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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 3 May 2005


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

1: Two Former Saddam Hussein Officials In NZ?

In Parliament's Question Time this afternoon New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has alleged that a former Iraqi Agriculture and Agrarian Reform Minister, and representative to the FAO has been living in New Zealand for a month.

2: 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.

3: Questions for Oral Answer -Tuesday, 3 May 2005

1. Hon PETER DUNNE to the Minister of Health: Does she believe that Pharmac's operating policies and procedures deliver consistently satisfactory outcomes sufficient to ensure the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders; if so, why?

4: Googling Amer Mahdi Saleh Khashaly

Some cursory research into the Saddam Hussein Cabinet Minister who allegedly arrived in NZ on a UN Passport a month ago reveals skant, albeit interesting, information.

5: Winner Of Roger Award For The Worst Transnational

The full 18 page Judges' Report, including a Financial Analysis, is attached as a PDF. It will also be online at from midnight tonight.

6: NZ Border Security "In Tatters"

New Zealand’s border security is described as being in tatters after Rt Hon Winston Peters revealed today that another more senior Iraqi and his wife have been allowed into New Zealand and have not been picked up by immigration officials.

7: PM's Presser: Defence & Defending On Doone

In This Edition: - Burton Plays Increased defence Spending Card - Academic Concurs With Minister - Doone Verification Defended By Prime Minister

8: 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.

9: Public Address 03/05/05 - Scoops And Blackouts

How clever of Metro magazine to stage a major power cut last night as a marketing device for its cover story on Auckland's ailing infrastructure. Or possibly not. Anyway, shortly before 7pm, the lights went out in Pt Chevalier, Grey Lynn, Westmere, ...

10: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 3 May 2005

1. Pharmac—Policies and Procedures 2. Police—Former Commissioner 3. Cataract Operations—Announcements 4. Immigration—Iraqi Former Official 5. Public Service—Staff Numbers 6. Police—Former Commissioner 7. Public Works Act—Land Acquisition 8. Police—Former Commissioner

11: Am Johal: Oil And Palestine - The New Cold War

Two significant events happened last week - both of which carried more meaning than their literal interpretation. But they both had everything do with the New Cold War and the reality of American hegemony.

12: ACT's The Letter Monday, 02 May 2005

Parliament resumes on Tuesday with MPs wanting to know why the PM never told parliament she was the reason the media printed false and defamatory claims about Police Commissioner Peter Doone. The Reserve Bank admits it does not know what is happening in the economy ...

13: Labour must change defence attitude

National’s Defence spokesman, John Carter, says Labour must change its whole focus on defence.

14: Most murderous countries for journalists ID-ed

New York, May 2 2005 - Murder is the leading cause of job-related deaths among journalists worldwide, and the Philippines is the most murderous country of all, a new analysis by the Committee to Protect Journalists has found. Iraq, Colombia, Bangladesh, and ...

15: Former Iraqi Ag. Minister May Have Visited in 1984

Further research into the former Iraqi Cabinet Minister named in Parliament today by Winston Peters as having arrived in New Zealand a month ago on a UN passport has revealed that he may have visited New Zealand in 1984 as a guest of the Government.

16: Cohn: Team Bush Goes Unpunished for Torture

Team Bush Goes Unpunished for Torture By Marjorie Cohn t r u t h o u t | Perspective Monday 02 May 2005 From:

17: 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.

18: 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 ...

19: Sentence trivialises sex violence against children

The paltry fine imposed on a lawyer convicted of importing objectionable material trivialises the sexual exploitation of children and young people, says an organization working to combat the trade.

20: HIV/AIDS crisis in Papua New Guinea

A recent report that Papua New Guinea stands to lose nearly half of its labour force to HIV/AIDS is a warning the whole of the Pacific region should heed, the New Zealand AIDS Foundation says.

21: 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.

22: Goff introduces Evidence Bill

Decades of judicial decisions and reforms of statutes have been brought together in an Evidence Bill introduced to Parliament today by Justice Minister Phil Goff.

23: 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.

24: Nepal: Cynicism Amid Competing Visions

The range of reaction to King Gyanendra’s announcement last week lifting the state of emergency he imposed on February 1 after dismissing Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s government and taking over the reins of government underscores the cynicism ...

25: When $3 billion is worthless

"Minister of Disarmament Mark Burton yesterday announced the next 10 years of inflation adjustments to the defence budget," notes Libertarianz Defence Spokesman Robert Palmer. "Surrounded by his antiwar protester comrades, the hapless minister ...

26: Politicians don’t care about murdered prostitutes

The headline was “dead woman ran local massage parlour”. Another prostitution related murder occurs over the weekend in Auckland. Crime and prostitution have always been and will be closely linked in New Zealand. But the hedonists in our parliament ensured ...

27: 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 ...

28: 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.

29: Greg Palast: Ground Zero-Zero-Zero

The equator is far more tacky than I imagined. I'd taken time out from the state of siege in the capitol to take the twins on a quick holiday further up the Andes (or down, I don't know which).

30: 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.


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