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Top Scoop Stories - 19 May 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 19 May 2008

LEAD STORY:

Energy: Greenpeace Slams Nats As Weak Against 'Anti-Climate' Business Lobby + More delay is the last thing we need + John Key fails leadership test on climate change + Gutless National risk billions

NZ POLITICS:

Budget: Dunne Dispenses Money For Prescriptions System + Gung Ho: Iroquois Support Police On Cook Strait Exercise + General Politics: ACT Reveals 20-Point Pledge Card + Etymology: Stop Calling Burma Myanmar Says McCully + Housing Equity: $35m Shared Equity Pilot Funded In Budget 2008

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Retail: You Are Being Served Less + Technology: Community Opposition To Telecom 3G Masts Grows

WORLD:

Fiji: "Journalists Acting Like Political Activists" + Tectonics: Scientists Identified Earthquake Faults In Sichuan, China + Bush In Middle East: President Bush At The World Economic Forum, Egypt + Burma: UK'S Gordon Brown Condemns Inhuman Burmese Regime

COMMENT:

Walter Brasch: President Bush's Week-Long Adventure + Foreign Affairs: Auckland Gathering Condemns Burma'S Military Junta + Uri Avnery: With Friends Like These... + Ramzy Baroud: 60 Years of Denial

LIFESTYLE:

Fairy Tales: Rodney Hide Acts As Bumbling Dwarf Butterbur + Current Affairs: In Conversation with Noel Cheer + Political Theatre: North American Play Parallel's Tuhoe Raids + Arts Ed: Black Friars, Strike Percussion Launch "Artists in Schools"


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LEAD STORY

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Energy: Greenpeace Slams Nats As Weak Against 'Anti-Climate' Business Lobby - Greenpeace has fired a stinging attack against the National Party and its leader John Key, stating the party is weak in the face of pressure from an "anti-climate" business lobby group. Greenpeace says National's attempt to delay the emissions trading scheme (ETS) and undermine a partial ban on thermal power stations is unacceptable, and a strong indication the party puts big business backers ahead of tackling climate change. More >> [1]

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MORE:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00267.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00314.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00316.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00322.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00320.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00326.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00272.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00274.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00273.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00341.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00278.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00353.htm
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00354.htm
[14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/8187.html


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NZ POLITICS

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Budget: Dunne Dispenses Money For Prescriptions System - Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne today announced an $8.8 million investment in the development and ongoing maintenance of a national electronic medicines formulary over the next four years. "Improving the way we use medicines has the potential to significantly improve outcomes for New Zealanders," said Mr Dunne. More >> [1]

ALSO IN HEALTH BUDGET:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00325.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00318.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00300.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00323.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0805/S00090.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0805/S00091.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0805/S00092.htm


Gung Ho: Iroquois Support Police On Cook Strait Exercise - The 10.00am sailing of the Interislander ferry from Picton to Wellington on Friday 16 May set the scene for a combined police Special Tactics Group (STG) and RNZAF Number 3 Squadron counter-terrorism training exercise. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00283.htm


General Politics: ACT Reveals 20-Point Pledge Card - ACT Leader Rodney Hide, and ACT founder and candidate Sir Roger Douglas, today released the ACT Pledge Card - a '20-Point Plan' that will take the New Zealand economy forward to beat Australia. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00319.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00321.htm


Etymology: Stop Calling Burma Myanmar Says McCully - Day after day over the past week, New Zealanders have been forcibly reminded of the appalling destruction wreaked by Cyclone Nargis at the top of each media bulletin. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00297.htm


Housing Equity: $35m Shared Equity Pilot Funded In Budget 2008 - The Government has announced its Housing Equity policy stating that Budget 2008 will fund a two year Shared Equity pilot to assist up to 700 households into starter homes, Housing Minister Maryan Street announced today. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00280.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00287.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/8128.html
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/sections/bizscitech.html


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Retail: You Are Being Served Less - Activity in the service sector has stalled for the first time in a year, according to the Bank of New Zealand - Business NZ Performance of Services Index (PSI). More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00346.htm


