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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 9 July 2008

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

1: The world's most dangerous job?

China Labour Watch

The news of the death of 213 miners following a gas blast at a colliery in Liaoning on February 14 barely registered outside China, but it was further evidence of an ongoing tragedy, and symbolic of the enormous human cost that China is paying for ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0502/S00628.htm


2: 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


3: Consumer warning over internet attacks
Consumer NZ

Consumer NZ is warning other website operators to be vigilant – particularly those using SQL databases – after its website was attacked at the weekend.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00158.htm


4: UK Increases Aid To Drought-Hit Ethiopia By £20m
UK Government

The increase in funding is in response to a new appeal by the Govt of Ethiopia and the UN, outlining the need for $425 million for food aid, and DFID's own assessment of the crisis, which confirms a worsening situation and need for additional funds.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00249.htm


5: 3G iPhone - The G ain't for Green!
Greenpeace New Zealand

Auckland – July 9 2008 - Based on information available on Apple's website (1), it seems the company known for innovation has missed an opportunity to reinvent its new 3G iPhone in green.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00124.htm


6: Doublespeak Distorts Brutal Truth In West Papua
Survival International

Indonesia's foreign minister has defended his government's policy of restricting access by foreign journalists and human rights monitors to the troubled province of Papua by saying 'We simply want the people to have a peaceful life.'
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00242.htm


7: Dowd’s comments offensive and he should apologise
Honorary Consul for the Republic of South Africa

South African Honorary Consul, Gregory Fortuin has called on Craig Dowd to apologise for calling South African Springbok coach, Pieter de Villiers “a mere puppet”.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00131.htm


8: Joint Marie Ashton Inquiry Press Release
New Zealand Police

Police's National Manager of Crime Services, Superintendent Win van der Velde and Katrina Casey, General Manager Community Probation and Psychological Services, said today they have acknowledged and responded to recommendations of the Ministerial ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00121.htm


9: Test of New Zealand's Nuclear Accident Response
Ministry of Health

New Zealand radiation experts will be participating as obeservers in a simulated nuclear accident in Mexico, starting sometime tonight or early tomorrow morning our time.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00137.htm


10: Good Bye to the Crime of Blasphemy
NZ Association of Rationalists and Humanists

From July 8th blasphemy will no longer be a crime in Britain. The NZ Association of Rationalists and Humanists recommends that New Zealand follows Britain’s example by removing of the crime of blasphemous libel from its law books.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00123.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: NZDF Statement: Death Of Australian Soldier
New Zealand Defence Force

Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae today extended his sympathies through Australian authorities over the death of Australian soldier Signaller Sean Patrick McCarthy.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00132.htm


13: Man jailed for child sex abuse pictures
Department Of Internal Affairs

A 28-year-old Christchurch man was today jailed for two years and three months when he appeared for sentence in the Christchurch District Court for possessing child sex abuse pictures.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00126.htm


14: Full Text: G8 leaders' Statement On Zimbabwe
G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit

"...About the situation in Zimbabwe. We deplore the fact that the Zimbabwean authorities pressed ahead with the presidential election despite the absence of appropriate conditions for free and fair voting as a result of their systematic violence."
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00236.htm


15: Niue: Smoke Free Village To Smoke Free Nation
Jeremy Rose

Niue could become the world’s first smoke free nation. Last year the village of Tuapa became the first village in Niue - and possibly the world - to declare itself smoke free. Scoop Review of Books editor Jeremy Rose reports...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00076.htm


16: Robson-on-Politics - 8 July 2008
Progressive Party

I was delighted with all the reader comment on my piece on crime and what to do about it last week. Debate and discussion, with reference to facts , on this important subject is what is needed not the idle boast of politicians at election time that ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00125.htm


17: Style Christchurch Final Designer List
Style Christchurch

Style Christchurch 2008 is pleased to announce the final list of designers who will show at this year’s big ‘Finale Show’ on November 7th.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00087.htm


18: Pick Up Your Tickets To “The Dark Knight Early
Roadshow Film Distributors

9 July 2008 – Eager fans awaiting the release of THE DARK KNIGHT on July 24th will be able to pre-purchase their tickets, Roadshow Film Distributors announced today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00085.htm


19: Plans To Name And Shame Slammed
Waikato District Health Board

One of the country's largest operators of mental health facilities has slammed a website set up to name and shame mental health providers and staff who breach codes of practice.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0807/S00049.htm


20: UNESCO's World Heritage List Now Has 27 New Sites
United Nations

UNESCO has inscribed a total of 27 new sites to its World Heritage List, incl. a Canadian fossil park, 1000-year-old temple in Cambodia, lagoons of New Caledonia, butterfly biosphere in Mexico, Bahá'i Holy Places in Haifa & Western Galilee (Israel).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00246.htm


21: Gorilla Fever Hits New Zealand
Cadbury

A television commercial that became an online phenomenon and achieved cult status in the UK hit New Zealand television screens last night, with a similar response expected from Kiwis.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00169.htm


22: Afghanistan: Australian Soldier Killed, 3 Wounded
Australian Defence Force

The Australian Defence Force announces the death of Signaller Sean McCarthy during operations in Afghanistan, killed in a road-side bomb attack in the Oruzgan Province on Tuesday 8 July 2008. SIG McCarthy was born on 5 January 1983 in Auckland, NZ.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00243.htm


23: Controversial insecticide found in food tests
Green Party

The Green Party is concerned that residues of the highly toxic and controversial insecticide Endosulfan have been found in lettuce, strawberries and courgettes sold in New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00188.htm


24: River of No Return - An Autobiographical Doco
Scoop Review

Auckland International Film Festival: River of No Return is a fascinating look at the life of an aspiring aboriginal actress who dares to dream beyond the vast countryside that surrounds her in the Northern Territory of Australia.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00075.htm


25: Fairfax to launch new weekly magazine
Fairfax

Fairfax Media is launching a new high quality magazine to be distributed with every weekend edition of its three largest daily newspapers, The Dominion Post, The Press and The Waikato Times.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00173.htm


26: 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


27: Osteoporosis Medication Now Registered
Merck Sharp and Dohme NZ

Merck Sharp & Dohme New Zealand (MSDNZ) has gained registration for its osteoporosis medication FOSAMAX PLUS™ 5600 IU.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0807/S00052.htm


28: Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers board
New Zealand Government

Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones today confirmed appointments for the Plumbers, Gasfitter and Drainlayers (PGD) board.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00192.htm


29: Labour out of ideas to improve economy
New Zealand National Party

Labour is showing they have no significant ideas for improving the faltering economy and are spending time dodging responsibility for the issues Kiwis are facing, says National Party Leader John Key.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00187.htm


30: Data Protection Solutions Preferred by Users
Symantec

Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that users, analysts and editors worldwide continue to recognise Veritas NetBackup, Backup Exec and Backup Exec System Recovery as market leading data protection solutions for organisations across all market segments, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00170.htm

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