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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 29 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: Another Eritrean UN Staff Member Is Detained

The move follows the release, earlier this month, of one of the 11 local UN staff members who have been detained by Eritrea. The mission has been awaiting a response from the Eritrean authorities to its letters asking why they had arrested the local ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00555.htm


4: Fun and Games

New Zealand board game publisher, Matt Taylor, says "The disturbingly high school drop out rate, the alarmingly high youth suicide rate, and our appallingly high drug and violent crime rate is attributable to a clear failure in the way many children ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0605/S00265.htm


5: Hide Cheats Dancing Death Despite Dreadful Doble

After scoring possibly the lowest marks ever in a New Zealand Dancing with the Stars performance ACT's leader Rodney Hide and his partner Krystal Stuart live to fight another day thanks to the power of their fans. For the evicted David Wikaira's partner ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00421.htm


6: Will Major Media Finally Cover Election Fraud?

That the presidential elections of 2000 and 2004 were stolen has become an article of faith for millions of mainstream Americans. But there has been barely a whiff of coverage in the major media about any problems with the electronic voting machines ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00265.htm


7: One News Colmar Brunton: Nat 47, Lab 38

Party Vote: National 47% (up 2) Labour 38% (down 4) Greens 5% (down 2) New Zealand First 4% (up 2) Maori Party 3%. United Future 1.4% Act 1.1%

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00422.htm


8: "Digger" Don digs himself deeper into trouble

National leader Don Brash continues to peddle the myth of a brain drain to Australia as he clings to the notion that tax cuts are a panacea for economic growth, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00675.htm


9: UQ Wire: Porter Goss Resignation Solved

The “mystery” of Porter Goss’ resignation last month as CIA Director is apparently directly related to the huge seizure in Mexico several weeks earlier of over 5.5 tons of cocaine, according to government documents recently obtained by the The MadCowMorningNews ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00392.htm


10: Larry Johnson: Wrong Way Bush

Let's give credit where credit is due. George W. Bush finally admitted some mistakes last night. For instance, he noted that tough talk, such as challenging the Iraqi insurgents with the retort, "bring 'em on," sent the wrong signal and was counterproductive. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00413.htm


11: Brash rubbishes claims he's bagging NZ

National Party Leader Don Brash has today rubbished Labour's claims that he is bagging New Zealand by highlighting Australia's far more attractive tax system.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00667.htm


12: New nationwide postcode system to be announced

Some 1.8 million mailers are to be sent to every household, rural address and New Zealand Post PO Box from Thursday 1 June as New Zealand Post publicly launches its new four-digit postcode system.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0605/S00609.htm


13: First Results from 2006 Census Released

The number of people counted in New Zealand on census night was 4,116,900, Statistics New Zealand said today. This is the first information available from the 2006 Census of Population and Dwellings, held on 7 March 2006.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0605/S00611.htm


14: Big overseas education contract with Oman signed

A consortium of tertiary education organisations have signed a deal to provide course content to the Omani Ministry of Higher Education in one of the biggest international education contracts this country has signed.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00672.htm


15: Stateside With Rosalea: Cowboys and Indians

... to improve US politics. First, I'd set term limits for US Senators. Because of gerrymandered districts and the likelihood that the longer a senator is in office they will remain in office, they are the US equivalent of the British peerage, only ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00419.htm


16: Scoop Full Coverage: Timore Leste Update

Failed Coup To Blame For Timor Leste Violence - NZ Commits 200 Troops To Timor - U.S-based security monitors are reporting that a failed coup is to blame for the clashes between Timor Leste security forces and former soldiers, Prime Minister Mari ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00420.htm


17: From India With Love

SOLD OUT at the 2005 ODDFELLOWS NZ International Comedy Festival and direct from a SELL OUT tour of MALAYSIA and SOUTH AFRICA, From India with Love returns for a limited season in Auckland and Wellington as part of the 2006 International Comedy ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0605/S00273.htm


18: Meridian pays $800 million special dividend

Finance Minister Michael Cullen today welcomed receipt of the $800 million special dividend from Meridian Energy.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00664.htm


19: Don Brash - Proud to be a Kiwi

Speech to the Rotary Club of Auckland, at the Auckland Club

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00666.htm


20: Aung San Suu Kyi's Detention Extended, Again

World's Most Prominent Political Prisoner's Detention Extended, Again - Time for Action at the UN Security Council, Say Activists

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00549.htm


21: Public Address 29/05/06 - Mao Chicken Memories

Okay so my SST column on the Mao/'Chinese threat' jokes didn't actually say what I thought of Mao. That's because it's not important what I say about Mao to an English language newspaper audience; I said it to Mao instead...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0605/S00418.htm


22: NGOs respond to Indonesia earthquake

NGOs respond to Indonesia earthquake The 6.2 Richter scale earthquake that struck Yogyakarta in the early hours of Saturday morning with devastating results has elicited a quick response from New Zealand Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0605/S00307.htm


23: Taxpayers and businesses pay for Nats' GST blunder

Papers obtained from the Electoral Commission by the Greens have revealed that the National Party short-changed private and public broadcasters by $112,493 at the last election, Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00661.htm


24: Broadcasting Member's Bill

This bill requires the reimbursement of broadcasting spending by the Electoral Commission in relation to the New Zealand National Party prior to the general election on 17 September 2005, but currently unable to be paid under the Broadcasting Act 1989.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00670.htm


25: Who is more highly taxed?

There has been renewed political debate about whether New Zealanders are more or less highly taxed than Australians, sparked by the Australian government’s announcement of tax reductions in its recent budget.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0605/S00612.htm


26: Results from 2006 Census Released - PDF Tables

The number of people counted in New Zealand on census night was 4,116,900, Statistics New Zealand said today. This is the first information available from the 2006 Census of Population and Dwellings, held on 7 March 2006.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0605/S00613.htm


27: Utah Newspapers Ignore Voting Machine Sec. Reports

Utah Newspapers Neglect to Cover Voting Machine Security Reports Released May 11 & 22 Diebold Should Replace Its Voting Machines with Its More Secure Ones! By Kathy Dopp, National Election Data Archive

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0605/S00557.htm


28: Rakon's story does not add up - Greens

A statement from Rakon over claims that it is supplying crystal oscillators for use in American military smart bombs, shells and missiles, contradicts information in internal company emails, Green Party MP Keith Locke says. "In a statement this ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00659.htm


29: Two Ticks For Brash Bill

Rodney Hide says that ACT will support Don Brash's Bill enabling National to pay broadcasters $112,500 for election advertising, and is inviting the Labour Party to repay taxpayers' money used to produce Labour's pledge card.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0605/S00680.htm


30: Current NZDF Commitment To Timor-Leste

New Zealand Defence Force Te Ope Kaatua O Aotearoa Media Release Sunday 28 May 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0605/S00295.htm

ENDS

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