ミニヘッドライン 2011/11/02



An earthquake in Marlborough this morning has been felt across central New Zealand. The quake, measuring 4.9, struck at 11.41am and was centred 30km south-east of Blenheim at a depth of 15km. It was felt in central Wellington, the Kapiti Coast, as well as the top of the South Island. A resident in Blenheim described the event as a "good jolt". The shake was quickly reported on social networking site Twitter, with one person describing it as a "little wibble wobble'' and another saying it was "fairly gentle but lasted a couple of seconds".



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A "sensational" performance from the Rebel Sports stores as a result of the Rugby World Cup helped lift Briscoe Group's third quarter sales 9.2%. The company also expects to better last year's annual profit. Sales for the 13 weeks ended October 30 rose to $98 million compared with $89.8 million in the same quarter last year. The previous third quarter's sales were up 6.2% on the same quarter of 2009. Same-store sales - sales through stores open a year or more - were up an even stronger 13.6%.



Westpac New Zealand has posted a 41 per cent rise in annual cash earnings after a big drop in impairment charges and a rise in income as net interest margins rose. Westpac's cash earnings for the year to September 30 rose to $454 million from $322 million the previous year. The bank's net operating income rose 8 per cent to $1.668 billion outstripping a 5 per cent rise in operating expenses to $784 million. 



A Japanese lawmaker has drunk a glass of water taken from a radioactive puddle inside a reactor building at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in a bid to prove decontamination efforts are working. Television footage showed a visibly nervous Yasuhiro Sonoda gulping down water that he said had been decontaminated after being scooped up from inside the plant. "Just drinking (decontaminated water) doesn't mean safety has been confirmed, I know that," Sonoda told reporters. "Presenting data to the public is the best way."



Asking prices for homes have hit a new high, particularly in Auckland, as sellers bet on the market staying strong. Figures from realestate.co.nz show big jumps in what people were asking in 17 of 19 areas, and reveal that Aucklanders' average $568,778 asking price in October was up 6 per cent on three months ago. Realestate.co.nz chief executive Alastair Helm said that was the highest mean price sought in Auckland, up from $527,979 in August and $558,604 in September. The national average asking price is now $434,164, topping the previous record of $429,250 set in April. Mr Helm said a lack of listings had caused price expectations to jump. Sellers had become more confident and listings usually surged in October.



New Zealand was "pretty dull and gloomy" in October as it was cloudy and wet in most of the country, climate scientist Georgina Griffiths of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) said. It was the cloudiest month on record in Christchurch and Upper Hutt since 1930 and 1938 respectively, while in the Wellington suburb of Kelburn it was the third-cloudiest month since 1928. "It was really cloudy month for many of the main centres. We sort of had a late start to winter and I think we are having a late exit for winter," Griffiths said.



Hamilton police have launched an investigation after a man found with serious injuries died overnight. Detective Senior Sergeant Karl Thornton said emergency services were called to an Enderley address shortly before midnight. "Officers found a 42-year-old man suffering from a number of serious injuries. "Taken to Waikato Hospital by ambulance, he died a short time later. We are treating his death as suspicious and hope to get a better understanding of the nature of his injuries following a post-mortem examination."



Police have launched a homicide investigation after the death of a 25-year-old man in Whanganui overnight. Officers called to a house in the suburb of Gonville about 11.40pm found an injured man. A police spokeswoman said the man subsequently died from his injuries. The death was being treated as suspicious. Police have not arrested anyone in relation to the death.



Nine men have been arrested on firearms charges following an early morning raid on the Auckland headquarters of the Hells Angels gang and other properties linked to them. Five of the men are members of the gang and the other four are associates. Police seized six guns from the men and charged them with intentional damage, commission of a crime while in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm except for some lawful, proper and sufficient purpose. The charges relate to alleged illegal hunting activities in the Woodhill state forest at night, without permits and without firearms licences over the past year.



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Motorists are avoiding Timaru's new $3.5 million parking building, with revenue from the facility being little over half what had been expected in recent months. At the same time there had been an increase in use at the library car park off Bank St and also in the council-leased Central Mall car park on The Terrace.



