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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings November 26 2008


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

1: UN Bans "Defamation of Religion"

UN Watch

Geneva, November 24, 2008 — By a vote of 85 to 50, with 42 abstaining, the UN General Assembly today adopted a draft resolution calling on all countries to alter their legal and constitutional systems to prevent "defamation of religions," asserting ...

2: Kids Voting Makes The Difference
Electoral Commission

A very different government may have been sworn in this week had the election been decided by the votes of over 13,000 school students who took part in Kids Voting 2008, a simulated election held alongside the 2008 general election.

3: Drug company scaremongering, says Pharmac

People can be confident a generic version of a widely-used gastrointestinal drug will work just as well as the medicine it is replacing, says PHARMAC.

4: NZ’s small business hero loads up on prizes
The David Awards

New Zealand’s best little business has not only been named, but has earned itself a brand new HP notebook mini, a new set of office furniture from Warehouse Stationery, and the honour of being crowned Supreme Award winner in the inaugural year of The ...

5: Background Note: Eritrea
US State Department

Geography Area: 125,000 sq. km. (48,000 sq. mi.); about the size of Pennsylvania. Cities: Capital --Asmara (est. pop. 435,000). Other cities --Keren (57,000); Assab (28,000); Massawa (25,000); Afabet (25,000); Tessenie (25,000); Mendefera (25,000); ...

6: The Astrobiologists
Suzan Mazur

A fter reviewing Robert M. Hazen’s 28-page C.V. of his work as an experimental mineralogist (listing grant $$$ too), as an educator, author of a dozen books and a symphonic trumpeter – I was most charmed to read that a new mineral “precipitated” ...

7: New early childhood regulations to be delayed
New Zealand Government

New regulations imposed by the former Labour Government for the early childhood sector will not be introduced on December 1, says Education Minister, Anne Tolley.

8: NZ Universities Choose Web of Science
Thomson Reuters

All Eight Universities Continue With Web of Science for Education And Research Needs

9: Air New Zealand biofuel test flight all set
Air New Zealand

The world's first commercial aviation test flight powered by a sustainable second-generation biofuel is ready to go next Wednesday 3 December 2008.

10: The Truth behind Citigroup Bank "Nationalization"
William Engdahl

On Friday November 21, the world came within a hair’s breadth of the most colossal financial collapse in history according to bankers on the inside of events with whom we have contact. The trigger was the bank which only two years ago was America’s ...

11: Fears Of Identity Fraud On The Rise

Survey Shows New Zealanders Want to Use Fingerprint, Eye Scans and Other New Technology to Protect Their Personal Information and Finances

12: The Clintons For Secretary of State!
Martin LeFevre - Meditations

As the US and global economy continue to melt down, and a clean break with the past is urgently required, Barack Obama is looking backward, inveigling the Clintons to be his Secretary of State duo.

13: End of Hegemony: US National Intelligence Council
Binoy Kampmark

Former University of Cambridge Commonwealth Scholar, Binoy Kampmark, writes that the US National Intelligence Council report, ‘Global Trends 2025: A World Transformed’ makes noted observations - including the rise of China as a military superpower.

14: Undernews For November 25, 2008

Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, ...

15: Background Note: South Africa
US State Department

Geography Area: 1.2 million sq. km. (470,462 sq. mi.). Cities: Capitals --administrative, Pretoria; legislative, Cape Town; judicial, Bloemfontein. Other cities --Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth. Terrain: Plateau, savanna, desert, mountains, coastal plains. ...

16: Background Note: Zimbabwe
US State Department

Geography Area: 390,580 sq. km. (150,760 sq. mi.), slightly larger than Montana. Cities: Capital --Harare (pronounced Ha-RAR-e), pop. 1.5 million. Other towns --Bulawayo, Chitungwiza, Mutare, Gweru, Kwekwe, Masvingo, Marondera. Terrain: Desert and savanna. ...

17: Appointment Of Independent Advisor
Lyttelton Port Company

Lyttelton Port Company Ltd and Port Otago Ltd wish to advise that Antipodes has been appointed as Independent Advisor to the Joint Steering Group.

18: Babcock & Brown Stock Halted from Trading

Nov. 24 – Babcock & Brown Ltd., the Australian investment group that’s lost 99% of its market value in the past 12 months, had its stock halted from trading pending talks with its banks.

