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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 21 April 2008

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

1: Michael Collins: Election Fraud in Pennsylvania?

Michael Collins

The Pennsylvania primary could lock up the Democratic nomination process once and for all. The campaign that Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean asked to be finished by July 1 could be over this Tuesday. Regardless of your candidate ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00288.htm


2: Better to be safe than sorry over baby bottles
Green Party

The Green Party is calling for New Zealand health authorities to follow the lead of their Canadian counterparts and move to protect infants from exposure to a potentially harmful plastic used in baby bottles.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00501.htm


3: Torture Question Hovers Over Chertoff
Jason Leopold

John Yoo and some other Bush administration lawyers who built the legal framework for torture are now out of the U.S. government, but one still holds a Cabinet-level rank – Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00299.htm


4: Election08 Launched Edited By Gordon Campbell
The Scoop Editor

Dear Scoopers, Scoop is delighted and very proud today to launch a section of Scoop devoted to coverage of this year’s election, and which will be edited (and mostly written) by Gordon Campbell. It is called Election08.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00310.htm


5: Grey Power AGM: "Rebuilding the NZ Way of Life"
New Zealand First Party

Rt Hon Winston Peters address to Grey Power AGM, 11.30am 21 April 2008, College House, 100 Waimairi Road, Christchurch
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00500.htm


6: NZ's first guitar fest - only in New Plymouth
G-TARanaki

Some of the biggest names in guitar playing will be descending on New Plymouth for New Zealand's first international guitar festival G-TARanaki from 14-19 July 2008.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00210.htm


7: Solid Energy Caught Spying Again
Save Happy Valley Campaign

Solid Energy Caught Spying Again State-owned coal mining company Solid Energy's continued use of spies is a symptom of the lack of public scrutiny and accountability in security industries, says Save Happy Valley Coalition spokesperson Alan Liefting.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00310.htm


8: Scoop Satire: Sit-Down Toilets In Our Prisons!
Dror N Corter

Just days after the National Party revealed that prisoners were able to play petanque and golf on a strip of grass with tin cans as holes, a Scoop investigation has found that prisoners are using sit down toilets.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00313.htm


9: Greenpeace Paints Stern Of US Tuna Fisher
Greenpeace

Greenpeace took action against the US purse seiner, Cape Finisterre, in a pocket of international waters between Pacific Island countries. Activists painted the vessel with the words "Tuna overkill" and held a banner reading 'Marine reserves NOW'.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00214.htm


10: Israel Prepares for War against Lebanon and Syria
Global Research

By the start of 2007, reports about major upgrades to the Syrian military, including advances in missile technology, with Iranian help were widespread in Israel. [1] The impression of an imminent war existed across much of the Middle East. Syria, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00311.htm


11: Venezuela : Democracy, Socialism and Imperialism
Global Research

Venezuela ’s President Hugo Chavez remains the world’s leading secular, democratically elected political leader who has consistently and publicly opposed imperialist wars in the Middle East , attacked extra-territorial intervention and US and European ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00309.htm


12: TV3 poll 20/04/08 - Lab 38% Nat 48%
Scoop Poll Watch

Labour 38% (up 3) National 48% (down 3) Greens 5.8% (down 1.2) Maori 2.9% (up 0.9) ACT 0.5% (down 0.5) NZ First 3.4% (up 0.4) United Future 0.3% (up 0.2) Progressive - (down 0.1)
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00294.htm


13: Statement by Solid Energy Re SSTs Article
Solid Energy NZ

Dr Don Elder, Chief Executive Officer of Solid Energy has today confirmed that the company was not aware of any of the content or information published today in the Sunday Star Times. The first the company knew about the alleged activities of Thompson ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00364.htm


14: Barack Obama - Subplots of Operation Board Games
Evelyn Pringle

The investigation dubbed “Operation Board Games,” into the influence peddling within the cesspool of corruption that encompasses Illinois politicians from both major parties, has developed into multiple subplots, many of which feature Barack ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00295.htm


