ミニヘッドライン 2012/04/18



Police are searching for a second man in connection with an ATM skimming gang who have fleeced Kiwis of around $1 million. At least 500 ANZ and National Bank cardholders had money stolen from their accounts after using rigged ATM machines in Takapuna, Parnell, Ponsonby, Howick and Orewa in the last few weeks. A skimming device attached to those ATM machines allowed the offenders to steal account details which they later used to make withdrawals from South Africa, Thailand and Italy. Police had earlier released an image of one man they were hunting, then released another image of a man seen at an ATM on February 24.



Police have admitted they made a mistake in allowing a convicted paedophile to live with two children. TVNZ's Close Up programme has investigated the story of Rory Francis, an HIV-positive man who sexually abused two children after serving time in jail for a similar offence. For eight months, Francis was living in the same house as the two children who were under 12-years-old. A police officer tracked down Francis at a house in Auckland where he was living with his partner and her kids. The police officer spoke to Francis's partner and found out that she knew Francis was HIV positive but she did not know he had been in jail for sexually assaulting a boy. Superintendent Mike Clement, District Commander for Auckland Police, said: "Having informed the mother of the children that there was a history that she should be aware of left it to her to be the judge." The woman said she would be careful but the police officer found she was "indifferent" to the situation. Despite this, the officer left the house and did not share his concerns with CYF. The abuse continued for two months after police received the anonymous phone call until one of the children told his father. Francis eventually handed himself in to police.



The home of the 1974 Commonwealth games will soon be no more, with confirmation that the QEII park and complex in Christchurch will be demolished. The Christchurch City Council received a demolition notice from CERA for the ground's main stadium building, the covered stand and the north and south open stands. It does not include the park's 50 metre pool which is in a separate building.



Two Auckland health providers have been ordered to pay compensation after unlawfully holding a woman in a secure dementia unit for over a year. A report by the Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill shows Taikura Trust and Oak Park rest home held the 43-year-old in conditions described as "worse than a prison", something the woman's doctor agreed with. The woman was admitted to Auckland Hospital in May 2007 in a confused state, and was assessed as not having the capacity to make decisions relating to her personal care and welfare. It was decided that an application should be made for a court order to place her in an appropriate residential facility. The woman, who has name suppression, has since died and a confidential compensation payment will go to her daughter.

HDC(Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony)の調査により、オークランドのあるヘルスプロヴァイダーがある患者を違法に精神科に閉じ込めていたことが暴露され、女性へ賠償金が支払われたことが紹介されています。詳細は記事元を。



Tracey Nelson's 17-year-old daughter was with the three drama league boys when Sunday's assault took place. What horrified her is that her daughter's screams for help were ignored. "My daughter pleaded for help to an adult very close by who ignored her and jumped in her car and drove off. There were also other adults she called out to who also chose not to get involved. "If we have young people in our community that are already too intimidating for adults to intervene to keep our innocent young people safe, what are we to expect in a few years? "I can't imagine how frightening that must have been for my daughter, screaming for help to adults and being totally ignored.



More than 100 protesters have gathered outside an Auckland police station over an ongoing housing row. Protesters in the Auckland suburb of Glen Innes are demonstrating against Housing New Zealand's (HNZ's) plans to redevelop and sell state properties in the area. Protesters chanted: "We will not stand down, we will continue to fight and we will continue to be heard." The residents have been given notices to vacate as HNZ redevelops 156 properties in the Tamaki and Glen Innes area. HNZ said only half of the properties will remain as state houses and the other sites will be sold for redevelopment. It said it is working closely with affected tenants to rehouse them. Contractors started removing homes on April 2 and last night police became involved as some tried to stop a truck from removing one of the homes.



Convicted former Five Star Finance director Anthony Bowden has pleaded guilty to two more charges, this time laid by the Serious Fraud Office. He has admitted two charges of theft of a total $50.1 million "by a person in a special relationship''. In December 2010 Bowden was convicted and given nine months' home detention on Securities and Financial Reporting Act charges laid by the Financial Markets Authority. He will now be sentenced on the more recent SFO charges in the High Court in June.



