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Top Scoop Stories - 17 July 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 17 July 2008

LEAD STORY:

No Fault Insurance: Key Releases ACC Policy, Calls For Fewer Claims

NZ POLITICS:

Scoop Interview: Hollow Men Director Promises Fresh Revelations
Kyoto: Aussie ETS Should Not Phone Home - Greens
Media/Politics: TV3 Hopes Political Website Soars Like An Eagle
Defence: Trials Of RNZAF Hercules
Kiwi Pride: 20-Year-Old NZ Ruling Creates UK "Legal Mayhem"

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Employment: Strike Takes Air Out Of Air Nelson
SciTech: NZ Signs New Science Agreement With EU
Power: Vector Wellington Network Sale Approved; Vector Wellington Orchestra To Follow?

WORLD:

Shafted Again: Arrest Of Opposition Figure Anwar Ibrahim Raises Serious Concerns
Remains Of The Day: Military DNA Lab Helps To Resolve Century-Old Russian Mystery
Crude Politics: United Kingdom Stands "Ready To Help" Nigerian Oil Production
Planetary Pedology: Martian Soil Similar To Earth Soil, Scientists Say
All God's Creatures: Pope Benedict XVI Meets Wallaby, Koala, Python, And A Baby Croc
Texting: Europe Moves To End Roaming Rip-Offs For SMS Text Messages
Home In A Box: Bodies Of Ehud Goldwasser And Eldad Regev Officially Identified

COMMENT:

Walter Brasch: It's Still the Economy, Stupid
Bernard Weiner: McCain and Obama Campaigns Bedeviled by Iraq

LIFESTYLE:

Charity: Photographer Makes The Calendar With 12 Backs
Music: Mary J Blige Water Under The Bridge
Scoop Review: Donkey In Lahore: An Unconventional Love Story


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LEAD STORY

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No Fault Insurance: Key Releases ACC Policy, Calls For Fewer Claims - National's ACC policy aims to make workplaces safer for workers while delivering certainty of coverage and more effective compensation, says National Party Leader John Key. "National supports a comprehensive, 24/7, no-fault accident insurance scheme that delivers certainty of coverage to all New Zealanders. However, the ACC scheme can be improved. Workplace accident figures are high by international standards." More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00296.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00299.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00223.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00215.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00214.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0807/S00077.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00284.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00217.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00220.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0807/S00082.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0807/S00075.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0807/S00076.htm
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00166.htm
[14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00150.htm
[15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00307.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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Scoop Interview: Hollow Men Director Promises Fresh Revelations - Scoop IV: We've had the book, the play and now the movie. Many will wonder if the film The Hollow Men is political overload. However, there is no doubt this documentary will inspire a great deal of curiosity... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00162.htm


Kyoto: Aussie ETS Should Not Phone Home - Greens - "Those in New Zealand, who've been proposing we drag the chain until we have an Australian model to copy, can abandon that idea. Australia has been seduced by these large polluters who are happy to address climate change as long as it doesn't cost anything," Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00300.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00306.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00287.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00290.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00286.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00257.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00221.htm


Media/Politics: TV3 Hopes Political Website Soars Like An Eagle - New Zealand's political parties have already begun campaigning for the highly anticipated 2008 election.
3 News viewers and RadioLIVE listeners will be able to access the most current and comprehensive election information with the launch of decision08.co.nz today. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00211.htm


Defence: Trials Of RNZAF Hercules - Following the recent test flights of the newly modified Boeing 757, the first of the Royal New Zealand Air Force's upgraded C-130 Hercules has completed a series of successful test flights at L-3 Communications Spar Aerospace facilities in Edmonton, Canada. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00210.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00295.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00294.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00285.htm


Kiwi Pride: 20-Year-Old NZ Ruling Creates UK "Legal Mayhem" - A New Zealand Court of Appeal decision on anonymous evidence from undercover policemen has created legal mayhem in the United Kingdom, with rushed legislation being used to preserve several hundred trials at risk from a House of Lords decision. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00198.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Employment: Strike Takes Air Out Of Air Nelson - Air New Zealand says it is disappointed that NZALPA-represented pilots at its subsidiary Air Nelson will proceed with three full-day withdrawals of labour from tomorrow, impacting hundreds of children and parents during the busy school holiday travel period. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00293.htm


