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Scoop World: Microsoft Corporation Thwarts Competition
Call To Free Parliamentary Pork
Scoop Is In The House
Scoop World: Doomsday Cult Link
New Rights For Live In Lovers
LENT2K
The News Will Get Out
Queen Mum Not Good Enough

Coaster Legal Action Waste Of Time
Petrol Prices Yo-Yo Down
Compulsory Membership Attack On Rights
Have A J On International “J” Day
Grandparents Access To Children
Sex Abuse Of The Disabled
Accident Premiums Falling
Harre And Wilson Want To Talk Youth Rates
Super Set Free
Fish Fight Back
Preventing Global Warming
Telecom Wins Reprieve In 0867 Stoush

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Bill Gates Has Been In Court Before


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Scoop World: Microsoft Corporation Thwarts Competition

- A US District Court Judge has ruled that Microsoft broke federal antitrust laws when it acted to protect its monopoly in the Windows operating system. See... Judge Rules On Microsoft Decision [1] . For the full text of the District Court ruling see... Microsoft Court Ruling [2] . Microsoft Corp. said that it plans to appeal today's ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson See... Microsoft to Appeal U.S. District Court Ruling [3] . Earlier judge handling mediation between the company and the government abandoned the proceedings see... Microsoft Anti-Trust Case – Mediating Judge’s Statement [4] all in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00019.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00018.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00016.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00017.htm


Call To Free Parliamentary Pork

- Wellington Green MP Sue Kedgley is calling on Parliament to stipulate Bellamys does not serve pork from pig farms that use sow crates. See... Bellamys must set example over factory farming [1] in the Parliament wire. Meanwhile The Minister of Consumer Affairs, Hon Phillida Bunkle has given her personal support to the animal rights groups opposed to the use of dry sow stalls in pig farming. See... Personal Support For Petition - Phillida Bunkle [2] in the Parliament wire. A petition signed by more than 75,000 people calling for 60cm-wide sow stalls to be phased out in New Zealand was presented on the steps of Parliament today. See... Kedgley Promotes End To Sow Crates [3] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00025.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00024.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00018.htm


Scoop Is In The House

- Today’s questions of the day concerned: Helen Clark And The West Coast – April 1 Tax Changes – Constitution Conference – Pig Rights – West Coast Development Package – Government Super Fund – West Coast Jobs – Korea – Heather (Minister) Simpson – Prison Population – Rodney Council – Transmission Gully. See... SCP HOUSE: Questions Of The Day [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00011.htm


Scoop World: Doomsday Cult Link

- With only mint leaves to ward off the lingering odour of decomposing flesh, mourners gathered at Uganda's doomsday cult compound in Kanungu yesterday for a service in memory of the 1,000 known victims of the biggest mass murder in modern history. See... Link: Doomsday cult toll predicted to exceed 1,000 [1] . Calling for concerted efforts to make globalization work for all nations, United Natinons Secretary-General Kofi Annan today unveiled a forward-looking report that outlines the main challenges facing the United Nations in the twenty-first century and sketches out an action plan for addressing them. See... Unveiling "Millennium Report", "We The Peoples" [2] in the wire. For a speech on UN and Globalization see... HOT LINKS: UN and the forces of globalization [3] .all in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00014.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00013.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0004/S00015.htm


New Rights For Live In Lovers

- Cabinet decided yesterday to back a bill extending existing matrimonial property rights legislation to cover de facto relationships - including those between gay and lesbian couples. Chris Holm reports. See... Defacto Couples To Be Given Property Rights [1] in the Headlines wire. National has been swift to condemn the announcement saying the Government is wrong and has gone too far with its proposed changes to relationship property rights. See... Govt goes too far imposing property rights [2] in the Parliament wire. ACT says more research is necessary. See... No research done on effects of De Facto Bill [3] in the Parliament wire. Meanwhile Christian Heritage Leader Graham Capill has described the Government’s decision to include homosexual and de facto couples in an amendment to the Matrimonial Property Act as “a sad day for the New Zealand family”. See... Bill Undermines Marriage And Puts Children At Risk [4] in the Politics wire.


