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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings December 8 2008

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

1: Undernews For December 8, 2008

Undernews

Watching Barack Obama's bait and switch left me with an indefinable sense of deja vu until the parallel finally dawned. The personalities were so different that they obscured a common technique.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00136.htm


2: National/ACT Supply And Confidence Agreement
ACT New Zealand

Speech to ACT Supporters; ACT Asian Chapter BBQ, Cornwall Park, Auckland; Sunday, December 7 2008
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00046.htm


3: Key takes top spot in MP Report Card
Trans Tasman

While Helen Clark has had a virtual mortgage on top spot over the past few years, John Key picks up the mantle of politician of the year. His brilliant election campaign, coupled with a strong year in which his "new look" National Party dominated the polls ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00084.htm


4: Air New Zealand A320 Accident Update 18
Air New Zealand

The family and friends of the New Zealanders lost in the A320 accident in France have started the process of travelling home to be reunited with loved ones.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00082.htm


5: Statement on the Grounding of the MV Ushuaia
ASOC

On December 4, 2008 the tourism cruise vessel MV Ushuaia1 grounded at position 64º35.5’S 062 º25`W, at the entrance of Wilhelmina Bay near Cape Anna in the NW Antarctic Peninsula. This is one of several maritime accidents by ships operating in Antarctica ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00194.htm


6: Stocks to Watch: New Zealand Equity Preview
Content.net

Dec. 8 – The following stocks may be active on the New Zealand exchange after developments since the close of trading yesterday.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00140.htm


7: UN Daily News, 5 December, 2008
United Nations

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his growing frustration today that the United Nations’ long-standing efforts to promote national reconciliation and democratization in Myanmar have yet to achieve the desired results and he urged the Government to ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00192.htm


8: How about a half price car?
Dog And Lemon guide

New Zealanders could get their cars for up to 50% less if they did their homework first, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00182.htm


9: Scoop Audio: PM's Presser 8 December 2008
Scoop Audio

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key takes questions from the press gallery and gives his take on what the new government is up to.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00148.htm


10: Shortland Street Gay Scene Breaches BSA
Broadcasting Standards Authority

The Broadcasting Standards Authority today released a decision on a complaint that an episode of Shortland Street was in breach of the good taste and decency and children’s interests standards in the Free to Air Television Code of Broadcasting Practice. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00085.htm


11: Buy Kiwi Made decision - Govt lacks economic skill
Green Party

The new Minister of Economic Development shows a remarkable lack of economic understanding in his decision to suspend the Buy Kiwi Made campaign, the Green Party says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00047.htm


12: Communities Brace For Fresh War In Niger Delta
Akanimo Sampson

OIL communities in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria, are currently bracing to launch a multidimensional anti-gas flaring war with all the oil companies carrying out the environmentally harmful practice in the region.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00162.htm


13: Health warning - Section 98 of the Medines Act
Ministry of Health

Director-General of Health Stephen McKernan is warning the public about the potential health dangers associated with six products sold from an Auckland supermarket selling Chinese goods.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0812/S00037.htm


14: Fresh Shootings Erupt In Port Harcourt
Akanimo Sampson

THE relative peace in Port Harcourt, the capital city of one of Nigeria's oil-producing states, Rivers State , was shattered on Thursday night ahead the state's Arts and Cultural Festival which took off on Friday, thus throwing the unsuspecting residents ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00164.htm


15: NZ average house price falls for a second month
Content.net

Dec. 5 – The average New Zealand house price fell 6.8% in November from a year earlier, the second monthly slide of that magnitude, as the weakened economy sapped people’s appetite to take on mortgage debt.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00133.htm


16: Marking Eid Al-Adha, UN EXpresses Hopes For Peace
United Nations

On the occasion of Eid al-Adha, the United Nations has voiced its hope for peace.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00190.htm


17: Background Note: Tanzania
US Department of State - Background Notes

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00161.htm


18: Gordon Campbell IV's Lord Bingham of Cornhill
Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell talks to Britain’s foremost legal authority about human rights in the post 9/11 world, and the war in Iraq.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00143.htm


19: Coca-Cola Amatil NZ applies to acquire Baker Hall
Commerce Commission

CCA is a company incorporated in New Zealand and is 100 percent owned by Coca-Cola Amatil Limited which is a publicly listed Australian company. CCA has the exclusive licence to bottle the 'Coca-Cola brand' beverages in New Zealand, and has five bottling ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00189.htm


20: Experts criticise claims in new diabetes book
Science Media Centre

Author Dr Neal Barnard visits New Zealand this week (8th and 9th December) to promote his book The Reverse Diabetes Diet amidst criticism from New Zealand diabetes experts.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0812/S00041.htm


21: Mukasey Uses Nixon to Defend Bush
Jason Leopold

When it comes to protecting George W. Bush and his administration, Attorney General Michael Mukasey is stretching legal arguments as far as his predecessor Alberto Gonzales ever did – now even invoking the “Nixon Defense” for justifying presidential ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00144.htm


22: Wind industry calls for ambitious targets
Wind Power Works

Poznan, 4 December 2008. Wind energy is on track to saving 10 billion tons of CO2 by 2020, according to a coalition of wind energy companies, associations and NGOs launching a global campaign at the COP14 climate summit in the Polish city of Poznan ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00193.htm


23: Ban: 'Growing Frustration’ At Progress In Myanmar
United Nations

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his growing frustration today that the United Nations’ long-standing efforts to promote national reconciliation and democratization in Myanmar have yet to achieve the desired results and he urged the Government to ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00186.htm


24: DRC: UN To Launch Dialogue Between Govt & Rebels
United Nations

The United Nations envoy tasked with helping to resolve the conflict behind the recent fighting that has engulfed the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will launch a dialogue next week in Nairobi between the DRC’s Government and the rebel ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00188.htm


25: Briefings for Incoming Ministers
New Zealand Government

Post-election Briefing for the Minister from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00056.htm


26: Quality builder speaks out
Jennian Homes

Jennian Homes, one of New Zealand’s leading new home builders, is disappointed that the actions of a couple of Auckland frame and truss manufacturers may have let the building industry and consumers down with their unscrupulous practices.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00188.htm


27: Ukraine and Georgia: Entry into NATO Put Off
F William Engdahl

Ukraine and Georgia: Entry into NATO Put Off Indefinitely by F. William Engdahl GlobalResearch.ca NATO ministers in Brussels have decided to ignore US wishes and to delay the admission of Ukraine and of Georgia in effect indefinitely in what the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00134.htm


28: Born With A Statin Deficiency?
Martha Rosenberg

When Dr. Paul Ridker of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA presented the results of the AstraZeneca-funded JUPITER study at the American Heart Association conference in November--JUPITER standing for The Justification for the Use of Statins ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00130.htm


29: GM, Ford - Won't Pledge to Buy American
Michael Collins

(Wash. DC) The CEO's of General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler were in the Capitol Thursday asking for $34 billion dollars to stay in business for the next few months. The three companies are now at the top of the corporate "dead pool," with a bankruptcy for ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00138.htm


30: Stateside: Bizarrities
Rosalea Barker

The topic of this week’s Stateside was going to be the weird conversations that perfect strangers strike up with me. What is it about me, I wonder, that someone in the post office will ask me as we leave if I believe in UFOs and then walk with ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00146.htm

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