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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 29 July 2008

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1: Key admits support for communism

New Zealand Government

National Party Leader John Key stands firmly behind both his full support for Working for Families and his vehement opposition to the scheme.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00526.htm


2: Underwear giant searches for NZ’s best buns!
Sloggi

International lingerie brand sloggi is on the search for NZ’s most beautiful male and female bottoms for the 2nd annual “Show me your sloggi” (smys) campaign. The national male and female winner will attend the international finals in Paris, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00512.htm


3: Peters Meets Prime Minister
New Zealand First Party

“Today I met the Prime Minister to clear up the media generated hysteria of the past two weeks.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00520.htm


4: A double honour for New Zealand architect
Patterson Associates

New Zealand architects Patterson Associates has been included as a double finalist in the World Architecture Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious architectural awards, being held in Barcelona this October. The announcement from Barcelona was ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00520.htm


5: Venezuela: amateur dramatics, false witness
Toni Solo

Shakespeare foresaw Thomas Shannon's July 17th Statement to Congress on Venezuela by four hundred years. There he was, the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, mewling about Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, giving the United ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00318.htm


6: The People, the Press, & the Case for Impeachment
Michael Collins

The July 25, 2008 House Committee on the Judiciary hearings focused on the Kucinich resolution calling for the impeachment of President Bush. In his resolution , Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) argues that Bush knew that the Iraqis had no weapons of mass ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00330.htm


7: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Racing; if so, why?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00518.htm


8: National announces list-only candidates
New Zealand National Party

National Party President Judy Kirk today announced that Melissa Lee and Steven Joyce will be standing for the National Party at the up-coming General Election.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00343.htm


9: Tanveer Jafri: Nuclear deal and Indian Parliament
Tanveer Jafri

At last the proposed controversial nuclear deal between India and America got green signal from the Indian parliament In the 543 member house the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) led by the Indian National congress got 275 votes whereas the trust ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00326.htm


10: Greg Palast: Obama Doesn't Sweat. He should.
Greg Palast

In swing-state Colorado, the Republican Secretary of State conducted the biggest purge of voters in history, dumping a fifth of all registrations. Guess their color. In swing-state Florida, the state is refusing to accept about 85,000 new registrations ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00319.htm


11: Undernews For July 28, 2008
Undernews

In his speech Senator Obama declared that "America can’t [win in Afghanistan] alone... The Afghan people need our troops and your troops; our support and your support to defeat the Taliban and al Qaeda, to develop their economy, and to help them rebuild ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00331.htm


12: Qantas Boeing 747 Depressurisation, 25 July 2008
Australian Government

A Boeing 747 was on a scheduled passenger service from HK to Melbourne. At approximately 29,000 feet, the crew were forced to conduct an emergency descent after a section of the fuselage separated and resulted in rapid cabin decompression.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00833.htm


13: Updated SuperGold Card directory launched
New Zealand Government

The release of an updated SuperGold Card directory, which will be delivered to more than half a million senior New Zealanders, has been welcomed by Associate Senior Citizens Minister Winston Peters today
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00519.htm


14: Protesters Brave Storm To Get Message Heard
Scoop Photo-Essay

Photo Essay: Protesters braved a one-in-ten-year storm and pressed the line with Police to drive their message home on the weekend while New Zealand's PM Helen Clark met with US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00309.htm


15: Keith Olbermann: Crazy Like A Fox?
Sherwood Ross

Chairman Rupert Murdoch of Fox News once said of his former sportscaster Keith Olbermann, “I fired him. He’s crazy.” And when MSNBC’s Senior Vice President Phil Griffin hired Olbermann for his new “Countdown” show in 2003 he agreed “The guy is ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00320.htm


16: NZQA Board appointment announced
New Zealand Government

Education Minister Chris Carter has today announced a new appointment to the board of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00521.htm


17: Stateside: Convention watch
Rosalea Barker

In just four weeks’ time, the world’s media will be lining up in Denver, Colorado, to receive their press credentials to cover the Democratic national convention; a week later, ditto in St. Paul, Minnesota, for the Republican convention. But already, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00304.htm


18: United States Supports India's Civil Nuclear Pact
America.gov

The nuclear accord would bring India into the nuclear nonproliferation mainstream, help India meet its growing energy needs while protecting the environment, and deepen the strategic partnership between many nations and India.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00815.htm


19: Social Impact of Internet in NZ - Results Released
AUT University

The first real picture of how New Zealanders are using the Internet can be seen with the release today of the World Internet Project New Zealand data produced by AUT University (to obtain copies of report see below).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0807/S00090.htm


20: Worrying deficiencies identified in Mapua clean-up
New Zealand National Party

There are important lessons to be learnt from the remediation of the contaminated site at Mapua that need to be applied to other contaminated sites of this kind, says National’s Environment spokesman Nick Smith.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00516.htm


21: Govt Inaction Collapsing House Building Industry
Hugh Pavletich

The June 2008 Building Consents Issued Release by Statistics New Zealand state that in June 2007 there were 2574 new residential building consents issued, which had slumped to 1362 consents in June 2008 – some 1212 less than the same month last ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00537.htm


22: New Zealand representation for Tongan Coronation
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark will travel to Tonga for the coronation of King George Tupou V of Tonga in Nuku’alofa on Friday, 1 August.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00509.htm


23: Internet Bureau Online Advertising Symposium
The Internet Bureau

Video: Internet Bureau Online Advertising Symposium - The main objective is to help grow online advertising in the broadband environment and ensure that New Zealand gets to be globally competitive in this space. Click on the images to view the speakers.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00534.htm


24: Chilean Foreign Minister to visit NZ
New Zealand Government

Chile's Foreign Minister, Alejandro Foxley, will visit New Zealand on Thursday and Friday this week, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. "Education will be a primary focus of Mr Foxley's visit. An arrangement will be signed allowing scholarship ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00525.htm


25: How to Get a Job By Shooting Up a Church
David Swanson

Imagine being so angry that you couldn't find a job that you were able to decide, as a man in Tennessee just did, that the way to solve your problems was to attack liberals - the people who support (albeit ineffectively) workers' rights, union rights, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00325.htm


26: Open Letter to Public of NZ on Plight of Darfur
Lachlan Mackay

I call upon you all to do your bit in applying pressure on the appropriate parties when it comes to the plight of the Darfur region and its people.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00365.htm


27: Olives: a new solution to an old problem?
Lincoln University

A perennial problem for New Zealand olive growers is the annual frosts that occur during the ripening season, especially in the south of the country. Frosts, while not occurring often, have the potential to damage olives trees; delay olive ripening ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0807/S00066.htm


28: Review: Ashes of Time Redux Challenges The Psyche
Meghan Paggabao

Like the treacherous but sublime desert in which it is set, Ashes of Time Redux is a difficult, epic journey for one's psyche.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00322.htm


29: Online initiatives to benefit renters
Harcourts

Harcourts New Zealand has introduced two new online initiatives aimed at making life easier for renters, CEO Bryan Thomson announced today. “Firstly, Google-powered mapping functionality is now available to people searching for rental properties ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00536.htm


30: The Geneology Of King George Tupou V Of Tonga
Government of Tonga

King George is the progeny of 3 royal bloodlines, which emerged from a civilisation nearly 3,000 years old: Tu’i Tonga, Tu’i Ha’atakalaua and Tu’i Kanokupolu. King George is the 23rd Tu’i Kanokupolu, the transcendent source of authority.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00809.htm

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