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Top Scoop Stories - 24 April 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 24 April 2008

LEAD STORY:

Election 08: Gordon Campbell On National's Broadband Bonanza

NZ POLITICS:

Speakers Corner: Perigo Takes Aim At 'Media Maggots'
Auckland Issues: Residents Movement Has Crack At Big Time Politics
Health: Minister Appoint Monitors To Whanganui DHB
Foreign Affairs: Chain of Remembrance for Tibetans at Parliament

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Wildlife: Chatham Petrel Chicks Returned To Chatham Island
Agriculture: Journalist Flies Off To Study Food Miles
Productivity: Skill Needed to Understand Report

WORLD:

Environment & Conservation: Biodiversity Loss - It Will Make You Sick
Mark My Word: Languages Focus Of Annual UN Book & Copyright Day
Falk In Mid East: Israel Urged To Let Richard Falk Enter Israel/OPT
Sport: Beijing Games Focus Of UN, Olympic Committee Talks

COMMENT:

Jacqueline Cabasso: The Hidden Architecture of U.S. Militarism

LIFESTYLE:

Thieving: Fake Dolphins Stolen By Evil Poachers
Design: Lebanese Born Armenian Explores Life In NZ


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LEAD STORY

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Election 08: Gordon Campbell On National's Broadband Bonanza - John Key's $1.5 billion boost for broadband is his first major policy announcement that isn't an endorsement of existing Labour practice ( interest free student loans etc) or a dog bone and whistle ( boot camps for young offenders) to a niche support bloc. The spend-up planned on broadband is also a self-declared example of the public/private partnerships that are emerging as John's Big Idea on the economy. More >> [1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/gordon-campbell-the-broadband-bonanza/


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NZ POLITICS

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Speakers Corner: Perigo Takes Aim At 'Media Maggots' - With the last of the funerals for the seven Christian teenagers, the phony grief of the media ghouls will no longer be spewed at us on a daily basis at least till the next such tragedy, says SOLO Principal Lindsay Perigo. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00362.htm


Auckland Issues: Residents Movement Has Crack At Big Time Politics - Until less than two months ago, RAM was a Greater Auckland council ticket with an informal network with no financial members. In February 2008, RAM shifted towards becoming a registered political party. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00355.htm


Health: Minister Appoint Monitors To Whanganui DHB - The Minister of Health, David Cunliffe said today he had appointed two Crown Monitors, a deputy chair and a new member to the Whanganui District Health Board. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00558.htm


Foreign Affairs: Chain of Remembrance for Tibetans at Parliament - Representatives of Wellington's Tibetan, Buddhist, and human rights communities gathered today at parliament to present a petition to parliament. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00357.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00241.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Wildlife: Chatham Petrel Chicks Returned To Chatham Island - Chatham Islanders this week celebrated the first return of an endangered bird species to the main Chatham Island. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0804/S00058.htm


Agriculture: Journalist Flies Off To Study Food Miles - Young Canterbury-based agricultural journalist, Tim Fulton, is heading off to the UK in June to investigate the perception and reality of food miles for British farmers, retailers and consumers. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0804/S00069.htm


Productivity: Skill Needed to Understand Report - The Skills-Productivity Nexus report, released today, was commissioned by the Industry Training Federation and the Department of Labour. It emphasises that increasing productivity requires not just an increased supply of skills. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00441.htm


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WORLD

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Environment & Conservation: Biodiversity Loss - It Will Make You Sick - A new generation of antibiotics, new treatments for thinning bone disease and kidney failure, and new cancer treatments may all stand to be lost unless the world acts to reverse the present alarming rate of biodiversity loss. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00263.htm


Mark My Word: Languages Focus Of Annual UN Book & Copyright Day - Bookshops, libraries, schools, publishers, authors' societies, cultural institutions in 100+ countries are holding events marking the annual World Book and Copyright Day, designated by UNESCO to celebrate the enduring value of the written word. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00262.htm


Falk In Mid East: Israel Urged To Let Richard Falk Enter Israel/OPT - Professor Falk was recently appointed as the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Israel has barred entry to Professor Falk, claiming he cannot be fair. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00264.htm


Sport: Beijing Games Focus Of UN, Olympic Committee Talks - The United Nations Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace and the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have pledged to ensure that this summer's Games in Beijing, China, are celebrated in a spirit of friendship and respect. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00252.htm


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COMMENT

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Jacqueline Cabasso: The Hidden Architecture of U.S. Militarism - The Encarta Encyclopedia describes militarism as "advocacy of an ever-stronger military as a primary goal of society, even at the cost of other social priorities and liberties." And it relates militarism to chauvinism, fascism, and national ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00357.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Thieving: Fake Dolphins Stolen By Evil Poachers - With just 111 left, critically endangered Maui's dolphins are rapidly disappearing in the wild.
And now it seems even manmade Maui's dolphins are threatened with extinction. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00256.htm


Design: Lebanese Born Armenian Explores Life In NZ - The Alchemist Design and Print present a screen print and photography exhibition by George Hajian in Wellington for 3 days only. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00255.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 24 April 2008

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