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18 сентября, 04:11

Thousands stuck in New Zealand after digger punctures airport fuel pipe

International and domestic plane passengers stuck in Auckland as rationing is brought in and airlines are told to refill abroadNew Zealand has been hit by a severe shortage of jet fuel, with thousands of domestic and international passengers stranded after a digger struck the sole supply pipe in Auckland, the country’s biggest city.Flights have been affected, with airlines told to fill plane tanks to capacity at other airports before flying to Auckland, and long-haul international flights told to plan for re-fuelling stops in Australia and the Pacific Islands, according to Air New Zealand. The airline predicted about 2,000 passengers a day would be affected. Continue reading...

17 сентября, 22:30

FX Week Ahead: Central Bank Credibility Slips Yet Again, Fed Up Next

Submitted by Shant Movsesian and Rajan Dhall MSTA from fxdaily.co.uk The past week was not the best for central banks, highlighted by the complete turnaround in sentiment at the BoE, where Carney and Co have now put a 25bp rate hike firmly on the table. Their rationale was that along with curbing the rise in inflation - which was to be looked through according to the previous rhetoric - the tightening of economic slack justifies an adjustment in interest rates.  Their belief that the market has under-priced the rate profile over the forecast horizon was something they touched on last month, but they did more than that on Thursday, so in setting their stall last week, they have pretty much committed to a move.  If they don't, it will prove disastrous for BoE confidence from here on out, and forward guidance will not longer be in their policy tool kit.  Sterling will also come under intense pressure again, so we look upon these latest gains with extreme scepticism, but for now, this does not preclude the current market composition in pushing Cable towards 1.4000.   Technically, near term resistance levels have been met above 1.3600, perhaps closer to 1.3650-60 or so, but beyond here, the data will have be supportive to draw in buyers at these relatively higher levels, and especially so against EUR, which has now taken out 0.8800 on the downside.  Some of the euphoria over the single unit has been tamed a little, and this week highlighted this with GBP proving parity is no longer the one way ticket that some were talking up in previous weeks.  EUR/USD has been largely range bound as a result, but in the aftermath of the US inflation beat last week, we saw a sharp move down to the low 1.1800's, and as we anticipated, the reference to this level in the ECB's projections has solidified the bid here, with the late Aug lows at 1.1825 kept intact.  This is initial support here, but against GBP, we have a strong base at 0.8750 or so, and if this gives way, we could be looking at a move to 0.8600-0.8550 before GBP bears and EUR bulls really call 'time' All the above and we haven't mentioned Brexit yet, the next round of talks of which have been delayed in order to accommodate PM May's blueprint speech on the UK's relationship with Europe in Florence on Friday.  The planned address has been billed as an 'important intervention', so this has added to the bid tone in GBP and will continue to push the Pound up into better levels ahead of this.  Retail sales, PSNB and CBI industrial trends orders are all released ahead of this but will likely be of limited effect.   In Europe, we get the final reading of the Aug CPI number expected to stay at 1.5%, while in Germany, the ZEW will likely confirm the positive state of the economy, and this will be backed up by the manufacturing PMIs which currently stand at an impressive 59.3, but may slip a little in Sep.   * * * The stand out risk event of the week is clearly the FOMC meeting and announcement on Wednesday evening, and the focus will be on whether the Fed are ready to balance out the odds of another 25bp hike on the table for this year. We know they are more comfortable in moving having prepared the market first, although we are close to 50/50 again, but only just.   