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Covid 19 coronavirus: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern – NZ to maintain current lockdown settings for 12 more days

New Zealand will maintain its current lockdown settings for 12 more days. That would mean the current settings will be in place for 14 days - or one full incubation period. The current settings will remain until 11.59pm on August 26, but Cabinet will review the settings on August 21, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has just announced. "There is nothing to suggest we need to move to a level 4 lockdown at this stage." Auckland shouldn't be at level 3 for any longer than necessary. "Short and sharp is best. "But it is wise to take a bit of extra time." Ardern said it had been 53 hours since Auckland was in level 3, while the rest of NZ was in level 2. She said the aim was to [...]

August 14th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Covid 19 coronavirus: Ashley Bloomfield gives update – How far has the virus spread?

LATEST ADVICE: • There are 12 new confirmed cases, including two in Tokoroa. They are all connected. • There is no need to stockpile medicines. The supply chain has not been affected. • There have been reports of verbal and physical abuse of healthcare workers. • The "majority" of border workers will be tested by the end of the day. There are 12 new confirmed cases of Covid in the community and one probable case, director general of health Ashley Bloomfield says. One of the 13 cases is in hospital. All of the new cases are linked to the existing cluster, though one - the person in Auckland Hospital - is still under investigation but it is not yet cause for concern. There are 30 active cases connected to [...]

August 14th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Covid 19 coronavirus: Philippines will be first country to test Russia’s ‘Sputnik V’ vaccine

A new vaccine is on display at the Nikolai Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Russia. Photo / AP KEY POINTS: The Philippines will be the first country in the world to begin large-scale human testing of Russia's coronavirus vaccine in October. President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to be inoculated as early as May next year. Duterte had offered himself as a guinea pig for the first jab, saying he had "huge trust" in the vaccine. But his spokesman Harry Roque confirmed he will not receive the inoculation until regulators guarantee its safety. There is growing scepticism about the effectiveness of the fast-tracked vaccine. Phase 3 clinical trials in the Philippines are due to run from October to March 2021. Roque said the president was scheduled [...]

August 14th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Covid 19 coronavirus: 13 new cases in Auckland – all will go into quarantine

There are 13 new Covid cases in Auckland and they all will now go into quarantine. All of the 13 cases are linked to the original four confirmed cases from the new outbreak in South Auckland. The new cases include children. One is a girl aged one to four while the other is a boy between the ages of five and nine. Another girl who tested positive is aged between 10 and 14, while a teenage male (age from 15-19) is among the new cases. Family members of confirmed cases may also be required to go into quarantine, director general of health Ashley Bloomfield says. Bloomfield said they'd given moving confirmed cases into quarantine facilities "a lot of thought". It would help prevent spread between family members and limit [...]

August 13th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

‘Philippine jobless rate highest in Southeast Asia’

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is seen booking the highest unemployment rate in Southeast Asia, with about eight million Filipinos expected to lose their jobs as the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic continues to overwhelm the economy, according to Maybank ATR Kim Eng. In its ASEAN economics report titled “Labour market: Retrenchments and Recovery,” Maybank said the country’s unemployment rate is expected to hit a record 18.5 percent this year, the highest in Southeast Asia. This is higher than Thailand’s 15.9 percent, Malaysia’s 6.5 percent, Indonesia’s 5.9 percent, Singapore’s four percent, and Vietnam’s 3.6 percent. In all, the six ASEAN countries would have an unemployment rate of 8.8 percent due to the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic and business shutdowns have led to massive [...]

August 13th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Kamala Has Called for Twitter to Ban Trump – And Their Top Censor Used to Work for Her

For as often a fuss is made over President Donald Trump’s tweets, even his critics must view them as a net positive for him, as evidenced by how badly they want him banned from the platform. Among them is Kamala Harris, who was just tapped by Joe Biden to be his running mate. She wrote Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in October 2019 that Trump violated the company’s user agreement in tweets regarding the Ukraine “whistleblower” and House Intel Committee Chair Adam Schiff. Kamala pretended that Trump violated Twitter’s rule that “may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people.” She’s also called for him to be banned in a number of tweets. Fortunately nobody at Twitter listened to that specific complaint, though Twitter has since censored [...]

August 13th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

US election: Military officials in extraordinary Trump letter

President Trump's top military man has just been delivered an extraordinary request by two senior military staffers in a worst case scenario following the upcoming US election. An open letter, published by online US military news site Defense One, is addressed to General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and paints a stark picture of what the authors believe could emerge following the upcoming US election. "As chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, you are well aware of your duties in ordinary times: to serve as principal military advisor to the president of the United States, and to transmit the lawful orders of the president and Secretary of Defense to combatant commanders," the letter reads. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley [...]

August 13th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Covid 19 coronavirus: Experts Michael Baker and Shaun Hendy share concerns Auckland outbreak could be ‘generations’ deep

Covid-19 could been have spreading in Auckland for weeks, with dozens of people already infected, two experts claim. The two infectious disease experts say it's likely the four cases confirmed in a family on Tuesday are a few generations into an outbreak. The family has no known connection to the country's border - the only place experts believe Covid-19 could have arrived. Epidemiologist Michael Baker said an outbreak usually went through a few generations of transmission before someone became sick enough to present with symptoms. That could take about three weeks, he said. Physicist and disease modeller Shaun Hendy agreed, saying there could be several layers to the outbreak. "If [the virus] has been passed from someone who arrived, and passed through several people to this family, then they [...]

August 13th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Unnerving: ‘Occupy’ radicals now plan ‘White House siege’

50-day protest 'a cultural heave towards a new world order' The activist group behind the Occupy Wall Street protest nine years ago, Adbusters, is planning a 50-day "White House Siege" next month. "Drawing wind from #MeToo, #BLM, #ExtinctionRebellion and protests against Trump’s lethal bungling of coronavirus, we’ll inspire a global movement of systemic change — a Global Spring — a cultural heave towards a new world order, the activists say in a "Tactical Briefing" posted by Adbusters magazine. The Adbusters Media Foundation is a Canadian-based anti-capitalist, enviromentalist group founded in 1989. Adbusters prompted the "occupation" of Wall Street in 2011 saying that had "one simple demand — a presidential commission to separate money from politics" that would "start setting the agenda for a new America." The activists say the [...]

August 13th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Covid 19 coronavirus: Restrictions may stay in place longer, scientists say

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced Auckland will go into level 3 lockdown, and the rest of the country will go into level 2. People should prepare themselves for the possibility restrictions will stay in longer than three days, scientists say. Auckland moves to level 3 at noon today for three days, until midnight on Friday, after news of a community outbreak of Covid-19 - the first in more than 100 days. Four members of a South Auckland family have tested positive and health authorities are racing to find the source. Everyone working at the border or in managed isolation will be swabbed and there will be mass testing across the city. Two pop-up centres are opening this morning in Ōtara and New Lynn. The rest of New Zealand [...]

August 12th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Biden taps Kamala Harris as running mate, setting aside tensions from primary

She makes history as the first Black woman to serve as a major political party’s VP pick. Kamala Harris, the politically shrewd California senator with a law enforcement background that has caused some tensions with the progressive left, was announced Tuesday as Joe Biden’s running mate. "I’ve decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021," Biden said in an email to supporters. She makes history as the first Black woman to serve as a major political party’s VP pick. "I'm honored to join him as our party's nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief," Harris tweeted. The Biden campaign said Biden [...]

August 11th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Four New COVID-19 Cases Hurl New Zealand Into Renewed Country-Wide Lockdown

(Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images) Auckland, a major city in New Zealand, is reportedly entering a level 3 lockdown mid-day Wednesday for at least three days after four new COVID-19 cases were reported. The rest of the nation will be put back into a level 2 lockdown as the government confirms the first case of community transmission after more than 100 days with no reported cases. Auckland residents will be expected to work from home after two workplaces in the city were pinpointed as being involved with the spread, according to Stuff, a publication based in New Zealand. Schools, bars and restaurants will be closed through the end of the week, according to MarketWatch, while gatherings of 10 or more are restricted. Non-essential travel will reportedly be banned, with [...]

August 11th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

President Trump abruptly escorted from White House briefing, then returns

                      Secret Service agent interrupts President Trump's briefing on Aug. 10, 2020.  WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump was abruptly escorted by a U.S. Secret Service agent out of the White House briefing room as he was beginning a coronavirus briefing Monday afternoon. He returned minutes later, saying there was a “shooting” outside the White House that was “under control.” There was an actual shooting and somebody’s been taken to the hospital,” Trump said. The president said the shots were fired by law enforcement, saying he believed the individual who was shot was armed. “It was the suspect who was shot,” Trump said. Trump said he was escorted to the Oval Office by the agent. The White House was placed [...]

August 11th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

2 shot, more than 100 people arrested, 13 officers injured amid widespread downtown looting

CPD Supt. David Brown called the looting “pure criminality” in a news conference Monday morning, not connected to any protest. “There is no justification,” Mayor Lightfoot said. A CVS at LaSalle and Kinzie was one of the stores hit as part of widespread looting in downtown Chicago. Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times Two people were shot, more than 100 people were arrested and 13 police officers were injured as crowds broke windows and looted stores along Michigan Avenue and on the Near North Side overnight and into Monday morning. “We are waking up in shock this morning,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot, calling it “brazen criminal looting and destruction.” Chicago Police Supt. David Brown, who joined the mayor for a news conference at CPD headquarters Monday, called it “pure criminality” not connected [...]

