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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 31 July 2008


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

1: Pacific Sun Affected by Poor Weather

P and O Cruises

P&O Cruises’ Pacific Sun has been affected by the severe weather conditions that have swept across the region. The ship, which was about 600km north of Auckland, was experiencing 7 metre swells and 50 knot winds when it rolled sharply just before ...

2: Paul Buchanan: Morning Clouds on Obama’s Horizon
Paul G. Buchanan - A View From Afar

A View From Afar: Paul Buchanan analyses the run up to the US presidential elections. He writes that while John McCain is a worthy GOP candidate, the race will be won or lost by Barack Obama. What exactly could go wrong for this president in waiting?

3: Peters: There Has Always Been An Alternative
New Zealand First Party

Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce Hutt Golf Club, Military Road 6.00 pm 30 July 2008

4: Pacific Sun being monitored by authorities
Maritime New Zealand

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) are monitoring the status of the cruise liner Pacific Sun, which is currently holding position about 300 nautical miles (540km) north east of New Zealand.

5: 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 ...

6: Job expo in South Africa attracts thousands
Opportunities New Zealand Expo

The first Opportunities New Zealand Expo in South Africa has been successful for employers trying to recruit internationally, with more than 6500 well-qualified potential migrants attending the Expo in Johannesburg recently.

7: Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 31 July 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Racing; if so, why?

8: Storm Update 6, 11.45 am
Canterbury Civil Defence

Kaikoura district: Surface flooding in the area and roads leading into Kaikoura have been affected by slips, with no road access either side of Kaikoura. Driver caution is advised. The railway line is out of action. Almost 300 mm of rain in 24 ...

9: Supporting evacuees after storm. national summary
Department Of Internal Affairs

One of civil defence emergency management's (CDEM) aims in response to the national storm is to support those people who have been evacuated and to help them return to their homes safely as soon as possible.

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.

11: Questions And Answers - Wednesday, 30 July 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. SUE KEDGLEY (Green) 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 ...

12: Gordon Campbell on the Olympics
Gordon Campbell

Yesterday, it surfaced that Helen Clark has signed up to an Amnesty International protest over capital punishment in China. When talen together with the fact that Clark is not joining other heads of state ( such as George Bush or Sarkozy) in Beijing, ...

13: Name of missing man
New Zealand Police

Police have released the name of the man missing in the river on Waikare Valley Rd.

14: Deady & List: Do The Donation Allegations Stack Up
Scoop Audio

95bFM Audio: Paul Deady talks to Scoop's Kevin List who revels in the political theatre of the last week, but predicts nowt much will come of Winston's alleged dodgy deals.

15: UN Mission Monitoring Eritrea-Ethiopia Border Ends
United Nations

The Security Council today voted unanimously to terminate the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), after restrictions placed on the peacekeeping operation by the latter country undermined its ability to carry out its mandate.

16: Radio Adelaide: Selwyn Manning's NZ News Round-Up
Scoop Audio

Scoop's Selwyn Manning & Radio Adelaide's Peter Godfrey discuss what the US really has to gain from waving the FTA carrot. Also, Winston Peters calling Rodney Hide The Dwarf after Hide makes a complaint to the Serious Fraud Office.

17: Wool Company A ‘Catalyst For Catastrophe?’
Peter Crone

The wool industry is being asked to support a new wool company and eventually to finance it despite it having no name, no chief executive, no business plans, no prospectus and no financial projections.

18: Hirequip Partners For Growth

Auckland 31 July 2008: New Zealand’s leading provider of equipment rental services today announced that its major shareholder, Nikko Citi Holdings Inc. had entered an agreement to sell its ownership interest to the Tasman Secondary Trust.

19: Symantec Reports Strong First Quarter Earnings

Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today reported the results of its first quarter of fiscal year 2009, ended July 4, 2008. GAAP revenue for the quarter was $1.650 billion and non-GAAP revenue was $1.655 billion, up 16 percent over the comparable period ...

20: Kiwi wins HIV-AIDS awareness competition

Wellington, 31 July 2008. – A New Zealander is among 10 people from around the world to win a video camera and the chance to film a short piece about HIV-AIDS to be broadcast internationally.

21: Kiwi business innovating and winning
Export New Zealand

Maternity wear and excavator attachments are among the wide-ranging products of companies vying for this year’s Auckland export awards selected from a record number of entries.

22: Greens Launch Youth Campaign with Musical Backing
Green Party

The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand will launch their youth policy for the election campaign on Friday 1 August, followed by the Wellington Greens' concert, headlined by the Phoenix Foundation and Little Bushman.

23: 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 ...

24: WTO Mini-Ministerial Ends in Collapse
Council for International Development

Governments’ latest attempt to salvage a deal in the Doha Round of trade talks broke down on Tuesday, as ministers acknowledged that they were unable to reach a compromise after nine days of a high-level summit at the WTO. The multilateral negotiations ...

25: Te Papa’s Colossal Squid On The Move
Te Papa

Te Papa’s colossal squid, Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, will be moved from its preservation tank into a purpose built display tank on Wednesday 6 August. The process will be webcast live on Te Papa’s website www.tepapa.govt/squid. Te Papa experts will be ...

26: Relaunched website pioneers accommodation system
Cabbage Tree Creative

Visitors to Canterbury can now weigh up multiple accommodation options at once, with the relaunch of Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism’s website this week (

27: Unauthorised GM rice found and withdrawn
New Zealand Food Safety Authority

New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) has ensured the withdrawal of a rice product imported into New Zealand that has tested positive for trace quantities of the unauthorised genetically modified (GM) rice variety, Bt63. NZFSA is not aware of any health concerns ...

28: Proposals threaten to stop good science - LSN
New Zealand Life Sciences Network

Tough new rules proposed by Cabinet to restrict the use of genetically modified organisms threaten to emasculate the Environmental Risk Management Authority and stop good science in its tracks, the chairman of the Life Sciences Network, Dr William Rolleston ...

29: Public Hearing On GM Horse Flu Vaccine
Environmental Risk Management Authority

A public hearing on an application to use a genetically modified equine influenza vaccine has been scheduled by ERMA New Zealand for mid September in Wellington. Public submissions on the application have now closed.

30: Che Fu to battle Vector Wellington Orchestra
Vector Wellington Orchestra

New Zealand hip hop legend Che Fu is squaring up to face the Vector Wellington Orchestra in a 'mock battle' for the ages.

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