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Friday, 24 November

04:38

Racism in Australia to be scrutinised on the world stage "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Government is bracing for another round of intense scrutiny at the United Nations this time focusing on its efforts to combat racial discrimination.

Despite being a nation committed to fairness and multiculturalism, racism is a growing problem in Australia one that causes immense pain to racial and ethnic minority communities, and which threatens to tear our social fabric apart.

Next week in Geneva, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will assess Australias compliance with a key international law that Australia pledged to uphold to tackle racism.

A coalition of Australian NGOs will brief the Committee in Geneva and present a report, endorsed by 53 organisations. The report documents Australias backward slide in the treatment of ethnic minority communities, refugees, people who seek asylum and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Committee is likely to question Australia about its cruelty towards people seeking asylum and the dire situation on Manus Island, which the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called a humanitarian crisis.

Australias poor record on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples rights will also come under review, including the alarming increase in governments locking up Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and taking children into child protection, the lack of progress on meeting Closing the Gap targets, racist social security policies, and the rejection of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The Committee is also likely to ask Australia why it still lacks a federal human rights charter to ensure equality for all Australians.

Only last month, Australia was slammed by the UN Human Rights Committee for failing to adequately engage and respond to UN bodies and recommendations. The stinging rebuke came just a month after Australia was appointed to the Human Rights Council.

Download report: Australias Compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

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02:08

10 years since we lost Private Luke Worsley, killed in action, Afghanistan 23 November 2007 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Darren Peters, SOTG V remembers his mate Luke Worsley, killed in action 23 November 2007 fighting for Australia Tuesday, 24 November 2015 (Marjorie and John Worsley with a photo of their son the late Luke Worsley, killed in action 23 November 2007 in Australia's war against Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan.)...

00:36

Shocking Detention of Australias Aboriginal Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

(HRW)  The camera shows a slightly built 13-year-old boy pacing in a tiny cell, pausing every so often to lean against the wall, his head buried in his arms, his body trembling. Three guards rush in and quickly overpower the boy, stripping him naked. It was one of at least five instances when detention center guards in Australias Northern Territory used excessive force against him between October 2010 and August 2014, the Australian Broadcasting Corporations Four Corners reported last year.

These and other images appalled many Australians. Perhaps most disturbing of all was a photograph of the same boy, Dylan Voller, at age17, strapped tightly to a restraint chair, a hood over his head; he had been left in that position alone in a cell for two hours. Within 12 hours of the Four Corners report, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the establishment of a Royal Commission to examine the treatment of detained children in the Northern Territory the majority of whom, like Voller, are Aboriginal.

The commission released its findings on Friday, concluding that the territorys youth detention centers are not fit for accommodating, let alone rehabilitating the children they lock up, and calling for their closure.

The systemic and shocking failures identified by the commission could be a checklist of the worst practices in juvenile detention.

Guards verbally abused the boys and young men, including with racial slurs, and sometimes deprived them of food, water, and the use of toilets, the report found.

Bored staff dared children to eat bird excrement, rat feces, and cockroaches for rewards and coerced youth to fight each other. Staff also employed disproportionate and often dangerous use of force when restraining children. Guards were captured on video lifting and throwing children to the ground by the neck, among other abusive practices.

Some girls were strip searched by male guards and, the commission found, subjected to inappropriate sexual attention by staff. They also had less access than boys to showers and toilets, recreation, and education.

Isolation of 21 or more hours per day, sometimes for weeks, was used as punishment, contrary to law and in ways highly damaging to youths mental health.

Failures to safeguard against self-harm, inadequate security, unsanitary facilities the list goes on, documented extensivel...

00:19

PNG Police arrest Iranian Kurdish journalist and asylum seeker Behrouz Boochani "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Iranian Kurdish journalist and asylum seeker Behrouz Boochani was arrested today by Police in Papua New Guinea's Manus Island for his role in discouraging fellow refugees to vacate the already shut down Regional Processing Centre.

Police boss David Yapu confirmed the arrest had nothing to do with Boochanis profile and role as a journalist in an attempt to silence his reporting on the issues from within the centre.
Boochani was among another 37 refugees who were ordered out of the centre to their new temporary centre today while the others remain in the closed centre.

No force was used to remove the refugees but it was difficult to convince them out of the condemned centre, said PPC Yapu.
Mr. Yapu said Boochani is the first of the ring leaders arrested for leading other refugees in resisting to evacuate the centre and others who have been identified will be arrested in the following days.

00:16

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mikdad: We Support UN Role in Case it Respects its Charter and States Sovereignty
23 November 2017

Damascus, SANA- Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad stressed that the summit meeting between President Bashar al-Assad and President Vladimir Putin is one of the most important meetings as it came before holding the tripartite summit in Sochi city in Russia and it conveyed a message that Russia stands by Syria and consults with it on sensitive issues.

In an interview with the Syrian TV on Wednesday,  Mikdad commented on Sochi statement, saying that the language of the statement affirms the political sides which we have dealt with over the past years, and it deals with issues of combating terrorism and the bases set to accomplish the political process.

Answering a question on the UN role in the future political process in Syria, Mikdad said We support the role of the UN in case it respects its Charter which embodies the sovereignty and the independence of the states and the noninterference in their internal affairswhen the UN practices its role on these bases we welcome it.

The committee to discuss constitution during the coming National Dialogue Congress in Sochi doesnt have an official nature and it is a brainstorming process as the Syrian Arab Republic discusses its constitution according to the constitutional mechanisms adopted by the laws in force similar to the parliamentary elections which are conducted according to a constitutional mechanism and the ballot boxes, Mikdad added.

He clarified that the battel against terrorism has almost reached the end and the remnants of Jabhat al-Nusra and Daesh terrorists and the groups affiliated to them will naturally decline, asserting that the battel will continue till fully eliminating terrorism.

Mikdad called upon the states which are part of the illegal US-led coalition to withdraw from it, calling upon the US at the same time to stop its operations in Syria and withdraw its forces from it, and to combat terrorism according to the recognized international mechanism.

R. Jazaeri/ H. Zain

00:00

Caught Our Notice: When authors go MIA, the article may follow "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Title: IRF9 inhibits human acute myeloid leukemia through the SIRT1-p53 signaling pathway What Caught Our Attention: When authors fail to respond to editors requests for information, it isnt hard to imagine that the submitted manuscript will lose its publishing appeal. In this case, the journal and publisher withdrew the article after repeated attempts to contact the authors []

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Thursday, 23 November

23:30

In Final Leg of Campaign in Gujarat, Its Modi Versus Rahul "IndyWatch Feed National"

With a likely erosion of BJP votes due to anti-incumbency effect and a fraction of Patel vote going to the Congress, both parties appear to be neck and neck at the current stage.

BJP supporters at a rally. Credit: PTI

BJP supporters at a rally. Credit: PTI

As electioneering intensifies in Gujarat, the question being asked is whether the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be able to hold on to its votes or will the Congress make a dent in the saffron partys support base. There are no easy answers, but electoral statistics indicate that the BJP has consistently garnered more than 40% of the popular vote in the state since 1995. In the context of the first-past-the-post system that is followed in India, this is highly significant. Dubbed as the winner-takes-all system, such a high percentage of votes translates into the winner getting two-thirds of the total number of seats.

Little wonder, then, that since 1995, the BJP has consistently won more than 115 seats out of the 182 in the Gujarat state assembly contests. In 1995, the first time the BJP came to power in the state, the party won 121 seats and 42.51% of the popular vote. In the next election in 1998 (it was a mid-term election after internal troubles in the BJP led to a full-blown crisis and a government in the interim by a breakaway faction led by Shankar Sinh Vaghela), the BJP won 117 seats with a vote share of 44.81%. The vote percentage of the BJP...

23:30

Fake economics: how to make bad transport projects look good "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Victoria is spending $5.5 billion building the West Gate Tunnel, another $1 billion widening CityLink, probably $10 billion on the North East Link, $11 billion on Melbourne Metro, $8 billion removing level crossings, and, if the Coalition returns, more than $3 billion on the East West Link.

NSW is spending $16 billion on WestConnex, $14 billion on Western Harbour Tunnel Beaches Link, $9 billion on the F6 Extension, $3 billion on NorthConnex, $11 billion on Sydney Metro South West, $8 billion on Sydney Metro NorthWest, $3 billion on Parramatta Light Rail, $2 billion on Sydney Light Rail, and billions more on Sydney Metro West.

It would be nice to know it was money well spent.

There's a fiction that a benefit-cost ratio above "1" means things are OK.

Here's how it works. A consultant adds up all the costs over a period of 30 or 40 years and all the benefits. If the benefits are greater than the costs, giving a ratio of, say, 1.5, it is said to be worth doing. But if they are less, say, 0.45 (which was the ratio in the first study of in the East West Link), it is said to be a waste of money.

Often the studies are never made public, sometimes they are never conducted (as was the case with the national broadband network) and very often they are conducted as an "add-on"; financial bling to be sprinkled over the project after it has been approved and announced.

Melbourne's $5.5 billion West Gate Tunnel is a case in point. Sydney's $14 billion Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link is another. Internal NSW Transport emails released to me under freedom of information show an analyst complaining that his superiors had as good as completed the business case without access to the numbers.

"How something with no, repeat, no, benefit-cost analysis or traffic numbers can be construed as 80 to 90 per cent complete is beyond me," the exasperated official wrote. "The numbers tell us if the thing makes sense."

And the numbers are sometimes rigged.

A seminar in Melbourne last month on the use and abuse of cost-benefit analysis explored the ways.

One of the easiest is to hike the traffic forecasts. On some toll roads, the number of cars predicted to use them was greater than the capacity of the roads. Out of court settlements were reached between the modellers and investors in Sydney's Lane Cove Tunnel and Brisbane's M7 Clem Jones Tunnel.

Professor Jago Dodson of the RMIT Centre for Urban Research revealed that in the queue at a conference he had met one of Australia's senior transport modellers who had worked on at least one of those tunnels.

"Myself and another col...

23:12

Cheap reef snorkel / cruise "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

I'm heading up to Cairns in a few weeks with family (5 of us), looking to do a reef cruise/ snorkel. Looks pretty pricey though, compass cruises seem alright, but still $109 each. Any good deals going? We could also depart from Townsville if that's better?

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23:12

Thanksgiving 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Trench Boys
Thanksgiving is a good time to reflect on all the blessings in life, and I have many.

I'm thankful for landing in a career that I find fulfilling and exciting with opportunities to learn new things and meet new people.  This year my job took me to Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Saipan, Tinian, Rota, Guam, Rapa Nui, mainland Chile, and the United Nations to advocate for ocean protections.  I continue to work at the intersection of science and community to drive policy, and increasingly I am able to fold art and culture into this equation.  The people who surround me are inspiring, untiring, and committed to making this world a better place.

I received recognition from my peers and colleagues for my work this year (in trophy form), which I have found to be mostly humbling and embarrassing.  When I was younger I hungered for recognition, but these days I'm more comfortable with it being given to others.  I'm never the smartest or hardest working person in any room, and any credit I get belongs to the people I work with more than anything.  Honestly, the best part about winning an award is being nominated by your friends.

I've got a great wife and together we share an amazing marriage.  Life is always entertaining and exciting with Edz around.  I enjoy sharing our mundane moments on social media with the hashtag #ConversationsWithMyWife.  The feedback I get is that you enjoy them, too. 

We had a bit of a health scare back in March, so I'm thankful for modern medicine and health insurance this year.  I've never really needed it until this year, and I'm glad we had access to it.  The doctors and nurses at the George Washington University Hospital saved Edz' life. I was on Easter Island when she went to the hospital, and rush as I tried, it took me nearly two days to get back to Washington, DC.  In my absence, Delegate Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan really showed what a class act he is and how much he cares.  He was at the hospital when Edz woke up from surgery -- her only family in the city -- and was there when my mom arrived from...

22:55

Australian high court abolishes prenuptial agreements "IndyWatch Feed National"

IN 2005, Kanye West delivered some sage advice to all wealthy men thinking of entering into marriage with money-hungry women, disparagingly referred to as "gold diggers". If you "ain't no punk", the rapper warned, "holla we want prenup". A pre-nuptial agreement is "something that you need to have", according to Kanye, because when she "leave yo' ass", she is going to "leave with half". The song remains a classic, but legal experts say a landmark ruling handed down by the High Court on Wednesday spells the "death knell" of pre-nuptial agreements, known as binding financial agreements in Australia. The decision in Thorne v Kennedy, in which a young Eastern European woman successfully fought to overturn a prenup she signed on the eve of her marriage to a millionaire property developer twice her age, has sent shockwaves through the family law fraternity and could trigger a wave of lawsuits seeking to overturn existing financial agreements. From a paltry $50,000 she would have been entitled to under the previous agreement, the woman is now set to become a millionaire in her own right. "Even the lawyers within my team, the young ones, they don't realise the significance of this yet," said Slater and Gordon family law expert Heather McKinnon. "It's really funny. The High Court doesn't enter our jurisdiction very often - the last [decision] was probably seven or eight years ago - but when it does, it's significant."

22:47

Man dies following lightning strike in Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A West Australian race course worker who was struck by lightning last week has died in hospital. Track curating staff member Doug Fernihough, 57, was filling divots at Northam Race Club on November 16 when he was hit by lightning, suffering a heart attack and internal injuries. He was flown to Royal Perth Hospital for treatment, but died late on Wednesday surrounded by his family. "On behalf of the Northam Race Club, Racing and Wagering WA and the broader WA racing fraternity, I wish to extend our thoughts and heartfelt condolences to Doug's family and friends," RWWA chief executive Richard Burt said on Thursday.

22:12

The Saudi System and Why Its Change May Fail "IndyWatch Feed National"

EDITORS CHOICE | 21.11.2017 The Saudi System and Why Its Change May Fail The Saudi clown prince Mohammad Bin Salman is an impulsive tyrant. But what accounts for the urge to purge the country of any potential competing power center Why does he run a such an activist foreign policy? The answer might be Iran. Not Iran the []

22:01

Die Grnen berichten von den Sondierungsgesprchen. ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Die Grnen berichten von den Sondierungsgesprchen. Money Quote:

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Was haben die Grnen bei den Sondierungen gelernt?

Habeck: Wir waren gezwungen, unser Wahlprogramm zu einem Ergebnisprogramm zu machen. Beispiel CO2-Reduktion: Wir konnten nicht mehr nur Gigawatt-Forderungen erheben, sondern mussten auch erklren, wie dabei die Versorgungssicherheit gewhrleistet bliebe. Das war eine Wirklichkeitshrtung.

o_O

Die sind ernsthaft whrend der Sondierung zum ersten Mal gefragt worden, ob sie ihren Plan gegengerechnet haben?!

Heilige Scheie! "Wirklichkeitshrtung", ich kipp aus den Latschen!

Leute, lasst euch das eine Lehre sein! So kann das enden, wenn man sich in irgendwelche virtuellen Parallelblasenwelten zurckzieht!

Update: Ein Einsender fgt hinzu:

bemerkenswert wird das Ganze ja erst wirklich, wenn man wei, was Lindner und Kubicki in ihrer Pressekonferenz gesagt haben. Die sprachen davon, dass zwischen Belgien und einem westlichen Bundesland (knnte NRW gewesen sein) eine Absprache bestehe: Deutschland versorge Belgien mit Kohlestrom, damit die Tihange abschalten knnten. Ja, genau, _das_ Kernkraftwerk. Derentwegen in Aachen Jodtabletten verteilt werden. Dessen Abschaltung knnten die nicht durchgerechneten Umweltplne der Grnen also verhindern.

21:31

Savages in government put bounty on Indian actress and director "IndyWatch Feed National"



So this is the sort of garbage that is in power in certain countries.

A politician, leader or whatever puts a bounty on an actress and her director.

What's worse is that the herd population support this kind of behaviour.

One could only wonder how much of this garbage the Australian authorities allow into this country, under the "Human Rights" or refugee banner of course.

See article from 21 Nov 2017 by time.com of the headline;

A Member of India's Ruling Party Has Put a Bounty on the Heads of a Bollywood Actress and Her Director


NEW DELHI) A member of Indias Hindu nationalist ruling party offered 100 million rupees ($1.5 million) to anyone who beheads the lead actress and the director of an unreleased Bollywood film Padmavati rumored to depict a relationship between a Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler.

Suraj Pal Amu, a Bharatiya Janata Party leader from the northern state of Haryana, offered the bounty against actress Deepika Padukone and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Sunday. The films producers postponed the release of the film, which was set to be in theaters Dec. 1, and Amu was reported by local media to have said at a public rally that the film would not be allowed to be released at all.

Padmavati is based on a 16th century Sufi epic poem, Padmavat, in which a brave and beautiful Rajput queen chose to kill herself rather than be captured by the Muslim sultan of Delhi, Allaudin Khilji. Over centuries of its retelling, the epic has come to be seen as history, despite little evidence.
Padukone plays Padmini, the legendary queen who committed jauhar, the medieval Rajput practice in which female royals walked into funeral fires to embrace death over the dishonor of being taken captive.

Padmavati has been in trouble since the beginning of the year, with fringe groups in the western state of Rajasthan attacking the films set, threate...

20:55

Refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani arrested in Manus as squad steps in "IndyWatch Feed National"

Papua New Guineas paramilitary police officers have arrested refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani during a raid on the Manus Island detention centre.

On Thursday morning PNG police, the paramilitary Mobile Squad and immigration officers entered the centre to force out the remaining hundreds of refugees who for more than three weeks have camped in deteriorating conditions.

Refugees reported that about 40 men had been forced on to buses, presumably heading to the transit accommodation. An ABC journalist reported seeing several buses carrying refugees leave the centre.

The men have refused to leave the facility which formally closed at the end of last month because of their safety fears in the town of Lorengau.

It was not clear on Thursday afternoon where Boochani had been taken, or whether he had been charged. Manus Island police officials could not be reached.

Boochani has been one of the most prominent of the group, reporting for the Guardian and a number of other publications around the world on the conditions inside the centre.

On Thursday afternoon several refugees confirmed Boochani had been taken away from the camp by members of the Mobile Squad. Pictures of the event showed him being led away, flanked by officers.

Boochani had been reporting from a hiding place in the toilets while officers confiscated phones and destroyed the belongings of refugees.

However, according to witnesses, officers specifically searched for him and others reporting events to the outside world.





Iranian-Kurdish refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani has been arrested on Manus Island. He was seen taken away from the detention centre by the paramilitary Mobile Squad.

Amnesty International said it wasnt clear why Boochani had been arrested but it appeared to be a deliberate attempt to isolate human rights activists from the wider group.


The arrest of Behrouz Boochani as a so-called ringleader of the peaceful protest on Manus Island is deeply misguided, said Kate Schuetze, Amnesty Internationals Pacific researcher.

It violates his rights and sends a terrible signal about PNGs intentions with regard to the remaining 400-plus men. He...

20:36

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

231117SOUTH SUDAN PEACE-BUILDER SHARES REFERENDUM EXPERIENCE
By Press/laukai

The people of Bougainville have been urged to remain committed to the Bougainville Peace Agreement to ensure the referendum is an internationally credible process.

The comments came from South Sudan peace-builder and former government minister, Dr Luka Kuol when sharing his experience with the ABG Members yesterday.

He said that Bougainville was unique, and needs home-grown solutions, but I am here to share South Sudans experience so that the Bougainville experience can be better,.

Dr Kuol emphasised the need to prioritise social cohesion, to make people confident to disarm and unify behind the post-referendum outcome.

Bougainville must also ensure it takes each step alongside the national government as well as maintain strong linkages to the international community.

Dr Kuol was former Minister for Presidential Affairs, Government of South Sudan, and is visiting Bougainville with the support of the United Kingdom and Conciliation Resources International.

Dr Luka conducted a workshop with government and members of civil society, and briefed the Bougainville House of Representatives on South Sudans experience so that Bougainville can prepare well for the conduct of the Bougainville Referendum in 2019.

Ends

20:28

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

231117MEMBER NAKIN CALLS FOR EARLY PREPARATIONS
By Aloysius Laukai

The National member for North Bougainville, WILLIAM NAKIN has called on the Sporting authorities to budget for biannual events like the PNG Games and other such activities and not to make last minute requests for assistance and fundraisings.
The member made these remarks in Buka this week when donating FIFTY THOUSAND KINA towards the BOUGAINVILLE team participating at the PNG GAMES in KIMBE, West New Britain Province.
Member NAKIN urged sports administrators and executives to begin to consider other aspects of youth development as well besides that of sports.
Bougainville National members have pledged FIVE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND KINA towards the Bougainville team.
The Member for South presented TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND KINA, member for North Bougainville, FIFTY THOUSAND KINA, the Regional member has also pledged TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND KINA whilst the Minister for Bougainville and member for Central Bougainville has pledged ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINA towards the team.
Member NAKIN said the PNG GAMES is a biannual event and those responsible for it including the Provincial Governments and the ABG must prepare for it.

Ends

20:21

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

231117PUNGHAU WELCOMES DOCTOR KUOL
By Aloysius Laukai

Meanwhile the ABG Minister for Peace Agreement Implementation, Albert Punghau,in welcoming Dr Kuol to Bougainville said that Bougainville needs to listen to the South Sudans Referendum Experience to prepare well for the Bougainville Referendum.

He said that We must learn from the lessons of others to prepare for ours scheduled for 2019.

