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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 25 December 2007



Christmas Day's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: UNICEF Germany 'Photo Of The Year': Early Marriage


The image "raises awareness about a worldwide problem," UNICEF patroness Eva Luise Köhler said at the award ceremony in Berlin. "Millions of girls are married while they are still under-age."

2: 10 Most Underreported Humanitarian Stories Of 2007

Medicines Sans Frontiers

In 2007, MSF increased its presence in Mogadishu in different locations and opened an emergency response program in Afgooye, just outside the capital, where an estimated 200,000 internally displaced persons sought refuge, living in extremely harsh conditions.

3: Top Scoop Stories - 24 December 2007 News Summary

The Scoop Editor

Treaty Settlement: Ngatikahu Ki Whangaroa Agreement / DOC Vs. Arapawa Goats / Decoy Cops / GM Foods: Government & Monsanto / Reducing Your Carbon Footprint / Fatal Shooting Of Stephen Bellingham / UK Airport Strike / Rank Group Buys Alcoa Packaging.

4: Santa checks UNFCC list & finds NZ's been naughty


Today at his workshop near the North Pole, Santa Claus announced that he is planning to leave his home of many years because of the impact of climate change.

5: Sustained Release Ritalin SR Available Next Week


Novartis New Zealand announced today that the sustained release version of Ritalin (methylphenidate) will become available on 1 November 2000. From this date, the medication, which is used for the treatment of ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder) ...

6: UNICEF Photo of the Year 2007 - Images Of Extremes


American photographer Stephanie Sinclair is the winner of the international photo competition "UNICEF Photo of the Year". Her photo shows a wedding couple in Afghanistan. The groom, Mohammed, looks much older than his 40 years. The bride is still a child.

7: Response To 'How Not To Handle Nuclear Security'

Project Humanbeingsfirst

The 'hectoring hegemons' will not give up their "primacy imperatives" borne from their full spectrum supremacy of "air, sea, land, space, and cyberspace". And why should they? It gives them the much coveted "hegemony" over the 'have-nots'.

8: Martians To Invade Oamaru On New Years Eve

McGillicuddy Serious Party

Clan McGillicuddy will be the Martians in a 're-enactment' of The War of the Worlds in the heritage port area of Oamaru on New Years Eve. Alfs Imperial Army will be defending the British Empire from the tripods' evil invasion.

9: Businessman In Court Following Canada Extradition


On 26 April 2007, Mr Pennicott was arrested in British Columbia, Canada, following a request by the Australian Government to Canadian authorities to issue a provisional arrest warrant.

10: Rights: Promise For Future Haunted By Past Ghosts

Amnesty International

While the Council achieved some positive outcomes at the resumed sixth session, Amnesty International believes that its members would be well-advised to reflect on where they are taking the Council, which is showing troubling signs.

11: Santa Greeted By Santa Ana Winds in S. California


Santa may have a bumpy ride in Southern California with the next Santa Ana wind event unfolding. High pressure will build into the west coast tonight, ramping up wind gusts in excess of 70 mph in the coastal ranges.

12: Lindsay Perigo: Hysteria and Humbuggery

SOLO - Sense of Life Objectivists

Strolling through town just now I found it necessary to contrive a state of nonchalance, so infectious was the alarm that had clearly taken charge of everyone else. Scurrying hither and thither with clenched, yet ominously splayed, grimness etched into their ...

13: Hosp. Emergency Department For Emergencies Only

Waikato DHB

High occupancy and a number of staff leave requests has prompted Waikato Hospital group manager Hayley McConnell to today remind people the hospital's emergency department should be for emergencies only.

14: Media Statement Issued By Mr Green

Mr Green

It has been reported in the Sunday News second edition (23 December) that Green Acres owns the franchise business Mr Green. Mr Green has no connection or association with Green Acres. Mr Green is wholly owned by Radius Home Services Limited.

15: Putin Has Xmas Telephone Conversation With Bush

Government of Russia

Both leaders said they were happy with the regular bilateral contacts taking place at all levels, including at the top level, and expressed their firm commitment to ensuring that this positive dynamic in the two countries' relations continues.

16: A Merrier Christmas Thanks To Kiwi Generosity

Salvation Army

The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal is New Zealand's largest Christmas gift appeal for families in need, and over the past 13 years has helped more than 170,000 New Zealanders. Presents are collected by Kmart and distributed locally.

17: Tips For Stress Free Travel

New Zealand Government

It’s the time of year when many of us are going on holiday, and Internal Affairs Minister, Rick Barker would like to remind those heading overseas to check their passport is valid and travel fit.

18: Kiwis Spend $1 Billion In Transactions Pre-Xmas

Paymark EFTPOS

Figures released by Paymark today illustrate that Kiwis throughout the country have spent in excess of $1 billion over the last week in the lead up to Xmas through the Paymark network alone, which processes three quarters of all electronic transactions.

19: Lake Rotoiti & Kaituna River Health Warning Lifted

Environment Bay of Plenty

Medical Officer of Health, Dr Jim Miller says that "this is good news for recreational users of the area before the holidays, but this Lake has had a number of blooms over the years so users should remain cautious.

20: Winner Claims His 4th World Champion Gliding Title

FAI World GP Gliding Championship

The world's current number one ranked glider pilot, Sebastian Kawa claimed the title by five points with an overall score of 30. Uli Schwenk (GER) and Ben Flewett (NZE) tied for second place with 25 points.

21: Putin Congratulates Emperor Akihito On Birthday

Government of Russia

"Russian-Japanese relations today are distinguished by active political dialogue at every level, record growth in trade and economic ties and consistent work together to strengthen practical cooperation."

22: NATO: Trading Aid For InformationIn Afghanistan


Carefully pinpointing a strategic location to deliver relief goes a long way in winning support from local villagers. The area from Qaysar in Faryab Province to Tez Nawa, a remote village in Badghis Province, is a hotbed for Taliban activity.

23: Man In Satisfactory Condition After Quad Bike Fall

Waikato DHB

A 45-year-old King Country man is in a satisfactory condition in Waikato Hospital as a result of a fall from a quad bike at Aria on Saturday. Robert Greaves was transferred to Waikato Hospital by the Westpac Waikato Air Ambulance.

24: SPCA Reminder: Dogs In Hot Cars Are A Killer


"The SPCA acknowledges that the temptation to include the family dog in outings is understandable", Kerridge added, "but people must be made aware that such 'acts of kindness' can be a death warrant for the animal if the car is used for confinement".

25: Pressure At Waikato Hospital Eased Overnight

Waikato DHB

Pressure at Waikato Hospital eased overnight with no major trauma cases reported and fewer visits to the Emergency Department than predicted by the hospital incident management team.

26: Takeovers Panel Settles Kerifresh Matter

Securities Commission

The Panel is aiming to achieve a solution that is appropriate and fair to the shareholders and the company itself. The Panel is trying to resolve the matter quickly and without recourse to the Courts.

27: Japan Provides USD23 Million To 8 Nations Via WFP

Government Of Japan

In response to a request from the WFP, the Government of Japan has extended grant aid (food aid) totaling 2.88 billion yen through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to eight countries where there are vulnerable groups.

28: UN Fund To Help Protect Refugees In Chad, CAR

United Nations

The Fund, supporting the UN Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), has already received $2.2 million from the Government of Japan, $1 million from the Government of Norway and €250,000 from the Government of Belgium.

29: Spare A Thought Today For Those At Work -- CTU

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

"While most of us are enjoying time with friends and families today, many thousands of workers like those in emergency services, health and transport are at work over the summer break, providing essential services for the rest of the country," CTU ...

30: Hindu Chaplain Endorsed By U.S. Church For Award

Rajan Zed

In a remarkable interfaith gesture, a Christian bishop has joined the call for prestigious "Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award" of India for world famous Hindu chaplain and Indo-American leader Rajan Zed.


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