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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings August 26 2008

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

1: Iraq PR Written Months Before Intel Report Arrived

Michael Collins

The National Security Archive released a report Friday Aug. 22, 2008 that sheds even more light on the premeditated lying and deception that took the United States to war in Iraq. The findings are based on new evidence compiled by Dr. John Prados and ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00304.htm


2: Earthquake Strikes Napier/Hastings Damage Reported
Civil Defence Emergency Management

An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 occurred at 23:25 near Hastings today. Damage has been reported, with details yet to be confirmed.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0808/S00258.htm


3: What did Maurice really want to say?
New Zealand Government

Embedded formatting left in an email sent out by National to 'clarify' its $50-road tolls policy has deepened the mystery. Progressive leader Jim Anderton says the email formatting shows an earlier draft of the statement was heavily edited to remove Mr ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00367.htm


4: Green Party wins major improvements to ETS
Green Party

The Green Party Caucus has decided that the substantial changes we have won to the ETS justify voting for it. "We have always said the scheme needed to share the effort much more fairly. Along with the one-off financial payment, this goes a long way ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00381.htm


5: Air New Zealand Bio Fuel Trial on Track
Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand is a step closer to its bio-fuel test flight using a 747-400 aircraft, with the refining of the sustainable fuel underway in the US.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00467.htm


6: Fairfax Announces Business Improvement Program
Fairfax Media

Fairfax Media Limited [ASX:FXJ] said today it would begin implementing during the first half of the 2009 financial year a business improvement program across the Group’s corporate division, Australian publishing and printing businesses and Fairfax New ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00466.htm


7: Statement on roading
New Zealand National Party

National Party Transport spokesman Maurice Williamson is moving to clarify statements he made about the party’s infrastructure policy at the weekend.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00365.htm


8: Fairfax cuts a blow to democracy - EPMU
Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union

Fairfax's proposed redundancies will be a huge blow to already strained newsrooms and to New Zealanders' democratic right to be properly informed about their country's major issues, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00483.htm


9: Beijing Olympics Success for Zen Track Bike
Dynamic Composites

Dynamic Composites - an innovative Kiwi company - designed, developed and manufactured the Zen bike Hayden Roulston rode to Silver. Dynamic are delighted to be associated with the New Zealand Olympic team and their Beijing success.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00461.htm


10: Virtualisation, Consumerisation of IT Take Stage
Symantec

Virtualisation and the Consumerisation of IT Take Centre Stage at Symantec Vision + ManageFusion 2008 Symantec Provides Insights into Future Security Trends and Technologies
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0808/S00065.htm


11: US-India civil nuclear agreement
New Zealand Government

Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) discussions on the US-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement will resume in Vienna on 4 September, after two days of wide-ranging discussion on the Agreement at the end of last week, Disarmament and Arms Control Minister Phil ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00395.htm


12: 2008 Visionary Award Recipients
Symantec

Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced the 2008 Visionary Award winners for Australia and New Zealand at Vision + ManageFusion 2008, Symantec’s annual user conference and one of the industry’s leading technology events. The Visionary Awards ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00468.htm


13: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 26 August 08
Office of the Clerk

1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Has she received any reports which suggest imposing a $50 per week charge for using New Zealand roads?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00377.htm


14: Wallace & Manning – User Pays The Impact of PPPs?
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM: Wallace Chapman and Scoop's Selwyn Manning analyse National's plan to go into partnership with the private sector developing infrastructure, ICT, power generation, education, health. Are we seeing the return of the great user-pays debate?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00316.htm


15: Relief from High Remittance Costs – Here Now!
PanPac

Prime Minister Helen Clark’s announcement at the Pacific Islands Forum, that regulatory changes were being considered to help lower the cost of remit fees to the Pacific Islands, has been met with interest by specialist fund transfer operator Pan Pacific ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00479.htm


16: It’s time for detail Mr Key
New Zealand Government

With growing evidence that all is not well in the National Party policy shop, it is time for John Key to release the confidential background documents his Party is producing, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00376.htm


17: Undernews For August 25, 2008
Undernews

Phoenix News Times 2000 - [Senator McCain's] wife and -- more important -- his father-in-law, James Willis Hensley, are very wealthy people. Like his father and grandfather before him, McCain was a career Navy officer. His earning power and his inheritance were ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00326.htm


18: Green Party should retain Values - reject ETS
Dave McArthur

Dear Green Party Thank you for inviting public feedback re. the Emissions Trading Strategy (ETS). The Green Party should not touch the ETS with a barge pole. It should reject the ETS because at best it is an extremely inefficient and high-risk strategy ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00311.htm


19: Over 2500 emails in Greens' ETS inbox
Green Party

The Green Party has received over 2500 emails on its forthcoming ETS decision in the four days since it asked for public input, and they are still flooding in at a rate of about 2 a minute.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00363.htm


20: Nats plans to toll existing Akld Harbour Bridge
New Zealand National Party

The National Party will toll the Auckland Harbour Bridge once again if it becomes the Government, Transport Minister Annette King said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00394.htm


21: PR Push for Iraq War Preceded Intelligence Finding
National Security Archive

Washington D.C., August 22, 2008 - The U.S. intelligence community buckled sooner in 2002 than previously reported to Bush administration pressure for data justifying an invasion of Iraq, according to a documents posting on the Web today by National ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00297.htm


22: Wild food safety DVD helps hunters and gatherers
New Zealand Government

Food Safety Minister Lianne Dalziel and the New Zealand Food Safety Authority today teamed up with Wellington wild foodie restaurant Logan Brown to launch a new DVD and two booklets aimed at advising hunters and gatherers how to ensure the food they ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00368.htm


23: Russian Jerks Meet Western Knee-Jerks
Steve Weissman

The Russians can be real jerks, but they are not the only ones dragging us into a cold war redo. Blockheads on all sides are bringing back the risk of all-out nuclear conflict, along with a new arms race and the thrusting of American power from the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00321.htm


24: Wella Trend Vision Winner 2008
Wella New Zealand

Click for big version Gold Master Visionary Award Winner Stephanie Hosking from Toni and Guy, Newmarket
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00270.htm


25: Expert repeats challenge to National over tolls
Dog And Lemon guide

The National Party still needs to answer the hard questions on toll roads, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00443.htm


26: Northern Busway Takes Out Top Roading Award
Roading New Zealand

The first stage of the Northern Busway on Auckland’s North Shore was last night awarded top honours for a new road project at the 2008 Roading Excellence Awards.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00456.htm


27: ETS – extending the trade deficit?
Manufacturers and Exporters Association

The New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) urge the Government to consider international competitiveness when implementing the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). It is likely that it will have a negative affect on our tradeable sector ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0808/S00482.htm


28: Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi Refuses to Accept Food
Terry Evans

In a developing move, detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi refused to accept a food delivery to her home one week ago, according to the exiled National League for Democracy - Liberated Area. The exiled group released a statement on Monday saying ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0808/S00311.htm


29: Philanderer, War Pimp, Bush Clone, and Neocon Liar
Vincent L. Guarisco

Back in April 2007, I wrote a zinger about the foolish maverick John McCain after he returned from his triumphant walkabout on the brutal streets of Baghdad. Johnny Boy headed straight for the public airways, where he smirkingly gushed that the streets ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00322.htm


30: Panic at the Disco with MAXX
Auckland Regional Transport Authority

On Saturday 30 August, Aucklanders heading to the Panic at the Disco concert can leave the car at home and catch the MAXX bus, train or ferry to Vector Arena, which is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from Britomart Transport Centre and the Downtown ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0808/S00278.htm

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