Adelaide’s The Advertiser looked at who the most wannabe Australians are as per their grading results in the citizenship test. Sweden, The Netherlands, Finland, France and Switzerland all wanted to be Australians the most, achieving on average 97% in their tests.
Kiwis who last year were voted by all Australians as being their most preferred immigrants in the world as “Kiwis just get it,” and the most compatable to the Aussies according to the Aussies in a survey of 2012, apparently aren’t all that kosher in swotting for Aussie-set tests. NZers on average only scored 72.6% in the test. (more…)
New Zealand’s news bulletin @6pm Saturday, featured sports news that was tennis and cricket led. The rest of the news was about beaut weather and all about push backs. In one story, the Anglican Church still will not allow woman Bishops. Why? Who knows.
The UK has taken to running stories in 2013 of how illegal America’s wealthy have been over the years. ‘Moral integrity’ seems to be lacking in the news tale of corruption. A swiss bank is closing down as a result of laundering (hiding) US millionaire’s wealth. US law has fined the bank, causing it to close. In local news, the South Island of New Zealand pushes back against the North’s population’s dominance.
Insurance is not just and right for some Christchurch City property owners we learn. While Aucklanders in the North want to socialize people to build up and live in apartments, the South want NZ to keep believing in and funding the South’s $30b plus rebuild of Christchurch City’s construction plans. (more…)
“Of course, you can’t eat gold, nobody will die without gold. But it’s magical… what do you want me to tell you, it’s magical.”
–The BBC goes inside Switzerland’s refineries industry that refines 67% of the world’s gold intake. Switzerland has no gold resources of its own – yet ironically it refines most of the worlds. (more…)
We have always known in NZ that teachers are pretty dedicated and good at what they do. Travel reminds you of the fact. If anything physics, chemistry, math, science should be uplayed in NZ so teachers can apply their dedication to these topics more to keep NZ aligned with a strong future as producers of new innovative products from NZ.
In a new survey from education firm Pearson, NZ has one of the top education systems in the world. Out of 40 countries, New Zealand came eighth in The Learning Curve global education report. The ten top nations are listed as being: 1 Finland 2 South Korea 3 Hong Kong 4 Japan 5 Singapore 6 United Kingdom 7 Netherlands 8 New Zealand 9 Switzerland 10 Canada.
Reading, writing and maths teaching figures were looked at using existing data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The ”education superpowers” nations were identified as being Finland and South Korea who value developing high-quality teachers. (more…)
Oscar winner Nicole Kidman kick started the Melbourne Cup with an appearance at Derby Day in Victoria, Australia.
Under the Swisse Marquee and in the VIP birdcage area, Kidman wowed Aussie onlookers in a “My Fair Lady” inspired ensemble designed by L’Wren Scott and complemented by milliner Stephen Jones.
“We decided to do something that was fun and a bit different,” Kidman said of her fashion choice. (more…)
Felix Baumgartner prepares to leap from his capsule at a height of 24 miles. It’s way more difficult, than anything I’ve done so far. No one ever sets out to be a new hero. Often they happen, quite by chance. "I always had the desire to be in the air, I climbed trees, I wanted to see the world from above." If nothing is risked, nothing is ever gained. If you ever find yourself out there, standing on top of the world, you become so humble, knowing you need the sound of reassurance to face exactly what was on the line. Time swelling, riding the wave, broke the speed of sound, while heavily involved. All go, go, go. "Well records are made to be broken," you're told when just trucking along, yet sometimes you have to go up real high to understand how small you are. (more…)
Vanishing secrecy has Swiss banks seeking new model. –What about Elen Nordegren‘s twin?
Oceans are the new banks.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.9.12~
GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN – LISA CARRINGTON & SARAH WALKER SHARE SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY EXPERIENCES IN THE NEW LOOK HERALD
"At the end of the day, it isn't a sacrifice, it's something I want to do."--Lisa Carrington on the tough gig with a paddle.
First up, I’m a fan of the New Zealand Herald’s new website layout and design. It’s totally like a blog now. Woot!
Next: Two of New Zealand’s glamour gals of the local athletes set, Lisa Carrington and Sarah Walker‘s latest round of press provides a good read. I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard over sports news in a while. Very cute.
Here’s a bit: Lisa Carrington news of the fashion shoot story: Carrington, who has a Maori dad and a Pakeha mum, arrives wearing a pounamu that her parents sent her to replace one that sank to the bottom of a Swiss lake. The expertly carved fishhook, blessed by her tribal elders, goes with her everywhere. (It’s nice that the Ngai Tahu tribe, could help Lisa’s tribal elders out there with that tribally blessed lucky bucky pounamu! :)
Carrington credits her father Pat for giving her “a push in the right direction” by starting her at Nippers (juniors) at the Ohope Surf Club.
