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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings December 10 2008


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

1: Lyndon Hood: What Else Is In The Urgency Plan?

Lyndon Hood

Even as urgency commences, neither the public, nor opposition MPs, nor for that matter many Government MPs have any idea what other bills might appear. Good news! The following draft has appeared on Scoop's desk.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00197.htm


2: 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


3: Americans’ Views of Faith, Prayer and Miracles
HCD Research

A new national survey of 854 Americans conducted by HCD Research December 6-8, found that an overwhelming majority (75%) believe that religion is a reliable and necessary guide to life. Similarly, 86% of Americans believe that miracles have occurred in ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00206.htm


4: Durex Seeking Suitable Product Tester Candidates
Durex

Kiwis looking for a role with a difference this summer can apply to become a Durex product tester.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0812/S00116.htm


5: End Presidential Pardons and Clemency
Michael Collins

(Wash. DC) The prospect of the criminal in chief, George W. Bush, issuing pardons to his co-conspirators is repugnant to all citizens who've paid any degree of attention over the last eight years.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00184.htm


6: Hide welcomes reasoned debate on ETS
ACT New Zealand

An examination of the Emissions Trading System (ETS), by a Special Select Committee, which is part of the coalition agreement between National and ACT, is being welcomed by ACT Leader Rodney Hide.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00086.htm


7: 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


8: National imposes largest ever tax on business
Progressive Party

National's tax Bill imposes the largest tax increase on business in New Zealand's history, opposition spokesperson on agriculture Jim Anderton says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00094.htm


9: 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


10: 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


11: Undernews For December 9, 2008
Undernews

One of the problems with hiring a Harvard Law School graduate as president is that you're likely to find someone steeped in precedent and shallow - even skeptical of - possibility.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00193.htm


12: Campbell: Firing At Will And Firing Up Broadband
Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell on the 90 day ‘fire at will’ legislation, and on the faster broadband plan.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00185.htm


13: National doesn’t care about Kiwi battlers
New Zealand Labour Party

Tax legislation being rammed through Parliament by National proves National doesn’t care about tens of thousands of Kiwi battlers, many of whom will lose money instead of getting a tax cut, says Labour Leader Phil Goff.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00096.htm


14: National refuses to listen on Standardised Testing
New Zealand Labour Party

The National-Act government has prevented key education stakeholder groups from having a say on plans to rush into law standardised testing for primary school age pupils, Labour Education spokesperson Chris Carter said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00097.htm


15: Cohen & Gordon: Obama’s Middle East Challenge
Neve Gordon

Professor Yinon Cohen and Neve Gordon from Ben-Gurion University write that Barack Obama is about to face a most daunting challenge - how to confront the age old Israeli-Palestinian conflict... A problem unsuccessfully tackled by every US president since Carter.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00182.htm


16: Human Rights and Climate Wrongs
Mary Robinson

Ireland's former president and current Oxfam honorary president, Mary Robinson writes that millions of people's human rights – to security, health, and sustainable livelihoods – are increasingly under threat and that climate change is a contributor.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00176.htm


17: New High Commissioner to South Africa named
New Zealand Government

New Zealand's next High Commissioner to South Africa will be career diplomat Geoff Randal, Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00099.htm


18: Proximity iD win the NCDM Silver Medal
Released via Bullet PR Ltd

Progressive Enterprises and Proximity iD win the NCDM Silver Medal at Database Marketing Awards in Orlando, Florida
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0812/S00220.htm


19: PHARMAC statement on Herceptin 12 month funding
PHARMAC

PHARMAC has played its part in the decision to fund 12 months Herceptin and will continue to assist the government as required. PHARMAC’s role has included providing information as necessary, and assisting the Ministry of Health with its contract ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0812/S00057.htm


20: Anti-democratic Government keeps Kiwis in the dark
Green Party

The Green Party is gravely concerned the new Government is keeping Kiwis in the dark on laws it plans to pass under urgency this week, leaving no opportunity for the people of New Zealand to debate these proposals before they become law.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00089.htm


21: Government honours Herceptin promise
New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key announced today that the National-led Government will honour its pre-election promise to ensure a full 12-month course of the breast cancer drug Herceptin is available.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00082.htm


22: UN Daily News For December 9, 2008
United Nations

Corruption is partly to blame for the current global financial crisis and is also an obstacle to the achievement of development and human rights goals, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for stepped up efforts to wipe out the scourge.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00238.htm


23: New Zealanders deserve best medicines available
New Zealand Labour Party

New Zealand women who have breast cancer need the best and most effective treatment available, Labour Health spokesperson Ruth Dyson said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00087.htm


24: Climate change select committee established
New Zealand Government

New Zealand needs to build a broader consensus about how to make progress on climate change issues, Climate Change Minister Nick Smith said today in releasing the terms of reference for the select committee to review the Emissions Trading Scheme and ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00071.htm


25: Robert Kagan’s Mythology of U.S. Exceptionalism
Jim Miles

Robert Kagan is a difficult subject to analyze. At times his writing seems to be very honest and directly critical of U.S. intentions as well as being clearly honest about the sometimes “dangerous nation” aspect of its history and foreign policy. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00170.htm


26: bFM: Deady & Manning On Human Rights Track Records
Scoop Audio

95bFM Audio: Paul Deady talks to Selwyn Manning who dropped in to talk Human Rights day. He looks at pieces on climate change and the Israel/Palestine conflict and grades our previous and current government's track record on human rights.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0812/S00203.htm


27: Roche welcomes 52 week Herceptin funding
Roche

Roche Products (New Zealand) Limited says it has worked productively with the government, the Ministry of Health and PHARMAC in order to supply Herceptin to New Zealand women with early HER2 positive breast cancer.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0812/S00058.htm


28: UN Visits Zimbabwe To Contain Cholera Outbreak
United Nations

A delegation United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is currently visiting Zimbabwe, to help the Southern African nation respond to its worst cholera outbreak in over a decade.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0812/S00223.htm


29: Hager: UDHR needed In NZ Too
Amnesty International

On the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Nicky Hager writes that it is needed in New Zealand as much as in faraway troubled places...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0812/S00135.htm


30: Hon Dr Nick Smith Minister for the Environment
New Zealand Government

New Environment Minister Nick Smith today released the independent report commissioned by the Ministry for the Environment into its handling of the Mapua contaminated site clean-up near Nelson.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0812/S00098.htm

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