ミニヘッドライン 2011/10/25



Auckland continues to be one of the fastest growing regions in the country with the population increasing by 24,000 to June this year, according to Statistics New Zealand. The City Of Sails' population increased at a rate of 1.6 per cent, more than three times the national average of 0.5 per cent, or 13,500. One in three New Zealanders now reside in Auckland. The Tasman and Nelson regions also increased at a rate of 1.6 per cent. The official figures show New Zealand's population grew by 37,500, or 0.9 per cent, during the June 2011 year, compared to 52,000, or 1.2 per cent, the previous year. Increased international migrant departures are sited as the reason our population growth has slowed. Auckland got the lion's share of New Zealand's population increase, accounting for 64 per cent of growth. Not surprisingly, earthquake-hit Christchurch proved to be the most unpopular destination, with the city's population plummeting 2.4 per cent, or 8,900, to June 2011. In the four years to June 2010 the city's population increased by an average of one per cent or, 3800, annually.



More than a quarter of young potential voters have not enrolled, and the printed rolls for next month's election close tomorrow. The Electoral Enrolment Centre says only 73.4 per cent of people aged 18 to 24 and eligible to vote were enrolled by October 14, down from 76 per cent at the same stage before the last election in 2008. Overall, 91.5 per cent of the eligible population aged 18 and over were enrolled by October 14, down from 92.9 per cent at the same time in 2008. That number has now risen marginally to 91.7 per cent, or 3,002,515 people, topping the three million mark at an election for the first time.



An unemployed Christchurch man told police he broke into the stricken Hotel Grand Chancellor in the red zone to drink everything he could get his hands on. Aidan Oliver Astwood, 23, got past the two-metre security fence protecting the red zone at Cashel St about 4.30am on October 4. He then entered the hotel, which is now being demolished, and stayed there drinking a large amount of the hotel's liquor. Police found the Linwood man near the Colombo St corner, about 300m inside the red-zone cordon, and found he had a set of keys and security access cards.



While Ross Jamieson was watching the All Blacks play their way to World Cup victory against France, burglars were breaking into his house. The 35-year-old said he felt "violated" after learning his home had been broken into and a 42 inch tv, PlayStation and games valued at up to up to $2500 taken. Police crime statistics show in the year ending in June this year 6507 Auckland homes were burgled - up from 6427 the previous year.



Maritime New Zealand salvage unit manager Bruce Anderson said 645 of the 772 tonnes in port number five tank had been removed by 3pm today. "This figure is the amount pumped off in total since pumping operations began," Mr Anderson said. That left about 700 tonnes still onboard, in four different tanks.



A 17-year-old Auckland teen was struck by a car and killed in front of two relatives only hours after the All Blacks reclaimed the Rugby World Cup. Sanele Pauli of Mt Roskill died yesterday after being hit by a car in Pt Chevalier, Auckland around 2.20am. Constable Mark Rodgers of the Auckland Serious Crash Unit said what should have been a night of celebration for the family turned to tragedy when Pauli was struck while crossing Great North Rd with two members of his family. Rodgers said the three men had just got off a west-bound bus and were crossing the road near the Premier Ave intersection when Sanele was struck by a city-bound, silver Nissan Primera.




A Californian man is behind bars after being caught by a hidden camera ''trying to kill'' his 2-month-old son with a blanket fashioned as a noose. The camera had been set up by his girlfriend to catch him cheating on her, according to reports in the UK's Daily Mail Online and the US Daily News. The footage allegedly revealed Joshua Allen Robey, 24, wrapping a blanket around the baby's neck, picking him up by lifting the ends of the blanket "like a noose'' and swinging the baby around for more than a minute, according to prosecutors.



Dublin has been put on an emergency footing after torrential rain triggered flooding in the Irish capital suspending rail services, closing roads and leaving shops and homes under water. The weather service said more than one month's rain had fallen in 24 hours and parts of the city were engulfed in flood waters, forcing commuters to wade home. Dublin City Council activated its major emergency plan and sent teams out to evacuate badly hit houses and help clear the flood waters. A number of ferries to and from Dublin were cancelled and flights were diverted from landing at the city's airport.



As the economy spirals downwards, cattle thefts have reached record levels in the United States. An estimated 4,500 cattle have been reported missing or stolen this year in Texas and Oklahoma alone. 



Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi will be buried on Tuesday in a secret desert grave, a National Transitional Council official said, ending a wrangle over his rotting corpse that led many to fear for Libya's governability. With their Western allies uneasy that Gaddafi was battered and shot after his capture on Thursday, rebels had put the body on show in a cold store while they argued over what to do with it, until its decay forced them on Monday to close the doors. ''He will be buried tomorrow in a simple burial with sheikhs attending the burial. It will be an unknown location in the open desert,'' the official told Reuters by telephone, adding that the decomposition of the body had reached the point where the ''corpse cannot last any longer''.

火曜日の未明に、ムアマール・ガダフィの遺体が砂漠の秘密の墓に埋葬されるようです。このガダフィの報道をあちこちで少しだけ観ましたが、まさか独裁者の最後のシーンが動画で配信される時代が来るとは… 当然ながら、中東におけるこのような変革は10年前には考えられなかったことで、時代の変化の凄まじさを物語っているように思います。それにしても、なぜ、中東の狂犬と称された彼がいままで生きながらえることができたのか、そして、そんな彼がなぜ、あんなにも簡単に陥落してしまったのか。ひとつだけ気になったのは、彼が国連でたびたび指摘していたことは、あながち間違いではなかったような、そんな気がします。


A Utah woman accused of trying to sell her 13-year-old daughter's virginity pleaded guilty Monday to two sexual exploitation charges for having the girl model in her underwear for men. The 33-year-old woman had also faced two first-degree felony counts of aggravated sex abuse of a child - and up to life in prison - but prosecutors agreed to drop those charges in exchange for her plea. She now faces up to 30 years in prison at sentencing December 5. Authorities said the woman offered her daughter's virginity to a man in April in exchange for $10,000.



Scientists in the United States found that a liking for sweeter foods is an indication that a person is more agreeable and helpful, but not extroverted or neurotic. "It is striking that helpful and friendly people are considered 'sweet' because taste would seem to have little in common with personality or behavior," said Brian Meiers, a psychology professor at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. "Our taste studies controlled for positive mood so the effects we found are not due to the happy or rewarding feeling one may have after eating a sweet food."



The Australian Bureau of Statistics said today that 61% of Australian households owned at least one laptop computer in 2011, up from 38% three years ago. Desktop computers dropped from 60% of homes to 55% over that period. Australian households with DVD players/recorders rose from 72% in 2005 to 87% in 2008, but fell to 83% in 2011. Households with stereo systems dropped from 78% in 2005, to 59% in 2008, to 41% in 2011. 



LG's Australian website was hijacked and defaced with an elaborate message over the weekend. "It looks like the attacker has compromised the web server itself as the website home page has been replaced completely," said Miller. "Usually if the web application itself was compromised via Stored Cross Site Scripting or SQL Injection then you would still see the original home page HTML code containing the malicious code."



A combination of last year's sizing and this year's super-tight jerseys had All Blacks super-sub Stephen Donald feeling more than a little exposed as he helped win the World Cup. Or perhaps it was that diet of whitebait he was on when he got the callup to join the All Blacks as fourth choice first five-eighth that had him struggling to squeeze into his kit on Sunday night. But Donald went from being a whitebaiter to world beater in a few days as he came on after half an hour against France and kicked a crucial penalty in the 8-7 win at Eden Park. Yesterday Donald, who had been out of the team for 11 months, was chuckling over the jibes he was copping.





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