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uLetters to the editor
1556 - Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas
Cranmer is burned at the stake as a heretic.
1945 - British warplanes destroy Gestapo
headquarters in Copenhagen, killing more than
70 Nazis but also civilians, including
86 schoolchildren, in Denmark’s
worst civilian disaster of the war.
1960 - Almost 70 people are
killed and more than 180 wounded
when South African police fire on
a peaceful black demonstration
against pass laws at Sharpeville in
1963 - Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay
1965 - Martin Luther King leads the start of
a 4000-strong civil rights march from Selma to
1979 - The Egyptian Parliament unanimously
approves a peace treaty with Israel.
1985 - Death of British actor Sir Michael
1994 - Schindler’s List wins best picture at
the 66th Academy Awards, and Holly Hunter
(The Piano) and Tom Hanks (Philadelphia)
win the acting honours; US actor Macdonald
Carey dies in California, aged 81.
1996 - Russian forces launch air and artillery
attacks on villages in western Chechnya.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer
(1685-1750); Florenz Ziegfeld, US theatrical
producer (1869-1932); Frank Hardy,
Australian author (1917-1994);
Keith Potger, founder-member
of Australian group The Seekers
(1941-); Timothy Dalton, British
actor (1944-); Roger Hodgson,
British musician of Supertramp
fame (1950-); Gary Oldman,
British actor (1958-); Ayrton Senna,
Brazilian Formula One racing driver (1960-
1994); Matthew Broderick, US actor (1962-);
Rosie O’Donnell, US talkshow host (1962-);
Ronaldinho, Brazilian footballer (1980-).
“The heaviest baggage for a traveller is an
empty purse. ” — German proverb.
“ He came near and saw the city, He wept
over it.” — (Luke 19:41).
uFood for thought
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ignalisation provides the
safest long-term option. In
the last 10 years there were
22 recorded crashes in the
NZTA crash database. Four
of these crashes were minor
injury crashes, of which three involved
pedestrians hit by vehicles that failed
to give way. Moving the pedestrian
crossings mid-block is not considered an
option as it simply creates a second set
of traffic congestion points and not solve
the current issue of people failing with
comply with the road rules and causing
chaos by getting confused.
Obviously, safety is a prime driver for
the council in this.
Future traffic movements
Signalisation is the best way of
managing increased traffic flows and
pedestrian movements into the future.
Our planning shows that the number
of tourists visiting Greymouth is to
increase dramatically into the future and
that associated vehicle and pedestrian
movements on this as the main
intersection in town, will increase. Speed
limit on Tainui Shared Street
will be lowered to appropriate levels,
which means there will be more traffic
using Mackay Street. The present
configuration is not optimal to cope with
The council sees the need to future-
proof the CBD as being very important.
Signalisation is the only certain way
in which pedestrian movements can be
The current “mix” of pedestrians and
moving traffic creates a confusing and
therefore unsafe situation. Only traffic
lights provide an option where traffic flow
can be managed safely.
Pedestrian crossings will be controlled
by the lights, so people can safely cross
the road through the middle of the
intersection. Traffic signals will remove
the level of driver judgment required
to negotiate the intersection and give
pedestrians a much greater level of
protection and feeling of security in the
town centre. With the installation of
traffic lights, the current white striped
pedestrian crossings will no longer be
required as it will be incorporated into
the lights set-up.
The confusion and associated threat to
pedestrian safety is a prime consideration
for the council.
Flow of traffic
Signalisation will ensure “flow ” in
traffic . . . Th e installation of traffic
lights at this intersection will effectively
control the flow of traffic. Modern traffic
lights operate on a sensor system, so
worries about sitting at a red light on an
other wise empty street are unwarranted.
The efficiency of the intersection into
the future is important.
Annual street races
A signalised arrangement will allow the
Greymouth Motorcycle Street Races to
continue. The alternative of a roundabout
is not an option and there is not
enough room in the intersection. Also, a
roundabout does not protect the safety of
pedestrians and can be deadly to cyclists.
This was and is an important
consideration for the council.
