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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings August 16 2008

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

1: Response "South Ossetian war: Russia strikes back"

Zahir Ebrahim

It is asinine for the Georgians to have attacked like this otherwise. As reported elsewhere, the Georgians have been fully armed and controlled by the US and Israel, with full intelligence available to them 24x7. The Georgian leadership is handpicked ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00191.htm


2: Thaksin: The World's Newest International Fugitive
Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The world's newest international fugitive from arrest is a wealthy, square-faced man with a PhD. in criminal justice from a university in Texas, and a former hand-holding ally of U.S. President George W. Bush.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00194.htm


3: David Bossie's big play
Bill Berkowitz

It won't be a post-Labor Day blockbuster or win critical acclaim, but Bossie's Citizens United is rolling out 'Hype: The Obama Effect,' an anti-Obama documentary that aims to make waves
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00190.htm


4: KiwiFM: Wammo & Mariah Craven's US News Round Up
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wammo talks to Mariah Craven, US Correspondent, about the U.S response to the conflict between Georgia and Russia and a new book called "The Obama Nation".
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00186.htm


5: Gordon Campbell On The Yadegary Decision
Gordon Campbell

While the release on bail of the Iranian Christian convert Thomas Yadegary is a victory in the short term – and a substantial relief for Yadegary himself – it may be the last gasp of judicial common sense before the Immigration Bill – as the Green ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00189.htm


6: International Languages Week 2008
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International Languages Week 2008 (ILW) will take place this coming week from Sunday 17 August to Saturday 23 August 2008.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00158.htm


7: PM In Search & Rescue in Canterbury Back Country
New Zealand Police

Search and Rescue staff are currently making their way into the Two Thumbs range in the back country of South Canterbury where the Prime Minister is holidaying.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0808/S00143.htm


8: The Charlatans First NZ Tour Ever
Touring Musicians

Ragged Company is proud to announce that one of the UK’s most esteemed bands - The Charlatans will be touring New Zealand for the very first time in November.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00134.htm


9: Eco-Friendly Solution For Costly Wood Infection
XTRA

A Rotorua scientist has developed an environmentally friendly treatment for an infection that causes significant revenue losses for the forestry industry, winning recognition in the MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year Awards.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0808/S00034.htm


10: Making housing affordable again
Gordon Copeland

The Deputy Chair of the Commerce Committee, Independent MP Gordon Copeland, today welcomed the release of the Committee's Report on Housing Affordability in New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00260.htm


11: New World Record: Ginger Nut In To Record Books
AJ Hackett

Mike Heard, long suffering ginga and Bungy Jumping nut, stepped off the AJ Hackett Bungy pod at 6:05am this morning – and in to the Guinness World Records™ this afternoon.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00152.htm


12: Top Scoop Stories - 15 August 2008 News Summary
The Scoop Editor

Mount Cook Area Search & Rescue / Partner Violence / Immigration & The Kiwi Way / Humour & The Workplace / Petrol / Georgia & Dmitry Medvedev / Ernest Partridge / Permaculture Gardens & Diamond Trade / Olympics Coverage & Agenda / Pregnancy Lingerie.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00187.htm


13: Audio: Richard Stallman & Freedom Through Software
Ian Steadman

In a brief interview after his public speech about free software in Wellington Thursday 14 August 2008, Richard Stallman talked more of the political incentives to free up software, and also how he wanted it to be clear that the software patent and free ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00193.htm


14: Over 2 Billion Viewers For Olympics Opening
The Nielsen Company

Based on television audience data collected from 38 markets around the world, The Nielsen Company estimates that just over 2 billion people - almost one third of the world's population - watched the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00257.htm


15: Incident type: Suspicious item - Porirua
New Zealand Police

Porirua Police are currently in attendance at the BP Service Station in Porirua. A brief case has been left on the forecourt of the service station. The immediate area has been cordoned off and specialist staff have been called to investigate.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0808/S00166.htm


16: SC 36/2008 EGW and Anor v The Attorney General
NZ Supreme Court

The application for leave to appeal is dismissed.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00193.htm


17: Shelley Stark: Halliburton's Hidden Treuhand
Shelley Stark

Halliburton takes advantage of a European loophole that lets corporations hide beneficiaries and assets. Little is known of a customary European legal practice that offers corporations and individuals an opportunity to profit from assets while maintaining complete anonymity ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00158.htm


18: Balmoral, Sandringham Heritage Overlays Go Ahead
City Vision-Labour Councillors

The Eden-Albert Community Board's campaign to protect the character of the Balmoral and Sandringham town centres has been successful. At yesterday's City Development Committee, planning officers were requested to notify Heritage Overlay Plan changes ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0808/S00167.htm


19: HD film maker still values the past
Omnicron Productions

It’s not difficult to pick out the new TV camera against the old in this photo taken at Omnicron Productions’ Auckland studio recently. From left; Ondrej Havas, founder of Omnicron, Systems Manager, Eddie Burrow and David Colthorpe from Sony, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00250.htm


20: Letter to Manukau Issue 35
Manukau City Council

Principal for a Day | Benefit Screening | Weymouth Tragedy | Colin Dale
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0808/S00164.htm


21: Smart Imaging System Could Drive Robots
XTRA

A high precision imaging system that could eventually allow robots and other electronic devices to measure distance and generate 3D images has proved a winner for its developer in this year’s MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year Awards.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0808/S00036.htm


22: Georgia Under War Conditions, Seeks Funds, Support
Government of Georgia

Due to the fact that Georgia is under the war conditions with the initiative of the President of Georgia and Government of Georgia the Development and Reforms Foundation launches new urgent Program - "Unite as we stand". All donations and support welcome.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00256.htm


23: Mt Cook search and rescue operation
Maritime New Zealand

A search and rescue operation in response to an emergency beacon alert in the Mt Cook area on Thursday will resume tomorrow morning (Saturday 16 August) at first light.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00203.htm


24: Enhanced Taskforce Green welcomed by farmers
Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers president, Don Nicolson welcomes the announcement today that Enhanced Taskforce Green funding will help farmers with the clean-up and recovery from recent storms in the Horowhenua and North Canterbury regions.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00253.htm


25: Woollies get thumbs up over rainforest tissues
Green Party

The Woolworths supermarket chain is being praised by the Green Party for severing links to a pulp and paper company linked to alleged illegal logging and unsustainable practices.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00254.htm


26: Surgical Bus’ first day in Waikari a success
Canterbury DHB

The Mobile Surgical Bus had a successful first day at the Waikari Medical Centre on Monday 11 August. Five patients on the Canterbury general surgery list received operations.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0808/S00084.htm


27: Sex offender recidivism study earns student award
University of Canterbury

Research by University of Canterbury PhD student Gwenda Willis into sex offender recidivism was recognised last night at the MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year Awards.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0808/S00037.htm


28: Finalists Announced For NZ's Best Kiwi Kid Band
Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon are getting closer and closer to finding New Zealand’s youngest talented rock stars, with three finalist bands chosen for the 2008 Nick Rocks competition…
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00151.htm


29: River levels to rise to 16m in city
Civil Defence Emergency Management

The Waikato River is expected to reach the 16.0m mark in Hamilton as more water is released from Karapiro today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0808/S00144.htm


30: New book makes sense of development-speak!
dev-zone

A new book of terms and acronyms, to be launched in Wellington on Thursday, 21st August, will ensure that you don’t mistake Injecting Drug Users (IDU) for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP). The Guide to International Development Terms and Acronyms ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00204.htm

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