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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 26 February 2008

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

1: Macedonia: Reaching Out To Win L. American Hearts

Council on Hemispheric Affairs

On the eve of the explosive consequences of Kosovo's independence, an artificial "dispute," created by Greece seventeen years ago over the name and identity of the Republic of Macedonia, threatens to further destabilize the Balkans.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00363.htm


2: State of It: Labour Jitters n Poster-Boy Politics
STATE OF IT by Selwyn Manning

Selwyn Manning writes: The latest in a series of polls has shown a trend where Labour is in serious trouble. Can Helen Clark beat off National leader John Key in what is shaping up as a land-slide loss for Labour? And what of leadership coups?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00281.htm


3: Bhutan: Start Of Government Crackdown
Human Rights Organization Of Bhutan

The Royal Government of Bhutan (RGOB) started crackdown in Bhutan. On 16th February 2008 a team of Royal Bhutan Police with arms went to the house of Lal Bahadur Chettri, who was arrested in May/ June 2007 on allegation of being the Communist Party.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00365.htm


4: Ferrari 'Magic India Discovery' Expedition Starts
Ateco Automotive Pty Ltd

Ferrari has started its grand tour of India with Ratan N. Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group, and John Elkann, Vice Chairman of the Fiat Group flagging off the two Ferrari 612 Scagliettis in Mumbai at the start of a 13,000 tour of India.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00380.htm


5: Iranian Gay Refugee Risks Deportation From The UK
EveryOne Group

Medhi is an Iranian homosexual who in November 2005 left Teheran to go and study in London. He was forced to apply for asylum after the discovery, by the Iranian authorities of his homosexual relationship with another boy.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00369.htm


6: NZ Cautious On Military Contributions Abroad
Andreas von Warburg

Andreas von Warburg reports from the UN: As NZ's troop commitment to Afghanistan is discussed in the Beehive this week, the country is cautious about increasing its military presence abroad - while Australia moves to bolster its military visibility ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00292.htm


7: Planned date for China FTA signing
New Zealand Government

With outstanding technical requirements and processes for the NZ-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on track for completion, plans are underway for New Zealand business involvement in activities around the signing date, Trade Minister Phil Goff announced ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00427.htm


8: Backpacker Now Has One Million Dollars in Backpack
NZ Lotteries

An Australasian backpacker has won one million dollars after buying a Lotto ticket on only his second day in New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0802/S00289.htm


9: Listeria Health Alert
Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service Cornwall Complex, Floor 2, Building 15 Greenlane Clinical Centre, Auckland Private Bag 92 605, Symonds Street, Auckland 1150, New Zealand
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0802/S00099.htm


10: F. William Engdahl: Financial Predators Had A Ball
William Engdahl

The multi-trillion dollar US-centered securitization debacle began to unravel in June 2007 with the liquidity crisis in two hedge funds owned by Bear Stearns, one of the world's largest and most successful investment banks.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00269.htm


11: J Leopold: Questions Remain About Rove's CIA Leak
Jason Leopold

It's been nearly five years since former White House political adviser Karl Rove sent an incriminating email to then Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley indicating that Rove had a candid conversation with a Time magazine reporter.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00282.htm


12: Consumer Generated Media: Evolution Or Revolution?
The Nielsen Company

A first of its kind study released today by Nielsen Online has revealed that consumer generated media (CGM) is affecting a major shift in overall consumer behaviour, from communication styles to relationships to purchase decisions, and the vast majority ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0802/S00054.htm


13: Protecting older people from abuse and neglect
Families Commission

A Families Commission study suggests that older people are less likely to be abused or neglected if they understand their rights, have a strong sense of their self worth and positive relationships with their families.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00307.htm


14: Found Kayak - Update
New Zealand Police

An extensive sea search yesterday and today has failed to find any trace of the occupant of a kayak that was found washed up on the Pencarrow coastline in Wellington on Monday afternoon.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0802/S00285.htm


15: Ketamine to become classified drug
New Zealand Government

Minister of Agriculture, Minister for Biosecurity Minister of Fisheries, Minister of Forestry Associate Minister of Health Associate Minister for Tertiary Education
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00431.htm


