ミニヘッドライン 2012/05/08



A lesbian kiss which featured on an episode of Coronation Street last year did not breach broadcasting standards, the Broadcasting Standards Authority has ruled. The long-running British show aired a smooch between characters Sophie Webster and her friend Sian Powers last year. The lesbian kiss prompted complaints by some viewers when it was featured in a 5.30pm timeslot, after the show moved from its usual 7.30pm slot. "We do not consider that most viewers would have been offended by the scene or that it threatened current norms of good taste and decency."



A paraglider was stuck in a tree 50m above the ground for three hours today before emergency services pulled him to safety. Just after noon, four passengers in a red car driving between Whakatane and Ohope saw the Edgecumbe man land in a pohutukawa tree on a cliff face above West End. They rung 111 before going to check on the paraglider. Police, the fire brigade and St John were quickly on the scene, with fire rescue and the Whakatane Emergency Response team (WERT) following soon after.



The "Urewera Four'' will not be re-tried on a charge of belonging to an organised criminal group. APNZ understands that the Crown will file an application for a stay of proceedings relating to the charge which a High Court jury failed to return a unanimous verdict on in March. The stay of proceedings - to be filed at the High Court at Auckland tomorrow - means that no retrial will go ahead. Following a trial in the High Court at Auckland that ended in March, Tame Iti and Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara were found guilty of six firearms charges and not guilty of four.



Up to 5000 students will be affected by the National-led Government's cut to student allowances, Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce revealed this afternoon. The Government announced a raft of changes to student loan and allowance schemes last week, including a stop to allowances after 200 weeks. People in long-term degrees such as medicine or postgraduate studies could previously seek an extension to their allowance, but the Government has scrapped this option in order to cut down on growing debt. Responding to a question in Parliament today, Joyce said 4000 to 5000 masters and doctoral students would be affected by the policy change. "Those students will of course remain eligible to borrow from the interest-free student loan scheme." He said the Government expenditure on allowances had blown out from $385 million in 2007/8 to $620m in 2010/11.




A tourist who was clocked at 176kph at Harihari on Friday was on the wrong side of the road and continued travelling in the wrong lane, including over a blind crest, for a further 2km before stopping for police. Pinki Garg, from India, today pleaded guilty in the Greymouth District Court to dangerous driving. Police had been pre-warned about the car that she was driving after other motorists witnessed it being driven erratically on State highway 73 between Springfield and Kumara. The car had been wandering into the wrong lane and making dangerous overtaking manoeuvres. When police stopped the vehicle on State highway 6 at Harihari, both external rear view mirrors were folded back into the car. She was fined $1000 and disqualified from driving in New Zealand for 12 months, for driving at a dangerous speed.



Two men - one armed with a firearm, the other with a screwdriver - robbed a Taupo restaurant last night. Detective Senior Sergeant Todd Pearce said three staff were accosted at the back of the Mole and Chicken Restaurant on Taharepa Road by the two men, described as Polynesian or Maori. Mr Pearce said staff were threatened with the firearm, believed to be a shotgun, and directed back inside the restaurant, where they were made to lie on the ground, while one of the offenders stole money from cash registers and personal items belonging to one staff member. The pair escaped in a staff member's vehicle, a red 1993 Commodore utility. While fortunately no one was hurt or injured during the robbery, Mr Pearce said all staff were extremely shaken and have been referred to Taupo Victim Support Services. The men are described as Maori or Polynesian, about 170cm, and of solid to fat build.



The 21-year-old hitch-hiker accused of attacking a 'good Samaritan' who offered him a lift and a place to stay for the night was named as Morgan Knight when he appeared in court this morning charged with murder. Gordon Alfred Tunnicliffe, 64, never regained consciousness after being attacked in his home near Turangi on April 14 and died in Cranford Hospice, Hastings two weeks later. Mr Tunnicliffe reportedly picked up the man accused of attacking him while travelling from Taupo, offered to put him up for the night and was allegedly assaulted during a confrontation. He was found in the early hours of the morning in a critical condition with severe head injuries.



