Rodney Times : February 10th 2011
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IN BRIEF Women trapped Two women trapped in a car involved in a single vehicle crash at Whangaparaoa Rd on Sunday night were extricated by firefighters. Four people were in the vehicle which crashed just past the Gulf Harbour roundabout. Two were trapped in the car for about 30 minutes while firefighters cut them out. They were taken to hospital with moderate injuries. Silverdale and Manly fire crews attended, along with police and ambulances. In the same area there were reports of another crash the day before, and five days earlier a separate car accident was 100 metres down the road, fire volunteer support officer Ted Fuller says. Plantings Former All Black and North Harbour player Wayne ''Buck'' Shelford will plant trees as part of a nationwide conser- vation effort during the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Shelford, who has strong family ties with Silverdale, is one of 17 rugby legends chosen to take part in the Livings Legends project. One planting will be in North Harbour. The public can vote for their No 1 rugby legend at www.livinglegends.co.nz until the end of the Rugby World Cup in October. Wrong number A wrong phone number was in last week's story about the huge impact the equestrian industry is having in Rodney. The story talked about plans to turn the Woodhill Sands Equestrian Centre into a non-profit facility. Those interested in sharing the Woodhill facilities and preserving it as a public asset can contact Leanna Covacich of the Rodney Economic Development Trust on (09) 427-9475 for more information. Story alerts reader of computer scam The bad news is that scam- mers are becoming more brazen and active in this area -- the good news is that residents are taking more precautions so they don t fall for them. Viv Burnett had just moved to Manly from Massey when the first call to her new phone number was from a woman saying they had a report of viruses on her computer. She was told it would cost about $200 to fix. Luckily, Mrs Burnett had been reading the Rodney Times front page story about scammers just before the phone rang. If I hadn t read your article I may not have realised what was going on, she says. Mrs Burnett was already suspicious because the caller used her name and had the number even though it was just a week after the phone was connected and she hadn t even told her friends yet. She says the caller made out she was from Microsoft but when Mrs Burnett s husband, who works in IT, asked them they denied that. They wouldn t say who they worked for but Mrs Burnett thought the call sounded like it was from overseas. As soon as her husband said he worked in IT the caller hung up and when the couple checked the computer there were no viruses. Rodney Times chief reporter Frank Nelson also spoke with a scammer after using a call- back number passed on to us by another alert reader. I spoke to someone who sounded Indian, gave his name as Steve Brown and said he was based in London, Mr Nelson says. He claimed to be working for a service provider helping Windows users and said he could clear viruses and other corrupting material from my computer. The cost would be $150 for a year, after which the service would continue without charge. He said payment could be made by credit card using a form he would send. Just like online shopping, he said. A scam email was dropped into a number of local inboxes after someone gained access to email address contacts of an Orewa business. Letters went out asking for US$1700 or any amount you can afford to help the owner after he was supposedly attacked and robbed while on a business trip to Edinburgh. The writer offered to send details of how to transfer the money and to repay the amount, with interest, when he got home. Another scam still doing the rounds is an email offering a tax refund from the IRD on receipt of your credit card details. Attached is a realistic- looking IRD form which the IRD confirms is a fake. Summer with a sting Big louse: Thousands of sea lice species exist. This one fits in the palm of your hand and came from a NIWA Antarctic study trip. Photo: NIWA TAKING a dip at Hauraki Gulf beaches to cool off may not be a good idea. Bathers are being bitten by sea lice and stung by jellyfish larvae, leaving red and itchy bumps. After two dips at Red Beach last Thursday, Nicole Smith felt itchy. She thought it was heat rash but became so uncomfortable she went to the doctor and learned it was sea lice bites. Not only was she badly bit- ten, her dog developed a rash after swimming too. Nicole put baking soda on the rash at first which pro- vided temporary relief. But now she is on anti-in- flammatories and cortisone. Calamine lotion helps too. The rash is expected to last four or five days. I don t want anyone else to go through this, she says. Orewa College student Jack Omeara found himself covered in itchy red marks after a physical education plunge at Orewa Beach. He and his schoolmates were asked to get out immedi- ately when their teacher realised the students were being hammered by sea lice. Our advice to students is to wash immediately after a swim and get changed back into their clothes. There s a shower by the beach they can make use of, physical edu- cation teachers say. An increase in people seeking treatment for sea lice bites and jelly fish larvae stings has come during the past week, Orewa Care Chem- ist owner Anthony Wentworth says. He says although jelly- fish larvae stings and sea lice bites are commonly confused, they are distinguishable. Sea lice tend to bite outside the togs area, while jellyfish larvae sting from within because of pressure from the togs, he says. However, larvae stings do also appear outside the tog area because water evapor- ation, rubbing with a towel or freshwater contact all stimu- late the larvae to sting , Mr Wentworth says. Jellyfish larvae stings are sometimes known as sea- bathers eruption. Treatment for bites gener- ally involves using a topical preparation and antihista- mine for the itch. Itching can last up to a fort- night, so care to avoid sec- ondary infection is essential. Thorough laundering of togs between swims is important as the jellyfish larvae can sting even when dead. Warmer water is believed to have encouraged an increase in the numbers of pinhead- sized black sea lice and the opaque jellyfish larvae.
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