https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/104194/eight_col_Prof_Michael_Baker_-_HighRes-2.jpg?1592696874 Epidemiologist Michael Baker is warning pre-departure testing is not enough to keep Covid-19 out of New Zealand communities. Epidemiologist Michael Baker. Photo: University of Otago, Wellington / Luke Pilkinton-Ching​ A tougher requirement for pre-departure testing from nearly all countries [ https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/covid-19/434763/expanded-pre-departure-covid-19-testing-starts-next-week comes into effect at 11.59pm on Monday 25 January]. At present travellers from the UK and the US need certified proof of a negative Covid-19 test in the 72 hours before departure. Baker, a member of the Covid-19 Technical Advisory Group, told Morning Report the overall strategy was excellent but controls need to be increased because the risk had risen, with more of the virus being the very infectious variants. “We need to do everything we can to turn that tap down over the next few months until we get widespread use of vaccination overseas and hopefully also in New Zealand.” A single pre-departure test a few days ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/42398/eight_col_large_1M1A8781.jpg?1435720454 People wanting a specific builder or a refurbishment to their home are being told they may have to wait one to two years due to a lack of skilled tradies. New Zealand Certified Builders chief executive Grant Florence says there’s a great flow of new and eager tradies coming into the sector – but still a major shortage of skilled tradespeople. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson The housing boom and an ageing work-force has been exacerbated by a lack of international labour due to border closures. Last month the Building and Construction Industry said the number of apprentices was at an all time high – 16,000 people are currently training for one of the trades. New Zealand Certified Builders chief executive Grant Florence said there was a great flow of new and eager tradies coming into the sector – but still a major shortage of skilled tradespeople. “There’s been ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/England.jpg Source:Island There was a time when England barely lasted three days in Galle. The extreme heat, tracks that turned square and skilful spinners brought misery upon successive England teams. But they have found a way to turn the tide. What is England doing right to succeed in Sri Lankan conditions? In the last ten years, England have visited the island on three occasions and have never lost a series. The easy answer is to say that the Sri Lankan team has lost some big names and the team is in transition. That’s not the truth. When England squared the two match series in 2012, the big three – Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and T.M. Dilshan – were very much part of the side. So, they must be doing something right to do well here. To start with England and Wales Cricket Board initiated a programme whereby their young First ...

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There is more than one way you could bring down blood sugar level to normal range (fasting 90-110 mg), if you have diabetes.Early stages, your doctor will refer you to a dietician for advice on dietetic management. This early stage (pre-diabetic phase) diet and exercise alone will help to control the disease and possibly even reverse.Being having a genetic factor for diabetes or family history, you may need to continue both exercise and strict low GI foods discipline long term. When you are a full blown diabetic due to neglect during the early phase, your doctor will put you on medication to bring down your blood sugar level with food restrictions. Medication alone can control the blood sugar level but may not be able to reverse the diabetic situation unless the insulin resistance is reduced. In short, you need to take medication right through life, as most do. Another way ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/114912/eight_col_000_8WY4UH.jpg?1607804032 The government is being told it has some work on its hands to reach the one in four people who say they don’t intend to get a Covid-19 vaccine. A lab technician during a dry run ahead of a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine shipment in the US (file image). Photo: AFP Experts say the government will need to use trusted leaders in different communities to reach vaccine sceptics, and a failure to do so will worsen health inequities. The government’s information campaign about the vaccine is crucial – especially with misinformation to contend with – when considering the importance of a vaccination to dealing with the pandemic. Otago University associate professor Dr Sue Crengle, one of the leaders of Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā, the National Māori Pandemic Group, said a government campaign would need to get a bit creative and not be seen as coming only from the state. “It ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/223709/eight_col_Honey_generic_1610.jpg?1582755474 Japan is warning it will stop importing New Zealand honey if it continues to find the weed killer glyphosate during border testing. Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has told our Ministry for Primary Industries that if 5 percent of imported honey exceeds its glyphosate limit, it will stop the honey coming into the Japan (file image). Photo: 123RF New Zealand’s global honey exports totalled $490 million last year, with almost $68m of that sent to Japan. Japan is now testing all honey from New Zealand at the border, after it detected glyphosate for the second time through random testing. Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has told the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) that if 5 percent of imported honey exceeds its glyphosate limit, it will stop the honey coming into Japan. MPI food risk assessment manager at New Zealand Food Safety, Andrew Pearson, said as ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Court-cases.jpg Source:Island (With Contempt of Court cases making news recently, we publish today an article written by E.C.B. Wijeyesinghe, a famous journalist of yesteryear on the Contempt of Court case against the Editor of the Daily News in the nineteen thirties) One of the occupational hazards of the editor of a newspaper is to suffer for other people’s sins. There is, of course, a sacred precedent for this kind of undeserved torture: but you cannot put up that plea in mitigation of the punishment when you stand face to face with the majesty of the law. In case you are eager to know what I am driving at, let me say at once that this is just a preamble to a story about an illustrious editor of the Ceylon Daily News who escaped by the skin of his teeth from spending a holiday in the Welikade Prison. His name is ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Anyone-entering-Australia.jpg Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official Anyone entering Australia has to undergo a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantineSource:BBC Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official. The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July. Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations. Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March. “I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday. “Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Master-blaster-fires-for-Buckley.jpg Source:-dandenong Buckley Ridges champion Daniel ‘DJ’ Watson sent a reminder of his sheer power and class with a dominant century against HSD to guide the Bucks to a barnstorming win on Saturday. DJ – who has produced many performances of his glittering career at Park Oval that have turned heads and sent others ducking for cover – belted an unbeaten 138 from 124 balls against the Cobras in his first Turf 1 century since 2017/18. After being sent in to bat, Watson and new recruit Ian Cockbain (14) – the Gloucestershire batsman making his debut for the club – were fluent early on notching up 33 for the first wicket before the home side broke through to remove the dangerous top-order star. Despite falling to 3/97, Watson blew the home side away with a whirlwind century on a big ground, combining power with clever shot placement to combine for a flattening 136-run ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/116212/eight_col_063_1287497112.jpg?1610995653 A man too afraid to fly due to the pandemic lived undetected in a secure area of Chicago’s international airport for three months, US prosecutors say. A traveller passing through Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. File photo Photo: AFP / Getty Images Aditya Singh, 36, was arrested on Saturday after airline staff asked him to produce his identification. He pointed to a badge, but it allegedly belonged to an operations manager who reported it missing in October. Police say Singh arrived on a flight from Los Angeles to O’Hare International Airport on 19 October. He reportedly found the staff badge in the airport and was “scared to go home due to Covid”, Assistant State Attorney Kathleen Hagerty said, according to the Chicago Tribune. He managed to live on handouts from other passengers, she told the judge in the case. Cook County Judge Susana Ortiz expressed surprise at the circumstances of the ...

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