NSW are on high alert during vacation season 2013. In the interim, Australia’s PM goes into overdrive kickstarting her year off with child abuse in her sights. ”Hideous. Shocking. Vile,” are her opening lines of Gillard’s latest rant.
”I believe our nation needs to have this royal commission.”
Love it. Girlfriend… bring it on. The worst kind of child abuse occurring at the moment is economic child abuse. Where inequality rises, it is a statistical fact abuse towards children rises with it. In times of greed and inequality, children and their families are often left exposed and vulnerable by The State. The abuse of children abused in such conditions, was pre-set for children economically by leaders… so I think a politician in the South Pacific and Asia-Pacific whose people are earning well, (entire)… is more than qualified to go for the jugular on the child abuse issue with integrity. (more…)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.1.13~
7 years ago when I lived in the USA, Julia Gillard, the Welsh born Australian Prime Minister didn’t even register in a New Zealander’s consciousness.
In the USA Julia Gillard as Australia’s leader rose to fame at the same time Julian Assange did in the US news. They were the two Australians of the year in American media presence.
At 2012 her stand against sexism and mysogeny has made Gillard a global icon for women’s rights. She also now has 1 in 5 of all Maori people of the world living within her nation’s borders. She is their leader now. Riding a mining boom Gillard pays women $20k more each year on average than NZ does. Wow! 7 years ago, that wasn’t the case. It now is. Who would have thought?
Congratulations Australia and Ms. Gillard.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.12.12~
Funny TV Quotes: “My dear remaining fellow Australians… The end of the world is coming. It wasn’t Y2K, it wasn’t even the carbon price… Whether the final blow comes from flesh eating zombies, demonic hell beasts or from the total triumph of K-pop, if you know one thing about me it is this: I will always fight for you to the very end…
Julia Gillard does her best Maggie Iron-Tile Thatched rusty red roof, TVC impersonation in response to Mayan Calendar superstitious predictions that the globe we live on is meant to be all over on December 21 this year. Economists are working so hard against Christmas cheer this year… I thought she was quite funny in rebutting that. (more…)
JULIA GILLARD UNLEASHES ON “SLEAZE AND SMEAR” WITCH HUNT TACTICS OF HER LAWYER DAYS, SAVAGING CRITICS
When you’re in a nation with a high mining output, you should expect a fair bit of sleaze. It goes with that kind of culture. The same goes for BigOil and well as BigMining culture. They both can be a dirty industry.
Yet Julia Gillard draws a line and says it doesn’t have to enter her politics. She has fast become known as a fiery Welsh-Aussie, whose ‘strong woman telling it straight up’ media profile is becoming quite popular throughout Asian nations, Western nations and also Asia Pacific.
Her show today from Canberra Australia involves how to combat a witch hunt of smear tactics pitted against her. The heroine show is a hoot from the fiery redhead of politics. It’s slightly Judith Collins of NZ on a fiery day of politics. Press Play Above. It goes like this:
In high sword warrior style then: “Mr Blewitt, according to people who know him, has been described as a complete imbecile, an idiot, a stooge, a sexist pig, a liar, and his sister has said he’s a crook, and rotten to the core,” Ms Gillard said.
Gillard is referring to accusations against her in the days where she was a lawyer with Slater & Gordon. A boyfriend she dated at the time is said to be accusing her of sketchy biz practice that could have led to AWU company taking a hit on profits. The former boyfriend and Blewitt accuse Guillard of syphoning funds.
Recent history has shown that bankers and failed financial investment companies were the world’s major syphoner of funds in the world, especially from elderly peoples savings and investments. British bankers brought the story to light in a big way, in 2012. Part of the Eurozone mess is their engineering design of thievary. Since then funds syphoning is a hot topic worldwide.
ABC net also reported Slater & Gordon’s response was: (more…)
Australia’s Julia Gillard announced in a bold strategy that Australia is open to trade with all Asian nations. Aussie sees itself as the hub of Asia Pacific in the South Pacific by 2025. That’s only 13 years away.
In addition to all Australian children being encouraged to learn one Asian language of their own choice in their schooling years, integration in all things business with Australia and Asia, will happen.
How do you get the right Asians into Australia? Or have more of the right Asian leaders engaging with you, of the type you want?
This is a hard place and we’re not angels or saints: the big things are never easy and we don’t get everything right.
But we stand today, a proud people in a free land.
