https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/118222/eight_col_checkpoint.jpg?1614460620 Checkpoints have been set up at Auckland’s borders, as the city begins another alert level 3 lockdown today. The queue at Auckland’s southern border is about 60 cars long as area restrictions are back in force. Photo: RNZ / Jordan Bond Travel in and out of Auckland is restricted, though people can return home if they can prove their address at the checkpoints. This morning, the queue at Auckland’s southern border was about 60 cars long as area restrictions are back in force. Essential workers and people going home are being allowed through. Trucks are funnelled through a separate lane and are allowed through unchecked. RNZ’s reporter at the scene said drivers in each car was being talked to by police but no one in the first 15 minutes was turned around. Eight checkpoints on the outskirts of Auckland will stop vehicles and question drivers, ensuring there is no ...

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The Andrews Labor Government is reducing the cost of energy for Victorians doing it tough, with a one-off $250 payment to help with their energy bills. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced today that low income households can now apply for the new Power Saving Bonus. The bonus is available to any households with a Victorian electricity account who holds a pensioner concession card or receives JobSeeker, Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance. It will be available for 12 months and provide immediate financial relief to more than 900,000 Victorian households. The $250 bonus will be transferred electronically into the bank account of the recipient or provided via cheque on request, and processing will take approximately two to three weeks from application. Electricity bills are the top cost of living issue for consumers and about 20 per cent of Victorian households requested financial assistance with their energy ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/60729/eight_col_C1022.jpg?1530915295 Academics warn major research projects will be held back by a lack of foreign research students. Many foreign PhD students are trying to work through a complex visa system, the Association of Scientists says. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller In recent years half of New Zealand’s annual total of 10,000 PhD students have come from overseas but that number is falling because of border restrictions. Victoria University of Wellington’s vice-provost (academic) Margaret Hyland said its PhD enrolments fell 5 percent last year when it had been anticipating growth of about 5 percent. “We’ve got just under 1000 PhD students so we were down about 50,” she said. Professor Hyland said this year’s enrolments were still in doubt because the students would have to begin their work overseas, which would suit some disciplines but not others. “We’ve got 200 international students offshore who’ve accepted a place in a doctoral programme, ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/108338/eight_col_queen_street.jpg?1598638681 Auckland is back at alert level 3 this morning, while the rest of the country has moved to alert level 2 following two new Covid-19 community cases that could not be directly linked to earlier cases. The usually bustling Queen Street in Auckland during alert level 3 in December last year. Photo: RNZ / Amy Williams Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement at a briefing at 9pm last night saying that the alert level changes would come in from 6am today and would be in place for seven days. She said Cabinet would assess the alert levels but it was likely that Auckland would remain in alert level 3 for the full seven days. Ardern said the announcement comes after two new Covid-19 community cases that could not be directly linked to earlier cases. One is the 21-year-old sibling of a student from Papatoetoe High School, despite the ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/the-video-talk-on-Diabetes.jpg Transcript:“The current type 2 diabetes medications available all work to reduce glucose absorption, or kick-start insulin production in the pancreas. But once you stop taking them, the disease comes back”.How can we reverse Diabetes type2?Is it possible?Yes, right now there is no cure. But it is if we focus on rejuvenation of beta cells in your pancreas that produces insulin, and not keep on increasing your insulin injections more and more to keep up with the insulin resistance.We are optimistic over the latest promising research from the Mt Sinai Diabetes Institute, New York.The time is coming even to prevent diabetes related problems.One of the most important keys is to keep moving- exercise is as important to managing diabetes as taking medication.Exercise makes your body sensitive to insulin, help control sugar, lower your risk of heart disease and other related problems.400 million people are affected with diabetes type 2, and ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/242408/eight_col_hotel3.png?1599962228 Covid-19 positive families at the centre of the latest outbreak are anxious but getting better as they quarantine at Jet Park, says a woman who’s been supporting them. The Jet Park quarantine facility. Photo: Google Maps The Fono health and social services centre has been checking in daily with the 11 infected people and four close contacts at the Jet Park. Whānau Ora manager Europa Kupu said most had dwindling symptoms but there were other anxieties – often to do with money, jobs or making sure families not in the Jet Park were ok. The team started by offering most a food parcel. “We usually do the drop off at the front. There’s usually the security there and they just take it through to the families,” she said. They then helped with advice and other support for finances, welfare or keeping an eye on family members at home. The ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/248757/eight_col_RNZD4647.jpg?1605567429 An Auckland National Party MP says it’s ‘unhelpful’ and ‘counterproductive’ for people on social media to point fingers at the family caught up in the latest Covid-19 community outbreak. Botany MP Christopher Luxon said people should be showing some compassion and understanding towards the family. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas Health officials have discovered that two – now-positive – cases of one family went to work and visited a vape store when they were supposed to be isolating at home. The family also hosted a private home viewing. Botany MP Christopher Luxon said would-be critics should focus their efforts on keeping the virus at bay. “We don’t know the full facts of the situation, that’s really the government and the health officials that will be aware of all of those. “At this point what we should be doing is showing some compassion and some understanding, what we can focus ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/251389/eight_col_159329397_l.jpg?1607814248 There have been no new community cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand today, a day after it was revealed a new case had worked a shift at an Auckland KFC outlet. Photo: 123rf.com In a statement, the Health Ministry said there was just one new case in managed isolation. The new community case revealed yesterday was a person linked to the Auckland February cases who had been in quarantine since Tuesday, but had worked a late shift at KFC Botany Downs on Monday evening. Customers who entered the KFC store during that shift have been considered close contacts, while those who used the drive through during that time have been designated as ‘casual plus contacts’. They have all been advised to get tests today and the close contacts are also required to get another test in seven days time. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said yesterday this would include ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Richard-de-Zoysa.jpg Richard de Zoysa was killed on February 18, 1990 Source:Dailymirror Both as a writer and a youth, he represents a suppressed lobby in Sri Lanka for whom justice continues to be denied.  Richard de Zoysa, who was kidnapped and killed by a death squad operating under the knowledge of the state on 18 February 1990, has over the past three decades been commemorated as an icon of State-sponsored suppression of free expression in Sri Lanka. De Zoysa was a multifaceted prodigy with a background as an actor in theatre and film, as well as an emerging poet composing in English. In the late-1980s, with the escalation of political violence in the south, De Zoysa took a keen interest in the killings and disappearances of thousands of men and women: the majority of which was carried out by the State using its legal and extra-legal military force.  On the night of his ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/239240/eight_col_RNZD4884.jpg?1597287868 Auckland will move to alert level 3 for a week at 6am tomorrow morning after two new Covid-19 community cases announced this evening could not be directly linked to earlier cases, the prime minister has confirmed. The rest of the country will move to alert level 2. Watch the PM’s latest briefing here: A sibling of a Papatoetoe High School student, who was a casual plus contact of the recent Auckland community cases, tested positive for Covid-19. Speaking at the briefing at 9pm, Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said the new case is a 21-year-old man. Preliminary test results show three household members are negative and another member – the mother – has a positive test result that indicated early infection. The man’s symptoms began on 23 Febraury, with a fever and weakness, then loss of taste and smell the next day. Ardern said the link to the high ...

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