Parking app hopes to prevent crimes against women

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A new parking app developed by New Zealand start-up, Inugo, hopes to make parking garages a safer stop for women.  The app, nicknamed “Your Parking Angel”, uses technology installed into parking barrier arms to make it possible to locate nearby parking, pay, and raise the barrier arm from your smartphone. It also helps users find parking spots and displays the price and location on a smartphone using Google Maps. Inugo chief operating officer Mark Speedy said the recent case of the Christchurch nurse who was held up at gunpoint after she couldn’t find a car park near…

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Germany sees massive rise in politically-motivated crimes by foreigners

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These crimes include offences carried out by Islamic State extremists. GERMANY RECORDED A sharp rise in politically-motivated crimes by foreigners includingjihadists and Kurdish militants last year, a trend branded “unacceptable” by Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere this week. Some 3,372 such cases were recorded last year, up 66.5% from 2015, according to the latest crime statistics unveiled by deMaiziere. They include “criminal offences carried out in the name of foreign extremists of the so-called IS, or the (outlawed Kurdish militants) PKK”, said the interior minister. Germany was hit by a…

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13 Reasons Why we need to talk about adolescent mental health

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OPINION: I get the hype. I get the outrage. But I couldn’t stop watching it. As a clinical psychologist, I felt duty bound to watch Netflix’s controversial television series, 13 Reasons Why, based on Jay Asher’s 2007 novel. I wanted to understand the why behind the Why, to see if its US producers had gone too far in their graphic depiction of a teenage girl’s suicide and the events that led to it. It’s a difficult watch. The rape and suicide scenes are shocking and, because they’re born of the ordinary stuff…

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Former England footballer Aaron Lennon detained under mental health act

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Everton winger Aaron Lennon is receiving treatment for a “stress-related illness”, the Premier League club said after local media reported the player was detained by police over concerns for his welfare. The 30-year-old England international, who joined Everton from Tottenham Hotspur in 2015, has not featured for the Merseyside club since the goalless draw at Middlesbrough in February. Earlier last month, Everton manager Ronald Koeman said Lennon was “not in a physical way to be part of the team”. “Aaron Lennon is receiving care and treatment for a stress-related illness,”…

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Kiwi-bred Werther tackles technology in rich Hong Kong feature

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New Zealand-bred galloper Werther needs to overcome a high tech Japanese challenger to defend his HK$20,000,000 Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup crown on Sunday. Japan’s Neorealism brings an element of the nation’s renowned technological expertise to the international Group I race.  Plus he has the ‘magic man’  on top with champion jockey Joao Moreira booked to ride. Neorealism has reportedly looked well in cantering work in recent mornings and attracted more than the usual attention as track rider Shinjiro Kaneko’s goggles were adorned with what appeared to be a camera-like device. It was more than just a camera but also a…

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Teachers awarded for bringing technology to classrooms in south Auckland

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Two teachers from a south Auckland school have been recognised for their commitment to bringing technology to the classroom. Kathryn Gifford-Maposua and Susannah Fowler of The Gardens School in Manurewa won the NEXT Foundation Expert Teacher Award. The award comes after they and a dozen other teachers from the school completed The Mind Lab by Unitec’s postgraduate certificate in Applied Practice (digital and collaborative learning). Fowler is the principal and Gifford-Maposua the deputy principal. With several south Auckland schools undergoing a major revamp to accommodate collaborative learning, Fowler says the…

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Global pro-science protests peak in US President Donald Trump’s back yard

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Earth Day has arrived, and so has the March for Science – a global event on six continents (and cheered on by scientists on a seventh, Antarctica). In New Zealand on Saturday, marchers took to the streets in six nationwide protests to show global scientific solidarity.  In the US, thousands of people gathered on the grounds of the Washington Monument for a four-hour rally that will culminate in a march down Constitution Avenue to the foot of Capitol Hill. “We are at a critical juncture. Science is under attack,” said Cara Santa…

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The good and bad of cannabis: What the science says

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OPINION: It seems crazy that in New Zealand we feel it necessary to march in the streets to affirm one of the most self-evident truths of all – the importance of science. The marches were a response to the Trumpian denial of science and the danger was that in New Zealand the impression would be given that our government feels the same way. There were signs protesting government policies, and that was always going to happen (it is election year, after all), but the marches achieved their aim, leaving everyone…

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