News Shorts

New Zealand doctors suffering from a burnout ‘epidemic’ Comments 0

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Nearly half of New Zealand doctors have considered leaving medicine because of burnout, a survey has found. A survey of 300 Kiwi doctors by the Medical Protection Society found half felt unable to take a break between procedures, and almost as many did not feel their wellbeing was a priority at work Read more

Cosi club again denies entry to men wearing a turban Comments 0

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

A South Auckland based club – Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club has once again denied entry to Sikh patrons citing archaic rules around “headgears,” which is the fourth such incident in the last decade. One News on Monday, December 9, reported that Jagdip Bajwa went to the Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club with some friends on the evening of Read more

White Island tradgedy: NZ Bishops statement Comments 0

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Along with all New Zealanders, we are deeply distressed and saddened by the tragedy of the volcanic eruption at Whakaari/White Island. Our prayers are for those whose lives have been lost, and for the injured, conscious that their injuries are of a most serious and painful nature. We cannot begin to imagine the grief and Read more

Christmas cancelled in Iraq Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019

The Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq has announced it will not hold public Christmas celebrations this year. Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic Church is one of the largest in Iraq and the diaspora. Cardinal Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, head of the church, said the decision was made “out of respect” for victims; those killed and wounded in Read more

Find me somebody who has smoked 42 joints a day Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Justice Minister Andrew Little, responsible for the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, said discussion of people consuming 14 grams in a day was “fantastical”. “I know people are saying, ‘Look, 14 grams means 21, or 42, or even more kind of joints a day’. “It’s a bit like saying, ‘somebody who goes off to buy Read more

Indonesia to deploy 160,000 people to protect churches for Christmas Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Nearly 160,000 security personnel will be deployed to try to make Christmas and New Year celebrations in Indonesia safe, reported This is an increase from last year, when nearly 90,000 security personnel guarded about 50,000 churches across the country. An official of the National Police Traffic Corps told journalists that police, military personnel and Read more

Pornography a fact of life for many young New Zealanders – Chief censor Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Pornography is clearly a fact of life for many young New Zealanders,” chief censor David Shanks says “While porn is supposed to be restricted to adults, our research shows a significant number of young people watch it too.” Proposals to limit New Zealander’s access to online pornography could be on the table before the 2020 Read more

Robert Redford meets Pope Francis at weekly general audience Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Famed actor Robert Redford waited patiently outside the Vatican on Wednesday for the chance to briefly exchange personal words with Pope Francis. Redford and his wife, German artist Sibylle Szaggars, were spotted in the general audience for the weekly Papal Mass in St. Peter’s Square. The pope, 82, and Redford, 83, clasped hands as Redford Read more

Nativity: With tea-towels on their heads children become shepherds Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019

The 5pm Mass on Christmas Eve is the big one for the Holy Name community. Several hundred people will gather in the North Dunedin Catholic church for the festive, family-friendly service. The highlight, as it is each year, will be the narrated nativity play presented by 20 or more of the parish children. Preschoolers to Read more

Priest falls out of church tower Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

The first Sunday of Advent did not go as merrily and peacefully for the people of Magyarbánhegyes as one would have wanted. The residents of the village lit their first candles for Father Ákos F., who lost his life on Friday when he fell out of the 25-metre-high tower of the church. The bell was Read more