August 10th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Covid 19 coronavirus: Managed isolation charges to come into force tomorrow

Managed isolation charges for returnees will come into force from tomorrow, after they passed their last Cabinet milestone today, Housing Minister Megan Woods says. "The new charging system balances the rights of New Zealanders to return home and helps reduce pressure on the managed isolation and quarantine system, while recovering some of the costs from those who choose to leave and enter the country on holidays or business trips," Megan Woods said. "Anyone who needs to come home but cannot afford the charges will still be able to come home. Exemptions are available for certain groups of people and waivers from charges are possible on a case-by-case basis for undue financial hardship and in special circumstances (such as compassionate grounds)." Travellers required to contribute towards their managed isolation hotel [...]

August 10th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Next Digital boss Jimmy Lai arrested over alleged foreign collusion

Jimmy Lai, founder of the Next Media group and a pro-democracy activist, was arrested on Monday morning for alleged collusion with foreign forces under Hong Kong’s new national security law. His eldest son Timothy and second son Ian, and several members of the senior management of the group, which publishes the Apple Daily newspaper, were also arrested on suspicion of breaching the national security law. A team of about 10 police officers arrived at Lai’s residence on Kadoorie Avenue in Kowloon Tong at around 7 a.m. to search for evidence as a large group of reporters gathered outside. Lai was brought to the police station in Kowloon City. Another police team went to the home of Ian Lai in Sai Kung. His eldest son Timothy and second son Ian, [...]

August 10th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Now more Covid-19 cases in US than people in NZ – and deaths higher than population of Hamilton

The number of cases of Covid-19 in the United States has now passed the 5 million mark - the total population of New Zealand. US Covid cases and deaths on August 10 2020, source: Johns Hopkins University. NZ population at March 2020 from Stats NZ, Hamilton population at 2018 Census. Source: 1 NEWS And its number of deaths is equivalent to the entire population of Hamilton. There have now been 5,032,299 cases of the virus in the US and 162,751 people have died, according to tracking data from Johns Hopkins University. While the population of the US is far bigger – at 330,000,000 - the scale of the coronavirus crisis there is clear and Donald Trump’s administration has been widely criticised for its handling of the pandemic. President Trump has [...]

August 10th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

This Is Big! Trump Holds a 36% Approval Rating with Black Voters in the Latest Rasmussen Monthly Approval Summary

This should put Democrats in a panic. While Joe Biden continues to drop racist insults against prominent blacks President Trump continues to make inroads with black voters. President Trump holds a monthly approval rating of 36% with black voters. This was Trump’s monthly average with the black community.  

August 9th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

President Trump announces $400-per-week unemployment payments amid Covid-19 crisis

  President Trump announced a $400-per-week supplemental unemployment payment to out-of-work Americans. He also signed a payroll tax holiday through the end of the year for Americans earning less than $100,000. For the new $400-per-week benefit, states would be on the hook for funding 25% to the millions of jobless Americans, while the federal government would pick up 75 percent of the benefit, Trump said. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, tweeted out his support support for President Trump’s executive orders. “I applaud @realDonaldTrump executive actions to help the American [people],” Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, tweeted. “Democrats all or nothing strategy jeopardizes the certainty Americans need to pay their bills. [President] Trump puts the American [people] first, compared to nonstop political games by Democrats.” Meanwhile Sen. Lindsey Graham, praised the President for [...]

August 9th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Beirut blast: Tear gas, clashes amid fury over massive explosion

Security forces fired tear gas and clashed with stone-throwing demonstrators Saturday in Beirut, and a group of protesters stormed the foreign ministry amid mounting fury over this week's explosion that devastated much of the city and killed nearly 160 people. Dozens were still missing and nearly 6,000 people injured. Activists who called for the protest set up symbolic nooses at Beirut's Martyrs' Square to hang politicians whose corruption and negligence they blame for Tuesday's blast. Lebanese soldiers stand among tear gas during clashes with protesters as part of a protest against the political elites and the government after this week's deadly explosion at Beirut port. Photo / AP The explosion was fueled by thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate that had been improperly stored at the city's port for [...]

August 9th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Weather warning: Northland, Auckland set to be hit by rain deluge

The Upper North Island is in for a drenching. Photo / MetService   Weeks after it was hit by a severe storm, Northland is in for another big deluge. But forecasters say the system predicted to soak the region on Tuesday - potentially bringing up to 100mm of rainfall - will prove more of a short, sharp hit than a slow-moving event. MetService has flagged the bout in its Severe Weather Outlook, with high confidence rainfall accumulations could reach warning criteria in Northland. There was also moderate chances of warning-level amounts of rainfall for Auckland, Greater Barrier Island and Coromandel - but low chances for the Bay of Plenty and Waikato. MetService meteorologist Stephen Glassey said a low pressure system, currently located in the northern Tasman Sea off the [...]

August 9th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Daughter of a nearly-executed Cambodian refugee becomes GP in South Auckland

Her father was sentenced to be executed during the Cambodian genocide but in an unexpected twist of fate, his life was spared. For the first time, South Auckland doctor Rebecca Ly shares her family's deeply moving story of courage and kindness. Through a suburban Flat Bush door, an infectious smile warms the room. A young five-foot tall doctor offers a cup of Chinese Jasmine tea and directs us toward an immaculately-kept family living room. A captivating black and gold print of Cambodia's Angkor Wat temple hangs directly above the leather couch where Rebecca Ly sits. Displayed on one side of the print are her and her younger sister's University of Otago graduation certificates - both a bachelor of medicine and surgery. On the other side are two photos of [...]

August 9th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Lebanese protesters storm government buildings as prime minister vows early elections

Protesters also trashed and set  fire to the offices of the Association of Lebanese Banks Protesters in Lebanon stormed government ministries as violence gripped Beirut Saturday night.Protesters also trashed and set fire to the offices of the Association of Lebanese Banks as shots rang out in increasingly violent demonstrations following this week’s explosions that killed at least 160 and injured nearly 6,000 others. TV footage showed protesters storming the energy and economy ministries. Protesters blame the Banking Association for the country’s worsening banking crisis. They called on politicians to resign and for them to be punished for negligence they say led to Tuesday’s blasts. Some hung symbolic nooses in Martyr's Square. Demonstrators run away from tear gas fired by riot police during a protest following Tuesday's blast, in Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. [...]

August 9th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Covid 19 coronavirus: Vietnam misses out on 100 days of no community transmission

Vietnam – until recently, a rare coronavirus success story – is in the middle of a fresh outbreak that has scientists "stumped", the BBC reports. After 99 straight days of no local transmission, cases have suddenly surged in the south east Asian nation – a worrying sign for any country or state that thinks it has the virus under control. And that includes New Zealand, which yesterday marked its own 99-day run without community transmission. Remarkably, up until a week ago, Vietnam had yet to record a single death from coronavirus. One week on, the death toll stands at 10. The country was one of the first in the world to lock down and had reaped the benefit of that strategy. That was even more remarkable because it shares [...]

August 9th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Portland Police: Protesters Disguised Themselves As ‘Press,’ Harassed Officers

Alisha Jucevic/AFP via Getty Images   Protesters disguised themselves as members of the press and harassed officers during Wednesday night’s demonstrations in Portland, the city’s police bureau said. Several people who had labeled themselves as “press” threw eggs, rocks, and shined lasers into the eyes of police officers, the Portland police bureau said in a Thursday press release. The protesters continued to interfere with officers as they tried to disperse the crowd. “Since several people with ‘press’ affixed to them continued to interfere with officers performing their lawful duties, a public address announcement was made which closed Southeast 106th Avenue from Southeast Washington Street to Southeast Cherry Blossom Street to all people including members of the press,” the news release said. Protesters threw glass bottles, heavy rocks, and other [...]

August 9th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Now Begs Criminal Antifa Terrorists to Stay Home So Trump Won’t Use His Failed City in His Ads (VIDEO)

It’s a toss-up but Democrat Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler may have squeaked out a victory against Democrat Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Democrat New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio as America’s worst mayor. Just two weeks ago Mayor Wheeler blamed President Trump and federal agents for the 50-plus days of BLM-Antifa rioting in Portland. But that didn’t work because it was complete nonsense so now Wheeler is begging BLM-Antifa rioters to stay away from Portland because Trump is going to use their violent acts in his campaign ads. Wheeler hopes that if he shames these terrorists they will stay home and won’t assault old ladies.  

August 8th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Donald Trump plays ‘Live and Let Die’ at campaign speech as virus death toll climbs

In a week of gaffes, Donald Trump has now had his taste in music criticised after a jarring song choice at a campaign speech. As the US Covid-19 death toll hits 160,000, and experts say 300,000 could die by year's end, the Donald rocked out to Guns and Roses' cover of Wings' "Live and Let Die" before his speech at the Whirlpool washing machine factory in Ohio. Journalist Robert Mackey from The Intercept shared the video, pointing out the incongruous choice, given that not only had the virus killed 1400 Americans the day prior but even Ohio's state Governor Mike DeWine had tested positive and couldn't attend the event. It isn't the first time the song has played at a Trump event. It provided the soundtrack for the President's [...]