I would like to repeat my earlier advice,
namely that the council has merely put
a principle out there for public input
to comment on. This means that a final
decision on whether or not signalisation
is to be introduced is yet to be taken
and that the council will be led by the
responses from the public.
The above advice from the traffic
engineer provides insight on what
prompted the council to put the concept
for ward for public debate and input.
The council invites the public to have
their say, not only on this matter but also
on the other key aspects signalled in the
annual plan and on the plan as a whole.
Hopefully, the engineer’s advice provides
the basis for informed debate.
As debate continues on the merits of traffic lights at the Mackay-Tainui street intersection in
central Greymouth, Grey District Council chief executive PAUL PRETORIUS has released
the engineering report the council used in its decision to put the concept of traffic signals to
the public for consideration as part of the draft annual plan.
y childhood was
spent swimming in
River in New
Plymouth. It’s a
tradition our kids
should get to share in, too.
Today, many of our rivers are too dirty
to swim in safely. I wouldn’t want my
son swimming in water that could make
him sick. What parent would? Clearly,
we need to clean up our rivers and lakes.
We need to cut the pollution getting
into them from our farms and our urban
areas. For years, the government has been
promising a plan to do that.
But when is a clean water plan not a
clean water plan? Evidently, when it’s
announced by Bill English and Nick
Smith. We all know now that National’s
commitment to make 90% of our rivers
and lakes swimmable by 2040 has turned
out to be a con-job.
They want to get to that target by
weakening the definition of ‘swimmable’.
They want to increase the amount of e
coli — the bug that gets into water from
animal waste and causes serious illnesses
like campylobacter — that can be in
water that ’s graded as safe to swim in.
That would mean water so filthy has
a one in 20 chance of making you sick
would be labelled swimmable.
Nick Smith says these rivers would
be safe. The experts disagree. Water
scientists, outdoors groups, and tourism
representatives are all saying this plan
is bad for New Zealand. Some of the
rivers and lakes Nick Smith has deemed
swimmable are absolutely filthy.
When you dig into National’s plans
many of New Zealanders’ favourite rivers
would be highly polluted during summer,
the peak swimming season, but still be
called ‘swimmable’ because their pollution
levels are lower in winter.
Here is the truth: a vote for National
this year is a vote for more polluted rivers.
That ’s not the New Zealand we cherish.
That ’s not the New Zealand we ask the
world to come and visit.
It’s time to cut the crap.
How do we do that? We start by
fighting National’s mad plan.
In 2010, National wanted to open up
our most highly-protected national parks
to rampant mining. The huge public
backlash, including tens of thousands
of New Zealanders taking to the streets
in mass protest marches, forced them to
drop the idea. People power works.
It’s people power that will put paid to
National’s idea of putting more muck in
Labour will be working with groups
up and down New Zealand to build
a movement to stand up for clean
rivers. Bill English and Nick Smith
are completely out of touch with New
Zealanders’ values on water, but they ’ll
back down if they have no choice.
The next stage will be a real plan to
clean up our rivers.
Labour’s already got a good start
with our ‘Ready for Work’ policy. This
programme will employ young people
who are stuck on the dole to do valuable,
paid work and get some job experience.
I want to see those young people out
helping to build the fences that will keep
livestock out of the water and doing
riparian planting — restoring wetlands
and growing native plants on the edges
of water ways to filter the run-off from
Alongside that practical work,
we’ ll need proper standards without
the trickery, better monitoring, and
accountability for polluters. We’ ll need
to empower every community — because
when my local river is swimmable and
yours is too, the whole of New Zealand
has clean water.
Our rivers are part of our culture, part
of our heritage and identity. We need to
get them back to a fit state so we, and
future generations, can enjoy them. The
first step is stopping National’s plan to
pollute our rivers.
Clean rivers: time to cut the cr—p
Having a dip at your local river or lake to cool down in summer is a cherished
New Zealand tradition, says Labour leader ANDREW LITTLE. He comments on the
Government ’s commitment to clean rivers.
