New Zealand's Ardern says China flight's return not a red flag for ties

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – An Air New Zealand flight bound for Shanghai was turned back because of an “administrative issue” and the incident holds no political implications for ties with China, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.

The flight, with about 270 passengers, left Auckland shortly before midnight on Saturday but turned around several hours into the journey and landed in New Zealand on Sunday morning, the national carrier, part-owned by the government, has said.

“I think it is important to be really clear and not confuse administrative and regulatory issues as issues to do with the relationship,” Ardern told a weekly news conference.

“This was very much an administrative issue,” she added. “There’s an expectation that inbound aircraft be registered, that the flight in question had not fulfilled the administrative requirements.”

China’s foreign ministry has not made any comment yet.

Ardern’s remarks came after some politicians and analysts questioned whether the incident pointed to broader issues in New Zealand’s ties to its key trading partner.

“We need to know what has happened here. Is it part of the ongoing deterioration in relations between this New Zealand government and China?” opposition National Party leader Simon Bridges wrote on social network Twitter on Sunday.

In November, New Zealand’s intelligence agency rejected the telecommunication industry’s first request to use Chinese telecoms giant Huawei’s equipment in its planned 5G mobile network, citing national security concerns.

That followed a defence policy statement in July, in which New Zealand said China’s rising influence in the South Pacific could undermine regional stability, and alluded to tension in the disputed South China Sea, sparking complaint from China.

“There’s a heightened degree of sensitivity around the relationship right now,” said David Capie, director of the Centre for Strategic Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.

“On a range of issues with China this government has signalled it’s taking a different stance to its predecessor, so I think people are waiting to see if and how Beijing responds.”

The rescheduled flight landed in Shanghai on Monday, data from flight tracking website FlightAware shows.

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Vintage Air Jordans look as good as new after the shoes are restored

Vintage Air Jordans look as good as new after they are painstakingly restored in impressive footage

  • John Manalo, from the US, restored pair of Miles Morales Jordan 1’s to near-new
  • Shoes, from 1985, were in a beaten-up state with scuffed and discoloured leather
  • Mr Manalo cleans, repaints, and re-brands Jordans in an intricate restoration

A pair of Air Jordans from 1985 are restored to their former glory in impressive footage.

The video, uploaded to YouTube by John Manalo, first shows the Nike Jordan 1’s in their beaten-up state: the leather scuffed, cracked and tinted orange with age.

But Mr Manalo, from the US, soon makes it clear that the shoes worn by Miles Morales in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won’t be in this state for long.

The video, uploaded to YouTube by John Manalo, first shows the Nike Jordan 1’s in their beaten-up state

He said: ‘These need a repaint of the upper leather and a whitening on the tongue.’

Mr Manalo sprays the shoes with antimicrobial dish soap and scrubs down the leather as he begins the restoration. 

He then uses a leather deep-cleaner to ‘add more moisture’ to the shoes – which already look significantly cleaner.

The leather of the vintage shoes, from 1985, is scuffed, cracked and tinted orange with age

Mr Manalo begins to spray the shoes with antimicrobial dish soap and scrubs down the leather as he begins the restoration

He said: ‘This is going to look a little crazy that I’m doing this, that I’m submerging these shoes in water, but trust me.

‘I did it for my pair when I got them from eBay – the collar was crunchy and the leather was stiff as a bone.’

Mr Manalo pushes the shoes underneath the cleaner while massaging the shoes so they become more flexible.


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He said: ‘So now that the shoes have been deep cleaned we’re going to remove the stains that are still on there on the tongue.

‘Now with proper use, Clorox is beneficial and will help you whiten certain materials on the shoes. Not all materials, but certain materials.’

The restorer then dips a toothbrush in the bleach and rubs it on the tongue of the shoes as they begin to glow a much brighter white. 

During the intricate restoration, Mr Manalo even replaces the Air Jordan’s logo on the shoes using a stencil and an air brush

The restoration also includes removing the Nike tick, or ‘swoosh’, and replacing it with another

He then uses Retr0bright – a chemical mixture which contains hydrogen peroxide – and rubs it onto the rim of the shoes’ soles.

Mr Manalo then covers the midsole with electrical tape before swabbing the top of the leather with acetone.

The characteristic tick shape, or ‘swoosh’, on the shoes is then carefully removed.

He then sandpapers the leather before beginning to repaint the tattered shoes.

The shoes are then left looking as good as new after the painstakingly intricate restoration

During the intricate restoration, Mr Manalo even replaces the Air Jordan’s logo on the shoes using a stencil and an air brush.  

He even removes the ‘swoosh’ from another new pair of shoes and glues it onto the vintage Jordans – leaving the shoes looking near-brand new.

