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Scoop Today - The Weekend Top 20

The top 20 rating items on Scoop over the Weekend were...

1: Sludge Report #7 - Negotiating With A Psycopath

IN THIS EDITION - FIJI COUP SPECIAL: How Do You Negotiate With A Psycopath? - If This Was A Telemovie - We Haven't Yet Got To The Bottom Of Who Is Behind This! - Conclusions

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00125.htm


2: HARD NEWS: Prostitutes, Thieves and Gold-diggers

GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... what didn't happen: democracy hasn't been overthrown by an out-of-town con man and a few hired goons. Not here, anyway.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00123.htm


3: "The Day I Was Kissed By A Coup Leader"

"As much as I wanted to go to Fiji's Parliament, I was very aware that with my Indian looks crossing the line into the Parliament where all the indigenous Fijians were gathering, would be kind of scary. But journalism got the better of me...."

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00127.htm


4: NEWSFLASH: Ratu Mara Dismisses Government

Fijian President Ratu Mara has dismissed the Labour Government of Fiji led by Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry who remains a hostage within the Fijian Parliamentary compound held by a group of gunmen.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00131.htm


5: NEWSFLASH: Army Moves To Isolate Speight

The security situation in Suva has sharply deteriorated with apparent moves by President Ratu Mara to isolate the gunmen in the Parliamentary complex and put up a proper cordon to prevent people from coming and going from the compound. + Sludge Report ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00127.htm


6: Scoop Archive: Re-emergence of sweatshops shows need for change

Investigations into the latest alleged sweatshop in Auckland illustrate the urgent need for provisions included in the Employment Relations Bill to deter this sort of exploitation of workers, says Labour Minister Margaret Wilson.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/archive/scoop/stories/9d/a9/200005250034.7ba5addf.html


7: Scoop Images: Cap'n Blackadder's Triple Crown

The Canterbury Crusaders won their third consecutive Super 12 Final last night beating the ACT Brumbies 20-19 in Canberra. Sean Hay recorded the action for Scoop in Wellington.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00132.htm


8: Lord Of The Rings - Don't Believe The Hype?

According to star Christopher Lee who plays the dark mage Saruman in Peter Jackson’s three film epic, the director hasn’t lost his touch.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00107.htm


9: NEWSFLASH: Shooting At Fiji Parliament

This afternoon shots were fired at one of the police checkpoints around the Fijian Parliament at least three people are now beleived to be injured including a cameraman.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00129.htm


10: Scoop Images: And Not A Hobbit Was Stirring

The following pictures show the inside of the set for the town of Bree from the Lord of The Rings Trilogy which began shooting in New Zealand yesterday under the direction of Peter Jackson.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9910/S00053.htm


11: NEWSFLASH: Speight Walks Around Parliament....

Live reports from Radio New Zealand reporters inside the Parliamentary complex.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00128.htm


12: Cameraman, Two Soldiers Wounded In Gunfire

SUVA: A foreign cameraman, a Briton attached to Associated Press television news service, and two soldiers were taken to hospital today after being wounded in a shooting incident at a military checkpoint near the Parliament complex.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00133.htm


13: Scoop Archive: TIMOR TODAY 21 March 2000

For full text see... http://www.easttimor.com/

http://www.scoop.co.nz/archive/scoop/stories/cc/f7/200003211155.08727154.html


14: Scoop Images: Rumbles Beneath The Pacific

The following images show an underwater erruption taking place near the Solomon Islands.. for more information see... Scientists See Fiery Birth Of New Pacific Island in the Science wire.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00110.htm


15: Keith Rankin - Exchange Rate Blues?

It should be a matter of acute embarrassment to the Reserve Bank that the foreign exchange value of the New Zealand dollar should fall in response to its latest jacking up of interest rates. Instead of blaming Governor Don Brash for his lack of understanding ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00108.htm


16: Elected Government Condemns Chiefs' Offer

SUVA: The elected government of the Fiji Islands has reacted with alarm to the chiefs' proposals to resolve the week-old hostage crisis, branding the resolutions as "unconstitutional".

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00135.htm


17: Irish Eyes: If we all had buckets of money

If the weather were like the banking system when we wanted it to rain we would only have to ask.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00120.htm


18: West Coast, Tax Free

As the Buller District Council today considers grasping at the govt's $120 million tax-paid bribe, Libertarianz Leader Peter Cresswell suggests they consider instead a novel and more honest alternative.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00146.htm


19: Sex In Prisons – You Must Be Joking!

New Zealanders will be aghast to learn that the Corrections Minister wants criminals to be able to enjoy a sex life while in prison said New Zealand First Law and Order Spokesman, Ron Mark, today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00537.htm


20: Bill Threatens Rights of Intellectually Disabled

People with intellectual disabilities could be locked up without having committed a crime, IHC National President Barbara Rocco, told the Health Select Committee today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00142.htm

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