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TODAY'S TOP SCOOP STORIES


SCOOP LEAD STORY
Nuke Issues: Scientists Testing Crater Find Radioactive Particles
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Scoop Is In The House:
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NEW ZEALAND LEAD:
News Ratings: Scoop Cements 4th Ratings Position Well Ahead of TVNZ News
Online Poll: Auckland Calls For Public Feedback On Preferred Stadium
Arts: Contemporary Art Award Announced
Security News: Peters Talks Tough On Terrorism
Public Interest: An Orchestrated Litany Of Misinformation?
Police News: Bravery Recipient About To Graduate From Police College
Design News: Design And Honours Students Exhibit Talent
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Parliament: Scoop Referred To Alarmingly Powerful Privileges Committee
Charity: Elton John To Be Sold Over The Internet

SCOOP INTERNATIONAL LEAD STORY:
Middle East: UN Human Rights Wing Condemns Israel's Gaza Killings
Environment News: Annan Says Climate Change Skeptics Out Of Step
Satire: WTO, Business Forum Get Burned
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SCOOP LEAD STORY
Nuke Issues: Scientists Testing Crater Find Radioactive Particles

Selwyn Manning reports that scientific findings are surfacing that question whether heightened enriched uranium particles have been found in and around a crater in south Lebanon. Has a new type of low yield nuclear weapon been tested during the Israel/Hizbullah conflict? And has Israel developed the scientific expertise to progress and deploy such weaponry without outside superpower help? Or was a radioactive weapon targeted by Israel?
Scoop Audio.Scoop Audio & Text: Audio/Text: Was A New EU Munition Used In Lebanon?

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00295.htm

SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE:

  • Questions And Answers - Wednesday 15 Nov 2006 [1]
  • Questions And Answers - Tuesday 14 November 2006 [2]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00290.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00261.htm


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    Selwyn Manning and Radio Adelaide's Peter Godfrey discuss: The Government's preferred option for a Rugby World Cup stadium; Gale force winds cause havoc; and Upham VCs sold to the Brits.


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    Wammo and List – Wammo finds out what exactly Scoop's Kevin List is doing in Canada? And what did he make of the London assignment?

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    NEW ZEALAND LEAD:

    News Ratings: Scoop Cements 4th Ratings Position Well Ahead of TVNZ News

    - Scoop Media has cemented itself well ahead of TVNZ news in internet news rankings. Inside, a Nielsen/Netratings graphic shows the top five website ranking for channels in NNR's Market Intelligence General News category. The result counts domestic New Zealand visitors in the week to 12 November. In total, Scoop attracts over 500,000 individuals per month. See... Top Five General News Category Websites [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0611/S00042.htm


    Online Poll: Auckland Calls For Public Feedback On Preferred Stadium

    Online Poll Inside: The government has asked Auckland to decide whether it would prefer a new waterfront stadium or a redeveloped Eden Park stadium for the Rugby World Cup 2011. The Auckland City Council and the Auckland Regional Council have until 24 November to decide on their preference for one of the above options. “While this is the third biggest sporting event in the world, this is not just about a game of rugby..." says Mayor of Auckland city Dick Hubbard. See... Stadium decision time for Auckland City Council [1] ALSO:Video.Video: [2] Here is an animation video of the proposed stadium courtesy of Warren and Mahoney architects. See... Video: Animation Of Proposed Waterfront Stadium [3]

  • Eden Park - New image of redeveloped Eden Park [4]
  • Auckland Regional Council - ARC wants public feedback on stadium proposals [5]
  • FULL COVERAGE - The Stadium Debate [6]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0611/S00167.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0611/S00227.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0611/S00227.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0611/S00322.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0611/S00185.htm
    [6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00206.htm


    Arts: Contemporary Art Award Announced

    MH
Supreme Winner 2006 (Lorene Taurerewa) - A Samoan/Chinese/European artist, Lorene Taurerewa from Wellington is the recipient of the Martin Hughes Contemporary Pacific Art Award for 2006 for a drawing representing her monumental series of 12 figures titled Journey of 1000 Miles. Her work reflects the influence of the traditional Chinese mark making concept in portraits that are venerated as encapsulations of the ancestors. See... Powerful Work With Ancestral Influences Wins Award [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0611/S00190.htm


    Security News: Peters Talks Tough On Terrorism

    - New Zealand welcomes the consensus on extending the mandate of the Counter Terrorism Task Force (CTTF) for a further two years. It is clear that the threat posed by terrorists to security, stability and prosperity in the APEC region has not abated. Given the number of counter-terrorism initiatives currently under consideration, it is equally clear that the CTTF continues to have a solid agenda in front of it. See... NZ statement on APEC's counter-terrorism work [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00294.htm


    Public Interest: An Orchestrated Litany Of Misinformation?