The hawks will point to the pick up in inflation, which has been the primary detractor, but against this, Hurricane season has caused devastation in the south, and will perhaps urge some restraint on Yellen's part given the economic impact on the regions affected. It is still too close to call on whether they will look through this, but financial conditions have loosened - including a weaker USD.  Implied rates are picking up however, but more so as a broader sell off in fixed income.  10yr Notes are still expected to hold inside 2.00-3.00%, but the Fed seem to be in no hurry to push rates back into the middle of the range with focus on balance sheet reduction - now all but priced in.  Room for disappointment then, but any material weakness in the USD from here will be limited - selectively so, with central banks elsewhere having pushed their tightening bias to their extremes for now.   Case in point is the BoC, where the market is pricing in yet more rate hikes over the coming year or so - with another move anticipated for this year.  We would need to see a little more data to conform to this view, and on Friday, the latest inflation reading is expected to rise from 1.2% to 1.5%, but more interesting here will be the core rate (currently 0.9%) given heightened levels of growth and economic expansion seen in the year so far.   The CAD looks to be finding some resistance in the lower 1.2100's vs the USD, after 1.2000 was well protected in the week before last, and this was aided by the latest jobs report showing a larger shift back from full to part time employment.  Sellers are still coming in above 1.2200, but we sense the larger moves have already played out here - pre 1.3800 to current levels - and the yield curve is now looking stretched with 10yr now back above 2.0%, but more significantly with 5yr at just over 1.8% to show a small premium to Treasuries.  There looks to be little momentum left to push USD/CAD back to or through 1.2000 at this stage, so the risks lie to the upside in the initial part of the week.  CAD/JPY however, has been pushing higher along with the rest of the JPY pairings, and the weekly chart suggests a move on 93.00 is on the cards.  From here though, it will depend on the broader risk mood, having cited the stretch in yields, and this should also limit the USD/JPY move higher, which has now taken out 111.00 but which faces further obstruction into 112.00. USD/JPY has not been the best USD barometer of late, and in the context of JPY weakening in the face of ongoing geopolitical risk and continuous warnings of valuation levels in stocks, we would look to the likes of EUR and CAD as a stronger gauge.   Trade data in Japan next week, but we also have the BoJ meeting to look to, though little or no event risk on the latter as their policy stance is well ingrained into the market until inflation materially picks up.  Another non event very likely.   Over in Australia we get the RBA minutes on Tuesday, and we have seen in recent history that these can offer up a slightly different tone to the statement.  Gov Lowe is speaking on Wednesday, and we know he is leaning towards a hike already, so it is now a matter of timing.   No data to speak of, but in New Zealand we have the Q2 GDP numbers on Wednesday, with a 0.8% rise seen on the quarter after getting 0.5% in Q1.  This should be enough to steady the NZD rate vs the USD in the mid 0.7200's, but as with the AUD, direction is going to be determined largely by the USD, while AUD/NZD flow on the upside has run out of steam with 1.1200 a target which was not quite achieved.  Lighter positioning sees focus elsewhere, but at some stage we expect the tightening bias among the central banks in the advanced economies looking for some catch up from the RBA and RBNZ, so these 2 higher yielders may sleeping 'giants' for now.   In Norway, the Norges bank also meet next week - Thursday - and having focused on the pick up in capacity utilisation, may now re-avert their attentions on inflation, which retraced sharply last week.  USD/NOK has formed a base into 7.7000, so this may well see a move back through 8.000 at some stage, aligned with USD/SEK which has bottomed ahead of 7.9000 with comments from the Riksbank calling for some moderation in SEK gains in the current climate.  

