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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 8 November 2007

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1: American Leaders Prepare For Avian Flu Pandemic

US Information Service

The plan is part of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America, a trilateral effort launched in March 2005 to increase security and enhance prosperity in Canada, Mexico and the United States through greater cooperation and information ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00229.htm

2: Christians and Jews boycott TV3

Catholic Communications

The Wellington Council of Christians and Jews is urging their congregants to boycott TV3 for one week starting this Thursday, 8 November. The action is a response to TV3's airing of “Californication”, in which a nun gives oral sex to a lead character ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0711/S00089.htm

3: Indonesia Vs. Samples For Avian Flu Vaccines

US Information Service

All countries except Indonesia are sharing human samples of the H5N1 avian flu virus with the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network so experts can assess the risk that a viral strain might mutate to pass easily from person to person and so diagnostic ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00228.htm

4: Strong Showing by NZ Universities In 2007 Rankings

Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd.

The world’s most comprehensive international university rankings, the THES-QS World University Rankings 2007, show a strong performance by New Zealand’s universities, competing with the world’s best
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0711/S00051.htm

5: Video: Solicitor Gen. "Terror" Charges Presser

Alastair Thompson

Video on demand of Solicitor General Dr David Collin's 4pm press conference this afternoon. Dr Collins announced will not be granting leave for charges to be laid under the "Terrorism Suppression Act" against 12 people arrested on October 15th. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00164.htm

6: Hansard Of Hone Harawira On Terror Amendment Bill

The Maori Party

HONE HARAWIRA (Māori Party—Te Tai Tokerau): I just want to clarify something that was raised by the previous speaker. The Māori Party has *never ever said that it represents all Māori. In fact, we represent only intelligent Māori. That is the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00121.htm

7: Tension Continues On Ethiopia-Eritrea Border - UN

United Nations

"There is no other option but for the two parties to find common ground that would allow the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission to proceed with the demarcation of the border," Mr. Ban writes in his latest report to the Security Council.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00282.htm

8: Terror Delegation To See Michael Cullen Doesn't

Julie Webb-Pullman

A delegation of around 20 turned up this afternoon at Parliament intending to deliver a letter to the Attorney General Michael Cullen from a large number of concerned New Zealanders . The letter is about the 12 terror accused and asks Dr Cullen to ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00162.htm

9: Nicky Hager: How To Decide Who Is A Terrorist?

Nicky Hager

The Solicitor-General will shortly make a decision whether to approve terrorism charges against the Maori, peace and environmental activists arrested last month. Nicky Hager describes how the decision will be made and the factors the Solicitor-General needs ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00120.htm

10: Claims of ‘No Terrorism’ Vindicated

David Small

Broad Must Resign. Terrorism Bill Needs to be Withdrawn Inquiry into Surveillance of Political Activists All Prisoners Must be Bailed.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00150.htm

11: King response on Solicitor-General's decision

New Zealand Government

Police Minister Annette King says she welcomes the statements made today by the Solicitor-General Dr David Collins QC and Police Commissioner Howard Broad.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00168.htm

12: Locke delighted by Crown's terrorism decision

Green Party

Green Party MP Keith Locke today applauded the decision by Solicitor-General David Collins not to allow the Police to press terrorism charges against the recently arrested group of Maori, peace and environmentalist activists.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00155.htm

13: AG comment on Solicitor General decision

New Zealand Government

“While I will not comment on the details of the decision of the Solicitor General, I will say that he has my full confidence,” Attorney-General Michael Cullen said.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00161.htm

14: Media Statement: Solicitor-General

Solicitor General

Decision of the Solicitor-General in Relation to the Prosecution of People under the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002 ("Operation 8")
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00151.htm

15: Harawira Reverts To Type - Peters

New Zealand First Party

Hone Harawira should decide whether he is an MP or a highly paid anarchist after his shameful outburst on the Terrorism Suppression Bill last night, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00106.htm

