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01:28

Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, NEO, Ripple and Bitcoin Cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

From our technical interactive charts, Bitcoin and most cryptocurrencies under our focus might be bottoming up. We can"t be sure of resurgence unless there is a strong follow through in the course of the week. thats just the nature of []

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Tuesday, 17 April

22:01

PERTH Swinging father charged with 79 more sex abuse offences against five children "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Swinging father charged with 79 more sex abuse offences against five children .

April 17, 2018 at 03:03PM .

A 45-year-old man accused of abusing young children during organised swinging group sex parties in Perth has been charged with a further 79 offences against five children, including his two daughters and two step-children. Police allege between 2001 and 2006, the man sexually assaulted his two

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-17/swinging-father-charged-with-79-more-child-sex-abuse-offences/9667226&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEc6l72NG_THEK1qfW24QJ0L3LATg

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22:01

PERTH WA child porn ring investigation: Father accused of raping children "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WA child porn ring investigation: Father accused of raping children .

April 17, 2018 at 01:02PM .

Both men will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday, April 18. The charges come as detectives continue to unravel the alleged child porn ring, with charges being laid against a 39-year-old Perth mother relating to the alleged abuse of her own children. Anyone with information

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/wa-child-porn-ring-investigation-father-accused-of-raping-children-20180417-p4za2y.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNG-9Th9-GLcjBM2zNwXQZTX316QNA

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22:01

PERTH Cyclist and motorist charged after Kings Park incident "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Cyclist and motorist charged after Kings Park incident .

April 17, 2018 at 02:41PM .

However, last weekpolice charged the cyclist (52) by summons with aggravated common assault, and he will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on May 25. The motorist (76) went to Warwick Police Station on January 22, before he was charged by summons with allegedly assaulting the cyclist and a

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.communitynews.com.au/western-suburbs-weekly/news/cyclist-and-motorist-charged-after-kings-park-incident&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEEFgFU8_0DHeslveo7OzROJK2d-g

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22:01

PERTH Father at centre of alleged child sex ring charged with 79 offences relating to daughters and "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Father at centre of alleged child sex ring charged with 79 offences relating to daughters and .

April 17, 2018 at 01:22PM .

Both men are due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow. Their arrests are part of the ongoing Taskforce Mirzam investigation in WA into child sex offences that saw the arrest of a Perth mum accused of raping her daughter. Detectives are still investigating allegations the woman took

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/father-at-centre-of-alleged-child-sex-ring-charged-with-79-offences-relating-to-daughters-and-stepchildren-ng-b88808868z&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFdsthcFCJJ4TTQ8NmgXl0G9H1zuA

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22:01

PERTH More sex charges in WA swinging case "IndyWatch Feed National"

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More sex charges in WA swinging case .

April 17, 2018 at 01:22PM .

a child, sexual penetration of a child and stupefying. A 56-year-old man is now facing a total of 29 charges and has been accused of abusing a girl and boy, who were aged five and six at the time of the first offence, between 2011 and 2015. Both men are scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrates Court

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/04/17/13/21/more-sex-charges-stem-from-swinging-case&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGXv30LdiHbtMXukgHkfC5xHuv0VQ

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22:01

PERTH More sex charges stem from swinging case "IndyWatch Feed National"

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More sex charges stem from swinging case .

April 17, 2018 at 01:22PM .

Both men are scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday. A woman, who is in a relationship with the 45-year-old man, is accused of abusing her son, eight-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old girl. The 39-year-old mother was previously charged with a total of 93 offences. Taskforce

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/more-sex-charges-stem-from-swinging-case/news-story/108aa59037da9c9e7fbacbb29e4a72b5&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEXqG5EjBw38WxOQppY3Mh9XtkDFA

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22:01

PERTH Further charges laid over alleged Perth paedophile swingers ring "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Further charges laid over alleged Perth paedophile swingers ring .

April 17, 2018 at 12:31PM .

Both men are due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow, Wednesday, 18 April 2018. Taskforce Mirzam detectives urge anyone with any information regarding child sexual abuse to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make report online at http://www.crimestopperswa.com.au.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.communitynews.com.au/guardian-express/news/charges-laid-alleged-perth-paedophile-swingers-ring&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFbsrBrwtw0LNpm0ZQR2Bqu6R_7Bg

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PERTH Further charges laid by Taskforce Mirzam detectives, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Further charges laid by Taskforce Mirzam detectives, WA .

April 17, 2018 at 12:26PM .

Taskforce Mirzam detectives have further charged two men aged 45 and 56 years, with a total of 101 additional offences as a result of their ongoing and extensive investigation into child sexual abuse. The 45 year old man has been charged with a total of 79 offences and the 56 year old man has been

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.miragenews.com/further-charges-laid-by-taskforce-mirzam-detectives-wa/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEL1HAj7hrZXWyo3_StJiLddXg9Sg

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PERTH Father & other man face over 100 charges of child sex abuse "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Father & other man face over 100 charges of child sex abuse .

April 17, 2018 at 12:26PM .

Both men are due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow. Taskforce Mirzam detectives urge anyone with any information regarding child sexual abuse to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make report online at http://www.crimestopperswa.com.au Callers may remain anonymous if they

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.coastlive.com.au/news/local-news/father-and-other-man-face-over-100-charges-of-child-sex-abuse/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEzQgA2dyTPEHZE4oJL6hBtRqk4gw

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21:57

WD Purple microSD or the SanDisk High Endurance card? "IndyWatch Feed National"



On the 11th day of April 2018 the corporation Western Digital announced a new line of surveillance storage microSD cards that being the WD Purple, of capacities 32GB and 64GB, in line with the nomenclature used with their hard disk storage solutions.

Following that announcement it would be a great idea to bring a detailed test report to our readers, so off we go to the local technology wholesaler, but alas no stock, as they have not made it down to the British penal colony called Australia.

So the next best thing would be to do a product comparison from factory specifications, for the mathematically challenged.


According to wdc.com their microSD card is rated at 80MB/s read and 50MB/s write performance.

The endurance rating of the 64GB card is up to 64 TBW (Terabytes Written).

Next,


According to SanDisk.com their High Endurance video monitoring microSD card of 64GB capacity is good for 10,000 (ten thousand) hours of recording at Full HD, in line with their nomenclature used in their hard disk line of storage solutions.

The read and write speed of the card is rated at 20MBps.

SanDisk defined Full HD video at 1920 x 1080 resolution at 26Mbps (Megabits per second)

26Mbps = 3.25MBps (Mega Bytes per second) = 195MB per minute = 11.7GB per hour.

Since the above white micr...

21:32

AirMed Australia Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-NEQ Pops into Mackay Airport - Plus More "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Saturday 14 April, Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-NEQ was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from Bankstown.  It was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Airmed 221".

VH-NEQ at Rockhampton Airport last year  (File photo)

After being on the ground for around an hour, VH-NEQ departed to Taree in New South Wales before returning to Bankstown again as "Airmed 221".

The sleek little bizjet has recently has its operator details updated to AirMed Australia - a New South Wales (NSW) based organisation that has been providing patient transport services by air and by ground for over a decade.  They promote themselves as one of the few providers that have extensive air and ground assets positioned around NSW, thus enabling them to provide our customers with a true bed-to-bed service.


To find out more about AirMed, visit their website at:  http://airmed.com.au/

Meanwhile, another familiar medical evacuation aircraft was back in CQ again this week with LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" arriving into Bundaberg Airport from Brisbane in the wee small hours of Thursday 12 April.  It later returned to Brisbane.

Finally, over on Hamilton Island Airport, also on Thursday 12 April, Silver Linings Aviation Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-ZEK was noted visiting Hamo from Port Macquarie in New South Wales.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 

21:24

LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Spotted at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Late on Tuesday 10 April, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane.





After a couple of hours on the ground at Rocky, now in the early hours of Wednesday 11 April, VH-URR "Ambulance 604" departed to Emerald Airport.

After another couple of hours on the ground, VH-URR "Ambulance 604" departed Emerald Airport for Brisbane.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Scott H for taking the time to capture and send through these great nighttime photos of VH-URR!
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21:16

RAAF Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-449 "Ausy 545" & A97-467 "Ausy 547" Airwork at CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Late on Saturday 14 April, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft were noted completing airwork at Central Queensland Airports.

Appearing to fly down from Townsville, A97-449 as "Ausy 545" completed a touch and go at Rockhampton Airport before continuing to South and overflying Gladstone before it completed a missed approach at Bundaberg Airport.





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21:15

Victorias VEET scheme could cost you your home "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Alan Manson has provided an update on the Victorian Marxist Governments VEET scheme,

which could lose you your home

UPDATE 1: Land Grab in Victoria Being Legislated!

Politicians are now ducking for cover!  Since revealing in a recent Cairns News article what the proposed Local Government Act 20181 bill and the 10-year old Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) Scheme)2 potentially have in store for Victorians, a few interesting events have occurred.

* A response from the Minister for Local Government (Ms. Marlene Kairouz MP) was received that did nothing to address the issues raised with her.

* Similarly, a response from the Shadow Minister for Local Government (Mr. Robert Morris MP) was received that only gave an assurance that the Liberal and National parties will not support any legislation that extends the power of local councils beyond the limits of the current Local Government Act.  He ignores the fact that the letter cast serious doubt about the lawfulness of the 1989 Local Government Act to which he refers, so his assurances are worth nothing.

Some interesting statistics have emerged in relation to this campaign:

* The previous article in Cairns News produced over 10,000 hits.  Although it is impossible to tell how many of these hits were from people located in Victoria, it does indicate there is some serious interest in this matter. 

* The Change.org petition recently produced 1,544 signatures.  This number will not worry anyone at Parliament House, Melbourne, as there are other petitions addressed to the Premier such as banning plastic bags (183,000) that he would prefer to spend more time addressing.

* The second phase of the campaign requested that Victorians email the Minister and the Shadow Minister for Local Government to require them to answer questions about the proposed legislation.  The appeal produced only 6 participants out of several thousand people emailed.  

Does this statistic indicate that Victorians are apathetic, or could it be because most people cannot find the time needed to read each document before making a decision?...

19:15

Agriculture and the Production of Fictitious Foods "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Monsanto triggered massive crop losses illegal herbicide spraying to introduce new GMO crop. (R) Flower strips along crop fields attract pollinators. A honey bee approaches a lacy phacelia in bloom (photo credits freedomproject.com & phys.org)

by G5

Hardly any food products are as believed. Apart from, for example: Monsanto-Bayer destroying most of the worlds frog and bee populations for the delivery of fictitious foods. This is part of the manic American fixation to control the worlds food and fresh water.

China and some other Eastern Bloc players also chimed in but interestingly, NOT RUSSIA.

Meat products, even steaks (chemically treated and glued), and chicken breasts are not as believed with the a...

19:14

Philippines: If Duterte has nothing to hide, why the crackdown on foreign activists? Arrest of Australian activist Nun, 71, raises eyebrows in Manila "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Sister Patricia Fox was released Tuesday afternoon, nearly a day after she was arrested by the Bureau of Immigration for her reported violation of the countrys law banning political assembly.
Twitter/Rep. Carlos Zarate

By Gaea Katreena Cabico (philstar.com) April 17, 2018 3:46pm
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MANILA, Philippines Critics of the government slammed the detention of two foreigners who were nabbed by immigration officials, saying it raises questions about what the government is trying to conceal.

The Liberal Party stressed that the incidents involving rights and land reform advocate Patricia Sister Pat Fox and Party of European Socialists official Giacomo Filibeck debunk the claim of the current government that it has nothing to hide.

The emerging trend on crackdown against foreign activists in the country is alarming as exhibited by the harassment and casual arrests of the two human right advocates who were not even in protest activities or rallies when taken into custody, LP, the erstwhile ruling party said.

Karapatan also stressed that the illegal arrest of Fox and other cases of threats and harassment against delegates of fact-finding missions in the Philippines are clear signs that President Rodrigo Duterte is guilty as hell of rights violations.

If indeed Duterte is as innocent as his sycophants say, there would be no reason for blocking any form of independent inquiries into the cases of extrajudicial killings and other rights violations against peasants and other poor sectors in the Philippines, Karapatan said.

READImmigration releases partisan Australian nun a day after apprehension

Fox was released Tuesday afternoon, nearly a day after she was arrested by the Bureau of Immigration for her reported violation of the countrys law banning political assembly.

Groups condemned her arrest and detention, saying it lacks due process and respect for her rights as a church person.

The arrest of the 71-year old Australian lay missionary came only a day after BI deported Filibeck....

18:52

Google still searching for Australian headquarters as deal falls through Ambitious plan to create Sydneys Silicon Valley "IndyWatch Feed National"

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By Alexandra Smith & Lisa Visentin

The state government has rejected a plan to create a Silicon Valley-style technology hub on the old rail yards near Redfern, leaving tech giant Google once again searching for Australian headquarters.

The hub, which would have created as many as 19,000 jobs, would have been Googles new base but cabinets infrastructure committee last week rejected the proposal because it did not meet a uniqueness test.

Redfern Google HQ plans rejected by state government

Redfern Google HQ plans rejected by state government

Google is still searching for its Australian headquarters after the NSW government rejected plans for a tech hub in Redfern.

Developer Mirvac submitted a plan through the governments unsolicited proposal process to redevelop the site next to Carriageworks at Eveleigh into a tech hub with Google as the anchor tenant, the Herald revealed last month.

However, the proposal failed at the first hurdle after the government stated its preference for the land, which is owned by Transport for NSW, to be developed through a competitive open process.

Despite the decision of the cabinet committee, a senior government source said some ministers were working to salvage the deal amid concerns that Google could abandon Sydney.

Responding to the decision on Tuesday, Mirvac said its pr...

17:41

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Algeria tornado, USA blizzards & lake waves, Polar ice temps recover "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tornado, massive hail storm and flooding in Algeria, gigantic waves Lake Superior USA freezes the shoreline, Arctic temperatures recover to the 1958-2002 baseline, Antarctic sea ice recovers and Australia flips from record heat to cold.

16:49

Indigenous and Remote Health Conference "IndyWatch Feed National"

Seven million Australians live in rural and remote Australia. There are also 1,000 remote communities, the majority with few or no services. Australians living rural and remote have shorter lives, with more than half of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders in the remote not living past a half century of years. Remote living Australians have []

16:48

James E McDonald's interest in Project Blue Book cases - Pueblo, Colorado "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi all,

Background

The late Dr. James E McDonald visited the former USAF's Project Blue Book on a number of occasions and gathered together a collection of sightings, which interested him. I published a blog back in February 2017,  about this aspect of his UAP work. As one of my 2018 projects, I am revisiting my earlier work on these selected Blue Book files.

