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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 11 August 2005


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

Dates: 11/Aug/2005 1: Nats can’t be trusted on health - King

The National Party’s health policy can no more be trusted than the party’s foreign policy, says Health Minister Annette King.

2: Party Leaders Exclusion 'Irrational & Capricious'

Scoop Report: United Future and the Progressive Party have taken TV3 to the High Court after TV3 news decided to exclude the parties from taking part in an election special leader's debate scheduled for Thursday evening. Kevin List reports...

3: Trial by Constitution: Nixon's Resignation

Stirling Newberry writes that thirty-one years ago, on August 8th, Richard Nixon addressed the American public for the 37th time from the Oval Office. His message was that he was resigning the Presidency "effective noon tomorrow." It was the fall ...

4: Is Peters Being Used As A Pawn in Al-Qaeda's Game?

Former U.S. security adviser, Paul Buchanan, Director of the Working Group on Alternative Security Perspectives at Auckland University, claims NZ First leader Winston Peters may be being used to cultivate distrust and unconsciously advance an extremist agenda.

5: William "Molly" Malone's Life Celebrated In A Song

On 8 August 2005 the NZ Government and people are to formally honour Lt. Col. William "Molly" Malone by the extraordinary act of unveiling a Commemorative Plaque in the Grand Hall at Parliament Buildings; Exactly 90 years (to the day) after his death ...

6: Peters: Is There An Enemy Within?

An address by the Rt Hon Winston Peters to Manukau Counties Grey Power, Wednesday, 10 August 2005, Manurewa Football Club Hall, Montfort Park, Dr Pickering Drive, 1:30pm

7: Vodafone unleashes mobile revolution on NZ

A revolution in the way New Zealanders can use their mobile phones hit today with the unveiling of 3G enabled services by Vodafone New Zealand.

8: Mr English, it must be everyone else that's wrong

Education and Science Select Committee member Lynne Pillay has criticised National Education spokesman Bill English, questioning if he has even read a report into an NCEA examination question.

9: Time to make indigenous peoples rights a reality

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People: Dispossessed and in Danger – Time to make the rights of indigenous peoples a reality

10: TV3 News Director: Leaders Debate Decision Remains

Our decision to limit the number of participants to six was based on a number of factors including the time available... and our past practice. We have reviewed our decision and... have seen no reason to change our decision.

11: Blaming the Mosques For the Sins of Governments

Ramzy Baroud writes that the deadly terror attacks in Egypt's Sharm el-Sheik Red Sea resort in July and the earlier October 2004 bombings at two other Red Sea resorts seem to have disrupted the consistency of the rationale that links the current terrorism ...

12: Mark Crispin Miller: None Dare Call It Stolen

Harper's Magazine: None dare call it stolen - Ohio, the election, and America's servile press - by Mark Crispin Miller, summarized by Mary Anne Saucier, Columbus, Ohio - July 24, 2005

13: UNITEC - Right Decision But For Wrong Reasons

Today’s decision by the Education Minister not to grant University status to Unitec was the right decision, but was made for the wrong reasons said New Zealand First Education spokesperson Brian Donnelly.

14: My Life Living With Depleted Uranium

...we had no idea we were being exposed to a toxic dust that would kill some of us, cause some of us to lose children by miscarriages or severe birth defects, or terrify those of us who saw this happening from ever having children or even getting married ...

15: Revolution in Consciousness? Not Yet!

Dusk is quickly descending. Moments after sitting down at streamside, I hear something in the water a short distance downstream. I turn to see a young, but full-grown deer standing in the shallow current. At the same moment, it spots me, and a split second ...

16: Decision on Unitec application

Education Minister Trevor Mallard announced today that Unitec – an Auckland- based Institute of Technology – will not become a university.

17: Improving the health of all New Zealanders

National Party Leader Don Brash says the next National Government will make "careful change over time" to the health system.

18: Halliburton Secretly Doing Business With Iranian

Scandal-plagued Halliburton, the oil services company once headed by Vice President Dick was secretly working with one of Iran’s top nuclear program officials on natural gas related projects and, allegedly, selling the officials' oil development company ...

19: Unitec to seek judicial review

Unitec will seek an immediate judicial review of today’s decision by the Minister of Education to deny them university status, said Unitec Council Chair Alan Dickinson.

20: Vulnerable Worker Ends Up Winning Increased Wage

In 2003 Carl Skivington was sacked from his job at Woolworth’s Distribution Centre in Hornby, and then, under a loophole in trading laws exploited by parent company Progressive Enterprises, rehired the next day for the same job. The setback: his ...

21: PUBLIC ADDRESS 09/08: With Grace and Good Humour

The final Paul Holmes show on Prime last night led with Nick Smith MP wittering on about dog kennels. An hour later, Campbell Live devoted an entire show to what might be the last televised interview that David Lange will do...

22: Brash: Improving Health Policy Speech

Ladies and gentlemen, every day the media carry reports of a health system struggling to cope. In spite of greatly increased funding, New Zealanders are increasingly forced to wait for surgery or treatment in life-threatening situations.

23: Get your facts right on 111 response, Ryall

Tony Ryall should get his facts right rather than have a swipe at hard-working police with half-cocked allegations, Police Minister George Hawkins said today.

24: Dispute at Victoria University gets personal

Union members at Victoria University have imposed an immediate boycott of all meetings and dealings with their Vice-Chancellor, Professor Pat Walsh. The exception will be to protest at his continuing refusal to agree to national collective employment ...

25: COHA: Washingtn Short-Sighted toward Latin America

• Neighborly relations have been neglected far too long, making the U.S. an increasingly isolated nation among Western Hemisphere states. Assistant Secretary of State, Roger F. Noriega’s departure is unlikely to shift the situation.

26: Backgrounder: The Culling Of Anderton And Dunne

Last week the parties that have provided the Labour Government with formal support arrangements for the last three years were culled from TV3's upcoming election debate.

27: Stateside with Rosalea: wishy, wiki, waka

:: wish you were here :: I've died and gone to heaven. Fresh lychees are in stock at the local supermarket, and on a 25+ degree day in the Bay Area there's nothing nicer than sitting on a shaded balcony sipping on chilled pineapple juice with a ...

28: George Bush Knows Why They Hate Us

Why do they hate us? President George Bush posed this question to the American public shortly after 9/11. It is a strong affirmation of the power of propaganda that some Americans still pose this as a serious question, and are legitimately dumb-founded ...

29: FTA: How Long Can Panama Hold Out?

Free Trade Showdown: How Long Can Panama Hold Out for an Agreement that Reflects its Own National Interests?

30: Unitec students express outrage at Govt decision

Unitec has had it’s application for University status denied by the Labour government. President of the Unitec Student Union Robert Freeth says he is deeply disappointed over this decision.

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