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Morning Briefing June 1: Leaders diplomatic – but still divided on some issues | 1 NEWS



Scott Morrison defends New Zealand’s stance on China, Canterbury remains on high alert as it enters flood clean-up mode, and veteran MP Nick Smith leaves politics amid an investigation into a “verbal argument”.

Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison. Source: Getty

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her Australian counterpart Scott Morrison agreed on a number of issues after their bilateral talks in Queenstown yesterday that both heads of state and government should reaffirm the close ties between the two countries.

The duo spoke about multiple topics during their meeting, including climate change and reconnecting with the world after Covid, including the controversial subject of deportations.

There will be no change to Australia’s so-called ‘501’ deportation policy, while Ardern says the Australian-born Christchurch terrorist is likely to stay in New Zealand prison as well.

But Morrison defended New Zealand’s stance on China, saying it doesn’t hurt the relationship with Five Eyes.

His comments follow a 60-minute segment in Australia claiming New Zealand is selling its sovereignty in order to maintain trade deals with China.

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Canterbury in clean-up mode

Meanwhile, Ardern will turn to the savage weather in the south today as she visits flood-affected areas in Canterbury.

Civil Defense says the region can go into cleanup mode if a red weather warning was lifted last night.

However, the region is still in a state of emergency. As rivers face more flooding and the flood will not recede for several days, residents are warned to remain on high alert. There are still major road closures in Canterbury.

It was a hectic 48 hours for the locals as they dealt with the flood of rain.

Aerial footage has shown the destruction of roads in the Rakaia Gorge, while this video of a raging Orari River shows how much water flows through the region.

Some areas have seen floods contaminated with sewage and farmers who previously struggled with drought are now wading through flooded paddocks.

An Ashburton farmer who 1 NEWS spoke to yesterday said that more than 20 years of work on his farm “washed away” overnight.

But as Canterbury is grappling with flooding, a lack of rain in other areas is cause for concern.

The water level in the largest lake in the country – Lake Taupo – is dangerously low for this time of year.

The lake serves as a major source of drinking water in Waikato and Auckland and is more than 30 percent below what it should be.

Smith calls for time for politics

Veteran National MP Nick Smith has announced he will be leaving Parliament while an investigation has opened into what he calls a “verbal argument” with a staff member last year.

Smith’s decision took several national MPs by surprise as his 30 years in politics come to an end next week.

Harete Hipango is next on National’s list and is about to return to parliament. As Stuff reports, she will single-handedly increase her party’s Māori representation by 50 percent.

Victoria ‘neck and throat’ with Covid

Authorities in Victoria fear their recent Covid-19 outbreak is getting worse and that the current lockdown will have to be extended beyond Friday.

The state is now looking at what is believed to be two separate clusters as new cases emerge in two nursing homes of staff working between facilities.

Acting Prime Minister James Merlino says the situation is “incredibly serious” and the authorities are “head to head” with the virus.

The Age reports that Australia’s elderly care workers may now be forced to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to continue working in the sector.

Meanwhile, Qantas has released details of its vaccinated passenger incentives.

CEO Alan Joyce says those who have received a Covid vaccine are entitled to an airline discount and the opportunity to win one of “10 Mega Prizes” for unlimited travel for a year.

Air New Zealand says it has no plans to follow Qantas in offering incentives to vaccinated passengers.

Accusation of partiality in protest

The protest on the bike path that closed part of the Harbor Bridge in Auckland on Sunday has raised some questions about the lack of police operations.

Hundreds of cyclists made their way through a police chain to cross the bridge and with just one arrest, some guides from south Auckland claim the group has been shown leniency that has not been extended to others.

Auckland City Councilor Efeso Collins says that “poorer people in the south” are treated one way by the police, while “people who are rich and in lycra” take a completely different approach.

1 NEWS asked the police about the allegations of bias. They haven’t raised the issue but say they are continuing the investigation into the cycle protest on Sunday.

Load shift problem investigated

Fair Go has brought the car manufacturer Ford back into the spotlight with its powershift clutch system due to transmission problems.

After the show helped a couple get a refund for replacing their Mondeo’s gears in March, the show received dozens of other similar complaints.

It’s not the first time Ford has encountered complaints about powershift clutches. The company is paying millions of dollars in compensation to customers in the US and an ongoing lawsuit in Australia.

Fair Go reports that there could be a class action lawsuit against Ford in New Zealand soon, with a law firm in talks with a litigation financier.

More notable news this morning:

– China announced it will allow couples to have up to three children after census data showed a sharp drop in birth rates.

