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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 25 February 2008


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

1: 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


2: Images: Aliens Descend Upon Parliament
Andrew Ferguson

Mulitmedia artists Suza, Cathy Carter and Andrew Ferguson are down in Wellington to exhibit their work 'Spring Bulb' at the ShapeShifter 08 exhibition in the civic gardens at the New Dowse gallery in Lower Hutt which opens tonight 21st February ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0802/S00264.htm


3: F. William Engdahl: Financial Predators Had A Ball
William Engdahl

The multi-trillion dollar US-centered securitization debacle began to unravel in June 2007 with the liquidity crisis in two hedge funds owned by Bear Stearns, one of the world's largest and most successful investment banks.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00269.htm


4: NZ Pioneers New Climate Change Initiative With UN
Andreas von Warburg

New Zealand is one of the pioneering founders of the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), a bold new initiative to address climate change and the urgent need to de-carbonize the global economy. The country has joined the United Nations and three other countries, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00258.htm


5: MP Jones Appalled At Attack On Media Integrity
New Zealand Labour Party

National Party leader John Key should apologise for his attack on the integrity of the hardworking media in the North says Northland List MP and cabinet Minister Shane Jones.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00391.htm


6: Dunne: TV3’s news credibility in tatters
United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says TV3’s much-touted claim to be ‘leading news journalists’ is now in complete tatters, following the weekend’s revelations about the infamous ‘medals’ interview.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00395.htm


7: State of It: Labour Jitters n Poster-Boy Politics
STATE OF IT by Selwyn Manning

Selwyn Manning writes: The latest in a series of polls has shown a trend where Labour is in serious trouble. Can Helen Clark beat off National leader John Key in what is shaping up as a land-slide loss for Labour? And what of leadership coups?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00281.htm


8: We are being fair to students, says Westpac
Westpac

Westpac is responding to calls for a fairer deal from banks for tertiary students, by pointing out its virtually fee-free Student Pac offers.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00392.htm


9: Lack of communication contributed to tragedy
New Zealand National Party

It's clear that Police did a good job in eventually stopping Graeme Burton, but the Independent Police Conduct Authority makes it clear that serious communication problems between Police and Corrections contributed greatly to the tragedy, say National Party ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00405.htm


10: Paul Smith: Read Me The Death Notices Please
Paul Smith

"Read me the death notices will you please dear" she said handing me the Herald. It was both request and perceptive solution. This was my first assignment as a visitor to the elderly and Ellen's first experience of having one. When our trickle of niceties ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00257.htm


11: Escape to Christchurch for a weekend break
Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism

Christchurch’s distinctive heritage and alpine edge are on offer to New Zealanders in a new campaign aimed at enticing them here for a short escape.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0802/S00262.htm


12: Government agrees to aviation security measures
New Zealand Government

The Government will require immediate strengthening of security training requirements for airline and airport staff at regional airports, and the Civil Aviation Authority will expedite a feasibility study on whether flight-deck barriers can be fitted to ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00409.htm


13: City trees at risk from imminent Council decision
The Tree Council Inc

A meeting of the Auckland City Council seems quite likely to take away the role of Community Boards in planning decisions affecting generally protected trees. The Tree Council understands that the next meeting of the full Council, this Thursday ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0802/S00257.htm


14: More organisations for interest-free student loans
New Zealand Government

The government has named a further four charitable organisations whose volunteers may qualify for interest-free student loans while working for those organisations overseas, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne announced today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00408.htm


15: Maxed out students need a fairer deal from banks
Joint Media Statement

Tertiary students and bank staff are calling on banks to rethink their service to students in response to data that shows growing student reliance on credit cards and other bank debt.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00302.htm


16: Uri Avnery: Three Cheers For Kosova!
Uri Avnery

Anyone who believes that Israelis and Palestinians will unite tomorrow in one state does not live in the real world. The slogan "two states for two peoples" is relevant. So Israel should recognize the Republic of Kosova and wish it well.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00252.htm


