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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 20 October 2005

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

1: Offshore maintenance will hurt airline's reputat'n

The Green Party is urging Air New Zealand to buy Kiwi made after the announcement today that the airline is considering laying off 600 aircraft maintenance staff in favour of sending work offshore.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00116.htm


2: Supercomputer Weather: Super Hurricane Wilma

Hurricane Wilma, which earlier today became the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, remains on track to make landfall on the Florida Peninsula sometime this weekend.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00260.htm


3: Marc Alexander: A Government at Last! Yeah Right

Nothing in politics is so simple that it can't be misunderstood. The closed-door coalition shuffle is mercifully at an end. And did it take its time! We had an election over a month ago and we got what we least expected: a result that should have come ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00243.htm


4: Eritrean Flight Ban Forces Evacuation By Road

Three United Nations peacekeepers who were injured in a road accident in the Eritrean-Ethiopian border area had to be evacuated over land in an eight-hour trip "under very precarious conditions" because Eritrea did not respond to a request to lift ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00320.htm


5: Smiles As Ministerial Employment Contracts Signed

Beneath an unsmiling portrait of Queen Victoria, a couple of likely lads in the shape of Winston Peters and Peter Dunne made up the numbers for the third successive Labour/Jim Anderton Government.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00251.htm


6: Cheney's Role In Plame Outing Under Scrutiny

Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is trying to determine whether Vice President Dick Cheney had a role in the outing of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame-Wilson, individuals close to Fitzgerald say. Plame’s husband was a vocal critic of prewar ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00241.htm


7: Pics: Futuristic concept from Hyundai shocks Tokyo

17 October 2005 Immediate release Futuristic concept from Hyundai shocks Tokyo Hyundai has grabbed the opening limelight at the Tokyo Motor Show with a startling new concept for a crossover vehicle. Called the Neos III, the radical newcomer sports a big V8 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0510/S00034.htm


8: Ministerial portfolios allocated

Helen Clark said that the government was renewing and refreshing itself for the third term in government.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00100.htm


9: Software deal great news for Open Source cause

The deal that has cleared the path for government agencies to adopt and expand their use of non-proprietary software is great news for the Open Source cause in New Zealand, Green Party IT Spokesperson Metiria Turei says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00123.htm


10: Minister Must Work The Cabinet Room For Maori

New Zealand First congratulates Hon Parekura Horomia for his reinstatement as Maori Affairs Minister, and his elevation to the front bench, but warns that his performance will be closely monitored.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00117.htm


11: Judith Miller's Unusual Relationship With Iraq Grp

Embattled New York Times reporter Judith Miller acted as a "middleman" between an American military unit and the Iraqi National Congress while she was embedded with the U.S. armed forces searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in April ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00247.htm


12: William Pitt: Some Questions for Harriet Miers

Appointing a person with no judicial experience whatsoever to the Supreme Court is by no means an unprecedented act. Indeed, some of the most influential Justices ever to serve never wore the robe before assuming that high seat. Earl Warren and William ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00238.htm


13: Basra Prison Break Investigator Mysteriously Dies

Captain Ken Masters, British chief police investigator in Basra died under mysterious circumstances. The cause of death was not mentioned. According to a Ministry of Defense spokesman, his death was "not due to hostile action" nor to natural causes.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00242.htm


14: NZPA Images Service Launches With Fashion Week

The New Zealand Press Association, in a dramatic departure from its traditional role as the national news agency, has launched its photo and graphics arm, NZPA Images, to coincide with the start of Auckland Fashion Week.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00351.htm


15: FULL COVERAGE: Labour Forms 3rd Term Govt.

Prime Minister Helen Clark has announced that New Zealand First leader Winston Peters and United Future leader Peter Dunne have been allocated ministerial positions in a Labour-led Government. Labour has successfully negotiated a Centre-Right deal that ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00246.htm


16: Helen lucky prostitution is legal

It is just as well for Helen Clark that the prostitution law reform bill was carried. Otherwise she would be a prime candidate for prosecution. Wellington lawyer Michael Appleby, who is Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party Leader, said that getting into bed ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00174.htm


17: Cullen washes his hands of Air NZ job losses

The Labour Government should step in as the major shareholder of one of the most important strategic assets in this country and take control of Air New Zealand before the privatisers wreck the company - as they did before.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00165.htm


18: Weapons Conference, Tank Blockaded: 20 Arrested

More than 70 people took part in an action organised against the Weapons Defence Industry Association conference held at Te Papa on Tuesday. The action, which was organised by Peace Action Wellington, involved a large sit-in/blockade in front of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00153.htm


19: Maharey welcomes education role

Steve Maharey says he is delighted with his new role as Education Minister and determined to build on the significant gains made under the previous two Labour-led governments.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00115.htm


20: Rich irony in razor gang plans

"The PSA and the Greens now have something in common - they both know what it feels like to be shafted by the Clark/Peters Government," says National Party Finance spokesman John Key.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00118.htm


21: Minister's integrity in tatters from the start

"Finance Minister Michael Cullen returns to Cabinet with his integrity and his reputation already in tatters," says National Party Finance spokesman John Key

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00107.htm


22: Maori Party Concerned By Air NZ Job Losses

As the new Government celebrated the swearing in of its Ministers at Government House, unionists were reeling at the devastating announcements of mass job losses with Air New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00114.htm


23: Air NZ engineers shattered by job losses

Air New Zealand engineers are shattered to learn that 600 of them could lose their jobs. The company today announced that it proposes making 600 of the 2100 engineers redundant in July next year.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00352.htm


24: Myths About Iraq Must Be Dispelled For War To End

In the weeks and months preceding the Iraq war in March 2003, various US officials informed the already baffled public that the war would be marred with tactical misinformation for the sole purpose of derailing Iraq’s war stratagems and ultimately protecting ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00249.htm


25: Risk Of Bird Flu Spreading To Middle East

As the world mobilizes to combat a potential deadly human bird flu pandemic, the risk of the virus spreading to the Middle East and African countries has markedly increased after the confirmed outbreaks in Romania and Turkey, the United Nations ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0510/S00338.htm


26: A $730 million cul-de-sac

The latest proposal for a shortened Transmission Gully road would create a very expensive cul-de-sac and virtually ignores the need to improve public transport, Green Party Transport Spokesperson Sue Kedgley says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0510/S00121.htm


27: The Law? Bushies Fart In Its General Direction

For years, I searched for my purpose in life. For a while, I thought maybe it was to help spike the country’s marriage mean average, with three mean marriages (hey, it takes two, or, in this case, four total) to my, uh, credit. However, I think I’ve ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00248.htm


28: Public Address 20/10/05 - Three Phases Or Fewer

Let's be geeky about something else for a change: the IRB's Tri-Nations 2005 Statistical Review and Match Analysis is online (PDF) and it's fascinating. Foremost among its findings: 100% of tries scored in this year's Tri-Nations games were preceded by ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0510/S00258.htm


29: Maxim Plagiarism Criticism A Double Standard

Different standards apply. The signing of someone else’s work can be described as plagiarism. Patently that this has taken place in the Maxim foundation is a great pity because their very useful work will carry a stigma for some time. Bruce Logan ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0510/S00159.htm


30: Influenza Pandemic Planning Info for Business

Two separate sets of information on business continuity planning are being released today, Thursday 20 October.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0510/S00353.htm

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