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          CHER Here We Go Again! – New Zealand 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
CHER , the worldwide superstar and icon, will make her highly-anticipated return to Auckland this year.
          New Zealand's biggest mass strike in decades: Teachers, nurses and civil servants to walk out after "years of neglect"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A wave of strike action is surging in New Zealand, as disgruntled teachers, nurses, and government staffers prepare to walk off the job in a row over better pay. The workers reject proposals put to them by the NZ government. The first Labour Government in ten years is pointing the finger back at the Opposition, saying that "years of neglect" cannot be addressed in one go. A range of government-paid sectors have rejected this sentiment. Teachers will walk off the job next month, nurses will strike this week and civil servants walked off the job last month, all over claims that they are not paid enough. The median New Zealand wage is $48,800 NZD. Teachers, nurses and civil servants are earning less than that amount or close to it, if they have more experience and education. While the government proposed some increases over the months of negotiations, those are believed to be insufficiently index-linked.
          7/11/2018: NEWS: Docs prescribe chewy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
CHEWING gum has become the latest Melbourne breakthrough being rolled out to patients in hospitals near and far. From this week, patients across Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong are being given a stick of gum after waking from operations under a...
          7/11/2018: NEWS: Diplomat dodges bill      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A EUROPEAN Union staffer has dodged a bill worth thousands of dollars to a landlord by invoking diplomatic immunity in New Zealand. A tribunal in March ordered the EU delegation’s deputy head of mission in New Zealand, Eva Tvarozkova, to pay $A18,330...
          Episode # 174: Evangelist Ray Comfort, and Author & Philanthropist Kim Boerman      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Hi all! On this episode of Divine Intervention, we welcome evangelist Ray Comfort, and author and philanthropist, Kim Boerman. Ray Comfort is the Founder/President/CEO of Living Waters Publications. After relocating from New Zealand to Southern California in the late 1980s, Ray introduced a long line of pastors and churches to a biblical teaching which he called Hell's Best Kept Secret. The positive and enthusiastic response that followed took Ray’s Living Waters Publications ministry to a whole new level. From humble beginnings, LWP has become an internationally recognized ministry, reaching the lost and equipping Christians with every necessary resource to fulfill...
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          Obie Trice Celebrates 15 Years Since Debut Album ‘Cheers’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Multi-platinum Detroit rapper Obie Trice is heading back down to Australian and New Zealand this week for the 15th year anniversary of his debut album Cheers on Shady Records with Swift McVay of D12. With seven shows in Australian and a further three in New Zealand over a fortnight, it will be Obie’s first time […]

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          Houses more affordable in Central Otago Lakes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Massey University’s latest Home Affordability Report shows a decline in national affordability, but New Zealand’s least affordable region is bucking that trend.
          Offer - Online English Teaching Position, Up to 25/Hour - CHINA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
To Apply visit this link: http://cips.io/job--c70f4cWhat we offer: Up to 160 RMB($25)/Hour Contract: 6 or 12 month Working hrs/week Min: 4, Max: 20 Teaching time: (Mon-Fri) 18:00-21:00 (Sat &am p; Sun) 10:00-12:06,14:00- 16:06,18:04-21:14.(GMT+8) Incentives/Bonuses Paid contracted non-teaching hours Many more time slots open up during winter and summer breaks as well as other times throughout the school ye ar. Job Requirement: I'd Speaks English at an idiomatic level (accent free) I'd Have teaching experience for kids (not necessary); I'd TESOL/TEFL certification, or willingness to obtain certificatio n; I'd Willingness to commit to a regular weekly working schedule. And shou ld be committing to teach at least 4 hours in the following timetable Required documents: I'd CV (Name/Gender/Nationa lity) with a front photo (ID photo preferred) I'd Copies of certifications I'd Copy of Passport or other ID. I'd Your contact details, such as Phone number, email and other instant contact information as Wechat & Skype. Online English tutor/ Online ESL tutor Country: home-based Job Type: Part-time Accepted Nationalities: the U. S., Canada, the U. K., Australia, I reland, New Zealand, South Africa Become friends with students: The difference between other online English teaching company and Da Da ABC is that at Da Da ABC, teachers can have their regular students, and they dont have to teach different students in each class. Therefore, our teachers and their students can bond and build strong friendships. We also want to build s trong relationships with our teachers. Therefore, we try our best to assist and provide them with the necessa ry training before they start working in order that they can perform at their best in class. Each teacher has the opportunity to come to China and join our students-teacher meetings. It is also possible for them to stay in Shanghai and become our full- time staff. And if they would like, they can go back home and join our training and be part of the recruitment team. For more details, please send your CV to amanda@findworkabroad.com We look forward to hearing from you soonSalary: 2000 CNY to 12500 CNY MonthlyContract type: Part time Work visa provided: No Work Location: ChengduRequirements:- Teaching experience- Passport holdersApply online via this link:http://cips.io/job--c70f4c
          Theatre Of Note Presents MARIAN, OR THE TRUE TALE OF ROBIN HOOD      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Theatre of NOTE continues its 2018 season with the West Coast premiere of MARIAN, OR THE TRUE TALE OF ROBIN HOOD, written by Adam Szymkowicz and directed by Christopher Johnson.

MARIAN, OR THE TRUE TALE OF ROBIN HOODis a gender-bending, patriarchy-smashing, hilarious new take on the classic Robin Hood myth. In Szymkowicz's retelling of the tale, Robin Hood is (and has always been) Maid Marian in disguise, and leads a motley group of Merry Men (a few of whom are actually men) against the greedy Prince John. As the poor get poorer and the rich get richer, who will stand for the vulnerable if not Robin? What is the cost of revealing your true self in a time of trouble? Modern concerns and romantic entanglements clash on the battlefield and on the ramparts of Nottingham Castle. A play about selfishness and selflessness and love deferred and the fight. Always the fight. The fight must go on.

MARIAN, OR THE TRUE TALE OF ROBIN HOOD will preview Friday and Saturday, August 17 and 18 at 8pm, and will open on Thursday, August 23 at 8pm and run through Saturday, September 22 at Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N Cahuenga Blvd (just north of Sunset) in Hollywood.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

Adam Szymkowicz (Playwright) His plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Turkey, South Korea, Slovenia and Lithuania. His work has been presented or developed at such places as Portland Center Stage, MCC Theater, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, LCT3, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Lark, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Primary Stages and The New Group, among other. Published plays include Deflowering Waldo, Pretty Theft, Food For Fish, Hearts Like Fists, Incendiary, Clown Bar, The Why Overhead, Adventures of Super Margaret, 7 Ways To Say I Love You, Rare Birds, Marian, Or the True Tale of Robin Hood, and Nerve. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing, Original Works Publishing, and featured in New York Theatre Review, the Dionysian, NYTE's Cino Nights, Geek Theater, and numerous Smith and Kraus books. He was the premier Resident Playwright at The Chance Theater in Anaheim, CA and the first playwright to participate in Bloomington Playwrights Projects' Square One Series. He has been to The Orchard Project and to JAW at Portland Center Stage, served twice as Playwright in Residence at the William Inge Center, and took part in The Dramatists Guild Fund's Traveling Masters program. Szymkowicz received a grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and has been commissioned by South Coast Rep, Rising Phoenix Rep, Texas State University, The NOLA Project, Single Carrot Theater, and Flux Theater Ensemble. Adam received a Playwright's Diploma from The Juilliard School's Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program and an MFA from Columbia University where he was the Dean's Fellow. Szymkowicz is a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner, a member of the Dramatists Guild, Writers Guild of America, and was a member of Primary Stages' Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, the MCC Playwrights' Coalition and of the first Ars Nova Play Group. He has interviewed 1000 playwrights on his blog. Szymkowicz is the Literary Manager at The Juilliard School, supporting the playwriting program there.

Christopher Johnson (Director) is a co-founder of The School of Night for whom he has directed Hercules Insane, Punch and Judy, The Final Girl and The Faggot King or The Troublesome Reign and Lamentable Death of Edward II. Other Los Angeles directing credits include Entropy (Theatre of NOTE), The Pity of Things - Desert Aria (also Theatre of NOTE) and Henry VI, Part I (The Production Company). Before LA, Christopher was the founding artistic director of Chicago's historic Defiant Theatre, for whom he served as producer on dozens of projects including the U.S. premieres of Sarah Kane's Cleansed and Phaedra's Love and multiple iterations of the cult classic Action Movie: The Play. Defiant directing credits include Macbeth, Titus Andronicus, Hamlet, A Clockwork Orange and Dope. Chris also penned and directed Defiant's world-premiere adaptations of Stephen King's Apt Pupil and Thomas Harris's Red Dragon (Joseph Jefferson Citation for Best New Adaptation). Other Chicago directing credits include Balacarita: The Adventures of Young Krishna (Silk Road Theatre Project), Cave Dwellers (North Avenue Productions) and Dulcitius (The School of Night, pre-LA). Christopher has appeared as an actor at The Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Redmoon Theater, The Building Stage, A Crew of Patches and Defiant Theatre.

ABOUT THE CAST AND DESIGN TEAM

The cast of MARIAN, OR THE TRUE TALE OF ROBIN HOOD features:Kirsten Vangsness, Dan Wingard, Sierra Marcks, Joel Scher, Stephen Simon, Cat Chengery, Alysha Brady, Liesel Hanson, Kelby McClellan, Brad C. Light, Kristian Bikic, Alexis DeLaRosa, Michelle McGregor and Sarah Lilly.

MARIAN, OR THE TRUE TALE OF ROBIN HOOD features Fight Choreographer Jen Albert, Set Designer Bill Voorhees, Lighting Designer Matt Richter and Costume Designer Linda Muggeridge. The production is Stage Managed by Kelly Egan.

SCHEDULE AND PRICING

MARIAN, OR THE TRUE TALE OF ROBIN will preview on Friday and Saturday, August 17 and 18 at 8pm and will open onThursday, August 23 at 8pm andruns through Saturday, September 22 at Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N Cahuenga Blvd (just north of Sunset) in Hollywood.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 7pm.

Ticket prices are $25; students and seniors $20. For tickets and details, please call 323-856-8611, or visit www.theatreofnote.com to purchase tickets online and to view the complete schedule.

Special Q&A event with Kirsten Vangsness, Christopher Johnson, Kelby McClellan and vocal director Jake Anthony will be held on Sunday August 26th to discuss gender fluidity in the theater. For tickets and details for this special event please call 323-856-8611 or visit www.theatreofnote.com.


          Groom Style – Ben      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Groom Style – Ben

Jordy & Ben’s Black Tie New Zealand Winter Wedding

Jordy gushes as she reminisces about their Wedding day and her dapper Groom. The idea for a winter Wedding came from the day Ben proposed,  in the middle of winter atop a mountain! How picturesque. 

“He was in a classic black tux purchased from Rembrandt. We all know everyone looks amazing in a tux! They had great options for purchasing a suit for Ben and hiring the same suit for his groomsmen which worked well.

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          Southern and Molyneux: hard questions and no easy answers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Up until about a week ago, I and most of New Zealand hadn’t the faintest clue who Lauren Southern or Stefan Molyneux were. Having better things to do than mine the seamier veins of the internet, I still haven’t really engaged in any depth with this pair of Canadian alt-right provocateurs’ “message” (such as they have one beyond “let’s make a buck from owning the libs”).  

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          Cher announces second New Zealand show for Here We Go Again tour      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Fans who missed out on getting tickets to see music icon Cher won't need to Turn Back Time to catch a glimpse of the music diva.
          Comment on One RPO Doesn’t Fit All by new Zealand casino reviews      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          England v New Zealand: Hosts win by 123 runs to wrap up ODI series victory      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
England women wrap up a series win over New Zealand with a game to spare as they power to a 123-run victory in the second one-day international.
          New Zealand to Buy 4 Boeing Military Planes From the US      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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New Zealand is buying four Boeing maritime patrol planes from the U.S. to replace aging aircraft, Defense Minister Ron Mark said Monday.
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          BiLT ANZ, the biggest ever!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
My journey to BiLT ANZ 2018 began with an unexpected email from AUGI: Would you consider doing some blogging for AUGI? Yes! I have attended a couple of the predecessor Revit Technology Conferences (RTC), in New Zealand, but this is...
          Offer - Non native English teacher accepted in training center in Huangpu District , Guangzhou,Up to 15000RMB ,start immediately - CHINA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
To Apply visit this link: http://link.cips.io/c43fe7We are currently hiring English teachers to work at our training center in Guangzhou, start immediately. If you are highly skilled teacher who want to work in Guangzhou, we welcome you to be part of our school. Job descriptions: * Teach English in training center * The students age are from 3-6 years old. * Class size: 10-12 kids per class. Benefit: * The base salary is 12000 RMB -15000 RMB per month * Accommodation will not be provided * Work visa will not provided *5000 RMB Air allowance is provided after completed one year contract Teaching Schedule: Work from Tuseday to Sunday, 5: 30pm-6: 30pm; 7: 00pm-8: 00pm Qualification: * Native or European Non native speakers * Work visa preferred * BA degree or high education preferred We welcome experienced teachers who can develop fun and educational actives. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions is filled. Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume/CV, recent photo to: apply2@findworkabroad.com Salary: 12000 CNY(RMB) to 15000 CNY(RMB) MonthlyHousing: Accommodation will not be providedContract type: Full timeWork visa provided: Yes Teaching Students age: Training center (Children)Work Location: Huangpu, GuangzhouWorking hours: Work from Tuseday to Sunday, 5: 30pm-6: 30pm; 7: 00pm-8: 00pmPositions available: 1Requirements:- Teaching experience- Accepted age range: 18 to 50- Degree in any field- British, American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Irish, South African, South American, European or Russian Passport holdersApply online via this link:http://link.cips.io/c43fe7 Alternatively, send your CV, passport copy, certificates copy and photo to: Email: apply@findworkabroad.com Or for more details call: (China) +86(0)20-37303381 Or (UK) +44 1202 935052, Skype: findworkabroad3
          Engaging with people on the problem of evil      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

It is not often that St Augustine and his wisdom are subjects of everyday conversation, but his thinking might be given more of an airing after US Christian apologist Mary Jo Sharp visited New Zealand. Mrs Sharp, a Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, spoke in Christchurch, Auckland and Tauranga recently, courtesy of Thinking

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          CHER Here We Go Again! – New Zealand 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Press Release – Live Nation CHER Here We Go Again! – New Zealand 2018 FINAL Auckland show just announced Don’t miss the legendary American Icon’s first New Zealand tour in 13 years! AUCKLAND, NZ (July 11, 2018) EMBARGOED UNTIL 8AM: – CHER, the worldwide superstar and icon, will make her highly-anticipated return to Auckland this […]
          Goff’s scrub and gorse – stuff and nonsense      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Press Release – Titirangi Protection Group Auckland, New Zealand, 11 July 2018 Goff’s scrub and gorse – stuff and nonsense say treatment plant protesters Two new reports have revealed exactly what Aucklanders will lose if Watercare is allowed to plonk a new treatment plant in Titirangi.The vast majority of the four hectare site has been […]
          Major infrastructure funding for Tauranga City Council      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Press Release – New Zealand Government Hon Phil Twyford Minister of Housing and Urban Development MEDIA STATEMENT 11 July 2018 Tauranga Projects location plan Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford today announced $158 million of 10-year interest-free loans to Tauranga City Council to support major infrastructure projects. The loans from the $1 billion […]
          Disney Junior To Air Guru Studio's Original Preschool Series PIKWIK      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Disney Junior US, Australia/New Zealand, Korea and India will air the new animated preschool comedy Pikwik, from Toronto-based children's entertainment powerhouse, Guru, the studio behind such blockbuster series as PAW Patrol, Academy Award Nominated feature film The Breadwinner, and two-time Emmy-nominated Netflix Original preschool hits Justin Time and True and the Rainbow Kingdom.

In the town of Pikwik, every day is a new surprise as thoughtful Suki the Hedgehog leads her team, Trevor the Racoon, Hazel the cat, and Tibor the hippo to help deliver surprise-filled parcels to the colorful residents of Pikwik. The 11 minute stories are packed with silly hijinx, big adventure, and heartfelt charm that will entertain preschoolers while underscoring the value of team work, responsibility, and critical thinking.

The series was created by Executive Creative Director Frank Falcone, Development Executive Rachel Reade Marcus and former EVP Mary Bredin. Falcone said: "We love the world of Pikwik. This adorable cast of characters has already inspired our team of artists to tap that innocent joy that we love to bring to our animated stories. We're thrilled to be working with the amazing team at Disney Junior, who share our passion and enthusiasm for these characters and their stories."

Rachel Reade Marcus, Development Executive at Guru Studio said: "We can't wait to introduce preschoolers and their families to the quirky and bustling world of Pikwik where fun and duty go hand in hand!"

Pikwik is a series for kids ages 2-5 year old acquired by Disney US, Australia/New Zealand, Korea and India, and season one consists of fifty-two 11-minute episodes. Guru's long-term plans are to expand the brand into toys, apps and other consumer products to coincide with its premiere on Disney Junior.

About Guru Studio

Guru Studio is a creative-driven entertainment company renowned for developing, financing and producing highly acclaimed and internationally renowned animated stories for film and TV. Led by President and Executive Creative Director Frank Falcone, Guru Studio is an industry leader in animated storytelling for kids of all ages. www.gurustudio.com


          Printed conductive fabric for incontinence sensing in elderly      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Printed conductive fabric for incontinence sensing in elderly 2018 Kesavan Gangadharan, Priyanka Population ageing is a major concern in developed countries including New Zealand. As disability rates increase with age, population ageing will result in increases in the number of disabled persons which in turn lead to an increasing demand for healthcare resources. Disabled elderly are known to have incontinence-associated problems, which affect their physical, psychological and social living conditions. Elderly skin is delicate and fragile. Continuous exposure to urine and faeces makes the skin more susceptible to injury due to the exposure to moisture and chemical irritating substances present in them. This may lead to secondary infections and other complications. The onset of incontinence related complications could be rapid even in better caring hospitals due to the conditions of the patients and the reduced number of healthcare workers. The incidence and prevalence of these conditions are rapidly increasing and hence constant monitoring and early preventive measures have to be taken. Recent developments in smart fabrics e.g integration of sensing capabilities into textile materials, are capable of real-time monitoring of physiological status of an individual. Thus, the aim of this investigation was to develop a less expensive, durable conductive fabric, which can detect ammonia generated from urinary and faecal matter. Commonly available, white plain weave cotton fabric was used as the substrate and the conducting polymers including polypyrrole, PANI and PEDOT:PSS was incorporated to modify the substrate to a conductive fabric. The method utilised was printing and vapour phase polymerisation. A custom-made extrusion printer was developed to print fine lines / patterns of conducting polymer on cotton fabric. Print formulations for each conducting polymer were characterised by evaluating the rheology, surface tension, particle size, solid content and pH. A detailed study of three conducting polymers (polypyrrole, PANI, and PEDOT:PSS) was carried out and their processing conditions were standardised based on the electrical resistance generated and the wash durability (tested according to standard methods) of the printed patterns. Controlled atmospheric ageing of the printed conductive patterns was carried out for 5 weeks under standard atmospheric conditions (20±2°C and 65±4% relative humidity). Formation of conductive patterns was confirmed using FTIR. The elemental analysis of the developed patterns was carried out using EDS. Surface morphology of the same was evaluated using SEM. A proof of concept study was carried out to evaluate the sensing response of the printed patterns towards different concentrations of ammonia vapour using a custom made sensing chamber. The developed polypyrrole conductive patterns generated a minimum electrical resistance of 4.33 KΩ before wash, which increased significantly to 659.67 KΩ after undergoing washing for 6 cycles. The patterns that underwent controlled atmospheric ageing has resulted in 57% increase in electrical resistance. PANI conductive patterns displayed a minimum electrical resistance of 119.95 KΩ. After washing for 6 times and re-doping with HCl, the electrical resistance was increased to 254 KΩ. The patterns that underwent controlled atmospheric ageing has resulted in 145% increase in electrical resistance. The least electrical resistance was demonstrated by PEDOT:PSS conductive patterns (0.56 KΩ), which showed a minimal change (only increased up to 1.74 KΩ) after undergoing 6 wash cycles. There was a 32% increase in electrical resistance when the printed patterns were aged under controlled conditions. The minimum detectable concentration of ammonia vapour was 100 ppm for polypyrrole printed patterns and 200 ppm for PANI and PEDOT:PSS printed patterns and this was well within the range of ammonia concentration found in fresh human urine.
          Dosen Teknik Komputer FILKOM Raih Best Presenter pada ICMSC 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Pada acara Conference 2nd International Conference on Mechanical, System and Control Engineering (ICMSC) 2018 yang diikuti oleh 59 peserta dari berbagai Negara (Russia, Malaysia, India, Spanyol, USA, Mexico, China, Inggris, Turki, Ceko, New Zealand, Norwegia, Thailand, dsb.), dosen Program Studi Teknik Komputer, Fakultas Ilmu Komputer, Universitas Brawijaya (FILKOM UB), Rizal Maulana, S.T., M.T., M.Sc. meraih Best Presenter  yang dilaksanakan di Moscow selama tiga hari (21/6 &ndash; 23/6/2018), dengan mempresentasikan artikel yang berjudul &ldquo;Noise Reduction on the Tilt Sensor for the Humanoid Robot Balancing System&rdquo;. Konferensi tersebut dibagi menjadi enam sesi yaitu: New Functional Material Design and Analysis, Material Processing and Preparation Methods, Mechanical Design Manufacturing and Automation, Dynamical Mechanical System Modelling and Analysis, Mechanical System and Control Technology, Electronic Engineering and Intelligent System. Best Presenter yang di terima oleh Rizal Maulana yaitu pada Sesi Mechanical System and Control Technology.  Penilaian Best Presenter didasarkan pada Originalitas, Penerapan, Kemampuan Teknis, Kualitas PPT dan Kemampuan Bahasa Inggris. Penghargaan diberikan oleh Session Chair Prof. Comeaga Constantin Daniel dari University Politechnica of Bucharest, Rumania. Rizal Maulana menyampaikan bahwa tujuan mengikuti konferensi ini adalah memperkenalkan hasil penelitian dari Fakultas Ilmu Komputer Universitas Brawijaya khususnya Teknik Komputer dan Grup Riset Embbed Sistem dan Robotika di tingkat Internasional. Hal tersebut diwujudkan dengan tercapainya Best Presenter yang disandangnya. [ayun/Humas UB]    
          Air New Zealand Tiki / Maori Tiki Souvenir / Plastic tiki with tag by GlitzToKitsch      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

9.99 USD

Adorable vintage Air New Zealand Maori Tiki souvenir. About 2 5/8 inches tall. Complete with original folded tag as shown in photo. Tiki is a very dark green. Tiki is in excellent condition, tag has some staining.

Canadian shoppers, this item ships via Canada Post Letter Mail.

All of my vintage items are sold in as is condition. Most of them are used unless I state otherwise. I do my best to ensure that the photos show all aspects of the items so that any flaws, stains, chips are visible in the photos. If you wish to view additional photos of the items or would like more information please contact me.

For combined shipping, I will refund cost differences if the difference is more than $1 between the estimated and actual costs. Alternatively, if you'd like to purchase multiple listings, please contact me and I'll create a special listing with accurate shipping prices. International shipping costs from Canada are high for heavy items. Please see more about my refund policy and how I ship in my policy section: www.etsy.com/shop/GlitzToKitsch/policy

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          EastEnders fans stunned to learn Lauren Branning is living in New Zealand after bizarre departure from Walford      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
EASTENDERS fans were stunned to learn Lauren Branning is now living in New Zealand after her exit from Walford earlier this year. On tonight’s episode, Max commented on her whereabouts in a conversation with his brother Jack. He said: “Lauren’s in New Zealand. [Baby] Abi’s all I got left.” And in another scene, she was mentioned […]
          Fundraiser for pastor embroiled in alleged mosque invasions taken down      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
New Zealand-born pastor Logan Robertson was arrested and charged over two alleged confrontations at Brisbane mosques.
          free red new zealand rabbits and buff orpington hens and rooster (Advertigo)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
female red new zealand rabbits male red new zealand rabbits female black californian rabbit male black californian rabbit buff orpington roosters buff orpington hens both rabbits and chickens must go as male and female pairs. all mature and ready to reproduce. Images and contact details on Advertigo website.

          Rabbits for Free (Advertigo)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Closing down a rabbitry due to owners health. White New Zealands--full grown pappa male plus breeding females. Also offspring weeks old. Also a litter of at weeks. Take all or as desired. Home in Lovejoy area of Clayton County State of Georgia. Contact Bud or Patricia Peterson at -- or --. Images and contact information on Advertigo website.

          Adopt HOPPER a New Zealand (HOPPER (Petfinder.com))      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
All of our bunnies are in Foster homes. If you would like to meet any of our bunnies please email us at XXXX@gmail.com We would be happy to introduce you. You can find us on Facebook at Hi Tor's Bunnies and Beyond.... see more at Petfinder.com

          Trung Quốc bành trướng ảnh hưởng ở vùng Thái Bình Dương       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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I am still deep into major home renovations, and have little time to sit down these last few days to surf the internet... But I finally got a bit of time this afternoon to post an article or two here at this blog!

I have been waiting patiently for any updates on that ludicrous and truly criminal "trial" in Germany for both Monika and Alfred Schaefer who of course are sitting in that kangaroo court on "charges" of "inciting hate".... And thanks to Lady Michel Renouf, who has been attending this "trial" in the court audience, we now have the following update for all to see...

I also want to thank John Kaminski of course who forwarded the following report via email to myself... And without any further adieu, here is that report here:

SCHAEFER TRIAL, MUNICH, GERMANY, THURSDAY, DAY #4, JULY 5, 2018

SCHAEFER TRIAL, MUNICH, Germany, Thursday, DAY #4, July 5, 2018

Report From the Right End of the Horse

Press correspondent for The Barnes Review and American Free Press, Lady Michèle Renouf writes:


This imprisonment of ordinary citizens asking legitimate questions, will no longer be ignored by the citizens. 
 

PREAMBLE

As explained to me by Scientist of Law Sylvia Stolz: The “Muppet Show” trials (as defined by Defendant Alfred Schaefer) in Munich are occurring in the Germany of today which technically is still without a constitution – for the Basic Law (Grundgesetz) is NOT a State Constitution (Verfassung), since the Federal Republic (Bundesrepublik) is not a State.  
 
Sylvia pointed out that Professor Carlo Schmid (one of the most important constitutional advisers in the development of post-1945 Germany) described the Basic Law to which he was a signatory in 1948 as not a sovereign State constitution, but rather as “Organisationsform einer Modalität der Fremdherrschaft” – an Organisational Form of a Mode of Foreign Domination.  Prof. Schmid explicitly stated that the German people were not sovereign, and that the Basic Law was precisely that – a Basic Law not a Constitution: a transitional holding mechanism of rules and regulations. Thereby the Federal Republic is not a State.
 
Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz was arrested as an alleged war criminal a few days after the signing of a military capitulation. Thereby no Head of State (as Dönitz was for the  German Reich) signed a peace agreement and thus Germany is still a victors’ occupied country. 
This Basic Law was imposed on Occupied Germans by the “victors” – the Western Allies – following the senseless inter-gentile World War 2.  German Citizens were not consulted on this in 1948, in the way German citizens had been democratically consulted in 1933. And so, unlike previous wars, there has never been a negotiated peace treaty with the still-valid German State (Deutsches Reich from 1871) whose authority survives although its on-going existence remains disdained by the Occupying “victor” Allies since 1945.  This is the key to the case the Schaefers are opening in their quest for all to grasp – this, as it were, holding law cornerstone, which they would like to see fall down. 
 
The important implication of this trial is pertinent for us all worldwide.  Apart from a Japanese reporter who came with me for the first day or so of the Munich trial, there was no British or English-speaking reporter on the spot – nor seemingly any other, not of the mainstream media, which means perhaps no foreign journalist will risk handling this topic in Germany because the laws are so ludicrously dangerous.  An unwary foreigner raising an arm publicly in a greeting could find it clapped in handcuffs!  Now a crime is a gesture, thought, opinion, word, insignia rather than a brutal act, anti-social swindle, or property theft. This case requires international eyes.
 
In England, an ex-soldier with an “exemplary record”, Jeremy Bedford-Turner, has been given a 12 months’ custodial sentence for publicly and peacefully informing his fellow citizens at a demo that one exceptionalist-identifying people warrant a “vigilante” police force paid for by the general taxpayers.  Trained and empowered by the genuine police, this “community service” operates on our streets in imitation uniforms, vehicles, and equipment – the only difference is their cars bear the Jewish word Shomrim instead of Police, and their focus is on protecting one select component of the citizenry in Britain’s unelected “multi-culti” experiment. Bedford-Turner allegedly said: “All politicians are nothing but a bunch of puppets dancing to a Jewish tune.”  
 
A State’s law and its law-enforcers are supposed to be for all.  The Volksverhetzung para.130 law under which the Schaefer Siblings are being tried in Germany is imposed upon one sort of opinion and insignia mode and not upon all unpopular political and repellent fashion modes. Attorneys are generally reluctant to defend politically “incorrect” citizens for the real fear of being prosecuted themselves if they seem to act “too well” in the interests of their clients.  Such attorneys who do risk defending their clients by arguing for their case must dance on the wire.

Trial Session: Thursday, DAY #4, July 5, 2018

 
Yesterday’s trial session saw Monika describing herself growing up amidst a well-blessed family even as she mentions that there was a certain stigma about being German after the war (which I can confirm as equally true in other former British dominions like Australia and New Zealand).   These siblings each showed themselves and their family history as far from any cases of what the Prosecution would wish to present as damaged hate-filled personalities.  Monika had presented herself as a former Jasper Park ranger, an environmental activist as a spokesperson for the Jasper Environmental Association, and had run as a candidate for the Green Party in Alberta, Canada. Currently a musician, a violin and viola teacher, she sees herself in essence as a peace-loving “social justice warrior”.  At university she studied Natural Law.  Since making her pacific video on German soil, belatedly to her mother: “Sorry Mum I was Wrong About the Holocaust” –  in Canada, Monika Schaefer has suffered social exclusion and cruel ostracism. Her case did not attract much mainstream media attention, either in Canada or in Germany.  She lacks, perhaps, the notoriety of the late Ernst Zündel, convicted of similar charges by a German court in 2007. Yet Ernst Zündel who spent two years in solitary confinement in the Toronto Detention Centre + a further five years in Mannheim Prison in Germany, emerged still declaring to me in my Telling Films “Unbowed” that “thoughts are free”.  
 
 
I, and my international Winter Solstice 2017 guests, plus those who may view that 11 minutes’ private film about her “The Good Comrade” – https://youtu.be/sf0fbRb_pS8 – will happily confirm that being in Monika Schaefer’s presence is life enhancing.
She spent much naturally generous teaching time in showing a young guest aged nine the fundamentals of the piano and violin.  The same applies to her convivial and generous-spirited brother who likewise seems gifted with natural teaching disposition to foster intellectual enquiry.  The Prosecution will have an impossible task to convince, to the contrary, anyone with a respect for truth and justice …yet that contrariwise will be the goal of the Prosecution.  The law concerns incitement with malicious intent. These siblings are all about educational intent, and like their parents, evidently are prompted by light-hearted civic-mindedness.
Here is a photo spoof intended to illustrate the mocking fun Alfred means to make about the ludicrous criminalising of the Roman salute which in his case he says he is indicating how high his dog can jump!
Curiously, and perhaps not unrelately, Thursday’s session begins with the aggressively theatrical arrest of  a spectator in the public gallery.  An unnamed man is pointed out by the Judge who accuses him of insulting the Prosecutor yesterday on his way out at the end of the day.  (Legal expert Sylvia Stolz points out to me that this Prosecutor is not a ‘State’ Prosecutor because the Federal Republic has no State status in law, for the Basic Law is a holding law since today’s Germany has no Constitutional sovereignty.)   The unnamed man was said to have told the ’State’ Prosecutor that she should be ashamed of herself and experience prison from the inside. It’s a citizen’s harmless opinion – and was not made during the proceedings but afterwards – yet the exceedingly enraged judge ordered the man to spend 4 days in prison for his passing aside.  With the tone of “off with his head!” the shouting judge’s behaviour was reminiscent of the playing cards Queen in Alice in Wonderland.  He then turned on Alfred whom he accused of shaking his head into his hands.  The judge seemed set upon strategically goading an hysterical atmosphere but Alfred did not rise to it, stating only that whatever he said in reply would be “twisted and weaponised” into seeming quite contrary to his character.  
 
