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Top Scoop Stories - 19 March 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 19 March 2008

LEAD STORY:

Tibet: PM Releases Notice Of Motion In China Shop

NZ POLITICS:

Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Peters Speech: Super-annuation Slashing Of 90s Remembered
Justice: Government On Track With Victims' Rights
Money: Stuff Up In Crown Accounts
Savings: National "All Flop, No Flip" On KiwiSaver

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Employment: Air NZ tells Its Side Of The Cabin Crew Catastrophe
Future Is Now: TV3 First in the Market With HDTV
Hospitals: X-Rays Go Digital In Waikato

WORLD:

Medical: Bird Flu Deeply Entrenched In Indonesia, Despite Best Efforts
Cults: Scientology Harassment Fails To Prevent Anonymous Protest
Middle East: UN Expresses Concern Over Plight Of Palestinians Living On Iraqi-syrian Border
Tibet: Cultural Genocide Taking Place, Says Dalai Lama

COMMENT:

Suzan Mazur: Richard Dawkins Renounces Darwinism As Religion
Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman: Ohio's voting machines are now an official crime scene
Thomas R Estes: Understanding a Religious Democracy
Jason Leopold: Fired US Attorney Details GOP Effort to "Cage" Votes in New Mexico in 2004
Atlanta Progressive News: Anti-War Grannies Arrested Trying to Enlist

LIFESTYLE:

Mental Health: Plan To Assist Self-Harmers
Charity: Kidscan Urges Kiwis To Get In Behind Miriama
Tea: Taste My Dilmah On The Interislander!
Karim Sahai Images: WOMAD New Zealand 2008

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LEAD STORY


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Tibet: PM Releases Notice Of Motion In China Shop - "I move that this House express its deep concern at reports of violence and riots in Tibet and subsequently elsewhere in China; call on all sides to show restraint; express its strong support for the right of people to protest peacefully; urge the Chinese authorities to react carefully and proportionately to protest; and urge China to engage in meaningful dialogue with representatives of the Tibetan people in order to achieve a lasting resolution of problems in Tibet." More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00309.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00308.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00306.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00317.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00179.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00180.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00181.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/international/6038.html
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00269.htm


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NZ POLITICS


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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00328.htm


Peters Speech: Super-annuation Slashing Of 90s Remembered - "Just remember the Asian crisis - what was National's solution? Slash superannuation. That's right.," said Winston Peters in a speech today to Grey Power. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00326.htm


Justice: Government On Track With Victims' Rights - Many of the recommendations in the Inquiry into Victims' Rights Report are key to Victim Support's Commitment to Parallel Justice document released to Government recently. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00178.htm


Money: Stuff Up In Crown Accounts - Inland Revenue has announced that Crown Accounts released earlier this month incorrectly reported a headline operating deficit. An error meant that January tax revenue was under-reported by approximately $600 million. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00300.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00301.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00171.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00170.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/6050.html
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/6073.html
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/6052.html


Savings: National "All Flop, No Flip" On KiwiSaver - Finance Minister Michael Cullen has repeated calls for National to clarify its position on KiwiSaver after Bill English backed away from issuing policy at a superannuation conference today. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00304.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH


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Employment: Air NZ tells Its Side Of The Cabin Crew Catastrophe - Due to a number of erroneous and factually incorrect media items in recent days, Air New Zealand would like to again clarify the employment terms and conditions of its Shanghai based Cabin Crew. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00307.htm


Future Is Now: TV3 First in the Market With HDTV - TV3 has announced the launch of High Definition (HDTV) broadcasting on the new Freeview HD digital terrestrial television service. In doing so, they will be the first New Zealand broadcaster to introduce this new format. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00308.htm


Hospitals: X-Rays Go Digital In Waikato - A $5.9 million investment in radiology and cardiology digital imaging systems at five Health Waikato hospitals will make viewing traditional x-rays outdated. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0803/S00074.htm


