OPINION: The relationship between the United States and New Zealand is long standing. The two countries have repeatedly displayed the deepest diplomatic commitments possible – based around shared spent blood and large foreign policy goals. 'President Trump hasn't got a fair go from day one' - US Ambassador Trump accuses 'social media giants' of 'silencing millions of people' Our relationship can endure difficulties and evolve. Quite simply, the relationship is much deeper than whoever is the current leaders. The history, values and visions that the two peoples' share are remarkably similar, deep and shared. The diplomatic relationship between the United States and Aotearoa, began before New Zealand became a country in 1840. After the Treaty of Waitangi, the external focus for the new country was upon Britain, which we followed slavishly into a conflict in South Africa, and then, the First World War. It was in the latter conflict, that New Zealanders first fought alongside … [Read more...] about Opinion: How does chaos in Washington affect New Zealand?
How does social media affect society
Brittney Gargol, 18 Smiling for the camera as they got ready for a night out, Cheyenne Rose Antoine and her best friend Brittney Gargol posed for a selfie. But just six hours after Cheyenne Rose, 21, posted the photo of the pair on Facebook with the caption: “Out & bout with my girl … so beautiful,” 18-year-old Brittney would be dead. In a twist that shocked the globe, it would be this social media selfie that would help police solve the homicide. Just after midnight on March 25, 2015, the pair had gone out in their hometown of Saskatoon, Canada. According to Cheyenne Rose, they visited several bars before Brittney, who was studying for her high school diploma at Nutana Collegiate, had gone off with a man she’d met that night, while Cheyenne Rose met up with her uncle. The next morning, Cheyenne Rose posted a message on Brittney’s page: ‘Where are you? Haven’t heard from you. Hope you made it home safe.’ But Brittney was already … [Read more...] about From social media to mobile apps, Fabulous investigates how our digital fingerprint is becoming the latest tool to help police fight crime
After the Media and Defamation Bill was enacted into law, Minister Owen Bonnici said that the government would now seek to regulate the journalism profession itself, with what is believed to be a code of ethics. Do you think it is possible to regulate the media without stifling free speech? And are there any particular proposals you feel should be introduced and any proposal you feel should be avoided? I agree that there should be a code of ethics because it is the adherence to journalistic principles that defines the profession. Even though not everyone who voices an opinion in a public forum is a journalist, everyone should be free to express themselves as they see fit. A code of ethics should encourage a journalistic process that sets a standard. Nobody can stop someone from publishing their opinion or their own interpretation of certain events, but I believe we can reach an understanding of what standards we should expect. The previous IGM council had started working on a code of … [Read more...] about Encouraging good journalism and adapting to internet age essential to media’s future – IGM Chairman
Life drawing could help teenagers overcome social media body confidence issues, artists have said. Experts including the former president of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters have advised that drawing nude models could help youngsters understand what “real” people look like, compared to those on social media. The comments come ahead of an exhibition being run by the Hesketh Hubbard Art Society, London’s largest life drawing group, which is aiming to challenge the conceptions of conventional beauty. As part of the exhibition artists including former president of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Alastair Adams and Esther Bunting who runs Spirited Bodies, a group which uses life modelling to overcome body issues, will debate how people can be viewed through portraits. “What is out there online for youngsters is often superficial and does not accurately represent what people look like in real life,” said Mr Adams. “I would think images seen … [Read more...] about Life drawing can help teens overcome social media body confidence issues, says former Royal Society president
There was a time when Laura Whitmore didn’t feel confident enough to leave the house without wearing make-up. But age brings with it a huge dollop of “who gives a toss?”, and she’s found that as she’s got older, she cares much less about what other people think. Shoes, £23.20, Topshop - buy now Necklace, £115, Laura Whitmore for Daisy Jewellery - buy now Necklace, £99, Sif Jakobs - buy now “I probably wore a lot more make-up when I was younger and it was an insecurity thing. But at some stage you go: ‘Do you know what? F**k it.’ There are so many other millions of things to worry about. “Beauty shouldn’t be about hiding yourself – it’s about expression, and I think we all need to learn that we’re highlighting and accentuating what we already have.” This assertiveness has extended to other areas of Laura’s life, too. After years of flipping between challenging and ignoring social … [Read more...] about Laura Whitmore reveals how age has given her confidence to not always need make-up and speak out about her #MeToo experiences