?1511230976 Carpet manufacturer Cavalier is expecting increased earnings for the first half of the year, off the back of stronger than expected sales. Photo: 123rf Chief executive Paul Alston said despite lockdown restrictions in Auckland and Australia during the six months to December, demand for carpet has been much stronger than anticipated. “For the five months to the end of November 2020 total New Zealand woollen carpet sales volumes were up 10 percent on last year and associated sales revenue was up 24 percent.” “In Australia, while woollen carpet sales volumes were down about 10 percent, the associated sales revenue was only down 2 percent… Initiatives in Australia have resulted in an expanded retailer network which is expected to help drive a lift in sales once supply starts moving again.” The company expected underlying earnings of between $4 million and $5m, compared to $3m this time last year. Alston said ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Nimal-Mendis-singer-and-songwriter-e1608650740723.jpg                                            Nimal Mendis singer and songwriter Moon over Asia   Harold Seneviratne Combo   Nimal Mendis (1934–2015) was a Sri Lankan singer and songwriter, and was one of a handful of Sri Lankan musicians to appear on the BBC television programme Top of the Pops (1968). Mendis was a longstanding member of the Performing Rights Society and the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society of Great Britain. Mendis was discovered in the late 1950s by Radio Ceylon, which dominated the airwaves in South Asia in the era. The station backed Mendis’ songs from the outset, including “Kandyan Express”, turning them into hits in South Asia: so much so that listeners from all over the Indian sub-continent wrote in to Radio Ceylon requesting his songs.[1] Mendis had been involved with music from his early childhood, and has lived for many years in London travelling often to Sri Lanka. He has also lived at Le Paradis in the Charente, the South West of France, ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/252280/eight_col_Birx1.jpg?1608741073 A top public health official on the White House coronavirus task force has said she will retire after it emerged she hosted a holiday gathering. Dr Deborah Birx speaks at a White House briefing as President Donald Trump listens in the background. Photo: AFP Dr Deborah Birx, who is 64, cited the criticism she had faced for a family get-together over Thanksgiving in Delaware in her decision to step aside. “This experience has been a bit overwhelming,” she said. “It’s been very difficult on my family.” Dr Birx had reportedly been seeking a job from US President-elect Joe Biden. A world-renowned Aids researcher, she has worked in the US government since the Reagan administration. Late on Tuesday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted President Donald Trump’s good wishes, saying he “has great respect for Dr Birx and likes her very much. We wish her well”. In an interview ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/220099/eight_col_sky_2.jpg?1579144035 Sky Television has rolled out its broadband trial, alongside Vocus New Zealand, in what could become a key partnership in the broadband market. Photo: Supplied / Richard Parsonson Sky chief customer officer Chaz Savage said feedback from the trial, which began on 4 December, proved it was on the right track. “It’s exciting to see our project take shape as we roll out customer trials with the support of a great partner like Vocus. We’ve been working together to develop and provide a solution which means New Zealanders can access all the entertainment they want at speeds and service levels they need, and we’re looking forward to creating more value for our customers through Sky Broadband.” “Vocus is partnering with Sky to provide the internet network allowing Sky to deliver broadband services to its customers. As well as providing technical expertise, Vocus will provide Sky with network backhaul and ...

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[og_img] Charles Frederick Braine (1850 – 1896), Adventurous, Accident Prone, Great grandfather-By George Braine I have previously written about my great, great grandfather Charles Joseph Braine (1814-1890), who became a coffee and tea planter in Ceylon. Charles Frederick was the fourth child Charles Joseph. He was born in Norton Fitzwarren, a village in Somerset, UK, where his parents resided upon their return from Hong Kong. Charles Frederick first came to Ceylon in 1869, at the age of 19, to work for Ceylon Company Ltd., where his father Charles Joseph was the manager. He returned to the UK to marry Adeline Mary Becher on 9 April 1874 at Kensington, London. Their first child, Charles Stanley (my grandfather) was born the same year, on 25 December, in Ceylon. I wonder if Ceylon Company Ltd., where both Charles Joseph and Charles Frederick worked, was the predecessor of Ceylon Tea Plantations Co., which came ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/115533/eight_col_000_8XJ9JX.jpg?1608693644 The government is urging New Zealanders wanting to leave the UK who are worried about the travel restrictions to contact their travel provider. The almost deserted departures hall at Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport in west London on 21 December 2020. Photo: AFP In a statement, the government said it recognised that not everyone who wanterd to return home would be able to do so, and that this may be distressing for New Zealanders, their whānau and friends. “New Zealand cannot influence or guarantee another country or airline’s entry, exit or transit requirements. “We strongly encourage New Zealanders to seek the most up-to-date information from the relevant country’s immigration authorities and their airline and follow any requirements set,” it said. It also encouraged all overseas New Zealanders to register on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s SafeTravel website and keep their details updated. “This allows the government to ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/115539/eight_col_stock.JPG?1608698431 The local sharemarket has broken through a life-time high as investors chased top stocks and those recovering after recent bad news. Photo: Suppled/NZX The index surged through the 13,000 mark for the first time to close up 178 points – about 1.4 percent – to 13,020 points. The market was led by solid gains for infant formula companies A2 Milk and Synlait, which were battered earlier in the week after substantially cutting their earnings forecasts. Other strong performers included Air New Zealand, power companies Contact and Meridian, and transport company Mainfreight. So far this year the New Zealand market has risen nearly 13 percent, making it one of the best performing in the developed world. Source link ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Commercial-Bank-Chairman-Justice-K.-Sripavan-and-Deputy-Chairman-Prof.-A.-K.-W.-Jayawardane.jpg Source:Bizenglish Legal luminary Justice K. Sripavan and top academic Prof. A. K. W. Jayawardane to head Board of Sri Lanka’s benchmark private bank The Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC has announced the appointment of former Chief Justice Kanagasabapathy Sripavan as Chairman and senior academic Prof. A. K. W. Jayawardane as Deputy Chairman with effect from 21st and 29th December 2020 respectively. Justice Sripavan and Prof. Jayawardane succeed Messrs. Dharma Dheerasinghe and Preethi Jayawardena, who retire from the positions of Chairman and Deputy Chairman of Sri Lanka’s benchmark private bank after completing their tenures. Justice K. Sripavan was appointed Chief Justice in January 2015 and held office until March 2017. During this period he functioned as the Chairman of the Judicial Services Commission of Sri Lanka, Chairman of the Incorporated Council of Legal Education, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Judges’ Institute and Chairman of the Superior Court Complex Board of Management. He ...

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