17 сентября, 13:33

Best of ‘The Bachelor’: The Most Incredible Destinations Ever Featured on the Show

'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' know about one thing, and it's not lasting relationships. The show's producers know how to make viewers swoon over impossibly gorgeous destinations.

16 сентября, 23:45

"She" Happened...

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Authored by Jeffrey St.Clair via Counterpunch.org, So someone has ghost-written another Hillary Clinton memoir. My biggest question when I picked it up was: Did Hillary stiff the writer out of the final payment as she did Barbara Feinman, the real author of It Takes a Village? You don’t have to read any further than the cover of the book to answer the question posed by its title: What Happened: Hillary Clinton. Glutton for punishment, I took a masochistic dive into its dark pages anyway. It soon became apparent that Hillary shouldn’t have treated Feinman so churlishly. What Happened would have greatly benefited from her stylistic enhancements. The prose in this book is as brittle as the mind behind it. Notice the lack of a question mark in the title. This is a telling punctuational elision. It signals that this text will not be an investigation into the dynamics behind the most perplexing election in American history.   Don’t skim these pages in search of a self-lacerating confession or an apologia. What Happened reads more like a drive-by shooting rampage. The book is a score-settling scattershot rant, enfilading anyone who stood in Clinton’s way, from Bernie Sanders to James Comey. Amid Hillary’s hitlist of villains, even toothless Joe Biden gets gut-shot. There are, naturally, two ways of interpreting the results of the 2016 elections pitting the two most unappetizing candidates in American history against each: either Trump found some way to defeat Hillary or, more probably, Hillary managed to lose to Trump. But Hillary’s psyche can’t swallow either scenario. So, she endeavors to create a mystery where there is none. The outcome was so inexplicable, she reasons, that there must be some hidden mechanism at work: Russian hacking, press bias, left betrayal, FBI sabotage. Clinton summons a lineup of the possible suspects: Bernie Sanders, Vladimir Putin, Julian Assange, Jill Stein, the New York Times, CNN, and Jim Comey. Alas, Hillary and her ghost-writer are not John LeCarré. She can’t spin a coherent and plausible cyber-spy yarn, in part because Clinton keeps getting sidetracked by a compulsion to wash her own hands of any culpability in blowing the election. The closest Hillary comes to any admission of personal liability is when she discloses that she may have blundered when she smeared Trump’s supporters as “deplorables.” Then she suddenly pulls back, recalibrates and defends her denunciation of white working class voters as an act of courage, speaking truth to the powerless, even though it may have harmed her. “I regret handing Trump a political gift with my ‘deplorables’ comment,” she writes. “[But] too many of Trump’s core supporters do hold views that I find — there’s no other word for it — deplorable.” What started as a confession ended in a boast. Of course, Hillary Clinton has never been able to conceal her contempt for her enemies, real and imagined. It’s one reason she’s never been a successful politician. Where others are supple, she is taut. Unlike Bill, Hillary is a prolific, but graceless and transparent liar. She is also probably the nastiest political figure in America since Nixon. Yet she lacked Nixon’s Machiavellian genius for political manipulation. Hillary wears her menace on her face. She could never hide her aspiration for power; her desire to become a war criminal in the ranks of her mentor Henry Kissinger (symbolized by the laurels of a Nobel Peace Prize, naturally). Americans don’t mind politicians with a lust to spill blood, but they prefer them not to advertise it. Thus, Clinton was miscast from the beginning as a political candidate for elected office. Her skills and temperament were more suited to the role of political enforcer in the mode of Thomas Cromwell or John Erhlichman. But her ambition wouldn’t let her settle for the role of a backstage player. “One thing I’ve learned over the years is how easy it is for some people to say horrible things about me when I’m not around,” she fumes with Nixonian fury, “but how hard it is for them to look me in the eye and say it to my face.” Hillary has tried to reinvent herself many times and does so yet again in this meretricious coda to her failed campaign. She made herself more domesticated for the southern electorate in Arkansas. She shifted the blame to her advisors after the disaster of her health care bill. She washed off the blood-spatter from the Ken Starr investigations by portraying herself as the target of a witch hunt. She exploited an addled Daniel Patrick Moynihan to justify running as an interloper for Senator in New York. She rationalized her votes for the Iraq War by saying she was duped by Colin Powell and Dick Cheney. She manufactured a timely tear for the cameras after her loss to Obama. She assumed the mantle of unrepentant war-monger during her belligerent tenure as Secretary of State and transubstantiated into a white dove during her debates with Bernie Sanders. She has weeded and blurred inconvenient episodes from her resumé. She has gone on talking tours. She has appeared in town halls. She has reintroduced herself, again and again. She’s changed her name, hairstyles and fashion designers. She exchanged dresses for pantsuits. She shifted from drinking pinot noir to craft beers. She’s backed wars both before she opposed them and after she condemned them. But she remains the same Hillary Rodham Clinton Americans have known since 1992. Everybody sees this except her. Americans know Hillary better than she does herself.  All of her manufactured mirages are translucent to the very the people she wants to deceive.  