Jul 08

New Zealand Qantas Television Awards announced

Saturday, November 18, 2006

The 2006 QANTAS New Zealand Television Awards were announced tonight (NZDT). The winners and their respective categories follow.

Best comedy finalists were pulp sport, bro’Town and The Unauthorised History of New Zealand with Pulp Sport taking out the prize.

The best observational reality (non format) show out of Snotties, The Zoo and Tough Act was Snotties.

Best reality (format) show finalists were Downsize Me!, Sensing Murder and Shock Treatment. The winner being Sensing Murder.

Best current affairs report finalist were Alex Teka, Detox Diary, Not Fit to Practise and Turning the Tide. The winner was Detox Diary.

Best news or current affairs presenter of the year finalists were Shane Taurima, Willie Jackson, John Campbell and Susan Wood. Winner was John Campbell, the prize was awarded to him by his producer, Carol Hirschfield. Mr Campbell was “stupidly proud.”

No finalist was for the award of TV journalist so the winner was Mike McRoberts and the first thing he said when he arrived on stage was: “Crikey dick.”

Peter Day was awarded for current affair camera. Current affairs reporter was Hadyn Jones. The best news or current affairs editor was Shahir Daud.

Lifestyle and information programme finalists were House Trap, Target and The Living Room. The winner was Target.

The best popular documentary section finalists were Give My Children Back, Earthquake and Million Dollar Tumour (all of which aired on TV3). The winner was Million Dollar Tumour.

The best arts/festival documentary was Artsville.

The best factual camera was awarded to David Stipson. Paul Sutorius was the best factual editor.

Geoff Husson got the award for the best non-drama director.

The winner of favourite female, as voted by the public “by a country mile”, was Hillary Barry.

Public voted favourite male was Simon Dallow taking the award, who was “lost for words…truly shocked…”

The favourite programme nominees were Shortland Street, Outrageous Fortune, NZ Idol, Sensing Murder, Downsize Me!, Dancing With The Stars, Target and bro’Town. The winner was, as voted by the public, Shortland Street.

Grey’s Anatomy won the best international programme as voted by the public.

Best sports or event coverage out of Na Ratou Mo Tatou, V8 Supercars Pukekohe or 3 News election night was Na Ratou Mo Tatou (ANZAC day coverage).

Best entertainment nominees were What Now; the Gunge and Run Awards, Dave Dobbyn; One Night in Matata and Snatch out Booty and the winner was Dave Dobbyn; One Night in Matata.

The best non factual script writer went to David Brechin-Smith.

Fred Renata, best camera non factual, and best editing for non-factual went to Bryan Shaw.

The best drama director went to Brendan Donovan.

Finalists were for best news report team are, “David-Benson Pope” on 3 News, “Robert Hewitt” on One News and “Gaza” on 3 News. Winner was 3 News for “Gaza”.

“The most important category.” Best current affairs show finalists were Fair Go, Sunday, Campbell Live. Winner was Campbell Live, when on stage Mr Campbell said: “Bloody Stoked.”

Best news finalists were 3 News and One News and the winner was One News.

Bruce Adams was awarded with best news camera.

Best news reporter was given to Michael Holland.

Best children/youth programme winners was Let’s Get Inventin’.

Best actress finalists were Kate Atkinson, Robyn Malcolm and Kate Elliot. The award was awarded to Kate Elliot.

Best actor finalists were Antony Starr, Ryan O’Kane and Scott Wills and the winner was Ryan O’Kane.

The last award, best drama, the finalists were The Insiders Guide to Love, Doves of War, Outrageous Fortune. The winner of best drama was The Insiders Guide to Love.

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Jul 07

Selecting The Right Go Ped Gas Scooter

By M.D. Smith

When you hear people talking about gas scooters, you can’t help but think about the most popular gas scooters in the world. They are fast, reliable and have proven themselves with over twenty years of experience.

For every use imaginable, Go Ped is the gas scooter of choice. Whether you want it for your drive to work, the trip to the beach, or just to cruise around town, Go Ped has the City/Cruising scooter that is right for you.

If you’re the off road enthusiast, Go Ped gas scooters let you take your off road experience to the next level. With the hottest line of off road scooters in the world, Go Ped off road powerhouses give you the power to tackle just about any obstacle from steep burms to massive jumps.

Go Ped has left no stone unturned and has been dominating the X-Games for years. There are even Go Ped racing leagues spread through out the country just waiting for you to satisfy that adrenalin craving.

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So, which Go Ped is right for you? Lets take a closer look and you make the decision.

