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

1: Fitzsimons Speech: What Happened to New Millennium

I want you to think back five years to late 1999. It was a time when the Green Party first entered the House in its own name and Labour came to power promising “a new start” for New Zealand. It was the turn of the millennium. People turned out to celebrate ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00292.htm


2: Ghost Stories Haunting Thailand's Tsunami Zones

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Many Thais believe ghosts are wandering tsunami-hit beaches, spooking taxi drivers, making the Andaman Sea hungry for more victims, and jinxing an economic recovery for devastated resorts.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0501/S00168.htm


3: U.S. Media Coverage of Israel-Palestine Conflict

Few Americans realize that U.S. mainstream media coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict passes through America’s political elites, Israeli public relations organizations and private American organizations, before it reaches the public.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00151.htm


4: T Mbeki: State of the Nation Address, South Africa

Address of the President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, at the Second Joint sitting of the third Democratic Parliament, Cape Town

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00360.htm


5: TVNZ Rejects “Gay” Lobby Group Complaint

TVNZ received a bizarre complaint from two homosexual political lobby groups - a so-called “media watchdog group” GayWatch and GayNZ.com - over coverage of what they claimed was: ‘a misleading phone poll that the network implied showed public opinion ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00128.htm


6: Wrecking Ball Brings Progress To Te Aro

The nostalgia riddled back bar of Wellington's Bar Bodega met something worse than a Chris Knox solo show yesterday as the venerable back-yard bar became another victim of modern living. In a bold bid to outdo Auckland in smashing nice old stuff up and ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00137.htm


7: Arrest of Pro-Democracy Leaders in Burma

The United States is deeply concerned that the Burmese junta has arrested several pro-democracy leaders, including Hkun Htun Oo, the chairman of the Shan National League for Democracy. We also are concerned that authorities have prohibited the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00362.htm


8: The 2005 Bafta Awards On Prime

Prime Television will be the exclusive free-to–air broadcaster of this weekend’s BAFTA Awards ceremony.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0502/S00065.htm


9: William Rivers Pitt: The News Is Broken

Once upon a time, working the White House Press Briefing Room was the crown jewel of mainstream political journalism beats. That was it; short of reporting live from under the President's desk or nailing down an interview with the ghost of Abraham ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00154.htm


10: English's "campaign of whispers" must stop

Bill English's campaign of whispers against the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) does nothing but denigrate the achievement of our students, says Associate Education Minister David Benson-Pope.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00294.htm


11: National Selects Nine Candidates on “Super Sunday”

National Party President Judy Kirk today announced the selection of nine candidates in Central, West, and South Auckland as the Party gears up to attack Labour across the isthmus in the upcoming General election.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00291.htm


12: ACT's The Letter - Monday 14 February

MPs have concluded that this years Orewa speech was a disaster. National did no polling. The propositions were not put to caucus. Katherine Rich was consulted and offered to resign before the speech was given.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00306.htm


13: Gas Industry - Frequently Asked Media Questions

Q. Is New Zealand running out of natural gas? A. No, there are a number of existing producing gas fields to offset Maui, such as Kapuni, and new discoveries, such as Pohokura and Kupe, that are currently being developed for production. These wells ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00138.htm


14: U.S. Contractors Kidnapped By Colombian Terrorists

Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes, and Keith Stansell, were kidnapped by the terrorist organization The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia , shortly after their plane crashed in southern Colombia on February 13, 2003. Terrorists murdered the pilot, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00363.htm


15: Investigation: The Meningococcal Gold Rush

New Zealand's meningococcal disease story, as unravelled through analysis of previously secret documents obtained under the Official Information Act, reveals that the New Zealand government, media and public have been mislead and manipulated by officials, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00064.htm


16: Sam Smith: The Bush Clinton Nexus

A reader inquires as to why Bill Clinton and Bush the Elder are so chummy these days. This is another case where just considering the political aspect of the news lets you down.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00155.htm


17: Red Bull: They Came, They Raced…. They Conquered!

There was plenty of action, thrills and spills at the Red Bull Trolley Grand Prix held in the Auckland Domain today. Eighty teams from around the country took part, however the day belonged to Wanganui Motors Transformers, who raced to glory cheered ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/CU0502/S00096.htm


18: Freedom Air’s Lowest Ever Auckland Fares

Dreading another wet and drab Auckland winter? New Zealand’s only locally-owned low cost airline Freedom Air today announced its lowest ever Auckland to Queensland airfares for travel starting winter 2005.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00152.htm


19: Donald Speech: Making a Stand for Planet & People

Thank you for being here. Your presence at this conference highlights the maturity of the Green Party. This is the first time we have provided such comprehensive training to our candidates and campaign managers. Today’s “kick-off” of the list-ranking process ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00293.htm


20: Dipta Shah: Factionalism and the Nepalese Diaspora

Not surprisingly, intense debate has surfaced in several forums in response to ''Making Sense out of Non-Sense - the Calculation behind the King's Decision.'' Valid concerns have been expressed by different elements of the Nepali Diaspora, some in support, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00140.htm


21: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing for February 11

NORTH KOREA Embassy Contacts with Members Involved in Six-Party Talks / Secretary Rice Meetings / Two-Plus-Two Setting / Consultations with Friends and Allies Nuclear Exports Concern Sufficient Material for Nuclear Weapons Direct Talks with North Koreans ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00371.htm


22: Labour’s RMA changes set to treble costs

Problems of costs and delays with the Resource Management Act will get a lot worse under Labour’s proposed changes, with experts saying the cost of applications will at least treble, says National’s Environment Spokesperson Nick Smith.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00297.htm


23: Problems in NCEA levels 2 and 3

The problems with the NCEA scholarship look to be spilling over into levels 2 and 3 of the qualification, and thousands more young New Zealanders will be affected, says National’s Education spokesman, Bill English.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00296.htm


24: Zimbabwe - Expulsion of trade union educationists

Expulsion of two trade union educationists The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), which represents 148 million workers through its 234 affiliates in 152 countries and territories, including Zimbabwe, strongly condemns the deportation ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00368.htm


25: New Zealand early adopter of Moodle

“New Zealand has taken the lead internationally in adopting Moodle software”, said Dr Reynold Macpherson, CEO of Waiariki.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0502/S00046.htm


26: Why Are Nz Military Exercises Simulating Iraq?

Most commendably, New Zealand stayed out of the illegal invasion of Iraq. The Government blotted its copybook by sending a token force of engineers to the southern city of Basra (in the British zone of occupation) on a hearts and minds exercise to rebuild ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00124.htm


27: Usually, the rot begins at the top.

When Charles and Camilla rule over us “happy and glorious” it may put paid to Labour’s plans to usher in a republic with Helen as President. Patently, the couple were very happy and Mrs Parker Bowles is reported to have revealed that the prince went down ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00125.htm


28: Kamala Sarup: Peace Through Democracy & Developmen

If we see in 2002, the Nepal economy contracted 0.6%, posting its worst performance in 2 decades as domestic security problems hit the important tourism sector and an irregular monsoon hurt agricultural production.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00147.htm


29: The Prince of Wales

It is a pity that some elements in the news media have taken the engagement of the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker-Bowles as an opportunity to again incite criticism of Prince Charles. Not interested in congratulating the couple on their forthcoming ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00126.htm


30: Petrol Tax Debate Misleading Public

Parliamentary exchanges over the Customs and Excise (Motor Spirits) Amendment Bill add more heat than light to the issue of road funding and taxation Automobile Association Public Affairs Director George Fairbairn said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00131.htm


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