https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/234479/eight_col_test.jpg?1593063885 There are three cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today including an imported case, a historical case, and the community case revealed yesterday, the Ministry of Health says. Photo: 123RF The community case is one of two healthcare workers at Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport managed isolation facility have tested positive for Covid-19. The ministry revealed the case after the test result was received yesterday. The ministry today said the person, who is a close workplace contact of the first case, had recently tested negative during routine testing of isolation staff but was tested again after the first case was discovered. The second isolation worker is not symptomatic, the ministry said. Today’s imported case was a person who arrived on 31 October from Singapore and tested positive around day 3 of their stay. The historical case had arrived from Japan on 18 October. They tested positive around day 12 but ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/5183/eight_col_petrol5lr.jpg?1443039624 The country’s largest fuel retailer has made a $58 million loss in the six months to September, reflecting the harsh impact the nationwide lockdown had on the industry. Z Energy. File image. Photo: RNZ The result for Z Energy compares to the same time last year, when it made a $28m profit. Chief executive Mike Bennetts said the impacts of Covid-19 were widely felt. “This result was driven by the impacts of Covid-19 due to higher cost inventory sold at lower product prices and reduced volumes during lockdown with additional reduction in fuel demand for jet fuel in particular. “Lower than expected regional refining margins led to a reduction in refinery production and fee floor payments to Refining NZ were required, resulting in a net refining margin loss of $14m.” Revenue from continuing operations was just under $1.5 billion, down 39 percent on the same time last year. Chief ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/MWF2020_flyer.jpg This is a collaboration of Anglicare and Positive Vibes Foundation.  Forum will explore mental wellbeing in the context of COVID and provide information and coping mechanisms. Positive Vibes Foundation (PVF) is a charity that works towards removing the stigma of mental illness by changing attitudes in Communities, through Connections with like-minded organisations and Conversations with individuals and groups.  The Hills Women’s Shed is an initiative of PVF at Building 32 Balcombe Heights.  It provides a safe, welcoming space for women to enhance their personal wellbeing, connect, share stories and learn new skills, whilst having fun. Source link ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/112338/eight_col_117765372_xl.jpg?1604467304 A study undertaken during lockdown has provided a glimpse into New Zealand’s mental health, concluding that it reduced the overall wellbeing of young adults. Psychological distress was higher in young people, with 47.3 percent of 18 – 24 year olds reporting moderate to severe levels of distress, a study has found. Photo: 123RF According to a survey of 2000 Kiwis taken in April the University of Otago researchers found that almost 40 percent of respondents reported low wellbeing, and about a third reported moderate-to-high distress. The research paper, ‘Psychological distress, anxiety, family violence, suicidality, and wellbeing in New Zealand during the COVID-19 lockdown: a cross-sectional study’ is published in the international journal, PLOS ONE. The results of the survey present an interesting snapshot of people’s self-reported psychological distress, anxiety and suicidality captured at the ‘peak’ of the early lockdown period, said Associate Professor Janet Fanslow, from the School of ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/112313/eight_col_115994710_l.jpg?1604450559 Pushpay has doubled its half-year profit as donations surged on its platform. Photo: 123RF The New Zealand-owned, US-based mobile payments company said its profit rose by 107 percent for the six months to September to $US13.4 million ($NZ19.9m). Pushpay provides mobile donation services to churches and charities in North America. Revenue rose by just over a half to $US86.5m, as the money processed on its platforms increased by 48 percent to $US3.2 billion. “The company has made significant progress integrating the Pushpay and Church Community Builder solutions as we continue to execute against our shared vision and strategic goal of becoming the preferred provider of mission-critical software to the US faith sector,” Pushpay chief executive Bruce Gordon said. “As Covid-19 has impacted communities and organisations across the globe, Pushpay’s teams remained committed to supporting our customers and providing innovative technology solutions that enable communities to remain connected and engaged ...

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