Go Ped has made it a bit easy to help you decide which scooter to get that will satisfy your particular needs. We will look at the ‘City/ Cruising’ Go Ped scooters, the ‘Competition ‘ Go Ped Scooters, and the ‘Off Road’ Go Ped scooters.

City/Cruising: These scooters are made for cruising around town. They are quiet, economical and compact. The scooters that fall in this category are the ‘SPORT’, ‘GSR CRUISER’, and the SPORT S25 to name a few. Go-Ped city/cruising scooters can go up to 200 miles per gallon and are designed to be faster, quieter, and easier on the environment.

Competition: Scooters in this category are designed for speed and performance. Some of the best selling performance scooters in the world include the ‘GTR46i Interceptor’, the ‘Super GSR46R’, and the classic ‘Super X-Ped’. These scooters are built for extreme competition and have set the benchmark for power and speed in the racing world.

Off Road: The off road Go Ped scooters are nothing short of ‘AWSOME’. These gas scooters allow you to hit the trails with no worries and can take just about anything that you can throw at them. Known as the best off road gas scooters, no one has been able to catch them. Featuring the ‘GTR46 Trail Ripper’ and the new ‘2007 Riot’, these monsters fulfill the demand from pit bike riders and off road maniacs for a premium quality gas scooter.

Go Ped continues to go all out and impress riders from all walks of life by giving them a real choice when it comes to selecting the right gas scooter.

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Jun 28

Telecom New Zealand reviews itself, finds fault

Thursday, February 22, 2007

New Zealand’s monopoly ISP, Xtra, owned by Telecom New Zealand, is going to credit 60,000 customers after completing an internal review of itself last week and finding that there was an error with its traffic management policy on their Go Large plan.

The 60,000 customers, less than 10% of Telecom’s subscribers, who subscribed to Go Large, which boasts full speeds and no data cap, since December 8, 2006 till late February, 2007 will receive up to NZ$160 in credit. Telecom has temporarily stopped either new or existing customers from signing up to the new plan, and will also ask existing customers in the next couple of weeks if they wish to change plans, stay on the same plan with a changed traffic management policy, or cancel their service.

The credit, automatically applied to the affected customers monthly bill, will cost Telecom itself around $7.5-$8.5 million.

Kevin Bowler, general manager of Telecom’s consumer marketing, said that the traffic management policy process was found to be not what they had originally intended it to do. The fault applied to all forms of Internet use, instead of certain applications, like large music, or movie downloading. “Clearly it is not an ideal situation and therefore we are crediting Go Large customers for plan charges incurred during this period.”

“In this instance with the Go Large plan our internal technical review showed we had made an error and we believe that we are doing the right thing by crediting customers,” Mr Bowler said.

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has been investigating complaints by customers who say that they are not receiving what Xtra promised since the same time when Xtra initiated its traffic management policy, December. Deborah Battell, fair trading director, said that the Commerce Commission is pleased Telecom is crediting customers for its error. “However, the Commission is concerned that Telecom’s actions may not address the full extent of the problems. The Commission will continue its investigation into whether the promotion breached the Fair Trading Act. In particular, the Commission is considering whether Telecom’s initial representation that Go Large gave customers unlimited access was misleading, as the company’s reasonable use policy in effect placed limits on use.”

The reasonable use policy meant subscribers could not download BitTorrents, or use other peer-to-peer services without giving priority Internet access to other subscribers.

Ernie Newman, chief executive of the Telecommunications User Association of New Zealand (TUANZ), said that it is good that Telecom is to repay its subscribers for their own error, but says that it will diminish their trust in Telecom, and other phone companies. “We applaud their openness. But sadly it is another episode in a chain of events where customers have signed up for broadband services that were advertised as offering attractive speeds or data limits, but in reality have delivered a whole lot less.”

“Something in Telecom needs to change. There have been too many disappointments, too much over-promising and under-delivering. This simply adds to the concern of many people that when it comes to the impact of broadband on customers lives and businesses, Telecom has not yet got the message,” Mr Newman said.

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Jun 28

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions bows out of Russia investigation over contact with ambassador

Sunday, March 5, 2017

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday recused himself from any investigation of Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential race but reserved the right to make decisions “on a case-by-case basis” about other issues involving Russian hacking.

I have decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States

“I have decided,” Sessions told the press, “to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for President of the United States.”

