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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 8 February 2008


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

1: Thomas S. Monson Named 16th Church President

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Thomas S. Monson is the new president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it was announced today at a news conference in the Church Office Building in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah (see President Monson, 80, ...

2: Perigo: Most Sickening Waitangi Day Ever
SOLO - Sense of Life Objectivists

**February 7, 2008 * Yesterday's Waitangi Day celebrations, acclaimed by the media as the most peaceful in a long while, were actually the most sickening ever, says SOLO Principal Lindsay Perigo.

3: Attack On Maori Media Disgraceful - Jones
New Zealand Government

Northland Labour MP Shane Jones says the attacks on Maori media by Tame Iti’s lawyer Annette Sykes is “disgraceful” and “totally out of order”.

4: Cullen: The prosperity we deserve
New Zealand Government

Hello and thank you for that introduction and to the Auckland Chamber of Commerce for organising this event.

5: Waitangi Day: Out n About - Gov-Gen's Garden Party
Selwyn Manning - Scoop Auckland

Photo Essay: Out and about at the Govenor General's garden reception at Government House in Auckland. At this reception, the Governor-General gave his annual Waitangi Day address. Scoop was there to cover the event.

6: Smoking gums implicate cannabis
University of Otago

Heavy cannabis smoking has been identified as a major cause of gum disease in a study involving researchers from the University of Otago, King’s College in London, Duke University and the University of North Carolina in the USA.

7: Govt To Investigate PPP For Waterview Connection
New Zealand Government

The Government will investigate the feasibility of progressing the Waterview Connection section of Auckland's Western Ring Route as a public private partnership (PPP), Finance Minister Michael Cullen and Transport Minister Annette King announced today.

8: New Zealand Mint commemorates Year of the Rat
NZ Mint

Today is the first day of the year 4706 in the Chinese calendar and to celebrate, the New Zealand Mint has produced a number of limited edition one ounce legal tender silver commemorative coins.

9: Triple achievement in employment
New Zealand Government

The latest Household Labour Force Survey results show the unemployment rate at a record low 3.4 per cent, with the number of people unemployed dropping from 79,000 in September to 77,000 in December 2007.

10: Slaughter Video Forces USDA into Damage Control
Martha Rosenberg

You wouldn't think you could "spin" a video that shows slaughterhouse workers electric shocking downer cows, "water boarding" them, jabbing their eyes with herding paddles and ramming them with forklift blades while they squeal in pain.

11: Unemployment rate drops to 3.4 percent
Statistics New Zealand

In seasonally adjusted terms, the unemployment rate was at its lowest level in the December 2007 quarter since the survey began in March 1986, Statistics New Zealand said today. The survey also recorded the highest number of people in employment and ...

12: k.d.lang announces two New Zealand dates
Skip Ink

Coinciding with the launch of her new album Watershed, Pacific Entertainment by arrangement with dce proudly announce that four-time Grammy Award winner k.d.lang will appear in two very special New Zealand concerts.

13: UNHCR Welcomes End of Australia's Pacific Solution

The UN Refugee Agency today welcomed the end of Australia's Pacific Solution which will come to a close tomorrow (Friday 8 Feb), with the departure of the last remaining 21 refugees from Nauru to Australia.

14: Minister rejects climate change report
New Zealand Government

The Climate Change Minister has rejected a report on emissions trading commissioned by the Business Round Table and Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ), that was released today.

15: Earthquake forecasting to be discussed
Victoria University of Wellington

Up to 100 earthquake experts from around the world will head to Wellington this month to discuss how and why earthquake activity changes over time.

16: Contractors welcome Auckland tunnel announcement
NZ Contractors Federation

The New Zealand Contractors’ Federation has welcomed Government plans to ensure the Western Ring Route is completed on schedule by speeding up deliberations around the massive Waterview Connection project.

17: Hazardous fumigation must be halted - Greens
Green Party

The Green Party is calling for an immediate halt to Methyl Bromide fumigation at Wellington's port, following revelations today that this potentially hazardous activity is taking place right next to Westpac stadium, Victoria University's campus at the ...

18: $2 billion motorway more muddled thinking
Green Party

The Green Party has criticised the Government's move to construct a new Auckland motorway to Waterview via a private-public partnership (PPP).

19: Where women in business meet

Press Release: Teenagers have Bebo, singles have SecondLife, friends have FaceBook…. and now women in business have ( – info attached and below

20: Meat & Wool New Zealand welcomes P4 opportunity
Meat and Wool Innovation Limited

Meat & Wool New Zealand is heartened by today’s announcement from US Trade Representative Susan Schwab, that the US will begin a process to examine the possibility of a free trade negotiation with the “P4” countries that include New Zealand, ...

21: Maori Party Raises Question about Police Weaponry
The Maori Party

The tragic death of a Pasifika man in Mangere during a confrontation with police, has brought to the surface ongoing concerns about the nature of the police arsenal relied on in crisis incidents.

22: Hundreds sign smacking petition
The Family Party

PRESS STATEMENT FOR RELEASE THE FAMILY PARTY 7 Feb 08 Hundreds sign smacking petition at Manukau’s Waitangi event Hundreds of South Auckland residents signed the anti-smacking petition at Manukau’s Waitangi Family event yesterday, ...

23: Pablo Ouziel: Geopolitical Rebirth
Pablo Ouziel

One cannot deny that corporate greed, political fraud and financial theft, are upon us with such catastrophic magnitudes that the average citizen has lost all hope in equality and fairness. Democracy has become the slogan of the powerful.

24: Glen Ford: Obama, Fat Tuesday & The Big Hangover
Black Agenda Report

Fat Tuesday and Super Tuesday were the same. Any analysis that concludes Obama's issue-less contest with Clinton amounts to a "movement" is as vacuous as describing the Mardi Gras as evidence of people "on the move."

25: NZDF Commitment To War Munitions Clearance Ends
New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force's year long commitment to the United Nations Mine Action Coordination Centre in Southern Lebanon (UNMACC-SL) has ended.

26: Police Association Comment On Mangere Death
Police Association

"The death of a man while being arrested in Mangere today is a tragedy, and we extend our sympathies to his family," Police Association President Greg O'Connor said today.

27: Tax Cuts? Must Be Election Year - Rodney Hide
ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader Rodney Hide today said that it was heartening to see that the upcoming election has helped Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen to overcome his ideological opposition to tax cuts and enabled him to actually begin talking about them.

28: Bill Berkowitz: Pushing Buttons, Raising Millions
Bill Berkowitz

Over the past couple of years, a number of right wing groups have been contending for the unofficial designation of the conservative version of These days, Freedom's Watch appears to have a leg up on them all.

29: Dunne: about time for Waterview PPP
United Future NZ Party

“Baby-steps towards a Public-Private Partnership along Auckland’s Waterview Connection are long overdue,” says UnitedFuture leader, Peter Dunne.

30: Cullen: Growth and fairness reinforce each other
New Zealand Government

In his first speech on the economy this year, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today that by overseeing the longest period of economic expansion since World War II while taking steps to reduce poverty, Labour has shown that fairness does not ...

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