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It’s always exciting when Whittakers release a new chocolate flavour, and this is good for even the health conscious chocolate lovers!

The new flavour has been released to show support for the All Blacks as they take on the touring Lions team.

Whittaker’s have said that the combination of Creamy Milk Chocolate with banana, cranberry, peanuts and protein puffs are a tribute to the staying power of our national team.

 
‘The Full Eighty’ range will hit shelves nationwide from Monday 29 May. As a limited-edition product, it will only be available until stocks sell out, so get some while it lasts! 

 

Something we didn’t realise we needed in our lives, a reunion between the fabulous Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) and Ryan (Lucas Grabeel)!

What a brilliant way to spend our Thursday, maybe we should rewatch High School Musical as well…?

The anti-bullying message of Pink Shirt Day will be spread out into every corner of Wanganui this Friday.

And you can be part of it!

Wanganui resident Sandie Roach has organised a rock-painting session on Friday at the Wanganui Women’s Network. BYO rock, or take one of Ms Roach’s, and paint it pink, then release it “into the wild”.

Ms Roach, who is a campaigner against violence and bullying, is also a keen participant in Wanganui Rocks. Wanganui Rocks, which took Wanganui by storm last summer, involves people painting rocks and releasing them into the wild for people to find and re-hide.

“I had an idea to paint some rocks for Pink Shirt Day, so I mentioned it about a month ago on the Wanganui Rocks Facebook page, and it got a really good response.”

“I thought rock painting was a great way of promoting this cause – people just love the painted rocks. And it’s a good chance to talk about bullying with people,” she said.

Carla Donson at the Whanganui Women’s Network provided a venue for the rock painting, and Mitre 10 Mega have provided pink paint for people to use.

This event will be good considering the recent events with Wanganui resident Gabi’s mistreatment.

Pink Shirt Day is an annual global event that began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying after a classmate was bullied for wearing a pink shirt.

Rock painting will be held at the Whanganui Women’s Network, St Hill St, between 12 noon and 2pm on Friday.

Source: Wanganui Chronicle.

There’s nothing funner than terrible mean tweets that some silly person has taken the time to write.

The NZ Police thought they’d have a go at reading them out, giggles were certainly had!

#BullyingFreeNZ

Now we think most people are a little jealous of this, especially this chicks old boss.

The 21-year-old waitress Viviana Ross got fired from her job after she was found naked in Orlando Bloom’s bed.

Viviana and Orlando, 40, hit it off when she poured his drinks during his five-day stay at the five-star Chiltern Firehouse restaurant and hotel — one of London’s biggest celebrity hangouts.

After finishing her shift Friday night, Ross bumped into Bloom and was asked if she wanted to join him for a drink in his room, and she said yes of course!

Focus on the good. #energy #london | 📸 @karliforeal

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She has said she was “hurt” by the dismissal, but still doesn’t regret the “night of incredible sex” with Orlando.

#NoRagrets

Fourteen musical acts are set to compete at the Wanganui final of the 2017 Smokefreerockquest this weekend!

High school bands, duos and solos from Wanganui will play off for first and second place prizes and the opportunity to go into the sort after eight spots at the national finals in September.

Smokefreerockquest founder and director Pete Rainey said at this level some entrants are already showing the stand-out factor that could see them achieve music career success.

“Saturday night’s event gives a new cohort of bands the opportunity to take their obsession with music and develop the organisational and stage craft skills that will help them become another Kiwi music success.”

Its past winners have included acts that have gone on to international fame, including Kimbra, Evermore, Ladyhawke, Anika Moa, Kora, Brooke Fraser, Phoenix Foundation, Bic Runga, and many more.

The full line-up of bands and solo/duo acts are:
Brimstone – Whanganui High School
Paradox- Whanganui High School
S!x – Whanganui High School
Chanpertional – Whanganui High School
Sleepy Teens Club – Whanganui High School
Straight Lace – Whanganui High School
JFD’s – Whanganui High School
Space Cactus – Whanganui High School
etc, etc…- Ruapehu College
Ariana and Monika – Rangitikei College
Tia – Rangitikei College
Crystal-Lee & Anastacia – Rangitikei College
Madie – Wanganui City College
Xavia – Ruapehu College

The public is invited to watch some of Wanganui best young talent perform at the Royal Wanganui Opera House on Saturday, May 27, at 7pm. Adults $20, students $10, tickets from the Royal Wanganui Opera House.

