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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 27 November 2009

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 27 November 2009

1: NIWA “adjusts” records to show warming

Climate Conversation

New Zealand may have its own “Climategate”, including manipulation of temperature readings, according to a combined research project undertaken by members of the Climate Conversation Group and the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition. The researchers ...

2: While you were sleeping: Dubai rattles euro stocks


Nov. 27 (BusinessWire) – European stocks tumbled after Dubai World, the state-owned investment company, sought to reschedule its debt, sapping investors’ appetite for risk and helping boost bonds. The U.S. dollar sank to a 14-year low against the ...

3: UK: Judicial Inquiry On Complicity In Torture

Asian Human Rights Commission

The UK government should immediately order an independent judicial inquiry into the role and complicity of British security services in the torture of terrorism suspects in Pakistan, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

4: Ogoni Boils Again

Akanimo Sampson

KINSMEN of Ken Saro-Wiwa, the late Ogoni leader and environmental rights activist, who was killed by the Nigerian state on November 10, 19995 along with eight others, are currently uncomfortable with the moves by the authorities to relocate the Port ...

5: NIWA data: NZ sceptics lie about temp records

Scoop Link

The cranks in the NZ Climate “Science” Coalition have sunk to new lows in a desperate attempt to cash in on the far-right driven furore about the Hadley CRU data theft.

6: India: Democracy 'Encountered'

Asian Human Rights Commission

Manipur, a state in the north-east of India is often in news for all the wrong reasons. The irony, unfortunately, is that there is nothing new in this. Confined to the margins of the mainstream India not only by the state but also by the civil society organisations ...

7: Week from hell for climate science

Science Media Centre

It broke last weekend and has run all week - the "climategate" saga that has seen the private emails of prominent climate scientists leaked onto the web and picked over by climate change sceptics who accuse them of manipulating data to show the ...

8: Goff: Grey Power Palmerston North

New Zealand Labour Party

We can celebrate the rich tapestry of our heritage and use it to move forwards as a nation; or re-open wounds and divisions where there can be healing. I want to talk about some of these issues today, and the choices that the Government is making this ...

9: Coalition welcomes NIWA commitment to robust work

New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

The New Zealand Climate Science Coalition welcomes the commitment yesterday from Dr David Wratt, Chief Scientist (Climate) at NIWA, to, in his words, provide "robust information to help all New Zealanders make good decisions," said Coalition secretary, ...

10: Countdown to the Honduran Electoral Farce

Julie Webb-Pullman

No doubt about it – Hondurans are still in the streets demanding the return of constitutional order. Outside the Electoral Tribunal in Tegucigalpa many gathered on Tuesday to cheer on the deputies, mayors, and candidates lining up with their ...

11: Keith Rankin: Tax Reform - What Not To Do

Keith Rankin

The global financial crisis was caused, in large part, by excessive income inequality. With very high levels of inequality in an industrialised world (ie a world in which the rich make their profits by selling goods and services to the non-rich), the rich ...

12: Warming over NZ through past century unequivocal


NIWA’s analysis of measured temperatures uses internationally accepted techniques, including making adjustments for changes such as movement of measurement sites.

13: Questions and Answers - 26 Nov 2009

Office of the Clerk

Emissions Trading Scheme—Emissions Compared with 2008 Scheme; Social Development and Employment, Minister—Statements; Legal Aid—Graeme Burton; Recession—Rebuilding Economy; Oil and Gas Exploration—Initiatives

14: NIWA: Combining Multiple Sites' Temperature Data


In Wellington early temperature measurements were made at a site in Thorndon, but the site was relocated in 1928 to Kelburn. The Kelburn site is colder because it is about 120m higher than the Thorndon site. The process of combining data from various ...

15: Lane Walker Rudkin Amended Statement

National Distribution Union

An media release from the NDU this morning may have unintentionally misled some readers. The closure referred to is of the Lane Walker Rudkin Christchurch manufacturing operation. All other LWR current operations including the Auckland design and textile business ...

