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uLetters to the editor
1842 - At the end of an attempted retreat
from Kabul, a British force of 9000 men is
massacred in the Khyber Pass.
1898 - Emile Zola’s famous defence of
Captain Alfred Dreyfus, J’Accuse, is published
1915 - The town of Avezzano in central Italy
is struck by a huge earthquake in which 30,000
1921 - Fire destroys 11 buildings in
downtown Perth, Western Australia.
1929 - Death of legendary US
marshal Wyatt Earp, who with
his brothers defeated the Clanton
brothers at the 1881 gunfight at the
1939 - Seventy-one people die in
Black Friday bushfires in Victoria, as Melbourne
reaches record 45.6degC temperature.
1941 - Irish novelist James Joyce dies in
1945 - Soviet forces begin offensive in Silesia,
Germany, in World War Two.
1982 - Air Florida 737 taking off in a
snowstorm crashes into a Washington bridge
and falls into Potomac River, killing 78 people.
1989 - Computers across Britain are hit by the
Friday the 13th virus.
1992 - Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer pleads
guilty but insane to 15 mutilation killings.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Antoinette Bourignon, F lemish mystic
(1616-1680); Prosper Jolyot de Crebillion,
French dramatist (1674-1762); Sir Joh
Bjelke-Petersen, New Zealand-born former
Queensland premier (1911-2005);
Paul Kelly, Australian singer/
songwriter (1955-); Julia Louis-
Dreyfus, US actress (1961-); Graham
“Suggs” McPherson, British singer
of Madness fame (1961-); Mark
Bosnich, Australian goalkeeper
(1972-); Orlando Bloom, British
actor (1977-); Liam Hemsworth,
Australian actor (1990-).
“ If all mankind minus one, were of one
opinion, and only one person were of the
contrary opinion, mankind would be no more
justified in silencing that one person, than
he, if he had the power, would be justified
in silencing mankind.” — John Stuart Mill,
English philosopher (1806-1873).
“And it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ
who lives in me. And the life I now live in the
flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who
loved me and gave Himself for me.”
— Galatians 2:20
and their teenage
patrons are once
again the centre of
harsh criticism. Following hard on the heels of
a controversy over the internal aspects of the
dances are cries of disgust over their external
Bitter complaints have been made by
residents in the vicinity of St Columba Hall
over the noise and behaviour of dance patrons
during and after a dance in the Alexander
Street hall. All were unanimous that the noise
during dance night was most disturbing and
gave little chance of a peaceful night ’s rest.
One irate resident commented that the dance
patrons were “quite drunk”.
“They are completely irresponsible and show
no consideration for householders in the area. ”
The gallant action by a 13-year-old schoolboy
and a judo black belt saved the life of a seven-
year-old girl when she was swept seawards
from a Westport beach yesterday. Pauline
Woodward was playing with a surfboard in
shallow water when she was caught in a swift
undertow and swept seawards towards the
mouth of the Buller River.
John Charles Hodgson, son of Mr R D
Hodgson, president of the Westport RSA, was
walking along a rock wall when the girl went
past. The youth dived in and swam after her.
He reached her near the wall tip and held her
head above water, but not before her struggles
had forced him under several times.
Judo black belt, Mr Bill Morrison, who was
with his family nearby, was alerted and went to
the pair’s aid and relieved the tired youth. The
girl was none the worse for wear.
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Drones to expand World Cup spectacle
t last week’s test at
Reser ve, Black Caps stars
Kane Williamson and B J
Watling were not the only
An eight-blade “octocopter” drone
was also turning heads, as it is set to do
again when it features in the television
coverage of the Cricket World Cup that
New Zealand and Australia will host from
The drone is among a burgeoning
number of the unmanned aircraft
performing diverse tasks around the
It was first used here during the one-day
series against South Africa in Tauranga,
and in the Boxing Day test against Sri
Lanka in Christchurch.
In Wellington, as the Black Caps
raced towards victory in the second test,
onlookers seemed excited at the presence
of Hamish Trott and Chris Neves’ buzzing
It also raised a few eyebrows when
Sky briefly showed a private residence
near the Basin Reser ve, as noted by
The Privacy Commissioner has not
received any complaints so far about
drones or similar unmanned aircraft.
“Of course, given the increasing use
of them, it is a real possibility that this
will change in the near future,” Assistant
Commissioner Katrine Evans said.
Drone operators have mostly used a
common sense approach when navigating
both airspace and grey areas of the law.
But public submissions are being taken
on Civil Aviation Authority plans for an
overhaul of drone laws.
“Many of the rules being developed
for drones relate to safety rather than to
privacy,” Ms Evans said.
