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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 11 February 2008


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

1: GE Brassica: Resistant Insects in a Few Years?

GE free NZ in Food Environment Inc

Scientists could spend 10 years developing GE Brassica vegetables that could create resistance in insects in just half that time, making them worse than useless.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0802/S00015.htm


2: Disaster warning: Crime tsunami about to hit
PILLARS

New Zealand is about to be hit with the biggest disaster ever recorded in history, and it is not an earthquake.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00105.htm


3: Speight’s Coast to Coast Longest Day 2008
Speight's Coast to Coast

Richard Ussher has taken out the top spot in the Speight’s Coast to Coast ‘Longest Day’ one-day competition with a time of 11hr:03min:54sec. Ussher finished with a convincing lead over last year’s winner, Gordon Walker who came in at second ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0802/S00093.htm


4: Greens release secret enviro report 13th chapter
Green Party

Greens release secret 13th chapter of enviro report; call for independent oversight of future reports
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00114.htm


5: Ikaroa Rawhiti Nominees for the Maori Party
The Maori Party

Maori Party Ikaroa Rawhiti Electorate Committee delighted with the strong pool of contenders to contest a hot seat
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00116.htm


6: Salvation Army issues 'State of the Nation' report
Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has issued its first 'state of the nation' report which assesses New Zealand's progress on a range of key social indicators.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00104.htm


7: NZ Premium Wine Sales Soar in the United Kingdom
NZ Winegrowers

New Zealand Winegrowers today announced record sales in the United Kingdom with New Zealand wine now exceeding 10 per cent of the £5 and-over-market for the first time.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00145.htm


8: Link: Flight of the Conchords win Comedy Grammy
Scoop Link

NZ folk-parody duo Flight of the Conchords have won the Grammy for best comedy album - the first NZ Grammy since Kiri Te Kanawa's in 1984.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00115.htm


9: Scoop Link: Seymour M Hersh - A Strike in the Dark
Scoop Link

Sometime after midnight on September 6, 2007, at least four low-flying Israeli Air Force fighters crossed into Syrian airspace and carried out a secret bombing mission on the banks of the Euphrates River.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00106.htm


10: Timor Leste's President Shot in Rebel Attack
Scoop News

Scoop News Flash: Timor Leste – President Jose Ramos Horta is undergoing emergency surgery after Rebel soldiers attached his home. Ramos-Horta was shot during the attack.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00113.htm


11: Responsiblity, global economy to drive NZ markets
Mercer

Responsible investment and the global economy to drive NZ investment markets in 2008 – Mercer Investment Trends and Industry Outlook Following the widespread uptake of KiwiSaver, and the recent rollercoaster of stockmarket volatility, the investment ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00143.htm


12: Significant Increase in No. of Homes for Sale
Realestate.co.nz

Statistics released by the real estate industry’s official website show record numbers of houses for sale across the country indicating there may be more homes on the market now than ever before in NZ’s history.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00127.htm


13: NZ Business to Focus on Keeping Staff
Unisys

Three trends that will keep New Zealand business leaders awake: - Staff turnover to cost 1.5 times the annual salary of the worker - Need to rediscover personal customer relationships to drive loyalty - No longer need to choose between security and privacy ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00142.htm


14: Good on ya Trev, now adopt the recommendations
Green Party

The Green Party congratulates the Government for changing its mind and releasing the previously unpublished thirteenth chapter of the ‘State of the Environment’ report. But it is calling on the Government to take the next step and adopt the recommendations ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00126.htm


15: Dunne pleased by business tax call
United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne has welcomed the call by the Business Roundtable, Federated Farmers, New Zealand Chambers of Commerce, and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants to align the top personal, business and trust tax rates ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00117.htm


16: V. Guarisco: Could Iran's Oil Bourse Spark a War?
Vincent L. Guarisco

It truly is unfortunate for us that real soon, US war ships will probably start launching smart missiles and mini nukes at Iran because of nervous Wall Street investors and crazy war hawks.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00110.htm


17: Harawira to attend apology ceremony in Australia
The Maori Party

The time has come. A fact’s a fact. It belongs to them. Let’s give it back Maori Party MP Hone Harawira is to join thousands of Aboriginals next week in Canberra where the Australian Prime Minister is expected to make an apology to indigenous ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00109.htm


18: Good news from WTO on Agriculture
Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the latest developments in the WTO negotiations regarding agriculture and non-agricultural market access but expressed concern that there is nothing comparable yet on the table for services.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00155.htm


19: Key to appear on Alt TV's new Current Affairs show
Alt TV

National Party Leader John Key is the first to go head to head with Oliver Driver on Alt TV's brand new weekly Current Affairs interview show, Let's Be Frank.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00106.htm


20: Elections underway for two new Anglican bishops
Anglican Church in Aotearoa

The Anglican Church in New Zealand is in the process of choosing two key leaders – new bishops for the Dioceses of Waiapu and Christchurch.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00113.htm


21: Government needs to explain contradiction
Green Party

The Greens are calling on the Government to explain the contradiction between the statements of the Minister for the Environment, Trevor Mallard, and the Ministry for the Environment Spokesperson as to why the thirteenth chapter of the ‘State ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00122.htm


22: Chapter 13 Exposed
Fish and Game New Zealand

“Chapter 13 [deleted from the official State of the Environment Report released by MfE at the end of January] has highlighted and confirmed that intensive agriculture and the associated deterioration of lowland water quality is the number one issue ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00108.htm


23: Fight to end cruel live animal trade
WSPA New Zealand

New Zealand is highlighted as an example for other countries to follow in a global campaign launched today to end the cruel and unnecessary long distance transport of animals.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00111.htm


24: Cluster munitions solution closer - Wgtn Conf.
New Zealand Government

Wellington is gearing up for an important international conference that will bring the world substantially closer to a new treaty on cluster munitions, Disarmament and Arms Control Minister Phil Goff said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00112.htm


25: REINZ Applauded for Housing Supply Information
Demographia

The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand is to be congratulated for providing quality information on the supply / demand situation of existing housing stock, for the regions throughout New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00159.htm


26: Anderton Rejects Failed Policies of the Past
Progressive Party

Will National support the Business Roundtable policy? Special interests are still pushing for the discredited and failed policies of the past, Progressive leader Jim Anderton says in response to a Business Roundtable campaign for tax cuts for the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00123.htm


27: Conspiracy Theories Or Bad PR?
Gordon Copeland

An independent MP says a combination of Green Party mischief making and poor communication by Ministry for the Environment is behind the weekend’s allegations of a doctored report.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00119.htm


28: Property market continues to slow
Quotable Value New Zealand

QV's January statistics for the residential property market report a 8.9% growth in national property values over the past year (calculated over the three months ending January 2008 in comparison to the same period last year), down on the 10.0% ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00126.htm


29: New Group Wants Income Splitting For Parents
Parents Choice '08

A new lobby group – Parents Choice ‘08 – has today announced that it will campaign this election year for tax reform to allow parents to split their incomes for tax purposes thereby recognising the contribution of the “at home” parent.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00103.htm


30: Cookie Time turns 25
Cookie Time

It has been 25 years since Michael Mayell worked from his one bedroom in Christchurch smashing blocks of chocolate up for a new business idea he had in the oven.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00152.htm

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