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uLetters to the editor
1890 - Chief Sitting Bull of the Sioux is
killed during an attempt to arrest him by
reser vation police in South Dakota.
1916 - The French defeat Germans
in Battle of Verdun.
1944 - The plane carrying
American band leader Glenn Miller,
a US Army Major, disappears over
the English Channel.
1961 - Former Nazi Adolf
Eichmann is sentenced to death.
1979 - The deposed Shah of Iran flies from
the United States to ‘temporary’ exile in
1993 - Offering the Irish Republican Army
a chance that “might never come their way
again”, British and Irish leaders sign a complex
framework for negotiating peace in Northern
2011 - The US military declares an end to its
war in Iraq.
2013 - Actress Joan Fontaine, star of Rebecca
and Suspicion, dies in California aged 96
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Nero, Roman emperor (AD 37- AD 68);
Gustave Eiffel, French engineer (1832-1923);
Maxwell Anderson, US playwright
(1888-1959); J Paul Getty, US oil
tycoon (1892-1976); Tim Conway,
US comedian/actor (1933-); Don
Johnson, US actor (1949-); Julie
Taymor, US director (1952-); Adam
Brody, American actor (1979-);
Michelle Dockery, British actress
“ History is the record of an encounter
between character and circumstances. ” —
Donald Creighton, Canadian historian
“And through your offspring all nations on
Earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed
me.” — (Genesis 22:18).
When it comes
to absorbing falls,
it would be hard to
beat those sustained
by three and a half-year-old Robyn Schultze
of Packers Quay, Blaketown, and her great-
grandfather, aged 75. Yesterday, Robyn fell
from a nine foot window and landed head
first on a pile of 4x2 beams. Except for a slight
bruise, she escaped uninjured.
Four days before, her great-grandfather, Mr
Jack Hales, fell backwards 14 feet off a stairway
and landed on a pile of wood. Like his great-
granddaughter, he was not injured although
he was a bit sore round the neck, where it is
suspected he landed.
Robyn is the daughter of Mr and Mrs
Norman Schultze. She fell from her bedroom
window. Her father said today he suspected she
climbed on to her bedroom duchesse and then
on to the window sill from which she fell. The
young girl barely let out a whimper when she
A Greymouth scholar has won a scholarship
at St Patrick’s College, Silverstream, open to all
New Zealand boys under 13. He is last year’s
Seddon Medal winner Michael McDonnell,
a son of Mr and Mrs E McDonnell of
Michael, a former Marist Brothers’ pupil
at Greymouth, was a c lear winner of the
examination. Another West Coast student, J
T Sullivan, of Reefton, filled sixth place in the
A 13-year-old Reefton girl, Angela Moore,
has won a scholarship to attend Saint
Dominic’s Priory, Dunedin. She was also
announced as dux of the Reefton Convent
Angela’s father, Mr T E Moore, is the
Inangahua county clerk.
uFood for thought
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Anastasia Lyrchikova and
he Kremlin is trying
to reassure residents of
Crimea, left in the dark
after electricity supplies
from Ukraine were cut off,
that it is coming to their
rescue by installing a power link with
But the reality is that it will take many
months of complex engineering before
Russia can provide Crimea with a secure
electricity supply, while western sanctions
over the peninsula’s annexation have
made it more difficult to buy the best
equipment for the job.
The electricity problems are a stark
reminder that when Vladimir Putin
last year decided to make Crimea part
of Russia he was not just courting
international outcry but also taking on
huge practical problems about how to
sustain a peninsula that is physically cut
off from Russia.
Crimea was plunged into darkness
around three weeks ago after electricity
pylons in southern Ukraine that carry
the four lines that supply Crimea with
the bulk of its power were blown up by
The authorities in Ukraine, where anger
over the annexation last year is still raw,
have shown little urgency in restoring the
Russia has flown in emergency
generators that cover some of Crimea’s
power needs, and Ukraine has partially
restored power. But until Crimea is fully
hooked up to the Russian grid, it will be
vulnerable to power disruptions.
Moscow ’s response has been to speed
up work on a so-called ‘energy bridge’ —
a series of cables along the seabed — it
is building across the Kerch Strait that
separates Russia from Crimea.
That project was launched by Putin on
a visit to Crimea on December 2, but its
transmission capacity remains limited
and Russian officials have largely glossed
over the huge engineering challenges the
remaining work will entail.
“The issue is really pressured. The
energy bridge is not just an under water
cable, you see,” said Sergei Pikin,
director of Russian consultancy Energy
“It’s difficult work that normally takes
years to complete.”
