ミニヘッドライン 2012/01/25



A mother cradled her dying toddler after he was hit and dragged by a van in Auckland yesterday - the second family tragedy on the roads in five hours. The 3-year-old's death in a driveway at a block of shops followed a crash in the Waikato which killed a mother, 40, and left her 9-year-old son fighting for his life late last night. The 3-year-old boy in Manurewa died from serious head and chest injuries as his devastated mother cried, "Please don't take him" and "Cuddle me, my son". "I heard a colleague call, 'Stop', but the van didn't stop at all and hit the kid. I think the driver didn't really know what he had hit. He kept driving until my boss told him to stop." The driver wiped blood from the face of the child, telling the mother, "Sorry, sorry".



A gas leak has closed part of downtown Auckland. Emergency services were called to Quay Street around 12.20pm where a gas main has ruptured outside the ferry terminal on Quay Street. Three fire service crews are at the scene while police have closed the block around Quay Street, Queen Street and Lower Albert Street.



A draft Government bill proposes the Commerce Commission should annually monitor milk pricing while Fonterra, which controls about 90% of the raw milk market in this country, would also be required to publicly disclose information about how it sets the price. The farmer-owned dairy co-operative would also have to sell 200 million litres more milk a year at a regulated price to other dairy companies. Chairman Sir Henry Van Der Heyden told TV ONE's Breakfast said the move would lead to more milk being shipped offshore, at extra cost to the company. "Over the last ten years, six players now buy raw milk from Fonterra but none of them put milk on domestic market," he said.



Authorities are on the look out for two Norwegians who may be trying to reach Antarctica, a year after a similar venture ended with three deaths. Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is asking people to look out for a yacht called Nilaya, which may have left Auckland on Monday, Radio New Zealand reported. MNZ believed Jarle Andhoy and Samuel Massie may be on board, and may be trying to make a repeat voyage to Antarctica without proper permits.



Four whales who were beached at Farewell Spit overnight have died. They were part of a group of 39 long-finned pilot whales who had to face a second night on land. A pod of 99 beached around midday on Monday. They were refloated a day later and but some stranded again yesterday afternoon. Forty seven have now died, while 17 who were refloated on Monday appear to be safely back at sea. 



All city-bound lanes of the Northwestern Motorway in Auckland were blocked following a three-vehicle crash earlier this morning. Emergency services were called to the accident, after the Carrington Rd overbridge in the northbound lane, at 9.13am. It is understood the accident involved at least two trucks and one car. A police spokesman said all three lanes had been blocked by the accident and tow trucks are on the way to the scene.



Wairarapa's balloon festival is to go ahead in March - opening with a tribute flight to the 11 victims of the January 7 ballooning tragedy. The decision to go ahead has met with strong support from the balloon community, local leaders and the son of one of the victims. The 14th annual festival will open on March 8 with a memorial to the pilot and 10 passengers who died when the balloon struck powerlines at Clareville and crashed to the ground. The four-day festival will run in Masterton and Carterton and feature more than 30 balloons, said Trust House Balloons over Wairarapa organiser Jonathan Hooker.



A Wellington woman allegedly thanked her teenage cousin for sleeping with her fiance and "making my man feel young again". The Miramar woman and the man she has since married are charged with having sexual connection with a 15-year-old while she was living with them. The 49-year-old man faces seven charges including supplying the girl with cannabis and doing an indecent act. His wife, 37, faces four charges of sexual connection. She said the wife was an active participant. Sometimes the husband had sex with the victim alone but often the wife joined in, she said.



Two dogs have been destroyed after they attacked a tourist in Kaikoura last week. The Dutch woman, aged in her late 20s, was walking along the town's main thoroughfare Beach Rd when she was set upon by the two dogs. They were described by police as pitbull crosses. She was bitten three times on the legs and suffered puncture wounds which required medical attention, Constable Andy Watson of Kaikoura police said.



Nearly 12,000 people suffered dog bite injuries last year, including more than 1700 children aged under 10 - many of whom will be left with scars. The number of attacks requiring medical attention has increased since 2003 when 8677 people were attacked, including 7-year-old Carolina Anderson who has needed years of surgery after being mauled in an Auckland park. Her case was so bad it resulted in tougher dog control measures being passed, including the compulsory microchipping of all dogs, but they appear to have done little to prevent thousands of other children from being bitten. ACC claim statistics released to the Herald revealed 11,708 claims were made by dog-attack victims in 2011 - at a cost of $2.4 million.



