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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 1 August 2006


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

1: Improving mental health

Jim Anderton Associate Minister of Health and Progressive Leader opened the 4th International Conference, hosted by the Phobic Trust of New Zealand, promoting awareness of anxiety disorders in Auckland today.

2: Start Warming Up!

Brrrrr. In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s winter. That means it’s time for Auckland-based, nationwide radio station George FM to do the right thing, and help pull party people everywhere up out of their winter blues.

3: Hello World

Broadband's role in bringing the world closer is being celebrated in a major brand campaign launched today by TelstraClear.

4: 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.

5: Good news Afoot

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

6: 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 ...

7: Outstanding Contribution awards

Two Cantabrians this week received outstanding contribution awards from Environment Canterbury, in recognition of their work spent managing Canterbury water resources.

8: 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 ...

9: Playstation 3 Website Launched!

In response to consumer demand, Sony Computer Entertainment New Zealand (SCENZ) today announced the launch of the first official consumer communications channel to share information about the eagerly awaited PLAYSTATION®3.

10: 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.

11: Women, Sexual Politics & the American Dream

With the dramatic lowering of the competency bar in the Bush II Presidency, no one can say any longer that American women are unqualified to govern. Still the issue of how to get a critical mass of women in public office -- so crucial to America ...

12: Royalist Realism In A Republican Nepal

When newly appointed foreign ambassadors landed in the Nepalese capital after the heady political changes of April, their dilemma was evident. Going to the palace to present their credentials to King Gyanendra, as their predecessors had, would ...

13: Worst Ever Security Flaw In Diebold Voting Machine

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA -- “This may be the worst security flaw we have seen in touch screen voting machines,” says Open Voting Foundation president, Alan Dechert. Upon examining the inner workings of one of the most popular paperless touch screen ...

14: Bill Berkowitz: Bringing on 'World War III'

If you thought that a global conflagration on the order of a world war was more the stuff of Biblical prophecy, science fiction and apocalyptic end-of- times novels, think again.

15: Business Briefs

The impact of housing loans; High ranking for business research; International leadership in small business

16: Business Performance Conference

A prestigious international conference on developing management and organisational capability is being held in New Zealand in December, with the Minister of Economic Development Hon Trevor Mallard as a keynote speaker.

17: Depleted Uranium Situation Worsens Requires Action

The delivery of at least 100 GBU 28 bunker busters bombs containing depleted uranium warheads by the United States to Israel for use against targets in Lebanon will result in additional radioactive and chemical toxic contamination with consequent adverse ...

18: Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 1 August 2006

1. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing to ensure all schools are providing students with the knowledge, values and competencies they need to succeed in a 21st century economy?

19: Kiwi Herald Digest: News Too Good To Be True

Ground-breaking stories from the Kiwi Herald, award winning newspaper of the small but wonderful New Zealand community of Moenui. The town is the current holder of the Northern Region Best Kept Grass – or so says the website of the Kiwi Herald. ...

20: Questions And Answers - Tuesday, 1 August 2006

1. MOANA MACKEY (Labour) to the Minister of Education: What is the Government doing to ensure all schools are providing students with the knowledge, values, and competencies they need to succeed in a 21st century economy?

21: Jason Miller: Lamentations for Sacrificial Pawns

As Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz recently boasted of “changing the reality on the northern border,” the citizens of Israel became the subjects of a serious reality change. Make-shift morgues are amassing corpses of the civilian victims of ...

22: Scoop Link: Rolling Stone – Iran, The Next War

Even before the bombs fell on Baghdad, a group of senior Pentagon officials were plotting to invade another country. Their covert campaign once again relied on false intelligence and shady allies. But this time, the target was Iran.

23: Undernews: The Silence Of The Liberal Lambs

HOWARD KURTZ had an interesting roundup of liberal media avoidance of the Lebanon issue. One exception is the Nation: "It makes no sense for Israel to destroy the civil infrastructure of the Palestinians and of Lebanon in response to the kidnapping ...

24: Greens to move motion on findings of Ingram report

The Green Party will move a motion in the House this afternoon expressing concern at the findings of the Ingram report, and calling on Taito Phillip Field to apologise.

25: Lyndon Hood: Foreign Affairs Briefs

Slighted McCain Vows to Destroy New Zealand; Nations Not Exactly Cueing Up to Join Lebanon Peacekeeping Force for Some Reason; Tsunami Sequel Disappoints Critics

26: Ordinary Kiwis Defenceless Against Armed Criminals

"A shop assistant brutally bashed by an armed criminal on Saturday night shows that Kiwis should be allowed to have the means to defend themselves," says Peter Linton, Libertarianz Firearms Spokesman. "Simply compare this poor guy with ...

27: John R. Bolton: UN Reform, ME, Iran, Nth Korea

Thank you for inviting me to appear before the Committee today. I would also like to thank you and your colleagues for the support you have given me over the course of the past year.

28: Bush to Open New Maximum-Security Jail at Gitmo

The Independent UK - The controversy over the US-run detention centre at Guantanamo Bay is to erupt anew with confirmation by the Pentagon that a new, permanent prison will open in the Cuban enclave in the next few weeks.

29: Winston Peters hospitalised

Foreign Minister Winston Peters is in hospital after contracting a tropical illness during his recent trip to Malaysia for the ASEAN Regional Forum. Mr Peters became unwell at the weekend after stopping in Brisbane en route from Kuala Lumpur and was ...

30: NZ calls for complete cessation of hostitlities

Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that Israel’s suspension of air raids over southern Lebanon is a first step towards peace but both sides must immediately move to a complete cessation of hostilities. “The Qana bombing and the deaths of around ...


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