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Publication: CPL Date: 08 Feb 2003 Page: D 11
Author: HENZELL John
Section: FEATURES Sub Section: BOOKS
Edition: 2 Words: 195 Source: Copyright: Flags:

A GHOST UPON YOUR PATH: AN IRISH JOURNEY by John McCarthy. Random House, hardback, 310pp, $59.95. Reviewed by John Henzell.
English journalist John McCarthy is best known in his homeland as the man who was held hostage, along with Irish academic Brian Keenan, in Beirut for five years from the late 1980s. That experience has coloured everything he has done since. The hostage years also weigh heavily on this book. Ostensibly, it's about his extended solo sojourn in the part of western Ireland where his patrilineal genealogy originates, but the real business of the book is McCarthy's difficulty in dealing with the loss of his mother, who died while he was a hostage. This is rich territory for a truly skilled writer, and at times McCarthy is on the verge of capturing this potential. But mostly he comes up short, leaving the reader with a taste of what might have been and some distinctly average travel writing in its place. As in Between Extremes, where McCarthy's emotionally reserved prose suffered by its juxtaposition with Keenan's more emotive efforts, the writing in A Ghost Upon Your Path proves to be tantalising but ultimately frustrating. _John Hernell

Publication: CPL Date: 03 Feb 2003 Page: C 5
Headline: Prebbleton bar told to clean up student act
Author: HENZELL John
Section: NEWS Sub Section: NATIONAL
Edition: 2 Words: 587 Source: Copyright: Flags:

A tavern notorious for drunken Lincoln University students has been given a final warning to clean up its act.
The Prebbleton Tavern, also known as Finnegans Irish Cafe and Bar, escaped having its licence cancelled, as the police had sought, at a Liquor Licensing Authority hearing.
But it was given six months to improve its operations _ including the imminent Lincoln orientation week _ and host Shannon Troy Gilmore's general manager's certificate will be suspended for a week from February 10.
The police had told the authority that the tavern had promoted itself heavily to students but was the subject of repeated complaints about noise, abandoned bottles, vandalism, fights, and drunken patrons urinating in public.
On one day just after orientation week last year the tavern's van delivered a group of intoxicated students to the university, one of whom defecated in the middle of the road.
Later the same day two students were found asleep in the tavern's car-park.
Constable Rob Stuart said he visited the tavern and found problems on five of his six visits in the two years to February last year.
On one night in July 2000 he found 10 intoxicated patrons on the premises and told Mr Gilmore not to serve such people.
When he returned an hour later there were at least 20 intoxicated patrons on the premises, one of whom he removed for urinating on the wall inside the tavern. Mr Gilmore reportedly thought there was no problem, the hearing was told.
In late January last year police spoke to the Prebbleton Tavern operators and others in the area about the problem of drunken patrons.
About a fortnight later Mr Stuart found a drinker apparently rolling in his own vomit outside the tavern.
A week later intoxicated patrons were removed from the bar, including a woman student who was asleep in a chair. The following night police found about 30 people drinking in the bar about 40 minutes after the 3am closing time.
Jonathon Beaglehole, of Lincoln University, said the Prebbleton Tavern had aggressively marketed itself to students for the last two years and during that time there had been a noticeable increase in destructive and disruptive behaviour. The university complained that drunken students were being dropped off by the tavern van.
Marie and Merwyn Gilmore, directors and shareholders of the Prebbleton Tavern, which is run by their son, Shannon, disputed police allegations and claimed they were the victims of a police vendetta.
The Gilmores said they had chosen not to target students since orientation week last year.
Many of the problems attributed to students drinking at their hotel was the result of already drunken students being moved on from the nearby Lincoln Tavern and then being refused entry at the Prebbleton Tavern.
The student supposedly rolling around in his own vomit had earlier been refused service. They disputed that many of the patrons described as intoxicated actually were.
The Liquor Licensing Authority rejected the police vendetta claim but expressed its surprise at their approach to proving the intoxication of patrons, though it was clear that some were.
Police also could not refute that some of the intoxicated patrons had come from the Lincoln Tavern, although the authority rejected claims that the drunken students dropped at the university in the Prebbleton Tavern van had been drinking at another hotel.
Instead of taking the "extremely serious" step of cancelling the tavern's licence, the authority took into account the unblemished 30-year record of the business and adjourned the cancellation application for six months.

