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Covid 19 coronavirus: 12 New Zealand Navy personnel, family in Canada infected with the virus | Instant News

Commander Mike Peebles. Photo / Natalie Slade

Twelve Royal New Zealand Navy personnel and family members have been infected with Covid-19 in Canada.

They are part of the 103 naval personnel in Canada with the HMNZS Te Mana frigate, which is undergoing a major Frigate System (FSU) Upgrade of its combat and surveillance capabilities and countermeasures.

HMNZS Te Mana commander Mike Peebles said that until yesterday there were 12 active cases, six of which were RNZN personnel and six family members.

“They all showed only mild symptoms and some are now recovering,” he said.

Peebles said some Navy personnel have families with them, living in an accommodation building 12 km from Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt where upgrades are being made.

“This accommodation is at the center of the case,” he said.

A total of 46 people (21 RNZN personnel and 25 family members) were isolated for precaution.

So far 40 negative tests have been returned. Other personnel living in other areas of the base follow appropriate Covid-19 protocols including wearing masks and social distancing.

Peebles said the situation was “under control”, and the swift action being taken to identify and isolate affected personnel reduced the impact on personnel and projects.

HMNZS Te Mana The New Zealand Navy is currently in Canada for an upgrade.  Photo / Nick Reed
HMNZS Te Mana The New Zealand Navy is currently in Canada for an upgrade. Photo / Nick Reed

Work on the upgrade project has been suspended until the end of this month. Vaccination is expected to start next month with a second dose in June.

In a statement, the RNZN acknowledged the significant support of the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces “who regard our personnel as their own”.

“They, and local health authorities are making sure our affected people have everything they need to make a full recovery.

“NZDF personnel and their current dependents offshore are all screened for health vulnerabilities before they are deployed and educated on protective measures to be used to minimize the risk of Covid-19 infection,” the statement said.

Canadian Navy Base Esquimalt is a naval base for the Canadian Pacific Coast on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, adjacent to the capital of the province of British Columbia, Victoria.

Canada is currently reaching the highest point of the Covid-19 pandemic with an average of seven rolling days of 8,445 cases. In the past two weeks, British Columbia reported 14,822 cases.


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Prince Philip’s Death: New Zealand photographer’s royal family work and memorabilia | Instant News

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Kiwi photographer Bill Rowntree, now living in England, with photos of his royal family plastered in newspapers, magazines – and even biscuit tins. Photo / Bill Rowntree

Bill Rowntree thinks of his exclusive visits with the royal family whenever he likes a sweet treat – his picture emblazoned on the biscuit tin.

The former Invercargill man, who now lives in south London, was given exclusive access to photographs of the royal family prior to their 1970 tour of New Zealand, and the photos were included in and on everything from newspapers to magazines to biscuit tins.

Prior to working on the property of the Sandringham royal family, the 81-year-old worked at the NZ Herald in Auckland and then moved to Sydney.

Kiwi photographer Bill Rowntree, now living in England, with photos of his royal family plastered in newspapers, magazines - and even biscuit tins.  Photo / Bill Rowntree
Kiwi photographer Bill Rowntree, now living in England, with photos of his royal family plastered in newspapers, magazines – and even biscuit tins. Photo / Bill Rowntree

He and a fellow journalist then decided to take the slow route to England, put their vehicle on a boat in Perth to Singapore and drive to England.

About six years later, in December 1969, he worked for the Daily Mirror and the royal family was preparing for their New Zealand tour.

Queen Elizabeth decided she wanted a Kiwi photographer to take a family commemorative photo for the tour and Rowntree was contacted.

After arriving and preparing his equipment, he felt himself being pelted with objects.

“When I arrived and started to organize everything, I was attacked by Prince Edward who fired his Christmas present at me which was a ping pong gun.

“I turned around and there was a 5 year old boy who was very smiling with his Christmas present.”

However, photo opportunities were quickly destroyed by the royal retainer.

“That [courtier] looked at me and he said, ‘Bill if you take a picture of the prince shooting a ping pong ball at you, the Daily Mirror will be banned from the royal event for life’.

