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Source of nasty Novak leak revealed!

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Just one day after video footage was leaked of two Seven newsreaders slamming Novak Djokovic, an investigation by the television network </span><a rel="noopener" href="" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">has identified the culprit</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">All Channel 7 employees have been cleared of leaking the brutal footage, as reported by </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Australian</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, with one key detail identifying the external company who was responsible.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The footage emerged on Wednesday of Mike Amor and Rebecca Maddern calling the tennis star an “a**hole” before the airing of the 6pm bulletin, prompting the pair to </span><a rel="noopener" href="" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">make headlines</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> around the country.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Whatever way you look at it, Novak Djokovic is a lying, sneaky a**hole,” Maddern said in the clip.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That’s it, I mean he’s an areshole. He got a bulls*** f***ing excuse and then fell over his own f***ing lies. It’s just what happens, right, that’s what happened,” Amor said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rumours began to swirl as some attempted to identify the source of the leak, with some speculating it was a disgruntled colleague, mischievous audio director, or even a PR ploy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, a timestamp visible in the top corner of the footage led Seven’s internal investigators to caption company Ai-Media, which provides captions for the hard of hearing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Australian</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> reported that high-level discussions between Seven and Ai-Media have occurred after the discovery of the timestamp - which doesn’t appear on internal Seven video outputs - led bosses to the company.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d4dc1b4344a340598b9f19cbf15bb8a9" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">A timestamp in the top, right corner of the footage led investigators to identify who was responsible. Image: Twitter</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Staff interviews and thorough IT network tracing are currently underway to determine who recorded and distributed the footage, according to the publication.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tony Abrahams, the chief executive of Ai-Media, is reportedly leading the investigation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Seven Network Director of News and Public Affairs, Craig McPherson, said in a statement that the act of leaking the footage was “underhanded” and “cowardly”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The illegal recording was of a private conversation between two colleagues,” Mr McPherson said on Wednesday morning.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was an underhanded, cowardly act in breach of the Victorian Listening Devices legislation the perpetrator of which will be accordingly dealt with when found.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Channel 7 managing director Lewis Martin followed up with reassurance while appearing on 3AW radio, saying the incident was “being looked at thoroughly”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We are going to have an outcome. What has happened here is illegal,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is understood that the investigation will be finalised on Thursday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While Maddern herself has apologised for the rant, a number of viewers have seemingly <a rel="noopener" href="" target="_blank">deemed it unnecessary</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It fact, some have claimed it was the best news segment they’d seen in a long time given it reflected the mood of a number of frustrated Aussies.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Every Australian needs to stand by Rebecca Maddern &amp; Mike Amor. They are only saying what we – &amp; the rest of the world is thinking,” one wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Great watch. Just saying what 90% of Australians think,” another agreed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Now this is news I’d watch. Rebecca Maddern has certainly made a strong return to Channel 7 hey,” was another response.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I hope Mike Amor and Rebecca Maddern are promoted on the basis of that leaked video,” added another.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Twitter</span></em></p>


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Home gardens vital for pollinators