15: Confidence in Immigration reserved
New Zealand National Party

National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith is asking how the public can have faith in the head of the Immigration Service when Helen Clark won’t express confidence in that senior official.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00497.htm


16: Lincoln researching superior potatoes with China
University of Canterbury

Scientists from Crop and Food Lincoln are cooperating with research organisations in Christchurch’s Friendship city of Wuhan, China, to develop potatoes with superior qualities including resistance to cold-induced sweetening.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0804/S00049.htm


17: Dunne clarifies charities and tax
New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Peter Dunne is reminding people and charitable organisations that the availability of tax rebates for making charitable donations does not depend solely on whether a charitable organisation has registered with the Charities Commission.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00509.htm


18: Marie Davis Inquiry - 21/04/08
New Zealand Police

The Inquiry team into the disappearance of Marie Davis says they are continuing to following up all the information the public have called in with.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00322.htm


19: Controversial Billboards Being Changed
APN New Zealand

APN Outdoor says it is in the process of changing a number of Auckland billboards that have attracted complaints about their content. The Advertising Standards Authority upheld complaints about the seven billboards, featuring assistance for men’s sexual ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00385.htm


20: Burmese Activist Min Ko Naing May Face Blindness
Terry Evans

Min Ko Naing, the well-known '88 Generation student leader and Burmese political prisoner, has been suffering from a serious eye infection for the past three weeks. Min Ko Naing requested a consultation with an eye specialist.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00215.htm


21: AGENDA – Mike Williams Interview
Agenda

RAWDON Labour Party President Mike Williams has been hitting the headlines this year, first because of allegations he asked Prime Minister Helen Clark for a diplomatic appointment for party donor Owen Glen and then this week for what the Prime Minister ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00303.htm


22: Severe Winds Battering Foveaux Strait
MetService

MetService meteorologists have issued a marine storm warning for Foveaux Strait and a Severe Weather Watch on wind for Coastal Southland and South Otago.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0804/S00050.htm


23: 43,000 and rising - the Aussie exodus accelerates
New Zealand National Party

The number of Kiwis voting with their feet by heading permanently to Australia is a damning indictment on Labour policies that are making it increasingly difficult for people to make ends meet, says National's Immigration spokesman, Lockwood Smith.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00507.htm


24: South Island Grid NOT at risk
Transpower

Transpower New Zealand said today that media reports this morning regarding the ownership of the South Island Grid being at risk because of possible financial difficulties being experienced by US bank Wachovia, are completely inaccurate.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00380.htm


25: Bolivia Struggles With Proposed New Constitution
Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Bolivia's continuing political crisis which has brought expressions of concern from international and regional entities such as the Organization of American States, European Union and the Andean Community of Nations, follows months of political tension.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00216.htm


26: Democracy undermined by spying
Greenpeace New Zealand

Auckland, Monday 21 April: Greenpeace is shocked at the arrogance shown by Gavin Clark, of Thompson and Clark Investigations (TCIL) after they were exposed for the second time trying to pay someone to spy and undermine the activities of the Save ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00314.htm


27: Thumbs up for major identity initiative
Department Of Internal Affairs

A new online, secure service providing access to government services has received strong endorsement from potential users. This was the key finding that emerged from the recent consultation process, about the Identity Verification Service, led by ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00318.htm


28: U2 & The Rolling Stones At IMAX Queen St
Skycity Cinemas

Moviegoers and concert fans alike can experience the pulsing energy of a U2 and a Rolling Stones concert in two new movies coming soon to IMAX at SKYCITY Cinemas Queen Street.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00212.htm


29: Magnum Opus
Chris Bourke

In the history of photo-journalism, John G Morris has been involved in almost as many classic images as Kodak. Although his contribution has been outside the viewfinder, many of the pictures that have spoken loudest have had Morris's thumbprint.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00314.htm


30: South African dock workers commended for stand
Council of Trade Unions

“South African dock workers should be congratulated for preventing arms getting to the Mugabe regime and their stand shows the crucial role unions play internationally in protecting human rights,” CTU president Helen Kelly said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00323.htm

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