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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 23 August 2006

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

1: Pollination Solutions Sought

Federated Farmers is keen to work with the government on finding ways to solve problems caused by the spread of the varroa bee mite, said Frank Brenmuhl, chair of Dairy Farmers of New Zealand, the dairy arm of Federated Farmers of New Zealand.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0608/S00345.htm


2: Berry Backs Boobs On Bikes

Stephen Berry is an independent candidate for the Auckland Mayoral elections in 2007. Today he gave his support for the Boobs on Bikes parade planned for Queen Street next Wednesday.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0608/S00185.htm


3: 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


4: New Zogby Poll On Electronic Voting Attitudes

A recent Zogby poll documents ground breaking information on the attitudes of American voters toward electronic voting. They are quite clear in the belief that the outcome of an entire election can be changed due to flaws in computerized voting machines. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00220.htm


5: 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


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: 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


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: Permit not necessary for Boobs on bikes

Auckland City has reconsidered the necessity of issuing a permit for the "Boobs on bike" parade on Queen Street scheduled for Wednesday, 23 August 2006.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0608/S00213.htm


10: 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


11: 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


12: 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


13: Report: Steve Crow’s Erotica Sleaze Banned

One of “porn tycoon” Steve Crow’s “Boobs on Bikes Parade” stars – Ms Jessica Drake - was interviewed on TV One’s Breakfast Show this morning by TV One presenter Ali Ikram. Ms Drake was introduced as “one of 30 porn stars” who intended ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0608/S00276.htm


14: Why Did John Mark Karr Confess Murder In Thailand?

BANGKOK, Thailand -- When John Mark Karr stepped out of his grungy room on Si Bamphen street, delicious scents of grilled food wafted in Bangkok's sweaty air, while coquettish male and female prostitutes vogued on the sidewalk and taxis offered rides towards ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00208.htm


15: Boobs on Bikes or Bums on Seats?

Aid organisation TEAR Fund has suggested a novel alternative to the Boobs on Bikes parade organised for Auckland City: Bums on Seats.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0608/S00114.htm


16: Indictment Still Sealed, Fitzgerald Still Busy

An indictment first reported by Truthout said to be connected to Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's Plame investigation remains sealed, and Fitzgerald continues to work on the leak case.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00238.htm


17: Guest Opinion: The Really Big Lie About Autism

This commentary is about something I've come to call, "the really big lie," which is surely based on the theory that the masses are more willing to believe totally illogical, absurd propaganda, than a small little lie.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00224.htm


18: 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


19: Satire: Bush Awards Himself the Medal of Freedom

In a ceremony that took place in the White House underground bunker, Mr. Bush today awarded the Medal of Freedom to Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Condaleezza Rice, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00263.htm


20: Maori Party Vote Against Employment Probation Bill

Dr Pita Sharples, Co-leader, Maori Party and Hone Harawira, Employment Spokesperson for the Maori Party

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00386.htm


21: Photo diary of Red Bus adventure goes on show

Candid photographs documenting the travels of Canterbury University Masters student Tim Veling on Christchurch's red buses will be exhibited at Christchurch's CoCA Gallery as part of the University's inaugural arts festival, Platform (10-26 August).

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0608/S00106.htm


22: Bill Quigley: New Orleans One Year After Katrina

Bernice Mosely is 82 and lives alone in New Orleans in a shotgun double. On August 29, 2005, as Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, the levees constructed by the US Corps of Engineers failed in five places and New Orleans filled with water.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00260.htm


23: Wednesday, 23 August 2006 - Questions And Answers

1. Dr DON BRASH (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by the statement in the Speech from the Throne in 1999 that her Government would “restore public confidence in the political integrity of Parliament and the electoral ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00404.htm


24: Questions for Oral Answer - 23 August 2006

1. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by the statement in the Speech from the Throne in 1999 that her Government would "restore public confidence in the political integrity of Parliament and the electoral process"?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00383.htm


25: Lawmakers Say FDA Better Clean Up Its Act

For six years, the Bush administration has placed pharmaceutical industry interests ahead of public interest by appointing persons with strong ties to drug companies to high level positions at the FDA, and as a result, Congressional investigations ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00229.htm


26: Bird Flu Still A Threat - UN

Despite successful efforts to contain the spread of the deadly H5N1 virus, avian flu poses a threat to a growing number of countries, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization ( > FAO), which says the Caucasus and southern Balkans are ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0608/S00310.htm


27: William Rivers Pitt: They Called It Katrina

One year ago tomorrow, on August 23rd, Tropical Depression Twelve formed over the eastern Bahamas. The depression was upgraded to a tropical storm the next day as the energy and winds within intensified. It was the eleventh tropical storm of the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00261.htm


28: Fight For 95bFM's Wallace Gains Popular Support

The controversy over at Auckland radio station 95bFM over the dumping of its popular breakfast host, Wallace Chapman in favour of broadcaster Mikey Havoc, has intensified with the launch of a website titled bringbackwallace.com

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00249.htm


29: Ehrlich: John Mark Karr's Last Night In Bangkok

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Accused murderer John Mark Karr's last hours in Bangkok on Sunday (August 20) were spent dressing up and discussing Chopin and classical music, while listening to his Thai jailer serenade him with a personal, impromptu version ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00240.htm


30: Investigate corporal punishment claims

The Green Party wants the Education Ministry to investigate allegations that Board of Trustees and staff at an Auckland school had sought permission from parents to use corporal punishment on children despite it being illegal.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00378.htm

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