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    Hero42
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    Hero42

    Arandar
    A voluntary scheme that allows applicants to chose areas that they are interested in and will therefore be more motivated to work at will always be better than a compulsory scheme that forces people into areas that they just aren’t interested in and will therefore be bored and uninterested.

    True there may be a very small number who get sent on a compulsory course and find something that does actually interest them but in my experience it is a very small number indeed.

    Cheers 🙂

    #1735549
    Hero42
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    In my opinion what we don’t need is a scheme that takes paid positions away from people who want to work and gives them to unpaid young people.

    That is just swapping jobs but removing the earning opportunity from those who want to work.

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    don021
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    don021

    I always remember the case of young Fletcher arrivng from England, started building and built it into the biggest company in N.Z. A young Thai couple arrived in Taupo and opened a bakery, doing well by all appearances, due I am sure to their very pleasant nmature, as well as their excellent baking.We owe so much to immigrants, they show locals the way ahead.

    #1735575
    Hero42
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    True there are always a few although Fletchers are taking a hit on the stock market today due to the fire in the Sky City convention centre.

    But for the few who make it big the vast majority don’t. A few fail completely and most just survive.

    Cheers 🙂

    #1735576
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    NZ is now the 5th richest country in the world so collectively we must be doing something right.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/116750610/feeling-wealthy-new-report-shows-you-should-be

    Now the report says this is the first time we have appeared on the list so we seemed to have jumped in at 5 but I can’t see how that can be as the report also says we were 24th in 2000.

    Global wealth rose by 2.6% compared to last year, whereas NZ total wealth rose 4.2% of the 12 months to mid-2019 and wealth per adult increased 3.1%

    On the other hand that growth in wealth is in a large part die to the increase in house prices so one wonders what percentage of the wealth is actually owned by overseas (mainly Australian) banks?

    And speaking of Australia they lost wealth in the last year.

    Cheers 🙂

    #1735585
    Hero42
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    Hero42

    That Sky City fire is a big one.

    The Fire Service has sounded the sixth alarm, which means all available resources from Auckland have been called in, with further resources from Hamilton on the way.

    Fire and Emergency spokesperson Dave Woon said it was “a very, very difficult fire to extinguish”.

    No injuries have been reported. One person is unaccounted for, but Fire and Emergency said they were not concerned about it.

    #1735774
    Hero42
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    There is a great movie on Netflix called Laundromat which shows how the Panama Papers and offshore accounts work. It isn’t as boring as it sounds.

    It is directed by directed by Steven Soderbergh, with a screenplay by Scott Z. Burns. It stars Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Jeffrey Wright, David Schwimmer, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Cromwell, and Sharon Stone.

    Cheers 🙂

    #1735775
    Hero42
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    Interestingly there is another series on Netflix called Inside Bill’s Brain which is about Bill Gates.

    I am not a big fan of Bill gates or Microsoft but this is an interesting inside into the man and how instead of clinging onto his fortune (as some did with tax havens as revealed in the Panama Papers) he and his wife Melinda set up their foundation to give back to the world.

    The first episode is about their tackling water health and in particular toilets in the thirds world.

    Well worth a watch.

    Cheers 🙂

    #1736102
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    Did you know the internet turned 30 yesterday?

    But we didn’t get to play with it until 6 August 1991 when the World Wide Web opened to the public.

    Cheers 🙂

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    Bryan
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    But we didn’t get to play with it until 6 August 1991 when the World Wide Web opened to the public

    Well we didn’t have the brain power to be able to understand just what terms like WWW or the like meant! One has to be trained up to do these things you know! Bugger just bit my tongue 🙂

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