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New Zealand Politics: Contenders for National Leadership

The three new contenders for the National Party’s leadership were announced yesterday they consisted of no less than three former lawyers and Cabinet ministers.  All were quick to establish their bids yesterday, indeed only one day after Bill English announced his resignation.  Apparently there are more than three others who are weighing up their options, but of these Mark Mitchell is the more likely to enter the race. He’s only intrigued in the position of leader, certainly not a deputy, for this competition will be as much about raising his public profile compared to taking the top job probability of taking the top job. The’s got a track record of taking on difficult and complex portfolios, responsibilities that he carried out well under both John Key and Bill English.

For sheer speed, Amy Adams was definitely the winner, announcing even quicker than the others with the support of four other MP’s previously arranged.   Although she’s a lower public profile than the other two might work in her. A lower public profile than the other two might work in her favor, with the concentrate on the new generation leader in this race. She is socially liberal, but economically describes herself as being in core, heartland National territory. She is not afraid of Judith Collins, which she described as a strong MP and government minister.

But Adams adds that the party needs someone to lead the next government, not the next opposition. Buts he was reluctant to talk in any detail about policy, including any specific issue facing will be the first debate which hopefully will be televised.  It should be accessible on New Zealand TV stations and perhaps even on UK TV too – try accessing BBC iPlayer from New Zealand using this.  But he was reluctant to talk in any detail about policy, including any specific issue facing.

When offered the chance by Morning Report’s Guyon Espiner Mori, he continued this reticence however this was of course before the actual resignation announcement.  His use of the 3rd person during his media conference – I am focused on Simon Bridges – made him the object of some ribbing, but he’s popular inside the caucus and has a robust sense of humor. Mr Bridges will give voice to the backbench, the Mr Bridges will give voice to the backbench, the portion of the caucus which has the power of the numbers this term. Happy to review her party’s handling of election strategy, with National having won conflicts all over.

She’s also not scared happy to review her party’s handling of election strategy, with National having won conflicts all over the who’d happy to review her party’s handling of election strategy, with National having won conflicts all over the brand new baby. She’s happy to critique her party’s handling of election strategy, with National having won battles all over the nation appeal to the new, hungry members of the caucus. Ms Collins said National erred when Bill English encouraged voters to cut the middle man, in an attempt to marginalise New Zealand First.

She’s certain to appeal to the new, hungry members of the caucus, and individuals up throughout the ranks. Her tough talk might appeal to the new, hungry members of the caucus, and there’s no love lost between Ms Collins and some of the more senior MPs. Anyway whatever does happen, the leadership contests are relatively brief affairs and on 27 Feb the National party will have a brand new leader.

John Williams

Author of How to Watch BBC TV Online

Is Gerrymandering Really Democratic?

There seems to be a lot of political talk in the news at the moment, perhaps more than ever. In some areas it introduces a whole new vocabulary, with which some of us might not be that familiar with. One such word you may have heard is gerrymandering, and hopefully this article will explain what it means. It’s a phrase much in the news nowadays and “‘gerrymandering” is actually a practice which is hotly disputed , ie the official drawing of the boundaries of an electoral constituency in favor of a party or a particular political group. In the upcoming October term, U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide in Gill v. Whitford if electoral maps drawn intentionally in favor one political party are acceptable under the U.S. Constitution. That decision might have a major effect on future U.S. Elections. But will it really change anything? Gerrymandering got its name from Elbridge Gerry, the 5th VP of the U.S., who served with President James Madison.

Gerry is one of those distinguished founding fathers several people know and is famous in his own right. Gerry signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. He was one of 3 who refused to sign the 1787 Constitution because it then had no United States United States Bill of Rights. But primarily he’s remembered because in the year 1811, when he was governor of Massachusetts, the legislature approved extremely partisan state Senate districts that simply looked like salamanders. Therefore, the word gerrymander was born. He was a well known character around the Capitol Hill neighbourhood in Washington, D.C. He was often found walking deep in thought around the historic Congressional Cemetery, 18 blocks from the Capitol.

Of course, the best place to find information on all the founding fathers is online or on the many documentaries that cover their lives.  There was a great programme about American history that was accessible on the UK TV although the BBC started blocking VPN access so it might not be accessible now.

In fact you may be surprised to find Gerry’s grave there, he never went home to Marblehead, Massachusetts. There he sleeps, not far from J. Edgar Hoover, John Philip Sousa, Mathew Brady and several other notables. Carving Up the States. Article 1, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution requires that every decade the US government conduct a census. Current law divides the country into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of approximately 710, 000. In most states, the legislature draws boundaries for the state and U.S. Legislature districts, in a few, special commissions make that. Some technocrats have suggested that nonpolitical computers should do redistricting.

In 1962, in Baker v. Carr, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that federal courts could intervene in redistricting cases. One man, one vote, it ruled. Since that time the court has ruled concerning compactness and racial composition, however it never addressed an intentional partisan advantage. That is why waiting for Gill v. Whitford cases in Wisconsin, and another of my home state of Maryland, have such an importance. Other cases are pending in Texas and North Carolina. The evils of gerrymandering are very much in the eyes of the beholder. Both political parties do it every time they can, then attack the opposition when they do it.

