General Alerts

12/03/2022

Around the world

Ukraine live: ‘New stage of terror’ as Russians kidnap mayor, Ukrainians say. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia on Friday (local time) of kidnapping the mayor of the city of Melitopol, equating it to the actions of “Isis terrorists”. “They have transitioned into a new stage of terror, in which they try to physically liquidate representatives of Ukraine’s lawful local authorities,” Zelenskyy said in a video address Friday evening. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Russian forces were “cynically accusing the captured and blindfolded mayor of terrorism”.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/300539277/ukraine-live-new-stage-of-terror-as-russians-kidnap-mayor-ukrainians-say

Health

Anti-mandate protesters blocked two entrances to the Westfield Riccarton Shopping Centre in Christchurch and caused major traffic congestion in the area.

09/03/2022

Around the world

Russia and Ukraine have discussed corridors mapped out to support evacuation of civilians. This has been fraught with news that some of the Russian army are still firing on civilians and multiple hits to private property.

Health

News of Long Covid including brain capacity issues and a noticeable reduction on size (6%.) It is not clarified if this is affecting vaccinated and/or un-vaccinated especially. WHO recommends vaccinations as the best defence.

Members

Karen Higgie (Shedog) is cleared from her heart condition and has returned home. Was very good to see the support online.

08/03/2022

Around the world

Russia includes New Zealand in list of unfriendly countries. Countries on the ‘unfriendly’ list have imposed sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. Meanwhile China has affirmed its commitment to ally Russia.

Medical science has announced there is a Long Covid risk of reduced mental capacity. “Significant, deleterious” long-term changes to people’s brains have been seen even after mild cases of Covid-19, according to new research. In one of the biggest Covid-19 brain imaging studies yet, researchers compared brain scans from 785 people aged between 51 and 81 in the United Kingdom before and after mostly mild Covid infection, against non-infected controls. Significant changes were seen when comparing scans from the two groups, including in parts of the brain that affect memory and smell, tissue damage in regions linked to smell, and a reduction in whole brain size, research published in Nature journal on Tuesday shows.

07/03/2022

Members

Karen Higgie (shedog) has been taken to Hospital by ambulance today following a suspected heart condition. We will advise.

Anne Humphries (pusslil) is out of hospital following surgery. We will advise updates.