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Top Scoop Stories - 08 May 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 08 May 2008

LEAD STORY:

US Election 08: Clinton's Last Chance To Go Gracefully

NZ POLITICS:

Silver Linings: $46 million more for injured New Zealanders
Kiwisaver: Nations' Piggy Bank Coffers Swell
Emergencies: 50 years of Dialling 111
Disasters: 100s Of 1000s May Need Aid In Cyclone-Hit Myanmar
Prisons & Corrections: Obsolete Mt Eden Prison To Be Replaced
Policy: Cullen: "Key Re-Invents His Own History Yet Again"

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Syed Akbar Kamal: Expo Addresses Migrant Needs
Employment: Less Kiwi's Enjoying Groovy Chilled Out Bosses
Science: Platypus Genome Mapped

WORLD:

BURMA LATEST: DEATHS COULD EXCEED 100,000
Burma Urged To Facilitate Aid Delivery To Victims
Burma: Cyclone Nargis OCHA Situation Report No. 3
United Nations: Zimbabwe Electoral Process Must Be Peaceful, Transparent
Re-Education: Cannabis To Be Reclassified As Class B Drug in UK
Water: Business Leaders Urge Action On Global Water Crisis

COMMENT:

Gordon Campbell: Should Norway be the new template for China FTA
Ramzy Baroud: Beyond Media Revolutions: Is Arab Media Truly Free?

LIFESTYLE:

Patriotism: What Transforms A Migrant Into A 'KeeWee'
Education: Students And Staff Save Film At Vic
Parents: Mother's Day Sunday 11 May


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LEAD STORY

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US Election 08: Clinton's Last Chance To Go Gracefully - Hillary has been talking tough (and sounding hollow) ever since the Indiana/North Carolina primaries results came in yesterday, but that's only to convince prospective donors that she's still viable. Really, its all over at last. Barack Obama has an unassailable lead on the popular vote/pledged delegate count, and has been winning over superdelegates at a 5:1 ratio to Clinton of late, even during his last month of troubles. That flood should now become a tidal wave. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/us-election-08-clintons-last-chance-to-go-gracefully/
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/international/7847.html


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NZ POLITICS

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Silver Linings: $46 million more for injured New Zealanders - The Government has allocated an additional $46.5 million over four years to support injured New Zealanders, ACC Minister Maryan Street announced today. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00127.htm


Kiwisaver: Nations' Piggy Bank Coffers Swell - 78,000 New Zealanders joined KiwiSaver in April alone in a huge response to the government's enhancements to the scheme, Finance Minister Michael Cullen and Revenue Minister Peter Dunne announced today. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00125.htm


Emergencies: 50 years of Dialling 111 - 2008 is the 50th anniversary of the 111 emergency response service in New Zealand. The service started as a trial in Masterton and Carterton in September 1958. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00125.htm


Disasters: 100s Of 1000s May Need Aid In Cyclone-Hit Myanmar - The number of people requiring humanitarian assistance following the deadly cyclone which struck Myanmar a few days ago could number in the hundreds of thousands, according to the United Nations which is mobilizing aid in the wake of the disaster. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00099.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00126.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00096.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00080.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00103.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00095.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00102.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00118.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00114.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00113.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/international/7778.html
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/international/7791.html
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/7830.html
[14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/international/7827.html
[15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz#nargis


Prisons & Corrections: Obsolete Mt Eden Prison To Be Replaced - It's The Black-Hat For 'The Mount': Corrections Minister Phil Goff announced today plans for the replacement of the Victorian era Mt Eden Prison. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00112.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00107.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00127.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/7798.html


