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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 28 October 2009

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 28 October 2009

1: Globalization: Dollar Militarism, ALBA Humanism

Toni Solo

Many themes of global importance inter-relate when discussing events in Central America. An apparently simple discussion of local developments in the Nicaraguan economy ends up covering global issues. One has to look at the role of the dollar, the price of ...

2: IFJ Condemns Arrest of Editor in Tamil Nadu State

International Federation of Journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns the arrest of A.S. Mani, editor of the weekly magazine Naveena Netrikan, in Madurai city in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. According to reports from IFJ partners, Mani was arrested on ...

3: Disoyal Opposition in the United States

Paul G. Buchanan - A Word From Afar

Paul Buchanan writes whether or not the so-called “war” between the White House & Fox TV is a carefully crafted plan by Obama’s advisors to expose divisions within the Republican Party, it still highlights a case of disloyal opposition in a democracy.

4: Media Pasifika News Summary – 28 Oct. 2009

PACIFIC countries' economic growth is forecast to slow to 3.1percent this year following last year's historical high of 5.1percent. It is against this background that the PACER Plus — Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations — negotiations are ...

5: New Zealand’s market research slam Labour Party

Market Research Society of New Zealand

New Zealand’s market research authorities slam the Labour Party’s unacceptable polling behaviour and warn that businesses may end up paying more for their market research as a result. Apologies are demanded.

6: JP Morgan Announces Company Expectations

JP Morgan

Today's September quarter inflation print was a little above market expectations, but the surprise is insufficient to alter the likely outcome of next week's RBA decision; we still expect a 25bp rate hike next Tuesday. A very low outcome today could have ...

7: New Zealand-Hong Kong Wine Arrangement Signed

Minister of Trade

Trade Minister Tim Groser today signed an Arrangement to enhance cooperation in wine-related business with Hong Kong. Mr Groser says the new Arrangement will help New Zealand wine exporters access the growing Asian market. “Hong Kong is fast ...

8: Tom Frewen: Today In Parliament 28.10.09

Tom Frewen

MPs miss out on chance to debate their bills as Government puts House under urgency for sixth week in a row. Government blames media for delaying arrival of ministers in the chamber for Question Time. Opposition wants more information on TVNZ's use ...

9: Reforms to help keep rate rises under control

New Zealand Government

Local government reforms agreed by Cabinet this week will give ratepayers more say in how councils spend their money, Local Government Minister Rodney Hide said today. "The reforms are about local government focussing on core functions, managing within ...

10: Voting News: October 24th 2009

Voting News

‘The computer says so’ is not a good answer ~ Voting Matters Blog...“Disruptive Innovation" Could Fix U.S. Voting says Mitch Kapor,co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Lotus 1-2-3...Another Aspen Colorado election snafu: the ...

11: Undernews For 26 October 2009


Most Washington journalists graduated with degrees in the humanities or social sciences. As a result they are easily conned by the numbers that buzz like mosquitoes around the capital or just don't bother to question them.

12: NZ holds place in global gender gap rating

Human Rights Commission

New Zealand has held on to fifth place in the Global Gender Gap Report 2009, with Iceland the big winner overall. “For New Zealand to hang on to its high ranking out of 134 countries – behind the Nordic countries, who jockey for top positions ...

13: Businesses could be missing opportunities


Social media isn’t a fad - Twitter boasts six million unique monthly visitors, Facebook has 300 million users, 80 percent of employers use Linkedin as a primary tool to find employees, in January alone internet viewers viewed 14.8 billion YouTube ...

14: - "News To Make You Feel Good"

Alastair Thompson

In times like this, with bird flu, SARS, killer dogs and ‘Internet Hackers’, New Zealanders need a pleasurable laugh or two. The Weekly Coitus can now deliver that pleasure.

15: Questions and Answers - 27 Oct 2009

Office of the Clerk

Economy—Reports; Accident Compensation—Opening Scheme to Competition; Climate Change—Australian Scheme; Finance, Minister—Statements; United Nations Human Development Report—New Zealand Results

16: $225,000 per job annual subsidy at smelter

Carbon News

Protecting Rio Tinto’s Tiwai Point aluminium smelter from the full impacts of the emissions trading scheme will cost New Zealand $225,000 a year for every job at the smelter.

17: Release of decision by the Auditor General

Parliamentary Services

“The Parliamentary Service welcomes the statement by the Office of the Auditor General into some issues concerning member of Parliament expenses for Wellington accommodation.

18: Environment Canterbury performance review

New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Nick Smith and Local Government Minister Rodney Hide today announced a formal investigation into Environment Canterbury because its poor performance is holding the Canterbury region back. “The Government is not satisfied with Environment ...

19: Peter Coleman: Big Bang Origin Of The Moon

Peter Coleman

Coleman speculates that the Philippine Sea Plate was once an enormous hole out of which the Moon exited, and left a strewen field, or trail, of previously unexplained glassy tektites.

