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Top Scoop Stories - 12 February 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 12 February 2008

LEAD STORY:

United Nations: Ban Ki-Moon Condemns Shooting Of Timor President

NZ POLITICS:

Religion: Race To Be Bishop (Anglican) Underway In NZ
Race Relations: Will Harawira Get Some Sleep Now The 'Beds Are Burning' A Little Less
Environment Report: The Director's Cut
Tax: Dunne Pleased By Business Tax Call

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Agriculture: Dairy Awards For Those Crazy About Cows
Tourism: Be My Guest Says New Zealand
Opinions: St Valentine More Beloved By Kiwi's
Environment: Power Station Climate Issue To Go Back To Court
Kiwi Success: Troublesome Teenage Years Behind Cookie Muncher

WORLD:

Burma: Upcoming Referendum Must Be Inclusive, Transparent - Ban Ki-moonIn Passing: Ban Ki-Moon Mourns Death Of Congressman Tom Lantos

COMMENT:

Davin Swanson: Kucinich - "The Incident Did Not Happen"
Sherwood Ross: Obama Perceived As One Cool Dude
Evelyn Pringle: Time To End Profit Driven Mandatory Vaccination Racket
Robert Weitzel and Meredith DeFrancesco El Salvador's "American-made" Terrorism Act in Corporate Play

LIFESTYLE:

Blinkers: Saddle Up - Love, Doormats, Rock & Roll
Theatre: Bruising Night Of Entertainment In Store
Kiwi Pride: Flight Of The Conchords Win Comedy Grammy
Humanitarianism: 15th anniversary of Fred Hollows' Death


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LEAD STORY


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United Nations: Ban Ki-Moon Condemns Shooting Of Timor President - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned Sunday's attack on Jose Ramos-Horta, the President of Timor-Leste who was shot and wounded at his home, calling on the country's people to remain calm. The convoy of Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao was also attacked. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00130.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00140.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00131.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00133.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00131.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00129.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00117.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00124.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00126.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00124.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00113.htm


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NZ POLITICS


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Religion: Race To Be Bishop (Anglican) Underway In NZ - The Anglican Church in New Zealand is in the process of choosing two key leaders - new bishops for the Dioceses of Waiapu and Christchurch. The Diocese of Waiapu Electoral College gathered in Havelock North last Friday evening (February 8) and ran through until the following evening. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00113.htm


Race Relations: Will Harawira Get Some Sleep Now The 'Beds Are Burning' A Little Less - Maori Party MP Hone Harawira is to join thousands of Aboriginals in Canberra where the Australian Prime Minister is expected to make an apology to indigenous Australians.More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00128.htm


Environment Report: The Director's Cut - The Green Party congratulates the Government for changing its mind and releasing the previously unpublished thirteenth chapter of the 'State of the Environment' report. More >> [1]

ALSO:


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00126.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00122.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00110.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00119.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00112.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00108.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00101.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00114.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00295.htm


Tax: Dunne Pleased By Business Tax Call - UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne has welcomed the call by the Business Roundtable, Federated Farmers, New Zealand Chambers of Commerce, and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants to align the top personal, business and trust tax rates at 30 cents. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00117.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00122.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00123.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00120.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00103.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH


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Agriculture: Dairy Awards For Those Crazy About Cows - Teams of judges are currently scrutinising entrants in the regional Dairy Industry Awards, ensuring talented dairy farm trainees, farm managers and sharemilkers from throughout the country make positive steps in the industry. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00166.htm


Tourism: Be My Guest Says New Zealand - Total guest nights in short-term commercial accommodation in the 2007 year were 4 percent higher than in 2006, Statistics New Zealand said today. All twelve regions had higher guest nights with the largest increase occurring in the Auckland region. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00165.htm


Opinions: St Valentine More Beloved By Kiwi's - Kiwis believe its sincere, Aussies think its saucy, Asians deem it romantic and Europeans think Valentines Day a rip off. Online accommodation website, Wotif.coms survey of nearly 2000 customers found that opinions on Valentines Day differ from country to country. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00160.htm