During his confirmation hearing on January 10, Sessions was asked about contact between the Russian government and now-President Donald Trump’s campaign. He responded, “I did not have communications with the Russians.” However, he met twice with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, whom the U.S. Justice Department considers a spy. A spokesperson for Sessions said those meetings, like meetings he had with other ambassadors, were in his capacity as a Senator and member of the Armed Services Committee and not as a member of the Trump campaign, which is why he feels his answer was not truly misleading.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called for Sessions to resign entirely. Democrats want a special prosecutor to investigate the Russians’ role in the election, but there are not enough of them in Congress to force this. Sessions’ statement delegated his duties to his acting deputy, Dana Boente.

“Jeff Sessions is an honest man. He did not say anything wrong. He could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not intentional […]” said President Trump in an official statement defending Sessions. “[The Democrats] lost the election and now, they have lost their grip on reality. The real story is all of the illegal leaks of classified and other information. It is a total witch hunt!”

Jeff Sessions is an honest man. He did not say anything wrong. He could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not intentional

Although Sessions has recused himself from any such investigation, it was not disclosed to the public whether the Justice Department is, in fact, conducting one. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has done some exploration and House Intelligence Committee has commissioned an inquiry, but Sessions’ statement reads “This announcement should not be interpreted as confirmation of the existence of any investigation or suggestive of the scope of any such investigation.”

Earlier this year, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned, also over concerns of impropriety related to contact with the Russian ambassador.

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Jun 28

One dead after car and truck crash in North Lincolnshire, England

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A 55-year-old unidentified male died Saturday after his silver Peugeot motor vehicle collided with a red and white articulated truck and tanker on the A15 road.

According to the Humberside Police, the road traffic accident happened on the A15 near the small village of Hibaldstow, North Lincolnshire at approximately 0739 UTC on Saturday. Although the sole occupant of the Peugeot was fatally injured, the occupant of the lorry was uninjured.

A spokesperson stated: “Officers would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or the vehicles prior to the collision.” An investigation has begun to try to establish whether the icy and snowy weather conditions were a factor in this collision. The police have commented that it is too early to know whether the weather conditions were a factor in this crash.

If you have any information regarding this incident you can contact Humberside Police:

0845 60 60 222

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Jun 27

Earth Infrastructure Projects Making People Come Closer To Nature

Earth Infrastructure Projects Making People Come Closer to Nature


D.K. Pandey

Rapidly increasing and chaotic concrete jungle has not only increased the concerns towards environmental factors, but persuaded people to look for such residential as well as commercial buildings. With an aim to have a dream home or workspace in buildings with green surroundings, people are looking for India s most well capitalized real estate company where people can get everything they have dreamt of. In the same way and keeping the increasing concern for green buildings in mind, Earth Infrastructure Ltd. has come up with a wide spectrum of projects in Delhi & NCR.

Say for instance, Earth Towne and Earth Sapphire Court are some of the dream projects of Earth Infrastructure where construction is in full swing. With an objective and motive to Dreams Do Come True , this dream project is a one stop solution for elite to medium class. This is because, it has brought 1, 2, 3, 4 BHK lifestyle apartments into being. One of the interesting facts about this dream project is that it has been got LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Located in Greater Noida (Plot no. 4 and Sector no. 1), Earth Towne is very much appreciated residential project offered by Earth Infrastructure Ltd.

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In addition to this, some other

Earth Infrastructure projects

are Magnifique towers, earth copia, earth studio and the list goes on. In the list goes of commercial projects, it has come up with Green Sapphire Court. It is nothing but a green workspace where you will get fully furnished offices with green surroundings. According to reports, it is the first proposed green building in Greater Noida. If you want to have your office in an area where you hardly see the chaotic concrete jungle, it would be better decision to have a workspace the first green building in Greater Noida.

The building, equipped with all the modern fittings and fixtures, is known for host of amenities to assist people smooth functioning. Club facility and 12% returns with bank guarantee are some of the added benefits of having a workspace in this green project from Earth Infrastructure. Moreover, the upcoming

Earth Infrastructure projects

have already gained huge popularity. Now, this leading infrastructure company introduces Earth Insperia that is empowered with state of the art technology workspace and shops. This upcoming projects located in Gurgaon encompasses an area of an odd 5 lakhs sq. ft.

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Jun 26

How To Obtain Your First Car Loan?}

Submitted by: Williams Orchard

The harder you work, the luckier you become.

Every first-time car buyer should keep these words close to his heart. Auto loan process is difficult for everyone. But, it becomes a harrowing experience for first-time buyers because of their ignorance and inexperience.