He said that even though referendum is a new concept for Papua New Guinea and Bougainville, we can draw upon our internal cultural values to prepare ourselves for it.

MR. PUNGHAU said that People with direct experience like Dr Kuol can assist us to create a referendum that is credible, a referendum that can sustain long lasting peace and put an end to the Bougainville conflict once and for all.

He said that we must be patient, sensitive and creative by engaging with the people at all levels.

We must not pre-empt the outcome, but we must prepare ourselves to be referendum ready being peaceful, unified, weapons-free and continuing to deliver services that the people need.

Whichever way the cookie crumbles, the democratic process needs to take place and we must be prepared to accept the will of the people when they cast their vote.

Ends

20:20

Mercedes fooling consumers with a rebaged Nissan Navara "IndyWatch Feed National"

It seems that Mercedes-Benz is a little (or rather a lot) behind the eight ball with regards to the booming 4WD ute market in Australia.

So what does one of the world oldest car manufacturers do?

Result to the cheap and nasty practice of "badge engineering", where one car manufacturer's badge is swapped for another one's.

People should recall that the Toyota Lexen was actually a Holden Commodore.

Mazda's new BT50 ute is a Ford Ranger.

Fiat's 124 Spider is a Mazda MX-5.

Don't let the truth get in the way, hey Volker Mornhinweg, head at Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles?

So the Merc has different door cards, and Merc spec suspension. Big Deal!

The lower spec Mercedes X-Class even has Nissan's 4 cylinder engine in it.

As one reader stated:

"Sounds like the marketing department at Mercedes is trying to convince us that white is black. Don't be fooled,..."

In any event you can read Mornhinweg's denials from an article from drive.com.au of the headline:

Mercedes-Benz: X-Class is not a Navara


Don't call the Mercedes-Benz X-Class a Nissan Navara.

Speaking at the global debut of the production X-Class Mercedes head of commercial vehicles, Volker Mornhinweg, said buyers shouldn't be fixated on the dual-cab's Nissan Navara origins.

"In the LCV [light commercial vehicle] business it's a common approach to work together with partners, all over the place. A lot of companies are working together quite successfully." Mornhinweg said.

"Partnering in the passenger car segment is not that common, but in the LCV segment it's quite common, therefore it's a kind of natural move also to think about pick-ups, and for us we had a target that we would like to introduce our product to market in a very short term notice."

Some of the partners he refers to include Volkswagen, whose previous generation Crafter was based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter large van, as well as another Renault-Nissan Alliance collaboration overseas which sees the Renault Kangoo sold as the Mercedes-Benz Citan in Europe.

Rather than a badge-engineered product (the term applied to mostly-unchanged cars that sell under a number of marques), Mornhinweg was keen to keen...

20:19

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

231117NAKIN TO SUPPORT YOUTH PROJECTS
By Aloysius Laukai

The National member for North Bougainville has vowed to support North Bougainville youths in all works of life to make sure North Bougainville moves forward into the future by providing funding for Social, Economic and Spiritual development for youths.
Member NAKIN said that he was ready and willing to provide funds for youth groups who have Coconut and Cocoa rehabilitation, animal husbandry, fishing and tourism development projects which can make youths self-sufficient instead of being dependent on government funds.
MR. NAKIN said that because of the economic downturn in the country he would like to make small contributions to all sectors of the community instead of making one big contribution to ONLY one sector.
The member made these comments when contributing FIFTY THOUSAND KINA towards Team Bougainville currently participating in the PNG Games in Kimbe.

Ends

20:11

Shanghai stocks tumble, other Asian stocks slow Chinese regulators moved to tighten their grip on financial markets "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Stocks in Shanghai fell sharply but in rest of Asia, markets were calm Thursday after the Fed minutes largely met investor expectations that it will soon raise interest rates for a third time next month.

KEEPING SCORE: Chinas Shanghai Composite Index sank 2 percent to 3,359.92, its lowest level since August, while Hong Kongs Hang Seng index slipped 0.4 percent to 29,886.99. South Koreas Kospi finished flat at 2,540.71 and Australias S&P/ASX 200 also finished unchanged at 5,986.20. Stocks in Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries were mixed. Japan was closed on a holiday.

FED: Minutes of the Feds last meeting that ended Nov. 1 showed that most officials generally believe that itll soon be time for another increase in the Feds key interest rate. A few Fed leaders think rates should stay where they are until there is more evidence inflation is rising, showing the concerns that the U.S. inflation is falling short of expectations despite the jobless rate falling to the lowest level in nearly 17 years. But the minutes did not change expectations for a December rate hike, analysts said.

ANALYSTS TAKE: While the minutes did not surprise markets, the statement does clear the air of one raging debate, and thats 2018 rate hikes unambiguously depend more pressingly on inflation than on growth, said Stephen Innes, head of Asia trading at OANDA.

WALL STREET: U.S. stocks finished mostly lower on Wednesday retreating from their latest record highs. The Standard & Poors 500 index dipped 1.95 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,597.08. The Dow Jones industrial average slid 64.65 points, or 0.3 percent, to 23,526.18. The Nasdaq composite rose 4.88 points, or 0.1 percent, to a record 6,867.36. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks lost 2.13 points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,516.76. U.S. markets will be closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday. They will reopen Friday but w...

19:58

PERTH Maddington car dealer Mazin Alkiaat banned from holding dealer licence after winding odometers "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Maddington car dealer Mazin Alkiaat banned from holding dealer licence after winding odometers .

November 23, 2017 at 01:56PM .

Mazin Alkiaat pleaded guilty to buying cars at auction only to wind back the clocks, in Perth Magistrates Court earlier this year, and was ordered to fork

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19:52

Manus Island: Police enter decommissioned Australian refugee detention camp "IndyWatch Feed National"

Papua New Guinea police have moved in on the shuttered Australian-run Manus detention camp in an attempt to force hundreds of asylum seekers occupying it to leave. The camp long symbolized Canberras strict asylum laws.

Authorities in Papua New Guinea are removing more than 300 asylum seekers from a squalid immigration camp on Manus island to another location

Australia has paid PNG and the nearby island of Nauru to hold refugees as part of its controversial immigration policy

Rights groups and the UN have warned of violence and a humanitarian crisis

Asylum seekers have refused to leave for three weeks

Papua New Guinea authorities moved to empty a decommissioned Australian-run immigration detention center, drawing criticism from rights groups and the UN over hardhanded tactics and a potential humanitarian crisis.

Police Chief Superintendent Dominic Kakas said 50 police and immigration officials entered the camp on Thursday morning and persuaded 35 of the 378 men there to go to alterative accommodation in the nearby town of Lorengau.

But asylum seekers reported police were using force to remove them from the Manus island camp, where authorities...

19:43

Members of the Australian Dental Association visit Gunnedah to brief Gunnedah Shire Council about adding fluoride to the water supply "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gunnedah Shire Councillors attended a closed meeting on Wednesday to be briefed by members of the Australian Dental Association (ADA) NSW regarding water fluoridation.

ADA spokeswoman Dr Sarah Raphael, who hosted the briefing, shared with councillors and local dentists a report from the federal governments National Health and Medical Research Council on water fluoridation.

Dr Raphael said water fluoridation has been researched in Australia for decades.

Water fluoridation is one of the most widely-studied public health measures of all time, Dr Raphael said.

Decades of research in Australia have proven it is safe and effective in preventing tooth decay, water fluoridation gives everyone in the community protection from tooth decay on tap.

The fluoride debate has prompted a wave of facebook groups against water fluoridation, including a group administrated by Gunnedahs Wendy Carpenter called Its OK to say NO to fluoride in Gunnedahs water.

Mrs Carpenter said the group is designed to help bring balance to the discussion.

There are a growing number of people in our community who are very concerned about the proposed fluoridation of Gunnedahs water, Mrs Carpenter said.

We are very concerned that in the light of increasing evidence that ingesting fluoride in water is not safe nor is it the most effective method of tooth protection.

Fluoride Action Network Australia (FANA) chair Merilyn Haines said the organisation has sent research and reports to council and hopes council will consider research from both sides of the debate.

We hope that Councillors will consider these concerns because NSW Health will not be providing this type of information either to the Councillors, or to the public in the very one sided biased consultation that NSW Health is conducting, Mrs Haynes said.

Gunnedah dentist Dr Karthikeyan Muthusamy supports water fluoridation and said adding fluoride to the water is safe for everyone.

I strongly recommend fluoridation, Dr Muthusamy said.

It comes from a solid basis of research and it saves people a lot of trouble in regards to dental health.

The briefing follows a resolution from the October ordinary council meeting that stated NSW Health would seek public feedback regarding fluoridation and report the findings to council at Decembers ordinary council meeting.

*Original article online at......

18:51

Australia Warns of Asia Power Shift to China If U.S. Withdraws "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bloomberg

By Jason Scott

November 22, 2017, 5:25 PM EST Updated on November 22, 2017, 10:15 PM EST
  • Turnbulls government releases foreign policy white paper
  • Urges U.S. to continue support for global rules-based order
Malcolm Turnbull

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Australia is concerned that Chinas military expansion in the South China Sea will lead to clashes in Asia and wants the U.S. to remain involved in the region, according to a new policy paper released by the government.

The power balance would shift to Beijing should the U.S. withdraw its political, economic and security ties, according to the foreign policy white paper, the first in 14 years. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the document clear-eyed and hard-headed and said Australia would seek a bigger role in shaping regional affairs.

In the past we could safely assume that the world worked in a way that suited Australia, Turnbull told reporters on Thursday in Canberra. Now power is shifting and the rules and institutions are under challenge, he said. We are experiencing unprecedented prosperity and opportunity but the liberal, rules-based order that underpins it all is under greater stress than at any time since its creation in the 1940s.

On China, Turnbull said: This is the first time in our history that our dominant trading partner is not also a dominant security partner.

President Donald Trumps withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partn...

18:48

Scientists Have Finally Found A Way to Regenerate Old Human Cells! "IndyWatch Feed National"

These findings are groundbreaking. Regenerating old human cells is going to be taking a lot less time than anyone could have ever imagined.

Researchers from the University of Exeter have recently revealed something spectacular. They have found a way to regenerate old human cells in a matter of hours. This research was published in the journal BMC Cell Biology and was based on earlier discoveries from within the same group.

You see splicing factors gradually switch off as we age. According to Richard Faragher as well as Dr. Elizabeth Ostler at Exeter, splicing factors are something we can turn back on with the help of chemicals. This meaning they can make senescent cells look younger and even make them divide into young cells. They do this by using something known as resveratrol analogs.

For those who do not know resveratrol analogs are found in dark chocolate, red wine, and red grapes. They turn on the splicing factors and make the cells look younger. It is that simple! Once they began looking younger they also began regenerating. This could potentially help tons of people age without becoming old.

It could reduce the degenerative effects aging has on our bodies. Each time they have repeated this experiment the results ended up the same. However, of course, more studies will be necessary before the possibility of a clinical trial of any kind comes into play. This could be the answer we have been looking for in this department. While we do not yet know where these findings will take us, it does appear something good will come from them.

The conclusion reads as follows:

During the aging process, both senescent and non-senescent cells lose a degree of response to cellular stressors. The upstream causes of this are as yet unclear but may include changes in genes controlling alternative splicing; a major regulator of gene expression which ensures genomic plasticity. Here, we provide evidence that treatment with novel analogs of the stilbene compound resveratrol is associated not only with the restoration of splicing factor expression but also with amelioration of multiple cellular senescence phenotypes in senescent human primary fibroblasts. At present, the precise mechanisms behind these observations are unclear but may involve both the restoration of a more youthful pattern of alternative splicing and also effects of specific splicing factors on telomere maintenance. We propose therefore that splicing factors, and the upstream drivers of splicing factor expressions may prove promising as druggable targets to amelior...

18:20

9 Symptoms That Prove Adrenal Fatigue Is Causing Your Anxiety, Insomnia and Depression "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our fast-paced, high-stress society often leads to feelings of being overwhelmed, worn down or exhausted. During the busiest times of our lives, we may find that a lack of sleep, a mile long to do list, never-ending responsibilities and an attempt to maintain a social calendar all add up to an incredibly high level of fatigue. If this exhaustion cannot be solved through time off and a good night sleep, it may be a sign of a bigger problem.

Leila Kirdani, a family physician that specializes in functional medicine, explains, Fatigue is probably the number one complaint among new patients in my practice. Anyone with prolonged fatigue, with difficulty sleeping, who feels burned-out or lack of enjoyment in life, may be suffering from adrenal fatigue.

Source: Hormones Balance

 

While the term adrenal fatigue is not a recognized medical diagnosis, practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine have adopted the label to identify a number of nonspecific symptoms including digestive problems, body aches, nervousness, fatigue and sleep disturbances. In fact, experts estimate that as many as 80% of Americans experience adrenal fatigue at some point in their lives.

Dr. James Wilson coined the term adrenal fatigue in 1998 when he noticed that there was a connection between increased stress levels as well as a noticeable change in adrenal function. He set out to research the connection between the two, studying both men and women who had reported experiencing chronic fatigue.

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18:14

Winning Silverbacks rugby sevens team to promote ACT NOW! campaigns "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Silverbacks rugby sevens team has been presented with training tops and t-shirts bearing the ACT NOW! name and logo in recognition of their successful run through several Port Moresby tournaments.

The team will be wearing the tops at training and in their pre-game warm ups to promote ACT NOW! and it campaigns to the rugby crazy community in the Nations capital.

The team were presented with their new clothing by Campaign Coordinator Eddie Tanago and Administration Manger, Gary Iga at training last Friday.

17:41

Protesting Asylum Seekers Ordered Out of Manus Island Camp by PNG Police "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police enter the Manus Island detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, November 23, 2017. AAP/via Reuters

Police enter the Manus Island detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, November 23, 2017. AAP/via Reuters

Sydney: Papua New Guinea (PNG) police sealed off an officially shuttered Australian-run detention camp on Thursday and ordered asylum seekers occupying it to leave as they confiscated food and water the men had stockpiled, asylum seekers told Reuters.

About 380 asylum seekers have shut themselves inside the Manus Island Centre for more than three weeks, defying attempts by Australia and PNG to close it in a standoff the United Nations described as a looming humanitarian crisis.

They destroyed our food and damaged our accommodation too, they destroyed our water tank, one asylum-seeker said in a mobile telephone message from the camp.

Many of the men climbed onto rooftops and hid in toilets, he said. Three other asylum seekers gave similar accounts of the police action.

A video shot by Sudanese refugee Abdul Aziz and posted o...

17:24

Threatened species protected on Toorongo Plateau "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mt Toorongo is a magical spot: it is a mountain in the Central Highlands to the east of Melbourne. If you drive to the Baw Baw ski village from Noojee, it is the steep dark mountain that fills the skyline above you as you head through the last of the farming country at Icy Creek.

Not many people go there. Its a bit off the track, but is accessible quite easily via a number of dirt roads. As I understand the ecology of the mountain, it was burnt twice in close succession (in the 1920s and the infamous 1939 fires). So the eucalypt forest on the summit was replaced by a remarkable cloud forest of what are normally understorey species. The summit itself is a long ridge which offers wonderful views of the Baw Baw Plateau, the Latrobe Valley and distant Strzelecki Ranges to the south.

Like many forests in the region, the mountain has been relentlessly logged. Much of the cloud forest was chained down by bulldozers in the early 1990s and planted with Shining Gum (which is not actually indigenous to the area as I understand it).

But there are still pockets of cool temperate rainforest, and the forest at the treeline, composed of old wattles and myrtle beech, is a delight. It still harbours endangered animal species, too.

Recently, WOTCH (Wildlife of the Central Highlands), a volunteer group which focuses on citizens science like animal surveys, identified Leadbeaters Possums on the Toorongo Plateau, the northern slopes of the mountain. It is hard to overstate the importance of Toorongo Mountain and the plateau. Like the Errinundra Plateau, it has acted as a refugia in times of climate variation and climate change in the past, providing a place for the old Gondwanic species to retreat to when temperatures are warmer and fire regimes are stronger.

The Leadbeaters Possum was found in an area that was scheduled for logging and the discovery of the individual means that this particular section of forest will be protected. This is a great outcome, won by an inspiring group.

You can find out more about WOTCH via their facebook page.


16:38

Part 6 of the Queensland election blog for 2017 #qldvotes #qldpol @Qldaah "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ongoing coverage of the Queensland election campaign for 2017. Check back for updates. Table of contents Jump to comments section. Antony Greens Queensland election 2017 guide. Queensland election: Breaking down the big promises from Labor and the LNP. Archive of The Courier Mails front pages during election 2017. (November 23, 2017) Day 26 Adani NAIF veto to be respected. . (November 23, 2017) Day 26 -Adani NAIF veto to be respected Costings Amy Remeikis reports, LNP and Labor both promise to keep debt below $81bn, and both release costings less than 48 hours before the election: Costings and meerkats: Queensland parties in sync in final stretch. Nicholls Govt to []

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16:21

RISE eX-detainees condemn todays brutal attack on refugees and the forcible removal of refugees on Manus by Australian lead and funded authorities : 23/11/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Today refugee detainees on Manus informed us that they have been attacked by the Australian lead and funded authorities on Manus. According to the reports, this operation is a joint effort by the AFP and the PNG authorities. Refugees on Manus have been protesting the forcible removal to another refugee camp and have instead been pleading to end over 4 years of human rights violations against them by closing the camps all together and ending unjust mandatory detention of refugees. Over the last 23 days the Australian government has ceased all food supplies, power and medical services which has put an already vulnerable community at an even further risk of harm.

Today, Australian led authorities entered the Manus torture camp and destroyed the belongings of all held there and began removing refugees forcibly one by one. Additionally the police have arrested refugees so far including Kurdish journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani. Refugees are under attack; distressed and bashed while being forcibly removed. This Manus systemic designed torture operation MUST end and refugees who are held hostage on the island MUST be evacuated immediately and given permanent protection in Australia and, if they choose, New Zealand.

We eX-detainees condemn this this type of terrorist and illicit activity led by the Australian government. We also condemn all those who look to labour and Liberal MPs for instruction as opposed to taking direction from those with lived experience such as eX-detainees.

eX-detainee and founder of RISE Ramesh Fernandez said Manus is a designed operation, similar to operations carried out in Christmas Island and Cocas Island as well as in many other detention centres in mainland Australia. The Australian immigration officials are well recognised thugs who continue to function without any accountability in detention centres. Dont be surprised because this has been going on for nearly 30 years now

Furthermore, we eX-detainees believe that people should stop repeating slogans such as not in my name. These people have elected the politicians that support this torture of our communities and it is time to recognise the influence their vote has.

eX-detainees at RISE are calling for national and international wide action against the Australian Government for its inhumane treatment of refugees on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

While you take action on this urgent matter, get involved in eX-detainees #SanctionAustralia. RISE eX-detainees call for immediate pressure to be placed on Australia from major international human rights bodies in the way of sanctions that address their deliberate and inhumane mandatory detention policy and refugee boat push back policies. Specifically, Australia should be excluded from participation in all internati...

16:05

On Thanksgiving "IndyWatch Feed National"

For decades, American Indians have gathered on the fourth Thursday in November on Alcatraz Island to pray.

Commentary

Published November 23, 2017

Every year during Thanksgiving week I am asked if American Indians celebrate the national holiday. The answer really covers the spectrum of those who choose to embrace modern American living and those who attempt to live traditional practices of our ancestors.

Hundreds of American Indians will travel-beginning at about 3 a.m. this morning-from Pier 33 in San Francisco to Alcatraz Island for an indigenous sunrise ceremony. This is how they celebrate today. They will pray, sing and dance beyond the rising of the sun. During their prayers, they will give thanks to the Creator for our ancestors who went before us. This year, they will remember the memory of Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, who began his spirit journey late last month. They will remember how he once too was on Alcatraz Island as a young AIM leader to protest with those who occupied the island. They will remember the Longest Walks he began on the island; they will remember the walks would continue to Washington, D.C. to bring attention to the injustices of federal policies towards American Indians. And they will pray for future generations that will produce future leaders such as Dennis Banks.

Levi Rickert

Still othersparticularly many tribes across Indian Countyhave already hosted Thanksgiving dinners for their tribal elderly and other community members in recent days.

Today, many American Indians will sit down to eat a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. They will gather with family and friends to eat, discuss tribal politics and Washington, D.C. politics. They will discuss the erosion of moral standards in American society where lying by the current occupant of the White House has become an everyday occurrence. Wives,....

16:01

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry Film Screening Friday 8th December (Melbourne) "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFSA, in conjunction with ORICoop are proud to present the heartfelt film: Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry. Produced by Robert Redford, Terrence Malick, & Nick Offerman and directed by Laura Dunn (The Unforeseen), this documentary is "a beautiful and poignant portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the eye of American novelist, poet, and activist, Wendell Berry".

As a special guest and pre-screening event, Charles Massy will discuss his groundbreaking new book, Call of The Reed Warbler. There will be an opportunity for Q & A with Charles, and copies of the book will be available for purchase on the night.

Join us for a night of discussion, learning and reflection around farming - in the past, the present and the future.

Watch the film trailer HERE.

TICKETS: $25, (AFSA & ORICoop Members $20).

(General admission tickets listed as "ORICoop Friends FRI" and AFSA Members listed as "AFSA Members FRI").

Post-film details TBC (we will be hitting up a local pub and would love to continue discussions after the film - we hope you'll join us!)

The post Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry Film Screening Friday 8th December (Melbourne) appeared first on Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance.

