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  • NZ's Labour widens lead in latest poll

    7 September 2017 11:17 AM 83

    New Zealand's Labour party has strengthened its lead over the governing National party, according to a new poll, and Jacinda Ardern is still more popular than Bill English as preferred prime minister. As Kiwis prepare to vote on September 23, the latest 1News Colmar Brunton survey shows Labour steady on 43 per cent support while National has dropped

  • Can NZ Labour's 'Jacindamania' momentum hold or has it peaked?

    7 September 2017 11:00 AM 64

    When Andrew Little stepped down as leader of the New Zealand Labour Party in early August, his deputy Jacinda Ardern got an hour and a half's notice. Less than 12 hours later she was leader. One month later, after campaigning on housing affordability, water quality and inequality, she had lifted Labour's vote to above the ruling National Party's in a key poll for the first

  • Five Denver Nurses Suspended For Unsealing Body Bag To Marvel At A Dead Man’s Impressive Genitals

    7 September 2017 8:48 AM 100

    A hospital in Denver, Colorado suspended five nurses because they decided it would be a good idea to open up a body bag and gaze upon a dead man’s noteworthy penis. The quintet of nurses worked at — and four of them still work at — Denver Health Medical Center, reports local ABC affiliate KMGH-TV. The ogling incidents occurred between March 31 and April

  • New poll: Kiwis divided about capital gains tax

    7 September 2017 6:12 AM 94

    Supporters of a capital gains tax slightly outnumber the opponents, a new poll shows. But there is still a significant degree of uncertainty about the tax measure, with nearly a third of people sitting on the fence. Labour is reserving the right to bring in a more comprehensive capital gains tax if its proposed tax working group recommends one in the next parliamentary

  • Rogernomics lessons learned in Murupara

    7 September 2017 3:18 AM 73

    Labour leader Jacinda Ardern is treating an attack from former Labour government minister Richard Prebble as high praise. Mr Prebble, who was closely associated with then finance minister Roger Douglas during Labour's embrace of neoliberal economics in the 1980s, penned an opinion piece in today's New Zealand Herald titled here are the reasons not to vote for Jacinda

  • Brazil declares end to yellow fever outbreak that killed 261

    6 September 2017 6:36 PM 58

    AO PAULO — Brazil’s Health Ministry has declared an end to a yellow fever outbreak that killed more 250 people over the past nine months. The ministry said Wednesday that the last case of the mosquito-borne disease was in June. In total, 777 people were infected, of whom 261 died. The outbreak was highly unusual in a country that typically sees a handful

  • Auckland mumps outbreak: 300 cases in eight months

    4 September 2017 11:50 PM 57

    Auckland schools are on alert, after the scale of a mumps outbreak's been revealed. There have been 300 cases of mumps in Auckland in just eight months - that's more than the total number of cases in the region over the last 16 years. And Auckland Regional Public Health Service said there's a high chance of further cases in schools. Medical Officer of Health

  • Nats pledge more spending on hip, knee ops

    4 September 2017 10:07 PM 66

    Elective surgeries will rise by more than 20,000 a year if the National Party stays in power, leader Bill English announced this morning. Mr English said his party would lift spending on hip, knee and joint operations by $30 million each year for the next four years. That would allow 200,000 operations a year by 2020/21, up from the current 174,000. When National

  • Body found on Canterbury riverbank

    4 September 2017 7:54 PM 65

    A man's body was found in the Waimakariri River bed in Canterbury last night. Canterbury police criminal investigations manager Detective Inspector Corrie Parnell said a homicide investigation is now under way after the man's body was found just before 10pm near Harrs Rd, North Canterbury. The area was now under police guard and a forensic examination

  • Germans in Aachen get free iodine amid Belgium nuclear fears

    1 September 2017 12:36 PM 81

    The western German city of Aachen has started issuing free iodine tablets to some 500,000 residents and people living nearby because an ageing Belgian nuclear plant is seen as a risk. Iodine can reduce the risk of thyroid cancer after a release of radiation. There have been German protests over Belgium's Tihange nuclear plant, some 70km (43 miles) from Aachen