Barry Manilow’s Greatest Hits Played on Loop to Get Rid of Anti-Vax Protesters in New Zealand

New Zealand authorities blasted out Barry Manilow’s greatest hits in a bid to disperse anti-vaccine protesters camped out for days in front of the country’s parliament building. The protesters remain, however. According to local media reports, Parliament Speaker Trevor Mallard made the decision to play Manilow on loop after the protests in Wellington went on … Read more

Hardie Grant acquires Barratt book on dating apps

14 Feb 2022 @booksandpublishing Hardie Grant Books has acquired world rights to Tinder Translator: An A–Z of modern misyogyny by Aileen Barratt, via Jacinta di Mase at Jacinta di Mase Management. Based on Barratt’s Instagram account of the same name, Tinder Translator is described by the publisher as ‘part reference, part rant, part rallying… Category: … Read more

US aims to counter China by opening Solomon Islands embassy

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – The US says it will open an embassy in the Solomon Islands, laying out in unusually blunt terms a plan to increase its influence in the South Pacific nation before China becomes “strongly embedded.” The reasoning was explained in a State Department notification to Congress that was obtained by The … Read more