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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 02 January 2008

The Top 30 rating items on Scoop for 02 January, 2008, including: 1: Forget Torture Tapes. 2: UK: Honours List 2008. 3: Bush: Sprint To Finish. 4: Climbing Accident, Mt Cook. 5: Putin: New Year Address. 6: Deceased Guide: Anton Francis Wopereis...

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 02 January 2008



The Top 30 rating items on Scoop for 02 January, 2008 were...

1: M. Collins: Forget the Torture Tapes

Michael Collins

There’s a reflexive tendency to think the worst of the Bush-Cheney administration when scandals like the torture tapes emerge. This tendency is well justified.

2: United Kingdom: Queen's New Year Honours List 2008
UK Government

834 candidates have been selected at MBE and OBE level. 599 at MBE; 235 at OBE. There are 378 successful women candidates in the list, including 6 Dames, 32 CBEs and 4 CBs. This is the first Honours List recommended by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

3: Bush Promises To "Sprint To The Finish" In 2008
US Information Service

"I'm going to work hard to the finish," President Bush told White House reporters at an October 17 press conference. "I'm going to sprint to the finish line." Keeping up the momentum from the November 2007 Annapolis Conference will be a top priority.

4: NZ Police Alert: Climbing Accident, Mt Cook
New Zealand Police

A 54-year-old Wanaka climbing guide is dead after falling 60 metres near the Summit Rocks on Aoraki-Mt Cook today. The man, described as a well-respected and experienced guide, was at about 3400 metres, ascending Summit Rocks when he fell.

5: Vladimir Putin: New Year Address To Russian Nation
Government of Russia

We restored the territorial integrity of Russia. We are able to feel a united people. We worked together to preserve our country, to transform it into a modern, free, strong state able to provide its citizens with a convenient and comfortable life.

6: Deceased Climbing Guide Is Anton Francis Wopereis
New Zealand Police

The name of the climbing guide who plummeted to his death at Mt Cook yesterday is Anton Francis WOPEREIS. He was 54 years old and from Wanaka. No further details are available at this time. Issued By: Inspector Michael Coulter.

7: Burma: Three Months Of Quiet Repression & Arrests
Reporters Sans Frontieres

The military government has constantly hounded Burma's journalists during the three months that have gone by since 27 September 2007, the day that Japanese video reporter Kenji Nagai was murdered by a soldier in Rangoon, report RSF and Burma Media.

8: Helen Clark Downplaying Tax Cuts 'Overstatement'
New Zealand National Party

"Claiming in a newspaper today that tax cuts will be 'part of the mix, but their importance may have been overstated' indicates she has backed away from meaningful tax cuts because Michael Cullen simply has no desire to implement them.

9: Gisborne And Rhythm & Vines Welcome 2008
Rhythm and Vines

The city has been buzzing with excitement and music events over the past four days. The 18–35 year-old partygoers have been enjoying a weeklong series of music events around Gisborne staged by BW Campgrounds and Rhythm & Vines Summer Sessions.

10: 2007 Road Toll Up On Last Year - Min. Of Transport
Ministry Of Transport

The 2007 toll is an increase on the record low toll of 2006. Ministry of Transport spokeswoman Anna Gilbert said there have been nearly 4,600 deaths and 132,000 injuries from crashes on our roads over the past 10 years.

11: 5 Easy Ways To Make A Green Start To The Year

"We live in the age of waste so some economy is a good habit to instill in our children and it certainly won't harm them to know ways that they can contribute to a more sustainable planet."

12: NZ Police Alert: Mt. Cook Climber's Name Out 2 Jan
New Zealand Police

The name of the 54 year old Wanaka climber who died on Mt Cook today, will not be released until about midday on the 2 January 2008 as several close members of the family have yet to be informed. Issued By: Inspector Alan Weston.

13: NZ Police Alert: Motor Vehicle Crash, Waikanae
New Zealand Police

There has been a motor vehicle crash on State Highway One northbound at Waikanae. Emergency services have just arrived on scene and there are diversions in place for northbound traffic. Issued By: Team Leader Kirsty McDonald.

14: Police New Year Response A Well-Oiled Machine
New Zealand National Party

Policing at New Year's Eve venues appears to have been like a well-oiled machine, says National Party Police spokesman Chester Borrows, who spent the night with Police on the streets of Mt Maunganui.

15: President Bush's Message On New Year's Day, 2008
The White House

We move forward with trust in the power of the American spirit, confidence in our purpose, and faith in a loving God who created us to be free. May God bless you, may God bless our troops and their families, and may God bless America.

16: NZ Police Alert: Traffic Delays, SH1 - Otaki
New Zealand Police

Returning holdiay traffic heading south along SH1 is starting to build up. Reports are that a backlog heading into Otaki is now reaching as far back as Manakau. Motorists are advised to expect delays in this area. Issued By: Sergeant Bruce Mackay.

17: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 01 January 2008
Scoop Daily Ratings

The Top 30 rating items on Scoop for 01 January, 2008, including: 1: UK: Queen's Honours List 2008. 2: NZ New Year Honours List 2008. 3: Focus: Queen's Honours List. 4: Burma: U Gambira. 5: Forget the Torture Tapes. 6: Delicate, Dangerous Pakistan.

18: Food Security At Risk In Ethiopia's Somali Region
United Nations

United Nations officials are increasingly concerned about food security in Ethiopia's impoverished Somali region where conflict between Government forces and the Ogaden National Liberation Front has intensified this year.

19: Benazir's Martyrdom - A Memorable Sacrifice
Tanveer Jafri

Terrorists in the name of Islam, the custodians of terrorism had given a warning & acting upon their warning have assassinated Begum Bhutto, who was struggling for the implementation of Democracy in Pakistan. They did it on December 27, 2007.

20: Europe: The Euro Has Replaced The Cyprus Pound
European Union

Cyprus adopted the euro today. All available data indicate that the changeover from the Cyprus pound went well and as planned. Citizens are able to withdraw euro cash from ATMs all over Cyprus and to use it for daily payments.

21: Teacher graduates Give Teaching Profession A Miss
New Zealand National Party

Information on the Ministry of Ed. teacher supply and demand projections show that between 2000 and 2005 there were 16,343 primary teacher graduates, but more than 10,300 of those were not employed as teachers in NZ.

22: NZ Police Alert: Fatal Crash, Inangahua Junction
New Zealand Police

Just prior to 5.00 am this morning a car was travelling east on Brown Creek Road, near Inangahua Junction, on the West Coast. The vehicle came into collision with a middle aged male who was on the roadway. The male was killed instantly.

23: Hayley Tops 21st Century's Big Classical Sellers
Bedlam Management

Hayley Westenra "Pure" is the best selling classical album of the 21st Century, as featured on the Classic FM Countdown of the top 300 best-selling classical albums since 2000. Here is the 21st Century's Biggest Sellers in classical music.

24: Sydney Hobart Race Winners Collect Their Trophies
Regatta News

The official prizegiving took place today, New Year's Day, at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania in Sandy Bay where the His Excellency, the Honourable William Cox, Governor of Tasmania, and RYCT Commodore Alastair Douglas among other dignitaries.

25: NZ Police Alert: Fatal Vehicle Crash, S. Wairarapa
New Zealand Police

At 8.24 am on the 2/01/2008 police received information from a member of the public advising that they had come across a motor vehicle crash involving a quad bike. This crash has occurred on Glenmorven Road, Morrisons Bush, between Greytown and Martinbourgh.

26: NZ Police Alert: Drowning, Lake Pupuke, Takapuna
New Zealand Police

Police and emergency services have launched a search for the body of a man who drowned on Lake Pupuke, Takapuna at about 9.00pm tonight.

27: NZ Police: Canterbury 2007 Road Toll - 55 Dead
New Zealand Police

55 people died on Canterbury Roads during 2007. Of those, 20 people died who were not or were probably not wearing their seatbelts. 15 of those would have survived the crash had they been wearing their seatbelt. The highest road toll was in 1999.

28: Waikato Car Accident: 2 Drivers Critical Condition
Waikato District Health Board

The 34-year-old male driver of a car and the 30-year-old driver of a van involved in a fatal accident near Kihihiki south of Te Awamutu today are both in critical condition in Waikato Hospital.

29: Burma: Person Of The Year 2007 Is U Gambira
Terry Evans

The influential Burmese website THE BURMA DIGEST yesterday announced the results of it's poll for Person of the Year 2007 in Burma. U Gambira, who led Burma's Saffron Revolution in 2007 got highest number of votes.

30: NZ Police Alert: Serious Assault, Robbery, Papanui
New Zealand Police

Between 2.15-2.35am a male was assaulted from behind knocking him unconscious and causing serious head injuries. The attack was unprovoked and of a cowardly nature. The three male offenders are all described as Europeans.


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