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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 18 July 2006

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

1: Lebanon Travel Advice

There is extreme risk to your safety due to the escalating tension between Lebanon and Israel and we advise against all travel to Lebanon. Israel has launched a military offensive against Lebanon following a 12 July Hizbollah cross-border incursion during ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0607/S00136.htm


2: Crime And Punishment

In a joint statement, the Salvation Army and Prison Fellowship New Zealand called for a structured public debate on the issues of crime and punishment. Spokespersons Major Campbell Roberts and Kim Workman, joined in the call for a more informed and ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0607/S00143.htm


3: Good news Afoot

Formthotics foam foot insoles are significantly more cost effective than hard plastic orthotics, a landmark Australian study has found.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0607/S00064.htm


4: On Now: Immediartly

Thistle Hall is a vibrant community centre in the heart of New Zealand's cultural capital. We provide a community hall, meeting room and Wellington's only community gallery showcasing a range of artists and crafts people, from the established to ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0607/S00139.htm


5: Security treaty with Indonesia shouldn't be signed

Senator Nettle, today, called on the Federal Government to suspend plans for a new security treaty with Indonesia in light of continuing revelations of abuses in West Papua.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0606/S00269.htm


6: Education appointment applauded

The appointment of Karen Sewell to the position of chief executive of the Ministry of Education is good news for New Zealand education, PPTA president Debbie Te Whaiti said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0607/S00054.htm


7: Larry Johnson: Israel Takes a Stupid Pill

Apparently not content to let the US do a self-immolation act in the Middle East by itself, Israel decided to set itself on fire by invading Lebanon. Burn baby burn?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0607/S00221.htm


8: Bush, Blair's Mideast Chat Caught On Open Mic.

Mr Bush, chomping on a piece of bread at a world leaders' lunch, also told British Prime Minister Tony Blair that a key to defusing the violence in the region was for "Hezbollah to stop doing this shit, and it's over".

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0607/S00259.htm


9: Diving into Aquaculture

Graduates in Diving and Aquaculture, including the new National Certificate in Aquaculture (Diving) Level 4, will be celebrated at the inaugural New Zealand King Salmon Aquaculture Diving Graduation Ceremony in Picton this Wednesday.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0607/S00127.htm


10: Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 18 July 2006

1. TARIANA TURIA to the Minister of Health: How will the Government address the health disparities outlined in the New Zealand Living Standards 2004 report, which provided evidence that lower living standards increase the risk of poor health and that poor ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0607/S00256.htm


11: Lessons for NZ in reports of climate change

There are urgent and important lessons for New Zealand in a report released in Washington yesterday discrediting the Mann “hockey stick” graph which has under-pinned most of the claims of anthropogenic (man-made) global warming (AGW), according to Rear ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0607/S00026.htm


12: Tonga public servants cut by a third

The Tongan government says it has now reduced its public service work force by about a third.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0607/S00333.htm


13: Uri Avnery: The Real Aim

THE REAL aim is to change the regime in Lebanon and to install a puppet government. That was the aim of Ariel Sharon's invasion of Lebanon in 1982. It failed. But Sharon and his pupils in the military and political leadership have never really given up ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0607/S00219.htm


14: Abbas Bakhtiar: A Coup Attempt That Started A War

As Israeli planes pound the Lebanese infrastructure to sunder, as the Palestinians spend their days and nights in inhumane conditions and under siege, as people in 20 Israeli towns sleep in bomb shelters, Israel threatened to widen the conflict ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0607/S00256.htm


15: Ingram report released

Prime Minister Helen Clark today released the report of Mr Ingram QC into matters relating to Taito Phillip Field.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0607/S00260.htm


16: Venezuela: Terrorism Hub of South America?

Frank C. Urbancic, Principal Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism Statement before the House Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation Washington, DC July 13, 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0607/S00304.htm


17: PM announces changes to use of 'The Honourable'

Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced changes to the rules relating to the use and the grant of the title ‘The Honourable’.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0607/S00243.htm


18: Evelyn Pringle: Merck Not Losing Sleep Over Vioxx

Merck's top management team reportedly remains un-phased by Vioxx litigation woes. In fact, Prudential Equity Group analyst, Timothy Anderson, says Merck's Chief Executive, Richard Clark, specifically told him that “Vioxx does not keep him up at night.”

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0607/S00246.htm


19: Thoughts While Getting Out of Missile Range

Here, we all feel like the boxer Roberto Duran, who was known as "The Hands of Stone." In a rematch fight with Sugar Ray Leonard in New Orleans in 1980, after having defeated the American gold medalist during the 'Brawl of Montreal', he turned his back to ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0607/S00260.htm


20: William Rivers Pitt: Cheerleading the Apocalypse

The fighting between Israel and Lebanon over the course of the last few days presents perhaps the most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis. The leadership of Israel and Hezbollah spend the blood of innocents to prove how very tough they ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0607/S00258.htm


21: G8 "overshadowed" by events in Middle East - Blair

Tony Blair has looked back at the talks he and his fellow leaders held on Africa, energy and world trade at the St Petersburg summit.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0607/S00308.htm


22: Sol Salbe: Middle East Round-Up

In among the tens of thousands of words being written at the moment on Middle East fighting there lurks some obvious home truths. In a letter to today’s Sydney Morning Herald Dennis Shakesheff managed to condense it into three sentences: “I think ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0607/S00257.htm


23: Armenia/Andorra ratify Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

Vienna, 17 July 2006: Armenia has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) with the United Nations Secretary-General on 12 July 2006, bringing the total number of ratifications to 133. The number of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0607/S00310.htm


24: Media Lens Media Alert: Blaming The Victim In Gaza

Traditionally, British media reporting of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been heavily biased in favour of the United States' major ally in the region, Israel. A 2002 Glasgow University Media Group report found that television broadcasters were ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0607/S00253.htm


25: Competitive Enterprise Inst.'s Cat. 5 Gore Bashing

If former Vice President Al Gore eventually decides to mount another run for presidency, it may be that the bashing he received from the right during the run-up to and premiere of "An Inconvenient Truth," his new highly-acclaimed documentary film warning of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0607/S00230.htm


26: PM's Presser: Honorifics, The Middle East & Zaoui

Prime Minister's Post Cabinet Press Conference - Monday, 17 July 2006 Who's Honourable, Middle East, Winston In Washington & Zaoui

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0607/S00240.htm


27: UN offers aid to Ecuador after Tungurahua Volcano

United Nations agencies are offering humanitarian assistance to the Government of Ecuador after Tungurahua Volcano erupted, spewing out pyroclastic flows, shooting ash six kilometres into the air and forcing more than 3,600 people from high-risk ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0607/S00327.htm


28: Brash calls on Clark to order Com. of Inquiry

National Party Leader Don Brash is calling on Helen Clark to order a Commission of Inquiry into the behaviour of Labour MP Taito Phillip Field, given the glaring omissions from the Noel Ingram report released today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0607/S00262.htm


29: Turia: Urgent Debate on Phillip Taito Field Report

The Maori Party stands today, delighted, that Phillip Taito Field is cleared through the inquiry into conflict of interest allegations against him. The Hon Taito Phillip Field brings to this House a history, a distinctive character, which can only enhance ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0607/S00269.htm


30: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0606/S00080.htm

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