Mayor ‘heartbroken’ as Lake Ohau homes left in ruins by overnight fire | 1 NEWS

Lake Ohau Village has been largely turned to ash after a raging forest fire ripped through the area overnight.

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Dozens of homes appear to have been burned in the fire near Lake Ohau.
Source: Gary Kircher

About 30 houses and just as many cars are believed to have been destroyed in the blaze after it blitzed through the Mackenzie Country area last night.

Two other fires have also erupted in the South Island this morning, fuelled by high winds which have fanned the flames and made them difficult to contain. 

Scenes after a fire at Lake Ohau Village, Mackenzie Country.
Source: Supplied/David Stone

Fire and Emergency says the Ohau fire is burning through pine forest and grass in the Mackenzie Basin, with 16 fire crews on the ground and five helicopters fighting it.

There is a mixture of shock and confusion among the

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Australian nudist retreat in Noosa goes up for sale

The owner of a Australian nudist retreat in the Sunshine Coast has bared all as he prepares to sell his beloved piece of paradise – and so have his real estate agents.

Rainer Mueckenberger, 71, who has been a practising nudist since he was a teenager, is finally putting the controversial Noosa Edge Nudist Retreat on the market, The Courier-Mail reports.

The 2.5-acre property and business in the Noosa hinterland, surrounded by a seven-foot fence to ensure guests’ privacy, comes complete with BDSM rooms and offers courses on bondage.

One room dubbed The Cave features voice-activated lights, a giant bubble bath and ropes, handles and oils.

“Here, everything is confidential. It’s safe, secure and private,” the German businessman told the paper. “Whatever you want to do here you can, as long as it is adult-consenting activities.”

Mueckenberger was tight-lipped on his clientele but hinted there may have been the odd

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Lake Ohau homes destroyed in major Waitaki District fire

Janet Brown was lying in bed as fierce winds kept her awake when she heard an alarm go off. Moments later she looked out her bedroom window to see her neighbour’s house on fire.

The large forest fire, which is still spreading, is thought to have destroyed dozens of homes near Lake Ohau in the Waitaki District and may have been started by an electrical arc from overhead power lines. Around 90 people were evacuated after the blaze broke out at around 3am, and it was believed to be rapidly growing in size on Sunday morning.

It is largest of several blazes burning around Canterbury and north Otago on Sunday.

Firefighters are also tackling a large pine forest fire in Livingston, south of Duntroon. The blaze is close to Mckenzie Rd and also started around 3.15am. Sixteen crews and a command unit from Dunedin are in attendance and eight helicopters

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If rental assistance isn’t in the next stimulus, there will be bankruptcies, foreclosures | Opinion

By David Brogan

Regardless of your political persuasion, the stalemate between Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can make anyone cringe. This is especially true if you are one of the 40 million renters in this country, many of whom are struggling to make ends meet, and who desperately need rental assistance. I’m not quite sure if congressional leadership refuses to recognize the exponential benefits of rental assistance or if they just don’t have the ability to see how beneficial rental assistance would be to our quality of life, our economy and our local and state governments, but it’s time to wake up.

I say to Congress, “Rental assistance, WTF!?” WTF stands for “Where’s The Funding?”

The trillions of dollars in stimulus aid since the beginning of this pandemic has helped people on unemployment, it has helped hospitals, and it has helped small and

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Two Toronto nursing homes are the hardest hit LTC facilities by COVID-19 in Ontario, according to latest report

Two nursing homes in Toronto appear to be among the hardest hit long-term-care facilities by a COVID-19 outbreak, in the latest numbers released by the province Saturday morning.

The 108-bed Fairview Nursing Home, near Dufferin Street and Dundas Street West, reported 42 residents and 12 staff members testing positive, making it Ontario’s largest active outbreak at an LTC home. Less than five deaths have been reported, although it’s not clear why there isn’t a more exact figure.

The 130-bed Vermont Square nursing home on Bathurst Street, north of Bloor Street West, reported an active outbreak with 35 confirmed cases — 25 residents and 10 staff. No deaths have been reported there.

The province has a total of 45 LTC homes with active coronavirus outbreaks, according to its latest data Saturday morning.

An active COVID-19 outbreak indicates that the home has at least one lab confirmed case of COVID-19 (in resident

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Nest Audio is the new Google Home. Everything you need to know


The new Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home speaker.

Google/Screenshot by CNET

Google announced a new smart speaker on Wednesday, called the Nest Audio. There’s plenty we know about the fabric-coated device, and much we’ll still have to find out — such as whether the Nest Audio actually lives up to the hype and how it compares to the recently updated Amazon Echo. (If the Nest Audio’s specs are any indication, this could be the Alexa-killer Google has been hoping for.)

We’ll walk you through the most important things to learn about the Nest Audio’s price, colors, sale date and features. And we’ll explain what the new name means for other Google Home ($99 at Walmart) and Nest devices.

What is Nest Audio and which Google speaker does it replace?

Nest Audio replaces the original Google Home but, despite the similar name, it’s not the successor to

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Solidcore Owner Anne Mahlum Is Selling Her DC-Area Homes

Photo courtesy of Solidcore.

Anne Mahlum, owner of popular boutique fitness chain Solidcore, announced on her Facebook page that she is selling two Washington-area homes. On Monday, she listed her waterfront property in Royal Oak, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, for $1,795,000. Her Adams Morgan condo hit the market on Thursday for $1,600,000.

In a Facebook post about the Eastern Shore house, dated September 25, Mahlum writes: “I love this house so much, but it’s time to start making some moves on the next chapter to build some new memories in new places.”

It’s been a tough seven months for Solidcore, as Covid-19 has devastated much of the fitness industry. In March, Mahlum announced that she had laid off 98 percent of her employees. In July, as instructors slowly began to return to her studios, Washingtonian reported that many of them felt Solidcore wasn’t doing enough to keep them safe from

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Save on cookware, small appliances and more

Shop and save at Macy’s during the VIP Sale. (Photo: All-Clad / Macy’s)

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‘Everything must go’ says owner of the Rainbow Skate Center hosting a closing sale

JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) – The Rainbow Skate Center has decided to close its doors after many years and memories, hosting a garage sale to get rid of everything.

The Rainbow Skate Center has decided to close its doors after many years and memories, hosting a garage sale to get rid of everything.

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The Rainbow Skate Center has decided to close its doors after many years and memories, hosting a garage sale to get rid of everything.

The skating rink first opened back in 1980, and the owners expressed the expenses of the much-needed repairs and the overall upkeep.

“With the way COVID is now, it’s hard to make a living if you tried to spend as much money as it would take to redo it.” said owner, Robbi Cumbest.

Cumbest added “The facility isn’t in the best shape and would be out of a lot of money repairing only making very little profit.”

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Real estate agents get creative with buyer incentives

In five years as a San Francisco real estate agent, Emily Beaven has never experienced such a dry spell. She has several condos on the market right now that she’s representing and she has no offers and zero showings scheduled for them.

She decided it was time to get creative.

“We’re not even getting calls on things. It’s a bit of a ghost town. Then I started to see the incentive trend happening, ” Beaven said. “When you’re not in a super-strong seller’s market, when properties need that extra boost, that’s when [incentives] happen. We’re entering a period of desperation.”

Incentives are designed to entice the buyer or the buyer’s agent to get a property sold as soon as possible. Pre-pandemic, a higher commission for the buyer’s agent was a common incentive, as were restaurant gift cards, but when Beaven saw roundtrip tickets to Paris advertised recently as an agent

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