When Hillary looks in the mirror, she must see what might have been (should have been in her mind) and not what is. And that schism enrages her. “Why am I seen as such a divisive figure and, say, Joe Biden and John Kerry aren’t?” she mopes. “They’ve cast votes of all kinds, including some they regret, just like me? What makes me such a lightning rod for fury? I’m really asking. I’m at a loss.” This self-pitying book should prove a challenge for library cataloguers. Shall they shelve it as non-fiction or fiction? What do we make of a woman who lies so casually about matters great and petty, including the origins of her own name? For years, Hillary has insisted that her mother named her after Edmund Hillary. HRC was born in 1947. The New Zealand mountaineer and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Everest six years later in 1953. Hillary rarely offers anything remotely revealing about herself, other than plastic platitudes and self-flattering fables. But what seeps through this memoir page after page is an animus that seethes beneath her very thin-skin against anyone she believes has slighted her. Brooding on her fate, she writes mordantly: “It wasn’t healthy or productive to dwell on the ways I felt I’d been shivved.” Yet that’s precisely what she does, incessantly. [Note the deployment of the prison slang “shivved,” with its faint whiff of black criminality. The cunning use of racist tropes is a familiar trick in the Clinton playbook. It implies that she has been stabbed in the back by a friend or someone she thought she owned.] Hillary’s politics never really matured much beyond the inbred conservativism that drew her to Barry Goldwater in the mid-60s. She’s a moral prude, a hawk, and an unrepentant capitalist, who is deeply suspicious of black people. Eventually, the Democratic Party devolved toward her austere political views, abetted by her husband, Al Gore and the other neoliberal “New Democrats.” What she had, the ace of up her sleeve, was her feminism. But it was a unique brand of feminism. Call it power feminism, which asserted individual ambition rather than a militant political agenda. She also weaponized the feminism of victimhood. At one point in What Happened, she compares herself to Cersei Lannister in “Game of Thrones.” Not Cersei the torturer, assassin and war-monger, mind you, where the parallels might have been germane. But Cersei the victim of male power, who was forced to walk naked through the streets of Kings Landing while being jeered and pelted with garbage and feces by the townsfolk in a ritual of public shaming. Hillary charges that her chance to rule was undone by a nation of misogynists, who thrilled at her torments. “I wish so badly we were a country where a candidate who said, ‘My story is the story of a life shaped by and devoted to the movement for women’s liberation’ would be cheered, not jeered. But that’s not who we are.” As for the 53 percent of white women who voted against her, they too are portrayed as victims. We are led to believe that these women weren’t acting on their own agency in the voting booth. Rather they were captives, little more than automatons controlled by their husbands, fathers, bosses and preachers. Throughout her career, HRC regularly scolded poor black and Hispanic families about taking “personal responsibility” for their dire circumstances. Indeed, Clinton cast welfare reform as the penance the poor must pay for not getting their shit together. But personal responsibility is a quality that Hillary never adopts for her own failures and screw-ups, including grave ones such as the invasion of Libya or sliming black teens as “super predators” in her lobbying blitz to enact her husband’s vicious Crime Bill. She can’t forgive Bernie Sanders for having the temerity to challenge her pre-ordained coronation and shining a spotlight on the more ignoble chapters of her political career. “Bernie routinely portrayed me as a corrupt corporatist who couldn’t be trusted…Bernie was outraged about everything. He thundered on at every event about the sins of the ‘millionaires and billionaires,’” she raves.   “I was more focused on offering practical solutions that would address real problems and make life better for people.”   She then cynically blames Sanders for her losses in Ohio and Pennsylvania with apparently no assist from Putin: “What did matter, and had a lasting impact, was that Bernie’s presence in the race meant that I had less space and credibility to run the kind of progressive campaign that had helped me win Ohio and Pennsylvania in 2008.”   Tell Putin the news, Bernie. Hillary Clinton has been obsessed with power her entire adult life. Now it has finally slipped from her hands, and, like some deposed monarch or disgraced CEO, she can only see a conspiracy behind her downfall. Of course, the Clintons have always been professional paranoids. Every roadbump in their political careers has been covertly placed in their path by some shadowy, malign force. In What Happened the “vast right-wing conspiracy” Hillary inveighed against in the 1990s has morphed into a vast “left-right conspiracy of men,” who, in her portentous words, “want to blow up the system and undermine it and all the rest of the stuff they talk about.” The system, of course, is a stand-in for herself. Her defeat at the hands of a ruthless and scheming patriarchy, we are encouraged to believe, is a trembling testament to American political decline. This egotistical gibberish comes from the woman who seemed eager to bring the world to the brink of nuclear holocaust over Syria and Ukraine. What Happened is a sordid book, petulant and spiteful. It made me feel queasy and dirty while reading it, like the whole 25-year-long experience of Clintonism itself. By the end, I got the sense that its sleazy torrent of invective and blame-mongering was more an attempt to console the frail psyche of the author rather than to repair her shattered image to any readership the book might find. In the years to come, What Happened will prove much more valuable as documentary evidence for psycho-historians than political scientists.

