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Top Scoop Stories - 14 January 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 14 January 2008

LEAD STORY:

Adventurers: Aerial Photos of Aussie Kayakers' Arrival

NZ POLITICS:

Election Punting: Greens top choice for coalition - tax deal possible
National Treasures: PM Pays Tribute To Sir Ed
Media: Greens Consider TVNZ Up To Monkey Business With Latest Sponsor
Rate: Rebates Winner For Kiwi Households: Mahuta

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Agriculture: A Woolly Start To The Year

WORLD:

Boxing: Rumble In Apia For The WBO Oriental Cruiserweight Title
Unto The Breach: Greenpeace Confronts Japanese Whalers In Southern Ocean
Blasts In Burma: Bomb-Maker Killed, 4 Hurt, North Of Rangoon
Web Master: Ban Ki-Moon To Connect With Kids In Cyberspace
UN Tribute: Edmund Hillary, Mountaineer, Humanitarian

COMMENT:

Ramzy Baroud: U.S. Elections - Just Like The Movies
Chossudovsky: U.S. War Plans And The "Strait Of Hormuz Incident" -- Just Who Threatens Whom?
Nancy Tobi: We Need To Eliminate Secret Vote Counting, Not A Recount
Daniel Patrick Welch: Voting Irregularities Just Tip Of Rotten Iceberg
Lynn Landes: A History Of Suspected Vote Fraud In NH - Forget 'Official Recounts', Do Citizen Audits

LIFESTYLE:

Theatre: Sleep Science Goes Onstage
Ironman: Experience Proves Too Strong In Whangamata Heat
Shakespeare: The Tempest Comes To A Scout Hall
Funding: Bro' Town Returns For Fourth Series
Oddness: Anarchic Play Proposes Drastic Action For Current Govt


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LEAD STORY

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Adventurers: Aerial Photos of Aussie Kayakers' Arrival - A Scoop reader writes... "I was on board a Air New Zealand flight from New Plymouth to Wellington at 12:30pm yesterday when the kayakers from Australia arrived. The air crew announced the arrival before takeoff and then the pilot took an unusual departure route so that we would be able to see the arrival." More >> [1]

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OTHER BOATIES:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00110.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0801/S00011.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0801/S00049.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0801/S00052.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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Election Punting: Greens top choice for coalition - tax deal possible - The Green Party is the most preferred coalition partner for National or Labour if one gets the first chance to form a government after this year's general election. Fifty seven per cent think National will get the first chance to form a government. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00077.htm


National Treasures: PM Pays Tribute To Sir Ed - Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that the passing of Sir Edmund Hillary is a profound loss to New Zealand. "My thoughts are with Lady Hillary, Sir Edmund's children, wider family, and close friends at this sad time," Helen Clark said. More >> [1]

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MORE:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00074.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00109.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00071.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00088.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0801/S00051.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00070.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00069.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00074.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00068.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00169.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00068.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00072.htm
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00067.htm


Media: Greens Consider TVNZ Up To Monkey Business With Latest Sponsor - The Green Party Co-Leader Dr. Russel Norman is dismayed that One News updates will be sponsored by the National Bank as of Monday. The National Bank is a subsidiary of the ANZ Banking Group which is involved in financing rainforest destruction in Papua New Guinea. More >> [1]

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[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00085.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00063.htm


Rate: Rebates Winner For Kiwi Households: Mahuta - New Zealanders are better off under the enhanced rates rebate scheme, Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta said today... Households are now getting, on average, a rates rebate of $449, which is more than twice the $165 they would have received before changes to the scheme came into effect on 1 July 2006. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00078.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Agriculture: A Woolly Start To The Year - New Zealand Wool Services International Ltd reports that prices at this week¹s combined North and South Island wool auctions, the first of 2008, held yesterday, firmed across most categories. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00058.htm


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WORLD

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Boxing: Rumble In Apia For The WBO Oriental Cruiserweight Title - "Herewith, is the letter to confirm that World Boxing Organization Asia Pacific have certified that the boxing match on Saturday, February 02, 2008, at Apia, Samoa between Lawrence Tauasa vs. Charles Baou for the WBO Oriental vacant Cruiserweight title has been officially sanctioned and recognized by the WBO." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00173.htm


