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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 27 July 2008

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1: Audio + Images: Condoleezza Rice Says NZ An Ally

Scoop Audio

Scoop Report: US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice said Saturday that New Zealand is now a friend and an ally. That's one step up from the 'New Zealand is a very very close friend of the United States' that its President Bush referred to in 2007.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00286.htm


2: Impeachment: Bush Accused of Tyranny and Murder
Michael Collins

Today's hearing on the abuse of presidential powers before the House Committee on the Judiciary turned into a devastating political ambush by Chairman John Conyers (D-MI), committee Democrats, and the extraordinary panel of witnesses.. At least ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00285.htm


3: Protest against war criminal Condoleezza Rice
Global Peace And Justice Auckland

Global Peace and Justice Auckland is co-ordinating a protest directed against US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on her visit to Auckland tomorrow.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00322.htm


4: Undernews For 26 July, 2008
Undernews

In a remarkable essay in Counterpunch, an anonymous political consultant gets to the heart of what's happening in this election campaign: we're not choosing a politician but a product, one that makes us feel good about ourselves - and Obama is the iPod ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00298.htm


5: Bailey Kurariki Holding Up Against Huge Odds
Rethinking Crime and Punishment

"Bailey Kurariki Jnr has held up until now, against huge odds", said Kim Workman, former National Director of Prison Fellowship, on hearing that Bailey had been arrested on suspicion of using illicit drugs. "We should now wait to hear ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00328.htm


6: Students' Association Warned
New Zealand Police

Auckland City Police, tasked with the responsibility of care and protection of the Government's international guest, the United States' Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, are disturbed by the Auckland University Students' Association challenge offering ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00314.htm


7: Samoa meeting strengthens US relations with region
New Zealand Government

A new chapter of US relations with Pacific Forum nations is set to begin following Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s meeting with regional counterparts in Samoa today, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00487.htm


8: John Key flip flops yet again
New Zealand Government

John Key’s complete reversal on Working for Families – a programme he has consistently attacked as middle class welfare – makes it increasingly clear he cannot be trusted to stand by his own beliefs, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00485.htm


9: Scoop World Coverage: Sec. Condoleezza Rice In NZ
Scoop Full Coverage

In Auckland New Zealand (July 25-27), Secretary Rice will meet with PM Helen Clark, Foreign Minister Winston Peters. The Secretary will address a broad range of topics, including the bilateral political and economic relationship and global concerns.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00761.htm


10: International disaster experts visit Wellington
GNS Science

The storm that lashed New Zealand this weekend has coincided with the start of a major gathering of disaster experts in Wellington for a four-day conference.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00240.htm


11: Operation Mainland Release 4 Deceased Named
New Zealand Police

The name of a man fatally shot in an alleged early morning drive-by shooting in the small Waikato settlement of Waharoa today has been released.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00331.htm


12: Climber Dies In The Mt Aspiring National Park.
New Zealand Police

Wanaka SAR Alpine Cliff Rescue team were deployed at about 4pm today after a report of a climber having fallen while ascending the track to Liverpool Hut.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00242.htm


13: US Treasury Designates Zimbabwean Regime Entities
U.S. Dept. of Treasury

"In light of the continued intransigence of the brutal Mugabe regime, the U.S. is imposing further sanctions against this regime and its supporters," said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. "These actions send a clear warning to those who would protect Mugabe".
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00768.htm


14: Further development regarding citizen’s arrest
AUSA

In the interests of the safety of our students, the Auckland University Students’ Association (AUSA) has retracted its $5000 reward for any student who makes a successful citizen’s arrest of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00327.htm


15: Police Save Young Woman Being Attacked
New Zealand Police

Two Hamilton Constables are being praised for their quick actions in rescuing a young woman from a horrific attack at her workplace this morning.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00245.htm


16: National to keep Working for Families unchanged
New Zealand National Party

An incoming National government would make no changes to the Working for Families tax credit system, says National Party Leader John Key.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00486.htm


