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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 16 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: 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

3: 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

4: 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

5: 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

6: 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

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: 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

9: Israel, Oil & The "Planned Demolition" Of Lebanon

By bombing the highways and main bridges into Beirut, Israel has cut off the capital from the outside world and put the entire nation under siege. Israel can now execute its plan to pummel Lebanon into rubble without the threat of foreign intervention.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00150.htm

10: 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

11: 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

12: 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

13: William Fisher: Birth Pangs of What?

President Bush sees the Israel-Hezbollah conflict as "an opportunity." Condoleezza Rice calls it "the birth pangs of a new Middle East." These statements are likely to be remembered by history as even more iconically absurd than Vice President's ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00146.htm

14: Robert Fisk: London's Terror Scare From Beirut

When my electricity returned at around 3am yesterday, I turned on the BBC World Service television. There were a series of powerful explosions which shook the house--just as they vibrated across all of Beirut--as the latest Israeli air raids blasted over ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00154.htm

15: Gov. Investigation Finds Autism Vaccine Related

According to the most recent CDC estimates, one in 166 children in the US suffers from an autistic disorder. Twenty years ago, autism only affected one in 10,000 children.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00153.htm

16: Art and design students benefit from Mac deal

AUT University art and design students are among the university's Mac users who will benefit from a new Apple computer deal.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0608/S00058.htm

17: Labour's threat to Herald Mugabe-style government

Finance Minister Michael Cullen’s threat to the New Zealand Herald’s owner after the paper dared to disagree with Labour over the pledge card rort is unacceptable in a democracy, says National Party Leader Don Brash.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00260.htm

18: 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

19: 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

20: Goff:The Current State of Trade Negotiations

I have been asked to give you some reflections on the current state of trade negotiations. New Zealand's multi-pronged trade strategy incorporates multilateral, regional and bilateral approaches, and I want to touch on each of these today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00259.htm

21: Te Ariki Dame Te Atairangikaahu

Prime Minister Helen Clark this evening expressed deep sadness at the passing of the Maori Queen, Dame Te Atairangikaahu.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00250.htm

22: Government by Google

Green MP Keith Locke is worried about "government by Google" in the case of Rayed Mohammed Abdullah Ali, the Yemeni flying student deported from New Zealand on May 30 because of his alleged links with September 11 bombers.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00284.htm

23: He Aitua: Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu

The passing of the 'heart of the Maori people' was honoured tonight, in the tributes of the Maori Party.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00257.htm

24: Obesity - Bad News for Breathing!

The Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand (TSANZ) appears before the Health Select Committee into Obesity & Diabetes on 16 August 2006 at 10.40 in Hamilton at the Airport Motor Inn.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0608/S00062.htm

25: Lawsuits Multiply For Johnson’s Charite Spine Disc

According to the Institute of Medicine, over a million Americans are severely injured each year by medical devices. In 2002 alone, the FDA received more than 111,000 reports of adverse events involving medical devices.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00148.htm

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.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0607/S00341.htm

27: 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

28: Tribute to Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu

Tainui MP Nania Mahuta today paid tribute to Maori Queen Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu – a close aunt and a spiritual leader whose wisdom "touched the hearts of people all around the globe".

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00251.htm

29: Ramzy Baroud: Logic Of Israel's War On Civilians

A Sky News newscaster, interviewing British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett on Sunday, July 30 demanded an answer to this paraphrased question: if indeed Israel had precise intelligence that a Hezbollah operative was present in the village of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00147.htm

30: The Office, Little Britain, direct to mobile

Mobile users across Australasia will be able to download clips from smash hit BBC titles The Office, Little Britain and Doctor Who, amongst others, after the conclusion of a deal between BBC Worldwide and Vodafone in both New Zealand and Australia.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0607/S00458.htm

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