PM announces $305 million upgrade of Auckland hospitals

Auckland, August 23, 2018 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a $305 million investment to upgrade and repair essential infrastructure at Auckland District Health Board. “Our public health service is staffed by an incredibly skilled and dedicated workforce. To deliver the high quality services that all Kiwis deserve they in turn deserve facilities they can rely on,” she said. “It…

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India declines foreign aid offer to Kerala flood victims

“There is enough domestic capacity but NRIs and PIO can donate” From The Wire, India New Delhi, August 23, 2018 India on Wednesday (August 22) publicly declined all offers of aid from foreign governments for relief assistance for the devastating floods in Kerala, asserting that it was “in line with the existing policy.” A woman being rescued from a flood-affected…

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New Southbound Policy brings Taiwan closer to Asia Pacific

Venkat Raman in Taiwan Auckland, August 22, 2018 While the Republic of China (Taiwan) continues to register impressive strides in economic growth and social development, its anxiety to promote its cherished ambition of obtaining ‘Free Taiwan’ status through diplomatic recognition with the rest of the world remains strong. From a political standpoint, the country of 23.57 million people boasts of…

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DHB accused of ignoring sexual harassment complaints

Katie Scotcher Christchurch, August 23, 2018 Canterbury District Health Board is being accused of covering up widespread sexual harassment by patients. In the past three years the DHB has recorded 137 incidents of patients behaving in a sexually abusive manner towards staff. But nurses who have spoken to RNZ say that their complaints have been ignored by the management. DHB…

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