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05 июня, 01:05

'Can't quite believe it': New Zealand tiptoes towards elimination of coronavirus

With an anonymous woman in Auckland the last confirmed case, scientists expect to be able to declare next week that the nation is virus-freeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs health officials announce each new day of no new Covid-19 cases, social media explodes with New Zealanders celebrating the news.“That feeling like you got away with something that seemed impossible and you can’t quite believe it even though you want to believe it,” wrote one, on Twitter. “But for an entire country.” Continue reading...

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04 июня, 06:31

Track a kākāpō? New Zealand's precious parrot under drone eye

Conservationists can now pinpoint electronically tagged endangered birds without long treks or expensive helicopter flights Birdwatching drones are taking to the skies of New Zealand to help scientists track the endangered kākāpō, which teeters on the brink of extinction.A few hundred years ago they were one of New Zealand’s most common birds before being hunted, killed by introduced pests and losing their forest homes to farming. Now there are only 211 adult birds left. Continue reading...

02 июня, 18:10

'Abuse of power': global outrage grows after death of George Floyd

Protests spread to Sydney and Paris, as diplomats question use of force in US George Floyd protests: latest developmentsThe EU’s top diplomat has described the death of George Floyd as an “abuse of power”, adding his voice to growing international unease over the US killing as well as Washington’s subsequent violent crackdown against protesters.“We here in Europe, like the people of the US, we are shocked and appalled by the death of George Floyd and I think that also societies must remain vigilant against the excess of use of force,” said Josep Borrell, the European body’s foreign policy chief. Continue reading...

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02 июня, 12:00

How the Great Lockdown Saved Lives

By Pragyan Deb, Davide Furceri, Jonathan D. Ostry and Nour Tawk عربي, 中文, Español, Français, 日本語, Português, Русский  Since the COVID-19 outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, China in late December 2019, the disease has spread to more than 200 countries and territories. In the absence of a vaccine or effective treatment, governments worldwide have responded by [...]

02 июня, 07:02

Global report: Wuhan doctor who worked with whistleblower dies

Pakistanis told to ‘live with virus’; New Zealand brings forward decision on easing lockdown; Fauci hasn’t spoken to Trump in two weeks; Mexico passes 10,000 deathsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA Chinese doctor who worked with the whistleblower Li Wenliang in Wuhan died of the virus last week, state media reported on Tuesday, becoming China’s first Covid-19 fatality in weeks.Hu Weifeng, a urologist at Wuhan Central hospital, died on Friday after being treated for Covid-19 and related issues for more than four months, state broadcaster CCTV said. Continue reading...

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02 июня, 04:31

Avatar 2 crew fly in to coronavirus row in New Zealand

James Cameron and 55 crew have been given permission to enter country, angering those who have suffered under strict lockdownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe international crew of Avatar 2 have been given special permission to enter New Zealand to begin filming the blockbuster sequel – despite the country’s border being closed to all foreign nationals.On 16 March, prime minister Jacinda Ardern closed New Zealand’s borders as a precaution against the spread of Covid-19. Continue reading...

01 июня, 14:08

George Floyd: protests take place in cities around the world

Public figures condemn police killing of unarmed black man as people march in solidarity with US protestersGeorge Floyd protests: live updatesPeople in cities around the world have marched in solidarity with demonstrators in the US, as politicians and public figures unite to condemn the killing of George Floyd.Floyd, an unarmed black man, died on 25 May in Minneapolis after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for nine minutes while Floyd repeatedly complained that he could not breathe. Continue reading...

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01 июня, 11:05

Thousands in New Zealand protest against George Floyd killing

Speakers highlight racism against Indigenous people and call on Ardern to denounce killing Tens of thousands of New Zealanders have come out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, after the death of George Floyd in the US.At least four solidarity gatherings were held in the country on Monday afternoon, with massive crowds taking to their knees in the Auckland demonstration. Continue reading...

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30 мая, 23:00

Jacinda Ardern: 'Political leaders can be both empathetic and strong'

In this book extract, the New Zealand PM says too much focus on power and strength means leaders can lose sight of the need for kindnessTell us a little about yourself.My name is Jacinda Ardern and I’m the prime minister of New Zealand. And I’m the third female prime minister, the second youngest, and the youngest female prime minister. Continue reading...

