https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/116331/eight_col_pune.jpg?1611256398 Five people have been killed in a fire at the site of the world’s largest vaccine producer in western India. Smoke rises after a fire broke out at India’s Serum Institute in Pune on January 21, 2021. Photo: AFP The blaze started at a building which was still under construction at the Serum Institute of India’s facilities in Pune on Thursday afternoon. Footage showed thick plumes of smoke billowing from a building on the company’s sprawling site. The company said vaccine production would not be affected. The cause of the fire has not been identified. The fire was later brought under control, but the city’s mayor confirmed that five people had died. “We have just received some distressing updates; upon further investigation we have learnt that there has unfortunately been some loss of life at the incident,” the Serum Institute’s CEO, Adar Poonawalla, said in a tweet. “We are ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/241568/eight_col_Airvo_Full.jpg?1599177812 The relentless demand for respiratory products around the world due to Covid-19 hospitalisations has seen the equipment manufacturer Fisher & Paykel Healthcare’s revenue continue to skyrocket. Fisher & Paykel Healthcare’s Airvo 2 device used to treat Covid-19 patients Photo: Supplied From April to December last year, the first nine months of its 2021 financial year, revenue was up 73 percent on the year before. Chief executive Lewis Gradon said in the hospital product group, which included equipment used in acute and chronic respiratory care and surgery, operating revenue grew 113 percent, hospital hardware revenue grew by more than 400 percent and hospital consumables were up 54 percent. “In many parts of the world, we have continued to see an influx of Covid-19 patients requiring hospitalisation for respiratory treatment. Healthcare professionals are dealing with pressures unlike anything they have faced before. Our thoughts are with them, the patients under their ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/kiri-for-gama-and-kolamba-kakiri.jpg Jack, disillusioned with restrictions on movement asked John-why so-John explained the reasons-so obvious and said-that some are stressed out and some ponder as to what hit them and how they could face this-new normal-till a new order is so ordained what is that asked Jack-John then continued to say that with wide and ramified consequences-he will confine to the rural and urban youth communities-that are being destabilized and stressed-while comparing it to a period when all peoples including youth thrived and beamed with satisfaction with an agricultural system that tilled the land well enough-to have earned -our country the epithet-granary of the east what happened thereon asked Jack we cannot deny that foreigners who at a certain stage colonized the country-destabilized society-leaving a trail of-good bad and the ugly with which we must come to terms appreciating the good and embracing the rest in a state of compulsion-charity-forgiveness and ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/112964/eight_col_000_1T96M0.jpg?1605339249 Early evidence suggests the variant of coronavirus that has emerged in the UK may be more deadly, Prime Minister Boris Johnson says. The new variant has become the dominant version of the virus in England and Northern Ireland. (file pic) Photo: AFP / Northwestern Medicine The data has been assessed by scientists on the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group, which has briefed government. However, all the evidence remains at a preliminary stage. Studies have already shown it can spread more easily than other versions of the virus. The new variant was first detected in Kent in the UK in September. It has since become the dominant version of the virus in England and Northern Ireland, and has spread to more than 50 other countries. Johnson told a media briefing in London: “In addition to spreading more quickly, it also now appears that there is some evidence ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/242610/eight_col_37013275_l.jpg?1600146624 Strong and steady demand for aged care and retirement units has driven Oceania Healthcare’s first half profit up by two thirds on the year earlier. File photo. Photo: 123RF The aged care and retirement village operator and developer reported net profit for the first six months ended in November rose 67 percent to $25.8 million dollars, with sales volumes up 44 percent on the year earlier. “The company achieved very strong sales volume across both new sales and resales over the first half of the financial year, as well as experiencing continued strong demand for our premium care suites across the country,” chief executive Earl Gasparich said. Revenue rose 7 percent to $105m, with cashflow up 31 percent to $74.6m as a result of strong sales volumes. The company said there had been no Covid-19 cases recorded to date in any of Oceania Healthcare’s aged care centres or retirement ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Rev.-Sr.-Sandya-Fernando-e1611331723667.jpg Shortly after the Asian Tsunami of 2004 – The Australia Sri Lanka Medical Aid Team were invited by Sr. Disna the Principal of Sacred Heart Convent Galle to visit and spend some time with the senior students of the school. We accepted that invitation and were treated to a great morning with children who were delighted to meet the medical team  from Australia. Sacred Heart Convent continues to teach and nurture their children with great love and care. Waruni and Pushpika were two sisters whom we met on our first trip to Galle. One of them has now graduated with Second Class Honours in Geography from Ruhunu University. Sacred Heart Convent was founded in Galle by Sisters from Belgium in 1896 – the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary. Source link ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/253294/eight_col_161655534_l.jpg?1610841633 There have been nine new cases of Covid-19 reported in managed isolation in New Zealand over the past two days, the Ministry of Health says. Photo: 123rf.com In a statement, the ministry said there are no new cases in the community. The new cases came from the USA, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, India and Kazakhstan. With another 12 previously reported cases now recovered, the total number of active cases in New Zealand is 73. The total number of confirmed cases is 1920. In its statement, the Ministry also noted that it has now been one year since the first Covid-19 PCR test was carried out in New Zealand. “The first test, on 22 January 2020, was processed by ESR. Almost 1.5 million tests have been carried out in the community and at the border since that time. “Testing is a key component of our elimination strategy ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/3085/eight_col_original_reserve_crop.jpg?1433712082 How a “malicious and illegal breach” was able to occur and what information was taken from the Reserve Bank is now known. The Reserve Bank’s core functions were unaffected, sound and operational during a recent data breach. Photo: RNZ Earlier in the month the central bank confirmed one of its data systems, a file-sharing application known as Accellion, had been compromised. Governor Adrian Orr said after an investigation by the bank, police and forensic security specialists the cause of the breach was now known and resolved. “Based on the results of our investigation and analysis to date we have been able to tell stakeholders which of their files on the File Transfer Application (FTA) were downloaded illegally during the breach. “This prioritised analysis is continuing and we are supporting stakeholders to manage risks and respond appropriately. “We are also keeping the Office of the Privacy Commissioner regularly informed and ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/john-Keells1.jpg Brought to you by – John Keells Stock Brokers (JKSB)     John Keells Stock Brokers (JKSB) is a leading equity brokerage house in Sri Lanka and is a subsidiary of John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH), the largest listed entity on the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE). We are one of 15 founding members of the Colombo Stock Exchange and our history in equity trading dates back to 1896. We are widely regarded in the industry for good governance practices with an emphasis on compliance and regulations. Our core sales and research staff have been engaged with the firm for a period of 10 – 25 years. Over the years this has helped JKSB develop strong and lasting relationships with our core client base of Foreign Funds/Individuals, Local Institutions and HNWI’s. This has contributed to our superior offering of order sourcing and placement capabilities. JKSB has always excelled in its ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/241520/eight_col_code.jpg?1599157731 Slip, slop, slap and scan – that was the message given to New Zealanders as they entered their first summer without international tourists in decades. Photo: Ministry of Health But with many New Zealanders hitting the trails and exploring the great outdoors, trampers are questioning why Covid-19 QR codes aren’t available at popular DOC huts and toilets. Nelson resident Jan is one of them. She’s visited the Heaphy Track, Elaine Bay campsite, and Tauranga Bay as she explores day walks both in her region and on the West Coast this summer. But she’s been baffled that the familiar bright yellow striped QR code signs are nowhere to be seen at popular DOC toilet stops or facilities. “How do you do it if they’re not there? I mean it’s a very visual reminder as you pop into your potty spot, to go ‘on my gosh, the QR, shivers, we’ll scan ...

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