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Top Scoop Stories - 22 November 2007 News Summary


Today's Top Scoops - November 22, 2007

LEAD STORY:

Legal Shocker: PM Protests Saudi Rape Victim's Sentence Of 200 Lashes

NZ POLITICS:

Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 22 November 2007
Enemies of Kiwiland: She Did In Paul - Is the NZ Economy Next?
Legislation: '1984' Type NZ Foreseen By Worryworts/Democracy's Champions?
Foreign Affairs: Diplomats Retake London Post
Economy: Cullen Talks About Monetary Policy and Political Consensus

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Motoring: UK Experts Reject Whole Of Vehicle Marking
Tourism Ventures: THL To Enter Joint Venture With InterCity Group
By The Book: Auckland Airport To Consider Changes To Commerce Act
Down Sized: Manufacturing No Longer The Biggest Employer

WORLD:

War Footing: Bush Presses Congress For Iraq War Funding
Chemical Reaction: Bromide Suspected Cause Of Mystery Illness In Angola
State Of Palestine: U.S. Announces Annapolis Conference On Mid East
Bad Sports: Falun Gong Adherents Barred From 2008 Olympics

COMMENT:

Sri Raman: The Battle Lines in Pakistan
Bill Berkowitz: Robertson and Giuliani: A Not-So-Odd Couple

LIFESTYLE:

Media: TVNZ Thieves RNZ's Business Economics Reporter
Lounge Lizarding: Kiwis Get More Than Just Mr Ferry
Pop: Brunettes Back Home After New York Bust Up


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LEAD STORY

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Legal Shocker: PM Protests Saudi Rape Victim's Sentence Of 200 Lashes - Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that she has asked New Zealand diplomats to raise dismay over the sentencing of a 19-year-old Saudi rape victim. The Shi'ite woman and an unrelated man were abducted from a shopping mall in early 2006 and she was subsequently raped by a group of seven men. She was originally sentenced in October 2006 to 90 lashes. That sentence was more than doubled to 200 lashes and six months in prison by the Qatif General Court. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00418.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00434.htm


Enemies of Kiwiland: She Did In Paul - Is the NZ Economy Next? - Agriculture Minister Jim Anderton is disappointed that UK celebrity Heather Mills has lent her name to a claim that meat and dairy can't be environmentally sound products. Ironically, in launching the campaign, Ms Mills arrived in a carbon-spilling four wheel drive. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00439.htm


Legislation: '1984' Type NZ Foreseen By Worryworts/Democracy's Champions? - The images of the Wellington protest against the Electoral Finance Bill are brought to our readers in glorious sepia tones. This move is in honour of the totalitarian state depicted in the classic sepia toned movie 1984 - a state many on the march believe Godzone will morph into should this bill pass.More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00346.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00372.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00404.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00405.htm


Foreign Affairs: Diplomats Retake London Post - New Zealand's next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom will be career diplomat Derek Leask. He takes up his appointment next April, replacing Jonathan Hunt. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00421.htm


Economy: Cullen Talks About Monetary Policy and Political Consensus - Address to the Wood Processors Association of New Zealand Annual Conference, Civic Suite, Wellington Convention Centre, 111 Wakefield St, Wellington. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00431.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Motoring: UK Experts Reject Whole Of Vehicle Marking - Whole of vehicle marking (or 'microdot' technology), which is on schedule to become mandatory for vehicles entering the New Zealand fleet, has received the 'thumbs down' from the UK's leading vehicle crime investigators. The Thatcham Autocrime forum is comprised of members representing 43 regional police forces from throughout the UK. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0711/S00063.htm


Tourism Ventures: THL To Enter Joint Venture With InterCity Group - Tourism Holdings Limited (THL) and the owners of InterCity Group (NZ) Limited have agreed to form a joint venture to build on the strengths of their nationwide bus and coaching operations and their Northland leisure cruising businesses. THL will receive a 49 percent shareholding in the joint venture. The remaining 51 percent will be held by the current owners of InterCity Group (NZ) Limited (ICG). More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0711/S00443.htm


