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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 18 November 2009

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 18 November 2009

1: Docs say emissions trading scheme will hurt Kids

NZ Climate And Health

Senior doctors today said that the intended changes to New Zealand’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) will not only threaten our future survival but will be an extravagant waste of public funds, describing the legislation process as a fiasco. The doctors, ...

2: World on course for catastrophic 6° rise

Scoop Link

The world is now firmly on course for the worst-case scenario in terms of climate change, with average global temperatures rising by up to 6C by the end of the century, leading scientists said yesterday. Such a rise – which would be much higher nearer ...

3: Corruption threatens global economic recovery

Transparency International

As the world economy begins to register a tentative recovery and some nations continue to wrestle with ongoing conflict and insecurity, it is clear that no region of the world is immune to the perils of corruption, according to Transparency International’s ...

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4: Monsanto Pulls GM Corn Amid Food Safety Concerns

Robt Mann

For the first time, a GM multinational has pulled two GM corn varieties from the regulatory and assessment process at the eleventh hour (1), after planning for a future income of several billion dollars per year from global sales (2). Monsanto ...

5: Camps Housing Sri Lanka’s Conflict-Displaced

United Nations

The top United Nations humanitarian official kicked off his visit to Sri Lanka today with a stop at camps housing some of the civilians uprooted during the country’s decades-long conflict to see what progress has been made in terms of releases and ...

6: Corruption and the international financial system

Transparency International

How do corrupt or undemocratic regimes use the international financial system to support the exploitation of their state's assets in order to enrich themselves?

7: National Party member - "Why rush Climate bill?"

New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

Now that Prime Minister John Key has joined US President Obama in realising that there is little chance a binding treaty will be signed at the forthcoming UN climate change conference in Copenhagen in December, the question arises why the Government ...

8: ‘Clean and green’ Speech to the Uni Of Canterbury

Nick Herbert UKMP

I am grateful for the opportunity to speak to you today, and would particularly like to thank the University of Canterbury for providing me with this platform. It’s a huge pleasure to be here in New Zealand.

9: Tom Frewen: Today In Parliament 18.11.09

Tom Frewen

Finance minister Bill English and his Labour shadow, David Cunliffe, play dancing with the stars as TVNZ's controversial "Plain English" programme promotion gets hauled over the coals in the chamber and the committee rooms. John Key goes too far in his ...

10: Getting things right for farmers and New Zealand

Federated Farmers

President’s opening speech to the 2009 Federated Farmers National Council. Speech calls on the Government to repeal the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading) Amendment Act.

11: Lawless and Salinger offer nearly $5,000 to Key

Greenpeace New Zealand

Actress Lucy Lawless and top climate scientist Jim Salinger will visit Parliament today to present Prime Minister John Key with nearly $5,000 to help get him to the Copenhagen climate talks in December. A fundraising drive to get “Key to Copenhagen” ...

12: Tom Frewen: Today In Parliament 17.11.09

Tom Frewen

Parliament resumes after a fortnight's adjournment, welcomes David Clendon as Sue Bradford's replacement for the Greens, congratulates the All Whites on beating Bahrain, and gets into a shouting match over the cost of the emissions trading scheme with ...

13: Dalai Lama Visits New Zealand


The decision by the Prime Minister not to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama when he visits next month has been met by disappointment but not surprise by the organisation responsible for the visit. Dalai Lama Visit Trust New Zealand Trust spokesperson, ...

14: Thousands of Motorcyclists Convene at Parliament

Carolyn Meers

An estimated crowd of 10,000 motorcyclists gathered on Parliament grounds today to protest the ACC's raising of levies for their vehicles. ACC has stated that the rises in fees are a response to "rising claim numbers and healthcare costs" incurred by ...

15: Ae Marika! - a column By Hone Harawira

The Maori Party

They say a week in politics is a long time, and they’re right. Last week I made a public apology about an email I’d written. Firstly, I readily apologise for the poor choice of words. I suspect that if I’d said something like: “European colonisers ...

