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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 6 May 2008

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

1: West Coast Women In Nude Calendar

Wild on Saxton

One women was mauled by a cow whilst mustering, another had a black eye from hunting in the bush only days before a dozen brave Haast women shed their inhibitions and their clothing in an initiative to raise money for the Saxton Appeal Trust.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0805/S00046.htm


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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00039.htm


3: 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


4: 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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00052.htm


5: Lauwaert dies in Cambodia; Fears for Cleghorn
grahamcleghorn.org.nz

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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00067.htm


6: Undernews For May 5, 2008
Undernews

STEVE CHAPMAN, CHICAGO TRIBUNE Obama has been justly criticized for his ties to former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers, who in 1995 hosted a campaign event for Obama and in 2001 gave him a $200 contribution. The two have also served together ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00061.htm


7: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00068.htm


8: Turia: Racism and Rage
The Maori Party

Racism and Rage, UCOL, Whanganui Hon Tariana Turia, Co-leader of the Maori Party [speech delivered on her behalf by Ken Mair]
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00097.htm


9: Undernews For May 3, 2008
Undernews

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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00047.htm


10: NZ wants UN to monitor Zimbabwe run-off vote
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark today added New Zealand’s voice to calls for any second round of voting in the Zimbabwe presidential election to be free, fair and open to international observers and election monitors.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00075.htm


11: Strict new rules for immigration advisers
Immigration Advisers Authority

MEDIA RELEASE (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION OR BROADCAST UNTIL 6PM MONDAY, 5 MAY 2008) 5 May 2008
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00069.htm


12: Veteran SwiftBoaters Target Obama
Bill Berkowitz

Floyd Brown and David Bossie have spent a good part of their political careers making life miserable for Bill and Hillary Clinton. Unlike Richard Mellon Scaife , the billionaire financier who was unremitting in his efforts to take the Clintons down during the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00060.htm


13: ‘Carbon neutral’ policy added to scrap heap
New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key says Helen Clark’s promise of ‘carbon neutrality’ is heading the same way as closing the gaps, taking New Zealand to the top half of the OECD, the knowledge wave, and economic transformation.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00093.htm


14: ETS And NZ's Liability: Questions And Answers
New Zealand Government

THE EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME AND NEW ZEALAND’S KYOTO LIABILITY; QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS SOURCE: TREASURY
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00091.htm


15: New Kyoto figures give more flexibility
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark today released new projections of New Zealand’s Kyoto liability, showing the provisional net position is projected to be a deficit of 21.7 million units during the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2008-2012).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00090.htm


16: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00053.htm


17: Threats To Shut Down Fijian Media Disturbing
Commonwealth Press Union

Threats by the Fiji military to shut down the media are a disturbing indication a return to democracy is further away than ever, according to the Commonwealth Press Union's New Zealand section.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00077.htm


18: Burma: Commodity Prices Soar After Cyclone Nargis
Democratic Voice of Burma

The price of rice and other commodities has soared due to shortages following the cyclone that hit Burma over the weekend, further exacerbating the humanitarian crisis brought on by the natural disaster. A Rangoon resident said prices had risen sharply.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00075.htm


19: Consultation on forestry regulations under NZ ETS
Ministry Of Agriculture And Forestry

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is seeking comments on an exposure draft of the regulations for the forestry sector under the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZETS). Submissions close on 30 May.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00087.htm


20: Why Freeview should be on Sky
Paul Norris

TVNZ has now launched two new digital channels – TVNZ 6 began in September 2007, a multi-service channel aimed at children in the daytime, families in the early evening, and adults in the late evening. In March 2008 TVNZ 7 was launched, a factual channel ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0805/S00043.htm


21: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00061.htm


22: 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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00056.htm


23: New magazine offers better deal for NZ home owners
PropertyBook

The real estate industry has a new advertising magazine which is about to be delivered free into homes around the country - and available around the world via the Internet.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00054.htm


24: PM's Presser 5 May 2008
Kevin List

The Prime Minister yesterday assured the people of Auckland that the extra levy on petrol would be deferred at the post-cabinet press conference. The PM also talked about wanting to make a contribution to democracy in Zimbabwe (working via the United ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00057.htm


25: Te Aroha Toddler Stabbing Release 2
New Zealand Police

Waikato Police investigating yesterday's stabbing of a 2-year-old boy in Te Aroha hope to complete their scene examination this afternoon. The incident happened about 3pm, at the Centennial Ave property where the child lived.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00079.htm


26: Greens will not support a gutless ETS
Green Party

The Government will have to look to the National party to support its Emissions Trading legislation if it is watered down to the point where it provides no significant environmental benefit.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00077.htm


27: TEAR fund launches appeal for Myanmar victims
TEAR Fund

As Myanmar (Burma) reels from the devastation wrought by Cyclone Nargis, TEAR Fund has launched an emergency appeal to help its victims. TEAR Fund is responding through its long-established, local partners, to provide emergency relief.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00080.htm


28: Key fails to grasp importance of rail investment
New Zealand Government

National Leader John Key’s failure to grasp the long-term benefits of a modernised rail system reveals a worrying short-sightedness, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00082.htm


29: 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


30: Weddings and warm weather go together
Statistics New Zealand

Summer months remained the preferred time to wed in the year ended December 2007, with 43 percent of marriages occurring in the first three months, Statistics New Zealand said today. Saturday 24 February was the most popular day for weddings in ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0805/S00048.htm

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