August 8th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

California surpasses 10,000 coronavirus deaths

Model projects 300,000 U.S. virus deaths by D... California on Friday surpassed 10,000 coronavirus deaths, a grim milestone that puts the state third for the most deaths in the country, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. There are more than 540,000 confirmed cases in the state.The only states with more fatalities are New York, with over 32,700 deaths, and New Jersey, with over 15,800.Worldwide, over 716,400 people have died from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins. The U.S. accounts for about a quarter of the world's deaths, with 160,700 people succumbing to the virus. California became the first U.S. state to hit half a million caseson August 1, and over 8,000 new cases were reported on Thursday, according to the state's department of health. The health department warns [...]

August 8th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Rape Suspect Murders His Accuser After Being Freed From Jail Over Coronavirus Concerns

Ibrahim Bouaichi Alexandria, Virginia – A rape suspect who was released from jail to ‘help slow the spread of Coronavirus’ went on to murder his accuser. Ibrahim E. Bouaichi murdered the woman who accused him of rape shortly after being released from jail, reported WJLA. The victim, Karla Elizabeth Dominguez Gonzalez, who testified against Bouaichi in December, was found shot to death on July 29 on S. Greenmount Drive. Bouaichi was indicted on rape charges, however his lawyers argued that their client should be released from jail due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Alexandria law enforcement officials told ABC 7 that Bouaichi was released from jail on April 9. Alexandria police spotted Bouaichi driving in Prince George’s County, Maryland earlier this week and a pursuit ensued. Police chased Bouaichi and [...]

August 8th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Covid 19 coronavirus: Melbourne lockdown – CBD foot traffic down 90 per cent

Melbourne is going through an unprecedented time and the city has released evidence showing how the city has changed completely. Victoria's new normal inside a lockdown bubble is obviously affecting its normally vibrant atmosphere, but new data has shown just how much the city has changed. Empty streets of the city are seen on July 27, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. City Council Lord Mayor Sally Capp this afternoon revealed that pedestrian sensors show foot traffic in the CBD is down "about 90 per cent" compared to this time last year amid coronavirus restrictions. "The city hasn't been this empty for this long in living memory," Capp said. “As the lockdown changes were announced we saw the impact happening in real-time across the city."   A sign reading "Go straight [...]

August 8th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

France: Shopkeeper Beaten by ‘Immigrant’ Men After Asking Them to Wear Face Masks

A man running a laundromat in Val-d'Oise, France, was brutally beaten by a group of 'immigrant' men after he asked them to wear face masks inside the facility, according to reports.Augustin M., 44, says he was ambushed by his assailants after multiple confrontations regarding their lack of masks, which are obligatory in many French businesses due to coronavirus-related mandates.   Tranche de vie dans une zone de Non-France. Un commerçant agressé pour avoir demandé à un « jeune » chenapan le porte de masque. Voilà ce qui se passe lorsqu’on contraint les commerçants à faire la Police. Mais bon, @Darmanin va nous régler ça en créant... un Numéro Vert ! pic.twitter.com/TH0PVDHX5a — Jean MESSIHA (@JeanMessiha) August 4, 2020 “I asked someone to put on a mask but he refused,” [...]

August 7th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

China Sentences 3rd Canadian To Death Amid Intensified Tensions Between Countries

Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images China sentenced a third Canadian citizen to death on drug charges Thursday as tensions between the two countries grow, the Associated Press reported Thursday. Xu Weihong was given his sentence Thursday by the Guangzhou Municipal Intermediate Court. He had allegedly been making Ketamine, a powerful and commonly abused painkiller, since 2016, local newspapers reported. Over 266 pounds of the drug were found in the homes of Weihong and one other person, according to local reports. The court said that they sentenced Weihong’s alleged accomplice, Wen Guanxiong, to life in prison, according to the Associated Press. Tensions between China and Canada have been escalating since 2018 when the daughter of the founder of Chinese tech company Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested at an airport in [...]

August 7th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

FBI Rocked By Public Suicide of TOP FBI Agent Who Investigated Clinton Foundation

FBI agents are mourning the death of one of the Bureau’s top financial crimes supervisors who reportedly shot and killed himself on a crowded nite-club dance floor, according to top FBI insiders. Salvatore “Sal” Cincinelli, a former Wall Street broker who joined the FBI in 2010, died last week during a night out after an FBI training session, sources said. Cincinelli was one a supervisory special agent who spearheaded many of the FBI’s high-profile and complex Wall Street investigations, including probing the finances of the Clinton Foundation. After leaving his Wall Street career, Cincinelli was first assigned to the New York field office (SDNY) and later promoted to HQ in Washington, DC. He was a native New Yorker as well. “Very very bright guy,” one FBI insider said. “Such [...]

August 7th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Covid 19 coronavirus: US Government issues New Zealand travel warning due to its ’23 active cases’

The US Government has warned its citizens to be very cautious about travelling to New Zealand because of the country's "23 active cases" of Covid-19. Photo / Getty Images The US Government has warned its citizens to be very cautious about travelling to New Zealand because of our "23 active cases" of Covid-19. Despite the US recording more than 2 million cases and 160,000 deaths, the government is advising against travelling to New Zealand. According to the US government's travel advice website, it called for increased caution when travelling here. It places New Zealand at Level 2 on its travel advisory system, which asks its citizens to "exercise increased caution in New Zealand due to Covid-19". "As of August 7, 2020, New Zealand has had 1569 confirmed and probable [...]

August 7th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Six COVID-19 vaccine candidates, including 3 from China, now in phase-3 trials — WHO

GENEVA, Switzerland — Six COVID-19 vaccine candidates, including three from China, have entered phase-3 trials, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Thursday. A staff member displays samples of the COVID-19 inactivated vaccine at Sinovac Biotech Ltd., in Beijing, capital of China, March 16, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yuwei / MANILA BULLETIN) The three Chinese candidates are from Sinovac, Wuhan Institute of Biological Products/Sinopharm and Beijing Institute of Biological Products/Sinopharm, said Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, at a virtual briefing. The other three are made by the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca, Moderna/NIAID and BioNTech/Fosun Pharma/Pfizer, he added. The vaccines will be put into the general population for the first time in phase 3, after previous trials have focused on safety, immunogenicity, and immune response in [...]

August 7th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

100 days without Covid-19: How New Zealand got rid of a virus that keeps spreading across the world

On Sunday, New Zealand will mark 100 days without community transmission of Covid-19. From the first known case imported into New Zealand on February 26 to the last case of community transmission detected on May 1, elimination took 65 days. New Zealand relied on three types of measures to get rid of the virus: 1. Ongoing border controls to stop Covid-19 from entering the country 2. A lockdown and physical distancing to stop community transmission 3. Case-based controls using testing, contact tracing and quarantine. Collectively, these measures have achieved low case numbers and deaths compared with high-income countries in Europe and North America that pursued a suppression strategy     New Zealand is one of a small number of jurisdictions – including mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, [...]

August 7th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Pompeo: US to present UN resolution to extend arms embargo on Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (AP/Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool) Russians already stated intention of resuming trade of arms to Islamic regime The United States will present a resolution at the UN Security Council next week to extend the UN arms embargo on Iran, announced U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday. “Of course, the conflict in Yemen has raged in large part because of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s illegal arms transfers to the Houthis,” Pompeo told reporters. “And so next week, the United States will put forward a resolution in the Security Council to extend the arms embargo on Iran.” “The Security Council’s mission is to maintain ‘international peace and security,’ ” he continued. “The council would make an absolute mockery of that mission if it allowed the [...]

August 7th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

More than 100 migrants intercepted by UK authorities in English Channel

A freelance photographer in Dover said he counted more than 120 men, women and children being taken off rescue vessels. Image:Migrants are seen being taken off a boat after being rescued by coastguards.   Border Force patrol vessels and local lifeboats have been involved in the rescue of more than 100 migrants in small boats in the English Channel this morning. At least seven rubber dinghies and a kayak were towed into Dover harbour. An inquiry has been launched by the Commons home affairs select committee, which wants to scrutinise the role of "criminal gangs" and the UK and French government's response to the issue.   Image:More than 120 men, women and children are among those who were rescued On Thursday, a freelance photographer in Dover said he counted [...]

August 6th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

With 119,460 infections, Philippines overtakes Indonesia for most COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia

Airline ground staff wearing protective gear work at the counter at the airport in Manila on August 4, 2020. AFP/Ted Aljibe   MANILA, Philippines (Updated 5:09 p.m.) — The Philippines saw another spike in new coronavirus infections Thursday to take its total to 119,460, overtaking Indonesia as the worst-hit country in Southeast Asia. The Department of Health reported 3,561 additional infections to take the national caseload ahead of Indonesia’s 118,753 cases as of Thursday, according to its health ministry. Manila has been reporting more daily cases than Jakarta for a time now. Outbreak epicenter Metro Manila, which returned to a tougher lockdown, was responsible for 57% or 2,041 of the newly-reported cases. Meanwhile, Laguna had 222 additional cases, Cebu had 221, Cavite had 100 and Rizal had 81. Currently, [...]

August 6th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Foreign Minister Winston Peters announces $500,000 in aid after Beirut blast

New Zealand's Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has today announced $500,000 in aid for the Red Cross after yesterday's deadly Beirut blast. Mr Peters tweeted the pledge this afternoon. "New Zealand stands in solidarity with Lebanon. We are providing $500,000 to the Red Cross Movement for the provision of lifesaving medical support and urgent humanitarian services." It comes after 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored at Beirut's port somehow caught alight yesterday, leading to an incredibly large explosion which killed at least 135 people and injured more than 5000 across the city. The blast is thought to have left some 300,000 displaced in Beirut due to massive property damage. The Ministry of Foreign Affair and Trade says, New Zealanders who want to support the response are encouraged to make financial [...]

