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Top Scoop Stories December 7th 2009 News Summary

Top Scoop Stories December 7th 2009 News Summary


LEAD STORY

Environment: Factory Dairy Farming Arrives In New Zealand

NZ POLITICS

Foreign Affairs: Governments Oppose Whaling, Dangerous Protest

Foot Power: Thousands March In Support Of Copenhagen Summit

Gordon Campbell: Public Funding For Rugby World Cup Few Can Afford To Attend

Public Service: SSC Wants Teachers Under Code Of Conduct

BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

Dairy: Call For Fonterra To Keep More Money

Scoop Business: ACC, Super Fund Prop Up Govt Books; Tax Take Falls

Scoop Business: Auckland House Prices Rise To 23-Mth High: Barfoot

Conservation: Kakariki Breeding On Motutapu For First Time In 100 Years

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Strong Words: NZ Temperature Rise Clear, Coalition "Disingenuous"

COMMENT

"Imagining 2020": An invitation to write about what a low carbon future looks like for you

The Height of Kitsch: Germany’s love for Israel

Transgressing With Tiger: The Fall Of Mr. Perfect

Martha Rosenberg: Fish Killed, Waterways Poisoned by State Agency... for No Reason

Michael Collins: What Obama Said and Failed to Say About Afghanistan

M. Shahid Alam: Native Orientalists at the Daily Times, Pakistan

Binoy Kampmark: Banning Minarets In Switzerland

LIFESTYLE

Giving: Share A Little To Have A Simply Great Christmas

OneRing.net: Hobbit Movie To Have A Girl In It

WORLD

Afghanistan: Taliban Winter Operations Targeted

President Obama: President’s Address To The Nation

United Antiwar Movement Tells Obama: No Escalation

Julie Webb-Pullman in Honduras: The Honduran Resistance Wins The Elections!

Ban Ki Moon: Mourning the Victims Of Russian Train Bombing

Religion: Swiss Minaret Ban Discriminates Against Muslims

Copenhagen: Ban Calls For Broad Climate Change Deal Support

Atomic Energy: Iran Must Halt Work On Recently-Disclosed Facility

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LEAD STORY

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Environment: Factory Dairy Farming Arrives In New Zealand
New Zealand is on the brink of introducing factory farming of dairy cows, the Green Party said today.Consent applications were recently lodged with Environment Canterbury for factory-style dairy farms in the Mackenzie Basin.Three companies plan to establish 16 new farms with nearly 18,000 cows in the area. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00079.htm

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NZ POLITICS

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Foreign Affairs: Governments Oppose Whaling, Dangerous Protest
The Governments of Australia, The Netherlands and New Zealand remain resolute in our opposition to so-called ‘scientific’ whaling. We are deeply disappointed at the recent departure of the Japanese whaling fleet for the Southern Ocean. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00081.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00050.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/30292.html [3]

Foot Power: Thousands March In Support Of Copenhagen Summit
Thousands of people turned out on Saturday in support of John Key taking strong action at the Copenhagen climate talks. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00075.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00074.htm [2]

[3] - http://weeklycoitus.co.nz/?p=534" target="_blank [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0912/S00015.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00073.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00069.htm [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/lifestyle/30241.html [7]

[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/lifestyle/30244.html [8]

[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00181.htm [9]

[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00219.htm [10]

[11] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00149.htm [11]

[12] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00062.htm [12]

[13] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0911/S00118.htm [13]

[14] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00047.htm [14]

[15] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00009.htm [15]

Gordon Campbell: Public Funding For Rugby World Cup Few Can Afford To Attend
In any other industry, the taxpayer/ratepayer subsidies being offered to the professional rugby industry for its World Cup event in 2011 would be being slagged off as government handouts... More »[1]

[1] - http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2009/12/04/gordon-campbell-rugby-world-cup-public-funding/

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/sports/30190.html [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/sports/30174.html [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/sports/30165.html [4]

Public Service: SSC Wants Teachers Under Code Of Conduct
An attempt by the State Services Commission to silence criticism of the Government by teachers and principals should be stopped in its tracks, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Grant Robertson said today. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00066.htm

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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH

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Dairy: Call For Fonterra To Keep More Money
Federated Farmers welcomes Fonterra’s announcement of an annual retention but believes the amount retained by the cooperative is far too small. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00136.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00142.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00079.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00127.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00126.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00002.htm [6]

Scoop Business: ACC, Super Fund Prop Up Govt Books; Tax Take Falls
The Crown operating balance, including net gains and losses from government entities, was a deficit of $1.27 billion for the four months ended Oct. 31, according to Treasury financial statements, compared to a forecast $1.32 billion deficit. More »[1]

[1] - http://business.scoop.co.nz/2009/12/04/acc-super-fund-prop-up-govt-books-tax-take-falls/

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00067.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00068.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00065.htm [4]

Scoop Business: Auckland House Prices Rise To 23-Mth High: Barfoot
Auckland house prices edged up to a 23-month high in November as new listings held above 1,600 and demand was underpinned by stronger migration. More »[1]

[1] - http://business.scoop.co.nz/2009/12/03/auckland-house-prices-rise-to-23-mth-high-barfoot/

Conservation: Kakariki Breeding On Motutapu For First Time In 100 Years
They’ve been gone for more than 100 years, but last week, a family of red-crowned parakeets was spotted flying down from the trees in a peaceful gully on Motutapu. Luis Ortiz-Catedral, parakeet specialist and Massey University PhD student, says one of the birds was clearly a recently fledged juvenile that must have hatched on the island. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0912/S00032.htm

