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uLetters to the editor
1478 - George, Duke of Clarence, convicted
of treason against his brother Edward IV, is
murdered in the Tower of London.
1546 - Death of Martin Luther, German
Augustinian Friar and leader of the 16th
century Protestant reformation.
1564 - The artist Michelangelo
Buonarotti dies in Rome.
1685 - La Salle, French explorer,
establishes first settlement in Texas.
1861 - Jefferson Davis is sworn
in as president of the Confederate
States of America.
1884 - British forces under General Charles
Gordon reach Khartoum in Sudan, but the
rebel Mahdi rejects his offer to negotiate.
1885 - Mark Twain’s Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn is published in the United
States for the first time.
1967 - Death of Robert Oppenheimer, US
physicist and father of the atomic bomb.
1977 - The space shuttle Enterprise, sitting
atop a Boeing 747, goes on its maiden “flight”
above the Mojave Desert.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Mary I, Q ueen of England (1516-1558);
Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist (1745-
1827); Jack Palance, US actor (1919-2006);
Toni Morrison, US author (1931-); Yoko Ono,
widow of Beatle John Lennon
(1933-); Cybill Shepherd, US
actress (1950-); Juice Newton, US
singer (1952-); Randy Crawford,
US singer (1952-); John Travolta,
US actor (1954)-); Greta Scacchi,
Australian-Italian actress (1960-)
Matt Dillon, US actor (1964-); Dr Dre, US
rap singer (1965-); Molly Ringwald, US actress
“ Temperament is temper that is too old to
spank. ” — Charlotte Greenwood, American
“For God so loved the world that He gave
His only Son, so that everyone who believes in
Him may not perish but may have Eternal life.”
— ( John 3.16).
a Westport coal merchant yesterday. The
briquettes are a product of the new plant at
Ngakawau, about 30 miles from Westport.
The district manager of mines, Mr Frank
Lockington said today rests at the plant had
been successfully completed, although the
contractors had yet to hand over the building
to the Mines Department.
The Ngakawau plant employs about seven
men and will produce about 20 tons a day.
Wellington and Christchurch will be the first
main markets for the briquettes, the first to be
produced in the South island.
Mr A Schaefer, a former Runanga man at
present living in Christchurch, has purchased
the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Dobson, from Mr
A Spark, Methven. The present lessee of the
hotel, Mr T K Heath will move out at the end
of next month.
Greymouth’s contribution to the Winston
Churchill Memorial trust fund has as yet been
relatively small but compared with other West
Coast centres it stands as a large amount.
Inquiries this morning by the Greymouth
Evening Star revealed that the amount donated
to date in Greymouth is about £91.
No donations to the fund have been reported
from Westport. Poor response has also come
from the people of Hokitika and Westland.
There appears to be no shortage of
apprenticeships for tradesmen on the West
Coast but few vacancires exist for girls in local
shops. This was stated today by Mr
J A Donaldson, district officer of the Labour
Department in Greymouth.
uFood for thought
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he extremist Islamic State
group, which now controls
a third of both Iraq and
Syria in its self-declared
caliphate, has inspired
militants in Libya to
behead Coptic Christians they held.
The Libyan militants had earlier pledged
loyalty to the group, which grew out of
the remnants of al Qaeda’s former Iraqi
branch under extremist leader Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi. The group has demanded
the allegiance of all the world’s Muslims
and attracted foreigners with on-line
videos featuring atrocities like the mass
shootings of prisoners and the beheadings
of western hostages, films put together
with Hollywood-style special effects.
Though beaten back by airstrikes
launched by a United States-led coalition,
the Islamic State group remains a potent
threat, western officials warn. Here is a
look at the group’s birth, its atrocities and
the world’s response to the extremists.
April 18, 2010: United States and
Iraqi forces kill two top al Qaeda in Iraq
leaders, allowing al-Baghdadi to become
the leader of a terror group weakened by
a concerted campaign aimed at ending a
Sunni insurgency in the country.
October 31, 2010: Al-Baghdadi’s al
Qaeda militants attack O ur Lady of
Salvation Catholic church in Baghdad
during Sunday night Mass, killing 58
people in the deadliest assault targeting
Christians since the 2003 US-led invasion
The militants reportedly demand the
release of Muslim women they claim were
held by Egypt ’s Coptic Christian church.
October 4, 2011: Th e US puts a $10
million bounty on al-Baghdadi’s head over
a series of attacks he orchestrated.
July 21, 2012: In his first purported
on-line message, al-Baghdadi promises
to regain lost ground in Iraq and calls
on militants to “chase and liquidate the
judges, the investigators and the guards. ”
Within days, his group begins a campaign
of attacks, car bombings and other assaults
killing hundreds. He also mentions Syria,
in the grips of a civil war pitting largely
Sunni rebels against embattled President
Bashar Assad. By this time, al-Baghdadi
already has begun to send fighters there.
