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Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings - 18-19 February 2006

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

1: A Week Of It: Donations, Redundancies, Bravehearts

In this week's A Week Of It: What's the state of those anonymous political campaign donations - Listener Makes Gordon Campbell redundant while those NBR-Types are doing fine thanks... & Scoop IV's foreign correspondent, Jon Stephenson...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00193.htm

2: Fringe Review: Heavenly Burlesque

When I tried to look up info on Heavenly Burlesque, my computer simply refused to go there. It the screen flashed in bold blue letters that there had been "porn detected," and that this site contravened my workplace's Internet policy. Okaaay, I thought, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00195.htm

3: Lightening Strikes Twice At Starbucks

Two Starbucks stores in Auckland were closed Saturday for two hours after a lightening strike by Starbucks workers.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00127.htm

4: Scoop Fringe Images: Excess, Loonesco

The blurb for Excess encourages us to "Enjoy the visual symphony of suitcases as an installation and as a movement of energy through the streets of Wellington". Scoop caught Excess in installation mode above Civic Square on the 18th.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00196.htm

5: Tokelau referendum does not produce a 2/3 majority

Tokelau referendum does not produce a two thirds majority in favour of a change of status

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00232.htm

6: Fringe review: Freakin’ in the Cemetery

Initially this show was to be staged in the Bolton Street cemetery. Although the venue changed to the Soundshell, the organisers must have felt that "Freakin’ at the Botanical Gardens" wouldn’t have quite the right resonance.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00197.htm

7: Maurizio Fiorilli - Italy's Antiquities Prosecutor

Maurizio Fiorilli , a federal prosecutor in the ongoing Italian antiquities trafficking trial, does not think an army the size of the Roman Empire's is the best approach to getting Italy's Euphronios bowl and other looted ancient art back from American ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00189.htm

8: Fringe Review: Playing Miss Havisham

In Charles Dickens's Great Expectations, Miss Havisham is the elderly woman who has spent 30 years shrivelling in a draughty mansion after being jilted at the altar by a scoundrel. In one sense this is a caustic statement about the nature of marriage ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00194.htm

9: Devil In The Detail On Bottom Trawling Ban

*Tuesday 14 February 2006:* Greenpeace said today’s announcement that areas would be closed to bottom trawling showed that both the fishing industry and Government acknowledge the need to protect deep-sea life from the destruction caused by bottom ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00148.htm

10: Petrodollars and Nuclear Weapons Proliferation

Iran has been in the gun-sights of George W. Bush and his entourage from the moment that he was parachuted into the presidency in November 2000 by his father’s Supreme Court.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00157.htm

11: 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

12: Strattera - 130 Reports Of Suicidality In One Mont

A not yet released discussion paper written by the British Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency, reveals that last fall, there were 130 reports of suicidality in a single month by patients treated with the attention deficit drug Strattera.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00173.htm

13: Cartoon Controversy: Drop Criminal Charges

The governments of Jordan, Yemen and Algeria should immediately drop criminal charges against editors and journalists who reproduced controversial caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in their publications, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00279.htm

14: www.mccully.co.nz 17 February 2006

As MPs rocked up to Parliament this week to hear the Prime Minister’s opening statement, there was an air of anticipation. The Ninth Floor of the Beehive has been the venue for a slew of meetings in recent weeks. Worried that the economy is turning south ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00246.htm

15: Tokelau referendum does not support change

Tokelau referendum does not produce a two thirds majority in favour of a change of status

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00233.htm

16: Peters: Speech to NZ- Israel Trade Association

Despite being a relatively small and isolated nation on the other side of the globe, New Zealand has a longstanding interest and involvement in the Middle East in general and Israel in particular.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00260.htm

17: Scoop Audio: Amos, Manning, Thomas on RadioLive

On RadioLive Tony Amos, Selwyn Manning, &, Ben Thomas discuss: the PM's fund Labour campaign card fiasco; Don Brash and leader-in-waiting John Key; Nat-Attack on Winston Peters, eminent kiwis & TVNZ; and the rise and rise of the Unite Union movement…

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00198.htm

18: Permanent Bases Point Toward Permanent War

In Mr. Bush's "State 0f The Union" address, he claimed that "US forces will be drawn down as Iraqi forces stand up." [1] However, this claim is flatly contradicted by the Pentagon's ongoing multibillion-dollar expenditures for the construction of 106 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00172.htm

19: Technology leads to faster detection of terrorism

A unique new DNA extraction reagent, developed by New Zealand scientists and being launched on the world market today by ZyGEM, could play a key role in countering terrorism and establishing food safety.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0602/S00031.htm

20: On the Danish Cartoons: When Speech Offends

On September 30, 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published twelve cartoon depictions of the Prophet Mohammed that its editors said they solicited as part of an experiment to overcome what they perceived as self-censorship reflected in the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00263.htm

21: 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

22: Child Obesity Policy Step In The Right Direction

New Zealand First welcomes Government initiatives to tackle the problem of child obesity but calls for urgency in their implementation says New Zealand First’s health spokesperson Barbara Stewart.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00249.htm

23: Snapshot of swimming spots shows beaches best

New Zealand’s favourite coastal swimming beaches are generally of a very high quality, a new report released today by Environment Minister David Benson-Pope shows. However, a number of inland lake and river swimming spots need more work to improve water ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00251.htm

24: Tokelau Votes To Retain Status Quo

The Administrator of Tokelau Neil Walter has reported that this week's referendum on Tokelau's political future did not produce the requisite two-thirds majority vote in favour of self-government in free association with New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00112.htm

25: Trilateral Dialogue between Australia, Germany, NZ

I have today launched a new trilateral dialogue on strategic and security issues between Australia, Germany and New Zealand. The talks will take place in Sydney on 16-17 February 2006.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00297.htm

26: Heavenly Burlesque: a Fuse Production

Enter the seductive world of Burlesque Circus, Dance and Cabaret, showcasing over 100 artists from New Zealand and overseas. Heavenly Burlesque transforms The Paramount into a world of live original performance and music limited to 3 weekends only.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0602/S00118.htm

27: Tokelau Votes To Retain Status Quo

The Administrator of Tokelau Neil Walter has reported that this week's referendum on Tokelau's political future did not produce the requisite two-thirds majority vote in favour of self-government in free association with New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0602/S00113.htm

28: Scoop Images: Hexstatic Plays Wellington Fringe

A large crowd gathered last night to watch Hexstatic, recently rated the number one audiovisual act in the world by DJMag, perform in Wellington. Working on a barge on the city's waterfront lagoon, the duo produced a spectacular show that encorporated ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00191.htm

29: Where US Imprisons Journalists: Iraq, Guantanamo

PARIS (RSF/Pacific Media Watch): Reporters Sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders) called on the United States government to free two journalists it said were being unjustly held at a US prison in Iraq, and at the US military base in Guantanamo, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0602/S00295.htm

30: Statistics Minister launches Census Helpline

Getting advice on the census is now just a phone call away, following the official launch this morning of the 2006 Census Helpline. The Statistics Minister, Clayton Cosgrove launched the service at one of the four call centres Statistics New Zealand ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00234.htm

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