A truck driver, who is on trial for an accident that killed Taiwanese cycle tourist Ming-Chih Hsieh in Hornby on 29 September, 2014, had significant blind spots as he truned his vehicle on an intersection, a court heard.
The truck driver, David Peter Connell, who is 51 years old, is on trial in the Christchurch District Court and is accused of careless driving and causing the death of the Taiwanese national. Witnesses said that Connell was driving the large vehicle slowly as he moved off from the lights in Carmen Rd and turned left into Waterloo Road at around 12.30pm.
The cyclist was riding straight ahead in a cycle lane after coming up besides the truck, which was indicating a left hand turn, heard Judge Gary MacAskill.Crown prosecutor Claire Boshier stated that the truck and the cycle moved forward simultaneously when the lights turned green. While the truck turned left he drove over the cyclist, who immediately died due to the crash.
The driver has said that he did not see the cyclist and examinations have found that the driver had significant blind spots. Boshier said, "The allegation in this case is carelessness. The defendant was driving an extremely large vehicle which he knew had significant blind spots. He, as the turning vehicle, had to give way to any cyclist proceeding straight through the intersection on his left."General: CrimeRegion: United States
A container ship sailing around 500km north of New Zealand were able to save two men and a womanfrom the battered yacht Platino.
The crew members of container ship Southern Lilywere able to save yacht owners Brent and Tory McKeogh and crew member Ross McKee. However, unsafe conditions involving three metre swells and high winds forced them to leave the body of crew member Nick Saull on the leaking 20-metre yacht.
Wellington-based Rescue Co-ordination Centre New Zealand said that an emergency locator beacon had been activated on the yacht in order to track its location. The rescue team is also trying to search for a fifth crewman, who was lost overboard after the yacht sustained damage on Tuesday morning. The fifth crew member was 63 years old and his name has not been released.
An RNZAF P3 Orion has been searching for the fifth crewman. RCCNZ search and rescue mission co-ordinator John Dickson said that the search for the missing sailor will continue around the night when the Orion will return to New Zealand. The aircraft has been searching an area of about 765 square km of ocean.
Dickson also praised the master and crew of the Southern Lily for their efforts in rescuing the crew members.General: GeneralRegion: New Zealand
Shares of Baidu dropped five percent during the after-hours trading to $154.99 following the cuts in the company's second-quarter revenue estimates.
Baidu Inc, Chinas Internet giant now expects its second quarter revenue to be in a range of 18.1 to 18.2 billion yuan. Earlier the company expected it to be in a range of 20.11 to 20.58 billion yuan.
Earlier the Chinese government ordered Baidu to overhaul its search practices after a college student suffering from cancer died after taking bogus therapy which he found via Baidu's search engine. Now, Baidu requires abstaining from offering online market services to medical organizations which do not meet strict qualifications. In addition, the company also requires limiting the fraction of marketing information to thirty percent or less on every web page and four advertisement in one page.
The company has started taking measures from the starting of May 2016 to modify paid search services. It has taken steps to apply measures that have been requested by the regulatory authorities.
Baidu also has introduced several other measures to make user experience better and build a more safe and trustworthy platform. These measures seem to be working as the traffic inflow has increased over time.Companies: BaiduBusiness: Business NewsRegion: China
On Tuesday, Crude oil futures dropped during early Asian trading hours with investor ignoring signs of tension in the market focusing more on concerns and sudden declines in stocks on worries of approaching vote on Brexit or the likely exit of Britain from the European Union.
On Monday, Brent crude futures dropped under the $50 per barrel level once more $49.79, by 0029 GMT.
Another benchmark, U.S. crude CLc1 also slid 53 cents, to $48.35 per barrel. The stronger greenback had an effect overnight in the oil market. The uncertainty over Brexit and the policy meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve this week is keeping the oil prices down.
