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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 29 June 2008


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

1: Philippines: Typhoon Frank (Fengshen) Update No.21

Government of the Philippines

"The southwest monsoon associated with heavy rains induced by Typhoon Frank (International codename: Fengshen) triggered the occurrence of floodings, landslides, maritime incidents and power interruptions in most of the provinces."

2: Ex Weapons Inspector: US Will Attack Iran
Jason Leopold

In 2002, Scott Ritter, the former Chief United Nations Weapons Inspector In Iraq, publicly accused the Bush administration of lying to Congress and the public about assertions that Iraq was hiding a chemical and biological weapons arsenal.

3: UK Avian Flu Info Bulletin - Protection Zone Lifts
UK Government

Defra has today confirmed that the Protection Zone put in place as part of control measures for the H7N7 avian influenza outbreak in Oxfordshire will lift at 00.01 Sunday 29 June provided that no new suspect cases are identified before then.

4: Eco-boat smashes round-the-world speed record

Earthrace eco-boat smashes round-the-world speed record by 13 days, 21 hours and 9 minutes

5: UN Economic Group Focus: Aid, Development, Economy
United Nations

"We are focusing now on the major challenges the world is facing today - climate change, food and energy prices, the precarious state of the world economy, and development aid," Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.

6: Wammo & Polling Booth Expert Discuss Influences
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wammo talks to Jonah Berger - Assistant Professor of Marketing from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and co-author of a new study showing polling station locations may influence voting.

7: Secretary Rice With South Korean FM Yu Myung-Hwan
US State Department

"It is a natural step to know how much plutonium was made as one moves to understanding what has happened with weaponization. ...In this next phase, we do have to move on abandonment. That is the purpose of the six-party talks."

8: Free Trade w/ Colombia: McCain's Misguided Policy
Council on Hemispheric Affairs

McCain's foreign policy in Latin America is seen as misguided, and sends the wrong message to the region. Overall, his approach almost duplicates the Bush Administration's hemispheric policy, which is seen around the world as being deeply flawed.

9: ERMA New Zealand Seeks Views On Endosulfan

The Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA New Zealand) is calling for public submissions on the continued use of the insecticide endosulfan.

10: AU Urged To Reject Zimbabwe Sham Election Result
Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch urged the African Union to uphold its African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, by declaring the runoff unconstitutional as 'an illegal means of maintaining power' and suspending Zimbabwe from the African Union.

11: Wallace & Harmeet Sooden On Israel Deportation
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wallace Chapman talks to peace advocate Harmeet Sooden about his deportation from Israel, the International Solidarity Movement, and Palestine.

12: China Olympics: Human Rights Watch Reporters Guide
Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is publishing a pocket guide for reporters traveling to China for the Beijing Olympics. The guide addresses how to report in a largely closed country, with particular attention to hazards facing Chinese sources and news assistants.

13: US-Sino Relations Progress Despite Military Issues

While questions remain about China's increasing military expenditures, the country's shared interests with the U.S. in enhanced regional security ensure cooperation and continued progress, senior U.S. defense officials say. "Our national interests overlap".

14: SRB: Thoughts of an Anti-Zionist Jew
Scoop Review of Books

If I Am Not For Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew By Mike Marqusee AK Press US$24. Reviewed by ASHER GOLDMAN for the Scoop Review of Books

15: Philippine Govt Orders MV "Stars" Disaster Inquiry
Philippines News Agency

"The House will not let this issue fade away. I ordered the House transport committee Chaired by Congressman Monico Puentebella to investigate incident as soon as possible, in marathon sessions and to throw the book at those who appear to be responsible."

16: Art and design outside the square
Wellington institute of Technology

Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) introduced a brand new art and design degree this year - the Bachelor of Creative Technologies (BCT). The BCT with majors in visual arts, interior design, digital media, product design engineering and cultural ...

17: NZ and Chile to collaborate on conservation issues
New Zealand Government

New Zealand and Chile have agreed to work together on new conservation projects, Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick says.

18: New Survey Shows Kiwi Women Stressed About Finance
Impact PR

New Zealand’s toughening economic climate is affecting women’s health with more than a quarter saying that financial worries stop them sleeping.

19: NZ Should Be Formally Recognised As Multi Cultural
United Future NZ Party

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne has called for New Zealand to formally establish itself as a multicultural nation.

20: CCS Urges Government To Support Families
New Zealand CCS

CCS Disability Action kicks off their Awareness Week today. They will be urging the Government to provide the early support that all disabled children and their families need.

21: IRI Feedback: COHA's Closet of Dubious Stories
Scoop Feedback

This latest installment about IRI and its Chairman, Senator McCain, is a repackaging of baseless conspiracy theories - some borrowed from others.

22: Animal rights activists claim victory
National Anti Vivisection

A conference on animal experiments due to take place this weekend has been abruptly cancelled after the Ellerslie Event Centre refused to host the event.

23: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 28 June 2008
Scoop Daily Ratings

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

24: SRB: Words that Move Public Opinion
Scoop Review of Books

Words That Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear, by Frank Luntz Hyperion. REVIEWED BY HEATHER KAVAN - Scoop Review of Books FRANK LUNTZ is the propagandist who sold Republicanism and Bush to the United States. He prepares congress leaders ...

25: MSF Urges South Africa: Stop Deporting Zimbabweans
Medicines Sans Frontiers

MSF calls on the govet of South Africa to recognise the right of Zimbabweans to flee to safety within South Africa. The authorities should provide proper places for Zimbabweans to stay where they are protected and can receive acceptable assistance.

26: Senate Approves Bill to Fund Iraq War Until Mid-09
Jason Leopold

The Senate overwhelmingly passed a $162 billion emergency spending bill late Thursday to continue funding the occupation of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan well into 2009, without a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops.

27: Medical Corps Worker Kidnapped In Somalia Now Safe
International Medical Corps

An International Medical Corps staff member who was taken earlier from the agency's compound in Hudur, in the Bakool Region of southern Somalia, has been released and is safe. Two UN workers, kidnapped during the same incident, have now also been released.

28: UN Warning: Progress In Drug Control Under Threat
United Nations

Less than one in every 20 people (age 15-64) have tried drugs at least once in the past 12 months. Problem drug users (people with severe drug dependence) are less than 1/10 of this already low percentage: about 0.6% of the planet's adult population.

29: Javier Solana On The Run-Off Election In Zimbabwe
European Union

"I trust that the relevant African authorities (the SADC and the African Union) will draw the necessary conclusions, in the interests not only of Zimbabwe but of the whole of Africa. The outcome of this election cannot be regarded as legitimate."

30: Destiny's Ex Men: Solution To Gangs And Crime
Destiny Churches

Destiny's Ex Men: Solution To Gangs And Crime 6pm Sunday 29th June 2008 Destiny Church Auckland 18 Allright Place, Mt Wellington 26 June 2008. Destiny Church Auckland will be holding a major event this Sunday featuring former gang members who have ...

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