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Friday, 18 May

03:35

Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, EOS, IOTA and Litecoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is an across the board coin depreciation in Ethereum, Bitcoin, and Litecoin. Coincidentally, these are pioneers of cryptocurrencies and as long as Bitcoin is down, the same is likely to be replayed in Ethereum and Litecoin. On the other []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, EOS, IOTA and Litecoin appeared first on The Global Mail.

Natural gas project that promised economic boom leaves PNG in worse state: report "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

In 2008, when a consortium led by ExxonMobil was drumming up support for a $19 billion natural gas extraction and processing project in Papua New Guinea, proponents of the development predicted it would underpin the countrys economy for decades. Production began in 2014, and now reaches approximately 7.9 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year. However, according to two recent reports by advocacy group Jubilee Australia Research Centre, the PNG LNG project has not only exacerbated conflict and inequality in the Papua New Guinea highlands, it has also failed to produce the promised benefits. According to Jubilee Australias analysis, PNGs economy would be better off if the gas had been left in the ground. Predicted economic impacts of the PNG LNG project compared to actual impacts (based on Jubilee Australias analysis of underlying economic trends). While exports have exceeded expectations, GDP growth has been slower than forecast and income, employment and government spending have dropped. Image courtesy of Jubilee Australia. Big promises When pitching the project, developers made big promises about the economic and social benefits the megaproject would bring to the country. One influential 2008 study, an economic impact analysis commissioned by ExxonMobil and authored by Australian consultants ACIL-Tasman (now ACIL-Allen), predicted the project would bring a tremendous windfall not only to shareholders, but also to the people of PNG. It forecast the overall size of the countrys economy would nearly double, household incomes would rise by 84 percent, and employment increase by 42 percent. Backers of the project

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Thursday, 17 May

23:02

ACFCGN "IndyWatch Feed National"

Weather forecast for this Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May sunny max 25 perfect come and join us at Perth City Park for our WA community garden gathering

The post appeared first on ACFCGN.

23:01

UK hospital kills baby with lethal injection "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

ANALYSIS: Alfie Evans was executed by lethal injection; Alder Hey hospital steeped in horrifying history of organ harvesting from human babies

Britain now holds the crown of Totalitarian State

Tuesday, May 01, 2018 by: Mike Adams

(Natural News) Watching in horror the health care murder of baby Alfie Evans over the last few days, Ive been gathering an array of stories and sources to bring you a detailed, definitive report of what actually went down. Until that full report is ready, however, it seems urgent to share with you the conclusion of my research: I am convinced that Baby Alfie Evans was executed by lethal injection, and the hospital that murdered him appears to be the center hub of a multi-decade baby organ harvesting crime ring that saw 100,000 baby body parts harvested and illegally held in hospitals all across Britain. (See multiple news sources, below.)

It has always been clear that the Alder Hey childrens hospital sought to accelerate the death of Alfie Evans while silencing his parents through a sustained attack consisting of threats and intimidation tactics. Now, Life Site News is report that Alfie Evans was injected with four different drugs by hospital staff just two hours before he died. This, of course, was after several days of being starved to death and denied water. Virtually the entire corporate-controlled media has withheld this information from the public for a variety of nefarious reasons that I will discuss in another post.

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22:50

Green-blooded lizards, new research "IndyWatch Feed National"

This new family tree suggests green blood coloring may have arisen four times independently among some members of the skink family of lizards in New Guinea. Each tip at the wide end of the diagram represents a different modern species in New Guinea, Australia or surrounding islands. Photos show green-blooded Prasinohaema species from different origins: 1) P. virens; 2) new, unnamed species; 3) P. semoni; 4) P. prehensicauda

This new family tree suggests green blood coloring may have arisen four times independently among some members of the skink family of lizards in New Guinea. Each tip at the wide end of the diagram represents a different modern species in New Guinea, Australia or surrounding islands. Photos show green-blooded Prasinohaema species from different origins: 1) P. virens; 2) new, unnamed species; 3) P. semoni; 4) P. prehensicauda.

By Susan Milius, 2:10pm, May 16, 2018:

Green blood in lizards probably evolved four times

Studying the bizarre color might someday offer insights into human jaundice

Green blood is weird enough. But now the first genealogical tree tracing green blood in New Guineas Prasinohaema lizards is suggesting something even odder.

These skinks have been lumped into one genus just because of blood color, says biologist Christopher Austin of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Yet they dont all turn out to be close relatives. Green blood looks as if it arose four separate times in the islands...

22:47

Senate committee wants referendum to repeal Sections 44 and 45 of Constitution "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters has today released its report into matters related to Section 44 of The Australian Constitution.

Committee Chairman Senator Linda Reynolds said the report found that s. 44 was becoming increasingly undemocratic and that future referrals to the High Court would be inevitable.

Problems with s. 44 are neither new, nor unforeseen, Senator Reynolds said.

Senator Linda Reynolds, Liberal Chairman of JSC on Electoral Matters wants to repeal section 44 of the Constitution, thus allowing a MP to sit while owing allegiance to another country.

20 years of Parliamentary Committee reports and a Constitutional Convention have all predicted that without constitutional reform to parts or all of s. 44, challenges would occur to otherwise qualified and validly elected Members of Parliament.

Problems with the operation of s. 44 have come to public attention over the past year as a result of the high number of s. 44(i) citizenship matters referred to by the High Court. While public discussion has been on these citizenship cases, two other sub sections of s. 44 were also the subject of High Court consideration.

Senator Reynolds said in addition to the previously identified problems with s. 44, recent High Court decisions have created new uncertainties and future oppor...

22:10

Russian Warship arrives in Port Moresby, PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A Russian Navy training ship sailed into Port Moresby with 234 naval cadets aboard yesterday morning.

The visit, a first by Russia, had been described as a historic business port call between Russia and Papua New Guinea.

This is the first time in 50 years that a Russian naval vessel has visited our shores, said Papua New Guinea Defence Force chief of staff captain (Navy) Philip Polewara, who was at port to welcome the 7000-tonne Perekop training ship.

Aboard were fifth-year naval cadets from the St Petersburg naval institute of Russia who are on a two-month navigational training that started in April.

According to Capt Polewara, the 40-year-old ship had passed through the Baltic Sea, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean and was then destined for Vladivostok in Russia.

The ship arrived at 10.30am and Capt Polewara was left impressed after a brief exchange of pleasantries and a short tour with the captain of the ship and the head of the naval institute vice-admiral Vladimir Sokolov.

They still employ some of the earliest forms of navigation, using the celestial navigation and thats something we the navy can learn, and as people all we know is that Russia is a big country, home of the polar bears, it is up north, he said.

Capt Polewara said Russia was not only in Europe but also extended to the Pacific that was why it was often described by the international media as showing increased interest in the Pacific.

The Perekop cadets three-day visit include city tours, cultural visits, friendly sports with the PNG Defence Force, and courtesy meetings with the government.

According to The Australian newspaper, the training warship Perekop is a part of the Baltic fleet of the Russian Navy and is equipped with a modern radio-technical and navigational equipment as well as combat armament.

The warship, which is here until Saturday, will be open to the public today at 1pm at the old wharf in town. Post Courier/PACNEWS/PNG TODAY

21:28

Royal wedding fever "IndyWatch Feed National"


more like Royal parasites or virus.

Here is an accurate photo as shown by the Fairfax publication:



and here is one for the herd population from the Rupert Murdoch media empire:






21:25

MACKAY Mackay raid uncovers huge drug haul, $65K cash "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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21:15

Im Aussie: Man with disability to be deported to Canada after racking up criminal record "IndyWatch Feed National"

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton known as potato head. Behind a lot of these types of decisions. Ex-policeman. Wants to be Australias Prime Minister one day. These are the types of loonies running Australia. Deporting a mentally impaired young man who has an Australian mother, and came to Australia as a toddler. Great work Peter Dutton you bonehead.

ABC Australia

Im Aussie: Man with disability to be deported to Canada after racking up criminal record

17 May 2018

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21:09

Is this the Australia we really want? "IndyWatch Feed National"

We are or soon will be living in a country that has a diminished national broadcaster, will be an international arms trader, have a real-time facial recognition database and new powers that allow police to stop and ask you for your papers every time you step foot in an airport (at this stage). So the question has to be asked, is this the Australia we really want?

21:02

Malka Leifer extradition case delayed again at latest hearing in Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

Malka Leifer extradition case delayed again at latest hearing in Jerusalem

17 May 2018

There has been another delay in the extradition case of accused Australian-Israeli Sex offender Malka Leifer.

At the latest hearing in Jerusalem, Ms Leifer was transported from Nave Tirtsa womens prison to the District Court building.

But her lawyer convinced the judge she should remain in cells below and not appear in the court room.

After winning a two-week delay on May 2, Ms Leifers lawyer, Yehuda Fried, was successful in seeking another extension.

Ms Leifers legal team argued they still had not seen enough of the prosecutions evidence.

I think this is just another way to make the procedure longer, state prosecutor Matan Akiva said.

The case will resume on May 31, when the judge will rule whether enough of t...

21:02

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) VIP 34 Squadron Transport Bizjets Pop into CQ Airports - Again! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Following on from our post below, on Wednesday 16 May, the visiting Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) VIP 34 Squadron transport bizjets continued to call into various CQ Airports.

After arriving the previous afternoon from Townsville, RAAF Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 was heard departing Rockhampton Airport for Sydney once again as "Wisdom 41".

File photo

While during the afternoon, RAAF Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville as "Envoy 61".



19:30

Australia's "Missile Commander" Mona Shindy's speech "on the greatness to bend history" in the Islamic Middle East "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here's how the folks from head office see Australia's Naval Missile Commander! And here's our reader and super sleuth Earl!! Earl said: Something doesnt smell right here. The apparent timeline is - Anne Aly renounces Egyptian citizenship May 6, 2016 - Elected to parliament July 2, 2016 - Attends Egypt...

19:25

China Plans Network of Indian Ocean Bases: Security Analyst "IndyWatch Feed National"

China has plans to establish a network of naval and air bases in the Indian Ocean, according to an article by David Brewster posted on the website of the Lowy Institute, the Australian think-tank, on May 15.

18:44

Japan and PNG sign Air Service agreement "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea and Japan officially signed Wednesday the exchange of notes on the revised air service agreement between the two countries.

Papua New Guinea Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato and his counterpart Japan Foreign Minister Taro Kono officially signed the instruments at the Likura House in Tokyo.

Pato in his address to the media and official dinner delegates said that this was a very important document which will improve trade and investment and the overall relations between PNG and Japan.

He said that this will also enable Air Niuginis service to Japan further enhance and strengthen connectivity between Japan, PNG and the Pacific Island countries.

Air Niugini presently has twice weekly services presently to Narita from Port Moresby, Pato said.

This third weekly service will result in inclusion of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) which means many of our exports particularly tuna from FSM and PNG will have accessibility to the markets of Japan and of course inflow of tourists from Japan through to the rest of the Pacific island countries, particularly at a time like this when we move into a closer cooperation with Japan and Pacific Island nations, Pato said.

Japan is a very important partner of PNG and of course Japan is the second largest trading partner for PNG after Australia and in the overall partnership, theres so many issues and challenges that Japan works very closely with Papua New Guinea and together we have an important partnership as we reach out together for PNG.

The signing of the air Services Agreement, the amendments relating thereto will enable our partnership to connect better between ourselves in trade and investment, people to people contract as well as to the rest of the Pacific so I am very well pleased and privileged to be here on behalf of our country, we have been talking to Prime Minister Abe-San and the former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida-San-when we last met in DA Nang in Vietnam, I am so glad, Pato said.

Japan Foreign Minister Kono on the other hand said: With the revisit, we hope the number of flights between Japan and PNG will be increased and also strengthen connectivity between Japan and the Pacific Island countries..

SOURCE: POST COURIER//PACNEWS/PNGTOday

18:40

Intense Use Of Digital Technologies Vital "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The ultimate aim of the research and policy presentations during APEC study centers consortium conference (ASCCC) is to enhance peoples livelihood within respective economies.

In concluding the ASCCC yesterday, conference chairman and director of the PNG National Research Institute, Dr Osborne Sanida said the intense use of digital technologies are important for creating opportunities for inclusive growth and social and economic development.

We had good discussions on innovation and technology. Technology is vital for inclusive growth and development so the question is how we can promote opportunities that technology brings and also address the constraints so that we can use it in a positive way.

Going forward, this conference will have both immediate and non-immediate results, immediately, the conference output will be presented as a report to the SOM Chair.

The report will also be given to PNG APEC Study Centre and to Chile as the next host of APEC, said Dr Sanida.

The theme of the conference Inclusive growth opportunities in an increasingly connected region included four sub themes:

Regional economic integration and connectivity;

Structural reform and competition;

Digitalisation; and

Innovation and technology

There were 74 abstracts submitted for the conference, 25 were selected and presented at the two day conference....read more on PNG Technology site: PNG eHow

18:30

Ian Potter international travel grant awarded to Ruth Barson to study criminal justice rights "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Ian Potter Foundation has announced Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, a recipient of their annual international study grant. The grant will enable Ruth to travel to America to learn from cutting-edge organisations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, who are tackling the rise of draconian law and order politics that see more and more people forced into the quicksand of the criminal justice system.

Ruth Barsons work focuses on advocating for the dignity of people behind bars and challenging punitive criminal laws and policies around Australia. Ms Barson said that while shes thrilled to have this opportunity to share strategy with and learn from leading American organisations, its alarming that in Australia, like America, governments are increasingly hostile towards human rights, paving the way for punitive, lock-em-up agendas.

Right now, communities across Australia are being torn apart - mothers and fathers are being separated from their families and children are being abused in youth jails, all because our governments have embraced dangerous law and order policies. Australia is at a critical juncture: we can blindly walk down the dark path of mass-imprisonment, or we can commit to respecting the dignity and humanity of all people in our community, said Ms Barson.

Australian governments now lock up more people than ever before, with women, people with disabilities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples hit hardest by discriminatory laws and harmful policies. Ms Barson said that Australian prisons are fast becoming warehouses of inhumanity. 

Archaic and damaging practices like solitary confinement, restraint chairs and routine strip searches should be banished to the dungeons of the dark ages. Theres no place for cruelty in a modern society. Our justice systems should uphold, not undermine, our core values of fairness, dignity and equality, said Ms Barson.

The Ian Potter Foundations International Learning and Development Grant seeks to improve the knowledge of the Not-For-Profit sector in Australia through sharing international best practices learnt by grant recipients while visiting exemplary organisations overseas. Ruth Barson will travel in September and visit a number of American organisations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Centre for Constitutional Rights and the Vera Institute of Justice.

Im really looking forward to strategising with similar, dynamic organisations fighting for a society that treats all people with decency and respect. The almost bipartisan support for regressive law and order politics in Australia, and indeed other countries like America, must end, said Ms Barson.

15:49

Response to the Proposed Draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry "IndyWatch Feed National"

View AFSA's entire submission here

The current review of the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals Domestic Poultry offers the first opportunity in 15 years to improve the minimum welfare standards for domestic poultry in Australia. It provides the chance to modify Australian standards to reflect current animal welfare science and equivalent international developments.

The Proposed Draft is significantly more comprehensive than the previous welfare standards in the 4th Edition, as well as in other welfare codes for ostriches and emus, some of those standards dating back to mid-20th century management practices. We commend the collective and lateral efforts of the Animal Welfare Task Group (AWTG), the Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) and Animal Health 9 Australia (AHA), and welcome the opportunity to comment on the Draft during the 90 day public comment period.

