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Scoop Ratings - Today's Top 20

Today's Top 20 rating items on Scoop are...

1: Cabinet Moves On Loans, Minimum Wage, F-16's

The government has moved fast on student loans, saying students who enrol at tertiary institutions early next year will pay no interest on their loans while studying or while earning under $25,000.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00067.htm


2: Who Will Rid Us Of This Troublesome Priest?

The Rt Hon Winston Peters, MP for Tauranga, said today that the request of Labour’s candidate for an electoral recount is “bizarre”, preceding as it did, the National candidate’s concession just before noon.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00044.htm


3: Labour to Scrap Successful Welfare Programmes

Labour is promising that within a year the unemployed will be kicked off successful community wage schemes.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00045.htm


4: Biodiversity, Sustainability and Timberlands

Mayors from the three West Coast councils are to meet tomorrow to discuss what action can be taken over Labour's gagging of Timberland's resource management application to log the beech forest. Scoop's West Coast correspondent John Howard writes.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00068.htm


5: Peters Breaks His Silence! Thank-You Speech

The new Parliament promises to be an interesting place, with a wide cross section of people from many different backgrounds in the House. This is the representation that New Zealanders have decided they want for the next three years, and we in New ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00040.htm


6: Goff fails to Go off as Justice Minister

"If Phil Goff considers it judicious not to question the highest rate of civil rights violations for cannabis in the world, then he is a foolish choice indeed for Minister of Justice", say South-Island Cannabis Party analysts, Kevin O'Connell ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO9912/S00022.htm


7: ACT concerned about integrity of poll

ACT Leader Richard Prebble said today he was disturbed to learn that the National candidate for Tauranga, Katherine O'Regan, has stated that she has no intention of applying for a recount in Tauranga.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00047.htm


8: Americas Cup - The Latest Race Results, Points Etc

Team Dennis Conner was back on the race course today, against Young America, after the 48 hour delay necessary to fix the structural damage on Stars & Stripes USA 55, which occurred before the race of 5 December. Stars & Stripes beat his rival ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9912/S00016.htm


9: National Should Have Gone For Tauranga Recount

ACT Deputy Leader Hon Ken Shirley today said National shouldn't have thrown in the towel in Tauranga and should have sought a judicial recount in the electorate.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00043.htm


10: The Musterer Replaces Whips In The Green Party

Green Party Co-leader Rod Donald today announced that Ian Ewen-Street has been appointed as the "Musterer", replacing the traditional role of party whip.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00048.htm


11: Editorial: Massive War Crime Threatened In Grozny

In the last four weeks of the 20st century, not to mention the millennium, the world is on the verge of experiencing the effects of a new generation of horrific weapons systems.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00030.htm


12: Americas Cup - The Latest Race Reports

AmericaOne on Top - Prada Blitzs Spanish - French Win Stars & Stripes Loses - Abracadabra Wins Young Australia Trails: Here is the Americas Cup challenger series latest race report.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9912/S00017.htm


13: Americas Cup - Prada Loses For Second Time

AmericaOne has beaten Americas Cup leading challenger Luna Rossa ITA48 after a controversial penalty was dished out to Luna Rossa after it hit AmericaOne's transom with its bow. PLUS: here are the latest points, race tables, and schedules...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9912/S00011.htm


14: Y2K Will Have Only 'Moderate' Impact - Report

The Y2K computer bug is expected to cause numerous errors in worldwide computer systems, however the combined impact will only be moderate, a United Nations-created information clearing house says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00065.htm


15: Americas Cup - Prada Leads Table As RR2 Ends

Round Robin two of the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Selection Series ended after three previously cancelled matches were re-sailed from Race 6 of 14 November. Team Prada's yacht Luna Rossa completed the Round Robin yesterday with a total of 46 points, ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9911/S00101.htm


16: Will Labour Try To Rule By Political Decree?

ACT MP Stephen Franks today said that the gag on Timberlands resource application should run into the same law that stopped Muldoon from trying to rule by decree.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA9912/S00046.htm


17: Americas Cup - Hoist The Mainsail RR3 Kicks Off

The Americas Cup Louis Vuitton challenger series is now getting serious with international teams competing for nine points a win. Only the top six teams will advance to the semi-finals so performance is critical in this round.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK9912/S00001.htm


18: Scoop Images: Christmas Weather In The Holy Land

SCOOP MILLENNIUM SPECIAL: Scoop's Alastair Thompson asks the ARL Weather Supercomputer about the Christmas forecast in the Holy Land - Only On Scoop....

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00064.htm


19: Joseph Heller - Author of 'Catch-22' - Dies

Joseph Heller, the man who coined the phrase ‘catch-22’ for a no-win situation in his epic war novel has died at the age of 76.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00066.htm


20: EU And US Headed For A Trade War Over Agriculture

Following a breakdown at the WTO talks in Seattle, the US House Agriculture Committee is planning a series of hearings on farm policy early next year that will consider greater subsidies for US farmers. Will it lead to a Trade War? John Howard reports.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL9912/S00059.htm

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