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Top Scoop Stories - 19 February 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 19 February 2008

LEAD STORY:

Multimedia: PM's Post Cabinet Presser 18 Feb. 2008

NZ POLITICS:

Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008
Hospitals: Hospitals Report Delayed
Foreign Affairs: Barker And Vets Get To Say 'Good Morning' In Vietnam
Great News! Stolen Medals Recovered
Donations: English Demands More Answers On Owen Glenn

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Dairy: European Authority To Review A1/A2 Milk Science
Science News: Research Scientists to Visit Auckland
Banking: NZ Moves Into The Cyber Transaction Age
Employment: Plenty Of Jobs For Likely Candidates
Agriculture: Fonterra Restructure Vote Deferred

WORLD:

World News: West Papuan Churches, Others Appeal For Dialogue
United Nations: Security Council Holds Emergency Talks On Kosovo
United Nations: Nepal Must End Culture Of Impunity - Rights Chief
Justice System: Legal Document Blog Shut Down By US Government

COMMENT:

Richard Sanders: Canada’s Secret War In Iraq
Keith Rankin: Understanding The Housing Market
Yoram Schweitzer: A Balance of Terror in the War on Terror
Martha Rosenberg: Valentine’s Day Massacre Courtesy of Legal Gun Owner
Pablo Ouziel: Failed Fascist States

LIFESTYLE:

Politics/Theatre: Hollow Men Hit Ak In Theatrical Form
Reggae: Wild Night Out At Zoo With Katchafire
Cuteness: Cat In Lamb's Clothing Coming To Easter Show


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LEAD STORY


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Multimedia: PM's Post Cabinet Presser 18 Feb. 2008 - Video on Demand of NZ Prime Minister, Helen Clark's post Cabinet press conference for Parliamentary press gallery journalists held this afternoon. The cabinet readout was followed by Q&A a wide ranging variety of subjects including Labour Party donations from Owen Glenn, East Timor, Kosovo, polls and the upcoming budget. [Note: There is a delay in the start of the audio for this video due to a technical error.] More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00179.htm


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NZ POLITICS


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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00285.htm


Hospitals: Hospitals Report Delayed - National Party Health spokesman Tony Ryall is appalled that Labour is putting media management ahead of patient safety as it holds back a damning report detailing a series of major failures at the country's public hospitals. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00290.htm


Foreign Affairs: Barker And Vets Get To Say 'Good Morning' In Vietnam - Veterans' Affairs Minister, Rick Barker will visit Viet Nam at the end of February, with an official delegation of six New Zealand veterans. This is the first formal visit to Viet Nam by a group of New Zealand veterans. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00284.htm


Great News! Stolen Medals Recovered - Prime Minister Helen Clark today praised the New Zealand Police for their work in ensuring the safe return of the 96 medals stolen from the Waiouru Army Museum last year. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00271.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00185.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00279.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00265.htm


Donations: English Demands More Answers On Owen Glenn - National Party Deputy Leader Bill English wants to know why Helen Clark didn’t correct Labour Party president Mike Williams who claimed Owen Glenn had not given her party any financial assistance since the 2005 election. “Mr Williams was clear. He said Mr Glenn had made no donations since the election. Now it turns out he has. What else is Labour hiding?” More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00277.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00266.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00176.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00177.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH


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Dairy: European Authority To Review A1/A2 Milk Science - Food Safety Minister Lianne Dalziel has announced that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is to carry out a comprehensive review of existing scientific research on the safety of A1 milk. "I am delighted that one of the world’s top food safety organisations will undertake this work." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00289.htm


Science News: Research Scientists to Visit Auckland - Two internationally renowned research scientists, Bruce H. Lipton PhD and Dawson Church PhD, will visit Auckland in March to share their views on the future of healthcare and relationships. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0802/S00070.htm


Banking: NZ Moves Into The Cyber Transaction Age - Results from the latest Nielsen Online Consumer Finance Monitor show that over two thirds of people who use the Internet (68%) have accessed online banking sites in the last month. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00307.htm


