If you’re interested in the end of the world, you’re interested in New Zealand. If you’re interested in how our current cultural anxieties – climate catastrophe, decline of transatlantic political orders, resurgent nuclear terror – manifest themselves in apocalyptic visions, you’re interested in the place occupied by this distant archipelago of apparent peace and stability against the roiling unease of the day. If you’re interested in the end of the world, you would have been interested, soon after Donald Trump’s election as US president, to read a New York Times headline stating that Peter Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, considered New Zealand to be “the Future”. Because if you are in any serious way concerned about the future, you’re also concerned about Thiel, a canary in capitalism’s coal mine who also happens to have profited lavishly from … [Read more...] about Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand
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They took gap years to stay at home and run for office. They list as their political heroes progressive leaders such as Jacinda Ardern and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And they plan to juggle their new roles as elected officials with university exams and shifts at McDonald’s. The record number of young New Zealanders, some still in their teens, who surged to victory in the country’s local government elections on Saturday – in what was dubbed a “youthquake” by commentators – were not lured by dreams of high-profile posts in national politics. Instead, they ran for roles on New Zealand’s city and district councils or community boards – where elected officials have always tended to be older, white and male, and where elections have been treated with apathy by voters of all ages. “It’s about representing our planet and representing a whole group of people who aren’t currently strongly being heard around the council … [Read more...] about ‘Youthquake’: The young New Zealanders voted into office – in between McDonald’s shifts
It is not often a coach begs for leniency on behalf of another team’s player but in as gracious a press conference as you could witness, Samoa’s Steve Jackson pleaded for clemency on behalf of Ireland’s Bundee Aki after the centre’s World Cup was potentially ended by a red card. Ireland booked their place in the quarter-finals with a resounding bonus-point win but they could face either New Zealand or South Africa without Aki, who was sent off in the 29th minute for a dangerous high tackle on Ulupano Seuteni. Aki will appear before a World Rugby disciplinary tribunal early next week, and Jackson, whose side had just exited the tournament with something of a whimper, has pledged to make representations on his behalf. “I’ve known him a long time and he’s a great man and a great character,” said Jackson of Aki, who is of Samoan heritage. “He didn’t go out to do that to anybody. “Hopefully, the powers that be can see sense … [Read more...] about Ireland thrash Samoa to ease into last eight despite Bundee Aki red card
Few place names are as definitive as Land’s End, but the sliver of Britain that crashes into the Atlantic at the tip of Cornwall was only the starting point for my trip to the Isles of Scilly, a journey that felt like an adventure in itself. Mine started on the overnight sleeper from London to Penzance, before I boarded a 16-seater twin-engine aircraft at Land’s End airport. The plane was so small I could have leaned forward and touched the pilot’s shoulder. Ten minutes later, the archipelago’s Caribbean-like blue waters were glistening below us. When you arrive in the Scillies from the mainland, it feels like you’ve journeyed back in time. It is so isolated and small – with a population of just 2,200 on five inhabited islands – that the sense of community is very strong, but also very welcoming. And it’s so safe (a recent job advert for a constable on “possibly the most enviable policing post in the UK or even the world” went … [Read more...] about Isles of Scilly holiday guide: what to do, plus the best beaches, restaurants and hotels
Business By Michelle Meehan Business reporter, New South Wales 11 July 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48935371 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Would you switch to drinking camel milk? Australia's growing number of camel farmers … [Read more...] about Would you drink camel milk?