Donald Trump causes major headaches for Theresa May during UK visit

The US President gave an explosive interview to The Sun on Brexit, which hasn't helped the under-fire British leader. Source: 1 NEWS

Watch: Simon Bridges responds to Jacinda Ardern’s big speech – ‘Ultimately there was nothing there’

Winston Peters rules the roost and New Zealanders are starting to wake up to the fact that NZ First is leading the coalition government and not Labour, according to National leader Simon Bridges.

Mr Bridges said Ms Ardern’s announcement yesterday of the Government’s priorities for NZ over the next 30 years was devoid of substance.

The Prime Minister gave details of the Government plan during a speech in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS

“They’ve had a shambolic few weeks, so they wanted to all come together and show unity, have a sort of pep rally, Kumbaya session, the problem I think was ultimately there was nothing there,” he told TVNZ1’s Breakfast.

“There was nothing in it basically, that I or any MP in Parliament couldn’t go along with, it was so high level.”

Read more: Jacinda Ardern outlines Government's top 12 priorities for New Zealand over next 30 years

The opposition leader said the reason for that was that Mr Peters had to approve of everything done by the Government.

“The reason for that is the Prime Minister knows she can’t get a lot of agreement on a lot of things, so she has to be airy-fairy, in the clouds on stuff,” he said.

“The reason for that ultimately, which New Zealanders are waking up to, is that Winston Peters runs the roost on this stuff.”

"Unless he agrees, and there’s a lot he won’t agree to, most of it actually, then it doesn’t happen, we’re starting to see a NZ First-led coalition rather than a Labour-led one."

Mr Bridges categorically rejected the notion that this was an MMP government in action, with partners working through the issues in cabinet.

"It is insulting to the MMP governments that have gone before, they were MMP governments, they had to manage these things, they were always Labour-led or National-led, that’s not what we’ve got here.

"I think the real tragedy is ultimately, nearly a year in, past the platitudes, where is the seriously detailed plan and actions for New Zealanders on things that matter?

"Like an economic downturn, like cost of living going up more than wages, and petrol prices and rents and so on, we didn’t see any real stuff there."

Asked what he would have as priorities for New Zealand over the next three decades, Mr Bridges highlighted changes to industrial laws and dealing with overseas investment.

“Reversing the ones (taxes) they have done because that’s putting up petrol prices that are hurting Kiwi families, that’s affecting on rental prices, all these things that Kiwis are starting to really feel.”

Mr Bridges accused unions of “clipping the ticket” to no real benefit for the workers. 

The National leader said the Prime Minister was simply dealing in platitudes, not actions that matter.


Hurricane Florence death toll rises to 15, causes collapse near coal ash landfill

Heavy rains from Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast, Duke Energy says.

Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said late Saturday about 1,530 cubic metres of ash were displaced at the L. V. Sutton Power Station outside Wilmington and that contaminated runoff likely flowed into the plant's cooling pond.

The company has not yet determined whether the weir that drains the lake was open or if contamination may have flowed into the Cape Fear River. That's roughly enough ash to fill 180 dump trucks.

Florence slammed into the North Carolina coast as a large hurricane Friday, dumping nearly 1 metre of rain and swelling the region's rivers. The resulting flooding forced swift-water rescues and left several people dead.

Sheehan said the company had reported the incident to state and federal regulators "out of an abundance of caution."

The storm dropped 10 to 18 inches of rain along the North Carolina coast. Source: Associated Press

The coal-fired Sutton plant was retired in 2013 and the company has been excavating millions of tons of ash from old waste pits and removing it to safer lined landfills constructed on the property. The grey ash left behind when coal is burned contains toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead and mercury.

Duke has been under intense scrutiny for the handling of its coal ash since a drainage pipe collapsed under a waste pit at an old plant in Eden in 2014, triggering a massive spill that coated 110 kilometres of the Dan River in grey sludge.

In a subsequent settlement with federal regulators, Duke agreed to plead guilty to nine Clean Water Act violations and pay $102 million in fines and restitution for illegally discharging pollution from coal-ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants. The company is in the process of closing all of its coal ash dumps by 2029.