Employment: Plenty Of Jobs For Likely Candidates - New Zealand’s job market is still running hot and there are no signs of a cooling caused by a possible US recession this year. That’s the message in the latest employment forecast podcast from recruitment specialists Robert Half Finance & Accounting. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00294.htm


Agriculture: Fonterra Restructure Vote Deferred - [Fonterra's] board has decided that it will not proceed with the preliminary vote in May to change Fonterra's structure into two entities. While we still believe there would be benefits in road testing the two company structure, it is not essential at this time.More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00275.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00289.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00280.htm


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WORLD


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World News: West Papuan Churches, Others Appeal For Dialogue - Catholic & Protestant churches, Muslims, Hindus & Buddhists together made this appeal: WE 1. declared West Papua as ‘Land of Peace’ on the 5th February 2002. 2. made an appeal to the international community to have ‘an honest and peaceful ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00205.htm


United Nations: Security Council Holds Emergency Talks On Kosovo - 17 February 2008 – At the request of the Russian Federation, the United Nations Security Council today held an emergency closed-door session to discuss Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia, with a formal meeting slated for Monday. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00202.htm


United Nations: Nepal Must End Culture Of Impunity - Rights Chief - The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on Nepal to address the culture of impunity that exists in the country, warning that not doing so will threaten the achievement of lasting peace. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00199.htm


Justice System: Legal Document Blog Shut Down By US Government - Transparency group Wikileaks forcibly censored at ex-parte Californian hearing -- ordered to print blank pages -- 'wikileaks.org' name forcibly deleted from Californian domain registrar -- the best justice Cayman Islands money launderers can buy? More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00204.htm


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COMMENT


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Richard Sanders: Canada’s Secret War In Iraq - On March 25, 2003, during the “shock and awe” bombardment of Iraq, then US Ambassador to Canada Paul Cellucci admitted that “… ironically, Canadian naval vessels, aircraft and personnel... will supply more support to this war in Iraq indirectly... than most of those 46 countries that are fully supporting our efforts there.” More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00195.htm


Keith Rankin: Understanding The Housing Market - Helen Clark and many others see affordable housing as one of the big political issues of 2008. Unfortunately her thinking about the issue errs in two main respects: she sees the problem as one of a lack of supply of houses, and she equates ''affordable ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00192.htm


Yoram Schweitzer: A Balance of Terror in the War on Terror - The car bomb in Damascus that ended the life of Imad Mughniya also put an end to the world-wide manhunt lasting over two decades for the person responsible for the deaths of hundred of citizens of many countries. Following the disappearance from ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00191.htm


Martha Rosenberg: Valentine’s Day Massacre Courtesy of Legal Gun Owner - On February 1, less than a year after the Virginia Tech shootings, survivors and their families converged on the Capitol in Richmond for a "die in" to urge Virginia lawmakers to close the no background check gun show loophole. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00189.htm


Pablo Ouziel: Failed Fascist States - When Hermann Hesse warned of the rise of fascism in Germany he was rejected by a majority of the population. The truth is that most people were experiencing first hand the benefits of fascist ideology. Today we look at that part of our global history ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00190.htm


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LIFESTYLE


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Politics/Theatre: Hollow Men Hit Ak In Theatrical Form - Highly-acclaimed New Zealand play The Hollow Men comes to Auckland in April for a strictly limited season. Based on Nicky Hager’s controversial book and adapted by Dean Parker, The Hollow Men is at Maidment Theatre, Auckland from Thursday 10 April. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0802/S00205.htm


Reggae: Wild Night Out At Zoo With Katchafire - Katchafire, one of New Zealand’s leading reggae bands, returns to Wild Bean Cafe ZooMusic on Friday, 29 February, to support native frog conservation. The seven-piece band will play their third ZooMusic. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0802/S00204.htm


Cuteness: Cat In Lamb's Clothing Coming To Easter Show - A feline nicknamed the ‘cat in a lamb’s clothing’ is one of several new breeds set to impress visitors at this year’s Royal Easter Cat Show. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0802/S00198.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 19 February 2008

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