It is necessary for Australia to lead a fundamental reshaping of animal welfare standards that meet international standards and community expectations, and that is based on scientific research and available data from Australian farms. Many farmers give ethical reasons for changing towards pastured poultry production methods because of the maximum animal welfare and provenance it offers if well managed.18

This submission aims to contribute on behalf of small-scale, pasture-based poultry producers so that best animal welfare standards can be achieved more readily and regulated appropriately.

In this submission, AFSA will primarily make comment relating to the standards and guidelines for domestic poultry due to scope of our representation of poultry farms extending to small producers of layers, broiler chickens and ducks. As principle, we support best animal welfare practices in the industry as a whole.

What the Proposed Draft means for Farmers- Farmers employing pasture-based practices will lose a once in a generation opportunity to be heard in the decision-making process relating to poultry welfare. Continued large-scale production of poultry will further dominate the market and drive small-scale farmers into niche markets.

What the Proposed Draft means for Eaters- It will turn a blind eye to popular demand for higher standards of welfare and eaters will continue to have low access to sustainably produced meat and/or eggs that positively impacts quality. Consumer quality perception when purchasing poultry will be informed by perceived standards of welfare and environmental factors that do not in fact meet their expectations.

What the Proposed Draft means for Poultry- Domestically raised poultry in c...

15:43

Corrupt judge Barbara Cotterell sends message that it's ok to abuse Ambos "IndyWatch Feed National"

EVERYONE should love case law and precedence law.

Victims of crime in Australia often say there is no justice, where they are technically correct, as there are 'only' court orders.

The message sent out in County Court's judge Barbara Cotterell is that Victorians can abuse Ambulance workers and get away with it.

If you get caught abusing ambulance officers, you can use 'case law' (from Victoria's County Court) that Barbara Cotterell's views are that you can abuse them.

Why not ask for her by name in your assault charges, while you're at it.






P.S. The system is not 'broken' but functioning exactly the way Cotterell orders it to.

But tread carefully, as if you do not pay your unlawfully issued fine you just might go to prison.

15:17

Restoring the future: Franco Basaglia, Marco Cavallo and the closure of Italys asylums "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week forty years ago, Italy became the first country in the world to legislate the closure of its asylums. The law was drafted by a psychiatrist and member of the governing Christian Democratic party, Bruno Orsini, but was known from the outset as Basaglia Law, after the leader of the movement that pushed for that radical and in some ways paradoxical reform.

15:13

AusGov.info my mid year review "IndyWatch Feed National"

AusGov.info went live in January in time for LinuxConfAu where, despite being so tired I could barely stand, I gave a potted history of my work with open data and the functionality of the site to a room full of enthusiastic developers. Reactions ranged from demanding why had I not achieved moar, moar, moar in the month since I decided to create the new project to a standing ovation from one audience member who, as part of team creating a similar (internal) project for the Victorian govt was incredibly impressed that I had done the work of an entire team single-handedly and in a month!

At this point I want to issue a very belated thank you to all the people I know personally, who turned up to hear me present at LinuxConf the kindness of having so many people I recognised in the audience was not lost on me and I was very grateful for your presence

I took the feedback I got from the audience, my wider Twitter network and people I had spoken to at other events and implemented site wide changes over the top of what I had built. I spent weeks designing the navigation using a complex interplay of CSS overlays and implemented charts that are generated on the fly that also act as navigation to allow people to drill down on the data by year for that data.

This replaced the top and bottom menu bars which forced people to click on a year whether or not there was any result for that particular year. With the new approach, people see from the chart whether there is a result in a particular year then click on that bar to see the breakdown for that year.

Since launch I have added the new political donations data in February, budget data in May and I also made the Taxation Expenditure Statement (tax concessions) data interactive. I worked so hard on the site that I didnt make a single blog post for about four months. Over the past few weeks since I stopped focusing on the code and turned my attention to providing journalism based on insights (made available through the AusGov) Ive been somewhat confused about the...

15:12

A bit of Paris in Perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Next time you drop into Petition, make sure to order something French. They have a Petit Chablis which has good reviews, so thats on our must-drink list (yes, we have a must-drink list) when we take another look at George Temple Pooles Old GPO building. This is now part of the Central Government Buildings or, as they are more commonly known, the Old Treasury.

One of the things architects fear the most, other than mislaying their designer glasses, is being seen as derivative. A difficult job to undertake is designing additions to an existing building or set of buildings. The new work has to complement the structures already there, but not copy them so closely that you dont look an original architect. In other words, the architect must triumph over their predecessor, but not look too arrogant while doing so. This is a very difficult feat to pull off, but it is exactly what George Temple Poole achieved with his additions to the Central Government Buildings, which opened in 1890.

Poole was faced with a site which already had two older building, both designed by Richard Roach Jewell, and are now the wings along Barrack Street and Cathedral Avenue. These were proving completely inadequate for the needs of civil servants, and Poole was asked to link the two buildings with new offices and to include a post office while he was at it. His solution was so effective that some architectural...

15:09

Joe DiGenova on deep state's admitting to spying on Trump: 'This is the most unbelievable scandal in US history' "IndyWatch Feed National"

The New York Times reported on Wednesday the FBI opened an investigation dubbed "Crossfire Hurricane" into Trump's campaign 100 days before the Presidential election. The FBI was spying on the opposition party's campaign 100 days before the election based on a phony Russian dossier that was paid for by Democrats and Hillary Clinton and by the hearsay of a low-level Trump campaign official who was coached by FBI operatives on Russian rumors. Five agents, including Peter Strzok traveled to London in the summer of 2016 to interview with a diplomat after Papadopoulos drunkenly claimed to Australian Ambassador Alexander Downer he knew who had Hillary's emails. Deep State opreatives released this information to The New York Times for Wednesday's report. The Deep State is panicking. They know the Inspector General's report is coming out any day now and they know it is damning!

14:10

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Procession by officials to the Stage for the Opening Ceremony today

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14:04

Government by Shareholder "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Australian Prime Ministers, John Howard and Paul Keating at the Annual Lowy Lecture, prior to Angela Merkels presentation. November 17, 2014. (adapted photo zimbio.com)

By Tony Ryan

Ever since Paul Keating and John Howard transported reluctant Australians from the egalitarian prosperity of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, into an unprecedented era of unemployment, underemployment, poverty, and homelessness 85% of the Australian People have been quietly disqualified and rendered invisible.

For our own good, of course. Lets be frank, we have neither the knowledge nor wisdom to offer judgments to government. And we can be assured that this event will be celebrated in history as the Second Era of Transportation.

The surviving demographic has been...

14:03

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Picture of the Three Bedroom Teacher's House at Buin Primary School

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13:43

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

170518HIGH COMMISSIONER OPENS DOUBLE AT BUIN PRIMARY SCHOOL.

The Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Bruce Davies one of yet another Double Classroom and a Teacher's House at one of the oldest Primary Schools on Bougainville, the Buin Primary School.

The School is one of the first Government run schools to be established in South Bougainville and today became one of a few schools on Bougainville with a solar powered Classroom.
In his speech today he said Australia will continue assist PNG and Bougainville with infrastructures for Education and Health and Law and Justice sector like in the past.

He said the assistance are delivered according to the priority of local governments.

High Commissioner, Bruce Davies also said that Australia will also assist in areas that can further support the ABG with Programs that the ABG sees as its priorities at the moment.

The team will continue with their visit in South Bougainville before returning to Port Moresby at the end of this week.

Ends

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13:36

Business journalist says JSCOT report a critique of PACER-Plus "IndyWatch Feed National"

17 May 2018: Business journalist Nic Maclellan has analysed the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCT) report into the PACER-Plus trade deal on Devpolicy blog. He writes, although the committee recommends that Parliament should ratify PACER-Plus, the report is a telling critique of the treaty. It concedes that the absence of PNG and Fiji significantly diminishes the utility of the agreement for Australian businesses.

Maclellan observes that Sir Noel Levi, the former Pacific Island Forum Secretary who had involved with the initial drafting of PACER decades ago, condemned the negotiators for failing to seriously consider the concerns raised by PNG and Fiji.

He notes that the JSCT report also raised two other key concerns about the deal. Firstly, that Pacific Island countries already have tariff free access to Australia and New Zealand for their exports (meaning all market access benefits will flow to Australia and NZ). And secondly, that the development assistance in PACER-Plus comes from the existing aid budget.

He then summarises other concerns raised in evidence given to the Committee, including those raised by the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and AFTINET. AFTINET published a media release on the report last week, and you can read it on our website here.

13:06

Government must abandon plans to force refugee families into destitution "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Government has told yet another group of up to 90 refugees and people seeking asylum that they will be evicted from their homes and will be cut off from all income support.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton last year issued the visa, known as the final departure Bridging E Visa, to single refugee men and asylum seekers, but is now roping in women and children into a situation designed to force people into destitution.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre, who represents the group, said that these men, women and children were understandably frightened.

These families have endured years of suffering and abuse in offshore detention and then more years of daily uncertainty in the community. They just want to get on with rebuilding their lives. But instead our Government is ripping the roof from over their heads and forcing them into destitution, said Mr Webb.

The people are part of more than 400 men, women and children evacuated from the Australian Governments offshore detention camps for medical treatment and other critical reasons. Some women were pregnant. Other men, women and children were evacuated because they were seriously unwell or injured in violent attacks. The Human Rights Law Centre represents most of this group.

Were talking about children who have been going to school in Australia for years. But now these kids face having empty lunch boxes and no roof over their heads. Its brutal.

These families have already endured unimaginable suffering but were finally starting to rebuild their lives in freedom and safety in our communities and now they face an uncertain future, said Mr Webb.

The group also includes families with babies born in Australia who are now living in the Australian community, and children now in their third year of schooling in our local schools.

Many of the families we've spoken to are shocked and terrified. They've got no idea where they will go or how they'll make ends meet and put food on the table for their kids, said Mr Webb.

For interviews contact:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Legal Advocacy, Human Rights Law Centre: 0419 100 519

12:35

FINALLY OUTED! Sordid, sleazy life of Liberal heavyweight Robert Piggy Doyle an open secret amongst Melbourne elite & media for years "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: In the first part of a special investigation, True Crime News Weekly takes a look at why long accused sexual predators such as Liberal Party heavyweight Robert Doyle are allowed to get away with their alleged misconduct and possible crimes for so long, even in the face of a litany of complaints stretching back 40 years and involving claims of sexual abuse against schoolgirls and the alleged drugging of women. Our Melbourne correspondent Gary Johnston reports. [READ MORE]

11:56

NEW MACKAY STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR LIFE ON SHACKLETON "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for Life on Shackleton



Your name: Amy Clark
Your business name and facebook/website name and link:
Life On Shackleton 
Life on Shackleton : Handcrafted Products
The suburb/town you live in now:
Oakenden 4741
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11:49

Green Drinks in May ECOFiesta Treat "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Come and join us for Green Drinks May! 

Cairns Regional Councils Cairns ECOfiesta 2018, is fast approaching and this year CAFNEC is a community partner. We will be starting the party earlier by hosting Green Drinks May as an EcoFiesta satellite event.

Cairns Green Drinks is an informal, monthly social event for people who care about conservation, sustainability and all things environment.

The aim of Cairns Green Drinks is to encourage networking, creativity and thought on environmental issues and projects. Green Drinks are agenda-free, non-politically aligned and everyone is welcome.

Nibbles provided. Drinks by donation.

Friday 25th May
5.30 pm 7.00 pm
At CAFNEC 27-29 Green Slopes St, North Cairns. 

We hope to see you there

Want to know more about ECOFiesta?

http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/community-environment/sustainability/ecofiesta

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11:43

Fiji landowners to receive 80% of mining royalties "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Big Win For Landowners

Losirene Lacanivalu | Fiji Sun | 17 May 2018

They will, for the first time, get royalties from mineral mining 80% and Govt retains 20%

All landowners will, for the first time, be able to access a fair share of royalties from mineral mining.

This comes after the FijiFirst Government managed to get the Fare Share of Mineral Royalties Bill passed and enacted in Parliament last night.

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said under the new Act landowners would receive 80 per cent of all the royalties while the State would retain only 20 per cent.

He said once the Act came into place, the first payment of royalty of around $1m would be made from the Trust to the landowners.

The landowners referred to were owners of freehold land, iTaukei landowners, Rotuman and Rabi Island landowners, he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it had always been known that all minerals belonged to the State and surface land belo...

11:27

Wandering tattler at Froggys Beach, Point Danger QLD reported by Lindsay Rankin on 17-05-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

This report is from 1/5/18. Probably due to my computer incompetence,I unsuccessfully tried to send this report in after seeing the tattlers on 1st of May. Two wandering tattlers in breeding plumage observed walking around on the rocks in front of the headland at low tide, at 3:00pm, 1/5/18, at Froggys Beach. Full barring observed with binoculars but nasal groove not seen until viewing the photos. Photo taken by Geoff Rankin.

11:24

The World's Oldest Known Wild Spider Just Passed Away "IndyWatch Feed National"

When researchers first met her in 1974, she was just a tiny spiderling.

They had no idea then that Number 16, as researchers would eventually call her, was so special.

But year after year, whenever they returned to Australia's North Bungulla Reserve to survey the spider population, she was still there, in the same underground burrow she had built for herself.

Credit: Leanda Mason

This continued until Number 16 was 43 years old and had officially earned the title of oldest known spider in the world. In fact, she was 15 years older than the captive spider who once held that title.

As a trapdoor spider, Number 16 rarely left her burrow for more than a few minutes and with such a complex system of tunnels and secret doors, she didnt really need to. She used the tiny camouflaged doors as easy exit points to catch insects by surprise, and then retreated back inside with her food, sealing the door shut behind her.

It was a method she perfected, which has left scientists with an extraordinary look into the longevity of trapdoor spiders so much so that theyve just published a study about everything theyve learned from her.

Credit: Flickr

Unfortunately, Number 16 was pronounced dead in October 2016 after researchers noticed her burrow had been infiltrated by a parasitoid wasp. Her once magnificent home had fallen to ruins, and it was highly likely she had been killed.

But her impressive life will now be documented forever and will further help the people who knew her for so many years better understand these amazing spiders.

"To our knowledge this is the oldest spider ever recorded," study lead author Leanda Mason, a doctoral candidate at the School of Molecular and Life Sciences at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, said in a statement. "Her significant life has allowed us to further...

11:22

Orangutan Thought He Was Finally Rescued But That Was 6 Years Ago "IndyWatch Feed National"

When Jono the orangutan was rescued in 2012, his life should have started getting better. But instead, Jono spent the next six years locked up in a tiny cage in a transit center, a facility run by the Indonesian government that temporarily holds confiscated wildlife.

It was actually Femke den Haas, founder of Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), who first discovered Jono on a private property south of Jakarta, Indonesia, back in 2012. Someone was keeping Jono as a pet, despite the fact that orangutans are an endangered species and its illegal to do so.

Credit: Ismutia Rickard

He was taken from the wild as a baby, Den Haas told The Dodo. Its very possible that the mother was killed in a palm oil plantation where people are just hunting them down like pests, even though they are endangered.

When the JAAN team first rescued Jono from his former owner, they couldnt immediately take him into their care they first had to take Jono to the government-run transit center, where Jono was required to stay while the Indonesian government completed paperwork and figured out where to move him.

Credit: Ismutia Rickard

Jono should have only stayed at this facility for a short time, but bureaucracy held things up. Weeks turned into months, and months turned into years. And this entire time, Jono lived in a tiny cage that was no bigger than a transport container. He didnt have access to sunlight or drinking water, and there was nothing to stimulate him.

A foreign correspondent working for Australias ABC News was the one who...

