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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 2 March 2006

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

1: Why did Microsoft lawyers pen "neutral" report?

The State Services Commission should be condemned for using a law firm with strong links to Microsoft to prepare a report on rival software systems using open standards, Green Party Information Technology Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00053.htm


2: Rolling Stones Are Coming To NZ

The most exciting and powerful rock 'n' roll show in the world is coming to Auckland and Wellington this April. The Rolling Stones - A Bigger Bang Tour - will play two shows only in New Zealand at Western Springs in Auckland on Sunday 16 April and Westpac ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0602/S00216.htm


3: Pamela Anderson Sends Passionate Plea to KFC NZ

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia-Pacific member Pamela Anderson has sent a graphic DVD – which she narrates – showing what happens to chickens before they end up in KFC’s buckets and an urgent letter to Victoria Salmon, CEO of the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00010.htm


4: The Disenfranchisement Of Katrina's Survivors

Adding Insult to Injury for Katrina Survivors - Barriers to Voting Due to Inadequate State & Local Efforts - Two Law Suits Fail to Remedy the Situation.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00016.htm


5: Venezuela: The `Threat Of A Good Example'

The article drips with imperial arrogance as Baxter sneers at Morales and Chavez, both dark-skinned and from humble origins. Chavez, whose political movement has now won 10 elections in just seven years, is called a “clown” and a “buffoon”, while ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00022.htm


6: Rice Out to Inoculate L. America, Chávez will win

Secretay Rice Out to Inoculate Latin America, but Chávez is all but Guaranteed a Clean Win

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00018.htm


7: Leopold: Details Emerge in Latest Plame Emails

The White House confirmed Tuesday that it recently turned over to Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald 250 pages of emails from the Office of Vice President Dick Cheney related to covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson and her husband, former Ambassador ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00029.htm


8: Questions for Oral Answer Thursday, 2 March 2006

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: Does he stand by his statement that, "I am also aware that Mr Benson-Pope has stated that his behaviour complied with school policy at the time."; if so, does he believe that statement includes ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00042.htm


9: 2006 Intl. Narcotics Control Strategy Report

Anne W. Patterson, Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs On-the-Record Briefing Washington, DC March 1, 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00067.htm


10: BioEthics & Pandora's Box of Genetic Engineering

Few people who have seen David Cronenberg's 1986 classic, The Fly, could ever wish upon themselves the horror and personal tragedy that the genetic disaster in that film ultimately created.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0602/S00345.htm


11: Super-fast internet: Govt. approves $43 million

Funding has been approved to establish a super high-speed internet link between universities and research organisations in New Zealand and overseas.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00024.htm


12: Was NY Met-Italy Deal A Bloomberg-Berlusconi Pact?

It's privately gated - Tucker's Town, Bermuda. Who comes and goes is not public information. But that they've talked antiquities, maybe even had a serious dinner conversation over she-crab soup and mako shark while sketching out possible title transfer of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00013.htm


13: Fledgling companies showing high growth potential

Ninety-eight companies so far have graduated from the government's incubator programme, with thirty-nine already showing good high growth potential, Economic Development Minister Trevor Mallard announced today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00003.htm


14: Parker: Power conference speech

Good afternoon everyone and thank you for the opportunity to address you. As many of you will know, this is one of my first chances, since being given my energy and climate change responsibilities, to address a widely representative gathering of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00031.htm


15: Questions And Answers 1 March 2006

1. GEORGINA BEYER (Labour) on behalf of the Hon PAUL SWAIN (Labour—Rimutaka) to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any reports on the aspirations of New Zealanders that the KiwiSaver scheme will address?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00029.htm


16: Nigeria: Obasanjo Must Act Now on Taylor

(Lagos) – When Liberia’s newly elected president visits Abuja on Friday, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo should announce that Nigeria will promptly surrender Charles Taylor to face trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Campaign ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00070.htm


17: "Reality check" needed on oil use

Finance Minister Michael Cullen's "reality check" on the economy should include a "reality check" on oil use, Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00448.htm


18: 'Labour out of Touch with Maori'

Dr Cullen’s responses to questions from Tariana Turia and Te Ururoa Flavell at question-time, today indicated how out-of-touch Labour is with the current profile for Maori.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00056.htm


19: Public Address 02/03/06 - Oops, I Did It Again

I'm back from blog maternity leave with a new baby and a very useful piece of advice: when you wish for a quick labour, it might not be a bad idea to specify a time frame...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00030.htm


20: International Sex Worker Rights Day

The 3rd of March is International Sex Worker Rights Day. The day originated in 2001 when over 25 000 sex workers gathered in India for a sex worker festival. The organisers wanted to celebrate the lives of sex workers as well as highlight sex workers' determination ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00007.htm


21: The Broadband Battle Continues

As the industry & media furore surrounding alleged monopolistic & prohibitive broadband internet trade practices threaten to become "a priority" for Prime Minister Helen Clark’s government, Annette Presley founder of leading ISP Slingshot will take her ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0603/S00039.htm


22: Short Breaks – Singapore Airlines News

Singapore Airlines flies 12 times weekly from Auckland and daily from Christchurch. All flights ex-New Zealand fly direct to Singapore then on to 68 cities in 38 countries.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0603/S00052.htm


23: Bolton Remarks On Human Rights Council and Sudan

Ambassador John R. Bolton, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Remarks at the Security Council Stakeout New York City February 28, 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00061.htm


24: Compromised Minister cannot stay

National Party Welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins says David Benson-Pope has been badly compromised and his honesty will always be open to question.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00045.htm


25: Personal Explanation of David Benson-Pope MP

Personal Explanation of David Benson-Pope MP (Note the following was not delivered in the house as there was an objection from the opposition.)

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0602/S00453.htm


26: IFEX COMMUNIQUÉ VOL 15 NO 8

The IFEX Communiqué is the weekly newsletter of the International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX), a global network of 72 organisations working to defend and promote the right to free expression. IFEX is managed by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00026.htm


27: PHARMAC, Schering-Plough reach agreement

PHARMAC and Schering-Plough have reached a provisional agreement for funding of the brain tumour treatment temozolomide (Temodal).

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0603/S00008.htm


28: Gomez: Bolivia's Political Moment, Part II?

As two new items in The Narco News Bulletin today show, the long history of struggle for the Bolivian people is far from over simply due to the election of President Evo Morales. First, Luis A. Gómez reports again from La Paz on Bolivia's current ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00021.htm


29: EECA EnergyWise Award winners announced

The winners of the 2006 EECA EnergyWise Awards were announced in Auckland tonight.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0603/S00005.htm


30: William Rivers Pitt: The Most Dangerous Days

Vice President Dick Cheney spoke at the 46th Annual American Legion Washington Conference on Tuesday to let everyone know that all is well in Iraq. "This nation has made a decision," said Cheney. "We will stand by our friends and engage our enemies with ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00027.htm

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