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Friday, 27 October

01:28

Magnetic north "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Unemployment ticks down

There's been no shortage of people on hand to announce that the end of the world is nigh for Sydney. 

No-one seems to have gotten around to telling the Greater Sydney economy just yet, though, as employment growth continues to surge and the city's annual average unemployment rate just keeps on falling, and falling...and falling, towards historic lows. 


The median duration of job search in Sydney has tightened to 13 weeks in September 2017, down from 18 weeks a year earlier.

There have also been notable improvements in the unemployment rate in Adelaide and Hobart lately.

Magnetic north

Perhaps the standout statistic from the detailed labour force figures, though, has been the synchronised upswing in Queensland employment. 

Now the monthly numbers are noisy, there's no question about that, but even when plotting the figures on an annual average basis you can't help but notice the rebound. 

Brisbane's recent employment growth has evidently been punctuated mainly by part-time jobs. 

But one pleasing thing to see is that the state's full-time employment rebound has been spread widely across the state, from the Gold Coast to Toowoomba, and up to the Sunshine Coast, Mackay, Townsville, and Cairns in the far north. 

In aggregate, Queensland's regional employment growth is now tracking at levels not seen in a decade. 

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Thursday, 26 October

23:58

I think this is clickbait "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asking this simple question out loud could boost your chances of speaking to the dead, say experts, according to the Manchester Evening News. I marveled at that headline. Its very impressive. It stirs up so many questions that I had to actually read the article. Who are these experts at speaking to the dead? (It doesnt name any.) Do the dead ever answer? (No.) And mostly, what is the magic question? Ill spare you the need to waste a click on them.

They explained: You might consider talking to the spirit world whilst youre investigating, encouraging the ghost to reveal its presence.

Try to ask questions such as, What is your name?, instead of saying, Is there anyone there? A lot of people might make this mistake.

By asking What is your name? youre acting as though you know the spirits are there and this will increase your chances of making contact.

The they referenced above are not dead people if they were I might consider them credible but instead, are flacks for a TV channel called Really that is putting on a week of shows about the paranormal.

Im not impressed with their choice of a question. Ive found shouting, Your fly is unzipped is far more effective at getting the dead to react.

(via Ally Fogg)

23:54

Georgia election server wiped after suit filed Deletion of the server data was insidious and highly suspicious Were recent elections compromised by malicious hackers? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Image result for Georgia, election day, polling stations, photos

By Frank Bajak
The Associated Press

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A computer server crucial to a lawsuit against Georgia election officials was quietly wiped clean by its custodians just after the suit was filed, The Associated Press has learned.

The servers data was destroyed July 7 by technicians at the Center for Elections Systems at Kennesaw State University, which runs the states election system. The data wipe was revealed in an email sent last week from an assistant state attorney general to plaintiffs in the case that was obtained by the AP. More emails obtained in a public records request confirmed the wipe.

The lawsuit, filed by a diverse group of election reform advocates, aims to force Georgia to retire its antiquated and heavily criticized election technology. The server in question, which served as a statewide staging location for key election-related data, made national headlines in June after a security expert disclosed a gaping security hole that wasnt fixed six months after he reported it to election authorities.

WIPED OUT

Its not clear who ordered the servers data irretrievably erased.

The Kennesaw election center answers to Georgias secretary of state, Brian Kemp, a Republican who is running for governor in 2018 and is the main defendant in the suit. A spokeswoman for the secretary of states office said Wednesday that we did not have anything to do with this decision, adding that the office also had no advance warning of the move.

The centers director, Michael Barnes, referred questions to the universitys press office, which declined comment.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit, who are mostly Georgia voters, want to scrap...

23:44

Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos drove rental car into California from Mexico one week after shooting "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why would authorities let Jesus Campos travel out of the country in the days immediately following the shooting?

(INTELLIHUB)  A leaked U.S. Customs and Border Protection form obtained by Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson shows that Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos reentered the United States, from Mexico, in a rental car almost one week to the hour after Campos was purportedly shot in the leg by 64-year-old gunman Stephen Paddock on the 32st-floor. However, Tuckers report raises more questions than answers about this so-called security guard.

Why would authorities allow Campos to leave the country so early on in the investigation? And, who paid for the rental?

Dont forget, ABC News reportedly spoke to Campos on Oct. 4 which is when he would have been in Mexico. Was ABC News aware that Campos was in Mexico at the time?

Moreover, Tucker confirms what Intellihub has already reported which is that Campos is not registered as private investigator or registered as a security guard in the State of Nevada.

Tucker said that Campos had previously entered the U.S. in January with his own vehicle which is registered in the State of Nevada.

The rental car Campos was driving had California plates.

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23:25

Thunderstorms with hail the size of golf balls hit areas in and around Newcastle, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thunderstorms and hail the size of golf balls have lashed parts of the Hunter, with the severe weather not expected to ease until Friday. The hail fell in Newcastle shortly before 4.30pm and lasted about 15 minutes. The western reaches of the Hunter experienced hail about 4pm. In Gresford, there were reports of hail about five centimetres in diameter, which is classified by meteorologists as "huge" hail. Weatherzone meteorologist Craig McIntosh said the storm was "widespread" across the Hunter.

23:15

Australia: Study to help fight tooth decay in children "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) has announced its Australian-first study investigating the use of silver diamine fluoride to fight tooth decay and reduce dental hospitalisations in Victorian children.

Silver diamine fluoride is a topical medicament used to control cavities. The liquid can be applied to a cavity to stop tooth decay and, in some cases, replace the need for a filling or crown.

DHSV will conduct a study with over 400 children aged between two and 10 who have dental cavities and are unable to cope with treatment in the dental clinic. Many of these children are from vulnerable communities and referred to The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne for surgery under dental general anaesthetic.

Led by paediatric dentist, Dr Rana Yawary, the trial will involve a groundbreaking protocol involving the application of silver diamine fluoride, a liquid cavity cleanser and desensitiser, twice yearly to fight decay. It will be accompanied with oral health education, encouraging children to brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and to eat a healthy diet.

This is a non-invasive and preventive approach that can be provided to communities most in need, and is a great alternative to general anaesthetic. Even the youngest children will be more cooperative because they learn that dental visits dont have to be painful, Dr Yawary said.

Tooth decay is the highest cause of preventable hospitalisations for children.

About 4,500 Victorians aged 0 to 14 years old are hospitalised every year due to dental conditions. More than half of Victorian children aged three to five have signs of tooth decay, and this figure is much worse for children of healthcare card holders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and those from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Dr Yawary said researchers will treat and monitor children over a year to study how the approach impacts on dental cavities.

They will also measure oral health-related quality of life and treatment satisfaction and acceptance.

These results will be compared to those of children who are referred for general anaesthesia.

If the trial is successful, it will change the way we manage tooth decay in young children and reduce oral health inequity for those that are in most need, Dr Yawary said.

*Original article online at https://bitemagazine.com.au/study-help-fight-tooth-decay-children/

 

22:52

US defense chiefs Philippines visit overshadowed as Duterte trumpets China, Russia ties Time to End The Mutual Defense Treaty? "IndyWatch Feed National"

US Defense Secretary James Mattis attends the 11th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defense Ministers (ADMM) and 4th ADMM-Plus in Clark, east of Manila on October 24, 2017. Noel Celis/AFP

MANILA, Philippines US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis departed the Philippines on Wednesday, after having praised its military for defeatingwith Washingtons helpIslamic State-inspired extremists in Marawi City.

Mattis arrival earlier this week for the ASEAN meetings was on time for the conclusion of the months-long insurgency, but his visit to the US oldest ally in Asia shared the spotlight with grand gestures by geopolitical rivals.

China turned over heavy construction equipment for the rehabilitation of the decimated city. Russia also turned over trucks and firearms after its warships docked at Subic Bay, a former American facility.

Even as the coinciding of events involves China and Russia, both of whom President Rodrigo Duterte has warmed up to, Mattis insisted that he does not put a lot of significance to it.

I know some trucks [from Russia] are done being dropped off to help the country thats fighting terrorists right now Its a sovereign decision by the Philippines,...

22:10

Why Congress Needs To Reinforce Donald Trumps Reign Of Benign Regulatory Neglect "IndyWatch Feed National"

Are President Trumps constant Twitter fights a distraction from his failures, or from his successes?

The answer is a little of both. While everyone is preoccupied with the latest culture war skirmish started or inflamed on the presidents Twitter feed, their rage and concern is being directed away from some notable failures to achieve his promised agenda. Yet this also makes people less likely to notice the part of his agenda that succeeds best when no one is paying much attention: the Trump administrations crackdown on runaway regulation.

I would almost say this strategy is deliberate, if not for the random and uncalculated way it is carried out. Trump starts fights that are smart (standing up for the national anthem against the NFL) and not so smart (repeatedly picking fights with a Gold Star widow). He does it compulsively, or, to be more exact, he does it because this is what he has done for decades, using petty feuds in the media to make himself the center of attention. Before it was Twitter, it was the tabloids. Hes done it for so long and with such successsuccess at being the center of attention, if nothing elsethat he sees no reason to stop now.

But for all the negative effects this approach has on his administration, it has one beneficial effect. In a few areas, the president has a lot of power to act unilaterallytoo much, in most casesso long as the public isnt paying all that much attention. Those areas are primarily foreign policy and managing the regulatory agencies.

The Regulation Game Is Definitely On

On foreign policy, the Trump administrations record has been mixed. While no one has been paying all that much attention, we have successfully backed rebels who have retaken key territory from ISIS in Syria, but with no clear wider strategy, as shown by the way the defeat of ISIS in Iraq led immediately to a new civil war with the Kurds. The president has the authority to accomplish a lot in foreign policy, if he is focused and providing clear leadershipwhich Trump shows little interest in doing, particularly in the Middle East.

But on regulation, Trump does appear to be focused and engaged, and he has chosen cabinet officials who share that focus. Trump is not an ideological person, and I wouldnt expect him to begin quoting the arguments of free-market economists. But for him this issue is not abstract or i...

22:09

Dear Pro-Choicers: Human Life Begins At Conception. Deal With It "IndyWatch Feed National"

At FiveThirtyEight, Christine Aschwanden writes: The GOPs Abortion Ban Is About Politics, Not Science. Shes half-right, though not in the way she thinks.

Before we get to that, it is worth reflecting on this simple fact: the progressive contribution to the modern abortion debate is, on average, the most science-free political discourse youre apt to find. The Left is given to declaring that conservatives are generally anti-science, because some fundamentalist Christians dont believe in evolution and many conservatives dont believe we can accurately predict what the global average temperature will be in 200 years compared to a 1965 baseline.

Science Is Real, a popular liberal yard sign declares. Yet there is no more anti-science position than that of the mainstream liberal stance on abortion. It is textbook intellectual Luddism dressed up as informed political dialogue.

Were Interested in Fantasy, Not Religion

Consider Cecile Richards, the Grand Master of American abortion rights herself. When asked when life begins, she replied: For me, life [for my children] began when I delivered them. Hillary Clinton, a former senator and presidential candidate who came very close to inhabiting the Oval Office, declared several years ago: I believe the potential for life begins at conception.

A few years ago, a reporter asked House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: Is an unborn baby with a human heart and a human liver a human being? Pelosi explicitly refused to answer this simple tautological question, telling the reporter: I think I know more about this subject than you, with all due respect.

These answers are wrong, and demonstrably so, as well see below. But if it were Republicans and conservatives opining so evasively and illiterately about basic scientific matters, then the media coverage would be wall-to-wall and gleefully destructive, as it was with Todd Akins legitimate rape comments. Yet liberals tend to get a pass on their anti-science abortion positions.

When Does Human Life Begin, Again?

That brings us to the current abortion ban working its way through Congress. At FiveThirtyEight, Aschwanden points out that the science underpinning the debatethat unborn humans can feel pain as early as 20 weeksis disputed. Th...

21:55

PNG Foreign Affairs recalls heads of missions "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea  Department of Foreign Affairs has found some anomalies with the financial records at PNG's Mission in Manila, Philippines, as it begins recalling its heads of missions abroad.

Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato, confirmed in a statement, that several heads of diplomatic missions overseas are being recalled as their posts and terms of appointment have expired.
Heads of missions affected include Washington D.C, Manila, Jakarta and Sydney, with China and Honiara to be returned at a later date.

Mr. Pato says the Department is in the process of recall and repatriation exercise for the returning heads of missions as well as preparing ground works for replacements who are to be appointed by the National Executive Council soon.
He says as part of the recall, the financial records of the affected missions need to be checked and updated.

In case of the PNG Mission in Manila, some anomalies were found.
The Department is working with the officers at the mission to verify the financial records in a fair and transparent manner consistent with the Public Finance Management Act.

Minister Pato hopes the change over arrangements will be orderly and business like and that all new appointees will take over from where their predecessors left off.
NBC News/ PNG Today

21:53

Namatanai MP Schnaubelt queries Lihir Royalties "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Namatanai MP Walter Schnaubelt has tasked the New Ireland Provincial Government to explain the whereabouts of his district's share of mine royalties, as per an Agreement with the Lihir Gold Mine.

He says since the start of the mine's operations in 2007, his District has not received its 20 per cent share of the funds.
Mr Schnaubelt told NBC Radio the New Ireland Government must furnish expenditure reports of the payments.
"The concern now is the 50% portion blong New Ireland Provincial Government which is responsible to dispatch 20% to Namatanai district and 20% to Kavieng district na 10 percent is retained by the provincial government blo administration purposes.
"Orait, the provincial government component paid to date is K264m and you know since 2007 i kam nao, Namatanai district and Kavieng district have missed out on their 20% share."
NBC News/PNG Today

21:51

The Rise of The Authoritarian Right And Left In Modern America "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following is a selection from the book Manifesto of the Free Humans by John Vibes and Derrick Broze. The book is currently available in paperback and free PDF at theconsciousresistance.com.

There are several different examples of political spectrums in use today. Most people in the U.S. measure the political parties and philosophies across a horizontal line, from liberal to conservative. Others see the political spectrum as a square with totalitarianism in the top corner and freedom in the opposing corner. We tend to disagree with most political spectrums because they misunderstand the eternal struggle of freedom versus tyranny and mistakenly believe that either the right or left side is closer to freedom, or that one is better than the other. This tyranny manifests itself as non-voluntary communism, statism, fascism, imperialism, and any other form of authoritarianism. The opposite of all these power schemes is Anarchism.

In the realm of politics, economics, and religion there exists many false dichotomies in which there seems to be a narrow field of two options to choose from. In reality, there is actually a larger set of possibilities beyond the pre-approved guidelines. In other words, you are asked to choose between black and white, leaving you to think that the only colors in existence are black, white and maybe gray, when in reality there is a whole palette of different shades and tints that are completely left out of the discussion. The statement, If youre not with us, then youre against us is a classic false dichotomy, because it only presents two options, both of which amount to violence, while completely neglecting the possibility of remaining neutral. Likewise, the traditional left/right paradigm is also a false dichotomy which forces people to choose between two seemingly different, but equally authoritarian sides.

Anarchists should not make the mistake of believing that they are a part of the left or the right. These terms are skewed beyond repair and have different meanings in different nations and at different points in history. Alliances with right and left have failed every time because ultimately the followers of the corporate political parties are still playing into the mainstream paradigm. This leaves them open to manipulation and adopting what Konkin called anti-principles. The mainstream left and right will always sell out the principled, but misguided anarchists who seek alliances with one side over the other. We should absolutely reach out to both the right and the left and attempt to bring our message to them as much as possible, but we must be careful not to sacrifice our principles. We should work to bring them towards our principled stance.....

21:51

Inquiry starts into million kina debt "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Retired Judge, Don Sawong is heading a team to investigate over K40m debt incurred by the Provincial Government over the years.

Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu told a recent conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bulolo that he wants to establish how the province has incurred the massive bill.
The investigation started last week and is expected to continue.
The Morobe Governor says the people have the right to know how the money was expanded because it is public money.

Saonu says starting from the top post in the Provincial Administration, how to the service providers all off them will be questioned on how the figure has accumulated.
He says he's mandated by the people to do the right thing, therefore, he believes finding out where the money has gone to is the right thing to do.
"Husait i mekim na displa K44m i kammap?
"Ol public servants or politicians?
"Disla em moni blo ol pipol.
"Sevis imas go na pipol blo Morobe laikim disla moni, na why na disla issue i kamap."
Governor Saonu says a report will be tabled for further deliberation by the Morobe Provincial Executive Council after the investigation is completed.
NBC News - Gabriel Jamine

21:47

PNG Kumuls positive to win at home "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By Aizowe OTU/PNGFM

PNG LNG Kumuls are positive and in high spirits to win all 3 sets of their home World Cup matches starting with their World Cup opener against the Wales this Saturday at the National Football Stadium.

Kumuls have never beaten the teams in our pool but are definitely looking forward to meeting the chargers on home soil, said Assistant Coach Stanley Tepend.

Tepend said the team is not just as excited to play the World Cup in PNG but are proud to put on the PNG colours on home soil and want to create history for the country and its people.
Kumuls Nene McDonald who is expected to play a pivotal role in the centre said it wont be any easy for the boys but with their composure in the camp, and assistance from former Kumul greats in Marcus Bai, John Wilshire and others, he anticipates a good finish.

James Segeyaro said he will take in all the criticism as a stepping stone for him to perform for his countrymen. He is said the Kumuls select side is by far the best and is confident they will perform to the best to raise the red, black and gold colours on high masts.

21:44

Tribal fight, food shortage force school closure in Hela Province "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Humburu Primary School, a government agency school in the South Koroba in Koroba Lake Kopiag District, Hela province is yet to resume formal class.

This is the result of shortage of food supply and tribal fight in the villages, between clans sharing the border.
School Head Master Agilo Wakia said the tribal fight in Humburu has prompted them to close the school after two classrooms and teachers houses were burnt down.

He said the other factor is the shortage of food seeing students leaving school to help their parents do planting during the short period of heavy rainfall.
He said food is an important factor in our lives and having no food to eat and go to school is a problem that needs urgent attention.

He urged the government to assess the situation address as a matter of urgency.
A spokesperson from the Prime Ministers Department said they have been made aware of the situation in South Koroba and have responded by informing the disaster office to assess the situation. PNGFM

21:38

ISRAELI MEDIA CLAIMS NEW WAR AGAINST HEZBOLLAH IS INEVITABLE "IndyWatch Feed National"

A war between Israel and the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group is inevitable, though not necessarily imminent, and will be unavoidably bloody for both sides, according to an assessment by a number of former generals from around the world, known collectively as the High Level Military Group.

In an extensive report, published Wednesday, the organization details both the IDFs and Hezbollahs reorganization in the 11 years following the Second Lebanon War, the last time the sides engaged in all-out combat with one another. The High Level Military Group (HLMG) also describes the strategies each side will use in the apparently approaching war, as well as the potential pratfalls of those plans.

Hezbollah doesnt want a conflict to break out at present, given it is still seeking to consolidate its gains in Syria and continue preparations in Lebanon. However, its actions and propaganda suggest that it considers its ability to fight a war with Israel as a given, according to the report.

The timing of such a conflict is likely to be determined by miscalculation as much as decision-making in Iran and Lebanon.

The group said that should such a war break out, it will likely be more violent and destructive than the previous ones, due to the improvements that both sides have made to their respective military capabilities in the interim.

The report, Hezbollahs terror army: How to prevent a third Lebanon war, offers limited recommendations for avoiding such a conflict, instead painting it as a war waiting to happen.

The retired generals and defense officials from the United States, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Colombia, India, and Australia who make up the HLMG also express significant criticism of the United Nations for its evident severe failure to fully implement UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War, a dereliction that they credit with exacerbating the situation.

The former military leaders found that the UN Interim Force in Lebanon peacekeeping mission is not enforcing the aspects of Resolution 1701 that are meant to keep armed non-state actors like Hezbollah out of southern Lebanon.

The 76-page report, which is based on interviews solely with Israeli representatives during a fact-finding mission, comes to many of the same conclusions as those of Israeli defense officials. In preparing the assessment, the HLMG did not meet with Lebanese, Hezbollah, or UN officials.

Y...

