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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 4 December 2007

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1: Pentagon Poised To Resume Open Air Weapons Testing

Sherwood Ross

The Pentagon has denied President Bush issued a directive for it to resume open-air testing of chemical and biological warfare(CBW) agents that were halted by President Richard Nixon in 1969. Yet, the Pentagon's stated preparations make it appear it ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00060.htm

2: Chinese Officials: Man Dies Of H5N1 Bird Flu Virus

Wikinews.org

The man, only being identified as 24-year-old Lu, is from the Jiangsu Province of eastern China and was admitted to the hospital after having severe flu-like symptoms. Lu was originally diagnosed with pneumonia.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00151.htm

3: Michael Collins: Mike Huckabee - Minister of Death

Michael Collins

Mike Huckabee is the "surging" candidate to watch in the Republican presidential primaries, at least for the moment. The former Arkansas governor is an ordained Southern Baptist minister and a believer in the " inerrancy " doctrine of Biblical scripture. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00059.htm

4: Burma: Junta Charges Monks' Leader With Treason

Terry Evans

The leader of the All-Burma Monks Alliance (ABMA) has been arrested and charged with treason for his role in the September pro-democracy demonstrations. Treason is a capital crime in Burma. If convicted and executed, 27 year-old U Gambira would be ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00010.htm

5: Business Roundtable member behind attack on reform

Green Party

A member of the Business Roundtable is behind the marches against campaign finance reform says the Green Party. The man paying an organiser to run the marches against the Electoral Finance Bill, John Boscawen, is a member of the Business Roundtable, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00057.htm

6: Key’s DVD locked over ‘clocks’ issue

Syed Akbar Kamal

A scheduled gathering of the media in Auckland this afternoon to meet National Party leader John Key to view his DVD ‘Ambitious for New Zealand’ has been cancelled reportedly owing to copyright concerns.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00039.htm

7: EU Bird Flu Measures For Poland, Romania, UK

European Union

Following recent outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Poland and Romania, the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health today voted in favour of a Decision setting out the eradication and control measures for both Member States.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00177.htm

8: Lyndon Hood: Electoral Spam Act

Lyndon Hood

Having been away for a while, Scoop's satirist felt it appropriate to clear out his email. Why don't we join him?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00052.htm

9: Nicholas Burns Press Conference At OSCE Meeting

US State Department

We need an organization that represents the values of Europe and North America, that stands up for democracy, for human rights, for free elections, for the monitoring of free elections on an objective, fair, and truthful basis, that would stand for ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00228.htm

10: Telstra and Microsoft bomb in tech survey

PC Authority

SYDNEY AUSTRALIA, 4th December, 2007 - Haymarket Media’s PC Authority magazine is set to publish the results of the biggest ever tech survey undertaken in Australia.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00059.htm

11: Children Of The Poor: Nothing Matters More

Anne Else

So Don Brash has repeated himself, and another married mother has turned into a sole parent - though I doubt that Je Lan will be off to Work and Income any time soon. I’ve been thinking about sole parents because, in a roundabout way, they featured ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00014.htm

12: Nations Examine Bird Flu Preparedness At Meeting

US Information Service

Two days before the December 4-6 New Delhi International Ministerial Conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza convened in India's northern capital, journalists from India and Afghanistan gathered at a two-day workshop to learn how to cover the highly ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00242.htm

13: Tribute to outstanding public servant

New Zealand Government

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00031.htm

14: IMNZ Independent Album Chart - December 2007

Independent Music New Zealand

IMNZ Independent Album Chart Rank Artist Title Label/Distributor 1 Kora Kora Border 2 Tiki Past, Present, Future Rhythmethod 3 Shapeshifter Shapeshifter Live Truetone/Rhythmethod 4 Hollie Smith Long Player Soundsmith 5 Die! Die! Die! Promises Promises Tardus 6 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00032.htm

15: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 4 December 07

Office of the Clerk

1. R DOUG WOOLERTON to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he stand by the statement made on his behalf, with respect to the future capital structure of Fonterra, that the Government’s primary concern includes ensuring that New Zealand retains majority ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00030.htm

16: Barclays Offer For ABN AMRO Initially Suppressed

CAFCA

An almost $1 billion approval has been given whose details were initially almost completely suppressed. After CAFCA appealed to the OIO, it was fully released (on 1 December 2007). Barclays Bank PLC of the UK, has approval to “indirectly acquire” ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00024.htm

17: Tragedy Highlights Dangers In Maternity Services

ACT New Zealand

The death of a newborn baby girl just hours after she and her mother were discharged early from Wellington Hospital is a terrible calamity - one which highlights the very real dangers that have arisen from the crisis currently faced by maternity services ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00032.htm

18: Scoop Video: PM's Press. Conf. 3 December 2007

Scoop Video

Video on Demand of the Prime Minister, Helen Clark's post Cabinet press conference for Parliamentary press gallery journalists held this afternoon in the Beehive. The cabinet readout was followed by numerous questions about stolen Victoria Cross medals, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00044.htm

19: National continues fight against KiwiSavers

New Zealand Government

The National Party’s vote against legislation today to enable KiwiSaver makes it clear they intend to go into the next election with a promise to make it harder for New Zealanders to save for their retirement, Finance Minister Michael Cullen said.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00062.htm

20: My Chemical Romance with MAXX

ARTA

On Thursday 6 December, rock fans heading to the My Chemical Romance concert can hop on a MAXX bus, train or ferry to Vector Arena, which is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from Britomart Transport Centre and the Downtown Ferry Terminal.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0712/S00022.htm

21: PISA: Impressive result for NZ science teachers

PPTA

The latest international survey results show New Zealand students are getting excellent value out of their secondary science teachers, PPTA president Robin Duff says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00064.htm

22: Meet the Dr. Mengele of Whales

Capt. Paul Watson

Meet Luis Pastene, the Dr. Mengele of the Cetacean world. This Chilean-born biostitute for hire is employed by the Japanese Cetacean Research Institute (CRI) and his job is to mutilate whales to finger, probe and gawk at their blubber, livers, ear-plugs, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00030.htm

23: Year-End Zeitgeist Highlights Hot Searches in 2007

Google

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 4 December 2007 – With the end of the year in sight, it's time to reflect on what made 2007 special. Today we're releasing our first ever annual Zeitgeist for New Zealand - the fastest rising and highest volume search terms ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00043.htm

24: New Zealand one of the world’s simplest tax system

New Zealand Government

News that the World Bank has ranked New Zealand ninth out of 178 nations in a new report on the easiest places for businesses to pay taxes has been welcomed by Finance Minister Michael Cullen and Revenue Minister Peter Dunne today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00063.htm

25: Bush Continues to Obstruct Justice on Plame Outing

BuzzFlash.Com

White House Obstructs Justice on Outing of CIA Operative Plame By Not Allowing Fitzgerald to Provide Evidence to Congress
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00058.htm

26: Endangered Pelts Go Up In Smoke In Kashmir

IFAW

Indian wildlife authorities today torched a huge pile of banned wildlife furs and skins in Kashmir as part of the government's effort to stop an illegal trade that threatens to wipe out many of India's most endangered species.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00207.htm

27: House pays tribute to Chief Ombudsman

Office of the Speaker

Members of the House of Representatives today stood and observed a period of silence as a market of respect for the Chief Ombudsman, John Belgrave DCNZM, who died last night.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00058.htm

28: GM Watch Monthly Review No. 51

GM Watch

We hope you enjoy our latest global roundup of news on the GM front. Please forward it to all your friends and colleagues who may be interested, and tell all your non-English speaking friends that many of our past Monthly Reviews are available in Portuguese, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0712/S00009.htm

29: Why Fondness for Taslima?

Tanveer Jafri

T aslima Nasreen, a 45 years old Muslim lady writer, who is originally from Bangladesh, has become a common talk in India, these days. Political parties, literates, writers & journalists, all are facing Taslima Nasreen in their own different ways & ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00054.htm

30: Electoral Finance Bill concerns taken on board

New Zealand Government

The Select Committee and the Government have listened to concerns about the Electoral Finance Bill and have made a number of changes, Justice Minister Annette King said when tabling a Supplementary Order Paper to the Bill today
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00043.htm

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