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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Keith Rankin: Autism Baffles
Pay Offer Not Good Enough For Secondary Teachers
Streets Of London: Hard Online
Hawkins Says Crime Stats Largely Good Reading
Hole In Antarctic Knowledge Highlighted
Latest Stats Show Brain Gain Just A Blip – ACT
Still Haven't Gotten Over Mary From High School?
ASB Increases Floating Mortgage Rate
Transgender UK Fish Cause For Caution In Waikato
Has Your Corporation Done Enough To Earn A Roger?

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Rich Demands Charges Over Baby’s Death
Social Services Stocktake
Granny Steps Towards US Defence Alliance
More Health Cuts
No Need To Have A Cow Over Vehicle Emissions
They’ve Been Writing

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Keith Rankin: Autism Baffles

- If more than 1 in 50 children in the developed world are being diagnosed as autistic, then this is a global public health time-bomb that must be addressed immediately. See... Keith Rankin: Autism A 21st Century Pandemic? [1] SEE ALSO: - Ruth Dyson - New Funding For Autism Training [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0203/S00153.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00425.htm


Pay Offer Not Good Enough For Secondary Teachers

- PPTA president Jen McCutcheon said the Government’s latest offer was, once again, inadequate to meet the needs of secondary teachers. The offer contained two options, both of which were unacceptable. See... Thanks But No Thanks Mr Mallard [1] MORE: - Trevor Mallard - Letter [2] - Minister Expresses Disappointment [3] - Nats - Rejection Of Offer Sets Scene For 2nd Term Chaos [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0203/S00046.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00434.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00433.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00428.htm


Streets Of London: Hard Online

- Viagra is being sold over the Internet in Britain with very few questions asked. The authorities are clearly preparing for a fight. They need to curtail dubious on-line vendors of this much-vaunted mitigator of impotence. See... Streets Of London: Sure To Rise [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0203/S00154.htm


Hawkins Says Crime Stats Largely Good Reading

- Crime statistics for the 2001 calendar year are largely good news, with crime down, resolutions up and burglary at a 20-year low, Police Minister George Hawkins said today. See... 2001 Crime Statistics: Crime Down, Resolutions Up [1] MORE ON CRIME: - Nats - Violent Crime Soars, Govt Ignores [2] - ACT - Zero Tolerance [3] - Violent Crime [4] - Auckland [5] - Libz - Too Early for Zero Tolerance [6] - ACT - DNA Sampling Of Criminals [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00409.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00419.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00418.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00416.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00421.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0203/S00114.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00405.htm


Hole In Antarctic Knowledge Highlighted

- This week's report of the latest collapse of Larsen B ice shelf in Antarctica is a timely reminder that little is known about the behaviour of the Antarctic ice sheets and ice shelves and their role in global climate change, a New Zealand scientist said. See… Antarctic Knowledge-Gap Needs To Be Filled [1] and Scoop Images: Doomed Ice Shelf Makes A Break [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0203/S00026.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0203/S00023.htm


Latest Stats Show Brain Gain Just A Blip – ACT

- Latest migration figures indicate the brain drain reversal has ended, and is poised to start again after a blip caused by September 11, ACT Immigration Spokesman MP Penny Webster said today. See... Temporary Brain Gain Ending Says Webster [1] and External Migration - February 2002 [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00404.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0203/S00190.htm


Still Haven't Gotten Over Mary From High School?

- New Zealanders around the globe will be able to locate old schoolmates and work colleagues, thanks to a new website being officially launched tomorrow. See... First NZ Friend Find Service Launches Tomorrow [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0203/S00038.htm


ASB Increases Floating Mortgage Rate

- ASB Bank today announces an increase in its variable home lending interest rate, from 6.70% p.a. to 7.20% p.a. The increase is a result of increases in the 90-day bank bill rate, off which housing mortgages are priced. See... ASB Increases Variable Home Loan Interest Rate [1] . EARLIER: ASB Bank: Variable Mortgage Rates Should Rise [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0203/S00197.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0203/S00192.htm


Transgender UK Fish Cause For Caution In Waikato

- The activation of the Waikato Pipeline should be delayed and the project reviewed following groundbreaking British research that shows drinking water from British rivers is being contaminated with female hormones that change the sex of fish and may lower male fertility, Green co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said. See... Waikato Pipeline Must Be Reviewed [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00431.htm


Has Your Corporation Done Enough To Earn A Roger?

- George Baxter, one of the Auckland organizers says: “The Roger Award is part of our challenge to the “Centre-Left” Government – what are our elected representatives doing to control and roll back the power of the real, unelected government of New Zealand, the transnational corporations?” See... Finalists Named For The Roger Award [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0203/S00118.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Rich Demands Charges Over Baby’s Death

- According to Police, no charges are in the pipeline as a result of the death of Te Paa Manihera Rewhiti, a 12-week-old baby boy who may have been vomited on by his intoxicated mother before dying of pneumonia, giardia and probably septicaemia, says National's Associate Welfare Spokesperson Katherine Rich. See... Concern No Charges Laid Regarding Death Of Baby [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00420.htm


Social Services Stocktake

- A major stocktake of the country’s ability to provide social services for children and families is to get underway this year, Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey announced today. See... Major Stocktake Of Social Services Begins In July [1] and Maharey Speech: Meeting The Social Service Needs [2] REACTION: - Muriel Newman - Maharey Unable To Deal With Child Abuse [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00412.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00413.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00430.htm


Granny Steps Towards US Defence Alliance

- Reports that the United States may offer restoration of US coastguard ship visits will be a development welcomed by the National Party, if the Government can secure it, National's Defence Spokesperson Max Bradford said today. See... Labour-Alliance Govt Thwarted US Coastguard Visits [1] MORE: - Muriel Newman - Defence: An Australian View [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00424.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0203/S00120.htm


More Health Cuts

- The Otago District Health Board is the fourth health board in a week to go public saying that they are considering health cuts because of underfunding, National's Health Spokesperson Roger Sowry said today. See... Fourth Health Board Forced To Make Cuts [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00426.htm


No Need To Have A Cow Over Vehicle Emissions

- The Government should take a cautious approach to the findings of a report on the health impacts of vehicle emissions, rather than a knee-jerk reaction, says National's transport spokesperson Belinda Vernon. See... Caution Required Over Vehicle Emissions Report [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00417.htm


They’ve Been Writing

- The ACT Party's nine MPs have jointly authored a new book called “Old Values, New Ideas”. See... ACT MPs Publish New Book [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0203/S00402.htm

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