Wireless networks crafted from rays
of infrared light could soon allow you to
connect to the internet 100 times faster
than current systems.
Researchers have devised a new method
that relies on central ‘light antennas’ to
beam rays of different wavelengths to
wireless devices — meaning networks
will not get jammed by several competing
A light-based system, also known as lifi,
could make wireless networks much more
secure, and researchers now say it could hit
the stores in just five years.
The new system developed by researchers
at Eindhoven University of Technology
would also have a huge capacity, of more
than 40 Gbit/s per ray.
It would rely on direct rays of light from
an optical fibre, and as it has no moving
parts, it would be a maintenance free
system that requires no power.
Several light antennas could be set up in
a given area, each equipped with a pair of
gratings that beam light rays at different
wavelengths and angles.
So, if you are walking around while using
a smartphone or tablet and move out of the
direct beam, another will take its place.
The direction of the ray of light can also
be changed by adjusting the wavelength,
according to the researchers.
The light-based network can track the
precise location of each wireless device
based on its radio signal.
And, to add more devices, you would just
have to assign a different wavelength from
the same antenna.
This means devices would not have to
share capacity — allowing for much faster
connection, and eliminating interference
from neighbouring networks.
While current wifi systems rely on
radio signals with a frequency of 2.5 or
5 gigahertz, the new network would use
infrared light with wavelengths of 1500
nanometers or more.
According to the researchers, this light
can achieve much higher frequencies —
up to 200 terahertz — for much greater
At a distance of 2.5m, researcher Joanne
Oh achieved a speed of 42.8 Gbit/s.
The team compares this with the average
connection speed in the Netherlands, which
is two thousand times less (17.6 Mbit/s).
And, the best systems available today can
only achieve a total of 300 Mbit/s, roughly
a hundred times less than the speed of the
So far, the researchers have only used the
light rays to download, and continue using
radio signals for uploading as it typically
requires far less capacity.
It could be five years before the system
hits the shelves.
But, he suspects the first devices to use it
will be consumer products, including video
monitors, laptops, and tablets.
Lab tests have shown that lifi can hit
speeds 100 times faster than current wifi
Speed is not the only advantage of lifi.
The system uses visible light
communication between 400 and 800
terahertz to transmit messages in binary
Visible light can not pass through walls,
making lifi a much more secure system, and
less susceptible to interference.
While the system seems promising, it will
not likely replace wifi entirely, at least not
Instead, researchers are now looking to
retrofit devices with lifi to use the two
wireless systems together to optimise speed
and security. — New Zealand Herald
Researchers reveal lifi system 100 times faster than wifi
Hotel is the new
St Patrick’s Derby
four-’horse’ team gave driver Mrs L Forrest a
comfortable ride home to the Victoria Park
winning post on Sunday. Second was the
consistent Duke of Edinburgh, followed by the
1965 and 1966 champions D unollie Hotel.
Four Greymouth Athletic Club runners
guided the Recreation Hotel to success in the
1967 derby: Murray Hall, Cliff McDonnell,
Danny Spark and Bill O’Connor.
The chairman of the Greymouth Borough
Council works committee Cr R L Trainor
will next month press council to establish a
permanent gang to work on borough footpaths.
Cr Trainor voiced his intention at last night ’s
council meeting after a petition from 41
Shakespeare Street residents, complaining over
the state of their footpath, had been received.
In Cr Trainor’s view, the petition was “fair and
reasonable”. But unfortunately the Shakespeare
Street footpath could be classed as typical of
others in the borough. He said the council
was often criticised for completing roadworks
and then apparently turning a blind eye on
footpaths. The reason for this was based on
A former Mayoress of Greymouth Mrs
Myrtle Drena Baillie died at Greymouth this
morning. Since becoming mayoress for the first
time more than 14 years ago, Mrs Baillie played
a prominent part in community affairs and
continued her involvement in them until the
time of her death.
Besides her husband Fred, Mrs Baillie is
sur vived by one son Rex and two daughters,
Rena (Mrs Dishington, Cobden) and Lesta
(Mrs Smithson, Runanga).
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