11:17

NEW STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR ZEMYLLA "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for Zemylla




Your name: Helen Piczak

Your Business name: Zemylla

The suburb/town you live in now?: Mitchelton, Queensland

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Beaded Jewellery



11:12

NEW SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR CREATIVEARTWEAR "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for creativeartWEAR



Your name: Lindy Creeke

Your business name and facebook/website name and link:  creativeartWEAR Australia- www.creativeartwear.com.au,
FB link is @creativeartWEAR, 

The suburb/town you live in now:  Margate, Queensland

What is it that you make and what skills do you use?:  Unique garments for women - using only cotton linen or silk - my sewing skills, sometimes dyeing my own fabric.  I...

11:07

NEW STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR GATHERED CREATIONS "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Stallholder Profile for Gathered Creations




Your name: Trish
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Gathered Creations 
The suburb/town you live in now: Lismore
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: Im a crochet designer, I make baskets, blankets, bags & ponchos. With natural cottons, fabric & recycled plastics. 


...

10:43

Engineering Firms Withdrawal From Adani Coal Project Should Be Final Nail In The Coffin, Says Greenpeace "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the worlds largest engineering firms and a key partner in Indian company Adanis push to open up the Galilee basin in Queensland to coal mining has confirmed it is no longer involved in the controversial project, sparking celebrations among environmental campaigners.

Its another major blow to a proposed mining venture which has been plagued by problems, with major banks in Australia and around the world refusing to provide finance for what would be the largest coal mine in the Southern Hemisphere.

American engineering firm AECOM was the lead partner engaged to design a rail line to run from the Carmichael basin to the coast, providing a way to get the coal from inland Australia to the international market. The rail-line, if built, would also open up the entire Galilee Basin to coal mining, attracting other major mining players like Gina Rinehart. But the project has faced massive opposition from Traditional Owners and environmental groups its carbon footprint alone would unlock more emissions than small countries, such as New Zealand.

Yesterday, AECOM, an international corporation with assets worth almost $6 billion, confirmed it had demobilised from Adani Groups project, joining a growing list of partners and investors who have walked away from the venture.

The deal lasted less than a year, after being signed in July 2017. Overnight, AECOMs share price jumped 1 per cent in the wake of the news.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific Campaigner Jonathan Moylan who made international headlines in 2013 after releasing a fake press release on behalf of ANZ bank announcing a withdrawal of financing for Whitehaven coal mine in the Hunter Valley of NSW suggested the latest blow to Adani should be fatal for the Carmichael coal mine.

Environmental activist, Johnathan Moylan.

This should serve as the final nail in the coffin for this environmentally and economically unsustainable project that most stakeholders have already walked away from, Greenpeace Australia Pacific Campaigner Jonathan Moylan said.

Adani Group have shown time and time again that they cant take this slow-moving train wreck forward and should scrap it for good. The Australian people dont want it, the banks wont touch it and now even key partners who stand to profit handsomely are giving up on Adani.

Theyve seen the writing on the wall and...

10:37

Egyptian government pays for RAN celebrity Muslim Mona Shindy & Anne Aly MP to show off "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian today prominently features this story: The news value in today's story relates to the Egyptian Government paying for Anne Aly MP's trip - and the convenient production of papers purporting to confirm the renunciation of Ms Aly's Egyptian citizenship. You have to read a fair way into the...

10:04

Haiveta not happy with delay in paying landowners "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The National aka The Loggers Times | May 16, 2018

Gulf Governor Chris Haiveta has called on Oil Search to own up to the fact that it fast-tracked processes in an effort to capitalise on the countrys resources while leaving the landowners stranded with little possibility of receiving royalties promptly.

He said company chairman Rick Lee was out of line during Fridays annual general meeting in Port Moresby when discussing landowner groups and landowner identification processes.

The entire reason we are now facing the issues with the delayed royalty payments is based squarely on Oil Searchs lack of ability to correctly communicate and inform both Exxon and the Government of their experience of the process and the requirements of the Oil and Gas Act, Haiveta said in a statement.

Oil Search must accept that they continue to generate enormous profits from PNG, they receive beneficial tax credits, yet they are trying to push the blame to the Government for their lack of corporate governance in managing the process when it comes to the landowner identification.
...

09:27

A Peace Of Fiction: Australia Should Celebrate A National Day Of Violence "IndyWatch Feed National"

If were going to engage in so much violence, then why not celebrate it, ask Gideon Polya and Richard Hil.

Whats all this talk about peace? Why should Australia celebrate peace when we appear to be such a violence-prone nation? Someone recently suggested that instead of staging peace rallies, Australia should hold a National Violence Day, such is this nations dalliance with this most aberrant of practices. No doubt, such views will upset the Pollyannas amongst us, but can Australia, in light of its past and current predilections, claim to be a peace-loving nation?

Take a look around violence is endemic: on the telly, in the movies, in the language we use, and often in our homes and institutions. And, lest we forget, we have a very violent past: consider our First Nations people, South Sea Islanders, Chinese gold prospectors, convicts, trade unionists, women.

We remain violent towards Indigenous people, locking them up in ever greater numbers, ignoring recommendations in Royal Commission reports (as far back as 1991), denying many the basics of life, and taking away their children at alarming rates (under the justification of welfare and protection).

But its not only Indigenous kids whove been torn away from their families over recent decades (and currently at a record rate). Consider the removal of the Forgotten Australians half a million of them or the thousands of unaccompanied migrant children from Britain treated so appallingly; or the many infants snatched from their impoverished mums the so-called forced adoptees.

Many of our past and present political and economic leaders have wallowed in violence, more often than not for the most spurious and self-interested of reasons. Take todays current crop of political chiefs. So committed are they to exporting the instruments of death and destruction, that the Coalition government has committed over $3 billion to help businesses increase arms sales around the world.

Australias arms exports are, were told, a paltry $1.5 billion per annum. We can do a lot better than that, they insist. And theyre not all that bothered about where we send these weapons.

Weve supplied arms and equipment to some less-than-peaceful countries like Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Israel, Sri Lanka and Turkey, Indonesia, the Philippines, and more recently, Saudi Arabia a country...

09:21

Nicoletti farming business hits the market "IndyWatch Feed National"

16 May 2018 | The LandI've got strong interest from Canada, the United Kingdom and Dubai and they want to come out now and have a look around," says the owner of the largest semi-contiguous cropping aggregation to be offered in Australia's history.

09:10

Federal Sources Inc. may already have a copy of the DIA AAWSA contract "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have been browsing the Internet for any additional information about the 2008 Defense Intelligence Agency's Advanced Aerospace Weapon System (AAWSA) program's solicitation number HHM402-08-R-0211, and a subsequent contract issued, I understand, to Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies.

Quincy Wilkins and Federal Sources Incorporated

Imagine my interest when I located a PDF file for the DIA's FOIA log for FY 2010.  This 23 page document lists the DIA FOIA reference number; the name of the requestor and a summary of the request. Buried in the document is a one liner that says:

FOIA-00065-2010, Wilkins, Quincy, FOIA request documents for contract #HHM40208R0211.


Further Internet research led me to find out that Quincy Wilkins worked for a US company named Federal Sources Incorporated. One source stated that:

"Federal Sources Inc.provides research,market intelligence, budget analysis, survey method,management, and technology consulting services to the Federal government...The company serves federal and state government officials, contracting officer technical representatives and program manager...The company was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in McLean, Virginia. As of 10/23/2003, Federal Sources Inc. is a subsidiary of Washington Management Group."

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20100717161311/http://www.fedsources.com

From the...

08:57

Part 47. Australias irrelevant Crimes against Humanity: Norma the human face of Australias silent holocaust. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Norma is the visible face of Australias silent holocaust.

To understand the above statement you need to watch a 6-minute video of a today tonight segment that was broadcast on the 8th May 2018.

Before I provide the URL for this segment you need to be aware of the High Courts Hellicar and Bhardwaj decisions.

HELLICAR

In May 2012, at paragraphs 141 143, the High Court ruled that in disputes between government regulators that involve financial issues, it is for a court, not the regulator to decide the facts upon which a fair and correct decision can be made. This costs Centrelink an average of $25,000, but in some cases has cost over $500,000. The work-around to these court costs has been to simply skip Due Process of Law and impose fines or recover money without a court decision.

BHARDWAJ

In March 2002, the High Court ruled that if there is no lawful jurisdiction, i.e. no legal right, to make a legal decision, then, in law, there is no legally valid decision and the legally valid decision has yet to be made.

There are many court decisions that invalidate Centreleinks fraudulent Robo-Debt claims, which explains why Centrelink, at the direction of the Turnbull Government, deliberately avoid taking welfare recipients to courts. Some of these are listed in previous postings if you wish to check them out.

NORMA the face of Australias silent holocaust can be viewed at:

https://www.todaytonightadelaide.com.au/stories/normas-fight

If you believe in helping Aussie battlers who are being shafted by the system, please provide feedback via the today tonight CONTACT link and point out that Normas constitutional and legal rights are being ruthlessly raped by the Turnbull Government. If enough people do this, perhaps Channel 7s lawyers will admit that Norma is the victim of a massive fraud.

Ron Medlicott Registered teacher and a Christian volunteer lay-advocate

 

08:46

Union Boss Sally McManus Demands Inquiry After Building Royal Commission Charges Collapse "IndyWatch Feed National"

The nations most powerful union official has demanded an inquiry into why two union officials were charged with blackmail after the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, only for the charges to be withdrawn almost three years later.

Yesterday, the Victorian Department of Prosecutions asked that extortion charges leveled against Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) officials John Setka and Shaun Reardon in 2015 be dismissed.

Melbourne magistrate Charles Rozencwajg replied, I think its a very sensible decision.

The case stemmed from allegations that during a meeting with senior officials with Boral, the pair asked that concrete not be supplied to Melbourne worksites run by construction firm Grocon, amid concerns about worker safety. Mr Setka is the CFMEUs Victorian secretary, Mr Reardon is the state assistant secretary.

Explosive evidence presented at their committal hearing this week suggested senior figures within the Turnbull and Abbott Governments were speaking directly with Boral executives prior to any allegations being formally raised.

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Head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Sally McManus, this morning came out swinging.

I welcome the withdrawal of these charges they should never have been laid, Mc Manus said.

The possibility that members of the Abbott/Turnbull Government were closely consulting with Boral over events that led to these discredited charges is deeply disturbing. This possibility should be fully investigated.

This is the same Government that orchestrated the ROC raid, wasted $80 million on a union witchhunt, and is the successor of the Coalition government that conspired to ruin the lives of waterfront workers 20 years ago, she added, a reference to the infamous Patrick Stevedores dispute led by retired Liberal Minister Peter Reith.

It is not acceptable for any government to attack the elected representatives of working people in order to advance their political agenda.

John Setka and Shaun Reardon have stood up for working people in the Victorian c...

08:41

Call for clarity on PNG seabed mining project "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Seabed mining machinery Photo: Mike Smith

Radio New Zealand | 16 March 2018

The MP for Namatanai in Papua New Guinea says more information is needed about the impacts and benefits of seabed mining.

The Solwara 1 Project, in which Canadian company Nautilus Minerals plans to extract gold and copper from under the Bismarck Sea, is facing a growing chorus of opposition from local community groups over environmental concerns.

Nautilus has yet to complete equipment requirements for beginning mining, and has seen investors recently withdraw from the project.

The MP, Walter Schnaubelt, said too much remained unknown about the environmental impacts of seabed mining.

Im of the view that of course its going to be something new, yes, maybe some unknowns are going to happen, he said.

But that doesnt mean that we jus...

08:34

Oil Search denies blaming PNG govt for project problems "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

There have been complaints of a lack of benefits coming from the LNG project. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades project

Someone is not happy with Oil Search but this kind of back-tracking is not going to fool anyone!

Truth is they are all to blame Oil Search, Exxon Mobil and the PNG government

Radio New Zealand | 16 May 2018

The oil and gas company Oil Search denies that it blamed Papua New Guineas government for non-payment of benefits from the LNG gas project.

This comes after statements by the Oil Search chairman at its Annual General Meeting last week acknowledging landowner frustrations over project payouts.

Oil Search claimed its chairmans comments were mis-reported.

In a new statement it said that during the annual meeting, the company outlined the need to ensure royalty payments and other benefits owing to landowners were distributed as soon as practicable.

Oil Search said it was worki...

08:26

UK Conservative MP admits criticism of Israel's Gaza response was wrong - Ms Bishop????????? "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Tuesday, before all the facts were known, Julie Bishop was quick to issue a written statement calling on Israel to "refrain from using excessive force" against "Palestinian protesters". "Palestinian protesters" hey Ms Bishop? Prominent UK Conservative politician Nick Boles admits he got it wrong with his early criticism of...

08:25

Isi Henry Returns As Samarai-Murua MP "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

May 17, 2018

SAMARAI-Murua MP Isi Henry Leonard has remained as MP- elect after defeating close rival Gordon Wesley for the second time at the end of the National Court-ordered recount.

The returning officer presented the recount results on Tuesday afternoon before trial judge Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika who then endorsed the result, the judges office confirmed this yesterday.

The recount results saw Mr Leonard scoring 6257 votes ahead of Mr Wesley, who was the petitioner and former MP, with 6230 votes.

Sir Gibbs had ordered the recount on March 28 after upholding Mr Wesleys petition on grounds of errors and omissions by the Electoral Commission.

Sir Gibbs then found that at the end of the count for the first preference votes, Mr Wesley scored 5198 votes which was reduced to 5042 going into elimination.

He said the error made without proper explanation would have affected the election result in which Mr Leonard was declared duly elecedt at 6342 votes after passing the absolute majority by 46 votes, ahead of Mr Wesley with 6249 votes.

08:00

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

1770 - Jimmy Cook spied the Glasshouse Mountains in QLD and named them in fond memory of the Yorkshire glass furnace chimneys.

1797 - Survivors of the wreck of the Sydney Cove passed through Illawarra, reaching Sydney on 17 May. They tell of finding coal in northern Illawarra and of being attacked by 'savage natives' near Red Point. In fact, it appears that some of the crew members were the savages and that they may have suffered attacks from members of their own party.

1813 - Two large Norfolk Pine Trees were presented to Mrs. Macquarie by ( a very, very reformed convict) Simeon Lord. They were removed from his garden, and planted at the Gate opposite to Macquarie Street

1824 - The Supreme Court of NSW was birthed.

1824 - A dinner was held at Government House to celebrate the great benefits that the opening of the Supreme Court would bring to the people described as "the inhabitants of Australasia."

1824 - Saxe Bannister became the first person to be admitted to practise as a barrister in New South Wales. His admission was concurrent with his being sworn into the office of attorney general of New
South Wales with a right of private practice at the first sitting of the Supreme Court.

1824 - At the NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court Andrew McColl, John McAuliff and Charles Fagan, runaways from Port Macquarie, were charged with attempting to break out of gaol after having ran from this settlement on the 4th of May, being retaken at Wallis Plains and sent back. The keeper of his Majestys Gaol states - I was going my rounds last night about 8 oclock and hearing an unusual noise in the room where the prisoners are confined in company with Samuel Hart (a notorious gaol breaker) now under committal for a trial for a burglary and William Halfpenny, under sentence for Corporal punishment. I suspected something wrong was going on amongst them. I procured the keys and examined the room. I discovered in one part of it a hole made large enough for a man to creep through. The hole had been made with the iron work of a tub in the room. They had destroyed the tub. The prisoners respectively deny having any knowledge of the hole or how or when it was made. Sentenced to 50 lashes each

1830 - George Thomson was hanged at Hobart for theft of silver plate and two pistols.

