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Hard News Is Here!
Supercomputer Weather: Banzai! Typhoon Pabuk Headed For Tokyo
Howard’s End: Grown-up Widgie Says ‘Let Them Burnout’
LAVIIIs: Mr Burton, You Are The Weakest Link
...LATER: Burton Resignation Call On LAV IIIs
Stateside: Berkley Egg-heads Caught In Mini’s Thrall
Monsanto GE Soy Problem Emerges
Govt Creaming The Profits From Power Crisis
Michelle Boag On Her Mandate For Change
Fiji: Elected Govt Narrowly Escaped Execution
Feedback: Keith Rankin Called On The ‘Nazi’ Rule
Power Data: 3.7% Savings Yesterday
Scarfies Throw A Sno-Freeze Party
Scoop Image: Diggin’ Out Happy Valley
Supermare Returns


JUST POLITICS


Peace Monitors Needed For Mid East Peace - Greens
Drivers License Changes
Latin American Representation Boosted
Goff’s Off To Nauru
Bigger Trucksm Or Not? Two Weeks To Have Your Say
Kiwis To Observe Fiji Elections


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Hard News Is Here!

- GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... does anybody get the feeling that after all those years of El Ninos and La Ninas we're getting back to just having weather? Big, cold, winter weather it was too: the biggest snowstorm in 10 years. But for all that, it wasn't as cold or as bitter or as nasty as the Herald's Thursday editorial. See... HARD NEWS 17/8/01 - Radio Ga Ga! [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00106.htm


Supercomputer Weather: Banzai! Typhoon Pabuk Headed For Tokyo

- According to the sequence of NOAA supercomputer forecasts below super-typhoon Pabuk is headed for the Japanese mainland with an ETA of Monday or Tueday NZT.The coloured lines in the images show rainfall. See... Supercomputer Weather: Pabuk Heading Towards Tokyo [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00104.htm


Howard’s End: Grown-up Widgie Says ‘Let Them Burnout’

- The Christchurch City Council's response to street racers who use Christchurch roads in industrial areas as drag strips and burnout pads has been to establish a burnout pad sub-committee. Maree Howard writes. See... Howard's End: Generation Boy Racer [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00102.htm


LAVIIIs: Mr Burton, You Are The Weakest Link

- ACT MP Rodney Hide today accused Defence Minister Mark Burton of misleading Parliament with his response to the usefulness of the army's proposed new LAV III vehicles in East Timor. See... Burton goes for a Burton Over LAVIII Deployment [1] and Serious doubt over adequacy of LAVs - Nats [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00345.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00342.htm


...LATER: Burton Resignation Call On LAV IIIs

- ACT leader Richard Prebble has written to the Prime Minister seeking the resignation of Defence Minister Mark Burton over his misleading answer to a Parliamentary question on the LAV3 armoured personnel carriers. See... ACT Insists on Burton's Resignation - Prebble [1] and Rodney Hide, Burton Down the LAV [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00358.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00357.htm


Stateside: Berkley Egg-heads Caught In Mini’s Thrall

- Pics and Specs of Mini Cooper at BMW computer science student recruitment drive at UC Berkeley last month. The specs are taken from the 'resume' in the car's window, so are US-speak and dollars. See... Stateside With Rosalea Extra: Mini Cooper's CV [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00105.htm


Monsanto GE Soy Problem Emerges

- A team of independent Belgian scientists has discovered “unknown DNA” in Monsanto’s genetically engineered “Roundup Ready” soybeans. The discovery of unrecognisable DNA segments in the company’s flagship product may necessitate a full-scale re-evaluation says Greenpeace. See... Monsanto’s Roundup Ready Soybeans Face Scrutiny [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0108/S00048.htm


Govt Creaming The Profits From Power Crisis

- National MPs Tony Ryall and Pansy Wong say the Government is going to desperate lengths to conceal the fact that State-Owned companies will get the lion's share of the enormous profits created by the electricity crisis. Over $1billion extra has been paid for electricity since 1 June 2001. See... Government getting lion's share of crisis windfall [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00341.htm