Rowntree, who worked for the Daily Mirror for 36 years before retiring in 2001, then met Edward’s entire family, including Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, who died on Friday night (New Zealand time), whom he was surprised to find was “very welcoming. and help “.

“What impressed me was how friendly they were even though it was a semi-formal event.

“I am 30 years old and have been in England six years and this is my first contact with the royal family.”

Although he wasn’t sure what their itinerary was at that stage, he had the impression that the royals wanted to meet “ordinary New Zealanders talking about their own country”.

He presented his own life and work history in New Zealand as a 10-month trip around the world, which fascinated them, he said.

The photo shoot went well enough that Prince Philip asked Rowntree to join him and the Queen for some wine that afternoon.

Given the urgency of photo processing, it was an offer she couldn’t accept.

“Unfortunately we can’t because I have to get all those films back in London. That would be great.

“I said ‘I’m really sorry but I have a photo lab waiting to process all the films and sort everything out, but thank you very much.

“It was an amazing experience.”

The photos from the shoot were finally released by the royals about two weeks before the tour and were used for all kinds of promotions and related naks including the biscuit tin left in his kitchen, full of biscuits, to this day.

The tour itself, celebrating James Cook’s bicentennial, notes a few firsts: Charles and Anne’s first visit to New Zealand; and in Wellington, the Queen first tries “the streets”, where she gets off her vehicle about 50m before her destination and mingles with the public.

It has continued since that day.

While visiting family in New Zealand in 1971, Rowntree was given a commemorative biscuit tin by his mother.

She often jokes with her friends that she is the only photographer she knows to get their own photo on the biscuit tin.

“I think I’m always joking, I don’t think many other photographers have published on biscuit tin caps before, and I think that’s what amuses me the most.

“The biscuit tin is a little more durable and is still being used. It lives in our kitchen full of biscuits.”


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Brazilians in Australia fear returning to a country where the spread of COVID-19 remains out of control | Instant News

“People are in the hallways, on the floor without beds, without masks,” said Ary Neto, explaining what happened to the hospital in his hometown in Brazil, which is still in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Neto lives in Melbourne – nearly 15,000 kilometers away from his family who are based near the city of Manaus, in Brazil’s Amazon region.

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, he has lost three close family members, including his 60-year-old mother, Rosemay Oran Barros Ribeiro.

He tested positive for COVID-19 on Christmas Eve and died a week later.

While Mr Neto, who works as a chef, wants to come home to be with his family, his aunt convinces him to stay in Australia because Brazilian hospitals are overwhelmed.

Intensive care unit beds are operating at capacities above 90 percent across the country, and a shortage of graves is fast approaching.

Several old plots have been excavated for fresh graves and Brazil’s largest city, São Paolo, said he would start opening around 600 plots per day.

“It’s very difficult to talk about,” said Neto.

“Mum is still very young, she can live longer.

“When he died, [I] couldn’t do anything … they put my mother’s body in a plastic bag and then she went from the hospital to a certain place where they put the corpse. [infected] with COVID-19. “

Brazil, one of the few countries that remains open to international travel, now accounts for about a quarter of the world’s daily coronavirus deaths.

There are now nearly 341,000 total COVID-19-related deaths counted in Brazil, which ranks second out of the total deaths in the United States of 559,000, according to Johns Hopkins University.

With more than 4,000 deaths in a single day last week, and deaths steadily increasing since February, some doctors predict Brazil will soon exceed the death toll recorded in the US.

And while the US has continued to reduce the number of deaths since mid-January by stepping up vaccination efforts, a COVID-19 vaccine is scarce in Brazil.


That, together with longstanding socio-economic inequalities and misinformation voiced by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has created the perfect storm for a new, more transmissible variant of the coronavirus discovered by virologists in Manaus in December it spreads non-stop.

Research from several medical journal articles have found that the Brazilian P.1 variant is twice as contagious than the original COVID-19 strain, with a higher likelihood of reinfection.

That leads to a recent spike in the number of cases, especially among young people.

A Brazilian politician, and one of Bolsonaro’s political opponents, Guilherme Boulos, tweeted the shocking death tally saying, “Brazil has become a grave”.

