ijab as she stood in the center of a room, surrounded by families desperate to hear words of reassurance. They were tired, worried and m
any were grieving loved ones presumed killed in the hail of bullets fired by a man who singled them out for their beliefs.
Even before she said a word, Ardern’s simple decision to cover
her hair served to show families she respected them and wanted to ease their pain.
”People were quite surprised. I saw people’s faces when she was wearing the hijab — th
ere were smiles on their faces,” said Ahmed Khan, a survivor of the attack who lost his uncle at the Al Noor mosque.
Ali Akil, a member of Syrian Solidarity New Zealand who came to Christc
hurch to support the community, said wearing the hjiab was “a symbolic thing.”
”It’s saying I respect you, what you believe, and I’m here to help,” he said. “I’m very impressed.”
Outpatient drugs for chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, will be reimbursa
ble by 50 percent through China’s basic medical insurance program this year, Premier Li Keqiang said at a news conference on Friday.
The measure will relieve financial burdens on patients with the two diseases, which number 400 million in China, he said.
The government will also take steps this year to further relieve medical expenditure by
patients with serious diseases through adjusting medical insurance policies, Li said.
The government has been making efforts to improve people’s access to quality medical services and reduce their medical expenditure, Li said.
Last year the prices of 17 anti-cancer drugs were cut by more than 50 percent on av
erage, and were included in the basic medical insurance program so they were reimbursable, he said.
China’s basic medical insurance program has covered almost the entire population in China, he said.
”comment on Brexit,” but characteristically unable to constrain himself, could barely leave the topic alone.
At the start of his meeting, Trump welcomed Varadkar, and pointin
g out that his visitor was in a difficult position over Britain’s tortured attempts to com
plete its withdrawal from the European Union, which could harm Ireland’s peace and prosperity.
Trump also, as he often does, used his position to slyly shout out one of his businesses, in this case, a golf course in Ireland.
”I have a very warm spot for Doonbeg, I will tell you that and it just a great place really.”
While praising Ireland, Trump promptly switched to a characteristic boast about his own success, his mana
gement of the economy and how he held “all of the records … every single record for the stock market.”
Trump’s obsession with Obama — a defining characteristic — app
eared like a nervous tick twice in his photo-op, twinned with a willingness to spout untruths.