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Thursday, 23 November

00:03

Platforms & ladders "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Taking the gas

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


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

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


Flats falling flat

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

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

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Wednesday, 22 November

21:39

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

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


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




21:17

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

Daily Telegraph

Priest in court over assaults on teen boys

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

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

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

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

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


21:15

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

Daily Telegraph

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

WA govt pushes on with sex abuse laws

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

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

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

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

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

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

20:48

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

MACKAY November 22, 2017 at 01:56PM ,

Man to face court on property offences

November 22, 2017 at 01:56PM ,

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

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20:48

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

MACKAY November 22, 2017 at 08:18AM ,

Drugs and tainted property found in stolen car, Farleigh

November 22, 2017 at 08:18AM ,

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20:03

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

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Charges laid over Perth crowbar attack .

November 22, 2017 at 12:37PM .

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

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

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

November 22, 2017 at 08:52AM .

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

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19:41

debt has far reaching effects "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

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

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

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

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

19:29

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

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

The location of Palk Bay. Credit: Google Maps

The location of Palk Bay. Credit: Google Maps

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

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

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

19:00

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

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

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

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

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


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18:47

Great! Egret similarities breed contretemps "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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

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

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

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

18:34

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

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

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

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

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

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18:11

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

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

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

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

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

17:57

Renewables, coal and culture war "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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

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

17:54

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

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

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

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

17:50

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

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

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

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

17:20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16:42

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

Human Wrongs Watch

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

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

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

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

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

16:09

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

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

Be Well,

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

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

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

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

16:00

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

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

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


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

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 1.10 AUD
Converter

15:54

Campaign to target violence towards females "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

22nd  November 2017

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

This is what the Inap Nau campaign will advocate against.

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15:25

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

Barron and Melania (photo Daily Mail)

By Dee McLachlan

Why would ISIS suddenly be interested in Barron Trump?

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

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

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

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

15:16

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suffice to say we love a good Australian tort.


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


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

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14:45

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS

14:40

November verse 10: Dear Tony "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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

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

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

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


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14:29

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

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

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

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

14:16

Catch the Overland rocket to Prizeville "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

14:01

National Agriculture Summit Underway "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Inaugural National Agriculture Summit commenced on Monday.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

13:41

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

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

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

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

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

13:32

First month in Cairns.. "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

So I've just moved here, awesome!

Some things that i've noticed:

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

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

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

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

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13:20

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

Introduction

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

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

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

This blog's contribution to the Westall debate

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

...

12:49

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

By Heather CallaghanEditor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12:24

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

Anna Hunt, Staff Writer
Waking Times

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

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

In the video above, Parnia makes the following claim.

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

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

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

12:00

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

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

11:53

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

Magistrate Graeme Curran

ABC News Australia

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

22 November 2017

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

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

11:49

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

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

11:39

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

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

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

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

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

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

InvestSolomons Derek Aihari

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

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

11:39

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

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11:36

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

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

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

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

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

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

11:27

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

Work Of The Heart
by Chet Raymo

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

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

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

11:15

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

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

11:04

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

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

11:03

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

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

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

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

Queenslanders are rightly proud that our state is home to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the worlds natural wonders. We expect our politicians, as caretakers, to do the right thing and look after our Reef and oceans. We also strongly support renewables over polluting coal.

We know coal kills coral, yet we still see political parties promising to build new coal-fired power stations and support new mega new coal mines. Its time they started listening to voters and for the sake of the 64,000 Queensland workers who depend on a healthy Reef back the renewable energy and storage boom already underway.

Our amazing ocean backyard is central to our identity and our lifestyle, and it is at risk from climate change, pollution and industrial development. We have a lot to lose.

The future of the Reef is in the hands of the next Queensland government. Whichever party forms government on Saturday, they must make sure our children and grandchildren can enjoy this amazing underwater world as much as we do.

Queenslanders want a brighter future for the Sunshine State in which we look after our natural assets and create jobs that are local, long-term and sustainable, Ms Zethoven said.

To access the scorecard, and find out more about how the scorecard was put together, visit fightforourreef.org.au/voteforourreef 

 

About the scorecard:

The AMCS Queensland Election Policy Scorecard is an independent assessment of the parties policies by the Australian Marine Conservation Society....

10:30

Big Gerry says Jacinda has gone too far regarding Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Gerry Brownlee was shaping up to be a good Foreign Minister until Bill lost the election. He was on Radio NZ yesterday morning talking about the ham-fisted and embarrassing manner in which Jacinda Ardern has been pushing the Manus Island issue. National foreign spokesperson Gerry Brownlee has backed the Australian approach to asylum seekers who []

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10:19

Oh To Be in Another Gender, Now That Aprils There "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Last week I attended an interesting lecture by psychotherapist Laura Jacobs and psychiatrist Laura Erickson-Schroth. The subject was transgenderism. They did not say ism I am saying transgenderism as Ive been trying to ponder the phenomenon of a sudden increase in the number of people in our society today who have switched to the opposite gender from the sex into which they were born.

But it would not be accurate to say that these persons have in mind to take on the thing that I am perceiving as transgenderism. Rather, they are simply individuals who dont have the traditional, or statistically normal accord between their birth sex and their gender. Most people, such as myself, take such accord for granted. I never had to figure out which gender I was just glance at my birth certificate and there you have it: female.

During...

10:16

Gov reneging on promise to fix our broken child protection system "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

An alliance of child protection advocates has criticised the government for failing to follow-through on its promise to put through a Bill to complement legislation passed in the wake of the Nyland Royal Commission.

Disappointingly, the government has prioritised the passage of the Childrens Protection Law Reform (Transitional Arrangements and Related Amendments) Bill 2017 during next weeks Parliamentary sittings rather than the new Prevention and Early Intervention for the Development and Wellbeing of Children and Young People Bill 2017. 

10:07

PNG RFL Praise Kumuls Performances "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Despite A Successful Campaign In The 2017 RLWC, PNG Kumuls Arrived Into The Country Yesterday On A Quite Mode.

 

 

Source: Post-Courier
BY PRISCILLA HARRY

Despite a successful campaign in the 2017 RLWC, PNG Kumuls arrived into the country yesterday on a quite mode.

 
PNG Rugby Football League (RFL) Chairman Sandis Tsaka praised the efforts of the team and said despite going down to England in the quarter final, PNG Kumuls now have the opportunity to take on other nations in the upcoming world Cup in 2021.

 
The Kumuls are now split up, with several NRL players based in Australia remaining.
The other Super League and PNG based players arrived in the country and will depart for their home provinces.
Tsaka thanked the efforts of coach Michael Marum with his coaching staff, the players, and officials behind the scene to participate in the competition.

 
Tsaka said PNGs ranking will now change as a result depending on their finish on the quarterfinals but will wait after the end of the World Cup to determine PNGS new ranking in the world.

 
This year has being a good one for the code itself, PNG was ranked 16th in the last World Cup but we know we can take on from this experience to improve the code through junior programs starting next year, he added.

 
Meanwhile, coach Marum was hopeful of the teams performance and said the boys had displayed to the best of their ability in all four matches.

 
Marum said without the support of the coaching staff, players and supporters, the team would not have made it to the quarterfinals.

 
However, Kumuls captain David Mead who seemed disappointed due to him missing out on the match said the team put a bravery show on their performance.

 
It was great being part of the team for the last seven weeks of the World Cup, he added.
Mead said it was an emotional experience, but the exposure has brought a new stepping stone and adventure for the code of rugby league in PNG.

 
For Meads career, he said he will still show up in the next World Cup in 2021 but will travel to Australia to continue his contract with the NRL Brisbane Broncos in the next season.

 
The PNG Kumuls will meet again for another camp for the 2018 Pacific...

10:05

Protestors peacefully disrupt Leaders Debate in Townsville, urging parties to reject Adanis mega coal mine "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Townsville, 22nd November: Just days out from the Queensland election, protestors have disrupted the Leaders Debate in Townsville, taking to the stage to call on Queenslands politicians to Stop Adani building one of the worlds largest coal mines, which would cook the climate and wreck the Reef. Four of the protestors were later removed by police and have been taken off-site in a paddy wagon.

Its just crazy for any politician to think of giving a billion dollars to a billionaire for a giant dirty coal mine when the Reef is dying before our eyes. If we want our children to have a safe climate, we simply cant be building new coal mines. said Liisa Rusanen, mother of two, Coffs Harbour

We are in a crisis. Our children and grandchildren face a polluted planet. We need our political leaders to stop supporting new coal mines. We all need to stop Adani. Said Jonathan Cassell, Emerald Beach.

This mornings action is one of dozens that have put Adanis mega mine front and centre of the Queensland election. Around the country, thousands of people are taking action, including at the site of the proposed project, putting their bodies on the line to stop work on the mine. Recent polling indicates that the majority of Australians do not support the mine.

Media Enquiries: 0438 437 070 or 0403 646 787 and flacmedia@protonmail.com

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10:05

Notice of AFTINET AGM 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFTINET members and supporters are invited to our annual AGM to discuss what weve done over the past year and to make plans for next year.

Wednesday December 13 at 5.30pm
Finance Sector Union, Level 2, 321 Pitt St Sydney (near Bathurst St)
Followed by drinks and snacks

AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranaldwill report on the TPP, RCEP and other trade deals.

Please RSVP for catering to campaign@aftinet.org.au

09:51

Mead: Ive learned to accept it and move on "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Captain of the PNG LNG Kumuls, David Mead says he was disappointed on how the World Cup ended for him.

Mead only lasted 90 seconds in PNGs 36-6 quarter-final loss to England on Sunday and was ruled out for the remainder of the match after failing his Head Injury Assessment.

 

It was obviously very frustrating sitting on the sideline and watching. It was pretty hard to accept at first four or five hours after the game.

 

As a player, you dont ever want to miss a single game at a World Cup. But that stuff happens in rugby league so you have to learn to accept it.

 

It would have been good to finish, but it wasnt to be.

 

Ive learned to accept it and move on.

 

On the game, Mead said the whole team was shattered after Sundays loss, and breaking camp was very emotional.

 

The boys were disappointed. But we can be better going forward.

...

09:49

Woman Driving Home From Work Realizes She's Not Alone "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its been said that, at any given moment, youre probably no more than a few feet away from a spider the implication being that most are too small, well-hidden and harmless to ever actually be noticed.

But such was not the case for Australia native Bianca Merrick. Recently, the spider nearest her was pretty much unmissable.

Credit: YouTube/Storyful

Turns out, at some point a very large arachnid (reportedly a huntsman spider, who are actually pretty friendly and harmless) had managed to get inside Merrick's car where he then proceeded to make his presence be known as she drove down the freeway.

"I was on my way home from work when I looked up and saw it staring at me," Merrick told 7News. "I considered stopping but I didnt know how Id get it out of the car so I thought the best option for me was to keep driving and pretend it wasnt there for the longest 20 minutes of my life."

In other words, to her credit, Merrick took a live-and-let-live approach to the situation. It's clear from her video of the encounter, however, that she'd still prefer to have been elsewhere.

Once at home, Merrick said, she got out, locked the car and went to sleep, preferring to "pretend that it never happened." And sure enough, that cool-headed approach paid off.

By the next morning, the creature in her car had evidently moved on. Upon checking the vehicle, Merrick said, "there was no spide...

09:46

Canadian diamond producer to resume mining off Namibian coast "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

DF Discoverer on mining site. Reference photo by Diamond Fields International.

Valentina Ruiz Leotaud | Mining.com | November 21, 2017

Vancouver-based Diamond Fields International announced that it is set to resume its mining activities off the coast of Namibia in 2018.

In an alliance with International Mining and Dredging Holdings, the Canadian miner ran a bulk sampling program whose results officials say were extremely encouraging, with an unexpected high frequency of large, high-value stones.

According to a press release signed by DFIs CEO Sybrand Van Der Spuy, diamonds recovered from the so called concession ML 111 are of the highest gem quality. The recent testing, he said, even exceeded his...

09:17

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

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

The Inaugural National Agriculture Summit in Port Moresby.

The PNG economy has been through boom and bust cycles over the years, largely because the successive governments have depended on one sector of the economy, the resources sector, Prime Minister Peter ONeill told the conference.

When the commodity prices for copper, oil, gold and gas go down, our economy takes a huge dive.

For example, about 10 years ago, we used to earn K2 billion in oil and gas taxes. Last year, we would have been lucky if we got K200 million. No country can afford that kind of decline and that it is why it is crucial that we continue to build the potential we have in other sectors of the economy, building the base of our economy so it can sustain such shocks.

 

Import replacement

Agriculture is P...

09:10

American General: US-Backed Rebels Detaining ISIS Supporters And Doctors "IndyWatch Feed National"

(TFC) In mid-October, US Army Major General James B Jarrard of a joint spec ops task force operating throughout Syria and Iraq attended a press conference. He made headlines for accidentally stating America has 4000 boots in Syria, not a publicly acknowledged 503. That, however, wasnt the only interesting admission the spec ops commander disclosed.

Clashes have been fierce throughout Syrias bloody war, and Raqqa is no different. Since the Islamic State entered the war, theyve held the city as a stronghold. The militants dug in and took on relentless air strikes followed by sieges by foreign-funded rebel grounds.

Once the battles ended, an undisclosed number of ISIS affiliates surrendered to the Syrian Defense Force (SDF). The group is a US-supported rebel conglomerate of Kurdish, Arab, and other ethnic groups. Various rebel battalions and militias comprise its ranks including the Kurdish YPG. Although Jarrard was fickle with ISIS numbers, but did have good estimates for SDF casualties.

Throughout the fight, Major General Jarrard explained, there have been over 1200 friendly KIA of SDF forces. So, specific to Raqqa, there are approximately 434. About 905 US-backed rebels were wounded in Raqqa alone. Major General Jarrard stated SDF fighters took prisoners they believe were affiliated with Daesh.

 

So some a lot of those are continue to be detained by the SDF in their facilities in northeast Syria.  There were a lot of ISIS that were considered ISIS because of their relationship with the ISIS the Daesh.  But a lot of them were not necessarily fighters.  They were in administrative positions, working in hospitals, helping feed the large number of Daesh on the battlefield. Major General James B. Jarrard

 

Most of these individuals, local Syrians, were turned over to their respective tribal leadership. All western forces did, according to Jarrard, was record their biometrics for future tracking. Its currently unclear what will happen to the unidentified people SDF captured during the Raqqa battle. As Jarrard implies, some of them were medical personnel who treated wounded ISIS fighters.

What should be done from an international human rights perspective? Major General Jarrard was asked if the American government had any jurisdiction over the captu...

08:46

North Korea defiant despite terror listing "IndyWatch Feed National"

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a military parade to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea on Saturday, April 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a military parade to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea on Saturday, April 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Kim Jong-un has displayed trademark defiance after the United States declared Pyongyang a state sponsor of terrorism, saying sanctions make the spirit of North Korea stronger.

The hostile forces desperate efforts to block the advance of the DPRK make the indomitable spirit of the Korean workers stronger and make them produce a great miracle startling the world, the North Korean leader said, according to the state news agency KCNA.

The KCNA published the news just hours after US President Donald Trump announced his decision to reinclude North Korea on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

The designation, announced on Monday, allows the US to impose more sanctions on Pyongyang, which is pursuing nuclear weapons and missile programs in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions.

The announcement has been welcomed by Japan and South Korea.

I welcome and support (the designation) as it raises the pressure on North Korea, Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, according to Kyodo news agency.

South Korea said it expected the listing to contribute to the peaceful denuclearisation of the North, adding it continued, along with the US, to seek to bring North Korea to the negotiating table.

Trumps relisting of North Korea as a sponsor of terrorism comes a week after he returned from a 12-day trip to Asia in which containing Pyongyangs nuclear ambitions was a centrepiece of discussions.

In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil, Trump said at the White House.

This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and related persons and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also backed...

08:41

Aust responsible for Manus refugees: UN "IndyWatch Feed National"

Manus Island refugees.

Manus Island refugees.

The situation for hundreds of asylum seekers stranded on a Papua New Guinea island is getting worse every day, a UN refugee official says, urging Australia to resume its responsibility for them.

Australia closed the offshore detention centre on Manus Island at the end of October, but some 380 refugees and asylum seekers have refused to leave, citing safety fears outside the centres walls.

The situation on the ground is very serious and deteriorating day by day, said Nai Jit Lam, a regional representative of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday.

Lam said medicines ran out last week, their health is suffering in the hot and humid weather, and they have started digging wells inside the centre to get water.

The 250 others who have moved out of the centre face an apprehensive local population and unfinished alternative housing on the island, Lam said, adding that the migrants do not speak the local language.

Australia must continue to take responsibility and play an active role in achieving solutions, Lam said.

The United Nations had long criticised the living conditions on Australias offshore migrant centres, while the government argued that they deter people smugglers.

Last year, Papua New Guineas Supreme Court ruled the Manus camp illegal and asked the government to close it.

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08:40

Man Invents Special Bookcase For His Introvert Cat "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jeff Faye and his family live in Chicago with their 4-year-old rescue cat, Stanley, whom they adopted from the ASPCA

Life with a family in a big city can be noisy and hectic. Everyone, including Stanley, needs a place to get some me-time, sometimes. But city life can also be cramped there just isn't much physical room for me-time.

"With four kids, visiting pets and a busy house, he really needed some space of his own," Faye told The Dodo. That's why Faye came up with an idea that would satisfy humans and felines: a special bookcase made just for Stanley. He calls it the Cat Case.

Credit: Jeff Faye

"Stanley is very curious, athletic and enjoys heights. He'll regularly jump from the floor to the top of the cabinets, and come into a room with a face covered in dust or spiderwebs from who knows where," Faye said. "Though he answers to his name, my favorite way of getting his attention is to set an empty box on the floor. Give it five minutes and he'll be sitting in it."

Credit: Jeff Faye

Stanley was a key collaborator in Faye's invention of the Cat Case, telling his human, in so many words, exactly what he thought. 

"If Stanley were a human, he'd have some serious product development cred," Faye said. "I've not only had him test out every prototype of the Cat Case and other units, but he's weighed in on every form of carpeting and material. There were several carpeting samples that he clearly wasn't happy with, those did not make the cut. The samples that he fell asleep on were the ones we incorporated in the final product."

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08:36

Energy plan to slash $120 off power bills "IndyWatch Feed National"

Households are expected to save $120 a year on their power bills under the Turnbull governments energy plan, according to modelling released ahead of a meeting with the states and territories.

The expert analysis puts an extra $5 into the hip pockets of Australian households, compared to initial forecasts released when the national energy guarantee was announced in October.

The evidence is in, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday.

The national energy guarantee will generate significant savings for Australian families and businesses. The savings are greater than originally estimated.

Average household bills under the guarantee are tipped to be $120 lower between 2020 and 2030 compared to a business as usual approach, where the renewable energy target runs out as planned and is not replaced.

The Frontier Economics modelling, commissioned by the Energy Security Board, is being distributed to premiers and chief ministers ahead of a COAG Energy Council meeting in Hobart on Friday.

It expects wholesale power prices will be 23 per cent lower than business as usual between 2020 and 2030, including 30 per cent less in 2030.

The 78 pages of modelling also confirms initial advice that the guarantee would ensure Australias emissions target of 26 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 would be met.

The independent experts have spoken: our plan will cut power bills and ensure the lights stay on, Mr Turnbull said.

The benefits will flow through the entire economy. Businesses will be able to hire more staff, pay their employees more and pass on the savings to consumers through cheaper products.

Mr Turnbull fresh from promising to put more money in the pockets of Australian families and businesses through income tax cuts said the advice showed household bill relief would be real, significant and ongoing.

The modelling is a wake-up call to Labor and the states. They should work with government to bring down prices, increase reliability and meet our international emission reduction commitments, he said.

The guarantee requires electricity retailers to make a certain amount of power available at all times to guarantee reliability, while also guaranteeing certain levels of emissions to help the government meet its Paris accord target.

Federal Labor and some states were critical of the initial modelling and lukewarm on the governments policy.

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg is seeking to put to blowtorch on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.Bill Shorten asked for modelling on the national energy guarantee.

Now he has run out of excuses because he has modelling from Frontier Economics, a mod...

08:32

Ruddock to look into religious freedom "IndyWatch Feed National"

Liberal Party stallwart Phillip Ruddock. Photo AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Liberal Party stallwart Phillip Ruddock. Photo AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Former immigration minister Philip Ruddock has been asked by the Turnbull government to assess Australias religious protection laws.

Mr Ruddock, who was recently Australias Special Envoy for Human Rights, and a panel will look into whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to religious freedom.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wants their findings by the end of March.

Treasurer Scott Morrison strongly welcomed the review, noting the four million people who voted against same-sex marriage in the postal survey.

I think there are many more Australians who would want to be confident that Australias religious freedoms as expressed in our law are satisfactory in todays environment, he told reporters in Canberra.

But he insisted the review was separate to same-sex marriage legislation now before the Senate.

The treasurer wants to see parental rights protected for teaching of children in schools, and no organisation or person who supports traditional marriage penalised for their views.

I dont think any of those things open up the door to sharia law (or) religious extremism, Mr Morrison said.

I think theyre sensible things that I would be encouraging my colleagues in the parliament to support.

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08:29

Adani finance deal imminent: report "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Stop Adani rally at Byron Bay's Main Beach made a clear point. Photo Orion Sturch

The Stop Adani rally at Byron Bays Main Beach made a clear point. Photo Orion Sturch

The Adani Group is reportedly close to announcing it has the money to build its controversial Queensland coal mine and rail link, but there are concerns the involvement of Chinese cash could cost Australia jobs.

An unnamed director of Adani Mining has told industry figures that the company had secured Chinese funding for the Carmichael mine and associated rail line, the ABC says.

He reportedly said Adani wouldnt need a loan of up to $1 billion from the taxpayer-funded Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility for the rail line.

A formal announcement about the financing deal is imminent.

But the ABC reports that reliance on funds from Chinese enterprises and export credit agencies could cost Australia jobs associated with the project.

Such Chinese interests invariably require that materials for key infrastructure are sourced from China and that effective shifts work out of Australia, the ABC said.

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08:24

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to my sixteen nominees! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty

The rules of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you dont have time; or dont accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated...

08:16

Chin Chin employees hit back at wage theft "IndyWatch Feed National"

This account of working in one of Melbournes most iconic restaurants, draws attention to the need for urgent action put an end to this practice, which is widespread in the hospitality industry. The owner of Chin Chin operates nine restaurants and is in the process of opening another one. Go to Megaphone link to sign the petition. The following was written by Sorcha Harrop, one of the central figures in this story.

For almost a year I worked at Chin Chin, one of Melbournes hottest restaurants. I worked through breaks, battled stress, exhaustion and was underpaid at least $9,500.

My experience is just one of thousands of disgusting wage theft stories hospo workers are forced to regularly endure.

Ive had enough of being screwed over. Thats why I filmed this video calling on Malcolm Turnbull to take wage theft off the menu.

Chin Chin is famous for its no reservations policy, long queues down the street, fabulous food and outstanding service.

What you dont know about Chin Chin is that the people who make it such a hot destination are forced to do 14-hour long days and work up to 20 hours a week for free. And heres the kicker: while I was getting underpaid thousands of dollars, my boss, restaurant king Chris Lucas, was spending millions building his seventh restaurant.

This is textbook wage theft. And its happening to hospo workers everywhere: a new survey shows 76% of hospitality employers are stealing workers pay.

We are fed up, and enough is enough. If youve had enough of wage theft too, please watch and share this video.

Every year hundreds of thousands of hospo workers in Australia are robbed: paid below minimum wage, refused penalty rates, and forced to do free work.

We all know stealing is wrong. These rigged rules make wage theft so easy its now become a business model.

Stand with me and other hospo workers getting ripped off.

Hospo workers deserve respect just like everybody else its time to stand up and demand we are treated fairly and paid what were owed.

Video from United Voice

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08:15

Why is Fiji selling out its coastlines? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Sigatoka River Valley. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

A mining project at the mouth of Fijis second biggest river undermines the governments stated commitment to green development.

Kate Wheeling | Pacific Standard | 21 November 2017

Some years back, Angie Lalabalavus grandson dipped a fishing net into a hidden pool he discovered in the stretch of shoreline in front of her house on Fijis Viti Levu island, right where the Sigatoka River meets the Pacific Ocean. When he pulled it out, the net was crawling with hundreds of mud crabs. They picked out the very biggest and threw the rest back, and the family frequently harvested dinners from the pool.

Now the pool is gone, and the crabs with it, and Lalabalavu doesnt think theyll ever come back.This place was full of fish, crabs, and prawns, the 60-year-old says, gesturing to the break in the tree line. In earlier...

08:05

Live Video Presentation: Grand Jury Resistance, Today @ 8 PM EST "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Live Video Presentation: Grand Jury Resistance, Today @ 8 PM EST appeared first on It's Going Down.

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Grand Jury Resistance

On November 21, at 8 pm Eastern Time, we will broadcast our third live video presentation, in which an experienced legal support worker will explain what grand juries are, how they work, and how to resist themthen answer any questions you have. View the video here on this page or via facebook.com/CrimethIncDotCom.This follows up our earlier presentations, An Overview of the J20 Prosecution and The RNC 8, Standing Rock, and J20 Cases.Over the course of 2017, anarchists and radicals have actively resisted grand juries from Standing Rock to North Carolina. Its vital to learn what a grand jury is and what tools of resistance our communities have against them. This presentation is intended to demystify a legal process that relies on secrecy, paranoia, and suspicion as a means to tear apart communities and resistance movements. One of our strongest weapons against this particular tactic of state repression is knowledgealongside bold acts of solidarity!Tune in to learn about the grand jury process, its legacy of repression, and how you can support resistance to grand juries.

Posted by CrimethInc. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tune in here to IGD for a livestreamed video from CrimethInc. about grand juries and how to resist them. 

On November 21, at 8 pm Eastern Time, we will broadcast our third live video presentation, in which an experienced legal support worker will explain what grand juries are, how they work, and how to resist themthen answer any questions you have. View the video here on this page or via facebook.com/CrimethIncDotCom.

This follows up our earlier presentations,...

08:02

Rare oarfish discovered on beach in Kingston, South Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A rare discovery washed up on Kingston's shore last week. The remains of an Oarfish was discovered on the Kingston beach by Sharryn Tiller and her dog Hugo on November 11. Living in the deep sea, the fish is rarely seen and its behaviour not widely studied, and it is believed to have inspired tales of sea serpents. "I was taking Hugo for a walk along the beach and we came across this great big dead fish," said Sharryn. "I thought what on earth is it? I stood there thinking maybe it was an eel. "But eels don't have whiskers, this fish had great long hard whiskers. "I came home and my husband was chatting to our neighbour, Dan Watson and I mentioned what I had seen on the beach.

07:46

Scientists discover gold literally grows on trees "IndyWatch Feed National"

Money might not grow on trees, but scientists have confirmed that gold is found in the leaves of some plants. Scientists from Australia's national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), have proved that the leaves of certain eucalyptus trees contain minute amounts of the precious metal that have been naturally absorbed. Eucalypts in the Kalgoorlie region of Western Australia and the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia are drawing up water containing gold particles from the earth via their roots and depositing it in their leaves and branches. One of the authors of the paper, the CSIRO geochemist Dr Mel Lintern, said some eucalyptus root systems dived down deeper than 30m, through much of the sediment that sits on top of solid ore-bearing rock. The tree acts "as a hydraulic pump ... drawing up water containing the gold", he said. "As the gold is likely to be toxic to the plant, it is moved to the leaves and branches where it can be released or shed to the ground."

07:42

Pine Gap activists enter top secret facility to stop drone strikes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

Tomothy Webb, Andrew Paine, Margarert Petrorius and James Dowling have fronted up in the Northern Territory Supreme Court, to face charges of entering a prohibited area and filming within, namely the top secret Pine Gap military communications facility near Alice Springs.

They face a maximum of 7 years jail if found guilty.

All  admit jumping the  1.2 metre perimeter fence and entering the facility on 29 September 2016. But they had a right to do so under the circumstances.

Among other tasks, Pine Gap is used to communicate massages to operate drone strikes in in US led wars in the Middle East.  The base plays an important part in these actions and that the victims are mostly innocent civilians.

As Christians, the accused believe they had a duty to act.

Speaking in her own defence, Margaret Pestorious said that they had hoped to disrupt activities.

Theres a direct link to Pine Gap, because the signals come through Pine Gap and then directly out to US officers who direct drone strikes against real people, she told the court.

We went there to try to stop that information from getting from A, to B to C, which is some poor villager.

That week there was a drone strike which killed 15 people, 14 of which were not insurgents.

Australia is involved in the real-time sending of signals that result in killing.

She said that sources reveal there are up to three drone strikes a day.

That the protest was carried out to defend others and that this should be considered a justifiable defence.

Professor Richard Tanter, from the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability, has written extensively about the secretive base and was called as a witness by the accused.

He told the court Pine Gap was perhaps the most important US intelligence facility outside the US.

The accused are part of a broader movement that has the aim of closing Pine Gap. Assisting drone attacks is one of its activities. It is also much more widely linked into the overall American military system.

This is not an Australian facility, but one under American command. It is questionable whether the existence of foreign bases on Australian soil is really in Australias interests. These interests  are rooted in acting as a responsible global citizen working for peace. Nor is it safe to have military activities being directed from Australia, without Australian control.

The case continues.

 

The post Pine Gap activists enter top secret facility to...

07:30

Voters think the Turnbull government is on its own highway to hell "IndyWatch Feed National"

Peter Lewis writes in the Guardian (21 November 2017) that Malcolm Turnbull and the whole political system in Australia is on the nose. Australians want change and not more of the usual political antics. Lewis starts off with Turnbulls disaster interview, where he cluelessly talked about Australian bands AC/DC and Mental as Anything and uses a tongue in cheek approach to underline a very serious matter.

You really have to be an 80s music nerd to fully appreciate the prime ministers faux pas on commercial radio yesterday when he botched an opportunity to pay tribute to Australias finest rocknroll export.

On a scale of one to 10, likening AC/DC to Mental as Anything hits 11 in lame. When asked to embrace power he opted for middle of the road: its enough to demand the leather jacket be handed back immediately.

Where AC/DC drove pulsating guitar rock to a new intensity, the Mentals delivered catchy ditties via synthesiser. Where AC/DC were a bunch of migrant kids who screeched hardship and defiance, the Mentals were a gang of art school grads who crooned smug whimsy.

AC/DC was fronted by an untamed, tattooed dude called Bon who died choking on his own vomit; the Mentals were fronted by a smart arse who wore a cardigan and called himself Greedy (maybe that explains the attraction).

What was so revealing about the moment wasnt that 40 years of rock history had passed our PM by, it wasnt that he hadnt been briefed on the obvious angle for his morning FM skate; it was that all he had in an unscripted moment, when he was caught short and the dead air was beginning to suffocate him, was: If you leave me, can I come too? **

And it wasnt the PMs only implosion in what was a high voltage* day of politics.

By lunchtime the prime minister had effectively closed the parliament in the face of growing fears that the berserk warriors** from the National party would detonate political TNT* by backing a commission of inquiry into the banking sectors litany of dirty deeds, done dirt cheap*.

By dinnertime, he was desperately reaching into the political bag of tricks, promising the Business Council to give the dog a bone* in the form of income tax cuts. Its a trick weve seen too many times** but one that politicians play when they are feeling the heat.

But rather than being thunderstruck* by the prime ministers political nimbleness, this weeks Guardian Essential Report shows most voters think the Turnbull government has embarked on its own highway to hell* 

How much trus...

07:19

The Queensland Government Is The Real Driver In Adanis Dirty Land Grab "IndyWatch Feed National"

A key issue in the upcoming Queensland election issue is the Adani coal mine, a massive project slated for development in the Carmichael basin north west of Brisbane. To ensure it happens, the Queensland Government is threatening to compulsory acquire land from the local Traditional Owners. In the second in a five part series, Kristen Lyons explains.

When Adani purchased the coal tenement for its proposed Carmichael mine in 2010, then Premier Anna Bligh declared the proposed mine and related infrastructure project could generate more than 11,000 jobs and lucrative economic returns for Queenslanders.

The rhetoric about the Adani Carmichael mine, coming in turn from the Newman, and later Palaszczuk Governments, however, has always been about more than simply more jobs and more growth.

The Galilee Basin has been lauded as Queenslands last coal frontier. The region has been described as the most prospective area outside that currently being mined and on this basis has seen successive Queensland Governments establish policy settings and financial breaks, as well as expedite approval processes and champion pro-mining rhetoric, to drive a state-led enclosure of Aboriginal and pastoral lands to open up the Galilee Basin for coal mining.

And for Adani, this constitutes a land grab of Wangan and Jagalingou Country. While Wangan and Jagalingou people are pulled in multiple directions by competing interests, the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council (W&J) have asserted sustained opposition to Adanis proposed mine.

Despite their resistance, and a tireless campaign built around a defense of the right to say no, the Queensland Government has failed to even acknowledge W&Js opposition to the mine, a position simply incongruent with their coal extraction agenda for the region.

Instead, the Queensland Government has walked over Indigenous rights in its efforts to secure W&J country, and to open up the Galilee Basin for the final frontier in a long history of often violent extractivism.

Former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh. (IMAGE: David Jackmanson, Flickr)Former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh. (IMAGE: David Jackmanson, Flickr)

Our research exposes some of the direct and covert manoeuvres of the Queensland Government in sidelining the rights of Traditional Owners to make way for Adanis mines. And given the current elevation of the A...

07:00

The late President Kabuis family reunites after 9 years "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tomb of the late President Joseph Kabui
The tomb of late Bougainville President Joseph Kabui

LEONARD FONG ROKA

ARAWA - It was in June 2008, whilst he was still in office, that Joseph Kabui, the founding president of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, died.

Conflict immediately broke out over the burial place of the deceased between Kabuis matrilineal family of Enamira Village in the Panguna District of central Bougainville and his widow and her four daughters from Tadolima Village in the Bana District of south Bougainville.

The friction developed because, to the Nasioi people, a deceased chief of a family must be buried in his original homeland amongst his family so the power and respect he had will flow down his family line.

