Eastern Courier : July 22nd 2011
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National Certificate in Business Administration and Computing (Level 2) • Take your first steps towards an office career • Improve personal management and communication skills • Learn customer service and administration systems • Staircase into other programmes at MIT • Offered at MIT's Newmarket or Manukau Campus IN BRIEF Monster book fair A second-hand book sale raised more than $115,000 for sick and disabled children last year. Children's charity Variety hopes to go one step better this year with its annual Monster Book Fair. The fair, from July 28 to 31, will feature not only pre-loved and new books but DVDs, CDs, games and puzzles as well. Opening night on July 28 runs from 6pm to 10pm in the Tasman Room at the Alexandra Park Function Centre in Epsom. Buyers will have the first opportunity on Thursday to browse bargains for an entry fee of $10. Entry is free from Friday to Sunday. Thousands of brand new children's books will be on sale for between $2 and $6, as well as the usual range of pre-loved books from 50 cents to $3. All proceeds from the Book Fair go towards Variety's Future Kiwi Kids programme to help sick, disabled and disadvantaged Kiwi kids to fulfil their academic, artistic and sporting potential. Opening hours are Thursday 6pm to 10pm, Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday 8am to 5pm and Sunday 9am to 3pm. Correction A story published on July 15 titled ''New charts a headache for nurses'' contained errors. Middlemore Hospital's average length of stay is four to five days not 14 days as published. Fourteen days is the average length of stay on the rehabilitation and care of the elderly wards where the current seven-day chart is causing concerns. A pre-formatted decimal point was introduced following an accidental overdose last year. The hospital made the move as a precaution 18 months before the seven-day chart came into effect nationally. Counties Manukau District Health Board was the first large district health board to adopt the chart, not the first district health board. The seven-day chart has different pages for once only, as needed or regular drugs. RWC roadshow on way to supercity It's a Rugby World Cup 2011 entree of sorts. Auckland is the last pit stop for the RWC 2011 Roadshow in a journey span- ning the length of New Zea- land. It's designed to give Kiwis an early taste of the excitment associated with the upcoming tournament. The show kicked off in Bluff on July 4 and will have visited more than 20 New Zealand towns and cities by the time it hits four locations across Auckland from July 24 to 31. The roadshow is free to enter and travels in a custom- designed truck that opens into a 72 square metre venue. East Auckland fans will be able to have their photo taken with the Webb Ellis Cup, win or buy RWC 2011 tickets and find out how they can be part of the tournament. Fans are encouraged to dress up in support of one of the participating countries to be in to win tickets to an Auckland match. Visitors will also meet local players, take part in inter- active displays and watch videos about the history and legends of Rugby World Cup 2011. They will also watch cultural performances, bands, clowns, stilt walkers and fire jugglers. Breakfast weatherman Tamati Coffey will also be broadcasting live from Otara and Orewa. The RWC 2011 Roadshow will be in the Auckland region on the following dates: July 24 at North Harbour Stadium car park, Albany, 10am to 1pm; July 25 at Otara Music and Arts Centre car park, Otara, 6.30am to 9.30am; July 26 at Orewa Beach carpark, Orewa, 6.30am to 9.30am and July 31 at Eastern Viaduct car park, Viaduct Harbour, 10am to 2pm. Visit www.auckland2011.com or www.rugbyworldcup.com/ roadshow for details. Keen to keep the taser By PIP BOURKE One year on: Manukau police operations manager Inspector Dave Simpson is still impressed with tasers one year after they were officially introduced into Counties Manukau. Photo: PIP BOURKE TASER, taser, 50,000 volts.'' Soon after the warning a 20-year-old armed with a screwdriver falls to the ground screaming, instantly incapacitated. This is the third time Howick police officers have fired a taser in the 12 months since they were officially introduced into Counties Manukau. The man had stopped traffic in both lanes of Fer- guson Rd, Otara, after caus- ing mayhem in a nearby liquor store where he had demanded the legal high Kronic and bottles of Cosmo- politan mix. Howick police station was one of four to get a taser unit when they were rolled out in early 2009. The station's success led to 48 devices being distributed across the district by July 2010. Manukau police operations manager inspector Dave Simpson says a review of the use of tasers in their first year of operation across the district has shown them to be effective in the line of duty. The design was changed late last year after it failed to work in a few situations. Mr Simpson says longer barbs were introduced to pre- vent the possibility of the probes getting caught up in clothing. While the device was switched on 41 times there had been only seven dischar- ges. Three of those were in the eastern suburbs, he says. In the few instances where a taser has been fired it has been successful in detaining the suspect.'' Mr Simpson says in the Otara incident the taser was the best possible way to get the offender to put down the screwdriver. If we had pulled out a 9mm Glock, then shot him and killed him we would not have been justified in doing that.'' He says the alternatives are not ideal. Pepper spray may or may not work.'' There is also the risk of other officers and members of the public being sprayed, he says. Or there's the good old fashioned jump him, tackle him, take him to the ground. He makes a complaint about police brutality and we're in trouble.'' Every time a taser is switched on it records so officers can review the situ- ation later. Any reporting system relies on the integrity of the police officer doing the report,'' Mr Simpson says. For the first time in New Zealand police someone sit- ting in an office is able to assess what actually happened in detail, within minutes of it happening.'' Mr Simpson says the taser is a useful tool. It was introduced because it can instantly incapacitate violent subjects with no long- term effects. When fired two barbs are released from the unit, pierc- ing the offender's skin and releasing 50,000 volts. Mr Simpson says there are still a lot of myths surround- ing its use. It doesn't cause electrocution, urination, def- ecation, serious burns, harm foetuses or affect the heart. What it will do is make the offender fall to the ground and yell or scream.'' Mr Simpson says barbed probes entering the skin cause a small wound similar to a bee sting.
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