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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 18 June 2008

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

1: Auckland CIB investigates England Rugby allegation

New Zealand Police

Auckland City CIB is investigating an allegation involving up to four members of the England Rugby team.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00229.htm


2: The Adventures Of Tom Tagger
Lyndon Hood

I 'spose it all started that night with me an' Joe set down by the highway. We was kind of quiet for a while and then Joe asks me who I reckoned was gonna win the election, and I said that was a damnfool question to ask a body and if he wanted to know who ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00236.htm


3: Immigration: No checks on newcomers
New Zealand National Party

National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith has released a further document provided to him by a whistleblowing immigration officer.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00279.htm


4: Manukau mayor Len Brown health setback
Manukau City Council

Manukau mayor Len Brown has suffered a setback in his recovery from heart surgery in Auckland Hospital and is now in a critical condition in Intensive Care.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0806/S00172.htm


5: Condi bids a quick 'Hello-Goodbye' to Lebanon
Franklin P Lamb

Secretary of State Rice's aircraft kept its engines warm and its fuselage surrounded by the US Secret Service and Lebanon's Internal Security agents as she dashed into Beirut for less than 275 minutes en Route to Ireland yesterday. Her secret arrival ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00249.htm


6: Positive Response to Healthdownsouth
Southland District Health Board

Over 50 midwives expressed their interest in a move to the Otago Southland region at this month’s International Confederation of Midwives Conference in Glasgow, said Jenny Humphries, Southland District Health Board Associate Director of Nursing ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0806/S00053.htm


7: Production Start for FCX Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle
Honda

And first customers are announced including film producer Ron Yerxa and actress Jamie Lee Curtis -- Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced that it has begun production of the new FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle, with the first vehicle (U.S. specification) coming ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0806/S00050.htm


8: Paper on compulsory third party vehicle insurance
New Zealand Government

New Zealanders are being urged to have their say on the introduction of compulsory third party vehicle insurance for all motorists. Transport Safety Minister Harry Duynhoven has today released a discussion document seeking information on vehicle ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00271.htm


9: Emissions Trading Scheme Proves to be Trojan Horse
Libertarianz Party

"The Labour and Greens' Emissions Trading Scheme has now been revealed as having zero environmental value. It is instead an ill-disguised tax and wealth redistribution scheme," said Libertarianz spokesman Colin Cross today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00226.htm


10: Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 18 June 08
Office of the Clerk

1. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on New Zealand's sovereign credit rating?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00267.htm


11: Moody’s affirms rating; says Nats pro-privatisatn
New Zealand Government

Moody’s Investors Service’s re-affirmation of New Zealand’s sovereign credit rating is a vote of confidence in New Zealanders and in the government’s policies, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00276.htm


12: A. Lima-De-Faria: Autoevolution, Atoms To Humans
Suzan Mazur

"For a long time the experimental studies carried out on elementary particles, chemical elements and minerals did not reveal that they had an evolution of their own. This picture has been drastically changed in recent years by the finding that the elementary ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00237.htm


13: Peter Jackson Reveals His Wildcards
V 48

The 'V' 48HOURS is officially the largest filmmaking competition in the Southern Hemisphere. This year attracted 600 teams and 10,000 people participating throughout New Zealand. Six hundred short films were shown in cinemas nationwide to enthusiastic ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0806/S00164.htm


14: Back Benches 18 June Line Up
Back Benches

Judith Tizard from Labour, Chris Tremain from National, Nandor Tanczos from the Greens and Ron Mark from NZ First. A top line up ….
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00232.htm


15: Speech by Gavin Middleton, Organics Aotearoa NZ
Organics Aotearoa New Zealand

One of my favourite things about being involved in the organic sector is that we are such a close-knit community. It's great traceability - I can shop at the supermarket but know precisely where my food came from. Unlike many other city-dwellers, I can ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00315.htm


16: ETS rips off taxpayers, poor families hardest hit
The Maori Party

The ETS is New Zealand’s game plan for the future of the planet – but the heavy hitters on our team are refusing to take the field, says the Maori Party.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00259.htm


17: Lights out for the incandescent bulb
New Zealand Government

The traditional incandescent light bulb is on its way out, as part of a strategy for more energy efficient lighting announced today by Energy Minister David Parker and Government Spokesperson on Energy Efficiency and Conservation Jeanette Fitzsimons.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00228.htm


18: Undernews For June 16, 2008
Undernews

From the beginning, I have been one of those rare Americans who thought that if Barack Obama had gone to a Muslim school, it was probably a good thing. Unlike much of the country and almost all of the conventional media, I don't think being a Muslim is ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00247.htm


19: Internet Word Game Feeds Burma's Cyclone Victims
United Nations

Survivors of the cyclone which ravaged Myanmar last month will soon be receiving rice generated by the popular United Nations-backed Internet game that allows players to expand their word skills while helping to feed the world's hungry.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00378.htm


20: Eltroxin concerns highlight medicine issues
New Zealand National Party

News that patients are experiencing problems on Eltroxin, a sole supply thyroid medication, after its formulation was changed, is a case of déjà vu, says National Party Associate Health spokeswoman (Pharmacare) Jackie Blue.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00268.htm


21: Questions And Answers - Tuesday, 17 June 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. JOHN KEY (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: What action, if any, has she asked for from her Ministers and officials in response to violent offending in South Auckland?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00263.htm


22: Immigration: Anonymous letter raises red flag
New Zealand National Party

National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith says an anonymous letter from an immigration officer raises yet more corruption concerns within the troubled department.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00232.htm


23: 95bFM: Liquor Stores Only Tip Of Crime-Wave-Crisis
Scoop Audio

95bFM Audio: Paul Deady talks to Scoop's Selwyn Manning who reckons liquor stores are only the tip of a crime-wave-crisis hitting south Auckland. He says one needs to dig deeper to identify the causes of this community problem.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00260.htm


24: Call to Suspend Motorway Projects
Campaign For Better Transport

Alarmed at the lack of any contingency plan from central Government in the face of soaring petrol prices, the Campaign for Better Transport has come up with a plan of its own.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0806/S00237.htm


25: Is Democracy Inimical To Empire Building?
Zahir Ebrahim

ZB asserts quite candidly: "Democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization." Well! If this is indeed the case, then that would explain many things wouldn't it? At the least, it would explain the ignorance of the US public with respect to it's government ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00252.htm


26: Pike River Awards Coal Trucking Contract
Pike River Coal

Pike River Coal Limited (Pike River) announces it has signed a long term road transport agreement with TNL Group Limited (TNL) to truck its high quality coking coal to the point of loading on rail.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0806/S00321.htm


27: National challenged to back its rhetoric up
New Zealand Government

National challenged to back its rhetoric with real support for Labour's tough gang policies
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0806/S00280.htm


28: San Francisco City Hall, June 16, 2008
Rosalea Barker

The scene outside San Francisco City Hall about an hour into the wedding-fest for same-sex couples. California began issuing marriage licenses at 5:01pm, following a recent California Supreme Court ruling that to limit marriage to a man and a woman ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00248.htm


29: A Year Since Hamas Took The Gaza Strip By Force
Israel Government

In June 2007 Hamas took over the Gaza Strip, neutralized the military and political strength of Fatah and the Palestinian security services and established a radical Islamic entity in the Gaza Strip which is separate from the Palestinian Authority.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0806/S00392.htm


30: Food security initiatives from the South
Karla Jacobs

The "international community" (namely, rich country governments and the multilateral international organizations they dominate) succeeded in demonstrating its unwillingness to resolve the global majority's severe food insecurity during the Food and Agriculture ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0806/S00258.htm

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