The histrionic judge required a brief recess to collect himself.  The Prosecution will have to wind up Alfred if there is any hope of portraying this good-natured man as “aggressive” in order to fit the “menace” charge.  (I witnessed this very technique with the judge at the trial in London of Jeremy Bedford-Turner who like Alfred, is good-natured and prompted by civic-conscientiousness not malice.)  RA Nahrath called for a two hours’ interruption in which again to draw up a complaint about the bias of the leading judge. From 10 a.m. to noon the session was duly suspended to the purpose. When the trial resumed RA Miksche submitted his statement regarding the judge’s partiality, and was told the issue would be considered next week.  
 
The session proper began with the screening of Alfred’s first film to show the commencement of his political awakening. Earlier the judge had tried to limit the viewing of Alfred’s video to the single frame where there appears the banned emblem of a swastika.  Alfred succeeded to insist the court view his entire 63 minutes’ video – The Gatekeepers of 9/11 – Controlled Opposition” .  The facile cherry picking of the judge who had simply wanted to point to the swastika at minute 23 would have meant missing the point that at that period in 2013 Alfred was what he called  “75% still indoctinated with anti-Fascist left-leaning sympathies”. Indeed in this first film, Alfred is using the swastika and referring to fascism and to Goebbels the propagandist in an entirely derogatory politically-correct manner!  This film is in English, with German subtitles.  
 
In this film (at minute 23) the sole purpose (in line with Alfred’s beliefs in 2013) of displaying the swastika is to draw an equivalence between Zionism and “nazism”, as differentiated from Jews and Germans.
 
Two professional translators will be given the task of producing German subtitles for the court, for each of Alfred’s films. 
 
Following the screening, the Prosecution claims Alfred has deployed no facts to simply project upon others his own fantasies.
 
In “The Gatekeepers of 9/11” Alfred focuses on his former hero, famous linguistics professor Noam Chomsky.  He describes the correspondence he had with Chomsky over 9/11 and the scientifically-discredited consensual opinion concerning why the third tower (‘Building 7’) collapsed, though no one even claims it had been struck by a plane.  Alfred cites Russia Today who interviewed Jon Cole (of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth); Elizabeth Woodworth (of consensus911.org); and Dr Graeme Macqueen (Eyewitness Research) who relies on 118 witnesses which include the first fire-fighting responders.  Alfred was prompted to write to his hero Chomsky after being “disappointed” with Chomsky’s “denigrating and dismissing” the status of the scientists, architects and engineers as a tiny bunch of “people who spend one hour on the internet and think they know everything”.
 
Chomsky’s recorded attitude towards those scientists whom he denigrates as unserious reminds me of The Holocaust Industry author Norman Finkelstein. During a 2006 television discussion between two guests – Finkelstein and myself – the self-promoting ‘political scientist’ disdained all participants (which included university professors) at the Teheran Conference 2006 (an all-sides, open debate on ‘The Holocaust – A Global Review’) as only “kitchen-sink people”. In his film Alfred says Chomsky displayed “evasive behaviour as well as denigrating the vast community of architects and engineers and other concerned citizens” as a mere “small, isolated clique – your problem, not mine”. The film continues with his being interviewed by Christopher Bollyn. The correspondence Alfred pursues with Chomsky is at no time anything other than respectful and cordial, never aggressive: even as Chomsky accuses him of “insults”, Alfred thanks him for “taking up so much of his precious time” to correspond with him.  There is no basis for the Judge’s contention that Alfred was aggressive and disrespectful towards Chomsky.
 
Alfred’s two questions to “each and every one” of his viewers are:
1) When did you become informed about what really happened on 9/11?
2) What did you do with the knowledge?
 
These questions do not seem “incitement” to violence; rather they are “incitement” to intellectual enquiry.
 
Alfred questions Chomsky about his “denial” of the evidence that the official version of 9/11 depends on asserting facts that are scientifically impossible – that “are only possible if you believe in magic”.
 
This brings to mind the incident during the 1980s Toronto trials of Ernst Zündel.  Canadian Attorney Douglas Christie cross-examined the doyen of “Holocaust” historians Dr Raul Hilberg.  Christie asked whether this eminent academic can produce any form of written order to carry out industrial, mass homicidal gassing of Jews.  Dr Hilberg replies: “I am at a loss.”  Hilberg repeated his view that the “Holocaust” had been achieved by “an incredible meeting of minds, a consensus-mind reading by a far-flung bureaucracy”.  (He had first used these words in a lecture in 1982, and research for Zündel’s defence team by Prof. Robert Faurisson, a specialist in precise documentary analysis, had given Doug Christie the devastating material for his revelatory cross-examination.)
 
President Bush’s “Homeland Security” czar Michael Chertoff (a dual U.S.-Israeli national) is highlighted in Alfred’s film.  Chertoff “allowed the crucial evidence to be destroyed” – physical evidence from the 9/11 scene, such as the buildings’ steel structures – rather than allowing it to be properly analysed.  “Nearly all of this crucial evidence wound up being hastily chopped up into small pieces in New Jersey scrap yards and shipped to China, where it was melted down.”  Alfred describes this as “a clear case of the criminal destruction of evidence”, for which Michael Chertoff (“the son of an Israeli Mossad agent, Livia Eisen”) was responsible.
 
Side-lining of evidence is standard practice in German courts.  For example I witnessed the trial of Germar Rudolf, the Planck Institute chemist who had gone to Auschwitz following the pioneering example of U.S. execution technology expert Fred Leuchter. The evidential exhibits which Germar wished to present to the court in support of his case were in themselves disdained by the court as contravening the doctrine that orthodox “Holocaust history” is to be deemed “manifestly obvious” (“offenkundig”), hence escaping scientific scrutiny – any dissent being condemned as criminal heresy.  Yet another example of where an attorney defending a case can face prosecution if appearing to “defend their client too well”.
 
In the manner of a schoolteacher giving “a lesson”, Alfred concludes: “one very positive thing about 9/11 (every cloud has a silver lining!) is that it has rekindled interest in other strange events of the past, such as Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty, which some people are not even aware of”.
 
Specifically addressing “my Jewish friends”, Alfred said “you are completely innocent of wrongdoing; you have only been deceived and brainwashed like almost all of us were.  And now that you know, it is of utmost importance to reach out to your friends and neighbours [to inform them] before they come to you”.  Yet the Judge accused Alfred of insulting Jews.  It is likewise clear in the film that Alfred speaks in polite, non-threatening terms when, under the heading of “Chomsky Stumbles” he expresses his disappointment that “Chomsky places tribal instincts above his sense of humanity”. 
 
The overall accusation seems to be, that Alfred’s behaviour and his videos are the product of an inherently aggressive nature, and that in his videos Alfred supposedly makes threats against people who have a different opinion.  As evidence of the effects of this alleged “aggression” the Prosecution has pointed to the behaviour of the man in the public gallery who spoke after the close of yesterday’s proceedings to the Prosecutor.  Obviously this little drama was being deployed in order to present Alfred as a very aggressive person, despite the evidence of this film that Alfred is clearly of a patient school teacher’s disposition.
 
During the trial session on Thursday July 5 the judge clearly tried to corner Alfred with this: he accused Alfred, after the German version of his video
Ende der Lüge” (“End of the Lie”) was shown, of making threats in his video. Alfred answered, that there is a difference between threatening and warning.
The judge asked him to explain this and Alfred gave a perfect example without hesitating. He said: if you want to swim across the lake on a cold winter’s day
I will tell you that you should not do this, because you will drown. This is a warning, not a threat!  Frau Schaufer, Alfred’s wife, told me that “The judge began playing around with words like “freiwillig”, which means voluntary, or not “freiwillig”. Even I couldn’t quite follow his train of thought. How should Alfred.  The language Alfred mainly grew up with – at school, university, in his jobs and in everyday and social life – is English. One can clearly notice this, when he speaks openly in German. He is not as fluent and eloquent as he is, when he speaks openly in English. He is not familiar with the subtleties of the German language”.
The explanation by Alfred during the trial, about the difference between a threat and a warning, appears to have something to do with his current arrest, though I do not understand the circumstances.
 
I heard two non-political locals from Munich with whom I got chatting in a cafe say they would not dare take an interest in the trial because they must show their passports to obtain entry to the public gallery.  This they feared might put them on some watch list even though they are in no way party to the issues.  Terror.  I am sure that if citizens in England were legally obliged to submit to revealing their identities before showing an ordinary curiosity about the goings-on in our courts, that many of them, too, would shy away from attending any politically related trial.  Terror, the ‘lynch’-pin of a police-state.  All Alfred is trying to teach would seem to be that legal and ‘State’ prejudice against political free-will to hold and advance an opinion is no longer to be ignored by the citizens.
 
The same is true of Jeremy Bedford-Turner who said to his fellow citizens, “did you know about this?”.  This is public need-to-know. Curiouser and curiouser is this “first the verdict” conduct in “Muppet Show” bewilderland. Heresy fear and persecution avoidance was foreshadowed so aptly by the Monty Python sketch when the Pavlovian trigger response to “Jehovah!” releases a barrrage of stones upon the offending heretic.  This response is no longer restricted to satirical sketches.  I have had my house windows literally stoned repeatedly by Antifa simply for my Telling Films which attempt to record these Trials and tribulations of the likes of the late attorney Manfred Roeder and the late publicist Ernst Zündel. On such occasions these stonings occurred to mark the death of these, in fact, harmless international peace-through-open-debate warriors.
 
RA Nahrath has succeeded after asking the Court to have all Alfred’s videos translated into German.  This means that the Trial dates are now extended into August. The case continues on Thursday July 12thFriday 13th, Monday 16th, plus dates to be announced in August.  
 
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Friday afternoon update, July 6th 2018

 
New police raid during thought-crime trial in Munich of Canadian-Germans Monika and Alfred Schaefer
 
Alfred Schaefer seized in Police raid at his home

At the home of Alfred Schaefer he and I had just finished watching and discussing matters re his videos he was succeeding to screen in full in the Munich courtroom …and then his wife laid table for lunch after I removed my laptop …and so I went to wash my hands. I then heard Police, a
t 2 pm, knocking on my bathroom door announcing their arrival. It was as if one were suddenly in a nightmare Hollywood movie about a police state action! At first I thought maybe high-spirited Alfred was playing a joke. On opening my bathroom door, there stood 2 armed officers awaiting me.
I handed over my passport; they said they’d come to arrest Alfred. I saw 5 of them handcuff my host.
Taking with him the little packed cheese lunch his experienced wife swiftly made and handed to one officer for her husband, Alfred was hauled away for reasons the police declined to explain to me. Possibly it was about something he had perhaps said when yesterday he had duly turned up at the police station, as he has to do twice per week since he is out on bail. Whatever this “crime” was, he’s again in a police cell now. His wife advised that I and HH should disappear asap in case police returned knowing now that we two were there, easy to haul in for good measure. Vot a business. Cat and mouse – but at least valiant Frau Schaefer made sure we each retrieved the cheese!
 
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Sunday update, July 8th 2018 

 
Yesterday the magistrate decided that Alfred has to remain in custody in Stadelheim Prison in Munich until the next day of his trial begins, which is 
          Murder Most Malicious, Kitty Jackson      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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When the good-natured Mr Mancini discovers a dead woman in the Winter Garden Glasshouse on a winter’s morning in 1909, he is horrified. Even more so when the brittle-tongued Detective Haynes implies he is a suspect. That same day, when the guest speaker at the book group doesn’t appear, Mancini suspects she is the corpse. But with no identification, and with the speaker having come from a different city, right from the beginning it becomes a difficult case and one full of intrigue.

Gradually the investigation leads both the detective, who has only just arrived in Dunedin and Mancini (useful because of his knowledge of the city) to believe a member of the book group is the killer. But who? And for what reason? Gathering evidence is one thing, but being able to prove their suspicions becomes like a never ending and impossible puzzle.

Step back in time, and join Mr Mancini and Detective Hayes to see how they finally put all the pieces together and solve this Edwardian crime. 

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Set in the early twentieth century in mannered and beautiful Dunedin, New Zealand there are plenty of similarities between the stories of Mr Mancini and the delightfully idiosyncratic Hercule Poirot. A cerebral solver of crime, his collaboration with the acerbic Detective Haynes is a nice pairing, and then there is his sounding board, and escaper of tyrannical sisters, neighbour and dog lover.

An interesting piece of historical crime fiction, MURDER MOST MALICIOUS is entertaining reading. Great characters, a lovely sense of the time and place, and a good plot into the bargain, I certainly hope this is intended as the opening of an ongoing series. There is a particularly large cast here though, so you will need to pay attention, particularly as the body of the woman found in the Winter Garden Glasshouse is identified and connected to a group of would be writers that Mr Mancini belongs to, so his investigation starts to work it's way through friends, acquaintances, fellow would-be writers and locals.

There's good pace, a great sense of place and a nice balance between the personal back story of Mancini and his colleagues, as well as the victim and her contacts in the local community. Mancini's connection with the police is well handled and all in all there is a lot to really like about MURDER MOST MALICIOUS.

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Death on D’Urville is the first novel in a new mystery series featuring Claire Hardcastle, commercial pilot and flying instructor, who operates out of Paraparaumu airport in New Zealand. 

Claire Hardcastle is fiery, clever, daring —and she’s trying to prove herself in a man's world. Recently recovered from a disastrous relationship with her ex, she’s determined from now on to live on her own terms. 

A high level of confidence is required to handle the varied risks and responsibilities of aviation, and flying attracts alpha type personalities. Claire is no exception, but there is a fine line between confidence and it’s mirror image arrogance, a line Claire sometimes struggles to negotiate successfully. Fortunately she has her boss Roger, and her sister Kate to keep her in check. 

When her routine flight to pick a passenger up from a remote island in the Marlborough Sounds turns into a murder investigation Claire is excited to discover she may hold a clue to the crime. 

Greville Harbour is home to a small number of people who, like the deceased Jorge, come to stay for short periods in their holiday homes, and Claire, whose job it is to fly them to and from the mainland has known them for several years. On the face of it, none look likely to be the murderer. Why would anyone want to murder an inoffensive, reclusive novelist? 

Claire’s interest in solving the murder is heightened by her growing attraction to Detective Sergeant Jack Body. 

The key to solving Jorge’s death depends on unravelling a tangle of motives as diverse as rifled grave goods, artefact smuggling, disputed Maori history, breached tapu, and child abuse. It seems many people had a reason to murder the man who used to be Claire’s passenger, and Jorge was not the man she thought she knew. When his criminal history is exposed, Claire unwillingly finds her sympathies realigning with the murderer. 

As Claire and Jack’s professional and personal partnership deepens they have to accept that, for others, obsession can turn sour, love can be twisted and traumatised and one man can unleash a malignant strain that leads to murder.

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Book One in the Claire Hardcastle series DEATH ON D'URVILLE, the second book STRAIGHT AND LEVEL was released in 2017. Operating out of Paraparaumu airport in New Zealand, Hardcastle is a commercial pilot and flying instructor, which gives the author an opportunity to play with a number of recurring themes including women working in what's traditionally been a male dominated industry, people with the sorts of nerves of steel required to fly and stick their nose into tricky investigations and the complications of dealing with (and being) an alpha personality type; as well as the freedom to move Hardcastle into different locations, and different groups of people with ease. Add to that a disastrous previous relationship and there's lots of ingredients in this debut book.

Easy reading, with a casual, almost chatty style and an engaging central character, DEATH ON D'URVILLE ticks the boxes you'd want on something that's leaning towards the romantic suspense side of the genre. There's the budding personal relationship between the two main protagonists, there's a reasonably intricate plot with heaps of local colour and flavour. And there's the nice little twist of a dead novelist at the centre of a locked room style mystery. 

The only downside for this particular reader was that this agreeable romantic suspense novel got a bit melodramatic towards the end, although that could very much be an issue of personal taste. Regardless, definitely a series that romantic suspense readers may find very appealing.


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From RNZ Insight Competitive video gaming or esports is now a booming global industry and it’s giving traditional sports a run for their money.Insight’s reporter, Teresa Cowie talks to those getting in on New Zealand’s slice of the e-gaming gold rush. More at Link
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The Herald reports: A group of New Zealanders behind a free speech campaign are proposing to take Auckland Council to court after successfully raising $50,000. The Free Speech Coalition started its fundraising efforts following the Council’s decision to ban two Canadian far-right speakers from presenting at Council-owned venues – resulting in them cancelling their tour […]
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NICKELODEON’S THE SPONGEBOB CHALLENGE KID SKILL LAUNCHES ON AMAZON ALEXA IN AUSTRALIA


Sydney, 10 July, 2018 – Kids can interact with their favourite characters from Bikini Bottom like never before as Nickelodeon Australia today unveils The SpongeBob Challenge, part of the inaugural kid skills available in Australia now on the Amazon Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices!

In The SpongeBob Challenge memory game, kids will be transported into the centre of the SpongeBob SquarePants series itself, where they will become a new Krusty Krab restaurant employee tasked with taking increasingly complicated food orders and then relaying those orders to the staff, including SpongeBob, Squidward and Mr. Krabs.

Parents can enable the skill by saying, “Alexa, start The SpongeBob Challenge” or using the Alexa app.

Australia is the first international market to launch The SpongeBob Challenge kid skill.


The SpongeBob Challenge is the latest example of establishing innovating ways Aussie kids can learn and be entertained,” said Ben Cox, Vice President and General Manager of Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand. “Australia is the first international market to launch The SpongeBob Challenge, and it is a perfect example of our deep understanding of kids and how they engage with technology.”

“We’re excited for Nickelodeon to bring this skill to Alexa for our customers across Australia,” said: Kate Burleigh, Country Manager Alexa Skills, Australia and New Zealand. “Now, kids can just ask Alexa to interact with some of their most beloved characters like SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs, and we think families will love playing and learning together with The SpongeBob Challenge skill for Alexa.”


Featuring over 70 unique characters and 80 challenges across 25 levels, The SpongeBob Challenge recreates the soundscape and iconic environment of Bikini Bottom while promoting memory recall, verbal skills and listening comprehension. When The SpongeBob Challenge skill is enabled on Alexa, kids will work at the Krusty Krab and take orders from the colourful residents of Bikini Bottom.

The SpongeBob Challenge made its world debut in North America in August 2017.

Globally, Nickelodeon has launched more than 65 apps, which have over 112 million collective downloads to date, including top-performing titles like Nella the Princess Knight: Kingdom Adventures, Nickelodeon Football Champions and Game Shakers: Sky Whale, which offers augmented reality capabilities and has amassed more than 10 million downloads outside of the US. Nickelodeon Australia launched the Nick Play interactive app in 2015, which offers a wide selection of full-length and short-form content, along with fun and entertaining games. Nick Jr. Play will launch later this year.

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          Nickelodeon International and African Wildlife Foundation Premiere Wildlife Special to Inspire Kids to Help Endangered Animals      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Original Nickelodeon International Press Release via Business Wire:

Nickelodeon International and African Wildlife Foundation Premiere Wildlife Special to Inspire Kids to Help Endangered Animals


Tanzania Environment Added to Nickelodeon’s Hit Geography App “Dora’s Worldwide Adventure”


Social tag: #AWFRoarChallenge


Click here for pictures from episode 1.


July 10, 2018 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time


NEW YORK & KAMPALA, Uganda--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nickelodeon International’s Together For Good and African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) today launched their first collaboration: the Together for Good Wildlife Special, an educational mini-series created to inspire kids to raise awareness about endangered wildlife and empower them to become change-makers. In commemoration, Nickelodeon today also launched a Tanzania environment within its hit educational geography app, Dora’s Worldwide Adventure.

“Our research shows that 73 percent of kids aged 6-11 think their age group has the potential to change the world for the better,1 and we want to give them the tools to do just that,” said Bradley Archer-Haynes, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Nickelodeon International. “The Together For Good Wildlife Special combined with the Tanzania launch on our Dora app allows our relationship with AWF to reach and empower all kids, from preschool to tweens on all the platforms they love. This was also the first time we brought Nickelodeon talent to the continent of Africa, and Uganda served as the perfect backdrop to develop entertaining content that teaches kids about the important implications of African wildlife conservation and to inspire them to use their voices to get involved.”


In the Together For Good Wildlife Special, Nickelodeon star Breanna Yde (School of Rock) will guide young viewers on a journey through Uganda as she discovers key conservation and environmental challenges, and hears from heroes who work daily to protect at-risk wildlife including lions, giraffes, rhinoceroses, elephants and chimpanzees. The mini-series and supplementing digital vignettes will tell the stories of real life heroes: guides, park rangers, detection dogs and their handlers – and show kids everywhere how they too can help from home with additional resources at http://wildlife.nickelodeon.tv.

The special expands beyond linear with web and social activations where young viewers can learn more about and support at-risk wildlife. Kids can also participate in the #AWFRoarChallenge on social media, which encourages kids to take videos of themselves roaring in a funny effort to scare a friend. As the official campaign hashtag, #AWFRoarChallenge will also collate fun animal facts, ways to fundraise, and additional information about the plights of lions, giraffes, rhinoceroses, elephants and chimpanzees, while showing kids that using their voice can spread the word and help save these animals from extinction.


The Together For Good Wildlife Special begins airing today across Nickelodeon’s international network of channels that span 170+ territories. To learn more about it and how you can get involved, visit http://wildlife.nickelodeon.tv

Also in partnership with AWF, Nickelodeon today launched a Tanzania environment in Dora’s Worldwide Adventure. Drawing on Dora the Explorer’s legacy of exploration, Dora’s Worldwide Adventure introduces preschoolers to geography, inviting them to learn and celebrate different cultures with Dora, Boots, Swiper and more. The Tanzania addition joins app environments that include Australia, Brazil, China, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US. Dora’s Worldwide Adventure is available for download in 12 languages outside of the US via the iTunes, Google Play and Amazon stores.

“I am optimistic about the future of conservation in Africa when I see young people actively engaged,” said AWF’s president Kaddu Sebunya. “This generation is equipped with the tools and the zeal to shape Africa’s future. Creative partnerships such as this one between Nickelodeon and the African Wildlife Foundation hold the promise of securing Africa’s fragile resources through direct engagement with youth. It is time for young people to both tell and live the conservation story.”

About Together For Good

Together For Good, launched in 2015, is Nickelodeon’s international initiative to empower kids to make positive changes in the world around them. The initiative serves as Nickelodeon’s international platform to inspire its audiences to get involved in their communities, provide the resources and education to get the job done and celebrate the impact they are making every day.

About Nickelodeon International

Nickelodeon, now in its 39th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family, with 1.2 billion cumulative subscriptions in more than 500 million households across 170+ countries and territories, via more than 100+ locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the United States, Nickelodeon is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc.

About African Wildlife Foundation

Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has nearly 60 years of experience working to ensure wildlife and wild lands thrive in a modern Africa. As one of the oldest and largest conservation organizations focused solely on the continent of Africa, AWF is the primary advocate for the protection of African wildlife and wild lands. AWF works across the continent of Africa implementing programs that are focused on safeguarding areas of high conservation value through a holistic suite of projects that protect land, conserve wildlife, improve the lives of local people by enhancing access to education and income-generating activities, and leverage conservation enterprises to promote economic growth that is not at the expense of Africa’s natural heritage. To learn more, visit www.awf.org.

1 Viacom Global Insights, 2017, 28,620 respondents aged 6-54 in 30 Countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK, US.

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·         Tổ chức Ân xá Quốc tế kêu gọi trả tự do cho 3 nhà hoạt động dân chủ (RFA) - Tổ chức Ân xá Quốc tế Amnesty International (AI) hôm 9/7 ra kêu gọi yêu cầu Việt Nam trả tự do cho 3 nhà hoạt động dân chủ là Vũ Quang Thuận, Nguyễn Văn Điển và Trần Hoàng Phúc.
·         Hải Phòng rước “sát thủ” về sống chung (BoxitVN) - Tô Văn Trường - Dự án nhà máy giấy và bột giấy của một tập đoàn Trung Quốc, dự kiến triển khai tại KCN Nam Đình Vũ (Hải Phòng). Độc tố thải ra trong quá trình sản xuất sẽ “giết” môi trường rất nhanh. Trong khi mới đây, hôm 24-6, Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc lúc chủ trì hội nghị trực tuyến toàn quốc về bảo vệ môi trường đã khẳng định trước toàn dân rất mạnh mẽ “kiên quyết không vì phát triển kinh tế mà đánh đổi môi trường” thì thật ...
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·         Sai phạm trong quản lý đất đai tại Đà Nẵng (RFA) - Trong báo cáo của Hội đồng Nhân dân Thành Phố Đà Nẵng về kết quả giám sát chuyên đề đối với hoạt động đầu tư công từ 2003 đến 2017, thành phố này còn thừa hơn 14 ngàn 500 lô đất tái định cư; trong khi đó người dân mất đất sản xuất, mất việc làm.
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·         Dân phản đối thi công lưới điện 500kV (RFA) - Người dân cư ngụ tại xã Tam Đại, huyện Phú Ninh, tỉnh Quảng Nam vào chiều ngày 9 tháng 7 tiến hành giăng dây, đóng cọc, chặn xe thi công trên đường cao tốc Đà Nẵng - Quảng Ngãi.
·         Việt Nam tham gia Hiệp định chống lại khai thác thủy sản bất hợp pháp (RFA) - Chính phủ Hà Nội đồng ý để Việt Nam tham gia Hiệp Định Về Biện Pháp Quốc gia Có Cảng nhằm ngăn chặn, chống lại khai thác thủy sản bất hợp pháp, không khai báo và không theo qui định của Tổ Chức Lương Nông Liên Hiệp Quốc FAO.
·         Du học sinh Việt ‘bị dụ’ trồng cần sa tại Úc (VOA) - Số lượng các băng nhóm tội phạm người Việt bị phát hiện trồng cần sa bất hợp pháp đang gia tăng tại các tư gia nằm ở ngoại ô trên khắp nước Úc.
·         Nông dân bỏ ruộng, thanh niên bỏ làng lên thành phố (RFA) - Người dân ở huyện Bắc Bình, tỉnh Bình Thuận hiện nay đang chật vật mưu sinh. Làm lúa không bị khô hạn thì ngập lụt, nghề chăn nuôi bò thịt cũng dần sa sút thu nhập...
·         Thêm 2 người Việt bị Campuchia bắt với cáo buộc buôn lậu gỗ quí (RFA) - Hai người Việt liên can bị bắt vào ngày 6 tháng 7 vừa qua khi cả hai đang vận chuyển một tấm cửa làm bằng loại gỗ quí được liệt vào danh mục bảo vệ tại Xứ Chùa Tháp
·         ‘Cắm’ bằng tiến sĩ vì cá độ World Cup ở Việt Nam? (VOA) - Một tướng công an ở Việt Nam mới tiết lộ về “nạn cá độ diễn biến phức tạp” dịp World Cup ở thủ đô Hà Nội, với nhiều hình thức cầm đồ khác nhau.
·         75 người thiệt mạng và mất tích do thiên tai từ đầu năm (RFA) - Thiên tai từ đầu năm đến nay ở Việt Nam đã khiến 75 người chết và mất tích, 48 người bị thương, và gây thiệt hại kinh tế ước tính lên đến hơn 800 tỷ đồng.
·         Mỹ thúc giục Bắc Hàn chọn 'cách thức VN' (BBC) - Ngoại trưởng Hoa Kỳ nói Bình Nhưỡng có thể đi theo con đường giống Việt Nam khi bình thường hóa quan hệ với Washington.
·         TIN ĐỌC NHANH (RFI) -
·         New Zealand ‘tậu’ máy bay Mỹ, tuần tra Nam Thái Bình Dương (VOA) - New Zealand đã đồng ý mua bốn máy bay tuần tra hàng hải Boeing P-8A Poseidon của Mỹ.
·         Ông Mahathir sẽ nêu với ông Tập về ba dự án của TQ (BBC) - Tân thủ tướng Mahathir Mohamad sẽ nêu thẳng với Tập Cận Bình về ba dự án TQ ông cho ngưng lại ở Malaysia vì điều kiện 'không công bằng'.
·         Lý do Malaysia đột ngột dừng dự án đường sắt 20 tỷ USD với Trung Quốc (BoxitVN) - Phải thừa nhận với nhau rằng người Việt Nam đâu có kém cỏi các dân tộc khác về “dân tộc tính”, “quốc gia tính”. Trái lại là khác. Nhưng vì sao quan chức Việt Nam lại liệt nhược cả hai cái “tính” nói trên, đến mức cứ hở ra là bập ngay vào những món vay của Tàu, như bauxite, đường sắt trên cao, nhà máy điện than… vố nào như vố ấy đều bị họ lừa sát ván, khiến đất nước lâm vòng thất điên bát đảo, thế mà quan ta vẫn cứ say sưa ...
·         Bắc Kinh ra lệnh cho báo chí bớt chỉ trích Trump (BBC) - Bắc Kinh ra lệnh cho truyền thông bớt chỉ trích Donald Trump trước bối cảnh Hoa Kỳ và Trung Quốc đang dịu giọng trong cuộc chiến thương mại.
·         Bắc Kinh chỉ trích Mỹ dùng 'lá bài Đài Loan' (VOA) - Hôm 8/7, quan chức cấp cao của Bắc Kinh phụ trách các vấn đề Đài Loan đã công kích Hoa Kỳ vì chơi “lá bài Đài Loan”, một ngày sau khi hai tàu chiến Mỹ đi qua Eo biển Đài Loan.
·         Trump: Bắc Kinh giật dây Bình Nhưỡng phá hoại phi hạt nhân hóa (VOA) - Tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump hôm thứ Hai ngày 9/7 nói Bắc Kinh có lẽ đang tìm cách làm chệch hướng các nỗ lực nhằm phi hạt nhân hóa bán đảo Triều Tiên.
·         Thiên tai nặng tại Nhật, thủ tướng Abe hủy chuyến công du ngoại quốc (RFI) - Trận mưa lớn hiếm có trong lịch sử đổ ập xuống khu vực miền tây Nhật Bản hiện đã làm hơn 100 người thiệt mạng, nhiều người khác bị thương hoặc mất tích. Theo hãng tin AFP, thủ tướng Nhật Bản Shinzo Abe, ngày 09/07/2018, thông báo hủy bỏ chuyến công du 4 quốc gia bao gồm Pháp, Bỉ, Ai Cập, và Ả Rập Xê Út.
·         Tư pháp Miến Điện bác bỏ đề nghị miễn tố hai phóng viên Reuters (RFI) - Hãng tin AFP, ngày 09/07/2018, cho biết, hai nhà báo đang làm việc cho hãng tin Reuters tên Wa Lone và Kyaw Soe Oo đã chính thức bị khởi tố với tội danh vi phạm luật “bí mật quốc gia”, bản án có thể lên tới 14 năm tù giam. Cả hai bị can khẳng định mình vô tội, và họ làm việc theo chuẩn mực “đạo đức nhà báo”.
·         Tám cầu thủ được giải cứu khỏi động ở Thái Lan (RFA) - Tính đến tối ngày 9 tháng 7 theo giờ địa phương, tám thành viên của đội bóng nhí Lợn Hoang của Thái Lan đã được giải cứu khỏi hang động Tham Luang, động dài nhất Xứ Chùa Vàng.
·         Anh Quốc : Bộ trưởng đặc trách Brexit từ chức (RFI) - Bộ trưởng Anh Quốc đặc trách hồ sơ Brexit, David Davis, đã từ chức vào tối ngày 08/07/2018. Trong đơn từ chức, bộ trưởng David Davis cho rằng thủ tướng Theresa May có quan điểm quá « mềm mỏng » trong vấn đề Brexit.
·         Ngoại trưởng Anh từ chức do bất đồng về Brexit (VOA) - Ngoại trưởng Anh Boris Johnson hôm thứ Hai ngày 9/7 từ chức do bất đồng với kế hoạch Anh tách ra khỏi Liên minh châu Âu, hay còn gọi là Brexit, của Thủ tướng Theresa May. Đây là vụ từ chức thứ hai trong một ngày khiến cho các kế hoạch Brexit của nhà lãnh đạo Anh bị lung lay.
·         Liệu Donald Trump có khả năng nhớ bài học thượng đỉnh Reykjavik ? (RFI) - Trong một bài nhận định trên báo Le Monde ngày 04/07/2018, cây bút xã luận Sylvie Kauffmann, cho rằng Donald Trump dường như đã lấy cảm hứng từ cuộc gặp Reagan-Gorbatchev diễn ra năm 1986 tại Reykjavik để tiến hành cuộc gặp với Vladimir Putin tại Helsinki ngày 16/07. Tuy nhiên, tác giả đặt câu hỏi liệu nguyên thủ Hoa Kỳ có đủ khả năng áp dụng bài học này hay không ?
·         Pháp : Tổng thống trình bày kế hoạch hành động trước Quốc Hội lưỡng viện (RFI) - Hôm nay, 09/07/2018, tại lâu đài Versailles, vào lúc 15h, tổng thống Pháp Emmanuel Macron trình bày trước các nghị sĩ thuộc Thượng và Hạ viện những đường hướng chính trong kế hoạch hành động của ông trong 12 tháng tới, nhằm tiếp tục tiến trình « cải cách đất nước ».
·         NATO trước áp lực bị chia rẽ bởi chính sách bất cần đồng minh của Donald Trump(RFI) - Thượng đỉnh Tổ chức Hiệp ước Bắc Đại Tây Dương NATO mở ra ngày thứ Tư 11 và thứ Năm 12/07 tuần này tại Bruxelles với sự tham dự của tổng thống Mỹ. Các lãnh đạo NATO, nhất là những thành viên châu Âu, lo ngại nguy cơ quan hệ đồng minh thêm chia rẽ bởi tính khí khó lường của ông Donald Trump, người luôn hoài nghi tính thiết yếu của liên minh quân sự này và ám ảnh với đòi hỏi đồng minh chia sẻ gánh nặng chi tiêu quốc phòng.
·         Người phụ nữ Anh bị nhiễm độc Novitchok đã tử vong (RFI) - Tối ngày 08/07/2018, người phụ nữ Anh bị trúng chất độc Novichok, bà Dawn Sturgess, 44 tuổi đã qua đời tại bệnh viện. Scotland Yard lần đầu tiên công bố danh tính nạn nhân và cho biết đã mở điều tra, khẳng định quyết tâm tìm ra thủ phạm để đưa ra trước công lý.
·         Brazil : Cuộc chiến pháp lý quanh cựu tổng thống Lula (RFI) - Tòa phúc thẩm Brazil ngày 08/07/2018 đã ra lệnh trả tự do cho cựu tổng thống Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, bị giam giữ trong tù từ hồi đầu tháng Tư vì tội tham nhũng. Quyết định của Tòa phúc thẩm Brazil đã khiến nhiều người ngạc nhiên.
·         Tối Cao Pháp Viện Mỹ sắp ngả sang khuynh hướng bảo thủ (RFI) - Tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump ngày 09/07/2018 bổ nhiệm một thẩm phán cho Tối Cao Pháp Viện Hoa Kỳ, có lẽ là một nhân vật rất bảo thủ. Đây là một quyết định có nguy cơ mang lại hậu quả nặng nề cho sự phát triển của xã hội Mỹ. Để tạo tiếng vang làm hài lòng cử tri của mình, ông Trump dự định giới thiệu người được chọn lựa vào 21 giờ, tức giờ vàng trên truyền hình.
·         Bỉ: Bây giờ hoặc không bao giờ (BBC) - Liệu có phải Bỉ đang vào lúc 'thiên thời, địa lợi, nhân hòa' nhất để có thể vô địch World Cup - sẽ là bây giờ, hoặc không bao giờ?
·         Pháp-Bỉ : Cuộc đấu của 2 láng giềng quen thuộc (RFI) - Người hâm mộ bóng đá Pháp từ 2 ngày qua chỉ nghĩ tới duy nhất trận đấu dành chiếc vé vào chung kết World Cup với đội tuyển Bỉ, một người hàng xóm quen thuộc trở thành đối thủ đáng gờm của tuyển Pháp trên sân vận động thành phố Saint Petersbourg vào 18 h giờ quốc tế ngày 10/07/2018.
·         Anh lại vào bán kết World Cup sau 27 năm (VOA) - Quan hệ giữa Anh và Nga đang căng thẳng sau khi Anh cáo buộc Nga dùng chất độc Novichok để đầu độc một cựu điệp viên Nga và con gái ông tại Wiltshire ở Anh...
·         Tổng thống Pháp tới Nga xem trận bán kết (VOA) - Điện Elysee mới xác nhận rằng Tổng thống Emmanuel Macron sẽ tới Nga xem tuyển Pháp thi đấu sau khi đội bóng có biệt danh “những chú gà trống Gaulois” đánh bại Uruguay để giành quyền vào bán kết.
·         Kazan, 'mồ' chôn các đội vô địch World Cup (VOA) - Sự tham gia của Kazan vào World Cup 2018 ở Nga kết thúc hôm 6/7 khi Bỉ hạ Brazil 2-1 để giành quyền vào bán kết.
·         Ích lợi bất ngờ của việc sao nhãng (BBC) - Ta thường nghĩ những người sao nhãng sẽ làm việc kém, nhưng thực ra điều đó có thể giúp đảo ngược tình thế trong một số vấn đề khó khăn.









