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Today's Top Scoops - Wednesday, August 1, 2007

LEAD STORY:

Foreign Affairs: Peters Goes On Peace Mission To North Korea

NZ POLITICS:

Scoop News: Graeme Hunt Authors Book on New Zealand Spies
Defence: Graduating Pilot Turns Down Academia For Wings
Child Abuse: The Health Sector Response to Violence
Corrections: New Approach On Rehabilitation

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Oil: Dairy-Based Biofuel Hits NZ Pumps
Telecomm's: Draft Determinations for Unbundled Local Loop
TV Ratings: BBC Car Show Succeeds Where Paul Holmes Failed
Gambling: Spending On Pokies Up
Medicine: Saviour needed For Patients Held To Ransom

WORLD:

UN News: Decisive Global Action Needed On Climate Change
West Papuan News: Kingmi Church Office Raided Again By Indo Cops
COHA Analysis: Central America's Increasing Gang Problem
Good News: National Unity Performing & Visual Arts Academy in Iraq

LIFESTYLE:

Scoop Review: The Shins – Christchurch Civic, 31st July, 2007
Spareroom Video: Before Flight of the Conchords
Archives: New Zealanders at War – Online Today
Ballet: RNZB Tackles Tale Of Housemaid Stalked By Prince
Books: Lifetime’s Work Wins Top Book Award


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LEAD STORY

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Foreign Affairs: Peters Goes On Peace Mission To North Korea - Foreign Minister Winston Peters accepted an invitation to visit North Korea when he met his North Korean counterpart Pak Vi Chun in Manila yesterday evening. "The meeting offered a chance to explain New Zealand's longstanding wish to see peace and security on the Korean peninsula, and its strong support for the Six Party Talks process," said Mr Peters, who is in Manila for the ASEAN Regional Forum and associated meetings. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0708/S00009.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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Scoop News: Graeme Hunt Authors Book on New Zealand Spies - The history of New Zealand's intelligence agencies and those it has spied on have been laid bare in a book by Auckland-based journalist, author, and historian Graeme Hunt. Spies And Revolutionaries – A History of New Zealand Subversion details how several prominent New Zealanders spied for the former Soviet Union. This book will clearly recharge debate as to whether Dr Bill Sutch, diplomat Paddy Costello, and public servant Ian Milner were spies. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00002.htm


Defence: Graduating Pilot Turns Down Academia For Wings - Wellington's Mary Woolston says turning down a university scholarship to become a Royal New Zealand Air Force pilot is one of the best moves she has ever made. And on Thursday, at just 20 years of age, the former Tawa College student will graduate with her wings at RNZAF Base Ohakea. Air Force The Logical Choice For Wings Graduate [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0707/S00379.htm


Child Abuse: The Health Sector Response to Violence - Health sector professionals are often the first people who can get help for those suffering family violence or abuse, Health Minister Pete Hodgson said today. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0708/S00004.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0708/S00005.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0708/S00001.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0708/S00003.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00006.htm


Corrections: New Approach On Rehabilitation - Prisoners throughout New Zealand will soon be able to earn the right to increase their learning, training and work opportunities and to receive privileges, in return for good behaviour, Corrections Minister Damien O'Connor says. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0707/S00522.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0707/S00527.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0707/S00528.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0707/S00377.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Oil: Dairy-Based Biofuel Hits NZ Pumps - The Prime Minister Helen Clark poured the first bioethanol-blended petrol today in Auckland, as Gull New Zealand launched the first commercially available biofuel for New Zealand motorists. "I congratulate Gull on being the first oil company to make this move, well before the Biofuels Sales Obligation starts next year," Helen Clark said. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0708/S00011.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0708/S00009.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0708/S00009.htm


Telecomm's: Draft Determinations for Unbundled Local Loop - The Commerce Commission has issued its draft determinations on the price and non-price terms on which Telecom must make unbundled copper local loop and co-location regulated services available to other telecommunications providers. These are the services required to unbundle the local loop. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0707/S00564.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0707/S00568.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0707/S00582.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0707/S00583.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0707/S00559.htm


TV Ratings: BBC Car Show Succeeds Where Paul Holmes Failed - The BBC's popular magazine-style motoring show, Top Gear, has become the overall highest rating individual show on PRIME Television, reaching a 6.9% for All People 5+, year-to-date.
The show which screens exclusively on PRIME at 7:30pm Sundays, took top rating honours in the All People 18 - 39 demographic last Sunday night (29/07/07). More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0707/S00595.htm


Gambling: Spending On Pokies Up - The first set of figures from the government's electronic monitoring of gambling machines in 1600 pubs and clubs around the country indicates that spending on pokies has increased by just under five per cent between 2005-06 and 2006-07. The estimate follows details revealed by the new electronic monitoring (EMS) of 20,000 non-casino gambling machines. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0708/S00003.htm


Medicine: Saviour needed For Patients Held To Ransom - It is not acceptable for AstraZeneca to gamble with the lives of acutely ill patients in order to protect itself from competition. AstraZeneca has written to medical professionals blaming PHARMAC for AstraZeneca’s decision to withdraw supply of Betaloc injection, an essential presentation of the cardiovascular drug Betaloc. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0707/S00140.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0707/S00378.htm


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WORLD

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UN News: Decisive Global Action Needed On Climate Change - Top UN officials joined leading experts today in urging decisive action on a global scale to combat the challenges posed by climate change. "We cannot continue with business as usual," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a General Assembly meeting on the issue, citing findings of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) More >>

West Papuan News: Kingmi Church Office Raided Again By Indo Cops - The embattled Kingmi Church in West Papua was again violently occupied by Indonesian Police. Three members of the Kingmi church in West Papua, Nason Uti (25 years), Leo Keiya (30 years) and Naftali Kobepa (26 years), were hospitalised and two others were wounded in an attack by the Indonesian security forces. More >>

COHA Analysis: Central America's Increasing Gang Problem - El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala are plagued by a gang epidemic that originally had its roots in Los Angeles. As a consequence of the belated and ineffective past responses to what must be seen as a massive failure in dealing with the criminal justice problem, Central American gangs are virtually in armed rebellion against civil authority. More >>

Good News: National Unity Performing & Visual Arts Academy in Iraq - A team of ten renowned American music, dance and theater instructors visited Northern Iraq, creating a ten day training camp for young Iraqi artists. In addition to providing free training, the academy united all of Iraq's four orchestras, as well as a newly formed Youth Orchestra, on one stage for a performance at the culmination of the program. More >>


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LIFESTYLE

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Scoop Review: The Shins – Christchurch Civic, 31st July, 2007 - Despite forgetting the lyrics of the opening song ‘A Comet Appears’, twice, the Shins bittersweet flavour of American indie-pop won the crowd times over at the Civic Theatre in Christchurch. The opening act, Auckland’s the Ruby Suns, were well matched by organisers and set the pace and taste of what was to follow. Although the majority of the crowd was uncultured in the musical treats the band sweetly executed (myself included)... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0708/S00011.htm


Spareroom Video: Before Flight of the Conchords - Video: two grin-inducing animated short films called The Pen, about two sheep having a few quiets at their local. Written, directed and voiced by Guy Capper and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords). More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0707/S00413.htm


Archives: New Zealanders at War – Online Today - Taking the National Collection of War Art to many more people has been the driving force behind a project to get the collection online, Archives New Zealand Chief Executive Dianne Macaskill said at today’s launch of War Art Online. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0707/S00303.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0707/S00298.htm


Ballet: RNZB Tackles Tale Of Housemaid Stalked By Prince - Everyone hates deadlines and poor Cinderella is no exception. Having to flee the society event of the year by midnight might save her some dignity – but will it be at the cost of her future happiness? The Royal New Zealand Ballet is delighted to announce the world premiere of Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella. More>> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0708/S00011.htm


Books: Lifetime’s Work Wins Top Book Award - Eagle’s Complete Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand, a book that took author and painter, Audrey Eagle more than 50 years to complete, is the winner of the 2007 Montana Medal for non fiction. Lloyd Jones wins the 2007 Montana Medal for fiction or poetry with his universally acclaimed novel, Mister Pip. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0707/S00307.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0707/S00293.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0707/S00302.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0707/S00287.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0707/S00278.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, August 1, 2007

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