Michelle Schmitt-Garbett Michelle Schmitt-Garbett Moderator

Vegemite, Marmite or something else???

The infernal debate about which is best… Vegemite, Marmite or something else??? I was talking with a fellow Kiwi the other day and was told they prefer Marmite. Understandably I was rather shocked. So I was thinking what do you prefer, is there a difference or is it just the sweet memories of home? I’m proud to say I have introduced a few Germans to Vegemite and they like it more than Marmite, but each to their own. Over to your thoughts and taste buds.
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New Zealand Preparing to Lure Funds From Caymans, Dublin

Look what is going on down under... New Zealand Preparing to Lure Funds From Caymans, Dublin http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-02-17/new-zealand-preparing-to-lure-funds-from-caymans-dublin.html By Tracy Withers Feb. 18 (Bloomberg) -- New Zealand is preparing a bid to become a home for international investment funds, rivaling Luxembourg, Dublin and the Cayman Islands. Officials are studying ways of using New Zealand’s time- zone advantage and its tax and regulatory environment to make the nation attractive to funds, Commerce Minister Simon Power said in an e-mailed statement. Successful implementation would create jobs and exports, he said. The Asia-Pacific region doesn’t have a hub for investment funds, opening the way for New Zealand to make its pitch as their legal home and also the site for fund accounting and administration. There hasn’t been a need for a regional center because the industry has lacked critical mass in the region until recently, Power said. “Capturing a small part of this market could generate significant high-value exports and jobs,” he said. “The domicile activities would also strengthen New Zealand’s funds- management industry and capital markets and broaden the skill base of associated professional services.” The proposal was put forward in December by the Capital Market Development Taskforce, which was reviewing ways to make the nation’s markets more efficient and more attractive to investors. Government officials are working with some taskforce members to prepare an implementation plan by May 31, Power said. Preliminary analysis is that some changes to tax and regulation may be needed, he said. Tax changes would aim to treat managed funds the same as other sectors of the economy, only taxing income earned in New Zealand or by New Zealand residents, he said. Separately, New Zealand will consider creation of a new regulator to improve the performance and conduct within its capital markets, Power said. The government may merge parts of the Securities Commission, the Companies Office and NZX Ltd.’s disciplinary unit in a new entity, he said. The taskforce recommended simplification of the regulatory framework to bolster investment.
Dominic Turner Dominic Turner

Touch Rugby

Badenoch & clark are looking for 3 more experienced players for our touch rugby team, at least one of them needs to be female! The 2009 Corporate League Touch Rugby is due to start at Cessange on Wednesday June 10th with the Final taking place at the Annual Kick Cancer Into Touch tournament in August. It is a 7 a side competition, played on approx. ½ rugby pitch. Please call me on 661448005 or email dominic.turner@badenochandclark.com or simply reply to this thread. Thanks Dominic
Michelle Schmitt-Garbett Michelle Schmitt-Garbett Moderator

YEAR of the OX - 2009

Hi there fellow Kiwis, Aussies and friends. HAPPY 2009 to you! I hope you all had a great start to this new year, I can still wish you all the best for the next few days. I know for some people it has been a very hard time of late but it is important to remember there is support, friends and entertainment out there in Luxembourg, Trier and the other surrounding towns. Re Chinese New Year... 2009, the Year of the Ox or Buffalo has good news (not doom and gloom) - it symbolizes prosperity through fortitude and hard work. The OX year is a conservative year, one of traditions and values. This is not a year to be outrageous, a slow and steady year.This OX year will bring stability and growth where patience and diligence pays off. This is a year of harvest - when we reap what we have sown. Take care of business this year, do not let things slide. 2009 Horoscopes for Year of the OX If you were born in the year of the RAT This year is a stable year for family life and will be a joyful year. Career wise the rats will take on more responsibilities and will feel the pressure of the extra duties. A good year of steady progress. If you were born in the year of the TIGER: This is the year for keeping a low profile, tigers. Because of the slow pace of the OX year, it will be a frustrating time for you. You like things to be move quicker, you will need to show restraint. If you were born in the year of the RABBIT: The year of the OX is well suited to the rabbit nature. The slower pace of this year will see you spending more time with friends and family. A good year to upgrade your home, or for buying or selling a house. If you were born in the year of the Dragon: In business and in romance your word for this year is integrity. Keep your head down and you will make steady progress this year. Established relationships will be comfortable and easy during this year of the OX. A slow but sure progress will be made. If you were born in the year of the SNAKE: A very good year for Snakes! The steady pace of the OX year is well suited to the snake person. Act on an opportunity - this is your year. If you were born in the year of the HORSE: Although you are rearing to surge ahead, this is another year of caution for the horse. Not a good year to strike out in new directions, consolidate your positions instead. On the brighter side, Love will bring comfort this year. If you were born in the year of the SHEEP: The Ox is the direct opposite of the sheep, therefore expect challenges in all areas this year. Keep a low profile. If you were born in the year of the MONKEY: This is a year of moderate progress for monkeys. Work will slow down this year allowing the monkey more personal time. It also allows for quality time with friends and family. If you were born in the year of the ROOSTER: Great opportunities for rooster this year. A good time to recoup losses. You will make great progress at work, reaping rewards of your labor. Emotional ties bring joy. Your prestige and reputation increase. If you were born in the year of the DOG: A year for dogs to keep a low profile. Put more attention into matters at home, spending quality time with loved ones. The simple pleasures will bring happiness this year. If you were born in the year of the PIG: A year for the pig to follow his/her instinct, laying foundations for the future. This is a bright and hopeful year for the pig. Do not take unnecessary risks though. Famous Ox People: Barack Obama, Catherine Freeman, Heather Locklear, Jane Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Margaret Thatcher, Meg Ryan, Meryl Streep, Princess Diana, Vivien Leigh and George Clooney. So, lets stay in touch and make the most of getting to know each other and create a positive 2009! Hope to see you all soon! Don't be shy to write... Michelle.