Along with the Brexit concerns, the growth in China is also pulling back the sentiments which are strong enough to keep the bullish signs at bay. Monday's government forecast that the U.S. shale oil output will likely drop in July for the seventh straight month could not do much to support oil prices.
At the beginning of the week, OPEC also said it expects the global supply of oil to be more balanced in the last six months of the year due to outages in Nigeria and Canada.Business: Energy SectorBusiness NewsRegion: United States
Twitter Inc.'s role as a megaphone for the U. S. president and numerous celebrities has failed to attract ordinary people to the social-networking platform, the company's latest earnings report and dismal forecast indicated.
Jack Dorsey, the chief executive officer of Twitter, acknowledged that the company might not be meeting everyone's growth expectations, and admitted that they needed to do more to convince people.
London [UK], Feb. 10 : If you are doing a hot yoga - a style of yoga that takes place in a room heated between 26Â°C - 40.5Â°C - make sure you are drinking plenty of water before, during and after the class as it makes people more susceptible to dehydration and muscle injuries.
According to researchers from Washington University in St. Louis of United States, people doing hot yoga should take a break, cool down and get themselves hydrated as proper hydration is the key, reports The Mirror.
The findings indicated that more than half of the people doing hot yoga experience dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea or dehydration, despite benefits such as greater flexibility and improvements in mood, fitness and stamina and if people are feeling dizzy - have headaches or feel weak or fatigued - then it may be related to fluid loss.
"People may assume the warnings, benefits and possible risks are the same for all types of yoga and that's simply not true," said assistant professor Casey Mace.
"There may be a misconception that these feelings are normal, but they're not," she says.
Doctors in Chicago reported last summer on a case, involving a healthy 35-year-old woman, who went into cardiac arrest induced by heatstroke during a hot yoga class. The woman survived.
Muscle and joint injuries may be common with hot yoga because the heat makes people feel more supple than they actually are.
"You have to be a bit cautious when you look at studies, because they are conducted with high-quality, well-trained yoga teachers under the best of circumstances," said another researcher Carol Ewing Garber.
"The reality is that out in the real world, there's a lot of variability across instructors in terms of their training," Garber added.
If you have low blood pressure or any health condition, consult your doctor before trying hot yoga and if you are prone to heatstroke or dehydration, then you should stick with regular yoga, the authors concluded. (ANI)Region: LondonGeneral: Health
When tragedies like Orlando shooting incident happens, the world rushes to render support to the victims and their families. That is a great human gesture but Better Business Bureau advices people to donate carefully to avoid scammers and fraudsters who take advantage of heightened emotions.
On Monday, the Better Business Bureau released some tips to help the donors identify the possible fundraising frauds.
H. Art Taylor, President & CEO, BBB Wise Giving Alliance said, "The best way to help the victims, their families, and the people of Orlando is to make sure that donations end up where they belong." He added, "We urge those generous donors to give wisely so their gifts can do the most good."
Some tips for making sure that the donation goes in the right hands and is spent appropriately are:
-Thoughtful Giving; which urges donors to check out the credibility of the charity in order to avoid poorly managed effort.
-Government Registration; making sure that the charity is registered with a state government agency.
-Checking how the donation will be used and getting a clear idea about the intention.
-Checking if the charity has taken permission of the victim or their families to use names and photographs.
- Ensuring that the received funds are administered by a third party such as banks, lawyers or CPA which leads to appropriate use of the donations.
-It is not advised to click on unfamiliar links which might be a trap to takeout your personal information or a source of a malware.Companies: BBBBusiness: BusinessRegion: United States
Barring those who actually use payday loans everyone else seems to hate them because of their extremely high rate of interest.
The federal regulators are making serious efforts to curb the role of payday lenders and last week they took a step to protect consumers, which was the first step ever ill now. But many experts opine that this move could be a huge blow for the industry and according to the payday trade association, "thousands of lenders" would be forced to "shutter their doors."
Just by watching numbers it can be guessed that about ten million Americans who use payday loans in one year, want to gain access to those so called predatory loans. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is bringing in new rules that will curb much of the access to payday loans. The head of the CFPB says he expects the new ruled to stop about eighty four percent of the current market.
Everyone does not think that curbing the payday loans will help those consumers who use it because they will have worst options without the money available when they really need it. There would be more chances of checks bouncing, added number of people would face harassment in hands of debt collectors and it's likely that number of debtors filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy will be on the rise.Companies: Payday loanBusiness: BusinessRegion: United States
A tornado devastated areas of Virginia, Louisiana and Mississippi in February. The governor's office announced that U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made low interest loans available for the homeowners, renters as well as businesses that were damaged by the storm in Appomattox County.
These loans for disaster struck people will be available in counties which are adjacent to Appomattox including Amherst, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Nelson and Prince Edward. They will also be available in the counties neighboring Essex, including Caroline, King and Queen, King George, Middlesex, Richmond and Westmoreland.
Governor McAuliffe said, "These loans are instrumental in helping the families and individuals affected by tornados rebuild and move forward in the long-term recovery process."
The governor's office is closely working with the SBA to make sure that the residents of Virginia get sufficient amount of aid and support to get them back to normal after the disaster. The assistance includes allocating appropriate resources efficiently so that the communities can reconstruct what's lost and carry on with their lives.
Home owners can avail up to $200,000 for repairing or restoration of their primary home. Up to $40,000, can be received as personal property loan which will allow the homeowners or renters to repair or replace the personal items which were lost to the disaster like furniture, automobiles, clothing and appliances. The amount of loan available to businesses which suffered damage from the storm is up to $2 million. They can initiate repairs and use the money as working capital.Business: BusinessRegion: Virginia
Tesla Motors is facing the heat over its suspension problem related issues in its Model S as the media obsession with the company turned out to be a double-edged sword.
The noise about the "Goodwill Agreement" which a Tesla Model S owner signed following a negotiation with Tesla agreeing to keep quiet about the issue, grabbed the media as well as public notice.
The media's hue and cry about transparency concerns was a different face than the usual Tesla praise which most stories feature. This week, there have been other troubling stories including one, where a Model X supposedly crashing on its own and a new windshield problem with the Model X, the all-electric crossover SUV.
The Model S owner's original blog post, which was later picked up as a source by the media said that the electric car maker refused to repair the worn out suspension which was under warranty in spite of the wear being "not normal". After some days, the company offered to pay half the repair cost of $3,100 and as a part of the offer, the Palo Alto based company asked the owner to sign a Goodwill Agreement which caused the most hue and cry.
It read, "You agree to keep confidential our provision of the Goodwill, the terms of this agreement and the incidents or claims leading or related to our provision of the Goodwill."Business: Auto SectorBusiness NewsCompanies: Tesla Motors
Male chicks are no good for the layer hen industry and that's the reason why a huge number of male chicks are brutally killed every year when they are just one day old.
The pouty industry in New Zealand is considering adopting a new technology that might stop this practice by identifying the sex of the chick before the eggs are hatched.
In a year, the layer hen industry breeds approximately three million hens and almost the same figure of male chickens. But, the male chicks, which are not useful for the industry, are killed by a blabbed machine or gassing when they are just a day old.
The practice meets the requirements of animal welfare standards but according to the egg producers, they are eager to adopt the new genetic marker technology through which the sex of the un-hatched chick could be identified before it has "any sign of consciousness, which some people have some issues with."
Michael Brooks, the executive director of the Poultry Industry Association said, "Certainly the feedback I've had talking to the two hatcheries here is that if this is seen to work they would look to adopt it as well."
Scientists in the United States, German and Canada are working on different techniques to solve the problem.
This week, the United Egg Producers in the U. S vowed to stop mass culling of male chicks by 2020 or within a time period when the process becomes "economically feasible".Region: United StatesNew ZealandBusiness: BusinessGeneral: Health
Around 2500 people from several places gathered for the opening day of Queenstown's Coronet Peak.
