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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 5 May 2006


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

1: NZ Climate Science Coalition Reply To Greenpeace

On May 1, Greenpeace released a press statement in which they discussed the formation of a new climate science organization in New Zealand, the New Zealand Climate Science Consortium.

2: The Sins Of Venezuelan President Chavez

The oil rich despots of Saudi Arabia , the Gulf States and Kazakhstan use the oil wealth of their people to enrich themselves and their ruling elites , set up Swiss bank accounts and in the case of the Royal Saud Family,.finance terrorism. Democratic ...

3: Evelyn Pringle: Karl Rove Indictment Long Overdue

On April 28, 2006, Jason Leopold, an investigative journalist who has consistently forecast up-coming events in the CIA leak case far in advance of the mainstream media, is citing "sources knowledgeable about the probe" in reporting that:

4: Gradual Resurgence of France in Latin America

• Chirac’s visit to Brazil confirms the South American nation’s rising global status • Increased French influence goes hand in hand with a decline of Washington’s leverage in its own hemisphere

5: Madeleine Albright & Maurice Tempelsman Q&A

Secretary Albright's discussion of her morality & foreign policy book was immediately followed by two questions about her widely-rumored romantic relationship with diamond broker Maurice Tempelsman during the Clinton years, some say resulting in Tempelsman ...

6: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer 3 May 2006

1. Health Services—Waiting Lists 2. Petrol—GST Question No. 3 to Minister 3. Housing New Zealand—Chairman 4. United States - New Zealand—Partnership Dialogue 5. National Certificate of Educational Achievement—Results 6. David Parker—Reinstatement to Executive

7: 'Please explain' issued to SSC

The State Services Commissioner must make public the reasons behind his dramatic change of heart over the merger of the Ministry of Social Development and CYF, says National's Welfare spokeswoman, Judith Collins.

8: M. Gary Hucul: The Tragedy of Iran

How did Iran arrive at the crossroads that it finds itself at today? Many Westerners believe Iran to be an angry anti-Western entity that for some unknown reason, took American's hostage in 1979 and has maintained a passionate hatred for America and ...

9: Interview: Six Nations Land Dispute in Ontario

Six Nations Land Dispute in Ontario Focus of Struggle for Native Sovereignty - Interview with John Kahionhes Fadden, historian and director of the Six Nations Indian Museum, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

10: Banana, spread from India, threatened on home turf

More than 3,300 years after Alexander the Great ate a banana in India, liked it and introduced it to the wider world, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) voiced concern today at the shrinking number of wild bananas in their original ...

11: Maurice Williamson Talks Local Loop Unbundling

National Party Spokesman for Communications & Information Technology Maurice Williamson believes there is no need for local loop unbundling and is concerned at the number of industry players trying to piggyback on Telecom without investing in their own ...

12: Manukau City Council Gets New Pacific Voice

Manukau City Council’s newly elected Pacific Island Advisory Committee (PIAC) is looking forward to being Manukau’s new Pacific voice for the next three years.

13: Health officials selected Police Commissioner

National's Law & Order spokesman, Simon Power, says he would like to know why there was no one with police experience on the interview panel to select the new Police Commissioner.

14: India: End Communal Violence in Gujarat, Kashmir

(New York) – The possibility of a return to massive sectarian violence in Gujarat must be forestalled with prompt action by government authorities, Human Rights Watch said today.

15: Aust. sends major energy trade mission to China

Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, has announced he will lead Australia’s largest ever renewable energy and energy efficiency trade mission to China in October.

16: Canwest profits from Government giveaway

Today on RDU98.5FM Mornings, Broadcasting Minister Steve Maharey confirmed that: Canwest will sell advertising on the Public-owned frequencies that it has been gifted by the Government.

17: Real Estate Institute Needs To Talk Public Policy

The Press article “Older does not mean wiser in real estate” (4 May 2006 – Stuff) outlines a trend where younger first home buyers are purchasing property and renting it, whilst continuing to live with their parents. This method of purchasing first ...

18: AUS Tertiary Update

TEC starts consultation on reforms The Tertiary Education Commission has outlined more details about the proposed tertiary-education reforms recently announced by the Minister for Tertiary Education. In meetings with sector groups held this week, ...

19: William Fisher: What Happened to the Good Fight?

The juxtaposition of oil, human rights, and the "global war on terror" has exposed a giant fault line in the Bush administration's foreign policy, revealing inconsistency and hypocrisy.

20: Public Address 04/05/06 - It's All On - Eventually

It's all on - eventually | May 04, 2006 11:08 Russell Brown's Hard News

21: Photo Essay: May Day In Cuba

Over the rise, and into the Plaza de la Revolucion …to where it all happens on 01 May …under Che's approving gaze... … when it's not obscured by the flags of workers from so many countries.

22: Auckland rail network upgrade moves out West

Buses will replace trains on Saturdays in May between Henderson and Waitakere as construction work to build a second train track continues. ARTA General Manager Infrastructure and Rail, Elena Trout says, “As construction work to introduce a second track out ...

23: Tsunami Raises Issues of Preparedness

The head of a New Zealand emergency supplies company has raised concerns over the standard of preparedness of New Zealanders.

24: 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 ...

25: Alcohol – One Drink Your Baby Doesn’t Need

The Alcohol Advisory Council (ALAC) has welcomed new guidelines from the Ministry of Health recommending a zero alcohol intake for pregnant women.

26: Tsunami threat provides a valuable workout

The early warning system set up to anticipate a New Zealand Red Cross response to disasters throughout New Zealand and the Pacific had a successful workout following a tsunami threat this morning

27: Audio: Yasmine Ryan Discusses Solomon Is on 95bFM

Scoop reporter, Yasmine Ryan, was on assignment in the Solomon Islands to witness the aftermath of the riots. She discusses the reasons behind the riots, recent criticisms of RAMSI and intelligence failures with 95bFM's José Barbosa.

28: Drops The Ball On Telecom's Big Day

This morning on the very day a large number of Kiwi mums and dads are most likely to want to log on to the internet to check how their investment in Telecom is faring – they couldn't.

29: 36 US House Reps Want Bush Impeachment Probe

(APN) ATLANTA -- 36 US House Representatives have signed on as sponsors or co-sponsors of H. Res 635, which would create a Select Committee to look into the grounds for recommending President Bush's impeachment, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.

30: Dahr Jamail: "Reason for Their Death Is Known"

Death in Iraq. It is relentless and incessant. Know what it is like when scores of your fellow citizens are being killed every single day while the world proceeds unheedingly on? As a journalist I've had but a taste of that poison during my eight ...


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