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Top Scoop Stories - 17 March 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 17 March 2008

LEAD STORY:

Foreign Affairs: China Urged To Restrain From Violently Attacking In Tibet ALSO: Secretary Condoleezza Rice: Call For Calm In Tibet + Concern Over Tensions In Tibet Autonomous Region + Calls for Govt to step in on Tibet-China row + Underpaid Chinese flight crews a warning on FTA + MORE

NZ POLITICS:

Company Results: Roger Award: Telecom Wins; BAT & Spotless Runners Up
Foreign Affairs: March Marks Five Years Since US Invaded Iraq
Sharemarket: Shareholders Vote To Approve CPPIB Partial Bid
Disasters: Biggest Ever Imaginary Explosion Ends

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Carbon: Site Says Govt To Lobby For "Flexible Land Use"
TV: Freeview HD Launch Date April 2
Cuteness: Help Wellington Zoo Name Their Red Panda Cub

WORLD:

King Of The Hill, Top Of The Heap: George Bush At The Economic Club In New York
Australia: HMAS Sydney II Found Off Western Australian Coast
Melting Moments: World's Glaciers Melting At Record Rate
World News: UN Expands Its Presence In The Pacific
Iraq: United Nations Report Says Violent Attacks In Decline. However...
Occupied Tibet: Rights Group Calls On China To Restrain Forces From Violently Attacking Protesters in Tibet

COMMENT:

Daniel Patrick Welch: Saint Patrick's Day and missed opportunity
World News: George Clooney's Charity Saves WFP Ops In Darfur
David Bacon: Bad Capitalists Or A Bad System
Bill Berkowitz: Global Warming Skeptics Plot New Strategies

LIFESTYLE:

Scoop Images: The Long Walk Off The Basin...
TV3 Video: WOMAD Hits Taranaki This Weekend
Scoop Coverage: International Arts Festival 2008


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LEAD STORY


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Foreign Affairs: China Urged To Restrain From Violently Attacking In Tibet - Chinese security forces should stop violent attacks on protesters in Tibet and allow the United Nations to conduct an independent probe into alleged abuses. The Chinese government should exercise restraint in responding to the protests. File Image (c) Karim Sahai: Tibet's Gyuto Monks chant sacred mantras. More >> [1]

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MORE:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00139.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00138.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00135.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00140.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00263.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00150.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00277.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00248.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/international/5957.html
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/international/6009.html
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/international/6013.html
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/international/6012.html


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NZ POLITICS


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Company Results: Roger Award: Telecom Wins; BAT & Spotless Runners Up - Judges' Statement included the comments: "...an obscene $5.4 million final year payment to outgoing Chief Executive Officer Theresa Gattung, the scrapping of concessions for non-government organisations and the School Connection scheme. These sins and more ensured Telecom was in top form in this race for the worst transnational in NZ in 2007..." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00152.htm


Foreign Affairs: March Marks Five Years Since US Invaded Iraq - Photo-Essay: It has been five years since the United States and Britain led a coalition force to invade Iraq. Since 2003, independent research indicates somewhere between 600,000 to one million people have died as a consequence of this war. In Auckland, New Zealand, a group of about 100 people marched for peace in the Middle East. Images by Selwyn Manning. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00238.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00213.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00128.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00143.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00139.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00138.htm


Sharemarket: Shareholders Vote To Approve CPPIB Partial Bid - CPPIB's partial takeover offer for Auckland Airport has been approved by a majority of the company's shareholders who voted. At the close of the offer period 57.7% of those votes approved the CPPIB offer... Acceptances of the offer were lodged for 763,485,952 shares representing 62.5% of the total shares in Auckland Airport. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00235.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00265.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0803/S00149.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/5936.html
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/5937.html
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/5938.html
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00061.htm


Disasters: Biggest Ever Imaginary Explosion Ends - Exercise Ruaumoko, New Zealand's biggest ever civil defence emergency management exercise (CDEM), ended this evening... thousands of staff from hundreds of organisations had been involved in planning how the country would respond to a volcanic eruption in Auckland. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00272.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH


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Carbon: Site Says Govt To Lobby For "Flexible Land Use" - A secret Government negotiating stance to try convincing the world that forests planted before 1990 should be cleared at no carbon cost is revealed in the first edition of Carbon News which goes live at 9am tomorrow... However, the source says its chances of success are remote. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00262.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00268.htm


