ミニヘッドライン 2012/01/14



Rotorua police were following positive lines of enquiry in catching the woman who allegedly bashed a pregnant woman in front of a crowd in central Rotorua this week. The woman, whose pregnancy was not showing, was dragged from a dairy and attacked - including being kicked and stomped on - in front of about 20 people in Pukuatua St about 10.30am on Wednesday. Acting area commander Inspector Ed van den Broek said police had good photos of the alleged offender. However, they still wanted to hear from anyone who saw the incident or who had information on it. He urged people to call police if they saw such an incident, and think twice before intervening. "If you are feeling confident and make a judgement that you can step in, then do so, but people have to be cautious as you don't know what you are dealing with," he said. "People could be armed with weapons or there could be supporters of the offender in the crowd that may take offence." Once police were called witnesses should note details that could help in any investigation including descriptions of those involved and vehicle registration numbers. Filming or taking photos of the violent situation should be done discreetly and only if there was no personal risk, he said.



A 24-year-old man is missing in Titahi Bay after a group of people got caught-out in choppy waters around 4pm this afternoon. Police central communications spokesman Ian Harris said four or five people got into trouble while swimming in Titahi Bay, north of Porirua. Four were rescued from the water, but one man, believed to be in his early 20s, remains unaccounted for. Two have been taken to hospital for treatment, he said.



Bevan Chuang, 30, is desperate to have a "dragon baby" - and she's determined not to let the fact that she doesn't yet have a partner hinder her plans. The Hong Kong-born Auckland Council ethnic panel board member, who has the blessings of her mother, is seeking a donor to give her a child through artificial insemination. Many Chinese consider the Year of the Dragon to be the most auspicious year to have a child. Those born under the sign of the dragon - the fifth, and the mightiest of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs - are said to be outstanding, driven, independent and destined for success. Miss Chuang, who is born under the rooster sign, believes a dragon child will also be "perfect match" as the two zodiac signs are said to be most compatible. "Waiting for a full cycle, or another 12 years, is not an option because I'd be 42 by then," she said.



It started out as a place to protest about inequality but now there's concern the Occupy Wellington site has been hijacked by the homeless and even holidaymakers. An eviction notice has been ignored by those camping in the central city, and local authorities are now exploring other legal options to clear the camp. While some in the group of campers insist nothing has changed, others admit they are at Wellington's Civic Square because they have nowhere else to go. Antonio Tauri and Wharawhara Teina are used to sleeping rough but with tents available at the Square, they now have got somewhere to call home. "I am staying here because I've got nowhere else to go, my house is gone," Tauri told ONE News. Protesters moved into public spaces around the country in mid-October as part of a global protest about inequality and corporate greed. However, most of the original protesters have now left.



A man has flown into a rage at a Wendy's burger outlet in Auckland, flipping tables and attacking police who tried to stop him. Officers say he was big strong man who got angry when he believed staff got a large order wrong at the chain's store in Lynfield. He started smashing furniture in the store and officers say pepper spray had no effect. They struggled for around 10 minutes to restrain him. A man was arrested and has been released on bail, facing charges of assaulting police, threatening behaviour and resisting police.



A Treasury report to Finance Minister Bill English reveals officials doubted whether a $300 million one-off auto-enrolment in KiwiSaver would deliver a worthwhile boost to national savings. Treasury initially advised against the Government's plan because of the small impact it would have on savings. One concern was that people would see government money building up in their accounts and reduce their own savings accordingly, making the subsidy ineffective. If a one-off auto-enrolment was considered then taxpayer subsidies should be reduced, said Treasury – advice the Government took when it slashed subsidies in the May 2011 Budget.



