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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings August 31 2008


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

1: Labour Party list for 2008 election announced

New Zealand Labour Party

Eight talented New Zealanders will strengthen Labour's team of MPs in a few months time according to Labour President Mike Williams.

2: Anderton reveals Labour’s desperation
New Zealand National Party

Jim Anderton has today revealed Labour’s desperation by indicating that Helen Clark is only prepared to call the election for the last possible day in November, says National’s Shadow Leader of the House, Gerry Brownlee.

3: Key’s rush to judgement a worrying sign
New Zealand Government

Key’s rush to judgement a worrying sign John Key’s move to ‘toughen’ his stance against Winston Peters ahead of rulings by the Privileges Committee and the Serious Fraud Office shows he has no respect for fair legal process, Deputy Prime ...

4: All Black Dan Carter to open shop in Auckland
Newmarket Business Association

An Auckland business association is delighted that its lobbying to get All Black Dan Carter to set up shop in its area has paid off.

5: Fonterra’s Future at Risk from GE Milk
GE Free NZ

A report on the future of “biopharming” in New Zealand is a warning that Fonterra's future as a dairy-food exporter is in jeopardy because of AgResearch’s plans to manufacture pharmaceuticals and ‘medical foods’.

6: Supercomputer Weather: Super Hurricane Gustav
Supercomputer Weather

Super hurricane Gustav is just 40 hours short of making landfall on the South Coast of the United States and is currently forecast to make landfall over the Mississippi Delta and the city of New Orleans.

7: Winston Peters Should Put Up Or Shut Up
ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader Rodney Hide today called on New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters to make public the document that is lawyer Peter Williams says will clear his name.

8: Mike Moore - The Labour Party And Winston Peters
Mike Moore - Former PM

August 29, 2008 The next 48 hours could be a game-changer for Labour. Three big and hard decisions need to be made and they will put Labour back in the game, and the public will reward Labour if they are made.

9: Worry about Bias of Families Commission Confirmed
Family First Lobby.

Family First NZ says the appointment of the just-retired Chief Families Commissioner Rajen Prasad to the Labour party list confirms concerns that the Commission wasn’t independent enough to truly represent families.

10: Kashmir: Hate in a Heaven
J. Sri Raman

Many Indians have said many things about Kashmir and the intractable problem it poses. Until the other day, however, none had said that the nation had to let go of the region as a liability. Within about a week, two prominent commentators have ...

11: Senator Barack Obama and the Paradox of Dr. King
Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

On August 28, 1963, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the greatest speeches ever - what has now become known as the "I Have a Dream" speech. Forty-five years later to the very day, Senator Barack Hussein Obama became the first African-American ...

12: Energy crisis: a time bomb about to go nuclear
Roland Michel Tremblay

One of the main reasons for wars right now in this world is energy related, natural resources, oil, natural gas and pipelines. There are two critical reasons why we have to solve the energy crisis, and both reasons lead to the absolute annihilation ...

13: NZAF Mourns The Loss Of Sister Paula Brettkelly
AIDS Foundation

The New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) is today mourning the loss of Sister Paula Brettkelly, a long-time supporter and advocate for the rights of HIV positive people.

14: Transcript: Obama’s Speech ‘The American Promise’
Barack Obama

Let me express my thanks to the historic slate of candidates who accompanied me on this journey, and especially the one who traveled the farthest - a champion for working Americans and an inspiration to my daughters and to yours -- Hillary Rodham Clinton. ...

15: Who Cares About the Elderly?
Healthcare Providers

Today HealthCare Providers NZ (HCPNZ) launched a campaign to raise awareness on the issues facing New Zealand’s aged care sector.

16: Conservation Board appointments outrageous
New Zealand National Party

National’s Conservation spokesman, Nick Smith, says Labour is being breathtakingly arrogant with its eleventh hour appointment of 52 people to New Zealand’s 14 Conservation Boards for terms of three years.

17: Kawakawa Bay landslip update
Manukau City Council

Movement of the landslip at Kawakawa Bay is continuing and is still considered very dangerous. Manukau City Council Economic Director Rick Walden says the landslip has moved a few centimetres in a day.

18: Innovative Health initiative is launched
Auckland District Health Board

OneForTheGirls is a health initiative supported by the Auckland District Health Board to talk with teenage girls about the benefits of receiving the HPV (human papillomavirus) immunisation.

19: John McCain: A Matter Of Character
John Chuckman

McCain does a good job with the appearance of a boyishly honest man. He puts on his quiet voice and uses his boyish (albeit now partially fossilized) expressions and, reminding me of Richard Nixon during something like his Checkers speech, sometimes ...

20: Not Good Enough, Prime Minister
ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader Rodney Hide today said that it was not good enough that Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has stood down - Prime Minister Helen Clark should have sacked him.

21: Greens aim to end pokie rorts
Green Party

The Green Party has released its updated Gambling Policy on the eve of New Zealand's Gamble-Free Day - September 1 - stating that parts of the community sector need assistance to overcome addiction to pokies, just as individual gambling addicts do.

22: Stateside: DNC Convention Day 4 Part 1
Rosalea Barker

The “writing press” were allotted seats high up at INVESCO Field—known to locals as Mile High Stadium—directly opposite the stage, but Scoop was also allotted what’s known as a rotating floor pass. The floor of the stadium is where the delegates were ...

23: Massey University study backs Kiwi Party policies
The Kiwi Party

The Kiwi Party Leader, Larry Baldock says the review of the Massey University’s Centre for Social Outcomes and Research and Evaluations (SHORE) which concludes that school based education programs have a minimal affect in changing long term effect ...

24: Appeal For Open Trial
Terry Evans

Aung Thein, a lawyer representing some of Burma's most prominent imprisoned pro-democracy activists, will appeal for an open trial at a hearing scheduled for next Tuesday.

25: Need For Country of Origin Labelling
Soil and Health Association

(Soil & Health Submission and the Residue Test Results and commentary to Select Health Committee follow below Media Release)

26: Seasonal Climate Outlook: September–November 2008

The NIWA National Climate Centre says that the upcoming spring is likely to be relatively settled and drier than normal overall, in contrast to the often stormy and wet winter experienced in many parts of New Zealand.

27: Yachting fatality
Maritime New Zealand

One person has been found dead following the capsize of a yacht off the Tauranga coast this morning.

28: Nova Gas energy Prices Not On The Increase
Nova Gas

Nova Gas announced today that their energy prices are not currently on the increase in the Wellington and Auckland areas, unlike price rises that other power company customers are experiencing at the moment.

29: Satirical News and the Build Up to WWIII
Pablo Ouziel

Perhaps a couple of decades from now we will all be praising the mainstream media for the wonderful work they have done reporting on our collective insanity. If we could all leave aside for a minute our nationalisms and ideologies, we could see ...

30: New Orleans told to flee Gustav
Scoop Link

The mayor of New Orleans has issued a mandatory evacuation order for the entire city, as Hurricane Gustav bears down on the US Gulf Coast.

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