16 сентября, 18:42

Leinster brush aside Southern Kings to win first Pro14 game in South Africa

• Southern Kings 10-31 Leinster• Irish province overcome absence of captain Isa Nacewa to run in five triesLeinster overcame the absence of captain Isa Nacewa and Jamison Gibson-Park to record a convincing 31-10 victory over Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth.The buildup to the first Guinness Pro14 game on South African soil had been dominated by New Zealanders Nacewa and Gibson-Park being denied access to the country after changes to visa rules earlier this year. Continue reading...

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15 сентября, 23:00

'I've got what it takes': will Jacinda Ardern be New Zealand's next prime minister?

A week before the election, Labour’s leader talks to the Guardian about immigration, sexism and how she would handle TrumpIt is a week before the New Zealand election and the Labour leader, Jacinda Ardern, is raising her voice above the cacophony at the Tahunanui community centre in the coastal town of Nelson where a crowd has come to meet the 37-year-old woman hailed as the latest saviour of the left.Just weeks ago her prominence on the general election campaign trail was unthinkable. Ardern, then deputy leader, had declared that every colleague would have to be hit by a bus before she would step up as the “designated survivor”. Continue reading...

15 сентября, 09:01

Ракеты КНДР вновь напугали азиатские рынки

Азиатские фондовые индексы в основном повышаются в ходе торгов. Ранее в пятницу они отреагировали снижением на очередной запуск ракеты КНДР в сторону Японии, сообщает MarketWatch.

14 сентября, 19:01

Industrial output in further slowdown

THE growth of China’s industrial output, retail sales and fixed-asset investment slowed further in August under extreme weather conditions and deepening supply-side reforms, the National Bureau of Statistics

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14 сентября, 16:15

New Zealand police enlist school in cannabis crackdown

New Zealand police use a school newsletter to seek help in a crackdown on illegal cannabis growing.

14 сентября, 16:14

The Most Disastrous Marriages in British Royal History

Though they make look glamorous from the outside, the marriages in the British royal family are often disastrous for all involved.