This Nasioi belief however was not in line with what the public wanted during the funeral ceremony of the president. Many of them stood up to the concerned nieces of the president and said the casket was state property and the rightful owners should be his wife and daughters.

Only now has that conflict been resolved. On Saturday 21 October the argument was laid to rest in a small reconciliation ceremony beside President Kabuis tomb at Tadolima village.

The confrontation erupted on the same day the president was pronounced dead at his official Hutjena residence in Buka in 2008.

It persisted as the presidents casket travelled throughout locations in PNG and in Bougainville and it went on for nine years during which there was no interaction between the two parties.

06:59

Australia's weather bureau issues La Nina alert - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's weather bureau issues La Nina alertThomson Reuters FoundationWELLINGTON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued an alert on Tuesday for a La Nina weather event next month, saying the chance it would take place was triple the normal likelihood. The bureau pegged the chance of a La ...and more 

06:32

Neighbors rescue 6yo girl from witch hunters' deadly knife attack "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has called on tribes to end ritualistic torture, after a six-year-old child was attacked with knives on the suspicion she brought a hex on her community. O'Neill said violent abuse, largely perpetrated by men, against women and girls accused of sorcery must stop. His call comes after the Papua New Guinea Tribal Foundation, a charity to help indigenous peoples, revealed the rescue of a young girl from a village in Enga province last week. The girl had been accused of 'sanguma,' a fabled practice of witchcraft. According to the charity, the girl received burns and slash wounds from heated knives.

06:26

Were Not Here to F**k Spiders, So Get On With It, And Other Things Jesus Might Say "IndyWatch Feed National"

The marriage equality debate has been settled. Oh wait, no it hasnt. Michael Bradley takes aim at the folks who dont like losing.

Blessed are the cheese makers, Jesus might have said, and why the hell arent we talking about their rights today? Why do the cake bakers get all the attention? If I was going to have a gay wedding, which Id definitely do out of spite if I wasnt not gay and already married, I would want a six tier cheese cake with a figurine coupling of Tony Abbott and George Pell on top. Id rewrite the lyrics to Endless Love to suit, and force a Christian rock band to play it on a key-tar.

Oh, ridiculous? We may as well all get down in the mosh-pit of nonsense being peddled by the silent majority/persecuted minority who are feeling the hurt according to Jacqui Lambie, and not stop until the dance floor resembles the aftermath of a (very heterosexual) B&S ball circa 1985, bits of cheese and cabanossi floating in the beer and vomit.

What am I saying? Im making as much sense as the po-faced defenders of the faith, whatever that now means, as they twist their hypocrisies ever more tightly around their choking throats, facing as they are into the abyss of what weve really been talking about all along but nobody is ever prepared to say: gay sex.

Yes, LGBTQI people have sex too, and they do it in ways which make 38% of the Australian voting population feel a bit ick.

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Thats ok, actually. It isnt even bigotry to not enjoy the thought of other peoples sexual proclivities. Bigotry is wanting to discriminate against them because of those proclivities or their sexual identity. We dont make laws allowing ourselves to treat each other differently because of our gender, race, ethnicity or, yes, religion. Since the passing of the Sex Discrimination Act in 1984, we have not allowed discrimination on the basis of sexuality.

This is the point constantly and consciously overlooked by the camp which was formerly No but has transformed into Oh Alright Yes But What About The Cheese Makers Help Help Im Being Oppressed.

Sorry, the point. Yes, the point is that, as at today while we still do not have marriage equality in Australia notwithstanding the $100m we just spent confirming that we want it like weve been saying all along, what happens if a Christian cheese cake maker is approached by a same sex couple seeking catering for their engagement party? What happens is that the supplier cannot, by the existing and longstanding anti-discrimination law of this country, refuse on the basis that h...

06:25

The Prosperity Gospel of Hillsong, Brian Houston and other Prosperity Gospel pastors is contrary to the teachings of the New Testament "IndyWatch Feed National"

Brian Houstons book You Need More Money

 

Hillsong Conference is held annually in Sydney Australia each July and runs for four days. It is an annual event that has been held for many decades.

Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston, co-head pastors of Hillsong, are Prosperity Gospel and Word of Faith exponents. They are also compromised by accepting non-repentant gays and lesbians into their congregation, even in positions of top leadership. Josh Canfield, the long-time head worship leader of Hillsong New York City and previously Hillsong London, is an example. Josh was preparing to marry his live-in boyfriend Reed Kelly until they split up in March last year.

The errant heretical Prosperity Gospel of Hillsong, Brian Houston and other Prosperity Gospel pastors is contrary to the teachings of the New Testament.

All the speakers at Hillsong Conferences are Prosperity Gospel and Word of Faith adherents. Any speaker that speakers at a Hillsong Conference is aware of all, or many of,  Hillsongs heresies and is part of this heretical counterfeit Pentecostal movement world-wide. Which is not true Pentecostal at all. The leaders of the Welsh Revival, the Azusa Street Revival, John G Lake, Kathryn Kuhlmann, Smith Wigglesowrth, John Booth, John and Charles Wesley the founder of Methodism, John Knox and all the great leaders and general...

06:00

Physicist suggests looking to the cosmos to solve computational problems "IndyWatch Feed National"

Can a close look at the universe give us solutions to problems too difficult for a computer -- even if we built a computer larger than a planet? Physicist Stephen Jordan reflects on this question in a new video by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), along with a new scientific paper that considers one particular tough problem the universe might answer. In The Computational Power of the Universe, Jordan does not imagine what we could learn if humanity somehow converted the entire cosmos into a vast computing device (however marvelous a science-fiction premise that idea might make). Rather, he asks, now that the universe has undergone billions of years of change in accordance with the laws of nature, can we use what we see through our telescopes to gain insights into difficult computational problems? After all, computers crunch numbers to simulate complex change. What if we consider the cosmos to be the output of a 13.7-billion year computation?

06:00

Population explosion makes protection of customary land vital "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG Population ProjectionEDDIE TANAGO

PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guineas population is growing at an explosive rate, which makes retaining control of customary land vitally important.

Customary land is very valuable. It sustains a huge economy and provides employment for three million local farmers.

Customary land is also vital for food security and it makes people strong and self-reliant.

The 2011 national census reported PNGs population to be 7.2 million but, at a growth rate of over 2% a year, it has already grown to an estimated 8.3 million.[

That is a 1.1 million or 15% increase in just 6 years.

By 2030, it is estimated our population will be 10.5 million - an increase of 2.2 million or 26% on todays figure.

This increase in population cannot go unnoticed by the government, which must stop its efforts to register customary land as that opens the door to illegal land deals and land alienation.

The government must also stop encouraging and allowing foreign owned industries to take control of customary land.

Our customary land is already valuable and, when we allow outsiders onto it under the guise of logging, mining, oil palm or other activities, we lose a vital asset; one that is only going to be even more crucial for our children and their children's children.

Retaining control of customary land will help reduce the impacts of PNGs population explosion by providing a home, food security and employment for our children.

05:08

Defense Secretary Mattis won't admit US military presence in Syria has no legal grounds "IndyWatch Feed National"

Although the US has many times stated that its target is IS only, it appears that its intentions may go beyond the stated objective. In fact, Washington is seeking to retain post-conflict zones of influence within the country, where the American presence is illegal. Asked at a press-conference on Nov. 13 if the US military will stay or leave Syria, US Defense Secretary James Mattis stated, "We're not just going to walk away right now before the Geneva process has cracked." He stressed the importance of the Geneva settlement process held under the auspices of the UN, saying "we got to get the UN-brokered effort in Geneva to take this thing forward." Answering a question about the legal grounds for the US presence in the country, the secretary explained "You know, the UN said that ISIS - basically we can go after ISIS. And we're there to take them out." The Syrian Foreign Ministry issued a firm warning to the US and other foreign forces in Syria on Nov. 14. According to it, "The presence of US forces or any foreign military presence in Syria without the consent of the Syrian government constitutes an act of aggression and an attack on the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic as well as a gross violation of the charter and principles of the United Nations." In September, Deputy Foreign Minister of Syria Faisal Mekdad stated that the US "should withdraw its military; otherwise the Syrian army will consider them as a hostile force."

04:43

The Consequences of the Symbolic Recognition of Palestine "IndyWatch Feed National"

Seeking recognition of Palestine has been one of the Palestinian Authoritys diplomatic strategies which lose significance when juxtaposed against Mahmoud Abbass collaboration with the Israeli occupation. Behind statements of recognition lies silence and the tacit acceptance of Israels colonization of Palestinian land and forced displacement of the indigenous people. Other than the obsolete two-state paradigm, there has been little discussion of what such recognition actually means in practice, or whether it could generate a tangible outcome for Palestinians.

On Monday, during an official visit to Spain, Abbas urged the Spanish parliament to recognize Palestine, so that Palestine and Israel can live side-by-side in security, stability and good neighbourly relations, which will bring hope in a better future for Palestine and its people who have suffered from historical injustice when they were uprooted from their homeland in the 1948 Nakba and the occupation of the rest of our land in 1967.

According to Wafa news agency, Abbas also reiterated his support for international impositions, including efforts by [US] President [Donald] Trumps administration to achieve a historic peace deal. Presumably, Abbas is referring to the latest wheeze from Washington; according to Haaretz, the U.S. State Department has threatened to shut down the Palestinian diplomatic mission in the country if it does not embark upon negotiations with Israel and instead seeks recourse through the International Criminal Court for Israels war crimes. PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat stated that all communication with the U.S. would be halted if such a threat materializes.

However, with an entity that is bolstered by both the U.S. and Israel, continuing or halting diplomatic communication will ultimately continue to reveal the degree of collaboration that is ongoing, with the PA on the bottom rung and through which decisions detrimental to Palestinians continue to be imposed. Whether countries recognize Palestine or not, Israel and the U.S. continue a seamless plan to strip away Palestinians from their land. Clearly, symbolic recognition is neither helping nor hindering Palestines diplomatic efforts. It is merely a symbol of the PA purportedly attempting to take a stand for Palestinian rights.

Palestine has become many things, depending upon the interests of the actors involved. Colonialism constituted the first laceration between land and people. For the international community, it has been simplified into a question to be debated at regular intervals but never answered. Abbas, on the other hand, has followed the trajectory of exploiting Palestine after allowing Israel to continue its expansion. The ensuing question is, therefore, what recognition is Abbas demanding from governments? If there was no two-state imposition, what would constitute recognitio...

04:38

Carcinogenic Substances We Used Regularly "IndyWatch Feed National"

Carcinogenic Substances We Used Regularly | arsenic | Toxins

Would you drink wine which was sweetened with lead? If you have researched even a little bit about lead, your answer is probably somewhere in the vein of absolutely not, are you out of your mind. However, this was the exact thing that ancient Romans used to do.

Even after they learned that the lead in their drinks (and plumbing) was poisoning them, they had a hard time stopping using it. It is easy to feel high and mighty and laugh at them, but we actually do the same thing. There are substances which are very toxic to us and which cause cancer and other illnesses which we used well after we found out they are toxic.

Numerous cancers could have been prevented if only we had acted quicker. Companies like https://www.odonate.com/ which create cancer medications have some really astounding statistics and numbers. Fortunately, we did ban a lot of substances, too. Heres a list of some of those substances.

Asbestos

Probably the most famous carcinogenic substance which is now banned, asbestos used to be fairly ubiquitous. It had numerous uses due to its heat resistance. A lot of firefighters flame retardant suits were made of it. However, that is not where it caused (and continues to cause) the most problems.

It is the use as a house insulator that really caused the most problems. The crystalline structure of asbestos is responsible both for the usefulness and the hazard of this material. The tiny crystals which are separated from the material are light enough to be lifted into the air, which means that people would breathe it in all day long. The crystals would then make small cuts on the lungs which can become cancerous over time.

Food Preservatives

Our processed foods need to last for a long time. In order to do that, we use a lot of different chemicals. Over the years many of these chemicals have proven to be fairly toxic and cancerogenic. Despite the small quantities, these chemicals can cause a lot of harm to our organisms....

04:32

I Saw Death in Her Eyes. Chuck Norris Warns About a Common Medical Procedure That Almost Killed His Wife, yet Millions of Americans Undergo It Every Year "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: I Saw Death in Her Eyes. Chuck Norris Warns About a Common Medical Procedure That Almost Killed His Wife, yet Millions of Americans Undergo It Every Year For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

by Yelena Sukhoterina Some medical procedures are so common that few ever question their safety until it is too late. Chuck Norris, a famous American actor and martial artist, recently had to witness his wife go through agony feeling helpless as the doctors rushed to find an answer to why Gena Norris was dying []

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04:20

After the exposure, what comes next? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The pattern has become familiar. Day after day we get new names of well-known people accused of the behavior ranging from the gross to the illegal, almost always by men of power and influence and aimed at young women and men whose careers they could influence positively or negatively. Their targets felt intimidated from speaking out against them directly or complain to their superiors. What has become clear is that these men behaved with impunity because they felt that their position gave them immunity. Clearly, if things are to change, people must realize that whoever they are, if they abuse their power over people they will be exposed and suffer the consequences.

But now comes the hard part. What should be the consequences?

This is not going to be easy to answer. For one thing, there is a whole range of offenses ranging from the downright illegal to those that are not illegal but utterly gross. Even for those actions that are illegal, the statue of limitations has passed for many. Even when they are still prosecutable, the cases are going to be tough because many of these predators were savvy enough to commit their offenses when there were no witnesses around. The case against them will be largely circumstantial, based on the sheer numbers of accusers willing to come forward publicly, the similarities of their stories, and if they recounted the events to others contemporaneously.

Other cases may not be illegal. Take for example TV broadcaster Charlie Rose. In addition to lewd phone calls and groping, he would apparently ask people to his home or hotel room to work and then excuse himself to take a shower. He would then emerge naked and walk around, seemingly oblivious to the discomfort of the co-worker. Apparently this behavior was so well-known to the cognoscenti that it was referred to by them as Roses shower trick. While there are usually laws against public nudity, I think that it is not illegal to walk around naked in ones own home or hotel room even if others are present, though I may be wrong.

Should there be a graded scale where offenses are punished based on the severity of the offense? The problem with the latter is that judging severity is highly contextual. Under certain circumstances, depending on the situation and the victims age and degree of vulnerability, what others might consider a minor offense could be quite traumatic. And who gets to decide what the punishment should be? And what compensation should the victims who suffered psychologically in addition to having their careers hindered or even destroyed, get and who should pay it?

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02:39

The Last Clinton Scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"



The Last Clinton Scandal

Submitted to Operation Disclosure | By Patrick J. McShay

"If they send a signal that we're going to be like some dictatorship, like some authoritarian regime, where political opponents are going to be unfairly and fraudulently investigated, that rips at the fabric of the contract we have, that we can trust the justice system. It will be incredibly demoralizing to the people at the Justice Department, both Democrat, and Republican, but it will also send a terrible signal to our Country and the World that we have given up on the kind of values that we use to live by."
* Hillary Clinton explaining to Mother Jones why looking into her alleged criminality is a big waste of time.

"It's time for Jeff Sessions to name a Special Counsel and get answers for the American people. If not he should step down". -- Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)

"The Uranium One deal is not a national security scandal, it is a corruption scandal involving Clinton family self-dealing." -- Former Federal Prosecutor Andy McCarthy


The Trump Administration is pushing for a real investigation and the appointment of a special counsel to look into Bill and Hillary and Bill Clinton's involvement in the Uranium One deal that sold the rights of 20% of America's Uranium to the Russians. The funny thing is that all of the people involved are "never Trumpers" who have been trying to prove Trump colluded with Russia. They also want to know why the Clinton Foundation benefited to the tune of $145 million on the deal. Hillary, not pleased at all with this spotlight on another of her shady deals, told Mother Jones that this is "old news" and a new investigation would be a "disastrous step into politicizing the Justice Department."

Hillary whined that any further investigation into this obviously dirty deal would have devastating consequences for the justice system in America. The Clinton's decades of lies and complete disregard for decency and the rule of law make Hillary's pleas for justice laughable and extr...

02:30

Top Chicago Exchanges Release Bitcoin Futures Details "IndyWatch Feed National"

The big story that sent Bitcoin to the moon earlier this month has been updated this week with more good news. Both the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) have released details on upcoming futures contracts for the cryptocurrency.

These proposed trading contracts by major exchanges caused an upward surge in Bitcoin price earlier this month as it was seen as a sign of financial institution and mainstream adoption. The relentless uptrend continued and Bitcoin broke record after record the last high being a little over $8,200 just yesterday.

The CBOE released details of their BTC (or XBT) contracts on the exchange blog. There will be a 1BTC contract with the lowest price fluctuation (tick) of $10 released once regulatory reviews have been passed. A specific date was not mentioned though it is likely to be before the end of the year in line with CMEs announcement.

In response to questions CFA Russell Rhodes stated:

The question I am constantly hearing is, How will the futures prices relate to spot Bitcoin pricing, and the best (and most honest) answer I can give is, I dont know.  Ive done academic work on the launch of newly listed products in the past and prior assumptions about new markets often are off the mark.  Ive heard arguments for the futures trading at both a premium and a discount to the spot price, personally, I think the best strategy is to see what the market tells us when Bitcoin futures are available for trading.

