Thanks to Paul and Andrei whose comments on today’s history post introduced me to this song.
UPDATE: Andrei has more about the flag raising and the Battle of Iwo Jima at NZ Conservative.
Unemployment – Something Goes Here has a cracker cartoon from Garrick Tremain.
Warning food is a choking hazard – Opinionated Mummy on the danger of warnings against danger.
Come take my stuff – Roar Prawn warns that technology can tell too much.
Top 10 at 10 Interest.co.nz has some funny cartoons among the serious stuff.
How not to define social sciences at Anti Dismal .
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When I bought a new laptop last year I also bought a mobile broadband package which included connection to telecom’s XT network.
What a disappointment. It was no faster than the older model I’d had and when I was in Wanaka over Christmas and New Year it kept disconnecting and sometimes wouldn’t re-connect.
I eventually phoned the help-line, they did something to it and there was some improvement but still not the service I’d been promised.
When the outages to the XT network happened I was at home where I don’t use the mobile connections but I’d have been very frustrated had I been somewhere where I needed it.
In spite of this when I replaced the laptop that was stolen I went for the XT T-stick again, thinking that Telecom must have fixed the problems.
But in Wanaka on Saturday evening the computer kept disconnecting and after the fifth time in 30 minutes wouldn’t reconnect. At the same time my farmer who has an older Telecom mobile system had normal service.
Then the system failed completely yesterday.
It’s working again now, but how can we haver confidence that will continue?
We use Telecom because it’s always had better coverage in the country. We can make calls from most places on our farm when visitors with Vodophone can’t.
I had to sign up for a two year package so I’m stuck with Telecom anyway. But any more problems and I’ll be going back to the store and asking to be swapped to the old system.
The government has approved merger plans from the Otago and Southland DHBs.
Health Minister Tony Ryall said, “The Southland and Otago DHBs have been working closely for several years, and this merger makes sense. There’s already a joint regional management team, a joint Chief Executive, and two shared board members including the deputy chair.”
The boards will merge at the end of April and the current members of both boards will work as one under a single chair until local body elections in October.
The new board will have two wards with four members elected members from Otago, three from Southland and two ministerial appointees.
The main concerns expressed by people who made submissions in the consultation were the potential loss of services from Southland Hospital and a loss of representation for Southland.
“The new Southern DHB Board will have a clinical advisory committee, ensuring a strong voice for clinicians in planning new services, as well as providing a direct line to the DHB’s governors.”
Having just two wards will favour the election of urban representatives but I still think the merger is sensible.
We don’t have the population to justify the time, energy and expense required for two boards.
The combined board will also allow more choice for Queenstown people. Under the current structure they are under the Southland board and have to go to Invercargill for some services which could be provided at Clyde which is closer but under the Otago DHB.
On February 23:
632 The Last Sermon (Khutbah, Khutbatul Wada’) of Prophet Muhammad.
1455 Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed from movable type.
1633 Samuel Pepys, English naval administrator, man of letters and diarist, was born.
1743 Mayer Amschel Rothschild, German-born banker, was born.
1840 Frederick Wicks, English author and inventor, was born.
1850 César Ritz, Swiss hotelier, was born.
1854 The official independence of the Orange Free State was declared.
1904 940,000 hectares of west Southland were permanently reserved for what became Fiordland national park.
1905 Chicago attorney Paul Harris and three other businessmen met for lunch to form the Rotary Club, the world’s first service club.
1909 The AEA Silver Dart made the first powered flight in Canada.
1917 First demonstrations in Saint Petersburg. The beginning of the February Revolution.
1918 First victory of Red Army over the Kaiser’s German troops near Narva and Pskov. In honor of this victory, the date has been celebrated from 1923 onward as “Red Army Day”; it was renamed Defender of the Fatherland Day after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, and is colloquially known as “Men’s Day”.
1919 Benito Mussolini formed the Fascist Party in Italy.
1934 Léopold III became King of Belgium.
1940 100,000 people welcomed home HMS Achilles, the ship involved in the Batte of the River Plate, the Allies first naval victory in WWII.
1940 Peter Fonda, American actor, was born.
1945 During the Battle of Iwo Jima, a group of United States Marines and a U.S. Navy Corpsman, reached the top of Mount Suribachi on the island and were photographed raising the American flag. The photo won a Pulitzer Prize and became the model for the national USMC War Memorial.
Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, by Joe Rosenthal / The Associated Press.
1945 Manila, was liberated by American forces.
1945 Capitulation of German garrison in Poznań.
1945 The Verona Philharmonic Theatre was bombed by Allied forces.
1947 The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) was founded.
1955 First meeting of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).
1957 The founding congress of the Senegalese Popular Bloc was opened in Dakar.
1958 Cuban rebels kidnapped 5-time world driving champion Juan Manuel Fangio.
1960 Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan, was born.
1966 In Syria Baath party member Salah Jadid led an intra-party military coup that replaced the previous government of General Amin Hafiz, also a Baathist.
1969 Michael Campbell, New Zealand golfer, was born.
1981 Antonio Tejero attempted a coup d’état by capturing the Spanish Congress of Deputies.
1983 Emily Blunt, British actress, was born.
1991 Ground troops crossed the Saudi Arabian border and entered Iraq, starting the ground phase of the Gulf War.
1999 Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan was charged with treason in Ankara.
1999 An avalanche destroyed the Austrian village of Galtür, killing 31.
2005 n Slovakia, a two-day “Slovakia Summit 2005” took place between U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
2005 The French law on colonialism was passed, requiring teachers to teach the “positive values of colonialism”.
2007 – A train derailed on an evening express service near Grayrigg, Cumbria, killing one person and injuring 22.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipeida.