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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 21 July 2008

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

1: Rethinking NZ’s Military Commitment In Afghanistan

Paul G. Buchanan

With US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visiting NZ late this week, Paul G Buchanan explores why it is important for a public discussion about NZ's role in international security missions led by superpowers, now rather than after this year's General Election.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00204.htm


2: Winston Peters Speech to NZ First Convention
New Zealand First Party

Peters Speech: “When Tomorrow Comes” Some people might think 15 years is a long time in politics. Well, we have news for our opponents – we’ve only just begun! But let’s make no mistake. What we know points to the dirtiest campaign New Zealand ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00355.htm


3: Housing: Dealing With Real Structural Issues
Hugh Pavletich

New Zealand’s “phony boom” or urban property bubble that got underway around May 2001, caused by artificial land supply scarcities and inappropriate infrastructure financing - is now over.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00340.htm


4: Five more rest home disasters in the making?
New Zealand National Party

The current outcry about care in rest homes is another gross failure on the Labour Government’s watch, says National Party Associate Health Spokeswoman Jo Goodhew.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00353.htm


5: Top Researchers Awarded Fellowships for Discovery
Foundation For Research Science And Technology

Fourteen of New Zealand’s brightest researchers have been awarded fellowships from the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology to undertake scientific research at the frontiers of new knowledge.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0807/S00045.htm


6: UFOs to Hit Hamilton!
NZ Skeptics Society

UFOs will soon be seen in Hamilton - that´s the confident prediction of the NZ Skeptics Society. The Society will kick off its annual three-day conference with its usual light-hearted launch on Friday 26 September. This year conference attendees will ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00251.htm


7: Understanding of the key components of fuel prices
Valueadd

With the volatility in petrol and diesel pump prices, it is difficult for those outside the industry to determine the impact of the two key variables; crude oil prices and exchange rates. That is until now.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00339.htm


8: Undernews For July 20, 2008
Undernews

Several months ago, Suzan Mazur wrote of an important upcoming conference of scientists who did not reject the theory Darwin's beliefs about evolution but who thought things that had been learned in the succeeding century and a half might expand or alter ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00214.htm


9: Constellation NZ Wine Made Global Priority
Constellation New Zealand

High profile wine brand Kim Crawford is making waves internationally since being selected as a Global Priority Brand by owner Constellation Wines, a status awarded to just four brands from their global portfolio.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00341.htm


10: Pope thanks volunteers, leaves Aust (w. WYD stats)
World Youth Day

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI thanked 8,000 World Youth Day volunteers and attended a special farewell ceremony at Sydney International Airport before departing Australia for Rome today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00615.htm


11: T.rex terrific for Taranaki!
Puke Ariki

If you like scary monsters then Puke Ariki has a mammoth treat for you! Probably the most terrifying dinosaur in the world is being unveiled at the end of this month when a 3.6 metre (12 feet) tall, 12.8 metre (42 feet) long Tyrannosuarus rex, named ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00197.htm


12: KiwiSaver decision-making one year down the track
Retirement Commission

The Retirement Commissioner Diana Crossan says now that KiwiSaver has been in place for one year, sorted.org.nz has been updated to answer some key questions like: can I still afford KiwiSaver, and should I change schemes?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00244.htm


13: Michael Collins: Election Fraud and Tyranny (2)
Michael Collins

How did we reach our current state of decline in just eight excruciating years? Aren't we working hard enough? Was there some millennial shift in consciousness and morality? How could we elect leaders like Bush and Cheney and their minions on Capitol Hill?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00177.htm


14: Out-of-control state sector hits businesses
New Zealand National Party

National’s State Services spokesman, Gerry Brownlee, is not surprised by reports that Labour’s obsession with growing the public sector is making life hell for businesses up and down the country.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00362.htm


15: George FM Future Proofed
George FM

Major changes to the operations and management of Auckland radio station George FM have been announced by UMA Broadcasting CEO Willie Jackson.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00365.htm


