Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Window Washers May Be Fined

Car windscreen washers will be fined $150 under new 
legislation expected to pass through Parliament.
The Bill is the work of National’s Jami-Lee Ross, who says 
car-window washers have attacked motorists and threatened 
and intimidated the public.
Some Councils already have by-laws against it, but the 
Government argues this will give police more powers.
National, Labour, ACT and UnitedFuture supported Mr 
Ross’s amendment to the Land Transport Act.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

 An 8 year old named Roxy Getter has become the youngest girl to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro.
Roxy and her family, including her 10-year-old brother Ben, USA, tackled the 19,341-foot mountain earlier this month during a family vacation to Tanzania.
They had originally intended to sign up for a safari when a friend suggested they look into hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro.
The family has also never done an overnight camping trip before, and ended up spending nearly a week on the mountain.
Roxy spoke in a video on the day she completed the hike. “I made it up and that was hard. I was so tired. I could barely even walk,” she said. The same video shows their first day, where her mom Sarah comments that the tent was “a bit chilly.” The temperature was only seven degrees at the top.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Justin Bieber Cancells World Tour

Justin Bieber has cancelled the 14 concerts that he was due to perform in Asia and North America as part of his Purpose World Tour.
The singer hasn’t given a reason for his decision. However, his management team have said that it was because of “unforeseen circumstances”.
Bieber has already performed in more than 150 shows since starting his tour in March 2016, with an average of 40,000 tickets sold for each date.
A statement on his website said: “Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them.”

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

New Zealand's Weirdest Footpath?

It’s a case of 10 steps forward and one step 
sideways for Tauranga City Council’s new 
footpath design.
People have labelled the kinky footpath on Te 
Ranga Memorial Drive as ridiculous, but 
council defended 
the design, calling it flexible.
Tauranga asset delivery manager Howard
 Severinsen defended the design.
“This is an example of subdivisional 
developers using flexibility to place the
 necessary underground 
services into the road corridor while still 
achieving some greenery.
“A straight footpath would have posed more 
problems accessing the underground 
infrastructure – fibre, 
water, gas, power and streetlight cabling – as
 house building proceeded.”
Council was unable to provide details on how
 much the footpath cost.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

On Oct. 14, 1926, a distinguished citizen of Poland named Leopold Kotnowski came to the White House with a greeting card for the United States’ 150th birthday.
The greeting card had 5.5 million signatures.
The good wishes came on 30,000 pages, in 111 bound volumes compiled by the people of Poland, newly independent following World War I, who wanted to express their affection for the United States.
The Library of Congress, which has had the volumes since 1926, announced that all the books have now been digitized and are available online.
The Poles thanked the United States for the good example it set, for its role in World War I, and for saving Poland’s children from famine and disease at the war’s end.
The National Aquarium of New Zealand, in Napier, has shamed their naughtiest penguin!
A picture of the sign was posted on the aquarium’s Facebook page on Saturday, and it made its way to
 reddit, where it went viral.
In the month of June, Timmy the penguin was the naughtiest of the lot, thanks to stealing fish and 
pushing another penguin over. Tut tut.
Another penguin named Betty was named the aquarium’s “good penguin of the month,” for being a good 
swimmer and waiting patiently for fish.
The aquarium’s population of little penguins consists of those with “serious injury or have disabilities such
 as blindness or amputations,” according to its website.
“If they weren’t at the aquarium, they simply wouldn’t survive in the wild.”

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

google hit with $3.7 billion fine

Internet giant Google has been fined a record €2.42 billion (NZ$3.7 billion) by the European Union after
 a seven-year investigation into allegations it was abusing its monopoly over internet searches.
The huge fine has been handed out over the company’s breaking of an EU competition law.
 Prosecutors argued that Google was using its dominant search engine force to promote its online
 shopping service ahead of others.
It now has 90 days to stop breaking the rules, or face further fines – which could cost billions more.
“What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules. It denied other companies the chance to 
compete on the merits and to innovate,” EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said.
“And most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits 
of innovation.”
The fine is twice as much as the previous largest fine, which was handed down to Intel in 2009.