If you are in the auto financing market for the first time, do not worry. You need to take care of three important things because they will ensure a successful car buying process.

1. Cash

Days of barter are over; the era of cash is forever.

You cannot buy anything without cash. Even if you apply for a car loan, you will be required to make a down payment. So, it is important that you work-out your budget before buying a car. You will need cash for the following things:

Down payment

Monthly payments


Registration fees and taxes



So, make sure that you are ready to assume the financial responsibility of a car before searching for one.

2. Credit score

After the days of report card, the days of credit report begin.

Just like colleges and universities check your SAT scores before approving your admission request; lenders check your credit score before approving your car loan application. Your credit score will determine your credit worthiness and help lenders in deciding the interest rate. Ninety percent of lenders opt for FICO score provided by any of the three credit bureaus: Equifax, TransUnion and Experian.

Every credit bureau gives different importance to credit score components. So, there are differences in each of your credit score. And, every lender has the right to use a credit score from any of the credit bureaus. So, it is important that you concentrate on your credit score range and not your exact credit score number.

If you have not obtained any type of credit before, you will not have any credit history. Following are the options for car buyers with zero credit score:

a. Obtain a no credit auto loan program for your first car.

. Ask your parent to assume the responsibility of the loan.

c. Build your credit score by obtaining a secured credit card, department store card, etc.

3. Co-signe

Usually, a first-time car buyer has zero credit history. This creates a risky situation for lenders. They dont know whether they can trust someone with no history of making regular payments. It is for this reason that lenders require someone with established credit history to co-sign you loan agreement.

Remember that a co-signer is different from a co-applicant. A co-signer has no right on the ownership of the car whereas as a co-applicant has equal right. You can ask your friends or parents to become a co-signer.

If you have trouble finding a co-signer, you can request the lender for approving your loan application without a co-signer. Although, no co-signer option should be considered as the last resort because it is expensive.

So, these are the three things that should be kept in mind before searching for your first car loan. Remember the words of Charles Buxton: In life, as in chess, forethought wins.

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Jun 26

Car maker DeLorean dies at 80

Monday, March 21, 2005

Automobile industry pioneer, John DeLorean, died Saturday in a New Jersey hospital by complications from a stroke.

DeLorean was born in 1925 in Detroit, Michigan to European immigrant parents. He received an education in automotive engineering and quickly rose through the ranks of Packard and later General Motors (GM). DeLorean was credited with the development of the Pontiac GTO, which helped introduce the era of “muscle cars”. By 1965, DeLorean led the entire Pontiac division, and four years later was promoted to the prestigious position of leading GM’s Chevrolet.

In 1973, DeLorean quit General Motors and started his own company, the De Lorean Motor Company. The company’s product was the DMC-12, an unusual car featuring an unpainted, stainless-steel exterior and gull-wing doors. The company started production in 1981 but failed less than two years later, having produced under 9,000 vehicles. Despite the company’s failure and the car’s dismal sales, the car itself gained a cult following after the release of the 1985 movie Back to the Future which featured the car as a time-travel machine.

DeLorean himself was in nearly as much trouble as his company. In 1982 he was arrested for attempting to sell $24 million worth of cocaine to undercover police, and after his company’s failure, he became involved in a multitude of lawsuits alleging investor fraud. Though DeLorean successfully resolved the cocaine case after claiming entrapment, his other legal cases would drag on until 1999, when he declared bankruptcy.

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Jun 26

US Congress passes $787 billion stimulus package

Monday, February 16, 2009

The United States Congress passed a US$787 billion stimulus package late Friday night, in an effort to curb the recession and boost the faltering US economy.

The bill was passed by a vote of 60&ndashp;38, barely reaching the minimum number of 60 votes needed to make the bill a law. Only three Republican senators voted for the measure. Shortly before the Senate vote, the US House of Representatives approved of the stimulus by a margin of 246–183, with all 176 Republicans and seven Democrats voting against the bill.

The Senate vote was delayed until night so that Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown could fly back from Ohio, where his mother had recently died. He cast the final and decisive sixtieth vote in favor of the stimulus bill.

President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, February 17.

“This is a major milestone on our road to recovery, and I want to thank the members of Congress who came together in common purpose to make it happen,” Obama said in his weekly address. “I will sign this legislation into law shortly, and we’ll begin making the immediate investments necessary to put people back to work doing the work America needs done. This historic step won’t be the end of what we do to turn our economy around, but the beginning.”

