Scientists get close to one-shot flu jab

Dr Katherine Kedzierska A University of Melbourne-led research team has cracked the riddle of how flu-killing immunity cells memorise distinct strains of influenza, which could lead to novel cellular memory-implant technologies resulting in a one-shot flu jab for life. The extraordinary breakthrough in how ‘killer’ CD8+T cells (the body’s ‘army of hitmen’ tasked with taking out new viruses) retain memories…

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Constructive engagement with Fiji benefits all

Phil Goff Last month I had an opportunity to sit in Fiji’s new Parliament for two days and observe the proceedings along with Speaker of New Zealand Parliament David Parker and Parliament Foreign Affairs Select Committee Chairperson Mark Mitchell. With only seven weeks sitting experience and considering that just four of Fiji’s 50 parliamentarians have any previous experience in Parliament,…

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Bainimarama receives ‘unique’ mission

Staff Reporter Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama is hopeful that trade, investment and commercial relations between New Zealand and Fiji businesses will continue to grow. He expressed his keenness as he welcomed an investment and trade delegation in Suva on April 25, 2015. The delegation, led by Fiji New Zealand Business Council President Chandra Sen, comprised small and…

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Taxes do not determine appetite for property

Dinesh Naik In a surprise move before Finance Minister Bill English presented his Budget 2015 to Parliament on May 21, the government announced that it will tax residential property investment that is sold within two years if the following conditions are met: The property is not family home, inherited property or property transferred in a relationship settlement. Investment properties and…

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