Nine To Noon

Friday 12 February 2016, with Kathryn Ryan

Pilots insist random drug and alcohol testing ineffective

9:08 AM. Random testing for alcohol and drugs Random testing for alcohol and drugs will become compulsory in 2017 in the commercial aviation and maritime industries, but the Airline Pilots Association says there is little evidence that will make flying safer.The Association's medical officer Herwin Bongers says random testing is just part of the picture of dealing with pilots who may have a problem with drinking or drugs.

The discovery of gravitiational waves

9:28 AM. Renowned mathematician Roy Kerr who in 1963 solved Einstein's equations for black holes on the detection of gravitational waves which proves spinning black holes exist.

Vets under pressure

9:35 AM. The Veterinarian Association says it's aware that it's members are vulnerable to stress and pressure and says the profession has a high suicide rate. It says rural vets as well as their city counterparts report significant levels of stress. The Association is working with the Vet Council on initiatives to improve the wellbeing of members. Association President Caroline Robertson says her organisation is also providing more mentoring for graduate vets starting out.

Asia correspondent Charlotte Glennie

9:50 AM. Asia Correspondent Charlotte Glennie who says a bloody brawl in in Hong Kong this week took everyone by surprise - including police.

09:05 Airline pilots insist drug and alcohol testing of pilots will be ineffective

Random testing for alcohol and drugs Random testing for alcohol and drugs will become compulsory in 2017 in the commercial aviation and maritime industries. But the Airline Pilots Association says there is little evidence that will make flying safer.

0920 The discovery of gravitiational waves

3D visualization of gravitational waves produced by two orbiting black holes.

3D visualization of gravitational waves produced by two orbiting black holes.

Photo: Henze, NASA

Renowned mathematician Roy Kerr who in 1963 solved Einstein's equations for black holes on the detection of  gravitational waves which proves spinning black holes exist.

09:30 Vets under pressure

The Veterinarian Association says it's aware that it's members are vulnerable to stress and pressure and says the profession has a high suicide rate.
It says rural vets as well as their city counterparts report significant levels of stress.
The Association is working with the Vet Council on initiatives to improve the wellbeing of members.
Association President Caroline Robertson says her organisation is also providing more mentoring for graduate vets starting out.

09:45 Asia correspondent Charlotte Glennie

10:05 Amy Cuddy - body language

Amy Cuddy

Amy Cuddy

Photo: supplied

Amy Cuddy is a Harvard Business School social psychologist who studies how non-verbal behaviour and snap judgements affect people from the classroom to the boardroom. Her TED talk, 'Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are' has been immensely popular, attracting more than 31 million views since 2012. Her recent book, Presence - talks about bringing your boldest self to your biggest challenges. Amy Cuddy says our body language not only affects how other people see us, but also it may change how we see ourselves.  At Harvard, Amy teaches MBA, executive education, and doctoral courses on power & influence, leadership, and decision-making.

10:30 Book Review: Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett

Reviewed by Tilly Lloyd, published by Profile Books Allen & Unwin, paperback 

10:45 The Reading: Some Say Love it is a Flower - by Sue Wootton read by Sonia Yee

A woman buys a red rose for her lover. She imagines possible scenarios in their relationship as she walks through Dunedin.

11:05 Grant Smithies' music review

Grant Smithies showcases songs by three international acts performing here over the next three weeks: American "riot grrrl" punk trio Sleater-Kinney, Jamaican rhythm legends Sly and Robbie, and Melbourne indie pop darlings, Twerps.

Artist: Sleater-Kinney
Song: Oh!
Comp: Tucker/ Brownstein/ Weiss
Album: One Beat
Label: Kill Rock Stars
Broadcast Time: 3'56"
 
Artist: Sleater-Kinney
Song: Words and Guitar
Comp: Tucker/ Brownstein/ Weiss
Album: Dig Me Out
Label: Kill Rock Stars
Broadcast Time: 2'23"
 
Artist: Sly And Robbie
Song: Computer Malfunction
Comp: Shakespeare/ Dunbar
Album: Reggae Greats: A Dub Experience
Label: Island/ Mango
Broadcast Time: 4'57"
 
Artist: Twerps
Song: Stranger
Comp: Twerps
Album: Range Anxiety
Label: Flying Nun/ Chapter/Merge
Broadcast Time: 2'52"
 
11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

11:45 The week that was with Te Radar and Elizabeth Easther