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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
LEAD STORY:
Call To Sue The GM Corn Makers
Initial MAF Announcement And Update
Hard News Is There! Corngate Revisited
NEW ZEALAND HEADLINES:
INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES:
Arafat Urges Quartet To Implement “real” Peace Plan
INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES
SCOOP COLUMNS:
Public Address Presents A Full Slate
Cartoons: Tarzan & The Wizard Of Oz Do The West Wing
Kidd Millennium: Martha Stewart In A Twist
Scoop Image: The View Inside Britomart This Morning
Stateside 2004: The Origins Of The Land Of The Free
STORY OF THE WEEK: July 4th Was A Day For The Celebration Of Freedom
STORY OF THE WEEK: George W’s 4th Of July
Katya Daily

OTHER NEWS (Just Politics)
Has Housing NZ Built A Debt-Mountain?
Corngate Truth A Two Edged Sword
A and E Crisis Causing Deaths
Nats: Govt Must Silence Maori Seabed and Foreshore Rumblings
Securities Commission Appointments Announced
Government Congratulates Special Olympians
Nats Unite With United Over Smokescreen Vote
Booze And Minors Programme Launched
Nepalese Sherpas To Study Conservation In NZ
Is Justice Up For Sale?
Glass Mountain Gets $75,000
Did TVNZ Attempt To Shoulder-Tap Brian Edwards?
Govt Commits To Teaching Excellence

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LEAD STORY:


Call To Sue The GM Corn Makers

- The biotechnology company, holding the gene patent for BT11 corn, need to be held liable and pay for the costs of the most recent contamination caused by their product. See… Hold GM Company liable for contamination costs FULL COVERAGE POLITICAL REACTION: - Greens - More rigorous GE testing regime needed in NZ [1] - National - Government and Greens must come clean on GM corn [2] - United Future - Political baubles overwhelm Green principles [3] - GE Free NZ - Choice between moratorium or NZ economy [4] - Greenpeace - Japanese Pizza Incident Major Wake Up Call [5] - Green Party - 'Cornfusion' strikes again [6] For full coverage of the GE Corn story see also... SCOOP CORNGATE SPECIAL FEATURE [7]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00136.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00131.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00141.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0307/S00043.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0307/S00042.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00127.htm
[7] - http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=seedsofdisgrace


Initial MAF Announcement And Update

- Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and New Zealand Food Safety Authority officials today provided an update on their investigations into a case of possible GM contamination of sweet corn harvested in the Gisborne region earlier this year. See... GM sweet corn investigation update [1] MORE: - Investigation of suspected GM contaminated corn [2] - Suspected GM Sweet Corn - Questions and Answers [3] - Summary actions to date on the suspect GM corn [4]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0307/S00044.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0307/S00031.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0307/S00030.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0307/S00029.htm


Hard News Is There! Corngate Revisited

- On Friday afternoon, in the hours after the Broadcasting Standards Authority released its decision on complaints over TV3's so-called "Corngate" special, the news angle you heard depended greatly on what radio station you were listening to... See… Hard News 07/07/03 - Corngate Revisited [1]


[1] - http://publicaddress.net/default,hardnews.sm#post529

NEW ZEALAND NEWS:

  • Tower Clarifies Rights Issue And Underwriting [1]
  • Tranz Rail Board Gives Shareholder Recommendation [2]
  • Storm Causes Multiple Power Outages [3]
  • Meridian & Canterprise Partner In Superconducting R&D [4]
  • Christmas: Locarno & Amsterdam Latest Invitations [5]
  • World class travel for Britomart users [6]
  • Too many Kiwis still not buckling up - LTSA survey [7]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0307/S00063.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0307/S00061.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0307/S00057.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0307/S00032.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0307/S00030.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/AK0307/S00040.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/GE0307/S00027.htm


    Arafat Urges Quartet To Implement “real” Peace Plan

    - President Yasser Arafat called on the “Quartet” of international mediators to start a “real” implementation of the “roadmap” peace plan, describing what has been implemented so far as “cosmetic” steps, at a time when the Palestine National Authority’s (PNA) See… Arafat Urges Real Not Cosmetic RoadMap Moves [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00064.htm


    INTERNATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

    Russian Federation

  • Scoop Link: Putin Cancels Trip After Moscow Suicide Bombings [1]
  • Middle East
  • 5 Jul 2003 Car confiscation in Nablus [2]
  • Bush Congratulated Sharon On Roadmap Progress [3]
  • Segregation Wall Completely Isolates Palestinians [4]
  • Palestinian Killed by IOF Explosive Device [5]
  • Central Asia
  • UN: Iraq too volatile for refugee returns [6]
  • Possibility of foreign hands in Quetta killings [7]
  • Africa
  • UN Radio: Ship to Begin Evacuation from Liberia [8]
  • Afghan security commission negotiates ceasefire [9]
  • UN helps evacuate first group of Liberian refugees [10]
  • Asia Pacific
  • Aceh Rebels Claim To Hold Missing TV Crew [11]
  • South Korea destroys its most important wetland [12]
  • United Nations
  • SARS outbreaks contained worldwide threat remains [13]
  • European Union
  • Spanish Govt. Reduces Bond For Rainbow Warrior [14]
  • Germany - greater dynamism growth and employment [15]
  • European Union Midday Express [16]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00067.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00055.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00065.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00063.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00062.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00057.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00051.htm
    [8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00061.htm
    [9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00059.htm
    [10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00058.htm
    [11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00054.htm
    [12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00052.htm
    [13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00060.htm
    [14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00053.htm
    [15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00066.htm
    [16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00056.htm

    SCOOP COLUMNS:
    Public Address Presents A Full Slate

    - Public address's weekend lineup of commentary: Corngate revisited (Russell Brown's Hard News)- The Brian Drain (Damian Christie - Cracker With Attitude) – Exile (Rob O'Neill live in Sydney) - In the land of the free (Jolisa Gracewood in NYC) - Weary blues (Chad Taylor's Muse Lounge). See.. Hard News 07/07/03 - Full Slate


    Cartoons: Tarzan & The Wizard Of Oz Do The West Wing

    - Two cartoons from John Chuckman inspired by U.S. President George Bush's recent remark. " There are some who feel like -- that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is, bring them on. " See... Chuckman Cartoons: Bring 'Em On [1] . See also... Stan Goff: Bring 'Em On? [2] for a veteran's view of the remark, and for the transcript of Bush's remarks see… President Bush Names Global AIDS Coordinator


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00048.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00034.htm


    Kidd Millennium: Martha Stewart In A Twist

    - Cartoon by kiddmillennium.com… See... Small Fish Stock, Big Pond [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00047.htm


    Scoop Image: The View Inside Britomart This Morning

    - Aucklanders were able to witness a moment in history today when the first passenger train rolled in to the impressive Britomart Transport Centre early this morning. See... Britomart Transport Centre Opens [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00046.htm


    Stateside 2004: The Origins Of The Land Of The Free

    - It's a lovely long weekend here, with Friday being the 4th of July or Independence Day. This most important national holiday commemorates the Declaration of Independence in 1776, an event usually referred to as the beginning of the nation. It wasn't. See... Stateside with Rosalea: Taking liberties [1] More Independence Day Commentary - Fredrick Douglass - Opinion: What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? [2] - Buzzflash - A Declaration Of Independence For 2003 [3] - Thom Hartmann - Dear Clarence Thomas: It Happened on July 4, 1776 [4] - John Chuckman - Chuckman: Lessons From The American Revolution [5] - The Indypendent - Civil Liberties Lost [6] - Rogerart.com - Re-Written Declaration Of Independence [7]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00043.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00038.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00037.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00031.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00027.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00041.htm
    [7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00040.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK: July 4th Was A Day For The Celebration Of Freedom

    - Demonstrations were held around the world over the weekend in commemoration of the United States Founding Father's Declaration of Independence. For reports, commentary, songs and pictures see... STORY OF THE WEEK - Whose Independence Day? [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00045.htm


    STORY OF THE WEEK: George W’s 4th Of July

    - On July 4, 1776, our Founders adopted the Declaration of Independence, creating a great Nation and establishing a hopeful vision of liberty and equality that endures today. See... President's July 4th Message [1] , President Bush Honors Military in 4th of July Spch [2] and Press Gaggle with Ari Fleischer July 4, 2003 [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00048.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00049.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0307/S00050.htm


    Katya Daily

    - Man should consider that, while I make him practice annoying exercises, I have provided for him. I do not leave him alone because at this moment he needs Me the most. I do not abandon My favorite creature. See... Katya Rivas: No, I Do Not Sleep [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0307/S00044.htm



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    IMAGES: July 4th - Whose Independence Day?

