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Starts tomorrow By Kate Hartmann Kapitis annual Arts Trail kicks off this Saturday the 28th of October at 10:00 am. The trail which has been running for 17 years showcases a diverse range of artists from Paekakariki in the South all the way through to Otaki in the North. The Arts Trail now runs over 
Reducing child poverty is one of the new governments goals.
It has also talked about reducing sanctions on welfare recipients.
I have yet to read or hear any mention of reducing benefit dependency.
That was one of the goals of the previous National-led government, and one in which it succeeded.
Child poverty isnt confined to benefit-dependent homes but welfare dependency is one of the greatest risk factors.
If the government is serious about reducing poverty it must also be serious about reducing welfare dependency.
One of the biggest risks with changes promised by the incoming Government is the rapid increase of the minimum wage, from the current 15.75 per hour to $20 by 2021. Theres no argument that many workers struggle on low wages, so increasing them is a laudable aim, but there is real potential for unintended consequences, 
Whale Oil continues with contradictory attacks on National and Bill English, but are struggling against the tide of opinion of commenters. Yesterday under Cameron Slater: I just received an email from the Leader of the Opposition Here I was, putting the last post to bed before putting my feet up, and what would zap into 
Apologies for the lateness. Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into! Answers on Sunday. Mariano Rojay is prime minister of which country? Name the two test nations who the All Blacks will play on their northern tour. How many years ago was President Kennedy assassinated: 
Although The Standard has just lost stalwart author Anthony Robins they have gained another, Matthew Whitehead, who has previously commented there and has had the occasional guest post. While he is openly a Green supporter he will provide some good input at The Standard. His first post is an intteresting Critiquing A Modest National Party 
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from Jan Logie, now the Under-Secretary to the Minister of
Justice (focussing on Domestic and Sexual Violence Issues).
Logie has stepped straight into Metiria Turei's shoes. This is exactly the message she was pushing before her fall. The message that unsettled so many New Zealanders.
Under the cloak of compassion it promotes open slather access to benefits.
Greater benefit dependency is not good, for many reasons. Being born to unknown or unnamed fathers is not good for children. These statements are generalities but they are self-evident.
People who work have obligations to their employers, and vice versa. The same should apply to a system that purports to replace income from work, at the very least.
I place a high moral value on the way people behave. I find it repellent to have a lot, and to behave with anything other than courtesy in the old sense of the word politeness of the heart, a gentleness of the spirit. Fran Lebowitz who celebrates her 67th birthday today.
Facebook is also under investigation in the UK to see how much Russian operatives might have interfered in the Brexit vote. The Telegraph: MPs order Facebook to hand over evidence of Russian election meddling The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee has demanded that the US internet giant release adverts and pages linked to Russia 
The 37-year-old, who was elected as part of a coalition government on 23 September, said the new plan was designed to stop rising house prices and will apply to non-residents.
We have agreed on banning the purchase of existing homes by foreign buyers, said Ms Ardern, according to AFP.
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Investigations and revelations continue on dirty democracy involving the US and Russia. The use of Facebook by Russians continues CNBC: House panel plans to release Russian ads that ran on Facebook, committee leaders say The House Intelligence Committee plans to release Russia-linked ads that ran on Facebook during the 2016 election, the panels leaders said Wednesday, 
New Zealand's new prime minister called capitalism a "blatant failure", before citing levels of homelessness and low wages as evidence that "the market has failed" her country's poor. Jacinda Ardern, who is to become the nation's youngest leader since 1856, said measures used to gauge economic success "have to change" to take into account "people's ability to actually have a meaningful life". The 37-year-old will take office next month after the populist New Zealand First party agreed to form a centre-left coalition with her Labour Party. They will be supported by the liberal Greens. New Zealanders had been waiting since 23 September to find out who would govern their country after national elections ended without a clear winner.
From the Mongabay Series: Global Forest Reporting Network
Last year the world lost an area of tree cover the size of New Zealand, according to satellite data. Thats around 29.7 million hectares (297,000 square kilometers) and was a 51 percent jump over 2015.
The tree cover loss data came from the University of Maryland (UMD) and were analyzed by World Resources Institute (WRI). While the data dont just represent deforestation (they also lump in tree plantation harvesting), the analysts attribute most of the tree cover loss to human impacts affecting forests such agriculture, logging and mining.
