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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 8 July 2008

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

1: Vodafone reveals pricing for the new iPhone

Vodafone

From July 11, the iPhone 3G will be available from Vodafone New Zealand for on account customers. Pricing will start from NZ$199 on a two-year contract. Vodafone New Zealand will offer three iPhone plans – iPhone 250MB, iPhone 500MB and iPhone 1GB. These ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0807/S00014.htm


2: New Zealand made game amongst first for iPhone
Magic Jungle

Wellington, New Zealand - July 7, 2008 - Wellington based developer David Frampton of Majic Jungle Software has completed a new version of the popular Mac OS X game 'Chopper' designed specifically for the iPhone. Chopper is an action packed side-scrolling ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00132.htm


3: Will the Real Theory of Evolution Please Stand Up?
Suzan Mazur

IT’S PRIVATE. That is now the word from organizers as to whether or not the public can listen-in to the conversation of 16 scientists meeting to remix the theory of evolution at Altenberg, Austria in July.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00057.htm


4: Good For You Sue!
SOLO - Sense of Life Objectivists

"I admit I was a vocal dissenter from the 'Bradford bill', the 'anti-smacking law,' the 'repeal of section 59' or whatever you want to call it. I was wrong though," admits Davey.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00111.htm


5: Veitch To Step Down While Allegations Considered
Television New Zealand

Sports Presenter Tony Veitch has agreed to step down from his role with TVNZ while media allegations are considered by the broadcaster. Head of News & Current Affairs Anthony Flannery said that Mr Veitch would step down while a review was conducted ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00154.htm


6: National signals KiwiSaver cuts – again
New Zealand Government

National must come clean on their plans for KiwiSaver after a second National MP has accidentally revealed plans to cut contributions to the scheme, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00166.htm


7: Lyndon Hood: Protest Briefs
Lyndon Hood

Truckies Win General Election; Protestors March Against Annette King; McVicar welcomes Peter Low to "Hardline Punishment Lobbyists With Some Really Kooky Opinions" Club; Mark Resolves Thorny PR Issue
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00067.htm


8: PM's Post Cabinet Presser - Monday, 7 July 2008
Scoop Video

Scoop Multimedia: The Prime Minister Helen Clark faced questions about Labour lagging well behind in the political polls. She was also questioned about Asian Anti-Crime organiser Mr Peter Low's warning that Triads may provide security.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00063.htm


9: Competitive Super City Sucks
Citizens Against Privatisation

[The submitter was greeted by the Hon Peter Salmon, chair of the Royal Commission, David Shand (recent chair of the Rates Inquiry Panel), and Dame Margaret Bazley, and advised in their standard manner that the Commission had read Citizens Against ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00089.htm


10: Foreshore and Seabed is a matter of principle
The Maori Party

Labour’s desperation at their poor poll results is obvious from complaints by the Minister of Maori Affairs that, in his view, the Maori Party is a one-ticket party.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00158.htm


11: Evo Exposé: M. Pigliucci & M. Piattelli-Palmarini
Suzan Mazur

Massimo Pigliucci is a man on the move. Yes he’s got three PhDs, and as the New York Times style pages noted earlier this year in covering his marriage, he’s had three of those too. But who is he? And why was he born in Liberia during the regime ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00071.htm


12: Inquiry: ambulance services in desperate situation
Green Party

New Zealand's ambulance service is underfunded, under-staffed, lacks strategic direction, regulatory oversight or national clinical standards, and relies too heavily on volunteers, the Green Party's minority report says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00155.htm


13: G8 Summit, Press Secretary's Summary, July 6 2008
G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit

PM Fukuda and Pres. Bush shared the view that the Japan-US alliance is a cornerstone for the peace and prosperity of the whole Asia-Pacific region. PM Fukuda also mentioned that since Bush became president in 2001, the alliance has deepened greatly.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00220.htm


14: Manukau mayor Len Brown leaves hospital
Manukau City Council

Manukau mayor Len Brown has been discharged from hospital and is continuing to recuperate from heart bypass surgery at home.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00094.htm


