OPINION: Last week, we reported that Gun City was sending out brochures marketing air rifles as presents for kids. This week, we report an even more fearsome-sounding rifle on the loose in the mail system, an AR15 high-powered semi-automatic assault rifle misplaced by a courier firm. Amid coverage of mass shootings in the United States, it might be easy to imagine a morning of mayhem on Christmas Day, as this nation unwraps its festive arsenal of firearms.
OPINION: Steve Hansen should be delighted today. The announcement of the finalists for New Zealand's best rugby coaches is out this morning – and for the first time in years, he's not among them. Instead, there are three newer names and younger faces who will be booking in their tuxedo-fittings: World Cup-winning Black Ferns coach Glenn Moore, the Crusaders' breakdancing coach Scott Robertson, and U20 coach Craig Philpott. So why should Hansen be happy?
People-smuggling is a foul and callous business. It cynically exploits the heart-rending love of parents, desperate to save their children from persecution in their home countries and find them a better life at whatever cost. Since the arrival of the rescued Tampa refugees in New Zealand, our country – remote as it is – has witnessed the plight of increasing numbers of boat people fleeing the Middle-East and Asia in dangerously overloaded hulks.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".