1832 - Those wrapping fish were in for a treat when the Sydney Herald became a bi-weekly paper. Price per copy dropped to sixpence!

1838 - Congregational Minister William Waterfield preached the first Congregational Church service in Melbourne to some fifty persons in the little wooden Church of England building in William Street.

1842 - Andrew Petrie fell over the Mary River.

1858 - The Main South Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Liverpoo...

07:34

Glyphosate Hurts Gut Microbiome, Genes and Sexual Development at Safe Dose "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Roundup Weedkiller Hurts Gut Microbiome, Genes and Sexual Development at

By Heather Callaghan

Glyphosate-based herbicides like Monsantos Roundup are used the world over. In fact, Roundup is still the most popular and widely used weedkiller in the entire world. Pesticide propagandists are fond of leaning on the idea of safe dose, but can there really be a safe dose for a substance that cause breast cancer at parts per trillion?

A new study shows some startling, adverse health affects in mice given glyphosate in doses at levels considered safe by regulatory agencies. This news is more concerning now since recent revelations that glyphosate is in most of our food, FDA emails show.

Three peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts from the pilot phase of the Global Glyphosate Study are available online today (May 16), reports GM Watch. They will be published in the prestigious scientific journal Environmental Health in open access format later in May.

...

07:10

Video: Joel Wilkinson takes on racism at the AFL "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Former Gold Coast Suns football star Joel Wilkinson has courageously stood up against  racism and sexual harassment he says has faced in the AFL. This has been an ongoing problem within the League and needs to be resolved. A big part of the problem has been denial.  Joels action provides a window into a problem that exists in workplaces across Australia. It may even encourage others to speak out.

Video from Seven News

&

Joel Wilkinson to sue the AFL

Sexual harassment and racial vilification in the AFL: Former Gold Coast Suns footballer Joel Wilkinson makes a statement as he prepares to sue the AFL over racial vilification and sexual harassment claims.Report on Seven News at 6pm. | www.7plus.com.au/news#7News

Posted by 7 News Perth on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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06:36

Google, Amazon are anti your privacy and security "IndyWatch Feed National"

and this is how they do it,

from the article from 4 May 2018 by torproject.org of the headline:

Domain Fronting Is Critical to the Open Web


In the past few weeks, Amazon and Google have both announced theyre pulling the plug on domain fronting, a crucial tool which helps our most vulnerable users get access to Tor when their countries dont allow it. Users of Signal and Telegram are also affected by this block, and Access Now identified approximately a dozen human rights-enabling technologies which had relied on Google for this purpose.

Tor Browser protects against tracking, surveillance, and censorship, but not everyone around the world has the luxury to connect to use it. By default, Tor Browser makes all of its users look alike. However, it doesn't hide the fact you're connecting to Tor, an open network where anyone can get the list of relays. This network transparency has many benefits, but also has a downside: repressive governments and authorities can simply get the list of Tor relays and block them.
We strongly oppose this censorship and believe everyone should have access to information on the open web. Thats why we developed pluggable transports to bypass censorship and connect to the Tor network. Watch this video to learn more about pluggable transports.

Domain fronting is a type of pluggable transport where Tor traffic appears to be talking to a third party that is hard to block, like Amazon or Google, when it is really talking to a Tor relay. An example of this is Tors meek pluggable transport, which is described here.

Google and Amazon have both shut down domain fronting, making meek no longer usable over those CDNs. As of this writing, Microsofts Azure cloud still seems to be working with meek.

For the time being,...

05:43

App economy riders are in a battle for proper wages "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from New South Wales

Food delivery riders in the emerging app economy and working for Deliveroo, Foodora and UberEats, are organising to protect themselves and joining the Transport Workers Union.

The number one issue is that they do not get paid enough to survive on. A case has been  brought before the Fair Work Commission, where a review of award wages are being sought.

At a rally just before the case in Sydney, one of the riders said that wages have dropped significantly over the two-and-a-half years he has been on the job, with one of the major companies.

When I started two-and-a-half years ago, the standard contract was $14 an hour and $5 dollars a delivery, rider Matt told reporters. Those are now looked at as the golden old days. I now know riders that are doing $7 a delivery and zero dollars an hour these guys are making $14, $7 or zero dollars an hour.

The app economy is designed to provide cheap labour. The rider is only paid for on a piece rate for deliveries carried out and the rest of the time remains on standby with no pay. In addition, the rider is regarded as a contractor, and therefore the employer does not provide WorkCover, holidays, sick pay, or any of the other benefits usually enjoyed by an employee.

This is a form of exploitation that should have no place in Australia. It not only affects those who are engaged in the app economy. Other jobs paid at an hourly rate are threatened as well.

If the use of apps are going to be applied to the working relationship, this must occur under the minimum conditions of a standard workplace agreement, with regular wages and working conditions. This is what is being fought for.

The TWU national secretary, Tony Sheldon, said the major food delivery companies were practicing wage theft and said he wanted the Fair Work Commission to protect riders.

He said, Theyre stealing from hardworking people, who are delivering to our homes right around our country, by underpaying them.

We need to make sure we have a system in this country that works for everybody.

The case is still before the Commission.

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05:35

Climate scientists find the wind is slowing down "IndyWatch Feed National"

Near-surface wind speeds over landmasses across the planet have dropped by as much as 25% since the 1970s, and climate scientists are taking note. The wind isn't what it used to be. Scientists say surface wind speeds across the planet have fallen by as much as 25% since the 1970s. The eerie phenomenon - dubbed 'stilling' - is believed to be a consequence of global warming, and may impact everything from agriculture to the liveability of our cities. It has taken more than a decade for scientists to get a handle on stilling, a term coined by Australian National University ecohydrologist Michael Roderick in 2007. Roderick had spent years studying a 50-year decline across Europe and North America of a climate metric called pan evaporation. It measures the rate at which water evaporates from a dish left outside. With his colleague biophysicist Graham Farquhar, he found the cause: the sunlight had dimmed due to air pollution. Less light equals slower evaporation.

05:34

Philippines worm-eating mice and evolution "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2011 video says about itself:

In animal news, seven new mammals are discovered in the Philippines. A group of American and Philippine scientists have identified the previously unknown forest mice species, belonging to the genus Apomys, on Luzon Island.

The researchers called for protection of the watershed areas where the mice live, stating that both the animals and humans will gain from a healthy ecosystem.

Our hats off to you, American and Philippine researchers, for your wonderful discovery. May we always safeguard the loving animals who continue to add color and blessings to our planet.

From the Field Museum in the USA:

Worm-eating mice reveal how evolution works on islands

Scientists discover smallest island where mammal species have multiplied

May 16, 2018

Summary: When animals are isolated on islands, they can evolve into strange new species found nowhere else on Earth. But whats the cut-off how small can an island be and still support the evolution of multiple new species from a single common ancestor? A family of worm-eating mice [Apomys] from a tiny island in the Philippines have set a new lower limit for island size and evolution.

Australia has a bunch of kangaroo species, Madagascar has multiple species of lemurs, the Galapagos Islands have boulder-sized tortoises islands get lots of cool animals. Thats because when animals are isolated on islands, they can evolve into strange new species found nowhere else on Earth. But whats the cut-off how small can an island be and still support the evolution of multiple new species from a single common ancestor? A team of mammalogists just discovered that four species of mice evolved from one common ancestor on Connecticut-sized Mindoro Island in the Philippines, making it the smallest known island where one kind of mammal ha...

05:00

National court mulls Albert Schrams application to leave PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Dr Schram's PhD certificate - proof positive of his credentials

KEITH JACKSON

NOOSA Albert Schrams application seeking leave to retrieve his original PhD documentation from Italy is now being determined by the PNG national court.

The former vice chancellor of Papua New Guinea's University of Technology and his wife Paulina sit in a Port Moresby hotel nervously awaiting the outcome of the judges deliberations.

The national court is expected to make a decision by Monday.

Dr Schram was arrested earlier this month and charged with obtaining employment through false pretence with police alleging he produced a fake PhD certificate to Unitech in 2012 when he was seeking the post of vice-chancellor.

This matter was first raised in 2013, not long after Dr Schrams appointment, as he began to implement measures to improve financial transparency and accountability at Unitech.

These interventions caused controversy among some senior staff at the university leading pro-chancellor Ralph Saulep to challenge the veracity of the doctorate after which Dr Schram was deported from PNG in March 2013.

Czuba statement
Higher education secretary Jan Czuba's statement authenticating Dr Schram's credentials

He spent a year...

04:47

Can FuzeX Restore Confidence in Broken Crypto Payments Scene "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cryptocurrencies have the potential to change the way people view and use the money. There is a massive push across the world for limiting cash, with Australia becoming the latest country to join the war on cash. In a world where cash use would be limited, cryptocurrencies not only have the potential to emerge as a viable means of payment but may also one day completely replace physical money. Thomas Frey, a senior futurist at the DaVinci Institute was quoted by Time as saying, Cryptocurrency is very much here to stay, he also said, Cryptocurrencies are going to displace roughly 25% of national currencies by 2030. Theyre just much more efficient, the way they run.

However, anyone who has dealt with cryptocurrencies will tell you that while there are several benefits to holding cryptocurrencies, spending them is altogether another story. The acceptance of cryptocurrencies remains spotty.  Even if they are allowed to be used in certain limited areas,  there is usually a cumbersome process in order to utilize them as payment. Furthermore, there are so many cryptocurrencies in existence today that using one of your choices may be nigh impossible at every retail outlet. Now, FuzeX has devised an ecosystem that would not only make it easier to use cryptocurrencies but will also incorporate traditional payment methods like debit and credit as well. Furthermore, their offering will allow users to link their rewards cards as well.

One card to rule them all

Most people who deal with cryptocurrencies will hold a number of them at the same time. FuzeX has devised a card that will allow the use of 15 cryptocurrencies and plan to encompass 10 debit or credit cards as well as 5 reward cards in the future. The card itself has an e-paper display that shows cryptocurrency information such as QR codes and exchange rates, thereby making transactions simpler. The system is completed by a mobile wallet app, which can be used by both iPhone and Android users. This app allows users to track their card in case it is lost and will display the last known location of the card. The wallet also facilitates balance check, account history and exchange rate information. The FuzeX system will be powered by the FuzeX exchange which will allow transactions between crypto to crypto and crypto to fiat. Merchants would be able to receive money in major world currencies like Euro, US Dollar, Yen or the local currency without having to de...

04:00

My free air tickets lapsed because I'm fearful of re-entering PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Tickets to nowhere - Paul Flanagan fears he'll be treated like Albert Schram if he tries to return to PNG

PAUL FLANAGAN | PNG Economics

CANBERRA - There was a moment of glee when I won the major prize at a Papua New Guinea-Australia investment conference in 2017 a return air ticket for two anywhere on the Air Niugini circuit.

The option of a wonderful trip with my wife from say, Sydney to Japan, seemed very tempting.

But glee quickly turned to the reality of fear.

When I talked to the Air Niugini representative after the prize drawing, I immediately asked if I could donate the tickets to charity. Why would you want to do so? was the very reasonable question.

The answer to that question has been unfortunately thrust upon the former vice-chancellor of PNGs second largest university, Dr Albert Schram.

Albert was transiting Port Moresby on his way from Australia to Europe (the reason he was doing that is part of another sad story for PNG).

While passing through airport immigration, his passport was confiscated and he was subsequently arrested on what can only be seen as trumped up charges.

He was charged with false pretence essentially a claim that he had a fake PhD.  Im getting worried about how fake is being used by parts of the PNG establishment. He is currently before the courts to see if his bail conditions can be altered to allow him to have his passport returned.

During this sorry episode for PNGs reputation, the Scholars at Risk Network has raised its concerns about his treatment, as has Professor Stephen Howes in a blog post and a subsequent radio interview.

Professor Howes notes that the episode is damaging not only because of the chilling effect it will have on domestic critics and reformers, but also because it will scare away academics and other foreigners w...

03:00

The unfathomable wonders of our beautiful mothers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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KUNDIAWA It was Mothers Day last Sunday and in many places people celebrated with gifts, parties, church services and prayers.

Elsewhere a low profile was kept because of cultural norms.

But in all societies, whatever the culture, the key role of women and especially mothers is recognised.

Our mothers seem gifted with intuitive knowledge and special and unique skills, they are creative, gentle, warm, loving and empathetic in understanding us and seeing to our needs.

Just take a moment and contemplate and recall the worthy things our mothers did for us during our childhood, and our extraordinary relationship with them.

And the words that spring to mind diligence, tenderness, protection, love all exercised whatever the emotions and uncertainty confronting them each day.

Our mothers are there for us at all times and guide the early formation of both our physical development and our moral character.

Think also of the sacrifices, pain, sorrow and tolerance our humble mothers went through, often wrapped up in silence.

The tear drops shed, the knowledge transmitted, the unconditional love, the most prudent advice and wisdom.

And, in recent times in the midst of escalating family breakdown, many mothers also take the fathers role.

We owe our mothers volumes of tender care and love.

As for me, I regret that I did not do more for my humble mother who died three years ago - except I dedicated my book to her. And in my minds eye I can still see her smiling, knowing that I am the gift she treasured most.

Often we take it for granted the beauty, wonder and importance of our mothers, but if you spend a moment and reflect on all that your mother has done for you to be what you are now, I tell you, you will break down and cry.

02:03

Arrest warrant against Damaru set aside "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

An arrest warrant against Director of the National Fraud and Anti-corruption Directorate Mathew Damaru was set aside by the Waigani District Court early yesterday.

The arrest warrant was pursued against Damaru by a convicted prisoner over the allegation of false pretense.

The court found that the manner in which the arrest warrant was obtained was improper and ordered that the warrant be set aside.

The matter stammed from an earlier attack on Damaru on April 30, 2015, by a fellow police officer Stanley Poka, who is now serving time at the Bomana prison for assulting Damaru at his office.

The officer was arrested and was imprisioned by the courts in mid 2017.

The convicted officer claimed that Damaru conspired with a medical doctor and forged medical reports which landed him in prison.

The medical doctor was also arrested earlier through a similar warrant of arrest but the warrant was also set aside.

00:25

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

160518HIGH COMMISSIONER TRAVELS TO SOUTH
New Dawn FM News

The Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Bruce Davies and his team today crossed to South Bougainville from Central Bougainville.
And coming through Panguna they visited several projects funded by the Australian Government and also looked at projects that Australia can partner with the ABG and the National Government members to fund in the future.
They also stopped to Open a Classroom at the YAMAMOTO Memorial Primary School at AKU village in Buin South Bougainville.
They will have dinner at the private residence of the ABG President, Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS in Buin tonight before opening a Classroom at the Buin Primary School and would hold several meetings in Buin before returning to Buka.
New Dawn FM understands that Australia continues to pour in funds into Bougainville and there is not much showing on the ground.
One example is the Bougainville Ex-combatants Trust Account of 2003 in which many people opened stores workshops and fishing projects and to date only few have survived.
The Australian Government allocated TEN MILLION KINA and for the former BRA members a further FIVE MILLION KINA was allocated from the Funds from the Invincible Resources from Canada.

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00:24

PNG singer Moses Tau passes on "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Popular Papua New Guinean singer Moses Tau passed away few hours ago.

Details of his death is yet to be released but according to Port Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko, the singer who hails from Barakau village in the Central Province passed away just before 10pm tonight.

Tkatchenko expressed his sympathy on his official Facebook page adding that Tau was a sensational entaintainer and will be missed by many of his fans, families and friends throughout the country as well as the Pacific region.

Everyone knows his music and he was a true showman, Tkatchenko said.

