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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 27 June 2008


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

1: Lyndon Hood: Police Trial Vindicates s59 Amendment

Lyndon Hood

If it's not assault to repeatedly baton and pepper spray a man who was offering no harm to himself or others - just imagine what you can do to your child!

2: Hidden Agenda: John McCain's Dirty Little Secret
Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Senator John McCain's dirty little secret is his longtime involvement with the International Republican Institute (IRI), an organization that operates in 60 countries and is budgeted by millions of US taxpayer dollars each year.

3: Ex Weapons Inspector: US Will Attack Iran
Jason Leopold

In 2002, Scott Ritter, the former Chief United Nations Weapons Inspector In Iraq, publicly accused the Bush administration of lying to Congress and the public about assertions that Iraq was hiding a chemical and biological weapons arsenal.

4: Air Force Boeing 757 Fit To Fly
New Zealand Defence Force

In what is a significant milestone for the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s Boeing 757 modification and upgrade programme, the first of two aircraft (NZ7571) has completed successful test flights at Mobile Aerospace Engineering in Mobile, Alabama.

5: Bone Find Shows Largest Dinosaur Lived In NZ
GNS Science

A fossil hunter has discovered that one of the largest known dinosaurs, a titanosaurid, roamed New Zealand about 80 million years ago.

6: Young Labour to make splash at Winter Fest
Young Labour

Young Labour is hitting the Queenstown Winter Festival this weekend where they plan to take part in the winter festivities and connect with young people.

7: Finalists for NZ's top hairdressing competition

New Zealand's finest stylists are revealed in living colour in August when the country's top 20 hairdressers unmask their visions for the future in hair fashion.

8: Jailed for offering child sex abuse movies
Department Of Internal Affairs

An Auckland computer systems engineer was jailed for 15 months today when he appeared for sentence in the Auckland District Court on 23 charges of possessing and distributing objectionable publications. He is the sixth person to be jailed this year in Internal ...

9: Questions And Answers – Thursday, June 26 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. DAVE HEREORA (Labour) to the Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What recent progress has been made on Treaty of Waitangi settlements?

10: Cullen scores own goal in desperate attack
New Zealand National Party

National Party Shadow Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee says Michael Cullen and Labour have scored an embarrassing own goal in their desperate attempts to make political mileage out of a reported comment by John Key.

11: Boards of trustees abandoned in hours of need
New Zealand National Party

Imperilled boards of trustees are waiting years for help from the Ministry of Education because staff have been given no guidance on when to intervene, says National's Education spokeswoman, Anne Tolley.

12: Eltroxin formulation change

Medsafe is writing to provide information and advice on the change in formulation of Eltroxin (levothyroxine, also known as, thyroxine) tablets which has led to a number of patients reporting problems such as sore eyes, palpitations, and headaches.

13: NZ economy contracted in 1Q, recession likely
J P Morgan

Owing to widespread weakness, the New Zealand economy contracted 0.3%q/q (JPMorgan -0.4%, consensus -0.3%) in 1Q, following a revised 0.8% expansion in 4Q (previously 1.0%).

14: Airbus A400M: New RAF Transport Aircraft Unveiled
UK Government

"The A400M will be the RAF's transport aircraft for the 21st century. Capable of carrying a mixture of troops, equipment, vehicles & helicopters to the heart of operations these aircraft will be the backbone of support to our troops." - UK MoD.

15: New Zealand in recession
Employers And Manufacturers Association

The March quarter GDP figures released today are disappointing given we have been enjoying some of the best terms of trade in decades, says the Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern).

16: Consumers face further price increases
Hospitality Association of New Zealand

New Zealanders face yet another round of price increases, this time on their favourite alcoholic beverages, says Hospitality Association Chief Executive Bruce Robertson. Increases in excise tax on 1 July will trigger manufacturers and retailers moving ...

17: Public Health Bill enjoys wide support
New Zealand Government

The new Public Health Bill, voted back to the house this week by the Health Select Committee, will future proof public health for generations to come, said the Minister of Health David Cunliffe today.

18: Siddhi B. Ranjitkar: Political Mistrust in Nepal
Siddhi B. Ranjitkar

Even after almost two and a half months since the election for the Constituent Assembly (CA) was held on April 10, 2008, Seven-Party Alliance (SPA) particularly the three major parties such as the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist), Nepali Congress ...

19: UK Prime Minister's Questions, 25 June 2008
UK Government

Zimbabwe, Energy Prices and the NHS were on the agenda at today's PMQs. The PM also took questions on Child Poverty, Trade Union Laws, Crime, IRA, Immigration, Education, Free bus travel, Railway, Seaside resorts, Organ donations and the Gurkhas.

20: You Don’t Mess With the Racism
Remi Kanazi

I love Adam Sandler. From Billy Madison to Happy Gilmore to the Chanukah Song, the predecessor of the Superbad generation has effortlessly conquered the domain of slapstick comedy and inappropriate jokes. But damn you Scuba Steve! If you’re going to propagate ...

21: Copeland: Inquiry into petrol prices
Gordon Copeland

A copy of the letter forwarded by Gordon Copeland Independent MP, to Hale & Twomey Limited, who are undertaking the Inquiry into petrol prices, at the request of the Government.

22: Haiti's Food Crisis Threatens Stability & Progress
Council on Hemispheric Affairs

A major riot in April over high food prices led to several deaths and the forced resignation of Haiti's prime minister, Jacques-Édouard Alexis. Haitian lawmakers have since rejected both President René Préval's nominees for prime minister.

23: Second-annual Polar Fleece Day Coming Soon
Polar Fleece Day

The second-annual Polar Fleece Day takes place on July 8th this year, and we're aiming to raise at least $2000 for SAFE (Save Animals From Exploitation).

24: Author Testifies at Fired Vegan Teacher's Trial
Martha Rosenberg

The life expectancy of National Football League players might have as much to do with teaching art as the factory farming fired middle school teacher Dave Warwak is accused of teaching.

25: Top Scoop Stories - 27 June 2008 News Summary
The Scoop Editor

John Key & Coming Out Wrong / Cullen Upbeat Vs Grim Statistics / Satire: Anti-Smacking Vs Police Trial / Drug Dogs & Clear Noses / Ocean Ecosystems / Rich Nations & Global Crises / McCain's Dirty Little Secret / North Korea / Zimbabwe / Hairdressers.

26: Air Force Boeing completes test flights
New Zealand Government

The Royal New Zealand Air Force has undertaken a number of successful test flights of one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, which is currently undertaking a significant upgrade in the United States state of Alabama, Defence Minister Phil Goff said today.

27: Victim Identified In Fatal Kapiti House Fire
New Zealand Police

Dental records have been used to confirm the identity of the Paraparaumu woman who died in a house fire at her Aorangi Road home early yesterday morning.

28: New List MP For The Green Party
Chief Electoral Office

27 June 2008 Chief Electoral Office Ministry of Justice New List MP For The Green Party The Chief Electoral Officer has declared Russel Norman from Wellington elected to Parliament from The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand list. The vacancy arises ...

29: Agriculture, construction main drivers of decline
Statistics New Zealand

Economic activity, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), declined 0.3 percent in the March 2008 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. The agriculture and construction industries were the main contributors to the decline this quarter. This ...

30: CRI and REANNZ Board appointments
New Zealand Government

The Minister of Research, Science and Technology, Pete Hodgson, today announced a number of director and chair appointments and reappointments to the Boards of the nine Crown Research Institutes and Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand ...

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