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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 13 July 2008


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

1: A Raw Deal for India

J. Sri Raman

On June 19, 2005, a Washington report in USA Today said: "More than 26 years after a near-meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, the Senate is considering an energy bill that includes financial incentives for construction of nuclear plants. ...

2: Mallard's train-building idea daft
New Zealand National Party

A plan by the Government to build its own locomotives for the railways is daft, says National's SOE spokesman, Gerry Brownlee.

3: No Minister, bureaucrat numbers are out of control
New Zealand National Party

An attempt by Labour to fudge figures around their out-of-control bureaucracy has fallen over at the first analysis, says National's Education spokeswoman, Anne Tolley.

4: 10 Reasons to Fight Keyword Inflation
Ron Callari

Spending on online advertising sees strong growth, according to a new report from market analysis firm JupiterResearch -- expanding by almost 20 percent in 2008 to reach $23.8 billion.

5: Get into gear to improve Public Transport: Greens
Green Party

Reports from around New Zealand of overcrowding on buses and trains is evidence of a creaking and groaning public transport system that desperately needs to pick up the pace, Green Party Co-Leader Russel Norman says.

6: Chomsky: Iraq Always Was a Sweetheart Oil Deal
Noam Chomsky

U.S. war planners want an obedient client state that will house major U.S. military bases, right at the heart of the world's major energy reserves.

7: Nuclear Geopolitics: Georgia, Washington & Moscow
F William Engdahl

Georgia, Washington and Moscow: a Nuclear Geopolitical Poker Game by F. William Engdahl

8: Labour's Cancer Control Strategy is failing
New Zealand National Party

Further proof that the Government's much vaunted Cancer Control Strategy is failing was presented at a prostate cancer forum in Wellington yesterday, says National Party Associate Health spokeswoman Jackie Blue.

9: The Kiwi Party Releases Law And Order Policy
The Kiwi Party

The Kiwi Party released its Law and Order policies this weekend at the Party’s Hawkes Bay Regional Conference.

10: Peru: Economic Model & Poverty Reduction Working?
Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Some see neoliberal failures as responsible for the leftist wave that has spread across the region. Peru, however, has not been tempted recently by solutions calling for abandonment of the neoliberal development model.

11: 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 ...

12: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 12 July 2008
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Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

13: 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 ...

14: Police must lead in putting brakes on chases
Candor Trust

The Candor Trust is pleased the Police Association has finally put its support behind it's long campaign for changes to the Police chase culture prevalent in New Zealand. But the focus on harsher penalties only addresses quarter of the problems leading ...

15: EU's Lifted Sanctions, A Turning Point For Cuba?
Council on Hemispheric Affairs

While the EU's sanctions only froze development aid and visits to Cuba by high-level European officials, the move to lift them signals a commitment to increased dialogue and openness between the EU and Havana. It will surely have positive effects.

16: The Not-So-Historic Talabani-Barak Handshake
Ramzy Baroud

Most people would not have even realised that the 23rd congress of the Socialist International was being held near Athens were it not for the moment when Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak shook the hand of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

17: J. Sri Raman: Blasts That Shake South Asia
J. Sri Raman

Terror strikes anywhere and everywhere have larger targets than lives and limbs. This is even more so in the case of bomb blasts carrying the terror tag in the South Asian triangle of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Every blast here does not stop ...

18: Biofuels & The Global Food Crisis - Who To Blame?
Council on Hemispheric Affairs

As ethanol increasingly becomes a fixture in the global energy debate, new steps mark significant progress fighting the global food crisis, drawing scrutiny to irresponsible, self-interested subsidy initiatives exhibited by the U.S., EU, Japan.

19: Norman Solomon: Obama and the Progressive Base
Norman Solomon

A reasonably evenhanded biography of Barack Obama, published last year, describes him as "an exceptionally gifted politician who, throughout his life, has been able to make people of wildly divergent vantage points see in him exactly what they want ...

20: NZ World Cyber Games a success
World Cyber Games

AUCKLAND 13 July 2008 - Nearly 800 competitors battled around the clock this weekend for a place on the New Zealand team for the 2008 World Cyber Games.

21: Security Council Fails To Adopt Zimbabwe Sanctions
United Nations Security Council

A Security Council measure intended to impose sanctions against Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe failed today when two of the 15-member body's permanent members –- China and the Russian Federation –- voted against a draft resolution.

22: Women's Development Bank In Venezuela: Caring
Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Banmujer, joins a long trend of micro-credit institutions intended to alleviate poverty by supporting small-scale entrepreneurs. What makes Banmujer unique is that it loans only to women - the only state-sponsored women's micro-credit bank in the world.

23: 'Daily Voting News' For July 10, 2008
John Gideon

Yesterday members of Ohio Election Justice Campaign (OEJC) filed papers in US District Court in Ohio asking a judge to begin criminal contempt proceedings for the destruction of ballots, against his orders, from the Nov. 2004 election. In King Lincoln, et ...

24: 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.

25: Guantanamo Military Commission Hearings Resume
Amnesty International

The defendants are Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid bin Attash, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, 'Ali 'Abd al-'Aziz 'Ali ('Ammar al Baluchi) and Mustafa al Hawsawi. The US government intends to try the men in a joint trial and to seek the death penalty against them.

26: 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.

27: 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.

28: Iraq: Remains Identified - Sgt Jimenez & Pfc Fouty
American Forces Press Service

Army Sgt. Alex R. Jimenez, 25, and Pfc. Byron W. Fouty, 19, were listed as "missing/captured" during operations in Mahmudiyah, Iraq, on May 12, 2007. The two men were soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division's 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment.

29: Threat to Great Apes Highlighted at Virunga Meet

Contrary to some fictional portrayals, gorillas are gentle creatures now under serious threat of extinction at the hands of human killers. A ministerial meeting in Gisenyi, Rwanda, will address how to save them and their habitat.

30: 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 ...

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