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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 17 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: Venezuela’s Candidacy for UNSC Appears on Track

U.S. uses its muscle in contest over whether Venezuela or Guatemala will get the Latin American non-permanent Council seat

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0608/S00229.htm


9: Celebrating 20 yrs of Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet

This August marks the 20th anniversary of Bon Jovi's breakthrough album Slippery When Wet. The album sold over 20 million copies around the world and stands as one of the six best selling hard rock / heavy metal albums ever. It gave us 3 top 10 ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0608/S00187.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: 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


13: 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


14: Carmichael:Cheney orchestrated Israel’s losing war

Dick Cheney orchestrated Israel’s losing war against Hizbullah by authorizing George Bush and Condoleezza Rice to encourage Ehud Olmert to launch the war against Lebanon as a prelude to America’s forthcoming war against Iran.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00181.htm


15: 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


16: 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


17: Press Statement 17.08.06

During our captivity in Iraq, virtually all of Palestine called for our release. Today, I implore those holding Olaf Wiig and Steve Centanni to free them immediately and unharmed.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0608/S00199.htm


18: Add NYT To Bob Hecht Antiquities Ring Organigram?

While various American antiquities dealers, curators and collectors are "subjects of interest" of Italian and Greek prosecutors who, in the last year, particularly, have opened the floodgates for the return of their countries' cultural patrimony ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00171.htm


19: 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


20: 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


21: Chávez Challenges US Preeminence in Latin America

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’s political and ideological opposition to the United States has led to an escalating antagonism between the two countries, challenging the super-power’s deep-rooted preeminence in the region. Though Washington has ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0608/S00230.htm


22: 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


23: E. Pringle: Merck Keeps Right On Pushing Fosamax

Merck's second-best selling drug, Fosamax, has been linked to jaw bone death, a condition that can involve severe pain, infection, loose teeth, exposed bone, loss of function and disfigurement, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00162.htm


24: In Bed with the Bitches

Don't miss your chance to witness the blistering, bitchin dance moves of The Real Hot Bitches.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0608/S00176.htm


25: C. David Welch - Middle East Update 15 Aug., 2006

C. David Welch, Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Foreign Press Center Briefiing Washington, DC August 15, 2006

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0608/S00246.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: Top Real Estate Websites

A ranking of the top New Zealand websites for the week ending 13 August 2006 from Nielsen//NetRatings' Market Intelligence service for the Real Estate category.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0608/S00293.htm


28: 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


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: Anglican Archbishops pay tribute to Maori Queen

The three Anglican Archbishops of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, have added their tributes to Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0608/S00188.htm

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