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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings November 25 2008


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

1: Reflections: The Legacy Of 'Helen Holyoake'

Simon Arcus

Simon Arcus writes that as the dust settles on the New Zealand election Helen Clark has left a legacy comparable only to Sir Keith Holyoake - a bloodless exit as leader, a clean slate, an opportunity to plan for the future unencumbered by fallout...

2: Background Note: Eritrea
US State Department

Geography Area: 125,000 sq. km. (48,000 sq. mi.); about the size of Pennsylvania. Cities: Capital --Asmara (est. pop. 435,000). Other cities --Keren (57,000); Assab (28,000); Massawa (25,000); Afabet (25,000); Tessenie (25,000); Mendefera (25,000); ...

3: Babcock & Brown Stock Halted from Trading

Nov. 24 – Babcock & Brown Ltd., the Australian investment group that’s lost 99% of its market value in the past 12 months, had its stock halted from trading pending talks with its banks.

4: Background Note: Zimbabwe
US State Department

Geography Area: 390,580 sq. km. (150,760 sq. mi.), slightly larger than Montana. Cities: Capital --Harare (pronounced Ha-RAR-e), pop. 1.5 million. Other towns --Bulawayo, Chitungwiza, Mutare, Gweru, Kwekwe, Masvingo, Marondera. Terrain: Desert and savanna. ...

5: UN Bans "Defamation of Religion"
UN Watch

Geneva, November 24, 2008 — By a vote of 85 to 50, with 42 abstaining, the UN General Assembly today adopted a draft resolution calling on all countries to alter their legal and constitutional systems to prevent "defamation of religions," asserting ...

6: Undernews For November 24, 2008

Here in America we are descended in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine - GOP President Dwight Eisenhower, 1954

7: The Truth behind Citigroup Bank "Nationalization"
William Engdahl

On Friday November 21, the world came within a hair’s breadth of the most colossal financial collapse in history according to bankers on the inside of events with whom we have contact. The trigger was the bank which only two years ago was America’s ...

8: The Astrobiologists
Suzan Mazur

A fter reviewing Robert M. Hazen’s 28-page C.V. of his work as an experimental mineralogist (listing grant $$$ too), as an educator, author of a dozen books and a symphonic trumpeter – I was most charmed to read that a new mineral “precipitated” ...

9: Background Note: Albania
US State Department

Geography Area: 28,748 sq. km. (slightly larger than Maryland). Major cities: Capital --Tirana (600,000, 2005 est.). Others --Durres (200,000, 2005 est.), Shkoder (81,000, 2005 est.), Vlore (72,000, 2005 est.). Terrain: Situated in the southwestern region ...

10: Police Commissioners Say No To Family Violence
New Zealand Police

Police Commissioners from every state and territory in Australia and New Zealand have joined together to combat family violence.

11: Ryall Speech to Emergency Medicine Conference ‘08
New Zealand Government

Thank you for the invitation to open your conference... the first for ACEM here in our nation’s capital. In my brief remarks today I want to support your drive for greater clinical leadership, to cover our plans to give doctors and nurses more ...

12: Cervical Cancer vaccine wins pharma “Nobel Prize”
CSL Biotherapies

GARDASIL®, the vaccine used in the New Zealand cervical cancer immunisation programme, has won the prestigious 2008 International Galien Prize, according to Mike Taylor, New Zealand Country Manager for CSL Biotherapies NZ Ltd.

13: Political Pornography – New Dirty War in Venezuela
Julie Webb-Pullman

It is not stretching a point to call the latest Venezuelan rightwing salvo political pornography. In a last-ditch attempt to resist the tsunami of support for PSUV candidates, a million copies of a video produced by an organisation called SYNERGIA began circulating ...

14: Where On Google Earth Will You Be On Waitangi Day?
Maori Television Service

New Zealand's national indigenous broadcaster, Maori Television, is putting out the call for all New Zealanders to come home for Waitangi Day 2009 but forget the planes, trains and automobiles you would usually rely on. This year, the only travel required ...

