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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 8 December 2007



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

1: Meeting With Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
US State Department

Today, I met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and representatives of the Ethiopian government to discuss issues of bilateral importance to both of our nations, with a focus on Ethiopia's relations with Somalia, Sudan and Eritrea.

2: Fanuary Put on Hold


Due to the threat of legal action this promotion has been put on hold until we find a suitable charity that is willing to accept donations. The previous charity has withdrawn their permission to accept our donations.

3: Image: Hurricane Daman Off Fiji - Heading For NZ?

Supercomputer Weather

Sattelite image shows Hurricane Daman off the Fijian island of Vanua Levu and the Yasawa island group. The storm is expected to move Southeast over Vanua Levu this afternoon.

4: Largest US Civil Disobedience Movement Underway

I am of the opinion that there has never been a movement in U.S. history with the number of arrests which have taken place in opposition to the Iraq War. This list of appeals, arrests and legal cases is not all-inclusive. Please send additions, ...

5: New World Record Speed For An Amphibious Vehicle

Sealegs Corporation

Click for big version Auckland, 07 December 2007 : Hitting record breaking speeds of over 100kph, a Sealegs 6.1m rigid inflatable boat today sped to new World Record fastest on water speed for an amphibious vehicle in Sydney harbour, this morning. ...

6: Sec. Rice Briefing En Route Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

US State Department

I'm going to go to Addis, which is of course the headquarters of the AU, because I'm increasingly concerned about several crisis spots in Africa and this is a good opportunity to go to the AU which is deeply involved in all of them.

7: Antioxidant cocktail shows good results

University of Sydney

Prostate cancer trials undertaken at the University of Sydney have provided exciting results with reductions of up to 25 per cent of tumour growth in mouse models.

8: Ethiopia-Eritrea: U.S. Policy On Border Dispute

US State Department

Eritrea and Ethiopia should avoid any actions that might further heighten tension or reignite conflict. The United States urges both governments to cooperate with the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea in this effort.

9: Lyndon Hood: Clark Welcomes Henry Re-Appointment

Lyndon Hood

Prime Minister Helen Clark today enthusiastically welcomed the re-appointment of Graham Henry as All Blacks coach for another term.

10: Karl Rove’s Six Degrees of Obama Separation

Martin LeFevre - Meditations

Meditations (Spirituality) - From Martin LeFevre in California Karl Rove’s Six Degrees of Obama Separation

11: Briefing for the Incoming Minister for Food Safety

New Zealand Government

The attached documents have been prepared and collated as a briefing package on the Food Safety Portfolio. The package includes the following documents: * A structural diagram of the New Zealand Food Safety Authority and a description of each business ...

12: Questions and Answers - 6 December 2007

Office of the Clerk

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH (Deputy Leader—National) to the Minister of Justice Justice : Does she stand by her statement yesterday, in relation to the Electoral Finance Bill, that “I am prepared to listen to the debate on clause 80(d) so that Parliament’s ...

13: Heather Roy's Diary: Capital and Coast

ACT New Zealand

Given the current serious situation at Capital & Coast DHB doctors, nurses and other health professionals at Wellington Hospital must be feeling as though they've been caught in a tornado.

14: largest ever illegal importation of coral to NZ

New Zealand Customs Service

55 year old Charles Yip Mou Lam was convicted in Auckland District Court yesterday for attempting to illegally import 700kg of tropical and sub-tropical coral into New Zealand. The consignment represents New Zealand's biggest single seizure of ...

15: USA & Indonesia: Addressing Climate Change & More

US State Department

The United States is working with Indonesia, whose forests are among the largest and most biologically diverse in the world, to provide technical, scientific and financial assistance to help reduce deforestation, combat illegal logging.

16: TVNZ targets VC Medal Thieves with video plea


TVNZ has coordinated a public plea by a group of high-profile New Zealanders for the return of the VC medals stolen from the Waiouru War Museum.

17: 10 December 2007 - International Human Rights Day

European Union

Human Rights Day represents an invaluable opportunity to reflect on the persistent human rights challenges worldwide and to identify what further steps the European Union can take to promote human rights throughout the world.

18: Burma : Junta Named Worst Housing Rights Violator

Terry Evans

COHRE has issued these awards since 2002. This year, the SPDC of Burma shares the Violator Awards with Slovakia and (jointly) the Beijing Municipality and Beijing Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (BOCOG).

19: Minister calls on Heather Roy to apologise

New Zealand Government

Minister of Health David Cunliffe is calling on Heather Roy to apologise to the clinical staff of Capital and Coast District Health Board.

20: Summary Of Report By Swedish Defence Commission

Government of Sweden

An armed military attack directed at Sweden remains unlikely in the foreseeable future. However, crises or incidents involving military force may also occur in our region

21: Putin Talks With Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas

Government of Russia

Mr Putin and Mr Abbas had a detailed exchange of views on the results of the international meeting on the Middle East and outlook for the peace process in Annapolis (USA).

22: Bank Of The South & Latin American Integration

Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Since coming to power in 1999, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez may have been seen as a controversial figure, universally known for his confrontational stance regarding U.S. foreign policy aims.

23: Uzbekistan & Torture Vs. UN Recommendations

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is urging the government of Uzbekistan to take effective action to implement in practice the recommendations of the United Nations (UN) Committee against Torture (CAT), which published its concluding observations and recommendations ...

24: President Bush Lights U.S. National Christmas Tree

VOA News

The president and Mrs. Bush took part in the lighting of America's National Christmas Tree. Carolers from Washington's National Cathedral and the St. Alban's Christmas Choir opened the annual tree lighting ceremony.

25: Prime Minister Opens SKYCITY's Latest Attraction


Prime Minister Helen Clark officially opened SkyWalk, SKYCITY’s latest adrenaline pumping attraction, at a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier today.

26: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 5 December 2007

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27: Burns Creek Area Receives Love Gifts From Taiwan

Solomon Islands Government

The Burns Creek Community in the eastern outskirts of Honiara yesterday received a 'donation of love gifts' from the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Taiwanese Technical Mission (TTM) in Honiara.

28: Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey

Literacy Aotearoa

Literacy Aotearoa welcomes the release of the Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey. In particular we note the improvement in the Document Literacy results for adults in the survey results. The results show that there has been a reduction in ...

29: New evidence reveals Peter Ellis inquiry a sham spokesman Richard Christie reports that new research into the Peter Ellis case casts doubt on the safety of Ellis' convictions. The research reveals that Sir Thomas Eichelbaum's Inquiry was carried out in a manner designed to bury ...

30: Dyslexia resource helps parents

New Zealand Government

A new publication will help parents identify and address the needs of students with dyslexia, Minister of Education Chris Carter says. The Ministry of Education has just released a pamphlet – Dyslexia - Breaking Down the Barriers – as part of ...


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