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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 28 August 2006


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Yesterday'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: 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

4: 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

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: Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya: Iranian War Games

War games and military exercises are now well underway within Iran and its territory. The Iranian Armed Forces—the Regular Armed Forces and the Revolutionary Guards Corps—began the first stage of massive nationwide war games along border areas ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00275.htm

7: US vs. Iran - Is An Attack Inevitable?

Once again we are being prepared for another devastating war in the Middle East. A terrorist group is “allegedly” discovered planning to blow-up 6 aircraft in UK [ 1] . Another group is “discovered” in Germany planning to blow-up a train ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00328.htm

8: Iranian Leader Calls NZ MP "Good Joker"

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today described National MP Bob Clarkson as a 'really good joker' and 'a laugh a minute.'

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00336.htm

9: Sherwood Ross: The United States of England

Why don’t we call America the United States of England? It may be a separate entity politically and geographically, but it truly carries forward the imperial spirit of the old British Empire.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00331.htm

10: 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

11: 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

12: 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

13: 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

14: 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

15: Beware the light oil in your Breakfast

Monsanto's newest GE-derived oil may be heading for our breakast tables, but its unique properties means it should come with a health warning.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0608/S00056.htm

16: 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

17: 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

18: 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

19: 5 Ton DC9 Coke Bust: Worse Than Snakes On A Plane

An unidentified 40-year old American wearing a green polo shirt was in charge of the contingent of drug traffickers on the ground awaiting the arrival of the DC9 “ Cocaine One ” airliner arriving from Venezuela on the evening of April 11th ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00286.htm

20: Election Nullification 2: Speaker's Special Source

Election Nullification II: Speaker of House had Special Source for Election “Certification ” California Assistant Secretary of State for Elections Tells House Clerk, it’s all good! By Michael Collins “Scoop” Independent Media Washington, DC

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00338.htm

21: 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

22: Uri Avnery: America's Rottweiler

IN HIS latest speech, which infuriated so many people, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uttered a sentence that deserves attention: "Every new Arab generation hates Israel more than the previous one."

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00333.htm

23: 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

24: Initiate process for proper Field inquiry - Brash

National Party Leader Don Brash has challenged both the Prime Minister and the man who conducted the $500,000 inquiry into the Taito Phillip Field affair to state whether they stand behind the report in the light of revelations during the weekend.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00482.htm

25: National Survey of Journalists 2006

The typical New Zealand journalist is a European women in her 30s who works as a reporter for a newspaper, holds a bachelor's degree, has less than five years experience, is paid about $40,000 a year, has no religious belief – and probably speaks French ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0608/S00480.htm

26: Statement From PM Re. Hostage Release

Prime Minister Helen Clark today welcomed the release of the New Zealand cameraman held hostage in Gaza, Olaf Wiig, and his companion, American journalist Steve Centanni.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00475.htm

27: 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

28: The Mexican People: Heroes of Democracy

The Mexican peoples’ democracy movement and their leader Andrés Manuel López Obrador are modern heroes of democracy and to all who demand clean elections. They recall the heroics of the Ukrainians with one important difference. There are no ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00269.htm

29: 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

30: 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

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