But why the big jump in tree cover loss from 2015 to 2016? The analysis points specifically to fire as the primary culprit. The data indicate big upticks in fires around the world, both in areas where fire naturally occurs like northern Alberta, Canada and wetter areas of the tropics where fire is (or perhaps more accurately, use...
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312 Constantine the Great was said to have received his famous Vision of the Cross.
939 Edmund I succeeded Athelstan as King of England.
1275 Traditional founding of the city of Amsterdam.
1524 Italian Wars: The French troops laid siege to Pavia.
1553 Condemned as a heretic, Michael Servetus was burned at the stake.
1644 Second Battle of Newbury in the English Civil War.
1728 James Cook, British naval captain and explorer, was born (d. 1779).
1795 The United States and Spain signed the Treaty of Madrid, which established the boundaries between Spanish colonies and the U.S.
1811 Isaac Singer, American inventor, was born (d. 1875).
1838 Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issued the Extermination Order, which ordered all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated.
1854 William Alexander Smith, Scottish religious leader, founded the Boys Brigade, was born (d. 1914).
1858 Theodore Roosevelt, 26th USA President, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, was born (d. 1919).
1870 Marshal Franois Achille Bazaine with 140,000 French soldiers surrendered to Prussian forces at Metz in one of the biggest French defeats of the Franco-Prussian War.
1904 The first underground New York City...
Article by Tim Brown, DC Clothesline The Federal Bureau of Investigations Operation Cross Country has just completed its eleventh iteration and according to the FBI, they recovered 84 sexually exploited juveniles and arrested 120 traffickers. According to the FBIs website, Operation Cross Country has expanded beyond the United States, with Canada, the United Kingdom, Cambodia, 
By Matt Agorist An extensive survey of hundreds of adults across the United States has just revealed that the thing most Americans fearmore than anything elseis their own government. In fact, according to the survey, no other fear even comes close to the percentage of Americans who worry about their corrupt government officials. The survey 
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Jacinda Ardern officially became New Zealands 40th Prime Minister today at a swearing in ceremony at Government House. Following that she was treated top celebrity treatment when she arrived at Parliament. I think we can expect a lot of this sort of crowd interaction and reaction.
Two big announcements were made yesterday in relation to building and housing. In New Zealand terms they dont get too much bigger, yet they were totally at odds with each other.
The first was by Fletcher Building, the darling of the former government yet who contrived to lose a fortune on two large government projects, and several other smaller ones. The primary reason, Ralph Norris told disgruntled shareholders, was that "Our project management resources became stretched, impacted by the labour scarcity of the broader sector and our own rapid growth."
To break that down: as they took on too many projects
Keep these points in mind as you read Phil Twyfords announcement yesterday, repeating in somewhat amended form his pre-election pledges, that he is going to build 100,000 homes in the next decade.
How can that be done with the severe local labour
shortage? Easy, said Twyford.
The just-announced Housing Minister told the Herald labour, skills and land shortages in the over-stretched, under-delivering, under-resourced high-priced housing market were planned to be resolved by his regime which will change immigration laws and form public private partnerships with business like Fletcher Residential and Mike Greer Homes.
Do you see the problem?
Ill make it easy for you:
PROBLEM ONE: Fletchers is already overstretched.
PROBLEM TWO: Local labour is hard to come by.
PROBLEM THREE: Mr Twyford will solve problem #2 by calling on the folk already struggling with problem #1
Tell me how he will square that circle.
Add to that his further and still unsolved problem, which is that his whole scheme to build and/or finance 100,000 houses in a decade within his stated fiscal envelope of $2 billion is financially untenable (i.e., that his numbers simply don't add up, as he himself admitted three years ago when I asked him) and you have a new mi...
Horowhenuas elephant in the council chamber by Veronica Harrod The Horowhenua Long Term Plan (2018-2038) has one big elephant in the room whether divisions based on privilege and power should determine urban design in Levin. Residents have to think about priorities and the real estate sections in local community newspapers are already referring 
Confirmation of the new coalition governments ministerial portfolios will provide greater clarity for farmers and the wider primary sector, says Federated Farmers.
The Labour-led coalition today unveiled some names familiar to farmers and some new to be acquaintances. Farmers would have noted the dismantling of The Ministry for Primary Industries, which was anticipated, with the splitting away of Forestry and Fisheries. . .
