Aus & NZ

Australian billionaires face steep challenge to mine coal in Canada’s Rocky Mountains

Benga chief executive John Wallington said it believed the regulator’s conclusions and reasoning contained material errors of law.Mr Wallington said the regulator ignored the support shown by First Nations traditional owners for the relevant mine lands and gave preference to laymen analysis over scientific evidence.“The joint review panel could have addressed any valid concerns with…

Surviving Tokyo 2020 gets even harder

Murray Hutton of Mount Colah writes: “Watching the Olympic Games coverage via the internet, the women’s cycling road race had an icon of a shooter next to it. What a great innovative move this would be, having snipers posted along the route. What next? Swimming with mini-subs lurking at the bottom of the pool? Pole…

Liam Sharma’s pick of the new skincare products

My Instagram feed is continuously bombarded with new product releases and limited-edition product spins. My bank account can’t keep up and neither can I any more. If there is one thing the world is not short of, it’s a new lightweight moisturiser. I don’t buy skincare on a whim. Sometimes, because of my job, I’m…

How to get the wardrobe you want on the budget you have

You don’t have to break the bank for your perfect wardrobe. Monique Doy knows all the secrets to give you the wardrobe you want within your budget. I started as a stylist when I had a 2-year-old and a 6-month-old, I didn’t have money to spend on weekly shopping trips and designer clothes. But I…

Meander: Breathtaking, harrowing, immersive horror that’s one of the year’s best

Meander is now available to rent on YouTube and Google Play.Meander (R16, 91mins) Directed by Mathieu Turi ****½ Fiendish in its simplicity, this breathtaking, harrowing French horror is the 21st century cinematic holy grail Cube fans have been searching for. Like Vincenzo Natal’s much loved 1997 Canadian chiller, this places the protagonists and the viewer…

Midwife building a garden of solidarity for Southland mums

Robyn Edie/StuffA birdbath donated by the Rotary Club in the 70s will form part of a new Maternity Memory Garden for parents who have lost infants. Midwife Sara Evans says it’s not something people talk about.Midwife Sara Evans’ job lets her share in the absolute joy of the whānau she works with, but she also…

Dieter Brummer, former Home & Away heartthrob, dead at 45

Former Home and Away star Dieter Brummer has died, aged just 45.Brummer played Shane Parrish, love interest and eventual husband of Melissa George’s Angel Brooks, on Seven’s long-running soap from 1991 to 1996, appearing in 557 episodes. He also appeared in Neighbours, Underbelly and Winners & Losers.Dieter Brummer, pictured here at the 2010 DVD launch…

Mexico suffers bloody fallout of cartel rivalry

World26 Jul, 2021 04:30 AM7 minutes to readRelatives cry outside a house where two young men were gunned down in Fresnillo, Zacatecas state, Mexico. Photo / APWhen they heard gunfire in the valley, residents locked their doors and cowered inside their homes. Some 200 armed men had just looted a gas station, according to a…

Samoa election: New government expects to take up office tomorrow

WEBSITE OF THE YEARAPP OF THE YEARWorld26 Jul, 2021 04:26 AM3 minutes to readSamoa’s new Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa. Photo / APBy RNZSamoa’s first woman prime minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, expects her new government to be able to take up office tomorrow morning.After a political impasse of over three months since Samoa’s election, the…

Tokyo Olympics LIVE updates: Titmus wins gold in thrilling 400m freestyle final as McKeon claims bronze, Australian rugby sevens and Gilmore suffer shock loss

Key posts1 of 8When to watch the best Australian action today4.31pmMillman outAustralian tennis player John Millman is out of the men’s singles, losing in three sets to Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, 6-4 6-7 6-3.4.24pmAussies trail in beach volleyballBy Anthony ColangeloAustralia’s men’s beach volleyball team have lost the first set of their match against Russia, 21-14.…

Titmus topples Ledecky in 400m freestyle showdown, McKeon wins bronze in butterfly

Titmus’s parents, watching from Queensland with other family members of Australia’s swimming team, were ecstatic.“I can’t believe it. I’ve lost my voice,” said Titmus’s father Steve. “Unbelievable. Just quite extraordinary. She’s done it. She’s actually done it.”Ariarne Titmus after winning gold in the 400m freestyle final. Credit:Clive RoseHer mother Robyn added: “She’s just focused, determined,…

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