https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/181903/eight_col_Jeff_Bezos_1610.jpg?1546979141 Amazon.com Inc says founder Jeff Bezos will step down as chief executive and become executive chairman, as the company reported its third consecutive record profit and quarterly sales above $US100 billion for the first time. Jeff Bezos will step down as CEO of Amazon. Photo: AFP The transition, slated for the third quarter, will make current cloud computing chief Andy Jassy Amazon’s next chief executive officer. Net sales rose to $US125.56 billion as consumers turned to the world’s largest online retailer for holiday shopping, beating analyst estimates of $US119.7 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Bezos, who started the company 27 years ago as an internet bookseller, said in a note to employees posted on Amazon’s website, “As Exec Chair I will stay engaged in important Amazon initiatives but also have the time and energy I need to focus on the Day 1 Fund, the Bezos Earth Fund, ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The latest data from Stats NZ today shows the recovering economy is continuing to add jobs, led by a record high for jobs in construction, while unemployment fell. Employment rose by 17,000 in the December quarter, up 0.6 percent on the previous September quarter. Women made up 10,000 of the increase in the last three months of the year. The unemployment rate fell from 5.3 percent to 4.9 percent. This compares with the Treasury’s Half year Economic and Fiscal Update forecast unemployment rate of 6 percent. “Construction jobs rose by 21,000 annually, which included those working as plumbers, electricians, and roofers. This more than offset the impact of COVID-19 on tourism-related industries,” Grant Robertson said. “The Government’s decisive actions to keep people connected to their jobs and support businesses and households through the COVID-19 pandemic has been reflected in today’s positive numbers. “Confidence in the Government’s handling of the ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/01-Russia.jpg Source:Sundayobserver Russia has expressed its willingness to allow Sri Lanka to produce its own Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V locally if the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) authorises it for local use, a senior state official said. The Sputnik V vaccine is already being manufactured in India and those two countries signed agreements last year to produce 300 million doses of the Russian vaccine in Indian laboratories. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has authorised the use of the Chinese and Russian drugs that have shown high efficacy levels but the NMRA is yet to approve the two vaccines for either emergency or regular use, the official said. The Indian manufactured Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was given the green light for emergency use by the NMRA and the first consignment of 500,000 doses, arrived in the country on Thursday as a grant from the Indian Government. The Chinese Government has also expressed its readiness to ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/114443/eight_col_033_6408011_5fcb76f8d2556.jpg?1607188847 Scientists have given Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine the green light saying it was almost 92 percent effective in fighting Covid-19 based on peer-reviewed late-stage trial results published in The Lancet international medical journal. A health worker giving the Sputnik V vaccine in Moscow. Photo: AFP The results, collated by the Gamaleya Institute in Moscow that developed and tested the vaccine, were in line with efficacy data reported at earlier stages of the trial, which has been running in Moscow since September. “The development of the Sputnik V vaccine has been criticised for unseemly haste, corner cutting, and an absence of transparency,” said Ian Jones, professor at the University of Reading, and Polly Roy, professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. “But the outcome reported here is clear and the scientific principle of vaccination is demonstrated,” the scientists, who were not involved in the study, said in ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/anjelo.jpg Poacher turns Game keeper at cover-up meeting as problem-creating administrators are seen as solution finders: Recalled cricket manager Jerome Jayaratne (left) meets former captain Angelo Mathews in this file photo during a recent media event after an overseas tour Source:Sundayobserver Amid calls for the sacking of the current cricket administration and replacing it with an alternate body in the aftermath of catastrophic team results, the jockeying for positions and vote buying are taking shape while a high-level discussion to turn things around has been seen by analysts as an eye-washing cover-up that changes very little or nothing. An election to either allow the present set of shady Sri Lanka Cricket administrators to continue or be replaced with another tried and tested outfit is scheduled to be held in two months time. But the biggest fear is that the political hitch-hiking will continue in an establishment that a former Sports ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/116416/eight_col_bloomfield_hipkins.jpg?1611453982 A father and his young daughter have been confirmed as the latest two Covid-19 community cases, the Ministry of Health has revealed. Watch the update here: In a media conference this afternoon, director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says they have been moved into a quarantine facility but the mother, who has tested negative, would isolate at home. Today, genome sequencing showed they had the South African variant and that they were linked to the same source case in managed isolation as the Northland woman who tested positive on Sunday after leaving managed isolation. There was limited contact tracing required for the source case – who never made it out of MIQ – Hipkins says. Meanwhile, the close contacts of the Northland case remain in isolation, Bloomfield says. They are still returning negative results but contact tracing interviews are still extensive, he says. It was a “thorough investigation of ...

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Metabolism is the result of chemical processes that occur in your body to create energy to maintain life, health and wellbeing. It participates in cell growth, maintenance of cell activities and can be compared to a motor engine that keeps working to provide the motion and other activities that assist in the process. Boosting your energy levels is one way of slimming through the processes of burning calories. Some people inherit speedy metabolism and they are referred to as the ‘High metabolic types. Men tends to burn more calories at rest than women. This rate of burning calories at rest is referred to as the, ’Basic Metabolic Rate’ (BMR). It is defined as the rate of energy expenditure per unit time at rest. To lose weight you need to reduce your calorie intake below your total daily calorie requirement indicated by your BMR plus calorie take. The reason for men ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/116892/eight_col_000_8ZX4T2.jpg?1612282746 Captain Sir Tom Moore, the British WWII veteran who raised millions of pounds for health service workers on the frontline of the battle against Covid-19, has died. The Army veteran won the nation’s hearts by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday. Photo: AFP “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore,” his daughters said in a statement. The 100-year-old, who raised almost £33m for the National Health Service (NHS), was taken to Bedford Hospital after requiring help with his breathing on Sunday. His daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore said he had been treated for pneumonia over the past few weeks and last week tested positive for Covid-19. He had not been vaccinated against Covid-19 due to the other medication he was taking. The Army veteran won the nation’s hearts by walking 100 laps of his garden before ...

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  Something very different, AND very good, in our favourite baila dancing style. Everyone who loves “doing” the baila will undoubtedly love this video, kindly sent to me by a good friend, Elliston, via Stanislaus Kleyn, who obviously loves this type of music & dancing and now wishes to share it around. Thank you, to them both.           A twist in baila however, is ideal only for very experienced baila twist dancers. Personally, while I enjoy the music of the Sri Lankan specialist baila dancing, I cannot dance, to save my soul. I did try my hand at some Tap-dancing many years ago, but had to give it up, after I got very tired and actually fell into the Sink !!.            Anyway, let us now forget about Covid 19, Elections, Budgets & stuff eLankans, and enjoy this amazing video, sent especially ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/116420/eight_col_000_8ZC23L.jpg?1611508732 Pfizer says it remains committed to getting 1.5 million doses of its vaccine into New Zealand this year. Empty vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Photo: AFP The EU has laid out new export rules for pharmaceutical companies producing Covid-19 vaccines for third party countries. In a statement, drug company said: “Pfizer committed to delivering on its agreement with the New Zealand government to supply 1.5 million doses of its vaccine for Covid-19 over the course of 2021. “At this time, we are on track to deliver the first doses in February 2021. However, we look forward to receiving further details on the EU proposal and assessing its impact on patients. “We understand the EU proposed notification process is aimed at increasing transparency and does not intend to restrict global supply to patients. “It is critical that governments do not impose export restrictions or other trade barriers that risk ...

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