16: Collins: Stealing Ohio 2004 – The Case Heats Up

Michael Collins

April, 2007. Columbus, Ohio. 56 of 88 Ohio counties defied a federal court order and failed to return some or all of the 2004 presidential ballots that they were ordered to retain indefinitely.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00161.htm

17: Twenty-First Century Security In The OSCE Region

US State Department

Since the meeting between Presidents Bush and Putin in Kennebunkport in July, we have had three rounds of expert-level meetings on missile defense and three on CFE issues. We have also continued to meet with Allies and partners, including Georgia ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00195.htm

18: GPJA Letter To Michael Cullen - Sent This Morning

Global Peace And Justice Auckland

We the undersigned organisations and individuals are urging you to use the power delegated to you under the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002 to decline to lay charges under this legislation in relation to those arrested last month by police in the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00128.htm

19: Sufficient And Proper Basis For Investigations

New Zealand Police

"While Police are disappointed that consent has not been given for charges to be laid under the Terrorism Suppression Act we note the Solicitor-General's endorsement that Police had a sufficient and proper basis for investigating the activities in ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00148.htm

20: New Zealand’s Supreme Sausage Announced

Retail Meat New Zealand

A pork sausage made by Black Rock Butchery in Auckland was today judged the Supreme Award Winner in The Great New Zealand Sausage Competition.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0711/S00088.htm

21: Official NZ Music Chart & Chartbitz Nov. 7 2007

Official New Zealand Music Chart

Hell's frozen over as the band who once swore they’d not get back together till just that had happened, The Eagles , land an out-of-the-box #1 album.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0711/S00108.htm

22: Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 8 Nov 2007

Office of the Clerk

1. LYNNE PILLAY to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Has she received any reports on the number of New Zealanders reliant on a benefit?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00141.htm

23: 'Scars Run Deep for Tuhoe' - The Maori Party

The Maori Party

The Maori Party has expressed relief that the horrific experience of the last 25 days has now abated following the decision of the Solicitor General, David Collins QC, not to proceed with laying any charges under the Terrorism Suppression legislation.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00164.htm

24: $50m bust in methamphetamine and pseudoehpedrine

New Zealand Customs Service

Auckland Metro Crime and Operations Support (AMCOS) and New Zealand Customs Service officers have seized more than 150kg of methamphetamine and Contac NT (a precursor for the manufacture of methamphetamine) destined for the domestic market in New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0711/S00137.htm

25: USAF F-15 Fleet Grounded Following Crash

American Forces Press Service

The Air Force has grounded its F-15 Eagle fleet following the crash of a Missouri Air National Guard F-15C on Nov. 2. However, F-15s assigned to North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Central Command Air Forces will be on alert and fly required ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S00298.htm

26: Release all defendants now, repeal terrorism law

Global Peace And Justice Auckland

Global Peace and Justice Auckland and the Civil Rights Defence Committee is calling for the immediate bail of the 10 remaining defendants and the immediate repeal of the Terrorism Suppression Act and its amendments.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00166.htm

27: Questions And Answers - Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Office of the Clerk

1. JOHN KEY (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her assurance, given on Agenda, that she expects to have new initiatives and new programmes and new spending in health and education while still delivering tax cuts?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00138.htm

28: Dunne should remove endorsement to Code of Conduct

The Maori Party

"If Winston Peters wants to support state forces terrorising Maori communities, then that’s his call, but the man must be a bloody fool if he thinks I’m going to shut up and accept it,” said Hone Harawira, Maori Party MP for Tai Tokerau.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0711/S00128.htm

29: Merger creates New Zealand’s largest media agency

Senate Communication Counsel

A merger of three firms announced today will instantly create New Zealand’s largest media agency.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0711/S00136.htm

30: What the hell, it’s only a damned piece of paper

Mark Drolette

It’s not often, in these dire days, I burst out laughing when the Bush administration, or one of its lackeys, makes yet another insane assertion. (Ed.: Mark, “insane” is superfluous here, given the source.) But I couldn’t contain myself recently ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0711/S00131.htm

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