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Top Scoop Stories - 02 July 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 02 July 2008

LEAD STORY:

Scoop Satire: Nat Emails Hacked In Parallel Universe

NZ POLITICS:

Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 2 July 2008
Policy?: Insurers Expect Nats To Privatise ACC
Maori: Occupation Protests Whangamata Marina
Defence: Court Of Inquiry Announced
Censorship: British Band's T-Shirt Found To Be 'A Cradle of Filth'
SOEs: Cullen Completes Train Set
Health Policy: Updated Atlas Of Socioeconomic Deprivation

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Environment: Embalming Fluid Is Bad For You
Manufacturing: Sales And Confidence Drop, Performance Stable

WORLD:

Securing A Future: Ban Ki-Moon Urges Progress Toward Achieving A Nuclear-Free World
Political Forum: Sir Paul Reeves To Handle Fiji's Electoral Reform Dialogue
On Point: U.S. Army Releases Account Of First 18 Months After Saddam's Fall
Zapped: High Powered Laser Ban Now In Force In Australia
Powered Up: Investment In Clean Energy Hit Record High In 2007
United Nations: Presence Of Armed Groups Threatens Southern Lebanon's Stability

LIFESTYLE:

Deadlines: Less Than 48 Hours To Film Fest Final
Religion: He Who Sups With The Pope Should Have A Short Spoon


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LEAD STORY

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Scoop Satire: Nat Emails Hacked In Parallel Universe - New Zealand scientists announced today that they have made observations of life in a strange parallel universe. Dubbed "World X", they describe it as like our own, from identical rules of physics to a planet with individuals "eerily similar" to those of earth. However, such coincidences are overwhelmed one particularly glaring difference. In World X, the idea that Nicky Hager obtains his internal National Party documents by hacking into Parliament's email servers is in fact supported by the available evidence. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00009.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00010.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00013.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/10054.html
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/10057.html


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NZ POLITICS

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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00036.htm


Policy?: Insurers Expect Nats To Privatise ACC - Australian insurance company investors are being advised they would reap large profits if the ACC scheme was privatised, but it would come at significant cost to New Zealanders, says ACC Minister Maryan Street. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00038.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00039.htm


Maori: Occupation Protests Whangamata Marina - The occupation of Whangamata by tangata whenua is an indictment on the failure of the Crown to protect the natural values of the foreshore and seabed for future generations, says the Maori Party. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00024.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00024.htm


Defence: Court Of Inquiry Announced - The Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae has convened a Court of Inquiry to find out why NZDF housing allowances were paid to up to five officers in receipt of UN housing allowances while seconded to the United Nations in New York. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00011.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00031.htm


Censorship: British Band's T-Shirt Found To Be 'A Cradle of Filth' - John Mills, President of the Society for Promotion of Community Standards Inc, (SPCS) has hailed as "bold, morally courageous and legally sound", the classification decision issued to him today by the Chief Censor's Office, that permanently bans a T-shirt. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00009.htm


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. 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/S00021.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00030.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00032.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00013.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00017.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00016.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00002.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0807/S00003.htm
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/10013.html


Health Policy: Updated Atlas Of Socioeconomic Deprivation - The Ministry of Health today released an updated atlas of New Zealand's socioeconomic landscape, which includes maps showing socioeconomic differences in and between the 21 district health boards. More >> [1]

MORE:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0807/S00003.htm
[2] - http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/dhb-maps-and-background-information-atlas-of-socioeconomic-deprivation-in-nz-nzdep2006


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Environment: Embalming Fluid Is Bad For You - The Natural Burials organisation today said a promise by the New Zealand Embalmers Association to investigate the environmental safety of embalming fluid might help the Association learn about the hazardous chemical it uses every day. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00033.htm


Manufacturing: Sales And Confidence Drop, Performance Stable - The latest New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) Survey of Business Conditions completed during June 2008, shows total sales in May 2008 decreased 3.71% (export sales increased by 8.13% with domestic sales decreasing 15.3%) on May 2007. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00030.htm


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WORLD

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Securing A Future: Ban Ki-Moon Urges Progress Toward Achieving A Nuclear-Free World - A robust Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is essential to take steps towards checking nuclear proliferation and achieving disarmament, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, marking the 40th anniversary of the UN-backed pact. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00040.htm


Political Forum: Sir Paul Reeves To Handle Fiji's Electoral Reform Dialogue - Sir Paul Reeves is in Fiji to meet with the PM and political parties, to formulate the terms of reference and arrange other logistics for the forum to be convened in all likelihood in August. The forum is being convened to bring together Government and Political parties to discuss and agree on the way forward regarding the Electoral Reform that has been adopted and recommended. More >> [1]

ALSO

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00036.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00035.htm


On Point: U.S. Army Releases Account Of First 18 Months After Saddam's Fall - A new book released by the Army examines the challenging period of transition from conventional combined-arms operations to full-spectrum and counterinsurgency operations in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime in April 2003. "Even if that planning had been a bit more robust and had ... happened earlier on in the process," Army Col. Timothy Reese said, "a lot of the assumptions on which that planning was done turned out to be incorrect once the coalition got to Baghdad." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00044.htm


Zapped: High Powered Laser Ban Now In Force In Australia - "New Australian Customs regulations prohibit the import of hand-held laser pointers with an emission level greater than one milliwatt (1mW), without written permission. These new laws will balance the risk posed to aircraft and the travelling public, with the legitimate import and use of laser equipment by responsible parties such as scientists, astronomers and the surveying industry." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00037.htm


Powered Up: Investment In Clean Energy Hit Record High In 2007 - Prompted by climate change concerns, increased international support, surging oil prices and continuing anxiety over energy security, investment in renewable energy and energy efficient reached a record last year, according to a UNEP report. "Just as thousands were drawn to California and the Klondike in the late 1800s, the green energy gold rush is attracting legions of modern day prospectors in all parts of the globe," Mr. Steiner said. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00047.htm


United Nations: Presence Of Armed Groups Threatens Southern Lebanon's Stability - Southern Lebanon has witnessed the longest period of relative stability in many years as the cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah following their 2006 war continues to hold, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stated, while voicing concern about the presence of armed groups and record levels of Israeli overflights in the area. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00043.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Deadlines: Less Than 48 Hours To Film Fest Final - 'The V' 48HOURS is officially the largest filmmaking competition in the Southern Hemisphere. Now in its sixth year, the competition is drawing to a thrilling conclusion on July 3rd at 8.30pm on C4 Television. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00010.htm


Religion: He Who Sups With The Pope Should Have A Short Spoon - For most of the 220,000 expected pilgrims at World Youth Day, lunches will probably be eaten with fellow pilgrims, on roadsides, park benches or in noisy cafeterias. For one lucky New Zealand pilgrim, however, one lunch at World Youth Day will involve hanging out with the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI... More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00008.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/world/10060.html


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 02 July 2008

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