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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 16 December 2007

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

1: Statement: Religious Leaders On Peace In S. Lanka

National Peace Council of Sri Lanka

Religious leaders from Sri Lanka and six other countries (Cambodia, Japan, Norway, Pakistan, South Africa and the United States) met in Jaffna for an Inter Religious Summit on Peace in Sri Lanka on December 12-13, 2007.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00897.htm

2: Protesting Workers Threatened With Trespass

National Distribution Union

Bunnings workers have been threatened with trespass if they protest over a 0% wage increase while the company's top boss got 61%, says the National Distribution Union.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00272.htm

3: Kiwi Men At Greatest Risk Of Skin Cancer

Skin Institute

New Zealand men are ignoring sun safety messages and are at greatest risk of skin cancer with more than one in four (27%) saying they rarely or never use a sunscreen.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0712/S00068.htm

4: National’s chilling effect on free speech

Green Party

National’s misleading statements about the impact of the Electoral Finance Bill may have a chilling impact on free speech says the Green Party, and National should stop acting irresponsibly.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00356.htm

5: Pay Isn’t The Key To Keeping Kiwi Workers

Lassoo

Pay Isn’t The Key To Keeping Kiwi Workers – It’s Work-Life Balance And Career Development
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00281.htm

6: Geopolitical: Sulfurous Fumes Detected Over Guyana

Council On Hemispheric Affairs

A high-level security conference between the U.S. and Guyana was kicked off on Tuesday December 11, just after the recent revival of a long simmering territorial dispute between Guyana and the Bush Administration's arch nemesis, Venezuela. The conference ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00884.htm

7: UNHCR Issues ATM Cards To Assist Iraqi Refugees

United Nations

In response to recent studies showing that Iraqi refugees living in neighbouring countries are running out of money, the UN refugee agency is set to issue ATM cards to 7,000 of the most needy and vulnerable families living in Syria.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00855.htm

8: Auckland Receives Human Rights Torch Today

CIPFG

Auckland City — SUNDAY 16 DECEMBER. The Global Human Rights Torch Relay lit its first flame in Athens Greece on August 9 2007. It is now travelling through over 150 cities in 35 countries across Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia. The ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00200.htm

9: Record Growth Continues for Torpedo7.com

Torpedo7

Processing 160 credit card transactions per minute has helped make online retailer Torpedo7.com one of the 50 fastest growing technology businesses in the Asia Pacific region this year – after only three years of operation.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00279.htm

10: Merida Initiative: A New Direction For US-Mexico?

Council on Hemispheric Affairs

A redirection in policy could lead to a potentially problematic future, with dire results produced by U.S. drug policy and featuring Washington's politicalization of the issue and inventing facts where none exist.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00881.htm

11: Software available for fast growing NZ companies

Mavim

Many of this country’s fast-growing organisations breathed a collective sigh of relief with the arrival to New Zealand of Mavim, a world-leading software company specialising in process mapping and document management. The company has 250,000 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00277.htm

12: Kiwis Using The Internet To Find What Ails Them

Southern Cross Healthcare

Computer savvy New Zealanders are consulting the internet before visiting their own GP and using web based-research to challenge medical opinions, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the Southern Cross Medical Care Society.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0712/S00069.htm

13: Containment Of Jamaican Gangs Is Not A Solution

Council on Hemispheric Affairs

The proliferation of gang warfare is a growing cancer on the island, which, combined with corruption, political violence and common crime, creates a deadly pathological social cocktail that inevitably will prevent the nation from achieving its rightful ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00887.htm

14: Why I Opposed Council Funding for the AUT Campus

Cr Michael Williams

Manukau City Council proposes to purchase land in Great South Road for an AUT campus. I was one of only two councillors (Quax and Williams) who opposed proceeding to consultation. My reasons for voting against were as follows:
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0712/S00182.htm

15: US State Dept Daily Press Briefing: 12 Dec 2007

US State Department

Lebanon: U.S. Condemns Assassination of General Francois al-Hajj / Bombing Is Vicious and Cowardly Attack Against Constitutional Institutions / Syria Denounced Assassination / Any Talk Against Violence is Positive. Mexico: Discussions with Mexico.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00878.htm

16: Media Statement From Subway Developments

Subway

The Kelston Subway store reported to be paying its workers less than the minimum training wage has acknowledged they have received a letter from the Department of Labour yesterday regarding a complaint made by a former employee. Store owner, Mr ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00278.htm

17: Security Measures Alone Cannot Protect Civilians

National Peace Council of Sri Lanka

A pattern of attacks on the civilian population appears to have taken hold with with the latest claymore mine attack on a public bus in Kebettigollewa in the Anuradhapura district, where a similar claymore mine attack took the lives of more than 60 people.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00896.htm

18: Wanted: The Rediscovery of America

Solo New Zealand

This weekend marks the anniversaries of two astonishing milestones in American (and world) history—milestones that tragically, are likely to go unremarked.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00199.htm

19: EU Welcomes Agreement On A Global Climate Regime

European Union

The European Union welcomes the agreement reached at the UN climate change conference in Bali to start formal negotiations on a climate regime for the post-2012 period and on a 'Bali Roadmap' that sets out an agenda for these negotiations.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00893.htm

20: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 15 December 2007

Scoop Daily Ratings

Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00207.htm

21: Booze Bus Operation: They're just not learning

New Zealand Police

171 Canterbury people will be appearing in court over the next month charged with drink driving offences.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0712/S00181.htm

22: Labour Ministers at odds over tertiary education

New Zealand National Party

The obvious weakness of Labour’s tertiary education policy is illustrated by one Cabinet Minister now advocating that provincial polytechnics should be able to offer courses outside their region – a position totally at odds with that of the Minister, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00357.htm

23: "We will fight for them on the beaches" - Greens

Green Party

New Zealanders are being urged to pick up arms - buckets and spades and head for the beaches this summer in the fight against Japanese whaling.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00354.htm

24: Charter For Change Not Dividing Fiji -- Acting PM

Fiji Government

There is growing interest in the country and also discussion on the Interim Government's initiative to develop a People's Charter as the way forward for Fiji, to rebuild Fiji into a nation in which all races live in peace and harmony, progress together.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00892.htm

25: Workers Protest At Port Of Napier

Maritime Union of New Zealand

Over 100 workers have gathered outside the gates of the Port of Napier today to protest the loss of secure jobs this morning from 6am.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00276.htm

26: Police Pursuit At Taharoa Beach

New Zealand Police

At approximately 1.30am on Saturday the 15th of December 2007 the Otorohanga and Te Kuiti Police attended a report of a large altercation that escalated into multiple people fighting at a Tavern in Waitomo.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0712/S00180.htm

27: Young Nats Secure IYDU Conference 2008

New Zealand National Party

Young Nats Secure IYDU Conference 2008 The Young Nationals today announced they have been successful in a bid to hold the 2008 International Young Democrat Union (“IYDU”) Conference in Wellington. The IYDU is a global alliance of 80 centre right political ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00198.htm

28: Bali Outcomes Trample Indigenous Peoples Rights

Global Forest Coalition

As the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change ends, Global Forest Coalition expresses great concern that market-based mechanisms promoted here do not give enough guarantees to indigenous peoples and forest dependent peoples to ensure their rights.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00891.htm

29: USP Journalism Wins Ossie 'Best News Story' Award

University Of The South Pacific

Journalism students at The University of the South Pacific (USP) won this year's Ossie Award for best news report (print section) in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00898.htm

30: Port of Napier management "feeling the heat"

Maritime Union of New Zealand

The Maritime Union says Port of Napier management are feeling the heat after workers were threatened by trespass notices this morning.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00280.htm

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