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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY: Crown Says Five Years Jail OK For Zaoui
PM Said Jet-Plane-Plan Was Media Hot Air
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Russia: Eyewitness Reports on Beslan
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News & More Is There!
David Miller On The Killing Of Russian Innocents
Stateside: Where Rosalea Does Not Interview Arundhati Roy
Sheila Samples: Baseball And John Kerry
Greg Palast: The Grinch That Stole Veterans Overtime Pay
Re: John Kerry's Responsibility For His Own Slander

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Prison Overcrowding Should Not Have Been A Surprise
ACT's Letter: All Quiet On The Political Front
Anderton Continues His Attacks On Dr Brash
Asian Free Trade Deals Encounter Opposition
Arthritis Sufferers Treated Poorly
Flood Insurance Problems Lead To A Review Of The EQC
Govt. Provides Flood Relief To BOP Local Govt.
Goff's Off To Europe, The Baltic States & The United States
EU Trade Chief Visting New Zealand

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Scoop Is In The House

– For today's questions see… Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 7 September [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00130.htm

LEAD STORY:
Crown Says Five Years Jail OK For Zaoui

- The Crown yesterday closed day one, of a two day Court of Appeal hearing , arguing that provided the case was moving along, five years in jail may be an acceptable time for a Ahmed Zaoui to spend in jail whilst the process was completed. See... Five Years In Jail Acceptable For Zaoui – Crown [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00067.htm


PM Said Jet-Plane-Plan Was Media Hot Air

- National Party Finance spokesman John Key is relieved that Helen Clark has confirmed she was never serious about buying an exclusive Prime Ministerial jet. See... PM confirms plane talk all hot air [1] ALSO: - ACT - PM Refused To Answer Speeding Motorcade Questions [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00122.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00129.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Maui Gas: Experience the Depletion Cliff. [1]
  • HMNZS Te Mana Returns From ENDURING Freedom [2]
  • Maritime workers strike for secure, permanent jobs [3]
  • PCP study long overdue - union [4]
  • BSA upholds Nine to Noon complaint [5]
  • BNZ Comments on Access Brokerage Liquidation [6]
  • Arch Hill release Kilgour's fifth solo album [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0409/S00057.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00051.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00050.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00048.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0409/S00071.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0409/S00070.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0409/S00038.htm


    Russia: Eyewitness Reports on Beslan

    - NAZRAN, Russian Federation - Russian medical centres were overcome with the wounded and dying in the hours after Friday's violent conclusion to the hostage drama at a school in Beslan. The attack, by terrorists believed linked to some Chechen separatists… See... Beslan Eyewitness: This was Russia's September 11 [1] ALSO: - Govt - NZ condemns hostage-takers [2] - Kofi Annan - Horror At Hostage Death Toll At Russian School [3] - Russell Brown - HARD NEWS 06/09/04 - The Innocents [4] - World Vision - World Vision Offers Help In Russian Hostage Drama [5] - Red Cross - Red Cross Launches Russian Hostage Victims Appeal [6]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00088.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00099.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00074.htm
    [4] - http://publicaddress.net/default,1452.sm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00047.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00046.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Russian Federation: Amnesty expresses condolences [1]
  • Honduras: 2 years on killing of children continues [2]
  • Asylum Seeker Peter Qasim Now Detained 7 Years [3]
  • Nepal: Illegal Detentions & Union Deregistrations [4]
  • Asian Defamation Cases Should Be Dropped Says IFJ [5]
  • World: Med Experts Urge End to Child Executions [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00083.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00082.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00084.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00087.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00085.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0409/S00067.htm



    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00076.htm
    Frances, Songda & Ivan

    See also... http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00077.htm
    FULL COVERAGE: Hurricane Frances Aug.-Sep. 2004

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News & More Is There!

