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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS:
Employment: Air NZ Steps Up Plans To Dump Staff
Health: Sprott Says Ignore MOH Cot-Death Prevention Advice
RECOMMENDED AUDIO
Scoop Report: Benson-Pope Hits Out At Investigate Magazine -
Security: Former Spook Head Dies
Drugs: Nats Say Anti-P March Must Be Listened To
Science: Brian Carter's The March Night Sky
MORE HEADLINES
Tragic Landslide in Philippines Killed Around 1,800 People
Pilger and Simpson Urge Journalists to Drop 'Stone Age' and ‘Primitive’
MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

SCOOP COLUMNS:
Abbas' message to Hamas
MORE COMMENTARY

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics):
Trans-Tasman: Downer Scheduled For Peters Meeting
Industry: Employers Say Strike Days Back To Mid-1990s Levels
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Employment: Air NZ Steps Up Plans To Dump Staff

Air New Zealand today announced it will proceed with its plan to outsource wide body aircraft heavy maintenance after union members failed to ratify their own counterproposal. Around 507 ANZES positions will be made redundant on top of the 110 announced in December, when the decision was made to outsource wide body aero engine maintenance. Of the total 617 positions affected by outsourcing 121 are licensed aircraft engineers and the remainder are trades people, sales and customer support, clerical staff, planners and cleaners. See... Air NZ To Outsource Wide Body Heavy Maintenance [1] ALSO:

  • Alliance - Labour Government PM blames workers for job losses [2]
  • EPMU - Engineers Ballot Results Regarding Air NZ [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0602/S00260.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00137.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0602/S00253.htm


    Health: Sprott Says Ignore MOH Cot-Death Prevention Advice

    - Cot death expert Dr Jim Sprott is advising parents to ignore cot death prevention advice issued by Plunket and the Ministry of Health. His advice follows news yesterday that in the wake of a US study claiming that use of a dummy reduces cot death risk by more than 90%, New Zealand health officials are considering whether to add dummies to their cot death prevention advice. The US researchers suggest that dummies may assist in keeping babies' airways open if they get into a face-down position in their cots or become covered by bedding. See... Dr Jim Sprott On US Cot Death Research [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0602/S00052.htm


    RECOMMENDED AUDIO:

    - Scoop Audio: PM's Presser - Answers Historical Questions On Benson-Pope Allegations, ALSO: U.S. 'Arab-Friendly' General Coming To NZ!!! See... Scoop Audio: PM's Presser [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00223.htm


    Scoop Report: Benson-Pope Hits Out At Investigate Magazine -

    Cabinet Minister, David Benson-Pope, has hit out at Investigate magazine saying the latest article supposedly exposing "for the first time" information that he made girls stand outside in the cold in their nighties is sensationalist and "very selective". Through his press secretary, Mr Benson-Pope said: "This material has been available for months. It was thoroughly looked at by Police. They decided to take no action. There is no new material (in the Investigate magazine article). See... Benson-Pope Says Nothing New In Wishart Article [1] ALSO:

  • Ian Wishart - Investigate Editor Responds To DBP [2]
  • Investigate - Scoop Link: The MP & The Schoolgirls In Nighties [3]
  • (EDITOR'S NOTE: All details are in these files…) - Scoop December 5 2005 - Full police investigation files [4]
  • National - Benson-Pope should resign or be sacked [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00222.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0602/S00255.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00201.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00035.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00280.htm


    Security: Former Spook Head Dies

    - Prime Minister Helen Clark today paid tribute to Paul Molineaux, a former Director of Security, who passed away on Thursday in Christchurch aged 85 years. “Paul Molineaux was Director of Security from 1976 to 1983. He oversaw a period of expansion in the Service. Before becoming Director of Security, he worked as a lawyer, served as a Magistrate and District Court Judge, and for a period as Chief Justice in Western Samoa. Following his term as Director of Security, he served as Privacy Commissioner for ten years." See… Paul Molineaux [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00270.htm


    Drugs: Nats Say Anti-P March Must Be Listened To

    - National Party MP for Port Waikato Paul Hutchison says the anti-P march from Pukekohe, in his electorate, to Parliament should receive nationwide support and attention. "The organisers of the campaign, some of whom have had family members suffer from P addiction, should be congratulated for bringing increased attention to a problem that affects every sector of our society," says Dr Hutchison, who is also National's spokesman for Policy on Children. See... Anti-P march deserves nationwide support [1] ALSO:

  • Anderton welcomes 'P' Awareness March [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00284.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00288.htm


    Science: Brian Carter's The March Night Sky

    - We are moving into Autumn now with the Sun visible for half the day. This means that the nights for astronomy are rapidly getting longer. Planets - March is a good month for viewing the planets. Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible for the whole of the month. Mercury will be visible for the last half of March. Mars will be visible for the first third of the night. Mars is in the constellation of Taurus. Its magnitude fades from 0.7 to 1.2 during the month. Saturn will be visible for the first two thirds of the night. Saturn is in the constellation of Cancer, in which it remains until September 2006. Its magnitude slightly fades from –0.1 to 0.1. See... The Night Sky [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00224.htm


    MORE HEADLINES:

  • Greens - Why are Police hosting pro-gun lobbyists? [1]
  • Int'l Arrivals and Departures Exceed 8.6 Million [2]
  • Telecom New Zealand Incubator Award Finalists [3]
  • Doctors want increased funding for medicines [4]
  • Comedy Gala's international gala host [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00292.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0602/S00259.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0602/S00258.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0602/S00051.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0602/S00158.htm


