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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 6 December 2006


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

1: Fiji: Military Slowly But Surely Strangles Govt

Selwyn Manning - Scoop Auckland

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces is slowly but surely strangling the life out of Laisenia Qarase's government. Qarase said in an interview with Australia's ABC Radio the coup: "it's almost complete I suppose," adding "If this ...

2: Questions For Oral Answer Tuesday, 5 December 2006
Office of the Clerk

1. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement that New Zealand “could aim to be carbon neutral”?

3: Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
Office of the Speaker

Dr Jan Wright, an independent policy analyst and consultant with a number of non-executive public sector directorships, has been selected to be the next Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE).

4: Annan's Successor Moves To Pick His Top Management
Andreas von Warburg

UNITED NATIONS - Two weeks into the transition period, all eyes at the United Nations are on Secretary-General-Designate Ban Ki-moon (pictured left) and his picks for the top management. South Korea’s former Foreign Minister will be swearing in in ...

5: Found: Saddam's Weapon of Mass Destruction
Greg Palast

This photo of condemned Iraqi ex-strongman Saddam Hussein amid exotic weapons of mass destruction, taken just before the liberation of Iraq, was released Saturday by the White House.

6: Comprehensive immigration law one step closer
New Zealand Government

New immigration laws will make coming here easier for the migrants New Zealand wants and enhance border security against those we don't want, says Immigration Minister David Cunliffe.

7: Reserve Bank runs out of coins in lead up to Xmas
Newmarket Business Association

Just five weeks after phasing out the old coins, the Reserve Bank has now written to the country's retail banks warning them there will be a shortage of the new 20 cent pieces in the lead up to the busy Christmas period, with some unimpressed retailers ...

8: Credit Card Fraud Now Main Concern of NZers

Identity theft and credit card fraud remain the top two concerns above any other security issue Credit and debit card fraud is now the leading concern of New Zealanders according to the December Unisys Security Index released today.

9: Bainimarama Appoints Himself President Of Fiji
Selwyn Manning - Scoop Auckland

Fiji's army commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama has appointed himself as Fiji's president and has sacked elected prime minister Laisenia Qarase and president Ratu Josefa Iloilo. Bainimarama has appointed a 77 year-old army doctor, Dr Jona Senilagakali, ...

10: SuperSize Victory against Fast Food Giants
Unite Union

After months of negotiation Unite Union has reached a breakthrough collective employment agreement with fast food giant McDonald’s, after signing an agreement earlier this year with Restaurant Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks) and Red Rooster.

11: All GE Corn Must be Destroyed
Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace said today all GE contaminated corn must be pulled up and destroyed, following the discovery that some 1.8 tonnes of GE corn have been imported into New Zealand, distributed and grown.

12: Sharon Stone puts out SOS call for NZ clothes
Word of Mouth Media

Hollywood actress Sharon Stone has put out an urgent call to leading New Zealand lifestyle designer Untouched World for more of their clothes for her wardrobe.

13: Labour puzzled by Nats' approach to climate change
New Zealand Government

Climate Change Minister David Parker says he has been left puzzled by National's muddled approach to climate change, following today's question time.

14: BlackBerry Pearl now available in New Zealand

BlackBerry Pearl now available in New Zealand exclusively from Vodafone

15: What’s killing NZ’s rarest dolphins?
Massey University

The carcasses of two Maui’s dolphins – New Zealand’s most endangered species – are on their way to Massey where veterinary pathologists will conduct post-mortem examinations. Found near the south head of the Manukau Harbour in Auckland yesterday, ...

16: A scientific approach is needed for GM corn
New Zealand Life Sciences Network

“MAF should identify if GM is present, the type of GM construct and undertake a risk assessment before ripping up imported corn suspected of containing genetically modified seeds.” the chairman of the Life Sciences Network, Dr William Rolleston, ...

17: Update On The Search For Trooper Joshua Porter
Australian Defence Force

On 29 Nov 06, while HMAS Kanimbla was operating near Fiji, a Blackhawk helicopter from 171 Aviation Squadron, carrying four crew and six soldiers from the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) crashed and sank in 2300 meters of water. Nine personnel ...

18: Michael Cullen Speech: Playing the long-term game
New Zealand Government

Speech notes for address to AMP Capital Investors' Morning Meeting, HP Tower, Featherston St, Wellington (closed to media)

19: Society to oppose Holcim's cement plant at Weston
Waiareka Valley Preservation Society

A group of concerned residents have formed the Waiareka Valley Preservation Society to oppose Holcim's intended cement plant at Weston, on the outskirts of Oamaru. Holcim is proposing an one million metric tonne cement plant at Weston. This will be by ...

20: Fiji Travel Advisory - 5 December 2006
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

There is high risk to your security in Suva and an increasing risk in Fiji. We recommend against non-essential travel to Fiji at this time. There are reports that the Fiji military and President have undertaken unconstitutional actions to remove the Fiji ...

21: Today's Top Scoop Stories - News Summary
The Scoop Team

Coup: With Stealth, By Degrees, Military Tightens Grip On Viti Levu - Scoop Audio - QUESTIONS OF THE DAY - Unions: I'll Have A Pay Rise With Those Fries Thanks - Loot News: Reserve Bank Warns Coffers Running Low On Coins - MORE HEADLINES - Media News: ...

22: The Letter – Monday, 4 December 2006
The Letter Limited

The Haps; Next Test; His Role; All at sea; Does it matter?; Some Advice; Labour’s dilemma; New Whips; The Whips Office; Anything but benign; Growing Debt; A correction has to come; Out of the Red

23: Kosovo Albanians, Serbia Still Opposed on Future
United Nations

Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian Government and Serbia remain “diametrically opposed” in their views of the future status of the Serbian province, which that the United Nations has run ever since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ...

24: Susan Wood leaves CloseUp
Television New Zealand

CloseUp presenter Susan Wood has today resigned from TVNZ, and will no longer appear on screen for the immediate future. For the last few weeks, Susan's health has been a matter for serious concern. She will be undergoing surgery next week to remove ...

25: Public Address 04/12/06 - How To Smoke An MP
HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

MP smoking is an art. You don't just pick one up and start puffing. You must know how to select an MP, cut him, light him up, and finally, smoke him. Choosing an MP When purchasing an MP there are certain things you should keep in mind...

26: Grants for Research Into Arthritis and Depression
University of Otago

The University of Otago’s Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences has received an additional $2.3 million dollars for research into medication used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, and the effectiveness of anti-depressants ...

27: Suva - Fiji Soldiers Take Over SWAT Police HQ
Scoop Link

Scoop Link: Fiji Times has reported that Fijian Army soldiers in full combat gear have taken over the headquarters of the Fiji Police Tactical Response Division and locked out members on duty there. While there has been no official confirmation, ...

28: 29th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Dinner - Rice
US State Department

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Good evening and welcome to the Department of State. I am so pleased to host this esteemed and wonderful and fun crowd here at the Department. I'd like to recognize Steve Schwarzman, who is the chairman of the ...

29: Prime Minister condemns Fijian President's actions
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark condemned the actions of the Fijian President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, in telling Fiji’s military commander, Commodore Bainimarama, that he could remove the government of Prime Minister Qarase.

30: ACC Enslaves Claimants
Access Support Service

ACC are requiring claimants to participate in what it calls a “Work Ready Programme” known as the WRP. However, to date no one from ACC can provide information as to what a WRP is, other than describing it as a work trial. What we have found to be ...

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