“I wasn’t the most out-there kid,” she recalls. “I was quite reserved and shy. But once I got a feeling of confidence (more…)
Stephen Moyer – photo: Santa Monica Beach–TenGossip blog.
From The Hat (names trending):
1. Valerie Adams gold
2. Caleb Followill – Kings of Leon
3. New Zealand athletes 2012
4. All Blacks Team
5. Maori fishing
6. Melody Cooper sports
7. Ryan Gosling
8. Taylor Kitsch
9. Olivia Wilde
10. Nicole Kidman
Sports Pick: “New Zealand athlete Valerie Adams‘ winning form continued with a dominant display at the Lausanne Diamond League meet in Switzerland on Friday (NZT).
Double Olympic champion Adams was a class apart from the rest of the field with a meet record throw of 20.95m, more than 1m clear of American Michelle Carter‘s 19.60m in second place.
The Aucklander waited until her sixth and final throw to produce her best. She opened with 20.73m and followed that with 20.28m before recording three foul throws.– TV3. Photo: File Photo: Skifmon Online.
Top ‘West Of Memphis‘ & ‘A Late Quartet’ Get Award Season Dates: “The Peter Jackson-produced, Amy Berg-directed, West Memphis Three documentary “West of Memphis” will start rolling out into theaters on Christmas Day (moving up from the previously announced December 28th).–BlogsIndiewire.Com.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 24.8.12~
Matua Tamati Reedy explains why we should be proud of all of our athletes.
Tonight a nation looks at New Zealand’s sense of “fair play” in sports and society and how important it is to Kiwi culture - to being upheld. We also look at what cheats can cost their fellow competitors in making sporting memories – for their own home folk in major sports events too, or arena’s of achievement.
It’s a good theme of tonight’s news and where NZ is really at, in wanting to maintain a society that isn’t so rigged or manipulated unjustly.
In rough draft. News from New Zealand. TVNZ One@6pm News:
6.00pm - Val Adams. Can’t hand back the silver medal fast enough. The champ is in Switzerland for an interivew. Garth Bray reports.
6.03pm: Murray McCulley. “Some lengthy process before she’ll be presented with the medal.”
The Belarusian says her tests were clear, Nicole Brember, reports. Mike Stanley, said “she’d improved over the summer, so it did raise concerns.” The Belarusian athlete, N.O says: “It simply cannot be.”
Graeme Steel, “It’s well known how it acts and how it stays in the system.” Soviet Union Ivan Tikhon, “Athens doping athlete in Athens eight years ago had a doping scandal.” The unseated Belarus champion remains in denial, “I absolutely don’t know.”
Gabby Adams, Val’s gorgeous sister: “She’s beating Vale but not the fair way. Val’s a natural athlete. You can’t get more real that that.”
Val’s golden girl status is like Peter Snell as an athlete with this news.
6.06pm: Ewhan McDonald court case trial. Simon Bradley.
11 people in a jury found him not guilty.
One juror said today though, “I felt proud in a sense to be involved in something that is quite historic in one respect.” The juror had to cope with autopsy photographs. High emotion witnesses accounts. Surreal. Emotional.
The accused’s right to silence shows how important it is for the accused to be tested in court. Arson, criminal damage and theft is what McDonald is still to appear in court for.
6.08pm: New Brighton’s Matt Baxter doesn’t like the rain damage in New Brighton. Water logged streets. More rainfull than Ali Pugh has seen in a month. Farmers now faced with the task of draining fields. The problem will deepen before it eases.
[Netball's Grace Rasmussen - Bleacher Report].
6.08pm: Oamaru calving season in rain. Now it’s far more than they need. (eg: the opposite situation to Mid-West USA at same time of writing).
Jason Hayman, doesn’t like the rain. Timing couldn’t be worse. Half way through calving. A rural story: 20 local roads are impassable. Streams have turned to torrents washing away roads. Hayman says, the same time last year they would have been irrigating.
Tomorrow marks the start of white baiting season, yet few will brave rivers like Oamaru’s at the mo. Kids could stay home from school tomorrow. Buses cancelled.
6.12pm: Fox glacier skydivers plane crash. Barry Payne, pilot engineer. The C of gravity, imbalanced. The plane overloaded. Pam Bennett is extremely angry she lost her son to a preventable situation. Karen Bourke, didn’t know NZ wasn’t safe. Too late though for nine parties deceased.
