Published 5 September Share close Share page Copy link About sharing A 12-year-old drummer said she had mixed emotions performing at Wembley Stadium as part of a memorial concert for Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. Nandi Bushell, from Ipswich, joined the band onstage and took Hawkins' place on the drum stool for Learn To Fly. Hawkins died earlier this year while the band were in South America. Nandi said: "It was amazing to play Wembley, but at the same time it was really sad." She was one of many musicians to fill Hawkins' seat on Saturday in London , including Blink-182's Travis Barker, Foo Fighters' bandleader Dave Grohl and Hawkins' 16-year-old son, Shane. The young drummer, who goes to school in Ipswich, went viral after challenging Dave Grohl to a drum battle during lockdown. Grohl introduced her as "one of the most badass drummers I've ever met in my … [Read more...] about Foo Fighters: Girl, 12, drums at Taylor Hawkins memorial gig
The final stage of a $10m South Taranaki roading project is about to begin. Nukumaru Station Road is being extended six kilometres to Waiinu Beach. At present, only one route – Waiinu Beach Rd – leads to the coastal community, where about 70 people live, and the Silver Ferns Farm food processing operation. Booth were cut off in June 2015 after floods closed the Limeworks Bridge, which takes Waiinu Beach Rd over the Waitotara River. READ MORE: South Taranaki Council long term fund performs strongly First sod cut for $10m road to Waiinu Beach in South Taranaki Council to revisit Māori representation, three years early It was the fourth time in 26 years that the bridge had to be closed for a significant period of time. The South Taranaki District Council decided to extend Nukumaru Station Road to provide a second route in and out. The first sod was turned in June 2021, and the remaining land acquisitions have now been finalised, South Taranaki District Council … [Read more...] about Last stage of $10m South Taranaki road extension set to start
A teenager has been charged after a suspicious house fire in South Taranaki. Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) crews responded to the blaze at a Skeet Rd property near Kapuni about 3.30pm on Thursday. No one was injured in the fire. FENZ central shift communications manager Murray Dunbar said the blaze was put out quickly by crews. A second alarm was initially activated due to the location of the fire, but was called off, Dunbar said. The cause of the fire was under investigation. A police media spokesperson said an 18-year-old man was arrested on Thursday night in relation to the fire. He is due to appear in the Palmerston North District Court on October 4. A St John spokesperson said it was notified about the incident, but were stood down as no assistance was required. Taranaki Daily News … [Read more...] about Teen arrested after suspicious house fire in South Taranaki
Hurricane Ian is expected to hit the U.S. again Friday as thousands clean up in Florida after the powerful storm left a trail of destruction there. As of 7 a.m., the Category 1 storm is in the Atlantic and is expected to make landfall later in the day in South Carolina. Life-threatening storm surge and hurricane conditions are expected by the afternoon. Related: How to avoid scams with Hurricane Ian recovery efforts Meanwhile, forecasters are tracking a new disturbance in the Atlantic that they say could develop into a tropical depression. The depression they were tracking Thursday in the Atlantic has dissipated. Neither storm poses a threat to Louisiana. Here's the latest from the National Hurricane Center as of 7 a.m. Friday. Tropical Storm Ian Hurricane Ian has strengthened in the Atlantic and is expected to make yet another landfall in the U.S. This time, the storm is forecast to move ashore in South Carolina. Life-threatening flooding, storm surge and … [Read more...] about Hurricane Ian aims at South Carolina, while another disturbance pops up in Atlantic
By Raffi Berg Published 1 hour ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing About 20 members of a Jewish sect held at a facility in Mexico after a police raid on their jungle base have fled. Footage showed men, women, and children streaming out of the site in Huixtla, in the west, on Wednesday night. They had been there since the raid last Friday when two members were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking and serious sexual offences. The sect, Lev Tahor, is known for extremist practices and imposing a strict regime on its followers. It advocates child marriage, inflicts harsh punishments even for minor transgressions and requires women and girls as young as three years old to completely cover up with robes. Local media said members of the group had been protesting against their detention since their arrival, including rioting and assaulting personnel. … [Read more...] about Lev Tahor Jewish sect members held in Mexico escape
The man who was about to interview Salman Rushdie at the Chautauqua Institution last Friday when a would-be murderer ran onstage with a knife is a 73-year-old former telemarketing entrepreneur from Pittsburgh named Henry Reese. He wears bow ties and speaks with a low-key, husky voice and shuns attention. But Reese and his wife, Diane Samuels, are two of the more remarkable ordinary people in America. They’ve transformed a blighted Pittsburgh street into a haven for persecuted writers and artists from around the world. It’s called City of Asylum, and it’s a physical manifestation of the universal value of free expression. This achievement has something to do with what happened on Friday, two and a half hours north of Reese’s home turf. The Chautauqua Institution is an idyllic lakeside community, with an entry gate and streets lined by picturesque Victorians, where paying visitors—a lot of them retirees from the Midwest, more middle class than coastal culture seekers—stay for a summer … [Read more...] about Free Speech Can’t Survive as an Abstraction
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?
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?
More than 40,000 workers from Network Rail and 15 train operating companies will strike on Saturday, October 8 in the long-running dispute over pay, jobs and conditions, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) announced. Rail strikes are already planned on Saturday, October 1 and Wednesday, October 5, threatening fresh travel chaos for passengers. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said it was encouraging that the new Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan had met the union in the dispute about pay, job cuts and changes to terms and conditions. “We welcome this more positive approach from the government to engage with us as a first step to finding a suitable settlement. “However, as no new offer has been tabled, our members have no choice but to continue this strike action. “We will continue to negotiate in good faith, but the employers and government need to understand our industrial campaign will continue for as long as it takes,” he said. ( Image: Getty … [Read more...] about Train strikes: More than 40,000 workers to walk out for 24 hours – see list of companies
The London Marathon 2022 will be held on Sunday, October 2 this year and is set to be the last marathon to be held in October as the event will return to its regular format next year. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic , the race was postponed from April until October to maximise the chances of a mass participation event. Crowds are expected in the city this weekend to watch the marathon, which will also be televised for those who wish to watch at home. However, if you wish to watch the race in person this year, you could struggle to reach the start line due to the train strikes that are taking place in London this weekend. Here's everything you need to know how the tube strikes will affect the London Marathon this weekend: What time will the London Marathon start this year? Mo Farah will be running the London Marathon again this year ( Image: REUTERS) The mass participation event will see the first runners start off at around 9.40am, with the last runners … [Read more...] about Best way to get to London Marathon 2022 start line during Saturday’s train strike