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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 11 December 2006


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

1: Bolton Statement on the UNSC Resolution on Somalia

US State Department

Statement on the Security Council Resolution on Somalia Ambassador John R. Bolton, U.S. Representative to the United Nations Remarks in the Security Council New York City December 7, 2006

2: Australia and NZ #4 In The World In Grid Computing

The Fourth Oracle Grid Index Report1, released today in Australia, points to growing momentum in grid computing adoption across Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). The latest figures confirm that grid computing is finding fertile ground down under. In fact, ...

3: Club Europe: Turkey Faces Challenge Over Cyprus
Yasmine Ryan

European Union members will decide this week the extent to which Turkey should be sanctioned for ongoing issues surrounding Cyprus. Disillusion over Turkey’s likelihood of joining the EU is increasing on all sides.

4: Energy strategy points to sustainable pathway
New Zealand Government

Energy and Climate Change Minister David Parker today released the Government's draft energy strategy, which proposes that as much new electricity generation as possible should be renewable.

5: Residential Property Increases 9.4%
QV Valuations

QV’s November statistics released today show national growth in residential property values of 9.4% over the past year (calculated over the three months ending November 2006 in comparison to the same period last year). The growth rate is marginally slower ...

6: Liam Ashley Report: Findings And PDF
Scoop Transcript

In Late August 2006 Liam Ashley, 17, was assaulted in a Chubb security van as it was driven to the remand prison in Mt Eden, Auckland. Liam Ashley was in the van with George Charlie Baker, who has pled guilty to murder.

7: Vanuatu: Government Snubs HIV/AIDS Doco
Pacific Media Watch

A leading New Zealand documentary maker says she is shocked and saddened by the Vanuatu government's decision to pull out of the launch of a documentary about HIV/AIDS. "It amazes me that the Vanuatu government is prepared to exploit the services of ...

8: Climate change direction the right one
Business Council for Sustainable Development

Business will welcome the fact the Government has extended its energy policy horizon to several decades.

9: Initial Comments on NZ Energy Strategy
Sustainable Energy Forum

The Strategy does little to support the aspirational goal of the Prime Minister, to move New Zealand towards a carbon-neutral economy. Yet this is entirely possible, and would make the New Zealand economy robust to any increased obligations as climate ...

10: Senior citizens feel chill of power price hikes
New Zealand National Party

“Senior citizens representatives are already anxious about the impact of looming power price rises, “says National Party Senior Citizens spokeswoman Sandra Goudie. “As it is, many of our vulnerable older citizens are struggling to pay their bills ...

11: Draft New Zealand Energy Strategy
Motor Industry Association

The new vehicle industry welcomed today’s release of the draft New Zealand Energy Strategy 2050. Mr Kerr said that “from reading the strategy there is now a clear understanding by Ministers and officials that we have a unique vehicle fleet and ...

12: Contact welcomes draft energy strategy
Contact Energy

Contact Energy today welcomed the release of the Government’s draft New Zealand Energy Strategy, saying the company supported the intent of the document to develop solutions to the climate change challenge.

13: Diet drinks should be expelled from schools too
Green Party

Children will still be exposed to nutritionless, enamel-destroying soft drinks with addictive and controversial additives in them despite a voluntary industry agreement with Government announced today, the Green Party says.

14: Durex On Lookout For Suitable Condom Testers

Kiwis wanting to indulge in some extra curricular activity this summer can apply to be a Durex condom tester.

15: Full sugar fizzy drinks out of schools by 2009
New Zealand Government

Full sugar fizzy and energy drinks will be removed from secondary schools by 2009 under a world-leading agreement between the Labour-led government and two of New Zealand's biggest beverage companies, Education Minister Steve Maharey and Health ...

16: Government announcement delights wind farm CEO
NZ Windfarms

The Government’s strong backing for wind farming, outlined in the national energy strategy announced today, has been welcomed by the CEO of NZ Windfarms, Chris Freear.

17: RAN Sailor Charged With Manslaughter In Noumea
Australian Defence Force

During the early hours of Saturday 9 December 2006 a junior sailor from the Royal Australian Navy ship, HMAS MELVILLE, was arrested in Noumea in relation to an alleged assault and subsequent death of a local elderly female resident.

18: Indonesians Executed Aussies
Pacific Media Watch

SYDNEY (Daily Telegraph/Pacific Media Watch) - Five young Australians were executed on the orders of Indonesian military chiefs, according to sensational evidence omitted from official government reports.

19: RSA Online Fraud Intelligence Report - Nov 2006
RSA Security

This November’s online fraud report for RSA, The Security division of EMC highlights an upsurge in phishing attacks and offers insight into a new phishing scam that is emerging.

20: Coke And Frucor Decision Tough, But Responsible
ACT New Zealand

ACT Health Spokesman Heather Roy says that today's announcement by Coca- Cola Amatil and Frucor that they will withdraw full sugar drinks from schools has been reached at the point of a regulatory gun.

21: CNN Host - Muslims Headed For Concentration Camps

The New York Times ( 12/4/06 ), profiling new CNN Headline News host Glenn Beck, called him "brash" and "opinionated," with an "unfiltered approach." The conservative talk-radio host-turned-cable news announcer, the paper reported, "take[s] credit ...

22: John Paine: Global View - December 2006
John Paine

Last week both the Australian and New Zealand Reserve Banks left their official cash rate unchanged at 6.25% and 7.25% respectively. No changes were expected. But what wasn’t expected here was the stern tone of Alan Bollard’s accompanying message.

23: Winning In Public, Winning In Parliament
ACT New Zealand

ACT has had a fantastic year in 2006. We are often told ACT is the lucky party. Heather Roy and I have taken more Bills to Parliament over the past twelve months than ACT did in any one of the previous five years.

24: Draft Energy Strategy Q&A sessions on 12, 13 Dec
Ministry for the Environment

Release of draft New Zealand Energy Strategy and discussion papers; reminder of public Q&A sessions on 12 and 13 December

25: Biotechnology plays critical role in economy
NZ Biotechnology

New Zealand biotechnology is in great shape and continues to play a critical part in New Zealand's economy, contributing $300 million to $400 million each year, according to the New Zealand Biotechnology Industry Growth Report.

26: Stop hitting snooze button on environment
Green Party

A new international report in the environmental impacts of agriculture is another wake-up call for those in the farming community who keep hitting the snooze button, says Green Party Environment Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos.

27: Ashley report: O’Connor must go
New Zealand National Party

National’s Justice and Corrections spokesman, Simon Power, says the Corrections Minister must “do the decent thing” and resign if the report into the death of 17-year-old Liam Ashley in the back of a prison van is as damning as expected.

28: Abukar Arman: On The Iraqization of Somalia
Guest Opinion

As the international community embarks on a frantic diplomatic quest to extinguish the raging political and sectarian fire in Iraq, fatalist ideologues within the Bush administration, in partnership with certain money-motivated regional political powerbrokers, ...

29: Tougher import rules for timber needed
Green Party

A Green Party snapshot of furniture retailers shows the need for all imported timber and timber products sold in New Zealand to be certified legally and sustainably logged, the Green Party says.

30: 2006 Roger Award Finalists Chosen
Roger Awards

The seven finalists have been chosen for the 2006 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand. They are (in no particular order of preference): Telecom, Toll, ANZ, British American Tobacco, Progressive Enterprises, ...

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