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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings August 19 2008

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

1: Second Best looking Conchord Weds True Love + Pic

Kevin List

Flight of the Conchords' bespectacled star Jemaine Clement has married his long-time girlfriend, Miranda Manasiadis, whilst on a break from writing the second season of the hit show.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00225.htm


2: Harcourts launches new credit card
Harcourts

Harcourts New Zealand has launched a unique new credit card issued by ASB that offers an industry-leading 120 days interest free credit from account opening*.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00276.htm


3: Undernews For August 17, 2008
Undernews

Corrupted by wealth and power, your government is like a restaurant with only one dish. They've got a set of Republican waiters on one side and a set of Democratic waiters on the other side. But no matter which set of waiters brings you the dish, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00230.htm


4: Modified Boeing 757s – a valuable asset for NZ
New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Phil Goff today officially welcomed home the first of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) Boeing 757 aircraft following an extensive refit in the United States.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00284.htm


5: Boobs on Bikes parade: Police Role Spelt Out
New Zealand Police

In order to clarify the Auckland City Police position on the issue of the forthcoming Boobs on Bikes parade, it's important that the following facts are understood.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0808/S00191.htm


6: Rudd: Corporate Terrorism Inquiry Needed
Ron Law

"Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd must initiate a formal inquiry into the the Australian Therapeutic Goods Agency's (TGA) use of fraud and lies to justify its 2003 corporate terror raid on Pan Pharmaceuticals and the wider natural and traditional ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00234.htm


7: In defence of Stonehenge Aotearoa
Awa Press

Fans of Stonehenge Aotearoa, New Zealand’s outdoor observatory and astronomy attraction, think the Lonely Planet 2008 guide is way off the astral beam.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00191.htm


8: Developer Forum Day 0 Demonstation Highlights
Intel Corporation

On the eve of the Intel Developer Forum, scheduled for August 19-21, Intel Corporation is briefing media on the company’s research to bridge the digital world with the real world. Below are summaries of each research project on display in the technology ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0808/S00047.htm


9: Credit Cards Get More Rewarding Thanks To Westpac
Westpac

Auckland, 19 August 2008 – Premium global credit card company American Express® is partnering with Westpac New Zealand to launch a new credit card that boosts the points earning power of Westpac’s hotpoints rewards programme by up to 50 per cent.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00317.htm


10: Visa Congratulates Team Visa Athlete Valerie Vili
Visa

Congratulations to Team Visa athlete Valerie Vili on her exceptional performance yesterday in the shotput finals; this achievement exemplifies the Faster, Higher, Stronger spirit of the Olympic Games, and the entire Visa team is proud of this accomplishment.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00176.htm


11: "Naval Blockade" or All Out War Against Iran?
Michel Chossudovsky

Shortly after this article was released on August 13, US military sources as well as Stratfor (a Strategic Studies Think Tank) stated that the various press reports (UPI, Middle East Times, Kuwait Times, Debka) regarding the naval deployment to the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00204.htm


12: Maori Party congratulates Pacific Party
The Maori Party

The Maori Party welcomes the New Zealand Pacific Party into the political arena as a new voice for Pacific peoples, following its successful launch on Saturday night.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00232.htm


13: AgResearch application a Recipe for Disaster.
GM Free NZ

The new AgResearch application for GM animals threatens the very existence of the organisation and could take New Zealand’s agricultural reputation down with it.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00237.htm


14: The best and the worst of NZ towns and cities
Word of Mouth Media

Bay of Islands is a bit over-hyped, Christchurch is one of New Zealand’s most liveable cities, Dunedin is surprisingly artsy and Hamilton’s stretch of bars and eateries leave Auckland’s Viaduct for dead.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00186.htm


15: New Lonely Planet guide urges us to stay green
Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet's new edition New Zealand guidebook, released today, lavishes praise on the country's beauty, but urges New Zealand's tourism industry to protect its 'green' status.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00316.htm


16: Cate Brett Accepts Law Comission Appointment
Fairfax Media

Cate Honore Brett has resigned from the editorship of the Sunday Star-Times to take up a role with the Law Commission.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00307.htm


17: Making IT work for people - new Green policy
Green Party

The Green Party released its Information Technology (IT) Policy today ahead of a lecture tonight by free software legend Richard Stallman, jointly hosted by Otago University's Campus Greens branch and the computer science department.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00283.htm


18: Campbell: A Privileged Look At Peters' Proceedings
Kevin List

On the night, it seemed like game, set and match to Winston Peters in his initial skirmish with Parliament’s privileges committee. If this was heat being applied in the political kitchen, Peters barely raised a sweat. Ostensibly, this committee ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00223.htm


19: Xbox 360 PRO console now offers triple the storage
Pead PR

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — 19 August, 2008 — The Xbox is giving consumers more gigabytes for their dollar - the Xbox 360 Pro console now comes with triple the storage space of the original 20GB Pro console, but at the same recommended retail price of $549 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00309.htm


20: Wallace & Manning: Russia's Message To West + Rudd
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM: Wallace & Manning analyse the RU/Georgia conflict and the geopolitical message Russia is sending the West. Also, Australia's PM Kevin Rudd in NZ tonight. Can A/NZ agree on a climate-change-refugee plan?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00219.htm


21: Bush, Karadzic, de Veillepin and the ICC
Peter Dyer

Q: What do Radovan Karadzic, former French Prime Minister Dominique de Veillepin and George W Bush have in common?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00239.htm


22: PM Talks Lot On Pacific Forum Not Much On Peters
Scoop Audio

Click for big version How the press gallery may (or may not) look to New Zealand's Prime Minister
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00218.htm


23: Hastings congratulates Evers-Swindell twins
Hastings District Council

Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule has hailed the success of Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell at the Beijing Olympics, describing them as local and national heroes.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00200.htm


24: Labour cuts bureaucracy for long-term sick
New Zealand Government

The Minister for Social Development and Employment, Ruth Dyson, is welcoming a cut in unnecessary administration for elderly, sick and disabled people. “Last week the National party announced a policy of increasing administration for those who ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00270.htm


25: Air Force Boeing 757 Returns To New Zealand Skies
New Zealand Defence Force

In what is a major milestone for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Boeing 757 modification and upgrade programme, the first of two aircraft (NZ7571) has returned to New Zealand from Mobile Aerospace Engineering in ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00239.htm


26: US Nicaraguan relations may be on downward spiral
Karla Jacobs

Except for a couple of US multinational companies which ended their operations in the Nicaraguan Free Trade Zones earlier this year after a modest increase in the minimum wage, US and other international capital has not fled the country since Sandinista ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00231.htm


27: PS3 80GB Launch Date
Sony Computer Entertainment New Zealand

Sony Computer Entertainment New Zealand (SCENZ) today confirmed the 28th August 2008 as the New Zealand release date for its new PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) 80GB model, replacing the current 40GB version. The new model, announced at E3 in July, offers all of the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0808/S00045.htm


28: Tackling climate change downunder
New Zealand Government

I would first like to welcome you all here to Auckland for the 4th Australia and New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference. I wish to offer a particularly warm welcome to our counterparts who have made the trip over from Australia and further ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00280.htm


29: Wellington settlement starts journey to future
Port Nicholson Block Claim

The signing of the Deed of Settlement of the Port Nicholson Block Treaty Claims is a critical point in the journey toward cultural, social and economic rejuvenation for Taranaki Whanui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0808/S00236.htm


30: Shell drops diesel by six cents per litre
Shell New Zealand

Shell has dropped the price of diesel by 6 cents a litre to $165.9, effective from 12noon today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00306.htm

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