Perhaps the applicable phrase here is President Donald Trump’s inelegant defense of his son’s meeting with a Russian agent offering dirt on Hillary Clinton: That’s politics!”. The Ills of Democracy. Psychology suggests that individuals perceives and interprets ambiguous or complex problems in the simplest form possible. We prefer things clear and ordered in order that they seem safer and take less time to process intellectually.

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A Primer on the Types of Discrimination in the Workplace

I’m sure you’ll come across some sort of work place discrimination sooner or later in your work profession.

This is a little listing of the kinds of work place discrimination:

Racial Discrimination:
That happens when even executives and supervisors or workers handle other races in manner that is unjust. They aren’t respected by them and this influences how they’re being handled. Racial discrimination is usually pointed at especially towards Aboriginal men, but to other groups too including Jewish, African, Chinese, Japanese, South Asian and Muslims.

Age Discrimination:
This happens when a worker is mistreated in an unfair way due to hers or his age. Senior workers might be told they are not too young for this particular occupation they are at. I’ve seen this occur many times. This can be certainly one of the reasons to bring younger who will cost the business a great deal less cash to keep and is more excited. Same thing sometimes happens when an employer tells a fresh man he doesn’t posses enough expertise and is way too young.

Sex Discrimination:
This happens when an employer will give the guys rather than the girls more regard. People always believe that guys are better then girls in everything they do. That is false in any way. Girls can perform exactly the same jobs the same as the guys and in an identical amount. For instance, Companies may suppose that physical work is meant for guys and work that is sensitive is for girls.

Language and Nationality Discrimination:

As an example, imagine you’ve got an accent and that you just speak Spanish. For a job interview someplace in the states as well as the interviewer lets you know that he cannot hire you because you’ve got an accent. Another example is when you make fun of your accent and do have an accent as well as individuals at your work laugh at you. That’s additionally considered language discrimination. It’s something that can easily be affected by your environment and should not be considered an issue. Certainly some people say I’ve picked up a British accent because I use a UK VPN like this one here, to watch BBC programmes all the time online.

Spiritual Discrimination:

This Happens when an employee is handled incorrectly as a result of their sexual beliefs. As an example, an employer may determine to not employ an individual as well as fire someone simply since this individual is in a same sex-relationship.

Handicap Discrimination:
This is when an employer treats someone with disability in a biased manner than someone without disability.

John (the VPN Guy) Williams
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Is Netflix Worth it for Kids

For several years now I’ve been paying a small fortune in cable bills for hundreds of TV stations that I never watch. I had presumed though that my children were at least making use of this expense, but I recently discovered that the most watched channel on my TV was actually the two free BBC kids ones.

So after reviewing my options I decided to save myself this bill and look for alternatives to provide some entertainment for my children at a more affordable price.

I had a range of multimedia devices but the two that seemed to work best were a little device called the Roku and the WiiU my children’s favorite games console. There are lots of other devices like the Playstation and Xbox that would work just as well.

My first port of call was the Amazon service that was called Love Film but is now bundled with a membership for Amazon Prime. A free trial was on offer (which is easily cancelled) and I decided to try it out for a month. First of all the interface on the WiiU is awful, there seems to be a huge amount of lag when you select anything or press a key. There’s quite a lot of content on it but nothing that brilliant, most of the latest stuff you have to pay for though to stream. It’s probably worth a look but the interface on the WiiU put me right off as it’s a nightmare to use. If you have access on something else like your TV or Xbox perhaps it will work better – it costs about £72 a year but that it includes all the fast Amazon delivery if you buy lots from them.

Next I checked out Netflix, which worked both on my WiiU and the Roku, slightly prefer the WiiU as you can use the gamepad and screen to browse when someone is watching something else. Be warned though there are lots of different country versions of Netflix and the US one is by far the best – watch this if you want access – How to Get US Netflix.

The cost is £5.99 a month and there’s a huge amount of choice. There’s nothing absolutely new, but hundreds of complete series that you can get your moneys worth – we’ve watched loads of UK series we’d missed, Lost (all 70 odd episodes), Grimm and a load of others. There’s really an awful lot of content and lots of films from about 12 months plus – neat little system to find and recommend. Well worth the investment and I have watched more on Netflix for £5.99 than I ever did on my £69 monthly subscription to SKY TV.

It is worth investigating the different versions though, there’s loads more content on the American version and being able to switch countries is most useful – I did it by changing the DNS settings on my router using a service like this.

Parents Win Discrimination Case in Ireland

Parents who whined of less-favourable therapy revealed to their own son with a Gaelscoil have been granted EUR750 by the Equality Tribunal.
The parents of a young boy claim he was discriminated against from the Nationwide School on spiritual reasons in contravention of Equivalent Status laws in Ireland.
They commented that he got worse treatment as he was of Church of Eire religion whereas a good many of the other students were of the Catholic religion.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “Simply think about the pressures that teenagers, particularly vulnerable young adults, encounter now.”