15: Full Coverage: G8 Summit, Hokkaido, 7-9 July, 2008
Scoop Full Coverage

The G8 Leaders Summit is an annual meeting of the world's major industrialised countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, UK and the United States. The European President is also a full G8 Member, representing the EU at the summit.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00178.htm


16: Eight More Sites Join UNESCO's World Heritage List
United Nations

"Comprising over 100 hectares of swamps in southern Papua New Guinea some 1,500 metres above sea level, the Kuk Early Agricultural site has been shown to be one which was worked continuously for at least 7,000 - and possibly for as long as 10,000 - years."
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00219.htm


17: Australia leads the way again on renewable energy
Sustainable Electricity Association NZ

An Australian state has given renewable energy a huge push with a new law designed to make investment in small scale renewables very attractive for the average household and business.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00106.htm


18: One month left to improve China's human rights
Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand

A month before the opening of the Olympics Amnesty International has today sent an open letter to Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China, urging him to deliver on the promises made to improve the country's human rights.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00113.htm


19: Seven things you can do to save money
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

As petrol prices rise again, motorists around the country will be feeling the pinch when filling up at the pump.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00151.htm


20: New Patron for Age Concern New Zealand
Age Concern

The national organisation that works for the rights and wellbeing of older people is delighted to announce that retired Judge Ken Mason (73) is its new Patron.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00115.htm


21: New Zealanders want action to cut emissions
Business Council for Sustainable Development

New nationwide polling on climate change by TNS Conversa shows New Zealanders want action to cut emissions.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00152.htm


22: Wallace & Manning: Triads, What's The Real Message
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wallace Chapman talks to Scoop's Selwyn Manning who says we need to listen to the Asian community's suggestions of employing Triad enforcers to ensure they are secure. Manning says Asian people are targeted by urban gangs, we have seen ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00062.htm


23: Businesses Adopting "Wait And See" Approach
Hudson

July 8, 2008 – New Zealand businesses are indicating they will be adopting a “wait and see” approach to hiring in the six months to Christmas, according to a nationwide survey of more than 1,969 employers published by Hudson today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00144.htm


24: United Future Exceeds Itself
New Zealand Government

Minister of Research, Science and Technology, Pete Hodgson, today welcomed United Future’s science policy release but said that United Future had “exceeded itself”.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00172.htm


25: NZIER 2Q Business Opinion Survey
J P Morgan

The NZIER Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion (QSBO) for 2Q showed a net 64% of firms expect the economy to deteriorate in the next six months, the same amount as in the previous survey. Negative economic growth and elevated inflation were the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00146.htm


26: Thumbs Up For Defence Force Teams
New Zealand Defence Force

Three teams from the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will be practicing their hitchhiking skills over the next few months in preparation for a major fundraiser for Cure Kids, the Accor Queenstown $10 Challenge, from 1-3 October.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00112.htm


27: Altenberg 16: An Exposé Of The Evolution Industry
Suzan Mazur

This book, The Altenberg 16: Will the Real Theory of Evolution Please Stand Up? exposes the rivalry in science today surrounding attempts to discover that elusive mechanism of evolution, as rethinking evolution is pushed to the political front burner in ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00053.htm


28: Antarctic fishing pirates named and shamed
New Zealand Government

An international fishing company caught supporting Southern Ocean illegal fishing can now be named and shamed, after a failed attempt to gag the government in the High Court, Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton said ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00174.htm


29: First Kiwi developers for iPhone signed up
WaikatoLink

Kiwis can now join the iPhone application revolution and apply to become registered developers. The iPhone Developer Program initially only available in the US, is now expanding to other countries.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0807/S00015.htm


30: Charities Commission promotes identity theft
New Zealand National Party

The discovery of personal signatures on the Charities Commission website is an unacceptable invitation to identity theft and should be stopped immediately, says National’s Internal Affairs spokeswoman, Sandra Goudie.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00164.htm

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