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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 23 April 2008

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

1: Lyndon Hood: NZ Politics - The Text Adventure

Lyndon Hood

YOU ARE IN A MAZE OF TWISTY LITTLE PASSAGES, ALL ALIKE - go left A HUGE GREEN FIERCE SNAKE BARS THE WAY! - kill snake WITH WHAT? YOUR BARE HANDS? - slap snake with 'slippery' tag
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00335.htm


2: Casinos Challenged to Return Benefits of Crime
Problem Gambling Committee

The Problem Gambling Foundation is challenging Skycity to return stolen money spent at their casino.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00347.htm


3: Miss Horowhenua takes Miss Universe New Zealand
Jack Yan and Associates

Wellington, April 21 (JY&A Media) Paraparaumu-born Samantha Powell, 20, representing Horowhenua, is the newly crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2008 in a ceremony at the Novotel Ellerslie, near Auckland City. Hannah Matthews of Auckland, Miss Masport, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00215.htm


4: Why More Food Is Not the Answer
Kelpie Wilson

With food riots across the globe in the news, the immediate cause of food shortages is simply this: grain prices have doubled over the last year and poor people can no longer afford to buy enough food. There is no one single cause for the price rise; ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00338.htm


5: Sallies Congratulated for moral leadership
Problem Gambling Foundation

The Problem Gambling Foundation says the Salvation Army should be congratulated for their stance on gambling. The Salvation Army is so alarmed about the social devastation caused by pokie machines it has decided to reject all funds from the gambling industry.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00350.htm


6: Undernews For April 21, 2008
Undernews

Management cannot solve problems. Nor can it stir creativity of any sort. It can only manage what it is given. If asked to do more, it will deform whatever is put into its hands. - John Ralston Saul
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00321.htm


7: Gordon Campbell: Iran - The New Buddy of the US?
Gordon Campbell

To date, media coverage of the Iraq war has barely touched on its startling new phase - namely, the convergence of interests between Iran and the US. This odd relationship was played out in last month’s onslaught by US forces and Maliki government troops ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00341.htm


8: Fitzsimons: Keep the Coal in the Hole
Green Party

Today is Earth Day. It began in the USA in 1970 and is often seen as the start of the modern environmental movement. In 1990 it mobilised 200 million people in 141 countries and gave impetus to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00539.htm


9: UN Honours 7 Global Climate Change Leaders
United Nations

This year's United Nations Environment Programme Special Prize was bestowed upon Prime Minister Helen Clark of New Zealand, which has blazed the trail towards climate neutrality and hopes to meet the goal of 90 per cent renewable energy by 2025.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00243.htm


10: Undernews For April 22, 2008
Undernews

WALL ST JOURNAL - According to the 2006 General Social Survey, which has tracked gun ownership since 1973, 34% of American homes have guns in them. . . It turns out they have the same level of formal education as nongun owners, on average. Furthermore, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00346.htm


11: Video: Post Cabinet Press Conference - 21 April 08
Scoop Video

Video on Demand of NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark's post Cabinet press conference for Parliamentary press gallery journalists held this afternoon. The cabinet readout was followed by Q&A beginning with the latest verbal gaffes from Labour Party President ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00316.htm


12: VA Concealed Extent of Attempted Veteran Suicides
Jason Leopold

Top officials at the Veterans Administration tried to conceal information from the public about the sudden increase of attempted suicides among veterans that were treated or sought help at VA hospitals around the country, a previously undisclosed internal ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00336.htm


13: NZ Should Encourage Clean Coal Technology
Business Council for Sustainable Development

The New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development, whose 71 member companies' $44 billion in annual sales equate to more than 34% of the gross domestic product, says focus should go onto encouraging clean coal research and development, not issuing ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00346.htm


14: Paul Deady & Gordon Campbell Talk About Election08
Scoop Audio

95bFM Audio: Paul Deady talks to Scoop affiliated Election08 editor and election coverage go-to guy Gordon Campbell about his return to journalism, and how he hopes to fill some of the gaps left by mainstream media.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00349.htm


15: Dunne: NZ needs broadband, not bickering
United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne says the future of New Zealand needs a vastly improved broadband infrastructure, not the current bout of political bickering.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00560.htm