Previously CME announced a mid-December date for its Bitcoin contracts however that was later changed according to Reuters. The CME website currently states that futures contracts will be available before the end of the year pending all relevant regulatory review periods.

The contract will be a 5BTC offering with a price tick of $5 for each coin in the contract or $25 for the total of five. There will be spot position limits set at a thousand contracts.

The news bolstered the price again as it is likely to when these contracts go live next month. Bitcoin seems pretty unstoppable at the moment and the expectation is that these futures would impart legitimacy to the asset class which could see institutional investors entering the Bitcoin market.

In a statement to US news media Chairman and CEO of CME said:

Today you cannot short Bitcoin. So theres only one way it can go. You eit...

01:54

The House of Saud Is Creating the Conditions for Its Own Downfall "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cross-posted from Moon of Alabama

The Saudi clown prince Mohammad Bin Salman is an impulsive tyrant. But what accounts for his urge to purge the country of any potential competing power center Why does he run a such an activist foreign policy? The answer might be Iran. Not Iran the country, but Iran the system.

Since the U.S. war on Iraq the sclerotic Saudi Arabia continuously lost standing in its region. The Iranian model gained ground. A decade later the authoritarian Arab systems were challenged by the so called Arab spring. While the movements in the various countries -as far as they were genuine- have failed, they were a warning sign for things to come.

Saudi Arabia reacted to the challenges by moving away from a sedate, consensual run family business towards a centrally controlled, supercharged tyranny. The move allows for more flexible and faster reactions to any future challenge. But it also increases the chance of making mistakes. To understand why this endeavor is likely to fail one needs look at the traditional economic and social system that is the fabric of the country. The fate of the Hariri dynasty is an example for it.

Since Salman climbed the throne he has moved to eliminate all competition to his rule. The religious establishment was purged of any opposition. Its police arm was reigned in. First crown prince Murqrin was removed and then crown prince Nayef. They were replaced with Salmans inexperienced son. Economic and military powers were concentrated in his hands. During the recent night of the long knivespowerful family members and business people were detained. The Wall Street Journal reports of a second arrest wave. More higher ups have been incarcerated. This round includes senior military commanders and very wealthy business people.

As the prison for the arrested VIPs, the Ritz-Carlton hotel, is fully booked, the next door Mariott is now put to use. Qualified staff was hired to handle the prisoners:

As many as 17 people detained in the anti-corruption campaign have required medical treatment for abuse by their captors, according to a doctor from the nearest hospital and an American official tracking the s...

01:50

BBC WS claims Israeli pressure and incentives led Jews to flee Iraq "IndyWatch Feed National"

The November 19th edition of the BBC World Service radio programme Weekend asked what happened to the Jews of Baghdad? but listeners hoping to get an accurate and full answer to that question would have been disappointed.

Presenter Julian Worricker introduced the item (from 43:47 here) as follows: [emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]

Worricker: Now in 1917 a third of the people living in the Iraqi city of Baghdad were Jewish. A hundred years on, among the citys six and a half million people only a handful are Jews. There was more than one factor behind the exodus of Baghdads Jewish population and a new documentary that premiered in London last week has been exploring what happened to some of them, among them Edwin Shuker. In 1971 he left Baghdad as a child and came to Britain with his parents and he says he still want...

01:39

Why Are Police In The USA So Terrified? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Robert J. Burrowes for TRANSCEND Media Service - 15 Nov 2017 In a recent incident in the United States, yet another unarmed man was shot dead by police after opening his front door in response to their knock. The police were going to serve an arrest warrant on a domestic violence suspect the mans neighbour but went to the wrong address. See Police kill innocent man while serving warrant at wrong address. For those who follow news in the United States, the routine killing of innocent civilians by the police has become a national crisis despite concerted attempts by political and legal authorities and the corporate media to obscure what is happening. See Killed by Police and The Counted: People killed by police in the US. So far this year, US police have killed 1,044 people. In contrast, from 1990 to 2016, police in England and Wales killed just 62 people. See Fatal police shootings. Of course, these murders by the police are just the tip of the iceberg of police violence as police continue to demonstrate that the freedoms guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment have been eviscerated. See What Country Is This? Forced Blood Draws, Cavity Searches and Colonoscopies. So why are the police so violent? you might ask. Well, several scholars have offered answers to this question and you can read a little about what they say in these articles reviewing recent books on the subject. See The Fraternal Order of Police Must Go and Our Ever-Deadlier Police State.

01:14

Gay clubbing in 1918 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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1910s professional female impersonator, Julian Eltinge

What was it like to go to a gay club in 1918? To find out we need to follow an undercover reporter and his friend into one of the best Perth had to offer. At least he said he was undercover. Strangely, our hack seems to know almost everyone present. But well play along, and assume he was there strictly for journalistic reasons.

Back in the gold boom days, the best gay club in town was Flora Dora, which was so established it seems people didnt mind being seen there, but there were others. But just after World War I, only one club was up and running for men who wanted to hang around with other men, unless you count such places as the Weld Club. Which we wont.

In 1918, underground advertisements for The Misogynists Ball started circulating. We assume the event name was ironic, or perhaps a simple way of being able to not invite the wife. Darling, Id love you to come, but you would hate all those misogynists. The sale of tickets was kept very private, only available to those in the know, and almost everyone attending wore fancy dress and a mask to keep their identity secret. Or, at least, to pretend to keep their identity secret. The advert ran:

Almost all the social elements of a large city have their club or meeting placethe fat, the bald, the bachelors, the widowerswhy not the...

01:00

Say: "Stop the GOP war on America: (fill in the blanks). " "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article suggests ways we can frame the GOP assault on America, Americans, and American values by using variants of "Stop the GOP War on America:------." It also gives a rationale for using the "war on. . ." frame in this context, and answers other objections activists might have to this frame.

00:20

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed National"

International Law Prevents Recovery of Rosetta Stone from UK, Egypt's Antiquities Minister Tells MPs
Gamal Essam El-Din
Monday 20 Nov 2017

Minister Khaled El-Enany said the UNESCO agreement which Egypt signed in 1970 does not help in recovering the Rosetta Stone

In a question and answer session before parliament on Monday, Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany said he regrets that the ministry has not so far been able to recover all Egyptian antiquities smuggled abroad.

"The UNESCO agreement which Egypt signed in 1970 stipulates that an ownership document is a prerequisite in order to be officially able to recover smuggled antiquities," said El-Enany, adding that "for this reason, we have not been able to recover the Rosetta Stone which was smuggled into England in the 19th century."

El-Enany, however, said that "Egypt was able to recover as many 1,100 antiquities from 20 countries across the world in 2016 and 2017."

"Some of these were recovered through bilateral negotiations and others through lawsuits," he said.

El-Enany deplored that "the smuggling and sale of Egyptian antiquities on world markets will not stop as long as Egypt does not have ownership documents of them."

"In England the sale of antiquities is a legalised practice and this also makes it difficult to recover our pieces there," said the minister, adding that "in 1983 Egypt decided to make sale of antiquities illegal, but this is just an Egyptian law."

He said some Egyptian antiquities smuggled into England were are always on show in exhibition halls there, with ownership documents of some pieces indicating that they were bought at EGP 2 per piece in 1932.

El-Enany said there are two kinds of Egyptian antiquities in Israel.

"While the first ones are the ones which were discovered in Israel itself as in old times the pharaohs occupied this land, the second are the ones which were smuggled from Sinai into Israel," said El-Enany, adding that "Egypt was able to recover many of its smuggled antiquities from Israel."

The minister revealed that a national committee including the ministries of antiquities, foreign affairs, the Administrative Control Authority, the National...

00:16

Lets talk about vaccines Event Taken Down After Massive Backlash "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Australia, freedom of speech is no longer something residents should take for granted, particularly when it comes to the vaccine movement. Australia has been reduced to draconian positions when it comes to diversities in...

The post Lets talk about vaccines Event Taken Down After Massive Backlash appeared first on Vaxxter.

00:00

Bitcoin, Bail Ins & Bullion Mike Maloney (Video) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bitcoin, Bail Ins & Bullion Mike Maloney Video In this video Mike Maloney gives evidence of the looming disasters in Italy, China and Australia which of these fuses will ignite the next financial crisis? Video Source

The post Bitcoin, Bail Ins & Bullion Mike Maloney (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

Tuesday, 21 November

23:04

Georges el Rif Killer Sentenced to Death "IndyWatch Feed National"

Beiruts Criminal Court issued the verdict in the case of George al-Rif killing, sentencing the accused Tareq Yateem to death and acquitting his friend Lynn Haidar. Yateem was arrested after stabbing George el Rif 15 times in broad daylight and in front of dozens of bystanders following a traffic dispute.

The whole thing was caught on tape yet Yateems lawyer withdrew from the case without prior notice, claiming that Justice Minister Salim Jreissati had interfered in the case. If anything, the victims family should worry of interference to let this scumbag get away with his crime.

Nevertheless, the death sentence is still not the answer here and theres nothing the authorities can do for justice to be served, not when corruption is all around us and these killers are almost always protected by some politician or party. The only thing to do, sadly enough, is running for your life instead of getting into a fight with these people and trying to avoid them as much as possible.

22:37

Benutzt hier jemand Intel-Prozessoren?This includes ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Benutzt hier jemand Intel-Prozessoren?

This includes scenarios where a successful attacker could:

Impersonate the ME/SPS/TXE, thereby impacting local security feature attestation validity.
Load and execute arbitrary code outside the visibility of the user and operating system.

TXE ist die Trusted Execution Engine. Intel hatte einen Job. Einen. Und den haben sie so massiv verkackt, dass ich insgeheim ein bisschen hoffe, dass dieser ganze unvertrauenswrdige Rotz in Zukunft optional sein wird. Ich sehe jedenfalls nicht ein, die Komponente zu bezahlen, ber die mich die NSA ownt.

22:36

Australia: People Blockade Work on Adani Rail Line "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

from FLAC

UPDATE: 5 of the protestors were arrested for contravening police orders and blocking a road. They have been released on summons.

November 21st: A multi-faith group of six peaceful protestors are blocking work on the rail line from Abbot Point to the Galilee Basin to protest Adanis proposed mega-coal mine.  The protestors are all members of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), a multi-faith organization that works with diverse faith communities to tackle global warming.

Among the protestors are a Uniting Church Minister, the Reverend Alex Sangster, and a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, Tejopala Rawls. Other participants are from the Catholic and Quaker traditions.

ARRCC President, Thea Ormerod said Stopping Adanis mega-coal mine from being built is a moral issue. People around the world are already losing their lives and livelihoods, and species are going extinct because of the damage we are doing to the earths climate. Today we call on people of all faiths to join us in taking a stand for those already being impacted by climate change, for future generations and for the Great Barrier Reef.

Ms Ormerod said her organisation had decided to engage in civil resistance because other avenues were not working. For ten years, ARRCC has drawn this issue to the attention of elected representatives and business leaders. We have done everything we could within the law to prompt our leaders to take action to move Australia away from dependency on coal, oil and gas.

Non-violence is at the heart of all the major faiths. We will continue to use all legal options open to us to convince our leaders to act for climate justice. However, where necessary, people of faith must not shy away...

21:19

Hundreds of Palestinians on the brink of expulsion: We just want to live "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hundreds of Palestinians on the brink of expulsion: We just want to live Three hundred Palestinians have been ordered to leave their homes and take with them all their belongings within the next eight days. Where are they supposed to go? The military order provides no answers. In the meantime, they wait for the rain []

21:00

Bitcoin Gold Price Doubles in Value Thanks to Bittrex Listing "IndyWatch Feed National"

A lot has been said about the launch of Bitcoin Gold so far. It was delayed by a few days initially and there are still some issues regarding the claiming process. Not enough wallets support BTG right now, yet exchanges are slowly coming around to supporting it. More specifically, Bittrex added this altcoin overnight, which promptly caused a surge in value. Right now, one BTG is valued at over $285.

While not too many may care about Bitcoin Gold, there is a very good reason to do exactly that. More specifically, the value of BTG has yet to be properly determined. If some exchanges are to be believed, this currency is worth over $285. An interesting price surge of 132.66% over the past 24 hours. This isnt a change anyone really expected, that much is certain. So far, the number of use cases for BTG, other than speculation, are still pretty much zero.

Bitcoin Gold Surge Reeks of a Pump

This makes the Bitcoin Gold price surge even stranger, for obvious reasons.  While speculation is a good indicator, more than doubling in value isnt exactly normal. At the same time, there is no reason why this altcoin shouldnt have any value whatsoever. Until we know the exact circulating supply of BTG, there are still a lot of questions that need to be answered. An interesting development well worth keeping an eye on, though.

Bittrex has been dominating the trading volume over the past 24 hours. They generate over half of the volume of this entire currency. HitBTC and Bitfinex are also showing some interesting momentum, but in far less spectacular fashion. It is certainly possible we will see some more price fluctuations moving forward. Especially when considering how the price hit over $325 on Bittrex already. The rest of the exchanges are almost $100 behind in this regard. A massive gap to take advantage of, as long as it lasts.

For now, the entire Bitcoin Gold debacle appears to be a massive pump-and-dump. Considering how this price is propped up by a handful of exchanges, it is evident speculation is dominating the landscape right now. We may see a very high BTG price in the future, though, as there arent too many coins available right now. It will be interesting to see how high Bitcoin Gold can go over the next few days.Another altcoin to keep an eye on for speculators, that much is evident

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20:24

Retired Brisbane magistrate William John Randall found guilty of child-sex charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Randall, who retired just last year from his position as referee in the Small Claims Tribunal after years on the bench, continues to maintain his innocence.

He pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane District Court last week to 18 charges including maintaining a relationship with a child, indecent treatment and sexual assault.

His lawyers cross-examined the victim in the witness box about the allegations, accusing him of fabricating lies about being abused hundreds of times so he could later sue Randall.

However, the jury dismissed this and returned guilty verdicts.

Randall was on Tuesday sentenced to nine years jail, and will be eligible for parole after serving half of that time.

Judge Catherine Muir described Randalls behaviour as shocking and reprehensible.

Extract ABC Australia article on this matter

 

Queensland magistrate William Randall will get a very hard time in jail and will have to be in protective custody. Even in protective custody, he wont be safe. Every time he steps out of his cell, hell be a target.

4.5 to 9 years is a very long time to spend in jail under those circumstances.

William Randall is fortunate not to live in California, where hed be jailed for life, Indonesia, where hed be chemically castrated or worse, or ISIS areas of Syria, where hed be thrown off a building.

The Courier Mail

Retired Brisbane magistrate William John Randall found guilty of child-sex charges

William John Randall, 69, was in Brisbane District Court this afternoon, where Judge Catherine Muir told him his abuse of the child was cunning and calculating and an outrageous breach of trust.

Judge Muir se...

20:13

Australia, New Zealand, PNG combined disciplined forces Training ends "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


The Public Order Management Tactical Trainer Qualifying program between the three discipline forces in the country and Australian Federal Police including New Zealand Police officially ended this morning at the McGregor Police Barracks. The training purposely was to teach officers crowd control especially rioting situations in the future.


Australian Federal Police Detective Superintendent Shane McLennan said they have gone through three weeks of internship training and he is happy to see participants eventually graduate from the three weeks training program led by AFP Sergeant Garry Hahn.
Papua New Guinea Defence Force Commander Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo said he was happy to see the three discipline forces in the country doing trainings together to prepare for the upcoming APEC Summit next year.

PNGDF Lieutenant Colonel Boniface Aruma said the type of training led by AFP to engage our discipline forces was crucial and he applauded them. He was pleased to see everyone contributing their efforts to host one of the biggest national events next year.

He added that such training will go a long way into the future after the APEC summit. He said preparations of APEC in the country have truly boosted the capability of the three discipline forces through the assistance of Australian and New Zealand governments.

Participants included three PNGDF Officers, three CIS officers and eight police personnel, six from Special Service Division and two from Police Public Safety Division and one AFP officer.
AFP imparted skills the officers needed and they are now ready to become trainers of local discipline forces personnel around the country for crowd control.

PNGFM/PNG Today

19:29

Media must ask LNP: Do you intend to allow the Manus refugees to die? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Since the days of the Tampa, seventeen years ago,  Ive heard it said repeatedly that Australians dont care about what happens to asylum seekers and refugees who arrived here by boat, perfectly legitimately, seeking only sanctuary. Obviously after seventeen years, during which the treatment of boat arrivals has only gone downhill, I must finally accept

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18:43

MACKAY Police shootout accused found dead in his cell "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 06:35AM ,

Police shootout accused found dead in his cell

November 21, 2017 at 06:35AM ,

The matter was heard yesterday in Mackay Magistrates Court. No evidence was offered by the prosecution and all the charges were dismissed, court

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18:43

MACKAY Tried to halt a hoon, ended up on wrong side of the law "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 06:26AM ,

Tried to halt a hoon, ended up on wrong side of the law

November 21, 2017 at 06:26AM ,

Nathan John Evans, 32, from Bucasia faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to dangerous operation on October 24.