Introduction

This blog post concerns one of the cases McDonald saw some value in, namely an observation by a weather observer, at a place called Pueblo, Colorado in the USA, which is near Colorado Springs.

Why bother re-examining these old cases? Well, they generally provide  me with data based observations, as opposed to sightings mentioned on Face Book pages, which provide hardly any data points. Secondly, it is always good to revisit/reanalyse cases, to see if a potential mundane explanation has been missed.

Case details

At 10:46am Mountain Standard Time (1746UTC), on 14 June 1958, a Pueblo, Colorado [latitude 38.28 deg N; longitude 104.6 deg W], airport weather observer, Orville R. Foster, aged 51 years, was observing a pilot balloon through a theodolite. He noticed an object enter the field of view at elevation 24.2 degrees,and azimuth 67 degrees (ENE.) He tracked the object across the northern sky (maximum elevation estimated as 50 degrees) on into the SW sky. Here he lost it in atmospheric haze at elevation 8.1 degrees, azimuth 237.2 degrees. The duration of the event was between 4-6 minutes.

The path of the object across the sky

The shape of the object at highest elevation was circular, with an apparently flat ring around the object, and...

16:45

Australia flesh-eating ulcer 'epidemic' a mystery, say doctors "IndyWatch Feed National"

Doctors in Australia have called for urgent research into why a flesh-eating ulcer has become a "worsening epidemic" in the state of Victoria. Local cases of Buruli ulcer, a skin disease most commonly found in Africa, have surged by 400% in the last four years, experts say. Infections have also become more severe and spread to new areas. Doctors do not know how to prevent the disease, which is caused by bacteria that breaks down tissue. WARNING: Graphic image below A record 275 new infections were recorded the state last year, marking a 51% increase on 2016. Infectious diseases expert Dr Daniel O'Brien said cases of the Buruli ulcer, or Mycobacterium ulcerans disease, had become "frighteningly more common and also more severe" in the region. It was unclear why the ulcer, typically found in tropical areas, had emerged in the temperate climate of Victoria, he said.

15:13

HandsUp NRW Promo "IndyWatch Feed National"

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14:50

International Revolution for Choice Rally Brisbane Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Allona Lahn

Lock in the date
Brisbane June 2nd time for the World and people to Unite

Over the last few weeks, I and others have been busy communicating and planning with people from Countries around the World to Unite for an International Revolution for Choice Rally. Read More

14:47

Syria, in a world of lies "IndyWatch Feed National"

There have been millions of casualties as a result of the catastrophes in Syria, with a half million dead, with millions of refugees, with collective human consciousness diminished and reduced to the aberrant. It is said that no lie lives forever but some do while the majority of lies outlive generations. The ability to discover []

14:42

Andrew ET Ettingshausen goes fishing in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Former rugby league player and keen fisherman Andrew ET Ettingshausen is lured to West New Britain in Papua New Guinea to chase big-fighting bass, but he is equally captivated by the vibrant culture and volcanic wilderness.

PNG fishing grounds

The surface lure touches down in an eddy beside an upturned tree. It bobs gently for a moment.

Then there is an explosion of water as it is taken, and in a heartbeat a giant bass is heading back to its lair.

I lock my thumb onto the spool and lean back hard on the rod, applying all the pressure I can. The bass, with its tail half out of the water, thrashes like crazy as it pulls my rod dead straight, a position you never want to be in.

The fish, under extreme pressure, kicks again.

No rod flex means I have no control as the big fish surges towards the safety of the upturned tree. I hold on tight and finally get a small wind on the reel.

The fish, under extreme pressure, kicks again, but this time I am able to get a bend in the rod. After five short pumps and winds, I have her head pointed the right way.

Pressure

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14:36

Flannery leads program for 2018 Papua New Guinea Investment Conference "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Eminent scientist Professor Tim Flannery will be one of the key speakers at this years Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference at the Sofitel Brisbane Central on 6 and 7 August this year.

Professor Tim Flannery

Professor Tim Flannery has had a long career as advisor to government and business on climate issues, as well as being a broadcaster, a widely published author and a former Australian of the Year.

He will provide a keynote speech to the conference on the opportunities and challenges for PNG business in the low carbon economy of the future.

With the measures agreed to in the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement (to which Papua New Guinea is a signatory, alongside 195 other countries) that comes into effect in 2020, now is a perfect time to understand the implications for business.

Flannery is no stranger to PNG, having conducted ground-breaking scientific research in the country over several years.

Program

Over two days, around 30 additional speakers will examine opportunities across all key sectors of PNGs economy. With keynotes, panel discussions, case studies and special presentations, the program promises plenty of variety and substance.

Other confirmed speakers include Paul Sayer (Chief Executive Officer, Nambawan Super), Craig Kirkland (Director of Pacific Islands, Mastercard), Paul Statham (Regional Director, Digicel Pacific), David Hill (Country DirectorPNG, Asian Development Bank), Carolyn Blacklock (Acting Managing Director, PNG Power Ltd) and Augustine Mano (Managing Director, Mineral Resources Development Corporation).

Infrastructure focus

Infrastructure will be a major focus of the conference, with Day 2 dedicated entirely to it. Delegates will hear from major public and private investors in the countrys infrastructurein ports, roads, aviation, energy and telecommunicationswith logistics and transport also covered.

Delegates will learn about ground-breaking innovations.

Two key themes will also inform t...

14:34

Coal mine extension challenged on climate-change grounds "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Wallarah 2 coal mine extension approval has been challenged in the Land and Environment Court. Image CommunityRun.org

In an Australian first, the NSW Land and Environment court will hear arguments about the consideration of the ecologically sustainable development (ESD) principle of intergenerational equity in the context of climate change.

EDO NSW, on behalf of the Australian Coal Alliance (ACA), filed proceedings late Monday (April 16) challenging the validity of the January 2018 Planning Assessment Committee (PAC) approval of the Wallarah 2 longwall coal mine on the Central Coast.

EDO NSW CEO David Morris said, The decision-maker in this case was required by law to consider the public interest in approving the project. In 2018, we say that requires them to turn their mind to the impacts decisions of today will have on future generations, and also to consider what we dont yet know by applying the precautionary principle.

Our client will argue that the PAC, when considering the Wallarah 2 project, considered neither and in doing so acted unlawfully, rendering the approval of this large coal project invalid, he said.

Wallarah 2 will make a substantial contribution to greenhouse gas emissions  264+ million tonnes of CO2 over the 28-year life of the mine. The PAC chose not to take into account emissions from the burning of coal mined at Wallarah 2. Our client will argue that the law, correctly applied, mandates a consideration of those impacts.

This type of legal action is at the very heart of our democracy, Mr Morris stated, aiming to ensure that our elected officials and their delegates follow the law.

Were arguing that the law in this case wasnt followed with respect to climate change impacts and the ESD principle of intergenerational equity. This case is by its very nature climate change litigation and were seeing more and more of that in Australia.

The science is unequivocal: continuing to approve coal mines in NSW absent some other major change threatens the goal of avoiding dangerous climate change under the Paris Agreement, he said.

The Wallarah 2 case

  • The case will be fought on 10 grounds, concerning greenhouse gas emissions, flooding impacts and compensation and risks to water supply.
  • Climate chan...

14:01

MACKAY Kidnapping and torture charge in Mackay, QLD "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY April 17, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

Kidnapping and torture charge in Mackay, QLD

April 17, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

A 40-year-old man has been charged following the alleged kidnapping and torture of a woman in Mackay on Sunday evening, Queensland Police say. It will be alleged on April 15 a group of up to five men and women confronted the 39-year-old woman at an apartment complex on Gregory Street.

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14:01

MACKAY Woman allegedly kidnapped, tortured by group "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY April 17, 2018 at 12:37PM ,

Woman allegedly kidnapped, tortured by group

April 17, 2018 at 12:37PM ,

A 40-year-old Mackay man has been arrested and charged with one count each of kidnapping and torture and three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed in company. He is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court today. Investigations are continuing. Share this on Facebook Share

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MACKAY Man arrested over Mackay kidnapping "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY April 17, 2018 at 12:37PM ,

Man arrested over Mackay kidnapping

April 17, 2018 at 12:37PM ,

Mackay apartment complex on Sunday, before escaping with a suspected broken arm, police say. A man, 40, has been charged with one count each of kidnapping and torture and three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed in company and will appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on

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14:01

MACKAY Kidnapping and torture charge, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY April 17, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

Kidnapping and torture charge, Mackay

April 17, 2018 at 12:03PM ,

A 40-year-old Mackay man has since been arrested in relation to the matter and charged with one count each of kidnapping and torture and three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed in company. He is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court today. Investigations are continuing.

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13:12

A dark truth behind the scariest film on Netflix "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is something sinister about Vernicas assertion that the film is based on reality. It seems it was inspired by events that occurred in Madrid in 1991 its major claim to truth is that it uses an actual police report from the incident, in which an officer reports something to the effect that inexplicable phenomena occurred at the house where events occurred. Apparently, residents of the house were equally convinced of the supernatural.

11:10

APRadio Harry & Mike discuss Australias only political un-convicted prisoner languishing a Victorian jail. "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

In solitary confinement and un-convicted is Australias only political prisoner Phil Galea that is non-Muslim alleged terrorist languishing in a Victorian jails solitary confinement to what seems appeasement of the political correct...

10:52

US e-commerce proposal for WTO ignores Facebook data scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

April 17, 2018: In a communication to other WTO members on April 12, the US government has outlined its seven areas for a possible WTO work program on e-commerce.

  • free flow of information
  • fair treatment of digital products
  • protection of proprietary information
  • digital security
  • facilitating internet services
  • competitive telecommunications markets, and
  • trade facilitation.

Despite the recent scandals with Facebooks mass cross-border data theft and numerous fake accounts, the US position insists on the free free exchange of cross-border data, prevents data localization and prohibits web blocking. This deregulatory push flies in the face of calls for effective regulation.

Mark Zuckerberg himself agreed in Congressional hearings to greater regulation and genuine penalties for failing to protect user data and for fake news, one example being an Honest Ads Bill.

The US also wants future rules on e-commerce to address several areas highlighted in its recently concluded Section 301 investigation into Chinese trade practices. To protect proprietary information, the US says new rules should protect source code, bar forced technology transfers and prohibit discriminatory technology requirements. These provisions enhance monopoly and slow digital technology development.

On the issue of customs duties on e-commerce, WTO Members have agreed to renew a moratorium on e-commerce duties at every WTO ministerial since 1998.

The US and 76 other WTO members committed at the Buenos Aires ministerial last December to initiate exploratory work together toward future WTO negotiations on trade-related aspects of electronic commerce. There is no consensus among WTO members on launching e-commerce negotiations, but Australia has chaired the first informal meeting of this coalition of the willing to consider the US and other proposals.

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10:42

Taranaki iron sand seabed mining consent reduced Mori interest to lip service, court told "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Ngati Ruanui iwi went to Parliament to voice its protest against the Trans-Tasman Resources plans to mine iron sand off the Taranaki coast. (File photo: Monique Ford)

Stuff | April 16 2018

Mori interests were not properly considered in the decision to allow iron sand seabed mining off Taranaki, a court has been told.

They went to the High Court at Wellington on Monday seeking to overturn environmental permission for the project.

A lawyer for Mori and fishing interests, Francis Cooke, QC, said as far as they were aware this was a world first for deep sea iron sand mining to be allowed to be undertaken.

10:08

Lynden Air Cargo firefighting air tanker L-100-30 Hercules N405LC "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

LYC405 N405LC C130 Avalon-Cairns-Port Moresby

N405LC C130 at Cairns, Photo Supplied.

10:02

Mining interests stalling SA plans to protect more of the ocean "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Ocean scientists say Marine Protected Areas not only protect fish from over-exploitation, but can also help to slow the effects of climate change. Photo: Steve Benjamin

A global ocean protection group has expressed concern that plans to fast-track the expansion of Marine Protected Areas off the South African coast appear to have stalled. 

Tony Carnie |  Daily Maverick | 16 April 2018

Plans to enlarge South Africas protected ocean reserve network have come to a halt, allegedly due to pressure from the oil, gas and extractive mining sector.

This is the claim from Ocean Unite, a Washington DC based global ocean protection group headed by former University of Cape Town international environmental law graduate Karen Sack.

Sack, co-author of a 2013 scientific report which urged the United Nations to establish a new Department for Oceans and a new Interpol-style navy to police the high seas, has voiced disappointment that plans to fast-track the expansion of Marine Protected...

09:59

Vacancy rates tighten in Canberra "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Canberra tightens

Vacancy rates tightened slightly to 2.1 per cent in March 2018, down from 2.3 per cent a year earlier (and 2.2 per cent in February 2018) according to SQM Research. 

In the month of March vacancy rates fell in Brisbane from 3.4 per cent to 3.2 per cent, and in Canberra from 0.8 per cent to just 0.6 per cent.

The vacancy rate for Canberra has fallen from 2.5 per cent in mid-2015 when it was announced in the Barr Budget that there would be significant rate rise and land taxes imposed in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

While there are rentals on the market, the methodology picks up rental properties vacant between leases for a period of time and acts a viable leading indicator for markets that are tightening or easing. 

With investors looking elsewhere, SQM reports that median asking rents for houses in the ACT have increased by +29 per cent over the past 3 years to $617/week.

That makes Canberra the second most expensive capital city after Sydney at a $738/week median asking rent for houses. 


In Hobart the chronic shortage of rentals has eased a little over the past two months, if only a little. 

Melbourne has a relatively tight vacancy rate at 1.4 per cent, while in Sydney the vacancy rate of 2.3 per cent is being reflected in relatively flat rents overall, including a slight decline for median house asking rents. 

The Perth market continues to pick up steadily from its nadir. 

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09:21

Kiwis Against Seabed Mining promises to take case to Supreme Court if necessary "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

KASM chairwoman Cindy Baxter says the previous governments support for the iron sands project was very clear to the Environmental Protection Agency. Photo: Pullar-Strecker

Tom Pullar-Strecker | Stuff | April 16 2018

One of the lobby groups fighting a decision to approve iron sands mining off the Taranaki coast says it is prepared to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in August approved an application by miner Trans Tasman Resources (TTR) to dredge a billion tonnes of iron sands from the South Taranaki Bight, in a split decision that swung on committee chairman Alick Shaws casting vote.

A total of 11 groups with environmental, fishing and Maori interests are appealing the decision at the High Court in Wellington. They are concerned about issues such as the plume from waste material that will be returned to the seabed.

Some have also warned the project would set a precedent for seabed mi...

09:15

PERTH Former broker in court over false information "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Former broker in court over false information .

April 17, 2018 at 01:56AM .