16: Transforming the Legal Aid System - Final Report

Ministry of Justice

The legal aid system is essential to the operation of the justice system: its effect extends beyond the individual who is represented by a legal aid lawyer. The legal aid system’s operation can help the courts run smoothly, or it can bring the court ...

17: Legal aid review released

New Zealand Government

Justice Minister Simon Power says he is deeply concerned by the findings of Dame Margaret Bazley's review of the legal aid system and the Government will act very quickly on its recommendations. He announced the release of the final report on the ...

18: Brochures Embarrass British Health Service

Martha Rosenberg

"Your medicine is called Olanzapine. Pronounced 'o-lan-za-peen,'" says the lime green kids' brochure for the antipsychotic Zyprexa, published by Britain's National Health Service (NHS). "Many children, teenagers and young people need to take medicines ...

19: Dalziel: Legal aid report exceeds expectations

New Zealand Labour Party

Labour Justice spokesperson Lianne Dalziel says she is impressed with the scope and quality of recommendations in Dame Margaret Bazley’s Legal Aid Review report. Lianne Dalziel, who made a submission (attached) to the review, said that the report, published ...

20: Maori Party criticism misguided

New Zealand Labour Party

Senior Labour MP Parekura Horomia today rejected criticism of Phil Goff’s speech. “Phil’s my mate. I’ve known him for more than 20 years and he isn’t a racist,” Parekura Horomia said. “The comment by Pita Sharples that Phil didn’t have the ...

21: Windflow welcomes mixed report on its turbines


by Pattrick Smellie Nov 27 (BusinessWire) - Early versions of Windflow Technology Ltd's (WTL) turbines could require up to $966,200 of remedial work, the company said in a statement today on the outcome of the International Electrification Certification's ...

22: Welly award for world-leading IRL scientist

Industrial Research

World leading physicist and IRL Group Manager, HTS Conductors and Devices, Dr Bob Buckley last night won the Welly Awards Science & Technology category. The Wellys have recognised Wellington’s top achievers for the past twenty years with past ...

23: Jones: This ain’t puppy love, Maori Party

New Zealand Labour Party

The Maori Party leaders boast they will select the governments of the future, but if this is their mission they must stop using the crutch of victimhood to sustain themselves, says Labour MP Shane Jones. “Their ETS complicity shows them to be ...

24: India: Liberhan Commission Of Enquiry Report

Asian Human Rights Commission

"The theory or the claim made by the leaders of the movements or the icons, from political or social organisations, does not carry conviction to conclude that the demolition that was carried out by the karsevaks spontaneously out of sheer anger ...

25: National’s Biodiesel grants scheme a total flop

New Zealand Labour Party

Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee must admit repealing the Biofuel Obligation introduced by the previous government was a huge mistake, Associate Energy Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Last year Gerry Brownlee took the backward step of repealing the ...

26: Tom Frewen: Today In Parliament 26.11.09

Tom Frewen

With his emissions trading scheme now safely passed into law with the support of the Maori Party, climate change issues minister, Nick Smith, still faces hostile questions about it from Green and Labour MPs. They also want to know why the prime ...

27: Contact sends 60 Wellington jobs to India


Nov 27. (BusinessWire) - Contact Energy Ltd, the listed electricity and gas supplier, announced today it was outsourcing up to 60 back office retail processing jobs from its Lower Hutt process centre to one of the fastest growing companies in the Middle ...

28: Divisive ETS legislation passed

Science Media Centre

There were barely 10 members of parliament in the house to witness the passing of the Climate Change Response (Moderated Emissions Trading) Amendment Bill by 63 votes to 58 on Wednesday night. Here is how scientists approached by the SMC for comment ...

29: Gordon Campbell on Phil Goff and the race card

Gordon Campbell

Playing the race card is one of those claims that is meant to shut down any further debate, and Phil Goff knew the risk that he was running – since he referred to the likely criticism on that front quite explicitly in his speech to Grey Power in ...

30: Legal aid review – NZ Law Society response

New Zealand Law Society

The New Zealand Law Society comments on the legal aid review report follow. 27 November 2009

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