British actor Benedict Cumberbatch said he was “blessed” to spend time in New Zealand with his family, including his elderly parents.
The actor spent level 4 standby time in New Zealand last year after accidentally getting caught in a border closure while working on a film in the country.
Cumberbatch was in New Zealand filming The Power of the Dog with Kiwi filmmaker Jane Campion when the country was locked in March last year.
He said he was lucky to be “trapped” in New Zealand with his family.
“We are very blessed to be there … Very, very lucky,” he told Newshub.
The actor revealed that he spent time in the country with his wife, three sons and his parents, who are in their 80s.
“By then it was too late to take the risk of going home. My parents are with me in their 80s, and my father has severe asthma … and my three sons and my wife, our very cheerful bunch. We couldn’t had a more fortunate situation, we were very lucky and I just hugged them close to me, “actor Doctor Strange added.
“We couldn’t land in a more fortunate situation,” he said.
The actor, now back in London, can’t say enough good things about Kiwi hospitality.
“One of your greatest national traits – if I dare to analyze it – is your hospitality, your hospitality, your open concern for all entrants. We feel very, very honored to be in your company, we really do, so thank you, from the bottom of my heart, “he said during a video interview.
Published in 16 February 2021 7:40 pm
He said 87,833 accounts were opened from 97 countries around the world
ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday thanked Pakistanis overseas for responding so strongly to Pakistan State Bank’s Roshan Digital Account by sending 500 million dollars in just five months.
In his most recent tweet, he said 87,833 accounts were opened from 97 countries around the world and the momentum has continued to pick up with 243 million dollars coming in in the last six weeks alone.
On Monday, the PM tweeted that remittances from overseas to Pakistan were $ 2.27 billion in January 2021, up 19% compared to January 2020.
Imran Khan said remittances have remained above $ 2 billion for the eighth straight month, up 24% so far this fiscal year compared to last year. This is a record for our country and I thank the Pakistani people overseas, he added.
The prime minister also shared good news from the industrial sector which shows continued growth. Large-scale manufacturing sees another double-digit growth month in December 2020 – 11.4% growth vs December 2019, he said, adding that July to December cumulative growth is above 8% now.
The good news from the industrial sector also shows continued growth. Large scale manufacturing sees another double digit growth month in December 2020 – 11.4% growth vs December 2019. Cumulative July to December growth above 8% now.
– Imran Khan (mImranKhanPTI) 15 February 2021
According to data released by the State Bank of Pakistan, the inflow of workers’ remittances to the country saw a 19 percent increase in January 2021, compared with the same month the previous year.
Remittances remained above $ 2 billion for 8 consecutive months because during the same month, inflows were recorded at $ 2.3 billion compared to inflows of $ 1.907 billion in January 2020.
On average, remittances increased 24 percent during July-January (2020-21) from $ 13.28 billion in July-Jan (2019-20) to $ 16.476 billion in the same period of the current fiscal year.
Country wise breakdown shows that the highest inflows came from Saudi Arabia as Pakistan received $ 553 million during the month compared to $ 531.6 million in January 2020 and $ 624 million in December 2020.
From the UAE, it received $ 492.5 million in January 2021 against an inflow of $ 463.5 million in the same month last year.
Overseas Pakistanis living in the US sent $ 203.2 million compared with $ 148.8 million in January last year, while from the UK, workers’ remittances were recorded at $ 303 million compared to $ 201 million.
Likewise, cash inflows from EU countries jumped from $ 142 million in January 2020 to $ 228.8 million in January 2021.
From other GCC countries including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman, inflows also increased to $ 271.2 million compared to $ 260 million in January 2020.
From Australia, the inflow of remittances for workers jumped about 89 percent as they increased from $ 27.4 million to $ 51.9 million in the same month this year.
Likewise, remittances of workers in the same month from Malaysia, Norway, Switzerland, Canada, and Japan totaled $ 14.9 million, $ 8.5 million, $ 4.3 million, $ 47.6 million, and $ respectively. 6.2 million.
Spectators at Auckland’s Hauraki Bay on December 20. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Marcus Wheatley is the head of financial services at Yellow Jersey PR in London.
Thanks New Zealand. Thank you for showing us what good looks look like. Thank you for giving the world the optimism that a brighter future is out there. Thank you for appearing in America’s Cup. Thank you to all the volunteers who gave up their summers for this. Thank you to the many people who packed the AC village. Thank you for giving hope to audiences around the world. Thank you for being enthusiastic. Thank you for encouraging. Thank you for watching. Thank you for hosting the America’s Cup so brilliantly.
