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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Scoop Is In The House
LEAD STORY: Bullies and Speeding Apologists Given Short Shrift By PM
Author Calls For NZ Help For Pacific Media In An Era Of Coups And Conflict
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Security Council To Be Briefed On Possible War Crimes In Sudan's Darfur
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
Watching The Buggers - A Serialised Play By Tim Barcode

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Hard News Is There!
Martin LeFevre On The Games Superpowers Play
Tony Baldwin On What Fonterra Is Up To In Oz
Uri Avnery Reports On Sharm-al-Sheikh's Breakthrough
Cartoon: Evolution Or Regression?
Resources: Is War In Iran Part Of A Grand Plan?
Four Years In The Life Of Bush's Faith-Based Initiative
Dipta Shah Considers What Is Missing From The Nepal Democracy Debate

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Students Given More Time To Submit Scholarship Papers
Greens Told To Get On Their Bike
Speedy Solution Urged For Speed Problem
Tommy's Pinball Wizzardry Could Soon Be Helped By Better Testing Regime
Coddington Pleased By NCEA Inquiry Prospect
NZ First Urges Caution With Fire Strategy
Food And Drink Critical To Good Living
Receiver Of Educational Free Lunch Criticises Free Lunch Hopefuls
Rural Health Forum In Big City Proves Popular

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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS

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Scoop Is In The House

– For Tuesday's questions & answers see... Questions & Answers Oral Answer - Tues. 15 Feb. [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00338.htm

LEAD STORY:
Bullies and Speeding Apologists Given Short Shrift By PM

- Last week the government and in particular George Hawkins came in for a barrage of opposition attacks. Yesterday the Prime Minister likened last weeks opposition attacks to schoolyard bullying. See... PM's Presser: Swedish PM, Speeding Nats & The NZQA [1] ALSO: - Greens - Police should prioritise 111 and speeding [2] - NZ First - How Many Detectives Issue Traffic Tickets? [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00164.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00330.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00334.htm


Author Calls For NZ Help For Pacific Media In An Era Of Coups And Conflict

[1] - New Zealand must take a higher profile in media training and help raise journalism standards in the South Pacific to strengthen democracy in the region, says Dr David Robie an AUT academic and author of a book being launched next week (Feb 24). Dr Robie says more effort needs to be made to boost the region’s media skills in reporting national development and covering conflict, coups, sedition, treason, human rights violations and corruption. See... Author calls for NZ help for Pacific media [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0502/S00051.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0502/S00051.htm


MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Manukau still the fastest growing large city in NZ [1]
  • New Maori Bishop chosen: ratification underway [2]
  • UDC Finance & Trade Me Enter Partnership [3]
  • Contact: Short Term Supply Outlook Improves [4]
  • Kitesurfers boost into Hyundai Nationals [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0502/S00181.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00133.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00173.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00170.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0502/S00112.htm


    Security Council To Be Briefed On Possible War Crimes In Sudan's Darfur

    - As the top United Nations human rights official prepared to brief the Security Council on reported war crimes in Sudan's western Darfur, scattered reports of violence continued to come in today from the region where tens of thousands of people have been killed and up to 1.85 million others displaced in the past two years. See... UN - Possible War Crimes In Sudan's Darfur [1] ALSO: Bitter Harvest Of Darfur - Babies Born Of Rape [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00388.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00383.htm


    INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Troops Block Reporter From Traveling In Aceh [1]
  • Former Republic of Macedonia: road to accession [2]
  • 'Brutal Murder' Of Former Lebanese Premier Hariri [3]
  • Northern Pakistan: Flooding And Avalanches Hit [4]
  • Serbian President Builds Trust Visits Kosovo [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00396.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00399.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00385.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00380.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00376.htm


    Watching The Buggers - A Serialised Play By Tim Barcode

    - There is no sign yet in Levin of the DoC worker Jane who took a strong liking to Coates in the Masterton train shelter. Plucky retail assistant Madonna is about to throw Forbes out of the drycleaners where the meeting is taking the place. See... Watching The Buggers (Part 9 Of 12) [1] (See also... Part 1 [2] , Part 2 [3] , Part 3 [4] , Part 4 [5] , Part 5 [6] , Part 6 [7] , Part 7 [8] , Part 8 [9] )


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00176.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00285.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00013.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00030.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00042.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00097.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00110.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00122.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00160.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Hard News Is There!

