Re: Regulatory Board Recognises Validity of Publicly-Listed Patent Attorney Structures   

Hi Doug,

I can't speak for New Zealand, but I think you are overestimating the power of Australian competition law, and of the ACCC to enforce it. Even if the three listed groups were to merge all of their firms we would still have more competition than we do in the supermarket sector, and less price matching than we see in the fuel market. It takes an awful lot to 'substantially lessen competition'. So long as consumers have a genuine choice between genuine competitors (even just two or three, although there is obviously much more competition than that in the Australian IP market) it is unlikely that the arrangements will fall foul of any provisions of the Australian Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

It is also worth noting that consolidation is recognised by economists as a natural consequence of a maturing market across many industries, and it is not the role of competition law to interfere with this process merely because it results in a reduction in the number of independent competitors. Indeed, consolidation can result in efficiencies, concentration of capital and economies of scale that lead to reduction in prices and/or expansion in the range of goods/services available that are beneficial to consumers and the economy.

You will note that it is not so much the Board alluding to competition concerns. The passage you quote is reporting the non-listed firms' stated concerns - hardly a disinterested opinion! Further, I think it is safe to assume that the whole of Part C, Section 1-4 of the paper is essentially a cut-and-paste of Professor Christie's report to the Board. The mooted competition issue is not taken up at all in the Board's views and proposals in Section C.5. What the Board takes out of the 67% figure is that the 'listed group scenario' is a 'significant commercial reality'.

I also happen to know that at least one of the listed firms actually wrote to the ACCC, out of an abundance of caution, to notify them of at least one of their intended acquisitions. From what I hear, not an eyelid was batted. And I am not at all surprised.

Mark


          Job only half done, says triumphant Lions skipper Warburton   
CAPTAIN Sam Warburton says the British and Irish Lions' win over New Zealand in Wellington will count for nothing unless they win the Test series decider next week.
          New Zealand 21 British and Irish Lions 24: Series all square as Lions overcome 14-men Kiwis   
SONNY Bill Williams was sent off as the British and Irish Lions claimed a thrilling Test series-levelling 24-21 victory over world champions New Zealand at Westpac Stadium.
          Warrior Spirit   
Ra Puriri packed his suitcase and flew 9,000 miles from the coastal community of Raglan, New Zealand, to Salt Lake City—all to perform an act of dissent. Ra Puriri packed his suitcase and flew 9,000 miles from the coastal community of Raglan, New Zealand, to Salt Lake City—all to perform an act of dissent.…
          What I think I've learnt: Part 2 - plus, an exciting announcement!   
I'll leave the exciting bit until the bottom of this post, and start with the second thing I think I've learnt thanks to Secrets & Speed Dating:

  • Use what I've already got
I'll be honest and admit I didn't figure this one out myself. My lovely friend Nikki Logan introduced me to this concept when I got really stuck about three quarters into the manuscript (the "right" version, for those who read Part One). My hero and heroine had just made love for the first time, and I'd written this lovely "morning after" scene. But... now what? I knew what my black moment was, but it was far too early for that. I knew I needed to show both my hero and heroine's reactions to this first night together and how nothing could ever be the same again... but the scene I was writing just felt boring.

I'd made the mistake in a previous version of the book of adding in a random plot twist ("ooh, let's have my heroine's mum turn up!"), so I knew that didn't work. But I needed *something* to happen. Something that wasn't contrived but that would keep the tension rolling along nicely.

And so Nikki said, "Didn't Sophie say in the previous chapter something something, why don't you use that?" (I'll let you read the book to find out what it was). This was a massive lightbulb for me. I'd had no idea I'd already set up the absolutely perfect scene (yay for my subconscious!) but I never would have noticed without Nikki's prompting. 

But of course, it makes perfect sense. By looking back what you are really doing is revisiting your characters - and their conflicts and motivations. By making sure you use something you've already got, you're ensuring it's the characters that are driving the story forward.

While I was fortunate to have a throw away line of dialogue to set up my next scene, I'd imagine that this probably isn't always the case. But I think the lesson still stands. Next time I get stuck, in a "what happens next?" moment, I'm going to go back and review what's come before. What have my character's already done? What have they talked about? What has happened? What would they do next?

So what do you think? Am I onto something here? (with apologies to Nikki who I have stolen this from - and quite possibly butchered in my expansion and explanation :) ).

And... now for the big news!

In about two hours, I become a LoveCat!!! I feel incredibly fortunate to have been invited to join the LoveCats - a group of Australian and New Zealand Harlequin Mills & Boon authors who have the fabulous LoveCats Down Under blog!

My official welcome post will appear very soon, where I get to answer some fun questions, and visitors get the chance to win an awesome book bundle prize!

Please come along and say hello - I'll be popping in as much as I can tomorrow.

          Waiting...checking...waiting   
No, I'm not waiting on a sub, but the announcements of finalists for the RWNZ Clendon Award. I wasn't going to even mention I'd entered, let alone that I've been desperately checking my email for the past week, just in case I jinxed things. But really, that's just dumb :) And the next best thing to knowing the finalists of the Clendon, is to talk about the Clendon :)

This year is the first time I entered, and in typical me style, entering it became a comedy of errors. I got the dates wrong, and so I had to post the manuscript on a Friday to ensure it arrived in time in New Zealand. So I woke up bright and early on Friday morning, and headed off to an Officeworks near my work that would be able to print two copies of my MS. I'd still get to work on time, easily.

I'm driving along, and notice a strange burning smell. But it comes and go, so I ignore it. I also notice that I seem to be gripping the steering wheel rather hard, as the car veers to the left, otherwise.

I ignore this, too.

Finally, when turning a tight corner, understanding dawns. I pull over to a very convenient church car park, and confirm the news - I have a (very) flat tyre. I am mechanically useless, so call my boyfriend (out on a bike ride and away from his phone), and then my dad. Dad is on his way to work and not far away, so comes and promptly saves me. Temporary spare in place, I go to Officeworks (complete with grease smear on my face that I notice after I get back into my car with printed manuscripts), and eventually get to work very late.

I need to get my tyre replaced as the temporary spare is not suitable for my drive home, so my lunch break is spent very impatiently waiting for a $350 tyre to be fitted (that was a horrifying discovery - who knew "sports" tyres cost so much?) and then zipping off to the post office to post my entry. Except the post office isn't where it used to be.

So I drive to another post office (fortunately this one is still in existence) and my entry is finally - finally! - on its way.

And here we are four months later. Desperately checking my email.

The reason I so hope that I final in this competition, is because it's my rejected book. I entered prior to my R, and I would love for it to have a last hurrah. Because it was rejected, I know it's probably silly to hope it finals - obviously the reasons it was rejected are very real.

But still, it's nice to hope that my first book - which will always be special to me - may get its chance to shine.
          Independence at a Price – New Zealand   

Independence at a Price in New Zealand The shape of my bags attracted attention. Two unconventional long sausage-shaped bags, connected by webbing. At the end of my cycling adventure, when the bike had been sold, I’d laced my bike panniers together around the top of...

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          Has the Government's Welcome Home Loan scheme under-performed because of banks' relaxed credit policies?   

By Gareth Vaughan

Housing New Zealand's Welcome Home Loan scheme has not grown as the Government wanted it to.

We've had senior government ministers eagerly promote it, and a bank CEO extolling its virtues to participating lenders by pointing out; "It really carries no risk on our balance sheet because it's all government guaranteed."

The ministers were John Key and Nick Smith, and the CEO quoted above is SBS Bank's Shaun Drylie.

Housing NZ says, as of May 31 this year, it was "at risk" for 6,650 loans through Welcome Home Loan, with an original value of $1.469 billion. That's 150 less loans than the 6,800 - with an original loan value of $1.335 billion - at June 30, 2013. The drop, Housing NZ says, is because more loans have been repaid than taken on.

June 2013 is just before the Reserve Bank restrictions on banks' high loan to value ratio (LVR) residential mortgage lending were unveiled. Welcome Home Loans are excluded fom the Reserve Bank's LVR restrictions.

The Welcome Home Loan scheme launched in July 2003 as a two year pilot project with Kiwibank, known as “In Reach.” In July 2005, the scheme was opened to other lenders, and branded “Welcome Home Loan.” Eight lenders are actively using the Housing New Zealand scheme today. These are SBS, Kiwibank, Westpac, The Co-operative Bank, TSB Bank, NZCU Baywide, the Nelson Building Society, and the New Zealand Employees' Credit Union. 

As Housing NZ puts it; "Welcome Home Loan is offered by lenders, supported by Housing New Zealand, and, designed for first-home buyers who can afford to make regular repayments on a home loan, but have trouble saving for a large deposit. With Welcome Home Loan you only need a 10% deposit, not a 20% deposit as required by most lenders. Housing New Zealand does not issue the loan. This is done through normal lenders such as selected banks and credit unions. Housing New Zealand underwrites the loan for the lender [through lenders' mortgage insurance]. Individual applicants are required to meet the lender’s specific lending criteria. Income and house price caps apply."

'Trebling the number of loans'

Prior to the launch of the LVR restrictions, the Welcome Home Loan scheme had been going backwards. During the June 2013 year, Housing NZ settled 845 new loans, down from 1,358 the previous year.

The Reserve Bank announced on August 20, 2013 that high LVR restrictions would kick-in from October 1 that year, limiting lending to borrowers with deposits of less than 20%. Following that move the Welcome Home Loan scheme appeared, unsurprisingly, to gain in popularity given low equity loans made through the scheme are excluded from the Reserve Bank's restrictions.

Announcing Co-operative Bank's signing up to the scheme in April 2014, Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith said; "I am encouraging other banks to also join the scheme. I want as many New Zealanders as possible to have access to this Government assistance to buy their first home." At that stage ASB said its membership to the Welcome Home Loan Scheme was "currently under consideration." However three years on ASB hasn't joined, with a spokeswoman saying no decisions have been made to apply for entry. A Housing NZ spokesman said no applications from lenders wanting to join the scheme are currently under consideration.

Smith's comments came after Prime Minister John Key announced on August 11, 2013, a week before the Reserve Bank publicly unveiled its LVR move; “We will also expand the [Welcome Home Loan] scheme to treble the number of loans from about 850 loans a year to 2,500 a year."

Both in August 2013 and again in July last year as the Reserve Bank changed the LVR restrictions, Smith announced increases in house price caps for the scheme. In a rising property market, they have gone from $350,000 in Auckland, for example, to $600,000 for an existing house and $650,000 for a new one.

As it sought to "screw the scrum in favour of first home buyers," the Government also aligned the scheme's income caps with those of the KiwiSaver HomeStart scheme at $85,000 for a single person and $130,000 for a couple.

In November 2015 Smith said; "The 287 Welcome Home Loans issued for this latest quarter is also a record and shows how this programme, combined with HomeStart, is assisting families into home ownership."

'A relaxation of lenders' credit policies'

But that hasn't continued, with the 2,500 a year target looking a pipe dream. So what's going on?

Housing NZ's latest annual report, for the year to June 2016, says; "Uptake for Welcome Home Loans was lower than expected due to a relaxation of lenders' credit policies, allowing the provision of standard bank loans, rather than a Welcome Home Loan. This meant banks in the scheme did not have to draw on this product as much as in the past. Monthly demand for the Welcome Home Loan was steady over the year, but was around 10% lower than the previous year." 

Interestingly in its Financial Stability Report last month the Reserve Bank said; "Some banks have tightened lending standards over the past six months [See chart below]. In particular, banks are being more selective about their lending for residential property developments as capacity constraints in the construction industry and rising costs have contributed to increased credit risk in the sector."

The Welcome Home Loan insurance premium is 2.2% of the loan value, of which 1% is paid by the borrower and 1.2% by the Government. The Mortgage Insurance Scheme is assessed, by an actuary, three times a year to ensure the mortgage insurance liability is sufficient to cover any future claims, Housing NZ says. As of June 30 last year the total estimated liability was $29 million. At that point 40% of the original value of settled loans was with Kiwibank.

*This article was first published in our email for paying subscribers early on Tuesday morning. See here for more details and how to subscribe.


          Does Auckland have the infrastructure capacity to host the America's cup? Alex Tarrant reviews two of the Mexican stand-offs involving central government, the Auckland Council, the Airport and Watercare   

By Alex Tarrant

Emirates Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup win has certainly fired up the Auckland infrastructure debate (as if it needed more fuel). Every interested party is now reviewing their wish list trying to figure out whether their pet project could be completed in four years. Rail, roads, houses and water pipes.

The 2021 event (Auckland will also hold the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit that year) might be a Godsend for getting even more Auckland infrastructure work on the move (if we can find the labourers needed – don’t mention foreigners!).

But the multiple Mexican stand-offs between the Government, Auckland Council and other parties like Auckland Airport and Watercare need to be resolved. The key in each dispute is who pays for what, when, why and how.

This (rather long) column focuses on two of those stand-offs. Rail to Auckland Airport from the CBD, and cheaper, faster provision of water services for new housing in Auckland – including boosting incentives for cheaper densification. On Rail, there is a simple answer to get things moving if the project would indeed lead to benefits. On water, revised legislation debated in Parliament last week provides some hope.

Rail to the airport

Politicians were quick to jump on the success of ETNZ earlier this week and the expected economic benefits to Auckland from holding the Cup in 2021. The Green Party used the occasion to question the Transport Minister on whether Auckland would have capacity to host the event.

“Will the government start building rail to the airport sooner, if Auckland hosts the next America’s Cup regatta, or will Aucklanders still have to wait 30 years?” Julie Anne Genter asked Simon Bridges.

Bridges’ answers focussed on the current plan of protecting a sole purpose route that will originally be marked out for a busway to the Airport. This showed the government was prioritising the project, he claimed, being careful to add it was difficult to explain what the timeframe could be for progressing to rail. This would be driven by demand and usage numbers, Bridges said.

So why not just kick-start the project of rail to the airport? If central government were to lead on funding, couldn’t others like the Council be given time to come up with their share? The reason this National-led government isn’t making any firm commitments like this is down to the principle of, whoever benefits should pay.

Steven Joyce, Simon Bridges and other Ministers have in recent months been talking more about the use of value uplift taxes to help fund new projects – rates will be higher in areas that profit from increased transportation links, for example. These could be residential rates paid by homeowners in areas with improved access to the CBD from a new road, which would have boosted the value of their property. They could also be imposed on commercial businesses that benefit from more foot-traffic due to being closer to, say, a new train station.

The government openly admits that a value uplift tax would have been a perfect fit for Auckland’s inner-city rail loop. But, because the loop was announced before Ministers could start spraying the idea around, they feel it would be a bit rude (think a vote-loser) to suddenly turn around and clamp such a tax on business owners close to where the new stations would be, regardless of the economics.

They have to find a project that hasn’t yet started, and which would clearly benefit the areas linked by the project. Penlink has been talked about. I also give you the Airport-City rail link.

However, Bridges and Joyce are engaged in a stand-off with Auckland Airport. ‘If you come to the table, then we will too.’

Auckland Airport would clearly benefit from any rail link with the city. So, Bridges et al are waiting for them to come to the party. If we’re talking light rail – trams – then Dominion Road businesses and residential properties should also benefit in value uplift.

It’s a stand-off though. If the airport argues against paying more because the benefits won’t be that great, then the government can turn around and say, ‘ok well that’s a good argument for not needing to build the new connection’. If the government just starts funding the link itself, then it runs the risk of no-one else coming to the party. They also don't want to be seen starting the project with inclusion of value-uplift taxes that no-one agrees on - that's not the way this government wants to work.

In effect, the sticking point is a matter of principle. It’s a principled Mexican stand-off. Or a prisoners’ dilemma in a low-security prison.

Water pipe dream

The next stand-off is a key component in Auckland’s housing debate. Water pipes. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how the National Cabinet would love to take a swipe at the monopolistic, not-for-profit Watercare in Auckland. They’re getting nearer to it.

The Local Government Amendment Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) was introduced last year by former Local Government Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga. And boy was it popular. The Local Government Select Committee heard nearly 200 submissions on the Bill. They’ve now reported back with amendments. The Bill received a second reading last week.

The stand-off between local and central government on water pipes can best be summed up by a conversation between media and Local Government New Zealand a few weeks back. A lot of New Zealand’s water pipe infrastructure was put in in the 1960s, we were told. Those pipes had an expected lifetime of 60 years, so we’re heading towards an exponential renewals curve over the next 15 years for assets worth over $100 billion.

A couple of the journalists (including this correspondent) were a tad miffed by this. Did local councils know there was only a 60-year life span? “Yeah, they did,” was the reply. ““The renewals curve is not a surprise. But it’s here, now.”

So why haven’t councils planned over those 60 years to put replacement funds aside? The problem, we were told, was that in the 1960s a lot of the pipes were paid for by central government. Now, technically only local government is on the hook. “Under our current funding model, it’s rates and debt [to pay for it]. The issue becomes, is that a sustainable position? Our view is it is not.”

That’s why local government is calling on central government to agree to a co-funding model for the replacement of water pipes nationwide that are coming to the end of their working life (even though this was all known about for 60 years).

I asked Local Government New Zealand chairman Lawrence Yule whether they’d had any indications from central government that this could be done. He said central government had always indicated a willingness to look at it “but only once you’ve made sure what you’re doing currently is being done as efficiently as it can be.”

It’s a stand-off. Local government is refusing to consider how to fund replacement pipes until central government agrees to a co-funding model. Central government won’t agree to a co-funding model until local government gets its own house in order and ensures water services operations are as efficient as possible.

The issue got to a point where central government decided to try and take the initiative. This is where the Local Government Local Government Act Amendment Bill (No 2) comes in. Central government clearly believes things aren’t being done as efficiently as possible.

The Bill will allow various councils to band together to create Transport and Water Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) to provide services across several local authorities. Scale. It will also give greater scope for re-organisation of CCOs. As now-Local Government Minister Anne Tolley put it in Thursday’s second reading, it provides “an opportunity for the sector to show their local strategic leadership, which may require hard decisions about difficult options in order to secure a positive future for their communities.”

Let’s take Watercare. In its submission on the Bill (co-submitted with Auckland Council), it argued that since its first fully operational year in 2011/12, it has reduced the cost of water delivery to Aucklanders compared the rag-tag pricing run previously by individual councils pre-Super City.

That’s true. The $1.30 per thousand litres was below the range of $1.31-$3.50 encompassing Rodney, North Shore, Waitakere, Auckland, Manukau and Franklin. Job well done. Scale worked. But since then, that cost has risen each year to $1.44 per thousand litres in 2016/17. That’s not what central government (or Auckland residents) wanted to see.

A 2015 Cabinet paper introducing the Amendment Bill reveals what some Cabinet Ministers really wanted to do. The Local Government Minister at the time highlighted the potential benefits of requiring Watercare to have to pay a dividend (“distribute surpluses”) to the Council. This could encourage more efficient pricing of water services and allow it better access to finance.

However, due to the prospect of the move not being supported by “the community,” the idea was not included. Indeed, when the Local Government Select Committee reported the Bill back to the House in June, Section 70 was there prohibiting the distribution of surpluses by water services CCOs.

A pity. There is some exciting stuff in there, though. Central government is aiming to be imposing a number of requirements that I’m told are aimed at drastically changing the way Watercare operates.

The Productivity Commission’s 2016 report, Using Land for Housing, helped. Looking at Watercare from a housing supply lens, the Commission raised a number of concerns and recommendations which will partly be tackled by the Bill.

Firstly, Watercare’s Infrastructure Growth Charges (IGCs) do not recover the full costs of growth (new pipes for new housing), the Commission pointed out. Although initially this could produce benefits for new home buyers not paying the full cost for water infrastructure, deficits will need to be recovered from somewhere. Recovery from existing residents will reduce community acceptance of growth, limiting the supply of infrastructure-enabled land, therefore contributing to higher house prices.

Watercare needed to change how it calculates charges to better reflect the underlying economic costs of supply in different locations and for different types of dwelling, the Commission said. This linked in with criticisms of Watercare’s model of charging flat fees.

“To the extent that certain types of development result in lower infrastructure costs than others, a flat charge will result in a cross-subsidy between different types of dwelling. This might result in a situation in which smaller and more affordable dwellings are cross-subsidising larger standalone dwellings.”

The Bill requires Watercare to shift away from the IGC model to a development contribution model. It has until 30 June 2018 at the latest to figure out how to best make the switch.

Meanwhile, the Commission urged Watercare to consider development agreements, which would enable private developers to take responsibility for building trunk infrastructure. It referenced research that developers may be able to provide infrastructure solutions at lower costs than Watercare, particularly due to ‘over specification’ required by Watercare.

“Watercare notes that development agreements have a range of advantages (eg, they provide a mechanism for bringing in private capital into the provision of public infrastructure) and disadvantages (eg, the time required to prepare and finalise the agreements, especially if more than one developer/landowner is involved). The obligation to consider requests from a developer to enter into development agreements and provide the developer with a written response would not compel Watercare and other CCOs to enter agreements where there are good reasons not to. But a requirement to set out in writing why a development agreement may not proceed would provide clarity and transparency about the reasons for the decision.”

The Bill doesn’t appear to go as far as the Commission would have hoped, but it does provide legislation for Watercare to be able to enter into development agreements.

Finally, the Commission appeared horrified that for both Auckland Transport and Watercare, “supply of infrastructure to support growth is not reflected in either organisation’s performance measures.”

“While the primary accountability documents for Watercare and Auckland Transport (the Statements of Intents) are broadly aligned with the Auckland Plan vision, they do not give effect to the specific objective in the Auckland Plan to increase the city’s supply of new dwellings,” it said.

“Auckland Transport and Watercare’s SOIs should be amended to include performance measures relating to the efficient roll-out of new infrastructure to support an increased supply of new dwellings.

“The regulatory and institutional framework around the water sector can be improved. Discipline and transparency around the pricing of water services, and better performance monitoring, would improve the ability of the water sector to support urban growth,” the Commission said.

The Bill includes provision for Council input on CCO statements of intent and for performance monitoring. Each CCO – ie Watercare – must provide its shareholders the opportunity to influence the direction of the organisation, and must provide a basis for the accountability of the directors to their shareholders for the performance of the organisation.

And that performance monitoring? A local authority must undertake regular performance monitoring to evaluate a CCO’s contribution to the achievement of the authority’s objectives for the organisation, the desired results set out in its SOI and the overall aims and outcomes of the local authority.

What’s yet to be seen, however, is whether the changes would have such an effect as to fix the pending funding crisis for water pipe replacement and extension. I would think not. But with this Bill, central and local government will both be able to tap the argument that councils and their organisations have reached, or will soon reach efficiency limits.

And that’s the trigger for central government coming to the funding party.


          Check out the videos this library made!   
A couple of days ago, I saw a mention of the videos that Invercargill City Libraries & Archives, in New Zealand, has been making [saw the mention over at the Libraries and Social Media Group on Facebook. You should check em out!]. They are making some really fun videos! I have a couple of them […]
          Motor racing-Rallying Poland leg 2 classification   
July 1 (Gracenote) - Leg 2 Classification from the Rally of Poland on Saturday 1. Thierry Neuville (Belgium) Hyundai 2:10:26.300 2. Ott Taenak (Estonia) Ford +00:03.100 3. Hayden Paddon (New Zealand) Hyundai 00:25.500 4. Sebastien Ogier (France) Ford 01:32.000 5. Daniel Sordo (Spain) Hyundai 01:43.800 6. Teemu Suninen (Finland) Ford 02:06.200 7. Stephane Lefebvre (France) Citroen 02:20.300 8. Mads Ostberg (Norway) Ford

          Oscar Kightley: Seeing the kids' haka at Peter Burling's school made me tear up – and think of my own childhood inspiration   
FAVOURITE TEACHER AWARDS: From the Christchurch quake tragedy to Parliament's select committees, we're travelling the country to meet some of New Zealand's best teachers. Nominations are now open for the Favourite Teacher Awards – tell us about the teacher who has inspired you or your children, and you both could win a trip to see Matilda, the Musical.
          Jonathan Milne: The teacher who first hollered at us – then inspired us to believe in ourselves   
FAVOURITE TEACHER AWARDS: From the Christchurch quake tragedy to Parliament's select committees, we're travelling the country to meet some of New Zealand's best teachers. Nominations are now open for the Favourite Teacher Awards – tell us about the teacher who has inspired you or your children, and you both could win a trip to see Matilda, the Musical.
          Sir Peter Blake's expedition schooner returns to Auckland   
A piece of New Zealand sailing history returns to Auckland tomorrow when Sir Peter Blake's former vessel Tara ties up in Auckland Harbour.
          7/2/2017: NEWS: The team will then do a sail-past:   
5 Around the Viaduct Basin; 6 Past the Viaduct Events Centre to North Wharf; 7 Back to the New Zealand Maritime Museum and around Princes Wharf; 8 Around Queens Wharf, where the sail past finishes. The route is subject to change....
          7/2/2017: NEWS: Party time for Team NZ   

Tens of thousands of proud Kiwis will line Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour on Thursday to welcome our America’s Cup heroes home. Ticker tape, banners, plenty of Team New Zealand flags and patriotic cheering will welcome Peter Burling and his men home for...
          7/2/2017: NEWS: Auld Mug to sit in first class   

The America’s Cup will reportedly fly first class in a special Louis Vuitton trunk to New Zealand. The impressive silverware, which stands 1.1m tall and weighs more than 14kg, travels in the purpose-built Vuitton trunk, flanked by two security guards...
          7/2/2017: NEWS: Jones tough on drugs   

Newly-announced New Zealand First candidate Shane Jones is calling for an “Eliot Ness”-style special prosecutor’s office like that used to bring down Al Capone in order to tackle Northland’s meth problem. The former Labour MP told Newshub’s The Nation...
          7/2/2017: NEWS: Budget claims   
The nurses union claims there is a $101 million shortfall in health funding in this year’s Budget. New Zealand Nurses Organisation chief executive Memo Musa said the shortfall included $36m for health workforce training, contracted services, maternity...
          7/2/2017: NEWS: Dry July   
More than 2300 Kiwis have signed up online for this year’s Dry July. Yesterday kicked off the month-long no-alcohol campaign, which helps promote responsible drinking, and the social fundraising initiative will raise funds for New Zealanders living...
          7/2/2017: NEWS: ‘Please let us stay in NZ’   

Leslie Smith and his daughter Courtney are desperate to stay in New Zealand but red tape, tragedy and an oversight look set to cost the pair their future here. Smith’s working visa and an interim visa have expired and he is waiting to hear if an...
          7/2/2017: NEWS: Toast of New Zealand   

Take a bow Team New Zealand! Peter Burling and his crew became our latest sporting heroes on Tuesday when they won back the America’s Cup. And it is not just the crew who should be heralded — so too the on-shore team, including those who worked to get...
          7/2/2017: NEWS: Lawyers: Govt ‘shortchanged’ Pora $500k   

Lawyers for Teina Pora will argue in court tomorrow that the Government shortchanged him by half a million dollars. Pora, who spent 21 years in jail in one of New Zealand’s worst miscarriages of justice, has taken a judicial review of the Government’s...
          7/2/2017: NEWS: Job deaths spike despite law   

WorkSafe New Zealand has issued more than 3400 prohibition, improvement and infringement notices to employers in the first year of the Health and Safety at Work Act.. April marked the one-year anniversary of the new act — and despite the legislation,...
          7/2/2017: REVIEW: The Black Knight does it again   

Congratulations Emirates Team New Zealand. And hats off to Grant Dalton. What a reversal of fortune for the curmudgeonly CEO — and in just four years. In 2013, the game was all but over after Dean Barker snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in San...
          7/2/2017: REVIEW: Peters and his Mini-Me   

Adopting Shane Jones into New Zealand First is a high-risk move for Winston Peters. It won’t take long to convince you of that: Jones’ nickname is Minister of Porn. Nuff said. Still, that’s a problem for another day. Long term, Jones is a risk. Medium...
          7/2/2017: EDITORIAL: Beware glass-half-full type   

Memo to future employers: watch out for a particular exemployee from Southern Spars. The fellow is a whiner with a sense of entitlement. The guy is one of 40 boatbuilders made redundant despite being behind the vessel that Emirates Team New Zealand...
          7/2/2017: EDITORIAL: This newspaper is subject to the New Zealand Press Council   
Complaints to be first directed to editor@hos.co.nz If unsatisfied, the complaint may be referred to the Press Council PO Box 10-879, The Terrace, Wellington 6143 or email info@presscouncil.org.nz Further detail and online complaints form are...
          7/2/2017: SPORT: NZ will get true gauge against Oz   
New Zealand will get a realistic gauge of their cricket World Cup prospects tonight when they meet Australia in round-robin play at Bristol. The defending champs look the tournament’s form team, securing eight-wicket victories over the West Indies and...
          7/2/2017: SPORT: No Dalton, no Cup   

What a fabulous week for New Zealand sport — I still can’t quite believe we’ve won back the America’s Cup. In amongst the sounds of popping corks and elated crew and family members in Bermuda, there was Grant Dalton — the straight shooter, as...
          7/2/2017: SPORT: Paddon slips and slides in the wet conditions   

New Zealand's Hayden Paddon had a solid opening leg of WRC Rally Poland to be fifth at the end of a wet first day. The Hyundai works driver was hoping for dry conditions, where he could have made the most of his position of eighth on the road, but...
          7/2/2017: SPORT: NZ Select get revenge in China   

New Zealand Select wrapped up their six-game basketball tour of China on a positive note, downing Cameroon 73-69 in Shenzhen on Friday evening. New Zealand finished the trip with a 5-1 record and will take plenty of positives from the tour. Having lost...
          7/2/2017: SPORT: Designer yearns for monohulls   

The designer of New Zealand-based syndicates’ other Auld Mug triumphs wants a return to more traditional sailing for the 36th America’s Cup here in 2021. At 90, Laurie Davidson is retired from the sport’s pinnacle but abreast of the quantum leaps...
          7/2/2017: SPORT: Tone down Cup hypocrisy   

What a neurotic, nitpicking, ungrateful little country we can be at times. The champagne residue was barely dry on Team New Zealand’s triumph at the 35th America’s Cup when our leaders started flapping their gums about how private sector funding should...
          7/2/2017: SPORT: SBW tackle inexplicable   

Sonny Bill Williams has long been a divisive figure. He’s a player who has taken much of traditional New Zealand out of its comfort zone, asked people to accept his differences. It has been a long, slow battle for him to convert those who haven’t...
          7/2/2017: SPORT: Eden Park   
You could not have scripted this one. The Lions needed every second of a dramafilled test in Wellington, but this series has the decider it so deserves. The 12-year wait has well and truly delivered. New Zealanders, put your loyalty aside for one...
          7/2/2017: AUSTRALIA: 36 HOURS OF SUMMER   

Escaping winter is in my DNA. As a Southern Californian, born and raised, I grew up a child of sunshine, beaches, and salt-water sports. Having spent the past 15 years in New Zealand, however, I’ve become accustomed to changing seasons, chillier days....
          7/2/2017: TRAVEL LIGHT: HITS AND MISSES: JACKSON GALAXY   
HIT To be completely honest, and I’ve been all over the world with my work, when my wife and I were on tour with My Cat From Hell, the one place that we fantasised about getting off the merry-go-round and disappearing was New Zealand. We spent time in...
          7/2/2017: ENTERTAINMENT: TV HIGHLIGHTS   

The tribe speaks no more Survivor New Zealand TVNZ 2, Sunday, 7pm; MondayWednesday, 7.30pm Over four possibly incredible nights, Survivor New Zealand comes to its potentially thrilling conclusion. From Sunday to Tuesday we’re promised threats, tests...
          7/2/2017: SPY NEWS: SURVIVOR FRENEMIES   

Tonight marks the start of a four-night TVNZ2 Survivor marathon to see who will be the last contestant standing at the live show on Wednesday — and New Zealand’s first Survivor winner. Currently on screen: three jurors, and seven tribe members (three...
          7/2/2017: SPY NEWS: WIN WITH SPY   

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By Anthony McCarten Starring: Andrew Foster and Gavin Rutherford Director: Ross Jolly High Old Times Down on the Farm Circa One Preview 30 June From the pen of award-winning New Zealand author Anthony McCarten ...

Wellington | Friday, 30 June 2017 - Saturday, 29 July 2017


          Formal Satsang with Yanchiji   

New Zealand-born Sri Yanchiji is a fully awakened contemporary and unconventional wisdom teacher. Expressing profound embodied wisdom in an extraordinary way, Sri Yanchiji emphasises our own inherent “already ok, full ...

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           Pippa Middleton strolls through Irish village with husband    
Fresh from their lavish one-month honeymoon, where they visited French Polynesia, New Zealand and Australia, the newlyweds are now in County Cork for Pippa's best friend's wedding.
           Five things we learned from the British and Irish Lions´ victory over New Zealand    
The Lions recorded their first victory over New Zealand in 24 years.
          New Zealand accommodation: Queenstown's most exclusive hideaways   
Thousands of snow-seekers from around New Zealand and the world descend on Queenstown every winter, but for those who don't wish to stay in busy hotels, there are plenty of ultra-luxurious private hideaways to rent in the resort town....
          Horror night on NZ roads: 16 hurt, 1 dead in crashes   
Sixteen people have been hurt and one killed after a spate of crashes on New Zealand roads overnight. Three of the injured were seriously hurt, St John ambulance said. Five of the seven crashes happened in the South Island. A man,...
          Canadian claims she was victim of sexism and harassment by Immigration NZ   
Immigration New Zealand says it is taking allegations made by a Canadian denied entry to the country at Queenstown Airport earlier this month "very seriously" and has directed her to an internal complaints procedure. Yesterday ...
          University of Otago fears free-for-all if government changes go ahead   
The University of Otago fears Government changes to tertiary education could damage the international reputation of New Zealand universities, while unions fear they could lead to privatisation. The proposed changes have sparked controversy...
          EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT SILVERSTAR - General Information - SilverStar - British Columbia   
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          ANZ says seeking to uncover metals fraudsters after big losses   
LONDON/ MELBOURNE, June 29- Australia and New Zealand Banking Group is seeking to uncover who was behind a metals fraud in Asia that cost it "substantial losses" and led to transfers of $151 million to the United States, according to court papers filed in California. This is the second legal action that has emerged following the announcement in January by...
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          The 16 most expensive cities in the world for commuting to work   

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Next to housing, transportation is one of the largest recurring expenses people face. In a major metropolis, that likely means a fair amount of time packed into the subway, trolley, or bus getting a little too acquainted with your fellow city dwellers.

The good news: It's better for the environment, and, depending on where you live, it may be cheaper than owning a car. 

The bad news: It can still be really expensive. 

In London, the most expensive city in the world for public transportation, you'll need to shell out nearly $175 for a month of riding the Tube. In New York City, a monthly transit pass costs about $120. 

That's according to a recent report by Deutsche Bank, which analyzes the cost of living and compares prices among the largest cities around the world. 

The report sources prices from Expatistan, a site that tracks cost-of-living expenses in over 200 countries, for a "monthly ticket public transport" in nearly 50 cities. 

Here are the 16 most expensive cities in the world for commuting via public transportation each month.

All prices are in US dollars.

SEE ALSO: The 24 most expensive cities in the world to grab a beer at the local bar

16. San Francisco, United States — $86.10



15. Berlin, Germany — $87.20



14. Frankfurt, Germany — $88.50



See the rest of the story at Business Insider

          Travel and Tourism Week Highlights State's Third-Largest Industry    
By ND Commerce Tourism Division
Nationally, the travel industry contributes $2.1 trillion to the U.S. economy, and one in every nine American jobs depends on the industry. The impact of this is significant right here in North Dakota with 24 million visitors spending $3.6 billion across the state.
 
In recognition of the travel industry’s significant contributions to our state, Gov. Jack Dalrymple has declared May 1-7 “North Dakota Travel and Tourism Week.”
 
North Dakota Travel and Tourism Week is held in conjunction with the U.S. Travel Association’s National Travel and Tourism Week, an annual salute to the tourism and travel industry that recognizes the industry’s benefits and importance to communities and Americans.
 
“Tourism is an integral contributor to our state’s economic growth, generating revenue for hundreds of tourism-based businesses,” Dalrymple said. “I am pleased to declare North Dakota Travel and Tourism Week to honor the outstanding contributions the industry continues to make statewide, and look forward to welcoming millions of new and returning visitors each year to North Dakota.”
 
North Dakota’s travel industry continues to be a strong and stable contributor in our state’s economy, North Dakota Tourism Division Director Sara Otte Coleman said. “Travel spending impacts all 53 counties because of the variety of experiences offered. From the Badlands and parks, to historic sites and urban amenities, there are enticing reasons to travel in and around every corner of North Dakota.”
 
The Impact of Travel and Tourism in North Dakota:
  • Tourism is North Dakota’s 3rd largest industry and important to our diversified economy
  • 24 million people visited North Dakota in 2013. (IHS)
  • North Dakota travel generated $307 million in taxes, or the equivalent of $1,011 per household. (IHS)
  • Visitor spending totaled $3.6 billion in 2013. The majority of expenditures, 55 percent, were by visitors from other U.S. states. International travelers made up 10 percent of the total, and in-state residents traveling to other parts of North Dakota accounted for 44 percent of spending. (IHS)
  • In 2014, every $1 invested in tourism advertising for North Dakota resulted in $94 in visitor spending. (Longwoods)
  • Canadian travelers are important to North Dakota Tourism. Canadians spent more than $266 million here in 2012. (Statistics Canada)
  • The top five U.S. states requesting visitor information are Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio.
  • The top six overseas markets requesting visitor information are UK, Germany, Italy, Australia/New Zealand, Nordic region and France.
  • Tourism is North Dakota’s fifth-largest employer supporting 26,600 jobs. (IHS)
  • Approximately $787 million in wages and salaries are generated through North Dakota tourism. (IHS)
 
Travel is one of America’s largest industries
Source: U.S. Travel Association
  • Direct spending by resident and international travelers in the U.S. averaged $2.6 billion a day, $108.1 million an hour, $1.8 million a minute and $30,033 a second.
  • Travel generates $2.1 trillion for the U.S. economy.
  • Direct travel spending in the U.S. totaled $947.1 billion by domestic and international travelers in 2015.
  • One in every 9 American jobs depends on travel.
  • Each U.S. household would pay $1,187 MORE in taxes without the tax revenue generated by the travel industry.

Get connected to great information about vacationing in North Dakota by becoming a fan of Travel North Dakota at www.facebook.com/TravelND or following North Dakota Tourism on Twitter at twitter.com/NorthDakota or Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/northdakotalegendary.
 
To see a calendar of events and learn about all there is to experience in North Dakota, request a copy of the North Dakota Travel Guide by calling 800-435-5663 or NDtourism.com
 

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          Lions Tour 2017: Sam Warburton demands squad finish the job next week following huge win   


SAM WARBURTON urged the Lions to finish the job and make history in Auckland next week after their dramatic 24-21 win over New Zealand to square the series.
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          Using Connected Curriculum Project Modules - Summary and discussion   

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          Using Connected Curriculum Project Modules - Checking answers   

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          Using Connected Curriculum Project Modules - Technology: help or hindrance?   

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          BBQ Toting Biker Charged   


New Zealander Michael Wiles, has been fined for riding his motorcycle along Melbourne Australia's Eastern freeway while ensconced in a barbecue. A passing motorist snapped a photo of Wiles aboard his motorcycle looking through the grill of a barbecue he'd found abandoned on the side of the road.  Needing an outdoor grill at home, Wiles was reluctant to leave the barbecue behind and decided to figure out a way to transport it on his motorcycle. Not only was Wiles charged with careless driving after the aforementioned photo was published in the media, but it turns out the grill was a dud—perhaps the reason it was abandoned to begin with.
If you've ever travelled to a developing nation, you may have noticed all manner of things being carried on single track-vehicles—including families of four on 50 cc scooters—but the last time we checked Australia is considered by most to be a first world nation; certainly the court magistrate who handled Wiles' case thinks so. He was not impressed by the New Zealander's third world motorcycling argument and handed him a $800 AUD ($748 CAD) fine—enough to buy a premium quality outdoor grill. 
Afterwards Wiles was asked to shill for retail chain Barbecues Galore. He declined the offer.

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          When is next British and Irish Lions match? Third and final New Zealand Test of the series as Lions chase history   
IT is that simple – the series all comes down to next weekend’s final Test in Eden Park. The Lions beat the All Blacks 24-21 in the second test to level the series at 1-1. Who are the Lions playing next and where can I watch it? It is ALL to play for next Saturday, […]
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Wellington | Friday, 30 June 2017 - Saturday, 29 July 2017


          Formal Satsang with Yanchiji   

New Zealand-born Sri Yanchiji is a fully awakened contemporary and unconventional wisdom teacher. Expressing profound embodied wisdom in an extraordinary way, Sri Yanchiji emphasises our own inherent “already ok, full ...

Wellington | Sunday, 2 July 2017


          Osorio, Mexico hope to ease building pressure with win against Portugal   
John Sutcliffe says Juan Carlos Osorio and his Mexico side still have plenty to prove in their third-place match vs. Portugal. The FC crew answer your tweets on Germany's Confederations Cup squad, Juan Carlos Osorio's future with Mexico and much more. Herculez Gomez reacts to Club America manager Miguel Herrera's comments about possibly returning to coach Mexico again. John Sutcliffe believes Mexico will feel they failed to prove themselves to the world's best after their Confed Cup exit. MOSCOW -- Torrential rain and storms greeted the Mexican national team as it touched down in Moscow on Friday afternoon, providing an easy metaphor for the fallout from El Tri's 4-1 loss to Germany on Thursday in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup.&nbsp; It has seemed like the snipers have been holding fire, waiting patiently for El Tri to fall before pulling the trigger. It almost happened in the opening Group A 2-2 draw against Portugal, then again against New Zealand, but it was the Germans...
          Five things we learned from the British and Irish Lions’ victory over New Zealand   
The Lions recorded their first victory over New Zealand in 24 years.
          Lions level series with thrilling victory over New Zealand   
A 77th-minute Owen Farrell penalty saw the Lions beat New Zealand at Westpac Stadium.
          Sir Ian McGeechan recovering in hospital after falling ill in New Zealand   
The four-time Lions head coach walked himself to the ambulance before being transferred to hospital.
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          Rallying: Neuville, Tanak battle to line in Poland   
MIKOLAJKI: Belgian Thierry Neuville and Estonian Ott Tanak will battle into the final day of the Rally of Poland after leading the way on Saturday. Hyundai's Neuville won three of the day's specials -- SS14, SS15, SS18 -- to lead Ford Fiesta's Tanak by 3.1sec with New Zealand's Hayden Paddon third ...
          Lions beat All Blacks to level up series after Williams red card   
WELLINGTON: Owen Farrell slotted a 78th minute penalty to give the British and Irish Lions a 24-21 victory over 14-man New Zealand in the second test on Saturday to level up the series at 1-1 ahead of next week's final clash in Auckland. The All Blacks were a man down for 55 minutes after Sonny ...
          New Zealand's Williams given red card in Lions test   
New Zealand centre Sonny Bill Williams was sent off in the 25th minute of the second test against the British Irish Lions for a dangerous shoulder charge at Wellington Regional stadium on Saturday.
          Former Lions coach McGeechan in hospital after collapse - report   
Former British and Irish Lions coach Ian McGeechan has been taken to hospital after collapsing in the commentary box at Wellington Regional Stadium ahead of the second test against the All Blacks on Saturday, the New Zealand Herald reported.
          Vunipola hopes to deny All Blacks on Wellington homecoming   
British and Irish Lions prop Mako Vunipola once dreamed of representing his native New Zealand but will battle hard on Saturday to stop the All Blacks from sealing the three-test series with a game to spare.
          Post-America's Cup win, New Zealand sails toward financial rewards   
New Zealand is beginning to reap the rewards of this week's America's Cup victory, which is expected to boost tourism and buoy the marine industry.
          7/1/2017: Sport: YOU’LL SEE WHAT WE’RE MADE OF   

THE British Lions have pledged to play the game of their lives and shock the sporting world in Wellington this morning. New Zealand are strong favourites to wrap up a 2-0 series win ahead of the crunch second Test at the Westpac Stadium. But the...
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          Minerales para la artritis   

En el artículo anterior Vitaminas para la artritis vimos las investigaciones que se hicieron hace unos años relacionadas con la necesidad de ciertas vitaminas para mejorar los síntomas de la artritis. A continuación tratamos los minerales para la artritis y enfermedades relacionadas.

Cobre y artritis

Una importante prueba, en la cual se analizaron 240 pacientes de artritis (de ósea, de reumatoidea y de 'reumatismo') con pulseras de cobre, pulseras de placebo y sin pulseras (todos ellos fueron entrecruzados) indicó que las pulseras de cobre eran efectivas en el alivio de sus síntomas (11). La pérdida media de cobre en la pulsera fue de 13 mg por cada mes de uso. El estado de quienes usaban habitualmente pulseras de cobre empeoró al retirárseles las mismas.

En investigaciones realizadas sobre más de 1000 pacientes, se comprobó que el salicilato de cobre administrado por vía oral resultaba más efectivo, en el alivio de la Artritis Reumatoide y otros estados reumáticos, que el cobre solo (como acetato de cobre) o el ácido salicílico solo. El tratamiento más efectivo fue el de salicilato de cobre intravenoso a corto plazo (12).

Selenio y Artritis Reumatoide

En la Artritis Reumatoide, y en todos los niveles de edad, los niveles de selenio y de glutatión peroxidasa en el plasma sanguíneo fueron hallados bajos en comparación con los de los pacientes de control (13,14). Estos hallazgos representan la principal evidencia en cuanto a un posible uso terapéutico del selenio en la Artritis Reumatoide. La terapia del selenio no parece mejorar este estado, aunque los niveles en sangre de este mineral vuelven a ser normales. Por lo tanto, aunque la administración de selenio puede no conducir a una mejoría, una deficiencia seria de selenio, presente en estos estados, podría dar origen a problemas adicionales, si esta no es corregida. Por lo que se refiere a la Osteoartritis, hay una prueba clínica con selenio-ACE (144 mcg de selenio más vitaminas A, C y E) en la cual treinta pacientes con este estado en la rodilla o en la cadera fueron tratados diariamente con el producto durante 6 meses en una investigación de control doble ciego. Ambos grupos, el de placebo y el active mostraron una tendencia a la mejoría, pero no se halló una diferencia significativa entre ellos en la evaluación del dolor o la rigidez. Los autores (15) concluyen que el selenio no muestra resultar muy útil en la Osteoartritis.

