ミニヘッドライン 2011/10/22



Bay of Plenty residents have been warned that while some beaches have reopened, there is still a swimming ban in place. A further three kilometers of beach was opened to the public yesterday afternoon. The public could now access Mt Maunganui beach and the base track around to Tay St. Confusion arose yesterday after Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) National on Scene Commander Alex van Wijngaarden told media that whether the public wanted to go swimming or fishing was "up to them". But MNZ retracted that later, putting out a release that said the swim ban was still in place.



A tsunami warning has been cancelled for New Zealand after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Kermadec Islands this morning. The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management issued the warning of a potential threat after the earthquake struck at 6.57am. But the warning was cancelled at 8.15am by the ministry. Sea level gauges on Rauol Island registered wave heights between 0.1 and 0.17m. The NZ Tsunami Experts Panel has convened and advise that there is no threat to New Zealand from this event. The earthquake struck 230km east of Raoul Island and 310km east of Macauley Island. Raoul Island is the northernmost of the Kermadec Islands and is around 1100km north-east of New Zealand’s North Island.



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Heineken has had a team of around 100 working in New Zealand during the Rugby World Cup to support its sponsorship of the tournament. Many have been flown in from Holland for the duration of the event. The company announced yesterday it had extended its contract with the world cup governing body, and would again be the official beer supplier at the 2015 event in England. Heineken liked to do ''a few things with big impact'', Hans Erik Tuijt, global brand activation manager, said. Since signing up to its first world cup in 1995 the brewer has spent 100 million euros (NZ$174m) on rugby sponsorship.



Obama, an opponent of the war from the start, took office and accelerated the end of the conflict. In August 2010, he declared the US combat mission over. "Over the next two months our troops in Iraq, tens of thousands of them, will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home," Obama said. "The last American soldier will cross the border out of Iraq with their heads held high, proud of their success and knowing that the American people stand united in our support for our troops. More than 4,400 American military members have been killed since the US and its allies invaded Iraq in March 2003.



As Sir Richard launched the Virgin Business Challenge yesterday with a boat-racing publicity stunt at Auckland's Takapuna beach, newly appointed Challenge judges Derek Handley and Bill Buckley said the competition would be a huge boost for many local companies. Sir Richard also said Virgin would take a close look at the short-listed businesses in the competition, with clean-tech and bio-fuels high on his agenda. Aside from $100,000 cash from Virgin Business Challenge partner Bank of New Zealand, the winners of the award would receive another $10,000 for developing management and leadership skills. The winner would also get 12 months access to BNZ's Partner Business Centres around the country and mentoring from senior BNZ and Virgin executives. They would also be able to access Virgin's meeting rooms in Sydney, London, New York or Geneva over the next 12 months.



The measles outbreak which has infected more than 200 Aucklanders has now spread to Waiheke Island. A 17-year-old resident on the island recently tested positive for the disease, Dawn Rigby, Manager of the Waiheke Trust said. It is not known where the teenager contracted measles, but because of the school holidays his contact with others had been limited. There were no other suspected cases on Waiheke.



The woman, 43, who was given interim name suppression, pleaded guilty yesterday to theft that involved accessing two of her children's bank accounts over 170 times between May 24, 2005, and February 5 last year, taking money from the accounts without their knowledge or consent. The victims deposited wages from part-time paper-run and supermarket jobs directly into the savings accounts, which were opened in 2001. The woman accessed one account 141 times, taking $9924, and the other 30 times, taking $2705, the court was told.



A Virgin Australia pilot has been badly injured in Brisbane after he was blown from stairs at the rear of a passenger jet by the engine thrust from a Qantas 747 jumbo, which was taxi-ing close to his plane. Safety experts are looking into how the Qantas jumbo came close enough to the Boeing 737, which is operated by Virgin subsidiary Pacific Blue, to blow over the stairs on which the first officer was standing. The pilot had been conducting pre-flight checks on the 737 passenger jet, which was parked at Brisbane Airport's international terminal, shortly before it was due to take off to Bali on Friday. The first officer suffered a fractured arm and leg when the aluminium stairs were blown over by the force of the Qantas jumbo's engine blast. The 747 had been taxi-ing to a runway and was awaiting clearance from air traffic controllers to take off when the incident occurred.



Cigarettes worth $30,000 and diamonds valued at $25,000 are among reports of valuables missing from Christchurch's central city no-go red zone. The concerns came to light after The Press coverage of disquiet about effects, office equipment and files being dumped or taken to salvage yards during demolition. Debbie and Chris Ritchie, who owned the Cashel St Night `n' Day 24hr grocery, housed on the ground floor of the DTZ building on the corner of Cashel and Oxford Tce, want to know what happened to about $108,000 of stock, including $30,000 of cigarettes, and $300,000 of plant left in the dairy after the February 22 earthquake. The Press has also learned about $25,000 of diamonds left in Curtis Jewellers, another City Mall shop, not far from the dairy.



A sushi-grade salmon farmed in alpine conditions in the South Island has taken the top honours at the New Zealand Food Awards. Mt Cook Alpine won the award last night at the Massey University event and CEO Geoff Matthews told TVNZ's business programme this morning that he's pleased with the recognition. "We knew the salmon was special but we didn't know how to get the word out there," he said. "We did it by putting it in their mouths. The people at the top end can taste the difference".



