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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings - 14 December 2005

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

1: Another World Record for New Zealand

Two young Kiwis have put New Zealand on the world map by gaining a Guinness World Record for the world's largest tape ball.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0512/S00087.htm


2: Questions And Answers - 13 December 2005

1. Dr DON BRASH (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in all her Ministers; if not, why not?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0512/S00197.htm


3: British Mercenaries Shooting at Baghdad Motorists

Security contractors of the so-called "Victory" Group of the British mercenary Firm Aegis Defense Services have committed the ultimate war crime: the indiscriminate killing of civilians as part of a "game", not a video game but a real game of shooting ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00108.htm


4: King Kong Countdown – ScoopTV On The Red Carpet

LIVE VIDEO– KING KONG COUNTDOWN LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET – 3:30pm http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00153.htm SCOOPTV With R2.CO.NZ

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00153.htm


5: London Oil Depot Fire: Big Satellite Images

Satellite images of Southern England taken over the last two days showing smoke plumes from the burning Buncefield oil depot northwest of London. The fires began with explosions on Sunday morning and are still being fought.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00148.htm


6: Fideo Castro Speech: 60th University Commemoration

Speech delivered by Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz, President of the Republic of Cuba, at the Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of his admission to University of Havana, in the Aula Magna of the University of Havana,

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0512/S00120.htm


7: Canada's Post Follows Up Scoop Hostage Exclusive

Canada's National Post newspaper has followed up on a Scoop Media exclusive that links the group Swords of the Righteousness Brigades to the feared Islam Army in Iraq (IAI). On Tuesday December 13, the National Post's Stewart Bell wrote from Toronto: ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00159.htm


8: Who is our $800,000 cop?

National’s Law & Order spokesman, Simon Power, says the public has a right to know which officer in the New Zealand Police was paid more than $800,000 in the 2004-05 financial year.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0512/S00201.htm


9: Ian Fraser Unleashes On His Own Company

After his shock resignation - which included a number of press releases attempting to justify why he was bailing out of the TVNZ Chief Executive's role - Ian Fraser this morning had the chance to explain himself to a parliamentary inquiry into TVNZ's ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00157.htm


10: Black Ink Monday – Outsourcing News Editorial

If no one is willing to pay the creators, who will create? We’re in for a mighty bleak world when newspapers stop paying editorial cartoonists.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00150.htm


11: Vitamin D linked to Healthy Lungs

A study by researchers from The University of Auckland has shown that Vitamin D may play a role in keeping our lungs healthy.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0512/S00027.htm


12: King Kong: ScoopTV On The Red Carpet (384k Stream)

ScoopTV (384k Stream) brings you LIVE coverage of the New Zealand premiere of Peter Jackson's King Kong – courtesy of www.r2.co.nz . Action begins at 3:30pm (NZ Time).

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00156.htm


13: Calcium a key to beating Christmas bulge

Adding dairy to your diet could be a great way for Kiwis to counter the effects on their waistlines of traditional Christmas over-indulgence, according to recent scientific studies.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0512/S00201.htm


14: Last straw for Benson-Pope

“How many chances is Helen Clark going to give David Benson-Pope?” asks National Party Welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins. She is commenting on Mr Benson-Pope’s latest retraction, delivered to Parliament late last night after earlier denying he had ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0512/S00200.htm


15: Fraser shows TVNZ giving lip service to Charter

A memo to the TVNZ Board from then CEO Ian Fraser says the state broadcaster has become virtually indistinguishable from commercial channels and is giving no more than lip service to its Charter obligations, Green Party Broadcasting Spokesperson ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0512/S00185.htm


16: No wonder police won't stay

National’s Law & Order spokesman, Simon Power, says it is no wonder the Police are finding it so hard to retain and replace frontline officers when their human resources practices are in such a shambles.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0512/S00202.htm


17: 25 U.S. Christians Reach Base at Guantánamo

25 U.S. Christians Reach U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo, Hold Anti-Torture Vigil Outside Gates

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0512/S00239.htm


18: Ferrit.co.nz makes strong debut

AUCKLAND; December 13th, 2005: The launch of online shopping directory, Ferrit.co.nz has had a successful debut in New Zealand, as indicated by Hitwise, the world’s leading online competitive intelligence service. Ferrit.co.nz ranked as the 6th most popular ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0512/S00025.htm


19: Gala of The Royal Horses to Tour NZ

The internationally-acclaimed Lippizaner horses, together with a cavalcade of the best of the Baroque stallions come to New Zealand in February in one of the largest events of its kind.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0512/S00083.htm


20: Waitomo Glowworm Caves Fire

In the early hours of Wednesday morning 14th December 2005 there was a major fire at the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Cave operated by Tourism Holdings. The fire destroyed the café / restaurant, souvenir shop, office accommodation, toilets and ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0512/S00200.htm


21: Fat Ass: Rear End Injections Fall Short

Dublin - An injection into the patient’s bottom may not be such a reliable method to administer medication. That’s the result of a study from physicians of the Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin. The study has found many patients have too much fatty ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0512/S00015.htm


22: Public Address 14/12/05 - Left Wing Liberal Evil

As some readers will doubtless be aware, I have a status amongst many members of the local right-wing blogosphere as the very symbol of Left Wing Liberal Evil. Given that I'm a director of two small companies and have an interest in another, I write ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00154.htm


23: Piccinini Headlines Arts Festival at Gallery

Open your eyes and mind at City Gallery Wellington this Festival season with the challenging and provocative, yet humorous and touching work of Patricia Piccinini, one of Australia's most exciting contemporary artists.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0512/S00093.htm


24: Veil of Secrecy lifted on Somali Community

In a national first, one of New Zealand’s newest and most misunderstood communities is the focus of a social photography project due to open at the Waikato Museum on December 3.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0511/S00213.htm


25: Govt should be red-faced over snail case

The Government should be embarrassed that environmental group Forest and Bird is being forced into a court challenge to save a very rare protected snail from potential extinction at the hands of a State Owned Enterprise, the Green Party says.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0512/S00203.htm


26: Dynamic team to judge year's best children's books

MEDIA RELEASE – Tuesday 13 December 2005 Dynamic team to judge this year’s best New Zealand children’s books The tenth annual New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults will be judged by a dynamic team of judges who share an active ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0512/S00090.htm


27: Peters: General Debate, 7 December

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS (Minister of Foreign Affairs): If I were a media tycoon who owned newspapers or other media outlets in this country, I would be wanting to know what on earth my money was being spent on. Journalism is a paid profession. Those ...

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0512/S00206.htm


28: Winners of the 2005 Reporters Without Borders

Journalists who, through their work, attitude or principled stands, have shown a strong commitment to press freedom

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0512/S00261.htm


29: Philip Morris does it again, says PHA

The Public Health Association (PHA) is horrified that tobacco company Philip Morris is marketing a brand of cigarettes called ‘Maori Mix’.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0512/S00044.htm


30: Harold Pinter Nobel Lecture: Art, Truth & Politics

In 1958 I wrote the following: 'There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.'

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0512/S00142.htm


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