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uLetters to the editor
1789 - President-elect George Washington
leaves Mount Vernon, Virginia, for his
inauguration in New York.
1861 - ree days after the attack on Fort
Sumter, South Carolina, President Abraham
Lincoln declares a state of insurrection and
calls out Union troops.
1865 - Andrew Johnson becomes
the 17th US president after the
assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
1912 - e passenger luxury liner
SS Titanic sinks, with the loss
of more than 1500 lives; Harriet
Quimby becomes the rst woman to
y across the English Channel.
1923 - Insulin, discovered by Canadian Dr
Frederick Banting, is made available for general
use by diabetics.
1945 - British and Canadian troops liberate
the Nazi concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen.
1947 - Financier and presidential con dant
Bernard M Baruch says in a speech at the
South Carolina statehouse: "Let us not be
deceived. We are today in the midst of a cold
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, engineer,
sculptor and architect (1452-1519);Bessie
Smith, US blues singer (1898-1937); Kim
Il-Sung, North Korean dictator (1912-
1994); Dodi Al-Fayed, Egyptian
businessman (1955-1997); Emma
ompson, British actress (1959-);
Lee Kernaghan, Australian country
singer (1964-); Willie Mason,
Australian rugby league player
(1980-); Seth Rogen, Canadian
actor/writer (1982-); Emma
Watson, British actress (1990-).
"Patriotism is your conviction that this
country is superior to all other countries
because you were born in it."
--- George Bernard Shaw, Irish-born
"Until all of us come to the unity of the faith
and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to
maturity, to the measure of the full stature of
Christ." --- (Ephesians 4.1).
e Minister of
Finance, Mr Lake, this
afternoon o cially
opened the Hokitika
Savings Bank's new building in Revell Street,
Hokitika. Erected at a cost of over £30,000, the
building follows the pattern of modern design
set by the bank when it opened new premises
in Greymouth some years ago. Contractors for
the new building were Messrs Barrow Brothers
A proposal that trading banks should be
allowed to open savings branches had been
approved "in principle" by the Government,
Mr Lake said this afternoon when speaking
at the opening. Mr Lake said he had recently
written to the Associated Trustee Savings Bank
and the New Zealand Bankers' Association
advising them that approval in principle
had been given, subject to the completion of
satisfactory negotiations with the trading banks
before the decision was nal.
Greymouth residents with idle time on their
hands will no longer be able to stroll into
shops open over weekends and casually pick
up paperback books to while away spare hours.
ey are "out" after normal trading hours and
cannot legally be displayed for sale, according
to a circular issued by the Department of
Labour here to 35 mixed businesses --- over a
dozen of them in the Grey district --- which
open over weekends.
e department's district o cer, Mr J A
Donaldson, explained that the circular is by no
means on a local basis, but a Dominion-wide
issue. "For a long time there has been confusion
both locally and away on just what literary
material can be exposed for sale."
uToday s birthdays
uFood for thought
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Fire ravages city
A photograph of Prince George at
Plunket's royal play date is the subject of
a wrangle over ethics after it was posted
on the internet by a British magazine in
an apparently altered form.
A shot by freelance photographer Marty
Melville, the image of the 8-month-old
Prince shows him holding a wooden bead
framed toy bearing an inscription that
identi es it as belonging to Wellington's
Tawa-Linden Plunket Toy Library.
e image has run in numerous
publications --- both here and around the
world --- but it is the image on Majesty
magazine's cover that has caused outrage.
In Majesty's version of the picture,
slated for the cover of its May issue and
previewed on the magazine's Facebook
page, the image does not contain the
hand-written inscription "TLPTL T157"
and an associated crossing-out in black
ink. Nor is there a caption to say that the
image has been digitally altered.
London-based Majesty did not respond
to Herald inquiries.
Melville said, after seeing the Majesty
version, that he was in no doubt it
was his picture and that the original
showed the inscription. He said digitally
altering a news picture and not saying
so in a caption was a serious matter.
He would raise it with AFP, the news
agency for which he covered the visit
last Wednesday of George and the Duke
and Duchess of Cambridge to a Plunket
co ee group with New Zealand children
and their parents at Government House
"You can crop, adjust levels (of
brightness, contrast and colour-
correction), but you cannot add or take
away anything that's in the original
photograph," Mr Melville said. "Agencies
take a very dim view if clients download
their photos and then alter them."
