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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 30 August 2006

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

1: 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


2: Twenty Things We Now Know Five Years After 9/11

The imminent fifth anniversary of 9/11 provides the proper moment for a good, ol'-fashioned sum-up of the past half-decade under CheneyBush, especially because so much has happened in the past 12-months:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00365.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: 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


6: 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


7: Reclaiming Issues: Islamic Or Republican Fascism?

In the years since George W. Bush first used 9/11 as his own "Reichstag fire" to gut the Constitution and enhance the power and wealth of his corporate cronies, many across the political spectrum have accused him and his Republican support group of ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00346.htm


8: 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


9: Questions And Answers - Tuesday, 29 August 2006

1. Dr DON BRASH (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does she continue to have confidence in the report of Dr Noel Ingram QC into matters related to Taito Phillip Field in light of revelations by the New Zealand Herald on Saturday, 26 August ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00522.htm


10: 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


11: 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


12: 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


13: 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


14: 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


15: 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


16: 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


17: 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


18: 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


19: It's A Sad Solution But We Did Warn You

"The government's policy about-face on its Special Zimbabwe Residence Policy is an admission that it has no idea how many HIV-positive people it has let into the country, nor where they are hiding, New Zealand First Leader, Winston Peters, said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00529.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: Statement by Taito Phillip Field

Labour MP Taito Phillip Field today said he has never done anything illegal as an MP. “I would like to make clear that: - I have never taken money from an old lady in return for services. - I have never taken bribes or payments for services. - I ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00532.htm


22: Rice Interview on the Doug Wright Radio Show

SECRETARY RICE: Well, good morning and thank you very much. It's great to be here.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0608/S00403.htm


23: Contra-Stye Paramilitary Operations In Oaxaca

The repressive response of Oaxaca's government to the popular uprising against its corrupt rule has become more and more violent. Last week, State Attorney General Lizbeth Caña Cadeza made a statement to the press in which she called the Popular ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00347.htm


24: Jason Leopold: Robert Novak & the Perfect Stranger

By his own admission, syndicated columnist Robert Novak broke the news that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA to a perfect stranger on July 8th, 2003, the same day he spoke to Richard Armitage and Karl Rove about Plame.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00366.htm


25: Questions for Oral Answer - 30 August 2006

1. Hon BRIAN DONNELLY to the Minister of Education: How much has been spent thus far on the numeracy development project? 2. Dr DON BRASH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement to the House yesterday in which she expressed confidence ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00530.htm


26: Stop the Taser trials before somebody dies

“The Minister of Police must stop the taser gun trials before somebody gets killed,” said Hone Harawira, speaking out ahead of the NZ Police’s plan to launch a year long trial of taser guns in Auckland (North Shore and Waitakere) and Wellington starting ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0608/S00513.htm


27: NZ Food Authorities Confirm GE Rice Contamination

The New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) has admitted to the release of low levels of unapproved GE Liberty Link Rice 601 (LL601). But though the product has not been tested on animals or humans NZFSA refuses to recall it, or follow Europe ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0608/S00065.htm


28: Salbe: The Daily Briefing - After The Lebanon War

Nothing in Israel’s second Lebanon war seems to have worked according to plan. Quite apart from the various military and social aspects, the post-war period does not seem to follow the pattern either.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00349.htm


29: Will AIDS Issue Become A Political Football?

Health Minister Peter Hodgson pointed out to a media conference today that when dealing with AIDS he wasn't interested in playing politics.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0608/S00370.htm


30: Kosovo: UN Official Condemns Grenade Attack

A senior United Nations official in Kosovo has strongly condemned Saturday night's grenade attack in North Mitrovica, where nine civilians were injured when an explosive device was thrown at a local café bar.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0608/S00368.htm

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