6.14pm: Taiana Turia on the guy who molestered women and children – who is to be a neighbor. 42 different women were involved. And the Beast of Blenheim has never admitted his crime. That’s appalling says Tariana Turia.
6.15pm: Su’a William Sio. The gay marriage bill debate. Louisa Wall and David Shearer speak. David Cunliffe has been away to Europe. I’ve been refreshed and rearing to go. Shearer: I don’t want them to be focussing on side issues. I don’t believe I am not, not connecting. Getting the major messages to them. Corin Dann –an improved showing from him today.
[My thoughts: The way Shearer was introduced as a leader was rough. It was like a coup introduction -problematically played, via the media. In addition, on the "Zero Budget" day announcement coverage, live in Pariliament, all of Labour were playing to National as their audience, not to the nation or that TV coverage day. At the time, looking in - it was like: all of those people are one. That was the vibe. Not that this is a bad thing, yet if Mr Shearer wants to be taken seriously as a leader of the opposition then keep the hair buzzed and speak on issues above issues on infighting. A leader needs to be ten steps ahead of the pack and say those things to camera. Alright - that was a free consultation].
One more thing: NZ doesn’t realise, how we can’t afford rifts (in-party rifts, cross-party rifts), because the world’s economies outside of NZ just whizz on. We have so much building to do, new cities to plan, a South Pacific navy to develop for marine surviellance purposes of our lucrative resources protection. We need a NZ-led owned and self-determined marine surveillance plan for the Antarctic too in the years to come to protect the resources there as well. We also need to get the economies of the South Pacific Islands cousins up to par, so they are amping, let alone develop a better lifestyle for NZ citizens. It’s been absolutely eroded and NZ citizens need and deserve a better quality of life per average NZ citizen. When I see politicians being petty in light of all of those things that need to be done, I smile as people are only human. Then I think come on girls and guys! Geez! :) Life your game.
6.19pm: Minimum price for alcohol debate. Te Ururoa Flavell –not normal that alcohol is cheaper than milk or whatever. So no. Judith Collins doesn’t agree, as profits go into the profits of the alcohol industry. She has a point about minimum prices legislation. Lianne Dalziel also spoke.
[Added thoughts:--I think decent wines should be accessible to most Kiwis taste palates. Of young adults who do drink, many don't know what a decent drop of vino is, so how do we educate Kiwis more into that school of luxury normalness of being a Kiwi and our wine produce that is exceptional? People in California for example, really do get their wine's of NZ and Napa Valley etc. They also know of NZ's fame as a fine wine growing region of the world].
6.20pm: Nauru and PNG, will have Australia’s assylum seeker claims processed now, says Australia’s PM, Julia Gillard. In the 4.30pm news report with Melissa Stokes, Gillard had said, “The Australian people are over it, we’re all over it”–on watching people drown trying to get to Australia on the high seas illegally.
[Rugby football's Brodie Retallick - Getty Zimbio Photo].
6.21pm: 3rd mass shooting in the US in less than a month, Texas A & M story, where three people were gunned down tragically. [No.1 story in the USA at the time of writing too on the internet search engines. Again, gun law reform needs to happen in America. Post GFC years of economic altering of the US economy has made the wealthy more wealthy, the rest more angry. The rise of BigPharma products mixed with that anger and access to guns, equals a recipe for more tragedies like this - things gotta change here].
6.21pm: The Norway gun nutter massacre story, gets 20 seconds.
6.22pm. BBC’s Robert Piggot. The Vatican, a bastion of secrecy has been breached by the Pope’s butler. Watch clip if Catholic. Aggravated burglary is the butler’s charged. Cardinal Antusio Burtonia. Walshe, a historian, says the Vatican is run like a renaissance court, yet we live in the 21st century.
6.23pm: Jim gives the weather. Cape Campbell is on the rain radar. In the south, on top of saturated ground, run-off watersheeting, it’s quite rough. West Coast, the antithesis with beautiful sunny weather. Westport the high. 15.
Whangarei, Whitianga, Auckland shared the high 17.
ChCh is choked up with rain. Light Southerly and 6 degrees the high.