August 6th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

US announces ‘highest level’ visit in decades to Taiwan

TAIPEI - The United States on Wednesday announced its "highest level" visit in decades to Taiwan, a move sure to infuriate China at a time when relations between Washington and Beijing are at historic lows. Washington's trade office in Taipei confirmed that health chief Alex Azar would lead an upcoming delegation to the self-ruled island, which China's communist leaders claim and have vowed to one day seize. "This marks... the first Cabinet member to visit in six years, and the highest level visit by a US Cabinet official since 1979," the American Institute in Taiwan said. Taiwan's foreign ministry confirmed the trip and said Azar would meet the island's foreign and health ministers. "Secretary Azar is a long-time staunch friend of Taiwan," the ministry said, describing his upcoming trip [...]

August 6th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Suspected homemade bombs found at Hamilton mall, roads blocked off

A Hamilton mall will be shut for at least the next four hours after suspected homemade bombs were discovered, police say. Hamilton locals have described hearing a loud "bang" early this morning before the bomb disposal unit arrived at Chartwell shopping centre, Herald reporter Belinda Feek said. Police have also extended their cordons around the site, moving everybody out a street further and closing down access to Lyndon Court, she said. The bomb disposal unit has arrived at the scene. Photo / Belinda Feek A stretch of Comries Rd between Hukanui and Lyndon Crt is now closed, she added. Stride Property, which owns the mall, said the centre had been evacuated and that management are cooperating with police. "Chartwell Shopping Centre treats the safety of its retailers, customers and [...]

August 6th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

One in five house sales in NZ in 2020 went for $1m-plus

An architecturally-designed house on Newton Road, Waiheke, was one of the top sales in the first half of 2020. Photo / supplied Since the beginning of the year, nearly one in five residential sales in New Zealand sold for more than $1 million, according figures released by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand.That figure of 17 percent is well up on the 13 per cent share of sales in the same period in 2019. From January to June, there were 5,426 million-dollar-plus sales, up 12 percent on last year. REINZ chief executive Bindi Norwell says: “We are seeing demand for properties, pushing up the number of million-dollar-plus sales. The shortage of housing stock appears to be a continued influence.” The majority of the million-dollar-plus sales - nearly 4000 [...]

August 6th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Exclusive: Trump campaign seeks early September presidential debate

Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Image The Trump campaign is asking the Commission on Presidential Debates to move up the last presidential debate to the first week in September to get ahead of an expected surge in early voting. Driving the news: President Trump's personal attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, made the request in a letter dated Wednesday and obtained by Axios. Giuliani has been leading the campaign's discussions with the debate commission, which also includes asking the commission to add a fourth debate. If the commission declines to add a fourth debate, the letter asks that the debate currently scheduled for Oct. 22 be moved up to the first week in September, before the first ballots are sent on Sept. 4 in North Carolina. What [...]

August 6th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Covid 19 coronavirus: John Key says NZ should let in ‘rich’ Americans who want to build a house

Former Prime Minister Sir John Key wants to encourage rich Americans to buy New Zealand property to help reduce the impact of a looming "financial crisis". He told Newstalk ZB host Heather du Plessis-Allan that border restrictions should be loosened so that universities and companies could bring in foreign students and skilled workers and pay for their own quarantine. And he said foreigners buying New Zealand property would provide work for Kiwis whose jobs are disappearing. "Let's focus on what we can do. We've got this crazy foreign buyer ban," he said. Why don't we let in rich Americans who want to build a house in New Zealand? Who cares? They're in Mangawhai or somewhere, they are going to create thousands of jobs. "Why do we care if someone [...]

August 5th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

FBI has opened 300 ‘domestic terror’ investigations as a result of riots, attorney tells Capitol hearing on Antifa

The US attorney revealed stats at Antifa hearing chaired by Sen. Ted Cruz The FBI has opened more than 300 domestic terrorism investigations since George Floyd's death in Minneapolis kicked off nationwide unrest and riots, a federal attorney revealed Tuesday in a hearing on Capitol Hill on Antifa and violent protests. Erin Nealy Cox, a U.S. attorney tapped by Attorney General William Barr to lead a task force on violent anti-government extremists, said the feds have opened hundreds of federal criminal investigations surrounding the violence and rioting since May 28. "They have since May 28 [opened] over 300 domestic terrorist investigations," Cox told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on preventing violent protests. "That does not include any potential civil rights investigations or violent crime associated with the riots." In addition, Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli [...]

August 5th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Covid 19 coronavirus: Two new Covid cases, both from Philippines

New Zealand has two new cases of Covid-19 today in managed isolation, both travellers from the Philippines. The first case is a man in his 20s who arrived in New Zealand on July 23 from the Philippines via Hong Kong. He has been in managed isolation at the Rydges in Rotorua and tested negative for Covid-19 around day three of his stay. The man has now been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility after testing positive around day 12 of his stay. The second case is a woman in her 40s who arrived in New Zealand on August 1, also from the Philippines via Hong Kong. She has been in managed isolation at the Grand Millennium in Auckland, and tested positive around day three of her stay. The two [...]

August 5th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

The Lebanon Explosions in Photos

Images from Beirut show the extent of the devastation from blasts that shook the Lebanese capital Tuesday evening. Smoke from the scene of an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday.Credit...Ben Hubbard/The New York Times The two explosions that ripped through Beirut Tuesday evening killed at least 78 people and wounded thousands more. The second, far larger blast devastated a wide area, with the shock wave knocking people down, overturning cars and enveloping much of the center city in a cloud of dust and smoke. Windows of apartment towers miles away were blown out, leaving the city’s streets looking as if they had been “cobbled in glass,” according to a resident. The injured, at least 4,000, were soon streaming into local hospitals, often arriving on foot or carried by friends [...]

August 5th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Covid 19 coronavirus: Dr Ashley Bloomfield’s dire warning – NZ should brace for second wave

The country's top health official today reiterated a dire warning that New Zealand should brace for a second wave of Covid-19 to sweep through the community, similar to the outbreak wreaking havoc in Victoria. Director general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said the health ministry had been sounding the warning about the prospect of community transmission in recent weeks and was now gearing up for the likely prospect. It's been more than three months since the last case of Covid-19 was contracted in the community. In the past 95 days all Covid infections have been detected and contained at the border as ill people return to New Zealand. There are currently 22 active cases in quarantine. While life has returned to near normal for the majority of Kiwis, across [...]

August 5th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

2,750 Tonnes Of Ammonium Nitrate Exploded: Lebanon PM On Beirut Blasts

“It is unacceptable that a shipment of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate has been present for six years in a warehouse, without taking preventive measures," he said at a defence council meeting, a spokesman told a press conference.   "It is unacceptable and we cannot remain silent on this issue," Lebanon PM said. (File) Beirut: About 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate were stored in the Beirut port warehouse that exploded Tuesday, devastating large parts of the Lebanese capital, Prime Minister Hassan Diab said. "It is unacceptable that a shipment of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate has been present for six years in a warehouse, without taking preventive measures," he said at a defence council meeting, a spokesman told a press conference.    

August 5th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Trump calls Beirut explosion an ‘attack’

GETTY IMAGES President Trump described explosions that occurred in Beirut on Tuesday and killed at least 78 people as an "attack," saying his military and national security advisers had indicated to him that it was likely a bomb. "I met with some of our great generals, and they just seemed to feel that it was - this was not some kind of manufacturing explosion type of event," Trump said at a White House news conference. "According to them - they would know better than I would - but they seem to think it was an attack, it was a bomb of some kind." Beirut was rocked by a massive explosion early Tuesday evening local time that has left 78 dead and at least 4,000 injured, according to The New York [...]

August 5th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Nolte: School and Church Closings, Anti-Police Movement Blow up U.S. Homicide Rate

AP Photo/Steve Ruark Homicide rates have exploded by double digits and experts blame school and church closings alongside the anti-police movement, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Wall Street Journal looked at America’s 50 biggest cities and found homicides are up an average of a whopping 24 percent across the board. It is also worth noting, although the Journal tries to spin this as a bipartisan problem, that Democrats (including the “progressive” mayor of San Antonio who identifies as Independent) run seven of the top ten cities with the biggest jump in homicide rates. Democrats also run all six of the top six cities with the largest number of homicides, including Democrat-run Chicago, which the Journal notes is responsible for “more than one of every eight homicides.” The top [...]

August 4th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

‘It is what it is,’ Trump says of rising coronavirus deaths as he insists outbreak is ‘under control’

President Donald Trump said his administration has done an "incredible" job handling the coronavirus pandemic and that despite rising deaths the outbreak is "under control," in a wide-ranging and contentious interview that aired on HBO Monday night. Axios National Political Correspondent Jonathan Swan began the interview by asking Trump if his sometimes "wishful thinking" and "salesmanship" was suitable in a crisis that has killed more than 155,000 people in the U.S. "I think you have to have a positive outlook, otherwise you would have nothing," Trump said. As he frequently has done in defending his record on the pandemic, the president pointed to the travel restrictions he imposed on China and Europe, arguing hundreds of thousands – a number he later put in the "millions" – more would have died without those actions. He [...]