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    OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)

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    Has Housing NZ Built A Debt-Mountain?

    - ACT New Zealand Housing Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today accused the Labour Government of being New Zealand's worst landlord, in light of new information revealing that rent owed by some Housing New Zealand tenants exceeds $12,000. See... Labour: When Landlords Go Bad [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00148.htm


    Corngate Truth A Two Edged Sword

    - "The Government and the Greens must not hide the truth on the GM corn issue, says National's Biosecurity spokesman, Dr Paul Hutchison. See... Government and Greens must come clean on GM corn [1] ALSO: Greens - More rigorous GE testing regime needed in NZ [2] - United - Political baubles overwhelm Green principles [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00131.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00136.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00141.htm


    A and E Crisis Causing Deaths

    - The National Party says the standard of the country's accident and emergency departments needs investigating after reports of several deaths following wrongly diagnosed cases or prolonged waits. See... Health Minister must address A & E crisis [1] ALSO: Bill English - PM urged to step into hospitals crisis [2] - ACT - Labour Out Of Touch [3]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00132.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00133.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00134.htm


    Nats: Govt Must Silence Maori Seabed and Foreshore Rumblings

    - National Party Leader Bill English is urging the Government to reveal what's being discussed in secret talks designed to silence the rumblings over Maori claims to the seabed and foreshore. See... Labour must talk openly about seabed claims [1] ALSO: NZ First - Come Clean Over Crown Ownership Dr Cullen [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00144.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00146.htm


    Securities Commission Appointments Announced

    - Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel today announced two new appointments and two re-appointments to the Securities Commission. See... Keitha Dunstan, Mai Chen new appointments [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00143.htm


    Government Congratulates Special Olympians

    - Sport and Recreation Minister Trevor Mallard congratulated the Special Olympics New Zealand team which returned home today after successfully competing in the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland. See... Congratulations to NZ Special Olympians [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00142.htm


    Nats Unite With United Over Smokescreen Vote

    - United Future and the National Party's call for the smoke-free environments bill to be a conscience vote is a smokescreen to try and undermine the smoke-free legislation, Green MP Sue Kedgley said today. See... Conscience vote a smokescreen [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00140.htm


    Booze And Minors Programme Launched

    - THINK: Before You Buy Under 18s Drink – A public awareness campaign aimed at encouraging adults to think about the consequences of supplying alcohol to minors. See... Think - Before You Buy Under 18s Drink - Launch [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00139.htm


    Nepalese Sherpas To Study Conservation In NZ

    - The Department of Conservation and Te Rûnanga o Ngâi Tahu have announced a new fund to help Nepalese Sherpas wanting to study conservation management in New Zealand. See... New fund announced for Sherpa study [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00137.htm


    Is Justice Up For Sale?

    - ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks today slammed the Labour Government for placing the courts in a position where sensible acknowledgement of remorse looks like putting justice up for sale, in light of reports that many criminals have won ... See... For Sale: Labour Justice [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00135.htm


    Glass Mountain Gets $75,000

    - New Plymouth MP Harry Duynhoven today presented a cheque for $75,000 on behalf of Tourism Minister Mark Burton to help fund the development of the ‘Glass Mountain’ interactive display at Puke Ariki in New Plymouth. See... $75,000 grant for Puke Ariki, New Plymouth [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00147.htm


    Did TVNZ Attempt To Shoulder-Tap Brian Edwards?

    - TVNZ sources claim that Ian Fraser lobbied for Helen Clark’s sycophantic biographer, and Parekura Horomia’s media minder, Brian Edwards to have his own show. See... ACT's "The Letter" 7 July 2003 [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00145.htm


    Govt Commits To Teaching Excellence

    - The government is moving to a greater focus on supporting excellence in tertiary teaching, Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey said today. See... Govt to focus on supporting teaching excellence [1] ALSO: Maharey’s Speech - Maharey Speech: HERDSA Conference Canterbury Uni [2]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00129.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0307/S00130.htm

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