Spectator who racially abused Jofra Archer banned for two years

The incident happened during the final day of the first Test between New Zealand and England at the Bay Oval in November New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has banned a spectator from attending international and domestic games in the country for two years after he admitted racially abusing England fast bowler Jofra Archer.NZC filed a complaint… Continue Reading →

How to Use the Sharing Economy to Travel on a Budget

Updated: 12/27/2019 | December 27th, 2019In the decade that I’ve been traveling, the Internet has revolutionized travel. While not always for the better, there is no question that it has allowed people to share, connect, and collaborate in ways that haven’t been possible.For budget travelers, this change has led to a plethora of new money-saving… Continue Reading →

New Zealand collects 50,000 guns in assault weapon buyback

New Zealand suffered one of its deadliest mass shootings nine months ago when a lone gunman killed 51 worshippers in two mosques. The government banned several semi-automatic weapons immediately after, and authorities announced Saturday that they have collected more than 50,000 guns so far.  Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern banned the most deadly types of military-style weapons… Continue Reading →

The tennis player who collapsed at the Australian Open due to smoke from nearby bushfires says players are ‘pissed’ at the organizers for not taking ‘better care’ of them

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NZealand to close gun buyback sparked by mosque shootings

A firearms buyback scheme launched in New Zealand after the Christchurch mosque shootings ends on Friday, with gun control groups hailing its success despite opposition from some firearms owners.The March 15 attacks in which 51 Muslim worshippers were killed shocked the normally peaceful South Pacific nation and prompted a swift ban on assault rifles and… Continue Reading →

2019 in news: The alternative end-of-the-year awards

Congratulations, you’ve made it through another year of news.We know it wasn’t always easy, so here’s a reward: our round-up of the moments that put a little smile on our faces in 2019. Many of them, inevitably, involve animals.Animal rescue of the yearWinner Image copyright Berufstierrettung Rhein Neckar Spare a thought for the poor fat… Continue Reading →

Surreal photos show smoke from Australia’s bushfires turning the sky in New Zealand orange — 1,200 miles away

Smoke from the massive bushfires raging in Australia is turning the sky in New Zealand orange.New Zealand is about 1,200 miles across the Tasman Sea from Australia.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that members of the New Zealand military were also deploying to Australia to help fight the bushfires and aid in recovery, as reported by… Continue Reading →

New Zealand to end gun buyback started after mosque shootings

New Zealand banned certain types of weapons in the wake of the Christchurch mosque mass killing [File: Nick Perry, AP Photo] A scheme to buy back weapons that was launched in New Zealand after the Christchurch mosque attack ends on Friday, with gun-control groups hailing its success despite opposition from some firearms owners. The March… Continue Reading →

“May you build a ladder to the stars”

The Starbugs was a musical quintet of five kids from Wellington, NZ, ranging in age from 7 to 15. In 2011, they released an 11-track CD of Dylan covers, called ‘Kids Sing Bob Dylan’. Here’s their “Forever young” Here’s “Mr Tambourine Man” Here’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” Here’s “I shall be released” Here’s “Girl From… Continue Reading →