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Thursday, 21 September

22:30

This 1-Acre Permaculture Farm in Australia Can Feed 50 Families "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Amanda Froelich

By 2050, the worlds human population is expected to reach 9.7 billion. Considering 795 million people still go to bed hungry each evening, this is concerning. Fortunately, sustainable solutions exist, and they include vertical gardening and permaculture farming  among others. The latter has been employed on a one-acre farm in Australia and reportedly works so well, enough produce is grown to feed 50 families.

The Limestone Permaculture Farm may be minute in size, but it produces enough produce to feed dozens of families. Started when wife Nici developed an illness, the farm now educates the local community about permaculture and even offers internships.

TreeHugger reports that the Coopers have been farming for close to a decade. At Limestone Permaculture Farm, they grow organic produce, raise sheep goats and chickens, keep bees, and even build with recycled materials. Much of the farm is powered by energy from wood, water, and the sun.

The premise of permaculture is to mimic the social design principles observed in natural ecosystems. Opposite of large-scale mono-cropping (growing one crop at a time), permaculture farming creates symbiosis so a variety of plants may thrive. Some of the permaculture principles implemented by the Coopers include swales, a chicken tractor and even self-seeding edible ground cover.

Credit: Limestone Permaculture Farm

Reportedly, husband Brett discovered permaculture over a decade ago. He told the Newcastle Herald,

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22:30

Welcome to Australia where its always warmer somewhere! "IndyWatch Feed National"

(and other nonsense from Australias Bureau of Meteorology, the University of Melbourne and The Conversation). Dr. Bill Johnston[1] Main points. Australias Bureau of Meteorology and climate scientists at the University of Melbourne should know that nowhere on planet-earth could rainfall be less than none! The Bureaus latest Seasonal Summary (winter 2017) spuriously claims rainfall is

22:00

Papua New Guinea journalist bound for the United States on a U.S. Embassy program "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea journalist bound for the United States on a U.S. Embassy program
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: U.S. Embassy Port Moresby has selected Meriba Tulo from Papua New Guinea to participate in the United States Department of States International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) titled, The Role of Journalism in a Democratic Society. Mr. Tulo is a senior reporter and anchor at EM TV, one of four television networks in the country.

As a young journalist working at the countrys oldest television network, Mr. Tulo is aware of the changing media landscapes in Papua New Guinea with the advent of social media being accepted more and more as a source of news.
I am very excited about this program and looking forward to sharing and learning best practices from other participants from around the world, and bringing home some of these practices back to my workplace, said Mr. Tulo.
During Mr. Tulos program, September 25 to October 13, he will visit Washington D.C., New York, Iowa City, Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. The program will focus on the U.S. system of government, investigative journalism, and journalism education and training. It will also feature a panel discussion on new journalism models such as community engagement and new business models for reporting. Follow the Embassy Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/usembassyportmoresby/ for updates on Mr. Tulos trip.
The IVLP is the U.S. Department of States premier professional exchange program that aims to provide firsthand knowledge about U.S. society, culture and politics, while cultivating lasting relationships. By connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts, IVLP fosters lasting relationships and helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world.

22:00

Ken Burns New Vietnam War Documentary Speaks For Silent Soldiers Like My Father "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ken Burns much anticipated, newly released Vietnam War documentary is receiving high praise from practically everyone, including George Will, who has called it a masterpiece and a fine example of how to calmly assess episodes fraught with passion and sorrow.

Thus far through the series, I have certainly been inspired to contemplate many of our contemporary culture war battles through the lens of Vietnam. But the documentary especially makes me think of my now-deceased father, who was himself a Vietnam War veteran.

Why My Father Fought

My father grew up practically at ground zero of the 1960s southern segregation fight, desegregation coinciding with his junior year at Huntsville High School in Alabama. He was disgusted by the racism pervasive among his many white classmates, and became a liberal hippy, experimenting with drugs, drinking with Black Panthers, and loudly vocalizing his opposition to the Vietnam War. Yet in order to help pay for college at Auburn University, he joined the universitys ROTC program.

He ultimately dropped out of Auburn, only to have his draft number called. He promptly answered, and spent four years as a U.S. Army medic, two of which were spent serving in South Korea, including participating in the medevacs to retrieve and care for soldiers wounded in Vietnam. In the few anecdotes he told about his experience in that theater, I never got the impression that his liberal politics obstructed his ability to serve his country, the country his father and grandfather had also served in World Wars I and II.

The virtue of patriotism also stands out in my knowledge of my fathers service. He remained adamant throughout his life that Vietnam was the wrong war: a tremendous waste of life, money, and American goodwill. But this never meant he wasnt proud to serve. Every 4th of July at our church, the pastor would ask military servicemen to stand during the services national anthem. My dad reluctantly but dutifully stood, his head held high. His personal political opinions never obstructed his patriotism, his love for his country, or his loyalty to the flag and what it stood for. He remained ever proud to be a U.S. Army medic.

Grappling With Grief

My fathers military service was also marked by an intense suffering and isolation. He loved to tell stories about his wayward youth, but offered few details about his war experience. A close family friend died from cancer when I was in eighth grademy mother and father were both there at her deathbed. Afterwards my mother wept, but my father never shed a tear. I asked him why. Ive seen too much death in my life, he replies. I dont think Im capable of crying anymore.

Sometimes my mother would ask me to wake my father from his weekend naps. I was terrified to do it. If I came too clo...

21:59

Watching The 1950s Whats My Line? Will Challenge Your Assumptions About Humanity "IndyWatch Feed National"

The popular guessing game Whats My Line? ran from 1950 to 1967, and most episodes are now available for free on YouTube. The format is simple: four show-business panelists meet three or four guests and are challenged to guess what each does for a living (their line, you see).

They can only ask yes-no questions, and the guest earns $5 for every no answer. If he gives ten no answers, or if enough time goes by without the panel guessing it, he wins. Each episode also has a special mystery guest, where the panel dons blindfolds and tries to guess the identity of a celebrity contestant, who often disguise their voices in humorous ways (have you ever wanted to see Ronald Reagan talking in a goofy doofus voice? You do now).

The game part of the show was very loosely enforced: half the time moderator John Daly would give the contestant the whole $50 on some pretext just for coming onto the program. The panelists often engaged in humorous debates with Daly, or disputations about how their questions ought to be taken. It was less about winning or losing than entertaining the audience.

Its All in Good Fun

The whole thing was a lot of fun. Since the audience is told upfront what the contestants line is, the panelists searching questions often create unintentionally hilarious images. For instance, when a woman who repairs zippers was a contestant, the panel asked such unfortunate questions such as Would one or more of this product be found in a well-equipped office? and Would an efficient secretary know how to operate one?

This shows just how misleading their questions can be, since, of course, the answer to both those questions would be yes. This prompted the follow-up, When you reach the end, does a bell ring? which nearly brought down the house.

The show opens with the panel introducing each other, usually ornamented with numerous compliments about their accomplishments, talents, and (in the case of the women) beauty. They frequently banter amid the segments, playfully teasing one another and cracking jokes while they try to figure out their guests line, all with the air of genuine affection and mutual respect. The effect is more like watching a group of friends playing games at a party than a real serious competition.

Adding to the charm is that the whole point of the show is looking at different types of people doing different types of jobs, many of which you would never guess from simply looking at them. An ordinary-looking little man turns out to be the voice of Donald Duck. A beautiful blonde young woman turns out to be a rocket scientist. A handsome, well-dressed man cleans sewers. Many of the jobs are things you would never even think of, such as a man who fits mens corsets, or a girl who does stunts on the wing of a plane.

All diffe...

21:30

Australia Cites Blockchain In 'Digital Economy' Strategy Launch "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is plotting an ambitious new Digital Economy initiative and blockchain is part of the plan, a new paper reveals.

21:26

Australia PM's XIII Teams arrive in Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

For the first time the PMs XIIIs match will see a double header of matches to be played by both PNG and Australias men and womens side on Saturday.
Australian PMs XIII coach Mal Meninga said this is an extra-ordinary step forward and they have been working very hard behind the scenes with the Australian PMs XIII womans side who will be playing with PNG womans side for the first ever-international match.
Meninga said that this will be a real momentous time for rugby league in general adding that it will be a great spectacle.
Also this afternoon the visiting Australian PMs XIII side and the Womens rugby league World Champions Jillaroos arrived at the Jacksons International Airport for their match on Saturday.
PNG Rugby Football League Chief Executive Officer Reatau Rau was at the reception to receive the visiting teams. Fans gathered at the International Terminal car park to cheer for their NRL Stars as they drove out. PNGFM / PNG Today

21:04

PNG and Australia PM's Departments sign MOU on Institutional Strengthening "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Department of Prime Minister & National Executive Council of Papua New Guinea and the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet yesterday (20/09/17) signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning technical cooperation and institutional partnership.

Chief Secretary to Government, Isaac Lupari said the MOU will:
1. Pave the way for institutional link and strengthening between the two Departments under the current Department treaty between the two countries;
2. Provides for institutional strengthening in the areas of Public Service Reforms, Whole-of-Government process, and monitoring and coordination of government policies and decisions; and
3. Integral part of this understanding is to twine arrangement for officers from PM& NEC to undergo joint training and skill building.

Mr Lupari said the MOU is set to recognize the importance that both governments place on strong institutional links between PNG and Australia and expanding the existing people to people links between the two countries.
It recognizes the shared role of both Departments in providing quality advice to their respective governments and in supporting the coordinated development and implementation of government policies, the Chief Secretary said.

Mr Lupari said the working relationship and cooperation between the two institutions will be based on mutual understanding, respect, responsibility, transparency and accountability whilst having regard to their capacity and resources for improved development outcomes with full participation from both participants.

20:58

Heaps Cooked: Brisbanes First Cookluck Club "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dinner with Matt Golinski of Ready Steady Cook, in celebration of a food culture of cooking with what youve got.

20:57

New Matilda Is Going To Hell (Where There Are No Breasts) For Revealing Christian Lobbys Reply Paid Glitter Service "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is NOT fake news because frankly there isnt sufficient weed on the planet to unleash enough creativity to come up with a story like this.

Okay, so this gets a little weird. Youve been warned.

A few weeks ago, New Matilda stumbled across a tweet from the head of the Australian Christian Lobby, Lyle Shelton, objecting to people sending him nasty letters about Adolf Hitler.

Lyle, while light-heartedly noting that people were mailing him lots of glitter, took a sterner tone towards the Nazi stuff, and included a picture of what hed received replete with the envelope which revealed that the ACL has a Reply Paid postal service.

And so naturally, New Matilda published details of the Reply Paid service, and urged our readers to send glitter, which Lyle would actually have to pay for.

The story went viral, and I think we can all agree well played New Matilda. #yourewelcomelyleshelton

However, since then, weve been getting all sorts of random emails warning us that were going to hell. Make that Hell with a capital H.

This afternoon, a man named Fade Nissan reached out, to let us know that the devil is very smart. Fade Nissan, of course, sounds like a character from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, a movie full of false idols ipso facto we reminded Fade that in all likelihood, he would probably be joining us.

 

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Undeterred, Fade referred us to the video below, in which a clearly delusional man, Mario Martinez, claims to have been to Hell, survived, and is now back to tell us what its like.

Long story short, its apparently quite warm.

The video is 31 minutes long (so, you know, spark one up before you sit down to watch it) and includes this especially excellent description: Mario Martinez grew up in the projects on the east side of Los Angeles. His father was a drunkard.

 

NEW MATILDA IS BEING THREATENED WITH A LAWSUIT FOR CALLING TODAY TONIGHT TRASHY. OOPS. YOU CAN HEL...

20:57

PNG Agriculture Mininister to launch Trukai's State-of-the-art Hulling Mill "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rice Hulling Mill. Photo by Trukai Industries/supplied 
Minister for Agriculture and Livestock and Member for Unaggi- Bena Hon Benny Allen will be guest of honour when he inaugurates Trukai Industries new hulling mill at its main operations base in Mataram Street, Lae this Monday (25th September).

The state-of-the-art facility is the first of its kind in PNG and has a maximum production capacity of 240 ton per week. It becomes the vital final component that establishes a 100% fully integrated process for domestic rice production in PNG.

The large scale vertical integration process the mill enables means that for the first time, there will be an end-to-end solution for domestic production of rice in Papua New Guinea.

Trukai is the only rice company with the capability to process locally gown rice, and this mill completes the value chain that involves seed and site research, planting, growing, harvesting, milling, packing and distributing domestically grown rice.

Hon Mr Allen will be joined by other government representatives and a representative from Chingwam Rice Growers Cooperative for the ceremony. Other dignitaries to attend the inauguration will include Trukai Chairman Mr Mark Robertson.

Following opening addresses Hon.Mr Allen will have the honour of cutting the ceremonial ribbon to open the mill. Trukai Industries will then switch on the mill and the rice used in its initial run will be 130 tons of rice grown in its trial crop at Chingwam. The crop was harvested in April/May this year with the cooperation of the Chingwam Rice Growers Cooperative.

The rice hulling mill was purchased from Vietnam and is the first of its kind for PNG. Trukai Industries is proud to be taking the lead with its introduction.

Trukai has invested heavily in the development of a domestic rice industry to date, with the mill representing a further expenditure of over K620, 000.

It will provide the capability to process locally grown rice initially grown in the Markham Valley, as part of Trukai Industries Markham Valley Rice Corridor Plan. The plan incorporates rain fed...

20:49

PAPUA NEW GUINEA MENS NATIONAL TEAM SET TO CHALLENGE FILIPINO BASKETBALL LEAGUES FINEST "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea - As part of preparations for the upcoming FIBA Melanesia
Basketball Cup, the PepsiPNG Mens National Basketball Team will face an international All-Star line-up
comprised of the best players from the Filipino Association of PNG (FAPNG) Basketball League.
The two-sides will meet at 7:30pm this Sunday evening at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC).
The idea for the exhibition match-up came about following a meeting between Basketball Federation of
Papua New Guinea (BFPNG) President Mr. Nick Daroa, FAPNG Madam President Ms. Cathy Madrid
and PepsiPNG Mens National Team Assistant Coach Mr. Ferdinand Daroya.
The trio agreed that the event would be a tremendous showcase, one that if successfully delivered on
Sunday, has the ability to become an annual event on the BFPNG basketball calendar.
BFPNG President Mr. Nick Daroa acknowledged the game as being a positive lead-up contest for PNG.
Both of our PepsiPNG national teams need pre-tournament games leading into the Melanesia Cup and
this matchup with the FAPNG All Stars gives our mens side a real high-quality hit out, Mr. Daroa said.
When you combine the premier FAPNG players together on one team, it creates a very formidable side.

Their squad will resemble a similar size and standard to that of a top pacific hoops nation and the game is going to be great entertainment for fans. It will certainly be one of the best basketball showdowns that we have seen in Port Moresby since the 2015 Pacific Games and we are grateful to FAPNG for accepting the invitation to participate, Daroa added. The FAPNG Basketball All Stars will be coached by Eddie Salazar and their line-up includes a number of players who possess professional PBL experience. Following the game there will be trophy presentations sponsored by Rainbow Travel. Admission to the game is free for all spectators, with the TAIC doors opening at 6pm. The 2017 FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup presented by Paradise Beverages, commences on Wednesday, September 27 at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC). For more information, please contact BFPNG Chief Executive Officer Joel Khalu on khalujoel@gmail.com FAPNG BASKETBALL ALL STARS Player Number Player Name FAPNG Team #3 Mark Palisoc Wel Builders #4 Ian Trinidad Wel Builders #5 Ezekiel Echane Rain or Shine Paints #9 Orlando...

20:45

What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning? Finding Your Reason for Being "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ikigai: Finding your Reason for Being

By Chip Richards

What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning?

When asked what is the single most powerful contributing factor to ones health and vitality, integrative medical doctor Oscar Serrallach answered without hesitation: having a sense of purpose. Serrallach went on to describe that while some of his patients have developed great regimes of nutrition, lifestyle activities and movement to support their wellbeing; those without a clear sense of purpose in their life experience continuing struggle with physical health issues. The distinguishing quality of many of his healthiest patients  those who  transcend common health challenges despite not having lived by the book, in terms of healthy lifestyle factors is that they seem to be the most aligned or called towards some primary focus of meaning in their life.

Japanese culture actually has a word which addresses this focus. The word is ikigai and translates simply as, reason for being.

What is Your Reason for Being?

According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai. To find it often requires deep enquiry and lengthy search of self a search which is highly regarded.

Four primary elements of ikigai

The term ikigai is composed of two Japanese words: iki referring to life, and kai, which roughly means the realisation of what one expects and hopes for. Unpacking the word and its associated symbol a bit further, ikigai is seen as the convergence of four primary elemen...

20:45

TEAMMATES COLLIDE IN RED VS GOLD INTER-SQUAD BASKETBALL CHALLENGE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Betty Angula (Left) and Rosa Kairi (Right) are ready for their inter-squad game this Sunday. Picture: Matthew Adekponya
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea - In one of their final hit-outs before the FIBA Melanesia
Basketball Cup gets underway, the PepsiPNG Womens National Basketball Team will split into Red
and Gold teams, which will do battle in an inter-squad exhibition game on Sunday.
The two-sides will face-off at 6:30pm at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC).
PepsiPNG Womens National Team Head Coach Moi Muri said it was a good chance for his team to
fine-tune leading into next weeks international tournament.
Our girls have been working very hard in training but need some extra match fitness to make sure we are
ready, Coach Muri said.


This game will be six versus six, so it will really test the players fitness levels.
We also hope a big crowd will come along to TAIC and watch the players in their national team uniforms
for the first time.
It will be a good opportunity for basketball fans to see the ladies in action before we hit the court next
Wednesday for our first game against Fiji.
Admission to the inter-squad game is free for all spectators, with the TAIC doors opening at 6pm.
The 2017 FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup presented by Paradise Beverages, commences on
Wednesday, September 27 at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC).

20:34

Bedpans, bitumen, & Bachelor's degrees "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Employment boom

Australia has created an extraordinary ~325,000 jobs over the past year, including a boom over the past six months the like of which arguably hasn't been seen in decades. 


The question is how? And where?

Greater Sydney (+83k), Melbourne (+59k), and now Brisbane (+46k) have each seen a drive in employment growth over the past year. 

Greater Sydney now has a monthly unemployment rate of only 4.46 per cent, and the annual average unemployment rate across the harbour city continues to decline, as it has for 3 years now. 

That's been partly driven by apartment construction and the associated multiplier effect, and a swathe of infrastructure projects. 


Increasingly Hobart is firing up, adding +6k jobs over the year to August 2017, with the median duration of job search continuing to decline. 

...

20:33

Psychiatry Ignores an Elephant in the Room "IndyWatch Feed National"

Large cohort studies of people with a first-episode psychosis provide a unique opportunity for finding out why so many young people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders die at a young age. However, it seems that those psychiatrists who have access to the mortality data generally do not want the facts to come out. In published cohort studies, there is virtually always too little information or no information at all about the causes of death.

In 2012, Hegelstad et al. published 10-year follow-up data for 281 patients with a first-episode psychosis (the TIPS study). 1 Although their average age at entry into the study was only 29 years, 49 patients (17%) had died in less than 10 years. The authors detailed article was about recovery and symptom scores and they took no interest in all these deaths, which appeared in a flowchart of patients lost to follow-up and were not commented upon anywhere in their paper. In the text, however, they mentioned only 28 deaths (11%), so it is difficult to know how many died.

On March 5th 2017, I wrote to the first author: In your interesting study from 2012, Long-Term Follow-Up of the TIPS Early Detection in Psychosis Study: Effects on 10-Year Outcome, 28 patients died of 281. Do you have the causes of death, which would be very interesting to know about? I noticed that most patients were still on antipsychotics 10 years after they started (table 2). I consider this very frightening, e.g. around half of them will have tardive dyskinesia (which is often masked by ongoing treatment) and many, if not all, will have developed permanent brain damage at this point, to mention just two of the important harms of long-term treatment. In contrast, only 17% of patients in Lappland were still on antipsychotics 5 years after their first episode (compared to 75% in Stockholm).

I sent a reminder ten days later and was told I would get an answer shortly. On May 10th, I wrote again: It is now another two months. You did an important study and it is important for the world to know what 10% of your very young patients died from in just 10 years. It is a frightening death rate. Do we need to file a Freedom of Information request to get this information?

Hegelstad replied that, We are preparing a manuscript detailing the information you are asking for. It will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. When published the information will be readily available to all.

The preparation of the manuscript and its publication were very fast. Already in June, the paper was out, in World Psychiatry.2 With this record speed, I wondered what the peer r...

20:31

Coroner Finds Anti-Smoking Drug Contributed to Mans Suicide "IndyWatch Feed National"

From ABC: A Queensland Coroner has found that the anti-smoking drug Champix played a role in the suicide of a 22-year-old man, Timothy John, who died in April 2013.

Article

20:22

China Begins Rounding Up And Detaining Bitcoin Executives "IndyWatch Feed National"

China has begun rounding up and detaining Bitcoin executives who run exchanges in the country, amid a huge crackdown against cryptocurrencies. 

As the war on Bitcoin continues, Chinese media is reporting that executives who operate Bitcoin exchanges are being told they are not allowed to leave Beijing whilst the government conducts an investigation.

A number of informed sources say the executives of special currency trading platforms are not allowed to leave Beijing to cooperate with the investigation. In accordance with regulatory requirements, trading platform shareholders, the actual controller, executives and financial executives need to fully cooperate with the relevant work in the clean-up period in Beijing.

Trustnodes.com reports: Australias Financial Review (AFR) says the above has been confirmed with them by a source close to one of the biggest exchanges, Huobi, which told them its founder, Li Lin, was required to report to the authorities and cooperate with their work at any time.

The draconian measure is undertaken following a decision by Chinas Communist Party to close down all crypto exchanges, with trading volumes in the country dropping considerably.

Chinese trading volumes now account for only around 5% 10% of bitcoins or ethereums global trading volumes. With price there significantly lower. Leading CoinMarketCap to exclude them from calculations of average prices.


20:22

Solomon Islands Police confiscates marijuana and kwaso in West Honiara "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A combined team of police officers  from White River and Honiara Central Police stations  yesterday (Wednesday 20 September) confiscated marijuana  and the illegal local brew kwaso at Karaina roadside and Savo heights, at White River in West Honiara.

The raid was in response to information supplied by the public alleging the selling of marijuana and kwaso alongside the road.
Three males have been arrested by police in relation to the confiscated items and the trio are expected to be interviewed today.
Officer Commanding White River Police Station, Inspector Walter Manefakale says, I am pleased with the outcome and cooperation of the public by supplying the information which led to the raid. I urge more members of the communities to provide information to police to ensure those who continue selling and brewing of kwaso and as well as the dangerous drug, marijuana are brought to face justice.
I want to remind the public and communities, that its unlawful to grow, use, sell and possess marijuana, while its illegal to brew kwaso and sell without approval from the Minister concern," says Commander Manefakale.