6.30pm: (My favorite story of the night, that reminds me of film school days): 50 years on air in Dunedin. In July 1962 Dunedin became the last of our main centers to turn on the box (TV). Wendy Petrie reports: Dave Howell original DNTV technician is one of the technicians featured in the story. The pioneers came from radio backgrounds. Peter Johnson, another technician of th era, says a camera was needed to be operated by three people in those days. The Marconi Mark4 camera, is the only one in the world still working. Max Bania, is reporting on the story from the historic garrison hall. It’s now home to the company that did the ChCh animated model rebuild blueprint video. The late Don McCutcheon was featured in this story. He was the father of Hugh McCutcheon, US volleyball team coach.
Sharon Alfonsi’s ABC coverage about Helen Gurley Brown, the grand dame of Cosmopolitan magazine. Author of Sex & The Single Girl, 1962. 3 years later, she took over Cosmo mag. ‘Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go somewhere else,’ is what New York City said of the writer. Her plastic surgery is out there. “Seduced the boss, then marry him,” reckons Peter Williams of the feminist activist’s work in those days.
[The legendary broadcaster: D.Sawyer's news clip - ABC].
6.34pm: Rio de Janeiro. Wendy Petrie says: The Olympics flag has just arrived there. Brazil will be 1st south American city to stage the game. The BBC’s Quentin Summeville is there. 200 projects are planned in Rio. Not since Athens has a city faced so many questions to host an Olympics. Eduardo Paes, Rio’s Mayor, “we have a long way to go.”
6.41pm: Sports. Andrew Saville: Valerie Adams is the lead story. Reignited the debate about the punishment of drug cheats. Do they get a second chance. N.O, Adams: I don’t want to waste anymore of my energy or my breath on her or anyone that’s involved in her. Toni Street reporting. Toni Dolphin, former sprinter is p*ssed for Val, saying “there’s nothing more frustrating, when you compete fairly and know someone else is cheating?” Nick Willis on twitter, “cheats must be court before the games.” The golden grin that should have always been there, is now firmly a smile on the athletes dial. The clip ends on a nice wave from Val. Cute. :)
Valerie Young has a word: Halberg, Snell and the Ever-Swindell twins double golden Olympian champs. Val should be up there. Young was the 5 times Commonwealth champion so she see herself in Val. In Jamaica in 1966 they were tested for drugs. Russians never competed again. Eastern Europeans doping is the the theme of this news story. [What about other countries?]
6.47pm: Steve Marshall: Derrick Barnes and Dave Dennis, Australia. Barnes showing in the Wale’s white wash got him noticed.
Robbie Deans coach. He’s definitely an option, but straight forward.
Steve reports: Sony Bill and Ma’a Nonu, are who Sydney wants to see play when the AB’s turn on a show. They’re dubbed mid-field muscle.
6.49pm: Chinese women’s rugby sevens in 2016 are a rising force says sevens coach, Scott Pierce. Gordon Tichens will also be offering expertise as well.
Netball Temepara George’s exit. Super coach, Waimara Taumaunu, thinks well of Grace Rasmussen, Anna Thompson and Emma Lees.
The hunt is on for the gold medal in deepest darkest Belarus. It should be some time no doubt.
Honestly, just mint a new one, in NZ. :)
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6.55pm: Jim does a beaut weather report, given the fact it’s such a mixed weather around the whenua. His delivery is even keel piloting for a change. Steady in tone. Wellington light winds tomorrow night.
Tonga and Fiji 31,24, (Jim’s pick of Isles) light showers around the periphery. The South Pacific looks kamokamo tropical too.
Best Interview of The Day: Mark Sainsbury‘s Close Up Team interview with Valerie Adams, of Tonga & NZ & South Pacific.
[Thank you for the news. That's The Way it Was. Also check out Maori TV News and TV3 and Radio Live news too].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.8.12~
LIFTING CHILDREN’S EDUCATION TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH PRIVATE INVESTMENT – SIR ROBERT JONES, GARETH MORGAN, SAM MORGAN CAN’T WAIT TO DO MORE
Sir Robert Jones and Gareth Morgan did some huff, puff n’ go speel - for the homies of the hoods where they first started from in New Zealand.
Bob played grumpy smurf telling lower earners children (in the low decile schooling system) to lift their game with zero support and Gareth played eco-conscious humanitarian with more soul. Young Sam Morgan appeared too in the story by Jehan Casinader. Watch here.
My thoughts: If Beverly Hills can send a US$50 million message towards community services this week from the 90+ year-old set, then that’s a good standard to emulate maybe. Giving should not be a complusion, just something you do when you see an opportunity to invest in a future legacy that’s noble. Children are always that.
My goal this year is to stay at the top of the field in the single sculls and bring home the elusive Olympic Gold from London in August 2012.– Mahé Drysdale.
