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Top Scoop Stories - 08 January 2008 News Summary


Today's Top Scoops - January 08, 2008

LEAD STORY:

Scoop Satire: Mother Scoop's Almanac

NZ POLITICS:

Scoop Police and Crime: Nearly 6,000 Suspended Drivers Still On Roads
Scoop Child and Youth Issues: Work-Life Balance Important For All Families
Legal Issues: Labour Slammed Again For Political Interference
Health Policy: ACC Should Not Be Intimidated

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Computing and Internet: Google Car Putting Warrington On The Map?
Police and Crime: New Year Brings Freedom For Suffering Hens
Scoop NZ World News: NZ Education Research 'Smartest In The World'
Transport: 2007 New Vehicle Sales Just Short Of 2005 Record
Scoop Commerce: Minister To Confer With Industry On Franchise Risk
Scoop Science: Nobel Laureate To Give New Zealand Lectures

WORLD:

Ban Ki-moon: 2008 Should Be The Year Of The 'Bottom Billion'
Pentagon: Iranian Boats Provoke 'Serious Incident' in Straits of Hormuz
Marine Life: Atlantic Offshore Lobsterman To Host "Whale Friendlier Lobster Gear" Summit

COMMENT:

J. Buchanan: Bringing The Gulf Coast To The Debate
Toni Solo: Varieties Of Imperial Decline - Rearguard Success, Strategic Defeat

LIFESTYLE:

General Politics: THCAPOHCTMAHYL - The Play Arrives At Bats
Sport: Speight'S Coast To Coast Back And Better Than Ever
Scoop Art and Entertainment: Nick Harte: Shocking Pinks
Strange and Bizarre: Mystery Girl & Cheese On Toast Present Andrew Bird


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LEAD STORY

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Scoop Satire: Mother Scoop's Almanac - Scoop's Lyndon Hood presents, only slightly late, extracts from his predictions for the new year - two of which have already come half true.

The most comprehensive, precise and accurate list of predictions that the author is aware of, the complete volume also contains much information of use to gardeners. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00038.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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Scoop Police and Crime: Nearly 6,000 Suspended Drivers Still On Roads - National Party Police spokesman Chester Borrows says nearly 6,000 suspended drivers are still on Kiwi roads because no-one's got around to serving them with the paperwork to revoke their licenses. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00037.htm


Scoop Child and Youth Issues: Work-Life Balance Important For All Families - Child Poverty Action Group welcomes the independently published study Improving Work-Life Balance for Domestic Purposes Beneficiary Sole Parent Families researched by the Rotorua People's Advocacy Centre. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00038.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00028.htm


Legal Issues: Labour Slammed Again For Political Interference - National Party State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee says senior Labour Ministers face fresh claims of heavying appointed officials and trying to influence the outcome of a supposedly independent decision-making process. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00030.htm


Health Policy: ACC Should Not Be Intimidated - National Party ACC spokeswoman Pansy Wong believes fair-minded New Zealanders will resent having to pay for cosmetic surgery for a burglar whose ear was bitten by a police dog during an arrest. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00025.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00033.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00034.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Computing and Internet: Google Car Putting Warrington On The Map? - A small car was spotted in Warrington today, apparently driving around all the streets in turn. The car displayed prominent ''Google'' logos on each side and had a tripod on the roof with a shiny black round object on top. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0801/S00016.htm
[2] - http://www.engadget.com/2007/05/31/check-out-the-immersive-media-street-scanning-car/
[3] - http://www.boingboing.net/2007/06/01/google-street-view-w.html
[4] - http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&time=&date=&ttype=&q=warrington+new+zealand&ie=UTF8&ll=-45.709056,170.591583&spn=0.072642,0.152092&z=13&iwloc=addr&om=1


Police and Crime: New Year Brings Freedom For Suffering Hens - On New Years Eve while many were partying Animal Rights Activists were seeing in the New Year by entering a battery hen farm in South Auckland. Thirty hens were rescued from this farm and the conditions documented. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00037.htm


