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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 25 December 2008

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

1: The Real Spirt of Xmas vs The Fake Spirit of Xmas

Kevin List

This Christmas Scoop received an email from a concerned and dedicated reader questioning whether Air NZ 's latest online Xmas message was really in the spirit of the season. The online animation shows Santa being grounded by the 'Green Police' due to his ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00430.htm

2: Willis Accepts Challenge from Worlds Fastest Miler

Leyton Tremain

Christchurch will host an International Track and Field meeting on Friday the 13th of March 2009. New Zealand athletes Valerie Villi and Nick Willis made history at the Beijing Olympics claiming Gold and Bronze medals in the jewel of the games the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00244.htm

3: Air NZ Boeing 787-9 delivery delayed after strike

Content.net

Dec. 24 – Air New Zealand, whose shares have tumbled 55% this year, is in discussions about compensation with Boeing Co. over delays to delivery of its 787-9 Dreamliners after a machinists strike and production tweaks.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00432.htm

4: NZ Government disappointed by Fiji move

New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully says the Fiji Interim Government this afternoon moved to expel New Zealand’s Acting High Commissioner, Caroline McDonald.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00261.htm

5: First Detection of Ebola Reston Virus in Pigs

Joint Press Release

Following the detection of the Ebola Reston virus in pigs in the Philippines, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00545.htm

6: Zimbabwe'sCholera Epidemic Not Under Control

United Nations

23 December 2008 – The worst cholera epidemic ever recorded in Zimbabwe is still not under control after infecting nearly 24,000 people, with the death toll approaching 1,200, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00549.htm

7: Darfur: UN-African Union Force Reaches Over 60%

United Nations

The joint African Union-United Nations mission in the strife-torn Darfur region of Sudan received an additional 45 troops today, bringing the number of military staff to 12,242 – just over 60 per cent of the total military component of the force. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00550.htm

8: Oxfam Closes Historic Tsunami Response

Oxfam

International development agency Oxfam is preparing to close its response to the Indian Ocean tsunami at the end of this month, four years after the disaster. Oxfam and its local partner organisations assisted 2.5 million people in seven tsunami-affected ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00551.htm

9: Additional Delays for Air NZ Boeing 787-9 Aircraft

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand has had confirmation from Boeing that it can expect further delays in the delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00470.htm

10: Sanlu declared bankrupt by Chinese court

Content.net

Dec. 24 - Sanlu Group Co., the Chinese dairy company shut down amid a scandal over milk products tainted with melamine, was declared bankrupt by a provincial court, according to Fonterra Cooperative Group.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00431.htm

11: Commonwealth Bank to buy A$4 bln of Wizard loans

Content.net

Dec. 24 – Commonwealth bank of Australia, that nation’s biggest home lender, will buy A$4 billion in mortgages from General Electric’s Wizard Mortgage Corp.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00434.htm

12: MARKET UPDATE: NZ stocks mixed in light trade

Content.net

Dec. 24 – New Zealand stocks were mixed, in light pre-Christmas trading, with Fletcher Building falling after figures showed the biggest drop in U.S. home sales for 21 years.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00433.htm

13: Rise In Extreme Weather

United Nations

The United Nations disaster management team was kept busy this year by the rise in hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters caused by extreme weather as well as by increased demand from Governments worldwide for disaster-awareness training.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00547.htm

14: UN Helping Philippines Tackle Ebola Outbreak

United Nations

The Philippine Government has asked the United Nations for help in tackling what appears to be the first global outbreak of the deadly Ebola-Reston virus in pigs, which has attacked hog farms in the South-East Asian nation.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00536.htm

15: Toxic Shellfish Warning Extended

Toi Te Ora

As a result of follow up testing, people are now advised to avoid collecting or eating shellfish from the wider Coromandel and Bay of Plenty coastline from Tairua (including Tairua Harbour) south including Whiritoa, Whangamata, Onemana, and east along the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0812/S00320.htm

16: NZ dollar falls as recession deepens

Content.net

Dec. 24 – The New Zealand dollar fell after data confirmed the economy sank deeper into recession, heightening concern that it will continue to spiral downward next year.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00425.htm

17: Background Note: Montenegro

US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: Montenegro (13,938 sq. km.) is slightly smaller than Connecticut. Cities: Capital --Podgorica. Other cities --Bar, Berane, Bijelo Polje, Budva, Cetinje, Herceg Novi, Kotor, Niksic, Pljevlja, Tivat, Ulcinj. Terrain: Varied; mountainous ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00543.htm

18: Story Removed

Environment Canterbury

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http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0812/S00316.htm

19: Waiting for the Bangladesh Verdict

J. Sri Raman

Bangladesh is scheduled to go to the polls on December 29. Does this mean that, in less than a week, the South Asian subcontinent would have returned to secure democracy?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00429.htm

20: Breast Pumps Missing From Waikato Hospital

Waikato District Health Board

Two mobile breast pumps are missing from Waikato Hospital's newborn intensive care unit and nurses say they are sure it was intentional theft. Charge nurse Cathy McBride said the pumps, worth $2000 each, were taken sometime between 5pm on Monday and 9am ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0812/S00114.htm

21: Environment Enhancement Fund 2008

Environment Canterbury

Environment Canterbury has approved $175,000 of funding for biodiversity projects in the Canterbury region for the 2008 funding round of the Environment Enhancement Fund.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0812/S00317.htm

22: Veolia Transport to Continue

Veolia

Veolia Transport Auckland Ltd (Veolia Transport) is pleased to announce that the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) has extended the company’s contract to continue as the operator of the Auckland passenger rail network through the transition ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0812/S00318.htm

23: More Frontline Police on the Way

New Zealand National Party

Counties-Manukau is a great place to live. People continue to be drawn by the opportunities, the vibrant cultural diversity, and the friendliness of the people and the buzz of living in one of the country’s fastest growing districts.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00262.htm

24: Sudanese Government and UNICEF Sign Agreement

United Nations

23 December 2008 – Sudan’s military and child welfare authorities have partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to protect children’s rights and prevent the recruitment of child soldiers in the war-torn African nation.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00548.htm

25: Expulsion of New Zealand’s High Commissioner

British High Commission

The British High Commissioner, George Fergusson, said today: “We are extremely disappointed at the wholly unjustified expulsion of the New Zealand Acting High Commissioner in Suva.”
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00300.htm

26: IRL scientist wins industry award

Industrial Research

Tim Kemmitt, senior research scientist with Industrial Research Limited's (IRL) Hydrogen and Distributed Energy team, has won a Sustainable Electricity Association of New Zealand (SEANZ) Industry Award for his work on photovoltaics (PV) for solar power ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00467.htm

27: Fonterra Welcomes Commerce Commission Decision

Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd

Fonterra General Counsel, David Matthews, said the company was pleased to have confirmation from the Commerce Commission that the contracts offered to farmers fully complied the law.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00471.htm

28: NZ Acting High Commissioner Expelled

New Zealand Government

This unfortunate diplomatic situation resulted because of the bullying tactics, arrogance, disconnected, condescending and failed international and economic policies of the previous New Zealand government.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00263.htm

29: Kyrgyz National Television and Radio Network

US State Department

The United States is concerned that the Kyrgyz National Television and Radio Network stopped broadcasting Radio Azattyk, the Kyrgyz-language service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and Azattyk’s popular television news programs, “Inconvenient ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00546.htm

30: While you were sleeping: BusinessWire wrap

Content.net

Dec. 24 – U.S. home sales tumbled by the most in 21 years last month, indicating a deeper slump in the world’s biggest economy.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00428.htm

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