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29 мая, 04:16

New Zealand beaches turn red as lobsters dig in to the death

Swaths of coastline covered with squat lobster, which cling to the sand at high tide and then perishThe sandy beaches of Otago in the deep south of New Zealand have turned blood red after millions of squat lobster died in a series of mass strandings.Locals in the small coastal communities of Broad Bay and Edwards Bay, who have seen whole swaths of coastline saturated in colour, reported the phenomenon to the national broadcaster this week. Continue reading...

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28 мая, 09:09

Teenager rescued trying to take tiny boat between New Zealand's South and North Islands

Eighteen-year-old travelled for more than 100km in a motorised vessel before it broke downA teenage boy has been rescued by New Zealand police after sailing more than 100km between the South and North Islands in the middle of the night in a metal dingy.The 18-year-old set off from Kenepuru Sound at the northern tip of the South Island around 10pm on Wednesday night, police said in a statement. Continue reading...

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27 мая, 19:27

New Zealand hikers rescued after 18 days got lost in fog

Jessica O’Connor and Dion Reynolds, both 23, ran out of food in Kahurangi national park Two hikers rescued after being missing for 18 days in the New Zealand wilderness got lost in fog and ran out of food but survived with only minor injuries, police have said.Jessica O’Connor and Dion Reynolds, both 23, hiked into the sprawling Kahurangi national park on 9 May, intending to be gone for about five days, but they became lost in fog within the first few days and ran out of food, police said on Wednesday. Continue reading...

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26 мая, 08:05

New Zealanders – like Jacinda Ardern – might not be shocked by earthquakes, but we do get scared | Charlotte Graham-McClay

Many of us recognised ourselves in the PM’s cool response to an earthquake on live TV, but we do fear the ‘big one’As I awoke to the bedroom shuddering and rattling around me on Monday morning, my first thought was a frantic household census, followed by the realisation that I was alone at home and not responsible for anyone’s safety but my own. My second, before my eyes had even properly unstuck themselves from sleep, was: “Ugh, not this again.”Moments later, the earthquake – a magnitude 5.9 shake that hit about an hour’s drive north of Wellington, New Zealand, where I live – was subsiding. It rattled the lower part of the North Island for just 15 seconds or so, long enough for a little tendril of fear to uncurl – would it build, or die away? Was this “the big one”? Continue reading...

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25 мая, 17:30

'We're having a bit of an earthquake – we're fine.' Is Jacinda Ardern unshakeable?

The New Zealand prime minister has calmly steered her country in the face of a massacre, an eruption, and a pandemic. Now she is laughing in the face of seismic shakes Name: Jacinda Ardern v the earthquake.Age: New Zealand prime minister Ardern is 39; the earthquake was on Monday morning.Appearance: Wobbly.Jacinda? No, she was cool, calm and smiling throughout. It was everything around her that was shaking as the 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck during a live interview she was giving to a breakfast TV station from a room in the New Zealand parliament building in Wellington. “We’re just having a bit of an earthquake here … we’re fine,” she told interviewer Ryan Bridge.What a hero! I wonder how Boris Johnson would have reacted. He would probably have dived under the lectern or maybe hidden behind deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries.Ardern is having quite a time in office. You can say that again. As journalist Michael Field put it: “What’s an earthquake when, as prime minister, you’ve dealt with a massacre, an eruption and a pandemic.” She survived them all. More than that, she brought the nation together at a time of fear and adversity. She responded quickly to the Christchurch mosque shootings in March 2019, embraced the Muslim community, and immediately banned semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles. She showed the same empathy after the White Island eruption in December 2019 and her policy of locking down early in response to the coronavirus pandemic made New Zealand a model for best practice.Amazing. Indeed. She also became the second world leader ever to give birth while in office when she welcomed daughter Neve Te Aroha in June 2018.She seems too good to be true. Maybe our expectations have been lowered by the quality of leaders elsewhere in the world.There must be something bad about her we can dig up. The Financial Times doesn’t think so, headlining an article that praised her attention to detail in the handling of the coronavirus crisis “Arise Saint Jacinda, a leader for our troubled times”. But there are some who say the lockdown has been over the top and devastated the New Zealand economy unnecessarily. “We don’t want to squash a flea with a sledgehammer and bring the house down,” said one Auckland-based epidemiologist. How has she responded to the criticism? She took a 20% pay cut to show solidarity with her country’s suffering workers, and is now floating the controversial idea of a four-day working week in a bid to boost domestic tourism.How are her poll ratings? Stratospheric. Off the political Richter scale. Her personal approval rating is 65% while the opposition leader is on 7%. Continue reading...

