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Top Scoop Stories - 15 May 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 15 May 2008

LEAD STORY:

Jobs: Auckland's Nicest Building Also Worst Employer + EARLIER: Best, Worst Auckland Buildings

NZ POLITICS:

Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 15 May 2008 + Kyoto: Emissions Trading Scheme "Must Proceed" + EFA: Mallard's Car Breaches Act - Is Lewis Next?

WORLD:

Nationhood: Horta's Vision For East Timor + Foreign Affairs: Burma Cyclone Now A "Man-Made Catastrophe" - British PM + Australia Budget: JP Morgan Says Federal Budget Offers No Surprises + Global Food Crisis: UN Helps East Timor Avoid Long Reach Of Food Crisis + Ban Ki-moon: Decolonization Process Not Complete + White House News: President Bush In Jerusalem, May 14, 2008 + Earthquake China: UK To Give £1 Million For China Earthquake Relief

COMMENT:

Jason Leopold: Bush Operative Pushes Voter-ID Law + Evelyn Pringle: Curtain Time for Barack Obama - Part II + Nina Hall: Horta's vision for East Timor + Martin LeFevre: The Big Bang Is Not Creation + Toni Solo: Come in Goblin Market, your time is up...

LIFESTYLE:

Recycling: Trashy Call To The Catwalk + Painting: North Shore Gears Up For Body Art Awards 08


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LEAD STORY

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Jobs: Auckland's Nicest Building Also Worst Employer - The PSA is alarmed that the Auckland War Memorial Museum has told almost half its permanent staff that their jobs have been disestablished and they will have to apply for and gain new jobs if they want to remain working at the museum. "This is alarming because the museum's director has failed to show why such large scale redundancies are needed," says PSA National Secretary, Richard Wagstaff. More >> [1]

EARLIER:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00216.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0805/S00115.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00248.htm


Kyoto: Emissions Trading Scheme "Must Proceed" - The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) must proceed, as it is an essential system for New Zealand to adjust to a carbon-constrained future and live up to our clean green image, says Dr Jan Wright, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00217.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00224.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00191.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00252.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00282.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00202.htm


EFA: Mallard's Car Breaches Act - Is Lewis Next? - Family Party leader Richard Lewis says putting a private address on his campaign truck poses a security issue for his authorising agent and is reluctant to take the risk... the vehicle shares the same colours as South Auckland's 'Killer Beez,' which Mr Lewis says makes the vehicle a potential target. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00203.htm


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WORLD

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Nationhood: Horta's Vision For East Timor - President José Ramos Horta has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in the past few months after an attempt on his life that left him close to death. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00200.htm


Foreign Affairs: Burma Cyclone Now A "Man-Made Catastrophe" - British PM - ''There has been an improvement but it is not good enough. It is not good enough because of the needs of the 1.5 million people who face famine or distress and it is not good enough because the regime is still preventing aid getting to the rest of the country.'' More >> [1]

ALSO

EARLIER

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00199.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00200.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00197.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00183.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00161.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00160.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00146.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00142.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00130.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00131.htm


Australia Budget: JP Morgan Says Federal Budget Offers No Surprises - Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan's (pictured left) maiden Budget delivered what was expected, including a mammoth budget surplus which, the biggest for nearly a decade (as a share of GDP). The Treasurer hinted pre-Budget that there would be few surprises and he delivered - this was a "rabbit-free" Budget. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00263.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00168.htm
[3] - http://budget.australia.gov.au/
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00185.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/international/8037.html
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/8041.html
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/8038.html
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00189.htm


Global Food Crisis: UN Helps East Timor Avoid Long Reach Of Food Crisis - The UN is assisting Timor-Leste's Govt to keep the price of rice as low as possible as part of its efforts to minimize the impact of the global food crisis. Worldwide, the rice price has skyrocketed by 200 per cent in past 12 months. More >> [1]

ALSO

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00196.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00174.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00154.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00155.htm


Ban Ki-moon: Decolonization Process Not Complete - Although decolonization has been one of the UN's great success stories, the fact that 16 non-self-governing Territories remains means that the task has yet to be completed. Last year, after a UN-supervised referendum fell 16 votes short of attaining self-government, it was decided that Tokelau - three small and isolated atolls in the Pacific Ocean - would remain a territory of New Zealand. "Colonialism has no place in today's world," Mr. Ban said. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00198.htm


White House News: President Bush In Jerusalem, May 14, 2008 - ''The bonds of friendship between America and Israel have grown stronger. America stands for peace, and so does Israel. And as we stand in peace, we must understand the realities of the world in which we live.'' - George W. Bush. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00202.htm


Earthquake China: UK To Give £1 Million For China Earthquake Relief - ''The Prime Minister has written to Premier Wen of China offering his support and condolences for the terrible loss of life and devastation caused by this week's earthquake. We are concerned for the UK nationals as yet unaccounted for.'' More >> [1]

EARLIER

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00195.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00167.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00162.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00156.htm


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COMMENT

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Jason Leopold: Bush Operative Pushes Voter-ID Law - A senior legal adviser to the Bush-Cheney 2004 reelection campaign is working behind the scenes to help enact a Missouri state constitutional amendment that critics say would suppress the vote in the key battleground state this November by requiring... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00194.htm


Evelyn Pringle: Curtain Time for Barack Obama - Part II - US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald does not make a habit of destroying pubic officials by listing them in indictments for no reason and the only two political candidates identified as receiving campaign money from Operation Board Games kickback schemes... More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00185.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00171.htm


Nina Hall: Horta's vision for East Timor - President José Ramos Horta has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in the past few months after an attempt on his life that left him close to death. He has recently surfaced from a coma and from the problems his country faces. I spoke with ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00200.htm


Martin LeFevre: The Big Bang Is Not Creation - Though the sky is clear overhead and sunshine bathes the land, clouds have banked up against the foothills, with the look of an impending thunderstorm. Alongside the creek at the upper end of the parkland, the wind suddenly roars in, whipping the ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00182.htm


Toni Solo: Come in Goblin Market, your time is up... - We go to news media for all kinds of information - weather reports, sports results, financial information, law reports, travel information - as well as general news. We tend to believe what the media tell us because if they were to misreport routine... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00187.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Recycling: Trashy Call To The Catwalk - Entries are now open for Hamilton's annual Trash to Fashion wearable art awards. Now in its eighth year, the competition is opportunity for design and creativity buffs from Hamilton. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0805/S00153.htm


Painting: North Shore Gears Up For Body Art Awards 08 - The esoteric, ethereal and other world creatures are returning to the cat walk at the North Shore Events Centre for the third annual NZ Body Art Awards. Judged as the best emerging event in 2006 and now in only its third year, North Shore City Council is proud to announce its ongoing support for this growing national arts event. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0805/S00128.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 15 May 2008

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