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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 14 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: Newmarket bans Rodney's canary coloured jacket
Newmarket Business Association

The heart of the Epsom electorate, Newmarket, has banned its local MP from wearing a bright yellow jacket which it describes as "ghastly beyond belief".

4: Afghanistan: Heavy Fighting Erupts, Kunar Province

Afghan National Army and ISAF soldiers based in a Combat Outpost (COP) in Dara-I-Pech district, Kunar province, are involved in heavy fighting with insurgents that began at about 4:30 a.m., 13 July. Insurgents have been firing at the COP with small arms.

5: 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.

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

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

7: Pioneer Retrofitted Regenerative Braking System

OctaFuel – manufacturers, suppliers and installers of retrofitted Hybrid Fuel Cells – announced it has developed a retrofitted regenerative braking system for vehicles, at a price that most consumers can manage, says Michael Fresnel, Founder, OctaFuel ...

8: 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.

9: Record research investment to benefit New Zealand
Ministry of Research Science and Technology

The Foundation for Research, Science and Technology has approved a record $785 million in contracts with more than two dozen research organisations in its main 2008 investment round.

10: A president desperately seeking a legacy
Bill Berkowitz

George W. Bush goes back to touting 'compassionate conservatism' and the 'successes' of his faith-based initiative

11: ISAF: Nine US Soldiers Die In Fighting In N. Kunar

Nine ISAF soldiers died in fighting in northeastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border. In addition, 15 ISAF and four ANA soldiers were wounded. The fighting began in early morning hours. Insurgents suffered heavy casualties during the fighting.

12: Kiwi trains good news for kiwi economy
Green Party

The Green Party encourages the Government to move as quickly as possible on plans to assemble new KiwiRail locomotives in New Zealand, says Regional Economic Development Spokesperson Sue Bradford.

13: Ward’s Rain Of The Children premieres
NZ International Film Festival

Vincent Ward’s Rain Of The Children premieres in spectacular fashion at the 40th Auckland International Film Festival.

14: Child Abducted In Harrowglen
New Zealand Police

North Shore Police are appealing to the public for urgent information on the whereabouts of a five and half year old child who has been abducted from her home in Albany.

15: Michael Collins: Election Fraud & Tyranny: Part 1
Michael Collins

Mark Crispin Miller's new book, "Loser Take All," identifies and analyzes election fraud, the foundation of extremist power in the United States since 2000. Manipulated elections have enabled everything we've experienced from the Iraq war to the current ...

16: Uri Avnery: Why Not?
Uri Avnery

IF YOU want to understand the policy of a country, look at the map - as Napoleon recommended.

17: Agenda Interviews Trevor Mallard

RAWDON Last week the ANZ Economist Cameron Bagrie went on the attack claiming the government had increased the number of back office civil servants by so much they were now costing a billion dollars a year more than they did when Helen Clark took ...

18: Report of assault concerns Minister
New Zealand Government

Education Minister Chris Carter says that the report of an assault on an international student from China is something that he is very concerned about. “Naturally, I am worried about the boy and I appreciate the concerns his parents must be feeling ...

19: Bush Looks to His (Secret) Legacy
Jason Leopold

On Wednesday, just as the Senate passed sweeping new legislation to modernize a 30 year old federal surveillance law, President Bush signaled that he would swiftly veto a bill approved by the House earlier in the day that would overhaul the Presidential ...

20: Top Scoop Stories - 14 July 2008 News Summary
The Scoop Editor

Brownlee Vs. Kiwi Trains / Turner Vs. Telemarketers / Big, Bad Government Spending / Digruntled Hataitai Commuter / National & ANZ Vs. State Employees / World Youth Day / Zimbabwe / Afghanistan: Nine U.S.Soldiers Killed / Knife Crime / Nuclear Poker.

21: ‘Do Not Call’ register UnitedFuture policy
United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture deputy leader Judy Turner has announced her party’s policy to create a national “Do Not Call” register to deal with the growing intrusion by telemarketers into New Zealand homes.

22: Billy Joel at Vector Arena, December 14
Touring Musicians

Fans of the piano man prepare yourselves! The Frontier Touring Company welcomes back Billy Joel to Australia and New Zealand this November and December for a limited run of concerts. Billy will take to the stage in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney ...

23: Aucklanders Sign-Up To Protest Human Rights Abuses
Natasha Burling

Natasha Burling reports: A steady stream of campaigners signed banners in Auckland to protest against human rights abuses in China. Amnesty Int’s Kirsten Slatter said the group got a “great response” to their three two-metre long banners.

24: Vector Arena appoints first events manager
Vector Arena

Half a million people have already passed through the doors and now Auckland’s Vector Arena is gearing up for an even busier time ahead, with the appointment of its first Events Manager.

25: KiwiFM: Wallace & Manning – Has Labour Gone Loco?
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wallace Chapman talks to Scoop's Selwyn Manning who analyses Labour minister Trevor Mallard's idea of New Zealand manufacturing its own locomotives. Is Labour attempting to create a decisive difference between it and National? Is ...

26: KiwiFM: Wammo & Helen Clark's Political Week
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wammo talks to the PM about political donations; Tony Veitch saga; the Auck Film Festival and the successes of NZ made films. Also discussed why government charter money is directed to TVNZ via New Zealand on Air…

27: Time for Iraq War Oil Profits Taxes - Part I
Nick Mottern

Hastings-on-Hudson, New York - The reality of US troops killing and dying for Iraqi oil hit US public consciousness hard on June 19, 2008, when it was announced that the occupied government of Iraq intended to award no-bid oil service contracts to ...

28: $10 million boost for UC research projects
Canterbury University

Three projects led by University of Canterbury researchers have been awarded more than $10 million funding in the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology's main 2008 investment round announced today.

29: Direct help for exporters in research funding
New Zealand Government

Long term research, investments to help exporters and a focus on manufactured products highlighted a good spread in this year’s $785 million science research investment round, Research, Science and Technology Minister Pete Hodgson said today.

30: National’s ECE policy a giant step backwards
New Zealand Labour Party

Lynne Pillay, MP for Waitakere, said that she was appalled by the announcement of National’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) Policy.

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