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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 14 December 2006

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

1: Paul G. Buchanan: On Markets and Murderers

Paul G. Buchanan

The death of Agusto Pinochet Ugarte has reopened old wounds in Chile and rekindled debate about the relative merits of his rule versus that of socialist authoritarians like Fidel Castro. A majority in and out of Chile considers him to be a poster boy ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00209.htm


2: Ohura regains Television Transmitter – for a while
BCL

In the recent lightening storms the transmitter (technically called a translator) that serves the area around the small King Country community of Ohura, including Tokirima, was struck. All the local residents lost both Ch1 and Ch2 – Sky reception ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0607/S00281.htm


3: Imprisoned Burmese Journalist Awarded Prize
Reporters Sans Frontieres

The 2006 laureates are: - U WIN TIN (Burma) in the "Journalist" category - NOVAYA GAZETA (Russia) in the "Media" category - JOURNALISTE EN DANGER (Democratic Republic of Congo) in the "Defender of press freedom" category - GUILLERMO FARINAS HERNANDEZ ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00263.htm


4: Two Air New Zealand pilots tackle man drought
Air New Zealand

Captain Duncan Beck and Captain Guy McWilliams, both Boeing 767 pilots have offered to take two ladies on a date at a top Auckland restaurant, as part of Air New Zealand's Christmas Charity Auction which aims to raise funds for Starship Foundation, Make-A-Wish ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00262.htm


5: Robert Parry: Pinochet's Death Spares Bush Family
Robert Parry

Gen. Augusto Pinochet's death on Dec. 10 means the Bush Family can breathe a little bit easier, knowing that criminal proceedings against Chile's notorious dictator can no longer implicate his longtime friend and protector, former President George ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00202.htm


6: Draft plan to maximise renewables, efficiency
New Zealand Government

A detailed action plan to maximise energy efficiency and renewable energy in New Zealand was launched by government today for public discussion. The draft New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy proposes detailed actions to achieve ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00291.htm


7: S. Africa’s Future Depends On Tackling HIV/AIDS
United Nations

With more than 3.3 million children in southern Africa already orphaned by HIV/AIDS, the region’s future depends on governments’ halting the disease’s effects and ensuring that orphans receive good nutrition, education and care, a senior United ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00264.htm


8: Greens cautiously welcome new Education Strategy
Green Party

The new Tertiary Education Strategy provides important guidance to an increasingly strained sector, but some aspects of the document raise real concerns, the Green Party says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00301.htm


9: Deadly Air Pollution In Asian Cities
United Nations

With 600,000 people in Asia dying prematurely from air pollution each year, the continent’s major cities face a key challenge in reducing the daunting figure, according to a new United Nations-backed report: although vehicle emissions are being reduced, the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00260.htm


10: $2.3 Million Ticket Still to be Claimed
New Zealand Lotteries Commission

The winning Big Wednesday First Division ticket, worth $2.3 million in cash and luxury prizes, sold by McDonald's New World in Taradale is still to be claimed, says NZ Lotteries Chief Executive, Todd McLeay.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00291.htm


11: Health check-up for Christmas?
Southern Cross

Up to 195,000 kiwis should be planning a visit to their doctor, according to the results of New Zealand’s biggest ever online health test.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0612/S00066.htm


12: Santa Given a Helping Hand in Afghanistan
New Zealand Defence Force

New Zealand troops serving in Afghanistan have been giving Santa a helping hand in the lead up to Christmas, distributing 1000 teddy bears and dolls to children at a hospital in North West Bamyan province.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00181.htm


13: ‘Plug-in’ electric cars initiative "Impractical"
The Clean Green Car Co

‘Plug-in’ electric cars initiative in Government’s draft energy strategy impractical says The Clean Green Car Company
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00172.htm


14: Goff Visit To Turkey Boosts Trade, Defence Ties
New Zealand Government

“The value of New Zealand trade ties with Turkey will get a major boost over the next year with a big increase in the number of Turkish students studying in New Zealand and with the start of livestock exports to Turkey”, says Trade and Defence Minister, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00290.htm


