https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/34520/eight_col_par_18.jpg?1425262623 The software firm at the centre of a cyber breach won’t be drawn on whether it kept the Reserve Bank in the dark about a fault in its systems. Reserve Bank of New Zealand Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson The central bank revealed last month a third party file sharing service it uses to store and send sensitive information was hacked. At the time, the US company which operates the software, Accellion, said it discovered a vulnerability in its software in mid-December and notified its customers within 72 hours about a patch to fix the issue. However, the Reserve Bank disputes this. In a statement released yesterday, the bank’s governor Adrian Orr said it took Accellion five days to notify it about the problem, in which time it could have avoided the hack. “We had no warning to avoid the attack which began in mid-December. Accellion failed to notify ...

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Amila Madushanka Fernando Source:Dailynews Sri Lanka Swimmer, Sri Lanka Inter- University Swimming Record Holder, Gold Medalist Amila Madushanka Fernando brought honour and glory to his Alma Mater St. Joseph Vaz College Wennappuwa, University of Ruhuna and his motherland. He entered St. Joseph Vaz College in 2003 when Rev. Fr. Sylvestor Jayakody was at the helm of the College and his first class teacher was Mrs. Rita. His parents former airman Anton Joseph Fernando and Arunalatha Guneththi being swimming coaches taught their son the basics of swimming at the age of four years. Amila commenced swimming as a four year old and he participated in the under 7 age group in an Open Swimming Meet and won a Bronze Medal at his first attempt in Back Stroke and in 2005 he participated in a Dual Swimming Meet in Chennai, India and in the 25 metre Free Style Event he won a ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Three programmes supporting rangatahi who need help overcoming barriers to employment, education and training are receiving a $2.65 million funding boost, announced Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni. “We know that rangatahi can face significant barriers that prevent them from fulfilling their potential. This funding will help up to 165 young people in Wellington, Porirua and Christchurch gain the skills needed to sustain long-term employment, education or training, making a positive difference for their futures,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “Today’s He Poutama Rangatahi investment will support three work readiness programme providers to build the skills and experiences of young people who are most at-risk of long-term unemployment. Building on the success of previous He Poutama Rangatahi investments in regional New Zealand, the Government committed further funding in Budget 2020 to support more rangatahi programmes and extend funding to urban areas such as West and South Auckland, Hamilton, Porirua ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Kinross-Club-Members-in-front-of-clubhouse-mid-1970s-SriLanka.jpg Off to School in red Double Decker.The ride was a must in a CTB bus, One leg on the foot board.The other dangling free.  Imminent dangerWas a mere glee 20 kids plus In a space for threeHung on the silver pole. How many could it hold? Galle Road to Maradana 5c half price ticket.Cost was not so dearCut school on a lazy Friday, Off to the show at 10.30, the Liberty, Queued down the street not long to go Braving the sun for ten thirty showABBA the movie, the latest release in 70mm.  The gallery destination pleaseThe cheapest seats, a 55c each,Dripping sweat from our chins to our kneesGallery was for the lower class Rs 1.10 for the second class Never could afford the first classODC was for the upper classBeen there free of charge.Once thrown out by security guardsBalcony was certainly no go.There was always not enough dough.Friend drove a Morris, we’d all ...

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    Indeed, one of the most remarkable stories as regards to the British Royal Family, sent in to me by our good friend and eLanka Member Maxwell Gerreyn, so thank you, Max. Whenever we mention the Royal Family, it is generally in reference to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, or maybe Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, Prince Andrew who, incidentally, is the Queen’s favourite son, although he has been giving his family quite a few bad headaches, recently, because of the company he chooses to keep. Then, the conversation may turn to Prince William, 2nd in line to the throne, or Prince Harry, his brother, who now boasts an American wife, Meghan, or the “little Royals” like George & Archie.           Another member of this Royal Family, never to be forgotten, and still frequently spoken about, is of course the Princess of the people, ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/244586/eight_col_MIAS_voucher_%281%29.jpg?1601939670 One of the main managed isolation administration teams has been described as a “shambles” by a former employee who came from a temp agency and claims she had minimal training. A managed isolation and quarantine booking voucher. Photo: Supplied Decisions about who can skip the queue for managed isolation, complete it at home or have their fees waived are made by 35 full-time allocations, fees and waivers officers employed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The former worker told RNZ it was such a poorly organised and “toxic” work environment that a whole tranche of emergency allocation applications was accidentally left unanswered for weeks. She was among two to be dismissed, while two others walked off the job because the subject matter was “too distressing”. No temporary staff remain on the team, and the ministry says it is confident improvements have been made. Speaking on the condition ...

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   With all the trouble & strife (& I don’t mean wife), that is going on at the moment, there comes a time when we have to take a break and listen to this very unusual song, written by this very unusual guy, with a glint in his eye.           This was quite possibly his debut on television, nobody seemed to know him, the judges did not have an inkling about the song he was about to sing. I have been writing songs for over 60 years, myself (over a hundred to date), but never dreamed about writing one like this. I now wish that I had.  Without going into further details, I would now like to introduce this new/old Songwriter to all eLanka readers, courtesy of Elliston Scovell who sent it to me, in the first place. Please listen to the lyrics of this song ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png A rapid review into the health system response to lead contamination in Karitane and Waikouaiti’s drinking water supply is underway. Sample results from the Waikouaiti drinking-water supply have shown intermittent spikes in lead levels above the maximum acceptable value. The source of the contamination has not been identified and it is not clear when these spikes in lead concentration started. This is currently under investigation by Dunedin City Council. “I have asked the Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield to conduct a rapid review by independent experts to ensure public confidence in the health response. This review will also inform the three waters reforms that are currently underway,” Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall said. “The communities were advised to stop drinking water from the supply on 2 February 2021. They are currently being provided with tankered drinking water until authorities get to the bottom of the problem. ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Jayantha-Dharmadasa.jpg Source:Sundayobserver Flashback: Jayantha Dharmadasa holds up a document for the media to see while accusing his rivals of corruption and financial malpractice in the run-up to the election of office bearers in 2018 flanked by Nishantha Ranatunga. He lost the election but is now embedded with the very people he accused of destroying the administration of cricket While the emphasis has been on slashing the earnings of an under-performing Sri Lanka team and the appointment of a Cricket Committee to clean up an infested set-up, the sport’s shadowy behind-the-scene office bearers responsible for the bog down have got away Scot-free and possibly having the last laugh. The latest chapter in the episode projects the cricketers as fall guys or scapegoats while officials running the establishment who have been a law unto themselves and held every card that brought about the team’s downfall, have received the green light to further ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/117285/eight_col_000_1VL1HE.jpg?1612853562 Victorian health authorities are investigating suspected coronavirus transmission within the state’s hotel quarantine system, after three cases emerged from the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport. Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton (R) speaks as state premier Daniel Andrews (L) listens during a press conference in Melbourne on July 22, 2020. Photo: AFP / William West The first case was detected in a female worker who tested positive on Sunday, and a second worker’s positive result was revealed late this afternoon. A case was also detected today in a returned traveller who had served her 14 days of quarantine at the Holiday Inn before she was released on Sunday. After hearing about the first positive case in a worker, the returned traveller sought testing and tested positive. Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said authorities believed the virus was spreading within the hotel quarantine system and the traveller had become infected ...

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