A former broker has appeared before Perth Magistrates Court charged with seven counts of giving false information and one fraud charge following an investigation by ASIC. Peter Lachlan McDonald previously worked at Get Approved Finance, but was permanently banned in 2015 alongside another

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09:04

Paula Giles DoCS Worker known By DoCS Staff as "THE GRIM REAPER" "IndyWatch Feed National"


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There are many, many very good people in DoCS who do a job that is soul destroying, so I hate to tar the entire department with the same brush. The following story is revealed by a DoCS worker disgusted with the corrupt senior management, a victim of bullying from DoCS senior Banshees such as Paula Giles.

Commendable DoCS workers who speak out deserve a medal, but instead are dismissed leaving the way clear for unethical staff prepared to sacrifice families for their immoral thirst for power or personal biases and prejudices over innocent families misfortunate enough to experience the terrifying presence of these merciless government mercenaries encroaching upon their family home which was once a sanctuary.

DoCS managers who bully their staff deserve to be prosecuted. Instead they hide behind their powerful positions, telling lies to hide the disgusting truth.

People like Paula Giles will never step aside to let decent minded managers take over as it will reveal the abominations they have easily enacted upon the families they terrorise, keeping the truth about their victims hidden... up until now, with her position of unquestionable power.

Paula Giles answers to no one, she has no accountablity, and exudes arrogance, with the knowledge she is one of the untouchable banshees running DoCS.

She also worked at the Caboolture DOCS office, and in the far north qld docs office, Mackay docs office, currently working her evil from qld DoCS. This woman is a senior DoCS manager, and hates men.

This woman removed a 13 yo child who had been with the same foster parents sin...

08:46

George Pell case returns to Vic court "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cardinal George Pell is back in court today. AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

MELBOURNE, AAP Cardinal George Pells legal team and the prosecution are due to appear before a Melbourne court for legal arguments about whether Australias most senior Catholic will stand trial on historical sex offence charges.

Pell, 76, has been excused from attending Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday, when the defence and prosecution return for legal arguments following a four-week pre-trial committal hearing in March.

During the hearing, the defence repeatedly attacked the police investigation into Pell, with high-profile barrister Robert Richter QC accusing police of having tunnel vision and running a get Pell operation.

The investigation, code named Operation Tethering, began in March 2013 before any crime had been reported.

Pell was charged some four years later with historical sex offences involving multiple complainants, who gave evidence before a closed court at the committal hearing, as required by law in sex offence cases.

Pell denies all the charges.

Its unclear when magistrate Belinda Wallington will hand down her decision on whether Pell will stand trial.

The defence and prosecution have already made written submissions about the case ahead of Tuesdays hearing.

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08:43

Bougainville president elaborates on No to mining "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Radio New Zealand | 17 April 2018

The President of the autonomous Papua New Guinea region of Bougainville has elaborated on why his government is saying no to mining at Panguna for the foreseable future.

Panguna was the site of the Bougainville Copper Ltd mine which was at the crux of the ten year long civil war.

In recent years there has been a push to have it re-opened to help drive the Bougainville economy forward.

Two companies, Bougainville Copper Ltd and RTG have been battling for the rights to mine Panguna but last week the government announced an indefinite moratorium on mining there.

Don Wiseman asked Bougainville President John Momis why they had taken such action.

JOHN MOMIS: Because landowners themselves are split. One faction supporting another company in developing the mine and another faction supports another company. So we dont want to cause a split amongst the landowners because we have a referendum coming. We want to make sure we unite our people.

DON WISEMAN: Yes, althoug...

08:19

Amendments Made To Ok Tedi Agreement "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Post Courier | April 16, 2018

PARLIAMENT has made amendments to the Ok Tedi Agreement to allow the company access to US$35 million (K116m) to sustain its operations and growth.

Prime Minister Peter ONeill, who introduced the Ok Tedi Continuation, Ninth Supplemental Agreement Act in Parliament last week, said Ok Tedi Mine Limited is obliged to establish a reserve account to be kept in US dollars in an account approved by the company and the State.

He said to meet that purpose a fund (referred to as the financial assurance fund, or FAF, was established. The sole purpose of the FAF is to ensure funds are set aside to meet the mine closure obligations.

On a regular basis (every four years from the time it was first done in 2009), Ok Tedi Mining Limited reviews the mine closure liability, with such review being independently audited, and submitted to the MRA and CEPA for approval, Mr ONeill said

He said the most recent review and audit was completed in 2017 with the approved mine closure estimate bei...

08:00

April 17 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1770 - Captain Cook landed at Botany Bay.
And there went the neighbourhood.

1790 - Things were more than a bit crook with the Colony when the ship Sirius slipped down the plug hole near Norfolk Island in March taking most of the food with her; this led to two major things...that Lieut-Gov King swanned off to Britain which left a nasty bully in charge of Norfolk Island who proclaimed martial law for 4 months, and that Gov Phillip dispatched the ONLY remaining ship HMAS Supply to Batavia on this day for emergency food stores.


1801 - The ship Ocean arrived at Sydney from whaling off the south coast.

1813 - The Sydney Gazette on this day described an excursion from the Beecroft area made by 12 explorers, assisted by three friendly local Aboriginal guides to Lake Wollumboola and crossing the Lake Wollumboola entry to the sea.

1816 - . Appin massacre. New South Wales Governor Macquarie sent parties against the Gundungurra and Dharawal people on their lands along the Cataract River, a tributary of the Nepean River (south of Sydney), in reprisal for violent conflicts with white settlers (in which several died) in the adjoining Nepean and Cowpastures districts, during a time of drought.The punitive expedition split in two at Bent's Basin, with one group moving south-west against the Gundungurra, and the other moving south-east against the Dharawal. This latter group came upon Cataract Gorge, where the soldiers used their horses to force men, women and children to fall from the cliffs of the gorge, to their deaths below. On April 17, around 1 am soldiers arrived at a camp of Dharawal people at Appin. Captain Willis from the party of soldiers wrote: "The fires were burning but deserted. A few of my men heard a child cry ....The dogs gave the alarm and the natives fled over the cliffs. It was moonlight. I regret to say some (were) shot and others met their fate by rushing in despair over the precipice. Fourteen dead bodies were counted in different directions."
The massacre is remembered in April each year, when Winga Myamly Reconciliation Group and the local Aboriginal community meet to remember the loss of lives.

1819 - Maria Lock was one classy, clever chickybabe; she was born the daughter of Yarramundi the 'Chief of the Richmond Tribes', sister to Colbee, wife of Bennelong's son, the first sanctioned Aboriginal lady to marry a convict, probably the first Aboriginal gal to be assigned the same convict and she became a landowner in her own right.
But today, in 1819, the Sydney Gazette reported her talents in the schoolroom when the 14 year old Maria took the major first prize in the school anniversary exams having beaten over 100 'European' kids,
"Prizes were prepared for distribution among such children as should be found to excel in the early rudiments of education, moral and religious and i...

07:27

Campaign Launch: Celebrating and Defending Customary Land "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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ACT NOW! is today launching a new multi-media campaign 'Celebrating and Defending Customary Land.

Why? Well, customary land is the most valuable and important asset available to most Papua New Guineans but its critical role is often misunderstood or misrepresented, particularly by outsiders.

Too few people realise customary land supports an economy estimated to be worth K40 billion a year, provides jobs and incomes for 3 million farmers and provides housing and a sense of community for more than 7 million people.

Papua New Guineas Real Economy - Factsheet

Many outsiders and local elites like to describe customary land as idle, undeveloped and a barrier to development

Customary Land Lies - Brochure 

But exactly the opposite is true:

Customary land is the only resource on which we can build a sustainable future that benefits the majority of the population rather than just a tiny minority.

But if we are to realise this opportunity people must be empowered to defend their customary land and must not to fall victim to the false promises of those who want to take it away from them.

This is particularly important as we struggle to cope with our population explosion, which will see numbers almost double by 2050, and food security becomes even more of a pressing global issue.

PNGs Population Explosion - Infographic and Poster

Already some countries are looking to acquire customary land in Papua New Guinea to feed their own people while the threats from the foreign owned logging and oil palm industries are ever present. Adding to these pressures are the international banks who want people to use their customary land as security for loans and a government which continues to push its dangerous land regist...

07:20

Thoughts For The Week. Gun Control! "IndyWatch Feed National"


Well the Port Arthur Massacre certainly worked, & it is the belief of many, including some high ranking qualified people, that the massacre was orchestrated with government knowledge, & Martin Bryant has been falsely accused & imprisoned without any evidence of his guilt & without a coronal enquirie. The word is Bryant has been held in solitary confinement all this time to stop him talking to anyone. Certainly no news has been forthcoming from ex prisoners or the press!
For those that don't WANT to believe this, ask yourself this question: If the powers that be want the rest of our guns, when & where will the next shooting be?

Thoughts For the Week.
Another Symptom.
This week we had another pin prick that shows the contempt that the tyranny has for the 2 million plus law abiding licenced firearm owners in Australia. Page 132 ACIC Annual Report
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06:56

Tongas constitution costly, poorly written and undemocratic, report says "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tongas 2010 constitution is poorly written, promotes secrecy, has compromised the role of the judiciary and parts of it may be illegal, according to a new report.

The report, by Peter Pursglove, a legal consultant in Constitutional Law from Trinidad and Tobago, was based on a survey carried out on behalf of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

According to the Pursglove report, which was endorsed by the Tuivakan government in 2014:

*Tongas 2010 constitution does not uphold democracy
*The Privy Council lacks any democratic composition or accountability
*The judiciary lacks accountability and transparency.
* Changes to the judiciary are inefficient, ineffective, unaffordable and possibly illegal.
* No public discussions were held regarding the reforms to the judiciary or why they were considered necessary.

The present Constitution of Tonga can lay claim to being the most poorly structured and drafted Constitution of any Country in the Commonwealth, the report says.

When one considers the justifiable pride felt by Tongans everywhere in the First Constitution handed down by King George Tupou I in 1875, this is truly a very sad state of affairs in a Kingdom that has one of the worlds oldest surviving written constitutions, the report said.


Pursglove reviewed certain aspects of the Tongan constitution particularly the establishment of the office of the Lord Chancellor, the appointment of the Attorney General and his role as the principal legal advisor to cabinet.

He also reviewed the establishment of the Judicial Appointments and Discipline Panel as a Committee of the Privy Council and the role of the panel in making recommendations to the King in Privy Council.

The report noted that before the Constitutional reforms of 2010 the Kingdom of Tonga had a well- functioning Judiciary that was independent and operated in accordance with recognised Constitutional Law standards. The Tongan Judiciary could be compared favourably with the judiciaries of other Commonwealth States.

However, the Constitution of 2010 made sweeping changes to the Judiciary. These changes created a unique judicial structure not found anywhere else in the Commonwealth. No public discussions were...

06:54

IFC highlights niche-market investment needed to drive tourism in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Adventure Park , Port Moresby
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in partnership with the Tourism Promotion Authority of Papua New Guinea, says new research shows developing niche market tourism has the potential to attract an extra 40,000 tourists to Papua New Guinea, contributing US$286 million annually by 2027.

The scenario is part of highlights from an assessment into tourism demand in Papua New Guinea, which IFC launched today in conjunction with the results of the 2017 International Visitor Survey (IVS), which looks into current tourism trends. 

The findings show that last year PNG had 86,403 air visitors, who spent around $205 million dollars. Sixty percent of those visitors traveled to the provinces in 2017. Currently, business travelers make up the highest proportion of people arriving by air in Papua New Guinea, but the research shows holiday tourists are the biggest spenders, outlaying US$2,859 per trip.

With holiday makers to Papua New Guinea making up only about a quarter of all visitors, its clear the country is lagging behind its regional competitors, Fiji and Vanuatu, where tourists account for 75 percent of all visitors, said John Vivian, IFC Resident Representative to Papua New Guinea. Greater investment can help Papua New Guinea boost holiday arrivals and close that gap, increasing revenue, diversifying the economy, and spreading the benefits to rural areas where tourists like to travel.

The highlights of the demand assessment show how Papua New Guinea could better target tourists from high value niche-markets, including cultural tourism, soft adventure, birdwatching, diving and historical tourism. Collectively, these markets are worth over US$970 billion dollars globally of which Papua New Guineas share is about US$93.5 million.

Both government and the private sector will need to make long-term investments in infrastructure, capacity building, product development and marketing to realize this change, said Jerry Agus, CEO of Tourism Promotion Authority. If we do this, Papua New Guinea has the potential to become a world-class destination over the ne...

06:52

Researchers mark death of Pearl Harbor mastermind Yamamoto with visit to Bougainville "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

wtop.com | April 16, 2018 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A group from the U.S. and Japan is trekking to a remote Pacific island jungle to document what is considered one of the most important wreck sites of World War II: where American fighters shot down a Japanese bomber carrying the mastermind of the Pearl Harbor attack.
FILE - This May 21, 1943, file photo shows Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese combined fleet and the mastermind of the attack on Pearl Harbor. A group from the U.S. and Japan is trekking to a remote Pacific island jungle in Papua New Guinea to document what is considered one of the most important wreck sites of World War II: where American fighters shot Yamamoto down 75 years ago. (AP Photo, File)
Three members of a New York-based WWII research organization and a Japanese aviation expert plan to visit the crash site on Bougainville, part of Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, the 75th anniversary of Admiral Isoroku Yamamotos death.
Yamamoto had spent several years in the U.S. earlier in his military career, studying at Harvard University and admiring Americas industrial might. In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, he was quite possibly the most hated man in America.
As long as he lived, the Japanese navy was a threat, said Donald A. Davis, a Colorado-based writer who told the story of Operation Vengeance in a 2005 book. He was feared in the Pacific.
Historians generally credit Yamamoto, an innovative proponent of air power, with the idea of attacking the U.S. Pacific fleet and convincing Japanese military leaders that his plan could work. The Dec. 7, 1941, sneak attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor on Hawaiis Oahu Island killed more than 2,400 people, sunk or damaged 18 ships, destroyed 300 warplanes and drew the U.S. into the war.
Getting Yamamoto became very much a mission of its own.
The big break for the U.S. came on April 13, 1943, when Navy code breakers discovered that Yamamoto planned to tour bases in area...

06:51

Australian Government calls on Britain to raise effort in the Pacific amid China push "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Turnbull government is urging Britain and other Commonwealth nations to step up their engagement in the Pacific amid concerns about the growing influence of China, calling for a shift in thinking on billions of dollars in aid funding.

The new message highlights Britains exit from the European Union to make the case for a stronger Commonwealth presence in the Pacific Islands based on shared beliefs in freedom and a commitment to the rule of law.

The call comes after the construction of a mammoth port in Vanuatu fuelled concerns about Chinas ability to extend its naval power in the region, triggering a denial from the Vanuatu government that it would support any such military plans.

