Mark Todd Sex And Drugs – Mother and Son Missing – Defence Strategy – People’s Bank – CTU Trade Ban – Zimbabwe – Dolphin Pingers
MARK TODD SEX AND DRUGS: Mark Todd is facing allegations of gay sex and snorting coccaine. Sunday Mirror newspaper is sticking to its stories. Mark Todd’s farm. Mark Todd may now be in doubt for the Olympic Games. Todd has been hailed as the best three day eventer ever. The Mirror says that Todd went to a hotel with a man named David with coccaine and champagne. To Mirror says that Todd snorted coccaine and performed a lewd sexual act. Jockey Ken Browne thinks that Todd has been set up. Others have also been shocked by the allegations. The Mirror says Todd first met David on a road near Oxford. The PM wasn’t interested when asked at her press conference. Todd says it is a disgraceful intrusion into his life. Todd says he has been stitched up.
MOTHER AND SON MISSING: Police have been searching bush north of Wellington for a mother and son. The mother suffers from fatigue syndrome and the son from diabetes. Police say it may have been unwise for the two to take the trip. Police will be looking for the pair up the track – which splits into three. The search will resume at first light.
DEFENCE STRATEGY: How much will be spent when and on what is not yet clear. Army has to make do with what it has till the end of the year. Defence framework puts the issues of the Air Force and Navy on hold and considers the Army a priority. The PM says there are literally hundreds of millions to be spent on new equipment. In the meantime the Skyhawks will continue to fly. Australian’s are happy. Opposition says it is more delay and inaction. Just Defence is also critical saying the policy is vague and shy.
PEOPLE’S BANK: Cabinet has approved the idea of a Kiwi Bank in principle.
CTU TRADE BAN: Foreign Affair’s Minister Phil Goff is meeting with CTU officials to urge them to look at alternative ways than a trade ban to address the Fiji Coup.
ZIMBABWE: A violent election. The opposition gathers in record numbers in a Stadium. The leader of the opposition asks for an end to violence and racism. At Mr Mugabe’s final rally he continues his criticism of the white minority and of Britain. The opposition says that there have been constant attempts to intimidate voters. Mugabe’s defeat is no longer inconceivable.
DOLPHIN PINGERS: Dolphin mortalities have been reduced to zero with the use of pingers on set nets. A new kind of pinger has proved more effective. DOC agrees that the pingers seem to be working. First official feedback on the advice will be in next month.