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WORLD


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Medical: Bird Flu Deeply Entrenched In Indonesia, Despite Best Efforts - Bird flu has become "deeply entrenched" in Indonesia with 31 out of 33 provinces being infected, according to FAO. ''The avian influenza situation in Indonesia is grave - all international partners and national authorities need to step up their efforts for halting the spread of the disease in animals and making the fight against the virus a top priority.'' More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00176.htm


Cults: Scientology Harassment Fails To Prevent Anonymous Protest - When criticizing a totalitarian, mafia-like organization such as the Church of Scientology, it is only to be expected that one will encounter extreme and nefarious methods as the organization attempts to intimidate, harass and silence. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00190.htm


Middle East: UN Expresses Concern Over Plight Of Palestinians Living On Iraqi-syrian Border - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today warned that the situation of the more than 2,700 Palestinians who have been stranded and are living in inhumane conditions in two camps on the Iraqi-Syrian border continues to deteriorate. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00181.htm


Tibet: Cultural Genocide Taking Place, Says Dalai Lama - Whether it was intended or not, I believe that a form of cultural genocide has taken place in Tibet, where the Tibetan identity has been under constant attack. Tibetans have been reduced to an insignificant minority in their own land as a result of the huge transfer of non-Tibetans into Tibet More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00166.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00173.htm


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COMMENT


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Suzan Mazur: Richard Dawkins Renounces Darwinism As Religion - Atheist evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins spoke to a packed auditorium at Manhattan's Ethical Culture Society Saturday night about his best-selling book, The God Delusion , admitting in a Q&A... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00270.htm


Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman: Ohio's voting machines are now an official crime scene - At least 15 touch-screen voting machines that produced improbable numbers in Ohio's 2006 statewide election are now under double-lock in an official crime scene. And the phony "Homeland Security Alert" used by Republicans to build up George W. Bush's ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00288.htm


Thomas R Estes: Understanding a Religious Democracy - To most Americans, the mention of Iran evokes a black hole of individual consciousness - a place in the mind that is perpetual subject to media infill, well-versed propaganda and indefinite controversy... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00299.htm


Jason Leopold: Fired US Attorney Details GOP Effort to "Cage" Votes in New Mexico in 2004 - The Justice Department issued a directive to every US attorney in the country to find and prosecute cases of voter fraud in their states during the height of hotly contested elections in 2002, 2004, and 2006, even though evidence of such abuses ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00289.htm


Atlanta Progressive News: Anti-War Grannies Arrested Trying to Enlist - ATLANTA, Georgia, Mar 17 (IPS) - As part of actions across the United States to mark the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, 10 "Grandmothers for Peace", ranging in age from 57 to 80, were arrested Monday while trying to enlist ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00300.htm


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LIFESTYLE


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Mental Health: Plan To Assist Self-Harmers - A New Zealand first pilot scheme developed to support school based health teams deal with the problem has proven successful at three Waikato high schools. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0803/S00075.htm


Charity: Kidscan Urges Kiwis To Get In Behind Miriama - The KidsCan Charitable Trust now supports 20,000 financially disadvantaged children throughout New Zealand. Actress and KidsCan Ambassador, Miriama Smith is currently raising funds for KidsCan on TV One's 'Dancing with the Stars'. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00177.htm


Tea: Taste My Dilmah On The Interislander! - More than 60 people were treated to high tea on the high seas at a charity fundraiser aboard the Interislander ferry Kaitaki last night. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00187.htm


Karim Sahai Images: WOMAD New Zealand 2008 - Photographer Karim Sahai captured local and international acts at NZ's WOMAD 2008. Images of Whirimako Black, Toumani Diabate & Symmetric Orchestra, Sharon Jones, David D'Or, Mavis Staples, Tibet's Gyuto Monks & Neil Finn with a slideshow of many more. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00272.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00189.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/entertainment/6022.html
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/entertainment/5930.html
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/entertainment/6040.html


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

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