by Heather Ryan Malcolm X, Ronald Reagan, Yasser Arafat, Helen Clark… try spotting the odd one out. The Prime Minister of New Zealand is perhaps one of the lesser-known politicians to have graced the Oxford Union with their presence, but her achievements suggest such obscurity is undeserved. The first female Prime Minister of New Zealand to win office at a General Election, Clark has overseen radical changes to her nation’s welfare system. In her speech – surprisingly well-attended given that it was on Monday of 0th week – these were outlined: 8 increases to the minimum wage in as many years, an increase in employment levels, and a reduction of unemployment to 3.6%. Her government is as notable for its positions on international affairs and green issues as it is for its commitment to social justice, and much of Ms. Clark’s talk focused on the themes of her foreign policy.While the somewhat uninspiring delivery detracted from my enjoyment of the speech, the content itself was interesting, centring on the themes of New Zealand’s foreign and environmental policies. The country’s commitment to nuclear disarmament was discussed, as was the active role in international peacekeeping played by the New Zealand army.Clark described New Zealand as “clean and green”, and also advocated her government’s support for human rights, interfaith dialogue and international aid. She concluded by contrasting the UK and New Zealand, suggesting that while we share many values and beliefs, due to geographical separation the focus of our diplomatic and trade relationships is different. Several insightful questions followed, including a criticism of her government’s rejection of nuclear energy, which Clark rebutted confidently and fluently. I was left in no doubt that the Prime Minister is principled, articulate, and a liberal through and through; it’s just a shame that her public speaking skills undersell her.
View Comments The silver screen has The Brave Little Toaster, but off-Broadway has talking night lamp Wally Watthead! Innovative children’s show Wally Watthead and His Lost Glow opens January 14. Conceived by Finnish performer Janne Raudaskoski, who also stars as Wally, the new experimental production will play New World Stages’ Stage Two. The new production features magic by Raudaskoski and Tatu Tyni, video by Sanna Malkavaara, light and sound design by Petri Mikkonen, costumes by Kaisa Kemikoski and set design by Kemikoski and Raudaskoski. Wally Watthead originally premiered at Unga Teatern in Helsinki, Finland on August 28, 2008. The show has been performed in English, Swedish, Russian and Chinese—the New World Stages production is Wally Watthead’s American premiere. Directed by Sami Rannila, Wally Watthead features a script by Raudaskoski and Rannila. In a new theatrical experience combining magic, clowning, mime, black lights, video and special effects, the show stars Raudaskoski, Tuija Nuojua as Polly Picture and Jonathan Hutchings as Simon Simcard. The new production tells the story of Wally Watthead, a night lamp who loses his glow. Simon Simcard, a smartphone, helps Wally regain his glow and the pair go on a series of adventures. But when Polly Picture comes to life, Wally and Simon’s friendship is put to the test.
Mikel Arteta was appointed Arsenal head coach on Friday afternoon (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho has taken aim at Arsenal and their decision to appoint Mikel Arteta by questioning clubs that hire managers with ‘zero defeats’ rather than those with proven pedigree.Arteta, 37, beat off a host of significantly more experienced candidates to land his dream job and the 37-year-old spoke with immense pride during an impressive opening press conference on Friday afternoon.Carlo Ancelotti was heavily linked with Arsenal after being sacked by Napoli but was ultimately overlooked for the position. The 60-year-old Italian and is now being tipped to take over the reins at Everton.Mourinho’s great rival, Pep Guardiola, has backed Arteta to do an ‘excellent job’ after watching his compatriot develop as his assistant at Manchester City.ADVERTISEMENT Arteta left City to take over the reins at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Arteta hopes to be able to create the kind of ‘winning mentality’ that Guardiola built during their time at City.‘You have to be ruthless, consistent and fit every day the culture of the club to create a winning mentality,’ he said.‘Every day is important, every act is important.‘His work rate is incredible… For me the secret is that the players and staff have to believe what you’re trying to deliver.’ Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 11:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.4kShares Advertisement Comment Arteta insists he still has a good relationship with Guardiola (Picture: Getty)Arteta feels ‘a little bit sad’ about leaving City midway through the season but insists he remains on good terms with Guardiola.‘The relationship between me and Pep is incredibly good,’ he added.‘Obviously he was sad and the timing wasn’t the best for him but he understood, he knows how I’ve been growing and the needs I had emotionally, the ambitions I had and he kept giving me more and more over the years.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘If I had admiration for him before, after working with him I could not explain what a nice person he is and what a professional he is.‘The way he reacted with me looking at my eyes, he knew I was suffering because I was leaving him in a moment where obviously they need me a little bit.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘In that sense I feel a little bit sad but he’s been so supportive. We could not have left the relationship any better.’MORE: Manchester City keen on Ben Chilwell and Caglar Soyuncu but remain pessimistic over January signings Jose Mourinho aims subtle swipe at Arsenal over Mikel Arteta appointment Mourinho faces former club Chelsea at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend (Picture: Getty)However, the Tottenham manager appears bemused by Arteta’s appointment, considering the Spaniard has no experience in top-level management.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The only point I can find – and it is for us to laugh a little bit – is that years ago the best managers were the guys with more victories and now the best is the guy with the fewest defeats,’ Mourinho said in the wake of Arteta’s appointment.‘So Ancelotti has three Champions Leagues, won the league in Italy, France and England and won cups here and there – but Ancelotti has lost, I don’t know, 200 matches?’ Mourinho said.‘I have lost 150-180 – Carlo is a little bit older than me.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I think now it is not about how much you won, it is about the matches we didn’t lose.‘So probably the best managers now are the managers with zero defeats.‘The only reason I can understand is that they look through the CVs and see guys with more defeats and guys with less defeats, so guys with less defeats are given the job.‘I cannot find another reason.’ Advertisement
BLAINE (AP) — The Peace Arch crossing on the U.S.-Canada border was closed Tuesday after a man driving a van with Washington state plates shot a Canadian guard in the neck and then apparently killed himself, a police official said.Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Bert Paquet told reporters the female Canadian Border Services Agency officer was breathing when she was flown to a hospital, but he had no further details on her condition.The officer was in her booth when she was shot. Investigators were trying to figure out what happened and why, Paquet said. They hadn’t confirmed whether the suspect was the van’s owner.The Peace Arch crossing in Blaine is the third busiest port of entry on the northern border. Last month, it averaged 9,000 U.S.-bound cars a day, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.The crossing features a park with a 67-foot-high monument in the form of an arch that connects the U.S. and Canada.Canadian Brian White told reporters at the scene he was waiting to cross northward when he heard the shot.He said guards immediately responded, and there were people screaming. Officials questioned everyone waiting to cross and took their car registration information.The officer’s identity and other personal details were withheld. Paquet said U.S. authorities were notified of the incident.“This is a very serious incident that occurred right on the border line,” he said. “We are sharing information with them.”It will be up to Canadian border officials to determine when the crossing will reopen, Washington state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kris Olsen said.