21:30

7 Signs You Are Receiving Cosmic Information That You Shouldnt Ignore "IndyWatch Feed National"

Your brain is not only a producer of thoughts, but a receiver too. Depending on what you tune it into, it will receive such information.

By Dylan Harper

Cosmic information is all around us. We are, in a way, pieces of this Cosmic information. Everything is connected with everything else, and everything comes from the same source, you, The Earth, The Galaxy, everything!

The way we live our lives can steer us away from the Cosmic purpose we hold in our hearts. Thats why, sometimes, the Cosmic Intelligence can send us messages and updates to steer us back towards our hearts purpose.

Sometimes these Cosmic messages can lead us to revolutionary ideas and inventions the world hasnt seen yet.

Anyway, we all get Cosmic Information from time to time. However, not many people are aware when these messages show up in their lives and most of them get ignored.

Here is how to know when you are receiving Cosmic Information:

7 Signs You are Receiving Cosmic Information

1. Sudden Inspiration

Inspiration is a mental stimulation to do something, create something.

It usually comes when you start scratching a subject you are passionate about.

Sudden inspiration is a sure sign that you are receiving Cosmic Information as you are being mentally stimulated to do something that will lead you back to your purpose.

2. Dreams

According to some legends, a part of your soul goes into another world while you dream. This is the dream world, a world between your unconscious mind and reality.

In there you can receive important messages from your own subconsciousness, and from the Cosmic Intelligence.

Having dreams where you get new ideas, insights and advices about things you cant possibly know, are a sure sign of receiving Cosmic Information.

3. Subconscious Signal

Watching a movie where you suddenly hear something that answers a question youve been recently wondering about. Hearing a song that tells a message you feel you needed to hear. Reading a sign on the street that resonates so much with something youve been asking yourself.

All those examples are ways the Cosmic Intelligence is steering...

21:18

The 2004 'tic - tac' UAP "IndyWatch Feed National"

Introduction

Much has been written on the Internet recently, about an incident which reportedly happened in November 2004; which resulted in an encounter between US Navy aviators and a 'tic - tac' shaped UAP. The story which has emerged, has a lengthy history, which many of the current Internet accounts don't cover. For my blog readers, I will attempt to provide as much information as is currently available.


Back in 2007

On 3 February 2007, on the Above Top Secret website, someone using the username 'thefinaltheory' (which I will abbreviate to TFT), on a thread titled 'Observations of an Actual UFO' posted about what seemed to be an intriguing incident.

TFT stated that an incident had occurred in 2005 when they were on board an aircraft carrier, based on the West coast of the USA, off the coast of Mexico. TFT mentioned that they worked in 'the computer field' and had access to 'the top secret network onboard.'

The incident was described as follows - at 2300 the ship went into 'security alert' and TFT asked others what was happening? The response was that there was a UFO above the ship. TFT then said they had logged on to the ship's network and that they found 'many videos and powerpoint briefs' written reports and message traffic about the incident. TFT burned these to disk which was subsequently misplaced. TFT referred to the video as being taken from a cockpit camera, was black and white, and showed altitude, pilot's 'nickname' and other data. The UAP was floating stationary at 30,000 feet. It was disk shaped. The pilot tried to get a lock on it but couldn't. The UAP moved in a half circle upward and paused. There was a bright flash and it disappeared from sight.

Discussion then ensued in subsequent posts, questioning the veracity of TFT and the details which had been provided.

On 4 February 2007 TFT announced that 'I have the video and documents as I have previously described,' but asked that the ATS thread be erased before he proceeded further. TFT was apparently concerned over the possibility of being tracked down.

An ATS moderator entered the picture and 'trashed' the thread, but revealed that the initial two posts of this thread, allegedly from TFT and another individual came from the same IP address. Later this moderator 'untrashed' the thread, which can still be read in 2017. However, they did close the thread at that point.

Later on 4 February 2007, another ATS thread was commenced, titled 'Fighter jet UFO Footage: The Real Deal.' TFT posted the first piece and announced that 'The video you are about to see...' There is a click 'here' to view the video but today if you click the link you are advised that  www.vision-unlimited.de/extern/f4.mpg is not to be found on the...

21:15

Solving the Marathon Bomb Mystery, Part 9: What Is the Role of a Library? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Michele McPhees book. Imagine using a tender family photo in such a way.

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Dear Mr David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

Greetings!

From my youth I recall the ground floor of the BPL as a quiet, uneventful place. Today (October 23, 2017) it was all hells-a-poppin, especially thanks to the WGBH newsfeed, and activities for readers. Anyone would be uplifted just being there. Congratulations to you and your staff.

I walked over to the bibliographical assistance desk and asked the very helpful librarian four questions. First, Do you have a special section of books that deal with Nine Eleven,? and...

20:26

Sebastian Gorka: Lock Up!, 1861 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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20:16

Ex-wife of paedophile reveals anguish of finding child exploitation images, slow police response "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you know anyone who is a pedophile, you should report them to the police.

There are police sex offenders hotlines or see detectives at any police station

ABC News Australia

Ex-wife of paedophile reveals anguish of finding child exploitation images, slow police response

25 October 2017
Desley Lodwick was living the high life. She was married to a man she loved and travelled the world with him as they ran a $7 million IT business together.

That all changed with the click of a mouse.

It was while staying in a Montreal hotel in June 2003 that Dr Lodwick innocently used her husbands laptop to check her email and uncovered a side to her then partner that she never expected.

I saw the history of what he had been visiting, she told 7.30.

There were some weird names and a website for RSVP, but RSVP for children in Russia and he was about to go to Russia.

I was in shock. I was numb.

Three weeks later, Dr Lodwick copied everything she could from the offending laptop to a hard drive and stored it in a bank safety deposit box.

She had uncovered thousands of illegal child exploitation images, which she went through to ensure none of her friends or familys children were in the photos.

It was horrendous, she said.

I dont tell people much about what I saw because if I did they would have to deal with it. It would change people.

I lost everything

18:30

According to CERN, Our Universe Shouldnt Even Exist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Perhaps the biggest mystery of all is our entire universe itself. Humans have been baffled and curious about the creation of the universe since the beginning of time, and even now scientists are amazed we even exist!

The more we discover about the creation of the universe and the genetic code of our cosmic existence, the more we discover that we are not even close to figuring anything out. The answer to one question leads to ten more questions! All in all, the universe we are apart of is amazing and were lucky to be here, according to nuclear scientists

Life is much more than luck of the draw and scientists researching the creation of the universe are amazed that we are even here. Why? Well, from everything we know about the actual creation of the universe and the way things work in space, scientists believe we should have ultimately destroyed ourselves in the process! According to the standard model of the universe, there are equal amounts of matter and antimatter, making scientists believe the two shouldve canceled each other out.

As reported by Cosmos Magazine, Christian Smorra, the author behind the study, said:

All of our observations find a complete symmetry between matter and antimatter, which is why the universe should not actually exist.

An asymmetry must exist here somewhere but we simply do not understand where the difference is. What is the source of the symmetry break?

Researchers set out to find some answers about how we ever made it out of the creation of the universe in a groundbreaking study! Researchers from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)  tested out different possibilities such as mass and electric charge when looking into the possibility that there was a difference in magnetism even though the matter and antimatter were thought to be identical. CERN uses the worlds largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter the fundamental particles. The research revealed that the two are actually much more symmetrical than we thought! 

CERN spokesperson Stefan Ulmer said:.....

18:00

NSW Bar Association Urges Victims Of Sexual Harassment To Come Forward "IndyWatch Feed National"

Victims of sexual harassment by members of the NSW Bar are being urged to come forward in the wake of explosive allegations levelled against prominent Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet earlier this week.

President of the New South Wales Bar Association, Arthur Moses SC told New Matilda his organisation urged any victims of sexual harassment by members of the NSW Bar to make a complaint to the Office of the Legal Services Commissioner so that it can be investigated and in appropriate cases report the behaviour to Police.

Mr Moses has also warned that barristers in NSW who engage in sexual harassment can be struck off and may face criminal charges.

Sexual harassment is not condoned in any manner by the NSW Bar nor is standing by and not intervening, he said.

Tough sanctions are in place regarding sexual harassment by legal practitioners. Rule 123 of the Legal Profession Uniform Conduct (Barristers) Rules 2015 provides that a barrister must not engage in conduct which constitutes discrimination and sexual harassment in the course of practice.

The NSW Bar Association has the power to intervene and investigate any complaints of sexual harassment. If a barristers conduct is found to constitute sexual harassment, they face serious consequences, including the loss of their profession.

The breach of Rule 123 can result in findings of unsatisfactory professional conduct or professional misconduct and an order that a barrister be struck off, Mr Moses said.

Conduct of this kind may also amount to a criminal offence, a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission or the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board.

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17:47

Police Inquire Into Waterstreet Allegations, While University Bans His Job Ads "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pressure continues to mount on Charles Waterstreet the inspiration behind the popular ABC television drama Rake. Nina Funnell reports.

NSW Police began making inquiries this morning into allegations prominent Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet sexually harassed a young woman during a job interview at his Elizabeth Street offices in August this year.

On Tuesday New Matilda revealed explosive claims made by third year Sydney University law student, Tina Huang, alleging that Mr Waterstreet showed her nude images of women and a masturbation video during the one-hour job interview.

Ms Huang also alleged that Mr Waterstreet described how he liked to go to sex parties and enjoyed having women snort cocaine off his body, before revealing he preferred to hire pretty young things to work with him.

Today, Ms Huang was contacted by NSW Police. Her lawyer Michael Bradley, managing partner at Marque Lawyers said it took a lot of courage for my client to come forward publicly and I hope that other women will feel empowered to tell their stories too.

Ms Huang, 21, applied for the paralegal position after seeing the job advertised in Sydney Universitys CareersHub website.

Approximately 80 students gathered in a snap protest outside the new law faculty building at Sydney University at lunch time to demand Mr Waterstreets job ads are no longer promoted to students.

Protestors at Sydney University earlier today, in which they successfully demanded job ads from Charles Waterstreet be banned from the Sydney University online jobs forum.Protestors at Sydney University earlier today, in which they successfully demanded job ads from Charles Waterstreet be banned from the Sydney University online jobs forum.

A spokesperson for the university has confirmed the ban on job ads from Mr Waterstreet.

The personal safety of our students is of primary concern, a university spokesperson told Honi Soit.

The protest was organised by Sydney University Womens Collective.

It is incredibly brave for Tina to speak out about a situation where the power differential between Waterstreet and herself was staggering, a member of the Collective was reported as saying.

It is rare that a harasser is publicly accused. Powerful men like Waterstreet usually get to harass women with impunity, no matter how many people in their industry know about it, the Collective said.

In other developments, television and news media...

17:07

Researchers probe 'never-before-seen' influx of tropical pyrosomes off Alaska "IndyWatch Feed National"

Researchers at NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center are reporting a never-before-seen phenomenon in Alaska waters-an influx of strange organisms that resemble flattened, translucent sea pickles. It may sound like dj vu. A similar story made headlines along the West Coast last summer, but this is a new situation for Alaska. Scientists call these jelly-like organisms pyrosomes. The creatures typically live in tropical waters around the world, occasionally emerging a little farther north in sub-tropical waters. But no one has ever recorded pyrosomes as far north as Alaska. Pyrosomes were encountered in NOAA acoustic, surface, and bottom trawl surveys throughout the year from Kodiak to the offshore waters of southeastern Alaska. "Fishermen first observed pyrosomes in Alaska in early February in such high densities that the organisms clogged their fishing gear," said Jim Murphy, fisheries research biologist, Alaska Fisheries Science Center. "I was contacted by biologists at Alaska Department of Fish and Game who shared specimens with me and I identified the species." The big question is: Was this just an unusual year - a unique phenomenon - or does this reflect a lasting change that could have food web implications? Scientists across the surveys witnessed rockfish species and sablefish eating pyrosomes. Pyrosomes filter and ingest tiny plant and animal cells from the plankton and may compete with other small grazers that represent more preferable or more nutritious fish prey. At this point, there are more questions than answers.

17:02

#PizzaGate and #PedoGate Articles, News Updates for October 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

#PizzaGate #PedoGate Articles and News Updates for October 2017

Source: Ascension With Earth




October 25, 2017

Here are a compilation of news articles that are flooding the alternative news networks exposing the pedophile problem in Hollywood, USA. After this exposure we should see more disclosures and arrests taking place in other parts of the world. It is time to expose the pedophile and satanic ritual abuse which are supported by elite politicians, celebrities, and media personalities from around the world such as the UK, Australia, & Vatican.

The Next Big Hollywood Sex Scandal Is Already BreakingAt NickelodeonThe Harvey Weinstein scandal may have opened up a whole can of worms for Hollywood, but (to employ another metaphor) that is just the tip of the iceberg. The scandal is due to crack wide open any day now, and its not another Weinstein tale. Its worse.
https://www.redstate.com/kiradavis/2017/10/24/next-big-hollywood-sex-scandal-already-breaking...at-nickelodeon/

Hollywood is overcrowded with pedophiles and predators
When Corey Feldman declared in 2011 that The No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and isand always will bepedophilia, some people in the media didnt pay much attention to him because Feldman sounded like a conspiracy theorist. But as the years went by, Feldman was shown to be absolutely right.
https://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/10/25/hollywood-is-overcrowded-with-pedophiles-and-predators/

#PizzaGate #Pedogate Update - Corey Feldman Requests Support To Expose A Major Hollywood Pedophilia Ring
http://www.ascensionwithearth.com/20...

17:00

Did Ethereum ICO? Founder Joe Lubin Gives Uncertain Answer "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Quartz event on Tuesday saw a founding developer of the ethereum protocol answer high-level questions about the state of blockchain technology.

16:18

WATCH: Florida Deputy Breaks Into Elderly Mans Home and Robs Him "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Sputnik)  A Florida sheriffs deputy was recently arrested after home surveillance video showed him burglarizing the home of an elderly man who died after falling and gravely injuring himself during Hurricane Irma.

Deputy Jason Cooke was arrested last week on charges of burglary and grand theft with a firearm for allegedly stealing from 85-year-old Moe Rosoff.

The Palm Beach County sheriffs deputy reportedly found Rosoffs garage code in a dispatch log and used it to enter Rosoffs home 90 minutes after paramedics took the elderly man, who had fallen and hurt himself, to the hospital, where he died.

Rosoffs son turned in a video recorded by the homes motion detection system showing Cooke taking items from the home. According to Rosoffs family, Cooke stole money, jewelry and medications.

The family also accuses the Palm Beach police of dragging out the case and withholding important documents pertinent to Cookes arrest. The family reported the sheriffs deputy to the police eight days after he broke into the home, but Cooke was only arrested five weeks later.

Rosoffs relatives also claim that Cooke took a pill as he left the home. Medications were found in Cookes patrol car by investigators, but these were not Rosoffs medications, they claim. Rather, they say, this shows Cooke is on duty while impaired.

police tape

Image Source: Tony Webster, Flickr, Creative Commons

If Officer Cooke was operating in his official capacity under these medications, the family said in a statement, it is our belief that he may have posed a significant threat to the publics safety since just a few of the noted side effects of these medications include confusion, impaired thinking, impaired reactions, abnormal behavior, tremors, drowsiness, altered state of consciousness and anger.

In our opinion, had we not had this video, this cop would still be out there posing a threat of danger to the community he swore to protect and committing more crimes.

...

16:01

China Moving to Take the Lead in Technology "IndyWatch Feed National"

China is moving rapidly to advance and take the lead in technology from the United States and they will accomplish that in the years ahead. China is moving very fast on every front. China is moving faster on quantum communications and computing and they are embracing real Artificial Intelligence that is being ignored by the powers that be in the US government.

We were granted our business license in China BECAUSE of our technology while the USA keeps trying to suppress technology advancement in our field. That means the government even had to review the conflicts with the USA and dismissed them as all other nations as being stitched up as one put it in Europe.

The regulators in the USA have one policy if the big boys do it its OK. They are Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Jail, but big enough to hire government employees. Anyone else has to be regulated when the regulators do not even understand what they are doing. The bottom-line policy at the US regulators if they do not understand it, regulate it out of existence. You are not allowed to compete against New York City.

In the United States, there remains overregulation because the government is clueless about technology. The next crisis will be really worse than 2007-2009 because they have chased so many from the marketplace with fines and regulations that make no sense. The SEC has had to announce strengthing rules for their own people in trading on inside information. The more regulators we have the more corruption that exists. I have stated before, when I was managing positions for the Onassis estate in commodities, I had the larges physical position in Platinum. It took six months to get permission to trade at that level way beyond exchange limits and when I picked up the phone the first time, everyone already knew the size of my position. So much for regulators. Today, positions of managers over $100 million in assets must be reported to the SEC. You can bet that i8nfo is handed out under the table.

 

In quick succession, China in recent months has utilized a...

15:57

Let the CIA censorship begin; first America and then us "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

ACTIVIST POST (from the US)

A couple of weeks ago we found our YouTube channel completely deleted with the message This account has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of YouTubes policy against spam, deceptive practices, and misleading content or other Terms of Service violations.

Prior to having our channel seized, we were in perfect standing with YouTube. We didnt have a single strike against our account. All content was original or posted with permission. There were no personal attacks. If anyone was offended by our content, they were offended by ideas. Ideas of peace and freedom.

This was a wake-up call for us. We assumed the corporate-state tyranny aimed to shut down dissent, but were a bit surprised how fast they moved against us. Normally they demonetize before outright termination. We had around 7400 loyal subscribers. Hardly a threat, right?

Wrong! We are living in a time when ideas of peace and liberty are dangerous to the powers that be. Increasingly the powers that be are the information gatekeepers like Google and Facebook. Perhaps theyre a bigger threat to free speech than governments themselves. Working in concert with government makes them even more dangerous.

YouTube denied our appeal to restore the channel. Instead of begging them to let us use their platform, were rebuilding on censorship-proof platforms like Bitchute, DTube, and Steemit.

Support free speech. Please subscribe to us on these platforms.

Find our channel at Bitchute here:
https://www.bitchute.com/channel/ActivistPost/

Follow us on Steemit:
https://steemit.com/@activistpost

Thank you for your activism!

Your gratefu...

14:49

Ministry to Tackle Housing Issues "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 
The government, through the ministry of housing, is taking steps to address the dire problem of housing in the city.
 
And it will achieve this through an initiative, by the Housing Minister, to set up a housing policy steering committee.
 
The committee held its first meeting on Wednesday, Oct 25.
 
The Housing Policy Steering Committee is made up of the National Housing Corporation and line agencies, including the Department of Lands and Physical Planning, Justice and Attorney General, Office of Urbanization and the National Research Institute, among other stakeholders.
 
The Committee has been tasked to come up with a housing policy for PNG that is workable to address affordable housing, especially in cities like Port Moresby. The last housing policy for PNG was 23 years overdue for a review.
 
Heading the housing policy steering committee is acting NHC managing director, Kenneth Cooke.
 
Housing Minister John Kaupa said the ONeill-Abel government, under its housing policy, will try its best to provide affordable housing for PNG citizens, and the committee will play a major role in achieving this.
 
While PNG continues to face the chronic problem of affordable housing, the Minister also acknowledged the fact that NHC over the years has a lot of controversial issues that hinder its progress to provide good housing for PNG families.
 ...

14:45

Stabbed, beaten, and robbed: refugees on Manus to be abandoned in danger "IndyWatch Feed National"

Todays report from Human Rights Watch lays bare the fear, cruelty and danger the refugees and people seeking asylum face on Manus Island.

Human Rights Watch visited Manus in September and spoke to dozens of men about their fears, including those who have been stabbed, beaten, and robbed when theyve left the guarded centre. Some men were too scared to leave the centre to meet with the HRW team. The Australian Government intends to push a further 600 men towards this danger when the guarded centre is closed in six days.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has been to Manus three times to speak with the men there, said:

"Today Human Rights Watch calls Manus a dangerous failure. Last week the UN called it a humanitarian disaster. These men have had four years of their lives ripped away from them. Theyve been beaten. Theyve been shot. And theyve suffered the sheer torment of not knowing if or when their ordeal would ever end.

"After four years of fear, violence and suffering, these men deserve a future. But instead our Government is trying to bludgeon them into returning to persecution or moving from one dead end camp to another. Its the height of cruelty," said Mr Webb.