The police file on the teapot tape investigations is to be withheld from public view. Following the Police decision earlier this year not to charge cameraman Bradley Ambrose over the now infamous recording of the Prime Minister and John Banks during the election campaign, Newstalk ZB sought a copy of the police case file under the Official Information Act. Police are refusing to release any documents. They cite a ruling from the Chief Ombudsman that says privacy interests in matters that aren't prosecuted are high and need a strong public interest to justify disclosure. Police say, in this case, public interests don't outweigh privacy interests.



Matamata police are appealing for sightings of a middle-aged man who tried to get a young girl into his car while she was walking to school. Detective Steve Langdon of the Matamata-Piako CIB said the man, who was unknown to the schoolgirl, approached her near the corner of Short and Smith Sts - less than 500m from Matamata Intermediate - about 8am on Friday. He demanded that the girl, believed to be about 11 or 12 years old, get into his car. Mr Langdon said the man was believed to be aged between 50 and 60, with pale skin, a bushy beard and grey hair, some of which looked curly as it stuck out from under a black beanie he was wearing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Matamata police station on (07) 888-7117. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.



The former chief operating officer at SkyCity has been convicted of refusing to give a blood sample to police. Stuart Damien Wing was convicted and fined $700 after pleading guilty to the charge at Manukau District Court last Friday. He was also ordered to pay $132 court costs and $110 in reparations to police. The charge related to an incident in Taupo on March 30 but was transferred to Manukau. SkyCity had previously confirmed Wing had resigned and said he was returning to Australia for "personal reasons''. A department spokesman, Trevor Henry, said Wing was listed as an associate person on the SkyCity Casino licence, as are other members of the executive. He said he could not say whether a conviction for refusing to give a blood sample to police would stop an executive from being listed as a associate person on a casino licence but that was now a hypothetical question, given Wing's resignation.



Prime Minister John Key has disagreed with claims that providing free long-acting contraception to beneficiaries was interfering in their reproductive lives, saying it was "pragmatic and common sense." Social Development minister Paula Bennett has announced the Government will provide $1 million of funding for women on a benefit and their teenage daughters to get long-term reversible contraception - such as an implant. Mr Key said the Government had subsidised contraception for years and the funding was effectively a subsidy for beneficiaries to go to the doctor. "We are seeing young people going on the DPB very early and staying there for a long period of time. I think it is just pragmatic and common sense for the Government to be taking the steps that we are.



Girls are overtaking boys as the biggest bullies in many school playgrounds, reversing thousands of years of male-dominated violence. School counsellors say girls have become more violent in the past 15 years and boys have become less violent, apparently reflecting feminist messages in popular media. The reversal is dramatic. Only five years ago the Youth 2007 survey of 9100 secondary school students found that only 2.9 per cent of girls, compared with 6.8 per cent of boys, admitted to bullying others at least once a week. Last year, 11,000 females of all ages, compared with 38,000 males, were caught by police for violent offences. But Bill Hubbard, a guidance counsellor and now deputy principal at Rosehill College in Papakura, says girls are now physically violent too. "Years ago, the spectrum of girls' bullying behaviour was narrow. It was making verbal comments, writing notes, possibly pulling hair at the very most," he says.


Where to get help


Kidsline (age up to 14)
0800 kidsline (0800 54 37 54)

What's Up (age 5 to 18)
0800 whatsup (0800 942 8787)

Youthline (age 13 to 24)
(0800 37 66 33) or free text 234

Netsafe (text/cyber-bullying)
0508 netsafe (0508 638 723)

Police advice
0800 nobully (0800 66 28 55)

Youthlaw (legal advice)
0800 uthlaw (0800 884 529)

Children's Commissioner
(0800 22 44 53)

Mental Health Foundation
(stand up against bullying)


