News from 07/2014

29 July 2014

Make sure you vote at the NZ General Election on 20 September

Kiwi singer Lorde has released a video in conjunction with the New Zealand Electoral Commission calling for young people to vote at the next General Election on Saturday 20 September

http://www.3news.co.nz/Lorde-urges-young-people-to-get-out-and-vote/tabid/370/articleID/354521/Default.aspx

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27 July 2014

Gaza Strip 12-hour ceasefire

There has been anger across the world about the situation in the Gaza Strip, and yesterday (July 26) thousands of protesters took to the streets in Auckland and Wellington.

http://www.3news.co.nz/Video-Demonstrators-call-for-end-to-Israeli-offensive/tabid/423/articleID/354242/Default.aspx

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28501905

A 12-hour ceasefire came into force between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip at 8am (05:00 GMT) on Saturday (July 26) the 19th day of a conflict that has killed at least 900 people.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/07/reports-hamas-israel-agree-12-hour-truce-201472522159800712.html

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26 July 2014

New Zealand’s next General Election will be held Saturday 20 September 2014

Labour unveils $350m education plan

A Labour Government will modernise New Zealand’s schools and close the digital divide by ensuring all students in Years 5-13 have access to a portable computer in the classroom and their home, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/election-2014/news/video.cfm?c_id=1503581&gal_objectid=11298105&gallery_id=144012

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19 July 2014

Entrepreneurs enjoy the stimulus of the laptop/mobile phone Cafe Culture

Cafes have always been a gathering place for intellectuals to meet and debate philosophical issues; for the Avant Guarde set to display their works; for artists to compare and exchange ideas and for writers to drown their sorrows over their artistic anguish or melancholy. In Paris you can find cafes like Café de Flore or Les Deux Magots with name plates indicating where famous cultural figures have sat like Hemingway, Sartre and Picasso. Today however aspiring entrepreneurs are finding that a table in the local coffee shop is better for conducting business than the…Read

13 July 2014

The Great Philosophers 3: Epicurus

The Ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus was born in 341 BC, on the island of Samos, a few miles off the coast of modern Turkey. He had an unusually long beard, wrote over three hundred books and was one of the most famous philosophers of his age. What made him famous was his skilful and relentless focus on one particular subject: happiness. Previously, philosophers had wanted to know how to be good; Epicurus insisted he wanted to focus on how to be happy but said that we typically make three mistakes when thinking about happiness.  

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