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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
Supercomputer Weather: Rain At Last In Hydro Catchments
ComCom Extension On Qantas/Air NZ Merger Raises Ire
A Roadmap To A Peaceful Palestine Is Published

SCOOP ECONOMIC SPECIAL...
EDITOR'S NOTE – It's The Economy Stupid!
The U.S. Dollar Is On The Move – Down
Analysis: Cicero On The Decline & Fall Of The Greenback
The Numbers On The U.S. Bubble Economy Revealed
Economic Commentary: A Paradigm Shift In The Markets
Mapping The Real Deal: How To Beat The American Tapeworm

Guest Opinion: Islam And Innovation
Greenpeace Reveal WMD Locations
The Ideal Political Ruler As Defined In The Bible
Tui Awards Kick Of NZ Music Month
Katya Rivas's Crusade Of Love

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Middle East Roadmap May Work Says Goff
May Day Remembered
Govt Announces Pre Budget Vocational Package
CTU Encourages Co-Operative Approach
Robson On Politics
National’s Got It Wrong
Families Commission Bill Delights Dunne
Holding Hands For The Privy
SARS Secrets And Duct Tape
Pseudoephedrine Ban Silly
Winston Demands That Govt Stops Importing People
Damien’s No Smoke Speech
Part Of Waikato Expressway Opens

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Mapping The Real Deal
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The American Tapeworm

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is In The House

– For Today’s questions for oral answer see... Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 01 May 2003 [1] - This Week's Ministerial Q&A Transcripts - Tuesday [2] - Wednesday [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00019.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0304/S00534.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00006.htm


Supercomputer Weather: Rain At Last In Hydro Catchments

- According to the latest NOAA Supercomputer forecast up to 60mm of precipitation will fall in the vicinity of the MacKenzie Basin in the South Island over the coming 24 hours. See... Supercomputer Weather: Hydro Lakes Rain Forecast [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00006.htm


ComCom Extension On Qantas/Air NZ Merger Raises Ire

- A consortium of businesses who made a submission on the proposed merger and alliance between Air New Zealand and Qantas is outraged by the Commerce Commission’s decision to delay the timing of the conference on the draft determination and the final decision for 3 months. See... Timetable Should Not Change At Airlines’ Whim [1] and Air NZ and Qantas: Commission agrees extension [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0305/S00018.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0304/S00284.htm


A Roadmap To A Peaceful Palestine Is Published

- The diplomatic Quartet - comprising the United Nations, United States, Russian Federation and European Union - released its Road Map for a permanent solution to the Middle East conflict today. See... Quartet releases Road Map to Middle East peace [1] MORE: - Annan's "Off The Cuff" Comments On Roadmap [2] - UN Radio: Quartet presents Road Map [3] - Pledging UN support for Road Map [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00002.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00004.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00003.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00001.htm


*** Scoop Economy Special ***

EDITOR'S NOTE – It's The Economy Stupid!

- Today on Scoop we feature several fantastic pieces of economic commentary. They go a long way to explaining why on a day that the Fed Reserve's Alan Greenspan has been singing a growth aria [1] , the U.S. Dollar has fallen and sharemarkets remain in the doledrums.


[1] - http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,3604,946764,00.html


The U.S. Dollar Is On The Move – Down

- The US Dollar has fallen to record lows against the Euro over the past two days. The US is officially continuing to back its "strong dollar (Forbes Link)" [1] policy, but not everybody is convinced. Speculation on a falling dollar was fuelled today when the Der Spiegel magazine said an unnamed diplomat from Washington told European counterparts in Brussels it was part of U.S. foreign policy to have a weaker dollar. Live Prices - NZ Dollar/US Dollar Graph- Euro/US Dollar Graph MORE LIVE PRICE LINKS: Share Markets [2] - Currencies [3] - Oil Futures [4] - Spot Gold [5]


[1] - http://www.forbes.com/home_europe/newswire/2003/04/30/rtr957147.html
[2] - http://quote.yahoo.com/m2
[3] - http://quote.yahoo.com/m3?u
[4] - http://www.bloomberg.com/energy/
[5] - http://www.kitco.com/


Analysis: Cicero On The Decline & Fall Of The Greenback

- Well, wouldn’t that be a turn up. Fancy the US turning its Weapon of Monetary Destruction – the Dollar – into the means by which Colin Powell’s dark mutterings about ‘consequences’ for the French would be rained upon the cowering Gallic poltroons. See... Sean Corrigan: Consequences [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00004.htm


The Numbers On The U.S. Bubble Economy Revealed

- "At 6 a.m. on 12 June 2002, four FBI agents barged into the SoHo loft of Samuel Waksal, the former CEO of the biotech company ImClone Systems Inc, and led him away in handcuffs:" UCLA's Robert Brenner outlines the extent of the boom and bust problems facing the U.S. economy. See... Robert Brenner: Towards the Precipice [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00005.htm


Economic Commentary: A Paradigm Shift In The Markets

- Equity markets have been having a pretty good April thanks to the "end" of the war in Iraq and the boyish enthusiasm of speculators coupled with the terror of everyone else that they will be left behind when the market takes off to the topside. See... SRA Commentary: A New Paradigm [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00230.htm


Mapping The Real Deal: How To Beat The American Tapeworm

- "Holding the federal government accountable to obey the law and to obey the most basic principles of fiduciary management and Judeo-Christian stewardship sounds like a better plan to me than cutbacks, issuing IOUs and selling our drinking water and other natural resources." See... Mapping the Real Deal: The Solari Solution [1] and Mapping the Real Deal: The American Tapeworm [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00002.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0304/S00228.htm