15: Dyson announces ACC board appointments
New Zealand Government

ACC Minister Ruth Dyson today welcomed the appointment of Wayne Butson and Philippa (Pip) Dunphy to the board of ACC.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00297.htm


16: Durex On Lookout For Suitable Condom Testers
Durex

Kiwis wanting to indulge in some extra curricular activity this summer can apply to be a Durex condom tester.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00166.htm


17: Coastal ship operators welcome Energy Strategy
NZ Shipping Federation

New Zealanders coastal shipping interests have enthusiastically welcomed the Government’s draft Energy Efficiency Strategy. Paul Nicholas, the Manager of the New Zealand Shipping Federation described the Strategy as ‘a huge step forwards to the development of ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00281.htm


18: Roll-Out Of Stab Resistant Body Armour Begins
New Zealand Police

From next week New Zealand Police Operational staff will start being issued with Stab Resistant Body Armour (SRBA).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00187.htm


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

Comment: Pinochet's Project And The New Zealand Connection - QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER - RECOMMENDED AUDIO - Defence: NZ Troops Blitz Afghanistan With Salvo Of Soft Toys - Event: Futuna Chapel Is Opened This Weekend To The Public - Wine: Some Good News ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00212.htm


20: AUS Tertiary Update
Association of University Staff

Tertiary Strategy to drive economic transformation The new Tertiary Education Strategy released this morning underlines the Government’s determination to equip the country with the kind of twenty-first-century skills needed to drive economic transformation, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0612/S00043.htm


21: Draft Evidence-based Guideline on Autism Spectrum
Ministry of Health

In a ground-breaking first for New Zealand, health, disability and education professionals and social service agencies will now be able to refer to an evidence-based guideline when diagnosing and supporting people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0612/S00064.htm


22: Illuminating the histories of Futuna Chapel
Error: Couldn't get author

Where: 15-17 December 10am-10pm When: Futuna Chapel, 62 Friend Street, Karori Admission free, koha appreciated
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0612/S00113.htm


23: World Class New Zealand Awards Attract the Best
World Class New Zealand Awards

Kea and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise announced today the sponsors of the highly-prestigious World Class New Zealand Awards, 2007. HSBC has reconfirmed its commitment with the sponsorship of the supreme award for 2007.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00270.htm


24: Prime Minister & John Key Hot Favourites
Zillion

Prime Minister Helen Clark and the Leader of the Opposition, John Key are both being “auctioned” as part of the country’s biggest online auction this year, to help New Zealand children.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00185.htm


25: Botswana: Joy As Bushmen Win Landmark Legal Case
Survival International

Scenes of jubilation greeted the Botswana High Court's ruling today in favour of the Kalahari Bushmen.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00265.htm


26: Otago Honours Academic Leader and Govt Advisor
University of Otago

Professor Malcolm Grant, CBE, a distinguished law graduate from the University of Otago who is now the President and Provost of University College London, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the University graduation ceremony on Saturday.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0612/S00042.htm


27: Cullen driven 'WITT'-less
New Zealand National Party

Labour has been negligent with yet another tertiary institution, this time the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT), says National's Tertiary Education spokesman, Dr Paul Hutchison.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00300.htm


28: ASIA:NZ December Media e-Newsletter
Asia New Zealand Foundation

Asian Angst: It’s time to stay - Kiwi students get Korea scholarships - State visit for South Korean leader - Covering Pakistan and India - Arabic network broadcasting from KL - Al Jazeera on Triangle Television - Young leaders key to revitalising Asian ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00169.htm


29: Public Address 13/12/06 - John Campbell's Bedroom
HARD NEWS from Russell Brown

GUEST: John Campbell on the Flying Nun years - When I was seventeen, just about every boy I knew who did not dream of being an All Black dreamt of being in a band. I dreamt of both. And whilst the All Black dream was comically outlandish, at least the All ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00208.htm


30: Pita Shaprles: Copyright Amendment Bill
The Maori Party

The people of Te Atihaunui a Paparangi were left the words of their tupuna, Tinirau; Toi te kupu, toi te mana, toi te whenua.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00287.htm

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