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Top Scoop Stories - 28 April 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 28 April 2008

LEAD STORY:

Election 08: US Trade Expert Finds Fishhooks In FTA


NZ POLITICS:

Union News: Workers Memorial Day Activities - Monday April 28
Mayhem: Lobby Group Wants Violent Game 'Banged To Rights'
Employment: Defence Personnel Get ANZAC Weekend Bonus
Crime: Marie Davis Inquiry - Photo Of Car Released
Defence News: Victoria Cross Recipient Gifts Medal To New Zealand
Gordon Campbell: Young Doctors Cause Cunliffe Headache
Legislation: Public Health Bill Needs Treaty References - PHA

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Family Silver Sale: Politicians In Lather Over Electricity
Monsters Of the Deep: Technicians Defrost Squid
Gardening: Stalinesque Purge On Weeds Advocated

WORLD:

Dry Goods: Tackling Drought Crucial For Food Crisis Solution
Show Time: John D. Negroponte, Interview With Charlie Rose
Rubble Inspection: UN Nuclear Agency To Probe Claim On Syrian Installation Bombed By Israel

COMMENT:

J. Sri Raman: Referendum and Resistance
Pablo Ouziel: 'Blood Diamonds' 'Blood Oil' and 'Blood Food'
Franklin Lamb: Bush to Nasrallah - An Offer Hezbollah Cannot Refuse?
Martin LeFevre: The Enlightenment of Hillary
Ramzy Baroud: Why Palestinian Unity is Not an Option
Bill Berkowitz: Right Puts Obama in Media Crosshairs

LIFESTYLE:

Angry Music: Florida Politico Punks Touring NZ
Moving Limbs: Kiwi Dancer Scoops Major Prize
Flashness: The Queen of Instruments Travels In Royal Style


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LEAD STORY

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Election 08: US Trade Expert Finds Fishhooks In FTA - While media coverage of the China-NZ Free Trade Agreement has focused almost entirely on the possible dollar gains, scant attention has been paid to the equally valid exposure of New Zealand to compensation claims - should any NZ government be so bold in future as to pass laws or regulations that a foreign investor feels will impact on profitability. Last week, I forwarded the China/NZ FTA investment rules to Professor Matthew Porterfield at Georgetown University, and he has come back with a list of the possible traps the FTA document contains. More >> [1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/us-trade-expert-finds-fishhooks-in-chinanz-trade-deal/


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NZ POLITICS

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Union News: Workers Memorial Day Activities - Monday April 28 - Workers Memorial Day is the day drawing attention to the plight of the hundreds of New Zealand workers who still die every year as a result of their work. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00389.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00389.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00390.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00394.htm


Mayhem: Lobby Group Wants Violent Game 'Banged To Rights' - Family First NZ is calling for the latest version of the Grand Theft Auto video game series to be banned in NZ. Grand Theft Auto IV is scheduled for release this week. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00395.htm


Employment: Defence Personnel Get ANZAC Weekend Bonus - Defence Minister Phil Goff has confirmed that New Zealand defence personnel will get an average 10% pay rise this year. More>> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00398.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00395.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00407.htm


Crime: Marie Davis Inquiry - Photo Of Car Released - The team investigating the death of Marie Davis has released the image of a vehicle they believe is similar to the one reported to have been speeding alongside the Waimakariri River banks on Sunday morning, 6 April. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0804/S00282.htm


Defence News: Victoria Cross Recipient Gifts Medal To New Zealand - ANZAC Day News: Corporal Willie Apiata, V.C, will gift the Victoria Cross he received for valour in Afghanistan to a New Zealand trust, giving more New Zealanders the opportunity to appreciate the honour. The Victoria Cross for New Zealand was awarded to Corporal Apiata, 35, of the New Zealand Special Air Service (NZSAS), in July last year for rescuing a wounded comrade under heavy enemy fire while on operations in Afghanistan in 2004. The Victoria Cross is the highest award for valour. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00388.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00576.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00577.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00365.htm


Gordon Campbell: Young Doctors Cause Cunliffe Headache - So far, Health Minister David Cunliffe has talked so tough on the young doctors' pay dispute that any subsequent concession will now look like capitulation. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/gordon-campbell-young-doctors-cause-cunliffe-headache/
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00558.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/health/7344.html


Legislation: Public Health Bill Needs Treaty References - PHA - Dr Keating said that if the proposed Public Health Bill goes through as is, it will not only result in a clouded and confused approach to Maori involvement in health but it could also be seen as an instance of institutional racism about to be enshrined in government legislation. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00235.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00571.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00370.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Family Silver Sale: Politicians In Lather Over Electricity - The sale of Vector's Wellington electricity network to Cheung Kong Infrastructure for $785 million represents the serious loss of yet another local asset, says New Zealand First. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00588.htm


Monsters Of the Deep: Technicians Defrost Squid - Technicians preparing for the defrosting of the largest ever colossal squid specimen have successfully practised with a test block of ice today. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0804/S00062.htm


Gardening: Stalinesque Purge On Weeds Advocated - New Zealand's 2007 Magazine of the Year is urging readers to purge their gardens of weedy ornamental species to save our environment. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00261.htm


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WORLD

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Dry Goods: Tackling Drought Crucial For Food Crisis Solution - Both drought and unsustainable water management have played a key role in the current problem, and managing drought risk is essential to finding a long-term solution to the crisis, according to the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. More >> [1]

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EARLIER

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00265.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00266.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00237.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00213.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00174.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00149.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00148.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00143.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00135.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00122.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00037.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00231.htm


Show Time: John D. Negroponte, Interview With Charlie Rose - Deputy Secretary Negroponte is the number two man at the United States State Department. He has over four decades of experience as a diplomat. He served as U.S. ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations and Iraq. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00271.htm


Rubble Inspection: UN Nuclear Agency To Probe Claim On Syrian Installation Bombed By Israel - The IAEA will conduct an investigation after receiving information from the U.S. alleging a Syrian installation destroyed by Israel last year contained a nuclear reactor. Syria is obligated to report planning and construction of any nuclear facility. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00269.htm


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COMMENT

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J. Sri Raman: Referendum and Resistance - It is a bestseller, but barely popular with its readers. The 194-page volume, which hit the bookstands in Burma on April 24, was the long-awaited draft constitution authored by the country's military junta, without consulting most of its people. ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00397.htm


Pablo Ouziel: 'Blood Diamonds' 'Blood Oil' and 'Blood Food' - For a while now, I have been thinking about what George W. Bush signifies from a socio-political perspective. Looking at the world from the time of the 'Big Bang' of September 11th, 2001, until today almost seven years later, one can clearly observe ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00392.htm


Toni Solo: Globalization & terror - Clueless in Latin America - Corporate globalization and its equally misshapen twin, the fake "war on terror", look like the Western Bloc's last crooked chance to sustain a few decades longer its member countries' habitual global power and privilege. John Pilger has noted ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00393.htm


Franklin Lamb: Bush to Nasrallah - An Offer Hezbollah Cannot Refuse? - "The Bush administration parking a flotilla from its US 6th fleet off the coast of Lebanon was made necessary, it claims, to demonstrate Washington's 'commitment to stability in the region'... More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00385.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00384.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00383.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00382.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00381.htm


Martin LeFevre: The Enlightenment of Hillary - The most interesting thing said so far during the torturous Democratic campaign came, improbably, from that sage, Hillary Clinton. Intoning in Pennsylvania on Obama's remarks in San Francisco about people "clinging to guns and religion"... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00376.htm


Ramzy Baroud: Why Palestinian Unity is Not an Option - Just days after the Hamas-Fatah clash last June in Gaza, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas looked firm and composed as he shook hands with members of his new emergency government. He made sure his move appeared as legitimate as possible... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00386.htm


Bill Berkowitz: Right Puts Obama in Media Crosshairs - OAKLAND, California, Apr 25 (IPS) - The unveiling this week of a new campaign advertisement by the North Carolina Republican Party -- using video of controversial remarks made by Senator Barack Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00378.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Angry Music: Florida Politico Punks Touring NZ - Fresh from a headlining tour of Australia, Gainesville Florida's folk punk heroes *Against Me!* Return to New Zealand for two dates in May. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00276.htm


Moving Limbs: Kiwi Dancer Scoops Major Prize - New Zealand School of Dance graduate Jane Casson has won a major Australian arts award. The Green Room Awards recognise the contribution that arts practitioners give to their industry. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00272.htm


Flashness: The Queen of Instruments Travels In Royal Style - Cellos have their own seats on a plane and a double bass travels as freight, but a concert harp has its own limousine and driver. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00262.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 28 April 2008

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