Scoop NZ World News: NZ Education Research 'Smartest In The World' - A leading Canadian educationalist has hailed the Ministry of Education-funded Best Evidence Synthesis (BES) programme as 'state-of-the art' saying no-one else in the world is doing work as good. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0801/S00004.htm


Transport: 2007 New Vehicle Sales Just Short Of 2005 Record - New vehicle sales for the full year 2007 reached 102,468 (77,454 cars and 25,014 commercial vehicles), just 980 units (1.0%) behind the 16 year record set in 2005. Fourth quarter sales of 26,276 new vehicles (4.6% ahead of the same period in the ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00022.htm


Scoop Commerce: Minister To Confer With Industry On Franchise Risk - Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel met today to hear directly from victims of an alleged fraud involving the selling of bogus ironing franchises in Auckland. The government will work with the New Zealand Franchise Association to look at whether there is ... More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00035.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00036.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00017.htm


Scoop Science: Nobel Laureate To Give New Zealand Lectures - Physicist, author, ghost-buster and 2004 Nobel prizewinner Frank Wilczek will explore the mysteries of the Universe at lectures in Palmerston North and Auckland next week. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0801/S00004.htm


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WORLD

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Ban Ki-moon: 2008 Should Be The Year Of The 'Bottom Billion' - Ban Ki-moon today stressed that 2008 should be the year of the "bottom billion," citing the need for renewed determination to address the needs of the poorest of the world's poor who have been left behind by global economic growth. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00082.htm


Pentagon: Iranian Boats Provoke 'Serious Incident' in Straits of Hormuz - Three U.S. Navy vessels took evasive actions after five Iranian boats buzzed the ships transiting the Straits of Hormuz yesterday, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said today. "Small, Iranian fast boats made some aggressive maneuvers against our vessels and indicated some hostile intent." More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00075.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00088.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00086.htm


Marine Life: Atlantic Offshore Lobsterman To Host "Whale Friendlier Lobster Gear" Summit - "Saving the right whale requires collaboration and shared commitment. Nearly 3/4 of endangered right whales have scars from entanglement in fishing gear; it remains one of the biggest threats to the survival of the species." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00079.htm


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COMMENT

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J. Buchanan: Bringing The Gulf Coast To The Debate - This Presidential Primary season, voters have listened to nearly a half a million words from two dozen Presidential candidates in 25 debates. Debate moderators have avoided asking what each candidate as President will do to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, where communities are still fighting to come back more than two years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the levee failures. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00048.htm


Toni Solo: Varieties Of Imperial Decline - Rearguard Success, Strategic Defeat - The emerging pattern of struggle for the region's peoples will be much the same as it has been for 500 years - fighting to ensure their countries' enormous natural resources benefit themselves and their children rather than people on the far side of the world.More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00052.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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General Politics: THCAPOHCTMAHYL - The Play Arrives At Bats - On The Conditions and Possibilities... is the first state-of-the-nation address for the Rogernomic generation - a punky powerpoint-driven monologue exploring obsession, politics and the hopes and dreams of a passionate but confused generation. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00026.htm


Sport: Speight'S Coast To Coast Back And Better Than Ever - The Speight's Coast to Coast is taking place again on the 8th and 9th of February 2008. In its 26th year and with over 730 competitors registered so far, this is set to be one of the biggest races yet. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00025.htm


Scoop Art and Entertainment: Nick Harte: Shocking Pinks - Shocking Pinks is the solo recording project of Christchurch's reclusive Nick Harte. Having released 3 albums in NZ, 2 of which were on NZ's legendary Flying Nun label, Shocking Pinks have now inked a 4 album contract with New York based DFA records, ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00023.htm


Strange and Bizarre: Mystery Girl & Cheese On Toast Present Andrew Bird - Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist and lyricist Andrew Bird picked up his first violin at the age of 4. Actually, it was a Cracker Jack box with a ruler taped to it, and the first of his many Suzuki music lessons involved simply bowing to the ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00016.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, January 08, 2008

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