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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 20 December 2007



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

1: Vladimir Putin Interview With Time Magazine

Government of Russia

It is true that during humanity's two major tragic conflicts, the first and second World Wars, Russia and the United States were allies. So there is something that objectively leads us to come together in difficult times.

2: Part II - Internet Thought Control Bill Under Fire

Michael Collins

On Monday, Dec. 17, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security posted this document in response to the many criticisms of House Resolution 1955, The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007. Part 1 of this series examined the ...

3: Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Off East Coast N.Z

The Scoop Editor

6.8 Earthquake Off East Coast Of The North Island, N.Z, Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 08:55:17 PM at epicenter. Location 38.729°S, 178.362°E / Depth 33 km / Region: Off East Coast Of The North Island, N.Z. Distances 31 km from Gisborne, NZ.

4: The worst behaved MPs list 2007

United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne has released the annual list of the worst behaved MPs in the debating chamber for 2007.

5: TV ads encouraging youth gambling over Christmas

Problem Gambling Foundation

Advertisements for a poker website on TV 3 are the subject of a complaint to the Department of Internal Affairs.

6: Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake - Aleutian Is., Alaska

US Geological Survey

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake occurred 35 km (25 miles) NW of Amatignak Island, Alaska, 80 km (50 miles) SE of Semisopochnoi Island, Alaska, 2100 km (1300 miles) WSW of Anchorage, Alaska, 2925 km (1820 miles) W of JUNEAU, Alaska at 2:30 AM MST, Dec 19, ...

7: The Coromandel Blues And Roots Music Festival 2008


As sister events to the East Coast International Blues And Roots Music Festival (Byron Bay Bluesfest) there are now three Australian festivals that are more than proud to host artists and the ethos associated with one of Australia’s premier international ...

8: Business through Transtasman science collaboration

Crop and Food Research

New Zealand and Australian scientists say they’re delighted with the amount of business likely to be generated out of the AUSGRAINZ collaboration between CSIRO Plant Industry and Crop & Food Research.

9: Ministry for the Environment statement: Hugh Logan

Ministry for the Environment

Hugh Logan today announced his resignation as Chief Executive of the Ministry for the Environment. He will leave the job on the 1st of February.

10: Trevor Mallard: Comment on resignation

New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Trevor Mallard made the following comment today on the resignation of Hugh Logan:

11: Banks Stand on Eden Park Funding Vindicated

Syed Akbar Kamal

Mayor John Banks of Auckland City Council confirmed in an interview to ‘Darpan-The Mirror’ his council will commit $22 million for the upgrade of Eden Park precincts for 2011 Rugby World Cup after the government pitched in with a grant of $190 million.

12: SSC: The resignation of chief executive of MFE

State Services Commission

The State Services Commissioner, Mark Prebble, today announced that he has accepted the resignation of Hugh Logan as Chief Executive of the Ministry for the Environment.

13: Michael Collins: Thought Control on the Internet

Michael Collins

The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a 404 to 6 vote on Oct. 23. Not since the Iraq War Resolution have Democrats and Republicans found such a unifying cause. We're ...

14: Scoop Video: SSC Claire Curran Inquiry Presser

The Scoop Team

Scoop Audio + Photos + Video : Press Conferences To Accompany Release Of Hugh Rennie QC Inquiry Report Into The Claire Curran Employmennt Affair - Wednesday, 14 November 2007 Scoop Team Coverage

15: Bird Flu: Indonesian Man Dies Of H5N1 Infection

United Nations

A 47-year-old man from Indonesia's Banten province on the western tip of the island of Java has become the latest human fatality from avian influenza, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has reported.

16: Curran inquiry findings 'incomprehensible'

New Zealand National Party

National Party State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee says an inquiry into the employment of Labour Party activist Clare Curran at the Environment Ministry is incomprehensible on a scale that Sir Humphrey Appleby would be proud of.

17: Food Safety Regulation takes a Significant Hit

Sustainability Council of New Zealand

The credibility of New Zealand’s food safety regulation has taken a significant hit today with the approval of GM lysine corn as a human food.

18: Hugh Logan falls on sword ahead of report

New Zealand National Party

National Party State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee says Environment Ministry boss Hugh Logan has paid the ultimate price for doing what he was asked and providing a dirt file on Erin Leigh to Minister Trevor Mallard.

19: IRL Partnership for Innovative Superconductor Tech

General Cable

Christchurch-based General Cable has partnered with New Zealand’s Industrial Research Ltd (IRL) to develop and commercialise a revolutionary high-temperature superconducting wire (HTS) for use as a component in AC power transformers, DC generators and large ...

20: Top Scoop Stories - 20 December 2007 News Summary

The Scoop Editor

Logan Exits MFE / TVNZ & Maori Programming / Banks & Eden Park Funding / Fish Thieves / Wilson Vs. Parliamentary Rugby / Starship & Auction Dollars / New Plymouth & Power Station /Superconductor Technology/ TIME's Person Of The Year: Vladimir Putin.

21: PSA Sad To See Logan's Destinguished Career End

Public Service Association

The PSA is sad to see Hugh Logan's public service career end in resignation.

22: Housing Affordability – The Shift To Reality

Hugh Pavletich

Housing Affordability – The Shift From Fantasy To Reality – Hugh Pavletich The UK Financial Times article Painful Adjustments Ahead for Banking System by John Plender should be read closely, to gain a sense of the magnitude of the unwinding currently ...

23: NZ Muslims Celebrate Eid-Ul-Adha

Syed Akbar Kamal

Hundreds & thousands of Muslims flocked to “Eidgah’s” (place accommodating large congregation) and the local mosques across New Zealand to celebrate Eid-Ul-Adha, the celebration of sacrifice.

24: Goodyear and NASA heading for Mars


Goodyear is developing a non-pneumatic tyre for use on the NASA Chariot, a manned vehicle designed for lunar and Martian exploration. The innovative 'run-flat' technology is being evolved from Goodyear's original design for the Lunar Roving Vehicle tyres ...

25: Fantastic Result from Air NZ Charity Auction

Air New Zealand

More than $420,000 was raised for three childrens’ charities by this year’s Air New Zealand Kids @ Christmas Charity Auction. This is $150,000 more than was raised by the same auction last year.

26: US State Dept Daily Press Briefing: 18 Dec 2007

US State Department

Iraq/Turkey: Rice, Zebari Press Conference / Common Threat from PKK Terrorism / Efforts to Ensure No Undue Impact on Civilians / Rice Meeting in Iraq Today with President Talibani, FM Zebari, PM Maliki / US Efforts to Help Turkish, Iraqi Govts.

27: Subaru’s Five Star Safety Leadership


Subaru has become the first automotive company in New Zealand to achieve maximum independent safety ratings for its entire range of local specification vehicles.

28: High lysine corn gazetted

New Zealand Food Safety Authority

High lysine corn is being gazetted today at 1pm. This corn is used as an animal feed, but it has had its safety assessed as if for human consumption. Food containing this GM variety can now be imported and sold in New Zealand, although such products would ...

29: Paihia: serious assault early this morning

New Zealand Police

Northland District Headquarters Walton Plaza, Whangärei Thursday December 20, 2007. Paihia: serious assault early this morning

30: Thousands Of Truck Movements Off Waikato Roads

Toll Rail

Thousands of truck movements are to be removed from the Waikato and Bay of Plenty roads each year as a result of exports of lime from Otorohanga being transferred from road on to rail.


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