KARACHI: A member of the PTI parliament and his bodyguard who behaved badly and abused a mobile shop owner in Karachi Saddar went viral on social media.
The MP from the video is Aslam Khan.
In the video, Khan and his bodyguards are seen pushing, pushing, kicking and punching the shop owner.
The source said that the PTI MNA guard also pointed his gun at the shop owner.
It is not clear why the fight took place. However, there were media reports that the lawmaker’s son was sold an unregistered cell phone and when they tried to return it, the shop owner refused to take it and harassed the lawmaker son.
SSP Selatan Selatan said that according to a shopkeeper, MNA slapped him first. “We will only reach a conclusion after an investigation is carried out,” he said.
Both parties went to the Preedy police station after the incident to register a case.
Six60 made history at the Garden of Eden concert. Video / Six60
I didn’t go to Six60 last night.
Being a boomer trapped in a millennial body, I ended up in bed at 8pm, with a cup of tea, a book, and no regrets (I didn’t choose Nana’s life, Nana’s life chose me).
I don’t think much of Six60, except to see some headlines about bedtime concerts.
This morning, doing my usual rounds through international news sites, half way through my first coffee, I was surprised to see photos of the event making overseas news.
I mean, seriously? Sure, it’s a pretty big crowd, some cool drone shots and more. But not the kind that would warrant an article on an international news site, I thought, clearly still way below the red line of caffeine.
It took me a really long time to remember why it was special enough to make international headlines – and that’s what made me realize that, despite my best efforts, my brain had normalized everything. Living in a small town in New Zealand, I don’t even stop to understand how accustomed I am to having a “normal” back.
People around the world are commenting on how great it is to be in New Zealand, a country that can safely host concerts in a stadium filled with 50,000 people.
I, for example, need that reminder.
I don’t think I take it for granted, in the sense that I’m not being reckless or underestimating our lack of boundaries – but I’ve clearly internalized it to the point where it just pops into my mind as an afterthought.
Thanks to the magic of the internet, I talk to family and friends overseas every day and, over the past year, they’ve all been in some form of lockdown. At work, hardly a day goes by when I don’t write anything related to Covid. In between all of that, you’d think I was quite aware of how special my situation was. Even so, I normalized my “normal” and didn’t think about what other people, who didn’t have it, would create the images.
I sent the above photo to my friend on the other side of the world who replied with “but they all wear masks, right?”
Not. Even not.
Her comments and the sudden realization that these concerts are rare in today’s world reminded me of the special situations we all live in, living our lives without masks, social distancing, or curfews.
We can speak of locks in the past tense while for most of the world it is still ongoing.
We can go to a concert. We can also choose not to go to concerts. We even go as far as, as I did, forgetting that we had that choice.
I didn’t go to see Six60 in the Garden of Eden so can’t give you a review on it (my colleague Lydia did and you should read what did he think about it).
But I can give you an overview of what it’s like to choose not to go somewhere because you don’t want to, rather than not going somewhere because life is locked in due to a deadly pandemic. I could write a review on what it’s like to have a life so boring and normal that your brain forgets that the whole world will find concerts in New Zealand by New Zealand bands to talk about. I can review the privilege of taking my mind off lockdowns and pandemics and choosing to get out or stay at home, without having to worry about a deadly virus – and it gets a 10/10, five stars, A +, it breaks any rating scale system you choose to use.
But for sure, it turns out that the show is also fine.
The government is creating a new category “very high risk countries” to reduce the number of infected people entering New Zealand.
New Zealand permanent residents from the four countries where Covid is rampant will be blocked from coming directly to New Zealand under changes designed to reduce the number of infected arrivals.
New Zealand citizens, parents, spouses and children of Kiwis can still return home from these countries – India, Brazil, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea.
The new rules – effective from midnight next Wednesday, April 28 – are expected to reduce the number of travelers to New Zealand from these countries by up to 75 percent, while also respecting the right of overseas citizens to return.
That means, there will be about 140 fewer arrivals per week from India compared to the traffic volume from early March to mid-April.
NZ permanent residents in the four countries can still come to New Zealand, but must spend at least 14 days in a country that is not at high risk before coming to New Zealand.
