Thursday 18 December 2014, with Jim Mora
Audio from Thursday 18 December 2014
The Panel pre-show for 18 December 2014 ( 15′ 12″ )
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16:07 Topics - some plain and uncompromising advice on alcohol and advertising today from The Ministerial Forum set up to look at this issue. The Forum says the link between alcohol and sport was leading young people to drink, and drink heavily. So it's calling for a total ban on alcohol sponsorship of sport. We awoke this morning to news of a thaw in relations between the United States and Cuba. It's been over 50 years since the US enforced a trade embargo against Cuba's communist government. President Barak Obama says it's time for an end to the policy of frozen diplomatic relations and a trade embargo.
16:31 Topics - do we laugh or shake our heads at this story...a police officer described a motorist as "Irish" after the man tying his kayak sideways instead of lengthwise along his car roof. Police said it caused a potentially dangerous situation, the man was given a warning, ordered to remove the kayak and told to head back into town to get suitable transport arranged for the kayak before continuing his journey. Auckland City bowed out of the FIFA Club World Semifinals today, losing 2-1 to the champion San Lorenzo side from Argentina. But in reaching the semi finals, and in pushing the South Americans to extra time, they far, far exceeded expectations. Two examples in Auckland today of pedestrians being struck by cars. A six year old girl was hit when using a pedestrian crossing on West Auckland's Titirangi Road this morning. Police say early indications are that the girl was crossing on a green man signal, on her way to a dairy. We should note the driver apparently stopped immediately to help. The girl is said to be in a serious condition in hospital.