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210618MOMIS ON CHOOSING FUTURE LEADERS
New Dawn FM News
The ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS says Bougainville must be selective when choosing leaders to serve them.
He said leader must not serve themselves and their friends and families and completely forget the rest of the population.
President MOMIS made these remarks live on New Dawn FM this afternoon when sending condolences to the families and relatives of the two leaders, the late LEO HANNET and the late MICHAEL LAIMO who passed on this week.
He said the work of leaders is not to go look for job get money to serve themselves.
It is important at this testing time as we approach the referendum for Bougainville for the people to decide the future status of Bougainville to be strong and avoid activities that can derail the peace process when we are just about to complete the journey that we all have suffered and died to achieve.
210618ANOTHER BOUGAINVILLE LEADER ORBITS
New Dawn FM News
Reports from Buin is that the former National Member for South Bougainville and Minister for Education, MICHAEL LAIMO passed on at his village today.
The ABG President, Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS when confirming the report said he would be sending his condolence to the family and relatives of the late MICHAEL LAIMO .
He said that he was sad another leader has passed on in a short space of time.
Last week the former Premier for Bougainville, the late LEO HANNET Passed away at the Port Moresby General Hospital.
210618HUTJENA SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS SENT HOME DUE TO WATER
New Dawn FM News
The secretary for the Bougainville Education Department, DR JUSTIN KEHATSIN says that the students of Hutjena Secondary School were recently sent home because the School had serious water and sanitation problem.
He told New Dawn FM today that this was caused by the continuous power black outs and also their pump had developed mechanical problems.
DR. KEHATSIN said the School will resume classes once these problems have been fixed.
He also called on the parents of students to control them when they are at home and prepare them to return when the school has fixed the problem.
210618KIETA LEADERS WANT BODY OF LATE HANNET IN ARAWA
New Dawn FM News
Kieta leaders today called for the body of the late LEO HANNET to be taken to Buin and Arawa before going to Buka and Nissan for his final resting place.
The former chairman of the Central Bougainville Council of Elders, JOHN DONA called New Dawn FM from Arawa that the late LEO HANNET is the last of our former leaders and must be respected by the people of Bougainville.
MR. DONA said that the people of Central Bougainville want to pay their last respect for their hero and want his body to be taken to Arawa.
He also sent his condolences to the family and relatives of the Late LEO HANNET and thanked him for fighting for Bougainville over the years.
Meanwhile, the body of the Late LEO HANNET will be brought to Buka next week for a funeral service to be done at Hahela Parish before he is taken home in Nissan to his final resting place.
210618MOMIS ON LEADERS PASSING
New Dawn FM News
ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS today sent his condolence to the family and relatives of the late MICHAEL LAIMO who passed on at his home in Buin today.
Speaking on New Dawn FM this afternoon, President MOMIS praised the effort of the two leaders the late LEO HANNET who passed away last Friday in Port Moresby and the late MICHAEL LAIMO who passed away today, President Momis said that the two leaders served under the North Solomons Provincial Government and late as members of the National Parliament.
The late LEO HANNET also became a member of the Autonomous Bougainville Government.
MR. MOMIS said that the two leaders set examples as leaders and as men of principle who served the people of Bougainville with honesty and integrity.
The President said that two leaders who were committed members to make laws and policies to help the people of Bougainville and not just their few friends and families.
He said that the leaders demonstrated their capabilities and commitment during their term in parliament and not just went there for money to help themselves.
The ABG President said that today is a sad day for Bougainville as the people mourn these two leaders of Bougainville.
President also send his condolences to the families and relatives of the two leaders the late LEO HANNET and the late MICHAEL LAIMO may their souls rest in eternal peace.
During the afternoon on Tuesday 19 June, Royal
Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft
A34-005 was noted flying into Rockhampton Airport from RAAF Base
Amberley as "Wallaby 05".
Schiphol the international airfield Serving the Netherlands capital city, Amsterdam is starting an Automated teller machine which will allow travellers to exchange their euros for bitcoin or ethereum. The airport explained in a statement on Wednesday that the car has been an option to convert their remaining euros into the two popular cryptocurrencies when they leave the country based an option to convert their remaining euros into the two popular cryptocurrencies when they leave the country itll offer travellers ability to convert their remaining euros to the two popular cryptocurrencies when they leave the country. The new Automated teller machine service facilitated by a partnership with a Dutch software company ByeleX we hope to offer a helpful service to passengers by onset we hope to offer a helpful service to passengers by find out if theres sufficient demand from travellers, the release indicates.
Tanja Dik, director of Consumer Products & Services at Schiphol, commented: . With the bitcoin Automated teller machine, them to readily exchanges local euro for the global cryptocurrencies bitcoin and ethereum permitting potential to spend euros in their home country. That may be beneficial if, for example, it isnt possible to spend euros in their house country. The effort comes as other international airfields are starting to embrace the idea of cryptocurrency as a potentially useful added service for their clients. Earlier this year, Australias Brisbane airport also announced a plan to roll out a crypto payment choice for consumers shopping at retail outlets across the terminal. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.
On May 30th, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy. From now on, he decreed, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), which oversees all U.S. military forces in Asia, will be called the Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM). The name change, Mattis explained, reflects the increasing connectivity between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as well as Washingtons determination to remain the dominant power in both.
What? You didnt hear about this anywhere? And even now, youre not exactly blown away, right? Well, such a name change may not sound like much, but someday you may look back and realize that it couldnt have been more consequential or ominous. Think of it as a signal that the U.S. military is already setting the stage for an eventual confrontation with China.
If, until now, you hadnt read about Mattiss decision anywhere, Im not surprised since the media gave it virtually no attention less certainly than would have been accorded the least significant tweet Donald Trump ever dispatched. What coverage it did receive treated the name change as no more than a passing symbolic gesture, a Pentagon ploy to encourage India to join Japan, Australia, and other U.S. allies in Americas Pacific alliance system. In Symbolic Nod to India, U.S. Pacific Command Changes Name was the headline of a Reuters story on the subject and, to the extent that any attention was paid, it was typical.
That the medias military analysts failed to notice anything more than symbolism in the deep-sixing of PACOM shouldnt be surprising, given all the attention being paid to other major international developments the pyrotechnics of the Korean summit in Singapore, the insults traded at and after the G7 meeting in Canada, or the ominous gathering storm over Iran. Add to this the poor grasp so many journalists have of the nature of the U.S. militarys strategic thinking. Still, Mattis himself has not been shy about the geopolitical significance of linking the Indian and Pacific Oceans in such planning. In fact, it represents a fundamental shift in U.S. military thinking with potentially far-reaching consequences.
Consider the backdrop to the name change: in recent months, the U.S. has stepped up its naval patrols in waters adjacent to Chinese-occupied islands in the South China Sea (as has China), raising the prospect of future clashes between the warships of the two countries. Such moves have been accompanied by ever more threatening language from t...
On Tuesday 19 June, Royal Australian Air Force
(RAAF) Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters Australia / Lloyd
Helicopters) Agusta AW139 helicopter VH-SYJ "Choppa 32" was spotted
landing on the Rockhampton Base Hospital heli-pad.
As we posted below, during the latter part of the afternoon on
Monday 18 June, some nice helicopters of the
Australian Army and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) popped into
Rockhampton Airport in association with Exercise Hamel which is
currently underway in the nearby Shoalwater Bay Training Area
The House Ethics Committee has informed all US Congress members that they must disclose any investment worth more than $1,000 as of June, 18. All lawmakers on Capitol Hill make an annual financial disclosure but a new memo has informed them that any cryptocurrency purchase or sale that exceeds $1,000 must be reported within 45 days.
Cryptocurrency, and its most well known token Bitcoin, came to be as a means to disrupt the global banking system. Many of those who initially embraced it were distrustful of the government and saw using the fiat alternative as a way to keep control of their own finances without federal interference. As its popularity rose and then exploded in late 2017 people from all walks of life were pulled into the investment craze.
This new memo from the Ethics Committee means that the public will know if their member of Congress is trading in digital assets, even as regulatory rulings over their status are still being debated. Some see the decision as a way to protect against future conflicts of interest, as when voting occurs on any bill that may affect the way cryptocurrency is officially seen by federal regulatory bodies.
Representatives elected to Congress, and their staff have been required to disclose personal assets for decades, including real estate and investments. In 2012 that was tightened further to include a full disclosure of any holdings in stocks, bonds or derivatives by members of Congress or their family members. Now as investments in digital assets such as Bitcoin become more popular questions of how they should be reported have arisen since, in many cases, they remain unregulated and undefined by the federal government.
The recent memo from the House Ethics committee also included guidelines on crypto related side jobs. Members of Congress are limited to earning $28,050 from employment apart from their work in the house. The memo has informed them that this cap includes crypto mining.
This memo from the US House of Congress follows a similar demand for disclosure in the Australian Parliament. The register of....
Thanks to everyone who commented on the first twelve chapters of my book-in-progress, Economics in Two Lessons.
Heres a draft of Chapter 13 on Redistribution
Comments, criticism and praise are welcome.
Earlier draft chapters are available. These arent final versions, as I am now editing the entire manuscript, but you can read them to see where the book is coming from.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ao6s4jaejbrzap1/QuigginChapter1Revised.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 1: What is opportunity cost?
https://www.dropbox.com/s/r1k8iqcpeboosbh/QuigginChapter2Revised.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 2: Markets, opportunity cost and equilibrium
https://www.dropbox.com/s/x4umnbwj4kmihd6/QuigginChapter3Revised.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 3:Time, information and uncertainty
https://www.dropbox.com/s/s2fkdwmbmje6fdo/QuigginChapter4Draft.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 4:Lesson 1: Applications.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/pmml30mkozzj9j5/QuigginChapter5Draft.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 5: Lesson 1 and economic policy.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/44bvl01adcv2fte/QuigginChapter6Draft.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 6: The opportunity cost of destruction
Its clear that the FFA is not serious about nourishing Aboriginal soccer talent. The other codes do it because, as much as anything else, it is good for business to have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent on display week-in, week out.
Two recent books offer a helpful guide to Southeast Asias most complex maritime dispute.Asian Waters: The Struggle Over the South China Sea & the Strategy of Chinese Expansionby Humphrey HawksleyOverlook Press, 2018, 304 pp., $29.95
Great Powers, Grand Strategies: The New Great Game in the South China Sea
edited by Anders Corr
Naval Institute Press, 2018, 336 pp., $34.95
Asian Waters, the new book by veteran Asia journalist Humphrey Hawksley, recently became my ideal travel companion on a long flight to Australia, en route to the South China Sea. For any other reader hoping to navigate those troubled waters, or seeking a broad overview of the geopolitical fault lines in Asia, Hawksleys book provides an excellent guide.
The books journey can admittedly be a digressive one, at times wading way beyond Asian waters and far onto shore. Hawksleys book touches on North Koreas illicit nuclear program and much else besides. One chapter describes Indias stunted development, recounting in gruesome detail the slavery-like conditions in its brick kilns. Another chapter on Vietnam finds Hawksley meandering into an argument as to why, in the late 1970s, Vietnam was unnecessarily constrained by Cold War logic from taming the bloody Khmer Rouge in neighboring Cambodia. Such stories are certainly intriguing, flowing from Hawksleys decades of first-hand reporting from the region.
Hawksley notes how the announcement of the U.S. pivot to Asia led to a rapid expansion of Chinese activity in the South China Sea, from the deft takeover of Scarborough Shoal close to the Philippines to the rapid move of a Chinese state-controlled oil rig into disputed areas with Vietnam. In t...
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbul has
announced that Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas,
will visit Australia from 23 to 29 June.
Australia enjoys a close relationship with Vanuatu, with our two nations sharing strong economic, security and people to people links.
The visit will provide an opportunity for Australia and Vanuatu to enhance our strategic partnership and deepen our economic and security cooperation, he said.
Discussions will focus on opportunities to increase bilateral trade and investment. In line with existing areas of cooperation, leaders will also discuss bilateral cooperation on labour mobility, policing and cyber security.
The visit will provide an opportunity to discuss shared regional challenges, such as climate change and transnational crime.
We are committed to stepping up our engagement in the Pacific in support of a stable and prosperous region. As Vanuatus largest bilateral aid donor, we invest approximately $69 million in development assistance annually.
Our cooperation focuses on supporting economic governance, infrastructure, education health, law and justice, Turnbull said in a statement.
Prime Minister Salwai will be accompanied by Marie-Justine Salwai and will travel to Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane as part of the visit.
Also on Monday 18 June, Royal Australian
Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet
A37-003, which was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from
Canberra on Sunday 17 June, departed to Darwin
again as "Consort 10".
What a creepy thing to say. People are more than their genitals. But Jenna's interest in other peoples bits is more than academic. It was this bit that I thought was scary. Ask someone out at work and you're off to jail ! pic.twitter.com/m31KvGzA5Z jill (@1Swinging_Voter) June 21, 2018
Indonesia has criticised the United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights, saying that his regional office in
Bangkok should first coordinate with the government before sending
a mission to Papua, instead of demanding immediate access.
"It is deeply regrettable that the staff members of his regional office in Bangkok, instead of coordinating the planned visit with Indonesian authorities, have unilaterally set the dates and areas to visit in Papua and West Papua, while demanding immediate access, Hasan Kleib, Indonesia's permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, said in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement, delivered during a general debate session at the United Nations in Geneva, came in response to a remark by UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, who said the government's invitation to his office to visit Indonesia's easternmost provinces had not yet materialised.
In Indonesia, I am concerned that despite positive engagement by the authorities in many respects, the government's invitation to my office to visit Papua which was made during my visit in February has still not been honoured, Zeid said during the 38th session of the Human Rights Council on Monday.
During his three-day visit to Indonesia in February, Zeid expressed concern over the excessive use of force by Indonesian security forces, harassment, arbitrary arrests and detentions in Papua. He was in the country at the time to meet with government officials, who invited his office to visit the country's poorest region.
According to Hasan, the UN human rights chief informed the Indonesian government that his regional office in Bangkok would represent him on the visit.
In a follow-up, Hasan said staff of the regional office misleadingly acted as if a mutually agreed schedule was already in place for the visit, but that the Indonesian government had yet to grant them access. He added that this conduct was deplorable.
Hasan said Indonesia is still committed to invite Zeid or his office to visit Papua but asserted that the regional office in Bangkok must respect the principles of consent by the host government in the future.
For years, political grievances and an active independence movement in Papua have generated headlines, in spite of the government's focus on economic development to improve the situation.
In a report published in November last year, the Institute for Policy A...
No-one should pretend such behaviour was anything other than vile. At the same time, its important to recognise just how much of the conceptual apparatus we now possess to understand sexual abuse owes to the liberation struggles that Devine, Power and co so loathe. Most obviously, the modern notion of consent emerged from a womens movement that fought bitterly against male entitlement to female sexuality.
The Papua New Guinea Government and Business delegation, headed by the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, was accorded full ceremonial honours by the Government of China on their arrival in Beijing overnight.
Prime Minister ONeill, Mrs Lynda Babao-ONeill, senior Government Ministers and Members of Parliament, together with a delegation of senior business representatives, now begin a series of engagements that includes bilateral meetings with the Premier and President of China, and current and potential Chinese investors.
Papua New Guinea must reach out and engage with our foreign partners so we can increase trade, stimulate business and create new jobs, the Prime Minister said.
China is now the second largest economy in the world and has enormous market potential for our exports.
This includes exports of oil and gas, but now that we are broadening our own economic base in areas such as agriculture and tourism, we can attract future business from China.
This is important for current economic growth, and even more important, the economy opportunities we are creating for our children and future generations.
National Geographic listed #lebanon as one of the top destinations this summer. The list contains the likes of Iceland, Southern Indonesia, Masai Mara, Mongolia and aPapua New Guinea.
Heres what the article said about Lebanon:
Check out the full list [here].
I wrote to the very helpful Clerk of the Senate Richard Pye this morning. I must thank Mr Pye for his speedy and quite helpful response. The details are here: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Senators_Interests/Guidelines_and_Resolutions Liabilities which may act to create a conflict of interest should be declared. I'd have thought that a court-ordered...
Australian governments should end the routine strip searching of women in prison the Human Rights Law Centre has told the UN Human Rights Council in a statement delivered in Geneva overnight.
The statement responds to a major report on the situation in Australia, delivered by the UN expert on violence against women. Her report raises a number of concerns about womens imprisonment, including "excessive incarceration, prison overcrowding, strip-searching, solitary confinement [and] lack of alternatives to custodial sentences".
The report finds that "imprisoned women have commonly experienced domestic violence and sexual assault" and concludes that "the continued practice of strip-searching women within prisons exacerbates this trauma".
Australian governments are imprisoning women, and in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, at record rates. Vickie Roach, an Indigenous advocate and former prisoner, said that governments need to respect womens dignity, not take it away
"We should be helping women to heal, not harming them further. What earthly purpose do strip searches serve other than to degrade and humiliate and assert control over our bodies, our naked bodies?" said Ms Roach.
Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that routine strip searches are an archaic and humiliating, yet everyday practice for thousands of women behind bars in Australia.
"Being forced to remove every last item of clothing in front of two prison guards again and again, strips women of dignity and hope. Australian Governments can and should end this degrading practice today."
Across Australia, strip searches are conducted on a regular and routine basis, including upon entry to the prison, when family or friends visit, when leaving the prison to see a doctor, or to attend court.
"When a mother wants to hug her visiting child; when a pregnant woman has a check-up with her doctor; when a woman has to attend court she is subjected to a damaging strip search. There are far less intrusive scanning technologies that governments could choose to use right now to spare women this harm," said Ms Barson.
The UK and the ACT have both changed their prison policies and adopted less invasive methods, such as pat-downs, scanners and x-rays.
This is the Australian Governments second session as a newly elected member of the Human Rights Council. The Government was elected to the Council last year on a promise to uphold womens and Indigenous peoples rights.
In its incoming pledge to the Council, the Australian Government promise...
COMMENT: I found it very interesting when my bank would not allow using a credit card to buy cryptocurrencies. A friend of mine in Singapore said the government there has also instructed banks not to honor cryptocurrencies. It appears that government is starting to retaliate against the cryptocurrency world and I must question its viability long-term.
Downunder, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) warned crypto traders/investors that their profits from trading in the years 2017 to 2018 will not go unnoticed and they have come straight out and warned on their website: Anyone involved in acquiring or selling cryptocurrency must keep records of their cryptocurrency transactions. Virtually every government classifies cryptocurrencies as assets. Therefore, any gain relative to the hard c...
by Dee McLachlan
Just as the promised inquiry into the ABC is about to start, the Australian Liberal Partys peak council has voted (almost 2:1) to privatise the organisation. The inquiry is about whether the ABC and SBS are operating on a level playing field with their commercial competitors, and its presence in the digital space.
It seems obvious that the commercial players, such as Rupert Murdoch, want to diminish the ABCs dominion and its considerable market share.
The Infatuation with Privatisation
What's the corollary - if taxes are raised we all win? Let's jack them up to 100% and give it a go. You have to read it to believe it. 21 June 2018 ACOSS warns, if tax cuts are passed for short term gain, people will lose access to essential...
The Daily Mail has secured court documents that it says show Senator Lucy Gichuhi was taken to court 7 times for failing to pay just on $10K in council rates and water bills. Notwithstanding her $203,000 salary and working husband, she has yet to satisfy the judgements. Judgement was entered...
I took one of the courses that dAbrera singles out Imperialism, 18152000 and by the time this goes to print I will have sat the final exam, so Id like to take this opportunity to counter the ways dAbrera dismisses the unit.
Telegram from King William if you're lucky Ron. Justice Geoffrey Bellew on the sentencing of Ron Medich: The total sentence is one of 39 years imprisonment. He will be eligible for parole on the 26 February 2048. BACKGROUND: https://t.co/c7E93AAeBq pic.twitter.com/GgPsDLxEmk Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) June 21, 2018 Au Cases...
Media Release It is worrying that the latest death on Nauru and the circumstances relating to this event have not been broadcast by the ABC*. Have these events become too commonplace or is the national broadcaster underfunded? Perhaps parts of the ABC (and all its editors) have already been sold. The ABC was informed of
The post Activists Call for Mass Medical Evacuation from Manus, Nauru appeared first on The AIM Network.
Post Courier | June 20, 2018
THREE principal landowner groups of the Wafi-Golpu project in Morobe Province have clarified their position over the controversy surrounding a new association claiming to represent the interest of the project landowners.
The leaders of Hengambu Landowners Association, Yanta Development Association, and Babuaf Landowners Association met last week to address the issue.
The leaders said in a joint statement that the new association created by certain individuals (named) from one of the principal landowner villages and outsiders do not represent the interest of the principal landowner associations and the people the associations represent.
The leaders said the new association was formed by people from outside of the Wafi-Golpu special mining lease area.
They said the association which calls itself Wafi-Golpu Area Landowners Association and business entity Wafi-Golpu Holdings Limited were misleading the p...
A Court decision has exposed serious flaws in NSW planning laws. The Courts finding is that the States planning laws do not require decision makers to consider the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework and Australias status as a signatory to the Paris Agreement when considering the approval of coal mining projects in NSW.
The Land and Environment Court has upheld the NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) decision to approve the extension to Wilpinjong open-cut coal mine near Wollar in the Hunter Valley, despite a challenge on climate change grounds from the Wollar Progress Association, represented by the Environmental Defenders Office (EDONSW).
EDO NSW argued in a February 2018 hearing that the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework and the Commonwealth Governments commitment to the Paris Agreement were relevant policies that the PAC was required but failed to have regard to when considering the downstream greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of coal from Wilpinjong, a substantial proportion of which will be burnt at Bayswater Power Station in NSW.
In light of the finding, EDO NSW CEO David Morris emphasised the need for reform:
This is certainly not the judgement that we, or our clients, wanted. But perhaps its the judgement we needed. We now know that aspirational policy statements, like those contained in the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework, fail to have any meaningful application to NSW mine approvals. Its these approvals and the coal which is consequently mined and burned that represent NSWs greatest contribution to global climate change. The Government can no longer claim, or proceed under the illusion, that their policies on climate change have an on-ground effect. They dont the Courts judgement shows they are merely words that do not translate to action.
This decision adds weight to the need for law reform to make climate change a critical factor in determinations about projects which will contribute to it. This...
June 21, 2018: Open Source Industry Australia (OSIA) has warned in a Techdirt article that the TPP-11 chapter on e-commerce may damage or destroy the free software licensing sector. OSIA is worried about Article 14.17 of the TPP-11 agreement, which provides that No Party shall require the transfer of, or access to, source code of software owned by a person of another Party, as a condition for the import, distribution, sale or use of such software, or of products containing such software, in its territory.
In its submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, OSIA wrote:
Article 14.17 of CPTPP [TPP-11] prohibits requirements for transfer or access to the source code of computer software. Whilst it does contain some exceptions, those are very narrow and appear rather carelessly worded in places. The exception that has OSIA up in arms covers "the inclusion of terms and conditions related to the provision of source code in commercially negotiated contracts". If Australia ratifies CPTPP, much will turn on whether the Courts interpret the term "commercially negotiated contracts" as including FOSS licences all the time, some of the time or none of the time.
If the Australian courts rule that open source licenses are not "commercially negotiated contracts", those licences will no longer be enforceable in Australia, and free software as we know it will probably no longer exist there. Even if the courts rule that free software licenses are indeed "commercially negotiated contracts", there is another problem, OSIA said:
The wording of Art. 14.17 makes it unclear whether authors could still seek injunctions to enforce compliance with licence terms requiring transfer of source code in cases where their copyright has been infringed.
Without the ability to enforce compliance through the use of injunctions, open source licenses would once again be pointless. Although OSIA is concerned about free software in Australia, the same logic would apply to any TPP-11 country. It would also impact other nations if they joined the TPP-11 later. In other words, the impact of this section on open source globally could be significant.
OSIA says that the problematic clauses grew out of concerns that nations like ...
I have been so very slack in checking in and reading others'
blogs I feel I owe you an apology.
So let's talk about poo.
Not my poo, or your poo (although we can discuss your poo if you really feel you need to share) but my furbabies poo.
My life is boring.
It consists of rolling out of bed (and I do literally roll off my lonely and virtuous chaise lounge IF my back allows it) to do.....sweet Fanny Adams.
The first job of the day is to throw enough medication down my gullet to drown out the anxiety, chronic back pain et el, then do Pooper Scooper duty.
Or, as I call it, "Landmine Duty".
Collect the furbabies contributions to the environment.
Someone, somewhere must have told Treacle that it was a game of hide & seek, to which she promised,
She deposits her little treats in 3 blobs; 2 together and 1 apart so I have to carefully bend down (pyjama-ed arse in the air, such a vision of loveliness for the neighbours!) and scan in a radius for the lone poo, hoping like hell I'm not standing on it.
Pip, on the other hand, produces a lovely art installation all in one pile.
Leo aka Fluff Bum the cat is another matter.
He insists that the bathroom is his bedroom and Goddess forbid that any damn human has a shower when he wishes to do the dirty.
Cos he hates an audience.
I never thought I could describe a cat "angrily" pooping but yesterday, while I so thoughtlessly had a shower, he was nagging at me to hurry up (shades of Bill Steamshovel from Mr Squiggle for us oldies) before he began shooting poo pellets like bullets with a 100 mile Care Bear Stare of Doom on his face.
You think Grumpy Cat looks grumpy?
Nup, Leo could give Julie Bishop a run for her money AND make her cry.
And then, after all this jocularity, I park my arse on the couch in front of the idiot box and crochet for remote Indigenous communities.
There are only so much rubbish TV and crochet projects that can keep me from being besieged by ennui.
I need to get out of my own head and start giving back.
So, I have started a Sharing Table in my driveway, along the lines of the Food Is Free project.
Currently we are missing the actual table (small detail, hubby's working on one we saved from Hard Rubbish) but there are baskets filled with our home grown mandarins, tangelos and limes out the front with signs for peeps to help themselves, even supplied with those horrid single use shopping bags for them to put the fruit in.
I was going to include a Street Library but once the table is up I'll pro...
19 Jun 2018 | Farm OnlineRising demand for leased farmland has convinced agricultural asset manager Growth Farms Australia to launch a 10-year investment fund which will buy mid-sized farming properties and lease them to primary producers.
This was Obama's time. Video footage surfaces from 2014 showing that under Obama, family separations and holding centers were EXACTLY the same. The media said absolutely nothing then, but are ramping up the propganda now because the midterms are fast approaching. Credit: @RealVinceJames pic.twitter.com/RFoEnbxi0x Oliver McGee PhD MBA (@OliverMcGee)...
According to a recent report created for the Prince of Wales Sustainability Institute, there are now more than 470 companies with commitments to ensure their company is not linked to deforestation. These are commonly known as Zero Deforestation Policies (ZDPs). With increased small-scale deforestation in Amazonia, approximately 4,000 hectares recently cleared in Indonesian Papua for palm development, and increasing pressure on forests in Sub-Saharan Africa attributed to palm oil expansion, it is clear these policies are not (yet) having their intended impact. A recent investigation into the role of commercial, company, personal, and environmental values in ZDPs explores a less frequently considered contributing factor to why this is the case: the values of the corporate decision-makers who are responsible for implementing ZDPs. Why look at the role of values in ZDPs? Because there is a mismatch between rate of forest loss and pace of policy, regulation, and technological developments to protect forests, and this discrepancy suggests it is worthwhile to consider more fundamental drivers of change in order to end deforestation. Values, commonly defined as the metrics we use to choose and rationalize actions and to appraise people and events, might be just such a fundamental driver. Often-cited policy tools such as national forest preservation laws and reforestation programs, the UNs REDD+ program, and laws to minimize illegal logging are slow, according to a 2017 study, and non-binding with limited impact, as a 2014 study found. Even when the policy, legislation, or regulation mechanism to stop deforestation is sound, effective
Source: A Current Affair
Central Queensland cattle farmer Debbie Viney claims her bank manager told her he would take his own life if he were in her shoes, in the middle of one of the worst droughts in Australian history.
Ms Viney said she met Rabobank executive Peter Stevens at a farm show six years ago, where he told her he could give her a cheaper mortgage than the one she had.
She took him at his word and switched to Rabobank, a multinational bank that specialises in loans to farmers across the world.
Federal Queensland MP Bob Katter said Australia had the most unprofessional, unrestricted free banking.
He said mental health issues were a vital issue in rural Australia.
Theres a farmer committing suicide every four days in this country, he said.
Good to see a healthy rebound in todays Asian markets with strong performances across the board. It still appears however, that the market is not that confident that the US and China have settled for the moment as the Shanghai bounced just +0.3% and Hang Seng +0.75%. It was a different storey for countries with floating exchange rates, as we watched both Australia and Japan rebound over 1%. Obviously, currencies continued to suffer with the A$ and Yen both off 0.5% over the past couple of days. They tried desperately to halt the INRs decline, only ti close mid range at 68.10 today. Having seen 68.185 at its weakest, many comment that trading with a 68 handle is already a cause for concern. On a brighter note however, core Asian indices all closed at or near their highs, providing confidence ahead of the OPEC uncertainty.
The same could not be said for Europe, as many indices closed near the days lows. Having run-up on the back of a strong Asian session, many had expected Europe to continue especially as DOW futures had triple digit gains. However, as the Euro and GBP traded weaker confidence started to wane especially when US data released less than impressive. Sterling found a little interest late in the day after UK PM Theresa May won a parliamentary decision which should strengthen her hand in BREXIT negotiations. However, the rally only took it up to test 1.32 handle but was rejected by the close.
In the US it was the Russell and NASDAQ again that took the honours. Both core indices closed up around +0.75% on the day and setting a new record for the NASDAQ. The large caps DOW found it difficult to get into its stride today, playing between positive and negative it finally closed a touch lower in the indecision. The NASDAQ and S+P both hits their days high mid afternoon, but could hold-on into the close. Still lots to play for this week, but next will be interesting as we close the week, month, quarter and half year next Friday.
Japan +0.04%, US 2s closed 2.56% (+1bp), 10s closed 2.94%
(+5bp), 30s 3.07% (+4bp), Bund 0.37% (u/c), France 0.71% (+1bp),
Italy 2.54% (-1bp), Greece 4.30% (-1bp), Portugal 1.73% (+1bp),
Spain 1.23% (u/c), Turkey 16.18% (+5bp) and Gilts 1.29% (+1bp).
The Treasury ma...
Uh-oh. Telstra's getting transformed again. It's improving customer service by firing 8,000 of its 32,000 staff. Once the 8,000 trouble-makers are gone, Telstra will lead category innovation in next generation connected experiences. Here's a transformation they prepared earlier. And who could forget the Sol Trujillo transformation - Australia 2.0? One...
Just before I appeared on 612 ABC Brisbanes Breakfast program last week, one of the presenters Bec Levingston asked Deputy Premier Treasurer Jackie Trad what it would cost to air condition every classroom in Queensland, a question she obviously couldnt answer without notice. Having spent the bulk of my schooling in un-air-conditioned classrooms in tropical Townsville, it struck me as a peculiar question, and I though air conditioning every classroom in the state would be a massive extravagance. That said, it did prompt me to look at what the state government currently spends on education capital works and compare it to what it spends on other priorities.
In state budget paper 3, the Capital Statement, we are starting to see the huge cost of the number one extravagance in the state at the moment, Cross River Rail. Total spending on property, plant and equipment for Cross River Rail, which is part of the Treasury portfolio, is estimated to be $733 million in 2018-19. This $733 million spent in inner city Brisbane on Cross River Rail is greater than total property, plant and equipment purchases for the Education portfolio of $674 million across the whole of Queensland! To be fair, I should note that if you add in $99 million of capital grants to other entities (which I suspect includes private schools and universities), total estimated education capital spending comes to $773 million in 2018-19. Still, the fact Cross River Rails total capital spending is of the same scale as education capital spending across the whole state should raise eyebrows. Incidentally, the region benefiting the most from education CAPEX is inner city Brisbane (see chart below). Political commentators would observe the government is worried about a Greens takeover of inner city seats.
1797 - Merino sheep imported by John Macarthur (2 rams, 4 ewes) and Samuel Marsden (1 ram, 1 ewe) arrive from the Cape aboard Reliance with stores for the colony.
1810 - Today wasn't too flash for Lieut William Paterson when he carked it at sea on the voyage home to England.
1830 - Thomas McCormick was hanged at Sydney for burglary and putting the occupants in fear.
1836 - Terence Saville was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Honora Davey at Williams River.
1836 - James Sproule (alias Fraser) was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Honora Davey at Williams River.
1842 - An escape attempt at Norfolk Island in the brig Governor Phillip was quelled. Six convicts were killed, four are later executed.
1845 News of the discovery of a rich body of copper ore at Burra, South Australia was published in Adelaide newspapers.
1856 - Having explored the Victoria River and having time on his hands, Augustus Charles Gregory set out to traverse northern Australia from east to west.
1859 - Wentworth (the NSW town, not the TV series) was named after the New South Wales explorer and politician William Charles Wentworth.
1869 - A privately built telegraph line between Perth and Fremantle, WA, opened.
1871 - Sandhurst joined the ranks of Cities although it later changed it's title to that of a boxer, Bendigo.
1875 - The Victoria Bridge, Maitland, NSW, opened.
1876 - George Pitt was hanged at Mudgee for the murder of Ann Martin at Guntawang.
1878 - The Bank of South Australia opened for business in its new building.
1883 - The Piangil Railway Line (Vic) aka the Swanhill Railway Line (strangely also in Vic) was extended from Raywood to Mitiamo.
1886 - Wong Tong was hanged at Boggo Road Gaol for the murder of Kok Tow near Bundaberg.
1887 - The South Coast Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Clifton - Wollongong.
1887 - The Crow Eater Governor, Sir William Robinson, escorted by nearly 1200 mounted troopers, soldiers, marines and a number of brass bands, and led by the mounted police on their greys, moved down North Terrace to the Jubilee Exhibition Building next to the University. There he officially opened the 1887 Jubilee Exhibition which was to run for a year.
1887 - In Ballarat the Queen Victoria's Jubilee Foundation Stones were laid for the Mining Exchange, the Art Gallery & Old Colonists Hall.
1887 - Peats Ferry - An excursion train from Sydney ran out of control down the steep Cowan Bank. There were two other trains full of holidaymakers standing at the platforms at Hawksesbury River station and disaster was only averted by t...
The whole thing is a major con, designed to create the illusion that the government was handing out money to the average Australian, but really using this as a smokescreen to take much more.
By having initially joined the opposition to these cuts, the Centre Alliance showed that it knows this. The said so. Especially when they are given to the those enjoying being in the top 20 percent of incomes. This is why they objected to the Third Stage, which hands them a windfall. But after backroom talks they come out agreeing to stifle debate and not pursue their own objections. This sets up the Alliance to being accused of being corrupted.
Pauline Hanson has achieved an even more spectacular back flip, from vocal opposition to an enthusiastic supporter.
Turnbull and his ministers have rehashed the old trickle down argument, by arguing that this will lead to a rise in income for all.
Unions disagree. They are saying that the evidence of advanced economies over 10 years, shows tax cuts have not generally led to growth in wages. A paper released by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), reveals that OECD data spanning 2003 to 2016, reveals a disconnection at best and an opposite relationship at worst, between tax cuts and wages growth.
Research by the Australia Institute shows that the top 20 percent of incomes will get 95 percent of the benefit in money terms. In addition, almost wiping out what is left of the progressive nature of the Australian income tax system, will send even more of the benefit upwards. A progressive tax system, is one where those on higher incomes pay a higher proportion, and through this, a portion of national income is redistributed downwards.
Greater inequality is inevitable. Not only because the less well off have a smaller share, but also, because falling tax revenues must translate into further cuts in government services that benefit the less well off.
Worse still, is that getting the package through, will set the stage to cut company tax and Turnbull has promised to bring this in at the earliest opportunity.
Saving the corporate world from having to pay is not the primary objective. This government knows that those with the biggest obligations under the current rate pay very l...
COMMENT: I live in Alberta, Canada and for years as a sign maker I had to order materials from the United States. I can assure you that the problems you mention are no different than the problems we encounter when buying American products: tariffs; customs duties etc. and as well paying in $US which really hikes our prices. We also sold promotional items, many which we ordered from the States. What a nightmare! I am now retired and I could go to the States to buy shoes, but why would I? We have shoes here, as a matter of fact, a lot of our friends are now only buying Canadian products, especially since President Trump has made so many negative remarks about us. I actually thought he was doing great things for the USA, but these digs against Canada are not helping anything.
REPLY: Trumps comment about scuffing up shoe is really ridiculous. The currency exchange defeats and benefit. This whole thing about blurring the distinction between tariffs and customs duties is a global problem. I was flying from Australia to Tokyo and I had to stop in Hawaii. I argued with the customs officer that I was going to Tokyo and then to New York so I should pay the customs duty one time on final entry. He was nasty and said either I paid there or they confiscated my bags. With no choice, I paid. Of course, when I landed in New York and told them I paid the duty in Hawaii, he could care less. They then made me pay it a second time.
This entire issue of trade is a total mess. Trump, in my opinion, does not understand trade and what really is going on. It is becoming outright extortion. If you eliminate the tariffs, they will still demand customs fees. We really need a complete reset. He should simply state that tariffs should end across the board except on defense and food.
JAKARTA Puan, the worlds oldest living Sumatran orangutan, has died at an Australian zoo after a lifetime spent in service to the conservation of the critically endangered species. Officials at Perth Zoo, where Puan had lived for the past 50 years, euthanized her on June 18, citing age-related health complications. She was 62 years old. Her death left an incredible legacy of 11 children and a total of 54 descendants in Australia, Europe, the United States and in the jungles of Sumatra, accounting for nearly a tenth of the global zoo population of Sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii), according to a statement from Perth Zoo. Due to her genetic legacy, Puan played a vital role in ensuring the survival of the heavily threatened species. Of the nine existing wild populations of Sumatran orangutans, only seven each with an estimated 250 or more individuals have prospects of long-term viability, according to WWF. Only three of those population groups have more than 1,000 orangutans each. Some 29 of Puans descendants are still alive, including daughters Puteri and Pulang; grandchildren Utama, Teliti, Sekara and Lestari; and great-grandson Sungai, all of whom are also at Perth Zoo. At 62, Puan exceeded the usual life expectancy for her species. In the wild, female orangutans would rarely live past the age of 50, assuming they succumb earlier to a number of threats such as poaching. Puan is the total exception to the rule, Holly Thompson, a primate superviser at Perth Zoo, said in a
DURRIE BOUSCAREN | National Public Radio (USA)
GOROKA - The women are mostly in their early 20s. They have children at home. Selling betel nut an addictive, natural chew to passers-by in mountain towns of Papua New Guinea is a good way to earn a living.
But the extra income sometimes comes at a heavy price: violent beatings by their spouses. Two out of three women in Papua New Guinea experience abuse at the hands of an intimate partner at least once in their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization and aid groups.
Betel nut sellers in Goroka, the main city in the Eastern Highlands, say physical violence is particularly common in their marriages.
"If I give him my earnings, he leaves me alone," says Mala, 20, who sells betel nut and other goods in Goroka. She's talking about the man she married when she was 12.
"But if I refuse and argue that I am sitting in the sun and working hard to earn an income, he gets angry and hits me," she adds. Like other women interviewed, she asked to be identified only by her first name for privacy and out of fear of her husband.
A dirt road near the Goroka airport leads to a squatter settlement down the hill. Dozens of women preside over stacks of vegetables on blankets or sell fried eggs out of big plastic containers. About 80 percent of Papua New Guineans participate in the informal economy, but betel nut sellers say they're often singled out by authorities and fined for making sales in the street. They are also harassed by criminal raskol gangs, who demand free cigarettes.
Betel nut is the pit of the walnut-sized fruit of an areca palm tree. In Tok Pisin, one of the major national languages, it is called buai. The nut is chewed throughout the Pacific islands for a high similar to nicotine, and about as addictive. It is also carcinogenic and is believed to contribute to Papua New Guinea's high rate of mouth cancer, the most common type of cancer in the country.
In the h...
SYDNEY - In the 1960s and 1970s there was only once place to be in Port Moresby on Friday night, well during the footie season anyway.
The place was the Papuan Rugby League ground in Boroko, play starting with Reserve Grade at six followed by A Grade at nine, usually finishing around 10.30 which gave most club members four or five hours to get well lubricated.
Although there were only five A Grade clubs the standard of play was high and supporters very committed to their teams. As the consumption of alcohol escalated, so did the noise of barracking.
But, as tough and skilled as were the games, the real action took place after the final whistle of A Grade. The downstairs area of the club became a venue for Games Night, each club taking it in turn to run the events which were a valuable source of funds.
The games included Under and Overs, Crown and Anchor and, later in the evening, Two Up. As you would expect, the mix of alcohol, parochialism and gambling created a heady atmosphere although ever vigilant club officials made sure fights rarely occurred within the gambling area. After all, if things got out of hand, they could lose a lot of money and the revenue from these nights was essential. (Rugby League in PNG was professional even in those days.)
Out in the car park, however, things sometimes got out of hand and drunken brawls were fairly common though generally quickly contained.
The last thing the PRL wanted was to attract the attention of the police, who generally turned a blind eye to the gambling but would clamp down if the fighting got too bad.
The players were a mixed bunch. Many came to PNG mainly to play league, lured by job offers and lucrative match payments. Then theyd stay on for years, often after their playing careers ended.
Their expertise added greatly to the quality of the game in PNG and many also contributed in other areas. However others were short termers, some of dubious backgrounds.
For a while, un...
TUMBY BAY Its often thought that the patrol officer system was unique to Papua New Guinea but similar systems existed in different parts of the world, especially in African colonies administered by the British.
There was also a patrol officer system in Dutch New Guinea before the Indonesians took over.
And patrol officers also worked in remote parts of Australia amongst our indigenous people.
The patrol officers in Australia were mostly employed by the Commonwealth Government in the Northern Territory but a few states also had their own patrol officers.
Quite a few of them trained alongside kiaps going to Papua New Guinea at the Australian School of Pacific Administration in Sydney and some of them switched between the Australian and Papua New Guinean services.
In Australia they were mainly active in the remote areas of the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia, particularly where there were large Aboriginal reserves.
One of their most significant roles occurred in South Australia and Western Australia during the British atomic bomb tests of the 1950s and later at Woomera and Maralinga during the rocket testing programs of the 1960s.
Two men stand out during this period, Patrol Officers Walter MacDougall and Bob Macaulay.
Walter MacDougall was appointed in 1947. He was an impressive figure, standing 1.9 metres tall with red hair, craggy face and eyes of bright transparent blue that would blaze when he was upset.
One hand had been disfigured when he blew off a thumb and forefinger in an accident with a Winchester rifle.
Macaulay, who was appointed in 1956, was dark haired and shorter with a studied manner and a seemingly inexhaustible patience. He had come to the job upon the recommendation of Professor AP Elkin of Sydney University, under whom he had completed an honours degree in anthropology.
Their patrol area was more than a million square kilometres and patrols often covered 1,...
Indonesia Shuts Out UN Rights Chief From Papua
No Follow-Up to Official Invitation to Troubled Region
What is the Indonesian government hiding in Papua?
Deputy Director, Asia Division
Thats the question raised by the governments seeming refusal to make good on an official invitation promised to the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Raad Al Hussein, to visit Papua and West Papua provinces (collectively referred to as Papua).
On Monday, Zeid issued a statement saying he is concerned that despite positive engagement by the authorities in many respects, the Governments invitation to my Office to visit Papua which was made during my visit in February has still not been honoured.
The Indonesian governments apparent unwillingness to allow Zeid to investigate human rights conditions in Papua should come as no surprise. Indonesian authorities have consistently blocked foreign journalists and rights monitors from visiting Papua. Those restrictions defy an announcement made in 2015 by Indonesias President Joko Widodo popularly known as Jokowi that accredited foreign media would have unimpeded access to Papua. The decades-old access restrictionson Papua are rooted in government suspicion of the motives of foreign nationals for reporting on the region, which is troubled by a small-scale pro-independence insurgency, widespread corruption, environmental degradation, and public dissatisfaction with Jakarta. Security forces are rarely held to account for abuses against critics of the government, including the killing of peaceful protesters.
The limbo of Zeids Papua invitation has dampened hopes raised in March 2017, after the government allowed a UN health expert to make a two-day official visit to Papua, that Indonesia would end its reflexive prohibition on travel to the region by foreign human rights monitors. Instead, Zeids experience is reminiscent of 2013, when then-UN independent expert on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue,...
On Tuesday, June 19, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced US withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) now meeting in Geneva. The UNHRC is stacked with human rights abusers including Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, and, till now, the US itself, but this is still an ugly gesture, like refusing to accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, ditching the Paris Climate Accords, and shredding the Iran Nuclear Deal. Who gives a damn what the world thinks of us? We are good! As Hillary Clinton said at the last Democratic National Convention, America is great because its good. What could better evidence that than our 1000 or so military bases, our unparalleled arsenal, and however many wars were fighting, depending on how you count? Even BAR readers would probably have to stop and decide how to count before they could settle on a number. How dare anyone deny that America is good?
George W. Bush boycotted the UNHRC for three years, but Obama returned to the fold, and Hillary announced that we were back to set a new agenda, based on three principles, the second of which was: The Council must apply a single standard to all countriesIt cannot continue to single out and devote disproportionate attention to any one country, meaning Israel.
At the close of its first session, on June 30, 2006, the UNHRC voted to establish a standing Agenda Item 7: Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories to be debated every time it convenesthree times a year. Its since passed over 70 resolutions censuring Israel, including 5 passed at its March meeting earlier this year. Nikki Haley then scolded the Council for being foolish and unworthy of its name.
Agenda Item 7 hasnt been debated in the current session yet, but more censure of Israel is no doubt in the works, given Israels latest massacres in Gaza. In 2016, the US and other Western states walked out during the Agenda Item 7 debate, and the delirious Jerusalem Post then screeched that 35 countries attacked Israeli human rights abuses against the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Imagine that! Attacking Israeli human rights abuses. Israel is great because its good! It even has nuclear weapons and everybody knows it, especially Iran.
This week Israeli Defense Minister Avidor Lieberman called for Israel to withdraw from the UNHRC even though its not a member. He seems to think that the US and Israeli states are one. America and Israel are good!
Most folks have never even heard of the UNHRC, so, just for context:
The UNHRC is composed of 47 members elected to three year terms within five geographic groups: Africa, Central America and Caribbean, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, and Western European and Other States including the US and Australia. The seats are rarely contested; nations from t...
Lizzie Wilson and Natalie Joyce are great Australian women. I was privileged to work with Lizzie for a short time at 4BC which is where I first met Nat. Natalie spoke with Lizzie for a story you can find in the Australian Women's Weekly - for the full interview you'll...
It seems reasonable that people would want to maximize various aspects of life if they were given the opportunity to do so, whether its the pleasure they feel, how intelligent they are, or how much personal freedom they have. In actuality, people around the world seem to aspire for more moderate levels of these and other traits, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
Our research shows that peoples sense of perfection is surprisingly modest, says psychological scientist Matthew J. Hornsey of the University of Queensland, first author on the research. People wanted to have positive qualities, such as health and happiness, but not to the exclusion of other darker experiencesthey wanted about 75% of a good thing.
Furthermore, people said, on average, that they ideally wanted to live until they were 90 years old, which is only slightly higher than the current average life expectancy. Even when participants imagined that they could take a magic pill guaranteeing eternal youth, their ideal life expectancy increased by only a few decades, to a median of 120 years old. And when people were invited to choose their ideal IQ, the median score was about 130a score that would classify someone as smart, but not a genius.
200618BOUGAINVILLE FAREWELLS DAVID LAMBOURNE
New Dawn FM News
The ABG Law and Justice sector today farewelled DAVID LAMBOURNE who worked as a legal advisor to the Law and Justice Department from 2014.
He was officially farewelled last night at the KUKUL Beach Club where presents and speeches were made.
Today, before he boarded the Air Niugini flight to Port Moresby, the ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS presented an Award for his distinguished services to the Government of Bougainville.
In his farewell remarks, President Momis thanked him for helping Bougainville and wished him well in his new job in another Pacific state the republic of KIRIBATI.
President Momis said that Bougainville was privileged to have MR. LAMBOURNE as advisor in which new Bougainville lawyers have been supported to gain experiences in the Law and sector.
Meanwhile, MR. LAMBOURNE also said that he was also happy to have gained some experience whilst working in the Bougainville.
200618JTT READY FOR JSB ARAWA MEET
New Dawn FM News
The Joint Technical Team that prepare agendas for the JSB has recommended 39 recommendations to be put to the PNG Prime Minister, PETER ONIEL and ABG President CHIEF DR. JOHN MOMIS at the next Joint Supervisory Body (JSB) meeting confirmed for 28-29 June in Arawa.
The recommendations cover wide range of issues under the Bougainville Peace Agreement including referendum and post referendum issues, fisheries, outstanding grants owed to Bougainville, weapons disposal and border control.
These 39 recommendations will support the JSB to be a more effective forum for progressing referendum preparations and resolution of issues between the two governments under the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
200618POWER LOAD SHEDDING
New Dawn FM News
Power consumers have been advised that PNG Power will be carrying out emergency four hourly load shedding as of tomorrow until further notice.
This load shedding is because the PNG Power house is short of fuel to run its generators.
The power load switching will be as follows,
1, Sub Station Nine at Paddock will be switched off at 0800hours and power will be restored at 12Midday.
2,Sub station DOF at MALABOLO/HIGHWAY will be off at 0830 hours and will come on at 1230 hours.
3, Substation DOF at MOTMOTO/KOKOPAU and Ramazon line will be switched off at 0900 hours and and should be restored by 1300 hours.
4, SS 6 at the Buka market will go off at 0930 hours and power should come on at 1330 hours.
5, SS 7 at RABANZ will go off at 1000hrs and should be back by 1400hours.
6, SS2 at the Buka airport will be switched off at 1300 hours and power should be restored by 1700hours.
PNG Power advises the general public that the scheduled switching is subject to change without notice.
200618NAMES NOT ON THE URBAN COMMON ROLL
New Dawn FM News
Many voters were turned away today at the Buka urban Community government election in Buka town because their names were not on the common roll.
According to one senior staff from the Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commission this is due to many voters not enrolling for the urban community government election.
He said one could be that their names were under Tsitalato Community Government and never transferred to the Buka urban council common roll.
The officer said those who do not have any names cannot vote in the urban community government election.
Meanwhile, Some people complained that if the Electoral Commission cannot register names on the small community government election roll how will they register all Bougainvilleans to vote at next years referendum.
200618 23 URBAN COMMUNITY GOVERNMENT WARDS POLLING
New Dawn FM News
TWENTY THREE Urban Community Government wards are having polling this week for the four Urban Community Governments on Bougainville.
They are Arawa with six wards, ARAWA ONE TO SIX, Buin with Six wards, Buin North East, Buin North West,Buin town East, Buin Town West,Buin North and Buin South.
Kokopau with five wards,Munanga,Manob,Bonus, Kokopau town and Patuna.
Buka with six wards,Hutjena,Kubu/Hahela,Ieta/Airport,Ieta,Buka town and Sohano island.
According to the polling schedule, Polling in all centres started yesterday and will end tomorrow.
And counting will start after polling and the seats will be declared.
New Dawn FM understands that two seats within Buka urban have been declared due to the candidates standing unchallenged.
David Eastmans re-trial started this week for allegedly killing former Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester in 1989. Eastman has already spent 19 years in jail for the murder from 1995 until 2014 when he was released as it was found he had not received a fair trial. The new trail is expected to 
Australian media in damage control to explain Melbourne coldest start in 36 years to winter, record snow and frosts to withing 1500 miles south of the equator toward Cains. Bobby the moderator at OZ Politic has a full thread of 350 pages outside MSM control which shows massive ice gains in sea ice around Antarctica, all the while the MSM screams that we have to act now before the worlds coast lines are washed away by a melting Antarctica. Power grids were stretched to the limits in Australia during the Superfreeze event, but downplaying is the new narrative, and if it doesn't fit, just make a new set of rules. Perhaps we need to look to the Sabians of Harran to understand the cycles. Sources
The non-American Obama (which I will detail at a later time), was trained at the CIA East West Centre, Honolulu. It was also where his mother third generation CIA Op Ann Dunham had met his alleged father, Obama. He applied as a foreign born (Indonesian) student, and had a free ride through Columbia University.
The Truman Show Fiction
The White House plot (WH) was hatched in Chicago, where he was gifted an Illinois State Senate Seat, after a payback and a blackmail made it available. The game was to fit the token and script reading actor (Obama Jnr.,...
The racist methgoblins of the True Blue Crew (TBC) are holding another flagwit parade in the Melbourne CBD this Sunday. There theyll be joined by a range of other right-wing cranks, including Soldiers of Odin, neo-Nazi Lads, Timmeh! and The Continue reading
Australian based peer to peer energy trading platform Power Ledger will collaborate with Silicon Valley Power to track the renewable energy use of electric vehicles.
Perth startup Power Ledger has been pioneering blockchain based peer to peer renewable energy projects in countries around the world. Now the company has announced its first carbon credit project as it partners with Silicon Valley Power in Santa Clara, California and the Clean Energy Block Chain Network to create a digital record of Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) transactions. With its aim being to reduce both the processing time and cost of LCFS credits.
The project has two main goals, using Power Ledgers cutting edge blockchain technology which tracks energy production, storage, and use in a transparent, auditable record. To be used in order to manage the consumption of low-carbon energy from Santa Clara solar and batteries at one of Californias largest public electric vehicle charging facilities. While also cutting the time and cost of processing LCFS credits by digitizing the management system that tracks low-carbon electricity as a fuel path.
The platform aims to cut out the need for additional software, hardware or engineers to connect the city-owned PV and SVP electric power grid by utilizing API data from pre-existing meters.
Power Ledger Managing Director and Co-Founder David Martin was quoted about the project,
Silicon Valley Power is a leader when it comes to implementing innovative customer programs with cost-saving technology and digital accountability, Adding later that, Were excited to demonstrate how the platform can assist with cutting both costs and carbon in a simple manner with a secure and clean energy source.
The project is one of a host of Power Ledger energy tracking trials taking place in the US and around the world but it is the startups first foray into dealing with carbon credits. Silicon Valley Power Chief Electric Utility Officer John Roukema spoke about the collaboration saying,
Were looking forward to using the Power Ledger platform to ena...
There is no excuse for a few individuals acting in
way that is a national disgrace"
The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, has demonstrated the importance of meeting a challenge head-on when he visited Mendi, in Southern Highlands Province today.
After several days of unrest in Mendi town, followed by the Prime Minister working with parties to restore calm, it was important that he speak directly with the people.
The Prime Minister called on all people in the Southern Highlands Province to show respect for the law.
There is no excuse for a few individuals acting in way that is a national disgrace.
We cannot change what happened, but we can all take charge of the future.
The State of Emergency Controller has been appointed, and he is taking control and will enforce law and order in the Province.
PM ONeill said the people of the Southern Highlands have raised concerns with him and these will be properly followed up.
I have listened to the concerns relating the Electoral Commissioner in regards to the conduct of the election for the Southern Highlands Regional seat.
Leaders have given me their views and I will see to it that these claims are properly heard.
The crowd of around 5,000 was calm and relatively relaxed considering the past weeks tension, and all the leaders who spoke welcomed the presence of the Prime Minister.
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Adex was suspended by the QRL Judiciary for two matches. That means he will miss this weekends Pacific Test and the next SP Hunters game,
The PNG LNG Kumuls preparation for this Saturdays Pacific Test against Fiji Batis was dealt another blow today when fullback Adex Wera was suspended by the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) judiciary for two matches. This follows the withdrawal of Nene McDonald by the St George Illawarra Dragons medical team for a shoulder injury.
PNG LNG Kumuls Coach Michael Marum said from Campbelltown this afternoon that Wera was cited for a biting charge in last Fridays ISC game against Ipswich Jets and will sit out the next two games.
Adex was suspended by the QRL Judiciary for two matches. That means he will miss this weekends Pacific Test and the next SP Hunters game, Marum said.
He said Wera will return to Port Moresby tomorrow. Its too late in the week now to get a replacement for Adex to join the camp, Marum said.
Marum has named Justin Olam at fullback with Junior Rau to debut as Kumul No. 285 on the wing. Rhadley Brawa becomes Kumul No. 286 when he runs on off the bench.
The team is:
1. Justin OLAM
2. Junior RAU
3. Thompson TETEH
4. Willie MINOGA
5. Richard PANDIA
6. Lachlan LAM
7. Watson BOAS
8. Stanton ALBERT
9. James SEGEYARO - Captain
10. Luke PAGE
11. Rhyse MARTIN
12. Nixon PUTT
13. Rod GRIFFIN
14. Kurt BAPTISTE
15. Rhadley BRAWA
16. Enock MAKI
17. Ase BOAS
Coach: Michael MARUM
The game against Fiji kicks off at 4pm at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday. This will be followed by Tonga vs Samoa at 7pm.
The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has cast a wide net to investigate crypto investors after classifying cryptocurrencies like bitcoin as assets liable for capital gains taxes. Earlier this year, the ATO published its guidance on the tax treatment of cryptocurrencies. Highlighting bitcoin as an example, the authority said it viewed cryptocurrencies as neither money nor
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A new Coalition senator will call for major industrial relations reform on Wednesday, arguing minimum wages and penalty rates are driving down employment for the most needy. Queensland Liberal-National Amanda Stoker will give her maiden speech to the Senate and call on the conservative side of politics to make the...
Once, crossing the railway at Bayswater was difficult, with vehicles forced to travel some distance away, and school children having to dash across the track in a dangerous manner. So the local council decided the best course of action was to go underneath it.
The first plan for a subway at Bayswater was as early as 1903 when the council asked for one to link King William Street to Coode Street. Nothing happened as a result, so they asked again in 1908. By now the problems associated with draining such a subway had been raised, and the council offered its engineer to sort these out.
Despite having promised a subway, the Government now claimed it was short of money but said they would do what they could. Some people, though, questioned if it could be done at all. After all, to get the road low enough it would have to be underneath the water table, and so drainage was impossible, and it would become a small lake with any amount of rain.
These misgivings were ignored though, and on 14 February 1910 the Chairman of the Board, Mr I. C. Granville, drove his horse and sulky through a ribbon held up by two young women and on into the new Bayswater Subway. It doesnt seem to have flooded, at least not to any noticeable extent. However, the open drains from the subway flowing down King William Street did keep making that road subside.
Terrifyingly, in 1942 a group of Perths Nazi...
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