14 сентября, 14:58

Frontrunning: September 14

Trump Says No Deal Reached on DACA (WSJ); Trump Denies Democrats’ Claim That They Made a Deal on ‘Dreamers’ (BBG) Weak China data knocks global stocks off record highs (Reuters) GOP to Release Tax Overhaul as Trump Says Rich Won’t Benefit (WSJ) North Korea threatens to 'sink' Japan, reduce U.S. to 'ashes and darkness' (Reuters) Saudi Arabia Clamps Down as Prince Consolidates Power (WSJ) Thank You for Calling Equifax. Your Business Is Not Important to Us (BBG) BOE Says Interest Rates Could Rise Within Months (WSJ) U.S.'s Mnuchin Sought Government Plane for Honeymoon in Europe (BBG) New York’s Plaza Hotel Is in the Sights of This Shy Billionaire (BBG) Russian submarines fire cruise missiles at Islamic state in Syria (Reuters) United Tech-Rockwell Deal Faces Potential Antitrust Obstacle (WSJ) Shortage of Insurance Adjusters Could Stall Florida’s Recovery (WSJ) Campaigners unveil banner linking racism and baseball at Red Sox game (Reuters) This Is the Crazy Tax Math Trump Must Master, Fast (BBG) Samsung’s New $300 Million Fund Bets on Automotive Innovation (WSJ) United Tech-Rockwell Deal Faces Potential Antitrust Obstacle (WSJ) Goldman Takes Stake in Under Armour CEO’s Baltimore Development (WSJ)   Overnight Media Digest WSJ - A group including Apple Inc and Dell Technologies Inc surged to the front in a race to acquire Toshiba Corp's memory-chip business. Apple and Dell would likely supply debt financing for the Bain Capital's bid. on.wsj.com/2y0Hzkl - Equifax Inc said hackers exploited a vulnerability with a U.S. website application called Apache Struts in the data breach that affected potentially 143 million Americans. on.wsj.com/2y0bNDJ - Tenet Healthcare Corp, is exploring strategic options including a possible sale of the hospital company. on.wsj.com/2y0hHVF - U.S. President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats closed in on a deal to give legal status to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall. on.wsj.com/2y0cddh - Halimah Yacob, 63, has been named Singapore's first female president. on.wsj.com/2y0i2Yr - Jian Yung, a Chinese-born New Zealand lawmaker has acknowledged he once taught English to Chinese spies, an admission that comes as his party faces a closer-than-expected fight in a general election just 10 days away. on.wsj.com/2y0mbf5   FT - The Trump administration on Wednesday told U.S. government agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab products from their networks, saying it was concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence. on.ft.com/2vUeIxv - South Africa's main opposition party has taken aim at Global consultancy McKinsey for its involvement in the scandal surrounding the Gupta business family that has caused the collapse of Bell Pottinger's British arm. on.ft.com/2vUacyP - Facebook has tightened its rules on who can make money from advertising on its network, after brands withdrew their ads from Youtube for being placed before explicit or controversial content. on.ft.com/2vUasOj - Toshiba Corp said on Wednesday it has agreed to focus on selling its prized chips unit to a group led by Bain Capital, although it is not ruling out a deal with other bidders. on.ft.com/2vUaDcr (Compiled by Bengaluru newsroom; Editing by Sandra Maler)   NYT - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday blocked a China-backed investor from buying an American semiconductor maker over national security concerns, a rare move that could signal more aggressive scrutiny of China's deal-making ambitions. nyti.ms/2wrp8E8 - The U.S. federal government moved on Wednesday to wipe from its computer systems any software made by a prominent Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab, that is being investigated by the FBI for possible links to Russian security services. nyti.ms/2fknf6B - Martin Shkreli, the former pharmaceutical executive who is awaiting sentencing for a fraud conviction, was sent to jail on Wednesday after a federal judge revoked his bail because he had offered $5,000 for a strand of Hillary Clinton's hair. nyti.ms/2y0f327 - Toshiba