Tau, commonly known as Moshanty, recently participated as a judge along with other judging panel at the Vocal Fusion singing contest hosted by EMTV and his passing will leave a huge gab in the music industry.

00:22

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

160518NO STONES WILL BE LEFT UNTURNED.
New Dawn FM News
The ABG Vice President and member for Atolls, RAYMOND MASONO says issues such as Climate Change must not be ignored when talking about the upcoming Referendum for Bougainville.
Speaking at the launch of the Climate Change program at the Bel Isi park today, MR. MASONO said that the people of Bougainville have different issues that is disturbing them as Bougainville is preparing for the referendum.
He said issues such as Climate Change and relocation, War widows and missing persons with weapons and law and order must be made an inclusive process.
MR. MASONO said that Bougainville need to make sure all people of Bougainville are happy as we approach the voting day.

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00:21

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

160518MAY 17 PUBLIC HOLIDAY
New Dawn FM News

Bougainville will again remember those who died during the ten year Bougainville conflict tomorrow on May 17th the day the Late FRANCIS ONA declared Unilateral Declaration for Independence (UDI) in 1990.
And the ABG has gazetted May 17 as a public holiday throughout Bougainville to remember those who died during the Bougainville conflict.
And all Public servants and the public have been told to respect this day and observe it as a Public Holiday.
The ABG President who is on official duties in Buin will give his statement for May 17 tomorrow in Buin.
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00:19

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

160518CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECTING ALL ISLANDS
New Dawn FM News

The ABG Vice President and member for Atolls, RAYMOND MASONO has thanked the Papua New Guinea Government for including Bougainville in its Climate Change Programs.
MR. MASONO made these comments at the launch of the Building Resilience for Climate Change for Bougainville at the BEL ISI Park today.
He said that the problem of Climate Change has been created by man and man alone can find ways to control it.
MR. MASONO said that Bougainville is preparing for the Referendum but at the same time climate change is also affecting our people in a big way and can not be ignored.

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00:05

Scientific Study Claims Alien Life Could Exist in a Parallel Universe "IndyWatch Feed National"

Could a multiverse be hospitable to life?

DURHAM UNIVERSITY

Source: Eurek Alert


A Multiverse - where our Universe is only one of many - might not be as inhospitable to life as previously thought, according to new research.

Questions about whether other universes might exist as part of a larger Multiverse, and if they could harbour life, are burning issues in modern cosmology.

Now new research led by Durham University, UK, and Australia's University of Sydney, Western Sydney University and the University of Western Australia, has shown that life could potentially be common throughout the Multiverse, if it exists.

The key to this, the researchers say, is dark energy, a mysterious "force" that is accelerating the expansion of the Universe.

Scientists say that current theories of the origin of the Universe predict much more dark energy in our Universe than is observed. Adding larger amounts would cause such a rapid expansion that it would dilute matter before any stars, planets or life could form.

The Multiverse theory, introduced in the 1980s, can explain the "luckily small" amount of dark energy in our Universe that enabled it to host life, among many universes that could not.

Using huge computer simulations of the cosmos, the new research has found that adding dark energy, up to a few hundred times the amount observed in our Universe, would actually have a modest impact upon star and planet formation.

This opens up the prospect that life could be possible throughout a wider range of other universes, if they exist, the researchers said.

The findings are to be published in two related papers in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

The simulations were produced under the EAGLE (Evolution and Assembly of GaLaxies and their Environments) proje...

Wednesday, 16 May

23:07

Online Safety Bill tabled in Fiji Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Irresponsible social media users could be paying up to $20,000(US$10,000 in fine and face an imprisonment sentence of up to five years if investigated by the Online Safety Commission and found guilty by the courts. 

Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights Ashneel Sudhakar made the comments while tabling the recommendations of the committee on the Online Safety Bill 2018 in Parliament Tuesday.

Sudhakar said the committee considered the Bills impact on hateful and harmful electronic communications and the posting of intimate visual recordings that would impact women and children as victims.

He said one of the submissions to the committee said the Bill should reflect that many women do not feel safe coming forward with a complaint against someone who had posted, especially an intimate partner.

Section 17 of the Fijian Constitution provides for freedom of speech and expression. That right, however, is not an absolute right. The right of one person to express himself or herself cannot be taken as a licence to impinge on the right to privacy and dignity of another person, Sudhakar said.

That has been the position of law since time immemorial, hence, the volumes of civil and criminal case authorities both locally and internationally.

He said Section 17 of the Constitution more specifically provided that while every person had the right to freedom of speech, expression, thought, opinion and publication to the extent that it was necessary, a law may limit, or may authorise the limitation of those rights for public morality, protection of the reputation, privacy, dignity, rights of freedom of other persons including the right to be free from hate speech, rights of persons injured by inaccurate or offensive media reports to have a correction published on reasonable conditions and preventing attacks on the dignity of individuals or groups.

The Bill proposes the establishment of an Online Safety Commission whose role would be to promote online safety, deterrence of harmful electronic communication and related matters.

Section 13 of the Bill states that an individual may lodge a complaint with the commission if the individual had reason to believe that he or she was the subject, or targeted recipient, of electronic communication intended to cause or likely to cause harm.

And in the case of a child, the childs parent or...

23:06

Enact 50 percent quota for Vanuatu women in Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Women leaders from throughout Vanuatu have petitioned the Government of Vanuatu to enact a 50% quota for womens equal representation in Parliament.

The petition was handed to the Acting Prime Minister, Jean-Pierre Nirua,Tueday, during the official segment of the celebration by Acting President of the Vanuatu National Council of Women (VNCW), Anita Deroin, and the Country Director of Oxfam Vanuatu,Elizabeth Faerua, to mark the 38th anniversary of the setting up of the Vanuatu National Council of Women (VNCW) on May 15, 1980.

Women leaders also announced the formation of a historic new Democratic Womens Party and called on the Vanuatu Government to stand with the women of Vanuatu and commit to 50% representation for women in the National Parliament.

We are calling on our Government to take action and do the right thing for the women of Vanuatu. Equal representation in Parliament should be a basic human right for all of us, said Leiasmanu Cullwick, Executive Director of the VNCW.

Vanuatus National Parliament is made up of 52 elected members, none of who are women.

Only five women have been elected to Parliament since Vanuatu gained independence in 1980 and, currently, Vanuatu is one of only three countries in the world with zero participation and representation of women in Parliament.

We dream of a world where we, as ni-Vanuatu women, can have a real say in the important decisions that shape our lives. Today, we are lighting the way to a brighter and fairer future for the women and girls of Vanuatu, said Jeannette Lini-Bolenga, Programme Manager for Oxfam in Vanuatus Governance, Leadership and Accountability programme.

Key action plan resolutions include:

Enactment of 50% Legislated Candidate Quotas in Provincial Councils and National Parliament, as a revision to the Governments 30% Reserved Seats Policy and Bill

For women to establish a Democratic Womens Party

For the Vanuatu Parliament to include the VNCW on the Constitutional Review Committee

For the President of the Republic of Vanuatu to declare 15th May as a national public holiday to celebrate National Womens Day

The Government must provide an annual grant commencing in 2019 of Vt40 million (US$360,000) to the Vanuatu National Council of Women and the Provincial and Municipal Councils of Women, which must include funding for the Vanuatu...

23:04

20-year-old male arrested for alleged rape in Solomon Islands Guadalcanal Province "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Solomon Islands Police at the Henderson Police Station, Guadalcanal Province have arrested a 20-year-old male in the Henderson area East of Honiara for an alleged rape incident on 11 May 2018.

The alleged incident happened in South Guadalcanal on 8 May 2018 and the matter was reported to police at the Henderson Police Station.

My officers received the report and attended to it by visiting the scene and assisted the victim for medical attention, says Superintendent Nixon Manetoga, Provincial Police Commander (PPC), Guadalcanal Province.

He adds: We then successfully arrested the perpetrator on 11 May through the cooperation of members of the community.

I want to thank the communities for working together with the Police, leading up to the successful arrest of the suspect. This shows that we are working together and I want to encourage community leaders and elders to keep up with the good job, says PPC Manetoga.

The suspect is now in Police custody as he will be charged for the offense of rape and brought to the Magistrates Court for remand applications, says PPC Manetoga 

He adds: I appeal to the people living in and around the area to come forward and assist police with whatever information you have regarding the incident. Police in Henderson can be contacted on phone 36200 or Police communications on 23666 or dial toll free number 999.

23:00

The New York Times cant even report on the Eurovision Song Contest without resorting to Israeli propaganda "IndyWatch Feed National"

The May 13, 2018 New York Times article, Next Year in Jerusalem! In Israel, Eurovision Win Is Seen as a Diplomatic Victory, Too, has enough accuracy to sound credible, but wreaks of the kind of bias and double speak that infects much of the main stream media. Isabel Kershner recounts Netta Barzilais stunning victory in the Eurovision Song Contest with her brash, glittery performance of Toy. It is inspiring that a larger than your average waif of an actress/singer belts out a song inspired by the Me Too movement and wins an international contest. Kershner does not mention that Barzilai is Mizrachi, but that is a victory of sorts too (of the Obama winning the White House variety) for a society that is struggling with Ashkenazi dominance and institutional racism towards Jews of color.

We should note, of course, that this was a Eurovision Song Contest and that Israel is somehow an honorary member (since 1973) along with Australia, perhaps a nod to other (white) settler colonial states born of European imperialism and colonialism. Kershner dually notes that this outburst of Israeli pride is happening while the US Embassy is opening in Jerusalem, there is drama around stolen Iranian nuclear archives, Israel is bombing Iranian targets in Syria, and (not mentioned in the initial list but acknowledged later in the piece) dozens of unarmed Gazans have been shot and thousands injured at the border during weeks of mostly nonviolent protest focusing on the Nakba and the decades long refugee crisis.   

Isabel Kershner

Kershner understands that having an Israeli star win big on the world stage makes anxious Israelis feel better, particularly with that powerful cultural boycott movement creating havoc: many Israelis hailed it as a diplomatic victory and national vindication. On the other hand, it is important to remember that this is about an Israeli woman singing and winning a contest, not negotiating peace or ending the occupation. It is also a perfect distraction for Netanyahu and his growing legal troubles and corruption scandals.

Not surprisingly, the idea that next years Eurovision contest will now be held in (contested) Jerusa...

22:19

Facebook block post exposing Capilano selling imported Honey while the ACCC investigate Facebook and Google etc "IndyWatch Feed National"

On the 15th of May 2018 Facebook blocked a post I published on the 3rd of April exposing Capilano Honey selling imported Honey while the federal government agency, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC), is currently investigating Facebook, Google and other new media companies on the impact they are having on journalism and old []

22:11

May Full Moon 2018 Meaning "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

May full moon 2018 arrives on the 30th (AEST) in the sign of Sagittarius. Just as the breeze picks up the smell of apple pie cooking and sends your way, so to the full moon influences our senses. This month's full moon seeks pleasure and excitement.

The post May Full Moon 2018 Meaning appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

22:06

22:04

Did the AAWSA program/AATIP really start in 2007? "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the aspects of the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications (AAWSA) program/Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program(AATIP), which has aroused my interest is, if the project was not funded by Federal contract until sometime after 5 September 2008, why does almost everyone state that the program started in 2007? I decided to undertake some research based on the available public information.

Senator Harry Reid

I started off by reading material which made mention of Senator Harry Reid.

Source: New York Times 16 December 2017

The  New York Magazine, edition dated 19 March 2018, contains an interview between Eric Benson and Senator Reid, and quotes Reid at length, about how the program started.

"I'm in Washington in the Senate and Bob Bigelow called me - I kept in touch with him over the years. He called me and said, "I got the strangest letter here. Could I have a courier bring it to you?" I said, "Sure." He didn't want to send it to me over the lines for obvious reasons. I read the letter. The letter was from a federal national security agency. Okay. The letter said, "I am a senior, long-time member of this security agency, and have a PhD," - I can't remember in what, in physics for sure, maybe math also." And  the letter said "I'm interested. I'm interested in talking to you, Mr Bigelow. I have an interest in what you've been working on. I want to go to your ranch in Utah."

"...I called Bigelow back and said, "Hey, I'll meet with the guy." I called the guy. He said, "I don't want to meet at my office. I don't want to meet at your office. Where can we meet?" I said, "Come to my home." The two of us met and I was terribly impressed with him. Very low key scientist. He told me of his interest. I called Bigelow and I said, "This guy, I've checked him out and he seems like a pretty nice guy and his credentials are as he says."

He went, met Bigelow, and after I don't know how...

21:39

The lies of the British government to its people re: EU Integration "IndyWatch Feed National"



See how the British government lied to its people with regards to the European Union integration within the CONFIDENTIAL document (202MB, 224 pages):





21:17

MACKAY Assault and weapons charges, Mount Pleasant "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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MACKAY Assault and weapons charges in Mount Pleasant, QLD "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Assault and weapons charges in Mount Pleasant, QLD

May 16, 2018 at 10:22AM ,

Police have charged a 22-year-old man following an alleged incident involving a firearm in Mount Pleasant early this morning, Queensland Police say.

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20:48

PNG Southern Region urged to grow internal economy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Minister for National Planning, Hon Richard Maru has urged leaders of Southern Region to focus on raising internal revenue and not to be dependent on the National Government for funding.

He told Provincial Administrators, District CEOs and attendees at the Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP) III Southern Region Forum, which began on Monday 14th May and ended today (Tuesday 15th May, 2018).

The consultations were held at Dixie Bungalows outside Port Moresby and was also attended by Rigo MP, Hon. Lekwa Gure, Hon Richard Mendani, Ijivitari MP and Hon William Samb, Goilala MP and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Bougainville, Sports and Constitutional Matters.

Minister Maru opened the forum on Moday by highlighting the framework of the MTDPIII and urged Provincial Administrators and District CEOs to align their 5-year provincial and district plans to the national plan.

All presentations from the Southern region provinces and districts highlighted the need for vital infrastructure like roads, bridges, ports and airstrips to improve service delivery and open up economic corridors that are key for generating internal revenue and contributing to PNGs economic growth agenda.

While Minister Maru said the Rural Airstrips Agency will get an increased funding because of the important work it is doing in providing accessibility to remote communities, he added that the government will look at key infrastructure that also have economic potential and can sustain themselves.

Similar regional forums have been held in the Highlands and New Guinea Islands Region. The consultations have provided opportunities for provinces and districts to get an insight into how sub-national governments plans are expected to align to the MTDP3.

The MTDP III Momase Region Forum is the next one to be held from 17th 18th May 2018 in Madang.

Governors, Provincial Administrators, the private sector and civil society from the Momase region are expected to attend the consultations.

20:44

Rural airstrips to be maintained "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Rural Airstrips Agency has assured the Governor of East Sepik, Hon Allan Bird that the agency is committed to restoring and maintaining rural airstrips in the province


Rural Airstrips Agency has assured the Governor of East Sepik, Hon Allan Bird that the agency is committed to restoring and maintaining rural airstrips in the province.

In a meeting with RAA representatives on Monday 14 May, Mr Bird said his Government was expanding the agricultural base of the province by strengthening and increasing the volume of cash crops already farmed by his people such as cocoa, vanilla and oil palm.

He said the ESP Government is also developing new agriculture projects such as large scale rice farming with internal and external investors.

He said transport infrastructure in the province is important to realising his governments plan and as such, they have re-opened collapse bridges, fixed broken roads, and re-decked important bridges in the province in the space of a few months.

The Governor believes re-establishing important yet closed rural airstrips for his isolated communities, will bring more of them into the agriculture market base of the province, as well ease their access to social services such as health and education.

RAA CEO John Bromley assured the Governor that the agency will work with the East Sepik Government to restore important rural airstrips in the province.

