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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 27 April 2008


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

1: Part I: Historical context and current posturing

Franklin P Lamb

“The Bush administration parking a flotilla from its US 6th fleet off the coast of Lebanon was made necessary, it claims, to demonstrate Washington’s ‘commitment to stability in the region’. This provocation, aimed at Hezbollah and also Syria, ...

2: Part IV: Bait, Hook and Switch
Franklin P Lamb

“Absolutely not! Without a credible deterrent force, there is no real Lebanese sovereignty. Israel came very close to getting nearly all it wanted with the 1983 May 17th agreement. Had Hezbollah not prevented this, Lebanon today would be colonized ...

3: Martin LeFevre: The Enlightenment of Hillary
Martin LeFevre - Meditations

The most interesting thing said so far during the torturous Democratic campaign came, improbably, from that sage, Hillary Clinton. Intoning in Pennsylvania on Obama’s remarks in San Francisco about people “clinging to guns and religion,” she said, ...

4: Te Papa Scientists Prepare For Squid Examination
Te Papa

Technicians preparing for the defrosting of the largest ever colossal squid specimen have successfully practised with a test block of ice today.

5: Part II: Why the Bush admin wants to negotiate now
Franklin P Lamb

“These fools do not learn from their past mistakes. When they withdrew from Lebanon, they continued to occupy the Shebaa Farms and kept our brothers in custody. Had they released them when they left Lebanon, there would not now be a ‘prisoner issue’ ...

6: Strike Action Concludes (without major incident)
Southland District Health Board

Southland Hospital staff will resume full services today following the end of the 48 hour junior doctors' strike.

7: Maori Party Avoids Debate On Maori In Prison
Sensible Sentencing Trust

Policy makers are destroying Maori and the Maori Party are underwriting the failure by refusing to front a Television debate on this important issue – says the Sensible Sentencing Trust.

8: Major Event to Recycle Water Bottles

At this weekend’s sell-out Vodafone Homegrown music festival in Wellington, punters would probably be surprised to know that the bottles of water they are drinking would soon be destined to end up as underground cable covers.

9: Part III: the CIA and the Pentagon weigh in
Franklin P Lamb

“Those bastards [the Israeli military] know the rules and what the US Arms Export Control Act requires! The CBU 58’s are decades out of date! We [the US] have not even had them in our weapons inventory since we last used them in 1991 during Desert ...

10: Workers Memorial Day Activities - Monday April 28

CTU Media Advisory Sunday April 27 2008 Workers Memorial Day Activities - Monday April 28 2008

11: Income splitting for families with children
New Zealand Government

A government discussion document released today seeks people’s views on the idea of allowing families with children to split their income for tax purposes, to reduce the amount of income tax they pay.

12: Right Puts Obama in Media Crosshairs
Bill Berkowitz

OAKLAND, California, Apr 25 (IPS) - The unveiling this week of a new campaign advertisement by the North Carolina Republican Party -- using video of controversial remarks made by Senator Barack Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and attacking ...

13: Part V: Hezbollah’s part of the bargain
Franklin P Lamb

“Nobody can impose terms on us, or commit us to anything we do not believe in. Let me be clear: Israel won’t get through politics what it didn’t get through war, even if the UN resolution gave this to Israel. What they couldn’t do through ...

14: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 26 April 2008
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Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

15: Lotto First Division Winter Winners
New Zealand Lotteries Commission

Winter won't be so grey for three lucky players in Auckland, Rotorua and Wanganui after winning $333,333 each in Lotto's First Division tonight, says NZ Lotteries' Chief Executive, Todd McLeay.

16: Older New Zealanders Embrace Tai Chi

As New Zealand Tai Chi practitioners step out to celebrate World Tai Chi Day tomorrow (Saturday April 26), ACC is proud to announce that 25,000 people have completed its modified Tai Chi courses.

17: Manukau Rejects Regional Fuel Tax
Dick Quax

Manukau Councillor Dick Quax welcomes the rejection by the Manukau City Council of the five cents a litre regional fuel tax as proposed in the Auckland Regional Council’s Draft Annual Plan.

18: Why Palestinian Unity is Not an Option
Ramzy Baroud

Just days after the Hamas-Fatah clash last June in Gaza, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas looked firm and composed as he shook hands with members of his new emergency government. He made sure his move appeared as legitimate as possible, issuing ...

19: Police Engagement Survey - What’s the real story?
The Maori Party

The Maori Party has today expressed frustration at the refusal of the New Zealand Police to release the full story about the employee engagement survey.

20: Lovegrove’s Punch Lines to Fall on Deaf Ears

Arguably New Zealand’s most naturally talented comedian, award-winning comic Brendhan Lovegrove returns to the 2008 NZ International Comedy Festival with a completely new show, showcasing the finest home-grown stand-up comedy has to offer, with an ...

21: Time Running Out To Enter Export Awards
Bay Of Plenty Export Awards

Nominations close shortly for entry in to The Bank of New Zealand Bay of Plenty Export Awards 2008. For people still considering submitting an entry, awareness of the benefits from being involved in these prestigious awards could help them take ...

22: Legacy To Represent NZ At World Hip Hop Comps

‘Legacy is a Phenomenon’ - Theatre View ‘LGC is a force to be reckoned with’ – Dominion Post

23: Support For Bailey Kuariki
Rethinking Crime and Punishment

The Parole Board's decision to release Bailey Kuariki into the community has prompted a call from the Rethinking Crime and Punishment Project Leader, Kim Workman, to support Bailey. "New Zealander's have always been known for giving people a fair go. ...

24: Councillor Troup moves up the batting order
Manukau City Council

The first term councillor stepped up to the position that was vacated by former deputy mayor Cr Su’a William Sio on his appointment to Parliament on the Labour Party list.

25: Bold New Approach To Residential Growth
Wellington City Council

NEWS RELEASE 25 April 2008 Infill housing: targeted areas proposed for development Wellington City Council is proposing a bold new approach to managing future residential growth in the city. The approach, based on ‘areas of change’ and ‘areas ...

26: Motoring Writers Call For Lap Belt Ban
NZ Motoring Writers' Guild

Using a seatbelt is safer in a crash than using no belt. But lap-only seat belts cause far greater injuries than three-point belts do.

27: Undernews For April 23, 2008

Barack Obama has one overwhelming advantage in the race for the Democratic nomination: he's not Hillary Clinton. Which means that in some ways - most uncertain - things will be different than they have been under two decades of the Bush-Clinton duopoly.

28: Democrats May Push $172 Billion for War
Maya Schenwar

Bogged down by election concerns, will Democrats in Congress opt to give Bush more war funding than he asked for?

29: High Seas Bottom Trawl Controls Welcomed
Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ

ECO welcomed the Government's putting measures in place to implement the Interim Measures agreed for bottom fishing on the High Seas in the South Pacific.

30: New Taupo track benefits cyclists and walkers
New Zealand Government

Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick today opened a new mountain bike track near Taupo which will run from Whakaipo Bay to Kinloch. Known as the ‘W2K’, the track was funded and developed by a local community group, Bike Taupo.

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