20: Video: Bill English TVNZ7 Promo

Scoop Video

The TVNZ7 promotional ad featuring Finance Minister Bill English. The promo is intended to promote TVNZ7’s ‘Spotlight on the Economy’ month and is expected to run 130 times on various TVNZ channels.

21: Local govt reform leaves the basics untouched

Local Government NZ

“The Government’s decision to remove the requirement for citizens’ referenda to guide council activities reinforces our belief in the expertise of elected members to build better communities,” said Local Government New Zealand President Lawrence ...

22: ACC guidelines must be postponed

National Council of Women

The independent clinical review of the new guidelines to be used by the ACC unit that deals with sexual abuse and rape victims, announced by ACC Minister Nick Smith, should take place before any changes are implemented according to the National Council ...

23: Ingenious engineering takes 2009 IRL prize


The 2009 IRL prize for the best demonstration in robotics or automation has been awarded to final-year Auckland University Mechanical Engineering students Dzulfadli Ibrahim and Luqman Kamarudin for their project, "Propeller prototyping for an unmanned ...

24: Govt to review Far North Council consent process

New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Nick Smith today announced a review of the Far North District Council’s functions under the Resource Management Act. “I am authorising a formal investigation into the Council’s performance under Section 24A of the Resource ...

25: AECT Election: The Power is With the Community

Grey Lynn 2030

With only 2 days remaining in the AECT election a disappointing 14.65% of eligible voters have so far returned postal ballots to decide the 5 trustees of the Trust. At the same time in the 2003 election the turnout was only slightly better at 17.5%. ...

26: Atypical scrapie/Nor 98 detection in single sheep


MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) and the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) today confirmed that a series of New Zealand and European laboratory tests on a single New Zealand sheep brain have detected the condition atypical scrapie (also known ...

27: Auckland Airport Bond Issue Opens

Auckland Airport

Auckland International Airport Limited (Auckland Airport) today announced an offer of up to NZ$125 million bonds to the public, offering interested investors another opportunity to invest in an iconic kiwi long-term infrastructure business. The offer ...

28: Muse to Peform at Big Day Out

Big Day Out

Accepting the Award, singer Matt Bellamy said "We've only been able to come because it's in the afternoon, so that's lucky for us - we have to play in Denmark tonight. It won't quite be taking a helicopter from the roof but we have to take a car and ...

29: New NHB Board chair appointed

New Zealand Government

Health Minister, Tony Ryall says the Government has appointed Dr Murray Horn as the establishment chair of the new NHB Advisory Board (NHB). Dr Horn led the Ministerial Review Group (MRG) on Health which reported mid-year on improving public health services. ...

30: Changes Proposed For Speaker’s Directions

Office Of Speaker Of Parliament

The Speaker, Lockwood Smith, has welcomed the statement of the Auditor General on the rules and processes with respect to the places of residence of Members of Parliament and compensation for accommodation in Wellington. “As Speaker I inherited a range ...

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Boris Johnson At Sea: Coronavirus Confusion In The UK

The tide has been turning against UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Oafishly, he has managed to convert that tide into a deluge of dissatisfaction assisted by the gravitational pull of singular incompetence. Much of this is due to such errors of ... More>>

Reese Erlich: Foreign Correspondent: Rightwing Populism Will Make You Sick—Really

The four countries with the most confirmed COVID-19 infections in the world are all led by rightwing populists: the US, India, Brazil, and Russia. Throw in the United Kingdom, which has the largest infection rate in Europe, and you have a common pattern. ... More>>

Dunne Speaks: Early Voting Is OK, If You Know Who To Vote For

Early voting is now open which is great for the 80% or so of the population whose vote does not change from one election to the next. They can go out and vote at their convenience without having to wait for election day. But for those who are yet even ... More>>

The Conversation: Biodiversity: Where The World Is Making Progress – And Where It’s Not

The future of biodiversity hangs in the balance. World leaders are gathering to review international targets and make new pledges for action to stem wildlife declines. Depending on whether you are a glass half-full or half-empty person, you’re likely ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On How The US Supreme Court Is Undermining American Democracy

If Joe Biden is elected President next week, here comes the bad news. If Biden tries to defend Obamacare, combat climate change (via say, a variant of the Green New Deal) or tries to improve the access of US women to abortion services , he will run afoul ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Trump’s Current Chances Of Re-Election

By now it seems clear that National have no fresh ideas to offer for how New Zealand could avoid the Covid-19 economic crisis. As in the past, National has set an arbitrary 30% ratio of government debt to GDP that it aims to achieve “in a decade or so,” ... More>>

The Coronavirus Republic: Three Million Infections And Rising

The United States is famed for doing things, not to scale, but off it. Size is the be-all and end-all, and the coronavirus is now doing its bit to assure that the country remains unrivalled in the charts of infection . In time, other unfortunates may well ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Altars Of Hypocrisy: George Floyd, Protest And Black Face

Be wary what you protest about. The modern moral constabulary are out, and they are assisted by their Silicon Valley friends in the Social Media club. Should you dare take a stand on anything, especially in a dramatic way, you will be found out ... More>>

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