Melville could not understand why the
inscription had to be removed, saying, "It
really didn't distract from the photo."
e British Press Complaints
Commission's editors' code of practice
states, under the heading of "Accuracy":
" e press must take care not to
publish inaccurate, misleading or
distorted information, including
Several British newspapers featured
George on their front pages playing
happily with the bead frame, but their
pictures either omitted the wooden base
plate which carries the inscription or
blocked out that section of the image
with a smaller one, of Kate cuddling her
AFP deputy photo direction for Asia-
Paci c Richard Brooks said Mr Melville
took the image on a pool basis. at
meant it was distributed to about a dozen
agencies in New Zealand, Australia and
beyond, which are then free to relay it to
their own clients. "So Majesty magazine
might have received it from any of those
sources." He said AFP did not permit any
digital alteration to images in any form,
outside the normal, accepted standards of
colour adjustment and cropping.
Toy Library Federation president Ester
Romp said toy libraries and Plunket
were excited to see one of their toys
featured with the prince. She said she
was surprised the inscription had been
removed from the Majesty picture.
"Kate had asked for a genuine Kiwi
experience. Toy libraries and Plunket
are part of that. We were very proud to
be involved. How the British press use
the images doesn't take away from our
--- New Zealand Herald
Ethics row over princely picture
e modi ed image on the cover of Majesty magazine.
e original image taken by Marty Melville.
Ahuge re has engulfed a
Chilean port city registered
as a World Heritage site
for its historic collection
of wooden buildings and
Eleven people have been killed and at
least 500 homes destroyed in the hillsides
of Valparaiso, known as the "San Francisco
of the South" for its steep streets, trams and
funicular railways. Fanned by strong winds
from the Paci c, the re blazed through
more than 687ha of forest and residential
areas that sweep up from the port.
"Valparaiso is without electricity at the
moment," said Jorge Castro, the mayor
of the city of 270,000. " is means
the ame column is creating a Dante-
esque panorama, and is advancing in an
apparently uncontrollable manner." Some
1200 remen were battling the blaze, using
three planes and four helicopters to drop
water, but could not prevent the destruction
of entire districts.
By yesterday morning, the scale of the
devastation was clear.
" is is the worst catastrophe I've seen,"
said Ricardo Bravo, the regional governor.
"Now we have to make sure the re doesn't
reach the city centre."
Michelle Bachelet, the Chilean president,
declared a state of emergency and sent
the army to patrol the streets and prevent
looting. "It's a tremendous tragedy, perhaps
the worst re in the city's history", she said.
e country's Congress --- which has
been housed in Valparaiso, rather than
the capital Santiago, since the days of
General Augusto Pinochet --- and the city's
historic quarter, with its late 19th century
architecture, were spared by the res.
But as some of the 10,000 evacuated
residents begun returning to their hillside
homes, many built of wood, they found
them burnt to the ground.
"We ed from the La Cruz
neighbourhood, from an apartment I just
got not too long ago. It's all burned down,
my sister's house also burnt to the ground,"
said Rosa Guzman.
Images on Chilean television showed
residents sifting through the charred
remains of their houses, as planes carrying
water buzzed overhead. Francisca
Granados, who spent the night with
friends in neighbouring Vina del Mar, was
shown returning home. "It's frightening,
everything is burned," she said.
e city, which became Chile's rst
port in 1554, draws many tourists to its
pastel-coloured wooden buildings. A series
of wooden funicular lifts, take people
from the residential hilltops down to the
industrial port area. And Pablo Neruda,
the celebrated Chilean poet, built a cli top
home in the city, which he used as a base to
write his books.
Until the construction of the Panama
Canal, Valparaiso was a vital port on
the Paci c, and in the 1880s attracted
immigrants from Britain, the United
States, Germany and Spain. After falling
into decline in the mid 1900s, in recent
years the city has revived and is now a
bustling cultural hub with a large student
population. e re is the second disaster
to befall Chile in the rst month of Ms
Bachelet's presidency. Two weeks earlier
the country was rocked by an earthquake
measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale.
e president, beginning her second term,
said that everything possible would be done
to restore the devastated neighbourhoods.
"It's a terrible scene," she said. "But
the people of Valparaiso are strong and
courageous. ey are not on their own."
--- New Zealand Herald
Valparaiso before the re.
People watch the re destroy their city
A man cries outside the ruins of his home.
Buildings burn as the re engulfs the city.
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