Exxon Mobil has bumped Wal-Mart from first place among the Fortune 500 top revenue-generating US companies thanks to rising oil prices. Fortune Magazine released its annual list on Monday. Oil producers saw some of the biggest revenue increases as a rebellion in Libya and high demand worldwide pushed oil prices higher. The price of benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude oil soared 19 per cent. Brent crude, which helps set the price of foreign oil varieties, surged 38 per cent between 2010 and 2011. Revenue rose for Exxon Mobil, based in Irving, Texas, even though the company struggled with lower production and high refining costs. It earned $41 billion last year on revenue of $486 billion. Now at No. 2, Wal-Mart Stores reported 4 per cent lower earnings in its latest fiscal year: net income of $15.7 billion on revenue of $446.95 billion. Higher expenses squeezed profits as the Bentonville, Arkansas, retail giant also looked for ways to lower prices. Two other petroleum companies Chevron and ConocoPhillips ranked next behind Wal-Mart. Rounding out the top 10 were automaker General Motors, industrial and banking giant General Electric, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, mortgage provider Fannie Mae, Ford Motor and technology giant Hewlett-Packard.



An Army captain who collapsed and died in Afghanistan while communicating with his wife over Skype was not shot and his body showed no immediate evidence of trauma beyond minor abrasions, an Army spokesman said. The Virginia-based US Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) said on Monday that its investigation into Captain Bruce Clark's May 1 death is continuing. "Although we have not completely ruled it out to ensure a complete and thorough investigation is conducted, we do not suspect foul play in the death of Captain Clark at this point in our ongoing investigation," said CID spokesperson Chris Grey. Clark's family released two statements over the weekend on his death, according to USA Today.



The government took in $1.57 billion less tax than expected in the first nine months of the fiscal year, reflecting a tepid economy, Treasury figures show - reflecting what the Finance Minister says has been a 'difficult year'. The Crown took in $39.8 billion in tax in the nine months ended March 31, against a forecast in the Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update estimate of $41.3 billion, according to the government's financial statements. Core Crown spending was $1.75 billion below forecast at $50.99 billion, which the Treasury said reflected revenue variances and spending delays. The operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) was a deficit of $6.13 billion, or $800 million more than forecast. Much of the shortfall reflected an increase in estimated earthquake costs of about $500 million, net of reinsurance, "much of which related to the 23 December 2011 earthquake," it said. The operating deficit was $8.9 billion including gains and losses versus a Prefu forecast of $7.6 billion. That reflected higher-than-expected actuarial losses on the Government Superannuation Fund and Accident Compensation Corp liabilities.



Telecom's Gen-I, Vodafone New Zealand and Two Degrees Mobile have signed up to an all-of-government procurement contract that will reduce bill for mobile voice and data services by $60 million over the next five years, said Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce. "We are continuing to show the substantial negotiating power of government when procuring for all-of-government services," Joyce said. "Mobile voice and data services are a significant cost for government so these new contacts are a great result." The new procurement agreements across the entire public sector have achieved annual cost reductions of some $23 million for the office equipment and passenger vehicle procurement, $18 million from the legal advice, and $10 million from air travel. Joyce said the latest contract will take total savings to some $350 million.



Annual tourist spending in New Zealand was little changed as a rising number of low-spending Australians wasn't enough to make up for a decline in Korean and Japanese arrivals. Some 2.62 million international visitors spent $5.64 billion in the 12 months ended March 31, compared to 2.51 million arrivals spending $5.63 billion a year earlier, according to Ministry of Economic Development figures. That excludes international airfares. More Australian visitors taking advantage of a strong currency did not result in a similar pick-up in spending, with the average spend among the 1.17 million tourists down 6% at $1,500 a head. Declining numbers of big-spending tourists from Japan and Korea stripped out $182 million of total spending in the year, though that was offset by an extra $390 million from the Rugby World Cup in the latter half of the year. Some 300,000 business travellers spent $598 million in the year ended March 31, compared to the same number spending $616 million a year earlier. 



Recreational anglers are being warned they risk prosecution if caught buying or selling their catch after officials found two selling fish from car boots. In one incident, a 50-year-old woman was caught selling mullet for $5-$9 per fish from her car in Whangarei. In the other a middle-aged man and woman were also caught selling mullet, from the boot of their car in Kerikeri. The freshly-caught mullet was on sale for $3-$5 a fish. In both cases the fish and vehicles were seized and the individuals involved are likely to face prosecution under the Fisheries Act 1996. The offence carries a maximum fine of $250,000. Ministry for Primary Industries compliance manager for Northland Darren Edwards said fish could only be sold by commercial fishermen or commercially-operated fish retailers.




