The Daily Populous

Thursday May 19th, 2022 day edition

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Young New Zealanders are leaving in droves as borders reopen and economic conditions tighten at home.

The latest data from Stats NZ found that in the year to March, annual net migration was negative, with 7,300 more people leaving than entering.

That loss marks a dramatic shift from early in the pandemic when border closures and the relative safety of Covid-free New Zealand prevented many from leaving.

In the year to March 2020 there was a record net gain of 91,700.

Now, many New Zealanders – particularly young professionals and graduates – are heading off overseas once more.

Stats NZ, the government’s data and statistics agency, said the losses were driven by young adults, with a particular increase in New Zealand citizens aged 18 to 27 leaving.

With unemployment already at a low of 3.2%, economists say the loss of more of the workforce via migration could create ongoing labour shortages. »

Madison Cawthorn foes who targeted him with a damaging nude video say Lauren Boebert is next on their hit list

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The group that posted a viral nude video of Rep. Madison Cawthorn is targeting Rep. Lauren Boebert next.

The group that posted a viral sexually explicit video of a nude Rep. Madison Cawthorn with another man in bed is now focusing on Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert for its next takedown, Insider has learned.

Cawthorn responded to the nude video released by the PAC, saying "I was being crass with a friend, trying to be funny. »

NATO now has 40,000 soldiers on Europe's border with Russia

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According to data from NATO, there were 4,650 troops under direct NATO command in February 2021 or a year before Russia launched its attack against Ukraine.

These troops were stationed in four multinational battlegroups located respectively in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

NATO and its 30 members reacted to the build-up of Russian troops by bolstering their eastern positions with more troops and capabilities. »

Colorado Supreme Court rules in favor of woman who expected to pay $1,337 for surgery but was charged $303,709

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A woman who expected to pay $1,337 for surgery at a Westminster hospital nearly a decade ago but was billed $303,709 may finally be off the hook for the massive bill after the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in her favor Monday.

But the hospital’s estimate was based on French’s insurance provider being “in-network” with the hospital, which it was not.

Monday’s decision overturns the Colorado Court of Appeals, which had found in favor of the hospital. »