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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 14 June 2008

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

1: Electronic Voting: Clinton Beats Exit Polls

Jonathan Simon and Bruce ODell

We present evidence supporting the hypothesis that systematic attempts are being made to manipulate the results of the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination contest, through overt means such as crossover voting by non-Democrats, and through covert ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00182.htm


2: UK: Queen's Birthday Royal Air Force (RAF) Flypast
UK Government

The Royal Air Force (RAF) is to provide a flypast to mark the Queen's official birthday following the traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony in Horseguards Parade, London, on Saturday 14 June 2008. The flypast will be the largest number for many years.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00286.htm


3: Satellite Broadband Breaks Pricing Barrier
BayCity

Media release, 11 June 2008, Christchurch, New Zealand: New Zealand wide satellite broadband wholesaler BayCity Communications has announced the launch of a new nationwide broadband service under the Rocket Broadband brand. Rocket Broadband is available ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00251.htm


4: Govt company's ‘carbon neutral’ claim greenwash
New Zealand National Party

Meridian Energy should stop claiming its electricity is carbon neutral when it has to buy a third of its power from thermal generators, says National’s Climate Change spokesman, Nick Smith.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00191.htm


5: Update on fuel prices from Shell New Zealand
Shell New Zealand

Shell New Zealand has reviewed its fuel prices today, and will increase petrol and diesel by 4 cents per litre, effective 11.30am.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00239.htm


6: Grey hospital is as safe as any other hospital
Ministry of Health

Grey hospital is as safe as any other hospital in New Zealand according to the review released today by the Director-General of Health.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0806/S00041.htm


7: Alliance underwhelmed by Fisher and Paykel's token
New Zealand Alliance Party

Alliance co-leader and candidate for Dunedin South Kay Murray says she is “underwhelmed” by Fisher and Paykel’s announcement that they will be setting up a 40 person global call centre in Dunedin in April next year.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00164.htm


8: Another jailing for child sex abuse pictures
Department Of Internal Affairs

A Christchurch sickness beneficiary is the fifth person to be jailed this year in Internal Affairs Department prosecutions involving child sex abuse pictures.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00162.htm


9: The Long Road Ahead Will Be Hard-Earned
Vincent L. Guarisco

The Long Road Ahead Will Be Hard-Earned By Vincent Guarisco (A time to reverse crucial mistakes)
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00200.htm


10: SRB: Montanas Unleash Literary Tempest
Scoop Review of Books

SRB Picks of the Week 13 June 2008 By Jeremy Rose for the Scoop Review of Books
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00188.htm


11: Mideast Peace: Who Is Obama Trying To Please?
Jalal Alavi

When, in a recent AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) conference, Barack Obama revealed some of the specifics of his revised approach in dealing with Iran and its controversial nuclear program, many John McCain supporters interpreted it ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00201.htm


12: Tangihanga for leading Maori educationist
Stokes Communications

Mr Ohia was taken onto Te Puna Wanaka marae at Christchurch Polytechnic last night, where he will lay until being taken to Waikawa marae, Picton, tomorrow. The funeral service for Mr Ohia who is of Ngati Pukenga, Ngaiterangi, Te Arawa descent will begin ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0806/S00128.htm


13: Government Showing No Leadership Over Wind Farms
Media Statement

The Government, moving at snail’s pace to develop a national wind strategy based on solid research, is exposing New Zealand to power shortages and price hikes.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00163.htm


14: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
New Zealand Government

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an opportunity to expose the abuse of older people.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00205.htm


15: Dressed to Thrill in Fur and Farm Equipment
National Fieldays

Flax, muka, natural clay oxides, paua and magnolia leaves came together in a symphony of totally natural art for the body Friday afternoon, as ‘Papatuanuku and Ranginui’, created by the Huntly Campus of Te Wananga O Aotearoa, strutted away with the Ag ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0806/S00132.htm


16: Undernews For June June 11, 2008
Undernews

The optimist says, "This is the best of all possible worlds." The pessimist says, "You're right." - Somebody
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00176.htm


17: 7 Million Quarts of Blood for Oil: No More!
David Swanson

An editorial cartoon in newspapers today shows a Democratic donkey shouting before the war that it's just about cheap oil, and complaining now that there's no cheap oil. So, donkeys are stupid. Q.E.D.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00199.htm


18: ANZ National Bank - Robbery: Upper Hutt
New Zealand Police

At about 2.20pm a Male walked into the National Bank on Main Street Upper Hutt and demanded Money from a Teller. The Demand was in the form of a note indicating that the male had a gun. No weapon was seen by the Teller who gave him a small anount ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0806/S00141.htm


19: Internat'l Space Station Deploys ProCurve Network
HP ProCurve

HP ProCurve announced that the Columbus module aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis, which recently docked with the EADS Astrium’s International Space Station (ISS), carries on board an Ethernet local area network (LAN) built using a ProCurve 2524 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0806/S00046.htm


20: Exclusive Iv. With Exiled Burmese Editor Aung Zaw
Spike Mountjoy And Joseph Barratt

Burmese journalist Aung Zaw printed the first copy of Irrawaddy magazine on a black and white photocopier in Bangkok 15 years ago. The English-language monthly is now distributed around the world and read by politicians and decision makers in the US ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00184.htm


21: Farmers – and townies – come to town at Fieldays
National Fieldays

A record 41,837 visitors poured through the gates at Mystery Creek today, taking the total number of visitors to Fieldays’ 40th event to 100,549.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0806/S00133.htm


22: Drug Siezures And Pursuit North-West Waikato
New Zealand Police

Drugs, they're not just threatening lives in the big cities but in smaller rural communities as well, according to Waikato Police who dealt with a number of drug related incidents in the north Waikato over recent hours.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0806/S00143.htm


23: Electricity Crisis – more to be done
Manufacturers and Exporters Association

The New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA), is proposing that a range of measures be introduced to ensure that all users - domestic, commercial and industrial - can respond more equally to electricity shortages.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00254.htm


24: Okeroa acknowledges sudden passing of Monte Ohia
New Zealand Labour Party

MP for Te Tai Tonga, Hon Mahara Okeroa, has expressed his deep sorrow at the sudden passing of Monte Ohia, Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tonga today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00198.htm


25: Popcorn Strike Part Two
Unite Union

Unite members employed at Skycity Cinemas, in the St. Lukes complex, will be walking off the job on another popcorn strike tonight at 6.30pm.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00158.htm


26: PSA Files New Strike Notices
PSA

The PSA has served the Department of Labour with two weeks notice of 14 more two-hour strikes to run from Friday June 27 to Thursday July 10.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00257.htm


27: It's Not Ok
New Zealand Government

The family violence ‘It’s not OK’ campaign is having a significant impact in New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00204.htm


28: Deaths On The Train
New Zealand Police

">From enquiries made to date, the Police are satisfied that the injuries suffered by the two young men occurred when the train passed under the footbridge just to the south of the Blighs Road railway crossing in Bryndwr", said Detective Sergeant ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0806/S00139.htm


29: Environmental Skeptics Politicised: Study
Charles Drace

A review of environmental skepticism literature from the past 30 years has found that the vast majority of skeptics, often identified as independent, are directly linked to politically oriented, conservative think tanks.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0806/S00043.htm


30: World's Largest Cannabis (Hash) Bust, Afghanistan
United Nations

The head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime today congratulated Afghan authorities for finding and destroying what is believed to be the world's largest seizure of drugs, with the support of NATO troops. "Drugs are financing terrorism and insurgency."
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00261.htm

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