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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 17 May 2006

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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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00236.htm


2: National Congratulates Inglis

The National Party has congratulated double amputee and mountaineer Mark Inglis and his team for successfully scaling the world's highest peak.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00345.htm


3: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00253.htm


4: Win Mum a Mercedes Benz Slk 280 with Lotto

Ten Kiwi Mum's could each win a Mercedes Benz SLK 280 this Saturday night in Lotto's Mother's Day draw, says NZ Lotteries Deputy Chief Executive Warren Salisbury.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0605/S00286.htm


5: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0605/S00048.htm


6: How Stephen Colbert Got Picked, Truthy, And Panned

This White House has challenged the frontiers of propaganda and political discourse in ways that make previous administrations look like rank amateurs. Mainstream news media outlets may occasionally report, but the vast majority shy away from labeling ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00270.htm


7: Questions And Answers - Tuesday, 16 May 2006

1. Taxation—Comparative Reports 2. Economic Growth—Policy 3. National Certificate of Educational Achievement—Variations for School Certificate 4. Tax Cuts—Treasury Advice 5. Buy Kiwi Made—Reports 6. Cabinet Documents—State Services Commissioner ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00361.htm


8: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0605/S00149.htm


9: Tongan PM Visits

Hon. Dr Feleti Sevele, Tonga's Prime Minister arrives in New Zealand on his first official visit to meet with the Prime Minister, Helen Clark.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0605/S00169.htm


10: Questions And Answers - Wednesday, 17 May 2006

1. Dr DON BRASH (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Is it still the goal of her Government to have New Zealand “return to the top half of the OECD ratings by 2011”; if so, will tomorrow’s Budget ensure that New Zealand achieves that goal?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00387.htm


11: Public Address 17/05/06 - Risky Business

So much for the old saw that you shouldn't blame the messenger. The old Kiwi tradition of doing a favour for a mate may be losing a little of its shine as the story of the hapless Mike Ryan makes the rounds...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00269.htm


12: Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday, 17 May 2006

1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Is it still the goal of her Government to have New Zealand "return to the top half of the OECD ratings by 2011"; if so, will tomorrow's Budget ensure that New Zealand achieves that goal?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00370.htm


13: Starbucks gets steamed at rival's stunt

Café Brazil, Auckland's most awarded caffeine dispensary, recently caused a stir with a bold ambient campaign. Trash cans for a block either side of the café on K Road were dressed up as giant takeout coffee cups, complete with oversized wooden ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0605/S00382.htm


14: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0605/S00166.htm


15: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00259.htm


16: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00209.htm


17: Bausch & Lomb Recalls MoistureLocTM Worldwide

Bausch & Lomb (NYSE:BOL) announced today that it is permanently recalling its MoistureLocTM contact lens solution from worldwide markets effective immediately.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0605/S00365.htm


18: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00244.htm


19: Michael Ryan - Lawyers Statement

1. I act for Michael Ryan, the person employed as a Messenger by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet who disclosed the telecommunications paper to a close and longstanding friend.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0605/S00181.htm


20: '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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00270.htm


21: Cunliffe in serious trouble over Telecom comments

Communications Minister David Cunliffe has shown his ineptidude and commercial naivety by his hamfisted comments on Telecom's dividend policy, says National Finance spokesman John Key.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00376.htm


22: All is not well despite Prime Minister's assurance

National Party State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee says he is still not convinced by the assurances being given in relation to the handling of Budget-sensitive documents within the Prime Minister’s Department.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00368.htm


23: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00216.htm


24: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00213.htm


25: Audited Financial Results to March 2006

TrustPower's consolidated operating surplus after tax was $81.4 million for the year ended 31 March 2006, representing an 11 per cent increase on the result for the 2005 financial year.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0605/S00287.htm


26: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0605/S00297.htm


27: 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?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00243.htm


28: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing May 16, 2006

IRAN Upcoming P-5+1 Meetings in London Discussion of Proposed Package for Iran Iran's Nuclear Development Program Iran's Isolation and Economic Situation Reported Invitation to Iran's President to Attend Upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00292.htm


29: SSC Full Report 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0605/S00167.htm


30: Sunday paper’s growth continues

Continued circulation growth of the Herald on Sunday is the highlight of the latest ABC audit for the six months ending March 31.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0605/S00288.htm


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