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25 мая, 10:57

New Zealand Earthquake Interrupts Jacinda Ardern’s TV Interview

When the rattling from the magnitude-5.8 quake stopped, New Zealand’s prime minister continued the interview, seeming unruffled.

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25 мая, 00:57

New Zealand earthquake: PM Jacinda Ardern live on TV in Wellington as North Island hit

Leader says she can feel ‘quite a decent shake here’ as the 5.8 quake strikes during a live interviewNew Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has developed a reputation for keeping her cool in the face of a crisis. But an earthquake first thing on Monday morning as she was interviewed live on television seemed like an unusually trying way to start a week.“We’re just having a bit of an earthquake here,” Ardern told Ryan Bridge, a host for Newshub’s AM Show, live on air. Casting her eyes to the ceiling of the room she was standing in at New Zealand’s parliament in Wellington, she remained in place as the television camera jolted. Continue reading...

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23 мая, 07:36

Coronavirus in New Zealand: How Jacinda Ardern Sold a Drastic Lockdown

Leading New Zealand from isolation, Ms. Ardern coaxed her “team of five million” into accepting extreme restrictions. But the lessons of her success go beyond personality or charm.

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22 мая, 04:52

New Zealand's opposition leader Simon Bridges dumped after crash in popularity

Todd Muller takes top job in National party ahead of September’s election against popular Jacinda ArdernThe leader of New Zealand’s opposition has been removed by his party in a desperate bid to install a figurehead who can match Jacinda Ardern’s star power in the upcoming September general election.National party MP Todd Muller won a secret party room vote against Simon Bridges, a former criminal prosecutor who recent polls have found to be deeply unpopular with the general public. The vote took less than an hour. Nikki Kaye was chosen as his deputy. Continue reading...

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21 мая, 05:55

'Could be a bit strange': New Zealand bars to reopen but fun is kept at arm's length

No live music, no bar, table service only, and a ‘visible’ police presence but excitement bubbles at the chance for a night outDancing, hook-ups and bar banter will be off the menu as New Zealand’s pubs and bars reopen on Thursday night, with some saying the social distancing requirements will make for a “sad and strange” atmosphere in the nation’s party hotspots.Last week, the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, moved the country from coronavirus lockdown level 3 to level 2, meaning most shops and restaurants could reopen, as well as schools, workplaces and public amenities. Continue reading...

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21 мая, 04:14

'Snap back'? Jacinda Ardern snaps forward with a four day week: no wonder she's popular | Van Badham

Ardern’s idea upends four decades of neoliberal insistence that workplace ‘flexibility’ is the purview only of employersThe popularity of New Zealand’s Labour prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, is, presently, stratospheric. With the confidence of popularity, her government is positioned to promote political ideas that were almost beyond imagination only a few months ago. One of them, mooted on Wednesday, is encouraging the country into a four-day working week.Ardern’s leadership of New Zealand through the coronavirus crisis has compounded credentials well established by her government’s deft and empathetic handling of the horrific massacre in Christchurch last year. When corona hit, the lockdown of the country was swift, draconian and effective; there have only been 21 deaths from the disease to date in New Zealand, and while the rest of the world grapples with a rising number of daily cases, no new cases have been reported in New Zealand in three days. Continue reading...

31 января 2015, 08:17

Новая Зеландия: Блинные скалы

 Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. The community lies on the edge of the Paparoa National Park. The Pancake Rocks are a very popular tourist destination at Dolomite Point south of the main village. The Pancake Rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes during high tides. Together with the 'pancake'-layering of the limestone (created by immense pressure on alternating hard and soft layers of marine creatures and plant sediments), these form the main attraction of the area. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punakaiki Paparoa National Park is on the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It was established in 1987 and encompasses 306 km².[1] The park ranges from on or near the coastline to the peak of the Paparoa Ranges. A separate section of the park lies to the north and is centered at Ananui Creek. The park protects a limestone karst area. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paparoa_National_Park zyalt: Блинные скалы, Новая Зеландия Одно из самых удивительных мест в Новой Зеландии - Блинные скалы (Pancake Rocks). Находятся на западном побережье в нацпарке Папароа. Название свое они получили из-за необычной формы. Скалы напоминают стопки сложенных блинчиков. Образовались они 30 миллионов лет назад в результате эрозии известняковых пород. Их слоистость объясняется тем, что породы, из которых сложены “блинные стопки”, имеют различную плотность. Со временем вода и ветер вытесали на поднявшихся из морских глубин скалах затейливую резьбу. Вид на скалы с моей летающей камеры ). Собственно, блинная часть справа находится.