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Top Scoop Stories - 11 July 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 11 July 2008

LEAD STORY:

Police: Officer Slain In Line Of Duty

NZ POLITICS:

National Policy: Parents Given Freedom To Pay For ECE
Health: Minister Welcomes Rest Home Closure
Housing: Action To Assist Boarding House Dwellers
Tony Veitch Saga: Statement from TVNZ
Heroism: Kiwi Firefighters To Help Battle California Blaze
Corrections: Prisoners Put Hammering Skills To Good Use

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Viral Marketing: Enjoy Soft Rock With Musically Challenged Primate
Luxury: Buying A Golden Fleece Probably Cheaper Than Escorial Cloth
Happy Hoteliers: Hotel guest nights increase in May

WORLD:

Colombia: Ingrid Betancourt's Unlikely Rescue & Beyond
Environment: Green Goods To Come To The Front Of UK's Shelves
Onward Christian Soldiers: Non-Christians Convinced U.S. Army Discriminates
Summing Up: Gordon Brown Briefs British MPs On The G8 Leaders Summit 2008
Kosovo Situation: Life As An Independent Country

COMMENT:

Part 6: Evolution: Except Vanity Fair Media Doesn't Get It

LIFESTYLE:

Furry Critters: Definitive Cat Care Guide Published
Winter Spectacular: Flaming Good Art On Petone Foreshore
Poetry Party: NZ Poet Laureate to MC celebration of Kiwi Poetry


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LEAD STORY

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Police: Officer Slain In Line Of Duty - The tragic death of a police officer in Titahi Bay this morning shows the serious risk police face every day in the line of duty, says New Zealand First law and order spokesperson Ron Mark. Mr Mark, who has a police officer in his own family, says he extends his sympathy to the family and colleagues of the dead officer who died trying to uphold the rule of law and order. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00219.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00225.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00221.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00219.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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National Policy: Parents Given Freedom To Pay For ECE - National today released details of its early childhood education policy. Spokeswoman Paula Bennett says, "Thousands of parents are now using 20 Hours and we do not want to cause them uncertainty, especially in these challenging economic times. However, we will not live with the clearly dishonest claim of the scheme being free for parents. It never was." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00222.htm


Health: Minister Welcomes Rest Home Closure - Minister of Health David Cunliffe has welcomed a decision to move residents of the Belhaven Rest Home into a new home. More >> [1] ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00207.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00158.htm


Housing: Action To Assist Boarding House Dwellers - "Considerable progress has been made at the completion of the 90 Day Action Plan to address issues of overcrowding and substandard accommodation in South Auckland boarding houses", Housing Minister Maryan Street said today. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00210.htm


Tony Veitch Saga: Statement from TVNZ - Television New Zealand has a review process underway regarding disclosures by sports presenter Tony Veitch... The review began on Monday but there were significant and complex matters around the issue that restricted what could be said publicly. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00176.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00140.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00194.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00152.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00155.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00081.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/entertainment/10343.html


Heroism: Kiwi Firefighters To Help Battle California Blaze - A contingent of New Zealand and Australian rural firefighters will soon be helping to tackle the wildfires in California, Internal Affairs Minister Rick Barker said today. The 40 strong group will include 8 Kiwi rural firefighters from the Department of Conservation, territorial authorities, and forestry companies. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00202.htm


Corrections: Prisoners Put Hammering Skills To Good Use - A new building construction yard at Spring Hill Prison will see prisoners refurbishing state houses for families in need while learning new skills... The construction yard was officially opened today by Mr Goff. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00196.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00197.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Viral Marketing: Enjoy Soft Rock With Musically Challenged Primate - In a first for mobile phone users in New Zealand, Cadbury is introducing image recognition technology for Cadbury 'Gorilla' fans, so that they can download 'Gorilla' content to their phones. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00202.htm


Luxury: Buying A Golden Fleece Probably Cheaper Than Escorial Cloth - On 22nd June 2008, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand, auctioned 2 metres of Escorial cloth fetching $4,100. The cloth was a donation from The Escorial Company to the Symphony Orchestra. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00205.htm


Happy Hoteliers: Hotel guest nights increase in May - Total guest nights in short-term commercial accommodation increased 5 percent in May 2008 compared with May 2007, Statistics New Zealand said today. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00207.htm


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WORLD

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Colombia: Ingrid Betancourt's Unlikely Rescue & Beyond - In spite of Ingrid Betancourt's extraordinary rescue, the fate of Colombia will be no brighter than before unless she accepts a new mission and returns to the public life, and President Alvaro Uribe commits a patriotic act by declining to seek a constitutional change allowing him to run for a third term in 2010. More >> [1]

EXPERT RESCUE ADVISORS?

