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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 28 February 2008


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

1: 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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00442.htm


2: Royal Bhutan Army Goes On Arrest Spree In Bhutan
Human Rights Organization Of Bhutan

As reported the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) in Sarbhang like in ninety's started crackdown in the villages and arresting people on suspicion of allegedly helping the so called militants and also keeping or meeting relatives from the refugee camps in Nepal.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00404.htm


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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0802/S00110.htm


4: Homelessness in NZ – Read all about it
Downtown Community Ministries

The first definitive perspective on homelessness, a critical issue for New Zealand’s social service agencies, has been released as an edition of Australian magazine, Parity. It has been written by New Zealand social service organisations and government ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00324.htm


5: Regrouping Of Peacekeepers In Eritrea Continues
United Nations

The United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) reports that the regrouping of its peacekeepers and equipment in Asmara continued without restrictions today, as the world body still awaits Eritrea's cooperation.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00386.htm


6: Scheme Will Boost Investment in Eroding Lands
Flexible Land Use Alliance

The Forestry Offset Scheme, proposed by the Flexible Land Use Alliance today, will see investors buying and foresting some of the more than 800,000 hectares of seriously eroding land found in New Zealand’s high country.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00477.htm


7: Overseas-born NZers leaving for Aussie in droves
United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne has released figures showing nearly thirty percent of New Zealand migrants to Australia since 2001 were born overseas. “It’s a serious concern that many migrants to New Zealand are coming here to gain their citizenship, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00470.htm


8: Warning: Westlife Tickets Selling Fast!
Skip Ink

After a huge response to this week's exclusive Visa pre-sale, good seats remain available at all prices for the Public On Sale this Saturday (1st March) at 9am. Within three hours of tickets being offered on the Visa Entertainment's pre-sale ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0802/S00317.htm


9: 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
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00440.htm


10: India's Control Of Bird Flu Outbreak Commended
United Nations

The recent, worst-ever outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza in the Indian state of West Bengal seems to have been brought under control by the swift and comprehensive measures taken by the country's authorities.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00407.htm


11: Peters Fights With Media - 28 February 2008
Kevin List

Click for big version A young and vivacious portrait of Queen Elizabeth beams down on NZ First Leader Winston Peters *****
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00330.htm


12: HBDHB management relieved uncertainty resolved
Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Acting chief executive of Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, Dr Win Bennett, said the DHB could plan ahead with certainty now the issue of governance had been resolved.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0802/S00111.htm


13: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00449.htm


14: Antidepressants harmful as well as ineffective
Citizens Commission on Human Rights

Mental health watchdog claims antidepressants are not only ineffective as a recent British study reveals, but can also be dangerous for your health. “It should be widely known that these drugs can cause severe reactions with people,” said Steve ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0802/S00118.htm


15: Deforestation policy not as simple as it appears
New Zealand Government

The Labour-Progressive Government today welcomed the contribution to the climate change policy debate from the ‘Flexible Land Use Alliance’ but warned that the issues are not as straightforward as the group portrays.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00468.htm


16: Te Whanau a Apanui foreshore and seabed agreement
New Zealand Government

The government today signed a Heads of Agreement on the foreshore and seabed with representatives of the hapu that make up Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi Te Whanau a Apanui.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00461.htm


17: Paradise At Risk: Issues Bedeviling The Caribbean
Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Tourists from across the globe seek out the Caribbean islands, attracted by sunlit beaches and deluxe hotels. However, recent developments brought about by civilian nuclear use has put the Caribbean's fragile natural environment at significant risk.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00406.htm


18: Intimate Encounters: Disability and Sexuality
Tiaho Trust

An internationally acclaimed photographic exhibition ‘Intimate Encounters: Disability and Sexuality’ by photographer Belinda Mason-Lovering will tour New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0802/S00321.htm


19: Wot If You Told Work to Take a Leap on Friday?
Wotif.com

Forget everything you've learnt about leap years, Wotif.com, the self declared saviours of the short break, guardians of the getaway and protectors of the long weekend, have discovered the shocking truth that it's all a sham.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00447.htm


20: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0802/S00398.htm


21: ANZ National needs to justify interest rate rises
Finsec

The banks workers union Finsec is calling on ANZ National bank to provide better justifications for yesterday’s decision to raise mortgage interest rates. ANZ National blames the rise in interest rates on the cost and availability of international credit ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00459.htm


22: New risk analysis panel selected
State Services Commission

The State Services Commission has established an expert panel to supply Quantitative Risk Analysis (QRA) services to all government agencies in an effort to better manage project costs and provide more value for money.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00332.htm


23: CEO Welcomes Sir John Anderson as commissioner
Hawke's Bay District Health Board

Chris Clarke, chief executive of Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, was very pleased to hear news of the appointment of Sir John Anderson as commissioner to govern the DHB.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0802/S00112.htm


24: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00451.htm


25: Matt Renner: Email Users Could've Erased Records
Matt Renner

The testimony of current and former White House officials and the head of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) revealed a possible explanation for the loss of millions of White House email records.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0802/S00324.htm


26: Europe getting nervous about emissions trading
Greenhouse Policy Coalition

Due to growing concerns from Economic Ministers' and industry in Europe about the cost to their economies of emissions trading and potential job losses, the European Commission has been forced into a quick back-down on its plans to make the scheme ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0802/S00327.htm


27: 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00450.htm


28: Green: Opening Statement
Flexible Land Use Alliance

Opening Statement Ross Green, Spokesman Press Conference 2pm, Thursday 28 February Kensington Swan, Wellington
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0802/S00479.htm


29: Dunne on Flexible Land Use Alliance
United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne has indicated support for the positive intentions of the Flexible Land Use Alliance, which was launched in Wellington today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0802/S00465.htm


30: Tandems Take Over the City
Bike Wise Week

In an operation coined ‘Project Tandem’, 40 staff from leading infrastructure design firm Maunsell hired all Auckland’s available tandem bicycles and rode to Aotea Square in yesterday’s annual Bike Wise Go By Bike Day event.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0802/S00309.htm

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