https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Thushara-Jayalath.jpg Thushara Jayalath Source:Dailynews There was an era when the game of rugby football was listed as one of the prominent sports in the country, with schools engaged in handling the oval shaped ball producing some outstanding players who had the distinction of making their ‘Alma Mater’ proud. Thushara Jayalath was one of them who represented St. Peter’s College, Colombo, with a sound academic and sporting career and ended up by donning the National jersey . Thushara who is in 50’s hails from a family that had no previous involvement in sports. He was not actively encouraged to pursue or participate in sporting activities. However, as an over-enthusiastic child, he often found much joy in participating in a wide range of sports. His father was a civil servant, and mother was a housewife. His illustrious academic career was at St Peter’s College, Colombo, where he joined his first sports discipline, ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/117928/eight_col_Jet-Park-Vaccination-0180.jpg?1614032395 The meat processing and export industry wants its workforce to be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccinations. Photo: Supplied / Ministry of Health Meat Industry Association chief executive Sirma Karapeeva said the industry was considered high-risk, due to the large numbers of people working closely together. Countries such as Australia, the US and the UK have all had Covid-19 outbreaks at meat processing facilities. “We saw a significant increase in the spread of Covid in that workforce, which led to the closure of plants,” Karapeeva said. It was unclear who was next in line for the vaccine, once frontline and healthcare workers received it, she said. “We have been asking the government, we’ve been working with officials, to get a sense of what is the plan, and how do industries rank? “There is no room for complacency. It is absolutely critical that we fortify our first line of defence, both for ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The Government is backing a new project to use drone technology to transform our understanding and protection of the Māui dolphin, Aotearoa’s most endangered dolphin.    “The project is just one part of the Government’s plan to save the Māui dolphin. We are committed to protecting this treasure,” Oceans and Fisheries Minister David Parker said.  The drone project is working with MAUI63, a non-profit organisation developing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of finding and tracking Māui dolphins using artificial intelligence.   David Parker said the drone could provide unparalleled access to information about Māui dolphins, at a fraction of the cost of other data collection methods.  “This technology has the potential to compile detailed data on the habitats, population size and distribution and behaviour of the dolphins, along with many other types of marine species such as other dolphins, seabirds, and whales.  “By advancing our understanding of how Māui dolphins ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/239332/eight_col_200813_OTARA-TESTING-CENTRE-5.jpg?1597358150 Political pressure is mounting on the government to prioritise vaccinating South Aucklanders against Covid-19. A Covid-19 testing centre in Ōtara. Photo: RNZ It is currently grappling with the latest outbreak of Covid-19 and was the centre of the August cluster last year. Doctors and community health workers call South Auckland the front line in the fight to keep the virus out and say that understandably makes many locals very anxious. Manukau ward councillor Efeso Collins said the vaccine would help ease that feeling. “We’ve seen the outbreaks happen in South Auckland so it would make real sense for the community of South Auckland to be offered the vaccine as a group of priority persons,” Collins said. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said decisions on how the vaccine would be distributed when it rolled out nationwide should be left to officials, but he expected it would be judged on risk. “Because ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/117488/eight_col_AIR-NZ-HQ-1.jpg?1613181973 The enormous financial impact of Covid-19 continues to be felt by Air New Zealand. The airline has posted a $72m loss for the six months to December. File photo Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook The airline has posted a net loss of $72 million for the six months ended December, compared with a profit of $101 million for the same period in 2019, pre-Covid. Revenue sank 59 percent to $1.2 billion with network flying down by 65 percent. Chief executive Greg Foran said he was proud of what Air New Zealand had achieved in the context of a global pandemic. “While we made significant changes to our business and cost base, and did this more quickly than most airlines, since the outbreak of the pandemic we have still burnt through over $1 billion in our own cash reserves – that’s just huge.” The airline reported domestic tourism demand was ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Conservation Minister Kiri Allan is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on a proposed marine mammal sanctuary to address the rapid decline of bottlenose dolphins in Te Pēwhairangi, the Bay of Islands. The proposal, developed jointly with Ngā Hapū o te Pēwhairangi, would protect all marine mammals of the Bay of Islands and provide much needed safety for the bottlenose dolphin population which is seriously impacted  by vessels and people. Scientific research shows a massive 91 per cent decline in the local Bay of Islands bottlenose dolphin population, from 278 in 1999 to just 26 recognisable individuals in 2020. Of this 26, only 16 now frequently visit the Bay. “We have been monitoring the bottlenose dolphin situation in the Bay of Islands for the last 20 years, at the same time implementing measures to protect them when necessary,” Kiri Allan said. “However ongoing human activity has had a ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/118067/eight_col_David_Bortolussi__chief_executive_of_A2_Milk_%28supplied%29.jpg?1614208395 Dairy company A2 Milk has reported a sharp fall in its half-year profit because of significant disruption to its infant formula sales. A2 Milk chief executive David Bortolussi. Photo: Supplied The company profit dropped 35 percent to $120 million compared with $185m the previous year, as revenue fell 16 percent to $677m in line with forecasts it made before Christmas. The major hit has come from a decrease in sales of infant formula to Chinese students, tourists and unofficial buyers sent back to China, known as the daigou channel, and e-commerce sales through third parties to China, because of Covid-19 disruptions. “Covid has had a lot of impact on the business. It’s caused a lot of volatility which we’re working our way through, but the fundamentals of the business remain really strong, and the health of the brand, the product innovation potential and the growth opportunities in core markets ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png New funding announced by Conservation Minister Kiri Allan today will provide work and help protect the unique values of Northland’s Te Ārai Nature Reserve for future generations. Te Ārai is culturally important to Te Aupōuri as the last resting place of the spirits before they depart to Te Rerenga Wairua. “This $693,900 Jobs for Nature funding will see eight nature-based jobs created, helping boost efforts to protect Te Ārai Nature Reserve now and for the future. “The cultural, ecological, and scientific importance of this reserve must be protected for future generations. As kaitaiki Te Aupōuri have an important role to play in this work. “The installation of approximately 14-kilometre of boundary fencing, pest management, and weed control will help to protect this important site from degradation,” Minister Allan said. Led by Te Aupōuri – Pou Takawaenga Taiao, this project will enable Te Aupōuri whānau to be directly employed under ...

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