          Don Brash says people have a right to air racist views in New Zealand      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Former National Party and ACT leader Dr Don Brash says it's important to protect free speech - so he's taking Auckland Council to court over a decision barring two right-wing speakers from using its venues.
          New Zealand's high rates of obesity 'inevitable' - study      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
People living in lower socio-economic areas have three times the number of fast food and takeaway outlets around them than those in less deprived areas, new research shows. 
          Microsoft Announces The Surface Go-Most Portable And Affordable Surface Product      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   



Surface Go – The Smallest, Thinnest, Lightest, And The Most Affordable Surface Yet.

The New 10” Surface Go Gives You Laptop Performance With Tablet Portability, Adjustable Built-in Kickstand, Power To Run Day-to-day Software Like Office 365, And A Stunning Touchscreen.



Microsoft Surface Go Comes With The 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y And Packs Up To 8GB LPDDR3 RAM And 128 GB SSD. The Go Also Comes With An Optional Keyboard Cover. According To Microsoft The Surface  Go Offers Up To 9 Hours Of Battery Life On A Single Charge. 
For Consumers Device Will Comes With Windows 10 Home In S Mode,While For Commercial Users There Is Windows 10 Pro Option Available.


With Surface Go Microsoft Also Includes New Accessories Like Signature Type Cover & Surface Mobile Mouse.

Microsoft Surface Go Will Be Available For Pre-order From Today In The U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Taiwan, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Malaysia, And Thailand.
In The U.S. And Canada It Will Be Available On August 2,Microsoft Didn't Announce When It Will Be Available For Other Countries.
Microsoft Surface Go Essential Model With 4GB RAM And 64GB SSD Cost $399,While The 8GB RAM Model With 128GB SSD Costs $549.

          IGEA: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy takes the #1 spot once again in Australia and New Zealand (Week 25)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Looks like we’ve got an update on how Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is performing so far in Australia and New Zealand according to IGEA after the major Multiplatform release for Week 25. We will be splitting them based on the base game and platform parity from both countries. This means that the charts will differ … Continue reading IGEA: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy takes the #1 spot once again in Australia and New Zealand (Week 25)
          Disneyland in California deserted and rides closed after temperatures soar to 45C      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Disneyland in California deserted and rides closed after temperatures soar to 45C#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 It should have been packed with families enjoying a day out at what is dubbed the happiest place on earth.But after temperatures soared to a staggering 114F (45C) in California on Friday, Disneyland in Anaheim was left almost deserted,... Reported by New Zealand Herald 5 minutes ago.
          Thai cartoon celebrating return of Wild Boars is full of hidden meanings      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Thailand is in a state of jubilation after the news that all twelve boys and their coach have been rescued from the Tham Luang Nang Non caves.After seventeen days spent with the soccer team trapped underground, the country can breathe... Reported by New Zealand Herald 1 hour ago.
          What it really means when your snot is green      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
What it really means when your snot is green#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 This is an article from Curious Kids , a series for children from The Conversation. Why does my snot turn green when I have a cold? – Xavier, age 8, Clifton Hill, Victoria. That's a great question Xavier! The... Reported by New Zealand Herald 1 hour ago.
          Four ways to entertain the kids      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Four ways to entertain the kids#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 Day three of the school holidays and already hearing cries of "I'm booooooooored"? Our travel writers offer some ideas to keep the whole family happy. 1 Taking children to Cape Reinga is to give a gift for life. This is the standing... Reported by New Zealand Herald 2 hours ago.
          The real way to keep your brain sharp as you age      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The real way to keep your brain sharp as you age#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 In a recent interview for the New York Times, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, offered some advice to older people to help them keep their cognitive skills as finely tuned as possible.Challenge... Reported by New Zealand Herald 2 hours ago.
          Here's what you can — and can't — pinch from your hotel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Here's what you can — and can't — pinch from your hotel#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 Writing for the Daily Mail , Sophia Money-Coutts reveals a selection of items you can — and can't — take from your hotel. Checking into a fancy hotel is just heaven, right? Big bed, spongy carpet, bath you could fit a rugby team... Reported by New Zealand Herald 2 hours ago.
          Meghan Markle's wardrobe hat trick: Three outfits in one very hectic day      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
She's had a hectic day, commencing with RAF centenary celebrations in London before jetting to Dublin for her first official overseas visit, but the Duchess of Sussex managed to keep the style stakes high with three outfit changes.... Reported by New Zealand Herald 2 hours ago.
          Our obese Kiwi kids: Pies at sports clubs not to blame, says radio host      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Our obese Kiwi kids: Pies at sports clubs not to blame, says radio host#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 As the spotlight in New Zealand's obesity battle is put on sports clubs, The Country's Sam "Lashes" Casey argues it's not the pies and hot chips after the kids' rugby game causing the problem. In this week's episode of "Lashing... Reported by New Zealand Herald 3 hours ago.
          Snake eyes: Reptile found in hard drive at Miami airport      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Snake eyes: Reptile found in hard drive at Miami airport#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 A man with a python hidden inside an external hard drive was stopped from boarding a Florida plane headed to Barbados.The Miami Herald reports that officers screening luggage at the Miami International Airport Sunday found an... Reported by New Zealand Herald 3 hours ago.
          Melbourne woman violently ill after restaurant's gluten-free fail      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Melbourne woman violently ill after restaurant's gluten-free fail#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 A Melbourne restaurant has been forced to apologise to a diner it made physically ill because of a simple — albeit common — mistake on its menu.Jacqui Reed spent six hours vomiting and the next day in recovery after a Spanish-themed... Reported by New Zealand Herald 3 hours ago.
          Chris Trotter on freedom of speech      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Chris Trotter has joined the Free Speech Coalition and writes: Quote: STEFAN MOLYNEUX AND LAUREN SOUTHERN gave New Zealanders an opportunity to test their values – most especially their tolerance. Controversialists, almost by profession, these two Canadians espouse ideas which most Kiwis find extremely jarring. We have come to accept human equality and religious tolerance […] The post Chris Trotter on freedom of speech appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
          Evidence-based campaigning & the failure of TOP and Gareth Morgan      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On the question of “Evidence Based Campaigning” Gareth had no credible answer. He said something about it was his money so he wanted value for money, then proceeded to depart from the question and make all sorts of excuses for making up campaigning as he went along. I had a chat to one of Gareth’s offsiders who recognised Gareth had not answered my question. I explained that campaigning is a multibillion dollar industry in the United States, and thoroughly researched so nothing needs to be made up. The response was “We have spent hundreds of thousands on campaign experts and got nowhere”. There are so few decent campaigners in New Zealand I suggested they look overseas to buy in campaign expertise rather than waste money on New Zealand pretenders. The post Evidence-based campaigning & the failure of TOP and Gareth Morgan appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
          Winston tells sugar-tax advocates to shove it      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Winston Peters is having a blinder as PM right now. Yesterday he told sugar-tax advocates to shove it: Quote: Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters says he does not agree New Zealand should have a sugar tax, as suggested by the chair of two New Zealand DHBs, saying “people are capable of looking after their own […] The post Winston tells sugar-tax advocates to shove it appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
          Free Speech Coalition raises $50k in under 24 hours, now set to sue Auckland Council      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Free Speech Coalition raised $50,000 in under 24 hours and is now set to sue Auckland Council. The NZ Herald reports: Quote: A group of New Zealanders behind a free speech campaign are proposing to take Auckland Council to court after successfully raising $50,000. The Free Speech Coalition started its fundraising efforts following the […] The post Free Speech Coalition raises $50k in under 24 hours, now set to sue Auckland Council appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
          Trump believes 'any collateral damage is fine' in new trade war, experts say      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

New Zealand is bound to feel some effects from the squabbling Pacific powers.


          Aeronautics whizz inspiring young women to reach for the stars      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Aeronautics whizz inspiring young women to reach for the stars#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 Professor Karen Willcox reached for the stars and very nearly got there.Now, the Kiwi who almost became our first astronaut and went on to become a top engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) worries there's... Reported by New Zealand Herald 1 hour ago.
          7/10/2018: Satellite, Cable & Digital: Satellite choice      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

ONE-DAY CRICKET England Women v New Zealand Women, 12.30pm, Sky Cricket, Mix & Main Event NAT SCIVER and Laura Marsh took three wickets apiece as England ran through the New Zealand batting to seal a 142-run victory at Headingley on Saturday. Now,...
          Ray White selected to be agent for The Block Season 7      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ray White New Zealand has once again been selected as the exclusive agent to partner with Three’s The Block NZ Season 7.  Ray White New Zealand regional manager Farah Jacobs said the group was so excited to be part of The Block NZ for Season 7 at Hobsonville Point. “This area has been built and... Read more »
          Engelbert Humperdinck bringing The Man I Want to Be tour to New Zealand      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Not many musicians can boast 50 years of hits, but Engelbert Humperdinck is one.
          7/11/2018: NEWS THE LAST PAGE: WORLD'S SMALLEST HARDEST      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
▶ Across 1. Celebration (S Afr sl) (3) 4. New Zealand sea fish (4) 5. The rabble (4) 6. Scandinavian knotted-pile rug (3) ▶ Down 1. Young kangaroo (4) 2. Tropical plant with edible pods (4) 3. A hat (inf) (3) 4. Congressman (abbr) (3)
          UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey bringing 40th anniversary tour down under      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey will be bringing their 40th anniversary tour to New Zealand early next year.
          New Zealand's Rocket Lab to open second launch pad in United States      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, planned to open a second launch site in the United States to complement its remote New Zealand pad, the firm said on Wednesday.

          Air New Zealand – $692: Los Angeles – Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Roundtrip, including all Taxes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Air New Zealand – $692: Los Angeles – Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Roundtrip, including all Taxes
A good sale to Cook Islands. Flights leave from Los Angeles on Saturdays and returns from Rarotonga on Fridays. So the minimum amount of time you need for this trip is 5 nights. Sample Travel Date: April 13th – 19th, 2019 This is just ONE SAMPLE travel date, for more availability, please follow the “Fare […]
          Microsoft launches Dynamics 365 Business Central in Australia and New Zealand      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Microsoft has launched Dynamics 365 Business Central, its newest SMB ERP offering, in Australia and New Zealand. In addition, a non-localized version of the product is now ready for partners to use to build other localizations. As a successor to Dynamics NAV , Business Central is sold through the  Cloud Solution Provider  program by Microsoft partners. Partners can now create their own localizations of Business Central for countries not on Microsoft's official list, as some... Read the full text.

          Microsoft launches Dynamics 365 Business Central in Australia and New Zealand      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Microsoft has launched Dynamics 365 Business Central, its newest SMB ERP offering, in Australia and New Zealand. In addition, a non-localized version of the product is now ready for partners to use to build other localizations. As a successor to Dynamics NAV , Business Central is sold through the  Cloud Solution Provider  program by Microsoft partners. Partners can now create their own localizations of Business Central for countries not on Microsoft's official list, as some....(read more)
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          New Zealand in desperate need of more wine sommeliers, says expert      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Master somellier Cameron Douglas says New Zealand is in “desperate need” of sommeliers in restaurants, wine stores and hotels. Source: www.stuff.co.nz

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          Kiwifruit expected to remain king of horticulture export industry ahead of wine      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Kiwifruit exports, valued at $1.86 billion, remains New Zealand’s most valuable horticulture export. It’s closely followed by the value of wine exports, at $1.72b, though they were less than half the value of the kiwifruit exports in 2004. Source, www.stuff.co.nz

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          August 13 - Pokey LaFarge      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Pokey LaFarge
Pokey LaFarge is a musician, songwriter, bandleader, entertainer, innovator and preservationist, whose arsenal of talents has placed him at the forefront of American music. Over the last decade, Pokey has won the hearts of music lovers across the globe with his creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing. After signing with Jack White's Third Man Records to release his fifth full-length album (Pokey LaFarge) in 2013, he performed as a musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show on Ireland's RTÉ One network. Pokey's rendition of "Lovesick Blues" with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, featured on an episode of Boardwalk Empire, was selected for inclusion on the series' official soundtrack (Vol. 2). Additionally, Pokey appeared in Disney's The Lone Ranger (both on screen and on the original score), was featured on A Prairie Home Companion and NPR's World Cafe, and recorded a song for ATO Records' Divided & United: Songs of the Civil War, produced by Randall Poster.

2014 has been Pokey's most momentous year yet; by spring, he had brought his music to five continents, with international tours in India, Australia and New Zealand. In the past year, Pokey's tour trail (consisting of over 250 shows) included appearances at clubs and festivals across the USA and Canada as well as two extensive tours in Europe. Pokey has played with the likes of Jack White, The Raconteurs, Wanda Jackson, Old Crow Medicine Show, and most recently, Carolina Chocolate Drops. As an opening act on Jack White's Blunderbuss tour, he delighted sold out crowds at Red Rocks Amphitheater and Radio City Music Hall, among other notable venues in North America. Pokey is currently touring with a five-piece backing band, including his original bandmates (Ryan Koenig on harmonica, washboard and snare, Adam Hoskins on guitar and Joey Glynn on upright bass), in addition to Chloe Feoranzo on clarinet and TJ Muller on cornet.

At only 31 years old, Pokey's career has not slowed in momentum since it began with his first release Marmalade (2007). Shortly followed by Beat, Move and Shake (2008) and Riverboat Soul (2010), Pokey quickly graduated from breakthrough artist to leading musical figure, receiving two consecutive Independent Music Awards for Best Americana Album (Riverboat Soul and Middle of Everywhere).

Pokey's music transcends the confines of genre, continually challenging the notion that tradition-bearers fail to push musical boundaries. Rather than merely conjuring up half-forgotten imagery of days past, Pokey is a lyrical storyteller, the plot delivered smoothly through his dynamic vocals. Both on stage and off, his effortless wit never fails to charm audiences, giving way to a live music experience that manages to be grandiose and unassuming all at once. Born in the heartland of America and based in St. Louis, Missouri, Pokey's Midwestern charisma welcomes his audiences with open arms.

Pokey LaFarge is on a mission, encouraging fans worldwide to think differently about what it means to celebrate musical traditions. Simply put, Pokey explains, "It's not retro music. It's American music that never died."
          Dialogue Starters Announced for Upcoming Arena Civil Dialogues      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will continue to host Arena Civil Dialogues to engage the D.C.-area community. Scholar, professor and peacebuilder Amitai Etzioni will moderate a series of discussions focusing on topics and questions in today's headlines, the next topic will focus on the increased presence of robots and technology use. The next Arena Civil Dialogue will be held in the Molly Smith Study at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater from 5:30-7 p.m. on August 12, 2018.

Arena Civil Dialogues will bring together Dialogue Starters with an expertise on the evening's topic, and the conversation on August 12 will discuss what happens to modern society with the addition of technology and robots. The Dialogue Starters that evening will include Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Molly Kinder, Senior Adviser, Work, Workers & Technology, New America; Ben Shneiderman, University Professor of Computer Science, University of Maryland; Mary Wareham, Advocacy Director of the Arms Division, Human Rights Watch; ; and Roman V. Yampolskiy, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science, University of Louisville.

Upcoming schedule
Sunday, August 12: The robots are coming
Will robots continue to take more of our jobs? Will they out smart us? Can they start wars?

Sunday, September 16: No deplorables here; how to understand each other
A dialogue between Trump supporters and opponents.

Sunday, October 14: Exploring well-being in a digital world
In the digital age, does constant technology connection undermine our well-being? How can we use technology to improve our overall health? Can we prevent cyberbullying and online hate speech?

Sunday, November 11: What makes a great America?
Who decides what makes America great? What are the alternate views of what makes a great America, at home and in a global sense? Can America still call itself a global leader?

There will be a reception before the discussion, starting at 5 p.m. in the Lower Lobby. Due to space limitations, registration is required but there is no admission fee.

For more information and to register for future Arena Civil Dialogues, visit: www.arenastage.org/civildialogues

The November 11, 2018 Arena Civil Dialogues will discuss the question: What makes a great America? Joining the Dialogue Starters for this event will be Pulitzer Prize Award-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, whose play Junk will run at Arena Stage from April 5 - May 5, 2019. He will be a part of the dialogue that explores: who decides what makes America great? What are the alternate views of what makes a great America, at home and in a global sense? Can America still call itself a global leader? Additional Dialogue Starters for this discussion will be announced at a later date.

Ayad Akhtar is the author of Junk (Lincoln Center, Broadway; 2018 Kennedy Prize for American Drama); Disgraced (Lincoln Center, Broadway; Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony nomination); The Who & The What (Lincoln Center); and The Invisible Hand (Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award, Olivier and Evening Standard nominations). As a novelist, he is the author of American Dervish (Little, Brown & Co.) published in over 20 languages. Recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2017 Steinberg Playwriting Award, as well as fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, MacDowell, The Sundance Institute, and Yaddo, where he serves as a Board Director. Board Trustee at PEN/America and New York Theatre Workshop.

August 12 Dialogue Starter Biographies
Amitai Etzioni (moderator), University Professor and Professor of International Relations at The George Washington University. He served as a Senior Advisor at the Carter White House; taught at Columbia University, Harvard University, and University of California at Berkeley; and served as president of the American Sociological Association (ASA). A study by Richard Posner ranked him among the top 100 American intellectuals. Etzioni is the author of many books, including The Limits of Privacy (1999) and Privacy in a Cyber Age (2015). His most recent book, Happiness is the Wrong Metric: A Liberal Communitarian Response to Populism, was published by Springer in January 2018.

Jared Bernstein joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in May 2011 as a Senior Fellow. From 2009 to 2011, Bernstein was the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, Executive Director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class and a member of President Obama's economic team. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Bernstein was a senior economist and the director of the Living Standards Program at the Economic Policy Institute, and between 1995 and 1996, he held the post of Deputy Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. Bernstein holds a PhD in Social Welfare from Columbia University and is the author and coauthor of numerous books including The Reconnection Agenda: Reuniting Growth and Prosperity. Bernstein has published extensively in various venues, including The New York Times, Washington Post and The American Prospect. He is an on-air commentator for the cable station CNBC and a contributor to The Washington Post's PostEverything blog.

Molly Kinder is a Senior Adviser on Work, Workers and Technology at New America. She is also a research fellow and adjunct faculty at Georgetown's McCourt School of Public Policy, where she teaches a graduate policy seminar on the social, policy and economic implications of Artificial Intelligence. Previously, Kinder was co-founder and vice president of a $200 million social impact fund and served in the Obama administration as a director in a new innovation program. She directed a Pakistan initiative at the Center for Global Development and co-authored the center's best-selling book. Kinder worked overseas in Liberia, India and Pakistan and holds a master's degree in public administration in international development from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Ben Shneiderman is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science, Founding Director (1983-2000) of the Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory and a Member of the UM Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) at the University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, IEEE and NAI, and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering, in recognition of his pioneering contributions to human-computer interaction and information visualization. His widely-used contributions include the clickable highlighted weblinks, high-precision touchscreen keyboards for mobile devices and tagging for photos. Shneiderman's advanced work on information visualization includes dynamic query sliders for Spotfire, development of treemaps for hierarchical data, novel network visualizations for NodeXL and event sequence analysis for electronic health records. Ben wrote The New ABCs of Research: Achieving Breakthrough Collaborations, Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction, and his Leonardo's Laptop: Human Needs the New Computing Technologies won the IEEE book award for Distinguished Literary Contribution.

Mary Wareham is advocacy director of the Arms Division, where she leads Human Rights Watch's advocacy against particularly problematic weapons that pose a significant threat to civilians. She is also serving as the global coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. From 2006 to 2008, Wareham served as advocacy director for Oxfam New Zealand, leading its efforts to secure an arms trade treaty and the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. From 1998 to 2006, Wareham was senior advocate for the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch and was responsible for global coordination of the Landmine Monitor research initiative, which verifies compliance and implementation of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. From 1996 to 1997, Wareham worked for the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, assisting Jody Williams in coordinating the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), co-laureate of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize together with Williams. Wareham worked as a researcher for the New Zealand parliament from 1995 to 1996 after receiving bachelor's and master's degrees in political science from Victoria University of Wellington.

Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy is a Tenured Associate Professor in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville. He is the founding and current director of the Cyber Security Lab.During his tenure at UofL, Dr. Yampolskiy has been recognized as Distinguished Teaching Professor, Professor of the Year, Faculty Favorite, Top 4 Faculty, Leader in Engineering Education, Top 10 of Online College Professor of the Year and Outstanding Early Career in Education award winner. He is a Senior member of IEEE and AGI, Member of Kentucky Academy of Science and Research Advisor for MIRI and Associate of GCRI. Yampolskiy holds a PhD from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo. He was a recipient of a four year National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship fellowship. Before beginning his doctoral studies Dr. Yampolskiy received a BS/MS (High Honors) combined degree in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. After completing his PhD dissertation, he held a position of an Affiliate Academic at the Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University of London, College of London. He had previously conducted research at the Laboratory for Applied Computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology and at the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Yampolskiy is an alumnus of Singularity University and a Visiting Fellow of the Singularity Institute (Machine Intelligence Research Institute). Dr. Yampolskiy is an author of over 100 publications including multiple journal articles and books, including Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach.

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Director Edgar Dobie, is a national center dedicated to American voices and artists. Arena Stage produces plays of all that is passionate, profound, deep and dangerous in the American spirit, and presents diverse and ground-breaking work from some of the best artists around the country. Arena Stage is committed to commissioning and developing new plays and impacts the lives of over 10,000 students annually through its work in community engagement. Now in its seventh decade, Arena Stage serves a diverse annual audience of more than 300,000. arenastage.org


          Almost 3,000 homes to be built in Te Kauwhata      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford has announced 2,790 houses will be built around Te Kauwhata, with funding loaned from the $1bil Housing Infrastructure Fund.

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          Duchess Meghan Dazzles in Black Dress, Wearing Her Third Stunning Dress in One Day      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

For an evening reception at the British Embassy, Meghan Markle changed into yet another stylish dress.

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This is her third ensemble of the day. She wore an incredibly stylish black tea length gown for the celebration of 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. Then she made a quick change into a stunning emerald gown for her landing in Ireland with husband Prince Harry.

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Later, Meghan changed once again into a beautiful square-necked black gown designed by New Zealand-born, London-based designer Emilia Wickstead. The gown is perfect for the summer weather and pulled together by a belt. 

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There's been some controversy surrounding the designer. After Meghan and Harry's May wedding, reports claimed that she said Meghan's Givenchy gown looked like it had been taken from one of her designs. 

After the reports surfaced, Wickstead denied the claims. She expressed her sorrow over the controversy.

“I am extremely saddened by commentary that has appeared in the press and online over the past few days. Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Sussex looked absolutely beautiful on her wedding day and I have the utmost admiration and respect for her.”

She continued, “I do not think that her wedding dress was a copy of any of our designs. I have the greatest respect for Clare Waight Keller and the House of Givenchy — a huge source of inspiration to me. I wish Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a wonderful, happy and love filled life together." 

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Meghan appears to have held no ill-will against Wickstead. She looks perfectly happy to be wearing the designer's dress. 

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During his speech at the embassy, Prince Harry spoke warmly about Ireland. He said that being in Ireland has made it easy to understand why it holds a special place in the hearts of all those who visit it, especially his family. 

He added, "We’re so pleased to be here, for our first official international visit together as a married couple, and we hope it will be the first of many." 

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Meghan looks so beautiful! Which one of her looks was your favorite? Let us know in the comments. In other royal family news, you can't miss the first new photos of Prince Louis since his birth. He's so cute! 


          RNZ and NZ On Air will share bulk of funding promised by Labour-led Government      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran has revealed public broadcaster Radio New Zealand will only receive a $4.5 million boost - despite promising it the bulk share in new funding.
          Impact of being told 'no cake for you' - why discrimination matters      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
OPINION: I have seen many people ask, "Can you believe this happened in New Zealand?" Yes, I can. In entirely unsurprising news, homophobia still exists in Aotearoa!
          A Wrinkle in Time: DVD/Blu-Ray offers more glimpses of blockbuster's New Zealand-shoot      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A Wrinkle in Time's release on Blu Ray and DVD provides even more evidence of how much the blockbuster's cast and crew loved their time in New Zealand.
          Scientists use more animals for research      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
New Zealand scientists used 254,453 animals for research in 2016 and a quarter of them died or were euthanised as a result. 
          New Zealand sevens ace Gayle Broughton's extensive tā moko a tribute to her family      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
New Zealand sevens player Gayle Broughton wears her heart on her sleeve.
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Usually police dogs do the biting, but in New Zealand the reverse occurred.
          Fundraiser for pastor embroiled in alleged mosque invasions taken down      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
New Zealand-born pastor Logan Robertson was arrested and charged over two alleged confrontations at Brisbane mosques.
          Best Ways to Watch Cricket Online in USA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Here are the best options to watch cricket online in the US. Read on to learn what each provider offers. Don't miss another game.

HOTSTAR US

Hotstar is a video streaming app which streams Indian TV shows, movies, and live sports. They feature content in eight Indian languages: Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Kannada and Malayalam.

When it comes to sports, Hotstar features live telecasts of kabaddi, badminton, hockey, and most importantly, cricket.

The good thing about Hotstar is that it has exclusive broadcasting rights for the Indian Premier League (IPL). This means that you can only watch live broadcasts of the IPL games on Hotstar. It also streams the IPL in a variety of languages, such as Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Kannada, Hindi and English.

However, if you're looking for cricket matches outside India or other international cricket tournaments, then consider Willow TV.

Willow TV

The Willow TV channel is a live 24/7 cricket channel in the USA and Canada. It has exclusive broadcasting rights to games by the International Cricket Council (ICC), The Board of Control for Cricket in India, Cricket Australia, Cricket South Africa, New Zealand Cricket, West Indies Cricket Board, Sri Lanka Cricket Board, Bangladesh Cricket Board, Cricket Zimbabwe and others.

Willow works together with satellite, cable, and IPTV providers to help feature their channel. Currently their partners include DISH Network, DIRECTV, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FIOS, Charter Communications, Bright House Networks and Cox.

If you just want to watch cricket, Willow TV offers a direct, standalone subscription too. You can go directly to their website to subscribe. To access the channel, just download the app for your smartphone or tablet, or log on to the site from any web browser.

Sling TV

Sling TV is an online streaming provider which features TV series and shows. Their most popular bundles are their English "Blue" and "Orange" packages, but they also offer Indian packages which feature shows in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Urdu, Bangla and Bengali.

Sling TV also offers a Willow TV subscription. The package has two channels - Willow TV HD and Willow XTRA. Both offer cricket content, featuring both live and recorded games.

The best part about Sling TV is that you won't have to choose a main subscription and add Willow TV after. They offer just the Willow TV package as a subscription by itself. You can subscribe per month, per six months, or annually.

ESPN+

ESPN+ is a new streaming service by ESPN. To be clear - it isn't a standalone app. It's currently inside the existing ESPN app, which can be installed on Android smartphones, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TVs, Fire Tablets, iPhones, and iPads. It also works on web browsers, so you can access it from any computer.

In terms of content, ESPN+ offers live games, studio series, and original programs. You can find live broadcasts of soccer, boxing, golf, tennis, rugby, and several college sports. They also stream live cricket games, featuring matches across Test, ODI, and T20 formats from New Zealand Cricket and Cricket Ireland.

You can choose to subscribe to ESPN+ monthly or annually.

Bottom Line

When it comes to streaming live cricket games online, there aren't many options in the U.S. If you're a fan of local games in India, then Hotstar is the best choice. They have exclusive rights to broadcast the IPL, which is great for those who follow the Indian cricket league.

If you're looking for international games, however, then consider Willow TV. You can subscribe directly to Willow TV or through their affiliates (such as Sling TV). Willow TV has the rights to most of the international cricket boards, which means you'll have access to most of the international game broadcasts.

ESPN+ is a relatively new service, and they do feature some cricket games, but they're not a dedicated cricket channel like Willow TV or Hotstar. It can be a good choice if you're also interested in other games, such as rugby or golf. However, if you're purely interested in cricket, it's better to look at Willow TV or Hotstar instead.

