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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 23 February 2008


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Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Cluster Bomb Victims: Real-life stories

Cluster Munitions Coalition

Images and personal stories of victims of cluster munitions
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00280.htm


2: Matt Renner: Returning Home Homeless
Matt Renner

Former Hospital Corpsman Kevin Bartolata spent four years and eight months in the military. When he decided to leave, he found himself alone and with few options. He soon became hopeless and homeless, sleeping in a park in San Francisco.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00243.htm


3: Gang Initiation Email a Hoax
New Zealand Police

An email warning drivers not to flash their headlights at oncoming cars as they could become a victim of gang initiation, is a hoax say police. The email headed: "Don't flash headlights at any car with no lights on" states police officers working with ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00288.htm


4: Jason Leopold: DOJ Formal Probe Into Torture Memo
Jason Leopold

The Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) confirmed Friday afternoon that it has launched a formal investigation to determine whether agency attorneys provided the White House with poor legal advice when it drafted legal opinions.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00246.htm


5: Multimedia: Cluster Munitions Conference Concludes
The Scoop Team

Video on Demand of the Press Conference held at midday today to announce the conclusion of the Cluster Munitions Diplomatic Conference held at the Wellington Town Hall this week.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00245.htm


6: Two Ferrari 612 Scagliettis To Explore India
Ateco Automotive Pty Ltd

Ferrari has announced that in 2008 it will explore India with two Ferrari 612 Scagliettis and a team of international media. The Magic India Discovery Tour gets underway from Mumbai on 25 February and returns to the same city on 8 May 2008.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00292.htm


7: Central North island Iwi Collective
Media Statement

Iwi in the central North Island took a major step forward in settling historical iwi claims to the majority of the CNI forest lands when we signed a Terms of Agreement with the Crown in Wellington today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00287.htm


8: Speaker will not seek list position
Office of the Speaker

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Margaret Wilson MP, has announced that she will not seek a position on the Labour List for the next election.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00376.htm


9: Rapid Demise of HD DVD, Embarrassed Analysts
The Diffusion Group

Unless you've been hiding under a rock the past few days, you are aware that Toshiba will "no longer develop, manufacture, and market HD DVD players and recorders," a move which formally brings an end to the high-def DVD format war. The rationale? ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0802/S00050.htm


10: Air New Zealand increases Vancouver services
Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand is to increase its direct services between Auckland and Vancouver to four a week from early December to meet strong customer demand. The airline launched the new non-stop service in November with three trips per week, on Wednesday, Friday ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00379.htm


11: Historic step forward for cluster bomb ban
Cluster Munitions Coalition

After a week of tough diplomatic talks, the voice of survivors and committed states has prevailed and a draft treaty to ban cluster munitions has been endorsed for formal negotiation. The so called “Wellington Declaration” provides the draft treaty ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00283.htm


12: Commissioner says petition is misleading
Office of the Children's Commissioner

Many people have been misled by the way the petition calling for a referendum to overturn the law on child discipline was sold to them, Children’s Commissioner Dr Cindy Kiro said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00290.htm


13: Emperor tamarins arrive at Wellington Zoo
Wellington Zoo

Background "We are excited to have the only Emperor tamarins in New Zealand at Wellington Zoo," said Suzette.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0802/S00249.htm


14: Arts Festival Reivew: Cirque Ici - Secret
Alison Little

Cirque Ici - Secret Reviewed by Alison Little 22 Feb - 16 Mar 2008 Odlins Plaza, Wellington Waterfront $75.00 (FR $70)
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00248.htm


15: Major milestone for Te Araroa national walkway
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark and Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick will tomorrow open a 15 kilometre section of track in Horowhenua which will form part of the national public walkway connecting Cape Reinga and Bluff.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00386.htm


16: Response to Antons court case ruling
New Zealand Government

Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton is disappointed the High Court has overturned his decision to cut the catch of the northern orange roughy stock (ORH1).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00385.htm


17: Three down, some to go
Greater Wellington Regional Council

The 45-metre hulk of the trawler Atlantic Elizabeth was yesterday successfully scuttled in the southern part of the “Explosives Dumping Ground” in Cook Strait, approximately 12.5 miles southwest from Cape Palliser.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0802/S00246.htm


18: Arts Festival Review: Three Sisters
Lyndon Hood

Three Sisters By Anton Checkov Directed by Declan Donnellan 22 - 26 Feb at The Opera House 3 hours with one interval In Russian with English surtitles.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00247.htm


19: More than 80 countries sign up - cluster munitions
New Zealand Government

Eighty-two countries present at a conference in Wellington this week have signed the ‘Wellington Declaration’, a crucial step towards a meaningful international treaty on cluster munitions, Disarmament and Arms Control Minister Phil Goff said ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00384.htm


20: Senior Doctors Accept Health Minister’s Offer
Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“Senior doctors have accepted the Health Minister David Cunliffe’s unprecedented offer of direct intervention in the impasse in our bitter national collective agreement negotiations with district health boards,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0802/S00092.htm


21: New KiwiBank product to help retirees
New Zealand Government

KiwiBank is to respond to the needs of older New Zealanders by launching a “reloadable” credit card, Progressive Party leader Jim Anderton announced today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00381.htm


22: ASEAN Plays Key Role In Helping Myanmar - UN Envoy
United Nations

Countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have a significant role to play in helping Myanmar on the path to democratization and national reconciliation.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00315.htm


23: Lawrence R. Velvel: The NYT, Cable TV, And McCain
Lawrence R. Velvel

The disgrace called cable news is trying to pretend that this story is really about a possible illicit romantic relationship. That is news media spin. It is cable television bovine defecation. What the story is all about, in reality, is hypocrisy.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00238.htm


24: Questions And Answers - Thursday 21 February 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. PETER BROWN (Deputy Leader—NZ First) to the Minister of Immigration: What is the New Zealand Immigration Service’s definition of “good character”?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00372.htm


25: Video Doco: Why Cluster Bombs Should Be Banned
Scoop Video

A week long Cluster Munitions diplomatic conference is concluding with what NGO activists describe as a "strong text". This doco produced by the Cluster Munitions Coalition examines the real impact cluster bombs have on real people.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00239.htm


26: Anderton: Horowhenua Grey Power meeting
New Zealand Government

Thanks for your invitation to discuss setting up Kiwibank and Progressive Party policies.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00382.htm


27: Climate Change Leading To Shrinking Fish Stocks
United Nations

The supply of fish stocks will plummet as the world heats up, impacting millions of people in developing nations who depend on fishing for their livelihoods, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00313.htm


28: Insulation and clean heat boost from EECA
Environment Canterbury

Clean heat and insulation household conversions in Canterbury get big boost from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00380.htm


29: Listeria in Packaged, Sliced Beef in Some Cafes
Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Routine testing by Health Waikato’s Food and Nutrition Service, has uncovered ‘Listeria Monocyotogenes’ in packaged, externally purchased cold sliced beef. The testing was carried out at Waikato Hospital as part of the Waikato District Health Board’s ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0802/S00090.htm


30: Briefing On Recent Africa Trip, Upcoming Asia Trip
US State Department

Let me just make a few opening remarks and then I'm happy to take your questions. I just want to report that the President did a fair amount of dancing when he was in Africa and demonstrated that he can stay on the beat.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00323.htm

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