20:18

Rabbitohs re-sign John Sutton for the 2018 Season "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are delighted to announce the re-signing of local junior John Sutton for the 2018 season,
giving him the opportunity to become the first player in the Clubs history to play 300 first grade games in what will be his 15th season playing in the NRL.

Sutton is a three-time George Piggins Medallist as the player of the year at South Sydney (2009, 2012-13), has played
more first grade games (282) and more grade games (310) than any other player in the Rabbitohs 109-year history,
has represented City Origin on two occasions and the Australian Prime Ministers XIII once; however the greatest
accomplishment of his career so far is leading the Rabbitohs as captain to the 2014 premiership, the Clubs 21st title.
A Kensington United junior, Sutton is already regarded as a modern day legend of the Club, and Rabbitohs Head
Coach Anthony Seibold says Suttons retention is invaluable to the squad.
John is a leader amongst our group, hes played more games than anyone in our jersey which shows his loyalty to the
Club, and those attributes are priceless to our squad, Coach Seibold said.
The experience he brings is instrumental to players like Cameron Murray, Zane Musgrove, Angus Crichton, Tyrell
Fuimaono, Campbell Graham, Braidon Burns and Siosifa Talakai, amongst others.
He brings a fantastic skill set, his knowledge of the game is deep and thorough, and physically hes a big body.
He adds depth to the back row for us alongside guys like Sam Burgess, Angus, Tyrell, Cam, Dean Britt and Sifa, but
most importantly the leadership and experience he brings at the NRL level is irreplaceable.
Rabbitohs General Manager of Football Shane Richardson paid tribute to Sutton and looks forward to him making a
valuable contribution to the Club in 2018.
John is a key member of our leadership group and has been for some time, Mr Richardson said.
He is our longest serving player, he has led the Club to a premiership, hes played more games than anyone else in the
history of this Club, and he is a fantastic mentor for the young players in our squad.
He knows what it takes to win and hes prepared to lead the way in his preparation for games and the way that he puts
every effort into every performance on the field for Souths in any role the coaching staff requires.
He is a South Sydney man from a wonde...

20:15

Worlds biggest butterfly given lifeline by new captive breeding initiative "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The world largest butterfly, the Queen Alexandra Birdwing, will be the first to benefit from a new conservation model set to give a lifeline to its declining population.

If proved successful the model will be adapted to other species, in Papua New Guinea (the most important country in the world for conservation action for swallowtails and birdwings butterflies) and beyond.

The Queen Alexandra Birdwing is endemic to Papua New Guinea and endangered by the encroachments made by the palm oil industry to its natural habitat. The new project entails a state-of-the-art captive breeding and release programme - a first for the species - and will involve the local community; this combination will increase the number of butterflies in the wild while also insuring the long-term sustainability of the conservation effort.

Dr Mark Collins, former co-author of the IUCN Red Data Books on Invertebrates and Swallowtail butterflies, recipient of the 2000 Royal Geographical Society Busk Medal and chairman of the Swallowtail and Birdwing Butterfly Trust, has worked closely with senior industry figures in the palm oil industry to develop this conservation project.

20:13

Poor Orphan Crops So Valuable, So Neglected "IndyWatch Feed National"

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Sep 20 2017 (IPS) When think-tankers in the mid-1990s formulated their famous think global, act local slogan, they probably did not expect humankind to require a couple of decades to implement such practical advice.

A group of people heading towards Mangoky River (Madagascar) past Baobab trees. Baobab leaves and fruits are sources of food for people and fodder for animals. Credit: FAO/Aris Mihich

At least this has been the case for the so-called neglected, under-utilised, minor or promising crops, which have been forgotten over the last century.

Now scientists and policymakers are beginning to recognise the value of these colourfully dubbed orphan crops, affirming what local communities have already known for generations.

What Are They?

But what are they all about? The United Nations leading food and agriculture agency provides the answer with some specific examples the African Yam Bean and the Desert Date, and Ber, a stocky tree with a vitamin-rich berry.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) explains that the African yam bean, cultivated mainly for home consumption, is planted for its seeds, which are high in protein and low in calories, and are often eaten after being dried and ground into flour or simply boiled and seasoned.

The starch-rich, tuberous roots, similar to spindly sweet potatoes in shape, are consumed either fresh, cut into strips in salads, or dried and ground into flour. The leaves can also be cooked and eaten much in the same way spinach is.

The crop seems to be little affec...

20:11

The Smog Chancellor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who is the worlds leading environmental vandal? The answer may surprise you.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 20th September 2017

Which living person has done most to destroy the natural world and the future wellbeing of humanity? Donald Trump will soon be the correct answer, when the full force of his havoc has been felt. But for now I would place another name in the frame. Angela Merkel.

What? Have I lost my mind? Angela Merkel, the climate chancellor? The person who, as German environment minister, brokered the first UN climate agreement, through sheer force of will? The Chancellor who persuaded the G7 leaders to promise to phase out fossil fuels by the end of this century? The architect of Germanys Energiewende its famous energy transition? Yes, the very same.

Unlike Donald Trump, she has no malicious intent. She did not set out to destroy the agreements she helped to create. But the Earths systems do not respond to mission statements or speeches or targets. They respond to hard fact. What counts, and should be judged, as she seeks a fourth term as German Chancellor in the elections on Sunday, is what is done, not what is said. On this metric her performance has been a planetary disaster.

Merkel has a fatal weakness: a weakness for the lobbying power of German industry. Whenever a crucial issue needs to be resolved, she weighs her ethics against political advantage, and chooses the advantage. This is why, in large part, Europe now chokes in a fug of diesel fumes.

The EU decision to replace petrol engines with diesel, though driven by German car manufacturers, pre-dates her premiership. It was a classic European fudge, a means of averting systemic change while creating an impression of action, based on the claim (which now turns out to be false) that diesel engines produce less carbon dioxide than petrol. But once she became Chancellor, Merkel used every conceivable tactic, fair and foul, to preserve this deadly cop-out.

The worst instance was in 2013, when, after five years of negotiations, other European governments had finally agreed a new fuel economy standard for cars: they would produce an average of no more than 95 grammes of CO2 per kilometre by 2020. Merkel moved in to close the who...

20:10

Solomon Islands Police arrested 18 year old girl for allegedly concealing her infant baby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Henderson Provincial Police of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) arrested an 18 years old girl for concealing her infant baby at Kingdom Harvest Henderson in Central Guadalcanal on 17th September 2017.

The infant baby was then taken by Police to Honiara National Referring Hospital (NRH) and declared dead.

The mother of the deceased was arrested and place in police custody for questioning and further investigation.  

Provincial Police Commander Mr Nixon Manetoga said, I call on to every concern person, community, family and church leaders to work together with the police to assist in preventing similar incidents to happen in the future.

I am deeply saddened when briefed by my officers about the poor infant discovery, as there was another similar incident at Guadalcanal plains, GPPOL II area last week and my condolence to other relatives of baby, added PPC Manetoga.


20:10

US dollar shines, Asia shares slip after Fed signals December rate hike "IndyWatch Feed National"

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TOKYO (REUTERS) The US dollar shone while Asian shares slipped on Thursday (Sept 21) after the US Federal Reserve announced a plan to start shrinking its balance sheet and signalled one more rate hike later this year.

European shares are expected to benefit from a fall in the euro against the dollar with spread betters looking at a higher opening of 0.5 per cent in Germanys DAX and Frances CAC.

Japans Nikkei gained 0.2 per cent as a rise in US bond yields lifted financial shares, while the yens fall against the dollar after the Feds decision helped exporters.

The Bank of Japan, as widely expected, left its policy settings unchanged, with markets awaiting a news conference by its governor later in the day.

MSCIs broadest dollar-denominated index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.5 per cent, with Australian shares among the hardest hit with fall of 0.8 per cent.

Major US share indexes recovered quickly from initial losses following the Feds announcement, with the S&P 500 ending slightly higher, helped in part by gains in financials and energy shares.

While a rate hike is negative, the fact that the Feds confidence in the economy is strong enough to expect a rate hike can be taken as supportive of market sentiment, said Soichiro Monji, chief strategist at Daiwa SB Investments.

The Feds view also prompted a rotation from tech shares into financial shares, which benefit from higher interest rates, he added. In a way, what the Fed did was not much of a surprise. From now, the markets will be focusing on individual earnings rather than macro themes, said Hisashi Iwama, senior portfolio manager at Asset Management One.

As expected, the Fed said it would begin in October to trim its massive holding of U.S. Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities acquired in the years after the 2008 financial crisis.

The Fed signalled it still expects one more interest rate hike by the end of the year, despite a recent bout of low inflation, but ratcheted down its long-term interest rate forecasts.

Fed fund rate futures are now pricing in about a 65 per cent chance of a rate hike by December compared to around 50 percent before the latest meeting. Markets expect the Fed move to coincide with revisions of its economic projections.

The yield on two-year US Treasury notes jumped to 1.451 per cent, its highest level since November 2008 late on Wednesday. The 10-year US Treasuries yield rose to 2.278 per cent, briefly hit...

18:07

Tiahuanaco: Gateway to the Gods "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gateway to the Gods
by Dan Eden

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"Ask most people who are the oldest civilization or where the oldest civilization lived and you'll hear answers like Mesopotamia (Iraq), Egypt or Iran. While these cultures can be traced back to 4000 B.C., the mysterious ruins of Tiahuanaco, in Bolivia, could be 14,000 years old! If you think the Great Pyramid in Egypt is a technological marvel, wait until you see what artists and engineers were doing in Tiahuanaco. This culture thrived at the breathless, oxygen deprived elevation of 13,000 feet. They managed to somehow move stones weighing up to 200 tons and invented modular building techniques that would even today, be cutting edge.
The most famous icon of the archaeological site at Tiahuanaco is the Sun Gate. This structure has been described as a "calendar" almost as long as the monolithic gateway has been known to exist; thus the Sun Gate has also been called 'the Calendar Gate'. This calendar sculpture, though it undoubtedly depicts a "solar year," cannot however be made to fit into the solar year as we divide it at present. The calendar has only 290 days, divided into 12 "twelfths" of 24 days each, plus 2 intercalary days.

Some researchers have attempted to explain this as being a ritualistic calendar while others have claimed that, 14,000 years ago, the length of a year was somehow different from today. Still others believe that it may represent a year on some another planet. Extraterrestrial connections were first suggested by Eric von Danken and have been perpetuated by discoveries of the apparent advanced knowledge that Tiahuanacan engineers seemed to possess - thousands of years ahead of other cultures....

18:00

US NSA Spying On India's Nuclear Weapons, by Shelley Kasli "IndyWatch Feed National"

Several Top Secret documents, sourced from Edward Snowden's files, have recently been published, revealing how the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on India's ballistic missiles systems and nuclear weapons. The NSA did so using its interception programme, Rainfall, via its bases in Australia and Thailand. These Top Secret documents make it more plausible to view two events with suspicion: the death, allegedly accidental, of Homi J. Bhabha, the father of Indian nuclear power, and also, the deaths of 11 scientists, that occurred during Obama's first term in office.

17:42

Kurilpa Feature Poet SEAN WEST, Sunday 24th Sept "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Kurilpa Poets present; Sept 24th Feature Poet SEAN WEST This month the Kurilpa Poets are proud to present as our September Feature Poet, one of Brisbanes most promising young poetic talents, Sean West, mild-mannered QUT creative writing student by day, Continue reading

16:55

Australia must abandon racially discriminatory remote work for the dole program UN told "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Government is denying access to basic rights to equality, work and income for people in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, through its racially discriminatory remote work for the dole program.

In a joint statement lodged with the UN Human Rights Council, the Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT and Human Rights Law Centre urged the Council to abandon its racially discriminatory Community Development Program and replace it with an Aboriginal-led model.

John Paterson, a CEO of the Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT, said that the Governments program requires people looking for work in remote communities to work up to 760 hours more per year for the same basic payment as people in non-Indigenous majority urban areas.

The program discriminates on the basis of race, with around 83 per cent of people in the program being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. This is a racially discriminatory program that was imposed on remote communities by the Government and it's having devastating consequences in those communities, said Mr Paterson.

Adrianne Walters, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the program is also denying basic work rights to many people in remote communities.

Some people are required to do work that they should be employed to do. Instead, they receive a basic social security payment that is nearly half of the minimum wage in Australia. People should be paid an award wage and afforded workplace rights and protections to do that work. said Ms Walters.

The statement calls for the Federal Government to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on a model that treats people with respect, protects their human rights and provides opportunities for economic and community development.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities want to take up the reins and drive job creation and community development. Communities need a program that sees people employed on decent pay and conditions, to work on projects the community needs. Its time for Government to work with us, said Mr Paterson.

The Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT has developed an alternative model for fair work and strong communities, called the Remote Development and Employment Scheme, which was launched in Canberra two weeks ago with broad community support.

The new Scheme will see new opportunities for jobs and community development and get rid of pointless administration. Critically, the Scheme provides incentives to encourage people into work, training...

16:02

Historical nautical maps show coral loss more extensive than previously believed "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A team of researchers based in Australia and the United States have used historical nautical maps to determine that coral reef loss in the Florida Keys is much more extensive than previously understood. The British empire began mapping its overseas territories in the 18th century, and coral reefs in particular were quite thoroughly documented given the danger they posed to wooden-hulled ships. In the process, these imperial cartographers unwittingly provided a source of high-resolution spatial data on coastal areas that, as it turns out, can still be useful today in establishing historical baselines for the extent of coral reefs and assessing changes to those reef systems over the ensuing centuries. The degree of biologically relevant information recorded varied by cartographer, but the best of these British maps describes the depth, shape, and color of shallow-water corals and distinguishes them from other hard structures such as rocks, the authors of a study published in the journal Science Advances earlier this month wrote. The researchers used nautical charts dating from the 1770s to help quantify changes in the coral reefs of the Florida Keys over the past 240 years. The maps were essential to expansion of the British Empire, and luckily for us, they also included a lot of useful ecological information, according to Benjamin Neal, a postdoctoral researcher at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine and a co-author of the study. Loren McClenachan, a professor at Colby College in Waterville, Maine who led the study, said that,

15:58

The Human Race is Quickly Evolving Into A New Kind of Human "IndyWatch Feed National"

Life is a crazy roller coaster full of ups, downs, and twist and turns. Im sure everyone will agree with me when I say that life is confusing. But its okay because you are rapidly transforming into a new human being. Youre not supposed to understand it all.

We all try our hardest to understand life and make sense of things. There are so many questions to be answered about life like how we got here, what put us here, and what were truly supposed to be doing. However, life wouldnt be life if you understood it. Its weird how nothing makes sense at all, yet it all does at the same time.

Everything is interdependent on each other and if one component of life were to disappear it would bring all of society to a crumble. Its okay that you dont understand everything or anything about life itself. None of us really do, but thats because we are rapidly changing into new human beings. Even more rapidly than youd think.

We are constantly evolving as time goes on. Humans are forever growing and so is our universe. Everything continues and time goes on, and we are rapidly growing, changing, and essentially transforming as it all happens before our very eyes. If you stop to pay attention you would notice how fast everything changes even yourself. Everyday you live you are creating new memories of new experiences and forming new interests and opinions on everything you come into contact with. One memory possessing brain cell dies and another is born. We are constantly in a state of evolution.

Everything about life is a learning experience. None of us are placed on Earth knowing anything. We are informationless fragile creatures who grow everyday. Growing physically and mentally as we create new brain cells, memories, experiences, and feelings. Everyday we grow something is changing. When you wake up in the morning you are essentially a new person by the time you lay your head down at night. Every day is a learning experience and we grow more wisdom as we go throughout life.

You are becoming more aware of your own spir...

15:41

MACKAY Man allegedly caught with 1kg of ice facing more charges "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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MACKAY Mega fail: Wanted mans escape plan goes down the drain "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Mega fail: Wanted mans escape plan goes down the drain

September 21, 2017 at 12:03PM ,

Callaghan, 22, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday from prison via videolink, where hes locked up due to pending matters.

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15:40

Boosting PNGs transport department "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Loop PNG

21 September 2017

A partnership arrangement has been signed to further boost the effectiveness of the Transport Department.

 

The new Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Westly Nukundj, and Australian High Commission Minister Counsellor, Benedict David, today signed the deal.

 

The two-year partnership arrangement between Papua New Guinea and Australia to November 2019 will support the Department to deliver more effectively on its mandate to improve transport connectivity for all Papua New Guineans. 

 

This partnership with Australia will help the Department to meet the emerging needs of the transport sector, says the Minister.

 

This support is crucial to delivering the goals set out in our corporate plan. This comprehensive program of support will assist us across the maritime, aviation and land transport sectors.

 

A more effective Department will be able to better connect communities and support economic development.

 

The arrangement provides critical support to the development of Papua New Guineas next Medium Term Transport Plan, which will set out how best to ensure sustainable investment in the sector.

 

The arrangement will assist Papua New Guineas preparations for APEC 2018, seek to optimise sectoral funding arrangements and support ongoing institutional reforms, legislative drafting, budget preparation, and reporting and policy development. It will also aim to boost cap...

15:31

Louvre Accord v Plaza Accord "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: I notice you often cite the *Plaza Accord* when on the topic of central bank currency manipulation. That accord was signed in 1985 with an aim to devalue the USD. Could you write a little on the *Louvre Accord signed just two years later, in 1987, with an aim to reverse the unwanted effects of the *Plaza Accord*. Thanks cheers,

TGM

ANSWER: The Louvre Accord was an agreement, signed on February 22, 1987 in Paris, that aimed to stabilize the international currency markets and halt the continued decline of the US Dollar caused by the Plaza Accord. The agreement was signed by France, West Germany, Japan, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Italy declined to sign the agreement.

The G7 meeting of central bankers and finance ministers in Paris announced that the dollar was now consistent with economic fundamentals. The announced that they would only intervene when required to ensure foreign exchange stability. The objective was then to manage the floating currency system. Democrats gained control of Congress in 1986 and immediately called for protectionist measures. The dollar depreciation agreed to in 1985 at the Plaza Accord, failed to really improve the trade perspective. In 1986, the trade deficit actually rose to approximately $166 billion with exports at about $370 billion and imports at about $520 billion. The object of manipulating currency to try to create jobs and alter trade flows proved to be completely false.

My concerns warning that volatility would increase made back in 1985 were materializing. What they did not understand was the lowering the dollar in value also led to a shift in capital flows and the selling of US assets. Foreigners were suffering loses by financing U.S. trade through purchasing United States Treasury bonds in an attempt to ease the trade deficit criticism. We were advising Japanese to buy gold on the New York COMEX, export it, and then resell which would also make it appear that the US exports were increasing. H...

15:30

The Making of Monsters "IndyWatch Feed National"

10-year old Yusuf, an American boy who appeared in an ISIS video threatening Trump and the U.S.10-year old Yusuf, an American boy who appeared in an ISIS video threatening Trump and the U.S.

 

SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq When a little boy who looked and sounded American appeared in propaganda video put out by the failing Islamic State this week, threatening Trump: puppet of the Jews, it caused a sensation as, of course, it was meant to do.

How can a group make a child into a monster? we ask.  Yet the answer comes to us in the voices of numerous ISIS defectors and prisoners who tell us precisely how ISIS takes the blank-slate minds of children and fills them with poisonous ideologies alongside dreams of Paradise.

Children are powerful tools in the hands of groups like the so-called Islamic State, as weve learned after interviewing 63 ISIS returnees, defectors, and prisoners.

Trained at Cubs of the Caliphate camps in both Iraq and Syria, children are indoctrinated to hateand to kill all others who do not adhere to ISISs strict, brutal and intolerant views of Islam. They are also taught to give their own lives in acts of martyrdom. \

I saw them train young kids to blow things up. From my camp, 15-year-and-younger kids went on bombing missions.  They tell us they are going to go to Paradise, 15-year-old Syrian Ibn Omar told researchers for the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism.

Ibn Omar ran off to join ISIS at age 13 after having his head filled with dreams from the preachers who took over his mosque when ISIS overran his region. Impoverished and young enough to be drawn in, Ibn Omar was motivated by the income he could bring home to his unsuspecting parents, and the promises of cars and other material rewards.

In the first days, the brothers also appeared to be real Muslims, preaching the real Islam. Little did he know.

I liked them [ISIS] a lot in the beginning, but laterThey taught us about God, the Prophet and our religion. We spent just one...

15:30

What Can Sweet Fennel Oil Do for Your Health? "IndyWatch Feed National"

What Is Sweet Fennel Oil?

Sweet fennel oil comes from crushed fennel seeds (Foeniculum vulgare). The plant, which is a part of the Apiaceae family including carrots or parsley, 1 has an herby, slightly spicy smell that resembles aniseed. It is native to Southern Europe, but is also now grown in parts of Northern Europe, Australia and North America. 2

Uses of Sweet Fennel Oil

Fennel was used in various ancient civilizations by the Egyptians for food and medicine and by the Chinese as a remedy for snake bites. During the Middle Ages, it was hung over doorways to drive away evil spirits.

In present times, sweet fennel oil is used mostly for medicinal purposes, such as killing parasitic worms and their spores in the intestines and excretory tracts and as a laxative with no side effects. It is also used for cosmetic purposes, especially as an ingredient in massage oils,3 perfumes, toothpastes and soaps.4

Composition of Sweet Fennel Oil

The chemicals found in sweet fennel oil include anethole, fenchone, estragole, a-pinene and -pinene, a-phellandrene and -phellandrene, a-Terpineol, myrcene, campfer and para-Cymol.5

Benefits of Sweet Fennel Oil

Sweet fennel oil acts as a stimulant for the nervous, digestive and excretory system and the endocrine and exocrine glands. It helps relieve dizziness, fatigue and exhaustion.6 Other benefits you can get from using sweet fennel oil include:

Carminative: eases indigestion and stomach pain

Diuretic: removes excess water, sodium, uric acid, bile salts and other toxic elements

Splenic: protects....

15:04

Pruaitch welcomes Oil Search decision "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By: Freddy Mou via Loop PNG.

21st September 2017.

 

Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch has welcomed the decision by Oil Search to discuss the future sale of domestic crude oil to the Napa Napa refinery in Kina, rather than US dollars.

 

Pruaitch says he stood by his earlier statement that it is in the national interest for locally produced resources such as crude oil, copper, gold, fishery and forest products, to be sold to local purchasers in PNGs national currency, the Kina.

 

 

Pruaitch believes it is an infringement of our sovereignty for lenders, or any other entity, to insist that domestic resources have to be paid for in US dollars or other foreign currencies, even when sold to PNG buyers.

 

Such arrangements add to the cost of doing business and hamper efforts to encourage domestic processing.

 

If it is true that lenders to Oil Search or the PNG LNG Project made this a requirement of their loan, the government of the day should disallow this practice in future.

 

Pruaitch says he was not convinced by the Oil Search assertion that LNG project lenders had a loan condition that gas and condensate sold by the project must be priced in US dollars.