Many people said that changes in season pass pricing are encouraging a number of people to arrive at the location. They said that new pricing has increased the level of enthusiasm in the local community and is also attracting new skiers as well as those who haven't involved themselves in the sport for years.
Local residents said that the launch on 11 June is the celebration of the beginning of winter. Around 300 people entered through the gates at 9 am and they were greeted with free breakfast baps, coffee and hot chocolates by the ski area staff while they enjoyed picking up spot prizes.
Ski area manager Ross Copland said that the number of people standing in queue waiting for the gates to open was the longest in the ski area for several years. Some people even spent the night on the deck to become the first ones to enter the area.
Copland said, "We've seen massive support from our local community, partly because so many people and especially families are getting back into skiing, or being introduced to skiing for the first time, thanks to our great season pass prices this year. Opening day's always special because we've put so much effort into it over the previous seven months of preparation, so it's great to finally be here."About the snow, he said that the they are expecting snow down to 600m on Sunday.Region: New ZealandGeneral: GeneralPeople: Ross Copland
A 57 year old man was shot by the police after they were called to attend a domestic dispute at a housein the Karangahake Gorge near Paeroa.
The police was called to the property at around 8.28am and when the officers arrive, they notices the man armed with a machete and a garden slasher. The police shot the man in the torso as he allegedly threatened police but he continued to approach police armed with the machete. He was then shot a number of times from the front seat of the police car at "short range", according to Acting Assistant Commissioner Bruce Bird.
The police began first aid and CPR and an ambulance was called but the man died soon after wards. The police has not released the identity of the man.
"We can appreciate that this was a fast moving and traumatic event for those involved, including family members who were present. New Zealand Police extend our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones at this time,"said Mr Bird.
The police are continuing to investigate while the Independent Police Conduct Authority and the coroner will also conduct an investigation into the incidence.Region: New ZealandGeneral: GeneralPeople: Bruce Bird
Retirement timing is a major decision is everyone's life and should not be taken lightly. Before taking the plunge, one must take a careful look at finances and what they aim to do in future. That will give a clear idea about where one stands.
Depending on the savings and investments one might realize that working for one or two more years could make all the difference adding to the comfort of after retirement days with more financially sound grounds.
In the U. S, the number of baby boomers would be approximately 76 million and according to estimations around 10,000 baby boomers are nearing 65 each day which means they are walking right towards their retirement. So, it's more important for them to take the decision now.
There are some significant facts which people close to retirement age must focus on. The life expectancy age is increasing, which is a good thing but needs more savings to pull you through. According to reports, the baby boomers lack in their savings which pose financial challenge to the soon to be retired population.
According to reports from the National Academy of Social Insurance, about sixty five percent of beneficiaries rely on Social Security for a significant part of their retirement income. The problem arises where it is the sole source of income for the retired people. An IRI study confirmed that fifty nine percent of the baby boomers state, they expect their Social Security to be the key source of income for them after they retire.General: GeneralRegion: United States
In a new kind of public and private partnership, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) is soon going to offer a free ride to those residents with transportation-disadvantage and its partner being none other than Uber Technologies Inc.
On Friday, the transit agency was given a grant of $300,000 by the Florida Department of Transportation to partner with a transportation network company. The services will be available to those residents who have no access to personal transportation.
As a general tradition Uber riders need a smartphone app when they want to "hail" a ride. The customers in most cases store their personal credit card information in a secure account which makes the transactions cashless. But in this case PSTA will use a new technology called Uber Central that permits the users without access to a smartphone or a credit card to directly call PSTA which will then make an arrangement for a ride.
