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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 15 December 2009

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 15 December 2009

1: PAKISTAN: A military coup is unfolding

Asian Human Rights Commission

A military coup is unfolding in Pakistan, but, this time, there is no rumbling of tanks on the streets of Islamabad. Instead, it seems the military is using a new strategy for regime change in Pakistan

2: Strategic plan for Wellington highway unveiled

New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Steven Joyce has joined the NZ Transport Agency in unveiling plans for a $2.2 billion strategic upgrade of State Highway 1 from Wellington Airport to Levin, including Transmission Gully.

3: ARTA partners with Google Maps

Auckland Regional Transport Authority

The Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) announced today it has joined with Google Maps to enable its customers to access public transport information and directions using Google Transit, a feature of Google Maps. Google Transit is available in more ...

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4: Jews support Hindus over protest against Fox News

Rajan Zed

Jews have backed Hindus who are protesting against the Fox News channel for remarks that river Ganges (whom Hindus consider holy) “sounds like a disease”.

5: Minister welcomes Kapiti Expressway decision

New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed the announcement of the NZ Transport Agency’s preferred corridor for the upgrade of State Highway 1 along the Kapiti Coast.

6: Experts on safety of pesticide residue in foods

Science Media Centre

Safe food campaigner Alison White has compiled a list of commonly consumed foods that contain pesticide residue and claims there are "various serious long term effects associated with particular pesticides found in our food".

7: The Human Rights Agenda for the 21st Century

United Nations

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you. It is wonderful being back here at Georgetown in this magnificent Gaston Hall, and to give you something to do during exam week. (Laughter.) It’s one of those quasi-legitimate reasons for taking a break – (laughter) – ...

8: British admit: Copenhagen intends genocide

Citizens Electoral Council

The official British two-pronged policy for the Copenhagen Conference is now out‚ in explicit language. It consists of: 1) massive population genocide‚ on a scale that would make Adolf Hitler blush‚ and 2) the establishment of a world government ...

9: ARTA partners with Google Maps


The Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) announced today it has joined with Google Maps to enable its customers to access public transport information and directions using Google Transit, a feature of Google Maps.

10: Scoop Images: Lovely Bones - On The Red Carpet

George McLellan

Wellington's Courtenay Place was closed off and carpetted today to celebrate the NZ Premiere of Peter Jackson's latest movie, Lovely Bones. A selection of stars from the movie were joined by local celebs and luminaries in front of a crowd of several ...

11: Global Greens forum to address global warming

United States Green Party

Green Party leaders from around the world to participate; US Greens challenge Obama to stop appeasing corporate polluters and peddling inadequate measures. Green Party Speakers Bureau: US Greens available to speak on ecological sustainability and global ...

12: Joyce’s bulldozer to slice through Kapiti, Wgtn

Green Party

The Government’s decision to spend $2.4 billion on the Wellington Northern Corridor road project will have devastating effects on the sustainability and liveability of the region, the Green Party said today.

13: The Sex Scandal No One Wants To Talk About

Martha Rosenberg

Residents from Chicago' s New City neighborhood can be forgiven for not being too relieved that convicted killer/rapist Andrew Crawford is eligible for the death penalty.

14: Clean Energy Technology Announcements

The White House

Today at the Copenhagen climate conference, on behalf of President Obama, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the launch of a new initiative to promote clean energy technologies in developing countries.

15: Government axes family violence initiatives

New Zealand Labour Party

The Government today appeared to confirm it is axing two widely heralded family violence initiatives, which is a pretty tragic Christmas present for those working to reduce violence in our homes, says Labour Social Development spokesperson Annette King. ...

16: Vodafone launches wi-fi hotspot in your hand


Vodafone takes mobile broadband to the next level with the launch of its MiFi mobile broadband hotspot. The MiFi allows up to five wi-fi users to connect simultaneously to the internet using Vodafone’s world class 3G broadband service. Customers will ...

17: UC announces multi-million dollar research

University of Canterbury

Helping people with Alzheimers Disease, Parkinsons Disease and Downs Syndrome to communicate better; and finding new ways to combat diseases such as tuberculosis and provide early diagnosis of flu pandemics are some of the aims of two new multi-million ...

18: Fifty million reasons to save the Basin

Save The Basin Reserve Campaign

The decision to deface the Basin Reserve with a hugely expensive flyover is a slap in the face to Wellingtonians who have overwhelmingly opposed it, says the Save the Basin Reserve campaign. Earlier today the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) confirmed ...

19: Hailstorm havoc in central mainland

Federated Farmers

The severe hailstorm that hit inland parts of Canterbury yesterday damaged a large area of the region’s wheat and vegetable crops, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

20: Transmission Gully A Victory For Wellington

ACT New Zealand

ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Wellington-based MP Heather Roy today congratulated Transport Minister Steven Joyce for doing what his predecessors would not: listening to the public and taking action on the long-awaited and controversial Transmission ...

21: Scoop Coverage: Lovely Bones NZ Premiere

Scoop Full Coverage

Wellington's Courtenay Place was closed off and carpeted to celebrate the NZ Premiere of Peter Jackson's latest movie, Lovely Bones.

22: Most inspirational Kiwis to be recognised

Released Via Core Communications

Forty-nine inspirational men, women and youth have been named finalists in the inaugural New Zealander of the Year Awards to be presented at a gala event in Auckland on 3 February 2010.

23: Scoop Audio: Joyce & NZTA on Levin-Wgtn Expressway

Spike Mountjoy

Motorists will be able to drive on a four lane expressway from Levin to Wellington Airport by 2020 if Government plans announced today run to schedule. The new road developments include the building of Transmission Gully, doubling the Terrace and ...

24: Copenhagen – “It’s pretty insane”

Geoff Keey

Greetings from a cold and hectic Copenhagen. We are now entering the final days of the talks. Over the past week or so, hundreds of thousands of people have marched in locations around the world; among them youth, elders, celebrities, indigenous ...

25: Emergency aid after cyclone rips through Fiji


Wellington 15 December 2009. – UN Children’s Fund staff are providing essential emergency supplies in the wake of a category two cyclone that hit Fiji, leaving four people dead, several missing, and thousands displaced from their homes.

26: District damaged forever, Mayor says

Kapiti Coast District Council

Kapiti Mayor Jenny Rowan is “extremely disappointed” by the New Zealand Transport Agency’s recent decision to build a Sandhills Expressway down the full western corridor.

27: Parliament simultaneously interpreted into Maori

The Maori Party

Maori Party Co-leader Dr Pita Sharples today asked the Speaker for details about how Parliamentary proceedings would be translated into Maori in real time, starting next year. In a point of order at the start of today’s sitting, Dr Sharples noted ...

28: Tyre dumping ends in successful prosecution

Auckland City Council

A Mangere man and his company have been ordered to pay a total of $3,196 for the illegal dumping of tyres as Auckland City Council cracks down on the problem. Mohammad Easa Nazif, owner of Fair Motors Ltd, Mangere, and the company were each ordered ...

29: Hard work pays off for Transmission Gully

New Zealand Labour Party

Labour Transport spokesman Darren Hughes says the decision to give the go ahead to the Transmission Gully project is welcome news for motorists of the Wellington region.

30: Union boycott after more than 50 job losses

Unite Union

Unite Union is asking its members and the public not to participate in interviews run by market research giant Colmar Brunton after the company announced the redundancy of around fifty union members and other call centre staff with no redundancy compensation ...

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