16:01

Religious Persecutions have impacted Political-Economy "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: hi martin

question for you

if we fed the data and all the info you had on ISLAM CHRISTIANITY JUDAISM etc and all other religions into SOCRATES and ask it ..what would its preferred choice be of RELIGION and what should the world followwhat would SOCRATES say?

have you ever tried this thought experiment?

Regards

SS

ANSWER: Interesting question. I do not believe it would pick one for that is a subjective decision. It would forecast trends, but not which religion is better. What it does do is it will forecast religious upheaval, which is tied to economics. Change the economy and you create change in religion. The introduction of Communism followed Marx in banning religion.

 

 

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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 1.10 AUD
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15:46

PNG Police arrest award winning journalist @BehrouzBoochani as #Manus brutality breaks #auspol: @Jansant reports "IndyWatch Feed National"

PNG police have arrested award winning journalist and Manus detainee, @BehrouzBoochani. Behrouzs last tweet before being arrested: Peter Dutton stop propaganda against https://t.co/blgYw5Elt7 created this situation and you are responsible. You are lying to people that you built new accommodation. Those places are real prison, stop using ppl for your political benefits. Behrouz Boochani (@BehrouzBoochani) November 23, 2017 During the arrest fellow detainee, Abdul Aziz Adam (@Aziz58825713) tweeted: They are looking for me and Behrouz they found him but they are not going to find me. These are police are taking Behrouz. pic.twitter.com/G01bA46ETC Abdul Aziz Adam (@Aziz58825713) November 23, 2017 Journalists union, Media Enterainment Arts Alliance said in a []

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15:23

Were impressed youve held out so long, but its the second-last day to catch the rocket to Prizeville "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anyone who subscribes, resubscribes or donates before Friday goes into the draw to win some truly stellar prizes, including bikes, beekeeping workshops, artistic boot camps, award-winning books, bundles of excellent magazines, music, art and trips to Byron Bay.

15:10

Sharks vs. Measles, Victorian Minister vs. Sweden, and Vax vs. Playgrounds "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jackson State University study found shocking statistics about vaccination (photo Immunity Education)

By Dee McLachlan

Am I reading this correctly?

The Herald Sun reported today:

Three children were removed from the father and mothers care following serious concerns for their welfare, but the couple are now fighting a decision made by a childrens court that the children be immunised while in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services....

14:43

Angore Shut Down, Expat Worker Held Hostage "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Post Courier | November 21, 2017

Angore has been shut down for an indefinite period since last week and an expatriate worker was also held hostage as an expression of their frustration for their nonpayment of funds.

Hides Gas Development Company chairman Tuguyawini Libe Parindali yesterday (Nov 20) confirmed this with the Post-Courier.

Mr Parindali said the landowners are frustrated because government has failed miserably to honor its commitments as result as threatened to shut down operations at the Hides Conditioning Plant.

The government now needs to fast track its clan vetting process and release the K6.7 million owed to the landowners in infrastructure and the K35 million promised money for the Investment Development Grants.

Businesses and individuals are now facing a serious security issue and we need governments intervention.

We will not touch the developer, they have our undivided support. All we want is for the Gov...

14:42

War, Business and Orchids the Smith Story "IndyWatch Feed National"

  Stanley Smith was an Australian businessman, WWII operative in China and expert horticulturalist. His life took him from a comfortable Brisbane upbringing to the danger of war and finally to a life half-way across the world. His Chinese-born wife, Continue reading

14:38

Sydney unemployment still dropping "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Sydney unemployment falling

Greater Sydney has been creating thousands of new jobs per month, and the harbour city's unemployment rate has been trending down now for 44 months, hitting an annual average of just 4.65 per cent.

Brisbane recorded a nice fall in the month, but seems to be creating a dearth of full time positions.


Sydney's monthly unemployment rate dropped to just 3.9 per cent in October.


There hasn't been a lower result since August 2005.

Sydney's labour market is tightening gradually, and there are some signs of wage pressures in the construction industry.

It now takes 14 weeks on average for Sydneysiders to find a job, down from 18 weeks three years earlier, so it's been a bit of a slow burn.

Newcastle and the Hunter Valley have also seen a fine turnaround in fortunes over the past couple of years as the state's economy accelerated away from the resources downturn, and coal prices came shooting back with a vengeance.

Queensland is now creating the most jobs, and cities such as Gold Coast are recording very low unemployment rates - at an annual average of just 4.8 per cent - with the Commonwealth Games visitor boost still to come.

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14:30

Global Coal Market Shrugs Off Indias Reduced Imports "IndyWatch Feed National"

While Indias coal imports have dropped 12% over the last three years, as the Modi government pursues a domestic strategy, they have picked up in recent times and are likely to continue to rise.

Credit: Reuters

Indonesias benchmark price for thermal coal has risen by more than 25% since June this year. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: The international coal market is hardening on strong Chinese demand, brushing off the impact India was projected to have as a result of it reducing dependence on the imported dry fuel.

The global rise, surprisingly, comes even though the 13.6 million tonne gain in Chinas imports during January-July 2017 has not been enough to offset the 16.3 million tonne decline in Indias purchase of coal from the overseas market.

The Indonesian coal market, which is the main source of imported fuel for Indian power plants, too remains ebullient, proving wrong those who predicted an imminent end to the boom in the Southeast Asian countrys coal sector.

The Indonesian governments benchmark price for thermal coal has risen by more than 25% since June this year on strong Chinese demand for the dry fuel. The benchmark Indonesian thermal coal price in November is 12% higher compared to the same month last year.

This despite India continuing its focus on increasing domestic coal production to reduce coal imports. Moreover, India buys low-grade thermal coal from Indonesia which can be blended with higher grade coal before burning. In contrast, China majorly sources higher-quality of coal from Australia and South Africa...

13:19

#MeToo, but now what? "IndyWatch Feed National"

What started as a trickle of hashtags, a game of safety and invisibility in numbers, quickly grew to become personal, overwhelming, and eviscerating. Longer and longer posts appeared, ritual defenestrations from our hard-won rooms of our own into a world that remained silent and complicit. The gamut of responses from fellow victims alone ran from deep sympathy, love, and solidarity to complete and utter standstill (switching off modems at the wall and burying phones under concrete slabs). I was firmly in the latter camp.

11:00

Core of climate science is in the real-world data "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following was provided by Dr. Willie Soon, reproduced with permission from Dr Ian Flanigan. The Coalition referenced in the post is the current Australian Government, a Coalition between the Liberal and National parties. Core of climate science is in the real-world data by Dr Ian Flanigan News Weekly, November 18, 2017 The Government continues

10:32

Australians of the year call for Prime Minister to allow access to Manus Island and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

12 former Australians of the year have penned an open letter to the Prime Minister pleading him to allow medical professionals access to asylum seekers inside a recently closed detention centre in Manus Island. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons/DIAC images

Mental health professional Patrick McGorry said in the coming days, it is inevitable that people will become sick and even die through the lack of basic sanitation, food, water and medical care.

 

There's a great concern about the safety of these men from both a medical and a psychiatric point of view however, so far access has not been granted.

 

Labor Government pledges an additional $1.7 Million to expand the Indigenous Health Initiative, Deadly Choices.

 

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10:30

The First Two Weeks of Crypterium ICO a Resounding Success "IndyWatch Feed National"

The first two weeks of Crypterium ICO, which started on October 31, 2017, saw lively and robust trade, with customers flocking to the sale from all over the world. Fifteen thousand users from 143 countries have taken part in the CRPT token sale to date, helping the project reach its soft cap within the first 5 hours. Crypterium, a revolutionary cryptobank, is gearing up to create an integrated service that utilizes the most advanced blockchain features to bring cryptocurrency payment options to the real world. The funds collected through the ICO will be used to create the service, which will go live in late January.

What makes the early results particularly remarkable is the fact that the CRPT token sale attracted the attention of token-buyers from every corner of the world. Users from Russia, USA, Brazil, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Africa, India, Nigeria, Australia, South Africa, and many other countries showed their support of the project by becoming its token holders. Although the highest number of token holders came from Russia and the United States 21.40% and 20.74%, respectively, neither of these two countries demonstrated the highest average token spending so far. The leadership in this category belongs to South Korea: an average user from this country spent nearly $2,037 on CRPT tokens. The Top Ten average purchases also included customers from the Czech Republic, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Belgium, Turkey, Malaysia, and Netherlands, whose users spent an average of $600-1200 to acquire their tokens.

But what makes this ICO truly remarkable is the overall relatively low average spending: not counting major institutional buyers, an average token holder spent just a bit over $500 to buy CRPT tokens. All this indicates that the product offered by Cryptonomos found great resonance with the public at large people are very interested in being able to use their funds in cryptocurrencies to pay for their everyday purchases.

We are extremely pleased with the early results, says Vladimir Gorbunov, Crypterium CCO and co-founder. We set out to create a product that could be useful to just about every family, and people responded. I think that both the geography and the average spending weve seen so far show that the wider blockchain community approves of what we are doing.

Crypterium is working to incorporate the decentralized cryptocurrency ecosystem into daily life. This requires, above all, creating a tool that would allow the use of cryptocurrencies to make instant payments for peoples routine everyday purchases paying the bills, dinner in a restaurant, or buying bus tickets. The projects open-source platform will also feature an innovative system to enable the acquisition of cryptocurrencies by businesses (i...

10:26

Commodity Boards warned "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 

23rd November 2017.

Commodity Boards in PNG have been warned to perform or else will not receive funding from 2019 onward.

 

Planning and Monitoring Minister, Richard Maru, issued the warning on Wednesday during the inaugural National Agriculture Summit.

 

Maru said he wanted to see a high performance culture as well as good governance practise instilled in all commodity boards.

 

He said millions of kina had been squandered by some commodity boards despite continuous government funding over the years.

 

Minister Maru said under his watch, any commodity board that does not perform well and is not accountable for the funds it uses will not receive any further funding after 2018.

 

We must overhaul the boards. And we will only support that boards that perform deliver value, have a good corporate governance structure, and can show us the funds are managed well.

 

Only performers will continue to receive government funding.

 

If we are funding you and your industry is declining in output and production we have a problem. We should get that resource from you and give it to another sector thats performing, said Maru.

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10:19

Week-long festival of Indigenous rugby league to kick off 2018 season "IndyWatch Feed National"

THE second Festival of Indigenous Rugby League will kick off the 2018 rugby league season on February 10 with the NRL announcing a week-long celebration and matches at Sydneys Redfern Oval. The 2018 festival will follow the inaugural 2017 Newcastle festival. Six teams will play as part of the festival, with emerging mens and womens Maori teams participating for the first time. The Indigenous All Stars elements will form part of the festival, including the Youth Summit and NRL Indigenous Players Cultural Camp. The popular Interstate Challenge will take place, this time involving the Newcastle Yowies (NSW) and the Dhadin Geai Warriors, from Torres Strait. The Redfern festival also will include a womens game between the First Nation Gems and the New Zealand Maori Ferns. Indigenous All Stars coach Laurie Daley will take charge of the emerging Indigenous mens team the First Nations Goannas.

10:10

The zombie TPP is back - a new video from GetUp! "IndyWatch Feed National"

November 23, 2017: GetUp! has produced a video about the zombie TPP now back from the dead. 

The TPP-11 talks have only been salvaged by an agreement to rename the deal, suspend some of its most controversial clauses and to have further talks over several months on issues raised by Canada and other governments.

Its not a done deal yet. But as the video explains

Turnbull wants to rush the deal through secretly within months. Theyre hoping you wont notice and wont act. But we wont let them get away with it.

We have prepared a message here so that people can write to Trade Minister Steve Ciobo & say no to the zombie TPP. We also provide in-depth and up to date coverage of trade negotiations and agreements, including the TPP-11 negotiations, in our monthly newsletter. You can sign up for free here.

 

 

10:06

Mixed bag for PNG in new risk report "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

We are always hearing about where is the best place for foreigners to invest [i.e. extract profits] but what about looking at the equation from the perspective of people in the target countries? Who are the best and the worst investors based on their track records?

Probably mining companies, logging companies, and oil palm companies are among the worst investors and the ones PNG should avoid?

Time for the World Bank / ADB / Australian Aid to fund something that would really be useful!

A COMPREHENSIVE study has just been completed about where in the world you would find the best and the worst jurisdictions in which to invest your hard-earned cash.

PNG Industry News | 22 November 2017 

Published by PNGIndustryNews.net sister publication, the Mining Journal World Risk Report (featuring MineHutte ratings) is a comprehensive piece of work which gives a...

09:56

CasinoCoin Announces Coin Swap "IndyWatch Feed National"

Swap to Ripple-based blockchain will position cryptocurrency for further growth

22 November 2017 (Isle of Man) CasinoCoin (CSC), the open source, peer-to-peer cryptocurrency designed specifically for the regulated online gambling industry, has announced it will initiate a coin swap to move to a new Ripple-based blockchain, bringing a host of advantages for users and operators.

There are several reasons behind the move to the new CasinoCoin blockchain. Liquidity of the coin will be increased from 40 million to 40 billion, a total coin supply more in line with the scale of the global iGaming industry, which H2 Gambling Capital estimates will be worth 54 billion in gross win by 2020*.

Additionally, the new CasinoCoin blockchain infrastructure is more advanced, and features added functionality including faster transaction times, with capability of up to 1,000 processed per second.

The coin swap will start at midday GMT on November 25, 2017 and will be open for 80 days. Holders of CasinoCoin will be able to initiate the coin swap within the new CasinoCoin wallet.

Current CasinoCoin holders will receive 1,000 coins on the new blockchain for every one coin sent from the old blockchain. The process will be managed manually to ensure optimal security checks on all transactions, and the coin swap will close at midday GMT on February 14, 2018.

The coin swap process will be executed with full transparency. All CasinoCoin that are swapped will have their transaction IDs displayed on a web page to prove those coins were swapped during the process.

The coins Foundation, which advocates for the growth of CasinoCoin and cryptocurrency in the regulated gambling industry, will use any balance of coins not swapped onto the new blockchain, by midday GMT on February 14, 2018, to support continued operations, marketing, and development.

The new CasinoCoin blockchain will continue with the ticker CSC and retain the current CasinoCoin name and branding. The original blockchain will be rebranded CasinoCoin Classic (CCC), with no new development or support from the Foundation after February 14, 2018.

For full details on how to proceed with the coin swap, please visit: https://casinocoin.org/coinswap/. The CasinoCoin team will also be answering questions on Reddit and Discord.

John Caldwell, Director of Advocacy for the Foundation, said: This coin swap will move CasinoCoin to a new blockchain that will bet...

09:32

ONeill flags new initiatives to promote agriculture in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Prime Minister Peter ONeill and his Agriculture Minister, Benny Allen, have promised to boost access to credit for agricultural projects, develop import substitution and strengthen agricultural institutions. They were addressing the countrys inaugural National Agriculture Summit in Port Moresby this week.

The PNG economy has been through boom and bust cycles over the years, largely because the successive governments have depended on one sector of the economy, the resources sector, Prime Minister Peter ONeill told the conference.
When the commodity prices for copper, oil, gold and gas go down, our economy takes a huge dive.
For example, about 10 years ago, we used to earn K2 billion in oil and gas taxes. Last year, we would have been lucky if we got K200 million. No country can afford that kind of decline and that it is why it is crucial that we continue to build the potential we have in other sectors of the economy, building the base of our economy so it can sustain such shocks.

Import replacement

Agriculture is PNGs biggest employer.
ONeill noted that the agriculture sector is the biggest employer of Papua New Guineans. It is also the second biggest foreign exchange earner yet we have not been giving it the attention it deserves.
I cannot only blame past governments. I am equally responsible. But we have to learn from the mistakes we have made.
The country was overly dependent on imports, ONeill added.
We need to have import replacement programs and that is why I am encouraged by the private sector partners who are here today starting to invest in our agricultural sectors different crops.
What investors need from us, landowners, is security of their investment. Agriculture is not simply an industry.
It takes years for crops to grow and for the return on investment to be received by the investors. So we need to provide that security.
If you were in Japan, Germany or the US and you go to a bank to do agriculture projects, most banks estimate it will be over 30 years before you can repay that loan. In PNG, youll be lucky if you can get seven years. That policy must change.
ONeill said landowners need to be partners, so that they take ownership of the projects on their land.

Long-term credit

He said before the forthcoming National Budget announcement, he would announce measures to strengthen the agriculture and SME...

09:31

Mining Minister Tuke meets Einsteins definition of insanity "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Panguna, Porgera, Ok Tedi, Tolukuma all tell the same story large-scale mining is a disaster for local communities and the environment.

And neither Frieda or Wafi-Golpu have yet come up with a credible plan for managing their toxic tailings but heck, lets go ahead anyway 

Govt adamant to get two new mines operating: Tuke

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 22, 2017

THE Government is adamant to get two new mines operating in this term of Parliament, Mining Minister Johnson Tuke, pictured, says.
Tuke, who is also the Kainantu MP said in Lae after returning from a familiarisation visit to the Hidden Valley mine and Wafi-Golpu exploration site in Bulolo, Morobe.
Tuke earlier visited the Porgera gold mine, K92 mine, Frieda River exploration site and the Ramu nickel mine....

09:18

Infeasible for Qld Greens to pay for extravagant promises by only taxing property developers & big corporations "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Brisbane Times is reporting Queensland Greens, swelled by the newly enrolled, plan on doing a Northcote, and it appears that the Palaszczuk Governments star performer, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, remains at risk of losing her seat of South Brisbane to Greens candidate Amy MacMahon. Ms MacMahon has observed:

There is a clear sense that people have had enough of the big parties.

For many people this does appear to be the case, but that does not mean the Greens are a sensible alternative. From time-to-time, I have disagreed with particular policies advanced by the major parties, but the major parties are generally wrong within normal parameters, borrowing a phrase from P.J. ORourke. The Queensland Greens have no idea what those normal parameters are.

The Queensland Greens are putting forward a policy platform that, in the extremely unlikely event it would ever be enacted, would increase State government spending by at least $8-9 billion (or 13-14%) and result in either (a) a blow out in the budget deficit and total State debt of over $100 billion or (b) massive increases in taxes and charges on ordinary Queenslanders, and not just on the property developers and big corporations the Greens would like to target (see my 12 November post). And note my previous post was written before the Greens announced a child care plan that would cost at least an additional $1 billion annually. In its media release on its utopian child care plan, the Greens again identified property developers and big corporations as candidates for higher taxes:

Our ambitious plan would cost $5.4 billion over five years. We would make property developers and big corporations pay for 200,000 Queensland kids to get access to free, universal high-quality childcare and kindergarten.

I should note the Greens child care plan amounts to $5,400 per child annually, which seems like an under-estimate of what it would cost to offer free child care to each child, even it were only 3 days per week for 3 and 4 year olds, and 1 day per week for 2 year olds, as the policy states. Assuming annual out-of-pocket child care costs of around $15,000 for child care five days per week (see this Courier-Mail article...

09:03

Exxon moves non-essential workers away from PNGs Hela "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Armed clansmen in the town of Komo in Papua New Guineas Hela Province. Photo courtesy of Michael Main

Radio New Zealand | 23 November 2017

The oil and gas multi-national ExxonMobil says it has moved non-essential staff away from its LNG project operations in Papua New Guineas Hela province.

This comes amid a surge in unrest and tribal fighting in the remote Highlands region where the gas fields for Exxons LNG project are located.

Three days ago an expatriate worker with the project was kidnapped and held hostage by landowners who are reportedly frustrated with the government over non-payment of project commitments.

Police said the hostage was released without harm two days ago.

A spokesperson for ExxonMobil PNG said that due to recent community tension in Hela areas Hides, Angore and Komo, the company has suspended non-essential work.

She said non-essential personnel were being re-deployed to other areas.

Acco...

08:57

Mom charged with a felony for putting a recorder in daughter's backpack to catch her bully "IndyWatch Feed National"

For weeks, Sarah Sims said she called and emailed school officials repeatedly to tell them her child was being bullied at school and was never given a response. So, she took matters into her own hands and now she is facing felony charges. Sims discovered her daughter was being bullied in late September. So, like any parent would do, she reached out to school officials for help. But she received nothing. "The thing that bothers me the most is that I am yet to get a response from anyone in the administration," Sims added. After being shrugged off by the school, Sims decided that she would take matters into her own hands and catch her 9-year-old daughter's bully. "I tried to be fair, but it's not fair," said Sims. "There is nothing fair about this." She wanted to obtain proof that nothing was being done to help her 4th-grader, so she put a digital recorder in her backpack to capture audio from inside the classroom. "If I'm not getting an answer from you, what am I left to do?" she asked.

08:57

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08:55

Market Talk- November 22, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another solid day for Asia with many talking that the key takeaway was the Hang Seng clearing the 30k mark, the first time in 10 years. It even managed a close above this psychological level adding another 0.6% to the 36% already achieved this year. The Nikkei also added 0.5% an impressive performance given that the Yen gained +0.4% and gains were led by the Exporters. The Australian Dollar was again under pressure so saw the ASX finish up +0.4%, joining the stock rally. Volumes were again a shadow of former selves but are in anticipation of UKs Budget and US national holidays tomorrow.

The European market focus today was centred on the UKs Autumn Budget delivered by Philip Hammond. Much was made of the 300,000 stamp duty cut but also warned of slower growth ahead. He also suggested that 3bn be spent on BREXIT planning. The DAX was the biggest lower today with a decline of around 1.2%. GBP saw some bulls push the currency into the US session to close it up around +0.5%. Talk was nerves surrounding Angela Merkel and the political uncertainty going into year end. Any return to the polls would take time and markets are never keen to learn of uncertainty. Helpful to see a strong rally in the oil price late in the day, but with zero sign of growth anywhere one has to wonder just how far traders can push it!

The FED minutes were the buzz for US trading and the news was concerns surrounding the extent of the stock rally. The days session was focused on the left-hand side with bids being hit ahead of the Thanksgiving Holiday tomorrow. The minutes halted the treasury curves decline, but probably not for that long. Markets and regulators are still questioning where all the money is coming from and refuse to look at the extent central bank balance sheet has expanded. Over the past 3years the ECBs balance sheet has expanded from 2tln to 4.4tln and the DXY has had only a minimal decline! Initial Claims released today because of the holidays tomorrow not much change and Durable Goods a touch weaker at -1.2% but is a volatile figure anyway.

2s closed 1.73% (-4bp), 10s at 2.32% (-4bp), 30s at 2.74% (-2bp), Bunds 0.35% (u/c), France 0.66% (u/c), Italy 1.75% (-2bp), Greece 5.19...

08:42

Australias reputation faces serious risks if Adani loan goes ahead "IndyWatch Feed National"

Peter Hannam reports (Sydney Morning Herald 19 November 2017) that the former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, has condemned the prospect of a $1  billion loan to Adani, and Australias performance at the Bonn climate talks last week.

Providing a $1 billion loan to underwrite Adanis proposed mega coal mine in Queensland would have serious negative impacts for Australias international reputation and unpick the progress of the Paris climate agreement, according to Christiana Figueres, a former United Nations climate chief.

Ms Figueres has written to the Turnbull governments Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), which is considering a concessional loan for a rail link from the mine to the coast.

The former executive secretary of the UNs Framework Convention on Climate Change
sought to highlight that under the NAIFs own enabling legislation, it must not act in a way that is likely to cause damage to the Commonwealth governments reputation, or that of a relevant State or Territory.

Ms Figueres warned the expected total lifetime carbon emissions from burning coal from the proposed Carmichael in the Galilee basin would be 4.64 billion tonnes of carbon-dioxide, according to details of the letter obtained by Fairfax Media.

At its peak, the mines product would trigger emissions of 120 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent, roughly equal to what Australia has pledged to cut by 2030 from current pollution levels under its Paris pledges.

Based on these numbers, emissions that would result from burning Carmichael coal in one peak production year would completely cancel out the total emissions reduction effort Australia has committed to for the 13 years from now until 2030 under the Paris Agreement, she said

The rail loan, now being considered by NAIF, has been a key point of debate in Queenslands state elections, with polls indicating little support for concessional finance for Adani, a mining conglomerate owned by Indian billionaire Gautam Adani.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her government, if re-elected at Saturdays elections, would have no role in assessing the NAIF loan, effectively blocking it. Oppositional leader Tim Nicholls supports the loan and has blasted the premiers stance as putting thousands of regional jobs at risk.

Ms Figueres said her intervention was prompted by a deep concern for planetary well-being, I cannot, in all good conscience, remain silent on an issue that threatens to u...

08:35

Report highlights problem gambling woes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its no secret Australians love a punt but researchers say those most likely to be problem gamblers are also the most financially and socially strained.

And theyre increasingly putting proportionately more of their household budget on the line than the wealthy particularly when it comes to betting on races and other sporting contests, cards and the pokies.

The Australian Gambling Research Centres latest report, released on Thursday, looked at gambling activity throughout 2015.

It found 6.8 million Australians placed up to 10 bets a month on lotteries, scratchies, pokies, races, sports, keno, casinos, bingo, poker or private wagers classifying them as regular gamblers.

1.1 million were at risk of gambling-related problems and they came from clear demographics.

Problem gamblers were more likely to be young, single, male, unemployed, indigenous, renters, welfare recipients and from low socio-economic areas.

Higher risk gamblers lived in households where members experienced a much higher proportion of financial problems, including an inability to pay electricity, gas or telephone bills on time and needing to ask friends or family for financial assistance, AGRC lead researcher Dr Andrew Armstrong noted.

Almost half of all people who bet on the pokies, races, sports, casino tables, private betting or poker experienced one or more issues, the report said.

At the severe end of the spectrum, problem gamblers wagered an average 27 per cent of their disposable household income.

Thats four times what they spent on utility bills and half of what they spent on groceries.

In dollar terms, regular gamblers spent an average of $883 a year while problem gamblers spent $6241.Gamblers in low-income families spent an average of 10 per cent of their household income on gambling, compared to high-income households which spent 1 per cent of the household budget, Dr Armstrong said.

Lotteries were by far the most popular way to bet, used by 76 per cent of regular gamblers, followed by scratchies at 22 per cent and the pokies at 21 per cent.

Lottery and scratchies were both favoured by older people, particularly retirees with 10 years of schooling or less.

And while the pokies were also favoured by over-50s from a similar education level, people in inner-regional areas, with the lowest incomes were over-represented.

(Pokie) participants were over-represented among people for whom welfare payments formed their main source of income, the report also says.

NSWs top 25 pokie hotels raked in nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in the past financial year, AAP reported in August.

Thirteen o...

08:30

Australians of the year plea for Manus "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Australians of the year have penned an open letter to Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten urging them to address the human disaster unfolding on Manus Islands decommissioned detention centre.

The letters signatories include Australians of the Year Rosie Batty, Ita Buttrose, Simone McKeon, Patrick McGorry, Mick Dodson, Tim Flannery, Fiona Wood, Fiona Stanley, Gustav Nossal, Peter Doherty, John Yu and Robert de Castella.

In the letter, the celebrated group calls for the government to send aid to the detention centre which has been without running water and electricity for more than a week.

Hundreds of asylum seekers, detained on their way to Australia, remain inside citing concerns for their safety outside the camp.

In the coming days, it is inevitable that people will become sick and even die through the lack of basic sanitation, food, water and medical care, the letter says.

Please allow the Australian Medical Association to provide medical and preventive care, as they have recently offered, as soon as possible. At the same time please find safe haven for the acknowledged genuine refugees without any further delay.

The letter warns Australias reputation on human rights is deteriorating under the failure of both Malcolm Turnbulls government and Bill Shortens opposition to meet the obligations of the UN Refugee Convention.

We believe it is time to stop the unacceptable and internationally criticised treatment of the refugees on Manus Island, who, though innocent of any crime, have been incarcerated and now abandoned there, the letter says.

The post Australians of the year plea for Manus appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:28

Assisted-dying laws passed in Vic "IndyWatch Feed National"

Victoria will enact the only legal voluntary assisted-dying scheme in the country in a move met with mixed emotion.

Labor government-proposed legislation won narrow support in the states upper house on Wednesday after 28 hours of continuous debate and the second of two overnight sittings.

Today is all about emotion and its all about compassion, Premier Daniel Andrews said after the vote.

This is Victoria at its best, leading our nation.

Voluntary assisted-dying will only be accessibly to terminally ill Victorian adults with less than six months to live.

The bill wasnt without its opponents and Labor only attracted the support it needed by conceding a number of amendments, including halving the initial life-expectancy of 12 months.

The legislation returns to the lower house next week where the amendments need ratification in what is considered a formality, allowing the scheme to be operational by June 2019.

Advocates for voluntary assisted-dying welcomed the passage of the legislation through the states upper house despite the amendments.

Id be absolutely confident this new slightly amended legislation will pass, Dying with Dignity vice-president Dr Rodney Syme said.

This legislation is entirely about choice what choice people want to make about how they will die, where they will die and who they will die with, he said.

Long-time euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke said he hoped Wednesdays move would inspire further action.

Victorias example will embolden other more timid state parliaments to try again, he told AAP.

Liberal MP Inga Peulich was one of 18 politicians in the 40-member chamber to vote no and described the legislation as sloppy.

Im disappointed for all those people who will be at risk from some fairly bad legislation, she said.

Outside parliament tempers flared.

Youve made a terrible mistake, anti-voluntary assisted dying campaigner Frances Beaumont yelled at MPs.

Victorian branch president of the Australian Medical Association Lorraine Baker said it was a challenging day.

The outcome of this parliamentary vote will cause anguish for some members of our profession, as well as the public, she said.

Mr Andrews insists the assisted-dying model is the worlds most conservative.

People applying to use the scheme must be determined by multiple doctors to be suffering intolerable pain and be of sound mind.

Except in cases where patients are too incapacitated, the scheme stipulates lethal medication is self-administered.

The post...

08:24

"How the Deep State Squeezed Americas Wealth" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"How the Deep State Squeezed Americas Wealth"
by Bill Bonner

"'Salvator Mundi,' said to be by Leonardo da Vinci, is the worlds most expensive painting. Last Wednesday, at auction, each square inch was valued at nearly $1 million - including the bummed-up, restored and damaged parts. The painting may not be da Vincis work. Or perhaps, since it has been so heavily doctored, little remains of his work. And whoevers work it was must have been having a bad day. And yet, it sold for over $450 million (including auction-house charges) - a lot of money for such a depressing work of art.
Donald Trump as da Vincis 'Salvator Mundi'

The question on the table: Why? But since we dont know the answer to that question, well answer another one: How come so many people have so much money?
.......

08:14

Australian Catholic school covers newly commissioned statue due to its sexual suggestiveness "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian school has covered a statue from view because of its "potentially suggestive" depiction of a saint handing a loaf of bread to a boy. The Catholic school in Adelaide apologised on Wednesday for the statue, which was completed recently. The sculpture, portraying St Martin de Porres, was widely criticised after images of it were posted online. The unfortunate position of the loaf of bread held by the saint led to some misreading the scene. Blackfriars Priory School said it had commissioned a new sculptor to "substantially alter" the design. In a message posted on Facebook, principal Simon Cobiac apologised to the school community for "any concerns and publicity" caused by the statue.

08:13

Streets workers win battle to protect jobs and wages "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

The battle against the attempt by ice cream maker Streets to slash wages is over.

Facing ongoing resistance among its workforce and a boycott of the companys products that was starting to bite as Australia enters the peak season, has forced significant compromises from the major multinational owned (Unilever) ice cream maker.

Iconic streets brands include Golden Gaytime, Paddle Pop and Magnum.

At the companys Minto plant in Sydney yesterday, management agreed to withdraw its application to terminate jobs, provide a wage rise of 5 percent now, a further rise of 1.5 percent in a years time and 2.5 percent the year after that, instead of cutting wages; retain existing redundancy provisions; and keep the 12 hour shift structure.

A further concession will see the introduction of 39 permanent part time positions, as an alternative to a casual workforce.

In return, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union will stop any action, including the Streets Free Summer boycott and withdraw a video from social media.

Workers have endorsed productivity concessions, involving the acceptance of a new seasonal 44 hour a week roster and some workplace flexibility, involving shorter breaks and acceptance of a limited number of voluntary redundancies. Management will have more scope to move workers between machines. There will no longer be a Sunday roster.

ACTU secretary Sally McManus hailed the agreement, as a huge win for the workers at Streets.

Like Carlton and United Breweries in the dispute it faced last year, streets faced the prospect of a heavy impact on sales as the weather warms up.

AMWU New South Wales secretary Steve Murphy said workers had been staggered by the huge support received from the public.

This campaign, driven by the stories of ordinary workers and their families, became the touchstone for a broader campaign to fix broken workplace laws, he said.

Although concessions were made on both sides, the key issues of  a large scale wage cut and the casualisation of the workforce through a labour hire company were prevented, meaning that from the workers point of view, this has been an important win.

The broader impact is that, as was the case at Carlton and United Breweries, enlisting the support of the wider community has been shown to be an effective means to maintain workplace standards, at a time when major employers are more willing than before, to try and enforce draconian changes.

Maintaining the line against the denigration of working conditions is important because of the direct social impact on those who are affected.

Just as imp...

08:08

O'NEIL AVOIDS QUESTION ON EVIDENCE OF FRAUD "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by BRYAN KRAMER MP

This morning I put the question to Prime Minister Peter O'Neill who I should submit evidence to establish he had misused public funds.

On account I had material evidence supporting the view he was guilty of conspiring with the former Member of Madang and a key member in his party to commit bribery and undue influence during 2012 General Elections.

My question was in response to O'Neill's statement the day before in Parliament when responding to Member of North West Sir Mekere Moratua. O'Neill announced to Parliament that he would resign should the opposition produce a single shred of evidence that he has misused or benefited from a single toea of public funds.

In March 2012 Peter O'Neill signed a letter in his capacity as Prime Minister to the then Chairman of Gaming Board instructing that the Board consider funding Yagaum Rural Hospital's project submission.

Gaming Board issued a K300,000 cheque payable to Yagaum Rural Hospital. The former Member Madang Open Nixon Duban who was then General Secretary of Prime Ministers People's National Congress Party and staff member of Prime Minister used the cheque to bribe and unduely influence voters during the 2012 General Elections for Madang Open Seat.

Duban was declared the winner of the election. I filed an election petition challenging the result.

On 3 June 2013 the National Court found Duban guilty of bribery and undue influence. The Court made the following findings

para 108 "A relevant matter to note is that the funds were secured personally by Prime Minister from the Gaming Board" The special relationship between the Prime Minister and the first respondent (Duban) lends supports to the view that presentation of the cheque to Yagaum Hospital on the eve of the general election was politically motivated."

para 109 "Further, the cheque was secured personally by Prime Minister under whose party the first respondent (Duban) stood for the 2012 general elections. All these factors point to one conclusion, viz the presentation of the K300,000 cheque to Yagaum Hospital on 11 June 2012 was to induce voters"

para 116 This in my opinion, was a act of Fraud by the First Respondent (Duban) in that he deliberately and dishonestly did not disclose the source of K300,000 cheque. This inference is sup...

08:00

BREAKING: Let doctors treat the sick on Manus Island, say Australians of the Year "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

BREAKING: Let doctors treat the sick on Manus Island, say Australians of the YearAustralians of the Year have called on the Government and Opposition to allow medical relief for embattled refugees on Manus Island. read now...

07:49

Centrelink gets labour-hire staff to take jobs and bully benefit recipients "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by a pensioner

Reeling from the exposure over the inhumane way Centrelink treats those it is supposed to be helping, seems to have taught the organisation and the political heavies that call the tune, absolutely nothing at all.

This is nothing short of a national disgrace.

Now 1000 staff are going to be brought in form labour hire companies to help it recover debts, many of which are already known to be dodgy. This is a clear signal the bullying style that has become the normal means of operating, is going to be continued on purpose.

The Public Sector Union has understandably reacted with fury calling the move, yet another step in the privatisation of what is supposed to be the safety net for the most vulnerable Australians.

Regardless of the claims to the contrary, this is also an attack on permanent jobs at Centrelink.

A month ago it was revealed that the  multinational outsourcing giant Serco, was going to be involved. The new labour hire staff will be dispersed to Centrelink offices around the country, and importantly, they will have access to Centrelink systems.

This means that it will be more likely that personal information will make its way to the private sector and be improperly used.

The move is designed to help meet the Turnbull governments cost cutting desires and has nothing to do with improving services and dealing with those who come in for help with a level of respect that anyone would consider their due.

Once again, the slant is that somehow, anyone receiving a benefit must be doing something wrong and deserves to be punished. While the poorest part of Australia is squeezed, fists full of money are handed over to the wealthiest, massive tax evasion is allowed to continue with impunity and taxes for the rich are likely to be cut again soon.

In my book there is something seriously wrong here. The stink of the obscenity of corrupt government is getting worse.

 

At the end of the day this persists because as a community we allow it to. Our misleaders work hard to turn us against each other and encourage us to play the blame gain on the less fortunate. As long as we allow them to get away with this,  the corruption will continue to fester.

I have been around for a few years now, and this is not particularly new. The difference, at least in my lifetime, is it has never been so bad. And it will get worse, until enough of us make a stand and say no more.

The post Centrelink gets labour-hi...

07:34

Traditional Owners Expose Adanis Relentless Pursuit of W&J Country "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the third in a five part series on the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine, Kristen Lyons looks at a deal struck between the miners and the local traditional owners, and why it just adds to the smell that pervades the entire project.

 

Introduction

The Indian industrial conglomerate, Adani Enterprises well known for environmental damage and human rights abuses at its project sites around the world, and built upon a complex business structure with tax havens in the Cayman Islands entered Australia in 2010 with the purchase of coal tenements in the Galilee Basin, in Central Queensland.

Despite its controversial back story, some of which has only come to light since approvals were granted for its Australian project, Adani quickly rose to become a poster child for the State Government, based on promises its Carmichael mine project would deliver jobs and economic growth for regional Queensland.

Managed by its domestic arm, Adani Mining Pty Ltd, over the following years it developed a project proposal that included a coalmine, as well as rail and port infrastructure, thereby opening up the massive Galilee Basin for coal exports.

With seven years gone since acquisition of the coal tenements, and marred by substantial project downsizing, Adani is yet to start construction of its mega mine.

Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Councils (W&J) defiant opposition to Adanis proposed Carmichael mine has been central to this delay; opposition that has, in itself, exposed the dirty deeds Adani is willing to perpetrate against Traditional Owners who seek to defend their right to say no to a mine that would destroy their country.

This article exposes some of Adanis deeds, including its nefarious actions in reaching an agreement with Traditional Owners, as well as its use of an Indigenous Participation Plan and cultural heritage work as attempts to blackwash its corporate brand, all while walking over Traditional Owners rights.

These tactics, alongside collusion with state and federal governments, are all part of Adanis relentless pursuit of a land grab of Wangan and Jagalingou country. Yet the outcome of Adanis bullying tactics has not simply failed to achieve agreement with Traditional Owners for the destruction of their country, it has also eroded the companies social license to operate in Australia.

 

W&J country is the heart of Adanis Project...

07:00

The embracing work of the churches in PNG society "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Kiap Tom Ellis with Bishop George Bernarding and Fr Arnold Steffen

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DUBLIN Contributor Ross Howard, writing recently in PNG Attitude, has eloquently provided us with an historical background to the debate about science and the church.

Perhaps its worthwhile, in commenting on the role of the churches in the development of Papua New Guinea, to look very briefly at the contribution of the churches in the fields of education and health.

Bishop George Bernarding, former Bishop of Mt Hagen, once told me that in the period after World War II the Catholic mission wanted to start an English-speaking school at Kondiu in Simbu but the Australian administration was not in favour saying Pidgin schools would be quite adequate.

The Diocese of Mt Hagen eventually established two high schools, Fatima and Notre Dame, and numerous community schools in what was then Western Highlands District. To the best of my knowledge the District Commissioner, Tom Ellis, was most supportive.

Back in 1963 the Catholic Church had already established Holy Spirit Seminary as a tertiary education institute.

Initially developed in the Madang area, it later moved to Bomana and is now known as the Catholic Theological Institute.

At that time Archbishop Noser in Madang also wanted to establish a university. The then Australian administration did not support his efforts but pressure from several sources forced the Australian authorities to establish the University of PNG in 1965.

Graduates from Holy Spirit Seminary in those early years, people like Ignatius Kilage, John Momis, Peter Kurungko, Leo Hannet, Francis Misso and Fred Reiher, all played important roles in the development of the country. Momis in particular was very much involved in the development of the PNG constitution and is now, of course, president of Bougainville.

In the health sector, I think of the great work of the Nazarene mission through the excellent hospital at Kudjip in Jiwaka, the Seventh Day dvetist work with le...

06:46

How to Reprogram Your Subconscious Mind, According to a Hindu Priest "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our subconscious minds control more than we think. It involuntarily controls your flow of emotions, reactions, and innermost desires and fears all without us ever having to blink an eye.

Our subconscious is extremely powerful, much more than we think. Some researchers believe that 95% of our minds are part of the subconscious. Its essentially everything that makes you who you are today. According to the Freudian Model of the Unconscious, the subregions of our mind are the main guiding points on our behavior. It controls everything from your habits to your urges and to live a truly happy life you must reprogram your subconscious to be positive.

Many people throughout history have spoken of the importance of nourishing our subconscious minds. Those who practice spiritual growth and seek a higher consciousness are aware that you can train and basically bend your subconscious self to be more positive, happy, and giving. Many people even practice mantras. Mantras are repeated phrases to remind the subconscious of something. It is a type of meditation well understood by spiritual advisers. It offers emergence of desired positivity in your outcomes, personality, habits, and emotional beliefs.

Hindu priest and worldwide motivational speaker, Dandapani explains how mantras are similar to affirmations. They reprogram the subconscious mind. He speaks of this with Brian Rose of London Real in an interview. He answers many questions about the positive outcomes of meditating on mantras and practicing obtaining a higher consciousness.

Dandapani states, You can say they are...

06:29

Family Want Answers After Founder Of Unlocking Autism Found Dead In Canal "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jeana Beck a well known and and respected autism advocate was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Lincoln City on Friday. She was reported missing by her son Jacob Smith, on Friday after she went [...]

06:18

The voice missing from the elephant trophy debate? Africans. "IndyWatch Feed National"

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An African elephant in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

By Rosie Cooney November 21 at 2:29 PM

Rosie Cooney is chair of the International Union for Conservation of Natures Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group. Her views are her own.

The answers for conserving the Earths wild creatures seem easy from the office chairs of the affluent west. Ban trophy hunting! Hunt down the poachers! More tourism!

But the social media campaigns and President Trumps flip-flopping on Twitter over the past few days on U.S. elephant trophy imports from Zimbabwe and Zambia highlight the deficiencies of this model of decision-making. We need a lot less shouting and lot more listening and to different voices.

How can we help secure a future for wildlife? We know what the animal lovers and celebrities will say. We know what the hunting organizations will say. Weve heard these voices before, loud and clear, with the same simple answers. But what might the people and government of Zimbabwe say (if they could look away from...

05:33

People Make 'Security Systems' For Special Wild Parrots To Keep Them Safe "IndyWatch Feed National"

Swift parrots may be small, but the risks theyre facing in the wild right now are anything but.

Native to southeastern Australia, these tiny, endangered birds migrate to Tasmania each year to breed and settle into nests with their babies. But this year, theyve moved to a different side of the island that is packed with sugar gliders who love to break into nests for a quick snack.

Credit: Dejan Stojanovic

On average, about half of the adult female parrots that nest in Tasmania are killed by sugar gliders each year, Dr. Dejan Stojanovic, a conservation scientist from Australian National University, told The Dodo. This threat is the reason the parrots were listed as critically endangered [two years ago].

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In addition to being at risk from sugar gliders during their breeding season, swift parrots have also faced habitat loss in recent years due to the logging industry. Only an estimated 2,000 remain in the wild.

Luckily, some humans are on their side and have raised over $87,000 to save them.

Credit: Dejan Stojanovic

The money, collected through a crowdsourcing campaign that started in October, is being used to build specially-designed, predator-proof nesting boxes for the birds.

By covering the small entry hole in nesting boxes with a solar-powered door, the birds inside are protected once the door shuts at nightfall (when sugar gliders are out prowling for food). With the light of the morning sun, the tiny door automatically opens again and the birds can carry on with their day....

04:12

The Andrews/CFMEU Victorian Government has an anti-corruption commission with some spare capacity "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Daniel Andrews/CFMEU Victorian Government has an anti-corruption commission (I know, I laughed too). You may decide over the next day or so that you have evidence of a couple of matters the Commission might take an interest in. You can make a report by clicking on the link above....

03:53

Autumn Budget 2017: Key climate and energy announcements "IndyWatch Feed National"

Philip Hammond, the UKs chancellor, has delivered his second budget this year in a speech to parliament high on post-Brexit optimism and green rhetoric.

Hammond said the UK led the world on climate change agreements and promised new money to support a shift to electric vehicles. He also said: We cannot keep our promise to the next generation to build an economy fit for the future, unless we ensure our planet has a future.

He touted the promise of a Global Britain and the legacy it would leave to its children though this section did not mention climate change.

For energy and climate, however, the substance within the budget documents is more ambiguous. It quietly announces an effective moratorium on new support for low-carbon electricity. It promises to maintain a UK carbon price at current levels, until coal is phased out, but without explaining the details.

It freezes fuel duty yet again, adding to a cumulative cost to the exchequer of 46bn since 2010. And it offers further beneficial tax changes to the North Sea oil and gas sector.

The budget does not flesh out several crucial aspects of the UKs Clean Growth Strategy on how to meet legally binding carbon budgets, including efforts to decarbonise heat and improve energy efficiency even though the main home efficiency scheme was recently extended.

It also does not mention plans to develop a UK shale gas industry, long a favourite subject for previous chancellor George Osborne.

Low-carbon subsidy moratorium

Todays budget leaves many questions hanging over the future of low-carbon subsidies, raising doubts over the UKs ability to meet its legally binding carbon targets up to the early 2030s. The government has already admitted it is falling short of these goals and the Committee on Climate Change has said more subsidies will be needed to meet them.

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03:35

Bill Clinton still refuses to answer questions about flights on Epstein's pedophile sex plane "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former President Bill Clinton continues to remain silent about the 26 flights he took aboard convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's private jet, dubbed the "Lolita Express," which reportedly offered underage girls to passengers to rape. Fox News wrote in 2016 that the Lolita Express, a Boeing 727 jet, was "reportedly outfitted with a bed where passengers had group sex with young girls." Clinton flew on some trips where the flight logs showed only the first names of female passengers. The Daily Caller News Foundation contacted the Clinton Presidential Library last week to obtain information about the former president's relationship with billionaire Epstein, who in 2008 was convicted of soliciting sex from underage girls as young as 14. At the time of the request, the Clinton Presidential Library was preparing to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Clinton's 1992 presidential win. It was attended by a small army of Clinton loyalists.

02:59

Progressive Commentary Hour 11.21.17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

CONVERSATIONS WITH REMARKABLE MINDS Looking at the state of our world ruthlessly and finding wisdom in the chaos Dr. Jim Garrison is the founding President of Ubiquity University and the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies, an international school of higher education built upon transformational principles of whole brain and whole systems learning. The university operates with partners in the EU, Australia, Southeast Asia, ...

The post Progressive Commentary Hour 11.21.17 appeared first on Progressive Radio Network.

02:50

Peru: The river that will not flow "IndyWatch Feed National"

After finishing his plate of yuca, rice and fried plantain, Csar Chvez received a call that he could not answer because his mouth was full. When he swallowed the last bite with some effort, the ringing used up what was left of the battery. Chvez is about to turn 40 years old and is the president of the Tupn Grande peasant patrol (rural self-defense groups), a small village in the Amazon, located next to the Maran River in the north of Peru. Like everyone here, he must charge his cell phone with a generator which uses oil to work. The population of this old village situated five hours on foot from the closest road is home to part of more than two million Peruvians who are still without electricity, according to data from the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MINEM). Their only permanent energy source here is a solar panel the size of a table for four people that charges the laptop of the only teacher at the school. In Tupn Grande, the sun seems to have dried everything, but you only have to walk closer to the river to see fields of oranges, yuca, sweet potato, coca, banana, mango, plums, avocado, mandarins and even cacao. The fertile land of the Maran is how the Peruvian writer Ciro Alegria describes it in his work The Golden Serpent. Meanwhile, in the shade standing in the doorway of his house, Chvez tries in vain to turn on his phone once more, resigning

02:43

How dad's stress changes his sperm "IndyWatch Feed National"

RNA-packed vesicles that glom on to the germ cells can be altered by a stress hormone, a mouse study suggestsSperm from stressed-out dads can carry that stress from one generation to another. "But one question that really hasn't been addressed is, 'How do dad's experiences actually change his germ cell?'" Jennifer Chan, a neuroendocrinologist at the University of Pennsylvania, said November 13 in Washington, D.C., at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. Now, from a study in mice, Chan and her colleagues have some answers, and even hints at ways to stop this stress inheritance. The researchers focused on the part of the male reproductive tract called the caput epididymis, a place where sperm cells mature. Getting rid of a stress-hormone sensor there called the glucocorticoid receptor stopped the transmission of stress, the researchers found. When faced with an alarming predator odor, offspring of chronically stressed mice dads overproduce the stress hormone corticosterone. But mice dads that lacked this receptor in the epididymis had offspring with normal hormonal responses.

02:30

Woman Rescues Terrified Dog From A Testing Lab And Now Theyre Inseparable "IndyWatch Feed National"

Violet was less than a year old when Julie Germany met her, and to the best of Germany's knowledge, the dog had never set foot outside. 

The coonhound was born and bred to be a test subject in a government-funded lab, according to Germany. In early 2014, when Germany met Violet, the dog was living in a cage in this lab, located in the basement of a building in Washington, D.C. There, doctors practiced surgical techniques on her young body, according to Germany. 

At the time, Germany was a volunteer at the lab, visiting once a week during her lunch break to spend time with the dogs and show them some love. (Germany said she cannot disclose the exact location of the lab out of fear that providing more details will deter those in charge from allowing volunteers to visit or adoptions to take place.)

Violet, of all of them, stood out to Germany the most. "She had the biggest, saddest eyes I had ever seen," she told The Dodo.

Credit: Julie Germany

On the day they met, Violet didn't want to return to her cage after playing, so Germany had to carry her back. 

"I picked her up in my arms, smelled her fur and I just had the strongest feeling," Germany said. "I whispered in her ear, 'I promise Ill get you out.'"

A fellow volunteer told Germany there were two expected outcomes for the dogs in that basement once they were through being experimented on: euthanasia or adoption.

Five months after meeting Violet, a fellow volunteer called Germany, asking if she wanted to adopt Violet. Germany had since gotten a new job, with an office too far away to swing by during lunch, so she no longer visited the dog. She was not sure why the lab was done with Violet what she knew was that Violet was to be hers.

"I was able to save Violet, but most of her friends aren't so lucky," Germany said. So she dedicated herself to saving more dogs....

02:09

54 Years Later, the Same Reasons to Assassinate a President Remain the Same "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the 54 anniversary of the murder of JFK, one of our most beloved Presidents. I pray to the almighty that some journalist is not writing these words about Donald Trump 54 years from now. Trumps life is in extreme danger. Why? Because he is doing what he does best, winning. He has turned the tables on the Deep State. Soon, many of the Deep State minions and actual controllers are going to prison.

One of two things are going to happen: (1) There will be an assassination attempt on Trump; or, (2) The American people will be the victim of a Deep State planned, mass casualty event which will stop the rising tide of populism in its tracks.

This article will focus on the first possibility listed above.

 

Why Do So Many Seek to Assassinate Trump?

To answer that question, I think it is prudent to take a look back at JFK and ask the same question.

I spent 25 years examining the JFK assassination and the reasons why he was assassinated and I arrived at the following conclusions:

  1. The Federal Reserve wanted him dead over the silver certificates which threatened to one day supplant the Federal Reserve Note.
  2. JFK wanted to reduce/eliminate the oil depletion allowance which provided a huge, yet undeserved tax break that the average taxpayer did not receive.
  3. JFK was talking nuclear arms reduction with the Soviets, through back channels. His American University Speech in May of 1963 spoke of stopping above ground nuclear testing. The multi-pronged ownership of what Eisenhower feared and called, the military industrial complex, stood to lose a lot of money. In fact, within 60 days of JFKs death, LBJ ordered the single biggest increase in nuclear arms production in our countrys history. The ownership of the military industrial complex intertwines with the ownership of the oil and banking interests in this country.
  4. JFK was dismantling the sacred cows of Washington DC (e.g. CIA director Allen Dulles) and replacing them with his own appointees to carry out his programs and not the plans of the elite.
  5. JFK was clearly going to kill the elites plans for engaging in the Vietnam War. Had JFK lived, the advisors, assigned to Viet Nam, would have been recalled by December of 1964. The failure of JFK to deliver this war would have cost...

02:06

Rolf Harris I Touch Myself "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Cover of the Divinyls, performed as part of Andrew Dentons Musical Challenge on the MMM Breakfast Show in 2000.

In the audio below, Rolf Harris is being very sick on Australian radio.

British press reported the police found child pornography on his computer in raids before his court saga and couple of years in jail. Rolf Harris should never have been released from a London jail. There were hundreds of sex abuse and pedophile victims of Rolf Harris over many decades. A sicko celebrity who got away with a lot. Sound familiar?

 


02:03

Rolf Harris cleared on one count, denied right to appeal on 11 other child sex convictions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rolf Harris evil pedophile, sex deviate and sex predator should never have walked free from a London jail

 

Rolf Harris never admitted to any child sexual abuse or sex abuse against adult female victims, never showed any remorse or feelings towards his hundreds, if not thousands of victims, and should never have walked free from a London jail.

Rolf Harris cleared on one count, denied right to appeal on 11 other child sex convictions

01:48

What's your favorite thing to do in Cairns? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Wife and I are spending our honeymoon making circles around Australia this weekend (her dream trip!).

We'll be in Cairns for 4 days, and would love to see the reef and the rainforest, if possible?

But we also wanted to find some non-insanely-touristy-but-still-super-cool stuff to do, or ideally, find a bunch of locals to just chill and hang out with.

What's your favorite thing to do in Cairns?

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01:42

Wheat prices rise, GM fish and new type of rice "IndyWatch Feed National"

USDA Nov Wheat ending stocks are in and totals are down 25 Million Bushels, Wheat prices up, CME wheat futures jump $90 for delivery Dec 2018. GMO Fish in Canada, GMO potatoes for USA, new strains of rice that can grow in salt water and ready for commercialization in China. Crop losses in Australia due to hail and frost plus soggy conditions in USA delayed harvests. Sources

01:25

Platforms & ladders "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Taking the gas

Construction work done came in at a thunderous $61.8 billion for the third quarter, the highest on record, with the result again skewed higher by the import of an LNG platform.


Drilling into the engineering construction figures, if you'll pardon the pun, we can see the enormous spike in Western Australia largely relating to an imported LNG platform, sending total engineering construction a massive 68.4 per cent higher than a year earlier. 

Notably engineering work is also rising strongly in New South Wales and Victoria on the back of strength in infrastructure projects, with Queensland also now on a decent run in this regard.


Flats falling flat

Despite the record high quarterly result, residential construction is now in moderate decline, with the value of detached house building done sliding for three consecutive quarters.

Looking specifically at the building of attached dwellings such as apartments, work done is still absolutely flying in New South Wales, but is now declining in Victoria, and dropping very sharply in Queensland (down 22 per cent since the end of last year, and falling).

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01:24

The Goofy Billionaire Overnight Saudi Prince is Going After Iran "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Lebanons Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri, who announced his surprise resignation in Riyadh, has recently announced his intention to return to Beirut.

In fact it was the Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, who still needs an excuse to provoke Israel into attacking Iranian, Hezbollahs and Shia militias positions in Syria, that was behind this trick with the resignation of Hariri. And thats just square one of the plan to fulfill the unparalleled ambitions of the not as sane as one would want heir of the Saudi throne. And nobody really doubts his ability to take all power in Saudi Arabia at this point. The transition of power in favor of his son Mohammed, while retaining the title of the keeper of two sacred places (Mecca and Medina). The delay is caused by the need to negotiate this transition with two influential clans: the Al-Rashid clan that controls the Republican Guard and intelligence agencies, and the clan of Al-Jiluwi that has been ruling the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia, the main oil producing region of the kingdom that is populated by Shiites.

However, to make his dreams come to fruition Mohammed also needed huge financial resources to sponsor his military adventures that are going to be launched under the banner of combating the Shia expansion. And boy did he get those by arresting about 200 members of his fellow royal family members and high-ranking officials under the pretext of fighting corruption. Among them one could find Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, whose estimated fortune exceeded 18 billion dollars. He would suggest then that the detainees, who were kept hostages in the luxury Ritz hotel would surrender 2/3 of their fortune to Mohammed in order to escape the punishment. Due to this, Muhammad received a whopping sum of 800 billion dollars. And through this secured a successful IPO of the state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco for a sum of 2 trillion dollars.

And who would have thought that the inadequate Mohammed that is still in his 30s would be capable of this? The answer is simple: Jared Kushner was behind this scam, none other than the son-in-law of Donald Trump and his senior adviser at the same time, but he was assisted by his best friend Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Now Mohammed bin Salman has the means to modernize Saudi Arabia, which is going to be without abolishing the poisonous Wahhabi ideology, but theres still more....

01:11

Global Decay: 26-nation survey reveals a very nervous world "IndyWatch Feed National"

The planet is nervous these days, according to a massive new survey titled "What Worries the World," conducted among 21,044 citizens in 26 nations by IPSOS Public Affairs. In a majority of these nations - 19 of them, including the U.S. and its European allies - people say their own country is "on the wrong track." Only seven of the nations had a positive assessment. "China, India and Saudi Arabia remain as the top three countries most positive about their nation's direction of travel. 92 percent in China think their country is going in the right direction, along with 74 percent in India and 72 percent in Saudi Arabia," the poll analysis said. "At the other end of the spectrum - South Africa is the most anxious. Only 8 percent think their country is going in the right direction, followed by 15 percent in Italy and 16 percent in Brazil." Among Americans, 59 percent say the U.S. is on the wrong track, with strikingly similar negative findings from respondents in Australia, Poland, Sweden, Israel, Japan and Germany. Things are even more dire in Spain, where three-quarters say things are out of kilter, along with Mexico (73 percent), Britain (72 percent) and France (71 percent).

01:02

Chicago Board Options Exchange Announces Bitcoin Futures Products "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bitcoin futures are one of the bigger markets in the world of finance right now. Various financial institutions look to provide exposure to such services in the future. The Chicago Board Options Exchange is one of the latest ones to do so. Their new Bitcoin derivative contract specifications have been unveiled a few days ago. The product itself is not available yet, but it should come to market in a few weeks.

More and more companies focus on Bitcoin-related investment opportunities these days. That is only normal, as investors want access to profitable vehicles. Right now, cryptocurrencies make all other assets bite the dust in quick succession. Especially Bitcoin is on a lot of peoples radar right now. Gaining exposure to such assets without buying Bitcoin itself is not easy. The Chicago Board Options Exchange acknowledges there is a genuine demand for this vehicle. This is why they will launch their derivative contracts in a few weeks from today.

Chicago Board Options Exchange has Bold Plans

We have seen an increased interest from financial institutions when it comes to Bitcoin futures. A lot of people have different opinions on the value of BTC right now. Being able to go short or long is pretty significant. Considering how the Chicago Board Options Exchange is the biggest options exchange in the US, their support can be invaluable. Right now, the tentative launch date of Bitcoin futures products is somewhere in Q4 of 2017. That means somewhere between now and around six weeks from today.

Surprisingly, this product will use the XBT ticker. It is the same ticker Kraken uses for Bitcoin on their exchange. In a way, XBT should have always been the ticket for Bitcoin h the world of finance. It is not an illogical abbreviation, that much is evident. There will be many different types of contracts provided by the Chicago Board Options Exchange in the future. It is evident they want to get a major market share in quick successions. Only time will tell if that is even possible, though. There is some stiff competition in the world of Bitcoin futures and derivatives right now.

The big question is how these contracts will relate to spot Bitcoin pricing. So far, the...

00:50

Women speak out against harassment in Gaza "IndyWatch Feed National"

I didnt know what to do. He kept insisting, so I felt that I had to answer him to make him stop, I told him that Im married and have three kids but he didnt believe me. A report about the women no longer willing to stay silent and the difficulties they face.

By Mohammed Moussa

A model of strength and resilience and an education in feminism. Women in Gaza (Photo: Shuair Karam / IRIN, Flicker).

Palestinian women walk in al-Maghazi refugee camp market, central Gaza strip. (Photo: Shuair Karam / IRIN, CC 2.0).

Writers note: Some women passengers quoted in this story asked that their last names be withheld to protect their privacy.

GAZA CITY The growing number of women speaking out against sexual assault and harassment at the hands of powerful men seems to have created a sea change. In Gaza, however, women feeling constrained by conservative societal norms are cautious about speaking out about verbal and physical harassment, especially by local taxi drivers.

Huda, 26, said she tried ignoring a driver when he started whispering as she got into his cab. He stared at me through the mirror, looking at me in a way that made feel terrified, she recalls. Then he asked me if I would go on a date with him. This was outrageous! I was stunned and I asked him to let me out of the car. I opened the door so that he was forced to stop, and  got out of the car in the middle of the street.

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00:00

Worth a Look: The Truth-Seekers Handbook A Science-Based Guide "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why do so many people prefer comfortable lies over inconvenient truths? After all, holding such false beliefs can cause bad decisions with tragic consequences for ones personal life, relationships, careers, and our society as a whole. Recent research provides the answer: the human mind make mistakes in predictable and systematic ways. These mental errors called cognitive biases by scholars cause people to form misconceptions about the world and thus make poor decisions that may lead to catastrophe. Fortunately, cognitive and behavioral scientists have recently uncovered many useful strategies for overcoming these mental flaws. This book relates those strategies in a clear, straightforward and engaging manner. It uses everyday life examples to show you how to train yourself and guide others in avoiding these mental flaws, preventing disasters and facilitating success and happiness for yourself and those you care about.

Tip of the Hat to Berto Jongman

Phi Beta Iota:  Science sucks at multiple levels.  It does not do holistic analytics, true cost economics, or Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE), and it works with 1% (published) of 1% (written) of 1% (known).

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23:13

Draining the Australian swamp "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Both Queensland Liberal senator George Brandis QC, Attorney General and recently appointed WA senator Peter Georgiou reportedly, have dual citizenship but are not included in this list.

 

These Members of Parliament soon will have to declare their dual citizenship under Section 44 (ii) of the Commonwealth Constitution of Australia, which will prevent them from sitting in Parliament. The political party controlled High Court created this mess in 1999 when it declared Britain as a foreign power. (Sue-v-Hill)


23:01

How Roger Federers Injuries Developed Into His Best Year Ever "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 2017 ATP World Tour recently wrapped up, and the biggest story of the season was also one of the more unlikely: Roger Federer had a remarkable year.

Entering the 2017 campaign, there wasnt much basis for thinking the elegant Swiss maestro was primed for a career renaissance. Yes, Federer is the greatest of all time in mens tennis (or way up there, anyway) and one of the most sublime athletes in all of modern sports, but heres where you dust off the clich about Father Times unblemished record.

From 2011-2016, as Federer was ripening into his thirties, he only won a single Grand Slam title (Wimbledon, 2012). That came after winning 16 such titles going back to 2003. Federer knocked on the door a few times in 14 and 15 but came away empty-handed at every turn. It seemed that the ATPs younger bucksRafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, etc.had permanently relegated Old Man Federer to the rearview.

Inevitably, injuries played a role. Federer dealt with a recurring back ailment and a knee issue that materialized while he was preparing a bath for his twin daughters (quite the way for a god-level athlete to be reminded that hes truly flesh and blood). The knee injury later forced Federer into a six-month rehab layoff that ended his 2016 season. On paper, the stage was decidedly not set for Federer to pull off a run of high-level success in 2017.

So Much for That Idea

Then a strange thing happened: in January, Federer won the Australian Open. Not only did he win, he toppled his personal kryptonite, Rafa Nadal, in a thrilling five-set final. After that, it was off to the races. Refreshed and riding high, Federer just kept winning and winning.

He eventually rose to number two in the world rankings and compiled a 52-5 match record en route to seven titles, including the Slam Down Under and an eighth Wimbledon crown, which pushed him past Pete Sampras for most mens titles at the All England Club and increased his Grand Slam haul to 19 (compared to 16, currently, for Nadal). Federer made mincemeat of his competition at the hallowed grass-court tournament and essentially turned the Fortnight into an extended coronation ceremony. He didnt drop a single set, and even reduced Marin Cilic, his opponent in the final, to tears during the match once it had devolved into a thorough drubbing.

Federers triumph at his favorite tournament was one of the crowning achievements of his finest season in at least a decade. ESPNs Brad Gilbert even ventured to say that certain stretches of the year represented the best tennis Federer has ever played. Lest we forget, all of this happened during the calendar year in which he turned 36.......

23:00

Turkey in dilemma over what to do with scattered IS family members "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ankara needs urgent answers on the future of Turkish IS families, and faces foreigners being dumped on and infiltrating its borders

22:42

Barnaby Joyce and Steven Ciobo get Chinese government funds for Indias Adani coal mine "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

22 November 2017: Bob Katter MP, Federal Member for Kennedy,  is furious former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce took part in selling Adani to China after news the Adani Group is close to securing finance for its coal mine and railway track in coming weeks with Chinese state-owned enterprises, banks, and export credit agencies backing the venture.

Media reports a director of Adani Mining said just days ago they would no longer need funding from Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) and a formal announcement of a financial close was imminent. It was reported in The Australian on Nov 14th Former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Trade Minister Steven Ciobo wrote to top Chinese officials to vouch for Indian giant Adani. The report said they sent a letter to the chairman of Chinas powerful National Development and Reform Commission saying they welcomed foreign lending to support the development of major projects in Australia.

Katter calls Liberals Barnaby Joyce and Steven Ciobo traitors for brokering Chinese Government funds to help Adani open Australias largest coal mine creating thousands of Chinese jobs in Central Queensland

If you sell your country out, then youre a traitor, Mr Katter said.

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21:44

The Shooter and the Mastermind Behind the JFK Murder-The Final Word "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Shooter and the Mastermind Behind the JFK Murder-The Final Word

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Who killed JFK. Not only do I know the answer, I know the name of the hit man and the mastermind. You wont find this anywhere elese.

In the 2 following videos, I name the hitman and the mastermind related to the assassination of JFK

 

 

 

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21:39

Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) / Canadian Armed Forces Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III (C-17A) 177701 Spotted at Rockhampton Airport as "Canforce 3634" "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Surely one of the highlights on the Central Queensland Plane Spotting Blog for 2107 came on Wednesday 22 November when Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) / Canadian Armed Forces Boeing CC-177 Globemaster III (C-17A) 177701 was spotted completing a 'touch-and-go' at Rockhampton Airport.


The massive transport aircraft was a very pleasant surprise and appeared to fly into Rocky from the North-West.  After completing the 'touch-and-go' on Runway 15 at Rockhampton Airport, the CC-177, which was flying as 'CFC3634'/"Canforce 3634", departed back to RAAF Base Amberley where it looked to arrive from overseas earlier in the week.




21:31

AC/DC guitarist dead at 64 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian guitarist and AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died aged 64 after a long battle with dementia.

He died peacefully on Saturday with his family nearby, a statement said.

Young will be remembered for his powerful rhythm guitar riffs that were instrumental in propelling the Sydney heavy rock group to stardom.

Three Young brothers have been part of AC/DCs history, including lead guitarist Angus. Producer George Young died in October.

AC/DC producer George Young dies at 70

AC/DC: Malcolm Young suffering from dementia

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Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many, the statement read.

From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.

AC/DCImage copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionAC/DC are one of the biggest heavy rock bands in the world

Fans and friends of Young have been posting their tributes to the popular musician on social media.

Tom Morello, of the US band Rage Against the Machine, tweeted his thanks to the #1 greatest rhythm guitarist.

21:26

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

221117OFFICIAL HANDOVER TOMORROW
By Aloysius Laukai

The ABG will officially present Mining Exploration Licences to two Landowner companies tomorrow in Tinputz.
The ceremony will be witnessed by all members of the ABG including media and the people of Tinputz.
The two companies are KALIA INVESTMENT LIMITED and TOREMANA RESOURCES LIMITED.
The ABG President CHIEF DR.JOHN MOMIS will officially handover the Exploration licenses to the two companies.
The ceremony will also include activities by landowners from the project sites.

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21:24

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

221117 Terms and conditions
By Theresa Baranangko
Domestic Violence has become an offence since the passing of the Bill in 2013 by the National Parliament.
Buka Police Station Senior Constable, Ms Joyce Tseraha says that since the legalization of the Act, anyone caught breaching the law will pay the possible consequences thereof.
She says anyone caught in the act is guilty of breaking the law and will be responsible to pay a court fine of K5000 or two (2) years imprisonment.
According to the Act, victims of Domestic Violence are given the measures to weigh the law breakers. According to Ms. Tsereha, Family Protection order is made available for any members of the family to apply against any accused member.
A family member includes a spouse of a person, the child or a step child of person, in-law, grandparents or any other person that is treated by the spouse as a family member.
She says application for the protection can be made by the complainant or he or she can use another person to apply on his or her behalf. Protection order can be issued by both the village court and District court.

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21:17

Priest in court over assaults on teen boys "IndyWatch Feed National"

Daily Telegraph

Priest in court over assaults on teen boys

A former Catholic priest has been extradited from New Zealand to Sydney and charged with historic child sex offences.

Detectives travelled to New Zealand on Wednesday to bring the 58-year-old man back to Mascot Police Station where he was charged with sexual and indecent assaults in the late 1980s against seven teenage boys aged between 14 and 20.

The ex-priest was due to face Sydneys Central Local Court on Wednesday.

He was originally arrested at his Hamilton home in New Zealand in late July after Sydney detectives received a referral in 2014 from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Its alleged the assaults were linked to an educational facility in Dundas in western Sydney.


21:16

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

221117 Family protections Act,
By Theresa Baranangko
Domestic violence has become an offence within families within Papua New Guinea after the National Parliament passed the Family protection Act in 2013. This was according to the Buka Police Station Senior Constable, Ms. Joyce Tseraha.
She says the Family Protection Act calls for the right to issue family protection order for men, women and children who mainly suffers from abuse.
She says the Act is purposely framed to promote safe and strong family and to prevent domestic violence and also ensure if there is effective legal protection for victims of domestic violence.
The main principal of the Act is for everyone to be free from domestic violence, make domestic violence a public affair and not private matter and be responsible to fight against domestic violence for the benefit of our communities.
She says to achieve the objective of this Act in our communities; everyone must exercise the functions and duties of the Act and take into account the principals of the Act.
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21:15

WA govt pushes on with sex abuse laws "IndyWatch Feed National"

Daily Telegraph

WA's McGowan government has moved to reduce limitations on child abuse victims seeking civil action.WAs McGowan government has moved to reduce limitations on child abuse victims seeking civil action.

WA govt pushes on with sex abuse laws

Child sex abuse survivor Kirsty Pratt has long campaigned for WA to remove the time limit for victims to seek compensation and says laws introduced by Labor will eliminate that barrier to justice.

The bill also provides a legal basis for suing institutions in the name of their current office holders for historical cases and ensures victims are treated fairly by introducing a cap on legal fees.

Ms Pratt held back tears on Wednesday and said it was a no-brainer that the bill should pass.

This is the removal of a barrier to justice, she told reporters.

This is also an opportunity for many who have not been able to get some acknowledgement for the sheer devastation that has been placed on our lives and an opportunity to heal some wounds.

Attorney-General John Quigley said the government was delivering on its election commitment but conceded it had taken l...

21:03

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

221117 ABG MEMBERS DAY
By Aloysius Laukai

The members of the ABG today spent whole day listening to presentations by UN, DFAT and Ombudsman Commission officers before sitting for their special Parliament session to gauge the views of all members on presentations that will be made on behalf of the ABG and the people of Bougainville at the December Joint Supervisory Body meeting between the ABG leaders and the National Government leaders including their technical teams.

The day started at the ABG Parliament in the morning with the ABG House convening the meeting and then adjourned to get presentations.
The first Presentation was made by UN representative LUCA who talked on the South Sudan Referendum experience, then the hot one was the presentation by the Ombudsman Commission on the roles and responsibilities on the ABG members.
The Ombudsman Commission had earlier stopped the transaction by ABG members using the Constituency grants deposited into their personal accounts.
The members were told that similar to the National Governments DSIP and PSIP funding, all monies must go into Constituency accounts that must be opened and Committees must be set up to manage these accounts with two or more signatories including the members.
The members were told that what they were doing was wrong and they could be referred to the public prosecutor for prosecution.
They told them that this was an act of misconduct in office.
After the presentations members were able to make comments on these presentations.
New Dawn FM understands that this will be the first time for the ABG members to set up constituency accounts since the Constituency Development Grants were introduced by the first ABG house.
Meanwhile the Chief Secretary, JOSEPH NOBETAU said that he was happy that the members will now comply with the Public Finance Management laws and this is part of the governments Good Governance program.
He said that the Ombudsman Commission was just performing its duties and making it clear to the members. Leaders and Senior Public Servants are guided by financial laws that guide them in carrying out their roles and responsibilities.

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20:48

MACKAY Man to face court on property offences "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY November 22, 2017 at 01:56PM ,

Man to face court on property offences

November 22, 2017 at 01:56PM ,

motor vehicle, possessing tainted property, failing to properly dispose of a syringe, possessing dangerous drugs, entering premises and committing an indictable offence, possessing drug utensils and possessing tainted property. He was due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court. 0. mackay crime.

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20:48

MACKAY Drugs and tainted property found in stolen car, Farleigh "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY November 22, 2017 at 08:18AM ,

Drugs and tainted property found in stolen car, Farleigh

November 22, 2017 at 08:18AM ,

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20:03

PERTH Charges laid over Perth crowbar attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Charges laid over Perth crowbar attack .

November 22, 2017 at 12:37PM .

into the centre and collapsed, bleeding heavily. He remains in the Royal Perth Hospital intensive care unit after surgery to reduce pressure on his brain. The Wembley man has been charged with unlawful act with intent to harm and is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

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PERTH An 18-year-old man to face court today after allegedly assaulting a 15-year-old boy with a metal "IndyWatch Feed National"

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An 18-year-old man to face court today after allegedly assaulting a 15-year-old boy with a metal .

November 22, 2017 at 08:52AM .

18-year-old man in relation to the alleged assault of a 15-year-old boy in Yokine on Saturday. It is alleged the man assaulted the boy with a metal object causing the victim critical injuries. The man was charged with unlawful act with intent to harm and is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court

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19:41

debt has far reaching effects "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$6586
Date debt issued: 
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Period debt occurred: 
July 2011 to March 2013
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Yes
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
I don't know how to
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

This debt has far reaching effects, I suffer from severe depression bordering on suicide, I am living with my parents as I can't afford to live anywhere else, I am also concerned that my taxation refund will be taken to part pay the debt.

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 
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19:32

Just 6 months since Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore's free Canberra booze-up - wonder if she'll pay it back now she's got the boot "IndyWatch Feed National"

Come say hi to Senator Skye!!!! Senator Skye loves free wine and free media coverage - see invite attached! Wednesday, 24 May 2017 Senator Skye is having a taxpayer funded pissup in her taxpayer funded office at Parliament House. Why don't we all accept? senator.kakoschke-moore@aph.gov.au Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore Senator for...

19:29

The Ram Sethu Canal Must Be Scrapped for Scientific Reasons "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are plenty of reasons to scrap the Sethusamudram project: we dont know how sediments behave within the canal, how cyclones will affect it and how its marine environment will be wrecked.

The location of Palk Bay. Credit: Google Maps

The location of Palk Bay. Credit: Google Maps

Ever since the UPA government mooted the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project (SSCP) in 2004, it has been a target of criticism from environmental advocates as well as religious enthusiasts. The project envisages excavating the shallow sea between the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar to create a narrow shipping passage, linking the east and west coasts of India and obviating the current hassle of circumnavigating Sri Lanka to reach the eastern coast of India (and vice-versa).

The total length of the channel is estimated to be 152.2 km. Creating it will require two phases of dredging (or even blasting, depending on the nature of the substratum) the 20-km-long coral-reef platform known as Adams Bridge or Ram Sethu, as some like to call it, and the 54-km long Bay of Bengal segments. The third segment falls in the Palk Bay, with a total length of 78 km and which reportedly requires no dredging as this area has a clearance depth of 12 m.

Sethusamudram, as the name suggests, is that part of the ocean being constantly bridged by natural sedimentation processes. Like the Great Barrier Reef off of the northeast coast of Australia, Ram Sethu is a continuous stretch of limestone shoals that runs from the Pamban island near Rameswaram to Mannar Island off of the northern coast of Sri Lanka. Because the ocean floor is shallow in this...

19:00

10 Reasons Why the Mainstream Media Wont Cover the Las Vegas Shooting Anymore "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was the worst mass-shooting in American history, and despite a curious public hungry for answers, the entire tragedy remains shrouded in mystery and the mainstream media seems intent on keeping it that way.

The Las Vegas shooting, which left 58 dead and 546 injured, should remain as a top news story if only because of how many questions remain unanswered.

But then again, given the massive inconsistencies in the case from the official timeline changing multiple times to the coincidental deaths of 4 witnesses maybe they WANT the story to go away.

Here Are The Top 10 Mysteries That Could Be Scaring Away The Media:


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19:00

Regulators around the world are investigating Uber after data breach coverup "IndyWatch Feed National"

The beleaguered ride-hailer is being investigated by regulators in the U.K., Australia, the Philippines, and New York, reports Reuters. The move comes after it was revealed that Uber paid hackers $100,000 to keep it a secret that the data of 57 million account holders had been breached. The breach occurred in October 2016, but Reuters

The beleaguered ride-hailer is being investigated by regulators in the U.K., Australia, the Philippines, and New York, reports Reuters. The move comes after it was revealed that Uber paid hackers $100,000 to keep it a secret that the data of 57 million account holders had been breached. The breach occurred in October 2016, but Reuters is reporting that Ubers new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi only recently found out about it. Ubers former CEO, Travis Kalanick, however, is said to have known about the breach since November 2016.

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18:47

Great! Egret similarities breed contretemps "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Eastern Great Egret stands amid mixed mob of 100 or so egrets, ibises and spoonbills clustered in fast diminishing reedy shallows today showing off breeding plumage and accompanying dark bill.

And the usual aggression against others of its species: ditto Little Egrets and Intermediate Egrets. Spoonbills and ibises - more sociable flock feeders - ignored the skirmishes around and above them.

Elsewhere, Leaden Flycatchers seen busily beginning nest early in the week (and completed yesterday) lost the lot overnight. Selfish thought: they'll build again, but probably without being spotted and offering photo opportunities.

Also unlikely, more sightings of Burtons Snake Lizard, seen above in the middle of Town Common road during a spotlighting drive. Lack of working legs didn't stop it hot-footing it into roadside grasses. (It may have been more than coincidence seeing slimmer but t...

18:34

Is The Glass Half Full or Half Empty? Pessimism Vs Optimism (Video) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Youre seeing so much news about positivity on the media for a reason people are finally understanding the true power of it! Do you consider yourself an optimist or a pessimist?

Being optimistic might sound like a grandma term to you and you might even think that it isnt worth anything, but oh boy would you be wrong! You might even go as far as saying that positivity is the key to a happy life. It truly is worth more than any amount of money, cars, or fancy smartphones. Being an optimistic person makes you much more appealing and makes other people feel comfortable. By being optimistic you might completely turn around someones day, or even a few peoples!

Optimism is great for many different reasons and it all around makes life more enjoyable for you and everyone around you. It could very well be the answer to changing the world! However, the opposite is also true: pessimism is extremely negative, but somehow never leaves our minds. Many people argue whether it is a natural occurrence or a personality flaw, but we do know one thing for sure it itself sucks a lot. Nobody likes to be around someone who is constantly whining and complaining about how hard life is or how theyve been mistreated, unfairly done, or wronged in any of the slightest ways. It might not be politically correct to admit, but we all know its true Nobody likes a negative nelly, and even the nelly himself is tortured by a negative perception! Our perception makes up our entire reality which means a negative perception inevitably equals a negative life.

If you think you might qualify as a negative person and thats most of us it is never too late to change your attitude. With practice and the willingness to come out of your comfort zone and learn, you can completely transform your life.

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18:11

As Citizenship Crisis Widens, Ninth Australian Lawmaker Quits "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore announces her resignation at a NEWs conference at her office in Adelaide, November 22, 2017. AAP/David Mariuz/via Reuters

Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore announces her resignation at a NEWs conference at her office in Adelaide, November 22, 2017. AAP/David Mariuz/via Reuters

Sydney: A ninth Australian lawmaker quit parliament on Wednesday after discovering she was a dual national, the latest casualty in a widening constitutional crisis that has already cost the government its majority.

The resignation of Skye Kakoschke-Moore, one of three senators in the centre-right Nick Xenophon Team, over the surprise revelation that she wa...

17:57

Renewables, coal and culture war "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

In the final week of the Queensland election campaign, Ive been busy trying to do what I can to influence the result. Ive put out a couple of opinion pieces about the choice between coal and renewable energy. This one, in The Guardian, focuses on the central role of the culture war in motivating rightwing opposition to renewable energy. In The Conversation, I look at the economics and business aspects and debunk the idea that ultrasupercritical technology makes coal-fired power a high efficiency, low emissions technology

Also, in New Matilda, Im collaborating with Morgan Brigg and Kristen Lyons of the Global Change Institute to produce a five-part series on Adani and the resistance to the project by the Wangan and Jagalingou people.

17:54

Australia Defends Alternative Accommodation for Asylum Seekers Against UN Criticism "IndyWatch Feed National"

An undated image released November 13, 2017 shows detainees staging a protest inside the compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition/Handout via Reuters

An undated image released November 13, 2017 shows detainees staging a protest inside the compound at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition/Handout via Reuters

Sydney/Geneva: Australias foreign minister said on Wednesday that asylum seekers occupying an abandoned Australian-run detention camp in Papua New Guinea (PNG) can relocate to...

17:50

US Diplomats Accuse Rex Tillerson of Breaking Child Soldiers Law "IndyWatch Feed National"

FILE PHOTO: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson answers questions during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S. on November 20, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson answers questions during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S. on November 20, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson answers questions during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, US on November 20, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria/File Photo

Washington: A group of about a dozen US State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex...

17:20

70 Years of Broken Promises: The Untold Story of the Partition Plan "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a recent talk before Chatham House think-tank in London, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, approached the issue of a Palestinian state from an intellectual perspective.

Before we think of establishing a Palestinian state, he mused, it is time we reassessed whether the modern model we have of sovereignty, and unfettered sovereignty, is applicable everywhere in the world.

It is not the first time that Netanyahu discredits the idea of a Palestinian state. Despite clear Israeli intentions of jeopardizing any chances for the creation of such a state, the US Administration of Donald Trump is, reportedly, finalizing plans for an ultimate peace deal. The New York Times suggests that the anticipated plan will have to be built around the so-called two-state solution.

But why the wasted effort, while all parties, Americans included know that Israel has no intention of allowing a Palestinian state and the US has no political capital, or desire, to enforce one?

The answer may not lie in the present, but in the past.

A Palestinian Arab state had initially been proposed as a political tactic by the British, to provide a legal cover for the establishment of a Jewish state. It continues to be used as a political tactic, though never with the aim of finding a just solution to the conflict, as is often propagated.

When British Foreign Secretary, Arthur James Balfour, made his promise, in November 1917, to the Zionist movement to grant them a Jewish state in Palestine, the once distant and implausible idea began taking shape. It would have been effortlessly achievable, had the Palestinians not rebelled.

The 1936-1939 Palestinian rebellion revealed an impressive degree of collective political awareness and ability to mobilize, despite British violence.

The British government then dispatched the Peel Commission to Palestine to examine the roots of the violence, hoping to quell the Palestinian revolt.

In July 1937, the commission published its report, which immediately ignited the fury of the native population, who were already aware of the British-Zionist collusion.

The Peel Commission concluded that underlying causes of the disturbances were the desire of the Palestinians for independence, and their hatred and fear of the establishment of the Jewish national home. Based on that view, i...

16:42

Situation on Australian Offshore Processing Centre Deteriorates by the Day UN "IndyWatch Feed National"

Human Wrongs Watch

21 November 2017 Three weeks following the closure of the Manus Island regional processing centre, the situation on the ground is very serious and deteriorates by the day, a senior United Nations official on protection of refugees has said.

Offshore processing centre for asylum seekers on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Photo: Australian Government DIBP |Source: UN News Centre

Without distribution of food and clean water over the last three weeks [and] significant accumulation of waste and rubbish in the hot and humid weather, the health and sanitation is becoming a very significant issue, Nai Jit Lam, Deputy Regional Representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), currently on Manus Island, told journalists in Geneva over the phone.

The people that we have spoken to are extremely angry and they see this as an opportunity to tell the world and to show the world, years of anger about how they have been treated over the four years, after being forcibly transferred to Papua New Guinea, he added.

According to the UN refugee agency, the conditions and the lack of medicines, increasing number of refugees and asylum seekers at the former facility are falling physically and mentally unwell. Alternative accommodation and services outside the facility are still under construction and it could be anothe...

16:09

The Hidden Risk of Broker/Clearer "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Dear Mr. Armstrong, Thank you for your work in educating us in your University of the Conscious Investor! My question relates to your Trading a Vertical Market report. I am slowly digesting this report which is truly fascinating and a must read for any rational minded investor. My experience tells me (and you have reaffirmed this within your report) that being able to trade correctly for the market is critical. In analyzing the correct actions we must take I have reached the conclusion that we must also investigate deeply the trading company we use and how any wild ride will impact their ability to actually fund the successful trades we have managed to get into and out of. I recently was issued new T&Cs for my accounts to accept and that makes for scary reading in the light of any major reset or mammoth gap or moves we anticipate. How would you recommend we evaluate the companies actually holding the bag to be able to pay up at the end of the day? This appears to me to be a most crucial question in the light of what Socrates is pointing out.

Be Well,

ANSWER: Yes, you are absolutely correct. Your broker/clearer is an additional risk.

 The kind of market conditions we are about to face will force questions beyond extreme volatility, no bids and the gapping of price and trade. What Traders must realize is that these extreme price actions themselves trigger increased margins, which again could trigger a liquidity crisis. Under such panic moves, prices can gap without a trade and is worth remembering people sell what they can not what they should. This forces other markets to move just to raise cash. If market movements are violent everyone is pulled into the mix.

This is when you have to hope that every one of your fellow account owners (under the broker/clearer you are using) is liquid enough to honor margin requirements. This type of information is rarely going to be available to all and so makes many remain vulnerable.

Just to make you aware, it is possible that your money is vulnerable even if you do not have an open position and is just sitting with...

16:00

"JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters"
by Edward Curtin

"Despite a treasure-trove of new information having emerged over the last forty-eight years, there are many people who still think who killed President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and why are unanswerable questions. There are others who cling to the Lee Harvey Oswald "lone-nut" explanation proffered by the Warren Commission. Both groups agree, however, that whatever the truth, it has no contemporary relevance but is old-hat, history, stuff for conspiracy-obsessed people with nothing better to do. The general thinking is that the assassination occurred almost a half-century ago, so let's move on. Nothing could be further from the truth, as James Douglass shows in his extraordinary book, "JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters" (Orbis Books, 2008). It is clearly one of the best books ever written on the Kennedy assassination and deserves a vast readership. It is bound to roil the waters of complacency that have submerged the truth of this key event in modern American history.


Why and by whom? These are the key questions. If it can be shown that Kennedy did, in fact, turn emphatical.........

15:54

Campaign to target violence towards females "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

22nd  November 2017

The Inap Nau campaign which is aimed at reducing violence against women and girls in Papua New Guinea was recently launched in Port Moresby.

 

The campaign will focus on youths to be the agents of change within our communities by promoting non-violent conflict resolutions within households and community.

 

OxFam which is behind the campaign, highlighted that PNG is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman or a girl.

 

PNG in 2014 was ranked 140 out of 155 countries in the world in terms of the Gender Inequality under the Human development Index.

 

This equated to about 2 thirds of women in PNG experiencing physically and sexually abuse.

 

Unfortunately in PNG, Domestic violence against women and girls is perceived normal and most members of the society accept this behavior as being part of our culture.

 

This is what the Inap Nau campaign will advocate against.

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15:25

Why The Interest in Barron Trump? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Barron and Melania (photo Daily Mail)

By Dee McLachlan

Why would ISIS suddenly be interested in Barron Trump?

Something doesnt ring quite true. On the surface, this sounds like a new ISIS strategy coming out of the blue. There were photographs of Melania and Barron unpacking the Christmas tree the other day, and it was back in 2016, that the MSM reported ISISs desire to assassinate the then presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

The Washington Beacon broke this news about Barron in their article, ISIS Calls for Assassination of Barron Trump, reported:

Pro-ISIS internet channels are calling for the assassination of President Donald Trumps son, Barron, and have shared personal details of the childs life on its social media networks, including the address of his school according to the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI.

They were using the hashtag handle the son of the mule...

15:16

International Public Notice Commercial Lien in Tort by Wayne Kenneth Glew. "IndyWatch Feed National"

People from all walks of life now have the ability to publish information on a government carriageway called the interwebs.

Apparently not too long ago a person on social media of the name Wayne Glew had a lawful seizure of the Western Australia government.

When asked of him who had the 'keys' to joint a little while later, OBVIOUSLY giving him time to settle in, no tangible response followed.

Now readers can be graced with a document of the title; 

"INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC NOTICE" Common Law Commercial Lien In "Tort"

Suffice to say we love a good Australian tort.


P.S Anyone got a spare Nine Hundred and Ninety Nine Trillion Dollars to help out Western Australia??? 


Source: https://larryhannigan.com/constitution-2/wayne-glew-update/

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14:45

Anti corruption agency had to go: PNG PM O'Neill "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter ONeill told Parliament Tuesday that the Investigation Task Force Sweep Team was disbanded in 2014 because it was becoming too political and going on a political witch-hunt.

ONeill said the inter-government agency was set up to investigate specific issues of massive corruption at the National Planning Department, especially the Rehabilitation Education Sector Infrastructure (RESI) funds and National Agriculture Development Programmes.

It was not investigating suspects involved in misappropriating public funds from the National Planning Department, he said.

Millions of public monies were stolen without proper procurement process. And, of course it was due to mismanagement.

Subsequently the Task Force was becoming too political and targeting politicians when it was not authorised to do so. Thats why it was disbanded.

ONeill said the Independent Commission against Corruption Bill was tabled in Parliament to replace the disbanded agency.

But in the last parliament, we could not pass the Bill because we didnt muster the numbers. It will be reintroduced in this parliament. And Im urging all the 111 MPs to support this Bill.

He was responding to Moresby North West MP Sir Mekere Morauta who claimed that the disbanding of the Task Force was because ONeill was under investigation.

He also claimed that ONeill had ordered Police Commissioner Gari Baki to close the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate.

There was no direction from me or the Cabinet to shut down the fraud squad. This matter has been dealt in court, he said.

And many court decisions have justified Governments decision to date. Koim later challenged the Cabinet decision to disband the agency in court. But Justice Collin Makail said it would be contrary to the law for the court to intervene in policy decisions made by the Government. He said the appropriate actions, if people were aggrieved by a Cabinet decision, were to exercise their constitutional rights to replace the Cabinet members at the elections, or have the prime minister voted out of office in a vote of no-confidence through Parliament.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS

14:40

November verse 10: Dear Tony "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

On Sky News this week Tony Abbott said (and you can scroll to the bottom of the post to listen for yourself):

If you ask yourself what is the pinnacle of human achievement thus far, countries with democratic elections, with liberal institutions, with freedom and prosperity and a measure of fairness for all in other words, western countries, particularly English speaking countries this is the greatest human creation yet. We should cherish it, we should celebrate it. Unfortunately, too many of us are ignorant of that which has shaped us. Were ignorant of the great books; were ignorant of Shakespeare, ah, the New Testament. Weve forgotten so much of our history, particularly British history.

Different parts of that utterance will stick more strongly in different peoples craws. Heres what I can manage in fourteen lines (I had to leave the tokenising of Shakespeare for another day):

November verse 10: Dear Tony
Come on, Tone, this great creation
was fought for, didnt grow on trees
and its unfinished. Celebration?
Sure, but also honour, please,
the millions worldwide whove been murdered,
starved, betrayed, displaced or herded
cattle-like, by Empire Brits.
I know this thought gives you the shits
but how high on your fairness measure
are Don Dale, Manus, PNG,
or Nauru, CentreLink, or Bre?
Yes, history is rich with treasure.
Jesus? History fact for you:
brown, Aramaic-speaking  Jew.


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14:29

PNG Hunters to play Broncos, Warriors in trial matches in Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The PNGRFL, chairman Tsaka has announced that the PNG Hunters will play two preseason matches against NRL clubs the Brisbane Broncos and the New Zealand Warriors at the National Football Stadium in February, 2018.
These are two big lead up games for us leading to the Queensland Rugby League Intrust Super Cup in 2018, Tsaka said.
I have discussed with Michael (Marum) and hes aware of this and will draw up the training programme for the offseason next month to get the squad ready for matches against the Warriors and Broncos.

This is another big for us to have our Hunters play NRL clubs. We are sure the NFS will be packed for these two matches as fans will want to see our boys take on the best of the NRL.
Tsaka said the PNGRFL had invited the clubs to play a preseason fixture in Port Moresby against the Q-Cup champions and the Broncos and Warriors had accepted.

The Hunters played the Penrith Panthers at the beginning of 2016 in front of a sell-out NFS with the same numbers expected for the two matches.

14:16

Catch the Overland rocket to Prizeville "IndyWatch Feed National"

By taking out, renewing or giving an Overland subscription today, you could win: todays Parental leave prize any of the three Major Prizes and/or one of our Regional Prizes a good feeling about yourself and the future of progressive literary culture

14:01

Jillaroos take on Canada in womens world cup "IndyWatch Feed National"

CAITLIN Moran and Nakia Davis-Welsh have been rotated out of the Jillaroos team to take on Canada this afternoon in the final pool game at the womens Rugby League World Cup. Maddie Studdon will get a chance to impress in the No 7 jersey with Moran not named in coach Brad Donalds 17 for the game at Endeavour Field, in Sydneys south. Moran and Davis-Welsh are two of four Indigenous players in Australias World Cup squad the others being Rebecca Young and Lavina OMealey. Moran all but locked down the halfback spot after starring in the Jillaroos 38-0 win over England.

14:01

National Agriculture Summit Underway "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Inaugural National Agriculture Summit commenced on Monday.

Prime Minister, Peter ONeil, opened the summit to indicate his Governments commitment to really improve the sector.

 

The Summit was also attended by Government Ministers and Parliamentary Leaders.

 

In his Opening Remarks, Agriculture Minister, Benny Allan, said this summit gives the opportunity for the private investors both large and small to talk, and the Government to listen.

 

He said the Government has come up with policies for the Agriculture Sector, but has not sat down with the players to listen to them.

 

Referring to the theme of the Agriculture Summit of Unlocking the Power of Agriculture for PNG, Prime Minister, Peter ONeil, reiterated its importance and reaffirms his governments commitment in the sector as captured in the Alotau Accord.

 

Weve seen PNGs Economy go into vast cycles for quite a while, largely because we over depend ourselves on one sector of the Economy (resources). And it has serve PNG well, but I think were too complaisant and we are not realising all the other potentials that we have in our country. Especially, when all the Commodity Prices of Oil and Gas goes down, our economy goes down.

 

Representatives from all sectors of Agriculture packed the Lamana Conference Room to be part of this first...

13:41

it's shit that they can do this to people "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$1600
Date debt issued: 
Saturday, 22 November 2014
Period debt occurred: 
November 2015
Payment Type: 
Youth Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
I don't know how to
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

It's left me not being able to pay for food or a full fortnight's rent.
I'm always scrapping by and still trying to pay it.
Would have been easier to have nothing from them at all.

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

I think it's shit that they can do this to people.
I did nothing to get it then I finally apply for a benefit and my pays reduced due to a dept I didn't know of.

13:32

First month in Cairns.. "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

So I've just moved here, awesome!

Some things that i've noticed:

*Suburbs- After looking around for places to live before coming I was set on northern beaches- it appealed to me. While some places did look good, many were outdated and the crawling traffic in the morning and afternoons turned me off it a bit. After checking out about 20 rentals and open homes, I think there is some excellent and bad areas in most suburbs. +1 for Edge hill & Freshwater.

*People- What a mix! Going to go very general here. The burnt and the backpackers in the city, the toothless commodore drivers of the Westcort/Woree/Manoora, The Hippies and retirees of Machans/Holloways, The activewear gals of Redlynch (ty). But all in all- friendly and welcoming.

*Nature- Highlights have included- snakes and creepy crawleys. Wonderful green peaks and streams. Weather is nice (coming from Darwin anything probably is). Ability for accessible adventures within 3 hours is enormous.

*Questions- Do the hoards of Asian tourists have fun at Kuranda? Where is the best coffee? Where is the best tapas?

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13:20

Westall research - this blog's contribution to the debate. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Introduction

From time to time, I receive comments from people, that they believe I have a negative approach to the subject of the 6 April 1966, mass sighting at Westall, Melbourne, Australia.

I inform such people that, like themselves, I have the right to my opinion as to the cause of the sighting that day. Unlike some individuals, I base my own opinion on having conducted research on the event. I was not there on the day, and ultimately, my opinion is based solely on what I have been able to find out, by communicating with Westall witnesses as long ago as the 1990's; by visiting the site, prior to the playground installation; by an examination of all the original source material I could locate; an examination of Australian government files; by looking for potential non-UFO explanations; by exploring topics such as memory recall in people; and applying all that I have learnt from many years of interviewing witnesses to sightings, all over Australia.

One of the few witness documents available from 1966 - image courtesy VFSRS

This blog's contribution to the Westall debate

Quite a few posts on this blog, have explored the Westall sighting. I have provided the following links for anyone who wishes to explore material relating to the event; much of which, you will not find anywhere else.

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12:49

Founder of Autism Non-Profit Found Dead in Canal "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Heather CallaghanEditor

We regret to report to you that a well-known advocate for autistic people  Jeana Beck died approximately November 17th near an Oregon hotel room where she had been staying.

Beck was the founder of Unlocking Autism and was traveling with her 23-year-old autistic son for a work trip and staying at Rodeway Inn.

She reportedly went outside for a smoke break and never returned. She was reported missing. Tragically, her body was found the next night in a canal behind the hotel.

Strangely, police almost immediately ruled out foul play, according to health writer Erin Elizabeth of Healthnut News who has delved deep into the strange string of deaths that has rocked the alternative health community in the last year or so.

We have touched on some of those stories on dead doctors but apparently the number has reached above 70 in less than a two-year period.

Elizabeth notes another strange twist Beck was a supporter of Age of Autism, whose editor Dan Olmstead also died in an alleged suicide early this year.

The family, of course, wants answers and apparently isnt accepting the police explanation for Becks death. They rightfully want to know what happened...

12:29

12:24

Study of 2000 Cardiac Arrest Patients Demonstrates Consciousness Exists Well Beyond Physical Death "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anna Hunt, Staff Writer
Waking Times

What makes us who we are? The psyche the self has been a mystery for ages. Now, an intensive care doctor and his team have found a way to start answering at least some of the countless questions surrounding the mystery of consciousness. Through their research, Dr. Sam Parnia and his colleagues have confirmed that consciousness continues to exist, even when the body and the brain die.

Dr. Parnia is the director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City. According to Parnia, brain function halts almost instantaneously after the heart stops. Despite this, his study of people who suffered cardiac arrest shows that human consciousness exists, even after the brain is dead.

In the video above, Parnia makes the following claim.

Human mind and consciousness that thing that makes us who we are, our self does not become annihilated, when weve gone beyond the biological threshold of death.

Parnia and his colleagues have been studying what happens to consciousness and the brain during the period between physical death and when a person is resuscitated. Being one of the largest studies of this type, their research includes more than 2000 people. These individuals all met the physical criteria for death and were resuscitated. Out of the study subjects that were successfully brought back to life:

  • 40% had a perception of having had awareness.
  • 10% had a very vivid mys...

12:00

Do Australians care more about their phones than refugees on Manus Island? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Do Australians care more about their phones than refugees on Manus Island?Even if Australians are racist and indifferent to the plight of refugees, pointing this out is hardly likely to win support for the cause. read now...

11:53

Sydney magistrate Graeme Curran appears in court charged with child sex offences "IndyWatch Feed National"

Magistrate Graeme Curran

ABC News Australia

Sydney magistrate Graeme Curran appears in court charged with child sex offences

22 November 2017

A man walking.
A high-profile Sydney magistrate has appeared in court charged with alleged sex offences dating back to the 1980s.

Graeme Bryan Curran, 67, is facing nine c...

11:49

MI6s Secret Multi-Million Pound Cold War Slush Fund "IndyWatch Feed National"

Via: BBC: What was it for? Cs answer in 1952 is revealing. He thought it right to have a large sum to meet such contingencies as (a) a very large inducement to some person in an absolutely key position, or (b) the Vote for the Service being drastically cut in some political emergency in a []

11:39

Seven questions for Derek Aihari, Director of InvestSolomons "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Solomon Islands economy has experienced steady growth over the last two years. Derek Aihari, Director of InvestSolomons tells Business Advantage PNG that the country is looking to develop its already close links to Papua New Guinea.

The Heritage Park Hotel in Honiara. Credit: Heritage Park.

Business Advantage PNG (BAPNG): What are the most important sectors in the Solomon Islands?

Derek Aihari (DA): We mainly depend on fisheries and agriculture as our main sectors. We also rely on forestry.

BAPNG: The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) ended in June 30 of this year. How has this affected the country?

InvestSolomons Derek Aihari

DA: During the times when RAMSI was with us it brought in a number of good things, including improvements in security and also the general environment in terms of improving the social sector as well as the economic reforms we underwent. We are confident that we will continue after they have left.

Over the last few yearssince the problems we have hadwe have recovered. We have...

11:39

Black Friday 50% OFF spreads at SimpleFX "IndyWatch Feed National"

As Black Friday frenzy is coming up, youll be happy to know that SimpleFX has prepared something special for the occasion. This year its not only about cheaper clothes and electronic equipment you will have the opportunity to trade at a 50% discount on the spread value, no matter if you choose forex, indices, commodities, precious metals or equities.

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But thats not all. SimpleFX is offering a 70% discount on tickets for the Cryptocurrency World Expo, a major industry event which will take place on 1-2 Dec 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. Its a great opportunity to get to know the current trends and network with other traders, so we want you to be a part of it. We have also been nominated as the Best Cryptocurrency Trading Platform, so keep your fingers crossed for us.

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11:36

"If You're Busy, You're Doing Something Wrong: The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"If You're Busy, You're Doing Something Wrong:
The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers"
by Cal Newport

"The Berlin Study: In the early 1990s, a trio of psychologists descended on the Universitt der Knste, a historic arts academy in the heart of West Berlin. They came to study the violinists. As described in their subsequent publication in Psychological Review, the researchers asked the academy's music professors to help them identify a set of stand out violin players - the students who the professors believed would go onto careers as professional performers. We'll call this group the elite players.

For a point of comparison, they also selected a group of students from the school's education department. These were students who were on track to become music teachers. They were serious about violin, but as their professors explained, their ability was not in the same league as the first group. We'll call this group the average players.

The three researchers subjected their subjects to a series of in-depth interviews. They then gave them diaries which divided each 24-hour period into 50 minute chunks, and sent them home to keep a careful log of how they spent their time. Flush with data, the researchers went to work trying to answer a fundamental question: Why are the elite players better than the average players? The obvious guess is that the elite players are more dedicated to their craft. That is, they're willing to put in the long,Tiger Mom-style hours required to get good, while the average players are off goofing around and enjoying life. The data, as it turns out, had a different story to tell...

Decoding the Patterns of the Elite: We can start by disproving the assumption that the elite players dedicate more hours to music. The time diaries revealed that both groups spent, on average, the same number of hours on...

11:27

Chet Raymo, Work Of The Heart "IndyWatch Feed National"

Work Of The Heart
by Chet Raymo

In 1914, at age 39, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke had a substantial body of published work behind him. "Work of sight is achieved," he wrote; "now for some heart work." That's more or less what I have been doing on this site for the past three years: heart work. For seventy years it was sight work: looking, reading, teaching, writing books. Now I'm more interested in trying to discern the contours of the journey, the shape of the landscape I have traversed. How did the things seen fit together? How did the fit determine what things were seen? Heart work.

It's a pleasant task, and these daily posts are part of it. It is, as you have suggested, the sort of work that takes place on the porch of life. I imagine a broad summer verandah, perhaps in the south, with cicadas singing and constellations of fireflies mimicking the stars. A pink moon rising in the east. From afar off, the flicker of heat lightnin'.

In Letters To A Young Poet, Rilke advises: "Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer." Good advice, and I would like to think that now is that time far in the future when whatever answers might be found will reveal themselves. But they will come, I am sure - if they come at all - in solitude and silence and love. A meteor streaks the mirroring sky. An alignment of planets in the west. Listen! A whisper. A calling into the thick of things.
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11:15

How rock gods think: the politics of Nick Cave and Thom Yorke "IndyWatch Feed National"

If rock music amplifies capitalisms misogyny, racism and male entitlement, its not surprising that rock star politics are often built out of those things.

11:04

Feeding ecology of five fishes from the mid-slope micronekton community off southern Tasmania, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Feeding ecology of five fishes from the mid-slope micronekton community off southern Tasmania, Australia

11:03

Scorecard reveals how party policies stack up on protecting the Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A scorecard, out today, reveals how the Great Barrier Reef would fare according to promises made by the major political parties standing in Saturdays state election.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), an independent and non-partisan national environment organisation based in Queensland, compiled the following scorecard:

AMCS Fight For Our Reef Campaign Director Imogen Zethoven said Queenslanders are proud and protective of the Reef and expect their MPs to look after it.

Queenslanders are rightly proud that our state is home to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the worlds natural wonders. We expect our politicians, as caretakers, to do the right thing and look after our Reef and oceans. We also strongly support renewables over polluting coal.

We know coal kills coral, yet we still see political parties promising to build new coal-fired power stations and support new mega new coal mines. Its time they started listening to voters and for the sake of the 64,000 Queensland workers who depend on a healthy Reef back the renewable energy and storage boom already underway.

Our amazing ocean backyard is central to our identity and our lifestyle, and it is at risk from climate change, pollution and industrial development. We have a lot to lose.

The future of the Reef is in the hands of the next Queensland government. Whichever party forms government on Saturday, they must make sure our children and grandchildren can enjoy this amazing underwater world as much as we do.

Queenslanders want a brighter future for the Sunshine State in which we look after our natural assets and create jobs that are local, long-term and sustainable, Ms Zethoven said.

To access the scorecard, and find out more about how the scorecard was put together, visit fightforourreef.org.au/voteforourreef 

 

About the scorecard:

The AMCS Queensland Election Policy Scorecard is an independent assessment of the parties policies by the Australian Marine Conservation Society....

10:30

Big Gerry says Jacinda has gone too far regarding Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Gerry Brownlee was shaping up to be a good Foreign Minister until Bill lost the election. He was on Radio NZ yesterday morning talking about the ham-fisted and embarrassing manner in which Jacinda Ardern has been pushing the Manus Island issue. National foreign spokesperson Gerry Brownlee has backed the Australian approach to asylum seekers who []

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10:19

Oh To Be in Another Gender, Now That Aprils There "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Last week I attended an interesting lecture by psychotherapist Laura Jacobs and psychiatrist Laura Erickson-Schroth. The subject was transgenderism. They did not say ism I am saying transgenderism as Ive been trying to ponder the phenomenon of a sudden increase in the number of people in our society today who have switched to the opposite gender from the sex into which they were born.

But it would not be accurate to say that these persons have in mind to take on the thing that I am perceiving as transgenderism. Rather, they are simply individuals who dont have the traditional, or statistically normal accord between their birth sex and their gender. Most people, such as myself, take such accord for granted. I never had to figure out which gender I was just glance at my birth certificate and there you have it: female.

During...

10:16

Gov reneging on promise to fix our broken child protection system "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

An alliance of child protection advocates has criticised the government for failing to follow-through on its promise to put through a Bill to complement legislation passed in the wake of the Nyland Royal Commission.

Disappointingly, the government has prioritised the passage of the Childrens Protection Law Reform (Transitional Arrangements and Related Amendments) Bill 2017 during next weeks Parliamentary sittings rather than the new Prevention and Early Intervention for the Development and Wellbeing of Children and Young People Bill 2017. 

10:07

PNG RFL Praise Kumuls Performances "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Despite A Successful Campaign In The 2017 RLWC, PNG Kumuls Arrived Into The Country Yesterday On A Quite Mode.

 

 

Source: Post-Courier
BY PRISCILLA HARRY

Despite a successful campaign in the 2017 RLWC, PNG Kumuls arrived into the country yesterday on a quite mode.

 
PNG Rugby Football League (RFL) Chairman Sandis Tsaka praised the efforts of the team and said despite going down to England in the quarter final, PNG Kumuls now have the opportunity to take on other nations in the upcoming world Cup in 2021.

 
The Kumuls are now split up, with several NRL players based in Australia remaining.
The other Super League and PNG based players arrived in the country and will depart for their home provinces.
Tsaka thanked the efforts of coach Michael Marum with his coaching staff, the players, and officials behind the scene to participate in the competition.

 
Tsaka said PNGs ranking will now change as a result depending on their finish on the quarterfinals but will wait after the end of the World Cup to determine PNGS new ranking in the world.

 
This year has being a good one for the code itself, PNG was ranked 16th in the last World Cup but we know we can take on from this experience to improve the code through junior programs starting next year, he added.

 
Meanwhile, coach Marum was hopeful of the teams performance and said the boys had displayed to the best of their ability in all four matches.

 
Marum said without the support of the coaching staff, players and supporters, the team would not have made it to the quarterfinals.

 
However, Kumuls captain David Mead who seemed disappointed due to him missing out on the match said the team put a bravery show on their performance.

 
It was great being part of the team for the last seven weeks of the World Cup, he added.
Mead said it was an emotional experience, but the exposure has brought a new stepping stone and adventure for the code of rugby league in PNG.

 
For Meads career, he said he will still show up in the next World Cup in 2021 but will travel to Australia to continue his contract with the NRL Brisbane Broncos in the next season.

 
The PNG Kumuls will meet again for another camp for the 2018 Pacific...

10:05

Protestors peacefully disrupt Leaders Debate in Townsville, urging parties to reject Adanis mega coal mine "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Townsville, 22nd November: Just days out from the Queensland election, protestors have disrupted the Leaders Debate in Townsville, taking to the stage to call on Queenslands politicians to Stop Adani building one of the worlds largest coal mines, which would cook the climate and wreck the Reef. Four of the protestors were later removed by police and have been taken off-site in a paddy wagon.

Its just crazy for any politician to think of giving a billion dollars to a billionaire for a giant dirty coal mine when the Reef is dying before our eyes. If we want our children to have a safe climate, we simply cant be building new coal mines. said Liisa Rusanen, mother of two, Coffs Harbour

We are in a crisis. Our children and grandchildren face a polluted planet. We need our political leaders to stop supporting new coal mines. We all need to stop Adani. Said Jonathan Cassell, Emerald Beach.

This mornings action is one of dozens that have put Adanis mega mine front and centre of the Queensland election. Around the country, thousands of people are taking action, including at the site of the proposed project, putting their bodies on the line to stop work on the mine. Recent polling indicates that the majority of Australians do not support the mine.

Media Enquiries: 0438 437 070 or 0403 646 787 and flacmedia@protonmail.com

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10:05

Notice of AFTINET AGM 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFTINET members and supporters are invited to our annual AGM to discuss what weve done over the past year and to make plans for next year.

Wednesday December 13 at 5.30pm
Finance Sector Union, Level 2, 321 Pitt St Sydney (near Bathurst St)
Followed by drinks and snacks

AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranaldwill report on the TPP, RCEP and other trade deals.

Please RSVP for catering to campaign@aftinet.org.au

09:51

Mead: Ive learned to accept it and move on "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Captain of the PNG LNG Kumuls, David Mead says he was disappointed on how the World Cup ended for him.

Mead only lasted 90 seconds in PNGs 36-6 quarter-final loss to England on Sunday and was ruled out for the remainder of the match after failing his Head Injury Assessment.

 

It was obviously very frustrating sitting on the sideline and watching. It was pretty hard to accept at first four or five hours after the game.

 

As a player, you dont ever want to miss a single game at a World Cup. But that stuff happens in rugby league so you have to learn to accept it.

 

It would have been good to finish, but it wasnt to be.

 

Ive learned to accept it and move on.

 

On the game, Mead said the whole team was shattered after Sundays loss, and breaking camp was very emotional.

 

The boys were disappointed. But we can be better going forward.

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09:49

Woman Driving Home From Work Realizes She's Not Alone "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its been said that, at any given moment, youre probably no more than a few feet away from a spider the implication being that most are too small, well-hidden and harmless to ever actually be noticed.

But such was not the case for Australia native Bianca Merrick. Recently, the spider nearest her was pretty much unmissable.

Credit: YouTube/Storyful

Turns out, at some point a very large arachnid (reportedly a huntsman spider, who are actually pretty friendly and harmless) had managed to get inside Merrick's car where he then proceeded to make his presence be known as she drove down the freeway.

"I was on my way home from work when I looked up and saw it staring at me," Merrick told 7News. "I considered stopping but I didnt know how Id get it out of the car so I thought the best option for me was to keep driving and pretend it wasnt there for the longest 20 minutes of my life."

In other words, to her credit, Merrick took a live-and-let-live approach to the situation. It's clear from her video of the encounter, however, that she'd still prefer to have been elsewhere.

Once at home, Merrick said, she got out, locked the car and went to sleep, preferring to "pretend that it never happened." And sure enough, that cool-headed approach paid off.

By the next morning, the creature in her car had evidently moved on. Upon checking the vehicle, Merrick said, "there was no spide...

09:46

Canadian diamond producer to resume mining off Namibian coast "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

DF Discoverer on mining site. Reference photo by Diamond Fields International.

Valentina Ruiz Leotaud | Mining.com | November 21, 2017

Vancouver-based Diamond Fields International announced that it is set to resume its mining activities off the coast of Namibia in 2018.

In an alliance with International Mining and Dredging Holdings, the Canadian miner ran a bulk sampling program whose results officials say were extremely encouraging, with an unexpected high frequency of large, high-value stones.

According to a press release signed by DFIs CEO Sybrand Van Der Spuy, diamonds recovered from the so called concession ML 111 are of the highest gem quality. The recent testing, he said, even exceeded his...

09:17

ONeill flags new initiatives to promote agriculture in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Prime Minister Peter ONeill and his Agriculture Minister, Benny Allen, have promised to boost access to credit for agricultural projects, develop import substitution and strengthen agricultural institutions. They were addressing the countrys inaugural National Agriculture Summit in Port Moresby this week.

The Inaugural National Agriculture Summit in Port Moresby.

The PNG economy has been through boom and bust cycles over the years, largely because the successive governments have depended on one sector of the economy, the resources sector, Prime Minister Peter ONeill told the conference.

When the commodity prices for copper, oil, gold and gas go down, our economy takes a huge dive.

For example, about 10 years ago, we used to earn K2 billion in oil and gas taxes. Last year, we would have been lucky if we got K200 million. No country can afford that kind of decline and that it is why it is crucial that we continue to build the potential we have in other sectors of the economy, building the base of our economy so it can sustain such shocks.

 

Import replacement

Agriculture is P...

09:10

American General: US-Backed Rebels Detaining ISIS Supporters And Doctors "IndyWatch Feed National"

(TFC) In mid-October, US Army Major General James B Jarrard of a joint spec ops task force operating throughout Syria and Iraq attended a press conference. He made headlines for accidentally stating America has 4000 boots in Syria, not a publicly acknowledged 503. That, however, wasnt the only interesting admission the spec ops commander disclosed.

Clashes have been fierce throughout Syrias bloody war, and Raqqa is no different. Since the Islamic State entered the war, theyve held the city as a stronghold. The militants dug in and took on relentless air strikes followed by sieges by foreign-funded rebel grounds.

Once the battles ended, an undisclosed number of ISIS affiliates surrendered to the Syrian Defense Force (SDF). The group is a US-supported rebel conglomerate of Kurdish, Arab, and other ethnic groups. Various rebel battalions and militias comprise its ranks including the Kurdish YPG. Although Jarrard was fickle with ISIS numbers, but did have good estimates for SDF casualties.

Throughout the fight, Major General Jarrard explained, there have been over 1200 friendly KIA of SDF forces. So, specific to Raqqa, there are approximately 434. About 905 US-backed rebels were wounded in Raqqa alone. Major General Jarrard stated SDF fighters took prisoners they believe were affiliated with Daesh.

 

So some a lot of those are continue to be detained by the SDF in their facilities in northeast Syria.  There were a lot of ISIS that were considered ISIS because of their relationship with the ISIS the Daesh.  But a lot of them were not necessarily fighters.  They were in administrative positions, working in hospitals, helping feed the large number of Daesh on the battlefield. Major General James B. Jarrard

 

Most of these individuals, local Syrians, were turned over to their respective tribal leadership. All western forces did, according to Jarrard, was record their biometrics for future tracking. Its currently unclear what will happen to the unidentified people SDF captured during the Raqqa battle. As Jarrard implies, some of them were medical personnel who treated wounded ISIS fighters.

What should be done from an international human rights perspective? Major General Jarrard was asked if the American government had any jurisdiction over the captu...

08:46

North Korea defiant despite terror listing "IndyWatch Feed National"

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a military parade to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea on Saturday, April 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a military parade to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea on Saturday, April 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Kim Jong-un has displayed trademark defiance after the United States declared Pyongyang a state sponsor of terrorism, saying sanctions make the spirit of North Korea stronger.

The hostile forces desperate efforts to block the advance of the DPRK make the indomitable spirit of the Korean workers stronger and make them produce a great miracle startling the world, the North Korean leader said, according to the state news agency KCNA.

The KCNA published the news just hours after US President Donald Trump announced his decision to reinclude North Korea on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

The designation, announced on Monday, allows the US to impose more sanctions on Pyongyang, which is pursuing nuclear weapons and missile programs in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions.

The announcement has been welcomed by Japan and South Korea.

I welcome and support (the designation) as it raises the pressure on North Korea, Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, according to Kyodo news agency.

South Korea said it expected the listing to contribute to the peaceful denuclearisation of the North, adding it continued, along with the US, to seek to bring North Korea to the negotiating table.

Trumps relisting of North Korea as a sponsor of terrorism comes a week after he returned from a 12-day trip to Asia in which containing Pyongyangs nuclear ambitions was a centrepiece of discussions.

In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil, Trump said at the White House.

This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and related persons and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also backed...

08:41

Aust responsible for Manus refugees: UN "IndyWatch Feed National"

Manus Island refugees.

Manus Island refugees.

The situation for hundreds of asylum seekers stranded on a Papua New Guinea island is getting worse every day, a UN refugee official says, urging Australia to resume its responsibility for them.

Australia closed the offshore detention centre on Manus Island at the end of October, but some 380 refugees and asylum seekers have refused to leave, citing safety fears outside the centres walls.

The situation on the ground is very serious and deteriorating day by day, said Nai Jit Lam, a regional representative of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday.

Lam said medicines ran out last week, their health is suffering in the hot and humid weather, and they have started digging wells inside the centre to get water.

The 250 others who have moved out of the centre face an apprehensive local population and unfinished alternative housing on the island, Lam said, adding that the migrants do not speak the local language.

Australia must continue to take responsibility and play an active role in achieving solutions, Lam said.

The United Nations had long criticised the living conditions on Australias offshore migrant centres, while the government argued that they deter people smugglers.

Last year, Papua New Guineas Supreme Court ruled the Manus camp illegal and asked the government to close it.

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08:40

Man Invents Special Bookcase For His Introvert Cat "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jeff Faye and his family live in Chicago with their 4-year-old rescue cat, Stanley, whom they adopted from the ASPCA

Life with a family in a big city can be noisy and hectic. Everyone, including Stanley, needs a place to get some me-time, sometimes. But city life can also be cramped there just isn't much physical room for me-time.

"With four kids, visiting pets and a busy house, he really needed some space of his own," Faye told The Dodo. That's why Faye came up with an idea that would satisfy humans and felines: a special bookcase made just for Stanley. He calls it the Cat Case.

Credit: Jeff Faye

"Stanley is very curious, athletic and enjoys heights. He'll regularly jump from the floor to the top of the cabinets, and come into a room with a face covered in dust or spiderwebs from who knows where," Faye said. "Though he answers to his name, my favorite way of getting his attention is to set an empty box on the floor. Give it five minutes and he'll be sitting in it."

Credit: Jeff Faye

Stanley was a key collaborator in Faye's invention of the Cat Case, telling his human, in so many words, exactly what he thought. 

"If Stanley were a human, he'd have some serious product development cred," Faye said. "I've not only had him test out every prototype of the Cat Case and other units, but he's weighed in on every form of carpeting and material. There were several carpeting samples that he clearly wasn't happy with, those did not make the cut. The samples that he fell asleep on were the ones we incorporated in the final product."
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08:36

Energy plan to slash $120 off power bills "IndyWatch Feed National"

Households are expected to save $120 a year on their power bills under the Turnbull governments energy plan, according to modelling released ahead of a meeting with the states and territories.

The expert analysis puts an extra $5 into the hip pockets of Australian households, compared to initial forecasts released when the national energy guarantee was announced in October.

The evidence is in, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday.

The national energy guarantee will generate significant savings for Australian families and businesses. The savings are greater than originally estimated.

Average household bills under the guarantee are tipped to be $120 lower between 2020 and 2030 compared to a business as usual approach, where the renewable energy target runs out as planned and is not replaced.

The Frontier Economics modelling, commissioned by the Energy Security Board, is being distributed to premiers and chief ministers ahead of a COAG Energy Council meeting in Hobart on Friday.

It expects wholesale power prices will be 23 per cent lower than business as usual between 2020 and 2030, including 30 per cent less in 2030.

The 78 pages of modelling also confirms initial advice that the guarantee would ensure Australias emissions target of 26 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 would be met.

The independent experts have spoken: our plan will cut power bills and ensure the lights stay on, Mr Turnbull said.

The benefits will flow through the entire economy. Businesses will be able to hire more staff, pay their employees more and pass on the savings to consumers through cheaper products.

Mr Turnbull fresh from promising to put more money in the pockets of Australian families and businesses through income tax cuts said the advice showed household bill relief would be real, significant and ongoing.

The modelling is a wake-up call to Labor and the states. They should work with government to bring down prices, increase reliability and meet our international emission reduction commitments, he said.

The guarantee requires electricity retailers to make a certain amount of power available at all times to guarantee reliability, while also guaranteeing certain levels of emissions to help the government meet its Paris accord target.

Federal Labor and some states were critical of the initial modelling and lukewarm on the governments policy.

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg is seeking to put to blowtorch on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.Bill Shorten asked for modelling on the national energy guarantee.

Now he has run out of excuses because he has modelling from Frontier Economics, a mod...

08:32

Ruddock to look into religious freedom "IndyWatch Feed National"

Liberal Party stallwart Phillip Ruddock. Photo AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Liberal Party stallwart Phillip Ruddock. Photo AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Former immigration minister Philip Ruddock has been asked by the Turnbull government to assess Australias religious protection laws.

Mr Ruddock, who was recently Australias Special Envoy for Human Rights, and a panel will look into whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to religious freedom.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wants their findings by the end of March.

Treasurer Scott Morrison strongly welcomed the review, noting the four million people who voted against same-sex marriage in the postal survey.

I think there are many more Australians who would want to be confident that Australias religious freedoms as expressed in our law are satisfactory in todays environment, he told reporters in Canberra.

But he insisted the review was separate to same-sex marriage legislation now before the Senate.

The treasurer wants to see parental rights protected for teaching of children in schools, and no organisation or person who supports traditional marriage penalised for their views.

I dont think any of those things open up the door to sharia law (or) religious extremism, Mr Morrison said.

I think theyre sensible things that I would be encouraging my colleagues in the parliament to support.

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08:29

Adani finance deal imminent: report "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Stop Adani rally at Byron Bay's Main Beach made a clear point. Photo Orion Sturch

The Stop Adani rally at Byron Bays Main Beach made a clear point. Photo Orion Sturch

The Adani Group is reportedly close to announcing it has the money to build its controversial Queensland coal mine and rail link, but there are concerns the involvement of Chinese cash could cost Australia jobs.

An unnamed director of Adani Mining has told industry figures that the company had secured Chinese funding for the Carmichael mine and associated rail line, the ABC says.

He reportedly said Adani wouldnt need a loan of up to $1 billion from the taxpayer-funded Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility for the rail line.

A formal announcement about the financing deal is imminent.

But the ABC reports that reliance on funds from Chinese enterprises and export credit agencies could cost Australia jobs associated with the project.

Such Chinese interests invariably require that materials for key infrastructure are sourced from China and that effective shifts work out of Australia, the ABC said.

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08:24

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to my sixteen nominees! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty

The rules of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you dont have time; or dont accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated...

08:16

Chin Chin employees hit back at wage theft "IndyWatch Feed National"

This account of working in one of Melbournes most iconic restaurants, draws attention to the need for urgent action put an end to this practice, which is widespread in the hospitality industry. The owner of Chin Chin operates nine restaurants and is in the process of opening another one. Go to Megaphone link to sign the petition. The following was written by Sorcha Harrop, one of the central figures in this story.

For almost a year I worked at Chin Chin, one of Melbournes hottest restaurants. I worked through breaks, battled stress, exhaustion and was underpaid at least $9,500.

My experience is just one of thousands of disgusting wage theft stories hospo workers are forced to regularly endure.

Ive had enough of being screwed over. Thats why I filmed this video calling on Malcolm Turnbull to take wage theft off the menu.

Chin Chin is famous for its no reservations policy, long queues down the street, fabulous food and outstanding service.

What you dont know about Chin Chin is that the people who make it such a hot destination are forced to do 14-hour long days and work up to 20 hours a week for free. And heres the kicker: while I was getting underpaid thousands of dollars, my boss, restaurant king Chris Lucas, was spending millions building his seventh restaurant.

This is textbook wage theft. And its happening to hospo workers everywhere: a new survey shows 76% of hospitality employers are stealing workers pay.

We are fed up, and enough is enough. If youve had enough of wage theft too, please watch and share this video.

Every year hundreds of thousands of hospo workers in Australia are robbed: paid below minimum wage, refused penalty rates, and forced to do free work.

We all know stealing is wrong. These rigged rules make wage theft so easy its now become a business model.

Stand with me and other hospo workers getting ripped off.

Hospo workers deserve respect just like everybody else its time to stand up and demand we are treated fairly and paid what were owed.

Video from United Voice

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