Otros minerales para la artritis

Boro y artritis

Se dispone de pocas pruebas sobre la efectividad del boro en seres humanos como tratamiento de la artritis, pero las existentes son altamente satisfactorias. J.H. Hall y otros han publicado en la revista Journal of P'harmaceutical Society, en 1980 (16), que los análogos del boro con los aminoácidos (es decir, los quelados) resultan efectivos en la reducción de los síntomas de la Artritis Reumatoide. Posteriormente, en 1981 y 1984, R.E. Newnham comunicaba a la Academia de Ciencias Australiana y en la Conferencia del Grupo de Elementos de Traza, de Nueva Zelanda, respectivamente, que la suplementación diaria con 9 mg de boro producían mejorías respecto a varios criterios, en ambos tipos de pacientes artríticos (17,18). De algún modo, resulta eficaz en este aspecto al activar en el organismo las hormonas esteroides que se sabe son benéficas en el tratamiento de la artritis.

El Dr. Neil Ward, de la Universidad de Surrey, comunicaba en 1987(19) que los huesos de pacientes artríticos reumatoideos contienen niveles de boro significativamente inferiores a los hallados en los especímenes de control. Una prueba más reciente (20) arroja resultados de una prueba de control doble ciego, comparando una ingesta de 6 mg de boro al día, respecto al placebo, en el tratamiento de la Osteoartritis. Sólo 15 pacientes tomaron parte en la prueba (5 de ellos habían abandonado, por distintas razones), pero el 50% de las artritis tratadas con boro mejoraron, mientras que sólo el 10% de las tratadas con placebo dieron los mismos resultados. De entre los que completaron la prueba, el 71% mejoró mientras se le administraba boro. Esta prueba sólo era esencialmente una prueba piloto, que indicaba que la cantidad de boro administrado era una dosis segura (durante las 8 semanas de duración de la prueba) y posiblemente benéfica frente a la Osteoartritis. El boro fue administrado en forma de bórax (25 mg). Son necesarias más pruebas con mayores números de pacientes, para que el boro pueda llegar a ser considerado como un suplemento anti-artrítico.

Azufre y osteoartritis

Se le atribuye a este mineral la propiedad de ser benéfico en el tratamiento de la Osteoartritis. Se planteó la sospecha de que la deficiencia en azufre era determinante, al hallarse que el nivel de este mineral era bajo en las uñas de los pacientes con Osteoartritis. Cuando se les administra azufre coloidal o tomaban baños de azufre, estos acusan un alivio (se elevan los niveles de azufre en sangre), pero estas pruebas, realizadas durante la década de los años 30 nunca han sido reproducidas. También se ha alegado éxito en los casos de pacientes con Artritis Reumatoide (21,22).

Hierro

La suplementación con hierro en la Artritis Reumatoide es muy controvertida, con diversas evidencias en pro y en contra.

Manganeso y artritis reumatoide

La influencia del Manganeso ha sido sugerida debido a que la presencia total de este nutriente en el organismo es baja en los casos de Artritis Reumatoide, pero los niveles normales vuelven a alcanzarse cuando se inicia una terapia satisfactoria de suplementación (23). No obstante, no existen pruebas realizadas exclusivamente con manganeso.

Zinc y artritis reumatoide

Los niveles de Zinc se reducen en los pacientes con Artritis Reumatoide, pero no muestran relación alguna con la severidad de la enfermedad. En años recientes se han realizado cuatro pruebas utilizando zinc en la Artritis Rtrouinatoide, dos positivas y dos negativas. En un estudio sobre la artritis psoriásica, los dolores articulares se redujeron significativamente después de una ingesta diaria de 220 mg de sulfato de zinc, 3 veces al día, durante 6 semanas. Posteriormente se observó mejoría en la rigidez matinal y en el estado general. Aunque los síntomas artríticos se atenuaron, no se logró ningún efecto en cuanto al problema de la piel (24). En la segunda investigación positiva, a 12 pacientes que eran resistentes a otras terapias se les administraron 150 mg de zinc elemental al día, durante 12 semanas mientras que a otros 12 sólo se les administró un placebo. Después, todos ellos, los 24 recibieron zinc durante 12 semanas más. El tratamiento con este mineral determinó mejorías significativas en la hinchazón de las articulaciones, la rigidez matinal, en el tiempo transcurrido para poder andar y en los síntomas subjetivos (25).

Otras dos investigaciones han demostrado que la mejoría, cuando la hay, es poca. La primera, en la cual a 22 pacientes con Artritis Reumatoide se les administró 220 mg de sulfato de zinc 3 veces al día, o placebo, durante 6 meses. Aunque se observó una mejoría subjetiva durante este período en 6 pacientes, fue seguida de un empeoramiento (26) cuando la terapia con zinc fue interrumpida. En la segunda prueba no se obtuvo respuesta alguna al zinc (27). Se ha sugerido que el zinc puede producir mejorías al reducir los altos niveles de cobre que se sabe existen en muchos pacientes que padecen artritis (28).

Fuente: DR. Leonard Mervyn - LAMBERTS

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          Five things we learned from the British and Irish Lions’ victory over New Zealand   
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In December 2014, Stuart Cleary began his attempt to be the first solo kayaker to successfully cross the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand. 24 hours after launching and less than 100 km into his journey, he abandoned his quest, and his kayak, following multiple equipment failures and he had to be rescued. Now, 18 months later, it appears his abandoned kayak was intent on completing the crossing without him; this week it was discovered washed up on a New Zealand beach about 50 kms from his intended landing spot.
While it seems doubtful that his old kayak will be seaworthy, Cleary has recently been contemplating another crossing attempt as well as plans for a second kayak.
          GLAAD celebrates marriage equality in Germany    

Germany becomes only the twenty-third nation to legalize marriage equality

NEW YORK – Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD – the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, released the following statement after the German Parliament today passed historic legislation which grants marital rights to LGBTQ couples, including the right to jointly adopt children. With over 83 percent of Germans supporting marriage equality prior to this vote, Germany is now only the twenty-third country across the globe which allows the right for LGBTQ couples to legally get married. The vote in the German Bundesrat was 393 to 226 in favor of marriage equality. The measure will move to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier for his signature.

"Love prevails once again as LGBTQ couples in Germany obtain the right to marry the person they love and build lasting, loving families in their communities. As the world faces a resurgence of anti-LGBTQ activism, victories like we see in Germany highlight the importance of LGBTQ people staying visible."

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          Five things we learned from the British and Irish Lions’ victory over New Zealand   
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          Property owners rent their outdoor space to marrying couples for cash   
Hank Vankuyk​ and Margaret Douglas planted their four hectare garden, starring a pond, petanque and native trees, by hand - it is an expensive hobby. 

To cover the cost, the couple of 23 years rent their beloved South Auckland land to strangers to get married in. 

Although for them it was not about the money. Douglas said it offered a cost effective option to New Zealand families who did not have a garden of their own to host an outdoor wedding. 

​It seems gardens are the latest to meet the market of the Airbnb-type sharing economy.
          10 years on, 10 KiwiSaver questions remain   
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          The supposed benefits of the EU - part 2   
Some time ago I posted on the effect that EU membership has had on intellectual property, my specialist field.  That post focussed on effect the EU's interventions had had on costs and timescales.  I promised a second post, looking at the detail.  Here it is...

First, let's rewind the clock and look at the original British system of registering trade marks, as set out in the Trade Marks Act 1938 and as in the early days of the Trade Marks Act 1994.  When you filed an application to register a new trade mark, the Registry looks through its records of earlier pending and registered marks.  If it finds any that are similar, it cites them against you as an objection.  Your application cannot proceed while that objection is there.  You must then either convince the Registry that there is no actual conflict in practice, or approach the earlier proprietor to seek their consent, or apply to revoke the earlier registration, or some combination of these.  Only when the Registry was happy that your proposed trade mark registration did not conflict with anyone else's would your application proceed.

Incidentally, a request for consent was always accompanied by an offer to pay the associated professional fees in advising the earlier proprietor (even if they subsequently refused consent). 

After the application was accepted by the Registry, it was published to let third parties "oppose" the application if they thought it whouldn't have been allowed.  As the Registry had already examined the application, this opposition process was only needed where the Registry had made a mistake or where the opponent had been using their mark but had never bothered to register it.

This system worked well from 1875 until 1996 (although I can only personally vouch for it after 1991…).  It is still the approach that is current in the US, Japanese, Chinese, Canadian, Brazilian, Australian, New Zealand, Indian and other Trade Marks Registries.  In other words, it is the accepted system among the non-EU developed economies of the world.

1996 brought us the EU Trade Marks Registry, which was originally going to work to the French/Italian model of allowing anyone to register anything and leaving it to the Courts to sort everything out afterwards.  We and the Germans resisted this and insisted on an opposition process and an examination for earlier marks; we succeeded in getting an opposition process but the examination as to earlier marks was limited to merely doing a search, telling the applicant what they had found, and telling the owners of the earlier marks that their mark had been cited.  The theory was that when shown an earlier registration of a similar mark, the later applicant would realise that proceeding with the application was pointless and would withdraw it.  In practice, most applicationts carry on anyway.  Faced with a steady stream of EU registrations that were effective in the UK and had not been examined for prior rights, the UK Registry eventually gave up examining and has now adopted the same process as the EU office. 

The EU IPO is currently trying to drop even this step of the process as (in its view) it just gets in the way of registering things quickly.

For the owner of the earlier mark, receiving one of these 'notice letters' is a warning that someone may be trying to adopt the same trade mark as they already own.  They need to look up the details of the later application, come to a view as to whether that is a problem, and (if so) contact the application to persuade them to withdraw.  If they do not withdraw, then an opposition will be needed.  The result has been an approximately tenfold increase in the rate at which applications are opposed, and (for some owners) a need to send a steady stream of opposition threats. Previously, this work was done for them, funded by the application fees charged to new applicants.

This was a deliberate decision at the political level to shift the burden of keeping the register 'clean' off the IP offices and new applicants, and onto the proprietors of the earlier marks.  The intention was that faster and cheaper application processes via a single EU Registry would outweigh the additional cost of forever having to defend the registration.  I would characterise the results against that criterion as “mixed” at best, and the level of understanding of IP application processes among the politicians who made this decision as “non-existent”.

This decision by the EU has had two effects, both of which were entirely predictable.  First, the owners of registered marks have to keep on defending them, incurring costs in the process.  They see the EU IPO taking hefty application fees off new applicants and running large surpluses, and frankly they (and I) do not understand why the EU IPO cannot therefore examine new applications properly instead of just passing the problem on to others.  Second, happy clients who have just been granted a registration ask whether that means they are the owners of the trade mark, free to use it in the EU?  I have to tell them that no, they are not - there could easily be a prior national right which both invalidates their EU registration and also means they cannot use the mark in that state.

The EU's involvement in the trade mark registration process has therefore been to devalue a registration and to place a new burden on trade mark owners, while raking in the cash (see my previous post).  They could have helped businesses, for example by creating a central registry holding searchable details of all the marks in all the EU countries, allowing us to clear new trade marks easily, cheaply and quickly; that would have been a genuinely valuable resource (but would not have been as profitable for the EU).  But instead, they just created another level of complexity for the system. 

And I haven't even got onto the real minutiae of class fee structures and specification drafting - two more areas where the EU's influence has again made life more difficult for businesses.

Suffice to say that I shall be disagreeing with the assumption by my professional institutes that we should vote to stay in.
          Sacred Science | Healthy Mind | Alternative Health | Life Enthusiast Podcast | Podcast #282   
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Martin Pytela and Scott Paton talk with NICK POLIZZI PRODUCER of Sacred Science.

The mythology behind Amazonian Shamanism is a rich and fascinating study and the filmmakers behind “The Sacred Science” have sought to take the documentary experience to the next level by seeking real, tangible results. The indigenous plant medicines and spiritual rituals of the South American rain forest have been time-tested for thousands of years, and audiences will be treated to one of the most astounding accounts ever caught on camera in this groundbreaking new documentary film.

“The Sacred Science” follows eight people from all different walks of life, with varying physical and psychological ailments, as they embark on a one-month healing journey into the heart of the Amazon jungle.  Working with a handful of local Shamanic healers and using a combination of plant medicine and intense spiritual exercises, the barriers between physical health and mental well-being are blurred and eventually eliminated altogether.

Learn more at www.thesacredscience.com

Nick also talk about his other documentaries: 

Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days 
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E.F.T., otherwise known as Tapping or Meridian Tapping, is a combination of Ancient Chinese Acupressure and Modern Psychology. It was developed originally by Roger Callahan in the 1980's and modified and expanded upon by Gary Craig. Since then, thousands of psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors, coaches and individual users have adopted this powerful technique for use on themselves, their clients, family members and more

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If you're like many people, you feel trapped, caught in this cycle. You're tired of feeling sad, depressed, anxious, discontent, and unwell. You're sick of the expensive and ineffective treatments. You're fed up with relinquishing the power over your health and happiness to psychologists and doctors. You'd like to grow, flourish, and thrive, putting the past in the past. You want to be your best, living a life that is filled with peacefulness, joy, and fulfillment, from day to day and moment to moment.

With EFT, you can do that. You can discover the vital secret for emotional wholeness and physical relief. You can take your physical and emotional well-being into your own hands. It's simple for anyone to master.

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Users of Tapping have reported relief from chronic pain, emotional problems, addictions, phobias, post traumatic stress disorder, limiting belief and blocks to success, weight loss, athletic performance and much more.

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          Marae   

Brand new series of this bilingual current affairs show from a unique Māori world view for all New Zealanders.


          OMEGA celebrates as Emirates Team New Zealand wins the America’s Cup   

Emirates Team New Zealand has made sailing history by winning the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda. As a proud sponsor and Official Timekeeper for the crew, the Swiss watchmaker OMEGA is celebrating the victory and congratulating the team on claiming sport’s oldest trophy! Raynald Aeschlimann, the President and CEO of OMEGA, was particularly enthusiastic about…

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          Q+A: tool to keep drug users safe   
Q+A will look at issues about treating drug users this morning: In a controversial move, the New Zealand Drug Foundation is choosing to break the law in a bid to enable drug users to get high safely. The Drug Foundation has purchased a radical new machine that is capable of testing exactly what is in […]
          Migrant populations in OECD countries   
On average, migrants make up 13% of the population in OECD countries, up from 9.5% in 2000 – a significant increase. Some interesting comparisons here. Not surprising to see Australia and New Zealand near the top. Surprising to see Switzerland so high. NZ Herald: Ex pats are choosing New Zealand over Australia as emigration destination […]
          Media watch – Sunday   
2 July 2017 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general […]
          Amazon Studios and A24 to Premiere New Half-Hour Series Comrade Detective August 4 on Amazon Prime Video   
Romanian-filmed live action half hour action series features an all-star cast of unique voice over performances including Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the series’ leading roles SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 29, 2017-- (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon Studios today announced Comrade Detective, a new half-hour live action series that will premiere August 4 exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. A co-production with A24, Comrade Detective comes from creators and executive producers Brian Gatewood (The Sitter) and Alex Tanaka (The Sitter) with Rhys Thomas (Documentar...
          New Zealand Defeats USA in 2017 America's Cup   

Emirates Team New Zealand steamrolled Oracle Team USA on Monday in Bermuda, 7-1, to win the 35th America's Cup and retake the title after 14 years.

The event's Twitter account showed the winning team in action:

They also showed the boisterous celebration that followed:

"A few years ago, it was absolutely brutal for the team, and it was a hard pill to swallow," New Zealand skipper Glenn Ashby said, recalling New Zealand blowing an 8-1 lead in the 2013 edition in San Francisco, per Christopher Clarey of the New York Times.

"For the sailors and all the other guys who are with the team, it is a great redemption, and I guess a relief to right the wrongs of the last campaign."

He added: "We obviously learned a lot from that campaign, and we put our best foot forward as best we could."

New Zealand trailed early in Monday's race but stormed back, finishing an impressive 55 seconds ahead of their American opponents. Peter Burling, just 26, became the youngest helmsman to win the America's Cup, according to Nick Vindin of the Guardian

"It is just unreal. It is exactly what we came here for," Burling said. "We are on top of the world. It has been three years of hard work. I don't think we would be out here without the heartbreak of San Francisco."

Ben Ainslie, a member of Britain's semifinal run last year and a tactician for the United States team that beat New Zealand in San Francisco, congratulated the Kiwis on their victory:

One factor that will likely be discussed until the next edition of the competition will be the decision to hold the event in Bermuda. As Clarey noted: "It was the first time in the 166-year history of the Cup that an American syndicate chose to defend the trophy outside the United States."

"We are disappointed," United States helmsman Jimmy Spithill said, per Vindin. "But full credit to team New Zealand. "They fully deserve it; hats off to them."

Per Clarey, New Zealand is expected to defend the Cup in Auckland.

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          Team NZ parade confirmed for Thursday   
Details of Auckland's parade for America's Cup champions Emirates Team New Zealand have been released.
          My word for 2017: Celebration   


Celebration. What do I have to celebrate? What do you have to celebrate? Let's start with me - after all, this is my blog!

I know that I'm a bit late with revealing my word for 2017, but life has been getting in the way of blogging recently. There's another reason, however it's too early to tell you, so that will have to be added to the comments at the right time. (I do love a mystery, don't you?) I will tell you though that it's to do with money, however I have realised that there are so many other things in my life to celebrate that are nothing to do with money - and which are far more important than money - some of which I describe below.

First of all, I have to celebrate my family and my friends. I have three children whom I am immensely proud of and who are all lovely people: a real cause for celebration. I am lucky enough to have many good friends, some of whom I have known for many years, and others who became my friends after we moved to Spain nearly nine years ago. I should also add that I count my extended family amongst my friends. Last, but definitely not least, is my second husband John. I have known him for twenty five years (we met through Serpentine running club) and we married almost eight years ago surrounded by both our families and close friends. Since we met we have been lucky enough to go on some amazing holidays together, visiting Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the USA as well as many countries in Europe. Having said that, it's still good to return to the UK to visit our families and meet up with many of our friends there.

Next I have to celebrate the fact that I am fit and healthy. I know many people aren't as fortunate as I am, so I appreciate the fact that I am able to go to dance exercise classes three mornings a week. I have also started to learn Sevillanos and Flamenco for one hour on Tuesday evenings, which is great fun. As we don't have a car we walk everywhere, plus we go on walks in the countryside of between 9k and 10k with our local Day Centre.  John and I follow a healthy diet, apart from the occasional pizza - after all, both chocolate and red wine have health benefits, don't they? In my case I haven't eaten meat for over 30 years, though I do occasionally eat fish.

I also celebrate the fact that I have a roof over my head and that we have running water and electricity. Many other people in the world don't have these luxuries that most of us take for granted. Having said that, we have experienced the occasional power cut since moving to Spain, usually because there is a fiesta in town with extra lights and musical acts using lots of electric power!

Another cause of celebration is the way we have been accepted by our Spanish neighbours in Jumilla and how patient they are when we try to speak to them in Spanish. Sadly, nowadays, residents in many other countries are not so welcoming towards immigrants. We have been accepted as part of the local community and are referred to as "Jumillanos".

As I said before, I have so many other things to celebrate in my life, however the final one that I would like to mention is my blog and the new friends that I have made through blogging: yes you, my readers.

Now it's your turn: what do you have to celebrate in your life?









          Amazing Things to Do and Explore In Australia and New Zealand (miche llumb)   
Travelling around the globe is an exciting adventure that can take on the journey of a lifetime around the globe. Whether you are exploring a different country or venturing in your own backyard, there is nothing quite likes a holiday journey in Australia and New Zealand.
          Theia: Roaming like a goddess   
One of the fast-rising stars in the NZ music world right now is Theia. She burst onto the scene last year with her break out hit Roam. The Christchurch-born singer has just released her debut EP, and will embark on her first headline tour of New Zealand on July 6.
          Katie Cooper: the 19th-century rural kitchen   
Dr Katie Cooper grew up on Gore farm and is curator of colonial histories at Te Papa. Her PhD examined the history of rural New Zealand from 1840 to 1940 - focusing on the provision of food in rural communities and its preparation in rural kitchens. But it isn't just about food - the rural kitchen is the perfect vantage point from which to examine the overarching structures of the rural economy and rural society during that century. Katie Cooper is giving a free lunchtime talk on 5 July at the National Library in Wellington.
          Jackie van Beek: The Inland Road   
Jackie van Beek is best known as Pauline in TV's Funny Girls and as a wannabe vampire in Taika Waititi's What We Do in the Shadows, but she has also written and directed many short films. The Inland Road is her debut feature movie and it will premiere in New Zealand at the International Film Festival starting on 20 July in Auckland with films showing all over the country until 6 August.
          Anthony McCarten: from Ladies Night to Lennon   
Anthony McCarten, one of New Zealand's finest writing exports first made his name here with Stephen Sinclair when they wrote the smash-hit Ladies Night around 30 years ago, and his 1990 comedy Weed is on at Circa Theatre in Wellington until July 30. His film The Theory of Everything led to him meeting Stephen Hawking and winning two Baftas, and being tasked with writing biopics on Freddie Mercury and Queen, Winston Churchill and soon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
          Brought to you by . . .    
There’s been heaps of coverage of Team New Zealand’s triumph in Bermuda lately, but lots of it came courtesy of the organisers, the teams and their sponsors. RNZ’s man at the Cup tells Mediawatch it calls into question the future of real news coverage from big sports events.
          Max Rashbrooke: towards a truly open government   
Max Rashbrooke is the author of Bridges Both Ways: Transforming openness of New Zealand government a report for Victoria University's Institute of Governance and Policy Studies. He talks to Wallace about his five key ideas - which range from a Korero Politics day where the whole country gets the day off to crowd-sourcing parliamentary bills.
          Wimbledon preview with Dave Luddy   
Wimbledon kicks off tomorrow. New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic has made the main draw in the singles after coming through three rounds of qualifying. Wimbledon correspondent Dave Luddy who's taking time out from getting his strawberries and champagne ready to talk about what to expect.
          [mtb/events] Kepler Challenge 2014 - Running in Fiordland NZ   

A ridgeline during the race, amazing views (fullsize)
As I mention in the write up a few friends and I had decided to head to Kepler Challenge in 2014. Marty heading back to defend his title, David, Julie, Bec and I heading over for our first attempts, Chris rocking up for the Luxmore Grunt.

Fiordland is an amazing part of New Zealand, this in a country chock full of amazing outdoor places really was something special. I understand why this event is so popular also why the walk itself it so popular. We all had a great time there and though the trip was short it is definitely one to go back for some time.

Of course I had my camera with me and took photos so have some words with them in my 2014 Kepler Challenge write up. Thanks to Dave, Julie, Marty, Bec, Pete and Chris for the company. I hope to head back and do it faster in the future, fun indeed.


          September 9 Log: On Departing Suva, Figi   
A total of 35 scientists and 21 crew from 15 organizations representing the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and Germany departed Suva, Fiji today...
          Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn Fight Live Stream   

Manny Pacquiao is set to take on Australia Jeff Horn as he defend his WBO World welterweight title on Saturday night, 01 July 2017 at the Suncorp Stadium, in Brisbane, Australian.

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Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn TV Coverage Details: Pacquiao vs Horn will be presented by Australia PPV network called “Main-Event” and Australian viewers can watch the fight live by ordering the PPV priced at around $20AUD you an order the right through FoxTel or OptusYES. While US viewers will get to watch Pacquiao on regular HBO channels (non-PPV). If you are in the UK, the fight is likely to be on SkySports (non-PPV). Below are the details from the fight night schedule and couple of undercard fights on the night.

Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn Fight Night Schedule (Confirmed)
 DETAILS
COVERAGE STARTSThe fight takes place on Sunday morning, 02 July 2017 starting at around 11:00 a.m australian time. Thats around prime time boxing slot in US at 09:00 p.m EST and HBO will have live coverage in the US
TV ChannelsMain-Event (Australia), HBO (US), SkySports (UK)
Undercard fightsSo far only Michael Conlan has been confirmed to be on the unercard. We will have more information about undercard fights as we get closer to the fight.
Main-EventManny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn (WBO Walterweight title) starting not before 01:00 p.m Australian time.

Jeff Horn is a decent fighter who comes into this big money fight on the back of a undefeated record. However nobody outside New Zealand/Australia has heard of him and actually he has never fought outside Oceania. Manny Pacquiao should win this fight with ease on paper and it will be just the matter of what round he knocks out Horns who will be the winner of the night regardless of result. Why ? because he is fighting one of the greatest boxer of recent history, career best fight purse, in-front of his home crowd with millions watching worldwide what else a average boxer needs ?credit to source


          Four more walks in New Zealand’s South Island   
After last year’s visit to NZ I was very keen to go back and explore some more of the beautiful South Island. Following are four more fantastic walks. 1. Mt. Somers, Canterbury Mt Somers provides for an invigorating and reasonably tough day walk. The effort to reach the summit is rewarded with excellent views of […]
          Hansen not 'whining' over rare red   

LIONS TOUR REACTION: All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said there would be no "whining" from the New Zealanders over the Sonny Bill Williams red card that proved pivotal in his side's dramatic loss to the British and Irish Lions.


          Player ratings: Seeing red   

OPINION: A reckless tackle by New Zealand midfielder Sonny Bill Williams in the 25th minute saw him leave the field due to a red card.


          B&I Lions will be back insists New Zealand boss   

REACTION: New Zealand rugby boss Steve Tew believes future tours by the British and Irish Lions may be trimmed, but he is adamant they must continue and not be scrapped.


          BroadwayWorld Seeks US and Internationally Based Regional Editors   

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          Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


Regional Editor Spotlight:

Christy Brooks
Los Angeles Contributing Editor

Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


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          Two-step adaptive management for choosing between two management actions   

Adaptive management is widely advocated to improve environmental management. Derivations of optimal strategies for adaptive management, however, tend to be case specific and time consuming. In contrast, managers might seek relatively simple guidance, such as insight into when a new potential management action should be considered, and how much effort should be expended on trialing such an action. We constructed a two-time-step scenario where a manager is choosing between two possible management actions. The manager has a total budget that can be split between a learning phase and an implementation phase. We use this scenario to investigate when and how much a manager should invest in learning about the management actions available. The optimal investment in learning can be understood intuitively by accounting for the expected value of sample information, the benefits that accrue during learning, the direct costs of learning, and the opportunity costs of learning. We find that the optimal proportion of the budget to spend on learning is characterized by several critical thresholds that mark a jump from spending a large proportion of the budget on learning to spending nothing. For example, as sampling variance increases, it is optimal to spend a larger proportion of the budget on learning, up to a point: if the sampling variance passes a critical threshold, it is no longer beneficial to invest in learning. Similar thresholds are observed as a function of the total budget and the difference in the expected performance of the two actions. We illustrate how this model can be applied using a case study of choosing between alternative rearing diets for hihi, an endangered New Zealand passerine. Although the model presented is a simplified scenario, we believe it is relevant to many management situations. Managers often have relatively short time horizons for management, and might be reluctant to consider further investment in learning and monitoring beyond collecting data from a single time period.


          An updated geospatial liquefaction model for global application   
We present an updated geospatial approach to estimation of earthquake-induced liquefaction from globally available geospatial proxies. Our previous iteration of the geospatial liquefaction model was based on mapped liquefaction surface effects from four earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, and Kobe, Japan, paired with geospatial explanatory variables including slope-derived VS30, compound topographic index, and magnitude-adjusted peak ground acceleration from ShakeMap. The updated geospatial liquefaction model presented herein improves the performance and the generality of the model. The updates include (1) expanding the liquefaction database to 27 earthquake events across 6 countries, (2) addressing the sampling of nonliquefaction for incomplete liquefaction inventories, (3) testing interaction effects between explanatory variables, and (4) overall improving model performance. While we test 14 geospatial proxies for soil density and soil saturation, the most promising geospatial parameters are slope-derived VS30, modeled water table depth, distance to coast, distance to river, distance to closest water body, and precipitation. We found that peak ground velocity (PGV) performs better than peak ground acceleration (PGA) as the shaking intensity parameter. We present two models which offer improved performance over prior models. We evaluate model performance using the area under the curve under the Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curve (AUC) and the Brier score. The best-performing model in a coastal setting uses distance to coast but is problematic for regions away from the coast. The second best model, using PGV, VS30, water table depth, distance to closest water body, and precipitation, performs better in noncoastal regions and thus is the model we recommend for global implementation.
          Duckling survival of mallards in Southland, New Zealand   

The southern portion of New Zealand's South Island is a productive area for mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) despite a notable lack of permanent or semi-permanent wetlands. Most broods are reared in pastures that may or may not be flooded with ephemeral water. In recent years, there has been an increased conversion from continuous to sporadic grazing that has resulted in a functional change in the emergent and upland vegetation available for broods. In 2014, we investigated mallard duckling survival on different pastures relative to a suite of characteristics pertaining to the adult female, clutch, brood, weather, and habitat. We monitored 438 ducklings from 50 radio-marked females to 30 days post-hatch. Duckling survival was unaffected by pasture type but increased with duckling age, the presence of ephemeral water, and with greater distance from the nearest anthropogenic structure. Survival was lower for broods of second year (SY) females than for broods of after-second year (ASY) females, in areas with more dense cover, and when ducklings moved, on average, greater daily distances. Cumulative 30-day duckling survival ranged from 0.11 for ducklings of SY females without ephemeral water present to 0.46 for ducklings of ASY females with ephemeral water present. Therefore, increasing available seasonal water sources may increase duckling survival. Further, narrow, linear patches of dense cover present in our study could support a greater abundance of predators or increase their foraging efficiency. As such, managers could consider increasing patch sizes of dense cover to reduce predator efficiency, and employing predator removal in these areas to improve duckling survival.


          New Zealand 21 Lions 24: Gatland's men win thrilling clash after Williams red   


SONNY BILL WILLIAMS was sent off as the British and Irish Lions claimed a thrilling Test series-levelling 24-21 victory over world champions New Zealand at Westpac Stadium.
          Australia Women v New Zealand Women   
Australia Women v New Zealand Women
          Kiwi Team For Cairns World Champs Announced   
New Zealand will boast one of its strongest ever teams to contest the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Australia.
          New Zealand's Mitchell Santner links up with Worcestershire for NatWest T20 Blast campaign   
Santner took a short break back home after the Black Caps early exit from the ICC Champions Trophy.
          Worcester Warriors centre dropped for British and Irish Lions’ do-or-die Test with New Zealand   
Lions head coach Warren Gatland has paired Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell as twin playmakers in a bid to outflank New Zealand.
          Warriors' Te'o shines before being replaced as Lions lose first Test in New Zealand   
WORCESTER Warriors centre Ben Te'o impressed for the British and Irish Lions before being replaced by Johnny Sexton in their 30-15 defeat to New Zealand.
          Teo's family backing Lions as Warriors ace relishes first Test with New Zealand   
BEN Te'o is relishing the British and Irish Lions' first Test with New Zealand tomorrow at Eden Park (8.35am BST).
          Warriors' first Lion Te'o vows to stick to his strengths in opening Test with New Zealand   
WORCESTER Warriors' Ben Te'o has vowed to stick to his muscular strengths in Saturday's British and Irish Lions showdown with New Zealand (8.35am BST).
           Lions flanker Sean O'Brien cited following second Test win    
The Ireland and Lions flanker has been cited for allegedly striking All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo in the Lions' 24-21 win over New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium on Saturday.
          Weekly Commentary: The Road to Normalization   
The past week provided important support for the “peak monetary stimulus” thesis. There is mounting evidence that global central bankers are monitoring inflating asset prices with heightened concern. The intense focus on CPI is beginning to blur. They would prefer to be on a cautious path toward policy normalization.

June 25 – Financial Times (Claire Jones): “Global financial stability will be in jeopardy if low inflation lulls central banks into not raising interest rates when needed, the Bank for International Settlements has warned. The message about the dangers of sticking too closely to inflation targets comes as central banks in some of the world’s largest economies are considering how to end years of ultra-loose monetary policy after the global financial crisis… ‘Keeping interest rates too low for long could raise financial stability and macroeconomic risks further down the road, as debt continues to pile up and risk-taking in financial markets gathers steam,’ the bank said in its annual report. The BIS acknowledged that raising rates too quickly could cause a panic in markets that have grown used to cheap central bank cash. However, delaying action would mean rates would need to rise further and faster to prevent the next crisis. ‘The most fundamental question for central banks in the next few years is going to be what to do if the economy is chugging along well, but inflation is not going up,’ said Claudio Borio, the head of the BIS’s monetary and economics department… ‘Central banks may have to tolerate longer periods when inflation is below target, and tighten monetary policy if demand is strong — even if inflation is weak — so as not to fall behind the curve with respect to the financial cycle.’ …Mr Borio said many of the factors influencing wage growth were global and would be long-lasting. ‘If, as we think, the forces of globalisation and technology are relevant [in keeping wages low] and have not fully run their course, this will continue to put downward pressure on inflation,’ he said.”

While global markets easily ignored ramifications from the BIS’s (the central bank to central banks) annual report, the same could not be said for less than super dovish comments from Mario Draghi, my nominee for “the world’s most important central banker.”

June 27 – Financial Times (Katie Martin): “What’s that, you say? The ‘R-word’? Judging from the markets, Mario Draghi’s emphasis on reflation changes everything, and highlights the communications challenge lying ahead of the president of the European Central Bank. The ECB’s crisis-fighter-in-chief threw investors into a fit of the vapours on Tuesday when he said he was growing increasingly confident in the currency bloc’s economic recovery, and that ‘deflationary forces have been replaced by reflationary ones’.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Annie Massa and Elizabeth Dexheimer): “Mario Draghi hinted at how he may sell a gradual unwinding of European Central Bank stimulus. The ECB president repeated his mantra that the Governing Council needs to be patient in letting inflation pressures build in the euro area and prudent in withdrawing support. At the same time, there’s room to tweak existing measures. ‘As the economy continues to recover, a constant policy stance will become more accommodative, and the central bank can accompany the recovery by adjusting the parameters of its policy instruments -- not in order to tighten the policy stance, but to keep it broadly unchanged.’ The comments echo an argument first made by Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann… With his nod to a frequent critic of quantitative easing who has been calling for an end of the 2.3 trillion-euro ($2.6 trillion) program, Draghi may have set the stage for a discussion in the coming months on phasing out asset purchases.”

When the ECB chose not to offer any policy clarification coming out of its June 8th meeting, wishful markets had Draghi holding out until September. The timeline was moved up, with the ECB president using the bank’s annual meeting, held this year in Sintra Portugal, to offer initial thoughts on how the ECB might remove accommodation. Market reaction was swift.

German 10-year bund yields surged 13 bps Tuesday and almost doubled this week to 47bps. French yield jumped 14 bps Tuesday – and 21 bps for the week - to 82 bps. European periphery bonds were under pressure. Italian 10-year yields rose 16 bps Tuesday and 24 bps for the week to 2.16%. Portuguese yields rose 14 bps Tuesday, ending the week at 3.03%. Draghi’s comments rattled bond markets around the globe. Ten-year Treasury yields rose seven bps to 2.21% (up 16 bps for the week), Canadian bonds 11 bps to 1.57% and Australian bonds 10 bps to 2.46%. Emerging market bonds also came under heavy selling pressure, with Eastern European bonds taking a pounding.

June 28 – Bloomberg (Robert Brand): “This is what it sounds like when doves screech. Less than 24 hours Mario Draghi jolted financial markets by saying ‘deflationary forces’ have been replaced by reflationary ones, European Central Bank officials reversed the script, saying markets had misinterpreted the central banker’s comments. What was perceived as hawkish was really meant to strike a balance between recognizing the currency bloc’s economic strength and warning that monetary support is still needed, three Eurosystem officials familiar with policymakers’ thinking said. Their dovish interpretation sparked a rapid unwinding of moves in assets from the euro to stocks and sovereign bonds.”

I don’t see it as the markets misinterpreting Draghi. Understandably, inflated Bubble markets have turned hyper-sensitive to the course of ECB policymaking. The ECB’s massive purchase program inflated a historic Bubble throughout European debt markets, a speculative Bubble that I believe unleashed a surge of global liquidity that has underpinned increasingly speculative securities markets.

If not for massive QE operations from the ECB and BOJ, I believe the 2016 global reversal in bond yields would have likely ushered in a major de-risking/deleveraging episode throughout global markets. Instead, powerful liquidity injections sustained speculative Bubbles throughout global fixed income, in the process spurring blow-off excess throughout global equities and risk assets more generally. Recalling the summer of 2007, everyone is determined to see the dance party rave indefinitely.

First-half QE has been estimated (by Bank of America) at (an incredible) $1.5 TN. Bubbling markets should come as no stunning surprise. At May highs, most European equities indices were sporting double-digit year-to-date gains. The S&P500 returned (price + dividends) almost 10% for the first half, with the more speculative areas of U.S. equities outperforming. The Nasdaq Composite gained 14.1% in the first-half, with the large company Nasdaq 100 (NDX) rising 16.1%. Despite this week’s declines, the Morgan Stanley High Tech index rose 20.3%, and the Semiconductors (SOX) jumped 14.2% y-t-d. The Biotechs (BTK) surged 9.7% during Q2, boosting y-t-d gains to 25.6%. The NYSE Healthcare Index gained 7.7% for the quarter and 15.3% y-t-d. The Nasdaq Transports jumped 9.7% during Q2, with the DJ Transports up 5.3%. The Nasdaq Other Financials rose 7.9% in the quarter.

Central banks have closely collaborated since the financial crisis. While always justifying policy stimulus on domestic grounds, it’s now been almost a decade of central bankers coordinating stimulus measures to address global system fragilities. I doubt the Fed would have further ballooned its balance sheet starting in late-2012 if not for the “European” financial crisis. In early-2016, the ECB and BOJ would not have so aggressively expanded QE programs – and the Fed not postponed “normalization” – if not for global ramifications of a faltering Chinese Bubble. All the talk of downside inflation risk was convenient cover for global crisis worries.

As Mario Draghi stated, the European economy is now on a reflationary footing. At least for now, Beijing has somewhat stabilized the Chinese Bubble. Powered by booming securities markets, global Credit continues to expand briskly. Even in Europe, the employment backdrop has improved markedly. It’s just become difficult for central bankers to fixate on tame consumer price indices with asset prices running wild.

Global market liquidity has become fully fungible, a product of multinational financial institutions, securities lending/finance and derivatives markets. The ECB and BOJ’s ultra-loose policy stances have worked to counteract the Fed’s cautious normalization strategy. Determined to delay the inevitable, Draghi now faces the scheduled year-end expiration of the ECB’s latest QE program, along with an impending shortage of German bunds available for purchase. Behind the scenes and otherwise, Germany is surely losing patience with open-ended “money” printing. This week’s annual ECB gathering provided an opportunity for Draghi to finally get the so-called normalization ball rolling. Despite his cautious approach, markets immediately feared being run over.

June 28 – Bloomberg (Alessandro Speciale): “Mario Draghi just got evidence that his call for ‘prudence’ in withdrawing European Central Bank stimulus applies to his words too. The euro and bond yields surged on Tuesday after the ECB president said the reflation of the euro-area economy creates room to pull back unconventional measures without tightening the stance. Policy makers noted the jolt that showed how hypersensitive investors are to statements that can be read as even mildly hawkish… Draghi’s speech at the ECB Forum in Sintra, Portugal, was intended to strike a balance between recognizing the currency bloc’s economic strength and warning that monetary support is still needed, said the officials…”

June 28 – Bloomberg (James Hertling, Alessandro Speciale, and Piotr Skolimowski): “Global central bankers are coalescing around the message that the cost of money is headed higher -- and markets had better get used to it. Just a week after signaling near-zero interest rates were appropriate, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney suggested on Wednesday that the time is nearing for an increase. His U.S. counterpart, Janet Yellen, said her policy tightening is on track and Canada’s Stephen Poloz reiterated he may be considering a rate hike. The challenge of following though after a decade of easy money was highlighted by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s attempt to thread the needle. Financial markets whipsawed as Eurosystem officials walked back comments Draghi made Tuesday that investors had interpreted as signaling an imminent change in monetary policy. ‘The market is very sensitive to the idea that a number of central banks are appropriately and belatedly reassessing the need for emergency policy accommodation,’ said Alan Ruskin, co-head of foreign exchange research at Deutsche Bank AG.”

Draghi and the ECB are hoping to duplicate the Fed blueprint – quite gingerly removing accommodation while exerting minimal impact on bond yields and risk markets more generally: Normalization without a meaningful tightening of financial conditions. This is unrealistic.

Current complacency notwithstanding, turning down the ECB QE spigot will dramatically effect global liquidity dynamics. Keep in mind that the removal of Fed accommodation has so far coincided with enormous counteracting market liquidity injections courtesy of the other major central banks. The ECB will not enjoy a similar luxury. Moreover, global asset prices have inflated significantly over the past 18 months, fueled at least in part by a major increase in speculative leverage.

There are three primary facets to QE dynamics worth pondering as central banks initiate normalization. The first is the size and scope of previous QE operations. The second is the primary target of liquidity-induced market flows. And third, to what extent have central bank measures and associated market flows spurred self-reinforcing speculative leveraging and market distortions. Inarguably, ECB and BOJ-induced flows over recent quarters have been massive. It is also reasonably clear that market flows gravitated primarily to equities and corporate Credit, asset classes demonstrating the most enticing inflationary biases. And there are as well ample anecdotes supporting the view that major speculative leveraging has been integral to myriad Bubbles throughout global risk markets. The now deeply ingrained view that the cadre of global central banks will not tolerate market declines is one of history’s most consequential market distortions.

And while the timing of the removal of ECB and BOJ liquidity stimulus remains uncertain, markets must now at least contemplate an approaching backdrop with less accommodation from the ECB and central banks more generally. With this in mind, Draghi’s comments this week could mark an important juncture for speculative leveraging. Increasingly unstable currency markets are consistent with this thesis. The days of shorting yen and euros and using proceeds for easy profits in higher-yielding currencies appear to have run their course. I suspect de-leveraging dynamics have commenced, though market impact has thus far been muted by ongoing ECB and BOJ liquidity operations.

June 27 – Reuters (William Schomberg, Marc Jones, Jason Lange and Lindsay Dunsmuir): “U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday that she does not believe that there will be another financial crisis for at least as long as she lives, thanks largely to reforms of the banking system since the 2007-09 crash. ‘Would I say there will never, ever be another financial crisis?’ Yellen said… ‘You know probably that would be going too far but I do think we're much safer and I hope that it will not be in our lifetimes and I don't believe it will be,’ she said.”

While headlines somewhat paraphrased Yellen’s actual comment, “We Will not see Another Crisis in Our Lifetime” is reminiscent of Irving Fisher’s “permanent plateau” just weeks before the great crash of 1929. While on the subject, I never bought into the popular comparison between 2008 and 1929 – and the related notion of 2008 as “the 100-year flood”. The 2008/09 crisis was for the most part a private debt crisis associated with the bursting of a Bubble in mortgage Credit – not dissimilar to previous serial global crises, only larger and somewhat more systemic. It was not, however, a deeply systemic debt crisis akin to the aftermath of 1929, which was characterized by a crisis of confidence in the banking system, the markets and finance more generally, along with a loss of faith in government policy and institutions. But after a decade of unprecedented expansion of government debt and central bank Credit, the stage has now been set for a more systemic 1929-like financial dislocation.

As such, it’s ironic that the Fed has branded the banking system cured and so well capitalized that bankers can now boost dividends, buybacks and, presumably, risk-taking. As conventional central bank thinking goes, a well-capitalized banking system provides a powerful buffer for thwarting the winds of financial crisis. Chair Yellen, apparently, surveys current bank capital levels and extrapolates to systemic stability. Yet the next crisis lurks not with the banks but within the securities and derivatives markets: too much leverage and too much “money” employed in trend-following trading strategies. Too much hedging, speculating and leveraging in derivatives. Market misperceptions and distortions on an epic scale.

Compared to 2008, the leveraged speculating community and the ETF complex are significantly larger and potentially perilous. The derivatives markets are these days acutely more vulnerable to liquidity issues and dislocation. Never have global markets been so dominated by trend-following strategies. It’s a serious issue that asset market performance – stocks, bond, corporate Credit, EM, real estate, etc. – have all become so tightly correlated. There are huge vulnerabilities associated with various markets having become so highly synchronized on a global basis. And in the grand scheme of grossly inflated global securities, asset and derivatives markets, the scope of available bank capital is trivial.

I realize that, at this late stage of the great bull market, such a question sounds hopelessly disconnected. Yet, when markets reverse sharply lower and The Crowd suddenly moves to de-risk, who is left to take the other side of what has become One Gargantuan “Trade”? We’re all familiar with the pat response: “Central banks. They’ll have no choice.” Okay, but I’m more interested in the timing and circumstances.

Central bankers are now signaling their desire to proceed with normalization, along with noting concerns for elevated asset prices. As such, I suspect they will be somewhat more circumspect going forward when it comes to backstopping the markets - than, say, back in 2013 with Bernanke’s “flash crash” or with the China scare of early-2016. Perhaps this might help to explain why the VIX spiked above 15 during Thursday afternoon trading. Even corporate debt markets showed a flash of vulnerability this week.


For the Week:

The S&P500 dipped 0.6% (up 8.2% y-t-d), and the Dow slipped 0.2% (up 8.0%). The Utilities fell 2.5% (up 6.2%). The Banks surged 4.4% (up 4.2%), and the Broker/Dealers jumped 2.6% (up 9.8%). The Transports rose 1.9% (up 5.7%). The S&P 400 Midcaps added 0.2% (up 5.2%), while the small cap Russell 2000 was unchanged (up 4.3%). The Nasdaq100 dropped 2.7% (up 16.1%), and the Morgan Stanley High Tech index sank 3.0% (up 20.3%). The Semiconductors were hit 4.9% (up 14.2%). The Biotechs dropped 3.9% (up 25.5%). With bullion dropping $15, the HUI gold index sank 4.5% (up 1.9%).

Three-month Treasury bill rates ended the week at 100 bps. Two-year government yields gained four bps to 1.38% (up 19bps y-t-d). Five-year T-note yields rose 13 bps to 1.89% (down 4bps). Ten-year Treasury yields jumped 16 bps to 2.30% (down 14bps). Long bond yields increased 12 bps to 2.84% (down 23bps).

Greek 10-year yields were little changed at 5.36% (down 166bps y-t-d). Ten-year Portuguese yields rose 10 bps to 3.03% (down 72bps). Italian 10-year yields surged 24 bps to 2.16% (up 35bps). Spain's 10-year yields jumped 16 bps to 1.54% (up 16bps). German bund yields surged 21 bps to 0.47% (up 26bps). French yields rose 21 bps to 0.82% (up 14bps). The French to German 10-year bond spread was unchanged at 35 bps. U.K. 10-year gilt yields jumped 23 bps to 1.26% (up 2bps). U.K.'s FTSE equities index fell 1.5% (up 11.2%).