British inflation rose in March for the first time in six months, blunting the Bank of England's appetite for injecting more cash into the struggling economy and piling further pressure on the government after a heavily criticised budget. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised its 2012 growth forecast for Britain slightly to 0.8% on Tuesday and said the Bank of England had the room for further easing, despite concerns among more hawkish policymakers that this would make it even harder to get inflation back to the 2% target. The $2.5 trillion economy has not yet recovered from the 2007-2009 crisis, which left millions of Britons poorer as inflation outpaced meagre wage rises and put pressure on the government to soften its drive to erase the huge budget deficit.



Britain's economy shrank at the end of last year and while business surveys indicated a firmer start to 2012, a drop in manufacturing and weak construction output has raised fears that the economy has fallen back into recession. The government said in a statement that most market commentators expected inflation to fall further, which should provide relief for family budgets. The opposition Labour Party called for a reversal of the government's 2011 increase in value-added tax to help consumers. The ONS said the biggest upward drivers of inflation were food and clothing prices. Food prices fell less on the month in March than they did a year ago, driving up the annual rate to 4.6%, which was the highest since October 2011. Prices of clothes and shoes were 3.2% higher than last March, the biggest year-on-year rise since last October and a full%age point above February's figure. More worryingly for the BoE, core consumer price inflation ticked up a notch to 2.5%. Retail price inflation, which is often used as a benchmark for pay deals, inched lower, however, to 3.6%, its lowest since December 2009. A drought across most of England risks pushing up fresh food prices even further, while petrol prices remain near a record high. Factory gate inflation had also been higher than expected in March, though firms' raw material costs rose at their weakest pace in more than two years.



The ANZ-Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence index rose to 114.0 in April from 110.2 in March, where a reading above 100 indicates there are more optimists than pessimists. The Current Conditions index advanced 7 points to 111.6, while the Future Conditions index rose 2 points to 115.7. "Consumer confidence looks to be improving, though we need to see successive monthly lifts to make sweeping statements," Cameron Bagrie, chief economist at ANZ New Zealand, said in his report. "Lifts in consumer sentiment suggest the economy is gaining momentum, though we need to be mindful that New Zealand's net external debt position demands the domestic economy does not lead the recovery too far." Confidence rose across all age groups except those between 35 to 49 years. Female confidence continued to rise in April, up 3 points to 109.7, while male confidence increased 7 points to 118.6 after a decline in March.



The Reserve Bank is warning the public that claims being made by an unlicensed New Zealand-based offshore investment company may be false. First International Bancorp Limited's website says it is registered under the New Zealand Commonwealth Offshore Banking Act of 1993, but a Reserve Bank notice issued today says that legislation doesn't exist and the company is breaking other banking rules. "This entity is not licensed or prudentially supervised by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand or any other New Zealand authority," says the RBNZ statement. "It is not registered under the New Zealand Commonwealth Offshore Banking Act of 1993 as no such Act exists in New Zealand." First International Bancorp Ltd is now registered with the Companies Office under the name 2188498 Limited, and is owned by Heritage Holding Group of the British Virgin Islands.



The Labour Party says New Zealand is at risk of becoming "Australia's Mexico" as companies move hundreds of jobs to this side of the Tasman to avoid high wages. Imperial Tobacco has announced it will move cigarette manufacturing from Sydney to New Zealand and Woolworths has announced it is transferring 40 contact centre jobs to Auckland this week. The food production industry has been moving across to New Zealand for some time, with Heinz Australia recently scrapping more than 300 jobs across three states in favour of its large plant in Hastings. The moves have been attributed to Australia's high wages, a soaring Australian dollar and restrictive employment laws.



Te Papa says it will be forced to make dramatic cut backs if Wellington City Council's funding cuts get the go ahead. The council's draft long-term plan proposes a $1.25 million budget cut, which the museum says could force it to house fewer international exhibitions and charge children an entry fee. The council says it is reassessing every area of its spending. "We're facing some big challenges with the earthquake strengthening, with focus on the economy for Wellington so that the public service cuts don't drive our economy down," said Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade-Brown. "It's a matter of priorities, strengthening for earthquakes or the arts." Te Papa has put a post-it board up for public submissions on the funding cut proposal, because it says it has no budget.



