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For GOP, tax bill's most visible win may be averting failure
Sun, 17 Dec 2017 02:55:07 +1200
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the sheer size and society-spanning impact of the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, the quickest and most potent political victory that Republicans would savor by pushing the bill through Congress next week may...
China, Britain pledge cooperation as UK leaves EU
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:45:08 +1200
BEIJING (AP) — Britain and China pledged Saturday to promote London as a center for offshore use of Beijing's currency and cooperate in clean energy research and promoting trade as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European...
Rules protecting coal miners' dust exposure up for review
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:35:07 +1200
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three years after the Obama administration lowered the allowable limits for miners' exposure to coal dust, the Trump administration has brought the standards up for review.Federal mining regulators indicated...
Rocket Lab delays launch until next year
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:22:02 +1200
After a week of waiting, Rocket Lab has called off the launch of its Electron rocket until early next year.The high-tech Kiwi company's had been hoping for the second test launch of the rocket off the Mahia Peninsula but it has...
Taken to the cleaners – why I regret buying bitcoin
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:46:35 +1200
Bitcoin has been hailed as "Gold 2.0" due to its revolutionary technology which combines currency with payment system. But there's a bit of a problem. For a currency supposedly designed to prevent the little guy getting ripped off...
Fewer frost days forecast as Central Otago climate changes
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:21:42 +1200
If changes in climate in Central Otago occur as projected, then many of the region's orchardists will be able to sleep through the spring nights.Bodeker Scientific's report ''The past, present and future climate of Central Otago''...
Shoppers storm Aldi supermarkets in Australia to snap up a bargain vacuum cleaner
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:53:46 +1200
Blink and you would have missed it.If you arrived just 30 seconds after Aldi opened its doors on Saturday morning, you would've failed to grab one of their most sought after item of the year — the Dyson vacuum cleaner.This morning,...
Low snow-pack levels will affect Meridian Energy's ability to create power
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:20:56 +1200
Meridian Energy's snow-pack is the furthest below average Forsyth Barr has seen, Forsyth Barr broker Damian Foster says.In theory there was only 305 gigawatt hours (GWh) worth of snow-melt to go into the lakes, 833GWh less than...
Highlights of GOP compromise bill to overhaul tax code
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:50:08 +1200
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in Congress have blended separate tax bills passed by the House and Senate into compromise legislation that seeks to achieve a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax code. GOP leaders are looking toward...
Queenstown tourism manager retires after 37-year career
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:49:22 +1200
Thursday marked the retirement of Tony McQuilkin, who was not only Queenstown's longest-serving tourism manager but also one of its most influential.McQuilkin has held management roles his entire 37-year career with Real Journeys,...
Procter & Gamble agrees to add activist investor to board
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:25:12 +1200
CINCINNATI (AP) — Procter & Gamble is adding Nelson Peltz to its board of directors, ending a proxy battle with the activist investor who has been seeking to shake up the consumer products giant.The announcement came after Peltz...
Inflammatory letter sheds light on Uber's alleged misconduct
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:20:07 +1200
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former Uber security specialist accused the company of dispatching a team of spies to steal its rivals' trade secrets and using shady tactics to thwart its competition in the ride-hailing market, according an...
How much would it cost to be Santa Claus? One company decided to find out
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:05:37 +1200
Ever wondered how Santa Claus is able to fund his yearly toy delivery?Well Serenataflowers.com has crunched the numbers and it appears that anyone wanting to take over from jolly old Saint Nick would have to splurge more than $25...
Disney-Fox deal may create a new nerdy nirvana
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:55:12 +1200
MENLO PARK, California (AP) — The coming union of the Disney and Fox media empires is set to create a new nirvana for fanboys and -girls, one that reunites superheroes and sci-fi characters long separated by an energy barrier of corporate...
Infamous 'Wolf of Wall Street' Jordan Belfort slams Bitcoin as a 'huge danger'
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:53:23 +1200
The real 'Wolf of Wall Street' who rose to infamy when he plead guilty to stockmarket manipulation has slammed Bitcoin, labelling the cryptocurrency a "huge danger."Jordan Belfort, the former stockbroker whose life was depicted...
Commuters lose transit, parking, biking benefits in tax bill
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:35:06 +1200
WASHINGTON (AP) — Count commuters among the losers in the Republican tax bill that the House and Senate are expected to vote on next week.The final bill agreed to by Republican negotiators and released late Friday eliminates the...
Airbus confirms management shake-up as plane-making chief departs
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:28:27 +1200
Airbus' chief executive will step down after his current term expires in 2019, and his heir apparent has said he will quit early next year as the aerospace giant faces an international investigation into corruption allegations.In...
Tax bill boosts oil, gas drilling _ and renewable energy
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:25:08 +1200
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republicans' tax package would boost traditional forms of energy such as oil and gas while also supporting renewable energy such as wind and solar power — and even extend a hand to buyers of electric cars.An...
Tax bill guts unpopular 'Obamacare' insurance mandate
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:15:09 +1200
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans didn't get their wish to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law, but the tax bill barreling toward a final vote in Congress guts its most unpopular provision, the requirement that virtually...
Why investing in Bitcoin is one of the 'craziest investment fads' ever
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:13:51 +1200
Answer this for me.A door-to-door salesman (think Avon, vacuum cleaners, etc) comes to your home and says;"I have a great new product I reckon you'd be interested in. It's a crypto-currency called Bitcoin.It's like a normal...

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