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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 13 February 2006

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

1: Xtra To Launch Faster Broadband And Lower Prices

Broadband is about to get faster for residential customers – and a lot cheaper for business customers.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0602/S00131.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: Condoleezza Rice Interview ABC's This Week

MR. STEPHANOPOULOS: Good morning, everyone. It is not hot here in the Northeast. We've got our first big snowstorm of the year, but our headliner made it in. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, welcome back to This Week, Madame Secretary.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00186.htm

4: Waitakere City Applauded For Land Initiatitive

The Waitakere City Council ( Auckland New Zealand ) is pushing the Auckland Regional Council to allow it to release more residential, commercial and industrial land ( NZ Herald “Waitakere City to free up land” – 19 February 2006 ) following a Bayleys ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0602/S00069.htm

5: Bottled water a scam - Greens

Bottled water is a multi-million dollar scam that is threatening the environment and sucking money out of people's pockets, the Green Party says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00155.htm

6: Pita Sharples Speech: Rally to Support Low Paid

In just the first six weeks of this year, there has been devastation, depression and redundancy in New Zealand homes right across the country.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00139.htm

7: Gregory Fortuin: Cartoons – 5 Lessons To Draw

There is no such thing as an unbiased view. Our opinions are mostly formed by our values, our experiences and our exposures. I am unashamed of my faith in God and my often stumbling desire to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. This belief system ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00117.htm

8: Smoking ban killing off the iconic Kiwi pub

The results of a WIN Party survey of more than six hundred bars nationwide conflict somewhat with health authority and anti smoking group claims the smoking ban in bars has had little negative effect upon trade and profitability.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00085.htm

9: A New Bee Disease could be Released into NZ

Members of the National Beekeepers Association are concerned that the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry could allow the introduction of a new honey bee disease causing organism into New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0602/S00127.htm

10: Govt should let parents see secret website

The Government should allow parents access to information comparing schools that is currently kept secret, says National Party Education spokesman Bill English.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00144.htm

11: Wellington hosts major Internet conference

More than 700 people and representatives from 90 governments will be ‘surfing’ in Wellington next month as the city hosts a major international conference on the Internet.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0602/S00135.htm

12: Nature Biotechnology backs Phylomer Technology

Australian drug discovery company Phylogica (ASX:PYC) today announced that a scientific paper reviewing its Phylomer® technology has been accepted by the internationally peer reviewed journal, Nature Biotechnology and is now published in the current February ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0602/S00023.htm

13: 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

14: Emirates Adds Two Premium Lounges In Australia

Emirates' luxurious First and Business Class Lounges at Sydney's Kingsford-Smith International Airport and at Perth Airport have been officially opened by top Australian dignitaries.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0602/S00123.htm

15: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing February 10, 2006

HAITI Election / Electoral Process / Logistical Problems / Tallying Ballots / Working with New Haitian Government / International Support MINUSTAH Mission / Security Situation / Police Training Aristide in South Africa

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00183.htm

16: Communication is at the Heart of Valentines Day

Love and romance are healthy elements of happy relationships and they are key to Family Planning work this Valentines Day.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0602/S00085.htm

17: Conyers Letter To Bush & Cheney Re Libby

February 10, 2006 The President The Vice President The White House Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President and Mr. Vice President: Yesterday, the National Journal and AP reported that the Vice President's former Chief of Staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00182.htm

18: "Break Telecom's broadband monopoly"

Breaking Telecom's monopoly over IT wire infrastructure should be an urgent priority for the Government this year, according to Green Party IT Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00151.htm

19: Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #123

COMMUNITY RALLY IN SUPPORT OF LOW PAID WORKERS: Auckland Town Hall, this Sunday - 12 Feb - from 2pm to 3.30pm. This is a critical meeting for low paid workers in the campaign for a better deal. The young workers in the fast food sector have done incredibly ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00079.htm

20: The Mapp Report: Cartoons and freedom of speech

Were the newspapers and television stations right to publish the cartoons? Do they have responsibility to consider any other factors except the right to publish?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00161.htm

21: Kiwi Spotted In Midland Park

Over 100 inflatable kiwi were released in Midland Park at 12noon on Friday, February 10th by members of the Save Happy Valley Coalition (Wellington). The kiwi were then dragged away and moved by "Solid Energy miners".

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00084.htm

22: Anderton Speech Malaysian Society Chinese New Year

Jim Anderton Speech to Canterbury Malaysian Society Chinese New Year dinner, 6.30PM Sunday, 12 February 2006, 266 High Street, Christchurch.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00146.htm

23: Screaming towards Wellington

After the first night of racing, the six-strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet is now charging towards Wellington at a rate of knots. Ericsson, with kiwi crewmembers Richard Mason and David Rolfe onboard, is currently in fourth place, just three nautical miles ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0602/S00086.htm

24: Surf’s up – Wellington hosts major Net conference

More than 700 people and representatives from 90 governments will be ‘surfing’ in Wellington next month as the city hosts a major international conference on the Internet.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0602/S00081.htm

25: Human toll must be factored in Herceptin decision

National's Associate Health spokeswoman and breast specialist Jackie Blue is urging Pharmac to factor in the human toll and fallout that is occurring when it meets February 16 to consider funding the breast cancer drug Herceptin.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00143.htm

26: Matt McCarten Speech: The Great Rip Off!

Restaurant Industry has halved wages in 20 years Unite to support industrial actions at stores over the next month March 18 picked as Day of Protest Supports Sue Bradford’s Bill to End Youth Rates Will consider a Citizens Initiated Referendum on $12 Minimum ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00073.htm

27: Top ideas line up for Health Innovation Awards

A scheme to take the fizz out of school tuck shops is one of the entries short-listed for New Zealand’s top health and rehabilitation awards.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00157.htm

28: Labour digs itself deeper on pledge cards

National Party Deputy Leader Gerry Brownlee says Labour appears to be digging itself an even deeper hole on the issue of taxpayer-funded pledge card overspending.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00149.htm

29: 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

30: Cindy Sheehan: It's Not Enough to Criticize

I am standing here today to say "enough." It is not enough to "criticize" the President's policies while you are handing him more money to fund his policies. It is like giving an addict more money to purchase drugs when you would like him or her to quit.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00173.htm

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