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          Roy Montgomery – “Landfall” (Feat. Grouper’s Liz Harris)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
New Zealand guitarist Roy Montgomery is releasing a new album next month, Suffuse. It was inspired after listening back to the vocals portion of his largely instrumental 2016 four-album suite RMHQ and coming to terms with his deep-seated dislike of his own voice. That led him to ask a number of different vocalists to collaborate…
          Theodore Dalrymple profiles a notable NZ murderer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Theodore Dalrymple in City Journal concentrates on a New Zealand born murderer in his reflection on the evolution in our criminal justice system, discerned from a quiet evening’s reading of Notable British Trials. He observes that for roughly 200 years, trial transcripts were popular, if not the favorite, reading material in the English-speaking world?especially in […]
          7/11/2018: National News Politics: New planes at odds with peace: MP      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Green Party says New Zealand is not truly subscribing to the rules-based order by purchasing new military planes with increased combat capability. On Monday, Defence Minister Ron Mark announced the Government would buy four Boeing P-8A Poseidon...
          7/11/2018: Opinion: $2.3b Poseidon adventure      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Everybody needs good neighbours – but at what cost? Compared with its Five Eyes allies in the United States, Britain, Australia and Canada, New Zealand is the defence weakling, relying on the others to come to its aid should a big bully start throwing...
          7/11/2018: Opinion: Quit using the ‘P’ word      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Re the Opinion piece (July 9) on the ‘‘P’’ word, which is patronising to put it mildly. I detest this racist epithet with all my being. Why? Because I am a New Zealander, first, last, full stop, period, end of. Why newspapers and the Government insist...
          7/11/2018: Business: The limits to speaking your mind      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

In New Zealand, freedom of expression is enshrined in our Bill of Rights Act. But that doesn’t mean people can say whatever they want without consequence. There are a number of checks and balances, including the law of defamation. Broadly speaking,...
          7/11/2018: Capital Day: 5 minute quiz      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

1. Immigrants from what country founded the New Zealand companies Lockwood, Rembrandt and Vogel’s? 2. Hippophobia is a fear of what animals? 3. America’s National Audubon Society is active in what field: astronomy, conservation or history? 4....
          7/11/2018: Sport: Pivac named Wales coach      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
New Wales coach Wayne Pivac has vowed to continue Warren Gatland’s ‘‘legacy’’ as he prepares to replace his New Zealand compatriot after the next Rugby World Cup. The Welsh Rugby Union made the announcement yesterday, saying the decision to hire the...
          7/11/2018: Sport: Ruby Tui sees the bright side now      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

In any given year, New Zealand’s medical professionals deal with up to 30 cases of mumps, half of which are in children under 10. Rates of the viral illness have declined by more than 90 per cent since the introduction of a vaccine, with those who are...
          7/11/2018: Sport: Heraf’s hubris deserves a red card      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Any hope Andreas Heraf had of keeping his New Zealand Football job has surely vanished after his latest case of cultural cringe. The NZF director of football has given a damning interview to an Austrian newspaper while on ‘‘special leave’’ during a...
          7/11/2018: Sport: Kiwis geared up for Cup defence      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Talk of World Cup tournaments in July sends the mind to Russia and the pinnacle of football, but not for a select group of sevens rugby players. New Zealand yesterday announced their men’s and women’s squads for the Sevens World Cup in San Francisco,...
          7/11/2018: Sport: At a glance      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
New Zealand’s Sevens World Cup squads Men: Kurt Baker, Dylan Collier, Scott Curry (co-captain), Trael Joass, Andrew Knewstubb, Jona Nareki, Tim Mikkelson (cocaptain), Sione Molia, Salesi Rayasi, Joe Ravouvou, Akulia Rokolisoa, Regan Ware. Women:...
          7/11/2018: Sport: Sitak, Venus march on      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Kiwi Michael Venus has joined fellow New Zealander Artem Sitak in the quarterfinals of the men’s doubles. Venus and his South African partner Raven Klaasen beat Leonardo Mayer, of Argentina, and Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-3 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-3 yesterday,...
          7/11/2018: Sport: Kopua’s career in doubt      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

New Zealand netball great Casey Kopua’s elite career could be over after a season-ending foot injury. The former Silver Ferns captain was a late withdrawal from last Wednesday’s game against the Northern Stars after injuring her foot in the warm-up....
          7/11/2018: Sport: Phoenix add ex-EPL defender to roster      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

When Steven Taylor lined up against the Wellington Phoenix on a pre-season tour of New Zealand in 2014, little did he know that just four years later he would be joining the club. The 32-year-old English defender, who made 215 appearances for...
          7/11/2018: Life: Fast food is bigger, saltier      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Fast-food servings in New Zealand are getting larger and saltier, new research shows. About 5500 food items from 10 fast-food chains were studied by a group of researchers from Auckland University between 2012 and 2016. It found that serving sizes,...
          7/11/2018: Life: 7      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

chunks, which can be stir-fried or used in curries, also has huge potential.’’ So convinced was Bruce Craig about the future of meatless meat, he gave up a career as an architect to open the New Zealand arm of Australian vegetarian/vegan fast food...
          7/11/2018: Life: We love Mars Glitter Double Drop earrings      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

From the new “Pearly” collection by New Zealand boutique accessory brand Mars, these dazzling green beauties ($90) are a breath of fresh air from the usual silver and gold jewellery. A liberal dose of emerald glitter is set in resin and finished with...
          Suzanne Vega announces support acts      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Plus1 is delighted to announce two of New Zealand's best songwriters, Melbourne-based Lisa Crawley , and worldwide-travelling troubadour Mel Parsons , will open for Suzanne Vega in Auckland and Wellington respectively , in early August .
          Engelbert Humperdinck announces New Zealand tour       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The legendary Engelbert Humperdinck is bringing 50 years of hits to New Zealand early next year with his critically-acclaimed ‘ The Man I Want To Be ’ Tour.
          New Zealand Waka Ama take on the Va’a world once again      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
New Zealand Waka Ama take on the Va’a world once again
          Kiwis continue to underestimate water risks      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Research by Water Safety New Zealand (WSNZ) has revealed over a third of kiwis have experienced a serious situation in the water, and continue to underestimate the danger posed by our waterways.
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New Zealand banks risk losing clients unless their lending practices become more transparent according to a financial technology expert.
          “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey® to Make Historic Video Game Franchise Debut as WWE® 2K19 Pre-Order Bonus Character      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey® to Make Historic Video Game Franchise Debut as WWE® 2K19 Pre-Order Bonus Character “The Baddest Woman on the Planet” set to join former WWE Champion Rey Mysterio® as the second of two playable pre-order characters for the upcoming flagship series release. Sydney, Australia – July 11, 2018 – 2K has announced that Olympic medalist, feature film actress, UFC® Hall of Famer and current WWE® Superstar, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey®, will make her WWE console video game debut in WWE® 2K19, the forthcoming release in the flagship WWE video game franchise. The “Baddest Woman on the Planet” – who put the WWE Universe on notice with a surprise Royal Rumble® 2018 appearance, blockbuster WrestleMania® 34 debut match and continued explosive presence – will appear in WWE 2K19 as a playable character wearing her signature ring gear inspired by “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. In addition, 2K’s global marketing campaign trailer for the announcement, which debuted during last night’s Monday Night Raw® broadcast, further celebrates Ronda’s landmark WWE arrival and incredible bond shared with the late WWE Hall of Famer through inclusion of Piper’s verbal praise from her Piper’s Pit™ podcast appearance in 2015. “As a WWE Superstar, having support from the Piper family means everything to me,” said Ronda Rousey. “It’s an honour to be part of WWE 2K19 and have my name mentioned alongside so many important Superstars in WWE history, including Rey Mysterio, Kurt Angle®, Ultimate Warrior®, Sting™ and Goldberg™.” “Anybody can call themselves ‘Rowdy’, but it takes a special, talented and dedicated individual to live up to the ‘Rowdy’ name,” said Colt Toombs, son of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. “My dad saw it in Ronda, and so do we. She is truly ‘Rowdy to the core,’ and that mindset really comes through in the trailer for WWE 2K19.” Rousey, alongside former WWE Champion Rey Mysterio, will be available as bonus content for those who pre-order the game at participating retailers for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and Windows PC. WWE 2K19 is currently scheduled for worldwide release on October 9, 2018, with Early Access players receiving their copies and in-game bonuses beginning four days early on October 5, 2018. “From an Olympic tatami to the UFC Octagon to the WWE ring, Ronda is a one-of-a-kind athlete and incredible ambassador for career and life empowerment,” said Chris Snyder, Vice President of Marketing at 2K. “Her discipline, determination and attitude toward accomplishing her goals and silencing her critics make her the perfect embodiment of WWE 2K19’s ‘Never Say Never’ global marketing campaign. We are thrilled to welcome Ronda to the WWE 2K family and can’t wait to see what’s in store for her in the years to come.” Through the announcement of Ronda Rousey as the second of two pre-order playable characters, 2K updated details today surrounding WWE 2K19 premium product offerings and their scheduled release dates: About the WWE 2K19 Deluxe Edition  Players who purchase the WWE 2K19 Deluxe Edition, available in both physical and digital varieties at participating retailers, will receive Early Access to their game copies and in-game bonuses beginning four days early on Friday, October 5, 2018 for the PS4™ system, Xbox One and Windows PC. The WWE 2K19 Deluxe Edition includes the following items: Copy of WWE 2K19 video game with Deluxe Edition packaging; Access to WWE 2K19 Season Pass digital content (details announced this winter); Access to WWE 2K19 pre-order bonus digital content (playable Rey Mysterio “Royal Rumble 2018” character and playable Ronda Rousey “WrestleMania 34/Roddy Piper-inspired” character); Access to WWE 2K19 Collector’s Edition digital content (details announced this winter). About the WWE 2K19 Collector’s Edition* Players who purchase the WWE 2K19 Collector’s Edition at participating retailers will also receive Early Access to their game copies and in-game bonuses beginning four days early on Friday, October 5, 2018 for the PS4™ system and Xbox One. The WWE 2K19 Collector’s Edition includes the following items: Copy of WWE 2K19 Deluxe Edition, which includes the following items: Copy of WWE 2K19 video game with Deluxe Edition packaging; Access to WWE 2K19 Season Pass digital content (details announced this winter); Access to WWE 2K19 pre-order bonus digital content (playable Rey Mysterio “Royal Rumble 2018” character and playable Ronda Rousey “WrestleMania 34/Roddy Piper-inspired” character); Access to WWE 2K19 Collector’s Edition digital content (details announced this winter); Premium packaging; Exclusive and rare physical collectibles; Limited Edition WWE® SuperCard content. *Only available at select retailers in Australia while stocks last. Not available in New Zealand. Developed collaboratively by Yuke’s and Visual Concepts, a 2K studio, WWE 2K19 is not yet rated by the Australian Classification Board. WWE 2K19 is currently scheduled for worldwide release on October 9, 2018 for the PS4™ system, Xbox One and Windows PC. For more information on WWE 2K19 and 2K, visit wwe.2k.com, become a fan on Facebook, follow the game on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #WWE2K19 and #NeverSayNever or subscribe on YouTube. For more information on the WWE 2K19 Million Dollar Challenge, please visit wwe.2k.com/milliondollarchallenge/rules. 2K is a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO). About WWE WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE’s TV-PG, family-friendly can be seen in more than 800 million homes worldwide in 25 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo. Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/. Trademarks: All WWE programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, logos and copyrights are the exclusive property of WWE and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners. Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks relating to: WWE Network; major distribution agreements; our need to continue to develop creative and entertaining programs and events; a decline in the popularity of our brand of sports entertainment; the continued importance of key performers and the services of Vincent K. McMahon; possible adverse changes in the regulatory atmosphere and related private sector initiatives; the highly competitive, rapidly changing and increasingly fragmented nature of the markets in which we operate and greater financial resources or marketplace presence of many of our competitors; uncertainties associated with international markets; our difficulty or inability to promote and conduct our live events and/or other businesses if we do not comply with applicable regulations; our dependence on our intellectual property rights, our need to protect those rights, and the risks of our infringement of others’ intellectual property rights; the complexity of our rights agreements across distribution mechanisms and geographical areas; potential substantial liability in the event of accidents or injuries occurring during our physically demanding events including, without limitation, claims relating to CTE; large public events as well as travel to and from such events; our feature film business; our expansion into new or complementary businesses and/or strategic investments; our computer systems and online operations; a possible decline in general economic conditions and disruption in financial markets; our accounts receivable; our revolving credit facility; litigation; our potential failure to meet market expectations for our financial performance, which  could adversely affect our stock; Vincent K. McMahon exercising control over our affairs, and his interests may conflict with the holders of our Class A common stock; a substantial number of shares which are eligible for sale by the McMahons and the sale, or the perception of possible sales, of those shares could lower our stock price; and the relatively small public “float” of our Class A common stock. In addition, our dividend is dependent on a number of factors, including, among other things, our liquidity and cash flow, strategic plan (including alternative uses of capital), our financial results and condition, contractual and legal restrictions on the payment of dividends (including under our revolving credit facility), general economic and competitive conditions and such other factors as our Board of Directors may consider relevant. Forward-looking statements made by the Company speak only as of the date made, are subject to change without any obligation on the part of the Company to update or revise them, and undue reliance should not be placed on these statements. About Take-Two Interactive Software Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment for consumers around the globe. The Company develops and publishes products principally through its wholly-owned labels Rockstar Games and 2K, as well as its new Private Division label and Social Point, a leading developer of mobile games. Our products are designed for console systems and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets, and are delivered through physical retail, digital download, online platforms and cloud streaming services. The Company’s common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more corporate and product information please visit our website at http://www.take2games.com. About 2K Founded in 2005, 2K develops and publishes interactive entertainment globally for console systems, handheld gaming systems and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets, which are delivered through physical retail, digital download, online platforms and cloud streaming services. 2K publishes titles in today’s most popular gaming genres, including shooters, action, role-playing, strategy, sports, casual, and family entertainment. The 2K label has some of the most talented development studios in the world today, including Firaxis Games, Visual Concepts, Hangar 13, Cat Daddy Games and 2K China. 2K’s stable of high quality titles includes the critically acclaimed BioShock®, Borderlands™, Mafia, and XCOM® franchises, the beloved Sid Meier’s Civilization series, Evolve™, Battleborn®, the popular WWE 2K franchise and NBA 2K, the highest rated* annual sports title of this console generation. *According to 2008 – 2018 Metacritic.com All trademarks and copyrights contained herein are the property of their respective holders. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements The statements contained herein which are not historical facts are considered forward-looking statements under federal securities laws and may be identified by words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “potential,” “predicts,” “projects,” “seeks,” “should,” “will,” or words of similar meaning and include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the outlook for the Company’s future business and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are based on the current beliefs of our management as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to them, which are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Actual outcomes and results may vary materially from these forward-looking statements based on a variety of risks and uncertainties including: our dependence on key management and product development personnel, our dependence on our Grand Theft Auto products and our ability to develop other hit titles, the timely release and significant market acceptance of our games, the ability to maintain acceptable pricing levels on our games, and risks associated with international operations. Other important factors and information are contained in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, including the risks summarized in the section entitled “Risk Factors,” the Company’s most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, and the Company’s other periodic filings with the SEC, which can be accessed at http://www.take2games.com/. All forward-looking statements are qualified by these cautionary statements and apply only as of the date they are made. 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          Police say man bites dog during chase      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Usually police dogs do the biting, but in New Zealand the reverse occurred.
          Serious questions after census shambles - Nick Smith      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Stats NZ’s admission that over 400,000 New Zealanders were not counted in this year’s census raises serious questions for the Government to answer, National’s spokesperson for State Services Nick Smith says.


          Karters head to Hastings this week for annual NZ Schools' champs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

School-age karters from all over New Zealand are heading to Hawke’s Bay this week to prepare for this year’s KartSport New Zealand Furnware National Schools’ Championships 2018 meeting being held at Hastings on Saturday.


          Training on - rain, hail or snow      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

New Zealand’s cricketers now have the ability to train on grass pitches throughout the year, thanks to a new marquee cover and climate control system at its High-Performance Centre in Lincoln.


          Offer - Private Tutor, Online English Teaching Job, Work from Home, Up to 25/Hour - CHINA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
To Apply visit this link: http://cips.antianfan.com/663356 Da Da ABC is an online one-on-one English education platform for children between 4 to 16 years ol d.&nbs p; We are recruiting part-time English teachers all year round, who can give fun and interactive English classes to our students via video-conferenc e. What we offer: Up to 160 RMB($25)/Hour Contract: 6 or 12 month Working hrs/week Min: 4, Max: 20 Teaching time: (Mon-Fri) 18:00-21:00 (Sat & Sun) 10:00-12:06,14:00- 16:06,18:04-21:14.(GMT+8) Incentives/Bonuses Paid contracted non-teaching hours Many more time slots open up during winter and summer breaks as well as other times throughout the school year. Job Requirement: I'd Speaks English at an idiomatic level (accent free) I'd Have teaching experie nce for kids (not necessary); I'd TESOL/TEFL certification, o r willingness to obtain certific ation; I'd Willingness to commit to a regular w eekly working schedule. And should be committing to teach at least 4 hours in the following timetable Required documents: I'd CV (Name/Gender/Nationality) with a front photo (ID photo preferred) I'd Copies of certifications I'd Copy of Passport or other ID. I'd Your contact details, such as Phone number, email and other in stant contact information as Wechat &am p; Skype. Online English tutor/ Online ESL tutor Country: home-based Job Type: Part-time Accepted Nationalities: the U. S., Canada, the U. K., Aus tralia, Ireland, New Zealand, So uth Africa Become friends with students: The difference between other online English teaching company and Da Da ABC is that at Da Da ABC, teachers can have their regular students, and they dont have to teach different students in each cla ss. Therefore, our teachers and their students can bond and build strong friendships. We also want to build strong relationships with our teachers. Therefore, we try our best to assist and provide them with the necessary training before they start working in order that they can perform at their best in class. Each teacher has the opportunity to come to China and join our students-teacher meetings. It is also possible for them to stay in Shanghai and become our full- time staff. And if they would like, they can go back home and join our training and be part of the recruitment team. For more details, please send your CV to amanda@findworkabroad.com We look forward to hearing from you soon Salary: 2000 CNY to 12500 CNY Monthly Contract type: Part time Work visa provided: No Work Location: Guangzhou Requirements: - Teaching experience - Passport holders To apply visit this link: http://cips.antianfan.com/663356
          Offer - Teach in International High school in Tianjin, Up to 17000RMB, start in August,2018 - CHINA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
To Apply visit this link: http://cips.io/e029f2 We are looking for native English teachers to work at our international school located in Tianjin. The teaching starts in August, 2018. If you are a motivated, engaging and creative teacher, we would welcome you to apply. Job description: * Teaching English; * You are required to teach mid dle school students; * The students are aged from 13-15 years old; Qualifications: * Native English speakers or non-ative E nglish speakers with BA degree from an English speaking country; * BA degree or higher education bac kground; * With 120 hours TEFL/T ESOL certificate; * At least 2 years teaching experience; *2-3 reference letters from your previous work employers; Others: * No criminal record check within 6 months; * An authenticated degree in Chinese Embassy i n home country; * Authenticated kinship documents if with Spouse and Ch ildren; Benefits: * Salary scale 21,800 USD to 30,000 USD per year, depending on previous teachin g experience; around 12000 RMB to 17000 RMB per month; * Paid Holidays (Winter & Summer holidays, Christmas Day, May Day, National Day, et c); * Free Medical Insurance with MSH China for T eacher, Spouse and Children); * Free-rent Apartment provided; * A Round-trip Flight Reimbursement for Teacher, Spouse and Childr en; *50% Plus Children Tuition Deduction; * Sponsored Legal Z Work Visa; * Professional Development Workshop; * Stock Share Incentive Plan; Working schedule: * Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 17:00pm, weekends off; To apply for this position please submit your CV,. Salary: 12000 CNY(RMB) to 17000 CNY(RMB) Monthly Housing: Provided Contract type: Full time Work visa provided: Yes Teaching Students age: Middle school Work Location: Tianjin, Tianjin Working hours: Monday to Friday from 8: 00am to 17: 00pm, 15 blocks in high school (70 Min's per block), weekends off Positions available: 4 Requirements: - Teaching experience - Accepted age range: 25 to 61 - TEFL Certificate or Higher - Degree in any field - British, American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Irish or South African Passport holders To apply visit this link: http://cips.io/e029f2 Alternatively, send your CV, passport copy, certificates copy and photo to E-mail: apply@findworkabroad.com Or for more details call: (China) +86(0)20-37303381 Or (UK) +44 1202 935052
          Offer - Teach English in training center in Haizhu District, Guangzhou,Up to 16000RMB, start immediate - CHINA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
To Apply visit this link: http://cips.io/49ecd3 There is a training center opportunity available in Haizhu District, Guangzhou for native English speaker s to start immediately. Employment benefits The base salary is 16000 RMB per month5000 RMB flight allowance will be paid after completing a year contract Accommodation is not provided Z visa will be processed for the qualified candidates Free health & accident insurance provided Job description Teach English Student Age: 6-18 years old Teaching Schedule25 teaching hours wit h 5-15 office hour s per week, two days o ff (We dnesday 13:00-21:00pm, Thursday 15:00-21:00pm, Friday 13:00-20:00p m, weekend 8:00-18:30pm) Qualifications Native English speaker s Non-native English spkeaker(perfect English accent r equired) Bachelor degree or higher ed ucation degree TEFL/TESOL certificate At least 2 years teaching experience We welcome experienced teachers who can develop fun and educational activities. Review of application will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit a cover letter, Resume/CV, recent photo to apply@findworkabroad.com Salary: 16000 CNY(RMB) /Month Housing: Not Provided Contract type: Full time Work visa provided: Yes Teaching Students age: Training center (Children) Work Location: Haizhu District, Guangzhou Working hours: 25 teaching hours with 5-15 office hours per week, two days off (Wednesday 13: 00-21: 00pm, Thursday 15: 00-21: 00pm, Friday 13: 00-20: 00pm, weekend 8: 00-18: 30pm) Positions available: 2 Requirements: - Teaching experience - Accepted age range: 20 to 70 - TEFL Certificate or Higher - Degree in any field - British, American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Irish, South African or European Passport holders To apply visit this link: http://cips.io/49ecd3 Alternatively, send your CV, passport copy, certificates copy and photo to E-mail: apply@findworkabroad.com Or for more details call: (China) +86(0)20-37303381 Or (UK) +44 1202 935052
          Winston Would Find Money If War Was Declared      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
If America declared war on Russia, North Korea, or Iran and called on New Zealand to assist, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters’ government would immediately find the money necessary to provide the resources our armed forces required.
          Queenstown ‘bed tax’ could kill the goose      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Queenstown Mayor’s proposed bed tax could choke the goose that lays the golden egg, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “As though it’s not already costly enough for people to ...
          Parental Alienation Under Scrutiny      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A University of Otago study calling for consideration of law reform in the complex field of parental alienation has been published this week in the New Zealand Family Law Journal.
          Engelbert Humperdinck at Opera House next March      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Press Release – NicNak Media The legendary Engelbert Humperdinck is bringing 50 years of hits to New Zealand early next year with his critically-acclaimed ‘The Man I Want To Be’ Tour. Presented by MJR in partnership with APA Touring, the British ‘King of Romance’ will play three shows – Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland on […]
          Captive population of rare skink established      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Press Release – Department of Conservation A secure population of one of New Zealand’s rarest skinks, the critically endangered Chesterfield skink has been established in captivity, with support from the Endangered Species Foundation (ESF) and Auckland Zoo. In 2017 the entire population was estimated to be fewer than 200 individuals. However the species was seriously […]
          Incident on Southern Motorway      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Press Release – New Zealand Police At approximately 10:08am this morning Police in Pukekohe attempted to stop a stolen vehicle. It failed to do so and a pursuit was initiated but abandoned minutes later due to the manner of driving. After Police had stopped following the vehicle, the offending driver has then entered the Southern […]
          Suzanne Vega announces support acts      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Press Release – Plus One Suzanne Vega announces support acts Lisa Crawley and Mel Parsons Plus1 is delighted to announce two of New Zealand’s best songwriters, Melbourne-based Lisa Crawley, and worldwide-travelling troubadour Mel Parsons, will open for Suzanne Vega in Auckland and Wellington respectively, in early August. Tuesday 7 August – Bruce Mason Centre / […]
          Engelbert Humperdinck announces New Zealand tour      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Press Release – NicNak Media Engelbert Humperdinck announces New Zealand tour The ‘King of Romance’ Engelbert Humperdinck announces New Zealand tour The legendary Engelbert Humperdinck is bringing 50 years of hits to New Zealand early next year with his critically-acclaimed ‘The Man I Want To Be’ Tour. Presented by MJR in partnership with APA Touring, […]
          High obesity rates inevitable given NZ’s unhealthy food      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Press Release – University of Auckland High obesity rates inevitable given New Zealand’s unhealthy food environments A major cause of New Zealand’s very high rates of obesity has been mapped in a world-first study from the University of Auckland. A comprehensive study of food composition, labelling, marketing, and prices as well as food in schools […]
          Comment on General Debate 11 July 2018 by Manolo      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The venal Mr Peters talks (and drinks) too much: https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/peters-stands-by-defence-paper-following-stern-words-from-china/ar-AAzTC4L <i>China has lodged "stern representations with New Zealand" after the Defence Force explicitly named China as a threat before spending $2.3 billion on anti-submarine aircraft. "We urge New Zealand to view the relevant issue in an objective way, correct its wrong words and deeds and contribute more to the mutual trust and cooperation between our two countries," Ms Hua told the conference.</i>
          New Zealand's Rocket Lab to open second launch pad in United States      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, planned to open a second launch site in the United States to complement its remote New Zealand pad, the firm said on Wednesday.

          Pavlova II      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Australians and New Zealanders both claim Pavlova to be their own. It is named after a famous Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova. The meringue is crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Best made on a day without high humidity.
           England Women Clinch Royal London ODI Series       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
England Women continued their winning ways to defeat New Zealand by 123 runs at the 3aaa County Ground, Derby and clinch the Royal London ODI series.
          New Zealand Nurses Reassure Public Ahead of Thursday's Strike      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nurses are reassuring the public that life-preserving services will be unaffected by their planned 24-hour strike.

But there will still be a significant impact for thousands of patients across the country.

Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland is on...
          New Zealand Waka Ama take on the Va’a world once again      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Press Release – Waka Ama NZ New Zealand Waka Ama take on the Vaa world once again This July, the 18th edition of the International Va’a Federation (IVF) World Sprints will see French Polynesia host the spectacular Va’a event for the 3rd time. Over the course of 11 days, 2,100 paddlers from 34 countries will […]
          Offer - Get started on an adventure in China with a teaching package up to 16,400RMB - CHINA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
To Apply visit this link: http://link.cips.io/54f879TEACHING OVERSEAS WITH EF ENGLISH FIRST As an EF English First teacher you will: Teach adults, children or online at one of our 300+ schools Receive a competitive salary and a great employment package Gain exposure to career paths with the company that could lead to opportunities in teaching management, training and academic course development and more Teach abroad for as long as youd like it to teaching contracts start at one year, with option to renew for a longer term Join a supportive teaching community of over 2,000 teachers acr oss China PACKAGE UP TO 16,400 RMB PER MONTH I NCLUDES: Competitive local salary (d ependent on experience) Performance bonus after 6 months up to 1,950 RMB per mon th for teachers who work at our Kids & Teens schoo ls 667 RMB monthly flight allowa nce plus upfront flights for m any locations Sponsored legal Z work visa 10,000 RMB salary adv ance available Health insurance 10 paid annual leave days plus 11 national holidays Airport pick-up upon arrival Free hotel accommodation during your first two weeks at EF English First Sponsored accreditation's including Trinity Cert TESOL, Cambridge TKT, Trinity Dip TESOL and DELTM Free Mandarin Chinese lessons Weekly EF sponsored social &a mp; cultural events Teacher advantages discount program Job rotation program JOB REQUIREMENTS A Bachelors Degree ATEFL Certification (EF TEFL sponsorship available) Passport holder from UK, USA, Canada, Irela nd, Australia or New Zealand The ability to obtain a clear background check Ability to live abroa d for at least one ye ar ABOUT EF ENGLISH FIRST EF English First, a division of EF Education First, is the world's leading privately owned education company. Founded in 1965, EF operates in over 50 countries around the world. We have vacancies for teaching positions across China, so if you prefer the fast pace of cities like Shanghai, or want to be immersed in the more traditional culture of a smaller city, we have the position for you. Please send you CV and related documents to Amanda at ef@antianfan.com, we look forward to hearing from you soonSalary: 12000 CNY to 16400 CNY MonthlyWork visa provided: No Work Location: ChinaRequirements:- Teaching experience- TEFL Certificate or Higher- Passport holdersApply online via this link:http://link.cips.io/54f879
          Dealing with parental alienation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Parenting is tough, particularly when the parents aren't together anymore, or having problems. There are now calls for a legal framework in New Zealand to deal with a consequence of those problems - parental alienation. 
          NZ Super Fund increases investment in primary sector      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The NZ Super Fund has about $2.5 billion invested in New Zealand primary industries and is keen to add more of the sector to its portfolio.
          Offer - Kindergarten English Teacher in Chengdu, Sichuan, start in September 2018 - CHINA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
To Apply visit this link: http://link.cips.io/e5b53aThere is an International kindergarten teaching opportunity in Chengdu, Sichuan for native English speakers to join their professional team. The teaching starts in September 2018. Job Description: * Teaching English; * Actively communicating with kindergarten students; * Student Age: 2-6 years old; * Class size: around 25 students per class; Benefits: * The base salary is 13000-15000 RMB per month depending on your qualifications and teaching experience; * Z visa is provided; * Accommodation is provided; * Commercial insurance provided; * Lunch is provided on working days; * Paid public holidays; * One month extra salary provided after completing a one-year contract; Teaching Schedule: * Monday to Friday with 20 teaching hours and 10 office hours, 15-35 Min's per class, weekends off; Qualifications: * Native English speakers; * BA degree or higher; * TEFL/TESOL certificate preferred; * At least 2 years teaching experience; * Age: 25-50 If you are interested in this position, please feel free to apply in order to avoid disappointment. If you've already applied with Find Work Abroad, you can quickly apply again with us without having to send your documents again. The online interviews can be conducte d.Salary: 13000 CNY(RMB) to 15000 CNY(RMB) MonthlyHousing: ProvidedContract type: Full timeWork visa provided: Yes Teaching Students age: KindergartenWork Location: Chengdu, SichuanWorking hours: Monday to Friday with 20 teaching hours and 10 office hours, 15-35 Min's per class, weekends offPositions available: 6Requirements:- Teaching experience- Accepted age range: 18 to 50- TEFL Certificate or Higher- Degree in any field- British, American, Canadian, Australian or New Zealand.south African Passport holdersApply online via this link:http://link.cips.io/e5b53a Alternatively, send your CV, passport copy, certificates copy and photo to: Email: apply@findworkabroad.com Or for more details call: (China) +86(0)20-37303381 Or (UK) +44 1202 935052, Skype: findworkabroad3
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By Charlotte GreenfieldWELLINGTON, July 11 (Reuters) - Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, planned to open a second launch site in...
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OPINION: Announcing a $15 million dollop of government funding for public media Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran made the claim that, "Public media in New Zealand is poorly funded" adding that the $216 million currently allocated to broadcasting this financial year "is clearly inadequate."
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New Zealand's largest kiwifruit grower Seeka is calling for bids by mid-August for its Northland 288-hectare portfolio.

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Recall our long look at using digital personas to represent brand equities, including integrating a chatbot to represent useful information to the consumer.   Our consumers reacted well to this, but the interest faded.  That  also include a personality and image that places her in the 'Uncanny Valley'. 

ANZ has birthed its first "digital person". Jamie, an AI invention styled as a 25-year-old New Zealand woman, started work on Tuesday morning.

Jamie's first job is to chat with customers on the 30 questions the bank gets asked most often by customers.  Though "she" is capable of learning, it's "moderated" learning, so customers trying to teach Jamie swear words, or bad habits, will fail.

But chatting with Jamie for a few minutes results in her dropping hints that there's something more to her than a series of rote answers.  Ask her about her weekend, and she may tell you she enjoys ice dance. ... " 


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THE fourth New Zealander to become Wales rugby coach says he’s been immersed in the principality so long that, “I feel as if I am a Welsh coach.”