International Development Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells will point to the United Kingdoms $23 billion (US$32 billion) foreign aid budget as a reminder of the need for British support for Pacific nations and other Commonwealth members at a time of big shifts in global affairs.

The ministers remarks to a Commonwealth summit in London on Monday will come days before Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives in the city for talks with British counterpart Theresa May and others at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which ends on Friday.

Senator Fierravanti-Wells will suggest that Brexit should lead to new partnerships between Australia and the UK in the Pacific with an emphasis on useful infrastructure, adding

Australia and the UK share so much when it comes to our perspective on the importance of overseas development in making the world a better place, Senator Fierravanti-Wells will tell the Commonwealth forum.

Particularly when it comes to our approach to development, our shared beliefs in freedom, democracy and the international rules-based order bind us together towards a common central goal of a stable, secure and prosperous world.

These virtues are the bedrock upon which our two nations were built.

Senator Fierravanti-Wells sparked controversy in January by warning that a huge flow of Chinese aid money was being used to build roads to nowhere and buy influence in the Pacific Islands, a remark that gained support from analysts but a rebuke from Chinese officials.

Three months after those remarks, the Fairfax Media revelations about the Vanuatu port have intensified the debate over Chinese projects and the reach of the Chinese...

06:51

How the US Occupied the 30 percent of Syria Containing Most of its Oil, Water and Gas "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Whitney Webb  (MPN News 16 April 2018) provides an insight into reasons why the United states wants to continue a presence in Syria, and this is not about humanitarianism. According to the author, the motives are securing economic interests for American corporations, confronting the Russians, partitioning the country and aiming at Iran.

After the U.S. launched limited airstrikes on Friday against Syria, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced that the U.S. will maintain its illegal presence in Syria until U.S. goals in the area are fulfilled, opening the door for the U.S. occupation to continue indefinitely.

While the U.S. military presence in Syria has been ongoing since 2015 justified as a means of countering Daesh (ISIS) U.S. troops have since turned into an occupying force with their failure to pull out following Daeshs defeat in north-eastern Syria. Currently, the U.S. occupies nearly a third of Syrian territory around 30 percent including much of the area east of the Euphrates River, encompassing large swaths of the Deir Ezzor, Al-Hasakah and Raqqa regions.

Though the U.S. currently has between 2,000 to 4,000 troops stationed in Syria, it announced the training of a 30,000-person-strong border force composed of U.S.-allied Kurds and Arabs in the area, which would be used to prevent north-eastern Syria from coming under the control of Syrias legitimate government. Though it backtracked somewhat after backlash from Turkey, the U.S. has continued to train local forces in the area. Russian military sources have asserted that former members of Daesh who were allowed to leave cities attacked by the U.S. and their proxies, as was the case in battle for Raqqa are to be included among the forces ranks.

This, along with the U.S. governments insistence on maintaining the occupation until Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is removed from power, shows that the U.S. government has no intention of permitting the reunification of Syria and will continue to occupy the region over the long term.

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06:49

China to assist PNG to host APEC summit "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

China has pledged its full support to see Papua New Guinea host a successful APEC Leaders Summit in November.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Rimbink Pato confirmed this in Beijing following his meeting with his Chinese counterpart and State Councillor Wang Yi last Friday.

Pato told Post-Courier that following the meeting with Wang Yi, they have talked about establishing a free trade agreement between the two countries.

He said China has agreed to the deal and will do a feasibility study.

The plans of the feasibility and a way forward memorandum of understanding will be signed between President Xi Jingping and our government and the Prime Minister when he comes to PNG for APEC in November.

We have also discussed the Chinese president Xi Jingpings visit to PNG and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will come to prepare the way and he is arriving in October upon my invitation, he said.

Pato said apart from APEC they have also discussed areas of national interests including a visa fee waiver for government officials and diplomats in China and PNG.

He said they had also discussed with Wang if the Chinese Government could facilitate the early landing of Air Niuginis direct flights into Shanghai.

This in regards to the direct flights which I have written to him in the past about and if there is a possibility of code sharing of any of the airlines as there are so many of them. We need to look at the economics of it straight away.

We have also talked about some of the key natural projects like the Frieda gold mine and some agricultural projects in the West Sepik province including other projects that are under the Chinese bilateral aid program, Pato said.

He alluded to the US-China trade war stating that PNG was an anti-protectionism area free from free trade liberalisation, meaning PNG was free to trade globally.

As a result, he said PNG will not be impacted by this trade war.

We are for multilateral framework to support the World Trade Organisation.

We want to explore all opportunities of partnership between the two countries.

One of the key underlying conversations is that we have connect with all parts of China and of course PNG has to uphold the one China policy, he said.

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS

06:45

Titans threat to abandon Cbus confirms governments have wasted money on super stadiums "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Based on the Courier-Mail report of a threat from the Gold Coast Titans to abandon the Cbus Super Stadium, over allegedly high charges imposed by Stadiums Queensland, the huge investments successive state governments have made in super stadiums (e.g. Suncorp, Cbus and now Townsville) may have been unnecessary. Hundreds of millions of dollars that would have been better spent on health or education priorities have been misdirected. The clubs can actually make do with smaller venues. The Courier-Mail reports:

The Courier-Mail has learnt that in a tense round of high-level negotiations, the Titans issued the explosive threat to sell home games to other venues both within Queensland and interstate, leaving Cbus Super Stadium as a $160 million white elephantTitans officials got a taste of life away from the yoke of Stadiums Queensland when they went on the road to Toowoomba and Gladstone recently and were thrilled with the operational ease and commercial success of hosting those matches.

So the clubs dont need the super stadiums after all! That would save the state government over $50 million in grants each year (see my Stadiums Qld post from yesterday). However, I expect the Queensland Government will find a more footy-friendly Stadiums Queensland board and it will reach a new deal with footy clubs so the government doesnt suffer the political embarrassment of a $160 million white elephant. That, of course, would be a demonstration of the sunk cost fallacy. The government is losing money via Stadiums Queensland every year and it would be doing taxpayers a favour if it closed down the most uneconomic of its stadiums and sold them to the private sector to redevelop.

Incidentally, I had several excellent comments on my Stadiums Queensland post yesterday. Regular reader Brad suggests the governing bodies (e.g. NRL, AFL) could make a greater contribution:

One area of concern here is that the stadiums should be charging the national leagues much more money to recover costs. Each of the different leagues typically collect approximately 80% of their revenue from TV rights but those funds are not distributed to the clubs. Therefore, the leagues are getting rich while the government pays for the stadiums as the clubs have no money. The state government funding of stadiums enables the leagues to keep their money rather than them paying full cost recovery for the use of the stadiums.

Regular reader Jim noted it was a timely post:

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06:44

World Vision donates to Earthquake victims in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Hundreds of families in six villages at the foot of Mt Bosavi in Kutubu Southern Highlands Province received relief from the World Vision Papua New Guinea response team last week.

The donation is a joint partnership effort between World Vision and the Evangelical Church of PNG that saw 7,500 Aqua tabs, 250 litre jerry cans and 125 fleece blankets distributed to families who were affected by the earthquake.

World Vision Response manager, Bonie Belonio said the area has been greatly affected and the items distributed were of great help especially for mothers and children.

Mr Belonio said it was in the best interest of the organisation to make a difference in the lives of the people, especially the mothers and the children who suffered the most from the recent earthquake.

He said the relief supplies were donated following the recent earthquake that left many in need of assistance.

Several people are still traumatised because of the second wave of earthquake, said Mr Belonio.

We are looking forward to reaching out into other villages in the affected areas which will require airlift support as the only way of getting in the relief across.

Janet Timmon, a beneficiary of the relief items said her family has been greatly affected during the disaster.

My children have fallen ill with diarrhea, fever and common cold amongst others but Im happy that the items distributed will be of help to my children, she said.

ELCPNG Station Manager Tammy Beiyo also confirmed that the earthquake had destroyed most of the food gardens and water sources in the area and people are bound to such common diseases.

We are now in need of food, water and clothing at the moment, said Mr Beiyo.

Mr Beiyo also thanked the World Vision for the relief items and awareness programs conducted to the affected communities. Press Release

06:30

On writing, PNG literature and the voice of the diaspora "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

I recently caught up with Rashmii Bell over lunch in Brisbane, and asked about her background and experiences as an author. Listen to the podcast, read the transcript, or for highlights of what we discussed, read on.

I began by asking Rashmii to tell me about her background, and what she is currently involved in.

Rashmii hails from Sio, Morobe Province in PNG, having being born and lived in Lae, as well as Port Moresby and (presently) Brisbane. She was educated in Australia, and has lived between there and PNG since 1990. She studied at Griffith University, obtaining a degree in psychology and criminology. She has more than ten years of experience working in case management within adult and youth corrections services.

And now?

Im a little past nine years while Ive been at home. Ive just been raising children. But, Ive always enjoyed reading. I read everything, read every day. And writing, I have been writing for myself, but I only just started having my work published in the past three years

I went on to ask what Rashmii considered to be the most significant milestones in her journey as an author. Her first, and possibly most significant milestone, was seeing her work published on the PNG Attitude blog, edited by Keith Jackson. More recently, her role as editor of My Walk to Equality has provided new opportunities:

appearing at the writers festivals, the Sunshine Coast festival this year, and then Brisbane Writers Festival, both in 2016 and 2017, which has really, I think, for the majority of the emerging contemporary PNG writers, thats a huge thing for us to know that Papua New Guinean literature is being mentioned at these international events.

In a similar vein, I asked Rashmii what she thought were the things that had the most influence on her voice as an author. She explained to me that she focuses on long form writing, with her pieces best classified as opinion and commentary. This is not a genre favoured by many Papua New Guineans and, among those that do, there are very few women, so I think that in itself helps elevate my voice because I am the minority in amongst the commentators out there, among the PNG men.

In addition, the subjects she writes on social justic...

05:53

Resources for the world, not war "IndyWatch Feed National"

This morning, warmongers awoke to some great news: Raytheon stock shares surged to an all-time high following Friday nights tomahawk missile strikes on Syria.

This shouldnt come as a shock. As the U.S. leads the world in military spending - $727 billion or 67% of our federal budget - with rich countries like Australia, France, the UK, Germany, and Spain following suit, the world has opted-in to $1.68 trillion to be spent on war annually. Many governments are planning increases in military budgets together with cuts in health, education and development cooperation this year. And despite international efforts towards a nuclear treaty ban, the Great Powers are continuing their research and development of nuclear weapons, and coupled with hasty threats of nuclear war, we are seeing the ever-increasing likelihood of global catastrophe.

And whats worse? Our tax dollars pay for militarism. That's why, in partnership with  NWTRCC, we produce the Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes flyer, a political education resource we use to break down the bloated military budget. It's part of our commitment to antimilitarism and the Global Campaign on Military Spending (GDAMS), an international campaign of peace and justice organizations committed to demilitarization and disarmament across the world. 

This year, GDAMS has a rather small ask: a reduction in global military spending by just 10%.

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05:41

Factom and its FCT coin: A starters guide "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this era of data manipulation and concerns over the accuracy of information, a flawless verification mechanism is invaluable and this is where Factom comes in. What is Factom? Factom is a platform built on top of blockchain networks such as []

The post Factom and its FCT coin: A starters guide appeared first on The Global Mail.

05:00

Yet another Ralph Blewitt conveyance file - the 4th - emerges from Slater and Gordon "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 14 August 1995 - the same day Nick Styant Browne interviewed GILLARD, her last day working as a lawyer for the firm - this search was made of the firm's LOCUS file management system. It shows 3 files related to Ralph Blewitt's property purchase. When BLEWITT's lawyers requested his...

04:21

Australia: Sleeping man feels sharp pain in his neck, wakes to see knife-wielding Muslima screaming Allahu akbar "IndyWatch Feed National"

When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks (Quran 47:4) Not that this has anything to do with An update on this story. Father recounts the terrifying moment a burqa-clad Bangladeshi student staying at his house and inspired by ISIS screamed Allahu Akbar as she stabbed him in the neck while he slept and his []

04:00

Hey men - lets make our streets & buses safe for women & girls "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

#Sanap
A Youth Sanap Wantaim campaigner creating awareness of street harassment during Anti-Street Harassment Week

BETTY GABRIEL WAKIA

PORT MORESBY - It was busy Friday and I was amongst the people walking through the Ori Lavi building when a stranger whispered to me, Hey, lush you, perfume stap olsem yu iet.

Before I could react he had disappeared into the crowd; frustratingly because it was third time in a week this had happened to me and I could have slapped the guy with force and give him a lesson to think about a thousand times before doing it to anyone else.

This is not a new or unusual incident for any Papua New Guinean girls in public places or who use public transport in our urban areas. Its the kind of daily challenge to our safety that occurs whenever women and girls step out of their homes.

A stupid remark like Hey stack one, nogat makmak, being spat out on the street by a stranger is something many women and girls experience.

It may seem like just a bit of harmless fun but street harassment is really about power and control and I know from personal experience that it can easily turn to violence.

Its upsetting to see women and girls being harassed by name calling, unwanted comments or touching when they pass a group of strangers on the street of Boroko or around Gordons market.

If young girls walk to a bus stop in their shorts, men will leer and start whistling, catcalling and making demands. Taxi drivers follow them around, hooting their car horns. Lewd comments are hurled from all angles.

Sometimes women just stand there looking stunned and thinking that these men mustve come from a cave in the middle of the New Guinea jungle. Perhaps if someone walked along in a bikini and put on a show in front of these cavemen they would just back off and walk away.

We live in a world where every day I am reminded that women are a commodity because every day we are treated like a piece of public property.

Most women in PNG experience this form of harassment and they feel unsafe in public places and take steps to avoid hara...

03:59

Health preparations "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

H, I was planning to take a visit to Townsville to surprise my aunty and uncle out there, but I've never been to Australia before, are there any diseases mosquitoes carry I'd need to get shots for?

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03:21

"IndyWatch Feed National"

There is no denying that in the past couple of years bitcoin, and the cryptocurrency market in general, has attained critical mass. Consequently, communities dedicated to digital currency-related discussion on social media multiplied several times, as is the case with []

03:00

Bougainville minister loses seat as court endorses vote recount "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Outside national court (Sally Pokiton)
Sam Akoitai (right) outside National Court after winning back his Central Bougainville seat (Sally Pokiton)

NEWSDESK | Pacific Media Centre (Loop PNG)

AUCKLAND - Bougainville Affairs Minister Father Simon Dumarinu has been ousted by Papua New Guineas national court as the first casualty since last years general election.

The national court sitting in Waigani declared Sam Akoitai, a former mining minister, re-elected for the seat of Central Bougainville after deliberating on an election petition.

Justice Lawrence Kangwia declared Mr Akoitai elected in the recount by just four votes - 7,257 to Fr Dumarinus 7,253.

