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Top Scoop Stories - 01 May 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 01 May 2008

LEAD STORY:

Election 08: Waihopai and the Troublesome Priest

NZ POLITICS:

Religion: Dominican Maintains Tradition Of Irritating Authority
Maori: Agreement Reached On Central North Island Claims
Prisons: Offender Volumes Set To Max

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Medicine: Organ Sharing Scheme Launched
Good Karma: Fair Trade Fortnight Nearly Upon Us
Sinning: Roger Award Winners Now Breach Fair Trading Act

WORLD:

Food Crisis Update: UN To Draw Up Comprehensive Plan To Address World Food Crisis
Hold Steady: Gordon Brown Warns Against Protectionist Backlash
Middle East: Gaza Power Supplies Critically Low, Warns UN
Along The Watchtower: Transnational Crime And Unity Of Effort To Combat Gangs

COMMENT:

Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman: Did the US Supreme Court just elect John McCain?
Jason Leopold: Halliburton Bribe Case Haunts Cheney

LIFESTYLE:

Meanness: Union Launches Attack On Miss Horowhenua
Archival Footage: Record Keeping Recognised
Ghoul Watch: 'I Is Coming Back,' Says Phantom
Comedy: Long Season Gets Longer
Arts: White Fungus To Release Its 9th Issue


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LEAD STORY

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Election 08: Waihopai and the Troublesome Priest - Gordon Campbell writes - Interesting headline in the NZ Herald this morning about the Waihopai spy base invasion : " Spy Base Priest's History of Trouble..." In fact, the only 'trouble" the Herald can dig up on Dominican priest Peter Murnane is that he took in the Algerian asylum seeker Ahmed Zaoui. Right. So he enabled a recognised refugee and an asylum seeker to be kept in humane conditions. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/waihopai-and-the-troublesome-priest/
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00004.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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Religion: Dominican Maintains Tradition Of Irritating Authority - New Zealand First says the raid on Waihopai spy base by a Dominican friar who sheltered Algerian fugitive Ahmed Zaoui should send shivers up the spine of every security conscious New Zealander. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00004.htm


Maori: Agreement Reached On Central North Island Claims - The Crown and Central North Island iwi have reached agreement on an iwi developed proposal to settle historic Treaty of Waitangi claims in the region, Treaty Negotiations Minister Michael Cullen announced today. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00648.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00644.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00645.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00315.htm


Prisons: Offender Volumes Set To Max - Corrections Minister Phil Goff welcomed the release today of a new Department of Corrections publication providing information on offenders within the Corrections system... "The report charts a 20 year growth in prison population from 91 per 100,000 people in 1987 to 188 per 100,000 in 2007," Mr Goff said. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00640.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00459.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00657.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Medicine: Organ Sharing Scheme Launched - An 'innovative' new healthcare solution to help increase the number of organ donors in New Zealand was launched from Parliament today. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0805/S00001.htm


Good Karma: Fair Trade Fortnight Nearly Upon Us - The first fortnight of May (3 May - 18 May) is a time to make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged producers by supporting Trade Aid and joining in the celebrations for this year's Fair Trade Fortnight. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00465.htm


Sinning: Roger Award Winners Now Breach Fair Trading Act - One of New Zealand's largest supermarket companies has been found guilty of breaching the Fair Trading Act by offering the opportunity to enter into a prize draw to win a holiday, months after the competition had closed. The company has been fined $17,000 in the Manukau District Court yesterday. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00004.htm


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WORLD

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Food Crisis Update: UN To Draw Up Comprehensive Plan To Address World Food Crisis - The UN is aiming for a comprehensive plan to tackle the global food crisis ''around which the institutions and leaders around the world can coalesce,'' Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes said today. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00016.htm


Hold Steady: Gordon Brown Warns Against Protectionist Backlash - The world should move towards flexible free-trade economies that can adapt to the restructuring of the global economy, he said. Mr Brown acknowledged the severity of the current financial crisis, with food prices rising, reserves falling, the US housing market struggling and the International Monetary Fund predicting a US recession. The rise of Asian economies, notably India and China, need not be "a zero-sum game". More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00015.htm


Middle East: Gaza Power Supplies Critically Low, Warns UN - Due to disruptions at the Nahal Oz fuel crossing - which was attacked earlier this month by Palestinian militants - fuel supplies for Gaza are critically low, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process warned today. More >> [1]

MEANWHILE

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00008.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00009.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00283.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00010.htm


Along The Watchtower: Transnational Crime And Unity Of Effort To Combat Gangs - Strong law enforcement institutions, rooted in democratic principles and protective of human rights, are vital to preventing a wide array of transnational threats to our hemisphere, from drugs to other forms of organized criminal activity to terrorism. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00013.htm


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COMMENT

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Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman: Did the US Supreme Court just elect John McCain? - The US Supreme Court has just dealt a serious blow to voters' rights that could help put John McCain in the White House by eliminating tens of thousands of voters who generally vote Democratic. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00001.htm


Jason Leopold: Halliburton Bribe Case Haunts Cheney - Dick Cheney's tenure at Halliburton ended eight years ago, but a federal investigation of alleged bribes from a company subsidiary to Nigerian officials lingers from the Cheney era, raising questions about what the Vice President knew or should have known. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00437.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Meanness: Union Launches Attack On Miss Horowhenua - Association of University Staff reports: "In what must be one the most banal news features emanating from a university, Massey has trumpeted the success of one of its students in finishing third in the Miss Universe NZ beauty pageant. More >> [1]

THE PR THAT LED TO THE ATTACK

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0805/S00002.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0805/S00004.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00215.htm


Archival Footage: Record Keeping Recognised - Records & Archives Week launches today, with archives and records organisations across the country demonstrating the importance of records, archives, and the recordkeeping professions. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0805/S00006.htm


Ghoul Watch: 'I Is Coming Back,' Says Phantom - The internationally and critically acclaimed masterpiece, The Phantom Of The Opera returns to New Zealand for a strictly limited season from October 14, at The Civic, The Edge in Auckland. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00320.htm


Comedy: Long Season Gets Longer - The New Zealand International Comedy Festival today announced that UK comedian Josie Long has added an extra performance of her show Trying is Good. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00314.htm


Arts: White Fungus To Release Its 9th Issue - The new issue of White Fungus continues in the magazine's tradition of mixing in local and international interdisciplinary content, putting contemporary art and writing on experimental music alongside local history, political satire and literature. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00316.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 01 May 2008

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