Experts say Covid Variant threatens lockdown in New Zealand

Professors Michael Plank & Shaun Hendy Christchurch & Auckland, January 27, 2021  With new, more infectious variants of COVID-19 detected around the world, and at New Zealand’s border, the risk of further level 3 or 4 Lockdowns is increased if those viruses get into the community. These include a variant called B.1.1.7 that has spread very quickly within the UK, with other new variants…

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Digital X-Ray Machines to hasten health diagnosis

Sourced Content Suva, Fiji, January 27, 2021 Fijians will now have access to state-of-the art digital x-ray machines when visiting any healthcare facility for medical treatment around the country. Launching the facility, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said that Health Ministry is rolling out 22 new portable digital x-ray machines in health facilities across Fiji, including in some of the most…

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Airline operators want more funds from New Zealand government

Supplied Content Auckland, January 27, 2021 Airlines are calling for an extension of support packages from government following the Prime Minister’s forecast of keeping the border closed until the latter part of 2021. Board of Airline Representatives New Zealand (BARNS) Executive Director Justin Tighe-Umbers warned that New Zealand is at a severe risk of losing what few international air links…

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Course to educate businesses on Anti-Money Laundering Law

Massey Fin-Ed Centre offers 50-hour joint programme with Maxima (Photo by John McArthur on Unsplash) Massey University is launching a new training programme on Anti-Money Laundering Law (AMLC) to help businesses understand the compliance procedures and prevent potential losses resulting from dealing with money launderers. The Massey Fin-Ed Centre, functioning as a part of the Massey Business School and Maxima,…

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Why we are not yet ready for a vaccine rollout

Helen Petousis-Harris looks at the potential complications of vaccinating older New Zealanders – and how we should prepare Two weeks ago, health authorities in Norway reported some concerns about deaths in frail elderly after receiving their Covid-19 vaccine. Are these deaths related to the vaccine? Probably not but here are the things to consider. According to news reports, up to 29 deaths…

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Tribute to Raj Kapoor promises an evening of great melody

Venkat Raman Auckland, January 25, 2021 Sandhya Badakere of ‘Swar Sadhana Academy of Indian Music’ and Ravi Shetty of ‘Ravi Shetty Concepts’ will present this year’s edition of ‘Suneheri Yaadein,’ paying tribute to Raj Kapoor, acknowledged as the ‘Greatest Showman on Earth of all times.’ The event will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Dorothy Winstone Centre, Auckland…

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WhatsApp dispels fears over new privacy policy regulations

Update delayed until May 15, 2021 Image Courtesy: TECHNOZU Confusion and misinformation currently clouds the minds of millions of users of WhatsApp, one of the most popular and user-friendly text and video communication Apps. One of the most important features that led to the sky-high popularity of this App is the comfort of knowing that all messages are “end-to-end-encrypted.” This…

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The new community Covid case identified as South African Variant

The new community Covid case identified as South African Variant Sourced Content Wellington, January 25, 2021 The Ministry of Health is confident that the Northland Covid-19 community case came directly from Pullman Hotel in Auckland and that there is no missing link. Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield confirmed at a press conference today that the strain of Covid-19 in…

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Locations visited by probable Covid-19 case revealed

Sourced Content Wellington, January 24, 2021 The Ministry of Health has revealed 29 locations visited by a 56-year-old woman after she completed the mandatory quarantine facility in Auckland last week. After leaving Pullman Hotel January 13, 2021, she returned to her home in Northland, where she lives with her husband. The couple then travelled around Northland, visiting Dargaville, Mangawhai, Whangārei…

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The deafening silence of father’s death is too much to bear

 The late Shri Hanumant Dole (26.1.1935 to 16.1.2021) (Picture Supplied)   January 16, 2021 (Saturday) began like another normal day for me- that is, the ‘New Normal’ after Covid-19. The pandemic has and is still taking its toll. One year after its onset, it shows no signs of abating. The uncertainty is killing and thoughts of family members spread across…

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