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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Govt's Cancer Initiative Bypasses Men With Prostate Cancer
Hui To Tackle Alcoholism Among Maori
SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE: Q&A
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Scoop Report: Smoking Company Arranged Favourable Passive Smoking Claim
East Timor Govt Harassing Media Over Famine Reports
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Che Tibby Is Over There!
St Molesworth On Margaret Wilson In The Speaker's Chair
Scoop Poll Watch: NBR Shows Labour Leads By 9 Points
Ivan Eland On The End Of Child Executions In The US
Bolivia On Verge Of Yet Another Revolution
William Fisher Uncovers The Bush Admin's Domestic War
Harvey Wasserman On Senator Robert Byrd's Hitler Speech
Steven Hass Discovers Much Wisdom In A T-Shirt Shop
Genevieve Cora Fraser: Zack, Mel & The Passion Of Palestine
William Rivers Pitt: Oil
John Chuckman: Frankenstein's Monster Is Alive!
W. David Jenkins III: Yeah Right
Ray McGovern On Intelligence Tsar John Negroponte
Kidd Millennium Cartoon: When Vlad Met George
Ramzy Baroud: A Journalist In Jail In Spain
Kamala Sarup On A Path To Peace Through Education

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Nats Brand Labour As High Tax Party
Govt Officially Opens New Prison
Carter Says Protesting Farmer Is Blocking Public Access
Greens Want Nat and Labour Cronies Off Electoral Commission
O'Connor Congratulates Anti-Gambling Doco
ACT Critical Of Govt's Cancer Treatment Spend Rate
Greens Claim ACC In Breach Of Code Of Rights
Greens Urge Fairness From Employers

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LEAD STORY:
Govt's Cancer Initiative Bypasses Men With Prostate Cancer

Marc Alexander. [1] Men facing prostate cancer are strangely absent from the Government’s new cancer initiative despite it claiming 500 lives a year, United Future MP and Men’s Advocacy Network facilitator Marc Alexander said today. “No one begrudges the treatment of any illness, but when a condition that does massive damage is conspicuous by its absence from Government thinking, we need to ask why." See... Govt’s cancer battle leaves men out in the cold [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00165.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00165.htm


Hui To Tackle Alcoholism Among Maori

Alcohol. [1] A hui to set up a kaumatua group to help combat alcohol and other related problems among local Mäori is to be held in Gisborne this week. The Taumata Kaumatua hui will be held over two full days and some 120 people from Tairawhiti and throughout Aotearoa are expected to attend. See... Hui to combat alcohol related harm amongst Mäori [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0503/S00066.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0503/S00066.htm


SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:

  • Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 8 March 2005 [1]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00157.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Swain opens new Northland corrections facility [1]
  • New marine reserve approved near Nelson [2]
  • Bank Trend Shows Short Term Rate Drop [3]
  • Ahuriri Conservation Park – Stunning Achievement [4]
  • Shear Excitement At Royal Easter Show [5]
  • Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Exceed Reduction [6]
  • GE Fruit Flies To Reduce Infestation [7]
  • Meat Is Important For Children's Development [8]
  • 80 Million Africans Will Die Of AIDS [9]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00160.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00162.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0503/S00087.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0503/S00065.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0503/S00051.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0503/S00024.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0503/S00023.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0503/S00025.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0503/S00026.htm


    Scoop Report: Smoking Company Arranged Favourable Passive Smoking Claim

    Passive smoking. [1] Marietta Gross reports that research has shown passive smoking increases the risk of babies dying from cot death. However, secret documents released from tobacco giant Philip Morris have shown the tobacco industry had paid scientists to publish articles which questioned the coherence between passive smoking and cot death. See... Scoop Report: Tobacco Industry Schmoozed Scientist [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0503/S00030.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0503/S00030.htm


    East Timor Govt Harassing Media Over Famine Reports

    Timore Leste. [1] Reporters Without Borders said it was dismayed by East Timor government harassment of privately-owned daily newspaper /Suara Timor Lorosae/ aimed at bringing it into line, after it reported on famine deaths denied by Dili. See… East Timorese Government Harasses Local Media [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00109.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00109.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • UN Urges DPR Of Korea To Resume Six-Party Talks [1]
  • Paraguay: Ex-President's Daughter Murdered [2]
  • Jewish American peace activist fights deportation [3]
  • Sri Lanka Troops Severely Assault Journalist [4]
  • Ecuador: Threats To Independent Judiciary [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00102.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00100.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00111.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00107.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nzhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00101.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Che Tibby Is Over There!

