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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 23 October 2009

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 23 October 2009

1: State Of Affairs Surrounding TOA Petroleum

Government Of The Cook Islands

The Government has engaged a Queen’s Counsel to examine the entire state of affairs surrounding TOA Petroleum and the Government’s position and provide advice on the best way forward for the country.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0910/S00312.htm

2: Decree gives superior powers to the Chief Registra

Citizens Constitutional Forum

The Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF) expresses concern that a Decree gazetted on 20 July 2009 has given superior powers to the Chief Registrar, making that office more powerful than the highest court of Fiji.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0910/S00313.htm

3: Pacific Islands are being ‘hung out to dry’

Oxfam

Today, Pacific Islanders waded out into the sea and hung 350 T-shirts, each printed with the name of a different island, on a series of giant washing lines to highlight the insufficient action being taken to combat climate change. ‘350 Islands for ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0910/S00314.htm

4: Top Scoop Stories October 23rd 2009

The Scoop Editor

LEAD STORY Education Policy: Key Launches National Standards NZ POLITICS 350 Parts Per Million: International Day Of Climate Action Saturday Administration: Labour vs Hayes On Pacific ACT Support: Competition For ACC Work Account
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00216.htm

5: Bomber's Blog - The War on News - ep 15

Bomber's Blog

Martyn "Bomber" Bradbury. Bomber's Blog - the war on news. Weekly TV show on Triangle/Stratos. Bomber also posts on the Tumeke! blog: www.tumeke.blogspot.com
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00214.htm

6: Public Address 23/10/09 - Dunce Dunce Revolution

Public Address

Here's an irony: in the same month that it becomes clear that educational funding will be diverted from arts and sciences into the narrow curriculum embodied in the government's national standards policy, we can read a major report that doesn't merely ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0910/S00215.htm

7: TEU Tertiary Update, volume 12, number 36

Association of University Staff

VICE-CHANCELLORS TOLD TO PAY FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE An independent review of the New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit (AAU) recommends that the Unit have greater independence from the New Zealand Vice Chancellors’ Committee (NZVCC).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0910/S00096.htm

8: NZ dollar gains with Wall St amid hedge-fund talk

Businesswire

Oct. 23 (BusinessWire) – The New Zealand dollar advanced as stocks on Wall Street staged a late rally, though the advance was tempered by talk that a large hedge fund was planning to liquidate its holding of the kiwi currency.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0910/S00623.htm

9: National Standards the key to lifting achievement

New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key will today fulfil a major election promise with the launch of National Standards in reading, writing, and maths for primary and intermediate schools.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00352.htm

10: Fair Trading Act charges laid against Vodafone

Commerce Commission

The Commerce Commission has laid charges against Vodafone for alleged breaches of the Fair Trading Act 1986 in relation to various broadband and mobile phone promotions.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0910/S00645.htm

11: Map: impacts if we fail to limit climate change

British High Commission

A new map illustrating the global consequences of failing to keep climate change to under 2 degrees Celsius was launched today by the UK Government. With just 45 days to go before international climate change talks begin in Copenhagen, British ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0910/S00058.htm

12: Digest: $1 mil Science prizes, Folic Acid, 3 Rs

Science Media Centre

PM dishes up $1 million in prizes; The future of the science system; Folic acid research shows low risk; Three ‘R’s approach draws fire
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0910/S00061.htm

13: More women taking up 12 month Herceptin course

New Zealand Government

"174 New Zealand women are now getting the 12 month course of Herceptin for treatment of Her-2 breast cancer," Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00353.htm

14: National Standards to benefit children and parents

New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key and Education Minister Anne Tolley today launched the National Standards in reading, writing and maths, which will help ensure students leave school with the skills they need to succeed.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00355.htm

15: Hayes needs to apologise

New Zealand Labour Party

The attack on the Governments of three Pacific territories associated with New Zealand by a senior National MP is unprecedented and must be condemned by John Key, Labour’s Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Chris Carter said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00363.htm