We were pleased to meet with the Governor, and start a relationship going forward to will benefit some of the geographically isolated populations of the East Sepik Province, so that they can play an active part in the development of their province, Mr Bromley said.
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20:30

Hillsong Church. Pastor Joel ABell Head of Hillsong Australia is openly dialoguing with the gay activist and former Hillsong evangelist Tony Venn-Brown "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

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Pastor Joel ABell Head of Hillsong Australia. Dialoguing with gay Christian activist Tony Venn-Brown about gay issues.

 

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Tony Venn-Brown. Gay evangelist talking with Pastor Joel ABell Head of Hillsong Australia about how Hillsong can become more gay.

 

The following is a Facebook dialogue a week ago on 10 April 2016 between Pastor Joel ABell, Head of Hillsong Australia, and Tony Venn-Brown, a leading Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) evangelist from the 1980s who came out as gay, abandoned his family and Christian ministry circa 1990.

Pastor Pat Mesiti was Tony Venn-Browns assistant evangelist.

Then in 1990 when Tony Venn-Brown came out as a homosexual, Pastor Pat Mesiti took on Tony Venn- Browns mantle as the leading Australian AOG evang...

20:26

Another Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Pilatus PC-9/A A23-031 Arrives at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Tuesday 15 May, a third Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport.  It was identified as A23-031 and it was heard to fly into Rocky from the South as "Raven 23".





Meanwhile, it appears that the land/sea joint-military training exercise has kicked-off in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) with existing two RAAF Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft that arrived into Rockhampton Airport over the weekend also taking to the air this week to complete their first sorties.

As mentioned below, the two PC-9s were identified as A23-020 and A23-022 and have been heard to complete sorties this week using the radio callsign of "Reaper".

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20:23

Pastor Neville Johnson. Liked blow jobs from his three young AOG church secretaries. Academy of Light Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Bobbie Houston of Hillsongs pastor in New Zealand. Former head pastor at Queen St Assemblies of God Church in Auckland New Zealand. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson today. Still an errant false prophet, liar and con-artist. Neville Johnson has conned many people out of large sums of money in Ponzi schemes in recent times. Angry victims are looking for his home address to recover their lost savings even asking me if I know where he lives. He lives in Maleny, Queensland. Its a small town so youll easily find him.

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson. Academy of Light Ministries, Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Liked blow-jobs from his three young church secretaries while praying to the Lord and fasting in Auckland, New Zealand motel rooms with them.

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20:16

NEC Extends Contracts For Departmental "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

May 16, 2018

GOVERNOR of Bank of PNG, Loi Bakani, was among eight departmental heads who signed their contracts at Government House yesterday after their contracts were extended by the National Executive Council.

Mr Bakani will be serving his second term of seven years (14 years) and will be the second longest serving Governor of the Bank, normally called the Central Bank, behind Sir Henry Robert who served for 20 years.

The next person to serve the bank was Sir Wilson Kamit, who served for 10 years.

The other significant appointment and signing of the contract of employment is Jacob Popuna, who was appointed Public Curator and official trustee of PNG.

He becomes the first person to be officially appointed by the National Executive Council after a major restructure. Minister for Justice and Attorney General appointed the public curator in the past.

Mr Popuna said besides the change in the appointment process of the curator, the institution has also experienced change in the institutional structure, including the increase in staff from 37 in 2007 to about 80 staff today.

The youngest departmental head to sign his contract was Raul Yamuna, who was appointed managing director for Climate Change and Development Authority for a period of four years

The other head of departments appointed are Dr Sergei Bang...

20:13

Senator Michaelia Cash and protecting Ms GILLARD "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tomorrow marks a fortnight since we published this story Shorten "promises better" on stopping corruption, where's the Government of Turnbull? Thursday, 03 May 2018 On Friday, 25 May 2018 Ralph Blewitt will make his first appearance in the Perth District Court to answer charges that he alone tricked Thiess into...

19:49

The Wire interview on Gaza death toll and US role in the Middle East "IndyWatch Feed National"

I was interviewed by The Wire news radio program yesterday:

The already fragile stability in the Middle East has been further affected in recent weeks, with the US Embassy move to Jerusalem and President Donald Trumps withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

Overnight 55 Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli forces in Gaza, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish state. This is the highest protest casualty rate in the region since 2014, and has some experts feeling that the USs increased backing of Israel will lead to a more aggressive stance on neighbours such as Palestine and Syria.

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19:15

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19:08

Australias Julie Bishop defends record on China after former ambassadors call for her to be sacked "IndyWatch Feed National"

Foreign affairs minister commits to donating to a fighting fund to increase representation of women in Liberal party

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Julie Bishop and Wang Yi. The Australian foreign affairs minister labelled comments by former ambassador Geoff Raby ill-informed. Photograph: Wu Hong/AP

Julie Bishop has defended her record on engagement with China and committed to donating to a fighting fund to increase representation of women in the Liberal party.

In an interview on ABCs 7.30 on Tuesday, the foreign affairs minister labelled comments by Geoff Raby, a former Australian ambassador to China, one of the most ill-informed pieces on the China-Australia relationship she has read.

In an opinion piece, Raby suggested sacking Bishop would improve relations with China, attacking her for not having visited in more than two years while angering Beijing with strident public comments on the South China Sea.

Bishop said the article was clearly not impartial and criticised Raby for being profoundly ignorant about the level of engagement between China and Australia.

She cited the fact that she is due to meet her Chinese counterpart very shortly to discuss North Korea, in addition to having conducted personal phone calls with the Japanese and South Korean foreign affairs ministers and the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.

Asked about failing to visit China in more than two years, Bishop said it was not correct because she had visited in 2016 and is due to go back this year. She also cited visits to Australia by the Chinese foreign affairs minister, Wang Yi, and businessman Li Ka-shing, and side meetings at the UN general assembly, the east Asia summit and Asean forum.

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17:14

SIM Registrations Extended "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Minister for Communication, information and technology and Energy, Sam Basil announced the extension this afternoon.

Meantime Digicels Regional CEO for the Pacific, Oliver Coughlan said Digicel now has over 6,000 people in the country registering sim cards, 2,000 of those are based in the rural areas. Mr Coughlan said Digicel has registered over 1.4 million subscribers and is committed to register more. With the extension, Minister Basil also called on respective provincial Governments and MPs to work together with the NICTA, Mobile operators and the churches to cover the remaining unregistered sim cards.

16:58

They cant even read their own information. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
$150
Date debt issued: 
Thursday, 1 March 2018
Period debt occurred: 
July 2016 to June 2017
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Newstart 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: 

Really stressed about it, but Centrelink wont listen. This is the second time within twelve months.

The first time they said I had a debt of $2700 and guess what I didn't have a debt at all, then twelve months later another so called debt, this time originally $267.00, but they reduced the debt after I advised them that they were reading their information incorrectly.

They said that I had not declared my income when in fact it was right there in the spreadsheet that they printed off after me asking them on more th...

16:54

A Month at Moria Refugee Camp "IndyWatch Feed National"

They put you on a night for your second shift? Bit harsh, but dont worry: nights are generally quiet. Mostly we sleep unless someone comes knocking.

Moria Refugee Camp is situated on the Greek island of Lesvos, the closest European island from Turkey. Its the biggest camp on the island, and an estimated 6000 asylum seekers were awaiting processing during my month there, volunteering as a nurse in the medical clinic.

I had been at Moria for a total of two of the 30 days I had signed myself up for, and had just finished my first shift. I didnt know what to expect before arriving, and always being known for my dramatic imagination, had visions of patient after patient on the brink of death from famine, disease and the effects of the wars they had fled.

The reality of my first shift was vastly different. Most of the asylum seekers had already been at the camp for a few months, some even a year, and the newly arrived refugees were given any medical care they required before they even reached us. So I spent the majority of my first shift giving out vapour rub and paracetamol for colds and runny noses. After seriously doubting the value of contribution here, I was ready for my second shift: the night shift.

It started out quiet enough, and at midnight, we decided to lay out the beds and try to get some sleep. Just as I was beginning to drift off, I heard a tap-tap-tap on the door. I wondered if I had imagined it it was so soft. A whole minute passed before we heard it again, this time slightly louder and undeniably a knock. Quickly rolling up the beds, I opened the door to a man with his back to me, leaning heavily on the wall.

Can I help you?

No reaction or movement.

 Sir, are you okay?

I walked around to his front, and thats when I saw the problem. He was obviously very drunk, too drunk to make the effort to fully stand, and bleeding profusely from his left arm from his elbow down to his wrist.

 Fucking hell! Come inside inside? Okay?

 Although it was obvious his English was nonexistent, he let me lead him inside whilst he dripped blood all over the linoleum floor.

We got to work assessing and cleaning his self-inflicted cuts. The antiseptic was obviously hurting him and he winced. As he did he reached out for my hand, I instinctively reached back and held him....

16:37

When Your Travels Are a Shit Storm "IndyWatch Feed National"

They say that opposites attract, but every day, Im realising that shit attracts shit. For example, Im using Notepad to write this because Word isnt working on my computer funny how life seems to enjoy aligning every aspect, right down to even the most irrelevant.

I had my day planned, and for it to flow well, I had to catch a ferry at 8:40AM. It was simple: 7:30 wake up; 8:15 buy breakfast at the supermarket; 8:25 walk to 7/11 to take out cash; 8:35 buy ferry ticket; 8:40 board said ferry; 9:00 have a fucking wonderful day.

Instead, the supermarket was closed. Shit. I moved onto the 7/11, ready to buy breakfast there instead and withdraw cash I didnt have (literally my account was in the negatives thanks to me transferring money to another account Id also overdrawn, but I figured more overdrawing couldnt hurt).

After four attempts 20 000 the first time; 10 000 the next, then alternating between savings; and check I came to the damning conclusion that I had 977 yen to last me seven days, the equivalent of $12AUD. Shit. It was 987, but 10 escaped into a crack in the table just as Id started to count it.

From there, the domino effect of zero cash meant no ferry catching, no soul finding, and no gallery hopping, bicycle riding nor Julia Roberts emulating a la Eat Pray Love.

Shit.

Maybe I was being too cynical, and life hadnt led me into a shit storm, but instead to the eye, where I could watch it fall apart around me. In my last Air BnB, there was a poster in the toilet with a quote from Marilyn Monroe that went something along the lines of, Sometimes good things fall apart so that better things can come together.

Yes, I really wished I was on a ferry to Teshima and yes, I wished I wasnt stressed out of my mind over money every waking minute of the day. But after all that complaining and whinging, I was still in goddamn Japan. The sun was out, the wind was calm, the sea was blue; I was sitting on a dusty, black leather couch on the roof of an a...

16:31

Women in NSW a step closer to safe access to reproductive healthcare "IndyWatch Feed National"

The safety, wellbeing and dignity of women seeking reproductive health services is a step closer to being protected in New South Wales through a bill that would guarantee safe access zones around abortion clinics.

Labor MLC, Penny Sharpe, and Nationals MLC, Trevor Khan, are co-sponsoring the Public Health Amendment (Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics) Bill, which will come before the Legislative Council today.

Adrianne Walters, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the bill was absolutely vital to protecting a womans right to safely access health services.

"For far too long, women in NSW have had to run a gauntlet of intimidation and abuse just to see their doctor. Safe access zones are a straightforward and sensible solution. It's mind-boggling that in 2018 women are harassed, blocked and filmed when trying to get to the clinic doors," said Walters.

The bill would create 150 metre zones around medical clinics that provide abortions, where it will be unlawful to harass, intimidate or film people without consent, or to communicate about abortions in a manner likely to cause anxiety or distress.

Tasmania, Victoria, the ACT and Northern Territory already have safe access zones around abortion clinics.

Paul Nattrass, Practice Manager at The Private Clinic, a reproductive healthcare service in Sydney, said ensuring women have safe passage to reproductive healthcare will be a huge step forward in NSW.

"The creation of safe zones outside clinic entrances is vital to counter the aggressive and intimidating tactics used by anti-abortionists. No one should have to suffer the forceful, intrusive questioning of their medical treatment from a stranger in the street under any circumstances. The right to access health services safely and privately is fundamental to our society," said Mr Nattrass.

Abortion remains in the criminal statute books of New South Wales, with exceptions that enable women to access abortion services but place decision-making power in the hands of doctors. The bill does not seek to decriminalise abortion.

Walters said it was also time for the NSW Government to decriminalise abortion and respect women as competent decision-makers over their own bodies and lives.

"It is simply unacceptable that women and their doctors still run the risk of prosecution for undertaking a safe medical procedure; a procedure that takes place every week in NSW and across Australia. The law is hopelessly out of step with modern clinical practice, community standards and womens basic rights," said Walters.

For interviews Adrianne Walters and Paul Nattrass or further information please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law...

15:10

Beyond antidepressants "IndyWatch Feed National"

Antidepressants work. For me, they have helped lift me out of a deep slump, but had I been prescribed them alone, I would not have sought with the help of a fantastic psychologist a deeper understanding of myself; one that acknowledged that my depression was partly existential anguish at the direction my life had taken. An unpromising job market had made me desperate for work, which compounded my own personal anxieties about pleasing people, making it harder to leave a job I hated.

13:59

Lions Rd reopened, but no more Lions TT? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The famous Lions Rd on the Queensland-NSW border has reopened after 18 months of bridgeworks, but it will never be suitable for a Lions TT, say Kyogle Council representatives.

The official launch of the bridgework was held this week and the road is again suitable for all types of motorcycles. One small patch of gravel either side of the most northern new bridge is expected to be sealed this week.

Lions Rd Lions TT bridge roadworks police motorcycles reopenedStill some gravel

Council spokesman Tony Lickis says some patch roadworks will continue from time to time, but they will never reseal the whole road to make it race-track smooth.

Lions Rd Lions TT bridge roadworks police motorcycles reopenedPatch-up roadworks will continue

Lions TT event

Police close Lions TT course after crashQueensland Police close Lions TT course after a crash in 2014

The Lions TT event began in 2014 with non-timed rides on a closed section of the road, but it was shut down after the third crash of the weekend.

It returned in 2015 in a revised format with no road closure, skipped 2016 and was cancelled last y...

13:29

How architects exorcise their demons "IndyWatch Feed National"

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One of our favourite bars is Helvetica, in a laneway off Howard Street. If youre a whisky fan there is no better place to be. Before heading in for a dram (or two) pause on Howard Street to look at a very fine piece of Gothic architecture, the Haynes, Robinson & Cox Building, which opened in 1907.

The history of Gothic Revival architecture is complex, but it basically boils down to a rejection of industrialisation and a longing for a time when objects were not mass produced. Its leading supporters saw Medieval cathedrals as the greatest buildings ever, whose every stone told a story of an individual skilled artisan taking pride in their work. And now for a brief digression on pubic hair. Seriously.

A significant figure in promoting Gothicism was the English art critic John Ruskin, and the story goes that he was unable to consummate his marriage to Effie Gray because his entire knowledge of the female body came from Greek statues, which dont have much going on down below. As a result, on their wedding night the sight of her lady parts revolted him, or as Effie put it: He had imagined women were quite different to what he saw I was. Eventually she left Ruskin for his protege, John Millais, with whom she had eight children. So somebody appreciated her body, anyway.

Anyway, back to the Howard Street building. Designed by Charles Oldham to be used as offices...

13:18

Charges against CFMMEU leaders go to water "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed from Victoria

Blackmail charges leveled against John Setka and Shaun Reardon, the two leaders of the Construction Forestry Mining Maritime and Energy Union (CFMMEU) in Victoria, have been dismissed at the Magistrates Court in Melbourne.