16: KiwiFM: Wammo & Helen Clark's Week of Politics
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wammo talks to the Prime Minister Helen Clark about Labour’s increase in the polls, the NZ Herald’s ‘puff-piece’ on John Key, the possibility of universal student loans and Fiji.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00208.htm


17: Celebrating the first day of Māori Language Week
Maori Language Commission

Today Wellingtonians will be greeted with fresh fruit and ‘kia ora’ to celebrate the first day of Māori Language Week. Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission) and partners Te Puni Kōkiri, Human Rights Commission, Families ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00201.htm


18: Revealing a Massacre, or Stating the Obvious
Ramzy Baroud

For some folks interested in genealogy, tracing one's roots is a stimulating activity. It's immensely interesting and meaningful to learn where one's life started. DNA testing has made it possible to trace one's roots back many generations and there ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00211.htm


19: Māori Dictionary Sofware a Worldwide Hit
Thinktank Consulting Limited

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori / The Māori Language Commission released its electronic monolingual dictionary of Te Reo Māori today. The entire dictionary is in Māori, and contains entries representing 95% of the most frequently used Māori words.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0807/S00048.htm


20: Maori Language Week 21 – 27 July
Ministry For Culture And Heritage

Every year since 1975 New Zealand has marked Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week. This year the theme is Te Reo i te Kāinga - Māori Language in the Home. The week is an opportunity for all New Zealanders to celebrate te reo Māori and encourage ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00196.htm


21: Clark should name poll day after appointments
New Zealand National Party

National Party State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee has called on Helen Clark to tell New Zealanders the election date following an astonishing number of Labour Government appointments in just one month.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00354.htm


22: Immigration Bill improved, but still oppressive
Green Party

Green Party MP Keith Locke has welcomed improvements in the Immigration Bill, reported back to Parliament today, but says it is still oppressive.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00369.htm


23: Uri Avnery: Different Planets
Uri Avnery

It was an eerie experience: in a fraction of a second I could switch between two worlds, but all the channels reported on exactly the same occasion. In one section of the breaking news, the events happened at a distance of a few dozen meters from ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00198.htm


24: Top Scoop Stories - 21 July 2008 News Summary
The Scoop Editor

Security & Defence Issues: NZ & Afghanistan / P Cases / Winston Peters Speech, NZ First Convention / KiwiSaver / Rest Home Disasters / T Rex & Taranaki! / 25% Of NZ Export Earnings From Fonterra / Misuse Of ICRC Emblem / Clerical Sexual Abuse / Fiji.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00215.htm


25: Where are Labour and National’s education policies
Quality Public Education Coalition - QPEC

QPEC has begun analysing the education policies of the main political parties with a section of our website devoted to the topic.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0807/S00066.htm


26: Universal student allowance welcomed - NZUSA
NZUSA

Students throughout the country are delighted to see government interest in the introduction of a universal student allowance and eagerly await its implementation.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0807/S00069.htm


27: National's Commanding Poll Lead Clipped Slightly
Scoop Poll Watch

3News is reporting that its latest poll shows the lead National has had over labour in recent polls has taken a slight beating in its latest political poll. While National still has enough support to govern on its own, it seems Labour's attacks on the opposition's ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00205.htm


28: South Asia Awaits Another Secret War
J. Sri Raman

The Kabul blast of July 7, which targeted India's embassy and took a heavy toll of human lives, may trigger yet another secret South Asian war.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00196.htm


29: All Blacks Stitched up by Kiwi Fans
Adidas

Thousands of kiwi All Blacks fans will get the chance to have their name stitched into an All Blacks jersey, as part of a campaign to celebrate the famous black jersey, from sponsor adidas.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00210.htm


30: Scullers continue impressive form
Rowing New Zealand

Graham Oberlin-Brown and reigning champion Joseph Sullivan continued their rich run of form with impressive victories in the semi finals of the lightweight and heavyweight single sculls in Brandenburg at the World Under 23 Rowing Championships overnight.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00193.htm

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