https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/1.-The-Tokyo-Olympics.jpg (CNN)Yes, it may be tempting fate. Yes, the 2020 version of this story now reads like a depressing farce. But come on. Something good has to happen in 2021, right? A lot of things that were canceled in 2020 are back on this year. Tentatively. And a lot of commonplace activities that we’ve previously taken for granted may slowly return to our lives, things like hugging and not being uneasy about getting on a plane. TENTATIVELY. If everything goes right, we can dare to look forward to these notable spots in 2021. Source:7news The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were put on pause because of the pandemic, but are now scheduled for July 2021. It may not look like Olympics past — the IOC says it will be a “simpler, more restrained approach,” — but that won’t stop us from indulging in the communal joy of pretending to know how gymnastics is scored. 2. ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/110446/eight_col_foreign_students.jpg?1495420553 The government will allow 1000 foreign students to enter the country from April as part of the recovery plan for international education, it has been announced. Chris Hipkins says the move is worth $49 million to the economy. Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone Education Minister Chris Hipkins said the students must be part-way through a degree or postgraduate course and would have to pay for the cost of their time in managed isolation. Education providers have been lobbying the government to reopen the border to foreign students, who are worth more than $5 billion a year to the economy. Hipkins said priority would be given to students who were closest to completing their qualification. “The students will return to New Zealand in phases, beginning with a cohort of 300 that will be able to return from April, with the remaining students returning throughout the year as MIQ availability allows,” ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/115121/eight_col_Tiwai_2012-5329.jpg?1608105234 The threatened Tiwai Point aluminium smelter will keep operating through to the end of December 2024, in a new deal just announced to the New Zealand stock exchange. Photo: Graham Dainty 2012 Mining conglomerate Rio Tinto announced last year it was closing Tiwai due to high energy and transmission costs. Meridian Energy said that global mining giant Rio Tinto, Tiwai’s owner, has accepted a new contract. Meridian Energy’s chief executive Neal Barclay said it should provide more certainty to the people of Southland. He said it is still planning for the eventual exit of the smelter but will now accelerate other opportunities. The extension of time for Tiwai smelter will help extend around 1000 jobs in Southland. Another 1600 owe their income to contracting and services required to keep the plant running. Rio Tinto, which had proposed to close the smelter by August this year, said the extra three ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Today’s deal between Meridian and Rio Tinto for the Tiwai smelter to remain open another four years provides time for a managed transition for Southland. “The deal provides welcome certainty to the Southland community by protecting jobs and incomes as the region plans for the future. The Government is committed to working on a managed transition with the local community,” Grant Robertson said. “The Government has been focussed on helping to ensure a deal is reached which kept the smelter open for longer than the year initially proposed by Rio. “The four-year deal will help protect jobs and incomes in Southland and provides a timeline for the Southland community to work alongside the Government to map out a clear transition plan for the region for the time the Tiwai smelter is shut down,” Grant Robertson said. “The strong relationship between the Government, iwi, local authorities and the Southland business ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/253128/eight_col_toll.jpg?1610559886 Britain reported 1564 new deaths within 28 days of a positive test for Covid-19 on Wednesday, a record daily toll, meaning more have died in the second wave of the pandemic than the first wave last year, a health official said. Medics transfer a patient with Covid-19 into the Royal London Hospital. Photo: AFP The reported daily number of deaths exceeded the 1325 recorded on 8 January and comes as Britain battles a new, more transmissible variant of the virus. The government figures showed there were another 47,525 cases, up from 45,533 new cases on Tuesday. Britain is targeting a 24-hour, 7-day a week Covid-19 vaccination programme as soon as possible, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, as he bids to step up the pace of the rollout with daily coronavirus deaths at record levels. AstraZeneca executives said the company was on track to deliver 2 million doses of its ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/110364/eight_col_53738268_l.jpg?1601583770 Alphabet Inc’s Google will pause political ads on all of its platforms starting 14 January, following last week’s violence at the US Capitol, according to an email to advertisers seen by Reuters. Photo: 123RF / Anthony Brown The email said the action was taken “following the unprecedented events of the past week and ahead of the upcoming presidential inauguration.” It said Google was planning to keep this policy in place until at least 21 January, the day after the inauguration. Google had lifted its temporary ban on election-related advertisements, which came into effect after polls closed in the US presidential election and aimed to curb misinformation and other abuses on its platforms, on 10 December. It said it was now extending the limited version of its ‘Sensitive Event’ policy that had been in place since protesters stormed the Capitol on 6 January. In a statement, Google said it would ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Geoffrey-Bawa-Sage-of-Sri-Lanka-1.jpg Sage of Sri Lanka: Geoffrey bawa has always been in the forefront of regional architecture in South Asia. Now, at the end of an inventive and insightful career, his achievements in rediscovering traditional Sri Lankan architecture and relating it to modernity have been recognized by the Aga Khan with the Chairman’s Award, only the third time it has ever been given. Geoffrey Bawa is Sri Lanka’s most prolific and influential architect. His work has had tremendous impact upon architecture throughout Asia and is unanimously acclaimed by connoisseurs of architecture worldwide. On only the third occasion since he founded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1977, the Aga Khan will present the special Chairman’s Award during the 2001 Award cycle to Bawa to honour and celebrate his lifetime achievements. Bawa was born in 1919 in what was then the British colony of Ceylon. His father was a wealthy and ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Madduma-Bandara.jpg Madduma Bandara as a source of inspiration: Source:Island Inspired by my friend Captain Elmo Jayawardena’s story in The Island about the grave and headstone of late Ehelepola Adigaram in Mauritius, I thought of writing about the late Adigarm’s younger son, Sri Lanka’s child hero, Madduma Bandara, and how stories about him can be used to inspire the younger generation of Sri Lanka to be brave and patriotic. Captain Elmo’s much-researched book, The Last Kingdom of Sinhalay”, won the State Literacy Award in 2005. I have read it several times to understand what went wrong with our nation. When asked by a reporter on 27th October 2015, when he received the highest honour, “Sahitya Ratna”, at the State Literary Festival in 2015, he said, “I simply write for the love of it and it gives me a voice to reach the people”. Well said Sir!  My story about Madduma Bandara starts with my good ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/226820/eight_col_033_6209814_5e8358bcbcdfa.jpg?1585716741 New Zealanders are pessimistic about the prospects of economic recovery this year compared to other nationalities and think social inequalities will increase, according to a new global survey. The majority of Kiwis surveyed didn’t believe there would be widespread availability of Covid vaccines this year. Photo: AFP Market research giant Ipsos questioned 23,700 people in 31 countries on its Global Advisor online platform between 23 October and 6 November, last year and released its finding this morning. A 1000-person sample in New Zealand showed Kiwis were gloomy not only about the chances of a post-Covid bounce in economic fortunes, but were also sceptical about the wide availability of vaccines, and thought income inequality would become worse. Research Director for IPSOS, Jonathan Dodd, told Morning Report New Zealanders generally felt better off than those overseas, but conversely had a less rosy view of the future economically, partly due to a ...

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[og_img] Would you pay $200 for the world’s best sparkling? The ‘spectacular’ Australian wine that’s beaten rivals from around the world – even France – By CINDY TRAN A bottle of sparkling wine from Australia has been crowned the best in the world, beating drops from all around the globe A bottle of sparkling wine from Australia has been crowned the best in the world  The House Of Arras E.J. Carr Late Disgorged 2004 takes out the wine of the year  Named number one sparkling in the Decanter Magazine Top 100 wines of 2020 Source: Daily Mail A bottle of sparkling wine from Australia has been crowned the best in the world, beating drops from all around the globe. The House Of Arras E.J. Carr Late Disgorged 2004 has won the ‘Top Sparkling Wine in Decanter’s Wine of the Year 2020 Tasting’ – a tasting panel managed by one of the ...

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