Covid-19 Minister Chris Hipkins, in announcing the changes, said it was always difficult to balance travel restrictions with the plight of people in countries struggling to contain the virus.
“The government does not take this decision lightly. We recognize that it has an impact on people’s freedom.
“There will be an exemption process on humanitarian grounds.”
He said permanent residents own a country other than New Zealand which they call home.
“The fewer cases that get in, the lower the risk.”
Arrivals will also be recorded in flight groups arriving within the 96 hour window. The cohort will be sent to the MIQ facility until it is full, and then it will be locked up for two weeks.
This will prevent the potential for mixing and mingling between those who will leave MIQ and those who have just arrived.
A very high risk country is one that has more than 50 cases per thousand arrivals in New Zealand, and has more than 15 arrivals per month.
The proportion of people from India who have tested positive in recent weeks ranges between 100 and 150 per thousand.
It comes as part of the Government’s response after banning flights to and from India two weeks ago to stem the wave of infected passengers arriving with Covid-19.
Hipkins said the border was the first line of defense against Covid-19, and about 135,000 people had arrived in New Zealand during the pandemic – including about 800 cases.
“It’s been very successful.”
But the system is always being monitored to minimize the risk of spreading the virus, he said.
“Travel restrictions can help us manage that risk.”
The number of returned and infected people traveling from the sub-continent jumped in New Zealand earlier this month despite testing before departure.
It is estimated that cases in India have nearly tripled since the travel suspension was announced.
Even yesterday, the Health Ministry reported a new case detected on the 17th day in connection with a person arriving from India before the travel ban was enforced.
The world’s second most populous country is struggling with a second wave, raising more concerns about its overwhelmed health care system.
It has nearly 16 million confirmed cases, second only to the US.
Hipkins said travelers from the US and UK were 10 times less likely to catch Covid-19 when they arrived in New Zealand than those from very high-risk countries.
New group rules start May 16
The new clustering rules will take effect from May 16 – although five MIQ facilities have adopted them.
The 96 hour clustering will apply to many people’s planes, not their country of departure.
The MIQ facility will then be locked for 14 days once it is full. This means that there will be several rooms free of charge, given how unlikely that many people will fit perfectly into the number of rooms available.
He said 10 to 15 percent of the 4,000 per two-week MIQ space would be vacant because of group changes.
Most MIQ facilities are suitable for accommodating groups, he said, but because negotiations are ongoing, he is unwilling to go into which one is not appropriate.
Around the world, countries are enforcing stricter rules affecting travel to and from India amid concerns over an increase in cases.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the number of flights between the two countries would be cut, while Britain had added India to the red list, restricted travel and entered a hotel quarantine for all arrivals from India from today.
This week the Prime Minister said the continued India ban was not reserved for New Zealanders.
“We cannot consider a person stateless. If a New Zealander is abroad, the only official place they can live, by default, is New Zealand. So we need to allow them to be able to travel home if they need to., “said Jacinda Ardern.
“We have Bora (Bill of Rights Act) obligations that we need to uphold.”
India broke the global infection record, with 15.9 million cases and 184,657 deaths.
The latest boom has pushed India’s fragile healthcare system to a breaking point, with understaffed hospitals overflowing with patients. Limited medical oxygen supply and a full intensive care unit.
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Scientists are closely watching the unusually warm waters around the North Island’s East Coast – and predict an “ocean heat wave” could develop near Canterbury and Otago within a few days. Image Project / Moana
Scientists are closely watching the unusually warm waters around the North Island’s East Coast – and predict an “ocean heat wave” could develop near Canterbury and Otago within a few days.
Described as an extended period of extremely warm ocean temperatures at a particular location, ocean heat waves can last for several months and cover thousands of square kilometers.
“Scientifically, ocean heat waves are defined when the ocean temperature at a particular location is in the top 10 percent of the temperature normally recorded during that time of the year for five or more days,” explains University of Otago marine scientist Dr Robert Smith.
Glaciers are melting as some pockets of sea off the South Island’s West Coast warmed to 6C above average, while elsewhere, seashells are suffering from flowing losses and vineyards are experiencing early harvests.
While sea surface temperatures around New Zealand have been near normal for much of last summer, Smith said a strong ocean heat wave developed during late February to the east of the country – and is still going on.
