Dozens rescued, treated at Auckland beaches in sweltering heat

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Dozens of people were rescued and assisted at Auckland’s west coast beaches in one of the busiest days surf lifeguards have had this summer.

Auckland clocked a humid 26C today and people flocked to the beaches in their thousands, said Surf Lifesaving Northern Region duty manager Dan Lee.

At Karekare, next to Piha, 11 people needed “major first aid”, 30 people required assistance and nine had to be rescued.

At Muriwai, there were 14 rescues, 15 assists and three major first aid incidents.

Piha itself was relatively quiet.

“It was a big day on patrol,” Lee said. “There wasn’t huge surf but there was quite a strong swell with offshore winds.”

Something that was particularly noticeable was the number of people staying at the beaches late into the evening, long after volunteer lifeguards were supposed to have finished for the day. They worked overtime to keep an eye on the water-goers.

“It was a huge effort from then,” he said. “Muriwai had a thousand on the beach at 6pm and 300 in the water so they patrolled at least an extra two hours to cover the big numbers we had in the evening.”

Lee could not recall a day that had been busier this summer, but he was extremely pleased with how lifeguards had coped with the huge numbers.

At its peak about 4pm, there was a headcount of some 10,000 people at northern region beaches.

“The North Shore beaches were very busy, the number of people at Muriwai was exceptionally high and Piha was very busy as well,” Lee said.

“I can’t say for sure but from what I’ve seen, this was potentially our busiest day [this season].”


Source :  New Zealand Herald

Photographer struck by stock car at Waikaraka Park

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A spectator has described the horrifying moments after a photographer was critically injured when they were struck by a stock car at the Waikaraka Park Speedway this evening.

Police said in a statement that a worker at the speedway had been hit by a stock car, sustaining critical injuries. St John Ambulance paramedics already at the speedway took the person to Auckland Hospital just after 8pm.

A man in the crowd, who did not want to be identified, said the person was in the infield area when they were struck by a stockcar being driven by a longtime Waikaraka driver.

“The car came around the back straight and around the turn. The person standing there was obviously too close to the track and the car clipped him.

“He flew 10 metres and rolly-pollied and then stayed still … the car was going full speed.”

As others rushed to help, the driver emerged from his car, the man said.

“He put his hands on his head.”

Racing was stopped after the incident, but spectators remain at the venue as it may start again, the man said.

Speedway president Frank Irvine said a photographer had been injured but he was unsure what had happened at this stage.


Source  :  New Zealand Herald

Water runs red at popular Mission Bay fountain in Auckland

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The water in the Mission Bay fountain has turned red, and no one knows why.

But the change in colour at the popular harbourside pool hasn’t put off the hordes who flocked today to the suburban Auckland attraction. Dozens frolicked in the fountain as temperatures in the city soared into the mid-20s this afternoon.

The cause of the discolouration remains a mystery – a council spokeswoman said this afternoon they were sending contractors to investigate.

The water at Mission Bay's fountain has turned red, but beach goers weren't bothered. Photo / Dean Purcell

It was definitely fountain-swimming weather in Auckland today – Metservice confirmed the temperature in the city nudged 27C, continuing a warm summer’s week in the city.

Masterton enjoyed the warmest temperatures today, reaching 30C, followed by Alexandra and Lower Hutt on 29C.

The hot weather also sparked severe thunderstorms in the lower North Island, with 4370 strikes recorded between about noon and 7pm between Napier and Masterton and west to Wanganui – where 14.5mm an hour fell during the most intense period of the thunderstorm.

In Palmerston North downpours reached intensities of 13mm an hour.

Metservice meteorologist Sarah Haddon said the storm activity – which sparked more strikes than thunderstorms that rolled through the central North Island yesterday – were now easing as the temperature dropped.

They could return to the same areas tomorrow, but the risk was not as high as today.

Forecast heavy rain in the ranges behind Motueka, west of Nelson, also fell today. One station in the area recorded an hourly total of 27mm a hour.

The warm weather will continue tomorrow – and with less low cloud it will likely be hotter for many.

Invercargill, our southernmost city, is still in line for a 30C scorcher, and it will be warm in other southern centres – Christchurch is expected to reach 28C, Queenstown 27C and Dunedin 25C.

Northern cities will also be warm, with Auckland and Hamilton expecting highs of 26C and Wellington on 24C.


Source :  New Zealand Herald

El 78% considera que PPK negoció el indulto a Fujimori para salvarse de la vacancia

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Asimismo, el 52% de los encuestados hubiera preferido que sea vacado y el 68% piensa que si no renunció a su cargo, fue solo porque le interesaba mantenerse en el poder.


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Otorgarle el indulto humanitario Alberto Fujimori le costó caro aPedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) , pues según la encuesta de Pulso Perú, realizada por Datum para Perú21 y Gestión, el 78% considera que el presidente negoció la liberación del ex presidente para salvarse de la vacancia.

La gracia presidencial fue otorgada al líder histórico del fujimorismo el pasado 24 de diciembre de 2017, mientras se encontraba internado en la Clínica Centenario, en Pueblo Libre, donde permaneció por casi 15 días tras sufrir un fuerte cuadro de hipotensión y arritmias.

La resolución del polémico indulto fue publicada apenas unos días después de la presentación de PPK en el Congreso de la República para defenderse del pedido de vacancia en su contra presentado por la bancada de Frente Amplio, el cual no prosperó debido a que Kenji Fujimori convenció a 9 congresistas de Fuerza Popular de votar por la abstención.

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El sondeo también refleja la disconformidad de la población respecto a que PPK continúe como presidente, pues el 44% considera que está bien que continúe en el cargo, mientras que un 52% hubiera preferido que sea vacado.

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En ese sentido, los encuestados por Pulso Perú cuestionaron que el presidente Pedro Pablo Kuczynski no renunciara a su cargo. El 68% aseguró si no lo hizo fue porque solo le interesaba mantenerse en el poder, mientras que un 27% consideró que no dimitió porque estaba defendiendo su honor.


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