ミニヘッドライン 2012/05/30



Police today revealed results of post mortem examinations which show how Dagmar Pytlickova, known as Dasha, 31, of the Czech Republic, likely died at the hands of Waimate man Jason Frandi. Frandi, 43, was found dead near the body of Miss Pytlickova in remote South Canterbury back country on Sunday, and police say he appears to have died of self-inflicted wounds. Police believe Frandi picked Miss Pytlickova up after she arrived at the small township Omarama between 3:30 and 4pm on Saturday afternoon, as she hitch hiking from Cromwell to Fairlie. He then took her to the forestry block near Waimate where both of them died. Detective Inspector Greg Williams said an item likely used in the deaths had been recovered, but would not confirm if it was a knife.




The families of the miners killed in the Pike River explosion are coming to accept they may never get their loved ones' bodies back. Twenty-nine men were killed in a series of explosion at the West Coast mine in November 2010. Since then it has been sealed off with the bodies still inside. "We've still got to realise that Solid Energy are still going to pay attention to going down the drift," Monk said. State-owned company Solid Energy, which has conditionally agreed to buy the mine, held a meeting with families last night. Afterwards the families told ONE News they are coming to accept that the likelihood of the bodies ever getting recovered is very low.



Six more people have been arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation into methamphetamine manufacturing and supply in the Wellington region. Four men and two women aged between 34 and 52 were arrested after officers searched properties in Wellington and Kapiti Mana. The raids followed 16 arrests in April. Most of those arrested today later appeared in the Wellington District Court facing charges including conspiring to manufacture and supply methamphetamine and supplying methamphetamine.



The Transport Agency expects to reopen State Highway 3 through the Manawatu Gorge in one direction by 4pm tomorrow. Palmerston North state highways manager David McGonigal said westbound motorists would be able to use a newly-built temporary road but drivers going the other way would still have to use a diversion via the Saddle Rd. Officials would decide on Friday whether to open the road in both directions. If they do the road will be open to westbound traffic from 7am to 7pm and eastbound vehicles the rest of the 24-hour period.



A subsidiary of Air New Zealand has been fined $56,250 after one of its employees died after being sucked into a plane engine. Safe Air Limited, which specialises in aviation maintenance and repair, was also ordered to pay reparation of $22,500 following the incident on August 8, 2011. With one employee at the computer in the control room, Miles Hunter, 51 went outside to check the engine. To access the right hand side he had to walk in front of the engine, past the air intake. "When the employee maneuvered in front of the engine he wasn't holding onto the handrail around the edge of the platform and was pulled into the engine,'' said Department of Labour spokeswoman Jean Martin. At the time of the incident an Air NZ spokeswoman said the Rolls Royce C-130 Hercules turboprop engine was being tested without its propellers on a remote stand.



Todd Carlisle Alabaster ran what was described as a sophisticated growing operation in a shed with cannabis plants planted in black plastic polyurethane bags with a watering system, using heated water aerated with an air pump. It was equipped with four lights of adjustable heights, an extractor fan, air filter and lined with shiny plastic to maximise light. Alabaster wired the circuit to the shed himself, bypassing the meterbox. It was estimated by his electricity company that he used $1,512.68 in electricity in a three month period or $12,101 over two years.



Xing "Alex" Su was a police target in Operation Colossus as he travelled back and forth between China and New Zealand to organise the supply of pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient in P, for a drug ring in Auckland. He was later convicted of importing the Class C drug and manufacturing methamphetamine and sentenced to more than four years in prison in 2009. However, the Herald has learned Su obtained New Zealand citizenship as his drug crimes occurred while the application was processed. He was deprived of citizenship in June 2010, one of 22 cases where citizenship has been revoked in the past 10 years. Su was deported after he was paroled later that year.



Kiwibank will end its "special, limited time" 4.99 per cent one-year home loan offer this Thursday, five weeks after launching it in a less competitive interest rate environment to today. The bank's spokesman, Bruce Thompson, said Kiwibank was set to lend more than $200 million through the special offer with about half of this to new customers. "Demand is still strong and considerable work is underway processing the applications through to draw down," Thompson said. "We will run it to the end of the month (Thursday)." The offer is conditional on borrowers having at least 30 per cent equity in their homes.



Building consents excluding volatile apartment figures climbed 22 per cent to 1,092 worth $334 million in April from the same month a year earlier, according to Statistics New Zealand. They were down from 1,394 consents worth $415 million in March. Including apartments, there were 1,230 new consents worth $364 million in April. Auckland reported the biggest rate of new issuance, with 360 new dwellings, of which 62 were apartments, compared to 259 a year earlier. On an annual basis, new residential consents, including apartments, rose 5.4 per cent to 14,899 worth $4.14 billion, while the value of commercial construction increased 1.4 per cent to $3.7 billion.