<h2><strong style="font-size: 14px;">They provide a rich and diverse nectar source, study finds.</strong></h2> <div class="copy"> <p>Urban areas are a surprisingly rich food reservoir for pollinating insects such as bees and wasps, according to a UK study <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="" target="_blank">published</a> in the <em>Journal of Ecology</em>.</p> <p>Home gardens are particularly important, the study found, accounting for 85% of the nectar – sugar-rich liquid that provides pollinators with energy – within towns and cities and the most diverse supply overall.</p> <p>Results showed that just three gardens generated on average around a teaspoon of the liquid gold – enough to attract and fuel thousands of pollinators.</p> <p>“This means that towns and cities could be hotspots of diversity of food – important for feeding many different types of pollinators and giving them a balanced diet,” says lead author Nicholas Tew, from the University of Bristol.</p> <p>“The actions of individual gardeners are crucial,” he adds. “Garden nectar provides the vast majority of all. This gives everyone a chance to help pollinator conservation on their doorstep.”</p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="" target="_blank">Pollinators</a> include bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, bats and beetles. They are critical for ecosystems and agriculture as most plant species need them to reproduce, and <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href=";rep=rep1&amp;type=pdf" target="_blank">research suggests</a> their survival relies especially on the diversity of flowering plants.</p> <p>To explore how our sprawling urban areas could support them, Tew’s research group previously led the <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="" target="_blank">Urban Pollinators Project</a> in collaboration with other universities. They found that cities and gardens – community and private – are vital for pollinators, leading them to question how to quantify and harness this resource.</p> <p>“The gap in our knowledge was how much nectar and pollen urban areas produce and how this compares with the countryside,” Tew explains, “important information if we want to understand how important our towns and cities can be for pollinator conservation and how best to manage them.”</p> <p>So, for the current study, Tew and colleagues measured the supply of nectar in urban areas, farmland and nature reserve landscapes, and then within four towns and cities (Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds and Reading) to determine how much nectar different land uses produce.</p> <p>To do this, they extracted nectar from more than 3000 flowers comprising nearly 200 plant species using a fine glass tube and quantified it using a refractometer, an instrument that measures how much light refracts when passing through a solution.</p> <p>Then they sourced nectar measurements from other published studies and combined the nectar-per-flower values with numbers of flowers from each species in different habitats as previously measured by the group.</p> <p>Overall, nectar quantity per unit area was similar in urban, farmland and nature reserve landscapes. But urban nectar supply was most diverse, as it was produced by more flowering plant species. And while private gardens supplied similarly large amounts per unit as allotments, they covered more land – nearly a third of towns and cities.</p> <p>It’s important to note the findings are specific to the UK, and maybe parts of western Europe, Tew says. Most urban nectar comes from ornamental species that are not native, which can be attractive to generalist pollinators but may not benefit specialist species that feed from selective native flower species.</p> <p>Thus private gardens in other regions might have different benefits. Australia, for instance, has more endemic species and specialist pollinators than the UK, so while non-natives would still provide some benefit, natives may be more important overall.</p> <p>Most recommendations for attracting pollinators in Australia include supporting native bees and other local specialists. Suggestions include planting more native species and providing <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="" target="_blank">accommodation</a> for native bees, most of which are solitary species – unlike the familiar, colonial European honeybee.</p> <p>But in general, Tew says home gardeners can all support biodiversity with some key strategies, especially planting as many nectar-rich flowering plants as possible and different species that ensure flowers all year round.</p> <p>Other <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="" target="_blank">recommendations</a> include mowing the lawn less often to let dandelions, clovers and other plants flower, avoiding <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="" target="_blank">pesticides</a> and never spraying open flowers, and covering as much garden area as possible in flowery borders and natural lawns.</p> <!-- Start of tracking content syndication. Please do not remove this section as it allows us to keep track of republished articles --> <img id="cosmos-post-tracker" style="opacity: 0; height: 1px!important; width: 1px!important; border: 0!important; position: absolute!important; z-index: -1!important;" src=";title=Home+gardens+vital+for+pollinators" alt="" width="1" height="1" /> <!-- End of tracking content syndication --></div> <div id="contributors"> <p><a href="">This article</a> was originally published on <a href="">Cosmos Magazine</a> and was written by <a href="">Natalie Parletta</a>. Natalie Parletta is a freelance science writer based in Adelaide and an adjunct senior research fellow with the University of South Australia.</p> <p><em>Image: Cosmos Magazine</em></p> </div>

