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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 31 January 2008


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

1: National offers bonus to student loan borrowers

New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key today announced a plan to help student loan holders get out of debt quicker.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00261.htm


2: Vodafone ensures families come first
Vodafone

Dad’s taxi service has been given a boost with the launch of Vodafone Family, providing parents with peace of mind knowing their teens can call for a ride home from that late night party at no cost to them.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00327.htm


3: US District Attorney General Seizes $1.1Bn In 2007
LawFuel

For the third consecutive fiscal year, the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York has led the nation in deposits to the Government's various Asset Forfeiture Funds.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00311.htm


4: No Flags On Public Bridge
Libertarianz Party

"Transit New Zealand must not capitulate to the Maori separatists who wish to fly the Tino Rangatiratanga flag from the Auckland Harbour Bridge," said Libertarianz spokesman Elliot Smith today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00247.htm


5: National party up to old tricks
New Zealand Government

National's latest flip flop on student loans makes no sense unless they also plan to reintroduce interest on student loans, Tertiary Education Minister Pete Hodgson said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00266.htm


6: Mt Roskill Electorate office makes it “Strike 3
People Power

The Mt Roskill Electorate office of MP Phil Goff was the third successful strike for People Power New Zealand today, as the independent citizens initiated lobby group continue their active protest against the Electoral Finance Act.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00248.htm


7: ASA Spurs Charlie’s into Battle for Kiwi Humour
Charlie's

Charlie’s Trading Company Limited today responded to the Advertising Standards Authority’s ruling against one of its cartoon-themed commercials for Charlie’s Soda Co, saying that it was another example of political correctness gone mad in ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00293.htm


8: Basking in the glory of $10,000
h2go

Hamilton pharmacist, Nicole McLean, never imagined a holiday at the beach could be so rewarding, after winning $10,000 with the h2go Snapped for Cash Promotion.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00325.htm


9: Japan Pursuing Original Plan in Southern Ocean
The Institute Of Cetacean Research

The Japanese scientific whaling program in the Southern Ocean will pursue its original research plan after the departure of both Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd back to Australia following weeks of dangerous and illegal harassment.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00314.htm


10: The latest Greenpeace GE Free Food Guide
GE Free NZ

The latest Greenpeace GE Free Food Guide reflects a strong ongoing non-GE position from New Zealand food companies and an unprecedented anti-GE stance from Australasia's largest food company.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00243.htm


11: State of Environment New Zealand report welcomed
New Zealand Government

The report Environment New Zealand 2007 provides a timely check up on the health of our environment and charts New Zealand’s journey towards sustainability, Environment Minister Trevor Mallard said at the report's launch today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00254.htm


12: Police Seek Leave To Charge Taito Philip Field
New Zealand Police

Police have asked the Auckland Crown Solicitor to start the process to lay charges of bribery against Taito Phillip Field, M.P.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0705/S00443.htm


13: EU Convention Against Human Trafficking Welcomed
ITUC

Human trafficking is an appalling reality which exists in much of Europe. Putting this Convention into place will help ensure that Europe plays its part in tackling this worldwide scourge.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0801/S00306.htm


14: Ernest Partridge: The Gulag Comes To America
Ernest Partridge

Every day that Siegelman remains in prison every American citizen who openly dissents from the policies and protests the criminality of the Bush/Cheney regime is less free and more vulnerable to politically motivated prosecution.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00291.htm


15: Welington Sevens Street Parade Images 1
Scoop Images

In the first sign of Wellington's silly costume season, teams from the international sevens competition paraded through the streets this lunchtime. A large crowded braved the extreme UV conditions to welcome teams from 16 countries and their bobble-headed ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00296.htm


16: Wellington Sevens Parade Hi-jinks Part Deux
Kevin List

With someone turning the sun up a little too much the players for the Wellington league of the International Rugby Sevens passed by appreciative crowds watching from many a vantage point on Lambton Quay.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0801/S00300.htm


17: Full Recovery from Capital+Merchant Not Possible
Grant Thornton

Receivers Richard Simpson and Tim Downes of Grant Thornton say that their initial estimate of the business of Capital + Merchant Finance Limited is that secured debenture holders may recover up to 59% of their investment over time.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00319.htm


18: Tangaroa to advance Antarctic ecosystem knowledge
New Zealand Government

Research, Science and Technology Minister Pete Hodgson joined the Prime Minister today in celebrating the launch of the New Zealand International Polar Year Census of Antarctic Marine Life project and in wishing New Zealand’s research vessel Tangaroa ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00230.htm


19: New Guidelines for Govt Intellectual Property
State Services Commission

"In general government ICT contracts should provide for ownership of intellectual property by the supplier, and only in limited circumstances will agencies seek to own and commercially exploit the intellectual property rights arising from these ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00251.htm


20: Health authorities warn public about Oz sex worker
Ministry of Health

Health authorities are reinforcing the safer sex message following publicity about individuals in Australia being put at risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) through unsafe sex with a male sex worker.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0801/S00060.htm


21: Fuel economy standard proposed
New Zealand Government

Another step towards New Zealand becoming a sustainable nation has been taken with the release of a discussion document on a Vehicle Fuel Economy Standard for all new and used light vehicles entering the fleet, Associate Transport Minister Judith Tizard ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00271.htm


22: More health practitioners to join smoking battle
New Zealand Government

Midwives, dentists and other health practitioners will now be able to distribute cards for subsidised nicotine patches and gum to patients who smoke.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00270.htm


23: Time for Aust-NZ Commission on Global Warming
New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

A group of Australian and New Zealand organisations and scientists today called on the governments of Australia and New Zealand to set up an Australia New Zealand Royal Commission on the Science of Global Warming (to be known as “the ANZIG Royal Commission” ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00246.htm


24: Environment report: species at risk, action needed
Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ

Environment report highlights species at risk and action needed from farming, fishing and transport to protect environment The Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ (ECO) today called for more action to protect the New Zealand environment.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00253.htm


25: State of the Environment Must be Assessed Annually
The Maori Party

Environment Spokesperson for the Maori Party, Tariana Turia, has today welcomed the Ministry of Environment’s Report on the state of the environment.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00272.htm


26: Adman Highlights Televisions Double Standard
Wonderful

The writer and creative director of the banned Charlie’s Soda Company television ad, Gavin Bradley, has criticised the double standard which has seen the humorous cartoon ad removed from our screens.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00306.htm


27: Raggamuffin is this weekend!!
Ragamuffin Festival

Raggamuffin is almost here - The Raggamuffin Festival, which has sold over 25,000 tickets, AND the official CD Raggamuffin Vol 1!!!!
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0801/S00291.htm


28: Financial Statements of the Govt to 30 Nov
New Zealand Treasury

The Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the five months ended 30 November 2007 were released by the Treasury today. The 30 November 2007 monthly financial statements are compared against monthly forecast tracks based on the 2007 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00252.htm


29: Greens' conspiracy theory complete nonsense
New Zealand Government

Claims by the Green Party that the Government has been “hijacked” by Federated Farmers over water policy are simply ridiculous says Agriculture Minister Jim Anderton.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00258.htm


30: Fonterra expands Edendale capacity
Fonterra

Fonterra has announced its plans to build a new NZD212 million milk powder plant on its Edendale site in Southland. Fonterra CEO Andrew Ferrier says the investment is in anticipation of projected growth in South Island milk supply, which is forecast ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0801/S00333.htm

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