ミニヘッドライン 2011/10/30



The Christchurch Women's Refuge has hired extra staff as crisis calls to the charity snowball this year. Julie McCloy, brand development manager with Christchurch Women's Refuge, told The Press yesterday calls to the crisis line rose 48 per cent over the past financial year. "What we've really seen is a big increase in that need for immediate assistance, people are definitely reaching out immediately for that phone contact and support," McCloy said. North Canterbury has experienced a bigger increase in crisis calls than Christchurch, she said. "We put that down to population moving to areas in North Canterbury, like Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Rolleston. We have seen a big increase in calls to police, and calls for support."

クライストチャーチのウーマンズリフュジー(Women's Refuge、女性ための支援団体)へ殺到する女性が増えているようです。過去1年だけで、なんと48%も増加しており、すべての人々を支援できない状況に陥っていると報じています。人口が増加しているランギオラ、カイアポイ、そして、ロールストンなどカンタベリー北部から支援を求める声が増えているようです。


Air New Zealand will help transtasman passengers affected by the grounding of the Qantas fleet. Australasia general manager Bruce Parton said the airline was working to free up 6-8 aircraft and organising cover for baggage-handling duties. Qantas grounded its fleet yesterday (Saturday), forcing the cancellation of almost 450 flights and affecting about 80,000 passengers. The airline says it made the move in preparation for a lockout of about 6000 employees covered by collective employment agreements.



National would spend $1 billion of the proceeds from asset sales to modernise and "transform" schools over the next five years Prime Minister John Key says. Speaking to about 1000 party faithful at the formal launch of National's election campaign in Auckland today, Key said the party would use the $5-7 billion cash from the sale of minority shares in four energy companies and Air NZ to set up a Future Investment Fund. The schools would be the first priority for the fund, with $1 billion earmarked over five years. But the fund would also be used to buy "new productive infrastructure" such as funding hospitals redevelopments and transport projects. "The mixed ownership model will allow us to increase the total amount spent on school building projects each year by more than 50 per cent without extra borrowing" Key said.



The Liberian registered and Filipino crewed ship ran into Astrolable reef while coming into Tauranga on October 5. Maritime New Zealand said more than 1000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil has now been pumped from Rena, leaving about 360 tonnes left from a single tank. MNZ salvage unit manager Kenny Crawford said while the exact amount of oil pumped off the Rena was still to be confirmed, 1000 tonnes was a conservative estimate and a "significant milestone" in the operation. “There are still significant amounts of other oils on board, such as diesel, hydraulic and lube oil still contained within the ship, so work will continue on removing this oil as well.”



A magnitude 6.9 earthquake has struck southern Peru, shaking buildings in the capital Lima, but there have been no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. The US Geological Survey said the quake, initially reported as magnitude 7.0, struck at 7.54am NZT. It was centred 51 km southwest of the coastal city Ica at a depth of 15km. That put it near where a devastating 8.0 magnitude quake struck in 2007. Southern Copper, a major global mining firm, said its operations were normal and not impacted by the earthquake.



The Super City's tourism and events boss, Michael Redman, resigned yesterday, 24 hours after being singled out in a damning review into V8 Supercar races in Hamilton. Audit New Zealand blamed Mr Redman as chief executive of Hamilton City Council for poor reporting, spending millions of dollars without authorisation and keeping the council in the dark over the street race that cost ratepayers $37.4 million for the first three events. On Thursday, Mr Redman said the Government's independent audit agency had got its facts wrong. He said he was being made a scapegoat and Auckland ratepayers had nothing to worry about in his current role as chief executive of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (Ateed).