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Local news sources are closing across Australia

<p>The Yarram Standard and Great Southern Star, both of which have covered South Gippsland for well over a century, <a href="">won’t be returning</a> from their coronavirus-enforced suspensions.</p> <p>The two papers are the latest in a growing number of news outlets to close their doors. The economic fallout associated with the virus has been described as an “<a href="">extinction event</a>” for the media – and news outlets in suburban, regional and rural areas are being particularly hard hit.</p> <p>These challenges have renewed interest in the phenomenon of “news deserts”: towns, communities and local government areas where the supply of news appears to have been reduced to nothing.</p> <p>In June 2019, <a href="">the ACCC estimated</a> there were 21 news deserts around Australia, 16 of them in rural and regional areas. This number has almost certainly grown in the period since.</p> <p>The loss of local news is a concern. Local papers fill a special role in <a href="">building community spirit and social cohesion</a> in a way that metropolitan papers do not. <a href="">Research shows</a> that civic leaders believe local media does a better job of reflecting the needs of communities than state or national media.</p> <p>The closure of local newspapers has also been <a href="">linked to higher borrowing costs and financial waste in local government</a>, as well as <a href="">decreasing voter turnout and higher incumbency rates for elected officials</a>.</p> <p><strong>The Australian Newsroom Mapping Project</strong></p> <p>As a researcher at the Public Interest Journalism Initiative, I have been tracking changes in news production and availability for the <a href="">Australian Newsroom Mapping Project</a>.</p> <p>Our approach is simple: we are displaying what has changed in news production and availability in Australia since January 2019.</p> <p>The changes we are capturing include</p> <ul> <li>the entire closure of a masthead or withdrawal from broadcast license areas</li> <li>the closure of a specific newsroom</li> <li>changes to publication or broadcast frequency</li> <li>the end of print editions.</li> </ul> <p>We have logged over 200 contractions since the end of March alone, clear evidence of the “<a href="">swift and savage force</a>” with which COVID-19 has affected news.</p> <p>Two types of change stand out: a greatly accelerated shift to digital-only publishing and the closures of newsrooms, particularly in regional New South Wales. Between them, these two types of change represent about two-thirds of all entries in our data.</p> <p>Australian Community Media, publisher of about 160 newspapers in regional and rural areas, has closed most of its non-daily papers <a href="">until the end of June</a>. How many of them reopen next month is a big question: many of the changes in our data that were first described as temporary have become permanent.</p> <p>News Corp’s <a href="">recent announcement</a> that dozens of community newspaper titles will be digital-only is the highest-profile example, but far from the only one.</p> <p><strong>It’s not all gloomy news</strong></p> <p>Though the map overwhelmingly indicates declining news availability, we are also gathering information about growth.</p> <p>In Murray Bridge, South Australia, for example, a journalist furloughed from the Standard continued local coverage <a href="">through his own initiative</a>. In <a href="">Horsham</a> and <a href="">Ararat</a>, Victoria, rival publishers from nearby areas stepped in to fill the coverage gap with new papers.</p> <p>And in the year prior to COVID-19, News Corp opened a dozen new digital community sites, including in regional centres like Wollongong and Newcastle.</p> <p>Some of the contractions logged on our map have also improved as communities rally around their local papers.</p> <p>The <a href="">Cape and Torres News</a> in northern Queensland, <a href="">the Barrier Daily Truth</a> in Broken Hill, New South Wales, and <a href="">The Bunyip</a> in Gawler, South Australia, are just a few examples of papers that have been able to return due to public support.</p> <p><strong>The challenge of news data maps</strong></p> <p>Any research is only as good as its data, and it is an enormous challenge to build a complete database of all news production across Australia. Missing a single publication can be the difference between listing a region as a news desert and not.</p> <p>To be manageable, <a href="">similar projects</a> focus on commercial newspapers at the expense of other media, recognising the role print still has as the primary source of original news. This approach can provide a misleading picture in places where radio, TV or digital news are dominant.</p> <p>There is also the question of where entries go on a map. We place geographic markers according to either the location of the newsroom or somewhere in the community that it primarily serves. That approach makes sense, but can misrepresent the scale of the problem.