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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 24 December 2007



Christmas Eve's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: 10 Most Underreported Humanitarian Stories Of 2007

Medicines Sans Frontiers

In 2007, MSF increased its presence in Mogadishu in different locations and opened an emergency response program in Afgooye, just outside the capital, where an estimated 200,000 internally displaced persons sought refuge, living in extremely harsh conditions.

2: Fatal Glider Crash Of Herbert Weiss From Germany

FAI World GP Gliding Championship

Mr Weiss had been gliding since 1969 and was twice German national champion. He had clocked up more than 8,600 flying hours and was also a district training officer and examiner of the Ohringen Aviation Group.

3: Top Scoop Stories - 24 December 2007 News Summary

The Scoop Editor

Treaty Settlement: Ngatikahu Ki Whangaroa Agreement / DOC Vs. Arapawa Goats / Decoy Cops / GM Foods: Government & Monsanto / Reducing Your Carbon Footprint / Fatal Shooting Of Stephen Bellingham / UK Airport Strike / Rank Group Buys Alcoa Packaging.

4: UK Airport Strike Will Effect Traveling Kiwis

House of Travel

Kiwi travel company House of Travel warned customers earlier of the likelihood of strike action over the Christmas and New Year holiday period in the United Kingdom and Europe.

5: Ngatikahu Ki Whangaroa Agreement Signed

New Zealand Government

The Crown and Kahukuraariki Trust Board have signed an Agreement in Principle to settle the historical Treaty of Waitangi claims of Ngatikahu ki Whangaroa, Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Michael Cullen announced.

6: DOC To Wipe Out Historic Arapawa Goat Population

New Zealand Deerstalkers Association

The Arapawa Island goats are a recognised unique breed, almost certainly released there by Captain James Cook on 2 June 1773 - see attached info from Cook's Diaries. Only a few are left now.

7: Santa checks UNFCC list & finds NZ's been naughty


Today at his workshop near the North Pole, Santa Claus announced that he is planning to leave his home of many years because of the impact of climate change.

8: Singapore & India Revise CECA Tariff Concessions

Government of Singapore

Singapore and India have signed the Protocol to amend the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) to further liberalise the tariff concessions for Singapore's exports to India under CECA.

9: Alternatives To Damming Public's Rivers Needed

NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers

Alternatives To Damming Public's Rivers Needed by Ian Rodger, President NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers New Zealand needs urgently to find alternatives to corporate power companies damming public rivers.

10: Why should Australians fear from Muslims?

Syed Atiq ul Hassan

About 800 people gathered in Camden, NSW ( the suburb located in the outskirts of Sydney's West ) and raised their voice against the plan for an Islamic School to be built in the area. Their demonstration followed by a forum organized by Christina ...

11: Indonesia: Teaching Kids About H5N1 Bird Flu Virus


"Learning about current issues is an important part of a child's education, and bird flu is a very important one, especially here in Indonesia," said UNICEF East Java Field Office Chief Sinung Kristanto.

12: Pay Or Stay This Christmas

New Zealand Government

Travellers who are planning on heading overseas this Christmas should make sure they have sorted any unpaid fines before they head to the airport, Courts Minister, Rick Barker said today.

13: 2007 Review: A Year Of Accomplishment For USA

The White House

The American people are benefiting from the effective leadership by the President and his Administration in 2007. Overseas, the new strategy in Iraq is working. At home, the President held the line.

14: Burma: Euro 18 Million Humanitarian Relief Funding

European Union

The funds will be managed by the Commission's Humanitarian Aid department under the responsibility of Commissioner Louis Michel, and will be channelled through operational partners: European NGOs, UN agencies and the Red Cross.

15: Six Months Of Top Stories: Summaries Of Scoop News

The Scoop Editor

Special Edition: Six Months Of Top Scoop Stories, 25 Jun 2007 - 14 Dec 2007 News Summary. A news junkies delight, ranging from "Peters Bringing Reserve Bank Act Rewrite to Parliament" to "Housing Vs. Treaty / Wellington Claim / Bali & Climate".