Technology: Community Opposition To Telecom 3G Masts Grows - Local residents in Nelson, who organized to block Telecom's proposed 22 meter, 3G phone mast above a play-centre and pre-school, want to kick-start a national dialogue on the safety, standards, placements and even the need for the proliferation of telecommunications equipment in New Zealand. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00271.htm


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WORLD

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Fiji: "Journalists Acting Like Political Activists" - ''This is a civilian interim government with every branch of the machinery of government operating normally - the public service, the judiciary, the security forces, agriculture and industry, health, education, airports, revenue collections etc.'' More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00240.htm


Tectonics: Scientists Identified Earthquake Faults In Sichuan, China - The recent earthquake in Sichuan occurred under some of the steepest and most rugged mountains in the world, the Longmen Shan: the Dragon's Gate Mountains. This dramatic range, steeper than the Himalayas, is the upturned rim of the eastern edge of Tibet. More >> [1]

ALSO

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00233.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00231.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00236.htm


Bush In Middle East: President Bush At The World Economic Forum, Egypt - ''Every peaceful nation in the region has an interest in opposing Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions. To allow the world's leading sponsor of terror to gain the world's deadliest weapon would be an unforgivable betrayal of future generations.'' -- George Bush. More >> [1]

EARLIER

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00243.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00219.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00216.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00202.htm


Burma: UK'S Gordon Brown Condemns Inhuman Burmese Regime - In an interview broadcast by the BBC World Service, Mr Brown said the country's military rulers were guilty of the ''neglect and inhuman treatment'' of the Burmese people. They would be held accountable for their actions, he added. More >> [1]

RECENTLY

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00237.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00218.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00199.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00200.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00183.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00161.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00160.htm


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COMMENT

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Walter Brasch: President Bush's Week-Long Adventure - President Bush is in Egypt today to meet with President Hosni Mubarak. It is Bush's last day of a week-long adventure into the Middle East, where he also met with the leaders of Israel, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian Authority, and Afghanistan... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00246.htm


Foreign Affairs: Auckland Gathering Condemns Burma'S Military Junta - AUT's Keira Stephenson reports that about 50 Burmese refugees, monks and representatives from Muslim and Christian churches gathered outside Aotea Square on Saturday to ask for help for their cyclone devastated country. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00243.htm


Uri Avnery: With Friends Like These... - LATELY WE are flooded with friends. The Great of the Earth, past and present, come here to flatter us, to fawn on us, to grovel at our feet. "God, save me from my friends, my enemies I can deal with myself!" says an old prayer. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00244.htm


Ramzy Baroud: 60 Years of Denial - Don't ask for what you never had,' is the underlying message made by supporters of Israel when they claim Palestine was never a state to begin with. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00232.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Fairy Tales: Rodney Hide Acts As Bumbling Dwarf Butterbur - ACT leader Rodney Hide has gone from the dancefloor to wearing tights in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Rodney will play Butterburr - a bumbling dwarf who never gets it right More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0805/S00187.htm


Current Affairs: In Conversation with Noel Cheer - Broadcast on Tuesday evenings on Triangle Television Wellington (8:00pm), Triangle Television Auckland (8:30pm) and on Stratos Television on Freeview Channel 21 and Sky Digital Channel 89 (8:30pm). More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0805/S00182.htm


Political Theatre: North American Play Parallel's Tuhoe Raids - A play about FBI raids into a North American Indian reservation draws similarities with the recent police "terror" raids into Tuhoe. The play Annie Mae's Movement is one of three at a festival of indigenous plays. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0805/S00177.htm


Arts Ed: Black Friars, Strike Percussion Launch "Artists in Schools" - New Zealand artists from drama, music, dance and visual arts will give students a first-hand experience of their art under the new "Artists in Schools" programme, Education Minister Chris Carter and Associate Minister for Arts, Culture & Heritage Judith Tizard announced today. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00295.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0805/S00174.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 19 May 2008

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