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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 1 February 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: The State of the Union

The State of the Union By William Rivers Pitt t r u t h o u t | Perspective From: http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/013106Y.shtml Tuesday 31 January 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00004.htm

3: Brash Speech: Labour’s Legacy: A Faltering Economy

An address to the Orewa Rotary Club by Don Brash Leader of the National Party 31 January 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00002.htm

4: Chávez’s Solution to the Caribbean Oil Crisis

PetroCaribe: Chávez’s Venturesome Solution to the Caribbean Oil Crisis and Trinidad’s Patrick Manning and Barbados’ Owen Arthur’s Ungracious Riposte

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00006.htm

5: Jason Leopold: Bush Ignored 9/11 Warnings

President Bush and Vice President Cheney have publicly stated that the top-secret domestic spying program Bush authorized in 2002 could have thwarted the 9/11 attacks had the controversial, and possibly illegal, measure been in effect prior to the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00005.htm

6: Gore Vidal Delivers State of the Union

Today, the 31st of January, in the hallowed year, election year, of ’06, could be a memorable day if we all do our part, which is simply to concentrate, among other things, and do perhaps what a couple of groups have decided would be useful for the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00006.htm

7: Dream on Don!

Don Brash is dreaming if he thinks the world can sustain the old-fashioned vision he has outlined in his Orewa III speech today, the Green Party says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00004.htm

8: Otago University Students’ Magazine Critic Banned

The Office of Film and Literature Classification has banned an issue of the Otago University student magazine Critic Te Arohi because it tends to promote sexual violence and criminal activity.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00002.htm

9: Cullen on Brash: Is that all?

"It's hardly surprising National chose not to hype its leader's speech. It's tired old rhetoric from a tired leader," said Dr Cullen. "Dr Brash is sticking to the same right wing prescription he peddled so unsuccessfully at the election.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00003.htm

10: Dunedin Arts and Cultural Events February-March

Following is a schedule of confirmed events in the City of Dunedin. The Dunedin City Council (DCC) City Marketing distributes the information on behalf of the attractions that appear below. Please contact event organisers directly for further information ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0602/S00005.htm

11: 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

12: 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

13: Economy suffers as Labour fails to act

The already large gap between our incomes and those in Australia will just keep getting wider under present policies, says National Leader Don Brash.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00001.htm

14: 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

15: 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

16: Flying to Europe More Comfortable for lucky NZers

Four lucky New Zealanders have just discovered they will be travelling to Europe this year in Singapore Airlines’ luxurious SpaceBed. Singapore Airlines’ annual ‘EarlyBird’ Europe sale running from October to December 2005 promised more than just a great ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0602/S00004.htm

17: Public Address 01/02/06 - Cheese

In keeping with Auckland's reputation as Godzone's multicultural heartland, the flavour of the minute this past weekend was "Japanese". We had walked past an Italian restaurant called Tonys (seriously guys, a less stupid name might be appropriate), and ended ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00007.htm

18: Government positive about Afghanistan commitment

Government positive about Afghanistan commitment New Zealand is considering positively continuing its commitment in Afghanistan along current levels, Defence Minister Phil Goff told an international conference on Afghanistan in London overnight.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00006.htm

19: 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

20: Unemployment benefit numbers drop by 22% in 2005

New statistics show that the number of people receiving an Unemployment Benefit fell by a further 14,543, or 22 percent over the year to December 2005.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00015.htm

21: Big Wednesday Jackpots – $8.5 million plus

The new lottery game, Big Wednesday, has jackpotted, with $8.5 million cash and other luxury prizes on offer next week, NZ Lotteries Chief Executive Trevor Hall said tonight.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0601/S00068.htm

22: Spotlight on "salary sacrifice" for tax purposes

Revenue Minister Peter Dunne has welcomed the publication today of an issues paper on the use of "salary sacrifice" by some employees to lower the amount of income tax they pay.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00017.htm

23: Redundancies show need for high level strategy

The Council of Trade Unions says this week's redundancy announcements highlight the need for high level, strategic engagement between unions, employers and Government to tackle the employment and industry development issues facing the manufacturing ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0601/S00196.htm

24: NZ supports decision on Iran nuclear programme

Disarmament and Arms Control Minister Phil Goff expressed New Zealand's support for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) extraordinary meeting in Vienna on February 2 and 3 to report Iran’s nuclear programme to the United Nations Security ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00016.htm

25: NZ Under Threat Over Terminator Technology

New Zealand's backing for Terminator technology at the meeting of the UN Convention on Biodiversity in Spain has seriously threatened this country's international reputation.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0602/S00002.htm

26: Cullen identifies the real tertiary ed issues

Tertiary Education Minister Dr Michael Cullen used his first major speech of the year to outline what he considers are the main issues facing tertiary education. Significantly, student financial support was not the key issue in his view. He told ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0602/S00002.htm

27: Ukraine: life in exchange for 250,000 tons of coal

Spotlight interview with Anatoliy Akimochkin, vice president of the Ukrainian trade union confederation KVPU and first president of the Independent Miners Union of Ukraine

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00004.htm

28: Sanctuary Superstar

What do the latest Hollywood hero and a Wellywood pigeon have in common? Well, for starters, they're both called Valiant.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0602/S00001.htm

29: Revenue Minister confirms tax reform well on track

Revenue Minister Peter Dunne confirmed today that the process of business tax reform, as agreed between Labour and United Future in their confidence and supply agreement, is well underway.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00009.htm

30: NZ extends Bosnia commitment

New Zealand will extend its deployment of Defence Force staff officers serving in Bosnia and Herzegovina for another 14 months from March 1, Defence Minister Phil Goff said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00008.htm

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