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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 18 February 2008


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

1: French yacht crew winched to safety

Maritime New Zealand

Ten sailors whose yacht overturned 80 nautical miles (145km) east of Dunedin today have been winched to safety by three rescue helicopters and are en route to Dunedin.

2: Was Labour telling the truth?
New Zealand National Party

National Party Deputy Leader Bill English wants to know why Helen Clark didn’t correct Labour Party president Mike Williams who claimed Owen Glenn had not given her party any financial assistance since the 2005 election.

3: PM praises police efforts
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark today praised the New Zealand Police for their work in ensuring the safe return of the 96 medals stolen from the Waiouru Army Museum last year.

4: New Lamblike Cat At Royal Easter Cat Show
Royal Easter Show

A feline nicknamed the ‘cat in a lamb’s clothing’ is one of several new breeds set to impress visitors at this year’s Royal Easter Cat Show.

5: Booming into international cinemas
Foundation For Research Science And Technology

A Christchurch entrepreneur has his revolutionary acoustic technology installed in cinemas throughout the world. His latest coup is a deal to supply sound systems to motion picture imaging giant Kodak for its Los Angeles test studio.

6: NZ Tunnellers Museum in France Commemorates Kiwis
Ministry For Culture And Heritage

A museum has been opened in Arras, France to commemorate the astonishing work of 450 New Zealanders who built a network of tunnels between Arras and the German front lines during World War 1.

7: Public Pot Protests Set For National Road Tour
Julian Slade

Julian Slade reports that cannabis activists, who protest prohibition by publicy smoking marijuana at Auckland's Albert Park, will tour 42 towns in 42 days for daily law reform rallies.

8: Roger Award 2007 To Be Announced
Campaign Against Foreign Control Of Aotearoa

The 2007 finalists are: ANZ; APN News & Media (ANM); British American Tobacco (BAT); GlaxoSmithKline; Independent Liquor; Pike River Coal; Spotless and Telecom. The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation which ...

9: Burma: Rebel Leader Mahn Sha Assassinated
Terry Evans

A Burmese ethnic leader has been shot dead at his home near the Thai/Burma border. Pado Mahn Sha Lah Phan, Secretary General of the Karen National Union, was assassinated last Thursday at his Thai border town home.

10: First NZ Non-Contact Finger Scanner for Timesheets
Time Target

Manually signing staff in and out each day is to become a thing of the past with the introduction of a new non contact finger scanner to New Zealand.

11: Bodies Recovered from Kapiti Air Crash
New Zealand Police

Specialist investigators including the police Disaster Victim Identification team worked until nearly 3am today extricating the bodies of the two men killed when their helicopter and a light plane crashed mid-air over Paraparaumu yesterday.

12: Global Push To Ban Cluster Bombs At Crossroads
Cluster Munitions Coalition

Wellington, 18 February 2008 – At the opening of a five-day conference to develop a historic treaty banning cluster munitions, the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) called on governments to keep humanitarian concerns at the top of the agenda

13: Racial discrimination poll lowest in seven years
Human Rights Commission

The proportion of people who believe Asians, recent immigrants and refugees are discriminated against is the lowest it has been since tracking began seven years ago, according to a UMR research poll conducted for the Human Rights Commission.

14: Two dead In Mid Air Plane Crash On Kapiti Coast
New Zealand Police

New Zealand Police National News Release 2:41pm 17 February 2008

15: Union movement gathers over two days
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The trade union movement is gathering over the next two days in Rotorua to assess and develop union building strategies, further develop its political strategy, and hear from the successes of the Australian Work Rights campaign at their last election, ...

16: Opening address of Conference on Cluster Munitions
New Zealand Government

Ms Hilde Johnson, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director representing the United Nations, Excellencies, Ambassador Don MacKay, cluster munitions survivors, members of civil society, ladies and gentlemen.

17: Prudent decision says Shareholders' Council
Fonterra Shareholders Council

The Fonterra Shareholders' Council today said the Fonterra Board of Directors' announcement to its shareholders not to proceed with a May vote to change the co-operative's structure into two entities was a prudent decision.

18: Third Victim Dies From Kapiti Coast Air Crash
New Zealand Police

The pilot of a light plane which was involved in a mid air crash with a helicopter over Paraparaumu today has died in Wellington Hospital.

19: French yacht crew safely ashore
Maritime New Zealand

Ten sailors whose yacht overturned 80 nautical miles (145km) east of Dunedin shortly after1pm today have all been rescued and have now landed safely at Taieri Airfield.

20: US Mortgage Crisis, Rising Prices, Market Turmoil
United Nations

The sub-prime mortgage market collapse in the United States, rising oil and commodity prices and other factors could combine to hamper the economies of developing countries, the President of the United Nations General Assembly said today.

21: Quit blaming farmers for NZ’s environment woes
Massey University

Consumers will feel the pinch if farmers continue to be blamed for New Zealand’s environmental woes, Director of Massey Agriculture Professor Jacqueline Rowarth is warning.

22: Don't get carried away, Gen Y job seekers warned
Robert Half Finance

A leading recruitment consultant has warned young job seekers not to get carried away with their own sense of importance, or they could find themselves without jobs - despite the skills shortage.

23: Put children's health ahead of industry profits
Green Party

The time has come to restrict advertising of unhealthy food and drink to children, Green Party MP Sue Kedgley says.

24: French Yacht Crew Rescue
Maritime New Zealand

Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) is facilitating the rescue of 10 sailors whose vessel overturned about 80 nautical miles east of Dunedin.

25: Births at 44-year high
Statistics New Zealand

There were 64,040 births registered in New Zealand in the December 2007 year, the highest number since 1963, Statistics New Zealand said today. The highest number of births registered in any December year was 65,390 in 1961. At that time New Zealand's ...

26: Wholesale Electricity Market Summary to 17 Feb 08
The Marketplace Company Limited

Please find attached the wholesale electricity market summary for the week ending 17 February 2008.

27: David Swanson: Obamessives And Obamicans
David Swanson

A friend just described to me the scene last weekend in Richmond, Va., prior to the Tuesday Virginia primary in which Obama trounced Clinton. Both of them spoke at a Democratic Party dinner in Richmond, and a huge crowd outside and inside cheered.

28: Property sale co. Homesell expects growth
Word of Mouth Media

New Zealand’s longest running private property sale company Homesell said it was sad that real estate company The Joneses went under today.

29: Councillor Targets Wasteful Rail Spending
Cr Michael Williams

Manukau City Councillor Michael Williams has asked his fellow councillors to reconsider a 100 metre rail extension estimated to cost $10 million. Council currently proposes to build the rail platform and station in the Civic Centre Carpark which involves ...

30: Big fat anti-drug NGO griftfest
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

The UN drug policy consultation in Wellington this week will be a big fat expert blowhard session say the ALCP, see Notably it is expected rational observations - eg. that an ongoing cannabis ban is ...

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