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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 4 July 2005

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

1: Bernard Weiner: Rove, Supremes & A Silent Scream

I love old-fashioned, small-town 4th of July parades. When we lived in Northern California's San Geronimo Valley in Marin County, we participated, along with everybody else in the small rural community of Woodacre, in as Norman Rockwell-like a parade as you ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00063.htm


2: Maori Party Distances Itself From Gisbourne Group

The Maori Party today has responded to allegations from Peter Dunne concerning the Maori Government of Aotearoa; and the suggestion that the Maori Party is somehow unconcerned about the broader issue of human rights here and in places such as Zimbabwe.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00119.htm


3: Postie dismissed for limiting unsafe overtime

NZ Post this week sacked a postie from the Greenlane Delivery Branch when he said he was exercising his right to refuse excessive overtime to protect his health and safety. The postie’s union, the Postal Workers Association, has described NZ Post’s ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0507/S00047.htm


4: Images: The Apostles – And Then There Were 8

Image taken yesterday morning at 9:18am by a tourist who witnessed the collapse of one of the Twelve Apostles rock formations....showing all rock formations intact. This is the 'after' picture taken yesterday morning at 9:19am, just seconds after ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0507/S00054.htm


5: Good Riddance To Bad Rubbish And Not Before Time

New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters is pleased that the Immigration Service has finally come to its senses in its decision to revoke the visa of paedophilic apologist Jim Peron.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00131.htm


6: Brash: Childcare taxdeductions for working parents

The next National Government will introduce a new tax deduction for pre-school childcare costs to ease the financial pressures on parents, particularly on second-income earners and employed sole parents, National Party Leader Don Brash announced today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00123.htm


7: Pack-Rape Four Found Guilty

The jury has found four men guilty of pack raping a young woman 16 years ago after 12 hours of deliberation following a two and a half week trial. The four faced charged relating to abducting and raping a woman at Mt Maunganui.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00057.htm


8: Paul G. Buchanan: Cracks In The Façade

The barbeques are sizzling, flags are fluttering everywhere, patriotic parades and speeches are the course of the day. Although large biting fish have deterred swimmers on the East Coast, people have flocked to parks, beaches and lakes to celebrate the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00054.htm


9: Mediterranean Climate Is Turning Caribbean

An Italian meteorologist has discovered that the Mediterranean Sea is warmer than it has been for 3000 years and fears run high that the region will experience hurricanes.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0507/S00014.htm


10: Supreme Court - Possible "Fascist" Play

The Bush administration is spectacularly good at sleight-of-hand tricks, directing public attention in one direction while they're working diligently in another. The latest trial balloon of "probable" Supreme Court nominees is no exception. While ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00072.htm


11: Doris Colmes: Morphing the Gestapo

There I was -- a bratty, independent kid, with a twisted sense of humor who enjoyed doing illegal things: Entrance into anyplace at all displaying the “No Dogs or Jews Allowed” signs was fun, even though it was clearly understood that – if discovered ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00068.htm


12: Maori Party stops full support for ICC submission

Parties from across the political spectrum have joined together to overwhelmingly support a submission to the International Cricket Council regarding the proposed New Zealand Cricket tour to Zimbabwe, says Foreign Minister Phil Goff.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00120.htm


13: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing July 5, 2005

DEPARTMENT Secretary Rice's Travel to Asia / Planned Bilateral Discussions Representation at ASEAN Conference Deputy Secretary Zoellick Travel to Sudan, Jordan and Egypt Ambassador Khalilzad Health

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0507/S00103.htm


14: Public Address 06/07/05 - Gods And Devils

Having now seen the part of the 60 Minutes interview that got Labour's Muslim MP Ashraf Choudhary into trouble this week, I have to sympathise with him. He was not asked whether homosexuals and adulterers should be stoned to death; he was invited ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00070.htm


15: Maori Party misguided on Zimbabwe

The Green Party is extremely disappointed about the position the Maori Party is taking on the Zimbabwe crisis.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00127.htm


16: Critical Security Issues In Diebold Optical Scan

EXCERPTS FROM THE REPORT: Incorporated into the foundation of the Diebold Precinct-Based Optical Scan 1.94w system is the mother of security holes, and no apparent cure will produce infertility, or system safety.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00073.htm


17: Links: Reporter Murdered And The Story He Died For

Scoop Editor's Note: Thanks to the alert reader who brought these two items to our attention. The first item recounts the June 24th shooting by a U.S. army sniper of a reporter working for the Knight Ridder news service. The second item is an investigative ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00047.htm


18: Childcare Tax Deductions Questions and Answers etc

National will introduce a new tax deduction for pre-school childcare costs to ease the financial pressures on parents, particularly on second-income earners and employed sole parents.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00124.htm


19: Head rolls at leaky homes service

The sudden and unexpected departure of the national manager of the Watertight Homes Resolution Service is further evidence of the failure of Labour's response to the leaky homes crisis, says National's Building and Construction spokesman, Nick Smith.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00138.htm


20: NZ wool biotech key to new haircare range

Wool protein biotech has inspired leading Christchurch hairdresser Mike Hamel to release an innovative new haircare range with excellent export potential.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0507/S00011.htm


21: Game On For Zimbabwe Cricket Tour

Cricket fans wanting to see Shane Bond back in action won’t be disappointed although those who oppose any sporting contact with Zimbabwe may well be after the New Zealand Government today confirmed there would be no legislative action to halt the upcoming ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00075.htm


22: Children first victims of National's spending cuts

National's childcare policy is a spending cut that will disadvantage 86,000 children and their parents, Social Development and Employment Minister Steve Maharey says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00135.htm


23: Former Heavyweight Champion Hits New Zealand

Former Olympic gold medalist and former world heavyweight boxing champion, Smokin Joe Frazier shows a little of his old magic to former New Zealand middleweight champion Billy Graham. Frazier is in New Zealand to open a new Roadlife trucks dealership ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0507/S00074.htm


24: Maori Party Saddened By Political Grandstanding

"We are disappointed at the political grand-standing and knee-jerk reactions from Labour, Greens and United Future politicians regarding our response to the political intervention surrounding the cricket tour to Zimbabwe" stated Tariana Turia, co-leader ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00139.htm


25: Clear Warning Of Spread Of Avian Influenza

Reports of recent bird flu victims in Asia, highlights the need for global action to fight against this deadly virus and the World Health Organisation reports that Asia is already under pressure from this disease.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0507/S00025.htm


26: Thai Beheadings Copycat Iraqi Slayings - Minister

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Eight gruesome beheadings in Thailand's south, where Muslim separatists are escalating their fight, were "copied from the violence in Iraq," according to Thailand's interior minister.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00064.htm


27: Nats don't know childcare from early education

Don Brash's announcement today that he will scrap the Government's planned 20 hours of free early childhood education for an increased childcare rebate shows National doesn't know the difference between childcare and early education, United Future ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00137.htm


28: Dunne: Brash wants kids out of way

National's announcement of an increased childcare rebate for "working parents" confirms that neither Labour or National value those who stay home to raise their children, United Future leader Peter Dunne said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00136.htm


29: Challenge to early childhood educators

Some early childhood services in New Zealand have a tendency to cocoon children in a warm fuzzy world and are reluctant to face up to social and cultural realities, says Diti Hill, a senior lecturer in professional inquiry in the Faculty of Education, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0507/S00018.htm


30: Posturing can't hide the uranium on Brash's breath

Don Brash has uranium on his breath and no amount of political posturing can hide it, says Green Co-Leader Rod Donald.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0507/S00125.htm


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