“This ocean heat wave is currently impacting the coastline of Wairarapa, Hawke’s Bay and Chatham Islands,” he said, adding that it had pushed temperatures more than 2 degrees Celsius above normal.
“The event was somewhat unusual in that it also covered much of New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic zone during the month of March, which is not, as the name implies, an area normally considered to experience a heat wave.”
At these ecological points, warmer oceans can disrupt all kinds of species, from plankton and seaweed to marine mammals and seabirds.
“They may also impact regional fisheries, including for the pāua around the Chatham Islands.”
“Currently, we provide short distance forecasts of up to seven days, where and when ocean heat waves are most likely to occur, for specific coastal locations around New Zealand,” he said.
“These sites include Hauraki Bay, Bay of Plenty, Cook Strait, and Banks Peninsula. While the current tool provides us with short-term estimates, we are looking for ways to extend this estimate to several months using machine learning techniques.
“This research will help us predict these extreme events with more certainty and provide a warning to our marine industry and important coastal communities.”
This can guide efforts such as early harvesting, or, at a coastal cultivation facility, even moving stocks.
Heat waves can occur relatively quickly, and are triggered by a variety of factors.
“On a local scale, these factors include ocean currents that build up areas of very warm water, warming through the ocean surface from the atmosphere and reduced wind speeds that prevent the mixing of the oceans,” he said.
“The likelihood of ocean heat waves is also influenced by weather and large-scale climate patterns, such as El Niño and La Niña.”
Research has shown that global climate change is also having a big impact, with heat waves becoming 34 percent more frequent, and 17 percent longer, since the mid-20th century.
Even more concerning, Smith said, is that the number of heatwave days has increased by more than 50 percent each year.
“The recent ocean heat wave has had a devastating effect on marine ecosystems around the world,” he said.
“For example, they have triggered widespread mortality of marine species, shifts in the abundance and distribution of commercial and recreational fish stocks and the need to limit or shut down fisheries due to disease outbreaks, or the growth of harmful algae.”
Over time, he said the increased exposure of marine ecosystems to extreme temperatures could lead to “irreversible loss of important species or habitats”, such as seaweed forests and seagrass meadows.
“Ocean heat waves are therefore of serious concern to our marine life around New Zealand, which has been thriving on cooler seas,” he said.
“The impacts associated with ocean heatwaves are also a threat to aquaculture and fisheries, New Zealand’s industry worth over $ 4 billion per year.”
Scientists solve the mystery of shells
Meanwhile, scientists working on another Moana Project study combined Mātauranga Māori – or Māori lore – with other strands of science to solve the shellfish mystery.
Green-lipped mussels are an important cultivated species in New Zealand, and resources are valued at more than $ 300 million a year.
Although the aquaculture industry relies heavily on wild-caught baby mussels, or saliva, it is unclear which wild mussel beds supply them.
“Knowing the source of the splash enables the protection of spawning stocks and thus helps the future-resilient New Zealand shellfish aquaculture industry,” said Moana project and science director João de Souza.
In their new study, University of Victoria marine biologist Professor Jonathan Gardner and his team will put together what he calls a “unique combination” of science to reveal where shellfish larvae come from, how they travel, and where they end up.
“By doing that we will be able to predict the movement of larvae now and under different climate change scenarios.”
With population genetics, samples from the collected shells are genotyped – a process that effectively provides DNA fingerprinting linking different populations.
Microochemical analysis, which involves using a laser to take small samples of the shells of shells, can also provide a chemical record of the age of the shells, and where they traveled.
Mātauranga Māori offers local ecological knowledge that can help establish the location of the splash-producing clam reefs.
Finally, a physical model of the flow will be combined with biological data to predict and see the movement of green-lipped shellfish larvae in the Bay of Plenty, where the first samples were taken.
A further trip is planned to collect mussel larvae using a “splash line” – a vertical line of saliva-catching ropes for the walking spit to settle down.
After collection, any saliva that settles will undergo micro-chemical analysis.
“While the Bay of Plenty is the focus right now, we will also be sampling from several other areas, including Ninety Mile Beach which is where most of the shellfish spit is caught free,” said Gardner.
It is also hoped that the study, which is expected to take up to two years, will help combat invasive species, inform marine spatial planning efforts, and assist coastal restoration efforts.