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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 18 November 2010

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 18 November 2010

1:Immigration Reform: Reconciling Business and Labor

Council On Hemispheric Affairs

In May 2008, a massive immigration raid took place on the Postville, Iowa-based kosher slaughterhouse Agriprocessors, Inc. The result of the raid was the apprehension of nearly 400 people, most of whom originally hailed from a small town in Guatemala ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1011/S00349/immigration-reform-reconciling-business-and-labor.htm

2:Briefing on Obama's Recent Trip to India

America.gov

MODERATOR: Good afternoon and welcome to the Washington Foreign Press Center. Today we have USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah and Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake. They are here to provide a readout of President ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1011/S00361/briefing-on-obamas-recent-trip-to-india.htm

3:Wages plummet under National

New Zealand Labour Party

Real incomes have plummeted in the two years since National became government, with Māori and Pacific Island families hit the hardest, Labour’s candidate for Mana Kris Faafoi said today.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00391/wages-plummet-under-national.htm

4:Singapore Airlines Announces Executive Departure

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced today that Mr Bey Soo Khiang, Senior Executive Vice President for Marketing& Corporate Services, will leave the company with effect from 28 February 2011.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1011/S00518/singapore-airlines-announces-executive-departure.htm

5:Report: Ady Gil& Shonan Maru No. 2 Collision

Maritime New Zealand

A report released today into a collision between Japanese and New Zealand vessels in the Southern Ocean highlights the need for all masters to exercise restraint and ensure safety remains their highest priority, says Maritime New Zealand (MNZ).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00237/report-ady-gil-shonan-maru-no-2-collision.htm

6: Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards 2010

Chapman Tripp

The Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards 2010 are proud to celebrate another innovative, exciting and captivating year of professional theatre in the cultural capital with a sparkling ceremony at the Wellington Opera House, Sunday 5th December.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1011/S00257/chapman-tripp-theatre-awards-2010.htm

7:Next steps in improving mental health services

New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Jonathan Coleman today announced the Government’s next steps to improve access to mental health and addiction services over the coming year.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00401/next-steps-in-improving-mental-health-services.htm

8:Building in Victoria St Auckland Under Inspection

New Zealand Police

Council engineers have been inspecting the Palace hotel Formally known as Aurora Tavern on the intersection with Federal Street. Large fresh cracks in the building have been identified necessitating further examination by strutural engineers.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1011/S00354/building-in-victoria-st-auckland-under-inspection.htm

9:“Bid Bot” Could Have Christmas Presents Sorted!

Waikato University

An app knocked up in a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon by a Waikato University student to automatically buy random items on TradeMe has attracted attention from Iran to Russia– and could be the answer to everyone’s Christmas prezzie problems ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1011/S00356/bid-bot-could-have-christmas-presents-sorted.htm

10:Urgency Comes To An End

ParliamentToday.co.nz

MPs completed the second reading debate of the Education Amendment Bill (No 2) and voted it should by 69 votes to 51 with National, ACT, Maori Party and United Future supporting.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00404/urgency-comes-to-an-end.htm

11:William and Kate’s Wedding

Monarchist League of New Zealand

Monarchy New Zealand sends its congratulations to Prince William, second in line to the throne of New Zealand, and Kate Middleton on the announcement of their engagement. Simon O’Connor, Chair of Monarchy New Zealand said,“Like all members of the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1011/S00244/william-and-kates-wedding.htm

12:ERA's National Enviromental Consultation Pictures

Akanimo Sampson

Photo Essay from ERA's National Enviromental Consultation, Abuja
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1011/S00369/eras-national-enviromental-consultation-pictures.htm

13: Wong affair shows Key hypocritical - Woods

Megan Woods

Prime Minister John Key has been accused of hypocrisy by denying workers the right to be treated fairly at work while at the same time insisting that beleaguered National Member of Parliament Pansy Wong be treated fairly while under investigation for allegedly ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00231/wong-affair-shows-key-hypocritical-woods.htm

14:Tournament Poker Is Gambling

Department Of Internal Affairs

Justice Ron Young today overturned a District Court decision in June that tournament poker was not gambling as defined in the Gambling Act 2003. The Department appealed on the point of law after the lower court concluded that advertising for the Asian ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1011/S00320/tournament-poker-is-gambling.htm

15:Rugby World Cup 2011 (Empowering) Bill

The Maori Party

This bill establishes a Rugby World Cup Authority to enable applications for activities or facilities necessary for the proper conduct of the forthcoming Rugby World Cup to be determined efficiently. In doing so, the intention is honourable– and commendable. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00338/rugby-world-cup-2011-empowering-bill.htm

16:Katene:‘We’ll be watching, Minister’

