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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings November 20 2008


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

1: Labour's shadow Cabinet announced

New Zealand Labour Party

Labour Party Leader Phil Goff today announced Labour's shadow Cabinet and spokesperson allocation.

2: Images: Cheers and stares farewell Helen Clark
David McLellan

Around three hundred people gathered on the steps of Parliament this morning to farewell the outgoing Prime Minister Helen Clark.

3: Images: No More Waiting - Key Is Prime Minister
Kevin List

Images taken at the swearing in of the New National-led Government's Ministry this morning.

4: Intel Launches Fastest Processor on the Planet
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Intel Corporation introduced its most advanced desktop processor ever, the Intel® Core™ i7 processor. The Core i7 processor is the first member of a new family of Nehalem processor designs and is the most sophisticated ever built, with new technologies ...

5: Images: National Storm Cabinet Office
Kevin List

The takeover of the Beehive by John Key's National government was completed this afternoon with the first cabinet meeting of the new administration. On the way up to the rarefied air at the top of the Beehive there were however a few Vote Labour ...

6: How Barycentric Orbits Influence Climate
New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

The newly appointed Minister for Climate Change, who strongly espouses the conventional IPCC view and also emissions trading, will be placed in a very invidious position long before the conclusion of this new Parliamentary term, says Dr Jim Sprott, OBE, ...

7: Westpac cuts New Zealand interest rates

Nov. 20 – Westpac New Zealand reduced its home loan, business and farm lending rates, in response to a decline in wholesale market rates.

8: Pharmaceutical Industry Hustlers - Part II
Evelyn Pringle

To gain approval for treating children, all a drug company has to do is submit two positive studies to the FDA to prove a medication is safe and effective for kids. However, after 20 years of feeding the new generation of antidepressants to tens ...

9: Prostitution Reform – What Reform Exactly?
National Council of Women

When it comes to the Prostitution Reform Act 2003, men seem to be the only winners judging by the recent sentences handed down say the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ).

10: Prime Minister to meet The Queen
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key will have an Audience with The Queen at Buckingham Palace on November 25.

11: Housing Bubbles: Learning To Grow Up
Hugh Pavletich

It needs to be borne in mind however - that the role of the finance sector generally, was simply to provide the "fuel" - and within dysfunctional urban markets where housing exceeded three times household incomes, the financing had to adapt, if finance firms ...

12: Flavell: New approaches to youth justice
The Maori Party

Bay of Plenty Policing District Youth Aid/Youth Development NCOs Conference Princess Gate, Rotorua

13: Robert Parker finally breaks silence on NZ wine
Joint Media Statement

For the first six issues of Robert Parker’s Wine Buyers guide, the world’s best known (and some might say the most controversial) wine critic declined to comment on New Zealand wine. Finally, with the release of the 7th edition, the silence has ...

14: Highly Revealing Latin American Journey
Council on Hemispheric Affairs

After attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Lima on November 21-22, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev will embark on a short regional tour, where he will meet the leaders of Brazil, Venezuela and Cuba, for which Moscow is intensely ...

15: TV3 To Produce And Screen NZ’s Next Top Model

TV3 has confirmed it will produce a local version of the highly successful AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL®, to screen in 2009. NEW ZEALAND’S NEXT TOP MODEL will conduct a nationwide search for the 13 young women who will take part in the series. The ...

16: $1 million to fund first 12 patient treatments
Spinal Cord Society

New Zealand has 5000 people in wheelchairs – one of the highest per capita ratios in the developed World

17: Anderton announces de-facto Progressives wind-up
New Zealand Alliance Party

Canterbury Alliance Regional Chair, Quentin Findlay, said that Progressive Party Leader, Jim Anderton's decision to be in a coalition with Labour in opposition, amounted to the de-facto 'winding up' of Jim Anderton's Progressive Party.

18: Bolivia: Conflict and Compromise in La Paz
Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president, is visiting Washington for the first time ever this week, on a two-day visit during which he is scheduled to make his first speech at the Organization of American States (OAS). President Morales ...

19: Domestic travel up almost 20% at Chch Airport
Christchurch International Airport

Christchurch International Airport Ltd has reported domestic passenger growth of almost 20% compared with October last year. While international volumes have decreased by 3%, in line with national and international trends in the current economic climate, ...

20: Kiwibank Cuts Home Loan Interest Rates

Kiwibank has today cut its variable home loan rate to 7.95% to stay significantly less than the big Australian-owned banks.

21: Nats already breaking promises on climate change
New Zealand Labour Party

National leader John Key's u-turn on the Emissions Trading Scheme is his first broken promise, the outgoing Minister for Climate Change Issues David Parker said today.

22: Need for Education of Children in Conflict
Save The Children

In a first-ever joint statement, more than thirty winners of the Nobel Peace Prize today, the anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child signed in 1989 and Universal Children’s Day, called for urgent action to implement quality ...

23: Prime Minister to attend Apec Leader’s Summit
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key leaves today for Apec in Lima, Peru, to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) Leader’s Summit.

24: Getting Through the Coming Depression
Bernard Weiner

Our men's group, currently in its 17th year, is composed of middle-class professionals -- lawyers, educators, therapist, writer, corporate manager, doctor, etc. -- and each of us in this perilous economy in recent months has taken a deep financial hit ...

25: Israeli Navy Abducts 14 Palestinian Fishermen
International Solidarity Movement

Gaza City, 10 a.m.- Fourteen Palestinian fishermen and 3 international Human Rights Observers (HRO’s) were surrounded by the Israeli Navy and taken from their boats 7 miles off the coast of Deir al Balah, Gaza Strip.

26: Australians urged to follow NZ lead on ETS review
Carbon Sense Coalition

The Carbon Sense Coalition today called on the Queensland Government to follow the lead of New Zealand and initiate a complete review of the science and the cost-benefits of the proposals to levy a new tax on coal and petrol usage.

27: Latest Acts of Piracy off Coast of Somalia
United Nations

19 November 2008 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his concern at new acts of piracy off the Somali coast this week amid reports of a series of attacks or attempting hijackings in recent days in a region already notorious for the practice.

28: David Beckham tells fans: I’ll see you in Auckland
Auckland Regional Council

David Beckham has put to bed any lingering doubt that he won't be part of LA Galaxy's squad for next month's big friendly in Auckland against the Oceania All Stars.

29: Michael Winship: This Just in From Middle Earth
Michael Winship

Queenstown, New Zealand - You might think it hard to think about politics when you're in a place as extraordinary as this on New Zealand's South Island. The landscape fills the eye with glacial and volcanic lakes, valleys and mountains so breathtaking ...

30: British Police Smash SE Asian Sex Trafficking Ring
United Nations

Police raids on several hundred buildings in the United Kingdom have recovered dozens of sex trafficking victims, mostly from East and South-East Asia, and led to legal charges against dozens of suspects, according to a UN report.

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