- Britain’s first ‘instant’ homes billed as ‘solution to the housing crisis’
- 25-tonne three-bedroom semis are factory-built and delivered by truck
- Takes 3 weeks to build, 1 day to assemble/install on site
The Argentinians may as well give up, they are broke, march backwards and are never, ever going to get the Falklands back.
Argentina has accused Britain of provocative behaviour by planning to carry out military exercises in the Falkland Islands next week.
Deputy foreign minister Eduardo Zuain summoned the British Ambassador in Buenos Aires to protest over the “new show of military force”.
It is the latest diplomatic clash following heightened tensions over the territory since Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner took power in Argentina.
A spokesman for the Embassy of Argentina in London said: “The Government of the United Kingdom will conduct military exercises on occupied Argentine territory between 14 and 27 April, including missile launchings from the Malvinas Islands.¬†¬† Read more »
While my own case winds slowly through the judicial process, being opposed now by two recently appointed barristers, we can now see that other jurisdictions are catching up with developments in the media world.
In a court in Florida, in a similar case to my own, the court has found that a blogger and their blog can be and are considered to be media, and as a result can be considered a legitimate media property.
A few years ago, we¬†wrote about¬†the bizarre and quixotic effort by Florida businessman Christopher Comins to find any possible way to sue University of Florida student and blogger Matthew Frederick VanVoorhis for¬†his blog post¬†concerning a widely publicized event in which Comins¬†shot two dogs¬†in a field (video link). The story made lots of news at the time, but Comins didn’t go after any of the major media — instead targeting VanVoorhis for a defamation suit. The original blog post is “novelistic” but it’s difficult to see how it’s defamatory. Either way, Comins’ case was¬†shot down¬†on fairly specific procedural grounds: namely that Florida defamation law requires specific notice be given to media properties at least 5 days before a lawsuit is launched. Specifically, the law says:
Before any civil action is brought for publication or broadcast, in a newspaper, periodical, or other medium, of a libel or slander, the plaintiff shall, at least 5 days before instituting such action, serve notice in writing on the defendant, specifying the article or broadcast and the statements therein which he or she alleges to be false and defamatory.
Comins’ lawsuit was dumped because he failed to give such notice. Comins argues that he did give such a notice (though the letter he sent did not meet the requirements of such notice under the law) and (more importantly for this discussion) that VanVoorhis’ blog did not count as a media publication, and thus the law did not apply. The original court ruling rejected that pretty quickly, and now on appeal, a state appeals court has¬†not just rejected Comins’ anti-blog claim more thoroughly, but also highlighted¬†the importance of blogs to our media landscape. ¬† Read more »
After yesterday’s Roy Morgan poll perhaps Labour might just start realising that no one cares about their silly pursuit of Judith Collins and voters simply believe that they are unfit to govern.
The poll delivers a shock for Labour, this is their favoured indicator, and proves the lie that Labour’s own internal polling is showing them at 34%.
Playing the nasty and not focussing on policies that matter to Kiwi voters is really starting to hurt them. But they are now past the point of no return for David Cunliffe and have to stick it out with a naff leader that no one likes or no one believes.
When you add on these results to the dramatic boundary changes you are going to see Labour MPs disappear back to their electorates in an attempt to shore up their own support. Watch as Ruth Dyson, Clayton Cosgrove and a number of other MPs spend considerably more time in their electorates than in Wellington.
Today‚Äôs New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows a large jump in support for National (48.5%, up 5.5%) now with its largest lead over a potential Labour/Greens alliance (40%, down 5%) since July 2013 as New Zealanders celebrated the visit of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Support for Key‚Äôs Coalition partners is little changed with the Maori Party 1% (down 0.5%), ACT NZ (0.5%, unchanged) and United Future 0% (down 0.5%).¬† Read more »
Using public money to build a dodgy dam that needs farmer buy in was always going to be risky, and just because farmers are offered a lot of water doesn‚Äôt mean they were going to buy it, especially if it is not economically viable for them to buy it.
The socialists at the Hawke‚Äôs Bay Regional Council are learning the hard way this important lesson.
Andrew Newman, chief executive of the council-run Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company, said on Tuesday a key consideration now is whether it has what is known as an operable consent – whether the conditions imposed by the Board of Inquiry still make the plan financially viable.
“We’ve got to work through a process essentially to see whether we think it’s workable or not.
[...] ¬†¬† Read more »
The City of Portland is dumping a gazillion litres of water because some oik whizzed in it.
The city of Portland, Oregon, has been forced to dump millions of gallons of drinking water. Why?
Because someone urinated into a water reservoir.
Surprising still, this isn’t the first time this has happened.
The latest incident took place about 1 a.m. Wednesday. Cameras captured three teens near the Mount Tabor Reservoir No. 5. One of them approached the iron fence and apparently got close enough to relieve himself directly into the reservoir.
The three teens were apprehended, and the 50-million-gallon reservoir was taken offline for testing.¬† Read more »
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It goes without saying, taking selfies next to an oncoming train is a really bad idea.
Actually, it probably does need saying, because this guy apparently thought it was the perfect setting for a short film, featuring himself.
The ‚Äėhero‚Äô of this story is so busy lining his face up with the camera he doesn‚Äôt notice a mysterious boot heading straight for his face.
One moment he‚Äôs shooting footage of himself looking mean and moody ‚Äď the next he‚Äôs being kicked by a train conductor.
Clearly shocked by the assault, he exclaims: ‚ÄėWow, that guy kicked me in the head.‚Äô
The drive-by kicking happens so fast it‚Äôs almost impossible to make out how the drama unfolds. – Metro
Fortunately, it was all caught on video. I don’t see the problem with stupidity colliding with a boot. What an idiot. I’d kick him in the head too, a gentle reminder that a train hits harder than a boot.
4Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip; liars pay close attention to slander.