THE LONDON BELARUS VAL ADAMS MEDAL DOPING SCANDAL NEWS REPORT – NZ 14.8.12
Matua Tamati Reedy explains why we should be proud of all of our athletes.
Tonight a nation looks at New Zealand’s sense of “fair play” in sports and society and how important it is to Kiwi culture - to being upheld. We also look at what cheats can cost their fellow competitors in making sporting memories – for their own home folk in major sports events too, or arena’s of achievement.
It’s a good theme of tonight’s news and where NZ is really at, in wanting to maintain a society that isn’t so rigged or manipulated unjustly.
In rough draft. News from New Zealand. TVNZ One@6pm News:
6.00pm - Val Adams. Can’t hand back the silver medal fast enough. The champ is in Switzerland for an interivew. Garth Bray reports.
6.03pm: Murray McCulley. “Some lengthy process before she’ll be presented with the medal.”
The Belarusian says her tests were clear, Nicole Brember, reports. Mike Stanley, said “she’d improved over the summer, so it did raise concerns.” The Belarusian athlete, N.O says: “It simply cannot be.”
Graeme Steel, “It’s well known how it acts and how it stays in the system.” Soviet Union Ivan Tikhon, “Athens doping athlete in Athens eight years ago had a doping scandal.” The unseated Belarus champion remains in denial, “I absolutely don’t know.”
Gabby Adams, Val’s gorgeous sister: “She’s beating Vale but not the fair way. Val’s a natural athlete. You can’t get more real that that.”
Val’s golden girl status is like Peter Snell as an athlete with this news.
6.06pm: Ewhan McDonald court case trial. Simon Bradley.
11 people in a jury found him not guilty.
One juror said today though, “I felt proud in a sense to be involved in something that is quite historic in one respect.” The juror had to cope with autopsy photographs. High emotion witnesses accounts. Surreal. Emotional.
The accused’s right to silence shows how important it is for the accused to be tested in court. Arson, criminal damage and theft is what McDonald is still to appear in court for.
6.08pm: New Brighton’s Matt Baxter doesn’t like the rain damage in New Brighton. Water logged streets. More rainfull than Ali Pugh has seen in a month. Farmers now faced with the task of draining fields. The problem will deepen before it eases.
[Netball's Grace Rasmussen - Bleacher Report].
6.08pm: Oamaru calving season in rain. Now it’s far more than they need. (eg: the opposite situation to Mid-West USA at same time of writing).
Jason Hayman, doesn’t like the rain. Timing couldn’t be worse. Half way through calving. A rural story: 20 local roads are impassable. Streams have turned to torrents washing away roads. Hayman says, the same time last year they would have been irrigating.
Tomorrow marks the start of white baiting season, yet few will brave rivers like Oamaru’s at the mo. Kids could stay home from school tomorrow. Buses cancelled.
6.12pm: Fox glacier skydivers plane crash. Barry Payne, pilot engineer. The C of gravity, imbalanced. The plane overloaded. Pam Bennett is extremely angry she lost her son to a preventable situation. Karen Bourke, didn’t know NZ wasn’t safe. Too late though for nine parties deceased.
6.14pm: Taiana Turia on the guy who molestered women and children – who is to be a neighbor. 42 different women were involved. And the Beast of Blenheim has never admitted his crime. That’s appalling says Tariana Turia.
6.15pm: Su’a William Sio. The gay marriage bill debate. Louisa Wall and David Shearer speak. David Cunliffe has been away to Europe. I’ve been refreshed and rearing to go. Shearer: I don’t want them to be focussing on side issues. I don’t believe I am not, not connecting. Getting the major messages to them. Corin Dann –an improved showing from him today.
[My thoughts: The way Shearer was introduced as a leader was rough. It was like a coup introduction -problematically played, via the media. In addition, on the "Zero Budget" day announcement coverage, live in Pariliament, all of Labour were playing to National as their audience, not to the nation or that TV coverage day. At the time, looking in - it was like: all of those people are one. That was the vibe. Not that this is a bad thing, yet if Mr Shearer wants to be taken seriously as a leader of the opposition then keep the hair buzzed and speak on issues above issues on infighting. A leader needs to be ten steps ahead of the pack and say those things to camera. Alright - that was a free consultation].
One more thing: NZ doesn’t realise, how we can’t afford rifts (in-party rifts, cross-party rifts), because the world’s economies outside of NZ just whizz on. We have so much building to do, new cities to plan, a South Pacific navy to develop for marine surviellance purposes of our lucrative resources protection. We need a NZ-led owned and self-determined marine surveillance plan for the Antarctic too in the years to come to protect the resources there as well. We also need to get the economies of the South Pacific Islands cousins up to par, so they are amping, let alone develop a better lifestyle for NZ citizens. It’s been absolutely eroded and NZ citizens need and deserve a better quality of life per average NZ citizen. When I see politicians being petty in light of all of those things that need to be done, I smile as people are only human. Then I think come on girls and guys! Geez! :) Life your game.
6.19pm: Minimum price for alcohol debate. Te Ururoa Flavell –not normal that alcohol is cheaper than milk or whatever. So no. Judith Collins doesn’t agree, as profits go into the profits of the alcohol industry. She has a point about minimum prices legislation. Lianne Dalziel also spoke.
