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Scoop Ratings - The Week's Top 20

The week's Top 20 rating items on Scoop were…

1: Asian Banks In Serious Trouble

Banks in Asia are still in serious trouble and could spark further financial turmoil in the region, according to an international banking authority. John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00001.htm

(Note: This week's ratings were distorted by a rogue robot which read a couple of stories rather obsessively on Wednesday - we have deleted the No 2. rating story from this list as a result. The No. 1 rating story is probably also higher ranking that it would have ordinarily been.)

3: Only Indonesia Can Save East Timor Now

As violence threatens to take still more lives in East Timor there are probably only three people capable of making any difference in East Timor: The President of Indonesia B.J. Habibe, leader of the largest opposition party Megawati Sukarnoputri, and ABRI ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00122.htm


4: Inside APEC Exclusive - Canada's "Highest Threat"

His tale reads like a scene out of the Frederick Forsyth book "The ODESSA File". But while what you read here is clock and dagger, it is not fiction. Published on Scoop for the first time in New Zealand is Jaggi Singh's account of what Canada's ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00118.htm


5: Scottish Ref A Serious Threat To Cup Hopes

Taking nothing away from the Wallabies victory - they played very well and the All Blacks poorly - but there are lessons for World Cup contenders, fans and organisers in the refereeing of tonight's Bledisloe Cup match in Sydney.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00121.htm


6: Email Espionage At Wellington City Council?

Allegations of blackmail and espionage at Wellington City Council? Sounds ridiculous, perhaps, but there appears to be some substance behind the latest contretemps between the spurned independent councillors and the Labour-Wellington Alive coalition.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00116.htm


7: Pete Hodgson's Moment Of Glory? - Question 3

How Pete Hodgson was granted leave to deliver a 5 minute speech on what Labour will do to the ECA during question time - and what he said.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00006.htm


8: Rough Passage Expected For Producer Board Bills

The government is planning to push through three significant bills reforming the Kiwifruit, Apple and Pear and Dairy boards over the next four sitting days, however the passage of the legislation is not expected to plain sailing.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00002.htm


9: Auck Councillor's Un-Censored APEC Column Revealed

Here, courtesy of Auckland's 95Bfm is Auckland councillor, Maire Leadbeater's "Lost Column". AUCKLAND CITY COUNCILLOR Maire Leadbeater refused to edit her column for this week's edition of the council's PR rag to the public, "City Scene". Instead, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9908/S00143.htm


10: Lotto CEO David Bale - Resignation Press Release

In the last twelve years I have enjoyed the confidence and support of four prime ministers and seven ministers of Internal Affairs. It is obvious from her public statements that this is not the case with Mrs Shipley. I always thought that helping ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9909/S00008.htm


11: The Week Ahead: Playing The Numbers

With five sitting days till the house rises the Beehive's best and brightest are engaged in a game they became well accustomed to last year as the government sat on a knife edge- counting the numbers.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00123.htm


12: The CIA, Labour and the 'Credit Card' Campaign

Scoop's Jonathan Hill looks at how Labour Party President Bob Harvey's comments on the CIA this week could be the much needed start of a fresh new approach to Labour's election campaign.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9909/S00011.htm


13: Column: International Studies Of Transaction Tax

Late this week treasurer, Bill English and Act's Rodney Hide came out swinging against the Alliance proposal for a financial transaction tax to replace GST, calling it "a loopy and failed idea." But the international community is presently ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00119.htm


14: A Scoop Exclusive - Inside APEC Series

As the third reading of the SIS Amendment Bill No. 2 is put before the New Zealand Parliament, a Canadian Anti-APEC campaigner warns of spy infiltration of New Zealand groups. Those particularly targeted are organisations and individuals openly critical ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9908/S00135.htm


15: Police Issue Letter To APEC Protest Leaders

In this latest instalment of the Scoop Inside APEC Series we reveal the letter issued by the New Zealand Police to suspected leaders of Anti-APEC groups and organisations.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9908/S00158.htm


16: The Lasting Lessons Of WACO

If you were near a television set on April 19, 1993, you will never forget the sight of the Mt. Carmel religious community in Waco, Texas, going up in flames. What precisely had these people done to justify the Fed's surrounding them with tanks? With reluctance, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00124.htm


17: Rainbow Labour says Capill is out of touch

Michael Wilson and Judie Alison, Co-Chairs of Rainbow Labour, the Labour Party's gay, lesbian and transgender branches, said today that Graeme Capill's reaction to the Discussion paper on same sex relationships was extreme, and the sign of a desperate ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00097.htm


18: 50,000 Families Pay No Tax

Next year, around 50,000 low-to-middle income working families will pay no tax, Treasurer Bill English said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00509.htm


19: Employers Federation Clarifies Misleading Comments

Following a series of misleading statements quoted in both written and electronic media, the Employers' Federation has today forwarded the attached two communications to the Labour Party.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9908/S00108.htm


20: Labour Whipping Up Anti-US Feeling Before APEC

ACT Leader Richard Prebble, one of the few MPs in Parliament to have personally known Norman Kirk, has accused Labour President Bob Harvey of whipping up anti-American feelings on the eve of APEC, with his absurd claim that the CIA murdered Norman Kirk.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9908/S00537.htm


21: China/Russia Pledge To Thwart US Global Domination

In a move which does not bode well for the upcoming APEC talks in Auckland, China, Russia and three Central Asian states have pledged in a declaration to promote a "multi-polar world" and thwart global domination by the United States. ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9908/S00115.htm

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