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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
POV: The Pre-crime Gene Discovered
Link: War On Iraq Already In Motion
Guest Opinion: Three Steps To Total Oil Domination
David Miller: Russia Makes Trade Deal With Iraq
Intern Urgently Required At Volunteering NZ
Up A Flagpole Over Oz Climate Change Stand
Local Justice Fails Women In Nigeria And Pakistan
Big Balclutha Turnout For Meningococcal Disease Talk
Retiring Fonterra Chairman Says He Was A Caretaker
The Wind Told The Trees
They're Watching Us... Oh Yes, They Are Watching Us

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
ACT Roles Assigned, Prebble Back In Rude Health
Statistics Not Telling The Cancer Waiting Time Story
Squabbling Over Seats Reveals Fractious Opposition
Designing Our Way On To The World Stage
Young Writers, Win A Trip To El Alamein With The PM
FBT Rate For Low Interest Loans Up
All About E-government
Sustainable Business Is Smart, And Profitable
Tourism A Key To Our Economic Future

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POV: The Pre-crime Gene Discovered

- In the new Tom Cruise movie Minority Report the police can predict with chilling accuracy just who will commit future crimes. The film is promoted as science fiction but if you look closely at a new report just released covering a study of 442 Dunedin boys over a period of 26 years you begin to wonder if the chill factor is not just on the screen. See... Pre-Crime Detection - It’s not all sci-fi [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00101.htm


Link: War On Iraq Already In Motion

- How do you tell a war has begun? This is not the 17th or 18th century. There are no highfalutin' declarations. Troops don't line up in eyesight of each other. There are no drum rolls and bugle calls, no calls of "Chaaa...rge!". See... Scoop Link: Iraq - The War's Already On [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00105.htm


Guest Opinion: Three Steps To Total Oil Domination

- The Bush Administration plans to topple the government's of Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia (in that order) to establish an American controlled oil cartel of Middle Eastern puppet states. See... How To Silence the War Drums on the Potomac! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00104.htm


David Miller: Russia Makes Trade Deal With Iraq

- The United States’ war on terrorism has just hit a major hurdle - one which may prove its undoing. This week Russia announced that it is set to sign an economic and trade cooperation agreement with Iraq. See... David Miller Online: Why Russia Will Save Saddam [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00102.htm


Intern Urgently Required At Volunteering NZ

- Volunteering New Zealand is looking for an intern to assist the National Development Manager with the setting of national standards for volunteer management for the complete voluntary sector. See... Internship Opportunity At Volunteering New Zealand [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00103.htm


Up A Flagpole Over Oz Climate Change Stand

- Canberra/Auckland, Tuesday August 21, 2002: In a peaceful protest today, three Greenpeace climbers, including New Zealander Michael Simpson, scaled the flagpole at Parliament House in Canberra, urging the Australian Government to ratify Kyoto now. See... Greenpeace climbers scale Australian Parliament [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0208/S00091.htm


Local Justice Fails Women In Nigeria And Pakistan

- Amnesty International is gravely concerned at today's decision by a Sharia court of appeal in Funtua in Katsina State, Nigeria, to uphold the sentence of death by stoning imposed on Amina Lawal, a young Nigerian woman who is alleged to have had a child out of wedlock. See... Death By Stoning Upheld In The Case Of Amina Lawal [1] . See also... Tribal Justice System Must Be Abolished Or Amended [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0208/S00088.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0208/S00089.htm


Big Balclutha Turnout For Meningococcal Disease Talk

- More than 300 Balclutha parents attended a meeting at South Otago High School last night to learn about group C meningococcal disease and what steps health professionals are taking in an effort to prevent further cases. See... 300 attend Balclutha Meningococcal meeting [1] . See also… Awareness Of Meningococcal Disease All-Important [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0208/S00032.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0208/S00030.htm


Retiring Fonterra Chairman Says He Was A Caretaker

- The Chairman of Fonterra Co-operative Group, John Roadley, today announced his intention to resign as Chairman of Fonterra immediately following the Annual General Meeting on 12 September. See... Fonterra Chairman To Resign [1] REACTION: - Dairy Farmers of NZ - Time to Move On [2] - Nats - Roadley Deserves Plaudits For Efforts [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0208/S00166.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0208/S00170.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00150.htm


The Wind Told The Trees

- Kauri trees and even the kauri clock in your kitchen may help unravel the secrets of El Nino weather conditions, according to researchers at The University of Auckland. See... Reading The Kauri Rings [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0208/S00031.htm


They're Watching Us... Oh Yes, They Are Watching Us

- Once again the silence continues around the crop circle phenomenon and one of the most spectacular and significant crop formations ever made. See... Amazing Crop Formation Discovered August 15th! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0208/S00087.htm


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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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ACT Roles Assigned, Prebble Back In Rude Health

- “The ACT Caucus met this morning to allocate spokesmanships and refine our strategic direction for the forthcoming Parliament,” ACT New Zealand Acting Leader Ken Shirley said. See... ACT New Zealand Portfolios [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00149.htm


Statistics Not Telling The Cancer Waiting Time Story

- Health Minister Annette King has exacerbated the problem of long cancer treatment waiting times in Waikato by ignoring Opposition calls for consistency in the recording of radiation treatment statistics, National Health Spokesperson Dr Lynda Scott said. See... Minister Must Make Cancer Records Consistent [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00148.htm


Squabbling Over Seats Reveals Fractious Opposition

- Progressive Coalition MP Matt Robson says the scrap between Opposition parties over seating arrangements in Parliament’s debating chamber shows that the Opposition will never work together. See... Divided, Self-Interested Opposition [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00146.htm


Designing Our Way On To The World Stage

- Germany means Mercedes-Benz and high-tech machinery. Nokia means Finland. Nestles and watches? Switzerland. And Toyota? Japan. These examples illustrate New Zealand’s global market potential. I don’t know what flora and fauna Japan and Finland have, but I certainly know about their high-quality, state of the art products. See... Formway Launches their award-winning “life” chair [1] SEE ALSO: - Formway - Have Confidence In NZ Design [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00147.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0208/S00169.htm


Young Writers, Win A Trip To El Alamein With The PM

- Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced an essay-writing competition aimed at choosing three secondary school students to travel to Egypt with the official government delegation for ceremonies to mark the 60th anniversary of the Second Battle of El Alamein. See... Young New Zealanders to visit El Alamein [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00140.htm


FBT Rate For Low Interest Loans Up

- The prescribed rate of interest used to calculate fringe benefit tax for low-interest, employment-related loans will increase on 1 October from 7.5 percent to 7.98 percent, Revenue Minister Michael Cullen announced today. See... FBT Rate For Low Interest Loans Up [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00145.htm


All About E-government

- I have been asked to speak on the Government’s perspective on e-government and broadband. See... E-localgovernment Forum - Trevor Mallard Speech [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00143.htm


Sustainable Business Is Smart, And Profitable

- As international markets in emissions emerge it will be important for businesses to understand their emissions and look at ways of reducing them — often to the benefit of their bottom line — or at trading opportunities as markets develop. See... Business Leadership On Climate Change [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00144.htm


Tourism A Key To Our Economic Future

- The key role of tourism as a driver of the New Zealand economy has been reinforced by research announced by the Tourism Minister, Mark Burton. See... Positive Outlook For Tourism [1] and Tourism Industry Conference - Mark Burton Speech [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00142.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00141.htm


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