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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY: Medical Study Re-ignites Cannabis Debate
Winston Wants Answers On Saddam's Minister Refugee Rumours
Wellington Hospital Neonatal Unit Experiences Staph. Outbreak
Paul G. Buchanan Talks NZ's Defence
... As Does Defence Minister Mark Burton
Scoop Images: Selwyn Manning On The Streets Of Istanbul
MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
Scoop Report: Study Finds Drinking Can Be Good For Your Brain
Hugo Chavez Launches Diplomatic Offensive Via The Air Waves
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Kevin List On The Immigration/News/Politics Nexus
Keith Ng Interviews Film Maker Tony Sutorius
Profiting From National Security & Corruption
MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Judith Collins Attacks Dovers’ Prostate Problems -
Zimbabwean Autocrat Could Be Badly Treated NZ Prisoners’ Saviour
Greens Pleased Bush Backer Has Entered Peak Oil Debate
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LEAD STORY:
Medical Study Re-ignites Cannabis Debate

[1] The debate around young people and cannabis use got fired up today after a gene linking teenage cannabis use with psychotic illnesses has been identified in an international study based on data from the University of Otago’s Multidisciplinary Health & Development Study. Nandor Tanczos And Matt Robson tackled the issue from different sides of the playing field. See... Cannabis-pyschosis link – it’s in the genes [2] MORE:

  • Greens - Otago cannabis study confirms age limit needed [3]
  • Progressive Party - No room to liberalize cannabis law [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0504/S00103.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0504/S00103.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00607.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00605.htm


    Winston Wants Answers On Saddam's Minister Refugee Rumours

    - Rt Hon Winston has asked the Government to confirm whether a high ranking member of Saddam Hussein’s political party is seeking refugee status in New Zealand. Mr Peters said he has received information suggesting that a former government minister from the Hussein government fled Iraq during the last war and moved from Jordan to New Zealand about one month ago. See... Saddam Hussein Minister Hiding In NZ? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00572.htm


    Wellington Hospital Neonatal Unit Experiences Staph. Outbreak

    - Wellington Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is imposing strict infection control measures while work is done to eradicate an apparently new strain of Staphylococcus aureus. Around a third of all people in New Zealand carry Staph aureus – without showing any signs of infection. The hospital’s laboratory staff monitor all infections in the NICU and throughout the hospital, and routinely test for Staph aureus. See... Infection control issue in Wellington NICU [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0504/S00102.htm


    Paul G. Buchanan Talks NZ's Defence

    - Beyond the unseemly spectacle of politicians using the commemorations of duty and sacrifice on ANZAC Day to score cheap partisan points on the issue of New Zealand’s defence, the question begs as to what, exactly, they are on about. See... Paul Buchanan: On the Issue of NZ's Defence [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00305.htm


    ... As Does Defence Minister Mark Burton

    - Defence Minister Mark Burton has described National Party Leader Don Brash's comments on defence as a return to the bad old days of ‘policy on the hoof’. See…Brash Back To The Bad Old Days [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00599.htm


    Scoop Images: Selwyn Manning On The Streets Of Istanbul

    - Presently en route back to New Zealand from Gallipoli via the Middle East and Malaysia with a plane load of veterans and military personnel Scoop's Selwyn Manning sent in the following photo essays of his trip to Istanbul. See... Scoop Images: Postcards From Istanbul (1) [1] , Postcards (2) [2] & The Blue Mosque In Istanbul [3]

  • FULL COVERAGE: Gallipoli [4]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00287.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00288.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00286.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/features/?s=fc


    MORE NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:

  • Contact - Unaudited Financial Results Discussion [1] & Integrated Business Delivers Model 6 Month Result [2]
  • Apartments Boost Dwelling Numbers [3]
  • Student Debt a Major Issue For Nurses Too [4]
  • Christian Heritage will seek Civil Unions repeal [5]
  • Fonterra’s transport charges are not reasonable [6]
  • Industry Moves to Allay Concerns over Timber [7]
  • New Hotel for Central City Hamilton [8]
  • No difference between public and business on tax [9]
  • Multi-million Dollar Tourism Attraction Unveiled [10]
  • NZ Venture Capital, Private Equity at New Heights [11]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0504/S00347.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0504/S00350.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0504/S00351.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00318.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00316.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0504/S00357.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0504/S00356.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0504/S00354.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0504/S00353.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0504/S00352.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0504/S00348.htm


    Scoop Report: Study Finds Drinking Can Be Good For Your Brain

    - A moderate consumption of alcohol over a longer period boosts the building of new neurons in the brains of adults. This surprising result was presented by a Swedish team of researchers from the Karolinska Institutet. The repeatedly produced nerve cells have an important function for the memory and learning aptitudes of the brain. See... Alcohol Encourages Brain Cell Regeneration [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00295.htm