Strong Words: NZ Temperature Rise Clear, Coalition "Disingenuous"
1. Warming analysis is backed up by other observations
2. Ignoring major changes in site location will produce wrong results
3. NZ Climate Science Coalition disingenuous
More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0912/S00004.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0912/S00003.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0912/S00002.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00181.htm#climategate [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0912/S00015.htm [5]

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COMMENT

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"Imagining 2020": An invitation to write about what a low carbon future looks like for you
"Imagining 2020" is an online discussion where people are invited to write about how a low-carbon future will affect their individual circumstances. The idea is to provide a platform that considers the impacts of economic transformation on each sector in the NZ economy. Write to us telling us what you think a low-carbon future will look like for you personally, for the country and world. Your ideas will be compiled and then published. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00150.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00334.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00280.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00279.htm [4]

The Height of Kitsch: Germany’s love for Israel
IT WOULD have been the epitome of political kitsch. Binyamin Netanyahu and ten of his ministers were to hold a joint meeting with Angela Merkel and ten members of the German cabinet. What for? To demonstrate Germany’s love for Israel... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00053.htm

Transgressing With Tiger: The Fall Of Mr. Perfect
It has been called the spoiling of a good walk and similar to watching flies fornicate, but golf has decided to provide a touch of entertainment for the rest of us. And it should come as little surprise that it has nothing to do with golf itself... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00050.htm

Martha Rosenberg: Fish Killed, Waterways Poisoned by State Agency... for No Reason
It's been a year since the Illinois Department of Natural Resources poisoned all the fish in Lincoln Park's South Pond to ''restore'' the water body into a ''model Illinois freshwater habitat.'' Most of the world was watching the events a mile away in Grant... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00051.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00108.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00107.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00106.htm [4]

Michael Collins: What Obama Said and Failed to Say About Afghanistan
It is easy to forget that when this war began, we were united — bound together by the fresh memory of a horrific attack, and by the determination to defend our homeland and the values we hold dear. I refuse to accept the notion that we cannot ... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00027.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00040.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00042.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00041.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00039.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00023.htm [6]

M. Shahid Alam: Native Orientalists at the Daily Times, Pakistan
A few days back, I received a ‘Dear friends’ email from Mr. Najam Sethi, ex editor-in-chief of Daily Times, Pakistan, announcing that he, together with several of his colleagues, had resigned from their positions in the newspaper... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00036.htm

Binoy Kampmark: Banning Minarets In Switzerland
The Swiss are in a spot of bother, at least before the disapproving eyes of international opinion. 57 percent of those from a country described by Jonathan Raban as full of phobic hand washers in a Barclays Bank have voted in favour of banning minarets... More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00038.htm

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LIFESTYLE

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Giving: Share A Little To Have A Simply Great Christmas
Auckland City Mission is encouraging everyone to remember the great gifts that come out of a few caring thoughts, a little time, and a small amount of effort. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0912/S00080.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0912/S00075.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0912/S00055.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00057.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00058.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00098.htm [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/lifestyle/30293.html [7]

OneRing.net: Hobbit Movie To Have A Girl In It
It is confirmed, casting is under way on the Hobbit and that is news enough. There have been rumors but now we have confirmation from a source that told us other details about casting as well. In addition to all of that, we have this juicy bombshell: They are casting one female role! More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0912/S00068.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/entertainment/30185.html [2]

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WORLD

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Afghanistan: Taliban Winter Operations Targeted
Joint Afghan and Australian operations in Afghanistan are having a significant impact on the Taliban’s weapons and ammunition reserves with the discovery of 44 caches in the past two months. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00061.htm

President Obama: President’s Address To The Nation
“The 30,000 additional troops that I am announcing tonight will deploy in the first part of 2010 – the fastest pace possible – so that they can target the insurgency and secure key population centers. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00039.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00023.htm [2]

United Antiwar Movement Tells Obama: No Escalation
Representatives of 34 antiwar groups delivered an open letter to President Obama strongly opposing his anticipated decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan with the commitment of tens of thousands of additional U.S. troops. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00020.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00011.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00010.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00009.htm [4]

Julie Webb-Pullman in Honduras: The Honduran Resistance Wins The Elections!

As the polling booths closed this evening in Honduras, there didn't need to be a vote-count to declare the winners. With an abstention rate of at least 65%, the people in resistance have the overwhelming majority. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00340.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00338.htm [2]

[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00336.htm [3]

[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00319.htm [4]

[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00332.htm [5]

[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00317.htm [6]

[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00333.htm [7]

[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00318.htm [8]

[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0911/S00312.htm [9]

Ban Ki Moon: Mourning the Victims Of Russian Train Bombing
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced the hope today that investigations will shed more light on the circumstances behind the bombing of a Russian train that killed 25 people on Friday night, and injured scores more. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00010.htm

ALSO:

[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0912/S00015.htm [2]

Religion: Swiss Minaret Ban Discriminates Against Muslims
An independent United Nations expert on religious freedom today voiced regret at the Swiss vote to ban the construction of new minarets, stating that such a prohibition clearly discriminates against Muslims. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00001.htm

Copenhagen: Ban Calls For Broad Climate Change Deal Support
Holding out for a 'perfect' deal at next month's climate change summit in Copenhagen could result in there being no agreement at all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, calling on all States to get behind a deal that is as ambitious as possible. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0911/S00811.htm

Atomic Energy: Iran Must Halt Work On Recently-Disclosed Facility
The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today called on Iran to immediately suspend the construction of a recently-disclosed uranium enrichment facility, and cooperate more fully to resolve all outstanding issues. More »[1]

[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0911/S00817.htm

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