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The Top 30 rating items on Scoop for December 27, 2007 were...
No yachting event in the world attracts such huge media coverage - except, of course, the America's Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race every four years or so - than does the start in Sydney Harbour on the 26th of December every year.
2: Drought and desertification in Iran
Desertification means land degradation in arid, semi- arid and dry sub- humid area resulting from various factors, including climate variations and human activities.
3: New Zealand Air Games Takes Off Over Wanaka
More than 100 pilots from 10 different air sports competed in the skies over Lake Wanaka in front of thousands of spectators, both on the airfield and live over the Internet. Highlights included top acrobatic pilot, Jurgis Kairys.
4: Explosion In Highest Paid Education Ministry Staff
New Zealand National Party
The number of staff earning the highest salaries in the Ministry of Education has increased almost four-fold in the past five years, says National's Education spokeswoman, Katherine Rich.
5: Pioneering New Zealand Air Games Underway
New Zealand is a very special place. Unlike Europe, it still has uncrowded air space. The media opportunity presented by the New Zealand Air Games should allow the various disciplines to have a stronger voice in protecting access to air space for sport.
6: Tanveer Jafri: Secular India & Narendra Modi
It's alleged that Bhartiya Janata Party is such a political party that ignores the welfare of minorities & talks about the conservative Hindutva. Its aim is to get power by the polarization of votes based on communalism.
7: Disgraced Former FDA Official Marketing Lilly Drug
As a 33-year-old Wall Street insider known for recommending hot medical stocks, many were surprised when physician Scott Gottlieb was named FDA deputy commissioner for medical and scientific affairs in 2005.
8: US President George W. Bush Up For Sale on Ebay
Sure there are signed photographs of George W. Bush up for sale on Ebay as there are many other souvenirs of the 43rd President, but this time, Internet Pioneer/Satirist/Government Teacher Eliot Stein has actually put our Chief Executive up for sale!
9: Feeling A Lot Like Victory -- Over Aspartame
Mission Possible International
Think Before You Drink is the life-saving theme of Phoenix Organics anti-aspartame campaign. They're backing their words with 20,000 free bottles of Cola labeled with the truth about this poisonous sweetener, the ingredient in Diet Coke and thousands ...
10: UNICEF Photo of the Year 2007 - Images Of Extremes
American photographer Stephanie Sinclair is the winner of the international photo competition "UNICEF Photo of the Year". Her photo shows a wedding couple in Afghanistan. The groom, Mohammed, looks much older than his 40 years. The bride is still a child.
11: Pope Benedict XVI's 2007 Christmas Message
This is Christmas - the historical event and the mystery of love, which for more than two thousand years has spoken to men and women of every era and every place. It is the holy day on which the "great light" of Christ shines forth, bearing peace!
12: Leading Sydey-Hobart Yachts Surge Into Bass Strait
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Media Centre
At 0500hrs the Sydney maxi, which is aiming for a hat trick of line honours wins, held a 9 mile break on Mike Slade's British maxi City Index Leopard, with Skandia another 6 miles astern. Nevertheless, with the wind now on the nose, Slade is hopeful.
13: NZ Gardener: Get Growing In 2008, New Zealand!
Having survived her year of self-sufficiency in inner-city Auckland, New Zealand Gardener magazine editor Lynda Hallinan has issued a challenge to Kiwis to get growing in 2008 - and she's offering free advice to show you how to get started.
14: ESBC Welcomes Resumption Of Take-Over Talks
European Shareholders of Bougainville Copper
A deadline imposed by British authorities urges BHP Billiton to decide if they want to make a new take-over bid for Rio Tinto or not until February 6th. This caused rumours that came up in Asia on Monday.
15: NZ Police Alert: Traffic Delays SH1, Silverdale
New Zealand Police
Motorists travelling North on SH1 from Auckland are warned to expect delays in the Silverdale-Orewa-Puhoi region due to extensive traffic volumes at this time. SH16 is a suggested alternative for motorists travelling North.