Fast-food chains are the latest victims of this line of thought. A Waikato District Health Board research paper says their sponsorship of charities and sports events is partly to blame for New Zealand's increasing levels of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Such sponsorship, says the paper, sends a conflicting message to children about healthy lifestyle and diet. The implication is that if it were to end, and McDonald's, for example, could no longer sponsor sports teams, children would lose their taste for energy-dense, nutrition-poor foods such as hamburgers and pizzas. Eating healthily and exercising would become the norm. If only it were so simple. The trouble is that very little blame for obesity can be attributed to fast food, let alone the sponsorship activities of its manufacturers.



It could be 10 years before the massive task of putting right all the damage from last month's catastrophic flooding across the Nelson region is over, Nelson-Tasman recovery manager Mike Schruer said yesterday. Mr Schruer was unwilling to put a figure on the cost ratepayers might face. But he said people not directly affected by slips or floods probably didn't appreciate how serious or widespread the effects had been, or what was needed to rectify them and prevent similar problems in future. It's a month since the downpour hit, forcing hundreds of people from their homes in Nelson city and Golden Bay, dumping thousands of tonnes of spoil on farms, gardens and backyards and wreaking havoc on roads.



National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) chief executive Russell Burnard says the technology will bring our meat exports into the 21st century and give our meat industry greater protection. "This is about establishing a faster mechanism to trace where animals have been if there is a disease or a food event, allowing us to encircle that area quickly and open the rest of the country up for farming as quickly as we can." But some farmers say it will mean more costs with little benefit. Alan Stuart rears about 300 bulls on his Wairarapa farm and is not happy about the change. "We actually contribute a huge amount of resource to controlling disease at the moment," he says. "If the system works, if it ain't broke, don't change it." The new system is scheduled to go live from July 1, with a three-year transition period before all cattle in New Zealand must be part of the database.



Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is looking at whether New Zealand needs to follow suit with an Australian decision to carry out immediate safety checks on a light aircraft model. The Authority said it will ground some models of the Beechcraft Debonair and Bonanza planes if they find safety is at risk, after hundreds of similar light planes have been grounded in Australia. The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has grounded the aircrafts after a pilot discovered a crucial cable was damaged shortly before take-off. CASA has ordered owners to check forward elevator control cables on certain Beechcraft models and replace any that are more than 15 years old. Beechcraft are light single-engine aircraft, and about nine of this type of model are reportedly in New Zealand.



Sex and swearing on TV shows such as Outrageous Fortune has seen a steep increase in complaints to the Broadcasting Standards Authority over the past five years.


Offended viewers
Complaints to the BSA regarding good taste and decency



Received: 23
Upheld: 1
Not upheld/declined to rule etc: 22



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Upheld: 7
Not upheld/declined to rule etc: 36



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Upheld: 3
Not upheld/declined to rule etc: 43



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Upheld: 10
Not upheld/declined to rule etc: 51



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Upheld: 47
Not upheld/declined to rule etc: 49




Investors snapped up Treasurys and ditched European debt Friday after Standard & Poor's downgraded the credit ratings of major European nations, including France and Italy. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note plunged to its lowest level this year as demand intensified for safer investments. Traders sold stocks and European sovereign debt, raising borrowing costs for nations such as Italy and Spain. S&P said late Friday that it had reduced the credit ratings of France, Austria, Italy and Spain. The cuts eliminated France and Austria's AAA status, dealing a heavy blow to the euro currency union's ability to fight off a worsening debt crisis. Europe's bailout fund has its own credit rating, based on the ratings of countries that contribute to it. With two fewer AAA-rated countries backing the fund, its rating could be cut as well.



Although Germany was spared, nine of the 17 members received downgrades, including formerly AAA-rated France. This new crisis means Kiwi exporters could be facing a miserable start to 2012. Following the news, the euro initially dropped by a cent against the US dollar and the Kiwi dollar is soaring against all its major trading partners, heading for an unprecedented 63 cents against the euro. For those selling to overseas markets, the situation is "really tough", Bernard Hickey told TVNZ 7 News at 8. "Those people exporting into Europe will really struggle at those sorts of rates," said Hickey, of interest.co.nz. "But if you're an importer - you want to buy a Merecedes or a Porche - then now's the time to do it." Whether the downgrade has any further effect on New Zealand is uncertain but it is worth remembering that less than 10% of our exports go to Euro zone countries, said Hickey.