Japan's Nikkei 225 equities index declined 0.5% (up 4.8% y-t-d). Japanese 10-year "JGB" yields gained three bps to 0.09% (up 5bps). France's CAC40 sank 2.8% (up 5.3%). The German DAX equities index was hit 3.2% (up 7.4%). Spain's IBEX 35 equities index fell 1.8% (up 11.7%). Italy's FTSE MIB index declined 1.2% (up 7.0%). EM equities were mostly higher. Brazil's Bovespa index rallied 3.0% (up 4.4%), and Mexico's Bolsa gained 1.8% (up 9.2%). South Korea's Kospi increased 0.6% (up 18%). India’s Sensex equities index declined 0.7% (up 16.1%). China’s Shanghai Exchange rose 1.1% (up 2.9%). Turkey's Borsa Istanbul National 100 index added 0.8% (up 28.5%). Russia's MICEX equities index gained 0.6% (down 15.8%).

Junk bond mutual funds saw outflows of $1.735 billion (from Lipper).

Freddie Mac 30-year fixed mortgage rates dipped two bps to 3.88% (up 40bps y-o-y). Fifteen-year rates were unchanged at 3.17% (up 39bps). The five-year hybrid ARM rate gained three bps to 3.17% (up 47bps). Bankrate's survey of jumbo mortgage borrowing costs had 30-yr fixed rates up a basis point to 4.01% (up 34bps).

Federal Reserve Credit last week added $0.8bn to $4.431 TN. Over the past year, Fed Credit declined $5.0bn. Fed Credit inflated $1.620 TN, or 58%, over the past 242 weeks. Elsewhere, Fed holdings for foreign owners of Treasury, Agency Debt jumped another $17.9bn last week to $3.310 TN. "Custody holdings" were up $83bn y-o-y, 2.6%.

M2 (narrow) "money" supply last week slipped $4.3bn to $13.510 TN. "Narrow money" expanded $686bn, or 5.4%, over the past year. For the week, Currency increased $2.7bn. Total Checkable Deposits fell $12.7bn, while Savings Deposits gained $6.9bn. Small Time Deposits were little changed. Retail Money Funds fell $4.1bn.

Total money market fund assets added $4.2bn to $2.621 TN. Money Funds fell $96bn y-o-y (3.5%).

Total Commercial Paper declined $5.4bn to $973.6bn. CP declined $77bn y-o-y, or 7.4%.

Currency Watch:

The U.S. dollar index fell 1.7% to 95.628 (down 6.6% y-t-d). For the week on the upside, the Swedish krona increased 3.4%, the British pound 2.4%, the Canadian dollar 2.3%, the euro 2.1%, the Australian dollar 1.6%, the Norwegian krone 1.3%, the Swiss franc 1.2%, the Brazilian real 1.1%, the Singapore dollar 0.8% and the New Zealand dollar 0.7%. For the week on the downside, the South African rand declined 1.6%, the Japanese yen 1.0%, the Mexican peso 0.6% and the South Korean won 0.4%. The Chinese renminbi gained 0.82% versus the dollar this week (up 2.42% y-t-d).

Commodities Watch:

The Goldman Sachs Commodities Index surged 5.3% (down 6.5% y-t-d). Spot Gold declined 1.2% to $1,242 (up 7.7%). Silver slipped 0.5% to $16.627 (up 4.0%). Crude rallied $3.03 to $46.04 (down 15%). Gasoline jumped 5.6% (down 9%), and Natural Gas rose 3.6% (down 19%). Copper gained 2.9% (up 8%). Wheat surged 11.1% (up 29%). Corn jumped 4.2% (up 8%).

Trump Administration Watch:

June 27 – Bloomberg (Steven T. Dennis and Laura Litvan): “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to delay a vote on health-care legislation came as a relief to some Republican holdouts, but it sets off what will be a furious few weeks of talks to deliver on the GOP’s seven-year promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Senate Republicans went to the White House Tuesday afternoon to meet with President Donald Trump, who also promised his political supporters he would do away with Obamacare. ‘We’re going to solve the problem,’ the president told senators. But Trump also conceded the possibility that the health bill wouldn’t pass. ‘If we don’t get it done, it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like,’ he said… ‘And that’s OK, and I understand that very well.’”

June 29 – Reuters: “Congress will need to raise the nation's debt limit and avoid defaulting on loan payments by ‘early to mid-October,’ the Congressional Budget Office said in a report… Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has encouraged Congress to raise the limit before the legislative body leaves for their August recess. But it remains unclear if a bipartisan agreement has been struck to allow the limit to be raised, as both chambers continue to be weighed down by health care and tax reform and trying to find an agreement to fund the government after the September 30 deadline.”

June 30 – CNBC (Fred Imbert): “President Donald Trump's White House is ‘hell-bent’ on imposing tariffs on steel and other imports, Axios reported Friday. The plan — which was pushed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and was supported by National Trade Council Peter Navarro, and policy adviser Stephen Miller — would potentially impose tariffs in the 20% range… During a ‘tense’ meeting Monday, the president made it clear he favors tariffs, yet the plan was met with heavy opposition by most officials in the room, with one telling Axios about 22 were against it and only three in favor, including Trump.”

June 29 – Financial Times (Stefan Wagstyl): “Angela Merkel threw down the gauntlet to Donald Trump as Germany’s chancellor pledged to fight at next week’s G20 summit for free trade, international co-operation and the Paris climate change accord. In a combative speech on Thursday in the German parliament, Ms Merkel also promised to focus on reinforcing the EU, in close co-operation with France, despite the pressing issue of Brexit. But in a sign that it may be difficult to maintain European unity around a tough approach to Mr Trump, Ms Merkel later softened her tone, as she prepares to host G20 leaders in Hamburg next Friday.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Joe Light): “Two U.S. senators working on a bipartisan overhaul of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are seriously considering a plan that would break up the mortgage-finance giants, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The proposal by Tennessee Republican Bob Corker and Virginia Democrat Mark Warner would attempt to foster competition in the secondary mortgage market… Corker and Warner’s push to develop a plan marks Congress’ latest attempt to figure out what to do with Fannie and Freddie, an issue that has vexed lawmakers ever since the government took control of the companies in 2008 as the housing market cratered. The lawmakers’ plan is still being developed, and a Senate aide who asked not to be named cautioned that no decisions had been made on any issues.”

China Bubble Watch:

June 25 – Financial Times (Minxin Pei): “The Chinese government has just launched an apparent crackdown on a small number of large conglomerates known in the west chiefly for their aggressive dealmaking. The list includes Dalian Wanda, Anbang, Fosun and HNA Group. The news that Chinese banking regulators have asked lenders to examine their exposure to these companies has sent the stocks of groups wholly or partly owned by these conglomerates tumbling in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Obviously, the market was caught by surprise. But it should not be… The immediate trigger is Beijing’s growing alarm over the risks in China’s financial sector and attempt to cut capital outflows. In late April, President Xi Jinping convened a politburo meeting specifically focused on stability in the financial system. Foreshadowing the crackdown, he ordered that those ‘financial crocodiles’ that destabilise China’s financial system must be punished.”

June 26 – Wall Street Journal (Anjani Trivedi): “As Beijing looks to rein in companies that have splurged on overseas deals, it is talking up the systemic risks to its financial system. But just how serious is the problem? After all, for years Beijing has urged leading companies to ‘go global,’ and encouraged banks to support them with lending. Its words were taken to heart: Companies like sprawling conglomerate HNA Group and insurer Anbang pushed the country’s outbound acquisitions to more than $200 billion last year… Now… regulators are investigating leverage and risks at banks associated with China Inc.’s bulging overseas deals. It’s clear that Chinese banks are already heavily exposed to China’s big deal makers through basic lending. Chinese lenders had extended more than 500 billion yuan ($73.14bn) of loans to HNA alone as of last year…”

June 26 – Bloomberg: “China may finally be ready to cut the cord when it comes to the country’s troubled local government financing vehicles. Beijing’s deleveraging drive has seen rules impacting LGFV debt refinancing tightened, spurring a slump in issuance by the vehicles, which owe about 5.6 trillion yuan ($818bn) to bondholders and are seen by some as the poster children for China’s post-financial crisis debt woes. Signs the authorities may be taking a less sympathetic view of the sector has ratings companies flagging the possibility that 2017 could see the first ever default by a local financing vehicle.”

June 29 – Reuters (Yawen Chen and Thomas Peter): “The struggles of China's small and medium-sized firms have grown so acute that many are expected to become unprofitable or even go belly-up this year, boding ill for an economy running short on strong growth drivers. The companies - which account for over 60% of China's $11 trillion gross domestic product - have entered the most challenging funding environment in years as Beijing cracks down on easy credit to contain a dangerous debt build-up. Many of the firms - mostly in the industrial, transport, wholesale, retail, catering and accommodation sectors - are already grappling with soaring costs, fierce competition and thinning profits. The strains faced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are expected to grow more visible as Beijing deflates a real estate bubble and eases infrastructure spending to dial back its fiscal stimulus.”

June 29 – Reuters (Leika Kihara and Stanley White): “One of Chinese banks’ favorite tools for increasing leverage has staged a remarkable but worrisome comeback just two months after a regulatory crackdown on leveraged investment… Chinese banks’ issuance of negotiable certificates of deposit in June nearly hit the high recorded in March… NCDs, a type of short-term loan, have become extremely popular in recent years with Chinese banks, especially smaller lenders due to their weaker ability to attract deposits. During a clampdown on runaway debt in April, Chinese regulators warned banks against abusing the tool for speculative, leveraged bets in capital markets. But after a deep but brief drop, NCD issuance has risen again as regulatory attention appeared to ease in recent weeks, hitting 1.96 trillion yuan ($287.73bn) this month, up sharply from 1.23 trillion yuan in May and just a touch below March’s record 2.02 trillion yuan."

June 28 – Financial Times (Gabriel Wildau): “Capital flight disguised as overseas tourism spending has artificially cut China’s reported trade surplus while masking the extent of investment outflows, according to research by the US Federal Reserve. A significant share of overseas spending classified in official data as travel-related shopping, entertainment and hospitality may over a 12-month period have instead been used for investment in financial assets and real estate, the Fed paper argued… Disguised capital outflows in the year to September may have amounted to $190bn, or 1.7% of gross domestic product… Chinese households have in recent years looked at ways to skirt government-imposed limitations on foreign investment as its economy slowed and the renminbi depreciated.”

June 28 – Bloomberg (Joe Ryan): “As Elon Musk races to finish building the world’s biggest battery factory in the Nevada desert, China is poised to leave him in the dust. Chinese companies have plans for additional factories with the capacity to pump out more than 120 gigawatt-hours a year by 2021, according to a report… by Bloomberg Intelligence. That’s enough to supply batteries for around 1.5 million Tesla Model S vehicles or 13.7 million Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrids per year… By comparison, when completed in 2018, Tesla Inc.’s Gigafactory will crank out up to 35 gigawatt-hours of battery cells annually.”

June 28 – CNBC (Geoff Cutmore): “China's economic growth will accelerate because the country will finally get leaders who aren't scared, a former advisor to China's central bank said Wednesday. ‘The most important reason is that there is a new group of officials being appointed ... (who will emerge) around the 19th Party Congress which will be in mid to late October,’ said Li Daokui, who is now Dean of the Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing. …Li said the Chinese economy will grow 6.9 to 7 percent by 2018 from 6.7 percent in 2017. China posted 6.7% GDP growth in 2016, the slowest in 26 years. ‘These (new) officials have been carefully, carefully scrutinized before they are appointed so they are clean. They are not worried about becoming targets of anti-corruption investigations,’ he added.”

Europe Watch:

June 26 – Bloomberg (Sonia Sirletti and Alexander Weber): Italy orchestrated its biggest bank rescue on record, committing as much as 17 billion euros ($19bn) to clean up two failed banks in one of its wealthiest regions, a deal that raises questions about the consistency of Europe’s bank regulations. The intervention at Banca Popolare di Vicenza SpA and Veneto Banca SpA includes state support for Intesa Sanpaolo SpA to acquire their good assets for a token amount… Milan-based Intesa can initially tap about 5.2 billion euros to take on some assets without hurting capital ratios, Padoan said. The European Commission approved the plan.”

June 28 – Reuters (Gernot Heller and Joseph Nasr): “Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble… underscored Germany's concerns about what he called a regulatory loophole after the EU cleared Italy to wind up two failed banks at a hefty cost to local taxpayers. Schaeuble told reporters that Europe should abide by rules enacted after the 2008 collapse of U.S. financial services firm Lehman Brothers that were meant to protect taxpayers. Existing European Union guidelines for restructuring banks aimed to ensure ‘what all political groups wanted: that taxpayers will never again carry the risks of banks,’ he said. Italy is transferring the good assets of the two Veneto lenders to the nation's biggest retail bank, Intesa Sanpaolo (ISP.MI), as part of a transaction that could cost the state up to 17 billion euros ($19 billion).”

June 25 – Reuters (Balazs Koranyi and Erik Kirschbaum): “The time may be nearing for the European Central Bank to start discussing the end of unprecedented stimulus as growth and inflation are both moving in the right direction, Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. Weidmann, who sits on the ECB's rate-setting Governing Council, also said that the bank should not make any further changes to the key parameters of its bond purchase scheme, comments that signal opposition to an extension of asset buys since the ECB will soon hit its German bond purchase limits. Hoping to revive growth and inflation, the ECB is buying 2.3 trillion euros worth of bonds…, a scheme known as quantitative easing and long opposed by Germany… The purchases are set to run until December and the ECB will decide this fall whether to extend it… ‘As far as a possible extension of the bonds-buying program goes, this hasn't yet been discussed in the ECB Council,’ Weidmann told the newspaper…”

June 26 – Bloomberg (Carolynn Look): “It seems the sky is the limit for Germany’s economy. Business confidence -- logging its fifth consecutive increase -- jumped to the highest since 1991 this month, underpinning optimism by the Bundesbank that the upswing in Europe’s largest economy is set to continue. With domestic demand supported by a buoyant labor market, risks to growth stem almost exclusively from global forces. ‘Sentiment among German businesses is jubilant,’ Ifo President Clemens Fuest said… ‘Germany’s economy is performing very strongly.’”

June 29 – Reuters (Pete Schroeder and David Henry): “German inflation probably accelerated in June, regional data suggested on Thursday, suggesting a solid upswing in the economy is pushing up price pressures as euro zone inflation moves closer to the European Central Bank's target. The data comes only days after ECB head Mario Draghi hinted that the bank's asset-purchase program would become less accommodative going into 2018 as regional growth gains pace and inflation trends return following a period of falling prices. In another sign of rising price pressures in the 19-member single currency bloc, Spanish consumer prices rose more than expected in June… In the German state of Hesse, annual inflation rose to 1.9% in June from 1.7% in May…”

June 28 – Reuters (Gavin Jones and Steve Scherer): “He is an 80-year-old convicted criminal whose last government ended with Italy on the brink of bankruptcy - and he may well be kingmaker at the next election within a year. Mayoral elections on Sunday showed four-time Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's center-right Forza Italia party remains a force to be reckoned with... ‘Berlusconi sees this as the last challenge of his career,’ said Renato Brunetta, a close ally for over 20 years and Forza Italia's lower house leader. ‘He feels he has suffered many injustices and deserves one last shot. Who can deny him that?’ Matteo Renzi, leader of the ruling Democratic Party (PD), and Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement have dominated the national scene in recent years, relegating Forza Italia to a distant third or fourth in the polls. Yet in the mayoral ballots, Forza Italia and its anti-immigrant Northern League allies trounced the PD and 5-Star in cities all over the country, suggesting they have momentum behind them just as the national vote comes into view.”

Central Bank Watch:

June 27 – Wall Street Journal (Tom Fairless): “The euro soared to its biggest one-day gain against the dollar in a year and eurozone bond prices slumped after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted the ECB might start winding down its stimulus in response to accelerating growth in Europe. Any move by the ECB toward reducing bond purchases would put it on a similar policy path as the Federal Reserve, which first signaled an intent to taper its own stimulus program in 2013. But the ECB is likely to remain far behind: The Fed has been raising interest rates gradually since December 2015, while the ECB’s key rate has been negative since June 2014. Mr. Draghi’s comments, made Tuesday at the ECB’s annual economic policy conference in Portugal, were laced with caution and caveats. But investors interpreted them as a cue to buy euros and sell eurozone bonds, a reversal of a long-term trade that has benefited from the central bank’s €60 billion ($67.15bn) of bond purchases each month. ‘All the signs now point to a strengthening and broadening recovery in the euro area,’ Mr. Draghi said.”

June 28 – Financial Times (Dan McCrum and Chris Giles in London and Claire Jones): “Bond and currency markets whipsawed on Wednesday as Europe’s two most influential central bankers struggled to communicate to investors how they would exit from years of crisis-era economic stimulus policies. The euro surged to a 52-week high against the dollar after investors characterised remarks by Mario Draghi as a signal he was preparing to taper the European Central Bank’s bond-buying scheme — only to drop almost a full cent after senior ECB figures made clear he had been misinterpreted. Similarly, the British pound jumped 1.2% to $1.2972 after Mark Carney, Bank of England governor, said he was prepared to raise interest rates if UK business activity increased — just a week after saying ‘now is not yet the time’ for an increase. The sharp moves and sudden reversals over two days of heavy trading highlight the acute sensitivity of financial markets to any suggestion of a withdrawal of stimulus measures after a prolonged period of monetary accommodation.”

June 25 – Reuters (Marc Jones): “Major central banks should press ahead with interest rate increases, the Bank for International Settlements said…, while recognizing that some turbulence in financial markets will have to be negotiated along the way. The BIS, an umbrella body for leading central banks, said in one of its most upbeat annual reports for years that global growth could soon be back at long-term average levels after a sharp improvement in sentiment over the past year. Though pockets of risk remain because of high debt levels, low productivity growth and dwindling policy firepower, the BIS said policymakers should take advantage of the improving economic outlook and its surprisingly negligible effect on inflation to accelerate the ‘great unwinding’ of quantitative easing programs and record low interest rates.”

Brexit Watch:

June 27 – Reuters (Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton): “Prime Minister Theresa May struck a deal on Monday to prop up her minority government by agreeing to at least 1 billion pounds ($1.3bn) in extra funding for Northern Ireland in return for the support of the province's biggest Protestant party. After over two weeks of talks and turmoil sparked by May's failure to win a majority in a June 8 snap election, she now has the parliamentary numbers to pass a budget and a better chance of passing laws to take Britain out of the European Union.”

Global Bubble Watch:

June 28 – Wall Street Journal (Richard Barley): “Sometimes financial markets are surprisingly bad at connecting the dots—until they can’t ignore the picture forming before their eyes. The screeching U-turn in bond markets is a good example. The world’s central banks are sending out a message that loose monetary policy can’t last forever. The shift is mainly rhetorical, and action may yet be some way off. But expectations matter, as they did when the Federal Reserve indicated in 2013 that its quantitative-easing program could be wound down. That caused global bond yields to surge, led by the U.S., and sparked extended turmoil in emerging markets. This time, the bond reversal has been centered on Europe. Ten-year German bund yields started Tuesday just below 0.25%, but by Wednesday afternoon stood at 0.37%. That helped lift bond yields elsewhere, since low German yields have been acting as an anchor. The selloff in the bund Tuesday was the worst in 22 months…”

June 28 – Reuters (Sujata Rao): “Global debt levels have climbed $500 billion in the past year to a record $217 trillion, a new study shows, just as major central banks prepare to end years of super-cheap credit policies. World markets were jarred this week by a chorus of central bankers warning about overpriced assets, excessive consumer borrowing and the need to begin the process of normalizing world interest rates from the extraordinarily low levels introduced to offset the fallout of the 2009 credit crash. This week, U.S. Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen has warned of expensive asset price valuations, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has tightened controls on bank credit and European Central Bank head Mario Draghi has opened the door to cutting back stimulus, possibly as soon as September. Years of cheap central bank cash has delivered a sugar rush to world equity markets, pushing them to successive record highs. But another side effect has been explosive credit growth as households, companies and governments rushed to take advantage of rock-bottom borrowing costs. Global debt, as a result, now amounts to 327% of the world's annual economic output, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) said in a report…”

June 26 – Bloomberg (Garfield Clinton Reynolds and Adam Haigh): “Greed seems to be running the show in global markets. Fear has fled, and that may be the biggest risk of all. Currency volatility just hit a 20-month low, Treasury yields are in their narrowest half-year trading range since the 1970s and the U.S. equities fear gauge, the VIX, is stuck near a two-decade nadir. While markets have signaled complacency in the face of Middle East tensions, the withdrawal of Federal Reserve stimulus and President Donald Trump’s tweetstorms, the Bank for International Settlements flagged on Sunday that low volatility can spur risk-taking with the potential to unwind quickly.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Annie Massa and Elizabeth Dexheimer): “The growing market for exchange-traded funds hasn’t been fully put to the test, according to one of the top U.S. speed trading firms. Ari Rubenstein, chief executive officer and co-founder of Global Trading Systems LLC, told lawmakers… that while investment dollars have flooded the U.S. ETF market, the new order has not endured an extreme period of stress. Volatility, a measure of market uncertainty, has remained low. ‘In some ways the markets are a bit untested,’ Rubenstein said… ‘It’s definitely something we should talk about to make sure industry participants are prepared in those instruments.’”

June 29 – Financial Times (Javier Espinoza): “Private equity buyouts have enjoyed the strongest start to a year since before the financial crisis as fund managers have come under intense pressure from investors to deploy some of the record amount of capital they hold. The volume of deals involving private equity firms climbed 29% to $143.7bn in the first half of the year, the highest level since 2007, according to… Thomson Reuters.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Enda Curran and Stephen Engle): “Investors aren’t sufficiently pricing in a growing threat to economic and financial market stability from geopolitical risks, and the latest global cyberattack is an example of the damage that can be wreaked on trade, Cornell University Professor Eswar Prasad said. His remarks came as a virus similar to WannaCry reached Asia after spreading from Europe to the U.S. overnight, hitting businesses, port operators and government systems.”

Fixed Income Bubble Watch:

June 27 – CNBC (Ann Saphir): “Bond investors may soon pay a hefty price for being too pessimistic about the economy, according to portfolio manager Joe Zidle. Zidle, who is with Richard Bernstein Advisors, believes the vast amount of money flowing into long-duration bonds is signaling a costly mistake. ‘Last week alone, there is a 20-year plus treasury bond ETF that in one week got more inflows than all domestic equity mutual funds, and all domestic equity ETFs combined year-to-date,’ he said… He added: ‘I think investors are going to be in a real painful trade.’”

June 26 – Bloomberg (Mary Williams Walsh): “The United States Virgin Islands is best known for its powdery beaches and turquoise bays, a constant draw for the tourists who frequent this tiny American territory. Yet away from the beaches the mood is ominous, as government officials scramble to stave off the same kind of fiscal collapse that has already engulfed its neighbor Puerto Rico. The public debts of the Virgin Islands are much smaller than those of Puerto Rico, which effectively declared bankruptcy in May. But so is its population, and therefore its ability to pay. This tropical territory of roughly 100,000 people owes some $6.5 billion to pensioners and creditors.”

Federal Reserve Watch:

June 28 – Bloomberg (Jill Ward, Lucy Meakin, and Christopher Condon): “Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave no indication her plans for continued monetary policy tightening had shifted while acknowledging that some asset prices had become ‘somewhat rich.’ ‘We’ve made very clear that we think it will be appropriate to the attainment of our goals to raise interest rates very gradually,’ she said… In her first public remarks since the U.S. central bank hiked rates on June 14, Yellen said that asset valuations, by some measures ‘look high, but there’s no certainty about that.’ ‘Asset valuations are somewhat rich if you use some traditional metrics like price earnings ratios, but I wouldn’t try to comment on appropriate valuations, and those ratios ought to depend on long-term interest rates,” she said.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Christopher Condon): “Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer pointed to higher asset prices as well as increased vulnerabilities for both household and corporate borrowers in warning against complacency when gauging the safety of the global financial system. ‘There is no doubt the soundness and resilience of our financial system has improved since the 2007-09 crisis,’ Fischer said… ‘However, it would be foolish to think we have eliminated all risks.’”

June 28 – Bloomberg (Luke Kawa): “When a trio of Federal Reserve officials delivered remarks on Tuesday, the state of U.S. financial markets came in for a little bit of criticism. When all was said and done, U.S. equities sank the most in six weeks, yields on 10-year Treasuries rose and the dollar weakened to the lowest level versus the euro in 10 months. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said that asset valuations, by some measures ‘look high, but there’s no certainty about that.’ Earlier, San Francisco Fed President John Williams said the stock market ‘seems to be running very much on fumes’ and that he was ‘somewhat concerned about the complacency in the market.’ Fed Vice-Chair Stanley Fischer suggested that there had been a ‘notable uptick’ in risk appetite that propelled valuation ratios to very elevated levels.”

June 27 – Reuters (Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton): “With the U.S. economy at full employment and inflation set to hit the Federal Reserve's 2% target next year, the U.S. central bank needs to keep raising rates gradually to keep the economy on an even keel, a Fed policymaker said… ‘If we delay too long, the economy will eventually overheat, causing inflation or some other problem,’ San Francisco Fed President John Williams said… ‘Gradually raising interest rates to bring monetary policy back to normal helps us keep the economy growing at a rate that can be sustained for a longer time.’”

June 29 – Financial Times (Alistair Gray and Barney Jopson): “Regulators have given US banks the go-ahead to pay out almost all their earnings to shareholders this year in a signal of their confidence in the health of the financial system. The Federal Reserve has given the green light to a record level of post-crisis distributions, including an estimated total of almost $100bn from the six largest banks. All 34 institutions passed the second part of its annual stress test, although the Fed did call out weaknesses in capital planning at Capital One… The big six US banks — Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo — are set to return to shareholders between $95bn and $97bn over the next four quarters, according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Gerard Cassidy. That is about 50% more than they were able to hand out after last year’s exam.”

U.S. Bubble Watch:

June 27 – Wall Street Journal (Shibani Mahtani and Douglas Belkin): “This is what happens when a major American state lets its bills stack up for two years. Hospitals, doctors and dentists don’t get paid for hundreds of millions of dollars of patient care. Social-service agencies help fewer people. Public universities and the towns that surround them suffer. The state’s bond rating falls to near junk status. People move out. A standoff in Illinois between Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic Speaker of the House Michael Madigan over spending and term limits has left Illinois without a budget for two years. State workers and some others are still getting paid because of court orders and other stopgap measures, but bills for many others are piling up. The unpaid backlog is now $14.6 billion and growing.”

June 28 – Bloomberg Business Week (Elizabeth Campbell and John McCormick): “Two years ago, Illinois’s budget impasse meant that the state’s lottery winners had to wait for months to get their winnings. Now, with $15 billion in unpaid bills, Illinois is on the brink of being unable to even sell Powerball tickets. For the third year in a row, the state is poised to begin its fiscal year on July 1 with no state budget and billions of dollars in the red. If that happens, S&P Global Ratings says Illinois will probably lose its ­investment-grade status and become the first U.S. state on record to have its general obligation debt rated as junk. Illinois is already the worst-rated state at BBB-, S&P’s lowest investment-grade rating. The state owes at least $800 million in interest and late fees on its unpaid bills.”

June 26 – Wall Street Journal (Lev Borodovsky): “Commercial real estate prices are starting to roll over after reaching record highs, capping a long postcrisis rally. While there is no sign that a decline would mean imminent danger for the economy, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren recently warned that valuations represent a risk he ‘will continue to watch carefully.’ So far, prices have proven resilient, reflecting in part the unexpected 2017 decline of interest rates and the rising capital flows from diverse sources such as U.S. pensions and overseas investors.”

June 28 – Wall Street Journal (Chris Dieterich): “Booming demand for passive investments is making exchange-traded funds an increasingly crucial driver of share prices, helping to extend the long U.S. stock rally even as valuations become richer and other big buyers pare back. ETFs bought $98 billion in U.S. stocks during the first three months of this year, on pace to surpass their total purchases for 2015 and 2016 combined… These funds owned nearly 6% of the U.S. stock market in the first quarter—their highest level on record—according to an analysis of Fed data by Goldman Sachs… Surging demand for ETFs this year has to an unprecedented extent helped fuel the latest leg higher for the eight-year stock-market rally.”

June 27 – Reuters (Kimberly Chin): “U.S. single-family home prices rose in April due to tight inventory of houses on the market and low mortgage rates… and economists see no imminent change in the trend. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller composite index of 20metropolitan areas rose 5.7% in April on a year-over-year basis after a 5.9% gain in March, which matched the fastest pace in nearly three years.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Andrew Mayeda): “The International Monetary Fund cut its outlook for the U.S. economy, removing assumptions of President Donald Trump’s plans to cut taxes and boost infrastructure spending to spur growth. The IMF reduced its forecast for U.S. growth this year to 2.1%, from 2.3% in the fund’s April update to its world economic outlook. The… fund also cut its projection for U.S. growth next year to 2.1%, from 2.5% in April.”

Japan Watch:

June 29 – Reuters (Leika Kihara and Stanley White): “Japan's industrial output fell faster in May than at any time since the devastating earthquake of March 2011 while inventories hit their highest in almost a year, suggesting a nascent economic recovery may stall before it gets properly started. Household spending also fell in May, leaving the Bank of Japan's 2% target seemingly out of reach.”

EM Watch:

June 28 – Reuters (Brad Brooks and Silvio Cascione): “President Michel Temer called a corruption charge filed against him by Brazil's top prosecutor a ‘fiction’ on Tuesday, as the nation's political crisis deepened under the second president faced with possible removal from office in just over a year. Temer, who was charged Monday night with arranging to receive millions of dollars in bribes, said the move would hurt Brazil's economic recovery and possibly paralyze efforts at reform. The conservative leader said executives of the world's biggest meatpacker, JBS SA , who accused him in plea-bargain testimony of arranging to take 38 million reais ($11.47 million) in bribes in the coming months, did so only to escape jail for their own crimes.”

Geopolitical Watch:

June 29 – New York Times (Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger): “Twice in the past month, National Security Agency cyberweapons stolen from its arsenal have been turned against two very different partners of the United States — Britain and Ukraine. The N.S.A. has kept quiet, not acknowledging its role in developing the weapons. White House officials have deflected many questions, and responded to others by arguing that the focus should be on the attackers themselves, not the manufacturer of their weapons. But the silence is wearing thin for victims of the assaults, as a series of escalating attacks using N.S.A. cyberweapons have hit hospitals, a nuclear site and American businesses. Now there is growing concern that United States intelligence agencies have rushed to create digital weapons that they cannot keep safe from adversaries or disable once they fall into the wrong hands.”

June 28 – New York Times (Sheera Frenkel, Mark Scott and Paul Mozur): “As governments and organizations around the world grappled… with the impact of a cyberattack that froze computers and demanded a ransom for their release, victims received a clear warning from security experts not to pay a dime in the hopes of getting back their data. The hackers’ email address was shut down and they had lost the ability to communicate with their victims, and by extension, to restore access to computers. If the hackers had wanted to collect ransom money, said cybersecurity experts, their attack was an utter failure. That is, if that was actually their goal. Increasingly sophisticated ransomware assaults now have cybersecurity experts questioning what the attackers are truly after. Is it money? Mayhem? Delivering a political message?”

June 25 – Reuters: “Qatar is reviewing a list of demands presented by four Arab states imposing a boycott on the wealthy Gulf country, but said on Saturday the list was not reasonable or actionable. ‘We are reviewing these demands out of respect for ... regional security and there will be an official response from our ministry of foreign affairs,’ Sheikh Saif al-Thani, the director of Qatar's government communications office, said… Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which imposed a boycott on Qatar, issued an ultimatum to Doha to close Al Jazeera, curb ties with Iran, shut a Turkish military base and pay reparations among other demands.”

June 27 – Reuters (Foo Yun Chee): “EU antitrust regulators hit Alphabet unit Google with a record 2.42-billion-euro ($2.7bn) fine on Tuesday, taking a tough line in the first of three investigations into the company's dominance in searches and smartphones. It is the biggest fine the EU has ever imposed on a single company in an antitrust case, exceeding a 1.06-billion-euro sanction handed down to U.S. chipmaker Intel in 2009. The European Commission said the world's most popular internet search engine has 90 days to stop favoring its own shopping service or face a further penalty per day of up to 5% of Alphabet's average daily global turnover.”
          Looking For Canada Visa – Best Immigration Consultancy Services (A-12, Industrial Area, Phase 6, Mohali, Punjab,)   
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          7/1/2017: SALUT!: MATT DUMAYNE   

Chief winemaker, Okanagan Crush Pad, Haywire Winery, okanagancrushpad.com Matt Dumayne is a cool-underfire guy who appears to me to do more work in a week than many people do in a year. He hails from New Zealand, and with 25 vintages under his...
          7/1/2017: SALUT!: DAVID PATERSON   

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          Five things we learned from the British and Irish Lions’ victory over New Zealand   
The Lions recorded their first victory over New Zealand in 24 years.
          Lions level series with thrilling victory over New Zealand   
A 77th-minute Owen Farrell penalty saw the Lions beat New Zealand at Westpac Stadium.
          Sir Ian McGeechan recovering in hospital after falling ill in New Zealand   
The four-time Lions head coach walked himself to the ambulance before being transferred to hospital.
          Johnny Sexton urging team-mates to earn place in Lions folklore   
The Ireland star says beating New Zealand in the next two Tests would rank as “one of the greatest Lions performances”.
          America's Cup gets first-class treatment on way home to New Zealand   
Team New Zealand aren't the only ones flying home from the America's Cup in Bermuda first class.

The cup itself is also getting the deluxe treatment as the victorious team comes home this week.
          Jonathan Milne: The teacher who first hollered at us – then inspired us to believe in ourselves   
FAVOURITE TEACHER AWARDS: From the Christchurch quake tragedy to Parliament's select committees, we're travelling the country to meet some of New Zealand's best teachers. Nominations are now open for the Favourite Teacher Awards – tell us about the teacher who has inspired you or your children, and you both could win a trip to see Matilda, the Musical.
          Oscar Kightley: Seeing the kids' haka at Peter Burling's school made me tear up – and think of my own childhood inspiration   
FAVOURITE TEACHER AWARDS: From the Christchurch quake tragedy to Parliament's select committees, we're travelling the country to meet some of New Zealand's best teachers. Nominations are now open for the Favourite Teacher Awards – tell us about the teacher who has inspired you or your children, and you both could win a trip to see Matilda, the Musical.
          Favourite Teacher Awards: Inspiring reunion for bullied spina bifida pupil, 15 years on   
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          10-year-old's letter brings Prime Minister Bill English to rural school   
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          Aucklander selected to represent New Zealand in Mandarin speaking competition   
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          Judge lambasts drink-drivers   
“This offence is far too common and the social stigma for excess breath or blood alcohol is not that great in New Zealand.” That’s the latest in a barrage of comments from judges dealing with the district’s drink-drivers. On Monday, district court judge John Brandts-Giesen convicted nine people for being boozed-up behind the wheel. They’re […]
          Comment on Paul Little on Labour’s interns by matchbox   
This "wildly out of control" thing -- it relates to a massive 85 people. Labour can't manage 85 people without it being "wildly out of control". Yet they want us to believe they can manage the affairs of 4.5 million New Zealanders. How can even one voter come even close to contemplating this. 4.5 million is 53,000 times greater a number than the "wildly out of control" number 85.
          Comment on Paul Little on Labour’s interns by Psycho Milt   
<i>The interns were undeniably “volunteers”, but the question remains: should Labour be using unpaid foreign workers to do its chores when there is no shortage of unemployed New Zealanders who know how a doorbell works and would appreciate a free feed and a bed?</i> Maybe someone should tip Paul off to the fact that National, ACT and the Maori Party don't pay their volunteers either. My God, how deep does this scandal go?!?
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          Cleverman (season 2)   
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          Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)   
Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)
author: Melina Marchetta
name: stephanie
average rating: 3.92
book published: 2008
rating: 5
read at: 2011/11/08
date added: 2016/12/02
shelves: 2011, absolutely-must-read, fantasy, good-more-than-once, series, would-rec
review:
my friend from new zealand brought me this, and also Froi of the Exiles because she is the absolute best. so of course i needed to reread finnikin before i tackled froi.

this book just gets better and better. evanjalin (both!) is such a fabulous female characters, finnikin is so flawed and honest and yet makes sense, sir topher and then froi - watching him try to understand - perri the savage, tesadora, seranonna - this book is packed with memorable and fleshed out characters that you LOVE.

there is pain and heartbreak and hope and longing. there is the question of "what is home", the treatment of refugees, the place of exiles, the role of human flesh. corruption and goodness and horrors. this perfect blend of this perfect reflection of our world today, set in a place with magic that isn't magic. (though you'd have to talk to froi about that.)

so. read this. read it, and if you're in australia/new zealand, you can grab froi too - which is what i'll be doing this weekend. for the rest of us in the us/north america, i believe Froi is slated to be released in march.


          New Zealand's Central Bank Cuts, but the Currency Shrugs   
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The US dollar has found steadier footing today after trading heavily yesterday.  There are two main themes.  The first is sterling’s heavy tone.  After closing the North American session 0.5% higher yesterday to snap a five-day losing streak, it has come under new pressure today. 

<p>The US dollar has found steadier footing today after trading heavily yesterday.&nbsp; There are two main themes.&nbsp; The first is sterling&rsquo;s heavy tone.&nbsp; After closing the North American session 0.5% higher yesterday to snap a five-day losing streak, it has come under new pressure today.</p>

The US dollar has found steadier footing today after trading heavily yesterday.  There are two main themes.  The first is sterling’s heavy tone.  After closing the North American session 0.5% higher yesterday to snap a five-day losing streak, it has come under new pressure today. 

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          A Bassoon from Down Under   


Subject, Place, and Singularity.
Those are the qualities that make
a premium collectable photograph.
 
The unusual subject here
is a gentleman holding a bassoon,
an instrument rarely seen
in cabinet card portrait photos.

The curious singularity
is his magnificent long mustache
curled like the bocal on his instrument.

But it is the unexpected place
where the image was taken
that makes this a unique photograph.

Australia.






The man sits in a relaxed pose,
cross legged on a low chair,
gazing to his right.
He is dressed
in formal white tie and tail coat,
with a boutonniere on his lapel.
His oiled hair is short
and carefully groomed,
and his imperial style mustache/beard
gives him a debonair almost rakish air.
His bassoon lays diagonally
at rest across his thigh
showing the double reed, bocal, and keywork
but not the bell.

It is the work of a skilled photographer,

Instantaneous Portraits
Falk
496 George St. Sydney.

Australia.


There are countless cabinet card portraits from the 1880s and 1890s of gentlemen with impressive hair styles. But very few of those men also played bassoon. And even fewer lived in Sydney, Australia's largest city. This musician's photo wins the trifecta of exceptional qualities for a collectable photograph.

In the 19th century Australia did have very fine photographers in the big cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth, and  vintage Australian photographs can be found on the American antique market, though not in any great number, usually dozens rather than hundreds. This musician's portrait was taken by Melbourne-born photographer Henry Walter Barnett (1862-1934) who trained in London. In 1887 he returned to Australia and opened Falk Studios on George Street, Sydney where he became renown for his photo artistry, and expensive fees. Ten years later Barnett left for London again to establish an upscale portrait studio at Hyde Park Corner where his customers included the royal family and prominent members of English society. With Barnett's studio work so well documented, it seems safe to date this gentleman's cabinet card in the decade from 1887 to 1897. Yet clearly he paid handsomely for a quality photograph from a leading Sydney photographer.

There is no marking on the photo's back. No studio imprint, no name or date. If the man played the violin or cornet it would not be an unusual photo, but it is his bassoon, the bass instrument of the woodwind family, and the fact that he is in Australia that makes this a remarkably rare vintage photo. Australia is a very big place, but in the 1890s its population was proportionately very small, and well-dressed bassoonists could only be a very, very small fraction of that number.

So how many bassoonists got their name in an Australian newspaper?

In the 1890s? 
Not surprisingly, very few.
But curiously one bassoonist
was mentioned more often than expected.


Sydney Morning Herald
10 October 1891

In October 1891 the Sydney Morning Herald ran an advertisement for a Grand Invitation Matinee Concert given by Signor Angelo Casiraghi, cerrtified teacher of Violin and Harmony from the Conservatoire of Music, Leipzig. The afternoon concert included violin solos by Signor Casiraghi, several vocal numbers, a few works for orchestra, organ and harp, and two bassoon solos. performed by Mr. Phil Langdale (late Soloist of the Cowan Orchestra). The titles, "Lucie Long" and "Carnival de Venise" were arrangements made by Mr. Langdale of popular tunes set with variations.

The National Library of Australia is a wonderful historic archive with a free searchable newspaper database. Between 1888 and 1896 there were over 225 citations of "Phil Langdale, bassoon". Even for a noted violinist or pianist of this era this would be an exceptional amount of newspaper coverage.

But Mr. Langdale played the bassoon.




Melbourne Argus
16 October 1888

The reference to "late Soloist of the Cowan (sic) Orchestra" was to the orchestra employed for the 1888 Melbourne Centennial Exhibition. This event was organized to celebrate a century of European settlement in Australia. It was held at the Royal Exhibition Building which was built for the Melbourne International Exhibition of 1880–81. For this earlier world's fair the western nave of the main building had a specially built orchestral platform complete with a grand pipe organ, and enough choir tiers for 700 to 750 voices.

Event organizers for the 1888 Centennial Exhibition anticipated that this concert feature would be a major attraction, so in 1888 they engaged the services of Frederic H. Cowen (1852-1935), a well-known British pianist, conductor, and composer. In 1888 he had just been made conductor of the Philharmonic Society of London, succeeding the famous composer Arthur Sullivan. His fee to go to Melbourne for the Centennial Fair was £5,000, an amount considered at the time especially extravagant for any musician. His terms included the hiring of 15 principal musicians from Britain for the Exhibition Orchestra. One of those musicians was the bassoonist Phil Langdale.

On the 15th October 1888 a smaller group of the orchestra presented an afternoon recital of solo pieces. On the program was an Air, with variations for bassoon, by F. Godfrey and played by Mr. Phil Langdale. Most of these fine solo performances were re-demanded and repeated, and the whole musical performance was found to be full of interest.

* * *








Melbourne Australasian
4 August 1888


The Centennial International Exhibition opened in Melbourne on 1 August 1888 and continued to 31 January 1889. Frederic Cowen's exhibition orchestra numbered 73 musicians, including Signor A. Casiraghi in the first violins and P. Langdale, principal bassoon.


Orchestra musicians roster for
the Centennial International Exhibition Melbourne: 1888-1889
Source: Official Record 


The 15 principals imported from Britain with Mr. Cowen were paid £10 per week. The exhibition commission also agreed to defray the cost of a second-class ticket for the steamship voyage to Australia and a return ticket, if desired. In 1888 the estimated travel time from London to Sydney was 50 days. The remainder of the orchestra was hired from musicians resident in the Australian Colonies. Their salaries varied from £3 10s to £12 per week. The 708 men and women in the Exhibition Choir sang for gratis - without pay, though they got free passes into the Exhibition.

Orchestra musicians' pay rate for
the Centennial International Exhibition Melbourne: 1888-1889
Source: Official Record 



The Exhibition ran for a bit over 26 weeks during Australia's spring and summer seasons. Over the course of the festival the orchestra and choir performed for 211 Orchestral, 30 Grand Choral, and 22 Popular concerts under Mr. Cowen's direction. This is in addition to many vocal, piano and instrumental recitals, and countless concerts of military bands that provided music throughout the rest of the exhibition area and amusement park.




Concert hall and grand organ for
the Centennial International Exhibition Melbourne: 1888-1889
Source: Official Record 

Among the Grand Choral works were two performances of Beethoven's Choral 9th Symphony; four of Händel's "Messiah" oratorio; two of Haydn's "Creation" oratorio; four of Mendelssohn's "Elijah" oratorio; two of Rossini's "Stabat Mater"; and  twelve performances of Cowen's choral music, his "Ruth" oratorio, "Song of Thanksgiving", and "Sleeping Beauty" cantata.



List of choral works performed at
the Centennial International Exhibition Melbourne: 1888-1889
Source: Official Record 


The orchestral concerts included the remaining eight Beethoven symphonies; Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique; Brahms' Symphony No. 3; Liszt's "Les Preludes"; Mendelssohn's Sym. No. 3 "Scotch"(sic), Sym. No.4 "Italian", and Sym. No. 4 "Reformation" Symphonies; two Schuber symphonies; and three Schumann symphonies. Nearly all were performed more than once. Beethoven's 6th Symphony the "Pastorale" was played five times. The programs also included an astonishing number of overtures, 91 opera overtures including nearly all of those by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Schubert, Wagner, and Weber. There were also a few violin concertos and several piano concertos, along with numerous incidental pieces, opera selections, songs, ballets, marches, rhapsodies, ballads, and serenades. 

Quite a lot of this music was new and unfamiliar to both musicians and Melbourne's audience. For example Brahm's 3rd Symphony only had its premiere in December 1883. Over 50 musical works programed on concerts at the 1888 Centennial International Exhibition were first performances for Melbourne and probably for Australia too.  

Concerts were scheduled twice a day at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm, six days a week except on Sunday. Presumably mornings were reserved for rehearsals. That's roughly 7 to 8 hours of music making each day, or 36 to 48 hours a week not counting individual practice time. In comparison, modern orchestra musicians typically work a 20 to 24 hour week.

List of orchestral works performed at
the Centennial International Exhibition Melbourne: 1888-1889
Source: Official Record 

The Melbourne Exhibition Hall was modified to seat 2,500 people. Over the six months that the exhibition was open,  an average of 1,915 tickets were sold for each concert, making a total attendance of 467,2999. Of course, there were many other non-musical activities and sights for the public to see at the Melbourne exhibition park. but the musical arts were the chief attraction. It made for a daunting, if not exhausting, marathon list of music for any musician. For bassoonist Phil Langdale it meant easily a half dozen difficult bassoon solos to master each day. Only a well trained musician could survive that level of intense music. Someone who knew how to wield a bassoon as a defensive weapon if the music so demanded.

Someone who had been a member
of Her Majesty's Cold Stream Guards Band.


Dublin Irish Times
13 April 1875

Philip Langdale was just 20 years old in 1875 when he performed a Bassoon Solo (with variations) in Dublin's Exhibition Palace as a member of the Band of the Coldstream Guards. He was born in 1855 in Sevenoaks, Kent and probably joined the band at around age 16. His instrument, the bassoon, had long held a place in military bands, providing a sonorous bass voice that was also capable of great musical agility. 

