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Top Scoop Stories October 22nd 2009 News Summary

Top Scoop Stories October 22nd 2009 News Summary

LEAD STORY

Gordon Campbell: Education Minister Pulls Resources From Front Line

NZ POLITICS

Self-Appointments: What Do You Call A List MP?

This Always Ends Well: Shake-Up For The Health Sector

Delegations: What Does A Speaker Wear Under His Kilt?

Mining: Minister "Welcomes" Environmental Report

Novel Speeches: Key To CTU Conference

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

Design: Rurals Ogle Moogle Google Doodle

No Taste For Accounting: Commercial Confidentiality No Shield Under IFRS - Diplock

Scoop Business: Roche To Be Named NZ Post CEO, Trans Tasman Says

Popularity Contests: Kākāpō Knows Who Real Bird Of The Year Is

Lobbying: Oh, Hemp, Is There Nothing You Can't Do?

COMMENT

Alberto Cruz:The UN Reforms - “Responsibility To Protect” (R2P)

Gordon Campbell: Anne Tolley’s 19th Century Approach To Education

Martha Rosenberg: Think Disease Mongering Started with Direct-to-Consumer Ads? Think Again

Jason Leopold: Torture Diaries Should Be Given To Defense Counsel

A Censored Headline and why it Matters: German High Court Outlaws Electronic Voting

Syria’s Golan Heights: Can International law forestall a Golanian intifada?

Richard S Ehrlich: U.S. Appeals to Extradite Russia's Alleged "Merchant of Death"

LIFESTYLE

Not Vista: NZ's First Windows 7 Machine In Charity Auction

Charity: Naked Samoans For One-Show-Only Samoa Benefit

WORLD

World News: Climate Change Could Stem Global Tourism

Explosions: Recent Incidents In Southern Lebanon

Atomic Energy Agency: Draft Deal On Iran’s Nuclear Fuel

Non-Political Crime: Central America Most Crime-Ridden Region In World

More Turmoil: 30,000 Angolans Expelled From DR Congo

We The People: USA: New Legislation Brings Limited Transparency

Contentious Election: Hillary Clinton's Remarks: Afghan Elections

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LEAD STORY

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Gordon Campbell: Education Minister Pulls Resources From Front Line
Remember National’s election promise to return New Zealand to the top half of the OECD tables? In government, its moves in education seem motivated more by a desire to return New Zealand to the golden age of Victorianism – when the three “R”s and a stern testing regime were seen to be all that a young lad or girl really needed.
More »[1]

[1] - http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2009/10/22/campbell-tolley%E2%80%99s-19th-century-education-approach/

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NZ POLITICS

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00332.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00317.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00194.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00285.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00186.htm [6]

Self-Appointments: What Do You Call A List MP?
List members of Parliament have approved a register on how they wish to be described for publicity purposes. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00328.htm

This Always Ends Well: Shake-Up For The Health Sector
Health Minister Tony Ryall today announced a major drive for better value for money in health. He intends to free up resources for more and better front line services. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00301.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00309.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00312.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00302.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0910/S00091.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0910/S00092.htm [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0910/S00094.htm [7]

[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0910/S00095.htm [8]

[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0910/S00096.htm [9]

[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0910/S00097.htm [10]

Delegations: What Does A Speaker Wear Under His Kilt?
The Hon Dr Lockwood Smith, being presented with a kilt in the tartan of the Scottish National Parliament. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00313.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00294.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00295.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00277.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00268.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/28365.html [6]

Mining: Minister "Welcomes" Environmental Report
Energy and Resources Minister, Gerry Brownlee, is welcoming a report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment about the Stockton coal mine, describing it as a useful contribution. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00299.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00303.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0910/S00557.htm [3]

Novel Speeches: Key To CTU Conference
Thank you for the invitation to address your Biennial Conference. It’s good to be here. I last addressed the CTU at your Productivity Conference in March. I enjoyed that opportunity and I was pleased to get a good hearing, so when Helen Kelly and Peter Conway asked me to address this conference I was keen to accept. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00296.htm

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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Design: Rurals Ogle Moogle Google Doodle
Federated Farmers Dairy is throwing its full weight in behind Molly Ploeg’s ‘Doodle 4 Google’ entry titled, ‘Moogle Google’, by urging its members to go on-line and vote for it. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0910/S00560.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0910/S00366.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0907/S00108.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.google.com/intl/en_nz/doodle4google/index.html" target="_blank [4]

No Taste For Accounting: Commercial Confidentiality No Shield Under IFRS - Diplock
New Zealand companies’ compliance with new international accounting rules is “very patchy” as boards struggle with a “cultural” aversion to disclosure... More »[1]

[1] - http://business.scoop.co.nz/2009/10/21/commercial-confidentiality-no-shield-under-ifrs/

Scoop Business: Roche To Be Named NZ Post CEO, Trans Tasman Says
Brian Roche, a senior partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, is to be named chief executive of New Zealand Post this week, the Trans Tasman Political Newsletter reported. More »[1]

[1] - http://business.scoop.co.nz/2009/10/21/roche-to-be-named-nz-post-ceo-trans-tasman-says/