Spokeswoman Megan S. Thorpe at the state's Department of Environmental Quality said state regulators will conduct a thorough inspection of the site as soon as safely possible.

"DEQ has been closely monitoring all coal ash impoundments that could be vulnerable in this record breaking rain event," Thorpe said. She added that the department, after assessing the damage, will "hold the utility accountable for implementing the solution that ensures the protection of public health and the environment."

The death toll of Florence now stands at 15, 10 in North Carolina and five in South Carolina.

A driver died Sunday (local time) when a pickup truck struck an overpass support beam in Kershaw County, South Carolina, state troopers said.

Michael Dalton Prince, 23, died after the truck he was riding in lost control on a flooded two-lane road in Georgetown County, South Carolina, said Coroner Kenny Johnson.

The driver and another passenger escaped after the truck landed upside down in a flooded ditch.

Authorities said 63-year-old Mark Carter King and 61-year-old Debra Collins Rion of Loris, South Carolina, died of carbon monoxide poisoning from running a generator indoors.

That follows the deaths from Saturday when a mother and her 8-month-old child were killed when a massive tree crushed their brick house Friday in Wilmington, North Carolina

"It was very dark, all you could see was water and wind, you couldn't really figure out what was going on out there," a neighbour said. Source: Associated Press

An 81-year-old man died while trying to evacuate Wayne County, North Carolina, a 78-year-old man was electrocuted in the rain while trying to connect extension cords for a generator in Lenoir County, North Carolina, a 77-year old man died after he went outside to check on his hunting dogs and was blown down by strong winds

Three people died in Duplin County, North Carolina, because of flash flooding and swift water on roadways

Amber Dawn Lee, 61 also died Saturday when the vehicle she was driving struck a tree near the town of Union, South Carolina

Authorities say the storm did not cause some other deaths that occurred during Florence in North Carolina: a woman who died of undetermined causes in a shelter, and a woman who suffered a heart attack at home during the storm.

Flood waters from hurricane Florence inundate the town of Engelhard, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Waters inundate a town in North Carolina. Source: Associated Press


US resort area Cape Cod reeling after first fatal shark attack in more than 80 years

Friends say a 26-year-old man who was killed in a shark attack off a Cape Cod beach in the United States was an engineering student who loved the outdoors.

Arthur Medici, of Revere, Massachusetts, was bitten by a shark Sunday while boogie boarding off Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet and later died at a hospital. He was the state's first shark attack fatality in more than 80 years and the second attack victim this summer on Cape Cod.

Bunker Hill Community College in Boston said in a statement that Mr Medici was a part-time engineering student at the school last spring. It did not provide any other information about him.

Friends told WCVB-TV that Mr Medici moved to the US from Brazil two years ago to attend college. Friends say he loved to hike and surf.

The beach remained closed to swimming today.

The victim Arthur Medici was boogie boarding at Newcomb Hollow Beach when the attack occurred. Source: Breakfast

Super Typhoon Mangkhut sends torrential rain, winds of up to 162kmh barreling through south China

Super Typhoon Mangkhut brought torrential rain and gale that uprooted trees after landing in south China's Guangdong Province at 5pm on Sunday (local time).

The typhoon made landfall on the coast of Jiangmen City in Guangdong, packing winds up to 162km/h.

The super typhoon brought torrential rain to various areas of the Jiangmen City after landing, including the Beidou Town, where the downpour dramatically flooded an aquafarm in a quarter of an hour.

Waters at a local wharf surged, expanded and became torrential amid the extreme typhoon, which is considered the strongest to land in China this year.

Super Typhoon Mangkhut swept many coastal areas of the province, where some residents have reinforced doors and windows of their houses.

Gale brought by Mangkhut also broke and even uprooted trees and destroyed various structures in Guangdong.

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More than 2.45 million people have been relocated, and over 48,000 fishing boats had been called back to port in the province as of 5pm Sunday.

The typhoon made landfall on the coast of Jiangmen City, Guangdong Province, at 5pm Sunday (local time). Source: Associated Press