</p> <p>For instance, the <a href="">closure of the WIN TV newsroom</a> in Wagga Wagga, NSW, last June affected the entire Riverina, but is represented on our map as only a small red dot in the city.</p> <p>It is possible to overcome these problems, but to do so is enormously resource intensive.</p> <p><a href="">A new project</a> at Montclair University in the US, for example, is mapping local news in New Jersey, including variables such as coverage areas, population density and income. The researchers are analysing the content of each media outlet to determine if the towns it says it is covering are actually showing up in its stories.</p> <p>The scale of the work required to establish a reliable map just for New Jersey seems overwhelming, and it is hard to imagine how much money and time a research team would need to replicate it nationally.</p> <p><strong>Feeling ‘in the dark’ when local newsrooms close</strong></p> <p>Building other variables into our data, such as population density or journalism jobs statistics from the ABS, is an appealing idea that could bring more nuance to our project.</p> <p>The underlying data for our work is <a href="">open to public scrutiny</a> and we have benefited enormously <a href="">from submissions</a>, which help us gain better insight into local media across the country.</p> <p>Readers sometimes reach out to tell me about the importance of their local paper for community life. One reader of the <a href="">Dungog Chronicle</a> in Dungog, NSW, which closed in April, wrote: “<em>its closure diminishes our strength as a community, our identity as a Shire, and our willingness to take part in local decision-making.”</em></p> <p>The newspaper was first published in 1888 and covered the city for more than 130 years. The reader told me: “<em>There is less spring in our step without the Chronicle. It has been a faithful conduit for all local news for the 30+ years that I have been here, and I feel in the dark without it.”</em></p> <p><em>Written by Gary Dickson. Republished with permission of <a href="">The Conversation.</a></em></p>

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From coronavirus tests to open-source insulin and beyond, ‘biohackers’ are showing the power of DIY science

<p>In March, amateur scientists in Sydney announced they had created a <a href="">COVID-19 test kit</a> that is simpler, faster, and cheaper than existing tests. While the test has not yet been approved by regulators, if effective it could play a role in scaling up the world’s coronavirus testing capability.</p> <p>The test’s creators, associated with a “community lab for citizen scientists” called <a href="">Biofoundry</a>, are part of a growing international movement of “biohackers” with roots stretching back <a href="">30 years or more</a>. Biohacking, also known as DIY biology, takes cues from computer-hacking culture and uses the tools of biological science and biotechnology to carry out experiments and make tools outside any formal research institution.</p> <p><strong>Who’s afraid of biohacking?</strong></p> <p>But biohacking is under threat as governments, wary of potential risks, pass laws to restrict it. A more balanced approach is needed, for the benefit of science and society.</p> <p>As biohacking has gained increased visibility, it has also attracted increased scrutiny. Media coverage has played up the risks of biohacking, whether <a href="">from malice</a> (“bioterror”) or <a href="">by accident</a> (“bioerror”).</p> <p>Local and national governments have also sought to legislate against the practice.</p> <p>In August 2019, politicians in California <a href="">introduced a law</a> that forbids the use of CRISPR gene-editing kits outside professional labs. Australia has some of the world’s most stringent regulations, with the <a href="">Office of the Gene Technology Regulator</a> monitoring the use of genetically modified organisms and risks to public health and safety.</p> <p>Some authorities have gone so far as to arrest biohackers on <a href="">suspicion of bioterrorism</a>.</p> <p>But such anxieties around biohacking are largely unfounded.</p> <p><a href="">Ellen Jorgensen</a>, co-founder of the <a href="">Genspace</a> community lab in New York, argues that such responses overestimate the abilities biohackers and underestimate their ethical standards. <a href="">Research shows</a> shows the great majority of biohackers (92%) work within community laboratories, many of which operate under the <a href="">Ethical Code for Safe Amateur Bioscience</a> drawn up by the community in 2011.</p> <p><strong>Connoisseurs of science</strong></p> <p>One way to think of biohackers is as what the Belgian philosopher Isabelle Stengers calls <a href=";printsec=frontcover&amp;source=kp_read_button&amp;redir_esc=y#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false">“connoisseurs of science”</a>.</p> <p>Somewhere between an expert and an amateur, a connoisseur is able to relate to scientific knowledge and practice in an informed way, but can also pose new questions that scientists are unable to.</p> <p>Connoisseurs can hold scientists to account and challenge them when they skip over concerns. They highlight how science might be done better. Like other pursuits such as music or sport, science can benefit from a strong and vibrant culture of connoisseurs.</p> <p>Biohackers are an important node in the relationship between science institutions and wider society. Stengers highlights how it is not enough for there to be a relationship between science and society. It is the nature and quality of this relationship that matters.</p> <p><strong>A two-way relationship</strong></p> <p>Traditional models of science communication assume a one-way relationship between science and society at large, with scientists transmitting knowledge to a public who passively receive it. Biohackers instead engage people as active participants in the production and transformation of scientific knowledge.</p> <p>Biohacking labs like BioFoundry and Genspace encourage hands-on engagement with biotechnologies through classes and open workshops, as well as projects on local environmental pollution.</p> <p>Biohackers are also making discoveries that advance our understanding of current scientific problems. From devising coronavirus tests to making science equipment out of <a href="">everyday items</a> and producing <a href="">open-source insulin</a>, biohackers are reshaping the sense of where scientific innovation happens.</p> <p><strong>From law to ethics</strong></p> <p>While biohacking can produce great benefits, the risks can’t be neglected. The question is how best to address them.</p> <p>While laws and regulations are necessary to prevent malicious or dangerous practice, their overuse can also push biohackers underground to tinker in the shadows. Bringing biohackers into the fold of existing institutions is another approach, although this could threaten the ability of biohackers to pose tough questions.</p> <p>In addition to law, ethical guidelines and codes drawn up by the biohacking community themselves offer a productive way forward.</p> <p>For Stengers, an “ethical” relationship is not based on the domination or capture of one group by another. It instead involves symbiotic modes of engagement in which practices flourish together and transform each other.</p> <p>A balance between law and ethics is necessary. The <a href="">2011 code of ethics</a> drawn up by biohackers in North America and Europe is a first step toward what a more open, transparent, and respectful culture of collaboration could look like.</p> <p>In the US we have seen experiments with a more <a href="">open and symbiotic relationship</a> between the FBI and the biohacking community in recent years.</p> <p>But this is just the beginning of a conversation that is in danger of stalling. There is much to lose if it does.</p> <p><em>Written by Andrew Lapworth. Republished with permission of </em><a href=""><em>The Conversation.</em></a></p>


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At the source of history: Dart River, Aspiring National Park

<p><em><strong>Justine Tyerman is an award-winning travel writer from Gisborne, New Zealand. </strong></em></p> <p>My fingers traced the cool contours of the mauri pounamu touchstone. The massive chunk of pounamu (jade), centrepiece at the Dart River Jet visitor centre in Glenorchy, was alternately smooth and rough in texture.</p> <p>His name was Te Matua o Manatu meaning "precious reminder from the throat of the reclining giant, Te Koroka". He stood on a pathway where ancient Maori once trekked, searching for pounamu.</p> <p>Eight hundred years ago, Maori were the only people here – first the Waiaha tribe, then Ngati Mamoe and now Ngai Tahu. It was here that Maori first discovered the home of the pounamu giant, Te Koroka. High in the mountains, they found him resting with a seam of pounamu tumbling from his gaping mouth. The giant became famed throughout the whole country for his pounamu, treasured equally for its utility and its pearly allure.</p> <p>Trade, economy and culture were built around this precious resource. Then with the arrival of Europeans some 200 years ago, Maori lost their connection to Te Koroka. When the first European explorers encountered these shores, they too heard tales of the celebrated source of pounamu at the head of Lake Whakatipu-wai-maori (Lake Wakatipu.)</p> <p>Preserved in memory, song and oral tradition, the exact location was unclear until the pounamu taonga (treasure) was rediscovered on Pekerakitahi (Mt Earnslaw) in 1970. This sacred pristine source of pounamu is now fiercely protected by the Ngai Tahu tribe as the tangata whenua (people of the land), and the state. He is a lasting remnant of ages past, one that evokes the spirits of the ancestors, the first people to travel these ancient pounamu trails.</p> <p>The throb of the Hamilton jet engines in the distance disturbed my contemplation and brought me tumbling back to the present. We were about to set off on an expedition up the Te Awa Whakatipu (the Dart River), in Te Wahipounamu, a Unesco World Heritage Area. The day ahead would be richer armed with my knowledge of Te Koroka and Te Matua o Manatu.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">  <img class="photoborder" src="" alt="Take a jet boat ride to the heart of the Mount Aspiring National Park." /></p> <p align="center"><em>Take a jet boat ride to the heart of the Mount Aspiring National Park. Image credit: Ngai Tahu Tourism</em></p> <p>After a quiet start to the day, the high-octane exhilaration of the jetboat ride set my heart pounding and pulse racing. I sat on the edge of my seat, enthralled as our jetboat driver Daniel took us ever deeper into the Aspiring National Park and the southern reaches of the Main Divide, weaving our way up strands of the braided river at the foot of tall mountains named after Greek gods - Pluto, Nox, Amphion, Chaos, Poseidon.