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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 2 May 2008


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

1: Colossal Squid "Not Nearly As Tasty As Hoped"

Lyndon Hood

ABSTRACT: The research team investigated the tastiness of the colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis Hamiltoni). A complete specimen was dressed and prepared using a variety of traditional methods. All tests found the squid to be not delicious in any way.

2: Miss Universe NZ judge hits back at criticism
JYandA Media

Pageant judge and Lucire publisher Jack Yan has defended Miss Universe New Zealand second runner-up Rhonda Grant after criticisms about a Massey University story from the Association of University Staff.

3: Come to Massey and you, too, can become eye candy
Association of University Staff

In what must be one the most banal news features emanating from a university this year, Massey has trumpeted the success of one of its students in finishing third in the Miss Universe New Zealand beauty pageant this month after being first runner-up ...

4: The Phantom of the Opera returns
Phantom of the Opera

NZ waits no longer The Phantom of the Opera returns Tickets on sale Monday May 5 at 9am

5: Businessman To Take $17 Bn Property Back To Court

Mr Wingate is now advertising for “lawyers with stamina” to take a case worth $3.5 billion profits back to court. And $3.5b is a conservative number Mr Wingate refers people to look at

6: Undernews for May 1, 2008

PROGRESS REPORT In a press conference, President Bush said, "I think we're making progress in Afghanistan" -- days after President Hamid Karzai was the subject of an attempted assassination plot. The Interior Ministry said the Taliban, nearly vanquished ...

7: Hillary Wins Big In O'Reilly Interview
Nancy Morgan

Hillary Clinton appeared on The O'Reilly Factor last night, finally facing off with Bill O'Reilly in the No-Spin Zone . Judge Napolitano described it as the "toughest interview she's ever had."

8: Sec. Rice Remarks To American Jewish Committee
US State Department

Hamas is choosing violence. They are refusing to recognize Israel's right to exist, and refusing to respect all previous Palestinian agreements with Israel. The leaders of Hamas are increasingly serving as the proxy warriors of an Iranian regime.

9: Vital Step Towards Justice For Berrymans
New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First MPs are delighted at the judgement issued last night which quashed an earlier finding that Keith and Margaret Berryman were responsible for a fatal bridge collapse on their King Country farm in 1994.

10: Did the US Supreme Court just elect John McCain?

The US Supreme Court has just dealt a serious blow to voters' rights that could help put John McCain in the White House by eliminating tens of thousands of voters who generally vote Democratic.

11: Graduate a finalist in national beauty pageant
Massey University

Former Massey student Rhonda Grant finished third in the Miss Universe New Zealand beauty pageant this month after being first runner-up in last year's Miss Manawatu contest.

12: Gordon Campbell interviews Rodney Hide
Gordon Campbell

Act Party leader Rodney Hide has always been something of a poltergeist rattling around on the centre right of the political spectrum – making noise and kind of friendly ( except when he isn’t ) but without ever conveying the sense that he’s ...

13: Scoop Doco: Fiji On A Roadmap To Somewhere
Scoop TV

Scoop Doco: Pacific Forum governments are determined to force Fiji's military Govt to hold elections by March 31 2009. But will Commodore Bainimarama honour his commitment and comply with the dictate?

14: “Power crisis” myth: setting the record straight
New Zealand Government

1. How many times during the Labour government’s term have the lights gone out as result of insufficient electricity generation? a) 3 times b) twice c) once d) Never

15: Secretary Condoleezza Rice & Meetings In London
US State Department

The three pillars of Annapolis: first, to have improvements on the ground for the daily lives of the Palestinian people; a second one that looks to Roadmap obligations, including institution building; and then third, the question of the political negotiations

16: Emissions trading scheme has to be fair, effective
New Zealand Government

The overall message from economic reports released this week on the emissions trading scheme is that it must be both fair and effective, Climate Change Minister David Parker says.

17: NZ artist may have inspired Darwin
AUT University

Evidence suggesting Charles Darwin may have received help formulating his theory of evolution has been uncovered by a New Zealand historian. AUT University Professor of History Paul Moon says the writings of artist Augustus Earle reveal an astonishing ...

18: Parents need to know about vaccine potential risks
Green Party

Parents must be properly informed of both the potential risks and the benefits of vaccinating their daughters against cervical cancer so they can make a properly informed decision, Green Party Health Spokesperson Sue Kedgley says.

19: Air New Zealand to boost Gisborne capacity
Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand will increase seat capacity into Gisborne by operating a new 50-seat Bombardier Q300 aircraft on the Auckland-Gisborne route from 29 May.

20: Grossly Expensive Lots Cause Of NZ Housing Slump
Hugh Pavletich

In March 2007 there were 1077 lots sold for a median price of $172,000 and in March 2008 there were 430 lots sold for a median price of $180,000 (refer REINZ Section / Lot Tables below) – clearly illustrating that the lack of reasonably priced fringe ...

21: Innovative New Service to Increase Organ Donors

An ‘innovative’ new healthcare solution to help increase the number of organ donors in New Zealand was launched from Parliament today. Andy Tookey of Givelife NZ, a campaign for reform to the organ donation system, held a press conference in ...

22: Web-based Malware Escalates While Storm Calms Down

* Storm botnet infected machines, now estimated at approximately 100,000 compromised computers down from an estimated at two million. * The decline in Storm’s botnet size is evident by the 57 percent decrease in malware-laden emails distributed by ...

23: Clark: Announcement of HPV Vaccine Programme
New Zealand Government

Today I have the privilege of making a significant announcement about the prevention of cancer. The cancer concerned is cervical cancer – a silent killer which came to particular prominence in the news in New Zealand in the late 1980s.

24: KiwiFM Wallace n New US Correspondent Mariah Crave
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wallace Chapman talks to U.S correspondent Mariah Craven talking about rising fuel and food prices in the states, and Miley Cyrus.

25: Supermkt fine for offering prize after comp closed
Commerce Commission

One of New Zealand's largest supermarket companies has been found guilty of breaching the Fair Trading Act by offering the opportunity to enter into a prize draw to win a holiday, months after the competition had closed. The company has been fined $17,000 ...

26: Top stories: 'Enemies' plea for climate leadership
Carbon News

Sector ‘enemies” unite in call for leadership on climate change * Waihopai attack might hurt big global warming probe * Planning revealed for Prince Charles rainforest visit

27: "No Environmental Impact from GM Trees"

New Zealand's most comprehensive, independent scientific field trial of genetically modified trees has been completed, with results showing no environmental impact from the trial and no evidence of gene transfer to other organisms.

28: Natural Hazards In 2007: Busy And Expensive
National Hazards Centre

2007 was one of the most costly years on record for natural hazards, according to the annual review of natural hazards from the National Hazards Centre.

29: Best-Ever Year For Bell Gully: $100Mil Mark Passed

Bell Gully’s best-ever year in 2007 saw the law firm comfortably pass the $100 million barrier with financial performance measures “all double digit,”according to an interview in with Bell Gully CEO Stephen MacIiver.

30: BCAC Delighted By Vaccine Funding
Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition

BCAC is delighted to hear that a cervical cancer vaccine has been funded for New Zealand women. This is an extremely positive thing. We're very much hoping for a similar positive outcome for Herceptin, so that our women get the funding for 12 ...

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