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Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings - 4-5 March 2006

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

1: A Week Of It: Howzat! Cricket Playing MP Action

Today in Wellington's scenic Botanic Gardens a titanic struggle on the cricket oval raged between MPs and staff drawn from New Zealand's diplomatic community.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00056.htm


2: ARCHIVES: Scoop Commentary 2005

ARCHIVES: Scoop Commentary 2005 - Beginning 2006 From: http://www.scoop.co.nz/features/commentary.html

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00052.htm


3: William Pitt: 'No One Could Have Anticipated...'

The video is gut-wrenching. There they sit, a whole room full of hurricane experts and disaster managers, shouting down a telephone line at George W. Bush, warning him a full day ahead of time that Hurricane Katrina is a catastrophe waiting to happen. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00049.htm


4: Bolton: Draft Res. for Human Rights Council, 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/S00082.htm


5: 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


6: Arts Festival Review: The Sharon Shannon Band

Last night at the National Bank Festival Club, a packed house heard the Sharon Shannon Band's NZ debut, and no one would have been left without at least a foot tapping or a tune in their head.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00059.htm


7: Scoop Images: It's High Noon For Linda Clark

Linda Clark host of Radio New Zealand's Nine to Noon show for the past few years today finishes up. To mark the occasion Scoop went over to take a few pictures of Linda during her last session behind the microphone. Clark is moving on to study ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00033.htm


8: 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


9: Summer Perking Up for Tourism

International visitors have been enjoying the golden weather, with a record number of visitors in New Zealand in January.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0603/S00048.htm


10: 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


11: Second step in Automated Border Crossing programme

Media Release - Joint media release from New Zealand Customs Service, Auckland International Airport Limited (AIAL), Department of Labour (DoL)

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00028.htm


12: When Fully Prepared Isn't Fully Prepared

March 2, 2006 - (Washington) - Homeland Security Ranking Democrat Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), issued the following statement regarding the tapes informing the White House about the possible levee breach by Hurricane Katrina:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00106.htm


13: Arts Festival Review: Maori Showbands

The Maori Allstars are a tribute band put together especially for the festival. Musically directed by Manny Abrahams, the band, with backing singers Arthur Selwyn and Stephanie Hearfield, proceed to take on the Wellington Town Hall.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00061.htm


14: Arts Festival Review: Bright Abyss

Bright Abyss is exactly the right show for this theatre, for both share a fantastic other-worldliness that is definably but immaterially early-twentieth century. When everybody smoked, in fact. Even the chilly drafts that seeped through the stalls ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00060.htm


15: Cosgrove: Federation of NZ Justices' Associations

Thank you for this opportunity to speak with you at the 78th Annual Conference of the Royal Federation. The very fact that your Federation - an organisation founded and supported by volunteers - organises an annual conference is a demonstration of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00075.htm


16: Buzzflash: Connecting Dubai Ports World Players

Connecting Dubai Ports World, the Carlyle Group, CSX, John Snow, and David Sanborn A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS From: http://www.buzzflash.com/analysis/06/02/ana06011.html by A BuzzFlash Reader

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00010.htm


17: 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


18: Middle East Democracy and the Hamas Factor

There is a degree of surrealism in all of this. Hamas has presented its choice of Prime Minister to President Mahmoud Abbas, as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine says it has agreed in principle to join a Hamas-led government.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00039.htm


19: Persian Gulf's Arab Sheikhdoms fuel propaganda

The Islamic regime has increased its activities in order to use the baseless claim of some of the Persian Gulf's Arab sheikhdoms, on the false ownership of the 3 Iranian islands of the Lesser and Greater Thunbs and Aboo Moossa, in its favor. The Islamist ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00075.htm


20: Australian PM should block US-India nuclear deal

The Australian Greens today welcomed the Howard government's commitment not to sell uranium to India while it remains outside the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty but called on the Prime Minister to use Australia's position to block the US-India nuclear ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00102.htm


21: 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


22: 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


23: Arts Festival Review: Tristan and Yseult

They had me before they even started. The audience had been handed balloons, and on this occassion it wasn't long before some bright spark thought to blow one up and send it off into the world. It was an idea whose time had come.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00058.htm


24: 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


25: Proposed Human Rights Council is vital: Annan

Warning that the proposed Human Rights Council could “unravel” if Member States made the wrong moves in the ongoing negotiations over the body, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that the Council was of utmost importance to all nations and ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00099.htm


26: Arts Fest Review: James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids

Most of the audience was unsurprisingly, children (the recommended minimum age was 6 - may seemed to be in the 8-10 bracket) and their parents. I don't fall into either category, but I was curious - stand-up comedy for children? Surely dirty jokes and ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00062.htm


27: Libya: Hopeful Sign as Political Prisoners Freed

(New York) – The Libyan government’s pardoning today of 132 political prisoners is a hopeful sign of reform, Human Rights Watch said. Most of them had spent more than seven years in detention, imprisoned for nonviolent activities after unfair trials.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00107.htm


28: 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


29: Mobil wins coveted environmental award

Hon. Steve Maharey will present Mobil Oil New Zealand Limited with the top award in the New Zealand Corporate Environmental and Social Responsiveness Awards at a function at Parliament this evening.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0602/S00383.htm


30: Australia Welcomes Fiji Elections Announcement

I welcome the announcement that Fijians will go to the polls from 6 - 13 May 2006.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00105.htm

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