ミニヘッドライン 2012/03/21



A mammoth task began today in Christchurch to rescue 240,000 books from the quake damaged central library. The books, which account for a quarter of the city's public books, have been stuck in the Red Zone since the February 22 quake. Thirteen months on, the collection is being rescued. "We've had lots of delays for very good reasons, like aftershocks and ensuring building safety. This is a first really big opportunity to get in and get the stock out," said Libraries and Information Manager Carolyn Robertson.



Residents "terrorised" by police during the Urewera raids want an official apology, one of the original accused says. The Crown alleged Tame Iti, Emily Bailey, Urs Signer and Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara were participating in military-style training camps in the Ruatoki area throughout 2006 and 2007. She said "the people of Tuhoe are still waiting for an apology". "The Crown failed to bring terrorism charges, they tried to deny us a jury, and now they have failed on their central charge," she said. "What they have ended up with, after spending millions and millions of dollars, is a couple of unlawful possession of firearm convictions." Police will take Crown Law advice about whether to pursue a retrial of the Urewera Four, and a hearing into a possible retrial will go ahead on April 18.



A current account deficit means that overseas spending by New Zealand is more than its earnings from overseas. ANZ Bank economists said the annual current account deficit of $8.3b - the equivalent of 4 per cent of gross domestic product - was in line with market expectations. Future deficits were expected to be capped about 5 per cent of GDP, as New Zealanders continued to pay off debt. But with ''debt still an ugly word'', New Zealand's high level of external debt - equal to almost 72 per cent of GDP - was a reminder of the country's vulnerability and the need to lift nationwide savings, ANZ said. For the year ended December 2011, New Zealand's current account deficit was $8.3b (or 4 per cent of GDP), compared with a deficit of $8.8b (4.3 per cent of GDP) for the year ended September 2011. At the end of December, New Zealand's international liabilities exceeded its assets by $147.0b (71.9 per cent of GDP), compared with $146.2b at September 30.



Television's share of advertising revenues earned has out-ranked newspapers for the first time since the Advertising Standards Aurthority started measuring the figure in 2002. Overall advertising revenue for New Zealand's media companies grew almost 2 per cent for the 2011 calendar year, to $2.179 billion from $2.137b in 2010 and $2.045b in recession-hit 2009. The free-to-air television channels now have the largest share of the market at 28.4 per cent, while the newspaper publishers' cut continued to slip - down from 29.3 per cent of the market spend in 2010 to 26.7 per cent and $582m last year. However, much of that lost revenue has gone into the interactive category rather than to television, which turned over $618m and has not yet recovered to pre-recession revenue levels.

2011年度のメディア広告市場は$2.179ビリオンで2010年度の$2.137ビリオンから2%増えているようです(景気後退期の2009年度では$2.045ビリオン)。最も広告収入を持つメディアはフリートゥーエア(無料デジタルテレビ)で28.4%のシェア、次に新聞が2010年度の29.3%から 26.7%($582ミリオン)まで下げているようです。ちなみに、テレビの広告収入は$618ミリオンで景気後退期の水準からいまだ回復していないものの、アドヴァタイジングスタンダードオーソリティーが2002年から統計を開始して、初めて新聞広告がテレビ広告の下にランクしているようです。ニュージーランドの広告市場が$2ビリオンもあるわりには、最近メディアでそれほど広告を観る機会が減っているような気がします(広告規模が小さかった数年前のほうが頻繁に広告が出ていたと思います)。


Yellow Pages Group is warning its small business customers not to be sucked in by a scam that asks for their details so that they can be listed online. The faxed request from a company called Yellow-Directory-NEWZEALAND has been identified as a scam by the Department of Internal Affairs. It asks customers to sign up for a listing period of two years at $140 per month. Yellow Pages says people should ''exercise extreme care'' when engaging with the company.



Apple's new iPad throws off a lot more heat than the previous version, lending weight to complaints on internet forums that the hot-selling tablet computer could get uncomfortably warm after heavy use, an influential consumer watchdog found after running tests. Consumer Reports, a widely followed group that reviews everything from electronics to cars, found that Apple's new tablet racked up temperatures of 47 degrees Celsius after 45 minutes of running an intense action game, up to 8C hotter than the previous model under similar conditions. Using a thermal imaging camera, it ascertained that the front and rear of the tablet could run 11 to 12C hotter than the iPad 2 after running Infinity Blade II, depending on whether it was plugged in, Consumer Reports said.



Oil dropped nearly 2% yesterday as Saudi Arabia sought to knock back crude's price rise that has threatened the global economy, with the oil minister offering the most detailed argument to date that the OPEC nation was prepared to meet any supply shortfall. Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said the kingdom was pumping 9.9 million barrels per day - the most in decades - supplying every customer request, and was willing to turn the taps to the maximum 12.5 million bpd immediately if needed. "We are ready and willing to put more oil on the market, but you need a buyer."



Actor Jamie Waylett, who played Hogwarts bully Vincent Crabbe in six of the Harry Potter films, was jailed for two years today for being part of a mob during last summer's riots in London. Waylett, 22, was found guilty of violent disorder by a jury at London's Wood Green Crown Court, the Press Association reported. But the actor, who had already admitted swigging from a stolen bottle of champagne during the rioting, was cleared of intending to destroy or damage property with a petrol bomb he was pictured holding. Waylett, who already had a previous conviction for cannabis possession, was with a gang of at least four people who went into the Chalk Farm area of north London last August on the third day of violence in the capital.



Hugh Hefner's son, Marston, has been sentenced to a 52-week domestic violence programme for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. The 21-year-old eldest son of the Playboy mogul was accused of kicking Playmate Claire Sinclair and punching her in the stomach during at fight at their Pasadena apartment on February 12. He was subsequently charged with inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant and entered a plea of "no contest" in court yesterday.



A great-great grandmother in America has been declared the oldest woman to paraglide tandem, after taking to the air to celebrate her 101st birthday. In confirming the feat, Guinness World Records said Mary Allen Hardison's historic flight near Salt Lake City on September 1 last year was "pushing record breaking to new heights." Hardison, of Ogden, Utah, said she decided to go paragliding after her 75-year-old son Allen took up the sport. "Just because you are old doesn't mean you have to sit on your duff all day," Hardison told Reuters.



Double decker buses will soon be a regular sight in Auckland with bus companies set to introduce the larger vehicles to keep up with ever-increasing passenger numbers. Ritchies director Andrew Ritchie said the company had already ordered its first double decker bus, which it hoped to have on the road as a trial as soon as October. The bus would run from Albany into central Auckland and would carry up to 114 passengers, up on the maximum 88 passengers currently. The company said it planned to introduce 20 double decker buses in the future, all operating along North Shore routes. It is understood NZ Bus company is also planning to introduce double decker buses.



New Zealanders continued to abandon their home country for Australia, with the speed of annual departures accelerating to a record 53,000 last month. New Zealand lost a net 39,100 people to Australia in the 12 months ended February 29, 4,100 of whom left in the month of February alone, Statistics New Zealand said today. That is the biggest-ever annual net loss to Australia, as just 13,900 people crossed the Tasman to live in New Zealand, though short of the monthly record of 5,000 in February 2001.



The palatial $7 million Auckland residence of two failed Dominion Finance directors facing a raft of action from regulators has been put up for sale. Terry and Ann Butler live in a 487-square-metre home in Remuera's exclusive Darwin Lane and the property, with a current rateable valuation of $6.8 million, is being advertised with an asking price of over $7m.



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