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Top Scoop Stories - 01 February 2008 News Summary


Today's Top Scoops - 01 February 2008

LEAD STORY:

Race Relations: Conciliation May Be Needed After Conciliator Attacked

NZ POLITICS:

2010 World Expo: Shanghai Expo Team Chosen
2005 English: Election Bribe On 'Unprecedented Scale' ... 2008 Key: 'We Will Keep Interest-free Student Loans'
Environment: Mallard Welcomes Timely 'Check Up'

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Kiwi Pride: Minister Lured By Good Technology


WORLD:

Tally Ho! New Analysis 'Confirms' 1 Million+ Iraq Casualties
A World Apart: Arab Rights Charter Deviates From International Standards, Says UN Official
To The Victor, The Spoils: US District Attorney General Seizes $1.1 Billion In 2007

COMMENT:

Numbers Game: Kucinich Requests "Complete & Accurate" NH Recount
Michael Collins: Money Party To Citizens - Drop Dead!
Sam Smith: John Edwards' Hidden Problem
John Cory via Truthout: By The Numbers
Lawrence R. Velvel: The Great Louis Terkel (You know him as Studs)

LIFESTYLE:

Cultural Repatriation: Oxford University to return Maori Remains
Scoop Images: Wellington Sevens Parade Hi-jinks


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LEAD STORY

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Race Relations: Conciliation May Be Needed After Conciliator Attacked - Today's release by Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres proclaiming that 2007 was a year of 'significant developments in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi' demonstrates that the Commissioner's role has become reduced to that of a Government proxy says Te Ururoa Flavell, Treaty spokesperson for the Maori Party. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00001.htm


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NZ POLITICS


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2010 World Expo: Shanghai Expo Team Chosen - A consortium has been chosen to create the New Zealand pavilion for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. Announcing that a letter of intent had been signed with the consortium, Minister of Trade Phil Goff said today that China's economic and strategic importance to New Zealand made participation in the expo vital. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00002.htm


2005 English: Election Bribe On 'Unprecedented Scale' ... 2008 Key: 'We Will Keep Interest-free Student Loans' - National Party Leader John Key today announced a plan to help student loan holders get out of debt quicker.The plan agreed to by the National Party caucus is aimed at encouraging people to make voluntary payments on their student loans. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00261.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00266.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0802/S00002.htm


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. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00254.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00295.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH


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Kiwi Pride: Minister Lured By Good Technology - A lure for thrips, developed at Crop & Food Research in partnership with colleagues from the Netherlands, has attracted an innovation award at an international horticultural exhibition in France. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0802/S00001.htm


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WORLD


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Tally Ho! New Analysis 'Confirms' 1 Million+ Iraq Casualties - Work undertaken by ORB, in association with its research partner IIACSS, confirms over 1,000,000 Iraqi citizens have died as a result of the conflict which started in 2003. If one takes into account the margin of error associated with survey data of this nature then the estimated range is between 946,000 and 1,120,000. The revised estimate is based on a representative sample of 2,414 adults aged 18+. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00012.htm


A World Apart: Arab Rights Charter Deviates From International Standards, Says UN Official - The Arab Charter on Human Rights contains provisions that do not meet international norms and standards, including the application of the death penalty for children, the treatment of women and non-citizens, and the equating of Zionism with racism. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00011.htm


To The Victor, The Spoils: US District Attorney General Seizes $1.1 Billion In 2007 - The Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Unit collected approximately $717.8 million and reached agreements to forfeit an additional $450 million, bringing the Office's forfeiture total in FY 2007 to over $1.1 billion. The forfeitures stem from a variety of cases prosecuted by the Office. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00311.htm


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COMMENT


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Numbers Game: Kucinich Requests "Complete & Accurate" NH Recount - Citing "significant percentage variances in four voting districts in Hillsborough County," Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is requesting that New Hampshire's Secretary of State, William Gardner, "order a complete and accurate recount of all ballots in the New Hamsphire Democratic Presidential Primary election." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00002.htm


Michael Collins: Money Party To Citizens - Drop Dead! - Now they've done it. The Money Party road show just hit a speed bump at 90 mph and that speed bump was us. There are no more "booms" to hype. No more schemes to hook investors into the stock market. The high tech boom is dead and biotech turned into road kill thanks to a president who talks to God and believes that evolution is just "a theory." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00005.htm


Sam Smith: John Edwards' Hidden Problem - When John Edwards tried to build a campaign around issues he was subjected not only to the opposition of the establishment and its media but a notable tone of ridicule. And when he pulled out of the race, Edwards was treated to more of the same, especially from such faux hip websites as Gawker, Radar and Fark. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00299.htm


John Cory via Truthout: By The Numbers - Nine hundred thirty-five false statements (lies), 3,941 deaths so far. 30,000 troops wounded, 39,000 with PTSD; 84,000 vets suffer mental disorders; 1.4 million troops have been deployed to Iraq. In 2005 alone, there were 6,256 veteran suicides, that's 120 every week, or an average of 17 suicides every day. If one tear is too many and a thousand not enough, what will it take? More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00298.htm


Lawrence R. Velvel: The Great Louis Terkel (You know him as Studs) - One has read upon occasion that there is a Chicago style of writing. Terkel's memoir is of this genre. There is high flown language, sophisticated thoughts, and cursewords. To tell how Terkel sets the stage for it, I shall simply quote him, since it is impossible to do justice by mere descriptive paraphrase. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00302.htm


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LIFESTYLE


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Cultural Repatriation: Oxford University to return Maori Remains - The University of Oxford has agreed to a request by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa for the return to New Zealand of four sets of human remains held in the University Museum of Natural History. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0802/S00002.htm


Scoop Images: Wellington Sevens Parade Hi-jinks - In the first sign of Wellington's silly costume season, teams from the international sevens competition paraded through the streets this lunchtime. A large crowded braved the extreme UV conditions to welcome teams from 16 countries and their bobble-headed mascots. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00300.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00296.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 01 February 2008

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