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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings December 16 2008


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

1: Undernews For December 15, 2008


From the conclusion of this war we shall be going downhill. It will not then be necessary to resort every moment to the people for support. They will be forgotten, therefore, and their rights disregarded... The shackles, therefore, . . . will be made heavier ...

2: Questions For Oral Answer - Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008
Office of the Clerk

1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he have confidence in all his Ministers, if so, why? 2. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: Has the Minister seen any reports of government spending commitments which have no funding set aside ...

3: Former Nat MPs call for Commission of Inquiry
Lynley Hood
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Dear Minister Congratulations on your appointment to the role of Minister of Justice. We are confident that you will undertake this challenging role with the competence and acumen you demonstrated while in Opposition.

4: Special presale for COLDPLAY’s Viva La Vida Tour

Local Visa debit, credit and prepaid cardholders can snap up advanced tickets to the New Zealand leg of COLDPLAY’s Viva La Vida tour, to be held at Vector Arena in Auckland next year in March.

5: Why Hezbollah stiffed Carter
Franklin P Lamb

Truth be told, this observer, along with one suspects plenty of others, was miffed at Hezbollah this past Wednesday morning. As I looked up at sunrise at Sammin Mountain above Beirut on the Western chain of Lebanon’s dramatic range to see if the rumor ...

6: Multimedia: PM's Press Conference 15th Dec. 2008
Alastair Thompson

Q&A on a range of subjects followed including the Police spying operations on activists, aspects of the urgency legislation, climate change policy, the ETS, bio-fuels legislation and the removal of the ban on thermal electricity generation plants.

7: Gas Flaring: Nigerian Govt Under Pressure
US State Department

THE Government of Nigeria is currently under intense pressure to ban gas flaring in the Niger Delta.

8: Background Note: Seychelles
US State Department

Geography Area: 444 sq. km; about 2.5 times the size of Washington DC. Major islands: Mahe and Praslin. Cities: Capital --Victoria. Terrain: About half of the islands are granitic in origin, with narrow coastal strips and central ranges of hills rising ...

9: Obama Should Drop Plans To Escalate Afghan War
Sherwood Ross

Obama Should Drop Plans To Escalate Afghan War; Send In Peace Corps Instead By Sherwood Ross

10: Coldplay “Viva La Vida” Tour Will Come To NZ
Chugg Entertainment

Chugg Entertainment today confirmed that Coldplay will visit New Zealand following their eleven arena shows in Australia next March. The show will be part of their “Viva La Vida” world tour, in support of their new album of the same name.

11: Background Note: Madagascar
US State Department

Geography Area: 592,800 sq. km. (228,880 sq. mi.). Cities: Capital --Antananarivo (pop. about 1,300,000). Other cities --Antsirabe (about 500,000), Mahajanga (about 400,000), Toamasina (about 450,000). Terrain: Mountainous central plateau, coastal ...

12: Extension to term of NZ Chair of WTO Ag Talks
New Zealand Government

Trade Minister Tim Groser says the Government has decided to ask New Zealand Ambassador to the WTO, and Chair of the WTO Agriculture Negotiations, Crawford Falconer, to remain in Geneva in an effort to help revitalise the WTO’s Doha Development Round ...

13: Bush Comparison Seen As Unfair to Dogs
David Swanson

This is the question now raised in Iraq: If they throw shoes at your face are you a combat troop or a noncombat troop? The answer may be important in helping to guide President Elect Obama's strategy of reducing but continuing the genocidal occupation ...

14: Wallace & Manning – Debate On State Spies Needed
Scoop Audio

KiwiFM: Wallace & Manning discuss Nicky Hager & Anthony Hubbard's revelations that the Police used informants to infiltrate protest groups - arguing that the security/liberty test is now so one-sided that a public/political debate must occur.

15: ReStart assistance package for redundant workers
New Zealand Government

Hon Paula Bennett Minister for Social Development and Employment Minister for Disability Issues Minister for Youth Affairs 15 December 2008 3 PM Media Statement

16: Richardson’s appointment as Secretary of Commerce
Council on Hemispheric Affairs

President-elect Barack Obama’s designated appointment for Secretary of Commerce, Bill Richardson, was welcomed with gusto on Thursday, December 4, after a visit by him to Mexico.

17: Power price solution staring government in face
Sustainable Electricity Association NZ

The government will face more big power price hikes like Genesis’s 9 per cent rise unless it acts quickly to encourage more renewable generation, warned Sustainable Electricity Association chairman Brendan Winitana today.

18: RMA reform group announced
New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Nick Smith today announced the appointment of the RMA Technical Advisory Group to support the Government’s programme of reform of the Resource Management Act.

19: Light bulb ban ended
New Zealand Government

Energy and Resources Minister, Gerry Brownlee, has told Parliament today the ban on traditional light bulbs is being lifted.

20: Zimbabwe Cholera Death Toll Nears 1,000
United Nations

The death toll from Zimbabwe’s worst-ever cholera outbreak is approaching 1,000, the United Nations reported today, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the country’s leadership is not doing enough to address the dire situation in the Southern ...

21: ESR and NZ Customs collaborate on border control

Crown Research Institute ESR and New Zealand Customs Service are increasing co-operation to enhance strategic and operational capabilities to control who and what crosses our borders.

22: Release of Child Soldiers In Nepal
United Nations

New York, Dec 15 2008 5:10PM A senior United Nations official today welcomed recent breakthroughs made in Nepal and the Philippines to release child soldiers.

23: Security Council Hears From Sanctions Committee
United Nations

The United Nations Security Council was briefed today by the heads of its subsidiary bodies entrusted with monitoring sanctions on Sudan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Somalia, Al-Qaida and the Taliban, Côte d’Ivoire, Iran, Democratic ...

24: Waikato scientists put on ice for summer
University of Waikato

Eighteen scientists led by the Waikato University will spend four weeks in Antarctica this summer as part of a project to compile a detailed picture of the Ross Dependency.

25: Massive Hydro Scheme For Africa
United Nations

A senior United Nations official today told a meeting of African ministers that harnessing the continent’s largely untapped water resources is critical in feeding and providing for its people.

26: Myanmar’s Cyclone Victims Need Help
United Nations

A review of the progress made to date to provide humanitarian assistance to the victims of Cyclone Nargis has found that while relief efforts are ongoing, they need to be stepped up, especially to ensure food security, a United Nations-backed group said ...

27: Peace Talks Intensify
United Nations

The United Nations and its diplomatic partners in the search for Middle East peace – the European Union (EU), Russia and the United States – called today for an intensification of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, urging both sides to take the ...

28: Pacific Island Affairs briefing released
New Zealand Government

With one in ten New Zealanders projected to be Pacific by 2026, it is essential for New Zealand’s future that Pacific people are well-educated, skilled and playing their part economically, culturally and socially.

29: Obama's Weak National Security Team
The Public Record

Sixteen years ago, President-elect Bill Clinton headed for Washington with a national security team that was unprepared for a new age of foreign policy marked by the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union. Clinton ...

30: Pakistan Problem: No, We Can't!
Steve Weissman

Whether ordained by God, the crusade against communism or the Global War on Terror, many Americans believe we have a mandate to police the world, hold dominion over its supply of oil and natural gas and lead the way in whatever way we happen to be ...

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