Source:Sundayobserver An important probe Report over a case of match fixing implicating a cricket administrator has been discarded as garbage by Sri Lanka Cricket raising questions on the integrity of an organisation that is allowed to carry on with impunity. Former Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera initiated the probe when it was brought to his notice that the outcome of a domestic contest involving Panadura Sports Club and Kalutara PCC was fixed on the instructions of a cricket official. The probe was done by President’s Council Palitha Kumarasinghe whose Report was submitted to Minister Jayasekera who in turn passed it on to Sri Lanka Cricket for action. The probe Report accuses the official of “improper conduct’ with damning evidence. What is most alarming is that the captain of Panadura Sports Club, Chamara Silva who wore the Sri Lanka cap, had in an affidavit stated that he refused to implement instructions given ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/103893/eight_col_200612_Siouxsie-Wiles-2.jpg?1592202976 Increasing the airflow through isolation hotels is important in helping prevent further spread of Covid-19, microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles says, though it’s still not clear how the latest transmission happened. Microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles. Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook Two people from north Auckland tested positive more than a week after they completed managed isolation at the Pullman Hotel, and a Northland woman who went through isolation at the same facility later tested positive. Everyone who was at the Pullman Hotel in January will be tested, no new returnees would be sent there, and its staff would now not be allowed to move between facilities. Air-conditioning in corridors in the Pullman Hotel isolation facility will be left on constantly to flush out air in common spaces. Dr Wiles told Morning Report it is important to remember that almost all of the hundreds of people who had gone through the facility ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/115561/eight_col_Nasdaq__NZX_sign_MoU_%282%29.jpg?1608751693 The Financial Markets Authority has strongly criticised the stock exchange for being ill prepared and slow to react to last year’s cyber attacks. Trading on the NZX was halted for four days last August. Photo: Supplied / NZX Trading on the NZX was halted for four days last August after heavy cyber attacks disrupted its website. A report by the Authority says the NZX did not have adequate technology, systems or trained staff to cope with the denial of service attacks which overwhelmed the NZX site. “NZX did not have adequate technology capability across its people, processes and platform to comply with market operator obligations and especially in the context of its systemic importance.” It said the NZX did not meet its obligations to ensure a properly functioning market. The FMA said the NZX already knew its systems were not coping with a large increase in trading. It said ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Indian-cricket.jpg Source:Sundayobserver NEW DELHI: After India ended Australia’s 32-year unbeaten streak at Brisbane’s Gabba ground to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test series, AFP Sport looks at the injury-hit team’s unlikely heroes: Mohammed Siraj: tragedy to triumph Despite grieving his father, who died just before the series, the 26-year-old emerged as one of India’s new stars. Thrust into the limelight after a succession of injuries to front-line bowlers, Siraj rose to the challenge with a maiden five-wicket haul in Brisbane, only his third Test. Siraj’s father, an auto-rickshaw driver from the southern city of Hyderabad, always dreamed of seeing his son play for India, but he passed away on November 20. Siraj stayed in Australia and missed his father’s last rites despite an offer to fly back home. The image of Siraj welling up when India’s national anthem was played in Sydney went viral. “The boy has become a man on ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/254044/eight_col_DR.jpg?1611716524 South Auckland GPs and medical practices are still feeling the pressure after the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown, according to a new report. Dr Andrew Chan Mow, the clinical director at South Seas Healthcare in Ōtara, says a lot of doctors have felt the pressure caused by the pandemic. Photo: LDR / Stephen Forbes The report, to the Counties Manukau District Health Board’s community and public health advisory committee, shows low staff morale and burnout are exacerbating the problem. “The overall morale in general practice is low at the moment. People are feeling burnt out and tired and the stress levels are probably at a greater level than in the general population,” it said. Some clinics have reduced the numbers of doctors and nurses to manage costs, but this could add to staffing shortages and compound workforce issues, the report said. If smaller practices’ financial