VIDEO: 80-year-old hotel owner being forced by police to house numerous African migrants as he desperately tries to resist government confiscation of his property.
Amid a global wave of anti-establishment anger, Italy may be the next in line for upheaval after a Sunday referendum that could topple Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and cast the nation into political crisis.
With Britain quitting the European Union and Donald Trump headed to the White House, Italy’s anti-immigrant Five Star Movement, led by a caustic comedian-turned-politician, is poised to capitalize on voter anger over a stagnant economy and a surge in migration from North Africa.
If Italians reject constitutional reforms championed by Renzi, he has vowed to resign, opening the door to a gust of financial uncertainty that could set off an Italian banking crisis. A defeat for Renzi would also embolden populists across Europe, where elections in France and Germany next year threaten to deliver Euroskeptics as leaders of the bulwarks of European unity. Read the rest of this entry »
The government’s parent migrant sponsorship scheme is a complete farce that has been costing New Zealand taxpayers millions of dollars a year, says New Zealand First Deputy Leader Ron Mark.
“Migrants who bring their parents here are supposed to sponsor them for five years but the minister admitted in Parliament today, they don’t have to pay for their living costs which reveals what a shambles the scheme is.
“Earlier the minister confessed the scheme has cost New Zealand taxpayers tens of millions of dollars because the parents have gone to the state to get income support since their children were not supporting them.
“The government is now extending the sponsorship requirement from five to 10 years which is a joke since the five year scheme is clearly dysfunctional.
“To add insult to injury, when the children decide they want to go to greener pastures and live somewhere else overseas, they dump their parents here under the care of the New Zealand taxpayer and leave.
“In Parliament the minister said requiring the children to take their parents with them when they left New Zealand was not ‘necessary or appropriate’ baffles belief.
“The children wanted the parents with them when they first came to New Zealand – why not the same when they leave to live in another country?
“National are not interested in cutting immigration but are allowing New Zealand to be taken as a country of gullible fools,” says Mr Mark.
Foreigners’ appetite for New Zealand land rose 442 per cent in the first 10 months of this year compared to the same time last year, official data shows.
Overseas Investment Office (OIO) revealed that from January to October last year, foreign entities got consent for deals involving 65,838 hectares gross of New Zealand land area. But in the same time this year, that rose to 357,318ha.
The biggest freehold land deal approved this year involved 4973ha of Marlborough forestry property to be purchased, followed by a 3841ha deal for Wairarapa land, then 3551ha of land around Lake Tekapo. Read the rest of this entry »
A Chinese company is planning to build more than 1000 new apartments beside the Southern Motorway in Manukau, some places aimed at first home buyers.
Changda International, which also this week announced a huge new Orewa housing estate, has today announced “more than 1100 homes” on a 9.4ha site declared a Special Housing Area which means 10 per cent of the places must be affordable or below $600,000.
“Pacific Gardens, which has Special Housing Area (SHA) zoning, will eventually deliver more than 1100 homes into the Auckland market. Some of those homes will be social housing and more are targeted at first home buyers, meeting SHA requirements. A diverse mix of housing will create a similarly diverse community with homes for professional couples, empty nesters and families across all cultures and demographics,” said a statement from Changda. Read the rest of this entry »
Sellner (pictured) is the co-founder of the Austria’s Identitären Bewegung (Identitarian Movement), a collection of young, anti-immigrant Austrians who describe themselves as “right-wing hipsters.” The IB, as Sellner calls the organization for short, is rising in popularity in Austria. It considers itself among the most successful right-wing youth movements in Europe, and that is causing concern.
A Rotorua kebab shop has been fined for failing to pay an employee who worked 78 hours a week the minimum wage or holiday pay.
Just Kebab Limited have been ordered by The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) to pay a $40,000 penalty and $33,661 in arrears to an employee for failing pay minimum wage, holiday pay, or keep accurate employment records.
The employee, Yusuf Corten, will receive half of the $40,000 penalty.
Just Kebab Limited operated a Kebab shop called “Just Kebabs” in Rotorua.
A Somali-born student at Ohio State University injured 11 people, one of them critically, on Monday when he attacked a crowd of pedestrians on campus in an incident one lawmaker said “bears all the hallmarks of a terror attack.”
Authorities said Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, plowed a small gray Honda into the crowd outside Watts Hall, an engineering classroom building, just before 10 a.m. ET. Artan then got out of the vehicle and attacked people with a butcher knife before he was shot and killed by a campus police officer. Read the rest of this entry »
After months of wrangling, Parliament has passed a contentious new snooping law that gives authorities - from police and spies to food regulators, fire officials and tax inspectors - powers to look at the internet browsing records of everyone in the country.
The law requires telecoms companies to keep records of all users’ web activity for a year, creating databases of personal information that the firms worry could be vulnerable to leaks and hackers.
Civil liberties groups say the law establishes mass surveillance of British citizens, following innocent internet users from the office to the living room and the bedroom. Read the rest of this entry »
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