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29 марта, 04:21

New Zealand: first coronavirus death is woman in 70s

Victim in South Island had other health conditions and had been admitted to hospital with suspected influenza, reports sayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew Zealand has reported its first coronavirus-related death, a woman in her 70s on the west coast of South Island.The woman, who authorities said had underlying health conditions, was reportedly diagnosed with influenza on admittance to hospital. Continue reading...

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28 марта, 20:45

Stranded Britons quoted £40,000 each to fly home from New Zealand

Foreign Office accused of failing thousands marooned by pandemic around the worldBritons stranded abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic are being faced with flights home costing more than £40,000, prompting a wave of accusations that the Foreign Office is failing to adequately support people desperate to come home.Britons in New Zealand told the Observer that the only available flights to the UK are prohibitively priced with even the cheaper tickets costing as much as £15,000. A Qatari Airlines flight from Auckland to London on 31 March was priced at NZ$83,534 (£40,096). Continue reading...

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27 марта, 07:48

New Zealand scrubs up for #formalfridays despite coronavirus lockdown

Kiwis are keeping their spirits – and sartorial standards – up by working from home while dressed in suits, business attire or full evening-wearProving that clothes maketh even the virtual man, many New Zealanders are spending their second day of a nationwide lockdown dressed to the nines as part of the burgeoning #formalFridays movement.The practice, introduced to the world by US talkshow host Jimmy Kimmel, encourages the millions of people currently under lockdowns or working from home in self-isolation, to take off their athleisure and tracksuits for a day, and instead, dress fancy. Continue reading...

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27 марта, 03:53

Coronavirus live news: record rise in Italy death toll as Irish PM tells people to stay home for two weeks

Varadkar brings in new restrictions; Spain records highest daily death toll; British prime minister Boris Johnson tests positiveCoronavirus latest: at a glanceItaly records 969 coronavirus deaths dashing hopes of turnaroundUS coronavirus – liveCovid-19 workers in Spain: ‘You can feel the fear in the air’See all our coronavirus coverage 10.13pm GMT After many delays, and then a series of tweets earlier today, US President Donald Trump is invoking the Defense Production Act to compel General Motors to built ventilators for hospitals, he announced at the White House’s daily coronavirus briefing, he announced at a White House briefing.The Defense Production Act gives the president powers to direct domestic industrial production to provide essential materials and goods needed in a national security crisis. Related: Coronavirus US live: Trump signs $2.2tn stimulus bill after invoking Defense Production Act 9.57pm GMT The Irish government has announced sweeping restrictions that will put Ireland in a de facto lockdown to try to slow the spread of coronavirus.The taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, said on Friday evening that from midnight people should stay home for two weeks, until 12 April, in a significant tightening of curbs on social and commercial life. Continue reading...

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26 марта, 10:13

For Christchurch survivors, killer's sudden guilty plea is an answer to prayer

Victims and relatives of those killed in New Zealand mass shooting had been preparing for a brutal trial, but then the news cameChristchurch gunman pleads guilty to attacks that killed 51Those injured or bereaved in the Christchurch attacks on 15 March only found out about the court hearing when their phones started buzzing with calls and messages after it had finished. They felt joy, relief, and utter shock.“It was completely out of the blue,” says Aya Al-Umari, 34, whose brother Hussein Al-Umari, then 35, was killed at Al Noor mosque last year. The gunman had initially pleaded not guilty to the counts of murder, attempted murder, and terrorism, with a lengthy trial due to begin in June. On Thursday, he abruptly changed his plea to guilty. Continue reading...

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26 марта, 07:50

Ardern thanks nation as New Zealand adjusts to 'new normal' of Covid-19 lockdown

Country of five million has 283 cases of coronavirus but Jacinda Ardern warns that may grow to thousands during month-long restrictionsThe sound of day one of New Zealand’s nationwide lockdown was birdcall. Wood pigeons, tui and saddleback woke to quiet cities and towns, where their songs became the soundtrack to the shutdown.Many Kiwis rose late on Thursday, having no work or school to attend, and nothing to do beyond the prime minister’s instructions to “save lives by staying home”. Continue reading...

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26 марта, 05:02

New Zealand in lockdown: a surreal experience when you can't see the enemy

In Wellington it felt downright bizarre as people took exaggerated arcs on the footpath to avoid each other, while near-empty buses sped past By the time they locked down Italy, it seemed like it was already too late. Hundreds of people there had died of Covid-19 , with thousands infected. Over the next two weeks, the death toll soared. In New Zealand, we have oddly been in the opposite position: no one has died from the virus. Seven people are in hospital but they’re not in intensive care or on ventilators. There are more than 280 people confirmed to have the disease.Yet this country has begun at least four weeks of some of the strictest restrictions anywhere in the world to fight Covid-19, clamping down on most movement, association and – to the chagrin of some – shopping, in the hope that a tragedy like the one unfolding in Italy and elsewhere can be avoided. Continue reading...

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26 марта, 03:57

Man Pleads Guilty to New Zealand Mosque Massacre

An Australian white supremacist charged with killing 51 worshipers at two mosques in New Zealand last year changed his plea to guilty in a surprise move.

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26 марта, 01:52

Christchurch gunman pleads guilty to New Zealand mosque attacks that killed 51

Sudden change of plea by Australian attacker accused of killing dozens of worshippers comes as a shock to victims’ familiesThe Australian man charged with murdering 51 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has suddenly changed his plea to admit all charges at a hastily arranged court appearance.On 15 March last year, a man dressed in military fatigues and armed with several automatic weapons shot dead 51 worshippers at Al Noor and Linwood mosques in inner-city Christchurch. Forty-nine people were also injured in the attacks, which were livestreamed on the internet. Continue reading...

