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Top Scoop Stories - 29 July 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 29 July 2008

LEAD STORY:

Election 08: Gordon Campbell Reviews The PM's Presser July 29

NZ POLITICS:

Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Crime: 1 In 4 Police Assaulted
Welfare: Cullen Sceptical Of Key's New Enthusiasm For WFF
Gordon Campbell: Winners And Losers In The Winston Peters Saga
Election: Steven Joyce, Melissa Lee For National List
Olympics: Greens Demand Free Speech For Athletes
Protest News: Protesters Brave Storm To Get Message Heard

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Kiwi Pride: Ponsonby Architect Up There With World's Best
Internet: Kiwis Log On - Survey
Weather Bombs: MetService Says More Rain Coming
Statistics: Trade Deficit Grows In June 2008 Quarter

WORLD:

Royal Bloodlines: The Geneology Of King George Tupou V Of Tonga
Strong Ally: President Bush Meets With Prime Minister Gillani Of Pakistan
Gold For Humanity: Ban Ki-Moon Joins Calls For An Olympic Truce During Games
Solidarity Website: Support For Zimbabwe's Lovemore Matombo & Wellington Chibebe

LIFESTYLE:

Fashion: Kiwis Get Chance To Make Arses of Themselves
Pet Watch: Assist Your Pooch To Die Of Shame This Winter...
Yank Sports: Gridiron Takes Hold In Godzone
Plonk: Zesty Pineapple, Passionfruit Sav Launched By Alan Scott
Political Music: Go Bush And Rise Like A Phoenix With Green Chums
Sport: Splash World Title To NZer Ben Lutze


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Election 08: Gordon Campbell Reviews The PM's Presser July 29 - Late on Monday July 29th, means that its time for the Prime Minister's weekly post Cabinet press conference. How late the conference is scheduled is in itself a vehicle for spin conjecture. If it comes early (3:30 to 4 ish ) this is taken to mean that it's a Good News Day, timed for optimum coverage on the nightly television bulletins. Late, and the reverse reading applies. Today, in the depths of l'affaire Peters, the 5:30pm start is assumed to be a form of damage control. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/gordon-campbell-reviews-the-pms-presser-july-29/
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00314.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00518.htm


Crime: 1 In 4 Police Assaulted - Family Party leader Richard Lewis says an increase in assaults on police reflects a deeper issue relating to a decline in societal attitudes towards law enforcement. The number of assaults against police increased to 2248 last year. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00342.htm


Welfare: Cullen Sceptical Of Key's New Enthusiasm For WFF - John Key's complete reversal on Working for Families - a programme he has consistently attacked as middle class welfare - makes it increasingly clear he cannot be trusted to stand by his own beliefs, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00485.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00486.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00494.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00492.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00503.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00493.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00344.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00349.htm


Gordon Campbell: Winners And Losers In The Winston Peters Saga - At half time in the Winston Peters latest scandal - which seems to involve several money trails complex enough to merit inclusion in the Winebox - likely winners are beginning to emerge. More >> [1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/winners-and-losers-in-the-winston-peters-saga/


Election: Steven Joyce, Melissa Lee For National List - National Party President Judy Kirk today announced that Melissa Lee and Steven Joyce will be standing for the National Party at the up-coming General Election. The National Party Board has nominated Ms Lee and Mr Joyce to fill two of its 'up to five' list-only nominations allowed under the Party's constitution. More >> [1]
ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00343.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00502.htm


Olympics: Greens Demand Free Speech For Athletes - Green Party MP Keith Locke has criticised the chef de mission of New Zealand's Olympic team Dave Currie for discouraging our athletes from speaking out on human rights issues while in Beijing. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00496.htm


Protest News: Protesters Brave Storm To Get Message Heard - Photo Essay: Protesters braved a one-in-ten-year storm and pressed the line with Police to drive their message home on the weekend while New Zealand's PM Helen Clark met with US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00309.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Kiwi Pride: Ponsonby Architect Up There With World's Best - New Zealand architects Patterson Associates has been included as a double finalist in the World Architecture Festival, one of the world's most prestigious architectural awards. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00520.htm


