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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 24 March 2008

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

1: 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


2: ACC Floods Job Market with “Stock Clerks”
Access Support Service

We find if you are male, employed in medium to heavy type work and suffer an injury that prevents you returning to that employment then chances are ACC will rehabilitate you into being a Stock Clerk. It is a relatively low paid job and usually means a ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00229.htm


3: 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


4: Government slashes building industry red tape
New Zealand Government

Minister for Building and Construction, Shane Jones, today announced plans to slash red tape in the building industry and provide simpler, more flexible consents process for starter homes.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00406.htm


5: Labour is all talk on ‘frightening’ health crisis
New Zealand National Party

National Party Health spokesman Tony Ryall says Labour has allowed a ‘frightening’ health workforce crisis to develop despite building up an army of bureaucrats, who’ve produced at least 43 reports on the subject since 2000.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00404.htm


6: Girl Geeks unite in Wellington
Girl Geeks

Geek: - 1. "a computer expert or enthusiast (a term of pride as self-reference, but often considered offensive when used by outsiders.)"
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00354.htm


7: 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


8: 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


9: 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


10: ‘Multiple use’ consents will provide a “fast track
New Zealand Government

Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones says the provision of ‘multiple use’ consents has the potential to provide a “fast track” approach for big property developers and large volume builders.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00408.htm


11: 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


12: Design competition will boost starter homes
New Zealand Government

Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones is proposing a nationwide design competition as part of the package to improve flexibility and reduce regulatory costs of building a modest starter home.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00407.htm


13: 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


14: Porn Pastor Tours Australia and NZ
Difted Media Group

Craig Gross, founder and pastor of the United Stated based XXXchurch.com is currently touring Australia. A former you pastor turned self proclaimed “Porn Pastor”, Gross started XXXchurch.com in 2002. The website has been featured around the world ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00228.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: 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


17: Evidence needed for good law
Business NZ

Commenting on proposals to legislate for meal and rest breaks and breastfeeding in the workplace, Business NZ Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly said employers were naturally in favour of adequate meal and rest breaks and provision for breastfeeding mothers ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00352.htm


18: NZ to host Forum Foreign Ministers meeting on Fiji
New Zealand Government

Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers will meet in Auckland on Wednesday to discuss Fiji’s progress towards elections, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said today. "Forum leaders agreed in Nuku’alofa last October that Foreign Ministers should ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00405.htm


19: 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


20: CIC welcomes moves to cut red tape
New Zealand Construction Industry Council

Chair of the Construction Industry Council, Richard Michael, has welcomed today’s announcement by Government aimed at cutting red tape in the building industry.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00353.htm


21: 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


22: 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


23: 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


24: Army Successfully Tests New Javelin Capability
New Zealand Defence Force

The detachment commander (firer) is Cpl Joseph Van Arendonk (centre) and his Number 2 Pte Laurie Clark (right) overwatched by Safety Supervisor SSgt Phil Kay (left) as they successfully launch the Javelin medium range anti-armour weapon targeted ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0803/S00221.htm


25: 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


26: 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


27: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 22 March 2007
Scoop Daily Ratings

Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00362.htm


28: 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


29: Search for Jesus down to final few
World Youth Day

World Youth Day Sydney 2008 (WYD08) organisers today announced the few final young men in the running to play the part of Jesus before His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00194.htm


30: 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

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