LATEST: The sex offender known as the Beast of Blenheim is four times more likely than the average rate to reoffend when released next year, the Parole Board says. Under old sentencing rules prisoners were released after serving two-thirds of their sentence and Wilson could have been released in December 2008. However, after a request from the Corrections Department to the Parole Board, it was concluded Wilson should not be released until September 1, 2012. He will be released next year, regardless.



A man officials say came to New Zealand solely to import and distribute drugs, receiving almost 2kg of methamphetamine while here, has been jailed. Ka Wing Lam of Hong Kong was sentenced in the Auckland District Court yesterday to eight and a half years in prison for the importation and possession for supply of methamphetamine, also known as P. Lam was arrested in July after Customs intercepted a 653g package of P that was sent to him. Lam also admitted receiving three other packages by mail that contained the drug. It is estimated Lam received a total of 1.9kg of the Class A drug, which had an estimated street value of $1.9 million.



The New Zealand Government is investigating a report that hundreds of thousands of aid dollars has gone missing in Tonga. Foreign Minister Murray McCully has received a briefing from Tongan authorities about the missing money. ONE News understands the missing amount is around $200,000. The money was given to Tonga under the old NZAid programme that was given to the Pacific nation for electoral reform.



Women are closing the gender gap on men in health and education but still cannot get a firm foot in the political and business doors, an international study says. And the situation hasn't got better for New Zealand women. Women hold less than 20 per cent of key national positions, said the World Economic Forum in its Global Gender review of 135 nations. While 85 per cent of the countries have made some progress in the past six years, women's rights are declining in the rest of the world, notably in several African and South American countries.



Police are on the hunt for three people who allegedly assaulted a taxi driver in Westmere, Auckland. The passengers were picked up on October 2 around 3.15am on Queen St, Auckland, and asked to go to Meola Rd. They then directed the driver to Garnet Rd and asked to stop near a bus stop close to Old Mill Rd. Once they arrived, the male passenger seated in the front seat ripped out the CCTV camera from inside the taxi and the two female accomplices allegedly prevented the driver from re-entering the car. The driver, who was outside the taxi, was then pushed over and the three passengers fled the scene toward Larchwood Ave. Police are asking anyone with information on the three passengers to contact Constable Mark Stanton at Avondale CIB on (09) 820 5767 or to email him on mark.stanton@police.govt.nz. Those wanting to remain anonymous can call 0800 555 111.

10月2日朝3時15分頃、3人の乗客がクイーンストリートからタクシーを拾い運転手へメオラロード(Meola Rd)に向かうよう伝え、その後行き先をガーネットロード(Garnet Rd)に変更し、次にオールドミルロード(Old Mill Rd)に停車するよう指示を出した直後、助手席に乗っていた男性がセキュリティカメラを剥ぎ取り、慌てて車外に飛び出したタクシー運転手が車内に入れないように2人の女性乗客が邪魔をし、運転手へ暴行し、3人はその後ラーチウッドアヴェニュー(Larchwood Ave)へ逃走したようです。もしこの近隣にお住まいの方で事件を目撃した方、警察が情報を求めています。電話番号はMark Stanton at Avondale CIB on (09) 820 5767 (エイヴォンデールCIB所属のマークスタントン巡査)、mark.stanton@police.govt.nz または 0800 555 111 (匿名が認められています)。



Scientist Sean Davison did not feel the least victorious today as he walked away from the High Court in Dunedin. Although the Crown withdrew a charge of attempted murder, Davison said he still felt "terribly sad'' he was now a criminal. His trial came to an abrupt and surprising end this morning when he pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of procuring and inciting attempted suicide. Davison, 50, a microbiologist based in Cape Town, South Africa, was last year charged with attempting to murder his terminally ill mother Patricia Elizabeth Davison, 85, a former medical practitioner, in 2006. The saga has re-ignited the euthanasia debate in New Zealand and may prompt further political action. After legal argument on Tuesday, the Crown today withdrew the attempted murder charge and presented the new Crimes Act charge. The jury of eight women and four men was then dismissed and Davison remanded on bail until November 24 by Justice Christine French.



