Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

National Radio 8am Bulletin

Dollar Crisis – Oil Prices – Cancer – Smear Testing – Olympics: Weightlifting, NZ Medals, Thorpedo – Defence Force – Algal Bloom – Queenstown Slip

DOLLAR CRISIS: The NZ Dollar has hit new record lows against the US Dollar of 40.75 US cents. The NZ Dollar fell with the Australian Dollar and the Euro overnight and is also at record lows on a TWI basis.

OIL PRICES: Oil prices have risen to their highest levels yet of $35-$37 USD a barrel. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has warned the world about super-power efforts to push down the cost of crude.

CANCER: The husband of a dying Northland woman says she had a series of normal smear tests before she developed cancer. They now want to know if the smear tests were read correctly.

SMEAR TESTING: Medical laboratories will have to meet new standards for smear tests or lose the business.

OLYMPICS – WEIGHTLIFTING: Roumanian weightlifters have been allowed back into the Olympics after paying a US$50,000 fine.

OLYMPICS – NZ MEDALS: NZ will look for its first medal at the Olympics today in the show-jumping. Last night cyclist Sarah Ulmer narrowly missed out on a bronze. The NZ Women’s Hockey Team beat China last night. In the show-jumping the Aussies are 8 rails and the British are five rails ahead of the Kiwi team.

OLYMPICS – THORPEDO: Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe(do) was beaten last night by a Dutch swimmer in the 200m freestyle.

DEFENCE FORCE: The NZ Defence Force is streamlining the armed forces command under a new joint command structure to be based at Trentham.

ALGAL BLOOM: There are concerns that the toxic algal bloom on the West Coast may end up infecting mussel farms on the East Coast.

QUEENSTOWN SLIP: Explosives are to be used to bring down more debris from the site of a big slip near Queenstown.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Reese Erlich: Foreign Correspondent: Trump Plays Both Sides Against The Middle

Is he a hawk? Is he a peacenik? The President keeps us guessing . By Reese Erlich President Donald Trump has convinced Republican isolationists and hawks that he supports their views. That’s a neat trick, since the two groups hold opposing positions. ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Waiting For The Old Bailey: Julian Assange And Britain’s Judicial Establishment

On September 7, Julian Assange will be facing another round of gruelling extradition proceedings, in the Old Bailey, part of a process that has become a form of gradual state-sanctioned torture. The US Department of Justice hungers for their man. The More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Sorry Plight Of The International Education Sector

Tourism and international education have been two of the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic. They’re both key export industries. Yet the government response to them has been strikingly different. There has been nothing beyond a few words of ministerial condolence and a $51.6 million package (details below) to get the sector through the pandemic...
More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Google’s Open Letter: Fighting Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code

Tech giants tend to cast thin veils over threats regarding government regulations. They are also particularly concerned by those more public spirited ones, the sort supposedly made for the broader interest. Google has given us an example of this ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Trump’s Current Chances Of Re-Election

By now it seems clear that National have no fresh ideas to offer for how New Zealand could avoid the Covid-19 economic crisis. As in the past, National has set an arbitrary 30% ratio of government debt to GDP that it aims to achieve “in a decade or so,” ... More>>

The Conversation: Rogue Poll Or Not, All The Signs Point To A Tectonic Shift In New Zealand Politics

Richard Shaw AAP(various)/NZ Greens (CC-BY-SA)/The Conversation Strong team. More jobs. Better economy. So say the National Party’s campaign hoardings. Only thing is, last Sunday’s Newshub-Reid Research poll – which had support for the Labour ... More>>

The Coronavirus Republic: Three Million Infections And Rising

The United States is famed for doing things, not to scale, but off it. Size is the be-all and end-all, and the coronavirus is now doing its bit to assure that the country remains unrivalled in the charts of infection . In time, other unfortunates may well ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Altars Of Hypocrisy: George Floyd, Protest And Black Face

Be wary what you protest about. The modern moral constabulary are out, and they are assisted by their Silicon Valley friends in the Social Media club. Should you dare take a stand on anything, especially in a dramatic way, you will be found out ... More>>