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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 6 March 2008


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

1: Has National muzzled the press?

Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union

The New Zealand Herald's correction regarding John Key's comment in the APN-owned Bay Report that "we would love to see wages drop" raises some serious questions about media freedom and the possibility of political interference says the journalists' ...

2: 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.

3: Sludge Report #182: Bigger Than Watergate III
C.D. Sludge

Usually when covering elections its important to wait till the votes are counted before you write your election analysis. However when it comes to US elections in the 21st century this rubric no longer applies.

4: Labour breaks its own election rules
New Zealand National Party

National Party Deputy Leader Bill English says Labour has blatantly broken its own rules on providing home addresses on election advertising after describing National’s concerns about the issue as ‘paranoid’.

5: NZ shamed in international tourism report
Green Party

A 'dead last' ranking in the World Economic Forum's Travel and Tourism Report released today highlights the Government's shameful lack of attention to our threatened species' recovery.

6: NZ tip uncovers international child porn ring
Department Of Internal Affairs

Department of Internal Affairs censorship inspectors sparked the investigation which has netted a highly sophisticated international child pornography network spanning Australia, England, America, Canada and Germany. Twenty-two network members have ...

7: FBI documents contradict 9/11 Commission report

Newly-released records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request contradict the 9/11 Commission’s report on the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and raise fresh questions about the role of Saudi government officials in connection to the hijackers.

8: Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 6 March 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Finance: What are the main features of the Crown Financial Statements to the end of January 2008 released today?

9: Hillary Most Qualified for the Job - Part II
Evelyn Pringle

This election cannot be based on personal likeability. It matters not whether Barack Obama is a better speaker than Hillary Clinton or visa versa. Now is not the time or place for a popularity contest - the stakes are too high.

10: U.S. Presidents Acting Like "Thugs"
Massachusetts School Of Law

President George W. Bush is “the biggest thug” ever to occupy the White House, writes political scientist Michael Parenti , adding that most post-World War II U.S. presidents have also acted like “thugs.”

11: Dr Cullen Talks About Losing Lots of Money
Kevin List

This lunch hour a moderately cheerful Dr Cullen explained the government financial statements to the media. The Government's balance sheet is now in the red after losses on investments during the recent global sharemarket downturn according to Dr Cullen.

12: Arts Festival Review: Trial of the Cannibal Dog
Richard Thomson

The Trial of the Cannibal Dog Composed by Matthew Suttor Libretto by John Downie Directed by Christian Penny

13: Bailey Kuariki Needs Support Not Surveillance
Rethinking Crime and Punishment

"Bailey Junior Kuariki is considered by those who know him, to be an extremely low risk offender", said Kim Workman, Project Leader of the Rethinking Crime and Punishment Project. He was responding to a call from Rita Croskery, mother of ...

14: Questions And Answers – Wednesday, 5 March 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. Hon TONY RYALL (National—Bay of Plenty) to the Minister of Health: Does he expect the health sector to follow the Auditor-General’s procurement guidelines that advise that a public entity should “ensure that any information given to one tenderer ...

15: Brattleboro Vermont Votes on Indicting President
Michael Collins

Super Tuesday for Bush in New England Brattleboro, Vermont, site of Tuesday’s vote to indict George W. Bush. Image CC

16: What exactly is National's Agenda For Work Rights?
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

"National needs to start spelling out exactly what it would do with worker rights, after mixed messages from the party on the matter," CTU president Helen Kelly said, following National Party industrial relations spokesperson Kate Wilkinson's ...

17: Broadband connection overtakes dial-up
Statistics New Zealand

The number of broadband subscribers in the six months to September 2007 overtook the number of dial-up subscribers for the first time ever, Statistics New Zealand said today.

18: Australia Gets Key UN Post In Middle East
Andreas von Warburg

The Secretary-General of the United Nations has announced the appointment of Maxwell Gaylard of Australia as Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. In his new capacity, Gaylard will also serve as UN Coordinator for humanitarian and ...

19: BZP bill second reading speech
New Zealand Government

Madame Speaker, I move that the Misuse of Drugs (Classification of BZP) Amendment Bill now be read for a second time.

20: Customs destroys fake Ab King Pro machines
New Zealand Government

Customs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today lent Customs officers a helping hand in sending 748 counterfeit Ab King Pro machines - a popular brand of exercise machine – off for destruction in Auckland.

21: National Clarifies Worker Rights Policy
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

“Comments from John Key to a Christchurch radio station this morning have now confirmed National’s approach to worker rights this election,” Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly said today.

22: Time to review funding arrangements
Association of University Staff

The inadequate level of Marsden research funding in New Zealand highlights the need for major new investment in publicly funded research, according to the Association of University Staff (AUS).

23: 95bFM: Mikey & John Key on Nicknames n Blunders
Scoop Audio

95bFM Audio : Mikey Havoc asks National leader John Key about his new nickname; the law change concerning Foreign ownership of strategic assets; party policy and his blunder over National's Treaty settlement policy.

24: Michael Cullen the lone happy homeowner
New Zealand National Party

"The Reserve Bank's announcement that interest rates will remain higher for longer will make Michael Cullen the only happy home owner in New Zealand. He's been looking for an excuse to back off his latest promise of significant tax cuts and ...

25: Help prevent domestic violence for Women’s Day
New Zealand Government

Women’s Affairs Minister Steve Chadwick is urging all New Zealanders to help improve our appalling levels of family violence and sexual abuse, as part of International Women’s Day 2008.

26: Key’s judgement on economy called into question
New Zealand Government

The importance of judgement on the economy has been brought into sharp focus by the release of today’s government financial statements, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said.

27: Biofuel Bill will hit prices at the pump
BP New Zealand

BP New Zealand today warned the Local Government and Environment Select Committee that the current Biofuel Bill could result in a price increase on petrol and diesel of at least seven cents per litre at the pump.

28: OCR will remain unchanged at 8.25 percent
Reserve Bank

Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard said: "The outlook for economic activity has deteriorated somewhat since we reviewed the OCR in January. The main reasons are weaker prospects for world growth, tighter credit conditions, a sharper-than-expected slowing in the ...

29: Somali Cause Condemns Latest US Strike In Somalia
Somali Cause

The United States (US) military today unleashed missiles on Dhoobley, a small Somali town on the Kenyan border (New York Times, 03/03/2008). Officially declared as an attack on a single "suspected" terrorist hide-out, the missiles struck a residence.

30: Can Sustainable Businesses Be Profitable?
New Zealand Organisation for Quality

Yes! Find out how at the NZOQ Learn Share Grow Conference 2008, Rydges Lakeside Resort, Queenstown, 22-24 October 2008.

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