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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 16 January 2008

The Top 30 rating items on Scoop for 16 January, 2008, including: 1: MSD Salaries. 2: The Real Delegate Count. 3: Apple MacBook Air. 4: GE Tree Cut Down. 5: Shell Leads Price Decrease. 6: Hillary Vote Rigged. 7: Op-Ed: Greens' Hypocrisy Exposed...

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 16 January 2008

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The Top 30 rating items on Scoop for 16 January, 2008 were...

1: MSD top-band salaries increase more than 546%

New Zealand National Party

The number of Ministry of Social Development staff earning more than $100,000 has ballooned from 54 in 2002 to an incredible 349 in 2007, says National's Welfare spokeswoman, Judith Collins.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00097.htm


2: Scott Galindez: The Real Delegate Count
Scott Galindez

The Associated Press and other media outlets are trying to tell us they know how many delegates each candidate will get out of Iowa, just as I told you they would in a previous article. Florida and Michigan make the delegate count even more confusing.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00126.htm


3: Apple Introduces MacBook Air- Thinnest Notebook
Apple

Auckland, New Zealand - January 16, 2008 - Apple today unveiled MacBook Air, the world�s thinnest notebook. MacBook Air measures an unprecedented 0.16-inches (0.4-centimetres) at its thinnest point, while its maximum height of 0.76-inches (1.9 centimetres) ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0801/S00025.htm


4: GE Tree cut down
GE Free NZ

The biosecurity containment facility at Scion (Forest Research Institute Ltd) Rotorua has been breached and investigations by MAF are underway. The breach was reported to MAF on Monday night. GE Free (NZ) was told that entry was gained by cutting of ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00093.htm


5: Shell Leads Price Decrease
Shell New Zealand

Shell has led a five cents per litre price decrease for petrol and diesel across its national network.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00112.htm


6: Michael Carmichael: Hillary Vote Rigged - EU Press
Michael Carmichael

The mainstream Italian media are reporting both the rigging of the New Hampshire primary for Senator Hillary Clinton and the official demands for a swift, accurate and impartial recount. In an article written by Marcello Foa, one of Europe's most ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00124.htm


7: Op-Ed: Greens' Hypocrisy Exposed
SOLO - Sense of Life Objectivists

Usually the first to tout endless negotiations and appeasement when matters of our own or our allies'national defence are on the line, the Red-Greens are calling upon the New Zealand government to immediately send armed warships to Antarctica, apparently ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00099.htm


8: Whalers Kidnap Two Sea Shepherd Whale Defenders
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Despite repeated demands by the captain of the Steve Irwin, the Japanese whaler Yushin Maru No. 2 has refused to release the two Sea Shepherd crewmembers he took hostage.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00182.htm


9: Judith Collins misleading New Zealanders again
New Zealand Government

The National Party's welfare spokesperson Judith Collins is misleading New Zealanders once again with her selective use of information in media statements, Social Development and Employment Minister Ruth Dyson said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00108.htm


10: Moore: Let the Constitutional Conversation Begin
Mike Moore - Former PM

"The conversation about New Zealand's constitutional arrangements has begun and is being taken seriously," Mike Moore, former Prime Minister and former Director-General of the World Trade Organisation reported today. "However some media reports have ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00092.htm


11: Sea Shepherd Activists in Custody
The Institute Of Cetacean Research

Two Sea Shepherd activists today illegally boarded the Japanese research vessel Yushin Maru No. 2 in the Antarctic and were immediately taken into custody. The two men are being held in an office. The Director General of the Institute of Cetacean Research, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00179.htm


12: Bernard Weiner: U.S. Elections Still in SNAFU Mode
Bernard Weiner

On the basis of what happened last week in New Hampshire we would be remiss as citizens if we didn't admit that eight years after the disaster that was the 2000 election process, we still don't have a reliable, secure voting system.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00132.htm


13: Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum meeting in Auck
Office of the Speaker

Parliamentarians from more than 20 countries gathering in Auckland at the end of [next] week will be pressing for action on some of the Asia-Pacific region's thorniest problems, writes Speaker of the House Margaret Wilson.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00102.htm


