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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 8 March 2008


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

1: 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


2: 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


3: 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


4: Clinton's Decision To "Be Like John" McCain
BuzzFlash.Com

As I watched Hillary Clinton's post-Ohio spin on CNN, I took heart after a brief period of despondence. As a lifelong Democrat who likes Obama for president, I need some hope. The DNC strategy to wrap up the primary season early and focus on the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00123.htm


5: Global Warming deniers meet, greet, eat & whine
Bill Berkowitz

"Ignored, and often even censored and demonized" is how the promotional materials for the Heartland Institute 's recent conference "The 2008 International Conference on Climate Change," described the way "distinguished scholars from the U.S. and around ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00117.htm


6: 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


7: Biking for Boobs Gives Thrill at Sky City
Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition

Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC) Media Release, Auckland 8 March 2008 For Immediate Release Biking for Boobs Gives Thrill at Sky City The Sky City forecourt resounded to the roar of motorcycles last night as the Herceptin Riders 'Biking for ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0803/S00033.htm


8: Plane crash survivor winner in charity auction
Harcourts

Successful bidders Nicholas Eagleson and Karen Forsyth with (from left to right) celebrity Tina Cross, Harcourts Manly sales consultant Mary Amodeo (one of two Harcourts sales consultants working with the buyers), Harcourts National Auction Manager Phil ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00143.htm


9: 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


10: Waikato Dairy Winners Love The Lifestyle
NZ Dairy Industry Awards

The 2008 Waikato Sharemilkers of the Year Brock and Janine Fiske love the lifestyle and benefits dairy farming offers them and their family.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00077.htm


11: 60,000+ Iraq, Afghanistan Vets Diagnosed With PTSD
Jason Leopold

Jonathan Schulze was awarded two Purple Hearts in 2005 after a lengthy tour of duty in Iraq. But the Marine veteran couldn't escape the war inside his head. Drugs and alcohol temporarily numbed his pain. Yet the guilt he carried around with him having ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00119.htm


12: Help save our seas from a tide of filth!
Royal Forest And Bird Protection Society

Forest & Bird’s beach clean-up at Wellington’s Oriental Bay gathered a mountain of garbage including everything from a used syringe to a hat.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00084.htm


13: 2008 AA Motoring Excellence Awards Announced
Automobile Association

The AA has tonight announced the 13 winners of the 2008 AA Motoring Excellence Awards, the Oscars of the New Zealand motoring industry.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00076.htm


14: Israel: ITUC Condemns Massacre of Students
ITUC

Israel: ITUC Condemns Massacre of Students Brussels, 7 March 2008 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has condemned the killing of at least eight religious students in Jerusalem, and the wounding of several others, by an assassin on 6 March. Militant group Hamas ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00092.htm


15: 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


16: Half of New Orleans's Poor Permanently Displaced
Bill Quigley

Government reports confirm that half of the working poor, elderly and disabled who lived in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina have not returned. Because of critical shortages in low-cost housing, few now expect tens of thousands of poor and working ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00126.htm


17: Carnival Sale Concludes NZ Yearling Sales Season
NZ Bloodstock

The 2008 Carnival Yearling Sale reflected a decidedly more subdued yearling market than seen in recent weeks, with mixed results at today's one-day Sale at Karaka.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00145.htm


18: Simes Website Judged The Best
Simes

Simes has been awarded the "Site of the Week" by the company Best Practice.com.au.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00144.htm


19: 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


20: Go back in geological time at QEP
Greater Wellington Regional Council

Queen Elizabeth Park has a fascinating history of massive forces that have shaped its stunning landscape. Now’s your chance to find out more about its unique landforms from an expert geologist in Landforms of the Park, part of Greater Wellington’s ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0803/S00018.htm


21: Return To Public Ownership Would Be Step Forward
Maritime Union of New Zealand

The Maritime Union says Government plans to bring rail and ferries back under public ownership would be a major step forward for New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00085.htm


22: Geothermal Energy Progress
New Zealand Geothermal Association

Geothermal energy is renewable energy generated from heat naturally stored beneath the surface of the earth. Generation and heat supply technologies are well-established in New Zealand and are a sound, low maintenance alternative to fossil fuel energy ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00083.htm


23: 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


24: Venezuelan Charge d’Affairs to speak in Chch
Glen Johnson

Venezuela’s Charge d’Affairs Nelson Davila, a close ally of President Hugo Chávez, will give two public speeches in Christchurch on March 16 and 17. He will be discussing the formation of the five-million strong ‘Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela’ ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00082.htm


25: 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


26: Up Close And Personal With NZ's Father of House
Emma King

Emma King writes: Dick “Magik” Johnson, the father of House music, burst onto the New Zealand music scene six years ago fresh from Blackpool, the United Kingdom. Since then he has become an influential figure in New Zealand music.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00112.htm


27: Iraq: witness intimidation & changed testimonies
Ali Al-Saffar

On Sunday the 2nd of March the trial of Hakim al Zamili and Hameed al Shimmari, both accused of 13 accounts of murder, kidnapping, embezzlement and corruption, started. The trial brought with it high hope of change in the country, as it was touted as ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00122.htm


28: Audio: Week In Parliament With Tom Frewen
Scoop Audio

Audio: The week in Parliament for 4- 6 March, 2008: ... Tom Frewen presents the week's big political issues raised during Parliament's question time and general debate..
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00111.htm


29: Transit Regional Traffic Bulletin
Transit New Zealand

Transit New Zealandadvises motorists of next week’s proposed closures for work on State Highway 1.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0803/S00096.htm


30: Scoop Review: Red Road
Glen Johnson

Red Road is the first instalment of a trilogy, conceived by Anders Thomas Jensen and Lone Scherfig, dubbed the ‘Advance Party’. Inspired by Danish director Lars Von Trier’s Dogme movement of the mid-nineties, directors of Advance Party films ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00074.htm

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