A man dubbed the "runaway millionaire'' has been refused bail. Leo Gao, 31, appeared before Judge James Weir in Rotorua District Court on Monday when his lawyer Ron Mansfield applied for electronically monitored bail. Police opposed the application. Judge James Weir released his decision today, refusing electronically monitored bail. Gao, whose name appears on charge sheets as Hui Gao, faces 17 charges of theft of $6,782,000, including one joint charge with Kara Hurring, and 10 charges of money laundering. Eight of the laundering charges are joint charges with Hurring, his then partner.



Internet multimillionaire Kim Dotcom has already launched an appeal against a decision to decline bail while he awaits an extradition hearing. The German businessman, the co-founder of the Megaupload website and a New Zealand resident, appeared in court today to hear the decision on whether he would be granted bail following his arrest, along with three other people, last Friday. Mr Davison said Dotcom had no intention of leaving New Zealand and, with his assets now frozen, he did not even have the means to leave. He said the judge agreed with many of the arguments the defence made in its bail application, but they disagreed on the flight risk Dotcom posed. An appeal has already been lodged at the High Court.



The British newspaper published the email. "Dear Neighbourhood-watch," began the email dated 21 April 2010. "As you all know I recently moved into the Neighbourhood and I am a former hacker. Well I was just hacking into a local mail server and guess what I found. "First of all let me assure you that having a criminal Neighbour like me comes with benefits. "1. Our newly opened local money laundering facility can help you with your tax fraud optimization. "2. Our network of international insiders can provide you with valuable stock tips. "3. My close personal relations with other (far worse) criminals can help you whenever you have to deal with a nasty Neighbour." It continued: "In all seriousness: My wife, two kids and myself love New Zealand and 'We come in peace'. "Fifteen years ago I was a hacker and 10 years ago I was convicted for insider trading. Hardly the kind of crimes you need to start a witch hunt for. Since then I have been a good boy, my criminal records have been cleared, and I created a successful internet company that employs 100 people. "All the media has to report are old news. Why? Because I have chosen to avoid the media. Just look what the media did to this Neighbourhood. Scary. "Now you can make a choice: 1: Call Interpol, the CIA, and the Queen of England and try to get me on the next plane out of New Zealand. 2: Sit back, relax and give me a chance to do good for New Zealand and possibly the Neighbourhood. "If you feel like it come over for coffee sometimes. And don't forget to bring the cocaine (joke). All the best, Kim."

キム・ドットコム容疑者が隣人へ宛てたメールが公開されています。”ご存知のとおり、私は最近あなたの近所に引っ越してきました。前職はハッカーです。えーとですね、地元のメールサーヴァーへ侵入したのですが、私が何を見つけたのか想像してみてください。まず最初に、私のような犯罪歴のある隣人があなたにとって利益になることを説明させてさせてください。1.私たちが新しく開設したマネーロンダリングファシリティがあなたを税金詐欺の被害に遭わないよう最適化し助けることができます。2.私たちのネットワークにいる世界のインサイダーたちが価値ある株式の手順を用意できます。(中略)もし気が向いたら、コーヒーでも飲みに家に来てください。そして、コカインを持ってくるのを忘れないように(冗談)。あなたへ幸運が恵まれますように。キム。”(詳細は記事元を) (永住権の申請条件を侵害している)このメールの時点で移民局が介入していれば、被害がもっと少なくて済んでいたような気がします。


The Commerce Commission will look at whether banks will act as a competitive constraint on insurers when it weighs up whether Insurance Australia Group is allowed to acquire the good businesses of AMI Insurance. The antitrust regulator has to test whether the takeover will substantially lessen competition, and may not clear the acquisition if it does. IAG holds that it will face strong competition after the acquisition from existing rivals and banks, according to the commission's statement of preliminary issues.

コマースコミッションが、すでにニュージーランドで保険会社を運営しているIAG(Insurance Australia Group)がAMIを買収するにふさわしいかどうか、独占禁止法に抵触しないかどうか、調査を開始するようです。


"Twelve months ago we were all looking forward to a pretty good 2011," said Manpower Chief Executive Jeff Joerres. "Twelve months later, here we are in a completely different world." Only 40% of chief executives are "very confident" of revenue growth for their companies in the next 12 months, down from 48% in 2011, according a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) survey of 1,258 CEOs published on Tuesday. Even so, business leaders, who are optimists by nature, remain more upbeat than two years ago and are a lot more hopeful for their own firms' prospects than for the wider economy. Just 15% expect the global economy to improve in 2012. After the shocks of last year - Europe's worsening debt and banking crisis, the downgrading of the United States credit rating, the Arab Spring and Japan's earthquake - bosses believe they have learnt how to deal with increased volatility.



