https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/252841/eight_col_cheque.jpg?1610045301 Some rural communities fear the phasing out of cheques this year is coming too fast, too soon. BNZ, ANZ and Westpac are curtailing the use of cheques in a few months. Photo: 123RF They say reliable internet must come first before they rip up their chequebooks. Sharron-Davie Martin, who lives on a farm in Loburn near Rangiora in Canterbury, sometimes has to pay $500 a month for her internet, even though she has serious problems with using it. She said she received a tax fine because her unreliable internet hampered her ability to do a GST return. She had to do the returns not only for her and her husband’s business, but others in the family too. “I’d been away and was doing it on the day it was due and couldn’t get on the internet. So I couldn’t lodge my return and also I couldn’t pay it. I ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/The-Dutch-Burghers-and-English.jpg Continued from last week Source:Island From the beginning of British colonial rule, primary and secondary education in the Sinhalese and Tamil medium was free from the kindergarten to the Senior School Certificate level (equivalent to today’s GCE ‘O’ in Grade 11) . But the English medium schools constituting about 10 -15 percent of the schools in Sri Lanka charged fees. The best the children educated in the native languages, namely Sinhalese or Tamil, could reach was the teaching profession or becoming notaries, village headmen or ayurvedic physicians. The better jobs and access to tertiary education and the learned professions of law and western medicine, judicial positions, executive appointments in the public service as well as the better private sector jobs were only to those who attended the fee levying English medium schools. The official language of the government was English till 1956. In 1928,the British government appointed a Royal ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/252021/eight_col__CC15708.jpg?1608434294 With just days to go until the start of yachting’s Prada Cup, the number of super yachts visiting New Zealand is still well down on what was expected due to Covid. Photo: Photosport / Chris Cameron But the Royal New Zealand yacht squadron said the economic impact could still be huge. Super yachts wanting to come into New Zealand for the America’s Cup can enter under a special exemption, provided they have at least $50,000 to spend on refits and repairs. The Commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht squadron, Aaron Young, said this has meant the America’s Cup had taken a hit. “Covid has probably reduced impact by around two thirds,” he said. They originally had around 140 expressions of interest before Covid, now the amount of super yachts coming in will be fewer than 40. He said it hadn’t been easy to convince the authorities about the ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/114825/eight_col_120330576_l.jpg?1607643818 A cyber security expert says attacks like the latest on the Reserve Bank could be due to the type of data systems they are using. The Reserve Bank says it is investigating the breach, which may have exposed “commercially and personally sensitive information”. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson The Reserve Bank revealed yesterday a third party file sharing service it uses, which contains some sensitive information, has been hacked. It’s the latest after a string of cyber attacks in the past year targeting several major organisations in New Zealand, including the New Zealand Stock Exchange – which had its servers knocked out of public view for nearly a week in August. Titanium Defence cyber security expert Tony Grasso, who was the cyber lead at the Department of Internal Affairs, told Morning Report file sharing systems could weaken security. Grasso said there was still lots of questions about the breach ...