 

I am fairly sure PNG Power is not paying in US dollars for gas used by ExxonMobil to generate electricity for Port Moresby. This should also not be the case for gas-fired power from Hides that Oil Search sells to the Porgera gold mine.

 

He states under the 100-Day Plan announced by PNG Treasurer Charles Abel, it was disclosed that discussions are underway for Puma Energy, o...

14:34

Climate Change Primer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Illustrations by JON HAN

Once again we thank NYTimes Science writer Justin Gillis for this primer on a complex and politically weighty issue.

Climate Change Is Complex. Weve
Got Answers to Your Questions.

We know. Global warming is daunting. So heres a place to start: 17 often-asked questions with some straightforward answers.

1.Climate change? Global warming? What do we call it?

Both are accurate, but they mean different things.

You can think of global warming as one type of climate change. The broader term covers changes beyond warmer temperatures, such as shifting rainfall patterns.

President Trump has claimed that scient...

14:30

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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13:49

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Merkel Slams Trumps Threat to Destroy North Korea
Wed Sep 20, 2017 07:56PM
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses an election campaign rally of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Kappeln, northern Germany, on September 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says US President Donald Trumps threat to totally destroy North Korea is wrong, citing economic pressure and diplomacy as the only "appropriate" ways to resolve the conflict.

I am against such threats, Merkel told the Deutsche Welle channel. We consider any form of military solution as totally inappropriate and we insist on a diplomatic solution.

From my point of view sanctions and their implementation are the right answer. But I consider everything else concerning North Korea as wrong, she added. And that is why we clearly disagree with the US president."

The German chancellor made the remarks in reaction to Trumps debut speech at the United Nations General Assembly, where he said Tuesday that the US was ready to destroy the North to resolve the ongoing standoff over the countrys ballistic missile and nuclear weapons program.

"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea," he said.

"It is time for North Korea to realize that its denuclearization is its only responsible future," he added.

The Trump administration has been pushing for greater international pressure on North Korea through the UN and by pressuring China, Pyongyangs main trade ally.

The pressure peaked in early September, when the North announced that it had successfully exploded a hydrogen bomb, its sixth overall thermonuclear test.

The UN Security Council adopted new sanctions against the North as a result, a move that Pyongyang warned would not go unanswered.

Germanys role

Merkel said in her interview that Germanys strong ties China, Japan, South Korea and the United States puts it among the few countries that co...

13:43

ALERTA! Stop fascists rallying @ LGBT Holocaust Memorial, Sydney : Saturday, September 23, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

This post is dedicated to the memory of Willem Arondeus, the gay Dutch resistance member executed by the Nazis in July 1943 and Righteous Among the Nations. This Saturday in Sydney, Nick Folkes and his Party for Freedom (PFF) are Continue reading

13:39

The hate that dare not speak its name: @burgewords comments on #VoteNo to #MarriageEquality "IndyWatch Feed National"

It would make for a better, fairer and more entertaining match if #TeamNo owned the term homophobes. AUSTRALIA is fighting a very old battle. Its been Trojan-Horsed into every household in the form of the Turnbull Governments postal survey on federal marriage law. Like all wars, the propaganda is rife. Were being asked to vote []

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13:25

K4 Billion Spent On Food Imports Annually "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Post Courier

 

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PNG continues to spend K4 billion in food imports each year announced Minister for National Planning & Monitoring and Member for Yangoru-Saussi Richard Maru recently.

 

 

But it doesnt have to be that way. The Government will focus on replacing food imports from here onwards and the Sepik Plains is high on our list of priorities, said Maru.

 

 

Maru said this after a recent visit to the Sepik plains with Israeli investors set to develop East Sepik through an Innovative Agro-Industry. The Innovative Agro Industry will develop an egg-laying farm, broiler meat farm, and grain production. The developer will also establish a modern cocoa plantation using Israeli technology that will produce 400 to 500 percent more yield than an average cocoa plantation.

 

 

CEO of the PNG Cocoa Board, Mr. Kautu Boutua, said with the partnership of Innovative Agro-Industry, the Board is keen to see a different result with the new technology and a new way of approaching agriculture development.

 

 

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13:19

The art of misdirection: NZ Labour and xenophobia "IndyWatch Feed National"

At the start of the election campaign, the Labour Partys position on immigration was clear. Armed with a raft of new policies and an inflammatory vow to stop tens of thousands from coming to New Zealand, Labour signalled loudly that reducing migration was one its key electoral pledges. With the recent turnover in leadership and accompanying guarded sound bites on immigration, one could be fooled into believing that the party has softened its stance.

13:04

A Tsunami of Earthquakes Striking Globally "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Grace-285H Significant Earthquakes Strike Vanuatu, PNG, Japan Region Significant and Notable Earthquakes Strike Vanuatu, PNG, Japan Region. Vanuatu Magnitude: 6.4 mww   Location: 18.798S, 169.095E [85km NNW of Isangel, Vanuatu] Depth: 200.2 km Time: 2017-09-20 20:09:49 (UTC) Papua New Guinea (PNG) M 5.9 165km N of Finschhafen, PNG   Location: 5.110S 147.834E Depth: 10.0 km Time: []

12:58

US Government to move out Refugees: Whats the Deal? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Several dozen people on Manus Island and Nauru look set to be told by the US Government that they will be moved to the United States as part of the US resettlement deal, and it is unknown exactly if or when others will follow or what the plan is for the Australian Government regarding those left behind.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, has visited Manus Island three times to inspect conditions and to meet with the men held there. He joined us today via phone call to tell us more

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12:55

Low concentration of quercetin antagonizes the invasion and angiogenesis of human glioblastoma U251 cells. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Onco Targets Ther. 2017 ;10:4023-4028. Epub 2017 Aug 11. PMID: 28860810 Abstract Title:  Low concentration of quercetin antagonizes the invasion and angiogenesis of human glioblastoma U251 cells. Abstract:  Glioblastoma is the most aggressive type of brain tumor with a very poor prognosis. Therefore, it is always of great importance to explore and develop new potential treatment for glioblastoma. Quercetin, a flavonoid present in a variety of human foods, has been shown to inhibit various tumor cell proliferation. In this study, we found that treating human glioblastoma U251 cells with 10g/mL quercetin for 24 hours, a concentration that was far below the IC50 (113.65 g/mL) and at which quercetin failed to inhibit cell proliferation, inhibited cell migration (30%) and cell invasion as examined by wound scratch assay and transwell assay, respectively. We further showed that 10 g/mL quercetin inhibited cell migration and tube formation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells induced by the conditioned medium derived from U251 cell culture. The inhibitory effect of quercetin on migration and angiogenesis is possibly mediated through the downregulation of protein levels ofVEGFA, MMP9, and MMP2 as detected by Western blot. Our findings demonstrated that low concentration of quercetin antagonized glioblastoma cell invasion and angiogenesis in vitro.

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12:30

Refugees, Dreamers, and Sanctuary Cities "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell

When my paternal grandparents arrived at Ellis Island in the 1890s, from Ireland, they did not have to fit into any particular category of immigrant, as it was only in 1914 that nations started to require pass-ports. Before that, anyone could wash up on the shores of a foreign country. A refugee is one who enters the host country in a particular category, legally, often under the auspices of a charity group. (At present I am residing in a large apartment complex where the majority of residents are refugees.)

I notice that my fellow Americans seem to be unclear as to how they should regard immigrants nowadays. Should they welcome them with open arms? or criticize them for being a drag on the welfare budget? or fear them as people who may cause trouble?  This article aims to clarify just a bit of the recent talk about immigrants that is appearing in the news, specifically about DACA and sanctuary cities.

The DACA Program

A DACA immigrant is one who entered the US as a child and has only known the US as his or her home country. The acronym stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Deferred action as opposed to what?  As opposed to immediate deportation. Some of these persons are now in their thirties.

They arrive...

12:30

The Best Bad Guys Money Can Buy: Radical Islamic Terrorists "IndyWatch Feed National"

Radical Islamic Terrorists are everywhere, it seems. Theyre all over Syria and Iraq. Theyre in Libya and Nigeria too. 

They attacked the former Soviet Union from Afghanistan and modern day Russia from Chechnya. Weve seen them in the Philippines. They attacked an Australian cafe in Sydney, so we were told.

Recently theyve been in Myanmar (Burma). Theyve infiltrated Europe and are behind various attacks in London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, so we were told.

Theyre even in China (Uyghur/Xinjiang). And of course, they paid a grand visit to the US on 9/11 in 2001, right?

Youre told radical Islamic terrorists are the root of all evil in the world. But have you taken the time to peel back the layers? You may be surprised

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12:17

Are you Australias next Community Garden great? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Now here's an opportunity for your community garden being featured on the front cover of  your local phone book.

12:01

Strong and deep M6.4 earthquake hits Vanuatu "IndyWatch Feed National"

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Vanuatu at 20:09 UTC on September 20, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 200.2 km (125 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 204 km (126 miles). According to the USGS, the...... Read more

11:52

Disabled 8-Year-Old Put In Restraints, Forcibly Injected On First Day Of School "IndyWatch Feed National"

An 8-year-old school kid from Toronto was put into restraints and forcibly injected against his will, according a complaint by his mother.  Debbie Kiroff says she is looking for answers after she found out her [...]

11:51

Judge supports drink driving with get out of jail free card? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian 'authorities' (you know, the people actually in government and not the masses according to the Constitution) are full of sayings.

"Nothing to hide nothing to fear", right?
(Please note this does NOT apply to the people in government, as many of their documents are sealed never to be released to the public).

How about "Do the crime do the time"?

Unless you've been a 'free man' traveler in the Australian outback, where the mainstream media radio waves cannot reach your television or radio, you would know that the authorities advertise that drink driving is not acceptable behaviour.

Well one New South Wales 'judge' doesn't seem to think so.





Paul Conlon (pictured above) reckons that if you're a "person of good character", where you've been sentenced before to a 6 months prison term for drink driving, he will get you out of gaol (proper Australian term for "jail').

Apparently a Brazilian national Arthur Rohsig (pictured centre) was drink driving in Australia, where he accumulated 36 demerit points and his blew a breath test reading of 0.172.


The police have stated that he had no regard for Australian law and was a danger to himself and others, but (naturally) the police were unable to revoke his Brazilian licence.

As a result of his 'crime' he was sentenced in July to serve six months in the slammer but good ol' Paul Conlon got him out.

As a consolation prize though drink driver Arthur will be apparently deported.

So the message is loud and clear from (judge) Paul Conlon, if you want to drink drive and your a "person of good character" (whatever that means) he'll let you off the...

11:36

Pet chihuahua in Australia chews off owner's toes "IndyWatch Feed National"

A man has had to have his toe amputated after his hungry pet Chihuahua started eating it while he slept. Former AFL star Campbell Brown told the gruesome tale of his father-in-law Tom Johnson's ordeal with his dog Sable on SEN. The dog was hungry enough that two years ago it ate Mr Johnson's right big toe. "It's too good of a story not to give to the public domain," The former Hawthorn and Gold Coast star said. "My father-in-law Tom Johnson has got diabetes so he hasn't been able to feel his feet too well for many, many years. They just got cute pet Chihuahua called 'Sable' that sleeps on the end of the bed.

10:55

The Conflict of Congressional War Powers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The line drawn between Presidential and Congressional war authority

      When the US Constitution gives the rights of a power, theoretically, to two branches, where does the line get drawn? Within the Constitution, Congress is the only body that is given the clear ability to declare war, however, if the President is considered the Commander-in-Chief does he also hold this right? This is the foundation of the debate over Constitutional War powers, a debate of interpretation not fact, and is essential to the understanding of one way in which war works politically.

What exactly are the sides and why is it such an inconclusive issue?

 

      Ironically, the source of information for both sides of the argument is the Constitution, its merely the interpretation that differs. On one side, people believe that the President should have no power in declaring war, a right only specifically stated to be given to Congress, and that Commander-in-Chief is only applicable once in the war itself. On another, people believe that the President, as the Commander-in-Chief, withholds the right to declare war at any time and, with hi title, lead the armies during the war. While many people fall to either extreme and not a middling view, the agreement made was called a Resolution (as neither of the extreme sides agree with the outcome, they merely settled for the best they could get).

    

      The issue with this argument is that in no way can a law be set on something as immaterial as interpretation without some foundation of facts. The way in which we interpret words is not a valid way to decide what is and is not included in a document written over 200 years ago. As a result, this issue doesnt necessarily have a straight answer. While I personally believe in the idea that a President should be able to take charge and lead his military in a time it is needed without some sort of approval, I recognize the issue of a dictatorial rule using military if it would be unchecked. However it is equally reckless to say that any and all military actions, even in immediate threat, should be taken through bodies of government before the President has any authority. While neither extreme is perfect, the individual is given a chance to decide which of the t...

10:34

10:34

PERTH Its lucky you didnt kill someone: Ben Cousins slammed by judge after crashing into a truck while "IndyWatch Feed National"

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10:21

Media reforms to benefit major players "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rupert Murdoch is increasing his political-influence footprint in Australian. Photo supplied.

Rupert Murdoch is increasing his political-influence footprint in Australian. Photo supplied.

Veteran journalist Alex Mitchell has condemned the Turnbull governments new media legislation, saying it represented a sweeping victory for the major media owners.

Mitchell will be appearing at the September 27 Politics in the Pub event at the Mullum Court House with Walkley award winner Chris Graham, editor of New Matilda.

They will discuss the establishment and the role of the media.

Mitchell told The Echo, The big players have been given the ability to concentrate their ownership of newspapers, television and radio in the major metropolitan markets.

They have been lobbying for a multimedia monopoly for two decades and the Turnbull coalition has given it to them.

There will be scramble for major media assets in the next six months and I predict we will see single private owners controlling major media in our capital cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin and Canberra.

Fewer voices

When media plurality is diminished, and we have few voices, then it is clear that the rich and powerful steal an advantage, and accountability and transparency suffers.

Mitchell was scathingly critical of the concessions to Senate crossbenchers Nick Xenophon and Pauline Hanson. Spin doctors from the coalition and the major media are working overtime to convince people that the new legislation is fair and reasonable when in fact it strengthens private monopoly control.

The $60 million fund to support small publishers is loose change when compared to the billions of dollars that the private investors and hedge funds will make from concentrating media assets and future profits.

Good luck to the small publishers who apply for a Xenophon grant, but I bet most of them will be allocated to loyal proprietors in National Party territory.

As for the official inquiry into...

10:09

'Brains' of the plant world: Tree roots can probe hundreds of feet deep in search of water "IndyWatch Feed National"

Searching for water, some tree roots probe hundreds of feet deep and many trees send roots through cracks in rocks, according to a new study led by a Rutgers University-New Brunswick professor. Moreover, the depth of plant roots, which varies between species and soil conditions, will play a key role in plants' adaptation to climate change, said Ying Fan Reinfelder, a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Department of Environmental Sciences. "Charles Darwin once wrote, in effect, that the tips of plant roots are like the brains of plants," Reinfelder said. "Roots sense the environment. They sense the water, where there's more nutrients, and they go for these resources. Roots are the smartest part of the plant." Reinfelder and colleagues published their findings online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study demonstrated the relationship between plant roots and water availability. It shows, through observations and modeling, that soil hydrology is the key force driving local and global patterns of root depths.

10:09

Ongoing unrest affecting Porgera mine operations "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The National aka The Loggers Times | September 20, 2017

PORGERA mine operations have been disrupted by the ongoing unrest and roadblocks, according to mine operator Barrick Niugini Limited.

Executive managing director Richmond Fenn said it had significantly impacted communities and businesses in the district.

The unrest and violence we have seen in recent weeks, combined with frequent road closures on the Highlands Highway, not only impact operations at the Porgera mine, but also prevent the movement of people and goods to and from the region, Fenn said.

We hope that the situation improves soon, and we are working to assist the government and community leaders in bringing about lasting peace in the area.

The two-week closure of the Wabag-Porgera road was lifted yesterday but a truck belonging to iPi Transport was torched soon after.

iPi Transport general manager Maso Mangape told The National that the roadblock was set up by relatives of a boy alleged to have been killed by the security forces last month.

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10:07

Thorntons Sweet Country wins prizes at international film festivals "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABORIGINAL director Warwick Thornton and his film Sweet Country have had a major win at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada. It came just days after taking the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in Italy. Sweet Country was named as the Toronto Film Festivals Platform winner, a prize championing directors from around the world. The film is set in the Northern Territorys MacDonnell Ranges in the 1920s and stars Hamilton Morris as an Aboriginal stockman who kills a white station owner (played by Ewen Leslie) in self-defence. The cast also includes Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Natassia Gorey-Furber and Matt Day. Sweet Country was written by Alyawarra man David Tranter and Steven McGregor, who made the documentary Servant or Slave. It will premiere in Australia next month at the Adelaide Film Festival ahead of a planned national release next year.

10:06

No Cut To DSIP, PSIP "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Post- Courier 

 

September 21, 2017 

 

 There will be no cuts to province and district services (provincial services improvement program and district services improvement program) funds, says Prime Minister Peter ONeill.

 
He said in a statement yesterday that 2017 was almost over therefore Governors and Members of Parliament will receive only K2 million each, two months of their PSIP and DSIP funds this year.

 
Mr ONeill, who is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, expressed confidence that the Supplementary Budget will be tabled when Parliament meets, starting on Monday, September 26.

 
He said the supplementary budget was necessary to balance the budget due to the adjustments in revenue collection, and more importantly, to reprioritise expenditure to focus on the key development agenda.

 
The 2017 Budget plan was based on commodity prices for our exports together with revenue generation, the Prime Minister said.

 
We are still in a challenging global economic environment with a slow rebound in commodity prices, and this places pressure on expenditure.

 
We will continue to adjust and reprioritise expenditure to ensure that we protect and build on the gains we have achieved in the past five years in healthcare, education, infrastructure, law and order and empowerment of our people.

 
The continued investments in these areas is vital to our long-term development and improving the lives of our people.

 
The Prime Minister said the devolution of authority to provinces and districts continues to be a core priority for the National Government.

 
Our DSIPs and PSIPs are vital to achieving our development objective right around the country, he said.

 
For th...

09:42

"Questioned By Life..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

"It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life - daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual...

There is also purpose in life which is almost barren of both creation and enjoyment and which admits of but one possibility of high moral behavior: namely, in man's attitude to his existence, an existence restricted by external forces. When a man finds that it is his destiny to suffer, he will have to accept his suffering as his task. He will have to acknowledge the fact that even in suffering he is unique and alone in the universe. No one can relieve him of his suffering or suffer in his place. His unique opportunity lies in the way in which he bears his burden...

What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general, but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment...

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to...

09:31

PNG FACES A TOUGH ROAD AHEAD "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by PAUL FLANAGAN

The press release from the latest mission of the worlds International Monetary Fund (IMF) see here highlights the difficult road ahead for PNG in dealing with recent years of bad luck and economic mismanagement.

Challenges

On the fiscal front, the IMF considers that the government will fail in the Supplementary Budget to bring the 2017 budget deficit back to the target of 2.5% of GDP. Rather, it estimates the deficit will be a little over 3% so a gap of some K370 million relative to the 100-day target.

The goal to reduce the debt to GDP ratio back to the legislated level of 30% as part of the 2017 Supplementary Budget is also recognized as infeasible. Instead, the suggestion is a medium-term objective of moving to a balanced budget by 2020 (and GDP growth will work to reduce the ratio).

So the first two targets in new Treasurer Abels 100-day plan are likely to fail.

Expected growth is also wound back from the 2.7% estimate in 2017 down to 2.4%.

Positive processes

Despite these negatives, my overall reaction to the IMF report is a very positive one.

First, as the government would have had to approve the IMF post-mission press release, it indicates a very different attitude than the attempts to suppress the 2016 report see here and here.  PNGs behavior ten months ago placed PNG towards the bottom of all countries and ensured it had little chance of issuing a Sovereign Bond. The release is a very positive step towards transparency.

Second, the IMF Article IV report comes out at a very similar time to another report from an IMF tax reform mission. PNG appears to be engaging positively with the international community.

Third, indications are that the consultation process in these missions was positive and wide-ranging. There is feedback that Treasurer Abel also worked to ensure a very broad-based approach towards the preparation of the 100-day plan. Broad and constructive engagement makes for better...

09:21

Julie Bishop meets charming, delightful Ivanka "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (L) meeting with Ivanka Trump (R) at the United Nations, Thursday, September 21, 2017. (AAP Image/ Andrew Kelly/DFAT)

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (L) meeting with Ivanka Trump (R) at the United Nations, Thursday, September 21, 2017. (AAP Image/ Andrew Kelly/DFAT)

LOS ANGELES  [AAP]

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is becoming well acquainted with the Trump clan.

Ms Bishop, who is leading the Australian delegation at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull opted not to attend, has had multiple discussions with US President Donald Trump and sat down for a meeting with first daughter Ivanka Trump on Wednesday.

Ms Bishop also posted a photo on Twitter with herself, partner David Panton and Mr Trump and first lady Melania Trump together at a UN event.

The foreign minister and Ivanka Trump, who holds the official title of senior adviser to the president, originally met at the UN on Tuesday at events to combat human trafficking, forced labour and modern slavery. They then decided to follow up with a sit-down meeting on Wednesday to gauge if there were opportunities for Australia to partner with Ms Trump and her foundation.

Shes charming, delightful, very intelligent and a committed young woman and Im very pleased to get to know her and to be part of opportunities her foundation and the US administration more generally may have in working with Australia on these issues of ending modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking, but also more positive areas like promoting female entrepreneurship, Ms Bishop told reporters.

Ms Bishop will deliver Australias address to the UN General Assembly on Friday (Saturday 2am AEST).

The foreign minister said she spoke to Mr Trump at a UN luncheon in New York...

09:15

NSW to consider assisted dying laws "IndyWatch Feed National"

NSW Nationals MP Trevor Khan, who is introducing assisted dying legislation into the state parliament. Photo NSW Nationals

NSW Nationals MP Trevor Khan, who is introducing assisted dying legislation into the state parliament. Photo NSW Nationals

SYDNEY  [AAP]

Terminally ill NSW residents aged over 25 would be able to end their own lives with medical help under legislation bound for state parliament.

Nationals MP Trevor Khan is one of the key figures behind a cross-party voluntary assisted dying bill to be introduced on Thursday.

Mr Khans motivation is a personal one, having watched his father die after suffering a stroke.

I thought what he went through isnt necessarily what others should have to go through, Mr Khan told AAP on Wednesday.

A raft of safeguards have been added to the bill after a public consultation received 72 substantive submissions.

Some of those safeguards include an external assisted death panel to review all cases put forward, as well as the requirement of a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist to oversee the process to prevent elder abuse.

In the face-to-face forums we have held the primary concern received is that the bill doesnt go far enough, Mr Khan told AAP.

This is nothing like the European model, what we are proposing is much more conservative.

But its better to get 70 per cent of something than a mouthful of ashes.

