A rare example of a terrible truckie

Taken by Whaleoil Ground Crew just a few hours ago

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Remember: during Easter, the speed tolerances are 54 and 104 km/h

via sunlive.co.nz

via sunlive.co.nz

Nikki Preston has little good news for those of us who are sick of watching that the speedo doesn’t drift past 104 km/hr.

A survey by Horizon Research has found more people approve of the lower speed conditions than oppose them as the 4km/h reduced speed threshold is rolled out from Easter to Anzac weekend.

Of the 3104 surveyed, 42.6 per cent supported police lowering the tolerance to 104km/h during holidays, compared to 30 per cent who did not.

But New Zealanders were divided over whether it should be lowered outside holidays, with 42.6 per cent supporting it, compared to 37 per cent against. ¬† Read more »

Cry Baby update: Cry Baby wins

We covered Cry Baby Jaclyn Philpott yesterday, who wanted to use her deceased Dad’s airpoints, was told she couldn’t because her Dad was dead, and ran to the media with her sob story.

Turns out, had she properly informed Air New Zealand and applied for the points to be transferred to Dad’s estate, all would be OK.

A Christchurch woman who was told her father’s shared Airpoints were¬†void after his death¬†has successfully used them to book flights to Hawaii.

Jaclyn Philpott said she was “dumbfounded” when an Air New Zealand call centre worker told her she could not use her father’s shared Airpoints – or Shairpoints – to book flights only a week after his death.

Before he died of lung cancer on April 5, John William Philpott made Jaclyn and her mother members of Shairpoints with Air New Zealand.

The 62-year-old had thousands of Airpoints Dollars from travel with his work as a software and hardware designer.

Those points, combined with Jaclyn and her mother’s, covered return flights to Hawaii for the three of them with an excess of only $370.

But when Jaclyn rang Air New Zealand on Monday to ask about business class upgrades her father had earned, she was told she could not book the tickets because “Dad was dead”. ¬† Read more »

Mental Health Break

Headline of the Week

From the Courier Mail in Queensland.



The story itself is hilarious:

FORMER foreign minister Bob Carr was last night labeled ‚Äúarrogant‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúfoolish‚ÄĚ for risking diplomatic ties after leaked extracts of his new diaries revealed him complaining about taxpayer-funded first and business class travel and questioning whether top US leaders had plastic surgery.¬† Read more »

Map of the Day

USA - Wind Map 2012

Wind speeds and directions – USA March 28 2012 @ 5pm.

Troughing of the Rich and Famous


Question:  Why would a golf event that is attended by some of the wealthiest people require $1.5M in tax payer troughing dollars?

A golf tournament hosted by Sir Michael Hill at his private course near Queenstown has received more than $2 million from the taxpayer over the past three years despite consistently failing to meet performance targets attached to the funding.

This year’s New Zealand Open pro am – which featured wealthy business people and celebrities such as former Australian cricket captains Ricky Ponting and Allan Border playing alongside professional golfers and business heavyweights at Queenstown courses The Hills and Millbrook – received $900,000 from the Major Events Development Fund (MEDF).

Organisers have applied for another $1.5 million to bankroll next year’s event, with the additional $600,000 to be used to fund live television coverage.

It is a private course. ¬†It is a private event. ¬†Why are your tax dollars going to this at all? ¬† Read more »

Rose Streat is an expert anaesthetist

Sophie Ryan and Brendan Manning report on another sad case where alcohol is in charge

An Auckland doctor training to be an anaesthetist has been censured and suspended from practice after being charged with professional misconduct over her struggles with alcohol.

Dr Rose Streat had to be breath-tested before and during each shift for the Auckland District Health Board after being given a second chance to qualify.

She was allowed to return to the training programme last year after convincing officials she had overcome problems that saw her escorted from an operating theatre at Auckland City Hospital in 2008.

But yesterday, she was found guilty of professional misconduct by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal in Auckland.

One of the two charges against Dr Streat was laid after it was revealed she had pleaded guilty to driving drunk in August 2012.

The other was a cumulative charge of professional misconduct after she was found to be drinking alcohol despite signing a contract saying she would abstain, to have lied about drinking, failed to disclose the drink-driving charge and failed to engage in the professional conduct inquiry.

Dr Rose is in serious trouble. ¬†Her peers and her profession have bent over backwards to help her, but she even failed on-the-job breath tests coming to work. ¬† Read more »

Synthetic cannabis is this government’s worst social experiment


Charles Anderson reports on the increasing clinical data against the use of Legal Highs:

Synthetic ¬†cannabis puts more New Zealanders in hospital per use than any other drug and experts say it is a ”timebomb” that will strain the public health system for years to come.

Results from this year’s Global Drug Survey, conducted in partnership with Fairfax Media, found almost 4 per cent of synthetic cannabis users sought emergency medical treatment. More than a quarter of those were admitted to hospital.

The survey of 5731 New Zealand respondents found more than 10 per cent had used synthetic cannabis in the past 12 months – second only to Britain, on just under 11 per cent.

‘We are sitting on a timebomb with these,” said Leo Schep, of the National Poisons Centre.

”It’s not just the acute effects, it’s the long-term psychological effects.”

Even if the Government banned all legal highs tomorrow, users would have ongoing issues, he said.

”They are going to be a huge burden on the state, possibly for the rest of their lives.”

Both the legal and illegal versions of cannabis cause harm, but what is the difference? ¬† Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Pascal Maitre/National Geographic

Photo: Pascal Maitre/National Geographic

Lost in the Sahel

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