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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 15 August 2006

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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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00156.htm

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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0608/S00188.htm

3: 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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0608/S00032.htm

4: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0608/S00142.htm

5: World changing kids

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

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0608/S00021.htm

6: Business Briefs

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

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0608/S00004.htm

7: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0608/S00080.htm

8: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0608/S00178.htm

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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0607/S00502.htm

10: What is behind the Fox TV kidnaps?

The kidnap of two Fox TV news staff by Palestinian gunmen is indicative of growing anarchy and poverty arising from Israel’s destruction of the Palestinian Authority and its economy, says Middle East politics expert Dr Nigel Parsons.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0608/S00052.htm

11: PM Re Captured New Zealand Cameraman

Prime Minister Helen Clark today said the government is very concerned for the safety of New Zealand camerman Olaf Wiig.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00231.htm

12: Ownership scheme better but no silver bullet

United Future housing spokesperson Judy Turner, has welcomed the extended provision of the 'Welcome home' loan scheme announced by the government, but warns that more strategies must be developed to turn the tide of falling home ownership rates.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00230.htm

13: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0608/S00184.htm

14: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00137.htm

15: Breaking News: Maori Queen Dies At Turangawaiwai

The Maori Queen Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu died Tuesday (August 15 2006) at Turangawaiwai in the Waikato, aged 75 years, after a long illness. Elders from the Tainui Iwi (tribe) announced the news this evening.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00141.htm

16: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00125.htm

17: Consider Removing Fresh Chicken From Sale

The Public Health Association (PHA) is supporting calls from University of Otago public health researchers for New Zealand to seriously consider banning the sale of fresh chicken for human consumption, and switch to frozen chicken instead.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0608/S00056.htm

18: Mike Pero re Origin Pacific

Firstly I am saddened to hear that our airline has almost come to the end of the line. I know everyone has done their best. My thoughts are with you at this time.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0608/S00252.htm

19: 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… ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00123.htm

20: Harmeet Sooden Interviewed By Sahar Ghumkhor

Sahar Ghumkhor: Upon arrival in Baghdad, what was your first impression of the city? Harmeet Sooden: In Amman, Jordan, on the way to Baghdad, I met a little 3-year old girl Alaa’ – she ran up to me and gave me a big hug, just like my niece. Except ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00142.htm

21: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00135.htm

22: Scoop Feedback: War, Drugs and More

The following is a selection of feedback and other unsolicited email received by Scoop recently. The opinions they contain do not necessarily reflect those of Scoop. They do not appear in any particular order.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00139.htm

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00138.htm

24: Swearing in for new Governor-General

Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced details for the swearing-in ceremony for the new Governor-General, Judge Anand Satyanand, on Wednesday 23 August.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00227.htm

25: Scoop Images: Te Aro Bypass Nears Completion

Wellington's controversial inner city bypass through the Te Aro flat connecting the Basin Reserve and Mt Victoria Tunnel with the motorway is finally nearing completion. Sections have now been sealed and the final work before commissioning is underway. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00140.htm

26: Be careful whose spin you believe

Today the New Zealand Herald has dismissed legitimate concerns of most parliamentary parties about the scope of the draft Auditor-General’s report based on National party spin which claims that nothing that happened before 2003 was relevant, Deputy ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00249.htm

27: Police Select Agency For Recruitment Campaign

NZ Police's recruitment drive (for 1,000 additional officers) is about to get into gear with the selection of an advertising agency and the appointment of a recruitment marketing manager said National Manager Recruiting, Inspector Dawn Bell.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0608/S00157.htm

28: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00132.htm

29: 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 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0607/S00488.htm

30: They must have rocks in their heads, says watchdog

"They must have rocks in their heads" was the response from a justice watchdog group to a proposed Government overhaul of the criminal justice system, and the organization slammed the proposals as being cruel and heartless to victims.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0608/S00158.htm

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