ミニヘッドライン 2012/01/16



A euthanasia activist is being forced out of his Dunedin home after receiving death threats. DNA expert Sean Davison was sentenced to five months home detention in October for aiding the death of his terminally ill mother, 85-year-old Patricia Elizabeth Davison, who died in 2006. The case has reignited the euthanasia debate in New Zealand, with some taking it further. The doctor has been receiving threatening messages at his home, beginning with an anonymous message that arrived by post. "(It said) an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life, you mother killer, (it's) serious stuff," said Davison. "A brick came through the window, which was scary enough on its own, but when I untied the note attached, and read the note, it was a direct death threat, because I was breaking God's laws in seeking to change the laws on voluntary euthanasia," he told ONE News. "I feel sorry for the person I'm living with," he said. "He is an innocent victim in this. I'm now going to move to another residence which will be kept secret."



Cecilia Toi-Price received a $500 fine in November when police found her driver's licence had expired when she was stopped at a routine alcohol checkpoint. Her husband, Graeme Price, said she renewed her licence and paid the $500 in full, using cash. However, the couple were bemused to receive a letter from the Justice Ministry on December 31, asking for a further seven cents to be paid in full, or Toi-Price would receive a $120 penalty. They were told the overdue amount related to Justice Ministry costs. He told the ministry he would give them 10 cents in cash, but wanted three cents change. "Ms Toi-Price contacted the Court about her balance on 9 January 2012 and Court staff reviewed her profile and remitted the remaining $0.07 cents," the spokesperson said. "We will be looking into this matter further when work resumes [today]." There were 450,000 people owing $643.9 million worth of fines in New Zealand as of November 30, 2011. The number had decreased from $701.6 million a year ago, the spokesperson said.



A 29-year-old woman who stole more than $85,000 of benefit money has avoided imprisonment after the court heard it was "need rather than greed". Hamilton woman Marisa May Ruru, who had admitted 17 charges of obtaining money by deception and using a falsified document to obtain a pecuniary advantage, was given four months' home detention and 160 hours community work by Judge Denise Clark at Hamilton District Court. The offences were committed over nine years. Ruru filled in documents to maintain the benefits she was receiving, omitting to tell the Social Development Ministry she was living with a man with whom she was in a relationship. "This lady's in this position because her partner was here one minute, gone the next," he said.



A Chinese chef told the Herald the restaurant where he works was offering the new arrivals "minimum wage less living expenses". "Our boss deducts money for staying at his property and meals at the restaurant, so effectively, they will just be getting about $8 an hour," he said. "I have been told to either match this, or face having to go back to China when my working visa expires in March." The union said it was seeing about three cases of migrant workers complaining of being paid below the minimum wage each month, but could not say if any were linked to Immigration's China special work category. "We are hearing that Chinese and migrant workers are getting $10 an hour," said the union's migrant support co-ordinator, Dennis Maga. People who complained to the union did not lodge official complaints for fear of losing their visas and right to remain in the country.



Bay of Plenty and Lakes District Medical Officer of Health Dr Neil de Wet said the ban applied to all bi-valve shellfish, including mussels, pipi, tuatua, cockles, oysters, scallops, catseyes and kina. Paua, crayfish and crabs could still be taken but the gut should be removed before cooking. "Consumption of shellfish affected by the paralytic shellfish toxin can cause numbness and tingling around the mouth, face or extremities; difficulty swallowing or breathing; dizziness; double vision; and in severe cases, paralysis and respiratory failure," Dr de Wet said.



Auckland Transport is spending $5.5 million on doubling the free parking area at its Albany bus station, raising questions about the adequacy of "feeder" bus services from northern suburbs. The council organisation will add 550 spaces to the "park-and- ride" facility, to boost capacity to 1100 cars by the end of July, when most of the area north from the bus station to Oteha Valley Rd should be paved. The project is the second extension of the parking area to cope with demand since the bus station opened late in 2005 with 370 spaces, to prepare for the $300 million Northern Busway, which began operating just over two years later.



An oil company's claim the East Coast has the potential to become "the Texas of the south" is an overstatement, a New Zealand oil exploration expert says. Canadian exploration company Tag Oil said in a report to investors that the area was "literally leaking oil and gas". The company plans to develop its oil exploration permits between Gisborne and Dannevirke over the next four years, having signed a $100 million deal with multinational oil independent Apache. The "Texas of the south" claim comes as the Government looks to make significant changes to the Crown Minerals Act next year to make it easier for companies to find and extract natural resources. GNS exploration geophysicist Chris Uruski today said Tag Oil's assessment of the East Coast's potential was accurate but it was important not to have unrealistic expectations.



As South Africa's liberation party began its 100th-year celebrations last week, New Zealand activist David Wickham had the chance to join in and reflect on his part in the anti-apartheid movement. The African National Congress (ANC) was founded on January 8, 1912, in Bloemfontein on January 8, 1912, and last week members returned there to launch its 100th year celebrations, which will continue throughout the year. International officials and anti-apartheid campaigners flew in from around the globe to mark the occasion, which included a gathering of more than 50,000 people at the city's Free State Stadium.



