Port Taranaki says it will continue its role in animal exports right up until the Government’s ban on the trade comes into force next year. From April 30 next year, exports of livestock by sea will be banned, following the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill, which passed in Parliament on Wednesday. Port Taranaki chief executive Simon Craddock said it had been aware of the ban for the past 18 months and respected the Government’s decision. “Port Taranaki is not an exporter. We provide a facility for exporters, and at the time of the initial announcement we made the decision to continue to support livestock export customers, as and when required, through to the ban. READ MORE: Grains, legumes and vegetables a growing opportunity for Taranaki landowners and industry Taranaki Regional Council throws weight behind proposed shellfish ban along coast Live export ship Ocean Ute to dock at Port Taranaki this week “The export of livestock remains a lawful activity, and the vessels … [Read more...] about Live cow export will continue at Port Taranaki until government ban kicks in
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A few miles down the Mersey from Labour’s conference in Liverpool, striking dockers are furious with their employer and Sir Keir Starmer. The 560 workers, today starting the second week of a fortnight-long stoppage, accuse the profitable Mersey Docks and Harbour Company of breaking promises and refusing to improve a pay offer that would reduce living standards. And they feel abandoned by the leader of a Labour Party formed to represent working people in Parliament. “We were hailed as key workers during the Covid pandemic and now the company’s treating us like peasants because they don’t want to give us a pay matching inflation,” said ship’s foreman Steve Saunderson, 34, on the picket line. The strikers enjoy huge public backing in Liverpool where passing car drivers toot horns and local football heroes Neville Southgate and Jamie Carragher voiced support. The dock workers say the pay rise they've been offered will see them worse off than before ( Image: Daily … [Read more...] about Striking Liverpool dock workers furious as ‘red Tory’ Keir Starmer refuses to meet them
Selena Gomez is sending a message on 'kindness' after Hailey Bieber's interview on her relationship with Justin Bieber. Turning to TikTok Live on Thursday, Gomez said: “It’s incredibly ironic that I would release something that’s all about kind words ’cause that’s exactly what I want." “It’s not fair because no one should ever be spoken to in the manner that I’ve seen.” “If you support Rare, I cannot thank you enough,” the singer went on, “but know that you are also representing what it means, and that is: Words matter, truly matter.” This comes after Hailey Bieber washed her hands off accusations for causing Selena and Justin break up. Speaking on the podcast “Call Her Daddy” the model was caught off guard when the host, Alex Cooper, asked her about her link up with Justin back when he was dating Selena. “Were you ever with Justin romantically at the same time as [Gomez]?” asked the host. “This is so crazy. I’ve literally never talked about this ever,” Hailey replied. “A … [Read more...] about Selena Gomez sends positive energy with ‘kind words’ after Hailey Bieber confession
I t takes a while to get over the shock of seeing an ECM Records sleeve as a riot of blazing yellows and reds rather than the usual mysterious monochrome. Then you listen to this solo-piano double album, recorded live only six months ago in Rio, and the outburst makes sense. The story goes that Jarrett was on the phone to ECM boss Manfred Eicher barely before the applause had died down, convinced this was his best gig in years – and he's right. Warmer and less abstract than his still-remarkable 2006 Carnegie Hall solo show, a constantly changing (and totally improvised) soundscape of rocking African and Latin vamps, fragile love songs, guitar-like blues and sparingly deployed free jazz, Rio represents Jarrett at his most exuberant. Though the spurted, staccato figures and stamping chords of Part 1 suggest an edgy set, the romantic harmonies and gentle trills of Part 2 and its churning, funky successor take the music to more open ground. Wistful ballads give way to township-jazz … [Read more...] about Keith Jarrett: Rio – review
T his release by Keith Jarrett's celebrated Standards Trio in the group's 30th year was recorded live four years ago – so it's safe to say that the fastidious leader must now be happy with this set of improvisations on classics, including the West Side Story title track, Miles Davis's Solar, and two originals. The trio has demonstrated the ambiguities in its name by exploring standards as well as free improv over the years, but song-forms are dominant here – often developed with almost venomous relish by Jarrett and imaginative (if occasionally loosely pitched) regular rejoinders from bassist Gary Peacock, underpinned by drummer Jack DeJohnette's mix of stinging power and subtle support. Deep Space makes a seductively glimmering overture, before Solar comes in almost sleepwalkingly off the pulse – the trio constantly suggesting swing but subverting it, before Jarrett hurtles off into a blistering groove. He arrhythmically juggles the melody of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue … [Read more...] about Keith Jarrett/Standards Trio: Somewhere – review
HBO’s House of the Dragon and Amazon Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power . Photo-Illustration: Vulture; Photos by HBO and Prime Video In this era of video on demand, most streaming programmers have come to accept the Gospel According to Netflix: Audiences now watch TV shows when it’s convenient for them, and the specific time of day they arrive is irrelevant for streamers. This is why most streaming shows drop new episodes in the middle of the night, U.S. time; since we are all our own network schedulers now, deciding what to watch and when, there’s no reason to “program” new shows and movies for an optimal time of day. But the slightly different release patterns for Prime Video’s The Rings of Power and HBO’s House of the Dragon , along with some new Nielsen numbers, have had me thinking lately about the wisdom of the dogmatic approach pioneered by Netflix — and whether streamers should be thinking more about what time they release their original … [Read more...] about Dragons vs. Elves: Who Has the Better Release Strategy?