Policy: Cullen: "Key Re-Invents His Own History Yet Again" - In 2004, Mr Key railed against the purchase of the track system, saying it would lead to 'pork-barrel politics', 'political interference' in investment decisions, and inevitable investments in services of 'questionable economic value'. Yet this morning on Breakfast, Mr Key said that "...owning the tracks, that's a pretty sound idea." More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00118.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/sections/nzpolitics.html#railbuyback
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00076.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Syed Akbar Kamal: Expo Addresses Migrant Needs - An estimated 10,000 strong crowd is expected to flock to 11th Migrant Expo and the Migrant Job Fair, a series of exhibitions and fairs for migrants, overseas students and job seekers More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00139.htm


Employment: Less Kiwi's Enjoying Groovy Chilled Out Bosses - In seasonally adjusted terms, the number of people employed dropped by 29,000 (1.3 percent) in the March 2008 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00128.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00131.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00135.htm


Science: Platypus Genome Mapped - In decoding the genome of the platypus, a team of researchers has revealed important information that will enhance our understanding of other mammals and may lead to the development of new approaches to combat disease in livestock and humans. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0805/S00023.htm


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WORLD

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BURMA LATEST: DEATHS COULD EXCEED 100,000

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00104.htm


Burma Urged To Facilitate Aid Delivery To Victims - "Given the magnitude of this disaster, the Secretary-General urges the Government of Myanmar to respond to the outpouring of international support and solidarity by facilitating the arrival of aid workers, and the clearance of relief supplies." More >> [1]

MORE

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00106.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00112.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00120.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00111.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00110.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00107.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00109.htm


Burma: Cyclone Nargis OCHA Situation Report No. 3 - The cyclone has caused unprecedented devastation. Buildings and infrastructure have been severely damaged, and flooding is widespread. The low-lying delta region also suffered a sizable storm surge, which is feared to have wiped out whole villages. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00104.htm


United Nations: Zimbabwe Electoral Process Must Be Peaceful, Transparent - Voicing concern over reports of politically-motivated violence and intimidation against the backdrop of Zimbabwe's ongoing stalemate, United UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for the next phases of the nation's elections to be free and fair. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00122.htm


Re-Education: Cannabis To Be Reclassified As Class B Drug in UK - The reclassification reflects the fact that skunk, a much stronger type of the drug, now dominates the UK cannabis market, accounting for 81 percent of cannabis available compared to just 30 percent in 2002. The reclassification will take effect from early 2009. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00105.htm


Water: Business Leaders Urge Action On Global Water Crisis - "It is increasingly clear that lack of access to clean water and sanitation in many parts of the world causes great suffering in humanitarian, social, environmental and economic terms, and seriously undermines development goals," the letter released today by the UN Global Compact Office states. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00121.htm


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COMMENT

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Gordon Campbell: Should Norway be the new template for China FTA - The China FTA photo ops are over. Parliament now has to bed in over the next few months to consider the FTA deal - and if we're crazily in luck, it may even try to weigh the likely costs against the possible benefits. More >> [1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/should-norway-be-the-new-template-for-our-china-fta/


Ramzy Baroud: Beyond Media Revolutions: Is Arab Media Truly Free? - On February 12, 2008, Arab League information ministers issued a communique outlining 'tough' guidelines for Arab satellite channels. The new guidelines specifically prohibited the broadcasting of negative reporting of heads of state, religious or national figures. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00082.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Patriotism: What Transforms A Migrant Into A 'KeeWee' - Research examining how new migrants integrate into New Zealand society shows that becoming a Kiwi and retaining an ethnic identity are not mutually exclusive. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0805/S00082.htm


Education: Students And Staff Save Film At Vic - Victoria University has failed in its attempts to radically gut and restructure the Film School at Victoria as revealed in the updated change proposal. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0805/S00017.htm


Parents: Mother's Day Sunday 11 May - Some facts about mothers: • Most women living in New Zealand become mothers. The 2006 Census showed that 86 percent of women aged in their forties had at least one child.• In 2007 there were 64,040 live births. The highest number of births ever recorded in New Zealand was 65,390 in 1961. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0805/S00069.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00108.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0805/S00074.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00108.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0804/S00142.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0805/S00021.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 08 May 2008

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