    - The youth of the nation tumbled into my inbox like a great, anguished wave yesterday. Disturbed, confused and alienated by the brief gay snog in a public health cartoon condom ad, they were also spilling over with gratitude to National's Murray McCully ... See... Public Address 15/02/05 - After Spongebob And More [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00174.htm


    Martin LeFevre On The Games Superpowers Play

    - The cornerstone of the short-lived and quickly crumbling post-Cold War order is the myth of ''the sole remaining superpower.'' It is an exceedingly false and dangerous premise that began with the fall of the Soviet Union. See... Meditations (Politics): Meeting the Curve [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00173.htm


    Tony Baldwin On What Fonterra Is Up To In Oz

    - A key aim in Fonterra’s strategy of taking over National Foods is to significantly grow its dairy consumer business. For many years, the performance of NZ Milk – Fonterra’s consumer arm – has been poor. The pivotal questions are why, and will buying National ... See... Tony Baldwin: Fonterra - A Consumer Strategy [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00172.htm


    Uri Avnery Reports On Sharm-al-Sheikh's Breakthrough

    - Nobody called it the ''Ophira Conference''. Not even the papers of the extreme right. Who today even remembers the name Ophira, which was given to Sharm-al-Sheikh during the Israeli occupation, as a first step to its annexation? See... Avnery: Sharm-al-Sheikh, We Have Come Back Again [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00171.htm


    Cartoon: Evolution Or Regression?

    Click for big version Cartoon By John Chuckman. See... Chuckman Cartoon: American Evolution [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00169.htm


    Resources: Is War In Iran Part Of A Grand Plan?

    - The Bush administration has officially identified Iran and Syria as the next stage of ''the road map to war''. Targeting Iran is a bipartisan project, which broadly serves the interests of the Anglo-American oil conglomerates, the Wall Street financial ... See... Iran - The Next Target of US Military Aggression [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00167.htm


    Four Years In The Life Of Bush's Faith-Based Initiative

    - After more than $1 billion in handouts, Bush's results-impaired faith-based initiative is coming to a state near you. See... B. Berkowitz: Faith, Fabrications, And Fantasy (1) [1] and B. Berkowitz: Faith, Fabrications, And Fantasy (2) [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00165.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00166.htm


    Dipta Shah Considers What Is Missing From The Nepal Democracy Debate

    - With the royal proclamation of February First, Nepal has once again been thrust into the international limelight. The question at hand is not whether to support or oppose King Gyanendra's actions. See... Dipta Shah: Reason Over Reaction [1] MORE: - Kamala Sarup: Peace Through Liberal Democracy [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00170.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00168.htm


    http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0502/S00048.htm
    NZ's Stonehenge! – A major new tourist attraction

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Students Given More Time To Submit Scholarship Papers

    - Students get more time to submit Scholarship papers for review Scholarship students have been given extra time to decide if they want to submit their exam papers for review or reconsideration, Associate Education Minister David Benson-Pope has said. See... Govt Gives More Time to Submit Scholarship Papers [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00316.htm


    Greens Told To Get On Their Bike

    - Labour Ministers Trevor Mallard and Steve Maharey have challenged Green Party co-leader Rod Donald and MP Mike Ward to a bike ride 25 km into town tomorrow morning for National Bike to Work Day. See... Labour ministers challenge Greens to bike ride [1] MORE: - Greens - Greens take up cycling challenge [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00324.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00323.htm


    Speedy Solution Urged For Speed Problem

    - ACT Deputy Leader and Police spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today called on Labour to bolster police numbers, in light of a warning from the Police Association that gang warfare is likely to rise as a result of the growing trade in methamphetamine drugs. See... More police needed to crunch gangs [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00328.htm


    Tommy's Pinball Wizzardry Could Soon Be Helped By Better Testing Regime

    - Associate Health Minister Pete Hodgson's pledge under questioning in Parliament today to look at evidence on the flawed national schools vision and hearing testing programme was the first positive sign from the Government in "12 months of ministerial evasion". See... Turner: Ray of light on vision-testing fiasco [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00327.htm


    Coddington Pleased By NCEA Inquiry Prospect

    - ACT Education spokesman Deborah Coddington today welcomed the Government's decision to hold an inquiry into the NCEA Scholarship debacle. See... ACT welcomes NCEA inquiry [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00325.htm


    NZ First Urges Caution With Fire Strategy

    - New Zealand First internal affairs spokesperson Brent Catchpole says possible cuts to fire trucks at some stations could jeopardise the provision of quality fire services for New Zealanders. See... Fire Service Fleet Strategy Risky [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00322.htm


    Food And Drink Critical To Good Living

    - "A high performing, innovative food and beverage sector is fundamental to achieving higher sustainable living standards for all New Zealanders," Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton told the inaugural meeting of the Food and Beverage Sector. See... Food and Beverage Taskforce gets underway [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00321.htm


    Receiver Of Educational Free Lunch Criticises Free Lunch Hopefuls

    - The National Maori Students' Association's claim that the student loan scheme breaches the Treaty of Waitangi should be thrown out of court, ACT Education spokesman Deborah Coddington said today. See... Maori student body talking poppycock [1] MORE: - Education Forum - Maori Student Organisation Misguided [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00320.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0502/S00053.htm


    Rural Health Forum In Big City Proves Popular

    - Today's Rural Primary Health Care Forum in Wellington was a great success, says Associate Health Minister Damien O’Connor. See... Rural Health Forum a success [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00318.htm

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