The news may be too little, too late for many New Zealanders already back at work from their summer break - but forecasters say summer is returning, at least for a while. Strong winds and heavy rain pounded much of the country yesterday, bringing with it thunderstorms to the lower North Island. And while for today the weather remains pretty dreary, warmer weather is on its way as a large high positions itself over the country next week. But in the meantime most of New Zealand was continuing to face heavy showers, gales or cooler conditions today, WeatherWatch forecaster Philip Duncan said.



North Queensland beaches will remain closed across a scorching weekend because of fears of deadly jellyfish. Beaches across the north have been closed since Tuesday, when a 45-year-old woman was taken to Cairns Base Hospital, after being stung by an Irukandji jellyfish at Palm Cove. Authorities said the presence of the stingers meant all mainland beaches from Port Douglas - 50km north of Cairns - to South Mission Beach, near Tully, would remain closed until further notice. Irukandji jellyfish have been blamed for two deaths in Australia in the past decade, both in Queensland in 2002.



Two people are dead after a cruise ship ran aground off the Italian coast in an accident which forced the Italian coast guard to evacuate over 4000 people, according to Italian media reports. The Costa Concordia was on a trip around the Mediterranean when it hit a reef near the Isola del Giglio. The local mayor said he feared further casualties as it was proving difficult to rescue the last passengers. Most of the 3200 passengers and 1000 crew members had been evacuated, but around 200 to 300 people were still on board, according to the prefect of the nearby city of Grosseto, Giuseppe Linardi. "At around 8:00 pm (1900 GMT) the 290-metre-long Costa Concordia cruise ship... began taking on water and tilting over by around 20 degrees," the coast guard said in a statement, as most of those aboard were rescued in lifeboats. Passengers heard a large bang and were initially told the ship had shuddered to a halt for electrical reasons, before being told to put on their life-jackets, a passenger from the boat told ANSA news agency by telephone.



The Chinese-made truck will be sold "brand new, petrol, 2.4 litre, leather trim, all the gears, for 25 grand," about $5000 less than the strikingly similar looking 2008 Holden Colorado with 30,000 kilometres on the clock. "The guy who's going to look at this is the guy who has got a construction or a roading company, wants to put his guys in that, but doesn't want to spend $40,000 on a Hilux," said Foot, whose father began selling cars in 1973. The dealership recently expanded, taking over space used by a former Honda dealer to accommodate both Great Wall and fellow Chinese brand Chery, which manufactures a range of small cars. Next year he expects to begin selling Chinese-made vans, believing small-business owners will be attracted by the cheaper up-front cost, with the same rate of depreciation available as more expensive Japanese models. New Chinese cars will undercut Japanese vehicles by at least $10,000, although Foot knows that as the brands build credibility, they will compete with used cars, still undercutting many on price.



A Polish man has been jailed for 20 years in Britain for trying to kill his girlfriend by burying her alive, in what the judge said would have been a "long and slow" death. Marcin Kasprzak, 26, attacked Michelina Lewandowska, 27, with a Taser stun gun at their home in Huddersfield, northern England, on May 28 last year before binding and gagging her and burying her in a box in nearby woodland. Lewandowska, who is also Polish and the mother of Kasprzak's child, only escaped after cutting herself free with her engagement ring. She dug herself out of the shallow grave, which was covered in earth and a tree branch, and flagged down a passing motorist. Judge Peter Collier said Kasprzak's actions represented a "planned attempt to kill", as he sentenced him to 20 years for attempted murder at Leeds Crown Court in northern England.



More than 200 sheep have been killed in a truck rollover near Orange in the NSW central west. Police say the truck was carrying about 500 sheep when it crashed on Millthorpe Rd, Millthorpe, about 9pm on Friday. The truck driver escaped uninjured. The road was closed for the salvage operation while a veterinarian assessed the condition of the surviving sheep. Police said more than 200 of the livestock were killed or put down as a result of the accident.