–Julia Gillard showing realistic leadership. 28.10.12~
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.10.12~
ABSOLUTELY WE CAN GET IT DONE – AUSTRALIA IN THE ASIAN CENTURY’S ECONOMIC ROADMAP GOALS, INTENTIONS, MAIN AREAS OF FOCUS
Julia Gillard laid down the gauntlet of where Australia is headed to 2025 in The Asian-Century.
Of note is the leadership aspect Australia is showing, where the country clearly wants to self determine their own terms of engagement with Asia’s growth. Or, if you plan it, you are leading.
A valuable insight into vision, leadership with clear objectives outlined openly.
Speech at the launch of the White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century. Sydney 28 October 2012. History asks great nations great questions.
History asks great nations great questions. Australia is no exception.
Through generations, our great nation has been asked great questions – and we have answered them.
Could we feed a people on this driest of lands?
Could we unite a nation on a continent without the pressures of revolution or war?
Could we carry our weight in the world and fight for the freedom of our friends?
Could we defend ourselves in our greatest hour of need?
Could we rebuild after decades of Depression and War?
Could we embrace change and find new sources of wealth in demanding new times?
Could we say Sorry?
You see the answer in the nation around you: We got it done.
This is a hard place and we’re not angels or saints: the big things are never easy and we don’t get everything right.
But we stand today, a proud people in a free land. 51st in global population – 12th in global wealth – one of the most equal economies and mobile societies in the world.
Respected by our oldest friends in the world – welcomed by our newest friends in the region.
But history is calling to us again – today, history asks us another great question.
Can Australia be a winner in this Asian Century of change and growth? (more…)
“I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man, I will not. Not now, not ever.”
–Julia Gillard gives a gender equality lesson to Australia using Tony Abbott as her prop.
Read more Aussie politics at The Punch. Photo: Kym Smith.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.10.12~
The Horiwood Top Ten today are:
5. Miley Cyrus
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.9.12~
Julia Gillard is leaving the APEC meeting in Vladivostok, eastern Russia and returning home upon the news that her father has died, officials said today.
The Australian prime minister’s parents John and Moira lived in Pasadena in South Australia.
They moved from Wales to Adelaide in 1966 after learning that daughter Julia, born in 1961, suffered bronchopneumonia and the warmer climate in Australia would help the condition.
Mr Gillard, who was 93, worked as a psychiatric nurse but before that had been a coal miner. She has a sister Alison, who is three years older.
Sending condolences Ms. Gillard’s family’s way.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.9.12~
On top of the world is Kiwi athlete Nathan Smith and friends at the Paralympic Games, London 2012. Photo: Zimbio.
Audiences are reading today from:
World News by audience views are:
the vibe: oil, fisheries, food and safe water flows planning are determining all global games of politics (thus news) right now in the world. If the truth is told, islands and Island Peoples with fish marine haven reserves and oil ocean supplies are the biggest celebrities right now. Combined with agricultural rich nations, adequate safe water supply countries and ensuring air quality for future generations breathing needs are the pressing topics for planners of the world’s children’s bright futures. True security is ensuring these things. The rest is all ‘greed-fear’ grandstanding and pretense.
On that note, here’ some news links:
Fiji is not the enemy. Only coveteous people would think that of the South Pacific. Fiji’s foreign debt needs to be shared by friends of Fiji. The USA has sold over $1 trillion US foreign debt bonds to China, and China is heavily investing into the USA. U.S can’t say China is the enemy via Fiji accepting Chinese money, as the U.S does this themselves.
Global Warming & greed and inequality -is the enemy of us all.
South Pacific is now recruiting more noble trading partners and friends: Although US & Britain & China are much worse with illegal ocean trafficking culture, NZ news reports: Concern Pacific being used as illegal activity highway.
