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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 23 March 2007

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

1: Lulling Americans Into False Sense of Security

William Lewis

The war on terror and the war on freedom are nonpartisan issues. Both Democrats and Republicans alike have consistently voted for legislation that, through the illusion of protecting our families and our homeland, have actually removed critical components ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00343.htm

2: Easter Sunday trading

New Zealand Government

The working group was established in February by Labour Minister Margaret Wilson to provide assistance and independent advice to the Commerce select committee currently considering the Shop Trading Hours Act Repeal Act (Abolition of Restrictions) private ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0307/S00524.htm

3: Kelpie Wilson: The Rising Price of Coal

Kelpie Wilson

As the global energy/climate crisis deepens, coal has become the starkest symbol and most telling measure of our predicament. Coal produces more carbon emissions than other energy sources - more than twice that of natural gas per unit of energy ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00357.htm

4: Martin LeFevre: What Went Wrong Jesus?

Martin LeFevre - Meditations

Today is Good Friday, the most solemn day in the Christian calendar. On this day believers commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus, seeing it as the ultimate sacrifice and the fulfilment of his mission. Nothing could be further from the truth.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00361.htm

5: Hot-air balloons set to light up Oriental Bay

Wellington City Council

This Easter Sunday, up to 16 hot-air balloons will be inflated - weather permitting - on Oriental Bay Beach, providing a stunning sunset spectacle. The balloons are being brought to Wellington as part of the ‘Lift off Levin’ balloon festival ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0803/S00220.htm

6: Undernews For March 20, 2008

Undernews

I'm in trouble again. The proximate cause is not my failure to accept the fact that Barack Obama is as good as we're going to get as president given our fouled up election system, but that I'm not enthusiastic about it. As a fellow journalist put it, "You ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00346.htm

7: Uri Avnery: Two Americas

Uri Avnery

"WAR IS much too serious a thing to be left to military men," in Talleyrand's memorable words. In the same spirit, one could say: The American presidential elections are much too serious to be left to the Americans.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00360.htm

8: National wise to shun Douglas policies

The Kiwi Party

"Act's return to Rogernomics is about as daft as their plans last week to sell discounted party pills to university students, and reveal a party that has completely lost any sense of principle", says Kiwi Party Leader, Larry Baldock.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00227.htm

9: Lotto Winners Marching all the Way to the Bank

New Zealand Lotteries Commission

Lotto players in Auckland, Gisborne and Palmerston North will be marching all the way to the bank after winning just over $1.2 million each in Lotto's First Division tonight, says NZ Lotteries' Chief Executive, Todd McLeay.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00225.htm

10: The Coming Uncertain War against Iran

Ramzy Baroud

When Admiral William J "Fox" Fallon was chosen to replace General John Abizaid as chief of US Central Command (CENTCOM) in March 2007, many analysts didn't shy from reaching a seemingly clear-cut conclusion: the Bush administration was preparing ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00356.htm

11: Is Our Government Too Big?

NZ Centre For Political Debate

In this issue, NZCPR Weekly highlights the critical contribution that wealth creators make to our economy, Guest Commentator former Secretary of the Treasury Dr Graham Scott shares his concerns about the state of the state, and the weekly poll asks ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00228.htm

12: Hundreds Arrested in War Protests

Chris Kuttruf

On Monday, more than 200 protesters across the nation were arrested in response to their demonstrations against the war. The protests, rallying thousands across the nation, were organized by United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), an organization comprised ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00353.htm

13: Emirates Calls A World First

Emirates Airlines

Emirates Calls A World First Emirates has become the first airline in the world to commercially launch an inflight mobile telephone service, affording even greater convenience to passengers wishing to stay connected while travelling. The first authorised ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00350.htm

14: Workers to get more protections in workplace

New Zealand Government

The government is to boost protections for vulnerable workers and breastfeeding mothers by putting minimum meal and rest break requirements into the law, along with a code of practice to promote breastfeeding in the workplace.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00400.htm

