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

 


New Zealand Herald

Christmas House - GDP - Insider Trading - Deportee Arrives Back - Prison Christmas - Hunger Strikers - Cannabis - Christmas Triplets - Kaipara Rescue - Brian Edwards

For full text see http://www.nzherald.co.nz/

CHRISTMAS HOUSE: If you head out to West Auckland tonight, you're sure of a big surprise. For in a modest Te Atatu street, Wendy and Paul Lester have turned on some Christmas magic for everyone to share. Their house is a blaze of Christmas lights and a riot of electrically powered action - a brilliant vision from a child's fairytale.

GDP: The economy grew 2.3 per cent in the September quarter, increasing the risk of interest rate rises and prompting a warning that the pattern of growth is unhealthy and unstable. The quarterly jump in gross domestic product (GDP) follows a contraction of 0.3 per cent in the June quarter.

INSIDER TRADING: Brokers want a full inquiry into the trading of Fletcher Challenge shares earlier this month, following the resignation of chairman Kerry Hoggard over an embarrassing share deal. Some spoken to are writing to the Stock Exchange seeking a full inquiry. Mr Hoggard shocked the close-knit business community yesterday when he stepped down over a breach of share-trading regulations.

DEPORTEE ARRIVES BACK: When illegal immigrant Alexander Tishkovets was deported from New Zealand 10 days ago, he vowed to return - and he has. Mr Tishkovets, who says he is fleeing religious and racial persecution in his native Tajikistan, has taken an eventful route back to Auckland, travelling via Germany, Singapore and Russia.

PRISON CHRISTMAS: A church minister will spend Christmas safe in the knowledge that a woman who repeatedly threatened to kill him is locked up in jail. But his anxiety will remain until the courts finally decide how to deal with the thorny issue of sentencing Ruby Frances Lamb.

HUNGER STRIKERS: Freedom for 16 hunger-striking asylum-seekers released from Mt Eden Prison this month means tucking in when you want - almost. For three of the Muslim men whose 32-day hunger strike ended in a successful legal challenge, the religious festival of Ramadan means they can eat only after sunset.

CANNABIS: A Government staff member and a journalist are under investigation after being found in Parliament's debating chamber with a smell of cannabis in the air.

CHRISTMAS TRIPLETS: Rohan and Jacqueline Samaratunga had tried unsuccessfully for years to have children - so they could hardly believe their luck when they had triplets in time for Christmas. Mrs Samaratunga despaired when medical difficulties were identified after the birth of her son in 1992. When she became pregnant this year, her doctor held out little hope of three babies surviving.

KAIPARA RESCUE: Just a few days into his new career in the police, Dane Basham was already a hero. The keen constable was assigned to guard a Helensville crime scene alone at midnight on April 6, but instead ended up diving into the deep, cold and dangerous Kaipara Harbour on an outgoing tide to save a 57-year-old woman.

BRIAN EDWARDS: Radio New Zealand has misjudged deep public feeling for the Top o' the Morning show and should reconsider its decision to axe it, says host Brian Edwards. The show has been dumped by Radio New Zealand chief executive Sharon Crosbie for being "dull and predictable."

© 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