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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 12 July 2008

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

1: Evolution: Except Vanity Fair Media Doesn't Get It

Suzan Mazur

"Unless the discourse around evolution is opened up to scientific perspectives beyond Darwinism, the education of generations to come is at risk of being sacrificed for the benefit of a dying theory." – Stuart Newman , New York Medical College
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00089.htm


2: SRB: All Aboard the Literary Express
Scoop Review of Books

SRB Picks of the Week 12 July 2008 By Jeremy Rose for the Scoop Review of Books My childhood bedroom was about 10 metres from the Johnsonville Railway line - halfway between Simla Crescent and Boxhill Stations - and the passing trains rattled the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00095.htm


3: Nearly 400 More Hmong Return To Laos From Thailand
United Nations

The 391 ethnic Hmong people were repatriated from Ban Huay Nam Khao camp by the Thai army in Petchabun province, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which said today that it had no information that the move was not voluntary.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00330.htm


4: 40th Auckland International Film Festival Opens
Natasha Burling - AUT Journalism Student

Auckland’s exquisite Civic Theatre had a steady buzz of excitement as the 40th Auckland International Film Festival opened last night.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00093.htm


5: National gathering at World Youth Day in Sydney
World Youth Day

The nine Catholic bishops of New Zealand who are attending WYD08 are inviting our 4000 Kiwi pilgrims to join them for a National Gathering on Wednesday 16 July. The National Gathering, to be held at the Hordern Pavilion in central Sydney from 3.00 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00122.htm


6: John Bishop's Communications Line - July 2008
John Bishop

Tony Veitch must be wondering what has hit him. The sporting weekend had gone well and then on Monday morning, whammo, in the DominionPost he's accused of hitting his former partner and then buying her silence, and by Wednesday afternoon he's standing ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00090.htm


7: UN, Pakistan FM Discuss Bhutto Assassination Probe
United Nations

During a meeting between Ban Ki-moon and Pakistan's Foreign Minister, a broad understanding was reached on some issues concerning United Nations help for Pakistan's efforts following the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00338.htm


8: Transport Policy: A Replay of the Economic Past?
New Zealand Business Roundtable

In February 2000, shortly after the Labour-led government was elected, the then Business Roundtable chairman Ralph Norris gave a speech entitled ‘Can New Zealand Afford to Replay the Economic Past?’
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00220.htm


9: Fuel Cell Suzuki Sx4 Takes To Japanese Roads
Suzuki

One of the rising stars in the New Zealand new car market is being tested in an advanced and highly efficient form. The Suzuki SX4-FCV (fuel cell vehicle) is about to undergo testing on Japanese roads after being shown at the recent G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00215.htm


10: Call On Labour to “Bury the Anti-Vitamin Bill
Health Freedom

Health Freedom New Zealand (HFNZ) calls on Labour to do the right thing by the New Zealand voting public and get rid of the Anti-Vitamin Bill (Therapeutic Products and Medicines Bill) from the legislative agenda, thereby removing the threat of untold ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00180.htm


11: Government moves to make KiwiSaver fairer
New Zealand Government

The government is going to amend the Employment Relations Act to ensure employers meet their obligations to pay contributions to their employee's KiwiSaver accounts, Labour Minister Trevor Mallard said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00240.htm


12: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 11 July 2008
Scoop Daily Ratings

Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00094.htm


13: www.mccully.co.nz - 11 July 2008
New Zealand National Party

This week’s announcement that former Labour list MP Diane Yates has been appointed a director of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) gives a good indication of just how hard it has been to dislodge some of the Labour MPs selected for the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00239.htm


14: Manurewa meeting addresses social issues
Manukau City Council

More than 100 community and government representatives attended a meeting in Manurewa with a view to move forward on social and community safety issues affecting the Manurewa community.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00127.htm


15: Get Airborne At The Supercross & Gravity Games
Impact PR

Over 1000 tonnes of earth was trucked into Vector Arena this week for the first ever Supercross, Motorcross and BMX indoor event to be held in Auckland.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00121.htm