An increasing number of people are raiding their KiwiSaver funds because of financial hardship, budgeting experts say. "When the recession really started to bite a year and a bit ago, there was quite a big increase and it has just stayed really steady," Federation of Family Budgeting Services chief executive Raewyn Fox said. It was a nationwide trend, particularly in areas hit hard with redundancies. "That is one of the biggest determiners if you lose your income: you have to do something to maintain your assets." Mangere Budgeting Services chief executive Darryl Evans said his service was seeing about 30 people a week hoping to withdraw their KiwiSaver funds, compared with about five a week last year. "These are families who are literally one week away from being evicted." But Mr Kerr said KiwiSaver was still growing at a steady rate. OnePath, which looks after the ANZ and National Bank KiwiSaver funds, has taken about 200 applications each month since about mid-2010 when an increase in applications had been noted. A spokesman said the numbers were settling down after some peaks before Christmas but were still averaging about 200 a month. ASB reported the number of people withdrawing from KiwiSaver had risen from 154 in 2008-09 to 712 in the year ending March 2011. Tower reported 161 members withdrew funds in 2011 compared to just 25 members in the year ending March 2009.



Sanitarium representatives last week visited English Bob's Emporium in Richmond and demanded it stop selling Weetabix, an English equivalent of the New Zealand company's Weet-Bix. English Bob's owner, Bob Wren, said he was threatened with legal action if he did not comply immediately. Sanitarium general manager Pierre van Heerden said selling Weetabix in New Zealand breached a trademark held by the company. He added that Weet-Bix could not be sold in England for similar reasons. But Mr Wren has accused Sanitarium of "bullying". "They said it sounds too much like Weet-Bix but it's a totally different product - English people ask me to get this in," Mr Wren said. "If they don't want Weetabix going massive then I can understand that. But I'm a boutique English shop selling English stuff. I sell one or two a week. This is corporate bullying."



US Secret Service agents and military personnel took as many as 21 women back to their hotel in Colombia in an incident last week involving alleged misconduct with prostitutes, a Republican senator said on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT). "There are 11 agents involved. Twenty or 21 women foreign nationals were brought to the hotel, but allegedly Marines were involved with the rest," Senator Susan Collins of Maine - who was briefed by the director of the Secret Service, Mark Sullivan - said in an email to Reuters. "Director Sullivan is rightly appalled by the agents actions and is pursuing a vigorous internal investigation," said Collins, the senior Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee. "He ordered all the agents to return to Washington immediately, and all have been interviewed." More details about the incident that marred President Barack Obama's weekend trip to the Summit of the Americas in Categena, Colombia emerged on Tuesday.



Graeme Lay discovers the remarkable life of the travellers who want to visit every country in the world. "You comin' to Pitcairn?" The young man dips his head, respectfully. "Yes." "Okay. I'm Dave, and this is Graeme." The young man holds out his hand. "Thank you. I am Naoki." He's handsome, with a broad smooth face and neatly trimmed moustache and beard. We board the Air Tahiti flight to Mangareva. Naoki is sitting next to me. He lays the long tube on the floor under the seat.



An international study has found almost half of New Zealand mothers are accessing their teenager's Facebook account without their consent. The AVG study, which surveyed 44,000 parents of children between the age of 14 and 17 from 11 countries, including New Zealand, found 44 per cent - of which, most were mothers - said they had accessed their child's Facebook account. This was done either by knowing or guessing their child's password or because the page was already logged in, AVG spokesman Michael McKinnon said. The AVG study also found 26 per cent of parents had seen explicit or abusive messages on their teenager's social network profile. Of the New Zealand parents surveyed 17 per cent suspected their child was "sexting'' - a figure which Mr Cocker said "83 per cent of New Zealand parents need to wake up [to]''. Twenty-seven per cent of New Zealand parents suspected their teenager of illegally downloading music. Over half of New Zealand parents (60 per cent) were connected with their teenagers on Facebook.





