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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 11 December 2007

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

1: Bill Berkowitz: Wolfowitz on the rebound

Bill Berkowitz

Despite being forced to resign in disgrace as president of the World Bank and helping lead America into the biggest foreign policy disaster in history, Wolfie is still useful to the Bush administration
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00120.htm

2: Hospital Crutches Shortage Reaching Crisis Point

Southland District Health Board

Hospital staff are becoming increasingly concerned about the dwindling pool of crutches available for people with broken bones and sprains, saying the hospital is nearing a crisis point in the lead up to Christmas.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0712/S00033.htm

3: Politicians should heed gambling survey

Problem Gambling Foundation

New research commissioned by the Health Sponsorship Council provides hard evidence of the harm being done by gambling says the Problem Gambling Foundation.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00107.htm

4: Burma's Military Junta Bans 19 Writers, Performers

IFEX

The Burmese regime has banned the work of 19 artists and writers, and some writers and poets are hiding from authorities because they are being pursued for taking part in the September 2007 uprising.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00668.htm

5: 2007 TransTasman Roll Call - how our MPs performed

Trans Tasman

Another year is drawing to and end it’s time to take a long hard look at just how well our Members of Parliament have done during the past 12 months. Attached with this email is the 2007 TransTasman Roll Call, which measures how our MPs performed ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00138.htm

6: Burma's "Saffron Revolution" Is Not Over -- ITUC

ITUC

The underlying analysis is that the violent repression, particularly the targeting by the military of peacefully-demonstrating monks, has deeply antagonised Burma's society, at the same time as it has created new resistance dynamics.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00660.htm

7: Helen Clark Speech - Defence Issues for NZ

New Zealand Government

Rt Hon Helen Clark Prime Minister Closing speech to NZDF Command No 48 Staff Course On Defence Issues for New Zealand
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00204.htm

8: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 11 Dec 07

Office of the Clerk

1. RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received regarding the number of New Zealanders receiving an unemployment benefit?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00211.htm

9: Megane F1 R26 - The Hottest Megane Yet

Motocorp Distributors

Built by Renault's 'Renaultsport' division at Dieppe in north western France, the Megane R26 was engineered to celebrate the French company's victory in the 2006 Formula One world motor racing championship.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00187.htm

10: Creating New Diseases not Cheap for Pharma

Martha Rosenberg

Most people blame Big Pharma and the docs in its pocket for elevating everyday anxiety to depression, depression to bipolar disease and childhood behavior problems to major psychiatric diseases.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00149.htm

11: Sudan, Eritrea Accused Of Deporting Refugees

VOA News

An Eritrean human rights group is accusing the governments of Sudan and Eritrea of working together to round up and deport Eritreans who have sought refuge from Eritrea's authoritarian government.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00674.htm

12: Bravo! The Fiat 500 Is The Most Beautiful!

Fiat

Praised for its cute, and even sexy, good looks, the new Fiat 500 is now also officially beautiful, indeed, the most beautiful because it has not only won the small/city car award in the “Auto più Bella del Mondo 2008” search for the most beautiful ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00191.htm

13: Unemployment numbers at 28 year low

New Zealand Government

The number of New Zealanders receiving an unemployment benefit is at a 28 year low, Social Development and Employment Minister Ruth Dyson said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00199.htm

14: High Praise for Operation Austin Team

New Zealand Police

Police have welcomed the Independent Police Conduct Authority's report into Operation Austin. In a review released today, the authority praised Operation Austin, saying it was an exceptional, major criminal investigation and that it reached a high standard ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00124.htm

15: Uganda: Ebola Virus Outbreak Death Toll Up To 28

IRIN News

The death toll in the Ebola outbreak in western Uganda has risen to 28 out of 112 people infected with the deadly virus, with a sense of panic spreading among the population, officials said.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00692.htm

16: Cunliffe reiterates his call for Roy to apologise

New Zealand Government

Minister of Health David Cunliffe has today reiterated his call for Heather Roy to either provide information to support the allegation she made in Parliament last week or apologise to the staff at Capital and Coast DHB.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00217.htm

17: Fiat Collects Another Car Of The Year Award!

Fiat

Hard on the heels of taking the European Car of the Year 2008 for the new Fiat 500 and the Latin American Car of the Year Award, “Carro do Ano 2008”, for the Fiat Punto, Fiat has picked up the “AUTOBEST 2008” award for the Fiat Linea, the saloon ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00179.htm

18: Minismising Risks Of Online Social Networking

Unisys

New Zealanders need to act on new research which shows most feel uncomfortable posting personal information online
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00122.htm

19: Hyundai Receives 'Technology Of The Year’ Award

Hyundai

At the recent AMI New Zealand Autocar 2008 Car of the Year awards, Hyundai New Zealand was awarded the Technology of the Year award.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00192.htm

20: Celebrating 21 Years of New Zealand Cuisine

Cuisine Magazine

From coffee plungers to espresso machines, venison to cervena, Müller Thurgau to Sauvignon Blanc – New Zealand’s culinary culture has come a long way in 21 years. Cuisine has been there every step of the way.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00123.htm

21: PM warns on power of first-world consumers

Business Council for Sustainable Development

Prime Minister Helen Clark put heavy emphasis on the power of first world consumers to determine our future when she spoke to 60 Business Council executives and their guests on December 7. "The power of consumers to drive demand for sustainable ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00193.htm

22: Ebola Outbreak Appears To Be Contained In Uganda

VOA News

Health officials in Uganda say laboratory tests have shown that an outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease in the western part of the country has not spread to the east, as officials had feared.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00689.htm

23: Mike Huckabee: Surging & Scrutizized

Bill Berkowitz

Although several of the leading Republican Party presidential candidates have won endorsements from Religious Right leaders and organizations, no one has brought more Christian conservative leaders into their camp than former Arkansas governor Mike ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00147.htm

24: Charges Against Sri Lanka Honey Collectors Dropped

Survival International

The four men were collecting honey for presentation at the Tooth Temple in the town of Kandy during Sri Lanka's annual Esala Perahera - the country's major Buddhist festival.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00643.htm

25: Sec. Rice At The Women's Foreign Policy Luncheon

US State Department

The international system today is experiencing a degree of transformation that defies precedent: The rise of China and India, the growth of truly global labor and capital markets, the spread of technology, massive new migrations of people.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00704.htm

26: Launch Of Sustainable Transport

New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Annette King has launched Sustainable Transport, a draft Update of the New Zealand Transport Strategy that outlines a vision for a sustainable transport future.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00201.htm

27: Children’s Ward Closed Temporarily due to MRSA

Southland District Health Board

The children’s ward has been temporarily closed at Southland Hospital to enable a thorough disinfection process, following the identification of a MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) positive patient and staff, said Leanne Samuel, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0712/S00041.htm

28: Uri Avnery: How They Stole The Bomb From Us

Uri Avnery

The earth shook. Our political and military leaders were all in shock. The headlines screamed with rage.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00133.htm

29: Navy retention figures make for grim reading

New Zealand National Party

Labour’s promise to fix personnel problems in the Navy are proving empty, says National’s Defence spokesman, Wayne Mapp. Dr Mapp is commenting on fresh reports that the Navy faces the likelihood that one of its two frigates will not be put to ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00214.htm

30: Retail giant joins Buy NZ Made campaign

Business NZ

Retail giant Foodstuffs has thrown its weight behind the Buy NZ Made campaign, signing up its Four Square, PAK’nSAVE and New World supermarkets to use the iconic kiwi-in-the-triangle logo.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00188.htm

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