April 2013: Al-Baghdadi announces his
group has taken over the Nusra Front,
the al Qaeda affiliate in Syria. Nusra
denies the takeover, sparking anger and
infighting that continues to this day.
July 2013: A military-style assault by al-
Baghdadi’s fighters on two Baghdad-area
prisons free more than 500 inmates.
January 2014: Al-Baghdadi’s forces
sweep into Ramadi and Fallujah in Iraq’s
Anbar province, which Iraqi security
forces had abandoned weeks earlier.
That came after security forces killed
demonstrators during a Sunni protest,
effectively turning the unrest into an
Early February 2014: Al Qaeda breaks
with al-Baghdadi’s group, now known as
the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Al-Baghdadi ignores al Qaeda as his
group now has control of wide regions of
Syria, including the city of Raqqa, which
becomes the group’s de facto capital.
June 10: Al-Baghdadi’s fighters take
over Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul,
followed by Saddam Hussein’s hometown
of Tikrit and smaller communities in the
Sunni heartland as government forces
June 29: Th e group declares the
establishment of an Islamic state, or
caliphate, in territories it controls in
Iraq and Syria and demands allegiance
from Muslims worldwide. It declares al-
Baghdadi the leader of the new caliphate.
The militants rename themselves the
Islamic State group.
July 5: A man purporting to be
al-Baghdadi makes his first public
appearance, delivering a sermon at a
mosque in Mosul.
August 8: Th e US begins targeting
the Islamic State group with airstrikes,
citing the humanitarian plight of Iraq’s
minorities, like the Yazidi.
August 19: Th e Islamic State group
releases a video showing a jihadi behead
James Foley, a 40-year-old journalist from
Rochester, New Hampshire, in response to
the US-led airstrikes. This marks the first
of many videos showing militants behead
September 2: Th e Islamic State group
releases a video showing a jihadi behead
American-Israeli journalist Steven Sotloff.
September 13: The Islamic State group
releases a video showing a jihadi behead
British aid worker David Haines.
October 3: Th e Islamic State group
releases a video showing a jihadi behead
British hostage Alan Henning.
November 8: Iraqi officials say al-
Baghdadi is wounded in an airstrike on
an Iraqi town near the Syrian border.
Days later, an on-line audio message
purportedly from al-Baghdadi urges his
followers to “explode the volcanoes of
jihad everywhere. ”
November 16: An Islamic State group
video shows extremists behead a dozen
Syrian soldiers and US aid worker Peter
January 10: An on-line video shows
Taliban fighters in Pakistan pledge loyalty
to the Islamic State group and behead
a man they identify as a soldier. Similar
pledges previously arose from Egypt,
Yemen and elsewhere in the Mid-east.
Afghan authorities later acknowledge a
similar presence in their country.
January 24: A message claims the
Islamic State group beheads Japanese
hostage Haruna Yukawa, a 42-year-old
adventurer, after earlier demanding $200m
for him and captive Japanese journalist
Kenji Goto. Japanese and Jordanian
officials attempt to negotiate a prisoner
swap to free him and captured Jordanian
pilot 1st Lt Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh.
January 26: Kurdish fighters take control
of the Syrian border town of Kobani
near Turkey after fighting the Islamic
State group for months. US-led airstrikes
helped turn the tide for the Kurds.
January 31: Th e Islamic State group
releases video saying it beheaded Goto.
February 3: Th e Islamic State group
releases a video of it burning al-Kaseasbeh
to death in a cage, sparking outrage
in Jordan, which launches new strikes
targeting the militants.
February 6: Th e Islamic State group
claims a Jordanian airstrike kills American
hostage Kayla Jean Mueller. United States
officials later confirm her death, but
say it was not caused by a Jordanian
February 15: Libyan militants who
earlier pledged their loyalty to the Islamic
State group behead a group of Coptic
Christians from Egypt in an on-line
February 16: Egypt launches airstrikes
in Libya in retaliation for the beheadings.
— New Zealand Herald
Islamic State, a history
I am appalled at the excuse Mr McClure
(Greymouth Star, February 17) put
for ward for cutting down Mr Rudkin’s
lovely spring flowering rhododendron
trees at Kumara.
Over the years I have walked over the
Taylor’s Hill area many times and I have
never seen one seedling — and they have
had a long time to germinate, 50 or 60
years. The chances of this happening must
be 10 million to one.
This means the sharp chainsaw has made
an error and cut down a lovely spring
flowering rhododendron that Mr Rudkin
planted 50 or 60 years ago and paid for
out of his own pocket.
Please leave Ms Prendergast ’s tree alone.
It has been photographed more times than
the Queen of England.
Once I would not have even commented
about rhododendrons. Apart from them
having colourful flowers and dead leaves
that are difficult to clean up —until I had
a Suffolk ram die from eating their leaves.
I made some inquiries about this and
yes, it is toxic to sheep and also to other
creatures, as I found out.
