Deja Coup In Fiji – Dr Graham Parry – Morgan Fahey – Dyson And Pot – Unemployment Falls – Petrol Price Falls – BNZ Profit - Taiwan Plane Crash – Middle East Fighting – British Weather – Great Barrier Grounding – Cricket Cheating
DEJA COUP IN FIJI: Suva’s Army HQ was the scene of a gun battle todayAt least 3 people have been injured. Hostages have been taken by soldiers supportive of the May 19th Coup. It is not known who has won the afternoon’s skirmish. The Counter Revolutionary Warfare unit were set freed recently after being let off treason charges in favour of mutiny charges. The Armoury at the Fiji barracks has been taken over by the rebels.
DR GRAHAM PARRY: Northland Gynaecologist Dr Graham Parry has been found guilty of disgraceful conduct by the Medical Disciplinary Tribunal. Victim Colleen Poutsma – who Parry failed to care for properly - says she feels some sympathy for Dr Parry. Dr Parry has said he is disappointed with the decision. The tribunal must now decide whether to strike Dr Parry off the medical register. A further 33 complaints against Dr Parry are under investigation.
MORGAN FAHEY: Dr Morgan Fahey has escaped an attempt by the crown to increase his sentence of six years jail on 13 sex charges.
DYSON AND POT: The PM today revealed that Dyson has been convicted of cannabis possession when she was a teenager. She says the information was not a secret and wonders what the motivations of those telling journalists are.
UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS: The number of jobless is at a 12 year low but the rate of unemployment has risen among Maori and Pacific Islanders. Not since 1988 has unemployment been below 6%. The economists like the figure – the economy hasn’t fallen into a hole as some had thought, says one. The government says the figures are good. Jim Anderton is not claiming credit for the development. Erricsson has today announced an investment in NZ which will generate 150 jobs.
PETROL PRICE FALLS: There are signs that the price of petrol may also be on the way down. Auckland prices charged by BP have been lowered 2 cents with the company citing “competitive pressures” as the cause.
BNZ PROFIT: The Bank Of New Zealand has produced a $389 million annual profit – up 8% on last year.
TAIWAN PLANE CRASH: Relatives of Singapore plane crash victims have started arriving in Singapore seeking answers. Authorities are denying reports that construction equipment on the runway may have caused the crash.
MIDDLE EAST FIGHTING: The heaviest fighting in 35 days of uprisings has taken place near Jerusalem.
BRITISH WEATHER: British authorities have issued warnings for floods on ten rivers as much of Great Britain remains in the grip of a storm.
GREAT BARRIER GROUNDING: A fully laden container ship has run around on the Great Barrier Reef. An attempt will be made to refloat the boat shortly.
CRICKET CHEATING: Former Cricket Captain Martin Crowe admits being paid in India by someone who he thought was a journalist but later found out was a bookie. Crowe says he gave the money back once he realised what was going on. Danny Morrison says that cricketers aren’t usually paid for interviews – and that it is hard to know who you are dealing with. Former SA Captain Hanse Cronje has been charged with cheating in India.