16: UK Takes Further Measures To Tackle Knife Crime
UK Government

The Government will announce further measures to tackle knife crime on Monday following several knife-related deaths this week. "We will continue to make absolutely clear that carrying a knife is unacceptable in our society." -- Gordon Brown.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00331.htm


17: Kosovo's President & PM To Visit Bush White House
The White House

The President will welcome President Fatmir Sejdiu and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci of the Republic of Kosovo to the White House on July 21, 2008. The President looks forward to meeting with President Sejdiu and Prime Minister Thaci.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00333.htm


18: ARC tackles new Kauri tree disease
Auckland Regional Council

The Auckland Regional Council is tackling a newly identified disease attacking kauri trees in the Waitakere Ranges.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0807/S00023.htm


19: Activists charged for exposing whale meat scandal
Greenpeace New Zealand

Aomori, Japan, July 11th 2008: -- Two Greenpeace peaceful protestors have been charged with theft and trespass after they exposed a major scandal around the embezzlement of whale meat from the Japanese government-sponsored Southern Ocean whaling programme. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00337.htm


20: NZRCGP Annual Conference
Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners holds its annual conference at the Millennium Hotel in Queenstown next week. Keynote speaker for the .conference this year is American Professor Rich Roberts, President elect of the World Organisation ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0807/S00065.htm


21: Gordon Campbell on big, bad government spending
Gordon Campbell

On Wednesday, the ANZ economist Cameron Bagrie provided some economic data that –co-incisdentally, I’m sure – sought to back up the centre right argument that government spending is chronically mis-directed. Bagrie took care to point out that he wasn’t saying ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00092.htm


22: Veitch Not Fronting TVNZ's Olympic Coverage
Television New Zealand

Sports presenter Tony Veitch will not be fronting Television New Zealand's coverage of the Beijing Olympics, Chief Executive Rick Ellis said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00219.htm


23: 20 Hours Free not safe under Key
New Zealand Government

The release of National Party policy on early childhood education has been done with little fanfare today to disguise the fact that National’s leader John Key will not guarantee that the scheme will continue to be free for Kiwi parents, says Education ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00235.htm


24: Labour offers 'handbook' to bullied GPs
New Zealand National Party

Instead of addressing the serious problem of doctor-bullying by sickness beneficiaries, Labour has produced a booklet for GPs about the Ministry of Social Development, 'its staff, processes, forms, benefits and entitlements', says National's Welfare spokeswoman, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00237.htm


25: Otago tutor reigns supreme at training awards
Hospitality Standards Institute

Otago hospitality tutor Adrian Woodhouse received top honours at the hospitality industry’s national training awards, picking up the Supreme Award for Excellence in Training and Innovation.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0807/S00031.htm


26: Activating Tomorrow’s Business Stars
Grow Wellington

Grow Wellington is looking for the next generation of business superstars in the Wellington region; we want to find them and help them develop into vibrant world-class enterprises.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00223.htm


27: Treetops Lodge Top New Zealand Hotel Yet Again
Treetops Lodge and Wilderness Estate

#1 Best New Zealand Hotel 2008 has been bestowed on the iconic Treetops Lodge & Wilderness Experience by Travel + Leisure (USA) magazine in their annual reader's survey of the worlds top 100 hotels.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00224.htm


28: Wild Untamed Cinema Unleashed
NZ International Film Festival

Launched upon an unsuspecting conservative NZ climate in 1994, the Incredibly Strange Film Festival was was greeted with cheers from movie maniacs and jeers from self appointed moral guardians of the state. For ten years the festival brought provocative, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00120.htm


29: Top Scoop Stories - 11 July 2008 News Summary
The Scoop Editor

Police Officer Slain / National Policy & Parents / Rest Home Closure / Boarding House Dwellers / Heroism & Firefighters / Viral Marketing & Gorillas in the Hits / Escorial Cloth / Guest Nights / Betancourt's Unlikely Rescue / Un-Holy Soldiers / G8.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00091.htm


30: Ongoing Success By Mortgage Link
Mortgage Link

Mortgage Link, the national mortgage advisory group, continues to have its quality recognised by industry peers. At the recent New Zealand Mortgage Brokers Association Annual Conference Mortgage Link had the largest representation of finalists from ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00221.htm

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