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phillipqaic   , 70

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D-backs Make Historic Visit To New Zealand

The tabloid pandemonium Max Workouts prompted many tips and leads, but none as concrete as a package containing the boy's pajamas and another message demanding the ransom. After some misdirection from the presumed kidnapper, Lindbergh's child was soon after discovered in the woods along a road near the family residence. Notwithstanding the evidence stockpiled against the easily vilified illegal German immigrant Bruno Hauptmann (who was sentenced), speculation prevails as to the true identity of the caper responsible in this tragic tale of one of America's greatest heroes. "Not Guilty as Sin" -NY Post Still fresh in the minds of many and not to easily be forgotten, the trial of Casey Anthony turned Orlando, Florida into anything but the "happiest place on earth." Following a series of lies, misdirection and manipulation by then-22 year old Casey, Caylee's skeletal remains were found five months into the investigation, setting the stage for what could only be described as the most incessantly publicized and shocking trial in recent memory. The media had a field day that went on for months: Highlighting the young, pretty, party girl image used against her in court as the prosecution tore apart an aimless defense--or so it seemed. After resorting to throwing her family under the bus, incriminating people entirely made-up ("Zanny the Nanny"), and fabricating elaborate stories for the police, Casey was found not guilty of murder due to evidence deemed mostly circumstantial and not fitness meeting the burden of "beyond reasonable doubt," inciting much debate regarding whether true justice was served.
More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/06/roast-busters-new-zealand-teen-rape-club_n_4221597.html

(TSX VENTURE:NZ)(OTCQX:NZERF) ("NZEC" or the "Company") today announced that it has received approval from New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals ("NZPAM") to extend the Alton Permit (Petroleum Exploration Permit 51151) for a second five-year term. NZEC owns a 65% interest and is operator of the Alton Permit, through its subsidiary Taranaki Ventures II Limited. NZEC is exploring the permit in a joint arrangement with L&M Energy Limited ("L&M"). NZEC and L&M have received NZPAM approval to extend the exploration term of the permit to September 23, 2018. Concurrent with the extension, NZEC and L&M have relinquished 50% of the Alton Permit. The new permit area comprises 59,565 acres (241.052 km(2) ), bringing NZEC's Taranaki Basin portfolio to 159,864 net acres (646.9 km(2) ) (Figure 1). The joint venture partners also received an extension to their obligation to drill the Horoi commitment well, along with approval of a new work program for the Alton Permit.
More: http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20131107-914530.html

It said it more info would spend "millions" on the upgrade but did not specify the amount. On the scenic Karikari Peninsula, the resort is about 270 km (167 miles) north of Auckland, the country's biggest city and main international gateway. China is the second-biggest source of visitors to New Zealand. More than 236,000 Chinese travellers visited in the year to Sept. 31 - a 50 percent jump from the previous year - and spent an estimated NZ$645 million ($536 million).
More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/08/newzealand-resort-china-idUSL3N0IT0XY20131108

The visit attracted every major media outlet in the country and brought attention to a sport that has seen youth participation grow from 900 to 6,000 in the last three years. The D-backs, who will open next season just over the Tasman Sea in Sydney, fitness (for tickets and travel packages, visit www.dbacks.com/Sydney ) took advantage of a promotional trip to Australia to make a stop in Auckland and spend time with their near namesake, the Diamondblacks. Watching baseball being played at Eden Park had many in attendance visualizing the possibility of one day playing a Major League game on those hallowed grounds. "I think we're working toward that goal," said Goldschmidt. "It's something we would love to see happen. It takes time and a lot of hard work, but the way baseball is growing here in New Zealand, it's definitely possible." The sport has numerous key allies on the ground.
More: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/ari/d-backs-make-historic-visit-to-new-zealand?ymd=20131107&content_id=63772992


New Zealand Jobs Growth Adds to Case for RBNZ Rate Rise

Now, its head office is one of the city's most prominent buildings, next door to the New Zealand stock exchange on the city's waterfront. Andrew McCormack, a partner at Valar Ventures, said in an email that Xero was at an "inflection point" in its efforts to accelerate growth in the U.S. and cement its position as a leader in cloud computing. Xero, founded in 2006, has more than 211,300 customers and 600 staff in 14 offices around the world, including newly fitted out offices in San Francisco and Denver. The company also listed on the Australian Securities Exchange ASX.AU +0.22% ASX Ltd.
More: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304448204579184670313167900

Is Xero the Hero for New Zealand Stocks?

Jobs growth was led by retailing, accommodation and construction, the report showed, without adjusting for seasonal patterns. Employment (NZLFQOQ) in Auckland, home to a quarter of the nations 4.5 million people, jumped 8 percent from a year earlier. Non-government ordinary time wages rose 0.4 percent from the second quarter, the statistics agency said in the Labor Cost Index report also released today. From a year earlier, wages rose 1.6 percent, the slowest pace in three years. Wages in Canterbury increased 0.9 percent amid a shortage of construction workers, todays report showed. The economy is being underpinned by a NZ$40 billion ($32 billion) rebuild of earthquake-damaged Christchurch and the surrounding Canterbury region, where companies are hiring to assist with the construction of homes, roads and commercial buildings damaged in quakes in 2010-11.
More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-05/new-zealand-jobs-growth-surges-adding-to-case-for-rate-rise.html

9 to prepare for the first leg at Mexico City's Estadio Azteca four days later. The teams meet again site in the return leg at Wellington on Nov. 20. Coach Ricki Herbert said the return of Australia-based Smeltz, Leicester City's Wood and Rojas, who plays for Stuttgart, was a significant boost for the Oceania confederation champions who need to beat Mexico, which placed fourth in the CONCACAF region, to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. ''Their return points to the fact that we're developing a very competitive squad,'' Herbert said.
More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/news/20131105/new-zealand-smeltz-mexico-world-cup-playoff/