Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


TV3 News

Payrise For Military – Deflation – Petrol Price Rises – Vodafone Overcharging – Air New Zealand’s Woes x 2 – Israel – Massage Parlour

PAYRISE FOR MILITARY: The Government has raised NZ military service people’s wages. Private Leonard Manning complained about his pay in his last letter home. Lower ranks will get 6% to 13% pay rises. Colonels will get no more. Tradesmen in the armed services in particular have had their wages raised. The Australian Army is still attractive but. In NZ Manning would get $26,000 a year after training. In Australia he would get $41,000. This is not unique to the military however.

DEFLATION: Michael Cullen is crediting ordinary NZers with a drop in inflation. Cullen says workers are being responsible in their pay demands.

PETROL PRICE RISES: Caltex has announced a five cent rise in petrol and diesel prices.

VODAFONE OVERCHARGING: Vodafone has been fined for charging too much for text messages. Vodafone was charging 20.25 cents when it advertised 20 cents. This was a breach of the Fair Trading Act says the Commerce Commission. A complainant got no joy from Vodafone when he originally made his complaint. The complainant has now received free air time but. Vodafone says it was an inadvertant mistake. All customers have now received a refund.

AIR NEW ZEALAND: The NZ Government is coming under pressure to ease foreign ownership rules to enable Singapore Airlines to help bail out Ansett Australia. Ansett Australia has to come up with $5 billion to replace old clapped out planes. Jim Anderton has not ruled out the idea of changing the rules to allow Singapore in. Ansett has been operating leased aircraft to run services. Some planes may be cleared to fly tonight by Australian Authorities.

AIR NEW ZEALAND: Air New Zealand engineers say the safety debacle on the other side of the Tasman has nothing to do with them. Air New Zealand may own Ansett Australia but maintenance of the two fleets has been different and distinct. A first Ansett Australia plane has now arrived for servicing in NZ.

ISRAEL: Israeli troops have withdrawn after a lightening occupation on the Gaza strip this morning. Yasser Arafat said the occupation was an unpardonable crime. Israel insists it has no choice but to attack as mortar shells are being fired from Palestinian territory. But PM Ariel Sharon quickly caved to pressure from the US to withdraw.

MASSAGE PARLOUR: Wellington’s Mayor is opposing plans to allow a strip bar/massage parlour on Wellington’s Courtenay Place. The lawyer for the developers, Keith Jefferies, says that council cannot pass a bylaw to stop the plans. Blumsky says the issue is not about the pros and cons of the sex industry, but simply about where it is. Wellington already has a red light district in Vivian St says strip club owner Brian Le Gros. Le Gros says the Aucklanders are opening the Wellington bar in a tit-for-tat retaliation for his decision to open a new club in Auckland.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>

ALSO:

Buildup:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>

ALSO:

Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>

ALSO:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monitor
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news