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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00019.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00015.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00006.htm


LENT2K

- The word "Lent" comes from an Old English word, meaning "spring." It refers to the lenten or spring fast, a Christian observance which precedes the celebration of Easter, that most joyous of all Christian festivals. See... Lenten Reflections Of Rev. Raymond Oppenheim [1] in the Headlines wire. See also... Lenten Reflections Of Monsignor Charles Cooper [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00007.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00002.htm


The News Will Get Out

- The New Zealand High Court has taken the unprecedented step of ordering pages to be ripped from the upcoming issue of a leading current affairs magazine. See... Investigate Mag Going On Sale, Despite Gagging [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00019.htm


Queen Mum Not Good Enough

- Australia Post is in hot water because it is refusing to produce a special stamp to commemorate the 100th birthday of the Queen Mother. Other countries, including New Zealand, are producing special stamps. John Howard reports. See... Queen Mother Rejection For Oz Stamps Angers [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0004/S00010.htm

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Coaster Legal Action Waste Of Time

- On a TV show this morning one of New Zealand's top lawyers said West Coast leaders have a slim chance of winning further legal action against the government over their policy of ending native logging on public land. See... Top Lawyer Says Further Coast Action Pointless [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00013.htm


Petrol Prices Yo-Yo Down

- Shell New Zealand led petrol prices down by 1 cent across all grades this afternoon. This is the second time in a week the company has reduced prices for petrol and diesel. See... Shell Slashes Petrol Prices Twice In A Week [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00024.htm


Compulsory Membership Attack On Rights

- A Government move which cements compulsory membership of students associations is an attack on the Bill of Rights Act and inconsistent with both moral and international obligations, according to concerned students. So says student group Prebble’s Rebbles. See... Govt Attacks Bill Of Rights [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00012.htm


Have A J On International “J” Day

- This year, an estimated one million people will be in the streets for the largest single direct action for the reform of cannabis law in the history of the world! See... International J-Day [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00011.htm


Grandparents Access To Children

- “I believe the Shared Parenting Bill being debated in Parliament this week offers hope to grandparents who are currently denied access to their grandchildren. Many grandparents are missing out on being part of their grandchildren’s lives”. Elderly rights group Grey Power on the Shared Parenting Bill. See... Grey Power On Shared Parenting Bill [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00009.htm


Sex Abuse Of The Disabled

- Rape Crisis and IHC have developed new information on sexual abuse for people with an intellectual disability. See... Rape Crisis And Ihc Produce Sexual Abuse Resource [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0004/S00003.htm


Accident Premiums Falling

- The government has reduced workplace accident insurance average premiums for the self-employed by 11% since last year, said Accident Insurance Minister Dr Michael Cullen. See... Self-employed premium falls [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00021.htm


Harre And Wilson Want To Talk Youth Rates

- The Labour-Alliance Government is seeking public feedback on options for increasing the minimum wage of 16 and 17 year olds and employees on training contracts. See... Government consults over youth minimum wage [1] in the Parliament wire. The Government's decision to lower the age at which people must be paid the adult minimum wage could restrict employment opportunities for young people says the Employers' Federation. See... Minimum wage move restricts choice for young [2] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00020.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00021.htm


Super Set Free

- The Government Superannuation Fund will be allowed to diversify its investment portfolio to seek better returns, Finance Minister Michael Cullen announced today. See... GSF to diversify investment for better returns [1] in the Parliament wire. For business analysis of the announcement see... Government Super Fund to reduce bond portfolio [2] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00017.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0004/S00023.htm


Fish Fight Back

- New Zealand Seafood Industry Council chief executive Dr John Valentine said today that the industry was concerned about the misleading picture that Green activist and MP Sue Kedgley painted about the results of the Total Diet Survey. See... Seafood Industry Concerned At MP Maligning Seafood [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0004/S00008.htm


Preventing Global Warming

- Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today welcomed the Government's support for her Energy Efficiency Bill, saying the bill is New Zealand's first step towards warding off climate change and its destructive impacts. See... 1st Green Bill - 1st Step To Stop Climate Change [1] Also see... Govt to support Energy Efficiency Bill [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00014.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0004/S00016.htm


Telecom Wins Reprieve In 0867 Stoush

- Telecom today welcomed the decision of the High Court at Auckland to delay an interim injunction hearing until next week. See... Telecom Welcomes Court Decision [1] The new free Internet Service Provider i4free yesterday applied for an injunction to stop Telecom from cutting lines servicing the new company. See. Telecom Chops Off Muscular Dystrophy Association [2] . The action was in response to Telecom New Zealand pulling the plug on the provider the day the new service was to be launched to the public. Telecom said it was removing i4free to protect consumers using the Telecom network. See... Telecom Moves To Protect Phone Customers [3] . For an earlier statement by i4free see...Free Internet Rival Threatened By Telecom [4] all in the Business wire.


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