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Cannabis & COVID-19 w/ Ben Birks: April 2, 2020

Cannabis & COVID-19 w/ Ben Birks: April 2, 2020 Cannabis & COVID-19 w/ Ben Birks: April 2, 2020, 7.23 MB
Thu 2 Apr 2020

Mary-Margaret wanted to find out what cannabis safety during rāhui looks like. Despite cannabis use being common across Aotearoa, clarity around safe use is often lacking. She speaks to Ben Birks of the Drug Foundation, about usage amid a pandemic.

State of the United States: April 2nd, 2020

State of the United States: April 2nd, 2020 State of the United States: April 2nd, 2020, 6.13 MB
Thu 2 Apr 2020

How can we make sense of America above the noise? Rachel Simpson reports on how the US is tackling Covid-19.  

With accounts from LA and New York, we look at increased security presence to handle possible civil unrest, strike action and sick-outs amongst essential workers, how the privatised medical system is handling the pandemic, and whether democracy will be available since the future of the presidential election is unclear due to lockdown. 

Should We Be Withdrawing From Kiwisaver? w/ Jane Wrightson: April 2nd, 2020

Should We Be Withdrawing From Kiwisaver? w/ Jane Wrightson: April 2nd, 2020 Should We Be Withdrawing From Kiwisaver? w/ Jane Wrightson: April 2nd, 2020, 8.86 MB
Thu 2 Apr 2020

Isabella Holdsworth speaks to Jane Wrightson about whether we should be withdrawing from Kiwisaver at this time.

The Wednesday Wire: April 1, 2020

The Wednesday Wire: April 1, 2020 The Wednesday Wire: April 1, 2020, 103.88 MB
Wed 1 Apr 2020

On Dear Science with Marcus Jones we hear about the origins of Covid19 and an ozone hole opeining up over the Arctic.

Felix looks at how Covid-19 could impact our upcoming election.

Lillian looks into the current situation on the Greek and Turkish border that puts a large number of refugees at risk, particularly with the possible spread of Covid19

And Lillian hasa piece on the NZ Symphony Orchestra live streaming their performances.

Stuck between the Greek and Turkish border during Covid19

Stuck between the Greek and Turkish border during Covid19 Stuck between the Greek and Turkish border during Covid19, 37.37 MB
Wed 1 Apr 2020

In 2016 there was a deal made between Turkey and Europe in an attempt to stem the flow of refugees into Europe. It would work by returning one Syrian refugee from the Greek islands to Turkey and in exchange, a Syrian asylum seeker in Turkey would be found a home in Europe. Early this year, after intense bombings in the Idlib province of Syria, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan encouraged a thousands of Refugees to move through Greece to Europe. He said he would ‘open the Greek and Turkish border’ which, under that 2016 EU-Turkey statement, he had been tasked to protect from irregular crossings. The resulting influx of asylum-seekers, migrants and refugees into Greece was met with violence at the borders, with Greek police using tear-gas, water cannons, and stun grenades. In response, and in an attempt to further halt that movement, Europe agreed to pay Turkey 6 billion Euros. Just over half of this has been paid out. By the beginning of March, renewed violence at the border was rife amid speculation the previous deal between the EU and Turkey had fallen through. LSE reports there were videos of Greek border guards shooting at a dinghy containing people seeking refuge in Greece – along with the 450 people trapped in a naval vessel in Lesbos forbidden to lodge asylum claims.Turkey also deployed 1000 police officers to its border to prevent Greece pushing migrants and refugees back. Thousands of people were stuck between the Turkish and Greek borders.

As this was happening, Covid19 was spreading through Europe. I wanted to understand how the spread of Covid19 was going to impact those currently stuck between each border and what measures were being taken to protect those people. My friend Milad is from Germany, a child of refugees. He knows many languages and went to volunteer on the Greek island of Samos last year to support those who needed support in both the Farsi and Dari languages. I asked Milad if he could put me in touch with anyone who was there currently to speak to this situation. He pointed me in the direction of a facebook group set up to coordinate volunteers heading to Greece. There I found a few people who wanted to speak to me, we will hear from them soon, and perhaps in the coming days as well as the situation develops. Natalie Gruber is from Austria, since 2015 she has been involved in the refugee crisis as a volunteer on different borders throughout Europe. She works as a volunteer for the organisation Josoor, which means Bridge in Arabic. It’s an association founded in 2015 by Syrian refugee Qutaiba Zarzour and Natalie with the goal of developing an online platform to connect everyone involved in the European refugee crisis.

