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uLetters to the editor
1355 - Charles IV is crowned in Rome as
Holy Roman Emperor.
1881 - Britain concludes Treaty of Pretoria
with Boers, recognising independence of South
African Republic of Transvaal.
1895 - Irish writer Oscar Wilde loses his
criminal libel case against the Marquess
of Queensberry, who accused the writer of
1923 - British archaeologist Lord Carnarvon,
who had discovered Tutankhamen's tomb in
Egypt a few months earlier, dies
of an unknown illness and thus
begins the legend of e Curse
of the Pharaoh.
1932 - Phar Lap, Australasia's
greatest race horse, dies
mysteriously in California.
1955 - Sir Winston Churchill
resigns as British prime minister.
1974 - e World Trade Centre, then the
world's tallest building, opens in New York
2002 - e co n of the Queen Mother is
carried through the heart of London on a gun
carriage as Britain honours the woman whose
life spanned a tumultuous century.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
omas Hobbes, English
Elihu Yale, English-born
Joseph Lister, English
surgeon, discoverer of
antiseptic (1827-1912) Bette
Davis, US actress (1908-
1989); Gregory Peck, US actor (1916-2003);
Colin Powell, US Secretary of State
(1937-); Max Gail, US actor (1943-); Jane
Asher, English actress (1946-); Agnetha
Faltskog, member of Swedish pop group
ABBA (1950-); Anthony Horowitz, English
Author (1956-); Pharrell Williams, American
rapper and producer, (1973-); Quade Cooper,
Australian rugby union player (1988-).
"Birth, ancestry, and that which you yourself
have not achieved can hardly be called your
own." --- Greek proverb.
"Let us x our eyes on Jesus, the author and
perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before
Him endured the cross, scorning its shame,
and sat down at the right hand of the throne of
God." ---Hebrews 12:2
A report from the
that Greymouth still
has more strontium-90 fallout in rain and milk
than any other town or city in New Zealand.
ere has been a decided increase in the fallout
here. e report stated that the average fallout
in rain and water has shown a general increase
throughout New Zealand.
But the average of strontium-90 in milk
level was still only about one fortieth of the
permissable level recommended by the British
Medical Research Council, says the report.
e Guardian Cement Company's new bulk
cement carrier, Guardian Carrier, is expected
in Westport on Monday on her delivery voyage
from Britain, the company's general manager
Mr L G Larsen said today. e 1538-ton ship
will have a capacity for up to 1600 tons of bulk
cement and will trade out of Westport to other
parts of New Zealand, particularly the North
e ship was recently converted at the
Great Yarmouth shipyards into a bulk carrier.
Cement is loaded into worm conveyors which
distribute it within the holds. For unloading,
chain conveyors feed the cement into vertical
screws which lift it up to deck level. Special
pumps then blow the cement ashore through
discharge pipes at the rate of 100 tons per hour
ere will be strange goings on at Rathbun's
Hall later this month. A haunted house will be
there, lights will be dimmed and weird things
e occasion is the Greymouth Repertory
Society's forthcoming production of Laughter
in the Dark, a "ghostly comedy".
uToday s birthdays
uFood for thought
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How often have you heard
someone say, "When all else fails ...
read the manual!"?
In recent weeks, we have seen
(to date of writing at least) the
seeming failure of the
world's most modern
technology, in the
search for missing
Malaysian Airlines ight MH370.
In this day and age, it seems so hard
to believe that a large aircraft can
simply disappear without trace. We
have even discovered a way to make
synthetic DNA ... so how can we
not nd a large aircraft?
At times such as this, we come up
against the realisation that for all
our gifts and talents, our scienti c
progress and enhanced abilities
through modern technology, there
are times when we can do nothing
but turn to God for an answer.
Read the manual!
God has given us a manual for life.
It is called e Bible. Interestingly,
despite the increasing secularism
of the western world, the Bible
remains the world's highest selling
non- ction work, according to the
Guinness Book of World Records.
In fact, a recent estimate puts
global sales at ve billion copies.