[Added thoughts:--I think decent wines should be accessible to most Kiwis taste palates. Of young adults who do drink, many don't know what a decent drop of vino is, so how do we educate Kiwis more into that school of luxury normalness of being a Kiwi and our wine produce that is exceptional? People in California for example, really do get their wine's of NZ and Napa Valley etc. They also know of NZ's fame as a fine wine growing region of the world].
6.20pm: Nauru and PNG, will have Australia’s assylum seeker claims processed now, says Australia’s PM, Julia Gillard. In the 4.30pm news report with Melissa Stokes, Gillard had said, “The Australian people are over it, we’re all over it”–on watching people drown trying to get to Australia on the high seas illegally.
[Rugby football's Brodie Retallick - Getty Zimbio Photo].
6.21pm: 3rd mass shooting in the US in less than a month, Texas A & M story, where three people were gunned down tragically. [No.1 story in the USA at the time of writing too on the internet search engines. Again, gun law reform needs to happen in America. Post GFC years of economic altering of the US economy has made the wealthy more wealthy, the rest more angry. The rise of BigPharma products mixed with that anger and access to guns, equals a recipe for more tragedies like this - things gotta change here].
6.21pm: The Norway gun nutter massacre story, gets 20 seconds.
6.22pm. BBC’s Robert Piggot. The Vatican, a bastion of secrecy has been breached by the Pope’s butler. Watch clip if Catholic. Aggravated burglary is the butler’s charged. Cardinal Antusio Burtonia. Walshe, a historian, says the Vatican is run like a renaissance court, yet we live in the 21st century.
6.23pm: Jim gives the weather. Cape Campbell is on the rain radar. In the south, on top of saturated ground, run-off watersheeting, it’s quite rough. West Coast, the antithesis with beautiful sunny weather. Westport the high. 15.
Whangarei, Whitianga, Auckland shared the high 17.
ChCh is choked up with rain. Light Southerly and 6 degrees the high.
6.30pm: (My favorite story of the night, that reminds me of film school days): 50 years on air in Dunedin. In July 1962 Dunedin became the last of our main centers to turn on the box (TV). Wendy Petrie reports: Dave Howell original DNTV technician is one of the technicians featured in the story. The pioneers came from radio backgrounds. Peter Johnson, another technician of th era, says a camera was needed to be operated by three people in those days. The Marconi Mark4 camera, is the only one in the world still working. Max Bania, is reporting on the story from the historic garrison hall. It’s now home to the company that did the ChCh animated model rebuild blueprint video. The late Don McCutcheon was featured in this story. He was the father of Hugh McCutcheon, US volleyball team coach.
Sharon Alfonsi’s ABC coverage about Helen Gurley Brown, the grand dame of Cosmopolitan magazine. Author of Sex & The Single Girl, 1962. 3 years later, she took over Cosmo mag. ‘Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go somewhere else,’ is what New York City said of the writer. Her plastic surgery is out there. “Seduced the boss, then marry him,” reckons Peter Williams of the feminist activist’s work in those days.
[The legendary broadcaster: D.Sawyer's news clip - ABC].
6.34pm: Rio de Janeiro. Wendy Petrie says: The Olympics flag has just arrived there. Brazil will be 1st south American city to stage the game. The BBC’s Quentin Summeville is there. 200 projects are planned in Rio. Not since Athens has a city faced so many questions to host an Olympics. Eduardo Paes, Rio’s Mayor, “we have a long way to go.”
6.41pm: Sports. Andrew Saville: Valerie Adams is the lead story. Reignited the debate about the punishment of drug cheats. Do they get a second chance. N.O, Adams: I don’t want to waste anymore of my energy or my breath on her or anyone that’s involved in her. Toni Street reporting. Toni Dolphin, former sprinter is p*ssed for Val, saying “there’s nothing more frustrating, when you compete fairly and know someone else is cheating?” Nick Willis on twitter, “cheats must be court before the games.” The golden grin that should have always been there, is now firmly a smile on the athletes dial. The clip ends on a nice wave from Val. Cute. :)
Valerie Young has a word: Halberg, Snell and the Ever-Swindell twins double golden Olympian champs. Val should be up there. Young was the 5 times Commonwealth champion so she see herself in Val. In Jamaica in 1966 they were tested for drugs. Russians never competed again. Eastern Europeans doping is the the theme of this news story. [What about other countries?]
6.47pm: Steve Marshall: Derrick Barnes and Dave Dennis, Australia. Barnes showing in the Wale’s white wash got him noticed.
Robbie Deans coach. He’s definitely an option, but straight forward.
Steve reports: Sony Bill and Ma’a Nonu, are who Sydney wants to see play when the AB’s turn on a show. They’re dubbed mid-field muscle.
6.49pm: Chinese women’s rugby sevens in 2016 are a rising force says sevens coach, Scott Pierce. Gordon Tichens will also be offering expertise as well.
Netball Temepara George’s exit. Super coach, Waimara Taumaunu, thinks well of Grace Rasmussen, Anna Thompson and Emma Lees.
The hunt is on for the gold medal in deepest darkest Belarus. It should be some time no doubt.
Honestly, just mint a new one, in NZ. :)
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6.55pm: Jim does a beaut weather report, given the fact it’s such a mixed weather around the whenua. His delivery is even keel piloting for a change. Steady in tone. Wellington light winds tomorrow night.
Tonga and Fiji 31,24, (Jim’s pick of Isles) light showers around the periphery. The South Pacific looks kamokamo tropical too.
Best Interview of The Day: Mark Sainsbury‘s Close Up Team interview with Valerie Adams, of Tonga & NZ & South Pacific.
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