USA: Tropical storm updates: Storm Watch: Isaac (a tropical storm) lashes New Orleans, Storm water levels, Call for Evacuations, What to do, Cam watch radar satellite + cams, NY Times on Louisiana, News rheel video: New Orleans passes post-Katrina hurricane test.Wall junkies mood: Stocks flat, US oil falls as Isaac damage limited. Fuel mood: Gasoline To Hit Labor Day Record Price, Media-CIA scandals & privacy breaches: Correspondence and collusion between the New York Times and the CIA, Always trading: U.S. trade official Ron Kirk in Southeast Asia. Health News California: 101-year-old driver injuries 8 children outside school, Tech news: Yahoo chief fired for storm gaffe. California rail news affordability report. Baltimore hopes to repopulate: Baltimore invites immigrants – no questions asked. US Open tennis: Robson stuns Clijsters at US Open, Clint Eastwood, Agriculture: Some Farmers ‘Will Make More Money’ in Drought. Education Big Apple: NYC Softens Public School ‘Discipline Code’, Earthquake alert: Aftershocks keep Yorba Linda shaking, 2nd-Quarter Growth Is Revised Up, Diet: California admit Calorie limits might keep you healthier, but don’t extend life (wow!), Chicago Education: Chicago Teachers Union Gives 10-Day Strike Notice, Coach watch Miami: Joe Philbun, Chicago kids and Abductions, Cali: Granting 450,000 young illegal immigrants drivers licenses garners support. Nutrition Tours are a growing trend. Romney‘s ‘Dry Land’ Comment causes offense. Wisconsin sluggers news: Paul Ryan accepts Republican nomination & Ryan Speech to Focus on the Economy, With Shots at Obama, Legal: A Reprieve for New York Fed in Libor Case, Creative economists writing: Edward Allen does his best. Colorado news: Colorado e-book buyers to get back $1.5M from Hachette Book Group. US economy, lack of jobs creation costing US still & Sluggish US growth expected to continue (+graphic). Romney‘s make-or-break chance to lead US, Kitchen Entrepreneurs California bill would allow home cooks to sell goods, Alec Ross shares his social media tips, Music balladeer icons of the working class, news: Video premiere: Bob Dylan.
Guest commentary: Friedman‘s: Egypt’s Morsi in Iran.
New Zealand: June Mariu is made a Dame. Maori delegats impress at the Pacific Leaders forum (watch clips below). Although NZ’ child poverty level is not only racist, discrimatory, illegal and of more pressing priority, Gay adoption bill drawn, NZ’s PM on gay marriage bill changes & parliamentary majority has voted + more PM, A need to look up more & outward: NZ incest rate disturbing, Not pretty: Afghanistan explosion: Kiwi loses both legs, Colin Craig‘s views on gay marriage, What NZ Catholic Schools think. Fair partnerships and the First Time Home Owners scheme, West Coast’s hills are alive with the sounds of conservation, due to coal prices dip. Huntly folllows suit, 120 jobs lost. Dame Malvina Major+ buds pat on the back. Kiwiana staples: Quiz scruples & Bohemian Kiwi fashion chic’s Trelise Cooper. NZ airlines tahi & rua news. Sports: Athletics: Adams sends records tumbling. Too honest: Rugby: Thomson considering overseas move, Landscape & Photographs: The Sounds of Visuals. Tabloid-Hollywood: Teacher quits over alleged affair with student, The local fashion scene for the young – retail. Conclusion of NZ news: More sustainable jobs creation is where NZ is majorly at in our current climate of gross inequality and NZ’s racial and human rights history too. Watch NZ News Bulletins in Full: TV3 & TVOne (my fav).
United Kingdom: Paralympians opening ceremony, London is the UK’s big story. The symbol the UK likes the most is not a crown per se, it’s an umbrella,Comfortable fashion on bad hair days: Regina dons a hoodie, Like the French: ‘Emergency’ Tax on the Rich Roils Britain’s spoiled brats. The next generation Harry ‘has palace support’, Air traffic HQ: David Cameron pressured to rethink Heathrow, Two British writers: Sir Andrew Motion poetry reads, a poem and Chris Cleave‘ book. Justine Greening ‘acted unlawfully’, Strauss exits cricket.The men who documented Vietnam.
Sports photo: The kids of rugby: Three rugby football players: Adam Thomson (L) Richard Kahui and Sitiveni Sivivatu (R) at Harrow school sports centre in 2008, photo: United Kingdom. Photographer: Ross Land, Getty Images.
Australia: Water & Australia: Australia’s lower rainfall unusual: study,Calls for Federal Law to curtail racial abuse should be required in Aussie. Economy: Warning: after boom it’ll be Dutch and go, Breaking: Rescuers save six, fears for scores more as latest asylum tragedy, Managing global food crises: Australia, Nauru sign detention deal, Breaking 2: Tragedy unfolds: illegal asylum seeekers dead in rough seas, Cricket: Resolute Australia trounce Pakistan in series opener, Airlines news: Qantas upgrades, Mining soldiers news: Fears three Diggers slain in Afghanistan, Looking after Aussie’s national smile - Gillard tackles gender inequality. Rugby News: Robbie Deans has no intention of resigning, Melburne Australian citizens: Angry workers ‘ready to rumble’, Party-smart news:Canberra are Aussie’s smartest party city. Gina Rinehart as the voice of Australian entitlement loses relevancy cred. Off the wall news: Market cops a season’s beatings. Health spend: Brisbane hospital delay costing $100k a day. Cricket: Strauss walks away from cricket. Sun Capitol’s next economic moves: Victoria’s Secret: coconut oil. Humor: Clive Palmer orders tyrannosaurus rex.
