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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings – 21 June 2006


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

1: ANZ Export Awards

"42 Below, Pitango and Sweet Shop were honoured last evening, for their exceptional contribution to New Zealand’s export success, at the city's export awards.

2: Scoop Launches Audio and Video Podcast Feed

Scoop has launched its audio/video podcast providing Scoopers with the best way to stay ahead of other media. The great thing about the podcast is it allows you to listen and view the media at a time that's convenient to you.

3: Ramzy Baroud: Al-Zarqawi Death: Myth vs. Reality

The convenient emergence and sudden disappearance of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi signals an end of an era. Though Washington and London insist on telling us that the ‘good news’ don’t necessary mean an end to Iraq’s bloodshed, the giddiness in British Prime ...

4: Questions And Answers - Tuesday, 20 June 2006

1. RON MARK (NZ First) to the Minister of Police: Do the police hire private security firms for the purpose of monitoring potentially suicidal inmates being held in police cells; if so, under what circumstances are they used for this purpose?

5: Winter Solstice on June 22

The Winter Solstice is on June 22 at 00:26; this is when the Sun is at its most Northerly point in the sky. At the middle of the day on June 22, it reaches its lowest altitude, from the Northern horizon, for the year.

6: Reaching Out To Iran: Too Little, Too Late?

President Bush's 180-degree turn on direct negotiations with Iran clearly represents a defeat for the super-hawks who have been urging military action - and arguably an act of desperation for an administration that has run out of good options.

7: 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 ...

8: ProCare Awards For Top Maori and Pacific Students

The annual ProCare Prizes in General Practice have been awarded to the top-rating Maori and Pacific medical students in last year’s General Practice and Primary Health Care segment of the undergraduate course at the School of Medicine, University of ...

9: Drug Companies Still Peddling Risperdal & Zyprexa

According to Kelly O'Meara, author of the newly released book, Psyched Out, America has a drug problem. "It's not as covert as those illicit and illegal "Just Say No" drugs," she says, "but, rather, Americans have become drug users by way of being ...

10: Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday 21 June 2006

1. JOHN KEY to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Minister of Revenue's assessment that "Our major trading partner, Australia, is already looking at significant tax cuts to both business and private incomes in next year's Budget and we simply ...

11: Robson-On-Politics 21 June 2006

I got a taxpayer-funded postcard which told me that a National-led government would borrow in order to deliver $9 billion worth of income tax cuts a year.

12: Cases Against Merck For Fosamax Jaw Damage Growing

Medical professionals need to recognize that Fosamax has only been on the market for a little over a decade and other bisphosphonates for even less time. The injuries showing up now are often the result the massive marketing of this class of drugs ...

13: Video-Podcast: Japan Stakes Deck At Whaling Conf.

Selwyn Manning presents Scoop's daily podcast, today reporting on Japan's hold on the IWC. Legalised commercial whaling was narrowly avoided due to a 75% vote requirement that ensures a 20 year moratorium prohibiting the hunting of whales for profit remains.

14: National releases terror list

National Party Foreign Affairs and Defence spokesman Murray McCully has released a list of the 88 terrorist entities designated by the Australian Government which have not been designated as terrorist entities in New Zealand.

15: New prisoner drug and alcohol addiction programmes

New prisoner drug and alcohol addiction programmes will help reduce re-offending rates – O'Connor

16: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing June 20, 2006

NORTH KOREA Reported Preparations by North Korea for Long-Range Missile Test / U.S. Diplomacy Obligation of North Korea to Abide by Moratorium on Missile Tests Six-Party Talks / Value of Multinational Diplomacy / September 19th Joint Statement

17: World’s Poorest Countries See Some Growth

An increase in development aid since 2002 has raised health and education standards and hastened gender equality among the world’s poorest nations but overall poverty rates are not improving, according to a new United Nations report released today.

18: India: New Zealand's Fastest Growing Export Market

A recent Auckland seminar reiterated to the New Zealand audience what rest of the world already knows - doing business with India is not only profitable but also inevitable.

19: "Operation Forward Together": Deeper Into Quagmire

On Tuesday, June 13th, while Mr. Bush spent a brave five hours in the "green zone" of Baghdad with puppet Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, at least 36 people were killed across Iraq amidst a wave of bombings. 18 of those died in a spasm of bombings ...

20: DR Congo: Children Suffer Abuses

Grave rights abuses against children continue largely with impunity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report , calling for stepped-up measures to protect young Congolese at risk ...

21: Last chance for free influenza immunisation

New Zealanders at high-risk from seasonal influenza have less than two weeks to get free immunisation against this serious disease before the Government-subsidised programme ends for this year on June 30.

22: Pringle: Bush Election Theft Saga Heats Up In Ohio

Ohio's Governor Bob Taft, and his partner in crime in stealing the 2004 election in Ohio, President George W Bush, have a lot in common. Bush holds the record for the lowest approval ratings of any President in US history, and at a whopping 26%, ...

23: The Grip of Winter

MetService meteorologists have issued a Severe Weather Watch for the Canterbury Plains and Kaikoura Ranges to cover the possibility of further snow from the next cold front which is expected on Wednesday.

24: Scoop Image: Southern Snow From Outer Space

An image of the snowbound South Island taken from NASA's Modis Satellite yesterday. Click for big version (very big 1.7 megs)

25: Tonga: Redundancies strain finances

The Tonga Government, which is bringing in a supplementary budget to finance the redundancies of hundreds of government workers, is considering selling off houses used by ministers and senior public servants.

26: Zoo asks for help to locate otter

One of Auckland Zoo’s otters has managed to get out of its enclosure and the Zoo grounds.

27: Rejection of Visa for Dalai Lama

By Mickey Spiegel, China Researcher for Human Rights Watch Last week, 22 of 28 Nobel Peace Prize winners gathered in South Korea for the 2006 Gwangju (Kwangju) Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. Winners from Kenya, Russia, Guatemala, Iran, East Timor, ...

28: Public Address 21/6/6 - Thinking About The Future

Here's something new: Steven Price and I spent some time this year on a commission from the Broadcasting Standards Authority, jointly writing a paper called The Future of Media Regulation in New Zealand: Is There One? We were given a broad brief to ...

29: Results of Global ‘Courtesy Test’

Auckland In Top Ten Of Global Courtesy Survey Residents of New Zealand’s biggest city have confirmed kiwis’ reputation for helpfulness and courtesy. Auckland finished an impressive 7th out of 35 cities, with trans-Tasman neighbour Sydney coming in ...

30: HR, Democracy & Integration in South Cent Europe

Rosemary DiCarlo, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Hearing of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe ("Helsinki Commission") Washington, DC June 15, 2006

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