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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 7 March 2008

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

1: 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’.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00105.htm


2: 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' ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00055.htm


3: 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.”
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00103.htm


4: Greens launch 'Proud to be Green' billboards
Green Party

The Green Party today launched its 'Proud to be Green' billboards in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The billboards feature trans-Atlantic rower Rob Hamill and actress Miranda Harcourt alongside Green Co-leaders Jeanette Fitzsimons and Russel Norman.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00142.htm


5: Platinum albums and Grammys - what a month!
Independent Music New Zealand

Well, this might be just about the biggest new we’ve ever had – it’s definitely up there in the ‘Wow’ stakes at least – Flight of the Conchords picked up the Grammy for Best Comedy Album at the 50th Grammy Awards on February 10 in LA for their ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00070.htm


6: Vodafone Rocks Wellington at Easter
Vodafone

Vodafone customers with a rocker penchant have the chance of a lifetime to see six icons of rock this Easter at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington for the special ticket price of $95.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00068.htm


7: FBI documents contradict 9/11 Commission report
www.UnansweredQuestions.org

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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00096.htm


8: Two more "Feltex" plants to close
National Distribution Union

"Workers, families and the two small communities of Foxton and Feilding will be devastated by today's announcement that their former-Feltex plants, now owned by Godfrey Hirst, are being closed," said Robert Reid, President of the National ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00079.htm


9: Questions And Answers – Thursday, 7 February 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. CHARLES CHAUVEL (Labour) to the Minister of Finance: What are the main features of the Crown Financial Statements to the end of January 2008 released today?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00130.htm


10: English calls for borrow and sell economics
New Zealand Government

24 hours after John Key adopted a new asset sales policy, Bill English has contradicted his leader and also confirmed that National would borrow for tax cuts.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00139.htm


11: Challenges for small open economies in uncertainty
Reserve Bank

The past decade has highlighted challenges that small open economies like New Zealand face in trying to run monetary policy in a connected world, Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard said in remarks to be delivered at an International Symposium at the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00136.htm


12: National's asset sales: more overseas-owned assets
Progressive Party

Many more strategic assets would end up in overseas ownership under a National government because National could sell anything, Progressive leader Jim Anderton said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00145.htm


13: Working side by side for security in the region
New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Phil Goff meets his Australian counterpart Joel Fitzgibbon in Sydney on Friday. Mr Goff explains what’s on the agenda.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00127.htm


14: Harawira salutes fellow MP of the North
The Maori Party

Tai Tokerau Member of Parliament Hone Harawira doesn't often get the chance, or even want the chance, to say something nice about political opponents.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00143.htm


15: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00118.htm


16: Cullen: Freedom from debt, freedom to prosper
New Zealand Government

The people in this room are more aware than most of the success the New Zealand economy has enjoyed over the last eight years. You know that our economy is in much better heart than it was at the turn of the century, because it is the businesses you serve, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00136.htm


17: Reports Emerge of Diebold Failures in Ohio
Bradblog.Com

'40-50 People in Line...4 of 8 Machines Not Working...Poll Workers Didn't Offer Paper Ballots...Get Rid of These Diebold Machines and Get Something That Works!' Declares one Buckeye Voter
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00104.htm


18: Group Launches World's First Chip Shop Standards
The Chip Group

The Chip Group has achieved a world first with the launch of a set of industry standards aimed at helping independent chip shop operators to make takeaway chips healthier.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00125.htm


19: Phil Goff meets Australian counterpart in Sydney
New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Phil Goff today met with his Australian counterpart Joel Fitzgibbon in Sydney to discuss our strong shared interests on defence.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00141.htm


20: Poll: All Countries Favor Equal Rights For Women
World Public Opinion

According to a new poll of 16 nations there is a widespread consensus that it is important for "women to have full equality of rights" and most say it is very important. This is true in Muslim countries as well as Western countries.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00088.htm


21: Seafood Industry Aims for Sustainability
Institute of Food Science and Technology

The seafood industry is a valuable export industry – worth over $1200 million in exports in 2006-07. About 20% of those exports are from farmed species, and the aquaculture industry has ambitious growth targets – to be a billion dollar industry by 2025. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00134.htm


22: Ae Marika: Treaty Settlements and Foreshore Deals
The Maori Party

You know you’re a politician when a Pakeha lady with a million dollar house on Waiheke asks if you can help her stop a developer from building a mansion between her and ‘her beach.’
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00144.htm


23: 90% renewable energy target is achievable
New Zealand Government

The Labour-led government’s target of generating 90 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2025 is readily achievable, Energy Minister David Parker says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00113.htm


24: Endpoint Encryption Helps Protect Sensitive Info
Symantec

Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced Symantec Endpoint Encryption, designed to provide advanced encryption for desktops, laptops and removable storage devices. Symantec Endpoint Encryption is a scalable, enterprise-wide security offering that ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0803/S00017.htm


25: Strategic Assets is not a board game
www.republicans.org.nz

Economic spokesman for the Republic of New Zealand Party Mr Kerry Bevin, says "Both Cullen and Key have let New Zealand Down with there respective positions around the Canadian Bid for Auckland Airport."
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00077.htm


26: UN Appoints A Kiwi To New Global Mediation Team
Andreas von Warburg

A New Zealander has been appointed to the newly-created United Nations Standby Team of Mediation Experts, launched today in New York by B. Lynn Pascoe, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00109.htm


27: Shane Jones launches Master Contractors Inc
New Zealand Government

Hon Shane Jones Minister for Building and Construction Associate Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Associate Minister of Immigration Associate Minister of Trade
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00146.htm


28: Retirement Of Maori Broadcasting Bastion
New Zealand First Party

Whai Ngata’s decision to retire as General Manager of Maori Programming at TVNZ will be a great loss to all, says New Zealand First’s broadcasting and Maori affairs spokesperson Pita Paraone.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00147.htm


29: Red Cross Uses Kiwi Ingenuity
NZ Red Cross

A partnership born of Kiwi ingenuity between New Zealand Red Cross and Auckland based engineering firm General Marine has created a robust and mobile water making facility that can turn salt water into safe drinking water – offering a lifeline to small ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00071.htm


30: Be Safe Rather Than Sorry - Kevin McNeil
Kevin McNeil

The son of murdered school teacher Lois Dear is supporting Rita Croskery’s call for electronically monitoring offenders such as Bailey Junior Kurariki.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00072.htm

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