NZ politician’s hipster bodyguard
Jacinda Ardern has attracted a lot of headlines since she took over as leader of New Zealand’s Labour Party, but the latest round has nothing to do with her.
This time, her bodyguard is the one standing out of the crowd — quite literally.
For one thing, he towers above almost everyone he passes, and for another thing, he’s sporting a rather magnificent beard.
In fact, Kiwis were quick to start the #hipsterspook hashtag in his honour.
Unfortunately, Ms Ardern’s office has refused to comment about him or reveal his identity as officers “are meant to be covert”.
I’m all about Jacinda’s beardy hipster spook. pic.twitter.com/fwDe4R2UpD
— Carol Green (@carolgreen) August 20, 2017
– Ms Ardern, don’t touch that latte!
– Why, has it been spiked?
-No, the beans aren’t single-origin. Hell, they’re probably not even organic https://t.co/QInLn0l14H
— Dean Nimbly (@Dean_Nimbly) August 20, 2017
Grim warning about Australia
On the anniversary of the death of a young English tourist in Queensland, British backpackers have been told to contact their government if their working conditions in Australia are unsafe.
The advice, posted online by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Wednesday, warns tourists heading to Australia on working-holiday visas that while most enjoy their holiday, “occasionally issues can arise”.
In the first year of their trips, backpackers can choose to do 88 days of regional work, usually agricultural, so they can get a visa to stay in Australia for a second year.
But there have been reports of travellers being underpaid, or not at all, lured to places without work, having their passports taken and having to work in unsafe conditions.
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Supermarket pulls off racism stunt
A German supermarket has made a controversial point about racial diversity by removing all foreign products from its shelves.
Metro reports the Edeka supermarket in Hamburg said it wanted to confront racists with their own narrow-minded reviews.
For a day, it sold only German-made products, posting messages around the store that said things like “this shelf is boring without variety”.
Food imports are critical in Europe, where each region typically specialises in certain types of produce depending on its weather and culture.
Customers were shocked to find no Spanish tomatoes, no Greek olives, and no French cheese — only Germany’s own highly processed packaged food.
A spokesman said: “‘Edeka stands for diversity, and we produce a wide range of food in our assortment, which is produced in the different regions of Germany.
“But it is together with products from other countries that we create the unique diversity that our customers value.”
Pilot’s dramatic belly landing
A pilot has been forced to make a dramatic emergency landing at Bankstown Airport in Sydney’s west after his plane’s landing gear failed to engage.
The Piper Navajo came down on its belly just before 8pm last night, after circling the airport and number of times trying to fix the problem.
In audio obtained by Nine News, he can be heard saying: “I’ve pretty much done everything I can” before making plans to bring the aircraft down.
The light plane was owned by Wagga Air Centre, and was loaded with freight.
Only the pilot was on board, and he escaped without injury.
The incident is now being investigated.
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) August 23, 2017
Lotto giant manipulating the odds
Later today, Powerball will draw the second-largest lottery jackpot in its history — a whopping US$700 million (A$885 million).
Despite the enormous amount of money up for grabs, the Washington Post reports it’s actually harder to come up with the lucky numbers than ever before.
“Two years ago, your chances of becoming an instant millionaire were 1 in roughly 175 million. Now, the odds are 1 in roughly 292 million,” wrote Alex Horton.
It follows a series of tweaks to the way the came is played.
For one thing, in October 2015 the number of total balls was increased from 59 to 69 — and though players still only need to pick five numbers, the odds plummeted.
That hasn’t put people off though — the huge jackpot is proving irresistible for a huge number of casual lotto players, snapping up tickets by the thousands.
Kids take over news bulletin
British newsreader Alastair Stewart has proved he’s an incredibly good sport, after a young child took over his lunchtime bulletin.
“Joining me now are mum Lucy and her children George, and there right at the front of my desk, the delicious Iris — who will do whatever she chooses to do over the next couple of minutes,” he began bravely.
He was speaking to Lucy about George’s milk allergy, and while the little boy sat in his chair and politely answered questions, Iris ran amok.
First she attempted to climb onto the newsdesk, then she started bobbing up an down in front of the camera while her mother listed her brother’s symptoms.
Eventually, she went back to the desk and successfully climbed up, sitting directly in front of the host while he closed the segment.
“And that’s it this lunchtime. Mary Nightingale, I think, will have a more peaceful time at 6:30,” he joked before giving Iris a high-five.
A segment on milk allergies went awry for ITV’s Alastair Stewart. Courtesy: ITV
Rapid growth causes extreme stress
Melbourne will grow from 4.6 million people to more than six million by the end of the next decade, and a new report shows the city’s outer suburbs will soak up 42 per cent of that growth.
The auditor-general has found the relentless population growth is placing extreme stress on the city’s early childhood and healthcare services, and things like new maternity hospitals and kindergartens aren’t being properly planned.
It’s the fourth report in the past five years highlighting poor planning by successive Victorian state governments.
Hillary calls Trump a “creep”
Hillary Clinton has revealed she wanted to say “back up, you creep” to Donald Trump as he loomed behind her during the second presidential debate last year.
In an excerpt from her upcoming book on the 2016 campaign, What Happened, the defeated Democratic candidate describes how she felt “incredibly uncomfortable” when Mr Trump stood behind her during the televised debate in Missouri.
“This is not OK, I thought,” she writes in the excerpt released to MSNBC.
“It was the second presidential debate and Donald Trump was looming behind me.
“Two days before, the world heard him brag about groping women.
“Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked he followed closely, staring at me, making faces.
“It was incredibly uncomfortable.
— by James Law, click here to read more