15: Undernews For November 24, 2008

Al Jazeera Bolivia's president has suspended the work of agents from the US Drug Enforcement Administration, accusing them of spying inside Bolivia. Speaking in the coca-producing region of Chimore in central Chapare province on Saturday, Evo Morales ...

16: Take a stand on violence against women
New Zealand Government

Take a stand on violence against women on White Ribbon Day White Ribbon Day is an opportunity to reinforce the message that society does not condone violence against women, says Social Development and Employment Minister Paula Bennett.

17: APEC-08: The Lima Declaration - Statement
APEC 2008

The current global financial crisis is one of the most serious economic challenges we have ever faced. We will act quickly and decisively to address the impending global economic slowdown.

18: Stuart Newman: Evolution Politics
Suzan Mazur

I t’s not surprising that Stuart Newman was one of “the Altenberg 16” scientists who kicked off a reformulation of the theory of evolution, the “extended evolutionary synthesis,” this July at Konrad Lorenz Insitute. While I’ve been writing about ...

19: Drug company scaremongering, says Pharmac

People can be confident a generic version of a widely-used gastrointestinal drug will work just as well as the medicine it is replacing, says PHARMAC.

20: Opposition to family violence reaffirmed
New Zealand Government

Women’s Affairs Minister Pansy Wong has urged people to reaffirm their opposition to violence against women by wearing a white ribbon this week.

21: Greenpeace Green Electronics guide 2008

24 November 2008 - Now in its tenth edition, the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics shows that most consumer electronics companies have been slow to get serious about climate change.

22: Top Scoop Stories - 25 November 2008 News Summary
The Scoop Editor

Gordon Campbell: John Key’s Performance In Peru Hospitals: Ryall Performs Triage On Emergency Departments Lucifer's Election? Christian Candidate Analyses Election Failure Election 2008: Results Finally Touch Down New Ministers In Action: Farewell ...

23: Luxury Auckland home rents for $5,000 a week

An exclusive Auckland home that recently sold for more than $6.5 million is now being rented out for $5,000 a week, reflecting an emerging trend for high-end city home owners to offer their homes as luxury rentals during absences.

24: Businesswire Overnight Wrap: 25 Nov 08

Nov. 25 – Citigroup Inc. got a US$20 billion injection of government aid and protection from losses on US$306 billion of toxic, mortgage-related assets. Shares of the No. 2 U.S. bank by assets soared more than 50%.

25: Uri Avnery: Eyes Wide Shut
Uri Avnery

THE DAY before yesterday, two documents appeared side by side in Haaretz: a giant advertisement from the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the results of a public opinion poll.

26: Background Note: Djibouti
US State Department

Geography Area: 21,883 sq. km. (8,450 sq. mi.); about the size of Massachusetts. Cities: Capital --Djibouti. Other cities --Dikhil, Arta, Ali-Sabieh, Obock, Tadjoura. Terrain: Coastal desert. Climate: Torrid and dry.

27: Campaign to stop violence against women
Amnesty International

Amnesty International is hosting various events around the country this week to raise awareness for the millions of women worldwide robbed of a voice to speak up against violence.

28: Background Note: Cambodia
US State Department

Geography Area: 181,040 sq. km. (69,900 sq. mi.); about the size of Missouri. Cities: Capital --Phnom Penh (pop. 1.3 million), Battambang, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Prey Veng, Kompong Cham. Terrain: Central plain drained by the Tonle Sap (Great Lake) ...

29: NZ Elections: Failure Of Christian Right
The Family Party

The Family party was formed out of the Destiny party - a Faith based party - achieving some 14,000 votes in the ‘05 election; however the Family party vote dropped to 6,900 in November 8, ‘08 election. This is also in line with the overall drop in ...

30: Big Benefits To Dairy Award Entrants
Sharemilker of the Year

The 2008 New Zealand Sharemilkers of the Year say the intangible benefits from entering the competition are ten-fold compared to any monetary reward.

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