The Coldstream Guards Band had a long musical tradition that dated back to 1785, and it held a reputation as one of the best in the British Army, which had a great number of military bands. This band provided music for any ceremonial duties to Queen Victoria, as well as for other military events. But by the 1870s, military bands also were an important unit for the British government's public relations, traveling the country performing at innumerable flower shows, exhibitions, and civic affairs. Between 1873 and 1881 there were over a hundred newspaper references to Mr. Langdale's bassoon solos (with variations) at concerts by the Band of the Coldstream Guards. The band's programs were regularly published and Langdale's bassoon received much praise in the reviews. The music that the band played included an immense number of popular overtures, songs, and solo instrumental works arranged for wind band from orchestral scores, as well as the standard military marches. This disciplined musical training would have given young Philip Langdale a good grounding in all the current styles of European music.

After 1881 his name appears less often as he seems to have left the Coldstream band for civilian life. In July 1883, Mr. P. Langdale appeared at London's Adelphi Theatre playing a bassoon solo "Lucy Long".  In February 1885 another Langdale bassoon solo was advertised by Her Majesty's Theatre where an orchestra of 100, assisted by the Band of the London Rifle Brigade, played a concert of various opera overtures, solo vocal pieces, dances, and a Descriptive Fantasia: "A Voyage in a Troop Ship."  In July 1885, Mr. Langdale demonstrated a bassoon made of ebonite, a man-made material, at a musical instrument exhibit of the Rudall, Carte, and Co.  

But the only thing that this research proves
is once upon a time a talented British bassoonist
could boast of a surprising prestige
on the Victorian era concert stage.

It doesn't convincingly establish that
the bassoonist with the wonderful curled mustache
is Mr. Phil Langdale, the late bassoon soloist
of the Melbourne Exhibition Orchestra.


If only there was another photo.




* * *




The 1888 Melbourne Centennial Exhibition was an international exposition attracting elaborate displays from all around the world as well as Australia. Thousands of representatives of industry, trade, and the arts booked space at the exhibition to demonstrate their newest and best products. The planning also required hundreds of contractors and staff to operate the fair's activities. Concerned about maintaining security the Melbourne Exhibition Commission decided to have individual photo portraits compiled of all persons employed at the exhibition. Many of these identity photos survive in the archives of the State Library of Victoria.

The musicians of the Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition Orchestra worked 6 days a week through the entire event, so of course, they were photographed too. The State Library of Victoria has a souvenir collage of the orchestra with 68 musicians' ID photos surrounding a photo of their music director, Frederic H. Cowen. There are no instruments and no names, but the archive offered a high definition image to download.



1888 Centennial International Exhibition Orchestra
Paterson Bros., photographers
Source: State Library Victoria Archives


The musicians' photos, all men of course, illustrate the amazing variety of mustaches, beards, and hair styles that were the male fashion of the 1880s. This era might better be called the golden age of barbers. 




The faces of many men were easily eliminated as too old, too, fat, etc. But a few grainy images made promising matches. These two men, center row, 2nd and 3rd from right bear a good resemblance to my bassoonist, and the one on the left has a similar impressively long mustache.








This man, third row from bottom, 2nd from left, has a similar imperial style beard and a receding hair line.






But the man pictured on the bottom row, 4th from right, made the best match to my bassoonist.
His mustache may lack the twirled extensions but it has the same shape.
I think his hooded eyes, high forehead, thin hair, and cheekbones
  makes him a ringer for the man in my photograph.
The two men also share an inclination for rumpled suit coats.








The bassoonist Philip Langdale declined the Melbourne Exhibition Commission's offer of a steamship ticket to return to England, and instead stayed in Melbourne working as a professional musician. He played bassoon solos in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, and even New Zealand that were commended in reviews for their wit and musical facility. Then as now, the sound of the bassoon is associated with musical humor, even though it is very capable of producing many other profound and beautiful emotions.

But as time passed the Australian audience's acclaim was not enough to meet a musician's financial challenges. By 1894 Langdale was evidently struggling to keep afloat in show business and hinting the he would soon leave for Britain.


Melbourne Table Talk
23 March 1894







Mr. Phil Langdale's "benefit" concert on Thursday night last, at the town hall, drew a fairly large and, as his many good qualities deserve, a sympathetic audience. Mr. Langdale has, ever since his first appearance here with Mr. Cowen been consistently a public favorite, and this quite as much on account of his amiable disposition and the ready sympathy he has always shown to his fellow artists, as on account of his mastery over his instrument. 

He had certainly no reason to complain of the warmth of the greeting offered to him when he first appeared upon the platform, nor of the applause that followed his first solo, the "Carnival de Venice." And of the floral tributes offered to him nothing could have been more appropriate than the one woven in the form of a bassoon. The warmth of feeling shown him should be a guarantee to Mr. Langdale that he bears with him the best wishes of his friends and admirers. 

But the programme was inordinately long, and was not, on the whole as readily carried out as usual. Apart from the performance by Mr. Langdale, who was naturally the central figure of the evening...

* * *


Langdale managed another year in Australia
before finally making his farewell concert in 1895.
A Melbourne wag wrote an amusing tongue-in-cheek tribute
that says a lot about Langdale and the friendships he made in Australia.


Melbourne Punch
11 July 1895









Mr. Phil Langdale, the eminent bassoon player, who is leaving the colony for England almost immediately, is doing so in consequence of the small demand for bassoon playing in this country. He attributes this lack of interest in the instrument to the political management of the colony. It would be worth while for him to clearly explain what sort of political administration ought to prevail in order to make bassoon playing popular and profitable. 

What is there that is anti-bassoonical in our present politics? Wagner, if we remember rightly, called the bassoon the "clown of the orchestra," on account of its appropriateness for producing comic effects. There are so many clowns in politics that we should have expected them to take a fraternal interest in the instrument, if they had any inclination to interested in any instrument of music whatever. 

We are, however, really sorry Phil Langdale is going, and hope that the state of politics, of which he complains will bas-soon altered.

* * *







This photo detective has tried to connect an unmarked portrait of a musician with a name that has no likeness, but regrettably it is not conclusive proof of identification. However, circumstantial evidence sometimes is sufficient too. So I'm convinced that a musician like Phil Langdale, whose talent on the bassoon was so frequently recognized during his years in Australia and whose wit and charm had endeared him to many friends, would very likely invest in a handsome photograph like this as a gift for his admirers. It the sort of thing one does when taking leave of a place and setting out on a long voyage to a distant land.






* * *
CODA

The following year, December 1896, Phil Langdale was on stage in London as a bassoon soloist with the Inns of Court Orchestral Society. His name appears much less frequently than when he was with the Coldstream Guards Band, probably because he was working in theater orchestras and seaside pier bands. In around 1900 he begins touring England with the "London Wind Quintette", an early instance of a professional wind chamber group. During the war years his novelty bassoon solos were occasionally worthy of note in newspaper reviews. The last mention of his name was in 1921 as principal bassoon of the Tonbridge Orchestral Society.

I've left out his family history mainly because it was never mentioned in the Australian newspapers and is not pertinent to my case. However I have documented his name in the UK census and other records and know that Phil Langdale, born in 1855, married Selina Campbell, age 19, in 1885. Whether she accompanied him to Australia, I do not known. They had two daughters, Nina, born in 1887 and Phyllis, born in 1903.
Philip Langdale, bassoonist, died on 22 October 1929 at age 74.



Curiously his name appeared
in the 1933 U.S. official catalogue of copyright entries
for a bassoon solo with pf. acc. (pianoforte accompaniment)
It was entitled
We won't go home till morning;
by Phil Langdale;
©Feb. 7, 1933 by Hawkes & son (London) ltd.


1933 United States Catalogue of Copyright Entries





As a special musical homage
for his story

let's listen to a rendition
of one of Phil Langdale's favorite bassoon variations.

This video comes from a March 25, 2012 concert
at Edinborough Park, in Edina, Minnesota
featuring Alex Legeros on bassoon

with the Edina Sousa Band, playing "Lucy Long."

***


***









This is my contribution to Sepia Saturday
where the batter is up and the basses are loaded.


http://sepiasaturday.blogspot.com/2017/05/sepia-saturday-369-27-may-2017.html













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           Lions flanker Sean O'Brien cited following second Test win    
The Ireland and Lions flanker has been cited for allegedly striking All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo in the Lions' 24-21 win over New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium on Saturday.
          Get ready for the next Global Warming scare: Ocean Acidification   

Paua, mussels and kina are at risk from increase in acid levels in the ocean and serious action is needed, scientists say. Two New Zealand scientists warn the local seafood favourites will be in jeopardy if nothing is done to balance the levels of acidity. Biological sciences doctoral candidate Emily Frost said some species were […]

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          Let’s put the size of the Muslim “minority” into perspective   

When we talk about Muslims as a minority we often forget that worldwide they are in the billions as they can be of any race or ethnicity. New Zealand is a tiny country and is not heavily populated like Japan so Muslims can easily tip the balance here and turn us from a Secular and […]

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          A good rebuttal of Labour’s 1970s union friendly policies   

The unions bought and paid for leader, Andrew Little, delivered up a back to the future industrial relations policy which promises nationwide school holiday strikes. People aren’t happy and are pointing out the deliberate lies and falsehoods claimed by Labour. Labour’s industrial relations policy would return New Zealand to the dark ages of employment law, […]

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          Why can’t Clark just STFU? Now she supports corporate welfare for rich sailers   

Helen Clark is back and offering up her opinion on everything. Now she wants the government to fund the America’s Cup. Former Prime Minister Helen Clark says there was “no question” the Government would have to be involved in funding and organising the America’s Cup, “a huge thing for New Zealand”. Miss Clark -a keen […]

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          Jonesy to stand for NZ First in Whangarei   

The worst kept political secret is finally out there, Shane Jones will stand for NZ First for Whangarei. Former Labour Party MP Shane Jones has been selected as New Zealand’s First’s candidate for Whangarei in the upcoming election. The announcement, which has been signalled for years and should come as a surprise to few, was […]

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          Woman “too busy” to do her civic duty, then partner whines about it on Facebook   

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           Lions flanker Sean O'Brien cited following second Test win    
The Ireland and Lions flanker has been cited for allegedly striking All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo in the Lions' 24-21 win over New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium on Saturday.
           Israel Dagg insists New Zealand will be ready for showdown    
WILL KELLEHER IN WELLINGTON: Israel Dagg said the All Blacks will use their anger to inspire them to victory in Auckland next week. The Lions set up a series decider ahead of next week.
           Lions fans salute Maro Itoje with Seven Nation Army song    
WILL KELLEHER IN WELLINGTON: Oh Maro Itoje. That's what they sang all night long in Wellington. It was the soundtrack to a pulsating night in New Zealand's capital city.
          Fatal crash in Hutt Valley   
Press Release – New Zealand Police “Fatal crash in Hutt Valley” One person is deceased after a car and ute collided on the motorway in the Hutt Valley this morning. It happened just north of Silverstream just before 4am. One person in the car is deceased, while another was transported to hospital by helicopter in […]
          Be patient and you’ll get there safely   
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          No dramas for Police at All Blacks-Lions match   
Press Release – New Zealand Police “No dramas for Police at All Blacks-Lions match” There was plenty of drama on the field, but no dramas for Police as a capacity crowd watched the second test of the DHL NZ Lions Series at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium tonight. Wellington District Operation Lions Commander Inspector Neil Banks said […]
          Five Eyes Unlimited: What A Global Anti-Encryption Regime Could Look Like   

This week, the political heads of the intelligence services of Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States (the "Five Eyes" alliance) met in Ottawa.  The Australian delegation entered the meeting saying publicly that they intended to "thwart the encryption of terrorist messaging." The final communiqué states more diplomatically that "Ministers and Attorneys General [...] noted that encryption can severely undermine public safety efforts by impeding lawful access to the content of communications during investigations into serious crimes, including terrorism. To address these issues, we committed to develop our engagement with communications and technology companies to explore shared solutions."

What might their plan be? Is this yet another attempt to ban encryption? A combined effort to compel ISPs and Internet companies to weaken their secure products? At least one leader of a Five Eyes nation has been talking recently about increasing international engagement with technology companies — with a list of laws in her back pocket that are already capable of subverting encryption, and the entire basis of user trust in the Internet.

Exporting Britain's Surveillance Regime

Before she was elevated to the role of Prime Minister by the fallout from Brexit, Theresa May was the author of the UK's Investigatory Powers bill, which spelled out the UK's plans for mass surveillance in a post-Snowden world.

At the unveiling of the bill in 2015, May's officials performed the traditional dance: they stated that they would be looking at controls on encryption, and then stating definitively that their new proposals included "no backdoors".

Sure enough, the word "encryption" does not appear in the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA). That's because it is written so broadly it doesn't need to.

We've covered the IPA before at EFF, but it's worth re-emphasizing some of the powers it grants the British government.

  • Any "communications service provider" can be served with a secret warrant, signed by the Home Secretary. Communications service provider is interpreted extremely broadly to include ISPs, social media platforms, mail services and other messaging services.
  • That warrant can describe a set of people or organizations that the government wants to spy upon.
  • It can require tech companies to insert malware onto their users' computers, re-engineer their own technology, or use their networks to interfere with any other system.
  • The warrant explicitly allows those companies to violate any other laws in complying with the warrant.
  • Beyond particular warrants, private tech companies operating in the United Kingdom also have to respond to "technical capability notices" which will require them to "To provide and maintain the capability to disclose, where practicable, the content of communications or secondary data in an intelligible form," as well as permit targeted and mass surveillance and government hacking.
  • Tech companies also have to the provide the UK government with new product designs in advance, so that the government can have time to require new "technical capabilities" before they are available to customers.

These capabilities alone already go far beyond the Nineties' dreams of a blanket ban on crypto. Under the IPA, the UK claims the theoretical ability to order a company like Apple or Facebook to remove secure communication features from their products—while being simultaneously prohibited from telling the public about it.

Companies could be prohibited from fixing existing vulnerabilities, or required to introduce new ones in forthcoming products. Even incidental users of communication tech could be commandeered to become spies in her Majesty's Secret Service: those same powers also allow the UK to, say, instruct a chain of coffee shops to use its free WiFi service to deploy British malware on its customers. (And, yes, coffee shops are given by officials as a valid example of a "communications service provider.")

Wouldn't companies push back against such demands? Possibly: but it's a much harder fight to win if it's not just the UK making the demand, but an international coalition of governments putting pressure on them to obey the same powers. This, it seems is what May's government wants next.

The Lowest Common Privacy Denominator

Since the IPA passed, May has repeatedly declared her intent to create a an international agreement on "regulating cyberspace". The difficulty of enforcing many of the theoretical powers of the IPA makes this particularly pressing.

The IPA includes language that makes it clear that the UK expects foreign companies to comply with its secret warrants. Realistically, it's far harder for UK law enforcement to get non-UK technology companies to act as their personal hacking teams. That's one reason why May's government has talked up the IPA as a "global gold standard" for surveillance, and one that they hope other countries will adopt.

In venues like the Five Eyes meeting, we can expect Britain to advocate for others to adopt IPA-like powers. In that, they will be certainly be joined by Australia, whose Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently complained in the Australian Parliament that so many tech companies "are based in the United States where a strong libertarian tradition resists Government access to private communications, as the FBI found when Apple would not help unlock the iPhone of the dead San Bernardino terrorist." Turnbull, it seems, would be happy to adopt the compulsory compliance model of the United Kingdom (as would, he implied at the time of the Apple case, would President Trump).

In the meantime, the British authorities can encourage an intermediary step: other governments may be more likely to offer support for a IPA regime if Britain offers to share the results of its new powers with them.

Such information-sharing agreements are the raison d'être of the Five Eyes alliance, which began as a program to co-ordinate intelligence operations between the Anglo-American countries. That the debate over encryption is now taking place in a forum originally dedicated to intelligence matters is an indicator that the states still see extracting private communications as an intelligence matter.

But hacking and the subversion of tech companies isn't just for spies anymore. The British Act explicitly granted these abilities to conduct "equipment interference" to more than just GCHQ and Britain's other intelligence agencies. Hacking and secret warrants can now be used by, among others, the civilian police force, inland revenue and border controls. The secrecy and dirty tricks that used to be reserved for fighting agents of foreign powers is now available for use against a wide range of potential suspects.

With the Investigatory Powers Bill, the United Kingdom is now a country empowered with a blunt tools of surveillance that have no comparison in U.S. or any other countries' law. But, along with its Five Eyes partners, it is also seen as a moderate, liberal democracy, able to be trusted with access and sharing of confidential data. Similarly, Australia is one of the few countries in the world (and the only one of the Five) to legally compel ISPs to log data on their users. Canada conducts the same meta-data surveillance projects as the United States; New Zealand contributes its mass surveillance data to the shared XKEYSCORE project.

While such data-sharing may be business as usual for the Cold War spies, the risk of such unchecked co-operation have been barely considered by the judicial and legislative branches.

In the world of law enforcement, the UK has for the last year conducted a sustained lobbying campaign in the United States Congress to grant its police forces fast-track access to American tech companies' communications data. The UK would be permitted to seize the contents of Google, Facebook and other companies' customers' inboxes without a U.S. court warrant. In return, the U.S. would gain a reciprocal capability over data held in the U.K.

The danger is that, by forging broad agreements between these five countries, all will end up taking advantage of the lowest privacy standards of each. The United Kingdom will become the source of data obtained through the Investigatory Powers Bill; the United States will launder data taken from UPSTREAM and other programs through the United Kingdom's legal system, and so on.

Secret "Five Eyes" is not the venue for deciding on the future of global surveillance. Intelligence agencies and their secret alliances are no model for oversight and control of the much broader surveillance now being conducted on billions of innocent users of the public Internet. The Investigatory Powers Bill is no "gold standard.” Britain's radical new powers shouldn't be exported via the Five Eyes, either through law, or through data-sharing agreements conducted without judicial or legislative oversight.


          Five things we learned from the British and Irish Lions’ victory over New Zealand   
The Lions recorded their first victory over New Zealand in 24 years.
          Five things we learned from the British and Irish Lions’ victory over New Zealand   
The Lions recorded their first victory over New Zealand in 24 years.
          Lions level series with thrilling victory over New Zealand   
A 77th-minute Owen Farrell penalty saw the Lions beat New Zealand at Westpac Stadium.
          Sir Ian McGeechan recovering in hospital after falling ill in New Zealand   
The four-time Lions head coach walked himself to the ambulance before being transferred to hospital.
          Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six PC Pro League APAC Finals Coming to Sydney   
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six PC Pro League is kicking off its inaugural Asia Pacific Region (APAC) run on July 16th. Players in Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, and Australia-New Zealand will compete among themselves for the right to participate in the APAC Pro League. ANZ players will have to participate in the Rainbow 6 ANZ Cup to qualify for the APAC Pro League. The ANZ Cup will run every Sunday from July 16 to August 6. The top eight teams will get a spot at the ANZ Invitational and the APAC Pro League. The ANZ Invitational is being held online, with the finals being broadcast live on August 19 in Sydney. The APAC Pro League will run in Sydney on October 21-22. The top teams will earn their spot at Sao Paolo, Brazil for the Season 3 Finale of the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six PC Pro League. The event is being held on November 18-19, with the prize pool to be announced in the coming weeks. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will also have a tournament run by ESL, but the stakes will be much smaller. A $1000 prize pool is up for grabs during the ANZ Cup. Learn how to participate at the official announcement.
          Lion adds Aussie classics to portfolio   
Lion adds Aussie classics to portfolio New Zealand's largest beverage brewer Lion has added a number of new Australian beer and cider brands to its portfolio. The Australasian-based company on Friday said it will undertake the exclusive distribution in New Zealand of... Reported by New Zealand Herald 11 minutes ago.
          New Jersey passes daily fantasy sports regulation, tax bill   
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) " The Legislature on Friday passed a bill to regulate and tax daily fantasy sports and sent it to Republican Gov. Chris Christie for his signature.The bill, passed by the state Senate on a 29-6 vote, would... Reported by New Zealand Herald 55 minutes ago.
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Warning for infant baby formula Food regulators are being urged to recall some types of infant formula, after they were found to contain potentially toxic nanoparticles.Research commissioned by Friends of the Earth has found three out of seven samples of infant... Reported by New Zealand Herald 2 hours ago.
          Comment on High Fidelity Simulation: Episode 73 by Sarah Werner   
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          Rugby-Lions flanker O'Brien cited for 'swinging arm'   
WELLINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) - British and Irish Lions flanker Sean O'Brien could miss the decisive third test against New Zealand next week after being cited for dangerous play during Saturday's 24-21 victory over the All Blacks.

          FACTBOX-Rugby-All Blacks unbeaten run in New Zealand   
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          Sean O’Brien could miss Lions decider after being cited in second Test win   
• Ireland flanker cited for allegedly striking All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo
• Sonny Bill Williams was sent off in feisty second Test in Wellington

Sean O’Brien could miss the British & Irish Lions’ Test series decider with New Zealand after receiving a citing from the tourists’ Wellington victory on Saturday.

Related: ‘I am a happy clown this week,’ says Gatland after Lions beat All Blacks

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          Homecoming parade route confirmed for triumphant Team New Zealand    
Fans of Team New Zealand will line the streets of central Auckland for a welcome home parade when the team returns after victory over Oracle in Bermuda. 
          Ireland Quell Wallaby Fight-back To Finish Off 2016 In Style   

Ireland AustraliaIreland withstood a ferocious second-half fight-back from Australia to defeat their opponents 27-24 in front of a packed Aviva Stadium on Saturday night. The result ensured that Ireland had defeated South Africa, New Zealand and Australia inside a calendar year for the first time in their history. Without Robbie Henshaw, Johnny Sexton and Sean O’Brien […]

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          Brave Ireland Succumb To All Blacks   

Ireland New ZealandThey say lightning doesn’t strike twice, and in the case of Ireland vs New Zealand at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday night, it certainly didn’t. Ireland, despite competing gamely for large swathes of the game, couldn’t repeat the heroics of Chicago as they were beaten 21-9 by New Zealand in Dublin. There were nine tries […]

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          A night for France to forget and for rugby to remember   

france new zealandThe All Blacks demolished France in Cardiff on Saturday night. New Zealand picked them apart in every facet of the game. Line out steals, scrum dominance, flawless handling skills in attack, a hunger in defence and repeated moments of individual brilliance, this performance had everything. The rumours of mutiny in the camp appear to have been at least somewhat […]

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          Economic Growth Leaves Too Many Behind   
Press Release – Closing The Gap Economic Growth Leaves Too Many Behind It’s time lower paid workers and beneficiaries got a fair share of what the Government and OECD insist is a strong New Zealand economy, Peter Malcolm, spokesperson for the income equality project Closing the Gap, said …Economic Growth Leaves Too Many Behind It’s […]
          Seafood’s men and women tell their stories   
Press Release – Seafood New Zealand New Zealands seafood industry is publicly promising to protect the environment and secure long-term sustainable fisheries.Seafood’s men and women tell their stories New Zealand’s seafood industry is publicly promising to protect the environment and secure long-term sustainable fisheries. A promise to the people of New Zealand will air tonight […]
          High school sporting success linked to Auckland house prices   
High school sporting success linked to Auckland house prices House prices have long been linked to the academic reputation of local schools - now a real estate firm reckons sporting prowess may also have a big effect.Bayleys Realty Group found average property values in Auckland were easily... Reported by New Zealand Herald 7 hours ago.
          Queries pour in for Waikato mega mansion   
Queries pour in for Waikato mega mansion Dozens of inquiries have started pouring in for what is possibly Waikato's largest and most luxurious mansion.The 1309sq metre riverside house at 103 Te Awa Rd, Tamahere, boasts breathtaking river views, five bedrooms, five bathrooms,... Reported by New Zealand Herald 17 hours ago.
          Rebecca Taylor   
New Zealand-born fashion designer Rebecca Taylor has made a name for herself redefining modern femininity with her eponymous fashion line. A self-described “tomgirl,” Rebecca balances the feminine with androgyny and sporty details for the ultimate uptown-meets-downtown style. Fresh from showing her Fall/Winter 2014 collection at New York Fashion Week, Rebecca talked to us about how she got her start in the industry, what influences her designs and how she would define her brand.

Did you always know you wanted to be a fashion designer?


Not specifically. My mum sewed all of our clothes growing up, so I was definitely around clothing construction and all that. I also painted a pair of pumps I had with nail polish once so I could have a red pair. But I had a lot of other interests as well, like dance.

What brought you to New York? Why did you choose NYC over other fashion capitals like Paris and London?


It’s funny you should ask that, because I was actually on my way to Paris when I stopped in NYC. I fell in love with the energy here and decided to stay.

How did you get your start as a designer?


I worked for a Seventh Avenue designer, and I met my business partner, Beth, there. We then decided to branch out on our own.

Where do you draw inspiration for your designs?


I draw inspiration from so many things—music, film, art and New York, to name a few.

How does your upbringing in New Zealand influence your designs?


New Zealanders have an attitude of “anything is possible,” which I carry with me in my design process.

How would you describe the Rebecca Taylor customer?


She is confident, cool and has a bit of a downtown edge.

Who is your favorite fashion designer?


I love the work of Gaby Aghion of Chloe.

If you could collaborate with any artist or designer, who would it be?


I’m really into the street art of Philippe Baudelocque right now, I saw a lot of his work in Paris, and I just love it.

When preparing for a runway show, how closely do you work with the lead hairstylist and makeup artist to create the final runway look?


Very closely. We want to make sure the hair and make-up fit with the mood of the collection.

How do you like to style your hair? Do you have a hair routine?


I used to wear my hair pretty short, but I’ve started growing it past my shoulders and wearing it a bit wavy.

When you're not designing, how are you spending your free time?


Spending time with my family and traveling.

If you were asked to create a uniform for a high-end salon, what would you design?


Something comfortable yet modern. Something people can be functional in but still feel really cool. That’s sort of the ethos behind my own brand.

          Cristie Kerr   
Cristie Kerr has been at the top of her golf game for 15 years. During her time on the course, the Miami-born athlete has taken 14 wins on the LPGA tour – including two major championships. She’s been the top ranked female golfer in the world and still maintained a sense of charity, by starting her own Birdies for Breast Cancer foundation.

Here, the golf pro tells us how she got her start in the game (note: she was only 7), what those less athletically inclined can do to improve their skills, and how she would style a Cristie Kerr salon. The added bonus? She’s an Oribe fan.


What made you first take an interest in golf, and when did you realize you could make a career of it?


My parents used to take me to the course when I was a young girl while they played. I would fish or play while they were on the course. One time when I was about 7, they gave me a cut-down 7-iron to keep me occupied, and when they came back, they saw I was hitting it more than 100 yards. I broke 80 by the time I was 10, and broke par when I was 12. That’s when my parents knew there was something to pay attention to.

What are three keys to your success?


Golf is like a lot of other businesses: It takes hard work and sacrifice. For me, success is about balance. I have to sacrifice my personal life, at times, for my golf career…It’s justifiable self-centeredness, and what is necessary in some sports pursuits. I was blessed with natural talents, but in golf, hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. That saying has stuck with me.

Where is your favorite golf course?


Needles in North Carolina is special to me because I won the US Open there. Kingsmill in Williamsburg, Virginia, I have always loved…and I won twice there. Places off our tour I love are Pebble Beach courses, Trump National in West Palm Beach and Liberty National in Jersey City.

What are a few golfing tips for those less experienced? What kind of clubs do you use?


Be patient and invest in an experienced coach or partner who can introduce you to golf in a comfortable way. Golf is intimidating at every level because there is so much focus on scoring. I tell people to focus on the experience and the process and not so much about the score.

I use Callaway Golf Irons, Ping Woods, Scratch wedges and an Odyssey putter. I play the clubs I like and don’t necessarily align with one manufacturer.

After spending much of your career at the top of your game, how do you push yourself to keep improving?


I have learned that there is no final place to get to when you achieve goals. I thought I wanted to be a top-10 golfer, then the top American and then the top golfer in the world.

When I achieved those goals, I realized that the real pursuit is challenging myself to be the best I can be, not comparing myself to the status of other people. One of my favorite sayings is, “The greatest obstacle to great is good.” I don’t like to settle for good.

Based on your success, what tips could you offer a business owner – like a salon owner – looking to improve a company?


I think the qualities I’ve seen in my golf that transfer to successful businesses are hard work, attention to detail, teamwork and communication. Golf is very much an individual sport, and like being a stylist or salon owner, it can seem like it’s you against the world.

I treated golf like that when I was younger and realized that was a difficult route. Surrounding myself with a good team, agents, coaches, sponsors and having a healthy dialogue helped me to reach my goals. I think many business owners try to take on so much that they hurt their ability to relate to their staff and their consumers.

You’re highly involved with charity giving, and even host your own Birdies for Breast Cancer celebrity golf classic. Tell us a little more about the project.


My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, and it was a devastating point in my life. I started my personal mission to donate money for every birdie I made on tour to breast-cancer causes. It caught fire with other sponsors and fans donating, and before I knew it, I was meeting with Evelyn Lauder about bigger causes and events.

To date, Birdies for Breast Cancer has raised more than $1 million, and this year, we opened the Cristie Kerr Women’s Health Center in Jersey City Medical Center, which will be New Jersey’s most comprehensive center to treat both insured and uninsured women.

A number of Oribe salons value charity giving. How could a salon get involved with a project like yours – or start their own?


I think the best way is to act locally and give locally…and talk to your customers. We used to give money we raised locally to national organizations, and we learned over time that we had better success to give money we raised to local, community programs.

Your website features notes on wine tasting. What are your favorite types of wine, and what wines should salons offer their clients?


I like all types of wine, and I am studying for my Level 1 sommelier test. I tend to favor California Cabernet blends, Oregon Pinot Noirs, Australian Shiraz, California and French Chardonnays and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. We made a wine this year with Pride Mountain Vineyards; Suzanne Pride is a breast cancer survivor. The wine is called Curvature, and all the proceeds benefit breast-cancer research.

I think salons can have fun with introducing different wines to their customers – perhaps partnering with a local wine retailer to have a wine “feature of the week” to keep customers engaged.

You have a great wardrobe for your matches. If you were to open a salon, what would the stylists wear?


I might not have a dress code, but I would want them to express their individual style while having a boundary of taste and neatness. For me, black is a staple, and a dash of color and bling always works.

What are your favorite Oribe products?


Supershine Moisturizing Cream and Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray.

You grew up in Miami, where Oribe lives. What are a few of your favorite places there?


My favorite places in Miami are the Miami Beach area, the Delano, Shore Club, Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant and local favorites, like The Grove.

What is your current state of mind?


I’m in a very happy place right now, but our lives, my husband’s and mine, are very full. At times, it can be overwhelming, but overall I feel very blessed that I have a life that affords me opportunities to touch other people and feel inspired by those connections.

- JILL HILBRENNER
          ‘Easter Bunny Hunt’ In New Zealand Kills Thousands Of Rabbits On Easter   
I should have started with a Happy Easter wish, but I didn’t, as this post reads an utterly unhappy story of the festival. Rabbits, the Easter bunnies are called the symbol of the fest who bring us the decorated Easter eggs. We truly love this adorable creature who comes to us with standing ears and […]
          Top Seeds Coll And King Looking Good At Squash Nationals   
Press Release – Squash New Zealand Top Seeds Coll And King Looking Good At Squash Nationals The top four seeds in both the men’s and women’s draws have eased into the semifinals at the 2017 New Zealand Senior Nationals at the Havelock North and Hastings Squash Club. World No.12 ranked Joelle King and Paul Coll […]
          Someday Champions Make Winning Films   
Press Release – Outlook for Someday Someday Champions Make Winning Films As young people around New Zealand start making films for this year’s Someday Challenge last year’s winners are scooping up new awards. For anyone aged up to 24 the annual challenge is to make a sustainability-related film of any genre, filmed with any camera […]
          Be patient and you’ll get there safely   
Press Release – New Zealand Police “Be patient and you’ll get there safely” With large numbers of Lions fans travelling from Wellington to Auckland over the coming week, Police are encouraging motorists to take some simple steps to keep themselves and others safe on the roads. More than 1000 campervans, as well as a large […]
          Cameron Norrie puts studies on hold to focus on tennis – and has an Andy Murray masterclass to help his Wimbledon debut   
CAMERON NORRIE put his studies on hold to focus on tennis — and has already been treated to an Andy Murray masterclass. The Wimbledon wildcard was born in South Africa, raised in New Zealand and is part-way through a sociology degree in Texas. But he is 100 per cent British by blood and had the […]
          Fifth elimination from MasterChef NZ   

Mother and son Donna-Marie Sullivan and Jonathan Odering became the fifth duo from the Top 15 to leave MasterChef New Zealand on Monday, February 23 (7.30 pm - 8.30 pm) on TV ONE.


          Seafood's men and women tell their stories   

New Zealand’s seafood industry is publicly promising to protect the environment and secure long-term sustainable fisheries.


          Economic growth 'leaves too many behind'   

It's time lower paid workers and beneficiaries got a fair share of what the Government and OECD insist is a strong New Zealand economy, Peter Malcolm, spokesperson for the income equality project Closing the Gap, said today.


          Team NZ homecoming parade route confirmed - on land and sea   

Aucklanders will get the chance to welcome home the triumphant Emirates Team New Zealand this week, with a land and sea parade route confirmed to mark the team’s America’s Cup success.

The parade is confirmed to take place on Thursday, 6 July, starting at 12.30pm.


          7/2/2017: Front Page: Losing sucks, but Hansen not ‘whining’   

ll Blacks coach Steve Hansen yesterday said there would be no “whining” from the New Zealanders over the Sonny Bill Williams red card that proved pivotal in his side’s dramatic loss to the British and Irish Lions. Star centre Williams became the first...
          Wine: Three quirky performers   
Wine: Three quirky performers The Family Company Gisborne Viognier 2015 $25 When art dealer Gene Walker married Gisborne-based clothes designer and cafe owner Chelsea Thorpe, little did he know that soon he'd be in business making wine with her dad. The Family... Reported by New Zealand Herald 9 minutes ago.
          The thing you really need to remember after a break up: your passwords   
The thing you really need to remember after a break up: your passwords Breakups are messy and with so much of our lives conducted online they have the potential to get even messier.With all the feels and general upheaval that comes with the end of a romantic relationship it can be easy to forget one... Reported by New Zealand Herald 2 hours ago.
          'I'd rather be a lab rat than a dead rat': How Julie beat cancer death sentence   
'I'd rather be a lab rat than a dead rat': How Julie beat cancer death sentence The death sentence left her dry retching in a basin in the corner of a doctor's office.It was June 2012, and Julie Randall had just celebrated her 50th birthday, reports news.com. Life, lived on Sydney's northern beaches basking... Reported by New Zealand Herald 59 minutes ago.
          America's Cup trophy strapped into first class on flight home   
America's Cup trophy strapped into first class on flight home No expense has been spared to get the America's Cup trophy home.The Auld Mug was strapped into two first class seats, safely ensconced in its Louis Vuitton suitcase.The cup is travelling from Bermuda to New York, then onto Dubai,... Reported by New Zealand Herald 3 hours ago.
          Charles and Camilla in stitches over Inuit throat singing   
Charles and Camilla in stitches over Inuit throat singing While the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in the UK it seems that Camilla wasn't quite prepared for the high winds in Canada. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall looked exceedingly loved-up as they arrived in... Reported by New Zealand Herald 3 hours ago.
          Restaurant review: Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill, Auckland CBD   
Restaurant review: Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill, Auckland CBD Address: 1st Floor, The Ferry Building, 99 Quay St, Auckland Phone: (09) 307 0556 Rating out of 10: Food: 7 Service: 7 Value: 6 Ambience: 6 We spent: $315 for two. "Do you like oysters?" asked the waitperson. "Do you like... Reported by New Zealand Herald 43 minutes ago.
          Astrophotography with a unmodified Canon 6D   

Lot´s of people in the whole world would like to do nice astro-images. Usually the images from a normal DSLR suffer from the very, very low sensitvity of most cameras at H-alpha: All the nice red glowing reagions like Orions nebula, the horsehead etc. are simply missing or have bluish color.

The 6D from Canon is different to most other cameras, it has a sensitivity of about 25% at 656nm and can record H-alpha regions very well. -Without a modification!

New Zealands Astrophotographer Amit Kamble got some of our XL-Clip filters for his 6D and got amazing results! Enjoy his website [http://amitkamble.com/astronomik-filters-comparison/]  and see his comparision of UHC, CLS and 12nm H-alpha filters!

Amit will soon add artcles about focusing, white balance, processing etc, so watch his site or our news!

 

 


          Lions flanker O'Brien cited for 'swinging arm'   
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - British and Irish Lions flanker Sean O'Brien could miss the decisive third test against New Zealand next week after being cited for dangerous play during Saturday's 24-21 victory over the All Blacks.

          Porting a 15 year old .NET 1.1 Virtual CPU Tiny Operating System school project to .NET Core 2.0   

The 2002 TinyOS in C# is now on .NET Core in 2017 running on UbuntuI've had a number of great guests on the podcast lately. One topic that has come up a number of times is the "toy project." I've usually kept mine private - never putting them on GitHub - Somewhat concerned that people would judge me and my code. However, hypocrite that am (aren't we all?) I have advocated that others put their "Garage Sale Code" online. So here's some crappy code. ;)

The Preamble

While I've been working as an engineer for 25 years this year, I didn't graduate from school with a 4 year degree until 2003 - I just needed to get it done, for myself. I was poking around recently and found my project from OIT's CST352 "Operating Systems" class. One of the projects was to create a "Virtual CPU and OS." This is kind of a thought exercise. It's not really a parser/lexer - although there is both - and it's not a real OS. But it needs to be able to take in a made-up quasi-Assembly Language instruction set and execute them on a virtual CPU while managing virtual memory of arbitrary size. Again, a thought exercise made real to confirm that the student understands the responsibilities of a CPU.

Here's an example "application." Confused yet? Here's the original spec I was given in 2002 that includes the 36 instructions the "CPU" should understand. It has 10 general-purpose 32bit registers address as 1 through 10. Register 10 is the stack pointer. There are two bit flag registers - sign flag and zero flag.

Instructions are "opcode arg1 arg2" with constants prefixed with "$."

11 r8        ;Print r8
6 r1 $10 ;Move 10 into r1
6 r2 $6 ;Move 6 into r2
6 r3 $25 ;Move 25 into r3
23 r1 ;Acquire lock in r1 (currently 10)
11 r3 ;Print r3 (currently 25)
24 r1 ;Release r4 (currently 10)
25 r3 ;Sleep r3 (currently 25)
11 r3 ;Print r3 (currently 25)
27 ;Exit

I write my homework assignment in 2002 in the idiomatic C# of the time on .NET 1.1. That means no Generics<T> - I had to make my own strongly typed collections. That means C# has dozens of (if not a hundred) language and syntax improvements. I didn't use a Unit Testing Framework as TDD was just starting around 1999 during the XP (eXtreme Programming) days and NUnit was just getting start. It also uses "unsafe" to pin down memory in a few places. I'm sure there are WAY WAY WAY better and more sophisticated ways to do this today in idiomatic C# of 2017. Those are excuses, the real reasons are my own ignorance, ability, combined with some night-school laziness.

One of the more fun parts of this exercise was moving from physical memory (a byte array as I recall) to a full-on Memory Manager where each Process thought it could address a whole bunch of Virtual Memory while actual Physical Memory was arbitrarily sized. Then - as a joke - I would swap out memory pages as XML! ;) Yes, to be clear, it was a joke and I still love it.

You can run an "app" by passing in the total physical memory along with the text file containing the program, but you can also run an arbitrary number of programs by passing in an arbitrary number  of text files! The "TinyOS" will handle each process thinking it has its own memory and will time

If you are more of a visual learner, perhaps you'd prefer this 20-slide PowerPoint on this Tiny CPU that I presented in Malaysia later that year. You dig those early 2000-era slides? I KNOW YOU DO.

Tiny OS Memory SlidesTiny OS Memory SlidesTiny OS Memory Slides 

Updating a .NET 1.1 app to cross-platform .NET Core 2.0

Step 1 was to download the original code from my own blog. ;) This is also Reason #4134 why you should have a blog.

I decided to use Visual Studio 2017 to upgrade it, and even worse I decided to use .NET Core 2.0 which is currently in Preview. I wanted to use .NET Core 2.0 not just because it's cross-platform but also because it promises to have a pretty large API surface area and I want this to "just work." The part about getting my old application running on Linux is going to be awesome, though.

Visual Studio then pops a scary dialog about upgrading files. NOTE that another totally valid way to do this (that I will end up doing later in this blog post) is to just make a new project and move the source files into it. Natch.

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Visual Studio says it's targeting .NET 2.0 Full Framework, but I ratchet it up to 4.6 to see what happens. It builds but with a bunch of errors about Obsolete methods, the most interesting one being this one:

Warning CS0618    
'ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings' is obsolete:
'This method is obsolete, it has been replaced by
System.Configuration!System.Configuration.ConfigurationManager.AppSettings'
C:\Users\scott\Downloads\TinyOSOLDOLD\OS Project\CPU.cs 72

That's telling me that my .NET 1/2 API will work but has been replaced in .NET 4.x, but I'm more interested in .NET Core 2.0. I could make my EXE a LIB and target .NET Standard 2.0 or I could make a .NET Core 2.0 app and perhaps get a few more APIs. I didn't do a formal analysis with the .NET Portability Analyzer but I will add that to the list of Things To Do. I may be able to make a library that works on an iPhone - a product that didn't exist when I started this assignment. That would be Just Cool(tm).

I decided to just make a new empty .NET Core 2.0 app and copy the source .cs files into it. A few interesting things.

  • My app also used "unsafe" code (it pins memory down and accesses it directly).
  • It has extensive inline documentation in comments that I used to use NDoc to make a CHM Help file. I'd like that doc to turn into HTML at some point.
  • It also has an appsettings.json file that needs to get copied to the output folder when it compiles.
  • While I could publish it to a self-contained .NET Core exe, for now I'm running it like this in my test batch files - example:
    • dotnet netcoreapp2.0/TinyOSCore.dll 512 scott13.txt

Here's the resulting csproj file.

<Project Sdk="Microsoft.NET.Sdk">

<PropertyGroup>
<OutputType>Exe</OutputType>
<TargetFramework>netcoreapp2.0</TargetFramework>
<GenerateDocumentationFile>true</GenerateDocumentationFile>
</PropertyGroup>

<PropertyGroup>
<AllowUnsafeBlocks>true</AllowUnsafeBlocks>
</PropertyGroup>

<ItemGroup>
<None Remove="appsettings.json" />
</ItemGroup>

<ItemGroup>
<Content Include="appsettings.json">
<CopyToOutputDirectory>PreserveNewest</CopyToOutputDirectory>
</Content>
</ItemGroup>

<ItemGroup>
<PackageReference Include="Microsoft.Extensions.Configuration" Version="2.0.0-preview2-final" />
<PackageReference Include="Microsoft.Extensions.Configuration.Json" Version="2.0.0-preview2-final" />
<PackageReference Include="Microsoft.Extensions.DependencyInjection" Version="2.0.0-preview2-final" />
<PackageReference Include="Microsoft.Extensions.Options.ConfigurationExtensions" Version="2.0.0-preview2-final" />
</ItemGroup>

</Project>

Other than the obsolete configuration warning and a few malformed XML comments, the app compiled and ran! You can actually "watch" the nightmare process here https://github.com/shanselman/TinyOS/commits/Core2Port in the form of GitHub commits. I also moved the docs from a 2002 Word Doc to Markdown so be sure to explore the fairly extensive spec https://github.com/shanselman/TinyOS.

The only significant change was loading the config. Configuration is even more different on .NET Core 2.0 than Full Framework. It's FAR more, ahem, configurable. I could have used "Options," I could have written my own config provider if it was important to keep the file format.

This little TinyOS has a bunch of config options that come in from a .exe.config file in XML like this (truncated):

<configuration>
<appSettings>
<!--
Must be a factor of 4
This is the total Physical Memory in bytes that the CPU can address.
This should not be confused with the amount of total or addressable memory
that is passed in on the command line.
-->
<add key="PhysicalMemory" value="128" />
<!--
Must be a factor of 4
This is the ammount of memory in bytes each process is allocated
Therefore, if this is 256 and you want to load 4 processes into the OS,
you'll need to pass a number > 1024 as the total ammount of addressable memory
on the command line.
-->
<add key="ProcessMemory" value="384" />
<add key="DumpPhysicalMemory" value="true" />
<add key="DumpInstruction" value="true" />
<add key="DumpRegisters" value="true" />
<add key="DumpProgram" value="true" />
<add key="DumpContextSwitch" value="true" />
<add key="PauseOnExit" value="false" />

I have a few choices. I could make a Configuration Provider and reach .NET Core to read this format (there's an XML adapter, in fact) or make the code porting easier by moving these "name/value" pairs to a JSON file like this:

{
"PhysicalMemory": "128",
"ProcessMemory": "384",
"DumpPhysicalMemory": "true",
"DumpInstruction": "true",
"DumpRegisters": "true",
"DumpProgram": "true",
"DumpContextSwitch": "true",
"PauseOnExit": "false",
"SharedMemoryRegionSize": "16",
"NumOfSharedMemoryRegions": "4",
"MemoryPageSize": "16",
"StackSize": "16",
"DataSize": "16"
}

This was just a few minutes of search and replace to change the XML to JSON. I could have also written a little app or shell script. By changing the config (rather than writing an adapter) I could then keep the code 99% the same.

My code was doing things like this (all over...there was no DI container yet):

bytesOfPhysicalMemory = uint.Parse(ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings["PhysicalMemory"]);

And I'd like to avoid major refactoring - yet. I added this bit of .NET Core configuration at the top of the EntryPoint and saved away an IConfigurationHost:

var builder = new ConfigurationBuilder()
.AddJsonFile("appsettings.json");
Configuration = builder.Build();

I've got a Dictionary in the format of the IConfiguration host called "Configuration." So now I just do this in a dozen places and the app compiles again:

bytesOfPhysicalMemory = uint.Parse(Configuration["PhysicalMemory"]);

This brings up that feeling we all have when we look at old code - especially our own old code. I should have abstracted that away! Why didn't I use an interface? Why so many statics? What was I thinking?

We can beat ourselves up or we can feel good about ourselves and remember this. The app worked. It still works. There is value in it. I learned a lot. I'm a better programmer now. I don't know how far I'll take this old code but I had a lovely afternoon porting it to .NET Core 2.0 and I may refactor the heck out if it or I may not.

