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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings December 9 2008

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

1: Jobs and democracy at stake with fire-at-will bill

Green Party

National's bid to push its 90-day bill through under urgency this week is a disgraceful attack on both workers' rights and on democracy.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00057.htm


2: Speech from the Throne
New Zealand Government

Speech from the Throne, delivered by Governor General the Honourable Anand Satyanand, PCNZM, QSO, to Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament's Legislative Council Chamber at the State Opening of Parliament.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00063.htm


3: Exposing Corporate Financed Holocaust in Africa
Keith Harmon Snow

Merchants of Death: Exposing Corporate Financed Holocaust in Africa by Keith Harmon Snow www.allthingspass.com
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00171.htm


4: Merry Christmas NZ workers – its easy to be sacked
New Zealand Labour Party

The National Government’s Christmas present to New Zealand workers is to ram through law changes which remove fundamental employment rights, Labour Leader Phil Goff said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00065.htm


5: Undernews For December 8, 2008
Undernews

Watching Barack Obama's bait and switch left me with an indefinable sense of deja vu until the parallel finally dawned. The personalities were so different that they obscured a common technique.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00136.htm


6: Key takes top spot in MP Report Card
Trans Tasman

While Helen Clark has had a virtual mortgage on top spot over the past few years, John Key picks up the mantle of politician of the year. His brilliant election campaign, coupled with a strong year in which his "new look" National Party dominated the polls ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00084.htm


7: Union shock at sudden removal of dismissal appeal
Council of Trade Unions

Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly said today that she hopes the reports* that the National Government plans to push through major changes to employment law under urgency in the next two weeks are wrong.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00108.htm


8: New Zealand missing the mark on pollution targets
Oxfam

Oxfam New Zealand welcomes the confirmation that the government will honour its Kyoto Protocol commitments to stabilise greenhouse gas emissions at 1990 levels in the current commitment period through 2012. However, the current government has succumbed ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00109.htm


9: Experts criticise claims in new diabetes book
Science Media Centre

Author Dr Neal Barnard visits New Zealand this week (8th and 9th December) to promote his book The Reverse Diabetes Diet amidst criticism from New Zealand diabetes experts.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0812/S00041.htm


10: U.S. Group Wants Nigeria To Probe Jos Killings
Akanimo Sampson

A United States (U.S.) global human rights advocacy network, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Nigeria's President Umar Yar'Adua to establish an independent inquiry immediately to find out who sponsored and carried out the killings in Jos, the capital ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00195.htm


11: International Human Rights Day
Amnesty International

As the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is celebrated tomorrow on International Human Rights Day (10 December), Amnesty International calls upon world Governments, including New Zealand's new National Government, to use this ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00196.htm


12: Statement on the Grounding of the MV Ushuaia
ASOC

On December 4, 2008 the tourism cruise vessel MV Ushuaia1 grounded at position 64º35.5’S 062 º25`W, at the entrance of Wilhelmina Bay near Cape Anna in the NW Antarctic Peninsula. This is one of several maritime accidents by ships operating in Antarctica ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00194.htm


13: Scoop Audio: PM's Presser 8 December 2008
Scoop Audio

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key takes questions from the press gallery and gives his take on what the new government is up to.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00148.htm


14: Remarks at the Kennedy Center Honors Dinner
US State Department

SECRETARY RICE: Good evening. (Applause.) Good evening. Well, thank you very much, and I welcome you to the State Department and to the glorious Benjamin Franklin Room. It is my – (applause) – you’re welcome.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00205.htm


15: How about a half price car?
Dog And Lemon guide

New Zealanders could get their cars for up to 50% less if they did their homework first, says the car buyers’ Dog & Lemon Guide.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00182.htm


16: The Pub with no beer ……This is worse
Media Statement

West Coast Brewing CEO Paddy Sweeney is tearing his hair out. His brewery has run out of beer.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00212.htm


17: Today In Parliament With Tom Frewen
Scoop Audio

Audio: Today in Parliament for Monday December 8, 2008: ... Tom Frewen presents the first day of Parliament since John Key's National Party formed a government.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00150.htm


18: Young Pacific Islander stands up to world leaders
Greenpeace

"This may be your meeting but my home is drowning," Young Pacific Islander stands up to world leaders.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00213.htm


19: Dismissal Law Short-Sighted, Unfair, Undemocratic
Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The new Government’s intention to rush legislation through Parliament before Christmas allowing small employers to dismiss employees without justification is short-sighed, unfair and undemocratic” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0812/S00051.htm


20: Green Party Address in Reply 2008 - Fitzsimons
Green Party

Saving the banks while the biosphere collapses Jeanette Fitzsimons Green Party Co-Leader Address in Reply 2008 - Parliament 9 December 2008
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00072.htm


21: Access to services key for young people
Family Planning Association

A report on the health and well being of New Zealand secondary school students highlights many positives for young New Zealanders, in particular that most students report that they are happy with their family relationships and their parents care about ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0812/S00049.htm


22: Trial period is pro-worker
Business New Zealand

The incoming Government shows it has listened to the key problems facing small businesses in moving with urgency on a 90-day trial period, says Business NZ.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00198.htm


23: Animal Rescue Training In Disaster Hotspot
IFAW

(9 December, Malang, Indonesia) A first of its kind training workshop on rescuing animals affected by disasters conducted by IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare) opens today in Malang, Indonesia.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00211.htm


24: KiwiFM: Wallace & Manning – Rank n File Polies
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM Audio: Wallace Chapman and Scoop's Selwyn Manning check out political newsletter Trans Tasman's rankings of politicians. Who are the high risers and low losers?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00149.htm


25: Changes make KiwiSaver more affordable for all
New Zealand Government

KiwiSaver changes introduced to parliament today will make the scheme more affordable for members, employers and taxpayers, especially in the current economic climate Finance Minister Bill English said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00061.htm


26: UN To Convene Global Meeting On Piracy Off Somalia
United Nations

The United Nations will convene a two-day international conference in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss the rampant piracy off the coast of Somalia, it was announced today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00199.htm


27: Massive pre-Christmas property auction
Bayleys

With cut-price mortgage interest rates set to re-ignite the domestic real estate market, Bayleys Canterbury is expecting bidding from buyers when the company puts 19 properties under the hammer this week.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00213.htm


28: Stocks to Watch: New Zealand Equity Preview
Content.net

Dec. 8 – The following stocks may be active on the New Zealand exchange after developments since the close of trading yesterday.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00140.htm


29: Airbus 320 Crash Commemoration
The Maori Party

I move, that this Parliament expresses its sorrow at the tragic death of five New Zealanders in the Airbus 320 crash in Perpignan, France, that it extends its condolences to the family and friends of Brian Horrell, Murray White, Michael Gyles, Noel Marsh, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00069.htm


30: Address In Reply - Green Party Russel Norman
Green Party

We're here to progress sustainability, justice, peace and democracy Russel Norman Green Party Co-Leader Address in Reply 2008 - Parliament 9 December 2008
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00076.htm

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