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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 5 June 2008

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1: Undernews For June 4, 2008

Undernews

Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock. - Ben Hecht
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00059.htm


2: Electric Car Industry Start-Up For NZ?
Carbon News

New Zealand electric car industry funding talks underway in UK New Zealand could soon be building its own electric cars.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00078.htm


3: Evans apology: Slammed for KKK “stunt”
Kapiti Coast District Council

Kapiti Mayor Jenny Rowan has slammed Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board member Dale Evans for his “offensive behaviour” in wearing Ku Klux Klan attire to a recent Council meeting.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0806/S00029.htm


4: The New Electoral Math - Obama Wins
Michael Collins

Here are my numbers on the electoral drama of under representation called the Electoral College . But first, for some politics. Political factors weigh heavily.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00051.htm


5: Wellington freezes for World Environment Day
Intersect

Why did hundreds of people freeze in their footsteps in Wellington today? It wasn’t the wind that chilled them. It was a call to support World Environment Day.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0806/S00041.htm


6: Bush Vowed US Would "Kill" Anyone Who Interfered
Jason Leopold

President Bush reacted to the deaths of four Blackwater contractors in Fallujah in 2004 by proclaiming in a hastily arranged video conference with officials that the United States would "kill" anyone who threatened to derail the "march to Democracy" ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00056.htm


7: Free ride for NZ Maori v Tonga ticket holders
Auckland Regional Transport Authority

On Saturday 7 June, Aucklanders heading to the NZ Maori versus Tonga game at North Harbour Stadium can ride selected buses and trains for free if they pre-purchase their match ticket for the game, which kicks off at 4.35pm.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0806/S00015.htm


8: Sidney Pollack, Scott McClellan, and Wars for Oil
Bernard Weiner

OK, let's connect the dots: The Iraq War & Occupation. Scott McClellan's memoir. The death of film director Sydney Pollack.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00039.htm


9: Obama: Final Primary Night Speech
Barack Obama

Senator Barack Obama Final Primary Night Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008 St. Paul, Minnesota
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00049.htm


10: UK Prime Minister's Questions - 4 June 2008
UK Government

Knife crime, 42 days detention and Zimbabwe were on the agenda at today's PMQs. The Prime Minister also took questions on green taxes, Northern Ireland, the ban on alcohol, green taxes, Cluster bombs, Nuisance phonecalls, Energy prices, Equality bill, Scotland.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00063.htm


11: Dale Evans Apology Over KKK Stunt
Dale Evans

Dale Evans Apology Over KKK Stunt. As published in the Kapiti Observer.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0806/S00035.htm


12: Hays Salary Survey: Employer confidence strong
Hays

The 2008 Hays Salary Survey, detailing typical salaries for a range of sectors, was released Monday, 2nd June 2008. The survey, which covers 11 employment sectors and hundreds of job roles across New Zealand, reports the majority of employers reported ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00048.htm


13: Maori Party congratulates Barack Obama
The Maori Party

The Maori Party leadership has welcomed the outcome of the Democratic Party nomination contest for the US Presidential candidate.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00054.htm


14: Will Minister confirm power plant breakdown?
New Zealand National Party

Industry sources have told National Party Energy spokesman Gerry Brownlee that the Otahuhu B power station is being shut down for at least four days while repairs are carried out on a boiler tube.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00055.htm


15: Pink Vests for Taggers Divisive
Out There

The Wellington community police constable who is making taggers wear pink vests as punishment has prompted alarm from the youth group OUT THERE.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00039.htm


16: Barack Obama: "Israel's Security Is Sacrosanct"
Barack Obama 2008 Campaign

"Israel's security is sacrosanct. It is non-negotiable. The Palestinians need a state that is contiguous and cohesive, and that allows them to prosper – but any agreement with the Palestinian people must preserve Israel's identity as a Jewish state."
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00080.htm


17: Cheney: Iranian Sanctions Were Bad for Halliburton
Jason Leopold

When Dick Cheney was chief executive of Halliburton in the 1990s, he urged Congress to ease sanctions against Iran and enter into diplomatic discussions with the country’s leaders so the oil-field services company could legally do business there.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00058.htm


18: New Zealand hosting World Environment Day
New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Trevor Mallard said it was a pleasure and an honour for New Zealand to be hosting such a significant international event as today's World Environment Day.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00062.htm


19: New bacterium affects fresh tomatoes and capsicums
Biosecurity NZ

MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) has today withdrawn phytosanitary certification for New Zealand fresh tomato and capsicum export produce until further notice, following the confirmation of a new disease-causing bacterium in three commercial hot-house ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0806/S00004.htm


20: UK Avian Flu Outbreak: Protection Zones Declared
UK Government

The restrictions established on 3 June to contain the outbreak of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza at a farm in Banbury, Oxfordshire should remain in place. Protection and Surveillance Zones now replace the Temporary Control Zone.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00077.htm


21: OCR unchanged at 8.25 percent
Reserve Bank

Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard said: "The global economy is currently experiencing significant increases in oil and food prices. These price increases are occurring at the same time as activity is weakening in many economies in response to the global ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00068.htm


22: Lyndon Hood: The Week Incoherence
Lyndon Hood

First thing: Hoodie Day. Why no presents? I waited and waited. And though I am a satirist, that Kapiti Community Board guy - of the KKK outfit and so on - he did not count as a gift.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00073.htm


23: Spotlight on Govt’s poor environmental record
New Zealand National Party

The Government’s record on environmental protection is out of step with its hosting of World Environment Day, says National’s Environment spokesman, Nick Smith.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00061.htm


24: RBNZ leaves OCR unchanged, but rate cuts expected
J P Morgan

The RBNZ left the official cash rate (OCR) steady at a record 8.25% as expected this morning, citing upside risks to inflation and downside risks to economic growth. The OCR has remained unchanged since July 2007, although will probably fall toward ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00080.htm


25: Council To Spend Up Large On Rugby World Cup
Natasha Burling - AUT Journalism Student

AUT journalism student Natasha Burling reports that Auckland City Council’s decision to spend $36 million on the Rugby World Cup 2011 has some councillors hot under the collar.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00067.htm


26: IFS appoints new Managing Director
IFS

Sydney, 5 June 2008: IFS, the Global Enterprise Applications Company and pioneers of true Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) today announced the appointment of Rob Stummer as the Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand. Stummer’s appointment ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00087.htm


27: Embarrassing Govt waste on World Environment Day
New Zealand National Party

The Government has had to recall 20,000 15-page colour brochures produced by the Ministry for the Environment for World Environment Day because of a serious content error, says National’s Environment spokesman, Nick Smith.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00038.htm


28: Discredited earthquake advice circulating
Hawkes Bay Regional Council

An email promoting incorrect advice about earthquake safety has been causing concern for residents and Civil Defence staff in Hawke’s Bay as well as nationally.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0806/S00032.htm


29: AG flags wider concerns about public sector
New Zealand National Party

National Party State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee believes it is significant that the Auditor-General has signalled a very broad inquiry into integrity within the public service, that will include questions about what Ministers knew and when.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00040.htm


30: PM announces international environment art award
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced the winner of the prestigious International Children’s Painting Competition, held to celebrate World Environment Day each year.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00064.htm

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