They further claimed that their son continued in course while a rather large amount of time was invested preparing Catholic kids for First Communion. They afterwards questioned why Catholic spiritual teaching only had been offered and were informed by the principal that as both religions are very similar, the teaching offered would be satisfactory for both.

The First Communion ceremony wasn’t attended by their son along with the parents allege consequently their son was handled less favourably from that point on by the institution and handled as if he’d done some thing wrong. Their son failed to attend Confirmation for the students at a subsequent date plus they alleged the principal again handled their son less favourably although not in the same way as before.

In its written submission the college defended its methods and ethos and contradicted a number of the claims produced by the parents in regards to the principal. The story has been covered by both the Irish and British media – you can follow the stories by using the following links wherever you are based.

For the BBC Use this link – http://www.iplayerabroad.com/bbc-iplayer-ireland/

For Irish Broadcaster – RTE Check this link.

Is It Possible For Ethnic Studies To Cause Division Rather Than Understanding?

Recently, the state of Arizona was in the news again for information related to its Hispanic population. It seems that Tucson Unified School District sought to ban Mexican American studies from the curriculum. In March of this year, a federal judge made the decision that this was not an unconstitutional move. Oddly, the school district did not seek to ban Asian or African American studies from the curriculum. All of this causes one to wonder what the reasoning might be behind this sort of move.

 

The state put forth the concept that the Mexican American studies program tended to stir resentment rather than foster understanding. For this reason, the state claimed that the program did not meet the stated objective of ethnic studies in the high school setting. Generally, this purpose is considered to be an effort to help familiarize students with their own ethnic roots and background and that of their fellow students and to foster understanding. Because the state of Arizona has a long history of unwelcoming treatment of people of Mexican heritage, it is easy to imagine that their Mexican American studies courses may have taken on a negative tone.

Is banning the course the right response?

We asked a hispanic plumber in the Boise Idaho what he thought of this program.   Jimmy of Plumbers Boise stated that “he did not know much about the program bit of ot was causing problems then it should not continue.”

In the final analysis, it is really impossible to know whether or any of the Arizona ethnic studies programs are divisive without thoroughly examining them. Everything from reading materials to instructional objectives would need to be critiqued in order to determine whether or not the materials are problematic. Of course, the way in which the curriculum is taught is also a strong determining factor.

In addition to considering the source of the ban and the materials in question, it is also important to consider the intended recipients of the teaching. High school age kids are not typically known for their skills at empathy, understanding and advocacy of those who differ from them. One need only look at the biography* of Howard Zinn, historian and activist whose 1980 best-seller entitled A People’s History Of The USA sparked student protests, to learn that even college age students often lack these qualities.

Be all that as it may, it would seem logical to say that actually teaching all ethnic studies correctly in a way that strives to foster empathy and understanding would be far preferable to simply banning an individual section of an ethnic studies program in order to avoid controversy.

Help Developing Communities: Buy Coconuts

One of the best ways to peacefully protest injust and a bad situation is to vote with your money. Money makes the world go round. And voting with your money is a good way to let big business know how you feel about a particular topic. Think for example, how people started buying their fruit and vegetables from community stores that sell organic produce. This trend was quickly picked up on by supermarkets and by large scale farmers. Organic food is now part of the mainstream. Consumer groups are excellent for clarifying issues and for starting consumer action over dangerous and irrespensible products.

It is not just domestic issues that can be protested through consumer choice. Another powerful way to let multi nationals know that you disagree with their policies of exploiting workers in poor countries is to buy Fair Trade products that give a fair share of the profits to farmers and artisans in poor countries for their labors.

From an environmental point of view lots of consumption is inimical to nature. It pollutes, it increases carbon emiissions and speeds up the effects of global warming.

Coconut palms are grown organically nearly exclusively because the plant has a natural resistence to pests and pathogens. It is classified as a renewable resource because a coconut palm takes only 7 years to reach maturity and to start bearing fruit.

Coconuts are great resources for nutrition, vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. Cooconuts are great for the health. Coconut water is a great drink for rehydration. It contains more electrolytes than any sports drink. Coconut milk and coconut oil contain lauric acid. This is found in mother’s milk. It is an antimicrobial agent that protects the body from viral infection. Coconut milk contains a variety of vitamins and minerals and makes an ideal substitute for cow’s milk. It is suitable to give to growing children as it contains iron and calcium. It is also lactose free.

Coconut flour is also important for people suffering from gluten intolerance. It has 0% gluten and can be used to bake bread, cookies and cakes. It is also a good source of protein and can be added to shakes to make protein drinks.

Coconut cultivation is an important source of income for many developing communities in Polynesia, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. By buying coconut products you are helping to improve your health and you are helping people in developing countries. You are also protesting the agribusiness industry that is destroying nature with monoculture cultivation and a dairy industry that pumps cows full of drugs to stay alive.