Canada: Arctic sea ice levels hit record low, Rattler news alerts: Earthquake shakes Victoria area, Like the USA, Canada to Press China on Sale. Is Nathan Cullen being censored on evironmental concerns advocacy with the Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline proposal? He says he is. As Canada’s obesity rates rise to 65%, the move is on to bring it back to the middle: Bachelor Canada: First five contestants, Banking buy ups: Scotiabank purchases ING Bank of Canada for #3.13B cash, Surprise, surprise: Ontario is Canada’s worst province, Good news in the employment sector: Canadians more optimistic about job security, poll finds – Canada still has careers. Ducky economy perceptions – what is the BigPharma over-consumption rates of Canadians, link here? Federal environmental assessments cuts worry scientists.
Italy: So, Angela Merkel now speaks for Italy apparently.–still, so German.
Brazil: Indigenous Peoples Watch: ‘Deadly attack’ on Amazon tribe, Sports: Julio Cesar agrees to move to QPR – BBC, Brazil will not be bullied: Brazil judges uphold Chevron, Transocean operating ban – oil, Growing a Portugese speaking eonomy, language teachers sought – Now hiring: Brazil wants Ten times more foreign professionals, As Brazil’s economy contracts due to not mining so much oil, Brazil actively looks to buy foreign assets: Itaú Asset says Brazilians eyeing more foreign assets – Silobreaker. Wine of the week 2009 Bodegas A. Fernández Tinto Pesquera.
Germany: Germany and Italy voice optimism, Cleaning up dark human rights history: Germany explodes huge WWII bomb in Munich (PHOTOS, VIDEO), Geale in Germany, Offshore windparks and Germany’s Green energy plans: cabinet passes draft law, Energy prices push up German inflation in August. Taxes and the economy: Germany’s governing Christian Democrats call for gay couple tax equality, Green
energy to hit Germans’ bills: Vattenfall.
Sophie Pascoe is competing in London. Photo: Stuff.Co.NZ. Go kid! :)
India: Fossil fuels extraction: 53 coal blocks face axe for delay, Bollywood gossip: Shah Rukh and Shirish will never be best friends: Farah Khan, Indian-American’s anti-Obama film is a bit rich, BJP MLA among 32 guilty in Naroda Patiya massacre, ‘Chinese city official escapes to US with millions of dollars’ , NDTV Mid-Term poll 2012: Should Indians be friends with Pakistan?, And: What Indian American is at a Republican convention.
Ann Romney makes a splash at Tampa Florida’s GOP Convention. Kia ora.
Spain: Sports: Real Madrid win Spanish Super Cup, Sports Trades News: Javi Martinez signs for Bayern in record deal, ‘Bad bank’ framework agreed on, Espana headlines: tahi: La Audiencia investiga si Interior reveló secretos sobre Cordón, rua: España dice que no discrepa con Bruselas sobre el “banco malo”, toru: Leves caídas en el Ibex por la cautela de operadores ante el BCE. News: Spanish Super Cup as it happened. Photos: Spanish Gazpacho.
Netherlands: Dutch F16s jets. Geert Wilders is accused by an Israeli rabbi of being anti-semitic, Kees van der Staaij is a big yawn. Politics: Dutch Liberals lead in polls ahead of September 12 vote. Austerity anger is trending. Economic flows: Finns, Dutch cast first doubt on euro zone deal.
Argentina: Turns out Argentina is in oil wrangler’s sights: Exxon, Apache to Discuss Argentina Shale Partnerships, YPF Says. Video games: Angry Birds: Argentina to shoot seagulls to save whales. More on fuel wars: Argentina, Indonesia Threatened With EU Biodiesel Tariffs. Argentina, a geographical look.
Foreign correspondent, Ngahuia Wade of Ngai Tuhoe Maori Tribe is reporting from Rarotonga.
Maldives: tensions reported.
Myanmar: US paves way for Myanmar president visit.
Taiwan: Contested islands games
Israeli News: Airline, miners, Israel generous.
Hong Kong: Ernst & Young regulator secrecy scandals
China: Becoming more like the USA – Drones & Mainland China, China to deploy drones to conduct maritime surveillance. Still building: Chinese plan $250m high-rise.
