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Scoop Top 30 Ratings - June 21 2005


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

1: Prince William's visit to New Zealand

Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced the programme for next month's visit to New Zealand by Prince William.

2: Winter Solstice, longest night and shortest day

The Winter Solstice is on June 21 at 18:46 (6:46pm); this is when the Sun is at its most Northerly point in the sky. At the middle of the day on June 21, it reaches its lowest altitude, from the Northern horizon, for the year.

3: E. Pringle: TeenScreen Sets Up Shop In Illinois

A controversial plan to screen all Illinois school children for mental health disorders is set to become a reality on June 30th, if the Governor accepts the final proposal from the Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership (ICMHP).

4: Russell Crowe's Statement: Bad Customer Service

Frustrated by a clerk's unwillingness to help him put through a phone call to his family in Australia, Russell Crowe was involved in a minor altercation at the Mercer Hotel. After asking the front desk several times to replace a faulty phone in his ...

5: Application for Inclusion on Nat. Front ‘Hit List'

Gay man and human rights campaigner Jeremy Lambert is seeking inclusion on the National Front’s ‘hit list’ of known “communists, anti-facists, anarchists, homosexuals, multiculturalists”.

6: Questions for Oral Answer - Questions for Oral Ans

1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in Hon Pete Hodgson, Convenor, Ministerial Group on Climate Change; if so, why?

7: A Poroporaki For Carlos Spencer On Maori TV

As New Zealand women weep and their rugby-loving partners weep harder, Maori Television farewells Maori rugby legend Carlos Spencer on a special edition of CODE this Thursday June 23 at 8.30 PM.

8: Supreme Court Delivers Judgment On AG v Zaoui

The Supreme Court today in a unanimous opinion made two rulings about the review of the security certificate issued by the Director of Security in respect of Mr Ahmed Zaoui and related matters.

9: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 21 June 2005

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10: Public Address 21/06/05 - The Dance Of Secrets

Poll Dancer returns from holiday-mode to look at the Extra-Special Secret Surprise that Labour is preparing for the National Party conference this weekend. And is Cullen trying to throw this election or what? The tax debate, conspiracy theories and fiscal ...

11: Link: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. - Deadly Immunity

A Salon/Rolling Stone joint investigation. When a study revealed that mercury in childhood vaccines may have caused autism in thousands of kids, the government rushed to conceal the data - and to prevent parents from suing drug companies for their ...

12: Supreme Court Judgment Adds To Uncertainty

The Supreme Court has delivered a buck each way decision with a judgment that will see the Minister of Immigration considering Ahmed Zaoui's human rights should a review of a security risk certificate be upheld. It also ruled that a high benchmark of ...

13: No Right Turn: Zaoui Judgement - It's Enough

Initial reaction to the Supreme Court's judgement in the Zaoui case has been pessimistic. I'm not so sure. While the Court has delivered a mixed judgement, upholding in part and overturning in part the prior judgement of the Court of Appeal , I think that ...

14: State Of It: Supreme Court Zaoui Decision Due

A Supreme Court decision on the latest challenge by the Attorney General against a Court Of Appeal ruling on the Ahmed Zaoui case will be delivered at 10am Tuesday. Scoop details exactly what the Court has been considering...

15: Americans Waking Up to the Failure of Iraq Policy

Although the American people slept through the facile national debate about whether the Bush administration should invade Iraq and the post-invasion unraveling of justifications for doing so, the public is finally waking up to the nightmare of U.S. policy in ...

16: Stateside With Rosalea: No Child Left Behind

"My definition of leading a successful life would leave me with a good job, a nice place to live, a great soulmate, and my own family." - Karl R. Linn

17: Cindy Sheehan's Speech At The DSM Hearings

Congressman Conyers and all, it is an honor to be here to testify about the effect that the revelations of the Downing Street Memo has had on me and my family. It is an honor that I wish never had to happen. I believe that not any of us should be ...

18: PM's Presser: Tax Cuts & Election Dates

The paper that proclaimed ‘Is That It?’ following Deputy Prime Minister Michel Cullen’s recent budget considers that the Government's biggest mistake is misreading the public's mood regarding tax cuts.

19: Maori Magic Wins Again

"It doesn't get any better than this" stated Tariana Turia, Co-leader of the Maori Party today, after hearing of the incredible victory of Maori superstar golfer, Michael Campbell, in winning the US Open.

20: Labour hiring binge continues

National Party Finance spokesman John Key says new figures out today show Labour’s hiring binge is showing no sign of letting up.

21: Stirling Newberry: The Queen and the Soldier

To paraphrase the inimitable Suzy V: America has swallowed a secret burning thread, it cuts us inside and often we've bled. With the release of a defense memo from March of 2002 as part of the "Downing Street Memos," it is clear that the desire to remove ...

22: Congratulations to Michael Campbell

Sport and Recreation Minister Trevor Mallard today congratulated New Zealand golfer Michael Campbell for achieving a world first for New Zealand in the international golfing arena by becoming the first kiwi ever to win the US Golf Open.

23: Kyoto Lobby To Attack Govt. With $2 Mn Campaign

A forestry lobby group is planning a $2 million dollar election year advertising campaign attacking the Government’s handling of forestry in regard to the Kyoto protocol.

24: Meads urges New Zealanders to speak up about flag

All Black legend Colin Meads is urging New Zealanders to take action and sign the petition for a referendum asking "should the design of the New Zealand flag be changed?"

25: A Bold New World For New Zealand’s Race Relations

New Zealand First is proposing a radical shift in the government sector’s treatment of Maori, including a weeding out of the “Bro ocracy”. The wasteful practice of Treaty related courses and token jobs for Maoris will end. However, the integral place of ...

26: UQ Wire: Sibel Edmonds - FBI & 9/11

Over four years ago, more than four months prior to the September 11 terrorist attacks, in April 2001, a long-term FBI informant/asset who had been providing the bureau with information since 1990, provided two FBI agents and a translator with specific ...

27: MoH Warns Influenza B Can Be Serious Health

Ministry of Health warns Influenza B can be serious health risk to children and young people

28: Developing Nations Slam NZ for GM stance

New Zealand is being condemned by developing nations for blocking an agreement that would require proper labelling of shipments of GM organisms, and effectively forcing each country to develop a patchwork of local laws.

29: Rainy for the Winter Solstice

The rain band that is moving onto the country has triggered MetService meteorologists to issue some heavy rainfall warnings for Tuesday, the shortest day of the year. The winter solstice will take place at 6:46pm on Tuesday evening. That is the exact ...

30: Visa Card Security Breach - Aus & NZ

Sydney 21 June 2005: Visa International (Australia and New Zealand) today released details of the local implications of a worldwide security breach.


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