The Maori Party

Maori Party MP Rahui Katene is welcoming the Broadcasting Minister’s assurance in the House today that TVNZ will be honouring its obligation to promote Maori language and culture.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00402/katene-well-be-watching-minister.htm

17:English: Cullen Employment Law Firm breakfast

New Zealand Government

Last week marked two years since the John Key-led Government was elected on a platform of building a more ambitious New Zealand.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00376/english-cullen-employment-law-firm-breakfast.htm

18:Family of Rizana Should be Enabled to go to Riyadh

Asian Human Rights Commission

The Asian Human Rights Commission urges the government of Sri Lanka to immediately enable the family of Rizana Nafeek to travel to Riyadh to participate in the proceedings of Rizana's case. It is of the highest importance that Rizana's family are present ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1011/S00340/family-of-rizana-should-be-enabled-to-go-to-riyadh.htm

19:O'Connor: Federated Farmers Speech

New Zealand Labour Party

Thank you for the invitation to speak to you here today. Since taking over the role of opposition spokesperson for agriculture from Jim Anderton, I welcome the opportunity to highlight the fact that Labour has an agriculture and rural affairs spokesperson ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00388/oconnor-federated-farmers-speech.htm

20:Collins reinvents recent history and believes herself

New Zealand Labour Party

National is trying to rewrite recent history by denying that Labour funded 407 new police staff in 2008-09 as part of its confidence and supply agreement with New Zealand First, says Labour Law and Order spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00400/collins-reinvents-recent-history-and-believes-herself.htm

21:Extended free parking critical to city’s survival

Progressive

Progressive leader and Wigram MP Jim Anderton supports the proposal to extend free car parking to inner-city shoppers in the run up to Christmas, and sees the move as‘critical’ in breathing life back into the city centre after the devastating ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00399/extended-free-parking-critical-to-citys-survival.htm

22:US Ambassador spies Massey's robotics'rock stars'

Massey University

Mr Heubner visited the Albany campus on Wednesday to meet pupils testing robots for the latest VEX robotics competition, which culminates in an international final in at the Disney Resort near Orlando, Florida, next April. They are training with mentors ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1011/S00077/us-ambassador-spies-masseys-robotics-rock-stars.htm

23:National in denial over water privatisation

New Zealand Labour Party

Labour says the National Government has misled the public over water privatisation provisions in the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill passed this afternoon. Labour MP Phil Twyford said the Government had tried to portray the water privatisation ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00403/national-in-denial-over-water-privatisation.htm

24:U.S. To Intensify Military Drive Into Asia

Rick Rozoff

Barack Obama, the latest rotating imperator of the first global empire, will arrive in Lisbon on November 19 to receive the plaudits of 27 North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies and secure their continued fealty on issues ranging from the war in Afghanistan ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1011/S00147/us-to-intensify-military-drive-into-asia.htm

25:ACTA Copyright Agreement Released

Australian Government

Trade Minister Craig Emerson: Australia’s creative industries and iconic brands will soon have greater protection against counterfeiting and piracy following international agreement on a new global standard for intellectual property enforcement.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1011/S00356/acta-copyright-agreement-released.htm

26:First Time that NZ Farmers Take Finished Product to USA

Wool Equities Limited

Listed kiwi agriculture company Wool Equities Limited has joined Elders Primary Wool’s Just Shorn™ carpet and rug initiative in the United States.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1011/S00526/first-time-that-nz-farmers-take-finished-product-to-usa.htm

27:A Family Affair at Hyatt Regency Auckland

Hyatt Regency

Take the stress and hassle out of Christmas by spending it with your family enjoying festive delights and a fantastic atmosphere at Hyatt Regency Auckland’s sumptuous Christmas Day Lunch Buffet.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1011/S00280/a-family-affair-at-hyatt-regency-auckland.htm

28:MARKET CLOSE: NZ stocks fall; Freightways leads decliners

Businesswire

Nov.18 (BusinessDesk)– New Zealand stocks fell for a third session, as a recent spate of cautious outlook statements from companies cooled investor appetite for equities. Transport and infrastructure stocks led the bourse lower, with Freightways ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1011/S00531/market-close-nz-stocks-fall-freightways-leads-decliners.htm

29:Short Film: The Real AVATAR Battle in the Amazon

Defend the Amazon

Los Angeles, CA– James Cameron, the creator of AVATAR , has produced a short new film called" A Message from Pandora" – released this week— about an epic battle to stop the massive Belo Monte Dam on the Xingu River in the Brazilian Amazon. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1011/S00360/short-film-the-real-avatar-battle-in-the-amazon.htm

30:Katene to join takutai moana hikoi

The Maori Party

Maori Party MP Rahui Katene will be joining the hikoi against plans to extend the Waikawa Marina in Marlborough this Saturday [November 20].
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00396/katene-to-join-takutai-moana-hikoi.htm

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