The ‘thinning difference’ between the athlete and the woman

The ‘thinning difference’ between the athlete and the woman

Anthony Papathomas London, December 29, 2018 Women have long been subject to powerful social pressures to look a certain way. The ‘feminine ideal,’ a svelte female figure, has dominated film, television and magazine culture. The result is that a narrow idea of what feminine beauty should look like and an associated crisis in body satisfaction. In recent years an ‘athletic…

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Consumer Greed gets the better of the West

Consumer Greed gets the better of the West

Kieran Madden Auckland, December 28, 2018 “Our Gross National Product…measures everything, except that which makes life worthwhile.”  Robert (Bobby) Kennedy’s famous 1968 speech decried how measures like GDP count the locks on our doors and a nation’s weapons of mass destruction, while ignoring the “health of our children,” the “strength of our marriages,” or “the intelligence of the public debate.”…

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BNZ offers shared ownership option to new homebuyers

Supplied Content Auckland, December 28, 2018 The continuous hunt for new ways to help New Zealanders get into their first home has prompted BNZ to support an exciting new shared ownership option for first time home buyers. “It’s a commercial take on the Bank of Mum and Dad for new home owners.” Available early next year, shared ownership will give…

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Asian economies face varying prospects in the New Year

Asian economies face varying prospects in the New Year

Carlos Casanova and Pauline Weil Hong Kong, December 28, 2018 Asia has been under pressure following tighter global liquidity in 2018. Standfirst: The Coface index for measuring relative vulnerability to outflows points to increasing divergence in Asia. A few markets will benefit from strong fundamentals, proactive monetary policies and ample buffers to resist outflows, but others will be under pressure.…

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India needs more outspoken people like Naseeruddin Shah

India needs more outspoken people like Naseeruddin Shah

Sidharth Bhatia New Delhi, December 27, 2018 It was hardly surprising that right wingers would get outraged about Naseeruddin Shah’s recent comments about growing instances of mob violence and how the death of a cow was given more importance than the killing of a policeman. Hindutva warriors see, in every critical remark about what is happening in India at the moment, an…

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New Zealand managers must revisit tenets of good governance

New Zealand managers must revisit tenets of good governance

Bernie McKendrey Wellington, December 27, 2018 “Governance Board steps in to address cultural and ethical issues negatively affecting performance… They are concerned over the organisation’s reputation and performance.” Did you see this recent headline?  Me neither… Unfortunately, we are bereft of good examples where a governance body has acted proactively and stepped up.  Are there any?  Are openness, transparency and…

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Japan’s decision of Whaling ripples

Japan’s decision of Whaling ripples

RNZ, Wellington, December 26, 2018 Officials have been reacting to the news of Japan’s withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) working on understanding the implications. A minke whale is landed from a research whaling vessel in Kushiro, Hokkaido Prefecture, in May 2011.  (AFP Picture by Yomiuri published by RNZ) Commercial…

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