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25 марта, 07:54

Ardern urges New Zealanders to 'act like you have Covid-19' as lockdown looms

Nation of 5 million will be made to stay home for four weeks from Wednesday nightCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePrime Minister Jacinda Ardern has urged everyone in New Zealand to “act like you have Covid-19”, hours before a stringent lockdown lasting at least four weeks is imposed across the country.Ardern warned that those violating compulsory stay-at-home rules would face “no tolerance”. Continue reading...

24 марта, 08:00

Around 20% of global population under coronavirus lockdown

Britons told to stay at home while Trump goes against tide, saying economy will reopen in weeks, not months Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAround one in five people around the globe are under lockdown, ordered to stay home as the world enters a critical week in responding to the accelerating coronavirus pandemic.As of Tuesday there have been at least 378,679 confirmed cases of people with the virus across the world. More than 16,500 people have died while almost 101,000 have recovered. Continue reading...

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24 марта, 04:44

New Zealand: coronavirus cases almost double in one day as lockdown nears

Panic buying of food – and guns – as Wednesday deadline for national shutdown approachesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJust over 24 hours before New Zealand is due to enter full lockdown, 40 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, bring the country’s total to 155.Four of the cases were confirmed as contracted through community transmission and six people were in hospital, but none in intensive care, said the director general of health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield. Continue reading...

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24 марта, 04:44

New Zealand: coronavirus cases rise nearly 50% in one day as lockdown nears

Panic buying of food – and guns – as Wednesday deadline for national shutdown approachesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJust over 24 hours before New Zealand is due to enter full lockdown, 40 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, bring the country’s total to 155.Four of the cases were confirmed as contracted through community transmission and six people were in hospital, but none in intensive care, said the director general of health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield. Continue reading...

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24 марта, 02:30

New Zealand's Māori tribes set up checkpoints to avoid 'catastrophic' coronavirus deaths

Visitors will be urged to reconsider spending time in picturesque but impoverished communities at great risk from Covid-19Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe East Cape of New Zealand’s North Island is a remote and picture-postcard idyll – boasting a historic lighthouse, wild beaches and mist-cloaked mountains. But as the country prepares to lockdown for four weeks of national self-isolation to fight the spread of Covid-19, indigenous groups in the region say the measures will not go far enough to keep them safe and plan checkpoints on highways into their towns to turn away anyone who doesn’t live or work there.“Our people are scared,” says Tina Ngata, one of the organisers of the checkpoint to be set up outside the town of Te Araroa; another will spring up outside Ruatoria with more planned further up the coast. “We want to minimise people coming to the region.” Continue reading...

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23 марта, 08:27

Wuhan eases coronavirus lockdown as restrictions intensify outside China

Residents in Chinese city allowed to leave compounds for first time in weeks, as nearly one in three Americans told to stay at homeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWuhan, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak in China, has begun to loosen its two-month lockdown on citizens as more countries issued new restrictions to contain the pandemic.On Monday, small groups of residents in the central Chinese city were leaving their residential compounds, going to grocery stores and walking along the streets for the first time in weeks. At the weekend, the first train arrived in the city ferrying more than 1,000 workers from elsewhere in the province back to the city for work. Continue reading...

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23 марта, 05:29

'Kiwis – go home': New Zealand to go into month-long lockdown to fight coronavirus

Jacinda Ardern brings in ‘the most significant restrictions on New Zealanders’ movements in modern history’ as cases rise past 100Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew Zealand is preparing to enter a month-long nationwide lockdown from Wednesday night, with the entire country ordered to stay home apart from those in essential services.On Monday the nation was given two days to prepare for schools, businesses and community services to turn off the lights in a desperate bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The move came after the number of cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand rose past 100. Continue reading...

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23 марта, 03:39

Coronavirus live news: UK goes into lockdown as WHO warns global spread of virus is accelerating

UK lockdown – live updatesHow UK lockdown compares with other countriesUS coronavirus live updatesAustralia coronavirus live updatesSee all of our coronavirus coverage 11.17pm GMT Asked how confident she is for the start dates for infection curves for each area, Dr Deborah Birx says: If you look at the pandemic flu preparedness. All of this was built on the flu platform. It was never thought that you’d have a simultaneous respiratory disease hitting at the same time. 11.15pm GMT A bizarre moment of comedy came earlier in this press conference.Birx: "Saturday, I had a little low grade fever." Trump jokes, "Oh-oh!" and recoils in cartoon fashion. Birx says she tested negative. Trump says, "Phew!" Continue reading...

21 марта, 12:41

Western Universities Rely on China. After the Virus, That May Not Last.

In Britain, the United States and Australia, the coronavirus could blow huge holes in the budgets of universities that have “become addicted to one source of income.”

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21 марта, 04:57

New Zealanders told to cancel non-essential travel to limit Covid-19

Jacinda Ardern says this ‘is about saving lives’ and asks over 70s or those with compromised immunity to stay home for foreseeable futureCoronavirus latest See all our coronavirus coveragePrime minister Jacinda Ardern has addressed the nation, asking Kiwis to “be strong, be kind” during an unprecedented global crisis.“Please take it seriously, this is about saving lives,” Ardern said. Continue reading...

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21 марта, 03:07

Michael Fatialofa walking unaided as recovery from spinal injury continues

Worcester lock required surgery after injury in JanuaryFatialofa’s wife posts video of his progress on InstagramThe Worcester lock Michael Fatialofa is able to walk unaided as he continues his recovery from a serious spinal cord injury that required surgery.The 27-year-old suffered a neck injury in Worcester’s 62-5 Premiership loss at Saracens on 4 January. Fatialofa was hurt just one minute after coming off the Warriors bench, and was taken to St Mary’s hospital in west London. 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.