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00291.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00292.htm


Environment: Green Goods To Come To The Front Of UK's Shelves - "It needs to be easier for people to buy products that will save them money and reduce their impact on the environment - and that's exactly what we're doing. There are real savings to be made - through this action to green the products and materials we use." - Climate Change Minister Joan Ruddock, UK Government More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00310.htm


Onward Christian Soldiers: Non-Christians Convinced U.S. Army Discriminates - Jeremy Hall, a 23-year-old U.S. soldier,lost his Christian faith while serving two tours of duty in Iraq. Subsequently his atheist beliefs caused him to be denied promotions in the Army and to have his life threatened by other troops, according to an interview Hall had with CNN. The military assigned a bodyguard to protect him and returned him stateside. Hall asserts there is a pattern of discrimination against non-Christians in the military. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00317.htm


Summing Up: Gordon Brown Briefs British MPs On The G8 Leaders Summit 2008 - The world is working collaboratively on a range of international issues, Gordon Brown told Parliament as he updated MPs on the recent G8 Summit. The PM said there is growing international agreement on the need for "detailed collaborative actions" on energy, climate change, trade and international development. He also welcomed the "unprecedented" G8 statement on Zimbabwe. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00311.htm


Kosovo Situation: Life As An Independent Country - Kosovo declared its independence in February. There were at the time expectations that there might be severe problems, great violence, displacement of persons, conflict, fighting. There were any number of very dire scenarios which we thought were possible but not likely, were possible, and for which we planned, none of which turned out to be true. No major ethnic violence, no refugee flows, the government has responded with restraint to provocations. That is the good news. More >> [1]

ALSO IN KOSOVA

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00306.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00319.htm


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COMMENT

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More Heat Than Light: Survival of the TVNZ Charter Depends on Definitions - News reports about recent announcements by Labour and National concerning their respective policy positions on TVNZ all overlook a critical issue at the heart of the debate- the assumption of different definitions of 'public broadcasting'. At least five distinct conceptions can be discerned. The result is that both political policies and news reports on public broadcasting conflate different notions of public broadcasting, stirring up arguments that generate more heat than light. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00080.htm


Chicken & Egg: Niueans Encouraged to Eat Free Range Chooks - Niue's Director of Health Dr Sitaleki Finau is encouraging Niueans to begin eating free range chickens. Unlike in most countries the move would actually save locals money. Thousands of chickens roam the island mostly unmolested because Niueans prefer to eat imported factory reared chooks. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00088.htm


Scoop Review of Books: "Five Crime Novels that Influenced My Writing" - Auckland crime writer Andrea Jutson - author of the just published The Darkness Looking Back - nominates five crime novels that have influenced her writing....The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri, Scaredy Cat by Mark Billingham, Live Bait by P. J. Tracy, The Unquiet Dead by Gay Longworth, The Brother Cadfael Series by Ellis Peters. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00078.htm


Suzan Mazur E-Book In Six Parts: - "Evolutionary science is as much about the posturing, salesmanship, stonewalling and bullying that goes on as it is about actual scientific theory. It is a social discourse involving hypotheses of staggering complexity with scientists assuming the power of politicians."

EVOLVING STORY

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00057.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00057.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00071.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00077.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00086.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00089.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Furry Critters: Definitive Cat Care Guide Published - Be they cuddly smoochers or perky cats-about-town, felines across the country will soon be benefiting from the publication of a definitive new guide to their needs and to the responsibilities of owners and carers. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00105.htm


Winter Spectacular: Flaming Good Art On Petone Foreshore - The Petone Foreshore will be transformed into a unique public art gallery for the Petone Winter Carnival on Saturday 19 July. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00102.htm


Poetry Party: NZ Poet Laureate to MC celebration of Kiwi Poetry - New Zealand Poet Laureate Michele Leggott will MC 'Poetry Central', a celebration of Kiwi poetry, on Montana Poetry Day, Friday 18 July. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00101.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 11 July 2008

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