Unto The Breach: Greenpeace Confronts Japanese Whalers In Southern Ocean - The whaling fleet immediately took flight from the Esperanza, which is now in high-speed pursuit. While the fleet is on the run, the whalers are unable to hunt. If they try to start whaling, the Esperanza's international crew of activists will take non-violent direct action to prevent the Japanese government's slaughter of nearly 1,000 whales. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00166.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00167.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00168.htm


Blasts In Burma: Bomb-Maker Killed, 4 Hurt, North Of Rangoon - Four people were slightly wounded in a bomb blast which killed the suspected bomb-maker last Saturday in Bago Division, north of Rangoon. The ruling junta has blamed the Karen National Union (KNU). More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00172.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00171.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00170.htm


Web Master: Ban Ki-Moon To Connect With Kids In Cyberspace - To help the United Nations get its finger on the pulse of what issues concern young people, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be answering questions posed by children on topics ranging from the world body to the global issues on the its agenda, it was announced today. This new initiative also seeks to make the UN more accessible to children. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00164.htm


UN Tribute: Edmund Hillary, Mountaineer, Humanitarian - "Sir Edmund not only climbed to one of the purest victories known to humankind, thereby championing and pioneering an awareness of the treasures of our Earth - he also worked to build health and education in the communities around him," Mr. Ban Ki-moon said. More >> [1]

ALSO:


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00159.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00169.htm


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COMMENT

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Ramzy Baroud: U.S. Elections - Just Like The Movies - The United States political process bears an uncanny resemblance to mainstream filmmaking. Elections and speeches are scripted to the letter, politicians put on a tirelessly rehearsed act, catering endlessly to the whims of the target audience. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00105.htm


Chossudovsky: U.S. War Plans And The "Strait Of Hormuz Incident" -- Just Who Threatens Whom? - Instigated by the Pentagon, a bungled media disinformation campaign directed against Iran has unfolded. Five Iranian patrol boats, visibly with no military capabilities, have been accused of threatening three US war ships in the Strait of Hormuz. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00104.htm


Nancy Tobi: We Need To Eliminate Secret Vote Counting, Not A Recount - New Hampshire's primary delivered a "surprise" upset victory to Senator Hillary Clinton, contradicting all pre-election poll predictions and even the facts on the ground, which showed Senator Obama with a strong lead and enthusiastic overflow crowds at every New Hampshire appearance. What happened? More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00103.htm


Daniel Patrick Welch: Voting Irregularities Just Tip Of Rotten Iceberg - As the dust settles, stirs and settles again in the quadrennial puppet show that is billed as "democracy" in the US, Daniel Patrick Welch joins the hoopla over rumors of voting irregularities in the New Hampshire installment of US presidential primary elections. But the real threat he sees is Americans' misplaced belief in their own system. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00102.htm


Lynn Landes: A History Of Suspected Vote Fraud In NH - Forget 'Official Recounts', Do Citizen Audits - There are plenty of reasons not to trust New Hampshire election results, particularly regarding Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. And, rumors are flying around that Ron Paul may be considering a request for a recount. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00096.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Theatre: Sleep Science Goes Onstage - Art meets science in a new theatre production opening in Wellington this month that explores the science of sleep. Sleep/Wake blends dance, science and performance design to explore the world of the unconscious, revealing those things that lie dormant within us: hidden performances of the self - obsessions, ambitions, and dreams. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00082.htm


Ironman: Experience Proves Too Strong In Whangamata Heat - Stephen Sheldrake put the pain of last week's Half Ironman behind him to once again stamp his class all over the Contact Energy My Sport Series with a commanding win in stunning summer conditions in Whangamata today. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00081.htm


Shakespeare: The Tempest Comes To A Scout Hall - Shakespeare's final statement about the elements of the universe, the theatre, and the nature of humanity is brought to you this summer in an 80-year-old sea scout hall just ten minutes drive from Auckland's city centre. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00074.htm


Funding: Bro' Town Returns For Fourth Series - Funding allocated at NZ On Air's last meeting for 2007 will ensure television comedy fans have a special Christmas present. NZ On Air has approved funding of $1,780,000 for another series of the popular animated comedy bro'Town. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00073.htm


Oddness: Anarchic Play Proposes Drastic Action For Current Govt - This email is to announce the premiere season of On the Conditions and Possibilities of Helen Clark Taking Me as Her Young Lover , an anarchic theatrical lecture in which the overeducated, underachieving Richard Meros makes a very public pass at PM. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00059.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 14 January 2008

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