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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 4 May 2008

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

1: High Court Allows Tame Iti To Travel To Europe

Lena Maria Fa'asino

The High Court in Auckland has relaxed bail conditions to allow Tame Iti to travel to Europe to play a part in a play that ironically explores sovereignty issues and unlawful detention in an uneasy post 9/11 world.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00036.htm


2: Michel Chossudovsky: Global Famine
Global Research

Humanity is undergoing in the post-Cold War era an economic and social crisis of unprecedented scale leading to the rapid impoverishment of large sectors of the World population. National economies are collapsing, unemployment is rampant. Local level ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00035.htm


3: "What's With Your 'Crazy' U.S Politics?"
Bernard Weiner

Finally some time to respond to your recent letter, where you asked me to explain the "crazy American political situation" and why "the U.S. is behaving so recklessly" with regard to Iran. Your terms are right on the mark.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00032.htm


4: Undernews for May 1, 2008
Undernews

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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00027.htm


5: Healthscope Appeal In $560 Million Labtests Case
Healthscope

Healthscope’s appeal to overturn a High Court ruling invalidating its eight-year contract to provide community pathology services to Auckland gets underway in the Court of Appeal in Wellington tomorrow (Monday May 5).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0805/S00019.htm


6: The most beautiful woman in the world
The Maori Party

Kahurangi Taylor last night confirmed what her parents always knew, when she won Miss World New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00049.htm


7: Tauranga Teenager Talks About Terror Crash
Waikato District Health Board

Mary-Beth Wood, 15, thought the driver of a car that lost control and slid into the crowd outside a bach in Otahu Rd, Whangamata yesterday was just "kidding and showing off".
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0805/S00016.htm


8: Right to Sign – Sign Language Week Kicks Off May 5
Natasha Burling - AUT Journalism Student

Natasha Burling reports that while opportunities have improved for deaf people in New Zealand there is still much to be done to assure sign language is accepted not just by governments but also understood. Interpretation is the key.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00030.htm


9: Undo Nepal's Polls: India's Hawks
J. Sri Raman

Nepal has belied prophecies of a post-election upheaval. All sections of the Himalayan nation and its political spectrum would appear to have accepted the Maoist victory in the polls to the Constituent Assembly (CA). None has rejected the results - not ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00031.htm


10: $230m paid to Electricity Commission - for what?
Electricity Commission

New Zealand taxpayers have paid the Electricity Commission $230 million over the past four years but have next to nothing to show for it, says National Party Energy spokesman Gerry Brownlee.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00050.htm


11: Iran Opens War Avoidance Flank
Global Research

As threats of military action against Iran continue to issue from various spokesmen of the war party in the U.S., the Islamic Republic has launched an ambitious initiative aimed at preventing war, based on a comprehensive package of economic, political ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00034.htm


12: Family Party Conference Details
The Family Party

4 May 2008. The Family Party will hold a party conference (open to the public) on Saturday 17th May at the Nga Tapuwae Community Centre in Mangere. The date coincides with The UN's International Day of the Family (Families Day), which is being celebrated ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00052.htm


13: Cunliffe says no crisis but pays $93m on locums
New Zealand National Party

The thousands of patients missing treatment through this week's junior doctor strike can blame the Health Minister for their cancelled operations and specialist appointments, says National Party Health spokesman Tony Ryall.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00045.htm


14: Still time to avert the strike
District Health Boards

District Health Boards say junior doctors should see the full details of the new pay offer before they strike and disrupt the health services to thousands of people.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0805/S00017.htm


15: Axe GST on basic food groups & taxes on taxes
The Family Party

As part of its policy package being announced at conference on 17th May in Mangere, Family Party leader Richard Lewis says the party will outline details of its policy to remove GST on basic (primary staple) food groups, infant and elderly necessities, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00048.htm


16: Govt "Reconsidering" Emissions Trading Charges
Agenda

Energy Minister David Parker says higher petrol prices are causing the Government to reconsider proposed emissions trading charges to be imposed on petrol next year and said by some critics to be at least five cents a litre.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00047.htm


17: Benefit scheme under-delivers - as expected
New Zealand National Party

National Party Welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins says the latest sickness and invalid benefit numbers suggest Treasury's concerns about Labour's Working New Zealand reforms were well-founded.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00048.htm


18: Immigration inquiry must look at new allegations
New Zealand National Party

Immigration Minister Clayton Cosgrove must ensure that the State Services Commission inquiry into allegations of conflict of interest at the Immigration Service thoroughly investigates all the disturbing allegations revealed today, says National Party Immigration ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00046.htm


19: Te Ururoa Flavell - Early Childhood Forum
The Maori Party

Friday 2 May 2008; 1.30pm ‘What remains to be done to ensure New Zealand has the best possible early childhood education?’ It hasn’t been a good week for children. On Monday, the report by the Child Poverty Action Group, Left Behind, told us that ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0805/S00009.htm


20: The power crisis myth: setting the record straigt
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
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00047.htm


21: Beacon aids rescue of injured girl
National Rescue Coordination Centre

Good evening Please find the attached release re the successful rescue of an injured girl in the MacKenzie Basin area this afternoon. Rgds Ross Ross Henderson Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand Media Ph (04) 499 7318 (on call duty media line) ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00046.htm


22: Tauranga march against EFA an outstanding success
John Boscawen

The march against the Electoral Finance Act in Tauranga yesterday (Saturday 3 May) has been hailed an 'outstanding success' by John Boscawen, trustee of the Freedom of Speech Trust.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00049.htm


23: Pope Benedict in Australia for World Youth Day
World Youth Day

The Vatican has confirmed that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will spend three extra days resting in Australia before heading to Sydney for World Youth Day 2008 (WYD08).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00042.htm


24: Hager Kelsey Talk
Media Statement

A public forum with NICKY HAGER and JANE KELSEY at the Whare Wananga, Second Floor, Auckland Central Library, Lorne Street
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00041.htm


25: Greenpeace Frees Pacific Marine Life
Greenpeace New Zealand

Pacific Ocean, Saturday, May 3 2008: Today Greenpeace freed sharks, tuna, marlin and an endangered Olive Ridley turtle from the hooks of a Taiwanese longline vessel (1) fishing in the international waters of the Pacific.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00043.htm


26: Electricity Rebates Needed for Over-65's
Brendan Sheehan

Amidst reports of rising electricity prices Labour Candidate for Botany, Brenden Sheehan, today called on the electricity industry to begin offering discounted power bills to senior citizens.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00050.htm


27: . Mandatory credit: Waikato District
Waikato District Health Board

The 18-year-old involved in a serious crash at Whangamata on the Coromandel yesterday afternoon is Nigel Loll (crrct) Fluharty of Tauranga. Mr Fluharty has multiple fractures, mainly to the left side of his body, his spleen is extensively damaged and he suffered ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0805/S00018.htm


28: Credible Myanmar Referendum Urged By UN
United Nations

The Security Council today stressed the need for the upcoming referendum and elections in Myanmar to include the full participation of all political actors and respect for fundamental political freedoms.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00046.htm


29: Petrol price monitoring may be reviewed
New Zealand Government

Commerce Minister Lianne Dalziel Lianne Dalziel says she is investigating whether the monitoring of petrol prices could be strengthened further, to ensure competition and consumer issues are addressed.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00041.htm


30: Keep party politics out of local councils.
No More Rates

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00044.htm

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