https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Minister of Emergency Management Kiri Allan will travel to Napier this afternoon to meet with frontline staff and residents affected by the severe weather that hit the area overnight. “My thoughts are with the Napier community as they deal with the damage and disruption that this deluge has caused, and get ready to knuckle down for a big clean-up,” Kiri Allan said. “My colleague and local MP Stuart Nash is in Napier and I have been in touch with the Mayor Kirsten Wise to offer the Government’s support if needed. “We are receiving regular updates from the National Emergency Management Agency and the local Civil Defence team and are ready to step in and help with the clean-up. “This year has been a trying one for everyone. Remember to look out for each other, put safety first, and listen to the advice of authorities.” Source link ...

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[og_img] A JAPANESE METHOD TO RELAX IN 5 MINUTES For the first time your shown how to use the fingers This Dude says it works    — make up your own mind Sanskriti Singh   All the jokes apart, I tried it right now and it truly works. I was a mess of emotions since the last 2 days. It felt like my body was charged with emotions and I was under so much stress. I decided to hold all the fingers one by one. I first held the thumb and then the index fingers. As soon as a minute went by holding the index finger I automatically started feeling calm and a lot better. After around 10 minutes I even started laughing at some joke I thought. If half an hour ago someone would’ve told me I would feel this calm I wouldn’t have believed at all. I’m leaving this comment here so ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/114275/eight_col_77869283_l.jpg?1497987250 The first cohort of international students are preparing to return to New Zealand under a new border exception announced by the government last month. File photo. Photo: 123rf.com Universities New Zealand, which represents the country’s eight universities, said 194 eligible students have been contacted and will now start their visa process. It said the students are from China, the UK, the US, India, Vietnam, Iran, Pakistan, Nigeria, Italy and France and it will take up to another four weeks to know whether the students are all able to come. The government has allowed 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to return to their study in New Zealand. They need to have a visa, be enrolled to study at a university in 2020. Their research needs to involve a practical component such as medicine, veterinary, engineering, laboratory sciences and they would not be able to progress or complete their study ...

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  Source:FT LK Communities in this country consisting of Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and Burghers that stood together for the cause of independence in the thirties, became estranged and some of the disgruntled, left out shores. What put them apart? History, that is often opinionated with probable views, was the probable cause for parting of ways-and history will not bring rice to the table! Some say this, pointing out to reams of papers – and some say that, by pointing out another set of papers. We may argue and debate this history till the cows come home – but if both sides stick to their guns, it will only end in fisticuffs – or more likely gun battles – for hate will not cease with hatred-only love and forgiveness will conquer!Bowing to the majority views, some left the shores peacefully for greener pastures and some have remained to fight another day ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/123196/eight_col_eight_col_46709930_l.jpg?1504134706 KiwiRail is working around the clock to improve the movement of freight to and from the country’s two biggest ports, Auckland and Tauranga, which are congested. Photo: 123rf The domestic supply chain is congested, with industrial action at Australian ports and disruption in other key markets, combined with the annual pre-Christmas freight rush and peak export season. KiwiRail has increased its freight service between Auckland and Tauranga and is ready to put on more services between Wellington and Auckland. Chief executive Greg Miller said rail is the last major part in the supply chain. ”We are releasing a lot more train allocations and increasing capacity to help de-congest the supply chain to try and get products to market pre-Christmas. We have increased the available capacity between Auckland and Tauranga by 20 percent in the last two weeks.” Miller said port companies in Auckland and Wellington are doing all they ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today attended the ASEAN-New Zealand Commemorative Summit and discussed with Leaders a range of shared challenges facing the Indo-Pacific region, including: The ongoing management of the COVID-19 pandemic; The importance of working collectively to accelerate economic recovery; and Exploring further opportunities for partners to work more closely on health, economic and security issues facing the region. The ASEAN-New Zealand Commemorative Summit, which was held digitally, also marked the 45th anniversary of the diplomatic partnership between the two parties. “New Zealand and ASEAN share a strong legacy of working together to advance peace and prosperity in our region. ASEAN is our fourth largest trading partner, a crucial defence and security partner, and a critical strategic hub that connects us to Asia and the rest of the world,” Jacinda Ardern said. “Our partnership will play an important role as our countries work together to support global efforts ...

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On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem.  I may seem like a strange person to be saying all of this. I have been a climate activist for 20 years and an environmentalist for 30.  But as an energy expert asked by Congress to provide objective expert testimony, and invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to serve as Expert Reviewer of its next Assessment Report, I feel an obligation to apologize for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public. Here are some facts few people know: Humans are not causing a “sixth mass extinction”  The Amazon is not “the lungs of the world” Climate change is not making natural disasters worse Fires ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Kamala-Harris-with-Chithi.jpg Kamala Devi Harris (right) with mother Shyamala Gopalan (left) and aunt Sarala Gopalan in a family picture taken in 2005. – Special Arrangement Joe Biden has selected the Senator from California as his vice-presidential running mate. The Senator from California is Joe Biden’s pick for vice-president in the US election The Varasiddhi Vinayagar Temple at Besant Nagar in Chennai has a special place in California senator Kamala Harris’ heart. Not just because her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, was in the committee when the temple was constructed. But because nine years ago, when Joe Biden’s new running mate contested California’s Attorney General election, she called her maternal aunt Sarala Gopalan with a request: “Chithi (aunt), please pray for me and break coconuts at the temple.”   Gopalan broke 108 coconuts at the temple in a ritual that symbolises overcoming all obstacles and breaking free. After her victory, Harris called her aunt to ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/112846/eight_col_atoz_broll.00_03_09_10.Still001.png?1605159353 The neighbour of a Auckland woman who tested positive for Covid-19 this week has returned a weak positive result, the Health Ministry has confirmed. Vincent 106 apartments in Auckland CBD. Photo: RNZ / Nick Monro There have also been three cases reported in managed isolation today. In a statement, the ministry said the weak positive case lived in a neighbouring apartment in Vincent St apartments to the student and retail worker who tested positive on Thursday. “The individual’s initial test result was negative, but a subsequent test has today returned a weak positive result. A further test is now being taken. They are currently regarded as a case under investigation. “Auckland Regional Public Health had already done some initial scoping of this case and will now be doing more detailed work on tracking and tracing any outstanding close contacts.” The Ministry of Health said the person who returned the ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/112954/eight_col_Housing.jpg?1605312557 The value of residential proporties in Tairāwhiti has gone “through the roof” in an increase which has surpassed other provincial towns, a valuer says. The value of residential properties in Tairāwhiti has increased by 64 percent in the past three years. Photo: Gisborne Herald/LDR A three-year revaluation of the district for rating purposes shows the average value of residential properties has increased by 64 percent since 2017. Lewis Wright managing valuer Ben Inder said Gisborne had seen some of the biggest increases in residential values in the country, and was higher than any other provincial area he had seen. The average price for residential properties in Tairāwhiti climbed from $280,000 in July 2017 to $460,000 in September 2020, with the average value for homes in Gisborne City sitting at about $500,000 in September. The increase is even more dramatic in traditionally lower value areas, such as Elgin which has ...

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