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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 29 December 2007

The Top 30 rating items on Scoop for December 29, 2007, including: 1: US President Up For Sale, 2: An Antiquities Conspiracy?, 3: Pakistan: On Borrowed Time, 4: Ethiopia/Eritrea: Restraint Urged, 5: Qantas Strikes Likely To Effect Holiday Plans....

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 29 December 2007



The Top 30 rating items on Scoop for December 29, 2007 were...

1: US President George W. Bush Up For Sale on Ebay

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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!

2: 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, ...

3: Pakistan: Living On Borrowed Time -- Syed Kamal
Syed Akbar Kamal

Amidst scenes of chaos, violence and mayhem emanating from Pakistan after the assassination of Pakistan's People Party chief Benazir Bhutto, the 5000-odd Pakistani community living here in New Zealand is stunned and shocked.

4: 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.

5: 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.

6: RadioWorks Acquires Marlborough Stations

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.

7: Wotif: Top Destinations Booked For New Years Eve 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.

8: 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.

9: 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."

10: John Chuckman: Bhutto, Bush, And Musharraf
John Chuckman

With the assassination of Ms. Bhutto, we are given to understand that anti-democratic religious zealots killed Pakistan's last hope for democracy. But her assassination was a far more complex event than such simplistic claims.

11: 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.

12: 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..."

13: Benazir Bhutto Laid To Rest In Family Mausoleum
VOA News

Throngs of people lined the streets as the coffin holding Ms. Bhutto's body was taken to her final resting place and lowered into a grave next to her father at the family mausoleum in southern Sindh province.

14: 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".

15: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 28 December 2007
Scoop Daily Ratings

The Top 30 rating items on Scoop for December 28, 2007, including: 1: Ethiopia, Eritrea: Restraint Urged, 2: Former FDA Official Marketing Lilly Drug, 3: Pakistan's Former PM Benazir Bhutto Assassinated, 4: Dennis Kucinich: On The Death Of Benazir Bhutto.

16: $4.5 Million Big Wed. Win Results In Burnt Dinner
New Zealand Lotteries

"I was cooking dinner yesterday, when my husband yelled out that we had the winning Big Wednesday ticket. I just said 'Yeah right' and carried on in the kitchen," the winning woman said.

17: 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.

18: 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."

19: 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.

20: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 26 December 2007
Scoop Daily Ratings

The Top 30 rating items on Scoop for December 26, 2007, including: 1: Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2007, 2: UNICEF Photo of the Year 2007 - Images Of Extremes, 3: Where Democracy Does Not Suit New Delhi, 4: UNICEF Germany 'Photo Of The Year'.

21: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 27 December 2007
Scoop Daily Ratings

The Top 30 rating items on Scoop for December 27, 2007, including: 1: Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2007, 2: Drought and desertification in Iran, 3: New Zealand Air Games Takes Off Over Wanaka, 4: Explosion In Highest Paid Education Ministry Staff.

22: 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.

23: Next Quake May Result In Communications Blackout

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.

24: Line Honours Winner, Wild Oats XI, Three In A Row
Regatta News

While Wild Oats XI finished two hours and 44 minutes outside the record time of one day, 18 hours, 40 minutes, and ten seconds she set in 2005, her third consecutive win equaled the record set in the race's very early days, by Claude Plowman's Morna.

25: 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.

26: Air Games A Success For Future Of Air Sports

As the first Air Sports Live, incorporating the New Zealand Air Games, closed to the spectacular display by top aerobatics pilot Jurgis Kairys of Lithuania, organisers and competitors declared the event a huge success.

27: 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.

28: 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.

29: Battle Of The Boards Event For Top Female Surfers
Johnson and Johnson

Rip Curl and leading youth brand Clean & Clear have joined forces to bring New Zealand the only Women's Pro event on the national surfing calendar for 2008 - donating some of the proceeds to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

30: 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.


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