Michelle Boag On Her Mandate For Change

- Thank you for the opportunity to be here today to address the issue of "Where to now for National?" It's a good question, and as of just under four weeks ago I now have the responsibility for answering it. See... Michelle Boag Speech To Ak Chamber Of Commerce [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00348.htm


Fiji: Elected Govt Narrowly Escaped Execution

- Fiji's elected Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry and members of his government held hostage last year would have been killed if it was not for the presence in Parliament of former British SAS soldier, Ilisoni Ligairi, the Sun reports. See... Ligairi Saved Chaudhry [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0108/S00054.htm


Feedback: Keith Rankin Called On The ‘Nazi’ Rule

- What a silly little tirade Keith Rankin unleashed on the subject of Political Polypoly. The Internet Usenet scene has a useful little rule called the 'Nazi' rule. In essence, when a list or thread participant makes an appeal that such-and-such is what the Nazi's or Hitler would have done, the list moderator 'calls' the offender and closes the topic of discussion. See... Feedback: Political PolyPoly [1] and Keith Rankin: Parliament - Polypoly or Duopoly? [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00103.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0108/S00090.htm


Power Data: 3.7% Savings Yesterday

- Actual daily electricity savings for the past week are shown below. This data shows exactly what the country saved each day. See... 3.7% Power saving For Thurs 16 Aug 2001 [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0108/S00180.htm


Scarfies Throw A Sno-Freeze Party

- University of Otago students are holding a Big Fee Freeze party to mark the conclusion of a three-month campaign against fee increases. See... Isn’t If Freezing Down There? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0108/S00050.htm


Scoop Image: Diggin’ Out Happy Valley

- Wind speeds of up to 100km/h at Mt Ruapehu's Turoa ski field on Wednesday brought with it wind chill temperatures of -35°c to -40°c. See... Image: Southerly At Turoa Brings 35°C Wind Chill [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0108/S00058.htm


Supermare Returns

- Champion Kiwi mare Sunline is overwhelming favourite at the TAB to take out the Manikato Stakes across the Tasman this weekend. See... Sunline Favourite In Manikato Stakes [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0108/S00057.htm

JUST POLITICS

Peace Monitors Needed For Mid East Peace - Greens

- Green Party Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Keith Lock today called on the Government to endorse a resolution before the United Nations Security Council for peace monitors to be sent to the West Bank. See... Greens call for peace monitors in West Bank [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00366.htm


Drivers License Changes

Transport Minister Mark Gosche today announced changes to the driver licensing system which include a package of new initiatives: See... Driver Licensing Changes [1] , New School Road Safety Programme [2] and Assistance for Rural Bus Drivers [3] . REACTION:- ACT - Dizzying U-Turn on Driver Licensing [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00362.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00365.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00364.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00360.htm


Latin American Representation Boosted

- The New Zealand Embassy in Brazil opened its doors for business this week, Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Phil Goff announced today. See... New NZ Embassy in Brazil up and running [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00363.htm


Goff’s Off To Nauru

- Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Phil Goff will represent New Zealand at the annual Pacific Islands Forum’s Post-Forum Dialogue Meeting in Nauru from 18 - 21 August. See... Goff heads to Nauru for post-Pacific Forum talks [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00361.htm


Bigger Trucksm Or Not? Two Weeks To Have Your Say

- New Zealanders have two weeks to let the Government know how they feel about proposals to allow trucks to be five metres longer and 20 tonnes heavier than they currently are, Green MP Sue Kedgley said today. See... Public has two weeks to stop juggernaut trucks [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00359.htm


Kiwis To Observe Fiji Elections

- Four New Zealanders will join the United Nations’ Observer Mission in Fiji to monitor the general election taking place 25 August through till 1 September, Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff announced today. See... NZ Presence In UN Fiji Elections Observer Team [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0108/S00338.htm

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