ミニヘッドライン 2012/01/24



A Porirua mother drove almost 100km before she realised her children were no longer in the car. The woman and her children were on their way home from a holiday in Hastings when she stopped to use the toilet in Masterton about 10pm yesterday. She left her 10-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl in the back of the van, thinking they were asleep, Senior Sergeant Carolyn Watson of Masterton police said. "She went into the toilet, came out, got back into her van and drove home to Porirua, and then discovered that they weren't in the van. So she was obviously extremely distressed and hysterical and contacted the police," Ms Watson said. The children were found straight away by two young women, who took them to Masterton police station about 100m away. The mother called police as soon as she got home to Porirua about 11.30pm. "She turned around and drove straight back to Masterton and picked them up.


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Police have handed out $150 fines for three cases of women breastfeeding while travelling in cars on the motorway, and to drivers of a number of vehicles in which children were travelling in the footwells or boots. Auckland motorways manager Inspector Shanan Gray said his officers were shocked to see three mothers breastfeeding their babies in cars while being driven along metropolitan Auckland motorways. "If they had to stop their vehicle suddenly, or they were involved in a serious crash, the infant would surely be ejected from the vehicle,'' he said. The cars were stopped and the drivers spoken to, given instructions on how to restrain a child and issued with $150 fines, he said.



A retired Porirua couple taking their car to be fixed found a $500,000 winning Lotto ticket in the glovebox. The couple, who did not want to be named, said the car had just been sitting in their garage with the ticket stashed inside for the past three weeks. They were taking the car to be fixed when they remembered the Holiday Triple Dip ticket and discovered it was a winner. "I am just so glad that we didn't dump the car, as I might have forgotten all about those tickets," the man said.



A building that collapsed in Christchurch's City Mall during the February 22 earthquake was on a lean and had "big long cracks" from previous quakes, a royal commission has been told. The commission panel is today hearing evidence on the collapse of three buildings made of unreinforced masonry, concrete and timber which housed the Trocadero bakery, the 123 Mart convenience store and clothing stores 3 Wise Men and Deval.

182人が亡くなった2月の大きな地震の前、9月の地震と12月のボクシングデイの余震のあと、すでに建物に亀裂があり、傾いていたことがロイヤルコミッションで証言されています。建物は補強されていないレンガ造りで、トロカデロベーカリー(Trocadero bakery)と123マートコンヴィニエンスストア(123 Mart convenience store)と衣類の店舗が入居していた建物です。覚書まで。


A dog that attacked a toddler at her home in Porirua, north of Wellington, on Saturday has been destroyed and no charges will be laid. The 18-month-old girl was playing in her backyard when the family's pitbull-staffordshire-cross dog lunged at her, causing significant injuries to her face and stomach. She underwent facial reconstruction surgery at Hutt Hospital and has since been discharged. Acting Kapiti Mana Area Commander Detective Inspector Ross Grantham said the girl's family gave permission for their dog to be destroyed. No charges will be laid in relation to this incident and no further police action will be taken,'' he said.



An Auckland tow-truck boss who refunded a driver $230 to avoid a Disputes Tribunal hearing says he did so to spend time with his son and avoid wasting public resources. "Bottom line is: I was away that day and I didn't want to waste the public's time and energy. "I had a thing for my son's school which I had committed to ... I wasn't going to pull out of that to go to court for some guy. "We did the nice thing and gave him his money back to save any drama, and he goes to the public. "Now we'll have every Tom, Dick and Harry wanting to take us to public court." "At the end of the day, people shouldn't even have had to put a sign up to say you shouldn't park here. "It's always someone else's fault. There was a sign there; he [Mr Dwyer] chose to take the risk. For every time he's been caught, there's 500 times he hasn't. "Why do people expect to park at someone else's property and not pay for it?"



A pod of 99 stranded at Farewell Spit around midday yesterday and by last night 22 had died. Department of Conservation staff, Project Jonah medics and volunteers returned to the site this morning, after they were forced to leave the whales overnight. A lack of light and rising tide had made aiding the whales too dangerous. Project Jonah chief executive Kimberly Muncaster said 39 of the stranded whales remain alive on the beach this morning, but 34 have been confirmed dead. "Sadly that loss is higher than we would have hoped for." A pod of 65 whales were lost when they were stuck on a remote section of Golden Bay in November last year.



