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Top Scoop Stories - 02 November 2007 News Summary


Today's Top Scoops - November 02, 2007

*** LIVE & FULL COVERAGE (Update #8): Urewera 17 In Court Today ***
*** Urewera 17 Profiles: Emily Bailey - Valerie Morse & Ira Bailey ***
*** Cabinet Re-shuffle: Audio & Images *** Video & Audio ***

LEAD STORY:

Police "Terror" Raids: Name Suppressed Bail Hearing Underway In Auckland

NZ POLITICS:

Police: 'Political Environment' Stalls Taser's Rollout
Defence: Update On Condition Of Injured NZDF Troops
Agenda TV: Bumper Show Has PM And Hide Movie
Taxation: Muriel Newman Espouses The Glories Of Australia
Politics Wire: FULL COVERAGE: Clark's Cabinet Re-Shuffle

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Publishing: Sports Magazine's Readership Figures Off The Scale
Business Council: Budget Summit Calls For Long Term Plan
Telecommunications: Telecom Delivers First Quarter Earnings
Environment: Dead Didymo Cells Found In Central Plateau River
Finance & Employment: Westpac Packs A Mega Profit
Still Pending: Takeovers Panel To Hold Second Kerifresh Meeting

WORLD:

Foreign Affairs: On The Visit To North Korea By Nuclear Experts Team
Foreign Affairs: Kurdish Human Rights Defenders At Risk In Iran
World News: UN, Google, Cisco Unveil Tool To Battle Poverty
Technology: Burma Protest Showed Web Effectiveness, Frailty

COMMENT:

Nick Turse: U.S. 'Bwana' Goes 'Big Game' Hunting for Iraqis
Glen Ford: Bush Vote Thief Caught in Senate Spotlight
Ann Wright: Banned From Canada for a Year for War Protest
Bernard Weiner: A "Two-Headed Party," And The Power Of A Dime
David Swanson: Jonesborough Justice
Bill Berkowitz: Will Catholics Lean Right Or Left In '08?

LIFESTYLE:

Female Fickleness: Kiwi Women say No To The Mo'


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LEAD STORY

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Police "Terror" Raids: Name Suppressed Bail Hearing Underway In Auckland - [1] The bail hearing for a "terror" accused activist facing several charges under the Arms Act is underway at Auckland District Court. Both the name and all the submissions to the court are suppressed at present. The judge will make final suppression orders and decisions at conclusion of the bail application. More >> [2]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00021.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00038.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00010.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00004.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00038.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/features/urewera17.html


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NZ POLITICS

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Police: 'Political Environment' Stalls Taser's Rollout - Delegates at the Police Association's conference were told yesterday that by Superintendent Tony McLeod there was 'no option but to withdraw the Taser for the period of the evaluation' after the initial trial period had finished. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00044.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00003.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00004.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00001.htm


Defence: Update On Condition Of Injured NZDF Troops - The two NZDF soldiers injured last week in a weapon accident in Afghanistan are to return to New Zealand to convalesce. A NZDF liaison officer who visited the men on Tuesday reported them both in good heart. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00032.htm


Agenda TV: Bumper Show Has PM And Hide Movie - The Prime Minister live with Guyon on how her Cabinet reshuffle will define Labour's campaign next year. Also Engineers Union Secretary, Andrew Little with Rawdon. The new film about Rodney Hide More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00027.htm


Taxation: Muriel Newman Espouses The Glories Of Australia - With the average Kiwi family being more than $5,000 better off living in Australia than New Zealand, it is no wonder that almost 500 New Zealanders a week are packing up for life across the Tasman. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00029.htm


Politics Wire: FULL COVERAGE: Clark's Cabinet Re-Shuffle - Young Uns, Women And Maori Head For Cabinet - Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced the Labour Party Caucus has elected three new ministers to the Cabinet. The new Cabinet ministers are: Steve Chadwick, MP for Rotorua Shane Jones, MP Maryan Street, MP. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00005.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Publishing: Sports Magazine's Readership Figures Off The Scale - One of NZ's newest magazines has scored a home run with sports fans, notching up 199,000 readers just nine months after launching. SKY Sport The Magazine registered the impressive score for readers aged 10 and over in the Neilson Media Research readership survey for the six months to the end of September. The Magazine deliberately aims high, with a standard of writing and photography that is second-to-none, says Young. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0711/S00037.htm


Business Council: Budget Summit Calls For Long Term Plan - The Business Budget Summit in Wellington today called on the Govt to produce a long term plan for personal and corporate tax reform and avoid Budget day surprises. The summit was attended by Finance Minister Michael Cullen and Revenue Minister Peter Dunne and senior business decision makers. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0711/S00034.htm


Telecommunications: Telecom Delivers First Quarter Earnings - Telecom today reported net earnings of $225 million for the three months to 30 September 2007, compared with first quarter earnings of $225 million for the same period last year. Adjusted net earnings for the same comparative periods were $225 million in 2007, compared with $205 million in Q1 2006, an increase of 9.8%. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0711/S00031.htm


Environment: Dead Didymo Cells Found In Central Plateau River - Dead didymo cells have been found in some samples of water taken late last week from the Tongariro, Whakapapa, Mangatepopo and Whanganui Rivers. Live cells need to be present before a waterway can be confirmed as infected with didymo. The samples were taken as part of Genesis Energy's monthly water quality sampling programme. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0711/S00008.htm


