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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 10 December 2009

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 10 December 2009

1: The World’s First 3D FIFA World Cup

Sony New Zealand Limited

Cape Town, South Africa: Sony Corporation and FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) today announced an agreement for selected media rights of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in 3D. FIFA is to produce the world’s first FIFA World ...

2: Background Note: Botswana

US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 582,000 sq. km. (224,710 sq. mi.), about the size of Texas. Cities (2001 census): Capital --Gaborone (pronounced ha-bo-ro-neh), pop. 186,007. Other towns --Francistown (83,023), Selebi-Phikwe (49,849), Molepolole (54,561), Kanye ...

3: Factory dairy farming arrives in New Zealand

Green Party

New Zealand is on the brink of introducing factory farming of dairy cows, the Green Party said today. Consent applications were recently lodged with Environment Canterbury for factory-style dairy farms in the Mackenzie Basin. Three companies plan to establish ...

4: Background Note: Malawi

US Department of State - Background Note

Geography Area: 118,484 sq. km. (45,747 sq. mi.); land the size of Pennsylvania, with a lake the size of Vermont. Cities: Capital --Lilongwe. Other cities --Blantyre (the commercial capital), Zomba, Mzuzu. Terrain: Plateaus, highlands, and valleys. ...

5: KiwiFM: Criticisms A Media Beat-Up? Oh Common...

Scoop Audio

Audio: Wallace Chapman and Scoop's Selwyn Manning discuss whether confidence in Labour leader Phil Goff was eroded by the party's president Andrew Little. They say the issue is a media beat-up. Really? Well, let's look at the facts, quotes, and context.

6: PM's Presser: Nigel Latta on the Section 59 Review

Scoop Audio

Psychologist Nigel Latta and Prime Minister John Key announced the findings of a cross agency review of law changes relating to child discipline. Latta said he was personally reassured the repeal of Section 59 of the Crimes Act - taking away the ...

7: Scoop Audio: John Key on "P" and Unemployment

Scoop Audio

Audio from Prime Minister John Key’s Post Cabinet Press Conference Today the PM discussed his government’s response to the drug ‘P’, unemployment figures, factory dairy farming, tax changes, the foreshore and seabed, Melissa Lee, and Copenhagen ...

8: 2009 Roger Award Finalists Named


The nine finalists for the 2009 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand are (in alphabetical order): ANZ, BNZ, Infratil, Newmont, Rio Tinto Aluminium NZ, Rymans, Telecom, Transpacific and Westpac. There ...

9: Darfur: Security Situation Worsens

United Nations

The security situation in the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur has deteriorated in the wake of attacks that claimed the lives of five peacekeepers, the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in the area (UNAMID) reported today.

10: Key Pipped At The Post In Trans Tasman’s Roll Call

Trans Tasman

Trans Tasman’s 2009 Roll Call has elevated Speaker of the House, Lockwood Smith to top of its rankings this year. Each year Trans Tasman’s Editors rank all MPs on the basis of their performance in Caucus, Cabinet, Committee, the House and Electorate ...

11: Copenhagen: 14 days to seal history's judgment

Scoop Link

Today 56 newspapers in 45 countries take the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial. We do so because humanity faces a profound emergency.

12: Statement from Andrew Little Re: Goff Speech

New Zealand Labour Party

Following a report in today’s edition of the New Zealand Herald, some may have gained the impression that I was not supportive of the views expressed in Phil Goff’s recent speech.

13: Rufus Wainwright Auckland, Wellingtn, Christchurch

Chugg Entertainment

Break out the diary, cancel your late February plans, and surprise your loved one(s) with tickets to something truly wonderful and intimate: the one and only Rufus Wainwright is returning to New Zealand for a very special evening featuring our prodigious wunderkind ...

14: Prime Minister welcomes S59 review report

New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key today welcomed the final report of a review into the policies and procedures used by the New Zealand Police and Child, Youth and Family around the issue of smacking.

