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We cover the lives of violin makers, their best parts and worst parts, yesterday and today. Historical stories, interviews with experts and makers in the field. Omobono Stradivari was the least liked son of his father, Antonio, he was remembered in Antonio's will as a screw up. He is our north star. We are all part of this. We all belong exactly here.
 
The Breaking Barriers Podcast is a weekly conversation about changing the narrative for boys and young men of color in Buffalo, New York. Hosted by Daniel Robertson of Say Yes Buffalo, the podcast will feature guests who are working to change how young men of color are viewed and shine a spotlight on a lot of the work being done around creating a new narrative.
 
Olivia Wilder Times™ features celebrity and other unique guest interviews that are informal and conversational. The over 600 guests have included TV/FILM: Linda Evans, Beau Bridges, Andie MacDowell, La Toya Jackson, Eric Roberts, Sean Young, Richard Thomas, Billy Zane, Gilles Marini, Robert Townsend, Joanna Cassidy, Melora Hardin, Debi Mazar ; Justin Kirk, Clark Gregg, Tom Conti, Henry Goodman, Cung Le; Justin Chon and Solomon Trimble (Twilight); RuPaul, Josie Bissett, COMEDY: Dane Cook, Gre ...
 
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Tim Paine has announced he is taking a break from cricket. The former Australian test captain resigned from the captaincy last week over a sexting scandal and has now today announced a leave of absence from all forms of cricket for the "foreseeable future". The announcement came through a statement from Cricket Tasmania on Friday. The Peng Shuai sa…
 
Chinese tech giants including Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings were fined last Saturday for failing to report corporate acquisitions, adding to an anti-monopoly crackdown by the ruling Communist Party. The companies failed to report 43 acquisitions that occurred up to eight years ago under rules on “operating concentration,” according to the Stat…
 
The deaths of at least 27 people in the English Channel is fueling tensions between the U.K. and France over how to stop migrants from crossing the world’s busiest shipping route in small boats. Despite a pledge from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron that they would “do everything possible” to stop people smu…
 
Who should take over the leadership of the National Party? In the mix right now: Christopher Luxon, Simon Bridges, Mark Mitchell, Chris Bishop, and Shane Reti. Shane Reti is not an option. He helped Judith Collins commit the murder-suicide on Simon Bridges on Wednesday night so he’s too tainted. Chris Bishop is not an option yet. Too many people ar…
 
Australian cricketer Tim Paine has called time on his career for the foreseeable future. He released a statement on his decision through Cricket Tasmania earlier today, coming a week after resigning from the test captaincy after a sexting scandal. Meanwhile, fast-bowler Pat Cummins is set to become Australia’s 47th test captain, while former captai…
 
New Zealand news publishers want to be able to negotiate a better deal with Facebook and Google, who are regularly accused of stealing their content. They have asked the Commerce Commission for approval to collectively bargain with these tech giants. NZ Herald Business reporter Damien Venuto, who’s been speaking with Facebook and Google joined Heat…
 
A new Covid variant in South Africa has health experts concerned. It's believed to be more transmissible and vaccine-resistant than Delta. The UK has already shut their borders to six African countries which have detected the virus so far. Auckland University virus mutation expert Dr David Welch told Heather du Plessis-Allan it's definitely somethi…
 
The Police Commissioner doesn't expect to lose very many officers as a result of today's vaccine mandate. Police and Defence Force staff have to get their first dose by January 17 and the second dose by March 1. At the moment, up to 800 Police officers are unvaccinated. Andrew Coster told Heather Du Plessis Allan they'll consider giving people leav…
 
A slow move to introduce Rapid Antigen testing has been dubbed 'unfathomable'. That's from National's Covid response spokesperson after a report that finds New Zealand was ill-prepared for the Delta outbreak. Advisor Sir Brian Roche warned the health system's infrastructure was fragile - and stressed the need for rapid antigen testing. The tests wi…
 
Simon Bridges confirmed he is running for National Party leader once again after Judith Collins' ousting on Thursday. Guided-missile destroyer USS Howard arrived in Wellington this morning and is the first US Navy ship to visit New Zealand in five years. Newstalk ZB Political Editor Barry Soper joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVE…
 
Former Australia cricket captain Tim Paine is taking a leave of absence from all forms of cricket for the "foreseeable future", essentially ruling him out of the Ashes and putting his international career in serious doubt. Cricket Tasmania released a statement announcing the news on Friday morning and said it will "continue to support Tim and his f…
 
Judith Collins should think about leaving Parliament. This was the call from former National Party Cabinet minister Chris Finlayson this morning. He's bang on. Collins clearly doesn’t intend to. She’s taken to Twitter to confirm she’ll be standing again in the Papakura Electorate at the next election. But honestly, she shouldn’t even still be in Pa…
 
