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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 16 May 2006


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

1: John Roughan: Culture Of Impunity!

Why is it that some Big Men are exempt from punishment no matter what their crime? They live charmed lives--rising higher and higher in national political life--no matter how serious the offense.

2: World Competitiveness Yearbook

Finance Minister Michael Cullen today welcomed the endorsement of the government's economic work programme in the latest IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook. The Yearbook lists five challenges to assist New Zealand in improving its competitiveness.

3: Greenpeace slammed for "underhanded " tactics

Greenpeace has been accused of "underhanded tactics" in attempting to divert internet users away from a new website established recently to challenge current assumptions about climate change.

4: Consumers Pick Skycity Hotels As Their Favourite

Consumers nominated all three SKYCITY hotels for awards at the recent inaugural HotelClub Australia and New Zealand Awards, with SKYCITY Auckland and SKYCITY Darwin scooping top award wins. SKYCITY Auckland’s 4+-star hotel received the ‘Top 3 Hotels in New ...

5: Haiti’s new Govt hailed, but challenges ahead

The United Nations Security Council today congratulated Haiti’s newly inaugurated President, his Government and the new parliamentarians and called on them to build a better future for the Caribbean country and to finish the cycle of municipal, local ...

6: Bush Beats Out Nixon: Least Liked President Ever

This day has been long coming. The graphs have shown it would soon be upon us: Now, here we are . With this new Harris poll, available through the Wall Street Journal , President Bush claims the titlelong held by Richard Nixon: Least Liked President ...

7: May Finance Newsletter

As expected the Reserve Bank didn’t increase the Official Cash Rate on the 27th of April. It remains at 7.25%. They say they can’t see any more rises - but don’t expect any drop this year.

8: Suzan Mazur: Most Wanted In Polygamy Coverup

A voice Message from FBI in Idaho to me several weeks after contacting them regarding my front page piece just published in the Weekend Financial Times (10/28/2000), "Seven brides for one brother: Plural marriage is rife in the western United States" , an ...

9: Afghanistan: Security Council Condemns Attack

Condemning a recent terrorist attack in Afghanistan against a vehicle of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Security Council today urged the country’s authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.

10: Karl Rove Indicted on Charges of Perjury, Lying

Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald spent more than half a day Friday at the offices of Patton Boggs, the law firm representing Karl Rove. During the course of that meeting, Fitzgerald served attorneys for former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove ...

11: Monsanto Statement Regarding BT Cotton Leaves

Our attention has been drawn to some press statements issued by various groups alleging that sheep have died after consuming Bt cotton leaves.

12: 'Leave Iraq' call as warships head for East Timor

"The colossal blunder of involving Australia in Iraq is highlighted by neighbourhood tensions in East Timor, West Papua, Bougainville, the Solomon Islands and Fiji and the strain on Australia's military capacity, Greens leader Bob Brown said today as ...

13: World-Class Remote Control Solution

AUCKLAND – May 16, 2006 –Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), today announced Symantec pcAnywhereTM 12.0, the world’s leading remote control solution1 and the new Symantec pcAnywhere Access Server. Available at the end of this month, the latest version ...

14: LDS Upset With Media's Reporting Of Mormonism

When Warren Jeffs surprisingly made the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted list it galvanized a frenzy of national media attention about a man who is the leader of Utah's largest mind control cult. From Warren's point of view, he is merely doing what Mormon polygamist ...

15: Coalition-Building In Iraq: Mission Impossible?

More than four months after it was elected on 15 December 2005, the Iraqi Council of Representatives (Parliament) was finally able to nominate a new prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, along with a State President, Jalal al-Talabani (the incumbent), ...

16: Nicole Kidman hails UNIFEM's 30th anniversary

Paying tribute to three decades of work by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), agency Goodwill Ambassador and internationally renowned actress Nicole Kidman has hosted a gala in New York honouring Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ...

17: Greg Palast: The Spies Who Shag Us

I know you're shocked -- SHOCKED! -- that George Bush is listening in on all your phone calls. Without a warrant. That's nothing. And it's not news. This is: the snooping into your phone bill is just the snout of the pig of a strange, lucrative link-up ...

18: More promotions at Beca

Engineering, planning and project management consultancy Beca has announced further promotions in Auckland and Christchurch, recognising that the quality of Beca’s work is dependent on its people. The following Beca people span the company’s water, project ...

19: SSC Investigation Into Telecom Leak

The State Services Commissioner, Mark Prebble today released the findings of the State Services Commission investigation into the leak of a Cabinet paper to Telecom.

20: World’s First Sample Of Bio-Diesel From Algae

Marlborough Company Produces World’s First Sample Of Bio-Diesel From Algae Extracted From Region’s Sewerage Ponds

21: UN Security Council Renews UN Mission In Eritrea

Anticipating a positive outcome from the next meeting of the commission demarcating the disputed boundary between Eritrea and Ethiopia later this week, the UN Security Council

22: "Cannabis use not harmful to brain of adolescents"

"Another marijuana myth has been busted," said NORML NZ president Chris Fowlie

23: Dancing With The Stars - The First Elimination

Last week the Prime Minister pointed out that she didn't have time in her busy schedule to sit down and Watch TVNZ's Dancing With the Stars – after Scoop paid a visit to the magical Avalon studios we consider the PM should make the time.

24: Israeli Soldiers Shoot Two Foreigners in the Head

At today's Bil'in demonstration, Israeli soldiers shot one Australian and one Danish demonstrator in the head with rubber-coated steel bullets at close range. Phil Reess from Australia was shot as he was running away - he had been filming the demonstration. ...

25: Is The NZ Govt's Immigration Review Repressive?

The Immigration Minister's released a discussion paper Immigration law reform. The changes affect global migration, who wants to come to NZ, how NZ desires to respond to potential immigrants. But is it a repressive shift compared to the current law?

26: Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan: Troubling developments

Ethiopia is holding opposition figures under laws that may violate its constitution, Somalia urgently needs international attention, and despite assertions by Sudan’s Government, displaced women in that country’s Darfur region are still being raped ...

27: Bush Uses FDA To Shield Big Pharma From Lawsuits

In January 2006, the FDA announced the Bush administration's latest gift to Big Pharma in a statement that said people who believe they have been injured by drugs approved by the FDA should not be allowed to sue drug companies in state courts.

28: Greenpeace warns of Australian PM's nuclear plans

Sydney, Tuesday 16 May, 2006: The Pacific will become a nuclear highway and Australia the world's nuclear waste dump if John Howard's nuclear fuel leasing plan is taken seriously in North America this week, Greenpeace said today.

29: Evelyn Pringle: Rove and Fitzgerald Play Monopoly

How many more get-out-of-jail free cards does Karl Rove get? Eat your heart out Martha Stewart. You should have tried playing Monopoly with the G-Men. On October 28 2005, the office of the Special Prosecutor released a press statement which stated in part:

30: Fiji Electoral Change - Gender Edition Of PJR

AUCKLAND: (PJR/Pacific Media Watch): A media academic has called for an electoral change in Fiji to enable fairer participation for women in political life in an article published in the latest Pacific Journalism Review.


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