15: Foreign Insurance Companies to Operate Unregulated

New Zealand Captive Insurance Association

New insurance legislation set for first reading tomorrow in Parliament would create an unregulated insurance industry in New Zealand, says the New Zealand Captive Insurance Association (NZCIA).

16: Feds contradict themselves on factory-farming

Green Party

The response today from Federated Farmers’ leadership to the spectre of factory-farm dairying contradicts the line they took just six months ago, said Green Party co-leader Russel Norman.

17: Copenhagen: Cartoon Comment from Malcolm Evans

Malcolm Evans

Scoop presents a selection of cartoon on the Copenhagen climate negotiations from notable New Zealand cartoonist Malcolm Evans.

18: NZ Should Not Pay Climate Change 'Reparations'

New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

The draft treaty (AWGLCA/2009/INF.2) prepared by the UNFCC secretariat for the Copenhagen conference calls for some emissions reduction by all countries, and larger reductions by developed countries. There is a general consensus around this principle. The dissension ...

19: ANZ University Branch Robbed

New Zealand Police

At approximately 2.45pm on Monday 7 December 2009 the University Branch of the ANZ Bank was robbed.

20: Stateside With Rosalea: Stop! Water thief!

Rosalea Barker

When California’s Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, travels to Copenhagen this week to participate in Subnational Day at the UN Climate Change Conference, he and his support staff may be doing so at the expense of a wealthy business owner who contributes ...

21: Full Steam Ahead On Electronic Ticketing

Star Publicity

Snapper Services Ltd moved today to clear up apparent confusion about emerging competition to introduce electronic ticketing for public transport in Auckland, with the objective of having integrated ticketing on most Auckland public transport by the Rugby World ...

22: Time to put the smacking debate behind us

Families Commission

The Families Commission welcomes the results of the review of the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act, announced by the Prime Minister today, and says it is time for New Zealanders to put the smacking debate behind them and concentrate on ...

23: Law continues to be a dog’s breakfast

The Kiwi Party

Kiwi Party leader and Anti-smacking referendum organiser Larry Baldock called on the Prime Minister to stop wasting taxpayers money defending the indefensible! “Let’s understand what John Key is saying,” said Mr Baldock. “He is advising parents ...

24: Climategate Clobbers Con-Men

SOLO - Sense of Life Objectivists

From the very first moment man became a thinking being, the predators among us wrinkled their noses in arousal when they observed how even the best among men became easy prey to superstition when confronted with an utter lack of evidence in explaining ...

25: No Great Bargain for a Struggling Chávez

Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Since the initial election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2005, Iran has become one of Venezuela’s most durable allies. But as this self-described “Axis of Unity” has developed, a predictable group of detractors has emerged. In a widely noted September ...

26: Telecom fined $500,000 for misleading over plan

Commerce Commission

Telecom New Zealand Limited has pleaded guilty to 17 charges of breaching the Fair Trading Act over claims made in 2006 when promoting Xtra’s Go Large broadband plan. Telecom has been fined $500,000 in the Auckland District Court today.

27: Downstage Review: Adagio is a Christmas Treat

Sharon Ellis

An Adagio Christmas at Downstage is like a set of traditional Christmas cards and it is a Christmas party too. Everybody shows off, does their customary clever tricks and tells their naughty stories with actions. And they seem to do it not just because ...

28: NZ dollar gains after downbeat Bernanke comments


NZ dollar gains after failing to break through 70.80 cts on downbeat Bernanke comments

29: Latest Smacking Law Review Offers No Comfort

Family First

Family First NZ is dismissing yet another report on the anti-smacking law which fails to address the real issues and concerns over the law change.

30: While you were sleeping: Stocks flat, Fed's view


(Business Wire) - Shares on Wall Street were little changed ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. In his speech, which began a short time ago, Bernanke said the US economy would need more time to recover.

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