TV: Freeview HD Launch Date April 2 - Kiwis can look forward to HD capable Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) courtesy of the Freeview|HD(TM) service from 2nd April 2008... It will provide crystal clear digital quality pictures and sounds on all channels with the added bonus of TVOne, TV2, and TV3 broadcast in a high definition format. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00166.htm


Cuteness: Help Wellington Zoo Name Their Red Panda Cub - This Easter weekend at Wellington Zoo, visitors to the Zoo will have the chance to vote for their favourite name for our red panda cub, Senior Keeper Paul Horton announced today. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0803/S00031.htm

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WORLD


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King Of The Hill, Top Of The Heap: George Bush At The Economic Club In New York - "A root cause of the economic slowdown has been the downtown in the housing market. After years of steady increases, home values in some parts of the country have declined. Homeowners with adjustable rate mortgages have seen their monthly payments increase faster than their ability to pay." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00141.htm


Australia: HMAS Sydney II Found Off Western Australian Coast - In a historic day for the Royal Australian Navy and members of the Finding Sydney Foundation, the HMAS Sydney II has been found, 66 years after the entire ship's company perished following a furious sea battle in November 1941. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00146.htm


Melting Moments: World's Glaciers Melting At Record Rate - According to the UNEP-backed World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS), data from nearly 30 reference glaciers in nine mountain ranges indicate that between the years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006, the average rate of melting and thinning more than doubled. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00145.htm


World News: UN Expands Its Presence In The Pacific - Andreas von Warburg reports: The United Nations is strengthening its presence in the Pacific and is in the process of opening a new office in the Marshall Islands to improve its reach in the region and better assistance services. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00225.htm


Iraq: United Nations Report Says Violent Attacks In Decline. However... - "The extent to which the decrease in violence was sustainable remained unclear... as security improved in parts of Baghdad and other locations, it deteriorated elsewhere with heightened activity by insurgent groups in governorates such as Mosul and Diyala." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00137.htm


Occupied Tibet: Rights Group Calls On China To Restrain Forces From Violently Attacking Protesters in Tibet - Chinese security forces should stop violent attacks on protesters in Tibet and allow the United Nations to conduct an independent probe into alleged abuses. The Chinese government should exercise restraint in responding to the protests. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00139.htm


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COMMENT


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Daniel Patrick Welch: Saint Patrick's Day and missed opportunity - On St Patrick's Day, Daniel Patrick Welch offers this column in the spirit of resistance to empire. Over this year's boiled dinner, he laments the fact that the American melting pot would cook up such a stew of domestic support for the lies of empire. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00242.htm


World News: George Clooney's Charity Saves WFP Ops In Darfur - Andreas von Warburg reports: Can celebrities save the world? They might be only fictional heroes of large Hollywood productions, but their image and money have great power when it comes to support humanitarian causes and serve as a tool to make this world a better place. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00226.htm


David Bacon: Bad Capitalists Or A Bad System - In 1903 the Los Angeles city's socialist labor council helped Mexican and Japanese farm workers win one of the state's first agricultural strikes. The Los Angeles unions were then shocked when Samuel Gompers, president of the American Federation of Labor, refused to give the workers a union charter unless they rid themselves of their Asian members. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00259.htm


Bill Berkowitz: Global Warming Skeptics Plot New Strategies - Conference organizers apparently hope that the New York City conference will lead to a revitalized anti-global warming movement, with many more such conferences around the world: "This event is intended to be a catalyst for future meetings, collaboration among scientists, economists, and policy experts, new research, and new publications," a conference document stated. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00252.htm


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LIFESTYLE


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Scoop Images: The Long Walk Off The Basin... - It was test cricket at its finest on the fourth day of the second test between New Zealand And England at Wellington's basin reserve in the year of our lord 2008. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00250.htm


TV3 Video: WOMAD Hits Taranaki This Weekend - Grammy award winning performers, the world's hottest funk music ensemble and virtuoso musicians are among the stellar line-up performing at WOMAD in New Plymouth this weekend. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/entertainment/5933.html
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00109.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00110.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00204.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/entertainment/5930.html

Scoop Coverage: International Arts Festival 2008 - The New Zealand International Arts Festival is on in Wellington from 22 February until 16 March. Scoop's team of experts, enthusiasts and philistines is there to cover the action. More >> [1]

INCLUDING:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/features/festival08.html
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00069.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00265.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00248.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00298.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/features/festival08.html
[7] - http://www.nzfestival.nzpost.co.nz/


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 17 March 2008

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