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Top Scoop Stories - 16 July 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 16 July 2008

LEAD STORY:

Politics: Gordon Campbell On Interweb VS Immigration Bill

NZ POLITICS:

ANZ Downsizing: Hey Mr Bagrie How About A Report On Firing Staff?
Foreign Affairs: Condoleezza to Meet PM And Peters
Billion Dollar Bungle: Roading Founded on Buck A Litre Gas
Police: Hunt On For Snatched Child

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Lime Quarry Oscars: Plain Old Lime Quarry Becomes Multi Award Winner
Migrant Workers: Tips For Avoiding Faulty Workplace Relationships

WORLD:

United Nations: Trade & Globalization Boost Prosperity & Stability
Greenpeace: Activists Freed; Time For Whaling Corruption Probe
President Bush: The U.S. Economy Is Sound Despite Setbacks
U.S. State Dept: The Repression And Arrest Of Two Student Activists In Iran
Alternative Energy: Solar Power Viable Option For East Timor, Says UN
Refugees International: Relocation Of Palestinian Refugees To Sudan Not A Lasting Solution
Burma: Survival In The Shadow Of Cyclone Nargis
WYD08: Papa Wows The Masses With TXT Message; Cardinal Pell Celebrates Opening Mass
Crude In New York: Oil Prices Take Biggest One-Day Drop In 17 Years

COMMENT:

Letter from Elsewhere: The appalling Veitch story
Scoop Review of Books: The View Through the Islamic Mesh
Ron Callari: UAE blocks social networking websites


LIFESTYLE:

Thai Festival In Ak: Mangoes, Mangosteen and Langon Await The Curious
Extreme Sports: Scientist Packs Gas Masks For Chinese Olympics
Kiwi Pride: Graffiti Artists Go Spray Can Crazy In Germany


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LEAD STORY

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Politics: Gordon Campbell On Interweb VS Immigration Bill - Great to see that the various players in the blogosphere - from the usual great stuff by No Right Turn, to the new website started by T-Rex to oppose the Bill and the Standard, to name a few– are coming together to campaign against Labour's Immigration Bill. I'll be posting a full analysis of the Bill once it is reported back in a few days time, from select committee. A lot of people have picked up that the Bill enshrines in law some of the worst features of the process used against Ahmed Zaoui. More >> [1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/gordon-campbell-on-the-immigration-bill-striking-health-workers-and-the-obama-veepstakes/


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NZ POLITICS

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ANZ Downsizing: Hey Mr Bagrie How About A Report On Firing Staff? - Finance workers union Finsec is saying ANZ National bank is being a bad corporate citizen that is harming our economy following announcements yesterday of proposals to cut nearly 250 jobs in its major processing centres. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00205.htm


Foreign Affairs: Condoleezza to Meet PM And Peters - United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is to visit New Zealand in late July, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. Secretary Rice will arrive late on Friday, 25 July, and will meet with Mr Peters and Prime Minister Helen Clark in Auckland the following day. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00281.htm


Billion Dollar Bungle: Roading Founded on Buck A Litre Gas - A Green Party analysis of Land Transport New Zealand economic evaluations shows that the Government systematically discriminates against public transport projects, including pricing petrol at $1 dollar a litre. More >> [1]

EARLIER:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00272.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00232.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00226.htm


Police: Hunt On For Snatched Child - 'Our Number One priority is to get this little girl back to her parents,' Detective Inspector Steve Wood, of Waitemata District CIB said this morning. 'We do have concerns for the safety of this young girl,' he said. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00138.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/10506.html
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/10526.html
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/10524.html
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/national/10525.html


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Lime Quarry Oscars: Plain Old Lime Quarry Becomes Multi Award Winner - New Zealand's largest lime producing quarry has won three prestigious awards at the recent quarry industry conference. McDonald's Lime Oparure Quarry, majority owned and operated by Holcim. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00268.htm


Migrant Workers: Tips For Avoiding Faulty Workplace Relationships - Employers of skilled migrants in New Zealand have identified a top ten check list for successful workplace relations. The check list includes zero tolerance of racial discrimination. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00263.htm