‘Worse day by day’

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The gym has been turned into a makeshift hospital to cover the number of patients.(

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Nina Freitas, a Brazilian student studying hotel management in Melbourne, fears the worst for her family in her hometown of São Paolo.

Her father, a doctor, worked at the hospital before the situation worsened, and now chooses to stay home because of her age and health problems.

He also worries about how the current political leadership has affected people back home.

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Nina Freitas is separated from her family who lives in Brazil’s most populous city.(



Paul Bernasconi, an Australian married to a Brazilian man, splits his time between the US and the coastal city of Guarujá, about an hour and a half drive south from São Paulo.

“I think what happened is that [Brazilian government] dropping the ball in getting to the available medical units, so they’re way behind, “he said.

Mr Bernasconi said the handling of the pandemic in Brazil had been disorganized compared to his experience during the height of the New York outbreak, where local governors ordered relevant medical supplies and built emergency hospitals early.

A gray haired man wearing aviator glasses and a dark blue shirt, taking a selfie.
Paul Bernasconi and her husband have several family members with the disease in Brazil.(



While the medical system in Guarujá is not experiencing “chaotic chaos” like other cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Manaus, the virus is still close to home, he said.

“Personally, we have had several members of our own family who contracted the disease and unfortunately, my husband’s sister died last week,” she said.

“The saddest part of all this is that we have to remain isolated from our family members here so that we can’t even go through the normal grieving process together.”

Misinformation, mismanagement from above

Funeral workers unload the coffin from the back of a van amid a cemetery riddled with crosses in Brazil.
Manaus has been damaged by a virus.(

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Brazil’s universal health care system is free to anyone legally residing in the country, but its response to the pandemic has been largely political.

Bolsonaro has consistently opposed quarantine measures, arguing that the economic damage would be worse than the effects of the coronavirus itself.

He has told Brazilians to “stop whining” about pandemics and suggested the use of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a cure.

Brazil’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine has been slow too – so far only about 2 percent of Brazil’s 211 million people are vaccinated.

Drugmaker Pfizer said in a statement Bolsonaro had rejected an offer to buy 70 million vaccines by August 2020.

At the time, Bolsonaro said he would not be vaccinated and publicly joked that the Pzifer vaccine could “turn people into crocodiles”.

Mr Bolsonaro has also appointed four different health ministers since the pandemic began, including one that lasted less than a month.

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro takes part in anti-lockdown protests.

The health minister’s turnstiles are due in large part to disagreements with Bolsonaro over how best to deal with the virus.

The last one appointed, cardiologist Marcelo Queiroga, replaces General Eduardo Pazuello, a military officer without medical training who became unpopular with the public due to mismanagement of his health response to the pandemic.

Brazil has recently increased purchases of its vaccine supplies from Pzifer, AstraZeneca and Sinovac, despite previous opposition from Bolsonaro.

Preliminary research found Sinovac has so far proven to be 51 percent effective against the P.1 variant.

However, for many who have lost loved ones, disappointment and sadness remain.

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Doctors in Brazil are sounding the alarm as the country’s COVID crisis is getting out of hand.


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Italian families keep their connection to Italy alive through food | Instant News

The day of making pasta sauces is an annual tradition for many Australian Italians, including Sicily-born Melbourne chef and restaurant owner Rosa Mitchell.

Tomatoes are grown or ordered in bulk, washed, cut and processed in a specially made machine to meet the needs of the family with fresh bottled sauces all year round.

The sauces may not look different from those available in supermarkets, but Rosa says there is no comparison of taste and the ritual of bringing family together is also important to her.

“You buy bottled tomatoes and they don’t taste the same… and it’s a lovely tradition to keep and it’s beautiful now that my family and grandchildren have started joining and hopefully they’ll grow up making sauces too.”

Tomato sauce is being bottled.(



Rosa’s daughter, Francesca, who now introduces her own children to the annual fun of ‘tomato day’, remembers participating as a child when she and her cousin went on a rampage at her sister’s house.

“We’ll probably get a job and then get bored and then run around and cause damage and then come back around at lunch.”