Source: Whanganui Chronicle.

Two men in Indonesia’s Aceh province were publicly caned on Tuesday for consensual gay sex, a punishment that intensifies an anti-gay backlash in the world’s most populous Muslim country.

More than a thousand people packed the courtyard of a mosque to witness the caning, which was the first time that Aceh, the only province in Indonesia to practice Shariah law, has caned people for homosexuality. The crowd shouted insults and cheered as the men, aged 20 and 23, were whipped across the back and winced with pain.

Sarojini Mutia Irfan, a female university student who witnessed the caning, said it was a necessary deterrent.

“What they have done is like a virus that can harm people’s morale,” she said. “This kind of public punishment is an attempt to stop the spread of the virus to other communities in Aceh.”

The couple were arrested in March after neighborhood vigilantes in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, suspected them of being gay and broke into their rented room to catch them having sex.

A Shariah court last week sentenced each man to 85 strokes, but they were caned 83 times after a remission for time spent in prison. Four heterosexual couples also were caned Tuesday, receiving a far lesser number of strokes for affection outside marriage.

With the exception of Aceh, homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, but the country’s low-profile LGBT community has been under siege in the past year.

Caning is also a punishment in Aceh for gambling, drinking alcohol, women who wear tight clothes and men who skip Friday prayers.

Source: NZ Herald.

Ariana Grande has tweeted 5 hours after the reported suicide bombing at her concert in Manchester. The suicide bombing has been identified as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, there has also been an arrest of an unidentified 23-year-old in relation to the suicide bombing. The Islamic State has taken responsibility for the terrorist attack.

Donald Trump has weighed in on the event whilst staying in the Middle East saying the perpetrators of the suicide bombings were ‘Evil Losers’.

Three victims have been identified with the ages of the victims 28, 18 and 8 years old. There have been 22 confirmed fatalities and 59 concert goers taken to hospital.

Grande’s management team have reported her as ‘physically ok’, but it is safe to say that she is devastated by the recent attack.

Currently all her tour dates in the future have been postponed indefinitely until further notice.

Actor Roger Moore, most famously known playing Jame Bond, has died after battling cancer at age 89.

Moore’s big breakthrough was in 1962 with coveted role The Saint in the popular television series of the same name.  But it was in 1973 when he scored the role of James Bond taking over the position from Sean Connery as the third actor to play 007. He starred in the films The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy who Loved Me, Moonraker and Octopussy. It was said in that time that he earned 14 million British pounds (NZ$28Million).

After these roles he went into semi-retirement, and in 1991 he became a UNICEF ambassador, a role which he was in until his passing.

POLICE have confirmed that people have died and been injured after “explosions” at Manchester Arena sent thousands of terrified concertgoers fleeing an Ariana Grande concert.

Witnesses on social media have reported hearing a “massive bang” before screaming crowds rushed out of venue with police confirming an explosion in the foyer area.

Shocking pictures and video footage have shown the bloodied injured leaving the arena as passers-by rush to try and help.

Manchester’s Victoria station, which backs onto the arena, has been evacuated and all trains cancelled as emergency services respond.

Concertgoer Majid Khan, 22, said: “I and my sister, along with a lot of others were seeing Ariana Grande perform at Manchester Arena, and we were all exiting the venue when around 10.40-10.45pm-ish a huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena.
“It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit Trinity Way and that was blocked so everyone was just running to any exit they could find as quickly as they could.
“Everyone was in a huge state of panic, calling each other as some had gone to the toilet whilst this had gone off, so it was just extremely disturbing for everyone there.”

Witness Sasina Akhta told the Manchester Evening News: “She did her last song, we were in the lower tier and there was an explosion behind us at the back of the arena. We saw young girls with blood on them, everyone was screaming and people were running. There was lots of smoke.”

It is still unclear what caused the explosions with varied reports suggesting it could have been caused by a speaker or a balloon, while others suggested a gun had gone off.

A spokesman for Ariana Grande has confirmed the singer was unhurt.

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