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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 31 January 2006

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

1: US, EU threaten cut-off of funds to Palestine

The election of Hamas has been met with threats by the United States, Europe and Israel to cut off funds to the Palestinian Authority (PA).

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0601/S00432.htm

2: S B Ranjitkar: King, Opposition Showdown in Nepal

Arresting political leaders of seven-party alliance and the leaders of civil society on the eve of the planned massive anti-king rally in Kathmandu on January 20, 2006, the king's government had set the stage for direct confrontation with the seven-party ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00231.htm

3: Rental housing changes would drive landlords away

Proposed changes to rental housing laws could make the housing shortage worse by driving people away from owning rental properties, says National's Housing spokesman, Phil Heatley.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00168.htm

4: A Statement from Jews Against Genocide

On January 19th we, a group of concerned Jews, spray painted the infamous Nazi slogan "Arbeit Macht Frie" ("Work Makes You Free") on a sign placed by the Israeli occupation authorities at the Kalandia checkpoint that read "The ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0601/S00368.htm

5: Prime Minister to Australia, South Africa

Prime Minister Helen Clark will next week travel to Australia and South Africa for formal bilateral meetings, and for the Progressive Governance Summit near Pretoria.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00176.htm

6: Kiwi Film Wows Audiences At Sundance Festival

January 29, 2006, Auckland, New Zealand Toa Fraser's Debut Feature Film No.2 Has Won The World Cinema Audience Award - Dramatic at the 2006 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0601/S00138.htm

7: Bernard Weiner: Weaving the "Why?" Strands

OK, let's try to puzzle out together some recent political events. The unifying thread will appear; it always does because it's always there, even if sometimes out of conscious reach.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00238.htm

8: Upton-on-Line - Diaspora Edition

A fresh outbreak of horticultural Puritanism is forestalled by Lesley Max; A Place in France provides real life insights into French bureaucracy; and some ruminations on climate change policies as New Zealand decides to jettison its carbon tax.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00233.htm

9: Spy chief's statement welcome but lacking - Greens

Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) head Warren Tucker's entry into the public debate over his agency is welcome, but his opinion piece raises more questions than it answers, says Green MP Keith Locke.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00172.htm

10: Cosgrove urges full participation in 2006 Census

Every major infrastructure, business and community decision has some connection back to census information and social statistics, Statistics Minister Clayton Cosgrove said today in encouraging all New Zealanders to fill in their census forms on census ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00170.htm

11: Copeland: time to hit prostitutes' clients

United Future MP Gordon Copeland wants to know when the police will start prosecuting those who buy the services of under-age prostitutes.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00166.htm

12: Reseach Vessel Stops off on Journey into Past

French ocean research vessel Marion Dufresne stopped off in Wellington yesterday, during an international research effort investigating climate change, sediment deposits and the history of mountain-sized underwater avalanches on the New Zealand sea floor.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00226.htm

13: Textile artists follow WOW awards north

Top international textile artists are to hold a five-day series of workshops at Whitireia Polytechnic in Kapiti later this year to share their knowledge and skills with New Zealand artists.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0601/S00112.htm

14: Audio: Manning Comments On New Hostage Video

Selwyn Manning speaks on RadioLive regarding video being released of Harmeet Sooden and other hostages. Includes comment on Jihadist factions and Baathist factions issuing a flurry of statements over the weekend.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00216.htm

15: Personal Financial Health – The Prognosis for 2006

The 2006 Christmas holiday stood out to me because there were just as many conversations on the beach, in the bach, or over dinner, about personal finances as there were about the windy weather.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0601/S00056.htm

16: Greens hope Air NZ deal takes off

The Green Party is pleased that Air New Zealand has accepted a proposal that will see its heavy maintenance remain in this country but hopes it will not ask employees to make too many sacrifices.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00169.htm

17: Audio: PM Has Presser, While Brash Rarks Up Orewa

The Prime Minister Helen Clark enjoyed a rather relaxed post cabinet press conference today, with a good many gallery journalists having headed northwards in order to receive National Leader Don Brash's Orewa speech firsthand. Those in the gallery ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00244.htm

18: Asia NZ Ushers In The Year Of The Dog

Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin for have a prosperous year) or Kung Hei Fat Choy (Cantonese)! Welcome to the Year of the Dog. In this issue, we preview the forthcoming Asia:NZ Lantern Festivals in Auckland and Christchurch. For those of you confused by the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0601/S00103.htm

19: High Performance Laser For Cancer-Cell Irradiation

Jena, Germany -- A new way to fight cancer: For the first time worldwide an international team of physicists has succeeded to create a directed ray of protons using a high performance laser. The protons have the same speed and can be used for a targeted ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0601/S00034.htm

20: What Are Those Ex MPs Up To Now?

During the movie Dead Poet's Society the inspiring teacher character, played by one time cocaine snorting funnyman Robin Williams, gets his class to listen to the voices of the past emanating from the old black and photos of former students hanging in ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00197.htm

21: Australia: Has the police state arrived?

A close-circuit video camera in every bank, on every shop front, every shopping mall, every train station, every local government camera, any private business with a camera – from David Jones to the corner shop - centrally linked with live feeds to police ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00228.htm

22: Poverty, consumerism and anti-imperialism

Several responses are standard to criticism of ideologically bankrupt and morally schizophrenic initiatives like the UK's Make Poverty History campaign. One is to rail at the impudence of calling into question the campaign organizers sincerity ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00220.htm

23: Jeanette Fitzsimons: The Challenges of 2006

I hope you are all emerging from the summer break refreshed, healed and re-inspired. We need to be all those things, to face the challenges 2006 presents us with.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00162.htm

24: Public Address 31/01/06 - Threats and stuff

I've been telling people that tonight's address in Orewa will be the don't-scare-the-ladies speech; that National has acknowledged that its campaign rhetoric on race, the Treaty and belonging to the "mainstream" deterred women and urban voters and possibly lost ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00240.htm

25: Cosgrove: Address launching Census 2006

New Zealand is a vibrant nation made up of a growing range of diverse communities. Here in Auckland, you can see the rise of apartment living and new household arrangements that are echoed up and down the country.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0601/S00171.htm

26: Don't let Libya off the hook

By Kenneth Roth Tripoli, Libya - As the Libyan government seeks to transcend its international isolation, its greatest challenge may be the way it treats its own people. Slowly, the sources of tension between Tripoli and the West - Lockerbie, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0601/S00426.htm

27: Saudi Arabia: End Juvenile Death Penalty

(Cairo) – Saudi Arabia must publicly commit to ending the execution of juvenile offenders, as the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child recommended on Friday, Human Rights Watch said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0601/S00425.htm

28: Who Will Tell the People?

In his essay on "Character" Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "A chief event in life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us." I've had such days, many of them through encounters with Emerson himself, but never have I been startled ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00241.htm

29: GC Fraser: Stolen Youth Revisited

What is the effect of political violence on Palestinian children? What is it like for children to have Israeli soldiers enter one’s home in the dead of night with remote controlled dogs that attack them in their beds? How do children feel when ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0601/S00237.htm

30: Ace Insurance Makes New Senior Appointments

Auckland – 31 January 2006 – ACE Insurance, a leader in the global insurance and reinsurance industry, has appointed Michael Poole to the position of Managing Director, following Scott Pickering’s appointment to CEO of ACE Insurance, South Africa.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0601/S00219.htm

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