A notice posted inside the Manus Island detention centre last week warned refugees that from the 31 October 2017, all food, water and electricity will be disconnected, protective fences will be removed and the facility will be handed over to the PNG Defence Forces.

On Good Friday this year, drunk soldiers from the PNG Defence Forces attacked the centre, ramming the centre fence with a vehicle to try to gain entry and firing over 100 shots, including from an M-16 Assault Rifle, into the centre where hundreds of refugees feared for their lives.

"It beggars belief. PNG military personnel have attacked these men before. Now our Government is tearing down the fences and putting them in charge. Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull can't just sit back and wait for further bloodshed. Every single man on Manus must be immediately evacuated to safety in Australia," said Mr Webb....

14:02

2017 Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tour "IndyWatch Feed National"

In March 2017, we Kate Bagnall and Sophie Couchman hosted our inaugural Chinese Australian Hometown Heritage Tour to Hong Kong and Guangdong. The tour ran for ten days, from 22 March to 31 March 2017, and visited Hong Kong, Jiangmen, Kaiping, Taishan, Xinhui, Zhongshan and Zhuhai. We were joined on the tour by sixteen

13:25

Freedom is relative "IndyWatch Feed National"

The demolition of the Manus Island centre is set to begin in one week, which means the water supplies are steadily decreasing, resources are diminishing, and power is being progressively shut off. The men are being smoked out, but they dont plan on leaving. As Aziz (Abdul Aziz Muhamat) said in a recent mini-episode of The Messenger, we are determined to go ahead with our resistance and we are not going to give up.

13:03

The AWU WA Branch paid for Bruce Wilson's rented love-shack in inner-city Melbourne - where'd the bond go Bruce? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This episode doesn't involve a great deal of money - but it does give us an insight into Bruce Morton Wilson and the way he operated. On Monday 29 June 1992 Bruce Wilson was appointed acting Victoria Branch Secretary. On Friday 3 July he was back in Perth to get...

12:44

Amokachi backs Unsworth for Everton permanent job "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Everton striker Daniel Amokachi has called on the club to appoint David Unsworth as permanent manager. Unsworth who is the clubs Under-23 manager was placed in temporary charge on Tuesday, a day after Ronald Koemans dismissal. He is somebody who is willing to die for the team, Amokachi told BBC World Service. Once a blue, always a blue. I would love to see him appointed. He has all the qualities to take Everton to the next level. Amokachi, who featured for Nigeria at the 1994 and 1998...

The post Amokachi backs Unsworth for Everton permanent job appeared first on New Telegraph Online.

12:29

Surprising Picks For This Years Russian Resurrection Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Outside of Russia, the Russian Resurrection film festival remains the largest and most respected Russian catalogue in both Australia and New Zealand. Running in Brisbane from 1st 8th November at the Event Cinemas in the Myer Centre in Brisbanes CBD, this years line-up will serve 14 select titles throughout, as well as celebrating the ...

The post Surprising Picks For This Years Russian Resurrection Film Festival appeared first on QNEWS.

12:14

Resolution 50: War Is Not the Answer "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 25, 2017

WHEREAS, in 2005, the AFL-CIO Convention passed a historic resolution calling for the rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, and an end to the countrys occupation; and

WHEREAS, in 2011, the AFL-CIO Executive Council declared that American troops must be brought home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and that the militarization of our foreign policy has proven to be a costly mistake; it is time to invest at home; and

WHEREAS, now 75% of Americans believe the result of the war in Iraq was not worth the loss of American lives and other costs; and

WHEREAS, the eventual cost to taxpayers for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars will top $4 trillion; and

WHEREAS, since 2001 the United States has used military force in numerous countries, leading to the death of an untold number of civilians, the destruction of infrastructure, a massive number of refugees and the destabilizing of sovereign nationsthere are now military threats directed against Iran and North Korea, with a potential death toll in either country in the millions and which, in the case of North Korea in particular, involve the threat of nuclear war; and

WHEREAS, while the United States ranks first by far in military spending, it ranks 7th in literacy, 20th in education, 25th in infrastructure quality, 37th in quality of health care, 31st in life expectancy, and 56th in infant mortality; and

WHEREAS, 6,831 United States military personnel have died in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and about one million have been injured. There are over 39,000 homeless military veterans; on any night, more than 1.4 million are at high risk of homelessness, of which 9% are women, and 20 military veterans/active duty military take their own lives each day; and

WHEREAS, it is vital that the workers and our unions promote a foreign policy independent of the political interests and foreign policy of Wall Street and corporate America;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the AFL-CIO pro...

12:12

Men Need to Stand Up to Prevent Violence Against Women ; PM Calls for Communities and Churches to Show Leadership "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Approved for Release: 25 October 2017

Office of the Prime Minister Papua New Guinea 

Communities must stand up against any act of violence against women, and Churches must take a leading role in protecting victims and exposing violent men. This is the message from the Prime Minster, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, to community and church leaders, as well as male family members who he said have a natural responsibility to protect their mothers, daughters and sisters.

A man is a coward if he thinks it is ok to hit a woman, these abusers would not have the courage to hit a man who was bigger than they are, but they hit a woman who is smaller, the Prime Minister said.

We have enacted laws to prevent violence against women, but no Government in any country can stop violence against women without the active support of communities.

There must be zero tolerance in our nation for violence against women, and community leaders must do more to help victims rather than supporting perpetrators.

Community leaders are not truly leaders if they turn a blind eye to violence against women.

Every human life matters and must be protected, and domestic violence is totally unacceptable.

Any community or Church leader who turns a blind eye to even a single case of violence against women has let their people down, and has abandoned the Christian principles our Nation holds dear.

The Prime Minister further called on the men in families to take a stand against any violence they see.

I also appeal to the sons of our nation, if your Father beats your Mother you have to show that you are a man and stand up for your Mother.

Your Mother gave you life, now you must protect her life and show gratitude for her commitment to you.

The same goes for all the men in families, to brothers, uncles, and other male family members, do not turn a blind eye.

The Prime Minister said the National Government will increase public awareness aimed at preventing domestic violence. This will be undertaken alongside the commitment of increased resources for police and courts to deal with violent men, as well as increased support for the victims of violence.

 


Filed under: Awareness, Community, Criminal, Governance, Growth,...

11:59

Researchers Study the Best Way to Induce Lucid Dreaming "IndyWatch Feed National"

To many of us, being the masters of our own dreams is of great interest, and numerous techniques have been devised to enable individual dreamers to induce a state of lucid dreaming, wherein the dreamer realizes that they're in a dream-state, and can thus take control. But, as it is with many other phenomena, different lucid dreaming techniques will deliver varying levels of effectiveness, so what technique will produce the most consistent results? A new study on the subject pitted a number of these different methods against one another in an attempt to answer that question.

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11:39

Building conservations brain trust in Madagascar "IndyWatch Feed National"

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar Nothing says patience quite like tromping around wet woods in the middle of the night to collar bats and track them back to their daytime roosts. And creativity certainly played a role in a recent study tracking the bushmeat trade by scouring urban dumps for tortoise shells. Julie Hanta Razafimanahaka was a co-author of each of those efforts. But ask her what it takes to become a field biologist in Madagascar and youll get a different answer altogether. Well, Razafimanahaka said, you have to be very lucky: thats the first thing. And it helps to be friendly too. That doesnt mean theres no chance, it means you really have to talk with many people, she added especially researchers with foreign passports. Razafimanahaka got involved in the research project that led to her masters thesis not because she was particularly interested in bats, she recalled, but because she was able to finagle a meeting with a Welsh researcher doing fieldwork in her favorite part of Madagascar the castle-like limestone formations of Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. Nearly fifteen years later, she can trace the arc of her career back to that first meeting. The fieldwork in Tsingy de Bemaraha was part of a series of projects run by scholars at the University of Aberdeen with backing from the British government aimed at building up the CVs and skill sets of a new generation of Malagasy biologists to work on bat conservation. Yet when the fieldwork wrapped

11:26

What No One Tells You About Treating Your Mental Illness With Pharmaceuticals "IndyWatch Feed National"

You know, there are so many things that we hear these days about taking pharmaceuticals for mental illness. We hear how it works, how there is no way that it could work, how its only meant to be a crutch, etc., etc. However, I can assure you that what I am going to say is not something you hear often.

I have battled with depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder for quite some time. Depression came first, though, which led to me being an expert guinea pig for my doctors to experiment on with their medications. And while I have let them intermittently pump me full of drugs, it never lasts very long.

The first time, I was around seventeen. And all I can remember thinking as the doctor changed my prescription each week, is that it didnt seem like the doctor took anything very seriously. Especially my health. I mean, I am not an expert by no means, but it cant be healthy for a teenager to be taking a new anti-depressant each week. The last straw for that stint was wanting to commit suicide more strongly than I ever had after that very same doctor gave me the maximum dosage of Zoloft.

After that, for years I just stayed away from the stuff. Yet, I continued to suffer through my symptoms with no help. By 21 I was ready for round two, and by the time I was 24 I was on eight different medications. Unfortunately, where that landed me was to a state of medically induced mania that almost ruined my life.

Now, dont get me wrong. Im not saying that drugs dont help. What I am saying, is that I couldnt agree more with the actor Jim Carrey when he commented on his Prozac use.

It feels like a low level of despair you live in where youre not getting any answers but your living ok and you can smile at the office, but its a low level of despair. Jim Carrey said regarding Prozac.

Carrey put it like a true pharmaceutical veteran. And it really got my wheels turning. Especially, now that I am on Prozac. And it helps, but its more of a crutch. Its something that pushes me out of the bed each day, but only so I can make it through. I had to wonder to myself, how on Earth did Carrey find the courage to get off the drugs for good? What pushed him to that point?

In his own words, I realized that everything was just okay.

At first glance, or upon hearing this for the first time, I was outraged. How dare he. The Prozac and Abilify cocktail I take each night saved my life. But did it really? Or will it eventually ruin my life, when the health repercussions finally catch up to the rest of my aging body?

Who knows?

With that being said, I truly thought about his words. What a madman. I thought.

However, after thinking about it for some time, and considering...

11:24

ONeill On Violence Against Women "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Post-Courier

 

 

Communities must stand up against any act of violence against women and Churches must take a leading role in protecting victims and exposing violent men.

 
This is the message from the Prime Minster Peter ONeill to community and church leaders, as well as male family members who he said have a natural responsibility to protect their mothers, daughters and sisters.

 
A man is a coward if he thinks it is okay to hit a woman, these abusers would not have the courage to hit a man who was bigger than they are, but they hit a woman who is smaller, the Prime Minister said.

 
We have enacted laws to prevent violence against women, but no Government in any country can stop violence against women without the active support of communities.

 
There must be zero tolerance in our nation for violence against women, and community leaders must do more to help victims rather than supporting perpetrators.

 
Community leaders are not truly leaders if they turn a blind eye to violence against women.

 
Every human life matters and must be protected, and domestic violence is totally unacceptable. Any community or Church leader who turns a blind eye to even a single case of violence against women has let their people down, and has abandoned the Christian principles our nation holds dear.

 
The Prime Minister further called on the men in families to take a stand against any violence they see.

 
I also appeal to the sons of our nation, if your father beats your mother you have to show that you are a man and stand up for your mother.

 
Your mother gave you life, now you must protect her life and show gratitude for her commitment to you.

 
The same goes for all the men in families, to brothers, uncles, and other male family members, do not turn a blind eye.

 
He said the National Government will increase public awareness aimed at preventing domestic violence. This will be undertaken alongside the commitment of increased resources for police and courts to deal with violent men, as well as increased support for the victims of violence.


Filed under: Awareness,...

11:20

MACKAY News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 26th October 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY October 26, 2017 at 05:00AM ,

News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 26th October 2017

October 26, 2017 at 05:00AM ,

The local man appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court charged with grievous bodily harm. A new map has been released that combines all the rules

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MACKAY Crocodile was spotted at Harbour Beach yesterday "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY October 26, 2017 at 05:41AM ,

Crocodile was spotted at Harbour Beach yesterday

October 26, 2017 at 05:41AM ,

Mackay residents are calling on the Council to install swimming enclosures after a 2 and a half metre long crocodile was spotted at Harbour Beach

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MACKAY Former truck driver faces four charges "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY October 26, 2017 at 05:52AM ,

Former truck driver faces four charges

October 26, 2017 at 05:52AM ,

Hodgetts case was mentioned by defence solicitor Antoinette Morton, Fisher Dore Lawyers, in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Ms Morton

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MACKAY Shoal Point teen faces court on long list of charges "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY October 26, 2017 at 07:22AM ,

Shoal Point teen faces court on long list of charges

October 26, 2017 at 07:22AM ,

Caitlin Schimke, 17, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday on the charges which also include stealing, shoplifting, possessing tainted

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11:15

QLD federal redistribution draft released "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Ive been quite busy recently and hadnt had time to deal with the recent draft released for the Queensland federal redistribution.

To be honest its the least interesting redistribution Ive encountered in the nine years I have written for this blog. Queensland is maintaining its 30 federal electorates after a series of rapid redistributions which repeatedly increased its seat numbers. Twelve electorates were left entirely untouched, and most of the others underwent very minor changes.

Antony Green has analysed the boundaries and made estimates for the electoral boundaries. No seat flipped party, although a few have a changed margin.

You can now download my boundary map for this draft proposal.

I have also recently updated a number of other maps: the final Tasmanian federal map, the final NSW local government boundaries as of 2017, and the New Zealand electoral map updated to reflect the results of the 2017 election. You can download them all from the maps page.

11:14

Australia heavily responsible for biodiversity loss and more Zedlines. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A study published today reveals Australia is among the top seven nations responsible for more than fifty percent of global biodiversity loss. (Imagery sourced Wikipedia)

Scientific findings are based on the worsening in conservation status of species between 1996 and 2008 on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature red list.

Of the 109 countries studied, Australia is ranked as the second worst offender with Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, China and the United States (primarily Hawaii) also ranking.

Tweed Heads Host Social Inclusive Walk.

This Saturday Tweed Heads will be hosting an inaugural diversity walk to celebrate social inclusivity in the community.

11:02

We are being lied to about poverty its grim "IndyWatch Feed National"

A TRAGIC INDICATOR of increasing poverty and unemployment is the suicide toll. Another indicator is an increasing prison population. Another indicator is the widening gap between the average worker and the top one per cent of earners. Another indicator is the many more hours people have to work to make ends meet. Another indicator is []

11:02

Attack on GetUp and the Australian Workers Union is a set up "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

The raid on the Melbourne and Sydney of the Australian Workers Union is a disgrace that has the stink of a hatched government plot, to use a strong arm to deflect attention from its own failures.

Thanks to an error made by someone in the minister Michaelia Cashs office, it is known that the raid was known about before it took place and it looks like the media was deliberately notified for the purposes of a photo shoot.

The error was not in doing it, but in admitting that it has happened.

It is a direct violation of what is supposed to be a separation between government and the forces of the law and some serious questions need to be answered. If these answers are not forthcoming, the minister and her government must be held to account for what can only be described as a gross violation of democratic rights.

As it is, the targeted union is being tried by media. This is not the first time this has occurred, and it is a sad commentary on the degeneration of the Australian political process in recent times.

Senator Cash has been exposed as a liar, after having denied any prior knowledge, before undeniable proof that this is unlikely was put before her.

She had to back down by saying:  I have just been advised that, without my knowledge, one staff member in my office in the course of discussions with journalists indicated that he had received information that a raid may take place.

This is not good enough. The incident deserves a thorough public investigation. Without this, people are going to rightly consider that a cover up is taking place.

Whether one is for them or not, it doesnt take all that much to realise that a desperate attempt to smear Bill Shorten and the Labor Party is taking place.

It also throws into relief the effort being made to destroy GetUp, by creating a picture that ties in the accusation that the organisation is a political tool being used by Shorten and Labor, not on the back of evidence, but by creating a media.

The second violation of democratic rights that has occurred is that the charge is made first and then action is taken to make sure it sticks. It is a reversal of just and fair legal process that created a very dangerous precedent.

The Australian Workers Union was selected because Bill Shorten was once its secretary.

GetUp is being attacked and had its office raided as well, because of its campaigns have proved to be a thorn in the governments side. To run these campaigns, it receives donations from many places. This does not compromise its independence.

To suggest otherwise is to target all organisations that rely on public donations.

The union...

11:01

Assistant Directors "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

11:01

NSP Live Ep 39 Gotta Role-play to Prep for Court "IndyWatch Feed National"

Spoke with Moses in Colorado and Andreas from Adelaide, Australia.  Prepping for court requires role-playing, Andreas didnt and is going to court right after the show.

Infamous Witt from Gilbert, Arizona called about the good things governments do, such as the Hoover Dam.

The post NSP Live Ep 39 Gotta Role-play to Prep for Court appeared first on MarcStevens.net.

11:00

Dr Paul wins Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford in England "IndyWatch Feed National"

WIRADJURI woman Dr Claudia Paul has become the third Australian Indigenous person to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, having been named the 2018 Rhodes Scholar for South Australia. Dr Paul, 24, an Adelaide University medical graduate from Broken Hill, will use her scholarship to undertake a Masters of International Health and Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford, England, next year. One of the worlds most prestigious scholarships, the Rhodes recognises outstanding academic achievement, character, leadership, and a commitment to community service. I had a dream to study overseas but I didnt think it would ever happen, Dr Paul said. The Rhodes is something I never imagined applying for until fairly recently. Right now, its a little overwhelming, but exciting.

10:52

When Government Wanted To Prosecute Tribune Reporter For LeakBut Feared Public Just Wouldnt Get It "IndyWatch Feed National"

Newly published documents by the National Security Archive reveal why a grand jury refused to prosecute a Chicago Tribune reporter during World War II for a leak.

Correspondent Stanley Johnston was accused of revealing the United States cracked a Japanese code, which alerted the military to Japanese war plans before the Battle of Midway. A Tribune editor attributed the source of information to naval intelligence.

A prosecution was contemplated under the Espionage Act, but the government backed off because they feared what may happen if a trial publicized that the U.S. compromised the Japanese code.

The Justice Department under President Barack Obama fought against a lawsuit filed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. It lost when a district court ruled in 2015 that disclosure would result in a more complete public record of this historic event and affirm the government is open, in all respects, to scrutiny by the people.

Yet, the government appealed, and it was not until September 2016, when the appeals court ruled against the governments claim that a federal court had no jurisdiction to order the release of transcripts, that an effort to keep 75 year-old documents secret came to an end.

During World War II, the U.S. military expected journalists accredited as war correspondents to submit stories prior to publication for censorshipor what the Pentagon may now refer to as prepublication review. Johnston was accredited by the Navy at Pearl Harbor.

In grand jury testimony from August 18, 1942, Johnston indicated that he knew he was to submit for the purpose of censorship all written or photographic material, either private correspondence, or anything for publication, released with the Navy or after my return. Letters or dispatches were even to be subjected to censorship like any person in the military forces.

Johnston, who was Australian but recently obtained U.S. citizenship, also testified, I have a son twenty years of age. The last word I had from my mother was that he had gone with the Australian Army to the war front. He is probably somewhere up there now where they are fighting.

If you think that I would do anything that would hurt the men in the United States Navy, or my son, there is nothing that I can do about it, Johnston added. If I am indicted in this case here, I know I havent done anythingthere has been no intent, and they tell me there has to be intent. And if there is anything I have done, and I am indicted on this, it will wreck me forever. I know that in court it will be....

10:48

Top US trade official says no to ISDS in NAFTA as ISDS critics grow across the political spectrum "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 26, 2017: US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said publicly last week that the US wants to opt out of ISDS in NAFTA, because of the risk and costs of US governments being sued by foreign corporations, and despite corporate lobby groups pushing to retain ISDS.

Speaking in a press conference, he said Ive had people come in and say, literally, to me: Oh, but you cant do this: you cant change ISDS. You cant do that because we wouldnt have made the investment otherwise. Im thinking, Well, then why is it a good policy of the United States government to encourage investment in Mexico?  The bottom line is, business says: We want to make decisions and have markets decide. But! We would like to have political risk insurance paid for by the United States government. And to me thats absurd. You either are in the market, or youre not in the market.