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MACKAY She filmed arrests but refused to give police her phone "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

She filmed arrests but refused to give police her phone

November 21, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

Tyra Jane Elizabeth Hutchinson appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to obstructing police about 1.10pm on October 17

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17:54

Slater and Gordon announced GILLARD's exit from the firm one week before her 11 September 1995 record of interview "IndyWatch Feed National"

To date, most of us have believed that GILLARD left Slater and Gordon after and perhaps as a result of her 11 September 1995 formally recorded interview with Peter Gordon and Geoff Shaw. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/investigations/revealed-julia-gillard-lost-her-job-after-law-firms-secret-investigation/news-story/c59b5518bdc00c3987944bb715a4fc6d The TURC published highly selective extracts from Slater and Gordon partnership meetings, commencing with the firm's...

17:50

Surfing Kirra Point "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

There are a number of great surfing spots around the Coolangatta coastline on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. One of these is Kirra Point. Kirra Point was once a much bigger beach, and home to some truly legendary pipelines. Unfortunately, Continue reading

17:34

Full Moon December Meaning 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Full Moon December Meaning 2017. Astrology interpretation and spiritual influences. as channelled by psychic medium Ian Scott,

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17:03

Fiji Bati bid to win "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The never-say-die attitude of the Vodafone Fiji Bati players on Saturday showed how important brotherhood was to the team.

Towards the end of the game, players were slower to get up and looked injured, but stood up anyway playing their hearts out.

"It is a sign of team spirit and harmony. They are prepared to do anything for each other. The credit goes to the senior player Kevin Naiqama, who instilled a proud culture," former Fiji Bati captain Petero Civoniceva said.

"We are proud of the brotherhood, which has grown throughout the course of this tournament."

A former Kangaroo himself, Civoniceva said if Fiji's defensive line held, the Bati could also surprise the Australian Kangaroos on Friday.

"We have a wonderful occasion for the boys to take on the world's best. It would be a game that many outside our time wouldn't think we would be capable of playing.

"But we've given ourselves every chance and we have shown last week that anything is possible.

"With the style we played last week, we showed that we could control the ball really well, we completed our sets well and that gave us a chance and defence was the cornerstone of that victory."

Civoniceva said defence would be critical when playing against players such as Cooper Cronk, Bill Slater and Cameron Smith.

"Your defence has to be on point, if it's not, Australia's got players who can really hurt or expose you," Civoniceva said.

Meanwhile,  Fiji Bati team spent most of Monday relaxing, but had an hour or so of recovery session at the Southbank in Brisbane, Australia.

Players had a pool session and finished with stretching exercises.

"I think for all of us we want to put what happened in the week behind us now. Now we focus on the next few days really to get preparation right.

"We need to make sure we have enough time to get over the bumps and bruises from the weekend and be ready.

"We have pretty much come through the game in good shape, only few bumps and bruises.

"It was a tough physical match(on Saturday)for Mick Reid (trainer), in his program it is all about rest and recovery and for the body to be back to 110 per cent as quickly as possible."

While Fijian fans celebrated all over the globe on Sunday, the Fiji Bati team travelled to Brisbane.

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17:03

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16:23

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

201117INTERNATIONAL CHILDRENS DAY HAHELA
By Aloysius Laukai

Early Childhood learning centres from North and Central Bougainville combined and commemorated the International Childrens Day at the Hahela Parish on Buka island.
Schools from as far as Wakunai, Tinputz and Selau Suir plus Schools on Buka island, Halia, Hagohe and Tsitalato met at the Hahela Parish and commemorated this day.
Bougainville Diocese Early Childhood coordinator, MARIETHA RUMINA said that celebrating childrens day after four years of operation throughout Bougainville was a big achievement.
She called on Parents to support their children at these early age as these are the critical years of learning for the Children.
She said that children are the future leaders and must be supported by all.
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16:20

"Just Passing Through..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. 
Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to loveand then we return home." 
- Australian Aboriginal Proverb, Author: A.B. Shepherd

16:13

Trumps Ultimate Deal Only offers Hard Choices for Abbas "IndyWatch Feed National"

The long wait appears to be coming to an end on Donald Trumps ultimate deal, one supposedly capable of unlocking the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians.

The United States peace initiative may be unveiled as soon as January, marking the first anniversary of Mr Trumps arrival in office. Other reports suggest it may be delayed until March. But all seem sure it will be upon us soon.

Neither Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, appear keen to enter another round of fruitless dialogue.

But for good reason, Mr Abbas is far more reticent.

This month, in statements presumably directed at Washington, he insisted he would not agree to a Palestinian state without Gaza, or one restricted to Gaza. He also warned again that, in the absence of a two-state solution, Israel would face demands from Palestinians for equal rights in one state.

That was presumably the context for Mr Abbas being called to Riyadh earlier this month, doubtless after the White House urged Saudi Arabia to use its leverage with the Palestinian leader to bring him onside. According to Palestinian sources cited by Israeli reporter Ben Caspit, Mr Abbas was told in no uncertain terms that he had to respond positively to the coming peace initiative.

Strong-arming Mr Abbas was doubtless also the motive behind US threats at the weekend to shut down what is effectively the Palestinians embassy in Washington unless the Palestinian leader agrees to peace talks.

Outrage from Palestinian officials, who referred to the White House move as extortion, was an indication of their mounting exasperation.

Given that Mr Abbas is invested exclusively in diplomacy, his resistance to this round of US-led peacemaking should serve as warning enough of how bad a Trump peace is likely to prove.

At the weekend Israeli media offered the first substantive clues of what might be on offer.

The headline news is not entirely bad so long as one ignores the small print. Most significantly, if reports are accurate and Washington and Israel claim they are not the US is said to be ready to recognise a Palestinian state.

It is a move characterised by the kind of bullishness that is Mr Trumps trademark and has left Mr Netanyahu anxious. But everything else should reassure him.

The US will apparently agree that no one will be forcibly moved from their home. That may prove the answer to Israels prayers. It will finally have US blessing for all its illegal settlements, which have eaten into the bulk of the West Bank, turning it into a patchwork of Palestinian enclaves.

After five decades of Israel clearing most of the Palestinian population from t...

16:00

Google exec says new algorithm will suppress RT and Sputnik, those kinds of sites "IndyWatch Feed National"

Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Googles parent company, Alphabet, announced Saturday that the company will engineer algorithms that will make it harder for articles from Sputnik News and RT to appear on the Google News service. We are working on detecting and de-ranking those kinds of sites its basically RT and Sputnik, Schmidt said during a question and answer session at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada. We are well of aware of it, and we are trying to engineer the systems to prevent [the content being delivered to wide audiences]. But we dont want to ban the sites thats not how we operate.

15:58

Media must ask LNP: Do you intend to allow the Manus refugees to die? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

  Since the days of the Tampa, seventeen years ago,  Ive heard it said repeatedly that Australians dont care about what happens to asylum seekers and refugees who arrived here by boat, perfectly legitimately, seeking only sanctuary. Obviously after seventeen years, during which the treatment of boat arrivals has only gone downhill, I must finally []

15:55

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

211117SPECIAL ABG MEET
By Aloysius Laukai

The ABG Speaker, SIMON PENTANU has called for all ABG members to attend a Special ABG Parliament session tomorrow November 22nd, 2017 starting TEN AM.
Speaker issued the notice last Friday as the time for the ABG next sitting.
The aim of the special parliament session is for the ABG President, CHIEF DR.JOHN MOMIS to brief the house on ABGs position on matters to be discussed in the forthcoming JOINT SUPERVISORY BODY(jsb) meeting on the 14th and 15th December, 2017 and the Referendum preparations.
The President will also use this opportunity to listen to the peoples representatives on ABGs position on matters before the Joint Supervisory Body meeting.
Meanwhile, the ABG members will also get briefing on the directions by Ombudsman Commission on the duties and responsibilities of the leaders.
New Dawn FM understands that one area of concern is that the constituency development grants by ABG members should not be deposited in the members private accounts.
The members will also get briefing on the UN Peace building fund.

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15:47

In brief: Papua New Guinea signs up to Chinas One Belt, One Road initiative, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

China deal to benefit Highlands provinces, call for restructure of agriculture department and quarantine authority, and Pacific Assurance Group goes into liquidation. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Prime Minister Peter ONeill says his government has signed a series of Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with the Chinese government and the China Railway Corporation that will deliver a number of new infrastructure projects in the Eastern and Western Highlands. These projects are taking place as part of the One Belt One Road initiative that is creating more efficient trade corridors between the Asia-Pacific and Western Asia, he said. The three MOUs cover the China-PNG Integrated Agriculture Industrial Park; the High Priority Economic Roads Project; and the Goroka Town Water Supply Upgrade Project.

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Signing of MOU with China. Credit: PMO

New Britain Palm Oil Country Manager Robert Nilkare has reportedly called for the restructure of the National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority and the Department of Agriculture and Livestock. He called for the removal of regulatory powers from all commodity boards and the p...

15:32

People moves: Bougainville Copper, Westpac, Air Niugini, PNGICSA "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A new chair at Bougainville Copper, Westpac appoints a new Pacific Regional Head, a new Sales Manager for Air Niugini in the New Guinea Islands and a new chief migration officer appointed by the National Executive Council.

Bougainville Copper Limited has appointed Bougainvillean Mel Togolo as Chairman of the Board, replacing Robert Burns, who is retiring. Togolo, who only joined the board in October this year, has had a long involvement in the mineral sector and served on the BCL board in the early 1990s. He chairs his first meeting in February, 2018.

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Westpac has appointed Kip Hanna as its new Regional Head, Pacific. He was most recently Head of Asia-Pacific Business Development for ANZ, including PNG and Fiji.

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Air Niugini has appointed Robin Taman as the new Regional Sales Manager to look after its business operations in the New Guinea Islands region.

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The National Executive Council has appointed Solomon Kantha as the new Chief Migration Officer at the PNG Immigration & Citizenship Service Authority, effective immediately and for four years. The decision comes after Kantha was acting in the position since the death of Mataio Rabura.

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15:21

What we talk about when we talk about editing "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is very resonant with fiction for me, and something I think many writers neglect to consider deeply: what shape is your story, and why is it made this way? I often reread Ursula Le Guins essay, The carrier bag theory of fiction, which talks about the issue of narrative form as a radical project and the idea of using the story as a container for something.

15:04

Opinion: seven things that make a successful expatriate in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

It takes a certain kind of person to be successful as an expatriate in Papua New Guinea, according to Fraser Hawkins, Principal Consultant at Peopleconnexion Recruitment. He explains how the right attitude matters just as much as what is on paper.

Port Moresby Town Credit: Stephen Rae/Media Haus

After four years of recruiting expatriates into diverse roles across PNG, I have worked with hundreds of candidates looking to move abroad. Based on this experience, there are seven traits I have consistently found in the candidates who thrive.

1. Resilience

Peopleconnexion Recruitments Fraser Hawkins

Living life as an expat provides you with a unique opportunity to experience a different corner of the world than your own, but it wont always be easy.

You may find yourself having to get a little more hands-on than you would at home, or getting a little more creative with the resources you have. Resilience is incredibly important.

If you are the kind of person who is willing to stick it out and looks for an opportunity to learn something from every challenge, you are likely to flourish in an expat role.

2. Cultural adaptability

Papua New Guinea is one of the worlds most culturally and linguistically diverse nations in the world. As an expat, it is your responsibility to respect and honour the culture in every way that you can and integrate into the community.

It might not be in your job description but, as an expat in PNG, you need to be willing to be a mentor to your team

If your partner or family is joining you, it is important that they feel they can make PNG their home too.  This is why it is essential to find ways to get involved in the community and make sure you arent just staying within expat c...

14:57

Roxanne Moore: Time to wake up Australia. Every child prison in this country is Don Dale "IndyWatch Feed National"

I wonder how quickly change would have happened if these abuses were mostly happening to white kids not that it should be happening to any child at all Photograph: Roxanne Moore I wonder how quickly change would have happened if these abuses were mostly happening to white kids not that it should be happening to any child at ...

14:49

More evidence from the Slater and Gordon files "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here are a few pieces of evidence that might assist authorities in investigating The AWU Scandal. In 1995 Andrew Taylor was Slater and Gordon's PR man. Here is the header for one of his invoices from the time. For July 1995 these line items appear. On 25 July 1995 Taylor...

14:19

Aboriginal funeral funds must be established by State and Territory Governments "IndyWatch Feed National"

On average each year there are 3,000 deaths of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, but many families cannot afford a funeral. The distress levels can damage families, displace anger, dishevelling people, condemning them to elevated risk to aberrant behaviours. Nationally, nearly half the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population lives below the poverty line, []

14:17

Is Australias Economy A House of Cards? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Shanghai harbour, (R) Eiffel Tower

By Dee McLachlan

Is there really enough iron ore sitting in the ports of China to build 13,000 Eiffel Towers? And isnt iron ore, Australias biggest export, the countrys main driver of a trade surplus and GDP growth?

I have, in past articles, commented on manufacturing industries in Australia collapsing, and that we are becoming a nation of tour guides and baristas. The main business and wealth earning industry, it seems, is sitting on property and waiting for asset prices to rise.

I have little understanding of economics and had never heard of something called the...

13:50

1,917 reasons to subscribe "IndyWatch Feed National"

Okay, we decided to narrow it down from 1,917 reasons to simply the top 17!

13:37

Pay your rates "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here is an article from a Melbourne suburbs newspaper telling people to pay their 'rates' at the Municipal office.


13:31

Opera singer charged with historic child sex offences "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sydney Morning Herald

Opera singer charged with historic child sex offences

  • Kate McClymont and Debbie Cuthbertson
21 November 2017

A longstanding member of the nations principal opera company, Opera Australia, has been charged with historic child sex offences, some of which are alleged to have been committed at the Sydney Opera House.

David Edward Lewis, 58, is charged with four counts of aggravated indecent assault of a victim under the age of 16 and two counts of sexual intercourse with a person 14 or over and under 16.

David Lewis has been charged with historic child sex offences, some of which are alleged to have been committed at the ...David Lewis has been charged with historic child sex offences, some of which are alleged to have been committed at the Sydney Opera House. Photo: Facebook

It was Mr Lewiss starring role as Princess Turandots father, the Emperor, in the opera companys spectacular production of Puccinis Turandot on Sydney Harbour in March last year, which prompted the alleged victim to go to police.

In the mid-1990s the then 14-year-old girl was in the childrens chorus of an Opera Australia production when it is alleged Mr Lewis, a chorister in his mid-30s, commenced to sexually assault her.

David Lewis as Cousin Francois in Opera Australia's April 2017 Sydney production of Two Weddings, One Bride.David Lewis as Cousin Francois in Opera Australias April 2017 Sydney production of Two Weddings, One Bride. Photo: Prudence Upton

Sources have told Fairfax Media that one assault was witnessed by a cast member who reported the matter to senior figures within Opera Australia, who then appointed a chaperone for the children. No action was taken against Mr Lewis.

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13:17

Cory Bernardi and the Australian Christian Lobbys call arms "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

At last Saturdays (17 November 2017) national conference of the Australian Christian Lobby in Sydney, Senator Cory Bernardi told the delegates that the campaign against same-sex marriage in Australia was an extraordinary success, despite losing the national postal survey.

These were not the words of a deluded and frustrated individual. They were calculated and had a specific purpose. They were concerned with what to do in the period after the overwhelming victory of the Yes vote.

For Bernardi and those who agreed with him, the Conference was an occasion to get on with the next phase of bringing a collective view of the world that would propel Australia into the Middle Ages, where religion and politics were intertwined and any deviation from the prescribed format would not be tolerated.

The Senator had left the Liberal Party earlier this year, because in his view it had moved away from from conservative principle. He went on to form the Australian Conservative Party. The title is inaccurate because the Bernardi view of the world has nothing to do with conservatism and a lot more to do with with the reactionary radicalism that he shares with others in the Australian Christian Lobby and outside it.  The difference is important.  The radicals do not seek to keep the status quo, but to change it in their own direction.

The Australian Christian Lobby claims to represent Christianity in Australia. It does nothing of the sort. A significant of its leadership and support comes form a section of the Pentecostal tradition. Hillsong is intimately connected and jointly sponsored the Coalition for Marriage.  There are business money links. There are links to the Sydney based traditionalist leadership of the Methodist and Catholic churches. There is also a close connection with similarly minded factions in the Liberal and National parties.

The model and inspiration for the Australian Christian Lobby is what is often called the American Christian Right, which emerged in opposition to the ending of segregation and the schools and bussing in black children.

One of the two original founders is the retired Baptist minister and Queensland businessman,...

13:04

BATR: Saudi Arabia and Israeli Alliance Targets Iran "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saudi Arabia and Israeli Alliance Targets Iran

The consequences of the failed American foreign policy in the Middle East has seldom been more vivid with the defeat of ISIS; the U.S. surrogate in the Syrian conflict. ISIS, a blended creation of the CIA and the Mossad was the inevitable result of sanctioning the murder of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi. With the support of Russian involvement, Syria's President Bashar Hafez al-Assad was able to fend off the imperialist efforts of Israel to remove him from office and destroy his country. Defeating ISIS on the battlefield has never been the intention of the DC shadow government. The consistent policy under every US administration has been to protect the Zionist state above all else. Unfortunately, the Trump regime is no different and certainly does not follow a genuine America First foreign policy.

This background sets the stage for the next manipulation in the region. YeniSafak asks, What happened in the Mideast after Trump's Saudi visit? Their answer provides a list of developments.

May 20 - Trumps visit do Riyadh

June 5 Qatar crisis

June 21 New crown prince

July 30 Al-Sadr in Saudi Arabia

Sept. 25 Illegitimate referendum in the KRG

Oct. 12 Hamas and Fatah reconciliation

Oct. 13 Nuclear deal in Congress

Oct. 24 Saudi Arabia returns to moderate Islam

Nov. 2 Iran and al-Qaeda link in Bin Laden documents

Now the Daily Mail reports, Saudi Arabia king to step down and hand over the crown to his 32-year-old son. The palace putsch against rival princes has a nice ring to justify their removal from influence has less to do with their corruption than a st...

12:54

One Crown to Rule Them All: The real reasons for the Saudi 'corruption crackdown' "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Saudi clown prince Mohammad Bin Salman is an impulsive tyrant. But what accounts for the urge to purge the country of any potential competing power center Why does he run a such an activist foreign policy? The answer might be Iran. Not Iran the country, but Iran the system. Since the U.S. war on Iraq the sclerotic Saudi Arabia continuously lost standing in its region. The Iranian model gained ground. A decade later the authoritarian Arab systems were challenged by the so called "Arab spring". While the movements in the various countries -as far as their were genuine- have failed, they were a warning sign for things to come. Saudi Arabia reacted to the challenges by moving away from a sedate, consensual run family business towards a centrally controlled, supercharged tyranny. The move allows for more flexible and faster reactions to any future challenge. But it also increases the chance of making mistakes. To understand why this endeavor is likely to fail one needs look at the traditional economic and social system that is the fabric of the country. The fate of the Hariri dynasty is an example for it.

12:54

Will Facebooks new image abuse tool really work? "IndyWatch Feed National"

A couple of weeks back (with the help of Electronic Frontiers Australia & conference organisers), I attended the inaugural Safety on the Edge Conference hosted by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. The eSafety Office falls under the Communications and Arts portfolio as it deals with regulation of internet content - an historically contentious topic for civil liberties groups.

The original scope of the eSafety Office was a focus on the welfare of children online, however after noting the prevalence of online abuse issues faced by adults, the agency was recently given funding to widen its scope.

This article is by and is the copyright of Rosie Williams, a citizen journalist who works on a range of issues, including data ethics and online safety. It was originally published on her The Little Bird blog and is republished here with permission. She the original article. Rosie is also very active on Twitter @Info_Aus.

Research used by the eSafety Office found image-based abuse has become a major issue facing internet users:

The research shows victims intimate images were most commonly shared without consent on popular social media sites. Facebook/Messenger accounted for 53%, followed by Snapchat at 11% and then Instagram at 4%. Text messaging and MMS were other common channels for distribution.

Earlier in the year, the office launched their online portal for reporting image-based abuse but used the more recent conference to announce the rollout of an additional tool aimed at pre-empting abuse.

The additional functionality is the result of a pilot partnership between Facebook and the eSafety office with Australia the first jurisdiction to trial the technology which offers assistance to people worried someone may be about to share their intimate images against their wishes.

In order to trigger the functionality, potential victims must first make a report through the...

12:47

Criminal Barrister Charles Waterstreet Lied About Porn Video Played To Young Jobseeker "IndyWatch Feed National"

If youre going to serve the Australian courts as a criminal barrister, professional standards dictate there are certain behaviours you shouldnt engage in. Playing a video of yourself getting a hand job to a young university student applying for a job in your chambers, and then lying to The Sydney Morning Herald about it, is probably one of them. Nina Funnell and Chris Graham bring you the latest chapter in New Matildas ongoing investigation into The Real Rake.

A naked sex worker sits astride prominent Sydney lawyer Charles Waterstreet as a second sex worker kneels by her side. The cameraphone focuses on the two womens faces and naked breasts, before panning down to reveal Mr Waterstreets penis being masturbated by one of the women.

Its the video at the centre of allegations levelled at Mr Waterstreet by Sydney University law student, Tina Huang, who says the criminal barrister showed her the footage on August 21, just 20 minutes into a job interview for a paralegal position at his chambers.

Immediately after leaving the job interview, Ms Huang sent a Facebook message to a friend detailing the events of the interview, and the contents of the video. She has also since signed two statutory declarations, one of them specifically describing the video.

Tina-FB-message

In a public statement published in the Sydney Morning Herald late last month, Mr Waterstreet disputed Ms Huangs account of the incident, claiming any nude imagery she might have seen during her job interview and subsequent brief employment (Ms Huang lasted just a few hours in the job) was in the context of his professional duties as a criminal barrister and writer.

However, a whistleblower has now provided a copy of the masturbation video which matches the description given by Ms Huang in both her Facebook correspondence, and again in her original statutory declaration, made in late October.

Ms Huang has viewed the new video evidence in the presence of Marque...

12:02

SACOSS end-of-year breakfast "IndyWatch Feed National"

Friday, 8 December 2017 - 7:30am

The SACOSS team would like to thank all our sector colleagues, members and supporters for your invaluable contributions over the last year, so come and celebrate on Friday 8 December with a scrumptious breakfast on us!

Please click here to RSVP

 

12:01

A Law Unto Himself: Barrister Charles Waterstreet Lied About Masturbation Video Played To Jobseeker "IndyWatch Feed National"

If youre going to serve the Australian courts as a criminal barrister, professional standards dictate there are certain behaviours you shouldnt engage in. Playing a video of yourself getting a hand job to a young university student applying for a job in your chambers, and then lying to The Sydney Morning Herald about it, is probably one of them. Nina Funnell and Chris Graham bring you the latest chapter in New Matildas ongoing investigation into The Real Rake.

A naked sex worker sits astride prominent Sydney lawyer Charles Waterstreet as a second sex worker kneels by her side. The cameraphone focuses on the two womens faces and naked breasts, before panning down to reveal Mr Waterstreets penis being masturbated by one of the women.

Its the video at the centre of allegations levelled at Mr Waterstreet by Sydney University law student, Tina Huang, who says the criminal barrister showed her the footage on August 21, just 20 minutes into a job interview for a paralegal position at his chambers.

Immediately after leaving the job interview, Ms Huang sent a Facebook message to a friend detailing the events of the interview, and the contents of the video. She has also since signed two statutory declarations, one of them specifically describing the video.

Tina-FB-message

In a public statement published in the Sydney Morning Herald late last month, Mr Waterstreet disputed Ms Huangs account of the incident, claiming any nude imagery she might have seen during her job interview and subsequent brief employment (Ms Huang lasted just a few hours in the job) was in the context of his professional duties as a criminal barrister and writer.

However, a whistleblower has now provided a copy of the masturbation video which matches the description given by Ms Huang in both her Facebook correspondence, and again in her original statutory declaration, made in late October.

Ms Huang has viewed the new video evidence in the presence of Marque...

11:20

Weasel words from the Tin Man: The Prime Ministers response to the torture of a 6yr old girl. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter ONeill, presides over a country where, according to Mdecins Sans Frontires, the women are the most abused in the world outside of a conflict zone and where they endure some of the most extreme levels of violence in the world, according to the Lowy Institute. (Reported in an article published in The National by journalist Grace Maribu.) Over this humanitarian crisis the Prime Minister expresses his outrage but does little. When the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea finally came out with a press statement on the recent torture of a six-year-old girl over four days at the hands of a baying, adult male mob, it was with weasel words. Weasel words are words and phrases aimed at creating an impression that a specific or meaningful statement has been made, when instead only a vague or ambiguous claim has actually been Continue reading Weasel words from the Tin Man: The Prime Ministers response to the torture of a 6yr old girl.

11:19

Crater Gold secures funding for PNG works programme "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Megan Van Wyngaardt | Mining Weekly | 20 November 2017

ASX-listed Crater Gold Mining has secured a $4-million unsecured loan facility with major shareholder Freefire Technology that will enable it to continue to advance its flagship Crater Mountain gold project, in Papua New Guinea.

The loan will be used to restart exploration activities at the mine, including drilling, and also the restart of mining operations at the high-grade zone (HGZ).

The funds will also further exploration activities at Craters North Queensland polymetallic and graphite projects.

The first $1-million in...

11:18

Mengecam tindakan kekerasan aparat terhadap masyarakat adat Iwaro "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

20 Nov 2017 | PusakaSiaran pers mengecam tindak kekerasan aparat Brimob yang bertugas di areal perkebunan kelapa sawit PT. Permata Putera Mandiri (PPM, anak perusahaan ANJ Group)warga Kampung Puragi, Sorong Selatan, Papua Barat.

10:54

22 percent pay rise for Vanuatu Government workers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Over 6,000 government employees in the public service, teaching service, the police, parliament and those under the Official Salaries Act, will receive a pay rise for the first time in 11 years that will cost the Government of Vanuatu nearly Vt1.9 billion (US$17.65 million).

The last increase was in 2006 to increase the salary of all government workers. Hence, this pay rise has been a long time coming, the Government Remuneration Tribunal (GRT) Board and all the stakeholders agreed.

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, the three-member GRT Chairperson, Marie-Antoinette Nirua, Vice Chair, Chris Kernot, and Member Roan Lester, signed the documents approving the pay rise of 22 per cent that will become effective on January 1, 2018.

These documents included the salary review reports and salary scale determinations.

Stakeholders representatives Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Martin Mahe, Chairman of the Teaching Service Commission, Derek Alexander, Commander Job Esau representing the Police Service Commission, and the Acting Clerk of Parliament, Leon Teter were present to witness the signing ceremony of the pay rise by the GRT Board and the Acting Director General of the Office of the Prime Minister, Gerard Metsan.

This week the new salary increase will be recorded in the Government Gazette by the State Law Office.

Also a workshop will be held by the Office of the Department of GRT with stakeholders to help with the implementation of the pay rise to be effective on January 1, 2018.

A total of 3,731 teachers under the Teaching Service Commission will receive the new salary grading approved by the GRT Board, and over 2,000 civil servants, over 600 police officers, all Members of Parliament and staff of the Parliament of Vanuatu, all government ministers and their political appointees of the government.

The government employees in the following sectors Parliament, officers under the Official Salaries Act (OSA) comprising of government ministers and their political appointees, support staff of government ministries and the Leader of the Opposition, Chiefs of Malvatumauri Council of Chiefs, Public Service, Police and its civilian staff, teaching service, and workers in government institutions including Vanuatu Institute of Technology, Vanuatu Institute of Teacher Education, Vanuatu Maritime College, and Vanuatu Agriculture College, will be affected.

This work (new sal...

10:51

Lord Tangi appointed interim speaker in Tonga Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

His Majesty King Tupou VI has appointed Lord Tangi as Interim Speaker of Tongas Legislative Assembly, with effect from Friday 17 November.

The appointment was made under Clause 61 of the Constitution of Tonga.

A government statement said the Interim Speaker will invite elected representatives of the Legislative Assembly to submit a nomination for Prime Minister designate.

Lord Tangi will call a meeting of the elected representatives of the Legislative Assembly, who will then vote in a secret ballot to elect the Prime Minister from the nominated representatives. The Speaker and the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga will also be elected.

The writ of election will be returned on or before the 30 November 2017. This date is crucial as it triggers the time period specified by law for the nomination of candidates for Prime Minister Designate and the meeting to elect the Prime Minister


SOURCE: PACNEWS

10:41

AVN Founder and Vaccine-Activist promises to retire if Victorian Minister is vaccinated "IndyWatch Feed National"

Meryl Dorey, past-president and founder of the AVN, Australias national vaccine-safety consumer health lobby group, has called upon Jill Hennessy, Victorias Health Minister, to demonstrate that, There are no risks in vaccinating your children.

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10:32

Easter Island, Nauru and the Future-Eating Global Growth Economy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Expansive Economies and Limited Economies: Industrial capitalism is characterized by population growth, economic growth, expansion and intensification. [1] Although there was a short-lived case of industrial capitalism between about 1585 and 1622 in the Netherlands, [2] industrial capitalism as we know it today really originated in England, based on the apparently limitless fossil reserves of coal and the presence of many landless people who had to live by their labour. [3] These vast reservoirs of fuel gave rise to technologies that permitted mass production and facilitated the conquest and settlement of lands all over the globe. In the 20th century petroleum oil replaced coal as the fuel of industrial expansion, particularly where wheeled transport was concerned, although coal remained a mainstay for electricity production. [This article is an extract from Sheila Newman, Demography Territory Law: The Rules of Animal and Human Populations, Countershock Press, 2013, which is part of a four-book series, of which the first two have so far been published.]

Expansive Economies and Limited Economies: Industrial capitalism is characterized by population growth, economic growth, expansion and intensification. [1] Although there was a short-lived case of industrial capitalism between about 1585 and 1622 in the Netherlands, [2] industrial capitalism as we know it today really originated in England, based on the apparently limitless fossil reserves of coal and the presence of many landless people who had to live by their labour. [3] These vast reservoirs of fuel gave rise to technologies that permitted mass production and facilitated the conquest and settlement of lands all over the globe. In the 20th century petroleum oil replaced coal as the fuel of industrial expansion, particularly where wheeled transport was concerned, although coal remained a mainstay for electricity production. [This article is an extract from Sheila Newman, Demography Territory Law: The Rules of Animal and Human Populations, Countershock Press, 2013, which is part of a four-book series, of which the first two have so far been published.]
In contrast to Britain, America, Australia, Canada, with their larger landmasses, fuel reserves and well established trade links, small isolated islander societies had to learn to live within firmly fixed, immediate, territorial limits.

Any isolated island society which failed to do this...

10:18

New Infrastructure Projects with China will Change Lives Direct Investment by China Railway Group in PNG Economy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 

Media Statement via Prime Ministers Office PNG

Monday, November 20, November 2017

The Government of Papua New Guinea has signed a serious of Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of China and the China Railway company that will deliver a number of new infrastructure projects in the Highlands.

 

Witnessing the signing of the MOU today in Port Moresby, the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, said the new projects will have direct positive impacts on the lives of people in Eastern and Western Highlands provinces.

 

These projects will enhance agriculture, roads and water supply in parts of the Highlands will improve lives and help people to be more active in the economy.

 

China is one of our strongest development partners, and this direct investment is an example of the huge confidence that China and Chinese companies have in Papua New Guinea.

 

Despite the challenges in the global economy in recent years, the outlook for the Papua New Guinea economy is very positive and we thank our partners for their commitment to our country.

 

The projects that we initiated today will be delivered in some of the most remote parts of our country where there is a need to improve connectivity and services.

 

These projects are taking place as part of the One Belt One Road initiative that is creating more efficient trade corridors between the Asia-Pacific and Western Asia.

 

As this initiative grows we are seeing infrastructure improvements across many developing countries.

 

At the eastern end of the initiative, Papua New Guinea is deriving benefits that will strengthen capacity to trade across borders.

 

The Prime Minister thanked the President of the China Railway International Group, Mr. Zhang Zongyan, for visiting Papua New Guinea to see for himself where support can be allocated.

 

I thank the Government of China and the China Railway Company for their ongoing commitment to Papua New Guinea.

 

The projects we have agreed on today will deliver positive change for people in many towns and villages.

 

Your support for Papua New Guinea will be remembered long into the future.

 

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10:13

Wilkie backs push against parliament delay "IndyWatch Feed National"

Independent MP for Dennison, Andrew Wilkie. Photo AAP

Independent MP for Dennison, Andrew Wilkie. Photo AAP

CANBERRA [AAP]

Crossbench MP Andrew Wilkie says the federal parliament has a moral imperative to sit next week as Turnbull government ministers line up to defend deferring the lower house session.

Labor has drafted a letter petitioning Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to reverse his decision to postpone the House of Representatives sitting to December 4.

Victorian independent Cathy McGowan has confirmed she will not take part in any protest sitting, but her four crossbench colleagues are expected to co-sign Labors letter.

Their support would mean 73 MPs support the push the same number the government has on the floor of the house with Barnaby Joyce and John Alexander off fighting by-elections.

With numbers being that close surely theres a moral imperative if not a legal imperative on the prime minister agreeing that the parliament would sit next week, Mr Wilkie told ABC Radio.

Leader of the House Christopher Pyne said the delay would give the Senate time to pass the same-sex marriage bill and allow parliament to sort out the dual citizenship mess.

However, the announcement came just hours after Queensland LNP senator Barry OSullivan said up to four coalition MPs were considering breaking coalition ranks to vote for an inquiry into the banks.

Mr Pyne insisted the decision to delay the return of parliament had nothing to do with thwarting Labor or rogue government backbenchers mustering the necessary votes to launch an investigation into the banks.

Theres no motion or bill to establish a banking royal commission either before the Senate or the House of Representatives, he told ABC radio.

Treasurer Scott Morrison also played down the link but Opposition Leader Bill Shorten grabbed it with both hands.

There is no doubt in my mind that one of the reasons why Mr Turnbull has cancelled parliament next week is because he knows a banking royal commission is inevitable, Mr Shorten said.

And he will do everything he can d...

10:06

FNQ Monthly Movements Summary - October 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


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MONTHLY SUMMARY FNQ MOVEMENTS October 2017
Date Callsign Registration AC Type Route / Location Operator Comments
1/10/2017 KIW719 NZ7572 B752 CNS-PEN

10:06

People of Faith Blockade Work on Adani Rail Line "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

UPDATE: 5 of the protestors were arrested for contravening police orders and blocking a road. They have been released on summons.

November 21st: A multi-faith group of six peaceful protestors are blocking work on the rail line from Abbot Point to the Galilee Basin to protest Adanis proposed mega-coal mine.  The protestors are all members of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), a multi-faith organization that works with diverse faith communities to tackle global warming.

Among the protestors are a Uniting Church Minister, the Reverend Alex Sangster, and a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, Tejopala Rawls. Other participants are from the Catholic and Quaker traditions.

ARRCC President, Thea Ormerod said Stopping Adanis mega-coal mine from being built is a moral issue. People around the world are already losing their lives and livelihoods, and species are going extinct because of the damage we are doing to the earths climate. Today we call on people of all faiths to join us in taking a stand for those already being impacted by climate change, for future generations and for the Great Barrier Reef.

Ms Ormerod said her organisation had decided to engage in civil resistance because other avenues were not working. For ten years, ARRCC has drawn this issue to the attention of elected representatives and business leaders. We have done everything we could within the law to prompt our leaders to take action to move Australia away from dependency on coal, oil and gas.

Non-violence is at the heart of all the major faiths. We will continue to use all legal options open to us to convince our leaders to act for climate justice. However, where necessary, people of faith must not shy away from civil resistance.

Reverend Alex Sangster, a Uniting Church Minister, participating in the protest, said, Adani wants to dig the biggest coal mine in Australian history. Pollution from the mine will dwarf the emissions of whole countries such as Bangladesh and Malaysia, and the rail link would allow the development of other mines in the Galilee Basin, with all that added devastation. As people of faith we cannot stand by and be silent. We will resist the defeatism of easy despair and we will put our bodies on the line for our vulnerable earth. This mine will not go ahead.

Tejopala Rawls, an ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, also participating in the protest, said, Australias leaders remain in denial about both the science and the moral implications of actively promoting new coal mines. At a time when the only decent thing to do is to take urgent action to curb carbon emissions, mining companies are given protection by governments and our le...

10:03

UK Court of Appeal to hear Nigerian villagers pollution claims against Shell "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Leigh Day

On 21 November 2017, the UK Court of Appeal will hear an appeal on behalf of over 40,000 villagers from the Ogale and Bille communities from the Niger Delta in the latest stage of their legal battle against the oil giant Shell. 

The villagers claim that they have been severely impacted by years of oil pollution from pipelines owned by Shell and that both the London based parent company, Royal Dutch Shell Plc., and its Nigerian subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, are responsible for the pollution. 

The extensive pollution of the Ogale Community was documented in detail by the United Nations in 2011, which also recommended an urgent clean-up programme be undertaken, however, no such clean-up has taken place. 

Shell resists the villagers claims, arguing that the parent company has no responsibility for the pollution and that the claims should be heard in Nigeria rather than the UK.

The vil...

09:26

Fiji: New mill, processing site to create 200 local jobs "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya (centre) officiates at the groundbreaking ceremony of Tuvatu Gold Mine processing plant civil works in Sabeto, Nadi last Friday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Kalesi Mele | The Fiji Times | November 20, 2017

LION One Ltd Mines will soon have a new mill and processing site after a groundbreaking ceremony at Tuvatu, Sabeto in Nadi.

The new development is set to create employment for about 200 locals.

The company had set up in Fiji eight years ago and was only issued a special mining lease in January 2016.

Acting Prime Minister Faiyaz Koya, who officiated at the event on Friday, said the development was set to have direct contributions to the economy.

It is evident how the company has forged ahead in meeting its exploration targets and is now advancing into the next stage of finalising its deposits for mine production, he said.

This is a positive sign as it portrays the commitment of Tuvatu Gold Mine to produce to its full capacity by th...

09:25

Labors nose in front in Qld: poll "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A nose in front: Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk AAP Image/Dan Peled

A nose in front: Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk AAP Image/Dan Peled

BRISBANE [AAP]

Queensland Labor has its nose in front of the LNP with just days left until the state vote.

A ReachTEL poll, for Sky News, has Labor ahead of the LNP 51 per cent to 49, after preferences.

Labor is also ahead on the primary vote, with 34 per cent of Queenslanders saying theyll vote for the incumbent party, to the LNPs 30 per cent. One Nation has 17 per cent support, while the Greens are on 10 per cent.

This is the first time that Labor has gained the lead in a two-party result, in a ReachTEL poll. So its certainly a move, ReachTELs James Stewart has told Sky News.

ReachTEL also polled voters in three marginal seats.

Labor and One Nation are neck and neck in the Labor-held seat of Thuringowa, with both parties on 50 per cent in the Townsville-based electorate.

The contest for the LNP-held seat of Whitsunday has One Nation on 50.5 per cent to Labors 49.5 per cent.

In Brisbanes western suburbs, Labors Local Government Minister Mark Furner is expected to hang on to the marginal seat of Ferny Grove, with the poll suggesting hell manage 54 per cent of the vote, to the LNPs 46 per cent.

Anning defection hits One Nation

But the defection of former One Nation senator Fraser Anning has hurt the partys prospects in the Queensland election, another poll suggests.

A statewide Galaxy poll for The Courier-Mail, conducted late last week, shows two out of five Queenslanders are now less likely to support Pauline Hansons party.

Senator Anning split with One Nation an hour after being sworn in in Canberra, claiming Senator Hanson forced him out, but the One Nation leader says he quit.

The Galaxy poll of more than 1000 Queenslanders showed 41 per cent are less likely to hand their vote to One Nation because of what happened in Canberra.

But it also found 46 per cent of poll respondents werent influenced by the defection, and seven per cent are now more likely to back the party.

Senator Hanson will hit the campaign trail in her battler bus again on Tuesday, after taking...

09:16

Mission creep in darkest Africa "IndyWatch Feed National"

https://orientalreview.org/2017/11/08/mission-creep-in-darkest-africa/

The British Empire, which at the end of the 19th century ruled one quarter of the earths land surface, is long gone. But its robust successor and heir, the United States, has set about enlarging it.

As I sought to explain in my last book American Raj How the US Rules the Muslim World, the US imperium exerts its power by controlling tame, compliant regimes around the world and their economies. They are called allies but, in fact, should be more accurately termed satrapies or vassal states. Many states are happy to be prosperous US vassals, others less so.

The US power system has successfully dominated much of the world, except of course for great powers China, Russia and India. Germany and much of Western Europe remains in thrall to post WWII US power. The same applies to Canada, Latin America, Australia, and parts of SE Asia.

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09:11

Cambodia dissolves opposition party "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

http://www.smh.com.au/world/descending-into-outright-dictatorship-cambodia-dissolves-opposition-party-20171116-gzn4k2.html

Cambodias Supreme Court has dissolved the countrys main opposition party, denying millions of Cambodians the opportunity to vote for their elected representatives in elections next year.

The verdict follows a sweeping crackdown on democracy and political freedoms in the country where Australia has an agreement to send refugees from Nauru and Manus Island.

More than half of the leaders of the National Rescue Party (CNRP), which Prime Minister Hun Sens government asked the court to dissolve, are already in jail or have fled the country.

The court also ordered a five-year ban on political activity for 118 members of the party, which had emerged as a threat to Mr Hun Sens three decade-rule.

The government has accused the party of plotting to overthrow the government with help from the United States, which strongly Washington denies.

Party leader Kem Sokha was jailed in a raid on his home by more than 200 police on September 3.

Human rights group slammed the verdict in the country, where they say the courts ar...

09:10

How do We turn Olympia Stand into the Olympia Commune? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post How do We turn Olympia Stand into the Olympia Commune? appeared first on It's Going Down.

This editorial from Puget Sound Anarchist, a counter-information site in the Pacific Northwest, writes about the ongoing anti-fracking blockade of #OlympiaStand, and how it could manifest into a growing epicenter of autonomous power.

Photo from @DemandUtopia

It is worthwhile to consider the desired goals of the blockade, in order to give some clarity and direction to our activity at the camp. Is the goal to stop fracking and military equipment from moving through the port? Is the goal to clog an artery of a global regime of resource extraction and exploitation? Is the goal to create an autonomous power base, to enable us to seize control over our own lives and communities? For those interested in truly stopping the world that needs fracking, the answer is: all of the above and more. And as the Earth is being murdered in the name of profit, nothing short of a fundamental transformation in how society is organized is worthy of being taken seriously.

And so how do we grow the blockade into a model for how we want to live, how we want to treat each other, and how we want society to be organized? To a large extent this work has already begun in the camp. In order to build our collective power to resist the exploitation and ecocide of this world, we have to build the alternatives to sustain us. This is why the blockade has largely been recognized to have taken on the form and function of a commune. It is the natural structure that arises from a zone of collective care, which departs from the laws and logic of capitalism and the state. If the commune is the form that our transformative social organizations take, then we should ask ourselves in earnest: how do we expand the commune?

The question of sustaining and expanding the commune inevitably leads us to the issue of dealing with those who would crush this project before it begins.

How should we interact with the police?

Dialog with the police is not desirable or possible. The police have institutional power and we do not. Within the structure of this relationship, there is an inherent threat of violence that maintains this power imbalance. To put it bluntly, it is state violence that keeps us powerless. When the police come to talk with us, it is always with the end goal of neutralizing our resistance, with deadly violence if necessary. There can be no dialog when one party is pointing guns at the other. What is actually taking place when conversation is opened with the police is the beginning of our surrender.......

08:59

Man builds gold-dredging machine from scrap metal "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 20, 2017

A man from Aseki in Morobe has built a simplified alluvial gold dredging machine using pieces of scrap metal.
The machine, powered by electricity and water, will greatly assist small-scale alluvial miners.
Sam Sky is a Grade 6 dropout from Asini in Salamaua and Bangulum in Bulolo. His alluvial gold-dredging machine was launched during the 103rd Yabem district conference in Aseki which was attended by 14 circuits in the presence of Morobe deputy governor Waka Daimon.
Daimon last Thursday delivered 44 bags of 10kg rice to support and feed the delegations.
Sky said that his first invention was a machine used to husk peanuts after a woman farmer in Markham requested him to build it.
Sky said that it took him two weeks to design and four months to collect materials and tools and another four months to build the peanut pulper.
Sky later designed and built the alluvial mining machine launched last week.

My aim is to help small coffee farmers and alluvial miners who did not have easy access to services in Lae, Sky said.

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08:34

Sydney mayor hits out at mural vigilantes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Local residents react to a mural that has been painted over with black paint in Newtown, Sydney, November 17, 2017. The mural, created by street artist Scott Marsh, depicted former prime minister Tony Abbott and Cardinal George Pell involved in a sex act celebrating the same-sex marriage survey 'yes' result. (AAP Image/Danny Casey)

Local residents react to a mural that has been painted over with black paint in Newtown, Sydney, November 17, 2017. The mural, created by street artist Scott Marsh, depicted former prime minister Tony Abbott and Cardinal George Pell involved in a sex act celebrating the same-sex marriage survey yes result. (AAP Image/Danny Casey)

SYDNEY   [AAP]

A Sydney mayor has accused Christian activists of vandalism and intimidation after two provocative murals were painted over in the days after Australia said yes to same-sex marriage.

The murals one featuring former prime minister Tony Abbott dressed as a bride with his hand down a shirtless Cardinal George Pells pants and the other depicting singer George Michael as a saint have been painted over in Newtown and Erskineville respectively.

Those behind the alleged vandalism said they were defending their religion, while Christian leaders said the murals were pernicious and intolerant.

Both incidents were filmed by onlookers and footage online of the latest in Erskineville shows the culprit was stopped by police.

NSW police on Monday said a 23-year-old man was arrested on Saturday and issued with a court attendance notice for graffiti.

Police last night arrested a 16-year-old youth with defacing two more murals in King Street, Newtown, and Bray Street, Erskineville.

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has condemned the defacing of the murals and related homophobic and abusive comments online.

At a time of celebration about the big step forward we have made for human rights in this country, these attacks are the last thing we need, Mr Byrne wrote on Facebook on Monday.

The Labor mayor refused to take questions but said on Facebook he pl...

08:25

Thinking About Fostering? Heres Everything You Need To Know "IndyWatch Feed National"

Want to make the world a better place? Fostering a dog or cat is a great way to start.

Not only does becoming a foster parent get an animal out of a shelter and into a home, it frees up valuable space and resources, allowing the shelter to welcome even more animals in need.

While some may think they cant foster unless they are ready to adopt, thats not always the case, explains Brittany Feldman, president and cofounder of Shelter Chic, a nonprofit foster-based dog and cat rescue group in New York City.

Even if its just for a short time, fostering plays an important role in successfully re-homing dogs and cats. A lot of organizations, including us, really can only take in as many animals as we have fosters for, so opening your home is actually saving a life, Feldman tells The Dodo. Through fostering, homeless dogs and cats learn what its like to be a member of a family a vital step on the way to finding their forever home.

Its great for people to experience the benefits of having an animal in the home, without a long-term commitment, Feldman says. And, for the animal, not only is it saving their life, but it makes them more adoptable. Having the dog in a home gives you experience with them, so you know things about their personality that you wouldnt know in a shelter.

Something as simple as learning whether a dog likes to sleep late or is obsessed with squeaky toys allows for better matches with potential adopters and makes the adoptions a lot more successful, Feldman adds. Its a win-win for the human and animal!

So what do you need to know before fostering a pet? Check out these answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

What are my responsibilities when fostering a pet?



Every animal is different, and depending on which shelter you work with, responsibilities may vary each time you foster a dog or cat. With dogs, its the foster mom or dads job to provide their pup with exercise, food, shelter and basic obedience training. Did we mention snuggles? Youll want to give him plenty of thos...

08:11

Market Talk- November 20, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asia closed mixed in a fairly quiet session but ahead of what could be a wild week. The Nikkeis decline was very much reflected in the Yens strength. Financials again weighed on the index but this is a reflection of both low volume of shares traded and the shape of the yield curve (2s 10s in Japan at 22bp). In late Friday trading the Yen played around 112 but lost ground from the opening this morning, currently mid 112s. The Nikkei opened around unchanged and after the initial flash positive was under pressure for the balance of the day closing near its lows (-0.6%); additional share supplies did not help! The Australian dollar traded heavy all day, last seen near its days low (-0.25%) whilst the ASX index countered that weak opening by ending the day almost unchanged. China saw reasonable support for both the Shanghai A and B but also watched the Hang Seng return a positive +0.2% for Mondays trading. News from the Middle East has not helped the price of oil todays as investors are concerned the recent output cuts may be reconsidered in light of further rising tensions in the region.

Europe was buzzing with talk that Angela Merkel failed to find common ground with either of the two parties in-order to form a government. The Euro suffered as a result (-0.5%) and although the GBP initially found support on its back, that did not last more than 24 hours. European indices balanced the currencies weakness although sectors were influenced. Energy suffered both on underlying price action but also news that one large SWF was considering excluding oil and gas companies from its benchmark index. Both CAC and DAX closed around +0.5% with IBEX and UKs FTSE around +0.1%. After last weeks sell-off in credits we are seeing a little caution returning, but peripheral spreads remain in play unless credit is a real concern as evidenced by movements below. UK budget Wednesday with US holidays on Thursday.

The US session quickly forgot any negative thoughts it may have had at the opening and has spent the day rallying until drifting marginally at the close. Still, a good solid session to open the week for the US anyway. We saw assets and the currency appreciating especially supported as the treasury c...

08:00

The Manus Island situation: The facts "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Manus Island Regional Processing Centre was officially closed on October 31 and given back to the Papua New Guinea government. Men move daily in and out of the closed centre but reports indicate that approximately 420 men are left. All of these men have refused to move to new transit centres in Lorengau. How []

The post The Manus Island situation: The facts appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:54

Doctors, lawyers, experts unite in call to raise the age of criminal responsibility "IndyWatch Feed National"

Following Universal Childrens Day, doctors, lawyers, health and human rights experts from across Australia are calling for the age when children can be held criminally liable to be raised to at least 14 years so that primary school aged children are not entangled in the criminal justice system.

All Australian states and territories currently have laws that allow children as young as ten years to be charged, brought before the courts, sentenced and imprisoned. The United Nations has repeatedly rebuked Australia for maintaining such a low age of criminal responsibility.

Dr Mick Creati, International Child and Adolescent Health Specialist and Senior Fellow with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, said that the medical evidence is clear developmentally, children are very different to adults.

Children of this age have relatively immature brain development when it comes to decision-making, organisation, impulse control and planning for their future. We shouldnt criminalise actions that may be developmentally normal for children of this age and they should not be incarcerated as a consequence, said Dr Creati.

Last Friday, the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory provided a number of recommendations for fixing broken youth justice systems. As part of this, the Royal Commission made the landmark recommendation to raise the age of criminal responsibility.

The Royal Commission has recommended raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility and this is a recommendation we fully support from a health perspective, said Dr Creati.

Each year across Australia, around 600 children under the age of 14 are locked away in prison cells and put in danger. Close to 70 per cent of these children are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

Wayne Muir, Co-Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, said that youth justice systems are failing all of us and must be overhauled and replaced with a system that is therapeutically and culturally responsive.  

Children are being labelled criminals when all of our efforts should be focussed on keeping children safe and supported within their communities. Removing children as young as ten from their families and forcing them into the criminal justice system takes away their basic rights as children to learn, grow and thrive, said Mr Muir.

Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that evidence shows that children who get drawn into the criminal justice system are much more likely to get trapped and face a future behind bars.

Now is the time for all states and territories to take action and raise the age of criminal responsibility. The Royal Commission has un...

07:47

Blockchain and cryptocurrency expert to meet with Cyprus entrepreneurs at Bitcoin & Blockchain Conference Cyprus "IndyWatch Feed National"

Leading players of the Cyprus cryptocurrency market will be brought together in Nicosia that will host the conference dedicated to digital currencies and blockchain Bitcoin & Blockchain Conference Cyprus. The event is aimed at providing the business community with answers related to decentralized technologies.   

Smile-Expo, the event organizer, has held more than 15 blockchain and bitcoin conferences in Russia, Europe, and Central Asia. The conference in Nicosia will be the first similar event organized in Cyprus. It will involve startups, investors, consulting companies, representatives of governmental structures, and experts from various European countries. The event will take place at the five-star Hilton Cyprus hotel.

Guests will be able to listen to presentations on relevant issues for the community and to attend the exhibition of innovative software based on the blockchain. The conference is expected to bring together the audience of over 300 people, and the exhibition will engage about 25 companies.

The Republic of Cyprus is one of countries with a positive attitude to the blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The local government has not stated about the necessity of bans or severe regulation in the sector. Cyprus citizens actively use digital currencies: many of them invest in bitcoins or focus on cryptocurrency trading. One of few worlds universities allowing to get a masters degree in digital currencies is located in Nicosia.

Despite such a beneficial environment, blockchain and cryptocurrency businesses cause a lot of questions in Cyprus: primarily, it refers to the legislative regulation of the industry and its nearest development prospects. Bitcoin & Blockchain Conference Cyprus is aimed at answering entrepreneurs and investors questions and providing them with the platform for the efficient business cooperation.

The event will be useful for those desiring to increase their cryptocurrency capital or invest profitably in blockchain startups.

Organizers offer students interested in this issue to attend the event at a special price. Moreover, each participant can save a significant sum, buying a ticket during presale until November 30.

Media Contact

Contact Name: Nick Besedin
Email: n.besedin@smileexpo.eu

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07:45

Air Niugini appoints a new NGI Regional Sales Manager "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Air Niugini has appointed a new Regional Sales Manager to look after its business operations in the New Guinea Islands region. He is Robin Taman from Taulil village in the Gazelle Electorate of East Britain Province.

Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer, Mr Simon Foo in announcing the new appointment last week said Taman is a career officer, having worked with Air Niugini for 25 years.
Taman commenced work with Air Niugini in 1992 as a domestic check in officer, then moved to ramp, traffic and sales before he was appointed Port Manager. For the last 10 years, he managed Air Niuginis office in Moro, Southern Highlands serving the airlines mining clients.
Mr Foo said Robin is a very experienced staff member and with his new appointment, we are confident that he can manage the regional sales performance and bring the sales target to the next level.

The new NGI Regional Sales Manager is based in Rabaul and also oversees Air Niuginis sales operations in Hoskins, Buka, Kavieng and Manus. Each sales manager in these ports report to him. His job basically is to manage the sales performances and create and maintain a high level sales culture focused on delivering results by providing on going coaching and development of support staff.

Taman said Rabaul is one of Air Niuginis major domestic ports linking the rest of the NGI region, handling more than seventy flights a week.
He added that the new role requires full commitment and dedication to achieve the companys goals and objectives and he is confident of taking up the challenge.
Taman said Good leadership is needed to lead and guide our staff at both the sales office and the airport so that we provide quality customer services and at the same time meet Air Niuginis goals. This is a big shoe for me to fill but with GOD nothing is impossible.
He thanked Air Niugini Management and the CEO for having trust and confidence in him. Robin was Sales and Airport Manager at Gurney airport, MilneBay prior to his new appointment.

07:42

PM O'Neill condemns sorcery related attack on 6-Year-Old Girl "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister  Peter O'Neill  has expressed outrage on behalf of the Nation after the serious abuse of a 6-year-old girl in Enga Province by adult males claiming sanguma (Sorcery) as their excuse.
PM ONeill said police had been dispatched to investigate the abuse, and any individual who tries to impede the lawful investigation will be arrested.

The Prime Minister said the attacks cannot be tolerated and the abusers must be exposed, and this requires leadership from community elders.
Lets be clear, sanguma beliefs are absolute rubbish, the Prime Minister said.
In the modern day sanguma is not a real cultural practice, it is false belief and involves the violent abuse and torture of women and girls by pathetic and perverted individuals.
The men behind these murders are cowards who are looking for someone to blame because of their own failure in life.
These violent acts are against our values as a nation and are completely unacceptable.
The Prime Minister said local communities hold the key to ending sanguma activities, but leaders must step up and be strong.

In the case of the young girl who was recently attacked in Enga, we are grateful for the brave people who gave her first aid and took her to a safe location.
The nation needs more of these unsung heroes who do the right thing, even when it means standing up against people in their own communities.
At the same time, any community leaders who allow this abuse to continue are just as bad as the men who carry out the crimes.

As a Christian Nation these abuses are also an attack on our religion, that goes against all the teachings of the Church.
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07:33

Final Straw: A Refugee on Manus Island & 2018 Certain Days Calendar "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Final Straw: A Refugee on Manus Island & 2018 Certain Days Calendar appeared first on It's Going Down.

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Walid, an asylum seeker held at the Manus Regional Process Center, Papua New Guinea

First up, youll hear a conversation that Bursts had with a refugee seeking asylum in Australia. His name is Walid, he is 24 years old and from Afghanistan. Manus Regional Processing Centre, where Walid is being held alongside nearly 450 other men, is a facility on Papua New Guinea on the PNG Lombrum Naval Base. The processing center, from here out called Manus for short or MRPC, was run up until October 31st by the Spanish multinational company Grupo Ferrovial on behalf of the Australian Government as a way of off-shoring the housing of people seeking asylum. The center was closed October 31st after the Papuan Supreme Court determined the facility unconstitutional in breech of the promise of personal liberty.

So, the Australian government withdrew its medical workers, shut off electricity and water and food shipments. However, the residents of MRPC have refused to be resettled into other facilities in PNG due to fears of physical harm by members of the PNG Defence Forces, as is alleged to have happened in April of this year, as well as violence coming from local gangs wielding machetes and other weapons. The population of the island is just short of 6,000 people and locals have expressed concern that resettlement would affect their economy greatly. In the conversation, Walid mentions two fellows from the MRPC who were found recently hung by their necks in the jungle near the Processing Centre as a proof of danger the refugees face if they leave the premises.

The Obama administration had agreed in 2016 to resettle many of Australias asylum seekers. However, do you remember that first presidential phone call that Trump made, where he ended by saying it was a stupid deal and it was the worst conversation ever? That was #45 chatting with Australias Prime Minister Turnbull about the resettlement deal for refugees on Nauru and Manus Islands. Cancelling that at the time fed into the issues in PNG & Australias national politics with the refugees being caught in the middle as pawns. The U.S. has now apparently changed its tune about the Asylum seekers, having applied for whatever extreme vetting it was seeking and has taken....

07:33

Manumanu Land Deal: Aftermath "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by KIN OPOSEPA

Manumanu Land Deal: Aftermath The Manumanu Land deal issue has subsided through time and all stakeholders affected have seemed to move on, the dust has settled. Let me refresh your memories on the issues again. The purported Manumanu Land Deal (MLD) for the relocation of the PNG Defense Force is alleged to involve five different transactions totalling an amount of K46 million. However, the dealings did not comply with established processes.

The MLD issue was raised in Parliament by Member for Kairuku Hiri, Peter Isoaimo that eventually led to the sidelining of 2 Senior Ministers and suspension of 6 Departmental heads, CEO of State Owned Enterprise and chairman of CSTB. In a media statement on the 6th of February 2017 PM, ONeil had announced a Commission of Inquiry (COI) headed by a retired Judge to investigate the claims made, referred the matter to the National Fraud Squad and the Ombudsman Commission also for potential breaches of the Leadership Code.

He further promised to return the land to the customary landowners. Investigations The COI established was later downgraded to an Administrative Inquiry headed by Queens Counsel John Griffin which was supposed to take 4 weeks to complete at a cost of K2 million with the report to be presented to the Parliament on 28th of March 2017. These inquiries were to look at the roles of Ministers, the responsibilities of Departmental heads and its officers and heads of various SOEs. This report was never made available in the March sitting of Parliament.

To date, the outcome of Administrative Inquiry, National Fraud Squad and the Ombudsman Commissions is yet to be made public. Appointment of Ministers Duma and Pok Member for Hagen Central William Duma and Member for North Whagi Fabian Pok were appointed Ministers for State Owned Enterprise and Defense respectively in the 10th Parliament. The irony is that both Ministers were sidelined in the 9th Parliament over the controversial issue of MLD. When PM ONeil was questioned about these appointments by Member for North Fly James Donald MP, the PM defended the appointments by stating that there was no point in preempting the outcomes of the Administrative Inquiry, all citizens are innocent until proven guilty and so as mandated leaders they are entitled to occupy positions.

PM ONeil has clearly backflipped from his earlier statement o...

07:32

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Group Forum Moving to a New Site. Please sign up f... "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Group Forum Moving to a New Site. Please sign up f...: As many of you may have realised by now our group forum was taken over by Tapatalk, since then I have had a lot of problems, & the HE...

07:17

When a Rookie Rents a Scooter "IndyWatch Feed National"

A couple of years ago now, Julia Gillards $1000 textbook allowance and continuous Centrelink payments bought me my flight to Bangkok and funded my Asian backpacking adventure. Sure, its not the most original of trip destinations for a 20-year-old university student, but the tropical climate, delicious street food, real Gucci handbags and low prices were just too appealing to resist.

My older sister had done a similar trip with her friends when she was my age. My parents had to pay for her to come home after shed spent all her money, got food poisoning and wound up in a Thai hospital with a broken arm after she drunkenly fell over a staircase railing. I should really have thanked her for this. In my parents eyes, as long as I came home to Australia with no broken bones, I could basically do whatever I wanted and still be seen as the golden child.

So one night in Krabi, when we met some Brazilian boys on the hostel rooftop where we were staying who suggested we hire scooters, I nodded with enthusiasm. By this stage, Id spent a couple of weeks in Thailand and still had all bones intact.

After spending the next couple of hours together, table dancing and sinking Changs, we finalised plans to rent the two-wheelers and explore the surrounding beach town the following day.

By the time we clambered out of our bunks the next morning and staggered to meet the boys at the rental shop across the road, it was nearly midday. This meant that although to us, the day was just beginning, plenty of keen tourists (who werent preoccupied with taking advantage of the low-cost alcohol) had already come and gone, so there were only four scooters left.  There were seven of us.

Carmen, the most uncoordinated, was first to be eliminated. Shed had her fair share of being ridden, but struggled to even command a bicycle. Laura was next. She wasnt keen on becoming part of the alarmingly high tourist killed in road accident statistics for Thailand and decided to accompany Carmen, opting to catch the public bus.  That left Hannah and I, who would ride alone, while the Brazilian boys fought over who got to double our gorgeous friend Rachel.

Within 15 minutes, we had met Shirlay the rental shop owner, organised bikes and helmets and were ready to go. We each paid around the equivalent of $20AUD for the day and agreed to return the bikes by nightfall.

The tanks were empty, so the first planned stop was the petrol station, 300m down the road. Shirlay was out the fro...

07:00

I am shown the terrible PNGDF death bunker of Sovele "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Thomas Kolouko and the concrete structure
Thomas Kolouko outside the concrete 'death bunker'

LEONARD FONG ROKA

ARAWA In Nagovis we were the first people to uphold the Bougainville Revolutionary Armys fight in 1990, recalled Thomas Kolouko of Biroi village in the Bana District.

But when the [PNG] army came to Sovele in late 1992, Thomas continued, we decided not to flee but remain in our villages with hope for better change for Bougainville.

[But] under Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) control we suffered the most.

He directed my eyes to a concrete cell behind the padres house.

This was our death bunker whenever we did wrong - like drinking - or whenever we were suspected of dealing with the BRA. We were urinated at and defecated over and we died in here.

My visit to Sovele Catholic Mission in south Bougainvilles Bana District had led me to this house, behind which, half-buried in the soil, was the concrete cell measuring about five metres by five metres and four metres in height.

The German priest who constructed it in 1990 used it to store mission records.

Before the PNGDF came, Thomas said in the cells semi-darkness, there were shelves all over this wall. Mission records and so on were stored in here.

But when the army came from Boku, they destroyed all mission records and converted this cell into their sewage tank.

So as time went by and many of our men got into trouble, especially us Biroi and Bakoram villagers, or if we were suspected of having connections with the BRA, we were thrown here.

Some of us were executed around this building while we inside listened to the gunshots and their last cries or the thud of their bodies landing on the ground.

According to Thomas Kolouko, during the PNGDF occupation of Sovele, the mission was the killing yard of Bougainvillean men suspected of interacting with the BRA.

Suspects from all over Bana District were tortured in and around the church. Some were left to bleed their lives away ther...

06:33

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

The Saudi clown prince Mohammad Bin Salman is an impulsive tyrant. But what accounts for his urge to purge the country of any potential competing power center Why does he run a such an activist foreign policy? The answer might...

06:29

Arizona Cops Omit Vital Details from Police Shooting Report of Daniel Shaver "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the moments before an Arizona police officer opened fire and killed Daniel Shaver, the unarmed man begged police not to kill him.

Please dont shoot me, Shaver pleaded as he crawled on his hands and knees towards the cops before one of them opened fire, killing him instantly.

Mesa police officer Philip Mitch Brailsford later claimed he was in fear for his life because Shaver had reached for his waistband.

However, not only does Brailsfords body cam video of the shooting does not show Shaver reaching for his waistband, according to his widow, Laney Sweet, who has watched the video multiple times during Brailsford trial on second-degree murder charges police omitted to report that he begged for his life prior to being shot and killed.

Five police officers. Five police reports. Five police narratives. And not one mention of the victim begging for his life.

In fact, one police officer investigating the shooting testified that he found this suspicious, according to the Arizona Republic.

On Wednesday, Mesa homicide Detective Paul Sipe gave testimony that appeared to be damaging to Brailsfords defense.

 

When a Mesa police officer shoots a person, the department investigates its own officer and forwards the investigation to the Maricopa County Attorneys Office, which then decides if the officer should be charged with a crime.

 

In this case, Sipe led the investigation into Brailsfords decision to shoot. Brailsford was charged by the County Attorneys Office in March 2016.

 

Sipe told the jury on Wednesday that he became suspicious of the officers reports when he noticed they omitted vital information. Sipe didnt specify what he was talking about and

Deputy County Attorney Susie Charbel didnt ask him to be specific.

 

But throughout the trial, Charbel has noted that of the five written reports from the officers on the scene, they left out that Shaver had cried and begged not to be shot. That information became public in Sipes supplemental report released two months after the shooting.

 

The judge instructed the jury to strike Sipes remark that he found the omission suspicious when the defense attorney objected. But Sipe essentially gave the same answer when the prosecutor asked him the same questio...

06:11

Autonomous Antifa: From the Autonomen to Post-Antifa in Germany "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Autonomous Antifa: From the Autonomen to Post-Antifa in Germany appeared first on It's Going Down.

An Interview with Bender, a German Comrade 
by Paul OBanion

Bender has been involved in the autonomous movement in Germany since the 1980s, and talks here about his experiences and observations from thirty years of organizing. He addresses the beginnings of the autonomen the autonomous movement how Antifa developed out of that in the late 80s and 90s, and has developed since.  He discusses where things are now, in a post-autonomous, post-antifa, German radical Left environment. He is familiar with the situation in the US, and offers lessons for organizing against fascism and all forms of domination. This interview was conducted via email, and Benders answers have been edited for clarity.

-Paul OBanion

Talk about the autonomen: who you are, what political traditions and perspectives are you building on, and what has been your practical and theoretical activity.

Bender: When we talk about the autonomen, we speak of the 80s in Germany where the autonomen first appeared and had the character of a movement. It is one outcome of the dynamics of the so-called New Social Movements or, as you call it in the US, the New Left.

As in many other countries, the beginnings of the New Social Movements, from which the autonomous movement of the 80s was one result, was the long year of 68, which in Germany is perhaps best characterised as an anti-authoritarian revolt. We have to remember, that the year 68 politically lasted much longer than one year.  The movement after 68 reached a kind of exhaustion, in which people asked themselves how to go on, which means: how to organize a movement in decline.

After 68 was the moment of the movement, then the 70s developed along the more Party-orientated trajectory. The 70s were the decade of the so-called K-groups. The K-Groups were various communist groups with, in some cases, a lot of members, and in all cases no matter how big they actually were the aim to become a mass party. It was like the last episode of the history of Communist Parties. But whereas the first episode ended in the tragedy of the Soviet Party-State, this time it ended as the farce of communist groups run by students with nearly no impact on the working-class. But what they did have was much influence on new forms of politics and new political issues, not only those based around labor and the working-class.

But just as the student movement in the end of the 60s...

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