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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 21 February 2008


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1: Xbox 360 Gears of War 2 to launch in November

Xbox

Microsoft reveals blockbuster lineup for 2008 that includes Gears of War 2, Fable 2, Ninja Gaiden II and Too Human; exclusive footage now available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00340.htm


2: Westlife announces four New Zealand dates
Skip Ink

After fourteen UK No.1 singles and more than 36 million records sold worldwide, the biggest selling pop act of the last 10 years, WESTLIFE, triumphantly announce they will perform in concert in New Zealand for the very first time.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0802/S00234.htm


3: Key’s denial on wages lacks credibility
New Zealand Government

John Key’s claim that when he said he wanted wages to drop in New Zealand he meant to say he wanted wages to drop in Australia defies belief, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00334.htm


4: Dean Baker: Does Ben Bernanke Have to Go?
Dean Baker

Does Ben Bernanke Have to Go? By Dean Baker t r u t h o u t | Perspective http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/021808A.shtml
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00212.htm


5: NDU Open Letter Re Bunnings
National Distribution Union

Bunnings tell us that “lowest prices are just the beginning”, but it seems that paying the lowest wages are not far behind.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00265.htm


6: Stephen Soldz: Update On Wikileaks Censorship
Stephen Soldz

This censorship has become a major topic in the news and on the web. after all, the shutting down of an entire web site threatens all citizens who use or rely upon the web for disseminating and obtaining a diversity of otherwise unobtainable information.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00230.htm


7: Cluster Bomb Victims Stage Wellington Protest
Kevin List

This afternoon in Wellington cluster bomb victims were joined by members of the public in a protest at the impact of cluster munitions.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00216.htm


8: Global Warming: Palm Oil Owed An Apology
Jon Tomczyk

The new Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd offered the nation's first apology to Aborigines taken from their families for assimilation with the white community, saying the policy was a “blemished chapter” in the nation's history.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00255.htm


9: Questions And Answers – Wednesday 20 February 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. JOHN KEY (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her answers to oral question No. 2 on 19 February 2008; if not, why not?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00335.htm


10: Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 21 Feb 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. PETER BROWN to the Minister of Immigration: What is the New Zealand Immigration Service’s definition of “good character”?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00336.htm


11: Key caught lying on wages
Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union

Revelations National Party leader John Key has told business he “would love to see wages drop” show the real face of the National Party’s wage agenda says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00243.htm


12: Text+Video: Child Discipline Law Gets Big Tick
The PR Department Ltd

Unreasonable Force Book Launch: NZ has been congratulated by leading international children's advocates for its ground-breaking new law banning physical punishment of children * and heralded as an example for other countries to follow.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0802/S00228.htm


13: Key’s ambition: where do we fit?
VUWSA

Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association Te Roopu Tauira a te Kura Wananga o te Upoko o te Ika a Maui Inc.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00262.htm


14: Key caught telling the truth about dropping wages
New Zealand Labour Party

We have seen an extraordinary event in the National Party. John Key has been caught telling the truth.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00331.htm


15: New Zealand’s newest icon “The Rock"
Wellington Airport Limited

Wellington International Airport today revealed the design of its international passenger terminal, which will complete the terminal’s expansion and upgrade. The building encapsulates Wellington’s individuality and creativity and will undoubtedly create ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00326.htm


16: Glen Ford: Obama's White Men Hear Something?
Black Agenda Report

Obama's White Men: Do They Hear Something Blacks Don't? Black Agenda Report By BAR executive editor Glen Ford
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00222.htm


17: Putting the Impact of Cluster Munitions In Context
US State Department

To find an acceptable way of addressing the humanitarian aspects associated with cluster munitions, all relevant facts should be considered. Unfortunately, much of what is said by certain advocacy groups on this issue is not accurate.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00233.htm


18: Meat export subsidies show Key not ready to govern
New Zealand Government

John Key is the first party leader since Sir Robert Muldoon to advocate agricultural subsidies for farmers, Agriculture Minister Jim Anderton says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00327.htm


19: Is pro-beating lobby writing National's policy?
Green Party

The National Party needs to explain to New Zealanders exactly where it stands on child discipline and who is writing its policy, the Green Party says. "The National Party stepped in at the 11th hour to ensure that the Crimes (Substituted section ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00313.htm


20: New York Times Exposes McCain Affair With Lobbyist
Scoop Link

"A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, in his offices and aboard a client's corporate jet. Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself."
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00228.htm


21: Unisys signs up business for strong start to 2008
Unisys

Unisys has recorded a strong finish to 2007 and start of 2008 in New Zealand and Australia by signing up several new clients for a range of IT service contracts including business process outsourcing, IT and desktop support, enterprise content management ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00344.htm


22: Telecom Extends Worldmode Roaming Range
Telecom New Zealand

Telecom has launched the latest addition to its range of WorldMode roaming mobile phones - the OKTA Mondo.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00361.htm


23: 300,000 and still counting!
The Kiwi Party

One year ago exactly Larry Baldock and Sheryl Savill along with leaders from several supporting organisations held a press conference at the Kingsgate Hotel to officially launch two Citizens Initiated Referenda petitions on the following questions
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00268.htm


24: Story Removed
Syed Akbar Kamal

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00353.htm


25: Support Message To Arrested, Rally in Wellington
Wellington October 15th Solidarity Group

The Wellington October 15th Solidarity Group sends a message of unconditional support and solidarity to the people arrested today in Maketu and Ruatoki. "We send our love and support to the people of Tuhoe and others affected by the arrests since October ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00241.htm


26: J. Leopold: Fired US Attorney Calls On White House
Jason Leopold

Last week's vote in the House to hold former White House counsel Harriet Miers and President Bush's chief of staff, Josh Bolten, in contempt for refusing to testify and turn over documents was encouraging.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00231.htm


27: Dunne on proposed Wgton airport terminal design
United Future NZ Party

Ohariu-Belmont MP Peter Dunne, a long-time resident of Wellington and a frequent user of the city’s airport, thinks the proposed new design for Wellington airport’s terminal is a classic example of edginess that’s gone over the edge.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00312.htm


28: 9/11 may have been an insiders’ job
Syed Akbar Kamal

In a significant observation many time UN contributor & international observer Professor Hans Koechler said “9/11 may have been an insider’s job” in response to a question from one of the delegates attending his lecture The 'Global War on Terror - Contradictions ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00229.htm


29: Students worried at possible future wage cuts
AUSA

THE AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION (INC.) TE ROOPU TAUIRA O TE WHARE WAANANGA O TAMAKI MAKAURAU
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00259.htm


30: Flavell: Summary Offences (Tagging and Graffiti)
The Maori Party

In the midst of Mine Bay on Lake Taupo, Mr Speaker, there is a series of rock carvings over ten metres high, if you have ever been there, and accessible only by boat.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00359.htm

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