</p> <p>The beautiful silvery face of Pekerakitahi was wet with tears of melting snow. My eyes searched the mountain and clear waters of the Dart, hoping for a glimpse of pounamu. I convinced myself I could see the elusive green stone.</p> <p>I was high on negative ions, intoxicated with the sweet taste of the air, the shock of the ice-cold spray whenever Daniel performed one of his heart-stopping 360s, the dazzling turquoise waters of the Rockburn Chasm where a giant's sword had sliced a deep gash in the side of a mountain, and the throaty roar of the twin Hamilton jet engines.</p> <p>Encircled by craggy peaks with gleaming glaciers and wispy waterfalls, I wanted to speed onwards to the head waters of the Dart but after 90 minutes of pure adrenalin, we were off-loaded on the side of the river with our Ultimate Nature Experience guide Pam. As the boats thundered away, disappearing in a plume of spray, I was momentarily stunned by the sudden silence and abrupt change of pace.</p> <p align="center"><img class="photoborder" src="" alt="Take a Dart River Funyak through the Rockburn Chasm." /></p> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center"><em>Take a Dart River Funyak through the Rockburn Chasm. Image credit: Ngai Tahu Tourism</em></p> <p>We followed Pam up a shingle bank and entered another world, a forest wilderness with no tracks or signposts. The bright sunlight, towering mountains and silver river were replaced by the tall, gaunt trees and diffuse, mottled light of the beech forest where the only sounds were bird calls, gurgling streams, and the muted footfall of boots on the spongy leaf-litter carpet. </p> <p>Pam knew the forest like the back of her hand, retracing the steps of early saw millers and prospectors. She led us along the route of a tramway built in the 1920s to transport logs out of the forest for the construction of bridges, buildings and car and bus bodies. A wheel and some rusty kerosene tins were all that remained of what was once a busy thoroughfare.</p> <p>We also came across the debris of a gelignite explosion where a hopeful prospector had blasted away a cliff face in the 1950s in hope of finding tungsten, the metallic element of scheelite, an ore in demand during both World Wars and the Korean War for its metal-hardening properties. His identity is a well-kept secret because there are family members still living at Glenorchy, Pam said.</p> <p>Our lunch venue was sublime. Sitting on a log in the warm winter sunshine, munching hearty sandwiches by the remote Sylvan Lake in the company of cheeky South Island robins as far superior to any fancy gourmet cafe.</p> <p align="center"><img class="photoborder" src="" alt="A South Island robin stops by our lunch spot at Lake Sylvan." /></p> <p align="center"><em>A South Island robin stops by our lunch spot at Lake Sylvan. Image credit: Ngai Tahu Tourism</em></p> <p>It was a day of extreme contrasts – the mauri pounamu touchstone grounded me in history. Daniel and his twin Hamiltons administered a hefty shot of adrenalin while the majestic glacier-gouged mountains enthralled me. The peace and solitude of the beech forest soothed me and the simple picnic lunch beside a pristine alpine lake delighted me.</p> <p>Late afternoon, Pam drove us back along the magnificent 46km lakeside road to Queenstown, rated one of the top ten scenic drives in the world by Conde Naste and Lonely Planet.</p> <p>The mountains were under a cloud shroud when we drove to Glenorchy early in the morning but they were dazzlingly clear on our return trip. Tourists on the road that day got a bonus – there were two of everything, mountains upright in their usual position and upside down in the looking-glass lake. It made my Kiwi heart soar with pride.</p> <p align="center"><img class="photoborder" src="" alt="Sunshine peaks through as we make our way along an avenue of native red beech trees." /></p> <p align="center"><em>Sunshine peaks through as we make our way along an avenue of native red beech trees. Image credit: Justine Tyerman</em></p> <p><strong>Fact box:</strong></p> <p><em>Getting there: Air New Zealand</em></p> <p><em>Staying there: <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a rel="noopener" href="" target="_blank">crowneplazaqueenstown</a></strong></span></em></p> <p><em>* Dart River Jet, the only operator on the Dart River, and Guided Walks New Zealand, the only company permitted access to the Ultimate Nature Experience wilderness area, are both owned by Ngai Tahu Tourism. </em></p> <p><em>* The Ultimate Nature Experience is a flexible 4 to 7km easy to moderate hike on unformed trails. Transport departs from Queenstown at 8am with pick-ups from all Queenstown accommodation.</em></p> <p><em>Justine Tyerman was a guest of Ngai Tahu Tourism. </em></p> <p><em>Written by Justine Tyerman. Republished with permission of <a rel="noopener" href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong></strong></span>.</a></em></p>

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What are additional sources of income in retirement?

