Fiji Coup – Concorde – Private Manning – Magnum Prosecution Decision – Grocery Credit – Cancer Inquiry – Coroners – Napster – Soccer Hooliganism
FIJI COUP: Negotiations are continuing in Fiji for the release of two Kiwi pilots being held hostage. No demands have been made public yet. In other unrest in Lambasa Fijian Indians have been taken hostage. The latest unrest follows the arrest of George Speight. In a crack-down on the rebel base yesterday dozens were injured. The PM says that evacuation plans remain in place. The makeup of an interim government is due to be announced this morning.
CONCORDE: Air Accident inspectors have pieced together the final moments of the plane. The latest evidence shows that engine failure was the reason for the crash but the cause of the engine failure is not clear yet.
PRIVATE MANNING: Forensic examination is underway at a campsite found near where Private Manning was killed. The campsite housed around 20 militiamen. There is lots of evidence at the campsite. A service for Private Manning was held in Dili yesterday.
MAGNUM PROSECUTION DECISION: Criticism is emerging of a decision not to prosecute the Magnum transaction – the best known of Wine Box transactions. Jenni McManus says the case should go to court. Winston Peters says the decision is a disgrace.
GROCERY CREDIT: An umbrella group representing half the food retailing industry is closely watching Pak-n-save Petone’s decision to pass on the 1% commission on credit card sales to customers.
CANCER INQUIRY: An Australian pathologist says that the greatest risk to women in cervical screening is when only one pathologist reads the slides. This was only happening in Gisborne.
CORONERS: A report on coroners is expected today. Coroners want their service revamped. They complain of being overworked and under-resourced.
NAPSTER: A web-site that gives software to share music has been shut down by a judge. Napster is accused of facilitating piracy. The injunction is due to take effect shortly.
SOCCER HOOLIGANISM: British
authorities have introduced a bill to stop soccer
troublemakers going abroad, even if they haven’t got any