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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 27 July 2006


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

1: Energy Reform Needed

The Canterbury Manufacturers’ Association welcomes comments made by Meridian Energy’s Alan Seay last week that more investment into New Zealand’s electricity system is required but his admission that the country had to draw upon all available generation ...

2: Keeping agriculture competitive: Carter

The ever-present threat to any export industry is that new, lower-cost producers will compete their way into our markets, driving down prices for all producers.

3: 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.

4: Good news Afoot

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

5: Media Release

Hokitika, renowned for giving New Zealanders the excuse they need to come on over the hills to enjoy some West Coast hospitality, is doing it again. From 2004 the Wet West Film Festival has shown in the grand old Regent Theatre for four days in ...

6: NZ magazine speaks

In what is believed to be a “first”, independently published, New Zealand-based Destinations magazine has the pages literally talking.

7: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing July 26, 2006

SOMALIA U.S. Calls for Islamic Courts Union and Transitional Federal Institutions to Commit to Dialogue and Establish Legitimate Government for Somalia Somalia's Neighbors Must Not Support Violence

8: The Inconvenient Truth about An Inconvenient Truth

Sorry Al and Laurie. The perhaps inconvenient truth is that An Inconvenient Truth is perhaps convenient and not the truth. Science suggests the movie not based on science and it does not reflect reality. It’s a trace out of focus. Here’s why:

9: Lehto To head Busby-Bilbray Recount Effort in CA

Noted attorney and clean election advocate Paul Lehto was selected as counsel for an upcoming election contest related to the Busby-Bilbray special election in California's 50th Congressional district. The 50th is located in San Diego County with the upscale ...

10: Saudi Arabia and Jordan - With friends like these…

Saudi Arabia and Jordan With friends like these… By Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar 25 July 2006 “The East is to-day the place of change - of changes so great and swift that in comparison with it our Europe is standing still. We have been much engaged lately, ...

11: What Are the Root Causes, Mr. Bush and Ms. Rice?

For months and years, independent media commentators have been using the term 'root causes' to highlight the role of Israel's occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem as one of the primary contributing factors to a destabilized Middle East.

12: Chomsky, Pinter, Zinn, Vidal et al on Israel

A Letter: The latest chapter of the conflict between Israel and Palestine began when Israeli forces abducted two civilians, a doctor and his brother, from Gaza. An incident scarcely reported anywhere, except in the Turkish press. The following day the Palestinians ...

13: Letter From Pinter, Saramago, Chomsky and Berger

This letter, signed by Harold Pinter, Jose Saramago, Noam Chomsky and John Berger, has been forwarded to major newspapers.

14: Questions for Oral Answer - Thursday, 27 July 2006

1. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: What did the Associate Minister's office decide at the meeting with Taito Phillip Field on 17 May 2005 with respect to the issuing of work permits for Mr Sunan Siriwan and his partner Ms Phanngarm?

15: Hon Jim Sutton Valedictory speech

Madam Speaker, in my maiden speech on October 2, 1984, I paid tribute to a couple of my predecessors as MPs for Waitaki. Both I thought, far more distinguished than I could ever be and I was right. The first was Reverend Arnold Nordmeyer, one of ...

16: Questions and Answers - Wednesday, 26 July 2006

1. Dr DON BRASH (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: What steps has she taken to satisfy herself about the actions of members of her executive named in the Ingram report?

17: Blood In Beirut: $75.05 A Barrel

I can't tell you how it started -- this is a war that's been fought since the Levites clashed with the Philistines -- but I can tell you why the current mayhem has not been stopped. It's the oil.

18: Corn-based Ethanol: Offering Some Relief

Contrary to the usual outcome of Washington’s subsidies to U.S. farmers, recent grants for ethanol producers could actually improve many lives, both at home and abroad.

19: Nat MP Points Out Bill Fixes Non Existent Problem

After advising NZ Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson of her concern regarding workers forced out of employment over health and safety issues NAtional MP paula Bennett then agreed with the CTU's submission that there were in fact very few cases ...

20: Americas Must Prepare for Bird Flu, Agencies Urge

Though no cases of avian flu or its H5N1 virus have been reported yet in birds or humans anywhere in the Americas, United Nations health agencies and other partners today launched a new preparedness campaign for the disease, which they say could ...

21: UK Government Sources Confirm War With Iran Is On

In the last few days, I learned from a credible and informed source that a former senior Labour government Minister, who continues to be well-connected to British military and security officials, confirms that Britain and the United States “… ...

22: Israel Drops White Phosphorus Bombs On Children

Tyre, Lebanon - Dirty bandages hid the worst of 8-year-old Zainab Jawad's swollen, bloodied nose Monday. Her arm, fractured in two places, was strapped to her chest.

23: Kelsey: Time To Rethink Failed World Trade Agenda

The collapse of the Doha round negotiations at the World Trade Organisation is cause for celebration by poor people and powerless governments around the world.

24: Mandelson on Suspension of Doha

"I want to express the profound disappointment and sadness of the member states of the European Union, and of Mariann and myself, that the world trade talks are having to be suspended today.

25: Massive workers' rights violations in Nicaragua

Brussels 25 July 2006 (ICFTU OnLine): The ICFTU has just published a new report on core labour standards in Nicaragua, to coincide with the WTO's review of the country's trade policy this week. The ICFTU report highlights the numerous barriers to the ...

26: Colombia's Integration Into Plan Puebla Panama

From July onwards, Colombia will form part of the one-sided geopolitical mega-project that seeks to consolidate the neoliberal model in the western Latin America with the aim of privatizing highway infrastructure, public services and natural resources.

27: Questions And Answers - Tuesday, 25 July 2006

1. Dr DON BRASH (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Was Dr Ingram able to interview all the Thai nationals who allegedly worked on properties owned by Taito Phillip Field in return for immigration assistance; if not, can she assure the House ...

28: Robson-on-Politics July 26 2006

The narrative, reported verbatim in deadpan seriousness by the mainstream media, is to promise more government funding for special needs children; more funding to raise teacher-pupil ratios, more on police, more on mental health services, more ...

29: Union says NZ Rail urgently needs investment

In response to the announcement yesterday that Toll intend to cut the Overlander in September General Secretary Wayne Butson Rail & Maritime Union (RMTU) says now is not the time to be cutting rail services when internationally there is massive ...

30: Toni Solo: Varieties Of Imperial Decline

If people needed reminding that North American and European foreign policy, including policy on aid and trade, is based on sadism and hypocrisy, events in Palestine and Lebanon will surely have done so.


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