Central Leader : January 13th 2012
www.centralleader.co.nz 3 CENTRAL LEADER, JANUARY 13, 2012 NEWS Certi cate in Health Care Support (Level 4) Gain your University Entrance with us Successful completion of the Certificate in Health Care Support will provide you the opportunity to apply for enrolment into the Bachelor of Health Science degree at AUT University. Go to www.nzcc.ac.nz or call us today on (09) 336 0040 ENROL NOW FOR 2012 Auckland City Campus Level 3, 75 Karangahape Road Auckland email@example.com 0800 88 NZCC (6922) www.nzcc.ac.nz New Zealand Career College is the perfect choice if you don't meet entry requirements for a degree at AUT. Seafoodies' delight at festival There is only a couple of weeks to go until the Auckland Seafood Festival at Wynyard Quarter over Auckland Anniversary weekend -- January 28-30. Organisers promise some of the best seafood dishes on offer -- along with music acts and live demonstrations. Suburban News- papers, publisher of the Central Leader, would love you to be among them. We've got 24 VIP double passes to give away to readers right across the region. Go to www.centralleader.co.nz, click on latest edition and check out today's online version of the paper for your chance to win. You will have to subscribe if you haven't already but it takes just a few seconds. Entries close on January 24 at 5pm. So get in quick. Injury ruins Olympic hopes Dreams dashed: Patrick Peng fell short of his Olympic qualifying target at the London test event.Photo: LAWRENCE SMITH NEW Zealand's hopes of featuring in the gymnastics at this year's Olympic Games have been dashed after an ankle injury scuppered lead- ing hope Patrick Peng at the London test event on Wednesday morning. Peng featured in the Cen- tral Leader on November 30 after he was selected for the test event. The 22-year-old Epsom man sustained the injury ahead of the men's artistic qualification rounds and it severely hampered his per- formance. He finished 34th, ensuring he will not get an invitation to compete at the Olympics by international gymnastics' governing body. Peng, a member of Tri Star Gymnastics in Mt Roskill, would still have had to con- vince the New Zealand Olym- pic Committee he was capable of a top-16 placing in London to be selected, but he was 21st in the vault at the world championships last year and could have argued a good case. Without an invite he won't get the chance with the late injury contributing to what Gymsports New Zealand per- formance co-ordinator Cam- eron Gibson describes as a very bad day''. Peng scored 73.798 in the all around, more than four points off his world cham- pionships effort. Naturally, the injury caused him to struggle most in his favoured apparatus, the vault, scoring just 11.5, compared to 15 at the world championships. He'll be very disappointed. He put a lot of time and hard work into preparing for this,'' says Gibson, the former New Zealand swimmer who won a bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. I'm gutted for him, to be honest. He was our best chance of getting someone to the Olympics. If he'd had a half decent day, which he would have had it not been for the injury, he'd have eas- ily been inside the mark. Obviously you can't do a decent vault with an injured ankle.'' New Zealand could only send one male and one female to the qualification event, with Peng getting the nod over Misha Koudinov. Koudinov, who competed at the 2006 Commonwealth Games as a 14-year-old, had a higher all around score at the world championships but with Peng getting 21st in the vault, Gymsports NZ deemed that he was more likely to convince the NZOC he should go to London. But without an invitation to compete, there's no chance of that happening. New Zealand's sole hope in the women's artistic compe- tition, 17-year-old Auck- lander Jordan Rae, was in action yesterday morning and faces the same situation as Peng. She must do enough to earn an invitation to compete at the Olympics, then per- suade the NZOC she is capable of a top-16 finish. That is unlikely, but Gibson says she has an abun- dance of talent. She hasn't got as much experience but she has a lot of talent.'' -- Fred Woodcock Ben's got a way to keep in touch with yourself By EMMA WHITTAKER Next big thing: Ben Liebert's website Stringsof.me is gradually making its mark in the world of social networking. Photo: JASON OXENHAM The thought of being able to have a conversation with your past self is what sparked the idea for a new social networking website that is steadily making its mark in the online world. Stringsof.me is the brainchild of One Tree Hill software developer Ben Liebert. Each day members of the website are asked to respond to a single question, which range from the deep, to the light hearted and even strange. Questions have included: I believe the secret to a happy life is? In the event of a worldwide zombie attack my go bag would contain? On the same day in sub- sequent years the same ques- tion is again asked of the per- son. In this way the site acts as a kind of diary as users can look at their previous answers and see if their views about the world around them have changed. People can go back and add to answers, comment on others' answers, or remain completely anonymous if they wish. Mr Liebert says he was already planning to develop a website, but the idea for stringsof.me came from a con- versation he had with his wife about how much they had changed since they first met. We began talking about how it would be cool to chat with yourself from 10 years ago and see how much you'd changed and what parts of you remained the same.'' He says his website, which he launched three months ago, provides a much differ- ent experience to the likes of Facebook and Twitter. One thing that I have picked up from talking with other people is that on other websites users feel a certain amount of pressure to come up with something witty to say, or they're restricted with the size of their updates.'' Stringsof.me gives users a starting point which takes the pressure off, especially if they have had an uneventful day. Despite this Mr Liebert says he is not trying to com- pete with the social networking greats. I don't want to get caught up in that, nobody can com- pete with them.'' While the site only has 366 questions, coming up with them has proved to be a bit of a challenge he says. At first I thought it would be really easy. The first 30 came out eas- ily over a bottle of wine with my wife.'' He says it was mostly fam- ily and friends who signed up initially, but over the Christmas and new year period more people have joined. He has also created a func- tion where the site emails users a question and they can answer it simply by respond- ing to the email, rather than logging on to the site. He hopes this will make the website easier for people to use who maybe aren't able to log on to social networking sites at work. St Lukes rezone gets green light Westfield St Lukes looks poised to transform to include a high- density town centre. Plans to rezone the shopping mall have been given the green light from the Environment Court. A plan change to allow the expansion and rezoning of St Lukes was originally approved by in November 2010. Residents in the area opposed the expansion for fear that it would turn quiet surrounding streets into busy thoroughfares, because of a new link road. Mayor Len Brown has led a mediation process between Westfield and residents to resolve points of difference. The consent order from the Environment Court says a mixed use environment is key to the development of a high-density town centre. The Environment Court order, which was issued late December 2011, comes after the settlement of appeals by the St Lukes Community Association, St Lukes Gardens Apartments and other parties to the appeal.
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