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

1: A Gay Prostitute Inside Bush's Inner Media Circle

In the past few days one of the most bizarre stories in US political media imaginable emerged via the blogosphere, and has since spilled out into the mainstream.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00178.htm


2: Questions & Answers Oral Answer - Tues. 15 Feb.

1. National Certificate of Educational Achievement—Results 2. National Certificate of Educational Achievement—Scholarship Examination 3. Te Wânanga o Aotearoa—Funding 4. Labour Market—Reports 5. Police Priorities—Policy 6. Hearing and Vision—Testing ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00338.htm


3: Militias Clash In DR Of Congo, Kill 52 Civilians

More than 50 people were killed and thousands displaced in the latest clashes between Lendu and Hema groups in the eastern district of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the United Nations peacekeeping mission there.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00387.htm


4: Questions for Oral Answer - 16 February 2005

1. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: What are the details, if any, she first received, including the date and from whom, regarding the problems with NCEA, and what directions did she give at that time?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00354.htm


5: Kamala Sarup: Double Standard By Intl. Community

Nepal's internal affairs have been threatened by the international community since the King of Nepal imposes a temporary state of emergency to control a communist insurgency and massive corruption by the government.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00188.htm


6: Iran - The Next Target of US Military Aggression

The Bush administration has officially identified Iran and Syria as the next stage of ''the road map to war''. Targeting Iran is a bipartisan project, which broadly serves the interests of the Anglo-American oil conglomerates, the Wall Street financial ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00167.htm


7: Kyoto Kicks Off With Occupation at Marsden B

Marsden Point, Wednesday, 16 February, 2004: As the sun rose on the historic day that the Kyoto Protocol comes into force, Greenpeace activists scaled the proposed coal-fired Marsden B power station just south of Whangarei.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00143.htm


8: Sri Lanka: killing of innocent persons must stop

This attack took place in the Sri Lankan government-controlled area between Punana and Valaichcenai. NESOHR strongly condemns the killings of NESOHR’s Chandra Nehru, former member of parliament, Amparai District and LTTE personnel, including the political ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00430.htm


9: Household debt levels rocket under Labour

ACT Leader Rodney Hide today revealed that the average household debt is now $75,000 - an increase of 55 percent since Labour came to power.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00347.htm


10: NZ's Stonehenge! – A major new tourist attraction

Stonehenge Aotearoa, an open-sky observatory, inspired by and built on a similar scale to the famous Stonehenge on England’s Salisbury Plains has been built in the Wairarapa countryside (1.5 hours from Wellington). Unique in New Zealand and internationally ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0502/S00048.htm


11: Kyoto Protocol Enters Into Force

The Greenhouse Policy Coalition (GPC), which represents New Zealand’s largest employers and energy users on matters relating to greenhouse gas issues, acknowledges the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol on 16th of February.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00183.htm


12: Bernard Weiner: Secret Rightwing Agenda Unearthed

This first article, which seems to have been delivered as a speech to a small group of Rightist movers and shakers, was discovered in a 2063 dig in the ruins of what was once the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. On the top of this copy were the ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00181.htm


13: HIV/AIDS Threatens Nepal's National Security

The growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in Nepal is a national security issue. If the rate of infection increases, HIV/AIDS could possibly threaten the stability of Nepal.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00180.htm


14: Questions & Answers for Oral Answer - 16 Feb. 2005

1. National Certificate of Educational Achievement—Problem Notification 2. Student Allowances—Parental Income 3. National Certificate of Educational Achievement—Scholarship Examination 4. Kyoto Protocol—Australia’s Non-ratification 5. Economy—Government ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00371.htm


15: NZ Petroleum Update Jan/Feb 2005 - Crown Minerals

Welcome to the first instalment of Petroleum Update for 2005. This year promises to be even busier than 2004 with a number of blocks offers and a significant increase in exploration activity.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00181.htm


16: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing for February 14.

DEPARTMENT On-Line Registration for the Foreign Service Written Exam Stephen Krasner Selected as New Director of Policy Planning Reappointment of Mitchell B. Reiss as Special Envoy for Northern Ireland Selection of Elizabeth Cheney as Principal Deputy ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00423.htm


17: 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


18: Mr English gets it wrong - no.1

Claims by the National Party that education groups participating in a review of the New Zealand Scholarship exams have been gagged have been rejected as "complete fantasy" by Associate Education Minister David Benson-Pope.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00344.htm


19: Public Address 16/02/05 - Only Words

I had been hoping to regale you with tales of a wonderful weekend spent diving and driving. My dive-buddy cousin has finally recovered from a serious bout of pneumonia – which has left both of us grounded – so we were planning to head to Goat Island ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00189.htm


20: 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


21: State Dept. Daily Press Briefing for February 15

SYRIA Recall of U.S. Ambassador Margaret Scobey following Murder of Prime Minister Hariri / Syrian Response Syrian Presence in Lebanon / Concerns on Lack of Progress in Syrian Behavior on Border with Iraq and Support for Insurgents /

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00462.htm


22: Mr English gets it wrong - no.2

A reference to the New Zealand Scholarship exam in a Secondary Principals Leaders Forum was not the dire warning it was being claimed to be by the National Party, says Associate Education spokesman David Benson-Pope.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00345.htm


23: No call for IRD and NZ Police to merge

"The timing of the Police Union Organiser's tired old claim of organised crime gaining foothold in NZ via drugs is transparently political," says Libertarianz spokesman on Law and Order Robert Palmer. "And the IRD hardly need encouraging to be thuggishly ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00151.htm


24: Public Address 15/02/05 - After Spongebob And More

The youth of the nation tumbled into my inbox like a great, anguished wave yesterday. Disturbed, confused and alienated by the brief gay snog in a public health cartoon condom ad, they were also spilling over with gratitude to National's Murray McCully ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0502/S00174.htm


25: Terms of Reference - NZQA Review By SSC

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority ("NZQA") is a Crown entity established under Part XX of the Education Act 1989 "to establish a consistent approach to the recognition of qualifications in academic and vocational areas"(s247).

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0502/S00057.htm


26: Greens back Vietnam vets in call for Govt apology

The Greens are strongly supporting Kiwi veterans of the Vietnam War in their call for the Government to offer a formal and unreserved apology for its inadequate recognition of their exposure to Agent Orange.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00341.htm


27: More Benson-Pope panic

National's Education spokesman, Bill English, says David Benson-Pope has resorted to Trevor Mallard's and the NZQA's tactics of labelling any critic of the NCEA as a liar or an idiot.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0502/S00346.htm


28: Israel/Palestine: Land grab during the conference

1) SHARON NOW - Gush ad, Ha'aretz, February 11 2) Land grab during the conference 3) “Sharm-al-Sheikh, We Have Come Back Again…” - by Uri Avnery

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0502/S00433.htm


29: Forestry - The Unsung Hero Of The Kyoto Protocol

The real heroes of the Kyoto Protocol are the tens of thousands of New Zealanders who have invested over the years in commercial planted forests and who work in the forestry and wood processing industries, say industry leaders.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0502/S00192.htm


30: Warnings of STD pestilence

British health authorities have warned that the number of cases of a rare sexually transmitted disease (STD) that began showing up among homosexual men last year is growing in London's homosexual and bisexual community.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0502/S00137.htm

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