The charges emerged from a Caf meeting with two Boral managers, Paul Dalton and Peter Head, back in 2013. It was alleged that the union officials had threatened to blockage the company and its trucks, if it dis not meet demands.

There was already a ban of the delivery of the companys cement, and management had called a meeting to have this lifted. Nothing was offered in return and the rest is history.

Critics have pointed out that this is normal in negotiations between unions and employers that cuts both ways.  Unions mention industrial action. Employers mention sackings and legal actions against the concerned union if it doesnt comply.

This is a fact of life that is generally accepted and worked around.

But in stepped zealous officials, acting on policy born out of the Coalitions Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, and took it on themselves to proceed to get rid of percieved political enemies.

The Commission referred the matter to the police, who were in turn obliged to act and make the charges in 2015.

The two officials have gained a groundswell of support from the union movement and beyond. By The time the two were brought up before the court, it had become obvious that this was likely to develop into a major political issue for the government. This and the lack of serious evidence of unusual and serious criminal behaviour, meant that the capacity to make the charges stick was weak.

Prosecutor Ray Gibson told the court, After a careful assessment of the evidence weve heard, I have instructions to withdraw the charges against both accused.

Speaking outside, where supporters had gathered, John Setka proclaimed his innocence again and said: Our job is to make sure that workers go home to their families. Thats what we were trying to do.

The governments jobs minister Michaelia Cash remains unrepentant.  And denies that the result is an embarrassment to the government, which has been pursuing he union directly, and hoped that by making the charges stick, they could be prevented from holding office.

 

 

 

The post Charges against CFMMEU leaders go to water appeared first on The Pen.

12:43

El Salvador to regulate for clean water in the wake of mining ban and ISDS case "IndyWatch Feed National"

16 May 2018: The Salvadoran Churchs vocal support of a law to regulate access to clean water is good news for all Salvadorans fighting to protect their right to water and public services.

In 2016, El Salvador declared a national water shortage emergency. The country is still facing a water scarcity crisis, and government data shows nearly 1.5 million Salvadorans cannot access potable water. 90 per cent of El Salvadors water supply is contaminated, and undrinkable.

Salvadorans have a long history of fighting to protect their water supply from contamination through mining. The Law against Metallic Mining, approved last year, was the result of over a decade of community and civil society struggle.

AFTINET has previously  reported the ISDS case of OceanaGold (or Pacific Rim), a Canadian-Australian mining company that tried to sue the El Salvador government for US $301 million before a World Bank tribunal, because it refused a permit for a gold mine that would have contaminated 60 per cent of the populations drinking water.

Although OceanaGold lost the case, El Salvador had to spend over $12 million defending themselves. This shows how ISDS can be used to undermine public health policies like access to clean water.

11:30

TRUE OPINION: Discrimination the legal, illegal, and acceptable forms "IndyWatch Feed National"

TRUE OPINION: What is discrimination? Our True Crime News Weekly columnist, Miles Hunt, gives us his view as a white middle-class male who attended a private school. [READ MORE]

10:58

The Israeli attacks on Palestinians are a crime against humanity "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The deliberate murder of Palestinians by the Israeli state is being sanitised and those who take part in this, condone or turn a blind eye to it, might as well be pulling the trigger themselves.

To overlook the snipers shooting unarmed civilians, the rain of tear gas canisters from vehicles and overhead drones, to treat the human toll as something of little consequence, is an exercise in moral bankruptcy and disregard for the suffering of fellow human beings. It is even worse, when those at the receiving end are blamed for it. Sadly, we are seeing a lot of this sort of behaviour.

At one time, the sending of Jewish people into prison camps and the gas chambers was made light of in the same way by a similar politicians and controllers of media. The sins of the past are being repeated today.

What do we get? Brazen images of a smiling Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulating the military for a job well done. American president Donald Trump the  nabler of the massacre, callously comments when pressed, if some Palestinians are injured and even killed, they had it coming to them and its their fault.  At the same time, he claims that he is working for peace.  The line is lapped up by the tabloids and presenting on the screens.

Yesterday. On the day of the embassy move ceremony, 58 Palestinians died and at least 1.350 were injured, mostly by rifle fire. And these are Israeli figures.

On the scene report during the earlier part of the killings on 15 May.
Video from Democracy Now!

The one thing that is never mentioned, is that what has been happening on the ground at Gaza is not random. The attacks are systematic. They are not random and  can only occur if this is a planned strategy, devised at the highest levels, then  ordered to be carried out. To pass this off as a defensive action carried out by the Israeli military is an act of dishonesty. If it had been, there would be casualties on the Israeli side.There were none.

Only one conclusion makes sense. The chilling reality is that this is a military strategy used by the Israeli leadership, backed by its supporters and cruelly delivered from a distance. The purpose is to create a major provocation. Moving the embassy on the very day that marks the anniversary that marks the anniversary of Palestinians dispossession from their land is no accident and deliberately engineered to insult and inflame passions.

The Gazans, who have been confined in what is really a giant concentration camp, have reason to be angry about their situation. Who wouldnt be in similar circumstances?

As the the dead are bur...

10:36

Mental health check put forward in 2016 WA gun law inquiry !!! "IndyWatch Feed National"



NOTICE: Pay attention people! This is subject to interpretation and misuse! Do you have any idea how many people in Australia are being treated for "Depression"???!!! This is NOT good. This could be the government's big foot in the door for more gun confiscation.
Is your doctor anti-gun??? 
https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/mental-health-check-put-forward-in-2016-wa-gun-law-inquiry-20180514-p4zf93.html

09:45

NT seabed mining moratorium extended, drawing mixed reaction from stakeholders "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Jacqueline Breen | ABC News | 16 May 2018

The Northern Territory Government has quietly extended a moratorium on seabed mining.

Key points:

  • The moratorium on seabed mining was implemented in 2012
  • It will now remain in place until 2021
  • The extension was never publicly announced by the NT Government

The ban, prompted by concerns about potential environmental impacts, was put in place for three years by the-then Country Liberals in 2012 and extended for another three years in 2015.

It put a pause on growing interest in deposits of manganese along the coast of Arnhem Land and the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The ABC confirmed that the moratorium, which was due to expire, will now remain in place until 2021, although there has been no public announcement.

A report into the impacts of excavating the seabed for minerals is still not complete five years after it was first commissioned, and a spokesman for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said...

09:40

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) VIP 34 Squadron Transport Bizjets Pop into CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Tuesday 15 May, there was a nice pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) VIP 34 Squadron aircraft that were noted and spotted calling into CQ Airports.

RAAF Boeing B737-7DF(BBJ) A36-002 was noted touching down at Hamilton Island Airport from Sydney as "Wisdom 49".  After spending the day on Hamo it then departed and looked to be heading to Townsville.

Meanwhile, RAAF Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 was spotted touching down at Rockhampton Airport. It looked to arrive from Townsville having flown into there from the South earlier in the day. 





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09:30

In Vanessa Goodwins Memory Something New at Risdon Prison "IndyWatch Feed National"

Goodwins funeral at St Davids Cathedral, Hobart.  (Photo by Sam Rosewarne)

by Mary W Maxwell

Vanessa Goodwin passed away at age 48 on March 3, 2018. That was a sad day for GumshoeNews, as Vanessa had helped us get information on the Martin Bryant case.

She was Tasmanias Attorney General.

After graduating from University of Tasmania Law School, Vanessa did a degree in criminology at Cambridge University, and later a PhD in Hobart.  She became interested in the family life of prisoners. I imagine she was the only Attorney General in the world who ran Kids Days at the prison.

This week the government of Tasmania announced that a new facility at Risdon would be built for women prisoners to help them bond with their babies. It will have five bedrooms for mothers with children up to two years of age.

The facility will be named after Vanessa Goodwin.  As reported by ABC News, Vanessas cousin Maggie Saunders...

09:28

Jihadis from AUS Aid Recipient Gaza attack Israel but Bishop urges Israel to refrain from excessive use of force "IndyWatch Feed National"

This from Australia Jewish Association JIHADISTS THREATS ON THE BORDER BUT FM JULIE BISHOP CALLS ON ISRAEL TO "REFRAIN FROM EXCESSIVE USE OF FORCE" Hamas has organised 1000s of violent jihadists in Gaza to rush the security fence. They have knives, guns, Molotovs etc. In defense from the violent riots,...

09:23

Terra Firma seeks premium for "Project Ribeye" Australian farm sale "IndyWatch Feed National"

15 May 2018 | ReutersThe hefty mark-up for the 5.5 million ha property could leave foreign bidders in the box seat, testing the government's appetite for foreign ownership less than two years after it rejected China-led bids for an energy grid and agricultural company. energy grid and agricultural company.

09:23

Papua New Guinea rice-planting deal expected this week "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

07 Mar 2018 | Business WorldThe Philippines will sign this week a government-to-government agreement with Papua New Guinea allowing Filipino companies to produce rice on an area of about 1 million hectares within five years.

09:23

On Piol's idea to rise with rice in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

27 Mar 2018 | Business MirrorPapua New Guinea's Prime Minister instantly offered 100,000 hectares for planting even starting tomorrow, but can develop easily 2 million hectares in government lands for rice farming with irrigation

09:21

Hela governor hits out at LNG project developers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

ExxonMobils LNG Project cuts a swathe of development through Hela province in PNGs Highlands. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

Governor: corporate giants bullied PNG politicians into a substandard agreement

Radio New Zealand | 16 May 2018

The Governor of Papua New Guineas Hela province has criticised developers of the LNG gas project over lack of payments to his province.

Philip Undialu said when establishing the project, corporate giants bullied PNG politicians into a substandard agreement.

The Governor said Provincial Governments of the LNG Project area lost nearly US$240 million in Development Levies and Royalties over the last four years.

Mr Undialu said there were hundreds of millions more dollars in royalties which Hela people should have been paid.

He called on lead developer ExxonMobil and its project partner Oil Se...

09:18

Pell trial may not be able to be reported "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court of Victoria in Melbourne, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Photo AAP Image/James Ross

The first of two trials on pedophilia charges of the worlds third most senior Catholic priest, Cardinal George Pell, may not be allowed to be reported until after a second trial concludes.

The publication New Matilda reported on Tuesday (May 15) that the Victorian Director of Public Prosecutions (DRPP) is seeking an injunction to have all mention of both trials quashed until after their completion.

But in a follow-up report today (Wednesday, May 16) New Matilda stated the DRPP has modified this to enable the proceedings of the first trial only to be subject to the injunction, and for it to be lifted once the second trial is complete.

Cardinal Pell is facing two separate trials related to allegations of a number of historical sexual offences.

The intent of the injunction would be to avoid a mistrial in either case as a result of prejudicial reporting.

Media may be able to report some of the second trial as it proceeds, provided the DPP does not seek a fresh suppression order.

The application is to be heard in the Melbourne County Court tomorrow morning before Chief Judge Peter Kidd.

It precludes even mentioning the injunction in the press, so reports such as this would have to be removed.

Improper access

In other news relating to the Pell trial, a Victorian County Court employee has reportedly been sacked for looking up information relating to Australias most senior Catholic, whos been charged with historical sexual offences.

The staffer had improperly accessed restricted information on Cardinal George Pell through the courts computer system, the Herald-Sun reported on Wednesday.

When improper access to information is found to occur, the court takes decisive action. This is exactly what has occurred in this case, it quoted a court spokeswoman as saying.

Cardinal Pell has denied all of the allegations made against him.

His case r...

09:15

Australian businesses on the move to renewable energy "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Almost half of Australian big business moving to renewables
Climate Council says capacity of firms to generate solar power has doubled in less than two years, Guardian,  
Ben Smee, 15 May 18, 

Almost half of Australias large businesses are actively transitioning to cheaper renewable energy, including many going off the grid by building their own generators and battery storage, as power bills threaten their bottom line.

A new report by the Climate Council details the increased speed of a business-led transition to renewables as power bills have increased.

The average household and small-business energy bill is more than 80% higher than a decade ago. Gas prices have increased threefold in five years.   

Many businesses including 46% of large operations have responded by seeking green alternatives. The Climate Council report, released on Tuesday, said the capacity of Australian businesses to generate their own solar power had doubled in less than two years.

Business owners report making their investment back through cost savings in less than five years.

The general manager of AustChilli at Bundaberg, Ian Gaffel, said the decision to invest in solar panels was a no-brainer.

AustChilli employs more than 100 people in the agriculture and food manufacturing process. The business initially built a 100kW solar system and about 18 months ago added an additional 200kW.

Solar now accounts for about a quarter of the businesss power usage.

We looked for many years at the idea before jumping in a few years ago, Gaffel said. Were a growing business so as weve grown the energy were using goes up.

My role is on the financial side and from the numbers it was a very easy decision..

Gaffel said the cost savings gave the business more confidence and certainty when deciding to expand and hire more employees. The next step for the business will likely be battery storage, which will further decrease its reliance on the energy grid.

The story is being repeated across the country, particularly in the manufacturing industry, where increased power bills have squeezed profits....

08:30

Tanzania cancels license of Barrick, Glencore nickel project "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Another example of a Nation standing up and dictating terms to the international mining companies 

Fumbuka Ngwanakilala | Reuters | 13 May 2018

Tanzania has revoked a retention license for an undeveloped nickel project jointly owned by Barrick Gold Corp and London-listed miner Glencore Plc as part of enforcement of a new mining regime.

The license for the Kabanga nickel project in northwestern Tanzania was among 11 retention licences canceled by the government under the Mining (Mineral Rights) Regulations of 2018, which were approved in January.

A retention license is granted to holders of a prospecting license after they identify a mineral deposit within the prospecting area which is potentially of commercial significance but cannot be immediately developed due to technical constraints, adverse market conditions or other economic factors.

The Mining Commission would like to inform all owners of retention licences that the licences have been canceled, commissions chairman Idris Kikula said in a statement.

Barrick Gold Corp and Glencor...

08:24

The Secret History Of Australia Conference: And the End Of Days "IndyWatch Feed National"

9-10 June 2018

It has begun the signs are in place
In late 2017 Aboriginal Elders started speaking of
The End of Days 
a prophecy that spans epochs,
and which is now about to unfold

SThe End of Days is a prophecy that has been long awaited by the Origine people it is the end of the darkness and a return of the spirit of the Dreaming It used to be global but the northern cultures wiped out their knowledge holders in successive wars. We were an isolated island the lore survived The prophecy is that the one will come to restore the lore when the world needs it most that the Origine peoples with the old knowledge have to be ready to be Burram Yanbuhyn to be teachers, and not project fear in the coming changes but to hold it straight just as it was in the Alcheringa the beginning

Stella Wheildon (speaker)

Thousands of Australians have had the tidal wave dream, where a massive tsunami hits our east coast. It is always higher than the highest buildings, and leaves a completely new coastli...

08:00

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

1770 - Cap. Jimmy Cook (Sir to his mates) sailed merrily past the Gold Coast on this day.

1806 - James Dabbs was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the home of Rowland Hassall at Parramatta.

1820 - Gosh, Lachlan Macquarie had a harsh working life. I really felt for him when I read his diary entry for today....
"I went down to Sydney this morning after Breakfast to transact Business, returning to Parramatta to Dinner.
I dispatched the Govt. Brig, Princess Charlotte, for Van Diemen's Land with 70 Female Convicts for the two Settlements."

1822 - First Fleeter James Squire, who is credited with the first successful cultivation of hops in Australia (think James Squire Beer)  popped his clogs at Kissing Point, and was buried in the Devonshire Street Cemetery Altar Tomb, which today is at the Botany Pioneer Park.

