New Zealand incumbent Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s center-left Labor Party on Saturday won with a landslide in the country’s general election in what appears to be the NewZealander’s award to their leader thanks to her Government’s superb response to the COVID-19 pandemic which has since earned her fame and admiration worldwide.
A gunman who cruelly murdered 51 Muslim faithful last year in the deadliest attack ever in New Zealand’s history was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole on Thursday. The gunman, Brenton Tarrant, a 29 year-old Australian, is the first person in the country to be slammed with such a sentence.
The sentencing hearing begins today in the case of the mosque massacre in New Zealand that took place last year. Brenton Tarrant, 29, killed 51 Muslims in the worst mass shooting in New Zealand’s history. Tarrant, an Australian, expressed his regret for not killing more, with the aim of spreading fear in those he described as “invaders.”
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today that the national elections, originally scheduled for September 19, will be postponed for four weeks to October 17, due to a surge of the new coronavirus epidemic. Ardern announced a one-month postponement of the general election under multi-party pressure.
The increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Spain has forced the Spanish government to enact new safety measures on Friday across the country. As announced by the nation’s health minister, the new measures include a ban on public smoking, as well as the closure of all nightlife venues– such as bars and clubs.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that due to the sudden spread of Coronavirus infection in her country, the upcoming general elections may have to be postponed. On Tuesday, four people were suddenly found infected in the country’s largest city of Auckland.
New Zealand just marked 100 days without any local coronavirus infections in the country, but officials warned against complacency and the lessening of preventative measures. New Zealand, with a population of 5 million inhabitants, had 1,219 confirmed cases of coronavirus since February and 22 deaths.
An unarmed police officer was shot and killed and another wounded after they tried to pull over a car during a routine traffic stop in New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland. A bystander was also hit and injured by the suspect’s car. The police commissioner, Andrew Coster, said the injured officer suffered serious leg wounds, while the bystander also had serious injuries and remained in the hospital.
The city of Beijing will once again close all of its schools and universities after a spike in cases of the new coronavirus in the Chinese capital. The deputy secretary-general of the Beijing municipal government, Chen Bei, said at a press conference that the city is now moving from the third to the second level of emergency.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced Monday that the nation has managed to completely eradicate COVID-19. “Today there are no active cases in New Zealand. We have tested over 40,000 people for Covid-19 in the past 17 days and none have tested positive,” the Prime Minister announced.
Following the brutal murder George Floyd, a 44 year-old African American, by a policeman who knelt on his neck, many demonstrations have since ensued globally in protest against the beastly act. The protests are not only confined to the United States, but have since spread to various parts of the world.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has said that the country has emerged victorious in containing community infections of coronavirus at a time when the country is set to ease lockdown restrictions. She added that despite achieving this, the country must continue to fight the deadly virus.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced on Wednesday that she would cut her salary by 20 percent over the next six months, like other ministers and executive heads, in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. This measure will remain in force for at least the next six months and will apply to all members of the national administrations of the Pacific nation.
The Sinaloa and CJNG cartels are reportedly supplying drugs to New Zealand gangs. This is according to a new report by the New Zealand Drug Intelligence Bureau. The agency has warned that Mexican drug organizations may attempt to corrupt the authorities to further their interests in the region.
Coronavirus can spread to all countries in the world. This is according to Christian Lindmeier, the spokesperson for the World Health Organization. “The outbreak is getting bigger. The scenario of the coronavirus reaching multiple countries, if not all countries around the world, is something we have been looking at and warning against since quite a while,” he said at a news briefing with reporters in Geneva on Friday.
A volcano erupted in New Zealand on Monday, causing at least five deaths and leaving scores other nursing injuries. New Zealand police confirmed the incident to journalists. Several people are still missing, but rescue operations are being hampered by nightfall and lack of visibility caused by smoke. The White Island volcano (also known as Whakaari) is one of the most active in the country.
My first experience in New Zealand was on a fabulous May afternoon. We started out in the Bay of Islands, a subtropical area known as the Northland, famous for its spectacular coastlines, marine reserves, and Kauri Forests. We stayed at Kauri Cliffs a luxury lodge, overlooking the ocean with amazing views, set on huge acreage with an enormous golf course and picturesque farm.
- The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces declared victory over the so-called Islamic State on Saturday, and the complete liberation of its territory. The battle for Baghouz, all that remained of Daesh’s once vast territory throughout Iraq and Syria, dragged on for more than ten weeks.
- New Zealand is still picking up the pieces after at least 50 people were killed, and another 50 were injured, in Friday’s terror attack, the worst in the country’s history. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spent the weekend visiting grieving family members and the Muslim community. The attacks, on two mosques in Christchurch, have also prompted a debate over gun laws. The Police Association has called for a ban on semi-automatic weapons, and the Prime Minister has pledged, “our gun laws will change.”