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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 21 October 2006


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

1: NOLA Lost: 72 hours in America’s other Ground Zero

Charles Shaw

The St. Vincent’s guesthouse is a living metaphor for the city of New Orleans. The big, beautiful, bricked, French colonial structure on Magazine Street in what’s known as the Lower Garden District is a majestic presence. Wrapped in vines with ...

2: Undernews: Bush Purchases 99000 Acres In Paraguay?


Why might the president and his family need a 98,840-acre ranch in Paraguay protected by a semi-secret U.S. military base manned by American troops who have been exempted from war-crimes prosecution by the Paraguayan government? - Wonkette

3: EU leaders challenged to start energy revolution

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Lahti, Finland, 20 October, 2006 - Today Greenpeace urged the European leaders meeting in Finland to stop relying on fuel imports and put renewable energy and energy efficiency at the core of their energy security discussions. The message "Energy Security ...

4: BBC - Heated Debate Over Use Of Torture

Middle East News Service

[ Middle East News Service comment: This is one time Israelis must be thanking the one above that the BBC does not follow normal Israeli procedure. When “ordinary” question like support for daylight saving or for the war in Lebanon pollsters often ...

5: Agenda Highlights: Williams & Fitzsimons


Labour Party president Mike Williams says Don Brash used tax payers’ money to pay Australian political strategist Bryan Sinclair. Mr Sinclair has previously been linked to the Round Table and there had been allegations they were paying his fees.

6: Greet NZ makes a positive impact on training

Hospitality Standards Institute

A national training programme aimed at upskilling New Zealand's hospitality staff and improving their customer service techniques has far exceeded the expectations of its founders since it was launched into the workplace.

7: Fears PM Faces Pressures To Back Down On GM Labels

GE Free NZ

Fears PM Faces Pressures From US To Back Down On GM Labels The discussions over free trade in the US this week may well involve Prime Minister Helen Clark being pressured to back down on labelling and import of genetically engineered - GE foods.

8: Responding to Iran's Nuclear Ambitions: Next Steps

US State Department

R. Nicholas Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Washington, DC September 19, 2006

9: Xtra Go Large With Maximum Speeds

Telecom New Zealand

Xtra has today unveiled its new broadband plans which include maximum downstream speeds across the board and an unlimited data option. All plans will feature maximum downstream speeds giving customers speeds as fast as their line will allow.

10: PHARMAC shuts door on 400 New Zealand women


The government’s drug funding agency PHARMAC has confirmed it will not be funding Herceptin® (trastuzumab) for women with HER2 positive early breast cancer, making New Zealand the first country in the developed world to say ‘no’ to funding the ...

11: Asia:NZ September Media e-Newsletter

Asia New Zealand Foundation

•Asia coverage sporadic and problematic, says PM •Getting immigration balance right • South Asia media travel awards • Asia internships for AUT journalism students • Bird flu documentary makes ABU finals • Asia in Australian schools ...

12: Agency Suspends Repatriation Convoys To Sudan

United Nations

The United Nations refugee agency today temporarily suspended return convoys from northern Uganda to southern Sudan following reports yesterday that unknown gunmen killed at least 38 civilians in a string of attacks in the same area.

13: Sports Streaming Now Available Live!


Sports fans will soon be able to stream their favourite sports events live, thanks to Vodafone’s new 3G live streaming technology which allows users to view the action as it happens, from anywhere.

14: Maori Garment Wins Westfield Style Pasifika Awards

Westfield Style Pasifika

An innovative and exciting representation of a traditional Maori woman’s costume combined with a traditional Maori moko and titled Te Moko is the winner of the Supreme Award for Westfield Style Pasifika Fashion Awards 2006.

15: 2006 National Bank Cup Results

Netball NZ

Round Six June 2 – 4 2006

16: National Front Thwarted in Wellington

Wellington Activists

Forty Wellington Left activists organised a counter-demo to the National Front’s demonstration against China.

17: CMJ traffic bulletin: Tues 24 Oct until Thurs 26

Transit New Zealand

CMJ traffic bulletin: Tuesday 24 October until Thursday 26 October Transit New Zealand would like to advise motorists of proposed closures for work on the Central Motorway Junction upgrade over the next week.

18: Donahue: Conspiracy To Silence Francisco Ramírez?

The Narco New Bulletin has reported several times on Drummond Coal's activities in Colombia, including the recent article by Stephen Flanagan Jackson detailing the current Dutch lawsuit charging the company with money laundering and other wrongdoing. ...

19: The Republican Leaderships Problem With Democracy

Stephen Crockett

The Republican Party leadership in the era of George W. Bush seems to be demonstrating a serious problem with the basic concepts of American Democracy. Our Founding Fathers started this nation on the path of greatness by establishing a growing citizen control ...

20: Air New Zealand's First Airbus Touches Down

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand's first Airbus A320 aircraft touched down on New Zealand soil at noon Sunday, heralding a new era of aviation history in this country.

21: Terrorism Doco Plays At Southern Cross 23 Oct


Alex Jones' latest documentary Terrorstorm is another forceful piece of filmmaking that again breaks new boundaries and will pave the way for more of the same from other independent directors.

22: Hood: Support For Raising Drinking Age to 41

Lyndon Hood

The Law and Order select committee today reported to Parliament in favour of a bill to increase the legal age for purchasing alcohol to 41. In a survey of New Zealanders aged over 39 almost three quarters of respondents supported the change.

23: Agenda: Mike Williams & Jeanette Fitzsimons


Presented by CAMERON BENNETT CAMERON: Well just who should pay for politicking in this country, that’s the question parliament will have to address over the next year as it undertakes a review of parliamentary services' spending on political activities. ...

24: Eritrean-Ethiopian Border Zone Is Volatile

United Nations

The situation inside the buffer zone along the disputed border between Eritrea and Ethiopia has become volatile after Eritrea moved 1,500 troops and 14 tanks into the area, the United Nations peacekeeping mission to the two countries reported today.

25: Cora Fraser: Is Mel Gibson Pro-Middle Eastern?

Genevieve Cora Fraser

For those who inhabit Tinseltown and its environs as Mel Gibson does, there’s one site that is as famous to locals as Hollywood and Vine is to tourists - the Temple of the Arts in Beverly Hills.

26: 50 years of clean energy for New Zealand

Contact Energy

21 October 2006 Roxburgh Dam – 50 years of clean energy for New Zealand For 50 years the Roxburgh Dam has provided New Zealand with large amounts of clean, renewable electricity and helped underpin New Zealand’s transformation into a modern, first-world ...

27: Lancet Iraq Study Flawed: Death Toll Too High

Researchers at Oxford University and Royal Holloway, University of London have found serious flaws in the survey of Iraqi deaths published last week in the Lancet.

28: Explore S Pacific this summer with Fly/Cruise deal

P and O Cruises

New Zealanders will be able to enjoy the unspoilt treasures of the South Pacific and Queensland this summer with the release of P&O Cruises’ Fly/Cruise packages from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

29: Audio: Jon Stephenson Reports On Cartoon Fallout

Scoop Audio

Pakistan - Scoop's Kevin List IV's correspondent, Jon Stephenson, on fallout in the Middle East after some western media, including Wellington's Dominion Post, published cartoon caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

30: Sludge Report #84 – Shoot, Don’t Shoot

C.D. Sludge

In This Edition: Shoot, Don’t Shoot - A Reader Responds To Police Feedback


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