Russia has hired a Chinese firm,
Hengtong, to supply the power cables to
be laid across the Kerch Strait, a source
at a western electrical corporation said.
Russia’s Kommersant newspaper also
reported the Chinese firm was supplying
The western source also noted,
however, that Chinese companies have
much less experience in this field than
those cut off from the project due to
The previous time Russia laid an
undersea cable for such a project, in 2011
between the Pacific port of Vladivostok
and the island of Russky, it contracted
a Japanese firm to supply the cable. A
French company supplied the cable for
a link under Lake Baikal in Siberia,
completed in 2005.
Hengtong did not respond to questions
submitted about its role in the project.
Russia’s Energy Ministry declined to say
who was supplying the cables.
If everything goes to plan, by June next
year all the cables planned for the energy
bridge will be laid.
“850 Megawatts is what it will be
possible to send via the energy bridge
from May 2016, without any risk to the
energy system of the south of Russia,”
Deputy Energy Minister Andrei
That should allow Crimea to plug
its electricity deficit with supplies
from Russia, according to Vladimir
Sklyar, director for utilities research at
But the challenges do not end with the
Russia must also build electricity sub-
stations and lay new transmission lines
on either side of the Kerch Strait to
connect the new cables to the existing
Analysts say that because Crimea’s
power has always come from the north,
via a neighbouring Ukrainian region, its
grid is set up to handle north-to-south
flows, and now will have to be re-
configured to take in power from the east.
Work must be done too on the Russian
side of the bridge to ensure there is
sufficient spare capacity in the southern
portion of Russia’s grid to supply power
EON Russia, controlled by German
firm EON , said it was interested in
building generating capacity in the
Krasnodar region, which Russian
authorities have said could be used to
send power to Crimea.
Maxim Shirokov, EON Russia’s head,
told journalists: “It will supply electricity
to the wholesale market. ... The same
thing that we’re doing at the moment.
Therefore I don’t see any risks linked to
Experts say power stations in Crimea
itself offer a more enduring solution to
the peninsula’s energy needs.
Russia plans to build these near
Crimea’s capital Simferopol and
Sevastopol, home to its Black Sea fleet.
The first blocks at those stations are due
to come on-line in September 2017, and
their generating capacity is to be doubled
to around 940 Megawatts the following
That will ensure Crimea is self-sufficient
and can use the bridge as backup or
during times of peak consumption, when
around 1.3 Gigawatts of electricity are
But the power plants are some way from
being completed, and sourcing machinery
could present problems.
With a few exceptions Russian firms
do not produce the powerful gas turbines
often installed in Russian power stations.
Such turbines are usually bought from
Germany ’s Siemens , France’s Alstom
and General Electric of the United
Alstom said it had received no requests
to supply equipment to Crimea and
declined to comment on whether it
was prepared to deliver supplies there.
Siemens did not respond to a request
for comment, and GE declined
If those suppliers were to sign contracts
to provide equipment for power stations
in Crimea, they run the risk of violating
sanctions. Finding an alternative solution
is liable to be time-consuming and
On top of that would be the challenges
of upgrading a power network that was
already creaking after years of under-
investment from Kiev.
“There is several years’ work to bring
the system into a good, stable condition,”
a source in Russia’s utilities sector said.
“No one has managed such a task over
the past 50-60 years. Of course it won’t
Life without power
Children visit a mobile station, opened and operated by members of the Russian Emergencies Ministry to lend support to local residents due to power cuts, in the settlement
of Gaspra, Crimea.
John Paul II High School’s dux award
went to Year 13 student Bridget Foote at
the school’s awards ceremony last night.
She won the Brother Oswald memorial
trophy, the Fogarty Memorial Cup and
the Hibernian Society award.
She was second in religious education,
first in English, mathematics with
calculus, chemistry and biology.
The proxime accessit was Courtney
Boniface who won the New World
Trophy. She as second in mathematics
with statistics and biology.
The award for leadership, the Margaret
Daly Trophy was presented to Eilish
Burrows, who also received the William
Walter Duntersville scholarship for a
student going to Lincoln University. She
also won an award for general excellence
after being second in religious education
and first in social science.
As well Miss Burrows won the John
Curragh Memorial Trophy for school spirit
and the Costello Family Cup for diligence.
The Eileen Kelly Memorial Trophy, an
award for general excellence was won by
Briana Rae who was second in chemistry
and first in mathematics with statistics.