Finance & Employment: Westpac Packs A Mega Profit - The bank workers union Finsec is calling on Westpac to significantly improve wages for its New Zealand staff following today's announcement of a NZD$ 465 million after tax profit for its NZ division. "This result reflects the fact that Westpac is turning its business around. It can more than afford to be a market leader on wages in the banking sector," said Andrew Campbell of Finsec. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0711/S00029.htm


Still Pending: Takeovers Panel To Hold Second Kerifresh Meeting - The Takeovers Panel will hold a meeting under section 32 of the Takeovers Act 1993 (the Act) to investigate an offer currently being made by Lawrence Bruce Fletcher, of the UK, to purchase up to 335,000 shares in Kerifresh at $2 per share. Kerifresh is an unlisted company based in Northland and a code company because of its size and number of shareholders. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0711/S00019.htm


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WORLD

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Foreign Affairs: On The Visit To North Korea By Nuclear Experts Team - Remarks on the Visit to North Korea by a Team of Experts for the Disablement of Nuclear Facilities at North Korea's Yongbyon Complex: MR. KIM: A disablement team is going in this afternoon. We expect to send the next team in about two weeks. Our experts believe that we have a set of very meaningful, substantial disablement steps, and that's what we will pursue. And we have to accomplish those before the end of the year. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00051.htm


Foreign Affairs: Kurdish Human Rights Defenders At Risk In Iran - Iranian Kurdish journalist and human rights defender Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand, head of the Human Rights Organization of Kurdistan (HROK), is reportedly being ill-treated in detention. Amnesty International fears that this ill-treatment may be intended to force board members of the HROK to present themselves to security officials. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00036.htm


World News: UN, Google, Cisco Unveil Tool To Battle Poverty - The United Nations has teamed up with technology leaders Google and Cisco to launch a new online site to track global progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - the set of ambitious targets the world has set itself for slashing poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy and other social ills by 2015. MDG Monitor is a web application that tracks real-time progress toward the Goals. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00059.htm


Technology: Burma Protest Showed Web Effectiveness, Frailty - Media coverage of the pro-democracy protests in Burma depended largely on the bravery and technical know-how of the country's few citizens who had access to the Internet and cellular phones. However, Burma's military rulers also showed the challenges bloggers and other citizen journalists face under authoritarian regimes when they effectively isolated the country from outside observers by shutting down ISPs and cell phone towers. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00065.htm


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COMMENT

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Nick Turse: U.S. 'Bwana' Goes 'Big Game' Hunting for Iraqis - In the early 20th Century Philippines, U.S. troops called "enemy" fighters "niggers" and "injuns," as surrogates for the people they despised back home. In Vietnam, the "Cong" were "gooks" and "dinks" - never human. The "bad guys" in Iraq and Afghanistan are "hajjis" and "rag-heads" - similarly dehumanized and now openly described as "game," to be hunted as such by a new crop of Marine Bwanas on killing safaris... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00042.htm


Glen Ford: Bush Vote Thief Caught in Senate Spotlight - Aware that Republicans have little chance of hanging onto the White House without yet another massive minority voter suppression campaign, the Bush men are busily deploying their criminal cadre in key election-stealing positions. Arch vote-thief Hans von Spakovsky, who helped turn the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division into a Dixie-style... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00037.htm


Ann Wright: Banned From Canada for a Year for War Protest - The invitation said six members of the Canadian Parliament were to speak October 25 on Canada's Parliament Hill as members of a panel called "Peacebuilders Without Borders: Challenging the Post-9/11 Canada-US Security Agenda." I arrived at the Ottawa airport on the morning of October 25 expecting to be met by three members of Parliament and to hold a press conference at the airport.. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00030.htm


Bernard Weiner: A "Two-Headed Party," And The Power Of A Dime - There is actually only one party in America -- with a Republican head and a Democratic head -- controlled by the political/economic elite that really runs things. (Sometimes this elite is termed "the oligarchy," or "the plutocrats," or, simply, "the Establishment.") No wonder there is such frustration and anger in the Democratic and Republican bases: The national elections, to many, are meaningless. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00026.htm


David Swanson: Jonesborough Justice - Of the eleven major peace rallies organized around the country by United for Peace and Justice last Saturday the smallest and most unusual took place in Jonesborough, a town of about 4,000 people in the northeast corner of Tennessee. The people of Jonesborough can imagine the number of U.S. troops who have died in Iraq by imagining their entire local population dead. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00024.htm


Bill Berkowitz: Will Catholics Lean Right Or Left In '08? - For the greater part of the twentieth century, U.S. Catholics were loyal Democrats. In recent elections, however, Catholic voting patterns became largely indistinguishable from the general population. "And for the last quarter-century, conservative Catholics and white evangelicals have increasingly voted Republican, making opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage their top political issues. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00023.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Female Fickleness: Kiwi Women say No To The Mo' - It might be Movember –- the month to grow a moustache in support of men's health -– but when it comes to romance Kiwi women say no to the mo' and prefer their men clean shaven. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0711/S00023.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, November 02, 2007

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