Corp said on Wednesday it had agreed to negotiate with a group led by Bain Capital, the American investment firm, that also includes two organizations controlled by the Japanese government. They will seek to strike a deal over Toshiba's chip business, the world's second-largest manufacturer of flash memory chips. nyti.ms/2wqTDK8   Canada THE GLOBE AND MAIL ** Canada is pushing for major changes to a NAFTA provision that governs the adjudication of lawsuits filed by North American businesses against governments for damages to their investments – and the United States has yet to reject the idea. (tgam.ca/2vVX2kZ) ** Air Canada said in a news release that the Air Canada Pilots Association, which represents 3,600 pilots, agreed to amendments to the current 10-year labor deal that will allow the company to improve flexibility and lower costs. (tgam.ca/2vVpenY) ** The ratio of Toronto house listings compared with monthly sales has moved back into longterm balance, limiting the potential for significant further price corrections in the region, a new analysis concludes. (tgam.ca/2vUTTBN) NATIONAL POST ** Transat AT Inc is calling on the government to remove a joint venture provision from proposed legislation amending the Transportation Act, saying it is unnecessary and detrimental to competition among airlines in a market dominated by one carrier. (bit.ly/2vUXakz) ** Canadian oil production could edge closer to the five million barrel-per-day milestone in 2018, with supplies expected to grow the second fastest among major producers in coming years, a new report says. (bit.ly/2vVMj9Y) ** According to a Statistics Canada release based on census data, the Canadian median household income increased from the inflation-adjusted equivalent of C$63,457 in 2005 to C$70,336 in 2015   Britain The Times A new tax for internet companies such as Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google is to be drawn up in Brussels amid frustration that tech companies can too easily shield profits from national governments. bit.ly/2xZyM1Y Easyjet Plc passengers will be able to book flights for Singapore, Los Angeles and Buenos Aires for the first time under a scheme to open up the budget airline to long-haul flights. bit.ly/2h22kZB The Guardian The co-founder of Bell Pottinger Pvt, Tim Bell, has emerged as one of the creditors the firm's administrators are unlikely to be able to pay back, with a 300,000 pounds bill outstanding from his multimillion-pound deal to leave the City PR firm last year. bit.ly/2h3Vtip The chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation that managed Grenfell Tower, Robert Black, is still being paid his full salary despite resigning from the role after the fire that killed at least 80 people. bit.ly/2h2HJV8 The Telegraph The Government is stepping up pressure on Silicon Valley giants to take responsibility for unlawful material online and share the spoils of the internet with media companies. bit.ly/2h3KFk4 Theresa May has been urged to change the law on aid spending after it emerged that Britain cannot use its 13 billion pounds ($17.17 billion) aid budget to help its overseas territories devastated by Hurricane Irma. bit.ly/2h3wM5J Sky News Car products retailer Halfords Group Plc is to replace departing chief executive Jill McDonald with the boss of Dixons Carphone Plc's software business. Halfords said Honeybee chief operating officer Graham Stapleton would begin work in mid-January. bit.ly/2h1Rlzb British energy production company, Drax Group Plc wants to convert two of its remaining coal-fired power units to gas. The move by Drax has been driven by the shift away from coal power. bit.ly/2h2fpC3 The Independent Japanese investment bank Mitsubishi UFJ Securities has announced that it is putting measures in place to move some of its European securities division from London to Amsterdam because of Brexit. ind.pn/2h2NAtA A criminal investigation has been opened after eight people died and more than 100 had to be evacuated when a nursing home was left without air conditioning in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. ind.pn/2y0s2AN  

