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uLetters to the editor
1806 - Death of William Pitt the younger,
who at the age of 24 became Britain’s youngest
1931 - Death of Anna Pavlova, one of the
most celebrated prima ballerinas of
1936 - Death of Clara Butt,
English contralto, who made
Edward Elgar’s Land of Hope and
Glory her own anthem.
1944 - Death of Edvard Munch,
Nor wegian painter.
1950 - The Israeli Knesset
approves a resolution proclaiming Jerusalem
the capital of Israel.
1963 - Harold “Kim” Philby, British journalist
in Beirut, disappears.
1964 - Indonesia and Malaysia agree to a
ceasefire in their undeclared border war.
1973 - US President Richard Nixon
announces an accord has been reached in
Vietnam War; George Foreman takes the
world heavyweight boxing title from fellow
American Joe Frazier in Jamaica.
1989 - Surrealist artist Salvador Dali dies.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Edouard Manet, French artist (1832-1883);
Randolph Scott, US actor (1898-1987); Bill
Hayden, Australian politician and
former governor-general (1933-);
Chita Rivera, US actress-dancer
(1933-); Rutger Hauer, Dutch-born
actor (1944-); Robin Zander, US
singer of Cheap Trick fame (1953-);
Princess Caroline of Monaco
(1957-); Richard Roxburgh,
Australian actor (1962-); Robbie Farah,
Australian rugby league footballer (1984-).
“ Happiness isn’t something you experience,
it’s something you remember.” — Oscar
Levant, pianist-composer-actor (1906-1972).
“ If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just
and will forgive us our sins and purify us from
all unrighteousness.” — (1 John 1:9).
to pour into the
Fund in an ever-
increasing flow. This morning, secretary of
United Mineworkers of New Zealand Mr J
White announced a levy on all underground
and surface workers who are members of
the union. Besides this the local deputies
and under viewers union has also agreed to
contribute to the levy.
So much money is flowing in to different
organisations that it is too early to collate it.
Over 3000 telegrams of sympathy have
been received by the bereaved families of
Greymouth and Runanga miners killed in
Thursday’s Strongman disaster. The volume of
traffic handled by the telegraph branch of the
Greymouth Post Office on Friday and Saturday
was without precedent.
Amid a cheering crowd, a dust-grimed pony
express rider pulled up in town. He jumped out
of the saddle and handed over three messages
all congratulating Charleston on reaching its
centennial. The arrival of Mr Ron Menzies
who had ridden all the way from Westport,
was one of the highlights of the Charleston
centennial celebrations on Saturday.
Conditions were fine and pleasant and there
was a large crowd in attendance. The novelty
prize for the most originally dressed person
was won by Mr Jack Jones, dressed as a digger,
and Mrs K Stone who was wearing a 100-year-
old wedding gown.
The Sunday programme, which was
postponed because of the Strongman mine
disaster, will be held at a later date.
The actual weekend got under way on
the Friday evening when a diggers golden
centennial ball was held.
uFood for thought
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ny time a new
administration comes into
office, there will be some
complaining about the
new president ’s cabinet
picks. But we are seeing
something extraordinary happening now.
Donald Trump’s cabinet brings with
it a combination of ethical problems,
inexperience, hostility to the missions of
the departments its members are being
called to lead, and plain old ignorance that
is simply unprecedented.
This is shaping up to be nothing less
than the worst cabinet in American
As just one colourful example, let us
look at this report in yesterday ’s New
York Times about Rick Perry, who will be
Secretary of Energy.
The change from the leadership under
Barack Obama is already striking: the
current secretary, Ernest Moniz, is a
respected nuclear physicist who also came
to the job with significant experience
managing scientific institutions, and
he will be succeeded by someone who
advocated eliminating the department,
although in his defence Perry could not
quite remember that it was the one he
wanted to get rid of (that famous “Oops”
But it is even worse than that: “ When
President-elect Donald J Trump offered
Rick Perry the job of energy secretary
five weeks ago, Mr Perry gladly accepted,
believing he was taking on a role as a
global ambassador for the American
oil and gas industry that he had long
championed in his home state.