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          Comment on Radio NZ promotes Clementine Ford by Vman      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Unbeliveable! However, the fault ultimately lies with parliament. I had a look at the Radio NZ charter. It does say: "provide comprehensive, independent, accurate, impartial, and balanced regional, national, and international news and current affairs:" However that only applies to news and current affairs. Ford is being interviewed as the author of a book. So potentially this skirts around the need to be "comprehensive, independent, accurate, impartial, and balanced ". Otherwise Radio NZ would have to at least also interview someone who had a counter viewpoint. If someone can draft a good complaint letter I would certainly like to tweak it and send in a copy. You can make a formal complaint here: https://www.radionz.co.nz/about/formalcomplaints You can make a complaint about something you heard on air here: https://www.radionz.co.nz/about/formalcomplaints/new?type=on_air - however that is only to complain if you think the Radio Code of Broadcasting Practice was breached. In the long term a more effective way might be to get media commentators, social media channels and MPs to look at the left wing and anti-male bias of Radio New Zealand. This takes more time but may be more effective in the long term. more effective because once Radio New Zealand looses the support of a large section of the public then it's funding is threatened. At least it can mean the charter is amended to force Radio NZ to stop being so sexist.
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The ethos of the Family Court. It is a founding hallmark of the New Zealand Family Court system that parties are encouraged to reach their own agreements. The 1978 Royal Commission Report envisaged a main conciliation branch of the Family Court with counselling and mediation as the primary means for resolving cases.14 The central purpose of the Family Court was to be the provision of a non-adversarial method of settling disputes and the aim was to avoid recourse to trial. That's empowerment for all.
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Wellington has closed the gap to Auckland in the race to be the highest earning area in the country, according to an analysis by Trade Me Jobs.Latest Trade Me Jobs figures show there is just a $2 difference in average wage between... Reported by New Zealand Herald 34 minutes ago.
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International Sales

Pan Macmillan UK is one of the largest general book publishers in the UK and is part of the worldwide Macmillan Publishing Group, which operates in over 70 countries. We publish bestselling authors across all imprints, including Julia Donaldson, Ken Follett, Russell Brand and Danielle Steel.

The International Sales team, Exclusive Markets, works with affiliates and sister companies in North America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India. The Exclusive Markets group is part of a wider international team who sell the list into various territories across the globe.

We are seeking an ambitious and motivated Sales Manager to sell our list into Canada, South Africa and India for a fixed term contract of 10 months. This manager will be the primary contact for these important territories, managing the day to day relationship across all three. The role reports into the International Sales Director, Exclusive Markets, and will be responsible for executing a successful strategy within those regions, driving sales on both frontlist and backlist across all imprints in both print and digital. This job will involve collaborating with the respective local teams, agreeing on targets and priorities, while helping to coordinate marketing and publicity plans.

There is also a significant internal function within this role, supporting the Director with the Pan Publishing (Fiction, Non-fiction, Mantle) meetings to grow sales of these imprints across the entire international group.

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic and possess excellent negotiation and presentation skills. Previous sales experience is required as well as knowledge of the publishing industry. Familiarity with trends and opportunities within these markets is a priority.

This is an exciting and dynamic role which is integral to the reputation and ongoing success of the International Sales Team.

The position for a fixed term of 10 months and is based at our offices in King’s Cross, London.

To apply, please submit your named CV and named covering letter confirming your current salary and notice period, quoting reference PAN/045/18 via email to mpilrecruitment@macmillan.com

By applying for any roles at MPIL (including Pan Macmillan and MDL) you are agreeing to the terms and conditions stated here: https://panmacmillan.com/recruitment-privacy-notice  please, read these before submitting any applications.

Closing date: 22nd July 2018

All applicants must be able to demonstrate the right to live and work in the UK in order to be considered for the vacancy.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to respond to everyone. If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date then unfortunately you have not been shortlisted for the position.

Company: 
Location (from list): 
London, UK
Employment type: 
Contract
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Sales Manager, Sales
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Publisher, Trade
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          New Zealand's Rocket Lab to open second launch pad in United States      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, planned to open a second launch site in the United States to complement its remote New Zealand pad, the firm said on Wednesday.

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Nurses will go ahead with plans to strike tomorrow after negotiations failed to resolve the pay dispute.The New Zealand Nurses' Organisation confirmed negotiations with the district health boards being facilitated by the employment...
          'No, ewe drive!': Is this the most 'Kiwi as' image of all time?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A New Zealand farmer's creative way to herd a sheep from a paddock has been labelled one of the most "Kiwi as" acts of all time.Josh Jackson was trying to round up one particular sheep on his Taupō farm when he decided to take...
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A group of talented young ukulele players will soon pluck up the courage to deliver their first international performance in Hawaii.Among them will be 15-year-old Darcy Kusabs from Rotorua.Darcy is one of 14 in the New Zealand...
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New Zealand's favourite Australian comedian Chopper will be hitting the Rotorua stage this Friday as part of his Bogan Jesus tour and the Rotorua Daily Post caught up with the man behind the moustache Heath Franklin about the...
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A proud native of Tasmania, Rachael Taylor began her career working in theatre in New Zealand and Australia. Taylor briefly attended the University of Sydney, but once she landed the role of series ...
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Taranaki traders are being urged to beat internet retailers at their own game after new figures showed people in the region were outspending the whole of New Zealand online.
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Why do we call a frankfurter a "hot dog"? It seems an unsettling 19th-century rumor is to blame. Also, if someone quits something abruptly, why do we say they quit "cold turkey"? This term's roots may lie in the history of boxing. Plus, a transgender listener with nieces and nephews is looking for a gender-neutral term for the sibling of one's parent. Finally, the words "barber" and "doctor" don't necessarily mean what you think. They can both be weather words, referring to very different types of wind.  

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Brickfielder, Simoom, and Haboob are all types of winds. Others include snow eater and chinook.

Why do we call a frankfurter a hot dog? In the late 19th century, hot dog was a jocular reference to rumors that these sausages were stuffed with dog meat. They were also called hot pups.

Say you're introducing someone to a married heterosexual couple, and both members of the couple are physicians. What titles should you use? This is Dr. and Dr. Jones? Dr. and Mrs.? What if one holds Ph.D.? What if both hold doctorates?

Here's a humorous take on how optimists differ from pessimists.

Quiz Guy John Chaneski has been swapping out letters on Broadway marquees to create the names of entirely new theatrical productions. For example, what Broadway play might you be watching if it's about a famous woman who leaves her career as a sharpshooter for a job at McDonald's?

The grandmother of a woman in Council Bluffs, Iowa, says tousled hair looks like a Hoorah's nest. Also spelled hurrah's nest or hooraw's nest, this means "an untidy mess" or "a commotion." Its origin is uncertain. In 1829, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow described someone as having a head like a hurra's nest. The term's origin is obscure, although it might have to do with the nest of an imaginary creature.

A transgender and gender-nonconforming listener wonders if there's a gender-neutral term for "aunt" or "uncle." Some people have suggested pibling, meaning the "sibling of one's parent." Others have proposed baba, titi, bibi, zizi, unty or untie, or simply cousin. In the same way that kids often come up with a pet name for their grandparents, perhaps nieces and nephews (or nieflings, as they're sometimes collectively called) will come up with their own term. The tumblr Gender Queeries has more suggestions for all kinds of gender-neutral words denoting kinship.

A thesaurus, a collection of synonyms, derives from the Latin word thesaurus, or literally, "treasury."

A San Antonio, Texas, man says his 6-year-old son wonders: If the plural of house is houses, why is the plural of mouse mice? And why is the plural of tooth teeth? These plurals are vestiges of a time when the middle vowel sound in some nouns changed to form the plural. Other old plural forms are reflected in such words as children and oxen.

"A cool wind" or "a wind that brings good health" is sometimes called a doctor, such as the Freemantle Doctor of Western Australia. A barber wind is a harsh wind so cold and wet it can freeze a person's hair and beard.

Jessica Goodfellow spent several weeks as an artist-in-residence at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska while finishing her latest book, Whiteout. The poems in this collection explore the stark natural beauty of that mountain, which drew her uncle there for a climb that turned out to be deadly. Martha shares one of those poems, "The Magpie."

When you quit something abruptly, you're said to quit cold turkey. This expression's origin is unknown, although its earliest recording uses are from 19th-century boxing.

A listener in Port Washington, Wisconsin asks: When is it appropriate to get rid of an old edition of a dictionary?

The cloth case for a pillow is variously known as a pillowcase, a pillow slip, or a pillow cover.

An Evansville, Indiana, says she responds to the question How are you? with a phrase she adopted from her grandmother: If I was any better, I'd be twins. There are several versions along these lines: If I was any better, I'd be you; If I was any better, there'd be two of me; If I was any better, I'd be dangerous, and If I was any better, vitamins would be taking me. In all of these jokey responses, the meaning is straightforward. It's simply that the speaker is doing very well indeed.

Kapai is a Maori term used in New Zealand meaning "good."

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Medical X-ray scans have long been stuck in the black-and-white, silent-movie era. Sure, the contrast helps doctors spot breaks and fractures in bones, but more detail could help pinpoint other problems. Now, a company from New Zealand has developed a bioimaging scanner that can produce full color, three dimensional images of bones, lipids, and soft tissue, thanks to a sensor chip developed at CERN for use in the Large Hadron Collider.

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To Apply visit this link: http://cips.io/job--b3dd97We're looking for qualified and passionate native English teachers to teach in our kindergarten in Chancheng district, Foshan starting in June 2018. Highly skilled teach rs are welcome to apply. Job Description: * Teaching English; * You are required to teach kindergarten students; * The students are aged from 3-6 years old; Benefits: * The base salary is 11000 RMB per month; *1000 housing allowance provided per month; * Z visa is provided; *5000 RMB airfare allowance provided after completing a one-year contract; Teaching Schedule: * Monday to Friday, 5 working hours per day, 25 working hours per week, weekends off; Qualifications: * Native English speakers; * BA degree or higher education; * TESOL/ TEFL; * At least 2 years of teaching experience post graduate; If you are qualified for this position, please do not hesitate to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit a cover letter, Resume/CV, recent photo to apply@findworkabroad.comSalary: 11000 CNY(RMB) /MonthHousing: 1000 housing allowance provided per monthContract type: Full timeWork visa provided: Yes Teaching Students age: KindergartenWork Location: Chancheng, FoshanWorking hours: Monday to Friday, 5 working hours per day, 25 working hours per week, weekends offPositions available: 2Requirements:- Teaching experience- Accepted age range: 21 to 55- Degree in any field- British, American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Irish .ukrainerussian, Other or Spanish Passport holdersApply online via this link:http://cips.io/job--b3dd97 Alternatively, send your CV, passport copy, certificates copy and photo to: Email: apply@findworkabroad.com Or for more details call: (China) +86(0)20-37303381 Or (UK) +44 1202 935052, Skype: findworkabroad3
          Cooking the Books podcast: Why New Zealanders are scared of the sharemarket      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Plus1 is delighted to announce two of New Zealand's best songwriters, Melbourne-based Lisa Crawley, and worldwide-travelling troubadour Mel Parsons, will open for Suzanne Vega in Auckland and Wellington respectively, in early August.
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Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, planned to open a second launch site in the United States to complement its remote New Zealand pad, the firm said on Wednesday. Reported by Reuters 3 hours ago.
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An emperor penguin named Happy Feet has been released after mysteriously washing up on shore in New Zealand. Happy Feet required extensive veterinary care before he could be returned to the ocean.
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Press Release – Squash Auckland Future Of Squash Comes To Howick The future of squash has arrived at Howick Squash Club with a new interactive system, called InteractiveSquash to be put on display. Checking out the new technology tonight will be members of the New Zealand Junior Squash Team who are on their way to […]
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The Usefulness of the MAYSI-2 and the Mental Health Needs of Youth Offenders in Youth Justice Facilities in New Zealand McArdle, Sean Youth offenders in secure care facilities present with high rates of mental health and behavioural difficulties. An accurate assessment of the needs of this vulnerable group is required for referral to services and access to treatment. A common pathway for assessment is through the use of psychometric measures which look at mental health difficulties and alert staff to youth who may need further assessment and possible treatment. This research had two aims: to investigate the usefulness the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument-Second Version (MAYSI-2), a commonly used screening tool within the New Zealand (NZ) youth justice system; and to provide a better understanding of the mental health needs of youth offenders in secure care facilities. The sample consisted of 527 youth admitted to one of four secure care facilities within NZ between 2014 and 2016 who completed the MAYSI-2 and a number of other psychometrics. Confirmatory Factor Analysis revealed issues specifically relating to the validity and reliability of the MAYSI-2 within our sample. Mental health needs of the sample were unique. Youth displayed high levels of substance use difficulties, relatively low levels of psychological distress, and similar rates of suicide risk compared with international studies. Findings are discussed with relation to the international literature on both the MAYSI-2 and wider psychopathology of youth offenders in secure care facilities. Clinical implications with respect to the broader use of psychometrics within NZ’s unique youth offender populations are also discussed.
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Investigating the factors contributing to suicidal behaviour in older New Zealanders Cheung, GC Background Globally, suicide rates increase with age between the ages of 60 and 90 years. In New Zealand, men aged ≥85 years had the highest suicide rates among all age groups between 2008 and 2017. This thesis systematically investigates the factors associated with suicidal behaviours along the suicidality continuum (death wish, suicide attempt and completed suicide) in older New Zealanders. Methods Four key studies were performed: 1. A cross-sectional study on the predictors of death wishes in older people assessed for home support and long-term aged residential care. 2. A retrospective cohort study on the characteristics of older people presenting with selfharm to emergency departments. 3. A study using coroner records investigating the characteristics of older people who died by suicide. 4. A mixed-method study using coroner records exploring the characteristics of older people with and without terminal cancer who died by suicide. Results 1. Depression, loneliness and poor self-reported health had the greatest association with death wishes in this sample. 2. Perceived physical illness was the most common stressor associated with self-harm in this sample. Older people who had a positive blood alcohol reading were more likely to repeat self-harm/suicide within 12 months. 3. The older the person, the less likely they were to have contact with psychiatric services in the month prior to suicide. However, most older people had had contact with their general practitioner within one month of suicide. 4. Older people with terminal cancer who died by suicide were less likely to have had a diagnosis of depression than those without terminal cancer. Of the terminal cancer cases, 82.6% had a motivational basis that would be understandable to uninvolved observers and resemble rational suicide. Conclusions This thesis has identified depression, physical illness and alcohol as important contributors of late-life suicidal behaviour. Primary care could be the setting for screening depression and suicide risks, particularly for those who are suffering from physical illness. Older people with terminal illness and poor quality of life may choose to end their life to alleviate their suffering, but future studies are needed to clarify the role of depression in these cases.
          Seventh Auburn University graduate awarded Fulbright Scholarship      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A 2018 Auburn University graduate has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, bringing Auburn's number of Fulbright Scholarship recipients for this year to seven. Six other recipients were previously announced in May

Emily Strobaugh, an Honors College graduate who received her bachelor’s in both global studies and English Literature with a double minor in human development and family studies and Spanish, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar English Teaching Assistant to Brazil for the coming academic year.

Among her many notable activities, Strobaugh served as a summer 2016 intern for World Relief in Nashville, Tennessee, a non-denominational refugee resettlement agency where she taught business English, edited client’s resumes and helped secure entry level positions for recently resettled refugees. The following summer, Strobaugh participated in a permaculture internship with the College of Human Sciences’ Sustainability in Action study abroad program in New Zealand and Fiji. While in Fiji she assisted in training local beekeepers on the most effective harvesting techniques in order to maximize profit, as well as the quality of the colony. 

“One of my favorite concepts of sustainability is to be passionate enough about a cause that you are willing to plant seeds in a garden that you may not see bloom,” stated Strobaugh. “At Auburn, I developed more comfort in focusing on long-term solutions through the hope and infectious energy that comes from forward-thinking teaching and instruction. The Fulbright ETA Scholarship will allow me to contribute my skills to an existing infrastructure that is dedicated to improving cross-cultural competency and international relations and I look forward to planting my own seeds for a better future in Brazil.”

“Emily is an outstanding representative of Auburn University and we wish her great success during her Fulbright to Brazil,” said Tiffany Sippial, director of the Honors College.

Read about Auburn's other 2018 Fulbright Scholarship recipients at 
http://ocm.auburn.edu/newsroom/news_articles/2018/05/a-record-six-auburn-graduates-awarded-the-fulbright-scholarship.htm.

 


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Fresh out of the race for Rookie of the Year, the talented Australian baller Ben Simmons is making his mark as the first Australian cover star of an NBA 2K game. The 21-year-old will brace the front of the Australian & New Zealand editions of the game as the second only region-based cover (2K18 had […]

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           CERN chip enables first 3D color X-ray images of the human body       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Using CERN technology, Mars Bioimaging has created the first 3D, color X-ray images of the human ...#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Medical X-ray scans have long been stuck in the black-and-white, silent-movie era. Sure, the contrast helps doctors spot breaks and fractures in bones, but more detail could help pinpoint other problems. Now, a company from New Zealand has developed a bioimaging scanner that can produce full color, three dimensional images of bones, lipids, and soft tissue, thanks to a sensor chip developed at CERN for use in the Large Hadron Collider.

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          Constellation Brands Acquires Four Corners Brewing (Dallas, TX)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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VICTOR, NY , July 10, 2018 -- Constellation Brands, Inc., a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today its purchase of Four Corners Brewing LLC ("Four Corners"), reinforcing its strategy to lead the high-end in the U.S. beer market. Grounded in Texas roots and heritage, this high-performing, dynamic and bicultural (Hispanic and American) brand produces beer that’s refreshing, big on flavor and complements Constellation’s existing portfolio. With flagship brands like Local Buzz Honey-Rye Golden Ale and El Chingón IPA, Four Corners  will join Constellation’s Craft & Specialty Beer Group.

Four Corners was founded in 2012 by longtime friends George Esquivel, Greg Leftwich and Steve Porcari, who set out to create a Dallas brewery that would elevate their hometown and revitalize their city’s neighborhoods. Four Corners brews an entire portfolio of authentic, delicious and sessionable beers accompanied by one-of-a-kind branding inspired by their Oak Cliff roots. Four Corners’ standard of brewing will remain unchanged because the existing management team made up of Esquivel, Leftwich and Porcari, along with their current employees, will continue delivering the same innovative and fresh flavors consumers enjoy today.

“We like to say that Four Corners Brewing is our collective beer journey, and partnering with Constellation continues that journey by opening amazing possibilities of where our brand and company can go,”said Four Corners co-founder George Esquivel. “We’re proud Texas brewers, and we’ve always had intent of sharing our brews and our story with as many people as possible. We know Constellation Brands is the right partner to help us do that.”

Sales have grown five-fold since 2014, and the brewery expanded capacity from 8,000 barrels in 2016 to 25,000 barrels in 2017. Four Corners has won multiple local awards in their short history for both brewing and branding. Most notably, the Four Corners team won D Magazine’s 2015 Editors’ Choice Award for Best Brewery. The brewery was also awarded top honors from The Dallas Society of Visual Communications in 2015 winning gold for packaging design and gold for Judge’s Choice.

“Four Corners brings a culture that mixes adventure and innovation with elements of heritage and tradition,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Bill Newlands, Constellation Brands. “It’s a compelling opportunity for Constellation because Four Corners’ bicultural inspired flavors and branding capitalize on one of the hottest trends in beer – Hispanic influenced products. George, Greg and Steve have created beers that are big on flavor, refreshing and pair well with bold Texas cuisine, while creating a brand that embraces and reflects the diversity of its people. We’re excited to help them take the brand further.”

Constellation Brands and Four Corners’ team of employees will work together, with its co-founders, running the day-to-day operations. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Michael Reed
Jul 10, 2018

Zombies, aliens, meteors - you may want to read this article quickly as the world could end at any moment, according to the movies...

“The end is nigh!” Nigh is a lovely word that has fallen out of use, but it means near or almost. In fact, the only people keeping it going are the ones possessed of unusual insight about the end of the world, mostly in films. And that’s what we’re here to talk about - what the movies tell us about the end of the world. Actually, what constitutes 'end of the world' is open to interpretation. It rarely refers to the planet Earth being totally destroyed, Alderaan style. So, for example, a total breakdown of society and law and order could be regarded as the end of the world as we know it, as could a situation in which carnivorous plants become the dominant life form.

In any end of the world scenario, the story is shaped by the stage of the disaster that the film chooses as its focus: the period leading up to the world-ending event, the period when the event happens, and finally, the aftermath. There is some variety in the period that is examined in each scenario but some combinations are unusual. For example, there aren’t many films that show us what happens after the comet hits the earth or after the aliens have taken over. Join us in our survey of this aspect of moviedom, and maybe you’ll learn a few things, things that will help you survive if it really does happen.

All the people disappear

How likely is it? There are days when we all wish for this to happen. These days are called 'Mondays'.

Imagine what would happen if everyone else on Earth suddenly disappeared. Stories of this type tap into a secret, misanthropic wish and a facet of the overall appeal of post-apocalyptic drama. The New Zealand film The Quiet Earth (1985) is a fairly pure example of this setting. The main character awakens to find himself the last person on Earth due to a scientific experiment gone awry, leaving the entire world as his plaything. There’s an experimental aspect to the proceedings as we watch him as he finds interesting things to do. He acquires a huge house, drives a train and then walks the streets at night while playing the saxophone, before declaring himself the ruler of Earth. After a while, though, the loneliness becomes unbearable and he starts to go mad. It’s worth noting that many other end-of-the-world scenarios, such as a virus pandemic, make use of this dynamic. For example, all of the official adaptations of the 1954 Richard Matheson novel I Am Legend (The Last Man On Earth (1964), The Omega Man (1971), I Am Legend (2007)) deal with the survival challenge posed by extreme loneliness itself, even though they might be considered to be zombie or vampire stories.

Sometimes, in films like TV movie Where Have All The People Gone (1974), or the entertaining slice of 80s cheese that is Night Of The Comet (1984), it is a group of people, rather than an individual, who wander through the lonely apocalypse. A group allows a more conventional story form that makes greater use of dialogue than a story setup involving only a single character. In addition, adding an antagonistic force such as a zombie outbreak, although stretching the basic premise slightly, helps to add excitement to the story. Getting back to The Quiet Earth, at the point that Zac starts to lose his mind, ironically, we hit upon another staple of last person on Earth dramas: the discovery of other people. But, who will our hero encounter? A lover? A friend with whom to save the world? Or a nemesis?

Comets and meteorites

How likely is it? It’s happened in the past, and it’s definitely going to happen in the future.

Sometimes, people won’t believe you when try to tell them that the world is about to end, and this is common trope in movies about impending destruction from above. The focus of most of these films is the period leading up to the disaster. This means that there is something of a niche amongst made for TV and straight to DVD thrillers. For one thing, it’s possible to put together such a science fiction film without an enormous budget. Societal breakdown is often one focus of the story, and this is in area in which TV movies often outdo theatrical releases. The downside is the use of echoey piano or guitar music while family orientated drama plays out in a way that is rather cornball. Add in some recognisable faces of actors experiencing a career low point, and there’s usually some 'so bad it’s good' enjoyment to be had from one of these bargain bin DVD thrill rides when you find one.

But what could we actually do if this really happened? In films, quite often, nuclear weapons are employed to destroy the comet or meteor, but it seems unlikely that this would work in real life. In 2014, we did manage to land an experimental craft on an asteroid, but come on - we couldn’t land a nuclear device on the surface, drill down to a reasonable depth and then detonate the device to blow a massive comet to pieces. That is, unless we hired Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis and Aerosmith to do it. That this was the tack taken by Armageddon, the daft 1998 Michael Bay guilty pleasure. It’s a film that even has star Ben Affleck mocking its plot on the commentary track.

More sedate and sensible, Deep Impact was released the same year. This film covers the exposure government cover up through the eyes of a reporter, played by Téa Leoni, and then the frantic preparations to survive the disaster. That said, if anyone could save us, surely it would be Sean Connery, and he did so in dodgy-but-enjoyable-schlock Meteor (1979). That film employs the nuclear weapon solution as part of a typical, but unexceptional, 70s disaster movie that features Connery sporting a moustache. What’s not to like? Disaster from above? That’s just his toupee in this one. If you need cheering up after some of the more conventional takes, Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World (2012) serves up Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in a modern rom-com take on the subject.

The best bit? This scenario has actually happened before - it probably wiped out the dinosaurs. If it happens again, let’s just hope Affleck and Willis are still around to save us.

Alien invasion

How likely is it? It’s one of the classic questions about life in the universe. So, somewhere between perfectly likely and completely impossible.

In the 1950s, it was a staple of science fiction movies, but all-out invasions of Earth are less common in modern cinema. There are two main types of invasion story: In the first, the aliens tend to arrive in a spaceship to conquer us with their exotic weapons and technology. In these ones, their plans are typically stymied by human qualities such as self-sacrifice, inventiveness and sheer determination. It’s a mixture of patriotic pluck and technological sneakiness that beats the alien foe in Independence Day (1996).

The second type of invasion film involves an insidious takeover. It gets downright creepy when the aliens start to replicate or take command of the human hosts in various versions of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956, 1978, 1993, 2007). In another film, Invaders From Mars (1953), a boy realises that his parents are under control of the alien invaders, but no one believes him. It’s difficult to think of a more paranoia inducing scenario, and it was probably paranoia that produced it. As there are two types of invasion movie, there are two types of warfare in real life: the war against tanks and planes and the war against ideology. In the 1950s, fear of the two types of alien invasion were mirror counterparts of paranoia about both real-life incursions by communism and nuclear war. In the final entry of the Cornetto trilogy, The World's End (2013), Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg riff on this idea. It’s okay.

For some reason, most stories seem to revolve around the actual period of the invasion rather than the aftermath. It’s a shame that the much derided Battlefield Earth (2000) is one of the few films that explores this.

Zombie apocalypse

How likely is it? Very likely. It’s probably imminent.

We’re coming to get you, readers. The concept of the zombie has an ancient origin in folklore, but Night Of The Living Dead (1968) is generally acknowledged as the first modern zombie film. Just why is the first zombie movie still considered one of the best? Firstly, the script is very efficient - you’ll be hard-pressed to work out where the 96 minutes has gone after you’ve watched it. The film has an oddly 'realistic' atmosphere given the subject matter. No doubt, budgetary issues actually helped the film in this area. Secondly, the characters are well-defined, giving the audience an investment in their respective fates. Here, we have a traumatised young woman, a helpful, level-headed young man alongside a short-sighted father who turns out to be sneaky and unreliable. Of all the the characters, Ben, played by Duane Jones is the kind of guy that you’d want to be stuck with in a situation like that. It’s significant that director George Romero chose a black actor as it was unusual to have a black man as the hero at that time. Gritty realism and the reliance on diversity, in every sense, went on to become hallmarks of zombie-driven cinema and television, right up until the present day, and it’s part of what makes genre so enduring.

Romero’s second zombie movie Dawn Of The Dead (1978) is an equally highly regarded entry and takes place during the later stages of the apocalypse. Bubbling below the surface, we have the musings on the sociology of the situation, which makes this film, and others like it, far more than simply horror movies. It poses an allegory: the parallel between the pull-factor of the mall both to the zombies and to the rabid consumers that they had once been. This style of film also touches on deeper, more widely felt fears about interference with nature as we continue to probe the boundaries of medical science.

A much later zombie movie, Shaun Of The Dead (2004) touches on some of the same themes within a comedic context, and the success of this film helped to kick off the recent revival of the genre along with the earlier fellow British film 28 Days Later... (2002). Apart from the more serious tone of the latter film, comparing the two reveals the contrast between fast zombies and slow zombies. With slow zombies, the characters have more time to think, but it’s often the case that disaster strikes when they have let their guard down. In fact, getting bitten due to a silly mistake or simple unforeseeable bad luck has become a cliche of the genre, as has covering up the fact that a character has bitten. So, if you’re ever IN a zombie apocalypse, keep an eye on other members of your party. Due to the current fascination with zombies, there are too many excellent examples to even keep track of them all, alongside too many terrible straight to DVD ones to even contemplate. This last point serves as test. The classics are all about good characters and fascinating situations. Zombie films that rely on simple gore and action tend to fail that test.

Nuclear war

How likely is it? It’s been a constant threat since the 1950s.

There are some films about impending thermonuclear disaster, a few about the actual disaster itself, and the period long after the disaster is a staple setting for both video games and many, many Italian science fiction classics that went straight to video in the 1980s. It seems that, to survive in the desert wasteland, one requires cobbled-together armour along with big, big hair. Perhaps there’s an element of the cargo cult to this and the characters wanted a hairstyle that explodes upwards and outwards in the manner of the nuclear explosions that shaped their world.

If you’re looking for something that explores the extreme stress of the period leading up to nuclear war, along with the horror of it actually happening and the misery of the aftermath, have a word with your psychiatrist before viewing the awesome docudrama Threads (1984). At all times, when viewing Threads, one finds oneself thinking that this what nuclear war would really be like - absolutely the worst thing that could possibly happen. “I wish WE were dead”, weeps a woman At one point, lying in her makeshift shelter as she suffers in agony. As becomes apparent, part of the problem with nuclear weapons is that they don’t kill enough people. Yet, infrastructure is destroyed, lots of people are maimed and even agriculture is disrupted because of the nuclear winter. You must be either made of something sterner than any of us, or simply a permanently happy person if you can get through a viewing of Threads without feeling depressed. It’s just that the film is so… damn fantastic. On The Beach, the 1958 film starring Gregory Peck, is another classic of grim hopelessness, and The Day After (1983) competes with Threads for the title of 'most depressing film ever made'. Almost no filmmaker seems to have addressed the funny side of nuclear war.

Economic breakdown

How likely is it? It happens all the time around the world.

Human beings need a stable environment in which to live and prosper, but we also need stable economic systems. Without them, infrastructure, law and order and public services crumble. At that point, what we think of as normal life becomes impossible. This seems to be the backdrop to the Mad Max franchise, the much imitated standard-bearer for lawless desert-based post apocalyptic action films. According to official production documents for Mad Max 2, warfare in the Persian Gulf disrupted the oil supply causing a massive run on the price of fuel, and a consequent run on the value of gold, and this led to worldwide economic chaos. This in turn caused riots in most industrialised nations followed by declarations of martial law. Before long in Australia, fuel was the most valuable commodity and the highways degenerated into a warzone. Cool.

Soylent Green (1973) is, in part, a police drama set in a future blighted by severe economic depression. The cause seems to be massive overcrowding that has led to depletion of resources along with global warming. So, in that story, it may be the case that economic breakdown is the result of other factors. Suffice to say, if you’re in a situation like that one, and you fancy a snack, read the label very carefully.

Virus pandemic

How likely is it? It’s scientifically possible and happens, to a smaller extent, all the time.

Bird flu, SARS, Ebola, Zika - from time to time a pandemic, a disease spread over huge areas of human population, occurs. The most famous pandemic is the Black Death, an outbreak of mostly pneumonic and bubonic plague in the 14th century. That one may have wiped out as much as 60% of the European population. As the disease was spread largely due to the filthy living conditions of the time, that might make you feel safe, but the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic knocked off as many as 100 million people, mostly fit, healthy adults with strong immune systems. An interesting aspect of that one is that most western governments imposed censorship on the newspapers of the time as morale was already at a low point due to World War I. So, we have a cultural backdrop of unstoppable disease, coupled with a government cover-up etched into our collective memory from the start.

Made in 1980, Virus (also known as Day Of Resurrection and Fukkatsu No Hi) was, when released, the most expensive Japanese movie ever made, and it’s a great post apocalyptic romp. In this story, as with many similar ones, the virus was created as a weapon by government scientists working in secret. Unfortunately, it falls into the wrong hands and is accidentally released, killing off most of the world’s population. This is significant for story reasons, as you need a virus that kills as many people as possible to keep things interesting. For example, if all but 10% of the population were killed off, it would be a devastating tragedy on many levels, but the total ratio of, say, doctors to other people would remain the same. The same goes for electrical power plant workers. Remember, those power plant workers would only have to be able to supply 10% of the power demand at most. Certainly, at the 10% level, life would difficult for the survivors and normal society would be disrupted, but most virus pandemic stories take the number down to a fraction of 1%.

Contagion (2011) details the initial phase of a pandemic and the attempts by healthcare professionals to control the outbreak. It has the slight whiff of a docudrama to it, and it never quite comes to life in terms of excitement despite an all-star cast. The 1971 adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel The Andromeda Strain deals with the outbreak of a deadly viral infection of an extraterrestrial origin. Directed by Robert Wise, it’s a 'sciencey' science fiction film with a serious tone, and it’s remained well-regarded film. The Satan Bug (1965), an adaptation of a novel by Alistair MacLean covers similar ground but gives us a more typical action adventure plot revolving around a government created virus. The Cassandra Crossing (1976) takes the idea of a plague virus being used on a train full of passengers and shoe horns it into the then-popular disaster formula. Like most disaster films, it features lots of highly recognisable stars, but it’s a somewhat dull movie and one for the completists only. 12 Monkeys (1995) visits two periods: that leading up to the release of a man made virus, and initially, due to time travel, that time long after the virus has destroyed most of human civilization. Of course, there are some films that make use of a virus as plot device without being classed as pure virus scenario movies. Zombie flick 28 Days Later (2002) is an example. Makes you think - who knows what governments around the world have sat around in secret laboratories?

