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Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings August 12 - 13 2006


The weekend's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Massive increase in Govt bureaucracy

A 64% increase in space leased by Government departments since 1999 and a 95% rise in policy and admin staff shows how bloated the bureaucracy has become, says National Party State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee.

2: Emirates Means Business

Emirates Airline has raised the stakes in the fiercely-contested premium traveller segment with the launch of its new generation lie-flat Business Class seats today.

3: IDF Causes Serious Head Injury to Israeli Lawyer

Earlier today, August 11, the Israeli Army and Border Police shot an Israeli demonstrator with rubber bullets from close range in the head and neck, causing serious injuries. The man, who is a lawyer, was taken by the army to Tel Hasomer hospital from where ...

4: World changing kids

“We need to nurture those who will change the world,” Waikato University School of Education Associate Professor Roger Moltzen says.

5: Business Briefs

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

6: Christchurch Weather Advisory

Please note: A welfare centre has now been set up at Cashmere High School's McCoombes Performing Arts Centre (Barrington Rd entrance to the school and follow the Civil Defence signs). The Salvation Army is supplying meals to those unable to get to their ...

7: Airline security

Following this morning's police action, security at all UK airports has been increased and additional security measures have been put in place for all flights. With immediate effect, the following arrangements apply to all passengers starting their journey ...

8: 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.

9: Agenda Trancript - Don Brash 12 August 2006

Can we start with the Auditor General's report Dr Brash I mean what's your interpretation of that report, in electioneering when should the public purse pay, when should the private purse pay?

10: Family First offers support for topless porn girls

Family First is offering support for the topless porn girls who plan to parade down Queen St later this month.

11: Kiwi Herald – Weekend Edition

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.

12: 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.

13: Efforts With Mexico to Address Immigration Issues

U.S. Government's Efforts With Mexico to Address Immigration Issues Elizabeth A. Whitaker, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Western Hemisphere Affairs Testimony before the House International Relations Committee, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere ...

14: Nuke Iran Idea Dropped At Insistence of Chiefs

President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney abandoned a plan to include “the possible use of a nuclear device” to destroy Iran’s uranium-enrichment plant at Natanz because of Pentagon opposition, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh has ...

15: Video: Highlights TVNZ's IV With Slingshot Woman

Video: Thanks to for spotting this - For anyone who missed Sainsbury’s About Now , and the glorious performance of Slingshot founder and Dragon’s Den star Annette Presley, here’s a link from YouTube.

16: Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar: The Great Deception

Bush and Blair which have acted time and again on the flimsiest of evidence to reshape Middle East into what they desire it to be: a neo-colonial possession to supply oil while at the same time helping their rich to get richer. You may disagree with this ...

17: DOL Letter To Dr Mapp Re Ingram Report

Your letter of 26 July (hand delivered) asserts that the Ingram Report “raises serious questions as to whether or not there has been a breach of New Zealand’s Minimum Wage Act 1983”, and goes on to submit that the Department is “put on ...

18: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 11 August 2006

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

19: Video: Galloway: Hezbollah Is Not A Terrorist Org - British MP George Galloway explodes at Sky News stating: Hezbollah Is Not A Terrorist Organization! Essential viewing - One mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter George Galloway has spoken out in support ...

20: First Millionaire Of Lotto's New Millenium

After celebrating it's 1000th draw last week, Lotto begins its new millenium with it's first millionaire, after a lucky player in Auckland won Lotto First Division tonight, NZ Lotteries Chief Executive Todd McLeay said.

21: Nigeria Withdraws Troops From Border Area

Nigeria has completed withdrawing its troops from the Bakassi Peninsula, beginning the next phase in the implementation of the pact signed under United Nations auspices in June that ensures the border area’s peaceful transfer to Cameroon.

22: AP: Bush Drafts Retroactive War Crime Protections

The Bush administration drafted amendments to the War Crimes Act that would retroactively protect policymakers from possible criminal charges for authorizing any humiliating and degrading treatment of detainees, according to lawyers who have seen the proposal.

23: Bush Versus the Constitution

Last December, when Congressman John Conyers released a huge report documenting the evidence that Bush and Cheney had lied us into a war, he also introduced a bill (H. Res. 635) to start a preliminary investigation of the matter and make recommendations ...

24: MOTORNET: Q car, Mazda style

Want to build yourself a Q car? Simply take your standard sedan, add a modest body kit and some more performance oriented options like upgraded engine and brakes, and presto, you’re done. Jaw dropping expressions from big Holden and Ford drivers ...

25: "Buy Kiwi Made" Should Mean Kiwi Made

The Government’s decision that goods which are “not necessarily made in New Zealand” will be included in the taxpayer-funded Buy Kiwi Made campaign has been criticized by Norsewear New Zealand CEO Robert Linterman.

26: Antarctica does Acid

An idea that has been around since the 1980s has been confirmed by experiments and careful modeling based on recent measurements of the global levels of carbon dioxide: the 'greenhouse' gas. The oceans are becoming acidic. This is a serious threat to ...

27: Timor-Leste: UN Commissioners Probing Violence

Commission of Inquiry for Timor-Leste today completed the first of two visits aimed at looking into the violence that exploded in the country earlier this year, causing dozens of deaths and forcing 15 per cent of the country’s entire population to ...

28: TeenScreen - Normal Kids Labeled Mentally Ill

Despite years of public outcry, based on recommendations by President Bush's New Freedom Commission to screen all school children for mental illness, TeenScreen is now being administered in the nation's public school system and children are being ...

29: Parent star to new planet identified

The host star to a distant planet discovered in 2003 from the Mt John Observatory in Canterbury by a team of New Zealand astronomers has been identified using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Dr Ian Bond, an astrophysicist at Massey’s Auckland campus, ...

30: First Contract Signed for Ohakea Re-Development

Defence Minister Phil Goff announced today that a contract has been signed for the creation of a master plan for the redevelopment of the Royal New Zealand Air Force base at Ohakea.


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