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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 24 May 2008 (Saturday)

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

1: HR Film Fest Review: Now the People Have Awoken

Natasha Burling - AUT Journalism Student

Human Rights Film Festival Review: Natasha Burling writes that a heated debate followed the screening of a film about Venezuela’s political situation. Now the People Have Awoken looks at the changes in Venezuela since President Hugo Chavez came to power ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00322.htm


2: Final Chapter - Curtain Time for Barack Obama
Evelyn Pringle

The first case of many to go to trial resulting from the Operation Board Game investigation is being referred to as the "biggest political corruption trial" since former Illinois Governor George Ryan's trial two years ago, in the Chicago media.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00325.htm


3: Budget Increase for Hearing Aids Falls Short
National Foundation for the Deaf

While the National Foundation for the Deaf applauds the Government announcement to more than double hearing aid subsidies for senior citizens, the move still falls short of making them affordable for many New Zealanders.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00400.htm


4: High-Flyer Wins Young Practitioner Of The Year
PRINZ

A 25-year-old high-flyer was named Young Practitioner of the Year at the Public Relations Institute (PRINZ) awards last Friday evening.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00477.htm


5: Affordable Transport Needed For All Disadvantaged
FAST

The Forum for Auckland Sustainable Transport (FAST) welcomes the Budget’s generosity to pensioners, through its offer of free public transport at off peak hours. FAST assumes that off peak hours includes between 9.00am -3.00pm and after 6.00pm on weekdays, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00404.htm


6: Weet-Bix And Rugby Campaign Wins Top Award
PRINZ

A campaign for two high-profile New Zealand brands – Weet-Bix and the All Blacks – won the top award at this year’s Public Relations industry awards.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00479.htm


7: Undernews For May 21, 2008
Undernews

LIA TARACHANSKY, RABBLE, CANADA - Once the catastrophe hit it was a long time before people started to understand what was really going on. By then, the world had abandoned the already marginalized communities, leaving them to fend for themselves while being ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00324.htm


8: ECO To Analyse Sustainability Rhetoric Or Reality
Maina Perrot - AUT Journalism Student

Maina Perrot, AUT University Journalism Student, reports that half way through the election year seems a good time for the Environment and Conservation Organisation (ECO) to discuss policies at its annual conference in Wellington.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00321.htm


9: Sub-Humans, Humans, and Human Beings
Martin LeFevre - Meditations

New findings and nuanced theories have been coming out recently regarding the clash in Europe between Neanderthals and the first fully modern humans, the Cro Magnons, tens of thousands of years ago. These findings speak of the last great breakthrough ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00326.htm


10: New Zealanders support three year tax cut plan
Business Council for Sustainable Development

New Zealanders are not totally satisfied with the tax cut benefits they will personally get from the Budget, but support the three year $10.6 billion tax reform programme.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00403.htm


11: Second-Hand Wedding No.1 New Release This Week
Trigger Marketing

Kiwi Film Second-Hand Wedding opened this week as the Number 1 new release at the New Zealand Box Office.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0805/S00250.htm


12: No Cheese For Ratepayers
No More Rates

The lack of any new government funding for councils in the budget will impact almost immediately on ratepayers as local and regional councils finalise their rates increases for the coming year.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00401.htm


13: Grower Returns Forecast to Increase
Zespri

ZESPRI today announced an indicative range of grower returns forecast for the 2008/09 season, which will be keenly welcomed by the New Zealand kiwifruit industry.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00460.htm


14: Campbell talks Budget fallout with Michael Cullen
Gordon Campbell

Labour can argue loud and long all it likes about its sundry achievements during its eight and half years in office – the longest economic boom since WWII, low unemployment rates not seen in decades, increases in average household incomes, cheaper ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00319.htm


15: Rove Protégé May Dig for Dirt on Obama
Jason Leopold

Timothy Griffin, a central figure in the U.S. Attorney scandal and a protégé of Republican political guru Karl Rove, reportedly has been hired to dig up dirt on likely Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00329.htm


16: MMP Referendum enshrines "the right of the voter"
The Kiwi Party

MMP Referendum enshrines "the right of the voter" says Kiwi Party The Kiwi Party Press Release May 24, 2008 Embargoed until 11am May 24th
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00399.htm


17: Budget Comment - Poorest Miss Out
Caritas Aotearoa

The way society responds to the needs of its poor through its public policies is the litmus test of how just or unjust a society it is. New Zealand Church Leaders, 1993
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00398.htm


18: Commission must be voice of mental health
The Maori Party

Mental health consumer groups will not accept the argument that the Mental Health Commission does not need consumer representatives on the Board because it consults with them, says Maori Party health spokesperson Tariana Turia.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00488.htm


19: ShapeNZ Budget 2008 Survey Report
ShapeNZ

This ShapeNZ survey was undertaken between 4.15pm Thursday May 22 and 11am Friday May 23, 2008.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00402.htm


20: BBC Interviews Secretary Rice And David Miliband
US State Department

The U.S.doesn't believe in negotiations with Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaida. These are organizations that we view as terrorist organizations. When it comes to Syria, we have diplomatic relations. I, myself, met twice with the Syrian Foreign Minister.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00339.htm


21: BUDGET 2008 Special Report - With Tom Frewen
Scoop Audio

Audio: Today in Parliament for Tuesday 22 May, 2008: ... Tom Frewen presents a BUDGET 2008 Special Report.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00317.htm


22: Australian Government Support To Burma
Australian Defence Force

The Australian Government has announced today that Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft will provide additional assistance to Burma’s cyclone victims.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00345.htm


23: Emirates Brings Rugby Sevens To London
Emirates Airlines

Twickenham is gearing up to welcome another great rugby event; when it plays host to the Emirates Airline London Sevens, the only English leg in the IRB Sevens World Series, this Saturday and Sunday (24th and 25th May).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0805/S00237.htm


24: Extra $40 million for Sanitary Works Subsidy
New Zealand Government

An additional $40 million over five years for the Sanitary Works Subsidy Scheme was announced today by Damien O’Connor, Minister for Rural Affairs and Associate Minister of Health.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00487.htm


25: Appointment of Mental Health Commissioners
Mental Health Commission

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand was pleased to learn of the Minister of Health’s appointment of the new Mental Health Commissioners. However it is surprised and disappointed that, in a departure from past practice, that there is no Commissioner ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00478.htm


26: Michael Collins: Bending Over For Bush
Michael Collins

It is now their war. Iraq has been and will be the war of every Senator and Representative who funds the madness.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00331.htm


27: Hundreds Rally for Darfur
Africa Action

Hundreds Rally for Darfur at U.S. Mission to the UN Pressure Escalates on Bush Administration to Do More to End Genocide During June Presidency of UN Security Council
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00341.htm


28: Zimbabwe: Union Leaders’ Trial Set for 23 June
ITUC

INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION (ITUC) ITUC Online 101/220508 Zimbabwe: Union Leaders’ Trial Set for 23 June;Global Action Called for 25 May
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00346.htm


29: SRB: Ode to a Foreskin
Scoop Review of Books

SRB Picks of the Week 23 May 08 By Jeremy Rose for the Scoop Review of Books
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00320.htm


30: Restoring natural habitats in Myanmar a priority
IUCN

Gland, Switzerland, May 23, 2008 (IUCN) – IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) offers to share its broad environmental experience to help with the reconstruction efforts in Myanmar. A vital long-term environmental need is to restore coastal ecosystems, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00340.htm

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