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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 27 December 2006

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

1: UN: Jolie Hands Out Xmas Gifts To Refugees

United Nations

United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie and fellow actor Brad Pitt spent Christmas in Costa Rica
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00431.htm


2: Jason Miller Interviews Stephen Lindman
Jason Miller

I recently had the privilege of conducting a “cyber interview” with one of the preeminent domestic critics of the American Empire. Despite his relatively recent start, Stephen Lendman has rapidly become one of the most ubiquitous and well-respected ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00335.htm


3: Kiwi's Join Sea Shepherd's Fight In Antarctic
Scoop Feedback

Joining the conservation vessel the Sea Shepherd in their anti-whaling voyage are two New Zealand crew are Jaimie Brown from Kaikoura and Marcus Graham of North Shore, Auckland. Both utterly sure that what they will be doing will be of importance and ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00334.htm


4: Annan ‘deeply concerned’ at Libyan death sentences
United Nations

22 December 2006 – United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced his deep concern at the death sentence imposed by a Libyan court on five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor for the alleged intentional transmission of HIV/AIDS to ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00435.htm


5: Protect the high country says expert
Word of Mouth Media

New Zealand’s semi-arid high country and basins need to be protected in perpetuity before the face of the landscape is ruined says an international landscape architect.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0612/S00068.htm


6: Netherlands Give Unicef Over $200 Million
UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received the single largest earmarked donation in its 60-year history - $201 million pledged by the Government of the Netherlands to radically expand the agency’s efforts to ensure that youngsters caught in conflict ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00428.htm


7: Higher standards for imports welcome
Business Council for Sustainable Development

Business leaders are welcoming a Government policy option to impose tighter emission controls on imported vehicles, but say cash incentives will be needed to make sure the country quickly cleans up one of the world's oldest and dirtiest car fleets.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00465.htm


8: Weather Highlights of 2006
MetService

It was the coldest June since 1972, and that was mainly due to the "snowball storm" that hit on 11-12 June. We had a southerly autumn, an early and slippery winter, a windy spring and then a cool start to summer. This article gives some notes from ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0612/S00067.htm


9: Sea Shepherd Launches Operation Leviathan
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

On Saturday, the 23rd of December [Australian EST(Eastern Summer Time)], the international volunteer crew of the Sea Shepherd flagship Farley Mowat departed from Melbourne. The departure of the ship launches our campaign to intercept Japanese whaling operations ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00433.htm


10: Security Council Imposes Sanctions On Iran
United Nations

Capping months of intensive negotiations, the United Nations Security Council today unanimously decided to impose a set of sanctions against Iran in response to its uranium-enrichment activities, which Tehran says are for peaceful purposes but which ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00430.htm


11: A steamroller through the heart of Wellington
Green Party

The building of the Bypass and the destruction of an historic part of Wellington is a tragedy that must never be repeated said Green Party spokesperson for Wellington City Iona Pannett.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00301.htm


12: A bumper year for collecting fines
New Zealand Government

Another record year of fine collections should act as a warning to people owing fines and reparations this summer – you will get caught and you will have to pay, says Courts Minister Rick Barker.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00475.htm


13: Somalia Fighting Flares
United Nations

With conflict in Somalia now involving Ethiopian air strikes and hundreds of wounded, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today telephoned Ethiopia’s Prime Minster and Kenya’s leader to try and halt the escalating violence, while the UN envoy ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00436.htm


14: Research gives new meaning to bums on seats
University of Auckland

A digital model of the human buttocks engineered at The University of Auckland is set to bring new levels of comfort to office workers and wheelchair users.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0612/S00066.htm


15: Christmas Electronic Transaction Report
Paymark EFTPOS

Boxing Day Sales Provide Boost For Retailers Electronic and online transaction statistics
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00466.htm


16: Govt funding support for kiwi expat network
New Zealand Government

The government is giving funding support to the Kea network of expats abroad, to further help New Zealand business and industries tap into our global talent pool and extend international connections, Economic Development Minister Trevor Mallard ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00474.htm


17: Students need to fight Labour
Victoria University of Wellington

In 2006 Students have failed to challenge this government over its failure to address student funding problems. Although student debt is higher than it’s ever been student leaders spend more time lobbying and kissing up to Labour than standing up to them. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0612/S00075.htm


18: Society more concerned after release of data
Waiareka Valley Preservation Society

Rodney Jones, spokesman for the Waiareka Valley Preservation Society, commented today: “The Society has carefully examined the limited additional data and comments that Holcim released on their Weston Cement Plant. We hope to receive more complete data ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0612/S00243.htm


19: Luxury pampering company spicing it up
Word of Mouth Media

Emergency services won’t be the only organisations rushing around helping people over the festive holiday season.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00464.htm


20: DPR Korea: UN Human Rights Expert Meets Refugees
United Nations

An independent United Nations human rights expert on the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has met refugees from the troubled country and visited a facility that helps them acclimatize to life in the Republic of Korea.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00432.htm


21: Audio: Manning & Wallace: Iran, State Of Influence
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Saddam Hussein's appeal to have his death sentence quashed has failed, Iran says get lost to UN Security Council sanctions and announces its intent to proceed with its nuclear programme, so is Iran really rising as the major state of influence ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00333.htm


22: CT Scanning Technology A First In NZ
Siemens

Christchurch Radiology Group (CRG) has purchased New Zealand’s first Dual Source CT scanner. The machine will be operational in February and provide a new level of clinical diagnosis, particularly for heart patients.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0612/S00065.htm


23: Pipeline Blast In Nigeria - UN Offers Help
United Nations

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reacted with sadness to the news of a fuel pipeline explosion that killed hundreds of people in Nigeria, and pledged the world body’s help in efforts to prevent other disasters from occurring in West ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00434.htm


24: UN Sends $2 Million To Flood-Hit Aceh Region
United Nations

In response to flash floods that swept over the province of Aceh in Indonesia earlier this month, the United Nations has allocated an initial $2 million grant from its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for the relief effort in the area, where an ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00426.htm


25: Police Seek Missing Husband In Homicide Inquiry
New Zealand Police

Police are appealing for public assistance in finding the husband of a 42-year-old Otara woman who was found fatally stabbed in her bed yesterday morning.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00302.htm


26: Care Shortage Makes Christmas A Hard Time
Healthcare Providers

Families seeking respite care for their elderly parents are being turned away because of an ongoing shortage of beds, HealthCare Providers NZ said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0612/S00112.htm


27: Spare A Thought Today For Those At Work
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

"While most of us are enjoying time with friends and families today, let's spare a thought for those at work on Christmas Day today and during the New Year holidays," said CTU president Ross Wilson.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00300.htm


28: Things Hotting up in Takapuna
Sailing News

Sailors hit the water tomorrow off Takapuna in the lead-up to the 420 World Championships 2007. The Pre-Worlds Regatta starts tomorrow and lasts three days with the first World Championships racing set for 3 January 2007.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0612/S00173.htm


29: Disorder in Papakura
New Zealand Police

Police were called to Dominion Road Papakura shortly before 8pm tonight to deal with a drunk male assaulting people.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0612/S00241.htm


30: UN: Prevent Violations Against Journalists
United Nations

Reaffirming the civilian status of journalists, the United Nations Security Council has adopted a resolution urging warring parties to prevent abuses against them and to respect their professional independence and rights.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00427.htm

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