87 nations are reading today. Readers include:Colombia, Estonia, Dominican Republic, Bosnia, Armenia, Trinidad & Tobago, Paruguay, Albania, El Salvador, Maldives, Ghana, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Nigeria and Senegal.
Reading too are:
Cyprus, Luxemborg, Bangladesh, Latvia, Slovenia, Nepal, Denmark, Myanmar, Syria, Jamaica, Tunisia, Peru and Mauritius.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.7.12~
At a young 25, New Zealand athlete Emma Twigg can scull. Watch sports video.
Our global eyes:
Main Readers are reading today from: United States, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Brazil, Italy, Germany, France, Netherlands, Malaysia, Poland, Philippines, Russia, Argentina and Mexico.
At Olympics 2012 New Zealand’s Chances to reach 100 medals looks good: In Paul Hobbs story some of New Zealand’s finest athletes are featured. People like: Yvette Williams, Sir Peter Snell, Sir John Walker, Harry Kirk, Mark Todd, Tom Ashley, Valerie Adams, Hamish Carter.
Sir Murray Halberg shares:
For an athlete mastering the mental pressures and not being numbed to be in control of your destiny, are traits that define high performance athletes competing in the highest levels of sport. You have to make the most of life, grasp the moment and don’t look back later with regrets.
Second Tier Audience are reading from: Romania, Ireland, Indonesia, Hungary, Singapore, Turkey, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Thailand, Pakistan, Austria, South Africa, Denmark, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Czech Republic, Norway and Finland.
In rugby football news: The Crusaders 38. The Force 24. (Israel Dagg, Sean Maitland, Andrew Ellis, Matt Todd tries; Daniel Carter 3 cons 2 pens, Taylor 2) 0 pens. For the Force: 24 (Kyle Godwin, Holmes, Alfi Mafi tries; Brett Sheehan 2 cons, Godwin con, Ben Seymour pen)
Third Tier Audience are reading from: Israel, Serbia, United Arab Emriates, Bulgaria, Peru, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Republic of Korea, Qatar, Taiwan, Lebanon, Greece, Tunisia, Iraq, Chile, Puerto Rico, Estonia and Georgia.
In soccer news: Canada beat New Zealand’s Football Ferns 2-0. Photo: Football Ferns player, Betsy Hassett in white and Fara Williams England in red. Photo: AP.
Fourth Tier of Readers are reading from: Vietnam, Egypt, Croatia, Hong Kong, Belarus, Slovakia, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Bonsia, Bangladesh, Trinidad & Tobago, Yemen, British Virgin Islands, Gibraltar, Brunei, Azerbaijan and Palestinian Territories.
In New Zeland rugby league news: Although The Warriors are set to slip out of the leading eight teams; the Warriors have achieved a huge coup by securing centre Konrad Hurrell – one of the NRL’s hottest properties – until the end of the 2015 season. The 20-year-old Tongan, halfway through only his second season in rugby league, has been one of the NRL’s top rookies, his blitzing form netting 12 tries in just 12 appearances, including 11 in his last seven games.
To watch the Warriors last football match action: Broncos v Warriors highlights (1:45). Photo: News Limited.
Readers are also reading from: Syria, Namibia, Jordan, Fiji, Algeria and El Salvador.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.7.12~
French officials say that two people remain unaccounted for in the Alpine avalanche that took at least nine lives and injured 12 other people.
Four climbers were attempting to scale Mont Blanc were unaccounted for after the Thursday morning avalanche.
A statement by the office of the prefecture in the Haute-Savoie region noted that the number of people reported involved in the incident could vary as more information comes out.
It says that at least 28 people left a mountain refuge to try to make the ascent, but some may have turned around.
Those killed are all Europeans. The statement says an American was among the injured, the only non-European.
A climber trying to scale Mont Blanc accidentally caused a slab of ice to snap off Thursday high in the French Alps, sparking an avalanche that swept nine European climbers to their deaths, authorities said. Eleven other climbers were hospitalized and at least two were still unaccounted for.
As a sheet of snow and ice thundered down the steep slope, several other climbers managed to turn away from the slide in time, regional authorities in Haute-Savoie said.
Two other climbers were rescued as emergency crews using dogs and helicopters scoured the churned-up, high-altitude area in a frantic search for the missing. Their quest, hampered by the possibility of further avalanches, was called off before nightfall.