    Tragic Landslide in Philippines Killed Around 1,800 People

    - TEAR Fund New Zealand is working in Guinsaugon, the Philippines, to assist victims of the tragic landslide that obliterated all in its path with a 10-metre wall of mud, trees and gravel, and killed an estimated 1,800 people. TEAR Fund is working in Guinsaugon through TSKI, its local development partner in the region. An indigenous Filipino development organisation, TSKI is reporting 75 of its clients are missing, presumed dead. See... TEAR Fund Assisting Philippines' Landslide Victims [1] ALSO:

  • Annan saddened by Philippines landslide disaster [2]
  • Australia: Swift Response to Philippines Landslide [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00301.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00308.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00317.htm


    Pilger and Simpson Urge Journalists to Drop 'Stone Age' and ‘Primitive’

    - John Pilger and BBC World Affairs editor John Simpson have urged fellow journalists not to use terms such as 'stone age' and 'primitive' to describe contemporary tribal peoples, in a letter published in the Financial Times. 'These terms are dangerous because, aside from being often implicitly pejorative, they are used to justify the persecution of tribal people,' the letter states. 'Governments, such as in Indonesia and Botswana, claim that forcibly 'developing' tribes is for their own good and helps them to 'catch up' with the 'civilized' world. The results are almost always catastrophic for those involved.' See... Pilger and Simpson Urge Journalists to Drop 'Stone Age' and ‘Primative’ [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00321.htm


    MORE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:

  • Australia: Planned Phone Tap Laws Threaten Press [1]
  • Who Makes The News? Women as Victims in the Fijian Media [2]
  • Haiti: President-elect René Préval congratulated [3]
  • Moscow talks on Iran’s uranium enrichment welcomed [4]
  • Botswana: Bushmen's Costs Mount As Case Delayed [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00323.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00322.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00310.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00309.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00320.htm


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    SCOOP COLUMNS


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    Abbas' message to Hamas

    - President Mahmoud Abbas advised the Hamas dominated opening session of the Second Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) that the peace process, which was established by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to build a present and a future for the Palestinian people in a modern state, must be allowed to move forward if there is to be any hope in combating Israeli extremism which is attempting to eliminate the political identity of the Palestinian people and its national rights. See... G C Fraser: National Rights of Palestine Key to Peace - Abbas [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00208.htm


    MORE COMMENTARY:

  • Stateside With Rosalea: Away With The Fairies [1]
  • Bonus Joules: Heated Ups and Downs [2]
  • Public Address 20/02/06 - Philosophies [3]
  • Mary Pitt: Talking to Bush Republicans [4]
  • Evelyn Pringle: Poisoning In the Womb – SSRIs [5]
  • Swanson: Road to Peace Goes Through Santa Cruz [6]
  • Founding Fathers, Baseball, Apple Pie, Impeachment [7]
  • W.D. Jenkins: Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Bush” [8]
  • Kamala Sarup: Maoists Threat Increasing And Way Out Of Peace [9]
  • Am Johal: Can’t Get No Satisfaction - The Olympic Spectacle [10]
  • Ranjitkar: Nepal Municipal Elections: A Bit of Joke [11]
  • Uri Avnery: A War of Religions? God Forbid! [12]
  • William Rivers Pitt: The Enemy [13]
  • Bill Berkowitz: Christian Right Eyes Canada [14]
  • Guantanamo: "Evidence" [15]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00219.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00217.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00215.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00214.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00213.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00212.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00211.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00210.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00209.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00207.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00206.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00205.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00204.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00203.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00199.htm


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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)


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    Trans-Tasman: Downer Scheduled For Peters Meeting

    - Foreign Minister Winston Peters will host a visit later this week by Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer. Mr Downer is coming to Wellington for the six-monthly New Zealand and Australian Foreign Ministers' consultations. "The relationship between New Zealand and Australia is as close a relationship between countries as can be found anywhere in the world", said Mr Peters. See... Peters to host Australian Foreign Minister [1] ALSO:

  • Govt - Costello meeting to progress single market issues [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00272.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00236.htm


    Industry: Employers Say Strike Days Back To Mid-1990s Levels

    - The income value and number of work days lost due to union strike action is rocketing back towards the levels of the mid 1990's, says David Lowe, Employment Services Manager for EMA (Northern). "Last year to September staff lost $4.5 million in wages due to strikes," Mr Lowe said. Between March and June 2005 they lost $1.3 million, and between June and September $2.4 million. See... Wages, workdays lost to strikes rocketing [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0602/S00248.htm


    MORE POLITICS NEWS:

  • Govt - Quality health info needed for quality services [1]
  • Govt - New Zealand responds to Philippines mudslide [2]
  • Govt - Tertiary innovation and e-learning get $15m boost [3]
  • Greens - Run-down J'ville line needs urgent upgrade [4]
  • Maori Party - Obituary : Wi Kuki Kaa [5]
  • Nats - 'Hire and hope' policy is failing schools [6]
  • Nats - Labour's rush on Kyoto is economic lunacy [7]
  • Nats - Labour confused over secret school web-site [8]
  • Nats - Working For Families roll-out poorly planned [9]
  • Nats - Forest sector walkout highlights Kyoto fiasco [10]
  • Nats - Black-market will gain from officer shortage [11]
  • Nats - 'Catch & release' puts public at risk [12]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00283.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00282.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00273.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00281.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00279.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00277.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00276.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00266.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00265.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00264.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00263.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00262.htm

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