16: Excerpts: Putin At Russian State Council Meeting

Government of Russia

"Macroeconomic issues continue to be of great importance today. If we trigger a rise in inflation then all of our efforts will have been in vain. Responsibility towards our citizens requires us to carry on an honest dialogue with the public."

17: Scoop Full Coverage: Gisborne Earthquake

Scoop Full Coverage

Gisborne CBD has been cordoned off by police to allow structural engineers to begin an examination of affected buildings following last night’s earthquake. Police report that 2 buildings have collapsed in the CBD. Subsequent reports are of serious ...

18: Labour Just Keeps Hiring More Decoy Cops

New Zealand National Party

The Labour Government continues to allow the police to employ more and more 'decoy cops', despite the chance that these relatively untrained personnel could be placed in dangerous situations, says National's Police spokesman, Chester Borrows.

19: Uri Avnery: Help! A Cease Fire!

Uri Avnery

FORGET THE Qassams. Forget the mortar shells. They are nothing compared with what Hamas launched at us this week: The chief of the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniyeh, has approached an Israeli newspaper and proposed a cease-fire.

20: Back in Washington, meetings galore

M. R. Josse

IAfter a two-night break in warm Tampa, a most welcome respite from New York's cold embrace, this weary traveler turned around, and took off, a la an ageing James Bond, for Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC, the "nation's capital" ...

21: Rank Group: $2.7 Billion For Alcoa's Packaging Biz


Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is advising New Zealand's Rank Group Limited in connection with its agreement to purchase Alcoa's packaging and consumer businesses to for $2.7 billion in cash.

22: Government Caves In To Monsanto, Say Greens

Green Party

The Government has failed New Zealanders by approving a potentially hazardous GM food ingredient, setting a dangerous precedent that will let other untested animals feed products enter the country's food chain.

23: Response To 'How Not To Handle Nuclear Security'

Project Humanbeingsfirst

The 'hectoring hegemons' will not give up their "primacy imperatives" borne from their full spectrum supremacy of "air, sea, land, space, and cyberspace". And why should they? It gives them the much coveted "hegemony" over the 'have-nots'.

24: Daily Voting News For December 23, 2007

John Gideon

Colorado Secretary of State Coffman continues to step as far away from state law as he possibly can. Rather than protect the voters it seems that Coffman wants to do everything possible to cut corners and ignore the facts in order for counties ...

25: Martin LeFevre: Two Empires Down, One to Go

Martin LeFevre - Meditations

After being booed and berated for days, the US led coalition of the swilling—Canada, Japan, and Australia—ended its opposition in Bali to launching negotiations on a new pact to fight global warming. "It was exactly what we wanted. We are indeed ...

26: Diebold Under DoJ Investigation as Stocks Hit Low


Once-Great, Now-Disgraced American Company Also Facing SEC Probe, Lawsuits, Upcoming 2008 Election Meltdowns

27: Putin Congratulates Emperor Akihito On Birthday

Government of Russia

"Russian-Japanese relations today are distinguished by active political dialogue at every level, record growth in trade and economic ties and consistent work together to strengthen practical cooperation."

28: Hotting Up At Gliding World Championship

FAI World GP Gliding Championship

OMARAMA, New Zealand (December 23, 2007) – A thrilling afternoon of racing involving a surprise finish, changing weather patterns and high speed gliding for the penultimate day of the FAI World GP Gliding Championship.

29: Tips For Stress Free Travel

New Zealand Government

It’s the time of year when many of us are going on holiday, and Internal Affairs Minister, Rick Barker would like to remind those heading overseas to check their passport is valid and travel fit.

30: Aspartame: Ditch The Diet Coke, The Facts Are Out

Soil and Health Association

The Soil & Health Association of NZ is impressed with the 'Think Before You Drink' anti-aspartame campaign and their bringing into the public arena the shonky science and politics behind the approval of the artificial sweetener.


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