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National Radio 8am Bulletin

East Timor - Peter Snell – WINZ Bungle – Chechnya – Global Warming – European Pollution – Hospital Infections – New Health Boards – On Board Umpires – Hawkes Bay Health – General Pinochet- Mark Middleton

EAST TIMOR: The UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has paid credit to the staff working in East Timor. He has also attacked critics and has also appealed to the East Timorese to be patient. He told the East Timorese he could understand their frustration and warned them that there were more difficult times ahead.

PETER SNELL: Sportsman of the century Peter Snell says the presence of drugs in professional sport has changed things.

WINZ BUNGLE: Social Welfare Minister Steve Maharey is dubious about claims from WINZ boss Christine Rankin that it was difficult to anticipate the problems that have occurred.

CHECHNYA: Human Rights Groups are making more allegations against the Russian operation in Chechnya. The Russian’s have appointed an official to investigate.

GLOBAL WARMING: Rising sea levels are a major threat to Pacific Islands say scientists.

EUROPEAN POLLUTION: The EU is investigating the cyanide spill that is still killing fish and birds in the Danube river system.

HOSPITAL INFECTIONS: Hundreds of people may be dying from hospital caught infections say British health officials.

NEW HEALTH BOARDS: Advertising will begin this weekend for new directors for regional transitional health boards.

ONBOARD UMPIRES: Team New Zealand has succeeded in getting on-board umpires for the Americas Cup finals series starting Saturday. Prada won the day on penalty turns which will not have to be taken immediately penalties occur.

HAWKES BAY HEALTH: The Minister of Health wants to know why the Hawkes Bay Hospital is paying $1 million a year to lease its facilities. Hawkes Bay Health say

GENERAL PINOCHET: A now released medical report says that General Augusto Pinochet is suffering from brain damage.

MARK MIDDLETON: Mark Middleton is appearing in court this morning in Wanganui charged with threatening to kill the man who murdered his step-daughter Karla Cardno.

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