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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 18 December 2006


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

1: Five Migrants Beaten To Death

United Nations

The perilous people-smuggling across the Gulf of Aden, which this year alone has brought tens of thousands of Somalis and Ethiopians to Yemen, is claiming more lives, with five migrants savagely beaten to death and thrown overboard by the smugglers ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00299.htm

2: Canada's 'War-on-Terror' Immigration Policy
Michael Keefer

Three terms are at play in the situation I wish to analyze. The first is a new Canadian government whose leader has espoused positions more right-wing than those of any prime minister in living memory-but is for the moment constrained to some degree ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00244.htm

3: Climate change policies a priority
New Zealand Government

A significant forestry-planting programme involving thousands of hectares is one of the options being put forward to reduce New Zealand's carbon footprint. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00340.htm

4: Rice IV With The Washington Post Editorial Board
US State Department

QUESTION: I'll start with a very editorial-minded kind of question. The Iraq Study Group doesn't mention democracy. They urge you to talk to Iran and Syria, which has not been helpful to the democracy cause, particularly in Lebanon. There seems to ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00316.htm

5: Phenomenal Growth in NZers Shopping Online, up 400
Nielsen Media Research

1.25 Million Kiwis shopped online in last 12 months - $1.5 Billion spent on new goods, used goods, and services - Airline tickets most popular item bought online http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00324.htm

6: Mazur: John Deuss Oil Trader Max Bernegger Speaks
Suzan Mazur

I remember Max Bernegger's disarming smile the day he walked through the doors at Alexandra Christie, the 1970s fashion company owned by Dutch oil trader John Deuss -- where I was the model. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00258.htm

7: Microdots to be used in fight against car crime
Datadot New Zealand

Tiny micro dots, like those used by spies in World War Two and the Cold War, are about to be deployed nationwide to help fight organised car crime which sees about 20 vehicles permanently disappear every day in New Zealand. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0612/S00048.htm

8: US & Israel: Confronting a Middle East in Turmoil
US State Department

David Welch , Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs; Aaim Saban, Chairman, The Saban Forum, Strobe Talbott, President, The Brookings Institution, and Tzipi Livni, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Israel - Briefing at the Brookings ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00319.htm

9: Press Freedom Activists On Recent Events In Bhutan
APFA-Bhutan

Bhutan witnesses one of the most emotional moments in Bhutanese history. King Jigme Singye Wangchuck has abdicated the throne on December 9, which was announced formally on Thursday, December 14. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck has succeeded his father ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00324.htm

10: Cuisine’s recipe for the perfect summer
Cuisine Magazine

For the latest in laid-back summer eating and entertaining, look no further than the new issue of Cuisine. It’s packed with delicious recipes for great holiday eating, at home or at the bach, and, in true Kiwi spirit, the accent is on barbecue. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00337.htm

11: Largest increase to minimum wage since 1999
New Zealand Government

Workers earning the minimum wage will receive a 9.8% pay rise from April 2007, Labour Minister Ruth Dyson announced today. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00352.htm

12: Climate roles for agriculture and forestry welcome
Business Council for Sustainable Development

The launch of a major discussion on policy options to give agriculture and forestry a role in managing and profiting from climate change is being welcomed by business. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00336.htm

13: Agriculture Must Pull its Weight on Climate Change
Greenpeace New Zealand

Auckland, 18 December, 2006: Greenpeace today called on the agriculture sector to play its part in addressing climate change as the Government released its proposals for dealing with the greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and forestry. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00225.htm

14: Daniel Fried - End-of-Year Review
US State Department

Daniel Fried, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Press Roundtable Washington, DC December 12, 2006 http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00314.htm

15: Thomas Shannon Remarks at the Council of Americas
US State Department

ASSISTANT SECRETARY SHANNON: Good morning. Thank you very much, Susan. Thank you for that introduction. I'm delighted to be here and I thank all of you for taking the time this morning to be with us. It's always a little daunting to stand in front ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00318.htm

16: Reaction to discussion doc “madness”, "idiocy"
New Zealand Government

Agriculture and Forestry Minister Jim Anderton has expressed disgust at the all too familiar hysterical response from the National Party and forestry interests who have described a discussion document released today as “madness” and “sheer idiocy”. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00361.htm

17: NZ leads largest protest yet against whaling
New Zealand Government

New Zealand has led the largest single diplomatic protest yet against Japan's lethal scientific whaling programme in the Antarctic, Conservation Minister Chris Carter announced today. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00334.htm

18: Fat Freddy's at top of album charts for year
Recording Industry Association of NZ

New Zealand’s two best selling albums for 2006 are identical to 2005’s top two – except their order is reversed. And while we have to wait until the year is over for final results, as at December 11 Fat Freddy’s Drop’s “Based on a True Story” ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0612/S00132.htm

19: Defence to send specialist force to Lebanon
New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force will contribute ten personnel to Lebanon as part of a global contribution working with the United Nations Mine Action Coordination Centre in Southern Lebanon. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0612/S00217.htm

20: Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings - 16-17 Dec. 2006
Scoop Daily Ratings

The weekend's top 30 rating items on Scoop were... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00236.htm

21: Robert Parry: Ronald Reagan's Bloody "Apocalypto"
Robert Parry

Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto," a violent capture-and-escape movie set 500 years ago in a brutal Mayan society, ends ironically when European explorers arrive and interrupt the final bloody chase. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00240.htm

22: Sue Saarnio: Conflict Diamonds Press Briefing
US State Department

Sue Saarnio, Special Advisor for Conflict Diamonds; Cecilia Gardner, General Counsel, U.S. Kimberley Process Authority Foreign Press Center Briefing Washington, DC; New York, New York December 12, 2006 http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00313.htm

23: Telecom Music For Less
Telecom New Zealand

Telecom announced today that it has reduced the cost of downloads from its Music Store to $1.99 from $3.50. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0612/S00322.htm

24: Sam Smith: Dealing With Myths
Sam Smith

Having been an anthropology major, I don't get as riled up about mythology in public life as many in the media and politics. Myths can be helpful, benign, sad, or deadly but mostly they're there to fill the empty places in reality. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00243.htm

25: Government adopts Green Party climate change ideas
Green Party

The Green Party is pleased the Government has picked up some of the party's proposals to address climate change from land management in its discussion document Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00347.htm

26: Labour pinches more property
ACT New Zealand

"Labours plan to make forest owners pay $13,000 to the government for the use of their land is just another socialist attack on private property rights" said ACT Leader, Rodney Hide. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00350.htm

27: Repatriation Of Sudanese From Ethiopia Resumed
United Nations

After a more than six-month suspension due to the rainy season, the United Nations refugee agency has resumed the assisted repatriation of Sudanese from Ethiopia with a first group of 500 leaving for their homeland earlier this week, the vanguard of ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0612/S00304.htm

28: Kelpie Wilson: Takes a Village to Cool the Planet
Kelpie Wilson

Last week's New Scientist magazine carried an article with this disturbing headline: "Africa Barred From Carbon Trading." Advocates for African farmers were claiming that European Union policies on carbon credits amounted to a carbon trade embargo ... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00250.htm

29: NZers should not be affected by the Wii-motes
Nintendo

New Zealanders who have purchased the new Nintendo Wii™ game console can be reassured that they will be largely unaffected by the issues with Wii™ straps as have been reported in the USA. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0612/S00049.htm

30: Clark: Hong Kong Chamber Of Commerce
New Zealand Government

Address at Business Breakfast Hong Kong Chamber Of Commerce ‘Enhancing New Zealand’s Place in Asia’ http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0612/S00338.htm

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