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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 18 December 2009

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 18 December 2009

1: Climate change and swine flu dominated coverage

Science Media Centre

The swine flu pandemic and climate change were the two biggest science-related issues covered in the New Zealand media in 2009, according to the Science Media Centre's Media Tracker report published today. The top 10 list of science-related stories ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0912/S00046.htm

2: Human Rights Review Tribunal appointments

New Zealand Government

Nine new panel members have been appointed to the Human Rights Review Tribunal, Justice Minister Simon Power announced today. Those appointed are: Gavin Cook, JP - of North Shore, served as a panel member of the tribunal from 1999-2005. Wendy Gilchrist - ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00340.htm

3: Pulse Utilities raises $4 million

Businesswire

Dec. 18 (BusinessWire) - Pulse Utilities Ltd, the smart meter developer and start-up electricity retailer, has raised $4.256 million in private placements to 18 investors, including prominent racehorse owner Robert Famularo, CallPlus founder Malcolm Dick, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00491.htm

4: The Murder of General Kelly Kwalik of the OPM

West Papua Leaders

The much wanted Suprime commader of the West Papuan National Liberation Army (TPN) of the OPM, General Kelly Kwalik, was ambushed and killed on 16 December 2009 by the Indonesian Police forces who serves the Freeport interest in the mining area.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0912/S00521.htm

5: NZ wide open to massive land grab

Green Party

New Zealand needs to tighten its rules around overseas investment as China and the Gulf States go on a world-wide shopping spree for prime land, said Green Party Co-Leader Dr Russel Norman. Dr Norman is concerned by news reports of a proposed deal involving ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00325.htm

6: Bishop disappointed with St Matthew's billboard

Anglican Diocese of Auckland

The Bishop of Auckland, the Right Reverend John Paterson says there are a multitude of issues for a city and the wider church that he would rather focus on in the season of Christmas than a billboard. The Bishop is disappointed that St Matthew- in- the-City ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00254.htm

7: Govt favours three-notice procedure for s92A

New Zealand Government

The Government favours a three-notice procedure to deal with illegal copying of material over computer networks, Commerce Minister Simon Power said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00282.htm

8: Gaming, mobile phones top Christmas list for kids

Telecom New Zealand

Thousands of Kiwi kids calling Telecom’s Santa Line this year are clear about what they would most like this Christmas ─ a gaming consol or games to play on one. It seems that indoor activities have replaced last year’s list-topping desire, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00490.htm

9: Reducing livestock’s emissions shadow

Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers has enthusiastically welcomed news that the Global Research Alliance on agricultural greenhouse gases is starting to get the financial means to take flight, with over $200 million pledged from New Zealand, the United States and Canada. “Federated ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00487.htm

10: Computer virus attacks Waikato DHB network

Waikato District Health Board

A computer virus called Conficker has infected Waikato District Health Board's computer network. The virus affected the organisation's 3000 computers logged onto its network in Hamilton, Taumarunui, Te Kuiti, Tokoroa and Thames hospitals, as well as its community ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0912/S00072.htm

11: No confirmed sightings of escaped prisoner

New Zealand Police

Police say there have not been any confirmed sightings of escaped prisoner Kevin POLWART since he broke out of Auckland Prison (Paremoremo) on Wednesday. Police are still looking for him and have extended the search to include relatives, associates, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0912/S00314.htm

12: Vodafone delivers final undertaking

Vodafone

Vodafone has submitted what it hopes will be the final Undertaking as part of the Commerce Commission’s review of mobile termination rates. On December 3 the Commission asked operators to work together to align their undertakings into one offer that ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00482.htm

13: Alternative names Wanganui or Whanganui official

New Zealand Government

The official geographic name for the city of Wanganui will be the alternatives ‘Whanganui’ or ‘Wanganui’, Minister for Land Information Maurice Williamson announced today. “My intention to assign alternative names for the city allows people to choose ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00329.htm

14: Greens have solutions to forestry downturn

Green Party

Today’s news that the total area of forest in New Zealand has reduced by 14,000 hectares highlights the need for sustainable Green New Deal forestry solutions, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry figures also show ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00335.htm

15: Environment Canterbury proposal for cycle trail

Environment Canterbury

Environment Canterbury today submitted a concept proposal for a cycle trail to form part of the Nga Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trail – one of the Government’s initiatives to boost employment and economic development across New Zealand. The proposed trail, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0912/S00317.htm

