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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 12 April 2008

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

1: Syed A Kamal: Tamil Tigers And Ethnic Cleansing

Syed Akbar Kamal

Sri Lanka’s top diplomat in the Pacific region Mr. Kusum Balapatabendi paid a visit to New Zealand recently on the occasion of Sri Lanka’s 60 years of independence. Incidentally it was his first trip to Auckland at the invitation of New Zealand Sri ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00159.htm


2: Labour Party Disruptor Caught On Camera
Kevin List

Click for big version A Labour Party delegate from New Lynn who may very well have snapped the fifth columnist that snuck into the Labour Party conference and detonated a fire alarm just at the start of Prime Minister Helen Clark's affternoon address
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00178.htm


3: Exposing the Climate Change Agenda
NZ Centre For Political Research

The climate change debate is forever shifting as science casts long shadows of doubt on the predictions of global catastrophe.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00187.htm


4: Olympic Torch Protests Overwhelm San Francisco
Matt Renner

San Francisco, California - A day-long mass gathering intended to protest the running of the 2008 Beijing Olympic torch ended anticlimactically when San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom decided to cancel the downtown closing ceremony and instead hold the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00157.htm


5: Largest survey of HIV Positive people released
Aids Foundation

The largest comprehensive national survey into the health and social experiences of people living with HIV in New Zealand was released today. The study was conducted by Dr Jeffrey Grierson from La Trobe University in Melbourne with the support of ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0804/S00083.htm


6: Lyndon Hood: Trade Briefs
Lyndon Hood

Bollard asks bears not to hibernate - China Responds to Human Rights Concerns
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00160.htm


7: National seeks court clarity on election law
New Zealand National Party

The National Party is going to court to try to get some clarity on Labour's Electoral Finance Act, says National Party Deputy Leader Bill English.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00310.htm


8: Diocesan Gives Modern Day Twist To Shakespeare
Emily Kernot - AUT Journalism Student

Emily Kernot writes: Shakespeare’s works are being revamped with some modern day twists this weekend, as Diocesan School for Girls hold the regional heats for the festival named after the bard.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00169.htm


9: PM pays tribute to Rt Hon Fraser Colman
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark today expressed sorrow on hearing of the death of former Labour Cabinet Minister Rt Hon Fraser Colman, who served in both the Third and Fourth Labour Governments.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00307.htm


10: Three city model proposed for local governance
Manukau City Council

Three city councils for the Auckland region, plus a Greater Auckland Council is the option contained in the Manukau City Council’s draft submission to the Royal Commission of Inquiry on Auckland Governance.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0804/S00125.htm


11: Siddhi B. Ranjitkar: After the CA Poll in Nepal
Siddhi B. Ranjitkar

The historic election for a Constituent Assembly (CA) has been successfully completed. Now, the question is who are going to influence the making of a new constitution of Nepal. In absence of scientific and even crude opinion polls before and after ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00158.htm


12: Computer Scientists: '08 Election Can Be Hacked'
Bradblog.Com

Systems Made by Diebold, Sequoia and Hart InterCivic Are 'Still Going to Have Same Viral Vulnerabilities Found' During California's 2007 Study...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00177.htm


13: Julie Webb-Pullman: Chiapas - Mexico's Tibet
Julie Webb-Pullman

On 10 April, a petition signed by more than 30 New Zealanders was delivered to the Mexican Ambassador to New Zealand, Angélica Arce, declaiming ongoing human rights abuses of indigenous Mexicans, impunity for the perpetrators, and marking the 89th ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00176.htm


14: Hizbullah: Has Israel Met Its Match?
M. Shahid Alam

On January 31, 2008, when the Winograd Commission submitted its final report on the Second Lebanese War of July 2006, this was a first in Israeli history: a report on why the Israeli military had failed in a war.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00174.htm


15: GE Push Could Prompt Civil Conflict
GE Free NZ

New applications in New Zealand for GE crops to be allowed to flower and seed (1) and for more GE animal experiments (2) could set farmer against farmer and prompt civil conflict.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0804/S00028.htm


16: Decision on overseas investment proposal for AIAL
New Zealand Government

Land Information Minister David Parker and Associate Finance Minister Clayton Cosgrove have jointly declined the application by the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board to buy a 40 percent shareholding in Auckland International Airport Limited.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00286.htm


17: Trade Me & FreeParking Create Domain Marketplace
Trade Me Limited

Online auction website Trade Me has partnered with internet domain name registrar FreeParking to sell “used” domain names.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0408/S00128.htm


18: National Selects Michael Woodhouse as Candidate
New Zealand National Party

The National Party Southern Regional Chair is proud to announce that Michael Woodhouse has been selected as the National Party candidate for Dunedin North to contest the 2008 Election.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00193.htm


19: Public get chance to walk Hamilton 400 V8 circuit
Hamilton City Council

Hamiltonians and visitors to the city are invited to walk the track for the new Hamilton 400 V8 Supercar event on Thursday 17 April.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0804/S00122.htm


20: Key puts up ‘for sale’ sign on strategic assets
New Zealand Government

Finance Minister Michael Cullen says he is disappointed but not surprised to hear of the National Party’s weak position on strategic national assets.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00301.htm


21: Basra Battles: Barely Half the Story
Ramzy Baroud

When it comes to Iraq, reporters appear intent on omitting or fabricating news. The latest battles in Basra, Iraq's second largest city and a vital oil seaport, furnished ample instances of misleading and manipulative practice in corporate journalism today. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00173.htm


22: First Quarter 2005 Sales Growth
Certified Organics Limited

Certified Organics has released details of its sales results for the first quarter (January-March 2005) of its new financial year.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0505/S00006.htm


23: Labour puts ‘don’t invest here’ sign up
New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key has slammed Labour’s blatantly political decision to scuttle the Canada Pension Plan’s bid for a stake in Auckland Airport despite the Overseas Investment Office’s recommendation that it be approved.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00298.htm


24: Pansy Speak: Walking a mile in the police’s shoes
New Zealand National Party

Last Friday night I got to experience what our police experience every single day. From 4pm until well after midnight, I went on the beat with the police in Howick. Even though there were times when things got a bit hairy, I always felt safe in their ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00293.htm


25: www.mccully.co.nz - 11 April 2008
New Zealand National Party

Four months into Election Year there is only one certainty about the rules under which the 2008 election will be held: they are in a complete state of uncertainty. Day after day Parliamentary Question Time demonstrates that Ministers have no understanding ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00311.htm


26: Teenage binge drinking a 'rite of passage'
The Alcohol Advisory Council

Binge drinking had become an initiation ceremony or 'rite of passage', for teenagers, an Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand (ALAC) speaker told a Nelson conference today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0804/S00078.htm


27: Body Recovery Waikato River
New Zealand Police

Hamilton Police are working to formally identify a man who's body was found floating in the Waikato River this morning.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0804/S00123.htm


28: U.S. Presidential Election Can Be Hacked
Scoop Link

This year, the U.S. will pick a new president using electronic voting machines that can be hacked, security experts said Thursday at the RSA [Security] Conference in San Francisco.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00175.htm


29: Parody: Sarkozy Marries Merkel, Screws The Climate
Greenpeace

A "wedding cortege" of the most-polluting German cars travelled along the Champs Elysée in Paris today, stopping in various showrooms to distribute invitations to the marriage of French President Sarkozy and Germany's Angela Merkel.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00136.htm


30: KiwiFM: Wallace & Chris Mason's UK News Roundup
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wallace Chapman talks to UK correspondent Chris Mason about the big news inside the United Kingdom.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00171.htm

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