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Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings - 10-12 February 2006

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The Weekend's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Cheney Spearheaded Effort to Discredit Wilson

Vice President Dick Cheney and then-Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley led a campaign beginning in March 2003 to discredit former Ambassador Joseph Wilson for publicly criticizing the Bush administration's intelligence on Iraq, according ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00110.htm

2: FULL COVERAGE: Cartoon Caricature Controversy

Audio: Pankhurst Apologises For Offending Muslims + Javed Khan IV - Tim Pankhurst: "They recognise the freedom of speech issues, but we also accept that that does not come without responsibilities. We have agreed to apologise for causing offence ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00100.htm

3: Bluebridge Hula Laguna party to transform Lagoon

This Sunday will see the Lagoon on Wellington’s waterfront transformed into an exotic island paradise for a new free music event – Bluebridge Hula Laguna and the Late Night Luau – running from 11am until 11pm.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0602/S00047.htm

4: Navy's new MRV to be launched

The Royal New Zealand Navy's new Multi Role Vessel (MRV) will be launched on Saturday (local time) at the Merwede shipyard in Rotterdam.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00137.htm

5: Mexico Parties Slam US Cuba Policy

Mexico, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) Leaders and legislators of main Mexican parties condemned the implementation in Mexico of US anti-Cuban measures such as the Helms-Burton, which tightens the blockade of the Island.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00175.htm

6: Suzan Mazur "No Ransom" - Part II (With Audio)

Unlike many in the museum world, Metropolitan Museum Ancient Near East expert Oscar White Muscarella was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. His childhood was spent in foster homes. And at age ten or eleven he was adopted by his mother's second ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00098.htm

7: Paul Buchanan: The Politics of Cartoon Conflict

Recent controversies surrounding the publication of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad have raised the spectre of a deepening cultural clash between Islam and the West. The issue has been debated as one of freedoms of speech and press versus ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00072.htm

8: Clark must answer on overspending

National Party Deputy Leader Gerry Brownlee says Helen Clark must be the one answering questions on Labour's pledge card overspending.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00131.htm

9: McDonald’s Backs down after Workers Strike

McDonald’s workers in Queen St carried out a symbolic strike at lunchtime today despite the company’s threats to sue individual workers if they took part in union action.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0602/S00121.htm

10: Calling for a rational immigration debate

The reaction to comments made by Don Brash in his latest Orewa speech about the need for an immigration debate was out of proportion to the amount of time he spent discussing this topic. In total, there were 192 words devoted to this out of a total ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00134.htm

11: Fringe Review: Shanghai Sheba

In the 2005 Fringe Festival Sheba Williams dazzled with her tribute to tribute to 1920s icon Josephine Baker. Now she gives us the story of Shanghai, as told in a stylish mix of prose and song by the quintessential bar girl – Shanghai Sheba.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00113.htm

12: Anderton Attends Training Trust's Graduation

Jim Anderton is attending the Apprenticeship Training Trust's Graduation, Annual Awards and Prizegiving Ceremony on the North Shore in Auckland tonight.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00138.htm

13: Hot air misses the Global Warming point

Solid Energy's environmental report in which it says it has delivered on its environmental goals misses perhaps the largest environmental effect of all: climate destabilising global warming - says the Environment and Conservation Organisations (ECO) co-chair, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0602/S00019.htm

14: Labour Outspends National By More Than $500,000

In a surprise twist to the ongoing saga of Election 2005 Labour look to have spent well in excess of National in election advertising. According to the Election Commission not only did Labour spend more than National on election advertising they spent more ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00101.htm

15: Greens meet Zimbabwe opposition representative

A high profile member of the Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Mrs Sekai Holland, met with Green Party Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Keith Locke in Wellington today. Mrs Holland is a national executive member of the MDC, which is the major ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00132.htm

