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Govt. Says No To Varroa Mite Eradication
Carter Holt Harvey “Mothballs” Paper Mill
Electricity Price Rise Outragous
Fiji: 9 Hostages Released
Bank Fees In Oz “Provisionally Illegal”
Scoop World: Middle East & Camp David
One Tough Kiwi Fireman
Auckland GE Protests
A Positive Future For Local Government
Scoop World: Aussie Becomes UN Military Chief – Bill Gates Helps Africa

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Guest Night Growth Continues
Scoop Business: Freedom Not Free To Pay Debts
The Internet As A Neural Net

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Govt. Says No To Varroa Mite Eradication

- The Government decision not to eradicate the Varroa bee mite ensures that New Zealand's honey and bee industries will never again be the same, Green Party Agriculture spokesperson Ian Ewen-Street said today. The Government has decided against opting for eradication because the costs would be too high. See... Greens angry at Varroa Mite decision [1] . Last night, Terry Gavin, President of the National Beekeepers' Association, made a last-minute, impassioned plea to the Government to eradicate the mite. See... Eradication Must be the Option [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00185.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00163.htm


Carter Holt Harvey “Mothballs” Paper Mill

- Employment and Social Services Minister Steve Maharey said he was sad to learn of the decision by Carter Holt Harvey to mothball its Mataura Paper Mill from 18 August. Mr Maharey said WINZ staff would be actively assisting affected staff to find new employment opportunities. One hundred and fifty-five staff are to lose their jobs as a result of the decision. See... Mataura paper mill mothballing [1] . “Jim Anderton's job machine is in reverse gear because so far it's destroying jobs, not creating them”, National's Finance spokesperson and Clutha Southland MP Bill English said today See... Job-machine in reverse [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00179.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00182.htm


Electricity Price Rise Outragous

- The Green Party has slammed TransAlta's decision to double its fixed charge to electricity customers, saying it will set back efforts to improve energy efficiency. Last night energy retailer TransAlta doubled its fixed charge to customers, significantly increasing the cost of many people's monthly power bills. See... TransAlta price rise outrageous [1] . “The Minister of Energy has been sitting on his hands so long now in regards to electricity power prices he must be developing a severe case of cramp in them,” said New Zealand First’s Energy Spokesperson, Peter Brown MP. The comment comes after a report released yesterday shows power companies are over-charging consumers an average of $120 a month. See... Energy Minister Has “Cramp” In His Hands [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00181.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00172.htm


Fiji: 9 Hostages Released

- Suva: Nine of the 27 hostages held by rebel leader George Speight were released from the Parliamentary complex early this morning, with a promise that the final 18 would be released tomorrow. See... Fiji: 9 Hostages Released, 18 To Go [1] in the Headlines wire. Meanwhile, Kiwi tourists were among many forced to flee the exclusive Turtle Island resort last night. A threatened take-over of Nadi airport by Sabeto landowners the night before, highlights the vulnerability of New Zealanders in Fiji, says Foreign Minister Phil Goff. See... Goff urges New Zealanders to avoid Fiji [2] . Green MP Keith Locke wants Fijiian troops under New Zealand command to be sent home from East Timor, and Fiji to be excluded from all future UN peacekeeping missions. See... Fijian peacekeepers should go home - Greens [3] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00061.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00157.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00175.htm


Bank Fees In Oz “Provisionally Illegal”

- A furore is breaking out in Australia after a consumer watch dog ruled yesterday that the way some bank fees were now set was “provisionally unlawful” John Howard reports. See... Provisionally Unlawful Bank Fees In Oz [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00060.htm


Scoop World: Middle East & Camp David

- President Clinton has invited Israeli and Palestinian leaders to Camp David in another attempt to gain a long term solution for the Middle East. The following is a White House transcript of a press conference between the three leaders on the eve of the conference. See... President Clinton, Yasser Arafat And Ehud Barak [1] in the International wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0007/S00035.htm


One Tough Kiwi Fireman

- A New Zealander has been judged the world's third toughest firefighter following a gruelling competition between 5,000 firemen and women from 60 countries who had gathered in Paris to test their strength in the World Fireman's Games. An Australian came first followed by a Frenchman with the Kiwi fireman third.


Auckland GE Protests

- A second morning vigil was held outside the Sheraton Hotel, Auckland where Alabama scientist Dr C.Prakash was a guest speaker of the Life Sciences Network at a Biotechnology conference . See... Vigil challenges overseas scientist's food claims [1] in the Politics wire. AUCKLAND GE PROTESTS FULL COVERAGE - NANDOR TANCZOS - GE conference rehashing tired myths [2] - PETITION PROMOTER - Indian scientist launches international petition [3] - Text Of Petition [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00037.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00140.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0007/S00015.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0007/S00013.htm


A Positive Future For Local Government

– “Almost exactly one year ago I came to address this conference as Leader of the Opposition. I said then that I came to offer a positive vision for the future of local government under a new government.” - Expanding Local Govt Needs Transparent Funding [1] - OWEN JENNINGS - Local Government Reform: Another Hit For Business [2] - OWEN JENNINGS - Council Abuses People And Their Property Rights [3]


[1] - LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONFERENCE FULL COVERAGE - FEDERATED FARMERS - http://www.scoop.co.nz/onference LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONFERENCE FULL COVERAGE - FEDERATED FARMERS -
[2] -
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00166.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00165.htm


Scoop World: Aussie Becomes UN Military Chief – Bill Gates Helps Africa

- Australian Major General Tim Ford is the new Chief UN Military Advisor [1] . Meanwhile Microsoft boss Bill Gates is showing is compassion for Africa and has launched an African AIDS Initiative [2] with Merck & Co.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0007/S00033.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0007/S00031.htm

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Guest Night Growth Continues

- Guests spent 1.4 million nights in commercial accommodation in May 2000, up 83,000 over May 1999, according to Statistics New Zealand's Accommodation Survey. See... Guest Night Growth Continues in May [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0007/S00056.htm


Scoop Business: Freedom Not Free To Pay Debts

- Telecom New Zealand today announced that its 025 contract with pre-paid mobile phone company Freedom had been terminated for non payment of debts. Telecom was continuing service to the estimated 60,000 customers of Freedom. See... Telecom Offers Service To Freedom Customers [1] in the Business wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0007/S00055.htm


The Internet As A Neural Net

- Finding brains online is easier thanks to an Kiwi internet innovation. See... Brains Online Save Time & Money [1] in the Education wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0007/S00008.htm

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