“In the days after, Mr Perry, the former
Texas governor, discovered that he
would be no such thing — that in fact, if
confirmed by the Senate, he would become
the steward of a vast national security
complex he knew almost nothing about,
caring for the most fearsome weapons
on the planet, the United States’ nuclear
So Perry advocated dismantling the
Department of Energy as a candidate
in 2012 despite having no idea what the
department actually does. But do not
worry — he has recently become aware
that his job will not in fact consist of
travelling around the world telling people
how great oil is.
“After being briefed on so many of
the vital functions of the Department
of Energy,” Perry now says, “I regret
recommending its elimination.”
Good to know.
That is just the beginning. Let ’s run
through some of the other highlights
of the Trump cabinet and cabinet-level
Steven Mnuchin — Secretary of the
Mnuchin has never ser ved in
government and has no experience in
setting macro-economic policy, but he did
lead Trump’s fundraising effort.
In advance of his confirmation hearing,
Mnuchin “failed to disclose his interests
in a Cayman Islands corporation as well
as more than $139 million in personal
Tom Price — Secretary of Health and
Human Ser vices
Representative Price, a doctor who has
taken a particular interest in legislating
on healthcare, has a habit of trading in
healthcare stocks that are affected by the
legislation he writes; he also recently got
a “sweetheart deal” on stock in a foreign
Betsy DeVos — Secretary of Education
DeVos, a billionaire Republican
donor, has spent much of her adult life
attempting to destroy public education
in America. Despite that work, at her
confirmation hearing she displayed a
shocking ignorance of basic issues in
education policy, though she did opine
that schools should be able to have guns in
them to ward off grizzly bear attacks.
Andrew Puzder — Secretary of Labour
If Trump had searched the US to find
the individual most hostile to the rights
of workers, he could not have done much
better than Puzder, the chief executive of a
fast food company.
The man who will be responsible for
safeguarding workers’ rights is an ardent
opponent of minimum wage increases and
laws mandating things like break time and
overtime pay; his company
has been repeatedly cited for wage theft.
Ben Carson — Secretary of Housing
and Urban Development
The former presidential candidate, who
has precisely zero experience in housing
policy, was apparently appointed to lead
this department because he is one of the
few African-Americans Donald Trump
Mick Mulvaney — Director of the
Office of Management and Budget
Mulvaney was just revealed to have
employed a nanny without paying payroll
taxes for her, to the tune of over $15,000.
Wilbur Ross — Secretary of Commerce
The billionaire investor just realised that
one of the dozen or so household staff he
employs was undocumented.
Ryan Zinke — Secretary of the Interior
Representative Zinke is a former
Navy Seal whose career was hampered
by the fact that he was caught repeatedly
billing the Government for personal trips
home which he falsely claimed were for
the purpose of scouting training locations.
Scott Pruitt — Administrator of the
Environmental Protection Agency
Like Puzder and DeVos, Pruitt seems
to have been chosen for his fer vent
opposition to the mission of the
agency he will be leading. As attorney
general of Oklahoma, he sued the EPA
multiple times over its efforts to enforce
In his confirmation hearings, he refused
to commit to recuse himself from the cases
among those that are still open, in the
apparent belief that there is not anything
wrong with essentially being both plaintiff
and defendant in a lawsuit.
When asked about lead poisoning, a vital
and longstanding environmental issue that
gained new urgency with the poisoning
of the water in Flint, Michigan, he said
that he had “not looked at the scientific
research on that ”.
Michael Flynn — National Security
Flynn, an ardent Islamophobe and
pur veyor of lunatic conspiracy theories,
was fired from his last job in government
because of mismanagement.
Rex Tillerson — Secretar y of State
Tillerson has no government or
diplomatic experience, though he has been
to many countries that have oil.
Nikki Haley — United Nations
Haley ’s foreign policy experience consists
of going on a couple of trade missions as
Governor of South Carolina.
That is not to mention the sub-cabinet
appointments who are already in trouble,
like the army
secretary who punched out a concession
worker at a horse auction or the national
security spokesperson revealed as a
plagiarist, nor the fact that Trump’s senior
adviser used to run a white nationalist
website and the Trump intends to employ
his family members, all while insisting
again and again that ethics laws do not
apply to him.
