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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 20 October 2009

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 20 October 2009

1: Undernews For October 19, 2009


W e have set up a swine flu page to cover the various issues concrening the flu and the vaccine. At this stage, the only report we have found on the actual effects of the swine flu vaccine is this from the NY Times: "China began its swine flu vaccinations ...

2: National's Broken Promises

Lindsay Mitchell

Information obtained under the Official Information Act shows that the National government has failed to implement the welfare policy promises it made during the 2008 election campaign.

3: Forget forests at your peril


In the opening speech to the World Forestry Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, IUCN Deputy Director General Dr William Jackson said given the rate at which climate change is happening, no country, rich or poor, could afford to neglect its forests.

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4: Free Enterprise Climate Policy

US Chamber of Commerce

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is throwing its weight behind strong climate legislation, a spokesman for Chamber President Tom J. Donahue announced today at the National Press Club.

5: Remarks With Iraqi Prime Minister

US State Department

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good afternoon. It is a pleasure for me to welcome the prime minister back to Washington to keep building and deepening the partnership between our nations. It is a partnership based on the goal of a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq, ...

6: UK Judges Order Release of Torture Details

Andy Worthington

In August 2008, while British resident Binyam Mohamed still languished in a prison cell in Guantánamo, two British High Court judges attempted to inform the public about what, in May 2002, the CIA had told their British counterparts about how they ...

7: Top Scoop Stories October 20th 2009 News Summary

The Scoop Editor

LEAD STORY Structure Announced: MMP Referendum To Be Held At 2011 Election NZ POLITICS Deals: Maori Party Supports ACC Bill To First Reading Gordon Campbell: Managing The Press Gallery (And Afghanistan)

8: Will the Real Chamber of Commerce Please Stand up?

The Yes Men

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reversed its position on climate change policy, and promised to immediately cease lobbying against the Kerry-Boxer bill. Not. Not.

9: Audio: PM Press Conference - RWC, ACC and ETS

Alastair Thompson

Audio: PM Press Conference - Rugby World Cup (RWC), Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) Scoop Audio + Photos : Prime Minister's Post Cabinet Press Conference - Monday, 19 October 2009 By Alastair Thompson

10: Students Teach MPs New Tricks on Climate Change

350 Aotearoa

Today at 1.30pm, MPs from National, Labour, and Green parties gathered against the cold wind to meet with members of 350 Aotearoa and students from Wellington schools to read a pledge and highlight the need for cross-party and,intergenerational action ...

11: Public Address 20/10/09 - Of swine and cows

Public Address

Of swine and cows | Oct 20, 2009 14:21 Russell Brown's Hard News In this week's Media7 we're looking at conspiracy theories -- for which it has been a vintage media year. All the action right now is around swine flu and the vaccine against it. In ...

12: St. Jerome's Auckland Laneway Festival


The very first Laneway Festival in Auckland city is set to be an absolute doozy. From the seminal to the scene-starting, the esoteric to the exhilarating, the Laneway Festival brings you a roll call of artists that is as exciting as it is diverse. ...

13: Govt Announces ‘Confusing’ Referendum

Family First

Family First NZ says that the upcoming Referendum on the MMP Voting System announced by the government is confusing, and voters will not be able to cope with so many choices at the next Election.

14: MMP referendum to be held at 2011 election

New Zealand Government

The first referendum on the MMP voting system will be held in conjunction with the 2011 general election, Justice Minister Simon Power announced today. "The National-led Government made a pre-election promise to hold a referendum on MMP by no later than ...

15: Maori Party supports ACC Bill to first reading

The Maori Party

The Maori Party caucus has decided to support the introduction of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and Compensation Amendment Bill, to be referred to a Select Committee.

16: First Gluten free Grocery Store opens in Auckland


Providing a one stop shop filled with a vast range of delicious gluten free foods, Gluten free Grocer is sure to create a sigh of relief among Auckland’s ever growing coeliac, wheat free and Gluten Free (GF) population.

17: Top Scoop Stories October 19th 2009 News Summary

The Scoop Editor

Welfare: Q+A’s Guyon Espiner Interviews Tariana Turia NZ POLITICS Road Funding: "Mayors Are Right – Minister Is Wrong" Scoop Images: Climate Heats Up Outside Parliament ACC: Government Yet To Get Numbers 'Restraint': Public Service Chief Execs’ Pay ...

18: Hide’s fundraising rort the first of many?

North Shore City Mayor Andrew Williams

Local Government Minister Rodney Hide’s decision to charge city and regional councillors in Christchurch to attend a breakfast meeting to learn about the future of local government is the first of many according to ACT party sources disgruntled with the influence ...

19: MMP referendum process a good start

Green Party

The Green Party today welcomed the proposed two step MMP referenda but called for the questions to be written by an independent body.

20: Questions for Oral Answer - 20 Oct 2009

Office of the Clerk

1. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Will he accept Labour’s offer to work together to reduce ACC levies for hard-working New Zealanders facing increasing costs?

21: MARKET CLOSE: NZX 50 rises to 13-mth high; STU up


Oct. 20 (BusinessWire) – New Zealand shares rose, pushing the NZX 50 Index to a 13-month high, joining a global rally on optimism the world economy is reviving from its slump, buoying demand for equities and commodities. Steel & Tube led the ...

22: Iraq: Talks Over Contested Northern Boundaries

Terry Evans

Talks on disputed internal Iraqi boundaries -- in the oil-rich, ethnically mixed north -- have made progress on measures to address concerns of local residents, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) announced today.

23: Aussies likely to exclude agriculture in their ETS

Federated Farmers

The compatibility of New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) with Australia’s has been dealt a huge blow. The Australian Opposition Leader, Malcolm Turnbull, has received his coalition’s blessing to negotiate agriculture out of the Australian ...

24: Release Of Female Aid Workers Abducted In Darfur

Terry Evans

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Sudan has welcomed the release on Sunday of two international aid workers who were kidnapped in the country's conflict-ridden region of Darfur three months ago.

25: US Appeals to Extradite "Merchant of Death"

Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Newly obtained documents, prepared by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), portray an elaborate sting operation to capture alleged weapons trafficker Viktor Bout in Bangkok, and America's current appeal to extradite him ...

26: Protesters March Against ACC Cuts

Carolyn Meers

Wellington citizens from all walks of life convened at the Cenotaph this afternoon to protest the ACC's recently proposed cuts to its counselling programs for sexual abuse victims. The proposed changes would require those seeking treatment to be evaluated ...

27: Petition Refuting ACE Cuts Delivered to Parliament

Carolyn Meers

Half a dozen bright yellow boxes were delivered to the Parliament steps this afternoon, each containing parts of a petition opposing the proposed cuts to Adult Community Education (ACE), which threatens to discontinue adult education classes throughout ...

28: Open season on protected lakes and rivers?

Green Party

News today that the Government is considering weakening the Water Conservation Order (WCO) on the Rakaia River is just the tip of the iceberg, with the Government declaring open season on our most protected rivers and lakes, the Green Party said.

29: Tourism Exchange Puts Dunedin B&B on a High

Tourism Exchange

Auckland 20 October 2009 – Tourism Exchange New Zealand is revolutionising the way small- to medium-sized tourism operators do business in the Canterbury / Otago region, right at a time when a boost to their businesses is needed, without the capital ...

30: Labour okays more street racer misery

New Zealand Government

A Labour Party attempt to stop the vehicles of repeat illegal street racers being crushed would result in dangerous cars being put back on the streets, Police Minister Judith Collins says.

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