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The Star: April 13, 2017

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10 Thursday April 13 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi News Smart ideas for city Smart Bikes How do you get around when you go into the central city? In a new project, Smart Cities is looking at including a bike share system, which has been successfully trialled by Robert Henderson on the Metro network. Metrocard holders could use their cards to catch the bus into the central city and then use it to hire a bicycle to get around. Flood Alert In future, Smart Cities will look at developing a way of monitoring rivers and parts of the city that are susceptible to flooding in high rainfall so they can see what is happening quickly. CBD Pedestrian Flow Monitoring where people walk and when can be useful in planning a city, because it can lead to finding out why they choose to go some places and not others. Ms McCallum is looking at installing wi-fi sensors in parts of the city, particularly in Cathedral Square and New Regent St, to see the pedestrian flow. Sensors have been trialled in Re:Start Mall to see how it works. The sensors use technology, such as cellphones or laptops, to see where people will and won’t walk, and when, so they could improve it. Ms McCallum said they are completely anonymous and it was a work in progress. “It’s going to make this city a much better city to be in.” SmartCross Fancy a game of pong while you wait to cross the road? You may have played the SmartCross game at the intersection of Lichfield and Colombo Sts. But now you can have a go on the new one next to the Vodafone building. Both are supported by the Smart Cities programme. 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If a vehicle parks in one that doesn’t have a chip, enforcement officers would get a notification and ticket them. Ms McCallum is planning on trialling this on a disabled car park at the city council on Hereford St first to see if it is successful before rolling it out. Central City wi-fi Smart Cities is looking to roll out free wi-fi in the central city over the next six months, starting in May. Eight years jail for attack on pregnant woman • By Kurt Bayer THUrsdaY JanUarY 31 2013 A FARMER who bashed his heavily-pregnant ex-partner with a baseball bat until it snapped, and she played dead, has been jailed for more than eight years for what a judge called a “gratuitous, brutal and callous” attack. Christopher James Buick, known as Chris, became enraged that the 23-week pregnant woman wanted to keep their baby and launched the “frenzied attack” in Christchurch earlier this year. The brutal assault, where Buick aimed blows at the woman’s stomach, only stopped when she lay on the ground and pretended to be dead. He hit her so hard the bat broke in half. It left her with a fractured skull, severe facial bruising and lacerations, and a broken eye socket. The unborn baby escaped uninjured. Yesterday, the victim told the district court the horrors of the savage assault and the longlasting impact it will have on her life. “I will always believe Chris intended to kill me,” she said in Diesel The diesel professionals specialising in 4WD RepaiRs seRvicing & all WoRk guaRanTeeD 288 Lincoln Road (opp ANZ) Ph: 338 8884 • Mechanical and auto electronics Special PANASONIC BATTERIES IN STOCK NOW The Star a victim impact statement read to the court. “And the way he left without checking on me, he thought he had succeeded.” She still can’t understand what sort of man would attack a woman five months pregnant with their own child. There has been “no serious impacts” on the baby, the court heard. Ashburton farm contractor Buick, 32, and the victim, who had been long-term friends and in an on-and-off relationship. But when she fell pregnant with their first child, Buick said he didn’t want her to keep the baby as he was seeing another Ashburton woman. Defence counsel Craig Ruane today said Buick was known as a “hard working and well respected young man” who has no previous convictions. In sentencing Buick, who sobbed in the dock, Judge Stephen O’Driscoll described the victim as “a courageous person” who tried to protect both herself and her unborn child during the attack. – NZ Herald CASH FOR STAMPS We Buy and Sell “Old Stamps and Collectables” visit your loc Call us on profes 0800 EXCHANGE ( 392 426 ) Or, visit our store next to Riccarton Mall. 134a Riccarton Road. Two doors down from the House of Travel. For large collections or, if you can’t travel we can come to you. 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