Approximately 40% of New
Zealanders ticked the box in the
2013 census as belonging to a
branch of Christian religion and
these, along with I suspect many
non-respondents also possess a
copy of the Bible.
I would guess therefore that a
majority of households in New
Zealand have ready access to one.
Perhaps more of us should read it
When all else fails --- read the
̌ Rev Di Gri n
Reefton Grey Valley Anglican
God's manual for life
WORLD IN FOCUS
with Gwynne Dyer
Two things were clear after United
States Secretary of State John Kerry's
four hours of talks with Russian Foreign
Minister Sergei Lavrov in Paris last
Sunday. One was that the United
States accepts that nothing can be done
about Russia's annexation of Crimea.
Kerry continues to describe Russia's
action as "illegal and illegitimate", but
Crimea was not even mentioned in the
communique released to the public.
e other is that the transformation of
Ukraine into a neutral, federal state is
now rmly on the table. Kerry repeatedly
voiced the mantra that there must be "no
decisions about Ukraine without Ukraine,"
but he also agreed with Lavrov that the
subjects that need to be discussed include
rights for national minorities, language
rights, the disarmament of irregular forces
and a constitutional reform that would
make Ukraine a federal State.
By "rights for national minorities" and
"language rights" he meant a special
political status for Ukraine's 17% ethnic
Russian minority and maybe even for the
much larger number of Ukrainians ---
probably 40-45% --- who speak Russian on
a daily basis.
Moscow is asserting its right to intervene
in Ukraine's internal a airs to "protect"
these minorities, and Kerry is at least
willing to talk about it.
By "disarmament of irregular forces"
Lavrov had meant the armed right-
wing groups that played a small part in
the revolution and still make occasional
appearances on Independence Square and
elsewhere in Kiev.
ese groups are Moscow 's pretext for
claiming that there has been a "fascist
coup" in Kiev, from which it says that it has
a duty to protect Russians and Russian-
speakers in Ukraine.
Kerry may also have had in mind
the armed pro-Moscow militias that
occasionally appear in eastern Ukrainian
cities, but he did not say so. Nor did he
mention the fact that the Kiev government
is already moving to disarm, break up and
arrest the right-wing groups in western
By talking about "federalising"
Ukraine, Kerry was implicitly accepting
that the Russian demand for a radical
decentralisation of the country (which
could give pro-Russian governments in
some eastern Ukrainian provinces a veto
on decisions in Kiev) is a legitimate topic
It is no wonder that a satis ed Sergei
Lavrov called the talks "very very
constructive", or that the Ukrainian foreign
ministry spokesperson said Russia was
demanding "Ukraine's full capitulation,
its split and the destruction of Ukrainian
Although Kerry promises "no decisions
without Ukraine," Kiev might not be able
to reject American pressure to accept these
concessions in its current gravely weakened
If all this makes John Kerry sound like a
latter-day Neville Chamberlain appeasing
Moscow, well, maybe he is. But that is not
Maybe the United States is getting ready
to sell Ukraine down the river, or maybe
Kerry is just giving sweet reason a try
o . Likewise,
into a satellite
--- or maybe
they just want to
make it formally
neutral. And how
awful would that be?
ere is nothing
wrong with trying
to stop this thing
from turning into a
new Cold War. Since
Nato has no intention
of o ering Ukraine
neutrality could be a
sensible way out of
the current crisis so
long as it does not
preclude closer trade
and travel ties with
the European Union. But the Russians
are also pushing hard for a "federalised"
"Given the proportion of native Russians
in Ukraine," Lavrov said, "we propose this
and we are sure there is no other way."
at could be a deal-killer, especially
since Moscow is starting to insist that the
constitutional changes and a referendum
on them be completed before the national
election in Ukraine that is currently
scheduled for May 25.
ese changes would be decided not
by the Ukrainian government, but by a
"nationwide dialogue" in which all regions
would have an equal voice --- including
the eastern regions where there are many
Russians, and 40,000 Russian troops
poised just across the border. Lavrov also
said the regions should have more power
over, among other things, foreign trade,
cultural ties abroad, and relations with
neighbouring States, including Russia.