Publication: CPL Date: 01 Feb 2003 Page: A 6
Headline: NZ climber to miss Mt Everest jubilee
Author: HENZELL John
Section: NEWS Sub Section: NATIONAL
Caption(s): Lydia Bradey
Edition: 2 Words: 283 Source: Copyright: Flags:

The first New Zealand woman to climb Mount Everest is laughing off a snub from the Nepalese Government, which failed to invite her to join all the other surviving climbers for a climbing jubilee.
Lydia Bradey, now a Hawea-based mountain guide specialising in Mongolian mountain journeys, reached the summit alone and without bottled oxygen in 1988. She was the first woman to climb Everest without bottled oxygen.
But she renounced her official summit claim immediately afterwards because she faced a 10-year ban on climbing in Nepal because she did not have a permit for the South Col route she had used.
"I haven't received an invitation to the 50th anniversary celebrations in Nepal but I couldn't go any way. I'm getting on with my life."
She had not resubmitted her Everest summit claim with the Nepalese authorities so would not be considered officially as among those who have climbed the mountain.
After returning from Everest, Bradey abandoned mountaineering while training as a physiotherapist but returned to the sport as a job.
Fourteen other Kiwis have climbed Mount Everest in the 50 years since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were first to the top in 1953.
This includes Rob Hall, of Christchurch, who scaled the peak five times between 1990 and 1996. He died in a storm near the summit in 1996 after refusing to leave a stricken client. The storm also cost the life of Queenstown-based mountain guide Andy Harris, who had just made his first ascent.
The 15 have made 24 mountain ascents, including two by Peter Hillary, two by Queenstown-based mountain guide Mark Whetu, and two by Wanaka mountain guide Guy Cotter, who has taken over Hall's company, Adventure Consultants.

Publication: CPL Date: 31 Jan 2003 Page: A 4
Headline: Trouble for icebreaker in Antarctic
Author: HENZELL John
Section: NEWS Sub Section: INTERNATIONAL
Edition: 2 Words: 391 Source: Copyright: Flags:

An icebreaker clearing the channel for vital supplies to Scott Base and McMurdo Station, in Antarctica, has broken down for the second time in a week.
The United States Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Sea began taking on water on Tuesday, five days after one of its three propellors was wrecked by ice shearing off a five-tonne propeller blade while opening a resupply route to Ross Island, in the New Zealand sector of Antarctica.
The route is vital to the two bases, with about 40 per cent of Scott Base's supplies coming by ship, but has been blighted by unusually thick ice, caused by giant breakaway icebergs. The Coast Guard has sent a second icebreaker to help.
The Coast Guard's shipping operations officer in McMurdo, April Brown, said she was "confident" that the supply route would be established before the end of the short Antarctic summer, despite the two breakdowns.
"We've had a lot of bad luck at the moment _ more than our fair share. We hope we're over all that," she said.
The first breakdown is unable to be fixed in Antarctica, leaving the Polar Sea down to two-thirds of its power, then it began taking on water, because of a leak in one of the two remaining propellors.
"The water coming in was probably a few gallons per hour. We pumped it out," she said. The leak was "not that uncommon", and was able to be repaired in place with a type of marine glue, but it meant the Polar Sea was out of commission, while the work was done, further delaying the opening of the shipping lane.
Two ships carrying fuel oil and supplies, including for the new South Pole station, are due to arrive early next week. A second icebreaker, the Healy, is expected on February 8, after being summoned from Seattle before the two breakdowns.
Antarctica New Zealand chief executive Lou Sanson said Scott Base relied on the Americans opening the shipping lanes for Scott Base's operation, and were "incredibly grateful" for their efforts.
Scott Base has reserves to last for 18 months, but predictions were for the ice, already the worst in about 40 years, to be even worse next year, he said.
The ice has created other problems, with Antarctic tour operators unable to reach Ross Island for the first time in recent history.