– Vietnam hopes to contain a new Covid outbreak by testing the entire population of Ho Chi Minh City.

– The OECD’s latest economic outlook picks New Zealand as one of the strongest performers – but says the country needs to speed up Covid vaccinations and reopen borders next year.

– A former James Hardie executive testified in the class action lawsuit against the international construction giant, saying he did not buy a house with the facade his company sold.

– A second professor at Victoria University of Wellington is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

– Tennis star Naomi Osaka has retired from the French Open after controversially refusing to speak to the media during the tournament.

– Stewart Mitchell has been named as the new chairman of NZ Rugby, while former Black Ferns captain Farah Palmer has been named deputy.

– And a study has found that the only mountain parrot in the world – the kea – has adapted over time to avoid humans. Who could blame them, right?

Sir Graham Henry and Jeremy Wells meet to discuss the male pattern. Source: Seven Sharp

Men’s Health Week is just around the corner and with it comes the Men’s Pattern, a three-day event in Te Anau aimed at building better guys.

Former All Blacks trainer Sir Graham Henry has been linked with bloody health benefits to the adventure vacation and he’s so passionate about the idea that he’s even agreed to date with Seven Sharp’s Jeremy Wells to promote it.

Here you can watch the day of pampering – and memories of the World Cup final.

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Greg Murphy urging Kiwi men to get regular health checks



Long-time Men’s Health Week ambassador Greg Murphy is calling on New Zealand men to get involved in the run-up to this year’s campaign from May 14-20. The Kiwi motorsport icon is also in the spotlight this week after announcing he is retiring to compete in this year’s Bathurst 1000.

Greg Murphy
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He said there needs to be a change in the culture of how men look after their health, including the time for regular medical exams.

Men are often bad patients, Murphy said.

“Women take care of themselves much better.

“We have the thing that we’re too steadfast to see a doctor or it’s not what we do, it’s not hard enough or whatever.”

Every year 365 New Zealanders die of melanoma, 60 percent of them are men.

“There are so many scenarios or cases where death is avoidable because of the types of melanoma and also because of the prostate.”

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in New Zealand, with more than 650 deaths per year as of 2018, according to the Department of Health.

“A lot of these things can be diagnosed, and so many things can be done today to prevent part of this loss that is simply unnecessary,” Murphy said.

“Men should develop a relationship with their doctor and get these tests done.”

Too often, men wait years between regular doctor visits, and the Men’s Health Week website offers tips on keeping a regular schedule.

During his motorsport career, Murphy said he had to undergo annual medical exams, which helped realize the importance of a health routine.

Greg Murphy

Greg Murphy
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“We have to get into this routine and find the time to make sure we’re doing really simple things, and just get past some of the way we think, this culture that may kill us.

“Every year you write down your calendar and just do it, no matter what you feel, because there are a lot of hidden killers out there that fester and you may feel good, but by the time it actually shows up, it’s too late.

“Men are 20 percent more likely to die of heart disease or diabetes than women,” Murphy said. “We have to take that into account and see what we’re doing wrong.

“If it can be prevented, why not?”

Murphy likened regular health checks to maintaining your car’s fitness guarantee.

“We’re very happy to have our cars serviced or checked and pay for them and do the right thing, but when it comes to going to your doctor what is the stigma behind that that keeps us from doing it?”

Murphy also recommended the What’s Your Score health survey tool on the Health Week website as a great way for men to check where they are.

“The reason I wanted to become a Men’s Health Ambassador is to push this forward and make sure we all change our attitudes because some of the reasons are really a bit pathetic these days.”

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‘We’ve all had too much time in our heads over the last while’



PJ Gallagher is supporting Men’s Health Week starting June 14th by calling on men across Ireland to make their health a priority in life.

“Traditionally, we’ve been pretty bad at taking care of our own health. About 41% of men get health problems and do nothing about them, or like me, they will save their problems to eventually go to their GP with all of them. We don’t seem to take our problems seriously, ”he says. “I think if you tell a man to take care of his health, he’ll go to the gym or drink less, but you have to act when you are not feeling well.”

The comedian and actor has teamed up with Lloyds Pharmacy to promote the free men’s health check, available at all Llyods locations.

“Mood problems, skin diseases, erectile dysfunction – whatever it is, just go in. It won’t cost you anything. Whatever the problem, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Those ten seconds of what you think are embarrassing are worth it for peace of mind, ”says the 46-year-old.