Minto said National and Labour were "tinkering around the edges", and Mana's economic policies were "dramatically different" to Labour's. While Labour are backing calls to remove GST from fruit and vegetables, Mana is calling for the abolition of GST entirely. "It is a tax on the poor. The poor pay about 13 per cent of their income on GST, the wealthy pay 5 percent of their income on GST," Minto said. Other policies include a $15 dollar minimum wage from April 1 next year and then pegging the minimum wage to two-thirds of the average wage from April 1, 2013, and making the first $27,000 of income would be tax free - which Mana said would give workers on minimum wage an extra $200 per week. To pay for the tax changes, Mana plan to introduce a financial transactions tax, which Minto said would recover the $15 billion of revenue lost through the removal of GST. While the party has not worked out the exact rate of the tax, Minto said it would be less than a per cent of transactions. "Every year in New Zealand we have $93 trillion in speculation of money coming in and out of New Zealand through speculation on the New Zealand Dollar. A very small percentage of that would enable us to get rid of GST altogether." Minto said financial transactions tax would also help stabilise the New Zealand dollar.



Twenty-two baches at a Hawke's Bay beach have been uninhabitable since a big storm six months ago, but owners are still having to pay rates. The future of the baches at Pourerere Beach, 30 kilometres east of Waipukurau, remains uncertain as they are threatened by a huge potential slip behind them. Part of the hill behind slipped and damaged several of the properties in a devastating storm on April 26 and 27. The properties were evacuated after the storm and Central Hawke's Bay District Council says a geotechnical survey of the slip is needed to see what threat the hillside poses. The survey would cost $100,000. The council has agreed to pay $10,000 and the Conservation Department, which manages all land outside the campground, has agreed to pay $10,000. The private property owners must also each pay $3300 if the study is to be completed. They are also likely to have to pay for any remedial work recommended by geotechnical consultants.



Parents increasingly rely on tablet computers, such as iPads, to educate and entertain children but experts warn an overload could stunt a baby's brain development. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) this month recommended children under two have minimal, or no, exposure to screens. Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills said he backed these recommendations for New Zealand parents. "We've always suspected screen time for little children wasn't beneficial, but this evidence clearly demonstrates that's true. Children under two don't understand what's on screen and don't benefit." He said purchasing education videos and iPad applications for children aged under two was pointless. "They're so much fun, kids will get hooked on them." Parents should limit tablet time, avoid giving them to preschoolers, and take appropriate security steps as children can run up huge internet bills, he said. Some parents are adhering to advice.



Japan's two newest stars have all the basics of being a pop idol down. Their dance moves are sharp, they sing without missing a beat, and their songs have made the top 10. The only thing is, neither one of them exists. The green-haired "Megpoid" and red-haired "Akikoloid" are both completely computer generated, the latest in a line of popular digital characters based on a voice-synthesizing program that allows users to create their own music. They were the stars of a concert during the recent Digital Concept Expo in Tokyo. "Though there have been a few concerts with the characters before, this is the first time they could interact with others, including the audience, and appear to move around in a true 3D space," said Masaru Ishikawa, a Tokyo University researcher who helped create the system used for the concert. "These sorts of concerts up to now have looked 3D but were actually using 2D technology. This is a world first in that the character is actually 3D and can sing and dance with others," he said.




Scientists are calling for doctors to routinely use a blood-test to check omega-3 levels to help fight diabetes and heart disease. They want the tests to sit alongside cholesterol tests that doctors regularly order. Professor Bernhard Breier and a team of scientists at Massey University's Albany campus have been working on research that is the first to show the benefits of omega-3 in protecting against diabetes and heart disease in people who are prone to obesity. Bernhard, chairman of human nutrition at the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health, said a test for omega-3 levels could be performed as simply as a cholesterol test, and the benefits were just as pronounced.



Imagine the Hells Angels running a housie night? No, nor could the Department of Internal Affairs. It has refused the gang's application for a class three operator's licence – which allows for poker nights, raffles and housie nights – saying the key persons involved in the plan were "not suitable". The application was a first from a motorbike gang, which was understood to want to run a lottery. The decision is being appealed to the Gambling Commission, because "the department acted outside the scope of the Gambling Act in placing weight on other members not actively involved in the application". The application was made in the name of The Hells Angels Nomads Motorcycle Club Inc, which Companies' Office records show was registered as an incorporated society this year by Kishor Chandra Singh, who signed himself as vice-president and treasurer.



0 件のコメント: