ミニヘッドライン 2012/01/13



A man is in hospital with serious burns from a fire that tore through his Tauranga home - after he tried to fill a lawnmower with petrol while smoking a cigarette. Neighbours ran to the man's aid when they saw him running screaming from his house in the Parkvale suburb about 3.20pm yesterday. "We saw the smoke, then we heard them come running out of the house screaming, 'fire, fire'," said one woman. "He was alive but he was burnt. His legs were bad and he was burnt on his chest and his face but all he could say was 'my house, my house'." The woman, who didn't want to be named, ran to her garden hose to try to tackle the fire. Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner said they were satisfied the cause of the fire was accidental. "So the motto from this is, when filling appliances with petrol, extinguish your cigarette first," Mr Turner said.



The New Zealand Transport Agency says the alternative route to the Manawatu Gorge road will not be up to State Highway standard while it is being used as a detour. The Manawatu Gorge has been closed for five months after a series of landslips, and the traffic that would usually use it has been diverted along the smaller Saddle Road. Around 6500 vehicles would normally use the gorge, but with it being closed, traffic on the Saddle Road has increased by 10 times. Last night a bus carrying 39 people was left teetering over the edge of the road as it manoeuvred to let a van pass. The passengers inside got out safely, but it has raised concerns over the road's safety. "The structure of that road isn't really at the level that we'd normally put in for a State Highway so it's something that we're keeping on top of as much as we can," Rod James from the NZTA told ONE News.



A large section of Auckland's Northwestern Motorway will be closed this weekend, while construction crews work around the clock to demolish a 45-year-old bridge. The NZ Transport Agency said drivers should avoid using the motorway at the Te Atatu Road and Lincoln Road interchanges from 9pm tonight. From midday on Sunday, the city-bound lanes between Brigham Creek and Lincoln Road off-ramp, as well as the west-bound lanes between the Te Atatu off-ramp and Lincoln Road on-ramp will be closed.



The demolition of the badly damaged Christchurch Convention Centre is due to begin next week, requiring closure of some streets at the red zone's edge. The quake-damaged centre is significantly damaged to the point it is "unsafe to enter the building", said Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) general manager of operations Warwick Isaacs. He said the demolition is likely to take 15 weeks, adding that the cordons will be adjusted accordingly as the work progresses. "We aim not to close streets once they're opened but this is obviously necessary work." Street closures are planned for Kilmore Street, between Colombo Street and Durham Street north, and one lane of Peterborough Street on the opposite side of the block.

震災被害により損傷が著しいクライストチャーチコンヴェンションセンターの解体が開始されたようです。この解体は15週間かかる予定で、近くのキルモアストリート(Kilmore Street)、コロンボストリート(Colombo Street)とダーハムストリート(Durham Street)の間、ピーターボローストリート(Peterborough Street)と反対側のブロックの間において、通行止めが予定されています。


ANZ National Bank, the nation's biggest lender, has scotched speculation New Zealand jobs could be axed amid reports its Australian parent will cull 700 jobs in the first half of 2012. The local arm of Melbourne-based Australia & New Zealand Banking is working on ways to cut costs, but wouldn't be drawn on whether that included head count reduction. The bank has previously signalled it is looking at channel rationalisation, but hasn't said whether that includes shutting down the National Bank brand. ANZ National holds the rights to Lloyd's black horse trademark until 2014. "We have no plans for company-wide redundancies in New Zealand in 2012," a company spokesperson told BusinessDesk.



Small globules of oil have begun washing up in the Bay of Plenty following the latest oil spill from the wreck of the Rena. Maritime New Zealand says small spots of oil of up to 2cm in size have been washed up at Papamoa East, stretching over 2km of coastline. Clean up crews will be back at the beach tomorrow to assess how to clean up the latest slick, started when the ship split in two last weekend. There have also been unconfirmed reports of some fresh oil reaching Motiti Island today. Much debris has also washed up on Matakana Island, including a large quantity of small plastic beads that could be dangerous to wildlife.



A teenager charged with murdering Radio New Zealand journalist Phillip Cottrell plans to apply for home detention while remanded. Nicho Allan Waipuka, 19, is jointly charged with the murder of the 43-year-old and reappeared in court today. Cottrell, 43, died after he was attacked in Wellington's Boulcott Street in the early hours of December 10. Waipuka has been further remanded in custody until February 3 and it was indicated that he would apply for home detention with electronic monitoring at his next appearance.



Benefit fraud cost taxpayers a record $22.6 million last year, and nine social welfare staff were sacked for ripping off the system. Figures released to the Herald under the Official Information Act show fraud detected by the Ministry of Social Development has tripled from $7.5 million five years ago. At that time, the ministry set up a fraud intelligence unit because of an international trend towards increasingly elaborate scams, including the use of stolen and faked identities, said chief executive Peter Hughes. The ministry had also been embarrassed by Wayne Patterson, who used 123 fake identities to steal $3.4 million over two years - or $56,000 a fortnight - before he was caught in 2006 and jailed for eight years. His offending is still the largest benefit fraud - the second largest amount stolen was $571,000 in 2008. Mr Hughes said the benefit system was regularly swept and client data matched with nine other government agencies, including Inland Revenue, Internal Affairs, Housing New Zealand, Corrections, ACC and Customs.



Fletcher Building said it had raised US$300 million ($378m) in long-term debt through a private placement (USPP) with US debt investors. The placement has two maturities of 10 and 12 years. Proceeds have been used to repay borrowings drawn under Fletcher Building's principal bank facilities, Fletcher Building said in a statement. The funds raised have been swapped into Australian dollars in a mix of fixed and floating interest rates. The company has previously accessed the USPP market for longer term funding. Despite America's troubled economy, funds have continued to flow into pension funds and insurance schemes, but the investment alternatives for conservative insurers, who typically have longer-term investment horizons, have been limited because of depressed economic conditions in the US. Fletcher Building shares last traded at $5.90, down from a high for the year of $9.52 last April.



FaceMe won the BNZ Presents: The Virgin Business Challenge which brought Sir Richard Branson to town in October last year. The British billionaire was at Takapuna Beach to promote the challenge, which is a partnership between Virgin, Bank of New Zealand and Air New Zealand. FaceMe has developed a video conference system that is compatible with any device and allows users to video conference with quality calls. It's aiming to be a leading player in the video conferencing revolution that is sweeping the world. The company will receive $100,000 cash, one-on-one time with Sir Richard Branson, a BNZ business education scholarship, mentoring from BNZ and Virgin executives, and flights around the world.



Job listings on online jobs website Trade Me Jobs are up 21 per cent on a year ago but the company warns that growth is slowing. Trade Me Jobs head Pete Ashby said that while "headline growth" was solid in the December quarter, there were signs of it softening. "The job market has clearly shifted down a gear when you compare this quarter's 21 per cent growth in listings with last quarter's 30 per cent," he said. Hopes that the jobs market would improve after the Rugby World Cup and the election had not occurred, with job advertisements on the website picking up only 7 per cent last month.



The New Zealand dollar hit new highs against the euro in local trading ahead of the first European Central Bank meeting of the year and against the backdrop of looming Italian and Spanish government bond auctions. The kiwi rose to a fresh decade-high 62.76 euro cents and traded at 62.59 cents at 5pm from 62.67 cents yesterday. The local dollar rose to a two-month high of 79.80 US cents and traded at 79.62 cents at 5pm from 79.57 cents at 80 am and 79.31 cents yesterday. 

イタリアとスペイン政府債のオークションに対し、ヨーロッパ中央銀行(European Central Bank)が会合したことを受けて、ニュージーランドが対ユーロで62.59を記録し、さらに高値を更新しています。覚書まで。


Less than a year ago former white supremacist Carl Drewett was heavily tattooed. But his "skinhead" tattoo has been removed from his forehead, thanks to more than $3000 donated by the public and radio DJ Simon Barnett. He said each treatment cost about $160, so he would have money donated towards his tattoo removal left over. Drewett said he would like to donate it to someone else in the same situation or a charity. "That's obviously why people give it to me, it's for a cause so it can stay like that. "I think it'd be wrong of me to keep it for personal reasons." Drewett said he was "stoked" the tattoo was fading. "I can't wait until it's all gone," he said.



A video showing US Marines urinating on Taliban corpses in Afghanistan has been denounced as "inhumane", "shocking" and "entirely inappropriate" by Afghan and US authorities, as the net closed on the alleged perpetrators. A US official says the Marine Corps has identified at least two of the four Marines in an internet video that purports to depict them urinating on Taliban corpses in Afghanistan. A Marine official said the four were members of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, which returned to its home base in North Carolina last fall after a tour in Afghanistan. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because a criminal investigation is under way. The matter is being investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the worldwide law enforcement arm of the Navy.



Tropical Cyclone Heidi was expected to lessen to a storm as it moves across Western Australia's Pilbara region. The cyclone was a category 2 when it crossed the Pilbara coast to the east of Port Hedland yesterday but was downgraded to a category 1. Heidi was 80km south of Port Hedland and moving south-southwest at 13km/h. The Bureau of Meteorology says the system is weakening as it moves further inland. A red alert is still in place for coastal areas from Pardoo to Whim Creek, including Port Hedland and South Hedland, where residents have been told to remain indoors.

オーストラリアの西部に上陸したトロピカルサイクロンハイディがピルバラコーストからポートヘドランドを通過したさいに、勢力がカテゴリー2からカテゴリー1へ弱まったものの、南南西へ13km/hの速度で移動しているようです。現地では、暴風雨により木々が倒され、停電などが発生していると報じています。レッドアラートが警告されているのは、ポートヘドランド(Port Hedland)とサウスへドランド(South Hedland)を含む、パードゥー(Pardoo)からウィムクリーク(Whim Creek)の間の沿岸となっているようです。


The Canadian government is abruptly arguing that the same-sex marriages of many foreigners who wed in Canada are not valid, a move that stunned the gay community and could affect thousands of couples. In 2005, Canada became one of the first nations in the world to formally legalise gay marriage. Same-sex couples have been marrying in their thousands in Canada, and lenient rules on residency requirements for those seeking a marriage license mean many of them are from abroad. Ottawa now says many, if not all, the unions involving foreign residents are invalid. It made the argument in a case where two women, one from England and the other from Florida, sought a divorce after their 2005 Canadian marriage. The government's position has prompted sharp questions about why Ottawa allowed so many foreign same-sex couples to get married for so long before deciding the unions were not valid. "(This) is about to, if it hasn't already, make us look like fools on the international stage," said Martha McCarthy, a lawyer for the couple at the center of the furor.



A fightback has begun against the annoying but growing trend of answering work emails by smartphone after hours. Having a smartphone means 24/7 connectivity - both a blessing and a curse - with many people responding to company emails while on the bus ride home, out at dinner or watching television with the family. But a new law in Brazil means workers who answer work emails on their smartphones after hours now qualify for overtime. The new piece of legislation, approved by President Dilma Rousseff last month, states that company emails to employees are now seen as direct orders. The law may set a precedent for other countries, as the issue of over-connectivity spreads globally.



Three anti-whaling activists have been transferred from a Japanese vessel to the Australian customs ship Ocean Protector, the federal government has confirmed. The West Australian men - Geoffrey Tuxworth, 47, Simon Peterffy, 44, and Glen Pendlebury, 27 - boarded the Japanese whaling security vessel Shona Maru 2 off the coast of Bunbury on Saturday night. The trio, who will now be brought back to Australia, are reported to be in good health, but they will be assessed by medical staff onboard the Ocean Protector. The transfer was conducted using tenders from the customs ship and happened with the full cooperation of all parties, the government said.



Katy Perry and Russell Brand hadn't spoken about divorce prior to their split. Although the pair were said to be having "normal couple problems" before the actor-and-comedian filed for divorce on December 30 - just over a year after they first tied the knot - Perry reportedly had no idea Russell was considering ending their marriage for good. A source said: "Katy and Russell were having normal couple problems. There was no talk of divorce around Thanksgiving. It all happened right before Christmas but no one, not even Katy saw the divorce coming." While the singer is said to be "devastated" at the marital split, the insider added that there is "zero chance" of the couple rekindling their romance. Brand recently admitted he found it hard not to "cherish and crave" his wilder days before he met Perry.



Australia's national carrier Qantas has snapped up beauty Miranda Kerr to be its latest brand ambassador, joining the likes of John Travolta, Cathy Freeman and Mark Webber. The jetsetting model said it was an honour to be chosen. "I grew up with Qantas, which is such an iconic Australian brand," NSW-born Kerr said in a statement. No doubt Qantas will hope Kerr can take its public image to new heights after a year hit by industrial relations woes and some technical difficulties. "Miranda Kerr is one of the most photographed and recognisable people in the world," CEO Alan Joyce said.



The future of aviation fuel may be growing on trial plots in northern Australia, as scientists search for new means of keeping the world's airliners aloft. The Australian government science agency CSIRO and American aviation giant Boeing have launched a study to evaluate the potential to turn biomass into climate-friendly aviation fuel. The programme is tied to the CSIRO's Flight Path to Sustainable Aviation roadmap released last year, which sketches a potential boom industry for Australia and New Zealand.



Australia's government has lambasted British and American Tobacco for using the image of a kangaroo on packets of cigarettes sold in Europe, ramping up hostilities with Big Tobacco ahead of a legal battle over plain-packaging laws. Attorney-General Nicola Roxon, who as Health Minister led the drive to introduce laws forcing tobacco products to be sold in plain, olive green packs, said today that the use of the Australian icon to sell cigarettes was outrageous. The image of a kangaroo, similar to road warning signs seen in Australia, with the phrase "An Australian Favourite" appears on packets of Winfield cigarettes being sold in France. "This kind of weaselly marketing tactic will soon have no place here in Australia when all cigarettes will be in plain packaging from December," Roxon said today. BAT, Imperial Tobacco and Philip Morris have launched separate High Court challenges against the laws, saying they infringe their trademark rights.


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