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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Telco Industry Discriminating Against Deaf People
National Releases Its Vision Of Prosperity
Teachers Plan Rolling Strikes For Term Two
Scoop Images: Anatomy of a Caning
Palestinians Won't Sit Passive - Arafat To Powell
Firas Al-Atraqchi: Arab Leadership Lacking
Chavez Return A Poke In The Eye To US Ambitions
Only Van Gogh Can Understand The PM's Pain
Prebble’s Letter: Courting Winston
It’s A Numbers Game … Of Two Halves

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Privy Council Valuable Neutral Umpires – ACT
Govt Takes Action Against Zimbabwe Administration
Trade Minister Welcomes Oxfam Report
Waikato Water Not Good Enough For Auckland Drinking
Don’t Deregulate Pharmacies – Greens
Lee Leads Delegation To Gallipoli

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Telco Industry Discriminating Against Deaf People

- Telecom is discriminating against deaf and speech-impaired people by failing to provide a "relay service" which would allow them to use the telephone, the Human Rights Commission has found. See... Telecom Breaching The Human Rights Act [1] and Ensure Telephone Services For Deaf Citizens [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00089.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00086.htm


National Releases Its Vision Of Prosperity

- Our Plan for Prosperity includes a number of strategies aimed at achieving this goal. Things such as upskilling our workforce, cutting business compliance costs and red tape, creating an environment that supports innovation, encouraging private/public investment partnerships, as well as lowering taxes - both business and personal - are all important and included in our strategy. See... National Plans For A World-Class Economy [1] REACTION: - David Carter [2] - Bill English [3] - Michael Cullen [4] - Greens [5] - Richard Prebble [6] - Business Roundtable [7] - Rodney Hide [8] - Young Nats [9] - Auckland CoC [10] - EMA [11] - CTU [12] - EPMU [13] - Wgtn Chamber of Commerce [14]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00191.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00193.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00192.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00194.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00196.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00195.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00080.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00199.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00083.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00082.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00081.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00084.htm
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00088.htm
[14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00087.htm


Teachers Plan Rolling Strikes For Term Two

- PPTA members resumed their national plan of industrial action today following the lack of settlement of their collective agreement. The action this term includes the introduction today of a ban on meetings outside the hours of 8am and 5pm, an NCEA compliance ban and rolling strikes from 30 April to 9 May. See... PPTA Industrial Action Continues [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00085.htm


Scoop Images: Anatomy of a Caning

- Theses images of the Wellington Hurricane's 20-13 upset of the defending Super 12 champions the ACT Brumbies on the Weekend come from Mark Graham, taking a break from photographing the Federal Parliament in Australia's capital, Canberra. - Scoop Images: Hurricanes Hit The Brumbies (1) [1] - Scoop Images: Hurricanes Hit The Brumbies (2) [2] - Scoop Images: Hurricanes Hit The Brumbies (3) [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00076.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00077.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00078.htm


Palestinians Won't Sit Passive - Arafat To Powell

- Yasser Arafat has made it clear – Palestinian people will not sit defenceless while an Israeli offensive continues against people in the West Bank and Gaza areas. See... Arafat Says Palestinians Will Not Be Defenceless [1] More Coverage From Selwyn Manning - Powell Arafat Meeting Set For Monday [2] - Summary Execution Used As West Bank Solution [3] - Multinational Peacemaking Force In MiddleEast - UN [4] - 17 Year-old Suicide Bomber Strikes Six Dead [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00075.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00073.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00072.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00071.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00070.htm


Firas Al-Atraqchi: Arab Leadership Lacking

- “The Princess has just donated her Rolls-Royce and an ox,” said the Saudi telethon host gleefully, pride swelling in his mid-sized chest. See... Firas Al-Atraqchi: Palestinian Lives Not For Sale [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00080.htm


Chavez Return A Poke In The Eye To US Ambitions

- On September 13th the New York Times rushed to gloat that one more opponent of the US Empire had been crushed. Never you mind that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez had been elected by overwhelming popular vote... See... Chávez Comeback Exposes US & Media Lies [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0204/S00053.htm


Only Van Gogh Can Understand The PM's Pain

- Helen Clark said that putting her name to a painting that she didn’t do was an error of judgement she deeply regrets and for which she apologises. "Politicians are under a lot of pressure to be helpful to many good causes, and to my certain knowledge, I am far from being the only MP to have been assisted with a contribution of this kind." See... Media Statement From Helen Clark [1] More On Clark's Creative Blunder - Scoop Feedback - Clark's Artistic Licence [2] - Peter Dunne - Politics And Integrity Take Another Blow [3] - Bill English - So What Can We Believe Now? [4] - Belinda Vernon - Clark's Art Fraud Speaks Volumes [5] - Libertarianz - Clark: Artless Dodger [6]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00189.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0204/S00079.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00197.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00187.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00188.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0204/S00076.htm


Prebble’s Letter: Courting Winston

- Helen Clark has been taking steps to shore up Labour's majority. For more than a month, Labour has been courting Winston Peters. There are signs that Labour is not really backing Margaret Wilson's campaign in Tauranga. See... Richard Prebble's Letter from Wellington 15/4/2002 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00203.htm


It’s A Numbers Game … Of Two Halves

- A Massey University mathematical scientist has discovered a new way to analyse rugby players' performance. The result could help both players and coaches find greater improvements by identifying the important features of an individual's match play. See… Rugby Research To Help Coaches, Players [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0204/S00005.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Privy Council Valuable Neutral Umpires – ACT

- ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks says the move by the Government for New Zealand to sever links with the Privy Council means we will lose a unique competitive advantage for a small remote country - access to neutral international referees to uphold impartial justice. See... NZ Lose Access to Neutral Legal Umpires [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00204.htm


Govt Takes Action Against Zimbabwe Administration

- The Government has formally put in place a ban on travel to New Zealand by twenty key members of the Zimbabwe Government and administration in an announcement today by Foreign Minister Phil Goff. See... New Zealand Takes Action Against Zimbabwe [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00205.htm


Trade Minister Welcomes Oxfam Report

- Oxfam's report on trade and poverty reduction, “Rigged Rules and Double Standards: Trade, Globablisation, and the Fight Against Poverty”, was a welcome contribution, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... Trade Minister Welcomes Oxfam Report [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00198.htm


Waikato Water Not Good Enough For Auckland Drinking

- Green co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons today said the case was getting stronger by the day for rethinking the use of of the Waikato Pipeline which will pump Waikato River water into Auckland's drinking water. See... And Aucklanders Will Be Drinking This? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00202.htm


Don’t Deregulate Pharmacies – Greens

- The Green Party is calling on the Government to abandon its plans to deregulate pharmacies, and is throwing its weight behind a campaign launched by pharmacists against the proposal. See... Abandon Pharmacy Law Change - Greens [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00201.htm


Lee Leads Delegation To Gallipoli

- Cabinet Minister Sandra Lee, Patron of the Waiheke RSA, will lead the New Zealand delegation to the annual Gallipoli commemorations on Anzac Day, 25 April. See... Lee To Lead NZ Delegation At Gallipoli [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0204/S00200.htm


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