16: National standards threaten NCEA

PPTA

The minister of education’s insistence on a limited three R’s focus for the so-called “national standards” will jeopardise students’ achievement in NCEA, PPTA president Kate Gainsford says.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0910/S00109.htm

17: Key Notes No.59 - Lifting Education Standards

New Zealand National Party

I had fun this morning meeting the children at Glen Taylor School in Auckland with Education Minister Anne Tolley. We were there to launch National Education Standards in reading, writing, and maths.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00372.htm

18: Council seeking to ensure drains are safe

Rotorua District Council

Rotorua District Council is systematically checking the district’s more than 12,000 stormwater and sewer manholes to ensure they are safe, following the recent drowning tragedy of two year old Aisling Symes in Waitakere City in Auckland.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0910/S00353.htm

19: Silver Fern profit masks challenging markets

Businesswire

Oct. 23 (BusinessWire) – Silver Fern Farms reported a 16% gain in full-year profit, helped the settlement of its failed merger with PGG Wrightson, while at an operating level earnings tumbled in the face of difficult market conditions.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0910/S00653.htm

20: Increasing drug dose helps to cure gout

University of Otago

Health researchers at the University of Otago, Christchurch have established that thousands of gout sufferers may have been taking too low a dose of the most commonly used drug to effectively manage or cure this form of arthritis.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0910/S00103.htm

21: National Standards Need Close Scrutiny

NZEI

Today’s launch of new National Standards of literacy and numeracy means principals and teachers will finally get a look at what they’re expected to work with from the beginning of next year, says the education sector union NZEI Te Riu Roa.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0910/S00105.htm

22: Institute Of Directors Announce Two Fellows

Institute Of Directors

The Institute of Directors in New Zealand (Inc) (IoD) is pleased to announce two Distinguished Fellows for 2009.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0910/S00651.htm

23: Increased Infrastructure Investment Needed

Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce

Wellington city was amongst the fastest growing areas in the country in the year to June 2009 according to population figures released today by Statistics New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0910/S00345.htm

24: Event 4th November: Funding for Arts Practitioners

Hutt Valley Community

Due to the level of interest in the Tuesday morning Free Public Talks on the Opportunities and Challenges for Artists in the Hutt Valley… we are pleased to announce the first of 3 special evening Arts Hub Forums presented by Biddy Grant.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0910/S00349.htm

25: Universities Positive On High-Level Rs&T Direction

Vice Chancellors' Committee

Universities have welcomed the opportunity to influence the Government’s priorities for research, science and technology by responding to the just-released feedback document.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED0910/S00106.htm

26: Clean Heat reaches out to Kaiapoi and Rangiora

Environment Canterbury

Environment Canterbury will be on the streets of Kaiapoi and Rangiora for six weeks from October 19 to promote its Clean Heat Project. During this time, Clean Heat representatives will call on households in the towns, offering to make an appointment for a free, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0910/S00348.htm

27: MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares snap 2-day slide; RBD up

Businesswire

Oct. 23 (BusinessWire) – New Zealand shares snapped a two-day slide, led by fast-food chain Restaurant Brands, as global sentiment for equity markets improved. Stocks rallied across Asia on optimism economic recovery will pick up pace.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0910/S00655.htm

28: Support for people with disability in the Pacific

New Zealand Government

Minister for Disability Issues Tariana Turia has today stressed New Zealand’s commitment to increasing social and economic participation by people with disability in the Pacific.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0910/S00364.htm

29: Kiwis multiply efforts for 350 Day

350 Aotearoa

Kiwis are coming out in force to celebrate human resilience and creativity on the 350 International Day of Climate Action this Saturday. Over 130 actions in New Zealand have been officially registered for the 350 International Day of Action on October ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0910/S00339.htm

30: Big Splash returns to add shine to Naenae shops

Hutt City Council

The Naenae shopping centre is preparing for the second Big Splash Naenae Paintathon on Saturday 7 November when locals will pick up their brushes to add more shine to the Cambridge Terrace side of the Naenae shopping centre.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0910/S00346.htm

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