Girls who ate frequent meals and snacks put on less weight and gained fewer centimetres to their waistlines over the next decade than those who only ate a couple of times each day, according to a new US study. Researchers said that one explanation is that smaller, more frequent meals and snacks kept girls satisfied for longer, and prevented them from over-eating. But it's too early to say if that style of eating should be recommended to help prevent obesity in girls, or in the general population. "Maybe if you eat smaller meals or you eat more frequently you're less likely to have a very large meal or be extremely hungry and over-eat at a meal," said Alison Field, who studies kids' eating at Children's Hospital Boston but didn't participate in the new research. Still, "There's always the possibility... that people who decide to eat frequently are just inherently different people than people who just decide to eat a couple times a day," and that could explain changes in fat and weight gain in different girls, she told Reuters Health.



In an interview on U.S. TV network ABC, she was asked: 'What was the last meal you cooked entirely by yourself?' She replied: 'I don't think I've ever cooked a meal entirely by myself.' The revelation is all the more surprising given the labour-intensive nature of Madonna's diet. Madonna said her son David Banda, six, also helps in the kitchen, adding: 'I have a cook, my daughter likes to cook. Madonna said the pop star's hit Born This Way 'redid' her own 1989 song Express Yourself, saying: 'I mean, I recognised the chord changes.' Madonna said the pop star's hit Born This Way 'redid' her own 1989 song Express Yourself, saying: 'I mean, I recognised the chord changes.'

TVNZの記事では:"I certainly think she references me a lot in her work. And sometimes I think it's amusing and flattering and well done," Madonna, 53, told ABC News in a television interview. "There's a lot of ways to look at it. I can't really be annoyed by it...because obviously, I've influenced her," the pop star told ABC. The comparisons between the two divas, both known for combining provocative stunts with catchy dance-pop hits, came to a head when Gaga released her Born This Way single last February. The song was instantly likened to Madonna's 1989 hit Express Yourself.



She told fans in a web chat: "I had a complete emotional breakdown in the shower and Brad found me crying. "I felt this huge responsibility and I felt very small and, who am I to take this on? I had a complete meltdown." Jolie - who wrote as well as directed the love story, set against the backdrop of the brutal Bosnian war - admitted she never set out to take on so much of the project and doesn't really see herself as a filmmaker. She added: "I didn't plan to become a director, and I still have trouble saying I'm a director. I just wanted to tell this story and I ended up by default being the director. "It was a pleasure but I wonder if it would be a pleasure with another cast and crew, and a subject matter that wasn't so special."



Sonny Bill Williams' next boxing opponent has been axed after the Weekend Herald revealed he was behind bars for failing to turn up to court this week to face criminal charges, including possession of methamphetamine. An arrest warrant was issued for Richard Roretana Tutaki, 33, after he did not appear at the Auckland District Court on Tuesday. The Weekend Herald can reveal that Tutaki, whose bout against the All Blacks midfielder was to take place at Claudelands Arena in Hamilton on February 8, faces more than 10 charges dating back to last February. They include possession of methamphetamine and drug utensils, breach of bail, three counts of receiving stolen property, unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, failing to remain stopped and giving false details to police. Police spokesman Inspector Gary Allcock said Tutaki was arrested later on Tuesday at his girlfriend's home in Wiri, south Auckland.



New Zealand is the friendliest place on earth, according to a survey of expats - and Australia ranks well with people who don't call the country home. A total of 3385 expatriates living in 100 countries were asked a number of questions as part of the 2011 HSBC Expat Explorer Survey. The results show many expats rate New Zealand highly in a number of categories, including how easy it is to befriend locals, fit into a new culture and learn the language. Up to 75 per cent of expats said they were integrating well into the community. Australia came second in the friendly stakes, followed by South Africa, Canada and America.


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