The supernatural

How likely is it? That one depends on your beliefs in the mystical and supernatural.

The Bible was the first mass printed book, and it features at its climax an apocalypse. However, people are, in general, less religious than they used to be. As a result, supernatural apocalypses in fiction have fallen by the wayside compared to those involving zombies and viruses and things like that. Ghostbusters (1984) features a group of scientists battling the forces of the occult. Had they failed to close the gateway to another dimension, presumably, the entire world would have been overrun with demons and other supernatural entities. If nothing else, if New York became the nexus of this activity, it might at least make property rental more affordable there. Perhaps The League Of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005) belongs in this category? In that film, the monsters and crazy characters from the writer’s imagination cross over into the real world. We wouldn’t want to live in that world any more than the one in which the Gremlins (1984) were running amok.

Dogma (1999) is Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse take on an impending end of the world scenario within a religious context. At the time, some people were surprised to see a religiously themed story from a writer/director so well known for his edgy humour, and it’s ironic that it’s a rare throwback the religious origins of apocalyptic fiction. On the whole, these films tend be about a battle between good and evil as supernatural forces attempt to take over the world rather than the aftermath. This may be the setting for John Boorman’s Zardoz (1974), but we’re not actually sure what’s going on in Zardoz.

The environment

How likely is it? We may not have reached the tipping point yet, but we’re certainly heading that way.

We tend to take the environment for granted; it is, after all, the world around us. But when you think about it, we humans are quite fragile, and you wouldn’t have to change much about our surroundings to make life unlivable for us. Most disaster films tend to assign blame on a character, but environmental disaster films lay the guilt trip on the viewer and society in general. The message is about the sanctity of the Earth and the punishment we are due if we do not learn to respect it. The Day The Earth Caught Fire (1961) is a black and white film that explores this horror. The science that forms the premise is hard to believe as scientific experiments somehow throw the Earth off its usual axis causing a rise in temperature around the world, but putting that aside, it’s an absorbing drama. The protagonist, played by Edward Judd, is a hard drinking journalist who seems sick of life following his divorce. It’s this antihero performance combined with the perspective of the film, that of the inner-workings of a newspaper newsroom and early 60s London in general, that make the film worth worth watching. The tension builds and builds as the temperature goes up and up, leading up to a last-ditch attempt by the scientists to save life on Earth.

It’s interesting to contrast the character based drama of The Day The Earth Caught Fire with another film, The Day After Tomorrow (2004). Roland Emmerich isn’t exactly renowned for his subtlety as a storyteller, and you can call the film a romp or even a guilty pleasure, but it’s, basically, great fun. Like many science fiction stories, this one builds on one of the prevalent fears of our time, global warming. The film’s an action-adventure, and like all films that owe part of their lineage to the disaster boom of the 1970s, it relies on an ensemble cast of interrelated characters. The speed at which things start to go horribly wrong isn’t scientifically plausible, but who cares when you’re having this much, admittedly silly, fun? Go, put the DVD in, you know you want to.

The Colony (2013) is a solid, if unambitious, bit of fun that seems to have passed most audiences by. In this film, one of the mighty Bill Paxton’s final ones, a group of survivors living underground during an ice age investigate a distress call from one of the other bunkers and get caught up in a fight with a ruthless enemy. So, it’s an example of environmental post apocalypse mixed with with conventional action that adds up to an enjoyable B-movie.

No Blade Of Grass (1970) is an adaptation of a novel by John ‘Tripods’ Christopher. The film has some strange distribution issues and hasn’t been widely seen, and frankly, it’s not that great anyway, as it’s a bit of a clunky mess. However, it does show the really nasty side of what happens to society when nothing will grow and all the food runs out. Some films show the long-term results of massive environmental disaster. For example, the degradation of the environment in the Blade Runner films is the backdrop of the story. Waterworld (1995) is set in the far future and shows us a world that is mostly submerged beneath the sea.

Computers take over

How likely is it? It’s already happened to an extent and it’s gradually getting worse.

Generally speaking, computers don’t have feelings, so when they run things, it’s bad news for the human beings. The Terminator franchise gives an insight into a world in which a malevolent computer system, Skynet, has taken control of the the world. We get glimpses into what the future has in store for mankind in the first film, made in 1984, and it’s the principle setting for Terminator Salvation (2009).

In the Terminator franchise, the computer running things is clearly the enemy of humankind, but there are many dystopias in which the computer running things was set in motion with a benevolent intention. In the original Rollerball (1975), the lead character, athlete Jonathan E. finds life in what should be a paradise extremely unsatisfying. At one point, he discovers that he can’t even read the original version of a book because all the books are now stored on computers and all the books have been censored. What’s the point of being human if you can’t make decisions and choose how you want to lead your life? Fellow 1970s dystopian vision Logan’s Run (1976) similarly shows an ordered society run by computers that are the enemy of individual thought.

The fear factor from scenarios like these comes from the fact that the computerisation of society is gradually happening. Every time a government gives itself more power to intrude into our lives thanks to the computers that we now rely on, the reality of computer run dystopias comes closer. At least, in the case of the computer in the Terminator films, there is an actual enemy to fight with using guns and explosives. In the case of government and corporate policies as an enemy, they are harder to fight as we get lazier and more reliant on machines simply because of convenience. Every time you find yourself going “how the... ” when one website seems to know what you were doing on another website, and every time you buy another gizmo with AI, a camera and a tracking device, that dystopia is one step closer.

Animals take over

How likely is it? As secure as we feel in our everyday lives, our relationship with nature is always an uneasy one.

Thinking about it, the animals turning against us must be a primal fear as early humans were closely connected to husbandry and constantly wary of attack. Australian creepfest Long Weekend (1978) is a fairly pure example of this scenario. In this film, a couple who’ve decided to get away from it all on a camping trip find that all the animals have turned nasty. In common with films about environmental disasters, there’s an element of punishment for disrespecting nature.

Reign Of Fire (2002) takes a mythical and terrifying animal, the dragon, and turns it into the enemy of humankind. Day Of The Triffids (1962) is an adaptation of the John Wyndham novel and is a type of animal attack story. The human race finds itself helpless when most are blinded by a meteor strike while, coincidentally, a species of carnivorous, mobile plants go on the attack. Irwin Allen’s disaster flick The Swarm (1978) features deadly bees, and it often tops lists of the worst movies ever made. Despite the deployment of massive military forces to fight the insects, it’s not clear if the entire continent, or even the entire world, is under threat or merely the city of Houston though. Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 film adaptation of The Birds is a more typical apocalyptic tale in which common domestic birds turned against humanity en masse. In common with the short story on which it’s based, the film ends on an uncertain note as we don’t know if what the long term prospects for normal human life will be.

Films in which the animals turn into our enemies are, in a way, a subcategory of environmental thriller. Although it seems unlikely that civilisation will ever be literally under siege due to animal attack, ironically, we could be killing ourselves off by threatening the life cycle of, for example, bees, vital to us as the pollinators of flowers. Who knows what else we will do to ourselves, ultimately, as we gradually kill off one species after another?

The weird ones

How likely is it? We should always be on the lookout for new threats from unexpected directions.

Some films involving an apocalyptic threat to humanity are difficult to categorize. Viciously derided by critics as 'silly' due to its premise, M. Night Shyamalan employs some sort of airborne agent that induces suicide in the film The Happening (2008). It’s not a perfect movie, but the hate that it’s been subjected to is difficult to justify. That filmmaker touches on similar ground in his similarly critically mauled After Earth (2013), a story of human astronauts who crash land on a future Earth on which practically all life has evolved to be hostile to human beings. In all fairness, that one is grown-worthy with not much going for it.

Stephen King’s only feature film directing credit, Maximum Overdrive (1986), offers some visceral thrills, and it’s become regarded as a trashy horror cult classic. In that film, all of the vehicles have become hostile to human beings. How it works, we’re not exactly shown, although it seems to involve a force from outer space in some way. For example, how are the controls of vehicles held down and manipulated? Are the vehicles independently intelligent, and if so, what is their ultimate aim? Children Of Men (2006) shows us a future in which fertility rates have suddenly dropped to such a level that the human race is in danger of extinction. As with many of the films that we’ve talked about, it’s a fantastical premise that has some roots in reality as sperm counts in human males are dropping globally at the moment. Scientists are unable to say whether viewing After Earth is the cause of this.

Sometimes a film doesn’t tell us what causes the breakdown of civilization. For example, in the underrated The Postman (1997) starring Kevin Costner, it seems to have been combination of the effects of warfare, disease, economic breakdown and massive environmental change that has lead to people living primitive lives in small communities. Similarly in The Road (2009), we’re never told exactly what happened to Earth, although it seems to have been environmental in nature.

Some of these films have been difficult to categorize. For example, is 28 Days Later a zombie film or a virus film? What about the film adaptation of The Mist (2007)? Is that a supernatural or alien invasion, or even, an animal attack film? In the same way, we have, no doubt, missed out some important films. Let us know what you think in the comments selection.


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New Zealand guest nights rose in May to a reach a record level for the month, driven by higher local stays across the country and more international tourists in the South Island.Total guest nights in May rose 1.6 per cent to 2.54...
          No incentive      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The UK Information Commissioner looks likely to fine Facebook £500,000 over its enabling of Cambridge Analytica:
Facebook is set to be fined £500,000 by the UK’s privacy watchdog after it concluded the social media giant broke data laws.

The California-headquartered company failed to protect users' information and then failed to be clear about how that information had been harvested by others. That was the conclusion of a major report into whether personal data had been misused by both sides during the EU referendum.

[...]

In a progress update to a parliamentary select committee, the ICO said it had served Facebook with a notice of intent to issue its maximum fine after it found the company had twice breached the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). A final decision will be made after the social media giant has had a chance to respond.

While a fine of £500,000 is the biggest possible punishment available to the ICO, it is the same amount of money that Facebook makes in just a few minutes.


And that's the core problem: that the fines UK law enables are completely inadequate to provide any incentive whatsoever on a global company like Facebook. Still, they're better than New Zealand, which currently has a fine of a mere $2,000. The government's Privacy Bill (currently before select committee) will increase this to a whopping $10,000, which is still nothing like what is needed. The Privacy Commissioner wants to see that raised to $1 million, but that's less than the UK maximum, which is clearly inadequate. An EU-style cap set as a percentage of global turnover (not profit) would be far more effective at providing an incentive against multinational privacy abuse.
          Make our Parliament accessible to parents      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In addition to the Prime Minister, several other MPs have already become parents this term. And one of them is highlighting that Parliament's new travel rules pose a big barrier for new parents:
One of Parliament's new parents, Kiri Allen, has argued for a cap on taxpayer-funded travel for MPs' partners to be lifted for those with young babies.

While MPs' partners used to be allowed unlimited travel to be with the MP, the so-called "perk" was cut back in 2014 after excessive use by some.

The cap does not apply to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's partner Clarke Gayford, who will be primary caregiver for baby Neve, because the Prime Minister's partner gets unlimited travel.

However, the partners of ordinary MPs get 20 trips a year maximum while ministers' partners get 30 trips a year. The caps are set by the Remuneration Authority and can only be used to accompany MPs on work-related travel.


As Allen highlights, 20 trips a year isn't enough for new parents, and apparently works out to a visit every six weeks. Raising it would allow far better work-life balance, and allow these MP's to better participate in our democracy without unduly burdening their families. And she's absolutely right: it is an unreasonable burden - but one that is so easily fixed. And if we want our Parliament to look like New Zealand, and to include MP's at all stages of life, we need to raise that cap for them.
          Doing the right thing for the wrong reasons      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A "free speech coalition" is planning a judicial review of Auckland mayor Phil Goff's decision to ban a pair of visiting Nazis from speaking in a council venue. A judicial review is welcome: I think Goff has behaved illegally, and should be forced to obey the law. At the least, it will clarify the law on freedom of speech in New Zealand in a useful way. At the same time, this "free speech coalition" looks a little odd:
It was being supported by former Labour Party minister Dr Michael Bassett, former National Party and ACT leader Dr Don Brash and business leader and Property Institute chief executive Ashley Church.

Also in favour was Auckland University senior lecturer Dr David Cumin, Canterbury University academic Melissa Derby, lawyer Stephen Franks, AUT professor Paul Moon, broadcaster Lindsay Perigo, writer Rachel Poulain, political commentator Chris Trotter and Taxpayers' Union executive director Jordan Williams.


If you were wanting to run a principled free speech campaign, then simply as a matter of PR, it might be a good idea not to have so many outright racists in it. Or people who have been outright hostile to free speech in the past. And be led by someone who hasn't called for critics of the government to have their arts funding cut. And OTOH, at least this time they're doing the right thing, if almost certainly for the wrong reasons.
          The pathway to an equal parliament      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Helen Clark has called for political parties to put more women on their party lists:
Political parties need to promote more women on their lists, former Prime Minister Helen Clark says.

Clark was speaking on Tuesday on a panel at Parliament on efforts to make Parliament's more family friendly.

Parties are the gateways through which most people enter Parliament and need to be "the greatest champions" for equality, she said.

Lists are crucial because research shows fewer women make it into electorate seats.


Though largely that's because parties don't nominate them, or don't nominate them in winnable seats.

Kiwis want a parliament that looks like New Zealand. But we can only elect candidates parties put up. And the reason we don't have an equal parliament, bluntly, is because our two biggest parties are sexist institutions which systematically discriminate against women. And if they don't like that description, maybe they should fix their sexism problem, by ensuring that their party rules provide for equal representation.
          Wedding cake bigotry is illegal      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
So, some Auckland bigots have decided to try their hand at US-style wedding cake bigotry, and refused to provide a wedding cake for a marriage:
A same-sex couple is "shocked and upset" that their request for a wedding cake was refused by a Warkworth baker who said marriage equality was against her beliefs.

Moe Barr and Sasha Patrick both live in Brisbane, but since Australia had not yet legalised same-sex marriage when they got engaged last year, they planned their wedding at Waipu in Northland for next January.

When they approached Kath's Devine Cakes in Warkworth to make the cake, "Kath" refused, saying despite the New Zealand government legalising same-sex marriage, she believed it was not correct and therefore she would not make the wedding cake.


This is pretty obviously illegal. The Human Rights Act 1993 prohibits discriminating in the provision of goods and services on the basis of sexual orientation, just as it prohibits it on the basis of race or disability. While this must be interpreted through the lens of the Bill of Rights Act, which affirms freedom of religion, the consensus when the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill was passed was that people had no right to refuse to provide services to gay couples, any more than they would to interracial ones. For that reason, a National MP put up a bigot amendment which would have allowed his fellow bigots to refuse services in exactly this manner. It was voted down, 79-36.

As for what should happen, the Human Rights Commission should take these bigots to the Human Rights Review Tribunal, which should award damages for hurt and humiliation (and pour encourager les autres). And of course, no-one should buy cake from these bigots ever again. Because this sort of shit isn't acceptable, any more than refusing to serve Maori is.
          TOP and the politics of impatience      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Gareth Morgan has a post-TOP interview at The Spinoff, in which he makes explicit everything wrong with TOP and exactly why he is fundamentally unsuited for politics. There's the obvious constant slagging off of voters for valuing things different from himself, of course. But there's a top-down model of politics in which policies are offered "on a take-it or leave-it basis" and elections are bought so that they may be implemented. The problem of course is that people (and potential coalition partners) can just leave it, and (as we've seen in the case of Colin Craig and Kim Dotcom's respective vanity vehicles) elections in New Zealand are not just about money. But Morgan's biggest problem is that he is impatient:
That implies that to change the voting public’s political priorities requires a massive investment of time – time that individuals who have other options might more productively apply on other projects. While of course there is a body of politically active enthusiasts for TOP’s approach who would like to keep plugging away, the project needs money if it’s to realistically ever be more than a bit player like the Greens or NZ First and actually challenge the status quo of the two Establishment parties.

Morgan calls the Greens a "bit player", but if you look at the way policy flows in New Zealand - who introduces it, who advocates it, who adopts it, and who has to pretend to to avoid being offside with the public - they're a major influence. And they do it not by Morgan's (or rather, his hero Roger Douglas's) preferred methods of "crash through or crash", but by slow and patient advocacy. Why are we going to get a capital gains tax? Because the Greens advocated it, convinced the public (with the help of a housing crisis), and Labour and National had to follow (to the extent that National was forced to introduce the first steps). Why do we have a home-insulation scheme and a renewable energy target? Its the same story. Why are we going to clean up our waterways? Because the Greens have convinced the public, and the major parties are following their steer. As a small party, you can have an outsized effect.

(NZ First are a different story, because as a reactionary party they're about keeping things the same, or returning to some idealised past, rather than advocating for new policy. So their story is one of veto, not advocacy).

But its not just about introducing policy, but ensuring its survival. If TOP had won power and implemented its policies, it would still have had to do the hard work of building consensus behind them, or see their repeal at the next election. We want change. We want change now. But if we want it to stick, we need to convince people, either before or after the fact.

Max Weber called politics "a strong and slow boring of hard boards" - and that was said in an era when that was done with hand drills. Building consensus behind policy and changing political priorities requires time and patience. It requires convincing people. Morgan didn't have patience, either for the process or with the people he was trying to convince. And that is why he was doomed to failure.
          Lonely Lingerie criticised over 'self-harm scars'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
New Zealand lingerie brand Lonely has sparked debate on social media after featuring a model with what appears to be self-harm scars. 
          Mainland Tactix W - Central Pulse W      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Netball. New Zealand. ANZ
          Comment on Overseas Real Estate Investing… For Real? by Dustin DeNeal      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Great Article Ali! I've been in the Asia pacific region since 2013 (Thailand, Singapore, Bali, and New Zealand) and the real estate market in NZ is growing at an incredible rate but unfortunately the NZ government just made it more difficult for foreign investment (excluding Australia and Singapore Citizens). Singapore is great if you have the money. But Thailand and Bali are more complex in that, like you said, they are those countries that need more creativity to own the properties ... I've heard of foreign investors that purchase properties through their locally owned company where the national employee owns 49% while the 51% is split between two foreigners so the national still holds the majority but would be unable to control the properties. Have you heard if this approach has much success?
          Australia, New Zealand ra lệnh thu hồi 9 mặt hàng rau củ đông lạnh      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Giới chức Australia và New Zealand vừa ra lệnh thu hồi 9 mặt hàng rau củ đông lạnh nhập khẩu từ châu Âu do lo ngại nhiễm khuẩn đường ruột Listeria monocytogenes. Đây là loại vi khuẩn nguy hiểm, có thể dẫn đến tử vong ở người cao tuổi hoặc trẻ nhỏ, cũng như nguy cơ gây sảy thai ở thai phụ.
          A review of things you need to know before you go home on Wednesday; NZCU South trims a TD rate, more huge Trump tariffs, guest nights up, NZ stress tests ok, rents jump, swaps fall, NZD down      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Here are the key things you need to know before you leave work today.

MORTGAGE RATE CHANGES
No changes today.

TERM DEPOSIT RATE CHANGES
NZCU South have trimmed -5 or -10 bps from four key TD rates, 12 months to 3 years.

BIG BULLY LASHES OUT
The Trump Administration was announced that it will target another US$200 bln of Chinese goods for sharply higher tariffs. The announcements happened after Wall Street closed. Bond market yields turned down, both the JPY and the USD rose in a risk-off mood, and gold lost another -US$4/oz. Asian equity markets have opened very sharply lower, down the thick end of -2%.

RISING TIDE
Growth in tourist accommodation guest nights rose in May by +1.6% compared with the same month a year ago, even though we are now heading into the offseason. The height of the peak season is in January, the bottom of the low season is in June. The level of May 2017 guest nights actually exceeded the level in high-season February 2000. The May 2017 hotel occupancy rate was 63.5%, the motel occupancy rate was 50.5%, both small improvements.

SURVIVORS, BUT TO BE RESTRAINED
Official stress testing of our major banking institutions by the RBNZ has found all would survive a sharp recession intact - but with bruised profitability. And based on some stumbles by banks in their own capital adequacy calculations, the RBNZ is moving for them to report their risk weighted assets on a standardised basis. They don't like it.

REAL STRESS
Our latest quarterly analysis of rents has found Upper Hutt and Whanganui have the fastest rising rents in the country, up +15.6% and +12.1% respectively. Auckland rent increases were up "only" +4.2%. Nationally, the average rent has increased by $22 a week (+5.2%) in the last 12 months, and well above the CPI inflation rate, and above wage gains.

REGIONS IN CATCH-UP MODE
Kiwibank's economists have released an update of their regional indicators. They say "The supercity of Auckland represents nearly 40% of the country, and has a disproportionate impact on national figures. Auckland is cooling. Migration is cooling. And growth is cooling, for now. Some of the regions have picked up, however. Aucklanders are leaving. Auckland’s, and therefore New Zealand’s, largest migration boom ever recorded has stretched infrastructure, and house prices.  Our ‘green maps’ show slower growth compared to 2016, and the near-term outlook is mixed. But we believe the long-term outlook is much better. Our strengthening ties to Asia will bring more demand for everything from food to education, and tourism to housing."

NOT STANDING ON ANY SHOULDERS
A key Aussie consumer sentiment survey rose to its highest level since 2013. But in an indication of weakness, the level itself is really not that high, and still nowhere near its levels before the GFC. Today's 'high' is a very low benchmark.

PREPARED FOR A RAINY DAY
Aussie bank regultor APRA says their main banks have largely completed transitioning to higher credit standards. They say the "heavy lifting" in improving their lending standards is "largely done", suggesting APRA will not require further significant tightening in their mortgage market.

SWAP RATES FALL
Local swap rates have slipped back -2 bps across the curve today. The UST 10yr was holding at 2.87%, but dived to 2.83% when the US Administration announced a dramatic extension of its trade war tariffs aimed at China. it has settled at 2.84% now. The Aussie Govt 10yr is at 2.62, down -2 bps, the China Govt 10yr is at 3.56% (unchanged), and the NZ Govt 10 yr is at 2.87%, down -1 bps. The 90 day bank bill rate is down -1 bp again at 1.95%.

BITCOIN LOWER
The bitcoin price is now at US$6,372 which is down -4.3% from this time yesterday.

NZD SLIPS
The NZD is down as markets go risk-off on the US trade war extension and is now at 68.2 USc. On the cross rate we are at 91.8 AUc and 58.1 euro cents. That has the TWI-5 at 71.4.

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          It has been three months since the Prime Minister wrote to US President Donald Trump asking for an exemption to new tariffs – so why has there been so little development?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Cartoon of David Parker by Jacky Carpenter

New Zealand is still yet to secure an exemption for US steel and aluminium tariffs, despite consistent lobbying from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Mfat).

A Spokeswoman for the department says the issues are “complex and we are unlikely to see a quick fix specific to New Zealand.”

This is despite Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Trade David Parker’s assurances in March that New Zealand has a “strong case for an exemption.”

Later that month, US President Donald Trump slapped a 25% tariff on steel imports and 10% for aluminium.

Officials at Mfat have been working behind the scene since March to secure an exemption for New Zealand.

But their efforts are yet to bear much fruit.

Documents, obtained under the Official Information Act (OIA) by Interest.co.nz, reveal Parker lobbied New Zealand’s US Ambassador Scott Brown for an exemption a week before Ardern sent the letter to Trump.  

The Prime Minister’s office refused to make public that letter when it was sought by Interest.co.nz under the OIA.

Talking points provided to the Minister for a phone conversation with Brown on March 12 show Parker was encouraged to “register [his] concern about the impact these tariffs would have on New Zealand exports of those products.”

The notes also say that New Zealand’s small steel and aluminium exports to the US “pose no threat to the respective US industries or to US national security.”

New Zealand’s steel and aluminium exports to the US make up just 0.1% and 0.06% respectively of total US imports for these metals.

NZ still ‘disappointed’ about being caught up

Since the Minister’s conversation with Brown, the New Zealand embassy in Washington has “continued to press the US for a full exemption on steel and aluminium,” talking points provided to Parker by Mfat on March 2, say.

Although there appears to be no word yet on if the lobbying has been successful, a Mfat Spokeswoman says the Government believes there is a “strong case for New Zealand to be exempt from the tariffs.”

In March, Trump said the tariffs were a way to narrow the US’ $800 billion trade deficit.

New Zealand has a slight $60 million trade deficit with the US – to put that in context, the US has a $43 billion deficit with China.

“We remain hopeful that an exemption will be possible in due course,” the Spokeswoman says.

But she says Mfat remains “disappointed” New Zealand exports have been caught up in the US tariffs on steel and aluminium.

Both Parker and Ardern have outlined the same sentiment over the last few months.


          Councils in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato secure half the funding made available by the Government for housing infrastructure       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

New Zealand’s golden triangle has scored big with the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF), with the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions securing half of the $1 billion pot.

The Government on Wednesday announced it will provide $200 million of loans to fund infrastructure projects in Tauranga and Waikato.

Tauranga City Council will receive $158 million to upgrade the Te Maunga Wastewater Treatment Plant and for a new Waiari water treatment plant.

Almost $40 million will be provided to the Waikato District Council to expand the area’s water supply reservoirs and reticulation, and a new wastewater treatment plant, pipeline and treated water disposal.

The Tauranga and Waikato councils were the second and third councils to secure funding from the HIF, following Hamilton City Council getting close to $300 million from the same pot last year.

The money comes in the form of a 10-year interest-free loan.

The $1 billion HIF was the brainchild of the former National Government, which unveiled the project in 2016.

As many councils across the country are up to their debt limits, investing in key infrastructure to provide housing has been difficult.

Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford says the loan to Tauranga City Council will provide water and wastewater capacity for an additional 35,000 houses, which could be either infill or greenfield developments.

In Waikato, Twyford says the funding will enable the building of 2,790 houses in an area in desperate need of more housing.

He says while there has been a big focus on the housing crisis in Auckland, there are also issues that need addressing in high growth areas like Tauranga and Waikato.

“There are signs that Auckland’s housing issues are moving south. According to QV data, average house prices in the Waikato District have increased to $483,179 – up 8.8% over the past year.”

Twyford says the $1 billion HIF will enable at least 28,000 new dwellings in high growth areas to be built over the next 10 years.

It is understood further HIF announcements are expected within the next few weeks.


          Guy Trafford interprets the messages flowing from Air New Zealand's decision to promote meat-free options on selected long-haul international flights. Meanwhile venison pricing breaks new ground      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

By Guy Trafford

Air New Zealand has had a history of, at least in appearances, of seeking to stimulate New Zealand tourism and the promotion of New Zealand. The image of its CEO trout fishing in one of our South Island rivers stills vividly comes to mind.

Prior to that period the air carrier also was on the receiving end of a major bail-out by the tax payer when its finances and future went pear shaped.

With that as a back drop it appears to have had a change of approach with it walking away from several regional air services which other smaller airlines seem to think they can make profitable and even seem to have managed to upset families from the Mt Erebus disaster with a recent advertising promotion. So, it perhaps shouldn’t be too surprising that Air New Zealand are viewing the international traveller possibly at the expense of it ‘core constituent’.

All New Zealand meat farmers will be somewhat perplexed at the news that our national air carrier has now trialled the meat free “Impossible Burgers” to invited journalists recently and intends to have it on the menu for its business class customers through until late October. In the past Air New Zealand, which is over 52% owned by the tax payer, has been an active supporter of New Zealand producers using local produce especially wine and sponsoring the ANZ Wine Awards.

However, in this case, the Impossible Burger is made by an American company with little connection to New Zealand and appears to be a marketing exercise at the expense of Kiwi support. Given the majority of international travellers come to New Zealand to experience among other things it clean green outdoors and imagery this shift to what livestock producers would consider the ‘dark side’.

Criticism of the Air New Zealand decision has come from across board, from Acting PM Winston Peters to past former National Primary Industries minister Nathan Guy as well as industry spokespersons. Made from primarily vegetable products a ‘google’ search of its make-up did reveal one interesting ingredient, methylcellulose. This product which is a bulk forming laxative of which its main use appears to be to help people with constipation problems. It also comes with warning about who should seek medical advice before using, including pregnant women, those breast feeding and children under the age of six.

Perhaps Air New Zealand are sending a not too subtle message to New Zealand that the ‘clean green image is not easily supportable, and it is finding other ways gain more traction? This also reinforces the importance to New Zealand food producers that they have to be squeaky clean in their food production for the same reasons. The criticism that the Simons Pass dairy conversion and now another land ‘intensification’ development due to be carried out next to Lake Pearson en route to Arthurs Pass have received is arguably justified. Both properties are passed by thousands of tourists weekly if not daily and seem to be flaunting New Zealand’s clean green, environmentally friendly image. And while they both may have satisfied the Environment Court's requirements, they cannot be considered assets to the nation when tourism is vying with dairying to be New Zealand’s most important ‘export’ industry.

SHEEP
Lamb had a small lift on the schedule this week, bringing the published schedule a bit closer to the winter contracts prices and what is being paid in the yards. Saleyard prices are holding at their strong levels with limited supply helping to maintain demand.

WOOL
Auction sales are over for the season and finished on a steady note. The finer segment certainly can feel the seasons has been satisfactory, although, coarse wool producers will hardly be rejoicing even though prices did pick up when China rejoined the market. The pause in the sales programme is rather brief with the new season starting later this week with the Napier sale on the 12th of July.

BEEF
The biggest movement on the beef schedule was for Cow meat lifting +15c with one South Island processor and at least two national processors lifting Prime meat by up to +10c per kg. Saleyard prices are also holding at reasonable levels but with feed pressure likely to be coming on may not be able to hold these levels for much longer.

DEER
Another +10c jump in the schedule from one South Island processor lifting the Ap Stag price to $11.30 will have many blinking. Just how high venison can continue to go has many scratching their heads. If Venison can achieve these heights it does make one wonder what the future potential is for other relatively (on a world scale) scarce meat, i.e. lamb. Many producers have in the past been concerned that rapidly rising prices to a product can turn consumers away and do more harm than relatively stable ‘moderate’ prices. But venison may be making observers rethink this approach.


          ANZ's continuing to advance more and more money to its NZ finance arm - ironically at a time when it's trying to offload it      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

By David Hargreaves

ANZ's still advancing more and more money to its NZ vehicle and asset finance provider subsidiary UDC Finance - ironically as it  is continues protracted attempts to offload UDC.

UDC's recently released interim accounts for the period to March 31, 2018 show that in the latest six month period ANZ advanced a further net $232 million to UDC in order to grow the latter's loan book.

As a result, UDC's loan assets have passed the $3 billion mark for the first time, while profitability's still strong, with net after-tax earnings rising 8% to 32.7% in the six month period.

ANZ as part of a big shake-up of operations on both sides of the Tasman, including offloading of assets seen now as non-core, indicated that UDC was on the block as far back now as April 2016.

It thought it had a sale, for a pretty penny too - to acquisitive and enigmatic Chinese conglomerate HNA. However, the $660 million deal announced in January 2017 flew apart late last year after the Overseas Investment Office had serious concerns about HNA and its debt levels, while the OIO was not even able to satisfy itself who owned the Chinese company.

In March ANZ indicated it might seek to sell shares in UDC to the public and list the company on the stock exchanges both here and in Australia.

In the meantime, while all this has been going on, UDC's previously dominant method of funding by offering secured investments to the public has declined.

As of the year ended September 2015 - about six months prior to ANZ putting the 'for sale' signs up - UDC had secured investments from the public totalling $1.736 billion, while the ANZ had provided just $280 million of funding.

By September 2016 the secured investments had dropped to $1.592 billion and ANZ's funding had grown to $595 million.

After the sale to HNA was announced the investors headed for the exits in big numbers, with the secured investments slumping to just $1.039 billion by September 2017, while ANZ's funding had mushroomed to $1.385 billion - meaning that it was now the majority funder of the UDC loan book.

The latest UDC six month accounts for the period ended March 31 show that ANZ funding support has now risen to $1.617 billion, while secured investments are down to $958 million.

While ANZ's having to tip more and more money in, it would presumably be at least encouraged that the drain on the secured investments has seemingly at least slowed since the deal to sell to HNA was terminated.

The UDC annual report for the year to September 2017 had indicated that some $680 million worth of secured investments were due to mature by March 31, 2018. So, the vast majority of those investments were simply just rolled over and reinvested.

However, at the moment the terms of secured investments with UDC are, according to the current UDC disclosure statement, that UDC has the right (while owned by ANZ) to repay secured investors/debenture holders at any time. This was agreed to by debenture holders in expectation last year of the HNA deal proceeding - but it remains in place. This would appear to be some sort of obstacle for UDC currently attracting new funds from the public.

