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Scoop's Top 30 Items For Monday

Scoop's Top 30 Items For Monday Dates: 12/Dec/2005

1: British Mercenaries Shooting at Baghdad Motorists

Security contractors of the so-called "Victory" Group of the British mercenary Firm Aegis Defense Services have committed the ultimate war crime: the indiscriminate killing of civilians as part of a "game", not a video game but a real game of shooting ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00108.htm


2: Rice's Indefensible Brief; Cheney's Last Throes

European reaction to visiting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's statements on torture can be summed up in lead commentary Wednesday in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, among the most widely respected German newspapers.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00126.htm


3: Jane Kelsey WTO: The Antidote to Fear-Mongering

The battle for the hearts and minds of Hong Kong took a turn yesterday when the first mass mobilization against the WTO was a colourful, festive and totally peaceful affair. Local media reports expressed surprise; yet their stories were still refracted against ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00145.htm


4: Harold Pinter Nobel Lecture: Art, Truth & Politics

In 1958 I wrote the following: 'There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.'

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00142.htm


5: Breaking News: Explosions Strike Oil Depot Near M1

London -- "Massive" explosions struck an oil depot about 20 kilometres from London's Luton airport, close to the M1 near Hemel Hempstead filling the sky with orange flames and shattering windows and doors at nearby homes, police and witnesses ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00131.htm


6: Explosion At Buncefield Oil Depot - Hertfordshire

Police and other emergency services are attending the area of Buncefield Oil Depot in Hemel Hempstead this morning following reports of an explosion just after 6am.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0512/S00219.htm


7: Fideo Castro Speech: 60th University Commemoration

Speech delivered by Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz, President of the Republic of Cuba, at the Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of his admission to University of Havana, in the Aula Magna of the University of Havana,

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0512/S00120.htm


8: Public Address 12/12/05 - Scary

In the last couple of years, the slightly foggy concept of "race relations" has ridden high in surveys of issues of concern to New Zealanders. That might be put in context by what happened in Sydney yesterday...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00143.htm


9: Veil of Secrecy lifted on Somali Community

In a national first, one of New Zealand’s newest and most misunderstood communities is the focus of a social photography project due to open at the Waikato Museum on December 3.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0511/S00213.htm


10: 'TIS the season to be wary

Tips from ASB as peak time of year for fraudulent activity approaches

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0512/S00176.htm


11: Vanuatu volcano eruption: Oxfam’s response

International aid agency Oxfam is responding to the humanitarian needs of people affected by the volcanic eruption of Mt Ambae in Vanuatu which displaced half the population of Ambae island.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0512/S00097.htm


12: Scoop News: Wairarapa Shaken By Moderate Quake

An earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter Scale struck the Wairarapa at 2:55am, centered 20 kilometres east of Pahiatua. The Geological & Nuclear Sciences data centre said the quake had a focal depth of 25 km and will have been felt throughout the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00146.htm


13: Cost of suicide to NZ nearly $1.4 billion a year

Minister of Agriculture Minister for Biosecurity Minister of Fisheries Minister of Forestry Associate Minister of Health Associate Minister for Tertiary Education

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0512/S00172.htm


14: ACT's The Letter - 12 December 2005

Parliament's last week for the year. TVNZ's Colmar-Brunton polls that predicted National would win the election continue to place National ahead. The Reserve Bank has raised interest rates again. The Greens accept baubles without office.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0512/S00168.htm


15: Sam Smith: A Confederacy Of Doers

I had never been invited to dinner by Ralph Nader before, so I figured I'd better check it out. The hall where the drinks were being served could have been at any one of the scores of events Washington was throwing that night, but the difference ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00141.htm


16: Maori name to Promote Smoking Outrages Sharples

Dr Pita Sharples, Co-leader of the Maori Party, spoke out about the mis-use of the Maori name in a brand of cigarettes produced by tobacco company Philip Morris.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0512/S00181.htm


17: OH Sen. Rules Cmtte. Approves Anti-Democratic Bill

COLUMBUS, OH - The Rules Committee of the Ohio Senate approved H.B. 3 December 7, 2005, despite two days of strong opposition testimony. The four Democrat committee members refused to take part in the final vote as a protest to the Republican steamrolling ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0512/S00228.htm


18: Intel Announces Chip Technology Breakthrough

Intel Corporation today announced development of a new, ultra-fast, yet very low power prototype transistor using new materials that could form the basis of its microprocessors and other logic products beginning in the second half of the next decade.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0512/S00022.htm


19: Kyoto here to stay, get used to it

Don Brash and the other Kyoto detractors in Parliament need to now accept that the world is going to make some sort of adjustments for climate change and New Zealand is going to have to be part of it, Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0512/S00176.htm


20: UK Explosion: Evening Press Briefing - Update

Good evening – it’s been a long day for many people and I thank you once again for attending this final briefing of today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0512/S00221.htm


21: Government Whitewash True Impact of Dioxin

“The report released today by the Ministry of Health into cancer rates in New Plymouth is nothing more than a sham” stated Tariana Turia, Member of Parliament for Te Tai Hauauru.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0512/S00178.htm


22: New Zealand trade payments remain in decline

The dramatic increase in time it is taking businesses to pay their bills continues, putting pressure on small and medium-sized businesses as they head into the Christmas and New Year period.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0512/S00175.htm


23: A vegan Christmas dinner: no turkey, no problem

Catering for a vegan at Christmas dinner would probably be enough to cause heart palpitations in the average omnivore. Not so for self-taught Birkenhead chef Colin Sky, who is organising a Christmas feast for up to 50 vegans on December 18, at Blissful ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0512/S00076.htm


24: Kyoto Protocol moves ahead

Montreal, Canada 9 December 2005 - Greenpeace today congratulated the 157 countries, who have ratified the Kyoto Protocol, as they moved the landmark climate change treaty towards deeper emissions reductions after 2012.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0512/S00227.htm


25: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics

World Trade: Prelude To WTO Round: Jane Kelsey Reports, Official Suicide Statistics Calculate Cost In Dollar Terms, Employment: Who Will Fix The Doctor Shortage?, Police: Govt And NZ First Seal More Cops Deal, Santa Sends Karma Filled Feast To Auckland ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00144.htm


26: Research on link between social factors, suicide

Social factors do have an influence on suicide, according to a report released today by the Associate Health Minister Jim Anderton.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0512/S00171.htm


27: Pop Corn Type Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms have been popping like pop-corn over New Zealand over the weekend and will continue to do so for the rest of this week. MetService meteorologists have issued a special weather advisory on thunderstorms for Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0512/S00023.htm


28: Resale of Telecom broadband services for business

The Commerce Commission has released its final determination under the Telecommunication Act on resale by TelstraClear Limited of several Telecom broadband retail services for business.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0512/S00154.htm


29: Michael Crawford: Music of the Night - March 2006

Michael Crawford to perform in New Zealand for one concert only, at New Plymouth’s TSB Bowl of Brooklands, on Saturday, 11 March 2006, in a concert to benefit the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy Trust. Tickets on Sale Thursday, December 15, 2005

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0512/S00067.htm


30: Sanjay Upadhya: Nepal Now It’s The Military’s Turn

Judging from King Gyanendra’s latest cabinet reshuffle, the monarch appears unfazed by last month’s 12-point accord reached between Nepal’s mainstream political parties and Maoist rebels in New Delhi.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00137.htm

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