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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 29 March 2008

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1: Americans Irritated by New Obama Girl Video

HCD Research

Flemington, NJ, March 27, 2008 – A national study among 440 self-reported Democrats, Republicans and independents revealed that among all respondents, the emotions most felt while watching the new Obama Girl were “irritated” (48%) and “embarrassed” ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00442.htm


2: Barack Obama - The Wizard of Oz
Evelyn Pringle

The most trusted leaders of the Democratic party, such as John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, ought to be ashamed of themselves for supporting Barack Obama. With use of the internet, a fifth grader could connect the dots to show a picture of a guy who was picked up ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00452.htm


3: Americans Irritated, Embarrassed by Obama Girl Vid
HCD Research

A national study among 440 self-reported Democrats, Republicans and independents revealed that among all respondents, the emotions most felt while watching the new Obama Girl were "irritated" (48%) and "embarrassed" (35%).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00227.htm


4: NZ Service Personnel Returned from Afghanistan
New Zealand Defence Force

Six New Zealand Defence Force personnel from the NZ Provincial Reconstruction Team (NZ PRT) contingent in Afghanistan have returned to New Zealand on remand for trial by court martial for alleged drug use.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00269.htm


5: “Watch your language, mate!”
The Maori Party

An advertising billboard that invites people to ‘Rent a car ... so you can visit any whaka’ is not just an inappropriate use of Maori language, it is an abuse of a people, our history and our culture,” said Dr Pita Sharples of the Maori Party.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00480.htm


6: Islamofascism's Triumph Temporary
SOLO - Sense of Life Objectivists

Whom I have called"thesesqualid savages, these bigoted barbarians, these hysterical humanity-haters, these tawdry terrorists, these god-ridden grotesqueries, these ignoble ignoramuses, these genocidal jihadists" who make up the ranks of Islamofascism ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00273.htm


7: No more poverty in a land of plenty”
The Maori Party

Maori Party Co-leaders, Dr Pita Sharples and Hon Tariana Turia, commend the ‘committed courage’ of church leaders who have called for action to restore benefit rates to a level necessary for a “just and compassionate society”.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00503.htm


8: Syed Akbar Kamal: Row over Metrowater
Syed Akbar Kamal

The Metrowater controversy continues to rage unabated. After City Vision last year, it has now engulfed the Citizen’s & Ratepayers dominated council much to the embarrassment of the mayor John Banks and his deputy David Hay acting contrary to ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00430.htm


9: New Parcel Service Meets Online Demand
New Zealand Post

28 March 2008 New Parcel Service Meets Online Demand Significant growth in parcels due to online trading has sparked new parcel services says New Zealand Post. Parcels marketing manager Mike Stewart says New Zealand Post’s research found that online ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00434.htm


10: Motorcycle safety package aims to cut crash rate
New Zealand Government

The Government has announced a range of measures to reduce the high number of motorcycle casualties on New Zealand roads. Transport Safety Minister, Harry Duynhoven, says far too many novice motorcyclists, particularly in the over-30 age group, are involved ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00490.htm


11: Concert Review: Split Enz
Malcolm Aitken

Split Enz at the TSB Arena in Wellington on Tuesday night was huge fun and a remarkable nostalgia trip. As the band got more and more into it and the crowd limbered up, a great sense of the fondness a lot of Kiwis feel for the Enz became more and more ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00424.htm


12: Lebanon - a cold war getting hotter all the time
Tortilla con Sal

"Lebanon, a small country, perhaps destined to play a great part in the future, not just of the Middle East but of the whole Arab world." With that remark some friends bade me farewell over a year ago in Beirut's airport. The capital was beginning to ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00445.htm


13: Protest at the sale of furniture made from Kwila
Indonesia Human Rights Committee

Indonesia Human Rights Committee and supporters will carry out a demonstration close to the Harvey Norman furniture store in the Supa Centre, Manukau, Ronwood Ave: 12 Noon Saturday 29 March. At the conclusion of the demonstration the letter below ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00274.htm


14: Chaplain Who Called for Attack on Islam Fired
Jason Leopold

A top Navy chaplain who wrote a book several years ago attacking Islam, calling the religion “evil,” and urging the United States to launch a “jihad” against the faith, has been fired from a prestigious theological institute after officials ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00456.htm


