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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 27 March 2006

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

1: Condoleezza Rice Remarks at Sydney Town Hall Event

SECRETARY RICE: Well, Chancellor Santow, thank you for that extraordinary and wonderful introduction and for the warmth that you've exhibited. I want to thank the Vice-Chancellor for being here and I know that Ambassador Richardson is here, and also to the director ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00472.htm


2: Siddhi B. Ranjitkar: Understanding with Maoists

Communist Party of Nepal-United Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) leader, Madhav Kumar Nepal and his associates have been engaged in dialogue with the Maoists in the country and out of the country already for some time. Mr. Nepal has visited Lucknow and New ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00368.htm


3: Democratizing the World 1 Torture Victim at a Time

Analysis of the Long, Repulsive History of the United States Inflicting Torture on Its "Suspected Enemies" (in Conjunction with a Review of A Question of Torture by Alfred W. McCoy)

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00364.htm


4: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00354.htm


5: Rice on NBC's Meet the Press with Tim Russert

Interview on NBC's Meet the Press with Tim Russert Secretary Condoleezza Rice Washington, DC March 26, 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00476.htm


6: Air New Zealand unveils a brand new look

A stylish new uniform, distinctly New Zealand greenstone colour palette, a beautiful extension of the koru, and a more relaxed and friendly way of greeting customers were key changes unveiled today, in the first stage of Air New Zealand's progressive ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0603/S00424.htm


7: Experts: "Eat Seafood 4 to 7 Times a Week"

Experts in Peak US Science Body Confirm Health Benefits of Seafood: Advice to “Eat Seafood 4 to 7 Times a Week”

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0603/S00068.htm


8: Party With 'Repugnant Views' Now Big Hit with ACT

According to Rodney Hide's weblog "Tariana [Turia] was a big hit at the conference." In a surprise move Tariana Turia was the surprise guest at ACT's Party conference held in Wellington over the weekend. Ms Turia's appearance would at ACT's conference ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00367.htm


9: ORNZ and United Future divorce on religious ground

"The Board of Outdoor Recreation New Zealand has terminated its agreement of affiliation with United Future", said Acting Chairman Phil Hoare.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00208.htm


10: Air NZ's new uniform "uniquely NZ", made in China

Air New Zealand's new uniform may have the stated aim of 'creating a more uniquely New Zealand brand that celebrates pride in our own country', but it will fall short of achieving this aim while it is manufactured offshore, according to Green MP Sue ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00465.htm


11: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00353.htm


12: Rice on CNN's Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer

QUESTION: Let's talk about Afghanistan for a moment. Abdul Rahman, this Muslim man. He converted years ago to Christianity. He's now potentially facing the death sentence in Afghanistan because of that. Is that why the U.S. went to war in Afghanistan, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00477.htm


13: Cunliffe: Opening ICANN meeting

I want to begin by welcoming attendees and contributors to this ICANN meeting in Wellington. It is an honour for New Zealand to host this international gathering. I would like to acknowledge the presence of delegates here for the Pacific Islands ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00454.htm


14: Cambodia: Setback for Decriminalising Defamation

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called a joint statement by the head of the Cambodian Supreme Court and the Minister of Justice instructing all courts and judges to consider defamation a crime, a setback for the decriminalising defamation ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00482.htm


15: Public Address 27/3/6 - A Clayton's Bill Of Rights

The New Zealand Bill of Rights can be a dangerous subject. As constitutional lawyer (and former Prime Minister) Geoffrey Palmer has observed: "Extremely eccentric people seem to gravitate to constitutional issues and lavish their attention upon them." ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00371.htm


16: The Letter – Monday, 27 March 2006

Labour loses another minister. The economy is in recession. The dollar is in a nosedive. The PM is in another car incident.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00374.htm


17: Mark W. Bradley: Bluster’s Last Stand

In a conscientious effort to comply with the “Truth and Transparency in Government Act” passed by the courageous 109th Congress in 2006, Vice-president Richard “Buckshot” Cheney recently agreed to declassify and make public some 16,000 top-secret Pentagon ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00366.htm


18: Campaigner against global warming in Auckland

Eminent geophysicist Professor Lord Ron Oxburgh, a passionate advocate on the dangers of global warming and former oil company head, will give a free public lecture at The University of Auckland next Friday (March 31).

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0603/S00066.htm


19: Dunne: ORNZ announcement no surprise

United Future leader Peter Dunne says Outdoor Recreation New Zealand's announcement that its affiliation agreement with United Future is over is hardly a surprise.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0603/S00457.htm


20: Snapping Turtle, Jumping Spider BioBlitz Finds

An aggressive pest turtle, a new native spider, a parasitic wasp, a perfumed mushroom and a wandering vegie are among the finds from BioBlitz in Waitakere this weekend.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0603/S00065.htm


21: Terminator rejection - a victory for the people

Curitiba, Brazil, March 24, 2006--A broad coalition of peasant farmers, indigenous peoples and civil society today celebrated the firm rejection of efforts to undermine the global moratorium on Terminator technologies - genetically engineered sterile ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00470.htm


22: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00465.htm


23: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00332.htm


24: Restaurant Brands offers a 7.9% wage increase

Restaurant Brands today announced a pay increase for all store hourly paid staff across it business including KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks. The pay rise will be effective for the first two years from the 27th of March and employees will receive the increase ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0603/S00420.htm


25: Intrepid Travel announces inspiring Iran Adventure

Continually breaking new boundaries, Intrepid Travel's are now off to Iran! With a rich and varied culture, incredible Islamic architecture, fascinating ethnic groups, beautiful mountain and desert scenery and remarkable history, Iran would have to ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0603/S00427.htm


26: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00447.htm


27: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing March 24, 2006

BELARUS Statement on Detentions and Violence Against Peaceful Demonstrators US Support for Uniform Application of Universally Accepted Standards

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00474.htm


28: Rice IV on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace

QUESTION: Thank you. Let's start with Abdul Rahman, the Afghan who was being prosecuted for converting to Christianity, as we say. His case apparently was dropped this morning. What do you know?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0603/S00475.htm


29: Newman Weekly: Lowering the Bar

This week Newman Weekly questions whether we can have confidence in a scandal-ridden Government, and for those readers keen to follow up on previous columns on prison reform, Sweden, and property rights, a new NZ Centre for Political Debate resource ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0603/S00207.htm


30: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0603/S00343.htm

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