The Ministry for Primary Industries is being scrapped with a stripped down agriculture ministry and a range of special purpose bodies likely to replace it.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed the ministry would go because it was not fit for purpose.
In her list of Cabinet appointments Damien OConnor was named as agriculture minister.
He would also have the biosecurity, food safety and rural communities as separate portfolios. OConnor would also associate minister for trade and export growth. . .
Fake animal proteins are set to disrupt
world markets and much faster than our agriculture industry is
anticipating, argues food strategist Dr Rosie
New Zealands agricultural sector has been having a rough time of late. If waking up to a centre-left government wasnt enough of a nightmare for most Kiwi farmers, then the negative media attention the industry has been racking up in recent weeks should be.
For decades, our agriculture sector and farming community have enjoyed prized economic-darling status in New Zealand. Policy makers, ministers and farmers alike have been convinced that agriculture is untouchable, and that the lucrative wave of creamy dairy milk and premium cuts of red meat on the global market would last forever even if private farmer profits did come at a broader social and environmental cost for the nation. . .
Traditional Maori society was hierarchical By John Robinson There were considerable class distinctions within traditional Maori tribal society. Each extended family had a male head who, if he were a man of good birth (belonging to the tribal aristocracy), would be termed a rangatira (a tribal lord). Any person lacking position was a tuatua, not 
The music world has lost another voice:
Fats Domino, the New Orleans rhythm-and-blues singer whose two-fisted boogie-woogie piano and nonchalant vocals, heard on dozens of hits, made him one of the biggest stars of the early rock n roll era, has died in Louisiana. He was 89. . .
Mr. Domino had more than three dozen Top 40 pop hits through the 1950s and early 60s, among them Blueberry Hill, Aint It a Shame (also known as Aint That a Shame, which is the actual lyric), Im Walkin, Blue Monday and Walkin to New Orleans. Throughout he displayed both the buoyant spirit of New Orleans, his hometown, and a droll resilience that reached listeners worldwide.
He sold 65 million singles in those years, with 23 gold records, making him second only to Elvis Presley as a commercial force. Presley acknowledged Mr. Domino as a predecessor. . .
Marc Faber, Freedom of Speech & Capitalism Author Jayant Bhandari Acting Man Political Correctness Hampers Honest Debate What would the world be like today had Europeans never colonized Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and South Asia? ...
The Employers and Manufacturers Association says the minimum wage increases announced by the government could bring the economy to a grinding halt.
Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) chief executive Kim Campbell said the initial increase was not much more than what a National-led Government would have implemented.
However, he saw the $20-an-hour target as too high and it meant New Zealand would have among the highest minimum wages in the world.
The first step was well signalled and its not very responsible signalling it so well in advance because it sets up inflationary expectations, he said.
You can already see a reflection of that in our exchange rate, which has gone down because overseas they can sees that New Zealands costs are going up.
A drop in the exchange rate will make our exports less expensive overseas but it will add to the cost of imports including clothes, fertilizer, fuel, machinery, medicine and vehicles.
Exporters are going to do a bit better but youd have to do the sums to see how they land but it will all turn into an inflationary spiral which is a really good way to bring the economy to a grinding halt.
Campbell said businesses would be worried by what the cost increases would mean for them. . .
Businesses have got used to gradual increases in the minimum wage and have factored them into their planning.
But getting to $20 by 2021 is too much too fast for many.
We had dinner out on Tuesday evening.
The business owner, unprompted, told me she was very worried about the new government. People already say dining out is expensive, but if we have to pay too much more for wages we will have no choice but to increase prices.
Thats how the inflation spiral starts with wage increases which arent related to productivity increases or other cost decreases.
And thats what drives business owners to look at ways to reduce staff numbers, including more mechanisation.
Robots are expensive now, but improvements in technology and increases in production will bring prices down.