15: Orissa in India: An Economic Scam brewing?
Sandip Dasverma and Sanat Mohanty

While the Government of Orissa (India) ostensibly fights opposition to the POSCO project from human rights activists and environmentalists, is there a gargantuan economic scam playing out?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00455.htm


16: Putting the poor and vulnerable on the agenda
NZ Council of Christian Social Services

The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) today launched an information programme for raising public awareness of social justice and compassion issues, under the theme ‘Let Us Look After Each Other – Aroha tētahi ki tētahi’.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00266.htm


17: Neil Bush, Moon, Paraguay & US Dept of Education
Bill Berkowitz

President's brother flaks for Moon organization in Latin America while his curriculum on wheels is being investigated by the Education Department's inspector general
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00453.htm


18: Swimming pool fencing laws to be reviewed
New Zealand Government

Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones today announced a review of the swimming pool laws, the first since they came into effect 20 years ago.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0803/S00502.htm


19: Drunk drivers never learn.
New Zealand Police

At the same time as the fatal crash on Marshlands Road Christchurch, the Police were notified of another crash on Marshlands Road within a km. distance. The driver of the second crash was intoxicated and now under going the EBA procedure.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0803/S00296.htm


20: Titirangi Iwi supports Music Festival
Titirangi Festival

Titirangi comes alive with culture for the upcoming Titirangi Festival of Music, held between March 29 and April 5.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0803/S00299.htm


21: A good start to what is a great Party
The Kiwi Party

Kiwi Party Leader Larry Baldock welcomed the news this morning from the Herald Digi Poll that the Kiwi Party had registered in the poll.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00278.htm


22: Ecoescape: The Handbook To Responsible Escapism
Green Guide UK

A new travel guide series is changing the way travellers see the world. ecoescape is defining a new way to travel proving that we can enjoy the environment but leave no hint that we'd ever been there. And we don't have to go far to do this.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0803/S00253.htm


23: Making of Constitution of Nepal
Siddhi B. Ranjitkar

Most of the major political parties agreed on that Nepal shall be a federal democratic republican state, but they differ in the number of states they opt for. The Maoists have proposed 11 states; the NWPP has proposed to rename the existing 14 zones as ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00451.htm


24: Response to National Party Solar Policy
Solar Industries Association

The Solar Industries Association welcomes the possibility of increased support for solar water heating as announced by the Hon Dr Nick Smith MP, National Party Climate Change Spokesman today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0803/S00277.htm


25: Where are the Iraqis in the Iraq War?
Ramzy Baroud

Five years after the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, mainstream media is once more making the topic an object of intense scrutiny. The costs and implications of the war are endlessly covered from all possible angles, with one notable exception ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00454.htm


26: Union campaigning to lift low wages pays off
CTU

“Workers campaigninginunions to lift low wages is paying off,” CTU secretary Carol Beaumont said, ahead of the $12 an hour minimum wage coming into effect next week.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00449.htm


27: Property agreement recognises value of cleaners
CTU

“The work of thousands of low paid cleaners is being valued and recognised today through a landmark agreement signed by the cleaners’ union, members of the property services industry and government,”CTU secretary Carol Beaumont said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00447.htm


28: DFS Group Given Clearance To Acquire Nuance
Commerce Commission

The Commerce Commission has today declined to give clearance for DFS Group Limited (DFS Galleria) to acquire 100 % of the shares in, or assets of, the New Zealand operations of The Nuance Group (Nuance). Commerce Commission Chair Paula Rebstock said the Commission ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0803/S00448.htm


29: Two people swept out to sea rescued
New Zealand Police

At about 5.15pm on Friday 28th March two persons fishing off the South Brighton Spit in Christchurch were swept out to sea by the tide.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0803/S00297.htm


30: Classified Memo Reveals Iraqi Prisoners "Starving"
Jason Leopold

A classified memo written by a top military official stationed in Western Iraq reveals that a prison in downtown Fallujah is so overcrowded and dirty that it does not even meet basic “minimal levels of hygiene for human beings.”
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0803/S00440.htm

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