Chris McKeen/Stuff Auckland's Gay and Lesbian Singers is an inclusive choir which has been singing from its own song sheet for 30 years now. A lot has changed since rainbow choir GALS (Gay and Lesbian Singers) was formed in 1992. In the 30 years since, discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation has been outlawed, same-sex marriage legalised, laws relating to legal sex changes amended, ‘X’ sex descriptors have become an option on New Zealand passports, and now conversion therapy has been banned . GALS formed when renowned choreographer Michael Parmenter needed singers for his extravagant performance at the first Hero Party in 1992, a precursor to today’s Pride Festival and a way to commemorate heroes fighting against Aids. The Big Gay Out was founded as part of the Hero festival in 2000. Kerry Stevens, who joined the choir in 2001 and later became chairperson, said that although GALS performed in subsequent Hero Parties, the performance in 1992 “was really … [Read more...] about Rainbow choir GALS hits all the right notes as it celebrates 30 years
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The number of passports lost by the Home Office tripled last year amid a backlog caused by the Covid pandemic, and staff working from home. A total of 312 passports were 'confirmed lost' between January 1 and October 31 in 2021 compared to 111 during the whole of 2020. This comes as more than half a million Britons are still waiting on their passport to be processed, with some 550,000 applications outstanding by the end of June - 10 per cent of which have been stuck in the system for more than 10 weeks. Between 200,000 and 250,000 passports are currently being processed every week, with 5million processed already this year - more than the whole of last year. The forecast is for the total to hit 9.5m by the end of the year against an annual average of 7m. A long queue of desperate holidaymakers stand outside the passport office in London Victoria on July 26 An interior view of Heathrow Airport on July 28 as holidaymakers face travel chaos leaving the … [Read more...] about Number of passports lost by the Home Office TRIPLED last year amid Covid backlog chaos
THE Water Snake in the Chinese zodiac identifies those born in 1953 and 2013. It is the sixth animal in the 12-year cycle and is also given to those born in 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, and 2025. What year is the Water Snake? Chinese zodiac signs identify birth years with certain animals including the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog and the Pig. The Water Snake identifies those born in 1953 and 2013. It is a sub-component of the Snake in the Chinese zodiac. Each zodiac sign also has its own element: Earth, Wood, Fire, Metal and Water, which add more uniqueness to the sign. Most read in Horoscopes MYSTIC MEG August 8: Trust your instincts and let others do the same MYSTIC MEG August 7: It's time to be honest and stop pretending about your feelings MYSTIC MEG Aries horoscope: What your star sign has in … [Read more...] about Chinese Zodiac animals: What is a Water Snake and what year is it?
Homicide detectives have determined that a 9-year-old boy was involved in a shooting that killed a 15-year-old girl in the Edmondson Village neighborhood of Baltimore on Saturday, CBS Baltimore reports . The boy was among the children on a porch, police said on Sunday. A weapon that was allegedly in his possession went off around 8 p.m., police said. Multiple witnesses told investigators he was playing with a loaded handgun when it accidentally discharged, police said. After a bullet struck 15-year-old Nykayia Strawder in the head, the boy dropped the gun and ran, according to authorities. An ambulance took the teen to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, police said. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison told reporters Saturday night that "there were multiple juveniles on that porch" and detectives were "working with multiple minor witnesses who all have parents and/or guardians we're working to contact." Officers ran the serial number on the … [Read more...] about 9-year-old boy shot 15-year-old girl to death on her dad’s porch, Baltimore police say
The Metropolitan Police strip-searched nearly 700 children, some as young as 10, between 2018 and 2020, it has been revealed. Black boys were disproportionately targeted by officers, according to the figures uncovered by the Children’s Commissioner in the wake of the Child Q scandal. That incident saw a teenage girl of colour on her period told to strip naked for a drug search by police without another adult present. No drugs were found. But the latest damning revelations to hit the force actually suggest the incident was not isolated – and suggests a ‘systemic problem’, Children’s Commissioner Dame Rachel de Souza said. Some 650 children aged 10-17 underwent the ‘intrusive and traumatising’ strip-searches by the Metropolitan Police over a two-year period, Scotland Yard’s figures show. Some 58% were described by the officer as being black, and more than 95% were boys. Dame Rachel warned: ‘I am not reassured that what happened to Child Q was an isolated issue, but … [Read more...] about Hundreds of children strip-searched by Met Police over two years