The Alex Thomas Memorial Trophy for
the Year 13 student who has shown the
most personal development was jointly
won by Alysha Prendergast and Ranelle
Kaden Fitzgerald was first in religious
Special character awards
Champagnat, McAuley award, Year 9:
Tanith Foster, Anna Jordan, Elizabeth
Giles. Year 10: Annie Molloy, Jessie
Bichan. Year 11: Emily Crawley, Angus
Winter. Year 12: Tammy Aihi, Hazel
Whitcombe, Courtney Wright-Watson.
Year 13: Jamie Gibbens.
Sportswoman of the year (Sister Mary
Wood Cup): Briana Rae. Sportsman
of the year ( John Skinner Memorial
Cup): Ben Whitmore. Intermediate
sportswoman of the year (Pfeifer Cup):
Jasmine Dodemaide. Intermediate
sportsman of the year (Stephen Rathbun
Memorial Trophy): Angus Wallace.
Junior sportswoman of the year (Gibbens
Trophy): Kieran McCauley. Junior
sportsman of the year (Molloy Trophy):
Sam Wallis. Contribution to sport
(Bert Smith Cup): Eilish Ramsden.
Boy showing team spirit (Marist Rugby
Union Club Cup): Ben Whitmore. Girl
showing team spirit (St Mary’s Old Girls
Netball Cup): Seini Nusi. Contribution to
school netball: Bridget Foote. Interhouse
competitions: Saints, Eilish Ramsden and
Tai Poutini Polytechnic Schools’ award:
Bradain Ramsay. Principal’s award for
meritorious ser vice to the school: Kaden
Fitzgerald and Eilish Burrows. Peer
recognition: Eilish Ramsden. Senior
mentoring: Ranelle Verberne. Courtesy
and consideration: Courtney Wright-
Watson and Tammy Aihi. Ser vice to
music: Freya Johnson. Most committed
student in Gateway and Trades: Briana
Rae. Most committed in distance learning:
Courtney Wright-Watson (Te Kura
certificate for high achievement in level 2
geography). O utstanding achievement in
technology: Angus Winter. O utstanding
achievement in art: Ranelle Verberne.
Outstanding achievement in mathematics:
Briana Rae. O utstanding achievement
in science: Bridget Foote. O utstanding
achievement in social science:
Georgina Anderson Brooks. Consistent
improvement in English: Yolita Delcid.
Year 9 awards
School spirit (Wood Family Trophy):
Tanith Foster and Anna Jordan. Diligence
(St Mary’s Reunion Cup): Taylor Berry
and Kelly Stringer. First in subject:
Abby Newcombe (religious education).
Anna Fahey (English). Kayla Topliss
(mathematics). Jazmin Anderson (social
studies). Kelly Stringer (social studies and
computing). Second in Year 9: Elizabeth
Giles (religious education). First in year
cup: Tanith Foster (first in health, social
studies, science, second in computing).
Year 10 awards
School spirit (Anisy Cup): Michael
Cassidy. Diligence: Jessie Bichan. Second
in year: Jessie Bichan (second in religious
education, English, science, health, first
in physical education). First in Year Cup:
Annie Molloy (first in religious education,
English, mathematics, science, social
Year 11 awards
Voluntary contribution and school spirit
(Wendy Hansen Memorial Trophy):
Alec Whitmore and Richard Grantley.
Diligence: Natasha Hurrell. First in
subject: Jasmine Dodemaide (first in
physical education). Keegan South (first
in graphics). Georgina Anderson Brooks
(first in history). Angus Winter (first in
technology). Second in year (Percy Callan
Cup): Natasha Hurrell (first in English
and computing). First in Year 11 (McGee
Cup): Emily Crawley (second in English,
first in religious education, mathematics,
social science, art, science.
Year 12 awards
School spirit (Zampese-Byrne Trophy):
Ben Whitemore. Diligence (Goretti
Rosebowl): Dana Lambert and Courtney
Wright-Watson. First in subject: Jack
Devlin (outdoor education), Ben
Whitmore (technology), Freya Johnson
(art). Amy Cassidy (photography),
Bradain Ramsay (English). Courtney
Wright-Watson (religious education,
English, biology, chemistry). Alisha
Elliott (religious education, English,
history). Second in Year 12 (General
excellence Cup): Hazel Whitcombe
(second in mathematics and physics,
first in religious education, chemistry,
biology). First in Year 12 (Crestani Cup):
Dana Lambert (first in English, religious
education, biology, physics, mathematics,
Bridget Foote named John Paul II High School dux
Bridget Foote, John Paul II High School dux.
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