    - I don't think I ever realised how snobbish Melbournians were towards Brisbane until I spent a little time here. All in all it's not too bad a place really. What I had expected from seeing a few locals heading this way on the same flight from Cairns ... See... Public Address 08/03/05 - Critters [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00053.htm


    St Molesworth On Margaret Wilson In The Speaker's Chair

    - Top 10 ways Parliament will be different when Margaret Wilson is speaker. See... Molesworth: Top 10 Changes Under Margaret Wilson [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00052.htm


    Scoop Poll Watch: NBR Shows Labour Leads By 9 Points

    - Labour 43 National 34 NZ First 9 Greens 6 United Future 2.3 ACT 1.7 Maori 1.6 See... Scoop Poll Watch: NBR-Phillips Fox Poll 4.3.05 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00043.htm


    Ivan Eland On The End Of Child Executions In The US

    - The most important aspect of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of executing juveniles was its consideration of evolving international views of ''cruel and unusual punishment.'' See... Ending Death Penalty for Juveniles Is Not Enough [1] MORE: - Marjorie Cohn - Marjorie Cohn: US Finally Outlaws Child Execution [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00051.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00036.htm


    Bolivia On Verge Of Yet Another Revolution

    - Acting Publisher Luis Gómez continues reporting today via the Narcosphere on developments in Bolivia, where a presidential resignation and massive mobilizations have nearly paralyzed the country. See... Bolivia At Stand-Still, Nation Awaits Resignation [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00050.htm


    William Fisher Uncovers The Bush Admin's Domestic War

    - Civil libertarians say America's 'war on terror' is eroding the constitutional freedoms of ordinary citizens. For example, the USA Patriot Act, hurriedly passed by Congress without debate in the weeks after the attacks of 9/11, gave the government sweeping ... See... William Fisher: America's 'Other' War [1] . See also... William Fisher: Coming To A Church Near You [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00049.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00040.htm


    Harvey Wasserman On Senator Robert Byrd's Hitler Speech

    - The U.S. Senate's senior Constitutional scholar has correctly equated Bush with Hitler , and the usual attack dogs are howling. But they are wrong, and Americans must now face the harsh realities of an increasingly fascist and totalitarian GOP. See... Senator Byrd Is Correct To Equate Bush With Hitler [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00048.htm


    Steven Hass Discovers Much Wisdom In A T-Shirt Shop

    - I live and work in a city that hosts a major U.S. university. The demographics of all major universities being equal, this city is temporarily home to students and faculty from many different countries. See... Steven Hass: 'You're Too Smart To Be An American' [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00047.htm


    Genevieve Cora Fraser: Zack, Mel & The Passion Of Palestine

    - If memory serves me, Zack Sinclair and I shared time together in early September 2004. Zack is the 34 year old drifter, as some have described him, who showed up to pray with Mel Gibson, the director of The Passion of the Christ, at a Southern ... See... Mel Gibson's Stalker And The Passion Of Palestine [1] . See also... Calls for US Investigation into Israeli Killings [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00046.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00037.htm


    William Rivers Pitt: Oil

    - On August 27, 1859, Edwin Drake's oil well in Titusville, Pennsylvania struck a gusher, making him the man credited with drilling the first commercially successful oil well in America. In the time between then and now, the world has burned through about ... See... William Rivers Pitt: The Prophecy Of Oil [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00045.htm


    John Chuckman: Frankenstein's Monster Is Alive!

