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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 30 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: Australian Mathematics Competition
Australian Mathematics Competition

30 July 2008 Competition date: Thursday 31 July 2008 Today students from more New Zealand schools than ever will test their skills in one of the world’s largest annual maths competitions
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00866.htm


4: 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


5: 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


6: 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


7: 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


8: Submission on aspartame petition
Safe Food Campaign

We are presenting this submission to the Health Committee on behalf of over 8,000 people from throughout New Zealand, and especially for all those who have become aware that their symptoms of ill health are due to consuming products with aspartame.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0807/S00152.htm


9: 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


10: Judas Priest New Zealand Concert Date Cancelled
Dainty Consolidated Entertainment

Today, Dainty Consolidated Entertainment announced that world heavyweight metal band Judas Priest, will not be playing in New Zealand on 7 September 2008 as originally planned.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0807/S00316.htm


11: 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


12: Questions For Oral Answer - Wednesday, 30 July 08
Office of the Clerk

1. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister for the Environment: Will he act to ban the toxic insecticide, endosulfan, which has been prohibited in the European Union, but which is still sprayed on tomatoes and other food crops, as well as parks and playing fields ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00543.htm


13: 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


14: Election spending: Clark back to her old tricks
New Zealand National Party

National Party Deputy Leader Bill English says Helen Clark and the Labour Party are back to their old trick of campaigning on the public purse, if stickers being distributed by MP Lynne Pillay are anything to go by.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00563.htm


15: Obama On NAFTA: This Is "Change We Can Believe In"
Council on Hemispheric Affairs

On NAFTA: "The truths and fictions surrounding Obama's rhetoric North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and why getting back to basics is the real change America may be looking for." -- The Council on Hemispheric Affairs.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00857.htm


16: Kea deaths warrant independent review
New Zealand National Party

The deaths of seven kea at Fox Glacier as a result of DOC’s 1080 poisoning programme must trigger a wider review of the department’s pest management, says National’s Conservation spokesman, Nick Smith.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0807/S00535.htm


17: Bottom half of N Island: Weather affecting roads
New Zealand Police

Police are dealing with a lot of incidents due to the weather. There have been a large volume of calls reporting trees across roads and big wind gusts in the Manawatu,Horowhenua areas right up to Waiouru.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00280.htm


18: Bridges takes the campaign online
New Zealand National Party

National Party candidate for Tauranga Simon Bridges has today launched his online campaign. His new website is www.simonbridges.co.nz and he has a supporters group on popular social networking website Facebook.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00389.htm


19: Launch of iPhone-friendly nzherald.mobi
The New Zealand Herald

To enable early adopters of the iPhone to quickly access nzherald.co.nz’s content, an iPhone-friendly site has been launched at nzherald.mobi
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00551.htm


20: Kea Deaths Indicate of Decimation of Native Birds
KAKA

The deaths of seven kea in Franz Josef area following a recent sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) drop in the region shows well the devastating impact the 1080 programme is having on native bird populations nation-wide.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00387.htm


21: Food Watchdog Praised for Withdrawing Rice
GE Free NZ

New Zealander's 'food watchdog' - The NZFSA- deserves praise for pulling GE-contaminated rice off the shelves. But it needs to do much more to encourage compliance amongst companies who ignore the problems of GE-contamination in certian countries when sourcing ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0807/S00070.htm


22: Bob Hazen: The Trumpeter Of Astrobiology
Suzan Mazur

After reviewing Robert M. Hazen’s 28-page CV. of his work as an experimental mineralogist (listing grant $$$ too), as an educator, author of a dozen books and a symphonic trumpeter – I was most charmed to read that a new mineral “precipitated” by ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00337.htm


23: WTO Failure Disappoints Business Forum
International Business Forum

The New Zealand International Business Forum today expressed its deep disappointment that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting in Geneva had failed to agree on a way forward for the Doha negotiations.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0807/S00544.htm


24: Council monitoring weather situation
Christchurch City Council

Christchurch City Council is monitoring the storm system travelling down the country today, which is expected to bring heavy rain and snow to the Canterbury region.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0807/S00286.htm


25: EU Declaration On Execution Of 29 People In Iran
European Union

The EU condemns in the strongest terms the 29 simultaneous executions which took place in Iran, on Sunday 27 July 2008. The Iranian regime's action of staging these executions and making them the focus of media attention is an affront to human dignity.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0807/S00847.htm


26: Wikileaks: Docs On Secret Int'l Copyright Meeting
Scoop Link

The proposed agreement would criminalize copyright and intellectual property offenses. Under ACTA, Internet service providers would be required to filter illegal transfers of content and help the government track down the people downloading it. Border patrols ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0807/S00338.htm


27: 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


28: 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


29: 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


30: Fastest growing party registered
Residents Action Movement

Yesterday the Electoral Commission agreed to register RAM - Residents Action Movement. (See EC email below.)
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0807/S00394.htm

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