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Seventy Thousand Votes Lost

liposuction in AucklandSo, I heard that 70 thousand Kiwis will not be voting in the upcoming local elections on October 13th of this year. That’s a lot of votes. Why is that? Because they did not update their addresses with the Electoral Commission. So when the Commission mailed update packs for enroled voters, they got bagfuls of undelivered packs. As we all know, accurate addresses are crucial to local elections, as the votes are sent in by mail. What is the Commission to do? Of course they have to remove all those people from the roll.

Okay, I’ll give the 70 thousand the benefit of the doubt. Maybe those were all honest mistakes. An oversight on their part. But I can’t help wondering, how could this happen? I don’t understand. One of the first things that people who change residence would do after moving and settling in is to tell people of their new address? Perhaps they would inform their parents, siblings, close friends. Then they would call or send a note to update their mailing addresses with their banks, credit card companies, mobile providers, and, just as easily, THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION. [click to continue…]

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Union-free Jobs and Market Competition

Throughout the last thirty to forty years, there has been an implicit assumption that unions are best for the marketplace, and best for the people who work for the large corporations as a way of rebalancing their negotiating power against that of their parent company. However, this isn’t necessarily the case – in fact, in many jobs, unions wind up hurting the companies they are designed to negotiate with, and in some cases even causing the downfall of the company by demanding excessive wages and benefits for their members.

This piece was contributed by Charles Morrison, guest author extraordinaire, who runs his own website on job related topics, as well as being a frequent commenter on many employment-related subjects like certified medical assistant jobs and job posting sites. Note that the opinions expressed here are his own, and do not reflect the opinions of the owners of this website.

Take for example the recent downfalls of the American car companies, who had to be bailed out by the taxpayers. The American autoworkers union is one of the most powerful in the United States. As their workers wound up building bigger and crappier cars, they were still demanding wage increases. These combined to bring about the end of an era – the death of the American car and the ascendancy of the import.

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Health Info Without the NHS

I’m just going to come right out and say it, despite the fact that it’s likely to make me rather unpopular to do so: the NHS wastes a hell of a lot of its money on pointless things that don’t require a doctor’s intervention. While one of the great benefits of socialized medicine is the fact that people actually DO go to a doctor for regular checkups, one of the corollary downsides is that people often go TOO frequently, and waste valuable resources that should be better directed to those actually in need – or better yet, used to balance the ridiculous budget the labour party proposes!

David Myer penned this blistering op-ed piece, despite his daily duties running his website. He’s an outspoken critic of the NHS, and regularly posts about health related topics such as foods to lose weight and hyperthyroidism symptoms. Note that his opinions are his own and do not reflect the opinions of the owners of this website.

There is a truly voluminous amount of health information available on the internet nowadays – and I’m not just talking about Fennel tea and sympathy – so maybe people should stop to think about whether or not they can avail themselves of it before they go gallivanting into their local hospital and taking time away from chronically ill patients when all they really needed was something for their chronic hip pain, a proper evs neck brace or simple a posture brace to make sure they sit up straight in their computer chairs!

There have been a number of recent developments as well in terms of what can be accomplished online – I recently heart about a free online eye exam that could save hundreds of thousands of pounds every year on opthamology costs. Now, I’m not saying that it’s an acceptable substitute for a doctor’s professional opinion – but it might help filter out some of those who have absolutely no valid need to go to a doctor and spend said doctor’s time that might be better used on more deserving patients.

The NHS is overstrained and overworked as it is, and there just really isn’t any more money that we can dump into the system that will actually have any positive effect. So before you go to the doctor, do a little bit of research to find out what’s going on before you waste doctors time for what could be treated by a dermatologist, or something equally silly.

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Dealing with the Labour Party

The Labour Party is doing more harm than good – everyone who lives in New Zealand know this. However, many people still continue to vote for Labour. This is because they have been brainwashed by the party to continue voting for them – they have made people believe that the negative effects of their work are just a temporary suffering we have to endure to be able to achieve the greater good. This isn’t the case. The Labour Party doesn’t actually know what it’s doing. The reason why I am creating this post is to convince people to not vote Labour in the coming elections. Hopefully, I succeed in doing so.

Why exactly should people not vote Labour? For one, although the Labour Party claims that they aim to create jobs for the masses, this isn’t exactly the case. In fact, the opposite is true. The jobs they are creating are just smoke and mirrors, and the money they spend for “job creation” ultimately just ends up in their pockets without benefiting anyone else. Of course, what they do is actually “legal.” Yes, the party would go so low so as to exploit a legal loophole just to benefit themselves.

