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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 7 August 2006

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Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Business Briefs

The impact of housing loans; High ranking for business research; International leadership in small business

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0608/S00004.htm

2: Outstanding Contribution awards

Two Cantabrians this week received outstanding contribution awards from Environment Canterbury, in recognition of their work spent managing Canterbury water resources.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0607/S00276.htm

3: World changing kids

“We need to nurture those who will change the world,” Waikato University School of Education Associate Professor Roger Moltzen says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0608/S00021.htm

4: 11 Questions Avoided by the Media On NORAD Tapes

Eleven (11) Questions Avoided by the Media in Recent Reporting of Department of Defense Violations of Law Kyle F. Hence Executive Director 9/11 CitizensWatch Co-Founder UnansweredQuestions.org http://www.911citizenswatch.org

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00053.htm

5: The Logics of War in South Lebanon

Buried beneath the chorus of moral indignation at the loss of life and calls for a ceasefire in Southern Lebanon are the logics of warfare at play. These reduce to the geopolitical and military rationales underpinning the conflict, which is a classic ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00060.htm

6: Improving mental health

Jim Anderton Associate Minister of Health and Progressive Leader opened the 4th International Conference, hosted by the Phobic Trust of New Zealand, promoting awareness of anxiety disorders in Auckland today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0607/S00502.htm

7: Near-meltdown incident at Swedish nuclear reactor

Sweden's nuclear regulator SKI will meet in emergency session tomorrow (3 August) to decide on a possible immediate shut-down of all but one of the country's nuclear power stations supplying up to 50% of Sweden's electricity. Greenpeace has called ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0608/S00059.htm

8: Ian - home at last

Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons wishes Ian Ewen-Street well in his newly chosen home, the National Party.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00095.htm

9: Public Address 07/08/06 - Greening

National MP Nick Smith's drive to embed some green credibility in his party's environmental platform is laudable. Matthew Hooton claimed recently that Smith was "progressively winning over his more sceptical colleagues" on the climate change issue, and now ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00058.htm

10: The 2006 Maori Electoral Option is over

The 2006 Maori Electoral Option is over, with 21,588 Maori changing the type of electoral roll they are on and another 10,280 Maori enrolling for the first time.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0608/S00057.htm

11: Gush Shalom: Junkies Of War

"Is this the last week?" people asked each other. Since the jets went streaking northwards to rain death over Beirut and the missiles came shrieking back southwards to an ever-widening number of Israeli communities, Israeli activists had been gathering every Saturday ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00057.htm

12: Tickle takes digital photo solution online

If you’ve got more photos hiding on your computer than printed in albums or frames, take comfort that you are not alone. Where previously you simply had to drop off a film at the local chemist, digital camera owners now face the common dilemma of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0608/S00122.htm

13: Lost Bomber Crew to Be Buried in the Netherlands

The remains of missing crew members from a Second World War Stirling bomber that was shot down in August 1942 will be buried with full military honours at 11:30hrs on Thursday, 31th August in Ambt-Delden cemetery, Delden, in the Netherlands. The ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0608/S00100.htm

14: Top Scoops and Just Politics

Top Scoops and Just Politics: LEAD STORY Politics: Fitzsimons Hopes Former Colleague Can Find Something To "Work Hard On" - NEW ZEALAND LEAD Politics: Thousands More Maori Elect To Vote On Maori Electoral Roll - Economy: Manukau City's Growth Outperforms ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00059.htm

15: Clark says Audit Office, Solicitor-General wrong

Helen Clark continues to be in denial about her office spending $446,000 improperly on her election pledge card and brochure, says National Leader Don Brash.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00107.htm

16: Protest Against Israel's Actions In The Mid-East

Green MP Keith Locke told an enthusiastic and vocal crowd of protestors that Israel's actions in bombing Lebanon were war crimes. To loud cheers outside the Ministry of Foreigh Affairs and Trade (MFAT) HQ in Wellington Mr Locke said that one day the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00054.htm

17: Bernard Weiner Book Review: Fast Lane To Fascism

"How does the Bush Administration get away with it?" And: "How come, no matter what scandal or embarrassment or disaster Bush&Co. get enmeshed in, one third of the population still supports them?"

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00011.htm

18: Telecom Dividend Payout Ratio

There has been some confusion in early media reports of Telecom’s dividend payout ratio for the coming year.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0608/S00124.htm

19: Pitcairn Island Work Wins Construction Award

Auckland – 07 August 2006: A project to construct a reinforced concrete road and repair the jetty on remote Pitcairn Island, has won the New Zealand Contractors’ Federation (NZCF) Hirepool Construction Award for programmes between $3 and $10 million.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0608/S00130.htm

20: Ewen-Street wants to contribute to National

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of assisting National build a stronger environmental platform," says former Green MP Ian Ewen-Street.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00096.htm

21: Education appointment applauded

The appointment of Karen Sewell to the position of chief executive of the Ministry of Education is good news for New Zealand education, PPTA president Debbie Te Whaiti said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0607/S00054.htm

22: Colombia's Integration Into Plan Puebla Panama

From July onwards, Colombia will form part of the one-sided geopolitical mega-project that seeks to consolidate the neoliberal model in the western Latin America with the aim of privatizing highway infrastructure, public services and natural resources.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0607/S00341.htm

23: Health benefits of avocado oil

AUCKLAND – Six years after the successful commercial release of avocado oil, scientists are still eager to learn more about the health benefits and find ways to maximise them.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0608/S00018.htm

24: National welcomes Ewen-Street

National Party Leader Don Brash today welcomed the decision by former Green MP Ian Ewen-Street to join the National Party and assist its Bluegreens develop environmental policy.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00094.htm

25: Maori option costs $308 for each new voter

National Party Maori Affairs spokesman Gerry Brownlee says the stunning lack of success of the Maori electoral option shows that the only way forward is through a one-person, one-vote system, not a race-based approach.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00108.htm

26: National Library Announces Digital Partnership

The National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa and Endeavor Information Systems have announced a partnership to design a world-leading digital archive capable of ensuring preservation and future access to the nation's digital heritage collections.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0608/S00017.htm

27: Biotech Firm Seeks Approval to Contaminate Food

Concern is mounting that Food Standards Australia New Zealand are being pressured by international biotech companies to officially approve contamination of food with GE crops designed for industrial and pharmaceutical production.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0608/S00058.htm

28: "Maori Power going from Strength to Strength"

The Maori Party is patting te iwi Maori on the back with the news that the Maori Roll has reached a record high. The Party noted that the roll has trebled in the lifetime of today's first time voters.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00106.htm

29: West Bank checkpoints closed

Tonight while the eyes of the world are on Lebanon and Gaza, Israel continues its campaign of collective punishment and closures in the West Bank. In response to reports of a possible suicide bomber, at least two major checkpoints on road number 5 have ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0608/S00109.htm

30: GM-eggplant challenged in Supreme Court of India

In a type of action not available in many countries, an Indian citizen is challenging proposed field-trials of a particularly obnoxious GM-eggplant. Several scientists have deposed statements in support - here's mine.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0608/S00085.htm

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