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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings November 30 2008

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

1: Dysfunctional Thailand Allowed Airport Seizures

Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Travelers, businessmen and reporters, unable to fly through Bangkok's barricaded airports, were telling the world on Friday about dysfunctional Thailand, including a prediction that Al Qaeda terrorists will be delighted to learn ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00426.htm


2: Air New Zealand A320 Accident Update 7
Air New Zealand

French search and rescue authorities have advised they now have locator signals from the two black box flight recorders from the Airbus A320 that was on lease to XL Airways of Germany and lost in the Mediterranean yesterday.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00370.htm


3: Michael Collins: Cliffhanger in a Sea of Blue
Michael Collins

California turned blue with a vengeance in the 2008 presidential election. President-elect Obama's 61% majority plus a 78% turnout rate statewide was enough to strip the Republicans of all but one county with a significant population.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00425.htm


4: Statement on Air New Zealand plane crash
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key today expressed the sympathies of all New Zealanders to the families, friends and colleagues of those killed in the Air New Zealand Airbus A320 aircraft crash in the Mediterranean.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00220.htm


5: Air New Zealand A320 Accident Update 10
Air New Zealand

Family members of two of the five New Zealanders lost in the A320 crash will travel to France tonight. Air New Zealand Group General Manager International Airline Ed Sims says the families of two of the missing people will leave Auckland tonight accompanied ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00374.htm


6: Air New Zealand A320 Accident Update 11
Air New Zealand

French search and rescue divers have recovered the cockpit voice recorder from the A320 that was lost in the Mediterranean on Friday.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00375.htm


7: Statement from Murray White's partner
Air New Zealand

Media Advisory 30 November Air New Zealand Chief Executive Rob Fyfe has arrived in Perpignan this evening with family members of missing Auckland-based Air New Zealand engineer Murray White.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00376.htm


8: Air New Zealand A320 Accident Update 8
Air New Zealand

French authorities have now advised Air New Zealand that it should not expect there to be any survivors after its Airbus A320 that was on lease to XL Airways of Germany was lost in the Mediterranean yesterday.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00371.htm


9: GE Onion Approval Is Bad Science and Bad Business
Jon Muller

The ERMA decision on GMF06002 gives Crop and Food a 10 year approval. This is highly concerning given the failure of the previous field test which was de-commissioned in May this year.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00378.htm


10: Brian Horrel tribute
Air New Zealand

The following statement is issued on behalf of Captain Brian Horrell’s wife, Shellie, and the family. The statement was written with the support of some of Brian’s closest colleagues.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00377.htm


11: Air New Zealand A320 Accident Update 9
Air New Zealand

French search and rescue teams are working in deteriorating weather conditions to try and retrieve the two flight recorders from the A320 on lease to Germany’s XL Airways that was lost in the Mediterranean yesterday.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00373.htm


12: Unicom appoints top talent to investment committee
Unicom

Hamilton, New Zealand – 28 November 2008 – Unicom, a university commercialisation consortium comprised of WaikatoLink, AUT University, Lincoln University and Canterprise, has appointed the Hon Ruth Richardson, Dr Mark Ahn and Mr Bill Day to an investment ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0811/S00096.htm


13: Commerce Minister welcomes capital market report
New Zealand Government

Commerce Minister Simon Power has welcomed the Capital Market Development Taskforce’s interim report, saying it would receive his urgent attention.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00221.htm


14: A diamond day for Auckland kiddies
Farmers Trading Company

The sun shone on the annual Farmers Santa Parade as Father Christmas came to town today to the glorious roars of the estimated 250,000-strong crowd of mums, dads and littlies.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00308.htm


15: AUCKLAND celebrates the end of the mo
Movember

The moustache went back out in style last night at the Movember Gala Parté in Auckland.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0811/S00095.htm


16: Restraint required in Southern Ocean
New Zealand Government

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully and Defence Minister Wayne Mapp are urging all parties to show restraint during whaling protests in the Antarctic this season.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0811/S00222.htm


17: Air New Zealand A320 Accident Update 6
Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand has a support team in place in Perpignan, with New Zealand-based staff including Chief Executive Officer Rob Fyfe en-route to France as search and rescue efforts continue.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00369.htm


18: Statement on behalf of Mike and Colleen White
Air New Zealand

Mike and Colleen White, the parents of Murray White, have asked Air New Zealand to issue the following statement on their behalf:
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00379.htm


19: New Zealand’s premier building awards winners
Master Builders House of the Year

A striking holiday home in Russell and a revolutionary Auckland office building took out the supreme awards at the national Registered Master Builders 2008 House of the Year and RMB Commercial Project Awards, in association with PlaceMakers.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00541.htm


20: Time Running Out For G8 Commitment
International Aids Society

Additional evidence of the exciting potential of HIV treatment as prevention increases need to frontload funding
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0811/S00094.htm


21: Talk it up – a solution to domestic violence
Parekotuku Moore

Talk it up – that’s a solution to domestic violence according to Parekotuku Moore from the National Network of Stopping Violence Services.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0811/S00372.htm


22: Auckland Festival Announces Chief Executive
Auckland Festival

Auckland Festival today announced the appointment of David Inns to the newly created position of Chief Executive. He will work alongside Festival Director David Malacari to lead the team behind the City’s biennial celebration of Arts and Culture.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0811/S00290.htm


23: Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings November 27 2008
Scoop Daily Ratings

Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0811/S00424.htm


24: When Prudence Becomes Imprudence
Canterbury Community Trust

The news that Bay of Plenty Regional Trust has temporarily suspended grants in the face of the financial crisis is very upsetting. Many voluntary organisations will be relying on those grants to continue operation, many community and sports groups ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0811/S00289.htm


25: Finalists Announced For Top 200 Awards
Deloitte - Management magazine Top 200

The finalists have been announced for this year's Deloitte/Management Magazine Top 200 Awards, with Company of the Year nominees Datacom, Delegat's Group and the Port of Tauranga competing for top honours. The winner will be announced at the Top 200 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00542.htm


26: Chapman Tripp welcomes Taskforce cut through
Chapman Tripp

Chapman Tripp today welcomed the interim recommendations from the Capital Market Development Taskforce as “refreshingly direct”.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0811/S00543.htm


27: West Papua Independene Day Petition To PM
Free West Papua Campaign

At the Houses of Commons, London on Monday the 1st of December 2008 at 11.30 am, will be the launch event of the West Papua Declaration, in support of self determination for the indigenous people of West Papua.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00548.htm


28: ITUC Condemns India Terror Attacks
ITUC

Brussels, 27 November 2008 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has condemned this week's terrorist attacks in the Indian financial centre Mumbai as despicable atrocities, aimed at innocent civilians from India and abroad. More than 100 people are known to have ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0811/S00549.htm


29: Are Orions available for whaling surveillance?
New Zealand National Party

National Party Defence spokesman Wayne Mapp says the Government needs to say why it is not sending air force surveillance planes to monitor Japanese whaling. “The Government sent air force Orions to monitor Japanese whaling vessels in Antarctic ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0801/S00034.htm


30: Lee Mingwei: Uncommon Senses
Govett Brewster Gallery

Lee Mingwei, a leading artist on the international stage, presents Uncommon Senses at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery from 6 December 2008 to 16 March 2009.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0811/S00307.htm

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