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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 7 May 2008

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1: Scientists To Examine World’s Weirdest Whale

Te Papa

Scientists from Australia, the United States and New Zealand have gathered at Te Papa for the dissection of a pygmy right whale Caperea marginata to study the anatomy and evolutionary relationships of this unusual species.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0805/S00019.htm


2: 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


3: 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


4: Prime TV: The Great Global Warming Swindle
Employers And Manufacturers Association

Prime TV: Important Viewing For Everyone Who Cares about the Planets future and our Standard of living.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00116.htm


5: NZ Scientists Want Names Off Climate Skeptics List
Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace says it's a sign of how desperate climate sceptics are that they've used the names of eminent New Zealand scientists to falsely back their cause.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00111.htm


6: 100s Of 1000s May Need Aid In Cyclone-Hit Burma
United Nations

The number of people requiring humanitarian assistance following the deadly cyclone which struck Myanmar a few days ago could number in the hundreds of thousands, according to the United Nations which is mobilizing aid in the wake of the disaster.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00099.htm


7: Obsolete Mt Eden Prison to be replaced
New Zealand Government

Corrections Minister Phil Goff announced today plans for the replacement of the Victorian era Mt Eden Prison. “The new prison will meet three key objectives,” Phil Goff said.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00112.htm


8: Key re-invents his own history yet again
New Zealand Government

John Key’s claim that he supported the government purchase of the rail tracks in 2004 is yet another revisionist interpretation of his own history, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00118.htm


9: Gov-General Receives Int. Disability Award - UN
Governor General

The Governor-General, Hon Anand Satyanand, received a prestigious international disability award on behalf of New Zealand at the United Nations in New York today. At 5pm Tuesday 6 May (9am Wednesday 7 May in New Zealand), at a ceremony attended by the UN Secretary-General, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00098.htm


10: Ethiopia: Camps Closed As Refugees Return To Sudan
United Nations

After 23,000 refugees returned home to South Sudan, the UN refugee agency has closed two camps in western Ethiopia. The UNHCR announced today that it had closed Bonga and Dimma camps after the organization assisted refugees to return.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00092.htm


11: Two New Zealand hotels make world’s best 100 list
Expedia

Two New Zealand hotels, the Westin Auckland Lighter Quay and the Heritage Hotel in Christchurch, achieved rankings on the Expedia Insiders’ Select™ list of the world’s best hotels (www.expedia.com/insidersselect). The Expedia Insiders' Select™ ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00114.htm


12: Screw Cap Or Cork?
Alpha Domus

Below is a media release from Alpha Domus. I have also attached low-res images. If you would like high-res versions, please email me and I will send them to you.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0805/S00018.htm


13: Cyclone Help For Irrawaddy Delta Survivors
Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Wounded and terrified survivors waited for help on Tuesday, picking through flimsy bamboo, thatch and wooden wreckage in villages flattened by Cyclone Nargis, which Burma's military regime said killed more than 22,000 people ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00067.htm


14: Education Ministry Plays School Bully
ACT New Zealand

ACT New Zealand Education Spokesman Heather Roy today demanded to know how Education Minister Chris Carter could sit by and allow Longbeach School pupils to be taught in a shipping container - especially given that it is his Ministry that has put the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00111.htm


15: 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


16: Back Benches, Show Line Up for 7 May 2008
Back Benches

Rodney Hide, Act Leader and MP for Epsom Moana Mackey, Labour List MP Chester Borrows, National MP for Whanganui Sue Kedgley, Greens List MP
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00105.htm


17: New Zealanders Prefer Obama
UMR Research Ltd

Asked who they would like to see as a Democratic Presidential candidate, 47% of New Zealanders chose Obama, 31% Clinton with 22% unable to offer an opinion.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00110.htm


18: 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


19: Report reveals best and worst places to be a mum
Save The Children

To coincide with Mother's Day, Save the Children has published its ninth annual State of the World's Mothers report, comparing the best and worst countries in which to be a mother and child.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00108.htm


20: 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


21: Divorces Decrease, Civil Unions Ignored
Family First

Family First NZ is welcoming the latest statistics on marriage, civil unions and divorce showing a declining rate of divorce down 500 to 9,600 in 2007. Less than half of all marriages dissolved in 2007 involved people with children.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00076.htm


22: Facts for Mother's Day
Statistics New Zealand

To acknowledge all mothers' hard work and caring, Statistics New Zealand is marking Mother's Day on Sunday 11 May with some facts about mothers.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0805/S00069.htm


23: NZ Post's advertising emotional blackmail
Newmarket Business Association

The head of Auckland's leading retail district says New Zealand Post's radio advertising for Mother's Day amounts to emotional blackmail and the adverts should be pulled immediately because they are not in the spirit of Mother's Day.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00108.htm


24: KiwiFM: Wallace n John Key on Emissions + Railways
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wallace Chapman talks to National Party leader John Key about carbon emissions trading scheme and railways.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00076.htm


25: Climate contradiction: Will Govt please explain?
New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

In the wake of its backdown on the Emission Trading Scheme Bill, the Government has been asked by Terry Dunleavy, secretary of the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition, to explain what he describes as “a glaring contradiction.”
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00104.htm


26: Burma Cyclone Nargis 22,000 Dead + 41,000 Missing
VOA News

Burma's govt says at least 22,000 people are confirmed dead, in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, and 41,000 are missing. The military government has begun allowing foreign assistance and granting unprecedented access to some international aid agency reps.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00096.htm


27: Salvation Army launches Myanmar appeal
Salvation Army

The Salvation Army in New Zealand has launched an appeal to help the millions of people believed to have been left homeless by the devastating cyclone that hit Myanmar.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00095.htm


28: Schools will fail grade on healthy food guidelines
Green Party

Many schools will get a fail grade under the new Food and Nutrition for Healthy Confident Kids guidelines that come into effect on 1 June, according to the Green Party's latest school food survey.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00105.htm


29: Palestine Group Objects to Celebration of Violence
Wellington Palestine Group

The Wellington Palestine Group will conduct a vigil outside Temple Sinai on 7 May to protest the Zionist Federation of New Zealand celebration of the founding of Israel.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00096.htm


30: National’s mates undermine NZ Superannuation
New Zealand Government

Everyone looking forward to one day being entitled to universal New Zealand Superannuation should be worried when the National Party’s mates publicly undermine confidence in the system, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00110.htm

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