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Petrol Price Rises: Cheap Saturday Morning Petrol At Shell
Sludge Report: Hikers To Joseph’s Tomb Deliberate Provocation
Howard’s End: What A Gem!
Todd Simpson: Presidential Hopefuls Strike Dissonant Censorship Note
Upton On Line: Met-e-morphosis
Business Forum ‘Cynical Manipulation,’ Leaked Papers Show
Amnesty International Report Critical Of Israel
Youth Suicide Issue Must Be Aired
Greens Raise Morning Star Flag, As Troops Gather In Papua
Waikato University Votes For Compulsory Unionism In Controversial Circumstances
CLEAR Joins Spectrum Race
Dollar Rebounds Slightly This Morning


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Petrol Price Rises: Cheap Saturday Morning Petrol At Shell

- Shell has decided to delay an "inevitable petrol and diesel price increase" until midday tomorrow, saying motorists deserve a break on the long weekend. Most of the other major oil companies raised prices yesterday and today. See... Shell Holding Off Petrol And Diesel Increases [1] , Caltex Raises Petrol Price 4c A Litre [2] and Middle East Tension, Weak NZ$ Push Prices Up [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0010/S00166.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0010/S00165.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0010/S00160.htm


Sludge Report: Hikers To Joseph’s Tomb Deliberate Provocation

- IN THIS EDITION: Just as peace appears close a deliberately provocative act by the Israelis is running a risk of turning the tide back again towards chaos. See... Sludge Report #36 – Hypocrisy In The Middle East [1] . Previous sludge... Sludge Report #35 – Let Every Voice Sing Out [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00114.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00105.htm


Howard’s End: What A Gem!

- Australia has its precious gems like opal, sapphire and diamonds but New Zealand hasn't been similarly blessed - right? Wrong! Imagine a rare gemrock with precious red ruby, blue sapphire and crystal all encased in emerald green - and it's unique to New Zealand. See... Howard's End: A Secret National Treasure [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00115.htm


Todd Simpson: Presidential Hopefuls Strike Dissonant Censorship Note

- Americans, by and large, oppose censorship of any kind. The first amendment to our Constitution gives every American citizen the right to speak his or her mind on any issue. This tenant is arguably the very core of democracy. See... US Elections: Censorship Noises From Both Sides [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0010/S00112.htm


Upton On Line: Met-e-morphosis

- Strange speculations (and some out-right fantasising) have caused upton-on-line to disclose the forthcoming transmorgrification of this publication. By a process of neural re-engineering that is still awaiting FDA approval (and could yet be stopped in its tracks by the Royal Commission on genetic nasties) See… Upton-on-line October 20th [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00415.htm


Business Forum ‘Cynical Manipulation,’ Leaked Papers Show

- Opposition Finance Spokesperson Bill English has released secret Government briefing papers for next Tuesdays Business Forum which, he says, “portray the Forum as nothing more than a cynical manipulation of the good intentions of the business community.” See... Leaked papers Government wants "pawns and yes-men" [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00408.htm


Amnesty International Report Critical Of Israel

- “In policing the recent demonstrations, the Israeli security forces tended to use military methods rather than policing methods involving the protection of human lives,” Amnesty International said. See... Israel/Occupied Territories: Findings Of Amnesty [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0010/S00150.htm


Youth Suicide Issue Must Be Aired

- Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton says he has been overwhelmed by the response to Wednesday night’s “Questions” programme on youth suicide. See... The Youth Suicide Toll Must Come Down [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00411.htm


Greens Raise Morning Star Flag, As Troops Gather In Papua

- Green Members of Parliament raised West Papua's "Morning Star" flag on the steps of New Zealand Parliament yesterday, to welcome OPM representative and West Papuan exile, Mr John Ondawame. Mr Ondawame was also welcomed by MPs from the New Zealand Government's Labour and Alliance parties. See... Green MPs Raise Morning Star Flag In NZ [1] and Fears Of Indonesian Crackdown In Irian Jaya [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0010/S00151.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0010/S00149.htm


Waikato University Votes For Compulsory Unionism In Controversial Circumstances

- “It took a secret vote, held during study week when few students are on campus, with 24 hours notice, only one side of the debate being heard and unconstitutional actions on behalf of the Waikato Students' Union (WSU) for a compulsory vote on student student union membership to be achieved at Waikato University." See... Civil Rights at Waikato Squashed in Backroom Deal [1] . See also... Maharey welcomes the end of an error [2] OTHER REACTION - Waikato Result Welcomed [3] - Waikato Students Overturn Voluntary Membership [4] - 10% Support Not A Convincing Mandate [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0010/S00030.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0010/S00420.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0010/S00029.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0010/S00031.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0010/S00032.htm


CLEAR Joins Spectrum Race

CLEAR Communications' Chief Executive Peter Kaliaropoulos today announced the company's intention to bid for spectrum in the current mobility auction. See... CLEAR looks to add to wireless portfolio [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0010/S00167.htm


Dollar Rebounds Slightly This Morning

- The New Zealand dollar is looking a little healthier this morning, trading at US39.54 cents at 11.45am, after dropping to US39.25 cents overnight. Links to dollar in motion - (Yahoo!- USD CROSS [1] )


[1] - http://quote.yahoo.com/m5?a=1&s=NZD&t=USD

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