August 4th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

New Zealand passports most powerful in world post-COVID

A new analysis has found New Zealand’s passport to be the most valuable in the world, despite COVID-19 putting an end to our travel plans. The New Zealand passport is now the most valuable travel document in the world, according to a new global ranking. The new ranking by the Passport Index, which comes amid general travel chaos caused by COVID-19, puts the Kiwi passport in joint first place alongside Japan, with both passports granting visa free travel or visa on arrival to 118 countries, The New Zealand Herald reports. Australia was second on the list, tied with 11 other nations including the United Kingdom, Germany and South Korea. The Passport Index’s power ranking of 200 of the world’s passports is similar but different from the Henley Passport Index, [...]

August 4th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Billions at stake: Travel industry warns of collapse

The United Arab Emirates now requires travellers to have a negative Covid-19 test. Photo / Jason Oxenham A Dunedin travel agent is warning if his industry were to collapse it could leave billions of dollars of New Zealanders' refunds stuck overseas. Brooker Travel Group and helloworld managing director Andrew Carmody said the wider New Zealand travel agent industry was trying to recoup about $2.6 billion worth of refunds from cancelled trips. With the borders largely closed, there are few opportunities for travel agencies to generate revenue and many are getting by on the wage subsidy, which ends next month. ANZ chief economist Sharon Zollner has warned the country is splitting into two economies — "the tourism-dependent regions and the rest". "That the border will remain closed for the rest [...]

August 4th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Covid 19 coronavirus: Australian states going backwards on plans to open up amid panic over Victoria’s outbreak

Most states are going backwards in their plans to open up their economies as Victoria's severe coronavirus outbreak spooks authorities. On Monday, both South Australia and Tasmania announced changes as Victoria's case numbers continue to remain high. It comes after NSW, Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria wound back the relaxing of their restrictions. The moves have left Prime Minister Scott Morrison's three-step plan to end coronavirus restrictions in tatters. Sadly that timeline has come and gone and most states are now reversing or delaying their plans to open up. Stage one and two of the plan involved allowing larger gatherings in people's homes of up to 20 people, and the re-opening of businesses such as gyms, beauty salons, cinemas, galleries and amusement parks. Some interstate travel could be permissible [...]

August 4th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Citing Duterte order, Lorenzana says PH won’t join other navies in South China Sea drills

MANILA, Philippines—Citing an order by President Rodrigo Duterte, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday (Aug. 3) said that the Philippines would not join the navies of other countries, like the United States, in maritime drills in the South China Sea for fear of raising tension in the area. “President Rodrigo Duterte has a standing order to us, to me, that we should not involve ourselves in naval exercises in the South China Sea except our national waters, the 12 mile distance from our shores,” the defense chief said at an online press briefing. We cannot exercise with them in the South China Sea,” said Lorenzana. “If one country’s action is considered as belligerent, another tension will normally rise, so I hope that all the parties in this exercise will [...]

August 4th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Wealthy Americans invest in foreign passports, US visa loses lustre

A second passport is now a 'must-have' for wealthy US travellers. Photo / Annie Spratt, Unsplash NZ HeraldThere is a must-have travel accessory that wealthy Americans are buying this year: foreign citizenship. A financial advisory firm specialising in "global citizenship" has been inundated by requests from US clients looking to "invest" in a foreign passport, reported The Washington Post. The Toronto-based firm Arton Capital says that there has been a 30-40 per cent increase on last year in clients looking to obtain "a second citizenship and passport by investing in the economy of the host country." With severe outbreaks of coronavirus closing international borders to travellers from the US, it would appear a second passport has become the final refuge of wealthy Americans. This limitation of mobility has made [...]

August 3rd, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Iran: Oil and Petrochemical workers stage strike!

Saturday, August 1, 2020, workers, and employees of Abadan and Mahshahr refineries, Qeshm Heavy Oil Refinery, as well as workers and employees of Parsian Refinery, Petrochemical Company in Lamerd(Fars Province), and phases 22 and 24 of South Pars in Kangan (Bushehr Province) staged a strike in protest against harsh working conditions, the lack of the minimum safety provisions, and the non-payment of their wages and bonuses.  https://twitter.com/IranNW/status/1289650836134481921 On Wednesday, July 29, workers, and employees of the North Azadeganoil field stopped work in protest against low wages. The strike occurred after the executive director of the oil field threatened to fire some of the employees and workers. https://twitter.com/IranNW/status/1289468750626844672 Now, it should be noted here that these mass firings and failure to pay wages, pensions, or benefits are not new in [...]

August 2nd, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Covid 19 coronavirus: Mystery surrounds recent cases, but officials say risks are low

Three passengers have recently been detected with Covid-19 after flying out of New Zealand, yet health officials remain confident the virus isn't circulating in the community. The cases included a Korean traveller in New Zealand, who tested positive to Covid-19 after returning to South Korea, and a woman, who transited through Auckland on July 6 while en-route from Los Angeles to Sydney. The most recent case then involved a woman who flew from Auckland to Sydney onboard Air NZ flight NZ103 on July 20. Covid-19 testing has been taking place in Northcote, Eden Terrace, Henderson and Wiri. Photo / Dean Purcell. She went straight into quarantine in Sydney where authorities tested her on her second day. Her results came back positive for Covid-19 on July 26. The Auckland Regional [...]

August 2nd, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Barr’s Investigation Of ANTIFA Leads Directly To Barack Obama

THE TRUTH IS RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF YOU. DOJ head William Barr, at the request of President Donald Trump, started an investigation into the ANTIFA and it falls directly at Barack Hussein Obama’s feet. ANTIFA is the creation of Barack Obama and George Soros, and it is even partially funded with taxpayer money, something that will be coming to a swift end. While Barack Obama was a community organizer, George Soros saw something in him. He approached Obama with an idea. Soros had the money, and Obama was an expert community organizer. If Obama helped Soros get this off the ground, Soros would find Obama’s senate run, and then his presidential run as well. Soros groomed Obama into what he wanted! Joseph Barron, a lead investigator on Barr’s team, [...]

August 1st, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Thousands turn out for anti-lockdown protest in Germany

In 'day of freedom,' huge throngs go maskless, declare 'end of the pandemic.' Thousands of protesters turned out in Berlin, Germany on Saturday to protest the country's coronavirus lockdown policies, demanding an end to government restrictions and declaring it a "day of freedom" after several months of heavy-handed mitigation efforts throughout the country. Videos of chanting, cheering protesters—thousands of whom were packed close together without masks—circulated on social media on Saturday. Local and central governments throughout Germany over the past several months imposed numerous restrictions and mandates upon German citizens, including social distancing rules and masking requirements. Many of those restrictions have been gradually lifted as coronavirus numbers remained relatively low there, but a recent spike in recorded infections in the country has led authorities to consider additional lockdown [...]

August 1st, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Death penalty for corrupt gov’t officials pushed

As President Duterte renewed his call to reinstate the death penalty for drug-related heinous crimes, the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) is likewise pushing for corrupt officials to be put on death row as well. PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica made the statement days after President Duterte urged Congress to re-impose the capital punishment for drug-related crimes during his fifth State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) last Monday. In a virtual briefing aired over PTV-4, Belgica said corrupt officials should be hanged because corruption is “as bad as murder, as bad as drugs” since it puts millions of Filipinos in poverty. Corruption should be categorized as a heinous crime and should be penalized by death,” he said. “Ang (gusto namin) noon, by hanging pero okay naman [...]

August 1st, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Trump says he will ban TikTok from operating in the US

President Trump on Friday said he plans to ban the social media platform TikTok from operating in the United States. “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. The president said he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order as early as Saturday to officially bar the Chinese-owned company from the U.S. He signaled he was not supportive of allowing an American company to acquire TikTok. TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Trump's announcement came hours after reportsthat Microsoft was in talks to purchase popular TikTok from Beijing-based company ByteDance. That report emerged around the same time news outlets reported that Trump was considering signing an executive order requiring ByteDance to divest the U.S. portion [...]

August 1st, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner earned at least $36 million in outside income last year, new disclosures show

Jared Kushner listens as Ivanka Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House on July 18. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner earned at least $36.2 million as they served in the White House last year, reporting a boost in income from some companies they own that hold residential and commercial properties, new disclosures released Friday show. President Trump’s daughter and her husband, who serve as top advisers to him, reported a minimum combined income that was at least $7 million higher than in 2018, when they reported making at least $29 million, according to their personal financial disclosures, which they are required to file annually. Their minimum income was lower last year than it was in 2017, the year they entered government service, [...]

August 1st, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

BREAKING: The Real Bad Guys in the Epstein Case Uncovered – DIRECTOR ROBERT MUELLER’S FBI!

The Jeffrey Epstein case is full of bad characters and criminal actions, but perhaps no actions were more abhorrent than those taken, or not, by Robert Mueller’s FBI. Last night court documents related to the Epstein case from 2008 were released to the public.  These documents show criminal actions by the rich and famous in abusing underage girls, provided to them by Epstein.  Epstein was eventually slapped on the wrist with a sentence that many claim was totally inadequate. Techno Fog on Twitter was one of the first to review the released documents last night. His first tweets noted that the documents show that the child trafficking scheme was international.  Individuals like a French hotel magnate, Ghislaine Maxwell – Epstein’s accomplice, attorney Alan Dershowitz and Prince Andrew from the [...]

