Brain Drain – HIV Teacher Faces Sex Charges - Terri King Murder Verdict – Lost Keel – US Elections – Israel – School Cert English – Black Shirts for Black Caps
BRAIN DRAIN: A survey has found that 82% of Medical Students plan to be working overseas within two years of graduating. Student Nicky Lawrey says that financially staying in NZ is not an option. Medical Students Association says that the NZ health system is suffering because of student debt. Tonight the results of the survey are being presented to a Select Committee. In the survey 54% of students plan to work mainly overseas. The government is investigating chasing student loan debts to Australia and the UK. But the students say there is more to it than money. The Select Committee will recommend a plan to deal with the problem to Parliament.
HIV TEACHER FACES SEX CHARGES: A 42-year-old teacher with HIV has appeared in court charged with multiple sex offences against six young boys. The man has bail, name suppression and the name of the school is also suppressed. The man has been given strict bail conditions.
TERRI KING MURDER VERDICT: An unemployed male model has been found not-guilty of the murder of Terri King in the Tararua Ranges last year. William Haanstra’s sister was delighted in court with the verdict. A prosecution witness was less happy. The defence case was based on King being killed by a drug importing syndicate based in South Africa. King was a well known figure in Wellington night life and worked in a strip bar. Hannstra remains in jail on unrelated charges.
LOST KEEL: The keel of the Oracle remains on the bottom of the Hauraki Gulf with no one knowing why. Oracle contested the Louis Vuitton Cup final last year. The team plans to retrieve the keel if possible. Skipper Chris Dixon says there is other damage to the yacht other than losing its keel. Although it is a big setback to the team Dixon says it will not alter their plans.
US ELECTIONS: The US Election rollercoaster continues with Miami-Dade county deciding to abandon its recount. Meanwhile George Bush is appealing the Florida Supreme Court’s decision to the Federal Supreme Court. The Miami-Dade canvassing board says it hasn’t enough time. In Broward County Gore has picked up 54 votes. In Palm Beach County dimpled ballots will be counted.
ISRAEL: Tit for tat violence continued in the Middle East today beginning with a bombing attack on a bus. Israel responded with rocket attacks on Ramalah. Both sides are accusing each other of barbarism.
SCHOOL CERT ENGLISH: Thousands of Kiwi kids took the School Certificate English exam today. The first question asked a tricky question about a book by James McNeish. None of the adults asked the question in Wellington streets had any idea what the answer was. Student reactions were mixed.
BLACK SHIRTS FOR BLACK CAPS: NZ has a new look
for its one day cricketers – black shirts. The new fabric
reflects light and features ventilation panels. One day
teams have tried lots of colours over time.