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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 4 December 2006

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

1: 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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00054.htm

2: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00048.htm

3: 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, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00055.htm

4: 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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00071.htm

5: 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).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00043.htm

6: 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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00080.htm

7: 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
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00056.htm

8: 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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00057.htm

9: How Bin Laden's Master Spy Penetrated the CIA

www.UnansweredQuestions.org

New details have emerged about how an al Qaeda spy named Ali Mohamed penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets and the FBI before the 9/11 attacks. We speak with investigative journalist Peter Lance about his new book, "Triple Cross." [includes rush transcript]
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00046.htm

10: Mazur: John Deuss' Editors On Record On The Man

Suzan Mazur

THE HUSH HUSH nature of the John Deuss investigation related to VAT-skimming deposits at his offshore First Curacao International Bank gives the impression that deeper politics are at play.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00031.htm

11: Fijian Coup Not On NZ's Wishlist For Xmas

Scoop Audio

"Fiji is continuing to be of great concern," was what the Prime Minister told the assembled media late this afternoon as potentially the world's slowest coup creaked into gear in the democratically challenged island nation.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00058.htm

12: 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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0612/S00021.htm

13: Today's Scoop Just Politics News Summary

The Scoop Team

Fiji Crisis: Military Makes Move - Takes Over Special Branch Police HQ; Health: More Money For Rural Midwives; Health: Fidel Inspired Behaviour Leads To Coleman's Smoking In The Gun; MORE POLITICAL HEADLINES; POLITICAL COLUMNS
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00057.htm

14: Key's failure of leadership on Coleman

New Zealand Government

Just one week into the job National leader John Key has made a significant misstep by confirming Jonathan Coleman as Associate Health Spokesman despite knowing about Coleman's behaviour during an incident with British American Tobacco, Health Minister ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00032.htm

15: 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, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0612/S00009.htm

16: Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings - 2-3 Dec. 2006

Scoop Daily Ratings

The weekend's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00053.htm

17: UN Food Agency Teams Up With Islamic Relief Group

United Nations

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today signed an agreement with the international Islamic aid organization, Islamic Relief Worldwide, to increase cooperation on vital feeding programmes for the poor regardless of colour or creed, both for ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00079.htm

18: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00038.htm

19: Liberia, UN And World Bank Sign $4 Million Deal

United Nations

As part of continued United Nations assistance to help Liberia rebuild after 14 years of brutal civil war, the world body has signed a landmark agreement involving the Government and the World Bank to rehabilitate three major roads, costing an estimated ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00078.htm

20: Collins Comments - 4 December 2006

New Zealand National Party

National MPs support Diabetes Awareness and walk the talk
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00040.htm

21: Consumer wine tasting untainted

Consumer's Institute

Consumer’s latest taste test of sparkling wines has no chance of being influenced by winemakers. “Every wine included in our latest tasting was anonymously bought from retailers, as are all our test goods”, says Belinda Allan of Consumers’ ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00060.htm

22: Clinton Visits Asia for Last Time as Tsunami Envoy

United Nations

Former United States President Bill Clinton starts his last visit to Asia today as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, making stops in India, Thailand and Indonesia to review rebuilding progress after the ravages of the 2004 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00076.htm

23: Weathertightness - Chief Adjudicator Appointed

New Zealand Government

Building and Construction Minister Clayton Cosgrove today announced the appointment of Patricia McConnell as Chief Adjudicator of the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service (WHRS) for a three-year term starting this month.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00042.htm

24: NetGuide.co.nz Makes Today’s World Even Easier

Netguide

NetGuide magazine, New Zealand’s leading consumer technology guide, today launched a revamped interactive website www.netguide.co.nz.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00056.htm

25: Use it or lose it says Rodney mayor

Rodney District Council

Rodney’s mayor John Law says the Auckland City Council is “missing the boat” if it doesn’t look at other options for its waterfront. Mr Law says that with the waterfront no longer in contention for a stadium, the site should be used for an ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0612/S00030.htm

26: A Sparkling Bubble

Gush Shalom

A FRIEND of mine, who was brought up in Egypt, took part in the interrogation of Egyptian officers captured in the 1956 Sinai war.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00072.htm

27: McDonald’s agrees on union deal

McDonald's

McDonald’s Restaurants NZ Ltd has agreed to a collective agreement with the Unite Union. The collective agreement includes the following: 1. As at 4 December 2006, minimum hourly starting rates are $8.40 for employees aged under 18 years, and $10.25 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00058.htm

28: Summary of key points from QPEC Summit

Quality Public Education Coalition - QPEC

Summary of key points from QPEC Summit on Resourcing for Quality Public Education held on 22 November in Auckland
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0612/S00007.htm

29: Hezbollah Beirut Protest Urges Lebanon PM To Quit

Sophie McNeill

Sophie McNeill in Beirut writes: Hundreds of thousands of Hezbollah supporters packed the roads of the Lebanese capital yesterday as they took part in a huge anti-government rally. "We're from the north and the south and we've come to fill your squares, Beirut," ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00052.htm

30: International Day of Disabled Persons

New Zealand Government

"Good progress is being achieved in our country in creating a fully inclusive society for disabled persons and their families", said Disability Issues Minister Ruth Dyson today, marking International Day of Disabled Persons.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00030.htm


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