Stop killing your children!

Other voices are joining ours highlighting the ridiculous amount of children we kill in our own driveways

Safety groups are urging parents to separate play areas from driveways after a spate of child deaths.

Four children have been killed in private driveways this year, and five in the past six months.

Before this year, on average five Kiwi children were killed in private driveways a year, Safekids Aotearoa said.

Plunket national child-safety adviser Sue Campbell said a child needed hospital treatment every fortnight for serious injuries suffered from vehicles on private driveways.

She said physical separation was the best protection for children.

“With the best intentions in the world, you can’t supervise toddlers 24/7,” she said.

“People need to recognise the risk. Whether it’s a shared or long driveway, children’s play areas must be totally separated. That’s the best protection.

“There are problems with all sizes of vehicles, and the blind spots are huge.

“If people can afford reversing cameras, that’s useful, but it’s not the sole answer.”

The NZ Transport Agency agreed.

“While technology like reversing cameras and alarms can help to reduce the risk, even vehicles equipped with these cameras can still have blind spots,” NZTA spokesman Andrew Knackstedt said.

The real answer is that either the driveway isn’t played on, or the driveway isn’t parked on.  Simple, eh?   Read more »

Napier ferals egg PM’s car

Photo / Warren Buckland, via Herald

Photo / Warren Buckland, via Herald

It may make the people throwing the eggs feel better about life, but all it does is make the public feel sympathy for John Key.

Protesters egged Prime Minister John Key’s ministerial BMW as it collected him from a state housing development in Napier this afternoon.

Mr Key was unhurt in the incident but one man was later arrested for obstruction. Read more »

Bet he was registered too

The Teachers Council has been so effective in protecting our children from these filthy predators

A teacher at an Auckland school is before the court accused of committing “indecent acts” in his classroom.

The 54-year-old man was granted interim name suppression during his appearance at Auckland District Court this morning and a ruling was also made to keep the name of the school secret.

It is alleged that in June last year, the man wilfully committed two indecent acts.

One of the charges lists the road the school is on as the location of the offence, while the other one specifies “in a classroom”.

A spokesman for the New Zealand Teachers’ Council said they were “well aware” of the situation and a full investigation into the man’s actions would take place at the conclusion of the criminal proceedings.

The school at which the defendant worked suspended him shortly after the alleged incidents took place, and he resigned a month later when the teachers’ council got involved.

Sickens me to think these animals manage to get past all the checks and balances.   Are there any?   Read more »

Key demands answers from Cunliffe over his secret donations

While Labour chases Judith Collins over a dinner in Beijing David Cunliffe still hasn’t revealed who his secret donors were .

He has his donations laundered through a secret trust, organised and run by blogger and flea lawyer Greg Presland and has failed so far to declare his donations as required in the parliamentary pecuniary interests register. He has resisted all questions from journalists and continues to be sneaky, tricky and furtive about the donations.

Yesterday John Key gave him a good hard smack over it off of the back of Shane Jones announcing who his donors were.

Questions remain around who funded the various campaigns in Labour’s leadership battle last year.

Shane Jones has acknowledged getting support from National Party stalwart Sir Wira Gardiner and New Zealand Oil and Gas director Roger Finlay for his failed bid.

John Key says if Mr Jones was prepared to identify those two donors, why won’t David Cunliffe reveal the names of his.   Read more »

“Let them eat cake” – BSCNZ reports to members

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While the level of troughing varies, in general, troughers are the same wherever you go.

They have this sense of entitlement and believe that they deserve the perks.

Scumbag unions the world over have been exposed for diving into the trough and lavishing it up is flash places around the world.

My good friend Patrick Lee-Lo, El Presidente of the Building Service Contractors, certainly enjoys the trough provided by his cleaning members. By the looks of things Kimberly Clark’s Lillian Small also enjoyed her foray into the trough via a visit to New York.   Read more »

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than petrol for global warming

Uh oh…more bad news for those proponents of biofuels…the so-called green fuels are actually worse for the environment.

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years compared with conventional gasoline.

While biofuels are better in the long run, the study says they won’t meet a standard set in a 2007 energy law to qualify as renewable fuel.

The conclusions deal a blow to what are known as cellulosic biofuels, which have received more than a billion dollars in federal support but have struggled to meet volume targets mandated by law. About half of the initial market in cellulosics is expected to be derived from corn residue.

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Face of the day

When U.S. Army Spc Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he could never imagine that he would have to wage a legal battle just to get his Florida house back from a pair of ex-convicts who had settled there in his absence.
Sharkey and his wife, Danielle, live in Wahiawa, Hawaii, where the soldier is currently stationed, but in a little over a month, the family are expected to return to New Port Richey, Florida, where they own a house.
However, the Sharkeys’ homecoming has been complicated by the presence of squatters in their one-story residence in the 6800 block of Westend Avenue.

According the solider and his wife, the strangers had broken into their home, changed the locks and are refusing to leave.
To add insult to injury, officials at the Pasco County Sheriff’s department have informed the couple that they have no legal grounds to evict the man and woman.
The couple living in Sharkey’s home, identified as Julio Ortiz and his girlfriend, Fatima Cardoso, have offered a different version of events.

Ortiz insisted to a local news channel that he has permission to live in the Sharkeys’ house because he had entered into a verbal agreement with the soldier’s friend to make repairs to the residence in exchange for rent-free housing.
Mr Sharkey dismissed the squatter’s claims as lies, as did his friend Lisa Pettus, who was left in charge of the unfinished home on Westend Avenue when the family moved to Hawaii.
According to Miss Pettus, Ortiz has agreed to renovate the family’s home with the supplies she had provided, but their deal never included a living arrangement for the handyman and his girlfriend.

When Sharkey’s wife and mother of three, Danielle Sharkey, returned to Florida on New Year’s Eve, she came by the house with a sheriff’s deputy in tow hoping to remove the intruders.
But the law enforcement official informed her that because it was a civil matter, his hands were tied.
Now, the couple will likely be on the hook for hundreds of dollars in legal fees for filing for eviction.
‘I work hard, long hours, and these people never had permission to live in my home’ the outraged serviceman told the station WFLA. ‘They should be thrown out.’
Another cause for concern for the Sharkeys is the squatters’ extensive criminal backgrounds.
Ortiz, 42, served a combined 12 years behind bars in New Jersey for robbery, selling drugs on school property and carjacking.

His so-called better half, Miss Cardoso, served more than two years in prison on drug charges, and she has more than a half-dozen arrests in her rap sheet.
‘They are criminals,’ Spc Sharkey said. ‘I am serving my country, and they have more rights to my home than I do.’
Under an obscure Florida real estate law, anyone who possesses the land of another for seven years has the right to claim legal title to that land.
A defiant Julio Ortiz said he won’t leave the New Port Richey home until he is good and ready. – Mail Online

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