A car impounded for alleged boy-racing was tracked half an hour later by a GPS system on a joyride, reaching speeds of 100km/h in a 50km/h zone. The car's owner, a woman who wanted to be known only as Nicky, said her car was taken by East City Towing - which is contracted to work on behalf of the police - at 1.55am on Sunday from Mt Wellington for alleged "boy-racer activities". When she got to work on Monday, she checked her Snitch GPS tracker to see where her $12,000 Nissan Silvia had been taken. Nicky wonders how many other impounded cars have been taken for joyrides. "The police officer I told this to said they'd never had a problem like this in the 12 years they had worked with them. "And I said, 'Well, how do you know that? You only know that now because I have a Snitch. Not everyone who has their car impounded has a Snitch so they can check that sort of thing'." A spokeswoman for the tow firm denied that the car had been taken for a joyride. "The truck was then driven into our yard behind two security gates and parked up with the vehicle still on the back of the truck." She disputed the speed captured by the GPS, saying the truck could not have reached that speed. Snitch director Jeremy Mclean said the details of the tow-truck company's joyride in Nicky's car were 100 per cent accurate. The GPS device contained a piece of hardware which recorded when the vehicle was turned on and off, where it moved and how fast it was going. Snitch is a New Zealand company, based in Auckland. The maximum fine for travelling up to 50km/h over the speed limit is $630. If the speed is more than 40km/h above the limit, the driver can also have a 28-day licence suspension. If the speed is more than 50km/h over the limit, the driver could be charged with careless, dangerous or reckless driving.



Martial arts master Matt Fiddes - who provided protection for the Thriller hitmaker when he was in the UK - is heading to America to lodge court papers and demand the right to see 10-year-old Blanket, whose birth name is Prince Michael Jackson II. He claims to have given Jackson - who also had two other children, Prince Michael, 15, and 14-year-old Paris - a sperm donation in a London hotel a year before Blanket was born in 2002. He said: "I am going to lodge my DNA and formally ask the Jacksons for access. I want visitation rights. "Michael is their father and I do not want that to change, but I want the children back in my life. The only way that's going to happen is through legal action. I think Blanket is mine but I want final proof."




Sydney residents Sean and Margot Smith recently spent 12 days in New Zealand. Although delighted with most aspects of the trip they were shocked at the "ridiculous" cost of Lord of the Rings attractions, which they said stopped them and other tourists they had spoken to from shelling out for the tours. "Despite being great fans of the Lord of the Rings, we thought it was ridiculous to charge $66 per adult to visit some doorways set in the side of a hill," they wrote in a letter to the New Zealand Herald. "What quickly became evident was the greed of some tourism ventures, such as the Hobbiton location as well as most Rotorua locations." Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tours general manager Russell Alexander disputed the criticism, saying his tours were value for money and the pricing reflected the set-up and running costs. "That's the cost we've got and we need to make it work. I'd like to charge $10 but I can't," he said. The Waikato-based business runs group and private tours from $66-$340, as well as customised and overnight farm packages. Mr Alexander said every day hundreds of people took the $66 guided tour to The Shire set used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Hobbit prequels. This was the first complaint she knew of, she said.



Dangerous currents swirl around Sotobanari island, which has not a drop of natural water, and local fishermen rarely land there. But 76-year-old Masafumi Nagasaki has made this kidney-shaped island in Japan's tropical Okinawa prefecture his retirement home, with an unusual dress code: nothing at all. Naked, he braves lashing typhoons and biting insects as a hermit in the buff. "I don't do what society tells me, but I do follow the rules of the natural world. You can't beat nature so you just have to obey it completely," he said. "That's what I learned when I came here, and that's probably why I get by so well." The wiry Nagasaki, his skin leathered by the sun of two decades on the island, worked briefly as a photographer before spending years on the murkier side of the entertainment industry. When retirement came, he wanted to get far away from it all. He chose Sotobanari, which is roughly a 1,000 meters across and means "Outer Distant island" in the local dialect. It lies off the coast of Iriomote island, far closer to Taiwan than to Tokyo.