A New Zealand developed medication for acne has been approved for sale in America. Douglas Pharmaceuticals, which was founded in 1967 by Sir Graeme Douglas, has announced today it has gained Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to sell its NZ-developed acne medication called isotretinoin, in the United States. The company has been trying for around 10 years to break into the US acne medication market which it estimates is currently worth around $US400 million (NZ$494 million). "This is a huge breakthrough for us and for New Zealand which will benefit from the increased export earnings," Douglas Pharmaceuticals director, Jeff Douglas said.



A New Zealand trade and Enterprise study has shown the natural products industry in the country has exceeded $1 billion. NZTE's Chris Boalch said the study has shown the importance of the natural products industry to the New Zealand economy. Around 70% of revenue for the industry comes from exports, with Australia as the key export market, followed by the US, Japan and the UK. Demand for the products is strengthening in Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia and Thailand.



The comments follow reports of Kapiti Coast District Council chief executive Pat Dougherty being given a $44,000 pay rise, taking his annual salary to $285,000 - an extra 18.2% a year. Kapiti ratepayers face a 12% rates hike next year, but Councillor Tony Lloyd defended the move, telling the Dominion Post that although $44,000 was a lot of money, Dougherty did a "bloody good job" and "if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys". It follows a similarly hefty raise for his Christchurch counterpart, Tony Marryatt, who scooped a 14.4% pay rise which has sparked public protests and anger among councillors. New Zealand First is considering bringing in a private members bill to curb the salary increases.

今度はカピティコーストディストリクトカウンシルのチーフエグゼクティヴの昇給が非難されています。今年の彼の昇給は$44,000で、年収が$285,000 - たった1年で18.2%も増えたようです。カピティのレイトペイヤーズ(固定資産税などの税金を払う人々)は来年12%のレイツの値上げが予定されているにもかかわらず、カウンシルの職員は、彼が良い仕事をした結果なので問題ないと話しているようです(もしあなたがピーナッツを買うだけのお金しか払わないなら、あなたは猿しか手に入れられない、と説明しています)。なので、カウンシルの昇給の異常性はクライストチャーチシティカウンシルだけでなかったことが、この記事によって暴露されています。


The pioneering biofuels developer LanzaTech is considering listing on the New Zealand stock exchange, after it announced it had secured more than US$50 million in new funding from international and local investors. But chief executive Jennifer Holmgren said the firm would not be in a position to go ahead with an initial public offering until the second half of this year, after it had proven its technology at a demonstration facility being commissioned at a Chinese steel plant. "If the market's ready at that time then we're going to go [make an IPO]." The firm is also considering listing on multiple exchanges. "In fact we're thinking about that [floating on the NZX] very seriously," Holmgren said.



A tiny revolutionary fold-up car designed in Spain's Basque country as the answer to urban stress and pollution was unveiled yesterday, before hitting European cities in 2013. The "Hiriko", the Basque word for "urban", is an electric two-seater with no doors whose motor is located in the wheels and which folds up like a child's collapsible buggy, or stroller, for easy parking. Demonstrating for journalists, Barroso clambered in through the fold-up front windscreen of the 1.5-metre-long car. Its makers are in talks with a number of European cities to assemble the tiny cars that can run 120 kilometres without a recharge and whose speed is electronically set to respect city limits. They envisage it as a city-owned vehicle, up for hire like the fleets of bicycles available in many European cities, or put up for sale privately at around 12,500 euros.



Google is revising its privacy policies and changing how it collects and uses data from users of its services to provide more personalised search results and advertisements. The Mountain View, California-based company said it is combining more than 60 privacy policies for its various services such as internet search, Gmail, Google+ and YouTube into a single policy that will take effect from March 1. "We're rolling out a new main privacy policy that covers the majority of our products and explains what information we collect, and how we use it, in a much more readable way," Alma Whitten, Google's director of privacy, product and engineering, said in a blog post.



Europe's debt crisis could tip the world economy into recession and a bigger firewall is urgently needed to keep the damage from spreading, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. The IMF chopped its estimate for 2012 global growth to 3.3 % from 4 % just three months ago and warned it could drop as low as 1.3 % if Europe lets the crisis fester for much longer. For 2013, it predicted growth of 3.9 %. "The epicenter of the danger is Europe but the rest of the world is increasingly affected," IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard said at a news conference.



Japan has marked its first trade deficit since 1980, reporting a 2.49 trillion yen (NZ$39.4 billion) deficit for 2011 and attributing it in part to last year's tsunami. Government data just released said the value of Japan's exports fell 2.7 percent to 65.55 trillion yen for 2011. The drop was attributed to the economic impact of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the rise in the value of the yen against the U.S. dollar, along with a gloomier outlook in the global economy.



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