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Dempsey Acts Against Orders - Chiefs Offer Mediation- New Solomons Govt- Visiting Hours - Prisoner Numbers - Health & Safety - Insane Killer - Cyfs Sacks Staff - Cervical Screening Inquiry - Maori Spectrum Appeal - Drug Lord Stays- Jaws Creator - Jfk Jr Accident

DEMPSEY ACTS AGAINST ORDERS: Soccer New Zealand administrator Charlie Dempsey acted against instructions when he abstained in the vote which gave Germany the right to host the 2006 World Cup, a spokesperson for the organisation said today.

CHIEFS OFFER MEDIATION: A spokesperson for the Fiji military says a delegation of chiefs representing the landowners responsible for shutting down much of the country’s power supply yesterday has offered to mediate talks to end the country’s hostage crisis.

NEW SOLOMONS GOVT: The new Solomons Island government will today announce more details of its plans to end the country’s 18 month ethnic conflict.

VISITING HOURS: Two northern health authorities are threatening to limit visiting hours and tighten security because of bad behaviour by visitors.

PRISONER NUMBERS: The Corrections Minister Matt Robson is about to announce the setting up of a task force to tackle the predicted rise in prison numbers.

HEALTH & SAFETY: The Government is considering a tougher approach to enforcing health and safety laws.

INSANE KILLER: A psychiatrist has told an inquest in to the death of a mental patient and the man he killed that he is not sure that any treatment regime could have averted the tragedy.

CYFS SACKS STAFF: The Department of Child Youth and Family has sacked four of its staff and censured another 15 for inappropriate use of the Internet, including accessing pornographic material.

CERVICAL SCREENING INQUIRY: There has been vigorous cross-examination today at the Gisborne cervical screening inquiry by the counsel for the retired pathologist Michael Bottrill.

MAORI SPECTRUM APPEAL: The Maori Council's appeal against the High Court's rejection of a bid to block the sale of radio spectrum will not be heard until next week.

DRUG LORD STAYS: A man accused of being involved in an international drug trafficking syndicate is to remain in New Zealand for now, despite an attempt to extradite him.

JAWS CREATOR: Peter Benchley, the author who created Jaws, has made a passionate appeal to the world to soften its heart towards sharks.

JFK JR ACCIDENT: United States Federal safety investigators have concluded that John F. Kennedy Junior lost control of the single-engine plane he was flying last year. The resulting crash cost him his life.

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