TinyOS on Ubuntu

For now I did update the smoke tests to run on both Windows and Linux and I'm happy with the experiment.

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           Lions reaction after 24-21 win over New Zealand in second test    
Reaction from rugby's British and Irish Lions after 24-21 win over New Zealand in second test.
          Connecting Oceanic Women - a new seminar on aiki   
By Katie Marx,Kate Sylvester
Photos by David Weng


The first half of 2011 has seen a new event in Antipodean Kendo – a seminar and taikai held exclusively for women. Over a hot weekend in February, women kendoka from across Australia and New Zealand came to Sydney to attend the inaugural Oceanic Womens’ Seminar and Taikai, presided over by two Japanese female sensei.
Why was this event important? In part, it has much to do with certain numbers:
There are a high number of women training in Japan, approximately 110, 000 are registered with the AJKF (AJKF, 2008), totalling 24% of all registered kenshi in Japan. However, there are very few women in executive and teaching positions. There are presently no 8th dan female senseis, and the traditional focus on hierarchy means that the international kendo community currently has only very limited access to female sensei as rolemodels outside of Japan. This may explain the following (2010 collected) statistics: In Australia 22% of registered kenshi are female, 15 % of dan holders are female. This ratio is not unique, statistics from Canada (17%, 13%) and Italy (16%, 11%) are similar.
Although kendo in general is equally encouraged to men and women outside of Japan, the style of kendo that is practised can be problematic. Kendo styles outside of Japan often over-emphasise physical strength, a fact that can marginalise and discourage women from long term involvement in kendo. In addition, many women have responded to this power-centric model by shaping their kendo to an oji waza style of kendo, which can in turn also influence a counter attacking, passive aggressive style, rather than an shikake waza (assertive, creative) style. In Japan a balanced style of kendo is practiced by women which can reflect physical aggression (not mistaken for the over use of power), assertion, precision, timing, intuition and use of aiki and skill. The above points present a good argument for the necessity for female sensei to teach seminars and provide a source of inspiration and support for non-Japanese female kenshi.
Participants were enormously lucky to benefit from the teachings of two highly respected senseis from Japan, Kanzaki Satoko Sensei, Kendo Kyoshi 7 Dan and Abe Tokiko Sensei, Kendo 6 Dan. Kanzaki Sensei dan and Abe Sensei dan are both graduates from the famous Tsukuba University. Kanzaki Sensei’s husband (Mr Kanzaki Sensei) is the well known 8 Dan sensei instructing Kendo at Osaka Taiiku Daigaku and was the 2009 WKC All Japan Women’s Team Coach. Both female senseis brought experience, humour and huge passion to the seminar.
In teaching, they focused on the concept of aiki – connection. This focus was apparent right from the beginning of day one, with Abe-sensei leading paired warm exercises that simultaneously prepared the body and spirit. In working with a partner, and connecting with a partner, even in warm ups, participants were able to understand the importance of aiki when it comes to improving one’s kendo. The potential for improvement through an aiki focus was driven home when participants put on full bogu and engaged in waza practise. From connection, a kendoka can develop timing. With timing comes a precision and effectiveness that strength and power cannot achieve. Many women kenshi lack physical strength or power. Many others (male and female alike) will find their physical powers diminishing as they age. In this sense, a focus on aiki and timing is crucial for any kenshi with long-term aims in kendo.
The seminar was punctuated by an Australia vs New Zealand team shiai. Although - for 2011 at least Australia proved the victors, both teams played with an intensity and sense of connection that did the seminar’s teachings credit. A kyu-grade specific taikai followed, the importance of which is again is again demonstrated in statistics: 22% of registered Australian kenshi are women, but when we narrow the pool to dan-holders, women have only 15% representation. This suggests that women experience a higher rate of drop-off while moving up through the kyu-grades and into dan than men. Consequently, there is a need to support female kyu and low dan players, both in shiai and beyond. For many participants, the kyu taikai constituted their first formal shiai experience – one more first in a weekend of many.
The seminar and taikai held many new experiences for Oceanic women’s kendo, and it is hoped by all who attended that this will be the first of many events to come. The teachings imparted by Kanzaki sensei and Abe sensei were unique, and the chance to meet and train with other women kendoka, invaluable. In total, 47 women came and took part. They will in turn will pass their experiences on to fellow kenshi - male and female alike. The 2012 Oceanic Women’s Seminar and Taikai with be held in Melbourne.

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          Region invites public to FREE forum featuring White House Award Recipient and "Placemaking" Expert GB Arrington   

Waterloo Region is pleased to present GB Arrington, a global leader and award winning expert on “Placemaking”, May 15, 2012, at Knox Presbyterian Church (50 Erb St. W., Waterloo) beginning at 7 p.m. 

Arrington is an expert in “Placemaking” - planning, designing and building great communities that attract people from around the world.  His work has taken him across the United States, to China, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and the Caribbean.  Recognition of his innovative planning and community involvement strategies has been widespread – with awards from the White House and the Canadian Institute of Planners. 

On May 15, 2012 at 5 p.m., the Region will also kick off its “Creating Great Places” forum, with a walking tour of Uptown Waterloo. Led by City of Waterloo staff, the tour will highlight recent new construction and future projects in the Uptown area.  Those interested in the tour are asked to meet at the Bell in Waterloo Town Square.

The public are then invited to share their input at two Community Open Houses on:

  • May 16, 2012 from 4 - 7 p.m. at the British Club, 35 International Village Dr., Cambridge
  • May 17, 2012 from 4 - 7 p.m. at the project storefront at 220 King St. W., Kitchener

These events are all part of the Central Transit Corridor Community Building Strategy, which will help shape how our community will be planned and built around rapid transit.

To register for any of these FREE events, please visit www.centraltransitcorridor.ca or call 519-575-4400.

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For more information on the Central Transit Corridor Community Building Strategy, upcoming events and the storefront, visit the website at www.centraltransitcorridor.ca or contact Amanda Kutler, akutler@regionofwaterloo.ca, 519-575-48

 

The Region of Waterloo provides more than 60 per cent of municipal services to a growing population of 550,000 people. We are committed to creating an inclusive, thriving and sustainable community through innovative leadership and a range of services such as: public health, social services, planning, heritage, water supply, regional roads, waste management, ambulance service, rural libraries, public transit, community housing, emergency planning, Provincial Offences Courts and airport services.


          Lions captain Sam Warburton: 'I'll only be happy with a series win' – video   

The British & Irish Lions edged a tense contest in Wellington, with Owen Farrell landing a late penalty to keep the series alive with a 24-21 win over the All Blacks. Despite the historic victory – New Zealand had not lost at home since 2009 – the Lions captain, Sam Warburton, insisted he will only be happy if they clinch the series next week at Eden Park.

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          For sale - Wicker Wove Wooden Double Heart Wall Sculpture... - $14   

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          For sale - Wooden Airplane pbc International 10" - Auction   
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          For sale - Golfing Picture Frame And Painted Wooden Plaque Dad... - $9   
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          For sale - Vintage Novelty Hand Made and paintged miniature... - Auction   

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          For sale - Vintage brio Wooden Train Track & Trains/Houses/Tree... - Auction   
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          For sale - Assortment of toy wooden blocks - Auction   
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          For sale - Wooden Book Rest Vintage Antique Style Bible Cook... - Auction   

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          For sale - Preschool wooden farm jigsaw complete. Easy grip... - Auction   
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          For sale - Wooden Train Carrying Case "opens up to paly set"... - Auction   
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          British and Irish Lions flanker Sean O'Brien could miss crucial third Test with the All Blacks after being cited for allegedly striking Waisake Naholo   
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          Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


Regional Editor Spotlight:

Christy Brooks
Los Angeles Contributing Editor

Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


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          The 16 most expensive cities in the world for commuting to work   

wellington new zealand public transportation

Next to housing, transportation is one of the largest recurring expenses people face. In a major metropolis, that likely means a fair amount of time packed into the subway, trolley, or bus getting a little too acquainted with your fellow city dwellers.

The good news: It's better for the environment, and, depending on where you live, it may be cheaper than owning a car. 

The bad news: It can still be really expensive. 

In London, the most expensive city in the world for public transportation, you'll need to shell out nearly $175 for a month of riding the Tube. In New York City, a monthly transit pass costs about $120. 

That's according to a recent report by Deutsche Bank, which analyzes the cost of living and compares prices among the largest cities around the world. 

The report sources prices from Expatistan, a site that tracks cost-of-living expenses in over 200 countries, for a "monthly ticket public transport" in nearly 50 cities. 

Here are the 16 most expensive cities in the world for commuting via public transportation each month.

All prices are in US dollars.

SEE ALSO: The 24 most expensive cities in the world to grab a beer at the local bar

16. San Francisco, United States — $86.10



15. Berlin, Germany — $87.20



14. Frankfurt, Germany — $88.50



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          Saskia Leek   
It's a bright new year and I'm feeling inspired by the distinct color palette and subject matter created by New Zealand artist Saskia Leek. These are just two examples of her work, but we can see that through color and abstraction a discernible subject, like the home, can take on many different perspectives. Leek's contrasting pieces encourage me to experiment and change up some of my own work and outlooks this year.

Link - Saskia Leek

          Karl Fritsch   

Based in New Zealand, designer Karl Fritsch creates breathtaking, contemporary jewelry pieces. Craftsmanship, fine art and wondrous stories can be found within each beautiful ring. The layers of shiny jewels against the rough finished metal is like a fantasy land of delight. Can you even imagine wearing one of these stunning creations?!

Links - Images via Karl Fritsch & Gallery Funaki


          7/2/2017: Sport: OH MARO!   

OH Maro Itoje. That’s what they sang all night long in Wellington. It was the soundtrack to a pulsating night in New Zealand’s capital city, an evening the likes of which have hardly been seen before. The t une i s from t he White Stripes. Seven...
          7/2/2017: Sport: We’ll come back all guns blazing, pledges Dagg   

ISRAEL DAGG said the All Blacks will use their anger to inspire them to victory in Auckland next week. The Lions sets up a series decider at Eden Park, and Dagg says that while New Zealand were amazed at the support for the tourists, they will be...
          7/2/2017: Sport: A paltry four? What a joke...   
SOUR grapes or just a risible attempt at a wind-up? Either way, Lions’ fans had to laugh at the player ratings supplied by local rag the New Zealand Herald, who awarded second row Maro Itoje four out of 10. It was the lowest score of any player...
          7/2/2017: Sport: MEET THE NEW BRIT   

BORN in South Africa, raised in New Zealand by a Scottish father and Welsh mother, now living in the USA — it has been an unusual journey to Wimbledon for this Brit. Cameron Norrie is a 21-year-old student who has halted his sociology studies at Texas...
          Health & Safety Management Course - Business Central   

Modern effective H&S management relies on a systematic approach. New Zealand Safety Standard 4801 describes the core elements of an H&S system. This course will introduce you to those core elements and help you with ...

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          Chris Lilley's Jonah from Tonga pulled from Maori TV over negative stereotypes   
New Zealand's Minister for Pacific Peoples, Alfred Ngaro, said the series perpetuates negative stereotypes of Pacific people.
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          For sale - Giordana Eddy Merckx Pullover 1/2 Zip Up (xl)... - $60   
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          For sale - grape lidded candle holder W/ unsceented candle... - $65   
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          For sale - wine and grape tuscan light switch cover plate - $4   
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          For sale - Grape themed valences - Auction   

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          For sale - Set of 3 Grape Vine Design, Metal Candlestick... - $15   
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          Value Added Taxation [VAT] - Stanford Emirates Professional Academy , Dubai    
Value Added Tax (VAT) is an indirect tax. Occasionally you might also see it referred to as a type of general consumption tax. In a country which has a VAT, it is imposed on most supplies of goods and services that are bought and sold. VAT is one of the most common types of consumption tax found around the world. Over 150 countries have implemented VAT (or its equivalent, Goods and Services Tax), including all 29 European Union (EU) members, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. VAT training program focuses on VAT understanding, recording and filing of VAT return in the most effective way to avoid any penalties for the organization.
 

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          New Zealand soldiers got high on prescription drugs while in Fiji on mission   
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          Nic Staveley photographs Air New Zealand’s new recruitment campaign   

Advertising agency True are behind Air New Zealand’s new ‘Become an Air New Zealander‘ campaign. Shooting industry staff in situ is one of Nic‘s specialties and the images encompass the various roles within the organisation such as cabin crew, operations, cargo, corporate, digital, engineering and pilots.  

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          Ravensdown rebrands with photographer Nic Staveley   

Ravensdown, via Designworks Christchurch, recently commissioned photographer Nic Staveley to shoot their complete rebrand including a new website. Over the course of a year, throughout the seasons, Nic visited seven farms in different parts of New Zealand. Briefed to capture the farm owners, their day to day activites and the beautiful landscapes, Nic was in his […]

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          7/2/2017: SPORTS: Lions beat All Blacks to level up series   
WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Owen Farrell slotted a 78th minute penalty to give the British and Irish Lions a 24-21 victory over 14-man New Zealand in the second test on Saturday to level up the series at 1-1 ahead of next week’s final clash in...
          Chris Lilley's Jonah from Tonga withdrawn by New Zealand's Māori Television   

NZ minister says the Australian comedy television series ‘perpetuates negative stereotypes of Pacific people’

The board of Māori Television has withdrawn the series Jonah from Tonga from screening on the channel.

New Zealand’s minister for Pacific peoples, Alfred Ngaro, said the series “perpetuates negative stereotypes of Pacific people” and “the fact it is pitched as comedy doesn’t make that any more acceptable”.

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          JOIDES Resolution charts a course for NZ waters – Expert reaction   

The world’s largest geoscience programme has confirmed that the research ship JOIDES Resolution will undertake several projects exploring the seafloor off New Zealand’s coast. The International Ocean Discovery Programme (IODP) has given the green light to a series of five back-to-back projects starting in August 2017, representing NZ$80 million in investment. The JOIDES Resolution, an […]

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          The high public cost of muzzling scientists – Shaun Hendy   

Ahead of the launch of his new book Silencing Science, Prof Shaun Hendy has written an opinion article for the Dominion Post. You can also see an interview with Prof Hendy on the Q + A show, and read an Q&A with the New Zealand Herald’s Jamie Morton.  An excerpt of the article (read in […]

The post The high public cost of muzzling scientists – Shaun Hendy appeared first on Science Media Centre.


          Kiwis invited to design badge for new Navy ship   
1 July 2017 Kiwis invited to design badge for new Navy ship New Zealanders are being invited to submit a badge design for the Royal New Zealand Navy’s newest and largest-ever ship, HMNZS Aotearoa. “This is a unique opportunity for all New Zealanders to play ...
          Speech: Dunne - Fire and Emergency New Zealand Launch   
Fire and Emergency New Zealand Launch A&P Showgrounds, Ashburton Good morning, Kia ora tatou everyone. Thank you for the opportunity to be here, on this momentous day in New Zealand’s firefighting history, to mark the establishment of Fire and ...
          Fire and Emergency New Zealand launched   
Fire and Emergency New Zealand launched The launch of Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) today marks a major and historic step on the path to a truly world class emergency response service for New Zealand says Internal Affairs Minister Hon Peter Dunne, ...
          NZ Super Fund returns 18.2 per cent in year to May   
The New Zealand Super Fund has avoided any major financial fallout from political turmoil around the world in the past year.The fund - set up set by the last Labour Government under former Finance Minister Michael Cullen to offset...
          Air New Zealand (ZK-OKP)   

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          No celebrations yet for Warburton   
The British & Irish Lions may have earned their first test win on New Zealand soil in 24 years, but there was still no celebrating from skipper Sam Warburton.
          REPORT: Lions down 14-man All Blacks in thriller   
The British & Irish Lions took their three-match series with the All Blacks to a deciding game after sealing a thrilling 24-21 victory over 14-man New Zealand in Wellington.
          New Zealand accommodation: Queenstown's most exclusive hideaways   
Thousands of snow-seekers from around New Zealand and the world descend on Queenstown every winter, but for those who don't wish to stay in busy hotels, there are plenty of ultra-luxurious private hideaways to rent in the resort town....
          Flying from Vancouver to Auckland with Air New Zealand   
The plane: Boeing 777-200. Class: Economy. Price: One-way Economy fares are on sale from $859, until July 3. Flight time: Listed as 14 hours. Actually about 30 minutes less. But add on two hours for the plane to get out...
          Flying from Auckland to Napier with Mt Cook/Air New Zealand Link   
The plane: An ATR 72. Airport experience: An unexpected Herald online reunion at the check-in desk, where we met a Napier-native colleague, headed home for a long weekend, and a friend and former colleague, who was South Island-bound....
          Rescued Wood #12: New Zealand Kauri Pine   

So, yesterday while slabbing some Eucalyptus where is was felled in town, our local feller stopped by to ask if I wanted some log sections of a tree they had just felled. When I asked what it was he didn’t know, but promised to fine out from one of our local tree experts.

True to his word, he drove by half an hour later and told me it was New Zealand Kauri Pine. I knew nothing about it, but his best chainsaw man told me it was quite hard, and the sample he had with him looked quite attractive. So naturally I said yes please, and they delivered two logs to my home later in the day.

Oh Boy are these ever a pair of logs !!!

Each is about 1.7m long and about 800mm diameter. Apparently Kauri Pine is not a known wood in South Africa and I have never heard of it, and there is no market for it commercially, but it was historically used for ship building, and was highly prized for masts as they are very even grained and generally straight.

Here is an appeal to the Kiwis and Aussies on this site – Does anyone here know anything about this wood and how it behaves under tools? Do you have any suggested uses? I’ll be slabbing it soon, and would like to know how thick I should cut it for best use after it has cured.

Cheers.


          Charlton's late winner ruled out for Black Sticks   
The Vantage Black Sticks Women will play Korea for the bronze medal after a scintillating 5-4 loss to the Netherlands in a sudden death shoot-out at the World League Semi Final in Brussels.New Zealand went into fulltime locked up...
          Adele pourrait mettre un terme à sa carrière   

MUSIQUE - Clap de fin pour Adele? La chanteuse britannique, qui fait partie des artistes qui ont vendu le plus d'albums au 21è siècle, a laissé entendre qu'elle pourrait arrêter la scène alors que sa tournée actuelle touche à sa fin.

Adele a adressé un message de remerciement à ses fans jeudi 29 juin au stade de Wembley, à Londres, où elle devait achever avec quatre concerts sa grande tournée de 123 dates.

💌😢😭✒❤Photo by Traci @tracii_m Translation by @wannabeadkins Adele @Adele's letter from her your book! "So this is it after 15 months on the road and 18 months of 25 we are at the end. We have taken this tour across uk+ Ireland, throughout Europe, all over America and I finally got to go to Australia and New Zealand too. Touring is a peculiar thing, it doesn't suit me particularly well. I'm a real homebody and I get so much joy in the small things. Plus I'm dramatic and have a terrible history of touring. Until now that is! I've done 119 shows and these last 4 will take me up to 123, it has been hard out an absolute thrill and pleasure to have done. I only ever did this tour for you and to hopefully have an impact on you the way that some of my favourite artist have had on me live. And I wanted my final shows to be in London because I don't know if I'll ever tour again and so I want my last time to be at home. Thank you for coming, for all of your ridiculous love and kindness. I will remember all of this for the rest of my life. Love you. Goodnight for now" ❤️Adele #Adele #Adelettes #AdeleLive2017

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"Faire des tournées est une chose spéciale. Ça ne me convient pas particulièrement bien", avoue-t-elle, dans une note écrite de sa main et insérée dans le programme, que plusieurs fans ont publiée sur les réseaux sociaux.

"Je suis très casanière et je tire tellement de joie de petites choses (...) Mes tournées se passent toujours mal", poursuit la chanteuse de 29 ans. "Je voulais que mes derniers concerts aient lieu à Londres parce que je ne sais pas si je referai une tournée un jour, et donc je veux que la dernière soit à la maison", écrit-elle.

Vendredi 30 juin, la chanteuse britannique a même été contrainte d'annuler ses deux derniers concerts au stade de Wembley, pour raisons médicales. "Je ne sais même pas par où commencer. Les deux dernières nuits au Wembley ont été les plus grands et les meilleurs concerts de ma vie.(...) Mais j'ai eu des problèmes vocaux les deux soirs", a -t-elle annoncé dans une publication Instagram le 30 juin. "J'ai été voir mon médecin ce matin parce que je n'avais plus de voix du tout, et il s'est avéré que j'avais les cordes vocales abîmées. Et sur avis médical, je suis tout simplement incapable d'assurer le spectacle ce weekend."

Adele a souvent parlé de son grand trac avant d'aller sur scène, et s'est retirée pendant plusieurs années, durant lesquelles elle a eu un fils, avant son album "25" en 2015. Le 30 juin, Sa tournée l'a amenée en Europe, Amérique du Nord, Australie et Nouvelle Zélande. A Los Angeles, elle a battu le record de huit concerts consécutifs à guichet fermé au Staples Center.

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          Climate Change Minister to Fiji   
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          America's Cup: Marlborough town rallies for Team New Zealand visit   
Every corner of the country helped in Team New Zealand's win, and it should not only be Auckland that celebrates.
          NZ citizen science project 'Fitbit for EVs'   
NZ citizen science project 'Fitbit for EVs' Kiwi electric vehicle owners are being recruited for a world-first project aimed at boosting uptake and busting some of the misconceptions around EVs.The just-launched Flip The Fleet project tasks EV owners as citizen scientists,... Reported by New Zealand Herald 8 minutes ago.
          Lions 11-10 with 13 point start   
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          The 16 most expensive cities in the world for commuting to work   

wellington new zealand public transportation

Next to housing, transportation is one of the largest recurring expenses people face. In a major metropolis, that likely means a fair amount of time packed into the subway, trolley, or bus getting a little too acquainted with your fellow city dwellers.

The good news: It's better for the environment, and, depending on where you live, it may be cheaper than owning a car. 

The bad news: It can still be really expensive. 

In London, the most expensive city in the world for public transportation, you'll need to shell out nearly $175 for a month of riding the Tube. In New York City, a monthly transit pass costs about $120. 

That's according to a recent report by Deutsche Bank, which analyzes the cost of living and compares prices among the largest cities around the world. 

The report sources prices from Expatistan, a site that tracks cost-of-living expenses in over 200 countries, for a "monthly ticket public transport" in nearly 50 cities. 

Here are the 16 most expensive cities in the world for commuting via public transportation each month.

All prices are in US dollars.

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16. San Francisco, United States — $86.10



15. Berlin, Germany — $87.20



14. Frankfurt, Germany — $88.50



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          France U-19 – New Zealand U-19 maçını canlı izle   

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          A cold morning   
Yes up and about last dose of the antibiotics This morning, Wednesday as it stands here in New Zealand is again uncommonly cold. I have slept an ungodly number of hours yet for someone like me that i
          Again good morning from New Zealand.   
Again good morning from New Zealand.Its a beautiful sunny day but Im sure you are not interested in that.Last night before going to bed I thought to put on a movie.I had spent ages talking to a friend
          6/29/2017: Football: Second Kiwi joins the fray   

New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham is Kent’s second overseas signing for the NatWest T20 Blast which gets under way next week. The 26-year-old joins international team-mate Adam Milne in the Spitfires squad for the opening game of the competition...
          TUYÊN BỐ VỀ CHỦ QUYỀN BIỂN ĐẢO QUỐC GIA VIỆT NAM CỦA CÔNG DÂN VÀ CÁC TỔ CHỨC XÃ HỘI DÂN SỰ VIỆT NAM   

(cập nhật đợt 2: 10 tổ chức và 183 cá nhân ký tên, bổ sung phiên bản tiếng Đức bên cạnh các phiên bản Việt, Anh, Pháp đã có)

Ngày 27 tháng 6 năm 2017

Lần đầu tiên, một lãnh đạo Trung Quốc sang Việt Nam – tướng Phạm Trường Long – đã tuyên bố công khai, trực tiếp với lãnh đạo Việt Nam, rằng “vùng lãnh hải Biển Đông là thuộc chủ quyền Trung Quốc từ thời cổ đại”, điều mà Chủ tịch Trung Quốc Tập Cận Bình đã phát biểu tại Singapore sau khi rời Việt Nam, mà không dám nói khi còn ở Việt Nam.

Phạm Trường Long, đại diện lập trường bành trướng của Trung Quốc, đã tiến thêm một bước khiêu khích mới, đe dọa chủ quyền Việt Nam, đồng thời Trung Quốc tiến hành manh động gây hấn ở lãnh hải và một số điểm trên đất liền của Việt Nam.

Dù yêu chuộng hòa bình hữu nghị, và đã từng trải qua chiến tranh, nhân dân Việt Nam không sợ hãi và kiên quyết chống lại cuộc xâm lấn của nhà cầm quyền Bắc Kinh, như đã từng thể hiện qua lịch sử mấy ngàn năm chống giặc Tàu xâm lược.

Chúng tôi, các công dân Việt Nam và các hội đoàn xã hội dân sự Việt Nam, long trọng tuyên bố:

1) Phản bác và lên án các hành vi xâm lược lãnh hải, lãnh thổ Việt Nam của nhà cầm quyền Bắc Kinh đang diễn ra. Dù bất cứ tình huống nào, sự đánh trả của nhân dân Việt Nam để bảo vệ đất nước là tất yếu.

2) Nhân dân Việt Nam đồng lòng, đoàn kết, gác bỏ mọi khác biệt và ủng hộ tất cả các Nhà nước của Quốc gia Việt Nam ở mọi thời kỳ, trong cùng lập trường bảo vệ chủ quyền quốc gia, chống mọi hành động xâm lược.

- Tại Hội nghị quốc tế San Francisco – Mỹ, 1951, Thủ tướng Chính phủ Quốc gia Việt Nam Trần Văn Hữu đã khẳng định quần đảo Hoàng Sa - Trường Sa thuộc Việt Nam, và được hội nghị công nhận.

- Chính phủ VNCH (Miền Nam), 1974, đã chiến đấu quyết liệt chống quân Trung Quốc xâm lược Hoàng Sa, tuy thất bại nhưng tinh thần không khuất phục.

- Chính phủ CHXHCN Việt Nam, sau khi thống nhất đất nước, dưới thời Tổng Bí thư Lê Duẩn 1979 đã tiến hành cuộc đánh trả oanh liệt cuộc xâm lăng 6 tỉnh miền Bắc Việt Nam.

Tuy Việt Nam chưa giành lại được 6 đảo ở Trường Sa và quần đảo Hoàng Sa còn bị Bắc Kinh chiếm đóng, nhưng năm 2011 trước Quốc hội Thủ tướng Nguyễn Tấn Dũng đã tiếp tục khẳng định chủ quyền của Việt Nam về Hoàng Sa và Trường Sa. Chính phủ Việt Nam cũng có những tuyên bố khác có nội dung thống nhất như trên. Và Quốc hội Việt Nam đã công khai thừa nhận là Việt Nam chưa hoàn thành nhiệm vụ lịch sử khôi phục sự toàn vẹn lãnh thổ.

Lập trường của nhân dân Việt Nam và sự nhất quán của các Chính phủ của Quốc gia Việt Nam đã rõ ràng trong suốt chiều dài lịch sử. Tham vọng ngông cuồng, lạc thời đại của bè lũ Bành trướng Tập Cận Bình – Phạm Trường Long không tránh khỏi sự thất bại thảm hại.

3) Nhân dân Việt Nam luôn ghi nhận và tri ân các thế hệ quân đội thuộc các thời kỳ, đã chiến đấu và hy sinh vì Tổ quốc, để chống các loại giặc ngoại xâm bất cứ từ đâu đến và dưới màu sắc nào.

4) Cải thiện nội trị là điều khẩn thiết để có nội lực hùng mạnh bảo vệ Tổ quốc chống ngoại xâm. Các tầng lớp nhân dân đang phấn khích, ủng hộ và theo dõi xu thế làm trong sạch bộ máy nhà nước, và cải tổ về mọi lãnh vực: kinh tế, y tế, giáo dục, quốc phòng, tư pháp. Đặc biệt, canh tân quân đội, từ bỏ sự sa đà vào lợi ích nhóm bất chính, chấn chỉnh hệ thống hành chánh quan liêu, diệt trừ tham nhũng. Và quan trọng hơn hết là từ bỏ hệ tư tưởng lạc hậu ảo tưởng, sửa Điều 4 Hiến pháp nhằm hiệu chính vai trò của Quốc hội, tăng cường sức mạnh đoàn kết của nhân dân, thực thi nền dân chủ cho kịp đà tiến của thời đại.

Tổ quốc là trên hết, gác lại quá khứ, chấp nhận khác biệt.

Chúng tôi kêu gọi các tầng lớp nhân dân, các tổ chức xã hội dân sự, các thành viên trong bộ máy nhà nước, cùng đồng bào Việt Nam ở nước ngoài, ủng hộ tuyên bố này.

Chúng tôi kêu gọi nhân dân các nước ủng hộ cuộc đấu tranh chính nghĩa, bảo vệ chủ quyền quốc gia Việt Nam theo công ước quốc tế, góp phần bảo dưỡng môi trường tài nguyên vùng biển, đảm bảo tự do hàng hải và hàng không ở Biển Đông.

Xin ký tên ủng hộ bản Tuyên bố này qua địa chỉ biendongtuyenbo@gmail.com.

English version:

STATEMENTS BY CITIZENS AND CIVIL ORGANIZATIONS OF VIETNAM ABOUT SOVEREIGNTY ON VIETNAMESE WATERS AND ISLANDS

Ho Chi Minh City June 27, 2017

Recently, Fan Changlong, a Communist China leader made official statements to the leaders of Vietnam in Hanoi: “The islands in the China Sea have belonged to China since antiquity”. Even the Chinese President Xi Jinping did not dare to do such a thing in Vietnam. He only did it in Singapore after leaving our country.

As the representative of the Chinese hegemonic lines, Fan Changlong took a new step in the provocation and threats against Vietnamese sovereignty. At the same time, China is deliberately attacking some parts of the continental shelf and the national territory of Vietnam.

The Vietnamese people, enamored of peace and friendship, even after having suffered so many wars, is determined to struggle obstinately against these aggressions carried out by the Chinese leaders. Our people have proved throughout their millenary history, this unwavering will of resistance against Chinese aggression.

We, citizens and civil organizations of Vietnam, make the following solemn declarations:

1. We reject and condemn the actions of the current aggressions of the Beijing leaders against the waters and territories of Vietnam. In all circumstances, our fight for the defense of our country is an absolute necessity!

2. In all the epochs of its history, the Vietnamese people were united in the support of the Vietnamese states in the struggle for the defense of the sovereignty of Vietnam against the external aggressions.

- At the International Conference in San Francisco in 1951, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) reaffirmed that the Hoang Sa-Truong Sa Islands were belonged to Vietnam. And this position was approved by all participating delegates.

- The Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) carried out a heroic but unsuccessful struggle against the Chinese aggression at Hoang Sa in 1974.

- In 1979, under the leadership of General Secretary Le Duan, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam stubbornly resisted Chinese aggression on the 6 provinces bordering North Vietnam.

Although the Hoang Sa archipelago and the 6 Truong Sa islands remain still occupied by China, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung reaffirmed Vietnam’s rights on Hoang Sa and Truong Sa islands before the National Assembly. This consistent position was subsequently confirmed in various statements. Among other things, the National Assembly has officially recognized the fact that Vietnam has missed its historic duty in restoring territorial integrity.

The unfailing position of the Vietnamese people and successive governments is constant throughout our history. The extravagant and out-of-date ambitions of Xi Jinping - Fan Changlong will certainly encounter lamentable failures!

3. The Vietnamese people always express their deep gratitude to their armed bodies, which have fought and sacrificed themselves for their fatherland in the struggle against the aggressors from wherever they come and under any color.

4. Internal consolidation is the sine qua non condition of strengthening the country’s defense forces against invasion. The different layers of the Vietnamese population are enthusiastically following and firmly supporting the State’s transparency policy, the policy of reforming the economy, health, national education, national defense, justice ... Particularly, the reform of the army, the abandonment of financial interests related to particular selfish groups, the reorganization of the bureaucratic administration system, the liquidation of corruption. The most important of all, will be the abandonment of ideological illusions, the amendment of Article 4 of the Constitution to restore the rights of the National Assembly, strengthen national unity, achieve democracy in order to catch up with the times.

The country must be above all. The past must be put on hold, the difference must be accepted.

We appeal to all segments of the population, all civil and social organizations, all members of the apparatus of the state and all Vietnamese compatriots living both in Vietnam and abroad to support the present declarations.

We also appeal to the people of the world to support our just struggle for the defense of Vietnamese sovereignty, in accordance with international laws, for the protection of the environment, for the preservation of natural resources, guaranteeing the freedom of maritime and air navigation, for the international legal order, in China Sea.

If you are supporting these declarations, please provide your contact information (surname and first name, occupation, place of residence) via the following e-mail address:

biendongtuyenbo@gmail.com.

Version français

DÉCLARATIONS DES CITOYENNES-CITOYENS ET DES ORGANISATIONS CIVLES DU VIETNAM À PROPOS DE LA SOUVERAINETÉ SUR LES EAUX ET LES ÎLES VIETNAMIENNES

Ho Chi Minh ville le 27/6/2017

Récemment, Fan Changlong, un dirigeant de la Chine communiste a pour la première fois, fait des déclarations officielles devant les dirigeants du Vietnam à Hanoi: « Les iles dans la mer de Chine appartenaient à la Chine depuis l’antiquité ». Même le Président Chinois Xi Jinping n’osait pas fait une telle chose au Vietnam. Il l’a fait seulement à Singapore après avoir quitté notre pays.

Etant le représentant des lignes hégémoniques chinoises, Fan Changlong a fait un nouveau pas dans la provocation et les menaces contre la souveraineté vietnamienne. En même temps, la Chine procède à des agressions délibérées sur quelques endroits de la plate-forme continentale et le territoire national du Vietnam.

Le peuple vietnamien, épris de paix et de l’amitié, même après avoir subi tant de guerres, est déterminé à lutter avec opiniâtreté contre ces agressions menées par les dirigeants chinois. Notre peuple a prouvé tout au long de son histoire millénaire, cette volonté inébranlable de résistance contre l’agression chinoise.

Nous, citoyens et organisations civiles du Vietnam, faisons des déclarations solennelles suivantes:

1. Nous rejetons et nous condamnons les actions d’agressions actuelles des dirigeants de Beijing contre les eaux et les territoires du Vietnam. En toutes circonstances, notre combat de défense de notre pays est une nécessité absolue!

2. Dans toutes les époques de son histoire, le peuple vietnamien s’est montré unis dans le soutien des états vietnamiens dans la lutte pour la défense de la souveraineté du Vietnam contre les agressions extérieures.

- A la Conférence Internationale de San Francisco en 1951, le Premier Ministre de la République du Vietnam (Sud-Vietnam) a réaffirmé l’appartenance des îles Hoang Sa - Truong Sa au Vietnam. Et cette position a été approuvée par tous les délégués participants.

- La République du Vietnam (Sud-Vietnam) a mené un combat héroïque mais sans succès contre l’agression chinoise à Hoang Sa en 1974.

- En 1979, sous la direction du Secrétaire Général Le Duan, la République Socialiste du Vietnam a résisté avec opiniâtreté contre l’agression chinoise sur les 6 provinces frontalières au Nord Vietnam.

Malgré que l’archipel de Hoang Sa et les 6 îles de Truong Sa soient restés encore occupés par la Chine, devant l’Assemblée Nationale, le Premier Ministre Nguyen Tan Dung a réaffirmé les droits du Vietnam sur les îles Hoang Sa et Truong Sa. Cette position constante a été confirmée par la suite dans différentes déclarations. Entre autre, l’Assemblée Nationale a reconnu officiellement le fait que le Vietnam a manqué son devoir historique dans la restauration de l’intégrité territoriale.

La position sans faille du peuple vietnamien et des gouvernements successifs est constante tout au long de notre histoire. Les ambitions extravagantes et hors d’époque de Xi Jinping - Fan Changlong vont certainement rencontrer des échecs lamentables!

3. Le peuple vietnamien marque toujours sa profonde reconnaissance envers ses corps armés qui ont lutté et se sont sacrifiés pour la patrie dans les combats contre les agresseurs d’où qu’ils viennent et sous n’importe lesquelles couleurs.

4. La consolidation intérieure est la condition sine qua non du renforcement des forces de défense de la patrie contre l’invasion. Les différentes couches de la population vietnamienne sont entrain de suivre avec enthousiasme et soutiennent fermement la politique de transparence de l’appareil de l’état, la politique de réforme de l’économie, de la santé, de l’éducation nationale, de la défense nationale, de la justice… Particulièrement, la réforme de l’armée, l’abandon des intérêts financiers liés aux groupes particuliers égoïstes, la réorganisation du système de l’administration bureaucratique, la liquidation de la corruption. Le plus important de tout sera l’abandon des illusions idéologiques, la modification de l’article 4 de la Constitution pour remettre en selle l’Assemblée Nationale, renforcer l’union nationale, réaliser la démocratie afin de rattraper le retard de l’époque.

La patrie doit être au-dessus de tout. Il faut mettre en veilleuse le passé, accepter la différence.

Nous faisons appel à tous les couches de la population, toutes les organisations civiles, sociales, tous les membres de l’appareil de l’état, tous les compatriotes du Vietnam vivant au Vietnam comme à l’étranger pour soutenir les présentes déclarations.

Nous faisons appel aussi au peuple du monde entier à soutenir notre juste lutte pour la défense de la souveraineté vietnamienne, conformément aux lois internationales, pour la protection de l’environnement, pour la préservation des ressources naturelles, garantissant la liberté de navigation maritime et aérienne, pour l’ordre légal international dans la Mer de Chine.

Si vous soutenez ces déclarations, veuillez indiquer vos coordonnées (nom et prénom, occupation, lieu de résidence) via l’adresse d’e-mail suivante:

biendongtuyenbo@gmail.com.

DANH SÁCH KÝ TÊN

I. Hội đoàn tổ chức xã hội dân sự

Đợt 1

1. Ban Vận động thành lập Văn đoàn Độc lập Việt Nam do nhà văn Nguyên Ngọc đại diện

2. Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng do ông Lê Thân, Chủ nhiệm Câu lạc bộ, đại diện

3. Diễn đàn Xã hội Dân sự do TS Nguyễn Quang A đại diện

4. Người Bảo vệ Nhân quyền (Defend the Defenders) do ông Vũ Quốc Ngữ đại diện

5. Mạng lưới Các Tổ chức Xã hội Dân sự Độc lập (Vietnam Independent Civil Society Organizations - VICSON) do ông Vũ Quốc Ngữ đại diện

6. Câu lạc bộ Phan Tây Hồ do TS Hà Sĩ Phu và cán bộ cộng sản Tiền khởi nghĩa Đoàn Nhật Hồng đại diện

7. Diễn đàn Bauxite Việt Nam do GS Phạm Xuân Yêm và GS Nguyễn Huệ Chi đại diện

Đợt 2

8. Tổ chức Văn Khố Thuyền Nhân Việt Nam tại Úc, Hoa Kỳ và Canada do ông Trần Đông, Tổng Giám Đốc & Sáng lập viên đại diện

9. Ban Hỗ Trợ Nạn Nhân Ô Nhiễm Biển Môi Trường Biển Giáo Phận Vinh. Đại diện: Linh Mục Giuse Phan Sĩ Phương, Trưởng ban

10. Ban Công Lý và Hòa Bình Giáo Phận Vinh. Đại diện: Linh mục Ant Nguyễn Văn Đính, Trưởng ban

II. Cá nhân

Đợt 1

1. Nguyễn Quang A, TSKH, nguyên Viện trưởng Viện IDS, Hà Nội

2. Hồ An, nhà báo, Sài Gòn

3. Vũ Hồng Ánh, nghệ sĩ, Sài Gòn

4. Lại Nguyên Ân, nhà nghiên cứu độc lập, Hà Nội

5. Nguyễn Trọng Bách, kỹ sư động lực, Nam Định

6. Trần Văn Bang, kỹ sư, cựu chiến binh chống Trung Quốc xâm lược, Sài Gòn

7. Nguyễn Nguyên Bình, Nhà văn, Hà Nội

8. Huỳnh Ngọc Chênh, nhà báo, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn

9. Nguyễn Huệ Chi, GS, hưu trí, Hà Nội

10. Nguyễn Kim Chi, nghệ sĩ, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn

11. Tống Văn Công, nguyên Tổng Biên tập báo Lao Động, Hoa Kỳ

12. Ngô Thị Kim Cúc, nhà văn, nhà báo, Sài Gòn

13. Tiêu Dao Bảo Cự, nhà văn tự do, Đà Lạt

14. Nguyễn Trung Dân, nhà báo, Sài Gòn

15. Nguyễn Đắc Diên, bác sĩ, Sài Gòn

16. Nguyễn Xuân Diện, TS, Hà Nội

17. Hoàng Dũng, PGS TS, Sài Gòn

18. Nguyễn Duy, nhà thơ, Sài Gòn

19. Lê Công Định, luật sư, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn

20. Trần Tiến Đức, nhà báo độc lập, đạo diễn truyền hình và phim tài liệu, Hà Nội

21. Phạm Nam Hải, Hà Nội

22. Nguyễn Trần Hải, cựu sĩ quan Hải quân Nhân dân Việt Nam, Hải Phòng

23. Chu Hảo, Viện trưởng Viện Phan Châu Trinh, Hội An, Quảng Nam

24. Đặng Thị Hảo, TS, hưu trí, Hà Nội

25. Nguyễn Thị Thanh Hằng, dược sĩ, Pháp

26. Vũ Thư Hiên, nhà văn, Pháp

27. Bùi Hiền, nhà thơ, Canada

28. Ngô Kim Hoa (Sương Quỳnh), nhà báo tự do, thành viên CLB Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn

29. Đoàn Nhật Hồng, nguyên Giám đốc Sở Giáo dục Lâm Đồng, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Phan Tây Hồ, Đà Lạt

30. Lại Thị Ánh Hồng, nghệ sĩ, thành viên CLB Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn

31. Phaolô Nguyễn Thái Hợp, Giám mục Giáo phận Vinh

32. Nguyễn Đăng Hưng, GS Danh dự Đại học Liège, Bỉ, cư ngụ tại Sài Gòn

33. Hoàng Hưng, nhà thơ, dịch giả, Sài Gòn

34. Đoàn Thị Thu Hương, nội trợ, Sài Gòn

35. Lê Phú Khải, nhà báo, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn

36. Lê Xuân Khoa, GS, Hoa Kỳ

37. Mai Thái Lĩnh, nhà nghiên cứu, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Phan Tây Hồ, Đà Lạt

38. Lê Khánh Luận, tiến sĩ toán, nhà thơ, nguyên GV ĐH KT Tp.HCM

39. Phan Đắc Lữ, nhà thơ, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn

40. André Menras - Hồ Cương Quyết, nhà giáo Pháp-Việt, Pháp

41. Gioan Baotixita Huỳnh Công Minh, linh mục Giáo phận Sài Gòn

42. Kha Lương Ngãi, nguyên Phó Tổng Biên tập báo Sài Gòn giải phóng, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn

43. Nguyên Ngọc, nhà văn, Hội An

44. Nguyễn Đình Nguyên, TS Y khoa, Australia

45. Nguyễn Quang Nhàn, cán bộ hưu trí Đà Lạt, Câu lạc bộ Phan Tây Hồ, Đà Lạt

46. Ý Nhi, nhà thơ, Sài Gòn

47. Hồ Ngọc Nhuận, nhà báo, dân biểu đối lập thời VNCH, Phó Chủ tịch Ủy ban Mặt trận Tổ quốc Việt Nam của thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Ủy viên Ủy ban Trung ương Mặt trận Tổ quốc Việt Nam

48. Phan Hoàng Oanh, giảng viên đại học, Sài Gòn

49. Bùi Oanh, giáo viên, đã nghỉ hưu, Sài Gòn

50. Hà Sĩ Phu, TS, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Phan Tây Hồ, Đà Lạt

51. Huỳnh Sơn Phước, nhà báo, Hội An

52. Tô Lê Sơn, kỹ sư, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn

53. Trần Ngọc Sơn, kỹ sư, Pháp

54. Võ Văn Tạo, nhà báo, Nha Trang

55. Nguyễn Quốc Thái, nhà báo, Sài Gòn

56. Phạm Thành, nhà báo, nhà văn, Hà Nội

57. Trần Minh Thảo, viết văn, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Phan Tây Hồ, Bảo Lộc, Lâm Đồng

58. Lê Thân, cựu tù chính trị Côn Đảo, Chủ nhiệm Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn

59. Đào Tiến Thi, nhà nghiên cứu văn học và ngôn ngữ, nguyên Ủy viên Ban Chấp hành Hội Ngôn ngữ học Việt Nam, Hà Nội

