Crooked Cricket - Bee Mites - Killer Bees - Cancer Inquiry - David Irving - Zimbabwe - Clinton In Dock? - Joe Loses Toes
CROOKED CRICKET: One of world crickets most respected Cricket players Hansie Cronje has confessed to taking money for throwing a match. However he says he did not deliver. He admitted taking the money from an English bookie of Indian descent. Cronje confessed after talking to a priest. Two days ago the Cricket Board was defending Cronje against the allegations. Fixing allegations have been rife since Pakistan started an inquiry. Shane Warne is also implicated for giving pitch information to bookies. South African fans are shocked. Cronje's cricketing career is almost certainly over.
BEE MITES: MAF officials have confirmed bees have been found with mites at three South Auckland locations. The industry says it will be decimating. Live bee exports have already been cancelled. It takes two years for the mite to kill a hive and the mite may have been here for two years. Orchardists are also worried. Questions are already being asked about how the mite got here on live bees when we have no live bee imports. The Biosecurity Minister Marion Hobbs says it may be sabotage. An inspector says it might have been on agricultural equipment or in a container or it might be sabotage.
KILLER BEES: Swarms of killer bees in the US are moving north. Several people have been killed in Texas. New swarms are being reported daily.
CANCER INQUIRY: Public Health in the 1990s according to Dr Bob Boyd. "Cervical screening was not a viable part of hospital business". After the coalition agreement in 1997 there were improvements. Before then it was a low priority. The contracts tended to roll over rather than requiring accountability. Dr Bottrill has prepared a statement to read tomorrow. His health is in a difficult state. Women say they want to meet him face to face.
DAVID IRVING: A right wing historian has been called a racist and anti-Jewish by a judge in a London libel case. He sued an American Author for calling him a Nazi apologist. Irving maintained throughout the case that there were no death chambers at Auschwitz. Over 1 million people were killed at Auschwitz say other historians. The American academic author says she has been thoroughly vindicated.
ZIMBABWE: President Robert Mugabe has dissolved Parliament but is not stopping land occupations.
CLINTON IN DOCK: Special prosecutor Robert Ray says he is considering laying charges against US President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair after he leaves the White House.
JOE LOSES TOES: Keepitblue solo Pacific rower Jo Le Guen has had five toes amputated. Photos from the Palliser Bay. A friend says without losing his toes he might have died. Le Guen says he wants to return to the sea.