*** Scoop Economy Special ***

Guest Opinion: Islam And Innovation

- In the immediate aftermath of September 11, Carly Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, addressing an IT conference in Minnesota, extolled the importance of innovation and ideas to the technology industry she represents. See... Amir Butler: Islam is the Answer [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00003.htm


Greenpeace Reveal WMD Locations

- Since the US and the UK are having such a hard time finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, we thought we'd lend a hand by providing this easy guide to the nukes we know about. See... Zoom on Doom: Easy-to-find Nuclear Weapons Map [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00011.htm


The Ideal Political Ruler As Defined In The Bible

- John Paul II sketched the profile of an ideal political ruler as presented in the Bible, underlining that his action should be governed by "moral integrity" and "commitment against injustice." See... Pope Sketches Profile of Ideal Political Ruler [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0305/S00010.htm


Tui Awards Kick Of NZ Music Month

- 2003 New Zealand Music Awards Results with a full list of awards and winners, links to images and audio... See... 2003 New Zealand Music Awards Results [1] - 95bFM presents NZ Music Week 5 – 11 May 2003 [2] MORE: - The Datsuns drive home four awards [3] -Dylan Taite: NZ music’s lifetime achiever [4] - Trinityroots And The Black Seeds [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0305/S00004.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0305/S00007.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0305/S00008.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0305/S00005.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0305/S00001.htm


Katya Rivas's Crusade Of Love

- In order for each one of you to progress, My Will must be fulfilled after the soul has managed to overcome certain difficulties predisposed by Me. See... Katya Rivas: Let Us Talk About Love [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0305/S00001.htm

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OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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Middle East Roadmap May Work Says Goff

- Foreign Minister Phil Goff today welcomed the release of the three-phase Roadmap designed to bring about peace between Israelis and Palestinians. See... Roadmap ambitious but achievable, says Goff [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00025.htm


May Day Remembered

- Labour Minister Margaret Wilson has marked May Day with a reminder of the continued gains being made for New Zealand workers under the Labour-led government. See... Labour Minister’s May Day reminder [1] - Progressives -Valuing workers on May Day with 4 weeks leave [2] - Nats - May Day for workers - mayday call by business [3] - EPMU - May Day rally for four weeks’ leave [4] - Capital Activities - Stop War By Ending Capitalism! [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00004.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00008.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00022.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0305/S00002.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0305/S00001.htm


Govt Announces Pre Budget Vocational Package

- Funding of $50,000 to develop a proposal for a national centre for vocational education and training research is included in the industry training package announced today. See... Budget 2003: Vocational education and research [1] - Govt - Budget 2003: Campaign to boost industry training [2] - Govt - Budget 2003: $85m industry package unveiled [3] - Progressives - Industry training boosts workers and industry [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00001.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00002.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00003.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00009.htm


CTU Encourages Co-Operative Approach

- “The CTU is an enthusiastic partner in the “Skill New Zealand” campaign with the Government and Business New Zealand,” Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson said today. See... CTU Enthusiastic Partner in Skills Campaign [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0305/S00013.htm


Robson On Politics

- Postcards to support the bill are out in communities and worksites and are flooding back. By Monday we had received 43 from Levin, 17 from Waitara and over 1,000 from the rest of the country. New Zealand Women's Weekly ran a two page article and in ... See... robson-on-politics May 1 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00026.htm


National’s Got It Wrong

- Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey is correcting mistaken assumptions made by National MP Simon Power about the $85m industry package announced by the government today. See... National confused on industry training [1] ALSO: - Nats - Business picks up tab for failing education system [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00023.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00016.htm


Families Commission Bill Delights Dunne

- United Future leader Peter Dunne today said his delight at the introduction to Parliament of the Families Commission Bill was somewhat tempered by how far National has fallen from the days when it was a party for the New Zealand family. See... Dunne: Who would oppose the family? [1] ALSO: - Parent’s Centre - Parents Centre applauds Families Commission [2] - Plunket - Families Commission has potential [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00007.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0305/S00007.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0305/S00006.htm


Holding Hands For The Privy

- A cross-party meeting was held today to discuss the proposed referendum on the Government’s plan to abolish the Privy Council. See... Proposed Referendum On Privy Council [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00024.htm


SARS Secrets And Duct Tape

- The Government's handling of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome cases in New Zealand is looking like a Chinese cover-up, says National Health Spokesperson Dr Lynda Scott. See... Secrets around SARS like China's cover-up [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00017.htm


Pseudoephedrine Ban Silly

- Waitemata DHB member Warren Flaunty's suggestion, to ban over-the-counter sales of cold and cough remedies containing pseudoephedrine in the DHB's catchment area, is absolutely ridiculous, ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy said today. See... Medicine Ban Ridiculous, Knee-Jerk Reaction [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00013.htm


Winston Demands That Govt Stops Importing People

- New Zealand First leader Rt Hon Winston Peters has demanded that the Government stop importing tens of thousands of immigrants who don’t speak English. See... Migrants Should Speak English Says Peters [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00014.htm


Damien’s No Smoke Speech

- Damien O’Connor Speech: Good morning, I would like to thank Dr Marewa Glover and her steering committee for inviting me to be here today to open this symposium. See... O’Connor Speech: Launch Tobacco Control Research [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00011.htm


Part Of Waikato Expressway Opens

- Transport Minister Paul Swain and Hamilton West MP Martin Gallagher welcomed the opening of a section of the Waikato Expressway, south of Rangiriri, today. See... Section of Waikato Expressway opened [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0305/S00010.htm

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