https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Kohli-Perry-named.jpg Source:Dailynews Dubai, Monday: India captain Virat Kohli was named the ICC’s male cricketer of the decade on Monday as Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry swept the top women’s awards. Kohli and Perry were the big winners in the International Cricket Council’s Awards of the Decade, while Australian batsman Steve Smith was crowned the best Test player. Kohli, who was also named ODI player of the decade, lifted the 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy with India, before inspiring their first Test series victory on Australian soil two years ago. “It’s just been an honour for me to be able to go out there and perform for my team, and it’s a great honour for me to win this award,” Kohli said in a video message. “My only intention was to make winning contributions for the team and I just strive to do that in every game,” he added. ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says the New Year’s Honours List 2021 highlights again the outstanding contribution made by Pacific people across Aotearoa. “We are acknowledging the work of 13 Pacific leaders in the New Year’s Honours, representing a number of sectors including health, education, community, sports, the arts, media and the public sector,” says Aupito William Sio. “These Pacific recipients have all demonstrated leadership, dedication and tenacity with a heart for Pacific, and each has made a genuine difference that has impacted on the communities they have worked with. “It’s inspirational for me to see Pacific recipients get recognised for demonstrating such strong and compassionate leadership in key areas vital to Pacific development in Aotearoa. Four recipients stand out for their work in education, Pacific health, community, youth development and in the disability sector.     “Mrs Afamasaga Vaafusuaga Telesia McDonald Alipia has had a long involvement with ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/New-Zealand-dominate-Pakistan.jpg Source:Dailynews Mount Maunganui, Monday: Not even a broken toe could stop New Zealand’s pace attack dominating day three of the first Test against Pakistan, but their efforts to quickly wrap up the innings were slowed by Mohammad Rizwan and Faheem Ashraf’s late century stand Monday. As intermittent showers and an unseasonal hail storm disrupted proceedings at Mount Maunganui, the Black Caps’ pace foursome took five for 50 in the first two sessions before Pakistan rallied to be all out for 239 at stumps, still 192 in arrears. Rizwan and Ashraf provided a face-saving partnership for Pakistan. AFP Source link ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/102630/eight_col_Mask_3.jpeg?1590372566 Otago University Medical Professor Michael Baker says his New Year Honour came as a pleasant surprise and is a recognition for all those who work in public health and epidemiology. Professor Michael Baker Photo: Supplied The epidemiologist has been made a member of the Order of Merit for his services to public health science. He has been professor of public health at the University of Otago in Wellington since 2013 and is director of the Health Environment Infection Research Unit (HEIRU). He is co-director of the university’s He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme and the Public Health Summer School. Prof Baker has a range of public health research interests, with a particular focus on infectious diseases, environmental health and housing and has published widely in these areas. As a member of the Ministry of Health’s Covid-19 technical advisory group, he strongly advocated for eliminating the virus and keeping ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Damith-Dissanayake.jpg Damith Dissanayake makes a break in the match against CR & FC. Pictures. by Upananda Jayasundera-Kandy Sports Spl.Corr Source:Dailynews Damith Dissanayake, one of the Senior Rugby players of Kandy Sports Club started his primary education at St.Sylvesters’ College, Kandy where he started playing Rugby under Nimal Fernando, a veteran Rugby Coach. Damith joined the Grade 8 of Trinity College,Kandy when R.Gilbert was the Principal of the School and learnt more about the game of rugby under the coaching of Robert Navaratne at Under 13 level. He continued under the coaching of Alex Lazarus at Under 16 Level and at Senior Level under Pradeep Basnayake, Anil Jayasinghe and a foreign Coach named Martin Jones. Damith played Rugby from the Under 14 team onwards and got selected to the first Fifteen Rugby team from 2010 onwards and captained the College Rugby Team. In 2010 he played as the Hooker and as ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Mr-Christopher-Greet-Personal-Life-History.jpg It is with great sadness that I inform all members of eLanka of the passing of not just a very good friend, but also of someone who was a true legend of our beautiful Motherland, Sri Lanka. There were only a very few Sri Lankans of this halcyon era in Lanka that that didn’t know Chris, be it even only his dulcet tones on Radio Ceylon, if not personally. The era I write about was during the 1950’s. We were both young & carefree, Chris, just a few years older than me owned a second-hand Mayflower car, in which he would pick me up in order to attend a few rehearsals of my song Dreamworld, and on the way, the car would inevitably break down, and Chris would then get out, kick the closest tyre and say to me, “don’t worry Desmond, she may flower again”, get back into ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/114494/eight_col_043_dpa-pa_135767408.jpg?1607296186 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said a variant of the coronavirus, which could be up to 70 percent more transmissible, is spreading rapidly in Britain. A separate variant, first found in South Africa, is also causing concern. Photo: Verwendung weltweit / AFP The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is not enough information to determine whether the new variants could undermine vaccines being rolled out internationally. The following countries are among those that have reported variants of the novel coronavirus, first identified in China a year ago, among their populations. * Switzerland has documented five cases of the variant from Britain and two cases of the South African mutation, a health ministry official said on Tuesday, adding he anticipates more cases will emerge. * Denmark has identified 33 infections with the variant spreading in Britain, authorities said on 24 December. * France, with the highest number of coronavirus ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/235847/eight_col_RNZD2094.jpg?1594340171 Health and safety committees for thousands of workers in managed isolation hotels have finally been set up, eight months after the sites began operating. Photo: RNZ /Dom Thomas But it will be another month until the worker representatives are properly trained up and have actual legal powers to make the workplaces safer. A unionist says she had been “terrified” early on for the low-paid – mostly Māori or Pasifika, often older cleaners, and other quarantine workers – when PPE was lacking. But that now, at last, government officials were meeting their legal obligations. “The time it took to actually get through to them was far too long,” said Unite Union’s hotel organiser Shanna Reeder. “It should have been top of the list. It should have been obvious.” More than 4000 staff work in managed isolation and quarantine facilities, across 32 hotels, looking after 6000 returnees currently. The Ministry of ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/250747/eight_col_000_8Q44MY.jpg?1607208874 A British variant of Covid-19 does not appear to cause more severe illness than other variants, according to a matched study. Photo: AFP Scientists say the new variant of the coronavirus can spread more rapidly. It was found in England in mid December and led to other countries imposing travel restrictions to the United Kingdom. Several other countries have reported variants. Under the study, researchers compared 1769 people infected with the new variant with 1769 who had what they described as “wild-type” virus. The two groups were matched 1:1 on the basis of age, sex, area of residence and time of testing. Of the 42 people who were admitted to hospital, 16 were infected with the new variant while 26 cases had wild type infection, according to the study. In terms of fatality, there were 12 deaths in variant cases compared to 10 deaths in wild-type cases. “Preliminary results ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/115739/eight_col_95236189_m.jpg?1609303550 A potentially lethal alternative to the party drug, MDMA, is flooding the New Zealand market in the wake of Covid-19 affecting global supply chains. A supply of MDMA. (file pic) Photo: 123RF The drug-checking agency, Know Your Stuff, said testers had seen a big jump in the amount of eutylone masquerading as MDMA this year. At least two people, including one having seizures, needed emergency medical treatment. Spokesperson Jez Weston warned that eutylone could cause vomiting, psychosis, convulsions and even death. He said it was impossible to tell the difference between the drugs by sight or smell alone, and no one should take a drug without testing it. “We know that Covid has affected global supply chains for all sorts of different products and MDMA is just the same. “So what’s being sold in New Zealand is what’s available in New Zealand which is these nasty cathinones.” At-home testing ...

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