Russia: Pumped up by wealthy oily friends: Vladimir Putin‘s lavish Russian lifestyle.
[For all the journalists, news camera crews, photographers, writers who contributed links to this post, thank you for your combined efforts of bringing the world the news].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.8.12~
AUSTRALIA NEWS BITES: ANTARCTIC MOUNTAINS SCENIC FLIGHTS, MEGAN GALE, NATALIA IMBRUGLIA, TOM HARDY & CHARLIZE THERON – 27.8.12
A view of the Antartic mountains, as Australia is the ninth most read topic today.–Photo: Lissa Christopher.
Here’s some News:
Music to Hollywood acting: Natalie Imbruglia may have sold millions of albums, yet acting is on the cards–The Australian.
Sports: Sharks & The Storm, what’s up?–Sydney Morning Herald sports journalists report.
Not a good day for Aussie drillers: Drilling rig deaths. Two workers go South-West. ABC.Net.
Gardening Guru Colin Campbell has died–Brisbane Times.
Naomi Watt is over the paparazzi–The Australian.
Immigration: African and Muslim immigrants & Melbourne’s police force relations. ABC.Net.
Historical Tales: Sir Anthony Mason on the sacking of the Whitlam government–Canberra Times.
TV ratings: Howzat sits pretty on 3 million viewers–The Australian.
Industrial sector markets watch: China’s drop causes Aussie industrial market entities to dip. ABC Net.
Sports: NRL’s biggest flops 2012.–The Australian.
Sports: Aussie Olympians–Canberra Times.
Sports: Caviar will race on.–The Australian.
Gun Control–how safe are the police?–The Brisbane Times.
Education Apartheid: Kenneth Davidson on The Gonski Report‘s findings.
Cool excursions: Getting to know Antarctica - Australia to Antarctica in a day.–SMH
Be quick: The Arctic Ice Cap is melting away.–SMH
Fashion Focus: Mercendez Benz fashion festival. On the runways of Brisbane–BT
Sweet Kitchen Hobbies: Tangelo & Buttermilk Syrup Cake.–The Age.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.8.12~
Australia’s PM Julia Gillard was under fire in the media today:
“The statement issued on Sunday by Julia Gillard’s old law firm says essentially that it found she did nothing wrong when she was interviewed 17 years ago over the alleged rorting of union funds by her then boyfriend, Bruce Wilson.
It is less specific on why she left Slater & Gordon.”–Sydney Morning Herald.
When questioned about the 1995 incident on TV this am, boy did Gillard snap like a crocodile.
Gillard looks like she could do with a much deserved holiday.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.8.12~
Matua Tamati Reedy explains why we should be proud of all of our athletes.
Tonight a nation looks at New Zealand’s sense of “fair play” in sports and society and how important it is to Kiwi culture - to being upheld. We also look at what cheats can cost their fellow competitors in making sporting memories – for their own home folk in major sports events too, or arena’s of achievement.
It’s a good theme of tonight’s news and where NZ is really at, in wanting to maintain a society that isn’t so rigged or manipulated unjustly.
In rough draft. News from New Zealand. TVNZ One@6pm News:
6.00pm - Val Adams. Can’t hand back the silver medal fast enough. The champ is in Switzerland for an interivew. Garth Bray reports.
6.03pm: Murray McCulley. “Some lengthy process before she’ll be presented with the medal.”
The Belarusian says her tests were clear, Nicole Brember, reports. Mike Stanley, said “she’d improved over the summer, so it did raise concerns.” The Belarusian athlete, N.O says: “It simply cannot be.”
Graeme Steel, “It’s well known how it acts and how it stays in the system.” Soviet Union Ivan Tikhon, “Athens doping athlete in Athens eight years ago had a doping scandal.” The unseated Belarus champion remains in denial, “I absolutely don’t know.”
Gabby Adams, Val’s gorgeous sister: “She’s beating Vale but not the fair way. Val’s a natural athlete. You can’t get more real that that.”
Val’s golden girl status is like Peter Snell as an athlete with this news.
6.06pm: Ewhan McDonald court case trial. Simon Bradley.
11 people in a jury found him not guilty.
One juror said today though, “I felt proud in a sense to be involved in something that is quite historic in one respect.” The juror had to cope with autopsy photographs. High emotion witnesses accounts. Surreal. Emotional.
The accused’s right to silence shows how important it is for the accused to be tested in court. Arson, criminal damage and theft is what McDonald is still to appear in court for.
