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Top Scoop Stories - 14 August 2008 News Summary

Today's Top Scoops - 14 August 2008

LEAD STORY:

Policy: Duelling Energy Plans

NZ POLITICS:

Conservation: Smith Thinks DOC Rebrand The Work Of A Weasel
Skyhawks: Bad News Denied, Good News Declared
Election 08: Gordon Campbell On Arts Funding Policy
Lyndon Hood Satire: Sanctions On Russia, Beneficiaries

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Weather: Is It Me Or Has It Been Wet Lately?
Science: Researchers Hunt 'Bait Caviar
Whoops: TVNZ Misses Moss Missing Medal

WORLD:

Ubiquitous Networks: The World's Economy Is Now An Internet Economy
Passionate Voice: UN Tributes For Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish
No Country For Young Girls: Documentry On India's Preference For Sons
Advocate For The Pacific: RAMSI Laments Untimely Passing Of Greg Urwin
Trouble In The Levant: United States Condemns Terror Attack In Tripoli, Lebanon

COMMENT:

Thomas D. Williams: The Depleted Uranium Threat
Stratfor: The Russo-Georgian War and the Balance of Power
The Public Record: Pelosi Clashes With Protesters Over Impeachment

LIFESTYLE:

Art/Not Art: Liquor Company Imports Graffiti Artists
Dance: NYC'S Mark Morris Group To Perform At The Civic
Qantas TV Awards: Outrageous Fortune Gains A Whole Bunch Of Nominations


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LEAD STORY

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Policy: Duelling Energy Plans - National Party Leader John Key says a Government he leads will focus on security of electricity supply, while upholding New Zealand's environmental responsibilities. "Quality infrastructure is vital to lifting national productivity, improving public services, and generating long-term economic growth. A critical component of that growth engine is our electricity sector and, in particular, our electricity supply." More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00229.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00230.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00236.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00179.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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Conservation: Smith Thinks DOC Rebrand The Work Of A Weasel - Plans to employ an advertising agency to rebrand the Department of Conservation show how out of touch the Government is over spending taxpayers' money, says National's Conservation spokesman Nick Smith. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00228.htm


Skyhawks: Bad News Denied, Good News Declared - The outer protective coating on three of the 17 Royal New Zealand Air Force Skyhawks kept at Woodburn Air Base was torn during the recent storm, but there was no damage to the aircraft, Defence Minister Phil Goff said today... "I am pleased that we have recently taken a significant step towards facilitating a sale of the aircraft..." More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00223.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00222.htm


Election 08: Gordon Campbell On Arts Funding Policy - Clearly, there's potential for controversy over arts funding. So it's a little surprising to find at this election, almost universal agreement has broken out between the political parties, big and small. National and Labour are both treating the arts as being a valid and important concern of the state, and pledging that current levels of arts funding should not be cut. Not even to pay for tax cuts. More >> [1]

[1] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/gordon-campbell-on-arts-funding-policy/


Lyndon Hood Satire: Sanctions On Russia, Beneficiaries - In the face of ongoing occupation of New Zealand by uncooperative beneficiary forces, John Key has heroically called for the imposition of sanctions - the method that lead to such happy endings in, say, Cuba. Or Iraq. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00148.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00162.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Weather: Is It Me Or Has It Been Wet Lately? - Fresh heavy rain forecast for Taupo on Friday means Environment Waikato and Mighty River Power will be working together over the next few days to manage the potential for additional water flows in the Waikato River. The Met Service says more than 100mm of rain could fall on the Taupo catchment on Friday and this could add significantly to the amount of water in Lake Taupo and the river. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0808/S00127.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0808/S00126.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/lifestyle/11733.html


Science: Researchers Hunt 'Bait Caviar - With the whitebait season about to start, scientists from the University of Canterbury are engaged in timely research they believe will lead to better stocks of the delicacy in our streams and rivers. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0808/S00030.htm


Whoops: TVNZ Misses Moss Missing Medal - >TVNZ apologises to viewers who missed the end of the Men's 200metre Butterfly final in which Kiwi swimmer Moss Burmester was placed fourth. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00202.htm


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WORLD

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Ubiquitous Networks: The World's Economy Is Now An Internet Economy - The extent to which the Internet itself mirrors the economy as a whole conjures an image that will not diminish but will become richer as the future unfolds. At the core of the U.S. vision of Internet governance is stability, competition, dialogue. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00233.htm


Passionate Voice: UN Tributes For Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish - Senior UN officials in the Middle East have joined their voices to those paying tribute to the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, who was laid to rest today. "The world has lost a uniquely compelling voice and a passionate advocate against dispossession." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00236.htm


No Country For Young Girls: Documentry On India's Preference For Sons - A documentary airs this week on BBC, spotlighting the issue of 700,000 missing girls in India as a result of the country's drive to have male children. "No country for young girls" explores issues such as illegal sex determination and consequent elimination, and its consequences. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00239.htm


Advocate For The Pacific: RAMSI Laments Untimely Passing Of Greg Urwin - The untimely death of Greg Urwin, until recently, Secretary General of the Pacific Island Forum, was a great loss to the region. Greg Urwin firmly believed the Pacific's future lay in its members working closely together. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00231.htm


Trouble In The Levant: United States Condemns Terror Attack In Tripoli, Lebanon - Lebanon has seen far too many such attacks, carried out and supported by those who prefer that Lebanon be a place of fear and instability, and this tragic event underscores the importance of bringing all arms in Lebanon under the control of the state. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00232.htm


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COMMENT

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Thomas D. Williams: The Depleted Uranium Threat - "The DoD, the nation's biggest polluter, is now cleaning up 29,500 currently or formerly contaminated sites in every state and territory. California alone has 3,912 contaminated sites on 441 current and former DoD installations. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00179.htm


Stratfor: The Russo-Georgian War and the Balance of Power - The Russian invasion of Georgia has not changed the balance of power in Eurasia. It simply announced that the balance of power had already shifted. The United States has been absorbed in its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00170.htm


The Public Record: Pelosi Clashes With Protesters Over Impeachment - Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's appearance Monday at a West Los Angeles college to discuss her recently published book was marred by dozens of protestors and several angry outbursts by audience members. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00167.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Art/Not Art: Liquor Company Imports Graffiti Artists - 42BELOW, in association with Sideroom.com and Connect The Dots, is proud to present The Month of Street Art, a collaborative exhibition that will showcase the works of renowned local and international stencil artists. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00129.htm


Dance: NYC'S Mark Morris Group To Perform At The Civic - Celebrated and highly respected modern dance company Mark Morris Dance Group performs in Auckland for the first time ever with Mark Morris' stunningly beautiful work; Mozart Dances . More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00126.htm


Qantas TV Awards: Outrageous Fortune Gains A Whole Bunch Of Nominations - Finalists in 58 film, television, documentary, news and current affairs categories have been announced for the inaugural Qantas Film and Television Awards. "The number and quality of entries demonstrates the growth and strength of the New Zealand film and television industries. We think the judges have done an outstanding job." More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00125.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00196.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00128.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 14 August 2008

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