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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 29 November 2010

Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 29 November 2010

1:SFO lays corruption charges in ACC investigation

Serious Fraud Office

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) today announced that it had laid eight charges against Malcolm David Mason and another individual (whose name is suppressed), relating to a series of corrupt property transaction involving the Accident Compensation Corporation ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1011/S00120/sfo-lays-corruption-charges-in-acc-investigation.htm

2:How the Insurance Industry Tried to Discredit Michael Moore

Bill Berkowitz

They tried'to push Michael Moore off a cliff' says Wendell Potter, a former CIGNA spinmeister, and now a determined health insurance whistleblower. His new book,'Deadly Spin,' exposes the health insurance industry's misinformation and disinformation ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1011/S00198/how-the-insurance-industry-tried-to-discredit-michael-moore.htm

3:How Israel And the US Hope to Destroy Hezbollah

Franklin Lamb

"I’ve got these [expletive deleted] just where we want them Maura! Watch the 1000 slow cuts as we shred Hezbollah–who do they think they are? And we’ll do it by using 1757 and this time we’re going all the way. I told Israel to stay out of ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1011/S00178/how-israel-and-the-us-hope-to-destroy-hezbollah.htm

4:NZ Kiwifruit Industry– Psa information update 23/11/10

Zespri

Of the total orchards inspected by trained assessors (n=485), 14% have been put on a Restricted Place Notice (n=70). Of the total test results received to date (n=344), approximately 80% have come back as negative.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1011/S00647/nz-kiwifruit-industry-psa-information-update-231110.htm

5:Scoop Coverage: Pike River Mining Explosion

Scoop Full Coverage

Scoop coverage, press releases, reaction and multimedia on the explosion at the Pike River Coal mine on Friday 19 November 2010, which saw 27 workers missing underground.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1011/S00190/scoop-coverage-pike-river-mining-explosion.htm

6:Michael Moore and Wendell Potter on Olbermann Tonight

Michael Moore

Tonight at 8:00 PM ET on Keith Olbermann's show on MSNBC I will meet for the very first time the man the health industry sent to Michigan to, in his words,"spy" and do"reconnaissance" so they could try to defame me and my movie ("We knew as much ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1011/S00197/michael-moore-and-wendell-potter-on-olbermann-tonight.htm

7:Majority back Hobbit movie deal, but don’t want a repeat

Horizon Research Limited

A majority of New Zealanders support the deal the Government did with Warner Bros to keep Hobbit film production in New Zealand. However, a majority don’t want a similar deal done again.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1011/S00622/majority-back-hobbit-movie-deal-but-dont-want-a-repeat.htm

8:Situation"Bleak" For Miners

New Zealand Police

Police continue to plan for the rescue of the Pike River miners but say the likelihood is diminishing.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1011/S00205/situation-bleak-for-miners.htm

9:Questions And Answers Nov 23 2010

Office of the Clerk

1. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE (Labour—New Lynn) to the Minister of Finance : What factors were identified by Standard and Poor’s that led to them placing New Zealand’s sovereign credit rating on negative watch?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00475/questions-and-answers-nov-23-2010.htm

10:Mine CCTV footage - what it may tell us

Science Media Centre

CCTV video footage taken from a camera at the entrance to the Pike River mine was released last night and shows the impact of the pressure wave that resulted from the explosion deep within the mine.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1011/S00498/mine-cctv-footage-what-it-may-tell-us.htm

11:Employment Law Changes Pass

ParliamentToday.co.nz

The Employment Relations Amendment Bill passed its third reading debate, as did the Holidays Amendment Bill by 64 votes to 56 with National, ACT and United Future supporting.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00474/employment-law-changes-pass.htm

12:Fair employment laws on their way out

New Zealand Labour Party

Two new laws that attack the rights of kiwi workers have been passed by the National Government despite fierce opposition from tens of thousands of New Zealanders, says Darien Fenton.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00484/fair-employment-laws-on-their-way-out.htm

13:Hope for critically endangered Maui’s dolphin

Department of Conservation

North Island Maui’s dolphins and South Island Hector’s dolphins were once thought to occupy completely separate stretches of New Zealand’s coastline, but new research has shown that two female Hector’s dolphins have been visiting their North Island ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1011/S00495/hope-for-critically-endangered-mauis-dolphin.htm

14:Māori breastfeeding practices under spotlight

University of Auckland

The baby formula industry has been likened to the tobacco industry, for its serious effects on Māori health in a new book co-authored by a University of Auckland academic.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1011/S00123/maori-breastfeeding-practices-under-spotlight.htm

15:Questions For Oral Answer Nov 24 2010

Office of the Clerk

1. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Finance: What does he believe will be the main features of the economic recovery under the Government’s programme to encourage more savings and investment?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00488/questions-for-oral-answer-nov-24-2010.htm

16:New Zealand Pike River Coal Mine Emergency

Mike Moore - NZ Ambassador to the US

New Zealand Ambassador to the United States Rt Hon Mike Moore officially thanked the United States in the weekend for its support regarding the trapped miners at the Pike River mine. The situation at the mine remains unchanged since the explosion ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00277/new-zealand-pike-river-coal-mine-emergency.htm

17:EPA Bill passes first reading unanimously

New Zealand Government

Environment Minister Nick Smith today welcomed the unanimous support of Parliament for the first reading of the Environment Protection Authority Bill.“New Zealand needs an effective Environment Protection Authority to strengthen and improve our ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00486/epa-bill-passes-first-reading-unanimously.htm

18:Change to Christmas postal delivery

New Zealand Government

Cabinet has agreed to a change to the postal deed so that postal workers can have a four day Christmas break each year and have Easter Saturday off. The Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Steven Joyce, says the variation will ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00487/change-to-christmas-postal-delivery.htm

19:Youth forum seeks views on barriers in sports

Christchurch City Council

This question is being addressed by a youth forum allied to the NZ Police’s Community Football Cup (NZCFC). The Ethnic Youth Forum at Fendalton Community Centre on Friday will bring together youth players participating in the NZCFC for an information-gathering ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1011/S00487/youth-forum-seeks-views-on-barriers-in-sports.htm

20:Turners to Auction $1million of Earthquake Damaged Goods

Turners Auctions

More than $1 million worth of brand new, earthquake salvaged furniture, electronics and appliances will go under the hammer in the first stock clearance auction from the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquake.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1011/S00639/turners-to-auction-1million-of-earthquake-damaged-goods.htm

21:A Failure of Service: Flying Domestic in the US

Binoy Kampmark

The domestic airport scene in the United States is one of permanent lines, warnings on leaving bags unattended and jittery surveillance. Warning alerts on potential strikes by unspecified‘terrorists’ sound like a game children might like:‘The ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1011/S00194/a-failure-of-service-flying-domestic-in-the-us.htm

22:Waikato Uni Forms links with top Chinese universities

Waikato University

Students at the University of Waikato now have the opportunity to study at two of China’s leading universities, thanks to new agreements signed during a recent visit to China by Waikato’s Chancellor Rt Hon Jim Bolger and Vice-Chancellor Professor ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1011/S00097/waikato-uni-forms-links-with-top-chinese-universities.htm

23:Pete Bethune Announces New Environmental Action Group

Pete Bethune

New Zealand environmentalist and anti-whaling campaigner, Pete Bethune, will officially announce the formation of a new environmental action group that will focus on marine conservation, on Tuesday 22 November at 14:00 (NZDT) via a live broadcast on ustream.tv.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00272/pete-bethune-announces-new-environmental-action-group.htm

24:Employment Relations Amendment Bill (no 2)

The Maori Party

If one was to look at the explanatory note to this bill, the general policy statement comes across as extremely positive. It tells us that the purpose of the Bill is to provide more flexibility, greater choice, and ensure a balance of fairness for both ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00482/employment-relations-amendment-bill-no-2.htm

25:Major report released on families living with addiction

University of Otago

New Zealand families living with other members suffering from addiction is the focus of a report just released by the Families Commission and carried out by researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1011/S00118/major-report-released-on-families-living-with-addiction.htm

26:Tumbledown Bay: Westpac Rescue Helicopter Saves Truck Driver

Westpac Rescue Helicopter

The Wellington-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter helped rescue a truck driver from the Marlborough Sounds this morning. The helicopter, with a Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic onboard, responded to the mission at around 7am. The accident occurred ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1011/S00497/tumbledown-bay-westpac-rescue-helicopter-saves-truck-driver.htm

27:Sonoco applies for clearance to acquire T.T.L Pacific

Commerce Commission

The Commerce Commission has received an application from Sonoco New Zealand Limited seeking clearance to acquire T.T.L Pacific Limited. Sonoco supplies a variety of paper and paperboard packaging products. In particular, it manufactures and supplies ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1011/S00654/sonoco-applies-for-clearance-to-acquire-ttl-pacific.htm

28:Unitec’s first event management graduates make their mark

UNITEC

A new one year Graduate Diploma in Events Communication was offered by Unitec’s Department of Communications this year and the first students to complete the new qualification organisied an event as part of the annual Grad Show.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1011/S00098/unitecs-first-event-management-graduates-make-their-mark.htm

29:McCully condemns North Korean attack

New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has condemned the shelling by North Korea of the civilian population on an island in South Korea."The attack represents a new and dangerous level of aggression by the DPRK regime, coming in the wake of the DPRK ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00480/mccully-condemns-north-korean-attack.htm

30:VIDEO: War? South& North Korea fire artillery shells

Scoop Video

South Korea has confirmed firing dozens of artillery shells in retalliation against an attack by North Korea. The action followed earlier reports that North Korea had fired over 200 rounds across its western maritime border. Witnesses say the shells ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1011/S00503/video-war-south-north-korea-fire-artillery-shells.htm

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