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Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings - 25-26 March 2006


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

1: Russell Crowe and The Ordinary Fear Of God

Thursday 30th March - Leigh Sawmill Cafe (Dinner + Show) Friday 31st March - Sky City Theatre Auckland Saturday 1st April - Ilott Theatre Wellington

2: Cindy Sheehan: Volunteers for Endless War

Being on the road constantly and being in the trenches for peace leaves me little time (and, if truth be told, little inclination) to keep up with George's dishonest and often incoherent ramblings; nonetheless, this week, two of his more calculated ...

3: A Week Of It: Shane Jones, Ian Wishart and Hosking

The life of the chairperson of Parliament's Finance and expenditure committee isn't all flashing cameras and TVNZ inquiries according to new Labour MP Shane Jones. A Week of It caught up with Mr Jones, a potentially rising star of the 2005 intake ...

4: Urgent humanitarian crisis looms in East Africa

World Vision's communications director for East Africa, Nigel Marsh, says the Horn of Africa needs urgent help now. As the United Nations doubles its financial appeal for Somalia (21 March) to US$326m, Marsh emphasizes that although it is not an official ...

5: Donny Osmond will perform two shows in NZ

Donny Osmond brings his world concert tour to New Zealand for two shows only on May 9 & 10, 2006. Osmond performs the entire show.

6: Supercomputer Weather: Cyclone Wati Heads For NZ

A forecast from the NOAA Global weather computer model ( see below ) shows the cyclone grazing the northern tip of Northland early this coming Monday. The tightly bunched isobars indicate gale force winds from Northland to the Waikato initially spreading ...

8: DomPost Ignored MFAT Harmeet Sooden Warnings

Earlier this year using the Official Information Act Scoop obtained a copy of the notes provided to MFAT boss Simon Murdoch before he phoned Dominion Post Editor Tim Pankhurst in his unsuccessful attempt to persuade the newspaper not to publish the ...

9: Indefinite Vigil Against Coca-Cola in India

San Francisco: The community of Mehdiganj in northern India has launched an indefinite vigil against a Coca-Cola bottling plant today, demanding that the plant be permanently shut down.

10: Supercomputer Weather: Wati Weakens On NZ Approach

The latest NOAA GFS Supercomputer forecasts for Cyclone Wati show the remnants of cyclone weakening considerably in the Tasman Sea before making landfall north of Auckland on Monday night.

11: Is Bush Guilty Of Crimes Against Humanity?

The Bush Crimes Commission is launching a nation-wide campus tour this week, starting at UC Berkeley -- Speaking the Unspeakable: Is the Bush Administration Guilty of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity? This is a tour of prominent whistleblowers, ...

12: US: Abuse of lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender

Thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the USA are victims of a system that fuels discrimination and facilitates torture, ill-treatment and impunity, said Amnesty International today as it launched a report on police abuses ...

13: Justice Not War in Philippines Protests Iraq War

New York City--New York-based Filipinos, students and youth flooded Bronx streets on Sunday, March 19th to denounce the US war on Iraq, a war that has killed approximately 150,000 Iraqis and nearly 2,300 US soldiers. In a march and rally organized by the ...

14: International internet investigation nets arrest

The first successful joint investigation into botnets in Australia by the Australian High Tech Crime Centre (AHTCC), the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the NSW Police and Victoria Police has resulted in the arrest of a suspect believed to have been ...

15: McDonald’s launches Espresso Pronto

McDonald’s Restaurants NZ Ltd is launching a new coffee range this month called Espresso Pronto.

16: Palestinian Workers Right: Medical Confidentiality

Physicians for Human Rights-Israel receives dozens of complaints each year from migrant workers whose right to medical confidentiality has been violated by their health insurance companies. This widespread occurrence in which the person’s medical ...

17: New Production Manager for BKA-Leo Burnett NZ

Brendon, formerly with creative agency Boilerhouse in Christchurch and Publicis Mojo in Sydney, will work across all four BKA group companies.

18: Marjorie Cohn: Israel, al Qaeda and Iran

Since George W. Bush gave his "axis of evil" speech, he invaded Iraq, changed its regime, and created a quagmire reminiscent of Vietnam. His administration is now sending clear signals that Iran is next in line for regime change. The raison d'être: ...

19: Questions And Answers - Thursday 23 March 2006

1. Rates—Rebate Scheme Changes 2. Economic Development, Associate Minister—Policy Development 3. Cook Islands—New Zealand’s Relations with Pacific Island Neighbours 4. SchoolSmart Website—Data Use 5. State Sector Retirement Savings Scheme—Reports ...

20: Australia: Cowardly Brethren will be investigated

The cowardly Exclusive Brethren men who ran anti-Green ads during the election campaign represent a shadowy and bigoted sect which harms families.

21: Afghanistan: Case of Abdul Rahman, judicial reform

Amnesty International today called on the Afghan authorities to urgently commit themselves to judicial reform and the upholding of international standards as Abdul Rahman, 41, reportedly faces calls for his execution in connection with his reported conversion ...

22: 2 million Ethiopians in need: drought-stricken

Nearly two million people in Ethiopia’s drought-stricken southern region urgently require food assistance, livestock support, access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and health interventions, the United Nations said today, highlighting a worsening ...

23: Great improvement in stormwater from timber sites

Rotorua timber processing plants have substantially improved their environmental performance after getting the hard word from Environment Bay of Plenty last year.

24: Harmeet Sooden released

Prime Minister Helen Clark said tonight that she was pleased and grateful that the long ordeal of captivity is over for Harmeet Sooden and his family, including his family in New Zealand who have been anxiously waiting for word of his release.

25: Aust: Confront Jakarta, pursue Papuan rights at UN

"Australia should respond to Indonesia's demands that we break international law protecting West Papuan refugees by taking the issue of West Papuan independence to the United Nations," Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown said this morning.

26: Winemaker about to grow following merger

One of New Zealand’s larger wineries, Rapaura Vintners, is set to expand its winemaking operations following the merger this week of Goldwater and Vavasour.

27: Auckland’s Traffic and Changes in Travel Behaviour

One of the most important events of the present decade in New Zealand is Auckland’s traffic problem. Auckland is facing a serious traffic problem, which is deteriorating day by day.

28: Rice Remarks with Greek FM Bakoyannis

SECRETARY RICE: Good afternoon. I would like to welcome Greek Foreign Minister Bakoyannis -- Dora -- to the State Department and here to Washington, D.C. This is her first trip to Washington, D.C. as Foreign Minister. I have to say that I'm a great admirer ...

29: Fiji: Defamation During Elections, Journos Warned

Beware Of Defamation During Elections, Journos Warned

30: Mapping The Real Deal: Banking Local

Okay, there it was, and I had to face it. I was out of sync, not in alignment, a sore thumb in the evenhanded practicality of “Coming Clean.” [1] Ever since the first time I heard Catherine Austin Fitts speak, in December 2004, she had been talking ...


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