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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 27 February 2008


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.

2: Graphic health warnings on tobacco products
New Zealand Government

New graphic images on tobacco products in New Zealand bear the ugly truth of the effects of smoking, Associate Health Minister Damien O'Connor said today. New regulations requiring graphic health warnings to appear on all tobacco packaging sold in New ...

3: Graphic tobacco warnings pack a punch
Action On Smoking And Health

Regulations effective from today will see graphic pictorial health warnings appear on all tobacco sold in New Zealand. The large graphic images on the front and back of cigarette packs feature images of rotting gums and teeth, mouth cancer and gangrenous ...

4: Commissioner appointed to Hawke’s Bay DHB
New Zealand Government

The Minister of Health, David Cunliffe has removed the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board and appointed a Commissioner to run its affairs.

5: NZ relying on diesel generation in February
New Zealand National Party

National Party Energy spokesman Gerry Brownlee says the Government’s energy strategy is in turmoil, leaving Labour’s climate change strategy in tatters. “It’s still summer, and stand-by generation capacity has been needed six times in February.”

6: Board members have the right to speak their minds
Green Party

Green Party Health Spokesperson Sue Kedgley says she has grave concerns about today's abrupt dismissal of the Hawkes Bay District Health Board and the Health Minister's appointment of a Commissioner.

7: DHB sacking: "Appalling political manipulation"
New Zealand National Party

National Party Health spokesman Tony Ryall says Health Minister David Cunliffe set up the Hawke's Bay District Health Board to fail.

8: Dave from Flight of the Conchords is Coming to NZ
Elephant Publicity

Arj Barker crosses the pond to debut in New Zealand; after a sell out season at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melbourne Comedy Festival 2008. Armed with some new classics and some classic classics, Barker takes over the Crunchie Comedy Chamber ...

9: Tobacco, vanilla, toast: how wine gets its flavour
Alpha Domus

Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or an enthusiastic amateur, you’re bound to be able to discern different flavours in the wines you drink. Berries, leather and even cigar notes can all be detected in different wines, but they are not used in ...

10: Orange roughy decision shows changes are needed

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, ...

11: US Calls For Comprehensive Reform of IMF
Andreas von Warburg

Andreas von Warburg reports: The United States is stepping up its call for a comprehensive reform of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in order to better support global growth and respond to global economic challenges. In a speech to the Peterson Institute ...

12: Hawke’s Bay Board urged to drop governance review
Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board member Peter Hausmann is calling on fellow board members to withdraw their legal proceedings so the findings of a review into governance issues at the board can be released as soon as possible. Mr Hausmann says like all ...

13: The virtual world of graduate job hunting
Media Statement

Starting next week (from March 3), students in their final years of university study will have the opportunity to access a virtual world of graduate career opportunities via the Virtual Careers Fair. From 11 March they will also be able to talk online ...

14: 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 ...

15: Parker: Building a secure and sustainable energy s
New Zealand Government

Building a secure and sustainable energy system Address to the Annual National Power Conference 9.40am, Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland

16: ARC Must Not Give Ratepayers Funds to Eden Park
No More Rates

The Auckland Regional Council’s decision to include in its Annual Plan a $10 million gift to the Eden Park upgrade is a complete kick in the teeth to ratepayers.

17: 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.

18: 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 ...

19: 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.

20: Middle-aged depression alarms Turner
United Future NZ Party

In the last two years the number of anti-depressant prescriptions to middle-aged Kiwis aged between 45 and 64 has risen by an astonishing 69%, according to Ministry of Health figures obtained by UnitedFuture health spokesperson, Judy Turner.

21: 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

22: Dominica: The Caribbean's Next "Terror Island"?
Council on Hemispheric Affairs

The most recent Caribbean country to have joined Chávez's alliance is the small island nation of Dominica, which may well become "Terror Island" for the State Department. That institution could soon publicly vent its displeasure.

23: Euthanase The Medical Council, Say Libz
Libertarianz Party

Libertarianz spokesman Richard McGrath today called for the Medical Council to be dissolved, in light of what he called its "total failure to investigate and supervise an incompetent, alcoholic, ex-jailbird gynaecologist."

24: 9/11 First Responders To Rally At Capitol Hill
David Swanson

Over 200 9/11 First Responders, family members and supporters will be rallying on Capitol Hill this Tuesday, February 26th. From 10:00am to 12:00pm, First Responders will rally on the West Lawn of Capitol Hill.

25: Pie in the sky is never a good investment
Green Party

Solid Energy has to be told to stop wasting taxpayers' money on pie in the sky lignite to liquid fuel schemes that will only skyrocket New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions, Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says.

26: 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?

27: Leslie Griffith: U.S. Quietly Breaks UN Treaty
Leslie Griffith

At a UN meeting in Geneva, the US broke a series of legal promises. Keeping those promises would have proved extremely embarrassing to the US govt by pointing out that human rights abuses are being committed here at home and at US military installations.

28: Karaka Special Treatment Unit - Goff Speech
New Zealand Government

I acknowledge the kaumatua and kuia, and the local Tainui iwi, and thank them for their welcome. May I also acknowledge those from Prison Care Ministries, Anglican Action, PARS, Pacific Peoples Addiction and the University of Waikato and all of ...

29: Budget Advisers Offer Alternatives
NZ Federation of Family Budgeting Services

Budget advisers working with the Federation of Family Budgeting Services offer their clients alternatives through an education process.

30: Government's Emergency Helpline activated
Ministry of Social Development

The Ministry of Social Development has activated the Government Helpline 0800 779 997 in response to the drought. Ministry spokesman and National Drought Committee member Mike Smith, Work and Income's General Manager Regional Operations, says anyone ...

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