14: Big brother creeps closer
Green Party

Green MP Keith Locke is warning of the dangers of the New Zealand police buying into the FBI-led 'Server in the Sky' network to share biometric and other information.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00106.htm


15: Japanese Whalers Make Demands for Return of Hostag
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

The Institute of Cetacean Research, the front group for the illegal Japanese whaling operations are making demands for the release of the two Sea Shepherd crew being held hostage onboard the Japanese whaling vessel Yushin Maru No. 2.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00186.htm


16: New protection weapon for NZ growers
Foundation For Research Science And Technology

A new residue-free spray has been developed by Hawke's Bay company Post-Harvest Solutions to protect fruit and vegetable crops against rot and infection when bad weather strikes before harvest.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0801/S00015.htm


17: Who's doing the misleading, Minister?
New Zealand National Party

National Party Welfare spokeswoman, Judith Collins, says Ruth Dyson couldn't possibly believe anyone would accept her justification for MSD spending a fortune on salaries.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00107.htm


18: Hillary State Funeral: International Live Coverage
Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand will provide extensive coverage of the state funeral for Sir Edmund Hillary from St. Mary's Church in Auckland on Tuesday 22nd January. As the official radio broadcaster Radio New Zealand will ensure New Zealanders all over the world ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00116.htm


19: User trials of unbundled broadband and voice
Orcon Internet

Telecommunications provider Orcon last week began the final stage of testing of its unbundled telephone and broadband network in five suburbs around Auckland. As Orcon prepares for the full customer launch of its own network, it has invited a group ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00091.htm


20: Antarctic situation demands end hands-off approach
Green Party

The New Zealand Government should immediately send a frigate to the Southern Whale Sanctuary following the detainment of two anti-whaling activists on a Japanese whaling ship, Green Party Conservation Spokesperson Metiria Turei says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00104.htm


21: New Deal For Fairtrade Coffee Farmers
Fair Trade Coffee Farmers

New Year, New Deal For Fairtrade Coffee Farmers As Flo International Announces Rise In Fairtrade Coffee Prices
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00104.htm


22: Air NZ to launch Whakatane-Wellington service
Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand is to launch a direct service six days a week between Whakatane and Wellington. The new service will be operated by Air New Zealand subsidiary Eagle Air, which will trial the route for six months from 19 May 2008 using a 19-seat Beech ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00111.htm


23: Luxury Resort Plans to Create Major Tourism Asset
Terrace Downs

Canterbury High Country Resort Terrace Downs is to undergo a multi-million dollar development programme which will see it placed as one of the country's most attractive drawcards for international visitors.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00113.htm


24: Balclutha Homicide Investigation Release 7
New Zealand Police

Police involved in the homicide investigation following the death of Michael Anthony HUTCHINGS, 18 years, have released details of a vehicle parked at his residence which may have some significance to the investigation.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0801/S00095.htm


25: GE Tree Trial Breach Shows Contradictions
Soil and Health Association

Media Release Soil & Health Association of New Zealand (Est. 1941) Publishers of ORGANIC NZ 16 January 2008
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00095.htm


26: Give Bailey Junior Kuariki a Break says Rethinking
Rethinking Crime and Punishment

"Bailey Junior Kuariki is due for release from prison this year. What he now needs is the opportunity to become a useful and productive citizen. Every time the community or the media publicly highlights his offending, or criticises decisions around his ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00083.htm


27: Constitutional debate difficult to avoid
United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says that while former Prime Minister Mike Moore's call for a constitutional convention is nothing new, the basic message behind it should not be ignored.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00101.htm


28: Labour sets record for housing unaffordability
New Zealand National Party

National Party Finance spokesman Bill English says just as new records are being set for unaffordable housing, the worse news is that interest rates are set to remain higher for longer.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00100.htm


29: New site sees improved public access to legislatio
New Zealand Government

A new website launched today will mean greatly improved access to legislation for New Zealanders, Attorney-General Michael Cullen said today. The new website - www.legislation.govt.nz - provides free public access to Acts, Regulations, and Bills to anyone with access ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00110.htm


30: Call to Remove Miss Bitch & Mr Asshole Clothing
Family First Lobby.

Family First NZ is calling for a national debate on the sexualisation of young children and teenagers.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00091.htm

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