Journalists at Fairfax Media in NSW have voted to go on strike for 36 hours over the outsourcing of 66 sub-editing jobs to New Zealand. The strike is effective from tonight. Journalists from the Newcastle Herald, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald met with the union, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), and voted to strike. Fairfax Media announced late Tuesday that it would move sub-editing work from its regional newspapers, the Newcastle Herald and the Illawarra Mercury, to Fairfax Editorial Services in New Zealand. Hundreds of journalists from Fairfax Media and News Limited worried about their jobs met with union officials at stopwork meetings today. There have been reports this week about News Ltd announcing between 400 and 1,000 job cuts within days.



The regulatory impact statement on tobacco taxes prepared ahead of the Budget said smokers' shorter life expectancies reduced the need for superannuation and aged care. In last week's Budget, Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia introduced tobacco levies that will increase the price of a 20-pack of cigarettes to more than $20 in four years. The charges would increase the Government's tax take from tobacco from $1.3 billion to around $1.7 billion by 2016. The Treasury document acknowledged that the revenue gathered in tobacco taxes already exceeded the health costs of smoking. A University of Otago study in 2007 estimated that the direct cost of smoking to the Ministry of Health was $300 million to $350 million. The Treasury cited a Ministry of Health study that estimated the indirect health costs of smoking at $1.9 billion, but acknowledged the figure had been disputed and was far higher than previous estimates.



The Office of the Auditor General has announced it will conduct an inquiry into Labour MP Shane Jones' decision to grant citizenship to Yong Ming Yan in 2008. A statement from the Office of the Auditor General said Francis Cooke QC would lead the inquiry into Mr Jones decision to grant citizenship against the advice of Department of Internal Affairs officials who had said he did not meet good character requirements, had multiple identities and was under investigation by Immigration at the time.



The British Supreme Court has ruled to approve the extradition of WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange to Sweden, a potential turning point in the internet activist's controversial career. The appeal was nearly Assange's last chance to avoid extradition. Assange could conceivably appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, which in the past has delayed high-profile extraditions. Assange, 40, has spent the better part of two years fighting attempts to send him to the Scandinavian nation, where he is accused of sex crimes. But his secret-spilling work came under a cloud after two Swedish women accused him of molestation and rape following a visit to the country in mid-2010. Assange denies wrongdoing, saying the sex was consensual, but has refused to go to Sweden, claiming he doesn't believe he'll get a fair trial there.



Another step in the long wait for the Dreamliner will be taken today when Air New Zealand staff get their first opportunity to pore over a partially fitted-out $220 million-plus "demonstrator" aircraft on a flight from Sydney to Auckland. Boeing is working frantically to fill a backlog of orders for around 850 of the planes made largely of carbon fibre reinforced plastics.



A small asteroid passed by Earth last night. Astronomers at NASA's Asteroid Watch agency in California said that a newfound asteroid called 2012 KP24 zoomed past Earth, coming within 51,000 kilometres at its closest point. Comparatively, the moon typically circles Earth at a distance of about 386,000 kilometres. The asteroid passed over the Pacific Ocean, with Hawaii being the closest approach point. It will zoom away from the Earth today, towards the direction of the Sun, according to TheWeatherSpace.com. "We'll have a close but very safe pass of asteroid 2012 KP24 May 28," NASA scientists reassured via Twitter.



For KFC lovers who are also partial to the odd pie, some good news is at hand. The fast food chain is set to launch a chicken pie in its stores across the country next week. "It's fantastic," Creedy said. "I've had a few already." He said the pie would go on the menu on Tuesday and would sell for $4.50. It was the first time KFC had offered a pie in New Zealand, Creedy said, adding that KFC in United States had put a pie on its menu in the past. 



Eating curry could help stop infection by strengthening the immune system, new research has found. A new study by US researchers has found curcumin - a compound in popular curry spice, turmeric - triggers an increase in protein, boosting the immune system. The yellow spice is often found in South Asian and Middle Eastern meals and could help fight against bacteria, viruses or fungi that the body hasn't been exposed to, the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry reported. Professor Adrian Gombart of Oregon State University found curcumin caused levels of the protein, cathelicidin anti-microbial peptide, to almost triple.




KFC is bringing back its infamous Double Down burger later this year as it seeks to boost revenue after reporting deflated first quarter sales today. KFC owner Restaurant Brands said total sales for the group for the 12 weeks to May 21 were down 2.7%, or $2 million, to $70.6m compared to the same period last year. In a statement to the NZX, the company attributed most of the drop to the fact last year's figures were high due to the enormous success of the Double Down. KFC's same store sales were down 3.7%. "Sales were affected by the rolling over of the prior year's KFC Double Down burger promotion which was an unprecedented sales success," Restaurant Brands said.




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