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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 6 March 2006


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

1: Fairfax To Acquire Trade Me

John Fairfax Holdings Limited [ASX:FXJ] has reached agreement to acquire Trade Me Limited, New Zealand's leading internet business.

2: 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.

3: UQ Wire: Port Deal Pales In Comparison To Ptech

While Congress and the media focus on the potential dangers of a UAE-owned company running American port operations, any possible threat is dwarfed by the current insecurity of the US government's computer infrastructure, which has been compromised by a company ...

4: Trade Me deal – a vote of confidence in NZ

Fairfax's purchase of on-line auction house Trade Me represents 700 million votes of confidence in the New Zealand economy Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen said today.

5: Goff: NZ's Defence policy

NZ's Defence policy and the factors that shape it - Speech to the visiting US Air Warfare College US Embassy, Wellington

6: President Discusses Strong U.S.-India Partnership

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you. Please be seated. Distinguished guests, namaste. (Applause.) Laura and I have been looking forward to this visit for a long time, and we're delighted to be in India.

7: Suzan Mazur: The Euphronios C Douglas Dillon Nexus

Metropolitan Museum director Philippe de Montebello now refers to it as an "impropriety". He seems to believe that the "grand acquisitors" are off the hook following the Met signing an agreement with Italy regarding title transfer back to Italy of the Euphronios ...

8: Refugees fleeing both ways between Chad and Sudan,

After reporting earlier in the week that refugees were fleeing violence in Chad into the equally troubled Darfur region of Sudan, the United Nations affirmed today that some 100 to 125 Sudanese also continue to arrive at a camp in eastern Chad each day.

9: One Million Kiwis Missing!

The Kiwi Expat Association (Kea New Zealand) has launched the first global census of expatriate New Zealanders, Every One Counts, aimed at tracking down the estimated one million Kiwis living overseas.

10: Bextra - What Did Pfizer Know? - Everything

Critics say millions of people were needlessly exposed to the risks of Bextra due to intense off-label promotion and advertising that boosted the painkiller to a position near the top of the list of the most widely prescribed drugs in US history.

11: NZ Branch to Study Peak Oil

A New Zealand branch of the International Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO-NZ Inc) has been incorporated.

12: John Key: Speech to West Harbour Rotary Club

The Chinese have declared 2006 the Year of the Dog but from my perspective I think it should be the Year of the Economy. For our country's sake I hope the two aren't related, although I am somewhat fearful they will be.

13: Condoleezza Rice Interview With Kishore Ajwani

MR. AJWANI: The nuke deal is done and President Bush has himself said that he is not stuck in the past, however most people feel that as far as the India- U.S. relationship is concerned, this makes a big change but big changes bring along apprehensions. ...

14: Psych Drugs - Doctors Serve As Middle-Man Pushers

Although peddling psychiatric drugs for off-label treatment of every ailment known to man is highly profitable, it is also illegal. Marketing schemes that increase the rates at which drugs are prescribed for off-label use, result in the sale of ...

15: ARCHIVES: Scoop Commentary 2005

ARCHIVES: Scoop Commentary 2005 - Beginning 2006 From:

16: Sarah Ulmer - Two-wheeled lightning

Yesterday Wellington blew away its unseasonable Saturday chill, replacing it with a balmy gleam for Sunday, the day of the women's world cup cycling race around Thorndon, Lambton Quay and The Terrace.

17: UN demands Eritrea lift restrictions after death

The Security Council today reiterated its demand that Eritrea lift all restrictions on the operations of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), in the wake of a peacekeeper’s death after a medical evacuation that took much longer ...

18: David Swanson: Iraq - Pure War, Pure Crime

The Iraq War is a pure war, a war for the sake of war. Congress is debating whether to spend another fortune on it, another fortune that could completely remake this nation if spent on useful projects, and Congress has no reason for the war. The reason ...

19: US Schools Failing Children With Disabilities

In 1975, long before the current epidemic of developmental disorders began, Congress passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which requires public schools to identify children with disabilities and provide them with a need specific ...

20: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing March 3, 2006

PAKISTAN Statement Regarding Assistance Secretary Richard Boucher Visit to Karachi / Meeting with Consulate Staff and other Officials

21: Fines system overhaul needed urgently

Too many people are getting away without paying their fines on time, says National’s Law & Order spokesman, Simon Power.

22: Dahr Jamail: Negroponte's 'Serious Setback'

John Negroponte, the US National Intelligence Director, provided testimony on Tuesday at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on "global threats." Negroponte, who was the US ambassador to Iraq from June 2004 to April 2005, was immediately promoted ...

23: 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 ...

24: 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 ...

25: Arts Festival Review: Aarero Stone

Aarero Stone - as its full title suggests, puts two very different performers in an intriguing space. The first is Carol Brown, an expat New Zealander whose London-based company, Carol Brown Dances, has toured around the world. Charles Koroneho is a maori ...

26: Visit To Australia by Her Majesty The Queen

Visit To Australia by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke Of Edinburgh

27: Couple to Drive NZ on One Tank of Petrol

A couple trying to set a Guinness World Record for fuel efficient driving by driving around the world in 40 fill-ups or less, will attempt to drive from Christchurch to Auckland in using one tank of petrol this week.

28: R. Nicholas Burns Interview With India Today

R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Maurya Sheraton Hotel New Delhi, India March 3, 2006

29: The Letter – Monday March 6, 2006

The Haps The brutal dismemberment of Benson-Pope. More evidence that the economy is slowing.

30: Newman Weekly: Are You a New Zealander?

This week Newman Weekly looks at the Census asking whether a government heavily influenced by the Swedish Social Democrats has made New Zealand a better place today than it was five years ago, and the NZCPD guest, acclaimed Swedish writer Johan Norberg gives ...


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