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uLetters to the editor
1154 - Nicolas Breakspear, the first and only
Englishman to be elected Pope, is crowned as
1586 - England ’s Q ueen Elizabeth I confirms
death sentence against Mary Queen of Scots.
1642 - Cardinal de Richelieu, French
1791 - Britain’s Observer newspaper, the oldest
Sunday newspaper in the world,
appears for the first time.
1816 - James Monroe is elected
fifth president of the United States.
1871 - One of world’s richest tin
deposits is discovered at Mt Bischoff
in Tasmania by James Smith.
1976 - Benjamin Britten, English
1908 - London naval conference fails to
regulate conditions of warfare.
1996 - Australian financier Alan Bond pleads
guilty to dishonesty charges relating to Bell
Resources; Two shot dead during robbery of
Melbourne gem shop.
1999 - New Zealand’s Labour Party wins the
general election, ousting the National Party after
nine years in power.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Thomas Carlyle, Scottish essayist-historian
(1795-1881); Samuel Butler, English author
(1815-1902); Edith Cavell, English
nurse-patriot (1865-1915); General
Francisco Franco, Spanish dictator
(1892-1975); Max Baer Jr, US
actor-producer (1937-); Jeff Bridges,
US actor (1949-); Marisa Tomei, US
actress (1964-); Jay-Z, US rapper
(1969-); Tyra Banks, US model-
actress (1973-); Steven Menzies,
Australian rugby league footballer (1973-).
“There’s much to be said for challenging
fate instead of ducking behind it.” — (Diana
Trilling, American author and literary critic).
“But be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him
faithfully with all your heart; consider what
great things He has done for you..”
— (1 Samuel 12:24).
For the second
time in three days a
fatal road accident
has occurred in
the Denniston area. Yesterday a truck driver
was killed when the truck he was driving
plummeted down a 100-foot bank on the
Denniston track. It was a fully loaded coal
truck. The accident happened in the morning
and the man died at 2pm in the Buller
Hospital. He was Lawrence Albert Jacques, 23,
single, of Blenheim.
Mr Jacques was going downhill to the main
highway to Westport with seven tons of coal
when he met another truck about a mile from
the foot of the incline. The oncoming vehicle
gave way to let him pass but the edge of the
road collapsed and Mr Jacques’ truck toppled
over and stopped in the thick undergrowth
about 100ft below. Mr Jacques was thrown into
a small creek at the bottom of the ravine.
Four Greymouth boys will enter Woodbourne
air base next moth as airmen cadets. The boys
for this year’s intake are Allan Tallentire,
Norman Stagg, John McDonald and K White.
During the weekend, boys from No 33
Squadron, Westport, and No 36 Squadron,
Greymouth, will attend a camp at Charleston.
A Greymouth sportswoman, whose record
is as long and proud as the Haast Pass road,
considered that it was ostentatious to have
a story written on her attainments. Dorothy
Schultze has a proud record in each of the
three sporting fields she has entered.
Basketball has held the strongest attraction
for her and much time and energy has been
devoted to this, but in athletics and indoor
basketball she has also made her mark.
uFood for thought
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Less than one in five New Zealand
adults smoke tobacco. This means
that there may be one or more
smokers in many workplaces. The
government has committed to
the goal of Smokefree Aotearoa
by 2025 so that our children and
grandchildren will be free from
tobacco and enjoy tobacco-free lives,
and almost no one (less than 5%)
will smoke. Statistics show 80% of
smokers wish they had never started
Workplaces are protected against
the harmful effects of tobacco
smoke through the Smoke-free
Environments Act 1990 and
its 2004 Amendments. The act
aims to prevent the detrimental
effect of other people’s smoking
in the workplace on other people.
Employers must take all reasonably
practicable steps to make sure that
no one smokes at any time in the
workplace. Such steps might include
smokefree signage, reference to the
smokefree policy in employment
agreements and training for
managers and supervisors. There
is also a duty on employees and
volunteers not to smoke at any time
in a workplace.
Workplaces can have a smokefree
policy. For help in developing a
policy, contact your local Community
and Public Health office. Smoking is
not a human right. Some workplaces,
especially health organisations are
moving towards only employing non-
There are many benefits to having
a smokefree workforce including
employees who take fewer daily
breaks, a lower fire risk, positive
business image and a cleaner
environment. There are also financial
and productivity benefits. Employees
who smoke can have up to 33% more
sick time off work than non-smokers.
A worker taking four 10-minute
breaks each day works one month
less than a non-smoker over a one-
year period. Research tells us
that smokers miss two or three
days of work each year in
comparison to those who do not
What does the law say about
smoking in work vehicles? Smoking
in work vehicles may be allowed if
the public do not have access to the
vehicle, and if all employees and
volunteers who use the vehicle have
agreed in writing to allow smoking
If someone has reasonable grounds
to believe that there has been a
breach of the workplace smoking
provisions of the Smoke-free
Environments Act, they can make
a complaint to their employer.
Employers have 20 working days to
investigate the complaint and resolve
it if a breach has occurred. Workplace
complaints can also be made
to the smokefree enforcement officer
Rodney Beckett at the local public
health unit (www.cph.co.nz).
What do the smokefree laws mean for workplaces? West Coast District Health Board
senior communications adviser LEE HARRIS explains our responsibilities.
Smokefree law responsibilities for workplaces
Tim Reid, Dan Whitcomb and
t age 28, Syed Rizwan
restaurants and public
pools. A Muslim, he was
from a self-described
religious but modern
California family. But yesterday, he and
Tashfen Malik, 27, left their infant
daughter with Farook’s mother, put
on black assault-style clothing, armed
themselves and launched the deadliest
United States shooting spree in three
The couple stormed a holiday party
attended by his San Bernardino County
co-workers, killing 14 people and
wounding 21 in what appeared to be a
planned attack before dying in a shootout
with police, leaving a shaken community
with few clues to deduce a motive for the
A US citizen born in Illinois, Farook
worked as a county environmental health
specialist, inspecting restaurants and
swimming pools for health violations,
according to authorities and a website
that tracks public employees.