Publication: CPL Date: 29 Jan 2003 Page: A 5
Headline: Icecap 'sensitive' to greenhouse gas;New climate research sees disaster
Author: HENZELL John
Section: NEWS Sub Section: NATIONAL
Caption(s): [GRAPHIC: Global warming]
Edition: 2 Words: 637 Source: Copyright: Flags:

"Ominous" new research on global warming has indicated that even the Kyoto Protocol will not go far enough to avoid a climate disaster.
New Zealand and most other nations have signed the protocol, a 1997 scheme designed to limit greenhouse gases, but the United States and Australia have refused. The two countries produce a major share of the world's greenhouse gases between them but claim the protocol is unnecessarily harsh on industrialised countries.
Their opposition will be challenged by the latest research from Antarctica that shows the most serious greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, played a far bigger role in the origin of the Antarctic icecap than previously thought.
Victoria University's Professor Peter Barrett, speaking from Scott Base, said the latest study published in a prestigious science journal, Nature, confirms the sensitivity of the icecap, home to 90 per cent of the globe's fresh water, to rising greenhouse gas emissions.
If emissions are not checked, by the end of this century they will probably lead to a climate like the Earth's before the icecap was formed, he said.
"This new research on the past Antarctic climate has an ominous warning for the future, indicating that more extreme measures than currently proposed under the Kyoto Protocol will be needed to forestall climate disaster in the decades ahead," he said.
"It is clear that land-surface and ocean temperatures are rising in response to human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases _ and remarkably fast on a geological timescale.
"The effects of this will be difficult to predict, but they will plainly be profound. (This new research) brings new understanding of the effects of carbon dioxide emissions on climate, and adds force to the arguments for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions beyond those agreed in the Kyoto Protocol. It indicates that world leaders will have to go beyond the Kyoto Protocol to avoid a climate disaster."
The campaign to get the United States to change its attitude to the Kyoto Protocol has been boosted by a congressional inspection tour of the American bases in Antarctica this month.
The head of the powerful US science committee, Republican Congressman Sherwood Boehlert, said they had seen first-hand the research being done in Antarctica on controversial issues such as global warming. He described it as vital.
"Congress is prone to say ad nauseam that we want to operate on science-based fact rather than speculation and theory, but sometimes when the science leads us to politically inconvenient conclusions then there's a tendency on the part of some to go in another direction," he said.
"But it's hard to argue with a fact that's been methodically and meticulously developed over years of in-depth study."
The research that prompted the warning that global warming is worse than previously thought is based on computer modelling of the Earth's climate during the formation of the first Antarctic ice sheet 34 million years ago. At the time, the Earth's climate was cooling _ the reverse of the situation now, where there has been a dramatic onset of global warming since the advent of widespread industrialisation.
The nub of the new US-based research from Antarctica is that carbon dioxide had a much bigger role to play in temperatures over the southern continent. Previously it was thought changing ocean currents, caused by the drifting continents, were primarily responsible for the cooling of the region.
Professor Barrett said it was worrying that the research emphasis has shifted away from understanding climate behaviour and towards mitigating the effects of greenhouse emissions. Both areas needed further research funding, "along with an international commitment to an effective solution, if we are to survive the worst consequences of this grandest of all human experiments".
Antarctica New Zealand chief executive Lou Sanson said New Zealand had established a world- beating reputation for climate research projects on the Ice.
Northland heats up _ A9

Publication: CPL Date: 27 Jan 2003 Page: A 3
Headline: Rocker Adams wins over doubters
Author: HENZELL John
Section: NEWS Sub Section: NATIONAL
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