19: Six Community Magistrates appointed
New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Simon Power today announced that the Governor-General has appointed six new Community Magistrates for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty region.

20: ACC Congratulates Finalists In Attitude Awards

An ability to see past workers' disabilities to their superior abilities has put three New Zealand businesses in line for the inaugural Attitude Awards, sponsored by ACC.

21: Back Benches Line Up - 26 November 2008
Back Benches

On Back Benches tonight is Grant Robertson Labour, Simon Bridges National, John Boscawen ACT and Metiria Turei from the Greens

22: Lawyers imprisoned in Myanmar
New Zealand Law Society

“The independence of the legal profession is a fundamental aspect of the rule of law, and the imprisonment of lawyers in Myanmar because they are representing people who oppose government policies is of great concern to the New Zealand Law Society,” ...

23: Results Announced For The 2008 Fonterra Elections

Returning Officer Warwick Lampp, of Ltd, has announced the 2008 election results for the Fonterra Board of Directors, Directors’ Remuneration Committee and Shareholders’ Council.

24: New Zealand’s first ‘after hours’ courier service
Urgent Couriers

Locally owned courier company, Urgent Couriers, has announced the launch of New Zealand’s first business-to-consumer ‘after hours’ delivery service, aptly named Urgent Tonight.

25: Letter of the Rights of the Child Anniversary
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.

26: Background Note: Albania
US State Department

Geography Area: 28,748 sq. km. (slightly larger than Maryland). Major cities: Capital --Tirana (600,000, 2005 est.). Others --Durres (200,000, 2005 est.), Shkoder (81,000, 2005 est.), Vlore (72,000, 2005 est.). Terrain: Situated in the southwestern region ...

27: Photos: Whitecliffe Fashion Show Hits The Catwalk!

Photo-Essay: Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design recently held its annual fashion show on the catwalk at the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland. Here is a photo essay including entries from Whitecliffe's Bachelor of Fine Arts students.

28: kikki.K defies negative retail trend

68 per cent growth in year-on-year turnover • Local expansion creates 300 new jobs • 25 new stores for Middle East over next three years • Fourth NZ store opens in Wellington

29: UK environment moves strong signal to NZ exporters
Business Council for Sustainable Development

The UK Government's move to reform air passenger duty from two to four distance bands, increasing the cost of flying to New Zealand, is just the start of actions New Zealanders will see from throughout the world in a bid to lower emissions.

30: Experts to debate human genetic research issues
University of Otago

Some of Australia and New Zealand’s leading experts on the legal and ethical implications of human genome research will gather in Melbourne this Friday (28 November) to debate current issues in this often-contentious research field.

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Binoy Kampmark: Funeral Rites For COVID Zero
It was such a noble public health dream, even if rather hazy to begin with. Run down SARS-CoV-2. Suppress it. Crush it. Or just “flatten the curve”, which could have meant versions of all the above. This created a climate of numerical sensitivity: a few case infections here, a few cases there, would warrant immediate, sharp lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, the closure of all non-vital service outlets... More>>

Dunne Speaks: 25 Years Of MMP - And The Government Wants To Make It Harder For Small Parties
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Eric Zuesse: China Says U.S.-China War Is Imminent

China has now publicly announced that, unless the United States Government will promptly remove from China’s Taiwan province the military forces that it recently sent there, China will soon send military forces into that province, because, not only did the U.S. secretly send “special operations forces” onto that island... More>>

Dunne Speaks: Labour's High Water Mark
If I were still a member of the Labour Party I would be feeling a little concerned after this week’s Colmar Brunton public opinion poll. Not because the poll suggested Labour is going to lose office any time soon – it did not – nor because it showed other parties doing better – they are not... More>>

Our Man In Washington: Morrison’s Tour Of Deception

It was startling and even shocking. Away from the thrust and cut of domestic politics, not to mention noisy discord within his government’s ranks, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison could breathe a sign of relief. Perhaps no one would notice in Washington that Australia remains prehistoric in approaching climate change relative to its counterparts... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Melbourne Quake: Shaken, Not Stirred

It began just after a news interview. Time: a quarter past nine. Morning of September 22, and yet to take a sip from the brewed Turkish coffee, its light thin surface foam inviting. The Australian city of Melbourne in its sixth lockdown, its residents fatigued and ravaged by regulations. Rising COVID-19 numbers, seemingly inexorable... More>>