August 1st, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Delusional’ Barry Kloogh sentenced to almost nine years

Barry Kloogh in Dunedin District Court. Photo / ODT A disgraced Dunedin financial adviser whose "unconscionable'' offending included literally visiting victims of his multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme on their death beds has been sentenced to almost nine years prison. Barry Kloogh was sentenced in the Dunedin High Court today to eight years and 10 months prison, with a minimum period of imprisonment of five years and four months. Kloogh earlier this year pleaded guilty to multiple charges stemming from his theft of at least $15.7 million from his clients. Judge Michael Crosbie acknowledged the victims who had packed the courtroom, and said he had carefully considered 32 statements from them. “To say all the victim impact statements were harrowing would be an understatement." Judge Crosbie said Kloogh had told [...]

July 31st, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Palace thanks China for its commitment on COVID-19 vaccine access

Malacañang on Thursday thanked China after the Asian powerhouse vowed to prioritize the Philippines' request for COVID-19 vaccine. In a televised briefing, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said the Philippines will surely benefit once the vaccine becomes available. “Nagpapasalamat po kami sa gobyerno ng Tsina dahil sa isinapubliko po nila ‘yung kanilang posisyon [at] bilang malapit na kaibigan ng Tsina ang Pilipinas po ay makikinabang doon sa vaccine na made-develop nila,” he said. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters in Beijing on Tuesday that China and the Philippines have a mutual cooperation on COVID-19 response. He also said China would give priority to the Philippines once it succeeds in developing a vaccine. Wang’s statement came a day after President Rodrigo Duterte said in his State of the [...]

July 31st, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

More than 400 NZers desperate to get home from India

Two planes from India could arrive here empty next month - despite there being more than 400 New Zealand citizens and residents there desperate to get home. The Indian government has announced two repatriation flights for Indian nationals still in New Zealand - which are scheduled to leave India on August 5 and 10. But the New Zealand government has yet to confirm whether those flights can bring people home. Business owner Rohit Sharma has been stuck in India since early March, when he travelled over to get married. Two weeks later, on March 19, India went into lockdown, before New Zealand followed suit a week later. He is a permanent resident and needs to get back to his computer and phone business in Lower Hutt. "That is currently [...]

July 31st, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Donald Trump suggests delaying US presidential election

US President Donald Trump, lagging in the polls and grappling with deepening economic and public health crises, on Thursday floated the startling idea of delaying the November 3 presidential election. The notion drew immediate pushback from Democrats and Republicans alike in a nation that has held itself up as a beacon to the world for its history of peaceful transfer of power. Trump suggested the delay as he pushed unsubstantiated allegations that increased mail-in voting due to the coronavirus pandemic would result in fraud. But shifting Election Day is virtually impossible and the very idea represented another bracing attempt by Trump to undermine confidence in the American political system. The date of the presidential election — the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in every fourth year — [...]

July 31st, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Operation Burnham: What happened with the SAS during a deadly incursion in Afghanistan

A civilian child was killed during Operation Burnham in 2010, but an inquiry has found their death was justified under international law. Four others died, but the Burnham Inquiry couldn't determine if they were civilians or insurgents. Operation Burnham Afghanistan 25 July 2010 Released image and documentation FOIA by Nicky Hager. Possible Kalta location. Picture / Supplied. The long-awaited inquiry into the actions of New Zealand SAS troops during Operation Burnham in Afghanistan has been released today. The Burnham Inquiry has also found New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) officials did not plot to cover-up the casualties, as claimed in the book Hit and Run by investigative journalists Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson. It did, however, find the Defence Force never corrected claims made to the public and ministers by [...]

July 31st, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

U.S. economy contracted record 32.9% in Q2 amid state shutdowns, COVID-19 contagion fears

Where does the U.S. stimulus money come from? Here's how the Federal Reserve is saving the economy from the COVID-19 crisis. JUST THE FAQS, USA TODAY The U.S. economy turned in its worst performance ever in the second quarter as the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered businesses across the country and consumers hunkered down at home. The nation’s gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services produced in the U.S., contracted at a staggering seasonally adjusted annual rate of 32.9% in the April-June period, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had forecast a 34.8% drop in GDP. To put the plunge in perspective, it was about three times larger than the previous largest drop in quarterly output. "The GDP numbers are mind-boggling," says Ian Shepherdson, chief U.S. economist [...]

July 30th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Japan warns new ‘comfort women’ statue may hurt ties with South Korea

A statue of a girl symbolizing so-called comfort women is seen on the grounds of the Korea Botanic Garden in Pyeongchang along with a statue of a man bowing. | YONHAP / VIA KYODO A recently erected statue of a man resembling Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who is depicted on his knees and bowing to a girl symbolizing South Korean “comfort women” could further hurt bilateral relations, Japan’s top government spokesman said Tuesday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga warned if media reports about the statues, titled “Everlasting Atonement,” erected at a botanical garden in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are true, it would “decisively impact” ties between the countries. While we have yet to confirm this, it would be unacceptable under international courtesy,” he told a news conference. The statues are [...]

July 30th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

India’s Covid-19 Fallout Collides With A Shaky Economy

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump before a ... [+] MANDEL NGAN/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES The bromance between Donald Trump and Narendra Modi features the kind of rivalry no world leader wants: the title of fastest-growing Covid-19 epidemic anywhere. Advantage, Indian Prime Minister Modi. With 4.2 million confirmed cases under his belt, U.S. President Trump’s nation is far ahead in an absolute sense. But India’s 20% jump in infections over the last week to 1.4 million puts Modi’s nation on top in terms of velocity. And that’s the last thing Asia’s third-biggest economy needs as 2020 unravels before our eyes. As the year began, India was seen growing at least 5%. Now, it’s seen contracting by roughly that amount–at best. Worse, perhaps, that could [...]

July 30th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Covid 19 coronavirus: Victoria confirms 723 Covid cases and 13 deaths

Victoria has recorded 723 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours - the country's highest daily total so far. Premier Daniel Andrews says 13 people have died overnight – they are three men and three women in their 70s, three men and two women in their 80s, and two men in their 90s. Today's total number of new cases significantly higher than Monday's record total of 532 and disappointing after a drop to 384 cases on Tuesday and 295 cases yesterday. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews. Photo / AP The Victorian government's modelling showed that Monday should have been the state's peak. However, the state's chief health officer Brett Sutton said yesterday he couldn't confirm that was the case in reality. "You cannot make assumptions on modelling. It doesn't [...]

July 30th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

US hits 150,000 deaths from COVID-19 as states struggle to halt resurgence

The U.S. surged past 150,000 COVID-19 fatalities Wednesday as states battle a resurgence of the virus with differing attitudes about how to stop the spread. The bleak milestone, reported by Johns Hopkins, comes on the heels of the U.S. hitting 4 million confirmed infections July 23. The death toll stood at 150,034 as of 4 p.m. EDT on Wednesday. And there is not much relief in sight. The three most populous states – California, Texas and Florida – were among several that set seven-day records for virus deaths this week. Others set records for new cases. Tennessee and Arkansas set records for both. The first known U.S. death was Feb. 6. Almost six months later the number of deaths is appalling – and could reach 200,000 in less than two months from now. That's based on the current average [...]

July 30th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Covid 19 coronavirus: Americans visit Immigration NZ website every 30 seconds, tens of thousands consider shift to virus-free NZ

More than 250,000 Americans have investigated whether they qualify to move to New Zealand since the coronavirus pandemic took hold this year. Hundreds of thousands of foreigners from other countries are also inquiring about living here or applying for residency as the deadly pandemic sweeps the globe. With international death rates steadily climbing, our Pacific island nation is quickly becoming an attractive haven to live. Massey University's Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley said the pattern was likely to accelerate as the situation deteriorated overseas. "Middle class, professional America is saying, 'Well, where do we go for our own safety and the safety of our families?'" The pandemic has so far infected nearly 4.5 million Americans and claimed 151,000 US lives. New Zealand now has just 23 active case, all in [...]

July 30th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Five Eyes alliance could expand in scope to counteract China

The Five Eyes intelligence alliance could be expanded to include Japan and broadened into a strategic economic relationship that pools key strategic reserves such as critical minerals and medical supplies, according to centre-right MPs working internationally to decouple the west from China. The coronavirus crisis has revealed the west’s key strategic dependencies on China, and plans will be announced shortly under Five Eyes auspices for a major increase in production of rare and semi-rare metals from Australia, Canada, and America in order to reduce dependency on Chinese stocks. Critical minerals, known as rare earth elements, are the key components in a wide range of consumer products including mobile phones, laptops and TVs, and have widespread defence applications in jet engines, satellites, lasers and missiles. On average, China has accounted [...]

July 29th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Japanese lawmakers seek tougher regulations on Chinese-made apps

A group of lawmakers is considering drawing up a proposal to restrict the use of TikTok and other China-based apps in Japan. | AFP-JIJI JUL 29, 2020A group of ruling party lawmakers said Tuesday they plan to call on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government to restrict the use in Japan of apps developed by Chinese companies due to security concerns. Akira Amari, who heads the Liberal Democratic Party group on regulatory policy, said Japan must prevent personal data from leaking via applications originating from China, alluding to popular video-sharing app TikTok. The push to curb the use of Chinese-owned apps follows similar moves abroad. India banned TikTok along with 58 other applicationslast month, while U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is debating whether to follow suit. TikTok, which lets users [...]

July 29th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

First youth online conference on #ASEANUniversality

  17/18/19-09-2020, via Zoom // Successful holding of the first Youth Online Conference on #ASEANUniversality, co-organized by the #DiplomaticLeague, #RotaractOneASEAN and #PhilippineEmbassyWellington. Over 300 Youth Leaders, Rotaractors and Students from all 10 ASEAN Countries, NZ, Fiji and Guam participated via Zoom - with over 10,000 viewers reached via Facebook! Featuring distinguished speakers from Academe, Diplomacy (PH Mission to ASEAN - DPR Noel Mangaoang Novicio / ASEAN Secretariat), Rotary, Rotaract and the DL. A Resolution on Youth Mental Health Advocacy was passed. Also featured was the first-ever Mr. & Ms. #ASEANUniversality contest, which focused on presentation of advocacies. Congratulations  to the winning Philippine and Myanmar candidates - Ms Amina Shayne Halil & Mr Thaw Lin Oo. 🙂 - their advocacies were on, respectively - marine conservation and youth education. [...]

July 29th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

National announced its BusinessStart Plan

Judith Collins this morning announced National’s BusinessStart which will help Kiwis who have lost their jobs to set up a small business with at least $30k available to help them buy kit, make sure they have some working capital, and lower their taxes in the early stages, as they start to become successful. BusinessStart recipients can access: ✔️Up to $20k from their KiwiSaver account to help start their business ✔️At least $10k in tax credits ✔️A waiver from the Company Office registration fee ✔️Free mentoring from advisers like chambers of commerce and manufacturers associations

July 29th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

China accuses NZ of ‘gross interference’ in its internal affairs over Hong Kong move

China has accused New Zealand of "gross interference in China's internal affairs" after NZ's decision to suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong. Ambassador Wu Xi said China had lodged its grave concerns about the move, announced today by Foreign Minister Winston Peters. Peters said that since China had passed new national security legislation for Hong Kong, New Zealand could no longer trust that Hong Kong's criminal justice system was independent from China. "The New Zealand Government's decision is a serious violation of international law and basic norms governing international relations," she said. It is a gross interference in China's internal affairs. The Chinese side has lodged its grave concern and strong opposition. "Any attempt to pressure China on the issue of Hong Kong will not succeed. The Chinese [...]

July 28th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Mary Trump, niece of the president, says she’ll do ‘everything in my power’ to elect Joe Biden

Mary L. Trump, whose best-selling book calls her uncle President Trump “the world’s most dangerous man,” said in an interview with The Washington Post that she plans to do “everything in my power” to elect Democrat Joe Biden as president, but hasn’t yet talked to his campaign. Speaking Monday on The Post Live program with reporter Robert Costa, the president’s niece acknowledged that she had not obtained permission to use a series of incendiary quotes from her aunt Maryanne Trump Barry. In the book, Mary Trump quotes Maryanne as saying that Donald Trump was a “clown” who would never get elected. Asked whether Maryanne knew her quotes would be in the book, Mary Trump said that they came from conversations that took place before she planned to write a [...]

July 28th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

NZ suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong – Ardern says new law not consistent with ‘NZ’s principles’

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand is suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong. Photo / Mark Mitchell New Zealand has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, as recent law changes were not consistent with "New Zealand's principles". That's according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who this afternoon said the new national security legislation in Hong Kong does not sit well with New Zealand's principles. Speaking to reporters this afternoon, she said those principals are "Basic freedom of association and the right to take a political view." When asked if New Zealand should expect repercussions from China, Ardern said the two countries have a "mature" relationship. "There have been occasions where we have taken different positions [with China] – this obviously will be one of them. [...]

July 28th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Robert O’Brien, Donald Trump’s national security adviser, tests positive for COVID-19

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, has tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Monday, becoming the highest-ranking administration official to contract the disease. The news came days after the announcement that a Marine assigned to the military unit that flies Marine One tested positive for coronavirus but did not have direct contact with Trump or his presidential helicopter. O'Brien, who was named national security adviser in September, "has mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site," the White House said in a statement, asserting that there was no risk to the president or the vice president of exposure. "The work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted," the statement read. Trump could not recall the last time he met with O'Brien and did know exactly when his top [...]

July 28th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Duterte rejects reported plan of Americans to return to Subic

MANILA, PHILIPPINES In his 5th SONA, President Duterte comments on a report that the Americans plan to return to Subic under a commercial deal President Rodrigo Duterte in his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 27, rejected the idea of having the United States return to Subic Bay. Duterte mentioned this as he reiterated his push for an “independent foreign policy,” saying he neither favored America nor China. The President mentioned news reports he read weeks ago that said the US was intending to return to its formal naval base. “I have nothing against America. I have nothing against China. But if you put bases here you double the spectacle of a most destructive thing,” Duterte said. Duterte said he feared “war would break out” [...]

July 28th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Despite glowing poll result, Jacinda Ardern ‘won’t be complacent’ amid coalition partner tensions

Labour broke a record for its highest poll result ever over the weekend, but party leader and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she won't be complacent in the lead up to September's election, especially as she deals with spats with coalition partners. Newshub's Reid Research poll last night had Labour on 60.9 per cent, up 4.4 points. Meanwhile, National dropped 5.5 points to 25.1 per cent. The Greens were on 5.7 percent, ACT on 3.3 per cent and New Zealand First on two per cent. When asked about the poll result on TVNZ1's Breakfast this morning, Ms Ardern said she tended to focus on trends over numbers. "What I'd like to think is we're seeing in some of those trends, a general confidence from the public around the Government's response to Covid [...]

July 27th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Hawke’s Bay contractor Joseph Matamata jailed for slavery, people trafficking

Joe Matamata has been sentenced to 11 years jail for slavery, people trafficking. Photo Warren Buckland A Hawke's Bay horticultural labour contractor has been sentenced to 11 years in jail in New Zealand's first prosecution for dual offences of people trafficking and slavery. The sentence was imposed on the now 66-year-old Joseph Auga Matamata, also known as Viliamu Samu, the holder of the family chief title of Matai in Samoa and who appeared today before Justice Helen Cull in the High Court in Napier. She allowed a discount from a starting point to account for forfeiture of assets, and an order of $183,000 in reparation to complainants, but declined to allow a discount for cultural background, saying "the fact remains" Matamata abused his position in the Samoan title of [...]

July 27th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Paulo Garcia’s Message

I'm travelling around the country visiting Filipinos and my fellow National MPs in their respective Electorates. Look forward to meeting as many of you in NZ as I can. Contact me to find out when I am in your area so we can meet. My team and I will respond as quickly as we can.

July 27th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

March Against Hate Crimes Targeting Asian Americans Held In Manhattan

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was a march Saturday against hate crimes targeting Asian Americans, which have been on the rise since the coronavirus pandemic began. Demonstrators chanted “stop the violence, stop the hate” as they marched from Columbus Park in Chinatown to Washington Square Park. Community activists say people of Asian descent are being blamed for the spread of the coronavirus. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been more than 2,000 reported hate crimes against Asian Americans nationwide. “There’s been reports of Asians being attacked or verbally harassed,” community activist Shirley Ng said. “People are judging us by our skin. They think we’re the virus or we brought it here, but we have nothing to do with it.” The “Stop the Hate” campaign includes posters in [...]

July 27th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

New Zealand-born businessman Christopher Liddell to be nominated as OECD secretary general

New Zealand businessman Christopher Liddell. Photo / Doug Sherring   A New Zealand-born businessman is being tipped to head the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The United States is planning to nominate deputy White House chief of staff Christopher Liddell to become the next secretary general of the OECD, according to Reuters. "The US is committed to a strong and unified OECD, and intends to nominate Christopher P Liddell to be the next Secretary General of the OECD," a senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters. Liddell, who has dual citizenship, handles policy coordination at President Donald Trump's White House. Liddell was born in Matamata and attended Mt Albert Grammar School in Auckland before obtaining a Bachelor of Engineering degree with honours from the [...]

July 26th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Govt looks to boost clean energy supply, commissions $30m investigation

    The Government’s goal of 100 per cent renewable electricity generation by 2035 was brought closer today as it was announced $30 million will be spent investigating greener energy storage solutions. Megan Woods, includes looking at a pumped hydro scheme which uses water to manage peak demand. A key location being explored is Lake Onslow near the Clutha River in Southland. “If a business case stacks up pumped hydro would be a game changer for securing sustainable, cheaper, low-emissions electricity for the long term,” Ms Woods said. “This would be transformative for our energy system, and we would no longer be reliant on fossil fuels for meeting our electricity demand. “Pumped hydro moves water to an upper reservoir when there is surplus renewable energy generation and demand for [...]

July 26th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Jami-Lee Ross’ newly formed alliance with NZ Public Party aims to repeal Govt’s Covid-19 Response Bill

Leader of the newly formed Advance NZ Party, Jami-Lee Ross has joined forces with the NZ Public Party in the hopes of taking over the Te Tai Tokerau electorate and repealing the Government's Covid-19 Public Health Response Bill. Jami-Lee Ross has created the Advance NZ party. Source: Jami-Lee Ross / Facebook Hundreds of people have gathered at Auckland’s Logan Campbell Centre for the campaign launch and merger announcement of the two minor political parties today. Mr Ross announced he was starting his own political party Advance NZ in May saying it'll focus on the freedom and sovereignty of New Zealanders and will create a new economic plan to get Kiwis through a post Covid-19 world. The New Zealand Public Party was formed by Billy Te Kahika who is vying [...]

