https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/251388/eight_col_160034278_l.jpg?1607814210 The new variant of Covid-19 is “hugely” more transmissible than the virus’s previous version, a study has found. And while not more deadly, more transmission means more cases, and the UK, where the new variant was first identified, is struggling to respond. Photo: 123rf.com It concludes the new variant increases the Reproduction or R number by between 0.4 and 0.7. The increase in transmission rate is a concern for countries like the UK which have struggled to contain the virus. The UK’s latest R number has been estimated at between 1.1 and 1.3. It needs to be below 1.0 for the number of cases to start falling. Prof Axel Gandy of London’s Imperial College said the differences between the viruses types was “quite extreme”. “There is a huge difference in how easily the variant virus spreads,” he told BBC News. “This is the most serious change in the virus ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/113699/eight_col_143699611_l.jpg?1606335006 The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on European countries to do more to curb a new variant of coronavirus that was first detected in the UK. A rise in Covid-19 infections is putting pressure on hospitals across Europe during winter. Photo: 123RF WHO Europe director Hans Kluge said tougher measures were needed to “flatten the steep vertical line” of rising cases in some countries. He said 22 European countries now have cases of the variant, calling this “an alarming situation”. First detected in November, the variant has driven a spike in cases in the UK. Its spread has concerned many European countries that have already imposed full national lockdowns to tackle a marked rise in infections during winter. Health experts say the variant is considerably more transmissible than previous strains but not necessarily any more dangerous for those infected. They have also played down the possibility that vaccines ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Ruapekapeka represents an opportunity for all New Zealanders to reflect on the role these conflicts have had in creating our modern nation, says Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Kiri Allan. “The Battle at Te Ruapekapeka Pā, which took place on 10 and 11 January 1846, marked the end of the Northern War and was the culmination of the first of a series of conflicts signifying the beginning of the New Zealand Wars,” Kiri Allan said.  “The conflicts waged during 1845-1846 were some of the earliest occasions where relations between Māori and Europeans deteriorated into open warfare, so it is important to acknowledge and understand the impact they had.  “Marking 175 years since the Battle of Ruapekapeka provides us with an opportunity for reflection and remembrance of the events that took place there, and for the stories of ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/the-Sri-Pada-mountain.jpg Source:Sunday Observer Sunrise over the Sri Pada mountain range seen through Kelani Ganga at dawn in Hanwella January is a chilly and refreshing month in most parts of Sri Lanka. In the lowlands it is cool both, day and night. In the Central highlands, especially in Nuwara Eliya and Horton Plains, the temperature averages 57.7F, and at night there may even be frost. January is at the tail-end of the North East Monsoon and therefore very little rain may be experienced. This is the season when pilgrims trek to Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak), which goes on till May. Sri Pada, Samanala Kanda or Adam’s Peak is venerated as a place of worship due to its association with the Buddha’s visit to the summit in 6th century BC. Sri Pada means sacred footprint at the top of a 7,400 feet high mountain and is considered a unique place of worship ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Dr-Narendradas-Jayaratnam-Wallooppillai.jpg Source:Island The pioneering Cardiologist Dr Narendradas Jayaratnam Wallooppillai, affectionately referred to as “Walloops” by his friends, who succumbed to heart failure on 6th January 2011, surely deserves the title ‘The Father of Cardiology in Sri Lanka’ because it was during his tenure that Cardiology came to its own as a speciality. However, he was not the first to head the Cardiology Unit of the General hospital, Colombo. That distinction goes to Dr Ivor Obeysekara who, in spite of fighting against all odds to establish a dedicated Cardiology Unit, took early retirement and left for Australia. Dr Obeysrekara’s tenure was short, not having sufficient time to develop the speciality, the Cardiology Unit functioning as a Cardiology ward during his time. Dr Wallooppillai was born on 6th June 1925, to the wealthy and influential Velupillai family which settled in Balangoda thanks to the hospitality of the Ratwatte family; the ancestors of ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/eLanka-Happy-NewYear-2021.jpg Donate to eLanka Perera & Sons Breudher – Limited Stock – at Sunil’s Spice Centre, Thornleigh (Sydney) Search eLanka website eLanka Newsletter Signup eLanka Marriage Proposals Best & Less Travel Banner Advertising on eLanka Sri Lankan Events Calendar << Jan 2021 >> M T W T F S S 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/114211/eight_col_000_8WB4NN.jpg?1606932966 The rollout of a coronavirus vaccine in Australia will be brought forward to next month, with the Prime Minister saying the first groups are expected to receive a jab in mid-to-late-February. The first vaccine to be rolled out in Australia will be from Pfizer-BioNTech. Photo: AFP Scott Morrison said the first groups to receive the vaccine would be workers dealing with international arrivals and quarantine, frontline health workers, aged care and disability workers and those living in aged care or with a disability. “We anticipate, optimistically, that we would hope to start the vaccination with 80,000 people a week,” he said. But Morrison stressed it was a “target” and that the goal was to have 4 million people vaccinated by the end of March. “This will of course remain conditional on a number of important factors, most importantly that final [Therapeutic Goods Administration] approval and the delivery of the ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/115903/eight_col_033_6434528_5ff66bfde3176.jpg?1609986793 Asian stocks and US stock futures rose on Thursday, while Treasury yields remained high and the dollar unwound overnight losses after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol and Democrats won control of the US Senate after runoff races in Georgia. Supporters of US President Donald Trump storm the US Capitol during a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 US presidential election results. Photo: AFP The following are investor comments after a tumultuous day in US politics: Mathan Somasundaram, head of research firm Deep Data Analytics, Sydney “It’s basically a reflation trade. Anything that benefits from rising prices is going to do well. “The market had a one-way bet that the Republicans were going to win both seats in the Georgia runoff … but as we found out that didn’t happen, and that changes a lot. “The reason why there’s a relation trade is when ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/66631/eight_col_nzx.jpg?1462141854 The New Zealand stockmarket is running at 1.3 percent up in strong trading after the Democratic Party gained control of the US Senate. Photo: 123RF Despite the ensuing chaos engulfing the US Capitol, US investors had begun the day bullish over the next four years. Overnight, Wall Street investors were piling into financial and industrial stocks in the hopes that a Democratic win would lead to more fiscal stimulus and infrastructure spending. The local NZX has followed. The benchmark top-50 index is up by about 175 points or 1.3 percent in early trading, with stocks being snatched up across the board. The Democrat’s victory has also pushed up clean energy stocks, such as Meridian Energy which is up by as much as 5 percent or 44 cents. Source link ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/250048/eight_col_142952220_xl.jpg?1606517262 There are four new cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation to report in New Zealand in the last two days. Photo: 123rf.com In a statement, the Ministry of Health said there were no new cases in the community. Of the new border cases: One is historical. This person arrived on 4 January from the United Kingdom via Singapore and tested positive on day 0/1 of routine testing and is in the facility in Hamilton. One case arrived on 5 January from the United Kingdom via Qatar. This person tested positive on day 0/1 of routine testing and is in the Auckland quarantine facility. One case arrived on 5 January from the United Kingdom via the United Arab Emirates and Australia. This person tested positive on day 0/1 of routine testing and is in the Auckland quarantine facility. One case arrived on 29 December from the United Kingdom via the ...

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