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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 19 March 2008

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

1: Scientology Harassment Fails to Prevent Anonymous

Anonymous

Scientology's Attempts to Silence Anonymous With Litigation, Harassment and Intimidation Fails to Prevent Anonymous Protest
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00190.htm


2: TV3 First in the Market With HDTV Technology
TV3

TV3 has announced the launch of High Definition (HDTV) broadcasting on the new Freeview HD digital terrestrial television service. In doing so, they will be the first New Zealand broadcaster to introduce this new format.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00308.htm


3: Questions And Answers – Tuesday 18 March 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. JOHN KEY (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement yesterday, in relation to the economic downturn: “Basically the New Zealand economy has held up pretty well”; if so, why?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00321.htm


4: 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


5: 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


6: Air NZ Clarifies Shanghai Cabin Crew Employment
Air New Zealand

Due to a number of erroneous and factually incorrect media items in recent days, Air New Zealand would like to again clarify the employment terms and conditions of its Shanghai based Cabin Crew.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00307.htm


7: Ross Spencer: A Climate of Fear
Ross Spencer

There has to be an explanation for the media’s transfixion with global warming. There also has to be an explanation why scientists so often offer dire predictions about the future of the environment?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00297.htm


8: Questions And Answers – Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. CHARLES CHAUVEL (Labour) to the Minister of Finance: What new economic initiatives come into force on 1 April this year, and what has been the reaction to them?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00349.htm


9: Barack Obama Speech - 'A More Perfect Union'
Barack Obama

Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America’s improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00191.htm


10: NZ near top of crime survey
New Zealand National Party

An international survey of crime confirms that New Zealand still has a huge amount of work to do in law and order, says National's Justice & Corrections spokesman, Simon Power.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00335.htm


11: Anti-War Grannies Arrested Trying to Enlist
Atlanta Progressive News

ATLANTA, Georgia, Mar 17 (IPS) - As part of actions across the United States to mark the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, 10 "Grandmothers for Peace", ranging in age from 57 to 80, were arrested Monday while trying to enlist ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00300.htm


12: 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


13: Understanding a Religious Democracy
Thomas R Estes

To most Americans, the mention of Iran evokes a black hole of individual consciousness – a place in the mind that is perpetual subject to media infill, well-versed propaganda and indefinite controversy. To most Americans Iran is the enemy somewhere over there, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00299.htm


14: Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 19 March 08
Office of the Clerk

1. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Finance: What new economic initiatives come into force on 1 April this year, and what has been the reaction to them?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00328.htm


15: Ten Million Barrels Of Tui Oil
NZ Oil And Gas

Another production milestone is about to be reached by the highly successful Tui oilfields off the coast of Taranaki.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00319.htm


16: 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


17: Forest & Bird calls on Meridian to come clean
Royal Forest And Bird Protection Society

Meridian Energy should come clean and make public an independent report that is believed to have advised the power company not to go ahead with a hydro scheme on the Mokihinui River, Forest & Bird says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00190.htm


18: Amnesty International protests crackdown in Tibet
Amnesty International

Amnesty International is joining nationwide vigils tomorrow, Wednesday 19 March, to protest China's violent crackdown on protesters in Tibet.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00179.htm


19: Public submissions sought on Draft Annual Plan
Auckland Regional Council

The ARC's Draft Annual Plan 2008/09, which includes amendments to its ten-year plan, was adopted by Council today, and proposes an average 4.95 per cent rates increase, a similar level to the last three years.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0803/S00206.htm


20: Kiwi consumers await Govt response on milk prices
Gordon Copeland

Independent MP Gordon Copeland, the Kiwi Party’s spokesperson on commerce, said today that he had been overwhelmed by the response he had received to his Monday press release asking the Government to initiate a Commerce Commission Inquiry into ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00329.htm


21: Bird Flu Deeply Entrenched In Indonesia -- UN
United Nations

"The avian influenza situation in Indonesia is grave - all international partners and national authorities need to step up their efforts for halting the spread of the disease in animals and making the fight against the virus a top priority."
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00176.htm


22: Ohio voting machines now an official crime scene
freepress.org

At least 15 touch-screen voting machines that produced improbable numbers in Ohio's 2006 statewide election are now under double-lock in an official crime scene. And the phony "Homeland Security Alert" used by Republicans to build up George W. Bush's ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00288.htm


23: Peters: Stratford Grey Power - "Perseverance"
New Zealand First Party

There’s an old saying that “perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” We in New Zealand First know a thing or two about perseverance.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00326.htm


24: Ray White offers advice to investors
Ray White

At a challenging time in the New Zealand market, the leading realtor the Ray White Group is rewarding its best performers and offering some timely advice to existing and prospective Kiwi property owners.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00321.htm


25: Top Māori Tā Moko Artists unleash Moko at WOMAD
Toi Maori Aotearoa

Te Uhi a Mataora – Toi Māori Aotearoa, a collective of the country’s top Māori Tā Moko Artists honed their precision skills in the art and renaissance of Moko (Māori tattoo) at WOMAD in Taranaki from Friday 14 March through to Sunday night ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00189.htm


26: 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


27: 800 Spotless workers to strike on 2 April
Service And Food Workers Union

The lowest paid workers in our health system have given two weeks notice of strike action because their employer, Spotless Services, is refusing to pay out the wage rise negotiated last year.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00191.htm


28: Greens support for forestry offset conditional
Green Party

The Flexible Land Use Alliance, which has announced it has a parliamentary majority for its forestry offset scheme, needs to realise that the Green Party's support is conditional.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00325.htm


29: Wellington: Vigil for Tibetans
Media Statement

A vigil for Tibetans will be held in parliament grounds on Wednesday the 19th of March at 5.30pm as part of number of solidarity actions taking place around New Zealand and the world today. These solidarity actions are a statement of support for Tibetans ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00180.htm


30: Chainsaw massacre continues unabated
New Zealand National Party

Figures released today on deforestation are nothing short of an environmental disaster, says National's Climate Change spokesman, Dr Nick Smith.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00314.htm

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