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Scoop Ratings – Today’s Top 20

The top 20 rating items on Scoop today were...

1: Soapbox: Zen And The Art Of Computer Projects

In the aftermath of the failure of the Police's Incis computer project, Matthew Thomas points out that it would actually have been a miracle if the project had succeeded.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00060.htm


2: National too cowardly to stand by its own smears

Advertisements attacking the Alliance and Labour in Sunday newspapers are paid for by the National Party, Alliance leader Jim Anderton says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00252.htm


3: The Week Ahead: Policy Galore And An MPS

The season of electioneering is now well and truly upon us. A report from Scoop's Jonathan Hill and Alastair Thompson surveys the week ahead.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00063.htm


4: Column: Babies' Blood Row Raises Big Brother Fears

In the Auckland High Court last week it was revealed that since 1969 heel-prick blood samples have been taken at birth from all babies and stored without informed consent. John Howard speculates on a hypothetical example of just what identification ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00062.htm


5: Rankin Column: The Crown's Ownership Interest

On Monday, Simon Upton, in a Herald opinion piece defending the post-reform public service culture, noted: "If there is a criticism that can be made it is that ministers" have "underemphasised . the Crown's ownership interests".

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00059.htm


6: Scoop Links: Gorbachev's Peace Plan A Gem

The controversy over the attendance of 60 New Zealand Defence personnel at a "Masters of Business" seminar in Auckland featuring Mikhail Gorbachev and Stormin Norm "Desert Storm" Swartzkopf contains some sweet irony.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00057.htm


7: DPB spending $78 million down - McCardle

"In the past year, record numbers of people have been moved off the DPB and into work, saving tens of millions of dollars. WINZ has played a big part in it.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00255.htm


8: Scoop Ratings – Weekend Top 20

The top 20 rating items on Scoop at the weekend were...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM9908/S00096.htm


9: Lava Magazine: The Scoop On Scoop

Article republished with the kind permission of Lava magazine...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00052.htm


10: Re-launch No. 7 doomed to failure

"The much-hyped "Five Steps" programme the Government will announce on Wednesday is National's seventh desperate attempt to re-launch itself since Jenny Shipley took over as Prime Minister and will flop just like all the others did," ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00244.htm


11: Partnership 2000 - Executive Summary

Partnership 2000 is the Alliance economic policy which was announced this afternoon. See an executive summary of the policy.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00260.htm


12: National Radio Midday Bulletin

Watson - Samoan Killing - Firefighters - APEC - TVNZ - Historic Places - Triple Killing - Cold Snap - Trial Venue Hearing - Fog Delays Flights - Bombs - Lab Workers - Shipping Safety - Prison Site

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/NM9908/S00099.htm


13: APEC Spouses Take A Snapshot Of New Zealand

While APEC Leaders discuss tariffs, technical cooperation and making business easier in the Asia-Pacific region, their partners will take in an array of unique New Zealand experiences, APEC New Zealand 99 Spouses’ Programme Host Burton Shipley said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU9908/S00060.htm


14: Springboard for economic growth released tomorrow

Investment in sustainable economic development, backing for jobs and wealth creation in regional areas of New Zealand, and sharply improved spending on science and research and development.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00251.htm


15: Timberlands' Tresspass Order Against Green MP

GREEN MP Rod Donald has labelled as "outrageous" the trespass order taken against him last week by state owned enterprise Timberlands.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00253.htm


16: Internal Affairs Bites Back At NBR

The Department of Internal Affairs has hit back at the National Business Review over a "mischevious piece of writing" concerning some restructuring within the Department.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00027.htm


17: Weekend Column: Petrol Price Ripoff?

Like it or not, higher costs across the board will be the likely outcome of the rise in petrol prices by an average 9c a litre within the last month. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00058.htm


18: Final Preparations For APEC Ministers And Leaders

Senior Officials from APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) economies today concluded their final preparations for Ministers and Leaders who will gather in Auckland, New Zealand, within a month.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU9908/S00059.htm


19: APEC - Costly Conference Closes City

Libertarianz transport deregulation spokesman Michael Murphy today slammed the Prime Minister's proposed closure of Auckland's southern motorway for APEC as "unbelievably arrogant and stupid. This woman appears to confuse Auckland's motorway for the main ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00030.htm


20: Lethal Injection World Leader Sets Deadly Example

The scheduled killings of eight people in the USA and Philippines during the next seven days are linked by a deadly connection extending beyond the calculated cruelty of executions and their affront to human dignity, Amnesty International said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE9908/S00083.htm

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