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Francesca has introduced her own children to the annual delight of tomato day.(



Using Rosa’s local produce from her farm in central Victoria, everyone plays their part in the production line.

“Men run the machines, women wash and chop and of course women come back into the kitchen and cook, which I think is fine,” said Rosa, owner and chef at Canteen Rosa in Melbourne CBD.

Rosa and her husband Colin would normally finalize plans to take a tour group to Sicily at this time of the year, but Australia’s international travel ban means their next trip to Rosa’s homeland is far out of reach.

Colin and Clark Mitchell passed the tomatoes through the machine to smooth the passata sauce.
Colin and Clark Mitchell passed the tomatoes through the machine to puree.(



He said taking a group of Australian foodies on a guided tour around the island of Sicily had been “one of the things that was exciting [her] life.”

And with travel restrictions that seem endless, Rosa feels as though time is ticking away to return to her beloved homeland.

“When you get older, you realize that you won’t be able to travel much longer,” said Rosa.

“Sicily is a small place, as big as Tasmania but there is so much to see. I don’t think I’ll ever see it all and understand it all.

“So I really missed this trip and I was trying to read and I was included on so many Sicilian sites … so you keep in touch a little like that but cry deep down that you want to be there.”

Three generations of Italian-Australian families make their annual passata sauce together.
Rosa prepares tomatoes with her daughter Francesca and grandson Henry.(



Italy is in the grip of a third wave of COVID-19, sparking another national lockdown in recent days and although vaccine rollouts are ongoing, the pace has been slower than expected.

More than 10 million doses of the vaccine have been given so far but with a population of over 60 million, much more is needed.

Even so, Australia’s cautious approach to international travel outside New Zealand is unlikely to change any time soon.

The Health Ministry’s travel ban ran out in mid-June but will almost certainly be extended.

Meanwhile, Rosa and her family keep their relationship with Italy alive through their love of food.

“I think the traditions you have with your family, it’s part of your story, it’s part of your history … and this is a very special time to spend together,” said Francesca.

A plate of Italian passata.
Rosa finished product.(




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All-round acceleration, OPPO Reno5 Z 5G is now available on the Saudi market | Instant News

(MENAFN-Mid-East.Info) The youngest member of the Reno5 family aims to attract a youth market proficient in digital technology

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: OPPO, a global technology brand, has launched its new Reno5 Z 5G 8GB + 128GB smartphone to the Saudi market. It is the youngest member of the Reno5 family and aims to attract generation Z who is proficient in numbers and pays attention to fashion. It inherits the tradition of the Reno series, which is to balance unique, state-of-the-art design while improving performance, providing faster Internet speeds and charging and providing seamless use. It is designed as “Salute to Speed”.

By designing with OPPO Smart 5G compatibility, you will be able to achieve fast download and upload speeds. This means that with the built-in MediaTek 5G Dimensity 800U chip, you can stream your favorite TV shows and movies, and control mobile games more smoothly than ever before. The chip supports dual-mode 5G SIM (NSA and SA) . Reno5 Z 5G is specially created for users who frequently move. It provides a dual network channel function, which can speed up the connection by connecting to Wi-Fi and 4G/5G channels. It is particularly useful for crowded environments such as cafes or conferences (Wi-Fi signals may be spread thinly). It also provides a four-in-one camera and dual-view video, which is very suitable for video blogging or sharing moments on social media platforms. Other features that support professional-quality video recording include HDR video, ultra-night video, and focus lock. In order to further improve performance, we have incorporated OPPO’s system performance optimizer into Reno5 Z 5G, so that the phone can be faster and function longer without lag.

Reno5 Z 5G maintains OPPO’s iconic minimalist design, ultra-thin, ultra-lightweight, and is equipped with a 4310mAh battery and OPPO 30W VOOC flash charge, which ensures fast charging and a long-lasting battery life. It also inherits the tradition of the Reno series to fully support Google, providing users with more flexibility and connection options. “Three-finger translation using Google Lens” is an example that allows users to view Google translation of any content on the phone screen with a convenient swipe.

