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Top Scoop Stories - 24 July 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 24 July 2008

LEAD STORY:

Interest Rates: Sunshine On A Cloudy Day

NZ POLITICS:

Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 24 July
Questions And Answers - Wednesday, 23 July
Policy: Key Announces Release Of Employment Policy
Welfare: Non-State Agencies Get Hand-Up

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Finance: Hanover Suspends New Investments, Repayments
Agriculture: Lincoln-Based Scientists Recognised Sheep Research
Fair Use: ACTA Copyright Negotiations Demand Scrutiny

WORLD:

State Of The Union: Canada Leads In Same-Sex Recognition, Gay Partnerships
Video Crime: Father Of The Girl Who Filmed IDF Shooting Of Detainee Arrested.
Foundering Insurgency: FARC In Colombia, Rebels With A Vanishing Cause
For Gallantry: Royal Marine Who Dived On A Grenade To Receive George Cross
Burma: Ban Ki-Moon Convenes 'Group Of Friends' Meeting On Myanmar
Girl Power: UK Women's Land Army 'Land Girls' Honoured For World War II Efforts

COMMENT:

Bruce Dixon: Obama (and Big Media) Turn Blind Eye to Israeli Apartheid
US Military Recruits Children: "America's Army" Video Game Violates International Law
Controversy: Ackerman Defends Iran Sanctions Measure, Crtics Say 'Act Of War'

LIFESTYLE:

Charity: Artists fight Cancer With Paintbrushes
Media: Gorilla Sells Music; Chocolate Sales Yet To Be Announced
Education: Montana Winner Has A Lot To Sing About!


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LEAD STORY

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Interest Rates: Sunshine On A Cloudy Day - Scoop Report: The Reserve Bank has this morning cut interest rates for the first time since July 2003, and alongside recent petrol price falls, brought some much needed good news to NZ household bank accounts. The issue which will immediately arise will be how soon will Banks follow the Reserve Bank's lead.

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[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00251.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00416.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00417.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00443.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00431.htm


Policy: Key Announces Release Of Employment Policy - National's Employment & Workplace Relations policy will expand job opportunities for those having difficulty getting work and let businesses grow, says National Party Leader John Key. "National believes employment law should treat employees and employers fairly, expand opportunities for those having difficulty getting work, increase flexibility, and let businesses grow." More >> [1]

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[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00433.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00439.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00447.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00287.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00289.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00428.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00291.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00292.htm


Welfare: Non-State Agencies Get Hand-Up - Pathway to Partnership funding is underway with the first of many additional payments going out to community groups this week. "Over 850 community groups providing social services to children, young people and families are receiving a 3.4% inflation adjustment, totalling more than $6 million," said Social Development and Employment Minister Ruth Dyson. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00412.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00413.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Finance: Hanover Suspends New Investments, Repayments - The Board of Hanover Finance Limited today announced it would suspend acceptance of new investments and repayment of existing deposits as it worked with trustees on a plan to restructure the business going forward. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00409.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00427.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00421.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/10861.html
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/10874.html
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/10890.html
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/business/10898.html


Agriculture: Lincoln-Based Scientists Recognised Sheep Research - Two Lincoln based AgResearch scientists were recognised for their outstanding achievements last night at the AGM of the Canterbury Section of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science (NZIAHS). More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0807/S00060.htm


Fair Use: ACTA Copyright Negotiations Demand Scrutiny - InternetNZ is concerned at the paucity of detail surrounding the proposed international Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). ACTA seeks to impose a raft of enforcement measures which have the potential to further erode citizens' fair-use rights in respect of digital copyrighted material. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0807/S00055.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00401.htm


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WORLD

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State Of The Union: Canada Leads In Same-Sex Recognition, Gay Partnerships - Gay couples are rejoicing in California, where they have recently obtained the right to marry, but in other parts of the hemisphere, recognition is more dream than reality - only two countries have passed legislation legalizing gay partnerships. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00688.htm


Video Crime: Father Of The Girl Who Filmed IDF Shooting Of Detainee Arrested. - The Israeli army have arrested the father of the girl who filmed an atrocity in July. The arrests occurred near the Palestinian village of Ni'lin in the occupied West Bank, where villagers are peacefully protesting against the construction of Israel's 'apartheid wall.' More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00695.htm


Foundering Insurgency: FARC In Colombia, Rebels With A Vanishing Cause - Latest developments indicate a foundering leftist guerrilla insurgency. With a widening pattern of defections and a growing vulnerability to bribes, the FARC already has been beleaguered by the loss of several members of the group's ruling secretariat. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00703.htm


For Gallantry: Royal Marine Who Dived On A Grenade To Receive George Cross - A Royal Marine Reservist who dived on a live grenade to save his comrades in Afghanistan is to be honoured with the UK's highest gallantry award. Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher, aged 24, from Birmingham, is to receive the George Cross for his extraordinary bravery. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00704.htm


Burma: Ban Ki-Moon Convenes 'Group Of Friends' Meeting On Myanmar - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today convened a meeting of the so-called "Group of Friends" established to review developments in Myanmar. The participants were briefed by Mr. Ban's Special Adviser Ibrahim Gambari on his trip planned for next month. More >> [1]

RECENTLY

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00712.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00659.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00653.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00471.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00459.htm


Girl Power: UK Women's Land Army 'Land Girls' Honoured For World War II Efforts - The Women's Land Army, also known as the Land Girls, worked on British farms to feed the nation during World War II, as male workers went off to fight. They supplied the nation with food, supporting the war effort and avoiding food shortages. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00676.htm


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COMMENT

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Bruce Dixon: Obama (and Big Media) Turn Blind Eye to Israeli Apartheid - Israel is now an apartheid state, according to the publisher of Ha'aretz, that country's largest circulation daily newspaper. The occasion was the recent renewal of Israeli citizenship laws which refuse to recognize marriages and families among most of the ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00258.htm


US Military Recruits Children: "America's Army" Video Game Violates International Law - In May of 2002, the United States Army invaded E3, the annual video game convention held in Los Angeles. At the city's Convention Center, young game enthusiasts mixed with camouflaged soldiers, Humvees and a small tank parked near the entrance. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00257.htm


Controversy: Ackerman Defends Iran Sanctions Measure, Crtics Say 'Act Of War' - Two weeks ago, Rep. Gary Ackerman, the Democrat from New York, delivered an impassioned speech defending a controversial resolution he co-sponsored calling on President George W. Bush "to increase economic, political and diplomatic pressure on Iran." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00248.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Charity: Artists fight Cancer With Paintbrushes - About 40 artists from around New Zealand and up to 300 works will make up the Bone Marrow Cancer Trust art exhibition next month. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00254.htm


Media: Gorilla Sells Music; Chocolate Sales Yet To Be Announced - The Phil Collins 1981 hit In the air tonight, which features on the Cadbury Dairy Milk 'Gorilla' ad, has hit the #1 spot on New Zealand's Official Top 40 Chart this week! More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00237.htm


Education: Montana Winner Has A Lot To Sing About! - Learning Media book: A Nest of Singing Birds: 100 years of the New Zealand School Journal written by Gregory O'Brien was named winner of the Reference and Anthology category at the 2008 Montana New Zealand Book Awards last night. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00234.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 24 July 2008

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