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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 9 March 2008


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

1: Impreza’s stellar awards

Subaru

Subaru’s new All Wheel Drive Impreza was the nine star winner at the AA Motoring Excellence Awards, New Zealand’s premier motoring awards. The Impreza WRX STI spec.R won the overall Supreme Car of the Year award in Auckland on Friday night.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00146.htm


2: Statement from Kevin McNeil
Kevin McNeil

A statement from Kevin McNeil the son of murdered school teacher, Lois Dear. His comments are in response to Kim Workman of the Rethinking Crime & Punishment Group's unjustified attack on Rita Croskery in a story by Fairfax Digital yesterday ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00086.htm


3: Seniors to benefit from NZ Super rise
New Zealand Government

A married couple receiving New Zealand Superannuation or Veterans Pension will be better off by up to $700 extra a year, said Social Development and Senior Citizens Minister Ruth Dyson today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00148.htm


4: Housing Affordability – An Update
Hugh Pavletich

Housing Affordability – An Australian And New Zealand Update HUGH PAVLETICH Please find attached a copy of an article from the New Zealand National Business Review March 7 2008issue by Mr Chris Hutchings“Australian move heartens activist”. Within ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00147.htm


5: Paid Parental Leave Scheme Touches 100,000
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark today celebrated a significant milestone in the Labour-led Government's commitment and support for families : More than 100,000 parents have now signed up for Paid Parental Leave since the policy was introduced in 2002.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00150.htm


6: 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


7: 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


8: Derek Fox Maori Party Candidate for Ikaroa Rawhiti
The Maori Party

An elated chairperson for the Maori Party electorate of Ikaroa Rawhiti, last night announced the candidate to contest the General Elections in 2008 is Derek Fox.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00149.htm


9: 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


10: 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


11: 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


12: 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


13: 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


14: Elegant science awarded
Victoria University of Wellington

Professor Tim Naish's geological re-evaluation of the Wanganui Basin has been judged an exemplar of "elegant science" and is one of the many achievements for which he has won the 2009 James Lee Wilson Award.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0803/S00019.htm


15: The Invite -- "Altenberg 16" Evolution Summit
Suzan Mazur

Because of intense public interest in what a new theory of evolution might look like, I am posting the letter I was sent inviting 16 biologists and philosophers -- "the Altenberg 16" --to meet in July at the Konrad Lorenz Institute in Austria to discuss ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00131.htm


16: 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


17: Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #229
Global Peace And Justice Auckland

-#229: Protest The 5th Anniversary Of The Invasion And Occupation Of Iraq: Aotea Square 12noon Saturday 15 March.------------
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00096.htm


18: 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


19: Avon Dontes $1 million to UN UNIFEM Fund
Avon

In Celebration of International Women’s Day March 8th Avon Proudly Announces $1 Million Donation to the UN UNIFEM Fund
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00097.htm


20: Arts Festival Review: Glow
Lyndon Hood

Glow Chunky Move 7 March at 6, 7 & 8pm 8 & 9 March at 3, 4, 5 & 6pm 30 minutes Renouf Foyer, Michael Fowler Centre
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00133.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: Katya Rivas: Jesus Forgives The Greatest Sinners
Katya Rivas

Pilate has pronounced sentence. My little children, consider attentively how My Heart suffered…
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00130.htm


23: 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


24: ‘The gift of Hope’ at 2008 Eucharistic Convention
Catholic Communications

Media headlines are beyond belief. Murders, home invasions, hijackings. It’s enough to make you weep. But, thankfully, there is an answer – the 15th Annual Eucharistic Convention, whose theme is ‘The Gift of Hope.’
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00079.htm


25: 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


26: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 8 March 2008
Scoop Daily Ratings

Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00129.htm


27: New Breed of Gay Online Travel Guide
QGuide

- 1,000+ listings and 7,000+ photos with contributions from passionate Gay travellers - Timely authenticated content with community creates new Gay travel online category - Awarding TWELVE, week-long stays at Spartacvs Hotel on the tropical island of Bali ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00095.htm


28: 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


29: 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


30: 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

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