By The Book: Auckland Airport To Consider Changes To Commerce Act - Auckland International Airport (Auckland Airport) said today that it will consider in detail the proposed changes to the Airport Authorities Act and the Commerce Act relating to the regulatory environment for airports in NZ. These proposed changes were announced by the Ministry of Economic Development last night. Chief executive, Don Huse, said "We commend the Minister and Ministry on the thorough process". More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0711/S00467.htm


Down Sized: Manufacturing No Longer The Biggest Employer - Property and business services replaced manufacturing as the biggest employer for the first time in the Linked Employer-Employee Data (LEED) series, Statistics NZ said today. The property and business services industry had 238,200 filled jobs during the September 2006 year. The manufacturing industry now has the second largest number of filled jobs (237,000). Textiles, clothing, footwear and leather manufacturing was the key driver of the decline in filled jobs. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0711/S00465.htm


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WORLD

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War Footing: Bush Presses Congress For Iraq War Funding - President Bush is pressing Congress to approve his latest budget request for the war in Iraq, where he says leaders are beginning to make progress toward political reconciliation. When Congress returns from its Thanksgiving break, President Bush wants quick action on more supplemental funding for the war in Iraq, without the preconditions of a troop withdrawal being pushed by Democrats. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00942.htm


Chemical Reaction: Bromide Suspected Cause Of Mystery Illness In Angola - Toxicological tests carried out on blood samples from victims of an outbreak of a mystery illness in Angola have detected very high levels of bromide, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The tests, conducted in Germany, found the high bromide levels in five of the six samples taken from patients, and additional samples are now being sent to the UK for further analysis. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00968.htm


State Of Palestine: U.S. Announces Annapolis Conference On Mid East - Forty nine nations, organizations and individuals have been invited to attend. "The Annapolis Conference will signal broad international support for the Israeli and Palestinian leaders' courageous efforts and will be a launching point for negotiations leading to the establishment of a Palestinian state and the realization of Israeli-Palestinian peace," McCormack said at a State Department briefing. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00972.htm


Bad Sports: Falun Gong Adherents Barred From 2008 Olympics - The Chinese communist regime would allow athletes and tourists to bring religious objects for self-use during the Olympics. However, this policy would not apply to Falun Gong practitioners: "Falun Gong texts, Falun Gong activities in China are forbidden," and, "Foreigners who come to China must respect and abide by the laws of China." (AP) More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00974.htm


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COMMENT

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Sri Raman: The Battle Lines in Pakistan - If you look at it as a battle between individual leaders and parties, the battle lines cannot be more blurred. The lines have been changing frequently, leaving everyone wondering who is fighting whom in Pakistan. If you look at it as a battle between the people and a system, of... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00354.htm


Bill Berkowitz: Robertson and Giuliani: A Not-So-Odd Couple - Not long after Saddam Hussein was captured in 2003, Rudy Giuliani and Pat Robertson shared a flight back from Israel. "We had a lot of time coming back from Israel to talk about our understanding of how important Israel is to the United States, how important they are in this whole vast effort that we're involved in this terrorist war against us,"... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00351.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Media: TVNZ Thieves RNZ's Business Economics Reporter - Corin Dann is one of New Zealand's leading economics and finance reporters. As Radio New Zealand's economics correspondent, he provided expert commentary on the issues affecting the New Zealand economy. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0711/S00278.htm


Lounge Lizarding: Kiwis Get More Than Just Mr Ferry - It's just been confirmed that Danny McCrum & Ben Jurisich will be opening for Bryan Ferry & Joan Armatrading at the Logan Campbell Centre on December 3rd & 4th. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0711/S00290.htm


Pop: Brunettes Back Home After New York Bust Up - The Brunettes return home for one Auckland show in December. That's right. Three months on the global tour road and the Brunettes have clocked up more than just gig miles! An 8 page spread in sassy New York magazine, Bust. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0711/S00288.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, November 22, 2007

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