15: Joseph Reynolds Discharged

Waikato District Health Board

The 32-year-old English tourist at the centre of a toxic honey poisoning scare in the Coromandel has today been discharged from Thames Hospital. Joseph Reynolds, an IT support analyst in London, will continue holidaying in New Zealand with his partner ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0803/S00093.htm

16: Goff voices support for Keith Park memorial

New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Phil Goff said today he has written to campaigners and Britain’s Secretary for Defence in support of a statue of Kiwi war hero Sir Keith Park being erected in Trafalgar Square.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00402.htm

17: Centenary marked by more protection for workers

New Zealand Government

It’s great to be here with you all to celebrate the 100 year aniversary of a strike which dramatically changed the future of workers in New Zealand and which sowed the seed for the birth of the New Zealand Labour Party.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00399.htm

18: Paramount Cinema, Wellington Schedule

Paramount Cinema

25 Courtenay Place, Po Box 6232 Wellington. Ph 384 4080. Fax 384 4408.www.paramount.co.nz

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00224.htm

19: Siddhi B. Ranjitkar: China Cracks Down on Tibetans

Siddhi B. Ranjitkar

After setting up the communist government in China in 1949, the Chinese communist army marched into Tibet and captured it in 1950. The Chinese forced the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to leave Tibet after the unsuccessful Tibetan uprising against ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00351.htm

20: Chuckman Cartoon: Thanking The Troops For 5 Years

John Chuckman

John Chuckman Cartoon: Thanking The Troops For 5 Years John Chuckman - Bush thanks the troops for 5 years

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00355.htm

21: Tokelau Easter Festival

New Zealand Government

Winnie Laban with (from left) National Tokelau Association President Tea Aleki Aloisio, and Tokelauan elders Meleane Posini and Foai Foai from Hawaii who are participating in the weekend tournament.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00403.htm

22: Long-term renters prompt tenancy rights proposal

New Zealand Government

Concern over the long-term increase in families renting rather than owning homes has prompted Minister for Building and Construction, Shane Jones to propose providing stable rental rights, for the benefit of both landlords and tenants.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00397.htm

23: Can New Zealand stop drug-resistant TB too?

Bobby Ramakant

This World Tuberculosis (TB) Day (24 March) is another opportunity for people of New Zealand to review their TB responses. Drug susceptible TB is treatable, curable and with proper programme interventions, it is possible to believe in the theme of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00359.htm

24: Small Business Expo gets in the zone

Small Business Expo Ltd

PRESS RELEASE FROM SARAH TROTMAN & ASSOCIATES Re: Small Business Expo For immediate release, March 2008

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00349.htm

25: Family Party Open Letter To NZ Immigration

The Family Party

PRESS STATEMENT FOR RELEASE THE FAMILY PARTY www.thefamilyparty.org.nz 22 March 2008 Open Letter From Paul Adams To NZ Immigration Regarding Refugee Status For Miss Bahareh Moradi • Mary-Anne Thompson, Department Secretary, Immigration NZ • Clayton Cosgrove, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00225.htm

26: Goff to make Easter visit to Timor Leste

New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Phil Goff is to leave for Timor Leste tomorrow where he will spend three days visiting New Zealand troops on the ground and holding talks with the country’s leaders.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00401.htm

27: Beneficiary debt reaches all time high

New Zealand National Party

Beneficiary debt has reached an all-time high and all Ruth Dyson can do is offer excuses for her Government’s woeful record on this issue, says National’s Welfare spokeswoman, Judith Collins.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00398.htm

28: Breastfeeding access/breaks strengthen work rights

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

“Increased provisions for workers for meal and refreshment and breastfeeding breaks are good steps in continuing to improve the minimum work rights that New Zealand workers can expect,” Council of Trade Unions secretary Carol Beaumont said following ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00351.htm

29: Surprising statistics stacked up by the Bridge Doc

House of Cards

The Christchurch-based BridgeDoctor.com website is three years old, and it's already three-quarters of the way around the world.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00348.htm

30: You can help save our Hector's Dolphins

Blueskin Media

The government is going to make a decision soon about what protection they will put in place for the Hector's and Maui's dolphins. You can help by either writing to the government (Helen Clark, Steve Chadwick, Jim Anderton) or contacting your local ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00226.htm

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