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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 5 May 2005

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

1: Pac. Ecologist: Global Energy – How much Remains?

PETER NORTH calculates how long the world’s energy supplies can continue to support the existing pattern of 2% pa increase in energy consumption. The figures suggest increasing energy consumption is unlikely to be sustainable for much longer.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00054.htm


2: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 4 May 2005

1. Police—Former Commissioner 2. Taxation—Business 3. Police—Former Commissioner 4. Carbon Tax—Impact on Electricity and Petrol Prices 5. Immigration—Visa Approvals 6. 111 System—Ghost Units 7. Prostitution Reform Act—Policing Question No 8 to Minister ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00091.htm


3: Rep. John Conyers: Creating Reasons to Go to War

Unfortunately, the mainstream media in the United States was too busy with wall-to-wall coverage of a "runaway bride" to cover a bombshell report out of the British newspapers. The London Times reports that the British government and the United States government ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00047.htm


4: Feature: Australia Alters Course On ANZAC Spirit

Ninety years after ANZACs stormed the beaches at Gallipoli, Australia’s PM John Howard abandoned nine decades of ANZAC spirit boycotting a sacred kiwi ceremony. What does the snub mean for Aust/NZ Relations? And what exactly was Howard signaling?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00060.htm


5: NZ Immigration To Blitz Arabs From 10pm Tonight

New Zealand Immigration officials will spark a nationwide investigation tonight targeting Arabs from Iraq and Jordan. The operation will target those who hold visitor’s permits, asylum seekers who have lodged refugee applications, even those who have been granted ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00058.htm


6: Turia on Peak Oil

The Maori Party today announced that it is considering a range of options to best respond to Peak Oil in their policy and operational thinking.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00063.htm


7: Scoop Images: Sandstorm In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Look at these amazing photos of our recent sandstorm in Jeddah. I got those windows & doors sealed with towels at the edges, just in time! Here are some awesome pictures of a recent dust storm in Jeddah which you will all appreciate, if you once ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00064.htm


8: Chossudovsky: Planned US-Israeli Attack on Iran

At the outset of Bush's second term, Vice President Dick Cheney dropped a bombshell. He hinted, in no uncertain terms, that Iran was "right at the top of the list" of the rogue enemies of America, and that Israel would, so to speak, "be doing the bombing ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00049.htm


9: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 5 May 2005

1. Paid Parental Leave—Changes 2. Police—Former Commissioner 3. Prisoners—Complaints Process 4. Seabirds—Fishing Industry 5. Families Commission—Former Chief Executive 6. Immigration Minister—Confidence 7. Immigration—Security Intelligence Service 8. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00128.htm


10: Greg Palast: Tony Blair Can't Win

Mark my words: Tony Blair won't be re-elected on Thursday. However, he will remain in office. That's because Brits don't vote for their Prime Minister. They've got a "parliamentary" system there in the Mother Country.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00072.htm


11: New NZIS "Undesirability" Visa Policy Outlined

When on Monday Immigration Minister Paul Swain revoked former Iraqi diplomat Zohair Mohammad al-Omar’s visa citing the fact Mr al Omar had a role in an oppressive regime, this may very well have been the first time this has ever happened in New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00078.htm


12: Are You An Undesirable Immigrant? Take Our Quiz!

Amid growing concerns about the laxity of New Zealand's immigration controls, many readers may be concerned that they are not the kind of person Winston Peters wants in our country. So we've compiled this helpful quiz to see if you've slipped under ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00081.htm


13: Questions for Oral Answer Thursday, 5 May 2005

Questions to Ministers 1. LIANNE DALZIEL to the Associate Minister of Labour: What changes is the Government making to paid parental leave?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00102.htm


14: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0505/S00004.htm


15: Why The Principles Of The Treaty Must Go

The key difference between New Zealand and the colonising experiences of Australia, the Americas, African and Asian nations, was the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00108.htm


16: Public Address 05/05/05 - Oh Bovver

Go Keith! Keith Ng's student allowances scoop made it to Parliamentary Question Time yesterday, via Nandor Tanczos, who used it as the basis for questions for Trevor Mallard (scroll down to question 9)...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00077.htm


17: Haiti: Reasons for Optimism but Many for Despair

• When it comes to Haiti, there are few heroes to point to, least of all interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue and his justice minister Bernard Gousse.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0505/S00074.htm


18: John Tamihere should have been charged over cats

National Party Clevedon MP and cat lover Judith Collins says John Tamihere should have been charged for abandoning his two cats when he left his west Auckland house last month.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00105.htm


19: Ray McGovern: Proof Bush Fixed The Facts

"Intelligence and facts are being fixed around the policy." Never in our wildest dreams did we think we would see those words in black and white—and beneath a SECRET stamp, no less. For three years now, we in Veteran Intelligence Professionals for ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00065.htm


20: No Right Turn: The Winston Veto

As much as I love to see the Department of Immigration squirm in the glare the public spotlight, I can't help but be more than a little uncomfortable at Winston Peters' latest scandalmongering over visitors from Iraq. Firstly, there's the racism angle; ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00052.htm


21: Sam Smith: Pot- The Sina Qua Non Of A Drug War

The war on drugs was the first major test by the country's elite to see if Americans would willingly surrender their constitutional rights. It turned out that they would and so for the past twenty years invasions of civil liberties increased, America ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00071.htm


22: Ahmed Zaoui And Legal Team Reject Peters’ Claims

Ahmed Zaoui and his lawyers have this evening rejected claims made by Winston Peters in Parliament that the Zaoui case has somehow attracted to New Zealand Iraqis formerly connected to Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00080.htm


23: ACC Minister Allows “Gestapo” Tactics

New Zealand First deputy leader Peter Brown accused the ACC Minister of allowing the corporation to bully a significant number of physiotherapists. Mr Brown recently met a group of very senior physiotherapists, some of whom have been engaged by the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00100.htm


24: A Question Of Leadership - Winston Peters

An address by Rt Hon Winston Peters to members attending the Wanganui GreyPower AGM,Raceway Function Centre, Wanganui Racecourse, Purnell Street, Wanganui at 2.00pm, Wednesday, 4 May 2005

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00097.htm


25: Minister should halt unnecessary staff cuts

Correspondence School PPTA members have called on associate education minister David Benson-Pope to intervene to stop the school’s board cutting nearly 40 support service and guidance teacher positions.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0505/S00011.htm


26: UQ Wire: The Gatekeepers of the So-Called Left

Last February United for Peace and Justice, the largest representative coalition within the American "anti-war movement", emerged from their second annual Assembly with a 2005 "action plan" that effectively caged the "anti-war" debate exclusively ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00043.htm


27: Public Address 04/05/05 - Bad Guys

How lucky is Winston Peters? Courtesy of what is obviously a cracking source in Immigration, he cultivates headlines with the claim that a former Iraqi cabinet minister is here on a visitor's permit. Paul Swain orders a search which turns up the former Iraqi ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0505/S00053.htm


28: Police leave predators to have child prostitutes

After tabling a 203,000-signature petition in Parliament today, United Future's Larry Baldock slammed the Government for failing to honour its pledge to police child prostitution which has blown-out under the Prostitution Reform Act, with one in five Auckland ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0505/S00082.htm


29: Auckland to get a taste of Wellington style

Aucklanders will be hearing more about the attractions and advantages of living south of the Bombay Hills in Wellington and studying at Victoria University, New Zealand’s Capital City University.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0505/S00018.htm


30: International Double For Martinborough Winemaker

Escarpment Vineyard Martinborough has been invited to attend two prestigious international wine events in Europe and the United States.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0505/S00082.htm

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