Western Leader : February 3rd 2011
4 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 3, 2011 OPINION Feb 2011 PORSE in the Community Would you like to start a career today caring for preschool children in your home? More and more Kiwi parents are choosing PORSE In-Home Childcare. We need more In-Home Educators to give their children the best start in life. If you would like a career working with preschool children call PORSE today! Call the Henderson team on 838 8445 or visit w w w.PORSE.co.nz Chloe is really looking forward to being able to study while looking after a child and having the support of her Programme Tutor and area team, with access to Playschools, organized outings and Professional Development. After finishing high school with the goal of a career working with children, Chloe approached her school Dean to look after her baby so she could complete her Level 3 Early Childhood education and Care course through PORSE. Come along and see the PORSE Programme in action! Chat with our educators and staff to see if PORSE is for you. 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CHLOE - PORSE LEVEL 3 EDUCATOR with her school dean with baby Hunter Fun and Adventure in the Park Saturday 12 February, 10am - 2pm Harbour View Reserve, Te Atatu Peninsula FREE fun day out with entertainment, bouncy castle, face painting, activities and more. A0824-HP Splash in the Sun Friday 18 February, 11am - 1pm Grey Lynn Paddling Pool, Grosvenor Street Our MPs should follow Obama WAYS TO TOUCH BASE To contact Pat Booth email firstname.lastname@example.org or write c/- of this paper. All replies are open for publication unless marked Not For Publication. The pending retirement of arch Tibet protester Keith Locke as an MP is yet another reminder that while New Zealand politicians kow- tow effortlessly to China's demands on protest, Presi- dent Obama feels no obli- gation to follow suit. Remember how our politicians -- with one or two notable exceptions -- disap- peared behind their closed Beehive office doors when the Dalai Lama was last here? Instead of sidestepping Tibet as an issue during the Washington hoop-la over the visit of China's president Hu Jintao, Barrack Obama raised it himself at a press conference. Very can- did,'' he was. He opened by conceding that the United States recog- nises that Tibet is a part of Chinese territory'', then went on to urge Beijing to resolve concerns and differences including the preservation of the religious and cultural identity of the Tibetan people''. We have some core views as Americans about the uni- versality of certain rights that we think are very important, that transcend culture. I have been very candid with President Hu about these issues.'' Which prompted this reply -- a masterpiece of under- statement from President Hu: China still faces many challenges in economic and social developments and a lot still needs to be done in China in terms of human rights.'' Earlier Mr Obama said: History shows that societies are more harmonious, nations are more successful and the world is more just when the rights and responsi- bilities of all people are upheld -- including the uni- versal rights of every human being.'' But let's not hold our breath expecting some public courage here on this topic next time the Chinese Big Brother comes calling. No one appears to have asked the guest to the US about the welfare and long- term prospects of Liu Xian- obo, last year's Nobel Peace prize winner -- or his wife -- the most recent high-profile protester to disappear with- out trace in China. Talking about protesters and answering your unspoken question on which MP broke ranks on the Dalai Lama, it was New Zealand's major dissident Hone Harawira and current headline-maker who welcomed the exiled Tibetan leader to Parliament build- ings very graciously and very much his way. This is how Wellington pol- itical writer Jane Clifton reported it: Harawira's inconvenient natural exuber- ance vented when, returning to Parliament from a jog, he saw the Dalai Lama and entourage alighting at the front steps. Seizing his opportunity to meet His Holiness, Harawira mounted an impromptu haka and escorted the Dalai up the steps, chatting away spiritedly, and never mind the sweaty running kit, displacing the self-appointed official welcome by Peter Dunne, a devout supporter of Tibetan rights.'' Kia Ora, Hone. In the mailbag: You told as last week how Lord Laming in England was concerned that so many British agencies working with children are often unclear' about how to recognise signs of violence or neglect or how to act on them. The same, apparently, here too. What puzzles me about the latest New Zealand scandal of the little girl so cruelly mistreated is why any of the health professionals, doctors, nurses and so on treating her didn't think to ask this fright- ened child: Is anyone hurting you?' At nine she was old enough to be able to talk to someone who wanted to help. If she was too frightened to answer that was proof in itself surely. Or they could have said: Just nod if someone is hurt- ing you.' How can someone not recognise a battered child covered in injuries, and pre- sumably also frightened and withdrawn? Don't CYF staff have any training? Even an untrained person can recognise the symptoms of an unloved child, their body language, anxious, side- long glances from their eyes instead of a full trusting gaze, withdrawn manner, physical injuries, the whole energy of a frightened , loveless child. When will we ever learn?'' -- Name supplied In the mailbag too, more warnings about the phony IRD scam and, would you believe, another example in my personal mail. Someone obviously thinks I came down in the last shower. John Drury, Orewa -- I received on my computer a notification from the people you mentioned in your column and contacted the IRD and my bank. I went to the bank the next day and cancelled my Visa card and got a new one issued, I then got a notifi- cation from IRD about the mail being a scam. Thankfully, I did not give the scammers time to act and nothing was lost. You say about clues. Have you ever had the IRD talk about your fiscal activity'? I would hazard a guess that the majority of people would not realise what fiscal activity means, so that's not a help. The advice from my bank was sound -- if in any doubt, check with your bank.'' Lynn Lucas, Stanmore Bay-- LikeyouIwasa receiver of the scam email, supposedly from Inland Rev- enue, not once but twice also. I knew I was not owed any money but I was still tempted to open it. However, I rang IRD in the end and they were aware of the email and advised me to delete it which I immedi- ately did. What is wrong with people that they have to resort to this behaviour and was it a virus of some description? As a senior citizen I can see how easily you could be to be taken in by things of this nature as anybody is tempted where money is concerned.'' Also the mailbag, this advice handed out by New Plymouth police and forwarded by an Auckland Neighbourhood Support source which warns you could be locked out of your own email address. Please be aware of a scam circulating where scammers are sending emails from providers asking you to pro- vide your email address and password so that you can be updated. Unfortunately, someone replied to one of the above emails and they have now been locked out of their own email address while the hackers who sent it are cur- rently emailing everyone in the contact list asking for money. Please delete these emails should you receive one.''
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