An advisory group says the Government was ill-prepared for the Delta outbreak. In a report written in September, advisor Sir Brian Roche said the health system's infrastructure was fragile and urged the importance of rapid antigen testing. He told Heather du Plessis-Allan other nations’ responses could have been enlightening. “We had the opportunit…
 
A reminder to prepare for home isolation, in case you're struck by Covid. The Student Volunteer Army is receiving over 350 referrals a day to gather supplies for families stuck in isolation with no other support. It's working the Covid Welfare Support team in Auckland, and is seeking volunteers to pack and deliver 200 food boxes this weekend. SVA C…
 
National MPs will elect a new leader on Tuesday after a bruising caucus session dumped Judith Collins on what has been described as "not our best day" for the party. Former leader Simon Bridges has revealed he is considering seeking a return to the role - saying National under Collins "haven't done a good enough job". Collins was removed in a vote …
 
Now listen up men, what comes to mind when you hear the word 'menopause'? Let's admit it, probably nothing, because according to Rod Stewart, men have absolutely no idea what it's about. Rod has admitted he nearly lost his marriage over it, and is now calling for all men to be given lessons. Health expert Niki Bezzant has done extensive research in…
 
Black Friday is tomorrow, but it feels like most of the sales have started. So what products are worth buying tomorrow? And how do we not end up getting duped by all this? Tech commentator Jordan Tini joined Heather du Plessis-Allan on how to not to make a fool out of yourself. LISTEN ABOVEעל ידי Newstalk ZB
 
The National Party is without a long-term leader, after Judith Collins was booted by the National caucus this morning. On the way out of Parliament today, Collins said she didn't regret last night's move against Simon Bridges Meanwhile, Simon bridges is tossing up whether to have another run at the top job. Caucus will vote in a new leader next Tue…
 
Another tool is being rolled out in the fight against Delta. Rapid antigen testing kits will be available in pharmacies from December 15 ... to be conducted under supervision. It's part of the Government's $1 billion investment package for living with Covid in the community. College of GPs Medical Director Bryan Betty says told Heather Du Plessis A…
 
A difficult decision to come for how National deals with the just rolled Judith Collins. Former MP David Carter told Heather du Plessis-Allan she led by fear, especially when it came to Nick Smith, Todd Muller and Simon Bridges. “I wouldn’t want to be in a caucus with her, but I have no respect for her, because she doesn’t keep her word at the best…
 
What the hell Judith Collins was thinking last night? Have we ever seen such epic own goal in politics? She tried to take out her biggest opponent in Simon Bridges, but she only ended up taking out herself. And let’s be clear, that is very much what last night was about, I reckon It was a desperate, dirty tactic to keep the leadership. She knew Bri…
 
Cosmetics brand Lush has removed of all its social media platforms, including Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat. The retailer says social media is a place no one should be encouraged to go and visit. In order to return to the platforms, Lush wants them to introduce best practice guidelines and have international regulations. Mike Lee, Associate Prof…
 
Kiwirail Group chief executive Greg Miller has resigned, effective immediately, due to the distraction of allegations in the media, which he denies. The acting chair of Kiwirail today announced that Miller said the allegations have become such a distraction, that he has decided that it was in the best interest of him, his family and Kiwirail to ste…
 
The developer of a big new housing development in south Auckland is disappointed and surprised that it got turned down by Kāinga Ora. The development is somewhat futuristic, think no cars or carparks, an electric shuttle fleet for transport people within the development and links to a local train station. Chris Meehan is the CEO of Winton and he jo…
 
Concerns New Zealand is still lagging behind on international travel. Vaxxed Kiwis flying home from Australia can skip MIQ from January 17, and from Feburary 14, they can do the same from any country. It will apply to fully vaccinated travellers from any country, from May. But people must still self-isolate seven days. Tourism Industry Aotearoa Chi…
 
A story was doing the rounds around a week ago about a possum that held a women hostage in her Dunedin home, which then made international news. The story gets weirder, it turns out the possum is actually someone's pet and she has a name. Otago Daily Times reporter Courtney White has been following the story and she joined Heather du Plessis-Allan.…
 
A suggestion the Official Cash Rate is going up too slowly. The Reserve Bank has lifted it to 0.75 percent, up from 0.5. Independent economist Tony Alexander told Heather du Plessis-Allan what's happening now is similar to events between 2004 and 2008. “When they increased interest rates, but they did it to slowly and in the end they had to cause a…
 
The plan to open our borders is about staggering the risk. Fully vaccinated New Zealanders can fly home from Australia without MIQ from January 16. They must self-isolate for seven days and undergo repeated testing. Since August 23, no fully vaccinated Aussie travellers in MIQ have tested positive for Covid. Covid Minister Chris Hipkins told Heathe…
 
