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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings August 4 2008


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

1: Audio: Bill English Talks On KiwiBank Being Sold

Scoop Audio

Audio: At the National Party conference on Friday night National Party deputy leader Bill English was overheard talking to a couple of delegates about how he would sell KiwiBank and make changes to Working For Families once elected.

2: Lonely dinosaur seeks white elephant
Green Party

News that the National Party plans to borrow billions and gut the RMA so it can fast track new motorway projects is evidence that National is living in the past, Green Party Co-Leader Russel Norman says.

3: Undernews For August 3, 2008

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. - Upton Sinclair

4: MTV Snow Jam Headliners Announced

Christchurch will experience an invasion of heavyweight musicians when US hip hop stars Lil Jon, Fat Joe and Baby Bash as well as Aussie Rockers The Vines fly in to perform at the upcoming 2008 MTV Snow Jam.

5: John Key must explain secret agenda
New Zealand Government

Revelations that National intends to sell Kiwibank if it is elected are a serious blow to the credibility of John Key and Bill English, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

6: Auckland hairdresser crowned NZ’s best
L'Oreal Colour Trophy Awards

Caleb Alex from Servilles in Newmarket has been crowned New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year after taking out the Supreme Award at the prestigious L’Oréal Colour Trophy Awards last night (August 2).

7: How The US Reversed Its Policy On Civilian Bombing
Sherwood Ross

When Adolf Hitler's Luftwaffe destroyed the Spanish town of Guernica on April 26, 1937, more than 1,650 people were killed and nearly 900 wounded. This slaughter of civilians was broadly condemned in the United States and Great Britain.

8: Investigation of ESR meningitis infection case
Department Of Labour

The Department of Labour says it is now of the opinion that a scientist who contracted meningococcal disease while working at an Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) laboratory probably contracted the disease from the laboratory in ...

9: John Key Speech To Annual National Conference
New Zealand National Party

John Key: Today we can once again reaffirm the very values and principles this party was founded on. Personal responsibility. Love for families. Support for our communities. Respect for one another. And a fundamental belief that less government is better ...

10: Full Coverage: National's Vision For New Zealand
Scoop Full Coverage

On the weekend National Party leader John Key rolled out a vision for New Zealand. The vision included Corrections reform and a building infrastructure plan... This Full Coverage item includes Gordon Campbell's analysis and raw news reaction.

11: 95bFM: Joe & Bill English On Nat Policy & KiwiBank
Scoop Audio

95bFM Audio : Joe Nunweek talks to Bill English, National's number two man, about the policy released by the part at their annual conference and his supposed gaff about Kiwibank.

12: Balancing Immigration Controls And Human Rights
University of Auckland

A major full-day conference on immigration law and human rights is being staged in Auckland on 12 September.

13: Doubling of Special Needs Grants comes into effect
New Zealand Government

Low income families and beneficiaries have access to further financial assistance from tomorrow. The doubling of Special Needs Grants (SNGs) for food and increased assistance for the other emergency category is administered by Work and Income.

14: SRB: The Great Land Heist
Scoop Review of Books

Buying the Land, Selling the Land by Richard Boast Victoria University Press, $60. Review by RICHARD THOMSON for the Scoop Review of Books Between 1890 and 1920 the New Zealand government bought 4.2 million acres of Maori land, for which it paid ...

15: Rethinking Calls for Coordinated Approach
Rethinking Crime and Punishment

The High Court direction to release Bailey Kurariki from prison doesn't alter the fact that he breached his parole by smoking cannabis, said Kim Workman , Director, Rethinking Crime and Punishment. He needs to be confronted about that, and a strategy ...

16: Addressing Energy Issues In The Western Hemisphere
US State Department

The United States, along with many other countries, is facing a stiff challenge in rising energy prices. The escalating price of oil is a drag on American consumers' pocketbooks and on the U.S. economy and is adding to inflationary pressures.

17: KiwiFM: Wallace & Manning Analyse Nat's PPP Policy
Scoop Audio

Text & Audio: Scoop co-editor Selwyn Manning raises the question: If a National govt builds the infrastructure, will it also pay for the service? Or are we seeing a policy that will have the user pay a private provider for essential services?

18: 95bFM: Havo & Helen Clark's Week Of Politics
Scoop Audio

95bFM Audio : Mikey Havoc talks to the PM Helen Clark about the National Party's weekend conference and policy roll out, privatisation, voting numbers and Tonga's new King.

19: Name Release Of Train Victim
New Zealand Police

The name of the man believed to have been struck and killed by a train in South west Christchurch on Saturday night has been named as Wayne Michael McKenzie, a student aged 23. Mr McKenzie was originally from the West Coast but now of Christchurch. ...

20: Labour scores impressive own goal on debt
New Zealand National Party

National Party Finance spokesman Bill English says Labour has scored an impressive own goal in its rush to attack National’s plan to significantly boost infrastructure investment.

21: PPTA billboard breaches EFA – Yeah Right

As the election campaign starts heating up the Electoral Finance Act complaints come rolling in.

22: Ramzy Baroud: Obama Joins the Club
Ramzy Baroud

The exit of Bush from the White House is already anticipated in the Arab region with sighs of relief. But what is ahead under the next US president; more of the same, regardless of who wins, or change?

23: Martin LeFevre: Human Evolution
Martin LeFevre - Meditations

The physicist Richard Feynman, who famously dunked a little O-ring in ice water and broke it to demonstrate why the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up in 1986, was fond of saying, “Don’t fool yourself; and you are the easiest person to fool.”

24: Small business road-show back by popular demand
Small Business Expo Ltd

The popularity of an information roadshow to help small businesses succeed has resulted in a second series of events that kicks off in Tauranga today, said the Minister for Small Business Clayton Cosgrove.

25: Dating, sex and the over 40s
Family Planning

Upd@teMe – sexual health and relationship information for the over 40s looking for, or already in, a new relationship – is the newest resource produced by Family Planning.

26: The Larger Toll of India's Terror Blasts
J. Sri Raman

Terror and tragedy have revisited parts of Ahmedabad, capital of India's state of Gujarat, which have yet to forget the fascist violence witnessed in the early months of 2002.

27: Sky Tower Relights Auckland’s Skyline Tonight

Tonight Auckland’s skyline returns to its former splendour when the Sky Tower is re-lit for the first time since the first power saving campaign began two months ago.

28: Hope Remains for WTO Trade Talks
Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce

Reports that the Brazilian President is seeking to revive the Doha Round of World Trade talks are encouraging, according to Charles Finny, CEO of the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce.

29: National’s Plans To Sell KiwiBank Bad News

Bank workers’ union Finsec says the National Party’s plan to sell KiwiBank is bad news for customers and the country’s banking sector.

30: The U.S. Economy and Bad Government Policies
Global Research

"The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists." Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

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