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Prison Fraud – Billionaire’s Name – Tax Changes – Petrol Prices – HIV Immigrants – Chechnya – Coke Layoffs –Louie Vuitton – ACC Changes – Cervical Smears – Tourism Funding –Northland Prison

PRISON FRAUD - Police will be called to investigate a major fraud of $96,000 dollars taken from the Mount Eden prison in the last two months.

BILLIONAIRE’S NAME: The legal wrangle over the name suppression of a billionaire is back in the Otahuhu District Court today, with the New Zealand Herald newspaper appealing the original suppression order made by Judge Peter Harvey.

TAX CHANGES: Finance Minister Michael Cullen is advising high income earners not to try to avoid the new top tax rate, and to wait and see what the government plans before paying accountants to avoid the tax.

PETROL PRICES: The smallest player in the petrol business, Gulf Petroleum, says while the price of crude oil continues to climb, it is determined to keep its prices of oil and petrol down.

HIV IMMIGRANTS: The Minister of Immigration, Lianne Dalzeil, has not ruled out the fact that HIV-positive immigrants may be ruled out of selection for coming to New Zealand.

CHECHNYA: Chechnya Russian generals have delayed their planned storming of Chechnya’s capital.

COKE LAYOFFS: Coca-Cola, the world’s largest soft-drink manufacturer, is sacking 20 per cent of it’s work force.

LOUIE VUITTON: The second race of the Louis Vuitton finals, the race to decide the challenger to the America’s Cup, is due to start today.

ACC CHANGES: A select committee has just begun hearings of a bill to reverse National’s ACC changes.

CERVICAL SMEARS: The first stage of the inquiry into the Gisbourne pathologist’s misreading of cervical smear tests is due to start today.

TOURISM FUNDING: A call for increased funding in research in the tourism industry is being backed by Tourism experts.

NORTHLAND PRISON: The Corrections Minister, Matt Robson, is visiting Northland to consult with Maori and other locals about the plan for a new prison.

VULCANOLOGISTS VISIT: Ruapehu, one of New Zealand’s most active volcanoes, is playing host to an international convention of Vulcanologists.

JAPAN’S INTERNET: Japan has set up a cabinet meeting to set up internet security of government websites after hackers broke in a left graffiti.
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