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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Hard News Is There!
Scoop's War - An Address From The Editor
NZ Reports It's First SARS Case To WHO
Scoop Was In The House
Eco-Economy: Earth's Eldorado
The Natives Of Iraq Are Getting Restless
David Miller: Regarding The Privy Council
A Beginners Guide To The Iraq War Aftermath
Controversial Films Cleared For Festival Screenings
Possum Bourne's Family Prepare To Say Goodbye
Vitamins Giant Product Recall - Chaos In Health Supplements Industry
Katya Rivas's Crusade Of Love

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Horrified At Helen? The Right-Wingers Are…
Teacher Funding Top-Up For Primary and Secondary Schools
Maharey Releases $8.6 Mil Tertiary Package
Bradford Says Govt Dodgy On Community Consultation
Arrests At Auckland Airport Pollution Depot
NZ Signs UNESCO Agreement
Govt Must Review Energy Laws
Retirement Savings Forum Welcomed
United Wants Easing of Conservation Laws
Franks Says Govt Must Reveal Consequences
NZ First Says Use OSH For SARS
Feel Assured? United Says Private Prisons Work
Internet Safety Kit Released
Cullen Speaks On Savings Fund Management

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Hard News Is There!

- Neil Morrison is "sad" to see me "wasting time on conspiracy theories" - to wit, the suggestion that the highly symbolic toppling of Saddam's statue in Firdus Square had the whiff of stage-management. Alright, then. Paranoid conspiracy theory or reasonable observation? See… Hard News 28/04/03: Paranoid [1] For the latest postings on Public Address see… HARD NEWS 28&29/04/03 – Compulsory Reading [2]


[1] - http://www.publicaddress.net/default,hardnews.sm#post403
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00224.htm


Scoop's War - An Address From The Editor

- The information war has been conducted on numerous fronts. Among the techniques used have been direct attacks on journalists, deliberate misinformation – i.e. lies, obstruction, legal threats and intimidation, linguistic sophistry, staged media events, planted information, forgery, and even cointel-pro type slander attacks on commentators and opposition figures. See... The Role Of Media In The Second Gulf War [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00223.htm


NZ Reports It's First SARS Case To WHO

- A HAWKE'S Bay woman who fits the international criteria for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome is to be the first New Zealand case reported to the World Health Organisation, the Ministry of Health says. See... New Zealand reports probable SARS case [1] . See also... Blue Zoo Beijing Closes As A Sars Precaution [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0304/S00038.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0304/S00035.htm


Scoop Was In The House

- Today's questions of the day concerned: 1. Electricity—Supply 2. Economy—Reserve Bank Statement 3. Economy—Reserve Bank Statement 4. Electricity—Dobson Hydro Scheme 5. Electricity—Savings 6. Social Policy—Development 7. Police—Car Crash Inquiries 8. Genetic Engineering—Risk to GDP 9. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome—District Health Boards 10. Schools—Staffing Review Group 11. Domain Names—The New Zealand Way Ltd 12. Electricity—Disruption of Supply. See... Questions Of The Day Transcript - 29 April 2003 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00534.htm


Eco-Economy: Earth's Eldorado

- America is earth's Eldorado. She came to be such because of ambitious men and women of drive and ability that knew no such word as fail, visionaries who were willing to gamble precious years of their lives today on a dream for tomorrow. See... Eco-Economy: Rebels vs. The Tory Establishment [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00222.htm


The Natives Of Iraq Are Getting Restless

- After Costly War, Iraqis Quickly Organize to Oppose U.S. Military Occupation - Interview with Wade Hudson, member of the Iraq Peace Team, conducted by Scott Harris See... Iraqis Organize to Oppose U.S. Military Occupation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00221.htm


David Miller: Regarding The Privy Council

- If I were a republican I would not be impressed with the Government’s latest effort to severe New Zealand’s ties with the monarchy. See... Abandoning the Privy Council? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00219.htm


A Beginners Guide To The Iraq War Aftermath

- What with Shia and Sunni and Ba'ath and imams and Syria and Abu Mazer and WMDs, it's no wonder many are confused in this post-Iraq-war period. Time once again to turn to that franchised series of books for easy-to-comprehend answers to difficult questions. See... Bernard Weiner: U.S. Iraq Policy for Dummies [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00218.htm


Controversial Films Cleared For Festival Screenings

- The controversial films KEN PARK and IRREVERSIBLE have both been passed by the Office of Film and Literature Classification. See... The controversial films KEN PARK and IRREVERSIBLE. [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0304/S00101.htm


Possum Bourne's Family Prepare To Say Goodbye

- A statement from Murray Brown, general manager of Possum Bourne Motorsport, on behalf of the Bourne family. See... Possum Bourne's Family Remain At His Side [1] and from last night… Possum Bourne's Condition As At 7pm - Monday 28 [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0304/S00099.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0304/S00094.htm


Vitamins Giant Product Recall - Chaos In Health Supplements Industry

- The Ministry of Health's medicines and medical devices safety authority, Medsafe, is aware of only three over-the-counter medicines manufactured by Pan Pharmaceuticals which may been distributed in New Zealand. See... Investigating Pan Pharmaceuticals medicines [1] and NZFSA investigating whether products sold in NZ [2] . See also... No Healtheries products affected [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0304/S00036.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0304/S00034.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0304/S00037.htm


