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Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings - 11-12 March 2006


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

1: Africa: curb bird flu, chances of jumping to human

Africa must curb bird flu and its chances of jumping to humans – UN health chief

2: Bob Clarkson Explains How To Get A Good Deal

Today Tauranga MP Bob Clarkson has welcomed the decision of the High Court to order NZ First leader Winston Peters to pay $40,000 in costs following Mr Peters' failed election petition. Scoop caught up with Mr Clarkson for a short interview in which ...

3: Scientist Warns of Threat to Endangered Turtle

A major conservation effort, led by Dr Brendan Godley of the University of Exeter, has just got underway to help protect endangered leatherback turtles which nest in Gabon, West Africa. The region is thought to be the animals'last global stronghold, ...

4: Europe: help with election security in DR of Congo

As the United Nations helps the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to hold national elections in June as part of a peace plan after the most lethal fighting in the world since World War II, the world body’s top peacekeeping official is calling on the ...

5: Sex Worker Rights Group Participating In Bus Trip

Sex worker rights group participating in national bus trip to stop violence against women and children

6: Pringle: Psych Drugs Used To Manufacture Insanity

Many experts say the wide-spread epidemic of mental health problems in the US is man-made. The case of Susan Florence is a testament to this theory of man-made insanity.

7: Air New Zealand Comes To The Aid Of U2 Fans

Air New Zealand announced today it would lend a helping hand to U2 fans inconvenienced by the unexpected postponement of the band's New Zealand concerts later this month.

8: Getting tough on bad owners

Animal Control officers for the Kapiti Coast District Council are applying a “get-tough-on-bad-owners” policy and the first result of this is that one local owner has recently been declared a “disqualified dog owner” by the Court.

9: AIDS Crisis in L. America: Bush & Multinationals

AIDS Crisis in Latin America Compounded by Bush Administration’s Catering to U.S. Drug Multinationals, which Demonstrably are Far More Concerned with the “Bottom Line” than the Deaths of Tens of Thousands of AIDS Victims

10: Dahr Jamail: See Dick Loot

Halliburton and its subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) have been making hay in the burning Iraqi sun for years now. It is, of course, no coincidence that the man sitting as vice president played a key role with his influence in obtaining the ...

11: Aust: Immigration Dept engages in ethnic cleansing

WA rights group Project SafeCom has accused the Howard government and the Department of Immigration of attempting to engage in ethnic cleansing, after the refusal to grant returning deportee Mr Robert Jovicic by acting Immigration Minister Julie Bishop.

12: Iran: Police Attack Women’s Day Celebration

(New York) – Iranian police and plainclothes agents yesterday charged a peaceful assembly of women’s rights activists in Tehran and beat hundreds of women and men who had gathered to commemorate International Women’s Day, Human Rights Watch said ...

13: United States Policy Toward Iran -R Nicholas Burns

R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Opening Statement before the House International Relations Committee Washington, DC March 8, 2006

14: Bill English: Government Booms, Economy Busts

In a slowing economy, government spending will continue to boom. Wellington office blocks currently offer the best returns in commercial property, and the state wage bill is rising by $1 billion per year. So the Reserve Bank has to hold the line on ...

15: Ihug Rejects Telecom; Applies To Commcomm

In a courageous move, New Zealand's largest wholesaler of broadband has rejected the latest wholesale offer from Telecom in favour of asking for speeds up to twice as fast for their customers.

16: Long-term vision in focus for council

A vision for how Auckland will look and feel in 20 to 30 years was clear in the minds of Auckland City Councillors when they met this week to discuss the budget and 10 year plans for the city.

17: Peru's Presidential Elections: The Military Issue

Three major candidates are the prime contenders to become Peru's next president when the country goes to the polls on April 9 to elect a new leader and congress.

18: The price of justice must not be short-changed

It is an oft assumed dictum that criminals should not be able to look to the government to be a co-conspirator to their crimes.

19: NZ's Single Largest Ski Area Investment Ever

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL), operators of Mt Ruapehu Ski Areas, announced yesteday that it will be investing more than $30m over the next two years into upgrading the mountain's facilities.

20: Posties Join campaign For Five Day Week

This Saturday, Posties from Rotorua to Whangarei will be joining their union's campaign for a five-day week by wearing a bright black and yellow armband with the slogan "5 on 2 off".

21: Groups Write to State Dept: Indonesia Military Aid

Assistant Secretary Christopher R. Hill Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20520

22: Hirequip: Interim Report To 31 December 2005

This report covers the six months to 31 December 2005. As announced in the 2005 Annual report the Company has adopted New Zealand Equivalent of International Financial Reporting Standards (NZIFRS).

23: Syed Atiq ul Hassan: PM Howard’s Visit To India

Just after US President George W. Bush's visit to India, Australian Prime Minister John Howard arrived in India to spend 4 busy days along with his team of 40 high-profile members including prominent ministers.

24: Christopher R. Hill - East Asia in Transition

Christopher R. Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Statement to the Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee of the House International Relations Committee Washington, DC March 8, 2006

25: They Are Laughing, And Our Children Are Dying…

[The following article is slated to be published in the AJDS Newsletter this week. –Sol Salbe] They are laughing, and our children are dying… By Rami Elhanan

26: Hundreds of households safer due to HazMobile

About 700 households are now all the safer thanks to a recent visit to Tauranga by the hazardous waste collection service called the HazMobile. Brought to the city by Environment Bay of Plenty and Tauranga City Council, the HazMobile set up at the ...

27: Recruitment Begins For Director Of Security

The State Services Commission will tomorrow begin public advertising for a new Director of Security for the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service.

28: Lawyer convicted of child pornography

A decision by the New Zealand Law Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal handed down in Christchurch today, saw Queenstown lawyer Wayne McKeague narrowly escaping being struck off the law practitioners register.

29: Corruption etc hinder global water distribution

Although unevenly distributed, the world has plenty of water but mismanagement, limited resources and environmental changes mean that almost one fifth of the planet's population still lacks access to safe drinking water and 40 per cent do not have basic sanitation, ...

30: Scoop Images: Len Lye's Water Whirler

The Wellington waterfront has new sculpture. Water Whirler , realised from drawings and descriptions by Len Lye, is now operating on a specially-constructed pier by Frank Kitts Park.


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