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uLetters to the editor
1695 - Bounty hunters kill rebel chieftain
Zumbi, leader of the largest community of
runaway slaves in the Americas, known as the
Black Republic of Palmares.
1922 - The Lausanne Conference begins in
Switzerland to resolve differences between the
Allied powers and Turkey following World
1924 - Kurdish Revolt in Turkey is crushed.
1941 - German General Erwin
Rommel with his Afrika Korps
checks an advance of British armour
at the battle of Sidi Rezegh in World
1943 - US army lands on Makin and
Tarawa Atolls in the Gilbert Islands,
capturing them from the Japanese
after five days in World War Two.
1945 - Accused Nazi World War Two
criminals go on trial in Nuremberg, Germany.
The Allied Control Commission approves the
transfer of six million Germans from Austria,
Hungary and Poland back to West Germany.
1947 - Britain’s future queen, Princess
Elizabeth marries Philip Mountbatten, Duke
of Edinburgh, at London’s Westminster Abbey.
1962 - President John F Kennedy agrees to
lift the American blockade of Cuba, ending the
Cuban missile crisis.
1974 - First crash of a Boeing 747 jumbo jet:
a Lufthansa airliner crashes after take-off at
Nairobi airport in Kenya, killing 59.
1975 - After nearly four decades of absolute
rule, Spain’s General Francisco Franco dies.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Sir Christopher Hatton, English lawyer-
courtier (1540-1591); Otto von Guericke,
German physicist and inventor of air pump
(1602-1686); Francis Greenway, Australian
convict-architect (1777-1837); Selma Lagerlof,
Swedish novelist and Nobel laureate
(1858-1940); Edwin Hubble, US
astronomer (1889-1953); Robert F
Kennedy, assassinated US senator
and presidential candidate (1925-
1968); Joe Biden, American vice
president (1942-); Bo Derek, US
actress (1956-); Jim Brown, reggae
musician of UB40 fame (1957-); Drew Ginn,
Australian rower (1974-); Rhys Wakefield,
Australian actor (1988-)
“ No man remains quite what he was when he
recognises himself.” — Thomas Mann, German
“ You shall love the Lord your God with all
your heart, and with all your soul, and with all
your mind. ” — Matthew 22:37
November 20, 1965,
marks 21 years of
progress by West
Coast Motor Bodies
Ltd. Twenty-one years ago, two enterprising
young men arrived on the Greymouth railway
station to be greeted by torrential rain and bleak,
dismal conditions. There to greet them was
Mr Doug Coburn, who had so long insisted
on them making the journey with a view to
establishing a coach-building and panel factory
to fulfil a long-felt need on the West Coast.
The two young men were R M (Ron) Cook
and W A (Tim) Harris, and on November 20,
1944, West Coast Motor Bodies came into
being and opened their doors for business for
the first time. The reputation and high standard
of their workmanship has extended to many
parts of the South Island. Throughout the
years the firm has paid no small part in the
development and progress of Westland.
In later years Messrs Cook and Harris
secured the Morris franchise and established
West Coast Motors (SI) Ltd in 1956.
In personal ser vice both Ron Cook and
Tim Harris are proud to have helped the
community in which they live.
As keen as the air on the Southern Alps,
a group of Greymouth boys, the future race
winners of the cycling world, belong to a new
grade created by the Greymouth Amateur
Cycling Club — the roadsters.
Their administrators, Messrs A Messenger,
H Goodsir and A Simms run races every
Sunday morning from Marsden Road to
Boddytown and return, a distance of three
miles. Harry Goodsir said of their unbounding
enthusiasm: “If we tell them to be there at
10am and we are late, we get told off for
holding things up.”
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Battlefield losses drive IS to strike around world
acing military setbacks in
its self-declared caliphate in
Syria and Iraq and intensified
air strikes from Russia and a
United States-led coalition,
Islamic State may have
decided in September to take the fight to
France and elsewhere.
The ultra-hardline group has frequently
threatened to strike inside western
countries since it established itself amid
Syria’s civil war and then spread to
northern Iraq last year, but one fighter
reached inside Syria said its spokesman
Abu Mohammad al-Adnani had issued an
instruction to act abroad.
“He sent a written order to all sectors
and security brigades to start moving,
including in Lebanon and Turkey,” the
Syrian IS fighter said via social media
from northern Syria.