This is a major milestone on our road to recovery

64% of the stimulus package is intended for spending and money for social programmes, while another 34% is devoted to tax cuts. The plan also limits cash bonuses and incentive compensations for Wall Street executives. Over $48 billion of the stimulus has been reserved for transportation projects, such as high-speed rail, road, and bridge construction. Tens of billions more will be used for funding states to prevent any cuts that they would otherwise be forced to make to aid local governments and schools.

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Democrats say that the plan will help create three and a half million jobs, and that the plan’s tax cuts will help 95% of all US residents, mainly with the use of $800 breaks for couples and $400 for individuals. Those who do not earn enough money to pay income taxes will also be eligible for the breaks. Additionally, breaks will be given to first-time homebuyers and car buyers, in an effort to give a boost to two industries badly affected by the recession.

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid said that the stimulus package was the most important legislation that he had ever worked on. “The country is in trouble and we’re so fortunate we were able to get it passed. It’s going to give this country a shot in the arm.”

The bill that was about jobs, jobs, jobs has turned into a bill that’s about spending, spending, spending

Others, however, such as Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, are highly critical of the plan. “This isn’t Monopoly money. It’s real. It adds up, and it has to be paid back, by our children and by their children,” he said, adding that it “is unlikely to have much stimulative effect.”

“The bill that was about jobs, jobs, jobs has turned into a bill that’s about spending, spending, spending,” said House Republican leader John Boehner from Ohio, throwing a copy of the bill on the floor in protest.

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a stimulus package worth $825 billion with no support from Republicans. Shortly thereafter, the Senate passed a slightly different version of the bill worth $838 billion. The differences between the two bills had to be bridged in a Senate-House committee before it was voted upon in both houses.

 This story has updates See Obama signs $787 billion stimulus package, February 17, 2009 

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Jun 26

Virginians melee at used Apple iBook sale

Thursday, August 18, 2005

“Total chaos” is how many described the melee that resulted from a sale of used Apple iBook laptop computers at the Richmond International Raceway (RIR) by the Henrico County, Virginia school system.

Officials estimated nearly 5,000 people thronged the sale for the $50, four-year-old computers. Among them were 17 injured, four requiring hospitalization – one for a leg injury, and three for heat-related illness, said Henrico County Police. Reports of trampling in the stampede were not uncommon, and one driver reportedly tried to drive through the throng of prospective buyers.

Alice Jemerson, an elderly customer said, “They bum rushed the gates and I was knocked over, fighting for my life. All these people were on top of me.”

Shortly after 7am EST officials opened the gates and many residents ran hysterically toward the building where the sale was to occur at 9am.

At a post sale press conference, Henrico County Police spokesman Lieutenant Doug Perry told reporters, “A few bad apples found their way inside. It looked worse than it was.”

Apple iBooks are the preferred computer for Henrico County schools, and Director of General Services of Henrico County Paul Proto, said changes were made to the event after tremendous interest was generated, some as far away as Europe and California. Officials closed and moved the sale from the Henrico county school warehouse to the RIR, after residents complained that their tax dollars were used to buy the computers, and they ought to have first right to repurchase them. The Henrico County Board of Supervisors voted to amend the County Code so that only residents could purchase the laptop computers.

Although officials had prohibited camping out and overnight parking, some in attendance reported that people began arriving at midnight.

Henrico Police Chief H.W. Stanley, Jr. said five patrol officers were originally planned for the event, a customary presence for an event the size authorities had estimated. But by 6 am, an enormous crowd was assembled at the front gate.

Officials present before opening told the crowd that automobiles would be allowed to enter first, which prompted many to run to their cars. But while some were running back to their cars, others rushed the gate. The resulting confusion created much anger, and guards closed the gates shortly thereafter.

Long lines encircling the sale building were commonplace, and one observer noted, “They’re going to see themselves on the news tonight, and see what fools they are.”

Some citizens, however, considered their wait worthwhile. Hairstylist and mother of two Sheress Blunt was one of the first hundred to buy one of the iBooks; she came with her mother and said they sneaked into the raceway through a side gate.

Tonya Vaughan arrived at 5:30 a.m., also bought one of the first iBooks and said three people offered to buy it from her for as much as $200. She declined however, saying, “I told them no way! I had worked too hard for it.”

Lt. Perry said many officers were complimented on the way they handled the crowd, adding that police were seen letting children who had been pushed aside, into the building.

Mr. Proto said, “There are no plans right now to have another iBook sale.”

Henrico County Battalion Police Chief Steve Wood said no arrests were made and the iBooks were sold out by 1pm EST.

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