Another reason why people shouldn’t vote Labour is that they are taking away our rights to actually make a living for ourselves. They are pushing for greater social control. They want to limit our freedom to be rich. They are forcing us to donate greater money to the government – this would’ve been somewhat okay had they been spending the money on worthwhile projects, but the extra money they have been getting from the pockets of New Zealanders ultimately end up in theirs too.

People who are very much aware of the Labour Party’s failings need to start campaigns which seek to spread awareness of them. Unfortunately, though, such campaigns are very costly, and most of those who are anti-Labour are belong to the middle class.

The good news is that it is now easy to raise money for such endeavours, and it is through binary options trading. Of course, to be able to experience success in binary options trading, people need to work with a great binary options brokerage firm. To most New Zealanders, the best binary options brokerage firm happens to be Banc de Binary. Banc de Binary is considered the best binary options brokerage in the world by many people for many reasons. These reasons include the fact that the brokerage guides their clients throughout every step of the way, and that they give them access to so many underlying assets from all over the world.

Is Banc de Binary a good brokerage? Is binary options trading good or bad? These are just some questions many people ask when they first consider doing binary options trading. The answer to the former is “yes” – just by checking out the Banc de Binary website, anyone can easily find out all the reasons why the brokerage is so great. The answer to the second question is “it’s good” – absolutely anyone can make great money off binary options trading. So long as people do binary options trading with Banc de Binary, they can regularly raise enough funds to give great support to campaigns which aim to spread awareness of the failings of the Labour Party.

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The Importance of the Common Voice

commonvoiceThe power of the voice is important. Without the power to communicate how we feel about things from small goods to major political decisions, not only would we feel helpless as a person, but many injustices in whatever form they may take could occur without any fear of retribution or consequence.

Building a network

When people feel that their rights are being challenged, they tend to react. Reaction from a group of like-minded individuals leads to the formation of a network. A network gives rise to power of voice and popular opinion, as well as debate, discussion and comparison of ideas and options. It was this network that gave rise to our organisation – ‘Don’t Vote Labour’.

Being heard

In the early days we felt our concerns were not being heard by the government and members of society so we had to get our message out to the public. The first thing we did was create large banners that we could hang outside of government buildings. We raised some funds and sought out a company that offered aerial lift rentals. We used aerialliftpros.com because they had a great range of cheaper used aerial lifts that they were willing to rent to us at a bargain price. We used these lifts to attach our banners and this was enough to get them (and us) noticed. Before long we were being interviewed for the nightly news program.

Using the common voice

One of the things that the ‘common voice’ tends to get very passionate about is the political landscape in which they live. People have very long memories when it comes to the political arena, and their voice is never stronger than at the election polls when they reward or punish the actions of the current party in power. At other times, the common voice can’t wait until voting day, and so they commence their own campaign with the agenda to disrupt and embarrass those at the helm of the party. Sometimes this is considered to be a necessary action to highlight a serious issue or cause. If the common voice has managed to build a big enough backing network, then the issues at hand may go beyond local affairs until it becomes a matter for legal and political precedence. This is when the real challenge in expressing sentiment occurs.

Whether you are part of a network voice like ‘Don’t Vote Labour’, or if you are an individual who wants to right a wrong in your community, don’t feel as though you have to sit in quiet about it. Express your common voice and let your thoughts be known. You may just be a catalyst for significant and beneficial change.

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Heatwave Affects Power Supply in Australian City of Adelaide

powerTemperatures are expected to reach 46 degrees Celsius in Adelaide, Australia today as heatwave strains their electricity supplies and sparks wildfires.

The states of Victoria and South Australia are experiencing extreme heat that the demand for electricity shoots up. As many as 100,000 homes and businesses like in the food business, forklift rentals, and other industries may be affected by the power outages and the reduced electricity supply according to Victorian Energy Minister Nicolas Kotsiras in a statement. The two states and New South Wales have been given bushfire warnings and high winds are anticipated to increase the danger tomorrow according to emergency authorities.

Play was also suspended on courts at the Australian Open Tennis Tournament which was held in Melbourne as the temperature rose to 42 degrees Celsius. A tennis player and a ball boy collapsed in the heat.

Because of the heatwave, fire authorities in Victoria and South Australia have issued warnings over out-of-control bushfires as the condition persists in southeastern Australia.

The maximum temperature in Adelaide so far is 44.2 degrees Celsius at 3 in the afternoon though it has been several degrees warmer in the northern suburb. The temperature in Roseworthy which is north of Adelaide rose to 46.4 degrees Celsius at 1:58 p.m.