Mr Akoitai was declared the winner after the court refused a motion by Fr Dumarinu for a further recount.

He is regarded as a cheerleader for Bougainville Copper Limited, having worked for the company for eight years. He also fought against the Bougainville Revolutionary Army during the regions 10-year civil war.

Wed like to continue to maintain peace in Bougainville and peace must be the winner, Mr Akoitai said outside court.

Its now down to work, both in Bougainville and Papua New Guinea.

Fr Dumarinu is a Marist Catholic priest from Deomori in the Panguna mine area and was elected to Parliament for the Social Democratic Party led by Governor Powes Parkop.

00:41

LinkedIn deceptive conduct for data harversting using Dark Patterns "IndyWatch Feed National"

LinkedIn is another corporation that should be in the courts if not at least in Australia, but also other jurisdictions, e.g. the U.S and E.U.


The way LinkedIn is doing this is by deliberately hiding text when a user sets up an account with LinkedIn, something that the industry calls Dark Patterns.

Let's see how long the Australian authorities will take to catch on.

It took 2 years for the Australian authorities to act on a post we posted regarding Domain name fraud.

It seem there's not much interest in protecting the Australian consumers (or rather data providers), as it's better cheaper for corporations, that the slaves compile and later provide their data to corporations for 'free'.


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23:06

Second shark attack at Gracetown, Western Australia after 41-year-old man bitten "IndyWatch Feed National"

A second man has been attacked by a shark off Gracetown on Monday just hours after a surfer was mauled in the same area. Jason Longrass was bitten by a shark just hours after Alejandro Travaglini, a father of two from Margaret River, was attacked by a great white at Cobblestones surf break. Channel 9 reporter Michael Stamp told 6PR a the 41-year-old Denmark man was mauled at Lefthanders break about 2.40pm, just two kilometres south of the first attack. Mr Longrass said he had not realised the beach was closed, and said he saw a four-metre white pointer coming towards him. Paramedics were treating him at the beach for reported minor leg injuries.

23:05

Anzac Day services in Papua New Guinea, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery

Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) assists the Port Moresby RSL sub branch and the Australian High Commission in the official Anzac Day Dawn Service on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, at Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery.

The commemorative service is open to the public.

Event:
2018 Anzac Day Dawn Service

Date:
Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Time:
5:00 am: Dawn Service commences


Venue:
Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea.

Isurava Memorial

DVA, in conjunction with the Australian High Commission, Port Moresby, conducts the official Anzac Day Dawn Service on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, at Isurava Memorial.


Event:
2018 Anzac Day Dawn Service

Date:
Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Time:
5.30am: Dawn Service commences

22:44

Esoteric: intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest "IndyWatch Feed National"

Even a small cult can be incredibly profitable. Theres this freaky alternative medicine quack in Australia who runs a scam called Universal Medicine his specialties are esoteric breast massage, esoteric ovary massage, and connective tissue therapy. My first objection has to be that he doesnt understand what esoteric means.

The esoteric principle is that we are love innately and, unchangeably. The principles of the esoteric way of life date back to the oldest forms of knowledge and wisdom. Whilst ancient in their heritage, the principles of the esoteric life in human form have not out-dated themselves in relation to what is required of mankind to live in harmony and thus arrest any wayward conduct that does not build brotherhood within and amongst our communities everywhere.

The esoteric means that which comes from our inner-most. It is the livingness of love that we all carry equally deep within and it is this livingness that restores each and every individual back into the rhythms of their inner-harmony and thus from there, the love is lived with all others.

You want to know more? Heres a short documentary on Serge Benhayon, the guy who founded it. Hes a bankrupted ex-tennis coach with no medical degree, not even the slightest training, and he came up with the idea for his therapy while sitting on the toilet. But hes also the reincarnated spirit of Leonardo da Vinci, so you can trust him. Right.

Hes raking in $2 million a year, and he has 700 followers. Ive got more followers than that! You slackers have not been sending me a sufficient fraction of your income. All you have to do is go to my donation page and type in the amount of $3000 and click send, and if 700 of you do that, Ill have made somewhat more than Serge Benhayon. Even better, unlike Serge, I promise not to fondle your breasts and groin or stick you with acupuncture needles.

Ick. That sounds like a threat. Even if you dont send me any money, I promise not to do that. I think I just realized why Im not getting rich. Im not extortionate enough.

Anyway, one of his many laughable comments in that video is this one:

I cant be brainwashing intelligent people and educated people.

Ha. Intelligent and educated people are just as easy to fool as anyone else. You just need the right hook, and you can sucker em right in. (Damn, again just realized another reason...

22:42

IFC highlights niche-market investment needed to drive tourism in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

April 16, 2018

 IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in partnership with the Tourism Promotion Authority of Papua New Guinea, says new research shows developing niche market tourism has the potential to attract an extra 40,000 tourists to Papua New Guinea, contributing $286 million (K929 million) annually by 2027.
The scenario is part of highlights from an assessment into tourism demand in Papua New Guinea, which IFC launched today in conjunction with the results of the 2017 International Visitor Survey (IVS), which looks into current tourism trends.
The findings show that last year PNG had 86,403 air visitors, who spent around $205 million (K666 million).
Sixty percent of those visitors traveled to the provinces in 2017.
Currently, business travelers make up the highest proportion of people arriving by air in Papua New Guinea, but the research shows holiday tourists are the biggest spenders, outlaying $2859 (K9290) per trip.
With holiday makers to Papua New Guinea making up only about a quarter of all visitors, its clear the country is lagging behind its regional competitors, Fiji and Vanuatu, where tourists account for 75 percent of all visitors, said John Vivian, IFC Resident Representative to Papua New Guinea.
Greater investment can help Papua New Guinea boost holiday arrivals and close that gap, increasing revenue, diversifying the economy, and spreading the benefits to rural areas where tourists like to travel.
The highlights of the demand assessment show how Papua New Guinea could better target tourists from high value niche-markets, including cultural tourism, soft adventure, birdwatching, diving and historical tourism. Collectively, these markets are worth over $970 billion dollars (K3.152 trillon) globally of which Papua New Guineas share is about $93.5 million (K304 million).
Both government and the private sector will need to make long-term investments in infrastructure, capacity building, product development and marketing to realize this change, said Jerry Agus, CEO of Tourism Promotion Authority.
If we do this, Papua New Guinea has the potential to become a world-class destination over the next 10 years.
IFCs tourism project in Papua New Guinea, supported by Australia and New Zealand under the Papua New Guinea Partnership, is focused on supporting the development of tourism business, improving tourism-related conditions, and helping attract investment in the tourism sector.

About IFC 

IFCa sister organisation of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Groupis the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the tough...

22:19

Papua New Guinea LNG project resumes exports - data "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

reuters.com | April 16, 2018

SINGAPORE, April 16 (Reuters) - A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker has left Papua New Guinea laden with the first export cargo of the supercooled fuel since the countrys giant LNG project resumed production after a major earthquake triggered a shutdown in February, Thomson Reuters Eikon shiptracking data showed on Monday.
The tankers destination wasnt immediately clear, but the resumption of shipments could put pressure on spot LNG prices, traders said.
ExxonMobil Corp restarted output at the project near the capital Port Moresby a fortnight ahead of schedule, its Australian partners said late last week.
ExxonMobil did not immediately reply to an email requesting for comment on the matter.
The 172,000-cubic metre capacity LNG tanker Kumul, custom-built for the PNG LNG project, left the project terminal with a draft of 91 percent, suggesting it is nearly full, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon shiptracking data.
The Kumul unloaded an LNG cargo at the PNG terminal on April 4. It was anchored nearby until April 14, before loading the cargo from the terminal on April 15, the data showed.
ExxonMobil had said in early April that it had imported an LNG cargo to the projects terminal in order ensure tanks at the PNG facilities remained cold.
Meanwhile the 170,000-cubic metre capacity LNG tanker Papua is currently anchored near the Kumul Marine Terminal, while the 165,000-cubic metre capacity LNG tanker Bishu Maru is headed to Port Moresby, the Eikon data showed.

22:02

Australian Authorities Charge Woman Over Darkweb Bitcoin Drug Buys "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian federal authorities have pinned multiple charges on a 32-year-old Brisbane woman for purchasing illicit drugs from the United Kingdom, using bitcoin. People shouldnt assume the dark web is invisible to Australian agencies warned Australian Border Force (ABF) Queensland regional commander Terry Price while announcing details of a joint-investigation with the Australian Federal Police (AFP)

The post Australian Authorities Charge Woman Over Darkweb Bitcoin Drug Buys appeared first on CCN

19:24

Lessons From the Fiftieth Anniversary of the King Assassination "IndyWatch Feed National"

Martin Luther King Jr. addresses crowds during the March On Washington at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, in 1963. (adapted photo credit Agence France Presse/Getty Images)

By James ONeill*

The 4 of April 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King. The media coverage in Australia followed the same pattern that has been observed in the previous anniversaries. Tribute was paid t...

19:19

Hillsong Churchs debut in the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Gay Lord Brian

Gay Lord Brian Houston of Hillsong

Below is an article in ABC Australia on-line about Sydneys Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2015.

It is anticipated that Brian Houston of Hillsong Church will be ready for Hillsong Church to come out in March next years Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and will lead the Hillsong float.

Darlene Zschech may sing for gay Sydney as she sang so gloriously for Pope Francis the head of the greatest gay church on the planet the Roman Catholic Church, which is also the greatest pedophilia church on the planet.

Ive embellished the gayness of the ABC Australian article and its gay pictures by adding a series of Hillsong gay pictures in the later part of this article.

In the ABC Australia article my comments are made after each photograph and the photographs comments by the ABC journalist.

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18:11

Sydney bushfire deemed highly suspicious as threat eases "IndyWatch Feed National"

A large bushfire that has threatened homes in Sydney is likely to have been deliberately lit, Australian authorities say.

BBC News

Helicopters water bomb a bush fire at Alfords Point and Menai. Picture by Damian Shaw

Helicopters water bomb a bush fire at Alfords Point and Menai. Picture by Damian ShawSource:News Corp Australia

A large bushfire that has threatened homes in Sydney is likely to have been deliberately lit, Australian authorities say.

The blaze, which began on Saturday, has burnt through 2,500 hectares of land in the citys southern suburbs.

Some residents had been warned of immediate danger to their lives, but firefighters say the threat has eased.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) described the blaze as highly suspicious.

How dare anyone if they are deliberately involved in lighting fires endanger our firefighters and also [put] all these communities in harms way, said Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.

The bushfire forced some locals to evacuate their homes on the weekend, while others were told it was too dangerous to leave.

Recent weather in south-eastern Australia has been unseasonably hot, with strong winds fanning bushfires.

Firefighters use helicopters to dump water on the blazeImage copyrightEPAImage captionFirefighters use helicopters to dump water on the blaze

Authorities said wind speeds were not as severe on Monday, making it easier to battle the blaze.

Mr Fitzsimmons said flames travelled right up to the back fences of houses, but no properties had been lost.

While the threat has eased, it is still a fairly vigilant fire ground and we want people to remain vigilant, he said.

There is a lot of work still to be done today and maybe into tonight before we can call the fire contained.

17:34

Debt Accumulated During A Domestic Violent Relationship "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$10000
Date debt issued: 
Monday, 16 April 2018
Period debt occurred: 
June 2015
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Youth Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

During the periods of 2015-2016 I was in a domestic violent relationship with my then partner who controlled all my finances and put me in a lot of debt over the 18 months I was with him.
I contacted centrelink in 2016 about the DVO I had placed against him as well as them providing me with a crisis payment.

Today, in 2018 I have received a letter claiming I owe them 10k during that period.
They are fully aware of my circumstances and when I tried to bring this up with the compliance officer he said he wasn't trained to "handle this type of circumstance and to call a social worker when I recieved the debt letter"

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17:09

127 South-African Athletes To Storm Asaba For 2018 African Athletics Championships "IndyWatch Feed National"

South Africas Akani Simbine (gold) wins the athletics mens 100m final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast on April 9, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN


LAGOS APRIL 16TH (URHOBOTODAY)-On the heels of its good outing at the just-concluded Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, South Africa is aiming for more glory in international athletics.
Athletics South Africa at the weekend unveiled an ambitious 127-member national preparation squad for the 2018 CAA African Senior Championships in Asaba, Nigeria between, scheduled to hold from August 1 to 5.
The squad features several athletes that won medals at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, including sprinters, Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies; long jump stars, Luvo Manyonga and Ruswahl Samaai.
Also in the squad are middle-distance star, Caster Semenya, hurdler Wenda Nel and Javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen.
The biennial continental championships will be another opportunity for South Africa to defend its continental crown won in 2016 in Durban with a total of 33 medals, 16 of them in gold.
Kenya followed in the second position with 24 total, with eight in gold.
This years hosts, Nigeria ended with four gold medals from a total of 16.
South Africa will utilise as...

16:01

US Attacks Syria: Disregards Evidence and International Law "IndyWatch Feed National"

US Attacks Syria: Disregards Evidence and International Law By James ONeill, On 13 April 2018 the United States, the United Kingdom and France carried out military strikes against Syrian government positions. This was claimed by the United States Government and its allies, including Australia, to be in response to the use of chemical weapons by []

15:21

Against neo-peasantry and the desire for self-sufficiency "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a recent Griffith Review essay from the Millennials Strike Back edition, writer and farmer Sam Vincent says, I do want to be a peasant when I grow up. Restoring lost links between consumers and producers in a broken food system is rewarding and empowering. He describes his outlook as peasantry with the fall back of an education, options. Post-materialistic rather than circumstantial peasantry.

15:00

The Benefits of Baobab "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Dr. Mercola

If you should visit the markets across the African continent, youd find an interesting looking fruit harvested from the baobab tree (pronounced bay-oh-bahb, emphasizing the first syllable) has earned not just popularity in its native regions but superfood status worldwide. A member of the silk-cotton family (Adansonia digitata), the baobab tree typically reaches as high as 90 feet and 60 feet wide, with a broad trunk.

Merriam-Webster dictionary1 notes that its native to Africa and bears an edible, acidic, hanging fruit resembling a gourd and weighing about 3 pounds. Madagascar, the Middle East and Australia have trees related to the baobab, and theyre all incredibly resilient and long-lived, surviving up to 500 years. The bark has been (and still is) used to make cloth, rope, clothing and paper, but every part of the baobab tree has been utilized. The fruit has also been used as a natural preservative, according to Medical News Today.2

This is the only fruit in the world that dries naturally on the branch after baking in the sun for six months. Then, the large, brittle, teardrop-shaped baobab fruits (or shells) are wild-harvested in a process that involves splitting them open with a hammer or large knife to reveal a dry, cream-colored pulp surrounded by (but separated from) the seeds, which sound like a rattle when theyre ready for harvest. Pounding the pulp into a fine powder using pestles and mortars is the final step of a rather labor-intensive process.