16: Fringe: You Know What, I Really Don’t Like You

The stage is fairly bare, containing some cushions in the middle, some books nearby, a punching bag hanging to the right and another lying on the floor, an inflatable hammer and baseball bat, and a yoga ball off to the left.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00115.htm

17: Volunteering NZ welcomes ‘Cheers Volunteers’

“Volunteering New Zealand joins with government today in saying ‘cheers volunteers’,” said Tim Burns, Executive Director of Volunteering New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00071.htm

18: Undertaker To Bury New Zealand

World Wrestling Entertainment® and Dainty Consolidated Entertainment today announced that UNDERTAKER® has been added to the list of SmackDown Superstars appearing in New Zealand’s first ever WWE Live Event at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium on Saturday ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0601/S00025.htm

19: Fringe Review: Ye Olde Horrore Tour

I’ve been on walking tours through many cities, including a Witch Walk in Edinburgh, a Jack the Ripper Tour in London, and a Voodoo Walk through the cemeteries of old New Orleans. So, the 2006 Wellington Fringe Festival’s offering of "Ye Olde Horrore ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00114.htm

20: Fiji aid to focus on squatter settlements

Ending his visit to Fiji, Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said that New Zealand intends to focus its bilateral aid efforts on addressing the growing problem of squatter settlements.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00136.htm

21: Build Up To Fringe 06 This Is It. Yeehah!

Karen Blyth, director, is ecstatic about the opening of Fringe 06. “Everyone is welcome to the Fringe 06 opening night party, 9pm, at the Paramount. It’s going to be a monster!” Celebrated DJ extraordinaire RECLOOSE will be turning out upbeat sounds to rock the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0602/S00028.htm

22: Greenpeace dismisses WTO ruling on Europe & GMOs

Brussels - Greenpeace tonight dismissed as irrelevant a WTO ruling that reportedly backs the US, Canada and Argentina in their efforts to force Europe to accept genetically modified organisms (GMOs); according to first press reports, the WTO decided that ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00179.htm

23: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics

Election Law: Did Labour Get Value For Its Alleged Overspend? - Politics: Workers, Unions And Activists To Hold Public Rally Sunday - Justice: Restorative Justice Model Reduces Reoffending - Report - Health: Ryall Set To Battle Government Over Old Napier ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00112.htm

24: East Timor President Must Veto Criminal Defamation

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has written to the President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao calling for a veto of the penal code proposed by the Government of Timor-Leste criminalising defamation ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00168.htm

25: Budget 2006: More Spending and Less Growth

Last December the government released its latest Budget Policy Statement (BPS). It gives the government’s assessment of the medium-term outlook for the economy and outlines the broad shape of the 2006 Budget. The first striking point about the BPS ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0602/S00119.htm

26: Aust.: Report into Immigration’s visa cancellation

A report by Commonwealth and Immigration Ombudsman, Prof. John McMillan, released today highlights deficiencies in the Department of Immigration’s administration of visa cancellation powers under s 501 of the Migration Act 1958 as it applies to long-term ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00177.htm

27: Zero tolerance goes from strength to strength

The Zero Tolerance to Graffiti programme continues its success with the number of reported incidents of graffiti significantly down on this time last year.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0602/S00063.htm

28: Unsafe Flaming Gel Recalled

The Ministry of Consumer Affairs is working with the supplier and retailers of a product called 'Nu-reZ Flaming Gel' to undertake an immediate voluntary recall.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0602/S00122.htm

29: Hopsicker: Abramoff & The Republican Black Hand

When Jack Abramoff showed up looking like an old-time Mafia don complete with black fedora and matching trench coat last month, to plead guilty to felony fraud charges in a Federal Court in Washington D.C., puzzled observers were asking: what could ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00104.htm

30: Intelligence Alliance Binds NZ To US War Machine

Let's give credit where credit's due. It was commendable that Warren Tucker, the Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) made its first ever public statement (January 31). News coverage of his unprecedented article focused ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00068.htm

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