For the first time, Adelaide now has recorded three consecutive days more than 43.5 degrees Celsius for the very first time. Melbourne has today maxed out at 43.9 degrees Celsius.

According to Country Fire Service chief officer Greg Nettleton, Friday would be very dangers for firefighters. Therefore, a total fire ban would be declared all over the state.

It was reported that 12 of the 15 fire ban districts have been considered severe while the Mt. Lofty Ranges, Upper South East and Lower South East are being considered extreme fire dangers.

So far there has been no reported deaths caused by the heatwave but there are a total of 163 cases of heat-related hospital admissions all across South Australia which started Monday.

At 4 p.m. today, there already had been a total of 34 presentations to metropolitan Adelaide hospitals.

Health officials continue to urge the public to take care of the elderly, vulnerable, and people who are suffering from chronic health problems like heart conditions during a heatwave. People also have been given a warning about possible sunburns which could occur quickly in conditions like this.

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Milking for All Its Worth

dermal fillersDairy is one of the product categories that New Zealand is world famous for. It’s one of our biggest exports! We boast of happy cows that eat green grass and drink clear water from our streams. We have delicious milk, probably ranking among the world’s best. Oh we have such a good name. If we lose our reputation as one of the world’s top sources of dairy products, the economic repercussions will certainly affect every kiwi at home and abroad. Well we’ll soon find this out first hand, because our milk’s reputation HAS been tarnished.

Sri Lanka has alleged that kiwi milk producer Fonterra has supplied the country with milk contaminated by botulinium bacteria, which causes botulism. Authorities in New Zealand and in the countries involved have formed investigation committees to look into this, but while all that’s underway, the company’s managing director Gary Romano has resigned, and Fonterra milk products have been pulled out of the shelves in many different countries in the Asia Pacific.

Just how badly this will affect us, we’ll only know how bad it is when the dust has finally settled. But we should all be worried, because we are dependent on our dairy businesses. Wool used to be a far more important export – when had that changed? Well, no matter, we have shifted to dairy, for better or for worse. And we have to pick ourselves up from this scandal and clean up our act, as soon as possible, with no time to lose.

What do with our milk supply in the meantime? Future orders will definitely decline. Perhaps the powers that be can think of ways to use all that product. Of course we have our cheeses and baby formulas and other food products, but perhaps we should invest in some research and development for non-food applications of dairy. Perhaps venture into milk-based beauty products? Why not? Beauty is big business, given the demand for Botox and dermal fillers, which you can avail at Juvae. If Jordan can market its mud and salt, and if Turkey can boast of its argan oil, then perhaps our beloved New Zealand can contribute milk-based bath and toiletry products.

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Keep Private Education Private

Many people have been complaining lately about the lack of public post-secondary education in our great country. But what exactly do they think is going to happen if we suddenly put together publicly funded post-secondary education? The entire education system would collapse, of course! Anyone who suggests that we start running public LPN classes is clearly in denial about the way that our economy is structured, at least in regards to the healthcare and private education sectors are concerned, and I’m sick of it!

Johnson Williamsberg graciously agreed to write up this expose on the possibility of nationalizing private nursing education. Johnson currently operates one of the many American nursing programs in Charlotte NC, as well as being a savvy netizen who posts in many places on the subjects of nursing in Philadelphia and accredited online nursing schools. Thanks, Johnson!

Another important consideration is where exactly we are expected to get the money for these sorts of socialized education programs. The NHS budget is stretched to the breaking point, and it’s not like we can suddenly abandon our military commitments in this increasingly dangerous world. The only real option is to continue with keeping private education private. We don’t need to go on a Chavez-style nationalization program, as that would completely undermine post-secondary school’s faith in our ability to maintain their interests!

Allow me to use the example of the American nursing education system to highlight just how functionally capable a private education system is. Nursing schools in Colorado and nursing programs in Illinois are producing registered nurses and advanced practice nurses with skillsets far beyond what we’re creating at the moment, and that’s all thanks to the justifiable fear that private schools have that they will spend millions of their own pounds on creating a system only to have it nationalized by the overzealous labour party! I agree that we’re not producing the number of nurses that we need to properly staff our NHS wards, but nationalization is not the answer and never has been. We need to follow the excellent example established by the American accelerated BSN programs and San Diego nursing schools to really create the nursing staff we need. If they need additional training, and the labour party is dead-set on having some form of public education, than there are other options available – chief among them being the option of offering free CEUs for nurses. Continuing education courses for nurses is one of the best ways to keep people in the profession and upskill those with experience to a higher level of quality. We simply must avoid the trap of nationalizing private education services while we do it.

