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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 21 December 2007

Published: Mon 24 Dec 2007 09:55 AM
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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".
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00277.htm
2: Gisborne Earthquake
New Zealand Police
There has been a large earth quake in Gisborne. Reports of major damage. Unknown if any casualties.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0712/S00257.htm
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
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01136.htm
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
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0712/S00262.htm
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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00304.htm
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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01092.htm
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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01129.htm
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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0712/S00268.htm
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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01123.htm
10: Putin: Statement, Q 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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01101.htm
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."
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01139.htm
12: Many Refugees Misunderstand Schengen Expansion
UNHCR
"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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01127.htm
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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00301.htm
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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0712/S00099.htm
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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00497.htm
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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00488.htm
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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00271.htm
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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0712/S00269.htm
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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0712/S00509.htm
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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0712/S00271.htm
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
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0712/S00273.htm
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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00312.htm
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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01133.htm
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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0712/S00290.htm
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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01135.htm
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
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01137.htm
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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01126.htm
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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0712/S00097.htm
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 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0712/S00308.htm
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.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0712/S01110.htm
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