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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 19 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: 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


6: 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


7: Dahr Jamail: "Open War" in the Middle East

"In my judgment, the best way to stop the violence is to understand why the violence occurred in the first place." That one sentence (a surprisingly rare example of a complete sentence spoken by Cheney spokesman George W. Bush), taken on its own, would ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0607/S00280.htm


8: 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


9: U.S. Embargo against Cuba under Growing Siege

• The Cuba embargo is unpopular and unprofitable for several U.S. private business sectors, and mounting pressure from the oil, agriculture and export industries is solidifying the pro-engagement front in the current debate over Cuban policy

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0607/S00343.htm


10: Questions And Answers - Tuesday, 18 July 2006

1. Living Standards 2004 Report—Health Disparities 2. Taito Phillip Field—Ingram Report Conclusions 3. Police Numbers—Government Targets 4. Poverty—Government Policy 5. Primary Health Care Strategy—Extension to 45 to 64-Year-olds 6. National ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0607/S00274.htm


11: Law & Sumner Burstyn: Meningococcal Gold Rush III

Meningococcal Gold Rush III: post-MeNZB™ Vaccine Update The evidence the Ministry of Health does not want you to see. By Ron Law and Barbara Sumner Burstyn

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0607/S00284.htm


12: 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


13: 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


14: Questions for Oral Answer - Wednesday 19 July 2006

1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: What concerns did the Ingram report she released yesterday outline about work carried out by four Thai people on Taito Phillip Field's house in Samoa, and does she agree with the statement in the report "If the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0607/S00281.htm


15: McCain meeting wonderful, NZ media disgraceful

An unplanned intrusion by New Zealand media was the only down side to a wonderful and constructive meeting with Senator John McCain in Washington today, says Foreign Minister Winston Peters. "It was an excellent meeting with Senator McCain in every ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0607/S00295.htm


16: Dunne: Kiwi credit card users in for Europe shock

United Future leader Peter Dunne today warned New Zealand credit card users may be in for a rude shock if they try to use their cards in the United Kingdom and France, now that 'smart' cards have been introduced there.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0607/S00275.htm


17: 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


18: Public Address 19/07/06 - They Have A Point

National's immediate response to the release of the QC's report on Philip Taito Field yesterday was fairly predictable: it called for a commission of inquiry. The problem is, National always seems to be calling for a commission of inquiry...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0607/S00285.htm


19: Asia New Zealand Foundation Media Newsletter

• Bombs strike at hearts of Kiwi Indians • More Asian news needed, says Shanghai journalist • Changing country, unchanging media • Survey marks slow attitude shift • Getting ready for Diwali • Culturally-embedded in Malaysia • Return ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0607/S00194.htm


20: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing July 18, 2006

LEBANON Efforts to Assist American Citizens Departing Lebanon Plan to Bus American Citizens from Southern Lebanon to Evacuation Locations Military in support of DOS / Modes of Previous transportation / Coalition Assistance from United Kingdom, Spain ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0607/S00357.htm


21: 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


22: "Cool" National Party PowerPoint Presentation

The following are images of the Microsoft Powerpoint slides from a National Party Address made by National Party General Manager Greg Sheehan to the Northen Regional Party Conference in April this year.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0607/S00288.htm


23: 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


24: Family Integrity’s repugnant views exposed

“Family Integrity’s views are extreme and repugnant to all reasonable New Zealanders,” said Murray Edridge, Chief Executive of Barnardos NZ. “And if Ruby Harrold-Claesson, whose visit to New Zealand is paid for by them, shares their views, then we don’t ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0607/S00191.htm


25: Full Coverage: Israel Attacks Lebanon (Part II)

"In my judgment, the best way to stop the violence is to understand why the violence occurred in the first place." That one sentence (a surprisingly rare example of a complete sentence spoken by Cheney spokesman George W. Bush), taken on its own, would ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0607/S00287.htm


26: IV: 'Lebanon Crisis An International Conspiracy'

As'ad AbuKhalil, author, believes the recent violence is a symptom of an international conspiracy under way to enforce UN resolution 1559, which calls for the disarmament of militia groups in Lebanon - a reference to Hezbollah.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0607/S00270.htm


27: Concern at escalation in Gaza, Lebanon, Israel

Public Services International General Secretary, Hans Engelberts, today expressed the organisation’s extreme concern about the escalation of violence in Gaza, Lebanon and Israel.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0607/S00350.htm


28: 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


29: Sue Bradford Speech To EPMU National Conference

Thank you for inviting me to address your conference today. Thank you also for asking me to address your Engineering and Plastics sector group meetings over the last few months. After somewhat frosty relations between the Greens and the EPMU when we were ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0607/S00289.htm


30: 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

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