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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 4 March 2008


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

1: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Office of the Clerk

1. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Health?

2: Strategic assets to be protected in nat. interest
New Zealand Government

Greater protection for New Zealand’s major strategic assets will be delivered by new Overseas Investment provisions announced by Finance Minister Michael Cullen today.

3: Multimedia: PM's Post Cabinet Presser 3 March 2007
The Scoop Team

Today's cabinet readout was followed by Q&A on recent political polls, health, monetary policy, housing affordability and the release of SIS files on the 1951 waterfront lockout.

4: NZ U18 Ice Hockey Team beats Mongolia 29 - Nil
New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation

The New Zealand Under 18's Ice Hockey team has begun their International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships Division 3 Group A campaign with a huge win over Mongolia 29 - 0! The tournament being held in Mexico City, will see the New Zealand team face ...

5: Mazur: Altenberg! The Woodstock of Evolution?
Suzan Mazur

It's not Yasgur's Farm, but what happens at the Konrad Lorenz Institute Konrad Lorenz Institute in Altenberg, Austria this July promises to be far more transforming for the world than Woodstock.

6: BECA Flying High With Air Force Orion Contract
Beca International

Beca Applied Technologies (Beca), part of international engineering consultancy Beca Group, has signed a five year contract with the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) to maintain software on its six P-3K2 Orion aircraft.

7: Key’s stance on foreign asset control dissapoints
New Zealand Government

John Key’s willingness to hand over major assets to foreign control shows that National still believes New Zealand is not capable of managing our own economic direction, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said.

8: Beautiful Death-Star Could Threaten Earth
University of Sydney

One of the sky's most beautiful objects could explode, and the Earth may be smack bang in the middle of its firing line. "When it finally explodes as a supernova, it could emit an intense beam of gamma rays coming our way".

9: 3 News Poll 3 - Feb. 2008- Full Details

3 News Poll Embargoed until 6.00pm Monday 3rd March 2008 Opinion Poll Results 19th February– 26th February 2008

10: Hard-hitting ETS report for Rainbow Warrior tour
Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace has used a hard-hitting report into the Government's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to launch a six-week, nation-wide ship tour aboard the iconic Rainbow Warrior.

11: UN Observer says govts are using terror
Syed Akbar Kamal

Prof. Hans Koechler paid a visit to Auckland recently to deliver lecture on ‘The Global War on Terror - Contradictions of an Imperial Strategy'. He is President of the International Progress Organisation (IPO) and a renowned international jurist, ...

12: Bill Berkowitz: Goeglein Resigns Over Plagiarism
Bill Berkowitz

Tim Goeglein, who had been with the administration since 2001, resigned "after admitting that he repeatedly plagiarized from other writers," for his occasional guest columns for his hometown newspaper, The News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne.

13: David Swanson: Will Police Arrest Bush and Cheney?
David Swanson

"Shall the Selectboard instruct the Town Attorney to draft indictments against President Bush and Vice President Cheney for crimes against our Constitution and publish said indictments for consideration by other authorities"

14: Flavell: Urgent Debate - Hawkes Bay DHB
The Maori Party

Mr Speaker, three days ago one of the most comical of press releases was issued under the name of the Director-General of Health. The humour came in the statement from the Director-General advising that the inquiry into conflict of interest issues ...

15: Legal Aid Crisis Ahead? Or Is It Here Now?

The current legal aid situation in New Zealand is headed for the same crisis as those in the UK and elsewhere, with a growing number of legal aid candidates, combined with unattractive payments and heavy overheads.

16: Transport Fuels From New Zealand Biomass A Reality

Biofuels generated from New Zealand-grown softwood feedstocks have been identified as a feasible, large scale option for meeting both the low-carbon transport vision of the Government's 2007 Energy Strategy (NZES) and Biofuels Sales Obligation (BSO), ...

17: Labour Progress will be sold out by Maori Party
New Zealand Labour Party

The Maori Party have shown their true colours today with Dr Pita Sharples concession on National Radio that he would sell out the solid gains made under this Labour Government by going into coalition with National, Northland List MP Shane Jones said.

18: Govt to close petroleum mining tax loophole
New Zealand Government

The government will close a legislative loophole to prevent New Zealand missing out on significant tax revenue from the burgeoning petroleum mining industry, Finance Minister Michael Cullen and Revenue Minister Peter Dunne announced today.

19: Junta Continues Persecution Of Buddhist Clergy
Terry Evans

Burma's military junta forced 16 monks and nuns - many of them elderly - into court last week to face charges relating to their involvement in last September's anti-junta protests. All have been held at the notorious Insein Prison in Rangoon.

20: Post-graduate biosecurity programme
New Zealand Government

Launch of Auckland University's post-graduate biosecurity programme It's a pleasure to be here to be part of the launch of this important and valuable course.

21: PPP Road Tolls, No Way
Citizens Against Privatisation

Citizens Against Privatisation will picket Transit NZ's Open/Information Days on the Waterview Connection, today, Tues March 4, at Owairaka Primary School, Richardson Rd, 3.30pm - 8.30pm and again on Sat March 15, 10am - 3pm; and tomorrow, Wed March ...

22: Sporting nation to tune into Drysdale v Waddell
Rowing New Zealand

The third – and potentially decisive – race between triple world champion Mahe Drysdale and 2000 Olympic champion Rob Waddell for the single sculling seat at the Beijing Olympics is to be broadcast live by TV1 and made available to all New Zealand ...

23: Notice of Motion: Appointment of Assistant Speaker
The Maori Party

Notice of Motion: Appointment of Assistant Speaker 'That Hon Marian Leslie Hobbs be appointed Assistant Speaker'

24: Emirates' Giant A380s To Wing Their Way To Ak
Emirates Airlines

Emirates' giant Airbus A380s will spread their wings to Auckland from February 2009, the airline has announced today.

25: Greens welcome Cullen borrowing ideas on airport
Green Party

The Green Party is welcoming the Government's decision to tighten the Overseas Investment Act, which will have the effect of blocking the sale of Auckland International Airport, and hopes that the new criteria will block the sale of other key strategic assets ...

26: Westlife sets sales record
Skip Ink

One of the world's most popular bands Westlife has set a record in Wellington, selling out in just three hours of going on sale at Ticketek on Saturday morning.

27: Marae Digipoll a “dodgy poll” says Jones
New Zealand Labour Party

The Marae Digipoll is a “dodgy poll” and eyebrows need to be raised in regards to its results said Northland List MP and Maori Caucus member Shane Jones.

28: Grant for bankrupt a sorry tale
New Zealand National Party

Ruth Dyson needs to explain why her ministry gave close to $50,000 to an undischarged bankrupt who was later jailed for fraud relating to false grant applications, and why MSD has lost significant files relating to the case, says National's Welfare ...

29: Accor to Launch Pullman Hotels in New Zealand
Accor Hotels and Resorts

Accor will introduce its new 5-star Pullman brand to Auckland, following the announcement today that a Pullman hotel will be developed on the former New Zealand Reserve Bank in Customs Street, in the heart of the central business district. The hotel is due ...

30: Uri Avnery: Good Morning, Hamas
Gush Shalom

Do you like Hamas? Not at all. I have very strong secular convictions. I oppose any ideology that mixes politics with religion - whether Jewish, Muslim or Christian, in Israel, the Arab world or America. That does not prevent me from speaking.

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