According to The Guardian, baobab fruit contains high levels ofantioxidants, potassium and phosphorus, along with high levels of vitamin C, calcium and fiber.3 Besides commodity marketing in areas of gin and beauty products, baobab fruit, described as having a sherbet-like taste, has been diversified to make baobab yogurt, salads, smoothies, cereals, granola bars and butter, the latter being used for things like pan-frying wild-caught Alaskan salmon and flavoring baobab popcorn.

However, for manufacturing purposes, the powdered pulp is often packaged and transported to grocery stores and outlets all over the world. Some are sterilized and otherwise processed, but you may be able to find the raw, natural powder in some supermarkets.

Health Benefits of Baobab Powder

As the source of traditional medicine, the leaves an...

14:58

Qld researcher shifts focus on racism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr Lorraine Muller. Photo James Cook University

BRISBANE, AAP Putting non-Indigenous Australians under the microscope could be key to closing the gap and cutting out racial discrimination, a Queensland researcher says.

As part of her PhD James Cook Universitys Dr Lorraine Muller interviewed non-Indigenous Australians to understand how their values and beliefs differ from Indigenous Australians.

Theyve never had to explain their culture. We have to explain our culture, but no one ever bothers explaining non-Indigenous culture, Dr Muller told AAP.

Dr Muller interviewed senior health professionals, public servants and academics on their understanding of respect, gender roles, spirituality and time, and gave examples of how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people perceive these ideas.

On respect, she found non-Indigenous people view it as something that is earnt and commodified whereas Indigenous Australians see it as something everyone should receive.

Respect is often linked to money, power and social strata and Indigenous people are the lowest on the social scale, Dr Muller said.

She said these differences in beliefs can underpin behaviour including accidental racial stereotyping, particularly in healthcare.

She cited a doctor dismissing an Indigenous Australians health problems as alcohol-related despite the patient not drinking.

In that particular case, if the patient had taken offence and walked out of the doctors surgery, the consequences could have been fatal, health-wise, Dr Muller said.

She said the doctor was shocked by how instant his reaction had been to the wrong conclusion.

He knew immediately that his comment was triggered by deeply embedded cultural differences. And he didnt like it. Im sure he never did it again.

She hopes her work will help non-Indigenous people better understand themselves and their relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Theres an ulcer that hasnt been healed in Australian culture, Dr Muller said.

People have a f...

14:31

Originally over 10k now down to 3.5K "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$3592
Date debt issued: 
Saturday, 31 March 2018
Period debt occurred: 
November 2011 to January 2015
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
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Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

This has had the same effect on me as everyone else.
I was originally told I owe over $10,000 before they reduced that to the current total of $3592.87, which I still can't believe to be correct.
I am still studying now and living on a paltry salary.
This is seriously going to affect the rest of my year in a negative manner and could potentially cause problems with my Master's degree.

Not to mention... I am not the type of person to run from debts.
I have always paid back credit cards, I have...

14:16

Power, position and pragmatism the judiciary vs the executive in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By PNG Echo Cast your minds back to 2011/2012 a significant time in the annals of Papua New Guineas (PNG) political history It was a time when a defiant executive government squared up to a rampant judiciary in a struggle for supremacy that, arguably, was ultimately won by the executive government (who retained power) However, during the struggle, the judiciary (embodied by the Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia) never retreated and many a lesson about the effective wielding of power was learnt by the government players, especially in that which concerns the power, actual and assumed, of the Chief Justice (CJ) Many would argue that this history is reconciled, forgiven and forgotten but two contemporary coinciding events are likely to bring it into sharp relief. They are the recent decision of the Leadership Tribunal to recommend the former Deputy Prime Minister, Belden Namah, be dismissed from his parliamentary office Continue reading Power, position and pragmatism the judiciary vs the executive in PNG

12:19

Barrick Calls For State Intervention in Porgera "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Women search for gold downstream from the Porgera mine

After more than 25 years of mining by international companies, local people are still waiting to see the promised development benefits. They are becoming increasingly frustrated and desperate

Post Courier | April 16, 2018

Barrick (Niugini) Limited , operator of the Porgera Mine in Enga, reported that operations in the Porgera open pit were temporarily suspended last week after a violent confrontation broke out between groups of illegal miners.

The company reported that mining operations in the open pit were suspended at around midnight, after two large groups of aggressive illegal miners, including some armed with firearms, began a violent confrontation near the stage 5C area of the open pit mine.

The fighting between the groups continued until about 2:...

12:14

I shot at a UFO "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi all,

I have read of cases from overseas where individuals have claimed to have used a gun to fire at UAP. However, until today, I had never come across such a reported occurrence here in Australia.

I was browsing through a global collection of data, compiled by US researcher Michael Swords and located an Australian sighting, sent to the USA, by the Australian Centre for UFO Studies.

Part of the report form
Document

What I found was an investigation report by R Delillo and R H Marx (reference number NA78072.) They interviewed one of the two witnesses on 12 June 1978.

Part of the investigation report
Mr G Cooke was then a 27 year old motor mechanic from Liverpool, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He was married with two children. At the time of the incident he was with a friend on a property near Orange, New South Wales, in June 1969. His statement reads:

"We went to Orange to go shooting. It was at a place about 10 miles out of town and fairly hilly and very rocky, with large boulders six feet in diameter and a few trees.It was a grazing property but we were on a slope which was above the area used for grazing. We had been out for quite a while, about 3 hours.

We were going up a hill which was fairly steep in a four wheel drive vehicle and were getting no further. My friend and I g...

11:33

Is It Russian Surrender that Is on the Agenda or World War 3? "IndyWatch Feed National"

If Russia and China do not take steps to defeat the US before Washington forces nuclear war on the world, we are all doomed. The American people are denied information, are uninformed, and helpless. The same is true for Europe and Britain, Canada, Australia, Japan. Even if the peoples knew, they are impotent.

11:29

Ocean Camo Leggings Localish Surf Apparel "IndyWatch Feed National"

Localish represents the feeling of belonging to the areas and communities, whether youre a native, part-time resident, or just visiting by. Inspired by this idea, Localish apparel is made with original designs made somewhere between Hawaii and California. Localish offers wide range of surf apparel including surf leggings, womens surf t-shirts, mens surfing t shirts, mens surf apparel, womens surf apparel, mens sweatshirt hoodie, surf tank tops for men, surf tank tops for women, and many more. Yoga and Surfing leggings of Localish include the following: ocean camo leggings hibiscus leggings sup leggings women's surf leggings digi camo leggings sunset leggings camouflage legging / camo leggings surf capri digi camo leggings sup yoga leggings blue camo leggings upf leggings mens surf tank tops surfing t shirts surf tank top men's tanks surf capris Visit the website https://livelocalish.com/ to see all products. Order now!

11:27

Change the rules and fight for democracy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Editorial comment

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) led Change the Rule campaign is necessary, if the decline in the reward for and quality of work is going to be arrested and turned around.

While it concerns work, the right to belong to a trade union and exercise the right to pursue collective interests, it is also about how we want Australia to operate as a society.

The campaign should be supported for both reasons.

And it captures the mood of the times. Anger over the cumulative restrictions that are leaving most people worse off and with fewer rights is growing.

This could prove to be an historical opportunity. Organising by the ACTU, the advertising campaign, delegates mass meetings and plans for big marches around Australia, lay a very good foundation to build a movement for change. What is going to take place over the next few weeks is part of an ongoing effort.

Victory can be won. The Turnbull government is already looking terminal and it can be pushed over. This is the immediate focus, and rightly so. For this reason, the ACTU and unions are sighting the election due next year. It is an obvious strategy.

This government does not have the legitimacy to speak for most of us. It exists to serve privilege and the interests of big business only. In doing so, it has been screwing the rest of us and selling our future down the drain. It must go.

But if experience should have taught us just one lesson, it is that we should not leave it at this. What happens after the election is just as important.

The biggest mistake of the WorkChoices campaign during John Howards time was that the organisational structure built to win it, was undone after Howard as thrown from office, and it allowed the creep back of a significant part of WorkChoices. The strength was an organised union/community alliance that brought a huge number of Australians into united and ongoing action. Its absence meant that the grass roots movement was disempowered, and the barrier towards returning to WorkChoices removed.

A movement like this is needed again, and it is up to all of us to make it a reality.

A rotten law must go. But replacing this with another one is not enough.Improvement needs action. Building a movement through the Change the Rules campaign, must be a vehicle to make Australia a more democratic place.

There is considerable support for raising the demand for the right to strike to be legislated. While this would also be a considerable advance that deserves support, it will still only be as good as it is able to be implemented. The right to strike has never existed in Australia. Although this makes industrial action more difficult, it does not illuminate it, when the dete...

11:27

Pacific Swifts at over Redcliffe Golf Club (Silcock Street entry) reported by Marie Tarrant, Marion Roper, Jack Whiting et al (Clontarf Bird Survey Group) on 16-04-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Two Pacific Swifts hawking the sky above us for at least 20 minutes this morning from 9am and seemingly in no hurry to move on.

11:19

Challenging day faces Syd bushfire crews "IndyWatch Feed National"

A helicopter water bombs a bushfire threatening homes in the suburbs of Voyager Point, Pleasure Point, Sandy Point, Illawong, Menai and Bangor, in Sydney, Sunday, April 15, 2018. Photo AAP/Brendan Esposito

SYDNEY, AAP Exhausted firefighters are facing another challenging and difficult day battling a bushfire, believed to have been deliberately lit, that is still burning out of control south of Sydney.

The fire, which started at about 2.30pm on Saturday, has blackened more than 2400 hectares and continues to burn towards Barden Ridge.

More than 500 firefighters faced walls of fire, fanned by 70 km/h wind gusts on the citys southern fringe on Sunday and through the night.

It is still an active fire ground but we are not seeing the sort of weather extremes, particularly with the wind that we saw yesterday, Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told reporters in Sydney on Monday.

Heathcote Road remains closed on Monday in both directions from Lucas Heights to Holsworthy.

About 250 firefighters are still working to halt the fire while a fleet of 15 aircraft will water-bomb the dynamic firefront, Mr Fitzsimmons said.

Fire chiefs have ordered crews to backburn in an effort to contain the blaze while simultaneously stopping the fire from advancing toward properties.

Westerly winds are expected to pick up again on Monday afternoon but will not be as extreme as conditions at the weekend.

Its certainly not the reprieve were looking for, Mr Fitzsimmons said.

Its still going to be challenging, its still going to be difficult.

A strike force has been established to investigate the blaze which is believed to have started in Wattle Grove.

So far no homes have been lost though there has been some property damage, Mr Fitzsimmons said.

He said it was extraordinary that the only reported losses had been fences, cubby houses and garden sheds.

I am not being dismissive of the loss in any way, but the fact is thats the loss we are talking about rather than peoples homes being badly damaged or destroyed, he said.

I...

11:04

Musk Lorikeet at Solander Esplanade near Col Fisher park reported by Jenny Murch on 15-04-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

We saw more than 3 birds but were only able to capture three in the photo. Late in the afternoon when Scaly Breasted Lorikeets and Rainbow Lorikeets were active

09:49

NZ EPA seabed mining court case a fight for the future "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Scoop NZ | April 15, 2018

The future of the South Taranaki Bight lies in the hands of the High Court next week, which will hear appeals against the Environmental Protection Authoritys decision to grant a marine consent to Trans-Tasman Resources bid to dig up the seabed for its iron ore.

Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM), with Greenpeace, is appealing the decision, alongside six other appellants.

The EPA decision was released in August 2017, a year after Trans-Tasman Resources submitted its application to dig up 50 million tonnes of the seabed a year in a 66 square kilometre section of the South Taranaki Bight for 35 years. A total of 95% will be discharged, resulting in a large sediment plume, to get five million tonnes a year of iron ore. Of the 13,733 submissions (a record) received by the EPA, all but 147 one percent were either opposed to the consent or neutral.

This is a fight for the future of our precious oceans, said KASM chair Cindy Baxter. The outcome of this case will set a precedent for a numb...

09:16

Leserbrief zur Lawrow-Theorie:Das mit dem BZ ist ein ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Leserbrief zur Lawrow-Theorie:

Das mit dem BZ ist ein claim den man innerhalb von Minuten als haltlos wegsortieren kann. Kurz ein paar Fakten, vielleicht magst Du die publizieren, dann kann sich jeder selbst ein Urteil bilden.

BZ ist in der Tat ein militrischer Kampfstoff, wurde in den 50ern im Edgewood Arsenal des US Militrs entwickelt und dort auch in den Vorluferprogrammen zu MK Ultra an Rekruten und Strafgefangenen getestet. Das klingt fies, war fies, hat aber den Vorteil das wir darber heute eine ganze Menge wissen. "Moment, MK Ultra sagt der gebildete Leser jetzt, da haben die doch nicht Nervengifte getestet sondern LSD und so'n Zeug" und zwar vollkommen zu Recht.

BZ ist kein Nervengift, sondern ein Psychokampfstoff. Sinn und Zweck war nicht das Ableben der Zielpersonen, sondern die kurzfristige Aussergefechtsetzung. Das kann BZ auch recht gut, zumal das Dosisfenster breit ist, eine lethale berdosis tritt erst ab der ca 40fachen berdosierung ein (geschtzt bzw aus Tierversuchen extrapoliert, was auf dasselbe rauskommt). Die postulierte Todesart wre wohl Versagen der Thermoregulation (hyperthermia), man war auch in Edgewood nie abartig genug das herauszufinden.

Und wenn man sich jetzt ein paar Dokumente ber BZ anguckt merkt man das da was nicht stimmen kann. In der Tat ist die bentigte Dosierung sehr gering, Schwellendosis die man gerade so merkt betrgt 0,5g pro Kilogramm. Aber der "peak", also die strkste Phase der Intoxikation nach Aufnahme tritt bereits nach 8h ein. Es wirkt lange fr einen Psychokampfstoff, aber trotzdem ist man selbst bei einer satten Dosis nach 48-72h nach der Aufnahme wieder auf dem Weg in die Normalitt, und nach 5-7 Tagen wieder ganz der Alte. Die Wirkungen gehen im normalen Dosisbereich eher in den psychischen Bereich (optische und akustische Halluzinationen, Verwirrung, "mad as a hatter") und erst im hheren Dosisspektrum wirkt die Substanz deliris. Physiologisch spielt das Zeug primr am kardiovaskulren Regelkreis (Blutdruck, Puls) und spter wie gesagt an der Thermoregulation.

