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People Smuggling Syndicate Busted
Scoop Is In The House
Putin’s Blood
Tobacco Tonic Of The 21st Century?
Sport Success Equals Business Prowess
A Plague Of Rabbits
Scoop's Lies, Distortions And Omissions
Scoop Opinion: Say Sorry Your Highness
Rain Means Cricket is Abandoned

Helen Clark - The View From The Top
The New Employment Relations Act Revealed
Greens On Drifting Sprays
Dairy Merger Stalls
School Curriculum Consumers
Fringe Tax System Means More Work For Bosses
ACC Legislation – Amendments Needed
PM Home From South America -
Probation Officers Deny Charges
New Meaning On The Web
A Look At The Endeavour

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People Smuggling Syndicate Busted

- Organised criminals who traded in human beings were helped by corrupt New Zealand officials to help run their multimillion dollar operation police say. Chris Holm reports. See... People Smugglers Helped By Corrupt Kiwi Officials [1] in the Headlines wire. See also... Minister briefed on Auckland police operation [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00052.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00209.htm


Scoop Is In The House

- Today’s Questions concerned the subjects of: Chilean Relations – Press Secretary Contracts – Antibiotic Superbugs – Economic Development – Napier Health Centre – Growth And Job Forecasts – Kindergarten Teachers – Moutoa Gardens Conflict Of Interests - Science And Innovation – TPK CEO Reports To PM – ACC Investments – GE Possum and Stoat Control – Truth In Sentencing – Te Waipareira Trust. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00056.htm


Putin’s Blood

- Could Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have authorised the bombing of Moscow apartments to a start a war in Chechnya? Scoop carries a link to an article from English newspaper the Observer with new evidence to support this claim. See... Scoop Link: Moscow Bombings Linked To Putin [1] in the International wire. See also Scoop's Alastair Thompson's commentary on the latest developments in the Russian election campaign...Two Weeks From E-Day Putin’s Web Begins To Fray [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0003/S00055.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00054.htm


Tobacco Tonic Of The 21st Century?

- Tobacco, the product that has received so much bad press and has been implicated in illness, disability and death, may yet turn out to be a lifesaver. John Howard reports. See... Tobacco A Lifesaver? [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00055.htm


Sport Success Equals Business Prowess

- The astonishing performance records of the world’s best sporting organisations are at the centre of a new business book designed to show companies how to get to the top and stay there. See... NZ leads in a ground-breaking business book [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0003/S00072.htm


A Plague Of Rabbits

- Rabbit numbers in parts of Australia are on the increase amid fears they are building an immunity to the RCD calicivirus. John Howard reports. See... RCD Proves Ineffective In Australia [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00053.htm


Scoop's Lies, Distortions And Omissions

- The following rather trenchant criticism of Scoop was written in response to a series of editorials by Alastair Thompson and carried on Scoop before, during and after the conflict in Kosovo last year. Robert Rodvik is an internet activist who has had some of his work published in Scoop. See... Feedback: Amazing Lies, Distortions And Omissions [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00051.htm


Scoop Opinion: Say Sorry Your Highness

- Pope John Paul II didn't go far enough in making is appeal to God for forgiveness of the ancient sins committed against humanity by the Catholic Church. But it's time also for The Queen to apologise for the sins of her ancestors. John Howard writes. See... Scoop Opinion: More Apologies Wanted [1] . In a surprise move on Sunday Pope John Paul asked forgiveness for the many past sins of his Church, including its treatment of Jews, heretics, women, native peoples and babies. However he made no mention about the Church’s treatment of homosexuals. See... Sorry For Everything - Pope John Paul [2] both in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0003/S00050.htm
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Rain Means Cricket is Abandoned

- Thunderstorms and heavy rain in Auckland today meant today's fourth day of cricket between New Zealand and Australia had to be abandoned. Umpires called the game off at about one o'clock after rain poured down moments after they walked onto the pitch. In an excellent second innings in the field yesterday New Zealand's Black Caps took five wickets to leave Australia all out for 229 on the third day of the first test at Eden Park. At stumps New Zealand was on 151 for 5. See... Newsflash: Aussies All Out for 229 In 2nd Innings [1] in the Sport wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SP0003/S00009.htm