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WORLD

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United Nations: Trade & Globalization Boost Prosperity & Stability - Trade and globalization have had the double effect of enhancing prosperity for hundreds of millions of people and stepping up stability among nations. Countries have gained from specialization and economies of scale to boost efficiency thanks to trade. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00454.htm


Greenpeace: Activists Freed; Time For Whaling Corruption Probe - The two Greenpeace Japan activists, arrested and charged for intercepting a box of whale meat illegally smuggled off the Japanese whaling fleet, have been released on bail, after 26 days in custody. A panel of three judges in granted the release. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00455.htm


President Bush: The U.S. Economy Is Sound Despite Setbacks - "The bottom line is this: We're going through a tough time, but our economy has continued growing, consumers are spending, businesses are investing, exports continue increasing, and American productivity remains strong." - President George W. Bush. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00442.htm


U.S. State Dept: The Repression And Arrest Of Two Student Activists In Iran - "The United States is concerned by reports that Iranian authorities have stepped up their repression of student activists in the wake of the ninth anniversary of the July 9, 1999 student uprising." -- U.S. State Department. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00465.htm


Alternative Energy: Solar Power Viable Option For East Timor, Says UN - The solar project, just one of many initiatives carried out by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affair in the tiny South East Asian nation, aimed to help rural communities harness the potential of this alternative energy source. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00445.htm


Refugees International: Relocation Of Palestinian Refugees To Sudan Not A Lasting Solution - Refugees International expressed deep concern over the decision taken by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Sudan to relocate this population to pre-fabricated housing in a Khartoum neighborhood, with no path to citizenship. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00458.htm


Burma: Survival In The Shadow Of Cyclone Nargis - Rebuilding simple homes is one thing. Lives and livelihoods take time and, behind a semblance of returning normality, another story emerged. Rather than making progress some villagers were falling back, going into debt in attempts to recover by themselves. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00459.htm


WYD08: Papa Wows The Masses With TXT Message; Cardinal Pell Celebrates Opening Mass - After Pope Benedict XVI sent text message to pilgrims, the atmosphere was electric. He sent: "Young friend, God & his people expect much from u, because u have within u the Father's supreme gift: the Spirit of Jesus - BXVI" More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00468.htm


Crude In New York: Oil Prices Take Biggest One-Day Drop In 17 Years - Oil prices have plummeted amid concerns a slowing U.S. economy will decrease demand. The price of crude oil in New York at one point fell more than $9 a barrel in trading in New York Tuesday, the biggest one-day drop for crude oil in 17 years. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00446.htm


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COMMENT

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Letter from Elsewhere: The appalling Veitch story - I can find only three small rays of hope in the appalling story of Tony Veitch's serious assault on his former partner, and its aftermath. None of them have anything to do with his behaviour after the story broke, let alone with how the media (including ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00142.htm


Scoop Review of Books: The View Through the Islamic Mesh - A Thousand Splendid Suns By Khaled Hosseini Bloomsbury Paperbacks, $27.99. Reviewed by ALISON McCULLOCH for the Scoop Review of Books When she is first made to wear a burqa, Mariam, one of the two main characters in Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://books.scoop.co.nz/a-window-through-the-islamic-mesh/

Ron Callari: UAE blocks social networking websites - The network StumbleUpon has become the latest casualty of the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) web blocking lottery. It is a sad commentary when social networking and content sharing sites get auto-blocked by Etisalat , one of the UAE's largest More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00144.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Thai Festival In Ak: Mangoes, Mangosteen and Langon Await The Curious - With only ten days to go, things are hotting up at the Thai Fruit and Flower Festival offices. We are getting ready to receive a ton each of mangoes, mangosteen and longan. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00143.htm


Extreme Sports: Scientist Packs Gas Masks For Chinese Olympics - Body cooling gel, gas masks, ice baths, compression stockings and a tonne of nutritional snacks will all be in the luggage of sport scientist Dr Andrew Foskett as he accompanies the New Zealand men's football squad, the Oly-Whites, to the 2008 Olympic Games in China. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00148.htm


Kiwi Pride: Graffiti Artists Go Spray Can Crazy In Germany - Congratulations are in order once again for New Zealand graffiti crew TMD (The Most Dedicated), who triumphed at the World's Largest Graffiti competition at Splash Festival in Germany. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00149.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 16 July 2008

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