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

1: Tamil MP Speaks Against Sri Lankan Killings

"The Sri Lankan state and military are using armed groups to divide and rule Tamil society in Batticaloa. They did it in the past. My people will never fall prey to the machinations of divisive forces because they have made immense sacrifices ...

2: Why Not Just Genetically Engineer Women For Milk?

MAdGE (Mothers Against Genetic Engineering in Food and the Environment) today launched a highly controversial billboard campaign in Auckland and Wellington to provoke public debate about the social and cultural ethics of genetic engineering in New Zealand.

3: Scoop Images: Snow Falls In Christchurch

4: Wellington Storm Update widespread damage danger

Motorists are advised, if possible, to delay journeys into and around Wellington this morning due to numerous blockages and delays caused by the southerly storm.

5: Storm update 11am - windows go in Basin Reserve

* The Basin Reserve has been closed to the public. About 15 windows in the R A Vance Stand have been blown out - and glass fragments have been blown out into the roadway. It is feared more windows could be blown out. People are advised to stay away from ...

6: Storm update 12.30pm - waves close roads

Dangerously big seas have forced the closure of another stretch of road along Wellington's South Coast.

7: Hazardous Weather Cancels Wellington Mail Delivery

New Zealand Post advises customers today that the majority of postie deliveries in Wellington have been cancelled today due to the dangerous weather conditions affecting the region.

8: Images: Departing LOTR Stars Meet Their Planes

The Lord of the Ring's stars come face to face with themselves on the side of Air NZ planes as they bid New Zealand goodbye at Wellington Airport before boarding the Air New Zealand 767 emblazoned with giant images of the characters Aragorn and Arwen.

9: Government about to make a monumental mistake

It is clear that policy makers, Government bigwigs, ostentatious self-promoting Mayors and general associated ignorami are about to make an error of monumental proportions. The mistake involves the gross misappropriation of public funds to build roading ...

10: The 2004 Youth Parliament - Photo Essay

Yesterday the biennial Youth Parliament took shape. This event brings together 120 young people aged between 16 and 18, each sponsored by a different member of parliament, to participate in (mock) debates, oral questions and select committees.

11: Electricity Distribution Update On Thresholds

The Commerce Commission has completed its initial review of the second self assessments of the performance of all 28 electricity distribution businesses against the price path and quality thresholds set by the Commission under Part 4A of the Commerce Act. ...

12: Orcon Warns Unbundling a Threat to Broadband

Currently the New Zealand telecommunications environment is going through a period of rapid and exciting change, and we’re very close to the point where competition in the marketplace could provide affordable broadband to the masses. Now that we’ve ...

13: AU: Urge Nigeria to surrender Charles Taylor

African Union: Member states should urge Nigeria to surrender Charles Taylor to the Special Court on Sierra Leone

14: Public Address 18/08/04 - Perspectives

Nowt from me today (I have a radio show to pull together) but two very fine blogs from the crew for your information and enjoyment. Read 'em both. And wrap up warm in Welly now ...

15: International Organisation Spying On ACC Claimants

Earlier this year a protest outside the Greymouth ACC office in support of an ACC claimant was photographed from a car which stopped for about ten to fifteen seconds opposite the scene of the demonstration.

16: Myanmar Democratization Must Have Opposition Role

Myanmar's transition to democracy and national reconciliation will lack credibility if its ruling council does not engage in meaningful dialogue with opposition political parties and release the Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest, ...

17: Pot Not Hot For Maori

New Zealand First is calling for immediate research into the effects of cannabis use by Maori because of their high usage of the drug.

18: Welfare Symposium Provides Food For Thought

This week, Newman On-Line reflects on the Symposium for welfare Reform, and considers just a few arguments against New Zealand’s welfare dependency problem.

19: Olympic Sailing Results - 18 August

Conditions were light and racing was frustrating on day four of Olympic sailing in Athens. 5 New Zealand sailors competed with mixed results.

20: UQ Wire: Brain Dead, Made of Money, No Future

Dear George: A pretty awful joke has been making the rounds lately. Some might say it's an awful joke because of the comparison. Most, however, think it's an awful joke because it isn't funny. It's too close to the truth to be funny.

21: Olympic Sailing Results for New Zealand -17 August

Strong winds hampered sailing at the Olympics overnight. Only the Finn and Yngling classes recorded results from Monday while racing was cancelled for the Men’s and Women’s 470, and both the Europe and Laser fleets.

22: Storm update 12 noon - flooding hits rural roads

The continuing heavy rain was starting to cause significant concerns late this morning.

23: Road Closures Now On Web

Hutt City residents wanting to find out about road closures during emergency events such as was experienced during the recent floods will now be able to check Hutt City Council's website for the latest information, and plan accordingly.

24: Molesworth & Featherston - 17 August 2004

Labour’s lead is growing in the exclusive Molesworth & Featherston rolling poll of polls, but the chances of anyone forming a government on current polls are slim.

25: Chuckman Cartoon: Presidential Debates 2004

Click for big version Cartoon by John Chuckman

26: Simon Pound: Cancerous Performance

This originally appeared in the Herald here . I reproduce it in full because it is so short. Yet so rewarding.

27: Dick Cheney, Hugo Chavez and Bill Clinton's Band

There's so much BS and baloney thrown around about Venezuela that I may be violating some rule of US journalism by providing some facts. Let's begin with this: 77% of Venezuela's farmland is owned by 3% of the population, the 'hacendados.'

28: Youth MPs speak on alcohol laws

Youth Affairs Minister John Tamihere welcomed the lively and constructive debate held on the drinking age at this week's 2004 Youth Parliament.

29: American Bounty Hunter Jonathan ''Jack'' Idema

BANGKOK, Thailand -- American bounty hunter Jonathan "Jack" Idema, who was put on trial in Kabul for allegedly torturing Afghans, arrived in Afghanistan alongside U.S. invasion forces in 2001 and enjoyed threatening to kill journalists.

30: New bird species discovered “just in time”

Cambridge, UK, 17 August 2004 – A new species of bird has been discovered on a remote island in the northern Philippines, by a team of Filipino and British wildlife researchers. The Calayan Rail is a relative of the internationally familiar Moorhen, with bright ...


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