Various state and national public polls reflect strong community support for an appropriate assisted dying bill but several key politicians will not support the legislation.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian continues to oppose the bill, describing voluntary euthanasia as a difficult issue.

I personally havent been able to bring myself around to supporting the bill, Ms Berejiklian told reporters on Wednesday.

Victorian MPs are also debating voluntary assisted dying legislation, which would apply to adults with a terminal illness and life expectancy of less than 12 months.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the legislation, introduced to the states parliament on Wednesday, contained strict and guidelines and strong p...

09:04

Video: People hitting the streets in Barcelona in support of Catalan independence "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Thousands of protesters are taking to the streets in Barcelona against the raid on Catalan officials and the repression by the Spanish state of a Catalan independence referendum. This is happening right now.

Video from  teleSUR English

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Catalans protest against Spanish repression of referendum

LIVE | Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Barcelona against the raid on Catalan officials and the repression by the Spanish state of a Catalan independence referendum.

Posted by teleSUR English on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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09:03

Powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake quake hits island in Vanuatu archipelago; 4th major quake in 24 hours "IndyWatch Feed National"

The US Geological Survey said it struck in the centre of Erromago An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale has struck off the Vanuatu archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. The US Geological Survey said it struck in the centre of Erromago, the fourth largest island, which has a population of just under 2,000 people. However, its depth of 124.4 miles would have dampened its effect, it said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake did not pose a tsunami threat Situated to the east of Australia, the island chain is in the so called "Ring of Fire", which is prone to earthquakes.

Powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake hits island in Vanuatu archipelago; 4th major quake in 24 hours "IndyWatch Feed National"

The US Geological Survey said it struck in the centre of Erromago An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale has struck off the Vanuatu archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. The US Geological Survey said it struck in the centre of Erromago, the fourth largest island, which has a population of just under 2,000 people. However, its depth of 124.4 miles would have dampened its effect, it said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake did not pose a tsunami threat Situated to the east of Australia, the island chain is in the so called "Ring of Fire", which is prone to earthquakes.

08:34

Prehistoric frog ate dinosaurs "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2014 video about Beelzebufo ampinga is called Prehistoric News : Devil Frog had Spikes and Armor.

From Sci-News.com:

Giant Prehistoric Frogs Ate Small Dinosaurs, Claim Scientists

Sep 20, 2017

Exceptionally large individuals of Beelzebufo ampinga, an extinct species of frog that lived in Madagascar during the Late Cretaceous epoch, about 68 million years ago, were capable of eating small dinosaurs, according to an international research team led by California State Polytechnic University scientists.

This conclusion comes from a study of the bite force of extant South American horned frogs (genus Ceratophrys).

Unlike the vast majority of frogs which have weak jaws and typically consume small prey, horned frogs ambush animals as large as themselves including other frogs, snakes, and rodents, explained co-author Dr. Marc Jones, from the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Museum.

And their powerful jaws play a critical role in grabbing and subduing the prey.

Dr. Jones and co-authors from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia found that small horned frogs, with head width of about 1.8 inches (4.5 cm), can bite with a f...

08:29

Inland Railway to be Built Across Queensland Floodplain Despite Warnings From Farmers and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Melbourne-to-Brisbane inland rail line will be built across the Condamine floodplain in Queensland, despite warnings from farmers that it could put lives at risk. (Image source: Wikipedia)

The Australian Rail and Track Corporation says the inland rail would be built on an embankment two metres higher than the existing line, which floodplain grain-growers Brett Kelly and Jason Mundt have criticised.

Mr Mundt says this higher embankment could see water back up for tens of kilometres in a big flood, endangering the lives of many.

Brisbane City Council Hopes ID Scanning Will Not Deter People From Major City Festival

The Brisbane City Council is hoping the states ID scanning laws wont deter thousands from Valley Festival in October.

08:26

To my friends in Australia: the vaccine war deepens "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Jon Rappoport

September 20, 2017

The string of abuses laid on citizens of Australia by their government grows almost week by week. Read More

08:25

Major Bank to Governments: Go on, Give us your Carbon Tax Money "IndyWatch Feed National"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Banks have become remarkably coy about demanding carbon tax cash, in return for support for climate investment, but at least one major bank wanted to make sure readers got the hint. Banking on climate change 19 Sep 2017 Andrew Cornell Leaving aside that the energy debate in Australia is almost

08:20

Really? Townsville's largest employer can't get an EBA (Enterprise Bargaining Agreement) passed and not a peep out of the local press. "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

James Cook Uni's EBA was voted down by JCU employees two days ago, and not a word from the Bulletin (maybe it was news on TV?). This is a big deal as it will effect the wages of those employees and how much they can, or can't, spend in the local economy. Can anyone from JCU elaborate?

Can't edit the title(?) but should have said "One of Townsville's largest employers..." Not the largest. Thanks Xedlar.

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07:34

Madrid raids Catalan government to stop independence referendum "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

In the lead up to the intended 1 October independence from Spain referendum  in Catalonia, police have raided the Catalan governments offices of the departments for Economic Affairs, Foreign Relations and the Presidency and arrested officials, including the junior economy minister, Josep Maria Jove.

The day before, a trove of documents were confiscated from the private delivery company Unipost in the Catalan city of Terrasa.

This followed last Fridays announcement by the Conservative Mariano Rahoy government in Madrid that it was taking over control of the Catalan governments finances, a move designed to hinder the carrying out of the referendum. It has also taken over the payment of public sector workers, effectively making them employees of the central government.

The Catalan government will lose funds to provide for such things as healthcare, education and public infrastructure.

In addition, the banks have been instructed to control all movements of cash in the accounts and credit cards of all Catalan leaders.

The pro-independence parties won the 2015 regional election and were able to form a coalition government between them, with 72 seats in the 135-seat parliament.

This government has accused Madrid of a totalitarian attitude and unlawful arrests and is challenging its actions in Spains Supreme Court, although the court has already announced that it would not intervene until it had made a ruling.

Catalonias pro-separatist government challenged Madrids actions in Spains Supreme Court, but a court spokeswoman said it was in force and would not be suspended while judges rule on its legality.

Despite the barriers set up, the Catalan government remains defiant and determined to press ahead with the referendum. At least 70 percent of the 7.5 million people living in Catalonia behind this.

For Madrid, the move looks like desperation and it will have repercussions, not only in Catalonia, but in the other regions also seeking their independence. It will also impact across a Spain, where much of the population has turned away from the traditional political parties and politicians and demand a new course for the country.

 

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07:22

Big Corps Selling Lower Quality Foods To Poorer East EU Nations "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Heather CallaghanEditor

A Slovenian and an Australian sip a Coca-Cola at the same time, although worlds apart. The latter enjoys a typical formula. But the formers is exploding with elevated sugar content and fructo-glucose. The Coke in Prague might dance a more muted jig on the taste buds than the one in London. What happened?

People have suspected double standards on the part of Big Food corporations and their goods in different countries for decades now. Turns out, they were on to something.

Vra Jourov, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, stated that multinational food companies are selling vastly different products to different countries, but use identical branding on their packaging.

She says that many foods sold in Eastern Europe by Western multinational corporations are significantly inferior to the same brands product sold in Western Europe.

She voiced the exasperation of the Eastern European people who feel the need to buy things abroad in order to have fish fingers that will contain fish meat, or orange juice that will contain oranges.

The frustration is growing and we should do something against it, she told The Guardian.

However, aside from the Coca-Cola, Sput...

07:21

Half of All Men Cant Answer this Insanely Basic Question About Womens Anatomy, According to Survey "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article is shared with permission from our friends at IFL Science. A new poll from The Eve Appeal, a cancer research charity, has revealed that 50 percent of men are unable to point to the vagina on a diagram. The survey of 1,000 men came out just before Septembers Gynaecological Cancer Awareness...

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07:17

Vanuatu Government MPs defect to Opposition "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Vanuatu Government MPs Ephraim Kalsakau and Fred Tasso of the Workers Party for Vanuatu Development, have defected to the Opposition group.

The Deputy and Acting Leader of the Opposition bloc, Fred Tasso, told the Daily Post they decided to leave the Government because of alleged broken promises.

He claimed Prime Minister Charlot Salwai had promised to allocate a position of Parliamentary Secretary (PS) for Labour to them three times, but this has never eventuated.

He said they have vast experience to deal with labour matters which have become insurmountable and need political will to deal with these labor issues in the country.

MP Tasso said another reason is that they do not want to be part of any attempt to increase MP salaries, while the ordinary citizens of the country struggle to make ends meet.

According to a press release by the Opposition bloc to the local media Tuesday, the two MPs defected to the Opposition because of the alleged overspending of unbudgeted funds to unproductive means solely for the unity of the government coalition and the failure of the Prime Minister in managing the overall functions of the government. In addition there have been continued discontent within government backbenchers.

The two MPs also opposed the signing of the PACER Plus trade agreement, which they say was signed prematurely and without sufficient consultation.

MP Tasso also explained that on July 30, 2017, the name U-Bloc was changed to Workers Party for Vanuatu Development.

The Opposition bloc now commands 10 Members.

In response to the decision of the two MPs to return to the Opposition, the Government Public Relations Officer (PRO), Hilaire Bule said their move is their democratic right.

He went on to stress that the two MPs joined the Government on their own accord and not at the request of the Charlot Salwais Government.

When they performed a customary ceremony to the Prime Minister, they told him that they came with no conditions but to support a stable government and because being with the Opposition does not allow them to implement their policies objectives, said Bule.

The reason for their move back to the Opposition is totally unfounded and untrue.

They may have an agenda which they did not want to disclose to the public but otherwise the Charlot Salwai government...

07:16

'City'-like area constructed by octopuses discovered in Australian bay "IndyWatch Feed National"

The discovery of an underwater city built by octopuses, dubbed Octlantis, has led researchers to conclude the mysterious mollusks aren't the loners we thought they were. Octopuses have long been thought solitary creatures, with mating typically the only meeting between the two sexes. The creatures always go their separate ways afterward. However in Jervis Bay, off the coast of New South Wales, Australia, researchers recently discovered a 'city' built by octopuses on rocky outcrops using piles of old shells.

06:47

Mother Demands Answers After Son, 8, Put in Restraints and Injected on First Day of School "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Toronto-area mother is searching for answers after she says her son was taken to a hospital alone in the back of a police car, placed in restraints and injected with a sedative because he was acting out on the first day of school.

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06:47

7 Ways to Take Care of Yourself When You Are in A Dysfunctional Relationship "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dysfunctional relationships can make life a lot more difficult than it has to be. In the modern day society, we are forced to have many different relationships through work, school, and our personal lives!

Society has forced us antisocial introverts into forming relationships and dealing with other people on the regular. Typically when one hears of a dysfunctional relationship they are thinking of an intimate one or with family members. However, dysfunctional relationships can take on many forms! You know that coworker that is always giving you hell for no reason? Exactly. We all know life would be easier without them in our ear, but we dont really get to pick and choose everyone we have in our lives. However, there are many different tips on managing a dysfunctional relationship.

1. Dont Enable Them

One of the easiest ways to take back control of a dysfunctional relationship is by not enabling them. If you have an alcoholic family member that is causing you grief it would be a much better idea not to leave your wine out in front of them. If a boss is always picking on you then assess the issues of your own job description and nothing more.

2. Try to Understand

Everything we do is a chain reaction from a reaction we had to something else. Everyone does everything for a reason, even if they arent positive things. If you have a dysfunctional relationship with someone try to tap into their own issues. Figure out what is provoking your boss to pick on you.

3. Dont Feed It

When that person starts doing acts that cause even more tension between the two of you simply refuse to feed into it. When they start bickering at you do not bicker back. Two wrongs dont make a right.

4. Be Realistic

When dealing with an extremely stressful dysfunctional relationship your brain will start to try and find possible solutions. It looks for any possible outcome to escape the grief of the relationship. Dont let yourself make answers and solutions for the other person. Dont expect them to automatically change. This mindset will cause you to become confused.

5. Empathize

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06:39

Dont go to work if you are sick "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Glen

Access to Sick leave as part of your employment, is something every Australian worker should be entitled to.

Yet many of us dont take our sickies. Is it because were pressured by the employer to turn up to work regardless of how whether we feel well or not?

Many years ago, Egyptian workers building pyramids for their pharaohs were entitled to sick leave. Somehow over the lengthy passage of time, sick leave for workers disappeared.

Paid sick leave is not something Australian workers have always had. At the turn of the twentieth century, access to sick leave was contained under common law, making it a difficult area for workers to obtain their rights.

The effort put in by workers and their unions, began making inroads into this area. In Australia paid sick leave was introduced back in 1907, when the Shearers Award allowed a shearer to take a sick day if he was unwell.

In 1922 the Engineers Award had a sick leave provision included allowing up to a weeks sick leave. By the end of the 1920s sick leave provisions appeared in most Awards. In the next fifty years Australian workers became entitled to 10 or so sick days per year.

As the gains of previous generations are being taken from us, new challenges arise.

A problem now prevalent is called presenteeism, with many workers going to work even though they are unwell. Often sick workers attend work, spreading germs amongst their colleagues.

Youll often hear the boss whingeing how much your sickie costs them, but do they tell you the cost of presenteeism?

In 2014, it has been estimated, presenteeism cost Australian businesses $24. It seems the bosses are so blinkered, they dont even acknowledge it costs them more to have a sick worker on site!

Work can make you sick. Sick leave is yours. Take it.

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06:30

PNG faces a tough road ahead but positives are emerging "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PaulPAUL FLANAGAN | PNG Economics

You can read Pauls complete article together with links here

CANBERRA - The press release from the latest mission of the worlds International Monetary Fund highlights the difficult road ahead for Papua New Guinea in dealing with recent years of bad luck and economic mismanagement.

On the fiscal front, the IMF considers that the PNG government will fail in the supplementary budget to bring the 2017 budget deficit back to the target of 2.5% of GDP. Rather, it estimates the deficit will be a little over 3% so a gap of some K370 million relative to the 100 day plan target.

The goal to reduce the debt to GDP ratio back to the legislated level of 30% as part of the 2017 supplementary budget is also recognised as infeasible. Instead, the suggestion is a medium-term objective of moving to a balanced budget by 2020 (and GDP growth will work to reduce the ratio).

So the first two targets in new Treasurer Abels 100 day plan are likely to fail.

Expected growth is also wound back from the 2.7% estimate in 2017 down to 2.4%.

Despite these negatives, my overall reaction to the IMF report is a very positive one.

First, as the government would have had to approve the IMF post-mission press release, it indicates a very different attitude than the attempts to suppress the 2016 report.

PNGs behaviour ten months ago placed it towards the bottom of all countries and ensured it had little chance of issuing a sovereign bond. The release is a very positive step towards transparency.

Second, the IMF Article IV report comes out at a very similar time to another report from an IMF tax reform mission. PNG appears to be engaging positively with the international community.

Third, indications are that the consultation process in these missions were positive and wide-ranging.

There is feedback that Treasurer Abel also worked to ensure a very broad-based approach towards the preparation of the 100 day plan. Broad and constructive engagement makes for better decision-making.

The IMF report highlights the tough road ahead for PNG to start crawling back up from its slippery slope of economic mismanagement in recent years.

On...

06:24

Brian Houston of Hillsongs sisters Beverly Houston and Maureen Bradshaw comment on my blog-site "IndyWatch Feed National"

The writer Donald Elley

The writer Donald Elley

 

The following comments were made by Beverly Houston and Maureen Bradshaw, Pastor Frank Houston the founder of Hillsongs older daughters, on this blog site on 18 and 19 September 2014.

These comments were made just prior to Brian Houston and other Hillsong and Australian Christian Churches (ACC) leaders appearing at the Royal Commission into Institutional Respines to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney Australia in October 2014.

The Australian Christian Churches (ACC) was called the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) until 2007, when Brian Houston renamed and reincorporated it. The Royal Commission accused Brian of doing this to try to evade paying any compensation to the boy sex abuse victims of his father Frank Houston, the lifelong secret pedophile founder of Hillsong.

 

Maureen Bradshaws comment on 18 September 2014 about my article, Pastor Frank Houston. part 1. Franks Houston...

06:14

Australia has just had the driest winter ever "IndyWatch Feed National"

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In Australia, we have just experienced warmest winter on record, with average maximum temperatures reaching nearly 2C above average. Rainfall has also been very low. Who can now deny our weather is changing?

This record-breaking winter heat has set the scene for a dangerous bushfire season, which is starting earlier than normal in many parts of the nation.

Extreme weather is occurring and creating havoc around the world, including huge cyclones hitting the Caribbean and United states and South Asia. Millions of people have being displaced and it is only going to get worse.

Its not only this year. Everybody knows that the weather patterns have been different in every part of Australia for over 10 years.

One of the great wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef is dying, as the temperature of the ocean begins to rise.

Even in the face of this. Our reliance on burning up fossil fuels and sending greenhouse gases into the air continues. Many people are campaigning for change. Unfortunately, our government is not listening and continues to bow down before the fossil fuel industry.

The question is, when will we no longer be able to grow enough food to feed ourselves, if we continue the same course? This is already a dry land. Crops depend on water.

Australia is already the land of bushfires and as these become more frequent and severe, people are put at risk, as well as our native animals and plants.

It is time Australia did much more about it. If our politicians continue to drag their feet over this, they deserve the boot. We are the ones who must do it.

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05:30

Govt's removal of powers creates ICAC toothless monster "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

CorruptionEDDIE TANAGO | Act Now!

PORT MORESBY - The Papua New Guinea government has amended draft legislation for an Independent Commission Against Corruption to remove some of its most critical powers, opening the doors to political interference.

The government is watering down the powers of the ICAC and will be creating exactly the kind of 'toothless monster' the secretary for justice has written about.

The government changes were announced at a UPNG Seminar last week by Minister for Justice Davis Stevens.

He said the government has removed ICACs powers of arrest and prosecution and placed the prime minister in charge of the appointments process for commissioners.

Act Now! has been leading a campaign for ICAC to be established within the governments first 100 days and has collected more than 2,000 signatures on its petition, but we are dismayed at the governments changes.

Denying ICAC full powers of arrest and prosecution means it will not be able to act independently and effectively to investigate, prosecute and ensure those guilty of corruption are punished.

Instead ICAC investigators will be dependent on other agencies like the police and public prosecutor to ensure their findings are acted upon.

This has been one of the weaknesses in the existing anti-corruption bodies as police and public prosecutor are already overwhelmed, under resourced and subject to political interference.

Over the past 20 years there have been numerous commissions of inquiry that have recommended dozens of prosecutions for misusing and stealing public funds, but time and again the police and public prosecutor have failed to follow up. The new ICAC should not be adopting this failed system.

The governments proposed ICAC will be as toothless as the commissions of inquiry it is supposed to improve on.

It is essential that ICAC is fully independent of other government agencies and fully funded to investigate, charge and prosecute those accused of corruption.

Act Now! is also critical of the governments failure to publish a full copy of the draft legislation and its intention to put the prime minister in charge of the panel appointing the commissioners.

The government talks about transparency and an independent commission, but it is hiding the amended draft legislation and w...

05:24

Why didn't Florida's power company do more to prepare for Irma? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Four days after Irma, millions of Floridians are still stuck without power in the sweltering summer heat. Those outages have now killed eight elderly people trapped in a Hollywood nursing home without air conditioning, due to circumstances that FPL was warned about at least two days before the tragedy. Many of those powerless residents are now asking hard questions of the area's power monopoly, which has spent millions of dollars fighting policies that would have strengthened the grid in the event of a major storm like Irma and, more broadly, stemmed the carbon-fueled climate change likely fueling monster storms. "I am one of the many that has now been without power for more than two days as a result of Hurricane Irma," Elise McKenna, a West Palm Beach resident, told New Times via email. "My confusion came when so many of us lost power during the early hours of the storm that basically avoided us. We've been told time and time again that rate increases were to help prepare us for future storms." McKenna is far from alone. FPL's workers on the ground seem to be doing all they can to fix downed lines and restore power to homes, and they deserve huge credit for working around the clock in awful conditions. But the company's corporate and government-relations wings have serious questions to answer this week after quashing regulations that could have made the energy grid stronger at a slight expense to FPL's billion-dollar bottom line.

05:06

How Graham-Cassidys Funding Formula Gives Washington Unprecedented Power "IndyWatch Feed National"

The past several days have seen competing analyses over the block-grant funding formula proposed in health-care legislation by Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA). The bills sponsors have one set of spreadsheets showing the potential allocation of funds to states under their plan, the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has another, and consultants at Avalere (funded in this case by the liberal Center for American Progress) have a third analysis quantifying which states would gain or lose under the bills funding formula.

So whos right? Which states will end up the proverbial winners and losers under the Graham-Cassidy bill? The answer is simple: Nope.

Policy-makers arguing over minute intricacies of the funding formula miss the fact that the bill gives the executive virtually unlimited discretion to change that funding formula. Whether the statutory formula benefits a given state could well matter less than what federal bureaucrats want to do to tilt the formula in favor of, or against, that state.

While the bills proponents claim the legislation will increase state authority, in reality the bill gives unelected bureaucrats the power to distribute nearly $1.2 trillion in taxpayer dollars unilaterally. In so doing, the bill concentrates rather than diminishes Washingtons powerand could set the course for the mother of all backroom deals to pass the legislation.

A Complicated Spending Formula

To start with, the bill repeals Obamacares Medicaid expansion and exchange subsidies, effective in January 2020. It then replaces those two programs with a block grant totaling $1.176 trillion from 2020 through 2026. All else equal, this set of actions would disadvantage states that expanded Medicaid, because the Medicaid expansion money currently being received by 31 states (plus the District of Columbia) would be re-distributed among all 50 states.

From there the formula gets more complicated. (You can read the sponsors description of it here.) The bill attempts to equalize per-person funding among all states by 2026, with funds tied to a states number of individuals with incomes between 50 percent and 138 percent of the poverty level.

The bill would adjust the funding formula to reflect both risk adjustment and actuarial valuein laymens terms, it would work to ensure tha...

04:40

Experts Say People Who Talk to Themselves Arent Weird They Are Actually Smarter! "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is a stigma in todays society that suggests that talking to oneself is actually a sign of mental instability. The action is often portrayed in movies and television as the act of a serial killer or psychopath, someone who is ultimately dangerous, unstable and should be locked up for the safety of all those around them. New research suggests, however, that this couldnt be further from the truth.

Lets start by admitting it we have all talked to ourselves at one time or another. It could be in the process of completing a DIY project, walking through the steps that need to be completed or simply expressing frustration out loud when things in life appear to be going a little off from what we were hoping.

Daniel Swingley at the University of Wisconsin and Gary Lupyan at the University of Pennsylvania set out to better understand this habit and the implications that it has on our mental state in a recent study. The two asked participants to identify a number of familiar objects in illustrations, including items like a balloon, a guitar, and a purse. The first time through the exercise the instructors were delivered as a written message, asking them to locate an object while they were timed. The second time they were asked to repeat the item that they were searching for over and over out loud as they were looking.