The mass die-off of thousands of fish, which sparked a political row between Poland and Germany, has been blamed on toxic algae. Nearly 250 tonnes of dead fish were recovered in August from the Oder river, which runs through the two countries. There had been accusations that a chemical spill had caused the die-off, with Poland and Germany denying any responsibility. But on Thursday, Polish authorities said that toxic algae -- worsened by high summer temperatures and low water levels -- was behind the incident. Various factors "led us to conclude that the fish deaths were probably caused by the toxic effects of an algal bloom", said Agnieszka Kolada from the Polish Institute of Environmental Protection. The micro-algae at issue -- known as golden algae -- is found in estuaries, mainly near the sea, and "had until now never been detected in Poland", she told reporters. She added that the water quality of the Oder has been poor "for years". Poland is due … [Read more...] about Oder river: Mass fish die-off in Germany-Poland river is blamed on toxic golden algae
Bosnia and Herzegovina is preparing for a general election on Sunday, 2 October. Here we explain how the election works, who the main parties and candidates are, and what the likely outcome might be in a country said to have the most complicated system of government in the world. How did Bosnia end up with the world’s most complex administration? The Balkan country of about 3.2 million is facing a difficult set of choices in its ninth general election since the first multi-party vote in 1990. At the time, Bosnia was still a part of the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia — a communist country that soon crumbled and set off a series of wars and conflicts between 1991 and 1999. As one of the seven independent states that came out of the breakup, Bosnia experienced its own war between 1992 and 1995. Until recently, it was considered the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II. Bosnia remains extremely vulnerable to the increased nationalist … [Read more...] about Bosnia election explained: How does it work? Who is running? Who is likely to win?
Rylan Clark gave an emotional and raw interview about his marriage breakdown on Thursday's The One Show - but it was a brief moment between himself and host Alex Jones that left viewers in tears. The 33 year old joined Alex, who is usually his co-host on the BBC show, and Roman Kemp to speak about his memoir Ten: The Decade That Changed My Future. Things got so bad he even tried to end his own life after coming clean to Dan about cheating “years ago”, he tells readers in the book. He said, gesturing to Alex: "Just to get it out of the way. Obviously last year was awful and we were speaking a lot and One Show actually, hosting, was one of the first thing that I properly got back into with you after I got quite ill last year." The It Takes Two also spoke about how difficult it was writing honestly about the dark time in his life. Rylan Clark gave an emotional and raw interview on The One Show ( Image: BBC) He said: “It was harder writing about it than … [Read more...] about The One Show viewers in tears as they spot Alex Jones mouth sweet message to Rylan
A Brit dad who calls himself a "walking disaster" has got himself stranded in Ibiza after missing not one but four flights. Saz Ismail, from Swadlincote in Staffordshire, managed to miss one flight by five minutes and even book another flight from the wrong Spanish island. The 36-year-old, who says he "shouldn't be allowed" to go abroad on his own, also booked a flight that would have flown into the completely wrong UK airport, reports Staffordshire Live . Saz has now resorted to launching a GoFundMe appeal to try to pay his way home - with limited success so far. He's turned to crowdfunding, but sympathy seems to be in short supply. So far he's managed to raise a paltry £5. Saz said: "My friend Kane wanted to go out to Ibiza and was already out there. "He asked me if I wanted to go on the impromptu so I thought 'why not?' I really like my House and Dance music scene and I had never been before so I thought it would be a good opportunity. Saz has turned to … [Read more...] about Brit stranded in Ibiza after missing four flights needs help from strangers to get home