‘Airbnbrothel’ set up in suburban Dunedin home

first_imgOtago Daily Times 20 September 2019Family First Comment: But it’s legal – so it must be alright then?No, of course not!A sleepy North East Valley street became a seedy hotbed, Airbnb guests allegedly turning a man’s home into a busy brothel for two weeks.The Dunedin property owner and sole occupant, who requested anonymity, said he was on holiday in Asia for a month in July and August.His daughter helped him rent his home on Airbnb to two women, who were Chinese nationals, for 14 days.When he arrived back it “felt icky and stank of cheap perfumes”, a stock of 50 toilet rolls was gone and a few towels were missing.The owner earned $1770 from the guests, but a graph of his power usage shows it quadrupled in August, costing him more than $600 for the month. He also spent hundreds of dollars on cleaning and plumbing costs.The guests were not there long before the hot-water system broke.They contacted the owner’s daughter saying they were unable to have showers and she called a plumber.The plumber, who also did not want to be named, said it was “amazing” how they transformed it into a centre for sex services.“These girls had come down from Queenstown, travelling the country.“It was very obvious what was going on.”The women ran four phones, had a room each and operated through the night.One was in her 40s and the other was “lucky to be in her 20s”.READ MORE: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/airbnbrothel-set-suburban-dunedin-homeKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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WBC seeks information on Whyte dope test reports

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – The World Boxing Council (WBC) said yesterday it had asked Britain’s governing body for information after media reported that heavyweight Dillian Whyte failed a dope test before fighting Colombian Oscar Rivas in London last weekend.Whyte won the fight on a unanimous points-decision at the O2 Arena, making him a mandatory challenger for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.The world body said it had yet to receive “any notification from anyone about a positive anti-doping test allegedly yielded by Dillian Whyte in connection with last Saturday’s fight.“The WBC has requested that the BBBofC, as the local governing entity that oversaw that fight, formally provide any available information to the WBC.”The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) has made no comment other than saying all anti-doping procedures were carried out for them by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).UKAD also had no comment.Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn said on Twitter that Whyte and Rivas “were subject to extensive VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) and UKAD testing for their bout.“Both fighters were cleared to fight by both bodies and the BBBofC,” he added.Rivas’s promoter Yvon Michel said on Twitter he had read a report on the Boxing Scene website (www.boxingscene.com) with “great stupefaction”.“Up to this moment nobody on the concerned parties have confirmed or denied to us this information,” he added.American Wilder published an expletive-laden tirade on Instagram yesterday in response to the reports.Whyte, 31, served a two-year ban between 2012 and 2014 after testing positive for a banned stimulant. The BBC said he risked an eight-year ban for a second offence, if confirmed.last_img read more

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Chelsea’s youngsters thrash Fulham

first_imgChelsea’s youngsters strolled to a resounding 3-0 victory over Fulham in the Under-21 Premier League on Monday evening.Nathan Ake, Islam Feruz and Adam Phillip scored in a rain-swept game at the Blues’ Cobham training ground which was watched by manager Rafael Benitez and club owner Roman Abramovich.Despite being without some of their most influential players – striker Patrick Bamford and captain Todd Kane recently went out on loan and Lucas Piazon was not involved – Chelsea were on top from the start and all the goals came in the first half.They went ahead in the 17th minute when Ake sent a glorious left-footed effort into the corner from 25 yards.Blues midfielder Rohan Ince had a header cleared off the line before Feruz fired in the second goal after being set up by George Saville.And once Phillip finished off a great team move to make it three, there was no way back for Fulham.Click here for Monday’s Chelsea 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Stephen Piscotty on MLB award: “It’s a little bittersweet.”

first_img​CLEVELAND — Stephen Piscotty is humbled and appreciative to be recognized for his character and efforts to help others.He admits, though, there would have been a better way.“It’s nice, but it’s a little bittersweet,” the A’s outfielder said Tuesday after learning he has been named the recipient of the 54th annual Hutch Award. “If Mom doesn’t get ALS, you don’t have to go through this.“I would rather take that route, but it’s not the cards we were dealt. It is very meaningful, to bring some …last_img read more

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Conversations on Nation Brand alignment to be held

first_imgBrand South Africa in collaboration with the Gauteng Department of Economic Development, will host various stakeholders at the Gauteng Investment Centre on Thursday 08 June 2017 as part of its workshop to build South Africa’s competitiveness and a cohesive image of the South African Nation Brand. Just how is a nation brand marketed? This is one of the many questions Brand South Africa and the Gauteng Department of Economic Development will try to answer at the nation brand workshop. (Image: Walter Knirr, Gauteng Film Commission)Johannesburg, Tuesday 06 June 2017 – The workshop conversations aim to enable stakeholders to assess their role in contributing towards building the Nation Brand and how existing efforts to build a cohesive Nation Brand can be further strengthened.Brand South Africa continuously works with stakeholders around the country on an ongoing basis to bring these conversations, as it is imperative that all stakeholders understand how they can work together to position South Africa as a competitive investment, tourism and business destination.Ms Toni Gumede, Brand South Africa’s Stakeholder Relationship Manager: Government asserts that; “the Nation Brand alignment workshops are a critical part of achieving coordinated and coherent manner of presenting the country. This year we aim to further drive these conversations to all stakeholders, making it inclusive and diverse with the core message, to build a strong Nation Branding.”Topics for this Gauteng session will include “the importance of building a sustainable brand” presented by Mr Bob Mabena and a case study on Nation Brand alignment presented by the Gauteng office of the Premier.Participants will also engage in the Nation Brand Masterclass and site tour of the Gauteng Investment Centre.Media is invited to participate in the workshop as follows:Date : Thursday 08 June 2017Time : 08h00 -16h00Venue : Gauteng Investment Centre, The Place,1 Sandton Dr, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2196RSVPS/Enquiries : Ntombi NtanziEmail [email protected] number 081 7041488Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrandlast_img read more