Popularity Contests: Kākāpō Knows Who Real Bird Of The Year Is
Proving size isn’t everything, the critically endangered kākāpō population has shown their combined pulling power can draw people in from all over the world, after a Youtube video featuring the now famous Sirocco the kākāpō received more than million hits this weekend. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0910/S00325.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0910/S00291.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0910/S00018.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0910/S00080.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0910/S00087.htm [5]

Lobbying: Oh, Hemp, Is There Nothing You Can't Do?
The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party (ALCP) is the only New Zealand political party with a policy that can reverse man-made climate change. Neither emission reductions targets or carbon trading schemes will solve the problem. Nor will the establishment of more International Laws. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0910/S00046.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0910/S00429.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0910/S00253.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0910/S00430.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0910/S00432.htm [5]

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COMMENT

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Alberto Cruz:The UN Reforms - “Responsibility To Protect” (R2P)
The Nobel Prize awarded to the United States President is a sarcastic joke ; they say he received it for his work in favour of a New World Order and for his “move towards multilateralism”. But if anyone has worked hard for that New World Order... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00201.htm

Gordon Campbell: Anne Tolley’s 19th Century Approach To Education
Remember National’s election promise to return New Zealand to the top half of the OECD tables? In government, its moves in education seem motivated more by a desire to return New Zealand to the golden age of Victorianism – when the three “R”s and a stern... More »[1]

[1] - http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2009/10/22/campbell-tolley%E2%80%99s-19th-century-education-approach/

Martha Rosenberg: Think Disease Mongering Started with Direct-to-Consumer Ads? Think Again
The photo looks like John Travolta or Divine playing Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. Under the bangs of a Dynel doll wig a ''floozy'' with nasolabial folds, male facial features and leathery skin mugs for the camera--coquettish hair bow, mod sunglasses... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00200.htm

Jason Leopold: Torture Diaries Should Be Given To Defense Counsel
Guantanamo detainee Abu Zubaydah is expected to finally gain access to diaries he wrote during the years while he was being tortured by CIA interrogators. A federal court judge has ordered the government to turn over unredacted volumes of the diaries... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00202.htm

A Censored Headline and why it Matters: German High Court Outlaws Electronic Voting
(Oct 20-- DailyCensored.Com ) The justices above are clearly the most rational group of high level functionaries in the industrialized world. They did what no other court would do in Europe or the United States. They effectively outlawed electronic voting... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00187.htm

Syria’s Golan Heights: Can International law forestall a Golanian intifada?
Nationals from nearly one-third of the 192 member states of the United Nations met in Damascus last week to discuss the Return/Liberation of the Golan Heights. An estimated 5000 researchers, Lawyers, politicians, activists, victims of Israel’s 42 years ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00190.htm

Richard S Ehrlich: U.S. Appeals to Extradite Russia's Alleged "Merchant of Death"
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Newly obtained documents, prepared by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), portray an elaborate sting operation to capture alleged weapons trafficker Viktor Bout in Bangkok, and America's current appeal to extradite him ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00177.htm

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LIFESTYLE

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Not Vista: NZ's First Windows 7 Machine In Charity Auction
Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 7, launched today, at an exciting event in Auckland’s Queen Elizabeth Square. International rugby star and one of the world’s great number sevens, Richie McCaw, was onsite to be the first person in New Zealand to receive a Windows 7 powered, HP Pavilion dv7 notebook. This is being auctioned on TradeMe, with proceeds going to Lifeline. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0910/S00051.htm

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[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00291.htm [2]

Charity: Naked Samoans For One-Show-Only Samoa Benefit
Critically acclaimed theatre troupe, The Naked Samoans are coming out of retirement for a special one-off performance of their ‘Go Home’ show to raise money for those affected by the recent tsunami in Samoa. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0910/S00336.htm

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WORLD

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World News: Climate Change Could Stem Global Tourism
Rising sea levels could inundate coastal holiday spots while melting snow caps could spell an end to ski resorts, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has warned, as climate change threatens tourism, a lucrative industry for the world’s ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0910/S00290.htm

Explosions: Recent Incidents In Southern Lebanon
The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon met today with the head of the Arab League to discuss several recent incidents, including the September rocket attack on Israel and the discovery of some listening devices in south Lebanon. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0910/S00288.htm

Atomic Energy Agency: Draft Deal On Iran’s Nuclear Fuel
Nearly three days of talks supported by the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) wrapped up today with a draft agreement on how to provide Iran with fuel for a civilian nuclear research facility. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0910/S00285.htm

Non-Political Crime: Central America Most Crime-Ridden Region In World
Central America has become the region with the highest levels of non-political crime worldwide, with an average murder rate of 33 per 100,000 inhabitants last year, three times greater than the global average, a new United Nations report warns, noting ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0910/S00283.htm

More Turmoil: 30,000 Angolans Expelled From DR Congo
Nearly 30,000 Angolans recently expelled from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), who are now seeking refuge in overcrowded camps in northern Angola, are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations refugee agency reported ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0910/S00260.htm

We The People: USA: New Legislation Brings Limited Transparency
After years of lobbying by human rights activists, Congress has approved the release of information on the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as the School of the Americas, the military training facility infamous for ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0910/S00271.htm

Contentious Election: Hillary Clinton's Remarks: Afghan Elections
Afghanistan has been through a rough and contentious election. The bravery, patience, and resilience of the Afghan people has been on display since election day, when so many of them went to the polls in the face of threats and intimidation. And after ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0910/S00268.htm

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