I’m writing this from London drenched in rain on the shortest day of the year, locked in the highest tier 4 category with the rampant and highly contagious new Covid virus running rampant in the capital and the country. Turning on the television, we are greeted by adversity and seemingly endless calamities. I am afraid to leave my house. I am very worried about the welfare of my family. I fear, yes fear, a way out. The shops are closed. The bars will break and break. The theater closed with a barricade. The streets are quiet. The economy is in drastic decline. Really scared people. We’ve never seen anything like this before. Friends are dying. Many people are sick like never before. It’s a nightmare. Unspoiled nightmare.
So, what got you through? Well, everyone has their own poison. For me, I have several. Exercise puts me in a positive mood. I buy an exercise bike and spend up to three hours a day on it. Get me off the street. I walk the dog – he’s a lovely dog. I play computer games with my child. I am blessed with the best wife who is my rock. We’re talking. We support. In The Verve’s words: “I am a lucky man.” We’ll get through this. I’d love to go and see my boat in Cowes, but I can’t. I really want to go to a restaurant but I can’t. The list of restrictions is unlimited. But we are still positive.
But what gives me hope and encouragement more than anything else are the photos transmitted back from Auckland, broadcast free on YouTube. Getting up at 2 a.m. isn’t really your homework when the entertainment is so inspiring. It’s another world. Through visible glassware. And the smiling faces of Kiwi, sipping a beer or two, cheering at the Copa America really made it. And the faces of incredible children, wearing team shirts two sizes too big under adult hats and layers of sunscreen, faces painted with their national flags, cheering and screaming, free of masks and cleaners that literally brought them home.
I wish I was in New Zealand now – although I might get a visit from a grinder or two of Ineos – but I want to be there enjoying the sun and the atmosphere. A country at the bottom of the world but at the top. It’s amazing what you show.
Yes, the America’s Cup is an expensive thing to wear right now. Yes, there are social issues that need to be addressed and you have the right to question any public money that goes to the New Zealand Team. But please, don’t get under any illusion what is being accomplished here.
New Zealand presents itself on the world stage as a beautiful, progressive, intelligent, intelligent, forward-thinking, fast-acting, compassionate country rich in culture, heritage and with the best five million people on the planet. A flare shining in the dark. Leading the way on the water and beyond. Example. Where others can’t, New Zealand can.
Thank you New Zealand, it’s your time to shine and boy, boy, did you shine.
Spring has turned into a countrywide summer this weekend, thanks to a high-pressure system in the north and warm westerly winds blowing in the south.
Auckland residents came out enjoying the sunshine yesterday after avoiding a possible lockdown with the latest Covid case genomically linked to a Defense Force cluster.
It was as if summer had arrived in Mission Bay with kids going in and out of the water – and the sand.
The summer mood continues into the day as temperatures in most major centers will hit 20 ° C, with Christchurch, Blenheim and Timaru expecting summer temperatures of 25 ° C and Tauranga 24 ° C.
Upper North Island centers can expect highest temperatures in the lowest 20s – Auckland and Hamilton should hit 22C, Rotorua 21C and Napier 23C.
Temperatures on the North Island are nearly normal for the time of year, but above average for parts of the South Island thanks to nor’westers, says MetService meteorologist Kyle Lee.
“In the east we’re talking 4C to 7C above average.”
Cooler days in the western and southern parts of the North Island – Wellington would be fine but with temperatures of 18C and New Plymouth, also good, 19C.
Most of the place will be dry, with the exception of a few parts further south, Lee said.
“The weather today is quite good. There is a bit of high pressure that keeps most of the country fine.”
Heavy rain could ruin parties in Otago, Southland and parts of Westland and a heavy rain warning has been issued for Fiordland – rain is expected to fall as high as 150mm before 9pm tonight.
Meanwhile, Sunday sunshine in most parts of the country will make way for some to kick off a humid work week.
North Islanders can expect heavy rains to spread over much of the island, from Northland to Wellington, and from Taranaki to the east.
It will be warm in Auckland, with temperatures as high as 22 ° C, but it will rain from late afternoon, with a similar story in Hamilton.
A brief afternoon of rain is expected in Wellington tomorrow, with temperatures as high as 18C.
On the South Island, rain and rain are expected to occur in many places during the day, before it clears up at night.