Katya Rivas's Crusade Of Love

- On January 25, 1996, after 15 days' work, Catalina concludes this "dictation". As the reader can verify (CL-182), Jesus asks His "secretary" to call this manuscript "The Great Crusade of Love". See... Katya Rivas: The Great Crusade of Love – Foreword [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00217.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Horrified Of Helen? The Right-Wingers Are…

- Nats say all New Zealanders should be horrified by the Prime Minister's latest attempts to distance New Zealand from our traditional friends - Australia, the US and Britain. See... PM leads NZ further away from the US and UK [1] ALSO: - ACT - Helen Clark's Anti-NZ Tour [2] - More From The Nats -Govt hiding full story over apology [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00523.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00522.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00512.htm


Teacher Funding Top-Up For Primary and Secondary Schools

- Extra funding of close to $167 million over four years will provide an extra 774 primary and secondary teaching positions over and above those required for roll growth, Education Minister Trevor Mallard announced today. See... Budget 2003 - Funding for more teachers in schools [1] ALSO: - Govt - Funding for more teachers in schools [2] - NZEI - NZEI Te Riu Roa Welcomes Funding For More Teachers [3] - PPTA - More staffing = less headaches for schools [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00525.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00526.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0304/S00055.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0304/S00054.htm


Maharey Releases $8.6 Mil Tertiary Package

- A project to network New Zealand’s leading tertiary sector social scientists and to share their expertise with policy makers heads up an $8.6m package of initiatives announced today. See... Budget 2003: Social science research funding [1] ALSO: - Maharey Speech - It's my privilege to welcome you here today to what is a watershed in, to date, an inconspicuous social revolution. A strong word, revolution. But accurate in the sense that what we're focusing on over the next two days is a complete turnaround in the ... See... Maharey : Connecting policy, research, practice [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00515.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00513.htm


Bradford Says Govt Dodgy On Community Consultation

- Community-based social research continues to miss out on vital funding, despite Government pledges to foster a strong relationship with community groups, said Green MP Sue Bradford. See... Community research left out in cold? [1] ALSO: - Greens - Families suffer while Government dithers [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00529.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00527.htm


Arrests At Auckland Airport Pollution Depot

- Auckland, Tuesday, April 29, 2003; 3.00pm: Three Greenpeace activists have been arrested after police cut them away from blockading the entry point of the Auckland International Airport Incinerator. See... Activists Arrested: Incinerator Entrance Blocked [1] ALSO: - Greenpeace - Auckland, Tuesday 29 April 2003 – Auckland airport’s “legal” levels of dioxin will not protect the community from these poisonous chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects and endometriosis, Greenpeace said today, as it shut down the facility. See... “Legal” dioxin levels at Auckland Airport [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00177.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00172.htm


NZ Signs UNESCO Agreement

- Prime Minister Helen Clarke has signed an Arrangement with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) in Paris committing New Zealand to more active promotion of the World Heritage Convention. See... NZ support to cultural heritage preservation [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00173.htm


Govt Must Review Energy Laws

- Auckland (April 29) – The Auckland Energy Consumer Trust says the government needs to urgently review current laws that prevent electricity network owners like the AECT from investing in the electricity generation industry. See... Government fiddling while elderly freeze [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00174.htm


Retirement Savings Forum Welcomed

- The Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson today welcomed Government’s plans to hold a forum to revitalise employer based retirement saving schemes. See... Breaking the Barriers to Retirement Saving [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0304/S00176.htm


United Wants Easing of Conservation Laws

- United Future energy spokesman Gordon Copeland today called on the Government to amend the Conservation Act to get hydro-power schemes up and running so New Zealand doesn't keep facing power crises every few years. See... Copeland: Amend Conservation Act 'straitjacket' [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00528.htm


Franks Says Govt Must Reveal Consequences

- ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks today called on the Labour Government to let New Zealanders know the principles for the compensation for false convictions. See... Are You Mean, Or Are They Greedy, Mr Goff? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00524.htm


NZ First Says Use OSH For SARS

- New Zealand First education spokesperson Brian Donnelly has slated Ministry of Education officials for their position regarding the exclusion of students from schools as a protection against the spread of SARS. See... Principals Should Use Osh Legislation Over Sars [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00521.htm


Feel Assured? United Says Private Prisons Work

- United Future law and order spokesman Marc Alexander today accused the Government of putting ideology before common sense in opposing privately run prisons. See... Alexander: Private prisons work - end of story! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00517.htm


Internet Safety Kit Released

- A new internet safety kit for schools was launched at Wellington’s Hataitai School today by the Minister of Education Trevor Mallard and the New Zealand Police Commissioner Rob Robinson. See... Minister launches internet safety kit for schools [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00516.htm


Cullen Speaks On Savings Fund Management

- I would like to thank the organisers of today’s conference for the opportunity to brief you on the government’s perspective on the role of savings in the New Zealand economy, and on the future direction of superannuation, both public and private. See... Cullen Address to Savings and Fund Management [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00514.htm


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