NZ’s Ardern, ministers take 20% pay cut for six months due to coronavirus impact

first_img“This is where we can take action and that is why we have,” Ardern said in a news conference announcing the decision.”We acknowledge New Zealanders who are reliant on wage subsides, taking a pay cut, and losing their jobs as a result of the global pandemic,” she added.New Zealand on Wednesday recorded 20 new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases to 1,386. It has recorded nine deaths so far.The government is expected to decide next week whether it will extend its current “Level 4″ shutdown. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, ministers in her government and public service chief executives will take a 20% pay cut for the next six months amid the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.New Zealand’s offices, schools and non-essential services have been closed for the last three weeks, and economic activity is at a standstill as the country undertakes one of the strictest lockdowns globally.The government has forecast joblessness to surge because of the global and domestic slowdown. In a speech to New Zealand’s business community earlier in the day, the finance minister said that if the government decided to ease restrictions, the emphasis would be to permit economic activity that is safe.Grant Robertson also said the annual budget, to be announced on May 14, would focus on recovery.”It will include funding for the cost pressures that are necessary part of keeping our country ticking over. But we will devote much of our resources to kick starting this recovery,” Robertson said in his speech streamed to business leaders. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Original homestead hits the market at $1.25 million

first_imgThe property is minutes from the beautiful Currumbin Rock Pools.Lot 16 is one of five blocks that makes up the subdivision.“In less than four weeks on the market we already have two of the other blocks under contract and strong interest in the others,” he said.“We have interest from lifestyle investors — Brisbane and Sydney based buyer but also local buyers.” The residence is in original condition.He said large vacant acreage properties on the Gold Coast were hard to find and highly sought-after.“Currumbin Valley offers some of the closest acreage properties to the beach,” he said.“You’re minutes to the Currumbin Rock Pools, the beach, shopping centres but you feel like you’re a million miles away our here. The property from the air.Tony Holland of McGrath Coolangatta/ Tweed Heads described the sprawling acreage estate as a landmark property in prestigious Currumbin Valley.He said the house was in original condition and estimated it to be more than 50 years old.“This landmark homestead is waiting for its new owner to restore it to its former glory,” he said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours ago“Situated on 10 acres of usable pasture quality acreage, perfect for the horse lover or hobby farmer.” Lot 16 1030 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley. The Queenslander-style residence on Lot 16 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley.A FORMER Gold Coast dairy farm with a historic Queenslander-style house has hit the market at $1.25 million.The property at Lot 16 1030 Currumbin Creek Road Currumbin Valley is part of a subdivision of an old dairy farm owned by the Dolan family. last_img read more

Local Girl Scouts Hold Fundraisers to Save Camp Woodland in Alpena

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Girl Scouts of Northeast Michigan Shore to Shore, along with their troop leaders, are gearing up for major fundraiser efforts to save one of the places they call home, Camp Woodlands.Fundraiser efforts are underway to save the historic Camp Woodlands Girl Scout Camp. The camp known to thousands of Northeast Michigan Girl Scouts and the community is in need of repair and renovations. If you take a drive past the airport and turn on Indian Reserve road you would eventually pull and find Camp Woodlands.Built over 60 years ago, Fundraiser Chair, Donna Precord said this is a way for not only the community to help, but also for past scouts to step up and help bring the camp back to life.“There’s a lot to be said. We have had probably more than a 1000 girls a year use this place, so in 60 years we have put a lot of girls through this camp, and it’s no wonder this camp needs a lot of help. So we’re going to ask the community to support us in some of the efforts that we have and if you ever been a girl scout perhaps this is the time to show how much you appreciated the opportunity you had,” Precord said.Precord said the goal for renovations includes a handicap accessible bathroom, roof replacements, upgrades both indoor and outdoor, and kitchen repairs.Precord said one of her favorite memories at the camp was learning how to survive the winter.“I loved winter camping. I did it 8 or 9 years. We slept in winter boxes, tents whatever. But the girls had to have practice knowing how to survive. They had to spend a whole day out at camp and endure all of the activities you need to do and stay safe and warm and then I would let go during the winter camp. But that I think was my most magical night,” she added.The scouts will have 4 major fundraisers coming up including a Camp Woodlands dinner, September 23rd, Building a Foundation starting on August 1st, Creating Puzzle Pieces, and Growing Trees at the Camp.The camp will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Saturday October 7th. For more information on how you can help with the efforts, contact Donna Precord at 989–354–5590.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Camp Woodland, Fundraiser, Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts Fundraiser, Girl Scouts of Northeast Michigan Shore to ShoreContinue ReadingPrevious MSP Alpena Post to Host 2017 Citizens AcademyNext Thunder Bay Theatre Holds a ‘West Side Story’ One Weekend Only Concertlast_img read more