While prior presidents have had some
miserable appointments — James Watt
and Anne Gorsuch in the Reagan
Administration, Michael “Heckuva
Job” Brown and Alberto Gonzales in
George W Bush’s — never before has one
president assembled such a remarkable
collection of individuals who are either
unqualified for their jobs, devoted
to subverting their agencies, or both,
not to mention the ethical questions
that will continue to swirl around this
We expect the Republican contempt
for government to be evident to some
degree in the appointments of any GOP
But Trump has truly blazed a new trail
with the people he has gathered around
him. One can only imagine the damage
they are going to do.
— New Zealand Herald
Trump’s odd cabinet
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is sworn in before testifying at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing
on his nomination to be Energy secretary.
Carrying a wallet full of credit and debit
cards may soon be a thing of the past as
more consumers sign up to pay-by-phone
The uptake of consumers signing up for
Apple Pay, Android Pay and ASB Virtual
has led to banks touting the products
saying it will not be long before shoppers
can leave wallets at home.
The free apps use the phone the same
way as contactless cards — by holding the
phone close to the terminal.
Transactions under $80 do not require
the phone to be unlocked but purchases
over that amount require a pin or
Users will need an iPhone 6 or later
or an Apple Watch to use Apple Pay,
an android phone for Android Pay or a
Samsung phone for ASB Virtual.
Consumer NZ spokeswoman Sue
Chetwin said there were sure to be some
security breaches — but did not think
the risk was any greater than carrying a
wallet full of cards around.
“As long as people are careful with their
phone it seems like the new technology is
a lot safer.
“It is more convenient for consumers so
I think it is a good thing.”
Chetwin said fradulent use of phone
technology was protected in the same
way as contactless cards and stolen credit
“The technology has improved so I
believe it is probably safer than cards,”
BNZ lauched Android Pay in
December and spokesman David Bullock
said uptake had “exceeded expectation.”
“O ur existing customers have loved it
.. . with increased interest around mobile
payments and how they can easily set up
their money on their mobile.”
Bullock said there was also interest from
new customers wanting to access Android
Around 40% of the new users fell into
the 20-29 year age group.
“It’s really proving a useful addition to
how young people pay.”
Bullock said the technology made
shopping faster and more convenient.
“I believe we are getting closer to when
you will be able to leave your physical
wallet at home.”
He said the technology was safe with
a unique token created to verify and
approve each payment limiting card
numbers and details being passed on.
More than 90% of transactions were for
$80 or less.
ANZ chief executive New Zealand
David Hisco said more than 50% of
ANZ Visa transactions were contactless.
“Adding Apple Pay ... will make it
fast and convenient for more customers
to securely make everyday purchases
wherever there is a contactless terminal,”
Like Android Pay the actual card
numbers are not stored on the device, or
on Apple ser vers.
Instead, a unique number is assigned,
encrypted and securely stored on the
Apple Pay also allows customers to
purchase goods on-line without a credit
or debit card.
ASB said it was keeping a watchful eye
on developments with Apple Pay but in
the meantime offered customers ASB
The product worked in the same way
as Apple Pay but was only for use with
Meanwhile even children are moving
toward cash-less saving and no longer
have to wait for parents to stump up cash
Ten of thousands of New Zealand
children have signed up for ASB’s cash-
less money box Clever Kash. The yellow
elephant, reminsicent of popular Kashin
money boxes of the 1980s, is paired with
a mobile app and bank account.
Whenever a parent wants to give a child
their allowance or earnings, they can
transfer between accounts and then swipe
virtual coins to show how much they are
The screen on Clever Kash’s tummy
keeps count and shows the child’s
progress towards their savings goals.
ASB chief executive Barbara Chapman
said parents had struggled to teach their
children the value of money because
physical notes and coins were seen and
touched less often.
How it works
Download the free app from either
Google Play or the Apple Store
You will need an android device for
Android Pay or an Apple Watch, iPhone
6 or later for Apple Pay
The phone is linked to an account
with an available balance
As long as the Android screen
is lit you can make a payment up to
$80 when holding the phone up to a
contactless terminal. Apple Pay requires a
thumbprint or code.
Android Pay requires a thumbprint or
code for purchases over $80
The phone will buzz with a message
to tell you the purchase has been
— New Zealand Herald
Shop by phone and leave your wallet at home
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