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Top Scoop Stories - 01 July 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 01 July 2008

LEAD STORY:

SOEs: Cullen Completes Train Set

NZ POLITICS:

Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 1 July 2008
Rest Home Tape Controversy: Union Not Keen On Naming And Shaming
Child Health: National Releases Three More Lines Of Policy
Environment and Conservation: ERMA Ok'S Continued Use Of Highly Toxic Pesticides

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Oil: Bus Operators Smoking Over User Charge Increase
Geology: 13,000 Year Old Inter-Hemispheric Cold Snap - Busted!
Scoop Weather: July–September 2008 Climate Outlook
Media: Fairfax Snubs Subs
Conservation: Short, Sharp Shower Of Skinks
Internet Scams: Massive TradeMe Scam Uncovered
Horticulture: Eating Potatoes Good For Water Conservation
Business Confidence: Entries Open For The Fast 50
Biz Restructuring: Hellaby Holdings Announces Divestment Of Assets

WORLD:

Mid East: Humanitarian Exchange Between Israel And Hizbollah Welcomed
United Kingdom: Plans To Mark The Third Anniversary Of The 7/7 London Bombings
Democratic Governance: Solomon Islands Keen On Freedom Of Information Legislation
State Dept: Zimbabwe's Sham Election, Mugabe's Illegitimate Inauguration

COMMENT:

Nicaragua: do what we want or else...

LIFESTYLE:

Fests: Mountain Film Festival Set To Launch
New Medical Study: Anxiety and depression linked to obesity
People Power: Peoples choice Award Comes To YPS Competition


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LEAD STORY

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SOEs: Cullen Completes Train Set - Former Prime Minister Jim Bolger has been appointed chair of the establishment board of KiwiRail which will manage the business previously known as Toll Rail, Finance Minister Michael Cullen announced today. The government concluded negotiations with Toll for the purchase of New Zealand's rail and ferry assets which will continue to operate as they do at present under the establishment board. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00004.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00003.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00006.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00005.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00013.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00016.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00002.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/10013.html


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NZ POLITICS

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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00008.htm


Rest Home Tape Controversy: Union Not Keen On Naming And Shaming - The call by aged care providers for sacked caregivers to be "named and shamed" is a bit like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted, says the Union representing caregivers. More [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00001.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00376.htm


Child Health: National Releases Three More Lines Of Policy - National will: * Give schools additional resources over time to ensure more students can take part in extra-curricula organised sport.* Ensure more of the government's sport spending gets through to the front line. "We will do this by carefully re-prioritising government funds currently dedicated to a host of bureaucratic anti-obesity campaigns," says Mr Key. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00499.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00500.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00514.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/10007.html


Environment and Conservation: ERMA Ok'S Continued Use Of Highly Toxic Pesticides - The Green Party says it is shocked ERMA has recommended the continued use of endosulfan, a highly toxic chemical banned in many western countries, and is calling on the Minister for the Environment to review the decision. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00508.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00513.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Oil: Bus Operators Smoking Over User Charge Increase - Operators from all sectors of the bus and coach industry are shocked and angry about the Government's sudden announcement of increases in Road User Charges effective immediately. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00010.htm


Geology: 13,000 Year Old Inter-Hemispheric Cold Snap - Busted! - The Waiho Loop moraine is widely used as evidence for direct inter-hemispheric linkage in climate change. But these new findings suggest the loop - which sits near the South Island's Alpine fault line - was the result of a landslide, not climate change. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0807/S00001.htm


Scoop Weather: July–September 2008 Climate Outlook - The centre's seasonal climate outlook for July to September says above average temperatures are likely over the North Island, with average or above average temperatures likely across all of the South Island. Despite the overall temperature expectation, cold outbreaks typical of winter will nevertheless occur from time to time. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0806/S00081.htm


Media: Fairfax Snubs Subs - Fairfax Media, New Zealand's largest media company, has today announced plans to create national centres of expertise to carry out sub-editing, layout and page production for all features, world and business pages for its nine daily newspapers. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00533.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00010.htm


