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Top Scoop Stories - 11 April 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 11 April 2008

LEAD STORY:

Commerce: Ministers Decline Auckland Airport Proposal

NZ POLITICS:

MPs In Action: Pansy Wong Goes On The Beat
Syed Akbar Kamal: Tamil Tigers And Ethnic Cleansing
Scoop Satire:Trade Briefs
Former PM Watch: Mike Knows Best
Unions: Unite, NDU, SFWU Merge To Form 50,000-Strong Union

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Agriculture: Dairy's Golden Cow Keeps On Giving
Statistics: Hotels Lead Increase In February Guest Nights

WORLD:

Parody: Sarkozy Marries Merkel, But Screws The Climate!
United Kingdom: G8 Must Press For Action On Food Crisis
In Context: 'A Credible Budget' - Dr Sikua, Solomon Islands PM
Sporting Chance: Newspaper Group Welcomes IOC Comments On Human Rights

COMMENT:

Rosalea Barker: Let's Play Spot the Torch!
Syed A Kamal: Tamil Tigers And Ethnic Cleansing
Siddhi B. Ranjitkar: After the CA Poll in Nepal
DRC: How Rich Whites Caused Five Million Blacks to Die
Suzan Mazur: Stuart Newman, The New Master Of Evolution?

LIFESTYLE:

Comedy: Improvised Crime Fought By Angels


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LEAD STORY

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Commerce: Ministers Decline Auckland Airport Proposal - Land Information Minister David Parker and Associate Finance Minister Clayton Cosgrove have jointly declined the application by the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board to buy a 40 percent shareholding in Auckland International Airport Limited. "Our role has been to apply the law as it is set out," the Ministers said.More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00286.htm
[2] - http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/0804/0411_Auck_airport_reasons_for_decision.pdf
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00216.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00217.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00290.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00298.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00299.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00301.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0804/S00113.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00181.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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MPs In Action: Pansy Wong Goes On The Beat - Last Friday night I got to experience what our police experience every single day. From 4pm until well after midnight, I went on the beat with the police in Howick. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00293.htm


Syed Akbar Kamal: Tamil Tigers And Ethnic Cleansing - Sri Lanka's top diplomat in the Pacific region Mr. Kusum Balapatabendi paid a visit to New Zealand recently on the occasion of Sri Lanka's 60 years of independence. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00159.htm


Scoop Satire: Trade Briefs - The Reserve Bank has attempted to prevent overreact to a projected downturn, urging the nation's bears not to "go into hibernation". It is understood that the announcement was part of Governor Bollard's efforts to stop people talking down the doomed economy. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00160.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00160.htm#two


Former PM Watch: Mike Knows Best - "It's moving from farce to tragedy. I can't think of another country in the world which would have a Foreign Minister who opposes what his Prime Minister says is a big deal, the NZ/China Free Trade Agreement. Another Minister says he supports the deal but will boycott a reception... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00157.htm


Unions: Unite, NDU, SFWU Merge To Form 50,000-Strong Union - NZ's most active unions have announced they are intending to merge into a 50,000 strong union. AUT's Jamie Melbourne-Hayward speaks explores what the merger means for workers, businesses, and the Government. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00152.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00161.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Agriculture: Dairy's Golden Cow Keeps On Giving - Fonterra has announced a 40 cent increase in its payout forecast for the 2007/08 season. The increase, which is mainly in the milk price component of payout, brings the forecast to $7.30 per kilogram of milksolids. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00225.htm


Statistics: Hotels Lead Increase In February Guest Nights - Total guest nights in short-term commercial accommodation in February 2008 were 3 percent higher than in February 2007, Statistics New Zealand said today. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00221.htm


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WORLD

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Parody: Sarkozy Marries Merkel, But Screws The Climate! - A ''wedding cortege'' of the most-polluting German cars travelled along the Champs Elysée in Paris today, stopping in various showrooms to distribute invitations to the marriage of French President Sarkozy and Germany's Angela Merkel. More >> [1]

ALSO

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00136.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00137.htm


United Kingdom: G8 Must Press For Action On Food Crisis - UK's Gordon Brown has written to the Japanese Prime Minister asking him as chair of the G8 group of industrialised nations to take action to deal with rising food prices, and calling for a fully coordinated response from the international community. More >> [1]

EARLIER

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00135.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00122.htm


In Context: 'A Credible Budget' - Dr Sikua, Solomon Islands PM - The Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua said the 2008 Budget is a credible budget, when moving the Sine Die motion in Parliament this week to end the current sitting of Parliament. He said it was credible because it was done in the context of Solomon Islands. More >> [1]

RELATED

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00132.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00133.htm


Sporting Chance: Newspaper Group Welcomes IOC Comments On Human Rights - The World Association of Newspapers and World Editors Forum today (Thursday) welcomed Olympic President Jacques Rogge's call for China, the world's largest jailer of journalists, to respect its Olympic promise to improve human rights. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00140.htm


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COMMENT

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Rosalea Barker: Let's Play Spot the Torch! - Sensible people stayed at home and watched the Olympic Torch Relay on the telly this afternoon, but I decided it was too nice a spring day to stay inside so I ventured over to the Embarcadero section of the relay route in San Francisco. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00156.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00157.htm


Syed A Kamal: Tamil Tigers And Ethnic Cleansing - Sri Lanka's top diplomat in the Pacific region Mr. Kusum Balapatabendi paid a visit to New Zealand recently on the occasion of Sri Lanka's 60 years of independence. Incidentally it was his first trip to Auckland at the invitation of New Zealand Sri ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00159.htm


Siddhi B. Ranjitkar: After the CA Poll in Nepal - The historic election for a Constituent Assembly (CA) has been successfully completed. Now, the question is who are going to influence the making of a new constitution of Nepal. In absence of scientific and even crude opinion polls before and after ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00158.htm


DRC: How Rich Whites Caused Five Million Blacks to Die - How many Congolese must die to illuminate one hand-held computer game? Nobody knows, but five million have already been slaughtered in the greatest mineral extraction grab in the history of the planet... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00140.htm


Suzan Mazur: Stuart Newman, The New Master Of Evolution? - On his recent PBS television show One On One, John McLaughlin quizzed two religion authors about whether the idea of the Virgin birth in the oral accounts of the Bible had a reference in biology, with someone mentioning... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00103.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Comedy: Improvised Crime Fought By Angels - They found love in 'Love Possibly', and now NZ's only all-female improv ensemble are back, taking on an adrenaline fuelled kick-ass adventure: Improv Angels: they fight improvised crime. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00112.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 11 April 2008

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