[og_img] Lokuhettige: Another one bites the dust Dilhara Lokuhettige Source:Sundayobserver Former Sri Lanka fast bowling allrounder Dilhara Lokuhettige has lost his case for violation of the ICC’s anti-corruption code as he has been found guilty of three offences following a hearing by an independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal. “Lokuhettige, who was charged under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code in November 2019, has been found guilty on all charges after he exercised his right to a hearing before a Tribunal. Lokuhettige remains suspended and sanctions will follow in due course,” the ICC said in a statement. Lokuhettige has been found guilty of being a party to fix or influence improperly the progress or result of a match, directly or indirectly soliciting, instructing or intentionally facilitating any participant to breach the Code and failing to disclose to the anti corruption unit approaches or invitations received to engage in corruption. Lokuhettige now aged 40, made his ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/117259/eight_col_DTC_7975.jpg?1612818711 The Reserve Bank has confirmed it will reimpose loan to value ratios (LVRS) from 1 March at 20 percent for first home buyers and 30 percent for property investors. RBNZ says it’s concerned about the risk a sharp housing correction could have on financial stability (file image). Photo: Dom Thomas From May 1 investors will have 40 percent LVR limit. RBNZ says it’s concerned about the risk a sharp housing correction could have on financial stability. RBNZ deputy governor Geoff Bascand said there was evidence of speculation and growth in heavily indebted people, which would threaten financial stability if there was a sharp housing downturn. LVRs were suspended at the start of the pandemic but most major banks reimposed the limits at the end of last year. More to come… Source link ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Budget 2021 will sharpen the focus on supporting the New Zealand economic recovery as the Government continues to keep New Zealanders safe from COVID-19. Speaking at a BNZ Breakfast event in Wellington this morning Grant Robertson released the 2021 Budget Policy Statement saying the May Budget provides a chance to take stock of how New Zealand and New Zealanders have come through COVID-19. “The recovery is the result of the hard work and sacrifice that New Zealanders collectively put in across 2020. We now have an opportunity, through our better than expected recovery and fiscal position, to address some of our long-standing challenges,” Grant Robertson said. “At Budget 2021 I will continue my focus on making sure spending is targeted at the areas and people that need it the most. We will manage the books carefully including ensuring we are getting value for money in all areas of Government ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Muttiah-Muralitharan.jpg Cricket’s most successful bowler – Muttiah Muralitharan retired from the game in 2011 and for ten years he had little involvement with Sri Lanka Cricket, although he offered his services elsewhere in the IPL and to the Australian Test team. With his appointment on Friday to the Cricket Committee headed by Aravinda de Silva that’s set to change.   “To be honest, nobody asked me to get involved before. Namal called me and asked whether I can help. This is the first time someone has asked me whether I can be of some help.  I said if I am coming in, it had to be a good team and we have a very good one in Aravinda, Kumar Sangakkara and Roshan Mahanama,” Muralitharan told Sunday Island. “Three guys have captained Sri Lanka with some guys playing in 1980s while someone like Sanga being modern having played till 2015. There’s a ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/115991/eight_col_142630361_l.jpg?1610260289 MIQ nurses fear there will be another Covid-19 community outbreak if staffing numbers aren’t boosted at isolation facilities across the country. Photo: 123RF Nurses at Managed Isolation and Quarantine facilities told RNZ they feel they are ‘drowning’ due to on-going staffing and pay issues. *Samantha has been working in an Auckland MIQ facility since November. She said the working conditions weren’t sustainable, and believed this could result in a breach of Covid-19 at the border. “The big concern is always that it’s going to get out into the community, and that standards of infection control practices are going to slip, because everyone is exhausted. Really exhausted. We’re going to get sloppy, because we’re tired and stressed and not give a shit.” She said nurses were leaving en masse, resulting in huge gaps in their rosters. “I’ve done two 24-hour shifts, where you work a day and there was nobody ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/254849/eight_col_FONTERRA-NITRATES-16×10.jpg?1612492371 Fonterra cleared the cows from 16 farms and is using the land to dispose of wastewater, which could be leaching a colourless, tasteless and odourless pollutant into private drinking water supplies. It was on his runs that Neville Ross first noticed cows were slowly disappearing from local farms. In 2017 most of the stock vanished from two farms. A year later they disappeared from a third Cambridge farm. “Some places you realise there’s no animals – at all – for like a year.” Neville’s not a farmer, he’s a cop and has been part of Waikato’s police force for 42 years. Despite being a detective sergeant, when the working dairy farms became ghost farms, it didn’t weigh on his mind. All three were owned by Fonterra. If it was a case of cattle-rustling or alien abduction, the multi-national dairy giant would have sounded the alarm. He didn’t know stock ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/former-cricket.jpg Source:Ceylontoday Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa has appointed a new technical advisory committee for the development of cricket headed by former cricket captain Aravinda de Silva, who has been appointed as the chairman of the committee. Former cricketers Roshan Mahanama, Muttiah Muralitharan, and Kumar Sangakkara, who represented the Sri Lanka national cricket team, have been appointed as the other members of the new technical committee. The committee was appointed by Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa yesterday (05) with the aim of formulating and implementing the necessary plans for the development of cricket. Source link ...

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[og_img] How to Love Yourself in 2021 and Beyond by Christiana Jolaoso   Coming into the New Year, you may have written out your New Year resolutions. Loads of new habits, action plans, and so much more.  But did you include self-love? This might be a good time to add that to your to-do list for 2021. The year is still budding, you know.  So, let’s get on.  What Exactly Is Self-love? Without understanding the true meaning of self-love, you may not know how to love yourself.  Self-love is not self-absorption but a state of knowing who you are. It involves understudying yourself to understand what your core needs are. Meaning you’re in tune with your inner self and have discovered who you are. You have also accepted you. Self-love means having regard for yourself. It connotes choosing your well-being and happiness-not settling for less than you deserve. The state ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/115963/eight_col_141975971_l_%281%29.jpg?1610182157 Victoria’s Department of Health says a full public health response is underway after a quarantine hotel worker in Melbourne tested positive to Covid-19. File image. Photo: 123RF The department said the man worked at the Holiday Inn hotel at Melbourne Airport, and it was contacting the hotel along with the case’s close contacts. The worker returned a negative test result on 4 February and returned to work on 7 February, where they developed symptoms and tested positive. “We are contacting Holiday Inn Airport workers and others who are considered primary close contacts,” the department said. “They are required to immediately isolate, get tested and remain isolated for 14 days.” Warning in NSW NSW Health has issued a precautionary alert for sites in Wollongong and south-eastern Sydney after a returned overseas traveller tested positive to Covid-19 two days after leaving their mandatory two-week hotel quarantine. In a statement issued on ...

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