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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 5 May 2008


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

1: 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.

2: Brief Comment On Spy Bases And Civil Disobedience
Paul G. Buchanan

Paul Buchanan writes: The Waihopai ANZAC Ploughshares direct action operation on the Echelon signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection station outside Blenheim is an excellent example of civil disobedience in a democracy. It also raises questions ...

3: Rail buy back marks new sustainable transport era
New Zealand Government

The Labour-led government has reached agreement with Toll Holdings Ltd for the purchase of Toll New Zealand’s rail and ferry business, Prime Minister Helen Clark and Finance Minister Michael Cullen announced today.

4: Questions and Answers - Government rail buy back
New Zealand Government

Q What will the government own after today's purchase? A The government already owns the rail infrastructure which includes 4,000 kilometres of track, six million sleepers, 1,787 bridges, 150 tunnels, 12,000 culverts and signalling infrastructure including ...

5: English rolled on rail as Key slips again
New Zealand Government

Bill English has been rolled on his previous promise to sell the rail network back into private ownership as John Key makes it clear National will not campaign on any actual policy principles, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

6: Lauwaert dies in Cambodia; Fears for Cleghorn

Cambodia is desperately poor. A few short years ago, there was no justice, and millions were killed. Today there is a fledgling justice system, but corruption is rife.

7: Labour heads down wrong track for future
New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key says at a time when householders are struggling to pay the weekly bills, Helen Clark’s decision to spend the thick end of a billion dollars to buy back the rail rolling stock does not make any sense.

8: 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.

9: Undernews For May 3, 2008

ABC NEWS The $6 billion reading program at the center of President Bush's signature education law has failed to make a difference in how well children understand what they read, according to a study by the program's own champion - the U.S. Department ...

10: 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".

11: S Kauffman: Rethink Evo, Self-Organization Is Real
Suzan Mazur

In his new book, Reinventing the Sacred , legendary complexity pioneer Stuart Kauffman continues to challenge the view of most biologists that natural selection is the only source of order. However, Kauffman is more charitable than hundreds of other ...

12: Kyoto liability tops $1 billion
New Zealand National Party

Treasury figures released today that put New Zealand's Kyoto liability at over $1 billion for the first time demonstrate the extent of Labour's climate change failure, says National's Climate Change spokesman, Nick Smith.

13: Reversal of failed policies of the past welcomed
Progressive Party

Progressive Party leader Jim Anderton is welcoming the repurchase of New Zealand’s trains, saying they should never have been sold by National in the first place.

14: Budget 2008 must invest in rail system
Green Party

The Green Party congratulates the Government for finally recognising the important role rail will play in a future with less oil.

15: Gordon Campbell: Back on Track
Gordon Campbell

Today’s $665 million buy-back of the rail network from the Australian firm Toll Holdings is a genuine cause for celebration. For years, it seemed the privatisation of key assets carried out at the height of the 1980s market mania was irreversible. ...

16: NZ First Welcomes Rail And Ferry Buy-Back
New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First has welcomed the Government’s purchase of Toll New Zealand’s rail and ferry business but regrets that the railway system was sold for a song in the first place.

17: "...Namely the State of Israel"
Uri Avnery

EVERY TIME I hear the voice of David Ben-Gurion uttering the words "Therefore we are gathered here…" I think of Issar Barsky, a charming youngster, the little brother of a girl-friend of mine.

18: Government repurchase of rail great news
Rail And Maritime Transport Union

“Railway workers will be celebrating today’s news of the government’s repurchase of the national rail and ferry operations. This purchase will see the national railway asset and the “iron bridge” across Cook Strait returned to the people of NZ, ...

19: Buy back of railways welcomed
Auckland Regional Council

Auckland Regional Council chairman Michael Lee congratulates the New Zealand Government on its decision to purchase Toll New Zealand’s rail and ferry business.

20: Urgent need for civics and citizenship education
Quality Public Education Coalition - QPEC

The urgent need for civics and citizenship education in our schools has been underlined by the Electoral Enrolment Centre survey of New Zealanders which showed an abysmal lack of general knowledge of our political system.

21: Crown Research Institute Fails Its Science Test
SOIL and HEALTH Assn of NZ

Crown Research Institute Scion's claim that its research shows that GE trees are environmentally safe is seriously misleading, according to the Soil & Health Association of NZ.

22: $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.

23: TradeMe praised By Commerce Commission
Commerce Commission

The Commerce Commission is praising the actions of the TradeMe community after an investigation into children's cots being offered for sale via an online auction.

24: 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.

25: Delay won't help consumers or the climate
Greenpeace New Zealand

Auckland May 5 2008 – Delaying the transport component of the emissions trading scheme won't help householders, but it will help trucking and oil companies, says Greenpeace.

26: New fuels, same old bio-piracy
Tortilla con Sal

In recent months, critical reports from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, international institutions crucial in developing neoliberalism, have joined numerous voices from civil society warning of the social, economic and environmental ...

27: Biofuels not the bogey in fuel price hike debate
NZ Biofuels Manufacturers Association

Biofuels should not become a political scapegoat for petrol and diesel price increases says the New Zealand Biofuel Manufacturers Association.

28: Billion Dollar Wealth Transfer
Greenhouse Policy Coalition

The Treasury has just revalued New Zealand’s Kyoto Protocol deficit to be worth over $1 billion based on a price of NZ$22/tonne of carbon, a 165% increase in the price of carbon over three years (38% compounding per annum).

29: West Coast Currency prompts calls about Stolen Pub
West Coast Brewing

Recently West Coast Brewery had its flash bar stolen in Auckland. It is contained in a distinctive very large trailer that promotes the Hokitika Wild Foods on one side with a snail perched on top of a beer bottle. The other side promotes the West ...

30: Waikato Hospital Planning For Second Strike
Waikato District Health Board

Waikato District Health Board's key focus during the next strike by junior doctors will be on maintaining patient safety.

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