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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 2 October 2006


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

1: Lt. Gen. Odom Speaks Truth In US Capitol Basement

Present (whole time or briefly, in order of arrival): Representatives Lee, Woolsey, Jackson-Lee, Rothman, Kilpatrick, Conyers, Hinchey, Owens, Kaptor, Hoyer (Hoyer!?, yes Hoyer, but he left quickly and did not get a chance to speak), Tierney, Farr, ...

2: Pinochet Also Thought He Could "Legalize" Torture

On September 11, 1973, Gen. Augusto Pinochet headed a military coup that overthrew the democratically-elected government of President Salvador Allende. Chile at that time was one of the world's oldest constitutional democracies.

3: Global arms industry exploiting major loopholes

New report by Control Arms Campaign: Oxfam International, Amnesty International and International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA)

4: French Spies, Kiwi Spies and Private Eyes

Today's post-cabinet press conference would have been pleasing to those of a Mickey Spillane/John Le Carre bent. Prior to answering questions the Prime Minister explained at some length why the current New Zealand government would not be trying to hunt ...

5: Screening service for smart employment decisions

A Queenstown based company has designed a range of checks to help protect companies from the risk of bad employment decisions. Personnel Profile Specialists Limited (PPSL) works as outsourced specialists in Human Resources providing pre-employment ...

6: Police National Headquarters

The name of the Office of the Commissioner is to change to Police National Headquarters. Police General Manager of Public Affairs, Michael Player, says the Office of the Commissioner name has outlived its usefulness.

7: Women Increase Connections

Today members of the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) will be converging on Invercargill for the 2006 National Conference. The Conference will run from Thursday 28 September to Sunday 1 October 2006, at the Ascot Park Hotel.

8: Aust. Greens slam US Ambassador's Hicks outburst

The outburst by US Ambassador Robert McCallum against David Hicks, who is being held in illegal Guantanamo Bay prison, is prejudicial both Hicks and to Australia as a nation, Greens Leader Bob Brown said this morning.

9: Adult Learners' Awards

Six University of Waikato students will receive Adult Learners’ Awards of $1,000 each from Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford at a ceremony on 6 September. The Vice-Chancellor’s Adult Learners’ Awards are presented each year during Adult ...

10: Business Briefs

Conference of importance to agribusiness Massey University economist Professor Allan Rae says the next Australian Agricultural Economics Society conference will have special relevance to New Zealand’s agribusiness sector. Professor Rae is president-elect ...

11: National Librarian elected

National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa, Penny Carnaby, has been elected to lead the World Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL). The election took place at the World Library ...

12: News release

With only a fortnight to go in the Shop For Your School campaign, the race is on for communities across the country to help their favourite school take a share of loads of new technology equipment.

13: Stroke Awareness Week

"Strokes are the third highest cause of death in New Zealand each year, and the highest cause of ongoing disability," says Mark Vivian CEO of the Stroke Foundation.

14: Solomons mob attacks Australian church mission

An Australian church mission in Solomon Islands has been attacked and looted by a mob of armed men.

15: Pakistan: Enforced disappearances in war on terror

In cooperating in the US-led 'war on terror', the Pakistani government has systematically committed human rights abuses against hundreds of Pakistanis and foreign nationals. As the practice of enforced disappearance has spread, people have been arrested and ...

16: Reparation defaulter first airport intercept

The first intercept under the Collection of Fines at Airports initiative occurred this afternoon at the Auckland International Airport, Courts Minister Rick Barker announced today.

17: Better Recognition of Work Related Disease Welcome

The Council of Trade Unions has welcomed moves announced today by the ACC Minister to improve recognition of occupational illness under our ACC scheme. “The CTU welcomes a broadening of the coverage of occupational diseases covered under Schedule 2 as ...

18: True Pattern Emerging In Crime Statistics

New Zealand First Law and Order spokesperson Ron Mark is pleased that today’s crime statistics indicate more of a willingness for people to come forward to report crime and is not surprised that a pattern of increasing violent crime is emerging as a ...

19: Chinese charged over a prostitution racket, Samoa

Two Chinese citizens charged with operating a prostitution racket in American Samoa have made their first appearance in the Hawaii federal district court.

20: Agenda Transcript: Steve Maharey, Sandra King

Labour Cabinet Minister Steve Maharey says the Government has no plans to introduce state funding of political parties, despite the measure being employed by other countries - A top New Zealand newspaper executive says newspapers may die.

21: Growing support for smoking ban

More New Zealanders than ever support the ban on smoking in pubs, bars and nightclubs, according to a survey for the Ministry of Health. Figures from the study "Reducing exposure to second hand smoke" show that 82 per cent of respondents approve of the ...

22: Fiji Govt rejects bribery claim over gay resort

The Fiji government has dismissed claims that officials were bribed to allow two New Zealanders to develop a gay resort in the Yasawa Islands.

23: Macquarie Generates Support For Cambodia

2nd October 2006 - Macquarie New Zealand has presented a cheque for $210,000 to World Vision’s VisionFund Cambodia which will go towards helping entrepreneurial poor people in Camboida get a start in business.

24: Browbeating Military Officers on Geneva Convention

As a retired US Army Reserve colonel, I am aghast at the blatant browbeating by civilian political appointees of the Bush administration of another generation of senior US military officers. In late 2002 and 2003, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld began ...

25: Thai Economy Set For Steady Growth

In a new analysis after the military coup, United Nations economists predicted today that Thailand’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth could reach 4.7 per cent next year if the new government maintains political stability, but would only reach 3.1 ...

26: Vanuatu not interested in controversial Aus lawyer

Vanuatu police say they are not pursuing Solomon Islands’ new attorney-general, Julian Moti, on child sex allegations.

27: Solomons AG fails to appear in PNG court

The Solomon Islands’ new attorney-general, who is wanted by Australian police over an alleged child sex offence, remains at large after failing to appear in court in Papua New Guinea today.

28: Bloodline argument racist rubbish, says researcher

National Party leader Don Brash’s suggestion that Mäori are no longer a distinct indigenous people due to intermarriage is inherently racist, and intended to divide, says Massey sociologist Dr Avril Bell.

29: A Christmas reminder from New Zealand Post

New Zealanders are being reminded to send their Christmas cards and parcels early to ensure their season’s greetings get to loved ones on time.

30: Aust.: Ruddock's torture comments 'dangerous'

Attorney-General Phillip Ruddock's dangerous claim that sleep deprivation is not torture will send a shudder through Australians who believe in internationals laws against torture, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

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