365 days of gratitude

January 22, 2018

“Can I help?’ sometimes comes with body language that suggests the offer is made grudgingly and the offerer is hoping the offered-to will say no.

But more often than not we get service with a smile and those offering to help do so with the desire to do what they can to assist.

Good service at any level makes life so much better for us all and I’m grateful for it.


Word of the day

January 22, 2018

Jirg – to make a squelching or splashing noise as when walking in wet shoes; to gurgle; to work clothes up and down in water; to reduce to the consistency of mud; to spill liquid, especially from a carried vessel; to shake violently up and down; a squelching sound;  the sound made when walking over a quagmire or in new shoes.


Money not all that matters

January 22, 2018

Treasury has made a coding error in its  modelling of projected changes in child poverty.

“The error in our microsimulation modelling affects our assessment of both the Families Package announced in December 2017 and comparisons with the previous Government’s Family Incomes Package announced in May 2017,“ says the Secretary to the Treasury, Gabriel Makhlouf.

“The error likely led to an overstatement of the projected impact both packages would have on the reduction of child poverty.

“It affects our projections of the number of children expected to be in low-income households, and the number to be lifted out of poverty*, by 2020/21,” Mr Makhlouf says. 

“The extent of any change in the projections on child poverty is still being determined.  Because the error applies equally to comparisons with the previous Government’s Family Incomes Package, the estimated relative impact of the two packages is essentially unchanged,” Mr Makhlouf says. . . 

The projections were that National’s package would lift around 50,000 children out of poverty and Labour’s would lift an additional 38,000.

The wording of that sentence is deliberate. There’s been a lot of congratulatory media releases from government supporters claiming it would lift 88,000 out of poverty when the truth is the lives of more than half of those would have been improved by National.

I’m not saying only another 38,000. Even one person having an improved life is good, and 38,000 – or whatever number Treasury’s new projection comes up with, is better – it’s just that the government can’t take all the credit.

Beside giving parents more won’t automatically make their children’s lives better.

As students in Wellington have found, being given $50 a week has led to rent increases which leave them with little or no extra money.

Even if parents don’t face rises in the cost of necessities and any other adverse eventualities which impact on their incomes or outgoings; even if they don’t waste a cent and even if they have superb budgeting skills,  money isn’t all that matters.

The causes of poverty are complex and no matter how good projections on numbers are, they are only projections that won’t and can’t take into account all the individual circumstances which leave families with too little for their needs.

 


Quote of the day

January 22, 2018

Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read. Sir Francis Bacon who was born on this day in 1561.


January 22 in history

January 22, 2018

1506 The first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrived at the Vatican.

1521 Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, opened the Diet of Worms.

1561 Sir Francis Bacon, English philosopher, was born (d. 1626).

1771 – Spain ceded Port Egmont in the Falkland Islands to England.

1788 George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (Lord Byron), English poet, was born (d. 1824).

1824 – Ashantis defeated British forces in the Gold Coast.

1840 The New Zealand Company’s first settler ship, the Aurora, arrived at Petone, marking the official commencement of the settlement that would eventually become Wellington.

First European settlers arrive in Wellington

1858  – Beatrice Webb, English sociologist and economist, was born (d. 1943).

1889 Columbia Phonograph was formed in Washington, D.C.

1899 Leaders of six Australian colonies met in Melbourne to discuss confederation.

1901 Edward VII was proclaimed King after the death of his mother, Queen Victoria.

1905 Bloody Sunday in St. Petersburg, beginning of the 1905 revolution.

1906 SS Valencia ran aground on rocks on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, killing more than 130.

1919 Act Zluky was signed, unifying the Ukrainian People’s Republic and the West Ukrainian National Republic.

1924 Ramsay MacDonald became the first Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

1927 First live radio commentary of a football match anywhere in the world, between Arsenal F.C. and Sheffield United at Highbury.

1931 Sir Isaac Isaacs was sworn in as the first Australian-born Governor-General of Australia.

1934 Graham Kerr, British-born, New Zealand chef, was born.

1940 John Hurt, English actor, was born.

1941 British and Commonwealth troops captured Tobruk from Italian forces during Operation Compass.

1946 Iran: Qazi Muhammad declared the independent people’s Republic of Mahabad at Chuwarchira Square in the Kurdish city of Mahabad. He was the new president; Hadschi Baba Scheich was the prime minister.

1946 – Creation of the Central Intelligence Group, forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency.

1952 The first Jet airliner, the de Havilland Comet, entered service for BOAC.

1957  Israel withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula.

1957 The New York City “Mad Bomber”, George P. Metesky, was arrested and charged with planting more than 30 bombs.

1959 Knox Mine Disaster: Water breaches the River Slope Mine near Pittston City, Pennsylvania in Port Griffith; 12 miners are killed.

1960 Michael Hutchence, Australian singer (INXS), was born (d. 1997).

1962 Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu, Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, was born.

1963 The Elysée treaty of co-operation between France and Germany was signed by Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer.

1965 Steven Adler, American drummer (Guns N’ Roses), was born.

1968 Apollo 5 lifted off carrying the first Lunar module into space.

1973  The Supreme Court of the United States delivered its decision inRoe v. Wade, legalizing elective abortion in all fifty states.

1984  The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, was introduced during Super Bowl XVIII with its famous “1984″ television commercial.

1987  Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shot and killed himself at a press conference on live national television, leading to debates on boundaries in journalism.

1990 Robert Tappan Morris, Jr. was convicted of releasing the 1988 Internet Computer worm.

1992 Space Shuttle programme: STS-42 Mission – Dr. Roberta Bondar became the first Canadian woman in space.

1999 Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons were burned alive by radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India.

2002 Kmart Corp became the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

2006 Evo Morales was inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country’s first indigenous president.

2007 – At least 88 people were killed when two car bombs explode in the Bab Al-Sharqi market in central Baghdad, Iraq.

2010 – Conan O’Brien performed his last Tonight Show on NBC as a part of the 2010 Tonight Show conflict.

2015 – An explosion near a civilian trolleybus in the city of Donetsk killed at least thirteen people.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.


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