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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 24 May 2006

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

1: Theatresports

Wellington’s funniest improvisers pit themselves against each other in a battle of wits with the audience as judge, jury and (possibly) executioner. More real than reality TV, this is comedy the way you want it – stand up, sit down, lie about – ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0605/S00179.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: 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


4: Questions And Answers - Tuesday, 23 May 2006

1. Dr DON BRASH (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does she believe the Hon David Cunliffe was correct to have made the statements he made last week regarding Telecom’s dividend policy; if so, why?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00559.htm


5: Reports Reconfirm Hatch Said He Condones Polygamy

Last week on these pages I cited a polygamy political coverup, which includes US Senator Orrin Hatch (Rep-UT), who is on record as condoning polygamy. With US Senator Patrick Leahy (Dem-VT) several days after the Scoop story appeared taking on Hatch ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00364.htm


6: The U.S. and Southeast Asia - Christopher Hill

Christopher Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Remarks to the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Singapore May 22, 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00453.htm


7: Energy and National Security - Paul E. Simons

Paul E. Simons, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy, Sanctions, and Commodities Statement before the Committee on Government Reform U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC May 16, 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00452.htm


8: Where's Rodney?

People were justifiably outraged in the 1996 Parliamentary term, when Alliance MP Alamein Kopu notoriously abandoned her party mid-term, gave her proxy to the minority national government, and was never seen around parliament again (despite continuing ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00360.htm


9: UN Ethiopia-Eritrea mission: Calls for caution

With the United Nations Security Council considering whether or not to reduce the role of the peacekeeping United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) in calming border tensions between the two Horn of Africa countries, a senior UN official ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00482.htm


10: Tamaki Community Board Member Resigns

The Auckland City Council and Tamaki Community Board have received the resignation of board member David Maka today. The resignation is effective immediately.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0605/S00196.htm


11: Questions for Oral Answer - 24 May 2006

1. RODNEY HIDE to the Minister with responsibility for Auckland Issues: What input, if any, did she have into the Budget and what, if any, were her achievements?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00566.htm


12: Fiat Releases Details of the New Ducato

Fiat has released more details of its new range-topping commercial vehicle, the third generation Ducato, which goes on sale in Europe in June and arrives in New Zealand in mid-2007.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0605/S00518.htm


13: Questions and Answers - Wednesday, 24 May 2006

1. Budget 2006—Auckland Issues 2. Cabinet Office Circular—Publicly Listed Companies 3. Fiscal Approach—Alternative 4. Waikato River—Government Negotiations with Tainui 5. Aged Care—Caregivers’ Remuneration 6. Fiscal Strategy Report—Accuracy

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00590.htm


14: Energy Security --- A Global Challenge

E. Anthony Wayne, Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Prepared for delivery at a European Policy Centre event Brussels, Belgium May 22, 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00462.htm


15: Rodney's Raw Hide Canterbury Tour

This Thursday, ACT leader and competitor in TV One's current hit show, "Dancing with the Stars", Rodney Hide and his dance partner Krystal Stuart, arrive in Christchurch to drum up support for viewer votes.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0605/S00224.htm


16: Air New Zealand unveils live ‘human bird’

A striking New Zealand ‘human bird’ flown to London by Air New Zealand captivated VIP guests and top media from around the world yesterday at the opening of the 2006 Chelsea Flower Garden Show.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0605/S00523.htm


17: Student guardian issue a symptom of larger problem

United Future education spokesperson, Judy Turner, today warned that the overseas guardian loophole that was 'fixed' yesterday is just a symptom of a larger crisis.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00544.htm


18: Public Address - Twinkling Toes On The Taxpayer

No Right Turn has a lovely fake letter from Rodney Hide to his constituents, explaining his frequent absences from Parliament ("However, great news! I have made it through the third round of Dancing With the Stars!")...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00359.htm


19: Media Search NZ adopts Media Monitors brand

As part of its ongoing consolidation, Media Monitors has announced the full integration and rebranding of its New Zealand operation, Media Search.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0605/S00513.htm


20: Is There A Diplomatic Solution To Iran Issue?

Last week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected Europe’s most recent offer to halt uranium enrichment in exchange for various incentives, this time including a light-water reactor. “Your incentives,” he said, “are definitely not more valuable ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00458.htm


21: When Was The Last Time A Mexican Cut Your Pension?

Whenever a new crisis develops in an election year and it's not nature's or the stock market's fault, the odds are pretty good that it's not a crisis.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00333.htm


22: Ministry puff piece a waste of taxpayer dollars

An expensive Ministry for the Environment publication has been slammed by the Green Party as "complacent pap" and a waste of taxpayers' money.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00578.htm


23: First Female Conscientious Objector Sentenced

FT. BENNING, GA – Army National Guard Specialist Katherine Jashinski received a bad conduct discharge today and was sentenced to 120 days confinement after pleading guilty to the charge of “refusal to obey a legal order.” She was acquitted of the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00469.htm


24: Shock at loss of Maori Development Programmes

“In response to questions from the Maori Party today, Dr Michael Cullen revealed that seven programmes aimed at whanau, hapu and iwi opportunities for greater self-determination have been axed by their minority Government” stated Tariana Turia.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00555.htm


25: International accolades for NZ landscape architect

One of New Zealand’s foremost landscape architects Megan Wraight receives her highest honour in Sydney on Friday night. Wraight will win an International Federation of Landscape Architect award during a congress in Sydney for her part in the redevelopment ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0605/S00510.htm


26: Rice Interview With Boston College Mag & Newspaper

QUESTION: You could pick any place to give a commencement address. Why did you pick BC this year?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00463.htm


27: Cunliffe: Telecommunications in Fast Forward

Today you may not be surprised that the main topic of my talk will be our recent announcements on the telecommunications stocktake.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00563.htm


28: The Real Deal: The Great "Incompetency" Heist

I never cease to be amazed at the extent to which successful policies are portrayed as failed policies, and the transfer of public resources to private parties are spun as the result of government and bureaucratic “incompetence.”

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00345.htm


30: Maori Party Congratulates Kaumatua for Stand

The Maori Party today commended the brave initiative of Te Kaunihera Kaumatua o te Whanganui-a-Tara in taking a stand against the Labour minority Government’s actions in dictating Mäori cultural practice.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00586.htm

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