SciTech: NZ Signs New Science Agreement With EU - Minister of Research Science and Technology Pete Hodgson announced today the signing of an agreement between New Zealand and the European Union that will broaden New Zealand's collaboration with the European Union's science community. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00302.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00216.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00301.htm


Power: Vector Wellington Network Sale Approved; Vector Wellington Orchestra To Follow? - Consent has been granted to the joint bid by Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited (CKI) and Hongkong Electric Holdings Limited (HKE) to acquire up to 100 percent of the shares of Vector Wellington Electricity Network Limited (VWENL), Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00283.htm


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WORLD

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Shafted Again: Arrest Of Opposition Figure Anwar Ibrahim Raises Serious Concerns - "The detention today of prominent Malaysian opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim raises serious questions and concerns. We urge Malaysian authorities to resolve this matter in a manner that builds confidence in the impartial rule of law in Malaysia." -- U.S. State Department. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00508.htm


Remains Of The Day: Military DNA Lab Helps To Resolve Century-Old Russian Mystery - A Defense Department DNA identification lab has helped bring to a close a near-century-old mystery, laying to rest a search for the remains of two children executed alongside the rest of the family of Russia's last czar, Nicholas II, in 1918. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00481.htm


Crude Politics: United Kingdom Stands "Ready To Help" Nigerian Oil Production - The United Kingdom has offered to assist in providing "robust accounting systems" and security to reduce the 1.5m barrels of oil currently lost every day in Nigeria, a key global supplier. Plans to deal with oil smuggling and corruption in the Niger Delta region have been outlined. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00499.htm


Planetary Pedology: Martian Soil Similar To Earth Soil, Scientists Say - Soil just under the surface at one spot on the arctic plains of Mars is similar to soil found in the dry valleys of Antarctica and in other places on Earth, said scientists describing results from the first wet chemistry analysis performed on another planet. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00480.htm


All God's Creatures: Pope Benedict XVI Meets Wallaby, Koala, Python, And A Baby Croc - His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI met special visitors including a koala, red-necked wallaby joey and other unique Australian animals at the Kenthurst Study Centre. "We wanted to offer the Holy Father an opportunity to experience some of Australia's unique fauna." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00497.htm


Texting: Europe Moves To End Roaming Rip-Offs For SMS Text Messages - The 2.5 billion text messages sent every year by roaming customers in the EU cost over 10 times more than domestic short messages (SMS). The European Union will also seek to put an end to "bill shocks" that can hit roaming customers using a mobile Internet connection. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00478.htm


Home In A Box: Bodies Of Ehud Goldwasser And Eldad Regev Officially Identified - "The bodies of First Sergeant Ehud Goldwasser and Sergeant First Class Eldad Regev were positively identified by representatives of the IDF Military Rabbinate, the Medical Corps and other forensic experts at the Rosh Hanikra crossing." -- IDF Spokesman, Israel. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00502.htm


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COMMENT

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Walter Brasch: It's Still the Economy, Stupid - George W. Bush looked into the TV camera, Tuesday morning [July 15] and tried to assuage the fears of about 300 million Americans who believed they were in the middle of a Recession. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00168.htm


Bernard Weiner: McCain and Obama Campaigns Bedeviled by Iraq - In the old days, colonial powers simply conquered the local population, reconfigured the maps, installed their viceroys or governors, and ruled through them from their home countries. As nationalism began to grow more strident in the colonial territories... More >> [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00155.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Charity: Photographer Makes The Calendar With 12 Backs - James Price is photographing the backs of New Zealand women (and some supportive men) for his project, cheekily titled Sexy Backs. It's all part of an artistic initiative designed to celebrate women and ultimately support some very deserving women's charities. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00160.htm


Music: Mary J Blige Water Under The Bridge - Last month Promoter Chugg Entertainment announced that the June scheduled Mary J Blige tour of Australia and New Zealand would be postponed until November 2008. Michael Chugg, Executive Chairman of Chugg Entertainment today announced with regret that the 2008 tour would no longer go ahead. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00158.htm


Scoop Review: Donkey In Lahore: An Unconventional Love Story - Scoop Review: Donkey in Lahore is an enthralling documentary tracing the unlikely love story of a gothic Australian puppeteer and a sheltered Muslim Pakistani. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00161.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 17 July 2008

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