“Lebanon and France and other places
are all part of the operations ordered two
months ago. ”
Islamic State has said it was behind
Friday ’s killings of at least 132 people in
Paris in revenge for France’s air strikes
against it as well as twin suicide bombings
which killed 43 people a day earlier in a
Beirut stronghold of Lebanon’s Shi’ite
Hizbollah, which is fighting the group in
The ultra-hardline militants have also
claimed responsibility for bringing down
a Russian airliner over the Sinai Peninsula
on October 31 which killed all 224 people
on board after Russia began its own
campaign of air strikes in Syria.
Turkish authorities suspect a high-profile
British jihadist detained in Turkey last
week may have been planning attacks
in Istanbul similar to those in Paris, two
security sources said.
The group has also threatened to attack
Saudi Arabia, US and Russia.
It was not immediately possible to verify
the reported order, which Islamic State
supporters and fighters said was given to
dormant cells in several places.
“Their messages to us are sent by blood
and carnage so we send them their
messages back in the same way, it is
simple,” the northern-Syria-based fighter
The group operates in a very secretive
way and has a complicated structure. In
general, its Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
is the ultimate decision maker but his
deputy is also powerful. They both consult
a Shura Council compromised of military,
religious and other leaders who give advice
to Baghdadi on strategy and military
It practices a strict version of Islam
which considers all those opposing it as
infidels who should be killed.
The younger jihadi generation looks up
to Baghdadi as a powerful leader who will
help establish a greater Islamic State that
will conquer the world to spread Islam.
It has drawn thousands of jihadists
from across the world including Europe.
But tighter security restrictions imposed
by several European countries have
prevented would-be jihadists from
traveling and joining the group in Syria
To overcome this, the group has
established contacts from its bases in the
Middle East with these jihadists and
encouraged them to operate as “ lone
wolves” or in small cells to carry out
individual attacks inside countries where
they live or work.
According to one of the fighters, the
dormant cells have no contact with each
other but all answer to a special apparatus
in charge of “foreign operations”, from
which they take orders to attack. He did
Little is known about the head of
this apparatus, who the fighter said is a
Jordanian national who works closely with
the leadership in Syria and Iraq and travels
between the two countries. He is known
only by a nickname.
“He masterminds these operations,
gets in touch with the followers and
supporters there, guide them in training
and operations and targets,” a jihadi source
close to the group said.
His account could not be independently
verified. The New York Times cited
officials on both sides of the Atlantic
saying that the attackers in France had
communicated at some point beforehand
with known members of Islamic State in
IS fighters said the Paris attacks had
raised morale within Islamic State after
a week in which it lost a strategic town
in Syria close to the Iraqi border as well
as the Iraqi town of Sinjar in one of the
biggest counter-attacks since IS swept
through northern Iraq last year.
The Syrian army and its allies, including
Hizbollah fighters backed by Russian
air strikes, also broke a nearly two-year-
old Islamic State siege of a Syrian army
military base and freed soldiers who had
been trapped there.
While Islamic State has frequently
threatened to strike inside western
countries, its supporters say their
battle with France, in particular, is a
priority where they say Muslims were
“This is just the beginning. We also
haven’t forgotten what happened in
Mali,” a non-Syrian Islamist fighter in
Syria reached on-line said, referring to
the French-led military inter vention in
the west African country in 2013 against
Islamist insurgents Paris said could launch
attacks in Europe.
“The bitterness from Mali, the
arrogance of the French will not be
forgotten at all,” he said, welcoming the
“Their atrocities in Syria and their
support for tyranny is adding to it.”
France said three jihadist cells staged
co-ordinated hits on Friday night at bars, a
concert hall and soccer stadium.
Prosecutors have said the slaughter
appeared to involve a multi-national team
with links to the Middle East, Belgium
and possibly Germany as well as home-
grown French roots.
Islamic State, which captured swathes
of territory in Iraq and Syria in 2011, has
been suffering from an increased campaign
carried out by US-led coalition and Russia
separately against its bases, training camps
Turkey has also come under international
pressure to tighten its border to check the
flow of foreign fighters coming to join
Islamic State ranks.
In one of its popular anthems, called
“Soon, soon”, the group promises a long
battle that will strike the heart of all those
“Soon, soon you will be seeing wonders
with a terrifying struggle. You will
see. O ur battles will be inside your
home. I have drawn my sword for your
“ You have started fighting me with this
deluded alliance so now you will have a
taste of my wrath. It will last for a long
time. We will be coming to you with death
and slaughter. And you will taste defeat.”
