While thinking of what to write for your latest current events dosage, I found it quite difficult to think of anything other than ‘CRICKET CRICKET CRICKET’ (and I only really learnt the rules last week…). I’m definitely not knowledgeable enough to be talking about, or commenting on, sport, so if you’ve been consumed like I have, here’s what’s been going on off the cricket pitch.
Earlier this week, a Germanwings plane - flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf - crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 on board. After the cruising altitude was reached, the plane began its descent; and though Air Traffic Control attempted to make contact, they received no response. The black box from the crash scene has since revealed that the pilot left the cockpit, and subsequently was locked out by the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz.
After searching Lubitz’ home, investigators found that Lubitz had been dealing with depression, and had supposedly been written off sick for the day of the flight. However, Germanwings say they never knew about the illness, nor the sick note. French prosecutors have said that Lubitz intentionally flew the plane into the mountain.
Air New Zealand immediately decided to push through a rule that two crew members must be in the cockpit at all times of the flight.
Verdict for accused
Shivneel Kumar, 20, and Bryne Permal, 22, have been found guilty of murdering 21-year-old Shalvin Prasad. The trial lasted nearly one month, and the verdict was reached after 20 hours of deliberation by the jury. In January 2013, Kumar and Permal forced Prasad to withdraw $30,050 from his account; they then assaulted Prasad, put him in the boot of their car, and set him alight. The accused then used the money to pay off debt, and to purchase a new car, as well as other various items.
Shalvin Prasad - [Image cred]
The Northland by-election was held yesterday, with Winston Peters coming out on top. Winning by a 4,012 vote majority, the NZ First leader claimed what has historically been a National seat. Peters spent most of his campaign asking the National Party to spill details on previous Northland MP Mike Sabin, and arguing that National had let down the people of Northland. National’s current candidate, and the other major contender, Mark Osborne, fared well, but ultimately fell well short of Peters. On the other hand, Labour’s candidate only received 1,315 votes, compared to her 9,000 at the election last year - indicating that Labour MP’s voted strategically for Peters instead.