This week rejection of ISDS was reinforced across the political spectrum from  the US  National Conference of State Legislatures and state attorneys general to small business organizations and unions to  hundreds of the nations leading legal and economics professors, who released a letter calling on the administration to remove ISDS from NAFTA. Stark criticism of ISDS has come from voices as disparate as U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and pro-free trade think tanks such as the Cato Institute to U.S. Sena...

10:04

Why GumshoeNews Does Not Advocate Fair and Balanced Reporting "IndyWatch Feed National"

The media are waiting when the plainclothes Australian Federal Police arrive (photo AAP, Julian Smith)

by Dee McLachlan

Mainstream media personnel are no more than political lackeys and this includes, of course, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). In my young days in South Africa, during the apartheid regime (which ended in 1990), the press was censored and dictated to by government. How is that different from Oz today?

The Media Henchmen

We can refer to some journalists as media henchmen. Workplace Relations Minister, Senator Michaelia Cash, has admitted that her staff tipped off journalists ahead of raids by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on the Australian Workers Union (AWU) headquarters in Sydney and Melbourne.

Huffpost writes,

The revelation has fueled Labor...

10:02

MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS: Was Sandy Hook Shooter Known to FBI Prior to School Massacre? "IndyWatch Feed National"

21st Century wire says

The FBI recently released new documents regarding the bizarre and still forensically critiqued Sandy Hook elementary school shooting tragedy.


SANDY HOOK Many questions still remain in this perplexing case.  (Photo Illustration 21WIREs Shawn Helton)

KEY POINT: Its important to remember that even though the events at Sandy Hook were said to have been carried out by that of a deranged lone gunman named Adam Lanza, initial reports on several CBS and ABC affiliates following the Sandy Hook mass shooting stated there was a second shooter who was apprehended at the scene.

We should also be reminded that mainstream media reportage of the Sandy Hook tragedy took audiences down several rabbit holes of their own making, eventually implicating an unlikely suspect (left photo) with Aspergers syndrome, in an apparently motiveless crime.

Not since the forensically questionable Columbine High School ...

09:51

Methodologist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

09:40

"Dont Worry, Everybody Else is Crazy Too" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Dont Worry, Everybody Else is Crazy Too" 
by David Cain

"Human beings make a big deal about being normal. Were probably the only species for which its normal to think youre not normal. Every society operates under thousands of unspoken rules, and when you break them people get nervous. There are acceptable and unacceptable ways to stand in line at the bank, order at restaurants, and answer the phone. There are appropriate and inappropriate birthday gifts, wedding toasts, and hugging styles.

Every type of social situation has its own subsection of laws and procedures. You can make everyone around you instantly uncomfortable just by facing the back wall while riding an elevator, or asking a fellow bus passenger if they want to hear a story.

Miraculously, most of us have learned most of these rules by the time we become adults, at least enough to fulfill our basic responsibilities without causing a scene. The moment kid...

09:38

First Jurassic ichthyosaur discovery in India "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video about ichthyosaurs is called Sea Reptile Birth Walking with Dinosaurs in HQ BBC.

From PLOS ONE:

First Jurassic ichthyosaur fossil found in India

The fish-like reptile was over five-meter long, likely ate ammonites and other crunchy prey

October 25, 2017

A new near-complete fossilized skeleton is thought to represent the first Jurassic ichthyosaur found in India, according to a study published October 25, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Guntupalli Prasad from the University of Delhi, India, and colleagues.

Ichthyosaurs, literally fish lizards in Greek, were large marine reptiles which lived alongside dinosaurs in the Mesozoic Era. While many ichthyosaur fossils have been found in North American and Europe, in the Southern Hemisphere, their fossil record has mostly been limited to South America and Australia.

Now, the authors of the present study report what they believe to be the first Jurassic ichthyosaur found in India, from the Kachchh area in Gujarat. The near-complete skeleton, nearly 5.5m long, is thought to belong to the Ophthalmosauridae family, which likely lived between around 165 and 90 million years ago. It was found among fossils of ammonites and squid-like belemnites, and its tooth wear patterns suggest it predated such hard, abrasive animals.

While the authors have not yet been able to pinpoint the ichthyosaurs species, they believe that a full identification could inform on possible ophthalmosaurid dispersal between India and South America. They hope that unearthing more Jurassic vertebrates in this region could provide further insights into the evolution of marine reptiles in this part of the globe.

Lead author Guntupalli Prasad notes: This is a remarkable discovery not only because it is the first Jurassic ichthyosaur record from India, but also it thr...

09:37

Morrisons Corporate tax cut drive is wrong "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Treasurer Scott Morrison is calling for the company tax rate cut to be fast tracked, claiming that this is the only way to get the Australian economy moving.

Scott Morrison is dead wrong about this.

It is important to get past the hype that this tax will encourage investment and that Australia needs to follow company tax cuts in the United states and Great Britain to be competitive.

While it is true that the amount of investment in Australia is currently going down and that this is important, this should not blind one from realising that the forms that this investment takes is just as important, if not more so. Failure of the government to take this into accoun,t can only lead to improper policy.  And this is exactly what is happening.

The best explanation for the failure is that sectional interests of some of the biggest backers of the Coalition parties are writing the policy and the politicians are following the script.

Jim Miinifie, in his report for the Grattan Institute, Stagnation Nation: Australian investment in a low growth world (2017), suggests that a major factor is that investment in mining has fallen 15 percent since 2015 and 12 percent in the last year alone, and occurring within the context of a sluggish global economy and changing demand and price patterns. It makes intuitive sense and is also backed up with evidence.

Past over-investment in the industry is also a problem, because sooner or later, later a crunch was bound to come to pull down the excess.

Even more important. is that the structure of investment is changing, and this change is already pronounced. According to information from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), non-mining investment has risen 5 percent in the last year. This is not as much as it looks, because it has risen from a low base. Nevertheless, it is a rise.

Much of it has been taken by investment in telecommunications and most of what is left over is accounted for by the growth in in the selling of goods and services, continuing the shift away from traditional industries.

A marked characteristic of the services sector, in the periods following the introduction of computerisation, is that it is much less capital intensive than mining and manufacturing. What this means is that starting up, operating and expanding economic activity requires less investment in technology and processes and is much more labour intensive. A higher labour intensity  is a big reason why this is the major growth area for new jobs, whether full time or casualised and from where the biggest pressure for cutting the cost of labour is coming from....

09:18

Students To Protest Sydney Uni Funnelling Young Women Into Charlies Web "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sydney University students have launched a petition and have called a snap rally for 1pm today on the lawns outside the new law school to demand the University stop promoting jobs at prominent barrister Charles Waterstreets chambers in Sydney. It follows explosive revelations published by New Matilda on Tuesday, that Sydney University law student, Tina Huang had experienced serious sexual harassment by Waterstreet, who allegedly showed her images of nude women and a masturbation video during a job interview. Waterstreet denies the allegations. Anna Hush, Sydney Universitys 2016 Womens Officer explains why students are angry.

Charles Waterstreet is the flamboyant darling of the Sydney criminal law scene. Hes also an old boy of Sydney University, with a storied history from his time at college.

In the 1960s he attended St Johns College at Sydney University for one year, after which he was reportedly expelled and excommunicated by Cardinal Gilroy. Reflecting on his time at Johns in The Age, he wrote: When men are gathered together in living quarters as boys, when their hormones are raging against the night, fuelled by Fosters and unlimited liquor, in an atmosphere that winks at shows of bravado and rebellion, then the consequences are predictable. Someone is bound to go too far because the boundaries are so blurred.

Ah, those familiar blurred lines.

For what else is a boy to do, when his hormones are raging and the beer is freely flowing?

In his memoir, he writes jovially about spying on nurses at the adjacent hospital as they undressed after their shifts (calling it a vital part of a freshers duty). Waterstreet also fondly recalls having kissed the bottom of every girl at Womens [College, a female dormitory], running from room to room flinging the bedclothes off and lifting their nightdresses up and plastering a wet one.

Charming.

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And what better way to show off your bravado and rebellion than by entering womens rooms during the night and removing their clothes without their consent?

Waterstreet refers to this incident as a mere stunt. For the college women, however, this would be a terrifying invasion of privacy. One also wonders how safe they would f...

09:01

India responds to calls to resist medicine monopolies in RCEP "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 26, 2017: MSF (Doctors without Borders) has called for India and other countries to block RCEP proposals from Japan and South Korea that would allow pharmaceutical companies to have stronger monopolies, prevent competition and keep medicine prices high. They added that it was time to end the push for ever-higher levels of monopoly control of medicines through free trade agreements . RCEP negotiators are meeting in Incheon, South Korea this week.

The Wire reports that a spokesperson for the Indian government has responded that this is a 'red line' for India and some other countries, and they would not agree to any proposals that would prevent competition and threaten Indias ability to continue to be a supplier of cheap generic medicines.

Other major disagreements are reported on tariff levels, investor rights to sue governments, electronic commerce, trade in services and government procurement.

08:56

Manus Island refugees fear for lives "IndyWatch Feed National"

A trip to the supermarket can be an exercise in dicing with death on Manus Island, according to a new report.

An Iranian asylum seeker claims to have been attacked by local men who left him unconscious after fracturing his skull with a metal rod as they robbed him of his mobile phone and money.

He was flown to Brisbane for treatment.

The incident is highlighted in a report by Human Rights Watch, which interviewed 40 refugees and asylum seekers who live at the Manus Island immigration detention centre or in the community.

The detention centre is slated for closure on Tuesday and more than 600 people are refusing to leave over safety fears.

The report claims young intoxicated local men have been robbing and attacking refugees and asylum seekers using sticks, machetes, rocks, knives and screwdrivers.

A Bangladeshi asylum seeker claimed a man put a knife to his throat when he went to the nearby Lorengau township to buy a chicken.

He required medical evacuation to Port Moresby.

A Rohingya refugee from Burma told the rights group he was too scared to leave the detention centre compound.

The locals have no understanding of people from other countries, he said.

We are walking around in nice clean clothes with mobile phones. The locals dont know what it means to be a refugee. They only know we are prisoners. They were told we are bad people.

The report says refugees have stopped informing police because incidents are not investigated or they are arrested for disturbing local people.

The Australian government insists arrangements are in place to accommodate all refugees and asylum seekers at nearby Lorengau after Tuesday.

Services including mental health services will continue to be provided at the alternative accommodation.
The immigration department has previously insisted any allegations of refugees and asylum seekers being victims of crime on Manus Island are a matter for the PNG police and government.

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08:53

Medicinal cannabis forum set for Brisbane "IndyWatch Feed National"

A workshop in Brisbane on Thursday will update people on medicinal cannabis. (file pic) www.flickr.com/people/90809455@N00

A workshop in Brisbane on Thursday will update people on medicinal cannabis.
(file pic) www.flickr.com/people/90809455@N00

A Queensland mother whose ill son became the first person in the state to be given the right to medicinal cannabis will address a forum on drugs policy.

Lanai Carters son Lindsay, 19, has a brain tumour and suffers from epilepsy.

He was recommended cannabis oil and dried flowers as part of his treatment by doctors in the US, but the family has not been able to obtain the same product in Australia.

Thats due to the complexities of importation laws, production licences and the availability of supplies and it has left Ms Carter worried about the treatment available for her son.

At Lady Cilento Childrens Hospital a trial using CBD cannabinoid products is underway, but research from Israel shows oils containing THC work better for people with epilepsy and brain tumours, Ms Carter said.

Theyre already starting to narrow what can be prescribed, she told AAP.

Its very frustrating.

Ms Carter said some states in the US had an effective, tailored approach to medicinal cannabis and fears Australian regulators will create a less effective pharmaceutical method with a limited range of products.

The compassionate access available to a very limited number of pediatric epilepsy patients, 30 in this state, which has cost taxpayers $6 million, is only supplying a single-molecule product, she said.

(It) has had limited success compared with full plant extracts, which include the full spectrum of cannabinoids.

Ms Carter and Dr Alex Wodak are due to speak on the issue at a forum in Brisbane on Thursday evening.

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08:47

Ministers standing by embattled Cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Turnbull government is resisting Labor calls for the resignation of cabinet minister Michaelia Cash after she admitted to misleading a Senate committee.

Instead the government is blaming a serious lapse of judgement by her senior media adviser for the minister wrongly telling the committee none of her staff informed journalists about federal police raids on the Sydney and Melbourne offices of the Australian Workers Union on Tuesday.

Labor says Senator Cashs later explanation, in which she continued to deny prior knowledge of the raids, defied belief.

The government on Thursday sent out senior ministers Christopher Pyne and Christian Porter to defend their cabinet colleague and dismiss calls for her resignation.

We are not going to be lectured by the Labor Party about the Westminster system of government, Mr Pyne told reporters in Canberra.

The reality is Michaelia Cash told the Senate the truth and as soon as she found out shed been misled, she corrected the record.

Mr Porter said Senator Cash did not knowingly mislead parliament.

Michaelia Cash says that she did not know about the actions of her staff, she is absolutely to be believed, he told ABC TV.

Labor is not convinced.

Michaelia Cash has to go and the prime minister is up to his neck in this, opposition frontbencher Tony Burke told Sky News on Thursday.

He said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull either didnt ask or knew not to quiz Senator Cash and adviser David de Garis about the tip-off when he met with them on Wednesday.

Michaelia Cash misled the Senate five times on what she herself said was a very serious allegation that she was offended to hear, Mr Burke said.

Were meant to believe her office watched her do that and didnt tell her what happened.

Crossbench senator Nick Xenophon is prepared to take Senator Cash at her word.

In my dealings with Senator Cash shes always been pretty straight up and down with me, he told ABC radio, adding the Labor call for her resignation was not reasonable.

But he said an independent inquiry was needed to determine how information about the raids was leaked.

The Australian Federal Police raided the AWU offices after the Registered Organisations Commission gaineda warrant from a magistrate amid concerns documents could be destroyed.

Following a referral by Senator Cash, the commission has been investigating the legitimacy of the AWUs $100,000 donation to activist group GetUp! in 2005 when Labor leader Bill Shorten ran the union.

The post...

08:20

Brits heading to US face questioning BEFORE flying out , Trump introduces tougher security measures tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

How NOT to get into America.do your brains work? yes or no?

n-400shotHas the applicant ever been involved in, supported or encouraged terrorist activities in any country?

Thoughts of the public re Uncle Sam

In order to become a U.S. citizen, one has to complete the Immigration and Naturalization Services Form N-400.

How long do you think it has been since someone answered yes to question 12(c) in part 10(b):

Between March 23, 1933, and May 8, 1945, did you work for or associate in any way (either directly or indirectly) with any German, Nazi, or S.S. military unit, paramilitary unit, self-defense unit, vigilante unit, citizen unit, police unit, government agency or office, extermination camp, concentration camp, prisoner of war camp, prison, labor camp, or transit camp?

This has gotta be the stupidest, most idiot question on earth

Did you work for Hitler youth in a flak battery or panzerfaust unit?

Do you indulge in Bratwurst or visit the Munich bierfest. if so be pr...

08:12

Surgeon Comforts Orphaned Wombat In The Middle Of The Night "IndyWatch Feed National"

A little wombat lost everything along a road in Australia after her mother was hit and killed by a car but now she's getting the love and comfort she needs. 

"That is a common reason for wombats and other species coming into care," Dr. Howard Ralph, a veterinary surgeon who founded Southern Cross Wildlife Care (SCWC), told The Dodo. "Rosie came to us because she had been hiding in her dead mothers pouch for several days and the carer rightly felt that Rosie was very unwell and was not interested in drinking a bottle."

Credit: Howard Ralph

It was the early hours of the morning when Dr. Ralph comforted Rosie, giving her treatment for severe dehydration and pneumonia. This is often the life of a wildlife veterinarian so devoted his patients.

"We often are involved in late night care of patients," Dr. Ralph said. "The need is enormous ... The days are usually consumed by the urgent matters that often continue into the night and early morning with intensive care." 

Credit: Howard Ralph

Credit: Howard Ralph

Dr. Ralph has been helping wildlife for many years even as a kid he was fascinated by wild animals. Later, he knew he wanted to become a veterinarian.

"During my time at university studying veterinary medicine, it became apparent to me that wildlife generally did not receive the degree of respect that was due and that existed for other species such as domestic patients," Dr. Ralph said. "During my childhood and later as a teacher in Papua New Guinea I had regular contact with wild creatures so that a certain rapport became established early. After graduation the contact with wild patients gradually increased until eventually I undertook post graduate study in wildlife medicine."

Now that he founded and runs SCWC, he gets to spend much of his time helping all kinds of animals who live...

07:20

Marc Faber, Freedom of Speech & Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Marc Faber, Freedom of Speech & Capitalism Author Jayant Bhandari  Acting Man Political Correctness Hampers Honest Debate What would the world be like today had Europeans never colonized Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and South Asia?  ...

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06:50

Minutes of the Victorian Branch AWU Executive meeting that appointed Bruce Wilson - with Bill Ludwig's "help" "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 29 June, 1992 - just five days after the AWU Workplace Reform Association Inc was incorporated - Bruce Wilson was installed as acting state secretary of the Victorian Branch of the AWU. Just prior to that meeting a standard branch executive meeting took place. The minutes show that AWU...

06:04

It is not Illegal for NYPD Cops to have Sex with Handcuffed Women they Arrest. One Politician is Trying to Change that "IndyWatch Feed National"

A New York City politician is trying to make it illegal for cops to have sex with citizens they arrest, insisting that a citizen in custody is incapable of consenting.

Currently, it is only a violation of departmental policy, which means if a cop rapes a woman in handcuffs, then claims it was consensual, he may end up suspended with pay.

Or at worst, charged with a misdemeanor of official misconduct, which can mean anything and everything.

Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn) is drafting the legislation after two NYPD cops were accused of raping a handcuffed 18-year-old woman last month, then claiming it was consensual.

New York City police officers Edward Martins and Richard Hall have been stripped of their badges and guns, but they are still getting paid for working desk duty.

While that might seem like a slap on the wrist, cops tend to view it as prison, according to a 2008 New York Times article.

Some monitor surveillance cameras in housing projects. Others escort prisoners to court or check in patrol cars. And some, true to the police lingo, really do sit behind a desk, shuffling papers and answering phones.

 

These jobs are known as desk duty, a generic phrase in the Police Department for a range of jobs to which hundreds of officers have been reassigned over the years.

 

Pulled off the streets, stripped of guns and badges, kept inside four walls and away as much as possible from the public, officers who are put on desk duty because their conduct is under investigation find themselves far from the enforcement activities they signed up to do.

 

We like to call it the cellblock because it is like you are in prison, said an officer who spent more than 18 months watching surveillance video while authorities investigated an accusation that he had struck a suspect.

Treyger, who represents the district where the woman said she was raped, was outraged to learn there is no law stating there is no consent between a police officer and a person they arrested considering the power dynamics of the interaction, writing the following on...

06:00

Death of journalist sparks national debate about domestic violence "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rosalyn Albaniel Evara
Rosalyn Evara

HELEN DAVIDSON | The Guardian

Read Helens full report for The Guardian here

PORT MORESBY - The death of a high-profile Papua New Guinean journalist at the age of 41 has sparked a national debate about the countrys continuing epidemic of violence against women, after graphic photographs were shown at her funeral.

Family members of Rosalyn Albaniel Evara, who was an editor at PNGs largest newspaper, the Post-Courier, have received support from the Port Moresby governor for their calls for a police investigation into her death.

Evara died last week after she collapsed at her Port Moresby home, and was rushed to hospital. The journalist was farewelled at a funeral in Port Moresby on Monday, where an aunt, Mary Albaniel, used her eulogy to allege Evara had been violently assaulted.

Albaniel, wearing a say no to violence tee-shirt, showed photographs of her battered body and alleged a history of abuse.

When I heard that you died, I regretted that I should have done more than just talk to you, but how? said Albaniel.

She said they discovered the bruises when preparing Evaras body, and decided to take photos in the hope it may lead to criminal prosecution.

Albaniel told The Guardian she felt compelled to raise the allegations at the funeral, which was attended by Evaras husband.

Im using the same surname as the deceaseds maiden name. To continue advocating in my job as a defender of human rights would be useless if I cant get justice done, she said.

I strongly advocate against all forms of violence against women. Thats why I decided to wear my job cap yesterday.

On Tuesday morning Port Moresby governor, Powes Parkop, reportedly ordered the womans burial be deferred for a post mortem and investigation, overriding the initial wishes of Evaras mother,...

05:19

Why "Centrists" Will Sink the Democrats, If They Haven't Already "IndyWatch Feed National"

The bipartisan, centrist political consensus is breaking down. That's not an accident, and it's not an injustice. It's the result of repeated failures, both abroad and at home. The question is, what will replace it: something better, or something worse? If Democrats continue to follow the losing ways of the past, we probably won't like the answer.

05:00

Smart editing tips for writers who want to be read "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Pro-writing aid
The Prowriting app can help improve your writing

JORDAN DEAN

PORT MORESBY - So youve drafted a short story or a novel and want to polish it before sending it to potential publishers.

You dont wish to put your work out there unpolished, because thats a good way to make sure no one ever reads it.

You understand the importance of having a good editor look at your work. But, if youre struggling to make ends meet and cant afford an editor, dont sweat it.

There are several options to get your work polished without spending tons of money. Its a lot of work and will take up a lot of your time, but if you really want get your best work out for public consumption, its worth it.

First, read through your own work and use the Microsoft Word tools to improve it.

Use the Spelling & Grammar tab to correct spelling errors and the Navigation feature to search for overused words. Remove these words or replace them with synonyms from a Thesaurus.

Chop away extravagant detail and avoid purple prose, writing that is flowery and pretentious and uses big words to appear clever. All of these can be done on MS Word.

Then theres several free online editing applications like the Hemingway App and the ProWritingAid. Im using Prowriting to edit my novel. You can download the application and install it as an add-on to MS Word.

The Hemingway app is a great copy editing tool that will fend off typical writer errors. It helps identify long sentences, passive voice, overly complex words and too many adverbs. In short, it tightens up your writing.

The ProWriting app will find everything that Hemingway App didnt, including clichs, sticky sentences and overused words.

However these applications are only aids. They dont tell you whether your work is good, bad or needs improvement.

Automated applications are not a replacement for human editors. Than...

04:54

Australia: Millionaire Muslima ripped off taxpayers for 18 years, finally kicked out of government-funded home "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rebecca Khodragha no doubt considered these welfare benefits to be her due, in lieu of the jizya that the Quran says that Muslims should collect from subjugated non-Muslim People of the Book. In Islamic law, it is the place of non-Muslims to turn over their funds to the Muslims. Fight those who believe not in []

04:36

Das Freihandelsabkommen zwischen Kanada und den USA ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Das Freihandelsabkommen zwischen Kanada und den USA hat auch Schiedsgerichte, und das hat sich bisher richtig gelohnt fr die USA!

Mehr als 215 Millionen US-Dollar an Schadenersatz habe die Regierung bereits an klagende Unternehmen ausgezahlt, allein etwa 80 Millionen US-Dollar seien an Rechtskosten angefallen, berichtet CCPA. Acht Klagen habe der kanadische Staat verloren oder sie in einem Vergleich abgeschlossen, neun Verfahren wurden gewonnen.

Dagegen htten die USA bisher keinen einzigen von 20 gefhrten Fllen verloren, schreibt CCPA weiter. Kritiker monieren, das knne daran liegen, dass der Sitz des Schiedsgerichts in den USA liege. "Es ist zumindest aus statistischer Sicht uerst merkwrdig und wahrscheinlich, dass die Politik hier Einfluss nimmt. Fr die USA scheinen andere Regeln zu gelten", sagt Trew.

Ach nee! Na das ist ja mal ein bemerkenswerter Zufall!

Update: Der Kurier schrieb letztes Jahr sogar, dass die USA noch nie vor ihrem Schiedsgericht verloren haben.

03:40

Ten People Face Court Over Efforts to Stop Adanis Dangerous Coal Mine "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

from Frontline Action

Bowen, 24th October: Ten people will face court in Bowen and Townsville today for participating in peaceful civil disobedience to stop mining giant Adani building their mega coal mine in Central Queensland.

Three people are facing charges of failure to move on after they peacefully occupied Adanis Townsville Headquarters, five people are facing trespass charges for blockading the road into Adanis Abbot Point coal port and two women are facing railway interference charges after they blocked the rail line into the port.

Speaking about why he occupied Adanis offices, grandfather and former business-man Garry Kelly said:

I must do whatever I can to ensure my children and grandchildren arent forced to endure a future that has been wrecked by the corporate greed of the fossil fuel industry.

Joel Rosenzveig who occupied Adanis headquarters said:

The approval of and taxpayer loan to the Adani mine speaks to a corrupt, impotent and irrelevant political class wholly compromised by the fossil fuel lobby. I stand by my actions in Townsville, but regret that they seem the only avenue left in helping to protect our national interest. I hope that history will reveal who are the real criminals in this struggle.

Emma Briggs, who blocked the rail line into Abbot Point, said:

Australia and the world cannot afford to allow Adanis coal mine to go ahead and it has been left to the ordinary citizens of this country to show our leaders the way forward to a sustainable existence on this planet.

John Ross, a nurseryman from Coramba, near Coffs Harbour, said:

India and the world do not need or want Adanis coal and the majority of Australians do not want this disastrous mine. I am...

03:30

The Universe Is Steadily Deteriorating And So Is The Human Race Why Is This Happening? (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Universe Is Steadily Deteriorating And So Is The Human Race Why Is This Happening? (VIDEO) | milky-way-universe-human-race | Multimedia Science & Technology Sleuth Journal Society Special Interests

Did you know that scientists have come to the conclusion that the universe is slowly dying?  In fact, they have found that the universe is only producing about half as much energy as it once did, and they have also found that the level of energy is continuing to fade.  Not only that, our sun also appears to be dying.  Solar activity has slowed down to a level not seen for about 100 years, and scientists are not quite sure what to make of it.  Pretty much all scientists agree that the sun will die one day, but could it be possible that it is happening faster than any of them ever imagined?  In addition, in this article I will include information about how the human race itself is deteriorating.  There is a common misconception that humanity has been constantly improving and getting better, but scientists have discovered that the exact opposite is actually true.  So why is this happening?  Why is everything steadily decaying and deteriorating?

These are questions that our scientists dont really have quality answers for.  But what they can see is that things are slowing down all around us.  Just this week, there were headlines in mainstream news sources all over the planet that were proclaiming that the universe is dying.  Here is one example

...

02:31

Mother seeks answers after discovering her newborn baby's coffin was empty 40 years after his death "IndyWatch Feed National"

A mum is demanding new DNA tests after she discovered her son's coffin was empty when it was exhumed decades after the tot died. Lydia Reid has been pushing for answers for more than 40 years and is now demanding that tissue taken from her son, Gary Paton, shortly after he died be analysed to confirm they really were his remains in the first place. Lydia Reid gave birth to her son in July 1975, with the tot dying seven days later. But the distressed mum said she believed she had been handed the wrong baby at Scotmid Co-operative Funeral. The mystery deepened when she successfully campaigned to have his body exhumed decades later - only to find in September this year that the coffin had been buried with no body. She said: "My son wasn't there. Someone stole the body of my son. I had buried my empty coffin."

02:21

Migrant drug activity turns part of Cologne into a 'no-go zone'; mayor says police have given up "IndyWatch Feed National"

German quality newspaper "Die Welt" published an article about a "no go-zone" in the centre of Cologne. Is it really that bad? When Cologne's mayor says "police have given up on the area", the answer is probably yes. We're talking about the "Ebertplatz" here, an inner city square at the heart of Cologne that connects several streets. According to German newspaper "Express" the place is a popular location for African migrants who live nearby to deal drugs. The police call it a hotbed of crime as several police interventions didn't change a thing. Some of Cologne's inhabitants even call it an "angstraum", a fearful place. A week ago a young African man was stabbed to death at the place by fellow Africans. Earlier a TV-production had to be cancelled because the crew was threatened by drug dealers. One of Sony's producers said that "young girls were especially scared and serious threats were disrupting the scenes".

01:35

If the occupation is permanent, is an ethical Jewish future possible? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following lecture was given on October 24, 2017 at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Marc Elliss book Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation. To read Elliss Exile and the Prophetic feature for Mondoweiss visit the archive page.

For the last week, I have been teaching and touring in the Old City of Jerusalem. Much has changed in the forty plus years since I first arrived in Jerusalem. It was 1973, six years after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war in October; the 1973 war began while I was here. In the ensuing years, I traveled here many times and written many words that emerged from experiences in Israel-Palestine. During this time I have pursued a vision that came to me early on that the future of the Jewish people is bound up with the fate of Palestine and Palestinians.  On this, the 30th anniversary of my book, Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation, I offer the following fifteen short meditations on where we have arrived and where we are heading, Jews and Palestinians together.

1. Thirty years ago, in Jerusalem, at the Shalom Hartman Institute and the Tantur Ecumenical Institute, and in my book Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation, I raised an unprecedented challenge to Jewish theologians, Jews interested in spirituality broadly speaking and Jewish seekers of justice from any perspective, whether articulated or not: What does it mean, after the Holocaust, for empowered Jews in America, for empowered Jews in the state of Israel, for empowered Jews in the United Kingdom, in Argentina and wherever Jews live, to come into solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle to be free in their own homeland? It has been many years, truly a lifetime it seems, and the answer did not arrive.Now I ask a second, related challenge, thirty years later, again in Jerusalem, at Tantur and now at the Jerusalem School of Theology where I am teaching these weeks, to Jewish theologians, Jews interested in spirituality broadly speaking and to Jewish seekers of justice from any perspective, articulated or not: What does it mean after the Holocaust and after Israel, meaning by that after what Israel has done and is doing to the Palestinian people, for empowered Jews in America, for empowered Jews in the state of Israel and wherever empowered Jews live around the world, to understand that the occupation of Palestinians and Palestine is permanent and that, therefore the possibility of an ethical Jewish future is foreclosed?

2. I will return to the challenge of solidarity and a permanent occupation in a moment.  First, though, a rehearsal of what has occurred between the time I spoke in Jerusalem thirty years ago and this evening, again in Jerusalem, as I speak. There are many, many details and more than a few seminal events to....

01:28

America Dashes for Its China Dead EndWill the World Follow? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hot takes on the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.  Takes so hot theyre probably melting throughto Chinaas we speak.  Also the maybe most important and consequential story of not just of the week but of the year: the United States officially climbs into bed with India as a key strategic partner.  And China is listening anxiously for the creaking bedsprings, not just in Beijing but also down in Pakistan on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.  And China is now officially an enemy of the liberal international order.  Is that good?  Is that smart?  Well

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01:19

01:07

MACKAY Multiple charges, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 09:16AM ,

Multiple charges, Mackay

October 25, 2017 at 09:16AM ,

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01:06

MACKAY Man to face court on charge linked to serious assault "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 11:56AM ,

Man to face court on charge linked to serious assault

October 25, 2017 at 11:56AM ,

A man is expected to face Mackay Magistrates Court this afternoon on a charge linked to an alleged assault at a South Mackay unit complex.

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01:05

MACKAY Mackay top cops make an unexpected arrest "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 03:03PM ,

Mackay top cops make an unexpected arrest

October 25, 2017 at 03:03PM ,

A 24-year-old Mackay man was then arrested by City Insp Haughton and was due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. It would be

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01:05

MACKAY Update: Assault, South Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY October 25, 2017 at 02:18PM ,

Update: Assault, South Mackay

October 25, 2017 at 02:18PM ,

A 22-year-old South Mackay man has been charged with grievous bodily harm and is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court this afternoon.

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00:58

Woman killed by her own pit bull terrier in Canberra, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The dog that horrifically mauled its owner to death in Canberra early on Wednesday morning was known to the authorities and had attacked before, it has been revealed. Tania Klemke was reportedly killed by her dog, while trying to save a male visitor the animal was attacking, around 4am in the suburb of Watson in the city's north. Police were forced to shoot and kill the dog after it attacked them when they were working to save the life of the woman aged in her 40s. A man who was visiting the house is being treated in hospital for bite wounds sustained in the rampage. ACT City Services Minister, Meeghan Fitzharris, told the ABC the dog was known to the Territory Government. "On one previous occasion (Domestic Animal Services) did attend that household at the request of ACT police," Ms Fitzharris said. The previous attack reportedly happened in August.

00:36

Australia: Muslim accused of using disability pension to fund the Islamic State "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mr Beveredige revealed the suspect receives a disability pension, which could possibly have been used to fund his donations. Non-Muslims paying for the upkeep of Muslims is a Quranic dictate: Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor []

Wednesday, 25 October

22:21

How My Four-Year-Old Helped Me Appreciate Good Music "IndyWatch Feed National"

Those who parent or spend much time around little children know that they are capable of teaching their elders valuable lessons. Its now clich. The Internet is full of reflections on how kids can teach us to be fearless, to be lighthearted, and to live in the moment, among many other exhortations stemming from the innocent, active characters and imaginations of youth.

This is all well and good, though usually a bit fluffy. A question my four-year-old often asks me suggests the lessons of youth can be far more intellectually stimulating and penetrating.

What is this song about, daddy? My daughter routinely asks me this when we listen to music driving in the car, while cooking dinner, or while relaxing on Sunday afternoons. If it is pop music, or any music with words that tell a story, the answer is pretty easy. Its about love. Its about a break-up. Its about something silly. Those three answers probably encapsulate the entirety of Taylor Swifts musical repertoire.

Yet when were listening to classical music, or other instrumental music like jazz or blues, the answer is a bit more complicated. What are J.S. Bachs violin concertos about? Or Ludwig von Beethovens Ninth Symphony? Or Frederic Chopins Polonaise N6 lheroique? Sometimes there is an answer. Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovskys Nutcracker Ballet tells a story, as does other instrumental music. In most cases, however, there is no simple answer as to what the composer or even the musician(s) playing the music is thinking or seeking to communicate.

Breadth Versus Narrowness In Music

What is music about? The very nature of the vast majority of popular music, with its lyrics, stories, and brevity, reduces songs to a fairly limited horizon. A pop musicians songs are fundamentally about him: his love life, his break-ups, his efforts to redefine himself. We can often relate to these things. Who hasnt been in love, had a bad break-up, and subsequently sought to revise ones image? But thats about the extent of it. One may connect such music to a particular location or moment in ones life, but it is still that place or time I connected with that pop song about _____.

Composers like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn, and Johannes Brahms created music that speaks much deeper to our souls, capable of elevating them to a million different vistas. This has been borne out by the research: studies have suggested that classical music expands the brain...

22:17

Botanical garden autumn leaves, flowers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Oriental sweetgum, 22 October 2017

On 22 October 2017, to the botanical garden. Close to the entrance were these autumn leaves of an oriental sweetgum tree.

A ring-necked parakeet in a tree. Jays.

In the tropical hothouse, both adult and young giant prickly stick insects from Australia were still present. They lay many eggs here.

...

21:13

Holypeak Pty Ltd Challenger 604 Bizjet N360SL at CQ Airports - Plus More! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Over the course of this week, Holypeak Pty Ltd Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet N360SL has looked to complete a 'tour' of Queensland and was noted visiting several Central Queensland Airports.


On Tuesday 24 October, N360SL was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from Townsville.  After spending the night, N360SL was then noted visiting Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg and Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airports during a busy day of flying on Wednesday 25 October.  And at the time of writing, it appears to be flying towards Sydney from Hervey Bay.

Of interest, N360SL was spotted at Darwin Airport (pictured above) on Monday 23 October.

As well as the Challenger, there has been a few other local corporate bizjets that have been noted visiting Central Queensland Airports over the last couple of days.

Also on Wednesday 25 October, the Queensland Government (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY was noted making an early morning visit to Bundaberg Airport from Brisbane.  And while not quite a bizjet, Bontrail (Strahman Farms) Cessna 208 Caravan VH-SJJ was also noted departing Bundy also on Wednesday 25 October heading to Archerfield and Toowoomba.  It had arrived into Bundaberg Airport from these places the previous day.

Noted completing airwork at Gladstone Airport also on Wednesday 25 October was the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU which also flew up from Brisbane but via the Sunshine Coast.

On Monday 23 October, the Mackay Airport-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ was noted returning home to Mackay after flying South back on Thursday 19 October - see Blog post below.

Up the road at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport, on Monday 23 October, Jetstream Aviation (Emprja P/L) Cessna 550 Citation II bizjet VH-VDF was noted departing to the Sunshine Coast after earlier arriving from Coen.  It originally arrived into Prosie back on Friday 20 October from the Sunny Coast and had departed to Coen on Saturday 21 October.

And also over the course of the weekend, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was noted visiting parts of CQ.  Late on Friday 20 October, it v...

20:58

An unusual sight in a dry river bed, Laura River starting to run "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The Laura River(300 klm NW Cairns) with a deluge coming down the dry river bed on October 10 after heavy rainfall in the Lakeland Downs catchment.


20:46

Are you an atheist who used to believe in God? Take this survey! (Out of character) "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you used to believe in God, and have about 30 minutes to spare, you might want to take this survey by the Atheist Research Collaborative:

The study is open to those who are at least 18 years of age, and those who once believed in god(s) but do not now; this means you are not eligible to participate if you have always been an atheist/nonbeliever. The survey is a maximum of 76 questions, and a minimum of 64 questions.  On average, the survey should take 20 to 30 minutes to complete, although individuals may find that it takes them more or less time than this, depending on their answers. The survey can be found here.

Joseph Langston ARC Affiliate/Web Admin

its not hard, but remember to keep an eye out for the trick questions.

20:28

A Pair of RAAF Alenia C-27J Spartan Transport Aircraft Complete Airwork at Rockhampton Airport - A34-004 "Kaos 37" & A34-003 "Kaos 41" "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Over the course of Tuesday 24 October, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Alenia C-27J Spartan transport aircraft were spotted completing airwork around Central Queensland including at Rockhampton Airport.


Around lunch time, A34-004 was spotted completing a low overshoot onto Runway 33 at Rockhampton Airport.  It looked to fly up from RAAF Base Amberley and following the airwork, it continued further North up to Townsville.  A34-004 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Kaos 37".

Then later in the afternoon, A34-003 was photographed completing a touch-and-go onto Runway 15 at Rockhampton Airport.  It too looked to fly up from Amberley and also following the airwork, it too continued up to Townsville.  A34-003 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Kaos 41".




This is only the third time that one of the RAAF's Alenia C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter aircraft has visited Central Queensland.  Ten...

20:05

Ice expanding dramatically in Antartica killing penguins "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Scientists have blamed extensive areas of sea ice for a catastrophic Adelie penguin breeding season in Antartica leaving just two chicks to survive out of a colony of 18,000.

Unusually extensive sea ice late in the summer, despite low ice early in the season meant the penguins had to travel further for food, causing the chicks to starve.

WWF aghast their fictitious global warming campaign is not working in Antartica

 

Marxist conservation group WWF is devastated, claiming that the fishing industry somehow is to blame for the extensive ice coverage.

The ice is supposed to be melting not increasing and this goes right against our campaign to get the public to believe the ice has all but gone due to man-made global warming, a WWF spokeswoman said.

A proposal for a new protected area for the water off east Antartica will be considered by government this week.

 


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19:38

antifa notes (october 25, 2017) : #lulz w Shayne Hunter + "IndyWatch Feed National"

Briefly: 1) In a BiZaRR0 interview with news dot com dot au, local comic Shayne Hunter has announced his retirement as CEO of ANTIFA (I established a terror movement in Australia, and I quit, Shayne Hunter, as told to Corrine Continue reading

19:14

CECs Explanation on Not Giving Up Gujarat Govt Accommodation Doesnt Match the Paper Trail "IndyWatch Feed National"

A.K. Joti has said that he vacated the Ahmedabad house in October 2016, but his clarifications still leave many questions unanswered about his own actions and those of the Gujarat government.

Chief election commissioner A.K. Joti. Credit: PTI

Chief election commissioner A.K. Joti. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The explanation that chief election commissioner A.K. Joti has provided to the Times of India in response to The Wires story on the retention of Gujarat government accommodation by him in Ahmedabad even after he had moved to the Election Commission in Delhi does not square with the official paper trail.

The Wire story noted the possible conflict of interest involved in an individual holding a critical constitutional position being obliged to a state government or political party for his personal accommodation.

I was allocated a house in Delhi only after one year of being appointed in the EC. I requested the Gujarat government to allow me to keep possession of the house in the Dafnala area of Ahmedabad as I could not have lived with my wife for a year in Delhis Gujarat Bhavan. I have paid the rent as per Gujarat government norms, he...

19:05

Vaxxed: From Coverup to Catastrophe "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Meetings being held across Queensland

Meet the heroes of the compulsory vaccine resistance movement Polly Tommey, Dr Andrew Wakefield (centre) and Kent Heckenlively. Two have been banned from Australia by the cowardly, lying Federal Liberal Government led by a prime minister whose business interests profit from vaccine sales. Nevertheless, Vaxxed: From Coverup to Catastrophe is currently being shown in regional Queensland and overseas guests will appear via Skype. See venues below. Emerald tonight (25th), Rockhampton tomorrow (26th).

Emerald 25th October

Dr Andrew Wakefield and Polly Tommey

(Polly is BANNED)

Rockhampton 26th October

Dr Andrew Wak...

19:00

This Former Tesla Recruiters Most Revealing Interview Question "IndyWatch Feed National"

One candidates answer involved a motorcycle hed converted to be 100% electric. Anothers involved a plastic pen cap. Guess who did better.

In my five years as a recruiter at Tesla Motors, I interviewed over a thousand job candidates, many of them for competitive technical roles. But no matter what the position, there was always one simple question that would trip them up more than any other:

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18:31

Lebanon Faces France in Rugby League World Cup Debut "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 2017 Rugby League World Cup kicks off on October 27 and Lebanon will kick off his campaign against France at Canberra Stadium. The final game in the group stage will be against Australia, which marks the first time since the Cronulla riots that Lebanon and Australia have played one another in a major competitive match in Sydney.

Knowing that most of the players on the team are Australian-Lebanese, this is a historic opportunity to represent Lebanon and play together one last time, especially Robby Farah and Chris Saab. Heres an article by [TheGuardian] on the Lebanese team and the important of this World Cup to all the players.

Our current sporting systems are all politically based, he said. In soccer, all the teams are linked to political groups and sects, whereas Lebanese rugby league isnt. We are 100% sport we dont care what politics or religion you come from. Our president is a Muslim, our general secretary is an Armenian. All our players are mixed. Our motto is basically the best players should represent our country, regardless of what their background is. We want the strongest possible team out there to play for us.

I have no idea if BeIN or one of our local channels will be covering the games but heres the schedule for those interested.

18:08

Blockchain Explained: Bitcoin, Smart Contracts, Smarter Contracts "IndyWatch Feed National"

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If you have heard about Bitcoin, youll most likely have heard about Blockchain technology. In fact, every investor or trader worthy of the name would have heard about Bitcoin and its underlying Blockchain technology. You cant claim to be an investor/trader and be oblivious to the fact that Bitcoin has delivered more than 500% gain in the year-to-date period. However, the fact that people have heard about Bitcoin doesnt necessarily mean they understand how the underlying Blockchain technology works.

In fact, someone could have profited from the 500% gains in Bitcoin just because they were comfortable with taking speculative risk without necessarily being an adopter of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology. This piece provides straightforward explainer on how Blockchain works. Ill also provide insights on the simplified everyday uses of Blockchain technology.

Blockchain explained

Query What is Blockchain? on Google and youll get at least 31.8 million hits explaining Blockchain technology. The problem however is that the answer to your query is buried in a maze of technical jargon that doesnt mean much to a guy that wants to beat the returns from the S&P 500 on Wall Street. Youll begin to see words like decentralized, distributed, retroactive, alteration and collusion of the network among others.

In simple terms, Blockchain is technology that you can use to maintain agreements automatically and without the efforts of a central authority. Now, lets assume that Peter, James, and John pledge $250, $150, and $100 respectively in a common purse for TGIF hangouts. They can have a ledger in which the amount deposited by each individual is recorded, Peter can be in charge of keeping the accounts.

If on Friday the three friends spend $253 on beer, Peter will need to note all the beer...

17:36

Manus a potential fisheries hub "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

There is much potential for Manus to become a major fisheries hub and in turn generate substantial revenue and jobs for the island province and the country.
A high level delegation led by the Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Hon Richard Maru, visited the proposed industrial site NDrahukei on the West Coast of Manus Island on Sunday (22 October 2017) to learn more about its prospects. NDrahukei consists of 260 hectares of unused State land.
The delegation also included the European Union Ambassador, H.E. Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos, National Fisheries Authority Managing Director, John Kasu, Speaker and Manus MP Job Pomat, Governor for Manus, Charlie Benjamin, and representatives from PNG Power, Water PNG, and Telikom PNG.
Minister Maru said Manus province will soon see a fall in the K25million revenue it has enjoyed in the past after the closure of the Regional Processing Centre at the end of this month.
This means that jobs will be lost and small businesses will also make losses. Therefore, the ONeill-Abel government is keen to ensure the people of Manus are supported through sustainable projects like a fisheries and cannery project. Your greatest asset is the sea, Minister Maru told the local coastal community.
Manus Island is 5th largest island in Papua New Guinea and is the largest of the Admiralty Islands. It is surrounded by the Bismark Sea and naturally its waters are littered with vast marine resources.
Minister Maru highlighted that the European Union has a population of about 500 million.
They are the richest region in the world and they provide a massive market for our fisheries products, Minister Maru said.
He added it was time the national and provincial governments became partners in business such as those in the fisheries sector.
EU Ambassador, Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos, said his visit was to learn as much as he could about Manus.
I think it is necessary to bring Europe over to Papua New Guinea and I will try hard with the Minister and the Trade Minister and other Ministers, Governors and the Private Sector. Papua New Guinea has potential in fisheries. There is a need and there is potential to bring investors also because Europe brings standards.
It is true that the European Union is a big market for fish and tuna in particular of Papua New Guinea. It is also true that the European Union has been a partner of Papua New Guinea for over 40 years now, which also include trade and economic cooperatio...

17:33

Culture Restored "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Post Courier

Many aspects of the reformist project by the former Speaker of Parliament Theo Zurenouc should not be part of the restoration exercise as ordered by the National.
This includes the proposed unity pole to be introduced in the grand hall of the National Parliament.

The inclusion of the proposed unity pole would be unconstitutional because it represents the views of a sectarian group of evangelical Christians
This was highlighted yesterday by the founding father of the nation Sir Michael Somare when commending the Speaker of Parliament Job Pomat for taking action in compliance with an outstanding National Court order issued last year for the restoration of cultural decorations.

The matter became controversial in 2013 when former Speaker Theo Zurenuoc declared the cultural decorations evil and ordered their removal to cleanse the House from unclean spirits.

It sparked a legal challenge resulting in the court ruling which Parliament failed to comply in restoring the artifacts within six months of the decision.
On realization of the oversight Mr Pomat a week ago ordered actions to comply with the court orders to avoid Parliament being slapped with contempt of court charges.
Sir Michael hailed the actions of the Speaker saying the intention of the Constitution was to maintain the diversity of the nations cultural heritage.

He said as such the ruling does not cover retaining the additions including the unity pole.
He said fresh legal proceedings will have to be sought to retain them.
The Court has ruled that this sectarian interest group of Christian evangelicals cannot impose their views on the freedom of thought, religion and conscience on the rest of Papua New Guinea. They would have to initiate a fresh legal proceeding to introduce the unity pole into the National Parliament, Sir Michael said.

The current Speaker has made a good decision to honour and comply with the decision of the National Court. However it must be made clear that the decision of the National Court does not mean aspects of the reformist project initiated by the Speaker will become part of the restoration work.

When we wrote our Constitution, we consulted our people widely. We opened the preamble to our Constitution by acknowledging the worthy customs of our ancestors the source of identity and intellectual strength.
When we built the National Parliament in the 1980s, w...

17:31

PNG database Website launched "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires good data. Accurate and up to date is vital for monitoring progress, informing policy decisions, and ensuring accountability to citizens. In localising the SDGs, the Government has highlighted the urgent need for the consolidation of key data to enable better analysis and inform planning. Establishing good baseline information and measuring progress enables evidence-based decision-making, and more efficiently allocated resources that can lead to better outcomes.


Today, His Excellency, Honourable Richard Maru, Minister for Planning and Monitoring, launched the #PNGdata4development Network website during United Nations Day 2017 Celebrations marking the 72nd Anniversary of the United Nations.

The immediate action is to build on the important accomplishments of the Department of National Planning and Monitoring and shape a modern planning approach. This has to be backed by having a good and working information system in place that can generate timely, economic, social, administrative and population data that enables more informed decision making. There is critical need to strengthen the existing systems and ensure that the Governments priority to have a National Data Centre is supported and established accordingly, stated, Minister Richard Maru.

The #PNGData4Development Network was established to better coordinate development data by identifying opportunities through partnerships. Under the leadership of the Government, all sectors are represented in the Network, including businesses, social enterprises, community organizations, academia and development partners. Today, the Network has successfully launched the #PNGData4Development Website which is an open platform for all citizens. Members of the Network will disseminate data, studies, papers, reports and information about upcoming events and other information through this platform to make all development data more easily accessible.

The first national multi-sectoral Data for Development Stocktaking Workshop, he...

17:13

South-East Oz Pt 1: Stanthorpe to Round Hill Reserve "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Shy Heathwren

We left home on September 6 for a lengthy road trip through NSW and Victoria. First stop was Glen Alpin near Stanthorpe, staying by the Severn River at the Country Style Caravan Park. There were plenty of Dusky Woodswallows here. It's always nice to be in the Granite Belt but we could do without the weather down to -2 on our first morning.

Dusky Woodswallow
We moved on to Armidale the next day, calling in on the excellent birding area along Old Wallangarra Road, where a Yellow-footed Antechinus was of interest in the short time available. A couple of Little Eagles were seen on the way south for a 2-night stay in the Armidale Tourist Park. I spent a full morning in the ironbark woodlands of the Yarrowyck area west of Armidale, along Gwydir Park Road and Gwydir River Road.


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16:46

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Europe We Can Believe In? Unbelievable
By Sun Keqin
Global Times
2017/10/24 21:47:03

The Paris Statement recently attracted attention inside and outside Europe. Written by 10 European conservative scholars and intellectuals, "A Europe We Can Believe In" demonstrated that some conservative members of the European elite and their Euroskeptic partners revel in populism. Beset by crises, Europe faces challenges of belief and theory. Debate over European integration has entered a crucial stage.

Though contradictory, opinions in the statement come from a clear basic standpoint. They negate two things: first, the achievement of European integration. They argue that "a false Europe threatens us," "it will confiscate our home." "The false Europe praises itself as the forerunner of a universal community that is neither universal nor a community," the statement reads.

Second, multiculturalism. "Multiculturalism is unworkable. They ignore, even repudiate the Christian roots of Europe. At the same time they take great care not to offend Muslims, who they imagine will cheerfully adopt their secular, multicultural outlook," these scholars state.

Next they put forward their own propositions for Europe: the hope of returning to the nation state, emphasizing a Christian spirit, opposing Muslim immigrants and showing sympathy for populism.

Europe's dilemma revealed in the Paris Statement has foundations. Globalization, the continuous extension of the EU, multicultural policies and the neoliberal governance pattern have challenged Europe. Western diplomacy aggravated these challenges. Populist Euroskepticism has gorged on the 2009 European debt crisis, the Ukraine crisis, the refugee crisis, terrorism, fragmentation of society, Brexit and the internal contradictions of EU members. Disagreement and arguments raged among European elites. In this context, the statement hardly surprises anyone at all.

It is easy to complain and rake up faults. To get out of a predicament and predict the way forward takes courage, tolerance and boldness of vision. The 10 intellectuals hoped to find answers in the old world, the nation state and the Christian order. This is their fatal flaw.

Europe can never go back, nor is it necessary.

Fir...

16:33

INDONESIA: Student in West Papua tortured and ill-treated by police officers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

http://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-177-2017

INDONESIA: Student in West Papua tortured and ill-treated by police officers

October 23, 2017
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-177-2017


24 October 2017


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16:02

Silly-Billy Frilly willy-nilly uphilly "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Frilled Lizards like a spot of sunbathing on or near the ground after a spell of rain. Warmth then can make them a bit dozy as danger nears. Which can lead to a mad scramble up the nearest tree. Not all trees offer sanctuary.  Outcome: Frilly stuck between impossible ascent and risky descent. No way up smooth trunk. Camera-wielder below.

Maybe same lizard a day later, secure in grip on smaller coarse-barked tree.

Running into thick cover rather than climbing needs thought before presenting back to danger.

Sitting still can work, but parking rails don't allow any blending into the background.

16:02

Hillarys What Happened She Lost & It Was Her Fault! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hillary is running around pitching her book What Happened. Of course, we all know the answer she lost. The problem is that she takes no blame for that and like a fool who buys the market at the top, they come up with conspiracy theories to blame everyone else for their failed investment.

The four people she is blaming all have to do with the leaked emails, none of which has she EVER claimed they were fake or altered. So her whole argument is that someone leaked the truth. Her own staff said she set up a private server so she could be free from a FOIA request. If she did not do that, Comey would not have had to investigate.

The last on the list is Richard Murdock. One member of the press who was against her when she had everyone else in her pocket from the New York Times to CNN, seems a bit absurd. The press was biased in her favor not Trumpss.

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16:01

Saudi Arabia in Search of Cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: I read your blog about the Saudis potentially selling a large private equity position from China in Aramco rather than accessing the public markets. You have pointed out the need for the Saudis to modernize their economy to be less dependent on oil income and to monetize that resource for capital improvements/diversification, but how do they do that without giving away to much control over their oil resources to China?  Wouldnt a single significant stake by a private investor (country in this case) give up to much control over their single greatest resource (at least for the immediate future)?  Im thinking of the disaster that is Venezuela as an example of the poor employment of foreign investment.

 

ANSWER: I fully understand your point. However, the Saudis need money. They spent too much money expecting oil to be $200 forever. They are now starting to issue bonds. Saudi Arabia has peaked economically and looks at UAE and sees the diversification. Here is a picture I took on the beach in Abu Dhabi. They are tolerant of Western Culture. You cannot create a world economy without separation of church and state.

Saudi Arabia is introducing a free zone like UAE. They are introducing an Industrial section by the Red Sea. So they are trying to move forward away from just oil.

Venezuela has always been a ruthless dictatorship. The wealth from oil never made it to the people.

15:51

Northwest Weather Believe It o Not! "IndyWatch Feed National"

There has been a lot of precipitation during the past two weeks and the impacts may surprise you.

Question 1:  The cumulative precipitation at Seattle Tacoma Airport over the past six months has been:

1.  Way below normal
2.  Normal
3. Way above normal

The answer, shown by the plot of cumulative precipitation, is ALMOST EXACTLY NORMAL.  Our spring was wetter than normal, then almost no precipitation in July and August, followed by roughly five inches since mid-October.

Question 2:  The cumulative precipitation at Yakima, WA for the past six months was:

1.  Way below normal
2.  Normal
3. Way above normal

The answer is ALMOST EXACTLY NORMAL.
Question 3:  The precipitation for the past year at Seattle-Tacoma Airport was

1.  Way below normal
2.  Normal
3. Way above normal
4.  Slightly above normal
5.  Moderately below normal

The answer:  slightly above normal.
The lesson in all this is that one can get drier and wetter than normal periods, but often it all comes out in the wash if one considers a long enough period.

Now you want want to see something that is really amazing?  Here is the upper level (500 hPa) map forecast for Thursday at 11 PM.  A HUGE ridge of high height (or pressure).  Expect temperatures i...

15:35

Bodies in Trouble: on sexual violence and the problem with hashtags "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earlier this year I was part of a process that detailed three incidents of sexual harassment perpetrated by a fellow poet. The incidents involved three women writers who all experienced similar harassment on the same night by the same man at a literary event. Had these incidents occurred in isolation and the four of us not spoken and mobilised, these incidents would not have been reported.

15:20

So-called Australia: First Edition of Anti-Prison Zine Paper Chained Now Available Online "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Note from Insurrection News: The first edition of Paper Chained is now available online to read or download, paper copies are also available upon request. Paper Chained is a journal of writings and artistic expressions from individuals who are facing or have faced incarceration.Paper Chained is compiled by the Running Wild anarchist collective from So-called Australia. Check it out!

25.10.17:  Its finally here! Click HERE to read the first Issue of Paper Chained online, or read below for other access options.

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15:03

Apparently you're a nutter if you think you're being watched by government "IndyWatch Feed National"


So it looks like the corporate media are on a government propaganda binge where anything outside of sanitised information  is a 'conspiracy theory' or even a character assassination on you where you're a tin foil hat wearer or nut case.

On the topic of surveillance, according to the mainstream media mutts, you've got some sort of newly classified (keeping psychiatrists in the job) e-Personality disorder.

So, according to bbc.com there were approximately  4 - 6 million CCTV cameras in 2015, in the United Kingdom alone.

The Australian government has been keeping all your (meta)data for a period of time, where it has been doing this since day dot, but only now it's been enshrined in statute law.

The Snowden leaks have exposed government policy of global mass surveillance, literally unfathomable to the layperson.

Every person's smartphone has data harvested  from it, unbeknown to the user.

Smart meters installed forcibly in people's homes monitor their movements

Smart air conditioners are now supported by government so that the electricity companies can switch off your appliance whenever it suits them under whatever pretext, e.g. not enough electricity supply.

It has been confirmed that Samsung's Smart TVs 'listen in' to you in the privacy of your own home.


So when one talks about "they're watching us" is that really paranoia or just being a realist?

14:47

Gardner fires in Ashes opener to help Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

ITS been a big month for Indigenous cricketer Ashleigh Gardner, with the allrounder starring for Australia in the opening Womens Ashes match against England and being named One to Watch award in the Health Women in Sport Awards. A thrilling cameo from Gardner carried Australia to an exciting win over England in the first one-day Ashes match at Allan Border Field, Brisbane. Gardner struck two thrilling sixes in her 18-ball innings of 27. Australia won with five balls to spare.

14:39

SHOCKING! Australias Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce alleged to have stalked & molested teen girl and young woman "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from revelations that Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce has been hypocritically conducting a sexual affair with a junior employee for close to a year despite being married and claiming to uphold 'traditional family values', True Crime News Weekly can now reveal that Mr Joyce is at the centre of serious sexual harassment and molestation claims dating back to 2012 and involving multiple women, including a 17-year-old teenage girl.

14:24

Teen Reports Chilis Manager For Sexual Harassment And Receives Horrible Response "IndyWatch Feed National"

Emily Houser was 16 when she started working at the Chilis restaurant in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. Her manager, Josh Davidson, 24 at the time, immediately took interest in her. During the years that followed, Davidson relentlessly pursued Houser, refusing to take no for an answer.

Over a two-year period, it just kind of escalated into him providing me with gifts of significance and money and flowers and cards and things that I wasnt really accepting of, things that made me extremely uncomfortable because I was not sure what he expected of me from these gifts, Houser told Buzzfeed News.

His abuse hit a peak on her 18th birthday, when he showed up at her school and asked her to officially be his girlfriend, in front of a group of students.  I said no, and he replied in a very pompous way, saying he didnt care if he got fired if we were together, and he didnt care if he lost his job because he just wanted to be with me.

In the months that followed, Davidson reportedly switched his focus to another new young Chilis employee. It was at this point that Houser decided to put in her two weeks notice and report Davidson officially, to prevent another teen girl from suffering his abuse. Considering her report, Chilis upper management decided to transfer Davidson to a restaurant in another city.

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14:16

I Was Workplace Bullied at an Australian Radio Station "IndyWatch Feed National"

I want you to fuck off and never come back.

These were my male superiors last words to me.

I always knew workplace bullying existed, but I assumed adults would not resemble those bigger kids who pick on the small kids in the school garden. Turns out I was wrong. It was exactly the same, except without the swings and slides.

It was the day I finished university, and I can still remember the jitters of hearing the words: Youre hired! Flying from Melbourne to a country town in a different state did not seem like a varied transition in the beginning, but I left the job feeling mentally and emotionally broken in just three months from workplace bullying.

When I touched down in what was to be my new home, it was freezing, mid-June; the air was frosty, but clearer than home. The first few weeks as a radio producer seemed like a dream: calling the Prime Minister for interviews, speaking to media advisors and getting to know the locals.

Six weeks in, I made my first error, which would be the beginning of my downfall. Footsteps pounded down the hallway and stopped right outside my studio door.

Meeting! Now! my boss shouted, pointing at me.

There I found myself facing a jury of three stern, middle-aged males shaking their heads at me. I had made a spelling mistake in a social media story headline, which sparked some online controversy. My hostthe one harassing mewas the eldest of the three; he had squinty eyes that were magnified through his clear-rimmed glasses and his wrinkly skin was a nasty shade of yellow. He puffed at his beloved e-cigarette and looked at me.

What do you have to say for yourself? my host snapped.

Im sorry I had to get the story out quickly and I missed that error. It wont happen again.

You know my reputation is on the line and you are fucking it up big time, was the response.

I nodded, but my lip trembled uncontrollably and I could feel my emotions rising to the surface.

Dont nod at me, he spat, saliva frothing at the creases of his mouth. You must think its easy not having your name plastered on the brand!

The power of his intimidation quickly ruptured my already...

13:50

States foreclose more borrowing "IndyWatch Feed National"

FG, states, LGs share N558.082bn State governments yesterday, ruled out the option of seeking external borrowing to meet their pressing financial obligations. Instead, they elected to step up their Internally Generated Revenue ( IGR) and other sources at various states disposal to bridge their funding gaps. Chairman, States Commissioners of Finance Forum, who doubles as Adamawa State Commissioner of Finance, Mr Mahmood Yunusa, disclosed this to journalists yesterday during the question and answer session at the plenary session of monthly Federation Account Allocation Committee Meeting (FAAC) meeting. Responding to question...

The post States foreclose more borrowing appeared first on New Telegraph Online.

12:50

MACKAY Smashed into business on parole, gets community service "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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12:31

November In Your Patch "IndyWatch Feed National"


Were always being told to eat more fruit and veggies and get more exercise with this diet or that exercise program. If the thought of donning the Lycra and heading to the gym has you reaching for the chocolate cake, what about green gym? Get out into your sustainable garden for your daily workout. Sustainable gardening is not only good for the planet; its good for your health. There are more and more people using their gardens and growing fruit and veggies to help manage chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Think about all the weeding, digging, mulching, planting, and raking you can do in your garden. Wow, what a workout. Not only that, your sustainable garden is a great mood booster, so its good for your mental health as well.

Make November your month to start your green gym in your patch!

Warm Areas

Frost free or occasional light frosts (North from about Coffs Harbour and all the way across to the west to Geraldton)

  • Herbs are not only great to grow, theyre great for you! Get out and plant some basil, parsley, coriander, thyme and rosemary. Dont forget to mulch them well. Good for your plants and helps you to burn some extra calories.
  • Get into the veggie patch and plant lettuce, silver beet, tatsoi, climbing beans, zucchini, pumpkin, carrot and beetroot. Dont forget theres still time to get your tomatoes in.
  • Garlic should be ready to harvest by now look for leaves yellowing and beginning to die off.
  • Need to eat more fruit? Plant passionfruit, pawpaw, pineapples and for a potassium hit, some bananas.
  • How about adding some pretties to the garden: marigolds, verbena, petunias, cosmos, sunflowers and dianthus. Theyll not only add colour and interest to your patch, the beneficial insects will love them.
  • Your patch looking a bit tired and worn out? A green manure crop could be the lift it needs. At this time of year, try millet, lablab, or cow pea. Your soil will be alive and nutritious, next seasons veggies will love you.
  • Another great job to give you and your patch a good workout, top up the mulch on all of your garden beds. Make sure you choose sustainable, low environmental impact mulch, thatll enrich your soil as it breaks down.
  • How about making some shade cloth tents. They dont have to elaborate, just a simple, moveable structure that you can pop over the top of some of the sun sensitive veggies as it gets hotter. Think of it as slip, slop, slap fo...

12:30

Growing Little Learners The Benefits of Gardening with Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

We sometimes think of gardening as an adult activity, and sometimes especially for older people This can get reinforced when we give in to our childrens wishes to watch screens of some sort instead of being outdoors. But gardening is actually a wonderful way for children to have fun and, at the same time, gain important knowledge and skills.

Renowned Russian psychologist, Lev Vygotsky, introduced the theory of unstructured, open-ended play based learning to the educational and social world. He promised that it held untold benefits for children, including:

The development of confidence and independence
The development of resilience
The development of problem-solving and critical thinking skills

Its often difficult to find space in education to allow children the freedom to truly play. We face a very structured curriculum that leads our children, often quite quickly, through a series of skills that dont often reflect their actual interests.

Offering children the chance to be involved in nature play, particularly in their own backyards, provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to allow time and space for this wonderful learning to take place.

How can my Garden become a Classroom?

Any outdoor space that you have be it a big backyard or an apartment balcony is the perfect breeding ground for learning.

Children are born curious. They love to learn about new concepts and approach the natural world with wonder and awe. Allowing them space in your home to garden, care for plants, learn about sustainability and take on new projects will both tap into this natural sense of wonder and instil in them the importance of caring for their environment.

Applying Vygotskian theory means that you will provide the parameters for learning and then allow children to take over. They will become so immersed in their project, and so full of spontaneous joy at creating and exploring, that their little minds will happily forge connections to extend their learning beyond the school classroom.

What are some Garden Projects I can do with my Child?

These ideas will depend, of course, on the age of your children, the amount of space you have and your budget.

You could
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12:29

7 Ideas for Designing and Landscaping a Backyard Naturescape Playground "IndyWatch Feed National"

The concepts of sustainability and providing a better future for our younger generations are intertwined with physical and mental health. We can design and landscape our gardens to be both sustainable and engaging for our children by creating a backyard naturescape playground. This can encourage your children to value, learn about and engage with their natural environment in their garden naturescape wonderland.
Article written by Dan Nitsche https://www.tradesmannow.com.au/landscapers/nsw-landscapers/landscaper

1. Child Friendly Design

The first step is getting your child involved in the design. Whether you hire a landscaper to do the work or you do it yourself, this is an opportunity to talk about the importance of sustainable concepts and how these can be incorporated into your design. You may like to have an overall vision of how the finished garden will look, but it is important to get your little ones to also give you ideas of how they want to use this outside space. They may like to have quiet areas for building an outdoor cubby house or a messy mud kitchen for creating some culinary master pieces. Part of the design is to also ensure that all aspects are accessible but that there is also an element of adventure. This means considering the height and depth of any raised garden beds and also ensuring that the design is flexible enough to let your childs imagination run wild. One day they could pretend they are captaining a tall ship, the next creating culinary masterpieces in their own outdoor kitchen. Letting your childs imagination run wild will show them that they can have even more fun engaging in unstructured play with natural elements than simply playing on plastic playground equipment. By including your childs design ideas they will be more likely to be intrinsically motivated to spend time playing, exploring and learning from the natural world. Fostering an appreciation of the natural world from an early age will lay the foundation for sustainable practices throughout your childs life.

2. Construct with the Kids

Once a design developed, its time to get constructing. Getting your children involved in this will give them greater understanding of sustainable building materials such as recycled timbers, straw bales, recycled and repurposed plastics as well as fallen branches and leaves from already established plants and tree...

12:28

Lawn Alternatives "IndyWatch Feed National"

Escape the mundane uniformity of an artificial vegetative mat and enjoy some of the visual and aromatic delights the natural world has on offer!

Less maintenance

Mowing, edging, fertilising and weeding of a lawn requires more time and maintenance than well chosen ground covers or garden beds / pavers.

A well selected group of ground covers are less prone to pest attack and diseases than a single lawn species.

Less water

A mulched garden bed with well chosen plants requires less water to look good year round than even the toughest lawn species.

Increase biodiversity

Larger garden beds allow for tiered plantings of increasing heights, which in turn creates a greater sense of depth and space to a garden.

Attract native wildlife into your garden with many butterfly, bird and insect attracting varieties available.

Reasons you may not need a lawn at all

  • Shady dry areas under trees
  • Areas unlikely to be walked over
  • Small or awkward areas
  • Areas with significant slopes

Lawn Alternatives

If you like the open feel of a lawn but dont want the maintenance or water requirements. Consider the following options

No Traffic

No traffic open spaces allow for some of the greatest flexibility in style and plant choices. Areas that are traditionally difficult to establish lawn perform well with many alternatives. Regions such as under large trees of near eves can be given a new lease of life with the addition of low water and light requiring lawn alternatives.

Light Traffic

In areas of light traffic it is necessary to choose plants that are tolerant of small levels of disturbance. Plants that are used should be flexible low lying. This will allow them to bounce back when trodden on. For Heavy Traffic use the same varieties as those for areas with light traffic, but with the addition of stepping stones.

Meadow Lawn areas

A mixture of grass, lilies, wildflowers and ground covers. Dont mow often. To encourage flowering and growth of the meadow it is recommended that the area be cut twice a year using a brush cutter. The optimal times to cut the meadow is in early summer after spring flowering and late autumn. The cut material should then be removed and composted.

No Traffic

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12:25

"Very Few Beings..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

 "Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Mortal or immortal, 
few really ASK. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the 
answers they have already shaped in their own minds."
- Anne Rice

12:16

Dont Call the Cops If Youre Autistic, Deaf, Mentally Ill, Disabled or Old "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anyone who cares for someone with a developmental disability, as well as for disabled people themselves [lives] every day in fear that their behavior will be misconstrued as suspicious, intoxicated or hostile by law enforcement.

Steve Silberman, The New York Times

Life in the American police state is an endless series of donts delivered at the end of a loaded gun: dont talk back to police officers, dont even think about defending yourself against a SWAT team raid (of which there are 80,000 every year), dont run when a cop is nearby lest you be mistaken for a fleeing criminal, dont carry a cane lest it be mistaken for a gun, dont expect privacy in public, dont let your kids walk to the playground alone, dont engage in nonviolent protest near where a government official might pass, dont try to grow vegetables in your front yard, dont play music for tips in a metro station, dont feed whales, and on and on.

Heres another dont to the add the growing list of things that could get you or a loved one tasered, shot or killed, especially if you are autistic, hearing impaired, mentally ill, elderly, suffer from dementia, disabled or have any other condition that might hinder your ability to understand, communicate or immediately comply with an order: dont call the cops.

Sometimes its dangerous enough calling the cops when youre not contending with a disability.

For instance, Justine Damond called 911 to report a disturbance and ended up dead after police dispatched to investigate instead shot the 40-year-old yoga instructor. Likewise, Carl Williams called 911 to report a robbery and ended up being shot by police, who mistook him for a robber in his own home.

Unfortunately, the risks just skyrocket when a disability is involved.

Nancy Schrock called 911 for help after her husband, Tom, who suffered with mental health issues, started stalking around the backyard, upending chairs and screaming about demons. Several times before, police had transported Tom to the hospital, where he was medicated and sent home after 72 hours. This time, Tom was tasered twice. He collapsed, lost consciousness and died.

The Schrocks are not alone in this experience.

Indeed, disab...

12:00

Todd Fernando: As Indigenous people we exist outside of sporting arenas and welfare dependency "IndyWatch Feed National"

Most Australians, and our international visitors, first learn about Indigenous people through conversations that are often grounded in disadvantage Photograph: IndigenousX Most Australians, and our international visitors, first learn about Indigenous people through conversations that are often grounded in disadvantage Photograph: IndigenousX Share this Post Indigenous and mainstream Australians often have very different ideas about the concept of success. For ...

11:35

IPSWICH STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR LIVINGLIFENATURALLY, BEESWAX WRAPS AND CANDLES "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for LivingLifeNaturally, Beeswax Wraps and Candles



Your name: Lindsay Romero

Your Business name and Facebook name and link: LivingLifeNaturally, Beeswax Wraps and Candles,https://www.facebook.com/beeswaxwrapsandcandles/
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11:10

Australia Looking to Impose Strict Regulations on Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia Looking to Impose Strict Regulations on Bitcoin from Schiff Gold Australia is moving toward regulating cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum under new anti-money laundering legislation. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Parliament will vote on the measure this week....

The post Australia Looking to Impose Strict Regulations on Bitcoin appeared first on The Daily Coin.

11:08

THE ZOO 25 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

 

Brisbanes most iconic venue The Zoo is turning 25. To mark this silver anniversary, over 25 of Brisbanes most celebrated musicians are coming together to perform including:

Adele Pickvance & Ian Haug / Ben Ely / ISIS

Marcello Milani & Tenzin Choegyal / Sabrina Lawrie

Sissybones / Tim Steward & Kellie Lloyd

(With more to be announced)

 

Original owners Joc Curran and C Smith opened the the doors in December 1992 and the venue quickly became one of the focal points for the explosion of music, art and creativity in Brisbane in the 90s. Since then, bands too numerous to mention from all over the world have performed there, and literally hundreds of people have worked at The Zoo, many young artists, managers and musicians, all doing time on the bar, at the door, as a glassy or duty manager. Creating this breeding ground of creativity and strength of community has been the great achievement of The Zoo and is continuing into a new generation, helmed by new owner Pixie Weyand.

All of the artists performing at this event have long histories with The Zoo and have become stalwarts of the Brisbane music scene.

This event is also supporting two very worthwhile charities:

 

Support Act www.supportact.org.au

Support Act is a charity which helps Australian artists and music workers who are facing hardship due to illness, mental health problems, injury or some other crisis. Since 1997, they have helped to pay rent, keep the power on, repair instruments, provide petrol, buy school uniforms and rehouse a prized vinyl collection.

Feed Music www.feedmusic.org

Feed Music is a not for profit website that enables touring artists and bands to use their location while on the road to pinpoint cafes and restaurants situated in their passing town, in which they can eat and drink at for free, promoting a better mental wellbeing.

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10:57

Kumuls Named for Wales Clash "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG LNG Kumuls Coach, Michael Marum has named his team for this weekends world cup clash against Wales.

 

James Segeyaro has been named in the extended 20 member bench along with Paul Aiton in the Lock position.

 

Ase Boas has also been named in the starting line-up, but will go through final medical tests on Thursday to see if hes able to play this weekend.
The 20 man squad is:
1. Davis MEAD (Captain)

2. Justin OLAM

3. Kato OTIO

4. Nene McDonald

5. Garry LO

6. Ase BOAS

7. Watson BOAS

8. Stanton ALBERT

9. Wartovo PUARA Jnr

10. Luke PAGE

11. Rhys MARTIN

12. Rod GRIFFIN

13. Paul AITON

14. Kurt BAPTISTE

15. Willie MINOGA

16. James SEGEYARO

17. Enock MAKI

18. Lachlan LAM

19. Stargroth AMEAN

20. Wellington ALBERT

(Three to be omitted)

Coach: Michael MARUM

 

Coach Marum will confirm the starting 17 on Thursday. The PNG LNG Kumuls Captains Run will be held at 11am on Friday at the National Football Stadium.


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10:56

Bitcoin Digits Coming Under Strict Regulation In Australia: Getting Off The Ship While You Still Can "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is moving toward regulating cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum under new anti-money laundering legislation. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Parliament will vote on the measure this week. If it passes, it will place Bitcoin and other cryptos under the auspices of Australias financial regulatory agency. If the new laws are passed, the financial []

09:54

Ice is the issue not warming "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

 

by Viv Forbes Science Writer

It was ice, not global warming, that killed and entombed millions of mammoths and woolly rhinos in Siberia and Alaska.

It was unrelenting cold and then ice, not global warming, that forced the Vikings out of Greenland.

It was bitter winters, not heat waves, that finally defeated the armies of Napoleon and Hitler in Russia. George Washingtons army also suffered from an unusually bitter winter at Valley Forge in 1778, in the depths of the Little Ice Age.

Snowy blizzards periodically kill more cattle than heatwaves in Colorado, South Dakota and Texas.

When the Tambora volcano exploded in 1816 it spewed massive volumes of ash and greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. There was no global warming from the greenhouse gases, but the heat-blocking ash-filled atmosphere and a quiet sun caused the year without a summer. Failed crops and famine stalked Europe, Asia and America.

It is icebergs, not warm oceans, that sink ships like the Titanic, and spreading sea ice trapped The Ship of Fools in Antarctica.

Every major geological era has ended with massive volcanism on land and under the seas. Molten lava heats the seas and eruptions on land fill the atmosphere with dust which blocks incoming solar energy. There is rapid evaporation from the warm seas followed by rapid condensation in the cold dark atmosphere. This process dumps massive snowfalls which become ice sheets on land, starting a new ice age and bringing the extinction of many species.

It is lethal global cooling we need to fear, not life-sustaining global warming.


09:45

In brief: Kagamuga Airport upgrade to allow jet landings, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Airport upgrade to see night flights and early landings at Western Highlands airport, calls to properly fund the fight against coffee berry borer, and Tkatchenko moves on illegally approved land sales. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

A contract between National Airports Corporation and Essar Projects PNG will enable Boeing 737 jets to land at Kagamuga Airport in Western Highlands. NAC CEO Richard Yopo told The National this would cut down the number of flights from Fokker 100s. Essar Projects Ltd, an Indian company, will work on the runway strengthening, new air traffic control tower building and other associated work at the Mt Hagen Airport. Yopo says the project will also enable night-landings and early-morning takeoffs.

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Sir Brown Bai

The Rural Industries Council has called on the Government to properly resource the coffee industry in the 2017 Budget, to allow it to fight the coffee berry borer. Chairman Sir Brown Bai says the K2 million allocated in the 2017 Supplementary Budget falls far short of the K60 million requested last year by former Agriculture Minister, Tommy Tomscoll.

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Lands Minister, Justin Tkatchenko, says he expects a legal challenge by a company claiming a title over public land that he wants returned to the state, according to RNZI. Tkatchenko said the title for prime coastal land in Koki, for which Malaysian-owned Kitogara Ltd gained a title, was illegally approved. Tkatchenko says he has sought to bring 26 titles back into public ownership in the last six weeks, adding that 70 more are planned, including all public space in the National Capital District.

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The National Fisheries Authority has paid a dividend of K60 million to th...

09:15

Moving to Cairns "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The family and I were thinking about moving to Cairns, is there anything besides tourist resorts for locals to do

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09:15

Community members lock-on to stop Adani starting work on their mega coal mine "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Central QLD, 25th October: As Adani promises to start work on the rail line to what would be Australias largest new coal mine, several people have locked-on to construction machinery, vowing to do whatever it takes to peacefully stop Adanis mega coal mine from proceeding in Central Queensland.

Supported by over a dozen people, one person is locked-on to a front-end loader, another to an excavator and a third person to a grader, stopping work from proceeding at one of Adanis work sites, near Belyando on Jangga country. Workers are on site.

Im scared about my childrens future. I think our government is seriously underestimating the potentially devastating impacts of climate change. Now is the time to take a stand. Im an ordinary person taking extraordinary action to stop this mine. said, Gail Hamilton, an engineer and former council employee from Townsville.

My granddaughter has just turned five, Im here to Stop Adani and protect the environment and our water for her future, said fellow protestor Susanne Rix, from the Blue Mountains.

I could not sit idly by and let Adani begin work. This is the line in the sand for me and  thousands of people from all walks of life who will take peaceful direct action to stop this mine, said John Brinnand, a retired psychiatrist from the Sunshine Coast.

Adanis mine would be one of the largest coal mines in the world, releasing billions of tonnes of carbon pollution into the atmosphere at a time when our climate is already undergoing unprecedented and rapid warming. The mine would sign a death warrant for the Great Barrier Reef, which is already facing unprecedented large-scale bleaching due to rising ocean temperatures, caused by climate change.

Recent polling indicates that the majority of Australians do not support Adanis mine. Despite this, the Queensland and Federal Governments are gearing up to hand this billionaire a $1 billion taxpayer-subsidised loan.

With Adani promising to start construction imminently, people are now mobilizing in Central Queensland, with hundreds more around the country vowing to take peaceful civil disobedience to stop the mine.

Location: Where the state development area crosses the Gregory Highway, approximately 35km / 25 minutes south of the Belyando RoadHouse.

Photos are being uploaded here....

09:07

Trade for the People a new video "IndyWatch Feed National"

October 25, 2017: IBON International has released a powerful new video, Trade for the People, which looks at how the neoliberal trade regime has delivered for transnational corporations at the expense of the global South. From agreements brokered at the World Trade Organisation to free trade agreements (FTAs) like the TPP and RCEP, industrialised countries and global corporations have pursued their interests at the expense of human rights and genuine development. 

'What is important is to make sure that trade is for the benefit of the people and their development Antonio Tujan Jr, Director IBON International

 

08:51

Grocons construction licence cancelled in Queensland "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Melbourne based developer, Grocon, has just taken a hit in Queensland, with its licence suspended by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), as an investigation into its finances continues.

It seems that the company has made a big loss on the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village and apparently, they are $16.7 million in the red over two other projects, valued at more than $1 billion. The QBCC is not satisfied that the business is viable enough to merit taking on more jobs.

The political establishment has reacted to this with a wall of silence. If it had been anyone else, especially unions in the industry, the resulting condemnations would have driven many of them  hoarse within hours. In this case, the apparent laryngitis, comes from the habit of harbouring this and some other similar construction companies as allies.

Construction companies donate significant amounts to political parties and have therefore established useful political links. Grocon has relied quit a lot on building its links through a war against construction unions., which has germinated into a cosy alliance with the federal and state governments. Canberras industry code brought benefits, in terms of legal assistance to push down wages and conditions, punish workers and unions acting on this and providing government contract rewards, through the building industry code measures that a that bars employers reaching better agreements with their own workforce.  Industry  safety conditions  and public safety have been  major casualties.

Grocon has a track record in cutting corners and this has more than once exacted a heavy price on others. In August this year VicRoads sued for damage caused in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne. In 2013 there was the Swanston Street wall collapse that killed three young pedestrians, over which it faced criminal charges.

These are two examples of cases of a long list of cases that have attracted a slap on the wrist at most.  Will it be the same for the Elizabeth Street incident? This was...

08:48

BREAKING: FBI Releases Docs On Sandy Hook Showing Feds Visited Shooter BEFORE Massacre "IndyWatch Feed National"

sandy hook

On December 14, 2012, the world watched the news with horror as they heard the story of 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shooting 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Since that fateful day, conspiracy theories have abounded from whether or not the shooting actually took place to what Lanzas motive was.

Adam Lanza is believed to have shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, in the head at her home in Newtown, Connecticut, around 9 a.m. on December 14, before taking her car and driving approximately five miles to the Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he would slaughter the children and teachers.

According to reports, most of the shooting occurred in two of the schools first-grade classrooms; 14 students in one classroom, and six in the other, were murdered. Only two of the victims who were shot by Lanzaboth teacherssurvived the attack.

Now, the documents which could lay to rest many of these conspiracy theories have been released by the FBI. At 10:00 AM EST, on Tuesday, the FBI, without any notice, took to Twitter to post the link to over 1,500 pages of documents from their investigation and subsequent findings.

In general, the FBI does not comment on the content of the files released through [Freedom of Information Act], and lets the information contained in the files speak for itself, said Charles Grady, a community outreach specialist for the FBI based in New Haven. This is a routine FOIA release nothing more, nothing less.

While we would expect that the names, addresses, and contact information be redacted throughout the documents, it appears that entire pages were wiped out.

Just as Americans thought they may be getting some answers as to why this 20-year-old went on a shooting rampage, killing innocent children, it appears we may now have more questions than answers.

One such question that arises from our brief combing of the documents is how Lanza, who only weighed 85 lbs, according to the report, was able to carry such heavy weaponry and ammo and shoot with such deadly accuracy.

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08:42

Senator Canavans ambitious plan for a State of North Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Senator Matt Canavan, a friend of mine from my Canberra days, is not wasting any time while he is temporarily out of the Cabinet. He is making plans for a new State of North Queensland. With his background as a Productivity Commission economist and as the former Minister for Northern Australia, Senator Canavan has the expertise and experience to come up with a credible and convincing plan for a new State of NQ. The Senator made some very interesting observations to the Townsville Bulletin last Friday:

Ive often said were big enough and strong enough and wealthy enough to represent ourselves, he said.

I reckon wed get more things going if we didnt have the handbrakes put on us by Brisbane and Canberra.

Senator Canavan said Tasmania had 12 senators with 500,000 people but North Queensland has only two and we have more than one million people.

I utterly reject any notion that we couldnt stand on our own two feet, he said. Our average per-person economic output in North Queensland is 30 per cent higher than in southern Queensland. All the money seems to get spent in Brisbane.

Senator Canavan is absolutely right about NQs higher economic output per capita (see chart below based on the most recent official estimates from Qld Treasury), although this is a result of the disproportionate contribution of mining to NQs economy. A lot of the income generated in NQ is earned by mining companies, and the bulk of it ends up leaving NQ, with a good proportion of it going overseas. The average NQ resident does not earn a higher income than the average SEQ resident. That said, the large economic contribution of mining (e.g. around two-thirds of North West Qlds economy, half of Mackays, and one-third of Fitzroys) means that a new State of NQ would earn healthy royalty revenues. Of course, as currently happens with Queensland, this healthy royalty revenue would count against NQ in the distribution of GST revenue.

While I concur with the Senator that a State of NQ would be economically viable, Id be careful about rushing into it. The set up costs would be large, and there may be trouble filling senior public service positions, given the vast majority of current Queensland public service SES positions are in Brisbane. Also, as Ive posted on previously, Im unsure NQ gets such a raw deal from Brisbane (see my post Is NQ under-funded relative to SEQ?). That said, I am v...

08:39

Message to Mr Wolfgang Schuble "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Dear Wolfgang,

I read carefully and listened your recent statements in response to journalistic questions emanating from my recent book Adults in the Room relating to our conversations during the first half of 2015.

I have a proposal for you. Instead of vague statements and personal put down lines, I invite you to point out specific pages and paragraphs in my book where I misrepresented something that you told me during that period (e.g. your expressed view that the 3rd Greek Loan and accompanying Memorandum of Understanding that I refused to sign, and which was signed after my resignation, would be bad for Greece; or, even more strongly, your view that, had I signed it, I would have to answer to my people).

Sincerely

Yanis Varoufakis

08:29

Letters to the Editor: National gun amnesty By Ian Walmsley Glen Innes NSW. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The types of guns handed in with the National Amnesty shows what happens when honest citizens are declared criminals overnight by Politicians with knee-jerk reactions.

08:11

Power plant sale incompetent or worse "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Vales Point Power Station. (wikipedia)

The Vales Point Power Station. (wikipedia)

The sale of a state-owned power station for $1 million that went on to skyrocket in value in private hands smells of government incompetence or something worse, the NSW Opposition leader says.

The Vales Point power station was sold by the Baird government in November 2015 for $1 million but has now been revalued at $739 million by Sunset Power International.

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley on Tuesday accused the government of fleecing taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Youve got to assume its incompetence on a grand scale from Ms Berejiklian and her colleagues, or something worse, Mr Foley told reporters.

You couldnt find a privation deal more contrary to the public interest.

However, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who was treasurer at the time of the sale, stood by the transaction, saying its benefits could not be quantified in cash returns.

I am confident that every decision weve taken is in the taxpayers best interest and weve reduced debt in all transactions, Ms Berejiklian told reporters on Tuesday.

You have to look at how its taken debt away from government which allows us to invest in hospitals and schools.

In 2015 Ms Berejiklian said the plant had been sold above its retention value, with the state no longer exposed to significant liabilities such as costs associated with decommissioning.

Sunset Power International, which trades as Delta Electricity, on Tuesday declined to comment.

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08:06

Energy costs to stoke inflation rate "IndyWatch Feed National"

New inflation figures are expected to show the biggest quarterly jump in almost four years as a result of rising energy costs.

If that happens it will be a harsh reminder for households already struggling with slow wage growth and high debt levels.

Treasury boss John Fraser and his department can expect to be grilled about price pressures and the economic outlook more generally when he faces a Senate hearing on Wednesday.

There are also likely to be questions about the Turnbull governments national energy guarantee, a plan that is being promoted as providing a reliable source of electricity while cutting household bills by as much as $115 a year.

No modelling to back such claims has been released.

Economists expect the consumer price index rose by around 0.8 per cent in the September quarter, the largest inflation rise since December 2013.

Such an increase would lift the annual rate to the bottom end of the Reserve Banks two to three per cent inflation target band from 1.9 per cent previously.

The more interest-rate sensitive underlying measures of inflation which smooth out volatile price swings are expected to average a rise of 0.5 per cent.

This would produce a 12-monthly rate of around two per cent and of little immediate threat to the interest rate outlook.

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08:04

Whale, calf freed from Gold Coast shark nets "IndyWatch Feed National"

UPDATE: A whale and calf that were trapped in shark nets off a Gold Coast beach have been freed.

Seaworld experts helped free the mother and baby about 7.30am (AEST), roughly an hour after reports they had become ensnared about 200 metres off Nobby Beach.

Animal activists have again condemned the use of the shark nets, with World Animal Protection describing them as indiscriminate death traps.

ORIGINAL: A whale and a calf are trapped in shark nets off a Gold Coast beach and experts from Sea World will soon begin trying to free them.

The mother and her baby are stuck about 200 metres off Nobby Beach.

Marine rescue experts from Sea World will try to free them this morning.

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07:58

Aus must reply to Indonesian children case "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government has been ordered to reply to a case involving Indonesian children allegedly locked up in Australian prisons, sparking hopes they will be forced to answer the case in a Jakarta court.

Australia has repeatedly maintained it is protected from the $103 million compensation claim because it has sovereign immunity, meaning its agencies are not subject to the jurisdiction of the Jakarta court.

But local lawyer Lisa Hiariej is pushing ahead with the suit on behalf of 115 Indonesians, who she says were children when they were held in Australian jails and detention centres between 2008 and 2011 for alleged people smuggling offences.

Last month the Australian government was ordered to enter mediation with Ms Hiariej but Central Jakarta District Court heard that the process had failed.

Chief Judge Ibnu Basuki Widodo ordered lawyers for the Australian government to return with a reply to the claim on November 14, warning them not to take more than three weeks to prepare their defence.

I feel that because the judges continue the matter, they feel there is a case to answer to, Ms Hiariej told AAP outside of court.

Muhammad Rasid, who was 15 when he was jailed at Sydneys Silverwater prison, said he was certainly very happy the matter was proceeding.

Im sorry I cant come to court on the 14th, I still need to work to earn money, the 23-year-old added.

The case has been launched against four Australian government agencies: the AFP, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney-Generals Department.

It comes off the back of a 2012 Australian Human Rights Commission report into Indonesian youths held in Australian adult correctional facilities, which found the use of X-rays to determine age; a disregard for the childrens testimony about their age; and inadequate steps to verify their date of births resulted in dozens of Indonesian children being locked up between 2008 to 2011.

Our demand is not something that has come from thin air. It was based on something clear, factual, undeniable and it was from Australian itself, from Australian Human Rights Commission that there was a violation against these kids, lawyer Hendra Kusuma Jaya said.

Lawyers for the Australian government would not comment.

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07:25

Escaping The Smart Grid: A Conversation with the InPower Movement "IndyWatch Feed National"

Max Igan Surviving the Matrix

Episode 311
American Voice Radio
October 6th, 2017

The illusion of freedom will continue for as long as its profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will take down the scenery, move the tables and chairs out of the way, then they will pull back the curtains and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater. Frank Zappa

Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past. George Orwell

When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty and there is nothing to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. Plato

I would rather have questions that cant be answered than answers that cant be questioned. Richard Feynman

I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. Ive been knocking from the inside. Rumi

Universal Law/sovereign law trumps all others.

1. No man or woman, in or out of government shall initiate force, threat of force or fraud against my life and property and, any and all contracts Im a party to not giving full disclosure to me whether signed by me or not are void at my discretion.

2. I may use force in self-defense against anyone that violates Law

3. There shall be no exceptions to Law 1 and 2.

TURN OFF YOUR TELEVISION! THROW AWAY YOUR SMART PHONE!

07:05

Gowdy enters the fray: Opens investigation into DOJ's exonerating Killary and other 2016 decisions "IndyWatch Feed National"

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte announced Tuesday morning they have officially opened a joint investigation into decisions made at the Obama Justice Department surrounding the FBI's criminal investigation into former Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. They also want to know why the FBI kept quiet about ongoing investigations into members of the Trump campaign, like Paul Manafort, while publicly discussing the Clinton probe. "Our justice system is represented by a blind-folded woman holding a set of scales. Those scales do not tip to the right or the left; they do not recognize wealth, power, or social status. The impartiality of our justice system is the bedrock of our republic and our fellow citizens must have confidence in its objectivity, independence, and evenhandedness. The law is the most equalizing force in this country. No entity or individual is exempt from oversight," Gowdy and Goodlatte released in a statement. "Decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016 have led to a host of outstanding questions that must be answered."

07:00

Rejecting anger & sincerely wanting PNG to succeed "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Lively Tales from PNGPHIL FITZPATRICK

Lively Tales from Papua New Guinea by Bev Floyd, Watson Ferguson & Co (Boolarong Press), Salisbury Qld, 120 pages, 2017. ISBN: 978-0995410541. Available from the author here

TUMBY BAY - What seems ordinary to some people can appear quite exotic to others. Thus it is with the experiences of many Australians in Papua New Guinea prior to independence in 1975.

In reading Bev Floyds story of her eleven odd years as a teacher in Papua New Guinea, beginning in 1964, I came across nothing remarkable but that is only because I was there myself.

To someone unfamiliar with Papua New Guinea, Bevs time there will be read quite differently.

As she says, the privilege that many Australians enjoyed working in Papua New Guinea was special and like many the experience formed us and shaped our future lives.

Trying to convey that to those outside this privileged group is often difficult; many have tried and many have failed.

This dilemma probably explains the twofold approach Bev decided to take in presenting her story.

To breach the gap between readers in the know and readers to whom Papua New Guinea is an unknown she has integrated her own personal story into an array of historical and factual information gleaned from a variety of sources, not least the internet and Wikipedia.

For the most part it works. Here and there, however, the introduced material tends to overwhelm the personal.

However, for many old and knowledgeable Papua New Guinea hands wading through this information to get to the more interesting personal memories may be a minor irritation.

To my mind, for instance, there is too much data related to World War II and the Pacific campaign. That may just be bias on my part however.

Another concern I have is the potential for inaccuracy in data taken from the internet, especially Wikipedia. That said, I didnt come across anything too outrageously off beam. Bev obviously did some extra curricula homework.

Towards the end of the book, following an account of a revisit to Papua New Guinea after 50 years, Bev presents an interesting assessment of the state of play and what the future might hold for the nation and its people.

S...

06:45

Samoa PM sends congratulatory message to new NZ Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has sent a congratulatory message to Labour leader Jacinda Ardern on her appointment as Prime Minister of New Zealand.

In his letter to the PM-elect, Tuilaepa said Samoa and New Zealand have enjoyed warm relations in various areas of mutual interest and he looks forward to working with Ardern to further strengthen the ties between the two countries and her people.

Similarly I look forward to our close collaboration on issues of importance to our Pacific region and the cooperation arrangements between the Pacific Forum countries.

Ardern was appointed New Zealand Prime Minister last week.



Photo file Loop Samoa. Caption: Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

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06:43

King Tupou VI Commissions Tongas Largest Solar Farm "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Matatoa Solar Farm Tongas Largest Solar Facility commissioning ceremony was held yesterday at Tofoa.

Officiated by His Majesty, King Tupou VI, the commissioning marked a new milestone in private sector investment in the development of renewable energy generation in Tonga.

The project is the first large scale Independent Power Producer facility to be installed in the Kingdom.

Occupying 6.3 acres of land and comprising of 7440 panels, the Matatoa Solar Farm, built and operated by Zhuhai Singyes Green Building Technology Co. Ltd, is expected to generate over 2,828,84 kWh of electricity over the first year of operation which is the equivalent of 680, 000 litres of diesel savings for the first year of operation.

The plant should save Tonga 680, 000 litres of diesel over the first year and displaces 1,600 tons of carbon dioxide not being emitted to the atmosphere, said the Minister of Public Enterprises and MEIDECC, Hon Poasi Tei.

The USD$4.4 million project or the equivalent of $9 million paanga, is the largest Independent Power Producer investment in Tonga created 20 local jobs during construction.

The solar plant alone is expected to add another 5% towards the nations renewable energy target, said the Minister for Public Enterprises and MEIDECC, Hon. Poasi Tei.

Carl Sanft, the Chairman of the Combined Utility Board said, To date 12% of the renewable energy target for Tonga has been achieved.

The project, permitted by Zhuhai Singyes Green Building Technology, is selling all the electricity generated from the plant to Tonga Power Ltd to assist the Government with the 50% renewable target by 2020 at TOP 0.33 per kWh which will remain the same for the next 25 years, said the Chairman of the Utility Board Mr. Carl Sanft.

 In order for TPL to help the Government achieve 50% renewable energy generation by 2020, grant financed investments of between US$32-$35 million is needed to help generate an additional 43% in renewable energy penetration through investments in solar, wind farms, as well as installation of much needed battery storage. This means that we can reduce the power tariff by 20 to 30 seniti per kWh, he added.

The Government of China and Tonga Power Ltd have also commenced a dialogue, for the installation of a 2 Megawatt wind power generation project in Tonga and the Government of Japan had granted funding for a 1.3...

06:16

Whats Going On With Bob Corker, Steve Bannon, And The Virginia Governors Race? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Alex Isenstadt, a national politics reporter at Politico, addresses the questions surrounding Senator Bob Corker, tax reform, and the anger coming from GOP donors on this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour. Isenstadt and Domenech also discuss the Viriginia gubernatorial race and how Trump effects state elections.

Clearly, Corker is aligned with a broader, establishment wing of the Republican party that is really upset right now, not just with Trump, but Steve Bannon too, Isenstadt said.

What happens to Republican primary races as Mitch McConnells support shrinks, and Steve Bannons endorsements grow? Its easy to say I oppose Mitch McConnel. Its hard to answer Well who do you support instead? Domenech said.

Listen here:

06:11

PNG journalist death sparks anger "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea National Capital District (NCD) Governor Powes Parkop is arranging to obtain a court order today to stop the burial of a journalist until a proper post-mortem has been conducted on her.

Rosalyn Albaniel Evara, 41, was the business editor of the Post Courier newspaper until she died on Sunday, Oct 15.

At her funeral service at the Rev Sione Kami Memorial Church in Port Moresby Monday, her aunt Mary Albaniel showed to the crowd images of her body with injury marks on it. The images were shown on a screen inside the church.

Mary Albaniel wore an orange t-shirt with the words: No to violence against women on the back. She told the congregation that her niece had been a victim of violence.

The images showed that Evara had injuries to several parts of her body.

A death certificate from the Port Moresby General Hospital showed that Evara, 41, was rushed the hospital after she had collapsed that afternoon. She was reported to have been suffering from headaches the previous day.

Parkop last night was working with police homicide unit at Boroko and the coroner to get a court order to stop her planned burial today at the 9-Mile Cemetery outside Port Moresby until a proper post-mortem was conducted to confirm the cause of her death.

Parkop, a strong advocate of ending the violence against women, said he had called up the newspaper but was told that claims of violence instituted on her by someone close to her were mere allegations.

I will follow up to find out the truth, Parkop said.

I am determined that there must be prosecution if the allegation is true.

Overseas media were yesterday also chasing up the story of her death.

A police homicide officer at the Boroko police station confirmed with The National last night that they were working on the case with Parkop.

Rosalyns mother Ella Albaniel, a former principal of Lae School of Nursing, told The National that she was against the idea of a post-mortem although her daughter could have died from injuries.

Evara completed Grade 12 at the Aiyura National High School in Eastern Highlands in 1993.

She spent two years at Divine World University where she graduated in 1995 with a Diploma in Communication Arts.  She worked with Word Publishing until about 2002 when she joined the Post Courier.

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