Couthy – warm and friendly; congenial, sociable; cosy and comfortable.
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Trans Tasman on Labour’s pains:
Members of the party of co-operation, collectivism, and fraternal brotherhood and sisterhood were all over the media this week publicly knifing each other. This is to say nothing of the usual susurration of behind the scenes snarkiness from the various sides of the Labour Party factions. We can expect to hear much, between now and the leadership ballot next month, about “Labour values.”
One can’t help but get the feeling this does not mean what Labour’s activists think it means.
Certainly the last leader but one, David Shearer, did not seem to be full of the milk of human kindness for his fellow party members. Shearer called on his successor, David Cunliffe, to withdraw from politics completely now Cunliffe has ruled out another leadership bid. This looked like a brief outburst – and certainly the party’s organisational wing would be horrified at the prospect of a by-election in New Lynn or anywhere, given the current state of Labour’s funds.
But Shearer did not just say this once. He went on radio and also spoke to journalists outside the party’s caucus room. Revenge is a dish best eaten cold, they say, and Shearer was tucking in to a very large ice-cream tub of the stuff. Mostly, Shearer says, he is concerned Cunliffe’s supporters will undermine whoever gets the leadership in the same way they undermined him. It is not a bad assumption to make. The Labour Left still – somewhat bizarrely – see Cunliffe as a champion of red blooded socialism and if their second choice, acting leader David Parker, doesn’t get the job they will turn feral.
But Cunliffe isn’t going anywhere, it seems. . .
While Labour is engrossed in its own pains, National has negotiated coalition agreements, its ministers have been sworn in and are already working for New Zealand.
New Zealand has won a seat on the United Nations Security Council:
New Zealand has just won its bid for a seat on the United Nations’ Security Council in 2015 and 2016.
More than two thirds of the General Assembly voted for New Zealand in the three-way contest for two non-permanent seats.
It won on the first ballot, obtaining 145 out of the requisite two thirds of votes cast, 129.
A second ballot is now being held to decide whether Spain or Turkey will take the other seat for the grouping known as Western European and other states. . .
This is the culmination of a 10 year campaign.
New Zealand won’t just be representing itself, it will provide a voice for all small nations.
1346 Battle of Neville’s Cross: King David II of Scotland was captured by Edward III of England near Durham.
1448 Second Battle of Kosovo: the mainly Hungarian army led by John Hunyadi was defeated by an Ottoman army led by Sultan Murad II.
1456 The University of Greifswald was established, making it the second oldest university in northern Europe.
1604 Kepler’s Star: German astronomer Johannes Kepler observed a supernova in the constellation Ophiuchus.
1610 Louis XIII was crowned in Rheims.
1660 Nine Regicides, the men who signed the death warrant of Charles I, were hung, drawn and quartered.
1771 Premiere in Milan of the opera Ascanio in Alba, composed by Wolfgang Mozart, age 15.
1777 American troops defeated the British in the Battle of Saratoga.
1781 General Charles Cornwallis surrendered to the American revolutionists at Yorktown, Virginia.
1797 Treaty of Campo Formio signed between France and Austria.
1800 England took control of the Dutch colony of Curaçao.
1814 London Beer Flood killed nine.
1860 First The Open Championship for golf.
1877 Chief Justice Sir James Prendergast declared the Treaty of Waitangi “worthless” and a simple “nullity”
1887 Waitaki Girls’ High School opened with Mrs M.G. Burn as principal.
1888 Thomas Edison filed a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).
1907 Guglielmo Marconi‘s company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, and Clifden, Ireland.
1912 Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia declared war on the Ottoman Empire, joining Montenegro in the First Balkan War.
1915 Arthur Miller, American playwright, was born (d. 2005).
1918 Rita Hayworth, American actress, was born (d. 1987).
1930 Robert Atkins, American nutritionist, was born (d. 2003).
1931 Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion.
1933 Albert Einstein, fled Nazi Germany and moved to the U.S.A.
1941 Jim Seals, American singer (Seals and Crofts), was born.
1942 Gary Puckett, American musician, was born.
1943 Burma Railway (Burma-Thailand Railway) was completed.
1945 A large crowd headed by CGT (trade union) and Evita, gathered in the Plaza de Mayo to demand Juan Peron’s release. Known to the Peronists as the Día de la lealtad (Loyalty Day), it is considered the founding day of Peronism.
1956 The first commercial nuclear power station was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth in Sellafield, Cumbria.
1961 Scores of Algerian protesters were massacred by the Paris police at the instigation of Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon, then chief of the Prefecture of Police.
1964 Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies opened the artificial Lake Burley Griffin in the middle of Canberra.
1965 The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair closed after a two year run.
1966 A fire at a building in New York, killed 12 firefighters
1969 Ernie Els, South African golfer, was born.
1970 Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte was murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group.
1973 OPEC started an oil embargo against a number of western countries, considered to have helped Israel in its war against Syria.
1979 Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1987 First commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
1989 Loma Prieta earthquake (7.1 on the Richter scale) hit the San Francisco Bay Area, caused 57 deaths directly and 6 indirectly.
1998 At Jesse, in the Niger Delta, a petroleum pipeline exploded killing about 1200 villagers, some of whom are scavenging gasoline.
2000 Train crash at Hatfield, north of London, led to collapse of Railtrack.
2003 The pinnacle was fitted on the roof of Taipei 101, a 101-floor skyscraper which became the World’s tallest highrise.
2010 – Mary MacKillop was canonized (in Rome) and becomes the first saint of Australia.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia