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Top Scoop Stories - 26 September 2007 News Summary


Today's Top Scoops - September 26, 2007

LEAD STORY:

Burma: Kiwis Want NZ Govt To Assist Protestors

NZ POLITICS:

Dominion Day: Centenary Time For Reflection
Legislation: Policing Act 'Wiki' Launched
Social Workers Day: Give Your Social Worker A Group Hug
'Pumpkin': Qian Xun Xue reunites with her Nana

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Telecom: Govt Lays Down Rules For 3-Way Separation
Environment: Commercial Quotas Cut
Explosions: Eruption on Mt Ruapehu

WORLD:

Interesting Times: Fears Of Imminent Bloodshed In Burma
Lock Down: Burma's Military Government Imposes Curfew
Bush On Burma: President Bush Addresses The UN General Assembly
Law & Disorder: Will The Human Rights Council Pull Sri Lanka Out Of Its State Of Lawlessness?
Conventional Wisdom: Secretary Condoleezza Rice on Climate Change

COMMENT:

Nilesh Goundar: Ball Is In The Court Of Pacific Leaders
Greg Palast: Dan Rather - Tased and Confused
Russ Wellen: A Child's Guide to Iran-US Relations

LIFESTYLE:

Entertainment: Sir Howard Morrison Honoured


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LEAD STORY

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Burma: Kiwis Want NZ Govt To Assist Protestors - "The Burmese people must be supported by all countries that promote democracy," says Rae Julian, Executive Director of the Council for International Development of Aotearoa/New Zealand. She has written to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, urging them to add their diplomatic voices to support the hundreds of thousands of people in Burma who have courageously taken to the streets to call for regime change. More>> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0709/S00357.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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Dominion Day: Centenary Time For Reflection - "The centenary of dominion is time for celebration and reconciliation as remembers the last 100 years of being a Dominion" said Lewis Holden, chair of the Republican Movement of Aotearoa New Zealand. "As Pakeha New Zealanders celebrate Dominion Day, we can all use the day to reflect on what the last one hundred years have meant for Maori and Pakeha relations." More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0709/S00349.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0709/S00460.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0709/S00224.htm


Legislation: Policing Act 'Wiki' Launched - Today's launch of a Policing Act wiki gives Kiwis an innovative way to suggest the wording for a new Act of Parliament. The wiki is the latest step in a comprehensive review of the 1958 Police Act. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0709/S00351.htm
[2] - wiki.policeact.govt.nz


Social Workers Day: Give Your Social Worker A Group Hug - Social Workers throughout Aotearoa New Zealand can take some extra pride in their profession today as they mark the fourth National Social Workers Day. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0709/S00352.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0709/S00461.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0709/S00459.htm


'Pumpkin': Qian Xun Xue reunites with her Nana - Qian Xun Xue and her grandmother, Madame Liu, were reunited this afternoon to the visible delight of both. Accompanied by the Victorian social workers who have been supporting her to date, Qian Xun returned to New Zealand yesterday cuddling the doll given to her by her Australian caregivers. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0709/S00350.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0709/S00341.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0709/S00339.htm

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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Telecom: Govt Lays Down Rules For 3-Way Separation - In a major step towards its overhaul of the telecommunications market, the government has today released its separation determination for Telecom. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0709/S00452.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0709/S00513.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0709/S00515.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0709/S00489.htm


Environment: Commercial Quotas Cut - Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton has taken decisive action to protect the sustainability of key fish stocks in setting catch limits for this coming fishing year. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0709/S00430.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0709/S00443.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0709/S00458.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0709/S00344.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0709/S00343.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0709/S00498.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0709/S00497.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0709/S00492.htm


Explosions: Eruption on Mt Ruapehu - What appears to have been a small volcanic eruption has occurred on Mt Ruapehu last evening at 8.20pm and lasting for about 10 minutes. Monitoring equipment reported ash fall on ski fields and small lahars on the northern and eastern sides of the mountain. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0709/S00318.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0709/S00101.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0709/S00448.htm
[4] - http://www.geonet.org.nz/volcano/volcams/ruapehu/


