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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings September 1 2008

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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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00518.htm


2: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00396.htm


3: 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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00392.htm


4: Campbell on Sarah Palin, and Key’s likeability
Gordon Campbell

Well, it didn’t take long for detail to surface on one of the problems Sarah Palin brings to her new role as vice presidential candidate for the Republican Party.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00016.htm


5: Xbox 360 accessories price drop
Xbox

Microsoft today announced it has lowered the recommended retail price of a number of Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system accessories in New Zealand. The recommended retail prices (RRP) of the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel, Wireless Networking ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00008.htm


6: Clark should answer the real questions
New Zealand National Party

Helen Clark should answer the real questions about why she kept the public in the dark for six months about the Owen Glenn donation to her Foreign Affairs Minister, says National Party Leader John Key.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00005.htm


7: Gustav Won't Follow in Katrina's Footsteps
AccuWeather.com

State College, Pa. -- August 31, 2008 -- The AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center reported that Hurricane Gustav is expected to make landfall on Monday as at least a Category 3 storm, the same strength of Hurricane Katrina when it devastated the region three ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0809/S00005.htm


8: National launches first election billboard
New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key today launched the first of a series of billboards highlighting the issues the party believes matter to New Zealanders.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00010.htm


9: Multimedia: PM's Press Conference 1 September 2008
Alastair Thompson

The cabinet readout was followed by Q&A concerning the leaking of information by the SFO, Police or Crown Law concerning the imminent announcement of an SFO investigation into Winston Peters to the National Party, misuse of the Privileges Committee by ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00019.htm


10: European Commission, Re-liberation of Somalia
European Commission

Somalia: Commission welcomes signing of agreement between the Transitional Federal Government and the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0809/S00018.htm


11: Key cancels 2011 tax cuts
New Zealand Government

John Key has inadvertently admitted that National would not deliver more rounds of tax cuts than Labour, but will instead just change the ordering of the government’s three-staged $10.6 billion tax cut programme, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00015.htm


12: President Bush Attends Briefing on Hurricane Gusta
The White House

THE PRESIDENT: I'm here at the FEMA Headquarters where I just received a briefing, and I've also come to thank the people behind me for working the long hours that they're doing to make sure that we've got the preparations in place for Hurricane ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0809/S00007.htm


13: KiwiFM: Wammo & Helen Clark's Political Week
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wammo talks to the Prime Minister Helen Clark about the allegations surrounding Winston Peters and her ‘until you ask, I don’t tell’ approach.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00018.htm


14: 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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0808/S00523.htm


15: John Key – slipperiness you can believe in
New Zealand Government

John Key’s claim in a British newspaper to be New Zealand’s Barack Obama is clearly a statement he didn’t expect to see reported in this country, Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00009.htm


16: $30,000 funding boost for Early Childhood services
New Zealand Labour Party

Jordan Carter, Labour's Hunua Candidate, today welcomed an announcement that Kahui Iti Nei (Te Kopu Incorporated) in Waiuku is one of 27 Early Childhood Education centres nationwide to receive a financial grant from the Labour-led government.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0809/S00006.htm


17: Television fuelling demand for cosmetic surgery
University of Auckland

Reality television programmes which focus on extreme weight loss and drastic changes to a person’s appearance may be behind a dramatic increase in cosmetic and weight reduction surgery, according to University of Auckland researchers.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0808/S00319.htm


18: Take a moment to reflect: Gamble Free Day
Problem Gambling Foundation

Lotto’s neighbours over the road, The Problem Gambler Foundation, have a sign noting Gamble Free Day on 1st September, in their window which appears in a reflective photo to be on the Lotto building. The sign appears to be prophetic in that Lotto ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0809/S00003.htm


19: 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’.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0808/S00083.htm


20: What is National’s real ACC policy?
New Zealand Government

National is continuing to tell different stories on its ACC policy plans, with another MP today contradicting statements by John Key about how much of the scheme would be privatised, says ACC Minister Maryan Street.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00014.htm


21: McCain VP Pick Has History of Clashes
Jason Leopold

The political career of Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain’s vice presidential pick, has been marked by conflicts, score-settling and her own claim that she faces “enemies – powerful enemies.”
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00017.htm


22: Inaugural DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship
DHL

DHL, the world's leading express and logistics company, is seeking emerging fashion exporters to enter the inaugural DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00023.htm


23: 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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0808/S00395.htm


24: Hamilton Collision Involving A Bus
New Zealand National Party

Hamilton Police are crediting the actions of a bus driver following a collision in the city late this morning.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00011.htm


25: Wallace & Manning: OK So When Is Polling Day Then?
Scoop Audio

Audio: Wallace Chapman and Selwyn Manning analyse what must be one of the worst weeks in politics PM Helen Clark has experienced. They discuss whether Clark has suffered a dent to her cred, and guesstimate the likely day for the 2008 General Election.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00020.htm


26: Bhumika Ghimire: Nepal’s Culture War
Bhumika Ghimire

Just months after Nepal was declared a secular republic, the country is abandoning centuries old cultural practices and in some cases saying no to the modern Western influence. Women in the country, who face discrimination everyday-many based on religious ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0809/S00001.htm


27: Undernews For August 30, 2008
Undernews

The confluence of Barack Obama's stadium acceptance extravaganza and John McCain's pick for vice president offers superfluous but final proof that Americans have been consigned to spend their lives as part of a crowd scene in an HBO special. Both Obama ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0809/S00011.htm


28: Flood situation in Bihar Worsens
Indian Government

With the water of river Kosi engulfing fresh areas in Bihar's North Eastern 16 districts, the flood situation in the state worsened on Sunday affecting more than 30 lakh people.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0809/S00014.htm


29: Maori are ready to move forward
New Zealand Government

“Today’s cut off date for the lodging of historical Treaty of Waitangi claims is the first step towards reaching our goal of settling all historical claims by 2020.” Minister of Maori Affairs, Parekura Horomia said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0809/S00013.htm


30: Passion For Kiwifruit Earns Environmental Award
Ballance Farm Environment Awards

Bay of Plenty orchard manager Glenn Roberts started out in the Kiwifruit industry as a horticultural cadet 21 years ago and remains as passionate about Kiwifruit as he was back then.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0809/S00020.htm

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