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Scoop Today - Rounding Off The News Week

HEADLINES

Scoop World: Love Bug Virus Spreads
HARD NEWS IS HERE!
Not Doomsday
Rimu Contracts Misinformation Claims
JayDay 2k
Newsflash: Siamese Twins Die
Extending "I Do"
Scoop World: Wahid Calls For Press Freedoms
Scoop Arts: The Next Loop

Parents Appointed Lawyer For Ellis Inquiry
Spectrum Discount For Maori
Select Committee News
Treaty Concerns In The Fishing Industry
Toothfish Cheats Using Name Changes
TB In Lambton Quay
Homer's Online
Bi-Lingual Road Signs
Halt All GE Work - Greens
Employers Or Autocrats?

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PHOTO STORY: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00030.htm
Apocalypse Now? The Planets Align, Source NASA

TOP SCOOPS

Scoop World: Love Bug Virus Spreads

- A computer virus dubbed the ``Love Bug'' wreaked havoc on computer systems worldwide on Thursday, shutting down e-mail systems at major companies and penetrating the Pentagon, the Central Intelligence Agency and Britain's Parliament. See... Link: 'Love Bug' Computer Virus Sweeps World [1] in the International wi re. The anti-virus company F-Secure has posted a technical description [2] of how the LoveLetter worm infects and replicates. Meanwhile The anti-virus specialists Symantec are on the case. See. Symantec Offers Protection From Love Letter Worm [3] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00031.htm
[2] - http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/love.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0005/S00032.htm


HARD NEWS IS HERE!

- GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES . . . there can be few experiences more chastening than having to pass up on big a drum 'n' bass gig where you've got your name on the door because ... your gout's playin g up. See... HARD NEWS 5/5/00 - Judge Not, Citizen [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00029.htm


Not Doomsday

- Tonight the planets will line up. Not as well as they do in the image above but rather in the night sky. Looking at the sky they will appear to make form an arc from the horizon up towards what wou ld be close to the two o'clock position. Scoop has compiled a set of links to web sites on the phenomena. See... Planetary Alignment - Not The En d Of The World [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00030.htm


Rimu Contracts Misinformation Claims

- West Coasters are angry today that Greens co-leader, Rod Donald, and some sections of the media are perpetuating the myth that rimu contracts were signed in secret just befo re Labour's policy was announced. Scoop's West Coast Correspondent John Howard Reports. See... Coasters Angry Over Contracts Misinformation [1] in the Headlines wire. Meanwhile representatives of the wood sector of the National Distribution Union are to meet with Deputy Prime Minister, Jim Anderton, over the weekend in attempt to try and retain West Coast ri mu contracts. See... Time To End "Emotive Bull" Over West Coast Logging [2] also in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00031.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00027.htm


JayDay 2k

- The National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NZ) in association with the International Cannabis Campaign (UK) & Cures-Not-Wars (USA) presents a rally for the legalization of marijuana: See... INTERNATIONAL "J" DAY Saturday 6 May 2000 [1] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00033.htm


Newsflash: Siamese Twins

- The Siamese twins born on Tuesday have died peacefully this morning in their mother's arms. Chris Holm reports. See... Newsflash: Siamese Twins Have Died [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00028.htm


Extending "I Do"

- This afternoon the House debated a notice of motion proposed by Attorney General Margaret Wilson which will give the house the ability to combine bills on defacto property rights and same sex c ouples property rights. The Bill is almost certain to survive intact. Scoop's Alastair Thompson reports. See... SCP HOUSE: Matrimonial Propert y Motion [1] in the Headlines wire. See also... Government Moves To Marry Thousands Today [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00026.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00093.htm


Scoop World: Wahid Calls For Press Freedoms

- JAKARTA, May 4 (AFP) - Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid has issued a strong endorsement of freedom of expression and said it was the duty of government to protec t press freedom, Agence France Presse reports. See... Government Should Protect Press Freedom [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00032.htm


Scoop Arts: The Next Loop

- Oh me oh my - we've been flat out here at LOOP, bringing you a good time courtesy of LOOP 9, due in stores 8 May. From the mouths of musos - check out the word on the New Zealand music scene, tales of oppression and opportunity, the deal with quotas and much more.See... The LOOP Print Emailer [1] in the Arts & Culture wire .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0005/S00008.htm

MORE SCOOPS

Parents Appointed Lawyer For Ellis Inquiry

- Minister of Justice Phil Goff announced today that he has appointed Ms Kristy McDonald QC to assist the parents of the children who gave evidence at the Christchurch c ivic crèche case to make submissions to the current inquiry into the case. See... Ellis Inquiry Legal Representation [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00131.htm


Spectrum Discount For Maori

- The Government is seriously considering giving a pan-Maori trust the exclusive right to purchase one of the four blocks of third generation (3G) spectrum to be auctioned in the forth coming 2GHz auction. See... 2Ghz Auction [1] in the Parliament wire. National is not impressed and says the Government is treading on dang erous ground with a radio spectrum deal "designed to placate Maori members of its caucus". See... Radio spectrum deal dangerous precedent [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00122.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00130.htm


Select Committee News

- There were 18 committee meetings, all of which were in the parliamentary complex. See... Select Committee News Bu lletin [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00129.htm


Treaty Concerns In The Fishing Industry

- The New Zealand Seafood Industry Council science and policy manager Michael Harte said the council is deeply concerned that the Labour government has signalled it will u se private property rights to settle Treaty claims. See... Private Property To Settle Treaty Grievances [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00037.htm


Toothfish Cheats Using Name Changes

- There is mounting evidence that toothfish poachers engaged in IUU fishing have been changing the names of those of their vessels generally known to have been involved in IUU fishing, with the intention of subverting the CCAMLR Catch Documentation scheme by making it difficult to identify toothfish as having come from IUU sources. See... Toothfish Poachers Changing Vessel Names [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00033.h tm


TB In Lambton Quay

- Farmers Trading Company Limited Managing Director, Wayne Walden today confirmed the company has been working closely with the public health service to ensure tuberculosis protocols are being followed. See... Statement From Farmers Trading Company Ltd [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0005/S00016.htm


Homer's Online

- Gisborne's Elephant Seal, HOMER, has his own web site at www.homer.co.nz. See... Homer, Gisborne's Rogue Sea Elephant, Goes Online [1] in the General wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0005/S00015.htm


Bi-Lingual Road Signs

- Local Government Minister Sandra Lee says whole of NZ should consider following South Island lead on bilingual road signs. See... NZ should consider following South Island lead [1] in the Parliament wire.-


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00127.htm


Halt All GE Work - Greens

- Green MP Sue Kedgley said today all work on recently discovered unauthorised genetic engineering experiments should be halted at once, until the Environmental Risk Management Authority has looked at these experiments and decided how to proceed. See... Unauthorised GE work should be halted now [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00125.htm


Employers Or Autocrats?

- "The Employers' Federation proposal to exclude employees who earn more that $69,900 from the rights and protections of the new Employment Relations Bill is undemocratic," said Mr Ian Pow ell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists. See... "Employers' Federation Proposal Undemocratic" [1] in the P olitics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00034.htm

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