A 29-year-old Los Angeles bank executive was one of three people killed last week when lightning struck in a park across from the White House, his employer said. Brooks Lambertson, a vice president for City National Bank, was in Washington, D.C., on business when he was hit by lightning Thursday night in Lafayette Park, the bank said in a statement Saturday. A husband and wife from Wisconsin celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary were also struck by lightning and died. Lambertson managed sponsorships for the bank and previously worked in marketing for the Los Angeles Clippers, according to City National's statement. He lived in downtown LA. "Brooks was an incredible young man who will be remembered for his generosity, kindness and unwavering positivity," the statement said. "His sudden loss is devastating for all who knew him, and his family, friends and colleagues appreciate the thoughts and prayers that have poured in from around the country." He graduated from … [Read more...] about Third victim of lightning strike near White House identified as 29-year-old L.A. bank executive Brooks Lambertson
Police arrested a man in the death of his 2-year-old son, whom officials said died from injuries he suffered in his father's care at a Baton Rouge budget motel plagued by crime and safety issues in recent years. Police arrested Anderson King, 25, on a count of second-degree cruelty to juveniles after his son suffered fatal injuries at the OYO Hotel at 9999 Gwenadele Ave. on Saturday, said Baton Rouge Police spokesman Lt. Don Coppola. Coppola said police responded to a local hospital Sunday night, where the boy died of his injuries. Drug overdoses, shootings and at least one killing have beset that property in recent years — along with a slew of other low-cost motels in East Baton Rouge city-parish. This is a developing story and will be updated. … [Read more...] about Dad arrested in 2-year-old’s death at Baton Rouge motel plagued by problems, police say
THE Earth Horse is a Chinese zodiac sign given to those born in 1918 and 1978. The Horse is also given to those born in 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, and 2026. What year is the Earth Horse? Chinese zodiac signs identify birth years with certain animals including the Rat , the Ox , the Tiger , the Rabbit , the Dragon , the Snake , the Horse , the Goat , the Monkey , the Rooster , the Dog and the Pig . The Horse is the seventh animal of the Chinese zodiac. Each zodiac sign has its own element : Earth , Wood , Fire , Metal and Water , which add more uniqueness and characteristics to the sign. Most read in Horoscopes MYSTIC MEG August 8: Trust your instincts and let others do the same MYSTIC MEG August 7: It's time to be honest and stop pretending about your feelings MYSTIC MEG Aries horoscope: What your star sign has in store for August 7 to August 13 … [Read more...] about Chinese Zodiac animals: What is the Earth Horse horoscope and what year is it?
Hino Motors, a truck maker that’s part of the Toyota group, systematically falsified emissions data dating back as far as 2003, according to the results of an investigation released Tuesday. President Satoshi Ogiso bowed deeply at a hastily called news conference and apologised to customers and other stakeholders. “I am so deeply sorry,” he said. “Unfortunately, misconduct had been carried out for a widespread variety of models.” Teams that were developing engines knew they couldn’t meet targets and felt so pressured they falsified test results, Ogiso said. That led to more deception, as workers covered up their wrongdoing. No safety problems are believed to be involved, Ogiso said. READ MORE: Toyota's quarterly auto sales sag on computer chip crunch Nissan admits it found 'misconduct' in exhaust, fuel economy tests Subaru chief says inspections were flawed, like Nissan's Japan's Mitsubishi Motors finds falsified fuel mileage tests Hino acknowledged in March … [Read more...] about Japan truckmaker Hino says emissions data faked for 20 years
It has been the driest year since 1976 across swathes of the country, statistics have shown, with hosepipe bans expected to last until October. South-east England has had 144 days with little or no rain - the most in nearly half a century, according to Met Office figures. The second heat health alert of the summer has been issued for southern and central England from 6pm on Tuesday into the weekend, with temperatures expected to rise into the mid-30Cs in central and southern parts of the country. Plenty of warm weather is forecasted this week, but why is it so hot and how long will it last ? pic.twitter.com/HTNrsUwgbt — Met Office (@metoffice) August 8, 2022 The UK Health Security Agency has told people to check on friends and family, adding that those most vulnerable should keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm and stay hydrated. Millions of people in the South East are already facing restrictions on using hosepipes and sprinklers in their gardens, or … [Read more...] about Driest year for Britain since 1976 with hosepipe bans expected until October