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Top Scoop Stories - 11 December 2007 News Summary


Today's Top Scoops - December 11, 2007

LEAD STORY:

Parliament: TransTasman Rates NZ's MPs

NZ POLITICS:

Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 11 Decemeber 07
Rescues: Air Force Aero-Medical Evacuation For Baby
Safety: Campaign To Stop Random Murder On Roads
Medal Theft: Operation Valour - Update
Jobs: Last Time Unemployment So Low Tom Baker Was Dr Who!
EFB: Herald Accused Of Censorship And Misinformation
Protest Action: Aucklanders Lie Down Because Of Climate Change

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:

Pesky Critters: Farmers Study Ways To Protect Crops
Charity: Sponsorship Deal With Chris Cairns Foundation
Roaming Wildlife: Tuatara Go on the Road

WORLD:

South East Asia: Burma's "Saffron Revolution" Is Not Over
Environment : Nobel Laureates Make Strong Call On Climate Change
Pacific Islands: Fijian PM Bainimarama Visits Middle East
Uganda: Ebola Virus Outbreak Death Toll Up To 28

COMMENT:

Uri Avnery: How They Stole The Bomb From Us
Ramzy Baroud: The True Aim of Annapolis, and Why It Failed
Rosalea Barker: Greg Palast awarded PEN Oakland Censorship Award
Stateside With Rosalea: The Big Empty?

LIFESTYLE:

Mental Health: Watch-Out For Xmas Blues
Adventure: New Zealand's Most Sensational Journey Is Here
Rocktastic: The "Dead C" To Open For Sonic Youth
Heroism: Amazing Stories Celebrated At Police Museum


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LEAD STORY

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Parliament: TransTasman Rates NZ's MPs - Another year is drawing to and end it's time to take a long hard look at just how well our Members of Parliament have done during the past 12 months. Now in its fourth year, Roll Call looks at how well they've performed in Caucus, Cabinet, Committee, the House and Electorates, and the influence they bring to bear in various forums. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00138.htm


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NZ POLITICS

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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00211.htm


Rescues: Air Force Aero-Medical Evacuation For Baby - A 6-month old girl with a high fever was evacuated by a Royal New Zealand Air Force Iroquois from a small island off the northern coast of Timor-Leste in the early hours of Sunday morning. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00114.htm


Safety: Campaign To Stop Random Murder On Roads - A new initiative to build awareness of the costs and effects of repeat drunk and drugged drivers has been developed by a group of victims' families whose ultimate goal is to permanently remove recidivists from public roads. More>> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00115.htm


Medal Theft: Operation Valour - Update - The main focus of the investigation into the burglary of the Army Museum at Waiouru in the early hours of Sunday morning remains in the Waiouru/greater Ruapehu area. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00108.htm


Jobs: Last Time Unemployment So Low Tom Baker Was Dr Who! - The number of New Zealanders receiving an unemployment benefit is at a 28 year low, Social Development and Employment Minister Ruth Dyson said today. These numbers haven't been this low since 1979. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00199.htm


EFB: Herald Accused Of Censorship And Misinformation - The New Zealand Herald has censored parts of a 200 word article that the Greens were asked to submit on campaign finance reform. More >> [1]

ALSO:

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00184.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00182.htm


Protest Action: Aucklanders Lie Down Because Of Climate Change - Aucklanders got the chance to show their concern over climate change this weekend and help send a message to political leaders that urgent action is needed to solve this global crisis. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00102.htm


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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Pesky Critters: Farmers Study Ways To Protect Crops - A group of Canterbury farmers and their commercial and scientific partners hope to encourage uptake of improved methods for controlling crop pests. They are backing a project that will be administered by Crop & Food Research's Abie Horrocks. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00168.htm


Charity: Sponsorship Deal With Chris Cairns Foundation - The Chris Cairns Foundation proudly announced today that Toll NZ has officially signed as the Diamond sponsor of the Foundation. The $100,000 sponsorship arrangement was finalised yesterday. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00175.htm


Roaming Wildlife: Tuatara Go on the Road - Tuatara are not known for gadding about, but from next year they'll be on the road in the Top of the South, visiting schools and making themselves better known. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0712/S00022.htm


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WORLD

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South East Asia: Burma's "Saffron Revolution" Is Not Over - The underlying analysis is that the violent repression, particularly the targeting by the military of peacefully-demonstrating monks, has deeply antagonised Burma's society, at the same time as it has created new resistance dynamics. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00660.htm


Environment : Nobel Laureates Make Strong Call On Climate Change - Accepting the Nobel Peace Prize today, this year's laureates - Al Gore and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - issued a call for bold and immediate actions to curb global warming. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00694.htm


Pacific Islands: Fijian PM Bainimarama Visits Middle East - Commodore Bainimarama will be the third Prime Minister of Fiji to ever have taken an official tour of duty to visit the Middle East. Previously, two of Fiji's Prime Minister's have visited Fiji soldiers serving in the Middle East. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00678.htm


Uganda: Ebola Virus Outbreak Death Toll Up To 28 - The death toll in the Ebola outbreak in western Uganda has risen to 28 out of 112 people infected with the deadly virus, with a sense of panic spreading among the population, officials said. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00692.htm


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COMMENT

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Uri Avnery: How They Stole The Bomb From Us - The earth shook. Our political and military leaders were all in shock. The headlines screamed with rage. What happened? A real catastrophe: the American intelligence community, comprising 16 different agencies, reached a unanimous verdict: already in 2003, the Iranians terminated their efforts to produce a nuclear bomb... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00133.htm


Ramzy Baroud: The True Aim of Annapolis, and Why It Failed - The US-sponsored peace conference in Annapolis, Maryland was neither a success nor failure, if one accepts that its so-called objective was indeed 'peacemaking'... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00146.htm


Rosalea Barker: Greg Palast awarded PEN Oakland Censorship Award - On Saturday, December 8, 2007, investigative journalist Greg Palast was given the PEN Oakland Censorship Award at an event held at the Rockridge Public Library. The MC for the awards was Janice Edwards, who hosts a local NBC weekend show about the arts and other events in the... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00144.htm


Stateside With Rosalea: The Big Empty? - On Tuesday, December 4, 2007, the Times-Picayune newspaper published the list of names that will be removed from the voter lists for Louisiana's Congressional District 1, which includes the city of New Orleans, because they failed to return address ... More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00139.htm


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LIFESTYLE

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Mental Health: Watch-Out For Xmas Blues - As the Christmas rush moves up a notch, Relationship Services is reminding people that a few simple steps can make Christmas more relaxing and enjoyable for everyone. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00128.htm


Adventure: New Zealand's Most Sensational Journey Is Here - Queenstown's all new Dart River Jet Safaris, formerly Dart River Safaris, has undergone a major makeover reflecting the culmination of twenty years of experience, growth and development. More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00125.htm


Rocktastic: The "Dead C" To Open For Sonic Youth - With the enthusiastic urging of sonic youth themselves, mysterygirl and DLB have enlisted one of sonic youth's favourite acts to open for them at their show next year... the dead c More >> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00120.htm


Heroism: Amazing Stories Celebrated At Police Museum - All In A Days Work, a new long-term exhibition at the Police Museum, features stories of police wresting weapons from murderers, rescuing victims from stormy seas and sacrificing their lives so that others might survive. More>> [1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00109.htm

And those were the Top Scoops on this day, December 11, 2007

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