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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings December 2 2008

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1: Google Street View launches in New Zealand

Google

Auckland, New Zealand, 2 December 2008 Google today announces the launch of Street View on Google Maps in New Zealand: maps.google.co.nz/streetview . Street View is a new feature for Google Maps that lets internet users view and navigate 360 degree ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0812/S00008.htm


2: Trade Me moves to Google Maps and Street View
Trade Me Limited

Trade Me has moved its mapping functionality from SMAPs to Google Maps and has tailored its site to best utilise Google’s Street View which gets switched on today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00035.htm


3: ACC blow-out sparks Ministerial Inquiry
New Zealand Government

The previous Labour government underfunded ACC to the tune of about $1 billion over the next three years, Prime Minister John Key has revealed.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00017.htm


4: Some public servants play games with OIA requests
Office of the Ombudsmen

The Office of the Ombudsmen is concerned some parts of the public service have been deliberately delaying responses to Official Information requests.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00023.htm


5: Barack Obama Selects His National Security Team
Barack Obama

With today's introduction of key members of the National Security Team, President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden have now chosen nearly half of the cabinet, including the heads of the departments of State, Defense, Treasury, and ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00006.htm


6: John Key Post Cab On Housing Stock, ETS
Scoop Audio

NZ will definitely be keeping to its Kyoto commitments said new New Zealand Prime Minister John Key this afternoon. Mr Key held a post cabinet press conference and answered questions on a variety of subjects including capping the state housing stock, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00006.htm


7: Air New Zealand A320 Accident Update 15
Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand can confirm that French search and rescue divers have found a third body and the cockpit of the A320.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00027.htm


8: New Layer Of Information For Real Estate Browsers
Realestate.co.nz

The launch of New Zealand on Google Street View today heralds a significant jump forward in service for clients of the real estate industry. It will provide a 360° horizontal and 290° vertical panoramic street-level view of NZ street by street, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00049.htm


9: Regulations: Tell Me The Problems
ACT New Zealand

Minister for Regulatory Reform Rodney Hide today appealed for ideas from the public on regulations that should be scrapped or modified.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00016.htm


10: FULL COVERAGE: Air New Zealand A320 Tragedy
Scoop Full Coverage

Scoop FULL COVERAGE of the Air New Zealand A320 air crash, including tributes to those lost in the tragedy, Air New Zealand news conferences, reactions, emerging details of the aircraft, those on board, and the investigation into what went wrong.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00003.htm


11: Faith in a flight of fancy reality for filmmaker
Error: Couldn't get author

Documentary lovers will be glad to know that a man and his movie camera is now on his way home to New Zealand to show his debut film The Wayfarer . Jess Firth has just completed an epic journey that started with a “bit of travel through the Holy ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00029.htm


12: The Key To Escape From Thailand?
Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on the escape flights from Thailand, and on taxing people for flying long distances.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00035.htm


13: In Bed With David Beckham At The Westin… (almost)
Westin Auckland

The Westin Auckland Lighter Quay today launches the ultimate David Beckham fan package – a night in the hotel where Becks is staying throughout his time in New Zealand plus the best tickets to The Beautiful Game itself.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00024.htm


14: Darwinian Struggle To Find Ticket Out Of Thailand
Richard S. Ehrlich

Richard S. Ehrlich writes: In a Darwinian struggle, the rich buy tickets for expensive helicopters and chartered planes, flying from airstrips elsewhere in Thailand, while protesters blockade Bangkok's international and domestic airports.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00001.htm


15: Wallace & Manning: Why Thailand's Getting Worse...
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM: Wallace Chapman and Scoop's Selwyn Manning analyse what lies behind Thailand's unrest. Why does it looks certain to escalate beyond a protest at Bangkok's airport and descend into civil war between the Red-Shirts and Yellow-Shirts?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00005.htm


16: Background Note: Maldives
US State Department

Geography Area: 298 sq. km. (115 sq. mi.), over 1,100 islands; twice the size of Washington, DC. Cities: Capital --Male' (pop. 100,000). Terrain: Flat islands. Climate: Hot and humid.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00027.htm


17: Next Video Service May Come from Your Game Console
The Diffusion Group

According to a new report from TDG, a leading voice regarding the diffusion of broadband video, game consoles such as Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PS3 are evolving into multimedia gateways with legitimate non-gaming media arsenals. Armed with the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0812/S00010.htm


18: Pigliucci: Scientist Or Ongeblussen?
Suzan Mazur

"The kinds of things you're reporting on, you're reaching a wider audience. It is important in writing to highlight where there may be controversies or disagreements because that is what's most exciting, that's what moves science. . . .
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00038.htm


19: UMF professor splits from manuka honey association
Manuka Health NZ

Professor’s split from honey association ‘most significant development since methylglyoxal’ says Manuka Health NZ
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00042.htm


20: More state housing needed, not less: Greens
Green Party

The building industry downturn means National should invest in more state houses - not put a cap on them - says the Green Party.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00008.htm


21: Lack of mental health services - prisons risk
Office of the Ombudsmen

A lack of inpatient facilities enabling appropriate mental health treatment is placing prisoners and staff at risk and may be contributing to prison suicides, the Office of the Ombudsmen says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00024.htm


22: New Unisys Server to Improve Business Continuity
Unisys

Leading exporter, first in world to install Unisys ES7000 Model 7405R server, poised to reap benefits of accelerated evolution toward real-time infrastructure
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00045.htm


23: First NZ Child Treated With Her Own Cord Blood
Raynish Consumer

A young Auckland girl has become the first New Zealander to undergo a ground-breaking umbilical cord blood treatment for a birth-related brain injury.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0812/S00012.htm


24: NZFC Reports Increased Investment
New Zealand Film Commission

Investment totaling more than $20.7million to support twelve New Zealand feature films is reported by the New Zealand Film Commission in its annual report which was published today. It had also committed finance for the completion of seven digital ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00057.htm


25: Open government needs open information
Green Party

The Green Party is calling for the Official Information Act (OIA) to be strengthened, in light of the Ombudsmen's annual report to Parliament today suggesting its purpose is being subverted by delaying tactics used by some Government agencies and ministerial ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00015.htm


26: Police Testilying with Farcical "Drug Harm Index"
Mild Greens

As anticipated, the MildGreens policy analysts expected the Police use circular costing and 'association with crime' to inflate both cannabis harms and to confound related drug issues. What is gravely concerning is this is completely at odds with the evidence ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00026.htm


27: Over 150 kiwis in Gaelic Football tournament
Wellington Hutt Valley Gaelic Football Association

Wellington's fastest growing sport Gaelic Football, has over 150 kiwis playing week in, week out in their seven a side summer competition, which started on the 12 November. The games run each Wednesday evening at Ian Galloway Park in Wilton.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00021.htm


28: McDouall Stuart Finance Companies Report
McDouall Stuart

Wellington, 2 December 2008 – McDouall Stuart today released its 2008 report on the New Zealand finance company sector.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00046.htm


29: Background Note: Nigeria
US State Department

Geography Area: 923.8 thousand sq. km. (356,700 sq. mi.) about the size of California, Nevada, and Arizona. Cities: Capital --Abuja (pop. est. 452,000). Other cities --Kano (9.3 million), Lagos (9.01 million), Ibadan (5 million), Enugu (500,000). Terrain: ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00024.htm


30: Dunne: Rotary Club of Central Wellington
United Future NZ Party

I am pleased to here once again, to continue the tradition of a post-election address to your club. In 2002 and 2005, I came here after UnitedFuture had signed confidence and supply agreements with the Labour-led government of the day.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00013.htm

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