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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 20 November 2007



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

1: Paul Buchanan: Postscript on Operation 8

Paul G. Buchanan

The dust has largely settled after the police whirlwind that was Operation 8. Yet some questions remain about the operation itself, and there are political repercussions that need addressing.

2: Breakthrough Drug for Debilitating Disease

Star Public Relations

A new drug, recently approved for use in New Zealand, has been heralded by one of the country’s leading experts as a “substantial step forward” in the treatment of a debilitating disease.

3: UK Bird Flu Update: H5N1 Confirmed At 2nd Premises

UK Government

"The laboratory test results today highlight the importance of poultry keepers in the area being extremely vigilant. It is essential they practice the highest levels of biosecurity and report any suspicions of disease to their local Animal Health ...

4: North Korea leads Peters’ talks in Washington

New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Winston Peters’ recent trip to North Korea was a key focus of his meetings with leading figures of the United States Administration in Washington today (Monday US time).

5: King of Spain mutant US President

Toni Solo

One can read too much into the unprecedented rude behaviour and abrupt departure of Juan Carlos, Bourbon King of Spain, during the recent Ibero-American summit in Santiago, Chile. Clearly, when he got up and left in the middle of Daniel Ortega's ...

6: No Right Turn: Election Funding Bill Reported Back

No Right Turn

The Justice and Electoral committee has finally reported back [PDF] on the Electoral Finance Bill , and recommended that it be passed.

7: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007

Office of the Clerk

1. PETER BROWN to the Minister for ACC: Has she received any recent reports regarding the way in which physiotherapy services are funded and accredited by ACC?

8: McDouall Stuart Finance Companies Report 2007

McDouall Stuart

Wellington, 20 November 2007 – McDouall Stuart today released its 2007 report on the New Zealand finance company sector. Titled ‘Flow and Ebb’, the report analyses the volatility that has affected finance companies over the 18 months since McDouall ...

9: Dalziel: "Business Opportunities in Malaysia"

New Zealand Government

Address to a seminar on "Business Opportunities in Malaysia" sponsored by the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA) Langham Hotel 83 Symonds St, Auckland 12.45pm

10: Four Samoa Fa’afafine Boxers To Fight In Auckland

Event Polynesia

At its Prefight Cocktail in Auckland last weekend, Event Polynesia Boxing announced the line up for its Pro-Am boxing event held on Tuesday 20 November at the Otara Recreation Center in Auckland. The upcoming Fight Night in Auckland is part of a ...

11: MichaelCollins: The Money Party (Part 3)

Michael Collins

The Money Party (Part 3) Bansky Big Lies that You Must Believe Michael Collins Scoop Independent News Washington, D.C.

12: Hugh Pavletich Response to Blair Dickie RMLA of NZ

Hugh Pavletich

Hugh Pavletich Response to Blair Dickie, Resource Management Law Assoction of New Zealand- 20 November 2007

13: Opportunity For Pacific Dreaming In American Samoa

Australian Government

Australia Council for the Arts is looking for Indigenous dancers, musicians, actors, writers and visual artists to join Australia's delegation to the 2008 Festival of Pacific Arts.

14: US State Dept Daily Press Briefing: 19 Nov 2007

US State Department

Russia: Missile Defense & Scheduling Of Upcoming Talks / Japan: Whaling-hunting Expedition / Saudi Arabia: Increased Punishment For Rape Victim / North Korea: Financial Working Group / Pakistan: Securing Of Nuclear Arsenal & U.S. Assistance.

15: MAXX best way to see Justin Timberlake on stage


Justin Timberlake fans heading to Vector Arena on Friday 23, Saturday 24 or Monday 26 November 2007 can avoid parking hassles and leave the car at home, as public transport services by the Auckland Regional Transport Authority will have them arriving near ...

16: New Zealand deployments to Afghanistan

New Zealand Government

Prime Minister Helen Clark said today that the Government has made decisions on military and police deployments to Afghanistan and the Gulf region for the period up until September 2009.

17: Top Scoop Stories - 20 November 2007 News Summary

The Scoop Editor

North Korea & Peters & Washington / Queen's Wedding Anniversary / Afghanistan / No Right Turn & Election Funding / Anarchy in NZ / Climate Change & IPCC Report / Mobile Broadband / Finance Companies Report 2007 / Epitiro / Auckland Airport / Burma.

18: TV Star Goes Green for PETA's Ad Campaign

PETA Asia Pacific

Sydney – Wearing a spectacular full-length gown made of lettuce and accessorised with a red chilli pepper choker – next to the tagline "Let Vegetarianism Grow on You" – vegetarian actor Pippa Black stars in a brand-new ad for People ...

19: Winemakers Learn From The Pinot Noir Experts

Central Otago Winegrowers Association

Funding from the New Zealand-France Friendship Fund has assisted three Central Otago winemakers to immerse themselves in the history and culture of pinot noir during a recent six-week educational trip to Burgundy, France.

20: Somalia: What the News Failed to Report

Ramzy Baroud

The people of Somalia are enduring yet another round of suffering as Ethiopian forces wreck havoc in the capital, Mogadishu. Apparently in response to an attack on one of its units, and the dragging of a soldier’s mutilated body through the city’s ...

21: Scoop Full Coverage: Election Finance Bill

Scoop Full Coverage

The Justice and Electoral committee has finally reported back on the Electoral Finance Bill, and recommended that it be passed.

22: Report puts end to neutral public service

New Zealand National Party

National Party State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee says a State Services Commission report out this afternoon, confirms that David Parker meddled in the appointment of Clare Curran at the Environment Ministry.

23: Aid Pours Into Cyclone-Hit Bangladesh; Toll 3,100+

VOA News

A United Nations agency says it has joined forces with Bangladesh's Air Force to airdrop emergency supplies to hundreds of thousands of people devastated by last week's Cyclone Sidr.

24: Electoral Finance: Bring back Mark Burton

New Zealand National Party

National Party Deputy Leader Bill English says the new Minister in charge of Labour's anti-democratic Electoral Finance Bill has utterly failed in her first attempt to answer questions about the draconian legislation, and is calling for Mark Burton ...

25: A Portal Into the "Dark Alliances" of the Drug War

A recent plane crash in Mexico has created a firestorm of speculation on the Internet and in certain press outlets on the old question of "dark alliances" between U.S. government agencies -- particularly the CIA -- and drug trafficking. Bill Conroy, ...

26: History of NZ anarchism launched in Auckland

Toby Boraman

History of NZ anarchism launched at Auckland site of terror raids on 25th anniversary of anarchist protest suicide

27: Tomorrow’s Technology - In New Zealand Today


NEC New Zealand, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation (Japan), is celebrating 25 years of innovation in this country with a one-off Technology Showcase at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington on 22 November 2007.

28: Show Santa You’re All Heart This Christmas

St John

Show Santa You’re All Heart This Christmas Would you and your family members know what to do if Santa had a heart attack when he’s shimmying down the chimney this Christmas?

29: Friendly Feudalism: The Tibet Myth

Global Research

Along with the blood drenched landscape of religious conflict there is the experience of inner peace and solace that every religion promises, none more so than Buddhism. Standing in marked contrast to the intolerant savagery of other religions, Buddhism ...

30: Clean coal breakthroughs heartening news

Business Council for Sustainable Development

Major new clean coal technology breakthroughs in the US and Norway are heartening news for New Zealand which has 400 years of coal reserves buried beneath the South Island alone.


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