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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 18 March 2008

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

1: Richard Dawkins Renounces Darwinism As Religion

Suzan Mazur

Atheist evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins spoke to a packed auditorium at Manhattan's Ethical Culture Society Saturday night about his best-selling book, The God Delusion , admitting in a Q&A that followed being "guilty" of viewing Darwinism ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00270.htm


2: Wage talks breakdown bad for Telecom broadband
Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union

Bargaining between members of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union and Telecom contractor Downer Engineering broke down on Friday.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00161.htm


3: Buchanan: Preferential Trade with Larger Partners
Paul G. Buchanan

Chinese repression of Tibetan dissidents has pushed the issue of the impending Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between New Zealand and the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) back into the news. In a diplomatic sidestep both Helen Clark and John Key claim ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00263.htm


4: UN Meets Myanmar Envoy, Calls For Reconciliation
United Nations

Meeting with top UN envoy for Myanmar, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim called for "serious engagement and strong commitment" from all parties to further national reconciliation. Kerim voiced confidence in the role and work of Ibrahim Gambari.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00165.htm


5: IRD error unacceptable, but uncertainty remains
New Zealand Government

The discovery of a serious error made by Inland Revenue in January’s Crown Accounts will not alter the government’s commitment to responsible fiscal management in a time of considerable economic uncertainty, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00300.htm


6: Multimedia: PM's Post Cabinet Presser 17 Mar. 2008
Alastair Thompson

Today's cabinet readout was followed by Q&A on a wide ranging variety of subjects including protest violence in Tibet and NZ's Free Trade Agreement negotiations with China and Air New Zealand's wage rates to Chinese employees.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00266.htm


7: It’s time for another referendum on MMP
United Future NZ Party

Even though there was no provision for another referendum following the change to the electoral system in 1996, most people still think there was, and are aggrieved it has never happened.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00297.htm


8: PM: Parliamentary Notice of Motion re Tibet
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark today moved a Parliamentary Notice of Motion in relation to events in Tibet.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00309.htm


9: Young pretender challenges aging dinosaur
Progressive Party

Roger Douglas is a dinosaur who should come out and debate his dinosaur policies if he wants to make a return to politics, the youthful Progressive party leader and Act nemesis Jim Anderton said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00281.htm


10: Report into Conflicts of Interest at HBDHB
Ministry of Health

The review into the management of conflict of interest at Hawke's Bay District Health Board (HBDHB) has found the Board failed the most simple test of good governance.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0803/S00065.htm


11: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 18 March 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement yesterday, in relation to the economic downturn, that “Basically the New Zealand economy has held up pretty well”; if so, why?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00303.htm


12: New Norton AntiVirus Dual Protection for Mac
Symantec

Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), makers of Norton security software, today announced the new Norton AntiVirus™ Dual Protection for Mac®, featuring vulnerability protection technology and antivirus for Mac users running Boot Camp or Windows virtualisation ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00298.htm


13: Dr Pita Sharples: The situation in Tibet
The Maori Party

Madam Speaker, three years ago, in July 2005, when the chairman of China's National People's Congress arrived here at Parliament, he did so by first snubbing the official powhiri that had been arranged in his honour.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00306.htm


14: Mum's the Word in Du-Nude-In
More FM

A new Mum is the toast of Du-nude-in and has won the inaugural ‘Look MORE Good Naked’ Competition. Eight and a half months pregnant at the time she submitted her photo, Bex Bates said “Like a lot of women, I have always had body issues and ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00165.htm


15: Property Returns “Cresting the wave”
Property Council Of New Zealand

Returns on commercial property in New Zealand remain at high levels despite a slight softening from the record high returns of last year.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00303.htm


16: The weakest of squeaks from Ryall
New Zealand Government

Minister of Health David Cunliffe said the findings of a review into alleged conflicts of interest are so conclusive they have virtually silenced even the National Party.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00315.htm


17: NZ Hosts the World Fly Fishing Champs over Easter
Sports Fly Fishing NZ

The FIPS-MOUCHE World Fly Fishing Championships are being held in the central North Island over Easter week with the opening on Easter Saturday. Nineteen fly fishing teams from around the world and four individual anglers representing a further four ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00177.htm


18: SSC: Statement on Error in the Crown Accounts
State Services Commission

The State Services Commissioner, Mark Prebble, today commented on the Department of Inland Revenue’s error in the Crown Accounts for the period ending 31 January 2008.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00171.htm


19: Roger Award: Telecom Wins; BAT & Spotless 2nd
Campaign Against Foreign Control Of Aotearoa

Judges’ Statement included the comments: “...an obscene $5.4 million final year payment to outgoing CEO Theresa Gattung, the scrapping of concessions for NGOs and the School Connection scheme. These sins and more ensured Telecom was in top form ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00152.htm


20: Climate Change Warnings & International Security
Andreas von Warburg

Andreas von Warburg writes that the risks posed by climate change are real and its impacts are already taking place. The latest report of the European Commission is crudely honest and, quite frankly, one of the most alarming, with grave repercussions ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00244.htm


21: Freeview HD Launch Date Announced
Freeview TV

Steve Browning, General Manager, Freeview, today announced that Kiwis' can look forward to HD capable Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) courtesy of the Freeview|HDTM service from 2nd April 2008.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00166.htm


22: Turner condemns Government inaction on Tibet
United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture joins with other parties in strongly condemning the actions of the Chinese Government and the People’s Liberation Army in quelling the protests in Tibet and Southern China. The right to political protest is a crucial plank of the right to ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00308.htm


23: Dunne backs Inland Revenue
New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Peter Dunne says he’s still satisfied with the performance of the Inland Revenue Department, despite the Department’s error, revealed today, in accurately accounting for provisional tax accruals during January
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00301.htm


24: InternetNZ supports Vint Cerf’s rejection of OOXML
Internet NZ

InternetNZ (the Internet Society of New Zealand Inc) strongly supports calls from Internet pioneer Vint Cerf opposing Microsoft’s proposed OOXML (Office Open XML) document standard.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0803/S00037.htm


25: FTA Muzzles NZ Opposition To China/Tibet Violence
Scoop Full Coverage

Full Coverage: Is the prospect of a Free Trade Agreement between New Zealand and China causing the Prime Minister to remain soft over China's violent crackdown against protests in Tibet's capital Lhasa? Includes: Video + Audio + Analysis + releases.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00269.htm


26: The 2008 Humour in Business Awards
Pat Armitstead

The New Zealand business that makes life the most fun for its staff, suppliers and/or customers is about to be honoured. That's because they will win the third annual Humour in Business Awards - now open for entries.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00293.htm


27: First "neutral" winery wasn’t including bottle
Carbon News

The world’s first “carbon neutral winery” hasn’t been including the carbon footprint of its bottles. Bottles are included for the first time this year in the footprint inventory of the world’s first certified carbon-neutral winemaker, Grove ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00287.htm


28: Lyndon Hood's Pics of the Weeks: February 2008
Alastair Thompson

Scoop editorial images by Lyndon Hood, for stories from February 2008.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00282.htm


29: Hypocrisy Again From Mr Dunne
The Kiwi Party

Peter Dunne is reported in the Dominion Post as saying it is "time for the people to decide." He refers to the need to have a referendum on the review of the MMP system of New Zealand politics.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00175.htm


30: Pastor determined to dent PM’s caravan
Syed Akbar Kamal

Ravi Musuku the pastor from Hillsborough Baptist Church has secured National ticket for this year’s general elections to challenge Prime Minister Helen Clark in Mt. Albert electorate for the second time.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00260.htm

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