Additionally, ANZ's made clear - that while it says it's in no hurry to sell UDC - it is still intent on selling it. The UDC assets are still being classified as 'assets held for sale' in ANZ New Zealand's accounts for the period to March 31

While ANZ has raised the possibility of a public share sale to divest UDC, the likelihood is it would still prefer to sell the company outright as this would be quicker and cleaner and probably less costly.

The Australian Financial Review's influential 'Street Talk' column, which regularly gets the inside word from investment banks working on deals, last week reported that cash-rich Australian private equity firm BGH Capital was having a close look at UDC. 

"It is understood BGH's team, spearheaded on this situation by founding partner and former Macquarie Capital banker Robin Bishop, were working on a potential tilt earlier this year but failed to get close to UDC's mooted price tag," the Street Talk column reported.

Apparently ANZ is still seeking around $600 million for UDC. That's a higher price than market estimates were suggesting (more like $500 million) at the time the HNA deal was announced. And it was thought that HNA had come in with an offer that was too good to turn down. 

See here for our previous articles on the UDC sale.

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          Stress testing shows the big 4 banks' combined pre-tax profit would tumble $32b over 5 years but they wouldn't breach capital requirements & would remain solvent, the RBNZ says      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Stress testing of ANZ NZ, ASB, BNZ and Westpac NZ shows the fours' combined pre-tax profit would tumble by $32 billion over five years to $4 billion, but they would not breach their minimum capital requirements.

These are among the conclusions of Reserve Bank and Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) stress testing of the big four NZ banks, as detailed by the Reserve Bank. The test was based on data and regulatory requirements as at March 2017, and ran for five years to March 2022.

The testing done last year included the assessment of two scenarios. In the first, a downturn in the Chinese economy spreads through trade channels to other emerging markets, with flow-on effects to other parts of the global economy, including Europe and Japan. A collapse in demand for commodity exports and negative investor sentiment towards the Australian and New Zealand economies triggers domestic recessions and a six month closure of offshore funding markets for banks. New Zealand’s unemployment rate quickly rises to peak at 11%, house prices fall 35%, and the Fonterra dairy payout remains below $5/kgMS for three years. The scenario assumes that macroeconomic conditions begin to improve by the fourth year, though property prices do not recover. Banks receive a two notch credit rating downgrade, and face elevated funding costs in both wholesale and retail deposit markets.

 In the second scenario, the macroeconomic conditions described above were overlaid with an operational risk scenario, exploring the implications of an industry-wide misconduct event related to residential mortgages. The Reserve Bank says the monetary response to the downturn sees the Official Cash Rate cut to just 0.25%, but banks' higher funding spreads mean the decline isn't fully passed through to customers' interest rates.

"Consistent with previous tests, results suggest that strong underlying profitability from repricing actions to maintain their net interest margins would allow these banks as a group to absorb significant losses through the stress scenario without breaching their minimum capital requirements. While the test demonstrates these banks’ resilience, there remains uncertainty as to how such scenarios would unfold in reality," the Reserve Bank says.

"Cumulative pre-tax profit over the five years declined from $36 billion in a baseline projection, which assumes no stresses occur, to $4 billion in the stress scenario. The aggregate return on assets turned negative in years two and three, before recovering as credit losses abated," the Reserve Bank says.

The banks began with an aggregate Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) capital ratio of 10.3%, and an aggregate buffer ratio of 5.4%. The aggregate CET1 ratio dropped to a low of 6.9% in the third year, with individual banks' CET1 ratios falling to between 6.4% and 7.4%. Buffer ratios fell to between 1.2% and 1.4% at their low points, placing the banks in the middle of the capital conservation buffer. Most of the banks moved out of the buffer by the fifth year thanks to accumulated earnings. All four banks met their core funding ratio and mismatch ratio requirements during the test.

14% of loans default

The banks reported about 14% of their total credit exposures would default over the five years of the test. Total loan impairment expenses of $21 billion gives a cumulative loss rate of 4.3% of their total credit exposure. Credit losses were naturally spread across banks’ lending portfolios. Residential mortgage lending losses were $5.1 billion or 24% of total losses, farm lending was $4.4 billion or 21%, and general corporate lending was $4.4 billion or 20% of losses. Commercial property lending, and credit cards and other consumer lending, both accounted for 11% of losses.

The banks were asked to model scenarios involving industry-wide conduct risk and/or mis-selling in residential mortgage origination, with this having a material impact on their solvency and leading to a further credit rating downgrade.

"Submissions explored the consequences of systematic errors in automated property valuations, government-imposed moratoria on mortgage foreclosures, and flaws in origination practices, such as systematic miscalculations of loan affordability and inappropriate sales practices. The scenarios led to CET1 ratios falling a further 0.4 to 2.4 percentage points in year three of the test, compared to the macroeconomic scenario."

Outcomes sensitive to modelling assumptions

The Reserve Bank separately developed a standardised event involving a class action lawsuit for breaches of standards for loan origination, and prescribed a redress calculation methodology.  The total cost to the four banks of this was $2.2 billion, there was a further notch credit rating downgrade, and five basis points reduction to net interest margins for all five years. However, the regulator notes it's challenging to calibrate the impact of an industry-wide misconduct event for NZ banks, given the limited number of relevant precedents.

It also notes there are uncertainties around the magnitude of losses banks could face in a real downturn, and the extent to which banks could restore net interest margins. Thus outcomes are sensitive to modelling assumptions used in the testing.

"Recent stress tests have shown that strong underlying earnings are an important buffer for the large New Zealand banks. The combination of low cost-to-income ratios, generally short repricing profiles, and resulting stable net interest margins, suggests that these banks would be able to internally generate capital in the form of retained earnings to offset significant credit losses in a stress scenario," the Reserve Bank says.

"Overall, these outcomes suggest that, as a group, the large New Zealand banks could absorb material losses in a downturn event while remaining solvent. The test shows that the strong underlying profitability that the banks are presumed to maintain through the scenario acts as a significant buffer, offsetting their credit losses and allowing them to generate sufficient capital to stay above their minimum requirements in each year of the test."

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          RBNZ makes 'in-principle' decision for ANZ, ASB, BNZ & Westpac to be required to report credit risk through both their current internal models approach and the standardised approach      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Reserve Bank says ANZ NZ, ASB, BNZ and Westpac NZ will have to start reporting their risk weighted assets (RWA) and associated credit ratios using both the internal models approach they currently use, and the standardised approach other New Zealand banks use.

The prudential regulator details this in a response to submissions on the calculation of risk weighted assets, which is part of its biggest ever review of bank capital adequacy requirements.

The decision confirms what the Reserve Bank proposed in a consultation paper late last year, as reported by interest.co.nz here. Not surprisingly, all of ANZ, ASB, BNZ and Westpac argued for the status quo to be retained, that they just keep using internal models, in submissions to the Reserve Bank.

Nonetheless the Reserve Bank has revealed five "in-principle" decisions. They are:

- the capital framework will continue to permit qualifying banks to use internal models to estimate credit-risk related RWA (the IRB or internal ratings based approach), although there will be more restrictions on modelling;

- the IRB approach will not be permitted for any credit exposure with an external rating (for example, sovereigns, banks, some large corporates);

- there will be a RWA floor imposed on IRB models. This floor will be a proportion of the equivalent standardised calculation RWA value;

- all banks will calculate the RWA arising from operational risk in the same way, using the Basel Standardised Measurement Approach; and,

- IRB banks will be required to report RWA (and associated credit ratios) calculated using the standardised approach alongside those arising from the IRB approach (‘dual reporting’).

The big four banks using the internal models approach means credit risk weights calculated using it account for about 90% of NZ banking sector exposures. All other NZ banks use the so-called standardised approach for credit risk, through which their credit risk weights are prescribed by the Reserve Bank and are typically higher than those of the big four banks, who set their own models which they must get approved by the Reserve Bank.

Simplicity and clarity demanded in times of stress

The Reserve Bank says it'll consult stakeholders next year on the details of its decisions. And the next stage in the capital review will be a quantitative impact study to shape the central bank's analysis of the potential costs and benefits of its in-principle decisions. Additionally submissions will be sought on the minimum capital ratio settings, likely in the fourth quarter of 2018.

"We continue to believe that credit risk models need to be constrained more in the light of our experience with the IRB framework. This is consistent with the view about internal models held by the Basel Committee and many overseas regulators," the Reserve Bank says.

"On balance, the Reserve Bank prefers an approach that retains IRB models in the New Zealand framework, while putting in place restraints on IRB modelling to mitigate the disadvantages of internal modelling (competitive neutrality and the opaqueness of internal models)."

It goes on to point out it's not clear to external parties how IRB banks arrive at their model RWA values, with this lack of transparency reducing the effectiveness of market discipline, which is one of the three pillars of the Reserve Bank's regulatory regime.

"The recent example of the Global Financial Crisis also provided strong evidence that in times of stress, market participants and other stakeholders quickly demand simplicity and clarity about the measurement of capital, which is a clear advantage the standardised framework has over the IRB approach," the Reserve Bank adds.

The Reserve Bank doesn't believe compliance with dual reporting will be onerous for ANZ NZ, ASB, BNZ and Westpac NZ. However, it acknowledges it hasn't yet calculated the costs and benefits, but suggests private costs to banks should be balanced against potential net social benefits.

APRA watch

The Reserve Bank notes the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) is considering making changes to the standardised approach. For example, it points out APRA has identified four characteristics of residential mortgages associated historically with relatively high probabilities of loss being interest-only loans, poorly documented loans, high debt-to-income loans, and investment property loans. APRA is proposing to classify mortgages with one or more of these characteristics as non-standard, which means they'll have a 100% risk weight, versus 25% normally.

APRA's expected to finalise its policy next year. The Reserve Bank says it'll then assess whether or not to adopt the same approach in New Zealand, and may seek submissions.

"...there may be compliance efficiencies for the large four banks if some aspects of New Zealand's standardised approach are modified in order to facilitate dual reporting," the Reserve Bank says.

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          Allan Barber says disruption is coming from many directions for red meat, but the industry has an ideal opportunity to respond with a natural, grass-fed message for premium markets      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

By Allan Barber

For all the noise around the threat posed to the red meat industry by alternative proteins, this is only one of the challenges the sector has to confront over the next few years.

Other key disruptive issues identified by government and industry leader groups include climate change requiring the reduction of greenhouse gases and progress towards net zero emissions by 2050, significant improvement in water quality, and the need to move agrifood production up the value chain.

All these issues signal the need for a major refocus of the New Zealand red meat sector’s approach to all aspects of its business.

A number of global forces – environmental, technological, generational, sociological and economic – have all conspired to exert pressure on agriculture to reduce its environmental footprint while at the same time meeting the expectations of different groups of consumers.

Potential disruption by meat alternatives like Impossible Burgers and Beyond Meat should be viewed in the context of all the other challenges rather than being seen as an isolated competitor for a share of consumers’ wallets. Disruption will not be restricted to alternatives to meat, but also to co-products such as laboratory grown leather, so it is important for overall profitability to look at competitors for the whole animal carcase, not just the meat component.

The positive from this confluence of critical challenges is the availability of time to research, plan and take appropriate action. Work that Beef and Lamb New Zealand has already done in developing the Red Meat Story, Taste Pure Nature origin brand, Farm Assurance Programme and environment strategy, as well as research into alternative proteins, combined with the work of the Farming Leaders Group, provides a good foundation for the future of the meat industry. What is certain is farming in the next 30 years will be nothing like the last 30 which have in turn been massively different from the period before that.

Technological disruption in the form of alternative proteins has been around for a number of years, but the difference now is the extensive capital being invested in trying to produce products which can genuinely replicate the taste and textural properties of red meat. The research conducted by San Francisco based consultancy Antedote demonstrates the particular threat and opportunity presented by the move of alternative meat products into heavily branded consumer foods. Building production scale will not happen overnight, while at the same time the world’s population and demand for protein continue to grow. But the pressure is increasing on the meat industry, led by B+LNZ, to communicate the benefits of natural, grass-fed red meat while developing effective responses to the health and environmental claims of much better funded alternative protein products.

The Future of Meat report identifies seven underlying trends, particularly a generational change in attitudes to life and diet, a consumer backlash against factory farming, typified by feedlot raised grain fed beef in the USA and factory farmed chicken, and health concerns as the main inspirations for the move towards vegetarian alternatives. This in turn presents an ideal opportunity for New Zealand grass fed, naturally raised beef and lamb to take the high ground and move upmarket to assume a premium position. The report states “It is a wake-up call to ensure we understand what is important to premium customers, that we protect our natural food production systems and products, and do more to ensure that our consumers and customers recognise that New Zealand’s red meat farmers are in the natural foods business.”

Antedote presents four potential scenarios to challenge the thinking of the sheep and beef sector on how it responds to the alternative proteins threat but these can equally be used to consider the response to the other environmental and economic challenges. In summary the four scenarios are red meat becomes a niche product, red meat moves upmarket, red meat is a reluctant choice and lastly it remains an everyday preference. Each scenario demands a quite different industry response, although realistically the probability is none of them will eventuate to the total exclusion of the other three. However the most likely outcome, at least in the initial phase, will be a gradual move towards the premium position proposed in the second upmarket option.

It will be important to identify the direction that makes most sense, avoiding expenditure of scarce money and resources on trying to compete in every scenario. B+LNZ Market Innovation Manager Lee-Ann Marsh says it is necessary to remain agile, using the foundation of the Red Meat Story to create a strong value proposition while moving steadily towards the premium space.

There are two separate pieces of work to be undertaken following the Future of Meat alternative proteins report: firstly, an industry visit to China in August to investigate new pathways to market that would allow the sector to capture greater premiums, involving testing a number of scenarios in market with target customers and consumers, at least one looking beyond red meat; secondly looking at how to maximise the entire carcase, better understand the parts of the animal that may be prone to disruption and consequently maintain or create more value in those parts.

A big challenge for the sector is to ensure buy-in from all industry participants at the same time, so no single segment either lags behind or gets too far ahead of the exercise. Getting the government onside with plans to mitigate climate change and creating a positive public perception of farming practice will be just as important as gaining support from farmers and processors for value enhancing market initiatives. Plotting the course which satisfies all four of these very different but important stakeholders will require very skilful leadership.


This article first appeared in Farmers Weekly. It is here with permission. Current schedule and saleyard prices are available in the right-hand menu of the Rural section of this website.

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          US quit rate rises; Canada housing starts jump; China factory inflation up; German sentiment tumbles; Turkey embraces nepotism; NZ's innovation handicap; UST 10yr at 2.87%; oil up and gold down; NZ$1 = 68.4 USc; TWI-5 = 71.6      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Here's our summary of key events overnight that affect New Zealand, with news of some chunky data surprises.

More American workers voluntarily quit their jobs in May, a sign of confidence in their labour market that analysts say will soon boost wage growth. In fact, that quit rate rose to a 17 year high to an annual rate of 3.6 mln (of the 155.6 mln employed) and a rise of 212,000, even as the number of new job openings eased down.

In surprise data, Canada's new housing starts rose sharply in June, boosted by a very large increase in multifamily units, and especially in Toronto (+65%) and Quebec (-50%). Vancouver recorded a -10% drop. Nationally, the number of single family homes started fell by -16%.

In China, factory inflation hit a six-month high of +4.7% in June partly due to rising oil costs, while consumer prices remained stable.

In the EU, they reported their house prices rose at their fastest pace in 2017 in a decade, continuing a pattern of rising growth rates since 2013.

In Germany, their influential ZEW economic sentiment survey (similar to our NZIER QSBO survey) has come in sharply negative, diving well below low analysts expectations.

In Turkey, their strongman president put a family member in charge of his Finance ministry and sharply curbed the independence of Turkey's central bank. The country's currency fell sharply almost immediately, compounding earlier falls.

The 2018 edition of the Global Innovation Index has ranked New Zealand as #22 in their 126 country world. We were ranked #21 in 2017. Australia is now ranked #20 (#23 last year) while Switzerland came out on top again. Just about every country we benchmark ourselves against did better than us. China at #17 was the only non-high-income country in the top group. It is the first time China has been in the top 20.

The UST 10yr yield is now at 2.87%, a +1 bp rise overnight. And the US 2-10 rate curve has narrowed again, now at just +28 bps. The Chinese 10yr is at 3.56% (up +1 bp) while the New Zealand equivalent has risen sharply to 2.90%, up +5 bps.

Gold is back down by -US$4 to US$1,255/oz.

US oil prices are up today and now well over US$74/bbl. The Brent benchmark is now just under US$79/bbl.

The Kiwi dollar starts today unchanged at 68.4 USc. On the cross rates we are also unchanged at 91.6 AUc and at 58.2 euro cents. That leaves the TWI-5 at 71.6.

Bitcoin is now at US$6,368 which is almost -5% lower than this time yesterday.

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          Rural Insight: Opportunities lie in new food sectors.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
There is a food revolution spreading through provincial New Zealand as businesses founded on a supply of high quality protein and produce start to find their niche in the global food industry.
          Don't rush to judge on Samoa infant deaths - specialist      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A medical specialist in New Zealand is worried about the impact the death of two infants in Samoa will have on vaccination programmes.
          Southland caught up in nationwide recycling crisis       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
China's far-reaching decision to effectively shut out New Zealand's recyclables has resulted in about 100 tonnes of Southland's plastics being stockpiled because there is nowhere else to send it.
          New Zealand Building permit 1976      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Primeira-ministra, mãe e feminista. - Editor - UM OÁSIS NO MEIO DO CAOS.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Primeira-ministra, mãe e feminista
Terça-feira, 10 de julho de 2018

Primeira-ministra, mãe e feminista

Imagem: New Zealand Labour Party
Em outubro do ano passado, a trabalhista Jacinda Ardern venceu as eleições para primeiro-ministro na Nova Zelândia. Se tornou, com 37 anos, a pessoa mais nova a ser eleita para o cargo e a terceira mulher à frente do governo. Agora, é a primeira chefe de estado do mundo em 30 anos a dar à luz durante o mandato, além da primeira na história a tirar licença maternidade. E mais: seu parceiro, com quem ela não é casada, ficará em casa cuidando do bebê quando ela retornar ao trabalho.
Durante a campanha eleitoral, Ardern ficou famosa pela desenvoltura para responder às perguntas sexistas dirigidas a ela. Quando perguntada sobre a possibilidade de ser mãe durante o mandato, disse que era “muito aberta para discutir esse dilema que muitas mulheres enfrentam”. Pontuou, no entanto, ser inaceitável que em 2017 as mulheres ainda tenham que responder a esse tipo de pergunta: “A decisão de uma mulher sobre quando ter filhos não deveria predeterminar se elas recebem ou não uma oferta de trabalho”.


Jacinda se tornou popular entre o eleitorado jovem na Nova Zelândia por suas propostas que incluíam a legalização da maconha e o acesso gratuito à universidade. Uma semana após dar à luz, no dia 1 de julho, a primeira-ministra introduziu um plano familiar que destina 5 bilhões de dólares para famílias neozelandesas com crianças pequenas, que receberão ajuda semanal do governo, além de auxílio-aquecimento nos meses de inverno. Ela ainda anunciou o aumento da licença remunerada para homens e mulheres com bebês recém nascidos ou recém adotados, incluindo parceiros do mesmo sexo, de 18 para 22 semanas.  
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Quanto mais mulheres no governo, menos corrupção
Por meio de uma análise realizada em mais de 125 países, pesquisadores descobriram que, em países em que há maior participação de mulheres no congresso, é menor o nível de corrupção. Publicada em julho de 2018 no Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, o estudo constatou que a presença de mulheres na política de nível local, com a ocorrência do pagamento de propina sendo menor em regiões com maior participação feminina.

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“A pesquisa ressalta a importância do empoderamento feminino, a presença de mulheres em posições de liderança e sua representação no governo”,  afirmou Sudipta Sarangi,um dos pesquisadores envolvidos no projeto. “Isso é especialmente importante à luz do fato de que as mulheres continuam mal representadas na política na maioria dos países, incluindo os Estados Unidos”.
Mundialmente, o Brasil ocupa a 152ª posição no ranking de representatividade feminina na Câmara dos Deputados, com apenas 10% de deputadas mulheres, ficando atrás de todos os vizinhos sul-americanos. No Senado, a presença feminina é de apenas 16%.

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          You’re Not In 2006 Anymore, Toto: The Future Of Education      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Content only gets you so far, but learning skills gets your further. We’ve traditionally viewed school as a place to learn content, however where I see it heading is a place to truly develop skills that stand the test of time. That’s exactly what Newlands Intermediate is doing with their Minidevs programme and instead of teaching content they are enabling kids to not only create the content, but also learn how to learn!  (This post is written by Anna Lim, the Enterprise Channel Manager for Education at Microsoft New Zealand) The hype around Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) is growing in...
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New Zealand Rugby's Farah Palmer Cup expands to 12 teams this season with the inclusion of Taranaki in the draw.

The teams will play 42 matches over eight weeks when the competition kicks off in September.

The expansion makes the cup the biggest women's provincial competition for more than ten years.
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          'No, ewe drive!': Is this the most 'Kiwi as' image of all time?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A New Zealand farmer's creative way to herd a sheep from a paddock has been labelled one of the most "Kiwi as" acts of all time.Josh Jackson was trying to round up one particular sheep on his Taupō farm when he decided to take...
          Half of Whangārei hooked to ultra fast broadband with Northpower Fibre network      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Half of Whangārei has hooked up to the UFB network, with over 11,500 people connected out of a possible 22,700 premises.That is one of the highest uptake rates of any UFB network in New Zealand. "This is outstanding for the...
          Leslie selected for Pan Pacific Swimming Championships      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Whangarei's multi-talented Cameron Leslie has been selected to make a splash at the Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships next month.The 28-year-old Paralympian has been selected for the New Zealand Para swimming team, to compete...
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New Zealand is bound to feel some effects from the squabbling Pacific powers.


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Kiwi fans are in for a treat because ultimate indie-rock superstars Florence + The Machine are about to make their NZ comeback, hitting the Auckland's Spark Arena in January next year.

Before we get to see their awe-inspiring performance, Florence + The Machine will first be playing their Australian tour which will kick off in Perth before heading to Adelaide, Melbourne, Geelong, Brisbane and Sydney.

After winding up their their epic, sold out New Zealand tour in 2015, Florence Welcher and her band are back to Kiwi soil to unleash what'll be another mesmerizing show to their Kiwi audiences.

"Florence and the Machine's performance was a relentless buzz of energy, music and fun, which had the sold-out crowd screaming, singing and going nuts all night." - NZ Herald

Released globally last month is Florence + The Machine's latest single 'Big God', a track that is said to depict a raw and enchanting affair. This is the third single to be taken from their highly-anticipated fourth album 'High As Hope' which was freshly released last June 29th.

'If Welch's ethereal vocals made her sound like a goddess on previous tracks, she's a distinctly grounded one on 'Big God'—'Big God' is sparser, but gorgeously so." - Paste Magazine

'High As Hope' is as intimate as it is epic, venturing into a new sonic territory whilst reaching back to Florence's roots. This new album features stellar collaborations from the likes of Kamasi Washington, Sampha, Tobias Jesso Jr, Kelsey Lu and Jamie xx. Florence describes it as, "a pure expression of who I am now, as an artist, and an honest one."

In a span of more than a decade, Florence + The Machine has dazzled fans and critics alike across three celebrated studio albums; 'Lungs' (2009), 'Ceremonials' (2011) and 'How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful' (2015). The success of their chart-topping music catalogue produced a slew of worldwide hits including, 'You've Got The Love', 'Dog Days Are Over', 'Shake It Out' and 'Spectrum (Say My Name)' among many others. Earlier this year, Florence + The Machine performed their chart-topping second single 'Hunger' on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'.

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PMW: Fatah to US: “We don’t want your flour, your wheat, or your aid”
At a Fatah demonstration earlier this month, Abbas' deputy chairman of Fatah, Mahmoud Al-Aloul, announced that Palestinians don't want US aid, because US is "forming an alliance" with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, "the Israeli enemy":

Fatah Deputy Chairman and Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul: "Mahmoud Abbas has told him [Trump], and we are telling him, that America is not fit to be a sponsor of peace... This American Trump is forming an alliance with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, the Israeli enemy, who is sowing havoc and destruction over the land by expropriation and building settlements... We want freedom. We want independence. We want an end to the occupation. We don't want your flour, your wheat, or your aid." [Official PA TV, July 2, 2018]

Al-Aloul's statement rejecting US aid follows the passing of the Taylor Force Act in the US, in March 2018, which cuts almost all funding to the PA if it continues paying salaries to terrorist prisoners and allowances to families of so-called "Martyrs." The law was named after US citizen Taylor Force who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv on March 8, 2016.

Al-Aloul's comments also follow the passing of a new Israeli law to deduct the amount of money the PA pays imprisoned terrorists and families of "Martyrs" from the tax money Israel collects for the PA, which was passed by the Israeli Parliament on July 2, 2018.
PMW: PA leader Nabil Shaath: Australia is “worthy of being spat on”
PA Chairman Abbas’ advisor Nabil Shaath: "This filthy talk of ‘the criminals’ in connection with our Martyrs and prisoners – while they are our heroes, the heroes of self-sacrifice and the candles of freedom. They cannot be compared to the Israeli criminals in Israel’s prisons... Australia’s decision [to stop] transferring $10 million angered me greatly... It transferred [the aid to the UN]... so that it would not serve for payment of the salaries of the [prisoners and Martyrs’] families. In other words, the truth is they are worthy of being spat on. You [Australians] are the servants of the US… I don’t want your 10 million, I don’t want to chase after them." [Official PA TV, Topic of the Day, July 3, 2018] Nabil Shaath is PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Foreign Affairs and International Relations Australia cuts direct aid to the PA - Australia announced on July 2, 2018, that it is ceasing its direct aid to the PA, and will transfer aid through the UN. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop explained that Australia unsuccessfully sought confirmation from the PA that the aid was not going to pay terrorists. Bishop added: "Any assistance provided by the PLO to those convicted of politically motivated violence is an affront to Australian values and undermines the prospect of meaningful peace between Israel and the Palestinians." PMW has led the exposure of the salaries paid by the PA to terrorists and their families.


Father of American Victim of Palestinian Terror Calls New US, Israeli Laws Penalizing PA ‘a Good Beginning’
The recent passage of laws in both the US and Israel penalizing the Palestinian Authority (PA) over its payments to terrorists and their families marked “a good beginning, but there is much more to be done,” the father of an American military veteran who was killed in a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv two years ago told The Algemeiner on Monday.

Stuart Force, the father of the late Taylor Force, traveled to Israel to attend last week’s Knesset vote on a bill modeled on a US law — named after his West Point graduate son — that was approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump in March limiting American aid to the PA.

“Watching the legislation’s passage in the Knesset was a very emotional and special time for me,” Force said. “I feel that the resolve shown by both countries to address this part of the war on terror will provide a stimulus for nations worldwide to look at where their humanitarian aid actually goes.”

“If it cannot be shown that the intended recipients of our assistance are receiving it, then it should be withheld until it can,” he continued. “Something is terribly wrong when the leaders of terrorism are living like wealthy warlords, with their ‘subjects’ having no hope for a better future.”



JCPA: Economics Won’t Help. The Palestinians Will Continue with Terror Attacks
In any case, the chance that economic temptations will lead to a change in Palestinian national goals is very slight as long as the Palestinian system is not led by a political movement that gives priority to the welfare of its citizens. That movement must recognize that to provide for their economic needs, it must end its commitment to the struggle against Zionism, which is translated as yielding the “Right of Return” and deciding to forego the establishment of a Palestinian state in all of mandatory Palestine.

The approach of the U.S. administration criticizes the Palestinians and Hamas, in particular, for “not acting according to the needs of the Palestinian people.” This reaction indicates a lack of understanding for Palestinian priorities and superimposes upon them a Western order of priorities, which sees in the pursuit of happiness and prosperity as all people’s solitary goal.

The Palestinians explain to the world that they have a different order of priorities, including paying salaries to terrorists, “Return Marches,” the destruction of a critical truck crossing for goods, and the right to forgo both human life and prosperity. However, it appears that the Americans, Europeans, and many Israelis are not getting these messages. They continue to believe that economic considerations can lead the Palestinians to change their anti-peace policies.

We must not diminish the importance of investing in the advancement of the Palestinian economy and economic cooperation with them. These are based on ethical motives – from the desire to bring economic prosperity to our neighbors to advancing familiarity between both peoples. We must hope that in the end this will motivate the Palestinian to change their order of priorities.
IDF stops boat seeking to break Gaza blockade
The Israeli Navy on Tuesday apprehended a Gazan boat with approximately eight people on board that attempted to breach the legal naval blockade. The apprehension took place without incident.

After the boat and the Gazans on board are searched, the boat will be towed to the Israeli Navy base in Ashdod.

The IDF assigned medical personnel to treat those on board who requirws medical assistance.

This is the second time in the past two months that the Hamas terror organization has attempted to violate the legal naval blockade and has paid Gazan civilians to participate.

The IDF stated that the naval blockade is a "necessary and legal security measure that has been recognized repeatedly by the world and the UN as important to the security of the State of Israel and its maritime borders that protect Israeli civilians in the face of terror and smuggling of weapons."
Exclusive: Islamic cyber terrorists trying to target infrastructure
Though they have not yet succeeded, Islamic cyber terrorists are increasing their efforts to carry out cyberattacks against Western countries infrastructure.

This is one of the concerning conclusions of a report obtained exclusively by The Jerusalem Post.

The report was issued by the IDC Herzliya International Institute for Counter-Terrorism’s (ICT) cyberdesk, with input from ICT deputy director Dr. Eitan Azani and cyberdesk coordinator Nadine Liv.

To date, most cyberterror attacks have consisted of defacing target websites and posting embarrassing messages.

But the report discussed “the possibility of terrorist organizations acquiring offensive capabilities on the Internet, hiring hackers for this purpose, or receiving assistance from terror- sponsoring countries” as a serious future danger.

Further, it said that, “the monitoring of the accounts of IS [Islamic State]-supporting hackers indicates that there is a desire to develop these offensive capabilities.”
Iran’s Two-Front Strategy
The Assad regime's current offensive in southern Syria has been mainly in the eastern part of Daraa province, down to the Jordanian border. The push toward the west - Quneitra and the Golan - carries the risk of Israeli action.

Once the Syrian military campaign finds its way to Israel's border, Iran will as well - whether immediately or down the road makes little difference.

All the chatter about a deal with Russia notwithstanding, there is a need for Israel to intensify its targeting of Iran's infrastructure, personnel, and logistical lines in Syria to deter the Iranians from moving against Israel on the Golan.

"We have just one option," Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Shimon Shapira, a senior researcher of Hizbullah and Iran at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, told me.

"And that is to act with force, overtly and covertly, against the Iranian presence in Syria. Consenting to or accepting the Iranian presence, be it direct or indirect, in the end will lead to a war with Iran in Syria and in Lebanon."

As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put it recently, "if there needs to be" conflict with Iran, "it is better now than later."
Report: Obama 'shocked' by settlement expansion
A series of maps of Judea and Samaria, focusing on the placement of Jewish communities and Israeli military facilities in the area, provoked a dramatic change in the Obama administration’s policies vis-à-vis Israel, a report by The New Yorker claims.

According to the report Monday, a presentation by then-Secretary of State John Kerry to President Barack Obama in the waning days of the administration ‘shocked’ the president into taking a more aggressive stance towards Israel, withholding America’s veto on a United Nations Security Council resolution critical of Israeli policies in Judea and Samaria.

The Obama administration, like its predecessors, had in the past backed a final status settlement negotiated by Israel and the Palestinian Authority and opposed unilateral actions regarding core final status issues. In this vein, the US had traditionally used its veto power on the Security Council to block resolutions directed against Israel.

In December 2016, however, the Obama administration permitted UNSC Resolution 2334 to pass – a measure which demanded Israel unilaterally freeze all construction in not only Judea and Samaria, but eastern Jerusalem as well.

The decision to abandon Israel at the Security Council – a significant departure from traditional US policy – after the president was presented with a series of maps collected at the behest of a senior State Department official, Frank Lowenstein.

The collection of maps, assembled in 2015 by Lowenstein and updated by the State Department in 2016, was presented to Obama and key advisers by Secretary of State John Kerry during a 2016 Oval Office meeting.
New Zealand “got it wrong” over 2334
National Party leader, Simon Bridges, has acknowledged that New Zealand “got it wrong” by co-sponsoring United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 alongside Malaysia, Senegal, and Venezuela.

Though New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, challenged the process at the time – that the decision was not put to cabinet – Mr Bridges stated that he thought cabinet “would have made a different decision” than Foreign Minister Murray McCully did.

