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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 15 June 2008

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1: UK: Queens Birthday Honours List 2008

UK Government

Many honoured today have been involved in charitable or voluntary work, or extra-curricular activities linked to their professions. This is in keeping with the PM's intention that the significant majority of honours should go to local heroes.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00309.htm


2: Undernews For June 14, 2008
Undernews

MOTHER JONES has done a great service by breaking down this season's presidential campaign contributions by occupation. Here are some of the findings:
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00205.htm


3: Rumsfeld Personally Approved Brutal Interrogations
Jason Leopold

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld personally authorized the use of brutal interrogation techniques against suspected terrorists imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay despite warnings from the FBI that the methods amounted to inhumane treatment, was ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00192.htm


4: Report Back Of Emissions Trading Bill
Greenhouse Policy Coalition

The Climate Change (Emissions Trading and Renewable Preference) Bill is due to be reported back to Parliament on 16 June and the Greenhouse Policy Coalition, representing large industrials across a range of sectors, says they hope the Select Committee ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00260.htm


5: OctaFuel Grabbing Worldwide Attention
OctaFuel

OctaFuel – New Zealand’s only suppliers and installers of retrofitted OctaFuel Hybrid Fuel Cells – has drawn worldwide attention and interest, says Michael Fresnel, Co-Founder and General Manager of OctaFuel New Zealand – who is also the mind behind ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00258.htm


6: Google Base listings another first for Harcourts
Harcourts

13 June 2008 - Harcourts' ongoing leadership in the real estate sector has been further reinforced this week with another industry-first for the group following an agreement with Google allowing Harcourts' property listings to be included in its latest online ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00263.htm


7: Seek Alternatives to Prison say Visiting Experts
Rethinking Crime and Punishment

Visiting British experts on prisons, Baroness Vivian Stern and Professor Andrew Coyle, are astounded at the high rate of imprisonment in New Zealand and urge us to consider alternatives.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00170.htm


8: Olive Oil for the sons and daughters of Palestine
Mountain High Imports

Mahmud was a tall, strong young man. His black hair and thick eyebrows hinted at a shy nature, but he was a born leader. His popularity reigned among the families of Jenin’s refugee camp, the West Bank, and the surrounding Arab countries. Mahmud ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00193.htm


9: Police escalate arms race without oversight
John Minto - QPEC

Today’s announcement in the New Zealand Herald that police are proposing trialling fully armed mobile patrols in Auckland is another blow to New Zealand’s democratic control of the police.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00167.htm


10: Phil Goff Speech: Trade Policy Outlook
New Zealand Government

It is a particular pleasure to be here alongside Simon Crean, with whom I have had a strong and constructive relationship over the six months since he has assumed Ministerial responsibility for Trade.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00206.htm


11: West Coast DHB inquiry exposes regional crisis
New Zealand National Party

The Government's investigation into the West Coast DHB exposes the crisis in our regional hospitals, says National's Health spokesman, Tony Ryall.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00210.htm


12: What happens when the lakes run dry next year?
Sustainable Electricity Association NZ

New Zealand’s electricity consumers have again been left vulnerable by the failure to ensure this country has adequate long term energy supplies, Sustainable Electricity Association New Zealand said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00259.htm


13: Toward Regression in Nepal
Siddhi B. Ranjitkar

Nepal made a huge step forward making it a republic on May 28, 2008. However, some newly elected politicians made a step backward asking for amending the Interim Constitution of Nepal of 2007 for replacing the provision for two-third majority required for ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00206.htm


14: Funds Paid To Worthy Causes – Peters
New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First has distributed $158,000 to charitable causes.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00207.htm


15: 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


16: 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


17: Bus to the airport now, trains in future
Auckland Regional Council

The ARC has backed a plan for an airport rail loop, after receiving advice that projected growth would more than support a successful train service.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0806/S00146.htm


18: Week In Parliament With Tom Frewen
Scoop Audio

Audio: The week in Parliament for the week ending 13 June, 2008: ... Tom Frewen presents the week's big political issues raised during Parliament's question time and general debate..
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00203.htm


19: Kucinich Vows New Round of Impeachment Articles
Jason Leopold

Dennis Kucinich, the Ohio Congressman and former 2008 Democratic Presidential candidate, said he would continue to introduce resolutions calling for the removal of President George W. Bush from office if the articles of impeachment against Bush that he presented ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00191.htm


20: Council to consult on Courtenay Place proposals
Wellington City Council

Wellington City Council's Strategy and Policy Committee yesterday agreed to seek public feedback on a range of options to make it easier and faster for buses to get through Courtenay Place, as well as other changes to improve the way the area operates ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0806/S00145.htm


21: FEMA Expands Iowa, Indiana Disaster Declarations
FEMA

FEMA and other agencies continue to support the states affected by floods and tornadoes in the Midwest, as FEMA Logistics continues to coordinate with Region V and Region VII to maintain the flow of resources to Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Kansas.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00314.htm


22: Traffic Alcohol Group Last of Mohicans
Candor Trust

Operation Safer Counties-Manukau was run on Friday and Saturday nights with checkpoints stopping 13,356 vehicles for drivers breath tests to find that 274 returned positive results.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00171.htm


23: Age Concern Against Abuse
Age Concern

“I’ll give something to whinge about if I find you in my kitchen again.” “You obviously don’t love me if you won’t take out a mortgage to let me set up my business.”
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00172.htm


24: BMJ to Tour New Zealand
Southbound

Since the 90's, The Brian Jonestown Massacre has been making some of the most stunning music ever heard. Named in tribute
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0806/S00136.htm


25: Axe GST for family’s sake
The Family Party

15 June 08. The Family Party is continuing its call for GST to be removed off basic food groups as families struggle to stay above the breadline due to increasing living costs.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00165.htm


26: 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


27: Union movement pays tribute to Monte Ohia
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Monte's contribution to the education sector and Whanau was recognised today by the trade union movement. His commitment and passion for building a culture of learning for Maori was evidenced in his years of teaching and being an educationalist, the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00209.htm


28: Taskforce announce process for sector strategy
Meat And Wool New Zealand

The Meat Industry Taskforce has today outlined the process it is undertaking to complete a sector strategy for the red meat industry in New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00262.htm


29: SRB: Spectactular Transition in the Pacific
Scoop Review of Books

Asia in the Pacific Islands: Replacing the West, by Ron Crocombe. Institute of Pacific Studies Publications, University of the South Pacific, 2007. Reviewed by David Robie for the The Pacific Journalism Review
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00207.htm


30: A big thanks to half million sports volunteers
New Zealand Government

Sport and Recreation Minister Clayton Cosgrove today thanked the estimated half a million kiwis who volunteer in sport and recreation, saying without them the sector could not survive.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00208.htm

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