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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 4 April 2006


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

1: Fitzgerald Knew Identity of Leaker From Start

The special counsel appointed in late December 2003 to investigate the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson found out the identity of the Bush administration official who disclosed her undercover status to syndicated columnist Robert Novak ...

2: Questions And Answers - Tuesday, 4 April 2006

1. Prime Minister—Political Integrity of Parliament and Electoral Process 2. Student Loans—Interest-free Policy 3. Ministerial Services—Green Party 4. Air New Zealand / Qantas—Code-share Criteria 5. Crime, Violent—Incidence 6. Marine Farming—Aquaculture ...

3: The real loser in the Police rape case is……

The real loser in the Police rape case is…… The real loser in the rape trial of the Police Assistant Commissioner and colleagues is not the complainant. It is "respect"…… the absence of respect for each other, for families, and for the actions of 4 people ...

4: 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

5: UQ Wire: 9/11 - Eliminating The Impossible

I said I'd never do it -- say what I think about that terrible morning of September 11, 2001. I've seen what happens to those who question the elaborate, tangled explanations the Bush administration offers about what happened, how it happened, who did it, ...

6: Anand Satyanand the next Governor-General

Prime Minister Helen Clark today welcomed the announcement that the Queen has approved the appointment of Judge Anand Satyanand to succeed Dame Silvia Cartwright as Governor-General of New Zealand.

7: Chirpy Cullen Quashes Career Speculation

Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen today clarified his political future at the end of a press conference dealing with changes to New Zealand's tertiary education funding.

8: U.S.-Turkey Relations - E. Anthony Wayne

E. Anthony Wayne, Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Remarks to the American Turkish Council Conference Washington, DC March 28, 2006

9: New dryers to boost savings for Fonterra

The two new dryers at Fonterra's Te Awamutu site have produced their first powder.

10: Iranians inflict another slap to face of regime

Millions of Iranians stayed home or used their vacation day in order to stay afar from official gatherings despite the Islamic republic regime's intensive propaganda and calls for massive participation. Iranians intended, once again, to show their ...

11: Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 4 April 2006

1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she still stand by her stated objective "to restore public confidence in the political integrity of Parliament and the electoral process."; if not, why not?

12: Future directions for funding tertiary ed, Speech

Today I am making some announcements regarding the future direction of tertiary education in New Zealand. These are vital next steps in developing a tertiary system that will better fulfil our needs in terms of national identity, economic transformation and ...

13: Future directions for funding tertiary orgs.

It is vital the tertiary education sector does better in producing the quality graduates we need to drive economic transformation, Tertiary Education Minister Michael Cullen said today.

14: Greg Palast: The New World Oil Order

In an exclusive interview with GREG PALAST, Hugo Chavez declares a new oil order. Venezuela officially demands OPEC recognize his nation's reserves as largest.

15: Giving Haiti’s New President a Good Launch

• Gauging the autonomy of Haitian president-elect Rene Preval. • Preval in Washington seeking aid and help in retraining Haiti’s unprofessional police force. • Obtaining the immediate release of political prisoners jailed under the rump regime of Gerard ...

16: Kerry Calls For Voting Rights for Katrina Victims

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and John Tanner, Chief of the Voting Section at the Department of Justice, urging them to immediately reconsider approval of a voting plan that will ...

17: UQ Wire: 9/11 - The Ultimate WMD

I shamelessly admit it; I simply cannot “get over” 9/11 and move on. Every time that the images of that day begin to fade in my mind, something happens or someone says something that brings it all back again. The most recent examples for me were a CNN ...

18: Commissioner of Police & Deputies Appointed

Prime Minister Helen Clark and Police Minister Annette King today announced the appointments of Howard Broad as Commissioner of Police and Rob Pope as Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations).

19: UQ Wire: Mark Morford - The 9/11 Conspiracy!

Here is your must-read for the month. Here is your oh-my-God- I'm-sending-this-piece- to-every-smart-person-I-know hunk of outstanding, distressing, disquieting media bliss.

20: 'Wellywood Goes 1930s For The Day'

Part of Wellington's business district was quarantined on Sunday and transformed into a rain-slicked city avenue straight out of the 1930s, decked out with gleaming classic cars, chaps with natty spats and Errol Flynn moustaches, and girls resplendent ...

21: Binge Drinking - It's Everyone's Problem

A new series of television advertisements aiming to get New Zealanders to recognise how their own behaviours may contribute to New Zealand's binge drinking culture hit the airways last night.

22: Public Address 04/04/06 - Contempt

I'm such a wuss. I had figured that reporting around the present distribution of suppressed information in contempt of court would be highly circumspect. The bar in these matters is set very low: it can be a breach simply to provide information ...

23: Response to UN Special Rapporteur report

Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen has described the final report of the UN Special Rapporteur for indigenous issues as disappointing, unbalanced and narrow.

24: Bonus Joules: Suffocating Images

New Zealand – land of the long white cloud. Or should that read land of the long dark shroud. Our Parliament is cloaked in ignorance, confusion, obscuration and pure nastiness and the statistics of our carbon emissions form a pall over the nation. ...

25: Mark W. Bradley: My Daughter, the Apostate

I was shocked and dismayed beyond words the other day to discover that my own beloved daughter, the filial fruit of my loins, has been enlisted as a soldier in the vast swarming army of Godless atheists fiendishly plotting to smother the last dying gasps ...

26: William Pitt: An Average Joe's Spectacular Lies

Page four of Sunday's Washington Post carried a story titled "The President as Average Joe," which described how George W. Bush is trying once again to cast himself as a regular fella so as to boost his anemic poll numbers. "As he takes to the road ...

27: U.S.-Indonesia Relationship - B. Lynn Pascoe

B. Lynn Pascoe, U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Remarks at U.S.-Indonesia Society Dinner Jakarta, Indonesia March 23, 2006

28: Jeremy Rose: Globalisation’s Unsung Martyrs

In same the week that ETA announced an indefinite ceasefire - after more than 40 years of terrorism and 817 deaths - Spanish police revealed that between 1000 and 1500 sub-Saharan Africans had died attempting to reach the Canary Islands in the ...

29: Apple Provides Volume Limit Setting for iPod

CUPERTINO, California--March 29, 2006--Apple® have announced a software update for the iPod® nano and fifth generation iPod, allowing customers to easily set their own personal maximum volume limit. The software update also gives parents the ability ...

30: Massey University Senior Management Dysfunctional

The high turnover of key senior management staff is pointing to an increasing level of dysfunction in the power structures of Massey University. The continuing failure to fill the vacant positions or adequately consult staff on new appointments is also ...


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