 

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The Role of Imaging Tests in the Healthcare System

The Role of Imaging Tests in the Healthcare SystemThe challenge of coming up with a healthcare system that is both appropriate and sustainable can be an impossible mission. Different countries have tried out varied models of healthcare system in the hope of finding one that will suit their populace. In New Zealand, what started out as a universal and full-public health system during the early 1900s has evolved into a combination of public and private system which made up of a wide network of healthcare providers.

The issue of whether New Zealand’s  health system has realized its objective of providing quality health care cannot be answered in a simple manner. What is easier to assess is the effectiveness of their current system. It is a good thing that there are benchmarks which can be used to evaluate this concern. For instance, statistics show that in a study done in 2010, of 14 developing countries that participated, NZ came in last for using the least amount of medications. They also spent the lowest amount on healthcare expenses for the same group of countries.

These figures support the idea that the healthcare system that NZ has adopted generally work to give out quality health care. One of the major factors in their significant achievement is their focus on primary healthcare. This is the most basic of health services usually performed at the community level by general practitioners. The highest aim of primary health care is to make availments accessible and effective to ensure a better quality of health for its clientele. This means that there can be a decline in the incidence of sicknesses which can translate to less healthcare expense on a national scale.

Their idea, quite possibly, is for medical practitioners to play an active role in the country’s primary care system by giving out not just immediate management of illnesses, but also to provide long term follow ups and preventive care. This can be the reason why laboratory examinations and imaging tests like X-rays or Ultrasound are kept to a minimum. In contrast with other countries where a radiology tech or an ultrasound technologistis usually needed at the point of consultation, New Zealanders do not require the same protocol because of a more efficient healthcare system.

What they are in shortage of right now are individuals with specialized trainings or degrees in Imaging. The list includes Medical Radiation Therapist, Nuclear Medical Technologist and Sonologists. So an individual who is already a radiology technologist or for those who are graduates of  ultrasound tech schools, taking a specialized course in the Imaging field can improve their chances in qualifying for medical job opportunities in New Zealand. This trend is actually reflective of NZ’s  health needs because the country is geared towards health prevention and the use of available technologies for patient treatment rather than the observance of traditional methods of care.

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Can Privatization Save the Healthcare System?

Generally, I’m not in favor of selling off something that our taxes have helped to build – after all, I payed those taxes, same as you, even though I didn’t need the services. But in the case of New Zealand’s healthcare system, I have to come out and say it: privatization will save us. The government can’t really afford to maintain the current healthcare system, despite the fact that it offers an excellent quality of service – the problem is that the wait times for public health services are getting outrageously long, and the best healthcare in the world can’t save you if you don’t get it in time.

This op-ed post was contributed by notable Tory healthcare reform activist Tracy Williams, who has been working as a private duty RN for a long time, and published a number of articles on the healthcare jobs topics, for everything from nursing informatics jobs to international nursing jobs.

There’s more to the current healthcare system’s problems than just the fact that wait times are getting too long and the expense of maintaining the system is growing almost as fast – as if those problems weren’t enough! No, the real problem behind the service is that it’s starting to lose quality in favour of the private clinics! Many kiwis don’t realize it, but as a registered nurse working in the public health system, your wages come in one of 5 fixes steps – and that’s all you can ever get. No matter how skilled you are, or how much experience you rack up, you’ll never be able to pass that top tier of salary. How can that possibly compete with a private clinic willing to dangle the prospect of a 50% salary increase, especially when it’s the exact same registered nurse’s job description! Sometimes, nursing staff can make almost double their public sector wages by moving to a private clinic.

Of course, there are dedicated nurses and doctors still fighting the good fight for public healthcare because they believe it’s the right thing to do, and I don’t want to insult them. They are good people, but they can do good work and get paid better by working privately! It takes a supreme effort of will to deny that level of temptation, even among those medically and morally gifted.

We should follow something closer to the American model – but a hybrid version. We don’t want to deny care to those who are in need, but at the same time, universal health insurance could allow us to combine both worlds. It may be unpopular at first, but gradually private clinics will grow to understand that a larger market becomes healthier, and thus wealthier, allowing them to afford higher and higher qualities of service. It won’t happen overnight, and I’m not so deluded as to believe it will. But no matter what, it’s worth it – and think about how happier all the nurses will be!

An American anesthetist salary can’t possibly be compared to the 60-odd thousand NZD that our public sector nurses make – and once you start crunching the numbers, you’ll see that I’m right. As we mentioned earlier, though, healthcare is a hotbutton issue for kiwis, but many of them don’t have the facts.

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