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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 19 February 2008


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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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00217.htm


2: Key “would love to see wages drop”
New Zealand Government

Despite regularly claiming that National would raise wages if in office, John Key has admitted that he would like to see wages drop.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00304.htm


3: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0802/S00198.htm


4: Burma: Intel Officer Granted Asylum in Norway
Terry Evans

Major Hla Win, a former senior Military Intelligence officer in the Burmese army, has just been granted political asylum in Norway. He fled to Thailand with his teenage son after refusing orders to attack Buddhist monks during last September's anti-junta ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00206.htm


5: Keith Rankin: Understanding the Housing Market
Keith Rankin

Helen Clark and many others see affordable housing as one of the big political issues of 2008. Unfortunately her thinking about the issue errs in two main respects: she sees the problem as one of a lack of supply of houses, and she equates "affordable ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00192.htm


6: Minister gets it wrong on cluster bomb investments
Green Party

The Greens are surprised that Disarmament and Arms Control Minister Phil Goff is being reported today as saying that the New Zealand Super Fund has divested its portfolio of cluster bomb investments.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00283.htm


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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00178.htm


8: Two-Thirds of Online Kiwis Use Internet Banking
The Nielsen Company

In New Zealand’s highly competitive retail banking market, online banking via the Internet has become a mainstream activity. Results from the latest Nielsen Online Consumer Finance Monitor show that over two thirds of people who use the Internet ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00307.htm


9: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 19 Feb 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. Hon TARIANA TURIA to the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: How is the “genuine partnership” between the community and voluntary sector and the Government expressed, when the relationship is contractual and controlled by the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00285.htm


10: Images: Spanish Graffiti
Jeremy Rose

Jeremy Rose's images of graffiti from Spain
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00200.htm


11: Pablo Ouziel: Failed Fascist States
Pablo Ouziel

When Hermann Hesse warned of the rise of fascism in Germany he was rejected by a majority of the population. The truth is that most people were experiencing first hand the benefits of fascist ideology. Today we look at that part of our global history ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00190.htm


12: Greens win gold on Olympics human rights issue
Green Party

The Green Party welcomes the U-turn today from the Government and the New Zealand Olympic Association to give New Zealand Olympic athletes the right to speak freely about what they see in China.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00301.htm


13: Yoram Schweitzer: Balance of Terror, War on Terror
INSS Insight

The car bomb in Damascus that ended the life of Imad Mughniya also put an end to the world-wide manhunt lasting over two decades for the person responsible for the deaths of hundred of citizens of many countries. Following the disappearance from ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00191.htm


14: Patients take back seat to media management
New Zealand National Party

National Party Health spokesman Tony Ryall is appalled that Labour is putting media management ahead of patient safety as it holds back a damning report detailing a series of major failures at the country's public hospitals.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00290.htm


15: Siddhi B. Ranjitkar: Political Confusion in Nepal
Siddhi B. Ranjitkar

Prime Minister and ministers do not keep their words given to the people; they forget to implement the agreements reached with the different groups and agencies. Some of them have been openly engaged in saving the most hated monarchy that had failed ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00194.htm


16: Lost Tribe Of Children Raise Welfare Concerns
New Zealand First Party

The existence of a “lost tribe” of children not currently enrolled at school should raise concerns about more than truancy, says New Zealand First social services spokesperson Barbara Stewart.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00302.htm


17: Gen-i acquires Computer Plus Otago
gen-i

Auckland, 19 February 2008 - Gen-i today announced that it has agreed to acquire Computer Plus Otago (CPO), the Gen-i franchise operating in the Dunedin and Queenstown markets.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00321.htm


18: Small But Wicked: the New Fiat 500 Abarth Arrives!
Fiat

Fiat has released the first official picture of the Fiat 500 Abarth, the hot version of the cutest car to be launched in New Zealand in 2008, which will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March with a New Zealand launch slated for early ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00309.htm


19: World’s Most Famous Liner Makes Final Visit to NZ
Cunard Line

The world’s most famous ocean liner, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2, will make her last ever visit to New Zealand on Thursday (February 21) when she calls at Auckland as part of her final world voyage.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00310.htm


20: Barker to visit Viet Nam
New Zealand Government

Veterans' Affairs Minister, Rick Barker will visit Viet Nam at the end of February, with an official delegation of six New Zealand veterans. This is the first formal visit to Viet Nam by a group of New Zealand veterans, and the invitation was extended ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00284.htm


21: New Airport Terminal an Investment in Future
Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce

Charles Finny, CEO of Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce has welcomed Wellington Airport's new international passenger terminal design unveiled today. "The innovative design stands out amongst other terminals in its architectural boldness," Mr Finny ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00312.htm


22: New Start with a Smack of Direct Democracy
Republic Of New Zealand Party

Obviously there should be a Binding National Referendum (BNR) on smacking. If we already had BNR all the fuss about parental discipline caused by Ms Bradford would not have been necessary, and the law would reflect the wishes of the people.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00232.htm


23: Phoenix Organics Defends Aspartame Stance
Phoenix Organics

Phoenix Organics will re-run an advertisement that recently drew the ire of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of NZ because it contained a claim that ‘some doctors and researchers’ believe aspartame can cause a range of ailments including MS.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0802/S00069.htm


24: Multimedia: PM's Post Cabinet Presser 18 Feb. 2008
The Scoop Team

Scoop Audio + Photos + Video : PM's Post Cabinet Presser Monday, 18 February 2008 Scoop Team Coverage
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00179.htm


25: Loan debacle deepens
New Zealand National Party

National Party Deputy Leader Bill English says Labour's admission that it has been using interest free loans and failing to declare the interest as a donation raises wider questions.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00294.htm


26: European authority to review A1/A2 milk science
New Zealand Government

Food Safety Minister Lianne Dalziel has announced that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is to carry out a comprehensive review of existing scientific research on the safety of A1 milk.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00289.htm


27: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00277.htm


28: Government response misses the mark on housing
Gordon Copeland

Independent MP Gordon Copeland, who is Deputy Chair of the Commerce Committee which is currently conducting an Inquiry into housing affordability, today expressed his deep disappointment at the Government's prescription for change announced last week.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00303.htm


29: Mismatch cannot go on any longer
New Zealand Government

In the House today Biosecurity Minister Jim Anderton introduced an amendment to biosecurity legislation that will resolve issues arising from a Court of Appeal judgment.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00305.htm


30: Clark in denial again
New Zealand Republican Party

Prime Minister Helen Clark says she does not believe there is a looming "power crisis" in New Zealand and has blamed opposition MPs for sensationalising the issue.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00231.htm

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