<p>As we move into retirement the temptation to withdraw all our super at the one time before drawing on our pension can be quite an enticing one. But this isn’t necessarily putting us in a good position to enjoy a happy, healthy life in our senior years.</p> <p>We should be looking at our nest egg less as a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and more as a sustainable source of income that will ensure our golden years are some of our most enjoyable.</p> <p>We’ve produced a simple guide to additional source of income in retirement. Having a few of these in play will ensure you have a happy, healthy retired life.</p> <p><strong>1. Superannuation</strong></p> <p>Super is often considered your main source of income after retirement and the chief benefit is most people pay less tax on super than if they had invested outside. You can also take money out as you need it, making it a flexible source of income after work.</p> <p><strong>2. Investments outside super</strong></p> <p>A key to retirement income is diversity and having investments outside super can potentially be lucrative for retirees. That being said, it’s also risky to have skin in the game and market movements that are outside your control can put your money at risk.</p> <p><strong>3. Part-time work</strong></p> <p>With today’s seniors living much longer than previous generations, many are turning to part-time work as a way of easing into semi-retired life before full retirement. If you’re working part-time and you’ve reached age pension age it may impact the amount of age pension you can claim, but it’s a good way to supplement this income.</p> <p><strong>4. Home equity release</strong></p> <p>If you own your home and are in desperate need of some extra cash, you might want to consider a home equity release. However, this move is one that is inherently risky and it’s recommended you seek financial advice before considering such a step.</p> <p><strong>5. Selling the family home</strong></p> <p>By the same token if you own your home and are looking to downsize, selling it can free up quite a cash for retirement while securing a more-sustainable living situation. It can also free up money from investments in shares, term deposits or managed funds.</p> <p>Have you considered any of these additional sources of income in retirement? Where do you draw most of you money from at the moment?</p> <p>Share your story in the comments.</p> <p><strong>Related links:</strong></p> <p><a href=""><strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Do you have an emergency fund?</span></em></strong></a></p> <p><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>Are products keeping up to date with the ageing population?</strong></em></span></a></p> <p><a href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em>Seniors relying on investment income are suffering</em></strong></span></a></p>

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Sources of style inspiration for men

<p><em><em>Photo credit: Jonathan Daniel Pryce</em></em></p> <p><strong><em>David Evans, 61, is a blogger. He started <a href="" target="_blank">Grey Fox</a> which focuses on fashion, style and menswear for the older man – if you’re finding it hard to pick what to wear, David’s here to help.</em></strong></p> <p>Older men have few sources of style inspiration. In general, the fashion market and press don't see them as potential customers, despite their relative affluence. We all take creative ideas from what we see around us. Without the visual inspiration of adverts, images and press coverage, there is little to guide us in our search for style. Many older men give up, discouraged by the absence of such influences. </p> <p>I faced such a desert when I started this blog, so I offer here some sources of inspiration to older men who are looking for ideas to inform their sartorial choices. I will update this from time to time, as I'm sure I've left out a few suggestions. Please get in touch if you have any suggestions for additions. [I updated this post to add inspirational books 12 January 2016].</p> <p><strong>Blogs<br /></strong>There are very few blogs that cater for the older man; that is why this blog exists.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">The Sartorialist</a> has always taken shots of men and women of all ages and by definition these are people of style and fashion sense. Have a browse as there's always something of interest.