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Top Scoop Stories - 25 July 2008 News Summary

Published: Fri 25 Jul 2008 02:01 PM
Today's Top Scoops - 25 July 2008
LEAD STORY:
Legislation: China FTA Bill Passes Final Reading
NZ POLITICS:
Condi Rice Visit: Auckland Police Not Keen on Citizens Arrest
Transport: Will National's Transport Policy be Roads, Roads And More Roads?
Nicky Hager: Racing Industry Shower More Than NZ First With Largesse
BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH:
Kiwi Pride: Global Study Shows Public Have Faith In Air NZ
Gas Prices: Break Out The Charger Petrol Price Going Down
Sheep Watch: No Need To Be Sheepish About Agricultural Achievement
WORLD:
Preaching To Converted: "Poverty Can Be Eradicated By Working Together" - UK PM
Recycling: More Illegal Armed Groups Disbanded In Afghanistan
Palestinian Statistics: Half Of Gaza Households Living Below Poverty Line
UNICEF: Cyclone-affected Children Return To School In Burma
WTO Ministerial: Serious Jobs Impact In Developing Countries, Says ITUC
Critical Humor: Satirical Clip-Art Comic "Get Your War On" Gets Animated
COMMENT:
Dan Lieberman: From Usurpation to Liberation (The Palestinian Story)
Ernest Partridge: Evil As The Absence Of Empathy (Who Cares What You Think?)
LIFESTYLE:
Romance: Romeo And Juliet Make Sweet Love 'Ballet Style'
Champagne Charlies: Expensive Bubbly Makes Its Way To Godzone
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LEAD STORY------------


Legislation: China FTA Bill Passes Final Reading
Trade Minister Phil Goff says the passing in Parliament today of the New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement Bill will bring the FTA into force on 1 October and represents an historic advance in New Zealand's trading relationships. The Bill was passed by 104 votes to 17. More >> [1]
ALSO:Maori Party - Harawira: NZ China Free Trade Agreement [2] Election 08 - Gordon Campbell on the Killing of Local Manufacturing [3] Election 08 - Should Norway be the new template for our China FTA? [4] Election 08 - US Expert Finds Fishhooks in China/NZ Trade Deal [5] Election 08 - Beijing Ka-Ching! An Analysis of the FTA [6]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00458.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00459.htm
[3] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/gordon-campbell-on-the-killing-of-local-manufacturing/
[4] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/should-norway-be-the-new-template-for-our-china-fta/
[5] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/us-trade-expert-finds-fishhooks-in-chinanz-trade-deal/
[6] - http://election08.scoop.co.nz/beijing-ka-ching-an-analysis-of-the-fta/
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NZ POLITICS------------
Condi Rice Visit: Auckland Police Not Keen on Citizens Arrest - Auckland City Police, tasked with the responsibility of care and protection of the United States' Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, are disturbed by the AUSA challenge offering $5,000 to anyone who can effect a citizens arrest of the visitor. More >> [1]
ALSO: AUSA - $5000 offered for citizen's arrest of Rice [2] GPJA - No welcome for Condoleezza Rice - Protest Sat [3]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00314.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00295.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00302.htm
Transport: Will National's Transport Policy be Roads, Roads And More Roads? - "Christine Caughey is actively hostile to, and has publicly campaigned against, the building of new roads. She is the very last person who should be on the board of the new transport agency," says National's Transport spokesman Maurice Williamson about a recent appointment to the newly formed New Zealand Transport Agency. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00464.htm
Nicky Hager: Racing Industry Shower More Than NZ First With Largesse - Author Nicky Hager, speaking tonight at the Auckland premier of the film The Hollow Men, revealed that the National Party under John Key has been receiving financial backing from the racing industry. More >> [1]
ALSO:Scoop Audio - Imogen Neale & Dick Griffin on NZ First Donations [2]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00306.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00263.htm
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BUSINESS SCIENCE & TECH------------
Kiwi Pride: Global Study Shows Public Have Faith In Air NZ - Air New Zealand ranks in the top four most trusted airlines, along with Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qantas, according to a new independent global research study. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00450.htm
Gas Prices: Break Out The Charger Petrol Price Going Down - Shell this morning has reviewed its prices and effective 10am has dropped prices by another 4 cents a litre across all of its fuels. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00446.htm
Sheep Watch: No Need To Be Sheepish About Agricultural Achievement - Two Lincoln based AgResearch scientists were recognised for their outstanding achievements last night at the AGM of the Canterbury Section of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0807/S00060.htm
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WORLD------------
Preaching To Converted: "Poverty Can Be Eradicated By Working Together" - UK PM - Speaking to assembled bishops and Archbishop of Canterbury, the PM said that poverty can, must be eradicated "if we can all work together for change". With adequate technology and knowledge available "the will to act must now be found", he said. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00734.htm
Recycling: More Illegal Armed Groups Disbanded In Afghanistan - A campaign to disband illegal armed groups - that has already seen more than 40,000 weapons handed in - is to be extended to 12 more districts in Afghanistan, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00737.htm
Palestinian Statistics: Half Of Gaza Households Living Below Poverty Line - In spite of significant amounts of emergency & humanitarian assistance, last year the number of households in Gaza below the consumption poverty line surged to an all-time high 51.8% (based on figures from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics). More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00724.htm
UNICEF: Cyclone-affected Children Return To School In Burma - Thousands of cyclone-affected school children in Myanmar have been able to return to school thanks to help from UNICEF and its partners, who have have set up 123 large tents in the area that serve as safe learning spaces for children whose schools were destroyed. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00741.htm
WTO Ministerial: Serious Jobs Impact In Developing Countries, Says ITUC - As negotiations intensify at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) aiming for a final deal to conclude seven years of negotiations in the Doha Round, the ITUC has criticised the pressure on developing countries to make disproportionate commitments. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00736.htm
Critical Humor: Satirical Clip-Art Comic "Get Your War On" Gets Animated - A leading comedic news site is launching a 10-part animated series based on David Rees' "Get Your War On" comic strip, providing acute insights and critiques of U.S. policy post-9/11. The strip is assembled entirely from 1980's-style clip art and lampoons contemporary politics with scathing insight. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00740.htm
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COMMENT------------
Dan Lieberman: From Usurpation to Liberation (The Palestinian Story) - "If the Palestinians succeed in their liberation, not everyone wins... Israel will no longer be able to pursue a homeland for the Jews, but that project has already caused several conflagrations and seems to be doomed to failure." -- Dan Lieberman. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00273.htm
Ernest Partridge: Evil As The Absence Of Empathy (Who Cares What You Think?) - Empathy is the capacity to recognize and cherish in other persons, the experience, emotions and aspirations that one is aware of in oneself. It is also the moral cornerstone of progressive politics. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00270.htm
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LIFESTYLE------------
Romance: Romeo And Juliet Make Sweet Love 'Ballet Style' - Critics are raving about the Royal New Zealand Ballet's production of Romeo & Juliet which opened in Palmerston North last week, calling it a "world class production". More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00264.htm
Champagne Charlies: Expensive Bubbly Makes Its Way To Godzone - Krug Releases 12 Bottles of the World's Rarest and Most Expensive Champagne to New Zealand
The House of Krug is proud to announce the release of the exceptional Clos d'Ambonnay champagne. More >> [1]
[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00444.htm
And those were the Top Scoops on this day, 25 July 2008
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