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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings December 19 2008


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

1: PBuchanan: Brief On Informants In Intel Operations

Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

A Word From Afar: Paul Buchanan writes that some argue that infiltration of legitimate anti-status quo organizations is anti-democratic and intimidatory. They may well be correct in that assessment. But he says there is a backdrop to this issue.

2: State Of It: Police SIG Unit Wasted On Tag-Busting
STATE OF IT by Selwyn Manning

Scoop co-editor Selwyn Manning writes that investigations into the Police special investigations groups reveal that it had used a complaint of tagging to dig into the private life of a peace advocate, political groups, and a US owned defence company.

3: Canadian Man Accused of Sex Crimes in Thailand
Richard S. Ehrlich
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BANGKOK, Thailand -- A Canadian who allegedly arranged for Americans to sexually abuse "prepubescent" boys in his home for payment, while he taught at a prestigious school in Bangkok, was arrested in London by the U.S. Justice Department ...

4: Air New Zealand purchases Boeing 787 and 777-300 s
Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand has purchased Boeing 787 and Boeing 777-300 full-flight simulators to be based at its Auckland simulator centre. The Boeing 777 simulator will be delivered in 2010 to coincide with the arrival of Air New Zealand’s new 777-300 aircraft ...

5: More Ethiopian Troops Arrive In Darfur
United Nations

More than 300 Ethiopian troops arrived in Darfur over the last two days to boost the strength of the joint United Nations-African Union force, known as UNAMID, deployed earlier this year in an attempt to suppress the violence and humanitarian suffering ...

6: Maori Party Angered by loss of NZ Maori
The Maori Party

The decision by the NZ Rugby Union to cast aside the NZ Maori team in their effort to cut costs, has been greeted with dismay by Maori Party sports and recreation spokesperson, Te Ururoa Flavell.

7: There is no Humane Way to Kill a Whale at Sea
WSPA New Zealand

As Japan prepares to hunt once again in the Southern Ocean, the world’s largest alliance of animal protection groups has highlighted remarks from a Japanese whaling-based association to show there is simply no humane way to kill a whale.

8: Police spy scandal - Union may call stopwork
Maritime Union of New Zealand

The Maritime Union may call a national work stoppage to hold stopwork meetings of its members to discuss the police spy scandal.

9: Wanted: Sit Vac Glossary
Duncan Graham

Is NZ the land of opportunity where all who want work can work? The old adage of Buyer Beware applies in the job market as much as used car yards.

10: Gays, Lesbians Must Be Treated As Equals
United Nations

The top United Nations human rights official lamented today that there are still too many countries that criminalize sexual relations between consenting adults of the same sex and that some 10 States still have laws making homosexual activity punishable ...

11: Cabinet committees announced
New Zealand Government

Details of the make-up of the new National-led Government’s Cabinet committees were announced today by Prime Minister John Key.

12: Air Force Helos Buzz The Manawatu Skies
New Zealand Defence Force

It was a spectacular sight over the skies of the Manawatu this afternoon as Number 3 Squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force flew all of its Iroquois and Sioux aircraft.

13: Avon River Body - Update
New Zealand Police

Detective Inspector Greg Williams has taken over control of the investigation into the body that was found in the Avon River Christchurch, earlier today. The area of Dallington Terrace will remain cordoned off until forensic examination is completed.

14: Cheney Admits Detainee-Abuse Role
Jason Leopold

Vice President Dick Cheney said for the first time Monday that he helped get the “process cleared” for the brutal interrogation program of suspected terrorists.

15: PTA removal of full employment worrying
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Council of Trade Unions Economist Peter Conway says that the removal of full employment and equitable distribution of income as objectives in the Policy Targets Agreement is a worrying sign, and has called on Finance Minister to explain the move.

16: KiwiRail faces slow death through bleeding
New Zealand Labour Party

Labour transport spokesman Darren Hughes says KiwiRail will bleed slowly to death if it is denied the funding it needs to buy new rolling stock.

17: Heather Roy: Partially Worn - Serviceable (PWS)
ACT New Zealand

My new role as Associate Minister of defence has obvious implications for my 'other life' as a Territorial Force Army engineer.

18: Former BNZ Chief Needs Funny Bone Transplant
Progressive Party

"This man needs a funny bone transplant," was the response of Kiwibank founder Jim Anderton to the recent description by former BNZ chairman Kerry McDonald of the Kiwibank 'join the resistance' advertising campaign as 'reprehensible' and 'outrageous'.

19: Malcolm Aitken on the 90 day 'fire at will' Bill
Malcolm Aitken

An injection of labour market flexibility that’s good for New Zealand employers and workers alike in the face of on-going economic turmoil, or a draconian right-to-fire with no right of appeal that borders on the Dickensian?

20: Supreme Court decision a blow for the climate
Greenpeace New Zealand

Friday 19 December 2008 - A serious blow has been dealt to the climate with a Supreme Court decision just handed down in the Genesis Energy/ Greenpeace case.

21: "AIDS Has Been An ‘Agent For Change’"
United Nations

The United Nations agency, charged with coordinating the world body’s fight against HIV/AIDS, has seen a great deal of change since it was launched in 1996, said its outgoing chief.

22: Turitea wind farm proposal
New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Nick Smith today announced his decision to refer the Mighty River Power proposal for a 131-turbine wind farm at Turitea, near Palmerston North, to an independent Board of Inquiry.

23: High Court Awards Costs Against Wind Farm Opponent

The TrustPower and four other defendants have been awarded costs totalling $49,788.21 related to the Uplands Protection Society’s unsuccessful High Court bid to overturn wind farm resource consents issued to TrustPower and Meridian Energy.

24: Achieving Quality Education Will Cost
United Nations

Achieving the goal of quality education for all by 2015 will require countries to devote greater funds to this critical sector and to address the growing shortage of qualified teachers, according to a United Nations meeting that concluded today ...

25: ‘Decisive’ Push For Israeli-Palestinian Peace
United Nations

With the goal of reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by the end of this year out of reach, a top United Nations envoy today stressed the need to step up efforts by both sides to attain a comprehensive settlement.

26: Third Police Review Of S59 Amendment
New Zealand Police

The latest six month review of the Crimes (Substituted section 59) Amendment Act 2007 confirms that the impact on Police activity remains minimal. When the amendment came into effect in June 2007 Police undertook to monitor its effect for a period ...

27: Faces Of The UN Campaign On Internal Displacement
United Nations

Mohammed huddles under a tent after walking six hours through the mountains of Pakistan to escape the bombs and fighting. Qadir seeks work in Kabul after being driven from his home by drought.

28: Letter to Minister: Fiji NZ Diplomatic Situation
Fiji Club

As President of Fiji Club of NZ (FCNZ) I have been inundated with phone calls from our fellow Fijians expressing their strong desire for your government to grant student visa to our fellow Fijian Mr. George Nacewa.

29: 2008 Westpac Emerging Talent Finalists Named

Auckland, 19 December 2008 – A young Kiwi surf sensation who has been making waves abroad in pro-women’s events and a junior world rowing champion are among the four finalists in the running to win a $25,000 Westpac sporting scholarship next year.

30: Greenpeace New Zealand Inc v Genesis Power Ltd
NZ Supreme Court

A majority of the Supreme Court has dismissed Greenpeace’s appeal against that decision, and held that the Court of Appeal was correct to interpret the exception as applying only to applications involving renewable energy. The majority has also ...

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