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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 26 May 2008


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

1: Suu Kyi Amid Burma's Cyclone

Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The world's most famous political prisoner, Aung San Suu Kyi, was due to be freed from house arrest this weekend, but the international community and Burma's military junta have been focusing on aid for cyclone victims instead ...

2: Viet Nam veterans and families to receive apology
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark and Veterans' Affairs Minister Rick Barker said today that the Crown apology to Viet Nam veterans and their families will be made in Parliament next week.

3: Sec. Rice, Miliband & Google Sr VP David Drummond
US State Department

"Chinese income per head is between 1/20th and 1/25th of the American level. In 10 years China will be richer ... but the U.S. will still be a superpower economically as well as politically and militarily and culturally." -- Sec. Rice.

4: Obama's Secret War Profiteering Tax
Greg Palast

In a hotel room in Brussels, the chief executives of the world’s top oil companies unrolled a huge map of the Middle East, drew a fat, red line around Iraq and signed their names to it.

5: Exports at risk from dirty dairying
Green Party

The Greens are warning that our dairy products will struggle to gain a European Union eco-label due to the impacts of dirty dairying on our rivers and lakes. This will place our exports at a competitive disadvantage and punish those dairy farmers ...

6: Bradford Gets It Wrong on Smacking - Again
Family First

Family First NZ is rubbishing statements by Green Party MP Sue Bradford that the 48% of parents (51% of mums) who have used a smack for the purposes of correction since the passing of the anti-smacking law are “using violence as part of bringing ...

7: Siddhi B. Ranjitkar: Nepal-India Treaties
Siddhi B. Ranjitkar

Nepalese political parties have been advocating for revising the Nepal-India Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1950 since a long time. However, they often forget to do so when they are in power. The leaders of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist) ...

8: Police To Use Bushmaster Rifles Over Glocks
Global Peace And Justice Auckland

GPJA states that a Police decision to have Bushmaster semi-automatic rifles become the preferred option over Glock pistols in armed situations is further evidence of an escalation of police arming themselves

9: John Key: Speech to the National Party Conference
New Zealand National Party

It’s good to feel the election-year buzz in the air. That’s a buzz born of excitement, but also, I hope, a sense of the size of the task ahead of us.

10: Poll shows positive shift in child discipline
Green Party

A Family First survey released today that shows 48 percent of parents still smack their children actually highlights a massive improvement in attitudes over the past year, Green Party MP Sue Bradford says.

11: Phoenix Mars Lander Prepares For Landing

PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander sped on Sunday morning toward its arrival at Mars, as the tug of the Red Planet's gravity accelerated the craft during the final day of its trip from Earth to Mars.

12: Energy Mad offers carbon credits on Trade Me
Energy Mad

For the first time ever, voluntary carbon credits created by demand side energy efficiency projects are being offered to all New Zealanders. This provides the opportunity for individuals, families and businesses to go “carbon neutral”.

13: Hide: ACT's 20-Point Plan To Beat Australia
ACT New Zealand

ACT's 20-Point Plan To Beat Australia Rodney Hide MP Sunday, May 25 2008

14: Disaster Relief Materials To China Quake Victims
3M New Zealand

3M New Zealand has reacted to the urgent need in China by donating much needed medical materials, following the recent earthquake which struck the Sichuan province in China.

15: NZ Lotteries Launches Online Sales -
NZ Lotteries

NZ Lotteries has today launched its new online sales channel,, that will enable lottery players to purchase tickets through the Internet. NZ Lotteries’ Chief Executive Todd McLeay says the introduction of MyLotto is in response to strong ...

16: Mars Craft Reports Good Health After Landing

NASA PASADENA, Calif. -- A NASA spacecraft today sent pictures showing itself in good condition after making the first successful landing in a polar region of Mars.

17: Putting John Edwards on the Supreme Court
Harvey Wasserman

As the end game for the Democratic nomination takes shape, the historic union of the feminist and civil rights movements has never been more in evidence. Nor has the next upcoming appointment to the US Supreme Court ever been more pivotal.

18: New Solar Grants leave manufacturers in the Dark
Econergy Limited

The $1000 solar water heating grants scheme recently upgraded from $500 by the Government has the potential to adversely impact profitability of new emerging solar water heating technologies which are excluded says David Senn, Managing Director of Econergy Limited.

19: Congrats Scott Dixon
New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key is congratulating Kiwi motor racing ace Scott Dixon for his historic win in the Indianapolis 500.

20: Maori leaders must respect voice of parents
The Family Party

The Family Party is calling on Maori leaders to respect the overwhelming voice of New Zealanders who want the ill-conceived anti-smacking law fixed.

21: Smacking Poll – NZ’ers Don’t Want to ‘Move On’
Family First

A year after the passing of the controversial anti-smacking law, opposition to the law change is growing. These are the key finding of research commissioned by Family First NZ, following on from similar research in 2007. The poll surveyed 1,018 people ...

22: New GE Animals a Threat to NZ's Export Reputation
GE free NZ in Food Environment Inc

Plans to develop new GE animals with genetic material taken from widely different species (understood to be as varied as goats, mice, and zebra), are a threat to New Zealand's clean, green natural image for food production.

23: Warriors fans receive treatment
Action On Smoking And Health

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) NZ, Auckland Cancer Society of New Zealand, Health Sponsorship Council (HSC) and Ngati Whatua o Orakei Health Services

24: Nepalese Minority Skeptical of Bhutan’s Democracy
Adam C Castillo

21 May 2008: Bhutan, the last Shangri-La, and until recently a bastion of monarchical fidelity, to everyone’s surprise held the nations first elections earlier this year ushering in a new era of democracy. This development comes as a shock because ...

25: Peters: Tauranga Electorate AGM Speech
New Zealand First Party

It was J William Fulbright who said that “In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects.”

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.

27: Congratulations Scott Dixon
MotorSport NZ

On behalf of all New Zealand motorsport fans congratulations to Scott Dixon on winning the Indy 500 race earlier this morning. This is one of the world’s biggest annual sporting trophies and is watched by a TV audience of tens of millions and a live ...

28: 2008 Humour in Business Awards
Humour In Business Awards

The winners of the 2007 Humour Awards were Canyon Swing in Queenstown. Laughingly referred to as “not your average backyard swing”, the reason their entry won was it demonstrated their genius in successfully combining humour and safety. With ...

29: Kiwi Party pledge anti-smacking law will be gone
The Kiwi Party

CIR Petition organiser and Kiwi Party Leader Larry Baldock said the latest poll commissioned by Family First and revealed in the NZ Herald today, continues to dash the hopes of anti-smacking law supporters that good Kiwi Mums and Dad’s are ever going to ...

30: Youth Week 08 – lets relate to young people
New Zealand Government

Youth Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta said Youth Week 08 is a chance to acknowledge the work being done to ensure young people are supported.

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