Die Skripals wren also entweder wegen absoluter berdosierung sptestens am Folgetag nach der Aufnahme verstorben oder nach etwa einer Woche oder 10 Tagen wieder fit gewesen. Die beiden (und der britische Cop) wurden am 4. Mrz aufgefunden und zwei der Opfer befinden sich jetzt immer noch in Behandlung. Das passt nicht zusammen.

Ich bin weder NATO-Fanboy noch RT/Sputnik-Jnger, fr mich ist der Angriff auf Syrien durch USA/UK/FR eine Farce, zumindest von Seiten der USA und des UK vielmehr ein Ablenkungsversuch von heimischen Skandalen und eine gefhrliche Eskalation des Konflikts.

Aber das was die Russen da verbreiten ist einfach ganz billiges FUD, und das widerliche ist das die sich nicht mal ETWAS Mhe gegeben haben. Law...

08:57

Stadiums Qld is a financial drain "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Sunday Mail yesterday hinted the Queensland government may replace the current board of Stadiums Queensland, given that the allegedly high charges for the use of its stadiums, such as Suncorp, are causing financial issues for football clubs. I must say I have some sympathy for the current Stadiums Queensland board, which appears to be making the best of a bad situation. They have been put in charge of a loss making government-owned business with no prospect of ever making a genuine profit. The Sunday Mail reported yesterday that:

Stadiums Queensland says taxpayers should not foot the bill for costs associated with hosting sporting events when the Government had made considerable investment in construction of the facilities. Levy prices were fixed by TransLink and Queensland Police.

Under this model, the hirer receives the majority of game-day revenue such as ticketing, signage, sponsorship and this means in Queensland, unlike many other states, our clubs have a greater potential to derive revenue from their events, a spokesman said.

Stadiums Queensland made some excellent points there. Consider the massive capital costs of its operations. Its financial accounts from its Annual-Report 2016-17 reveal depreciation and amortisation account for 49% of its expenses from current operations, $59.3 million out of total expenses of $121.5 million (see figure below).

...

08:57

The bombing of Syria is wrong "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The hype over the bombing of Syria has one major flaw. It was not a response to the Syrian governments use of chemical weapons. The allegation was worked in as a faint, to cover up that the real purpose.  The missile strikes are a continuation of the ongoing support for the continuation of a war that has already cost half a million lives so far and created five million refugees.

No one should use chemical weapons under any circumstances, and if they do, they should be held to account. But this is something entirely different from carrying out raids based on an allegation, which has not been properly investigated and the real facts revealed. It is said that the first casualty of war is the truth. This is no exception. Almost all western media has gone along and censored anything that suggests other than the official line handed down.

Moves to set up an international inspection team have been thwarted. Syrian government facilities can be checked out. The offer has already been made. Western backed anti-government groups should be investigated as well, give that some of them have in the past been implicated in using this type of weapon. Leaders of the countries that dropped the bombs have made it clear that they do not want an investigation. Why is this?

After failing to get support from the United Nations, the three countries violated international law and took matters into their own hands. It is likely they even violated their own law as well. This is not the first time. American president George W Bush and British prime minister did this to start the Iraq war. So did Australias John Howard.

Arguably, without supporting certain groups, and the key ones with fire power on the ground have been associated with Islamic State and al Qaeda, there would not have been the terrible toll. But saving peoples lives seem to be far less important than the strategic goals of the western powers.

That the bombing raids were carried out by the United Kingdom and France is no accident. Both are former colonial powers with interests in the region, seeking to retain an influence. They have been involved in Syria for a long time.  The participation of the United states is no surprise either. Washington has had a major hand in the war since day one.

even if by any chance the bombing had really been motivated by the use of chemical weapons, attacking a facility in or near a heavily populated place is a crimi9nasl act in itself. There is no way of ensuring that the poison will not escape to kill and injure civilians within range.

And provoking  of a confrontation with Russia is extremely dangerous, and risks plunging the world into conflict, especially when there are those who seem to be angling for a new global cold war.

Austr...

08:52

Te Khui o Rauru to appeal seabed mining in NZ High Court "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Iwi representative group , Te Khui o Rauru, will appear in the Wellington High Court to appeal the Environmental Protection Authoritys decision last year allowing Trans Tasman Resources Ltd to mine the Taranaki seabed.

Tema Hemi | Maori Television | 15 April 2018

West Coast Taranaki has been the interest of mining companies for decades. But local iwi Ngaa Rauru is making a final stand to stop mining along their coastline. 

Iwi representative group , Te Khui o Rauru, will appear in the Wellington High Court to appeal the Environmental Protection Authoritys decision last year allowing Trans Tasman Resources Ltd to mine the Taranaki seabed. 

The mining operation involves the excavation of 50 million tonnes of seabed per year for 35 years over an area of 65 square kilometres, down to 11 metres deep. 

CEO of Te Khui o Rauru, Anne-Marie Broughton, says, We want a moratorium on seabed mining because the...

08:46

Relax: The Japanese Government is Chill With Your Tattoos "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its dark outside, and Ive found myself bent over a toilet seat with a hand on my bum and a foot in my face. Grunting softly, my companion pushes harder on my exposed posterior the Band-Aid just wont stay put. Meanwhile, our other accomplice is gingerly bandaging up her ankle, inspecting for any signs of ink peeping out from the sides.

Our mission? Cover six tattoos using just four Band-Aids (impossible, just in case you were wondering).

Our purpose? To bathe in a traditional Japanese onsen.

Onsen are public bathhouses that source their water from natural hot springs, and are said to improve cardiac health and clear the skin; however, many people simply visit for some good old R&R. Public bathhouses that use heated tap water are called sento, and although generally not as luxurious, they are pretty much indistinguishable from onsen to the untrained Western eye. Whether you plan on visiting an onsen or a sento, you will likely run into the same problem if you have tattoos.

Tattoos in Japan are taboo due to their association with the Yakuza, Japans notorious organised crime gang. To paint a picture of how tough these guys are, many members are missing a pinky finger thanks to an initiation process somewhat akin to an extreme college hazing ritual. Naturally, many Japanese citizens are wary of the Yakuza and try to have as little to do with them as possible.

The Yakuzas association with tattoos came about in the days when tattooing in Japan was used as a form of punishment by law, both for the physical pain it inflicted and the shame it symbolised.

However, middle fingers held firmly to the law, the branded criminals began to reclaim their tattoos by transforming them into individual pieces with their own designs. This was the genesis of irezumi, or the full-back tattoo that many Yakuza members still sport today.

It is because of this tie between tattoos and Japans underworld that my friends and I found ourselves in hot water. Because interestingly, although the Yakuza is almost exclusively a mens only club, the nation-wide prejudice against tattoos also extends to women with ink. Despite wanting to experience bathing in a natural hot spring at the base of Mount Fuji in the nude, we didnt want to be those baka gaijin (stupid foreigners) disrespecting local customs by strutting in with our inked-up skin. So we continued to tear Band-Aids in half with our teeth and even contemplated drawing blood with the onsen restaurants complime...

08:46

Travelling With My Dead Grandmother "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ive never been very good at following traditions. I dont have any annual family meetups, Saturdays are almost never for the boys and I cant even dedicate myself solely to one coffee shop. So when I travel and I see all these people buying a pin in every country they go to, or religiously tracking the stamps in their passports or even just knowing the exact number of countries theyve stepped foot in, I find it really hard to relate.

There is, however, one thing I do every time I visit a new country, but it has nothing to do with tokenising my travels and everything to do with my dead grandmother.

See, Im not religious. I was raised a Catholic, but pretty much as soon as said grandmother died, the whole family stopped pretending like it was something that mattered to us. We dont even do the religious holidays anymore, which Im not that sad about, because Easter is no fun when youre lactose intolerant and Christmas is just downright hell when you work in retail. But every time I travel, some part of me (the Holy Spirit perhaps?) drives me into a church for the one tradition I have yet to forgo.

My grandmother died when I was four, and even though I remember very little about her, she and I were apparently very close. She was a tough lady who loved her family, her cockatoo and her scotch with cheese and bikkies while Wheel of Fortune was on. She was a scripture teacher and a devout Catholic. As Ive grown up, members of the family have told me various things about her, including that she would definitely not be down with me being gay (but she loved me then, so she would love me now, in my opinion), that I inherited my aptitude for cake decorating from her and that she wouldve loved to have travelled.

Now, the 70s and 80s were a different time: leisurely travel was nowhere near as common and even if it was, they did their best with the money they had. Gran wouldve been content with a trip to Queensland, but sadly travel just wasnt an option for her as it is for us now, and I always remind myself how lucky I am to be able to travel and to see the world when so many still cant.

So maybe it is this, or perhaps my ever-present guilt that I dont remember her, or maybe just the tiny piece of Catholic left in me that drives me into a church in every new country I visit to light a candle for Gran. In my mind, every time I do so, she is there with me and its another country ticked off her bucket list, as it is mine.

When I started travelling with friends, I had not prepared for having to explain why I, an atheist, wanted to vi...

08:20

Violent Home Invasion! Home invasion victims left defenceless by Australian government anti-self defence laws! "IndyWatch Feed National"



https://au.news.yahoo.com/video/watch/39862294/violent-home-invasion-at-burnside-heights/


Home invasion victims left defenceless by Australian government anti-self defence laws! Surely protecting one's self & family from harm should be a human right ???!!!


08:08

Cheerleader for Rio Tinto and BCL elected to Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A delighted Sam Akoitai (in red tie) outside the National Court yesterday after winning back his Central Bougainville seat in the National Parliament. Photo: Sally Pokiton/Loop PNG

Akoitai is regarded as a cheerleader for Rio Tinto and Bougainville Copper Limited, having worked for the company for eight years. He also fought against the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) during the regions 10-year civil war.

ONeill government suffers first election court rebuff in Bougainville

Pacific Media Centre | April 14, 2018

Bougainville Affairs Minister Fr Simon Dumarinu has been ousted by four votes as the first casualty of the Peter ONeill government in Papua New Guinea after last years general  election, reports Loo...

08:00

April 16 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1788 - Governor Phillip and his party were having a stickybeak about the Fair Isle of Oz when they became the first known Europeans to see Aboriginal rock carvings at Manly Cove.


1816 - The horrific Massacre at Appin (NSW) began on this day when word came through to the soldiers charged with "rounding up the hostile natives" that a group of Dharawal people were camped near Broughton's farm at Appin. Investigating at 1am (17th April) the soldiers heard children crying at the camp before the dogs roused the sleeping Aboriginals who leapt to their deaths over the cliffs while others were shot by soldiers.

1819 - Thomas Ray ,  John Jones and Thomas Smith were hanged at Sydney for highway robbery.

1827 - While it is not possible to give the exact number of each tribe of blacks in the (Gosford) district, says a letter of April 16 1827, there are five tribes viz., the Mial or Broken Bay tribe, the Tuggerah Beach tribe, the Wyong tribe, and the Narara and Erina tribes. The three first as well as I am able to judge consist of about fifteen each and the two last of about ten each, being in all about sixty five men, women and children.

1831 - Government Order published, prohibiting the importation of preserved heads of New Zealanders.
News I'm sure gladdened the hearts of Kiwis.

1834 - Joseph Greenwood was hanged at Hobart for cutting and maiming, with intent to kill, Constable Terry.

1838 - William Bean, farm servant aged 27, tried in Kent. Dark brown hair, brown eyes; blind in left eye. Absconded from W. Cox.
You can stop looking, Bean was found and returned to the loving ? care of his boss.

1849 - The steamer ship "Thistle" sprung a leak near Spectacle Island.
The irony of the name prickles even at this distance.

1867 - Denis Murphy was hanged at Ballarat for the murder of Patrick O'Meara at Bullarook.

1868 - Again in QLD there was undoubtedly cream sponges, shortbread bikkies and the obligatory Iced Vo-Vo passed about with gay abandon when the railway line from Dalby to Ipswitch was done and dusted today.

1873 - The naval chap turned policeman turned explorer Colonel Peter Egerton Warburton suffered from Itchy Feet...as this was not Rampaging Footrot but merely the urge to go trotting about the vast continent called Oz he didn't bother with any over-the-counter creams.
Instead he set off for a stroll from Central Australia today to have a Captain Cook for an overland route between here and there...here being Alice Springs and there being Perth.

1876 - Remember them thar Fenians who were plotting and planning the escape of their compatriots from the drear Fremantle Gaol back in 1876?   Well, they'd parallel parked their ship the Catalpa between Rottnest and Garden Isl...

07:48

Britains MI6 blamed for falsifying chemical attack in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by Alex Bruce

 

The footage of Syrian children being hosed down with water in a hospital after an alleged chemical attack has run in thousands of loops all over Western Mainstream Media. On Thursday, Sergey Lavrov, Russias Foreign Minister and Permanent UN Ambassador claimed that these scenes were staged by British Intelligence with the White Helmets.

He referred to a video testimony of two medics from Central Hospital in Douma who say they were treating victims of smoke inhalation from a bombing when unknown people with cameras ran into the hospital, yelling about a chemical attack, which caused a panic and for people to start pouring water all over their kids. They say that no patients showed any signs of chemical exposure but they were too consumed with their tasks at hand to pay attention to those filming them.

After nearly twenty years of Americas unrelenting illegal wars in the Middle East, can we be blamed for doubting allegations of Assads use of chemical weapons?

The White House is rebuking non-believers of the Douma chemical attack. We are to believe that Western powers are responding in Syria to a Red Line that has been crossed due to Bashar al Assads alleged use of chemical weapons. This, after hed already won the civil war and supporting troops were in retreat. This, after these same powers have been spending the better part of the past two decades killing over one million Iraqis, an untold amount of Afghans, destroying Libya (at that time the most prosperous country on the African Continent) and causing the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and bombing the Hell out of Syria for the past 7 years.

Jake Morphonios asks, If we are to believe that Bashar al Assad is gassing his people, that this was a chemical weapons attack, that is the justification to go in and bomb Syria and risk World War III with Russia, folks; if Donald Trump goes forward with this, without really putting out to the public irrefutable proof and after that, going first to the US Congress to get a Constitutional Declaration of War, if Donald Trump does not do those things, I think that Donald Trump should be impeached because he is putting the lives of every single one of us at risk

If he puts my life and the lives of my wife, my children, my country, the people of the Earth at risk by going head...

07:44

Mine Refutes Slime Spillage Claims "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Nirmala Devi, 58, at her home in the Toko area in Tavua on April 13th. Behind her is mud residents claim is mixed with slime. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Waisea Nasokia | Fiji Sun | April 15, 2018

The Vatukoula Gold Mine Limited (VGML) says its activities and operations pose no direct threat to its surroundings and residents in the area.

VGML made the comment after reports that the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources was investigating  claims that the Nasivi River in Vatukoula may have been contaminated by what has been described as toxic slime, which overflowed into the river at the height of Tropical Cyclone Keni.