She said the findings were similar to those from a 2002 study of college students that compared feelings of loneliness to sleep quality. It found that the lonelier the students felt, the more fitfully they slept. The researchers collected information on feelings of loneliness, blood pressure and sleep from 95 residents of the Hutterite communities. To measure sleep, study volunteers wore wrist bands that measured their activity and level of restlessness during sleep.



A Sydney man returned from work on Halloween to a scene of true horror, his wife's dead body, bound hand and foot in a bedroom of their home. Lynette Bradbury, 56, an employee of Westmead Hospital's emergency department, was discovered about 11.30pm (1.30am NZ) on Monday by her husband Brian Bradbury at their home in Kerrie Road, Oatlands, in the city's northwest. It is understood Ms Bradbury was at home at 4.30pm (6.30pm NZ) when her husband, who works at the same hospital, left for his shift.



The White House has rejected several petitions to legalise marijuana in the United States. One petition called on federal government to stop interfering with state marijuana legalisation effort. Submitted by retired narcotics officer Neill Franklin, the petition was part of the White House's "We The People" project, an effort to allow ordinary Americans to gain the attention of policymakers through an online portal at the White House website. Any petition garnering 5,000 signatures within 30 days of submission is guaranteed a response from the White House - Franklin's petition received more than 17,000. "It's maddening that the administration wants to continue failed prohibition polices that do nothing to reduce drug use and succeed only in funneling billions of dollars into the pockets of the cartels and gangs that control the illegal market," said Franklin. Seven other marijuana-related petitions were submitted, which together garnered more than 150,000 signatures.




A 10-year-old trick-or-treater in the US pulled a handgun on a woman who joked that she'd steal his Halloween candy. The Augusta Chronicle in South Carolina reported today a 28-year-old woman told authorities she recognised some youngsters Monday evening and she joked she'd take their candy. Aiken Public Safety Lieutenant David Turno says a 10-year-old in the group said "no" and pointed the handgun at her. Turno says the gun wasn't loaded but the boy had a clip of ammunition. He was taken to the police station and was turned over to his parents. Turno said the boy's brother, who is also 10, told officials he also had a gun and both weapons were recovered by police. Turno says the boys got them from their grandfather without his permission.



A Boeing airliner carrying 231 people from the US has landed on its belly in Warsaw after its landing gear failed to open, triggering sparks and small fires. No one was hurt, but passengers described feeling severe stress as they prayed for a safe landing early today (NZ time). Captain Tadeusz Wrona, who handled the descent so smoothly that many on board thought the plane landed on its wheels, was instantly hailed a hero in Poland and online, where within hours he was the focus of several Facebook fanpages. The successful landing of the Polish LOT airlines flight, which came from Newark, New Jersey, also was a huge relief for a country that has suffered multiple aviation disasters in recent years, including the April 2010 crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others.




The identity crisis for an animal that was thought to be a cross between a sheep and a goat is over. Testing shows the geep is actually a sheep. Taieri farmer Graeme Wallace was convinced one of his male lambs was sired by a feral goat because it has the body of the lamb but the head, legs and bleat of a goat.



A pair of silk bloomers that belonged to Britain's Queen Victoria has sold at auction for £9375 (NZ$18,807) - three times the underwear's pre-sale estimate. A painting of the queen with her Scottish servant John Brown sold for £145,250 (NZ$291,400) at Edinburgh auction house Lyon & Turnbull. The close relationship between monarch and servant inspired the film "Mrs. Brown." Both items were purchased today (NZ time) by anonymous bidders. They were among items from Old Battersea House, the London home of US publishing clan the Forbes family. A four-poster bed Elizabeth Taylor slept in when she stayed at the house during her honeymoon with seventh husband Larry Fortensky sold for more than £9000 (NZ$18,000). The prices include buyer's premium.



A woman claims baby-faced singer Justin Bieber has fathered a child, it is reported. The 20-year-old Californian woman has filed a lawsuit against the teen alleging he is the father of her three-month-old boy, Star magazine is reporting in its latest issue. She was demanding the singer to take a paternity test "to scientifically confirm" he was the father of the child, according to court papers obtained by Star.




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