ミニヘッドライン 2012/01/30



People with homes in Christchurch's red zone have been told not to expect advance notice of their houses being bowled. The first of the demolitions began this afternoon following clearance of red zone properties purchased by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) in the Christchurch suburb of Bexley this morning. "They've sold the house to us so it's our house now, and it's for us to work out how we run the process. Our priority has been to talk to the residents who are living in the area to make sure they really understand what we're doing and why we're doing it and the timeframes," Cera boss Roger Sutton said. "It is the Government's property after all, but there's still a lot of you left in the house. It would be nice to have been told, because I'm going to go and take photographs."



The boyfriend of a Waikato mother whose 6-month-old daughter died of non-accidental injuries last April will appear in court today charged with the infant's murder. Waikato detectives yesterday arrested Matthew Ellery and charged him with murdering Serenity Jay Scott-Dinnington at her Ngaruawahia home. She had severe brain injuries, a broken rib cage and genital injuries.



A Wellington couple saw red when their nine-year-old son came home clutching a pen in the shape of a bloody syringe. Joel Crampton was given the Hell Pizza pen as a prize at Upper Hutt's H2O Xtream pool. On the side was written "Hell, creating addicts since 1996". The pen, complete with a plunger and fake blood, was appalling, Joel's mum Mary Crampton said. "It's a shocker of a prize. It looks like it's full of blood. I was completely shocked. They must think drug taking is cool." Joel's father, Dave Crampton, said he was surprised the syringe-shaped pen was given out to a child.



Parents are frustrated at schools' exclusive stationery supplier deals which they believe are stopping them from getting the best bargains. Tens of thousands of children start back at school tomorrow but The Warehouse says some schools are causing financial hardship by directing parents to buy stationery only from preferred suppliers such as Office Max. Principals' Federation president Paul Drummond said "preferred" school/supplier arrangements were fairly common. It wasn't a great financial benefit [to small schools] but the real benefits included parents being saved the hassle of tracking down each item, students having the right gear on the first day of school and quality. However, best practice should include giving parents a list should they decide to find cheaper deals themselves, he said.



New Zealand Post Group, the state-owned postal service, is increasing its postage rates for domestically self-wrapped parcels and introducing an additional charge for rural deliveries in March, to cover rising petrol costs and inflation. The postage rates will increase from five to 11%, while parcels destined for rural delivery addresses will incur an addition charge of $2.80, effective March 1. "The reality is that the costs of providing parcel delivery services - in particular fuel costs - have increased markedly since 2008," the company said in a statement.



Former top East Coast provincial golfer Peter Rouse has died in a quad bike accident on a farming property near Tokomaru Bay, north of Gisborne. Senior Sergeant Moera Brown said 74-year-old Rouse, of Gisborne, had been mustering with his son and other family members yesterday. The vehicle and driver fell about 20 metres down the bank, with the bike rolling over the top of the driver several times.



One woman has been seriously injured after two yachts collided near Auckland's waterfront this afternoon. A Northern Region coastguard spokesperson said a distress call was received just after 12pm regarding the collision that occurred near Princess Wharf in the Hauraki Gulf. Two people were thrown into the water when the boats hit, and one of the vessels sank. Coastguard volunteers on board the ASB Rescue transported one female patient in serious condition to a waiting ambulance.



Fiji is facing more severe weather as the damage caused by last week's deadly floods is estimated to cost about $20 million. A flash flood warning was in place for low lying areas in Fiji, including Vanualevu, Taveuni and Northern Lau group, the Fiji Village reported. The latest forecast followed last week's floods, which left six people dead, and villages, settlements and suburbs in Fiji's western district under water.



Speculation emerged last week that Bollard would step down, and today he confirmed he won't put his name forward for a third term when his current one ends on Sept. 25. He will focus his last eight months on the serious economic and financial challenges facing New Zealand, he said in a statement. "As I noted last week, the bank is ready to respond to ongoing developments overseas, especially in Europe, the US and China, as well as domestically, particularly the Canterbury earthquakes," Bollard said. "The bank's expanded prudential regulatory responsibilities mean we will continue to introduce new prudential requirements this year, especially in the insurance and non-bank sectors."



Treasurer Wayne Swan says this year will be at least as tough for the domestic economy as 2011, but Australians should remain optimistic about the nation's economic strengths. Swan said concerns about the sovereign debt crisis in Europe have kept the focus on the strength of the global economy in recent weeks. "There's no doubt 2012 is shaping up to be at least as difficult a year as 2011, if not more difficult," he said in his first weekly economic note of 2012 on Sunday. "The global instability we're seeing is impacting on our economy and our budget."



Iran has sent conflicting signals in a dispute with the West over its nuclear ambitions, vowing to stop oil exports soon to "some" countries but postponing a parliamentary debate on a proposed halt to such sales to the European Union. Rostam Qasemi did not identify the countries but was speaking less than a week after the EU's 27 member states agreed to stop importing crude from Iran from July 1. "Soon we will cut exporting oil to some countries," the state news agency IRNA quoted Qasemi as saying.



Oil prices could rise as high as $US150 a barrel because of the European Union ban on imports of Iranian crude, the country's deputy oil minister was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency today. "Although a precise prediction cannot be made on oil prices, it seems we will witness a $US120 to $US150 oil price per barrel in future," said Deputy Oil Ministry Ahmad Qalebani. 




The New Zealand dollar held above 82 US cents ahead of a European Union summit where leaders in the region are expected to endorse a rescue fund for heavily indebted members. The New Zealand dollar traded at 82.10 US cents at 5pm from 82.21 cents at 8.30am, and little changed from 82.11 cents on Friday. The trade-weighted index fell to 72.21 from 72.45 last week.