沖縄の離島で地元の漁師もめったに近づかないインゲンマメの形をした外離島(そとぱなりじま)に住む76歳になるマサフミ・ナガサキさんがこちらのメディアで紹介されています(日本のサイトを確認すると、この外離島は公式には無人島で彼は島で全裸で暮らしている唯一の住人としてたびたび報道されているようです)。彼が発した言葉として、こう書かれています:I don't do what society tells me, but I do follow the rules of the natural world. You can't beat nature so you just have to obey it completely(私は社会に倣うつもりはない、しかし、自然の摂理には従う。誰だって自然を打ち負かすことはできないのだから、どうしたって自然に従うしかない)- 都市部で暮らしている人々からみれば彼こそが非日常の世界にいると考えてしまいますが、本当は都市部に暮らしている人々が、触れているはずの自然との調和のない、非日常の中で半ば強制的に暮らしていることを気づかされる貴重な意見だと思います。彼ほど極端な生活を送る必要もないと思いますが(笑)、太陽の光や雨など、自然の恵みとはいったい何なのか、それらを五感を通して感じ取ることは、動物として、そして人間として必要なことかもしれません。


The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and undertaken by researchers in Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, looked at the salt content of 2124 food items on the menu at Burger King (Hungry Jack's in Australia) Domino's Pizza, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), McDonald's, Pizza Hut and Subway. Comparisons were made between the salt content in savoury breakfast meals, burgers, chicken products, pizza, salads, sandwiches and French fries. A McDonald's Big Mac in New Zealand, for example, has 30 per cent more sodium per 100 grams than either France or the UK. The overall results for New Zealand's fast foods were similar to those of Australia, with the sodium content amounting to an average of 1.3 grams per 100 grams, compared with 1.2 in the UK and 1.1 in France. The figures for Canada and the US were even higher than those in New Zealand, with sodium levels in Canada averaging 27 per cent more than in France, at 1.4 grams per 100 grams and US levels at 36 per cent more than France, at 1.5 grams per 100 grams. A diet high in sodium leads to higher blood pressure, and to a greater risk of heart disease and stroke. Fast foods such as pizza and burgers are a leading source of excess dietary sodium.  



Jetstar has launched in Japan with promotional one-yen domestic fares and an ambitious plan to "revolutionise how million of Japanese travel". The new airline, a joint venture between Qantas, Japan Airlines and Mitsubishi, is launching with five domestic destinations and plans to start flying on July 3. Jetstar Group CEO, Bruce Buchanan, said the success of low fares model in the Asia Pacific region, including in New Zealand, would help redefine the country's domestic travel patterns. "We were the first low cost carrier to fly to Japan, which gives the Jetstar brand the benefit of incumbency in this emerging domestic market," Buchanan said. "Our business model is based around sustainable low fares and across the Asia Pacific we've seen the potential this has to unlock new travel demand. This is the start of a far more dynamic domestic market in Japan."



Need more protein in your diet? Try adding worms to your chocolate muffin recipe mix, or spice up a mushroom risotto with a sprinkling of grasshoppers. The Insect Cookbook, which comes out today and is written in Dutch, contains these and other unusual recipes and is intended to promote insects as a source of protein. "I see this as the next step towards the introduction of insects on restaurant menus in the Netherlands. I also expect people to buy the book and start cooking with insects at home," said Marcel Dicke, a professor at Wageningen University which specialises in food and food production. To mark the book launch in Wageningen, specialist insect chef Henk van Gurp will try to set a record for cooking the world's biggest grasshopper pie. Research by scientists at the university showed that insects could provide the best source of protein to meet the needs of a rising population. Currently, 70% of agricultural land is used for livestock production. Dicke said that with the world population expected to hit 9 billion by 2050, it will be difficult to provide enough protein for everyone because there will not be enough land for raising livestock. "It is nice to have one or two dishes with insects on the menu, but it has to stay fun."



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