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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 5 December 2007

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

1: Pentagon Poised To Resume Open Air Weapons Testing

Sherwood Ross

The Pentagon has denied President Bush issued a directive for it to resume open-air testing of chemical and biological warfare(CBW) agents that were halted by President Richard Nixon in 1969. Yet, the Pentagon's stated preparations make it appear it ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00060.htm

2: Michael Collins: Mike Huckabee - Minister of Death

Michael Collins

Mike Huckabee is the "surging" candidate to watch in the Republican presidential primaries, at least for the moment. The former Arkansas governor is an ordained Southern Baptist minister and a believer in the " inerrancy " doctrine of Biblical scripture. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00059.htm

3: Year-End Zeitgeist Highlights Hot Searches in 2007

Google

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 4 December 2007 – With the end of the year in sight, it's time to reflect on what made 2007 special. Today we're releasing our first ever annual Zeitgeist for New Zealand - the fastest rising and highest volume search terms ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00043.htm

4: Nicholas Burns Press Conference At OSCE Meeting

US State Department

We need an organization that represents the values of Europe and North America, that stands up for democracy, for human rights, for free elections, for the monitoring of free elections on an objective, fair, and truthful basis, that would stand for ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00228.htm

5: Questions for Oral Answer - Tuesday, 4 December 07

Office of the Clerk

1. R DOUG WOOLERTON (NZ First) to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he stand by the statement made on his behalf, with respect to the future capital structure of Fonterra, that the Government’s primary concern includes ensuring that New Zealand retains ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00065.htm

6: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 4 December 2007

Scoop Daily Ratings

Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00076.htm

7: Vigilance Against Bird Flu Must Not Wane

United Nations

The United Nations agriculture agency warned today that continued vigilance is needed to avert a global pandemic of avian influenza as Chinese health officials reported a new case of fatal infection in a human.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00254.htm

8: EU Bird Flu Measures For Poland, Romania, UK

European Union

Following recent outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Poland and Romania, the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health today voted in favour of a Decision setting out the eradication and control measures for both Member States.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00177.htm

9: Weaving web of secrecy is ‘playing with fire’

Syed Akbar Kamal

High profile lawyer Deborah Manning who successfully defended Algerian former MP Ahmed Zaoui has sounded alarm that while ‘Mr. Zaoui has received justice in New Zealand’ she is concerned that ‘many others may miss out’.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00075.htm

10: Chinese Officials: Man Dies Of H5N1 Bird Flu Virus

Wikinews.org

The man, only being identified as 24-year-old Lu, is from the Jiangsu Province of eastern China and was admitted to the hospital after having severe flu-like symptoms. Lu was originally diagnosed with pneumonia.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00151.htm

11: Papers show depth of crisis at Wellington DHB

New Zealand National Party

National Party Health spokesman Tony Ryall says David Cunliffe must inject fresh urgency into his management of the crisis at Wellington Hospital.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00081.htm

12: Questions For Oral Answer - Wed 5 December 2007

Office of the Clerk

1. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: Does he accept the assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that “If warming is not kept below two degrees centigrade … substantial global impacts will ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00085.htm

13: Greens have no confidence in new election law

New Zealand National Party

National Party Deputy Leader Bill English says a last-minute amendment to the Electoral Finance Bill shows the Greens are getting cold feet on the shonky piece of legislation.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00082.htm

14: Business Roundtable member behind attack on reform

Green Party

A member of the Business Roundtable is behind the marches against campaign finance reform says the Green Party. The man paying an organiser to run the marches against the Electoral Finance Bill, John Boscawen, is a member of the Business Roundtable, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00057.htm

15: Push back against the right's "War on Christmas"

Bill Berkowitz

Over the past few years, the "War on Christmas" -- a shared project of the Religious Right and the Fox News Channel - has become as much a part of the holiday season as the showing of Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" and Charles Schulz`s "A Charlie ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00080.htm

16: Book buyers review what’s worthy of publishing

Worthy of Publishing

Book lovers can now preview and vote for what they would like to see published and offered for sale on the book market.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00084.htm

17: Law Firm Goes Green

Media Statement

New Zealand has its first carboNZeroCert TM certified law firm, and Lowndes Associates intends its new carbon neutral status to exemplify how local businesses can match the standard being set internationally.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00085.htm

18: COHA: Latin America's New Middle Class

Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Brazil, pointed to as a showcase for both its economic boom and the vast inequality that still persists in parts of the country, has become the new face of this emerging middle class.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00252.htm

19: NZ Google Zeitgeist Hot Searches for 2007

Google

Strong growth in searches for social networks and the big 2007 sporting cups!
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00052.htm

20: PISA: Impressive result for NZ science teachers

PPTA

The latest international survey results show New Zealand students are getting excellent value out of their secondary science teachers, PPTA president Robin Duff says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00064.htm

21: Health system so bad - patients clean toilets

New Zealand National Party

National Party Health spokesman Tony Ryall says the state of the public health system is so bad that patients in Rotorua are being forced to clean their own toilets.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00112.htm

22: Global Conference On Avian And Pandemic Influenza

US State Department

The conference is being hosted by the Government of India in conjunction with the International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, and aims to increase assistance to countries facing the social and economic consequences of widespread poultry losses ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00233.htm

23: IMNZ Independent Album Chart - December 2007

Independent Music New Zealand

IMNZ Independent Album Chart Rank Artist Title Label/Distributor 1 Kora Kora Border 2 Tiki Past, Present, Future Rhythmethod 3 Shapeshifter Shapeshifter Live Truetone/Rhythmethod 4 Hollie Smith Long Player Soundsmith 5 Die! Die! Die! Promises Promises Tardus 6 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00032.htm

24: Nations Examine Bird Flu Preparedness At Meeting

US Information Service

Two days before the December 4-6 New Delhi International Ministerial Conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza convened in India's northern capital, journalists from India and Afghanistan gathered at a two-day workshop to learn how to cover the highly ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S00242.htm

25: Lyndon Hood: Electoral Spam Act

Lyndon Hood

Having been away for a while, Scoop's satirist felt it appropriate to clear out his email. Why don't we join him?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00052.htm

26: Telstra and Microsoft bomb in tech survey

PC Authority

SYDNEY AUSTRALIA, 4th December, 2007 - Haymarket Media’s PC Authority magazine is set to publish the results of the biggest ever tech survey undertaken in Australia.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00059.htm

27: Toys Top Christmas Lists With Kids Of All Ages

Noel Leeming

More and more adults are channelling the child within when it comes to writing their Christmas wish list, with toys of all shapes and sizes becoming ‘must have’ items.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00070.htm

28: NZVCC News Bulletin

Vice Chancellors' Committee

Some protagonists in the current debate over limiting access to university courses are using the term open entry to describe the status quo. The concept of open entry to universities is linked to the ideals of equal opportunity stated by Peter Fraser, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0712/S00017.htm

29: Pork Industry Board welcomes Beekeepers’ win

NZ Pork Industry

The Court of Appeal has upheld the Beekeepers’ case that it is unlawful for MAF to allow new organisms across the border. It affirms that the only body with power to approve the introduction of new organisms to New Zealand is ERMA.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0712/S00083.htm

30: Wellington Hospital Horror Story Gets Worse

The Maori Party

Health spokesperson for the Maori Party, Tariana Turia, has today spoken of her horror at the latest revelations of hospital failures afflicting the Capital Health and Coast District Health Board.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00100.htm

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