Hey team, here's the lowdown on what’s been happening here in NZ and around the world.
Looking for Lucky Labour Leader
As David Cunliffe steps down from his post as Labour Party leader, the race is on for who will take the reigns and lead a much needed revamp of the party.
Even though he stepped down, Mr Cunliffe thinks he’s still got what it takes, and has nominated himself to be the new leader. Many Labour MPs do not think Cunliffe can create a unified party with MPs such as Kris Faafoi stating outright that he will not be voting for the ex-leader, while David Parker quit as deputy leader stating that, “It just didn’t work.” However, sources claim that Cunliffe has the support of party members and Labour’s six affiliated unions.
Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson is also hoping for a shot at the leadership, announcing that Jacinda Ardern would be his deputy. It is believed that he has the support of the caucus.
There is a third contender in this race, though, and it is believed that he may split the union vote - causing trouble for Cunliffe. Andrew Little, the last Labour list MP to get into Parliament has put his hand up. Mr Little was the head of Labour’s largest affiliated union, EPMU, for many years. Affiliated unions such as this one have 20 per cent of the leader vote. It is believed that those who are not entirely convinced by either Grant Robertson or David Cunliffe may give their vote to Mr Little.
[Andrew Little performing Gangnam Style in parliament // Image cred]
Nominations for leader close on Tuesday, so there is the potential that we may see a few more MPs putting their hand up.
Islamic State are threatening to take control of the town Kobane. However, US airstrikes seem to be pushing the group back.
It would be disastrous if Islamic State gained control of this area as it sits on the border between Syria and Turkey. Many of the thousands of Syrians who have been forced out of their homes by IS crossed this border into Turkey to find a temporary safe haven. If IS take control, these innocent civilians will be helpless, and will have nowhere to run. The good news is that Islamic State seems to be pushed back to the edge of the town, due to the American airstrikes.
At the moment, the town is controlled by Syrian Kurds who are against IS, but they are asking the US for more weapons on the ground. The issue is that Syrian Kurds supposedly have ties to terrorist organisations, so the US have to decide whether to supply them with weapons and possibly shoot themselves in the [future] foot, or go on their own mission against IS.
The Ebola crisis is ramping up, as an increasing number of suspected and confirmed cases outside of West Africa.
Thomas Duncan arrived in Texas from Liberia on the 20th of September and died on 8 October. He went to the hospital four days after his arrival, but was sent home with antibiotics - it then only four days after (when his condition had worsened) that he was taken into isolation.
Spanish nurse, Teresa Romero, who had helped treat two Spanish missionaries is now in hospital being treated for Ebola while 14 others whom she came in contact with have been put in isolation. Ms Romero made contact with health officials three times before tests were carried out. Her dog was also put down, despite Romero’s family and thousands of dog-lovers signing a Change.org petition against the decision.
And across the ditch, an Australian nurse, who has returned from volunteering at an Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone has raised fears that she may also have the disease.
I’m finding it hard to compute how health officials in these various countries seem to be taking a relaxed view about these possible symptoms. With the potential risk of spreading the disease in their own country it seems insane that medical authorities have turned many of these people away even though they have been in close contact with people infected with Ebola.