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uLetters to the editor
1865 - William Booth sets up the Christian
Revival Association, later to become the
Salvation Army, in London; Britain imposes
the world’s first speed law, limiting all motor-
powered vehicles to 2mph and introduces the
Red Flag Act, under which a man
with a red flag has to walk in front of
all motor vehicles.
1945 - Winston Churchill is
defeated for re-election as PM.
1946 - Bikini swimsuits are
modelled for the first time in Paris.
1947 - Four people die and three
others are injured when a 32-room annexe at
Franz Josef Hotel is destroyed by fire.
1948 - Britain’s National Health Service
Act comes into effect, providing government-
financed medical and dental care.
1954 - Elvis Presley ’s first commercial
recording session takes place at Sun Records in
2002- Detective constable D uncan Taylor
is fatally shot when, along with his partner,
he attempted to stop a youth to question him
over a property offence at Rongotea in the
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Phineas Taylor (P.T.) Barnum, US circus
pioneer (1810-1891); Cecil Rhodes, English
statesman and central Africa pioneer
(1853-1902); Georges Pompidou,
French prime minister and president
(1911-1974); Katherine Helmond,
US actress (1928-); Huey Lewis, US
musician (1950-); John Wright, New
Zealand cricketer and coach (1954-);
Edie Falco, US actress (1963-);
Bengt Lagerberg, musician (1973-); Shane
Filan, Irish singer (1979-).
“The truly fashionable are beyond fashion.”
— Cecil Beaton, English fashion photographer
and costume designer (1904-1980).
“As ser vants of God, live as free people, yet do
not use your freedom as a pretext for evil. ”
— (1 Peter 2:16).
A wire cable has
been strung across the
Okarito River to carry
supplies to the Black
family, which has been marooned on the north
side of the river since Sunday night. Yesterday
afternoon a CHTV3 camera crew filmed Mr
Black, his wife and two young sons Tony and
Peter receiving bread via their wire ‘lifeline’.
As jovial as ever, Mr Black told the Evening
Star by telephone this morning that things
were “pretty good”. Asked how his family was
settling into its current difficulties, Mr Black
said: “ They ’re quite happy ... they ’ve got to be.
After all, things could have been a hundred
The devastation of 161ha of farmland could
have been avoided. O wner of the land, which
is all freehold, is Mr J B Muir, who claims that
had his appeals to have a stopbank built been
successful, the Waitangi River would never
have ravaged his property.
Now only 28ha of his farm are free of water
and Mr Muir will be a heavy loser. He says he
will receive no compensation and his house is
under-insured. It would have cost the Westland
Catchment Board £700 to build a stopbank
and put the errant river back on its proper
course, says Mr Muir.
Mayor Roy Wylde was blown off the roof of
Runanga’s water pumping station this morning
and first fears were that he had broken a leg.
A hospital visit confirmed he had only a bad
The mayor is well known for the active and
physical part he plays in borough work, besides
his mayoral duties there.
Mrs Wylde reports he is resting comfortably
at home this afternoon.
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The first iPhone, or the “Jesus Phone” as
it was known back then, was released 10
In the decade since we first got our
hands on Apple’s world-domination
device, we have made use of loads of
handy built-in features, reports The Sun.
But despite being part of our everyday
lives for so long, there is still loads about
the iPhone which we have not quite got to
For example, did you know that you can
use your headphones to take pictures, or
see your signal level as a number rather
than in vague bars?
Many people also have no idea that you
can shake your phone to undo a mistake,
or turn off those annoying red notification
These are the secret features which you
probably never knew your iPhone had ...
Take photos with your headphones
If tapping the phone to take your photos
is leaving you with blurry pics, this may
Plug in your headphones and click the
volume buttons to start snapping away
without touching the screen.
Hide your private photos
iPhones have a handy hidden album
feature, where you can tuck away those
photos best left unseen.
Tap and hold on the picture you wish to
hide, and an action menu will appear.
Press Hide and then confirm by pressing
Hide Photo to move it to the Hidden
album, which will appear (without a
thumbnail) under Albums.
Hidden photos will not crop up in photo
Collections — and can be unhidden by
tapping and holding again.
Use the built-in spirit level
Many people have no idea that their
phone has an accurate spirit level hidden
in an app nobody uses.
Open the Compass app and swipe left to
Get an accurate signal reading
This one is huge.
If you are struggling for signal then you
can change your settings to temporarily
show you a signal reading in numbers
rather than bars.
Dial *3001#12345#* on your iPhone
then press Call to enter field test mode.
In the top left of your screen you’ ll see
a number between 0 and -100, which
represents your exact signal strength, with
zero meaning perfect signal and -100
indicating terrible signal.
In this mode, you can watch the number
change as you walk around to find the
exact spots where the signal is strongest.
To exit field test mode just press the
home button and you are back to normal.
Turn off red bubbles
Having a homepage full of notification
bubbles is seriously annoying.
Go to Settings>Notifications to turn off
the red bubbles, called badge icons, for
Shake to undo a mistake
One thing Android phones have over
their Apple competitors is the easy-to-
reach undo button.
On iPhones, there is not a back button
— but you can undo a texting mistake by
shaking your phone from side to side.
Just go to the Settings
Undo to choose between turning this
feature on and off.
Adjust your screen size
This one is a godsend if you have got
Double tap on the home button to bring
the top of your screen down to the halfway
point, making it much easier to reach your
Take stills while filming
If you are filming a magical moment,
there is no reason why you should not be
taking snaps at the same time.
While videoing, press the white circle
in the bottom corner of the screen to take
photos with the camera still rolling.
Hide message previews
If you hate people looking over your
shoulder every time a new message
flashes up, then this is for you.
In Settings>Notifications>Messages you
can switch off the show preview option
to give yourself that little bit of extra
Generate random passwords
The safest passwords are generated at
random, making them almost impossible
for hackers to guess.
Ask Siri to generate a random password
next time you make a new account: you
can even specify how many characters
you want. — New Zealand Herald
Ten handy functions you never knew your iPhone had
Jill Colvin and Catherione Lucey
hether by whim or
keeps adding fuel
to his incendiary
against the media. The press is an easy
target for the Republican president, and
one his supporters love to hate.
But the escalating conflict has diverted
attention not just from Trump’s failures
but his claimed successes as well.
Trump tweeted on Monday that “at
some point the Fake News will be forced
to discuss our great jobs numbers, strong
economy, success with ISIS, the border
and so much else!”
It is his own campaign against the
press, though, that keeps changing the
subject from that more substantive
policy debate Trump claims to crave.
And it has hindered Trump’s ability
to push his agenda through Congress,
where Republicans complain about the
president ’s lack of focus as his health-
care plan is struggling, work on next
year’s budget is stuck and talk of a big
infrastructure deal is fading.
Trump’s latest bash was a repurposed
old video he tweeted on the weekend
of him fake-pummelling a wrestling
promoter whose face had been replaced
by the CNN logo.
It was unprecedented, even for Trump:
a sitting president, in effect promoting
physical assault of a media stand-in.
Media watchdogs quickly called him out.
Unrepentant, Trump argued over
the weekend that his outsized Twitter
presence was part of a calculated
redefinition of the presidency.
“My use of social media is not
presidential — it’s MODERN DAY
PRESIDENTIAL,” he tweeted.
Trump spent the weekend at his private
golf club in New Jersey. None of his
top advisers travelled with him and his
activities were closely held. There was
no telling how much of his anti-press
drumbeat was a calculated strategy to
divert attention from his policy struggles
versus a capricious reaction to criticism.
But Trump was clearly being egged on
by his supporters, including his eldest
son, Donald Trump Jr, a frequent attack
dog for his father.
The younger Trump on Monday
contrasted the more accepting way
the media have treated a New York
production of Julius Ceasar, in which
a Trumpian Ceasar dies in a bloody
group stabbing, with the outcry over the
“CNN and dems calling Trump
assassination play ‘artistic expression’ but
WWF joke meme is ‘a call for violence’?
Hilarious reinforcement of FNN,” the
younger Trump tweeted on Monday,
using an acronym for what the president
has begun to refer to as the ‘Fake News
When a CNN reporter tweeted, “Isn’t
pro wrestling fake?” Trump Jr responded:
“ Yes, just like your coverage.”