Some years ago my wife and I were out
at Stafford and saw a tui attempt to fly
from a large rhododendron tree in full
bloom. It dropped dead right in front of
us, landing some 10m from the tree. An
examination of it did not show any injury
or obvious cause of death. We talked to
DOC about it and yes, rhododendron
flowers are very toxic to our native honey-
eating birds, but perhaps even worse
where does the nectar go that bees collect?
Answer: Into the honey we eat. Every so
often we hear of people being poisoned
by honey; rhododendrons are possible
If people do not believe that there
are sufficient of these trees about to
have this effect, have a look at the hills
around Reefton in the spring at the wild
Walking to school
The Ministry of Justice does not expect
adults convicted of criminal offences
requiring incarceration in prison to have
to walk to the nearest one or pay their own
bus fare to get there.
The Ministry of Education does
not provide the children who are
legally required to be schooled with a
transport ser vice as good as our nation’s
convicts are entitled to. Children who
are expected to walk to school in the
rainforest climate experienced here are
likely to arrive soaking wet and cold, or
may be exploited by having to pay to
take a bus.
It is a shame that the Government would
allow a private company such as Ritchies
to profit from the children’s situation. As it
is not a matter of personal choice but one
of compliance, I consider it is the Ministry
of Education’s responsibility to ensure that
all children are entitled to Government-
funded transport to their school, or
provided with appropriately protective
outdoor clothing should they be required
to walk there, so that the students may
arrive at school in safety and adequately
capable of learning.
My late husband, Brian Benedict
Flanagan, passed away on November 11,
2012. I am still getting mail addressed to
him even after letting authorities know.
Has anyone else struck the same thing? I
think it is appalling.
Elenore M Flanangan
Birdlife thriving after
How disappointing to read Mrs Molloy
(Greymouth Star, February 11) accusing
Stephan Ulrike of creating a delusional
story on observing birdlife while
Clearly, Mr Ulrike got very poetical,
hence the terminology and bird behaviour
was not altogether correct. Given his
passion to write to the paper he clearly
obser ved a healthy bird population on his
Mount Te Kinga has had 1080 dropped
on it at least five times in the 30 years I
have lived here. O ur property backs on
to it for 3-4km. As I enjoy obser ving
birdlife I have been constantly amazed at
the healthy and varied population which
inhabits the above area.
A morning chorus I recently enjoyed.
Morepork I have heard at night calling
to each other from one end to the other
(I was not sleepwalking). A pair of falcon
periodically visit my garden, eyeing up
my chooks. Pigeons are prolific, flocks of
waxeyes . . . best I stop there, there is not
There are areas with good bird
population and 1080 has not held back
their thriving here.
Clearly I do not have any data or the
time to provide photos, but I believe with
predation the bird population would not
be as healthy as it is.
Heads we win,
tails you lose
If the Government walks away from
the Sky City convention centre deal, who
really wins and loses? If the Government
puts more money into the convention
centre who wins and loses?
Either way, Sky City wins as they got
more pokie machines for nothing.
No matter how you look at it, the
taxpayer loses out if the Government
pours more money into it and if it does
not, the taxpayer has already lost, how
much time and money was wasted on
this getting nowhere — law changes,
negotiation costs etc?
Sky City cannot lose either way and we
the taxpayer already have, no matter the
In reply to the answer I received from
the council re my letter to your paper on
Rates are a land tax, not a tax on
buildings etc. The buildings etc increase
the value of the land/property only, they
are not the responsibility of the owner of
My reply to the council re courthouse.
Another part of the council reply to
me: “Council supports the Regent
Theatre in its quest to become financially
We all do, but the council paying
$80,000 of the ratepayers’ money as lease
every year, forever, will not achieve that
result. The land must be re-purchased —
or we want out.
The land value at $300,000. Current lease
$80,000 by four years equals $320,000,
another four years to meet interest etc,
eight years it is ours.
The same deal for the old Bank of NZ
and the several other land lease deals
mentioned in the council’s reply to me.
It appears most councillors over the years
must have been plumbers, as I believe the
siphon system set in place to siphon off
the ratepayers’ dollar, into the landholders’
bank account is perfect.
Councils do not have the right to burden
my children, their children, and again
their children, with this debt, which it
is obvious to me they are incapable of
satisfying. If they cannot correct this
problem I suggest they move on.
The recent articles about incentives for
midwives shows that hours on-call as well
as hours worked needs consideration in
rural health care.
However, financial incentives alone
do not solve problems of level of care.
Most births are normal but if something
goes wrong then the required expertise
can be immense. Safe care is impossible
without a functioning hospital. Financial
incentives for under-trained clinicians
without adequate support has been
tried at Grey Base Hospital for several
years now. It seems no lessons have been
Ex-Grey Hospital nurses
Tenth anniversary celebrations of ex-
Grey Hospital nurses Christchurch group
with retired nurse friends, in Greymouth,
March 27-29, 2015.
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