Compared to NZ First the Greens had modest wins on policy and ministerial positions, but they still have a big opportunity to achieve some of their goals. Their ministerial appointments: James Shaw Minister for Climate Change Minister of Statistics Associate Minister of Finance Dealing with climate change is Shaws big ambition and he now has 
Two films, shot through with compassion, integrity and sheer brilliance, have little else in common, but try to see them before they disappear from our local screens. Frantz: A War Film With A Difference By Ralph McAllister Frantz, directed by the prolific Francois Ozon is set in 1919 Germany, not long after the end of 
NZ First have had some big wins in their negotiations with Labour, winning support for major policies and winning some big portfolios. With a lot to do for a small party they will have big challenges living up to their ambitions. Ministerial responsibilities for the NZ First MPs: Winston Peters Deputy Prime Minister Minister of 
After the swearing in of the new Government today we will have a popular but untested Prime Minister, and an experienced and respected leader of the Opposition who also looks to be stable and has a record now of reasonably successful campaigning. Ardern tries to be relentlessly positive, a good attribute for the leader of 
"The important one is that it isnt for you to decide, as with me, how consenting adults live their lives. ... For the aim of a liberal state is that as many people as possible get to live how they wish. Thats actually the point." ~ Tim Worstall, from his post 'Err, no, Jess, sorry, but no'
National is beginning a stint in Opposition after nine years in government. This will take some adjusting as the powerful become relatively powerless. They will have a large 56 member caucus, so they could be a force in holding the new government to account, but if not managed well they could factionalise and fight for 
Jacinda Ardern will be sworn in as Prime Minister today, along with the Ministers from the Labour, NZ First and Green parties who will make up the new government. They have big plans, but the also have big challenges, as any government has especially a government made up of parties who havent been in 
Wisdom from Auckland Go the coalition! By Eric Bennett, Red Beach Congratulations to the incoming Coalition Government for winning the treasury benches. I do not need a tax cut. Use the $1.5 million surplus, (if there is one), to better the lives of the needy, not the greedy. (Letter to the Editor of The New Zealand 
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JACINDA Ardern has announced a dramatic plan to tackle soaring real estate prices in New Zealand, while her deputy claims the country is no longer for sale. Read More
306 Martyrdom of Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki.
1597 Imjin War: Admiral Yi Sun-sin routed the Japanese Navy of 300 ships with only 13 ships at the Battle of Myeongnyang.
1640 The Treaty of Ripon was signed, restoring peace between Scotland and Charles I of England.
1689 General Piccolomini of Austria burned down Skopje to prevent the spread of cholera. He died of cholera soon after.
1774 The first Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.
1775 King George III went before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorised a military response to quell the American Revolution.
1776 Benjamin Franklin departed from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution.
1795 The French Directory, a five-man revolutionary government, was created.
1811 The Argentine government declared the freedom of expression for the press by decree.
1825 The Erie Canal opened passage from Albany, New York to Lake Erie.
1859 The Royal Charter was wrecked on the coast of Anglesey, north Wales with 459 dead.
1861 The Pony Express officially ceased operations.
1865 Benjamin Guggenheim, American bus...
The New Zealand Prime Minister that took the country back into Marxism, has fired its first shot across the bow. The Labour party have formally signed a coalition agreement, introducing all new policies focusing on climate change, regional development, and poverty which translates into hunting the hated rich. Thirty-seven-year-old Jacinda Ardern, a member of the New Zealand Labour Party, became the worlds youngest female leader. Hillary must be crying in her martini.
Nevertheless, PM Ardern has just fired the first shot across the bow and this is a serious warning that foreign investment better cross New Zealand off the list of places that will be up-and-coming. She has banned foreigners from buying property in New Zealand. The first proposal was to ban any migration to New Zealand as well. That they had to back off of given the refugee impression and that would have agreed with Trump OMG!
She thinks banned foreign property ownership will cool off the property market. The problem will be, a property crash. When home values decline, people feel they lost money and they spend less. With rising property values, people feel they are better-off and spend more assu8ming they have equity even if they do not borrow against it.
She may be the youngest female leader in the world, but she also is clueless about economics.
An interesting best (scientific) guesses of where all the elements originated, from NASAs Astronomy Picture of the Day. Image Credit & License: Wikipedia: Cmglee; Data: Jennifer Johnson (OSU) The hydrogen in your body, present in every molecule of water, came from the Big Bang. There are no other appreciable sources of hydrogen in the universe. The carbon in your body was made by nuclear fusion in the interior of 
Kids toys arent what they used to be: Barbies now have mechanical brains, and gadgets like smartwatches are being made child-friendly. And anything connected to the internet comes with the risk of being hacked or misused to gather sensitive data about its ownera liability now being passed on to children. The latest example comes from 
The post Tech meant to keep kids safe is actually making them more vulnerable appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.
by Tyler Durden Oct 23, 2017 6:39 AM The unexpected decision by President Trump to amend an emergency Sept 11 order signed by George W Bush, allowing the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired air force pilots to address what the Pentagon has decribed as an acute shortage of pilots caught us by 
The post For The First Time In 26 Years, US To Put Nuclear Bombers On 24 Hour Alert appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.