60. Võ Văn Thôn, nguyên Giám đốc Sở Tư pháp TP HCM, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn

61. Đào Công Tiến, nguyên Hiệu trưởng trường Đại học Kinh tế TpHCM

62. Đoàn Văn Tiết, nhà giáo, Sài Gòn

63. Mạc Văn Trang, tiến sĩ tâm lý học, Hà Nội

64. Nguyễn Thị Khánh Trâm, hưu trí, Sài Gòn

65. David Tran, GS, Hoa Kỳ

66. Phạm Đình Trọng, nhà văn, Sài Gòn

67. Phạm Nguyên Trường, dịch giả, Vũng Tàu

68. Trần Ngọc Tuấn, nhà văn, nhà báo, Praha, Czech

69. Hà Quang Vinh, hưu trí, Sài Gòn

70. Nguyễn Ngọc Xuân, làm vườn, đã nghỉ hưu, Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu

71. Phạm Xuân Yêm, GS, hưu trí, Paris

Đợt 2

72. Nguyễn Đình Đầu, nhà nghiên cứu, Sài Gòn.

73. Hạ Đình Nguyên, thành viên CLB Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn

74. Cao Lập, thành viên CLB Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn

75. Lê Anh Hùng, nhà báo tự do, Hà Nội

76. Đoàn Đức Phương, giáo viên, Sài Gòn

77. Nguyễn Đình Ấm, nhà báo, Hà Nội

78. Nguyễn Thu Giang, hưu trí, nguyên Phó Giám đốc Sở Tư pháp TP Hồ Chí Minh

79. Phạm Hữu Tình, luật sư, Bình Dương.

80. Khổng Hy Thiêm, kỹ sư Điện, Khánh Hòa.

81. Bùi Thị Minh Hằng, cựu tù nhân lương tâm, Vũng Tàu

82. Phạm Khiêm Ích, nghiên cứu khoa học, Hà Nội

83. Lê Tuấn Huy, TS, TPHCM

84. Nguyễn Thế Hùng, GSTS, Phó Chủ tịch Hội Cơ học Thủy khí Việt Nam

85. Nguyễn Văn Đức, lao động tự do, Sài Gòn

86. Nguyễn Ngọc Dũng, công dân Việt Nam, TPHCM

87. Đinh An, kỹ sư Chế tạo máy, Hà Nội

88. Nguyễn Văn Tiên, kỹ sư Tư vấn Môi trường, Bình Dương

89. Vinh Anh, cựu chiến binh, Hà Nội

90. Mã Lam, Nhà thơ, Sài Gòn

91. Nguyễn Lệ Uyên, nhà văn, Sài Gòn

92. Phạm Gia Minh, TS Kinh tế, Hà Nội

93. Nguyễn Thượng Long, giáo viên hưu trí, Hà Nội

94. Bùi Minh Quốc, nhà báo, Đà Lạt

95. Hồ Quang Huy, kỹ sư đường sắt CTCP đường sắt Phú Khánh, TP Nha Trang

96. Nguyễn Văn Lượm, nghề nghiệp tự do, TP Nha Trang

97. Chu Sơn, công dân Việt Nam, TPHCM

98. Nguyễn Thị Kim Thoa, công dân Việt Nam, TPHCM

99. Nguyễn Văn Sơn (Son Nguyen), về hưu, Hoa Kỳ

100. Huỳnh Nhật Hải, hưu trí, Đà Lạt

101. Huỳnh Nhật Tấn, hưu trí, Đà Lạt

102. Nguyễn Đăng Quang, Đại tá, nguyên cán bộ Bộ Công an, Hà Nội

103. Trần Thiện Kế, dược sĩ, Hà Nội

104. Hoàng Ngọc Đính, cựu sĩ quan QLVNCH, Đà Lạt

105. Đào Minh Châu, Hà Nội

106. Nguyễn Lạc, doanh nhân, Hội Sinh viên Sài Gòn Gia Định

107. Nguyễn Tiến Đức, nghỉ hưu tại TPHCM

108. Nguyễn Trọng Cương, Học viện Nông nghiệp Việt Nam

109. Trần Thanh Vân, kiến trúc sư, Hà Nội

110. Đồng Quang Vinh, hưu trí, Nha Trang, Khánh Hòa

111. Phạm Minh Đức, kỹ sư Cơ khí, Hà Nội

112. Nguyễn Đào Trường, hưu trí, Hải Dương

113. Nguyễn Văn Lịch, hưu trí, Hà Nội

114. Hoàng Quý Thân, PGSTS, hưu trí, Hà Nội

115. Phạm Văn Chung, Đại học Khoa học Xã hội và Nhân văn Hà Nội

116. Trần Viết Tuyên, kiến trúc sư, nghỉ hưu, Hamburg, CHLB Đức

117. Trần Thế Tuấn, Đại học Sư phạm, Đại học Quốc gia Việt Nam, Hà Nội

118. Ngô Kim Dung, bác sĩ, Pháp

119. Phan Quốc Tuyên, kỹ sư Tin học, Genève, Thụy Sĩ

120. Phạm Vương Ánh, kỹ sư Kinh tế, cựu sĩ quan QĐNDVN, Nghệ An

121. Doãn Mạnh Dũng, kỹ sư, Phó Chủ tịch, Tổng thư ký Hội Khoa học Kỹ thuật và Kinh tế Biển TPHCM

122. Lê Quỳnh, nhà báo, Sài Gòn

123. Nguyễn Huy Canh, giáo viên hưu trí, Hải Phòng

124. Hoàng Thị Như Hoa, bộ đội xuất ngũ, Hà Nội

125. Tô Oanh, giáo viên đã nghỉ hưu, TP Bắc Giang

126. Nguyễn Văn Hồng, giáo viên đã nghỉ hưu, Bắc Ninh

127. Hà Văn Thùy, nhà văn, TPHCM

128. Lê Văn Ngọ, cán bộ hưu trí tại Nha Trang

129. Uông Đình Đức, hưu trí, TPHCM

130. Phan Châu Danh, thạc sĩ Quản lý Kinh doanh & Quản lý Chất lượng, kinh doanh tự do tại Bỉ

131. Hoàng Xuân Sơn, nhà thơ, Canada

132. Lý Đăng Thạnh, Người chép Sử, Sài Gòn

133. Trần Minh Quốc, nguyên giáo sư chuyên khoa Sử-Địa trước năm 1975, Sài Gòn

134. Trương Thế Kỷ, München, CHLB Đức

135. Cao Xuân Lý, nhà văn, Australia

136. Hoàng Thanh Linh, thạc sĩ, Sài Gòn

137. Nguyễn Trọng Hoàng, bác sĩ, Pháp

138. Trần Văn Hoàng, Canada

139. Nguyễn Văn Nghi, TS, Hà Nội

140. Lê Mai Đậu, kỹ sư, Hà Nội

141. Phan Văn Quý, kiến trúc sư, Sài Gòn

142. Nguyễn Diễm Quyên, kinh doanh, TPHCM

143. Đỗ Quốc Minh, Thủ Đức, Sài Gòn

144. Nguyễn Thị Xuyến, Bình Dương

145. Ngô Trường Hải, Buôn Ma Thuột

146. Huỳnh Thanh Thương, công dân Việt Nam, Sài Gòn

147. Trần Đình Sử, GSTS, Hà Nội

148. Nguyễn Phúc Thành, dịch giả, Sài Gòn

149. Nguyễn Đức Quỳ, cựu giáo chức, Hà Nội

150. Phùng Hoài Ngọc, thạc sĩ, An Giang

151. Đặng Đăng Phước, giáo viên, Đăk Lăk

152. Lê Phước Nhất Sang, kế toán, Sài Gòn

153. Trần Đình Tuấn, nghiên cứu văn hoá dân gian độc lập, Hà Nội

154. Hà Thúc Huy, PGSTS Hóa học, Sài Gòn

155. Vũ Ngọc Lân, kỹ sư Luyện kim, Hà Nội

156. Trần Quốc Túy, kỹ sư Hóa, đã nghỉ hưu, Hà Nội.

157. Anh N Tran, giáo chức, hưu trí, Hoa Kỳ

158. Bùi Hồng Mạnh, biên dịch tự do, cử nhân Hóa học, cựu sĩ quan “79”, QĐNDVN, Munich, CHLB Đức

159. Lê Hải, nghệ sĩ nhiếp ảnh, Đà Nẵng

160. Nguyễn Chính, luật gia, nhà báo, Nha Trang

161. Lê Thăng Long, kỹ sư, doanh nhân, Sài Gòn

162. Tống Hồ Huấn, Mục sư nhà thờ, Auckland, New Zealand

163. Nguyễn Thu Hoà, kế toán viên, Auckland, New Zealand

164. Nguyễn Rose Hồng, Truyền đạo Hội Thánh Elim, Auckland, New Zealand

165. Nguyễn Khánh Việt, cán bộ hưu trí, Hà Nội

166. Trần Hữu Khánh, hưu trí, TPHCM

167. Jane Nguyen, Hoa Kỳ

168. Hồ Hữu Nghị, kỹ sư dự án, TPHCM

169. Hồ Sĩ Phú, kỹ sư cơ khí, Quy Nhơn

170. Hồ Trọng Đễ, giáo viên nghỉ hưu, TPHCM

171. Trần Đình Sơn, giảng viên Toán, Anh Quốc

172. Uông-Nguyễn Thị Xuân Hương, Thụy Sĩ

173. Tư Đồ Tuệ, Canada

174. Trần Đông, Tổng Giám Đốc & Sáng lập viên Tổ chức Văn Khố Thuyền Nhân Việt Nam tại Úc, Hoa Kỳ và Canada

175. Bùi Tiến An, cựu tù Côn Đảo, thành viên CLB Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn

176. Thiều Thị Tân, cựu tù Côn Đảo, thành viên CLB Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn

177. Nguyễn Thúy Hạnh, thành viên CLB Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn

178. Ant. Nguyễn Thanh Tịnh, Linh mục quản xứ Cồn Sẻ, Giáo phận Vinh.

179. Giuse Phan Sĩ Phương, Linh mục quản hạt Cửa Lò, Giáo phận Vinh

180. Giuse Nguyễn Công Bắc, Linh mục quản hạt Cầu Rầm, Giáo phận Vinh

181. Ant. Nguyễn Văn Đính, Linh mục quản hạt Thuận Nghĩa, Giáo phận Vinh

182. GB. Bùi Khiêm Cường, Linh mục quản xứ Đông Sơn, Giáo phận Vinh

183. GB. Nguyễn Đình Thục, Linh mục quản xứ Song Ngọc, Giáo phận Vinh


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          Cartoons of 1959, Part 1   
There was still a bit of life left in theatrical cartoons in 1959, but the attention in the first half of the year was on two features—“Sleeping Beauty” and “1001 Arabian Nights” with Mr. Magoo. As for shorts, well, there were very few developments. UPA and Columbia came to a parting; Columbia had money in Hanna-Barbera, so it didn’t need an outside studio. Walter Lantz announced he was making a series directed at teenagers. “Hickory, Dickory and Doc” ended up being directed at people who liked B-list cartoons.

The main story continued to be expansion of animation on television. Stations signed up to run new made-for-TV Felix the Cat cartoons. Hanna-Barbera was expanding (“Pete and Repete” and “Arf and Arf” became the Augie Doggie series). TV Spots planned a series in addition to “Crusader Rabbit” (it never got made). Terrytoons was developing Hector Heathcote. And ABC signed a deal to put Harveytoons (né Famous Studios cartoons) on the air in a show called “Matty’s Funday Funnies.”

You can read what was in the pages of Variety, cartoon-wise, over the first half of 1959.

January 6, 1959
Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" feature cartoon, originally shot in Technirama, has been converted to 70m, compatible with Todd-AO, with a special printer lens, Micro-Panatar, developed specifically for Disney by Panavision.
Adaptation of the pic makes it particularly suitable for roadshowing and was designed to make the pic more attractive to houses set up with the Todd-AO screen. Pic is now advertised as in "Technirama 70," a combination of the Technlcolor-Technirama process with Panavision's adaptation. Panavision prexy Robert Gottschalk said the printer lens was designed specifically for cartoon work and is not particularly suited to other types of pix.

Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists, Local 841, of New York, yesterday filed suit in L.A. Superior Court making $19,350.66 in action brought against C. Morie Foutz and five unidentified shareholders of Academy Pictures Inc., also a N.Y. corporation.
Coin repped unpaid wages to Local's members and welfare fund payments said to be due, according to suit, which was filed under a N.Y. law providing that stockholders of a corporation can be held personally responsible for wages and welfare fund payments if a corporation defaults on such payments. No reason was given for the filing here.
Complaint stated that Aug. 6, 1958, the corporation's assets were assigned to the N.Y. Credit Men's Adjustment Bureau for distribution to creditors. Since combined assets of corporation weren't enough to pay all of its obligations, union therefore was proceeding against stockholders, according to the suit.

January 7, 1959
Sherman A. Todd has been elected prexy of IATSE Film Editors Local 776 for a two-year term.
Others named to the board were: ... Cartoon editor: Treg Brown (one year).

Screen Gems yesterday gave the go-ahead to Hanna & Barbera Productions for full production on "Pete and Repete," new half-hour cartoon series to be launched next fall. H&B are already in production on two other cartoon series for Screen Gems, "Quick Draw McGraw" and "Snooper and Blabbermouse." H&B are searching for offbeat voice characterizations for "Pete," a father and son format. Besides new entries, H&B are continuing with production of their current "Ruff and Reddy" and "Huckleberry Hound" stanzas.

January 8, 1959
Walt Disney Productions and its domestic subsidiaries skyrocketed to an all-time high in returns for the fiscal year ended Sept. 27, 1968, outdistancing the previous year's record net profit by 5.9% and record gross income by 86%.
Company for the 1957-58 period hit a net profit of $3,866,478, equivalent to $2.51 per share on, 1,587,064 shares of common stock outstanding, proxy Roy O. Disney told stockholders in his annual report.
This compared with $8,649,859, or $2.44 per share on 1,484,041 shares outstanding for year ended Sept. 29, 1957.
An increase of $12,799,020 in total gross income was registered by firm's operations, boosting the previous year's take of $85,778,242 to $48,577,262 for 1957-58. Provision for Federal income taxes for the 1958 fiscal year amounted to $3,925,000, as against $3,850,000 for 1957. ...
In expressing full confidence for the 1958-59 period, board chairman Walt Disney Informed stockholders that company would produce six features during the coming year. These include one animation film, "101 Dalmatians."

January 14, 1959
Four Star Films and UPA Pictures have entered into a reciprocal agreement for a combining of their studio forces. Under the arrangement all future animation coming to either will be made by UPA and all live action sequences done by Four Star.
Dick Powell, prexy of Four Star, and UPA head, Stephen Bosustow, who negotiated the deal, said that it is in no sense a merger but a combination of studio crafts. Each company retains its respective identities and work will be done at their individual studios.
Herb Klynn, veepee of UPA's commercial department, and Walter Bien, also a 4 Star's commercial topper, leave next week for the east to appoint sales reps of the joint companies. UPA has been making commercial cartoons since 1948 and 4 Star was formed in 1950, and recently expanded its operation to include commercials.

WWJ-TV adds "Bozo the Clown" color cartoon series Monday through Saturday at 9:30 a. m.

January 16, 1959
Sleeping Beauty
(Cartoon; Technicolor; Technirama 70; Songs)
PREVIEWED at the Carthay Circle Theatre Jan. 15, 1959. Running Time: 75 mins.
Walt Disney has done it again with his new feature cartoon, "Sleeping Beauty." Despite the huge cost of the simple and fairly short film, in Technicolor and Technirama 70, the boxoffice will undoubtedly recompense. With the picture set for roadshowing, the returns will be over a long haul, but "Sleeping Beauty" will be as much of a sturdy perennial as "Snow White" and some of the other Disney cartoon classics.
The ingredients are familiar, only the mixture is different. There is a handsome prince and a beautiful princess. There is a witch who supplies horror and three good fairies who supply comedy. It is the usual Disney combination of Grand Guignol and Punch-and-Judy, with good triumphant and evil vanquished on the final fade-out.
"Sleeping Beauty," adapted by Erdman Penner from the Charles Perrault version of the fairy tale, is no surprise in its familiar outlines. It's the story of the Princess Aurora, who is put under a spell at birth by the bad fairy, Maleficent. She is to prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die before she grows up. But the good fairies, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, are able to amend the curse. The princess shall not die, but shall fall into a deep sleep. She shall be awakened by her true love, Prince Philip (latter a character name that is likely to cause some confusion in the British Commonwealth).
Adults must suspend sophistication to enjoy a story such as this, but the effort is worth it, and the production gives them every assistance. Children, even those reared on the redmeat diet of television, will be enthralled. Just when it seems to get too airy-fairy, Disney gives the picture a shot of full-blown horror through Maleficent and her hideous cohorts and cronies.
Mary Costa's rich and express voice for the title character gives substance and strength to that character. It is a stronger yoke than Disney ordinarily uses, and its choice was wise. The music is an adaptation bv George Brims of Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty Ballet," and it is music — where adapted for song — that requires something more than just a pleasant voice. One number in particular, which Miss Costa introduces, is called "Once Upon A Dream," with music from the enchanting Tchaikovsky waltz, and is the best from the score. Bill Shirley, as the prince, also contributes some good singing. His cartoon character is considerably more masculine than these Disney heroes usually are, and Shirley's voice matches the visual concept.
Some of the most delightful parts of the picture are those dealing with the three good fairies, spoken and sung by Verna Felton, Barbara Jo Allen and Barbara Luddy. Their animation as sprites on the wing are the best conception yet of how these supernatural creatures actually get around. Something like slightly oversize fireflies. Others who contribute speaking or singing voices, or both, are Taylor Holmes, Eleanor Audley and Bill Thompson, all excellent.
The current process used to show “Sleeping Beauty” is the biggest Disney has ever used. The picture was shot in Technicolor and Technirama, and then, when completed, printed for 70m on snecial printer lenses developed for Disney by Panavision. It is suitable for adaptation to 35m CinemaScope and may eventually be shown in that process. The larger areas, and their greater depth and definition, are brilliantly utilized to extend the animation magic and raszledassle. Disney gives generous credit to more than 70 of the contributors on "Sleeping Beauty" In the screen credits. Clyde Geronimi was supervising director, and Eric Larson, Wolfgang Reitherman and Les Clark, the sequence directors. It is an individual credit to all involved, that they have combined to make "Sleeping Beauty" seem all of a piece.
Shown with "Sleeping Beauty," which runs only an hour and a quarter, was one of Disney's nature featurettes, "Grand Canyon." It will be programmed with the feature on its road show. Set to Ferde Grofe"s "Grand Canyon Suite," and shot in Technicolor and CinemaScope, the 28-minute film is a fine color story of the great natural phenomenon. It has the familiar Disney whimsy with animals and the equally trademarked Disney accents of terror in nature. There is no dialog and there are no humans in the film, and no narration behind it. Its few incidents are visually explanatory. The final sequence, literally an eagle’s-eye view of the Canyon at sunset, is magnificent. Ernest A. Heiniger photographed the film and James Algar directed. Powr.

January 19, 1959
"Bozo, the Clown" starts on KTLA today, the half-hour show running 5:30 to 6 p.m. as a five-a-day strip both cartoon and live. Vance Colvig, "Bozo," will intro the Larry Harmon Productions cartoons and do the commercials. Harmon is also exec producers the program.

January 21, 1959
Capitol Records will etch an album, "Rhapsody in Steel," the soundtrack of the U.S. Steel documentary film of the same name, for which an original score is being penned by Dimitri Tiomkin. The 110-piece Pittsburgh Symphony, with William Steinberg as conductor, will play the new "Rhapsody" Feb. 15-20 for the film and the Cap label.
The 26-minute Cinemascope film is being released theatrically in April, given theatres cuffo by U.S. Steel which picks up the tab for production. John Sutherland studios is handling the cartoon, with artist Ivan de Earil assigned to it. Documentary relates the history of steel throughout the ages. Tiomkin's bio, "Don't Hate Me," written with Prosper Buranelli, will be published by Doubleday next year.

Walt Disney's new cartoon feature "Sleeping Beauty" and his touring "Art of Animation" exhibit, part of which is devoted to the film, will be here at the same time. Balaban & Katz hopes to get some bally mileage out of this coincidence when "Beauty" bows at the State-Lake Feb. 12.
The exhibit opens Jan.. 24 at the Museum of Science and Industry, and runs to Feb. 15.

Margaret Hamilton commuting between Broadway in "Goldilocks" and CBS Radio's "Couple Next Door." She's also the voice behind Tip Top lady in bread cartoon tv commercials.

January 27, 1959
New York, Jan. 26.—Suit charging Walt Disney with intentional injury, libel and unfair competition in his depiction of the preparation of the song, "Who's Afraid Of the Big Bad Wolf?" was dismissed today in New York Federal Court.
Plaintiff was Ann Ronell, who claimed to be one of the writers of song, who added she wasn't so identified in an Ed Sullivan television program showing how the tune came to be for the Disney cartoon, “Three Little Pigs.” The scene from the Sullivan show was repeated on the Disneyland tv’er and this similarly neglected her, said Miss Ronell.
Judge John W. Clancy ruled Miss Ronell had no right to the credit line. He decided she simply was engaged by a music publisher to develop the song, as it was presented in a cartoon, into a piece saleable to the public, and her only change in the original chorus was the addition of syllables "tra la la la."

First animated series for television in which individual episodes will be a full half-hour in length has been kicked off by TV Spots. Series, tentatively titled "Sir Loin and the Dragon," will maintain the cartoonery's record production pace in which 2,000 feet of animation is being turned out per week, according to Bob Ganon, outfit's veepee and general manager.
Company is currently winding production of 260 "Crusader Rabbit" episodes for tv. Record pace involved in producing "Rabbit" has skyrocketed the outfit into third largest spot among cartoon filmeries, and footage turned out for that series is equivalent, on a sustained basis, to 10 full-length animated features, Ganon declared.

Short subjects [Oscar] nominees — five cartoons and five live action — will be announced Feb. 12 and screened Feb. 22 at Academy Awards Theatre when all members of the Academy vote the Oscar winners after viewing films.

January 28, 1959
A record production year for cartoons has been set by Hanna and Barbera Productions for the coming year, with 197 cartoons to be made for tv during 1959. This includes segments of "Ruff and Reddy," "Huckleberry Hound," "Arf and Arf," "Quick Draw McGraw," end "Snooper and Blabber," as well as commercial and industrial animation.
Firm headed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, as v.p.'s, and George Sidney as prexy, makes cartoons for distribution by Screen Gems in Europe, Latin America and the Orient, in addition to domestic screenings.

Wall Street's romance with Walt Disney Productions continues to grow in intensity; backing of the independent film company is reaching surprising heights. In a single day, Wednesday (21), the stock climbed $3 per share on a volume of 10,300 shares. For all of last week the price shot up to a new high of $49.25, closed the week at $47.62 ½ for a gain of $4.87 1/2 per share. Total of 25,100 shares changed hands.
This kind of bullishness (the high is more than triple the year's low) is rare for a company paying only 40c in cash as annual dividend, plus some stock. Nonetheless several brokers are touting Disney for a variety of reasons and private investors are heeding the advice.
For one, the professionals, in communications to clients, are citing Disney's continuing profits record. Also being underlined is the expectation that the Disneyland amusement park in Anaheim, Cal., is likely to further bolster the net income now that major expenses have been written off.
On the third count, the money men figure that Disney has a good thing in "Sleeping Beauty." This all-cartoon feature was brought in at a lofty $6,000,000 (meaning considerable risk). The investors who have seen the picture at advance screenings think Disney has his money's worth on the screen.

February 3, 1959
Boff biz being run up by "Sleeping Beauty" and some click holdovers give bright outlook to local first-runs this week. New Disney cartoon feature, which set a matinee house record of $5,800 at Fox Wilshire Saturday and bettered this with $6,700 Sunday matinee, la looking to a smackeroo $30,100 opening frame.

Deal is in negotiations for co-production pact between Hanna and Barbera Productions and Interlingual International, of Tokyo, for filming of cartoons for Japanese market.
Project would call for initial work to be done here and animation and inking to be done in Japan.

February 4, 1959
Don Blauhut, television-radio director of the Parkson Agency..."Our agency feels that action commercials are better than animated blurbs. Animated commercials are shorter lived, once you've seen them the*novelty wears off. With live commercials there is more for the eye to see than in a cartoon and the messages can be repeated more often."

February 11, 1959
Ward Baking Co. has picked up sponsorship of the five-minute "Clutch Cargo" cartoon strip on WPIX, N. Y.

February 13, 1959
Walt Disney Productions, always a consistent winner in the past, rates two nominations in semi-finals for the Academy's 31st annual short subjects awards, one each for cartoon and live action entry. Academy, which will announce all other nominations Feb. 23, always discloses shorts nominations at an earlier date.
Three cartoons have been nominated by a special short subjects nominations committee headed by Hal Elias, and five live-actioners. Cartoons include "Knighty Knight Bugs," Warner Bros., produced by John W. Burton; "Paul Bunyan," Walt Disney Productions, Buena Vista Film Distributing Co., Walt Disney; "Sidney's Family Tree," Terrytoons, 20th-Fox, William M. Weiss.
Live action subjects: "Grand Canyon," Disney Productions, Buena Vista, Disney; "Journey Into Spring," British Transport Films, Lester A. Schoenfeld Films, Ian Ferguson, producer; "The Kiss," Cohay Productions, Continental Distribution Co., John Patrick Hayes; "Snows Of Aorangi," New Zealand Screen Board, George Brest Associates; "T Is For Tumblewood," Continental Distributing Corp., James A. Lebenthal.
All subjects will be screened for Academy members Feb. 22, when balloting will take place. All other balloting will be made after regular screening of features for various other categories. Winners will be announced at Oscar ceremonies April 6 at RKO-Pantages Theatre.

February 17, 1959
New York, Feb. 16.—Sale of six telefilm series plus a library of Terrytoon cartoons to HRTG-TV in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, gives Fremantle International TV program fare In all Central American countries plus Mexico, according to Paul Talbot, prexy of the distribution outfit.

February 18, 1959
Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" begins a regular run at the Criterion tomorrow, with prices scaled to $2.40 top for adults and $1.25 for children. Weekday tariff begins at $1.25 for adults and 90 cents for kids. Upward revisions start at 1 p.m.
Criterion ads in N.Y. dailies proclaim "popular prices" for the 75-minute cartoon feature which is being run on a grind basis. But specific scale is not given. Meanwhile, in other areas the Disney company is pursuing the idea of group sales for the production.

February 20, 1959
Short subjects nominations, including three cartoons and five live-action subjects, will be screened Sunday at the Academy Awards Theatre for voting purposes, Academy members were reminded last night by proxy George Stevens.
Members will ballot on one entry in each category, with results to be tabulated by Price Waterhouse and announced at Oscar ceremonies April 6 at Pantages Theatre.

February 25, 1959
High status of "Huckleberry Hound," the nationally-spotted Kellogg cartoon show sold by Screen Gems, is reflected (in the Pulse top 20 chart this week) and in the ARB tv rundown.
Kellogg sponsors the stanza in slightly over 200 tv markets. In the 85 markets covered by ARB for the months, of October, November and December, the SG show, the last report available in each market shows "HH" has copped first place over the competition 75 out of 85 times.

As part of its long-range programming, Columbia has scheduled "Magoo's Arabian Nights," a full-length cartoon-feature, as its entry in the Christmas sweepstakes of 1959. The film, the work of UPA Pictures Inc., cost $2,000,000 to make, with Col providing the complete financing.
According to Steven Bosustow, UPA topper, in N.Y. to discuss release plans for the 80-minute film with Col officials, the firm represents three years of labor by his organization. Bosustow maintains that animation, "neglected" in recent years, is a distinct media and he hopes that his first full-length entry "will prove my point." He contends that animation is not only a children's medium and points to the success among adult audiences of the Magoo animated shorts. "With Magoo," he stated, "we have a pre-sold star."
The UPA chieftain says that feature cartoons have not been made with a degree of regularity because of their tremendous cost, the length of time they take to make, and the necessity for the maintenance of a well-organized company to guarantee completion. He notes that his organization could not exist solely on a diet of theatrical shorts which barely recoup their costs in today's market. By combining a theatrical shorts with a program of television blurbs and industrial films, Bosustow declared, he was able to keep his company intact so that it was in a position to undertake a feature.
Blissful Union
The "happy marriage" of entertainment and industrial films, the UPA prexy said, will enable him to: continue his shorts program of eight to 12 films annually. As part of the promotion for "Magoo's Arabian Nights," UPA's 85-man staff will provide a full series of television commercials. In addition, Col is arranging for an extensive merchandising campaign, involving the licensing of toys, music and records. Moreover, UPA has received permission for some of its commercial clients to, insert plugs for the picture in upcoming tv blurbs.
If "Magoo's Arabian Nights" proves a success and Col is willing to provide more coin, UPA is prepared to proceed with a program of full-length cartoons. Already in the planning stage are a followup to the maiden film, to be called "Robin Hood Magoo," a full-lengther dealing with the jazz character Jelly Roll Morton, and a serious biblical subject, "The Story of Ruth."
However, Bosustow cautions that animated full-length films cannot be rushed since they take two and a half to three years to make. And, he adds, "they must be important grossers or they can't be made."

February 26, 1959
New York, Feb. 25.—Loew's Inc. today filed an infringement suit in Federal Court against Cinepix Inc., Cinema-Vue Corp., Morris Kleinerman and Joseph P. Smith. It charged that the defendants wrongfully distributed 16 film cartoons exclusively owned by the plaintiff.
The suit claims the defendants conspired to make positive prints of the cartoons and distribute them without a license. Among the cartoons are "Discontented Canary" and "Early Bird and the Worm."
Loew's asks an injunction to restrain further distribution and wants statutory damages sustained for each alleged infringement.

March 4, 1959
UAA, which last year was known as Associated Artists Productions (before merging with United Artists), grossed over $3,000,000 in 1958 from foreign television sale of its Warner Bros. feature film library, according to Norman Katz, UAA foreign sales chief.
UPA product, most of it from the pre-'49 Warner catalog, is being televised in Australia, where all the available UPA product is sold, in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Japan, Switzerland, Finland. England is carrying all of UAA's "Popeye" cartoons.

March 5, 1959
Thirty-nine one-reel cartoons based on William Box's syndicated strip, "That's the Story Of My Life," will be produced by a company set up in connection with Box Cards Inc., in which Box and Bill Kennedy are partnered.
Cartoons will be made for television market in this country and for theatrical sales overseas.

Ted Galanter, p.r. director for Hanna & Barbera Productions, skies to New York Sunday for two weeks of biz confabs with Screen Gems execs Ralph Cohn, Jerry Hyams, Ed Jutin [sic] and Gene Plotnik to work out promotion campaigns in forthcoming cartoon product.
Galanter will also attend the annual Toy Fair in Gotham, as well as subsequent sessions in Chicago kith Leo Burnett Agency toppers.

March 18, 1959
ABC-TV has inked for a fresh cartoon series, "Matty's Funday Funnies" for Sunday afternoon showing beginning Oct. 11. Cartoons, which were produced by Paramount, are tabbed for the 5 o'clock time with Mattel, manufacturers of toys, as sponsor.
New cartoon series will present Harvey Famous Cartoons and will feature "Casper," "Herman and Katnip," "Buzzy the Crow" and others. Deal for the animated cartoons, which will be seen for the first time on tv, was set by the Carson-Roberts agency. [Deal is for 80 ABC stations].

March 19, 1959
"Crusader Rabbit," cartoon telefilm series produced by TV Spots, makes its Los Angeles videbut April 6 on KRCA. In addition to the series of regular five-minute frames, station has also acquired rights to 18 full-length "Rabbit" features, which will telecast in color on 13 Saturday afternoons, beginning April 11.
Meanwhile Lee Orgel, sales veepee of Regis Films, which distributes the series, reports that total sales on the animated skein have racked up over $1,460,000. New markets to purchase the show, in addition to KRCA, are WRCA-TV, New York; WGAL-TV, Lancaster, Pa.; WTVD, Durham, No. Carolina; and the Japanese tv network, for telecasting via its six stations.

March 24, 1959
Alex Lovy, formerly with Walter Lantz cartoonery, where he was director on the Woody Woodpecker series, has joined Hanna and Barbara Productions as a director of cartoons.

March 25, 1959
Richard P. Brandt, Trans-Lux Distributing prez, sailed to Europe today (Wed.) to negotiate tv sales of "Felix the Cat."

Playhouse Pictures doing those Ford animated blurbs kidding the Viceroy "Thinking man's filter" commercials.

April 1, 1959
Seldom a strong month at the boxoffice, March this year suffered from the disadvantage of having Lent and pre-Easter influences to contend with much of the month. Actual arrival of Easter last Sunday (29) was so late in the month that it had little influence at the wickets. However, several pix launched in the last 10 days tipped a better period ahead for first-runs currently running well ahead of last year. The past 31 days, too, suffered from an odd combination of severe cold, blizzards, rain and a touch of unseasonably warm weather.
Champion in the March national b.o. sweepstakes was "Sleeping Beauty" (BV), attesting to the popularity of Walt Disney's cartoon factory. It was at the top or near No. 1 spot all month. "Separate Tables" (UA), second-place winner, was only crowded out of top laurels by the remarkable strength of "Beauty." "Tables" was third in February.

Dimitri Tiomkin returns today from Pittsburgh where the Pittsburgh Symphony recorded his background score for commercial cartoon, "Rhapsody of Steel.

Mike Baker, announcer on Pat Boone program, recently completed English dubbing of Russian cartoon of "Snow White and Seven Dwarves." It's Puskin's fairy tale but now rewritten for American tv as a cartoon. Significantly, dwarves in Russian cartoons have been turned into giants.

A deal for the production of two animated tv series has been closed by ABC-TV (of Britain) with Halas and Batchelor, the British cartoonery. The two skeins will each comprise 39 pix with a running time of approximately nine minutes apiece.
The series are being financed 100% by ABC-TV and the British network will have world-wide distribution. The first series will feature "Silly Symphony" type pictures and among the initial titles are "Lion Tamer" and "Insolent Matador." The second skein, which is already in production, will introduce two new characters, FooFoo and Snap.

Moro Studios [in Spain] also now is engaged in an animated cartoon project looking toward five-minute segments to be included in a U. S. children's program.

April 6, 1959
Vet announcer Ken Peters has been signed to host the new "Crusader Rabbit" cartoon teleseries on KRCA, according to station's program manager. Jack Kenaston Series debuts today on the SoCal NBC outlet.

April 7, 1959
Winners of Academy Awards
Short Subjects (Cartoon)
"KNIGHTY KNIGHT BUGS," Warner Bros. John W. Burton, Producer.

Roy Whaley will be heard as narrator, as well as 26 separate character voices, on KRCA's new "Crusader Rabbit" cartoon tele-series, hosted by vet announcer Ken Peters.

April 8, 1959
CBS Film has sold ... 200 shortie cartoons, both for soon-to-go-on tv stations in Adelaide and Brisbane.

April 13, 1959
Batjac Productions, which some time ago registered "The Good Captain" with MPAA as title for a projected feature, has filed protest against Universal-International's registration of "The Good Soldier," for a Lantz cartoon.

April 15, 1959
Three new additions to the staff of Hanna and Barbera's cartoonery were announced yesterday. They are Warren Foster to the story department, and Paul Fennel as assistant cartoon director, and George Nicholas as animator.

April 20, 1959
Warner Bros. will release 12 Technicolor cartoons and six “World Adventure Tours" short subjects between now and the end of June.
Cartoons are: "Backwoods Bunny," "Apes Of Wrath," "Golden Yeggs," "Trick Or Tweet," "The Mouse That Jack Built," "Scentimental Romeo," "Canned Feud," “Hot Rod and Reel," "A Mutt In Rut," "Early To Bet," "Boobs In The Woods" and "Really Scent."

London has five or six theatres always playing cartoons and two-reel comedies exclusively. Loew's Metro Theatre in Berlin often has a program comprised solely of Tom and Jerry cartoons. People stand in line for hours for such programs, [independent producer Herman] Cohen reported.

April 22, 1959
New York, April 21. — Buena Vista, Walt Disney distribution subsidiary, last week had the biggest week in its history, with billings in the area of $1,028,000. This tops by $400,000 any previous week on the books. Largely responsible for it: "Sleeping Beauty," which is the cartoon feature, and "Shaggy Dog," live-action comedy.
Disney's distribution gross for the entire year, which ends Sept. 30, is now figured to wind up at between $22,000,000 and $28,000,000, by far a new record. Last year's total was $15,600,000.

Five of the Westinghouse Broadcasting stations have inked a deal with Trans-Lux Television on "Felix the Cat," new cartoon series being produced by Trans-Lux. Involved in the first major station group deal are WBZ, Boston; WJZ, Baltimore, KDKA, Pittsburgh; KYW, Cleveland; and KPIX, San Francisco. First series of the new cartoon series will consist of 260 four-minute episodes in both Eastman color and black-and-white. Trans-Lux also made a deal for the series in N. Y. with WNEW-TV.

Programming for the 5:30-6 p.m. strip on ABC-TV has been picked by half-sponsor General Mills. Buy includes replays of "Rin Tin Tin" on Mondays and Fridays, replays of "Flicka" on Wednesdays and the use of two brand new cartoon half-hour shows on Tuesday and Thursday. Cartoon shows are one called "Rocky" for Tuesdays and "Johnny Daydream" for Thursdays.

April 24, 1959
By Larry Glenn
Automation has reached the motion picture animation field. It's in the form of a mass production technique, developed at Walt Disney Studios, for duplicating artists' original drawings at a rate which reportedly cuts production time in half, resulting in considerable financial savings and reducing man-hours, or more precisely, woman-hours.
It's now possible in one hour to turn out 30 cells of exact photographic duplicates of the animation artists' drawings, thus halving production time, according to Ken Anderson, supervising art director on "The 101 Dalmations," first animated feature film to utilize the process.
Core of the system is Haloid Xerox Corp.'s Xerox process, which was probably first used commercially in the animation field by Animation Inc. Grant Ray Lawrence and UPA came in soon afterwards. UPA now farms out its duplicating by this method to Graphic Arts Reproductions and is using it to a certain extent in its animated "Magoo's Arabian Nights" feature.
Disney's system amounts to an expanded, de-bugged, automation version of the Xerox process adapted to mass production. Technically, the Xerox process is based on the properties of selenium, a sulfur-like element, which readily accepts a static electrical charge In dim light and discharges it rapidly in bright light. An aluminum plate coated with selenium is used somewhat like a photographic plate except that the developing process does not change the selenium, hence the plate is immediately re-usable.
The Image is captured in an invisible pattern of static electricity, then made visible by a dusting of the plate with a powder composed primarily of resin and carbon. Held in place by the static charge, the powder image is fused by heat directly onto the cell or other surface.
The elimination of the time taken by women tracing the drawings onto the cells would not alone account for the cut in production time by 50%, but Anderson explains that the process makes it possible to skip other steps.
Formerly, the drawing was duplicated by hand five or six times on its way to final print, along the way losing much of its original character through retouching. The black outlines sketched by the artist were rubbed out and reinked in color and the fine lines which show character when done by an artist but which merely look sloppy when traced by an amateur were, of necessity, eliminated, Anderson explained. These steps, he said, have been skipped.
The result, Anderson believes, will be a livelier, more satisfying final print. As an artist, Anderson was also impressed by the effect the process has on morale and creativity, by assuring the artist that It is his drawing and not a pale facsimile that will reach the screen. The wobble perceptible in hand-traced cartoons has also been eliminated, he claimed. The whole effect, Anderson said, has been to increase output all the way along the line.

April 29, 1959
Under a new format of sales and distribution for its "Mister Magoo" program of cartoons, UPA will lease a year's slate of 12 subjects to circuits and individual theatres for a full year's playing time of each short, at a flat rental price to be set for each deal.
Tabbed "The Unlimited Play Agreement," plan offers the advantage of an exhib playing each cartoon for as long or as short a run as he desires, as well as assuring him a continuous supply of quality product.
Plan differs from the conventional release pattern for cartoons, which stipulates exact length or each engagement. By setting up its own sales-distribution program for its own product, UPA will save considerable coin, which otherwise would have cost between 23 and 30% in distribution fees with a regular distrib tie-in.
Up to now, UPA has released through Columbia Pictures. This deal, however, was terminated amicably recently, although Columbia still will handle release of UPA's first feature-length cartoon, "Magoo's Arabian Night."
Roy Haines, former prexy and sales manager of Warner Bros. Distribution Corp., will head up new operation, headquartering at firm's Burbank plant nearby. There will be no branch offices, with consequent overhead, all biz to emanate from here. Haines left last weekend for a four-to-six-week swing through exchange centers to line up bookings, with plan later to be established in England...
Plans now call for first of the 12 subjects to be delivered at end of 1959, with one short each month thereafter. First year's program has already been planned and each subject plotted. Stephen Bosustow heads outfit, which first came into prominence with "Gerald Mcboing-Boing," said to be the first departure in cartoon style in 25 years.

Thousand and One Arabian Nights" has been set as the final title for UPA Pictures full-length cartoon formerly titled "Magoo's Arabian Nights." Stephen Bosustow is executive producer of the Columbia release.

May 1, 1959
First animated space series half-hour episodes is being produced by Sid Freeman, head of Telemat, under the title "Uni-Patrol." Company has been syndicating cartoons for the past four years.

May 4, 1959
Jacques Rupp will work with art director Bob Dranko in designing animation titles for "Magoo's Arabian Nights," UPA's feature cartoon for Columbia release.

May 11, 1959
UPA's new cartoon feature, "1001 Arabian Nights," scheduled for release later this year, will get a "sneak preview" in Moscow.
At the request of the State Department, UPA is making up a special strip of film from the feature for Vice President Nixon to take with him on his Russian visit this summer.

May 12, 1959
Walt Disney Productions and its domestic subsidiaries earned a consolidated net profit of $906,486 for the six-month period ended April 1, 1959. The figure represents a hop of about 44% in comparison with profit for the corresponding period last year.

May 20, 1959
Terrytoons, a division of CBS Films, will place "The Minute and a Half Man," a seven-minute cartoon, in theatrical release early in June.
The film, which will be distributed by 20th-Fox, introduces a new cartoon character, Hector Heathcote. Two Terrytoon staffers, Eli Bauer and Dave Tendler, wrote and directed, respectively. William M. Weiss, v.p. and general manager of Terrytoons, produced. Weiss disclosed that three additional new cartoons will be released by Terrytoons within the next two months.

May 27, 1959
Larry Harmon, producer of the "Bozo, the Clown" cartoon tele-series being syndicated by Jayark Films Corp., and Charles Shows, his associate producer, wing to Paris today to arrangements for several new series which Harmon will produce partially abroad.
Harmon and Shows will inspect European production facilities and meet personally with authors, publishers and copyright owners of the optioned material which will form the basis of the several series mapped during a week of exec conferences in Hollywood.

Transfilm stands ready to channel off some of its production activity into the making of cartoon programming. N. Y. commercial production house, which has lacked a fullscale animation arm of its own, has made a tieup with Wylde Studios for the latter's excusive animation and art services. Immediate plans call for making the animated tv programming, which still appears to be in relatively short supply. In the background are plans for production of cartoon blurbs.
Precise nature of the Transfilm-Wylde arrangement was not disclosed. Transfilm prexy William Miesegaes called it an "affiliation,"which brings with it a move by Wylde from its present 57th St. Manhattan headquarters into Transfilm's existing 45th St. plant.

Appeal of Krazy Kat, Tom and Jerry and other U.S. made cartoons is world wide. Distributors may have trouble with national tastes of a private eye or situation comedy, but when it comes to cartoon kiddie fare, national differences in tastes virtually subside.
Screen Gems has its cartoon backlog sold in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Japan, Argentina, Cuba Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Peru, Puerto Rico, Canada and other territories.
Range of SG cartoons includes its latest Huckleberry Hound to Krazy Kat to Pow Wow to Scrappy. It's no understatement to say America's animators speak the language of the small fry the world over.

May 28, 1959
UPA is starting work on a second feature-length cartoon, "Robin Hood Magoo." The company, which is about to wind its first full-length animated feature, "1001 Arabian Nights," has signed Al Bertino and Dick Kinney to prepare a storyboard for "Robin Hood."
The move is about the same as hiring script writers. Actual production is contingent on Columbia picking up its option to release "Robin Hood." Col's committed to release "Nights" around Christmas, but the distributor and UPA recently dissolved their pact for the releasing of UPA shorts.

May 29, 1959
It's likely that Hanna & Barbera's tv cartoonery will take over UPA's former chore of making theatrical cartoons for Columbia release. Bill Hanna said the animation outfit has "no definite commitment with anyone" but admitted that HB is planning a series of animated theatrical shorts to start later this year.
Columbia's the logical outlet for the cartoon series since HB prexy George Sidney has a picture pact with the studio and the cartoonery's "Ruff and Reddy" and "Huckleberry Hound" are made in association with Col's vidsubsid, Screen Gems. The expanding HB organization has some of its offices at Columbia. UFA and Col recently dissolved their production-distribution deal on short subjects and UPA's doing its own distributing — although Columbia will distribute UPA's feature, "1001 Arabian Nights."

Banner Films has acquired distribution rights to "Cartoon Classics," package of 208 animated shorts, and "Jungle," series of 52 15-minute stanzas. Deal was concluded with William Cayton, prexy of Radio and TV Packagers.
Half of the animated shorts have been released previously for television, with other half new to tv distribution.

June 10, 1959
UPA proxy Stephen Bosustow has given go-ahead signal for start of first two Mister Magoo cartoons which will be sold via org's new "unlimited play agreement" plan of booking series.
New format, set up last April, calls for circuits and individual theatres to lease UPA's program of 12 shorts annually for a full year's playing time of each subject, at a 6at rental price, unaffected by number of times each subject is shown.
Decision to launch production at this time was reached following a tour made by Roy Haines, general sales manager, during which he held exploratory talks on plan with theatre heads. Haines on a three-week junket signed such principal circuits as Balaban & Katz Corp, Pacific Drive-In Theatres, Butterfield Theatres, North Ohio Theatres, Interstate Circuit Inc., Stanley Warner Theatres, United Detroit Theatres and Alliance Amusement Co.
Bosustow previously reported that in conversations and communications with prospective purchasers about 60 percent had already expressed a desire to participation project.
First two in series will be "Magoo Meets Boing-Boing" and "I Was A Teen-Age Magoo." Haines resumes his touring this week, to meet with exhibs in Salt Lake City, Denver, Des Moines, Chicago and Cleveland, and huddles with Bosustow late in June to map pitch for eastern and southern trade.

The Hearst Corp. has formed a new division of King Features Syndicate Special Service which will produce and market filmed teleshows based on King Features properties. Al Brodax, for many years in the tele department of the William Morris Agency, has resigned the percentery to go with the new subdivision, to be known as King Features Television Productions.
On the immediate agenda is the production of a new "Popeye" animated cartoon. New features based on the King Features cartoon property will be made as soon as contracts are set. Old cartoons have been shown until now. Brodax will leave for the Coast early next week to confer with animation studios. He will later go to Europe to eye European studios as well. Other properties contemplated for production are one adventure and one comedy pilot with name personalities. KFTP is the newest subdivision of the Hearst organization which owns and operates 25 magazines and 15 newspapers throughout the country.

Screen Gems is deliberately breaking one of the fundamental rules of the telefilm trade. Company is going to dub "Huckleberry Hound," a SG-produced cartoon series, into Spanish, but instead of doing the dubbing in the requisite "neutral" Spanish, it has decided to have the kid cartoon characters speak in various dialects of that tongue.
Countries like Cuba and Mexico, each with its own variation on Spanish, seem to get upset when it can be detected that the telefilm program was dubbed elsewhere in the world; it's a form of local pride and also an indication of local business acumen, since an alien Spanish dialect implies to the local tv operator that the dubbing business was done in some other country when it could have been done by him.
Nonetheless, SG figures it's safe to dub in dialect when it comes to a cartoon show, especially this one. For instance, Mr. Jinks, the cat who studied Method acting in "Hound," will speak a haughty brand of Castillian for Latino viewers. Pixie and Dixie, two small southern mice, will speak Mexican and Cuban dialects, respectively. And "Huck" himself will end up talking like a "typical" Latin-American vaude comic.

