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Top Scoop Stories - 12 August 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 12 August 2008

LEAD STORY:

Obituary: Stephen Mackendrick Thompson, 1939 - 2008

NZ POLITICS:

Gordon Campbell: National's Welfare Policy, Tauranga and Georgia
Politics: Winston Responds To Listener

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Retail: Is Paper Plus the Buzzy Bee Of Bookstores
Business: Telecom Responds To Elliott International PR
Exports: Overseas Booze Buyers Lift NZ Spirits

WORLD:

Not So Flash: Broadcast Of Opening Ceremony Used Fake Fireworks (TV3 Video)
Genetically Distinct: New Bird Flu Strain Detected In Nigeria, Says FAO
Unacceptable Action: U.S. President Bush Discusses Situation in Georgia
Diversion Of Funds: FBI Charges Two Wextrust Execs With Alleged Fraud
Under The Ice: Two US Scientific Cruises To Map Arctic Seafloor

LIFESTYLE:

Crafty Art: Grandmas Beady Eye Creates Stunning Art
Theatre: British Legend Berkoff Brings Himself To NZ
Modern Art: Physics Room Showcases The Avant Garde
Kiwi Pride: Kiwi Wins Gold! (In Guitar Hero)


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LEAD STORY

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Obituary: Stephen Mackendrick Thompson, 1939 - 2008 - Video + Funeral Order Of Service - Stephen Mackendrick Thompson - 1939 - 2008 Husband, Father, Grandfather, Mathematician, Engineer, Musician, Mountaineer & Co-Founder of Scoop.co.nz - Died 27 July 2008, Aged 69 years 2 days. "'And the sun came out to dry me.' The headline of this page is the last line of a poem that was a favourite of my father, Stephen Mackendrick Thompson - one of the co-founders and the leading patron of Scoop.co.nz." (Stephen's son and Scoop co-editor Alastair Thompson writes) More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00140.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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Gordon Campbell: National's Welfare Policy, Tauranga and Georgia - Will John Key's policy announcement on welfare this afternoon do much to resolve the problems it claims to address ? Hardly. The measures seem entirely punitive if - as mooted - they do entail a part time work requirement of 15 hours a week for solo parents once their youngest child turns six. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/campbell-on-national%e2%80%99s-welfare-policy-tauranga-and-georgia/
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00168.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00169.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00167.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00192.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00176.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00178.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00138.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/11581.html
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00138.htm
[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00142.htm
[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00145.htm
[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00144.htm
[14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00147.htm


Politics: Winston Responds To Listener - Mr Peters says New Zealand First Incorporated was set up well before the political party with the sole purpose to preserve the name "New Zealand First. This explains why in its first fifteen years there has been no income or expenses and this information could have been found out very simply by the Listener journalist. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00170.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Retail: Is Paper Plus the Buzzy Bee Of Bookstores - In 1983, some important things happened in little old New Zealand. Princess Diana, already on her way to becoming a pop-culture megastar, visited New Zealand and baby Prince William obligingly played with a Buzzy Bee in front of the world's media. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00176.htm


Business: Telecom Responds To Elliott International PR - Telecom Corporation of New Zealand Limited ("Telecom") today issued the following statement regarding the press release by Elliott International regarding their nomination of new Board candidates and the strategic direction of the company. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00169.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00155.htm


Exports: Overseas Booze Buyers Lift NZ Spirits - Demand from overseas for New Zealand spirits and liqueurs is climbing with exports for the 12 months ended June 2008 climbing to $45.6 million. This is an increase of 4.3 per cent on the previous year. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00158.htm


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WORLD

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Not So Flash: Broadcast Of Opening Ceremony Used Fake Fireworks (TV3 Video) - It has been revealed that part of the broadcast of the Beijing opening ceremony at the weekend was faked by using computer generated images. As the ceremony got underway a series of giant footprints outlined in fireworks made their way across Beijing from Tiananmen Square. However the broadcast pictures were not fireworks but computer generated images.More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/world/11615.html


Genetically Distinct: New Bird Flu Strain Detected In Nigeria, Says FAO - Tests conducted by Nigeria and by the FAO show that the new virus strain - which is similar to strains identified last year in Italy, Afghanistan and Iran - is genetically distinct from other forms detected in Nigerian outbreaks in 2006 and 2007. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00197.htm


Unacceptable Action: U.S. President Bush Discusses Situation in Georgia - "It now appears that an effort may be underway to depose Georgia's duly elected government. Russia has invaded a sovereign neighboring state and threatens a democratic government elected by its people. Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00200.htm


Diversion Of Funds: FBI Charges Two Wextrust Execs With Alleged Fraud - Steven Byers and Joseph Shereshevsky of WexTrust Capital, LLC ("WexTrust") were arrested today and charged in a criminal Complaint with defrauding investors by diverting funds that they raised through private placement offerings. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00198.htm


Under The Ice: Two US Scientific Cruises To Map Arctic Seafloor - The U.S. Extended Continental Shelf Task Force, chaired by the Department of State, plans two Arctic cruises by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy this summer, one of which will be conducted in collaboration with the Government of Canada. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00184.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Crafty Art: Grandmas Beady Eye Creates Stunning Art - There are 17,000 individual beads in just one of the artworks Pukekohe grandmother Muriel Newall is exhibiting in Auckland later this month, as she displays some of her unique creations. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00102.htm


Theatre: British Legend Berkoff Brings Himself To NZ - British theatre legend Steven Berkoff is heading to Auckland and Wellington stages in October for a strictly limited season of his theatrical masterpiece One Man. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00094.htm


Modern Art: Physics Room Showcases The Avant Garde - My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble is the sixth touring group exhibition organised by CCNOA Brussels, Belgium (www.ccnoa.org) and curated by Brussels-based German artist & curator Tilman. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00092.htm


Kiwi Pride: Kiwi Wins Gold! (In Guitar Hero) - New Zealand's computer gaming team the 'eblacks' has been named the best in Asia. The eblacks took out a gold and silver medal at the World Cyber Games Asian Championship in Singapore - which earned them the grand prize, the Asian Championship Trophy for the Overall Winner. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00082.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/sports/11585.html


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 12 August 2008

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