Media watch – Tuesday

23 May 2017

MediaWatch

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20 Comments

  1. Missy

     /  May 23, 2017

    A new find in the Eastern Mediterranean has led some scientists to believe that there is a possibility that humankind began there rather than in Africa as previously believed.

    The fossil find is approximately 200,000 years earlier than believed to be the beginning of humans. The scientists believe that this find shows the beginning of the change from apes to humans.

    Fascinating. Posted: https://yournz.org/2017/05/23/an-older-missing-link/

  2. Pete Kane

     /  May 23, 2017

    Fraudster led harassment inquiry at DoC, NZ First leader Winston Peters reveals
    “It is the latest development in the case of former Ministry of Transport senior manager Joanne Harrison, who was jailed in February for defrauding the ministry of $750,000.”
    Could be interesting Question Times for Mr Bridges during the next month or three.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11861046

    • Gezza

       /  May 23, 2017

      In a further development yesterday, State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes said he was considering a new investigation into the ministry’s handling of the case.

      I am aware of no SSC investigation that didn’t turn out after a higher level investigation to have been inadequate & a whitewash of top departmental management.

      • Gezza

         /  May 23, 2017

        If the RNZ report embedded in here is true, Matthews should be gone. After denying he shut down the investigation, an email just released to a reporter under the OIA shows he instructed a concerned legal officer to stop the investigation into one of her dodgy claims because would show a lack of trust.
        http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/92829451/Ministry-of-Transport-whistleblowers-speak-about-losing-their-jobs?cid=app-android

        • Pete Kane

           /  May 23, 2017

          looking forward to Question Time today G. Kind a like the good ole days, Winnie battling the socalled ‘Guardians’.

          • Gezza

             /  May 23, 2017

            Yep – gonna go see Dad a bit late today. The Speaker is probably going to be in Winnie’s sights for this one. Expulsion from Chamber stuff if things get carried away …

            • Gezza

               /  May 23, 2017

              Winnie getting stuck in now to the PM now. Asks what kind of a circus he’s running. Why’s he defending Matthews? etc.

            • Gezza

               /  May 23, 2017

              Bit of a damp squib – English just batted his questions away. Winnie ended up trying to blame English for alleged defective materials in some bridges, waving some photos around. Not sure WTF that had to do with it 😳

            • Pete Kane

               /  May 23, 2017

              Agree g, I thought he might find Bridges a good initial target. BTW is my imagination or has Ron Mark been away for quite a while now?

            • Gezza

               /  May 23, 2017

              Well, if he’d waved some photos of the robotic Bridges around & asked about allegedly defective materials used to construct him I mightn’t have switched back to Aljaz so quickly. I didn’t notice who was with Winnie, only that some female MP behind English looked quite a bit like Harrison in Court.

            • Pete Kane

               /  May 23, 2017

              Barbara someone from TKC, new Junior whip. Wait to you hear her voice given your comments (correctly) on young reporters.

  3. PDB

     /  May 23, 2017

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/92868642/labour-candidate-drops-out-no-future-as-white-middle-class-male

    So this bloke must be bad if he ranked only 72nd on the Labour list, or is the Labour selection process to blame for keeping out good candidates? Obviously people such as Mr Jackson & Mr Coffee are far better prospects.

    • PDB

       /  May 23, 2017

      *Coffey* – *Coffee* is something people actually want.

  4. Pickled Possum

     /  May 23, 2017

    Ariana Grande concert in Manchester people fled in panic as “bomb’ sound was heard.
    a number of fatalities confirmed. Al Jazeera news

  5. PDB

     /  May 23, 2017

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11861351

    Terrorist attack? Or did people panic about a technical problem and hence some were crushed to death?

    • PDB

       /  May 23, 2017

      KEY POINTS
      Reports of explosions at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
      Greater Manchester Police confirm there have been fatalities and that a number of other people are injured.
      The incident occurred at 10.45pm, local time, according to the BBC.

  6. duperez

     /  May 23, 2017

    “Alex Swney, former high flyer now bankrupt, will live a ‘downgraded’ lifestyle on prison release”

    How many years of living a ‘downgraded’ lifestyle make up for how many years of living an
    “upgraded lifestyle”?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/92886920/bankrupt-alex-swney-will-live-a-downgraded-lifestyle-on-prison-release