Neighbours of the four houses being used for The Block TV series in the North Shore suburb of Takapuna say the huge construction effort is affecting their daily lives and impinging on their privacy. Linda Haynes lives next door and says her biggest concern is that the council is letting the production company break “all sorts of rules” to allow the show to go ahead
ORANGE SYRINGE Tom Morgan (Southbound) Nothing proves a singer-songwriter’s limitations more than being known for his time in a grunge band and writing great songs for a far prettier (and vocally talented) band. Tom Morgan’s past credits include Aussie slacksters Smudge and songwriting credits for The Lemonheads
The government has not had a lot of ideas for what to do about the nation’s anemic job market, but there are troubling signs that one old idea is starting to reemerge: child labor. In the first part of the 20th century, there was a concerted effort to end the scourge of children working in factories and textile mills
It seemed, on the face of things, to make sense: The first gate of the Morganza Spillway opened on Saturday afternoon, sending 10,000 cubic feet of Mississippi River water churning south toward the Atchafalaya Basin, all part of a concerted effort to help relieve pressure on burdened levees protecting Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak has yet to answer his people’s demands to step down, but echoes of that call are reverberating around the region.
On a recent Sunday afternoon, Joy Santiago, a real estate agent, stood atop the front steps of a vacant eight-bedroom Colonial-style mansion, bullhorn in hand. “All right, 10 minutes,” she declared, ushering in the 50 or so people on the Lonely Homes Tour, an aggressive effort to sell foreclosed properties in Indian Village, one of Detroit’s last solidly middle-class neighborhoods.
Fresh from medical school, Anna Bgenholm chose to do her residency in the Norwegian city of Narvik because of its spectacular mountain slopes. An expert skier, Bgenholm had gone off the trail with two other young doctors on a warm spring afternoon when she fell.
The bank that never sleeps is holding an all-night sale. Citigroup, in an effort to improve its bottom line and repay the government, has put a “for sale” sign on numerous pieces of its business, downsizing what once was the nation’s largest bank
It’s been well established that Drew Barrymore is both adorable and a free spirit. Who else could show up to the Toronto premiere of her first directorial effort, the roller derby-themed film Whip It, with a hair-do that looked like something put together by a bored Jolie-Pitt child during an unsupervised hour at the chateau?
U.S. President Barack Obama urged the International Olympic Committee on Friday to pick his hometown of Chicago as the host of the 2016 Games, saying the city represents the American dream as well as the Olympic spirit.