PSTA CEO Brad Miller said, "It's the only way you can use Uber without a smartphone or a credit card." For Uber, PSTA will be its very first customer in the U. S to use Uber Central technology.Business: Business NewsCompanies: PSTARegion: United StatesPeople: Brad Miller
This week's rig count report from Baker Hughes shows the number of rigs drilling for oil and gas in the U. S. reached 414. That's a spike of six rigs compared to last week. It indicates some positive note from the oil and gas industry as price rises.
Compared to last week's 325, the number of oil rigs in the U. S was up three to 328 and for natural gas rigs, the numbers scaled to 85 with three added to previous week's 82. The number of miscellaneous rigs remained the same at one.
The number of offshore rigs was 21 and inland water rigs were 5, unchanged from last week. However, the number of rigs on land added six more 388 compared to 382 in the previous week.
According to Baker Hughes rig count reports, last week the count increased for the first-time since last year August which could signal a likely u-turn in the industry slowdown. The drop in equity prices also added to a drop in oil futures including Brent and West Texas Intermediate. Brent's front-month contracts dropped 2.8 percent or US$1.43 to US$50.52 per at 2:14 pm EDT. On Thursday, it touched US$52.86, its 2016 high of.
Even the WTI front-month was down 3.2 per cent or US$1.62 at US$48.94 per barrel.Companies: Baker HughesBusiness: Energy SectorRegion: United States
New Delhi [India], Feb. 9 : Winter problems are no longer restricted to cough, cold and flu. When the temperature drops and the cold winds begin to blow, the air becomes drier and our bodies get less moisture than they do in warmer months, leading to dehydration. And that is the first step towards a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).
UTI refers to a bacterial infection anywhere in the urinary tract, such as the bladder, kidneys, ureters, or the urethra and one tends to be exposed to such infections in winters.
Dr. Anant Kumar, Chairman - Urology, Renal Transplant, Robotics, and Uro-Oncology Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket said, " Our bodies suffer from UTI in winters as we stop drinking water. While we can invest in any warm beverage rather than icy water when it comes to wintertime, it's still critical to maintain the water intake. Consumption of less water, especially during winter is one of the main causes that worsen UTI."
Moreover, the main symptom of the infection which is burning sensation is usually considered a result of eating high calorie rich food during this season. This delays the patients from approaching the doctors on time. Also, women who make contact with the infections are so apprehensive of reporting it to the doctors that they prefer to self-medicate, which in turn makes the infection acute.
While most cases of bladder infection occur suddenly, others may recur over the long-term. Early treatment is keys to preventing the spread of the infection. Bacteria that enter through the urethra and travel into the bladder cause bladder infections. Normally, the body removes the bacteria by flushing them out during urination. This overwhelms the body's ability to destroy them, resulting in a bladder infection.
According to Dr. Kumar, for preventing bladder infections the following lifestyle changes may help reduce or eliminate the occurrence of bladder infections:
â€¢ Change underwear daily: Since women are more prone to infections, they should change their undergarments twice a day.
â€¢ Don't hold urine: Urinate as soon as you feel the need. Holding urine for long multiplies the bacteria, thus causes infection.
â€¢ Wear cotton underwear: Cotton underwear's are comfortable, especially for women as it helps keep the vagina dry. Synthetic underwear's cause excessive friction, thus leading to discharge of fluid which causes irritability.
â€¢ Don't Use feminine hygiene sprays: The pH in the vagina regulates itself, and douching or spraying, changes the equilibrium.
â€¢ Urinate before and after sexual activity: Urinating right after sex can help prevent the spread of faecal bacteria to the bladder and thus reduce the risk of UTIs. Men should pass urine each time after the sexual intercourse.
Here are the five most effective bladder infection remedies:
â€¢ Drink more water: Have at least 2 litres of water every day. Water flushes out the bacteria in your bladder, helping to eliminate the infection faster. It also dilutes your urine, so urination may be less painful.
â€¢ Antibiotics: Antibiotics kill the bacteria causing the bladder infection. Antibiotics may not always be needed. In some cases, a minor bladder infection can resolve on its own. It might cause symptoms for a day or two, but with increased hydration and urination, it may pass.
