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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 10 March 2008

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1: 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


2: 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


3: Another Worldwide Protest Against Scientology
Anonymous

As Project Chanology continues, thousands of people worldwide will stage a protest on March 15th against the Church of Scientology's corruption, and abuse of its members and critics. The group Anonymous, will picket at local Church of Scientology centers ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00099.htm


4: The Texas Zero Vote Counts - An Explanation
Kathy Dopp

The TX vote counts seem to be correct in most counties because not all counties in TX hold primary elections for both political parties.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00151.htm


5: 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


6: Slips continue from National Party
New Zealand Government

Less than a week after John Key forgot that he had set a deadline for Treaty of Waitangi settlements, Bill English has now been caught forgetting that his leader has set a Crown debt target of 25 per cent of GDP.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00162.htm


7: A Little "PR" Advice For Senator Obama
Sherwood Ross

If Senator Obama spends his time between now and the Pennsylvania primary April 22 attacking Senator Clinton he will have focused on the wrong target. Public Enemy No. 1 in America today is George Bush, not Hillary Clinton. When there's a Mafioso ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00152.htm


8: Liberal Party Launches Draft Constitution for NZ
Liberal Party

The New Zealand Liberal Party launches itself today by publishing for public consultation a 153 page draft of a Constitution for New Zealand. The New Zealand Liberals has been resurrected by a small Auckland group of ordinary citizens frustrated with the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00088.htm


9: Duynhoven: NZ Petroleum Conference 2008
New Zealand Government

Good morning ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the 2008 New Zealand Petroleum Conference. I would like to extend a particularly warm welcome to Jacqueline Lang Weaver, Brenda Pierce, William Buechler and Maroot Mrigadat and to all our other distinguished international ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00158.htm


10: Bunnings U-Turn – Shops to Close Easter Sunday
National Distribution Union

A u-turn by Bunnings means its giant warehouses will not be open on Easter Sunday, says the Bunnings workers’ union, the National Distribution Union.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00090.htm


11: Calls for Govt to Scrap Forcing Aspartame on Kids
Phoenix Organics

Phoenix Organics’ CEO Stefan Lepionka has called on Food Safety Minister Lianne Dalziel and Health Minister David Cunliffe to scrap the Voluntary Schools Beverage Statement in light of new research from Purdue University that artificial sweeteners ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00151.htm


12: Multimedia: PM's Post Cabinet Presser 10 Mar. 2008
The Scoop Team

... covering a wide ranging variety of subjects including making NZ more innovative, electricity, Auckland airport, strategic assets in general, railway nationalisation, sustainability and the selection of Derek Fox as a Maori Party candidate.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00158.htm


13: NZ MetService Takes Stake in UK Forecasting
MetService

New Zealand’s public weather forecaster, MetService, has taken a 50% stake in a private UK forecasting company Weather Commerce with a view to a complete buy-out in three years.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0803/S00021.htm


14: NZ submission on UK proposal for ancestry visas
New Zealand Government

New Zealand has made a formal submission to the British Government about a proposed change in short term visa arrangements which could affect New Zealanders’ access to the UK, Prime Minister Helen Clark said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00151.htm


15: 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


16: Oil Industry Should Get In Behind Biofuels
Gull Petroleum

Gull New Zealand today reiterated its support and commitment to providing its premium 98 octane biofuel as an important part of protecting the environment and helping Kiwi motorists to go further.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00162.htm


17: 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


18: Small super increase welcome- but gone already
Age Concern

Age Concern welcomes the three percent National Superannuation increase but says it’s already been swallowed up by price rises.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00092.htm


19: Prisoner BBQ shows Corrections out of touch
New Zealand National Party

The Corrections Department continues to show it is out of touch with what the vast majority of New Zealanders think should be happening in our prisons, says National’s Justice & Corrections spokesman, Simon Power.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00161.htm


20: Board will further reduce voting rights
CPP Investment Board

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) today announced that it will further restrict its ability to vote its shares of Auckland International Airport Limited (AIAL) if its partial takeover offer is successful.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00153.htm


21: Treasury releases its monthly economic indicators
New Zealand Treasury

Sluggish domestic demand, drought conditions restricting agricultural production and stalling US and European economies all point to the New Zealand economy slowing over 2008. Given the labour market and inflation tend to lag the cycle, they should ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00166.htm


22: Rising diabetes numbers drive need for solutions
Diabetes Federation

The community health programme survey results that found 60% of the respondents were susceptible to diabetes due to obesity and family history confirm the severity of the diabetes problem, according to the Manager of the International Diabetes Federation ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0803/S00036.htm


23: "Myth" of Voter Fraud Focus of Senate Hearing
Jason Leopold

Last year, during the height of the Congressional investigation into the firings of US attorneys, David Iglesias and John McKay, two of the nine federal prosecutors who were ousted, revealed that they were pressured by Republicans to bring charges ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00156.htm


24: 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


25: Hitman scam targets New Zealanders
New Zealand Government

As this year's Fraud Awareness Week comes to end, a new scam reported to SCAMwatch reminds us of the need to be vigilant and not to respond to unsolicited emails.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00165.htm


26: NZ to help rebuild Solomon Islands homes
New Zealand Government

Thousands of homes damaged or destroyed by earthquake and tsunami in the Solomon Islands last April are to be rebuilt with help from New Zealand, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00154.htm


27: Elizabeth Marvelly to Feature on Album w Dame Kiri
Skip Ink

BEAUTIFUL New Zealand singer Elizabeth Marvelly will appear on the same album as Kiwi opera great Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Elizabeth’s song Love Can Build A Bridge has been selected for a new compilation album "Morning Has Broken". The album features ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00096.htm


28: Libertarianz, for Permanent Relief from Tyranny
Solo New Zealand

"Finally over the last week Kiwis have been waking up to the rotting egg that year on year structural socialism has laid. Through the cracks opening in our economy is oozing the fetid yoke given birth from the myriad new bureaucracies created in ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00087.htm


29: Copeland welcomes Bunnings move
Gordon Copeland

Independent MP Gordon Copeland today expressed his delight that Bunnings shops will remain closed this Easter Sunday. “I worked closely with the National Distribution Union to oppose the Easter Sunday Trading Bills in Parliament last year,” said ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00160.htm


30: Australia and NZ - Weekly Prospects 10 Mar 2008
J P Morgan

* The RBA hiked interest rates 25bp as expected last Tuesday and maintained a clear bias to tighten policy, even though the commentary was less hawkish than expected. The rapidly deteriorating inflation outlook means that we are still forecasting another ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00154.htm

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