https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/116295/eight_col_47284341_l.jpg?1611177277 Labour market confidence improved in December, although remains below pre-Covid levels. Photo: Gaj Rudolf/123 RF The fourth quarter Westpac McDermott Miller Employment Confidence Index rose to 97.6 in the December quarter, which was a 10.2 point increase on the September survey. Westpac chief economist Dominick Stephens said most of the improvement in confidence related to job opportunities and job security. “As the Covid-19 restrictions were lifted, activity has been able to quickly return towards previous levels, and firms are ready to hire again,” he said. “The exception is the tourism sector, due to the closure of international borders. “This continues to have an impact on job prospects and confidence.” Confidence among private sector employees had also risen considerably since last quarter, but they remained pessimistic at 96.6 points, which was an increase of 12.9 points. This compared with public sector employees who were cautiously optimistic at 100.3 points – ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The Government has released its Public Housing Plan 2021-2024 which outlines the intention of where 8,000 additional public and transitional housing places announced in Budget 2020, will go. “The Government is committed to continuing its public house build programme at pace and scale. The extra 8,000 homes – 6000 public housing places and 2,000 transitional housing places –  reinforces the Government’s investment in public housing. The plan confirms we are on track to deliver over 18,000 extra places by 2024,” says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.  “This is not only delivering more warm, dry public housing for those most vulnerable to housing shortages, but also boosts economic activity, jobs in the building sector, employment and apprenticeship opportunities for young people. “Fixing the housing crisis is a key focus of this Government and our public housing programme plays a key part in enabling more housing to be built through infrastructure investment ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/eLanka_Australia-SriLanka-e1597242312381.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.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated President Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America. “I look forward to building a close relationship with President Biden and working with him on issues that matter to both our countries,” Jacinda Ardern said. “New Zealand and the United States have shared interests in addressing global challenges including climate change, the COVID-19 economic recovery, and the security, prosperity and sustainability of the Indo-Pacific and Pacific Island regions. We have a common investment in the international rules-based order and I welcome President Biden’s intentions for the US to re-join the Paris Agreement and halt its withdrawal from the World Health Organisation. “President Biden is a good friend of New Zealand, and we have fond memories of his 2016 visit to our shores. Under his presidency the strong and close relationship that New Zealand enjoys with the ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/25449/eight_col_photo_2.jpg?1484605671 NCEA results went online this morning and 140,000 teenagers are finding out how the pandemic affected their education last year. Students can now check their results online. File photo Photo: Supplied Students can see how they performed in their end-of-year exams and whether they have achieved an NCEA certificate. They will also learn how many extra “learning recognition credits” they received and whether they have merit or excellence endorsements for particular subjects or for their entire NCEA certificate. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) said it could not yet provide any analysis of the results, but schools would be able to see how their own students had performed and make comparisons to previous years. The “learning recognition credits” were awarded to students to mitigate the disadvantage caused by the national and Auckland lockdowns. Auckland students were eligible for one of the extra credits for every four regular credits they ...

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[og_img]  Richmond 60 Club Birthday Greetings to Walter J. May – A SPORTING LEGEND   MESSAGE OF THE 6O CLUB PRESIDENT As the President of the Richmond 60 Club, I am happy to write a few words for the special supplement issued to coincide with the 92nd birthday of Walter J May on 08th January 2021. He joined Richmond in 1952 as English Teacher & continued until 1956. I was a student at the time in the lower middle school and did not have much to interact with this outstanding personality, as much as I would have loved to. Nevertheless, I distinctly remember this tall lanky and handsome teacher at school smartly clad with folded shirt sleeves, a regular feature in his dress code. Walter J May was a true sporting legend who excelled in the field of athletics and gained recognition as a National Champion besides representing Ceylon (now ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Fort-Fredrick01.jpg  Situated about four kilometers from Trincomalee town center, Fort Frederic also known as Trincomalee Fort or Fort Triquillimale is a fort built by the Portuguese. The Fort was built in 1624 CE on Swami Rock Konamamali from the debris of world renowned ancient Hindu Temple, Koneswaram Temple (Temple of Thousand Pillars). The Temple was destroyed by *Constantino de Sá de Noronha under Phillip II. Fort Triquillimale was dismantled and rebuilt by the Dutch in 1665 and renamed it as Fort Frederick. Later, the Temple was rebuilt. Originally, Fort Triquillimale has been a triangular shape. The triangular fort had been outfitted with artillery bastions with the objective defending against British invaders. In 1795, during the British Colonial Era, the British took over Fort Frederick and added artillery to the Fort. The gateway of the Fort which pierces the sturdy walls is crowned with royal insignias. According to folklore, the Dutch ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/116262/eight_col_000_8TC63C.jpg?1611114599 By Kagondu Njagi for Reuters Sitting on a low bench at her shop in a Nairobi slum, Grace Wangari sifted through a handful of grains that a waiting customer had just ordered. As she poured them into a shopping bag, the customer scrolled through her phone to pay for the purchase. People wear face masks while queueing during a mass testing for Covid-19. File photo. Photo: AFP Normally, Wangari would have been paid in shilling notes, Kenya’s hard currency, but in some ways she preferred the digital payment that was instantly transferred to her phone. “I am happy with this transaction because there is no risk of losing my stock to conmen or people who have come to take goods on credit,” said Wangari, a middle-aged trader in Mukuru Kayiaba, one of the city’s poorest slums. The transaction happened through Sarafu, a blockchain-based community currency that is helping thousands ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/unnamed.gif A limited number of free tickets will be made available to members of the public, joining frontline workers who have been invited to Australia Day 2021 events in Sydney next week. Australia Day Council of NSW Chair, Andrew Parker said that while Australia Day 2021 will be different this year, the community will still have an opportunity to celebrate our national day in a COVID-Safe way. “This Australia Day we will have fewer events, with smaller crowds and everyone will be able to watch the celebrations at home on ABC TV,” Mr Parker said. “We have been guided by health advice and are pleased to confirm today that 500 frontline workers have been offered tickets to attend the Australia Day Live concert at the Sydney Opera House.” Mr Parker said a further 500 tickets will be available to the public to view Australia Day Live fireworks from the Museum ...

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