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Top Scoop Stories - 14 November 2007 News Summary


Today's Top Scoops - November 14, 2007

LEAD STORY:

Scoop Video: Madeleine Setchell Inquiry Press Conferences

NZ POLITICS:

Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 14 November 2007
Media: DomPost's Publish And Be Damned Attitude Applauded
NZ Police: - Hikoi Nears Wellington
Evil Toys: Avoid A Season Of Woe, Woe, Woe

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Retail: Swanndri Sold To Longbeach Holdings
Agriculture: NZ Pork Industry Appalled At MAF'S Actions
Statistics: Residential Buildings Continue To Push Up CGPI
Technology: Four Top Companies Win Technology Awards

WORLD:

Bird Flu: H5N1 Avian Influenza Confirmed In UK Poultry
Military Affairs: U.S. Leadership In Clearing Landmines, Saving Lives
Environment: Ban Ki-Moon Visits Amazon Rainforest
Rising Sun: Japan's Lower House Approves Support for Afghan Mission


LIFESTYLE:

Drama: Misguided NZ Writers Think Chilled Out Boss Is A Villian
On At Doc NZ: Crude Impact


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LEAD STORY

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Scoop Video: Madeleine Setchell Inquiry Press Conferences - Video on Demand of the two press conferences held this morning at the State Services Commission to announce the results of the Don Hunn report into the Madeleine Setchell Sacking Affair. In the second press conference State Services Commissioner Mark Prebble and Ministry of Environment Chief Executive Hugh Logan began by reading prepared statements. Questions were then taken from the media. Hugh Logan apologised and said he should have done better. Both men have been fined for the misdoings. More >> [1]

MORE:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00230.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00233.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00232.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00231.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00264.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00262.htm
[7] - http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/0711/Report_by_DK_Hunn_to_SSCer_main_body.pdf
[8] - http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/0711/Annexures.pdf


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NZ POLITICS

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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00265.htm


Media: DomPost's Publish And Be Damned Attitude Applauded - "The Dominion Post's decision to take the 'publish and be damned' approach I yesterday urged on TV3 toward the evidence on which the police anti-terror raids were based is vindicated by the evidence thus revealed," says SOLO Principal Lindsay Perigo. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00235.htm


NZ Police: - Hikoi Nears Wellington - Wellington Police are monitoring the progress of the Hikoi as it nears Parliament today to ensure the safety of all road users. Inspector Peter Cowan, Wellington Police, said the Hikoi has 20 - 25 vehicles and by 10.30am had passed through Paraparaumu.. More >> [1]

RELATED:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0711/S00132.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00263.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00229.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00227.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00255.htm


Evil Toys: Avoid A Season Of Woe, Woe, Woe - An environmental health specialist says noisy toys that could damage children's hearing are still being imported and sold in shops despite a warning seven years ago. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0711/S00064.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Retail: Swanndri Sold To Longbeach Holdings - Successful Christchurch apparel company Longbeach Holdings Ltd today announced that it has acquired one of New Zealand's most well known and respected brands, Swanndri. Longbeach specialises in developing supply solutions and product for the apparel sector. It has operations in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, UK and China. The company has been working with Swanndri as a major product supply partner for the past two years. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0711/S00257.htm


Agriculture: NZ Pork Industry Appalled At MAF'S Actions - MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAF) has just issued, for public consultation, draft Import Heath Standards (IHSs) developed for pig meat and pig meat products in respect of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus. These draft standards propose to relax current controls on pig meat and knowingly permit the importation and release of risk material into the New Zealand market, in the form of ready-to-cook high value cuts of pork meat from countries where PRRS is endemic. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0711/S00251.htm


Statistics: Residential Buildings Continue To Push Up CGPI - The Capital Goods Price Index (CGPI) rose 0.7 percent in the September 2007 quarter mainly due to higher construction prices for new houses, Statistics New Zealand said today. This follows rises of 0.4 percent in the June 2007 quarter and 0.3 percent in March 2007 quarter. In the year to the September 2007 quarter, the CGPI rose 2.3 percent - the lowest annual increase since the December 2003 quarter (up 1.5 percent). --> More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0711/S00264.htm


Technology: Four Top Companies Win Technology Awards - Four innovative companies have been awarded Technology Commendations by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology in recognition of outstanding achievement in designing and applying cutting-edge technology. The Technology Commendation Awards, now in their ninth year, were established to publicly recognise companies that have developed or applied new technology that has grown their business and benefited New Zealand. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0711/S00044.htm


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WORLD

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Bird Flu: H5N1 Avian Influenza Confirmed In UK Poultry - Following further test results from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) the Acting Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed that the strain of Avian Influenza present at the Infected Premises near Diss is the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain. Further characterisation of the virus is in progress, which may give an indication of the origin of the strain. Movement restrictions will be imposed and poultry must be isolated from wild birds. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00489.htm


Military Affairs: U.S. Leadership In Clearing Landmines, Saving Lives - The 10th Anniversary of the U.S. Department of State's Public-Private Partnership Program to reinforce humanitarian mine action occurred last month. Next month marks the 9th anniversary of the entry into force of Amended Protocol II to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), the world's first landmine treaty, and to which the United States is a party. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00527.htm


Environment: Ban Ki-Moon Visits Amazon Rainforest - Climate change remained the focus today as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon concluded the South American phase of his latest tour with a visit to the Amazon rainforest and meetings with local indigenous leaders. Speaking to reporters at Combu Island, Mr. Ban described the Amazon as a common asset of all mankind that must be preserved, and he added that the region's inhabitants are the pioneers in preserving the rainforest. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00507.htm


Rising Sun: Japan's Lower House Approves Support for Afghan Mission - Japan's lower house of parliament has approved a bill to resume the country's support of a U.S.-led mission to Afghanistan, setting the stage for a political battle with the opposition-controlled upper house. The lower house's passage of the bill comes days ahead of a planned visit by Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda to Washington. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00493.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Drama: Misguided NZ Writers Think Chilled Out Boss Is A Villian - The dark and twisted workings of great villains were exposed in the October Writer's Room. Rachel Lang (Maddigan's Quest, Outrageous Fortune) believes Ricky Gervais' character in The Office, David Brent, is a villain, an example of 'everyday evil'. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0711/S00197.htm


On At Doc NZ: Crude Impact - Crude Impact is a powerful and timely story that deftly explores the interconnection between human domination of the planet and the discovery and use of oil. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0711/S00180.htm


And those were the Top Scoops on this day, November 14, 2007

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