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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 2 May 2005


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

1: Screw cap manual released at London Wine Fair

Taming the screw: A manual for winemaking with screw caps will be released next month at the London International Wine & Spirit Fair. This exhaustive technical manual details all of the procedures relevant to the use of screw caps on bottled wine.

2: Paul Buchanan: On the Issue of NZ's Defence

Beyond the unseemly spectacle of politicians using the commemorations of duty and sacrifice on ANZAC Day to score cheap partisan points on the issue of New Zealand’s defence, the question begs as to what, exactly, they are on about.

3: Stateside Images: Boise, Idaho

When I told friends that I was going to Boise, Idaho, the response I got was illuminating. "They're all survivalists up there." "White supremacist country. Beware." Coupled with my inkling that Boise (pronounced boys-ee) is the States' fun-time equivalent ...

4: PM Backs Decision To Revoke Saddam Official’s Visa

The Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that the Iraqi man who has had his visitor’s visa revoked has not broken any laws but that the Immigration Minister and Labour Department’s decision to revoke his visa was correct.

5: Labour’s defence spend a con job

National’s Defence spokesman, John Carter, says Labour’s reported $3 billion spend-up on defence is just a re-hash of what they have previously announced.

6: Public Address 02/05/05 - Mysteries

Yes, yes, I was so right about Hugo on Shortland Street. Ahh, the fan leans back with feet up and sighs, content in the knowledge that all that couch time wasn't for nothing. Oh, alright, so the video camera was a dead giveaway, as was the fact ...

7: Bush energy advisor puts Peak Oil on world agenda

A significant international oil industry conference in Scotland has acknowledged the imminent threat of Peak Oil and it's time New Zealand's Government did the same, says Green Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons.

8: Scoop Images: Civil Unionists Celebrate May Day

The parade for the first Public Civil Union celebrated outside the Wellington Town Hall, across Civic Square and the City-to-Sea Bridge, and around the lagoon at around 4.30pm yesterday, May Day. Images submitted by Dylan Packman.

9: Former Iraqi diplomat's visitor's permit revoked

The Department of Labour today revoked the visitor's permit of an Iraqi man who was a diplomat in Saddam Hussein’s government.

10: Chuckman Cartoons: Blair

Four Cartoons from John Chuckman….

11: A Week Of It: Saddam, Doone & Lynton Crosby

NZ First leader Winston Peters looks set to cause a stir when Parliament resumes after a two-week recess. Mr Peters told Scoop today that he would be naming under parliamentary privilege the refugee status claimant whom he alleges was a high ranking ...

12: Will Colombia Proxy For U.S Attack on Venezuela?

In the Narcosphere today, frequent Narco News contributor Sean Donahue looks at recent statements from Washington and wonders, "Will Colombia be the proxy in a U.S attack on Venezuela?"

13: Democracy Triple Play: Ecuador, Mexico to the OAS

For the first time in the history of the Organization of American States, the United States has been unable to impose its own candidate as head of that organization.

14: William Rivers Pitt: Crawling King Snake Returns

The news media is reporting, with much fanfare and praise, that the new Iraqi MPs have appointed people to several cabinet posts, ending months of acrimonious fighting between factions. The New York Times reported it this way: "Almost three months after ...

15: Free Schapelle From Death Or Life Imprisonment

The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party calls upon the N.Z.Government to express the concerns of New Zealand Citizens to the Indonesian Government, and condemn any death sentance or life imprisonment for Schapelle Corby's alleged cannabis offences.

16: Not so much a Mayday from business but an SOS

National Party Industrial Relations spokesman Wayne Mapp says the Labour Government has nothing to celebrate this May Day.

17: New Zealand’s official Top 40 is 30 years old

On May 2, 1975 the first New Zealand Top 40 chart was published listing the 40 biggest selling singles and albums for the week.

18: Govt Cannot Dodge Plummeting Student Allowance

The fact that far fewer students are getting allowances is a damning indictment on the Government's tertiary education policy, the Green Party says.

19: Emirates Takes Off For Bangkok With New Plane

Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, today marked its new EK419 Auckland to Bangkok route with the first commercial flight of a Boeing 777-300ER from Auckland.

20: Saving Jane Fonda: America Held Hostile

One recent dreary midnight, coming down with a cold and unable to sleep, I lay in bed listening to a call-in talk show from KOA, Denver's clear channel AM radio station. The topic for an hour's discussion, chosen by program host John Caldera, was whether ...

21: Job Related Deaths Top 2 Million Annually

With job-related accidents and illnesses claiming more than 2 million lives each year, and the toll rising because of rapid industrialization in some developing countries, the United Nations labour and health agencies joined forces today in calling for ...

22: $4.6 billion marks new era for Defence

The government has ushered in a new era of structured defence funding and management with a $4.6 billion 10-year package, Defence Minister Mark Burton announced today.

23: Optometrists’ Contact Lens Monopoly Challenged

For immediate release: 2 May 2005 Optometrists’ Contact Lens Monopoly Challenged Online option offers price advantages and convenience For those seeking new contact lenses, a few mouse clicks can now provide a cost-effective option, while saving ...

24: Jackson sends organ donation message to 30 million

Lord of the Rings film director Peter Jackson has included in his Return of the King Special Edition DVD a promotional advertisement which encourages people to consider being organ donors.

25: Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #90

A reminder for the GPJA Forum this Monday May 2 showing the hit documentary "Control Room" about the Arabic news service "Al Jazeera". It has been a smash hit internationally (see "What's On" below.) On Wednesday Students have the opportunity to see the Great ...

26: Rice IV With Vilma Gryzinski of Veja Magazine

QUESTION: President Chavez said that he's convinced that the Americans are preparing an invasion to Venezuela. True or false?

27: Iraqi Case Another Shocking Security Lapse

Rt Hon Winston Peters has called on the Government to explain the shocking situation of how one of Saddam Hussein’s henchmen was allowed to wander about New Zealand without the Government or security authorities knowing about him.

28: Mallard gives students the Heineken treatment

National's Education spokesman, Bill English, says it's outrageous that Trevor Mallard is blaming students for the failure of his $65 million student support package.

29: Michael Cullen Not AWOL, but Missing In Action

National Party Leader Don Brash says Helen Clark made the wrong call by instructing Michael Cullen not to attend this weekend’s Australia/New Zealand leadership forum in Melbourne.

30: Australians Visiting Te Puia in Record Numbers

Australians boycotting Rotorua? Not correct says tourism leader and Te Puia chief executive Andrew Te Whaiti.


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