    - Scoop's Alastair Thompson reports that the Director-General of Health Stephen McKernan and his deputy, Deputy Director-General, Public Health Dr Don Matheson today answered questions about how they came to misinform their Minister on the provision of serum test data to scientists involved in studying the toxic contamination in the suburb of New Plymouth.Scoop Audio.Scoop Audio, Images, Text: MOH At Parlt. Discusses Paritutu Dioxin & MeNZB [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00271.htm


    Police News: Bravery Recipient About To Graduate From Police College

    - A man who was awarded a New Zealand Bravery Medal in October for attempting to save the life of a young woman in Auckland last year is among 46 constables who will graduate from The Royal New Zealand Police College. See... Recruit Awarded NZ Bravery Medal Graduates [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0611/S00223.htm


    Design News: Design And Honours Students Exhibit Talent

    - Parodying faulty perceptions of South Auckland is the basis for AUT Bachelor of Design student Corinne Smith's end of year exhibition. Smith is one of 100 Bachelor of Design and Honours students showcasing their work at the Aotea Centre in this year's AUT Graphic Design graduate exhibition. See... AUT Graphic Design Exhibition Opens - Aotea Centre [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0611/S00063.htm


    MORE HEADLINES:

  • New channels could be graveyard for old content [1]
  • Got An Outstanding Fine? Lookout Govt's On To You! [2]
  • ERMA To Consider Importation Of Two Insects [3]
  • Painstaking Research Brings Extinct Birds to Life [4]
  • Three NZ plays premiere on one night! [5]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00301.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00293.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0611/S00040.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0611/S00064.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0611/S00183.htm


    Parliament: Scoop Referred To Alarmingly Powerful Privileges Committee

    - Hon Peter Dunne has raised with me as a matter of privilege an e-mail newsletter “Robson-on-politics – e-news” published on the Scoop website of 1 November 2006. The newsletter discusses the role of the United Future Party as a support party for the Government. It examines the position of the party on various issues including alcohol and tobacco... the question of privilege stands referred to the Privileges Committee. See... Privilege - Robson-on-Politics/Hon Peter Dunne [1] ALSO:

  • Matt Robson - Robson-On-Politics - 1 November 2006 [2] [Scoop Editor's Note: The offending paragraph was removed from the item as soon as it was brought to our attention on the evening of 1 November. We unreservedly apologise to Mr Dunne for any offence caused by its relatively brief appearance on the Scoop website.]
  • Scoop Link - No Right Turn: An abuse of privilege [3]

  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00274.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0611/S00006.htm
    [3] - http://norightturn.blogspot.com/2006/11/abuse-of-privilege.html


    Charity: Elton John To Be Sold Over The Internet

    Elton
John - Two New Zealand Elton John fans will get a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet one of music’s all time greats, through an online charity auction promoted by Visa. The Trade Me charity auction is for the ultimate Elton John experience - something that money can buy! It opens at 5pm Wednesday November 15 and closes at 9pm on Tuesday November 21. One hundred per cent of proceeds from the charity auction will be donated to The New Zealand AIDS Foundation, a cause Elton is passionate about. See... Successful bidder to meet Elton John in person! [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0611/S00167.htm

    INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
    Middle East: UN Human Rights Wing Condemns Israel's Gaza Killings

    - Condemning Israel’s recent military activities in the northern Gaza Strip, including the killing of 18 Palestinian civilians at Beit Hanoun, the United Nations Human Rights Council today called for urgent international action to end whose incursions and voted to send a fact-finding mission to the region. See... UN Denounces Israeli Military Actions [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0611/S00270.htm


    Environment News: Annan Says Climate Change Skeptics Out Of Step

    - Climate change must be taken as seriously as the issues that have traditionally monopolized first-order political attention such as conflict, poverty and the proliferation of deadly weapons, Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a United Nations conference on Climate Change in Nairobi. “Instead of being economically defensive, let us start being more politically courageous,” he said. See... Annan: Climate Change Sceptics 'Out of Step' [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0611/S00276.htm


    Satire: WTO, Business Forum Get Burned

    The Yes
Men - An activist impersonating a WTO representative at a major US forum on African business has proposed an official system of corporate slavery for the continent. This morning Scoop received the following press release titled "WTO Announces Formalized Slavery Market for Africa". It details an address given at the Wharton Business School conference on business in Africa by "World Trade Organization representative Hanniford Schmidt" on an initiative "requir[ing] Western companies doing business in some parts of Africa to own their workers outright". See... The Yes Men Strike Major US Business Conference [1]


    [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0611/S00268.htm


    MORE WORLD HEADLINES:

  • Global - Stronger Social Security Needed Against Poverty [1]
  • Africa - Darfur Conflict: Foreign Presence Needed on Border [2]
  • Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka’s Children ‘At Risk From All Sides’ [3]
  • Kalahari - Mother's Death Highlights Growing Aids Crisis [4]
  • Central Asia - Over 1 Million People In Nepal Could Go Hungry [5]
  • [1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0611/S00285.htm
    [2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0611/S00281.htm
    [3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0611/S00273.htm
    [4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0611/S00272.htm
    [5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0611/S00268.htm

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