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13 days agoSolskjaer hands Man Utd board six man shopping list

first_imgSolskjaer hands Man Utd board six man shopping listby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have handed the board a six man shopping list.The Daily Mail says so far, they have relied on the eyes and ears of Solskjaer, Mike Phelan, veteran scout Jim Lawlor and his recruitment staff.They have given transfer chiefs Ed Woodward and Matt Judge the names of half-a-dozen targets but United would prefer to wait until the summer to make big signings having had their fingers burned on Alexis Sanchez in the January 2018 transfer window.On that occasion, the club backed Jose Mourinho by giving Sanchez record wages to gazzump Manchester City but the move turned into a disaster with the Chilean scoring just five goals for his £42million salary before joining Inter Milan on loan.They are also reluctant to rip up their plans and change targets in January as a knee-jerk reaction to them becoming available. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Spotted Haifa Port Welcomes Its Largest Boxship to Date

first_imgImage Courtesy: Port of HaifaIn today’s spotted, we bring you an image of Maersk Elba, the largest containership to visit Israel’s Port of Haifa. The Neopanamax boxship docked at the port’s Carmel Terminal in the morning hours of February 2, 2017.The 13,092 dwt Maersk Elba features a length of 366 meters and a width of 48.2 meters.Built by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in 2011, the vessel is owned by German-based shipping company Rickmers Reederei KG, VesselsValue’s data shows.The Marshall Islands-flagged Maersk Elba is deployed in the service operated by 2M, an alliance between two container carriers including Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).Back in 2015, Maersk Line and MSC entered into a cooperation agreement with the Port of Haifa, bringing their ships to the port.last_img read more

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Jean Drapeaus personal collection may provide clues to his thoughts on Olympic

first_imgMONTREAL – Before his death in 1999, former Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau repeatedly said he would respond to a report critical of cost overruns at the 1976 Olympics.But Drapeau, who was 83 when he died, never did end up writing his reaction to the Malouf commission report, which said he “must assume the greater part of the blame” for the runaway costs.But clues into how the late mayor might have responded may have been found in a copy of the four-volume document that belonged to Drapeau.It was among the photo albums, letters and Drapeau speeches acquired by Christopher Lyons, the chief librarian of rare books at McGill University.He says he was led to the collection by accident last September at a Montreal antiquarian book fair, where he first spotted a red photo album with pictures of the Olympic Stadium being built.The dealer told him he had other items at his store from Drapeau’s library, which had been sold by the family.“That’s where I saw a bunch of the other stuff I ended up acquiring, including things like the Malouf report with Drapeau’s annotations in it,” Lyons said in a recent interview.He said it was the report’s first volume, with a summary of the commission’s findings that was the most heavily annotated.“Multiple lines in the margins look almost like they were done angrily,” Lyons said. “This looks like someone who is really reacting — maybe even arguing wih the text.”Lyons said Drapeau, who was mayor between 1954 and 1957, and 1960 and 1986, underlined in either pen or or pencil the first part of the Malouf report which put the majority of the blame on him.But the part where the city administration was blamed, Drapeau underlined that in red.“I find that fascinating because I think it’s the only part that’s ever in red in the whole thing,” Lyons added.The librarian said the red highlighting suggests it was Drapeau’s way of indicating the massive Olympic cost overruns were not all his fault.The 908-page report pointed a finger at the City of Montreal’s administration at the time. It focused on Gerard Niding, the then-Montreal executive committee chairman.The report said Niding’s manner of awarding Olympic contracts definitely placed him in a conflict-of-interest situation.Lyons said Drapeau also highlighted the various Olympic cost estimates which showed them gradually climbing to $1.6 billion. In 1970, the estimate was $120 million and Drapeau once even promised the Olympics could no more have a deficit than a man could have a baby.“He circles all the figures, except for that last number . . . it’s almost like he’s saying, ‘We’ll downplay that’.”But Lyons also pointed out there were no written comments in the margins or anywhere in Drapeau’s annotated copy of the report.Sam Boskey, a member of the opposition party during Drapeau’s last term as mayor, says questions about the Olympic debt continued to be raised quite regularly.At one point, members of the Montreal Citizens Movement gave Drapeau a cake during one of the anniversaries of the Malouf report.“We presented him during question period in council with a birthday cake in the shape of a typewriter, suggesting that maybe he was missing the typewriter on which to write his response,” Boskey said.The former city councillor said Drapeau ordered the guards to take the cake out and it was placed in the councillors’ lounge.“Within a half an hour someone had destroyed it,” said Boskey, who sat in opposition from 1982 to 1986.He said Drapeau never really felt he was accountable to city council.“He was of the style that felt the administration was elected to rule and there would be elections now and then,” Boskey said. “But between elections he didn’t want to be disturbed.”Arnold Bennett, a member of the Montreal Citizens Movement during the 1970s, in the period leading up to the Olympics, says it was hard to nail Drapeau down.“Basically, it was either dodge it or refuse to answer . . .you know, kind of like (Donald) Trump — except that much sneakier.”Bennett said Drapeau was “absolutely a dictator. . . who was very authoritarian (and) who wanted to impose his way of thinking — without opposition.”last_img read more

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