6.08pm: New Brighton’s Matt Baxter doesn’t like the rain damage in New Brighton. Water logged streets. More rainfull than Ali Pugh has seen in a month. Farmers now faced with the task of draining fields. The problem will deepen before it eases.
[Netball's Grace Rasmussen - Bleacher Report].
6.08pm: Oamaru calving season in rain. Now it’s far more than they need. (eg: the opposite situation to Mid-West USA at same time of writing).
Jason Hayman, doesn’t like the rain. Timing couldn’t be worse. Half way through calving. A rural story: 20 local roads are impassable. Streams have turned to torrents washing away roads. Hayman says, the same time last year they would have been irrigating.
Tomorrow marks the start of white baiting season, yet few will brave rivers like Oamaru’s at the mo. Kids could stay home from school tomorrow. Buses cancelled.
6.12pm: Fox glacier skydivers plane crash. Barry Payne, pilot engineer. The C of gravity, imbalanced. The plane overloaded. Pam Bennett is extremely angry she lost her son to a preventable situation. Karen Bourke, didn’t know NZ wasn’t safe. Too late though for nine parties deceased.
6.14pm: Taiana Turia on the guy who molestered women and children – who is to be a neighbor. 42 different women were involved. And the Beast of Blenheim has never admitted his crime. That’s appalling says Tariana Turia.
6.15pm: Su’a William Sio. The gay marriage bill debate. Louisa Wall and David Shearer speak. David Cunliffe has been away to Europe. I’ve been refreshed and rearing to go. Shearer: I don’t want them to be focussing on side issues. I don’t believe I am not, not connecting. Getting the major messages to them. Corin Dann –an improved showing from him today.
[My thoughts: The way Shearer was introduced as a leader was rough. It was like a coup introduction -problematically played, via the media. In addition, on the "Zero Budget" day announcement coverage, live in Pariliament, all of Labour were playing to National as their audience, not to the nation or that TV coverage day. At the time, looking in - it was like: all of those people are one. That was the vibe. Not that this is a bad thing, yet if Mr Shearer wants to be taken seriously as a leader of the opposition then keep the hair buzzed and speak on issues above issues on infighting. A leader needs to be ten steps ahead of the pack and say those things to camera. Alright - that was a free consultation].
One more thing: NZ doesn’t realise, how we can’t afford rifts (in-party rifts, cross-party rifts), because the world’s economies outside of NZ just whizz on. We have so much building to do, new cities to plan, a South Pacific navy to develop for marine surviellance purposes of our lucrative resources protection. We need a NZ-led owned and self-determined marine surveillance plan for the Antarctic too in the years to come to protect the resources there as well. We also need to get the economies of the South Pacific Islands cousins up to par, so they are amping, let alone develop a better lifestyle for NZ citizens. It’s been absolutely eroded and NZ citizens need and deserve a better quality of life per average NZ citizen. When I see politicians being petty in light of all of those things that need to be done, I smile as people are only human. Then I think come on girls and guys! Geez! :) Life your game.
6.19pm: Minimum price for alcohol debate. Te Ururoa Flavell –not normal that alcohol is cheaper than milk or whatever. So no. Judith Collins doesn’t agree, as profits go into the profits of the alcohol industry. She has a point about minimum prices legislation. Lianne Dalziel also spoke.
[Added thoughts:--I think decent wines should be accessible to most Kiwis taste palates. Of young adults who do drink, many don't know what a decent drop of vino is, so how do we educate Kiwis more into that school of luxury normalness of being a Kiwi and our wine produce that is exceptional? People in California for example, really do get their wine's of NZ and Napa Valley etc. They also know of NZ's fame as a fine wine growing region of the world].
6.20pm: Nauru and PNG, will have Australia’s assylum seeker claims processed now, says Australia’s PM, Julia Gillard. In the 4.30pm news report with Melissa Stokes, Gillard had said, “The Australian people are over it, we’re all over it”–on watching people drown trying to get to Australia on the high seas illegally.
[Rugby football's Brodie Retallick - Getty Zimbio Photo].
6.21pm: 3rd mass shooting in the US in less than a month, Texas A & M story, where three people were gunned down tragically. [No.1 story in the USA at the time of writing too on the internet search engines. Again, gun law reform needs to happen in America. Post GFC years of economic altering of the US economy has made the wealthy more wealthy, the rest more angry. The rise of BigPharma products mixed with that anger and access to guns, equals a recipe for more tragedies like this - things gotta change here].
6.21pm: The Norway gun nutter massacre story, gets 20 seconds.