“ Where the Privacy Act becomes
relevant is where UAVs (unmanned
aerial vehicles) are used to record images
— still photographs and video — about
identifiable people. ”
The octocopter ’s camera operator,
Hamish Trott, worked with pilot Chris
Neves to broadcast shots from the Basin
“It was pretty hard to get this broadcast
system up and running and we had to
prove it to Sky.”
They were in constant contact with
air traffic control and with Sky staff,
who decided what footage to use from
the drone, which competed with — or
complemented — the broadcaster’s many
As pilot, Mr Neves had to keep the
drone within his sight at all times. He and
Mr Trott will provide similar coverage
for the World Cup host broadcaster, Star
They are also in demand for high-rating
reality television shows and ads for foreign
clients. “ We shoot The Block, we’re
currently doing The Bachelor and we do
a lot of overseas commercials as well and
we put various film cameras on them,” Mr
He said he had also been approached to
shoot for events involving Lorde and other
Sky TV is also keen to exploit the
technology. “ It ’s fairly new for us,” said
spokeswoman Kirsty Way, “and as far
as privacy goes, we’re only going to use
it to look at the game, not crowds or
surrounding homes or anything like that.
It seems many are keen to exploit the
technology, with reports drones were a
popular gift this Christmas, and a whole
section dedicated to them at this week’s
consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.
Closer to the action television
In 1979, Australian engineers for
television channel ATN-7 covering the
Bathurst 1000 car race pioneered the
mounted in-car camera. Driver Peter
Williamson talked viewers around the race
track as images came from his car. The
cameras use microwave radio transmitters
to relay the images via helicopters to the
In the early 1980s, Australia introduced
the stump-cams that are now standard. A
camera was sheathed in the middle stump
and helped the new limited-overs format
become a tv hit. During the
1990-91 Ashes series, English pace bowler
Devon Malcolm shattered one of the
stump cameras in spectacular fashion. The
stump-cam led to several more television-
led innovations, including the speedgun,
Snick-ometer, Hawkeye and Hot Spot.
The two-wheel Segway with steadicam
mounted has been described as a dolly
without tracks. Perfect for sports coverage,
it enables the camera operator to move
at speed without the hassle of cords and
wires. At the London 2012 Olympics
Segway-cam captured Usain Bolt
celebrating after winning the 100m final.
During the 2011 Boxing Day cricket test
match, a Channel 9 cameraman crashed
his Segway in front of 50,000 spectators.
High-definition cameras zoom
soundlessly above stadium playing fields
on wires. They have become the must-have
device for any major sports event. Used at
the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Spidercam
gave fans a bird’s eye view. But during the
Australia v India cricket test at the Sydney
Cricket Ground last week, Australian
captain Steve Smith dropped a catch and
claimed he was distracted by the camera
Safety rules. —
Drone cannot be flown higher than
120m above ground level
Cannot be flown closer than 4km of
Must give way to all aircraft
Can be flown only in daylight
Operator needs to be able to see the
aircraft with their own eyes
Must not be flown in areas where they
could endanger people.
— NZ M E-New Zealand Herald
The Sky TV drone camera attracts the attention of the seagulls.
PICTURES: Getty Images
The Sky TV drone camera operator during day four of the second test match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve.
The new King Richard III Visitor Centre
in Leicester has been chosen as one of the
world’s hottest new attractions for 2015 by
travel guide company Lonely Planet.
The £4 million ($7.728 million) centre
has opened following the unearthing of
the remains of Richard, who died in the
Battle of Bosworth in 1485.
The centre features in a list of 26 of the
“ world’s hottest new experiences for 2015”
in an e-book published by Lonely Planet.
Lonely Planet ’s destination editor for
Great Britain James Smart said: “ The
discovery of the remains of Richard III
captured the world’s attention in 2013 and
the recently opened state-of-the-art visitor
centre is a must-visit for history fans.
“This attraction, dedicated to one of
our most legendary monarchs, truly puts
Leicester on the map for anyone interested
in England’s dramatic past.” There are two
other British Isles entries in the 26-strong
list and both are associated with alcohol.
The Smithwick’s Experience visitor
attraction in Kilkenny in Ireland celebrates
the country’s oldest beer.
The other entry highlights Britain’s
gin and whisky industry. Mentioned in
the e-book is the Bombay Sapphire Gin
Distillery at Laverstoke near Whitchurch
in Hampshire, as well as the East London
Liquor Company bar and distillery
making and distributing gin, rum and
whisky at Bow Wharf.
Two Scottish whisky sites are also
mentioned — the Ardnamurchan
Distillery on the shores of Loch Sunart
in the Western Highlands and the Isle of
Harris Distillers in the Western Isles.
Other entries include the One World
Obser vatory, which is opening this year
at the One World Trade Centre building
erected on the site of the towers destroyed
in the September 11, 2001, terrorist
attacks in New York. — PA
Richard III centre new travel hotspot
Inside the recently-opened King Richard III Visitor Centre.
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