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Top Scoop Stories - 31 January 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 31 January 2008

LEAD STORY:

Environment: Mallard Welcomes Timely 'Check Up'

NZ POLITICS:

Flags: Tino Rangatiratanga Flag Upsets Libertarianz
Food: Guide On How To Avoid Mutant Fruit And Vege
Health: Authorities Warn Public About Oz Sex Worker
State Of The Nation II: Age Of Participation In Education To Be 18

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Treasury: Financial Statements Of Govt Released
Exporting: Fatted Calf Turns Golden
Advertising: Sunbathing Pharmacist Basks In the Glory of Cold Cash
Finance: Capital And Merchant Undergoing A Range Of Mainly Bad Market Conditions
Environment: 22 Common Dolphin Fishing Deaths In December

WORLD:

Australia: Kalgoorlie Death In Custody Is Not The First One
Solomon Islands: PM Sikua Seeks RAMSI Support In Rural Development
Europe: EU Convention Against Human Trafficking Welcomed

COMMENT:

Ernest Partridge: The Gulag Comes To America - The Don Siegelman Case
Congressman Robert Wexler: President Bush's State of Disunion
David Swanson: Road to Impeachment and Peace Runs Through Cleveland
Ravindra Kumar: Mahatma Gandhi And His Quest For Self-Realization

LIFESTYLE:

Theatre: Jawbone Co-Operative - The Beckoning of Hope
Sport: NZ Snowboard Cutting The White Mustard
Theatre: Street Theatre Really Hits The Street


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LEAD STORY


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Environment: Mallard Welcomes Timely 'Check Up' - The report Environment New Zealand 2007 provides a timely check up on the health of our environment and charts New Zealand's journey towards sustainability, Environment Minister Trevor Mallard said at the report's launch today. The report on the state of New Zealand's environment looks at the physical well-being of New Zealand's land, water, air, plants and animals. It measures the impact of every day activities and identifies trends and some pressures on our natural resources. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00254.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00255.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00256.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00258.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00253.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00322.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00324.htm


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NZ POLITICS


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Flags: Tino Rangatiratanga Flag Upsets Libertarianz - "Transit New Zealand must not capitulate to the Maori separatists who wish to fly the Tino Rangatiratanga flag from the Auckland Harbour Bridge," said Libertarianz spokesman Elliot Smith today. "Their flag does not represent any nation, or even mainstream Maori More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00247.htm


Food: Guide On How To Avoid Mutant Fruit And Vege - The latest Greenpeace GE Free Food Guide reflects a strong ongoing non-GE position from New Zealand food companies and an unprecedented anti-GE stance from Australasia's largest food company. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00243.htm


Health: Authorities Warn Public About Oz Sex Worker - Health authorities are reinforcing the safer sex message following publicity about individuals in Australia being put at risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) through unsafe sex with a male sex worker. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0801/S00060.htm


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/HL0801/S00279.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00257.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/4624.html
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00276.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH


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Treasury: Financial Statements Of Govt Released - The Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the five months ended 30 November 2007 were released by the Treasury today. The 30 November 2007 monthly financial statements are compared against monthly forecast tracks. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00252.htm


Exporting: Fatted Calf Turns Golden - Merchandise exports in December 2007 were up a quarter from December 2006, reaching $3.7 billion, the highest exports figure for any month, Statistics New Zealand said today. The main contributor to this increase was exports of milk powder, butter and cheese. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00321.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00326.htm


Advertising: Sunbathing Pharmacist Basks In the Glory of Cold Cash - Hamilton pharmacist, Nicole McLean, never imagined a holiday at the beach could be so rewarding, after winning $10,000 with the h2go Snapped for Cash Promotion. The 23 year old was spending a quiet night at her boyfriend's house on Sunday when she was suddenly inundated with text messages. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00325.htm


Finance: Capital And Merchant Undergoing A Range Of Mainly Bad Market Conditions - Receivers Richard Simpson and Tim Downes of Grant Thornton say that their initial estimate of the business of Capital + Merchant Finance Limited is that secured debenture holders may recover up to 59% of their investment over time. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00319.htm


Environment: 22 Common Dolphin Fishing Deaths In December - The Labour-led government is working closely with fishers on improving dolphin-safe fishing practices after 22 common dolphins died in trawl nets in December, off the west coast of the North Island. Four boats trawling for jack mackerel were involved in the dolphin deaths. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00222.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00249.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00246.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00307.htm


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WORLD


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Australia: Kalgoorlie Death In Custody Is Not The First One - Last weekend's death in custody of an Indigenous drink driving offender while in transit by van, an AIMS Van operated under the contract with the US company Global Solutions Ltd was not the first serious incident by this company. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00313.htm


Solomon Islands: PM Sikua Seeks RAMSI Support In Rural Development - The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Hon. Dr Derek Sikua said his Coalition Government will seek RAMSI assistance to implement the Government's rural development policy. The Prime Minister said RAMSI needs to realign its activities to support the Government's rural development endeavors and efforts. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00310.htm


Europe: EU Convention Against Human Trafficking Welcomed - Human trafficking is an appalling reality which exists in much of Europe. Putting this Convention into place will help ensure that Europe plays its part in tackling this worldwide scourge. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00306.htm


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COMMENT


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Ernest Partridge: The Gulag Comes To America - The Don Siegelman Case - Don Siegelman, former governor of the state of Alabama, sits in a federal prison, sentenced to a seven year term for bribery. Every day that Siegelman remains in prison every American citizen who openly dissents from the policies and protests the criminality of the Bush/Cheney regime is less free and more vulnerable to politically motivated prosecution. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00291.htm


Congressman Robert Wexler: President Bush's State of Disunion - For the past seven years, we have watched as America has moved steadily backwards. We have become a nation that is less free and less fair. We have become a nation that no longer values the right to privacy and has tragically retreated from our cherished foundations. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00286.htm


David Swanson: Road to Impeachment and Peace Runs Through Cleveland - Kucinich is a progressive candidate who inspires passionate support from many in Cleveland who might not turn out to vote for a DLC Democrat. If he loses his primary, the Democrats may lose the seat. And if he loses the primary, the Democrats will, without any doubt, have lost something more valuable: their spine. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00287.htm


Ravindra Kumar: Mahatma Gandhi And His Quest For Self-Realization - I always wondered why an international political leader like Gandhi was addressed as Mahatma, an honorific frequently used for a spiritually elevated soul. To find an answer, I think it is essential to review his life not in parts, but as a whole. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00277.htm


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LIFESTYLE


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Theatre: Jawbone Co-Operative - The Beckoning of Hope - Two women, love, the resonance of history, power, politics and giving the audience a potent insight into poetry's awesome power to bring rebirth and hope. The Beckoning of Hope is compelling solo show about self discovery and redemption, featuring poetry and a cello. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00271.htm


Sport: NZ Snowboard Cutting The White Mustard - The New Zealand Snowboard Team has completed its final competition of the 2008 European campaign: the FIS World Cup Halfpipe in Bardonecchia, Italy. Kendall Brown (Mt Manganui), after a great week of training, landing backside 720s was consistent throughout qualifying. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00281.htm


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


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 31 January 2008

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