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Well-Dressed Dad</a> is middle-aged Norwegian blogger 'into classic menswear, tweed, workwear and cool things'. He specialises in the more casual side of style: waistcoats, brogues, denim and outerwear and offers a welcome alternative to the more classic style I advocate here. Like me, he supports smaller brands and the ethical production of menswear.</p> <p><strong>Websites<br /></strong>Many style and fashion websites are run by large teams of contributors. The result is that the variety and volume of the content is excellent, but they tend to be youth-centric.  </p> <p>Some are linked to commercial menswear sites, but are often of good quality. Try the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="" target="_blank">The Rake Online</a></span>, <a href="" target="_blank">Mr Porter Journal</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Fashionbeans,</a> <a href="" target="_blank">Menswear Style</a>. While The Rake has much content for the older man, you will need to look around the others for inspiration. </p> <p>GQ's <a href="" target="_blank">Best-Dressed Men list 2016</a> contains a few grey hairs, most significantly Prince Philip at number 12. </p> <p><strong>Advertising<br /></strong>Those few brands that advertise to the older man are worth keeping an eye on as their campaigns show how all ages of men can successfully wear their clothes. See <a href="" target="_blank">Oliver Sweeney</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Oliver Spencer</a> in particular. </p> <p><strong>Vintage images<br /></strong>Search online for images of so-called 'style icons' like Steve McQueen, Edward VIII (former Duke of Windsor), Prince Charles, Nick Wooster, Cary Grant etc. Look for elements of their style that you like and try them out. Do you prefer the casual or the formal look? What details work for you? </p> <p><strong>Pinterest<br /></strong>Search Pinterest using terms like 'style for the older man'. You will get a rather mixed bag, but among them will be some useful ideas and inspiration.</p> <p><strong>Magazines<br /></strong>The best print magazine catering for older men is The Rake (link above). The mainstream journals, such as <a href="" target="_blank">Esquire</a> and GQ (link above), are mainly concerned with younger style, but Esquire in particular frequently features older men from business and the arts. Most of the other style periodicals are so youth-focused that they offer little to the older man in search of style.</p> <p><strong>The Press</strong><br /> Best regular coverage without a doubt is The Guardian's <a href="" target="_blank">Fashion for All Ages</a> for both men and women. Why isn't there more fashion coverage of this sort, putting age as secondary to style?<br /> <br /> <strong>Books</strong><br /> Some of my favourite sources of inspiration (this is not a complete list, just a selection and is in no particular order:<br /> <br /> Best of British by Simon Crompton et al - Prestel<br /> The Sartorialist by Scott Schuman - Penguin<br /> The Sartorialist Closer<br /> The Sartorialist X<br /> I am Dandy by Rose Callahan et al - Gestalten<br /> Vintage Menswear by Sims et al - Laurence King<br /> Sharp Suits by Eric Musgrave - Pavilion<br /> Icons of Men's Style by Josh Sims - Laurence King<br /> Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen - powerHouse Books<br /> Men in This Town by Giuseppe Santamaria - Hardie Grant<br /> One Hundred Years of Menswear by Cally Blackman - Laurence King<br /> Gentleman - A Timeless Guide to Fashion by Roetzel - Ullmann<br /> The Ivy Look by March et al - Frances Lincoln</p> <p><strong>Good hunting!<br /></strong>You can read more from David’s blog <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</span> </p> <p>If you have a story you’d like to share please contact <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href=""></a></span></strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Related links: </strong></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em><a href="">People are happier when they do good</a></em></strong></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em><a href="">Why it’s so hard to remember people’s names</a></em></strong></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em><a href="">Inspiring quotes from the world’s most successful people</a></em></strong></span></p> <p> </p>


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