A summary of the copyright case Eight Mile Style v National Party was released today. The Court found Eight Mile Style is entitled to damages on a user principle basis in the sum of NZ$600,000, with interest, from 28 June 2014. The National party have indicted they will make a claim against the supplier of 
Ministers to chart new course for New Zealand Portfolio responsibilities for the incoming Labour-led Government underline our commitment to chart a new course for New Zealand, says Prime Minister-designate Jacinda Ardern. Inside Cabinet Jacinda Ardern: PM, Arts Culture and Heritage, National Security and Intelligence, Child Poverty Reduction Winston Peters: Deputy PM, Foreign Affairs, State Owned Enterprises, Racing 
Here are the answers to the Mid-Week Quiz (my apologies for the delay Ed) Who ran the first sub four minute mile? (Roger Bannister) Edmonton is the capital of which Canadian province? (Alberta) American Senators are elected every 2, 4 or 6 years? (6 years) In which famous book was the phrase some are 
Last year the world lost an area of tree cover the size of New Zealand, according to satellite data. Thats around 29.7 million hectares (297,000 square kilometers) and was a 51 percent jump over 2015. The tree cover loss data came from the University of Maryland (UMD) and were analyzed by World Resources Institute (WRI). While the data dont just represent deforestation (they also lump in tree plantation harvesting), the analysts attribute most of the tree cover loss to human impacts affecting forests such agriculture, logging and mining. But why the big jump in tree cover loss from 2015 to 2016? The analysis points specifically to fire as the primary culprit. The data indicate big upticks in fires around the world, both in areas where fire naturally occurs like northern Alberta, Canada and wetter areas of the tropics where fire is (or perhaps more accurately, used to be) a rare phenomenon. One of these latter areas is the Brazilian Amazon. Rainforest is, by definition, rainy and moist, and the Amazon rainforest is no exception. Rainforest shouldnt burn on its own and yet, WRIs analysis found understory fires contributed to a tripling of tree cover loss in the Brazilian Amazon (3.3 million hectares) over that time. Brazil also showed high fire activity this year, with particularly high levels in the state of Para. The fires shown were detected in the first week of October, 2017. Fire data provided by VIIRS via NASA/NOAA. Researchers believe many of these
The Otaki grave of pioneer founder of Featherstone who lived to 110 Judith Bryers Holloway Who, these days, knows much about Henry Burling? I do, because I (along with about 600 others) am one of his descendants. He was born in Stratford, England, in 1807, lived to the age of 110 in NZ after 
Prime Minister designate Jacinda Ardern has announced her Cabinet line-up:
Its very short on business and general private sector experience.
Academic and political theory have their place.
But they are no substitute for private sector experience which gives those who govern us the real-life practical understanding of whats needed to give businesses the confidence to invest.
Private sector investment that will increase productivity and employment, not redistribution of taxpayers money, are whats needed to reduce poverty.
Nitrate reducing forage plants and bacteria, denitrification walls and now nitrate-busting bulls are being developed to lower farmings impact on the environment.
Thanks to an international breakthrough by dairy herd improvement company CRV Ambreed, bulls have been identified that pass lower nitrate levels through their urine onto soils.
The company has selected bulls genetically superior for a trait related to the concentration of urea nitrogen in milk. . .
Sone up, some down, some firm Nigel Malthus:
Lamb, sheep and deer prices are likely to remain firm, but cow and bull prices could soften, according to the Alliance Groups projections for the new season.
Heather Stacy, Alliances general manager livestock and shareholder services, told a recent meeting of shareholder farmers at Little River, Banks Peninsula, that prime beef prices should remain similar to last year at $5.00 $5.40/kg early season and $4.80 $5.20/kg post-Christmas. . .
Kiwifruits bright outlook Peter Burke:
Theres gold for New Zealand growers in Zespris
Overseas demand is high for the new Psa-free variety and prices continue to rise.
As a result, Zespri chairman Peter McBride is forecasting a net profit after tax of $96 million to $101m for the year ended March 31, 2018. Profit last year was $73.7m. . .