Internet: Kiwis Log On - Survey - * 78% of New Zealanders use the Internet. 6% are ex-users; 16% have never used it. * 15% of users are online at home for at least 20 hours a week. * In this sample, 66% of users with a connection at home have broadband, compared to 31% with dial-up. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0807/S00090.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00511.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00509.htm
[4] - http://www.aut.ac.nz/research/research_institutes/icdc/projects/wip_project_findings.htm
[5] - http://publicaddress.net/system/topic,1254,pa_radio_jeff_cole_of_the_world_internet_project.sm


Weather Bombs: MetService Says More Rain Coming - Severe weather warnings for heavy rain from Tuesday afternoon have been issued for Northland, Coromandel, Western Bay of Plenty and northern Gisborne, and these regions are also likely to experience northeast winds up to gale force. On Wednesday severe southeast gales are likely to affect Taranaki, Wanganui, Manawatu, Kapiti, Wellington and Marlborough. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0807/S00062.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00264.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00262.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00256.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00495.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00528.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00507.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00492.htm


Statistics: Trade Deficit Grows In June 2008 Quarter - The seasonally adjusted trade deficit increased to $1.9 billion in the June 2008 quarter, from $861 million in the March quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. As a percentage of exports this puts the deficit in the June quarter back to a similar level to that seen in the first half of 2007. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00485.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00497.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00494.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00489.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00488.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00499.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00500.htm


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WORLD

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Royal Bloodlines: The Geneology Of King George Tupou V Of Tonga - King George Tupou V is the progeny of three royal bloodlines, which emerged from a civilisation nearly 3,000 years old: Tu'i Tonga, Tu'i Ha'atakalaua and Tu'i Kanokupolu. King George is the 23rd Tu'i Kanokupolu, the transcendent source of authority. More >> [1]

CORONATION TREATS

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00809.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00827.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00826.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00790.htm


Strong Ally: President Bush Meets With Prime Minister Gillani Of Pakistan - "We talked about the common threat we face: extremists who are very dangerous people. We talked about the need for us to make sure that the Afghan border is secure as best as possible; Pakistan has made a very strong commitment to that." - President Bush. More >> [1]

RELATED

ALSO OF INTEREST

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00818.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00819.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00815.htm


Gold For Humanity: Ban Ki-Moon Joins Calls For An Olympic Truce During Games - "Let them lay down their weapons, if only temporarily, so that humanity can lay claim to gold." Ban Ki-Moon said in a message ahead of the Games. Such a truce, while limited in duration, can provide a pause in which to reconsider the heavy cost of war. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00822.htm


Solidarity Website: Support For Zimbabwe's Lovemore Matombo & Wellington Chibebe - The ITUC has launched a new website supporting Lovemore Matombo and Wellington Chibebe, President and General Secretary of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions. Lovemore and Wellington were arrested on 8 May for speaking out about violence in Zimbabwe. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00805.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Fashion: Kiwis Get Chance To Make Arses of Themselves - International lingerie brand sloggi is on the search for NZ's most beautiful male and female bottoms for the 2nd annual "Show me your sloggi" (smys) campaign. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00512.htm


Pet Watch: Assist Your Pooch To Die Of Shame This Winter... - Keeping your pets warm against the winter chill is very important, particularly for short haired dogs. Many people don't realise that they need to protect their pets against wind chill and rain with a warm coat or jumper when they're taking their dogs for walks in Winter. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00292.htm


Yank Sports: Gridiron Takes Hold In Godzone - American Football or Gridiron as it is often called in New Zealand sees players ranging from 75-175kg on the same field. This can be a daunting prospect for new players until they realise that they are usually matched up against someone of similar build and skill set. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00291.htm


Plonk: Zesty Pineapple, Passionfruit Sav Launched By Alan Scott - Leading family winemaker Allan Scott has just released its 2008 Sauvignon Blanc - it's a flavoursome blend of pineapple, passionfruit, and zesty citrus flavours combined with typical herbaceous notes. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00290.htm


Political Music: Go Bush And Rise Like A Phoenix With Green Chums - Two of the country's most acclaimed bands - Little Bushman and The Phoenix Foundation - are joining forces with the Green Party to push the environment and quality of life into the election year debate. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00285.htm


Sport: Splash World Title To NZer Ben Lutze - Ben Lutze of Taipa in Northland is New Zealand's latest sailor to take a world title, crowned Splash World Champion over the weekend in Tavira, Portugal. Kiwi team-mate, George Lane also made it to the podium taking third overall at the regatta which was contested by 100 sailors. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00282.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 29 July 2008

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