A Rotorua woman who had sexual intercourse with three under-age boys has been sentenced to 12 months' home detention. Aroha Veronica Webber, 41, appeared in the Rotorua District Court for sentencing this morning after previously pleading guilty to six charges of having sexual connection with three 15-year-old boys. Judge James Weir said Webber had sex with one of the boys on two occasions, three times with another boy and once with the third boy.



A new law is set to make it easier for police to catch and expose online paedophiles grooming underage children for sex. Police are investigating several men caught in a sting on TV ONE's Close Up, who spoke online to someone they thought was just 14, then tried to meet them for sex. Instead the men were confronted by Close Up camera crews. Unedited tapes, with the men's faces unmasked, were today sent by TVNZ to Police National Headquarters. It is a crime to groom underage people for sex. But in deciding on charges, one of the things police will have to consider is a technicality. An amendment changes that. From March 19, police officers impersonating under age people, will also count. "It will allow law enforcement agents to pursue predators using the internet and bring more people to justice," Bell said.



In a letter, Mr Banks told the commission his preferred hoarding was: "A vote for me/ Helps John Key. John Banks Epsom." Other options included "A vote for me helps a John Key Govt" and "Strategic voting helps John Key. Vote John Banks in Epsom". Mr Banks had argued that the use of Mr Key's name was not an advertisement for Mr Key or National because Mr Key was not a candidate in the electorate and there was no reference to the National Party. However, the Electoral Commission said it was a party advertisement for National because it encouraged voters to give their party votes to National. That would require National to provide approval for Mr Banks to use the words and to include some of the costs of the hoardings in its own election spending.



Oil prices have climbed as tensions increased over the security of oil shipments from the Persian Gulf. The price of oil has stayed around $100 a barrel in recent weeks on concerns about tanker traffic through the Persian Gulf. Traders worry that those shipments, which supply one-sixth of the world's exports, could slow if Western nations continue to confront Iran over its nuclear program. Iran has threatened to close off the Persian Gulf if the U.S. and other nations impose more sanctions. Those threats grew louder overnight after the European Union agreed to stop buying Iranian oil in July. Benchmark oil rose 67 cents to $99 per barrel at midday in New York. Brent crude, which is used to price foreign oils that are imported by U.S. refineries, rose by 50 cents to $110.36 per barrel in London.



New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is calling on the Government to release all information on the decision to grant New Zealand residency to Kim Dotcom. Dotcom, the founder of Megaupload.com and three others were arrested in an FBI-led raid on Friday at a luxury mansion north west of Auckland. The FBI is seeking to extradite them to the US to face charges including conspiring to commit money laundering and copyright infringement. Dotcom's application for bail in the North Shore District Court has been reserved and is expected to be released today or tomorrow. The Immigration Service granted residency to Dotcom despite his full disclosure of previous convictions. Mr Peters called for the Government to tell the public whether any ministers were involved in the decision to grant residency. "The Prime Minister has a duty to tell New Zealanders whether any National MPs, particularly cabinet ministers, made any representations, verbally or in writing, in support of Dotcom's application."



YouTube says that 60 hours of video are being uploaded every minute to the video-sharing site and it is attracting more than four billion views a day. "In 2007 we started at six hours, then in 2010 we were at 24 hours, then 35, then 48," the Google-owned YouTube said in a blog post. "And now... 60 hours of video every minute, an increase of more than 30 per cent in the last eight months," YouTube said. "In other words, you're uploading one hour of video to YouTube every second," it said. YouTube also said it has exceeded four billion video views a day, up 25 per cent in the last eight months. Google bought YouTube in 2006 for US$1.65 billion.



The sun is bombarding Earth with radiation from the biggest solar storm in more than six years with more to come from the fast-moving eruption. The solar flare occurred at about 11 p.m. EST Sunday (5pm Monday NZT) and will hit Earth with three different effects at three different times. The biggest issue is radiation, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center in Colorado.



A University of Sydney study looked at the effect of diet, exercise and behaviour change in 71 overweight and obese women aged 18 to 25 over a year. The women were randomly placed on either a higher protein or a higher carbohydrate diet, with both diets providing a similar amount of kilojoules, saturated fat and fibre. All participants also met with a dietitian at least once and month and walked for 30 minutes every day. After 12 months, all the women recorded significant drops in body weight. However, the women on the higher protein diet lost nearly twice as much weight and fat as those on the carbohydrate diet. "The women reported the higher protein diet kept them fuller for longer and had a positive effect on self-esteem," researcher Dr Helen O'Connor said.



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