    - Doctor Frankenstein's frightful creature was assembled from the limbs of corpses collected in the dead of night. See... John Chuckman: The Creature Walks Among Us [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00044.htm


    W. David Jenkins III: Yeah Right

    - "Democracies have certain things in common. They have a rule of law, and protection of minorities, a free press, and a viable political opposition." - George W. Bush. See... W. D. Jenkins: Oh George – You Can’t Be Serious! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00042.htm


    Ray McGovern On Intelligence Tsar John Negroponte

    - Senate skids have been greased for John Negroponte to be confirmed as the first director of national intelligence. Never mind that he deliberately misled Congress about serious human rights abuses in Honduras where he was ambassador from 1981 to 1985. See... Who Now Will Read To The President In The Morning? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00041.htm


    Kidd Millennium Cartoon: When Vlad Met George

    - Cartoon by kiddmillennium.com… See... Kidd Millennium Cartoon: Soul Mates [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00039.htm


    Ramzy Baroud: A Journalist In Jail In Spain

    - Al Jazeera’s correspondent Taysir Alouni is in a Madrid jail for no other reason than challenging the Western and distinctively the American narrative of the Third World. See... Ramzy Baroud: Taysir Doesn’t Deserve This [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00038.htm


    Kamala Sarup On A Path To Peace Through Education

    - If the leaders and the government of Nepal promote education and values that emphasize national and international identification rather than ethnic, religious, tribal or clan identification, then the ethnic, religious, tribal and clan conflicts will diminish, ... See... Will Social Transformation Reduce Conflict? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00035.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Nats Brand Labour As High Tax Party

    - “A 5% wage rise in the current high tax climate won’t go far, and trade unions would be better targeting Labour for tax cuts,” says National Party Finance spokesman John Key. See... 5% in ’05 won’t go far under high-tax Labour [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00164.htm


    Govt Officially Opens New Prison

    - Corrections Minister Paul Swain today opened the 350-bed Northland Region Corrections Facility (NCRF) – the first of four new prisons that will add more than 1600 beds to the country's prison capacity. See... Swain opens new Northland corrections facility [1] ALSO:

  • Greens - Time for Corrections to work with whole community [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00160.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00149.htm


    Carter Says Protesting Farmer Is Blocking Public Access

    - Conservation Minister Chris Carter says that a local farmer who is blocking the Ahuriri Road to the new Ahuriri Conservation Park is closing off public right of access to one of New Zealand’s top locations for trout fishing, hunting and tramping. See... Carter criticises farmer’s protest [1] ALSO: Ahuriri Conservation Park opened for the public [2] and New marine reserve approved near Nelson [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00159.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00156.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00162.htm


    Greens Want Nat and Labour Cronies Off Electoral Commission

    - The Greens are calling for an end to Labour and National putting party hacks on the Electoral Commission to allocate election broadcasting funds to political parties. See... Two-party club should be shut down [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00158.htm


    O'Connor Congratulates Anti-Gambling Doco

    - Associate Health Minister Damien O’Connor today congratulated the makers of the It’s Not A Game documentary, which screened last night in the Documentary NZ slot. See... Minister commends documentary [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00151.htm


    ACT Critical Of Govt's Cancer Treatment Spend Rate

    - The Labour Government's move to spend a paltry 12 percent of its total $40 million cancer control package on cancer treatment is a disgrace, ACT Health spokesman Heather Roy said today. See... Cancer treatment loser in Govt package [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00147.htm


    Greens Claim ACC In Breach Of Code Of Rights

    - ACC is breaching its claimant code of rights by not providing public toilets in its branches, the Greens say. See... ACC claimants loos out [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00153.htm


    Greens Urge Fairness From Employers

    - It is absurd and unfair for an employer to tell their workers on a Friday that they have until Monday to come up with a way to keep their plant open, says Green Party Industrial Relations Spokesperson Sue Bradford. See... ‘You’ve got the weekend’ is not consultation [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00152.htm

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