Conservation: Short, Sharp Shower Of Skinks - Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick today announced a major conservation management and research breakthrough with grand and Otago skinks, and a captive breeding programme with Otago Skinks, aimed at securing the genetic diversity of the species. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00001.htm


Internet Scams: Massive TradeMe Scam Uncovered - Internet watchdog group ScamBusters has issued an urgent warning for TradeMe members who may have purchased a laptop from a trader known as n_sale_z. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00004.htm


Horticulture: Eating Potatoes Good For Water Conservation - New Zealanders keen on conserving water and protecting the environment should look no further than the potato, says food and education consultant Glenda Gourley. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0806/S00079.htm


Business Confidence: Entries Open For The Fast 50 - The 2008 Deloitte/Unlimited Fast 50 is open for entries (www.fast50.co.nz). This is the eighth year that high-growth businesses from throughout New Zealand have been invited to benchmark their recent success against each other. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00531.htm


Biz Restructuring: Hellaby Holdings Announces Divestment Of Assets - Hellaby Holdings Limited today announced that an agreement has been signed to sell its BBQ Factory business and assets to a consortium led by Capital Group Limited, an Auckland-based private equity company. The transaction is effective 30 June 2008. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00530.htm


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WORLD

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Mid East: Humanitarian Exchange Between Israel And Hizbollah Welcomed - Ban Ki-moon has welcomed progress on resolving the humanitarian aspects of the Security Council resolution that ended the 2006 conflict between Israel and the Lebanese group Hizbollah. Mr. Ban noted Israel's recent decision that involves the return of two Israeli soldiers (Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, who had been abducted) and a solution to the cases of Lebanese prisoners held in Israel. More >> [1]

RELATED

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00002.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00004.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00005.htm


United Kingdom: Plans To Mark The Third Anniversary Of The 7/7 London Bombings - The third anniversary of the 7 July 2005 bombings in London will be marked by a public act of remembrance and opportunities for private reflection, the UK Government announced today. "This formal act of remembrance will give the country the chance to remember and pay their respects to the 52 innocent lives lost and demonstrate our support, ensuring that those lost will never be forgotten." More >> [1]

LOOKING BACK (07 JULY 2005)

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00009.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00098.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00101.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00111.htm


Democratic Governance: Solomon Islands Keen On Freedom Of Information Legislation - The Solomon Islands Government is keen to work with regional partners to develop national legislation on freedom of information, PM Dr Derek Sikua announced. He said his Government also acknowledges the value of the right to information in promoting responsive democratic governance, supporting participatory social and economic development, moderating conflict and in professionalising the media. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00699.htm


State Dept: Zimbabwe's Sham Election, Mugabe's Illegitimate Inauguration - The Government of Zimbabwe has followed a sham election with an illegitimate inauguration. As the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika and election observer mission, as well as many African leaders have already said, any outcome from this illegitimate runoff cannot be considered credible. We condemn the actions of the Mugabe regime, which continues to reject the will of the Zimbabwean people, abuse their human rights, and deny them humanitarian assistance. More >> [1]

LATEST

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[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00684.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00691.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00687.htm


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COMMENT

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Nicaragua: do what we want or else... - Anyone stepping back from the recent hyped-up drama engineered by the minority right wing parties in Nicaragua and their overseas allies will see all the tell-tale signs of yet another instance of NATO country government intervention in the region... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00397.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Fests: Mountain Film Festival Set To Launch - The New Zealand Mountain films is set to go this Friday (4 July) with a five day-and-night programme packed with talented international and New Zealand made films, passionate adventure speakers, ice sculpting competition and exhibitions. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00004.htm


New Medical Study: Anxiety and depression linked to obesity - Mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression are associated with obesity according to a new study from the University of Otago, Wellington. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0807/S00001.htm


People Power: Peoples choice Award Comes To YPS Competition - New this year The People's Choice Award. "Headway", NZ's premiere hairdressing magazine gave their readers the opportunity to vote for their preferred choice. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00001.htm


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

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