16: Next steps for noisy vehicles announced
New Zealand Government

Noisy vehicles are likely to come under closer scrutiny announced Transport Safety Minister Duynhoven today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00414.htm


17: Interest rate cuts are not a long term solution
Manufacturers and Exporters Association

The New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association, (NZMEA), says that exporters should not expect an immediate cut in interest rates, despite the pressure caused by the strong NZ dollar. The Association is calling for the implementation of other ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00412.htm


18: Scott Galindez: Ohio Back In The Spotlight
Scott Galindez

In 2004, Kenneth Blackwell, long lines and accusations of problems with voting machines dominated the headlines. Ohio and Florida were the battleground states everyone pointed to as the bellwethers in the race between Kerry and Bush.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00286.htm


19: Inquiry finds major failings at Wanganui Hospital
Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Paterson says that when provincial hospitals face workforce shortages, appointment, supervision and quality control processes must be rigorous.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0802/S00098.htm


20: S Ross: McCain & Self-Defense Vs War Of Aggression
Sherwood Ross

By supporting President Bush's aggression in Iraq, McCain is already accomplice to a needless slaughter that made Iraq the most dangerous hell on the planet. Now McCain says he is ready to continue this occupation for a century.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00287.htm


21: H. Wasserman: How Swing State Ohio Got Nuked
Harvey Wasserman

Once a great industrial heartland, Ohio's rust belt status has been solidified by billions in excess electric rates driven by four nuclear reactors, and by the state government's inability to make way for a green-powered future.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00301.htm


22: Berkowitz: Oral Roberts Uni Under New Management
Bill Berkowitz

Before there was a Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Benny Hinn or Joel Osteen, Oral Roberts was televangelism. He, along with a few other pioneers brought the tent revival into the age of mass communications.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00285.htm


23: Book: Chasing The Flame - Unexplored Side of UN
Andreas von Warburg

Andreas von Warburg writes: that the UN is often criticized for being a complex and inefficient, inadequate and unfocused. Here however is a book by Pulitzer Price winner Samantha Power that explores an often unexplored side of the UN.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00296.htm


24: Ryall warns of repeat Whanganui DHB scandal
New Zealand National Party

"There is every risk that what happened to Whanganui women could be repeated at other regional hospitals," warns National Party Health spokesman Tony Ryall. "Last week's official report on sentinel events is further evidence of this widespread risk.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00422.htm


25: Orange roughy decision shows changes are needed
ECONZ

Wellington – Tuesday 26 February 2008 Orange roughy court decision show changes are needed The Environment and Conservation Organisations today expressed its disappointment that the High Court had overturned a decision of the Minister of Fisheries, Jim Anderton, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00317.htm


26: Protecting water everyone's responsibility
New Zealand Government

Speech to the National Water New Zealand conference, Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland Good morning. Thank you for the welcome and the opportunity to speak to you today on issues around the management of what is a very precious resource for ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00421.htm


27: Another Day - Another Health Debacle
New Zealand First Party

There seems to be no end to the bad news coming out of the health sector, says New Zealand First health spokesperson Barbara Stewart.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00430.htm


28: Domestic Violence Review Welcome
Youthline

A review of our domestic violence law is welcome, but it must ensure perpetrators of violence seek help to be truly effective, says Youthline in response to the Ministry of Justice review of the Domestic Violence Act 1995.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00310.htm


29: Top Scoop Stories - 26 February 2008 News Summary
The Scoop Editor

Elections & Analysis / Defence & Timor Leste / Military Contributions / Justice & Domestic Violence / Wanganui Hospital / Older People & Abuse / Airline Security / AIL / Macedonia/ Press Vs. Burma Junta / Violence Against Women / Iranian Gay Refugee.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00297.htm


30: Show you care Fonterra - don’t pick up the milk
Green Party

The Green Party is challenging Fonterra to back up its disappointment over the many milk suppliers who are still breaking the law and polluting waterways by refusing to pick up the milk from those recalcitrant polluters.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00425.htm

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