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Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings August 26-27 2006

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The weekend's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Congressional Election Nullified – Nobody Noticed

It appears the US media overlooked one of the great political stories of the year. In what is becoming something of a pattern, here’s a brief chronology:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00316.htm


2: Nuplex Rewards Shareholders

New Zealand multinational resin manufacturer, Nuplex Industries, is rewarding shareholders with a record gross dividend payout for the full year of 44.4 cents following an 87% lift in audited after tax profit to $62 million for the year ending June 30 2006. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0608/S00441.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: 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


5: Farm Environment Awards

Entries for the Canterbury, Waikato and Northland regions open on September 1st and other regions will follow shortly.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0608/S00466.htm


6: Maori Television Highlights

MONDAY September 11 The Backyardigans - 4.30 PM Kids can't get enough of the Backyardigans, a gang of computer-created animals who sing and dance their way through musical adventures in their backyards. Now the whole series has been dubbed into Te reo Maori so it's ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0608/S00268.htm


7: 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


8: 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


9: 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


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: 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


12: 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


13: 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


14: 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


15: American Embassy In Burma Attracts Junta's Ire

BANGKOK, Thailand -- The military regime in Burma has targeted the American Embassy in Rangoon, and one of the embassy's female Burmese staffers, because U.S. and British diplomats met opposition politicians whose leader is the world's most famous political ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00311.htm


16: Lebanon: Bush, Israel — The Real Terrorists

In a cynical attempt to justify Washington’s backing for Israel’s month-long campaign of hundreds of daily terror bombings of Lebanon — carried out with US-supplied warplanes, jet fuel and missiles — US President George Bush declared on August ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00305.htm


17: El Salvador Dispatches New Contingent to Iraq

Despite the recent deaths of two Salvadoran soldiers in Iraq and the prevailing anti-war sentiment felt throughout the nation, President Antonio Saca of El Salvador wasted no time in deploying another 380 troops to Baghdad.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0608/S00301.htm


18: Lynn Landes Video: Caught On Tape, The Fix Is In

Aug 21: Philadelphia, PA -- Caught On Tape, The Fix Is In is a new online video about America's flawed voting process by freelance journalist Lynn Landes, producer of EcoTalk.org. In this 13-minute video Landes strongly urges all political candidates ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00236.htm


19: 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


20: 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


21: Rubicon 2006 Review

25 August 2006 - The 2006-year saw continued progress with our now well-established plans for each of our investments, together with some new initiatives in response to market developments in the period. Our core efforts during the year remained focused ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0608/S00439.htm


22: Michael Collins: Political Free-Fall In The USA

Americans strongly oppose the Bush administration and show signs of mounting anger. Popular anger is clear from the very low Bush approval ratings in the mid to low thirties. Only 27% of Americans think that the country is headed in the right direction, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00070.htm


23: Govt Preparing for Prayer Police: - PC Gone Mad

New guidelines to clarify the role of religion in schools, are an example of Political Correctness gone berserk says Maori Party Co-leader, Dr Pita Sharples.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00447.htm


24: COHA: Update on Mexico’s Disputed Election 24/8

The next few days could herald a decisive outcome for left-leaning presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the post-electoral quandary, which has deeply affected Mexico for almost two months. As the election tribunal (TEPJF) prepares to announce ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0608/S00345.htm


25: Nigeria: The Dream, The Drift In Bayelsa

Bayelsa, one of the key oil-producing states in Nigeria, is in the news again. And again, it is for the bad reasons. The concerns are mixed and worrisome. About two weeks ago, the national media was agog with a news item about the return of one million ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00307.htm


26: Camp Democracy D.C. - Presser & Daily Schedule

Movements for Peace, Katrina Recovery, Immigrants' Rights, Women's Rights, Labor Rights, Environmental Sanity, Electoral Reform, and Impeachment Plan Joint Encampment in Washington

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0608/S00343.htm


27: Public Address 25/08/06 - Letter From America

It wasn't quite the first contact I would have desired. The man on the immigration desk didn't seem to like me. In response to the usual opening question, I told him I was in the United States for a conference...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00315.htm


28: Growing likelihood of al-Qaeda link to kidnaps

The kidnap of Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig in Palestine by the Holy Jihad Brigades contrasts sharply with previous abductions in Gazak says Middle East politics expert Dr Nigel Parsons.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0608/S00081.htm


29: William Rivers Pitt: Supporting the Troops

Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address spoke pointedly of caring "for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan," of the solemn responsibility held by this nation to those who served and died in her service. A plaque outside ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00313.htm


30: On the Eve of the Crisis in Mexican Democracy

As the clock ticks toward D-day, the decision day by Mexico's Supreme Electoral Tribunal that must, by September 6, determine an official result of that country's fraudulent July presidential election, water cannons and barricades have been installed around ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00303.htm

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