Taffy Hotene – Israel – Business Summit – Super – Yugoslavia – Solomon Islands – Heart Surgery – HIV Man Loose
TAFFY HOTENE: Law reforms suggested by a group called VOICE for changes to parole law are designed to protect the public from inmates likely to offend again.
ISRAEL: The UN Secretary General has arrived in Israel in a bid to prevent an all out war. Annan says he has no magic formula. Meanwhile Israeli forces and Palestinians have again clashed across the holy land. The Israeli cabinet is due to meet shortly to disc
BUSINESS SUMMIT: The chairman of the Business Round Table says the government’s decision to exclude the NZBRT and others could blunt the effectiveness of the business summit. The PM says the summit will not be about reciting National Party mantras.
SUPER: The Government will today unveil its stand-alone superannuation fund plans. The plan will involve syphoning off surpluses into a fund to pay future super payments.
YUGOSLAVIA: The EU is lifting a number of sanctions against Yugoslavia as a sign of support in new President Kostunica. The oil and travel embargoes have been lifted immediately. Other sanctions remain in place. Aid officials are also to be sent to Belgrade.
SOLOMON ISLANDS: A new round of Solomon Islands peace-talks gets underway in Townsville in Northern Queensland today . Meanwhile tourists have been warned not to travel to the Solomons again.
HEART SURGERY: Cardiologists say more resources and operating theatres are the only way to reduce heart surgery waiting lists. Officials say the situation at Greenlane is odd because the hospital has had increased funding.
HIV MAN LOOSE: The police are concerned about the whereabouts of Christopher Truscott a Christchurch man who is HIV positive, who has been known to have unprotected sex, and who is supposed to be in protective custody.