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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 30 November 2009

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 30 November 2009

1: Philippines: The Maguindanao Massacre

Asian Human Rights Commission

As it has been widely reported, 57 people-including two human rights lawyers and 30 journalists - were slaughtered on November 23 in Maguindanao, a province in central Mindanao. While much of the stories and worldwide condemnation focused on the number ...

2: Taskforce: 35 Recommendations to Bridge Income Gap

2025 Taskforce

The 2025 Taskforce has made a total of 35 recommendations to the Government which it says would bridge the income gap with Australia by 2025 – an income gap currently sitting at around $64,000 a year for a family of four. As well as the recommendations ...

3: The Honduran Resistance Wins the Elections!

Julie Webb-Pullman

As the polling booths closed this evening in Honduras, there didn't need to be a vote-count to declare the winners. With an abstention rate of at least 65%, the people in resistance have the overwhelming majority.

4: Nepal: The DPKO Must Repatriate Major Basnet

Asian Human Rights Commission

Major Niranjan Basnet is an officer of the Nepal Army against whom there is an arrest warrant pending in Nepal. The warrant is issued by the Kavre District Court on February 10, 2008.

5: US citizens in Honduras Protest Outside Embassy

Julie Webb-Pullman

At 3 p.m. today a number of North American citizens held a demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa denouncing the repression in Honduras in these days leading up to the elections, while calling on their own government not recognize ...

6: Red Cross Samoa Appeal To Close On 31 December

NZ Red Cross

The appeal has reached nearly $3 million dollars, and combined with funds collected by other Red Cross National Societies and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the needs identified by Red Cross in Samoa can be met ...

7: New Strategic Plan for ASEAN Tourism Under Way


BANGKOK, 30 November 2009 – A new strategic plan for tourism in the ASEAN countries of Southeast Asia will be prepared to help the region achieve an integrated ASEAN Community by 2015. The plan will recommend a wide range of policies and reforms in ...

8: KiwiFM: Why PM Must Be Decisive On Copenhagen

Scoop Audio

Audio: Selwyn Manning & Wallace Chapman discuss how PM Key has finally realised that the Copenhagen leaders' summit meeting on climate change is significant. He says he may attend. For far too long the PM has been limp on this issue. Why is that so?

9: UN Probe Into 'Monstrous' Philippines Attack

United Nations

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today urged the Government of the Philippines to investigate the 23 November attack on a convoy in the province of Minguindanao that left over 55 people, including at least 27 journalists, ...

10: Maori Party to look carefully at 2025 report

The Maori Party

The Maori Party will continue to advocate for whanau Maori, particularly those on low-incomes, as the Government considers the 2025 Economic Taskforce report released today. “We are yet to analyse and digest the detail of the 150-page report and ...

11: Lauryn Hill Joins Raggamuffin!

Ragamuffin Festival

The Raggamuffin Music Festival is pleased to announce LAURYN HILL will join the 2010 bill. Lauryn Hill, an American recording artist, musician, producer and actress established her reputation in the hip-hop world as the lone female member of the Fugees. She ...

12: Farmers keen to start Dr Brash’s conversation

Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers has welcomed the 2025 Taskforce Report released today by Dr Don Brash. The Federation is disappointed in the negative reaction to a document intended to make New Zealanders think about the future. “Someone once said that poverty ...

13: Tom Jones Touring Australia, NZ 2010

Frontier Touring Company

The Frontier Touring Company and Roundhouse Entertainment are pleased to announce Tom Jones will be touring in 2010 for a series of indoor and A Day On The Green winery concerts. In his native Wales, he is known as "Jones the Voice". Today, he is one ...

14: Background Note: Bulgaria

US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 110,910 sq. km. (slightly larger than Tennessee). Major cities: Capital --Sofia 1.3 million. Others: Plovdiv--379,493, Varna--352,674. Terrain: Bulgaria is located in South Central Europe. The terrain is varied, containing large mountainous ...

15: Backstreet Boys Announce New Zealand Date

The Publicity Machine

With worldwide record sales in excess of 100 million and 14 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, the Backstreet Boys are among the most successful pop groups in music history.

16: Asian MPs Insist On A Free & Fair 2010 Burma Polls

Nava Thakuria

A group of pro-democracy parliamentarians from various Asian countries have emphasized for a free and fair Burma elections duly monitored by a team of impartial international observers and not ‘under the fraudulent Constitution of 2008’.

17: Inequality won’t lead to economic prosperity

New Zealand Government

Revisiting the disastrous policies of the 80s and 90s will lead to increased inequality and environmental damage, and will not put New Zealand on the road to long-term economic prosperity, Green Party Co-Leader Russel Norman said today. Dr Norman was responding ...

18: Goff: Brash report a sham and waste of time

New Zealand Labour Party

Today’s report by Don Brash’s 2025 Task Force is a sham designed to cover up the fact that National has done nothing to help hard-working Kiwi families struggling to make ends meet now, says Labour Leader Phil Goff. “The taskforce has been a ...

19: Infratil pledges support for Greenspark ENE offer


Nov. 30 (BusinessWire) – Infratil Ltd., the biggest shareholder in Australian alternative energy group Energy Developments Ltd., is supporting a A$431 million takeover bid a group affiliated to private equity firm Pacific Equity Partners and has pledged ...

20: MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares rise, led by Infratil


Nov. 30 (BusinessWire) – New Zealand shares rose, led by Infratil Ltd. after the investment group said it supported a takeover offer for its 32% owned Energy Developments.

21: OceanaGold cites gold price surge, Macraes reserve


Nov. 30 (BusinessWire) – OceanaGold Corp. cited record gold prices and an increase in resources at its Macraes project in answer to an ASX query on its soaring stock price this month.

22: Huge Energy Savings Expected for DOC campgrounds

Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) will save taxpayers thousands of dollars thanks to new energy efficiency upgrades planned for campgrounds around the country.

23: India New Zealand Business Council

Christchurch City Council

Acting Mayor Norm Withers launched the South Island Chapter of the India New Zealand Business Council last week with a call to seek improved bilateral opportunities.

24: 2025 Taskforce Report welcomed

New Zealand Government

The 2025 Taskforce’s report clearly identifies the issues New Zealand needs to tackle to achieve higher wages and a better standard of living, Regulatory Reform Minister Rodney Hide said today. Under the chairmanship of Dr Don Brash, the Taskforce ...

25: 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 ...

26: The Privatision of Prisons threatens justice

Valerie Morse

The passage of the Corrections (Contract Management of Prisons) Amendment Bill this week is a disaster for anyone concerned about a safer, more humane and just society. It represents nothing less than a return to the age of human slavery. Private prisons ...

27: While you were sleeping: Abu Dhabi may help Dubai


Nov. 30 (BusinessWire) – Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, has signalled it will provide ‘selective’ support for neighbouring emirate Dubai, which sent markets reeling with its announcement that it wants to reschedule its ...

28: Economic Reform Plan Has Mixed Message for Unis

Vice Chancellors' Committee

The 2025 Taskforce report aimed at increasing the country’s productivity contains recommendations that could potentially assist universities in maximising their contribution to closing the income gap with Australia. Professor Roger Field, chair of the New ...

29: 2025 Productivity Taskforce report on the money

Employers and Manufacturers Association Northern

Leadership is what is required to get New Zealanders to buy into a growth economy and higher real incomes for all, the Employers and Manufacturers Association (Northern) says. Catching up with Australia's GDP per capita growth by 2025 will demand the ...

30: 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 ...

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