Fully vaccinated Kiwis and travellers will be able to bypass New Zealand's managed isolation at the border from early next year. Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced a three-step approach that will allow fully-vaccinated people to travel more freely in and out of New Zealand from next year. Newstalk ZB political editor Barry Soper…
 
In an interesting move from Rotorua's Red Stag Timber, the company will pay back the wage subsidy it received last year, but not to the taxpayer. Instead, it will give every vaccinated employee $3000 for Christmas. Marty Verry is the CEO at Red Stag, and he joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVE…
 
Is there no end to the absurdity of this Government's decisions? They’ve today announced they will NOT free up MIQ in time for Christmas. Instead, Kiwis stuck in Australia have to wait to January 17 to isolate at home. Why do they have to wait? No reason; other than Jacinda, Grant and Chris have decided to ruin Christmas for families. Let’s be clea…
 
Australia is reopening its border to vaccinated international arrivals on work and student visas, as well as working holiday makers, from December. They'll join citizens, residents and their families who can come and go as they please, without having to go into isolation when they return. So what's this going to do for Australia's economic rebound?…
 
The lockdown was always going to leave a gaping hole for retailers, but how big was the question. Now the verdict is in. Retail spending volumes fell 8.1 percent in the September quarter, with food and beverage spending falling 19 percent. Brad Olsen is Infometrics' principal economist and he joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVE…
 
Fresh calls from the opposition today to at least open the borders to Australia to allow Kiwi families to reunite for Christmas. Chris Hipkins admitted in Question Time that of more than 2000 returning travellers from Australia since the bubble burst, just three had Covid, and none of them were vaccinated. Last night, Air New Zealand announced they…
 
A retired couple have been left terrified and fearing for their lives, since intimidating Kāinga Ora neighbours moved in earlier this year. The tenants are with Black Power, with one of the residents allegedly threatening the 82-year-old husband he would slit his throat. This weekend, Police were called to a violent gang party at the house, and a p…
 
Just as the Auckland borders will reopen, KiwiRail workers will strike. The union has announced it'll paralyse the network, including trains and ferries on Thursday 16 December and Friday 17 December. Wayne Butson, General Secretary and the Rail and Maritime Transport Union joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVE…
 
Brian and Hannah Tamaki have appeared in court for breaching alert level restrictions, for attending an anti-vaccine rally over the weekend. Brian Tamaki's also been charged with breaching bail conditions. NZME reporter who was at there for that, Miriam Burrell, joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVE…
 
The Government will release guidelines around vaccine mandates by mid-December that will help all businesses to figure out whether or not they can force staff to get jabbed. They've come up with four criteria, and if businesses meet at least three, they're cleared for a mandate: - Workers are in an area with less than 100m square indoor space - Wor…
 
Newstalk ZB Political editor Barry Soper joined Heather du Plessis Allan as the Government defends Kāinga Ora's no eviction policy, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern makes a second visit to Auckland, and Christopher Luxon plays it cool over the National Party leadership. LISTEN ABOVEעל ידי Newstalk ZB
 
Questions have been raised in an op-ed in the Sydney Morning Herald around whether or not the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics should be boycotted over human rights abuses. Activists are labelling them the Genocide Games with the persecution of the Uyghur's Muslims and now missing tennis star Peng Shuai. President Joe Biden is also expected to anno…
 
The whole country will move to the traffic lights system from next Friday, December 3. Bars, restaurants, gyms will only be open to vaccinated patrons. For Aucklanders, hairdressers and barbers will be allowed to open from this Thursday. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Grant Robertson told Heather du Plessis-Alan they want to trial the V…
 
Refining New Zealand has confirmed it will close its Marsden Point refinery in the first quarter of next year. Instead, Marsden point will be used as an import only terminal. Z energy was one of the stakeholders who voted to stop refining. Because margins had been volatile over recent years. 230 jobs will be lost when the refinery closes. John Carn…
 
Concerned residents are comparing the current state of the Auckland CBD to a crime ridden New York City in the 1980's. With an open letter to Chloe Swarbrick and Mayor Phil Goff, calling for officials to fix the city before it becomes a right off. The Herald reported back in August that over 1000 people had been assaulted in the CBD this year alone…
 
An investigation continues into the deaths of 19 fur seals along the Kaikoura Coast. At least eight were shot - and the other 11 deaths are being treated as suspicious. DOC South Marlborough Ops Manager Phil Bradfield told Heather du Plessis-Allan he can't understand the killings. “We’ve been quite gobsmacked by it, it’s a senseless killing, it’s i…
 
Aucklanders' lockdown locks can finally be tended ... come Thursday. The city's hairdressers and barbers will be the first to trial the Covid Vaccine Pass. Ashton and Gray Hair Design's Hailey Ashton told Heather du Plessis-Allan it's amazing news - but she foresees some issues with scanning passes. “The whole thing is quite disappointing. I have t…
 
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