The roof of the historic central Christchurch building collapsed last February, killing mother-of-two Adrienne Lindsay, 54, and severely injuring several others, including Stacey Herbert, whose legs were amputated because of her injuries. At today's royal commission hearing, commissioners were told that months earlier, after the September 2010 quake, structural engineer Ashley Wilson suggested in a report that a new "shear" wall should be installed in the building's damaged northwestern corner "within two to three weeks". The work was not done before the February quake. However, Wilson said yesterday his initial estimate was "ambitious" and he was comfortable with temporary bracing work. He said a wall could have been built as part of a permanent solution, but his company, Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers, missed out on a tender to undertake that work for the building owner, Ganellen.



Prime Minister John Key says the Government would look at changing the law to limit foreign ownership of productive land if there is growing public concern. However, he says such as change in response to the sale of the Crafar farms would a knee-jerk reaction. No major political parties campaigned on banning foreign sales during the election, Key said. ''Obviously that's a sovereign right that we have. ''We can change the law but at this point I would have thought it would be a bit of a knee-jerk reaction. ''We should look at it, if the flow of sales starts to accelerate and people really become very concerned.''



The chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland has decided to waive a bonus worth almost £1 million ($1.91 million), the bank said on Sunday, after the handout angered Britons bearing the brunt of government austerity measures. A spokesman for the partly state-owned bank said CEO Stephen Hester would no longer be taking the bonus, which was awarded at a time when most British workers are suffering wage freezes or sub-inflation rises.



Federal prosecutors say data from users of Megaupload could be deleted as soon as Thursday (US time). US prosecutors blocked access to Megaupload and charged seven men, saying the site facilitated millions of illegal downloads of movies, music and other content. The company says its millions of users stored their own data, including family photos and personal documents. They haven't been able to see their data since the government raids earlier this month, but there has been hope would be able to get it back. "We're cautiously optimistic at this point that because the United States, as well as Megaupload, should have a common desire to protect consumers, that this type of agreement will get done," he said. Megaupload is based in Hong Kong. US authorities said they had authority to act because some of its leased servers are in Virginia.



Singer Nancy Sinatra may have had boots made for walking, but she never attended Pottstown Middle School. Starting tomorrow, a suburban Philadelphia school district is banning the wearing of sheepskin boots, including the popular UGG brand, to middle school classes because students have been using them to stash cell phones, which are not permitted.  "Cell phones are a problem for obvious reasons," said John Armato, director of community relations at the Pottstown School District.



A trial to boost access to criminal records of people crossing the Tasman to work will be launched this year in Queensland. Officials hope the six-month trial will improve disclosure of convictions of people wanting jobs in both New Zealand and Australia. The countries have been working on better information-sharing since 2009, but the issue was yesterday pushed higher up the transtasman agenda with the announcement of the trial by Prime Ministers John Key and Julia Gillard.




* A trial to try to improve disclosure of convictions of people wanting jobs in both New Zealand and Australia will begin this year.

* このトライアルはニュージーランドとオーストラリアで仕事を求める犯罪歴のある人々の情報公開を改善するためのもので、今年から運用される。

* It will start this year in Queensland and run for six months.

* この情報共有は今年からクイーンズランドで開始され6ヶ月間実施される。

* New Zealanders and Australians can enter each other's country so long as they have not been sentenced to a year or more in jail.

* ニュージーランド、オーストラリア、どちらの国でも1年以上の禁固刑を受けていなければ、自由に行き来することができる。

* People with records can avoid background checks in job applications, and slip through immigration controls by lying on entry documents.

* 犯罪歴のある人々は求人申し込みで経歴のチェックを避けることができ、入国審査の書類でウソをつくことによって入国をすり抜けている。

* Employers can only check for criminal records with the consent of prospective employees.

* 雇用者は見込みのある就労者の同意と共に犯罪歴だけを確認できる。


Iran's state media say the Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence against a web developer convicted of spreading corruption. The semiofficial Fars news agency says blogger Saeed Malekpour was found guilty of promoting pornographic sites. It says the Supreme Court approved the death sentence handed down by a Revolutionary Court that deals with security crimes.

イランの話です。ブロガーのSaeed Malekpouさんが運営していたポルノサイトが当局によって摘発され、最高裁判所は有罪判決を下し、彼へ死刑を命じたようです。かなり厳しいです。


Prime Minister John Key wants to make it easier for New Zealanders living in Australia to gain long term residence. It comes after many New Zealanders affected by the Queensland floods were not able to access Australian government grants. Kiwis that moved to Australia post 2001 became ineligible to a range of services unless they became a permanent resident, migration researcher Paul Hammer told TV ONE's Breakfast. As a result around 100,000 Kiwis are denied welfare and other entitlements across the Tasman.



The rush is on to buy up multimillion-dollar houses on Waiheke Island - sales in the past three months have reportedly been the best in a decade. "Anywhere in the Western world where you've got a small island close to the big city, it becomes a preserve for the very rich people," said Bayleys senior consultant Barry Curle. "The reality is we've got buyers now."



Walking may be the single best – and easiest – exercise you can do to improve your health in 2012. Not only will going for a daily walk help you feel better now, it will help you maintain your independence and ability to do daily tasks as you age, says Barbara Bushman, a health professor at Missouri State University who has helped older, sedentary men and women start a walking routine. Research also has shown walking regularly can help protect the brain against memory loss and dementia, help cut the risk of heart disease, and reduce the chance of developing type 2 diabetes in high-risk adults by a whopping 60 per cent. And we're not talking marathon walking either. The peak benefits come from 30 minutes of exercise several times a week, say experts.



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