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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 28 May 2008

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1: Bush Claims More Powers Than King George III

Massachusetts School Of Law

The Bush administration has arrogated powers to itself that the British people even refused to grant King George III at the time of the Revolutionary War, an eminent political scientist says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00367.htm


2: US Regulators Reject New Merck Drug
Martha Rosenberg

Even as Merck seeks closure on its Vioxx nightmare by paying $4.85 billion to tens of thousands of plaintiffs who took the painkiller--not that it did anything wrong--the bad ink continues.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00371.htm


3: Online booking surge supports NZ regions - Wotif
Wotif.com

AUCKLAND – 27 May 2008: New Zealand bookings, through leading accommodation website Wotif.com, surged during the first quarter of 2008 supported by domestic travel bookers.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00541.htm


4: Wii Fit - Fitness and Fun for Everyone
Nintendo

Turn your living room into your own private gym with Wii Fit™, available 29 May 2008
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0805/S00290.htm


5: Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement that her Government wanted a culture of "moderation, thrift, and service to the public"; if so, is she confident that is understood by all Government entities?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00567.htm


6: US–China Forum on Sustainable Energy, Environment
US State Department

Growth in energy demand is a natural consequence of economic growth, and China's economic growth over the past 30 years has brought prosperity to hundreds of millions of its citizens and new opportunities to countries around the world.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00400.htm


7: Suncorp Selects Symantec to Secure its Information
Symantec

Suncorp partners with Symantec to help improve its security infrastructure, reduce storage costs and simplify its data center management systems
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00515.htm


8: Fomenting inflation to pay for war
Toni Solo

Western Bloc central banks and financial and investment corporations are locked into an inflationary dynamic in order to sustain their system's militarist imperialism. The Bloc's European and Pacific components offer supportive economic collaboration. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00388.htm


9: Clark: Crown apology to Viet Nam veterans
New Zealand Government

The Crown formally acknowledges the dedicated service of the New Zealand Regular Force personnel deployed during the Viet Nam War, and those many servicemen and women who supported them in their mission.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00577.htm


10: Kiwisaver: “No, yes, maybe?” isn’t good enough
EPMU

National is playing a dangerous game with New Zealanders’ futures by refusing to front on its plans for Kiwisaver contributions says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00448.htm


11: Dunne: Speech to the NZICA Special Interest Group
New Zealand Government

I am very pleased be here today to address your Special Interest Group on the tax changes announced in Budget 2008.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00546.htm


12: Fishery Officers smash major paua poaching ring
Ministry of Fisheries

In the early hours of this morning more than 130 Fishery Officers supported by around 70 Police began simultaneous enforcement actions in Auckland, Wellington, Opotiki and Hastings as the final phase of Operation PAID. With regard to paua poaching this ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00444.htm


13: NZ’s best bacon named
NZ Pork Industry

Kiwis know nothing beats a rasher of 100% New Zealand Bacon on a Sunday morning – and now they know the best to be had is from Heller in Christchurch. Heller’s Tasty Danish bacon took out the national prize at the inaugural Lesnies 100% New Zealand ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00539.htm


14: New climate change projections released for NZ
NIWA

The National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has produced new climate change projections for New Zealand. The new projections represent the most up-to-date scientific knowledge about likely effects of climate change in New Zealand, including ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0805/S00062.htm


15: Great Costume Auction & Exhibition
Royal NZ Ballet

For the first time ever, costumes from the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s wardrobe department are for sale.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0805/S00282.htm


16: WTF: Gordon Campbell on Obama’s Speech
Gordon Campbell

If you haven’t yet read Barack Obama’s speech a couple of months ago on race, it can be accessed here.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00362.htm


17: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00342.htm


18: Apology to Viet Nam veterans must not glorify war
The Maori Party

A government apology to Viet Nam veterans must accept full responsibility for sending our soldiers into a war that our people did not support, says the Maori Party.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00551.htm


19: Questions And Answers – 28 May 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. RON MARK (NZ First) to the Minister of Police: Can she say when the Commissioner of Police will release his decision on whether to issue Tasers to front-line police; if not, why not?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00562.htm


20: Interview with Pelosi challenger Shirley Golub
Rosalea Barker

CAPTION: Shirley Golub, who is challenging Nancy Pelosi to be the Democratic candidate for the 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House, with downtown San Francisco in the background
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00361.htm


21: Thanks to Those Who Served in Vietnam
New Zealand National Party

I rise today to support the apology from the Crown and to offer the gratitude and thanks of the National Party to those New Zealanders who served in the then-Republic of Vietnam. I also offer our apologies to them and their families for the failure ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00576.htm


22: Hon Tariana Turia - Viet Nam apology
The Maori Party

The Maori Party endorses the apologies of the Crown in the House today. The New Zealand Military History tells us that between 1964 and 1972, 3890 New Zealanders served in South Viet Nam.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00580.htm


23: Prominent Papuan human rights advocate visiting NZ
James Murray

A prominent West Papuan human rights advocate will be talking in Ponsonby next month to highlight the devastation that deforestation is causing to the country’s rainforests.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00373.htm


24: Mitchell and Dyer go from strength to strength
Mitchell And Dyer

In just over a week, Mitchell and Dyer has done the impossible and become one of the fastest growing agencies in Auckland's history.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00569.htm


25: Fly through departures at Auckland Airport
Auckland International Airport

If you are leaving New Zealand from Auckland Airport on or after 1 July 2008 you will be delighted to learn you no longer need to pay a NZ$25 international departure fee. This is as a result of the long awaited transition to a new departure fee collection ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00567.htm


26: Bush 'plans Iran air strike by August'
Scoop Link

NEW YORK - The George W Bush administration plans to launch an air strike against Iran within the next two months, an informed source tells Asia Times Online, echoing other reports that have surfaced in the media in the United States recently.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00398.htm


27: Govt. dithers, rainforest-felling imports continue
Green Party

The Green Party has welcomed a government pledge to try to do something about stopping importation of illegally logged tropical kwila timber, after a year-long campaign by the Greens against such imports.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00557.htm


28: Scaling up of MPOWER tobacco control needed
Bobby Ramakant

New Zealand and other countries in the world need to scale up the cost-effective, proven and WHO recommended strategies to reduce the number of deaths attributed to tobacco use. The World Health Statistics Report (2008) of WHO released 10 days before ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00382.htm


29: New website gives consumers up to date power info
Transpower

The power industry today launched a new website to provide easy access to the latest information on the electricity supply situation this winter. Winterpower Watch or www.winterpower.co.nz, will be updated daily and features the latest data on hydro ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00529.htm


30: Overdue Recognition For Kiwi Viet Nam Veterans
ACT New Zealand

ACT Party Response to Prime Minister's Statement (Crown Apology) To New Zealand Viet Nam Veterans; Parliament; Wednesday, May 28 2008
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00581.htm

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