Environment: Power Station Climate Issue To Go Back To Court - The battle between Greenpeace and Genesis Energy over the proposed Rodney power station. The Supreme Court today granted leave for an appeal of last year's Appeal Court decision to proceed. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00114.htm


Kiwi Success: Troublesome Teenage Years Behind Cookie Muncher - It has been 25 years since Michael Mayell worked from his one bedroom in Christchurch smashing blocks of chocolate up for a new business idea he had in the oven. Now, a quarter of a century later, drive through any town in NZ and you'll see the Cookie Muncher staring back at you. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00152.htm


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WORLD


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Burma: Upcoming Referendum Must Be Inclusive, Transparent - Ban Ki-moon - Reacting to Myanmar's announcement of a constitutional referendum to be held this May, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on authorities to ensure that the process represents the views of all of the South-East Asian nation's people. The Government also announced that the upcoming referendum will be followed by "multi-party democratic elections" in 2010, marking the first establishment of a timeframe for Myanmar to implement its "political roadmap process." More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00138.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00141.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00122.htm


In Passing: Ban Ki-Moon Mourns Death Of Congressman Tom Lantos - ''The Secretary-General was deeply saddened to learn of the death of his friend Tom Lantos, the veteran United States legislator, Holocaust survivor, human rights advocate and long-time supporter of the United Nations,'' a spokesperson for Mr. Ban said. More >> [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00139.htm


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COMMENT


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Davin Swanson: Kucinich - "The Incident Did Not Happen" - A rumor was gaining traction that: "Before the Nevada primary, Dennis was visited by representatives of Nancy Pelosi and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee - AIPAC. They told Dennis that if he would drop his campaigns to impeach Cheney and Bush, they would guarantee his re-election to the House of Representatives. Kucinich threw them out of his office." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00119.htm


Sherwood Ross: Obama Perceived As One Cool Dude - Young voters see Obama as one cool dude, an attractive politician with charisma and star power. Obama's energy mirrors their energy. He literally sprints to the podium. They may not know it, but Obama's platform is not that far removed from Eisenhower's. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00131.htm


Evelyn Pringle: Time To End Profit Driven Mandatory Vaccination Racket - The push to keep adding more vaccines to the mandatory schedules comes directly from a purely profit motivated industry and a recent investor report estimates that the world-wide market will quadruple from about $4.3 billion in 2006 to more than $16 billion in 2016, with the biggest boost coming from kids in the US. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00128.htm


Robert Weitzel and Meredith DeFrancesco El Salvador's "American-made" Terrorism Act in Corporate Play - 400 Salvadorans who were waiting for buses to take them to the small town of Suchitoto to attend a public forum on the privatization of water utilities were accused of blocking the road and were attacked by riot police firing rubber bullets. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00127.htm


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LIFESTYLE


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Blinkers: Saddle Up - Love, Doormats, Rock & Roll - A high paced two hander, devised and performed by two recent graduates of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand National Drama school Blinkers premieres at BATS Theatre on Feb 24 as part of Fringe 08. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0802/S00125.htm


Theatre: Bruising Night Of Entertainment In Store - As the mighty guardians of our nightclubs Bouncers sometimes get a little bored of their job - their only joy is playing with the hopefuls attempting to get into their bar. Bouncers' shows clients and Bouncers alike trying to deceive everyone; especially themselves. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0802/S00118.htm


Kiwi Pride: Flight Of The Conchords Win Comedy Grammy - NZ folk-parody duo Flight of the Conchords have won the Grammy for best comedy album. Yesterday their TV show missed out on three prizes at the US Writer Guild awards. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00115.htm


Humanitarianism: 15th anniversary of Fred Hollows' Death - Around the world, The Fred Hollow's Foundation will be celebrating and commemorating the world renowned Kiwi eye-surgeon's life and achievements. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0802/S00036.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 12 February 2008

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