He can breathe, blink, shake, urinate, and even quickly become a she. But that sort of reality in a robot comes with a $138,000 price tag. Built to simulate a human being, SimMan 3G - so named because he is wireless - is helping to train medical professionals at Waikato hospital's Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre. Designed to simulate a range of medical situations, SimMan 3G comes with interchangeable genitalia, quickly becoming a she. Yesterday, SimMan 3G, one of five such robots in New Zealand, put registrars Dr Conrad Engelbrecht and Dr Vicki Freeman through their paces, with anaesthetist technician Grant Hemmingsen also working on the robot.

その医療用ロボットは既に実用段階にあり、呼吸、まばたき、震え、小便、などができ、男性から女性へも簡単に変えられるようです。名前がシムマン3G(SimMan 3G)-3Gの名称は、無線で動作ができることから付けられているそうです。今回はワイカト病院で医療訓練生のために配備されたようです(値段が$138,000で、半額をワイカトディストリクトヘルスボードが払ったと報じています)。


Nelson couple Patrick and Wendy Meffan have won a solar hot water system worth up to $10,000, thanks to an astronomically high July power bill. The Meffans entered the Nelson Mail and SolarCity's "battle of the bills", a contest to find the largest residential power bill in Nelson in July, August or September. The Meffans took out the competition with a $883.51 bill from July. The Meffans live in a historic house, with two sons at home and another two sons at university and Mrs Meffan said the July bill coincided with their older sons' university holidays.



Failed luxury Queenstown lakefront development Walter Peak is being marketed for mortgagee tender, after its developer Rod Nielsen was bankrupted in 2009. Nielsen bought the picturesque 38.16ha of land for $10 million in 2006. Together with his brother Greg and their London-based business partner Justin Russell, Nielsen wanted to transform it into a $50m luxury development. A 'wilderness experience' with cottages, homesteads and a luxury lodge was planned for the site but receivers were appointed in 2009.



Kiwis planning a big night out on New Year's Eve will be able to leave their cash at home for at least two festivals, with organisers bringing technology to New Zealand for the first time that loads credits onto wristbands. Wellington-based 1-Night and Hamilton's AWOP will roll out the technology respectively at the La De Da festival in Martinborough and Rhythm and Vines event in Gisborne on Dec. 31. Revellers will be able to buy food and drink and enter the event with a swipe of their wrist, and event organisers will get back more detailed data on where money is being spent.

大きなイヴェント、たとえばフードアンドワインショーなど、食べ物や飲み物をお金を払いながら参加するのはわりと面倒で、支払いが簡単な現金を持ち歩くと紛失する恐れがあり、セキュリティに問題があります。これを解消するために、来場者へRFID(radio frequency identification)が内臓されたリストバンドを付け、それで決済をするシステムがニュージーランドで導入されることになりました。ウェリントンに拠点を置くワンナイト(1-Night)と、ハミルトンのAWOPが、マーティンボロで開かれる”La De Da”フェスティヴァルと、12月31日にギズボーンで開かれる”リズムとワイン”イヴェントでこのリストバンドをニュージーランドで初めて採用するようです。システムは、無線で情報を読み取る技術で、犬の登録カプセルと同じもののようです(SPCAのオフィサーが犬の首に機器を近づけると犬の住所などの情報が読み取れるあのシステムです)。


Danish researchers can offer some reassurance if you're concerned about your cellphone: Don't worry. Your device is probably safe. The biggest study ever to examine the possible connection between cellphones and cancer found no evidence of any link, suggesting that billions of people who are rarely more than a few inches from their phones have no special health concerns. The Danish study of more than 350,000 people concluded there was no difference in cancer rates between people who had used a cellphone for about a decade and those who did not. Cellphones send signals to nearby towers via radio waves, a form of energy similar to microwaves. But the radiation produced by cellphones cannot directly damage DNA and is different from stronger types of radiation like X-rays or ultraviolet light. At very high levels, radio frequency waves from cellphones can heat up body tissue, but that is not believed to damage human cells. Nunn said people should not change their cellphone habits based on the current evidence, except perhaps for limiting their kids' use of the devices. "There are a lot more worrying things in the world than mobile phones," she said.



He opened up about why he made the decision to use her. "The reason for Kate [Moss] and this whole group of women I found that someone named 'waifs' was because before that, a lot of women were getting breast implants and doing things to their buttocks. It was getting out of control. I just found something so distasteful about all that," he explained. "I wanted someone who was natural, always thin. I was looking for the complete opposite of that glamour type that came before Kate."



Publishing their findings in the British Dental Journal, a team of US researchers discovered that popular sugar-free foods, beverages and confectionary often contain additives that are as harmful as sugar when it comes to dental health. "The public's perception is that they will never cause any dental harm. However, that may be a misconception when those products contain acidic additives," says study author Sok-Ja Janket, Research Associate Professor at Boston University's Henry M Goldman School of Dental Medicine. "Acids dissolve the calcium in the enamel and cause erosion. Whether sugar-free or sugar-containing, if the products contain acidic additives, we are delivering these acids on a platter."




Seven billion. Next week the world's population will, according the UN, reach seven billion and a baby born somewhere in the world will be designated the seven billionth baby - just as Adnan Nevic, now a healthy 11-year-old living in Bosnia, became the six billionth when he was born just after midnight on 11 October, 1999. There is, of course, a spurious precision about this. We may have passed seven billion already - there are some suggestions we got there three months ago - or if the US Census Bureau is right, it will not happen until next March. But the detail does not matter. What matters is that we are adding more than the population of Britain to the world every year and, while the rate of growth is slowing somewhat, it seems likely that eight billion will be reached sometime in the 2020s.



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