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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 18 May 2006

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

1: 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


2: 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


3: 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


4: 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


5: Planet Football

It has been described as the people’s sport because it speaks a universal language. No matter your culture, your religion, your social standing or your political views, the game of football transcends these barriers and unites the globe.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0605/S00161.htm


6: The US and South Asia: An Expanding Agenda

Richard A. Boucher, Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Statement before the House International Relations Committee Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Washington, DC May 17, 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00322.htm


7: 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


8: What’s in Budget 2006 for you?

For many, Budget time means just another list of new services and funding from Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen, announcements which mean nothing ordinary people. However, the Government is committed to creating and supporting a better future for all New ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0605/S00184.htm


9: 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


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: Sludge Report #171 - Budget 2006

In this edition: - A Budget For Auckland (And Internet Users) - Bits Of The Budget That Aren't - The PR Problem Of Premature Announcement - And Finally….. Some Budget Snippets

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00291.htm


12: UQ Wire: Coke Bust Connection To 9.11 Attack

A MadCowMorningNews investigation into the ownership of the DC9 airliner caught carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine in Mexico last month has uncovered explosive new details about some of the many lingering mysteries still surrounding the 9.11 attack.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00279.htm


13: Fiji military head warns off NZ and Australia

The Fiji military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has warned New Zealand and Australia not to support moves to have him replaced with an outsider.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00344.htm


14: Budget Speech 2006

I move, that the Appropriation (2006/07 Estimates) Bill be now read a second time. Budget 2006 demonstrates the importance to the Government and the people of New Zealand of the commonsense, consistent, long term view that has been taken over the previous ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00403.htm


15: Budget 2006 Executive Summary

Budget 2006 builds on the investments the Labour-led Government made in its first two parliamentary terms. Our focus has been on increasing spending in key social areas, restoring funding in core public services while investing in the economy to ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00407.htm


16: 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


17: President Bush and Aus. PM John Howard Presser

President Bush and Prime Minister John Howard of Australia Participate in Joint Press Availability East Room

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00321.htm


18: Kirk MacGibbon: I love America

I love America. And I have to say I love Americans too. I feel the need to say this because as a New Zealander living overseas I often hear about what a friendly nation we are and how we’re always happy to help people out and ‘lend a hand.’ But here’s ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00286.htm


19: 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


20: Sharples: The Genuine Progress Index

Last August, the minority Labour Government in listing their achievements for the last six years prior, boasted about the building of two new prisons with two more planned.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00398.htm


21: 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


22: Animal Planet Sponsors Auckland Zoo’s Elephants

Auckland, NZ – Leading television network Animal Planet, in conjunction with SKY TV, today announced the sponsorship of the Animal Planet Elephant Clearing at Auckland Zoo, New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0605/S00051.htm


23: 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


24: Monbiot: When 2 Poor Countries Reclaim Oil Fields

When Two Poor Countries Reclaimed Oil Fields, Why Did Just One Spark Uproar? The outcry over Bolivia's renationalisation and the silence over Chad's betrays the hypocrisy of the critics. By George Monbiot Originally Published The Guardian UK Also at: http://www.truthout.org/ ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00284.htm


25: 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


26: 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


27: 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


28: UQ Wire: Titan Corp. Connection To Cocaine One

The MadCowMorningNews has uncovered evidence implicating a San Diego defense contractor, The Titan Corporation, in fraud involving the shadowy St. Petersburg FL company involved in last month’s mysterious 5.5 ton cocaine seizure in Mexico.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00277.htm


29: "The Hall of Shame" on Gay & Lesbian rightd

For showing what sodomy laws are for: Senior Superintendent of Police Ashutosh Pandey, Lucknow, India In January 2005, Lucknow police arrested four men on charges of operating a “gay racket” on the Internet, as well as of engaging in “unnatural” sex. Undercover ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00330.htm


30: Roadshow Films to distribute Weinstein films in NZ

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (May 18, 2006) - The Weinstein Company announced today a multi-year deal with Roadshow Films to distribute upcoming motion pictures released by The Weinstein Company throughout Australia and New Zealand. The announcement was made jointly by ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0605/S00412.htm

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