16: NZ Police Alert: Serious Crash, Tauranga, BOP
New Zealand Police
Emeregency services are at the scene of a car v power pole crash in Tauranga. A male occupant has severe head injuries. Diversions have been set up at Chapel & Elizabeth Streets. Takitimu Dr between these streets is closed for power pole repairs.
17: President George W. Bush Signs H.R. 2764 Into Law
The White House
"Today, I signed into law H.R. 2764, legislation that will fund the Federal Government within the reasonable and responsible spending levels I proposed -- without raising taxes and without the most objectionable policy changes considered by the Congress."
18: 51 Nominations Received For 2007 Halberg Awards
Lindenberg and Partners
Outstanding performances by New Zealanders on the world stage during the year resulted in 51 nominations being considered for the 2007 Westpac Halberg Awards. The awards salute outstanding achievement by Kiwis in sport both at home and abroad.
19: Where Democracy Does Not Suit New Delhi
J. Sri Raman
Guess the place from where President Pervez Musharraf, or General (Retired) Musharraf as jeering opponents refer to him these days, has received unexpected support against Pakistan's pro-democracy struggle? Answer: New Delhi, capital of the neighbor often ...
20: Small Business Expo Event Going International
Small Business Expo
The Small Business Expo, the country's largest event for business, went national for the first time last year and attracted larger than expected crowds with more than 13,000 business people attending at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
21: Fleet In Reaching Mode Heading Into Bass Strait
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet passed through light transitional winds early this morning between the strong overnight northerly, of up to 22 knots and into a weak southwest change. The three maxis leading the fleet were close reaching.
22: Showers Fail To Dampen Ellerslie Glamour & Glory
Cathy Campbell Communications
In the biggest race of the day, the Zabeel Classic, odds on favourite Xcellent was edged out by Sir Slick, who led from start to finish. Trained by Graeme Nicholson, and Jockeyed by Bruce Herd, Sir Slick is a crowd favourite at Ellerslie.
23: Top Scoop Stories - 27 December 2007 News Summary
The Scoop Editor
Holiday Messages: Queen's Christmas Broadcast / Education Ministry Vs. High Pay / Sustainable New Years Resolution / The Gospel According to Lindsay Perigo / Stress Free Travel / Drive To Survive / Small Business Expo / UNICEF Photo of the Year.
24: Transcript: The Queen's Christmas Broadcast 2007
Queen Elizabeth II
One of the features of growing old is a heightened awareness of change. To remember what happened 50 years ago means that it is possible to appreciate what has changed in the meantime.
25: Putin Message To Russian Culture Festival In India
Government of Russia
The friendly ties between Russia and India - ties that are developing rapidly in all different areas in a spirit of strategic partnership - have always been based on respect for each other's national traditions and cultural heritage.
26: The Most Important Primary Decision In Forty Years
If Edwards wins the Iowa caucuses, it will be the most significant progressive primary win since Eugene McCarthy got 41% of the vote in New Hampshire in 1968.
27: Grey Group Marketing Digest - December 2007
The new Australian government has hit the ground running. Already the new Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, has announced a firm switch-off date for analogue television across Australia: December 2013. It’s an ambitious target, considering that digital ...
28: Protect Children From Sun, Or They Risk Melanoma
Health Sponsorship Council
On the cusp of the sunniest period of the year, an uncompromising sun safety campaign is being launched. The campaign warns parents to protect their children from sunburn now – or put them at risk of deadly skin cancer later in life.
29: Mukasey Betrays Fundamental Jewish Tenets
Michael Mukasey's claim during his Senate confirmation hearing for Attorney-General that he did not know if waterboarding is torture is a betrayal of Judaism's fundamental tenets affirming "basic human values."
30: $1.5M/Month - Merry Xmas, Corrections Consultants
New Zealand National Party
Corrections Department consultants will be having an extremely relaxed Christmas after latest figures show they are heading for an even more lucrative year than the one just gone, says National's Justice & Corrections spokesman, Simon Power.