17: Wellington's Air To Be Poisoned Sunday & Monday
SOIL and HEALTH Assn of NZ

Soil & Health has been told by the Greater Wellington Regional Council that log fumigation using methyl bromide is to be carried out this weekend at Port Wellington.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0802/S00052.htm


18: Family Values
Dr Ian Hassall

The attacks on the Children's Commissioner by the pro-smacking petition folk are becoming rather extreme. They have accused her of insulting past generations of parents by daring to suggest that the good old days might not have been so good for many ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00303.htm


19: J Leopold: Questions Remain About Rove's CIA Leak
Jason Leopold

It's been nearly five years since former White House political adviser Karl Rove sent an incriminating email to then Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley indicating that Rove had a candid conversation with a Time magazine reporter.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00282.htm


20: New Zealand Centre for Political Research
NZ Centre For Political Research

Last week renowned economist and author Thomas Sowell published a column, Who Is Fascist?, in which he shed light on the origins of Fascism. He explained that ‘real’ Fascism was introduced into Italy after the First World War by Benito Mussolini and ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00301.htm


21: Julian Slade Sport Report: La Pantera Boxes On
Julian Slade

One of the stars of New Zealand boxing is set to showcase both his fighting and coaching skills in Auckland on February 29. Venezuelan-born Guillermo "La Pantera" Mosquera contests the feature fight – for the New Zealand light welterweight title - in ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00264.htm


22: Graeme Fleming to leave Council
Hamilton City Council

General Manager Environmental Services Graeme Fleming is leaving Council to head up what is thought to be New Zealand’s biggest environmental project.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0802/S00263.htm


23: New Water Purification Systems For Army
New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Army has procured three water purification units capable of being used in harsh operational environments and civil defence emergencies. Known as a Micro Filtration Reverse Osmosis (MFRO) Water Treatment System, the units are an ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00304.htm


24: New GM Appointments for Accor NZ and Fiji Hotels
Accor Hotels and Resorts

Accor Asia Pacific is pleased to announce three new General Manager appointments in New Zealand and Fiji. Simon Harper has been appointed General Manager, Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort. Simon has more than ten years experience in the hospitality industry ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00384.htm


25: Nandor offers support for his Auckland successor
Green Party

Green Party MP Nandor Tanczos, who has announced he is stepping down from Parliament at the next election, has offered his support for his successor in the strong Green Party electorate of Auckland Central.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00403.htm


26: Win your own free vege patch worth $1000
NZ Gardener

New Zealand Gardener magazine is making it easy for Kiwis to grow their own veges in 2008 by giving away two $1000 ultimate vege gardens in the March issue.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00404.htm


27: Latest NZ Poll Results A Wake Up Call
Demographia

The February 2008 New Zeraland Fairfax Media- Nielson poll out today with the unnecessarily emotive header Labour poll-axed - New Zealand, world, sport, business & entertainment news on Stuff.co.nz has National Opposition at 55% - the current Labour Government ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00295.htm


28: FBT rate up for low-interest loans
New Zealand Government

The prescribed rate used to calculate fringe benefit tax on low-interest, employment-related loans will rise from 10.37% to 10.57% from the quarter beginning 1 April 2008, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne announced today. The rate is reviewed regularly to align it ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00406.htm


29: Arts Festival Review: La Vie
Alison Little

Information about Arts Festival events is generally provided to prospective punters in neat categories: theatre, dance, music and so on. La Vie , by Montreal-based troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main, resists the segmentation. Then again, a catalogue heading ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00265.htm


30: Martin LeFevre: Of Eclipses And Sacred Places
Martin LeFevre - Meditations

I sit in the backyard and watch as the terrestrial shadow engulfs our nearest celestial neighbor. In a few more minutes of timeless mystery, the colorless glow is gone. Two nearby stars stand like sentinels over the event, forming a flattened triangle.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00262.htm

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