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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 2 December 2007

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

1: Miss China Wins The 57th Miss World Pageant

VOA News

23-year-old Zhang Zilin, who holds the title Miss China, has won the Miss World pageant, with Miss Angola and Miss Mexico the top runners-up. The 57th Miss World contest was held at Sanya, a tourist resort in southern China's Hainan province.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00122.htm

2: Briefing on Sec Rice's Upcoming Travel to Ethiopia

US State Department

Secretary will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, arriving Wednesday, December 5th. She is going to hold a Great Lakes summit, essentially a meeting of the Tripartite plus heads of states and ministers, foreign ministers and defense ministers from ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00100.htm

3: No warning of high seas fishing closure

Deepwater Group

Industry was surprised to learn of the Government’s agreement to close the orange roughy fishing grounds in international waters south of Australia today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00003.htm

4: Key Vote Sunday For Venezuela's Hugo Chavez

VOA News

Venezuelans go to the polls Sunday to vote for proposed changes in the constitution that would vastly expand the powers of President Hugo Chavez. If the referendum is approved, Mr. Chavez will be able to run for office indefinitely and his authority ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00118.htm

5: United Nations Climate Change Conference In Bali

UNFCCC

A series of high-profile political events during the year have kept climate change high on the international agenda. However, we urgently need to take increased action, given climate change projections and the corresponding global adaptation needs.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00111.htm

6: Countries Must Maintain Vigilance Against Bird Flu

United Nations

Despite significant advances to deal with the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu in the past two years, countries must maintain their vigilance and cooperate in the face of a possible pandemic, according to a joint United Nations and World Bank report.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S01350.htm

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United Nations

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0711/S01367.htm

8: Fruit and veg costing families a packet

Massey University

Where and when you shop has a huge impact on the price you pay for fruit and vegetables, a University researcher has found, with produce at the most expensive stores costing up to 50 per cent more.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00005.htm

9: Vietnam Continues Crackdown On Dissidents

VOA News

The journalists' organization Reporters Without Borders is calling on French President Nicolas Sarkozy to demand that Vietnam free Vietnamese-born French citizen Le Thi Thanh Van. Van is a journalist and democracy activist, and was one of six people ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00088.htm

10: Winnie Laban Address To St Bernard's Function

New Zealand Government

Our Labour Government understands the importance of education as the key that can unlock success, opportunity and fulfilment for our people.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00007.htm

11: Teachers’ council in dark over failed teachers

New Zealand National Party

News that the Teachers’ Council has no idea how many graduate teachers have been denied registration should be ringing alarm bells, says National’s Associate Education spokeswoman, Paula Bennett.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00005.htm

12: Elton John Reciveing Extraordinary Reviews

Capital C Concerts

With less than a week to his one concert in New Zealand the ‘Pianoman’ is mesmerising Aussies with up to 3 hours of his keyboard magic as he delivers a broad programmne of the old and the new. New Plymouth is in for a treat. _____________________________________________
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00003.htm

13: Haiti: Abductions, Killings Of Children Denounced

United Nations

Condemning a recent spate of kidnappings and assassinations carried out against children in Haiti, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for action to bring the perpetrators to justice.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00065.htm

14: Call For Commitment To Action On Climate Change

New Zealand Government

New Zealand wants to see more countries prepared to commit to action on climate change, as a result of United Nations negotiations due to start on Monday in Indonesia, says Climate Change Minister David Parker.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00006.htm

15: Compromising Democracy

NZ Centre For Political Research

The Electoral Finance Bill, which seeks to impose complex restrictions on how people can engage in the democratic process during election year, was reported back from the Justice and Electoral Select Committee last week.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00002.htm

16: One Hundred Dollars Cash Go Global – 60m Hits/mth

onehundreddollarscash

One Hundred Dollars Cash, home of http://www.onehundreddollarscash.co.nz , New Zealand’s Favourite Internet Game, officially announced its launch into Australia, USA and the UK today, having surpassed 60 million New Zealand based hits in a month – and ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0711/S00351.htm

17: Enviroschools awards

Enviroschools Foundation

A growing and solid commitment to the environment by the younger generation is showing in the number of schools across Canterbury receiving their bronze Enviroschools awards in December, say Enviroschools educators.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0712/S00001.htm

18: Shipping Gold

Skip Ink

In just three days since the self-titled album was launched, retailers throughout the country have snapped up an unprecedented amount.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00004.htm

19: What Is Bali Climate Change Conference All About?

UNFCCC

The United Nations Climate Change Conference 2007 in Bali will start on Monday, 3 December and close on Friday, 14 December 2007. The Conference will be presided over by Indonesian Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar, with support from the UN's Climate ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00112.htm

20: OSCE Calls On Russia Not To Abandon Arms Treaty

VOA News

The president of the European security organization OSCE is calling on Russia to reconsider its decision to suspend participation in the treaty limiting military forces in Europe.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00079.htm

21: Turkey Claims Significant Gains In Attack On Kurds

VOA News

Turkey says its military has inflicted significant losses in an attack on Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, and it warns that such attacks across the border may continue
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00121.htm

22: Eyes On Bali For A Breakthrough On Climate Change

UNFCCC

What is needed is a breakthrough in the form of a roadmap for a new international agreement on enhanced global action to fight climate change in the period after 2012, the year the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires. The Bali conference ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00115.htm

23: IHC advocate campaigns for the right to work

IHC

Robert Martin is spending International Day of Disabled Persons representing people with disabilities at an Inclusion International meeting in London.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00003.htm

24: Ban Will Hurt Small Businesses Most

Stay Displays Coalition

More than 50 retailers nationwide have joined together in a coalition to fight Government proposals to ban tobacco displays from retail outlets.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00004.htm

25: Family Party attends EFB protest march

The Family Party

Richard Lewis, leader of The Family Party, joined a procession of over five thousand people in Auckland city today, expressing opposition to Labours Electoral Finance and Appropriations Bills.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00006.htm

26: Rice To Visit Africa For Talks On Great Lakes Area

VOA News

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is headed to Africa next week to discuss regional peace and security. Secretary Rice will arrive in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, for a one-day stop on Wednesday.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00074.htm

27: Briefing: Reconstruction Progress In Salah Ad Din

US State Department

We are here at the State Department this morning and we're going to have a briefing on the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Salah ad Din. And we have with us Steven Buckler of the Provincial -- the Provincial Reconstruction Team Leader; Dave Bailey, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00094.htm

28: Chavez Accuses Colombia Of Sabotage In Talks

VOA News

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has accused Colombia again of sabotaging a humanitarian deal that he was trying to negotiate with Colombian rebels. Mr. Chavez claimed his efforts were advancing until Colombia's president ordered him to stop.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00119.htm

29: Joe Cooper wins Festival of Cycling Classic

Goode PR

Media release 1 December 2007 Subway's Joe Cooper wins Festival of Cycling Harbour Classic Subway Cycling Team's Joe Cooper has won today's Harbour Classic race in the Armstrong Peugeot Festival of Cycling in Christchurch. The two-day festival began ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00002.htm

30: Ethiopia: Two Rights Defenders Still In Detention

Amnesty International

The Federal High Court in Addis Ababa today adjourned to 24 December its delivery of the verdict on two civil society activists, Daniel Bekele and Netsanet Demissie, who face possible life sentences on political charges.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00103.htm

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