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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 17 April 2008

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

1: Speaking bluntly in the US presidential campaign

Paul G. Buchanan

Once again Barack Obama is in the news for the wrong reasons. This time it is the speech he gave to a closed group of well-heeled Californians, at least one of whom was not as supportive of his cause as Mr. Obama may have hoped. In that speech the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00248.htm


2: Full Coverage: Seven Die As Weather Bomb Strikes
Scoop Full Coverage

Wilderness Tragedy: Seven Die In National Park Drowning Accident New Zealand Police have reported that seven people are dead and following an incident in rugged bush in the National Park area, Ruapehu in the Central North Island. The bodies of the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00237.htm


3: Brash and Foreman front up to The Hollow Men
The Hollow Men play

Amid the release of the police investigations into how author Nicky Hager obtained secret emails from Don Brash’s office. Dr Brash found time to watch himself on stage last night!
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00186.htm


4: Undernews For April 16, 2008
Undernews

The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth. -- H. L. Mencken
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00261.htm


5: Fisher & Paykel ditches NZ for cheap labour
Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union

Fisher & Paykel is closing its plant in Dunedin because it wants cheap labour, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00267.htm


6: Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 17 April 08
Office of the Clerk

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement regarding Government spending and this year's Budget that "We'll be trying to keep ... that very much under control because otherwise it starts to squeeze the capacity ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00437.htm


7: Closure of Fisher and Paykel plant regretted
New Zealand Government

Minister of Trade Phil Goff has expressed his sympathy for workers at Fisher and Paykel’s Dunedin Plant who have lost their jobs.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00438.htm


8: A rough day for Kiwi workers
Green Party

Plans to export about 500 ANZ National Bank jobs to India and lay off 50 staff from a Dunedin knitwear firm are a further blow to New Zealand workers, already stung by news of 430 layoffs from the Fisher and Paykel plant in Dunedin today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00457.htm


9: High interest rates now costing jobs
New Zealand National Party

National Party Finance spokesman Bill English says the shock announcement that up to 430 of Fisher and Paykel’s Dunedin-based jobs will disappear are an indictment on Labour’s economic policies.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00451.htm


10: ANZ National proposal up to 500 Kiwi jobs to India
Finsec

Bank workers’ union Finsec says that today’s announcement by ANZ National proposing to send up to 500 New Zealand jobs to Bangalore puts increasing their billion dollar profits ahead of their Kiwi customers and staff.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00274.htm


11: Ruapehu Drowning Tragedy Names Releases
New Zealand Police

The formal identification process has been completed and Police are now able to release the names of six students and one teacher killed in tragic circumstances in the Ruapehu District yesterday.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00252.htm


12: Free Trade Agreements rob Kiwi workers' jobs
Green Party

Just 10 days after the signing of the Preferential Trade Agreement with China, New Zealand workers are already facing layoffs, with Fisher and Paykel announcing the closure of its Dunedin factory - at a cost of 430 jobs.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00439.htm


13: MetService Statement: Mangatepopo River Accident
MetService

MetService continues to receive a number of media inquiries regarding the tragic accident on the Mangatepopo River on Tuesday 15 April.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00272.htm


14: Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre On Drownings
Outdoors New Zealand

Outdoor recreation and education is embedded in the New Zealand psyche, with most New Zealanders living close to the mountains, rivers, lakes, bush and sea. Safety of participants and instructors is the foundation of outdoor education programmes, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00259.htm


15: Questions And Answers - Wednesday, 16 April 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. JOHN KEY (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement made yesterday that “there are families who are squeezed”; if so, when did that fact come to her Government’s attention?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00435.htm


16: Head Start In Top Hairdressing Awards
Schwarzkopf Professional New Zealand Hairdresser

Auckland salons Servilles Newmarket, Ryder and D&M and Wellington salon Buoy Hairdressing lead the nominations for this year’s Schwarzkopf Professional New Zealand Hairdressing Awards.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00185.htm


17: Open Letter re Meat Industry
Error: Couldn't get author

New Zealand sheep farmers have seen their share of the retail price of New Zealand lamb in Europe shrink from 80% 40 years ago 45% in 2001 to less than 20% currently. Compare sheepmeats to the poultry industry where chicken producers get nearer 50% ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00307.htm


18: Zubaydah, Bush and the Bureaucracy of Torture
Michael Collins

The devastating attack of 9/11 conferred unprecedented popularity on the Bush administration. This was more a reflection of the strong desire for national unity in the wake of a tragedy than an endorsement of Bush policies.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00239.htm


19: Turia’s Remarks Offensive - Mark
New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First law and order spokesman Ron Mark says the Maori Party should apologise for Tariana Turia’s remarks likening legislation banning gang patches in Wanganui to the targeting of Jews in Nazi Germany.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00447.htm


20: Job Losses Will Continue - NZ First
New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First has warned that the loss of local manufacturing jobs will continue unless existing economic and trading conditions are changed to meet the competition posed by low wage economies.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00446.htm


21: Another manufacturing exporter icon bites the dust
Manufacturers and Exporters Association

The New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA), says that the closure of Fisher and Paykel’s Dunedin factory is yet another manifestation of failing policy framework. Particularly an interest based monetary policy that has seen speculation, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00324.htm


22: Study Finds Green IT Low on NZ Business Agenda
Business Council for Sustainable Development

Technology contributes as much Co2 to planet as airline industry (Source: Gartner) 65% say NZ must be environmentally sustainable to succeed in global economy Australian businesses (61%) more likely to include IT in sustainability plans than NZ business ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00321.htm


23: The $61 million dollar question
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

"With an after tax profit last year of $61 million, how much money for shareholders does Fisher and Paykel Appliances, a profitable company, think they really need?" Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00273.htm


24: Easy Property Tax™ to Save Residential Investors
TCL Accountants.

New Zealand rental property owners are being given the chance to save thousands of dollars by taking advantage of a new online service for completing their rental accounts.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00326.htm


25: Body Located Waimakariri River, Christchurch
New Zealand Police

The Investigation Team in relation to the disappearance of Marie Davis wish to advise that a body has been located in the Waimakariri River, Christchurch. Police are unable to confirm the gender or identity of the body at this stage as a formal identification ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0804/S00182.htm


26: Dunedin MPs saddened at F&P closure
New Zealand Labour Party

Dunedin MPs David Benson-Pope, Pete Hodgson and David Parker say they are saddened at the loss of 430 jobs in Otago, after Fisher and Paykel announced it would relocate its Range and DishDrawer factory overseas.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00455.htm


27: FBI Email: Bush Signed Harsh Interrogation Order
Jason Leopold

President George W. Bush’s comment to ABC News – that he approved discussions that his top aides held about harsh interrogation techniques – adds credence to claims from senior FBI agents in Iraq in 2004 that Bush had signed an Executive Order ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00233.htm


28: FSU lends support to Finsec campaign
FSU

The Finance Sector Union of Australia (FSU) is disappointed by today’s announcement by ANZ’s New Zealand operation, ANZ National, to send up to 500 jobs to Bangalore.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00323.htm


29: America's Secret Plan To Nuke Vietnam & Laos
Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The U.S. Air Force wanted to use "nuclear weapons" against Vietnam in 1959 and 1968, and Laos in 1961, to obliterate communist guerrillas, according to newly declassified secret U.S. Air Force documents.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00228.htm


30: Patients and public deserve better
District Health Boards

Mediation has failed to avert the threatened 48-hour strike by junior doctors scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday and DHBs are now focusing on finalising contingency plans for the strike.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0804/S00103.htm

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