Tarek Zaki, Senior Product Manager of OPPO MEA, said: “We focus the innovation of OPPO Reno5 Z 5G on meeting the needs of a young, ambitious and upwardly mobile customer base. We have created a smartphone that will work hard and work hard. Meet the needs of fast-developing digital life. Reno5 Z 5G provides fast and powerful performance, and users can carry it anywhere and share it at any time.”

Reno5 Z 5G has undergone precision design, weighs only 173 grams and is only 7.8 mm thick. In order to support its smooth display, OPPO designed Minimalist 5G Color settings in Fluid Black and Cosmo Blue to enhance its cosmic beauty. Its single-lens quad-camera is built-in and covered by a piece of Gorilla Glass 5, which keeps the phone elegant and smooth to touch.

Like every generation of Reno series games, Reno5 Z 5G provides an excellent gaming experience with exclusive software supported by ColorOS 11.1 (providing efficiency 3.0), including a gaming experience with higher immersion and smoothness, while Game Floating Window (game floating window) allows users to keep the game running in a floating window, so they can monitor and return to the game at any time.

Reno5 Z 5G 8GB + 128GB is now open for pre-order, and will be on sale in all major retailers and online stores in the Kingdom from April 5th, with a retail price of SAR 1,499.

About OPPO :

Since 2004, OPPO has been the world’s leading technology brand, committed to providing products that perfectly integrate art and innovative technology.

OPPO’s mission is to build a multi-site smart device ecosystem in the era of smart connectivity. The smart phone device is just OPPO’s gateway, which can provide a variety of smart and cutting-edge technology combinations in hardware, software and systems. In 2019, OPPO launched a $7 billion three-year investment plan in R&D to develop core technologies that further promote design through technology.

OPPO is firmly committed to creating the best technical products and technologies for users around the world. Based on leading, young and beautiful brand elements, OPPO is committed to the mission of allowing extraordinary users to enjoy the beauty of technology.

In the past ten years, OPPO has been focusing on manufacturing smartphones with second-to-none camera functions. OPPO launched its first mobile phone in 2008, the Smile Phone, marking the beginning of the brand’s epic journey in exploring and developing extraordinary technologies. Over the years, OPPO has maintained the first tradition. As early as 2013, it invented the world’s first rotating camera smartphone. In 2014, it launched the world’s thinnest smartphone at the time, becoming the first to introduce 5x zoom. The reality of “periscope”. Camera technology and developed Europe’s first 5G business smartphone.

Today, OPPO has ranked the fifth largest smartphone brand in the world. OPPO brings the technical aesthetics of global consumers into the world through ColorOS system experience and Internet services such as OPPO Cloud and OPPO+.

OPPO has operations in 40 countries, from San Francisco to Shenzhen, and has more than 6 research institutions and 4 R&D centers worldwide. OPPO also opened an international design center headquartered in London to promote the development of cutting-edge technology, which will not only shape the future of smart phones, but also the future of smart connectivity.

About OPPO MEA :

After OPPO established a regional office in Egypt, it began its journey in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region in 2015. After the brand’s great success in Cairo’s sales center in the first year, OPPO accelerated its expansion plan in the MEA region and launched its country/region operations in KSA in 2019. Now, OPPO actually operates in 13 markets in the region, including Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Levant.

In order to strengthen its presence in the region based on its product localization strategy, OPPO further invested in MENA and established its own factory in Algeria in 2017, thus becoming the first Chinese brand to establish a production base in North Africa. Based on the insights of local consumers in each country/region, OPPO continues to develop the process of product localization, while considering several views on each market (including product localization) to further meet the core needs of users; marketing localization , In order to better communicate with local young customers; and localize talents to further understand local consumers and provide the best customer service.

In the past year, OPPO has begun to specifically adjust its product line in the Middle East. This includes the launch of the flagship product OPPO Find X series and the launch of OPPO Reno series. OPPO will continue to develop its local product line to provide more quality products to consumers in the region.

OPPO is a forward-looking international technology company that is committed to becoming a sustainable company and contributing to a better world, and through activating local community programs and humanitarian and charitable campaigns, it can be achieved in every possible way Positive changes.


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