What’s on RNZ News at midday – Jan 24
National Party Leader Simon Bridges says the Government has not delivered for Māori as promised; and Government scientists say they should have a lab test setup to screen for the deadly coronavirus in New Zealand by the end of next week.
1.Government scientists say they should have a lab test setup to screen for the deadly coronavirus in New Zealand by the end of next week. No cases have yet been identified here but the new virus has killed 18 in China and infected more than 650 people globally.
2.The World Health Organization Emergency Committee says it's not time to declare an international emergency over the new virus. Although, it is an emergency in China.
3.An American Biotechnology company is assessing whether it's experimental Ebola treatment could be used to treat the coronavirus. Gilead Sciences says it's an act of discussions with researchers and clinicians in the United States and China over the Wuhan outbreak and about the potential use of its antiviral drug remdesivir.
4.A 28-year-old man has been charged with dangerous driving causing death after his passenger died while he was fleeing police near Taupo early this morning. The passenger, a 45-year-old man died after the vehicle crashed into a tree.
5.Higher household and transport costs helped push consumer inflation higher in the past three months. Official figures show the Consumer Price Index rose 0.5 percent in the three months ended December. Meanwhile, the annual inflation rate edged up to 1.9 percent from 1.5 percent. Increases in airfares, petrol, and rents, were the main cost pressures, offsetting falls in fresh food.
6.The National Party Leader Simon Bridges says the Government has not delivered for Māori as promised. Bridges and his delegation have been welcomed onto Rātana Pā near Whanganui for what is the first major political event of the year.
7.Donald Trump has been accused of undermining national security in a bid to be re-elected as US President. Democrats are continuing their argument for the President’s removal from office as the impeachment debate continues in the Senate.
8.Myanmar has rejected a genocide ruling by the UN’s top Court saying it distorts the picture. The International Court of Justice has ordered Aun San Suu Kyi’s Government to put in place measures to prevent the genocide of Rohingya Muslims.
9.Crews remain at the scene of a tanker plane crash in southern NSW which killed three US firefighters. The NSW Rural Fire Service lost contact with the Lockheed C-130 Hercules yesterday afternoon.
10.The sawmill industry says subsidies overseas make it hard to run mills profitably. The comments follow the likely closure of a mill in Northland. The Chairman of the Wood Processors & Manufacturers Association Brian Stanley, says he would not be surprised if all timber in New Zealand is imported before long
11.The Police National Dive Squad has joined the search for a teenage boy missing off the coast of Dunedin. The search for the teenager began about 4.30pm yesterday afternoon after a report from a member of the public that the boy had gone into the water of Second Beach and not resurfaced.
12.The National Party says the Government spending too much time helping people with hardship grants. Official figures show that since 2014 the amount of time work and income staff spend on getting people into work has been steadily decreasing.
13.Aucklanders still don't know what caused yesterday's intermittent power cuts that has left businesses in the CBD out of pocket. Lines company Vector is investigating the blackout which struck the central city and large parts of Parnell and Grafton. The outages struck at lunchtime - a busy period for many businesses - forcing some shops to shut their doors and others to cancel orders.
14.Trucks are hauling about a million in litres of sludge everyday from a Wellington wastewater treatment plant to landfill after another major pipe failure. Wellington Water says the complicated repair job may take over a month.
15.Picton's port has reopened after a gas leak led to evacuation and caused some ferry delays today.
16.A road safety campaigner is calling for the Government to immediately slash speed limits outside urban schools. Speed limits will fall to as low as 30km/hr near schools over the next decade.
17.Hot and dry weather is set to bake much of the country this weekend. The Met service says temperatures are expected to reach 30°C in Eastern parts and South Islands.
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