St John latest earthquake update
St John latest earthquake
St John has seven people stationed at
each of the welfare centres at Burnside High, Pioneer
Stadium, Cowles Stadium and Rangiora
We know from the
September earthquake experience that our focus there will be
first aid, medication management and support, stress and
anxiety issues, and mental health issues.
continue to respond to calls, support the Urban Search &
Rescue teams and transporting patients from Christchurch
St John workload is steady. The calls we
responded to in the first 24 hours following the earthquake
were up over 150% on a daily average for the previous year.
In the 24 hours to 8am this morning they were down to 44%
on a daily average for the previous year.
still responding to increases in heart problems, chest
pains, breathing problems and traumatic injuries (brain
injuries, chest and limb injuries, and crush injuries)
are also receiving calls for reassurance from people who are
St John are currently forecasting activity for
the next eight days and the resources and logistics to
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>