111 staff catch taggers
A group of four youths chose
the wrong spot to carry out some tagging tonight.
about 12:30am a police communicator was taking a break from
answering 111 calls outside the Police Communication Centre
She was surprised to see the group tagging
the bonnet of a pricey Audi car in a car yard opposite the
centre, and then move on to tag an adjacent building.
When they realised they had been spotted they ran off
but were soon rounded up by police patrols and are currently
discussing their actions with Auckland City
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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>>