Farmers are relieved that science rather than politics will decide whether agriculture should be included in the Emissions Trading Scheme.
Under the coalition agreement unveiled yesterday, a new Climate Commission will make the decision.
Other details made public yesterday include scrapping...
Its no secret that Van Diemens Land (Tasmania) was a penal colony for British convicts. Yet surprisingly at least 110 New Zealand prisoners were also transported to the island in the nineteenth century to do time as convict labourers, serving their sentences in harsh conditions.
Emma Neale has been appointed as the
new editor of Landfall, published by Otago University
Farming leaders in Canterbury hope a spate of vandalism was not motivated by radical environmentalists.
On Friday night, October 20, a valve was opened on a vat allowing about 6000 litres of milk to escape on a Leeston dairy farm and the same night 30 tyres on four irrigators on a Hororata farm, an hours drive away, were punctured by a battery-powered drill.
The dairy farmer whose vat was opened was Environment Canterbury councillor John Sunckell who said he was at a loss whether it was a burglar frustrated at not getting access to anything valuable or an environmentalist wanting to make a statement.
I dont want to draw a conclusion but it is hard not to, he said, referring to the irrigator tyre slashing incident on the same night.
Sunckell said police asked him if it could have been a disgruntled employee but he did not think so.
In recent months Greenpeace activists had illegally occupied the Central Plains Water irrigation scheme, other environmental groups had openly pursued an agenda opposing irrigation and surveys in Christchurch had shown opposition to farming and irrigation.
Sunckell said he was talking publicly about the incident because the vandalism was reflective of a growing split in the community.
We have got to get away from this urban-rural divide but I dont know how we are going to do it.
The volume of milk exceeded the capacity of the drainage and wetland filtering and containment system and the milk overflowed into a drain then a waterway.
So the vandalism caused pollution.
North Canterbury Federated Farmers dairy section chairman Michael Woodward hoped the two incidents were not motivated by anti-farming sentiment.
It is hard to know if it is coincidental or the same people.
If it was environmentalists, it was counterproductive given the tyres would be dumped and the milk ended up in a waterway, both damaging to the environment.
Irrigation was a contentious issue in Canterbury and Woodward said he would be disappointed if activists chose to vandalise private property to prom...
An unexpected crackdown on waka jumping suggests the new Government is bracing for instability, says ACT Leader David Seymour
The incoming Government has quietly announced a bill to ban waka jumping in Parliament. This was never forecasted to voters, and for good reason. It suggests the new Government expects instability and defections. Todays ceremonious unity will not last.
Winston Peters is particularly paranoid because its his last parliamentary term. Hes been burnt by waka jumpers in the past, but this term could be his partys most divisive yet. Why wouldnt his caucus jump ship if they believe New Zealand First is doomed in 2020 anyway?
Why would you waste parliaments time and resources if you trusted your teams loyalty?
And how can we trust a government which doesnt trust itself?
It's beach season in New Zealand, and hundreds of people were
enjoying the sun and surf at Hahei Beach last week when some
of them got a very unexpected visitor.
Credit: Kelly Lindsay/StoryfulFour wild orcas were thought to be hunting stingrays off the coast when one of the baby orcas became curious and swam right up to people wading in the clear water. And the sight of a dorsal fin coming straight at them sent the swimmers scurrying for the shore.
Credit: Kelly Lindsay/Storyful
Credit: Storyful/YouTubeOrcas are very intelligent and social animals who stick with their families their whole lives, and baby orcas like this one learn to hunt from their parents and relatives in their pod.
Credit: Kelly Lindsay/StoryfulSo maybe the beachgoers were right to be startled by the baby orca he might have been practicing his newly acquired skills on them.
MANILA, Philippines The South China Sea issue was highlighted at yesterdays ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus), with participating states declaring support for freedom of navigation and non-militarization as well as observance of a rules-based approach in resolving the conflict.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said none among ADMM Plus member-states Australia, China, India Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the US as well as defense ministers from all ASEAN-member states, opposed the declaration.
A majority of countries declared to continue to use the South China Sea the waters and air as they have been using it in the past decades without interference from anybody, Lorenzana said, without naming these countries.
Even Beijing, Lorenzana said, did not oppose the position taken by participating ADMM Plus states.
Even China did not oppose all of those statements. So I think its OK for China because its supposed to be an open water, Lorenzana said.
With this development, the defense chief said its now u...
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