... with my own two hands.
–Ben Harper lyrics.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific
Christchurch’s rebuild plans are revealed. 100 days is what it took to get the ChCh blueprint together. Over 800 properties will have to be bought by government who has powers to acquire in law to rebuild the new central city plan. A health precinct, yet another sports stadium (holding 30,000) are just two things in the ChCh plan.
Very important too is The Waitangi Tribunals new findings with water and NZ’s assets sales float plans.
Watch 6pm News below with Simon and team in London and: Peter Williams, Wendy Petrie, Karen Olsen and Andrew Saville & Team below (well worth a watch just for the Kiwis Olympians news).
Ch Ch Updated: I also liked the Close Up commentary with the Rev featured. He says, a stadium isn’t priority, adequate housing for ChCh residents is more the issue. It’s not about champagne functions per se, it’s about real people, on the ground, with real needs like basics, requiring to see them happen is what the locals think. Parents raising their childen in situations of duress as revealed on TV with Alexi O’Brien really tore at the heart strings. Mothers are so stressed they look as stressed as Schapelle Corby in a Bali jail. That’s not right! More on that soon.
The pretty pictures do show though that ChCh has a new buzz rising for rebuilding. That deserves kuros for a kick start plan. What about the hoods though?! And the suburbs need love and rebuilding too.
News as voted by blog audience zooms today:
Some news links:
United States: US economy almost @frozen. Civil unrest leading into election is expected - Homeland Security. Romney visits wailing wall. P*sses off Palestinians. Guns could be regulated if Scalia ensures so. Bloomberg humor NYC: tells hospitals hide baby formula. Overkill on space stories humor: The Onion on ISS. Men will say anything not to car pool. Phelps has Kiwi fans? Always key: Mr Bill Clinton. Olympics humor: Onion Sports’ Guide To London’s Olympic Park. And: London Olympic Workers Use Crane To Lower Bob Costas In Front Of Crackling Fireplace. Not so funny: Social media, now blamed for poor data transmission of events. Serious news: H2O Saving Tips. US elections news 2012.
NZ’s Adam Feeley is quitting the SFO for a position as chief executive of the Queenstown Lakes District Council. On ya! Photo Dean Purcell.
New Zealand: Waitangi Tribunal – question market timing of a suggested assets sales float. Olympics: What to expect on day 3. Canterbury leads jump in building consents. Auckland City: Where to dine. Where the gay marriage debate is @. Graham Henry‘s book has buzz. Putting distance in the game: Hansen brushes aside match-fixing rugby facts. Parenting: breastfeeding spikes. JK1 comments on NBR lists. Local rugby scandals news. Heavy rain, high forecasts – Nelson. Black caps philosophy reviewed.
Sir Graham Henry‘s controversial interview revealed a string of revelations. Sunday has the tale. Referee-ring match-fixing is also one of the topics of Rugby World Cup organization meddles. Sad. Sports betting is also a culture he discusses. Miriama Kamo and team have his story.
Canada: Enbridge oil spill worries BC pipeline critics. Tracking the prairies of unsettled weather. Finding the balance: radical environmentalism a ‘threat.’ Climate change policy is a big issue on most conscious nation’s focus and agenda. Or should be!
Australia: James Magnussen Olympics news. Gina Rinehart tabloid news. Tech prices gouging needs tweak. Springborg spying breaches. How Ausie Post will change retail landscape. Finks take fight High Court.
Te Karere News pick: Ngati Kahu o Te Taitokerau’s desire for autonomy and independance.
Argentina: Soccer: Argentina vs Lithuania.
Ireland: Ireland always needing a Euro-Zone Deal – latest report.
Italy: Poland beats Italy.
[Music artist pick: Stacey Daniels & Thane Kirby - Ben Harper music].
Iraq: $247m wasted on Iraqi police training apparently.
India: Train fire tragedy.
Hong Kong - China: Protests.
Sweden & Belarus: Freedom of speech art.
Al Jazeera News Insights: Israeli troops kill Palestinian at checkpoint. Technology Watch.
And how hot are athletes in the world right now? NBC achieves record TV ratings. Not bad! :)
Sports pick: Clayton Kershaw and Andre Ellis discuss the LA Dodgers 4-0 win over the San Francisco Giants.
July 29, 2012. Clayton Kershaw pitched nine shutout innings against the San Francisco Giants Sunday – Photo: MCT.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.7.12~
COFFEE + TELEPHONE = SMARTPHONE SPEND APP DRIVING – STARBUCKS CROSSES ‘CURRENCIES’ INTO CHINA VIA PHONE SPEND
Oh what a difference a global recession makes. Three years ago, as sales of its overpriced lattes tanked, the world’s largest coffee chain scurried to shutter stores and slash payrolls.
Now, the empire strikes back.
Today Starbucks has set its sights on a kind of global domination. The chain celebrated record profits in 2010, as Nation’s Restaurant News reports, and it’s looking to parlay its recovery into worldwide expansion, with China as a major focus.”
Displaying some Venti-sized ambition, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz admonished investors at the company’s annual meeting in Seattle to “put your seatbelts on because the best is yet to come.” It sounds very back to the future. Put your seatbelts on. Come on Howard! Starbucks is all about the quality of the milk man. Mainly. Step up milk producers of the world to go with Starbucks awesome marketing machine. Developed like few others, under coffee bean branding imported from other nations and then sent out via American branding. Go figure.
In addition – although we admire Starbucks amazing marketing prowess and IT friendly internet cafe development models (with FREE music overlays to it), as consumers we have to support all cafes equally, simply because we get better coffee that way and keep the game fair as one supermodel shows at Coffee Bean and Tealeaf cafes in this post too.
Photo: David Gómez-Rosado, Flickr
Art is sometimes being “serenaded by a chorus of a thousand burning cigarettes.” For those who have a love of culture within the Napa Valley, this view of Napa is well worth sharing today from Ben Harper & Friends.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.11.11~
After touring together all year and carrying on like a regular let’s-get-it-on Marvin Gaye styled couple, Laura Dern awoke, to find divorce papers served on her by hubby and talented muzo Ben Harper. This news is either a) for reals. Or b) a Mel, Oksana, or, Demi and Ashton relationship-saga scandal to get some press.
Anyways, if true, Larua Dern will not be singing Angie Stone‘s Brotha Song this week, as it doesn’t apply to her life right now. Via Michael K of NYC: “In the documents, Ben states that he doesn’t want to pay spousal support and is asking for joint custody of their kids Ellery (9) and Jaya (5). Ben lists January of this year as the date of separation, but TMZ’s trusty sources claim that the two have been carrying on like a regular couple all year. They were living and traveling together.”
Wow. That’s a wake up call, to write and sing your own songs too, as the meal ticket, along marriages bumpy way, here in the US.
[Image courtesy of People magazine]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.10.10~