6.22pm. BBC’s Robert Piggot. The Vatican, a bastion of secrecy has been breached by the Pope’s butler. Watch clip if Catholic. Aggravated burglary is the butler’s charged. Cardinal Antusio Burtonia. Walshe, a historian, says the Vatican is run like a renaissance court, yet we live in the 21st century.
6.23pm: Jim gives the weather. Cape Campbell is on the rain radar. In the south, on top of saturated ground, run-off watersheeting, it’s quite rough. West Coast, the antithesis with beautiful sunny weather. Westport the high. 15.
Whangarei, Whitianga, Auckland shared the high 17.
ChCh is choked up with rain. Light Southerly and 6 degrees the high.
6.30pm: (My favorite story of the night, that reminds me of film school days): 50 years on air in Dunedin. In July 1962 Dunedin became the last of our main centers to turn on the box (TV). Wendy Petrie reports: Dave Howell original DNTV technician is one of the technicians featured in the story. The pioneers came from radio backgrounds. Peter Johnson, another technician of th era, says a camera was needed to be operated by three people in those days. The Marconi Mark4 camera, is the only one in the world still working. Max Bania, is reporting on the story from the historic garrison hall. It’s now home to the company that did the ChCh animated model rebuild blueprint video. The late Don McCutcheon was featured in this story. He was the father of Hugh McCutcheon, US volleyball team coach.
Sharon Alfonsi’s ABC coverage about Helen Gurley Brown, the grand dame of Cosmopolitan magazine. Author of Sex & The Single Girl, 1962. 3 years later, she took over Cosmo mag. ‘Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go somewhere else,’ is what New York City said of the writer. Her plastic surgery is out there. “Seduced the boss, then marry him,” reckons Peter Williams of the feminist activist’s work in those days.
[The legendary broadcaster: D.Sawyer's news clip - ABC].
6.34pm: Rio de Janeiro. Wendy Petrie says: The Olympics flag has just arrived there. Brazil will be 1st south American city to stage the game. The BBC’s Quentin Summeville is there. 200 projects are planned in Rio. Not since Athens has a city faced so many questions to host an Olympics. Eduardo Paes, Rio’s Mayor, “we have a long way to go.”
6.41pm: Sports. Andrew Saville: Valerie Adams is the lead story. Reignited the debate about the punishment of drug cheats. Do they get a second chance. N.O, Adams: I don’t want to waste anymore of my energy or my breath on her or anyone that’s involved in her. Toni Street reporting. Toni Dolphin, former sprinter is p*ssed for Val, saying “there’s nothing more frustrating, when you compete fairly and know someone else is cheating?” Nick Willis on twitter, “cheats must be court before the games.” The golden grin that should have always been there, is now firmly a smile on the athletes dial. The clip ends on a nice wave from Val. Cute. :)
Valerie Young has a word: Halberg, Snell and the Ever-Swindell twins double golden Olympian champs. Val should be up there. Young was the 5 times Commonwealth champion so she see herself in Val. In Jamaica in 1966 they were tested for drugs. Russians never competed again. Eastern Europeans doping is the the theme of this news story. [What about other countries?]
6.47pm: Steve Marshall: Derrick Barnes and Dave Dennis, Australia. Barnes showing in the Wale’s white wash got him noticed.
Robbie Deans coach. He’s definitely an option, but straight forward.
Steve reports: Sony Bill and Ma’a Nonu, are who Sydney wants to see play when the AB’s turn on a show. They’re dubbed mid-field muscle.
6.49pm: Chinese women’s rugby sevens in 2016 are a rising force says sevens coach, Scott Pierce. Gordon Tichens will also be offering expertise as well.
Netball Temepara George’s exit. Super coach, Waimara Taumaunu, thinks well of Grace Rasmussen, Anna Thompson and Emma Lees.
The hunt is on for the gold medal in deepest darkest Belarus. It should be some time no doubt.
Honestly, just mint a new one, in NZ. :)
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6.55pm: Jim does a beaut weather report, given the fact it’s such a mixed weather around the whenua. His delivery is even keel piloting for a change. Steady in tone. Wellington light winds tomorrow night.
Tonga and Fiji 31,24, (Jim’s pick of Isles) light showers around the periphery. The South Pacific looks kamokamo tropical too.
Best Interview of The Day: Mark Sainsbury‘s Close Up Team interview with Valerie Adams, of Tonga & NZ & South Pacific.
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Prime Minister Julia Gillard has asked Aussies to give the carbon tax consideration. More at your child’s healthy next breath in a global industrial world. There’s one technicality, Gillard said she wouldn’t introduce the tax on her watch. Now she is.
