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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Tsunami Warning Issued After Magnitude 8.7 Quake Hits Sumatra
Illness Related Beneficiaries Outnumber Those On Dole
SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Good Friday In Newtown Wellington
Scoop Report: Regionalised & United Pacific Gains Momentum
Massive Police Presence At Baxter05
Scoop Report: David Miller On The Rising Tensions Over Taiwan
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Upton Online Considers The Constitution
Richard S. Ehrlich: Nepal’s King Wants More Guns
The Inside Oil From Molesworth and Featherston
Rosalea Barker & More Weigh In On Terri Schiavo
Guest Opinion: Peter Jennings Pulls A Swifty On UFOs
MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Political Newsletters From The Left & The Right
Helen Clark Speech At Bahrain PM's Luncheon
Govt Heralds Working For Families Package
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LEAD STORY:
Tsunami Warning Issued After Magnitude 8.7 Quake Hits Sumatra

United States
Geological Survey image. [1] An earthquake is located outside the pacific with a magnitude of 8.5 with the "potential to generate a widely destructive tsuami in the ocean or seas near the earthquake. Authorities in those regions should be aware of this possibility and take immediate action. This action should include evacuation of coasts within a thousand kilometers of the epicenter and close monitoring to determine the need for evacuation further away," according to a tsunami warning from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. See... Tsunami: Earth quake in Sumatra with 8.5 magnitude [2] ALSO:

  • NZ Govt. - New Zealand to fly doctors into earthquake zone [3]
  • USGS - Magnitude 8.7 - Northern Sumatra, Indonesia [4]
  • United Nations - UN on alert after new Indian Ocean quake [5] & Press Briefing On Indonesian Earthquake [6]
  • Oxfam - December Tsunami Killed Four Times More Women [7] & Oxfam assessment team on way to Nias [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00428.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00403.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00539.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00404.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00427.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00426.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0503/S00240.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00425.htm


    Illness Related Beneficiaries Outnumber Those On Dole

    - National’s Welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins has released figures which show that, in every region except Wellington, there are now more people getting sickness and invalid benefits than there are getting the dole. “No amount of Labour Party propaganda can disguise the fact that under Helen Clark, true unemployment is being obscured by the numbers on the sickness and invalid benefits. See... Sickness And Invalids Outnumber Unemployed [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00524.htm


    SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:

  • Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 29 March 2005 [1]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00530.htm


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • New technology used to help clean up Rotorua Lakes [1]
  • Malaysian Prime Minister visits Victoria [2]
  • Easter 2005 Road Toll [3]
  • Poor Management Accelerating Mangroves’ Growth [4]
  • So, Goodbye: A Final Tribute To The Smiths [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0503/S00177.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0503/S00091.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0503/S00242.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0503/S00241.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0503/S00179.htm


    Good Friday In Newtown Wellington

    - In a performance that will be echoed all over the world over the coming 48 hours, a group of youth from the St Anne's Parish Samoan Sunday School today re-enacted The Passion of Jesus Christ in Newtown, Wellington. See… Scoop Images: Good Friday At St Anne's Newtown [1] MORE:

  • Anglican Church in Aotearoa - Easter Message Offers Hope [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00260.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0503/S00233.htm


    Scoop Report: Regionalised & United Pacific Gains Momentum

    - Selwyn Manning reports that the leaders of NZ, Samoa, PNG, Marshall Is. met in Auckland on Wednesday (March 23 2005) to advance a unified pact where Pacific nations will work together to speak with one voice. Are we witnessing the beginning of a Pacific economic common union or a united federation of Pacific nations? Federalism? "That would be too strong," said New Zealand's Prime Minister Helen Clark. See... Regionalism Yes - Federalism Going Too Far Says PM [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00238.htm


    Massive Police Presence At Baxter05

    [1] - Australia's Baxter immigration detention center in the South Australian desert has been the venue for several days of confrontation between protestors and police over the Easter break. Photos and current summary of events surrounding Baxter protest by BX05 Indykids... See… Baxter Indymedia Mob: Photos from Easter Saturday [2] MORE:

  • Project SafeCom - Baxter 05 Convergence - "Operation Counterspin" [3]
  • Project SafeCom - Baxter Police behaviour & "media spin" scandalous [4]
  • Project SafeCom - Overkill police force arrests five Perth protester [5]
  • Refugee Action Coalition - Baxter: Police violence dangerous and unnecessary [6]
  • Baxter05 - Police Un-Australian during Baxter Test Match [7]
  • Refugee Action Coalition - Baxter protesters reject accusations of violence [8]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00261.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00261.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00407.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00396.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00397.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00399.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00400.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00402.htm


    Scoop Report: David Miller On The Rising Tensions Over Taiwan

    - The resolution adopted earlier this month by China’s ruling National People’s Congress that authorised the use of military force should Taiwan declare its independence is perhaps the most dangerous step taken within the context of Sino-Taiwanese relations ... See... A Timely Reminder From The Taiwan Straits [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00283.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • UN Envoy Meets With Iraq's Top Shiite Cleric [1]
  • Lebanese Ex-Premier's Assassination Probe Needed [2]
  • UN:Pneumococcal Vaccine Will Save African Children [3]
  • New Asylum Law In Serbia And Montenegro [4]
  • Venezuela's Chavez: “Oil is a Geopolitical Weapon” [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00414.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00413.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00411.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00409.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00405.htm


    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Upton Online Considers The Constitution

