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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 22 July 2008

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

1: Death of Free Internet is Imminent

Kevin Parkinson

In the last 15 years or so, as a society we have had access to more information than ever before in modern history because of the Internet. There are approximately 1 billion Internet users in the world B and any one of these users can theoretically ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00225.htm


2: Bush Lied, Thought It Was Funny and Killed 1M+
David Swanson

Borrowing heavily from Congressman Dennis Kucinich's articles of impeachment, but adding and removing bits and pieces, here's a case against the current occupant of the White House:
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00229.htm


3: Dominion Post article is a smear campaign
New Zealand First Party

The Dominion Post article is a smear campaign of unsubstantiated allegations. The article says: • The family denies it donated as much as $150,000. • NZ First sources (unnamed) denied receiving as much as $150,000. • The donations were all ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00379.htm


4: Solution to Harmful Effects of Cell Ph. Radiation
Reid Business Solutions

Are you concerned about what effect your Cell Phone is having on your health? Look no further – a solution is at hand!
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00356.htm


5: 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


6: Government takes first steps in KiwiRail upgrade
New Zealand Government

Improvements for Auckland and Wellington commuter services and a major overhaul of the Tranz Scenic service are part of a five year, $80.2 million investment in rail infrastructure announced by Finance Minister Michael Cullen today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00375.htm


7: Review: Rubbings from a Live Man
Natasha Burling

PREMIERE NEWS Florian Habicht’s film Rubbings from a Live Man about performer Warwick Broadhead premiered yesterday July 20 to a full-house at Sky City Theatre in Auckland.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00222.htm


8: Te Wiki o te Reo Maori puts Maori language online
New Zealand Government

“Maori Language Week is an entire week dedicated to celebrating the beauty of one our most paramount taonga tuku iho –Te reo Maori. The launch of the I-Papakupu builds on efforts to ensure that Te Reo remains a living language within digitalised ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00377.htm


9: 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


10: Peters names new Consul-General for Hong Kong
New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s next Consul-General to Hong Kong will be career diplomat Adele Bryant, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00391.htm


11: 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


12: Cosgrove welcomes Immigration Bill report back
New Zealand Government

Minister of Immigration Clayton Cosgrove says today’s reporting back of the Immigration Bill by the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee marks another important milestone in the modernising of New Zealand’s immigration laws.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00389.htm


13: 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


14: “Seize the day” advises Harcourts New Zealand CEO
Harcourts

22 July 2008 – In the current real estate market both buyers and sellers can and are achieving success, Harcourts New Zealand CEO Bryan Thomson says, advising people to “seize the day” in the absence of certainty about the duration of current ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00377.htm


15: Going, going, gone
New Zealand National Party

More than 80,000 people voted with their feet in the past 12 months, says National’s Immigration spokesman, Lockwood Smith.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00386.htm


16: Improving and keeping workers rights safe
New Zealand Government

Labour Minister Trevor Mallard speech to the launch of the New Zealand Work & Labour Market Institute. Inaugural AUT Annual Public Employment Relations Lecture.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00387.htm


17: Clinical Benefit for All Patients in Diabetes Tria
Living Cell Technologies

July 22, 2008, Melbourne, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. Living Cell Technologies Limited (ASX:LCT; OTCQX: LVCLY) today released further interim results describing clinical benefit in all patients who have received implants of DiabeCell®, the Company’s ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0807/S00052.htm


18: Pakistan: South Asia’s failing state
Susenjit Guha

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen’s warning to Pakistan – to clean up its act or else –came as no surprise. But the recently announced US$750 billion aid package over five years for development of schools, roads and ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00221.htm


19: The George W. Bush Legacy Project
Bradblog.Com

On Election Day this November, voters in San Francisco will vote on a local initiative to rename one of the city's largest waste treatment plants in honor of George W. Bush. If the initiative passes --- and since the number of Republicans in the city ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00231.htm


20: Grand Theft Auto IV (unedit. US version) review
Society for the Promotion of Community Standards

The Society was today granted leave by the Secretary of Internal Affairs, Mr Brendan Boyle, to apply to the Film and Literature Board of Review to review the classification of the computer game Grand Theft Auto IV (unedited US version). The game was classified ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00258.htm


21: Shocking report on West Coast water quality
Green Party

The West Coast mining and dairy industries must be called to account by the West Coast Regional Council and the Government, after the industries were identified today as major offenders in a report saying 100 percent of West Coast water supplies failed ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00382.htm


22: Clarification on scholarships for men and women
Human Rights Commission

Scholarships for women, men and other groups offered by charitable trusts are exempt from the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1993.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00269.htm


23: Industry tactics on Public Health Bill questioned
Fight the Obesity Epidemic

The food industry has been giving a misleading message about how the health sector wants to address obesity, a new report shows. The report, by health policy analyst John White, analysed the 204 submissions to the Health Select Committee on the Public ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0807/S00103.htm


24: Lyndon Hood: Things To Do About Winston Peters
Lyndon Hood

With allegations, unanswered questions, not-exactly-misleading statements, evidence of technical wrongdoing and unsubstantiated smears™ swirling around New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters it came sometimes be difficult to sort out the most expedient ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00238.htm


25: ‘Powersavers’ advertising draws to a close
Transpower

The industry-funded Powersavers advertising campaign will end this week after six weeks of TV, print and radio advertising encouraging consumers to conserve electricity through simple and convenient measures.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00379.htm


26: 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


27: Gordon Brown's Speech To The Knesset, 21 July 2008
UK Government

"I am especially pleased - as the first British Prime Minister to address the Knesset - to congratulate you at this 60th anniversary on the achievement of 1948: the centuries of exile ended, the age-long dream realised, the ancient promise redeemed."
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00632.htm


28: 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


29: Challenging Year Ahead For Bus & Coach Industry
Bus and Coach Association

This year's Bus and Coach Association conference was a resounding success, despite the major challenges facing the industry.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00268.htm


30: New Scheme To Foster UK-Israel Academic Links
UK Government

A new partnership to foster academic cooperation through joint research and academic exchange between the UK & Israel was announced today. (The British Council is also working on proposals to support academic links between Britain and Palestine).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00639.htm

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