14 сентября, 13:00

Rule-makers must lessen fears for game and widen appeal to young | The Breakdown

Those running the sport not only have a duty of care to players, whether professional or amateur, but are also its custodiansThe second round of the Premiership may have spawned considerably fewer tries and bonus points than the first, 25 and one compared to 40 and seven, but it is clear that the game is moving away from the overtly and suffocatingly physical. Even a team as renowned for its parsimony as Saracens has conceded three tries in each of its opening two matches. Defence has become a means to an end, rather than the end itself.The new scrum tweak may be frustrating because it effectively legitimises a feed that is not straight, but it is part of the trend, initiated in part because of awareness of the dangers of concussion, to dilute physical confrontation by making changes that speed up the game and spread play. Eddie Jones’s England are far advanced in the new way, better equipped than anyone else to have a tilt at New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup with their principle of playing at ever increasing pace. Continue reading...

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14 сентября, 12:31

NZ kingmaker calls for inquiry over China spy report

(Reuters) - A populist politician whose party could emerge as a kingmaker at this month's New Zealand election has called for an inquiry into whether a member of the ruling National Party government has been working for China's intelligence services.

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14 сентября, 09:16

Support for NZ's Labour Party edges further above National in opinion poll

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's Labour Party on Thursday retained its position as frontrunner in an election set for Sept. 23, with a poll showing its support edged up, threatening the center-right National Party's ten-year hold on power.

13 сентября, 19:01

Supreme soprano announces retirement

New Zealand opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, hailed as one of the greatest sopranos of the modern age, officially announced her retirement yesterday at the age of 73.

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13 сентября, 18:57

NZOG receives rival bid against Zeta takeover offer

A rival bidder to Zeta Energy Pte. Ltd. for the takeover of New Zealand Oil & Gas Ltd. (NZOG) has emerged in the form of OG Oil & Gas Ltd. (OGOG), a subsidiary of the Monaco shipping company Ofer Global Group.

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13 сентября, 17:40

New Zealand MP Jian Yang denies being a Chinese spy

Jian Yang, an MP for New Zealand's ruling National party, says the allegations are defamatory.

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13 сентября, 14:00

New Zealand Politician Says He Once Taught Chinese Spies

A Chinese-born New Zealand lawmaker has acknowledged he once taught English to Chinese spies, an admission that comes as his party faces a closer-than-expected fight in a general election just 10 days away.

13 сентября, 13:05

Eddie Jones wants All Blacks scalp to be part of autumn 2018 clean sweep

• England will also play Australia and South Africa in autumn 2018 fixtures• ‘The series will be a good indicator of where we are, a year from the World Cup’Eddie Jones has challenged England to complete a clean sweep against New Zealand, Australia and South Africa next November after a date was finally set for a first match against the All Blacks in four years.Having failed in March to shoehorn a match with the All Blacks into this autumn’s schedule, the Rugby Football Union onWednesday announced England’s 2018 fixture list, which includes the visit of New Zealand on 10 November, with Australia, South Africa and Japan also due at Twickenham. Continue reading...

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13 сентября, 12:57

China-born New Zealand MP denies being a spy

Yang Jian criticises ‘smear campaign’ after it emerges he studied and taught at Chinese universities linked to intelligence servicesA China-born MP for New Zealand’s ruling party has denied being a spy after it emerged that he had spent years studying and teaching in universities with links to Chinese intelligence services.“I am not a spy,” Yang Jian, the National party’s first MP born in mainland China, told reporters on Wednesday after a joint investigation by the Financial Times and New Zealand’s Newsroom revealed what they described as his hidden past. Continue reading...

31 января 2015, 08:17

Новая Зеландия: Блинные скалы

 Punakaiki is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. The community lies on the edge of the Paparoa National Park. The Pancake Rocks are a very popular tourist destination at Dolomite Point south of the main village. The Pancake Rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes during high tides. Together with the 'pancake'-layering of the limestone (created by immense pressure on alternating hard and soft layers of marine creatures and plant sediments), these form the main attraction of the area. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punakaiki Paparoa National Park is on the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It was established in 1987 and encompasses 306 km².[1] The park ranges from on or near the coastline to the peak of the Paparoa Ranges. A separate section of the park lies to the north and is centered at Ananui Creek. The park protects a limestone karst area. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paparoa_National_Park zyalt: Блинные скалы, Новая Зеландия Одно из самых удивительных мест в Новой Зеландии - Блинные скалы (Pancake Rocks). Находятся на западном побережье в нацпарке Папароа. Название свое они получили из-за необычной формы. Скалы напоминают стопки сложенных блинчиков. Образовались они 30 миллионов лет назад в результате эрозии известняковых пород. Их слоистость объясняется тем, что породы, из которых сложены “блинные стопки”, имеют различную плотность. Со временем вода и ветер вытесали на поднявшихся из морских глубин скалах затейливую резьбу. Вид на скалы с моей летающей камеры ). Собственно, блинная часть справа находится.