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Yesterday's top 20 rating items on Scoop were...

1: US Embargo Against NZ Sweatshops

You can just imagine the scene: The young, fervent idealists arrive in the hall at dusk, after a hard day's work on campus. The co-leader leads them in a rousing rendition of the Internationale then, suitably energised with sympathy for the oppressed workers ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00124.htm


2: Correctives Welcome New Ministers of Maori Affairs

"Helen Clark is to be commended for taking the Maori Affairs portfolio so seriously that she has appointed two Maori MPs to occupy the role, given that Parekura Horomia is a large-boned Labour MP, or MPs.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00125.htm


3: HARD NEWS 28/7/00 - Flashes of Lucidity

GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... or might I say, let us operationalise the morning in a win-win way. Yes, it turns out that the new Minister of Maori Affairs is a native speaker of bureaucratese.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00138.htm


4: Act’s Deplorable Breach Of Privilege

New Zealand First Industrial Relations Spokesperson, Peter Brown MP, has accused the ACT Leader, Richard Prebble of breaching parliamentary privilege over the Employment Relations Bill as a stunt to revive his flagging political career.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00509.htm


5: RICHARD PREBBLE’S - Letter from Wellington

The Employment Relations Bill will dominate Parliamentary politics for the next three weeks. The Bill should have returned from select committee today after a mammoth session, which included a record number of submissions. More than 400 oral submissions ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00511.htm


6: Scoop Images: Memorial Service in East Timor

A memorial service was held at 1100 am today at the New Zealand Battalion Headquarters in Suai, East Timor to honor Private Leonard Manning. Images From the NZ Defence Force.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00145.htm


7: Does protest need a vision?

Very soon, you will hear more of the anti-corporate protest movement that first came to British attention in the "Stop the City" protest on 18 June last year and to world attention on the streets of Seattle last November.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00147.htm


8: Obituary for Private Leonard Manning

Written by his friends in Bravo Company, 2nd 1st Battalion. A997234 Pte Leonard William Manning 15 August 1975 – 24 July 2000 (aged 24 years)

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00143.htm


9: Eco-Economy: An Appeal to our Bankers.

This is an appeal to New Zealand Bankers, not those "big market" bankers, those international elitist bankers. I appeal to the corner banker, who probably lost his job when an ATM was installed. By Dr Finlay Thompson.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00144.htm


10: Upton-on-line: Treaty Troubles

The Treaty of Waitangi is 160 years young and only beginning to hit its straps in terms of its ability to influence our national destiny in ways entirely unforeseen by its reckless early Victorian signatories. Their foresight of developments at the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00463.htm


11: Eco-Economy: Looking back - with sadness

It is well said, those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat the same mistakes. Writes Bob Anderson. ECO-ECONOMY IS A FREE SCOOP EMAILER CANVASSING ALTERNATIVE ECONOMIC VIEWPOINTS...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00142.htm


12: Irish Eyes: Ireland Is Not Disneyland

Of course the weather in Disneyland is perfect. It goes without saying that the sun shines brilliantly and the rain only falls in a delightful arc from sprinklers on the bright flowers and not on the happy people queuing.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00146.htm


13: Re: Employment Relations Bill - Report Back

This letter is to record that the Employment and Accident Insurance select committee unanimously agreed that the Employment Relations Bill be reported back by today; Friday 28 July.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00479.htm


14: Govt. mucks business around again with ERB shamble

"The shambles over the tabling of the select committee report on the Employment Relations Bill sends another message to businesses that they aren't important to this Government," National's Industrial Relations spokesperson Max Bradford ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00503.htm


15: Scoop Images: WORLD EXCLUSIVE: BAG END!

Scoop is delighted to present to Frodo and Bilbo Baggin’s house in the Waikato – Bag End. Now we are getting magical….

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9911/S00092.htm


16: Scoop Images: Falling Down Mt Victoria

Thanks are due to Theonering.net for forwarding us the following shot (from EMPIRE MAGAZINE) of several Lords of the Rings stars falling down what appears to be... our very own Mt Victoria....but then again it could be anywhere...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0007/S00150.htm


17: Report on underpayment of beneficiaries shocks

NZACAB is shocked at the findings of a recent report showing that Department of Work (DWI) & Income owes almost one billion dollars to low-income families and beneficiaries in backpayments, and that currently over 176,000 New Zealand households ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0007/S00126.htm


18: FIJI: Rebels held on island prison

SUVA: From kings to prisoners, Fiji's rebel leader George Speight and seven of his ringleaders got a taste of their own medicine when they were transported to Nukulau Island before dawn yesterday, the Sunday Post reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0007/S00164.htm


19: Terms of Tax Inquiry

"The tax inquiry is intended to be architectural in nature. It will examine how the tax structure meets New Zealand's current and future needs," Revenue Minister Michael Cullen said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00510.htm


20: Comment on Downtown Community Ministry report

Two reports published by the Downtown Community Ministry and the Wellington People's Centre underline the importance of simplifying New Zealand's welfare system and clarifying the rights and obligations of beneficiaries and the Government, says Social Services ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0007/S00493.htm


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