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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 19 April 2005

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

1: Scoop Feedback: The Peak Oil Mirage

I know many people get their kicks out of forecasting doom but a little balance is needed. The following piece from OpinionJournal.com spells out the real geopolitics and geo-economics of oil and what we should do about it.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00166.htm


2: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing for April 18

DEPARTMENT Publication of Patterns of Global Terrorism Report / Statistical Data Flow of Information to the Secretary of State / Role of Senior Managers U.S. Outreach to Muslim Countries Confirmation Process for Karen Hughes as Under Secretary of State ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00279.htm


3: Repealing the Harlotry Act

The release of the report on Prostitution today by the Prostitution Law Review Committee demonstrates the appalling lack of judgement shown by our MPs who voted for legalising prostitution. Prostitution is estimated to be up 40%, but this is highly likely to ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00233.htm


4: Public Address 19/04/05 - Choice

Surely, if God actually chose the Pope it would be much simpler. Just put everyone's name in a hat, and have an innocent child draw out the name of the next pontiff. If God wants an African Pope, or a Latin American one - or for that matter a female...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00180.htm


5: V8 street race - new race track proposed

Wellington City Council is to consider an alternative V8 racing circuit around the Westpac Stadium to the north of the CBD, Mayor Kerry Prendergast announced today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0504/S00127.htm


6: Changes to international student policy

Enhancements to immigration policy will make it easier for international students to work and study in New Zealand, Immigration Minister Paul Swain said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00414.htm


7: Brash responds to Zimbabwe cricket boycott

The Greens are applauding National Leader Don Brash for personally opposing the Black Caps' tour to Zimbabwe.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00389.htm


8: 2004 Presidential Election Legitimacy Investigated

Questions Surrounding Legitimacy of 2004 Presidential Election Investigated - Interview with Joel Bleifuss, editor of In These Times, conducted by Scott Harris

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00174.htm


9: NZ First Adverts Funding Snub Defended By National

Despite having only 27 MP’s and being consistently behind Labour in the polls for the last six months, the National Party’s election campaign manager, Steven Joyce was still a little miffed at getting less funding than Labour the allocations of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00163.htm


10: International Concern on Human Rights and justice

The appeal to international community that Sri Lanka situation has shown over the past 55 years, the Sinhala controlled government has been unwilling protect and unable restore Rights ofTamils population.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00273.htm


11: Marjorie Cohn: Bully Bolton Threatens National Sec

John Bolton is the wrong man for the job of US ambassador to the United Nations. His status as an avowed UN-hater, standing alone, disqualifies him. But there are other, stronger reasons to reject his appointment to that important post.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00176.htm


12: Tickets On Sale - Premiere Of Star Wars Episode 3

NEW ZEALAND CINEMA INDUSTRY HEATS UP WITH PREMIERE OF STAR WARS EPISODE 3: Revenge of the Sith

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0504/S00034.htm


13: Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack Due for July Release

The Countdown Has Begun! Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack Due for July Release Four new maps set for April launch via Xbox Live Auckland, 29 March, 2005 - Microsoft Game Studios has announced a July release date for the highly anticipated Halo 2® Multiplayer ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0503/S00079.htm


14: Supreme Court Costs Decision Prebble Vs Huata

We are of the view that it is just that the respondent is ordered to pay to the appellants towards their costs the sum of $15,000 together with disbursements of $2,000 (comprising court fees of $1700 and photocopying costs of $300), a total of $17,000.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00230.htm


15: $5.4 million to promote contemporary music exports

Economic Development Minister Jim Anderton and Broadcasting Minister Steve Maharey announced today an investment of $5.4 million to support export growth of the New Zealand music industry.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00394.htm


16: Cuba, the UN Human Rights Com And OAS Race

• The United States successfully presented a resolution in the UN Human Rights Commission to criticize Cuba’s human rights record. This year’s document, deemed as “mild,” passed with 21 votes supporting it, 17 against and 15 abstentions.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00267.htm


17: Asia NZ’s April media newsletter

Kia ora, namaste. Welcome to the Asia:NZ’s April media newsletter. It’s been an eventful few weeks in which the most significant news affecting our region is the deepening diplomatic crisis between China and Japan, pushing tensions between China and Taiwan ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0504/S00238.htm


18: Analysis - Vote Counts May Have Been Altered

Officially, President Bush won November's election by 2.5%, yet exit polls showed Kerry winning by 3% [1] . According to a report to be released today by a group of university statisticians, the odds of a discrepancy this large between the national ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00001.htm


19: Why US Support For The King Of Nepal Is Important?

Nepal has been fighting the violent communist insurgents for the last nine years. After two failed attempts to have a negotiated settlement of the dispute between the government and the insurgents, the violence inflicted by the insurgents against ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00146.htm


20: ACT on Supreme Court ruling

ACT Leader Rodney Hide today said it was pleasing that the Donna Awatere Huata case was finally over, and that ACT could now fully concentrate on the election campaign.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00399.htm


21: Holy Spirit's Role in the Election of a Pope

Holy Spirit's Role in the Election of a Pope Interview With Father Paul O'Callaghan

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00283.htm


22: Broadcasting Allocations Disappointing

The Maori Party appreciates the gesture of support evident in the decision by the Electoral Commission to award $125,000 in funding, and seven minutes in total time, for the Broadcasting allocation.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00390.htm


23: Image: Wholphin Gives Birth at Sea Life Park

Honolulu, Hawaii - It's a girl! Kekaimalu, the world's only known wholphin (right) gives birth to a healthy baby wholphin (below) that is one-fourth false killer whale and three-fourths Atlantic bottlenose dolphin at Sea Life Park by Dolphin Discovery ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0504/S00051.htm


24: A Day in the Life of the Conclave

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 18, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Personal and community prayer, ballots and a retreatlike atmosphere are the characteristics of the conclave that 115 cardinal electors are holding to elect a new pope.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0504/S00282.htm


25: Beach ownership on Ngati Porou agenda

National Party Leader Don Brash is expecting more Maori to follow Ngati Porou’s lead and start direct negotiations with Labour over the ownership of our coast.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00398.htm


26: Water Quality Becomes Top Environmental Concern

New Zealanders are being increasingly concerned about the quality of rivers, streams and lakes, with one in four rating them in a bad or very bad condition.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0504/S00055.htm


27: More movie world success for New Zealand

One year after creating its first sound editing product for the movie industry, New Zealand company Virtual Katy is taking a new hugely powered, unique piece of technology to the world.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0504/S00054.htm


28: Goff releases benchmark reports on NZ sex industry

Justice Minister Phil Goff today released two reports on the sex industry that will help set benchmarks for assessing the impact of the Prostitution Reform Act 2003 over the next few years.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0504/S00377.htm


29: Robert C. Koehler: The Silent Scream Of Numbers

As they slowly hack democracy to death, we’re as alone — we citizens — as we’ve ever been, protected only by the dust-covered clichés of the nation’s founding: “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” It’s time to blow off the dust and start paying ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00175.htm


30: Nettnin: Massad Lectures at Palestine Film Fest.

Opening night of the 4th Annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival brought Professor Joseph Massad to the Gene Siskel Film Center where he shared his essay, “The Weapon of Culture: Cinema in the Palestinian Liberation Struggle,” forthcoming in Hamid ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0504/S00178.htm

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