It is a programme, in other words, for
the e ective dismantling of the Ukrainian
State, and it is hard to see how even John
Kerry and President Barack Obama can
Meanwhile, the level of panic is rising
in the eastern European members of
Nato, and especially in Latvia, Lithuania
and Estonia, which also have Russian
minorities and border directly on the
Vladimir Putin, fresh from his Crimean
victory, is seriously overplaying his hand.
Poland and the three Baltic States are now
pushing for permanent Nato military bases
on their territory, something the alliance
has avoided since they joined in order not
to antagonise Moscow.
A con dential Nato paper leaked to Der
Spiegel even talks about boosting military
co-operation with Moldova, Armenia and
Azerbaijan, all former Soviet republics.
e odds on a new Cold War have gone
up quite a lot in the past week.
̌ Gwynne Dyer is an independent
journalist whose articles are published in
A federal Ukraine?
Russian troops mass on the border with Ukraine.
He has an academic
test score that puts
as a shot putter for
his school athletics
team and even plays
the viola in the orchestra, so it likely came
as little surprise to his teachers and family
that Kwasi Enin would be accepted by an
Ivy League college.
What might have shocked them,
however, is that he got into all eight.
In a rare feat, the 17-year-old student
from William Floyd High School, a
State-run school on Long Island, in New
York state, applied to and was accepted by
Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth,
Harvard, Princeton, Yale and the
University of Pennsylvania.
"By applying to all eight, I gured it
would better the chances of getting into
one," he told the New York Daily News.
Enin's parents are both nurses who
emigrated from Ghana to New York in the
1980s. eir son also has his sights set on a
career in medicine, saying he aspires to be
a cardiologist or a neurologist.
He already volunteers in the radiology
department at a local hospital --- when
he is not scoring top marks in exams or
singing in the school's a capella group, that
is.Enin, who is ranked at No 11 in his year
of 647 students in William Floyd's schools
district, comes from an academic family:
some of his uncles and cousins were also
accepted to more than one Ivy League
"I've always thought they were far better
than me academically," he said in an
interview with Long Island's Newsday.
e Ivy League is a group of eight
prestigious private universities in the
north-east of the US.
It takes its collective name from a
collegiate athletic conference --- the
league in which the schools' sports teams
compete --- but the term has come to refer
simply to the schools themselves, which are
considered among the best in the world.
Times Higher Education named six of
them among the top 20 in its 2013-2014
world university rankings.
ey are also some of the oldest schools
in the US, and seven of the eight were
founded during the colonial period.
Collectively, the eight colleges accepted
less than 9% of their applicants this
year. At 5.9%, Harvard has the lowest
acceptance rate of any college in the
country, accepting just 2023 applicants
from more than 34,000 in 2014. Enin's
feat is particularly rare because each of
the eight colleges is thought to admire
slightly di erent qualities in its prospective
Enin had already been accepted to
Princeton in December, but heard from
each of the remaining seven schools last
ursday, March 27, the date on which
most such colleges issue their o ers.
e last o er came from Harvard, about
"It has to be the one to reject me," Enin
thought. " ey're Har vard."
But he was wrong.
Nancy Winkler, Enin's guidance
counsellor, told the New York Daily
News, "I've never seen anything like it in
my 15 years as a high-school counsellor.
He's going to be a leader in whatever he
Like his classmates, Enin will be expected
to make his choice of college by May 1.
He was also accepted by four prestigious,
non-Ivy League universities, but says
he is leaning towards Yale, which is in
New Haven, Connecticut. " ey seem to
embody all the things I want in a college:
the family, the wonderful education, the
amazing diverse students and the nancial
aid as well."
Yale's alumni include Nobel Laureates,
Pulitzer prizewinners and four US
Presidents, including both George
Bushes and Bill Clinton, who met Hillary
Rodham (now Clinton) when they were
students together at Yale Law School.
--- New Zealand Herald
Ivy League genius
"I've never seen anything like it in my 15 years as a high-school counsellor"
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