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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 19 December 2006

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

1: Canada's 'War-on-Terror' Immigration Policy

Michael Keefer

Three terms are at play in the situation I wish to analyze. The first is a new Canadian government whose leader has espoused positions more right-wing than those of any prime minister in living memory-but is for the moment constrained to some degree ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00244.htm


2: NZ Media on Climate Change Criticised in US Senate
New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

The New Zealand media, and leading commentators, have been recently sharply criticised before a hearing of the US Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00235.htm


3: Mazur: John Deuss Oil Trader Max Bernegger Speaks
Suzan Mazur

I remember Max Bernegger's disarming smile the day he walked through the doors at Alexandra Christie, the 1970s fashion company owned by Dutch oil trader John Deuss -- where I was the model.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00258.htm


4: Rice IV With The Washington Post Editorial Board
US State Department

QUESTION: I'll start with a very editorial-minded kind of question. The Iraq Study Group doesn't mention democracy. They urge you to talk to Iran and Syria, which has not been helpful to the democracy cause, particularly in Lebanon. There seems to ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00316.htm


5: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 18 December 2006
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http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00268.htm


6: US & Israel: Confronting a Middle East in Turmoil
US State Department

David Welch , Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs; Aaim Saban, Chairman, The Saban Forum, Strobe Talbott, President, The Brookings Institution, and Tzipi Livni, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Israel - Briefing at the Brookings ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00319.htm


7: MetService Confirms WMO Position on Global Warming
MetService

The MetService Chief Executive, John Lumsden, said today that the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) latest report confirms the global warming trend. "The WMO preliminary report on the global climate for 2006 has just been released and it confirms that ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0612/S00051.htm


8: Sky And Vodafone Launch Sky Mobile TV
Sky Television

SKY Television and Vodafone today announced the launch of a new TV service, SKY Mobile TV. The new mobile service, for customers of Vodafone with 3G handsets, will revolutionise how people will be able to view television in New Zealand. The service will be available ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00363.htm


9: $120 m New Lynn transport upgrade
New Zealand Government

Government funding has been confirmed for a multi-million dollar revamp for New Lynn rail station and full trenching of a twin-tracked rail line through central New Lynn.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00375.htm


10: Govt guilty of fraud in statement on climate
New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

The Government is guilty on at least two counts of fraud in its statement today on what it calls climate change, according to the former MetService Chief Meteorologist, Professor Augie Auer, who is chairman of the scientific panel of the New Zealand ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0612/S00047.htm


11: Disney Down Under
Crocs

Crocs™ Inc, manufacturer of a new breed of funky comfortable shoes, has brought the wonderful world of Disney down under to New Zealand. The ‘Disney by Crocs’™ line, made its official debut in New Zealand today with an exclusive special-edition ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00357.htm


12: Coalition Paper Ballot Call Spares Vote Villains
Michael Collins

An impressive coalition of election fraud-election integrity groups signed an open letter to the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives calling for paper ballots as the only standard for voting in the United States.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00267.htm


13: Australian honey imports temporarily suspended
Biosecurity Council

As a result of a decision today by the High Court, MAF Biosecurity New Zealand has temporarily suspended imports of honey from Australia. The Court injunction was sought by the National Beekeepers’ Association of New Zealand which is challenging Biosecurity ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00232.htm


14: William Blum's Anti-Empire Report December 17 2006
William Blum

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a man seemingly custom-made for the White House in its endless quest for enemies with whom to scare Congress, the American people, and the world, in order to justify the unseemly behavior of the empire. The Iranian president has ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00265.htm


15: Marina decision embarrassment for Labour
New Zealand National Party

The Government’s backdown on the Whangamata Marina decision is a victory for Kiwi battlers who took on an arrogant Government and won, say National Conservation spokesman Nick Smith and Coromandel MP Sandra Goudie. “This is an incredibly embarrassing ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00385.htm


16: Largest increase to minimum wage since 1999
New Zealand Government

Workers earning the minimum wage will receive a 9.8% pay rise from April 2007, Labour Minister Ruth Dyson announced today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00352.htm


17: Cullen Espouses More Fiscal Discipline
Kevin List

Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen played down expectations of personal tax cuts today when talking with the media about where the Government intended investing a better than expected tax take. The tax take was up due to higher than expected economic ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00271.htm


18: Robert Parry: Ronald Reagan's Bloody "Apocalypto"
Robert Parry

Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto," a violent capture-and-escape movie set 500 years ago in a brutal Mayan society, ends ironically when European explorers arrive and interrupt the final bloody chase.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00240.htm


19: Climate change inaction leaves economic hole
Green Party

The Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update released by the Government today shows once again the price we are paying for the lack of urgency in Government climate change policy.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00390.htm


20: Appeal to Fund Haiti Agriculture, Good Governance
United Nations

The United Nations today appealed for $98 million to help Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, with basic services, political governance and economic recovery, as the Government works to bring stability following this year’s elections.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00331.htm


21: Emirates To Launch Venice Flights Next July
Emirates Airlines

Dubai-based international airline Emirates today announced it will launch non-stop services to the city of Venice, its third Italian destination after Milan and Rome, from July 2007.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00348.htm


22: Sam Smith: Dealing With Myths
Sam Smith

Having been an anthropology major, I don't get as riled up about mythology in public life as many in the media and politics. Myths can be helpful, benign, sad, or deadly but mostly they're there to fill the empty places in reality.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00243.htm


23: Len Brown's Christmas Wishes List
Len Brown - Mayoral Candidate

I would like to wish the people of our city a peaceful Christmas and relaxing break over the summer holidays.Like most family's within our community the pressure of finishing the working year, attending the kids school prizegivings and battling the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00231.htm


24: Cuisine’s recipe for the perfect summer
Cuisine Magazine

For the latest in laid-back summer eating and entertaining, look no further than the new issue of Cuisine. It’s packed with delicious recipes for great holiday eating, at home or at the bach, and, in true Kiwi spirit, the accent is on barbecue.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00337.htm


25: The Warehouse ‘Light Up Your Home’ Winner
The Warehouse Group

The winners of The Warehouse Light Up Your Home competition have got the Christmas decorating bug and are already designing improvements and additions for next year’s display. Graham and Evelyn Leighton of Upper Hutt were today named overall winners ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0612/S00139.htm


26: Agriculture Must Pull its Weight on Climate Change
Greenpeace New Zealand

Auckland, 18 December, 2006: Greenpeace today called on the agriculture sector to play its part in addressing climate change as the Government released its proposals for dealing with the greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and forestry.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00225.htm


27: Daniel Fried - End-of-Year Review
US State Department

Daniel Fried, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Press Roundtable Washington, DC December 12, 2006
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00314.htm


28: Microdots to be used in fight against car crime
Datadot New Zealand

Tiny micro dots, like those used by spies in World War Two and the Cold War, are about to be deployed nationwide to help fight organised car crime which sees about 20 vehicles permanently disappear every day in New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0612/S00048.htm


29: Jackie Little: The People See The Light
Jackie Little

Oh Happy Day! Joyous, joyous day!!! My best friend just texted from England to inform me of the final result in the Greatest Living British Icon poll. And Boy did those proud compatriots of mine get it right?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00260.htm


30: Press Freedom Activists On Recent Events In Bhutan
APFA-Bhutan

Bhutan witnesses one of the most emotional moments in Bhutanese history. King Jigme Singye Wangchuck has abdicated the throne on December 9, which was announced formally on Thursday, December 14. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck has succeeded his father ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00324.htm

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