This is an important acknowledgement – especially after Bill English failed to answer questions about the controversial resolution and claimed that the decision actually didn’t need to go to cabinet.

The comments by Mr Bridges were made during question time at a Hastings public meeting on Friday 29 June, 2018, and are online. Pastor Nigel Woodley asked

“In a future National govt led by you, what do you propose to do to ensure that a much more even-handed, balanced, and fair foreign policy towards the State of Israel is enacted. Because at the moment the foreign policy is very much tipped in favour of the Palestinians at the expense of both truth and justice.” – Pastor Nigel Woodley

The response of Mr Bridges is transcribed below the video. He made three important comments that need to be highlighted.

1. “I get that question or similar at most meetings”
This observation shows how the actions of Minister McCully were out of step with the wishes of the people. The Israel Institute of New Zealand 2017 poll showed that more than half of all Kiwis support Israel and only about one quarter thought the government was right to co-sponsor the resolution. The thousands of New Zealanders who protested, signed letters, and expressed their disappointment at the time are clearly still sending the same message.

2. “We got it wrong on that UN resolution [2234]”
This acknowledgment is some relief to the majority of New Zealanders and is an important step from Mr Bridges. However, the resolution is not “history” now and nor is it “academic”, as Rt Hon Mr Peters has claimed. Unfortunately, UN resolutions build upon each other and 2334 was referenced in the disproportionate number of anti-Israel resolutions that New Zealand continued to support in 2017, and in the recent resolution condemning Israel for “disproportionate and indiscriminate force” with regard to the Gaza riots – a resolution that New Zealand also supported, despite it not mentioning Hamas. If New Zealand is to act on the rhetoric, then the voting pattern at the UN must change to become more in line with our traditional allies on the side of truth, justice, and fairness.
What does Boris Johnson's resignation mean for UK-Israel relations?
Former British foreign minister Boris Johnson's resignation on Monday plunged Prime Minister Theresa May's turbulent government into even more trouble less than a day after former Brexit Secretary David Davis quit the government.

Johnson’s resignation letter slammed May's Brexit negotiation strategy, stating that the Brexit "dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt."

May moved quickly to appoint Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt as the UK's new foreign secretary, ushering in a new and less flamboyant era at the British Foreign Office.

Israeli Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev was quick to welcome Johnson's foreign secretary replacement, expressing hope that relations between the two countries will continue to go from strength to strength.

"Mazal tov to Jeremy Hunt on his appointment as Foreign Secretary. Looking forward to further strengthening the Israel-UK partnership," wrote the Israeli envoy on Twitter on Monday evening.

Although public statements made by Hunt to date regarding Israel are scarce, he dedicates much of his website's foreign policy section to the Middle East where his opinions regarding the Israeli-Arab conflict mirror those of the Conservative Party in general.

There Hunt expresses his desire to promote business ties with Israel, and states his strong opposition to the BDS movement. But he also highlights his concerns regarding the demolition of Palestinian villages and the detention of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities.

Hunt reiterates his government's support for a two-state solution, and states that he was "very disappointed by the announcement of the US's intention to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem."
France Keeps Blackening Israel
Relations between France and Israel have been ambivalent and complex for decades. Among the most prominent are those where the French government sets out to blacken Israel. President Emmanuel Macron is seemingly a new type of Frenchman. He reached the presidency without having risen through the ranks of an existing political party. He is a suave, intelligent politician with an excellent education, an international outlook, many ideas, and good public relations.

However, analysis has to concentrate on facts and not packaging. A good point of departure are the French reactions to the recent Gaza border violence. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Macron in Paris in April, the French president told him that the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem “led to people dying and did not advance peace.” With this transparently manipulative statement Macron showed his skills in distorting the truth in a few words. What provoked the violence was the terror organization Hamas’ initiative to send civilians to the border and mix terrorists among them. Among the more than 115 Gazans killed by Israel, more than half were confirmed terrorists. That many of those killed were terrorists was confirmed by Hamas itself.

France also supported an UN Security Council resolution which called for protective measures for Palestinians, but didn’t mention Hamas. Deputy Israeli Minister Michael Oren summarized it in a tweet: “Shame on France for supporting it. French government cannot say it’s against anti-Semitism and vote for this anti-Semitic resolution.”
The IDF’s response to ongoing Hamas terror attacks
Today, Monday July 9, the Kerem Shalom Crossing will now only be open to humanitarian aid, including food and medicine that will be approved on an individual basis by COGAT. Exports and marketing of goods will no longer take place at the Kerem Shalom Crossing.

This is in light of the ongoing arson and additional terror attacks at the hands of the terror organization, Hamas. This includes infiltration into Israel from the Gaza Strip, terror tunnels discovered leading into Israel from the Gaza Strip, including two near the Kerem Shalom Crossing, and violent riots along the security border. In addition to putting the lives of Israeli civilians at risk and breaching Israel’s sovereignty, Hamas also simultaneously exploits and endangers Gaza residents.

Additionally, the expansion of the designated fishing zone in the Gaza Strip ends today, Monday July 9. For the past three months during the fishing season, the extension increased from six to nine nautical miles. The fishing zone will be returned to six nautical miles today.

This is in response not only to the most recent terror attempts by Hamas, but also in addition to the discovery that took place on June 3 of a terror tunnel located within a Hamas military post that exited to the sea. As well, on May 29th, the Israeli Navy apprehended a Palestinian boat with approximately 17 Palestinians that attempted to breach the legal naval blockade.

The State of Israel aspires and acts to improve the living conditions of civilians in the Gaza Strip. However, the IDF has decided to take these measures due to the recent situation in which the Hamas terror organization is exploiting Gazan residents and launching arson and explosive balloons and kites towards the Israeli communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip. The current situation doesn’t allow the residents of southern Israel to safely maintain their daily routine. Should these severe conditions continue, IDF measures will persist and intensify.
Kite, balloon terrorism continues scorching Israel's land
More than 100 days have passed since the kite and balloon terrorism began. So far, it has resulted in 678 fires in farmlands and wooded areas in Israeli communities on the Gaza border community, with 9,160 dunams (2,260 acres) of mostly natural grove consumed.

In addition, 6,000 dunams (1,500 acres) of agricultural produce and thousands of dunams (acres) of open fields were burned to the ground.

The Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL) alone has lost 15,100 dunams (37,000 acres) of land, not including the Gaza border communities' lands that were scorched.

Firefighters, community security coordinators, and KKL teams worked tirelessly to put out 33 fires across the Eshkol, Sdot Negev and Hof Ashkelon regional councils on Monday. The firefighters managed to gain control of most of the blazes within minutes, except for the fire in Kibbutz Gvar'am, which took the crews a longer time to overcome.

Despite the IDF's announcement that a high-tech solution has been found to eliminate the incendiary balloons threat—in the form of detection and interception drones— fields are still being burned every day and the threat posed by the balloons is only increasing.

The IDF is operating a system able to detect and track the balloons. However, they are still not being intercepted while in the air.
Analysis: Why close the Kerem Shalom Gaza border crossing now?
So there are a few options. It is possible to threaten Hamas, which both Liberman and Netanyahu have done repeatedly since the wave of kite arson began. But that has not succeeded in getting the terrorist organization to stop setting fire to the Israeli fields.

It is also possible, as both the prime minister and defense minister have done, to stress upon occasion that the real strategic danger to the country – the problem that needs immediate and urgent attention – is Iran’s entrenchment in Syria.

But the public pressure has built nonetheless, and Netanyahu needs to show that not only is Israel not impotent against what seems like a primitive threat, but can also apply pressure on Hamas in return.

Why now? Perhaps because Israel thought, in vain, that its warnings and threats against Hamas would do the trick. Perhaps because they wanted to give Egyptian mediators a chance to persuade Hamas to give up this type of warfare. Perhaps because there was hope the IDF would come up with some kind of technological solution to the problem.

But when none of that came to pass, Netanyahu and Liberman – according to this face-value reading of the situation – decided to turn up the heat, even at the risk of bringing down international condemnation on Israel, and even if it means making the extremely difficult lives of Gaza’s residents under Hamas even more difficult.

Something, Netanyahu and Liberman surely believe, needs to be done.
Hamas: We infiltrated Israel and collected information
For years, Hamas has been complaining that the Israeli and Egyptian blockade on the Gaza Strip, as well as sanctions imposed by the Palestinian Authority against the two million residents living there, have created a “humanitarian and economic crisis” in the coastal enclave.

But now that some countries and international parties – including the US, Israel and the United Nations – have come up with a number of initiatives to improve living conditions in the Gaza Strip, Hamas does not seem to know what to do.

Here’s the dilemma Hamas is facing: On the one hand, if Hamas accepts these initiatives, its rivals – first and foremost the ruling Fatah faction – will accuse it of “selling out to Israel and the US,” and giving up Palestinian national rights in return for economic projects and humanitarian aid.

On the other hand, rejecting proposals to improve the living conditions its constituents could aggravate the situation and possibly prompt desperate Palestinians to revolt against the Hamas regime.

Some of the initiatives sound very tempting, to a point where it’s hard to see how Hamas can say no to a seaport in Cyprus or projects to create job opportunities to solve the serious problem of unemployment in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas has nothing to lose by allowing Western parties to establish an industrial zone in the Gaza Strip that would provide thousand of jobs to Palestinians. In fact, such projects benefit Hamas because they exempt it from its responsibilities – as the de facto government in the Gaza Strip – toward its people.

This is why Hamas leaders and officials appear to be divided over the various initiatives that are being proposed by Israel, the US and the UN.
U.N.: Israel’s ban on commercial goods for Gaza could escalate conflict
The United Nations said it was concerned Israel’s decision to halt the flow of commercial goods into the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing could escalate its conflict with Hamas.

“Everyone must step back from the trajectory of confrontation and escalation,” UN Special Coordinator to the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said on Tuesday.

He spoke in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to issue the harshest restrictions on Gaza’s main commercial crossing since the 2014 war with Hamas.

As of Tuesday morning only humanitarian supplies, such as food, medicine and fuel could enter the strip.

Israel’s decision to impose severe economic sanctions on Gaza comes fours months after Hamas and Islamic militants in Gaza have launched flaming kites into southern Israel that has scorched large swaths of fields along the southern border.

It also comes in the midst of a major US push to put in place an economic package that would ease life for the two million Palestinians in Gaza, that are also suffering from Palestinian economic sanctions and living on four hours of fuel a day.

“I am concerned by the consequences of Israel’s decision to temporarily suspend imports and exports with the exception of basic humanitarian supplies through the Kerem Shalom crossing,” Mladenov said on Tuesday.
Liberman in Golan: IDF will act against Iranian presence in Syria
Israel will not allow Iran to entrench itself in Syria, which would give it the ability to launch attacks on Israeli territory, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned Tuesday during a tour of the Golan Heights with senior IDF officers.

"The Iranian presence in Syria is unreasonable, and we are not prepared to accept an Iranian presence in Syria anywhere, and as you have heard more than once, we will act against any Iranian consolidation in Syria,” the defense minister said.

“The moment we identify an Iranian presence, we will act,” Liberman added, warning that there is no difference between a withdrawal of Iranian troops to 40 or 80 kilometers from Israel’s border.

According to Liberman, Israel has “identified elements” belonging to Iran and its Shiite proxy militias who “under the auspices of the regime” are trying to establish themselves on the Golan Heights.

“This effort to establish a terrorist infrastructure under the auspices of the regime, as far as we are concerned, is unacceptable and we will act with force against any terrorist infrastructure that we will see and identify here in the region,” Liberman warned.
Female terrorist who mistakenly stabbed Arab sentenced
A Jerusalem court sentenced a female Arab terrorist to 10 years in prison on Monday, after she was found guilty of a stabbing attack near the Old City of Jerusalem last summer.

The terrorist, 31-year-old Fadwa Nazih Hamadeh, attacked a haredi man returning from morning prayers in the Old City of Jerusalem on Saturday, August 12th.

As the haredi man left the Old City via the Damascus Gate, Hamadeh lunged at him with a knife. In video footage taken from a security camera in the area, Hamadeh’s would-be victim can be seen dodging the attack and fleeing the scene.

After she failed to injure her first target, Hamadeh turned her sights on another man, stabbing him in the shoulder.

The victim was a 31-year-old Arab man Hamadeh had mistakenly thought was an Israeli Jew.

A resident of Jerusalem’s Sur Baher neighborhood, Hamadeh is married and has five children, ranging in age from 8 to one-and-a-half.
Overnight: Shooting attack in Beit El
A shooting attack took place in the town of Beit El in the Binyamin region overnight Monday. No injuries were reported.

Several bullet casings were found at the scene. Troops are searching the area.

Meanwhile, IDF soldiers operating in Palestinian Authority-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria detained overnight Tuesday four wanted persons suspected of involvement in terrorist activities, popular terror and violent disturbances against civilians and security forces.

The suspects were taken for questioning.

As well, during a search for weapons in the PA city of Qalqiliya, IDF troops seized an M16 assault rifle, which was transferred to security agencies.
Israeli Border Police Soldiers Save Life of Palestinian Baby in Hebron
Israeli Border Police soldiers stationed at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron saved the life of a nine-month-old Palestinian boy on Sunday, the Hebrew news site Walla reported.

The soldiers heard shouts coming from a nearby home and when they arrived they found an unconscious baby surrounded by distressed family members who were trying to resuscitate him.

The baby was not breathing and his face had turned blue. The soldiers took over the effort to revive him, and a Border Police medic who was called to the scene succeeded in getting him breathing again.

Watch an Israel Police video of the medic treating the baby below:


Khaled Abu Toameh: Hamas divided: The Gaza Strip rulers' humanitarian aid dilemma
The Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of terror group Hamas, published what it called "new details" about the attack on Zikim Beach on July 8, 2014.

Hamas naval commandos landed at the Zikim beach at the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, where they were located and eliminated by an IDF combined force 40 minutes after infiltration into Israeli territory.

According Hamas’ version, the Zikim operation included two stages. The first stage was the observation and gathering of information about IDF forces in the area of ​​Zikim Beach and their command headquarters. That mission was carried out by Hamas naval force operatives who infiltrated Israeli territory.

The second stage was the implementation of the attack, that began with the departure of Hamas naval force operatives by diving and swimming towards the target. The force split in two. The first force landed outside and began to advance toward the command headquarters. After about 45 minutes, another force joined them and updated Hamas command about developments and asked for further directions.
Syrians Flee Towards the Hospitals of ‘Enemy’ Israel
The founder of the Good Neighbor project, Lt. Col. (res.) Marco Moreno, explains that “refugees are not expected to seek shelter from us. We have always managed aid as a military operation with caution and attention, knowing that our soldiers are saving and helping them while risking our lives. We enter at night in a country at war against us. We can expect anything, and we know that. But we want to save them as human beings. We passionately help children; when they come with their families here and there along the fence, the population collects toys, clothes, funds, special food, diapers … at the beginning, there was a lot of suspicion, but then they understood.”

“Yes, we certainly have an explicit interest,” he added. “When the operation started, we told them: ‘We will help you beyond the border and take care of you, but don’t allow your terrorists to come and hurt us.’ What simply started out as the right thing to do has transformed into something beautiful.”

Lt.-Col. Tomer Koller, a medical officer in the Bashan division of the Golan, points to the colored tents in the wind from the Hazaka outlook post. Inside, they are packed with people in need.

For Israel, it is impossible to think of hosting them. The country is small, and these refugees are particularly problematic; they vary from newborn babies to ISIS terrorists who hate Jews. “Our policy is to help them,” said Koller. “We feed them, we take care of them as much as possible … and then they have their reality at home.”

Their home is in flames. We know it; we see the frightful wounds on the bodies of Syrians cured by Israelis in the Galilee. Israel cares for Syrians with its incredible therapeutic power and good will, but it can’t bring them home. In that respect, the best of human intentions and common sense sometimes clash. The right choice, however, is that man remains a friend of his fellow man, at his best, even in war. That’s what Israel believes.
Iran Vows to Sell as Much Oil as It Can in Face of US Sanctions
Iran’s vice president acknowledged on Tuesday that US sanctions would hurt the economy, but promised to “sell as much oil as we can” and protect banking.

Eshaq Jahangiri said Washington was trying to stop Iran’s petrochemical, steel and copper exports. “America seeks to reduce Iran’s oil sales, our vital source of income, to zero,” he said, according to Fars news agency.

“It would be a mistake to think the US economic war against Iran will have no impact,” Jahangiri added.

President Donald Trump said in May he would pull the United States out of an international accord under which Tehran had agreed to limit its nuclear development in exchange for sanctions relief.

Trump said he would reintroduce sanctions and Washington later told countries they must stop buying Iran’s oil from Nov. 4 or face financial consequences.

On Tuesday, the US ambassador to Germany also called on Berlin to block an Iranian bid to withdraw large sums of cash from bank accounts in Germany.

Jahangiri said Iran’s foreign ministry and the central bank have taken measures to facilitate Iran’s banking operations despite the US sanctions. He did not elaborate.
U.S. Seeks to Thwart Iran Flying Millions in Cash Out of Germany
Top Trump administration officials are working to stop Germany from allowing Iran to fly more than $350 million in cash out of the country and back to Tehran as part of a bid by the Iranian regime to restock its coffers ahead of a major financial crackdown by America, according to conversations with senior U.S. diplomats and officials on Capital Hill.

The Trump administration is already working to stop the German government from allowing this transfer following weekend reports that Iran is poised to fly around 300 million Euros out of the country as part of an ongoing scheme to skirt tough new U.S. economic sanctions, which were put back into effect after President Donald Trump decided to abandon the landmark nuclear deal.

"The mullahs are worried that they will run out of cash," according to a report in Germany's Bild news site. "Iran's justification for their plan says that they need the money ‘to pass it on to Iranian individuals who, when traveling abroad, are dependent on euros in cash due to their lack of access to accepted credit cards.'"

The disclosure of the latest scheme to skirt U.S. sanctions has inflamed ongoing tensions between the United States and Germany over its efforts to continue providing Iran with sanctions relief in the face of a crackdown by the Trump administration, which has been locked in diplomatic efforts to convince European partners to pull out of Iran.
China’s Xi Pledges $20 Billion in Loans to Revive Middle East
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday pledged a package of $20 billion in loans, and about $106 million in financial aid, to Middle East nations, as part of what he called an “oil and gas plus” model to revive economic growth in the region.

Beijing has ramped up engagement in the Middle East in recent years as Arab nations play an important role in Xi’s signature Belt and Road foreign policy plan for strong trade routes linking China with central and southeast Asia.

Development was key to resolving many security problems in the Middle East, Xi told a gathering with representatives of 21 Arab nations in the Chinese capital.

“We should treat each other frankly, not fear differences, not avoid problems, and have ample discussion on each aspect of foreign policy and development strategy,” he said.

China would offer aid worth 100 million yuan ($15 million) to Palestine to support economic development, besides providing a further 600 million yuan ($91 million) to Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen, he added.

A consortium of banks from China and Arab nations, with a dedicated fund of $3 billion, will also be set up, he said.

It was unclear what the relationship between the bank consortium, financial aid and the overall loan package would be.

The loans will fund a plan of “economic reconstruction” and “industrial revival” that would include cooperation on oil and gas, nuclear and clean energy, Xi said.
China pledges $15 million to Palestinians amid major push for Mideast influence
China will provide Palestinians with more than $15 million in aid, President Xi Jinping told top Arab officials Tuesday, as Beijing seeks to build its influence in the Middle East and Africa.

The 100 million yuan pledge to Palestinians was made as part of a plan to give Arab states more than $23 billion in lines of credit, loans and humanitarian assistance for economic development.

The money will be earmarked for “projects that will produce good employment opportunities and positive social impact in Arab States that have reconstruction needs,” said Xi, without providing further details.

It is part of a special Chinese program for “economic reconstruction” and “industrial revitalization,” Xi told participants at a China-Arab States forum in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.

Beijing is also prepared to provide another one billion yuan ($151 million) to countries in the region to “build capacity for stability maintenance,” Xi said, using a term commonly associated with policing and surveillance.

Xi said that Syria, Yemen, Jordan and Lebanon would receive $91 million in humanitarian assistance.



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Press Release – Disabled Persons Assembly The Plan to Fix Rentals launched by Renters United today is a common sense response to the current broken rental market; its implementation would improve the lives of thousands of New Zealanders, not least those in the disability community, the Disabled … Embargoed – 6pm 11 July Renters United […]
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Press Release – SEQURE Health Tomorrow marks the first national industrial action taken by nurses in nearly 30 years, an act that every New Zealander must reckon with, says a medical expert.Nurse action catalyst for radical health system changes Tomorrow marks the first national industrial action taken by nurses in nearly 30 years, an act […]
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Pastor Logan Robertson was charged over two alleged confrontations at Brisbane mosques. He faces deportation to New Zealand.
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A three-year study has reached the conclusion that New Zealand's high rates of obesity are "inevitable". Researchers from the University of Auckland found there's here's an unrelenting bombardment of advertising, fast food availability and unhealthy food in supermarkets in lower socio-economic areas. Is it possible to stop this marketing juggernaut? We talk to marketer Karen Dewar about ethical marketing.
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Nurses are set to walk off the job for 24 hours from tomorrow morning. It's believed that nearly half of those belonging to the nurses union don't want to strike. And Jenny Carryer who is a profesor of nursing at Massey University says the strike is disappointing. She says the government and DHBs are under severe pressure. A three-year study has reached the conclusion that New Zealand's high rates of obesity are "inevitable". Researchers from the University of Auckland fpund there's here's an unrelenting bombardment of advertising, fast food availability and unhealthy food in supermarkets in lower socio-economic areas. Is it possible to stop this marketing juggernaut? We talk to marketer Karen Dewar about ethical marketing. If you work the night shift you run a greater risk of obesity, stroke and heart disease. Researchers from Washington State University and the University of Surrey say it's a lot to do with changing your body clock such as going from nights to days when you have a weekend. A fear of failure and mental illness are behind more than half of tertiary students wanting to quit their studies. The student life can be very tough. The lack of money, lack of parental support and for many, living away from home for the first time. But do they need to recognise there'll be tough times and soldier on?
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The New Zealand and Australian dollars have been caught in the crossfire by a surprise worsening of trade relations between the United States and China.Just when they thought US-China trade tensions were dissipating, currency traders...
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Medical X-ray scans have long been stuck in the black-and-white, silent-movie era. Sure, the contrast helps doctors spot breaks and fractures in bones, but more detail could help pinpoint other problems. Now, a company from New Zealand has developed a bioimaging scanner that can produce full color, three dimensional images of bones, lipids, and soft tissue, thanks to a sensor chip developed at CERN for use in the Large Hadron Collider.

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Join our team and start your career at Asplundh. Asplundh is a family-owned and operated corporation headquartered near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with over 34,000 service professionals throughout the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. Since 1928, Asplundh has been dedicated to safe, efficient, and innovative line clearance services to the utility industry. With this goal in mind, each person on our team is challenged to consistently exceed expectations of the customers for whom we work and the people they serve. As an employee at Asplundh in Region 62, you may be eligible for opportunities such as: full-time employment, an extremely competitive wage and benefit package that includes a retirement plan and insurance package, and the potential for paid vacation and holidays. There are excellent growth opportunities and Asplundh is an industry leader in safety and training programs. We provide all PPE and tools required to perform your applicable position and all training is provided one on one, on the job, on the clock. Apply now and set up an interview for more details! We are a professional company with pride in our team because we know the people on our team make us who we are. We are currently seeking a **Vegetation Foreperson** to join our team. **Essential Functions** + Receives and interprets tree trimming and spraying orders from a General Foreperson or Line Clearance Supervisor of the utility, which requires the understanding of drawings and symbols representing lines, voltages, line equipment, etc. + Plans and lays out daily work for crew. + Assigns work for individual crew members and directs crew in performing work according to accepted line clearance practices. Must be capable of adjusting to field requirements and take independent action without close supervision. + Enforces safe work practices, as experience, judgment, company policy, and OSHA specifies and conducts safety training in accordance with company policies and procedures. + Obtains oral or written permission from property owners to trim or remove trees and apply herbicides. Discusses issues such as obtaining access, power interruption, work to be done, etc., with customer or property owner. Discusses responsibility for apparent damage to property, repairs minor damage, and refers controversial cases to the General Foreperson. + Promotes and maintains good customer and public relations through effective completion of assigned work and the appropriate behavior of employees on the crew. + Maintains accurate records, timesheets and reports related to the performance of the crew operation. 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Chris Trotter has joined the Free Speech Coalition and writes: Quote: STEFAN MOLYNEUX AND LAUREN SOUTHERN gave New Zealanders an opportunity to test their values – most especially their tolerance. Controversialists, almost by profession, these two Canadians espouse ideas which most Kiwis find extremely jarring. We have come to accept human equality and religious tolerance […] The post Chris Trotter on freedom of speech appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
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On the question of “Evidence Based Campaigning” Gareth had no credible answer. He said something about it was his money so he wanted value for money, then proceeded to depart from the question and make all sorts of excuses for making up campaigning as he went along. I had a chat to one of Gareth’s offsiders who recognised Gareth had not answered my question. I explained that campaigning is a multibillion dollar industry in the United States, and thoroughly researched so nothing needs to be made up. The response was “We have spent hundreds of thousands on campaign experts and got nowhere”. There are so few decent campaigners in New Zealand I suggested they look overseas to buy in campaign expertise rather than waste money on New Zealand pretenders. The post Evidence-based campaigning & the failure of TOP and Gareth Morgan appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
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Instructor

Muhammad Ahsan Pervaiz is an award-winning, multi-talented designer. His hunger for perfecting the User Interface from all aspects has led him to work with clients all over the world, including the USA, Australia, UK, and United Arab Emirates. With a career spanning over 10 years, his work includes projects for FORTUNE 500 companies such as INTEL, PANASONIC and Coca Cola.

Muhammad’s experience includes improving the User Experience of the UK GP Tools Mobile App, games and e-commerce websites, and creating new design patterns for showing passwords safely in password fields. He’s worked from App Icon Design to App UI Design, and from wireframes and prototypes to mockup design.

His ultimate goal is to make more awesome UI Designers, and ease the pain of learning for newcomers in this field of UI Design.

Freelancing Career Guide For Designers And Developers

KEY FEATURES

Course Description

Freelancing is an exciting and liberating way to earn income, but it can be intimidating for those first starting out. Start your freelance journey off on the right foot and plan for success by learning how to price your services, interface with clients, craft professional proposals and more.

  • Access 5 chapters & 4.5 hours of content 24/7
  • Set yourself apart w/ tips on professional behavior & presenting your work
  • Learn how to properly price your services, manage time & accept projects
  • Dive into the job-hunting process & how to identify ideal clients
  • Explore freelance job websites & gig opportunities
  • Discover apps for invoicing, productivity & more

PRODUCT SPECS

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: web
  • Certification of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Experience level required: intermediate
  • Project files included

Requirements

  • Internet required

THE EXPERT

Instructor

Muhammad Ahsan Pervaiz is an award-winning, multi-talented designer. His hunger for perfecting the User Interface from all aspects has led him to work with clients all over the world, including the USA, Australia, UK, and United Arab Emirates. With a career spanning over 10 years, his work includes projects for FORTUNE 500 companies such as INTEL, PANASONIC and Coca Cola.

Muhammad’s experience includes improving the User Experience of the UK GP Tools Mobile App, games and e-commerce websites, and creating new design patterns for showing passwords safely in password fields. He’s worked from App Icon Design to App UI Design, and from wireframes and prototypes to mockup design.

His ultimate goal is to make more awesome UI Designers, and ease the pain of learning for newcomers in this field of UI Design.

Typography for Designers And Developers

KEY FEATURES

Course Description

Smart use of typography can have a dramatic impact on your designs. Ideal for designers and developers alike, this course takes you through the tools and techniques you can use to create more compelling content online—from padding to margins and everything in between.

  • Access 14 chapters & 8.5 hours of content 24/7
  • Discover how to design elegant apps via meaningful font pairing
  • Use white space more effectively w/ Vertical Rhythm & Modular Grid
  • Learn how to improve your designs w/ Modular Grid & Baseline Grid
  • Dive into iOS typography & designing for various screen sizes

PRODUCT SPECS

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: web
  • Certification of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Experience level required: intermediate
  • Project files included

Requirements

  • Internet required
  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop (for designers)
  • Knowledge of HTML and CSS (for developers)
  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 or latest version

THE EXPERT

Instructor

Muhammad Ahsan Pervaiz is an award-winning, multi-talented designer. His hunger for perfecting the User Interface from all aspects has led him to work with clients all over the world, including the USA, Australia, UK, and United Arab Emirates. With a career spanning over 10 years, his work includes projects for FORTUNE 500 companies such as INTEL, PANASONIC and Coca Cola.

Muhammad’s experience includes improving the User Experience of the UK GP Tools Mobile App, games and e-commerce websites, and creating new design patterns for showing passwords safely in password fields. He’s worked from App Icon Design to App UI Design, and from wireframes and prototypes to mockup design.

His ultimate goal is to make more awesome UI Designers, and ease the pain of learning for newcomers in this field of UI Design.

Photoshop, InDesign, And Illustrator 101

KEY FEATURES

Course Description

It takes more than an eye for design to make it in the creative industry. Featuring instruction on Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, as well as tutorials for setting up your workspace, applying for jobs, and showcasing your work, this course offers a complete inside look at getting your foot in the door as a creative professional.

  • Access 8 chapters & 2 hours of content 24/7
  • Discover what it takes to be a designer & expected costs and income
  • Learn about different design tools, including Adobe apps, tablets & more
  • Explore essential skills like composition & layout and digital image theory
  • Learn how to get recognized w/ crowdsourcing & contests

PRODUCT SPECS

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: web
  • Certification of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Experience level required: intermediate

Requirements

  • Internet required

THE EXPERT

Instructor

Martin Perhiniak is a Certified Adobe Design Master and instructor. He worked as a designer for companies like Disney, Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, Sony Pictures, Mattel, and DC Comics. He is currently working in London as a designer and instructor, as well as providing a range of services from live online training to consultancy work to individuals worldwide.

UX Design For Beginners

KEY FEATURES

Course Description

Getting an app or website up and running is challenging enough, but making that same project easy to use is even trickier. Made for beginners, this course takes you through the essential principles and concepts behind creating a simple and intuitive user experience (UX). Follow along the latest practical examples and screenshots of UX issues and learn how to solve them when building your own projects as a UX designer.

  • Access 6 chapters & 5 hours of content 24/7
  • Explore the different roles of UX designers & what it takes to become one
  • Learn about Human Centered Design (HCD) & core UX principles
  • Discover the barriers to user entry & how to remove them

PRODUCT SPECS

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: web
  • Certification of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Experience level required: beginner
  • Project files included

Requirements

  • Internet required

THE EXPERT

Instructor

Muhammad Ahsan Pervaiz is an award-winning, multi-talented designer. His hunger for perfecting the User Interface from all aspects has led him to work with clients all over the world, including the USA, Australia, UK, and United Arab Emirates. With a career spanning over 10 years, his work includes projects for FORTUNE 500 companies such as INTEL, PANASONIC and Coca Cola.

Muhammad’s experience includes improving the User Experience of the UK GP Tools Mobile App, games and e-commerce websites, and creating new design patterns for showing passwords safely in password fields. He’s worked from App Icon Design to App UI Design, and from wireframes and prototypes to mockup design.

His ultimate goal is to make more awesome UI Designers, and ease the pain of learning for newcomers in this field of UI Design.

UI/UX And Web Design Using Adobe XD

KEY FEATURES

Course Description

Aimed at beginners, this Adobe XD training takes you through the building blocks behind creating a responsive, user-friendly website. From the initial phases of building a design brief to exploring pre-made UI kits that speed up your workflow, you'll come out of this course armed with the skills to design a website and mobile app and ensure they're a dream to use.

  • Access 42 lectures & 5 hours of content 24/7
  • Explore the dos and don'ts of choosing fonts
  • Work through creating a real-world website interface & mobile app
  • Learn how to streamline your work w/ pre-made UI kits
  • Discover professional workflow tricks & shortcuts

PRODUCT SPECS

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: web
  • Certification of completion included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Experience level required: beginner
  • Project files included

Requirements

  • Internet required
  • Adobe XD 2018 or later

THE EXPERT

Instructor

Daniel Scott is a Microsoft Trainer and Adobe® Certified Instructor, and he recently was a featured speaker at the Adobe Max conference in Las Vegas. He’s been teaching for more than 14 years – covering topics such as print, digital publishing, web, and video. He loves to see how it all connects, and how we can share those connections. He prides himself on delivering the best service to his clients and making sure all his students learn to their fullest potential. He is currently the lead trainer at Bring Your Own Laptop Training Center in New Zealand.

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