Senior White House counsellor
Kellyanne Conway also piled on, tweeting
that lately the “role of the media has been
to retract false stories and fire liars” and
that “patriotic vets died ” so the press can
Princeton University historian Julian
Zelizer said that while presidents from
Franklin D Roosevelt to Richard Nixon
and George W Bush have long distrusted
and made derogatory statements about
the press, Trump’s sustained and personal
attacks are something entirely new.
“ We haven’t really seen a president who
seems totally consumed, which he’s been
since the election, with the press as his
adversary,” Zelizer said, describing the
wrestling tweet as unprecedented.
While Trump’s electoral base may be
urging him on, Zelizer said, the president
risks alienating many Americans who
have real problems.
They may get a rise out of Trump
knocking the unpopular press every once
in a while, he said, but “when you’re
focusing on ‘Morning Joe’ instead of
health care, it could alienate voters” and
make them think the president is not
engaged in issues that affect them.
“This does have consequences,” he said.
Likewise, Kathleen Hall Jamieson,
director of the Annenberg Public Policy
Centre at the University of Pennsylvania,
said that by provoking a running battle
with the press, Trump has “minimised
accountability for his failures but he’s also
not getting credit for his successes when
he distracts us.”
Jamieson blamed Trump for stoking the
battle, but also chided the press for giving
it undue attention.
People care about jobs, defeating
terrorism, preventing election hacks and
the like, she said.
“ Trump’s shenanigans in his relations
with the press” would be very low on the
list if the public were given a checklist of
priorities to choose from, she said.
“If everything was fine all around the
world, we would have the luxury of these
sorts of distractions by the president and
the press,” she said. “ In the current world,
we do not have that luxury.”
It remains unclear exactly how the
wrestling video found its way on to
Trump’s Twitter feed. Social media
director Dan Scavino and the White
House press office did not respond to
e-mailed questions. A version of the
video had previously appeared on Reddit,
though a member of the president ’s team
appeared to add sound and convert the
file from its original format to post it.
It is not the first time that a meme
has found its way from an obscure on-
line channel to Trump’s Twitter feed.
The president was criticised during the
campaign for tweeting an anti-Hillary
Clinton image featuring a Star of David
and piles of money that had appeared in
an internet forum featuring racist and
hateful imagery. — AP
Trump’s Twitter battle
Australians’ unhealthy penchant for
pizza and cake could be helping to fuel
the obesity epidemic as portion sizes
grow to gigantic proportions.
The average size of a slice of cake now
contains almost 1000 kilojules more than
it did two decades ago, according to a
Research by The George Institute for
Global Health reveals portion sizes for
a large proportion of Australia’s most
commonly consumed junk foods have
Data from the 1995 National Nutrition
Sur vey and the 2011-12 national
nutrition and physical activity survey
were analysed to track the changes in
portion sizes of discretionary foods.
Both pizza and cake recorded a 66%
increase in the average number of
kilojules consumed in one sitting.
Typical portion sizes for ice-cream,
sausage, processed meat and wine also
Ser ves of ice-cream eaten by women
had increased in size by nearly a third.
Given discretionary foods contribute
about a third of a person’s daily average
energy intake, the “worrying” surge in
portion sizes has become a gigantic
problem, says lead researcher
Dr Miaobing Zheng.
“Over the past two decades we found
that foods which provide very little
nutritional benefit have surged in size,
and this is helping to fuel Australia’s
obesity epidemic,” Dr Zheng said.
“ We had expected portion sizes to have
grown but we were still surprised by just
how much,” Dr Zheng said.
However, portion sizes of pastries, snack
foods such as potato chips, popcorn and
corn chips, and potato fries had actually
The reason for this is unclear but it
could be that these foods are typically
considered unhealthy and people
consciously try to eat less of
Dr Zheng warns the true picture of
what Australians are eating could be
“much worse” because people often
under-report the amount of food and
drink they consume.
Co-author Beth Meertens from The
Heart Foundation said it is important the
community understands how portion size
influences the amount of food they eat
and affects their health.
“Healthy eating is both the type of food
and the amount of food that we choose
every day,” Ms Meertens said.
She said food companies, governments
and health bodies can do more to
promote healthier portion sizes of these
Tips to curb portion size
Use smaller plates
Choose entree size when eating out
Share that slice of cake with a friend
When shopping, do not buy
supersize. — A AP
Gigantic portions feeding obesity problem
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