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Marcel Sternberger was a methodical man of nearly 50, with bushy white hair, guileless brown eyes, and the bouncing enthusiasm of a czardas dancer of his native Hungary. He always took the 9:09 Long Island Railroad train from his suburban home to Woodside, N.Y.., where he caught a subway into the city. On the morning…

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‘The winds have changed’: Thousands gather for Invasion Day rally

Protesters were told to use hand sanitiser frequently and wear face masks and most appeared to do so, but social distancing was difficult.The Aboriginal leader said that there was a “deliberate ignorance” in Australia about the history of the land. “The British tried everything to eradicate us after their invasion but it didn’t work.”“We want…

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    Stratford Taxi operator pleads not guilty to drug charges

    Taranaki-Daily-NewsMargaret Jean O'Brien, 70, has pleaded not guilty to drug and money laundering charges and has been remanded, on bail, to reappear in the Hāwera District Court on March 9. (file photo)The operator of a Taranaki taxi service has pleaded not guilty to charges laid after one of the region’s largest methamphetamine busts. Police made…

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      Fire rips through home and heart of Nelson family

      MARTIN DE RUYTER/STUFFBarbara Strang and her son Colin Strang escaped from a fire in their Washington Valley Rd home.The occupants of a Nelson house gutted by fire have escaped with their lives but lost their possessions and a family pet in the frightening incident. Colin Strang and his mother Barbara were the only occupants at…

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        Air New Zealand blacklists Napier man after bomb joke at airport

        John Hawkins/StuffInvercargill Airport was evacuated last week after a Napier man allegedly said he had a bomb in his bag.A 58-year-old man who joked about a bomb being in his bag has reportedly been blacklisted from flying with Air New Zealand. Napier man Stewart George Dempsey, a driver, appeared in the Invercargill District Court on…

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            Round-the-world solo sailor Elana Connor steers clear of her fears

            Unknown/StuffSingle-handed sailor Elana Connor sails her 10.4m yacht Windfola down the North Island's east coast, past Motukokako Island off Cape Brett.A change of plans for round-the-world single-handed sailor Elana Connor means she's helping Kiwi kids in foster care to go sailing - as she also seeks to 'demystify' the sport for women. Elana Connor wears…

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              Covid-19: Australia one-way travel suspension a ‘cautionary message’, foreign affairs minister says

              JASON DORDAY/STUFF David Robert Pickard is among the Kiwi passengers denied entry to Australia due to a temporary ban on quarantine-free flights following the new Northland community case.Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta says Australia’s 72-hour suspension of a one-way travel bubble with New Zealand is a “cautionary message” to international travellers. New Zealand’s trans-Tasman neighbour…

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                  Sailing stars Peter Burling, Blair Tuke awarded Lonsdale Cup

                  Dave Rowland/Getty ImagesOlympic sailors Peter Burling, left, and Blair Tuke pose with the trophy after being presented with the Lonsdale Cup on Tuesday.Men’s 49er sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have been awarded the Lonsdale Cup for 2020, following a dominant performance to retain their world championship title. The Lonsdale Cup is the New Zealand…

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                    Broken Wellington wastewater pipe installed around time of WWI.

                    Tom Hunt/StuffWellington Water faces multiple challenges as it races to fix the latest broken wastewater pipe in the central city.Crews are in a race against time to prevent thousands of litres of sewage from spilling into the Wellington harbour. Sewage flowed out onto the road after a pre-World War I pipe ruptured at the intersection…

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                      New Zealand’s psychological crisis putting lives at risk

                      123RFA shortage of psychologists means people who desperately need help have a sometimes months-long wait. (file photo)New Zealand is in a psychological crisis. More people than ever are seeking help but a shortage of psychologists is making it harder for them to get it. And in some cases that can be fatal. Access to mental…

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                        Dust and snowflakes add up to gongs for standout scientists

                        Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger has been appointed a companion of the order of Australia for service to mathematics and education and as a champion of women in science, engineering, technology and mathematics.Professor Praeger, a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, has made major contributions to the mathematics of symmetry – which gives nature its…

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                        ‘Below our expectations’: Fox Sports apologises for W-League glitches

                        Former Matilda Kate Gill, the co-chief executive of Professional Footballers Australia, said the financial investment and exposure provided by broadcasters into the W-League has been “critical” in the growth and success of the competition since its inception.“However, this only makes it more imperative that the game holds itself to professional standards,” Gill said.“When it does…

                        ‘Challenging and dangerous’: Severe fire risk ahead after stifling night

                        Melburnians sweltered through a sticky night with the temperature not falling below 24.8 degrees. By 7.30am on Monday, the temperature at Melbourne’s Olympic Park was 30.2 degrees.At Melbourne Airport, the temperature didn’t drop below 28 degrees.Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Christie Johnson said the mercury was expected to peak mid-afternoon, before a gusty cool change…

                        Coronavirus updates LIVE: Victoria records six new COVID-19 cases in hotel quarantine and no new local cases; today marks one year since Australia’s first confirmed cases

                        SummaryThe Therapeutic Goods Administration, the country’s medical regulator, has provisionally approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in Australia. Victoria has recorded six new COVID-19 cases among returned travellers in hotel quarantine, and no new locally acquired cases for the 19th straight day. New South Wales recorded no new local cases for the eighth consecutive day. Three new…

                        Fire engulfs New Plymouth house, roof partially collapses

                        Two adults and a baby escaped a New Plymouth home before it went up in flames, seeing its roof partially collapse, on Monday morning. Emergency services were called to a property on the corner of Parsons St and Glenpark Ave, Frankleigh Park, around 9.40am. New Plymouth senior station officer Blake Marston said they could see…

                        ‘We want revenge’: Violent demonstrations signal a fractured left

                        Washington: The hundreds of far-left and anarchist demonstrators who gathered in protest mere hours after President Joe Biden swore the oath of office on Wednesday signal a fracturing on the left that could become a scourge for the new administration, political leaders and experts say.Some activists are carrying their destructive tactics into a new administration…

                        Why do our police keep avoiding electric vehicles?

                        The New South Wales Police Force has confirmed it will be testing a fully electric Hyundai Kona for twelve months as part of the Crime Prevention Unit as well as for community engagement. That’s a great move by the NSW Police but it also begs the question – why aren’t we doing the same? Electric…

                        Taranaki teen wins national boxing title

                        GLENN JEFFREY/StuffArohaina Dean, 14, has just won a national age group title in the NZ National Amateur Boxing Championships in Porirua.Training six days a week has paid off for amateur boxer Arohaina​ Dean, 14, who has just won a national title. The New Plymouth teen was one of four members of the Box Office boxing…

                        Different species of humans? | FFT

                        The Mind Virus saga has highlighted one important fact: Most human beings are incapable of critical thought, react to basic emotional stimuli and can’t comprehend observable reality. As the NPC mentality of the masses becomes more prevalent in times of crisis, could there be an alternative reason as to why this actually exists? Are we…

                        Federation, reflection days can mark progress, history

                        There is clearly an appetite in this country to annually renew and celebrate our national spirit while reflecting on the sins of our beginnings (“Date with destiny”, January 23-24). Moving Australia Day to January 1, the date of Federation in 1901, would allow us to mark the first steps towards independence from Great Britain without…

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