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WORLD

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Interesting Times: Fears Of Imminent Bloodshed In Burma - Government vehicles manned by the personnel of township councils, quasi-government officials, government-organised thugs, police and others have since around 10am been patrolling the streets warning that there are to be no further protests or they will be met with violence and legal action. The vehicles have been broadcasting announcements through loudspeakers that neither the monks nor public are to go on to the streets or stand on the side of the roads to support anybody marching on the street. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0709/S00639.htm


Lock Down: Burma's Military Government Imposes Curfew - Burma's military government has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in Rangoon and Mandalay as part of efforts to end pro-democracy demonstrations led by Buddhist monks. The announcement said Rangoon is now under the direct control of the city's military commander for 60 days. The government deployed hundreds of troops and riot police in the capital, after another march by tens of thousands of Buddhist monks and their supporters. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0709/S00637.htm


Bush On Burma: President Bush Addresses The UN General Assembly - Americans are outraged by the situation in Burma, where a military junta has imposed a 19-year reign of fear. Basic freedoms of speech, assembly, and worship are severely restricted. Ethnic minorities are persecuted. Forced child labor, human trafficking, and rape are common. The regime is holding more than 1,000 political prisoners -- including Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party was elected overwhelmingly by the Burmese people in 1990. I urge the United Nations and all nations to use their diplomatic and economic leverage to help the Burmese people reclaim their freedom. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0709/S00636.htm


Law & Disorder: Will The Human Rights Council Pull Sri Lanka Out Of Its State Of Lawlessness? - At the UN Human Rights Council several EU countries attempted to assist Sri Lanka out of its present serious crisis by suggesting human rights monitoring by the United Nations to buttress the local mechanisms of law enforcement, which have suffered a serious collapse. While the Sri Lankan government, for reasons which are difficult to comprehend, resisted this move the countrys law and order situation was manifestly degenerating for the worst. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0709/S00629.htm


Conventional Wisdom: Secretary Condoleezza Rice on Climate Change -- "Climate change is a generational and global challenge. As a major economy and also a major greenhouse gas emitter, the U.S. takes this challenge very seriously. Our efforts to address climate change are focused on technological transformation, which is the topic of our conversation today. The U.S. understands the urgent challenge that climate change poses, and our government is prepared to broaden our leadership on this issue". More >> [1]

SEE ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0709/S00638.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0709/S00635.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0709/S00601.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0709/S00600.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0709/S00599.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0709/S00598.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0709/S00597.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0709/S00605.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0709/S00603.htm


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COMMENT

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Nilesh Goundar: Ball Is In The Court Of Pacific Leaders - Tuvalu, four metres above water at its highest point, is already talking about seeking environmental refugee status with our bigger neighbours, Australia and New Zealand. The geopolitical landscape places large ocean states of the Pacific Islands at the forefront of the impacts of climate change due to the self interest of industrialised nations, plundered fisheries from tuna-hungry... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0709/S00475.htm


Greg Palast: Dan Rather - Tased and Confused - New York- Newly unearthed records reveal that, in 2004, when Americans were in the midst of a brutal electoral battle over whether to reelect a president posing as a war hero, a commanding US reporter, Dan Rather, went AWOL. Just three months before the election, Rather had a story that might have changed the outcome of that razor-close race.... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0709/S00472.htm


Russ Wellen: A Child's Guide to Iran-US Relations - The US and Iran's mutual history can be broken down to two basic grievances: He hit me first and it's not fair. There's no denying that Iran is an unsavory state. It funds Hezbollah. Its record on women's rights is abysmal. It hangs citizens -- including gay teens -- in public. Also, new evidence suggests that not Libya, but Iran, was responsible for the explosion of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie.... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0709/S00482.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Entertainment: Sir Howard Morrison Honoured - "Not just a great artist and entertainer but an outstanding New Zealander" was the resounding message conveyed when Te Waka Toi, the Maori Arts Board of Creative New Zealand, presented Sir Howard with the premiere Te Waka Toi Award for Maori artists. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0709/S00290.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, September 26, 2007

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