“Especially when it comes to mental health. We’ve all had too much time on our heads lately. A lot of people don’t know where to go, but there are trained people in pharmacies who can point you in the right direction and that’s good to know. “

What shape are you in

I was fine in training, but for the past six months I’ve dropped it. I think the pandemic has finally started winning. But I’m still reasonably fit. I cycle a lot and have booked a gym now that they have reopened.

What are your healthiest eating habits?

I am very familiar with routine. I’m the type of person who can eat the same thing for days and not get bored, a bit like a dog. I now also cook everything I never did in my life before March last year, and I love it.

What are your most guilty joys?

If I ever splurge, it would be at breakfast. I have no problem having two sausage rolls and a chocolate bar from Dairy Milk for breakfast on Sundays.

What would keep you up at night?

I am worried about everything. Everything can be perfectly fine and I will still go to bed wondering when it will fall apart. Anything from the bohemians losing a cup game to the pandemic would keep me awake.

How do you relax?

Motorcycling. It is as close as possible to meditation.

Who are your athletic heroes?

Eric Cantona and Valentino Rossi. I love these great attitudes that they have. They are the type of people who have the ability to go to any place as if it is theirs.

What is your favorite smell?

The Manhattan popcorn factory in Finglas.

When was the last time you cried?

When my mom got her vaccine. It was a very emotional day because she is 83 and has not been able to see her grandchildren for so long. Everyone in the family broke down when she finally got it. Before that, Dublin won the All Ireland for the last time.

What qualities do you dislike least in others?

I hate people who don’t tell you things directly. Just tell me what you think i’m fine

What are your least favorite traits in yourself?

I would like a little more confidence. I also always worry about letting people down and that tarnishes too many things.

Do you pray?

I don’t know who I’m praying to or what I’m praying for, but I do it every day.

What would brighten up your day?

I can’t wait to get myself a sneaky pint. It’s so easy to just sit at a bar and have a pint on your own. I always feel like I’m cheating on the world when I do.

Which quote inspires you the most and why?

“Critics don’t count.” It was one thing that kept going on my mind when I got up.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

Dalymount Park. The excitement rises for the next Friday night with those lights, the people singing and the team watching the team go onto the field. I get emotional when I think about it.

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New Study Claims It’s Not Healthy to Be ‘Fit but Fat’



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A new study found that people best defined as “fit but fat” are at increased risk of obese health problems.

Fit but fat is a slang term for metabolically healthy obesity (MHO). People categorized as MHO have a body mass index of 30 or higher, but no systemic inflammation, problematic blood lipids, or insulin problems that are common with obesity.

A study by researchers at the University of Glasgow found that compared to metabolically healthy people who are not medically obese, people with MHO are 4.3 times more likely to have type 2 diabetes, 18% more likely to have heart attacks or strokes and, incredibly, their risk of heart failure is increased by 76%.

“People with metabolically healthy obesity were at a significantly higher risk of diabetes, heart attack and stroke, heart failure, respiratory disease and all-cause mortality compared to non-obese people with a healthy metabolic profile,” said Dr. Frederick Ho. Research Associate in Public Health at the University of Glasgow.

For the study, the researchers monitored 381,363 people who fell into one of four categories: metabolically healthy overweight (MHO), metabolically unhealthy overweight (MUO), metabolically healthy non-obesity (MHN), or metabolically unhealthy non-obesity (MUN).

It found that MHO individuals were generally younger, watched less television, exercised more, had a higher level of education, a lower deprivation index, higher consumption of red and processed meat, and were less male and not white than participants who were metabolically unhealthy obese.

Even so, if they are metabolically unhealthy, they are at greater risk of suffering from various obesity problems.

“In general, cardiovascular and respiratory outcomes rates were highest in MUO, followed by MUN and MHO, with the exception of heart failure and fatal heart failure and respiratory disease. For these results, people with MHO had higher rates than those with MUN, “said Ho.

In addition, the researchers also found that of a subset of participants for whom they had metabolism and obesity follow-up data, a third of those with metabolically healthy obesity became metabolically unhealthy within 3 to 5 years at the start of the study .

“People with metabolically healthy obesity are not ‘healthy’ because they are at higher risk of heart attack and stroke, heart failure and respiratory disease than people without obesity with a normal metabolic profile,” said Ho.

“Weight management could be beneficial for anyone with obesity, regardless of their metabolic profile. The term “metabolically healthy obesity” should be avoided in clinical medicine as it is misleading and different strategies for defining risk should be explored, “he added.

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Daniel Davies is a writer for Men’s Health UK and has been reporting for various publications on sports science, fitness and culture for the past five years.

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