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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 10 May 2008


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

1: Miss World In NZ After Carrying Olympic Torch

Melissa Chandler

Melissa Chandler writes: Just days after carrying the Olympic torch on its journey to Beijing, Miss World Zi Lin Zhang has touched down in New Zealand. The 24-year-old Chinese woman arrived in Auckland yesterday for a six-day visit, during which time ...

2: Franklin Lamb: Lebanon on the Brink
Franklin P Lamb

"The question is no longer why, for the answer has become clear. However, what is the secret behind the timing of this? What is being prepared for the future stage and which coincides with US President George Bush's tour of the region? Has internal ...

3: Price Rises Will Trigger Reduction Of Fuel Use
Business Council for Sustainable Development

If petrol and diesel prices break the $2 per litre barrier, it will trigger nearly a quarter of New Zealanders to significantly reduce their fuel use.

4: Fourth A380 Joins Singapore Airlines’ Fleet
Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines has taken delivery of its fourth A380, the world’s largest passenger plane, at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France.

5: Lyndon Hood: Emitting Sector Excluded From ETS
Lyndon Hood

Emissions Trading: Frequently Asked Questions - Why do we have an Emissions Trading Scheme? If New Zealand wants to maintain its edge as a clean, green nation, we urgently need to pretend as hard as we can to take decisive action on climate change.

6: Piattelli-Palmarini: Ostracism W/out Nat Selection
Suzan Mazur

“[I]nsects had evolved at least ten elaborate forms of mouthpieces, uniquely adapted (one would say) to their feeding upon flowers, one hundred million years before there were any flowers on Earth.” – Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini

7: Pedophile Suspect Arrest, Focus Of INTERPOL Appeal
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Within 48 hours of INTERPOL's global appeal to the public, the prime suspect, Wayne Nelson Corliss, 58, from Union City, New Jersey, who was photographed sexually abusing young children in Southeast Asia in images distributed on the Internet was identified.

8: Lost E-Mails Obscure 'Plame-gate'
Jason Leopold

Earlier this week, the White House disclosed that it could not recover lost e-mails from emergency backup tapes for the period covering the invasion of Iraq and the U.S. failure to find Iraq’s alleged WMD.

9: InternetNZ congratulates Hector’s World Ltd on UK
Internet NZ

InternetNZ (the Internet Society of New Zealand Inc) congratulates NetSafe subsidiary Hector’s World Limited on the UK launch of its online cyber-safety resource Hector’s World.

10: Mother’s Day rescue, piglets saved from horror
Open Rescue Collective

Mother’s Day rescue, piglets saved from horror New Zealand Open Rescue has conducted an undercover investigation into an intensive piggery in Auckland, uncovering gruesome evidence and rescuing two female piglets. “Our investigation revealed death, cannibalism ...

11: Taskforce set up to establish cuisine school
New Zealand National Party

Wairarapa MP John Hayes has established a taskforce to investigate the viability of establishing a cuisine school in Martinborough, independent of involvement with UCOL.

12: Kiwi Designed Cat A Huge Hit In The US
Impact PR

Roger Hill may have had New Zealand’s demanding sea conditions in mind when he penned the design for the ArrowCat 30, but the 30-foot power catamaran has become an international success.

13: Play: The Orderly Highlights Hospice Appeal Week
Natasha Burling - AUT Journalism Student

Last year Radiohead asked fans to pay what they wanted for their new album, this year a theatre director is asking audience members to do the same with his play. Director Anders Falstie-Jenson says he is interested to see how much people will ...

14: Robyn Malcolm talks about family asthma experience
Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Outrageous Fortune star Robyn Malcolm is giving her support to asthma awareness. Robyn is backing the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation’s Balloon Day campaign. Tomorrow is Balloon Day and interesting, fun events are being held at participating ...

15: Working Holiday Scheme signed with Poland
New Zealand Government

New Zealand and Poland have established a Working Holiday Scheme to encourage young visitors to both countries, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.

16: Fairfax Media Journalists Scoop The Pool

Fairfax Media journalists were acknowledged for their outstanding work when they won the top awards at the Qantas Media Awards in Auckland tonight.

17: Embedding the Analysts: Modern-Day Propaganda?
Bill Berkowitz

Over the course of the Iraq War, the Pentagon has used hand-picked retired military officers as “message force multipliers” to shape public opinion, a New York Times investigation revealed last month.1 According to the report, which was the product ...

18: Qantas Media Awards 2008 Results
Qantas Media Awards

The 35th year of the Qantas Media Awards. They started as an awards recognising excellence in news photography and have developed to include recognition of what is the best in virtually all journalistic disciplines in New Zealand journalism.

19: Russia After May 8, 2008
Saleem Khan

Which way Russia is going to go after May 8, 2008, when Medvedev takes office as the President of the Russian Federation? Would it be Putin’s way or a new course friendly to the west? Pundits and the media in the west are engaged in guessing game ...

20: Undernews For May 7, 2008

Another scoop from Jerry Seper of the Washington Times, one of the best reporters on the Clinton scandal stories. The papers confirm a number of items reported by the Progressive Review including the apparent hush money for Webster Hubbell

21: Umbrella Trial At AMI Stadium
AMI Stadium

A six-month trial allowing umbrellas to be used at AMI Stadium in Christchurch is underway.

22: Traditional Chinese Medical Ltd Prosecuted
Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health's medicines and medical devices regulator Medsafe is pleased with the result of a prosecution brought against South Auckland Traditional Chinese Medical Ltd and its directors.

23: National shows its climate colours
Greenpeace New Zealand

Auckland May 9 2008 – The National Party is finally revealing its true colours on climate change and it's clear it's the party for big business polluters, says Greenpeace.

24: Classic Opera On Now
NBR New Zealand Opera

Puccini’s La Bohème , arguably the most popular of all operas, gets a face lift in 2008. The NBR New Zealand Opera’s new production sees a vibrant cast and creative team bring this timeless classic back to life in a fresh and stylish way.

25: Statement from Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker
Christchurch City Council

The decision by the Environment Court means that one of the most contentious and time consuming parts of the old Banks Peninsula District Plan and now the Christchurch City Council Plan has been resolved.

26: Putting New Zealand Charities In The Limelight

Limelight, a new nationwide online business and community directory service that provides direct benefits for Kiwi charities, is on a six-week tour around the country raising money for Variety the Children’s Charity and the Child Cancer Foundation.

27: Who's really misleading the NZ public?
Pacific Blue

Friday 9 May 2008: Pacific Blue and Virgin Blue have described as hypocrisy a media statement released by Air New Zealand yesterday (Thursday 8 May 2008), saying the release is evidence the legacy carrier is rattled by the fresh new competition Pacific ...

28: Dalton switches boats to Cure Kids
Cure Kids

Grant Dalton temporarily abandoned preparations for the next Americas Cup to launch the Cure Kids Last Race donation hotline today. The public and race-goers can dial 0900 CURE K (287 35) to donate $20 to the charity. The hotline will be open until ...

29: Women in the Running
Maya Schenwar

Whether or not we elect a female president this year, the US has a long way to go when it comes to political gender equality.

30: US Terrorism Report: Selective Data, Wrong Lessons
Ramzy Baroud

The data provided in the US State Department's annual terrorism report for 2007 points to some interesting if puzzling conclusions. The much publicised document, made available 30 April via the State Department's website, makes no secret of the fact that Al-Qaeda ...

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