https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png To further protect New Zealand from COVID-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The change will come into force for all flights arriving in New Zealand after 11:59pm (NZT) on Monday 25 January, to minimise disruption for those passengers with imminent departures. Other countries will be considered for exclusion if their situations change.    “As we signalled last week, given the high rates of infection in many countries, most global air routes are of critical concern for the foreseeable future,” Chris Hipkins said. “New Zealand is currently in a good position with no community cases, but we continue to take action with very specific steps to further strengthen our borders in response to what we’re seeing overseas. “The expansion of Day 0/1 testing at Managed Isolation and Quarantine to all passengers to New ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/interesting-talk-by-sri-lankan-a.jpg   Shattering the traditional mold for “serious” scientists, Asha de Vos, is a charismatic marine biologist who is determined to broaden the scope of consciousness about the natural world by talking about her research in a language anyone can understand. As a female scientist from the developing world, Asha’s unusual career is fueled by curiosity and her passion for researching another “unorthodox species” – the blue whales of Sri Lanka. In her ocean-inspired TEDxMonterey talk, Asha de Vos shares the origins of her powerful affinity for the natural world which has led her to new discoveries and international research on the largest mammals in the world. Armed with degrees from the Universities of St. Andrews, Oxford and Western Australia Asha founded The Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project, the first long-term study on an unusual population of blue whales within the Northern Indian Ocean. She has played a pivotal role ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/109271/eight_col_covid_tracer.jpg?1600079807 It’s a two-second action which could prevent another lockdown, but most people aren’t doing it. Photo: RNZ Use of the Covid-19 tracer app has dropped dramatically over the summer – the number of daily scans on the app is down to a fifth of its peak use. It’s barely half a million scans across the country each day, and only 22 percent of people are using the new Bluetooth tracing feature. Hospitality New Zealand’s chief executive officer Julie White told Morning Report New Zealanders need to make sure that they continue to use the tracer app. “This wicked new variant, which is highly contagious, the risk is really high that we could end up in another lockdown if it arrives in the community,” she said. White said a lot of businesses are doing the right thing and have codes easily accessible to customers. “We’ve done a really good job ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/114084/eight_col_201124_NZ-Housing_02.jpg?1606769738 In the last 10 years, the value of property has doubled in some areas of New Zealand. Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon Figures released by realestate.co.nz show between 2011 and 2020 the asking prices for some properties went up by more than 100 percent. The biggest increase was for the small Bay of Plenty district of Kawerau, where the average asking price went up 132 percent. But strong rises were also seen in Central Hawke’s Bay, Hamilton, Waitakere, and Central Otago. Realestate.co.nz chief executive Sarah Wood told Morning Report the first five years of the past decade, house prices were relatively flat but increases were seen in the second half. “It always comes down to supply and demand issues,” she said. “There is always opportunity in every market, it’s about being really prepared, doing your research and looking at what those opportunities are in the area that you’re looking ...

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Australia will start giving the vaccine by mid-late February starting with the vulnerable people.Are you prepared to have the vaccine when it comes to your turn. This talk may help you to decidewhether to have the jab or not.Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe when it has not undergone adequate testing?The US. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for COVID-19 vaccines, in many countries, and so far, it is supposed to be safe, from large clinical trials, except for minor side effects and reactions lasting for a few days in a very few.In order, for the authorization to be granted, the vaccine manufacturers need to follow-up for at least two months after the trial emergency vaccination, and the vaccine must be proved safe and effective in  the respective population vaccinated.Dozens of coronavirus vaccines have entered the clinical trials during 2020, and now a handful have been ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/103209/eight_col_117115149_l.jpg?1591223397 Schools have told the Education Review Office that some children lost 10 weeks of learning in last year’s lockdowns, but the overall impact of the pandemic is still unclear. The ERO report said there were reasons to be worried about the impact of the pandemic on student learning and most schools (59 percent) were worried the lockdowns had harmed student progress and achievement. Photo: 123RF In a report based on surveys of thousand of students, teachers and principals during and after last year’s national and Auckland lockdowns and interviews with focus groups, the review office (ERO) said anxiety and under-achievement could affect children as they return to schools during the next few weeks. The national lockdown forced schools into nearly six weeks of home-learning from late March to mid-May while the Auckland lockdown cost nearly three weeks of classroom time in August. The ERO report said there were reasons ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/204708/eight_col_92581548_l.jpg?1565489328 A shortage of building supplies is preventing the construction sector from delivering projects on time and within budget. Electrical supplies are among the materials that are getting harder to obtain. Photo: 123RF Plumbing, electrical and glass suppliers are reporting difficulties getting their hands on basic materials because supply lines had been stretched by the pandemic. Active Electrical Suppliers general manager Kevin Pollock said he had been finding it progressively harder to bring products in since the middle of last year. “The consequences of these delays means that the product installation by trades personnel is also delayed and in some instances alternative products are sourced but this requires additional time and resources to manage as well,” Pollock said. “So it becomes a more complex issue.” RNZ spoke to glass, tile, and heating and ventilation suppliers who were reporting similar delays. Master Plumbers Association chief executive Greg Wallace said the challenges ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/killing-me-softly-fugees-cover-b.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.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/oman-3658913_640.jpg         The oldest independent state in the Arab world, is a 1700 km long coastal plain at the southeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula lying bordering the Arabian Sea and the gulf of Oman. Barely inland from the coast ,formidable mountains stand guard massive upheaval in the ocean floor hundreds of millions of years ago formed these mountains ,producing modern Oman, one of the most colorful and geologically diverse countries on earth. The three bordering countries are Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The official name of the country is Sultanate of Oman. A country that has , white sandy beaches, rocky mountain range, sandy desert area,wadis,palm-fringed oasis, and natural landscape. Trees and green grass lawns are a common feature, amazing for a country known as an oil rich desert. Arabic is the official language, English is widely spoken by the modern generation. Islam introduced ...

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