sustainability becomes an issue, the larger ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/248873/eight_col_test.jpg?1605654160 Genome mapping details from the two people in Auckland being treated as confirmed Covid-19 cases are expected back today. Photo: 123RF The pair [https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/435296/two-more-people-linked-with-pullman-hotel-treated-as-confirmed-covid-cases completed their managed isolation in the same facility and at the same time as the Northland community case. They left quarantine at the Pullman Hotel on 15 January and have been living in North Auckland. They will now isolate in the Jet Park quarantine facility. The Ministry of Health is not ruling out the cases as historical infections but said test results so far indicate the pair may have contracted Covid-19 towards the end of their stay in managed isolation, after returning two negative tests each during their stay. People who visited locations of interest in Auckland or anyone with symptoms, are asked to isolate and call Healthline to arrange a test and remain isolated until they receive their result. The list of locations is ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/116600/eight_col_Siouxsie_theVirus2.jpg?1611727807 Newly revealed positive test results for Covid-19 in two people who previously tested negative could be “weak positives”, and may not mean they are infectious, says microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles. Microbiologist Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles. Photo: Arvid Eriksson Further testing is being done this evening on the two returnees who went through managed isolation at the Pullman Hotel at the same time as the most recent community case in a Northland woman. Associate professor Wiles told Checkpoint that weak positive tests for Covid-19 need to be thoroughly investigated, but may be a historic infection and no longer dangerous. Weak positive tests often don’t show as positive straight away, she said. “That can indicate either the very start of an infection, or can be somebody who has had an infection in the past and this is just the remnants of the viral RNA that are still around, but that have been ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/253910/eight_col_Kamo_testing_1610.jpg?1611608039 People over the age of 50 in the Far North are being urged by iwi leaders to stay at home and those outside the region are being told to avoid travelling there until after 8 February. People queue in cars for Covid-19 tests in Kamo, Northland, this week. Photo: RNZ / Liu Chen Te Kahui o Taonui, Te Tai Tokerau iwi leaders, met yesterday to discuss how best to protect at risk people, including kaumātua, from the community case of Covid-19 in the region. Ngāpuhi Pandemic Response project lead Tia Ashby was at the hui and said that if kaumātua did need to leave the home for important appointments, they should wear a mask. “We just need to be vigilant and protect our whakapapa,” Ashby. “Many [iwi] have now engaged resurgence protocols, we’ve mobilised our health workforce and extended testing hours [and] all these messages have been communicated out ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/heart-warming-moment-damian-aspi.jpg In June 2017 our Chairman, Damian Aspinall and his wife, Victoria, made a special trip to our project in Gabon to oversee the transfer of a young gorilla group from the sanctuary where they met, to our Gorilla Protection Project in the Batéké Plateau National Park. During their trip, Damian and Victoria met up with Djalta and Ima; two male gorillas from Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent, who made the journey back to the wild in 2003. To find out more about our gorilla reintroduction projects and to support The Aspinall Foundation’s vital conservation work please visit: https://www.aspinallfoundation.org/the-aspinall-foundation/damian-and-victoria-aspinall-visit-to-gabon/   Source link ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/250747/eight_col_000_8Q44MY.jpg?1607208874 Today further information is awaited on two people who tested positive for Covid-19, all close contacts of the Northland case have turned up negative, and contentious checkpoints, vaccine information and border closures were discussed. Much hangs on further testing of two possible community cases, which authorities say could be ‘historic’. Photo: AFP Two more positive cases, but both could be ‘historic’ Health officials are investigating two more possible cases of Covid-19 in people who were at Auckland’s Pullman Hotel at the same time as the Northland community case. They have returned positive tests for the virus, but it is possible this could be due to a historic infection, the Ministry of Health said. Both are isolating at home and neither has symptoms. They had each returned negative tests previously, and are being retested. See all RNZ coverage of Covid-19 But tracing staff have already begun assembling details of their ...

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