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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 14 August 2006


Yesterday'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: World changing kids

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

4: Business Briefs

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

5: 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 ...

6: US satellite protection plan global radio threat

A proposed US system to protect satellites from solar storms or high-altitude nuclear detonations would cause worldwide radio communications blackouts, according to new research by a group of scientists from New Zealand, Finland and the UK.

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: 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 ...

9: 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.

10: What The Hell Has Happened To The Army?

SO WHAT has happened to the Israeli army? This question is now being raised not only around the world, but also in Israel itself. Clearly, there is a huge gap between the army's boastful arrogance, on which generations of Israelis have grown up, and ...

11: NZMIC August Newsletter

Welcome to the first in an ongoing series of monthly updates telling you what’s going on here at the NZ Music Industry Commission. Each month we’ll be clueing you in on some of our projects and activities, as well as bringing you the odd piece ...

12: Tel Aviv Notes: Iran At The Nuclear Crossroads

On July 31, 2006, the UN Security Council (SC) adopted resolution 1696, which makes it mandatory (under Article 40 of Chapter VII of the UN Charter) for Iran "to take the steps required by the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors… ...

13: Sat August 19: Last March Before Threat of Tasers?

The last march before the threat of police tasers has been planned to stop their introduction into policing practice in New Zealand. The police plan to arm themselves with tasers – initially in Auckland and Wellington – from next month.

14: UN Fails To Acknowledge Israel Has Launched A War

UN Resolution fails to acknowledge that Israel has launched a War against Lebanon - Transcript of Resolution 1701: "the word "War" is not mentioned.

15: Government home ownership scheme widened

The scope of the government's Welcome Home Loan scheme is to be widened to increase the number of people able to use it to buy homes, Housing Minister Chris Carter announced today. "Cabinet has agreed to new criteria for the Welcome Home Loan, doubling the ...

16: 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?

17: 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.

18: 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.

19: NIWA temperature trends three times IPCC data

This long term New Zealand temperature anomaly series published by NIWA as Figure 6 on their website. is based on data from seven stations, Auckland, Masterton, Wellington, Hokitika, Nelson, Lincoln ...

20: 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.

21: Lies, Injustice, and the American Empire’s Way

Remember, good patriots, we are at war with Islam, Socialism, Communism, drugs, crime, illegal immigration, Gays, labor unions, liberal university professors, peace activists, environmentalists, Anti-Semites, secular humanists, and all those who pose a threat ...

22: William Rivers Pitt: The Frightened

It would have been easy enough, at first blush, to mistake the GOP's reaction to the foiled bombing plot in London as one of joy. The Republicans were, to be sure, pleased enough with the turn of events, simply because the story of narrowly-avoided ...

23: 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.

24: 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 ...

25: Tanveer Jafri: Israel 's invitation to Third War!

After the September 11 incident, America under the American President George Bush has started the so called 'War against Terrorism.' Under this worldwide operation, whereas America is targeting some terrorist hideouts, at the same time under this ...

26: Norma Sherry: A Case for Impeachment

Impeachment is a serious indictment. In our recent history, President Richard M. Nixon resigned before he could be impeached for lying, covering up and ordering very un-presidential orders. It was a very sad day and for many of us it was the end of ...

27: PM Ponders Issues 'Within the Beltway'

This afternoon's post cabinet press conference was a godsend for those interested in news the Prime Minister considers is of interest to only a select group of citizens – namely those citizens of Aotearoa that continue Question Time to be the hi-light ...

28: New name for NZ’s biggest real estate website

• RealENZ becomes • 62,000 properties available to search - more than twice as many as any other NZ real estate site • New design underpinned by world class technology

29: C'mon Dick, stop the excesses

National Party Local Government spokesman John Carter says there's absolutely no way Auckland City ratepayers should be funding séances and international phone calls to the Congo.

30: Gross media intrusion into death of twin babies

The media is guilty of gross intrusion into the sudden deaths of the 3 year old Titahi Bay twins found dead by their parents on Saturday. “While the public is entitled to news of a public interest and the media entitled to provide it, this should be ...

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