So - Two weeks ago, Natalie travelled to Turkey with other volunteers given the huge number of refugees stuck between the border of Turkey and Greece forced there by authorities on either side. Natalie arrived in Erdina, a city close to the border with Greece, and it was too difficult to get into the camp. Natlie said police were discouraging people to help there. The group of volunteers split, some staying there and forming connections and others heading home to work from there. She’s working on a crowdfunding campaign where the money goes directly to purchasing supplies that can be distributed such as food medicine sanitary products blankets and plastic sheets for tents because real tents are not allowed. I spoke to Natalie while she was in Austria. I started by asking her what the situation is at the border. 

 

Update: Lillian spoke to Natalie on the 27th March. The situation has changed a lot since then:

"Everyone has now been removed from the border and brought to detention camps in nine different places. The camps are all over Turkey, not Istanbul as promised - some even on the Syrian border. Police showed our Facebook profiles to the people on the busses, asking if they were in touch with us. Most people had their phones taken away right then and there, and those who managed to hide them have since been running out of battery so we have almost no contact anymore. The officials said that the people would be returned to the border after 2 weeks of quarantine, but we don't really believe that".

 

 

Videos mentioned in the piece:

Pazarkule

Omar

If you wish to donate to support Josoor, find their campaign here.

The Tuesday Wire: March 31, 2020

The Tuesday Wire: March 31, 2020 The Tuesday Wire: March 31, 2020, 98.69 MB
Tue 31 Mar 2020

On The Wire today we touch on the launch of the Epidemic Response Select Committee on video conference.

Hanna looks into the capacity of our hospitals to respond to a widespread outbreak of Covid19.

On Greendesk, Bronnie speaks to Greenpeace about a Covid19 Green Response proposal.

Justin talks to Dr Kenneth Kwong, who is a chemistry tutor in Hong Kong, on how to make face masks and hand sanitizers at home.

And finally, Sherry speaks with James Fuller from HNRY about the governments wage subsidy scheme and what your tax looks like right now.

Will our Hospitals Cope with a Severe Covid19 Outbreak?: March 31, 2020

Will our Hospitals Cope with a Severe Covid19 Outbreak?: March 31, 2020.mp3 mp3, 11.93 MB
Tue 31 Mar 2020

The cross party Epidemic Response Committee had its first meeting this morning. Lillian speaks about its function as a democratic mechanism to hold the government accountable, and concerns raised during the meeting, like the government's lack of urgency in procuring relevant technologies, and the public hospital capacity.

 

Next, Hanna gives us an update on the country’s healthcare capacity, looking at ICU beds and ventilators available, the advantages of going into lockdown early, and measures that will have to be taken if our hospitals reach capacity.

Justin's International Desk: 31st March 2020

Justin's International Desk: 31st March 2020 Justin's International Desk: 31st March 2020, 17.36 MB
Tue 31 Mar 2020

Justin spoke to Dr. Kenneth Kwong, a Hong Kong chemistry tutor, who is teaching people how to make their own reusable face mask and hand sanitizar on social media.

HK Mask website: https://diymask.site/?fbclid=IwAR2bw8_0eguEFQAPWcS8gLyCdaLvgRH29sYRsZzDnJ-bd8miWDLeIqaLjQU

Covid-19 Wage Subsidies with James Fuller: March 31, 2020

Covid-19 Wage Subsidies with James Fuller: March 31, 2020 Covid-19 Wage Subsidies with James Fuller: March 31, 2020, 9.37 MB
Tue 31 Mar 2020


Sherry Zhang talks to James Fuller, CEO and Co-founder of HNRY (Henry), a tax agency specialising om supporting self-employers on how the wage subsidy for COVID-19 works, other external costs such as rent, and how tax, acc and kiwisaver payments are working during this time. 
 

The Big Q: Getting the message across: What is public diplomacy? March 30, 2020

The Big Q: Getting the message across: What is public diplomacy? March 30, 2020 The Big Q: Getting the message across: What is public diplomacy? March 30, 2020, 31.7 MB
Mon 30 Mar 2020

What is public diplomacy and how effective can it be? While it has a long history, the study of public diplomacy is only becoming more salient in an age of globalisation and increasing digital communication posing both new challenges and opportunities for governments. Doug Becker speaks with Daniel Aguirre Azócar and Nicholas Cull about public diplomacy, its foundations, and effectiveness.


The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org