A Soviet-made feature length cartoon has been acquired for distribution in the United States and Canada by Universal.
The animated film, in color, is titled "The Snow Queen" and is based on a Hans Christian Anderson fable.
Universal is adapting the film for its American release. A new narration and soundtrack will be utilized. Plans are to release the film around Christmas time.

June 17, 1959
New York, June 16.—Walt Disney, at least, thinks there's still a market for short subjects. At a time when all companies have cut down on the briefies, and for the most part are losing money on those which still are being made, Disney has earmarked a total expenditure of $1,800,000 for the production of shorts this year.
This is just negative investment and doesn't take into account the costs of prints, advertising and distribution. In addition, Disney has placed an order for 2,500 prints of outstanding cartoons of recent years at a cost of $150,000.
Public acceptance of shorts of the better variety hasn't been seriously questioned in the trade. But much exhibitor feeling has been that they just don't sell tickets no matter how good they are. Disney now apparently feels there's a trend in the other direction—specifically, that theatremen believe a good short can help the programming to the extent of contributing to the word-of-mouth about the theatre's entire bill.
Also to be considered is the fact that "A" features are running longer and can't feasibly be accompanied by a second feature. In the customary dual-bill houses a one or two-reeler can mean the adequate substitute for that second feature.
Disney's new shorts fall into three categories, namely, live action, cartoon and "People and Places." Some are sold in forms of a package with a Disney feature and some oldies are block-booked—that is, six or seven at a time combined as a full moppet show.

June 18, 1959
"Hickory, Dickory and Doc," first Walter Lantz cartoon to be slanted to teenage audience, will be directed by Jack Hannah, marking first under his new pact with Lantz. Cartoon goes into production today.
Also, Al Cole, vet animator, has joined the Lantz organization and with La Verne Harding will animate current project.

June 24, 1959
Paramount's cartoon studios now under one roof via an efficiency program, now located in full at 35 West 45th Street. Building next door at 24 West 45th also used to house inkers colorers, cameramen, animators and others has been dropped.

June 30, 1959
In a major product purchase for a newly-programmed hour-long afternoon atrip titled "Cartoonaroony," KCOP has closed a deal with four of the country's largest film distributors for the purchase of over 600 new cartoons just produced for tv. Station will be the first to run the new cartoons.
KCOP veepee-general manager Alvin G. Flanagan also stated the animations are the first new cartoons to be screened on Los Angeles tv in over three years. "Cartoonaroony" will beam Monday through Friday afternoons from 4-5 p.m., starting Aug. 8. Cartoons include "Felix the Cat," purchased through Trans-Lux Television Corp.; "Bucky and Pepito," through Governor Television Attractions, Inc.; "Dorje and the Dragon," through Sterling Television Co., Inc.; and "Animaland," through Telescene Film Productions Co.
Other cartoon strips purchased especially for the new program are "The Ugly Ducklin'," "The Four Friends," "Scruffy," "Rufus and the Rabbit" and "The Happy Scarecrow." [KCOP hired Jimmy Weldon from WRCA to host the show]

          Russia praised for football hosting as doping casts shadow   

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Russia won praise on Saturday for a successful World Cup warm-up tournament, though it has faced new questions about past doping issues.

Germany captain Julian Draxler joined FIFA President Gianni Infantino in thanking Russia ahead of the Confederations Cup final on Sunday when the 2014 World Cup winner plays South American champion Chile.

"Thank you for your brilliant organization, for the many helping hands along the way, and for always making us feel safe," Draxler said in a statement published Saturday by the Germany team.

Infantino said later at a news conference in St. Petersburg stadium that "everything ran perfectly" in Russia.

"We were hearing about violence, about incidents, about hooligans, about racism — but we had nothing," Infantino said, referring to pre-tournament questions that have dogged football in the host nation.

Still, the doping shadow cast on Russian sports by a series of World Anti-Doping Agency investigation reports since 2015 also re-emerged during the two-week World Cup dress rehearsal.

FIFA is aware of 155 potentially suspect samples given by players in Russia that need to be tested, WADA-appointed investigator Richard McLaren has told German broadcaster ARD.

Infantino, who was flanked by Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko, said Saturday he could not set a timetable for Russian cases that the FIFA disciplinary committee must handle arising from McLaren reports.

However, key judgments on the Canadian law professor's allegations against Russia are looming and could be announced within weeks.

An International Olympic Committee panel is preparing to announce its first verdicts involving Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Games who are suspected of benefiting from a state-backed doping conspiracy operating at the Olympic laboratory in Sochi.

"We are waiting as well for these reports," Infantino acknowledged Saturday.

Though the IOC panel will look only at Sochi Olympic cases, its rulings will help define the integrity of McLaren's evidence and witnesses that Russian officials have repeatedly sought to discredit.

"If something comes out about (football player) samples having been tampered or whatever then there will be sanctions obviously," Infantino said.

Mutko, who chairs the 2018 World Cup organizing committee and was linked in McLaren evidence to covering up one football doping case, again dismissed claims of a government-run program.

"If I perform a Russian dance here in front of you, will you stop asking these questions or not?" he said through a translator.

"We will never let down this respectable and powerful organization," Mutko said earlier, praising FIFA.

In other comments Saturday:

(asterisk)On video review trials in Russia, Infantino acknowledged that referees' ability to communicate their decisions to players and fans is the main focus for improvement.

The FIFA president is a big supporter of video assistance, and believes "nothing is standing in the way" of using it at the World Cup.

(asterisk)Infantino is less sure about the future of the Confederations Cup on FIFA's slate of tournaments: "At this stage there is not more to say."

(asterisk)Around 27,000 non-Russian used Fan IDs at the tournament — the document allowing ticket-holders visa-free entry into Russia. A breakdown by nationality was not given. Fewer than 100 fans from Cameroon or New Zealand could be seen at their games.

Russian organizers said a total of 440,000 Fan IDs had been issued for the 16-game Confederations Cup.

(asterisk)FIFA officials are satisfied that only two yellow cards for dissent were shown in the first 14 games, suggesting that players are more accepting of referees' decisions and authority.

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          Kind Things: LNZNDRF Interviewed   
LNZNDRF
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Behind one of 2016's most accomplished albums...

There's a ripple, little more than a mere echo; whining shards of distorted guitar that sounds like it’s been placed inside a food processor ebbs and flows into view while a droning texture hovers menacingly up into the foreground.

All of a sudden things coalesce into the semblance of a beatless groove; machine-like drums quickly appear out of nowhere, the guitar shards begin to fly wildly like sparks from a flame before big blocks of melodic sound carry the piece forward over the remaining four minutes.

This is what LNZNDRF sound like.

Other tracks might throw in emotional vocals and wordplay, or slow things down into softer, more textural territory, but at some point across the eight tracks on their debut album, they'll return to that juxtaposition of chugging beats and noisy melodic splinters time after time.

Auckland, 2011. The National are on tour in New Zealand and their support act has failed to turn up. The band’s brotherly rhythm section backbone, Scott and Bryan Devendorf, along with Beirut multi-instrument Ben Lanz decide on the spot that they will fill the slot vacated by the support act, improvising spontaneous compositions, without ever having played as a trio and without any preconceived notion of what they were going to play.

This is who LNZNDRF are.

Though they didn't know it at the time, that serendipitous no-show by the support was the start of what would become known as LNZNDRF – an amalgam of the names Lanz and Devendorf – whose self-titled album for 4AD is just about the most accomplished record you'll hear this year.

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By any measure, four years is a long time for an album to come together. Scott Devendorf laughs at the notion before turning sanguine. “We didn't really have plan,” he sighs. “There were no expectations of this. No-one was asking for us to do this project, other than ourselves.” That ability to just feel out how this project might or might not sound as they went along is one of the luxuries that the trio enjoyed with this project.

Not that they necessarily always had the benefit of that casual approach: after that initial, slightly hair-raising performance in Auckland, the trio were given yet another unplanned chance to convene the nascent group. “We did that a couple more times,” recalls Devendorf. “We did it again before a show by The National, because we had another incident of a support band who didn't show up.” At this Devendorf offers a small, slightly nervous laugh, as if recalling how stressful that kind of short-notice change to plans can often be. Quite what it is about The National that means support bands have a tendency to drop out isn't exactly clear, but it allowed the trio another opportunity to jam out spontaneous ideas without any restriction other than the time The National needed to be on stage.

Recording the basic structures that would eventually become the first LNZNDRF album in February 2015 arrived at a convenient hiatus period for The National. Matt Berninger was quietly working on his EL VY project, Aaron Dessner would produce the likes of Mumford & Sons, Bryce Dessner was dabbling with classical motifs and working on the soundtrack to The Revenant, and the Devendorf brothers were performing as The Dead, a tribute band of sorts with Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead. “It was good to explore those possibilities,” says Devendorf of the bandmembers’ individual projects. “All of it rubs off, in a good way, on each project.”

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It was all about slowly arriving at some sort of structure...

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The trio decamped to a church in Cincinatti where they would go on to improvise long-form jams in a manner reminiscent of the legendary German band Can’s mammoth sessions at Schloss Norvenich on the outskirts of Cologne. Spoiler alert: this won't be the first reference to German bands from the 1970s. “We just had a shared love of certain bands,” says Devendorf of the starting point for those church sessions.

“We found an aesthetic that we could all sort of agree on. It was all about slowly arriving at some sort of structure. Ben writes a ton of music himself, lots of chord ideas and he often has lots of structures in mind. Going into the recording it was mostly a case of of just getting together, having fun, making some noise and seeing how we all thought about it later.”

The recording sessions lasted a couple of days, with each piece lasting between twenty and thirty minutes. There followed a few months of listening back to the results before reconvening in the studio of an engineer friend up in Woodstock – which Devendorf describes as a “fun, kind of mythical place” – in August for what was essentially an exercise in turning these improvisations into actual tracks. “We started to structure it,” explains Devendorf. “We just went there for four or five days and mixed everything. We also did all the vocals and kind of ‘wrote’ the songs in a way while we were there.” We talk about how, despite starting out as freeform improvisations, a conscious compositional process was required in the studio, a process that would lead to heavy cuts and major edits, but which could have meant any number of possible versions of the eight tracks on what would become the band’s self-titled album could have been realised.

Vocals were among the last elements to drop into place. “Ben had a ton of lyric ideas and Ryan had some as well, and I threw in a couple as well,” says Devendorf. “And then we were like, ‘Oh, here's this thing. It's done,’.” The album was picked up by 4AD, home to both The National and Beirut. “It was a pleasant surprise,” he laughs. “To say we just didn't have any expectations, that's not exactly true; we’re really proud of the record, but that they picked it up was kind of cool.”

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Saying that, some sprawl is always welcome with us...

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If ‘LNZNDRF’ betrays one major influence, it would be Krautrock, that slightly dubious moniker for music that emerged from West Germany in the 1970s, as pioneered by bands like Neu! Krautrock was characterised by chugging, level, unswerving rhythms that were dubbed ‘motorik’; constant, frill-less, urgent grooves. Legend has it that the rhythm was a sonic evocation of the German autobahn system – long, unbroken roads cutting through the German countryside that permitted fast driving speeds. Motorik captured that sense of being propelled perpetually forward with machine-like efficiency while the landscape around the road continually changed.

Scott Devendorf readily admits how important Krautrock was in the genesis of LNZNDRF. “I think it was the clanging, sonic beds that I was drawn to,” he says. “That and that kind of endless loop with some modulation here and there, but not a whole lot of change. Saying that, some sprawl is always welcome with us.”

“It's just like this groove with some filigree,” he continues. “There's something quite utilitarian about it, mechanical even. There’s something about that structure, that base with stuff over the top. Music that does that kind of thing is very inspiring for us. Songs like the first song on the first Neu! record, ‘Hallogallo’. I think anything that's in that kind of zone – say Eno productions or just a generally minimalist aesthetic – is really appealing. Minimal art and minimal music are especially exciting for me. I like things that are plain, but with hidden corners and details.”

Improv as a concept is something that the trio were drawn to. “We are generally interested in improv, and that world, for sure. Ben’s a highly talented and a well-trained multi-instrumentalist player, but it's not really about chops or anything like that, or anything technical, it's more about finding a pleasing sonic aesthetic. What we were going for were more like jumping off points.”

Recording the LNZNDRF tracks, and especially performing them live, was something of a liberation for Devendorf, but not a wholly alien one. “It was a different process to recording with The National because usually we were structuring songs around the idea of Matt’s vocals,” he explains. “This began as completely instrumental and then we would work backwards, creating these fragments, and manageable pieces. There is a shared aesthetic with The National in some ways, because we're always sending Matt ideas and fragments, repetitive grooves that he works over as individual parts, and then we collide them back together. I guess with The National there's just the history of being in the record business and knowing the way that works, so if there's any liberation, it's just from doing something completely different.”

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If there's any liberation, it's just from doing something completely different...

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LNZNDRF are currently on a short tour to promote the album. True to the aesthetic that led to the group's formation, what they're not doing while on tour is running through the tracks on the record. Instead, the trio find themselves riffing off the themes there, while also improvising entirely new pieces and heading off down new paths.

Devendorf admits that the process can be a little daunting, the musician’s equivalent of a writer’s fear of the empty page. “It can be quite scary,” he laughs nervously. “I mean, when we first started playing the first show in London in February, we'd rehearsed for a few days and got it together, to a point, but then it was ‘Oh no, I've actually got to do it and I don't really know what's going to happen!’ Whereas after playing with The National for however many years it's been, you know, it's always fun and interesting but you have an hour and a half with a set list in front of you. With this we have eight songs, so the set list is more like inspiration, like jumping off points for improvisation, or we’ll just ignore the set list completely and come up with entirely new pieces.”

They've also found themselves in spontaneous collaboration with guitarist Marcus Hamblett, who supported them for a couple of shows and who seems somewhat more reliable than the support acts whose failure to arrive at the venue led to this group’s formation. “He does a solo kind of jazz, kind of instrumental, a little post-rock I guess,” explains Devendorf. “He's great as a human but he's also a great player and we're trying to get him in on the game.”

“You just don't know what's going to happen,” muses Devendorf. “That's kind of an exciting feeling because there's no start and no stop.”

‘LNZNDRF’, it seems, is unlikely to be a one-off. The unused material from the initial sessions that led to the album aside, the trio have signalled that further explorations are definitely on the cards. A small snippet from an unreleased track recorded at a Colorado session is currently playing at their website, and Devendorf suggests they have plenty more tracks and ideas in the bag. But just don't go expecting a swift follow-up. “We don't have any plans to do it yet, but we didn't have a plan for this one,” he laughs.

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‘LNZNDRF’ is out now on 4AD.

Words: Mat Smith / @mjasmith

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          Australia, New Zealand Start Free Trade Talks with Latin American Bloc   
Australia and New Zealand have launched free trade talks with Mexico, Chile, Peru and Colombia.
          Owen Farrell’s Boots Ensures Decider at Eden Park: LWOS Player Ratings   
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Last Word on Rugby, by Sam Meade. The Lions secured one of the greatest wins in their illustrious rugby history, thanks to some immense character, a huge heart and Owen Farrell’s boot. A monumental fixture that will now see a crucial decider at Eden Park to decide the series. The three test DHL Lions Series […]

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Way back in 1976-77, at the tender age of 20, I worked a summer season at the US Navy base at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. I was employed by a New Zealand company that was contracted to do one of … Continue reading
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          6/30/2017: CLASSIFIED: IODINE   
If a nutrient is not in the soil, it cannot be in the food. Unfortunately, New Zealand soils
          Maori awards honour diversity of business talents   
Maori awards honour diversity of business talents From accountancy to resource recovery, hospitality to appliance repair - Whanganui Maori businesses were celebrated in style on Saturday night.About 400 people gathered at the War Memorial Hall in Whanganui for the inaugural Te... Reported by New Zealand Herald 31 minutes ago.
          NZ scientist shines light on hibernating bats   
NZ scientist shines light on hibernating bats A Kiwi scientist and international colleagues have used high-tech cameras to watch bats as they hibernate.The methods developed in their study, which captured thousands of hours of footage, could help save global bat species from... Reported by New Zealand Herald 31 minutes ago.
          2017 World Tea Expo Day 3 – Oolong Owl Hooty Tea Travels   

| Day 1 | Day 2 | Haul | Trends & Thoughts | This was a shorter day today, due to me having to leave a few hours early to make the post office and my flight home. Today’s goals were to get to the remaining places on my list and vulture circling to lighten my wallet. The Expo today had a smaller turnout and many vendors were late or not ready, causing me circle around and around for the first hour. Zealong Tea uses the Taiwanese Qing Xin cultivar, but grown in New Zealand. Of most interest was their unflavored teas and modern … Continue reading, hoot!

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          7/2/2017: Sport | Rugby Union: Upsetting the odds   
2,849 The All Blacks had not lost at home in 2,849 days. 7 The Lions have now won seven of their past eight games with a French referee. 37 New Zealand failed to score a try for the first time in 37 Tests.
          7/2/2017: Sport | Rugby Union: Cracks appear in Barrett’s kicking   

Coming into this game, New Zealand’s fly-half had seemingly put to bed a few nagging doubts over his goal- kicking, landing 13 of his 14 attempts in his last two matches. The radar was most certainly awry on his home ground, however, with the graphic...
          7/2/2017: Sport | Rugby Union: Defensive bedrock returns   

The All Blacks’ share of possession over 80 minutes in Wellington was 61 per cent, the same figure as at Eden Park. However, in tricky conditions, they encountered a far more robust defence. Where New Zealand made constant gains around the guard and...
          7/2/2017: Sport | Rugby Union: Hansen almost engineers 14-man rearguard   

The decision to sacrifice backrower Jerome Kaino when Sonny Bill Williams saw red was both ballsy and brilliant from New Zealand’s head coach. In doing so, he backed his pack to muscle up with a one-man disadvantage and simultaneously retained a...
          7/2/2017: Sport | Rugby Union: Tourists beware: All Blacks will be relishing revenge mission   

Beware the response. New Zealand’s five-game unbeaten run against the British and Irish Lions is over and a reaction of the highest quality at Eden Park will not just be expected; it will be demanded, and judging by their reaction just after the final...
          Murray delighted with try as All Blacks beaten by Lions in Second Test   

Conor Murray has a happy habit of scoring tries against New Zealand and he admitted it was an incredible feeling to do it again with the British & Irish Lions.

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          7/2/2017: NEWS: 72-year-old AmCup fan gets Burling ink   

TEAM New Zealand’s ‘‘biggest fan’’ is taking celebrations to a new level, getting Peter Burling’s name and a picture of the team’s yacht tattooed on his shoulder. Foxton Beach resident Gary Stewart said he was ‘‘so proud to be a Kiwi’’ when Team New...
          7/2/2017: NEWS: A WANTED   

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          7/2/2017: NEWS: Tech giant backs mammoth resurrection   

THE billionaire at the centre of a New Zealand citizenship scandal has his sights on a new, slightly more tricky project – resurrection. As founder of PayPal and close friend of US President Donald Trump, Peter Thiel might well be a giant of the tech...
          7/2/2017: SPORT: Parker tipping boilover for Horn   
WBOheavyweight champion Joseph Parker has praised Duco Events for their high-risk, highreward strategy that has landed his Australian stablemate Jeff Horn a shot at greatness. The New Zealand company’s flagship athletes, Parker and Horn have been...
          7/2/2017: SPORT: Williams may never live   

OPINION: Suddenly Bloody Walking. Off Westpac Stadium and up the players’ tunnel, with 55 minutes remaining in a pivotal second test against the British and Irish Lions. SBW. Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand’s best known and most polarising sportsman....
          7/2/2017: SPORT: Tourists will roar again in NZ: Tew   

and Kieran Read created a ‘not their night’ sensation. That was only heightened when Barrett’s first kick at goal – from in front – hit the posts. A lineout had gone astray too and you wondered whether the Lions would be good enough make New Zealand...
          7/2/2017: SPORT: ATAGLANCE   
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          7/2/2017: LEAGUE: King, Coll win   
Squash: The top four seeds in both the men’s and women’s draws have eased into the semifinals at the New Zealand Senior Nationals in Havelock North. World No 12 Joelle King and Paul Coll took out Juee Bhide and Chris Van Der Salm respectively in the...
          7/2/2017: SPORT: Winning at home a big motivator   

TEAM New Zealand believe their stunning young crew will be motivated to defend the America’s Cup at home. The bulk of the syndicate start the long trek from Bermuda to Auckland today, arriving on Wednesday with a celebration planned for...
          7/2/2017: SPORT: Reid ‘will be involved’ in cup quest   

ANTHONY Hudson is ‘‘convinced’’ Winston Reid will be involved for the final phase of the All Whites quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. A key defensive cog for West Ham United in the English Premier League, Reid is crucial to New Zealand’s hopes...
          7/2/2017: SPORT: Cup star Burling’s plans ‘up in the air’   
PETER Burling wants to keep sailing for New Zealand but is not yet sure what form that will take. Burling, still just 26, confirmed his status as the hottest property in the sport this week after steering Team New Zealand to a 7-1 thumping of Oracle...
          RED Collective: Mark Toia   

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           Baby formula recall after toxic needle-like nanoparticles    
Food regulators in Australia and New Zealand are being urged to recall some brands of infant formula after they were found to contain potentially toxic nanoparticles.
           Lions backrower Sean O'Brien cited after 2nd test    
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - British and Irish Lions backrower Sean O'Brien has been cited for striking an opponent during Saturday's second rugby test...
           Lions flanker O'Brien cited for 'swinging arm'    
WELLINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) - British and Irish Lions flanker Sean O'Brien could miss the decisive third test against New Zealand next week after being...
          Boho Bird Feathers Scarf, Bohemian Festival Clothing, Coachella Clothing, Boho Clothing, Wing Scarf, Beach Sarong Scarf, Digital Print Scarf by Shovava   

48.00 USD

This unique bohemian wings and bird feathers shawl scarf features:

Delicately hand-painted and digitally printed Art of Wide-Spread Wings, this highly detailed representation of Nature, Freedom and Beauty is my Labor of Love. Just put it over your shoulders to look & feel divine. This scarf would make the most amazing gift for your loved ones!

Truly versatile, this scarf looks great paired with any outfit, SO many ways to wear it! Classic scarf or shawl, tube top or halter top, as a bandana or turban, sarong or wrap skirt... this piece of Art will protect you from Sun and will add that special something to any outfit.

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- Cotton: 100% cotton - sheer matte light material, breathes and drapes well

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Please note that my scarves are Fashion scarves, they are NOT meant to keep you warm, unless its a Cashmere version.

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Beautiful Earthy shades of color - they are both subdued, powerful and otherworldly. You can see every stroke and watercolor hues... Enjoy delicate Greens and Creams with hints of Yellow and Browns.

Scarf print is one sided, the opposite side is just a little paler.
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When laid flat finished scarf measures approximately: 200 cm by 70 ( 78" X 27") The model in the photos is 5'4, keep that in mind If you are taller.

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Neat edges, two shortest edges have Fray, gives the scarf a bohemian touch.

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          Wild Things to Make Sewing Book Signed Copy make kids clothes and animal costumes teepee slippers sewing patterns by wildthingsdresses   

26.00 USD

'Wild Things to Make' is my second sewing book.Sewing and clothes pattern book to make childrens clothes.

Sew Wild Things Dresses for yourself with this easy to follow pattern book.
Suitable for beginners through to more experienced makers, the clear instructions and illustrations make sewing these beautiful clothes for yourself simple . With a useful techniques section and glossary for beginners, the projects are marked by skill level.

The book is beautifully produced using high quality images to inspire makers of all abilities to create something exciting their children will really want to wear.
Drawing on simple shapes and whimsical imagery,the step-by-step projects include dresses,hats, jackets and dungarees,as well as simple accessories and things for the home such as a teepee, little baby slippers.

The book aims to add a spark of adventure to everyday clothes.

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          Which is better? Guardian experts do the Weetabix vs Weet-Bix taste test – video   

Hundreds of boxes of British Weetabix have been seized by New Zealand customs. It happened after makers of the antipodean breakfast nibble – Weet-Bix, owned by Sanitarium – complained that having its rival on shelves would be too confusing. Sanitarium has told the small speciality British goods shop importing Weetabix that it can be stocked only if the logo is blocked out. This made us think it was time, once and for all, to test which of the two cereals is best. Here’s the result.

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          Objectify Nazca Print Stuff Stand by ObjectifyHomeware   

23.00 USD

The Stuff Stand is your place to keep everyday accessories:
- 2 slots on the face to hold car keys
- 2 notches on the top to hang sunglasses, headphones or a wristwatch
- A small shelf to hold a mobile phone with channels to feed through a cable to charge it on the stand
- Space on the back support to hold a wallet

I can customise the stand with a full colour print on the front using a photo or artwork you supply or any of my design patterns from my other listings, just convo me to discuss. I can also design from scratch and customise the color scheme.

Made from sustainably produced Southern New Zealand Pine plywood.

Dimensions
20cm tall x 20cm wide by 17cm deep

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Gutsful!: The word ‘gutsful’ is uniquely Kiwi; an extension of the experience of feeling ‘gutted’ after an unfortunate event. New Zealand is awash with disgruntlement. As city people move into the country to whine about cow shit and metal roads, in turn rural folk object to a house being built down their quiet country road. Gutsful takes a distinctive approach to community disputes, straying into seemingly cosy communities, to dig-up smoldering disputes and burning issues. We’ll give a voice to the often-trod trials of pesky pets and boundary bandits. But also cast a wider net to encompass rest home rabble-rousers, consumer rip-offs, local litterbugs and rogue animals.
          DRAGONFORCE Singer Narrowly Escapes Serious Injury After Jumping Out Of Moving Van   
DRAGONFORCE singer Marc Hudson narrowly escaped serious injury after he jumped out of a moving van during the group's Australian tour. On Tuesday, June 27, Hudson and his bandmates were gearing up to leave Brisbane early in the morning for their flight to New Zealand. The crew was loading up the equipment outside the hotel into a van with trailer which was parked on a steep hill at the top of a long road leading to an intersection. With the music equipment fully loaded and just a few suitcases to go, Marc went and sat at the back of the van first, with bassist Frédéric Leclercq and guitarist Sam Totman following close behind. After they set foot in the van, the brakes started squeaking and the van started rolling down the hill towards the intersection extremely quickly. Sam and Fred, who were stood in the doorway, immediately stepped out, leaving Marc in the back seat with his seat belt on. The van with the trailer continued to accelerate down the hill. Drummer Gee Anzalone tried to run after the van to put the handbrake on to no avail as it was going too fast, as did Marc, who was trying to get to it from the inside. The van was headed for an intersection but was veering off to one side. Marc jumped out the side of the van a few seconds before it crashed into a tree and came to a complete stop. The van was said to be going at over 30 miles per hour at the time the singer jumped out. He since has been treated at the hospital for two potentially broken ribs, a sprained shoulder and various cuts and bruises. Despite the severity of Marc's injuries, DRAGONFORCE did not cancel any shows on the tour and carried on with the trek, which hit Christchurch on June 28. Video footage of Hudson performing with his arm in a sling can be seen below. DRAGONFORCE's shows in Australia this month marked the band's first appearances in the country since 2015. The band is touring in support of its latest album, "Reaching Into Infinity", which was released on May 19 via earMUSIC. The follow-up to 2014's "Maximum Overload" is the band's third full-length studio release with Hudson, who joined the group in 2011 following the departure of original frontman ZP Theart (now in SKID ROW).

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          Price drop: $23.00 off Casio F-91W-1YEF Mens Resin Digital Watch, now only $14.49   
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          Williams Red Card Evened Up The Game   
lions-picDavid Fitzmaurice reviewed the second test between the Lions and New Zealand this morning. The Lions ran out 24-21 winner. He feels Sonny Bill Williams sending off evened up the game
          Third of turtles found dead on New Zealand beaches had ingested plastic   
A third of turtles found dead on New Zealand beaches have swallowed plastic, an expert says, and single-use shopping bags are the most common culprit.
          Economic Growth Leaves Too Many Behind   
Press Release – Closing The Gap Economic Growth Leaves Too Many Behind It’s time lower paid workers and beneficiaries got a fair share of what the Government and OECD insist is a strong New Zealand economy, Peter Malcolm, spokesperson for the income equality project Closing the Gap, said …Economic Growth Leaves Too Many Behind It’s […]
          Seafood’s men and women tell their stories   
Press Release – Seafood New Zealand New Zealands seafood industry is publicly promising to protect the environment and secure long-term sustainable fisheries.Seafood’s men and women tell their stories New Zealand’s seafood industry is publicly promising to protect the environment and secure long-term sustainable fisheries. A promise to the people of New Zealand will air tonight […]
          Waterview Tunnel now open to traffic   
Press Release – New Zealand Government Waterview Tunnel now open to traffic Transport Minister Simon Bridges says the opening of Aucklands Waterview Tunnel to traffic is the most significant change in Aucklands transport system since the opening of the Auckland Harbour Bridge in 1959. The first …Waterview Tunnel now open to traffic Transport Minister Simon […]
          Statement of Solidarity and Support for Sitel workers (from First Union and E tū, New Zealand)   
Solidarity greetings from E tū and FIRST Union, New Zealand. We are the two largest private sector u
          21 Savage Teams Up with Montell2099 for Hypnotic Song, "Hunnid on the Drop"   

21 Savage has returned, not with a track of his own, but as a featured guest on Montell2099's song "Hunnid on the Drop." Montell is a producer from New Zealand, who reveals that the track only took a couple of hours to make. "I’m super excited to share this track with the world,” he said. “When I found out 21 Savage was keen to collab, I went on a beat-making spree! Within a couple days I had at least 20 ideas made for him. He chose the third beat I played for him and did his thing in the booth. Within a couple hours the track was done.” Listen to the track below, and stay tuned for 21 Savage's forthcoming debut album ISSA, which will drop July 7.

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          Australia and New Zealand Start Trade Talks With Pacific Alliance   
Australia and New Zealand Start Trade Talks With Pacific Alliance
          Air Force Tribute for Anniversary Church Service   
The Royal New Zealand Air Force will commemorate its 74th anniversary with a church service at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul’s this Sunday 3 April at 2.00pm, and members of the public are invited to attend.
          Martyn Dunne will not lead new authority   
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee today confirmed that New Zealand Customs chief executive Martyn Dunne will not be involved in the new government department that will manage the rebuilding and recovery of Canterbury following the February ...
          Send An Anzac Message To Kiwi Forces   
The New Zealand Defence Force is encouraging the public to send a message to Kiwi defence personnel who will be overseas on Anzac Day (25 April).
          Angkasa Pura I Buka 28 Rute Penerbangan Baru   

SEBANYAK 28 rute penerbangan baru dibuka oleh sejumlah maskapai di bandara yang dikelola PT Angkasa Pura I periode Januari-Juli 2017 sebagai upaya menggencarkan konektivitas transportasi udara dan pengembangan pariwisata daerah tengah dan timur Indonesia.

Menurut Direktur Utama PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) Danang S. Baskoro dalam keterangan persnya mengatakan kami senantiasa mendukung terwujudnya konektivitas transportasi udara yang seiring dengan pertumbuhan industri pariwisata melalui insentif dan inisiatif program bidang pariwisata yaitu Collaborative Destination Development.

“Kunci sukses untuk mengembangkan industri pariwisata dan penerbangan adalah pengembangan kolaborasi antara program pemerintah, maskapai, dan bandara. Sebanyak penambahan pembukaan 28 rute baru tersebut terdiri dari 20 rute domestik dan delapan rute internasional,” ujarnya.

Dikatakan, dua puluh delapan rute baru tersebut yaitu Garuda Indonesia yang membuka rute Manado-Gorontalo, Ambon-Kaimana, Ambon-Surabaya, Ambon-Sorong. Lion Air yang membuka rute Kinabalu-Denpasar, Balikpapan-Pontianak, Kualalumpur-Solo, Kualalumpur-Surabaya, Surabaya-Palembang.

“Malindo Air yang membuka rute Kualalumpur-Denpasar-Brisbane, Sriwijaya Air yang membuka rute Sentani-Surabaya, Lampung-Surabaya, Lampung-Yogyakarta, Semarang-Makassar, Makassar-Mamuju. Susi Air yang membuka rute Ambon-Sanana Maluku Utara, Wings Air yang membuka rute Manado-Raja Ampat, Manado-Sangir Talaud--Merauke, Ambon-Dobo,” katanya.

Ditambahkannya, juga AirAsia Indonesia yang membuka rute Kualalumpur-Lombok dan Kualalumpur-Yogyakarta, Dimonim Air yang membuka rute Kisar (Maluku)-Ambon, Batik Air yang membuka rute Ambon-Makassar dan Ambon-Jakarta. Air New Zealand yang membuka rute Auckland-Denpasar, dan Air Asia yang membuka rute Kualalumpur-Solo dan Denpasar-Narita.

“Sementara itu, terdapat dua rute baru yang dibuka pada periode Ramadhan dan Angkutan Lebaran ini yaitu Makassar-Mamuju oleh Sriwijaya Air dan Denpasar-Narita oleh AirAsia. Pembukaan 28 rute baru ini oleh maskapai seiring dengan upaya Angkasa Pura I untuk mengembangkan industri pariwisata daerah melalui inisiatif program Collaborative Destination Development (CDD) yang melibatkan seluruh pemangku kepentingan industri pariwisata daerah dari mulai pemerintah pusat dan lokal, maskapai, asosiasi perusahaan perjalanan, dan institusi terkait lainnya,” ungkapnya.

Dijelaskannya kembali, selain Program CDD, untuk mendukung perwujudan konektivitas udara dan pengembangan industri pariwisata, Angkasa Pura I juga memberikan insentif bagi maskapai yang membuka rute baru dan menambah frekuensi terbang.

Melalui program CDD, lanjut Danang, Angkasa Pura I berupaya untuk merangkul dan mendorong para pemangku kepentingan untuk saling berkolaborasi agar terwujud pengembangan ekonomi kawasan yang merata dan pada akhirnya dapat berkontribusi terhadap pertumbuhan perekonomian nasional.

"Melihat jumlah pembukaan rute baru hingga tengah tahun 2016 ini, kami optimis bahwa pergerakan penumpang pada 2017 ini dapat mencapai 90 juta penumpang, tumbuh sekitar 11 persen dari pergerakan penumpang tahun 2016 yang sebanyak 83,8 jutaan penumpang," kata Danang.

PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) merupakan salah satu BUMN pengelola bandara di Indonesia. Angkasa Pura I mengelola 13 bandara, yaitu Bandara I Gusti Ngurah Rai Bali, Bandara Juanda Surabaya, Bandara Sultan Hasanuddin Makassar, Bandara Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan Balikpapan, Bandara Frans Kaisiepo Biak, Bandara Sam Ratulangi Manado, Bandara Syamsudin Noor Banjarmasin, Bandara Ahmad Yani Semarang, Bandara Adisutjipto Yogyakarta, Bandara Adi Soemarmo Surakarta, Bandara Internasional Lombok Praya, Bandara Pattimura Ambon, dan Bandara El Tari Kupang. [antaranews/photo traveltext]


          Cameron Norrie puts studies on hold to focus on tennis – and has an Andy Murray masterclass to help his Wimbledon debut   
CAMERON NORRIE put his studies on hold to focus on tennis — and has already been treated to an Andy Murray masterclass. The Wimbledon wildcard was born in South Africa, raised in New Zealand and is part-way through a sociology degree in Texas. But he is 100 per cent British by blood and had the […]
          7/2/2017: Cover Story: 22   
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          Erebus: Operation Overdue - Chronik einer Flugzeug-Katastrophe | So 02.07 13:05 | Spiegel Geschichte   
Chronik einer Flugzeug-Katastrophe - Am 28. November 1979 stürzt über der Antarktis eine DC-10 der Air New Zealand ab. Die Maschine war am helllichten...
          Erebus: Operation Overdue - Chronik einer Flugzeug-Katastrophe | Mo 03.07 22:40 | Spiegel Geschichte   
Chronik einer Flugzeug-Katastrophe - Am 28. November 1979 stürzt über der Antarktis eine DC-10 der Air New Zealand ab. Die Maschine war am helllichten...
          AIR039: Jim McIlvaine (Part I) - Marquette star and NBA veteran   

Marquette star and NBA veteran, Jim McIlvaine. In a first for the podcast, this conversation will be released in two installments. Our chat was almost two hours, in length – I’m pretty sure that Jim’s wife had the authorities on speed dial, ready to report him missing – however, all’s well that ends well – Jim returned to normality at its conclusion and I couldn’t be happier with the finished episode.

In part one, we discuss Jim’s early years playing basketball and learn a great deal about his college career, where he was a stand-out at Marquette. This includes a funny story about Marquette’s early 1990s exhibition series that touched down here in Australia, then onto New Zealand and Fiji – complete with a near international incident. Also, if you’re a fan of the great documentary, Hoop Dreams, you won’t want to miss this chat.

We talk about the 1994 NBA Draft and Jim’s two seasons in Washington, playing for the Bullets. He openly-discusses his free-agent move to Seattle – a contract widely debated at the time and still mentioned on occasion, to this day. On top of this, we learn about the importance and value of the National Basketball Retired Players Association (the NBRPA), of which Jim is a lifetime member.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more open, honest and engaging guy, than Jim – I’m confident you’ll enjoy this conversation as much as I did, recording it. Thank you, Jim, for your generous availability.

Part two of this conversation will examine Jim's career in Seattle, his trade to the New Jersey Nets and injuries that ultimately led to his NBA retirement. We also discuss Jim's broadcasting career, great basketball movies and his classic encounter with Gene Hackman.

We’re now in the final days of 2013, as this episode is released. I hope you thoroughly enjoy the holiday season and have a great New Year. Exciting plans are ahead for 2014 – I hope that you continue to join me on this podcast journey. Thank you very much for your support.

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          AIR002: Tom Dore - former long-time Chicago Bulls TV commentator   

Former long-time Chicago Bulls play-by-play man, Tom Dore. Our discussion includes Tom's native Illinois, his time at Missouri University and subsequent journey to France and New Zealand where he played basketball professionally. We talk about Andrew and Lindsay Gaze (Australia's own basketball royalty), how Tom became a broadcaster for the Bulls and his association with two of the all-time greats; Jim Durham and Johnny 'Red' Kerr (both RIP). We also discuss his relationship with Michael Jordan and unearth some fantastic MJ stories.

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          Kiwi commander in Iraq says final reckoning against Islamic State is nearing an end   
A New Zealander leading the bloody battle against Islamic State (Isis) in Iraq says the Coalition's use of controversial white phosphorous was justified against an inhumane enemy.
          Seafood’s men and women tell their stories   
New Zealand’s seafood industry is publicly promising to protect the environment and secure long-term sustainable fisheries.
          When Doves Talk, Gold Listens – Ep. 155   
All the talk last week in the financial media was the fact that several Federal Reserve officials had given speeches somehow putting April back on the table as a live FOMC meeting, where the Fed might raise rates In fact, even earlier this week, even yesterday, an official from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco commented that the Fed should continue with rate hikes because the economy is strong and the data is on target I did not buy those comments for one second - my last podcast was titled, "Fed Bankers Bark But Won't Bite", and my commentary was titled, "Two Down and Two to Go" meaning that the Fed had already dispensed with two of the 4 rate hikes telegraphed for 2016 and they would take the other 2 rate hikes away So, as everybody else was anticipating rate hikes, I was saying, not only are they not going to raise them in April, they are not going to raise them at all in 2016 What happened today? Janet Yellen gave a speech to the Economic Club of New York, one of the most dovish speeches, if not the most dovish she has ever given As a result of the speech, the price of gold was up about $20 on the day; we closed above $1240 In fact a couple of days ago, we had gotten nearly down to $1200 That shows you the strength of this bull market in gold, despite the talk of a rate hike in April, and despite the rally in the dollar, gold held its position above $1200 To me, that's very bullish, the question when will all the bears throw in the towel? Goldman Sachs is still looking for gold to hit $1000 - $900 They're still looking for a strong dollar and a bunch of rate hikes Although Goldman Sachs is not as bearish on gold as Harry Dent Harry Dent called for $700 gold when I debated him on Friday's Alex Jones show That was a good debate, and you can check it out on my YouTube channel The dollar was down across the board today The dollar index barely held on to the 95 handle, it closed at 95.15, off not quite a full percentage point on the day Aussie dollar very strong on the day, up 1.4% New Zealand dollar was the big winner on the day; that currency was up a full 2 percentage points on the day against the U.S. dollar The Dow Jones liked the dovish news coming from the Fed; up just under 100 points One of the reasons it wasn't up more is because of the financials in the Dow weighing it down The NASDAQ was up 79.8 - that's a 1.7% increase The NASDAQ was standing still compared to the gold stocks - the GDX up 5.77% The GDXJ, the juniors, were up even more - about 6.3% today That's where the action was and I think it will continue to be, based on Janet Yellen's Dovish remarks I still don't think the conventional wisdom appreciates the extent of these dovish remarks Let me go over her remarks; she started with a pretty upbeat assessment on the economy She said the labor market is looking good, consumer spending is looking good, the housing recovery continues - she went over all these positives She did list some minor negatives: Manufacturing and Net Exports, but she blamed all that on the strong dollar She did also mention that capital spending and business investment was lackluster, noting in particular weakness in layoffs in the energy sector But overall she was still upbeat on the economy In fact, she admitted that the Fed's assessment of economic growth, inflation, and unemployment were exactly the same on December 2015, when they raised rates, and in the March meeting, where they didn't raise rates She said the Fed's outlook on the economy had not changed at all If it hasn't changed at all, why didn't they raise rates again? They were telegraphing 4 rate hikes, and if all their assumptions about the economy had stayed the same, they why didn't we get the rate hike She actually mentioned that in the Q&A There weren't a lot of questions; there were two people allowed to ask questions - two economists Yellen did mention that financial conditions were we...
          Draghi’s Bazooka Backfires, Gold Explodes – Ep.150   
Mario Draghi at the ECB fired his big bazooka today; people had anticipated that that would be the case In fact, it seems like he fired a bigger blast than people were expecting, he announced that he would reduce negative interest rates further They moved from -.3 to -.4 and he announced an expansion of their quantitative easing program from €60 billion per month to €80 billion, which means that their program is not larger than the Fed's; remember we were doing $85 billion a month before we tapered it down So what the ECB is doing is closer to $90 billion The problem for the market is that even though he fired a bigger blast than the markets had anticipated, after he fired it, he put that bazooka back in his holster What I mean by that, is at the end of his press conference, Draghi mention that he thought that this would probably be the last cut, that -40 is as low as the ECB is going to go Now maybe the market was just looking for an excuse to reverse, but the Euro, which had initially dropped sharply, about 1.5% down on the day, following the initial announcement, reversed and ended up falling about 2%, so it was a 3.5% reversal, and from what I've read, this is the biggest reversal, ever in the euro, from down to up In fact the dollar index went through 4 handles, at its highs this morning, the dollar index was at 98.5 and at its lows it was trading at around 95 Many people think this is a failure for the ECB; they want a weaker euro, because they want more inflation I think the ECB is going to get more inflation, whether the euro weakens or strengthens against the dollar, because it's still going to weaken in real purchasing power Just as I mentioned in yesterday's podcast, referring to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Mario Draghi is saying that he doesn't have enough inflation, and interestingly enough, Draghi is going to get more inflation, and more than he's bargaining for He mentioned in his press conference that these things take time, because it will take time for inflation for develop because first we need the recovery to regain traction, as if inflation is a by-product of economic growth - it's not. It's a by-product of all the money printing It's just that right now, a lot of that money printing is in the financial assets But all this QE and negative interest rates are not going to get economic growth Now maybe the Eurozone economy will grow, but it's not because of QE, it's despite QE In fact, there would be more growth, if the ECB wasn't doing this, what they are doing is counter productive But ultimately they will succeed in getting more inflation, in fact they will get more than they bargained for I predict that prices in the Eurozone will not only hit the 2% target, it will exceed it, and that will mean the ECB is going to have to quickly withdraw that stimulus, they will have to raise rates much faster than they thought and much higher than they thought, but at least they'll do it We can't. that's the big difference.  Europe can afford higher rates, America cannot Europe is going to have the Bundesbank pressuring the ECB fight that inflation; there will be no such pressure on the Fed from the United States Normally, too, when the ECB eases, gold goes down and that was the knee-jerk reaction, as soon as the announcement came out, the price of gold dropped about $15, but it reversed very quickly and it ended up finishing up $19 We're talking about a $35 intra day reversal, in fact, the low was below $1240, but ever since the price of gold closed above $1250, it has never closed below $1250 This is the highest close of the year, it's the first time I've see gold close above $1270 Gold stocks closed at their highs of the year, the GDX index of gold miners was up 4.5% today closing at $20.38 - this is the first close above $20 all year The key level for gold is going to be $1280 We've touched that level twice, once last week and once Monday morning
          Why Didn’t the Fed “Just Say No”? – Ep. 149   
So far it's been a pretty light week but what little economic data that has been released is bad, and all of it evidences the recession that nobody wants to acknowledge Let's start with the Consumer Credit numbers that came out on Monday.  Not only was the number extremely weak, but the revisions to the prior month were even weaker The initial report for the growth in consumer credit in December was $21.3 billion Now I don't think growth in consumer credit is good; I think it undermines long-term living standards The last thing you want to do is borrow money to consume, one of the points I really hammered home in my book, "How an Economy Grows and Why it Crashes" If you haven't bought that book, you should get a copy Be sure to pick the collector's edition because, in addition to being a really beautiful book, it has two entirely new chapters.  If you already have the original one, buy the collector's edition and give the original away to a friend. Consumers should not borrow to consume.  They should save to consume. Businesses should use our savings to invest in capital equipment to grow the economy When you consume savings, you undermine long-term economic growth and therefore future consumption is diminished The problem is we're living in a bubble, and in order to sustain this bubble economy, consumers have to keep spending In this economy, however in order to keep spending they have to keep borrowing because they're certainly not earning, and they don't have any savings  This has to blow up eventually but right now, it's all about keeping the music going Consumer credit was revised down from the originally reported $21.3 billion to just $6.4 billion of growth They were looking for January to grow by $16.5 billion, and of course, this also includes student loans, as well as credit cards Instead, we got an increase of just $10.5 billion Consumer credit growth imploded in December and January If there's all this job creation why aren't these newly-employed people spending money? This shows you the jobs are going to people who already have part-time jobs, and need to supplement hours and wages Also, we got the Small Business Optimism Index, which last month was 93.9, and there was an expectation that it would increase to 94.2, that small businesses would be a little more optimistic, yet it dropped a full point to 92.9 - the lowest level in 2 years If that is the case, why are they hiring people? The type of hiring that is going on is hiring part time workers to replace full-time workers Which brings me to the data that came out today: Wholesale Trade Inventories were expected to drop, but they increased by .3% And the inventory for December was revised from -.1 to unchanged The reason inventories spiked is because sales collapsed The inventory to sales ratio just hit a new high, at 1.35 This is a 7-year high. The last time the inventory to sales ratio was this high was in April of 2009.  We were still knee-deep in the Great Recession If this recovery even exists, why isn't the merchandise being bought? At some point this year, the lone remaining bright spot in this horrible economic landscape - the number of jobs being created - will turn down We got more disappointing corporate earnings news this week The reason the stock market is moving slightly up is because of the sentiment that the Fed will not raise rates in the near future It's not just the stock market - Oil is above $38/barrel Also some of the industrial metals have had huge spikes And of course, the dollar is going down against other currencies The Australian dollar hit an 8- month high The Canadian dollar hit a 4-month high The New Zealand dollar was also at an 8-month high until the Reserve Bank of New Zealand surprised the markets and cut interest rates from 2.5% to 2.25% and that sent the New Zealand dollar tanking from +1% to -1.5% One of the reasons the Reserve Bank gave was that in...
          ECB Opens The Door To More QE – Ep.114   
This is the first podcast I've been able to record since the death of my father, Irwin Schiff, who passed away on Friday If you're interested in learning more about him and the circumstances surrounding his death, I would encourage you to read my commentary, "The Death of a Patriot" There also links to many other articles written about him on my Facebook page You can also find on my YouTube channel, my father's debate for the 1996 Libertarian Nomination for President You can also find on the internet a video he created called, "The Secrets of a Tax Free Life" He died in jail because of his political beliefs and for standing up for his Constitutional rights While in prison, my father got insufficient medical care, he lost all his teeth, lost his eyesight and eventually died of cancer In my father's case, even if he were wrong, the penalty should have been a civil case My father was steadfast in his beliefs, and did not want to be released unless he won his appeals The Dow was up more than 300 points today The strength came from the ECB, as Draghi suggested that the ECB was considering expanding QE The ECB is trying to talk the euro down The ECB did not actually do anything, they just jaw-boned the markets with the idea of more QE This was a euro story - the dollar was only up against the euro The New Zealand dollar was up 1.3% against the U.S. dollar Gold was up 2% in terms of euros Silver was up .15 in dollars despite the big jump in the dollar index This lays more foundation for the Fed not to raise rates At some point, I think the Fed will another round of QE The reason Draghi suggested QE was over fears that inflation is too low It is running at .9%, but according the ECB, the holy grail is 1.9% Draghi was asked why he is spending so much money to raise inflation when he earlier said that low inflation is good for purchasing power How does the ECB think they can pinpoint inflation to exactly 1.9%? Draghi's answer was that low inflation makes debt harder to repay What Draghi is saying is that it doesn't reduce debt enough Why is it good to transfer wealth from creditors to debtors? He also said that with low inflation, real wages will rise Why is this a problem? Because the government artificially boosted wages in the first place expecting inflation to mitigate their true effect in the economy What's really too high is not so much wages as labor costs, due to government mandates We want workers to have higher wages in a free market based on their productivity All that is undermined in the ECB's quest to generate inflation Draghi also questions the accuracy of is numbers Central bankers are trying to prop up the stock market and the government The real debt the central banks want to wipe out is government debt This is not what central banks are supposed t do, they're supposed to be independent Another reason the U.S. market might have been strong is because of all the weak economic data that came out Housing was stronger than expected, but everything else was pretty weak The Chicago Fed National Activity Index, which was -.41 came in at -.37 - back to back bad months Also leading economic indicators experience their biggest drop in almost 3 years to -.2 Last month was also revised down Also the Kansas City Fed Manufacturing Index negative again Bloomberg's economic expectations index is at its lowest level since 2013 All these indicators suggest recession on the horizon This is music to the ears of Wall Street traders because it means the Fed will continue to play the cheap money tune I don't think the smaller countries that don't have debt problem will follow the Pied Pipers of inflation down the primrose path I think you are going to see a big drop in the dollar There are currencies that are gaining strength and will continue to gain strength especially with the Fed has to come clean
          Economy is Weakening But at Least the Cost of Living is Rising – Ep. 63   
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President’s Message

By Amber Sausen

As part of the preparations for the 8th Urban Sketchers' Symposium in Chicago, the planning team recently held a rehearsal! How can you rehearse for a 550+ person, multi-day event? Well, the team started at the beginning and talked through the entire symposium week: from set-up to clean up and all the fun in the middle. Here's what I learned from the rehearsal: the quality of workshops and demonstrations we'll provide to attendees is outstanding! We have a Symposium Team who understands how special this event is and wants to make it the best possible. There are going to be amazing opportunities to gather with sketching friends old and new.