16: Top Scoop Stories November 18th 2009 News Summary

The Scoop Editor

LEAD STORY Parliament Live NZ POLITICS Perceptions: NZ Tops International Index For Least Corrupt English Promo: TVNZ Says "We Probably Shouldn't Have Done That" Brmmm: Thousands Of Motorcyclists Convene At Parliament Sport: Parliament Salutes ...

17: Questions and Answers - 17 Nov 2009

Office of the Clerk

Climate Change Policy—Iwi Leadership Group Proposal; Emissions Trading Scheme—Cost of Changes; Exporters—Government Assistance; Child Welfare and Youth Justice—Whānau First

18: Obama: one (term) if by war, two if by peace

Harvey Wasserman

As the world awaits Barack Obama's decision on Afghanistan, a lethal myth has spread. It says that standing up to the military will doom him to be a single-term president.

19: SIS asks uni staff to watch for foreign agents

Tertiary Education Union

The New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (SIS) has been approaching universities seeking their help to prevent foreign states getting their hands on technology associated with weapons of mass destruction. Director of the SIS, Dr Warren Tucker, sent a letter ...

20: A Grey Goldmine: Recent Developments in Lithium

Council on Hemispheric Affairs

According to Bolivian President Evo Morales, lithium is not only important to his country’s economic future but is “the hope of humanity,” as the lightweight metal efficiently stores energy capable of powering the eco-friendly cars of the ...

21: Speech: Brownlee - Unlocking Our Petroleum

New Zealand Government

Thank you for the invitation to speak here today. Many of you will know that since my appointment as Minister of Energy and Resources late last year, I have emphasised that New Zealand’s natural resources such as oil, gas and minerals could make a ...

22: TVNZ finally admits Bill English promo wrong

New Zealand Labour Party

Television New Zealand has finally admitted that it got it wrong in creating the Bill English promo for its TVNZ7 series on the economy, says Labour Finance spokesperson David Cunliffe. David Cunliffe said that TVNZ Head of Corporate Affairs Peter Parussini ...

23: Official New Zealand Music Chart 18 November 2009

Official New Zealand Music Chart

Black Friday, November 13 2009, has proved to be the lucky tipping point for local drum n bass outfit Shapeshifter. In three short days since the Christchurch band’s new album The System Is A Vampire went on sale, it outsold all-comers to claim the ...

24: New Zealand public service #1

New Zealand Labour Party

Our hardworking public servants are to be congratulated for being making New Zealand top of the global list as the least corrupt country in the world, Labour’s State Services spokesperson Grant Robertson said today. Last year New Zealand shared first ...

25: Let’s trust Nick Smith not Treasury. Yeah right!

New Zealand Labour Party

John Key’s defence of his embattled Minister Nick Smith and the Government's subsequent attack on Treasury’s findings that National’s ETS will create a $110 billion debt for taxpayers is a continuation of the Government’s shambolic ETS process ...

26: MARKET CLOSE: NZX 50 slips as IPOs loom; KMD down


Nov. 18 (BusinessWire) – New Zealand shares fell for a second day, led by Sky Network Television and Fisher & Paykel Appliances, as investors prepare for an influx of share sales and a pick-up in corporate activity. Kathmandu Holdings slid back ...

27: World first in bio-crude oil


World’s largest wastewater algae to bio-crude oil demonstration puts CO2 to good use. This week will see the Minister of Energy Hon Gerry Brownlee open the largest wastewater algae to bio-crude oil demonstration project in the world. The bio-crude ...

28: Background Note: Iran

US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 1.6 million sq. km. (636,295 sq. mi., slightly larger than Alaska). Arable land: 9.78% of the country. Cities: Capital --Tehran. Other cities --Isfahan, Tabriz, Mashhad, Shiraz, Yazd, Qom. Terrain: Desert and mountains. Climate: Semiarid; ...

29: Auckland City, YMCA to Close Tepid Baths

Auckland City Council

It is with great regret that Auckland City Council will be temporarily closing the Tepid Baths in six months due to the significant structural issues facing the 95 year-old building. Independent engineering reports commissioned by the council have ...

30: Swine Flu - Update 161

Ministry of Health

Influenza activity in New Zealand continues to to be low, with visits to doctors for influenza-like illness (ILI) being below the "baseline" level. Deaths attributed to pandemic influenza remain at 20.

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