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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings December 14 2008

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

GPJA: Police Stifle Democratic Dissent & Democracy

Global Peace And Justice Auckland

GPJA is not surprised at the abuse of police powers evident in Sunday’s newspaper the Sunday Star-Times with revelations that police have paid people to infiltrate and spy on groups involved in community, environmental, political protest and activism.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00189.htm


2: Re SST story on police spy in activist groups
Rochelle Rees

Personal statement from Rochelle Rees, ex-partner of Rob Gilchrist - the spy, and person who uncovered the story.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00190.htm


3: Two lucky bands to play with Iron Maiden
The Rock FM

Search for two lucky bands to play opening set at Iron Maiden Auckland and Christchurch concerts
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00144.htm


4: Senate Rules Kill Bailout, Foil Democracy
Michael Collins

(Wash. DC) The Unites States Senate voted down a "cloture" resolution last night killing the automaker bailout before it was even considered. Failure to gain approval for cloture opened the bill up to an anticipated filibuster. General Motors, the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00255.htm


5: National's 'Failure To Communicate'
Gordon Campbell

Any honeymoon the new government might have hoped to enjoy has been blown away by its pre-Christmas blitz on taxation, industrial relations, bail, and education issues. Bills have been put into urgency before they even had proper names, or before the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00256.htm


6: Disappointing Climate Negotiations
Oxfam

Poznan, Poland--The UN climate negotiations have not shown the urgency and political will needed to fight climate change and keep millions of people safe, Oxfam International said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00303.htm


7: Book Review: Listen To The Heartbeat Of The Earth
Jackie Little

Anyone looking for a "coffee table" book that is more than just a pretty face this Christmas could do no better than to reach for Jane Dove Juneau's latest book, Listen To The Heartbeat Of The Earth.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00146.htm


8: First Days Of The New Administration
ACT New Zealand

It has been a busy week, with Parliament sitting for the first time since the election and formation of the new National-led Government.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00162.htm


9: Doctors Should Keep Their Clothes On For Charity
Family First Lobby.

Family First NZ is applauding children’s charity KidsCan’s decision to refuse proceeds from the sale of a calendar of nude doctors.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00192.htm


10: MARKET CLOSE: NZ stocks dip as auto deal falters
Businesswire

Dec. 12 – New Zealand shares ended the session lower as news broke that the U.S. Congress had failed to reach a compromise on the US$14 billion rescue package for the U.S. automakers. Stocks tumbled across Asia.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00257.htm


11: Aquaflow's world first breakthrough
Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation

BLENHEIM, NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand-based Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation says the world’s first test flight using wild-algae based jet fuel may be nearer than many pundits think.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0812/S00030.htm


12: National should take a breath
New Zealand Labour Party

Labour MP David Parker this evening thanked the National government for seeing sense and delaying legislation scrapping biofuels.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00156.htm


13: Child sentencing bill passed unanimously
New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Simon Power says Parliament today made an unequivocal statement that violence and neglect of children will not be tolerated.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00159.htm


14: Education Bill to raise standards
New Zealand Government

Measures introduced into Parliament today will raise standards of achievement and attendance in schools, says Education Minister, Anne Tolley.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00158.htm


15: Credit Crunch See Kiwis Stay Down Under
Beach Holidays

Beach Holidays fields record numbers of festive bookings for Mangawhai properties from New Zealand residents
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00145.htm


16: Minister delighted Bail Bill passed
New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Simon Power said he was delighted that a significant majority of the Parliament had passed the Government’s changes to the Bail Act which will make it harder to get bail.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00160.htm


17: Busy Day For Rescue Helicopter
Westpac Rescue Helicopter

The Wellington based Westpac Rescue Helicopter had a busy evening, after picking up a woman suffering from a heart attack on the South Island and then a woman who severely broke her leg on Wellington's Mt Victoria.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0812/S00202.htm


18: Minister honours legendary unit at final parade
New Zealand Government

New Zealand owes a debt of gratitude to the surviving members of the legendary Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) which held its final parade today, Veterans’ Affairs Minister Hon Judith Collins says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00157.htm


19: Employment Relations Amendment Act welcomed
Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers has welcomed the passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Act today. With around 550 rural job vacancies throughout New Zealand, the 90-day probation period for new employees, the Act introduces, will give farmers the confidence ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00191.htm


20: Rahui Katene: Bail Amendment Bill
The Maori Party

Bail Amendment Bill Friday 12 December 2008; 2pm Rahui Katene, Mp For Te Tai Tonga
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00161.htm


21: US Senate fails auto rescue, Asia stocks tumble
Content.net

Dec. 12 – The U.S. Senate failed to reach a compromise on the US$14 billion plan to bail out the auto industry. Stocks tumbled in Asia on the news and the price of oil dropped.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00252.htm


22: NIR Instrument Standardization Breakthrough
Khipu Systems

Hamilton, New Zealand, December 12, 2008 – Khipu Systems, developer of the iCalibra software platform for NIR, today announced that it has developed a breakthrough in the area of NIR instrument standardization.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00291.htm


23: Negative equity explosion demands Protection Bill
Citizens Electoral Council

The explosion in Australian households facing the prospect of negative equity in their homes can only be solved by the Homeowners and Bank Protection Bill, advised Citizens Electoral Council leader Craig Isherwood today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00302.htm


24: NZ stocks dip at close as auto deal falters
Content.net

Dec. 12 – New Zealand shares ended the session lower as news broke that the U.S. Congress had failed to reach a compromise on the US$14 billion rescue package for the U.S. automakers. Stocks tumbled across Asia.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00254.htm


25: Awards Entry Deadline Approaches Before Christmas
Pride In Print

The first deadline for entries into next year’s Pride In Print Awards is fast approaching – with a number of category improvements introduced to bring the 2009 Awards even more closely in line with new trends in the print industry.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00290.htm


26: 'Enclosed' Basin Reserve flyover option shaping up
Wellington City Council

NEWS RELEASE 13 December 2008 'Enclosed' Basin Reserve flyover option shaping up Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast says the option of a raised road to separate traffic heading around the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0812/S00203.htm


27: Ethnic People alarmed by ‘Fire at will’ law
New Zealand Labour Party

Labour’s Ethnic Affairs Spokesperson Chris Carter has been inundated with calls from ethnic New Zealanders alarmed by the draconian ‘Fire at will’ Employment Relations (Amendment) Act.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00155.htm


28: Latest suicide statistics released
Ministry of Health

Suicide rates have remained stable over recent years, the latest suicide statistics show. The rate of 12.2 suicide deaths per 100,000 population has decreased by about 19 percent since 1998, but has remained unchanged since 2005.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0812/S00075.htm


29: Top Scoop Stories – 12 December 2008 News Summary
The Scoop Editor

Top Scoop Stories – 12 December 2008 News Summary LEAD STORY Ethics: Super Fund Excludes Cluster Munition, Nuclear Bomb Companies NZ POLITICS Environment: Dunne Thinks National Going Too Far On Biofuels Scoop Satire: Recession-Weary Nation Cheered ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00249.htm


30: Convalescing Kiwi Catches Train To Capital
Department of Conservation

A little spotted kiwi from Kapiti Island participating in the BNZ Save the Kiwi programme that has been convalescing at Pukaha Mount Bruce after succumbing to the toxic effects of karaka berries, was well enough to travel by train yesterday, for the next stage ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0812/S00027.htm

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