The video, which has been viewed more than 617,000 times, is one of many restorations Mr Manalo has uploaded to his channel.

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This Morning will air SIX days a week with Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes fronting new Sunday show

The presenters explained that the show will be airing six days a week, with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford at the helm of the Sunday show, from January 20.

Phillip explained: "We have an exciting announcement to make for Sunday mornings, with a weekend episode of This Morning.

"Eamonn and Ruth will be taking you through the highlights of This Morning from that week with some exclusive guests and lots of weekend treats thrown in for good measure.”

Holly added: “It’s official, we’ll be going on the telly six days a week. Lazy Sunday mornings couldn’t get any better.”

However, fans were quick to point out that it really would be lazy for her – as she won't be hosting it.


Eamonn added in a statement: “We’ll be there on Sundays to put the cherry on top of your best This Morning bits of the week.

This Morning boss Martin Frizell promised the show would be "an unmissable package of the week’s most talked about moments".


The new show, which has been scheduled at 10.30am, will go head to head with Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer's Sunday Brunch on Channel 4.

Fans were delighted, with one raving: "This Morning is now on a Sunday that’s the best thing about 2019 so far."

Another wrote: "@thismorning are trying to poach @SundayBrunchC4 viewers with their new Sunday schedule!!"

You bet they are.


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Couple awake to find a Tiger snake dangling in front of them

Are you asssleep? Couple awake to find an aggressive deadly tiger snake dangling above them after it climbed into their air-conditioning vent in the middle of the night

  • A Melbourne couple awoke to find a Tiger snake dangling in front of them 
  • The snake had made its way into their air-conditioner to escape extreme heat 
  • Professional snake catcher had to be called with the catch being caught on film 

A couple woke up to discover one of Australia’s most aggressive and deadliest snakes hanging over their heads on Thursday after it found a new home in their air-conditioning unit. 

The couple, from Little River, 50km south west of Melbourne, were shocked to discover the venomous Tiger Snake’s tail hanging out of the bottom of the bedroom unit.

They quickly called professional snake catcher Stewart Gatt. 

The couple, from Little River, 50km south west of Melbourne, were shocked to discover the venomous Tiger Snake’s tail hanging out of the bottom of the bedroom unit (pictured) 

Video footage of the snake shows the reptile attempting to bite Mr Gatt as his snake catching partner Natalie Marcok watched on.   

‘Oh my f****** god!’ Mrs Marcok can be heard saying. 

After grabbing the snake, it tried to defecate on Mr Gatt as a defensive mechanism. 


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However, after several moments a patient Mr Gatt finally traps the snake in a bag. 

‘Snakes can turn up in darnedest places. This tiger snake was inside a split system air conditioner,’ Mr Gatt wrote on his professional Facebook page. 

Mr Gatt said there may have been a couple of reasons for the snake to hide in the air-conditioner.  

Video footage of the snake shows the reptile attempting to bite Mr Gatt as his snake catching partner Natalie Marcok watched on 

‘My guess is the snake entered via the hole made in the external wall for the plumbing to go through. Most likely been chasing mice in the roof,’ he wrote on the post. 

He also said many snakes are searching for a cooler place to spend the summer months, The Herald Sun reported.   

‘Air-conditioners, unsealed garages, under doorways and unguarded windows were the most common way snakes entered homes,’ he said. 

‘A bit of weather seal or rolled up towels should be enough to deter them from getting inside in most cases but if you do spot one inside, lock the room, do not approach it and call a professional.’ 

Mr Gatt said he released the snake within 5km of the home as per Victorian law.   

‘My guess is the snake entered via the hole made in the external wall for the plumbing to go through. Most likely been chasing mice in the roof,’ Mr Gatt (pictured) wrote 

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Air Force lieutenant colonel faces child exploitation charge after FBI sex sting

Willie Newson was arrested Tuesday at a hotel in Marietta, Ga., on charges of child exploitation. 

An FBI sting has snared a high-ranking lieutenant colonel in the Air Force who was accused of trying to meet a girl at a hotel in Georgia after the two spoke online.

LT. Col. Willie Newson, 47, was arrested Tuesday at a hotel in Marietta, Ga., on charges of child exploitation, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. He was placed on leave pending the investigation’s outcome. It was not immediately clear if he has a lawyer.

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Authorities said Newson was trying to meet with a teen girl he met on a dating app but she was really an undercover officer working for the FBI Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force. An arrest warrant stated the officer “gave Newson the opportunity to stop communicating several times,” Channel 2 Action News reported.

Georgia Department of Defense spokeswoman Desiree Bamba said Newson is on the command staff of the state Air National Guard.

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“Lt. Col. Newson’s alleged actions do not reflect the values we uphold in the Georgia National Guard,” Bamba said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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