    - Our prisons are full and frontline police are having to act as jailers. It appears that the four new prisons we're currently building will provide insufficient capacity. Well, that's what you get when you alter the system so as to lock up even more people... See... Public Address 07/09/04: Locked Up And Glassy-Eyed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00074.htm


    David Miller On The Killing Of Russian Innocents

    - Vladimir Putin must be a very concerned man. Not only have Chechen rebels killed hundreds in the latest act of terrorism but also his self professed image as a man who can protect Russians against such an outrage has taken another blow. See... David Miller: Facing The Facts Behind Beslan [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00073.htm


    Stateside: Where Rosalea Does Not Interview Arundhati Roy

    - Getting somewhat big for my boots, I wrote to Arundhati Roy's agent to ask for an interview with the author when she was in the Bay Area recently. The request was declined. So, instead, I went to see her being interviewed by the journalist David Barsamian on stage at a local auditorium. And then interviewed myself. See... Stateside: An Interview with Arundhati Roy (Not) [1] and Book Review: An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00071.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00062.htm


    Sheila Samples: Baseball And John Kerry

    - So I'm sitting here with a sack over my head, trying to come to grips with reality. Facts just don't compute anymore. For example, it's a fact that on Sept 7 the New York Yankees turned in the worst loss in their entire century of kicking baseball ... See... Sheila Samples: When The Fiends Cry, ''Kill!'' [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00072.htm


    Greg Palast: The Grinch That Stole Veterans Overtime Pay

    - In celebration of the working person's holiday, Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao has announced the Bush Administration's plan to end the 60-year-old law which requires employers to pay time-and-a-half for overtime. See... The Grinch That Stole Veterans Overtime Pay [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00070.htm


    Re: John Kerry's Responsibility For His Own Slander

    - For several weeks now, our pampered press corps and millionaire pundits have continued to justify the slime of Swift Boat smears and GOP operatives, by saying that it is John Kerry's fault. See... John Cory: It's Kerry's Fault [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0409/S00069.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0409/S00042.htm
    Rialto Movie Of The Week: Super Size Me

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Prison Overcrowding Should Not Have Been A Surprise

    - The Justice Ministry's surprise that a tougher sentencing regime is actually being enacted and putting more people in jail reflects badly on the competence of that ministry and its advice, United Future's Marc Alexander said today. See... Alexander: Ministry's Surprise A Joke [1] MORE: - ACT - Bulging Prisons Need 'Vacancy' Signs [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00136.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00132.htm


    ACT's Letter: All Quiet On The Political Front

    - The country is still enjoying an Olympic afterglow. The men came through. A politically incorrect thought: where are the Maori athletes? Rowing and kayaking could increase the Beijing medal count if they can make their sport appealing to Maori. See... ACT's The Letter [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00124.htm


    Anderton Continues His Attacks On Dr Brash

    - The failed policies of the eighties and nineties continue to cost superannuitants more than hundred dollars a week, Progressive leader Jim Anderton told a Grey Power audience in Blenheim today. See... Brash costs superannuitants a hundred bucks a week [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00133.htm


    Asian Free Trade Deals Encounter Opposition

    Despite its Parliamentary research funding, the Green Party is not up to date on international trade and its value to New Zealand says Matt Robson. See... Greens' peasant village scenario threatens jobs [1] MORE: - Greens - Thais urge NZ: please don’t trade with sweatshops [2] - EPMU - Unions should be at China FTA bargaining table [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00137.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00128.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0409/S00052.htm


    Arthritis Sufferers Treated Poorly

    - Arthritis sufferers in New Zealand are treated like second rate citizens, says New Zealand First health spokesperson Barbara Stewart. See... Arthritis Sufferers Second Class Citizens [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00135.htm


    Flood Insurance Problems Lead To A Review Of The EQC

    - Finance Minister Michael Cullen today released the terms of reference for a review of the applicability of the Earthquake Commission scheme to floods and other natural disasters. See... EQC – what role for floods and other disasters? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00127.htm


    Govt. Provides Flood Relief To BOP Local Govt.

    - The government has allocated $3m to help councils in the Bay of Plenty remit rates for businesses trying to recover from the floods and earthquakes that devastated parts of the area in July. See... Rates relief for disaster hit areas of BOP [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00126.htm


    Goff's Off To Europe, The Baltic States & The United States

    - Foreign Minister Phil Goff leaves tomorrow to visit the Netherlands, France, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and attend the United Nations in New York. See... Goff to visit Europe, United Nations [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00125.htm


    EU Trade Chief Visting New Zealand

    - European Union trade commissioner Pascal Lamy is to visit New Zealand, Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today. See... EU trade commissioner Lamy to visit [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0409/S00123.htm

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