New Zealand television starts to switch to digital reception in less than five months - and 84% of households are ready for it. New Zealand TV is going digital in stages with Hawke's Bay and the West Coast of the South Island, including Murchison and St Arnaud, the first to make the move on September 30. Time is running out for those people living in Hawke's Bay and the West Coast who are still to go digital, said Going Digital National Manager Greg Harford. After September 30 households in those regions that want to continue watching TV will need to have Freeview or Sky. Any old TV can go digital with the right set-top box and satellite dish or UHF aerial. "As each region goes digital every analogue TV that you want to continue watching will need a set-top box."



Eating berries can delay mental decline by up to two-and-a-half years, new research has found. The study, published in the medical journal, Annals of Neurology, found women who ate at least half a cup of blueberries, or two-and-a-half cups of strawberries per week benefited most. Brain ageing in participants was found to be delayed by about one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half years, compared to those who ate few or no berries, explained Waikato DHB geriatrician, Dr Phil Wood. There's no explanation as to why women are more susceptible to mental ageing, but Dr Wood said the new study "may well be more important to females." It's not clear if fresh or frozen berries are best, but the European Food Information Council said berries frozen immediately after harvest still have much of their nutrients preserved.



Like gigantic, long-necked, prehistoric cows, sauropod dinosaurs roamed widely around the Earth 150 million years ago, scientists reported in the journal Current Biology released on Monday. The scientists said that these sauropods had their plant digestion aided by methane-producing microbes. "A simple mathematical model suggests that the microbes living in sauropod dinosaurs may have produced enough methane to have an important effect on the Mesozoic climate," researcher Dave Wilkinson of Liverpool John Moores University said. "Indeed, our calculations suggest that these dinosaurs could have produced more methane than all modern sources - both natural and manmade - put together," Wilkinson said. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, with as much as 25 times the climate-warming potential as carbon dioxide.



Volkswagen has added a few new designers to its car development team - about 1.3 billion of them, to be exact. The German car maker has tapped into China - the world's most heavily populated country - to help it re-create the People's Car, a modern-day interpretation of the original Volkswagen Beetle. The project has already generated its first winning idea, a wheel-shaped hover car that uses a magnetic field built into the road to float just above the ground, and even turn on the spot to weave through China's crowded streets and car parks.



Christchurch remains a popular stop for tourists despite all the disruption from the earthquakes, a new survey says. The Garden City was ranked fourth behind Wellington (1) Auckland (2) and Queenstown (3), in the AA commissioned Mood of the New Zealand Traveller survey. Rotorua came in fifth. Tourism Industry Association NZ acting chief executive Grant Lilly revealed the top picks today at the tourism trade show, Trenz 2012, in Queenstown. Nearly 70 per cent of respondents said they would like to travel around New Zealand in the next six months.



New Zealand is the fourth-best country in the world to be a mum, beating Australia, Ireland and the UK, a major international study has revealed. Save the Children's annual State of the World's Mothers report compares conditions in 165 countries, taking into account factors such as health, nutrition and education and economic status. Norway topped the list and Niger was ranked the worst place to be a mother. The results - announced five days before Mother's Day - reveal New Zealand's latest listing is two places better than last year's. The UK is 10th best, up three spots, and Australia slipped from second place to seventh.


2012 Mothers' Index Rankings




1. Norway

1. ノルウェー

2. Iceland

2. アイスランド

3. Sweden

3. スウェーデン

4. New Zealand

4. ニュージーランド

5. Denmark

5. デンマーク

6. Finland

6. フィンランド

7. Australia

7. オーストラリア

8. Belgium

8. ベルギー

9. Ireland

9. アイルランド

10= Netherlands

10. オランダ

10= United Kingdom

10. イギリス



1. Niger

1. ナイジェリア

2. Afghanistan

2. アフガニスタン

3. Yemen

3. イエメン

4. Guinea-Bissau

4. ギニアービサウ

5. Mali

5. マリ

6. Eritrea

6. エリトリア

7. Chad

7. チャド

8= Sudan

8. スーダン

8= South Sudan

8. サウススーダン

8= Democratic Republic of the Congo

8. コンゴ民主共和国



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