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The results provided insight into the way that talking to ourselves can actually improve upon our overall mental performance. In the study, the authors wrote, speaking the name of the target immediately prior to the search display made search significant faster and more accurate.

They then took this information and decided to further test their theory, sending the participants to the grocery store in search of specific items. This second leg of the study turned up the same results, with the participants finding the item that they seek faster and more accurately when they were repeating the item out loud to themselves while browsing the aisles of the store.

Experts speculate that this experience occurs due to the fact that speaking to ourselves allows us to view the situation objectively. We are stepping outside of the situation and removing the distractions that would normally hinder our ability to think through our actions. Ethan Kross, a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan explains, Language provides us with this tool to gain distance from our own experiences...

04:33

The Demise of Civic Journalism: The Xenophon-Turnbull Deal "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was never spectacular, but the Australian media scape is set to become duller, more contained, and more controlled with changes to the Broadcasting Services Act.  In an environment strewn with the corpses of papers and outlets strapped for cash, calls for reforming the media market have been heard across the spectrum.

The foggy deception being perpetrated by the Turnbull government, assisted by the calculating antics of South Australian senator Nick Xenophon, is that diversity will be shored up by such measures as the $60 million innovation fund for small publishers while scrapping the so-called two-out-of-three rule for TV, radio and press ownership. Such dissembling language is straight out of the spin doctors covert manual: place innovation in the title, and you might get across the message.

As Chris Graham of New Matilda scornfully put it, The Turnbull government is going to spend $60 million of your taxes buying a Senators vote to pass bad legislation designed to advantage some of the most powerful media corporations in the world.

Paul Budde of Independent Australia was similarly excoriating. To increase power of the incumbent players through media reforms might not necessarily have an enormous effect on the everyday media diversity, but it will allow organisations such as the Murdoch press to wield even greater power over Australian politics than is already the case.

As the statement from Senator Xenophons site reads, Grants would be allocated, for example, to programs and initiatives such as the purchasing or upgrading of equipment and software, development of apps, business activities to drive revenue and readership, and training, all of which will assist in extending civic and regional journalism. The communications minister Mitch Fifield went so far as to deem the fund a shot in the arm for media organisations, granting them a fighting chance.

The aim here, claims the good senator, is to throw down the gauntlet to the revenue pinchers such as Facebook and Google while generating a decent number of recruits through journalism cadet-ships.  Google, claimed Xenophon in August, are hoovering up billions of dollars or revenue along with Facebook and that is killing media in this country....

04:30

Human rights abuses needs national & community approach "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

DespairSYDNEY NAM | The Borgen Project | Edited extracts

SEATTLE - While Papua New Guinea has enjoyed the benefits of economic improvement due to extractive industries, more than 40% of its population of more than seven million live in poverty.

The state of human rights in PNG is severely lacking and includes government corruption, abuse of female rights, inhumane conditions for asylum seekers, police brutality, lack of minority rights and prosecution for sexual orientation and gender identity,.

Police abuse is rampant. Between 2007 and 2014, a total of 1,600 complaints regarding police brutality were logged by the internal affairs directorate. The government has yet to release how many of these cases resulted in judicial proceedings.

Since 2014, the anti-corruption directorate has held a warrant for the arrest of prime minister ONeill, but a court order still prevents the police from arresting him. As a result, in June 2016, police shot at University of Papua New Guinea students for peacefully protesting government corruption. Over 30 people were injured.

The United Nations has not overlooked such violations of human rights. In May 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council released a 687-page report critical of PNGs government and its authoritarian actions.

Police aggression and abuse have also been highly gendered, with PNG remaining one of the worst countries in the world for its rates of family and sexual violence. The normalisation of these actions has prevented aggressive prosecution of perpetrators or prosecution of these men by police.

The government has failed to rally legislative or judicial action against gender-based corruption and coercion. Violent groups of people have attacked individuals for alleged acts of witchcraft. The severe violation of human rights in PNG requires serious action but proves difficult because of cultural complexities.

Undoubtedly, there is no simple solution to changing dysfunctional cultural and national norms. The approach towards fighting against governmental corruption and gender-based violence, among many other human rights issues, requires national and community-level strategies.

04:26

President Trump and the Geopolitical World Order: East Asia "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

What remains of the Asia Pivot?

President Obamas defining policy sought to open markets via the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and park a large portion of the US Navy in Chinas backyard. The idea was to pull Asian economies toward the United States, away from China, and to build US force projection capabilities, thus assuring allies in the region that US power was in East Asia for the long run.

Fast-forward to the Trump administration and we see a very different situation: mercantilism is on the rise, allies and would-be allies like South Korea, Australia, the Philippines, and Vietnam are striking out on their own with more independent foreign policies, and US military power is being openly challenged by North Korea and, to a lesser extent, by China in the South China Sea.

Much of the geopolitical groundwork predates President Trump, so its unfair to the blame at his doorstep. Yet Trumps governing philosophy will only accelerate these trends going forward.

Is the era of US primacy in East Asia drawing to a close? And if so, what comes next?

 

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03:15

Homeless Man Finds 40K, Youll Never Guess What He Does With It "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you came across a backpack stuffed with $40,000, what would you do with it? For Glen James, a homeless man in Boston, the answer was simple. James is a resident of a Boston-area homeless shelter. On Saturday, Sept. 4, under the canopy at the T.J. Maxx store in the nearby town of Dorchester, James []

03:15

Whens The Best Age To Get Married, According To Science? "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you ask friends, family, or a random stranger when the best time to get married is, youll get a range of answers, ranging from right now to never. Really, if marriage is on the mind, you should get it done whenever you and your partner want but what does science have to say []

03:10

Lee Harvey Oswald CIA Files, Ordered For Oct Release, Gone Missing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some things never change. Just as concerned citizens searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, believe they are getting closer to the truth, the lawless [...]

01:35

Australia's Securities Watchdog Might Run Its Own Blockchain Nodes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's securities markets regulator is weighing the use of blockchain as part of broader data strategy.

01:27

Right Now as ever "IndyWatch Feed National"

Join Adrian, Paul and Happy for 2hrs of relief from the non stop madness. We are joined by Australian author Oli Doyle you can find his work on I tunes as pod casts The truth can be painful make this you Wednesday relief website: www.olidoyle.com

00:51

FBI Seeks to Question A Minor in Western North Carolina "IndyWatch Feed National"

from Its Going Down

On September 8, 2017, an FBI agent attempted to visit a comrade in western North Carolina. They visited a house, and the person there stepped outside to talk to the agent, who repeatedly asked if the comrade in question lived there. The person at the house did not engage with those questions, and instead insisted on a card from the agent that a lawyer could call later. The agent said it was regarding a case being handled by another office.

This comes at a time when anarchists have been standing up to a grand jury and other FBI harassment across the state of North Carolina. The person who the FBI agent was seeking secured legal representation. On September 13, 2017, their lawyer called a number the agent wrote down, and the FBI specified that they were actually looking to speak with the persons child, a minor. The FBI said that they were seeking the original person because a legal guardian had to be present for the agent to talk to the minor. During that call the agent stated she wanted to ask about graffiti on a car related to a case being investigated by the FBI Field Office in Raleigh, NC. The minor in question has now secured legal representation. Nobody above is speaking to the FBI.

We cannot just hope that harassment like this stops. Get educated on how to protect yourself if the FBI shows up. If you are approached by the FBI, refuse to answer their questions. Know your rights! Please read If An Agent Knocks for more information. We cannot let them intimidate us and raise fear and distrust.

If An Agent Knocks: https://ccrjustice.org/if-agent-knocks-booklet

[Earth First! Newswire editors note: The FBI appears to have taken a special interest in North Carolina activists lately. See this article and the articles it links to for more information.]

00:50

AUDIO TRIBUTE: Remembering Syrian Victims of U.S. Coalition Massacre at Deir Ezzor "IndyWatch Feed National"

On September 17, 2016, the US-led Coalition launched a brutal sneak attack which slaughtered some 80 plus Syrian soldiers on the ground who were fighting ISIS near the city of Deir Ezzor.

In one of the biggest diplomatic failures of all-time, a cowardly US US Secretary of State John Kerry rendered no explanation as to the sustained attack by US and Australian aircraft. However, the motive was clear: as it turns out, the US strike helped ISIS advance against the Syrian Army and hold territory for the next 12 months, until the terrorist cohort was finally dislodged by Syria and Russia last week. According Syrian and Russian officials reporting at the time, Straight after the coalitions strikes, IS militants launched an offensive, adding that fierce fighting against the terrorists ensued nearby.

If these strikes were due to an error in the target coordinates, that would be a direct consequence of the US refusal to coordinate with Russia its fight against the terrorist groups in Syria, said the Russian military at the time.

Listen to this moving audio tribute which was broadcast LIVE during Episode #202 of the SUNDAY WIRE radio show. This memorable clip includes testimonials from Syrians as well supporters of note from Lebanon, Europe and Australia:

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00:43

Melbourne: Rival groups face off as police test new anti-mask laws "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hundreds of opposing protesters have been kept apart in central Melbourne as police test new powers to prevent violence by masked offenders. Right-wing Jewish activist Avi Yemini attracted about 50 people for a Make Victoria Safe rally outside Victoria's Parliament, while at least three times that number gathered opposite a police barrier. Police arrested at least one person from each opposing group, and one protester taking part in the "anti-racism" march was taken away for wearing a mask. The two groups used loud speakers and chanting in a futile effort to drown each other out. Mr Yemini said his protest was rallying against violent crime.

00:38

Equal Love 4 All "IndyWatch Feed National"

Theres a lot of talk about equality lately, in Australia the same sex marriage postal plebiscite vote survey is causing a lot of discussion hate speech and harm to LGBTIQA+ people.

This really is turning into a survey on acceptance not just marriage. And will having same sex marriage mean all LGBTIQA+ people reap the benefit? We speak to Nick a genderqueer activist from occupied Wurundjeri land, so-called Melbourne. (41mins in)

Also Peter K our ephemeral anarchist commentator gives a talk on a number of current issues which involve equality. (5 mins)

And who are Chumbawamba and what are they all about?

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00:18

The Demise of Civic Journalism: Australias Xenophon-Turnbull Deal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Featured image: Senator Nick Xenophon (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

It was never spectacular, but the Australian media scape is set to become duller, more contained, and more controlled with changes to the Broadcasting Services Act.  In an environment strewn with

00:16

La La Land: Morgan Freeman and Hollywood demand that Trump 'tell us the truth' about "Russian election interference" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Veteran actor Morgan Freeman appeared in a political video published Monday, in which he demanded President Donald Trump speak directly to the American people about the extent of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. While insisting that the Kremlin's election interference is "no movie script," Morgan said, "we need our president to speak directly to us and tell us the truth." Comment: Trump already did tell the truth. That Morgan Freeman and many others don't accept the answer is the problem. They can't help but continue to hate on Trump (and Russia) and believe the lies told to them by the incredibly propagandistic and deceptive US media. "We need him to sit behind the desk in the Oval Office and say, 'My fellow Americans. During this past election, we cam under attack by the Russian government," Freeman demands Trump to say, adding, 'I've called on Congress and out intelligence community to use every resource available to conduct a thorough investigation to determine exactly how this happened.'"

00:05

To my friends in Australia: the vaccine war deepens "IndyWatch Feed National"

To my friends in Australia: the vaccine war deepens

by Jon Rappoport

September 20, 2017

The string of abuses laid on citizens of Australia by their government grows almost week by week.

Now, parental rights to raise children, without interference from the State, is under a new form of attack. This must be resisted.

Schools are bringing doctors on board, as a permanent feature. Young children will be subjected to medical diagnoses and treatment, without consent or approval from parents, even if those parents actively object. The State is stealing the role of guardian.

The Herald Sun reports. Read carefully:

DOCTORS will have the power to treat students as young as 12 in schools even if parents refuse their consent.

GPs will consult at 100 Victoria high schools for up to one day a week as part of a $43.8 million program.

Guidelines released on Thursday show that even if a parent expressly states that a doctor should not [examine] their child, the GP can if they deem the teen mature enough.

Any student who wants to see the GP will be permitted to make an appointment, the policy said.

The GP will decide if the young person is mature enough to provide consent to any medical treatment for the prevailing issue.

A young child giving consent? This is supposed to be informed consent when facing off with an adult doctor?

The handwriting is on the wall. Multiple vaccines will be given, to bring children up to State standards. This whole operation is, in fact, a front for forced vaccination. Thats the goal.

But it doesnt stop there. The covert plan will eventually, if not sooner, include psychiatric diagnoses of so-called mental disorders. ADHD, clinical depression, bipolar, and so on. Followed by toxic drugs. Ritalin, Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Lithium. Its a parade of toxicity.

I have demonstrated, over and over, that NONE of these so-called mental disorders are based on diagnostic lab tests. Theyre pseudoscience.

I would be quite willing to show this and debate this with any Australian doctor or bureaucrat. Head to head, live on Skype.

Is that a challenge? You bet.

The whole medical takeover of parental roles in Australia is on the move. This is naked State force. Nothing less.

Doctors in schools is a wedge, a first step in the door, a first boot on the face.

The propaganda is: We doctors know best. We have the science. Parents are ignorant. We must prot...

Wednesday, 20 September

23:53

Bega Valley: Fluoridation vote deferred as opponents make fresh plea "IndyWatch Feed National"

Council has chosen to defer the vote on whether to fluoridate its water supplies after hearing passionate presentations supported by community members in the gallery at the council meeting Wednesday.

All presentations referenced the possibility of council referring the decision to NSW Health with speakers reminding council that it should be councillors own decision.

It was a point not lost on councillor Russell Fitzpatrick who said he felt no obligation to transfer the matter to NSW Health.

I totally agree its a decision of this council. No way should there be an abrogation of our authority on this matter, Cr Fitzpatrick said to applause from the floor.

Director transport and utilities Terry Dodd mentioned the voluminous nature of material presented.

Given the number of comments it would be unreasonable to try and digest these today, Mr Dodds said and asked for time to review them before the matter came back to council.

There are four water supply systems in the Bega Valley Shire, Tantawanglo-Kiah, Brogo-Bermagui, Bemboka and Bega-Tathra. Fluoride has been added to the Bega-Tathra water supply system since 1963 and council has looked at adding fluoride to the Tantawanglo-Kiah and Brogo-Bermagui water supplies.

The fluoridation question has been the source of much concern by the community and there has been a concerted effort by anti-fluoride campaigners during the public submission period. Council received a total of 332 valid submissions and of these 86 per cent were against fluoridation. This represents about one per cent of the 29,000 people, to whom council supplies water.

The 14 per cent that supported fluoridation mostly cited dental health benefits. Submissions against fluoridation cited a number of reasons including fluoride being toxic, being against mass medication, being against forced medication, not believing that fluoride reduces tooth decay and not wanting chemicals added to drinking water.

*Original article online at http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/4938047/fluoridation-vote-deferred-as-opponents-make-fresh-plea/?cs=509

23:21

Australia Ends Double Taxation of Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bitcoin and other cryptos are no longer double taxed in Australia

23:00

What Amit Shahs Testimony in the Maya Kodnani Trial Means "IndyWatch Feed National"

Manoj Mitta, author of The Fiction of Fact-finding: Modi and Godhra, and Siddharth Varadarajan discuss Amit Shahs testimony in defence of Maya Kodnani, and the 2002 riots.

Siddharth Vardarajan: Welcome to this Facebook live video at The Wire with Manoj Mitta, author of The Fiction of Fact-finding: Modi and Godhra. Mittas is arguably one of the most comprehensive books to emerge out of the 2002 Gujarat massacre. It is unique because it comes at the end of the process of investigation and prosecution and is essentially a critique of the special investigative teams efforts in probing the Gujarat violence in general, and in particular the manner in which it discharged its duty on the task of ascertaining whether the then chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, along with 60 plus other political and state officials, had a case to answer for when it came to their alleged complicity in the 2002 violence.

The immediate peg for our discussion is the testimony that Amit Shah, the BJP president, gave on September 18 in the trial court for the Naroda Gam massacre case. This was testimony he was asked to give as a defence witness for Maya Kodnani who, at the time of 2002 massacre, was simply a BJP leader. She was elevated to cabinet by Narendra Modi in 2007. Even though there were allegations in the previous five years of her involvement in the Naroda Patiya massacre for which she has since been convicted and Naroda Gam, Modi took her in and she resigned only after she was convicted by the trial court in the Naroda Patiya massacre for playing a central role in directing the mobs and being part of the conspiracy to massacre over 90 people. She was sent to jail and she is out on bail right now. The issue at hand is her alleged involvement in the Naroda Gam case. She had earlier complained to the court that she had been unable to reach Amit Shah, and finally Shah was summoned and then he appeared. There he corroborated her claim, that at two moments in the morning, around 8 to half past 8 and at 11 am, Amit Shah corroborated her claim that she was in the first instance in the assembly building and in the second instance in the hospital with her. Some eyewitnesses say she was at Naroda Gam around those times. So Manoj, start by giving us your assessment  about the significance of Shahs testimony in the context of what she has been saying and in the context of the Naroda Gam case itself.

Manoj Mitta: As you said this is something that happened rather belatedly and since it is in the run up to the Gujarat elections, it has raised eyebrows. It trigg...

22:12

Donald Trump took aim at North Korea, terrorism, China and Iran in blunt United Nations speech "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Zoe Daniel  Analysis
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The United Nations General Assembly has been given a double dose of Donald Trump unfiltered.

Yes, the tone was relatively measured, but the language used was characteristically blunt.

Its something rarely seen in the centre of global diplomacy, and while several people would have helped write the speech theres no doubt it reflected the Presidents core views.

Our Governments first duty is to its people, to our citizens to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values, he said, pushing US sovereignty.

As President of the United States, I will always put America first.

And then he went on the attack.

The scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based, Mr Trump told the UN.

First in his sights, North Korea

The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea, Mr Trump said.

Kim Jon...

21:44

13 Questions About The Wiretapping Of Paul Manafort "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mondays CNN exclusive detailing that former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was wiretapped by the government is a bombshell that raises many questions about the motives and method of such surveillance.

We know that Manafort has reportedly been the focus of Robert Muellers investigation for some time, including details of a dawn raid reported in the New York Times. What is less clear is the exact nature of this wiretap, the time period that it was running on Manafort, the justification by which it was restarted after a reported gap, and the identities of othersincluding potentially the then-president-electcaught up during this surveillance period by the government.

Yesterday, Manaforts spokesman released the following statement:

If true, it is a felony to reveal the existence of a FISA warrant, regardless of the fact that no charges ever emerged. The U.S Department of Justices Inspector General should immediately conduct an investigation into these leaks and to examine the motivations behind a previous Administrations effort to surveil a political opponent. Mr. Manafort requests that the Department of Justice release any intercepts involving him and any non-Americans so interested parties can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ there is nothing there.

Now lets be clear about what this doesnt mean: if the institutional firewalls function as intended, being surveilled by the FBI and being surveilled directly by the Obama administration are different things. This does not confirm a wiretap of Trump as the presidents now-infamous tweet read. But as weve seen with the case of Susan Rices potentially unjustified unmasking of Trump transition officials, thats something where skepticism is certainly warranted.

Here, though, are 13 questions that I have, given the CNN report and others that have emerged about this surveillance of Manafort, in no particular order. I believe these questions deserve to be answered, in front of Congress or in the public square:

1. When, exactly, was Paul Manafort wiretapped by the government?

2. Did the wiretap cease when Manafort became Trumps campaign chairman in March 2016, and did it resume after he ceased to have this role in August 2016, or did it overlap?

3. Was the FBI wiretap steady in the months before March 2016, before he had any official affiliation with the Trump campaign, during which time he was reportedly talking regularly with Trump and living in Trump Tower?

4. Given that Manafort lived there, did the wireta...

21:43

Ben Shapiro Is Wrong About Prosecuting Women Who Get Abortions "IndyWatch Feed National"

A young, self-identified liberal woman presented this question to Ben Shapiro during the Q&A following his much anticipated speech at the University of California at Berkeley last Thursday: Do you believe women who get abortions even when their lives or the childs life isnt in danger, should be put on trial for murder?

No, I think abortionists should be put on trial, Shapiro replied.

I dont think that women should be put on trial for a couple different reasons. One is, I dont think it is effective in deterring abortion for women to be put on trial for the killing of the unborn. The second reason is because unfortunately I think that we as a society have gotten to such a point that an entire generation have been indoctrinated to believe that a baby is a polyp and so when they remove it, Im not sure theres the necessary mens rea, the criminal intent necessary for prosecution. The typical pro life position is that the women is a victim in abortion nearly as much as the baby is. There is an entire abortion industry that is geared toward teaching women that babies are not babies and that getting a baby aborted is in fact a betterment of their life. So no, I am not in favor of prosecuting women for abortions.

The student pressed the issue, saying that some women do have intent.

Youd really have to show me a case of a woman who went [into the abortion clinic] and said, I know this is a baby, cut its brains out, Shapiro answered. Like, if thats happening, that is infanticide. Shapiro then presented the hypothetical of a mother of a one-day-old infant who asked for it to be killed. Wouldnt you put her on trial? he asked.

Shapiro may have a point that prosecution wouldnt be an effective deterrent, but deterrence is not the main reason we prosecute. We seek justice for the victims, and that should remain the chief goal of the courts. The pursuit of justice is worthwhile in itself, and I would argue, a moral imperative.

Pro-Lifers Cognitive Dissonance

His second reason is also extremely weak, and it gets to the heart of a deep-rooted hypocrisy within the mainstream prolife movement. Shapiro says these women dont have the mens rea (Latin for guilty mind), or intent, that the prosecution must demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt. Is that really the case? Most states use the Model Penal Code to determine mens rea. Its first classification of intent is acting purposely where the defendant had an underlying conscious object to act.

Obviously, if abortion were to be legally categorized as murder, a mother who orders the hit on her preborn child fits this definition of intent. A mino...

21:31

Jill Hennessy Pushes Failed & Dangerous Flu Vaccines Onto Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias chief medical officer says there has been a significantly higher number of flu cases than normal in people who have been vaccinated.  Read More

21:22

Worried Sick "IndyWatch Feed National"

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20:43

The persistence of (belief in) socialism "IndyWatch Feed National"

I find the persistence of belief in socialism surprising (an example here), particularly given that Venezuela and North Korea both, in their different ways, display, yet again, the disastrous results in poverty, human misery and tyranny of actually existing socialism: that is, state domination of the economy. The lesson of Venezuela is, if anything, even stronger, as it is an example of the democratic path to socialism.

Now, it is possible that by socialism such folk mean something other than a state-run and dominated economy, but if they do, they need to pick a different term because that is what, socialism, in practice, means. Trying to get it to mean something else this late in its history is not practical. And using socialism as a placeholder term for some unspecified system of common ownership is empty moral self-indulgence parading as political commitment.

Recently, I had drinks with a very well-read friend who grew up in the Soviet Union and so has some lived insights into this. He made two very cogent points:

(1) What other language of justice-inspired of major social change is there? There remain all sorts of reasons to be morally repelled by aspects of contemporary society: what is the alternative political vision for a post-capitalist society? If there isnt any, then socialism wins by default, as it has no effective competitor in the moral marketplace.

(2) For the Left, history is not the past, its the future. For folk like my friend and I, history is what happened in the past, from which we can learn and draw lessons. For the Left, history is what is going to happen, it is what has an arc that bends towards justice while the past is something to be judged, censored and transcended.

(As an aside, it is a nice illustration of a wider tendency for secular appropriation of religious ideas that Barack Obama liked quoting Martin Luther King who was quoting Theodore Parker on the arc of history bending towards justice, but turned what was a kingdom of God religious point into a very different secular claim.)

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20:30

West Papuan liberation movement focussed on UN plans "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

From Dateline Pacific, 4:03 am on 18 September 2017 The West Papua National Coalition for Liberation says its decolonisation aspirations are focussed on action at the United Nations. The Coalition is one of the key groups within the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, which is pushing for internationally-facilitated negotiation with Indonesia over Papua's political

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20:30

Is your state road system broke? Then hit up the Prius drivers! "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Last week, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced they were considering a proposal to raise the plate registration costs on fuel efficient vehicles. To many people, this move might seem, frankly, a little insane, and more than a little regressive. If we subscribe to the basic economic principle that societies should leverage taxes and fees to make things we want to see less of more expensive for people to buy, and things we want to see more of less expensive, whats the logic behind taxing the odd Tesla or Prius or even just a fuel-efficient Toyota?

If what we want are safe roads that we can afford to repair, why on earth would we incentivize drivers to buy gas guzzling vehicleswhich skew towards the heaviest vehicles most capable of causing extensive road damagerather than light, fuel efficient vehicles that might help keep that pavement intact for longer?

The answer, of course, is because Missouri doesnt really want to maintain their roadsor at least, they might say they do, but their actions and policies speak otherwise. What Missouri wants is what most states in America want: endless growth in the form of endless road construction.

For context for those who live outside the state, Missouri has the 7th largest number of highway miles in the nation and the 46th lowest revenue per mile for maintenance, mostly because our largest source of funding depends on a bottom-of-the-barrel gas tax of just 17 cents per gallon. Thats an amount, by the way, that hasnt been increased since 1996. Again, context: I am in my thirties now. This is what I was reading in 1996. It was a simpler time.

Last year, Missouris DOT released a Citizens Guide to Transportation Funding to explain all of this to people like you and me. He...

20:01

Donald Trump UN speech: Typical rhetoric raises tensions with North Korea and Iran Presidential rhetoric scholars evaluate "IndyWatch Feed National"

In his first UN address, US President Donald Trump has mocked North Koreas leader and threatened to totally destroy his country. He also took aim at Iran, but left one key question open. Michael Knigge reports.

US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York (Getty Images/AFP/T.A. Clary)

When President Donald Trump is on the speakers roster, the audience can be pretty sure it will get a solid dose of his famous rhetoric and manner regardless of the location and the nature of the address.

And Trumps much anticipated maiden speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New Yorkdid not disappoint. The president delivered several lines of what can only be described as typical Trumpisms.

The one that will likely be quoted most is calling North Koreas leader rocket man, like he had done previously in one of his Twitter tirades. He further asserted that Kim Jong Un was on a suicide mission. Trump also threatened to totally destroy North Korea if it continued with its nuclear arms development.

In a manner not common for a US president, he went on to tell the assembled global leaders that some parts of the world are going to hell.

I have not heard a president referring to a foreign leader with a phrase like rocket man, said Mary Stuckey, a presidential rhetoric scholar at Pennsylvania State University. This is concerning, she noted, especially since it was said in conjunction with a threat to annihilate North Korea at the main body devoted to international cooperation, the United Nations.

Out of place

It was indecorous on Twitter and it is even more out of place in the UN General Assembly, said Jennifer Mercieca, who studies presidential rhetoric at Texas A&M University.

Whats more, noted Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and a presidential rhetoric exper....

19:58

Said I was working for months I wasn't "IndyWatch Feed National"

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19:57

Fireworks tonight? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Maybe somewhere around the PCYC.

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19:14

Putting the blame where it belongs "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Queensland Premier Anna Palaszczuk has followed Bill Shorten in blaming privatisation for the woes of the electricity network. Shes basically right, although theres much more wrong with the National Electricity Market than that.

Equally importantly, in terms of getting a good outcome, shes on a political winner in the fight with the Turnbull government and particularly the Abbott faction pulling Turnbulls strings.

No one fully understands whats going wrong with energy policy, but Australians love renewable energy and hate privatisation. Both of these judgements are validated by experience. Renewable energy has overdelivered on its promises while privatisation has (at best) undelivered and more commonly made matters worse. So, the idea that the LNP can win the debate on energy policy by bashing renewables and attacking public ownership as socialism seems pretty implausible.

19:01

Waiting For The Moment The Demolition of Building 7 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Building 7 Seconds from free-fall

By Dee McLachlan

A Gumshoe reader, Jaz, has sent us what seems to be unreported background audio, from a video that has been viewed over 146,000 times. He was supposed to have a meeting in Manhattan on 9/11, but his work called to changed the venue. He describes the moment the first tower fell, and that he knew the world would never be the same.

The video (below) is noted as the Westside Highway CBS Camera Angle and seems to run continuous...

18:56

Debt Rattle September 20 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Edward Hopper Automat 1927   Australia: A Delusional, Stuffed, Basket Case, Bubble, Third World Economy (MB) With QT On The Way, This Market Is Headed For A Brick Wall (Boockvar) Where Deutsche Bank Thinks The Next Financial Crises Could Happen (CNBC) Just 4% Own Over 95% Of Bitcoin (HowMuch) MPs

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18:40

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF HELPING AUSTRALIA STAY NUCLEAR FREE "IndyWatch Feed National"

Members from the Western Australia Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA) have returned home this week from a weekend in Adelaide on Kaurna country for the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance annual conference to debrief and strategise for the struggles ahead.
At the core of Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) are Aboriginal people living with nuclear projects on their lands, including uranium mines and the toxic legacy of nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s and 60s, and others trying to stop new uranium mines or nuclear waste dumps being imposed on their country.
This year marked the 20th annual conference; reflecting on the (many) wins of the past, the continued impact of nuclear projects past and present, and strategising on the future directions of the movement.
WANFA has come back from Adelaide, stronger, keener and more connected to continue fighting proposed uranium mines on their land.
We will take what we have learnt from ANFA back into our communities so we can keep WA uranium free.
We made a strong commitment over the weekend along with many other people from around this country to;
* recognise that everyone has the same issue when dealing with the nuclear industry and we are committed to supporting traditional owners and communities on country; and
* we are going to keep fighting against uranium mining at Kintyre, Wiluna, Yeelirrie and Mulga Rock until we get a permanent ban on mining uranium in Western Australia.
We have upcoming events organised so please keep in touch.
Call 0401 909 332 for more information.

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18:39

Video: Inequality is hurting Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

As a society we need to acknowledge that inequality is growing in Australia and this is the first step towards doing something about it.  We need to decide on whether we want an Australia where the gap between the a few at the top and the rest of us is getting bigger, or one that values equality  and go for it.

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Inequality is Hurting Australia

Unions are critical in addressing inequality. Attacking unions makes inequality worse.

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17:57

Privatising universities places individual corporate interest above societys needs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Ross Gittens article (The Pen 19 September 2017) about the backdoor privatisation of Australian universities has prompted the following comments. To begin with, he is right to suggest that government defunding is causing university administrations to turn towards establishing special relationships with corporations and that this is compromising them as institutions of higher learning.

One can take issue with his favourable comments on the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (which puts students into long-term debt) and the growing shift towards recruiting overseas students. But they are secondary issues to the central one of defunding and turning universities over to corporations.

University education is often thought of as a means, to expand knowledge. After all, individuals attend to gain expertise and those who progress to academia, are supposed to contribute to the expansion of collective knowledge in their chosen field.

A more basic reason for universities to exist, is to train the next generation as the providers of specific forms of labour required by the economy. Australias economy is capitalist and this means, for the most part,  meeting the requirements of privately owned enterprises. From this direction, the push is for a quite narrow set of skills and applied knowledge that is specific to the demand of the corporate world.

To expand knowledge, universities must break new ground and stretch the field of theory, as well as pass knowledge to the new generation. They must go beyond immediate economic application and embrace a whole of society approach. Doing these things does not mesh well with the demands of the current market.

In theory and policy,  neoliberalism is driving the present changes. This comes from the corporate world and filters through government, seeing that whatever doesnt serve the bottom line of the corporate world is a waste of resources that must be eliminated as much as possible. This outlook is closely tied to the mantra of small government, which has become a cover to divert funds to raise corporate subsidies and other related expenses. Removing funds from universities is part of the package.

Neoliberalism is not a new idea. It is applied orthodox economics in times of relative economic downturn. At these times, the rate of return in investment is in decline, even if the absolute return isnt. It provides incentive for the corporations to socialise costs as much as possible. In every-day language this means to transfer costs to the rest of society.

The means to do this is to raid the public purse. Spending on government services goes down, alongside company tax and personal tax on the wealthiest. At the same time as corporate welfare in the forms of grants, contracts and privatisations and o...

17:35

Help Dave get his guns back "IndyWatch Feed National"


David Dunstan is a farmer from the NSW town of Bungowannah.

At 3:30am on Thursday 14th September, a man armed with a knife and piece of wood knocked on his back door.

David grabbed his unloaded 22 rifle to confront him - aware that the man had earlier confronted one if his neighbours who scared him off with a hockey stick. Dave managed to convince the man to sit in his car and drive him to the police station, while his wife called the police.

The police met David halfway down his driveway and placed his unwelcome guest under arrest.

The problem is, the police paid David another visit later in the morning to take his guns off him!

We've been working with David to try and see what can be done.  So we're starting this campaign to help him hire a lawyer who specialises in NSW firearms legislation to get his guns back.

We'd like to go further - we reckon he should be compensated for the loss of his firearms, not for his benefit, but to make a stand against this type of treatment by NSW Police.

So please help our campaign to help David get the legal representation he needs - and score a win on behalf of all shooters.
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17:30

Mystery of the slimy brain-like 'alien blobs' found in a Canadian lagoon that appear to be SPREADING "IndyWatch Feed National"

They might look like props from a low-budget horror flick, but these mysterious slimy blobs are actually colonies of hundreds of tiny creatures. The pond-dwelling jellies were recently spotted for the first time in Canada

  
I have seen this before in fossil form in photographs from Australia.  It happens to be just about the oldest possible fossil.  So here we have a life form we know has been with us for almost 500,000,000 years..

It is even nearby to me.  However is do suspect this is far more common than imagined.  After all it likes muddy pond water and likely deep as well.

It is neat to see it though in the living form.

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Mystery of the slimy brain-like 'alien blobs' found in a Canadian lagoon that appear to be SPREADING

The jellies were recently spotted for the first time in a park in Vancouver, Canada 

The creatures, known as bryozoans, have been around for millions of years 

But the species found...

17:23

Elections Review: Highlands Region "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Journalist Freddy Mou witnessed firsthand the volatile situation of elections in the Highlands.

This is his summary of elections in the Highlands.

The campaign period in the Highlands region is always a time to showcase the sort of leaders a tribe has.

This is when pigs, cows and other livestock are slaughtered, with celebrations after celebrations held at various campaign venues by candidates to try and lure voters.

As described by bishops and Diocesan Secretaries of the four Highlands Dioceses in their Annual Regional Secretaries Meeting earlier this year, elections in the region have never been free, fair and transparent.

The people of the region have suffered and many have been routinely denied services.

Only a minority have benefited while the common people struggle to make ends meet.

While elections in the Highlands is known for its fiesta, mandating a leader always involved violence and corrupt dealings, requiring more security.

Security personnel engaged for the elections were mainly focused on the Highlands.

Police Commissioner Gari Baki, in a meeting with government departmental heads before the campaign period, said there were still issues in the Highlands which needed close attention.

He cautioned that for the past five years, provinces such as Southern Highlands witnessed peace but this did not mean there would be no threats or disruptions during the election period.

As reported, no election related violence occurred during the campaign period but a large sum of cash was involved.

Heading into and during polling, a lot of issues were raised by concerned candidates and supporters.

These involved the electoral roll update, polling venues and others.

Bulk voting and underage voting was also witnessed in some parts of the Highlands region.

Even though security personnel were present at the polling venues, nothing was done to stop such practices.

A candidate in the Goroka Open seat posted pictures on social media alleging that people were voting at will, without any control from the polling officials.

However, Provincial Election Manager Steven Kaupa brushed aside the allegations.

Kaupa, when a...

17:21

Fossil discovery in Indonesia reveals lost world of beasts "IndyWatch Feed National"

As recently as a few thousand years ago, the Indonesian island of Sumba was home to miniature elephants, giant rats and dragons, according to fossil discoveries reported in a scientific journal last month. The expedition marks the first discovery of a Komodo dragon fossil outside the islets off of Flores, an island east of Bali, prompting one scientist to wonder if the creatures might be reintroduced in Sumba. The report, published last month in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, described fossils of dwarf elephants (Stegodon florensis insularis), rodents as big as cats, and the worlds largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), the only one of the group that still exists. The island of Sumba in eastern Indonesia. Image by Gunkarta via Wikimedia Commons. Some of these species are estimated to have inhabited Sumba as recently as 12,000 years ago, according to the paper. The expedition took place in 2011 and 2014 when scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) collected fossils from several deposits on Sumba, part of a group of islands tucked between the continental shelves of Asia and Australia. The archipelago, known as Wallacea, was named in honor of the biologist Alfred Russel Wallace, who first identified the borders of species distribution across the region in the 19th century. The region received global attention in 2004 when a group of archaeologists described fossils of an extinct tiny human, dubbed the hobbit, or Homo floresiensis, on Flores, just north of Sumba. The discovery of

17:16

MEDIA RELEASE: COAL FOUND IN CALEY WETLANDS. ADANI CANT BE TRUSTED TO STOP POLLUTION "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Confirmation that nationally significant wetlands were polluted with coal from Adanis Abbot Point terminal is further evidence the company cannot be trusted to protect our Great Barrier Reef, clean water and wildlife, leading Australian conservation groups have warned.

Newly released Queensland Government testing found significant coal levels at the Abbot Point discharge point and elsewhere in the Caley Valley Wetlands following Cyclone Debbie. Separate independent testing commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) of water samples taken at the same time confirmed coal pollution at higher levels.

ACF Chief Executive Officer, Kelly OShanassy, said it was now known that Adani had not only released polluted coal water into the Caley Valley Wetlands, but it also massively breached a generous ocean pollution license during the same event.

It appears Adani cant safely operate a coal port on a cyclone-prone coast. But the risk to the Great Barrier Reef and protected wetlands will be that much higher if Adanis massive Carmichael coal mine is constructed, which will double the amount of coal at Abbot Point, Ms OShanassy said.

The massive Adani coal mine will help fuel dangerous global warming, which we know is making cyclones more intense. It would be the height of recklessness for it to go ahead.

AMCS Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director, Imogen Zethoven, said the Queensland Governments requirement for Adani to undertake an environmental assessment of the wetlands was not sufficient.

The full damage of this event will likely never be known because of Adanis poor environmental monitoring and the Queensland Governments limited sampling regime, Ms Zethoven said.

The government must now require Adanis evaluation to be peer reviewed by a qualified person nominated by the environment department. The government must also undertake its own independent investigation of the impact of Adanis coal port on the Caley Valley Wetlands and the surrounding marine environment, home to turtles, dugongs and inshore dolphins.

I have seen with my own eyes earlier this year the environmental devastation caused by Adanis massive coal plant in Gujarat, India cleared mangroves, polluted water and the destruction of a natural coastline.

Now Adani has released coal polluted water into a nationally significant wetland and next to the Great Barrier Reef. This company cannot be trusted with our precious natural assets.

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17:06

Entirely New Communication Channels Conducting Light Found in the Brain "IndyWatch Feed National"

Over the past Century of scientific study of the brain, it was discovered that mammalian brains produce a type of faint light, known as biophotons.

First observed in rats, the biophotons appear within the visible spectrum very faintly, ranging from near-infrared to the violet end of the spectrum (between 200 and 1,300 nanometers.)

To this day, scientists dont know what they do, and that touches on the reality that science itself is never going to be the one, overarching way of analysis that is going to provide us with the answers to the nature of our existence.

While the scientific method (true science, not the dogma of science), is an essential method of distinguishing reality from illusion, there comes a point in a scientific analysis where it is time to enter the realm of the spiritual, of the potential, while recognizing that the conclusions drawn may not be as 100% tangible as a conclusion reached through the scientific method.

Scientists recently published a paper suggesting that the biophotons produced by the brain may actually be part of another optical communication system. It is unknown what this biophoton communication system would do, or what thoughts, feelings, or things it might communicate.

The paper is titled Are there optical communication channels in the brain?, and you can find it at Cornell University library at this link.

According to Big Think:

The team wanted to know whether or not there existed an infrastructure over which light could travel from one place to another in the brain across the distances required, focusing on myelinated axons. Axons are the fibers that carry a neurons electrical signal outward; myelinated axons are covered in myelin, a fatty substance that electrically insulates the axon.

The scientists modeled axons, calculating how light would react as the fibers lost or gained thickness in the biophoton, or bent. They modeled how they might absorb myelin coating, or how theyd behave when crossing each other.

They concluded that light conduction across the myelinated axons is in fact possible.

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17:03

The Ultimate Way to Cure Anxiety: Why are We All Addicted to Something? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why are we all addicted to something? Why do human beings in our culture have this nagging, constant insatiability? What are we searching for, why do we feel like we are lacking, and why do we seem to be constantly trying to cure ourselves of restlessness, boredom, or anxiety?

I dont know the answer to that question one hundred percent, but I have some theories currently, with the level I am at in understanding this issue myself. This question is the type that you ask yourself over the course of your entire life: the answer is ever-changing, growing as a person personally learns how to be happy in life without seeking so many external things.

As children, we are always searching for some kind of gratification. In children it can be observed that the more entertainment they are given, the more candy, television, toys, ect, the less satisfied they are with what they have. Children want more when they have more, and in places where children dont have many things, they seem to have less insatiability.

However, which child is actually happier or more at peace? A child with almost nothing, or a child with any indulgence they want? Its a complicated question, and the answer probably lies somewhere in-between.

Adults are absolutely no different from children in this respect, and sometimes they are worse: especially the way people live today.

Adults seek long-term, extremely taxing, ambitious pleasures that are often unattainable. When accomplished, these things often dont actually made the adult happy. For example, a person might aspire to make $100,000 a year, have a nice car, a nice house, ect.

But when they get all the material pleasures they want, they meet the grim realization that it doesnt feel any different: and now, theyre probably dependent on spending all their time slaving away for money to maintain that lifestyle that isnt as satisfying as previously thought in the first place.

When I was younger and had to be homeless at the age of 17, I noticed I was just as happy if not happier while not having a home as I was when I did: I called this phenomena the Euphoria Shelf: feeling as happy as I did without a home, as I did with one, despite the discomfort of having to camp outside and struggle to support myself.

Heres another thing: people are suffering from anxiety, depression, and other terms we give to the feelings we have. People rely on substances and pleasures every day to get themselves through doing jobs they dont like for a living, to come home and barely enjoy the small amount of time they have left.

People drink coffee and many are severely dependent on it, using it to work their day jobs and to function in life generally when it is a much more unsafe habit than they ever realize.

Cannabis...

17:00

Investor committed to Sepik Plains Project "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Via Loop PNG

20th September 2017

Israeli investor, Innovative Agro Industry, has assured the Government and the people of East Sepik of its commitment to invest and develop several agriculture and farming projects on the Sepik Plains.

 

Chief executive officer of the Innovative Agro Industry, Lior Crystal, was part of a delegation that flew over to the Sepik Plains on Monday, Sept 18, 2017.

 

Other parties on the aerial inspection were the Australian High Commissioner to PNG, His Excellency Bruce Davis, and the CEO of the PNG Cocoa Board, Kautu Boutua.

 

The delegation was led by the Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, and Member for Yangoru-Saussia, Richard Maru.

 

The delegation was given a birds-eye view of the proposed site of the chicken and grain project under the Sepik Economic Zone (SEZ).

Crystal described the Sepik Plains as a beautiful landmass sitting there, waiting for development.

 

I am here on behalf of the LR Group, Innovative Agro Industry, stating that we are committed to the development of this land. We are not only coming to develop, we are coming as an investor. We are putting our money where our mouth is, Crystal said.

 

The Innovative Agro Industry will develop an egg laying farm, broiler meat farm and grain production.

 

The developer will also establish a modern cocoa plantation using Israeli technology that will produce 400 to 500 percent more yield than an average cocoa plantation.

 


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16:42

Better Regulatory Mechanism Needed For Pasca "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Co-operation between all stakeholders to put in place a better fiscal and regulatory mechanism for the the petroleum and mining industry, and the economy as a whole, is needed.

Papua New Guinea Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (PNGEITI) head of national secretariat Lucas Alkan said the countrys first off-shore gas project, the K1 billion Pasca Gas Field in Gulf, is set for first drilling in 2020.

Mr Alkan said changes in technology and the way people do business today are so swift, and the petroleum and mining industry have their own challenges and opportunities.

He said the country is in a very unique position to be a model country to set standards that other miners and explorers around the world can learn from. The Solwara 1 Project in New Ireland and the Pasca projects are case in point, Mr Alkan said.

We are of the view that the industry and the Government are living up to meeting immediate obligations and this must be further be strengthened to see better outcomes, Mr Alkan said.

If there needs to be finer tunning to certain legislations and policies, the timing is now right to make things happen. He said PNGEITI believes that with the offshore gas project in the Gulf province, the Department of Petroleum and Energy is on top of this in terms of policy and legislations to cater for this development.

We hope to see better outcomes from negotiations and discussions around setting up better fiscal and regulatory frameworks to lay solid foundations for similar projects in future.

We have world class technical expertise to make PNG a model mining and petroleum country that strictly upholds global best practices, whether it be in transparency or the overall approach taken in administering and regulating business in the mining and petroleum space.

There is a whole scheme of things we need to harmonize before the economy and the investors alike can enjoy the benefits of PNGs resource.

We at PNGEITI always stand ready to do our bit to promote accountability and transparency in the industry.

 

http://postcourier.com.pg/better-regulatory-mechanism-needed-pasca/


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16:39

US Defence Firms Want Control Over Tech in Make In India Plan "IndyWatch Feed National"

Companies do not want to be held liable for defects in products manufactured in collaboration with local partners under the Make in India drive to build a military industrial base.

A U.S. naval F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft takes off from the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier during wargames between navies of India, Japan, Australia and Singapore in the Bay of Bengal September 7, 2007. Credit: Reuters

A US naval F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft takes off from the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier during wargames between navies of India, Japan, Australia and Singapore in the Bay of Bengal, September 7, 2007. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: US defence firms offering to set up production lines in India to win deals worth billions of dollars want stronger assurances they wont have to part with proprietary technology, according to a business lobby groups letter to Indias defence minister....

16:37

5 Spiritual Facts That Scientists Are Finally Able to Understand "IndyWatch Feed National"

We all try to come up with the best most realistic answers to why reality is the way it is, but sometimes the answers dont have to be so clear. There are some things that can be explained much easier than others and there is nothing wrong with not knowing to an extent.

Of course, we have been learning so much throughout the years that now lots of things we used to consider unreal or even outlandish are normal. Below you will find a list of things in regards to spirituality that have not been understood on such a deep level until now. We can only hope that as time progresses things will become more clear, and all the while we will understand that nothing is ever certain. Some things were not meant to be understood by everyone.

5 Spiritual Truths That We Are Finally Beginning to Understand:

1. We can create a reality for ourselves through thought.

If you know anything about the Law of Attraction then this should be easy to understand, Thought power is the key to making the reality that you want for yourself. This whole world we live in is a reflection of your inner world and thoughts. If you learn to control your thoughts you can make a world that fits you perfectly.

You see, if you are realistic in this and work hard while controlling your thoughts you will be able to attract all of the things you want in life.

2. Ascension does not involve going anywhere.

Ascension is not about leaving the planet or even getting out of bed (of course, I recommend getting out of bed). It is a conscious choice to engage in evolution. You see when we focus on being aware and convert to this state of being we reach a higher vibrational frequency. For a more in-depth explanation of ascension check out the video below.

Video Via. Spirit Science.

3. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.

While we do live in these physical bodies they are not who we are. We are energy, life is not what it seems. There is so much more buried away. While we do not have a full scientific explanation for this sort of thing right now this is becoming easier to understand.

4. Our souls never die.

People die all the time and lots of them are either brought back or come back. If you take the time to look over what these people experienced in their time while being...

16:18

Australia rejected CIA request to open embassy in North Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia rejected a secret request by the United States Central Intelligence Agency to open an embassy in North Korea, which the Americans hoped to use as a base from where to collect intelligence on the communist state.

15:59

Are Uber Drivers in Bali an Endangered Species? "IndyWatch Feed National"

300,000 rupiah, the taxi driver said, claiming that the ride home would be twice as much as what it cost to get there. Scooters whizzed past as we haggled on the side of the road.

300,000 is my final price.

I pulled out my phone and clicked on the Uber app. There were four cars in the area. The taxi driver peered over my shoulder, then took a hasty step back.

You cannot take Uber in this country! he shouted. Uber drivers get decapitated here.

My widened eyes exchanged anxious looks with the people I was travelling with. With shaking hands, and disinterested in watching our Uber driver potentially getting pounded, we began to negotiate a price with the taxi.

On the drive home, we noticed several worn out banners reading, NO UBER.

I later found out that our driver that night wasnt alone in his hatred for ride-hailing services.

In 2016, Balinese man Ida Kadek Anom was ambushed by a group of taxi drivers. Kadek was on his way to pick up his Uber customer when a mob stopped in front of his car and demanded he pay a fine of 375 000IDR ($37.50AUD). Kadek called his boss, who agreed to hand over the money, but as Kadek tried leaving the scene to collect it, he was chased down the road and beaten up until he needed to be hospitalised. His white Toyota minivan was then vandalised with bricks and sticks.

Competition ignited by technology has the market for conventional ride services hard. Ever since ride-hailing services like Uber and Grab became a trend, taxi and private car drivers have found it difficult to make adequate earnings especially in Indonesia. A violent protest occurred in Jakarta, the countrys capital, in March 2016 that saw bus, car and scooter drivers rally against illegitimate driving services, claiming mobile apps like Uber and Grab werent registered as public transport. Their expression of anger rallied thousands of armed police, and in response, Indonesias ministry of transport...

15:47

MACKAY Man punches kid in face as neighbourhood dispute escalates "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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15:39

Enlightenment or Just Waking Up? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION:  I have a couple of questions for Martins blog if of any interest;

1. Did the challenges of the justice system in his case over those years contribute towards some kind of enlightenment? What I am asking is have you reached the state of enlightened?

2. Do your models envisage a large uptake of the Socrates service to a point where it actually effects the market? I cant help but feel that only certain people that have been searching will actually be able to accept the concepts, kind of dyslexic qualities. Ive tried to steer loved ones towards some of the concepts but cant even keep them on topic for a few sentences. There is a lot of resistance.

Much appreciated,

JC

ANSWER: I can saw that probably like most, I assumed what was taking place in the legal system was at least ethical. I confess I did not look closely. Once entangled in their web, you suddenly see that those attracted to such a profession are usually the worst bullies you will remember from high school. They are typically angry at the world and view everyones success but theirs is the result of some corruption. So it is always get even for their own short-comings.

They will also NEVER admit a mistake because it would ruin their personal career. There is so much evidence in so many cases that innocent people are knowingly put to death to save the career of a prosecutor. Even the famous trial of the Rosenburgs for being spies, the prosecutors charged his wife knowing she was not involved to put pressure on him. They then lie to juries and withhold evidence so the jury found her guilty, the judge sentenced her to death, and the prosecutor celebrated with a good night out on the town. Those in that trial were as guilty as any murderer.

I would say if you call it enlightenment waking up and viewing just how corrupt the legal process is, then yes it was the completion of my educate. It is now apart of me and I would not change that. As far as being given the strength to stand up, everyone has a different threshold where the breaking point is reached. They would put me into the hole locked down all the time where most suicides take place. Of course they then pronounce the person was guilty and had remorse so that was the reason for the suicide. The typical cover your a...

15:34

Cycle of Knowledge "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Hello,

I am a French Astrophysicist and I end up watching with great interest a TV story about Martin Armstrong. As a scientist I am really curious and keen to build new connection between our way of describing the Universe and the bias introduced by our own vision and history. Hence I was wondering if the algorithm that Martin has developed was ever tested on human knowledge discovery or if this is something that could be interesting to do.

Kind Regards,

IA

ANSWER: Absolutely. There is cycle to knowledge that I have also encountered and found fascinating. We reach period of knowledge and then we seem to lose it all and reboot. Society before the Dark Age knew the Earth was round and not flat.  For example, if we look at the ancient Greeks, the knew the Earth was round and not flat. They burned people like Giordano Bruno (15481600) alive at the stake for claiming the world was round and it revolved around the sun instead of the other way around. The Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BC) argued in his writings that the Earth was spherical, because of the circular shadow it cast on the Moon, during a lunar eclipse. Another reason was that some stars visible from Egypt are not seen further north. Aristotle wrote:

 The evidence of the senses further corroborates this. How else would eclipses of the moon show segments shaped as we see them? As it is, the shapes which the moon itself each month shows are of every kind straight, gibbous, and concave but in eclipses the outline is always curved: and, since it is...

15:33

Dark Age v Renaissance "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,

Thank you for everything that you do.  Concerning the post, The Long-Term Cycle of Monetary Crisis, you describe the corruption of power that leads to monetary crisis and the subsequent reform: the thread that repeats throughout history.

I was wondering if you could contrast this with the periods of history where there is a renaissance/age of enlightenment, and the common tread there (is it the people revolting, which is the only way that corruption of power is defeated?).

Many Thanks Again,

Danny

ANSWER: Oh yes. This is part of the Cycle of Civilization but now you are at the 309+ year level where major change begins to appear. The big one comes on the Sixth Wave of the 309.6 Year level. This is the only reason I do what I do. I have written many times that when this wave peaks in 2032, when we come to a crossroads. We either regress contracting into authoritarianism, then break-up into a fragmented feudal type system of local tribes basically, or we can perhaps crash and burn, but then see the light and we make a major technological leap forward.

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15:30

Vacancies falter "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Resources recovery

August 2017 was a softer month for job vacancies on the Department of Employment's index.

The trend is now +6.4 per cent higher than a year earlier, and +23.8 per cent below the October 2013. low. 


Despite the weaker month, Queensland and Western Australia still experienced double digit growth from a year earlier, with a decent lift in Victoria. 


The annual figure was down in Tasmania, but that's as likely related to a surge in employment uptake based on other indicators.

The wrap

It's good to see that vacancies in Western Australia are now well off the lows of 2016, at about 12 per cent higher.

But nationally, this was a softer result. 

Perhaps this is an early indicator that the economy is set to underwhelm in 2018.

Westpac's Bill Evans, always worth following closely, sees no rate hikes in 2018 on this basis. 

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15:16

countless sleepless nights "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$7200
Date debt issued: 
Thursday, 16 February 2017
Period debt occurred: 
February 2017 to September 2017
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

It has given me countless sleepless nights an at one stage I contemplated suicide.

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

They could not have handled it any poorer if they tried.
Total incompetence and a disturbing indifference...

15:15

Govt Offers Rebate To Land Catches Onshore "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Government will work closely with the fishing industry to implement new policy initiatives announced by Prime Minister Peter ONeill last week.

Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Patrick Basa held a meeting with representatives from the fishing industry last week to assure them.
The initiatives announced by Mr ONeill included a rebate being offered to fishing companies so that they land their catches onshore to be processed.

The Government forecasts that this would prompt the existing processors to lift their capacity from about 30 percent to about 70 percent. This would create more jobs for Papua New Guineans, and ensure revenue and foreign exchange that is lost to countries like Philippines and Thailand are retained. But the companies say they have not seen the details of the rebates scheme, and are worried that its fast implementation would lead to them make financial losses, resulting in the closure of their business.

Chief among their concerns is the high cost of doing business in PNG, poor infrastructure, lack of adequate and reliable power supply, and high labour cost.
Minister Basa told the representatives that the government appreciates their concerns, and will work closely with them to ensure their concerns are accommodated and addressed. He told them the government was not against the companies, but working towards ensuring a greater return to its people for the harvest of their resource.

Minister Basa instructed the National Fisheries Authority to work with the industry representatives in the nest three months to develop a matrix on the way forward. He directed, among other things, for the NFA to identify the catches by fleets over the last 5 years in PNG and where these fish are landed or exported.

He directed that these data be clear on whether these catches are recorded as catches from Distant Fishing Nations, Locally based foreign flagged vessels, or PNG flagged vessels.

We need to know the exact volume of catches and by fleets. Further to that I want to also know the volume of catches by fleets that is landed in Bangkok and the Philippines, the Minister said.

With four processing plants already operating in Malahang Industrial Centre in Lae, and another two being planned, the government is pushing ahead to build a wharf dedicated to serve fishing companies.

That wharf is to be built in nearby Wagung...

14:47

Lae Snax Tigers' Charlie Simon named Captain of PMs XIII to play Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Charlie Simon from Lae Snax Tigers will lead as skipper of the newly announced 18 men PMs 13 team that was named this morning in a ceremony witnessed by the Acting Sports Minister Charlie Raminai at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby.
Acting Minister Charlie Raminai at the official team announcement urged the Stanley Tepend coached side "to take pride in the jersey they will wear this weekend against the Kangaroos and perform to their best for the country."
The team was announced by coach Stanley Tepend in front of the PNG Rugby Football League Board and major sponsor National Gaming Control Board (NGCB) Chief Executive Officer Imelda Agon.
PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka said the annual match between Australia and PNG is aimed at driving social messages of Violence against Women and children and strengthens bilateral ties between both countries.
NGCB CEO Imelda Agon said they were happy to support and assist the PNG PMs 13 team host the annual match.

NGCB PNG Prime Ministers XIII team:

1.         Joe Joshua

2.         Brendon Gutono

3.         Stanford Talita

4.         Junior Rau

5.         Karo Kauna Jnr

6.         Jason Missian

7.         Charlie Simon

8.         Junior Rop

9.         Stanley Olo

10.       Dilbert Issac

11.       Tuvi Lepan

12.       Kato Ottio

13.       John Andy

14.       Sailas Gahuna

15.       William Mone

16.       Eddie Daffa

17.       Muka Peter Kulu

18.       Joshua Nani

Coach: Stanley Tepend

Team Management: Steven Nightingale, Roderick Puname, David Westley, Solomon Kulinasi, Leonard Tarum and Tim Rodgers.


14:38

Israel and Palestine: a journey through the Unholy Land "IndyWatch Feed National"

Driving through the West Bank, you get the sense that the hope-turned-disappointment cycles of the failed, successive peace accords have been replaced by grim resignation to the reality of an implacable occupation and settlement project. All the trappings of occupation and land theft have only reinforced the incongruity of the Israeli settlements, not least of which is the prison-like fencing and barbed wire that encircle them.

14:30

Why the Battles Against Liberalism, Globalism and the New World Order Are All Related "IndyWatch Feed National"

Do you love liberty and freedom? If you ask that question to people randomly on the street, you are going to get the same answer over and over again. 

Everyone wants liberty and freedom, but what they dont understand is that there is an inverse relationship between the size of government and the amount of liberty and freedom that we get to enjoy.

Every time a new law, rule or regulation is established, our liberties and our freedoms are restricted in some way. So the bigger government becomes, the less liberty and freedom we actually have.

On the federal level, there are now literally hundreds of thousands of laws, rules and regulations.


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13:41

Will you help us get to the truth in The AWU Scandal - and hold those responsible for misleading us to account? "IndyWatch Feed National"

An important anniversary ticked over in June this year but few people noticed it. We did. 24 June 2017 marked the 25th anniversary of the incorporation of the Australian Workers' Union - Workplace Reform Association Inc. Here's the handwriting of one of the people who filled out the application to...

13:40

NRL must expand comp to include Hunters, says Johns "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

September 20, 2017  
Source: The National

RUGBY league personality  Matthew Johns says the NRL is going down the wrong path in terms of expansion and the Papua New Guinea Hunters must be the next team to join the competition.

 
Cities like Perth and Adelaide are frequently touted as possible locations as part of a strategic plan to grow the sport and plans for a second team in Brisbane has been on the agenda for a decade.
But Johns says the games administrators are guilty of tunnel vision in their pursuit of growth and should be targeting the Hunters as the next team to join the NRL.

 
The Hunters have been an instant success since their inaugural season in the Queensland Cup in 2014 and are one win away from being crowned this years premiers.
Johns believes the inclusion of the PNG side will revolutionise the NRL like the West Indies did for cricket in the 1980s.

 

 
I urge the game to think out of the square, go away from their traditional thinking. We look at the game too narrowly and we look at the Australian continent we keep talking that we want Perth, we want Perth and I get that, Johns said on Triple Ms The Grill Team.
(But) The Pacific Islands, thats where the growth is.

 
Weve got a situation this weekend in the Queensland Cup, the Sunshine Coast are playing against the PNG Hunters.
It is the most underestimated story in rugby league that the PNG Hunters are in the Queensland Cup grand final, the second best competition in rugby league outside of the NRL I put it on par with the English Super League, it is that strong of a competition.

 
Last weekend in Port Moresby to get into the game [preliminary final] they were lining up for 24 hours to watch the game.

 
What are we doing? Whens our plan to bring them in?

 
They could be the West Indies. The West Indies revolutionised cricket in the 80s and they could do the same thing for rugby league.

 
Johns played as five-eighth for the Newcastle Knights, playing outside his younger brother Andrew Johns at halfback for nine seasons.

 
Johns was part of the Australian squad that won the 1995 Rugby League World Cup and went on to play eight matches for his country.

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13:06

Timeline to incorporation of the AWU Workplace Reform Association Inc "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is an important precis of evidence in the case against Ms GILLARD. You'll recall Ms Gillard told the Trade Union Royal Commission that she received this letter from Ray Neal, and that she provided Ralph Blewitt with the legal advice in the memo below. GILLARD's testimony is at odds...

13:01

Radical Islamic Terrorists: The Best Bad Guys Money Can Buy "IndyWatch Feed National"

radical Islamic terrorists

radical Islamic terrorists

Youre told radical Islamic terrorists are the root of all evil in the world. But have you taken the time to peel back the layers? You may be surprised

Radical Islamic Terrorists

are everywhere, it seems. Theyre all over Syria and Iraq. Theyre in Libya and Nigeria too. They attacked the former Soviet Union from Afghanistan and modern day Russia from Chechnya. Weve seen them in the Philippines. They attacked an Australian cafe in Sydney, so we were told. Recently theyve been in Myanmar (Burma). Theyve infiltrated Europe and are behind various attacks in London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, so we were told. Theyre even in China (Uyghur/Xinjiang). And of course, they paid a grand visit to the US on 9/11 in 2001, right? Radical Islamic terrorists have scary beards, chant strange incantations and strike on every populated continent, so arent they the real bad guys in the world? Well you may think that, but there is far more than meets the eye here.

12:59

I Went to School in an Indian Commune "IndyWatch Feed National"

Her followers call her The Mother: a French woman who began forging her vision of a Utopian society in Tamil Nadu, one of Indias southernmost states, before her death in 1973. The international community is based on her dreams of universal acceptance, where people of all countries may live and flourish as a collective, or what is more commonly referred to as a commune.

Since its founding in 1968, Auroville or City of Dawn has grown from a dry mass of wasteland into a living, thriving community of over 2000 people. In one of the largest experimental townships on earth, residents speed from place to place on motorbikes or amble past on bare feet and bicycles.

In the late morning, the Indian sun strolls across the sky intensely, as if through a magnifying glass. My bare feet are planted firmly in the rust-red dirt, which stains my skin heavily even after a wash. I squat outside, most of the other students attending Deepanam School crouching alongside me. An atypical education system taught mainly in English, Deepanam caters to children whose families live and work within Auroville, who want access to a less structured, more hands-on approach to learning.

During a time when my parents were fed up with the pace of American life, offered a place for my sister and I to enjoy our education. Where class is somewhat unstructured and flexible in Auroville, everything in the United States public school system is meticulously planned. It is not uncommon to gulp down lunch faster than a starving dog due to the lack of time, to forgo food altogether in order to have a break or to fake illness on a test day to postpone the doom that a bad grade could potentially cause your permanent record.

On this day, away from the harshness of many of our home countries schooling, we are completely engrossed in our work. Its history class, or art Im not sure. All subjects seem to blend together, as our learning is not defined by overcrowded classrooms, filled with textbooks and tests, a world that I will soon be thrust into, headfirst. Today I spent hours pouring turquoise and tobacco-coloured sand into a precise pattern of radial symmetry. Pride rises in my chest as I stand up, staring at the finished piece of work. Taking a deep breath in, my mouth turns upward into a smile. I sigh, breathing out, satisfied with my mandala.

By the time lunch rolls around, the ground has turned to a hopscotch course of do-not-step-on-todays-assignment, plastered by the childrens sand art. By the time the break passes, most of the work of the day has been destroyed, smudged into a grey pow...

12:46

Mandatory Over-Vaccination - The Australian Experience "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Elizabeth Hart Recently there have been calls for mandatory vaccination in the UK, as discussed by Tom Moberly, UK editor of The BMJ, see UK doctors re-examine case for mandatory vaccination. The United States and Australia are at the...

12:20

Turnbull - "If it's NO, that's it". Says SSM won't be issue at next election. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Does anyone believe this guy in anything he says? If the plebiscite returns a "NO" vote, that's it hey Mal? If Labor under Shorten says it'll be "YES" and gains ground will the Liberals just watch them Mal? If its No, thats it:Turnbull govt won't try and change Marriage Act...

12:13

A Tribute to Moroccan Medics "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was September and Europe was getting cold, so we found ourselves a quaint fishing village on Moroccos Atlantic coast. With our hostel situated right on the sand, we closeted our shoes and from our balcony stared into the sunset, beaming at what the following week promised. I envisioned catching wave after wave, fisherman grilling up freshly caught fish for lunch and Tom and I camelback, taking sunset strolls. Wed source black-market beers to accompany our bonfire, and it would be all sunrays and happy days.

Being weak boned and accident-prone, I should not have been surprised when instead, I found myself lying on the side of a desert Moroccan road, baring the weight of Tom and our hired rental scooter. It was just when I thought I had parted with my old ways, and was starting to forget what the inside of a hospital waiting room looked like.

Tom was tentative at best when it was my turn to navigate our rental scooter. Latching on for dear life, he warned, The accelerator is sensitive, okay H? I distinctly remember verifying this warning when I thrust it towards me, but thats about all I recall. The rest was a panicked fast-forward to the rock we arrived face to face with. Its accurate to say I nailed the acceleration phase of driving, but not so much the steering or braking that typically follows.

My flexibility has in the past been compared to that of a concrete slab, thus the unnatural U-shape alignment of my body that resulted from the crash was likely owing to the 85kg man, motorbike and rock face that I was sandwiched between. I could feel the chalking bone of chipped and loose teeth, as well as a stream of lukewarm liquid running down my neck. When the white spots and darkness eventually cleared, I learned that I had in fact not been shedding tears, but valuable blood.

Our friends Fergus and Sam, having watched the whole episode unfold, were quick to peel me off the rock. Dazed and confused Tom, stared on. Fergus appropriately adopted a paramedics touch and tended to my wounds. He kept calm and denied my efforts to pass out, insisting I maintain my semi-conscious state. Meanwhile Tom, continuing his streak of uselessness, took one look at my chin and yelled, Holy fuck its bad!

With not a single taxi in a 15-kilometre radius, Sam waved down a tattered Mercedes van. He negotiated with its occupants, who were just arriving for an afternoon of paradise at the valley,...

11:35

Hope for a handful, but fear, despair and limbo for 2,000 left behind on Manus/Nauru "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today up to several dozen people on Manus Island and Nauru look set to be told by the US Government that they will be moved to the United States as part of the US resettlement deal. Refugees have been told the transfers could take place next week but it is unknown exactly if or when others will follow and what the Australian Governments plan is for those left behind.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has visited Manus Island three times to inspect conditions and meet with the men held there, said:

Today, after 4 years of fear and violence and shootings and death, a handful of people finally got some good news. But the tragic reality is that hope for a handful doesn't end the suffering of the 2000 innocent people left behind.

Over 2000 people remain warehoused on Manus and Nauru, 1783 of whom have already been assessed to be refugees. Among these 2000 innocent people are 169 children.

In signing the US deal our government was rightly conceding that it couldn't just abandon people on Nauru and Manus forever. That was an important and long overdue concession. Now, it is our Governments responsibility to make sure not a single person is left behind. Not one life can be abandoned in limbo.

The announcement comes at a dangerous and tense time on Manus Island. The Australian Government is closing the Manus RPC facility around the men it has detained there for the last four years - recently cutting water and electricity to the major compounds - but the men have nowhere safe to go.

Their safety is Malcolm Turnbull's  responsibility, not Donald Trumps. Their lives - their futures - are in Malcolm Turnbull's hands, and he must ensure no one is left behind.

This dark chapter in our history does not close - this painful chapter in their lives does not end - until every single man, woman and child tormented on Nauru and Manus for the last four years is finally safe. Anyone who can't go to America must immediately be brought to safety in Australia, said Mr Webb.

For a handful of families separated by the Australian Governments offshore detention regime, the US deal still offers no way forward.

There are a handful of families ripped apart by offshore detention. Fathers separated from children. Sisters separated from brothers. For them, the US deal won't end their pain. It is not a pathway for their fam...

11:34

PERTH Man arrested in Perth CBD after telling police he just stabbed someone "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man arrested in Perth CBD after telling police he just stabbed someone .

September 19, 2017 at 03:48PM .

A 46-year-old man has been charged with grievous bodily harm after he walked up to police in the Perth CBD and told officers he had just stabbed

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11:27

Rev. 12 Sign With Laura Walker of the Oracle Report "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tonight on Phoenix Rising Radio: Laura Walker of the Oracle Report! Topic: The Revelation 12 sign Sep. 23rd Plus MORE! Tuesday, September 19, 2017 We will discuss September 23, Trumps chart, and a look ahead, among other things! The power of will and freewill will be in full force this month. Much will be answered

11:01

Intrust Super Cup: PNG Hunters v Sunshine Coast Falcons Grand final team list "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


The Papua New Guinea Hunters will play their first ever grand final match against the Sunshine Coast Falcons on this Sunday. The match will by played at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. The game will be televised live by Channel Nine in Australia and TV Wan+ in PNG. The game will  also be  live streamed on the internet via the QRL website.

The team lists for the   two teams are:

PNG Hunters

1. Stargroth Amean 2. Wawa Paul 3. Bland Abavu 4. Adex Wera 5. Butler Morris 6. Ase Boas (c) 7. Watson Boas 8. Wellington Albert 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Stanton Albert 11. David Loko 12. Nixon Putt 13. Moses Meninga 14. Rahdly Brawa 15. Willie Minoga 16. Enock Maki 17. Brandy Peter 18. Esau Siune

Coach: Michael Marum

Sunshine Coast Falcons

1. Guy Hamilton 2. Matthew Soper-Lawler 3. Justin Olam 4. Christopher Lewis 5. Jeremy Hawkins 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Ryley Jacks 18. Tui Kamikamica 9. Brandon Smith 10. Lachlan Timm 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Joe Stimson 13. Harrison Muller 14. Alex Bishop 15. Jye Ballinger 16. Jon Grieve 17. Louis Geraghty 19. Martin Cordwell 20. Liam McDonald

Graphics: QRL/ISC

10:47

First indigenous PhD archaeology graduate "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr Christopher Wilson. Photo supplied.

Dr Christopher Wilson. Photo supplied.

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The first indigenous Australian to graduate with a PhD in archaeology will officially toss his cap at a graduation ceremony at Flinders University on Wednesday.

Dr Christopher Wilson, a Ngarrindjeri man, whose work has revealed new evidence of indigenous occupation in South Australias Lower Murray region dating back 8500 years, says his doctorate will hopefully plant the idea of possibility to inspire others.

Ive found that pursuing higher education provides opportunities that are beneficial for the whole community, Dr Wilson said.

10:43

The Claytons Inquiry: The Media Reform You Have When Youre Not Having Media Reform "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Senate has voted to reform Australias media laws. Its not really a reform, writes Ben Eltham.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifields aims for media reform, which he ushered through the Senate last week, were modest.

The bill, which took months to negotiate through a difficult Senate, is entitled the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017.

But there isnt really a whole lot of reform. The new law will remove several of the remaining regulations on media ownership in Australia. But it wont save the mainstream media, even it does let a few more legacy media companies merge.

The bill removes outdated 1980s rules about the reach of a single broadcaster irrelevant in the internet age. It also removes cross-media ownership rules that also seem antiquated in a time of machine learning IT and locked and integrated phone-app-social media environments. In theory, this frees up some of the existing players to merge: Seven and Fairfax say, or News Corp and Nine.

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But the bill does nothing to address the basic and insoluble problem that is destroying the Australian commercial media: the disappearance of advertising, their primary source of income.

The bill wont achieve any of the aims advanced for it by Communications Minister, such as propping up the sustainability of big media companies. It cant do that, because ownership is not the main problem facing the Australian media.

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As anyone with an internet connection can understand, the contemporary media environment is utterly dominated by a handful of giant US tech firms. An industry estimate from 2016 put Facebook and Googles combined share of global advertising revenue at 70 per cent.

The main problem faced by for-profit media companies in Australia like Fairfax and News Corp is the destruction of their old business model by the US tech giants Google and Facebook. The existential threat posed by the tech giants is the m...

10:33

TPP claims of economic gains without US debunked by senior UN economist "IndyWatch Feed National"

September 20, 2017: A new economic study has completely undermined previous claims that the Trans-Pacific partnership agreement without access to the giant US market would still result in significant economic gains for the remaining 11 countries.

The study has emerged as the TPP-11 countries meet again in Japan on September 21 22 to negotiate possible changes to the TPP text without the US. Some governments only agreed to US proposals like increased monopolies on medicines and copyright, and foreign investor rights to sue governments, in order to gain access to the US market. They want to drop or renegotiate these clauses.

The new study by Rashmi Bunga, a senior economist working for the United Nations Committee on Trade and Development, has been published by the University of Munich.

The study is a detailed critique of the attached paper by Kenichi Kawasaki from the Japanese National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. The Japanese and other TPP governments have been using this paper to argue that there would still be economic gains from an agreement between the 11 remaining TPP governments without access to the giant US market.

The UN economists paper shows  that the economic modelling used in the Japanese paper rests on a series of completely unrealistic assumptions that ignore negative outcomes from trade agreements and always come up with a positive result (p. 3).

These assumptions include that there are no unemployment effects and no trade deficit effects, which are in fact two of the main real-world negative impacts resulting from trade agreements.

The UN study also shows that Japanese paper vastly exaggerates positive economic outcomes resulting from removal of non-tariff measures in the TPP, by assuming that all such measures will increase overall economic welfare and ignoring any negative effects (pp. 4-5). But some of these are the most controversial clauses on medicines and copyright monopolies that other governments are rejecting because of their negative effects.

The nontariff measures in the TPP include increased medicine monopolies which will delay the availability of cheaper medicines and increased copyright monopolies which will increas...

10:19

Rigour or Rigor Mortis? The Dumbing Down Of Debate And Intellectualism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Making language accessible is important, writes Dr Richard Hil. But what if were making it meaningless?

Ive recently returned from a conference in drizzly Auckland titled Social Movements, Resistance and Social Change. It was a ripper. One of the best cerebral gatherings Ive ever attended.

It reminded me of things that Id perhaps forgotten: the incredibly detailed, rigorous and necessary work undertaken by academics; the power of thoughtful, informed assemblies of this sort; the chance to share ideas and talk about strategies and tactics.

Academics are too often maligned as crusty old farts, purveyors of verbal diarrhoea, or these days, robotic devotees of the corporate university. Thats mostly nonsense.

The fact is there are still great, committed progressive intellectuals residing in universities, who do important and socially useful work across disciplines, which includes critiquing the excesses of power and engaging students in discussions about a counter-future.

I met some outstanding academics at the conference, like Dr Cameron Jones (University of Auckland) whose knowledge of the antecedents of neoliberalism is breathtaking. This is knowledge accumulated over many years of careful reading, critical analysis and discussion.

In Camerons case, this has involved burrowing into the primary texts of Von Hayek and other economic libertarians of the Austrian School; appraising the inchoate ramblings of the Chicago boys, as well accessing numerous sociological, economic, political science and philosophical texts.

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This is indispensable work borne of a commitment to a form of intellectualism that is nowadays often derided that is: scholarship. Immersing oneself in scholarly pursuits if done with due care and critical attention is arduous labour carried out amid all the constraints of the corporate university. But the knowledge gained through such work contrasts, often starkly, with the superficiality that derives from a brief foray into Google-land.

These days too much opinion making is passed off as serious considered commentary when its anything but. The cobbling together of articles from Googled fragments, without due regard for context, detail and nuance is, Im afraid to say, a sign of the times. Everyone, it seems, can be a public commentator, thanks to the wonders of cyberplace. Sadly, rigour has, in many quarters, been replaced by cerebral rigor mortis, serious analysis by opinion making, and detail by generalities.

I...

10:18

Papua New Guinea businesses should expect APEC-related income streams from this October "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea businesses should expect income streams from October, as momentum builds towards the APEC Summit in November 2018. The Director-General of the APEC PNG 2018 Coordination Authority, Sir Charles Lepani, told the Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Summit in Sydney that towns outside Port Moresby will also benefit.

Artists impression of APEC Haus, currently being constructed near Ela Beach in Port Moresby.

According to Lepani, hotels, small business suppliers and the informal sector should, by October, start to benefit from preparations for next years APEC Leaders Summit in Port Moresby.

Sir Charles Lepani talking about APEC 2018. Source: Business Advantage International

Lepani said the authority needed to manage expectations, noting that it would not change PNG overnight. But he said it would establish a foundation for stronger growth, bringing in much-needed foreign exchange, and raising PNGs profile.

Already, hotels have been paid for senior delegates accommodation.

We intend to go to tender, or look for, PNG women around the country who make bilums. Each province will make bilums, but not flags, as APEC does not use flags because they are political. We hope to get about 15,000 bilums made by women for each delegate.

Not plastic, which would be thrown away afterwards, but real bilums...

10:15

Fiji nurses to go on a strike is a strong possibility - Union "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Nurses in Fiji are confused as to what is the actual salary increase under the new contracts that they are signing and their union says the likelihood for nurses to go on a strike is a strong possibility.

Fiji Nursing Associations General Secretary Salanieta Matiavi says they are hoping to get a clarification from the government as most of the nurses are raising concerns that they are only getting a transitional 5 percent pay increase.

It was announced in the 2017/2018 National Budget that specialised nurses will get salary increases of 25 percent while nurse practitioners will get a 74 percent salary increase.

Matiavi said this has not eventuated and they will be conducting a secret ballot soon to see whether the nurses will go on a strike next month.

When questioned on what will happen to patients in hospitals and health centres if nurses will go on strike, Matiavi said nurses need to be satisfied by the government.

Matiavi said most nurses are not satisfied with the new contracts and they would like to go on strike.

There are over 2,000 nurses in the country and 1,500 nurses are members of the Fiji Nursing Association.

Meanwhile, a strike by members of the Confederation of Public Sector Unions is possible over their disagreement with the civil service reforms being undertaken by Government.

CPSU general secretary Rajeshwar Singh said a secret ballot would be conducted next week to decide on the strike.

The Registrar of Trade Unions has been informed by the four unions. FPSA, FTA, FTU and FNA to supervise the balloting by its staff as per the requirement of ERP, Section 175 (3) (c), he said.

In another development, Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has pointed out a number of incompetencies within the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

While conducting the third round of nurses and civil service consultation in Suva Tuesday, he said theres a lack of communication between the Human resources department and its staff.

He said this continues to be an issue across the board and it must be carefully looked into.

The administrative arm of the ministry is obviously not doing as well as it should be. For example in particular some issues that were raised was regarding the issuance of the contract in time, regarding the advertisements of the position as their not gi...

10:13

Fiji praised for taking on Presidency of COP23 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Fiji's decision to take on the presidency of COP23, the UN negotiations on climate change, has been regarded as a bold move for a small island developing state that is also affected by climate change.

Germany's State Secretary for the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Jochen Flasbarth made the comments today when he joined Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama at a side event at the UN to update preparations for COP23.

In his statement, he linked the possibilities that can be derived from two different nations working together to advance awareness on climate change.

Looking at Fiji, a small island state, less than a million inhabitants, and (whilst) Germany, 80 million people a highly industrialised country I think you cannot think of how different countries have joined in the spirit of Paris (Agreement), we want to mutually find solutions to solve our climate problem.

This is an opportunity, to bring together the world to showcase that it is possible and needed to cooperate between very different countries in the world.

Tuesday's side event was an opportunity for Fiji, Germany and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to provide a formal information session for interested parties in the lead up to COP23.

At this event, Prime Minister Bainimarama reiterated the importance of working closely with each other to address climate change.

Addressing climate change is at the heart of our common future. This is why the Paris Agreement is so important. We all must continue to create prosperity and to ensure the wellbeing of the nations and ecosystems of the world. To do this, we must work together. There is opportunity for growth in the transformation we must make away from carbon. I have learned of many examples of brilliant innovation in technology that provide hope and excitement.

The UNFCCC executive secretary Patricia Espinosa echoed the statements made by Flasbarth and highlighted the significance of Fiji's presidency in underlying the problems faced by small islands developing states from the threat of climate change.

Prime Minister Bainimarama is leading Fiji's delegation to the 62nd Session of the UN General Assembly. Whilst there, he will also officiate at several climate-related events as incoming President of COP23.


SOURCE:DEPTFO NEWS

10:12

Talking about the laws of war in a peaceful Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

While currently known as a relatively stable part of the world, the Pacific is no stranger to the devastating impacts of conflict. In recent decades both the Solomon Islands and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville have experienced internal strife, while communities in the PNG Highlands continue to deal with the humanitarian consequences of inter-tribal violence.

These conflicts illustrate the necessity for all countries in all regions whether at peace or war to know and support the humanitarian laws designed to put limits on warfare.

For the past three and a half years, Netta Goussac, the ICRC's outgoing legal advisor to the Pacific, has helped increase awareness of international humanitarian law (IHL) across the Pacific, working with governments in countries ranging from Papua New Guinea to Australia to the small island nation of Kiribati.

A former government lawyer, she played a significant role in promoting the ratification and implementation of the Geneva Conventions, its Additional Protocols and other IHL treaties among Pacific Island nations.

Despite the relative peace in the region, Goussac said it's critical that the rules regulating warfare are implemented into domestic legislation: "Efforts to promote the rules that protect civilians in war continue to be important, despite the absence of conflict in the region," she said.

During her time in the region, Goussac assisted Pacific Island nations to reach a number of milestones in terms of IHL.

Earlier this year saw the formation of PNG's national IHL committee, which provides a permanent platform for members to discuss the country's participation in IHL treaties and the local implementation of these laws.

Also, in July, many Pacific States participated in the process to draft and adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This landmark international agreement makes clear that any development, production testing, stockpiling, use or threat to use nuclear weapons is completely unacceptable.

"This as an historic achievement for the Pacific, a region which has suffered from the effects of nuclear testing," Goussac said.

Later in 2017, the ICRC will also co-host the inaugural Pacific Roundtable on IHL, which for the first time provides a dedicated forum for discussions on the laws of war and their importance in the region.

Goussac said she leaves the Pacific with fond...

10:09

Tourism Arrivals to the Pacific region Up 18.4% in the June Quarter "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tourist arrivals in the Pacific ACP and SPTO member countries increased by 18.4% in the second quarter of this year when compared to the first quarter.

This increase is in line with the global momentum of tourism growth with international tourist arrivals reaching 6% growth compared to 4.7% in the previous quarter.

The figures were released by SPTO in its Quarter 2 Tourism Arrivals Review this week with comparative analysis over the preceding quarter and the corresponding period of the prior year.

The favourable performance in the June quarter reversed the consecutive decline witnessed in the preceding two quarters in the region. Year to June 2017 arrivals already reached 949,712, up 2.8% over the corresponding six months last year.

The marked turnaround reflected a number of massive tourism promotional campaigns, increased in new air service arrangements and flight schedules and improved tourism infrastructure developments undertaken by most of the major destinations in the region.

Consequently, tourist arrivals to the region accelerated, triggered by strong growth in tourist arrivals to Cook Islands by 47.7%, Solomon Islands 31.6%, Fiji 28.3%, American Samoa 26.5%, Samoa 22%, and Tonga by 13%. Compared to the corresponding quarter of 2016, tourist arrivals to the region also grew by 5.5% with Timor Leste showing the highest growth by 52.2%.

On market shares, Fiji maintained its supremacy as the lead tourism destination in the region with 40.6% share, up from the 36.9% share in the First Quarter of 2017. The second highest, French Polynesia registered an estimated share of 9.1%. This was followed by Cook Islands at 8.2%, PNG 7.7%, Samoa 7.0%, Palau 5.7%, Timor Leste 5.0% and New Caledonia and Vanuatu with estimated share of 5.2% and 4.6%, respectively. The remaining 7.0% was shared among all the other destinations in the region.

Arrivals by major source markets rebounded by 8.6% to 464,256, after two weak quarters. The acceleration of 36,887 arrivals against the previous quarter was underlined by rising arrivals from the Pacifics four leading source markets, Australia by 22%, New Zealand 56.4%, USA 4.2% and Other Asia by 4.7%. Against the same quarter in 2016, arrivals by major source markets to the region however, fell mildly by 0.6% with Europe showing the highest fall by 25.8%.

Australia and New Zealand remained the leading markets for the region in the Second Quarter, with shares of 31.7% and 22.5%, respectively. USA, the third highest source market represented 10.2%, followed by Other Asia at 9.1%, China 7.0% while Europe and Pacific Islands each with shares of 6.5%. The other source markets made up the remaining 6.5% at the end of the Second Quarter.

The June Quarter 2017 publication can be accessed through SPTO RTRC Website. The publication i...

10:07

Conditional poultry ban in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A conditional ban on uncooked poultry imports is in effect, according to the Papua New Guinea Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.

The latest gazettal to undertake a conditional ban on uncooked poultry imports has already been made official by the National Quarantine Authority (NAQIA) and is in effect since September 12.

The process was completed last Tuesday (September 12), following the signing of instruments by the Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Benny Allen on September 8.

The action taken by the ministry will see standards of poultry products entering the country meet the highest of quarantine standards used by New Zealand and adopted in processing poultry imports.

Gazettal number G715 has already been distributed to all major port facilities throughout the country to ensure border authorities adhere to the ministerial direction.

What we have done is that we have distributed this to our ports for them to take note and apply the standard, NAQIA managing director Joel Alu said.

The gazette revoked a previous national gazette made in June this year by the former minister Tommy Tomscoll to allow the importation of foreign poultry products from overseas markets into the country.

Standards currently used by New Zealand are amongst the highest standards in the world.

The actions will see the protection of local poultry producers and protect the country from poultry related risks from entering.

According to the ministry of agriculture and livestock, the local poultry industry produces in a year is 25,000 tonnes of chicken meat, 115,000,000 eggs, and 14,000,000 day old chicks.



SOURCE: PACNEWS

10:04

Kumul Telikom urgently looking to build undersea cable to Sydney, says Chairman "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mahesh Patel, the chairman of Kumul Telikom, told the Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference that the newly formed entity is urgently looking to build an undersea fibreoptic cable to Sydney. He said the aim is to reduce telecommunications wholesale prices by two-thirds.

Kumul Telikoms Mahesh Patel. Source: Business Advantage International

It has been a bee in my bonnet since I have been Chairman, Patel said of the need to upgrade PNGs oldest connection to the worldwide web, currently sited at Ela Beach in Port Moresby (a second, more modern connection, is sited in Madang).

We should have done it four years ago but that is water under the bridge now. We have chugged along over the last four years looking at various options.

It has come at a time when the economic situation is looking pretty bad. Funds have dried up, so we need to look at various options.

Four years ago, we could have funded it ourselves. We had the capability and capacity financially.

Options

Patel said there is huge urgency to get it startedyesterday. The funding, he said, could come from different sources.

Representatives of PNGs two superannuation funds, Nambawan Super and Nasfund, told the conference they would be interested in investing in the cable.

We have the option of private sector participation, Patel said. The expectations of returns are obviously very high there.

We have the World Bank, who are keen to fund itit is a slow process, but cheap money.

Sydney is very well connected, and we can get it done very quickly.

We have got other private financial institutions who are looking at build, lease and transfer. Again, an expensive model but it can be done quickly. All three options are on the table.

We are looking at going to the Cabinet as early as in the next couple of weeks with a proposal to proceed.

Pacific

Patel said the focus will be on connecting PNG directly, rather than through other Pacif...

09:55

Abbott threatens to cross floor on energy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former prime minister Tony Abbott at a press conference at Parliament House. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Former prime minister Tony Abbott at a press conference at Parliament House. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

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Tony Abbott has warned hell vote against the coalition government if it tries to legislate a clean energy target, with up to six backbenchers tipped to follow him.

He has let the government know his position. He wont vote for a clean energy target, a government source told The Australian on Wednesday.

In an opinion piece, Mr Abbott argues the recommendation by the chief scientist for such a target should be dropped.

It would be unconscionable for a government that was elected promising to scrap the carbon tax and to end Labors climate change obsessions to go down this path, he writes.

Tony Abbott is yesterday's man, stuck in the past with his 'coal is good for humanity mantra'.

Tony Abbott is yesterdays man, stuck in the past with his coal is good for humanity mantra.

Mr Abbott claims it is bordering on absurd for a country with the worlds largest readily available reserves of coal, gas and uranium it should have some of the worlds highest power prices.

But thats what happens when policy is driven by wishful thinking and green religion.

On Tuesday, Mr Abbott told 2GB the Turnbull government could send a strong signal to AGL by dumping all subs...

09:42

Education standards need to improve to solve Papua New Guinea graduate employment problems, says human resources expert "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The education of Papua New Guinea graduates needs to improve, says Scott Roberts, General Manager of human resources firm Rubicor Technical. He tells Business Advantage PNG that it will help address the problems of unemployment and under-employment of graduates.

Rubicors Scott Roberts. Source: Rubicor

Roberts says many graduates enter the market without the right skills to do what employers expect.

Roberts says his firm recently advertised for graduates; he was surprised when about 500 applied.

I was astounded that we had this significant number400 plus, either unemployed or under-employed recent graduates in the market. They were wide-ranging graduates from all the universities across all the disciplines: chemistry, physics, engineers, business, HR.

Many of the students struggle to cope with tertiary class content.

There were large numbers of people whose verbal skills, reasoning skills and numerical reasoning skills were quite poor relative to international graduate comparisons.

It suggests there may be a real mismatch between what the qualification suggests a person can do and what is actually required in the working environment.

Assessment

Roberts says he would like to see more work done to identify, screen and select better students.

I have anecdotal evidence, from most of the universities that have selected people based on grade point average from grade 12, that many of the students struggle to cope with tertiary class content. They almost need remedial courses before attempting their tertiary studies.

Big companies do their own development and training, but small and medium enterprises usually lack the resources.

We can and should invest in assessment tools to identify these deficiencies. That way, people who do go to uni can participate in tertiary education from day one.

Sure this will cost money, but they cant continue putting out a product that is not appropriate to market needs and expectations. Eventually, it...

09:39

PUNKEST XMAS BASH "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

 

The Zoo is turning 25 so in true Punkfest  fashion, we are throwing them a Xmas party for their birthday!

On a night of huge celebrations we serve a tasty platter of The Hard Ons, The Go Set, Blowhard, Antichrists Anonymous and from The Far North of Qld, Barefoot Belles.

Grab a ticket asap before it sells out and join in the festivities

 

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