The Australian-born media mogul used his recently activated Twitter account to blast the search engine, branding it a "piracy leader". "Piracy leader is Google who streams movies free, sells advts around them," Murdoch wrote. A short time later he added to the rant, saying film making was "risky as hell", with piracy hurting actors and writers. Murdoch then added: "Google great company doing many exciting things. Only one complaint, and it's important. "Just been to google search for mission impossible. Wow, several sites offering free links. I rest my case." That was a reference to the latest Tom Cruise movie Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.



A hacker who goes by the name of 'Yama Tough' has threatened to release next week the full source code for Symantec Corp's flagship Norton Antivirus software. "This coming Tuesday [Wednesday NZT] behold the full Norton Antivirus 1,7Gb src, the rest will follow," Yama Tough posted via Twitter. In the past week Yama Tough has released fragments of source code from Symantec products along with a cache of emails. The hacker says all the data was taken from Indian government servers.



Facebk is on the market for $1.2 million. Not to be confused with the world's largest social media website, expected to be worth as much as $100 billion by the end of the year, FACEBK is a personalised Victorian number plate. Its current owner, Ballarat-based web developer Tai Tran, is selling the plates for $1.2 million on the internet along with another, PAYPAL, for a mere million. Mr Tran, who has owned FACEBK for about four years and PAYPAL for about six, is yet to hear from any interested buyers but said the plates had only been up for grabs for a month and said he was confident someone would pay the asking price. 


Among other pricey plates currently for sale in Victoria are:


DARTH, aimed at Star Wars fans, for $300,000;


The sentimental MYDADS, for $500,000;


MJKSON for $100,000;


BKRUPT for $950,000;


HRMSUP, said to be pervert in Cantonese, for $100,000;


Heritage plate 81 for $295,000;


EZY for $100,000;


and, the seemingly bargain-priced, REDTO4 for $100.


Those price-tags compare reasonably favourably to that on the world's most expensive licence plate - "1" in Abu Dhabi sold in 2008 for $15 million.



Pieces of a failed Russian Mars probe plummeted into the Pacific Ocean far off the Chilean coast, Russian news agencies cited a military official as saying. Debris from the Phobos-Grunt craft fell into the sea some 1,250 km west of the coastal island of Wellington, state-run RIA and Itar-Tass cited Aerospace Defence Forces spokesman Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin as saying. The spacecraft never made it out of Earth's orbit after its November launch on a rare interplanetary mission for Russia's struggling space program. It was not immediately clear whether all the parts of the craft that did not burn up in the atmosphere had fallen in the same area. The NZ$208-million spacecraft, designed to retrieve soil samples from the Martian moon Phobos, was meant to be Russia's first successful interplanetary mission in over two decades. But it became stuck in orbit after a botched launch on November 9, and had since been slowly losing altitude due to gravity's pull.



Unlike drugs and alcohol, excess internet usage could help your career, make you more informed and keep you up-to-date with the latest hilarious memes. But a recent (small) study by researchers in China showed that too much internet usage - to the point that it's an addiction - can cause structural damage to your brain. The researchers studied 17 adolescents with Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) and found structural and functional interference in the part of the brain that regulates organisation, possibly causing cognitive impairment similar to that caused by gambling and alcoholism. The researchers took MRI scans of the subjects and used a method called fractional anisotropy (FA), which measures organisation in the brain by locating the presence of white matter. The teens in the study who had been diagnosed with Internet addition showed lower FA than the typical teens. However, the study only tested 17 young people with IAD and compared them against 16 healthy control subjects.

中国の研究者の最近の調査によると、インターネットを過度に使うと脳に損傷を与える可能性があることが明らかになったようです。思春期のインターネット依存症(IAD、Internet Addiction Disorder)を持つ17人を調査し、ギャンブル依存症、アルコール依存症の患者と同じような認識の悪化を伴う、脳にある構造と機能の傷害があることを発見したようです。インターネット依存症と診断された10代は、散異方性指標(FA、fractional anisotropy)が一般的な10代と比較すると低い傾向にあることがMRIスキャンによって確認されたようです。ただし、この調査は17人の若いインターネット依存症患者と16人の健康な同世代の人々を比較しただけなので、若干信憑性にかけるようです。もし、インターネットに依存することが脳へ物理的な作用を伴うことが明らかになるのであれば、事態は深刻で、相応の対応が必要になるように思います(脳が発育段階にあるときは体の運動も必要で、依存症になることにより、本来健康であるべき脳が不健康になってしまう可能性はあるかもしれません)。


Using the data from NASA's Kepler mission, astronomers have found three alien planets smaller than Earth, orbiting a star much smaller than our Sun. The planets, which are orbiting a red dwarf star known as KOI-961, are 0.78, 0.73 and 0.57 times the diametre of Earth, making them the smallest alien planets discovered so far. The KOI-961 is located 120 light-years away, in the Constellation Cygnus (The Swan). It's approximately one-sixth the size of our sun, which made it possible for scientists to watch for dips in the star's brightness and thus discover the orbiting planets. The planets are thought to be rocky like Earth, but they are too close to the star to be habitable - at least by our standards. 



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