Govt ignoring democracy on paid parental leave bill

first_imgNZ Herald 17 June 2016Family First Comment: Not the first time that the National govt has ignored democracy. Remember 2009? Smacking Referendum? 87%? #selectivedemocracyFinance Minister Bill English is accused of “ignoring democracy” after he vetoed eight more weeks of paid parental leave despite broad Parliamentary and public support.Labour MP Sue Moroney’s bill, which would raise paid leave from 18 weeks to 26 weeks, has a majority of votes in Parliament and was set to pass into law later this month.Mr English has maintained that the law change is unaffordable. As promised, he invoked his powers to veto legislation which had an impact on the Government’s books – the first time he has used the veto to sink a bill.“The Government’s got to weigh up a whole lot of other needs,” Mr English said.“There’s a case for paid parental leave, there’s a case for more money for melanoma drugs, there’s a case for more intervention for people who are homeless, and we have just got to weigh all those up.”It brings to an end a four-year fight by Ms Moroney to extend paid leave.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11657987last_img read more

What’s going on at the Wellington Public Library?: Oct. 13 – Oct. 19

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — The following is a weekly report of what is going on at the Wellington Public Library:Monday, October 13Movie at 4 p.m. : Where the Wild Things Are (2009)Run Time: 101 minutesRating: PGTuesday, October 14Book Babies at 10 a.m.This week, we will be talking about owls.  We will read In My Tree by Sara Gillinglham, Owl & Friends by Joyce Wan, and Moon Child by Nadia Krilanovich.  We will sing about the wise old owl in the tree!Book Babies is our early literacy story time designed for 0-2 years of age. We will sing songs and read stories to provide a solid foundation to literacy. We will explore rhymes, movements, and music, while following the Kansas State Library’s 6×6 Ready to Read program, which seeks to ensure that all children have the six pre-reading skills to become a successful reader by age 6. Book Babies programs are designed to last 15-20 minutes, with time to play after. Library Crew @ 4:30 PMJoin us as we experiment with Doyle & Fossey, Science Detectives,  as they use their scientific talents to solve mysteries.   The series is written by Michelle Torey!Library Crew is for all school aged children up to grade 5. We will explore books, science, literature, math, and art to complement their school learning. Library Crew aims to help children discover a love of learning and literature by looking at a variety of topics and providing a hands-on approach. Library Crew should last approximately 45 minutes. Technology Class at 6 p.m.: Basic InternetBasic Internet covers a brief introduction to the internet and internet browsing, with a focus on Google searching. We also discuss internet safety for beginners.Due to limited space, preregistration is required. Wednesday, October 15Book Buddies at 10 a.m.We will read and sing about owls this week.  Our books this week will include Bear’s New Friend by Karma Wilson, The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara, Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan and Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.Book Buddies is the complementary early literacy story time for 3-5 year olds. It focuses more on stories, instruments, and hand plays that appeal to older pre kindergarten aged children. Book Buddies is designed to lay the foundation for a lifelong love of reading, while following the Kansas State Library’s 6×6 Ready to Read program, which seeks to ensure all children have the six pre-reading skills necessary to become a successful reader by age 6. Book Buddies programs are designed to last approximately 30 minutes, though craft time may extend beyond that. Crazy 8s Math Club at 4:30 p.m.This week, everyone will participate in the Toilet Paper Olympics. Bet you never knew sports and toilet paper could go together, huh? Get on a roll with your Olympian skills in the shot put, the long jump, and the relay race.Crazy 8s is for all school aged children up to grade 5. We make math fun! We’ll build things, move around, make music, and maybe even make a mess. Activities will include Glow in the Dark Geometry, Bouncy Dice, and Toilet Paper Olympics. Children that attend may even get to take home cool gadgets! Crazy 8s programs should last approximately 45 minutes. Thursday, October 16Teen Time at 4 p.m.Teen Time is a loosely organized program for 6th graders – 12th graders. We may play games, do homework, work on projects or crafts, talk about books, anything we want to do. It will be a 1 ½ hour block of time just for teens! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentscenter_img Trivia Thursday at Barefoot Jerry’s @ 7:30 PMGroups of up to 4 compete in a weekly trivia contest at Barefoot Jerry’s in downtown Wellington. There are 3 rounds with 10 questions per round, and the team on top comes away with the coveted bragging rights of being the Smartest Folks in Wellington. The first round is always News and Current Events, but the other two rounds vary in topic and format. Trivia Thursdays usually last about 1 – 1 ½ hours. While there is no age limit, trivia questions may contain adult themes. Friday, October 17Teen Read Week Art Reception: CANCELLED Saturday, October 18No programs scheduledSunday – Library Closed Coming up later this month! October 21, at 6:30 p.m.Where Immigration Hits the Historical Highway, a talk by Dr. Antonio DelgadoWith a focus on Mexican immigration to the United States, this presentation looks at the experiences of 19th- and 20th-century immigrants and their personal and familial experiences. How do communities react to the sometimes clash of cultures, and must it always result in anti-immigrant sentiments? What have been the trends in U.S. immigration policy and law enforcement over the years?Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Video: Norwegian flag waver struggles with the weather conditions

first_img1 Video: Norwegian flag waver struggles with the weather conditions Watch this hilarious video of a poor Norwegian fan battling the conditions with a giant flag! Credit to the Tromso supporter, he did not give up!View the video below!center_img (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));last_img