â€¢ Heating pads: Putting low heat across your abdominal region or back may soothe the dull ache that sometimes occurs during bladder infections. This can be especially helpful if medications aren't enough to ease your discomfort.
â€¢ Appropriate dress: Bacteria thrive in warm and moist environments.
Tight jeans and other snugly fitting clothes can trap moisture in your most delicate areas, making them a breeding ground for bacteria. Wearing loose, casual clothing that allows your skin to breathe can keep the bacteria in your urinary tract at bay. (ANI)Region: IndiaGeneral: Health
Billionaire innovator Elon Musk has confirmed that Tesla is still working on an electric semi truck, but stressed that the company's primary focus for this year will continue to be on the Model 3.
With the electric semi truck dubbed "Tesla Semii," Tesla wants to appeal to a larger audience. If the company successfully manages to place an electric semi truck in the cargo industry, then the costs of shipping can be significantly decreased globally.
Washington D.C. [USA], Feb. 9 : In a shocking revelation, a study finds daylight savings time (DST) - turning the clock ahead as warmer weather approaches and back as it becomes colder again - increases the rate of miscarriage among women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF).
According to researchers from Boston Medical Center (BMC) and IVF New England, DST contributes to higher miscarriage rates among women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) who have had a prior pregnancy loss.
The findings, published online in the journal Chronobiology International, shed light on the impact of circadian rhythm changes on reproduction and fertility as DST represents a subtle but widespread disruption to daily circadian rhythms.
"To our knowledge, there are no other studies looking at the effects of daylight savings time and fertility outcomes", said Constance Liu from Massachusetts General Hospital.
"We knew that we were researching an uncharted field and it was important for us to understand the effect a one-hour change had on patients undergoing IVF," Liu added.
The team looked at the pregnancy and miscarriage rates among a sample of patients undergoing IVF prior to and during daylight savings time, in both fall and spring.
The patients were then categorised into three groups based on the timing of their embryo transfer during daylight savings time.
They found that miscarriage rates in the IVF patients, who had had a prior miscarriage were significantly higher among women whose embryo transfers occurred 21 days after spring DST began, compared to patients whose embryo transfers occurred before or well outside the spring DST window.
Successful pregnancy rates did not differ between seasons or among the three groups or among the three groups during the change to standard time in the fall.
"While our findings on the impact of DST on pregnancy loss among IVF pregnancies is intriguing, they need to be replicated in larger IVF cohorts in different parts of the world to observe DST," said study's senior author Wendy Kuohung from Boston University's school of medicine. (ANI)Region: WashingtonGeneral: Health
Cybersecurity issues are plaguing more and more companies and Wendy's Company is the recent victim.
On Thursday, the Dublin, Ohio-based Wendy's Company said recently it has discovered more number of locations which were affected by malicious malware. That totals the number of affected locations to more than three hundred restaurants. The Company has disabled the malware where it has been detected.
The fast food chain operator said that they have disabled the discovered malware in the locations where they were detected. The suspected fraudulent cyber activity was also discovered in some of the company's franchise- operated restaurants.
The company has been continuously investigating some unusual credit card activities at its restaurants. Reports from the investigations indicated that the payment cards which were rightfully used at Wendy's locations might have been used illegitimately at some other places.
Malware which were used by the cyber attackers is very sophisticated and that makes it particularly difficult to identify. In recent times the company detected the new alternatives of the malware and disabled it in its franchise restaurants. Wendy's is still working with experts and the federal law enforcement to detect and handle the situation.
On May 11, the company had reported that malware was detected on the point of sale (POS) system of lesser than three hundred of its Wendy's restaurants in North America which are franchised. According to recent reports, fifty other franchise restaurants are under suspicion of having experienced or found to have been under threat of cybersecurity issues.Business: Company NewsCompanies: Wendy’sRegion: OhioTechnology: Internet
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