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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings October 3 2008

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

1: Couric Interview: Palin Helping or Hurting McCain?

HCD Research

Independents' Perceptions Change Slightly on Whether Palin Helps or Hurts McCain After Viewing Katie Couric Interview
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0810/S00064.htm


2: Lyndon Hood: News Missed During The Peters Saga
Lyndon Hood

It has come to my attention that other things were happening while Winston Peters' various donations were dominating the news. I know, I was as surprised as anyone.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00036.htm


3: Motorway closure Northcote southbound by Onewa Rd
New Zealand Police

The Motorway overbridge at Onewa has been damaged as a result of being hit by a Digger that was being transported in the southbound lane.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0810/S00038.htm


4: 2008 Vice Presidential Debate Results
HCD Research

Total respondents for the issue above: 1213 Total respondents for the issue above: 1248 Total respondents for the issue above: 1161 Total respondents for the issue above: 1273 Total respondents for the issue above: 1195 Total respondents for the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0810/S00085.htm


5: Malamine Not The Only Problem With Milk
PETA

In Wake Of Melamine-Tainted Milk Scandal, Peta Releases Top 10 Reasons Not To Drink Milk
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0810/S00013.htm


6: World-First Charcoal Technology Breakthrough
Carbonscape

BLENHEIM, NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand company Carbonscape™ announced today that it had developed a patented world-first industrial microwave charcoal technology to capture significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to help reduce ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0810/S00007.htm


7: Peak oil and public transport: Cullen's revelation
Green Party

The Green Party have challenged Labour to redirect the billions of dollars earmarked for New Zealand's largest ever roading programme into public transport, following Dr Cullen's admission yesterday that people will choose public transport if it is ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00063.htm


8: NZ-China Free Trade Agreement to enter into force
New Zealand Government

The New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA) enters into force tomorrow, Trade Minister Phil Goff said.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00002.htm


9: Department of Labour welcomes findings of SSC
Department Of Labour

Department of Labour Chief Executive Christopher Blake is welcoming the findings of the State Services Commission report into the Department’s handling of matters relating to the family of the former head of Immigration New Zealand, Mary Anne Thompson.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00039.htm


10: Are Chinese spies monitoring Fonterra and NZers?
Green Party

New Zealanders will be disturbed to learn that China has been conducting a massive spying operation on the online phone service Skype, and that one of the trigger phrases is 'milk powder', Green Party Human Rights Spokesperson Keith Locke says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00080.htm


11: Former Chief Executive accepts criticism
Dr James Buwalda

Former Department of Labour Chief Executive James Buwalda said he accepts the findings of a State Services Commission investigation into conflict of interest matters involving Mary Anne Thompson, the former head of Immigration New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00043.htm


12: 95bFM: Havo n John Key's Week Of Politics
Scoop Audio

95bFM Audio : Mikey Havoc quizzes National leader John Key about who's to blame for the rise in violent crime, what would National do differently, their seemingly impossible goal to settle treaty claims in six years, abolishing Maori seats, US ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00042.htm


13: Statement from Mary Anne Thompson
Mary Anne Thompson

I accept that my actions at the time were unwise and I should have continued ongoing dialogue with my manager. I acknowledge if I ever find myself facing the same dilemma again I would approach the situation differently and would ensure that I kept my ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00061.htm


14: The “Hero” Who Runs from the Battlefield
Ernest Partridge

The McCain campaign has carelessly served a fat pitch down the middle, and if Barack Obama doesn’t hit it out of the park, perhaps he doesn’t deserve to win the election.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00039.htm


15: The Simpson's Touch-Screen Voting Nightmare Video
Bradblog.Com

Last week we told you about The Simpson's upcoming episode wherein Homer, attempting to vote for Barack Obama on a touch-screen voting machine, has a few problems in the process. Here's the very funny, were it not so very unfunny, clip.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00045.htm


16: Report highlights 'open secrets' at Immigration
New Zealand National Party

National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith says the first of four reports into scandalous decisions and behaviour at the Immigration Service has shed more light on how events unfolded.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00077.htm


17: Something that Kiwis should know
New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

Canadians are deeply frustrated by the quality of politicians' discussions of climate change and global warming according to a nationally representative poll carried out for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy by COMPAS Research and completed September ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00055.htm


18: Bridge span to be demolished tonight
New Zealand Transport Agency

The NZ Transport Agency will demolish a span of the old Onewa Road on-ramp bridge tonight after it was struck by a digger on a truck this morning.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0810/S00068.htm


19: GTbyCITROËN: New Dimension to Sportscar Design
Citroen

The amazing GTbyCITROËN is the first ever car to be specifically designed to bring the virtual and real worlds together and was given its global premiere at the Paris Motor Show (2 October 2008) where visitors can actually drive the car in a true to ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0810/S00035.htm


20: Real alternative to GST is there says Alliance
New Zealand Alliance Party

The Alliance Party has congratulated the Residents Action Movement (RAM) who today presented a petition to Parliament calling for the abolition of GST on food.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00057.htm


21: SSC report on immigration service released
New Zealand Government

The State Services Commission today released a report into the Department of Labour's handling of immigration matters, State Services Minister David Parker says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00072.htm


22: NZ mourns the loss of a great star - Rob Guest
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Helen Clark and Associate Minister Judith Tizard have today expressed deep sadness at the passing of outstanding singer and performer Rob Guest.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00051.htm


23: Celebrity MC To Launch New Green Party TVC
Green Party

The Green Party will launch their election campaign at Te Papa, in Wellington on Sunday 1.30pm with their new TV commercials to be hosted by a surprise celebrity guest.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00096.htm


24: Lambs & Chickens Liberated For Farm Animal Day
Animal Liberation Aotearoa

Animal rights activists have liberated two lambs, two broiler chickens and ten battery hens from pastoral and factory farms to mark both world vegetarian day (Oct 1st) and world farm animals day (Oct 2nd).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0810/S00021.htm


25: Parliament’s Kaumātua dies
Office of the Speaker

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon Margaret Wilson has paid tribute to Rangitihi (John) Tahupārae, Parliament’s first Kaumātua who died this morning at his home in Whanganui.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00057.htm


26: School of Dance students scoop national award
The New Zealand School of Dance

Two New Zealand School of Dance students have taken out top honours at the prestigious NZ National Ballet Awards. Katherine Grange won first prize and Kase Craig was placed second in the bi-annual Christchurch-based competition. Katherine was also voted ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0810/S00032.htm


27: Closure of beaches to shellfish gathering
New Zealand Government

Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton announced today that two beaches in the Hauraki Gulf will be closed to shellfish gathering, due to concern about the effect large numbers of people gathering cockles is having on the cockle beds.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0810/S00094.htm


28: Auckland Airport intends to make public bond offer
Auckland Airport

Auckland International Airport Limited (Auckland Airport) is considering making a public offer of $80 million of bonds, with an option to accept $50 million oversubscriptions.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0810/S00086.htm


29: National Finance 2000 Limited Directors Prosecuted
Ministry of Economic Development

The Companies Office has laid criminal charges in the Auckland District Court against Trevor Allan Ludlow, Anthony David Banbrook and Carol Anne Braithwaite, the Directors of National Finance 2000 Limited.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0810/S00087.htm


30: AIM appoints world-leading iPhone developer
AIM Proximity

AIM Proximity appoints world-leading iPhone developer, Peter Watling, to the new role of Mobile Technologist
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0810/S00009.htm

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