While he appeared not to have profiles
on such popular social media sites as
Facebook and Linkedin, Farook was
registered on at least three on-line dating
sites. It was unclear when he had created
On Arab Lounge.com, a site for Arab
singles “ looking for dating, friendship and
love,” Farook described himself as single,
“Allah fearing,” calm, thoughtful and
“I try to live as a good Muslim,” he
Farook said he was looking for a “girl
who has the same outlook,” who wears a
hijab — the head covering worn in public
by some Muslim women — but lives life
to the fullest. His profile listed him as
1.83m and a non-smoker with a “very
liberal” political view.
“Impulsive buying” gets on his nerves
and lying turns him off, he said. He listed
his income as $30,000 to $45,000.
On the iMilap.com site, Farook
described himself as a 22-year-old
Muslim male living in Riverside,
California, who was from a “religious but
modern family of four — two girls, two
He said he enjoyed working on vintage
and modern cars, reading religious books
and eating out on occasion.
Co-workers told the Los Angeles Times
that Farook had travelled to Saudi Arabia
and returned with his new wife, whom he
had met on-line.
Farook was the son of immigrant
parents from Pakistan while Malik was
born in Pakistan and lived in Saudi
Arabia until she was introduced to
Farook, according to Hussam Ayloush,
head of the Los Angeles chapter of the
Council on American-Islamic Relations.
They were married for two years, Ayloush
The FBI said Malik was in the United
States on a visa under a Pakistani
An older brother of Farook had ser ved
in the US military, Ayloush said.
Yesterday, Farook attended an annual
holiday gathering for employees of his
department, then left, only to return later
with Malik and weapons, authorities said.
San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod
Burguan said the shooting spree was
clearly planned in advance and that the
suspects had left several explosive devices,
which appeared to be pipe bombs, at the
scene of the massacre.
“They came prepared to do what they
did as though they were on a mission,”
Farook had no criminal record so far as
police knew, Burguan said.
Sue Ann Chapman, a cashier and
waitress at China Doll Fast Food, a
restaurant that Syed Farook had inspected
earlier this year, said he did not seem
“He was real quiet,” Chapman said. “He
checked the food and said he was here
because somebody complained ... He
looked completely normal.”
The pair left the infant with Farook’s
mother in the nearby city of Redlands,
Ayloush said, relaying information he had
received from a brother-in-law of Farook.
The couple said they were headed to a
doctor’s appointment for Malik.
Burguan said police went to a house
in Redlands yesterday afternoon, and
saw the couple take off in a black sport
utility vehicle. Police pursued the car to
San Bernardino, where a wild gun battle
ensued that left Farook and Malik dead.
Public records suggest possible
turbulence in Farook’s younger life. In
2006, Rafia Farook, who records indicate
is his mother, filed in a Riverside court
for divorce from her husband, also named
She listed multiple instances of domestic
abuse in the legal filing, and said her
husband “threatens to kill himself on a
daily basis.” D uring one incident, she said
in a court filing, her son came between
them “to save me.” — Reuters
FBI and police investigators are seen around a vehicle in which two suspects were shot following a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.
Pamela Anderson will be the last model to
pose nude for Playboy magazine.
Two months after bosses at the men’s
publication announced they would stop
featuring pictures of naked women, they have
confirmed Anderson, who has posed for the
magazine several times, received a personal
call from founder Hugh Hefner’s lawyer,
during which she was invited to grace the
cover topless one last time.
“The attorney said, ‘ We don’t want anybody
else,” she tells Entertainment Tonight.
“There’s nobody else, could you do the last
cover of Playboy?’”
It was one of the 48-year-old’s sons who
informed her the magazine was undergoing
a transformation, and after her initial
shock, she admits she understands why the
publishers would want to change direction.
“I was like, ‘ What, are you serious’,”
she continues. “But then I thought that ’s
probably a good thing. It’s hard to compete
with the internet. And the girl next door
doesn’t exist any more. She’s taking selfies
down her shirt, like, you know, there’s no
mystery over there any more. It doesn’t have
that same charm and innocence that it used
Anderson was initially hesitant to
participate in the shoot, because her sons
were teased and challenged to fist fights over
her past racy photoshoots, so she turned to
them before agreeing to bare all one more
“I said, ‘Hef just called, he wants me to
do the last cover of Playboy ’,” she adds.
“(Brandon) goes, ‘Mum you’ve got to do it.
We’re older, we’re not embarrassed any more
of you. You know, we think you’re great ’.
“He was so excited. He may have high-
fived me! And then I asked (17-year-old)
Dylan too, and Dylan’s like, ‘Mum, you know
you’ve done it all’. I don’t know what to say
but they were really excited for me, and I was
Anderson is grateful she was given a chance
to pose for Playboy one more time, because
she has started to feel insecure about her
“People have been asking me over the
last year, ‘ Would you ever pose for Playboy
again’,” she giggles. “I’m like, ‘ They ’re never
going to ask ... I mean, I’m sure they ’re sick
of me’. So when Hef asked, I couldn’t help
myself. I had a rough few years where I felt
a little insecure, ‘cause, you know, everyone’s
“I thought, ‘My gosh, I miss the Playboy
days!’ It was so glamorous, it was so
chivalrous, there’s so many people there
that were so smart ... I just kind of miss
that whole crowd and us being these little
giggling girls kind of running around
the mansion half naked and trying to get
everybody’s attention.” — WENN
Pamela Anderson to be last nude Playboy model
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