Anti-western sentiments grew
dramatically among the group’s supporters
after the US-led coalition began its strikes
against it in Syria and Iraq. They say they
will not budge.
“ We work based on an ideology. How
can you defeat an ideology or someone
who is a believer? The bigger their war
against us, against Islam, the true Islam,
the stronger our faith and commitment
to our Caliphate grows,” one supporter
“The state does not say what it is going
to do tomorrow. It told the world that it
will be punished and so it will be. ”
PICTURE: Getty Images
Members of the public stand still at La Belle Equipe cafe on Rue de Charonne, one of the places attacked by terrorists on Friday night in Paris.
The feature ‘Coasters Say’ in the latest
West Coast Messenger has a resident
asking for a museum for Greymouth.
There is one and it is known as History
House, located next to the Army Hall,
and part of the Grey District Council
amenities. There is a lot of interesting
memorabilia and archives on all subjects
associated with the local area, and it is
certainly worth a visit.
Friends of History House
I am writing to you regarding the article
‘Migrant workers increase as Coast
unemployed rises’ (Greymouth Star,
With dismay I read the comments about
having to hire so-called skilled workers
from overseas, as I myself have worked at
Coastwood Furniture when they brought
in these people from overseas. These
people were not skilled in this operation
as I and others had to train these people
from scratch, even to the point of handling
Do not get me wrong, as these guys
were very nice people, willing to learn and
willing to do anything to keep their jobs.
Maybe this is the sway point for
employers as they will work for the
minimum wage, and would never say ‘no’
to any request by the employer, whether it
is reasonable or not.
While working there (Coastwood
Furniture) I would always exceed quota.
I left this place of employment on good
terms for other employment, but this did
not work out. However, when I went to
reapply back at Coastwood, having been
told I would be welcomed back, this did
not happen. So here is one example of
a skilled local worker left unemployed
while they continue hiring (skilled?)
workers from overseas. This, on top of
MP Mr O’Connor’s plan to welcome
refugees as well to the Coast, I cannot see
this situation of unemployment of locals
getting any better, skilled or not.
Thank you for running the story about
the 1080 protest photos on the front page
of the Greymouth Star on Tuesday.
While things have come to an end as far
as the Ombudsman goes, there is more to
come in other ways.
The general idea that staff can act in
their personal capacity or as a private
citizen while on the job and within their
work place is a little odd, in my view.
Because their employer did not ask
them to undertake certain actions or
they happened while they were on break,
therefore they have nothing to do with
organisations, is ridiculous.
Why suggest that because their staff
used their own private equipment rather
than their work gear makes it a private
But then again, the Ombudsman has
made some rather strange decisions lately
and as Professor Jane Kelsey proved, they
have been far from right on all things and
this will be no different.
Government agencies are trying to
circumvent the Privacy and Official
Information Acts, and as it is the Privacy
Commission itself that has proven to be
in error by allowing this to happen in the
Next year all will be revealed . . . This
might all make more sense after the
official release of my You be the Judge
book near the end of this month, which
will be going on-line for anyone to
download for free. While one road might
end you can always try another.
The recent Greymouth Star article on
bullying claims by nurses (November 14)
is supported by the investigation involving
Matt Gunter’s death, and the video in the
article which appeared the day before.
Distributing the video without
explaining the facts, referring the nurse
to the prosecutor without accountability
for those who placed the nurse in a
vulnerable position, all support the claims
of bullying, in my view.
In 2008, another young man sur vived
a near-death experience from a similar
complication following appendix surgery.
The patient was not medically reviewed in
the ward after surgery. The Christchurch
doctor who operated had gone back to
Christchurch immediately after surgery,
without ensuring post-operative follow up.
Matt Gunter was not reviewed by a
doctor when he was admitted to the
paediatric ward under telemedicine
super vision. A patient requiring hospital
stay after surgery should have been
medically reviewed by at least one doctor
who was involved in the operation. In case
of a complication, the duty resident doctor
and other doctors as necessary should have
It seems that lessons from the past have
been ignored in hospital planning.
Matt was managed by medically
unsupported nurses. Under the previous
secondary care hospital system, Matt
would have been reviewed in the critical
care unit by the surgeon, resident doctor,
anaesthetist, the on-call physician and a
critical care nurse, not just the ward nurses
and the duty nurse manager.
A hospital incapable of looking after
conscientious senior clinicians is unlikely
to be safe for patients and unsuitable for
training junior staff.
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