The all-volunteer Symposium Team is made up of a talented international team who have planned previous symposiums and a local team who are passionate about Chicago and call it home. Together they are building an event that will be stellar.

What will make the event spectacular is you! Participants bring enthusiasm, community, and their love of sketching with each other. So, make new friends, invite someone to sit with you at lunch or join you for a sketch or a chat. And if you're unable to be at the symposium, I hope you'll also get out in your community to make some new connections, have fun sketching, and be an ambassador for Urban Sketchers.
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10 Years 10 Classes



To celebrate our 10th anniversary, the Education Committee launched the 10x10 Program. Thirty-two cities from around the world are participating (so far) each committing to organize 10 classes. We want to see as many people sketching as possible!


Click HERE to participate in a class near you.



If your regional chapter would like to participate in the 10x10 program, it’s not too late! 



Contact Mário Linhares at mario@urbansketchers.org
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Southeast-Asia Celebrates 10-year Anniversary of USk and Golden Jubilee of ASEAN



July 1-8, 2017 Singapore


Southeast-Asia will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Urban Sketchers alongside the golden jubilee of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with an event hosted by Urban Sketchers Singapore with Temasek Polytechnic.

The event will coincide with Temasek Polytechnic’s celebrations of ASEAN 50 through the Global Community Day 2017 (GCD2017), a flagship cross-cultural platform to promote global awareness and integration amongst staff, students, local community, industry & global partners and network schools.

This event also debuts long-term Urban Sketchers courses by instructors in ASEAN cities. We invite sketchers from around the world to join ten on-location classes, with official facilitators from Southeast Asia, to learn and reinforce the core value of urban sketching; sketch the world, one drawing at a time.

To view the full schedule click HERE and the full program click HERE.
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Sketch Tour Portugal


In celebration of our 10th anniversary in 2017 Urban Sketchers, in partnership with the Tourism Office of Portugal (TP), have organized a sponsored sketching trip called Sketch Tour Portugal.

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We wish Lis and José happy travels and happy sketching!


USk Executive Board of Directors
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Symposium News

We're now a month away from the 8th Urban Sketchers Symposium and we can't wait to sketch with you in Chicago from July 26-29! We will be welcoming 570 sketchers from 34 countries. If you didn't register, but you would like to sketch with us, please come to the final and open 56th WW Sketchcrawl that will be held at the Georg Solti Garden, on Saturday July 29, from 2:30-5:00pm. All sketchers are welcome!

Symposium participants can get Symposium-related information and news on our
website and on Instagram and Twitter @usksymposium.

You can also follow the symposium participants’ pix, sketches and stories on our
Facebook group, on our main Instagram account at @urbansketchers, on Twitter and on USk Flickr. Don't forget to use the hashtags #uskchicago2017 and #usksymposium.

The Symposium Team can't wait to welcome all the participants to this amazing city by the lake!


Happy Sketching!

Fernanda Vaz de Campos
Symposium Coordinator
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Catch Glimpses of the Chicago Symposium via Live Video Feed



For the first time, USk will live video stream glimpses of the Chicago Symposium on our USk Youtube channel! The live feed will stream intermittently beginning on July 26 at 12:30 CDT. Tune in HERE to catch glimpses of the registration; the opening reception; USk Founder, Gabi Campanario’s keynote speech at (6pm CDT July 26); interviews of participants; glimpses of workshops; lectures and demos; the silent auction; a drink and draw; a sketchcrawl and the closing party (beginning at 10pm CDT July 29). And, at 8pm CDT on July 29th, USk will announce the location of the 2018 symposium!

Get notified when the live streaming will start by going to our
USk Youtube channel and clicking on the bell icon. (It’s on the right-hand side above the red arrow).


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Volunteer Opportunities:
Finance Committee Members


Are you a budget wiz? Are you a savvy money manager? USk is seeking volunteers to establish a finance committee under the leadership of the Treasurer. We are looking for people who can help refine and streamline our current financial practices and support the fiscal responsibility of USk around the world. The Finance committee will hold monthly video chat meetings and correspond regularly via email. Please contact Joel Winstead: winstead@urbansketchers.org.


Volunteer Fundraising Team Members

USk is seeking volunteer team members to help fundraise. We are looking for people who can help negotiate Symposium sponsorships, organize grant writing, and set up tracking studies. We need help from everywhere, but would appreciate representation of volunteers in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. Please contact Joel: berman@urbansketchers.org

Volunteer Grant Writer

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Join the USk Volunteer Instagram team! USk is seeking two temporary volunteer Instagram Aficionados to help with our social media needs during the symposium in Chicago July 29-29, 2017. Attendance at the symposium is required. Applicants must already be Basic Pass holders.

To apply, please contact brenda@urbansketchers.org. Please briefly describe your personal experience with Instagram and with Urban Sketchers. 



Volunteer Twitter Aficionados

Join the USk Volunteer Twitter team! USk is seeking two temporary volunteer Twitter aficionados to help promote the upcoming International USk Symposium in Chicago on July 29-29, 2017. Attendance at the symposium is required. Applicants must already be Basic Pass holders.

To apply, please contact andrewbanks87@gmail.com. Please provide your Twitter handle and briefly describe your personal experience with Twitter and the Urban Sketchers group.



                                                 
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Regional Chapter News



USk is pleased to announce that we have seven new Regional Chapters.  The newest groups to join the family are:

Urban Sketchers Gwalior
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Urban Sketchers Port Townsend
Urban Sketchers Boulder
Urban Sketchers Melilla
Urban Sketchers Vienna
Urban Sketchers Nairobi
Welcome to the Urban Sketchers community!
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Upcoming Workshops


Workshop starts tomorrow so sign up today!

July 2, 2017

Atmospheric Watercolour



with Jenny Adam

 

How do we create depth and atmosphere in a sketch? In this workshop we´ll both use drawing and watercolour techniques, focusing on contrasts of line, temperature and colors to create meaningful and evocative sketches. 

For more information about this workshop click HERE.
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July 13-15, 2017

A Stage & its Stars!


with Róisín Curé, Miguel Herring and Inma Serrano, in Galway, Ireland



Inma Serrano will concentrate on the dramatis personae - the quick, lively sketch-portraits that bring any sketch to life, and their urban settings. Róisín loves to exaggerate colour and show the light conditions to their best advantage...through the use of shadows, light source and a bright, fresh palette. Miguel Herranz will focus on the script - the art of storytelling. With his expert draughtsmanship and eye for detail he will show you how to pick out the elements that will bring excitement and interest to your sketching practice. 



For more information about this workshop, click HERE.
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August 12, 2017
Teens Draw Montreal


with Julie Prescesky

Teens Draw Montreal is an exciting workshop designed for kids to explore their world through line and wash.

For more information about this workshop please click HERE.
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August 13, 2017

Kids Draw Montreal



with Julie Prescesky

Kids Draw Montreal is an exciting workshop designed for kids to explore their world through line and wash.

For more information about this workshop please click HERE.
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August 23-26, 2017

Urban (E)Scapes



with Isabel Carmona, Inma Serrano and Miguel Herranz, in Rotterdam, Netherlands


In this workshop, we want to explore the city’s vibrancy and cultural richness and diversity, we will look into its past to understand its present. To do so we consider the moving environment, as much of people in the city daily life as of buildings in the changing fabric of the architectural and urban environment. We aim to introduce time into our sketches and stories.



For more information about this workshop, click HERE.
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September 8-10, 2017

Puzzling out the Picture


with Veronica Lawlor in New York City 



Many times, when a sketcher arrives at a busy urban location, there is a sense of being overwhelmed. So many people moving in so many different directions; so many buildings towering above; so many shops; so many cars; so many signs; so much of so many! This workshop will teach you how to puzzle it all out, bringing the pieces together in a wide picture full of dimension and graphic expression, which ultimately can tell the story of a place. 



For more information about this workshop, click HERE.
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SEPTEMBER 19-23, 2017 *** NEW WORKSHOP DATE ***

Frame the World Differently!



with Majid Modir in Volterra, Italy. 
Guest artist: To be announced.

A Watercolor Workshop–with Focus on Compositions

Welcome to a creative workshop in the heart of Tuscany, Volterra!
 5 days with drawing and painting in good company, learning watercolor technique and some ways to achieve good compositions.

For more information about this workshop, click HERE.

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October 4-8, 2017

On Assignment - Reportage from Ischia Island

with Gabi Campanario, Simo Capecchi and Caroline Peyron, in Naples, Italy.

The popular Naples Urban Sketchers workshop is back! This year attendees will put on special correspondents hats to report and sketch life in Ischia Island. “On Assignment” will cover practical tips to sketch and report from the field, and topics such as story selection, interviewing and sketching people, developing sources, working with editors and sketching with an audience in mind.

For more information about this workshop, click HERE.
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July 15, 2017

Sketch Now Think Later


with Mike Daikubara in Boston

Looking for the perfect subject, angle, composition, materials and tools to use etc. can take lots of time and bog you down even before you start sketching. In this workshop, we will pare these down to the essentials of a few tools, few techniques and few approaches so you can enjoy what you like to do in the first place: To jump right into sketching anytime, anywhere, and in any situation!
For more information about this workshop, click HERE .
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Meet New Urban Sketchers Chapter: USk Florianópolis

By Jane Wingfield



Florianópolis, the Party Destination of the year according to the New York Times (2009), is a dynamic city in Southern Brazil. It has 60 beaches, strong information technology and tourism industries, and has been named the best place to live in Brazil. If that’s not enough to make you want to jump on the next plane to Brazil, this will: it is the home of one of our newest Urban Sketchers chapters.

USk Florianópolis started very recently and already has 300 followers, with 15-20 attending their sketch outings on a regular basis.
“We sketch in a variety of locations to please those who like to draw architecture and those who prefer to draw people or nature,” said USk Florianópolis Admin, Guilherme Ruchaud.


Florianópolis, aka Floripa, has many historical sites to choose from but because of limited public transportation on weekends they try to choose sites close to the city center where they have it all: historical architecture, people and natural settings.


The chapter draws from a variety of professions, mostly architects and architecture students, but also professional and amateur artists. They have sketch events every three weeks, planning five meetings ahead so people can arrange their calendars.








Join us in welcoming Urban Sketchers Florianópolis.


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Meet New Urban Sketchers Chapter: USk Lebanon
By Ann Schwartswald



Urban Sketchers just keeps growing with new chapters forming around the world. With that growth is great excitement about the joy and camaraderie that comes from our shared passion for visually connecting to the wonderful sights around us, and sharing our sketches of what we see!

One of our newest chapters is in Lebanon. Judy Abi Roustrom, who is an architect and dedicated sketcher began meeting with a group to sketch. That evolved over the course of the last two years into the vibrant and official “Urban Sketchers Lebanon”.

According to Judy, “We started two years ago and became an official chapter this February. We have 204 members, 100 who show up. We meet once or twice a month. The group typically likes to sketch any place we decide to gather in, each one using their own style and perspective.”

From the photos on their Facebook page, it's clear they're not all at every event, but they have great turnouts. Judy promises to share some video of their adventures with us at a future time. The wonderful work and the wattage of the smiles is impressive! It is obvious from the photos and drawings found on their Facebook page that both the people and scenery in Lebanon are truly beautiful!


Learn more about USk Lebanon by clicking
HERE.
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USk Welcomes New Chapter: Rio de Janeiro

By Susan Rogers
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJPf4wdovvU&feature=youtu.be


Nestled between the sea and the mountains, newest regional chapter USk Rio has an ideal climate year-round for outdoor sketching. Admin Thais Machado reports that the group now has almost 1000 members. Thais believes the popularity of Urban sketching in Rio is because the city has an active artistic culture and an interesting blend of historical and modern architecture, wealth and poverty, beauty and chaos. In addition to its fantastic location Thais adds, “it’s our culture to live outdoors, to enjoy life and to meet new people.” A perfect mix for urban sketching which allows the group to vary their sketching locations from parks, beaches and forests to city streets. Click HERE to view a video greeting by this fun-loving chapter.

The group recently celebrated their 50th meeting by sketching in a municipal theatre which is a stunning example of 20th century eclectic architecture.  Ninety sketchers took part in the event which included sponsors who provided watercolour papers and other supplies.

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Conor Murray has urged his Lions colleagues to keep their cool and deliver a series win in Auckland next Saturday after playing a leading role in yesterday's historic victory over New Zealand in Wellington.
          Conor Murray warns Lions team-mates New Zealand will be 'hurting' after defeat   
Conor Murray has no doubt that world champions New Zealand will be "hurting" heading into next Saturday's Test series decider against the British and Irish Lions.
          Thirty Million, a film about Bangladesh and climate change   
Thirty Million (direct Vimeo link), a U.N.-funded half-hour film about the expected effects of climate change on the country of Bangladesh. Radio interview with one of the directors on Radio New Zealand. Bangladesh will lose 70% of its land area if there is a one-meter sea level rise, displacing thirty million people. More than 170 million people live in Bangladesh. They live (currently) within 1/116th of the land area of the next most populous country, Russia.
          British & Irish Lions 2017: Sean O’Brien cited for Waisake Noholo incident   
British and Irish Lions flanker Sean O'Brien could miss the final Test against New Zealand after being cited for dangerous play in Saturday's win.
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          Five things we learned from the British and Irish Lions’ victory over New Zealand   
The Lions recorded their first victory over New Zealand in 24 years.
          Five things we learned from the British and Irish Lions’ victory over New Zealand   
The Lions recorded their first victory over New Zealand in 24 years.
          FMA spends nearly 13,000 hours on failed finance company case   
Staff at New Zealand's market watchdog have spent nearly 13,000 hours so far working on the Viaduct Capital and Mutual Finance case. The Financial Markets Authority has also paid more than $1.65 million to external lawyers, investigators...
          10 Negara Paling Berbahagia di Dunia   
Organisasi untuk Kerjasama Ekonomi dan Pembangunan (OECD) baru-baru ini merilis Indeks Kehidupan yang Lebih Baik 2016 dari negara-negara dengan kualitas hidup terbaik.
Untuk melakukan hal ini, OECD mempelajari 34 negara di seluruh 11 parameter kesejahteraan, termasuk keseimbangan kehidupan kerja (work life balance), kekayaan finansial, keamanan, pendidikan, dan kualitas lingkungan. Semua ini data ini diambil dari PBB, Kantor Statistik Nasional, dan Gallup Organization.
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negara-negara yang mendapat nilai tertinggi di setiap kategori.
10. Islandia
Islandia turun delapan posisi dari indeks tahun lalu. Persentase angkatan kerja Islandia yang  menganggur selama satu tahun atau lebih adalah hampir 0,7%, lebih rendah dari rata-rata OECD 2,6%.


9. Amerika Serikat

Meskipun turun empat posisi dari Indeks tahun lalu, AS keluar di atas di daerah perumahan, pendapatan, dan kekayaan. Disposable income rata-rata rumah tangga $ 41.071 per tahun, tertinggi dalam penelitian OECD


7. Selandia Baru

Naik dua posisi dari tahun lalu, Selandia Baru mengutamakan lingkungan. emisi rumah kaca relatif rendah di negeri ini, terutama karena penduduknya rendah.



6. Swedia

Orang-orang di Swedia memiliki tingkat tinggi dari keterlibatan sipil. Dalam pemilihan terbaru, 83% dari penduduk ternyata memilih parlemen alias sangat sedikit yang golput.


5. Kanada

Negara ini menduduki peringkat tinggi dalam hal fasilitas perumahan yang terjangkau untuk rakyat. Pada tahun 2000-an, pemerintah Toronto dan Vancouver mengatur ulang semua lingkungan keluarga, sehingga pemilik rumah bisa menyewakan kamar tambahan (sehingga meningkatkan jumlah sewa yang terjangkau tersedia).


4. Swiss

Tingkat pengangguran di Swiss sekitar 3,1%, salah satu yang terendah di dunia.



3. Denmark

Negara melompat 7 posisi dari indeks tahun lalu, dan peringkat tinggi di waktu liburan dibayar, rata-rata 5 minggu off per tahun. Rata-rata, pekerja penuh waktu melaporkan mengabdikan 66% dari hari-hari mereka untuk "perawatan pribadi".


2. Australia 

Meskipun Australia menempati peringkat sebagai nomor satu untuk 2013 dan 2014 (kemudian keempat tahun 2015), itu adalah yang kedua dalam indeks tahun ini. OECD menemukan bahwa orang merasa rasa yang kuat dari masyarakat di Australia: 95% warga Australia percaya bahwa mereka tahu seseorang yang mereka bisa mengandalkan.


1. Norwegia

Negara ini juga mencetak rekor tertinggi tahun lalu. Orang-orang menjalani kehidupan yang sangat bagus di Norwegia, di mana mayoritas telah mempunyai pekerjaan, tingkat pendidikan yang tinggi, dan umur hidup rata-rata kehidupan manusia adalah 82 tahun.




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          Five things we learned from the British and Irish Lions’ victory over New Zealand   
The Lions recorded their first victory over New Zealand in 24 years.
          Leaders Who Listen to Reason Rather than Bishops   



"I believe it would be a terrible distortion of democracy if the majorities – the actions of those majorities – denied rights to the minorities."
- Cristina Kirchner, President of Argentina
(A Catholic president in a majority-Catholic country, by the way, which today has marriage equality.)



  



"Mentalities have changed. There is no longer any reason not to open marriage to people of the same sex." 
- Marc Verwilghen, Fmr. JM of Belgium
(Said in 2003, just prior to marriage equality passage.)







 
"It is love that must be the determining factor.  Regardless of sex or sexual orientation, love should be the victor.  Everyone should have the opportunity to enter into marriage.  This is an incredibly important value and an important expression of respect for everyone in our society.  The greatest of all is love."
 - Jens Stoltenberg, PM of Norway
(Statement to parliament in 2008, just prior to passage of marriage equality legislation.) 





 
"Freedom is the ability to let two people in love unite under the law, regardless of their sexual orientation.  Equality is allowing all couples to use the same legal device without discrimination."
- Francois Hollande, President of France





''This is the way it needs to be in a modern society, where churches do not step in the middle of whether someone loves a person of the opposite sex or the same sex.  I'm very proud of Denmark, where regardless of whom you're in love with, you have the right to be married.''
- Helle Thorning-Schmidt, PM of Denmark





''My view is that if two gay people want to get married, then I can't see why it would undermine my marriage to [my wife].  I will vote in favor of same-sex marriage."
- John Key, PM of New Zealand







"Yes it's about equality, but it's also about something else:  commitment.  Conservatives believe in the ties that bind us; that society is stronger when we make vows to each other and support each other.  So I don't support gay marriage despite being a Conservative.  I support gay marriage because I am a Conservative."
- David Cameron, PM of the United Kingdom






"We're living up to our tradition of freedom.  People should be able to show, for themselves and for those around them, who they are and whom they love.  I and many others with me are looking forward to going to weddings this summer where the couples' love will be the focus, not their sex.''
- Fredrik Reinfeldt, PM of Sweden
(Said in April 2009 after passage of marriage equality legislation)





"It's important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.  [...]  My expectation is that, when you look back on these years, you will see a time in which we put a stop to discrimination against gays and lesbians.  You will see a time in which we, as a nation, finally recognized relationships between two men, or two women, as just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman."
- Barack Obama, President of the United States





"Today, Spanish society is responding to a group of people who have been humiliated, whose rights have been ignored, their dignity offended, their identity denied and their liberty oppressed.  Today, Spanish society grants them the respect they deserve, recognizes their rights, restores their dignity, affirms their identity, and restores their liberty."
- José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Fmr. PM of Spain
(2005 statement to parliament, after passage of marriage equality legislation.)




"I rise today in support of Bill C-38, the Civil Marriage Act.  I rise in support of a Canada in which liberties are safeguarded, rights are protected, and the people of this land are treated as equals under the law.  We embrace freedom and equality in theory, Mr. Speaker; we must also embrace them in fact. [...]  If we do not step forward, then we step back.  If we do not embrace a right, then we deny it.  Mr. Speaker, together as a nation, together as Canadians, Let us step forward."
- Paul Martin, Fmr. PM of Canada (2005 speech to parliament.)




 
"I think we must go forward, and be inspired by the most advanced countries in the world. Giving stronger civil legal rights to gay couples will not deprive anyone of their rights."
- Zoran Milanovic, PM of Croatia




Hopefully one day we can add an Asian president or PM to this list...



          Joseph Parker's cousin Lea Fruean making her own name in boxing   

Joseph Parker's cousin Lea Fruean is making a name for herself in the boxing world.

The 16-year-old holds three New Zealand titles and is representing New Zealand at the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas.

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          Pacquiao vs. Horn Purse: Known Prize Money Payout Distribution   

Jeff Horn pulled off the massive upset over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday with a win by unanimous decision.

The two men battled hard for 12 full rounds, with the Filipino star seeming more consistent. However, the judges saw Horn as the better boxer and awarded him the welterweight title. 

ESPN Stats and Info noted the surprise:

The match represented a nice payday for both fighters, although Pacquiao was always going to take home the bigger purse regardless of result thanks to his international fame.

According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, the 38-year-old earned $10 million in prize money from the bout, plus a bonus based on television viewing in the Philippines.  

Horn only earned a guarantee of $500,000 from the bout, although he also got a cut of the ticket sales. Per Grantlee Kieza of the Courier-Mail, there was a chance to reach $1 million with this incentive. 

Considering there were a reported 55,000 people at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland, per the ESPN broadcast, the Australian should bring home a nice payday from what was by far the biggest fight of his career.

He could also reportedly make $2 million from a potential rematch in November, per Kieza.

Horn came out extremely aggressive and looked up to the challenge in the early few rounds.

While Pacquiao's accuracy on his hits to the face continually made an impact, it was far from the blowout many expected, with the local fighter landing some big punches against the favorite.

It came down to a heavily debated decision, but Horn came away as the new champion. 

The 29-year-old former teacher entered undefeated in his 17 career bouts, including one draw, earning the WBO intercontinental welterweight title in the process. However, all of his fights have taken place in either Australia or New Zealand, and he wasn't as well known on the international stage.

This fight should give him the boost necessary to continue his career. Jeff Goodman of ESPN noted the reaction:

Pacquiao, on the other hand, has seen much bigger paydays in his career. Most of his previous matches have been shown on pay-per-view, which usually leads to a larger purse.

According to Darren Rovell and Dan Rafael of ESPN, the 38-year-old brought in about $150 million from his loss to Floyd Mayweather in 2015.

Then again, he only earned a reported $4 million from his previous bout against Jessie Vargas, per Josh Katzowitz of Forbes.

Although the loss could force him to reevaluate the rest of his career, it was a quality payday to enjoy once he gets over the result.


          Maori awards honour diversity of business talents   
Maori awards honour diversity of business talents From accountancy to resource recovery, hospitality to appliance repair - Whanganui Maori businesses were celebrated in style on Saturday night.About 400 people gathered at the War Memorial Hall in Whanganui for the inaugural Te... Reported by New Zealand Herald 2 hours ago.
          Five things we learned from the British and Irish Lions’ victory over New Zealand   
The Lions recorded their first victory over New Zealand in 24 years.
          Lions level series with thrilling victory over New Zealand   
A 77th-minute Owen Farrell penalty saw the Lions beat New Zealand at Westpac Stadium.
          Sir Ian McGeechan recovering in hospital after falling ill in New Zealand   
The four-time Lions head coach walked himself to the ambulance before being transferred to hospital.
          Stinging attack over surgical mesh inaction by Winston Peters   
The Government is trying to dodge class action by surgical mesh victims instead of acting to help them, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says.
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          Price drop: $12.00 off Bag for Nintendo New 3DS XL (Black), now only $14.49   
Save $12.00 on Bag for Nintendo New 3DS XL (Black)! The price of Bag for Nintendo New 3DS XL (Black) has been dropped by $12.00, order now from ozgameshop.com with free delivery to Australia and New Zealand.
          ‘Humble’ Lions hero Maro Itoje backed to put adulation into perspective   
Itoje was not even born the last time the Lions had pulled off a Test win in New Zealand, back in 1993.
          Five things we learned from the British and Irish Lions’ victory over New Zealand   
The Lions recorded their first victory over New Zealand in 24 years.
          Comment on A crisis in US environmental policy? by David Fellows   
Well put Bill concise and to the point. We too over here in New Zealand have many similar issues to deal with especially how our water supply is cared for and our valued landscapes are used.
          New Zealand 21 – 24 British and Irish Lions   
The British and Irish Lions pulled off one of the most remarkable wins in their long and illustrious
          6/30/2017: NEWS: Billionaire 12-day ‘Kiwi’ now ‘great ambassador’   

The minister who gave American billionaire Peter Thiel citizenship says he has been a ‘‘great ambassador’’ for New Zealand – despite Thiel keeping it secret for six years. It emerged yesterday that Thiel spent only 12 days in New Zealand as a resident...
          6/30/2017: CATALYST: Will Harvie   

The interview with famed American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson came at an odd moment. He was promoting an upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand. The same day, rumours were floating that American president Donald Trump would withdraw from...
          6/30/2017: BUSINESS: Importers facing ransomware holdups   

Danish shipping company MollerMaersk’s New Zealand arm has broken silence as its phone systems restore amidst the fallout of a global cyber attack slowing import operations. Maersk Australia and New Zealand managing director Gerard Morrison said...
          6/30/2017: BUSINESS: Owners fear cladding costs   

A group for bodies corporates and apartment managers is worried New Zealand authorities will find more high-rise buildings with flammable cladding. In the wake of London’s Grenfell Tower fire, the New Zealand Government has ordered councils and...
          6/30/2017: SPORT: How Burling pulled a fast one on Spithill   

Team New Zealand ace Peter Burling was under orders to bluff his abilities in the starting box before his demolition of Jimmy Spithill in the America’s Cup match. It proved a masterstroke. Burling’s apparent rapid development in this key area was...
          6/30/2017: SPORT: Craig in action   
Marlborough squash player Megan Craig is seeded third for the 2017 New Zealand Senior Squash Nationals which begin at the Havelock North Squash Club today. Craig won the NZ title last year but will have to get past top seed Joelle King and secondranked...
           `Humble´ Lions hero Maro Itoje backed to put adulation into perspective    
Itoje was not even born the last time the Lions had pulled off a Test win in New Zealand, back in 1993.
           Media blame Williams' league history for red card    
Disgraced All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams was accused of costing the All Blacks the second Test against the British and Irish Lions as New Zealanders...
          7/2/2017: COVER STORY: PLAYING PANGOLIN   

Lance van de Vyver, New Zealand/South Africa, Finalist, Black and White category / Wildlife Photographer of the Year Lance had tracked the pride for several hours before they stopped to rest by a waterhole, but their attention was not on drinking. The...
          Manuia Beach Resort from $1,381.00 (USD)   
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          Tour de France 2017: Geraint Thomas channels Lions rugby to take lead and earn his own   
When Geraint Thomas awoke for the start of the Tour de France in Düsseldorf on Saturday, the Welshman's mind was half a world away – in New Zealand.
          ‘Humble’ Lions hero Maro Itoje backed to put adulation into perspective   
Itoje was not even born the last time the Lions had pulled off a Test win in New Zealand, back in 1993.
          Chris Lilley's Jonah from Tonga pulled from Maori TV over negative stereotypes   
New Zealand's Minister for Pacific Peoples, Alfred Ngaro, said the series perpetuates negative stereotypes of Pacific people.
          Results from Auckland, New Zealand   

By David Finger Heavyweight James “The Beast” Wilson kicked off his professional career with a four round decision over local …

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          Stinging attack over surgical mesh inaction by Winston Peters   
The Government is trying to dodge class action by surgical mesh victims instead of acting to help them, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says.
          Hansen sees Lions series decider as great for world rugby   
The second test loss to the British and Irish Lions has ratcheted up the pressure on the All Blacks ahead of what promises to be a historical series decider, New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has said.
          Lions flanker O'Brien cited for 'swinging arm'   
British and Irish Lions flanker Sean O'Brien could miss the decisive third test against New Zealand next week after being cited for dangerous play during Saturday's 24-21 victory over the All Blacks.
          Tiada Lagi Konsert Jelajah Daripada Adele   
BUAT peminat setia Adele, ada berita buruk untuk anda!

Penyanyi berusia 29 tahun itu tidak mahu lagi mengadakan konsert jelajah kerana merasakan ia tidak sesuai dengan dirinya.

Perkara itu diluahkan Adele ketika persembahan terakhir konsert jelajahnya itu yang diadakan di Stadium Wembley, London pada 28 Jun lalu seperti dilaporkan The Independent.

"Saya mahu akhiri konsert ini di London kerana saya tidak tahu sama ada saya akan menjelajah lagi dan biarlah yang terakhir ini di rumah saya sendiri.

"Terima kasih kerana datang dan menunjukkan kasih saya dan kebaikan. Saya akan mengingati saat ini sepanjang hidup saya," katanya.

Penyanyi bersuara emas itu buat pertama kali mengadakan konsert jelajah dunia bersempena dengan pelancaran album terbaharunya berjudul 25 yang sehingga kini telah pun terjual sebanyak 20 juta salinan.
Menerusi konsert jelajah itu, Adele telah mengadakan 123 persembahan di United Kingdom, Ireland, Eropah, Australia, New Zealand dan Amerika Syarikat dalam tempoh 18 bulan.

"Menjelajah dari satu destinasi ke tempat lain adalah sesuatu yang bukan diri saya tambahan pula saya seorang yang dramatik dan ada sejarah buruk apabila mengadakan konsert jelajah.
"Saya seorang yang ringkas dan gembira dengan perkara-perkara kecil.

"Tujuan saya adakan konsert ini adalah kerana anda dan diharap ia meninggalkan kesan terhadap diri anda semua," katanya.



          France U19 v New Zealand U19   
European Basketball - U19 FIBA World Championship Men - 2017-07-02 14:30
          O'Brien cited for dangerous play - may miss final Test   
Sean O'Brien could miss the British and Irish Lions' Test series decider with New Zealand after receiving a citing from the tourists' Wellington victory on Saturday.
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          ‘I’m devastated’- Adele suffers damaged vocal cords, cancels her concerts   
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Music star, Adele, may not be going on tour again after reportedly cancelling her last two concerts in London as a result of damaged vocal cords she suffered.
The singer who performed at Wembley Stadium on two consecutive nights(June 28 and 29), was supposed to be on two more shows which 100,000 people were expected to turn up for. According to Variety, she reportedly inserted a note in the tour program handed out to fans, hinting that she may never go on tour again.






On medical advice I simply am unable to perform over the weekend,” she wrote. “To say I’m heart broken would be a complete understatement.”
Adele who has performed at 121 shows since she began her on tour since 2016, performing at different venues all over the world including North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
On her Instagram post, Adele disclosed that she considered ‘miming’ for the last two shows slated for July 1 and 2 at the Wembley but couldn’t possibly do it, and will be making refunds if reschedules are not made.
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          NZ Navy criticised for 'crowdsourcing' badge design   
The New Zealand Navy is being criticised for letting the public design its latest ship's badge with an academic saying it devalues the design industry.
          "I don’t know if I’ll ever tour again" - Adele   
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In a fan letter included in her program at Wembley Stadium in London,The 'Hello' singer revealed she may not tour again. It read;
"So this is it.
After 15 months on the road and 18 months of 25 we are at the end. we have taken this tour across UK + Ireland,throughout Europ,all over America and finally got to go to Australia and New Zealand too.“Touring is a peculiar thing, it doesn’t suit me particularly well. I’m a real homebody and I get so much joy in the small things. Plus I’m dramatic and have a terrible history of touring. Until now that is!” “I only ever did this tour for you and to hopefully have an impact on you the way that some of my favorite artists have had on me live. And I wanted my final shows to be in London because I don’t know if I’ll ever tour again and so I want my last time to be at home.”
What do y'all this about Adele teasing fans like this (if its not taking album release break, it;s announcing a 10 year tour break)? Well,she did write that she is dramatic.... Are you upset or just over it? Well,i'm over it... like whatever happens,happens.

          Study finds 'potentially toxic' nanoparticles in baby formula sold in New Zealand   
Tiny needle-like nanoparticles have been found in baby formula sold in New Zealand. 
          Zealandia By Night Tour   

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Wellington | Sunday, 5 February 2017 - Sunday, 13 August 2017


          Twenty Twelve   
I had planned to write a recap of 2011, I already took down notes for January and February, and a little bit of march. But in the flurry of busyness surrounding the last few months at my job and the nonstop busy during my semester, it didn’t get done. You can read the half baked blog post at my scraps blog for posts that didn't make it, here.

Also, not that I was any good before, but my writing skills seem to have dwindled down significantly. Probably because of lack of practice. Maybe I should work backwards, start with where I am now. The new years. As it so happens, I’m currently procrastinating. I should be studying for my exams that are just around the corner but although I find economics and all the related stuff fascinating the horde of new concepts and specific terms tend to confuse me, just like it did in high school. Business studies was the only subject I ever got a C for and because I just couldn’t grasp what was being taught I dropped it the next semester. Also perhaps because our teacher was pretty lousy. I still sat in through the classes though, because I was the only one in my grade who wasn’t taking business studies, so even If I did have a free period, there was no one I could hang out with. As it turns out the next semester we had a different teacher who was slightly better but then if my memory serves me right he felt underappreciated because people didn’t respect him in class, so one day he exploded and never came back to finish the syllabus. I mean exploded in anger.

Oh. I should mention that I’m having exams because I decided to continue my Part 2 in architecture. It kind of a difficult concept to explain, whenever I say I’ve taken up studying again people always say, oh, you’re doing your masters? And I have to try and explain that it’s not a masters degree even though it’s at the masters level. For the benefit of anyone randomly traipsing through the web and happened to find my blog by searching for Part 2 bachelor of architecture in UIA (IIUM) I’ll break it down

In Malaysia, to become a licensed architect you need to pass three parts or stages. The first stage is Part 1. In IIUM, Part one is called Bachelor of Science (architectural Studies). It’s mostly the same for other public universities in Malaysia, except some universities combine part one and part 2 into a 5 year course. But in my case, after completing part one; you would have graduated with your first degree.

Then you can either choose to enrol in Part 2 if you want to continue immediately or work first (as I did) or just not continue at all, or continue in other fields. With a part one degree your position in an architecture firm would most probably be that of an assistant architect, though the specific workload you’ll receive as well as the pay differs from firm to firm. I worked for a year before deciding to continue my Part 2.

Part 2 in IIUM and generally most public universities in Malaysia, again, is called Bachelor of Architecture. Even though it’s technically almost a masters degree level/postgraduate course. Well actually, it IS a postgraduate course since we already graduated the first time around. But anyways. In Australia, part 2 is called masters of Architecture, whole in the UK, they don’t have a standard name for the degree, which I think makes it even more confusing, in some universities it is a masters course, while others might call it a postgraduate diploma, postgraduate degree, etc. I guess the confusing part is just the naming. Because it is another undergraduate degree in the eyes of the university, but at postgraduate level, while we have to register as double degree holders. Yeah I don’t think this is helping very much.

Anyway, after completing part 2, you graduate again, and have to work in the architecture industry for a minimum of 2 years before you are allowed to take the part 3 professional exams. There’s no official course you have to go through (I don’t know of any anyways), although there are study groups conducted. If you manage to pass the part 3 exams (if I’m not mistaken there are 2 parts of the exam, written and an interview/oral exam) then you finally become an architect with an Ar. In front of your name. I’ve heard many horror stories about the part 3 exam, and they all seem to be true, the passing rate for the exam is less than 10%!!

Erm yeah so that’s basically it. I can’t be entirely sure what I’ve written is 100% correct and I know it’s definitely not comprehensive, but that’s what I understand anyways.

Where was I? Oh yes. Part 2. I decided to continue part 2. Like my first degree, I planned to do it elsewhere, to have a different experience and to move out of my comfort zone. Applications were filled; certificates and transcripts photocopied, and sent to various universities and scholarship organisations in Australia and New Zealand. My dad told me to try for the UK as well but I found their application systems to be confusing so I didn’t. One by one the offers came through, each one bringing up a little sparkle of excitement which I had to squash down in order not to be thoroughly disappointed like I was in 2007. Didn’t really work because I got disappointed anyways. So again, I sent in local applications, and UIA accepted me and I went. I don’t think I’m quite over it though, because whenever I hear of people flying off, I get a little pang of jealousy and yearning that brings my whole mood down.

The first semester of part 2 proved to be extremely extremely trying and tiring. The stream of assignments never seemed to stop, and the expectations were very high. I don’t think I coped well at all. After having gone through one semester of it, I’m seriously wondering if I want to continue or not. I’m seriously considering quitting. Because even though I like architecture, I appreciate it and all, I don’t see myself enjoying any aspect of it in terms of a job. I wanted to continue my part 2 to see whether I’d want to really be an architect, and to learn the things I needed to know to become a good architect in the field, since when I was working, there was so much that I didn’t know. But now, one semester wiser, I think I might be inching closer to a definite answer. I don’t think I’d want to be an architect like the ones I have worked with/for. If I was to be one, I don’t think I’d open up my own form or even work in one. I’d work on projects that I liked, without chasing clients and so on. I don’t know if that’s a feasible model to work on but I don’t think the stress of the whole architecture industry would suit me. Not just the stress, but the whole business side of it. From what I observed, the priority in the architecture industry was to make money, not to design functional and beautiful buildings that would benefit the community or help people. Of course that’s a narrow perspective having only worked in one firm and heard stories from my colleagues/classmates who have worked as well. Maybe I’ve just yet to find a firm that suits me, and whose main aim isn’t just to make money.

Well I think this post is long and rambling enough as it is, so I’ll save my abstract thought for another time. I have to get back to studying anyways.

I have kitties available for adoption if you want one! they are all super cute and cuddly :)

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          Speech: Peters – Let’s Drop Second Best   
Press Release – New Zealand First Party Lets Drop Second Best Thanks for the opportunity to speak to you today in Kumeu. First, I would like to introduce you to three women, who I am proud to announce will be standing in this election for New Zealand First in this region. Tracey Martin …Let’s Drop […]
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          Lions level Test series with thrilling win over 14-man New Zealand   
SONNY Bill Williams was sent off as the British and Irish Lions claimed a thrilling Test series-levelling 24-21 victory over world champions New Zealand at Westpac Stadium.
          Job only half done, says triumphant Lions skipper Warburton   
CAPTAIN Sam Warburton says the British and Irish Lions' win over New Zealand in Wellington will count for nothing unless they win the Test series decider next week.
          New Zealand 21 British and Irish Lions 24: Series all square as Lions overcome 14-men Kiwis   
SONNY Bill Williams was sent off as the British and Irish Lions claimed a thrilling Test series-levelling 24-21 victory over world champions New Zealand at Westpac Stadium.
          Comment on Rate the Match: New Zealand v Lions 2nd Test by Stu   
Thought SW was outstanding too, the amount of times you heard' leave it 6' on refs mike shows how much work he was doing at breakdown.
          Comment on Rate the Match: New Zealand v Lions 2nd Test by Stu   
Fekitoa has been called up but would probably stick with Laumape, he was immense I thought. I actually think the Lions were quite lucky to win this one although obviously chuffed they did. Discipline and error count nearly cost it again and they have to fix that or next week could be embarrassing.
          Comment on Rate the Match: New Zealand v Lions 2nd Test by Scrappy   
Surprised no-one's talking about the conditions. At one point, I think Will Greenwood described them as monsoon-like. I thought it was noticeable that the AB attack picked up in the second half as the rain diminished but generally it denied them the ability to play their high tempo offloading game (and score tries). Of the two coaches I think Hansen has the right to be most positive about the game and I fear (conditions permitting) an AB try fest next Saturday.
          Comment on Rate the Match: New Zealand v Lions 2nd Test by Bob   
Mate it was 7v7 in the backs the whole game, the AB's sacrificed a flanker so they could have a full backline, laumape came on for kaino.
          Comment on Rate the Match: New Zealand v Lions 2nd Test by osiboy   
Great to see the Lions win, however,... i think this win will give the lions false hope, maybe an over confidence because we won with the sexton/farrell combination that i thought was bad call , i fear they will go with this again but next time there will be 7 v 7 not 7v6 , if SBW had stayed on or any another powerful AB center the lions 10/12 would have been on the back foot imo , this has a knock-on effect and the dominos will fall, i have faith in Gatts to realise this tho and hope im right and he has a plan "C'. , I was calling for Webb instead of Murray and even tho Murray played well, i still think Webb will change things where its needed most at this crucial time ,Vinipola was an idiot , should be dropped and hope Hendy gets a deserved call up , Tips to be bench minimum , its a crime hes not been even on the bench, today he would have been excellent and helped our attack, Nowell for Daly, hes been ok, but ok ain't what we need , with a full 15 i don't think sexy and faz will work as it did today which was ok, but not great all things considered , who ever NZ pick for SBW he will be fast and powerful also . if no changes ABs by 22, if changes anyones game by a couple of points
          Comment on Rate the Match: New Zealand v Lions 2nd Test by Trio   
Just looked at a nz site to see what they are saying. It is an eye opener. Whilst they have some sensible and humble supporters most wouldn't be out of place supporting IsIl. They have a world class team but on balance a classless and third world support base, if I was an AB supporter I would be mightily embarrassed.
          Comment on Rate the Match: New Zealand v Lions 2nd Test by Septimusfiltrum   
Indeed Tuppy, I stand corrected; however I suspect a fundamental part of the religion is based upon not shouldering an opponent in the mush all the same.
          Comment on Rate the Match: New Zealand v Lions 2nd Test by Stesco   
Terrific result but my god they made hard work of it, Penalties !! to give away 13 penalties ( 10 kickable) would normally lead to heavy defeat, they HAVE to get that sorted for next week, MV has proved today that he is better as an impact player ( less time to concede penalties for one thing ! ) so would imagine he will be benched next week. MI had a great game but once again marred by a couple of needless penalties, still MoM though imho. The red card was, of course, huge, but the Lions were on top for that 1st 20 mins anyway, I thought the card affected the Lions more than the AB's !! at least until the final 15 mins when the tiredness crept in to the AB's ( for once ). As