EFTPOS services affected nationwide
Tuesday 22 February 2010
Retailers across the
country may be experiencing delays processing EFTPOS
transactions in the wake of the earthquake that shook
Christchurch this afternoon. The delays are due to the huge
pressure on Telecom’s network, and will affect retailers
using dial-up services.
The earthquake has not
affected the Paymark network. Paymark asks that retailers
remain patient and advise that services will return to
normal once the volume of calls subsides.
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Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand
The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.
To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.
The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>