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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 21 December 2007



December 21st's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Six Months Of Top Stories: Summaries Of Scoop News

The Scoop Editor

Special Edition: Six Months Of Top Scoop Stories, 25 Jun 2007 - 14 Dec 2007 News Summary. A news junkies delight, ranging from "Peters Bringing Reserve Bank Act Rewrite to Parliament" to "Housing Vs. Treaty / Wellington Claim / Bali & Climate".

2: Gisborne Earthquake

New Zealand Police

There has been a large earth quake in Gisborne. Reports of major damage. Unknown if any casualties.

3: UN Health Card: Avian Flu Pandemic Threat Remains

United Nations

Avian influenza continued as a threat, with cumulative figures showing a human toll of more than 200 deaths since 2003. UN Warns that the world needs to be prepared for a bird flu pandemic, with special attention to influenza viruses such as H5N1

4: Summary of response to Gisborne earthquake to date

Civil Defence Emergency Management

Media Release 21 December 2007 10.10am Summary of response to Gisborne earthquake to date

5: Has global warming stopped?

New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

An assertion by the former science editor of the BBC, David Whitehouse in the reputable British journal New Statesman that global warming has stopped, should be taken very seriously by the world's climate science community, according to Bryan Leyland, of ...

6: Magnitude 6.8 Earthquake Off East Coast N.Z

The Scoop Editor

6.8 Earthquake Off East Coast Of The North Island, N.Z, Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 08:55:17 PM at epicenter. Location 38.729°S, 178.362°E / Depth 33 km / Region: Off East Coast Of The North Island, N.Z. Distances 31 km from Gisborne, NZ.

7: Background Information On The Euro And Euro Area

European Union

The euro area was established on 1 Jan 1999, when 11 of the then 15 EU Member States adopted the euro. The 11 were: Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and Finland.

8: St John has busy night after Gisborne earthquake

St John

St John has had a busy night, assistingwith the aftermath of the earthquake near Gisbornelast evening. St John Major Incident Plans were activated soon after the earthquake and remain in place today.

9: Secretary Rice With Jonathan Beale of BBC News

US State Department

I think on Iran, we've been pretty effective with our allies in building this coalition. But now it's going to take a certain toughness, it's going to take a certain sense of urgency.

10: Putin: Statement, Q&A On Russia-Greece Talks

Government of Russia

Russian-Greek relations have always been built on the solid foundation of our peoples' mutual trust and affection, and our partnership is of a genuinely friendly nature.

11: Cambodia: Ensure Safety Of Buddhist Monks

Human Rights Watch

Phnom Penh Police Commissioner Touch Naroth announced that authorities are investigating all of the monks who protested in order to find the "fake monks who instigated the violence."

12: Many Refugees Misunderstand Schengen Expansion


"People are under the impression that in addition to crossing borders without passports, they can also settle down and work wherever they want within the Schengen zone," said Regional Representative Lloyd Dakin.

13: Act now: taser gun decision due soon

Peace Movement Aotearoa

Act now: taser gun decision due soon The Commissioner of Police, Howard Broad, is currently considering the police's evaluation of the TaserX26 trial, and is expected to make a decision early next year about whether or not the taser, or 'electromuscular ...

14: Phoenix Organics: Think Before U Drink...Aspartame

Phoenix Organics

Phoenix Organics has launched a campaign urging people to find out more about aspartame, the controversial artificial sweetener contained in many 'diet' drinks and foods and beverages marketed as containing zero calories.

15: Tougher Penalties Focus Of Road Safety Package

New Zealand Government

A bid to reduce the high number of young drivers dying unnecessarily on New Zealand roads is a central focus of a package of road safety initiatives announced today.

16: Review of Canterbury to provide design assurance

New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Phil Goff has asked the New Zealand Defence Force and the Ministry of Defence to begin an independent review of the acquisition and introduction into service of HMNZS Canterbury.

17: Ernest Partridge: About This “Mormonism” Thing

Ernest Partridge

When Willard “Mitt” Romney announced his intention to run for the Presidency of the United States, one might suppose that there was joy in Salt Lake City among the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

18: Outcome - Fatal Shooting Of Stephen Bellingham

New Zealand Police

On Wednesday the 26th of September 2007 at 8.37 pm, 37 year old Stephen Jon Bellingham was fatally shot by Police during an incident in Stanmore Road in Christchurch.

19: Send a frigate to protest whale slaughter

Green Party

The Green Party is urging the Government to send a frigate to observe and protest the annual Japanese whale slaughter in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

20: Carter Observatory Set For Council Assistance

Wellington City Council

Carter Observatory Set For Council Assistance Carter Observatory set for Council assistance Wellington City Councillors have agreed to a proposal that the Council provide financial assistance to the Carter Observatory - and that the observatory ...

21: Gisborne Earthquakes Timely Reminder For Auckland

Auckland Civil Defence Emergency Management Group

Earthquakes causing damage in Gisborne serve as a timely reminder for Auckland to be prepared

22: Mayor Responds To Whenuapai Announcement

North Shore City

North Shore City Mayor Andrew Williams has spelt out the environmental dangers that may face residents exposed to any increased use of Whenuapai as a commercial airport.

23: Mongolia's Treatment Of Asylum Seekers From DPRK

United Nations

A United Nations expert on human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) today praised Mongolia's treatment of asylum seekers from that country and its cooperation with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the issue.

24: The End of Year Prize for being a New Zealander

Ministry For Culture And Heritage

The Kiwi Summer Holiday brings lazy days at the beach and bach, games of back-yard cricket, food on the barbie and that holiday uniform of shorts, jandals and tee-shirts. It's the end of year prize for being a New Zealander.

25: UNHCR Reports Surge In Asylum Seekers In Poland

United Nations

Poland has witnessed a sharp rise in the number of asylum seekers in the latter part of this year, particularly Chechens and Ingush from Russia, owing to fears that the country's accession to the European border-free zone today.

26: Putin Congratulates President-Elect, Rep. Of Korea

Government of Russia

"Your convincing victory in the election bears witness to the wide public support for your declared policy of national economic growth and consolidating your country's prestige on the international stage." -- President Vladimir Putin

27: Whaling "Unacceptably Cruel" - Gordon Brown, PM

UK Government

Many coastal communities, including those in developing countries, can profit from tourist income generated by a well-regulated whale watching industry. The current and future benefits from whale watching far exceed those from killing whales.

28: Vaccine approval contributes to influenza response

Biosecurity NZ

MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) has welcomed ERMA’s approval of the Flu Avert® I.N vaccine for emergency use, should New Zealand ever face an equine influenza outbreak.

29: DOC To Wipe Out Unique Goats After Christmas

New Zealand Deerstalkers Association

DOC Set To Wipe Out Unique Arapawa Goats After Christmas New Zealand Deerstalkers' Association (NZDA) has joined the Rare Breeds Society of New Zealand in opposing DOC's proposed destruction of the unique Arapawa Island goat breed, early in the ...

30: First Meeting Of 'Group Of Friends' On Burma

United Nations

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today convened the first meeting of a group of 14 nations to assist him in his efforts to spur change in the troubled South-East Asian nation.


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