Vatukoula Gold Mine Limited Corporate Services Manager and Senior Adviser to the General Manager Dinny Laufenboeck said the torrential ra...

07:39

Redcliffe account for Hunters "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

qrl.com.au | April 14, 2018 

The Redcliffe Dolphins overcame a spirited PNG Hunters side at home to claim their fourth victory in a row, winning 20-6.
The Hunters had come to Dolphin Stadium  with a point to prove; starting the game by moving the ball quickly in attack, while fronting up in defence.
This didnt stop the Hunters relentless attack, and they managed to find a gap in the line in the 9thminute after a grubber from hooker Wartovo Puara sent rookie winger Junior Rau in for their first points of the game.
The Dolphins, who seemed a little rattled by the Hunters fast start early, managed to maintain their composure.
It wasnt until the 31st minute that the Dolphins scored their first try of the game thanks to second rower Scott Schulte, off a short ball from the hooker, Sheldon Pitama.
Redcliffe captain Cameron Cullen then regained the lead in the 36th minute with his try, giving the home side a 14-6 advantage at the break.
While the Hunters were fast starters in the first half, the Dolphins maintained their momentum after the break, when fullback Tony Tumusa continued his try-scoring form and scooted over the line in the 47thminute from dummy half.
Despite being pleased with his teams defence throughout the evening, ball control was something that Mogg said the Dolphins clearly needed to work on throughout the middle of the game.
We trained really well during the week. We were obviously pretty disappointed with the control of the footy, but defensively I thought we were good, Mogg said.
I think weve got a bit to work on with the footy clearly, I know we scored 20 points, our completion rate was really low but our effort and defence Im really happy with.
The Hunters were giving Redcliffe plenty to contend with all game and gave themselves a number of opportunities to score out wide during the second half and were happy to chance their arm.
With four minutes to go they tried kicking on the first tackle, turning the play into a foot race between Dolphins fullback Tumusa and their wingers, but they couldnt nab themselves another try.
It remained a heated game right down to the last few seconds, with the frustrations of both sides reaching its tipping point just before full time.
I really thought that they (the Hunters) came to play tonight, they were really physical, so it was a really, really good game of footy, Mogg said.
PNG are obviously a fantastic team, and if you dont get the defensive part right then youre no chance.
While it remains early in the season, Mogg knows his team still has so...

06:55

50 days on, World Health Organisation continues to serve communities affected by PNG quake "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

16 April 2018, Port Moresby -- Fifty days after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Papua New Guinea (PNG), limited delivery of essential health services has resumed in earthquake-affected provinces.
Dr Luo Dapeng, WHO Representative to Papua New Guineas, immunises a child in the Southern Highlands. 
Credit: WHO/JRivaca
 However, thousands remain vulnerable to health threats as they continue to live in crowded temporary settlements with inadequate access to clean water and medical services.
More than 500 000 were affected by the earthquake that struck on 26 February. At least 25 000 people have been displaced, while many communities continue to face compromised water and food supplies, significantly increasing threats of disease outbreaks.
Of the 77 health facilities that were damaged by the earthquake, only 10 remain closed.
However, services remain limited at most of the re-opened health facilities.

WHO on the ground within 24 hours 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) was on the ground in the affected provinces within 24 hours of the earthquake. WHO immediately activated the Incident Management System to coordinate the organisations response.
WHO responded right away, deploying medicines and supplies to the earthquake-affected areas to treat those who were affected, said Dr Zhang Zaixing, Incident Manager from WHO. 
Our people were out there in the field, alongside the National Department of Health and partners, assessing the damage to health facilities and working to re-establish life-saving health services.
WHO has designated the earthquake a Grade 1 Emergency and has deployed additional staff and supplies to the Country Office in PNG.
To date, WHO has repurposed and mobilised 19 national and international staff for the earthquake response, covering areas such as partner coo...

06:04

Suicide machine draws crowds at Amsterdam funeral show "IndyWatch Feed National"

A controversial suicide pod that enables its occupant to kill themselves at a press of a button went on display at Amsterdam funeral show on Saturday.

Called the Sarco, short for sarcophagus, the 3D-printed machine invented by Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke and Dutch designer Alexander Bannink comes with a detachable coffin, mounted on a stand that contains a nitrogen canister.

The person who wants to die presses the button and the capsule is filled with nitrogen. He or she will feel a bit dizzy but will then rapidly lose consciousness and die, said Nitschke, who has been dubbed Dr Death for his work to legalise euthanasia.

Via Yahoo News
Featured Image: Fairy Heart /Flickr

The post Suicide machine draws crowds at Amsterdam funeral show appeared first on Intellihub.

05:49

U of Sydney academics back BDS as Israel guns down Palestinian protesters "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dozens of academics at the University of Sydney have declared their support for the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, reported The Australian. According to the paper, the move comes as a response to the lethal crackdown by Israeli occupation forces on Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip. The Australian notes that signatories to the BDS pledge say they "will not attend conferences sponsored by Israeli universities, participate in academic exchange schemes, or otherwise collaborate professionally with Israeli universities until the stated goals have been fulfilled." The BDS campaign, describes the paper, is an international movement "inspired by the success of boycotts in bringing an end to apartheid in South Africa". Nick Riemer, a senior lecturer in English and linguistics at the University of Sydney and a member of its BDS group, "said the response from fellow academics was encouraging" and expressed his hope that the pledge would spread to other Australian universities. "People are already talking at Melbourne about the possibility of something like this," he said. According to the Sydney BDS website, some 40 academics have currently endorsed the pledge.

05:00

Thank you all for empowering me to carry on writing "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

FRANCIS NII

Francis Nii & new laptop
Disabled author Francis Nii and new laptop: 'Without a computer and a reliable mobile phone, I am truly handicapped'

KUNDIAWA - A personal computer can be an important tool for any writer but for a disabled writer like me, composing my words and sentences from the confines of a hospital bed, a laptop and a reliable mobile phone are essential tools of trade.

Without them, I am truly handicapped. With them, I am liberated to access information and to write, write, write.

When the screen of my Asus computer, given to me by my good friend Murray Bladwell in 2016, experienced a major breakdown while I was trying to upload the second edition of my novel Tears, I knew I had hit a desperate moment. Hopelessness overwhelmed me. Tears indeed!

Luckily I had saved the entire manuscript in a Samsung phone given to me by Patrick Haynes so I emailed the valuable document to Philip Fitzpatrick to upload to my CreateSpace publishing page.

I told Phil that I couldnt upload it myself because my laptop had encountered a serious problem. I had no idea that the piece of information relayed to Phil would prompt a fundraising effort that would result in me getting a brand new HP laptop and a Canon printer.

The next day I received an email from Keith Jackson enquiring about the condition of my laptop and I was surprised because I hadnt mentioned this to him. I guessed immediately that Phil had passed on the news.

I emailed Keith telling him had happened to my laptop and he said a new one was a goer. Knowing Keith, I understood straight away that a new computer would somehow make its way to me. I provided Keith the prices of the laptops sold in the shops in Kundiawa.

Next morning when I routinely logged in to PNG Attitude to read the daily stories, I saw the appeal was underway and was both surprised and glad.

I was glad because I knew my PNG Attitude family of writers and readers would help me to get a new laptop. Indeed you did me proud. Your support was awesome and ex...

04:19

How Australia Is Becoming A Cryptocurrency Continent: Markets, Regulations And Plans "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia has taken the lead when it comes to cryptocurrency regulation, and has done so with many positive and balanced intentions #ANALYSIS

04:00

A lit fuse but uncertain whether it'll be fireworks or a damp squib "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rashmii Bell
Rashmii Bell

RASHMII BELL

BRISBANE - Emma Wakpis recent commentary, Foreign aid didnt work. Then we started to look at tradition, gave cause for PNG Attitude readers to reflect on the effectiveness of aid in Papua New Guineas nation building.

The subsequent discussion stoked an audience question I posed to a literary panel last week which I attended as part of a six-month My Walk to Equality writers fellowship generously sponsored by Paga Hill Development Company.

The panel, part of an event at the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, was a collaboration between Griffith Universitys Asia Institute and Griffith Review journal and was billed as a conversation between Jane Camens, Annie Zaidi and Salil Tripathi.

Jane Camens is co-editor of Griffith Review and founder of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Inc, a regional network of authors and literary translators.

In the journal and on the panel, books by Annie (Dangerous Little Things: an account of turning political) and Salil (Without Hindsight: were here because you were there) were featured.

Annie is a contributor to the anthology Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories (Harper Collins 2016) that was one of the inspirations for our own Papua New Guinean anthology, My Walk to Equality.

In the journals own words, the most recent issue of Griffith Review (number 59), published to coincide with the Brisbane Commonwealth Games, showcases outstanding writers from 25 countries whose diverse voices shine light on enduring imperial legacies, and describe a present that is vibrant yet nuanced, familiar yet unexpected.

This all proved a most sa...

03:00

Problems of addiction are blighting many of our families "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Prescription-abusePHILIP KAI MORRE

KUNDIAWA - Alcoholism and drug addiction are progressive and fatal diseases that undermine the family unit. Addiction is a family problem with every member, not just the addict, suffering from its effects.

In our highlands society, families operate as a system and family members interrelate to each other for a common purpose.

As a system, families seek to maintain a balance in life. They preserve functional boundaries and support each other in work, finance, problem solving and in many other ways.

When there is no food, all family units work to find some. When there is no money to pay school fees, the family rallies to get it. When a family member is sick, the others provide care and comfort.

However, in families where a member is an alcoholic, drug addict or gambler, this balance is lost and there looms a great risk of dysfunction including divorce or separation, child abuse, sexual exploitation, economic manipulation, intimidation, psychological abuse and much more.

Children of alcoholics and drug addicts exist in a dubious moral environment and frequently lack a full understanding of the difference between right and wrong, good and bad, lawful and unlawful.

Juvenile delinquency or youth crime is increasing especially in urban areas.  Psychological and spiritual problem are common among the children of alcoholics, who become confused and lose a sense of who they are.

Life in the alcoholics family offers only continuing grief and trauma and problems with no solutions. Children who grow up in such a hostile environment suffer physically and emotionally and tend to accept dysfunction as the norm.

Dysfunctional families are defensive in their actions and denial is a major problem and one that gets in the way of change.

In dysfunctional families, there are usually enablers, especially wives, who try to protect their husbands problems. Shame and fear motivates them to become enablers who make the problems worse rather than assisting the addict towards treatment and recovery.

Ultimately, this means the whole family not just the addict needs support, counselling, therapy, guidance and education.

Every family has its own rules and norms. In healthy functional families, rules are realistic and support a purposeful life with every member benefitin......

00:20

Gen. TRWP Mathias Wenda: Negara West Papua Sudah Dideklarasikan Tahun 1961 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Yang mendeklarasikan Negara Republik West Papua itu siapa? Mereka datang dari planet mana? Mereka sudah tahu ka tidak, Negara Republik West Papua sudah ada sejak tahun 1961, dunia sudah akui sejak itu, dan diproklamirkan 1 Juli 1971. Yang kita perjuangkan hari ini bukan untuk deklarasi, tetapi untuk pengakuan dunia atas deklarasi yang sudah ada. Demikian

Gen. TRWP Mathias Wenda: Negara West Papua Sudah Dideklarasikan Tahun 1961 was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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00:00

For You or Your Followers? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shes young, pretty and bored.

She fake tans and applies makeup. Cleans her room and makes her bed. She changes out of her brothers old T-shirt she wears as pyjamas and into a new dress, clicking away at the iPhone screen.

She slides back into the daggy tee, swipes through 284 photos, marks her favourites and begins the editing process. A handful of filters make her teeth whiter and others her skin darker. Once the images have endured multiple different editing apps, shell decide which makes the cut.

Hours have passed. When her 7:30pm primetime alarm goes off, she jumps on Pinterest in search of an inspirational quote, but it gets too hard, so she decides on Day with the girls as her caption.

Validation in the form of likes begins to roll in, each comment boosting her self-esteem like nothing else in her life can.

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Reality is, the majority of society will visit that waterfall, buy that eyeshadow pallet or order that smoothie bowl because theyve seen it glorified across Instagram by someone whos probably paid to do it.

On many occasions, Ive found myself forgetting to enjoy whatever I am taking a photo of.

Im out to breakfast with my friend. The food is served, but not eaten for 10 minutes. Within that time, the sugar bowl and small flower vase have been aesthetically positioned with our aai and Buddha bowls. Standing on our stools for high angle shots has caused a few unfriendly stares, but the mouth-watering snap story and cute Insta Boomerang was totally worth it.

Instagram has exploded in popularity within the past few years because its a way of social networking that connects peoples solely through visual elements. The app provides a powerful means by which to capture and sustain our attention.

Considering cafes, bars, stores and resorts will pay thousands for an influencer to po...

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08:22

Overboard Passenger from Pacific Dawn Raises Questions Regarding P&O Cruises' Credibility "IndyWatch Feed National"

The disappearance of a 47 year-old woman last week from P&O Cruises' Pacific Dawn was one of 213 people overboard from cruise ships in the last decade and one of 7 disappearances in less than 4 months this year alone. The incident raises the fundamental issue whether it is, in fact, possible for someone to fall off a cruise ship. 

I have written about nearly 200 overboard incidents since I started this blog eight and a-half years ago.  The single most common comment which I hear is that it's impossible for someone to fall off of a cruise ship. When I reported on the recent overboard incident on the Pacific Dawn, the first comment was passengers don't just fall off of a cruise ship.

But based on some of the eye-witness accounts, that is exactly what might have happened on the Pacific Dawn. 

The 47-year-old passenger from Brisbane, Australia, was reportedly with her husband on an exterior Pacific Dawn Overboarddeck, about 15 feet away from where other passengers were playing table tennis inside the cruise ship. Several passengers said the woman "went outside to vomit as she was seasick," according to an Australian newspaper the Courier Mail.

One eye-witness told the Courier Mail that the woman began to vomit while leaning over a railing when she lost her footing and went overboard.

Another passenger, who expressed condolences to the family of the woman, posted a somber photograph (right) of an empty deck and the railing where the woman apparently went overboard. The low railings immediately caught my eye. 

A standard sized life-ring, which you can see mounted slightly above the deck, is only 28-30 inches in diameter, which suggests that the top of the top of railing is probably no more than a total of 40 to 42 inches in height. 

One of the eye-witnesses took a photograph of the railing (below right) which was published in several newspapers. The photo shows four crew members standing around the deck railing. Two of the crew members are leaning on the railing with one crew member is standing in the middle nearby the railing, which appears to barely come to the crew members' waists and the middle crew member's hips.

Several years ago, when I attended a series of Congressional hearings in....

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