Climate Agreement – Indonesia x 2 – Honduras Attack – Medical Misadventure – Police Independence – Composting – The Pope And George Bush – Eruption – British Golf Open
CLIMATE AGREEMENT: After 24 hours of negotiations in Bonn 185 ministers have clinched an agreement that may allow the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to come into force. NZ’s representative Pete Hodgson says it is a significant breakthrough. “This has been a very very difficult global negotiation.”
INDONESIA: The NZ Ambassador in Jakarta says the change of President will mean little to the relationship with NZ. Michael Green said that there is goodwill between Indonesia and New Zealand.
INDONESIA: The PM says there is concern that the new President of Indonesia is very nationalistic, and wonders how that will affect Indonesia’s relationship with East Timor.
HONDURAS ATTACK: The sister of a Kiwi woman attacked in Honduras says the family want the attackers brought to justice. She wants to know how the investigation is going, but it is very hard to get any information.
MEDICAL MISADVENTURE: The Medical Council says a new information sharing relationship with ACC is designed to protect patients. If a doctor is involved in more than one incident in a year, or five in five years, then further action will be taken.
POLICE INDEPENDENCE: There are concerns that the independence of the police may be undermined by changes to the Police Act being considered by government. Documents released under the OIA shows that detailed work is being done on the proposals by officials.
COMPOSTING: A new composting system designed to half the amount of waste sent to landfills is being used in Waitakere City. The council will trial a new waste collection system next year.
THE POPE AND GEORGE: The Pope has urged President Bush to ban the use of human embryos in medical research. President Bush says he is taking his time over the decision. He says it is an issue with serious moral consequences.
ERUPTION: The Italian Government has declared a state of emergency in a province in Sicily where Mt Etna is erupting.
BRITISH GOLF OPEN: The new British
Open golf champion David Duval is now ranked 3rd in the
world. Michael Campbell is ranked