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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 1 December 2009

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 1 December 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: Govt aspiring to mine another National Park

Green Party

The Green Party today confirmed rumours that the Government is considering removing mining protection from 20 percent of Mount Aspiring National Park. “The rumble of Brownlee’s bulldozers just got louder,” said Green Party co-leader Metiria ...

3: Obama Administration's Efforts on HIV/AIDS

US State Department

As Valerie Jarrett leaves, I want to thank her for her leadership on this and so many issues here in the White House and in the Administration, and for her personal testimony as to the importance of this issue for her, for President Obama, for all ...

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4: United Antiwar Movement Tells Obama: No Escalation


Washington, DC - On November 30th, representatives of 34 antiwar groups delivered an open letter to President Obama strongly opposing his anticipated decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan with the commitment of tens of thousands of additional U.S. ...

5: 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.

6: Dave Wolland Cartoon: Brash Recovery Plans

Dave Wolland

Dave Wolland Cartoon: Brash Recovery Plans Cartoon Comment from Dave Wolland Click for big version More at http://davewolland.blogspot.com ENDS

7: Briefing on the Honduran Elections

US State Department

Welcome to the briefing room. We’re very pleased to have with us today Arturo Valenzuela, Assistant Secretary for West Hemisphere Affairs, and he’ll give you some remarks on the elections in Honduras yesterday and the way forward.

8: Top Scoop Stories December 1st 2009 News Summary

The Scoop Editor

LEAD STORY Mine! Govt Aspiring To Mine Another National Park NZ POLITICS ACC: Levies To Increase Coming For You?: Police Powers Extended Kiwiright Video: How NZers Stopped An Unfair Copyright Law Hospitals: Serious And Sentinel Health Events Report Released ...

9: Aussies throw a big spanner in the ETS works

Federated Farmers

The Australian Emissions Trading Scheme has been thrown into chaos with Tony Abbott rolling Malcolm Turnbull as leader of the Australian Liberal Party. Mr Abbott’s first action as Leader, is to seek a referral of the Australian Emissions Trading ...

10: 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 ...

11: Volunteering New Zealand Focus

Volunteering New Zealand

If your community organisation or volunteer service has arranged a special event for International Volunteer Day, we would like to know about it and all New Zealand to know about it.

12: Voting News: Humboldt's Nov 3 ballots go public

Voting News

Voting News: Humboldt's Nov 3 ballots go public, NY 23 election pilot update, Glasgow KY ditching e-voting Humboldt's Nov 3 ballots go public, NY 23 election pilot update, Glasgow KY ditching e-voting

13: 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?

14: National is considering mining in National Parks

New Zealand Labour Party

The National Government is still considering further undermining New Zealand’s clean, green reputation by allowing mining in National Parks, Labour Conservation spokesperson David Parker says. “New Zealand’s ability to call itself clean and ...

15: 2025 Report - Time To Get Conversation Underway

New Zealand Young Nationals

“The Young Nats support Dr Don Brash’s hopes that this initial report will spark a nation-wide debate about how New Zealanders can better our living standards and bridge the income gap with Australia,”says Daniel Fielding, Young Nats President. ...

16: 2025 and All That: the 2009 Brash Report

Keith Rankin

The task set for 2025 taskforce (chaired by Don Brash) - to identify ways in which New Zealand's annual economic growth might average at least 4.5% per capita for 15 years - must be understood for what it is: an exercise in politics, not economics.

17: Full Coverage: 2025 Taskforce Report

Scoop Full Coverage

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.

18: NZ has chance to develop world class tax system

New Zealand Government

New Zealand has the opportunity to develop a world class tax system, according to Revenue Minister Peter Dunne. Giving the closing address to the Tax Working Group’s conference today, Mr Dunne said that the policy debate the Working Group has led ...

19: Snapper to enter Auckland market in 2010


Snapper - New Zealand's leading contactless ticketing and payment system - today announced it will be widely available in the Auckland market in 2010, offering its small value payments platform across the retail sector and for most public transport ...

20: Binoy Kampmark: When men do stare at goats

Binoy Kampmark

There is a line at the start of Grant Heslov’s The Men Who Stare at Goats : ‘More of this is true than you would believe.’ The line is off putting – what is, or isn’t true? The audience is none the wiser, and the traces to the original book ...

21: Schoolchildren cast their vote on climate change


Local Wellington school children, representing young people from across the country, have today (Tues) cast their vote for the future of the planet in a giant Earth-shaped ballot box in the capital - ahead of next week's crucial UN climate summit in Copenhagen.

22: Prisons' staff supporting Samoa's rebuild

Department Of Corrections

Prison Services staff in the Northern Region are continuing to offer support to colleagues, prisoners and the people of Samoa affected by the tsunami in September. “Staff in the Northern Region have felt the effects of the tsunami particularly heavily. ...

23: MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares gain; RBD leads, Ryman up


Dec. 1 (BusinessWire) – New Zealand shares rose for a second day, led by Restaurant Brands, amid optimism about the prospects for the fast-food franchise operator that has revamped its stores to win back customers.

24: National’s Foolishness Will Cost NZ Dearly

ACT New Zealand

National’s rush to push through the Emissions Trading Scheme before the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen has now left New Zealand exporters at a huge disadvantage following today's defeat of Australian Liberal Party Leader Malcolm Turnbull, ACT ...

25: 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 ...

26: Gangs laws comes into effect today

New Zealand Government

Police have expanded surveillance powers which enable them to apply for an interception warrant to investigate participation in an organised criminal group, and for a wider range of serious violent offences. The maximum penalty for participation in an organised ...

27: Industry: Mt Aspiring speculation "scaremongering"


Straterra, which represents New Zealand’s natural resources industries, has branded Green Party claims that Mt Aspiring Park could be opened to mining as “scaremongering”. Straterra Chief Executive Richard Michael said that the natural resources industry ...

28: Daily Press Briefing - November 30

US State Department

MR. KELLY: Okay. Good afternoon. The Secretary has a very busy schedule today. You know that she’s meeting with the Australian prime minister, Mr. Rudd. They’re discussing a wide range of issues, including Afghanistan, Asian regional architecture, ...

29: Biodiesel Grant Scheme is a success

Bioenergy Association

Following Labour’s recent criticism of the Biodiesel Grant Scheme, Brian Cox, Executive Officer of the Bioenergy Association of New Zealand (BANZ) has maintained that the current biodiesel assistance scheme is producing benefits and giving confidence to ...

30: Union to release The Warehouse’s “Wal-Mart” plans

National Distribution Union

The National Distribution Union will for the first time publicly release details of The Warehouse’s “Wal-Mart” style employment plans at stopwork meetings in Auckland this Wednesday 2 December. Details of negotiations between New Zealand’s ...

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