16: National broadband plan back to the future
New Zealand Government

National’s plan for broadband rollout lacks detail and credibility and smacks of opportunism says Communications and Information Technology Minister David Cunliffe.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00546.htm


17: Broadband plan must address skills shortage - EPMU
Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union

The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union says John Key’s policy of rolling out fibre optic cable to 75% of New Zealand homes is a step in the right direction, but is concerned the task may be impossible given the current skills shortage.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00345.htm


18: Marie Davis Inquiry - 23 April 08
New Zealand Police

"Three weeks ago Marie Davis was a 15 year old school girl looking forward to her school holidays," says Detective Senior Sergeant Virginia Le Bas. "A person in our community is responsible for taking Marie's future and life from her."
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00354.htm


19: Gordon Campbell: The Broadband Bonanza
Gordon Campbell

John Key’s $1.5 billion boost for broadband is his first major policy announcement that isn’t an endorsement of existing Labour practice ( interest free student loans etc) or a dog bone and whistle ( boot camps for young offenders) to a niche support ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00348.htm


20: Telecom Deal Outrageous - NZ First
New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First has questioned National’s plan to give $1.5 billion of taxpayers’ money to Telecom to improve broadband services and says the money could be used as a deposit to buy the company back for New Zealand ownership.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00541.htm


21: 95bFM: Junior Docs Vs DHB: The Gloves Are Off
Scoop Audio

95bFM Audio: Deralie Flower from the NZ Resident Doctor's Association talks with Paul about her frustration around the junior doctors strike. She says the money's there, and can't fathom why doctors aren't being paid what they're worth.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00350.htm


22: America's Role in Haiti's Hunger Riots
Bill Quigley

Riots in Haiti over explosive rises in food costs have claimed the lives of six people. There have also been food riots worldwide in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivorie, Egypt, Guinea, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Senegal, Uzbekistan and Yemen.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00331.htm


23: Chain of Remembrance for Tibetans at Parliament
Tibetan Solidarity Network

Representatives of Wellington’s Tibetan, Buddhist, and human rights communities gathered today at parliament to present a petition to parliament that calls for Helen Clark and the rest of the NZ government to act more strongly on the human rights ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00357.htm


24: Green IT Key To Achieving A Low-Carbon Economy
Dell

LOS ANGELES, April 22, 2008 – Green information technology (IT) can be one of the world’s strongest assets in achieving and sustaining a prosperous, low-carbon economy, Dell Chairman and CEO Michael Dell told attendees gathered at today’s FORTUNE Brainstorm: ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0804/S00054.htm


25: Bin Laden: Key enabler of “imperial mobilization"
Zahir Ebrahim

The abominable shared fates that unite Iran (“Bush and Iran, again”, WSJ April 15, 2008 ), and Pakistan, from President Bush calling Pakistan “Terror Central” in 2007 , to this week, April 13, 2008 , 'clairvoyantly' asserting that “If another ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00342.htm


26: Slingshot offers customers a terabyte of free data
Slingshot

Slingshot, part of CallPlus New Zealand’s largest 100% kiwi owned full service telecommunications company launched a unique referral campaign for its existing broadband customers. The concept is simple, refer five friends to Slingshot and get a free ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00436.htm


27: Problem Gambler Support Initative
Joint Media Statement

Small initiative with a potentially big impact in support of the problem gambler has come to fruition. ILT Foundation’s Manager, Ann Eustace, and Ngā Kete Mātauranga Pounamu Trust Problem Gambling Health Promotion worker, Eru Loach have spent energy ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00348.htm


28: Goff: Trade stock take
New Zealand Government

Hon Phil Goff Minister of Trade 23 April 2008 Speech Notes Trade stock take – speech to Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00543.htm


29: Appointments for Simon Moutter and Chris Quin
Telecom New Zealand

Telecom New Zealand has today announced the appointment of Simon Moutter to the newly-created role of chief transformation officer, Telecom Group.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00411.htm


30: Minister pleased with DHB staff’s response
New Zealand Government

The Health Minister, David Cunliffe has commended the way District Health Board staff have responded during the two day Junior Doctors’ strike.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00556.htm

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