Suicides of patients in mental health care reflect complex needs

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Patients at risk of suicide are not getting their complex mental health needs met, a Nelson psychologist says. Recent figures show 12 people have died in suspected suicides while in mental health care over the last four years in Nelson Marlborough. Te Whare Mahana Trust clinical manager Shelley Harvill​ said for some it was not an issue of getting access to treatment, but ensuring patients were getting the right kind of treatment. “Systems, as with people, don’t get it right all the time.” READ MORE:  * Hundreds of suicides of people in care reveal cracks in health…

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Auckland War Memorial Museum goes digital to last the test of time

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In a dark room in the depths of an Auckland museum musty artefacts are being brought to life online. Auckland War Memorial Museum is contributing to Collections Online, an initiative designed to put natural science and human history artefacts onto the web. Since 2015 the museum has been expanding its online presence and now has more than one million records catalogued on its website, from great white shark jaws to the museum’s entire armoury. Its goal is to eventually have every artefact free for all to view, and the majority free to download and reuse. READ…

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Jindarat Prutsiriporn kidnapping trial to start in the Auckland High Court

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The trial of seven men accused of kidnapping a Thai woman will kick off in the High Court at Auckland on Monday morning. Jindarat Prutsiriporn, 50, died when she fell, bound and gagged, from the boot of a moving car in Papatoetoe in 2016. Seng Lek Liev, Sodarith Sao, Apichart Korhomklan and Luigi Havea are on trial for the woman’s manslaughter and kidnapping.  Masi Vaifali and Joseph Benjamin Haurua are each defending a manslaughter charge. Tevita Matangi Fangupo is facing a kidnapping charge. It is alleged the group kidnapped Prutsiriporn on February 29 last year on a drug-related matter.  The trial is expected to last 12…

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Bill Nye Can’t Save the World

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His show likely won’t even reach the people it aims to influence. This story originally appeared on the Conversation and is republished here with permission. Netflix’s new talk show, Bill Nye Saves the World, debuted the night before people around the world joined together to demonstrate and March for Science. Many have lauded the timing and relevance of the show, featuring the famous “Science Guy” as its host, because it aims to myth-bust and debunk anti-scientific claims in an alternative-fact era. But are more facts really the kryptonite that will rein in…

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Wikipedia blocked in Turkey over terrorism ‘smear campaign’

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Access to Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia, has been blocked in Turkey for content presenting the country as supporting terror. Turkey’s official news agency, quoting the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, said on Saturday (Sunday NZT) the site was blocked for “becoming an information source acting with groups conducting a smear campaign against Turkey in the international arena”. Turkey Blocks, an internet censorship monitor, said users in Turkey have been unable to access all language editions of Wikipedia since Saturday morning. “The loss of availability is consistent with…

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Autopilot and Ludicrous mode: These high-tech Tesla electric cars have arrived in Ireland

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The American motor and energy company opened its first showroom in Ireland this week. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Subscribe for more videos ELON MUSK WANTS to change the world. He started by changing how we use money online when he helped setup PayPal. He wants to change long-distance travel with vast vacuum tubes called Hyperloops. His wants to send humans to Mars. And as of this week, he’s making a serious effort to get more Irish people to drive electric cars – that is, of course, if you can afford one. Tesla,…

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Wearing sunglasses in winter seems strange but is a good idea

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The lower angle of winter sun can damage unprotected eyes, a Taranaki optometrist has warned.  People need to be vigilant about protecting their eyes in winter as lower sun angles and UV exposure on unprotected eyes put them at greater risk of cataracts, ocular melanoma, and skin cancers around the eyelids, Stratford Optometrists’ Phillipa Charteris said.  “Despite UV levels being higher in spring and summer, eyes are naturally shaded during the hotter months as they are deep set – and thus partially protected when the sun is high in the sky. However, this…

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Children’s Commissioner says putting children in police cells ‘solitary confinement’

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The Children’s Commissioner has called for an end to placing young people in police cells while on remand, calling it “solitary confinement” and “not acceptable”. Police figures show 2167 children aged 10 to 16 have been placed in police custody so far this financial year.  Of those, 157 spent more than 24 hours in police cells, Ministry of Social Development figures show. Oranga Tamaki said two days was the average stay. In Canterbury, 127 children were placed in police custody in the last year, down from 151 in 2015/16, but up from 123 the previous financial…

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Christchurch dairy attendant swings bat at robbers

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 Sujan Burra was robbed the day he took ownership of his Christchurch dairy.  The Woolston Discounter, on Ferry Rd, has been held up almost every month since.  After a knife-wielding robber in a skull mask stole cash earlier this month, Burra put a baseball bat under the counter and a lock on a gate at the end of the counter.  So when two offenders came in on Saturday night – the sixth robbery since September – he was prepared.  READ MORE: * Attendant locks herself in ‘safe room’ during tenth theft in eight months * Christchurch dairy…

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Deadline up for Canterbury District Health Board to clear surgery backlog

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The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) has sought help from private hospitals and other DHBs in its scramble to meet elective surgery targets.  The board faced a potential $24 million Government penalty if it did not get a backlog of 3248 surgeries done by Sunday. Time is up, but the board was unable to confirm if it had delivered.  “At this stage we are working towards achieving this,” CDHB general manager for planning and funding Carolyn Gullery​ said on Thursday.  A recovery plan the CDHB gave the Ministry of Health in January outlined how it would address…

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