16: Down to the wire for carbon deal

Science Media Centre

Climate negotiators and heads of states will reconvene in a few hours with the aim of removing the hundreds of square brackets from a draft emissions reduction agreement. If the first week of the COP15 meetings was dominated by the split between the developed ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00257.htm

17: Australia’s commitment to cybersafety laudable

Netsafe

NetSafe, New Zealand’s Cybersafety organisation, is calling on local organisations to take a look at Australia’s wider cybersafety strategy and not focus on the country’s filtering initiatives alone. This week, Australia’s Minister for Broadband, Communications ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00252.htm

18: MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares climb; Cavalier, HLG gain

Businesswire

Dec. 18 (BusinessWire) – New Zealand shares rose for the third day in four amid signs consumer confidence is holding up in the peak Christmas period. Hallenstein Glasson Holdings led advances among retailers and carpet-maker Cavalier Corp. jumped.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00495.htm

19: Council agendas and reports now online

Gisborne District Council

Life has just got easier for those who follow the decision making of Gisborne District Council. Council’s website now features a meetings calendar that includes all the topics and associated documents that will be discussed at each council and committee ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0912/S00318.htm

20: Shopping gathers pace, huge Christmas Eve expected

Newmarket Business Association

Both the volume and value of retail transactions across New Zealand are tracking above where they were this time last year, with next week expected to be huge, says the head of the country’s leading retail district. Eftpos provider Paymark's nationwide ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00492.htm

21: Oktobor Produces Stunning TVCs for University

Oktobor

Award winning visual effects and animation studio Oktobor today gave details of the amazing new TVCs it recently completed for the University of Florida Health System, UF & Shands. Shands at the University of Florida is a private, not-for-profit hospital ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00494.htm

22: Phones Direct convicted after shock from adaptor

Ministry of Economic Development

Paul Scoble of website seller Phones Direct pleaded guilty to breaching the Electricity Regulations and was convicted in the Hamilton District Court yesterday and fined $1,000 and $130 costs. Paul Scoble pleaded guilty to supplying an unsafe travel plug ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00486.htm

23: Five World Cup teams to be part of Rotorua whanau

Events and Venues Rotorua

ROTORUA 18.12.09: Rotorua Mayor Kevin Winters said today that the Namibian, Samoan, Irish and Fijian Rugby World Cup (RWC) national teams, and a yet to be announced European qualifier, can be assured of the warmest of Rotorua welcomes when they ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0912/S00316.htm

24: Media’s Role in Wanganui/Whanganui Debate

New Zealand National Party

“National broadcasting media can play their part in the education of New Zealanders with respect to the pronunciation of Whanganui/Wanganui, but I hope they do this responsibly” says Whanganui MP Chester Borrows. “Regardless of the spelling of ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0912/S00330.htm

25: UNICEF Ready to Support Flood-Affected Fijians

UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is focusing on ensuring support to people living in informal settlements in the Rewa River Delta region, to the east of the capital Suva. UNICEF estimates that at least 17,500 people in the area were ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00258.htm

26: Ministry of Justice pay rise turned down by PSA

Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice said that court staff would have been able to receive a pay rise if its offer had been put to PSA members. “It is surprising that the PSA questioned why court staff could not receive a pay rise when we had offered both a lump sum ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00253.htm

27: Japan Deploys LRAD Against Sea Shepherd Helicopter

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Southern Ocean- Sea Shepherd’s ship Steve Irwin is ten days at sea after departing Fremantle, Australia, and has had a Japanese tail ship for nine of those days, the Shonan Maru No. 2. This Japanese security ship is reporting the Steve Irwin’s location, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00241.htm

28: Reserve Bank Discussion Papers

Reserve Bank

The following Discussion Paper has been released on the Reserve Bank's website. Abstract We identify the timing of currency, banking crises and sudden stops in New Zealand from 1880 to 2008 using methodologies from the international literature and consider ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0912/S00493.htm

29: Dumping Right To Silence Will Protect Children

Family First

Family First NZ is welcoming the government’s plan to introduce a bill to strengthen the Crimes Act to deal with child assault, neglect, and ill treatment of children, but says that the laws surrounding the right to silence should be part of the review. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0912/S00255.htm

30: Western Springs Stadium hub for RWC 2011 teams

Auckland City Council

Western Springs Stadium’s selection as a Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC 2011) training venue will deliver long-term benefits for Aucklanders and provide opportunities to be involved in this once-in-a-lifetime event.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0912/S00312.htm

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