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Top Scoop Stories - 26 June 2007 News Summary


Today's Top Scoops – June 26, 2007

LEAD STORY:

Crime: Child, Youth and Family acts on allegations

NZ POLITICS:
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY
Scoop News: PM Indulges In Wide Ranging Discussion
Parliament: Select Committe Gives Media The Finger On House Visuals
Maori: Waitangi Tribunal Central North Island Report
Immigration: Turia And NZ First None Too Chuffed With Govt Policy

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:
Retail: Plastic Bags Checkout Time
Images: Dunedin Becomes A Winter Wonderland
Business Confidence: Kiwi Start Up Company Flying High
Economy: Business confidence nosedives
Internet: TVNZ Signs with Google for new channel on YouTube

WORLD:
Paris: Talks on Darfur Generate Momentum
Southern Afghanistan: Opium Production Strong
Dr Congo: UN Bolsters Security Measures
Southern Lebanon: Ban Ki-Moon Condemn Attack

COMMENT:
Top 10 Reasons: to Impeach Bush and Cheney
Nigeria: Fresh Oil War Looms In Rivers, Bayelsa
Just Printed: The Decline Of The American Empire

LIFESTYLE:
Arts: From Puppets to Pixels At The Film Archive
Arts: Kiwi Writer Wins Balkan Fiction Prize
Health: Teen smoking rates halved in less than a decade
Americas Cup: One All

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LEAD STORY

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Crime: Child, Youth and Family acts on allegations

The Head of Child, Youth and Family, Ray Smith said today he is extremely concerned at allegations made in the NZ Herald that young offenders attending a Child, Youth and Family course smoked marijuana, drank alcohol and were trained to handle firearms. He said, "Child, Youth and Family is treating these allegations very seriously. If there is any truth to any of the allegations, even in part, it is totally unacceptable." More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0706/S00317.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0706/S00504.htm

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NZ POLITICS

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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0706/S00506.htm

Scoop News: PM Indulges In Wide Ranging Discussion - The Prime Minister's post cabinet-press conference erupted into fireworks this afternoon and that was ten minutes before the PM had even arrived. Various sections of the media were in a right old lather over a press secretary fondling and lowering their beloved microphones. However, the stoush soon settled and the form of Helen Clark rose from behind a phalanx of half mast media mics to deliver detail of Cabinet's business. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0706/S00339.htm

Parliament: Select Committe Gives Media The Finger On House Visuals - Continued restrictions on still photography in Parliament cannot be justified, according to the Commonwealth Press Union's Media Freedom Committee. Chairman Tim Pankhurst welcomed the expansion of television coverage but said the rules should be evenly applied. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0706/S00316.htm

Maori: Waitangi Tribunal Central North Island Report - The Tribunal upheld the claimants' principal allegation that the root of all Treaty breaches in their rohe was the Crown's failure to give effect to the Treaty guarantees to Mâori of tino rangatiratanga (autonomy) and of the same rights as were enjoyed by the settlers from the mid-19th century. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0706/S00493.htm

Immigration: Turia And NZ First None Too Chuffed With Govt Policy - 'New Zealand's skills shortage is a fallacy and almost 40% of immigrants are low skilled,' says Maori Party Co-Leader Tariana Turia. Turia shot holes in Labour's immigration policy which is currently being overhauled. Earlier this year she was criticised for saying the number of immigrants settling in New Zealand was stopping the 'browning up of New Zealand'. Eye to Eye with Willie Jackson show on Immigration [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0706/S00301.htm

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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Retail:Plastic Bags Checkout Time - Whichever supermarket you shop in- you will be challenged to Make a Difference by thinking before you take that plastic bag. Grocery retailers Foodstuffs and Progressive Enterprises today announced a joint campaign to Make a Difference to the environment by decimating the number of plastic bags used at their checkouts. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0706/S00433.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0706/S00313.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0706/S00507.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0706/S00315.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0706/S00444.htm

Images:Dunedin Becomes A Winter Wonderland - The onset of colder weather has seen power demand hit record levels across New Zealand. However on the plus side it has also seen New Zealand turned into a magical winter wonderland much like Narnia under the White Witch's rule. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0706/S00349.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0706/S00392.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0706/S00062.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0706/S00294.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0706/S00242.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0706/S00241.htm

Business Confidence: Kiwi Start Up Company Flying High - TeleMessenger Solutions Ltd., developers of advanced voice and video solutions, today announced that its subsidiary, video communication company Springdoo has been acquired by UK-based Cityblock PLC, a company set up by Martin Higginson, founder of mobile media company Monstermob Group PLC. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0706/S00435.htm

Economy:Business confidence nosedives - Confidence hit a 12 month low in a survey of over 1000 business respondents undertaken electronically by the Auckland Chamber of Commerce early last week. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0706/S00403.htm

Internet:TVNZ Signs with Google for new channel on YouTube - TVNZ has signed up to a groundbreaking partnership with Google to bring TVNZ content to YouTube – another New Zealand first for the national broadcaster. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0706/S00410.htm

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WORLD

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Paris: Talks on Darfur Generate Momentum - A high-level meeting in Paris bringing together over a dozen countries concerned about the situation in the war-ravaged Darfur region of Sudan has helped generate additional momentum towards ending the suffering of the people there, Secretary-General ... See... More >> ALSO:

Southern Afghanistan: Opium Production Strong - Afghanistan continues to monopolize the global industry in illegal opium and is increasingly capable on its own territory of processing the poppy into heroin and morphine, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) warned today... More >>

Dr Congo: UN Bolsters Security Measures - The United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is taking measures to help the authorities bolster security in the country’s troubled eastern provinces of North and South Kivu, a spokesperson for the world ... See... More >>

Southern Lebanon: Ban Ki-Moon Condemn Attack - The Security Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) have strongly condemned yesterday’s bomb attack in southern Lebanon that killed six UN peacekeepers and seriously wounded two others. See... More >>

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COMMENT

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Top 10 Reasons: to Impeach Bush and Cheney - Anyone who had doubts that the American Government was hijacked by Cheney and Bush in 2000, now should have no doubts. The revelations of the past few months have conclusively revealed that we are dealing with a rogue, runaway government. They feel that they own the United States governmental apparatus, that the rule of law does not apply to them, and that the Constitution is irrelevant See... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0706/S00341.htm

Nigeria: Fresh Oil War Looms In Rivers, Bayelsa - Nigeria: Fresh Oil War Looms In Rivers, Bayelsa * Over Killing of 12 Ijaw Youths By Agip an Italian oil corporation and the militants of the Niger Delta over an alleged killing of 12 Ijaw youths on Thursday at the instance of the oil company... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0706/S00330.htm

Just Printed: The Decline Of The American Empire -The Decline Of The American Empire And The Rise Of China As A Global Power... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0706/S00356.htm

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LIFESTYLE

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Arts: From Puppets to Pixels At The Film Archive - From Puppets to Pixels is an interactive exhibition that transforms the age-old tradition of shadow puppetry into the digital world - to cyberspace and beyond. The exhibition runs throughout the July school holidays. Over the past six months puppeteer Rebekah Wild has created a series of puppets based around characters from the traditional Eastern European fairy tale Baba Yaga, including a wicked witch, a cat, a young girl and a house made of chicken bones. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0706/S00277.htm

Arts: Kiwi Writer Wins Balkan Fiction Prize - Wellington writer Barbara Strathdee is just back from Italy where she picked up the prestigious ‘ Trieste Frontier Writing 2006 ’ fiction prize for her first published novel Cafe Wars. This international award, in its ninth year, promotes literature that develops understanding between different cultures in the border areas of Austria, Bosnia, Croazia, northeast Italy and Slovenia. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0706/S00268.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0706/S00270.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0706/S00100.htm

Health: Teen smoking rates halved in less than a decade - Figures released by ASH New Zealand show that teen smoking rates have halved in the last 8 years. In 2006, 14.2 percent of Year 10 New Zealand teenagers said they were smokers, down from 28.6 percent in 1999 according to the Year 10 Smoking Survey conducted by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) New Zealand, and the Health Sponsorship Council (HSC). More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0706/S00086.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0706/S00084.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0706/S00496.htm

Americas Cup: One All - Emirates Team New Zealand came from behind to beat Alinghi on Sunday afternoon, squaring the score in the 32nd America's Cup Match. Each team has one win, going in to Monday's lay day. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0706/S00252.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0706/S00063.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0706/S00251.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0706/S00250.htm

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