July 26th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Get your questions ready!

New Conservative NZ party leader Leighton Baker will have facebook live broadcasting Sunday 7:00 pm for his party's political platform and election agenda. New Conservative believes in Personal Responsibility, Limited Government, Free Markets, Individual Liberty, Traditional Family Value, and A Strong National Identity.

July 26th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Sugarcane workers in SW Iran hold 41st day of strike action for wages

  Iranian sugarcane workers have held strike action for 41 days in southwestern Iran to demand their wages. The Haft Tappeh Workers Union, representing the striking workers, issued a statement in support of the protest action. The Union is demanding swift action by the government regarding the demands of the striking workers. In the statement, the union said that “we have to rely only on ourselves and our own efforts and nobody else” and asked for workers’ unity. The Union also asked all workers to take part in the strike action as much as possible. “The larger presence of workers could force the authorities to take serious action regarding our demands as soon as possible.” Although a new round of strike action by the workers of Haft TappehSugarcane Industrial Complex [...]

July 26th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

It’s a Federal vs. Local Fight

Day 86, Portland city council bans local police from working with federal law enforcement. It's clear that they don't want their BLM/Antifa friends and relatives to be arrested. During night protesting, Antifa militants are using high powered flashlights to blind and disorient federal officers. At least 5 officers will be permanently blind.

July 26th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

U.S deported criminals

Not in the mainstream media. 16,000 MS13 gang members rounded up and shipped out of the United States. It's not reported where these criminals came from and to where they were sent. But it's clear under Trump government these criminals are not welcomed.

July 26th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

No new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand

There are no new Covid-19 cases in New Zealand today, the Ministry of Health confirmed. Shania Dod collects a sample at a United Memorial Medical Centre Covid-19 testing site. Source: Associated Press There remains 21 active cases of the virus in the country, all of which are in managed isolation or quarantine. Since the pandemic began, New Zealand has had 1206 confimed cases of the coronavirus. It's been 85 days since the last case of community transmission. There is currently no one in New Zealand receiving hospital-level care for Covid-19. Yesterday, 2307 tests for Covid-19 were carried out, with the total number of tests completed in New Zealand to date now 453,923. There was no live 1pm briefing today, with the Ministry of Health releasing the numbers in a statement [...]

July 25th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

NZ economy recovers but unemployment stays high

Economic activity now only 'slightly below 2019 levels '. The number of people on the job seeker support benefit went up in the week to July 10, even as more people started receiving the Covid -19 Income Relief Payment (CIRP), new figures from Treasury show. Family receiving childcare subsidies have dropped by 30 per cent, as more parents find themselves at home with their children. New Zealanders need to get back to work to get the economy moving again. There are over 200,000 kiwis out of work and they cannot wait any longer for certainty on whether these projects will go ahead.  

July 25th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Portland is a War Zone

Day 54, Federal facilities and law enforcement officials were targeted and attacked overnight. One officer was injured and 5 protesters were arrested. A US judge Friday denied Oregon's request to stop US Federal agents from arresting people during nightly protests. This is what rioters do to the Portland federal courthouse every single night. #antifa photos: DOJ

July 25th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

2 other Navy ships caught fire just days after the inferno aboard USS Bonhomme Richard

Smoke rises from a fire aboard US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard. REUTERS/Bing Guan In the days after a fire gutted the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard, two other Navy ships had fires aboard. In the wake of the Bonhomme Richard fire, the Navy is taking extra measures to ensure that other vessels avoid an inferno the engulfed the warship. The inferno that engulfed the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard isn't the only fire to strike a Navy capital ship in recent weeks. On Friday, Navy personnel identified and quickly extinguished a "small" fire aboard Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), the Bonhomme Richard's sister ship which is currently undergoing maintenance at General Dynamics' National Steel and Shipbuilding Company shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia. [...]

July 24th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

USA hits 4 million cases of COVID-19: A look at the milestones and setbacks

The USA hit the latest bleak milestone Thursday in the historic pandemic: 4 million confirmed cases of infections. Experts agree the number of cases is actually much greater – potentially 10 times higher than what's been reported, according to federal data. More than 143,000 people have died from the coronavirus in the USA, which leads the world for most cases and deaths. "We are still knee-deep in the first wave of this," Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said in a Facebook Live interview July 6. "And I would say, this would not be considered a wave. It was a surge or a resurgence of infections superimposed upon a baseline." Where are we on a vaccine? Early success of COVID-19 vaccine candidates fuels optimism, but experts warn 'a lot has to go right' USA [...]

July 24th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has sacked Iain Lees-Galloway as a minister over an inappropriate relationship

⁣#BREAKING Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has sacked Iain Lees-Galloway as a minister over an inappropriate relationship with a staff member in one of the departments he headed.⠀ ⠀ The married man and father of three children no longer has a career in politics — he will not contest September's election.⠀ "In undertaking this relationship he has opened himself up to accusations of improperly using his office," the Prime Minister said.⠀ ⠀

July 23rd, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Covid 19 coronavirus: Health officials with today’s case numbers

There are no new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand. The last community transmission case was 83 days ago. Health Minister Chris Hipkins and director general of health Ashley Bloomfield have provided the latest update on Covid-19. Bloomfield said five cases had recovered, so there were now 22 active cases. None of them were in hospital. The total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 remains at 1205, which is the number we report to the World Health Organisation. There were 2419 tests conducted yesterday, just under 2000 of them in the community. Bloomfield said this showed that the message of getting tested seemed to have boosted testing numbers. He would meet with DHB bosses today to ensure there was good access to the community seven days a week, and [...]

July 23rd, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

China vows to retaliate

Documents burned on the grounds of the Chinese consulate in the Houston. The U.S. has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston in what a Chinese official called an outrageous and unjustified move that will sabotage relations between the two countries. Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin condemned the action, which comes at a time of rising tensions between the world's two largest economies. He warned of firm countermeasures if the U.S. does not reverse its decision.

July 23rd, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Retirees and employees of Iranian regime’s Social Security Org. rallied

Retirees and employees  of Iranian regime’s Social Security Org. rallied in different cities on Wednesday demanding answers to their long-stated list of demands. In Tehran, retirees were attacked by security forces and plain clothes agents who intended to disrupt their gathering.     Shahrokh Tavakoli, educated in the US, currently residing in Europe, Director of @IranNW, providing news and analysis from inside Iran & political activist. Twitter: @tavakoli_sh Email: shahrokh.tavakoli@gmail.com

July 17th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

NZ National Party has new leadership

Congratulations to our new leader Judith Collins and Deputy Gerry Brownlee who will be a great team to lead National. They have more than 40 years political experience. Judith has a great track record as a senior minister and a highly effective opposition performer. A lot of people don’t know all of Judith’s background she has been a fighter and a fantastic local representative.

July 14th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Immigration Minister’s message to work visa holders offshore: stay where you are for the time being

The Minister for Immigration has a message for the majority of temporary visa holders stuck offshore: stay where you are for the time being. Iain Lees-Gallowway, in an interview with Radio Tarana today, said there was a lack of opportunity to safely let back in temporary visa holders mostly because of a large influx returning New Zealand citizens and residents. "What we're seeing is as the number of Covid-19 cases around the world continues to increase, New Zealand citizens and residents who perhaps initially decided to stay in the country where they were are increasingly deciding to come back home to New Zealand," Lees-Galloway said. "We have limited exceptions, for humanitarian purposes, for family reunification and for people who offer a significant economic impact on New Zealand. "But for the vast majority of temporary [...]

July 14th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Second car egged by the same vehicle involved in earlier West Auckland egg attack

It is not a hard job to locate and arrest the suspects. The problem is: the police always kick the ball and tell you that is a civil case! ----Mike Santos Story: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12347575 A second victim of an egg attack has come forward to say he too was targeted in what is thought to be another racially-fuelled incident - allegedly by the same people who targeted a driver in West Auckland about an hour earlier. Uber driver Shane Shi was taking a passenger to Grey Lynn, via Newton Rd, about 6.10pm yesterday when an egg came flying towards his car - cracking onto the passenger door side window. "We were stopped at the traffic lights and suddenly [there was a noise], 'boom'! I drive Uber so I'm very careful, [...]

July 13th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Young mother, 24, is shot dead in front of her fiancé after saying “all lives matter” during an argument with Black Lives Matter supporters

This is Jessica Whitaker 24 yrs. old, shot in the head just for saying all lives matter Her life didn’t matter to the radical left because she didn’t agree with them. Where’s the #media coverage.   Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8515507/Young-mother-24-shot-dead-fianc-saying-lives-matter.html

July 13th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Our Plan to Get New Zealand Working

It is fantastic to be in Christchurch today to meet with Canterbury’s business community. I am delighted to have here with me, two of my most senior colleagues: Amy Adams, my Policy Chair, Covid-19 spokesperson and number three in caucus; and, of course Gerry Brownlee, my Campaign Chair and set to take one of the most senior roles in my Government in September. It is also great to have here today Nicky Wagner MP and Dale Stephens, our candidate for Christchurch Central. Ladies and Gentlemen, when the earthquakes devastated this great city it was a body blow to the whole country. The National Government took decisive action to generate the rebuild. Our legacy isn’t one of ruined buildings behind fences, awaiting insurance settlements, it’s of a new vibrant city, [...]

July 9th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments