Week at the Union – Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand

first_imgby 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.last_img read more

Paul John Wiegand

first_imgPaul John Wiegand was the youngest of three children born to the late Rev. J.C. Wiegand and his wife Laura. Paul was born on Nov. 16, 1921 in Celina, Ohio. In 1926 the Wiegand family moved from Ohio to Dillsboro, Indiana. Paul attended and graduated from Dillsboro High School in 1939. After High School he attended Barber College in Indianapolis. From 1942 to 1946 he served his Country in the U.S. Navy. Most of his service time was spent in the Pacific theatre. After returning home from the war he continued his Barber skills working in Aurora, Indiana. Paul was employed at Indiana Michigan Electric Co. from 1955 until he retired in 1983. He remained a part time Barber until he closed his shop in 2005. Paul has been a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Aurora since the 1950’s. He also served as a board member for River View Cemetery Association for a number of years.On April 26, 1950 Paul married Adelyn Lorraine Brauer, she precedes him in death. Surviving sons, Terry Wiegand (Tammy) of Osgood, IN; John Wiegand (Kristy) of Newburgh, IN; Vance Wiegand (Connie) of Taylor Mill, KY; Paul also has five grandchildren, Kimberly (David) Penrod, Nicholas Wiegand, Noelle Wiegand, Corey Green, Alison Wiegand, and great grandson, Robert Green.He was preceded in death by parents, John Christian Wiegand, Laura Wiegand.Friends will be received Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at St. John Lutheran Church Aurora, 223 Mechanic Street, Aurora, IN., Wednesday at 11:00 am with Pastor Edward Davis, officiating.Interment will follow in the Riverview Cemetery, Aurora, IN. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Aurora Life Squad, St Johns Lutheran Church or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. If unable to attend, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Our family would like to thank the staff of Ridgewood Health Campus, and Our Hospice of South Central Indiana for the care and compassion they have given Paul.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Saturday, Jan. 16, and Tuesday, Jan. 19. Crimes against propertyAt 12:14 a.m.  on Jan. 19, a student   broke a glass door when he inadvertently threw a bottle into a home at 1117 28th St. while engaged in horseplay. There were no injuries and the student agreed to pay for the damage.Miscellaneous incidentsat 4:43 p.m. on Jan. 19, DPS officers responded to a student and a non-USC male who both sustained cuts when they bumped heads while playing basketball.at 12:11 a.m. on Jan. 19, DPS officers responded to an intoxicated student who passed out on the lawn in front of 2712 Menlo Ave. The student was conscious and coherent when contacted by the officers, but an LAFD RA unit was requested as a precaution. RA Unit #15 responded and examined the student, who was released at the scene.at 10:40 P.m. on Jan. 18, DPS officers contacted a staff member who had been observed sleeping overnight in his vehicle on campus on multiple occasions and advised him that it was a violation of transportation services rules.at 12:45 P.m. on Jan. 16, DPS officers on routine patrol observed a suspect riding a bicycle aimlessly around campus near entrance Gate 1 and detained him for investigation. The officers determined that the bike was registered to a student and, when they contacted the student, he said that it had been stolen a month ago but he did not file a report. During questioning, the suspect claimed to have purchased the bike from a bike shop, but he did not have any proof of ownership and the bike was subsequently confiscated by the officers. The suspect was then released.at 11:51 A.m. on Jan. 16, DPS officers responded to a student who sustained a cut to his head when he walked into a wall on the roof of Parking Structure A. A LAFD RA unit was requested and Unit #810 responded. The RA Unit examined the student and released him.at 9:30 A.m. on Jan. 16, a suspect removed a bicycle secured to a bike rack and removed the front wheel from a second bike secured to the same rack near the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. Correction“Senate votes on honors” (Jan. 23) did not clearly represent the effect of an Undergraduate Student Government resolution. Resolutions represent the opinion of the student government but are not university policy.The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more