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Top Scoop Stories - 03 July 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 03 July 2008

LEAD STORY:

Gordon Campbell: How National will deliver social services

NZ POLITICS:

Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 3 July 2008
Politics: Nicky Hager To Speak Liberally Tonight In Wellington
Protest Action: Truckies Bring Battle Over Charges To Innocent Commuters
Police: Locke Questions Enthusiasm For Pepper-Spray
Trains: Government Reveals 'Plan B' On Rail

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Film Industry Forum: Will Reepicheep Grace NZ To Tread The Dawn
Business Confidence? Television Advertising Revenue increases for June
Insurance: New Company Has Pet Project
Taxation: Business Tax Reform Bill Introduced

WORLD:

Road Kill: Bulldozer Used In Deadly Jerusalem Terror Attack
Ulan Bator: Restraint Urged As Post-Electoral Violence Breaks Out In Mongolian Capital
Pregnant Thought: UN Agency Urges G8 To Address Population Issues
Focus On Fiji: U.S. Urges Fiji To Participate In Joint Working Group
Beijing: Ban Ki-Moon Discusses Global Issues With Chinese Leaders

COMMENT:

Stranger Than Fiction: Holocaust Redux - Heads-up Warning to the Jews
A Call To ACT! "Many People Would Sooner Die Than Think"

LIFESTYLE:

Love Hurts: Relationship Ropey - You Are Not Alone!


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LEAD STORY

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Gordon Campbell: How National will deliver social services - Trying to control the way a political debate unfolds is one thing - but deception of the public is something else. The money quote in yesterday's Merrill Lynch report was that National has been telling insurers privately more than it has been speaking publicly about its plans for an ACC scheme central to the public's workplace security and wellbeing. Don't we deserve to be told about John Key's plans for our own compensation scheme - before he informs the Australian insurers...More >> [1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/how-national-will-deliver-social-services/


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NZ POLITICS

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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00078.htm


Politics: Nicky Hager To Speak Liberally Tonight In Wellington - Hager, author of The Hollow Men - shortly to screen as a movie at the International Film Festival - is back in the spotlight this week following revelations in the Sunday Star Times that National leader John Key is receiving advice from Crosby Textor. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00035.htm


Protest Action: Truckies Bring Battle Over Charges To Innocent Commuters - Wellington Police are strongly advising commuters and travellers to avoid the motorways and central business district between 7am and 10am tomorrow morning because of the expected traffic gridlock from the increased road user charge truck protest. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00039.htm


Police: Locke Questions Enthusiasm For Pepper-Spray - Green Party Police Spokesperson Keith Locke wants the Police Commissioner to review the way his officers are using pepper spray. "It is apparent to me that pepper spray was inappropriately used in three separate cases that have come to public attention over the past month," Mr Locke says. More >> [1]

ALSO

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00056.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00019.htm


Trains: Government Reveals 'Plan B' On Rail - The Labour-led government has today revealed that its buyback of New Zealand's rail system was influenced by plans to close regional rail services throughout the country, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. More >> [1]

ALSO

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00043.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00030.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00032.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Film Industry Forum: Will Reepicheep Grace NZ To Tread The Dawn - The shortage of film studio space in Auckland is again in the news, following last week's NZ Herald report that Auckland may not be selected as the filming location for the third Chronicles of Narnia film, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, due to inability to supply suitable studio facilities. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00051.htm


Business Confidence? Television Advertising Revenue increases for June - Television advertising revenue for TVNZ and TV Works has increased by 3 % for the six months ended 30 June 2008, compared with the same period last year. Despite the slowing economy, television advertising revenue remained strong during this period and is expected to continue throughout 2008. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00059.htm


Insurance: New Company Has Pet Project - A new specialist pet insurance company is promising to reduce the $236 million a year that Kiwis currently spend on vet bills and to shake up the pet insurance market here. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00043.htm


Taxation: Business Tax Reform Bill Introduced - A bill tabled in Parliament today introduces a number of major business tax reforms. "The focus of several of the reforms is on reducing tax costs for businesses," Finance Minister Michael Cullen and Revenue Minister Peter Dunne said today. More >> [1]

ALSO

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00044.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00045.htm


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WORLD

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Road Kill: Bulldozer Used In Deadly Jerusalem Terror Attack - Three people were killed and over 50 wounded in a terror attack in Jerusalem shortly before noon. Driving a bulldozer on Jaffa Road between the Central Bus Station and the Mahane Yehuda market, a terrorist deliberately plowed into cars and pedestrians. More >> [1]

UNITED NATIONS

NOT ROCKET SCIENCE

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00065.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00070.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00066.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00067.htm


Ulan Bator: Restraint Urged As Post-Electoral Violence Breaks Out In Mongolian Capital - Deadly violence has erupted in Mongolia following last weekend's parliamentary elections. Ban Ki-Moon called on all parties to engage in dialogue to resolve the current crisis. Five people have reportedly been killed and over 300 injured as thousands of protesters took to the streets yesterday in Ulan Bator, the country's capital and largest city, after it was announced that the ruling party won Sunday's polls. President Nambar Enkhbayar has declared a state of emergency in the wake of the unrest. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00069.htm


Pregnant Thought: UN Agency Urges G8 To Address Population Issues - The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today called on the G8 industrialized nations to prioritize population issues in its discussions of climate change and food security. "Preventing unwanted pregnancies through voluntary family planning and guaranteeing people's right to reproductive health can help slow population growth and moderate its environmental impact." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00059.htm


Focus On Fiji: U.S. Urges Fiji To Participate In Joint Working Group - The Joint Working Group presents a practical and constructive medium for Fiji's Pacific neighbors to engage with the interim government in an effort to restore democratic governance to Fiji. The United States urges Fiji's interim government to reverse its decision to suspend participation in the Joint Working Group and, instead, make every effort to honor its commitment to hold elections by March 2009. More >> [1]

LATEST

ALSO

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00054.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00079.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00036.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00035.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00057.htm


Beijing: Ban Ki-Moon Discusses Global Issues With Chinese Leaders - Ban Ki-moon held meetings in Beijing with senior Chinese officials on the second day of his visit to the world's most populous country, discussing issues ranging from United Nations reform to climate change and the current global food crisis. More >> [1]

EARLIER

ALSO IN BEIJING

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00075.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00045.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00062.htm


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COMMENT

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Stranger Than Fiction: Holocaust Redux - Heads-up Warning to the Jews - An alleged assassination attempt was made on French President Nicholas Sarkozy at the time of his departure on June 24 2008, from Israel's most closely guarded institution - the Ben-Gurion Airport. That same day, Israel, the United States, and Iran, all denied rumors of the launching of full spectrum attack on Iran. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00023.htm


A Call To ACT! "Many People Would Sooner Die Than Think" - I am convinced that additional writings (and readings) alone are now meaningless going forward. There needs to be ACTs to match. The reason for this conviction stems not just from the truism succinctly observed by Bertrand Russell "Many people would sooner die than think. In fact they do". More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00022.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Love Hurts: Relationship Ropey - You Are Not Alone! - Almost all couples (78%) experience some ongoing disagreements according to a survey conducted by Relationship Services. "Even in the happiest, longest lasting of relationships, couples disagree," said Hilary Smith of Relationship Services. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00015.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 03 July 2008

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