    Hugo Chavez Launches Diplomatic Offensive Via The Air Waves

    - In Venezuela, the war for the hearts and minds of its citizens is now in full swing. With the imminent launching of the government-sponsored Televisora del Sur (Telesur), network control of the country’s existing media, including Univisión and CNN en Español, might sorely be put to the test. According to plans, the network will start transmitting in late June or early July and will offer news and opinion programming 24 hours a day. See... Chávez Launches “Anti-Hegemonic” Media Campaign [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00438.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • New Iraqi Government Important Step In Transition [1]
  • Condoleezza Rice: Iraqi Transitional Government [2]
  • Greenpeace: The True Cost of Coal [3]
  • Rice Remarks with Colombian FM Carolina Barco [4]
  • Abuses Without Accountability Yr. After Abu Ghraib [5]
  • UN Welcomes Newspaper Apology For Sex Accusations [6]
  • India Teams With UN To Fight Hiv/Aids In Military [7]
  • UN Secretary-General Ends India Visit [8]
  • No Grounds For Disciplining Aide In Oil-For-Food [9]
  • New UN Political Mission For Timor-Leste Approved [10]
  • IFJ supports journalists' right to protect sources [11]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00426.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00443.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00422.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00440.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00437.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00436.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00434.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00432.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00431.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00430.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00425.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Kevin List On The Immigration/News/Politics Nexus

    - NZ First leader Winston Peters looks set to cause a stir when Parliament resumes after a two-week recess. Mr Peters told A Week of It today that he would be naming under parliamentary privilege the refugee status claimant whom he alleges was a high ranking member of the Iraqi Baath Party and a former Government Minister under Saddam Hussein. See... A Week Of It: Saddam, Doone & Lynton Crosby [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00304.htm


    Keith Ng Interviews Film Maker Tony Sutorius

    - "Paper's for wimps," Toby said. He leans over the pool table, drafts a few paragraphs of the State of Union address in his shiny head, then sinks the next ball. "Now that's cool," I thought to myself in bed this morning, while drafting my big scoop in my head. It was pretty good, but then I fell asleep again and lost it. See.. Keith Ng: The West Wing Effect [1]


    [1] - http://publicaddress.net/default,2064.sm#post2064


    Profiting From National Security & Corruption

    BANGKOK, Thailand -- Investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission into "foreign corrupt practices" by an American company selling airport bomb-detectors, and the alleged involvement of Thai officials, have created an uproar in Thailand. See... US Co. Involved In Thai Security Bribery Case [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00299.htm


    MORE SCOOP COMMENTARY:

  • Sol Salbe - Savage Attack On Peaceful Palestinian-Israeli Demo [1]
  • Peter Cresswell - Bush Right, Dover Wrong, Fighting Talk Wasn't [2]
  • Public Address - Public Address 29/04/05 - Absolute Lashings! [3]
  • Kamala Sarup - Will Social Transformation Reduce Conflict? [4]
  • narconews.com - New State Dept. Warning on Mexican Border [5]
  • Marietta Gross - US Guidelines for Embryonic Stem Cell Research [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00301.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00300.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00303.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00298.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00297.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00296.htm

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Judith Collins Attacks Dovers’ Prostate Problems -

    If, as Dover Samuels claims, his disturbing behaviour in an Auckland hotel hallway is the result of prostate problems, why did he initially deny the offence? asks National Party MP Judith Collins. See... Samuels Denial Deserves Questioning [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00588.htm


    Zimbabwean Autocrat Could Be Badly Treated NZ Prisoners’ Saviour

    - News that Zimbabwe has been made a member of the UN Human Rights Committee throws more light on Phil Goff’s refusal to block pay-outs to New Zealand criminals for so-called human rights abuses, ACT Justice spokesman Stephen Franks said today. See... Mugabe rules on payouts to New Zealand criminals [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00609.htm


    Greens Pleased Bush Backer Has Entered Peak Oil Debate

    - A significant international oil industry conference in Scotland has acknowledged the imminent threat of Peak Oil and it's time New Zealand's Government did the same, says Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons. See…Bush energy advisor puts Peak Oil on world agenda [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00596.htm


    MORE PARLIAMENTARY HEADLINES:

  • NZ Govt- Beehive Bulletin - Friday, 29 April 2005 [1]
  • NZ Govt - Tax changes to reduce costs of business [2]
  • NZ Govt -New tax rules on foreign super schemes [3]
  • NZ Govt - Fringe benefit tax changes [4]
  • National - National Will Get Tough On Drug Gang King Pins [5]
  • National - Secrecy over scholarship failure must end [6]
  • National - FBT changes typical Labour spin [7]
  • National - Business Confidence plummets as militant strike ac [8]
  • National - Union Legislation Takes Effect Confidence Plummets [9]
  • NZ First - Tax Money Is Bribe Money [10]
  • Green Party - Locke defends Chief of Defence from Aussie attack [11]
  • ACT- Clark’s double standards in Doonegate Rodney Hide [12]
  • ACT- Liberty Belle - 29 April 2005 [13]
  • ACT - Message to Cullen: Cut taxes now! [14]
  • ACT- Film funding in complete disarray [15]
  • United Future - Copeland Backs Tax Changes [16]
  • Progressive Party The value of Progressive graduate loan relief [17]
  • Progressive Party- Cut to business costs good [18]
  • The Maori Party - Mana Wahine: Mana Whanau [19]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00601.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00585.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00584.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00583.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00604.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00600.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00593.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00592.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00589.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00602.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00598.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00608.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00597.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00594.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00581.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00587.htm
    [17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00595.htm
    [18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00606.htm
    [19] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00591.htm

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