Three Britons, three Germans and two Spaniards were among the dead, their governments confirmed. The other victim was from Switzerland, according to police in the French mountain town of Chamonix. (more…)
In bad Swiss mormans news: HOUSTON — “Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a pitch for black votes Wednesday, telling the NAACP convention that his economic and education agendas would do more to help put people to work than those of his rival, President Barack Obama.
“If you want a president who will make things better in the African-American community, you are looking at him,” Romney said.
The overwhelmingly Democratic group roundly booed him, however, when he declared that he’d repeal the health care law.
“I’m going to eliminate every nonessential, expensive program I can find; that includes Obamacare,” Romney said to a long chorus of jeers. A woman in the back of the hall shouted, “You mean Romneycare?”
Undaunted, Romney added: “If our priority is jobs — and that’s my priority — that’s something I’d change, and I’d replace it with something that provides the people something they need in health care, which is lower cost, good quality and the capacity to deal with people who have pre-existing conditions. … I’ll put that in place.”
I think useful jobs that pay okay, that equate to people paying their own health care could work. The truth is though in the last ten years of the USA, the trickle down doesn’t exist.
Therefore perhaps a compromise of Obamacare to begin with and then when the jobs are delivered for reals, then this kind of thinking can have a more solid foundation to be taken seriously. Otherwise you run the risk of a war crimes narrative – too hard, too many casualties and not adequate health care in an America that should offer health care to all of its citizens, the building blocks of strong communities – or a strong Ameria that is real.
In this video clip, Mr Romney is after all, talking to the group of people, whose ancestors actually built America, so at the moment – I’m not feeling it. I’m going “booo” too… boo. :)
The intention though to change into being useful and productive I do like. Good luck.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.7.12~
For some sports people, each sports exhibition can be an experiment fraught with danger.
The footage in this news story reminds us to make most of the life we have.
In a sad sports tale: NZ base jumper falls to death in Switzerland.
Tutae does happen. We must be more careful.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.7.12~
Roger Federer was in fine form defeating Andy Murray 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 to win his seventh Wimbledon title. It was Federer’s 17th grand slam crown for Roger, a record-equalling feat. Epic.
[CBS News has more. Photo: AP]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.7.12~
Kiwi athletes turned on a show of athleticism in Austria this morning at the ITU World Triathlon Series. In the women’s event, Andrea Hewitt, came in third behind Nicola Spirig (SUI) and Lisa Norden (SWE).
“I’m happy I had a good race and now have over a month to fine tune everything and prepare for the Olympics,” Hewitt said in top form with a 2:05:43 time.
Barbara Riveros Diaz (CHI) came in 4th. And New Zealand’s Nicky Samuels gained sixth place and Kate McIlroy eighth.
More at the epic come back.
[Photo - Moo* Andrea Hewitt blog - (4)].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 24.6.12~
New Zealand has always had a strong ability to direct our angst and anxiety at causes that are important in the world. Here’s a story about that.
It’s 25 years where New Zealand took a stand to be legally nuclear-free today. The moment was enshrined at Oxford, with Prime Minister David Lange at Oxford University. His speech is one of the best from a Kiwi politician in our history.
It’s always good to have a refresher course on cornerstone cultural issues that make New Zealanders special.
Alyn Ware of Tauranga, is on a mission to uphold this tradition. Alyn is a co-rodinator whose organized a global network of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament back in 2003.
Alyn’s office in Wellington where he’s been based for 10 years has closed due to cuts of NZ Peace Foundation funding. So instead, Alyn will be based at the University of Basel in Switzerland, with support from Basel council.
[Photo - Peace Sport].
Simon Collins reports: “The countries that are picking up the disarmament ball are no longer down here. New Zealand is no longer a big player in this. I need to be working with the governments that are going to make a difference, countries like Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Germany, Kazakhstan and, actually, Mexico.”
New Zealand’s Nuclear-Free Zone, Disarmament and Arms Control Act was once ”groundbreaking”. “It wasn’t just about saying we won’t have nuclear weapons in our ports. It was criminalising them, it was making it illegal for New Zealanders to be involved in production or in aiding and abetting their production,” Mr Ware said.
Alyn explains how The Philippines, Mongolia and Austria took New Zealand’s model and made it theirs too. Legislation based on our model is in the Bangladesh Parliament now, and the text of the New Zealand law will be included in a handbook for the International Parliamentary Union in October.
Collins also notes how the United States President Barack Obama has picked up the cause, (more…)
Taking the pulse of readers worldwide, who is reading in the last hour?
We’re reading from: USA (again!), New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, Brazil, Switzerland, Philippines and France.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.6.12~