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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 28 April 2008


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

1: Globalization & terror: Clueless in Latin America

Toni Solo

Corporate globalization and its equally misshapen twin, the fake "war on terror", look like the Western Bloc's last crooked chance to sustain a few decades longer its member countries' habitual global power and privilege. John Pilger has noted ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00393.htm


2: Violent Video Game Should Be Banned
Family First

Family First NZ is calling for the latest version of the Grand Theft Auto video game series to be banned in NZ.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00395.htm


3: Gibbs Donates $100,000 To ACT
ACT New Zealand

New Zealand developer Alan Gibbs – known for such projects as high-speed amphibian vehicles like the Aquada – today said he is delighted to donate $100,000 to the ACT Party.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00584.htm


4: Simich confirms he will stand down
New Zealand National Party

National Party MP Clem Simich, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, has confirmed that he will not seek a position on the National Party list for this year’s general election.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00593.htm


5: Wet Weather Warnings
MetService

MetService forecasters have issued Severe Weather Warnings for heavy rain as a low-pressure system moves towards the South Island from the Tasman Sea. Fronts associated with this system are expected to move onto the North Island and western parts of the South ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0804/S00065.htm


6: New State Services Commissioner appointed
New Zealand Government

State Services Minister David Parker today announced the appointment of Iain Rennie to the position of State Services Commissioner. Mr Rennie will take up his appointment on 1 July 2008.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00596.htm


7: J. Sri Raman: Referendum and Resistance
J. Sri Raman

It is a bestseller, but barely popular with its readers. The 194-page volume, which hit the bookstands in Burma on April 24, was the long-awaited draft constitution authored by the country's military junta, without consulting most of its people. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00397.htm


8: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0804/S00062.htm


9: Lower hot water bills on the way
New Zealand Government

Home owners are set to save money through strengthened energy efficiency rules for new hot water systems.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00592.htm


10: Higher cancer mortality in Maori, Pacific people
University of Otago

Indigenous people from New Zealand and Hawaii have higher mortality rates for many cancers than Europeans in those countries according to a publication from the University of Otago, Christchurch. Culturally appropriate education on screening programmes, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0804/S00135.htm


11: Campbell: US Trade Expert Finds Fishhooks in FTA
Gordon Campbell

While media coverage of the China-NZ Free Trade Agreement has focused almost entirely on the possible dollar gains, scant attention has been paid to the equally valid exposure of New Zealand to compensation claims - should any NZ government be so bold ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00402.htm


12: Political Maneuvers in Nepal
Siddhi B. Ranjitkar

Political leaders have begun their maneuvers to grab the prevailing opportunity for serving their own interest. Major partners in the seven-party alliance (SPA) have begun their political maneuvers pulling their ministers out of the SPA government ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00398.htm


13: Urban Planning Degrades Housing Productivity
Hugh Pavletich

It was I think former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan (Lord Stockton) when asked “What drives politics’” responded by saying “Events, dear boy, events”. Politicians are essentially judged on how well they manage them. Some succeed – ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00406.htm


14: AGENDA: Phil Goff Interview Transcript
Agenda

RAWDON If you look for the spirit of ANZAC inside official Australian documents outlining their defence policy you'll get a shock. Last year in the a white paper their government said Australia had no closer or more valuable partner in this region ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00395.htm


15: ‘Blood Diamonds’ ‘Blood Oil’ and ‘Blood Food’
Pablo Ouziel

For a while now, I have been thinking about what George W. Bush signifies from a socio-political perspective. Looking at the world from the time of the ‘Big Bang’ of September 11th, 2001, until today almost seven years later, one can clearly observe ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00392.htm


16: John D. Negroponte, Interview With Charlie Rose
US State Department

Deputy Secretary Negroponte is the number two man at the United States State Department. He has over four decades of experience as a diplomat. He served as U.S. ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations and Iraq.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0804/S00271.htm


17: KiwiFM: Wallace n Helen Clark's Week of Politics
Scoop Audio

Audio: Wallace talks to the PM about workers memorial day, workers' rights and the role of unions. Also discussed: GST and whether she would consider taking the tax of essential goods such as food... and if not, why not.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00390.htm


18: Kiwi dancer scoops major prize
The New Zealand School of Dance

New Zealand School of Dance graduate Jane Casson has won a major Australian arts award. The Green Room Awards recognise the contribution that arts practitioners give to their industry and the general public, across categories such as cabaret, dance, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0804/S00272.htm


19: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00580.htm


20: Carbon trade proposals could destroy economy
Employers And Manufacturers Association

For common sense to prevail the Employers and Manufacturers Association (Northern) is urging our law makers to think long and hard about the effects of the Climate Change (Emissions Trading and Renewable Preference) Bill.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00473.htm


21: KiwiFM: Wallace n Manning on Workers Memorial Day
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wallace Chapman talks to Scoop's Selwyn Manning about April 28 being Workers Memorial Day where unions and workers remember those who have died during the course of their work, and also discuss ways of preventing such tragedies from ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00389.htm


22: Prison Stats Show NZers Among Most Imprisoned
LawFuel

New Zealand’s prison population places it at the top end of the world prison statistics, according to international data. New Zealand ranks 59 out of 217 countries on the number of prisoners per 100,000 poopulation, with 197 people. The average over all ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00405.htm


23: Australia and NZ - Weekly Prospects - 28 Apr 08
J P Morgan

Both consumer and producer price data for 1Q surprised on the upside in Australia last week. In particular, core inflation shot up to 4.3%oya, well above the RBA's 2-3% target range. JPMorgan expects, though, that the RBA will leave interest rates ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00469.htm


24: Asia:NZ Media Newsletter - April 2008
Asia New Zealand Foundation

In this issue, we preview the Japan New Zealand Partnership Forum in Tokyo, and include information about our Diverse Auckland report and launch a new award for cross cultural reporting. Schools also have a new website resource for teaching Asian studies to ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00402.htm


25: Website Urges Kiwis Not To Vote
www.dontvote.co.nz

A recently launched website is urging New Zealanders not to vote at the next election.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0804/S00411.htm


26: Hedging By Importers Likely To Delay
Neilsen Research

Higher Than Expected Levels Of Hedging By Importers Likely To Delay & Limit Impact On Nz Domestic Inflation: Nielsen
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00475.htm


27: OZTalk Expo Packs In Australia’s Hidden Wonders
G'Day NZ Australia Week

Wildlife Warrior Terri Irwin says ‘G’Day NZ’ at OZTalk Travel Expo - - Dorothy the Dinosaur’s Dance Party and Billy Elliot the Musical excite visitors at the Expo -
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0804/S00477.htm


28: New product development key to NZ success offshore
AUT University

New product development is what drives New Zealand companies to crack the international market, says an AUT University innovation academic. Success of organisations Rakon, 42 Below and Frucor Beverages with its drink V, has hinged on innovative products ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0804/S00078.htm


29: From Balance of Terror to Unilateral Terror
Zahir Ebrahim

Douglas J. Feith, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, in his Hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 14, 2002 in the aftermath of 911, explaining the rationale for the Department of Defence 2002 Nuclear Posture Review, summarized ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0804/S00399.htm


30: Tutu toxins in honey confirmed
New Zealand Food Safety Authority

Test results have confirmed that the suspected tutu toxins were present in comb honey from the Coromandel Peninsula eaten by 22 people who fell ill.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0804/S00136.htm

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