It was the best job Jack Doherty ever had; the one he spent so many years doing in south Wairarapa. The men he worked with were good blokes: hard players and hard workers who thoroughly enjoyed getting up every morning to do the job. They laughed a lot. It was great fun, demolishing and renovating old houses then heading off for a beer afterwards, and Jack says it was a time and bunch of friends he’ll never forget. “You'd die to have a job like that, and we literally did.” READ MORE: Four years fighting to fulfil promise opens ACC to other asbestos victims Court of Appeal rules 'hug-of-death' cancer should be seen as a personal injury Dad's battle with asbestos and cancer - told by his family a year after his death Chris McKeen/Stuff Angela Calver's sister-in-law, Deanna Trevarthen, died in 2016 from an aggressive form of cancer. Calver vowed she'd continue Trevarthen's court battle against ACC to get health cover for the condition. In the … [Read more...] about The hidden killer in NZ homes: ‘You’d die to have a job like that, and we did’
· View the work online · Portrait of the week archive Artist: Jan Vermeer (1632-1675) left no more than 36 paintings - and the attribution of a couple of those is in doubt - and no drawings. This appears to be an accurate reflection of the number of works he produced. It may have been the rareness of his paintings that caused his name - well enough known in his native Dutch city of Delft in his lifetime - to become obscure after his death. Vermeer was not a totally unsuccessful artist. He became a head of the Guild of St Luke in Delft and his paintings fetched high prices, but he died in debt, and his Catholic wife Catharina Bolnes had to declare herself bankrupt. Vermeer, our Vermeer, is a modern artist, his cult dating from 1866 with the publication of a series of essays about him by the French art critic Théophile Thoré, a political radical and prophet of realism. Thoré saw the Renaissance tradition as an aristocratic plaything. He argued that art should represent the … [Read more...] about Girl With a Pearl Earring, Jan Vermeer (c1665)
In Italy, the polls opened on Sunday morning, as the country votes in a snap general election that could shift its politics sharply to the right at a critical time for Europe, with the war in Ukraine causing energy bills to skyrocket and testing western unity. The right-wing alliance is formed by Fratelli d'Italia or Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni, Lega leader Matteo Salvini and Silvio Berlusconi, the three-time prime minister who heads the Forza Italia party, which he created in 1994. In the run-up to Sunday's election, opinion polls had suggested that Meloni, a far-right politician whose Fratelli d'Italia party are known for their neo-fascist roots, was leading in popularity. If she wins, she'll be the first woman in Italy to hold the office and head the country's first far-right government since World War II. Italy election explained: Who is running? How does it work? Who is likely to win? Italy election: 10 interesting facts to know … [Read more...] about Italy heads to the polls in election that could see the far-right come to power
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield 's names were not on the official accreditation list for their infamous visit to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state last week. Sources have claimed the This Morning presenters created a 'hoo-ha' when they turned up at Westminster Hall with two colleagues last week to film a special segment for the ITV show - seeming to 'skip' the lengthy queue outside in order to see the late monarch's coffin ahead of her state funeral on Monday 19 September. The duo have faced a public petition calling for them to be sacked as presenters of This Morning and have been trolled mercilessly since the footage showed them being taken through to Westminster Hall to film a segment for the daytime TV show, as thousands waited for hours in the queue outside. As snaps emerged online of the pair arriving at Westminster Hall, with many making critical comments, This Morning quickly issued a statement clarifying that the two stars 'did not jump the queue, have … [Read more...] about Holly and Phil’s names ‘were not on official Westminster list’ but duo were ‘ushered in’
By Norman Smith Published 24 October 2015 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Momentum, the grassroots organisation set up in the wake of Jeremy Corbyn's election victory, has caused panic in the ranks of the Parliamentary Labour Party. Many Labour MPs view it as a party within a party; a front for the far-left; a vehicle for ousting those opposed to the Corbyn revolution. So who are Momentum and what do they want? I went to meet a group of Momentum supporters in Brixton. They don't easily fit the hard-left stereotype. There was not a Trotskyite beard to be seen. No one tried to sell me a newspaper. What Steve, Samira, Nadine and Roland have in common is an enthusiasm fired by Jeremy Corbyn's leadership campaign. They are Corbyn's foot soldiers. Steve - a self confessed "middle aged, BBC Radio 4 addict"- says he joined the Labour Party … [Read more...] about What is Momentum, and why is it worrying Labour MPs?
EXPLAINER: Being unable to focus can feel like a normal symptom of modern life. But ADHD is more than being distracted. It was in a busy hospital office that newly qualified speech pathologist Charlotte Moore wondered if she had made a big mistake. Sitting at her computer, typing her notes, the 28-year-old’s brain could not remain focused on the screen in front of her. She cared about the work – being a “speechie” was her dream job – but her mind simply could not stay in one spot. It jumped around the room, turning its attention to the conversations between the nurses behind her, tracking the rhythm of medical machines in the background, noting the movements of every person coming in and out the door. Meanwhile, Tania Gricia, 53, had returned to study when she started to experience an overwhelming brain fog. At first, she put it down to perimenopause, only it felt different – and targeted to when she was doing her coursework. READ MORE: Women with ADHD underdiagnosed, … [Read more...] about What’s ADHD and why are more adults being diagnosed with it?
Graphic warning: Descriptions of violence. A man who covertly filmed himself and his girlfriend having sex later blackmailed her by threatening to send the footage to another man she was talking to. Farryn Tangira later told another girlfriend that if she broke up with him, he would rape her sister before making her watch him kill her sister and her mother. Tangira, 20, was sentenced to two years and four months in jail when he appeared in the Hamilton District Court on Tuesday, after earlier pleading guilty to a raft of charges including kidnapping, blackmail, making an intimate visual recording of another person, assault with intent to injure, male assaults female and obtaining by deception. Much of his offending involved two victims with whom he was in relationships between August 2020 and July 2021, when he lived in Christchurch and Hamilton. READ MORE: Traumatic night of robbery and violence in isolated farmhouse Man sets trap with fishhooks, does burnouts, … [Read more...] about Bad boyfriend jailed for blackmail, abuse of partners