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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 9 June 2008


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

1: McCover-Up: Abramoff & the GOP Money Machine

Mark G. Levey

Senator John McCain has proved to be Jack Abramoff’s best friend. As Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee from 2005-2007, McCain was instrumental in suppressing evidence of Jack Abramoff’s role in directing illegal foreign payoffs to ranking ...

2: Safety Car And Hamilton Stop Ferrari

Four points was a meagre reward for Scuderia Ferrari in the Canadian Grand Prix at the weekend (8/6/2008), thanks to a great drive to fifth place for Felipe Massa.

3: Part 1: McCain's Role in the WMD Cover up
Mark G. Levey

Who’s responsible for the “intelligence failure” that plunged the U.S. into the Iraq War? As much as anyone else, that distinction is shared by two Americans who discovered and nurtured Ahmad Chalabi and “Curveball”, and pushed their fortunes ...

4: US First Lady Visits Kiwi Base In Afghanistan
New Zealand Defence Force

The First Lady of the United States paid a visit to the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (NZPRT) in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan, yesterday.

5: Vodafone blasts price rises with $25 home calling

Vodafone is breaking down barriers and reducing traditional home calling costs, realising a 40%* saving around the country with the new home phone plus local calling plan.

6: Turkey: Constitutional Court Upholds Headscarf Ban
Human Rights Watch

"This decision means women who choose to wear a headscarf in Turkey will be forced to choose between their religion and their education," said Holly Cartner at HRW. "This is a truly disappointing decision and does not bode well for the reform process."

7: Insights: IEA Energy Technology Perspectives 2008
International Energy Agency

"The world faces the daunting combination of surging energy demand, rising greenhouse gas emissions and tightening resources. A global energy technology revolution is both necessary and achievable; but it will be a tough challenge".

8: Carter welcomes Douglas to the race in Hunua
New Zealand Labour Party

Jordan Carter, Labour's candidate in the Hunua electorate, has responded to the announcement by the ACT Party this afternoon that their candidate in the electorate will be the Hon Sir Roger Douglas.

9: More fuel price rises. What can drivers do?

On the back of yesterday's latest fuel price news and aiming to highlight the ways that every New Zealander can conserve fuel and keep their costs down, the Hyundai Bledisloe Fuel Economy Run will start in Christchurch tomorrow morning.

10: Decrease in building work
Statistics New Zealand

The value of residential building work put in place fell 6.6 percent in the March 2008 quarter (after removal of price changes and seasonal fluctuation), Statistics New Zealand said today. This follows a fall of 2.0 percent in the December 2007 quarter.

11: US deficits, cause for war
Toni Solo

The US Congressional Joint Economic Committee's monthly memorandum for June 2005 stated, "Without an increase in national saving, any reduction in the current account deficit would be accompanied by reduced national investment that would harm future ...

12: Undernews For June 5, 2008

The function of a newspaper in a democracy is to stand as a sort of chronic opposition to the reigning quacks. The minute it begins to out-whoop them it forfeits its character and becomes ridiculous. - H.L. Mencken

13: Airways New Zealand rated best in world
Airways New Zealand

Airways New Zealand, New Zealand’s Air Navigation Services Provider, has been singled out by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for an Eagle Award at IATA’s 64th Annual General Meeting and World Transport Summit in Instanbul, ...

14: Public awareness campaign likely to start
New Zealand Government

TV advertising by the electricity industry is likely to start this weekend to further encourage homes and businesses to be prudent with their power use, Energy Minister David Parker announced today.

15: Many options available to tackle low hydro lakes
New Zealand Government

The government has been working with the electricity industry for some weeks now on a range of options to manage the impact of the drought and low hydro lakes on the electricity system. Tomorrow, Cabinet will again be be considering the range ...

16: Jones takes the Northland to “Big Smoke” radio
New Zealand Labour Party

Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones says he was delighted to be able to take a taste of the Northland to the “Big Smoke” in Auckland when he filled in as talkback host on a high-rating nationwide NewstalkZB programme last Friday.

17: Tailored Arrivals Initiative benefits Air NZ
Air New Zealand

A ground-breaking initiative at San Francisco Airport to increase the efficiency of air traffic is resulting in significant fuel and emission savings for Air New Zealand.

18: What Impact Would UF Tax Cuts Have On Services?
Public Service Association

“The PSA has a simple question for United Future. What impact would its tax cuts, costing $4.5 billion a year, have on public services?” says PSA National Secretary, Brenda Pilott.

19: 95bFM: Mikey & Helen Clark's Political Week
Scoop Audio

95bFM Audio : Mikey Havoc talks to Prime Minister Helen Clark about Kiribati, hydro lake water shortage, power, fuel, Roger Douglas's plans to stand as an ACT party candidate and Obama and the US primaries.

20: NZ Farmers Warned Against GE Feed
GE free NZ in Food Environment Inc

New Zealand farmers are being warned against heeding comments by Barry O'Neil - deputy director general of MAF Biosecurity New Zealand- supporting the use of GE animal feed.

21: International Journalism Scholarships Reap Rewards
Natasha Burling - AUT Journalism Student

As two young journalists leave Auckland this month on international scholarships, one lecturer says graduates should be given a much wider experience. Pacific Media Centre director David Robie said a lot of journalism schools focus on preparing students ...

22: SRB: W B Sutch - Prophet Without Honour
Scoop Review of Books

By Tim Bollinger for the Scoop Review of Books New Zealand writer, thinker and public servant Dr. William Ball Sutch (1907-1975) was an intellectual giant in a country characterised by a culture of anti-intellectualism. Sutch was one of the country’s ...

23: Paper seeks views on GST changes
New Zealand Government

A tax policy issues paper released today for public consultation looks at options for strengthening the GST neutrality of business-to-business transactions and reducing the risks that GST can present to both businesses and the government.

24: NZCPR Weekly June 9 2008
NZ Centre For Political Debate

This week, NZCPR Weekly outlines what opinion poll trends tell us about the forthcoming election and the poll asks your opinion on the makeup of a new government. An NZCPR Research Report by Professor Bob Carter explores media and political bias in a supposedly ...

25: Greenpeace Rejects Nuke, Carbon Capture Technology

"The IEA's vision of increasing nuclear power by a factor of four and relying on carbon capture and storage to meet greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets should be rejected as an expensive and dangerous distraction," said Greenpeace.

26: Rodney Hide Speech: Roger Is Back
ACT New Zealand

Speech to Sir Roger Douglas Electorate Announcement; Blackbridge Road, Karaka, Auckland; Sunday, June 8 2008

27: It's the little things that make a big difference
Green Party

The Green Party says most consumers could reduce their energy consumption without any reduction in comfort or convenience just by thinking ahead. Greens Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons there are a lot of things households can do to save water in ...

28: Stiff sentence passed in fish dumping case
Ministry of Fisheries

Nelson based fisherman Lee Craig Harding was sentenced in the Nelson District court today on charges relating to illegally discarding catches of southern blue whiting (‘dumping’) during a trip in 2004 and the deliberate mis-reporting of that catch.

29: Maori-led PHO Pilots West Auck Health Initiative
Waiora Healthcare PHO

Low income workers in an area of Auckland that shows disturbingly poor health statistics will benefit from a pilot programme that is the first of its kind in New Zealand.

30: Employment Growth Figure Lags Badly
Grant Thornton

New Zealand’s privately-owned businesses are lagging behind most other countries in their employment rate. The latest international survey by accounting and business advisory firm Grant Thornton shows employment among privately-held businesses in ...

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