17: Fatal Drive-By Shooting Waharoa
New Zealand Police

Two properties have been cordoned off for forensic examination following a fatal drive-by shooting in the small Waikato community of Waharoa early this morning.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00244.htm


18: Worst Of Rain Over, But River, Tide Watch Urged
Northland Regional Council

Torrential rain has now eased in Northland but officials are warning people to keep a wary eye on the region’s rivers, many of which are expected to continue to rise over the next 24 hours.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00241.htm


19: Photo Essay: Barack Obama Visits No. 10 Downing St
UK Government

Foreign Policy issues, including Iraq & Middle East, were high on the agenda this morning as US Presidential nominee Barack Obama met with Gordon Brown. Mr Obama is on a worldwide tour that has taken him to Iraq and Israel, and the two compared notes.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00767.htm


20: Patients During Health Strikes: Allies Or Weapons?
Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

I have always appreciated the opportunity to address your Conferences because of both my appreciation for the work that you do and because it provides an opportunity to reflect on various matters wherever possible around a theme. This address was ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00476.htm


21: Buick: Follow The H2O Or Energy, Not Selection
Suzan Mazur

Roger Buick, a native Australian, not only looks like a "rock star" with his long dark hair swept to one side and has the name to match, he actually is one. That is, he studies rocks and evidence of sulfur eating bacteria and pre-Snowball ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00300.htm


22: E-voting to give quick count to treaty claims vote
Port Nicholson Block Claim

Modern technology will ensure a quick count of the ratification vote to settle historical treaty claims The Port Nicholson Block Claims Team is using an E-voting system including internet voting for the first time to ratify a treaty settlement.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00329.htm


23: EUFA Urges Parliamentary Inquiry Into Hanover
EUFA

EUFA members are calling on all investors from all failed finance Company and all New Zealanders to sign an open letter to the Prime Minister for a Parliamentary inquiry. The inquiry called for is into the Security Commissions failure to monitor the ‘Enforceable ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00330.htm


24: Flooding, Road Closures As Weather Bites
Northland Regional Council

The rain and winds lashing Northland are making their presence felt with surface flooding and power cuts in parts of the region and rain-swollen rivers tipped to top their banks this afternoon.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00232.htm


25: Stateside: Not that you’d know
Rosalea Barker

doing tv news is like holding an enormous megaphone. the decisions about whose mouth to place it in front of demand experience, a moral compass, a sense of whose story will not otherwise be heard, and some local history. a sense of the absurd and facts ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00294.htm


26: Martin LeFevre: Why Is Man Separate from Nature?
Martin LeFevre - Meditations

As I see it, human consciousness is an unexplained contradiction in the infinitely dynamic order of the universe. Consciousness is not ‘evolving,’ and things are going from bad to worse. Is there an understanding of the relationship between humankind ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00293.htm


27: ICC and al-Bashir: Ocampo’s Justice
Ramzy Baroud

The crimes committed against innocent people in Darfur represent a shameful episode in the history of Sudan and its neighbours, including Chad, which has played a dubious role in sustaining the seething conflict. Equally disgraceful is the politicising ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00289.htm


28: Investigators Give Troop 'Surge' Mixed Reviews
Jason Leopold

President George W. Bush’s Iraq troop “surge,” which is now ending, got a mixed report card from congressional investigators, who found that many of Bush’s stated goals remained unmet.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00295.htm


29: Gold, Silver and Bronze for juniors at Champs
Rowing New Zealand

New Zealand's junior athletes have excelled in Linz at the World Junior Rowing Championships with a stunning set of gold, silver and bronze medals for the girls' four, boys' eight and girls' quadruple scull. It is one of the best ever showings for the kiwi ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00271.htm


30: Bring Back The Woolmark--We’ll Help Growers Pay
Wool Exporters Council

More than 40 wool industry leaders, who are not aligned to the new PGG Wrightson wool company, want to see international wool promotion resurrected and they’re offering to help fund it from their own pockets.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00475.htm

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