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Unearthed: The entrance to the original ‘Harry’ tunnel, which lay untouched for almost seven decades Source:DailyMail UK Untouched for almost seven decades, the tunnel used in the Great Escape has finally been unearthed. The 111-yard passage nicknamed ‘Harry’ by Allied prisoners was sealed by the Germans after the audacious break-out from the PoW camp Stalag Luft III in western Poland. Despite huge interest in the subject, encouraged by the film starring Steve McQueen, the tunnel remained undisturbed over the decades because it was behind the Iron Curtain and the Soviet authorities had no interest in its significance. But at last British archaeologists have excavated it, and discovered its remarkable secrets. Many of the bed boards which had  been joined together to stop it collapsing were still in position. And the ventilation shaft, ingeniously crafted from used  powdered milk containers known as  Klim Tins, remained in working order. Scattered throughout the ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Rowan-Atkinson.jpg Rowan Atkinson in Johnny English Strikes Again. Source:The Australian Rowan Atkinson has condemned online cancel culture and censorship, describing social media as a place where medieval mobs roam “the streets looking for someone to burn”. In an extended interview with the UK’s Radio Times, the celebrated British actor and comic criticised social media’s tendency to divide and silence public debate, saying: “It becomes a case of either you’re with us or against us. And if you’re against us, you deserve to be cancelled.” Atkinson, who wrote and starred in the 1980s and 90s sitcoms Blackadder and Mr Bean, has strongly campaigned in support of free speech and open debate. In 2005 he opposed the addition of hate speech laws in the British parliament’s Racial and Religious Hatred Bill. And in 2009 he argued against the introduction of homophobic hate speech clauses into UK law. Atkinson, right in a scene ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/250747/eight_col_000_8Q44MY.jpg?1607208874 New Zealand’s managed isolation facilities now house both the highly-transmissible UK variant of Covid-19 and a new one associated with South Africa. Photo: AFP Almost a quarter of the country’s live cases are now the UK variant with that amount expected to increase. Australia is tightening its MIQ rules after the UK variant was found in its community. And one Covid-19 data modeller here says should either variant get past New Zealand’s border, he expects an alert level 4 lockdown would be needed. Of the 75 active cases in currently in managed isolation in New Zealand, at least 19 are linked to the UK variant, which is believed to be between 40 and 70 percent more infectious than the original strain. The Ministry of Health reported yesterday that the first case of the South African variant has now been detected at the border. While less is known about this ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Sri-Lankan-under10-cricket-team.jpg The Under 10 and Under 12 Boys Cricket teams are seen here Sasen, Raizel, Jurie, Senehas, Dinuk, Sakun, Usuf Ahamed, Mohamed Ifram, Vinuk, Dinuka, Chamith, Tharuk Suhansa, Kavisha, Imeth, Ranulka,Linuka, Vikum, Dinitha,Thinumi,Nuwan, Tharinsa,Chanuga. Source:Dailynews The Sri Lankan Community residing in Adelaide, South Australia are involved in all kinds of sports mostly cricket and the Old Anandians and Old Nalandians have organized a ‘Big Match’ between them which is held annually. They have already played four matches and these matches were organized by an Old Nalandian, Nayan Perera, who is residing in Adelaide, for more than 15 years and involved in so many Welfare Organisations. For the Sri Lankan boys residing there they have arranged two cricket teams inclusive of Under 10 and Under 12 Cricketers trained by two Qualified Coaches to be entered for the Multinational Festival of Junior Cricket called Junior Cricket World Cup organized by the Fitzroy ...

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Source:Dailynews England tour will continue as scheduled despite all-rounder Moeen Ali has tested positive for Covid-19 following the PCR test done on arrival at the airport in Hambantota on January 3. The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed this in a press release yesterday. The 33-year old Ali will now observe a 10-day period of self-isolation, in accordance with the Sri Lanka health authorities protocol on quarantine, where he is likely to undergo a further PCR test before being permitted to rejoin the team. He is likely to miss the first Test. Chris Woakes has been deemed as a possible close contact, and he too will have to observe a period of self-isolation and further testing. The touring party will be PCR tested for a second time on Tuesday morning. At this stage, the team will train for the first time on Wednesday. The 42-member contingent arrived by a special ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/England-tour-to-Sri-Lanka-2021.jpg Englands captain Joe Root (R) arrives at the Rajapaksa international airport in Mattala on January 3, 2021, as England’s cricket team returned to Sri Lanka to play two Tests abandoned in March due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images) Source:-inews England will head into the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle not only undercooked but positively rare after less than two full days’ match practice. It is a concern given their last Test against Pakistan in August was almost six months ago. But a combination of Covid and a packed winter that sees Joe Root’s team head to India for four Tests immediately after this two-match series means just a sole two-day intra-squad warm-up match was scheduled at the start of this tour. Day one took place on Friday, with Team Root facing off against Team Buttler in Hambantota. With ...

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