Tag: Weather

Rotary New Zealand: CYCLONE PAM – VANUATU – Bulletin No. 4

Press Release – Rotary New Zealand World Community Service It is now almost 4 weeks since Cyclone Pam tore through some of the 83 islands of Vanuatu killing eleven people. There has been a flurry of activity by relief agencies including Rotary to delivery aid to the 22 islands most affected. 1,000 Rotary Emergency …CYCLONE PAM – VANUATU – Bulletin No. 4 It is now almost 4 weeks since Cyclone Pam tore through some of the 83 islands of Vanuatu killing eleven people. There has been a flurry of activity by relief agencies including Rotary to delivery aid to the 22 islands most affected. 1,000 Rotary Emergency Response Kits (ERKs) have been distributed. The people who fled to evacuation centres were told to return home 2 weeks after the cyclone. Around 75,000 of the country’s 225,000 people have been affected to some extent and 96 per cent of food crops are destroyed. The people of Vanuatu are resourceful. Most houses are constructed with traditional materials such as bamboo, local timber and pandanus for the roof. These materials can usually be sourced from a family’s garden for easy reconstruction. The traditional communal houses, nakamals, are designed to withstand the pressure of a cyclone and generally suffer little if any damage. As agencies turn to the reconstruction phase, attention will be on the needs of individuals. Most rely on their gardens and...

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PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – 22 April 2013

Article – Anne Russell Today the Prime Minister announced that the government will make a supplementary disclosure to the Mighty River Power document. The impetus for it was the Labour- Greens NZ Power proposal, which has caused some uncertainties within the sharemarket, … PM: Mighty River Power| NZ Power| National’s Potential Coalition Partners PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – 22 April 2013 Scoop Audio+Video+Photos By Anne Russell ******* [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcxVOkSz6mE&w=420&h=315] Today the Prime Minister announced that the government will make a supplementary disclosure to the Mighty River Power document. The impetus was the Labour- Greens NZ Power proposal, which had caused some uncertainties within the sharemarket, wiping $500m from the stock exchange. He compared a centrally-planned electricity system to a similar operation in South Korea, and claimed that it has been responsible for electricity price hikes and increased work hours. Key claimed that a competitive electricity market would bring down the rate of price increases, and that state bureaucracy was an inefficient method for controlling the electricity market. NZ Power would introduce regulatory uncertainty, he claimed, which would scare off investors. Key briefly mentioned the 2013 budget, and stated that the government was on track for a surplus in 2014-15. He also mentioned the return of 60 personnel from the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan, which marked the end of New Zealand’s involvement there. Thirty Afghan interpreters and their families...

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SMC Heads-Up: Animal testing, tornadoes, freshwater science

Press Release – Science Media Centre Animal testing; Fatal tornado; Action on water; New from the SMC; Sciblogs highlights; Research highlights; Policy News; Sci-tech eventsSMC Heads-Up: Animal testing, tornadoes, freshwater science and disaster communication Issue 210 7 – 13 December Quick Links SMC Alerts Briefings Calendar Media Registration More About Us Contact Us Animal testing still crucial to science Controversy over proposed safety testing methods for new “legal highs” erupted this week as it emerged that unregulated, emerging recreational drugs may have to be subject to testing involving animals. Writing in the Herald, legal commentator Catriona MacLennan wrote: “dogs shouldn’t die so humans can get high” and claimed New Zealand should lead the world by banning animal testing outright. On Monday, after a report on toxicity assessments for novel psychoactive substances was made public, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne ruled out use of the median lethal dose (LD50) testing regime for these drugs, citing concerns over animal ethics in this context. But he has left the door open for some form of animal testing of legal highs. The Australia NZ Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Testing (ANZCCART), told the SMC that phasing out use of animals in testing new treatments and drugs wasn’t realistic – yet. “Experience has taught society that the health and safety of the chemicals we use, as medicines, in food and...

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