    - The OECD’s survey of expatriate skills sparks a predictable debate; Chris Laidlaw and Jim Hopkins adopt a novel and unpredictable way of injecting new life into the old republican cause; and Bernard Cadogan challenges constitutional commentators to lift their game. See... Upton-on-line: Special Recycled Arguments Issue [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00290.htm


    Richard S. Ehrlich: Nepal’s King Wants More Guns

    - BANGKOK, Thailand -- Nepal needs U.S. weapons and technology to battle Maoist guerrillas, and expects Washington to continue supplying military aid despite a political takeover by Kathmandu's king, according to a top Nepalese official. See... Nepal's Seeks US Help To Squash Maoist Rebellion [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00264.htm


    The Inside Oil From Molesworth and Featherston

    - As ministers signed off the budget this week, the pressure went on to cut future spending as Treasury rolled back its estimates of the government’s future income. Labour selects its list, National’s social conservatism has its doubters and United Future’s position improves. All this week, plus updated media tattle in the Lobby edition of Molesworth & Featherston. See... Molesworth & Featherston (Lobby Edition) – 17/3/05 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00263.htm


    Rosalea Barker & More Weigh In On Terri Schiavo

    - Coo-eee, you up there on the bandwagon. Have you got room for one more? Good-oh. Hold onto your hats then, cos here I come. Oops! Sorry Mr President, but you can't say I didn't warn you. Never mind, I'm sure stetsons are a dime a dozen where you ... See... Stateside with Rosalea: Saints Be! [1] MORE:

  • Russell Brown - Public Address 29/03/05 - Hysteria [2]
  • Bill Grigsby - Using Terri Schiavo To Promote The GOP Brand [3]
  • Doug Giebel - Doug Giebel: All The Dogs Came Running [4]
  • John Cory - The Savage Carnival [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00288.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00289.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00282.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00275.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00262.htm


    Guest Opinion: Peter Jennings Pulls A Swifty On UFOs

    - Of course, the title of the show was `Peter Jennings Reporting…' – if only that were so. This is the story of how, once again, the corrupt Big Media has defrauded the American people, from one who had a front row seat to the spectacle. See... Inside The ABC News UFO Documentary Hoax [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00274.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • William Rivers Pitt - Shelter from the Storm [1]
  • Sam Smith - Where Is The Counterculture When We Need It? [2]
  • Kidd Millennium - Cartoon: Spyware [3]
  • Ramzy Baroud - Ramzy Baroud: Israel’s ‘Record Is Not Reassuring’ [4]
  • Evelyn Pringle - Bush Wants Pharma Trojan Horse Unleashed [5]
  • Between The Lines - GOP Prepares to Eliminate Senate Filibuster [6]
  • Bill Berkowitz - Bill Berkowitz: Wead In The Rose Garden [7]
  • Kamala Sarup - Landmines Jeopardise Nepal [8]
  • Genevieve Cora Fraser - Poem: Jerusalem Waiting for Salvation [9]
  • Uri Avnery - Paved With Bad Intentions [10]
  • Sheila Samples - 3 Women - The Roads They Travel [11]
  • Michael Hammerschlag - The Social Security Scam And Debt Bomb [12]
  • Bob Fitrakis - As Blackwell Says, Ohio 2004 was a National Model [13]
  • Steve Weissman - Mr. Bush and His Easter Rebellion [14]
  • Steve Weissman - Freedom's Coming, All Aboard! [15]
  • Kamala Sarup - Nepali People Can Live Peacefully [16]
  • Carolyn Baker - Activists And Accountants - Absolute Allies [17]
  • David Kubiak - UQ Wire: The Constitution Restoration Act [18]
  • narconews.com - Archbishop Romero Anniversary & More [19]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00287.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00286.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00285.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00284.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00281.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00280.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00279.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00278.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00277.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00276.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00273.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00272.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00271.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00270.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00269.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00268.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00267.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00266.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0503/S00265.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Political Newsletters From The Left & The Right

    Says ACT: ”Economic sentiment has changed. The share market's bull run seems to have halted. The rise in house prices appears to have stopped. Interest rates are up. [1] The trade deficit is huge. Economic growth over the last quarter was just 0.4%.” See... ACT’s The Letter 29/3/5: The Sky Is Falling [2] Say The Progessives: “Tomorrow marks the 965th day in office for the Labour-Progressive government.” See... robson-on-politics - Tues 29 March [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00538.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00537.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00538.htm


    Helen Clark Speech At Bahrain PM's Luncheon

    - Address at Official Luncheon in Honour of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain: Prime Minister, your last visit to New Zealand was twenty-nine years ago. Our country has changed a great deal in that time and we are pleased that you have come with your ministers and officials to see it for yourself. See... Helen Clark Address - Official Luncheon Bahrain PM [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00536.htm


    Govt Heralds Working For Families Package

    - Thousands of families with children will be entitled to extra assistance when the next phase of Working for Families kicks in on 1 April, Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... 260,000 Kiwi families better off from Friday [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00528.htm


    MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES:

  • Govt - Visit By NATO SG Mr Jaap De Hoop Scheffer [1]
  • Nats - National promises 25 new DoC campgrounds [2]
  • Greens - Minister must protect the media [3]
  • Greens - Nats should protect outdoors from foreign investor [4]
  • ACT - ACT’s The Letter 29/3/5: The Sky Is Falling [5]
  • ACT - ACT welcomes call for truancy database [6]
  • United Future - UF backs tertiary savings scheme [7]
  • United Future - Ogilvy backs truancy database call [8]
  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00535.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00527.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00526.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00525.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00537.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00532.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00533.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00529.htm

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