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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 28 December 2007


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The Top 30 rating items on Scoop for December 28, 2007 were...

1: Ethiopia/Eritrea: Restraint Urged After Shooting

United Nations

The UN peacekeeping mission monitoring the ceasefire between Ethiopia and Eritrea today called on both sides to show maximum restraint after a shooting incident in the border area where the two countries fought a two-year war that ended in 2000.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01233.htm


2: Disgraced Former FDA Official Marketing Lilly Drug
Martha Rosenberg

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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00316.htm


3: Pakistan's Former PM Benazir Bhutto Assassinated
VOA News

Pakistan's former PM Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday at a campaign rally just two weeks before parliamentary elections. Police and aides say a suicide bomber fired gunshots at Ms. Bhutto just moments before blowing himself up.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01216.htm


4: Dennis Kucinich: On The Death Of Benazir Bhutto
Dennis Kucinich

"This terrible tragedy also underscores the need for the US to adopt a new foreign policy toward the entire region because our current policy is all wrong. Our interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan has opened wide the doors of repression and violence."
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01224.htm


5: Wild Oats XI Wins 2007 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Regatta News

Bob Oatley's 98-foot super-maxi Wild Oats XI, with Mark Richards as skipper, crossed the finish in Hobart at 10:24am local time to take line honours for the third consecutive year. The yacht's elapsed time was 1 day, 21 hrs, 24 mins.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01237.htm


6: New Research Into Aged-Care Will Assist With Needs
Healthcare Providers

The research will repeat longitudinal studies run in 1988, 1993 and 1998 and will primarily explore the rate of institutionalisation of older people in the Waitemata, Auckland and Counties Manukau District Health Board regions.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0712/S00106.htm


7: Assassination Of Benazir Bhutto -- Secretary Rice
US State Department

On behalf of the United States, I want to express our deepest sympathy on the tragic death of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. We extend our sincere condolences to the Bhutto family and to the families of others who were killed and wounded.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01226.htm


8: Qantas Strikes Likely To Effect Holiday Plans
House of Travel

Qantas has acknowledged that the proposed strike would seriously effect their operations. Industrial action is planned by about 1,700 Qantas engineers by taking four hour stoppages from 9 January 2008.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00433.htm


9: Benazir Bhutto's Death Felt Keenly In Kabul
Radio Free Europe

The death of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in an apparent suicide attack outside the capital, Islamabad, has shaken the country's political landscape and underscored the threat that politically motivated violence poses in the region.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01220.htm


10: New Zealand Air Games Takes Off Over Wanaka
eveNZ

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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00326.htm


11: Wotif: Top Destinations Booked For New Years Eve
Wotif.com

Wotif.com has announced that Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are the most popular destinations in NZ for New Year's Eve. The Total bookings for New Zealand's cities rival domestic leisure destination bookings for the same period.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00327.htm


12: Assassination Of Benzair Bhutto - PM Helen Clark
Office of the Prime Minister

Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that she was deeply shocked and saddened at the news of the cowardly assassination of Benazir Bhutto, a former Prime Minister and a leading contender in Pakistan's forthcoming Parliamentary elections.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00531.htm


13: Tariana Turia: The Assassination Of Benazir Bhutto
The Maori Party

"It is the most tragic of ironies - that no matter what one thinks about her political aspirations, that she would lose her life as a victim of the senseless violence she was determined to oppose".
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00536.htm


14: 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."
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01208.htm


15: Bon Jovi Guitar Raised $1000's For Child Cancer NZ
Child Cancer Foundation

Capital C: Concerts, the rock group BON JOVI, VISA Entertainment and Classic Hits Radio have delivered a seasonal cheer by announcing that a Fender Guitar signed by the four band members was successfully auctioned on Trademe.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0712/S00107.htm


16: Top Scoop Stories - 28 December 2007 News Summary
The Scoop Editor

Pakistan's Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto Assassinated / $1.5m Per Month For Corrections Consultants / Didymo / Earthquakes Vs. Communications Blackouts / Federated Farmers New Branding / Top New Years Destinations / Top Female Surfers.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00322.htm


17: RadioWorks Acquires Marlborough Stations
RadioWorks

RadioWorks, a MediaWorks Company, is to acquire the Blenheim based Marlborough Media radio business. Marlborough Media owns and operates Sounds FM in Blenheim, Picton and Kaikoura, as well as Easy FM in Blenheim and Picton.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00434.htm


18: Next Quake May Result In Communications Blackout
BayCity

BayCity Communications says that the recent earthquake in Gisborne demonstrates that satellite communications will be a vital component in re-establishing communication links in areas isolated by natural disaster such as earthquake, flooding or tsunami.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0712/S00067.htm


19: British Foreign Sec On The Death Of Benazir Bhutto
UK Government

"I am deeply shocked by news of the latest attack in Rawalpindi which has claimed the life of Benazir Bhutto and killed at least 15 other people. My thoughts and sincere condolences go to Ms Bhutto's family at this terrible time..."
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01231.htm


20: Bhutto Assassination Condemned -- John Key MP
New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader John Key today condemned the assassination of Pakistan's opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto. "This disgraceful act of terrorism must be condemned in the strongest possible terms," he says. "It strikes at the heart of democracy."
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00532.htm


21: UN Urges Calm In Wake Of Pakistan Terrorist Attack
United Nations

Condemning the deadly terrorist attack that killed former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and at least a dozen others in the northern city of Rawalpindi, the United Nations Security Council today called on all Pakistanis to show restraint.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01229.htm


22: Former Pakistan PM Bhutto Killed In Suicide Attack
Wikinews.org

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been killed in a suicide attack as she was leaving a political rally in the city of Rawalpindi. At least 20 people died in the attack, local reports say. The attack has been condemned internationally.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01221.htm


23: 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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0712/S00105.htm


24: Bob Hecht: Fragments Of An Antiquities Conspiracy?
Suzan Mazur

Hugh Eakin’s recent "Treasure Hunt" story in The New Yorker profiling Marion True, the former Getty curator on trial in Rome for conspiracy to traffic in ancient art, devotes a column to True’s 1991 paper on the destruction of ancient cultural sites, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00321.htm


25: Life Of Tragedy: Former Pakistan PM Benazir Bhutto
VOA News

Ms. Bhutto was the daughter of the late Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Her mother was of Kurdish and Iranian origins. Her father was hanged after he was deposed in a 1977 military coup by General Zia al-Huq.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01222.htm


26: Cooling Towers In CBD & High Legionella Count
Auckland City Council

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has advised Auckland City Council that routine tests of several air conditioning cooling towers in buildings in the CBD have identified a high legionella count in one of these buildings.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0712/S00304.htm


27: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00529.htm


28: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00324.htm


29: Assassination Of Pakistan's Former PM Bhutto
New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Winston Peters said he was deeply shocked and saddened by the news earlier today of the assassination of Pakistan's former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto. "This is a terrible and cowardly act and those responsible must be held accountable."
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00535.htm


30: New book to help pharmacists
Auckland University

Established pharmacists as well as those studying to gain their qualifications will benefit from a new book which focuses on pharmaceutical care in New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0407/S00057.htm

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