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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 29 March 2006


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

1: Questions And Answers - Tuesday, 28 March 2006

1. Dr DON BRASH (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement in relation to the agreement between Harmeet Sooden’s family and Television New Zealand, “There’s been a lot of public interest and then to see the ...

2: The Iraq War Is Going Very Well - For Israel

Though I agree with Jeff Blankfort in his critique of Noam Chomsky as well-intentioned but basically a functioning Zionist, there is one point Jeff makes in the Chomsky/Blankfort Polemic on which I differ.

3: 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.

4: Lucy Lawless honoured

Lucy Lawless displays the Insignia of a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit at Government House in Auckland. Her citation reads: "For services to entertainment and the community. Lucy Lawless has had a long film, stage and television career ...

5: Emirates Commences Operations To Kolkata

Emirates, which is scheduled to add eight new destinations to its global network in 2006, has started services from Dubai to the Indian city of Kolkata; and to the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.

6: Unite Secures Historic Victory for 7000 Workers

Unite Secures Historic Victory for 7000 Restaurant Brands Workers Urgent Press Release: Unite Union/ Saturday 25 March, 2006 An historic victory has been won by low paid workers. Unite Union today announced their members had won a union ...

7: 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)

8: Questions And Answers - Wednesday 29 March 2006

1. New Zealand Qualifications Authority—Scholarship 2. Working for Families Package—Outcome 3. Working for Families Package—Income Limits 4. Greenhouse Gas Emissions—Agriculture Question No. 3 to Minister 5. State Houses—Household Incomes 6. Teenage Crime—Principal ...

9: PM misses valuable opportunity with Blair

Prime Minister Helen Clark has let a valuable opportunity slip through her fingers by not challenging British PM Tony Blair on the war on Iraq during his visit here, Green Party Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Keith Locke says.

10: High Court Decision on Consents Welcomed

Selwyn District Council has welcomed the decision by the High Court’s Justice Chisholm to dismiss an application for a mandamus order that would have forced the Council to issue building consents within a shorter timeframe than it can manage.

11: Questions for Oral Answer - 29 March 2006

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Education: Did the New Zealand Qualifications Authority implement 2005 Scholarship competently?

12: Fitzgerald Will Seek New White House Indictments

It may seem as though it's been moving along at a snail's pace, but the second part of the federal investigation into the leak of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson is nearly complete, with attorneys and government officials who have remained close ...

13: Address at Reception for UK PM Rt Hon Tony Blair

Address at Reception in Honour of Rt Hon Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and 150th Anniversary of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce

14: TV Martí: Washington Guns after Castro at Any Cost

In the face of a sweeping debt and budgetary crisis currently afflicting the U.S. economy, the passage of the FY 2006 budget witnessed a brutal bloodletting of vital domestic programs from education and child welfare to Medicaid.

15: Tackling the Hard Cases in Nuclear Proliferation

Stephen G. Rademaker, Acting Assistant Secretary, International Security and Nonproliferation Remarks to the Baltimore World Affairs Council Baltimore, Maryland March 27, 2006

16: Buchanan: Paying for the Rescue of Western Martyrs

Lost amid the drama of the Christian Peacemaker Team hostage taking and rescue in Iraq are two sub-plots of some import. One is psychological and the other is legal and fiscal.

17: William Rivers Pitt: Incompetent Design

Last week, George W. Bush got up before a gaggle of reporters and washed his hands of the mess in Iraq. The question of how long an American presence will remain in that country "will be decided by future presidents and future governments of Iraq," ...

18: Blair: New Zealand speech

Tony Blair delivered a speech in New Zealand. He is the first British leader to visit there for 50 years.

19: Toshiba Tablets take to the skies

MEDIA RELEASE Toshiba Tablets take to the skies Air NZ uses Tablets in cockpits on long-haul 777 fights

20: 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

21: Labour in a Whirl over Media Spin of Maori Members

In a day in which the House will be considering the long-term effects of greenhouse gases, the Labour Maori Caucus has been caught in the Maori Party winds of change.

22: NZ Food Safety Authroity: Folic Acid Advice

The New Zealand Food Safety Authority today reiterated its advice to women who are planning to have a baby, or who are in the early stages of pregnancy, to take a folic acid supplement.

23: Alex Shea: The Rise of the Suicide Bomber

Car bomb-massacres, hijackings, and assassinations. Much like fashion, the tactics of terror tend to dictate trends of their own – It's as if there's always one method of murder that appears in vogue.

24: America Under a Junta: An Update

Okay, when Scalito's scary twin (and not his scary puppet, Clarence Thomas), Samuel Alito, was up for nomination, BuzzFlash reminded readers that Alito was the creator of the infamous Republican Presidential "signing statement."

25: 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 ...

26: Tuol Sleng Survivor Paints Pictures Of His Torture

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Vann Nath is one of seven survivors of Cambodia's Tuol Sleng torture chambers, and escaped when Pol Pot's "killing fields" regime suddenly collapsed in 1979.

27: ANZ Reduces Home Loan Interest Rates

Effective today, the following changes have been made to ANZ’s fixed rate home and residential investment loans:

28: First ISO certified translators in Australasia

“We are the ‘little company that could’” says PAEN Communications Ltd Director Rachel Wike. The PAEN team is celebrating this week as they have just been awarded ISO 9001:2000 certification, making PAEN the first translation agency in Australia or New Zealand ...

29: Kelpie Wilson IV: Diane Wilson, An American Hero

Diane Wilson is the author of An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas (Chelsea Green, 2005). It is a remarkable book, telling the story of Wilson's life as female shrimp boat captain and an environmental ...

30: Hide : Maori Party A Party For All New Zealanders

Today on Auckland's BFM ACT leader Rodney Hide attempted to explain to The Wire host Noelle McCarthy why Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia was invited to appear at ACT's conference. Only a few month's before Ms Turia's ACT conference speaking engagement ...


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