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  1. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    New Zealand minister for women bikes to the hospital to have her baby
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    WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Since taking office, New Zealand’s prime minister has broken boundaries and made headlines by becoming only the second sitting world leader to give birth, taking six weeks of parental leave and returning to her leadership role with a baby in tow and nary a fuss.

    Now comes the New Zealand minister who cycled to a hospital Sunday to give birth.

    Julie Anne Genter, minister for women and associate minister for health and transport, posted photographs on social media of her “mostly downhill” trip to the hospital while at full term.

    She was due to have labor induced at Auckland City Hospital to become the second New Zealand government minister to deliver a baby this year, after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

    Genter, 38, noted on social media on Aug. 10 that she was “40 weeks + 4 days” pregnant, and “still waiting” to give birth. She plans to take three months of parental leave after the birth of the baby, her first.

    Genter, who was born in Rochester and grew up in Los Angeles, said that it was a “beautiful Sunday morning for a bike ride” and that she and her partner, Peter Nunns, had cycled to the hospital because there was not “enough room in the car for the support crew.” She added on Instagram, “It also put me in the best possible mood!”

    Auckland City Hospital, where Genter was to give birth, is also where Ardern delivered her first child, Neve Gayford, in June. The prime minister, 38, returned to work this month.

    Benazir Bhutto, then Pakistan’s prime minister, became the first world leader to give birth in office when she had her second child in 1990.

    Ardern announced her pregnancy in January, saying that she would be both “prime minister and a mum” and setting off a lively conversation in New Zealand about the role of working mothers.

    While the prime minister noted on her return to work that she was “very, very lucky” and in a “privileged” position compared with most women in New Zealand, her dual role has inspired many in the South Pacific country.

    A former New Zealand prime minister, Helen Clark, wrote in the Guardian that Ardern had proved that “no doors are closed to women.”

    During New Zealand’s election last year — which brought the center-left Labour Party, led by Ardern, to power — at least five lawmakers were parents of children less than 1 year old. That prompted an attempt by Parliament to make the legislative complex more family-friendly.

    A ban on children in the parliamentary swimming pool was lifted, a weekly parent-and-child swimming session was instated, and plans are underway to build a playground on the front lawn.

    Genter joined the left-leaning Green Party as a volunteer shortly after migrating to New Zealand in 2006, and she has represented the party in Parliament since 2011.
     
  2. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    scjjtt A Former Palm User

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    Rick, I think the NY Times had a thing on this that explained there was a deeper setting that could be turned off (for real). I'll see if I can re-find it.
     
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    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Yes, that’s a crocodile on a pool noodle. No, the human didn’t get it back
    A little over a week ago, Key Largo resident Victor Perez was looking out toward the bayside canal behind his house when he spotted an unusual sight.

    “I’m on my balcony,” said Perez, “and all of a sudden, I see this noodle and it’s there’s a crocodile hanging off of it. I had to get my phone.”

    The picture he took of the reptile on the yellow, foamy pool toy is a keeper.

    Perez was confused at first by what he saw.

    “It was just cruising along, and I was like, ‘OK, where’s the swimmer?’” he said, laughing. “What happened to the guy with the noodle?”

    After he posted it on Instagram, Perez received several comments from curious friends.

    “Someone wrote, ‘Are you gonna get the noodle back?’ and I said, ‘Nope, I’m not volunteering!’” Perez said.

    The Miami native, who owns Reef Tropical Cleaning, is used to seeing crocs aroundthe Keys, but never one who looked as if it was just hanging out in the water and enjoying itself.

    “I don’t know how he got that thing,” Perez joked, “but he looked like just any typical Florida tourist!”
     
  6. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    Edmund, thanks, although to be honest, I'm not at all sure which post you're thinking of / referring to {is this an unpaid endorsement of using the reply button? could be...}
     
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    lelisa13p Your Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    RA, if I knew which thread that was supposed to be in, I'd move it there. :vbconfused:
     
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    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    I'm guessing #3160, this thread -- 'Google's incessant tracking'
     
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    Hook Professional Daydreamer

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    New research suggests evolution might favor 'survival of the laziest'

    Maybe there's hope for me. :vbwink:


    https://phys.org/news/2018-08-evolution-favor-survival-laziest.html

     
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    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    I don't think I'm dead, but I probably won't check until after my nap.
     
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