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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings December 11 2008


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.

2: Recession-Weary Nation Cheered By Chaplinesque Key
Lyndon Hood

Just a comic tramp Charles Chaplin warmed the hearts of the world during the Great Depression, so in our hard economic times New Zealand is enjoying the farcical comedy of its own favourite clown.

3: Is Huntington's Clash of Civilization Idea Wrong?
Common Ground News Service
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Robert Ménard, Doha Centre for Media Freedom director-general, considers whether Samuel Huntington, the father of the “clash of civilisations” theory, had it wrong. The notion could challenge the widening chasm between the West and Arab countries.

4: Controversy over National's Tax Cuts
Keith Rankin

Listening to the tax debate in Parliament today (10 December 2008), most of the controversy has been about the lower threshold ($24,000) for the proposed Independent Earner Tax Credit (IETC). The IETC will be $520 per year ($10 per week) from April 2009 ...

5: 90-day trial period to provide job opportunities
New Zealand National Party

Trial employment periods for up to 90 days for workplaces with fewer than 20 employees will be available from April 2009, the Minister of Labour, Hon Kate Wilkinson, announced today.

6: A Green New Deal for Aotearoa?
Green Party

We are facing a perfect storm: climate change; high fuel, resources and food prices; and a financial and economic crisis are all converging on our doorstep posing a significant threat to our economic and environmental future. Up until now many have assumed the ...

7: 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.

8: Tolley wrong about 90 day fire at will Bill
New Zealand Labour Party

Education Minister Anne Tolley must explain to the education sector how she could get it so wrong when she told delegates at the NZEI conference during the election campaign that schools would be exempt from National’s plans to erode workers’ ...

9: 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.

10: Bayleys ‘head’ office goes bald for charity

Managers and staff at leading real estate company Bayleys shaved their heads at the staff Christmas party as part of a festive season stunt to raise money for a good cause - netting more than $16,000 for the Child Cancer Foundation.

11: Undernews For December 11, 2008

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. - George Bernard Shaw

12: Durex Seeking Suitable Product Tester Candidates

Kiwis looking for a role with a difference this summer can apply to become a Durex product tester.

13: Rabies outbreak in Bali
Ministry of Health

The Indonesian Government has declared a rabies outbreak in Bali, currently affecting dogs. Rabies is a serious and life-threatening infection, most often spread through animal bites and scratches.

14: 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.

15: Back-down on state housing cap weasel words
New Zealand Labour Party

Nationals’ reported back down on a state housing cap is nothing more than an attempt to cover-up a publicly unpopular stance, Labour Party Housing spokesperson George Hawkins said

16: Addressing diabetes is vital for strengthening TB
Citizen News Service

Patients with type-2 diabetes may be at increased risk of contracting tuberculosis (TB) because they generally have a compromised immune system, which results in life-threatening lung infections that are more difficult to treat

17: Kiwi Tom James - International Man Of Movember 08

Kiwi Mo Bro Tom James (aka Tommo), was yesterday awarded INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MOVEMBER 2008 – a prestigious accolade awarded to the best Movember Mo worldwide.

18: Employment Relations Amendment Bill Speech
New Zealand Government

This bill amends the Employment Relations Act 2000 to implement Government policy on trial employment periods for new employees of small and medium sized businesses - those employing fewer than 20 employees - and to support Government policy on Kiwisaver ...

19: Preclinical Studies Suggest Effect On Parkinson's
Living Cell Technologies

Living Cell Technologies Limited (ASX: LCT; OTCQX: LVCLY) today reported that its pipeline product, NeurotrophinCell (NtCell), encapsulated brain choroid plexus cells, may be beneficial in Parkinson’s disease.

20: Xmas grinch tax act a sad opener for National
New Zealand Labour Party

National’s kinder, gentler facade faded today as it rammed through unfair tax legislation that penalises low income families, Labour Finance Spokesperson David Cunliffe said.

21: Harawira: Employment Relations Amendment Bill
The Maori Party

Eight years ago, Professor Jane Kelsey wrote a book called Reclaiming the Future in which she talked about what happened to Maori during the last recession of the late 80’s; a book which should be required reading for all Members of Parliament, ...

22: Improvements in the pipeline for Stuff.co.nz
Fairfax Media

Fairfax Media is preparing to launch a major upgrade of the design and underlying infrastructure of its flagship website Stuff.co.nz. This year, New Zealand's Site of the Year (NetGuide Web Awards 2008) has experienced unprecedented traffic growth, ...

23: New Zealand’s First ‘Clinique Experience’ Counter
Life Pharmacy

The Clinique Service Centre at Westfield St Lukes has been transformed into New Zealand’s first “Clinique Experience” counter, featuring four Clinique Diagnostic Mirrors just in time for summer skin care assessment.

24: 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.

25: National admits tax package costs Kiwi workers
New Zealand Labour Party

National has admitted that working Kiwis will be $730 million worse off under its unfair tax package currently going through Parliament, Labour Finance spokesperson David Cunliffe said.

26: TAE purchases Aussie aviation service providers
Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand’s Australian-based aerospace engineering services company TAE has added to its stable of businesses with the purchase of well-known aviation service provider Tenix Aviation Pty Limited.

27: Future Air Force Leaders March Out
New Zealand Defence Force

After 22 weeks of training, 24 newly commissioned officers of the Royal New Zealand Air Force celebrated a milestone in their careers by graduating from the Air Force’s Initial Officer Training Course.

28: 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.

29: Top Scoop Stories – 11 December 2008 News Summary
The Scoop Editor

Top Scoop Stories – 11 December 2008 News Summary LEAD STORY Scoop Satire: Recession-Weary Nation Cheered By John Key's Chaplinesque Antics NZ POLITICS 90 Day Info: Are National Pandering To Criminals With Legislation? Defence: Future Air Force Leaders March ...

30: Strengthening child protection is a good move
Green Party

The Green Party has welcomed the Government's bill to add to the Sentencing Act guidance on legal consequences for offending against children.

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