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Top Scoop Stories - 30 January 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 30 January 2008

LEAD STORY:

State Of The Nation II: Age Of Participation In Education To Be 18

NZ POLITICS:

Religion: NZ Mormons Mourn Global Church Presidents' Passing
Key Speech: National Targets Youth Crime Wave
Student Debt: Anderton Proposes Debt Write Off
Legal Issues: Law Commission To Consider 'Organised Threats To Public Safety'

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Cute Animals: Panda Birth Result of Hard Work
Advertising: Charlie's Battle For Good Clean Honest Smut

WORLD:

Burma: Leading Pro-Democracy Activists Charged
Hedge Hog: Former Fund Chief Draws 20 Years' Prison For $450 Million Fraud
Family Life: Israel To Register Gay Adoptions Performed Abroad

COMMENT:

Martha Rosenberg: New Orleans St. Charles Trolley Ready for Mardi Gras
Bernard Weiner: The Sputtering But Still Dangerous CheneyBush Juggernaut
Stateside With Rosalea: State Of The Union Day
Richard S. Ehrlich: Warnings Not To Seek Revenge
Maya Schenwar: Halting The Cycle Of Crime & Punishment

LIFESTYLE:

Theatre: Street Theatre Really Hits The Street
TV3 Video: Borat Swimsuit Ban Sparks Debate in Wellington
Fringe: The Wombling Strumpets Presents Vünderbra!
Fringe Festival: Imagination And Reality Intertwine


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LEAD STORY


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State Of The Nation II: Age Of Participation In Education To Be 18

Prime Minister Helen Clark today outlined new government policy for all young people to be in school or some other form of education or training until the age of eighteen. Helen Clark also announced that the Youth Apprenticeship programme being piloted this year will be rolled out to all secondary schools by the end of 2011. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00227.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00228.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00233.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00234.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00237.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00274.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0801/S00204.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00298.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0801/S00041.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00302.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00230.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00303.htm
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00217.htm
[14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00257.htm


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NZ POLITICS


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Religion: NZ Mormons Mourn Global Church Presidents' Passing

The more than 290,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the New Zealand and Pacific Islands areas are mourning the death of President Gordon B. Hinckley. He died at the age of 97 in his home in Salt Lake City, Utah. More >> [1]

Key Speech: National Targets Youth Crime Wave [2]

National Party Leader John Key today announced policies to fight a growing youth crime wave and ensure young people get into education or training. In a speech in Auckland, he outlined National’s Youth Plan. More >> [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00224.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00214.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00214.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00215.htm
[5] - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7991864143320422033
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/4603.html
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00220.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00219.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00217.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00221.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0801/S00039.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00211.htm
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00248.htm
[14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0801/S00036.htm
[15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00208.htm
[16] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00210.htm
[17] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00222.htm
[18] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00233.htm


Student Debt: Anderton Proposes Debt Write Off

"After a student graduates, they could have their debt paid off by the Government by staying and working in New Zealand. If they wanted to go overseas, they could go and take their student loan with them, as they do now," proposed Progressive Leader Jim Anderton. More >> [1]


Legal Issues: Law Commission To Consider 'Organised Threats To Public Safety' [2]

“The Commission will consider and report on whether existing legislation should be amended to cover the conduct of individuals that creates risk to or public concern about the preservation of public safety and security.” More >> [3]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00226.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00206.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00206.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00207.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH


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Cute Animals: Panda Birth Result of Hard Work

The birth of red panda cubs at Wellington Zoo is a fantastic achievement, says Senior Keeper Paul Horton. ‘Red pandas are only in season one day a year so the window of opportunity for the females to get pregnant is small. More >> [1]


Advertising: Charlie's Battle For Good Clean Honest Smut [2]

Charlie’s Trading Company Limited today responded to the Advertising Standards Authority’s ruling against one of its cartoon-themed commercials for Charlie’s Soda Co, saying that it was another example of political correctness gone mad in New Zealand. More >> [3]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0801/S00057.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00293.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00293.htm


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WORLD


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Burma: Leading Pro-Democracy Activists Charged - Several pro-democracy activists have been charged with making illegal statements during last August's fuel price protests. Amongst those charged are two of Burma's most important pro-democracy leaders, Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi, who have been under arrest since the early days of the fuel protests. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00299.htm


Hedge Hog: Former Fund Chief Draws 20 Years' Prison For $450 Million Fraud - The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Daniel E. Marino was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for defrauding investors in the now-collapsed Bayou hedge funds of more than $450 million. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00300.htm


Family Life: Israel To Register Gay Adoptions Performed Abroad - "We are happy that the Interior Ministry has complied with ACRI's demands and the Court's recommendation, and will finally allow Ruti and Nicole and other same-sex couples to enjoy their right to family after such a long struggle". More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00294.htm


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COMMENT


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Martha Rosenberg: New Orleans St. Charles Trolley Ready for Mardi Gras - Two years after Hurricane Katrina, city buses were again running up and down St. Charles Avenue, the gracious boulevard that connects the French Quarter to Uptown and the Garden District in New Orleans. But where was the trolley? More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00269.htm


Bernard Weiner: The Sputtering But Still Dangerous CheneyBush Juggernaut - CheneyBush remind me of huge rampaging monsters, countless arrows sticking out of their bleeding wounds but still able to thrash about and wreak great damage. They're lame ducks, weakened politically but angry, highly motivated and out for revenge. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00272.htm


Stateside With Rosalea: State Of The Union Day - If it wasn’t that the Bush years have cost this country so dearly, you’d have to be a real sourpuss not to share a little bit of his glee at rubbing the Democrats faces in it. After all, while the Democrats in Congress are constantly criticized by their own party members for not bringing troops home from Iraq, the President has done that. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00258.htm


Richard S. Ehrlich: Warnings Not To Seek Revenge - Criticized as a rude right-wing demagogue, 72-year-old Samak Sundaravej was named prime minister on Monday (January 28), amid warnings that he must not seek revenge against military leaders who ousted his partner in a coup. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00260.htm


Maya Schenwar: Halting The Cycle Of Crime & Punishment - It will be a long row to hoe in a system that, since the tough-on-crime 1980s, has consistently imposed harsher punishments and fewer opportunities for clemency. But Davis, who grew up in Arkansas during the civil rights era, isn't daunted. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00253.htm


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LIFESTYLE


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Theatre: Street Theatre Really Hits The Street

Familiar Strangers is an exciting promenade theatre adventure through the alleyways, pavements and curbside philosophies of Courtenay Place; a compelling and carnivalesque exploration of how we experience community on the streets. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00273.htm


TV3 Video: Borat Swimsuit Ban Sparks Debate in Wellington

- The ban on Borat swimsuit costumes in the name of decency at the Sevens tournament this weekend has got Wellington talking. The leader of the Borats that attended last year's event says the fashion police are ruining the spirit of the event. More >> [1]
ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/entertainment/4606.html
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/entertainment/4592.html


Fringe: The Wombling Strumpets Presents Vünderbra!

VünderBra! is a comedic history of the humble bra set in a site specific venue. Meet Claire-Faye & Sebrena. These polar opposite personalities work in VünderBra! a lingerie shop situated in Newtown. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00256.htm


Fringe Festival: Imagination And Reality Intertwine

Follow Michael down the rabbit hole where imagination and reality entwine in his pursuit for identity.
Life’s tough when you’re seven- especially when you’re a clown. Michael has the constant challenge of keeping the peace between his warring mother and father. More >> [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00257.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 30 January 2008

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