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Helen Clark - The View From The Top

- Today was a day of celebration for the Prime Minister and her government on the 100th day in office. See... The first 100 days of the new Government [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00208.htm


The New Employment Relations Act Revealed

- Labour showed the detail of the Employment Relations Act today when it introduced the legislation into Parliament. See... The Employment Relations Bill: An Overview [1] , Employment Relations Bill Restores Fair Conditions [2] , Employment Relations Bill FAQ [3] , Employment Relations Bill - Gen. Policy Statement [4] and Employment Relations Bill: Productive relations in the workplace [5] ; all in the Parliament wire. The bill which replaces National’s Employment Contracts Act, puts new controls on strikes and lockout actions and gives extra rights to unions. National says the Bill is worse than expected and totally out of step with modern businesses and today's generation of workers. See... Employment Relations Bill worse than expected [6] . Unions are the big winners out of the Government's Employment Relations Bill, says Employers' Federation Chief Executive Anne Knowles. See... Unions the big winners - Anne Knowles [7] both in the Parliament wire.


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Greens On Drifting Sprays

- Green co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said the four and a half year delay in recognising the poisoning of a Northland farmer by chemical spray drift highlighted the extreme difficulty victims have in establishing their claim and obtaining redress. See... Greens support chemical trespass ban [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00217.htm


Dairy Merger Stalls

– New Zealand’s two biggest dairy companies have failed to merge after executives failed to agree about their respective asset sizes. The interests of individual dairy farmers must override the self-interest being exhibited by the directors of the two major potential partners in the stalled dairy mega-merger proposal, National Agriculture spokesperson Gavan Herlihy said today. See... Interests of dairy farmers must be paramount [1] . The breakdown of the dairy mega-merger negotiations means business prospects for thousands of dairy farmers are uncertain, and ACT New Zealand says farmers themselves should now force the issue. See... Wide issues for farmers to decide [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00202.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00195.htm


School Curriculum Consumers

- Education Minister Trevor Mallard today welcomed the publication of a second article about the school curriculum in the latest edition of Consumer magazine. See... Minister welcomes interest in school curriculum [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00201.htm


Fringe Tax System Means More Work For Bosses

- Employers Federation Chief Executive Anne Knowles says the Government's move to a 3-tier fringe benefit tax system will mean more work for employers. See... FBT system more work for employers - Anne Knowles [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0003/S00065.htm


ACC Legislation – Amendments Needed

- New Zealand First wants amendments to improve benefits to accident victims in the ACC legislation which is to be debated in Parliament this afternoon. See... NZ First Says Aim ACC Bill At Victims [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00199.htm


PM Home From South America -

Prime Minister Helen Clark returned from Chile today excited by the potential for building better economic and other relations with Latin America. See... Prime Minister Returns From Latin America [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0003/S00196.htm


Probation Officers Deny Charges

- Two suspended Auckland probation officers charged with drug offences are strenously denying the charges. The union representing the two women, the PSA, has called for ‘some basic fairness and common-sense, particularly from the media’ over the allegations ‘ which are unproven and unsubstantiated.’ See... Probation officers deserve ‘a fair go’ – PSA [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0003/S00033.htm


New Meaning On The Web

- On 14 March 2000 the Oxford English Dictionary Online will be launched on the world-wide web at www.oed.com. On view will be the full text, currently in 20 volumes -- 60 Million Words describing nearly three-quarters ... See... The Oxford English Dictionary Goes Online [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0003/S00056.htm


A Look At The Endeavour

- The replica of Captain Cook's famous ship The Endeavour at Queen's Wharf in Wellington yesterday - Photos Tori Buttle. See... Scoop Images: The Great Discoverer's Famous Ship [1] in the Art & Culture wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0003/S00042.htm


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