Incident in Blenheim
Police in Blenheim are currently
dealing with a male who has barricaded himself into a room
at a premises and making threats.
As a result of these
threats some areas of Blenheim have been cordoned off while
Police negotiate with the individual.
The road is closed
in Main Street and diversions are in place until further
Relieving Area Commander Inspector Ross Grantham
would like to thank local businesses in the vicinity for
their assistance and understanding and apologises for the
inconvenience caused while police deal with this ongoing
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Jane Kelsey: "Shock Trade-Offs", No Deal At TPP Talks
A three-paragraph statement issued at the end of the ministerial summit was appropriately bland, given the complete void of any official information during the four-day meeting. Reading between the lines, it reveals four points about the current state of play.
First, ministers say they identified ‘potential landing zones’ for ‘the majority of key outstanding issues in the text’. Some of these decisions are hugely significant. New Zealand, Australia and Canada appear to have surrendered to an as-yet-undisclosed version of US-based demands on intellectual property that they have consistently deemed unacceptable.
Second, ministers were unable to reach even ‘potential’ outcomes for other key issues in the text...
Third, the US made no significant offers on market access for agriculture in Singapore. Japanese media reported a breakdown in the US-Japan talks on agriculture...
A final piece of hypocrisy in the statement is the promise to ‘further our consultation with stakeholders and engage in our respective political processes’. More>>