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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 1 May 2006


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

1: Scientists Group to Refute Global Warming Claims

A group of leading New Zealand climate scientists has announced today the formation of the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition, aimed at refuting what it believes are unfounded claims about anthropogenic (man-made)global warming.

2: 'Cass' voted New Zealand’s Greatest Painting

Frontseat’s Search for New Zealand’s Greatest Painting has yielded a clear winner: ‘Cass’ (1936) by Rita Angus (1908 – 1970).

3: UQ Wire: 911 Conspiracy - A Skeptic’s View

This essay is certain to make many readers very angry with me. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

4: Shell Launches its Fuel Economy Formula in NZ

Improved Petrol Uses Technology Based on Guinness World Record-Making Fuel Wellington, Monday 1 May 2006 - Literally days after achieving the Guinness World Record, using a fuel based on the same technology Shell will launch its improved Shell Ultra 91 ...

5: The Intelligence Failure Behind Honiara’s Riots

Report by Yasmine Ryan Images by Jason Dorday Based on assignment in the Solomon Islands

6: Greenpeace stops Amazon soya entering Europe

Amsterdam, 29th April 2006 - Sixty Greenpeace activists (1) today prevented commodities giant Cargill from unloading a shipment of Amazon soya in Amsterdam port, to protest against the destruction of huge tracts of the Amazon rainforest to grow soya to feed ...

7: Strike Iran, Watch Pakistan and Turkey Fall

Just when it seemed unlikely that domestic and international events would unfold to test an already incompetent US government, along comes the acceleration of the movement to destroy Iran.

8: John Key - Hitching our Waka to their Rickshaw

Last week I visited Singapore. It’s a country I have a strong emotional attachment to, and one that has long fascinated me. In part, this is because I lived there while working for Merrill Lynch in 1995.

9: Kerry Sponsors Palestine's Collective Punishment

As a former state prosecutor and lieutenant governor whose father was a Foreign Service officer, the former Presidential candidate Senator John Forbes Kerry should know a violation of international law when he sees one.

10: English undermines school for political gain

Bill English has misrepresented a highly sensitive situation involving the bail conditions of a college student, says Education Minister Steve Maharey.

11: Big-Mouth Bush Told Clinton How To Handle OPEC

While on the campaign trail in 2000, Bush told President Bill Clinton how to handle OPEC, in public no less. “What I think the president ought to do," he said, "is he ought to get on the phone with the OPEC cartel and say we expect you to open your ...

12: The Letter – Monday, May 01, 2006

The Haps - Parliament resumes. David Parker is recycled. Oil prices start to bite.

13: Hodgson - The Crisis Syndrome: NZ's health debate

Address to the Institute of Policy Studies, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington

14: Statement to Altria Group From Shane Bradbrook

I am Maori, a native New Zealander. I am here to represent Maori in the matter of Philip Morris International using our culture to sell tobacco products.

15: US Wind Energy President To Head NZ Assoc

The New Zealand Wind Energy Association today announced the appointment of Roby Roberts as the next Chief Executive of the New Zealand Wind Energy Association.

16: Sales jobs linked to bladder cancer risk

New research adds to evidence that people who work in sales, particularly women, may have a higher risk of bladder cancer.

17: Apricot kernels can be a risk to human health

The New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) today reminds New Zealand consumers that apricot kernels, sometimes marketed as a health food, can be a risk to human health.

18: Backtrack comes too late to hide true colours

National Deputy Leader Gerry Brownlee's backtrack from his plan to challenge the party's policy on the Maori seats wasn't quick enough to stop the public from getting a glimpse of National's true colours, Justice Minister Mark Burton says.

19: PSA launches attack 'Get the sack in 90 days' Bill

“Wayne Mapp’s 90 day probationary period bill is a shameful attack on the rights of all New Zealand employees and their families,” said PSA National Secretary Richard Wagstaff. “Our union will be fighting to stop this Bill becoming law.”

20: GE Food Alert as More Illnesses Linked to Bt Crops

New data on illnesses caused by GE crops ( see references below) are a warning that applications for GE foods must be rejected by Foods Standards Austraila New Zealand Authority (FSANZ).

21: Kelpie Wilson: Stop the Fossil Foolishness

Gas prices are on the rise again and news analysts are kicking it around, wondering who is being ripped off this time. But geologists, scientists and even some economists suspect that unlike other gas shortages, this one is the real thing, or at least ...

22: Scoop Video: Algeria Amnesty & An Intel Turntable

The Inspector General of Intelligence and Security, Justice Paul Nazor, is preparing to review whether a security risk certificate lodged against Ahmed Zaoui. But how safe is Algeria, and should intelligence be used as evidence in a judicial matter?

23: Career Aspirations Of Public Servants

The State Services Commissioner, Mark Prebble, today released the 2005 Career Progression and Development Public Service Report. This research is the only survey across the Public Service that asks staff about their perceptions of career aspirations, training ...

24: Radical Youth May Day Action

May 1 will see young people lead the most significant action in the campaign to abolish youth rates, which is being waged by organisations around Aotearoa. In the wake of the now famous school walkout, there will be a rally and march on May Day to continue ...

25: Risk Of 2006 Winter Power Crisis "Nearly" Over

Recent rainfall in the South Island breaking the drought on the Taieri Plains and bringing flooding to Oamaru has had a clear upside for the rest of the country. Over the past five days the rain has also seen the Southern hydro lakes rapidly filling ...

26: Coastal development threatens rare birds

New Zealand fairy terns may be the most critically endangered bird in New Zealand, and perhaps even the world’s rarest tern, new DNA evidence suggests.

27: Schwarzkopf Hairdressing Awards Images Part Two

Auckland, 3 April 2006: 19 finalists from around the country have been selected by a team of international judges for this year’s Schwarzkopf Professional New Zealand Hairdressing Awards.

28: Dalziel - Business & Professional Women conference

The Ministry of Women's Affairs is investigating a range of possible approaches of mirroring our public sector success in appointing women to boards in the private and local government sectors.

29: Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings - 29-30 April 2006

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

30: Hodgson invites reality to electives debate

It is time to inject some much-needed reality into the debate on elective surgery, Health Minister Pete Hodgson said today.


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