The world has changed so much since she first said she wouldn’t, so perhaps in the wisdom of Australian’s influence worldwide, Aussies will consider this proposal with a a longview interest. Good luck with that!
Let’s go Aussie!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.7.12~
AUSTRALIA AS AN IMMIGRATION HAVEN – 150,000 STRANDED IN BANGLADESH FLOOD – RUGBY INJURIES OF WORLD CUP WINNING ALL BLACKS
Three things in News Today:
b) 150,000 are caught up in flooding in Bangladesh.–Visit Global Drowning Fund to make a difference.
c) Rugby World Cup Winners’ injuries and the price of rugby’s fame in the game of hard knocks.–Watch Grant Fox, Michael Jones & Joseph Stanley & Son.
Injuries due to sporting prowess of stars feeling as if they need to keep up expectations of a nation’s hopes and dreams, in a game that is like a national religion of sports… and lives being lost through poor political planning, lack of water and food in far off nations, are the themes of these stories today.
[Images: Close Up, Dawn.Com & The Age].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 27.6.12~
Military operations can be an environment for distorted abuse of power, sometimes equating to gross sex abuse. Military teams must know the minds of enemies at war, yet how they do they detox in down time from such necessary teachings? can be an issue needing techniques that rehumanize their psyches.
Sometimes, people with weapons, rank, or perceived power, can do crazy things involving abuse of power. Every nation in the world (the USA in particular) needs to be aware of this fact.
Simply because, it’s wrong. In addition, you cannot assume that you’ll ever win a war elsewhere, until you have won the battle within the ranks. In nations where guns are commonly sold to the general public, off duty military staff too, could do with an overhaul of sex abuse crimes inflicted on their fellow community members.
A military operation should never be about human trafficking disguised in uniform costume props - for sexual predators to make a meal of in ‘conquest’ of resources narratives.
In Australian News: “Documents released Friday revealed “horrific” child sex assaults and brutal initiation ceremonies in the Australian military, prompting Prime Minister Julia Gillard to signal a possible public inquiry.
The suggestion of a royal commission followed Defence Minister Stephen Smith denying covering up the extent of abuse, stretching from the 1950s to the present.
Three months ago he made public extracts of a government-initiated review into the allegations, but the Australian Broadcasting Corporation obtained the full executive summary under freedom of information laws.
It goes into far more detail, highlighting nearly 850 cases and painting a culture of covering up, failing to punish perpetrators and hostility towards victims who complained.
In particular, the report details allegations of sexual and other serious physical assaults against boys as young as 13 dating back to the 1950s, which it described as “horrific”. The minimum joining age is now 17.”
More at AFP News.
How do you tell if people are likely to be rapists? You need to assess their relationships between landscape and people. Nations who commit environmental crimes against sustainability of lands and natural resources, and support this culture too easily – are more likely to also not only rape the landscape, they will also be more inclined to rape people too against their will.
Most people agree that soldiers and military staff are above board as citizens we respect for their service to community. However, for these same soldiers benefit too, let’s take a look at what rape means, again: (more…)
It’s official, the country who prefers New Zealanders as their favorite people in the world, has announced that they have the strongest economic growth in the world.
AFP via Reuters reports: “SYDNEY — Australia Wednesday hailed as “remarkable” the 1.3 percent growth in its mining-driven economy in the first three months of 2012, as consumer spending rallied and business investment boomed.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said the quarter-on-quarter numbers, compared with an upwardly-revised 0.6 percent for the final quarter of 2012, took annual growth to 4.3 percent. Wow!
[Surfing for jobs is useful when jobs actually exist & a best jobs board exists - Photo: The Conversation, Australia].
Australia’s Minister for Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten, felt compelled to announce a parliamentary inquiry into workplace bullying after Gina Reinhart‘s announcement she will important 1700 iron ore workers got Australians in a tizzy.
The announcement came after the Minister for Immigration, Chris Bowen, announced yesterday the government program to allow enterprise migration agreements would help mining companies find enough workers for their developments.
Australian’s PM, Julia Gillard has promised no Australian worker will miss out on a job as a result of the Federal Government’s decision to allow mining magnate Gina Rinehart to import more than 1700 workers for an iron ore project in Western Australia.
“Companies won’t be able to bring in foreign workers if there is an Australian ready, able and willing to do the work on the jobs board,” the Prime Minister said in Melbourne this afternoon.
Ms Gillard said a “jobs board” would be created to give Australian workers information about [where and when] jobs were available in the resources sector.” (more…)