1823 - That Magik Fairy was out and about again in the Illawarra when Mr. John Paul was granted 600 acres.

1836 - James Tobin was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Patrick Fox at Marks' Farm, Illawarra.

1836 - Surveyor-General of New South Wales Major Thomas Livingstone Mitchell parked his posterior at what later became the town of Balranald.

1860 - William Goodson was hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of his wife Mary Goodson at Kissing Point.

1860 - Explorer John Mackay stumbled upon an area in QLD between the Burdekin and the watershed of the Isaacs River which was dubbed the Mackay District.

1861 - Rt. Hon. Sir John Young, Bt, KCB, GCMG, PC, (later 1st Baron Lisgar) donned the frilly drawers of Governor of NSW.

1863 - Mr. Barnes, of Cootamundra, should have stayed in bed today as bushranger Ben Hall robbed his store then tried to use it as a campfire to keep warm.

1868 - The first Australian cricket team arrived in England for a series of matches.
The team consisted of 13 Aboriginal men from the Western District of Victoria. The Jardwadjali, Gunditjmara and Wotjobaluk men were coached and captained by an ex all-England cricketer, Charles Lawrence. The team played 47 matches against intermediate-level English amateur teams between May and October 1868.
This Sporting Life reported,
"They are the first native Australians to have visited this country on such a novel expedition, but it must not be inferred that they are savages; on the contrary They are perfectly civilized, having been brought up in the bush to agricultural pursuits With respect to their prowess as cricketers that will be conclusively determined by their first public match."
The players were;
Johnny Mullagh traditional name: Unaarrimin
Bullocky traditional name: Bullchanach. A wicketkeeper, Bullocky was referred to as "at once the black Bannerma...

07:58

A matter of trust - Australia's Z special forces and Borneo's Dayak people "IndyWatch Feed National"

The exhibition is on now at the Australian War Memorial. https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/a-matter-of-trust 'You were never told what you were going to do' 11 May 2018 by Claire Hunter Jack Tredrea: "The operation would never have been the success it was without those people." Jack Tredrea was just 24 years old when...

07:56

Courting Suspicion: When Justice Isnt Being Seen To Be Done, Or Seen At All "IndyWatch Feed National"

For the past few months, New Matilda and Marque Lawyers have been quietly reviewing the daily flood of suppression orders issued from various legal jurisdictions around the country. Were on a list, you might say, which alerts us every time a court issues a suppression order on a trial. It makes for illuminating (and frequently frustrating) reading. Marques Hannah Marshall and Michael Bradley weigh in on an increasing and unfortunate trend in Australias justice system.

What is more important open justice, or the accuseds right to a fair trial? Justice being seen to be done, or justice being done? In some cases, we cant have both. Increasingly, when a big criminal trial of clear public interest is afoot, this tension is being strained way past what wed call breaking point.

Suppression orders (court orders preventing the media from reporting on a case) are just one way to protect a fair trial. There are a bunch of reasons why suppressing information in a court case might be a better idea than having open justice. Witness protection, national security and avoiding unnecessary distress to victims are a few examples.

But what about when the trial is controversial, the crime is horrible, or the accused is well known? This will always attract the media. Pretty often though it seems, news coverage is being dressed up as a risk so substantial that open justice must be overridden. In these cases, broad suppression is being granted on the basis that it is necessary to give the accused their best shot at getting a fair trial.

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The rules governing suppression orders say that there is a presumption in favour of non-suppression, that the first consideration must be open justice. They also say that the order has to be necessary. That should mean that suppression isnt ordered unless there is no viable alternative.

The traditional alternative to suppression is instructions to the jury i.e. the judge telling them not to read about the case.

In the Anita Cobby murder trial, the first jury was discharged after news reports described one of the accused as an unemployed prison escapee. Then, more news outlets reported that the jury was discharged because of a report describing one of the men as a prison escapee. After that the accused sought a 6-month adjournment, basically until some of the heat died down and hed have a better chance of a fair trial. This was denied. The reasoning was that the trial would always attract a lot of media att...

07:50

Vacancy rates a big tighter in several capital cities "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Brighter in Brisbane for landlords

Brighter news for Brisbane landlords as the vacancy rate declined to 3 per cent from 3.7 per cent a year earlier, according to SQM Research figures reported yesterday. 

Asking rents for Brisbane units increased by +0.4 per cent in the month, too, mainly driven by the upper end of the market (renting good quality property in inner Brisbane still doesn't come cheap, despite the soft market overall). 

Brisbane appears to have a turned a corner as population growth picks up and dwelling commencements now decline sharply. 

The 6mMA figures attempt to capture the latest trends, but do incorporate the Christmas period, when vacancy rates tend to be high. 


Hobart appears to be through the worst for renters with vacancy rates rising slightly to 0.7 per cent.

Adelaide is building plenty of houses, but hasn't experienced the surge in investors seen in the larger cities, and accordingly vacancy rates keep tightening, now down to 1.3 per cent.

Melbourne was also tighter again on strong population growth at 1.3 per cent. 

Sydney's vacancy rates was flat at 2.3 per cent in the month, but plenty higher than a year earlier when it was 1.7 per cent, while Perth continues to turn the corner. 

...

07:32

VGM awaits board of inquiry results in Fiji "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Felix Chaudhary | The Fiji Times | 15 May, 2018

ANY steps that could be taken to increase safety at Vatukoula Gold Mines PLC (VGM) will be highlighted during a board of inquiry into the death of Avinesh Ram, a miner who allegedly lost his life during an underground incident last week Wednesday.

This was the word from VGM corporate services manager and special adviser to general manager Dinny Laufenboeck in response to questions raised by this newspaper.

A board of inquiry under the chairmanship of an independent official appointed by the Mineral Resources Department continues into the fatality which occurred underground at the Vatukoula Gold Mines on May 2, 2018, she said.

As this is a legal process mandated by the Mining Act, please address any requests for information to the PS (permanent secretary) for Lands and Mineral Resources.

Recommendations on what more VGM could do in managing risk to employees at Vatukoula will be provided as an outcome from the board of inquiry.

Mr Ram allegedly die...

07:20

Shadow Minister for Dimples Mark Butler worries that the economy hasn't suffered enough "IndyWatch Feed National"

The science is settled - Australia's contribution to anthropogenic carbon dioxide production is as a hair is to the harbour bridge. But Labor's still out there fighting those invisible enemies. For the third consecutive year, the Turnbull Government have overseen an increase in Australias pollution levels. Acting on climate change...

07:16

26 killed, 45 wounded in Indo family-based Ramadan bomb-a-thon "IndyWatch Feed National"

From The Australian today Surabaya police hunt for sleeper family terror units Members of Indonesia's Densus 88 counter-terror police squad raid a suspects residence in Surabaya yesterday. Picture: AFP AMANDA HODGE,NIVELL RAYDA The Australian 12:00AM May 16, 2018 Every Sunday the three Surabaya families behind Indonesias deadliest terror attacks in...

06:10

Resistance Continues Against Opening of Great Australian Bight to Oil Infrastructure "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Lisa Cox / The Guardian

The government has released a new acreage for offshore oil and gas exploration in the Great Australian Bight that green groups says should have been kept off limits after it was cancelled by BP.

The permit is one of two that BP cancelled after the company abandoned its plans for oil and gas drilling in the bight in 2016. Its remaining two permits were sold to the Norwegian oil and gas multinational Statoil.

On Tuesday the government released 21 new acreages that petroleum companies will be able to bid for across six basins off Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and the Ashmore and Cartier Islands.

The announcement came as protesters gathered outside the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Associations annual conference in Adelaide to oppose new oil and gas drilling in the bight. Later on Tuesday, Kangaroo Islands mayor, Peter Clements, was speaking at Statoils annual general meeting in Norway to highlight community opposition to the project.

The Wilderness Society said on Tuesday that the government was acting insanely in trying to push oil and gas exploration in the Great Australian Bight in waters that were pristine and where development was risky.

The pristine, treacherous waters of the Great Australian Bight are a completely inappropriate place for risky deep-sea oil drilling, especially as we hurtle towards c...

06:00

Treaties Committee critiques PACER-Plus "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Australian Parliaments Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCT) has issued its final report on the PACER-Plus trade agreement. Although the committee recommends that Parliament should ratify PACER-Plus, the report is a telling critique of the treaty, noting: the absence of Papua New Guinea and Fiji from PACER-Plus significantly diminishes the utility of the agreement for Australian business.

For more than twenty years, successive Australian governments have promoted trade agreements with Forum island countries as a central element of regional economic integration as well as poverty alleviation. According to the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, Australias approach to the region is based on helping to integrate Pacific countries into the Australian and New Zealand economies and our security institutions, [as] essential to the long-term stability and economic prospects of the Pacific.

After nearly two decades of preparation and seven years of negotiations, PACER-Plus arrived in June 2017 with a dull thud. As Matthew Dornan noted at the time on the Devpolicy Blog, most post-signing analysis of the deal highlighted the lack of ambition, the failure to lock in labor market access in the binding treaty and the disproportionate benefits for Australia and New Zealand. The Office of the Chief Trade Advisor (OCTA) tried to highlight the benefits of the treaty for Forum island countries, but many commentators were dismissive, with headlines such as Disappointment and lost opportunity and Not much to celebrate.

Former Forum Secretary General Sir Noel Levi, who guided the initial drafting of PICTA and PACER in the late 1990s, was scathing over the outcome of PACER Minus. He decried the lack of leadership by his successors at the Forum Secretariat, for not addressing objections raised by Fiji and Papua Ne...

06:00

Oil Search chairman & executives need to stop blame-shifting "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Chris Haiveta - "Oil Search chairman Rick Lee is out of line"

CHRIS HAIVETA | Governor of Gulf Province

KEREMA - The Oil Search chairman and senior management need to stop deceiving the media and collectively own up to the processes that were fast-tracked in an effort to capitalise on Papua New Guinea's resources while leaving PNG landowners stranded with little possibility of promptly receiving royalties.

Oil Search has had a very long relationship with PNG; over 89 years of history. The company has continued to build its empire in PNG with our rich resources and the ongoing acquisitions of major oil and gas projects and concessions from major international brands PNG like Chevron Texaco in 2003.

It has been here long enough to know better than to try and deceive PNG and push false statements.

Oil Search has used the government for its own ends time and again. The transfer of Orogen Minerals, and along with that the State equity in Kutubu and Gobe Projects, to Oil Search by Mekere Morautas government was what made Oil Search, not new discoveries by the company.

Oil Searchs current equity in the Papua LNG project is not from its own money, but the loan that government took to buy shares in Oil Search and to provide it the protection against takeover.

Oil Search chairman Rick Lee is out of line with his comments when discussing the landowner groups and landowners identification process.

The entire reason we are now facing the issues with the delayed royalty payments is based squarely on Oil Searchs lack of ability to correctly communicate and inform both Exxon and the PNG government of its experience of the process and the requirements of the Oil and Gas Act. Mr chairman: you are being misled and fed wrong information to make it look good.

Oil Search must accept that they continue to generate enormous profits from PNG, they receive beneficial tax credits, yet they are trying to push the blame to the PNG government for their lack of corporate governance in managing the process when it comes to the landowner identi...

05:00

There is no better time to pay LNG landowners their money "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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KUNDIAWA There is no better time than this to pay PNG LNG landowners their entitlements since many lives have been disrupted and even ruined after the devastating earthquake in the region.

Jubilee Australia seems to have blown open a closely-kept secret on how much LNG revenue has been received by the government of Papua New Guinea and not been paid to landowners.

The Jubilee report generated a strong reaction from project developer Oil Search, whose chairman Rick Lee said community violence around the project was not the fault of his company but a result of the PNG government's failure to distribute royalties.

These comments came regardless of prime minister Peter ONeills relentless attempts to water down his governments responsibilities.

According to the Jubilee and other recent reports, the situation on the LNG project sites is tense and menacing mainly due to the non-payment of landowner benefits. I should note that the project developers, Oil Search and Exxon Mobil, have been well aware of this.

Now they may feel their investment has become even higher risk because of the growing frustration and anger of landowners.

They have had to protect their position by clarifying their side to landowners and the people of PNG who need to be aware of who is responsible for the entitlements that are not reaching the right people.

In a PNG Loop report last Friday, Oil Search managing director Peter Botten revealed that PNG had received K14 billion from PNG LNG since production began.

The country has received K14 billion in revenue, with K3.9 billion paid to the state and landowner entities in royalties, development levies and equity payments, Mr Botten said.

He further stated that of the 15 licenses covering PNG LNG Project areas, 12 were either receiving or close to receiving payments. The other three have been held up by the court.

However, the K14 billion revenue figure received by Botten is amb...

04:00

Is there a better way to deal with landowners & royalties? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Boera-villagers
Boera villagers from near Port Moresby after receiving the first LNG landowner royalties

PHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - On the face of it, the current process for distributing LNG project royalties seems simple enough identify the right landowners and pay them the money.

Unfortunately, it is this kind of nave simplicity that informs current resource legislation in Papua New Guinea.

That such a straightforward approach doesnt work has been starkly highlighted by the debacle surrounding the payment of royalties from the Exxon Oil Search LNG project.

Heavy-handiness from a multinational developer used to having its own way, illegal political interference and greed and corruption among landowners has clearly demonstrated the need for change.

Maybe its time to turn the system on its head and shift the responsibility for the disbursement of royalties directly to the landowners.

You might think this is a recipe for disaster but there are several reasons why it might work a lot better than the current system.

The present system relies heavily on outsiders, generally anthropologists, coming in and conducting land owner identification studies prior to a development going ahead.

In most cases, to do this properly requires a great deal of time. Even a seasoned anthropologist with established links to an area needs time to sort out individual and clan relationships to particular areas of land.

This can be difficult even when the anthropologist knows the way land is traditionally inherited and used, but it becomes much more difficult when modern influences and interventions, such as marriages outside tribal areas and other influxes and aberrations, are taken into account.

For a large project like PNG LNG, where a very large area and many thousands of potential landowners are involved, I would guess that a reasonable timeline would be 3-4 years at least.

To do the job properly the anthropologist would virtually have to consider the claims of many potential landowners individually. If you consider that each one would take u...

03:13

Hillary Clinton: I Lost Because Im Ugly "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hillary Clinton claims that she lost the election because a very large proportion of the population decided she was too ugly to be the leader of the free world.  During an interview in Australia with [...]

The post Hillary Clinton: I Lost Because Im Ugly appeared first on Your News Wire.

02:58

Solidarity with Anarchists in #Yogyakarta, so-called Indonesia from #Narrm / #Melbourne (so-called Australia) Anarchists "IndyWatch Feed National"

Short statement, fundraiser adress and banner action in solidarity with anarchists in Yogyakarta in Narrm / Melbourne. 

Submitted to Enough is Enough.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Solidarity with Anarchists in Yogyakarta, so-called Indonesia from Narrm / Melbourne (so-called Australia) Anarchists

Banner reads Solidarity with Yogja Comrades

May Day Setiap Hari ( May Day Every Day )

On May Day in Yogyakarta 69 comrades were arrested. There has since been a huge crackdown involving raids and more arrests based on flimsy evidence. At present there are 11 comrades still locked up in Yogyakarta Police Prison, they are isolated and not allowed any contact with comrades outside.

This has only strengthened the resolve of the comrades to keep up the fight against the feudal system ruling Yogja and the Kraton (palace) of the so called sultan.

There is a fundraising drive to raise money for legal assistance which has been largely local however there is a paypal account here for donations outside Indonsia. https://www.paypal.me/TobiVBonano


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02:00

Laser-Powered Robot Insect Achieves Lift Off "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Everything is better with lasers, especially tiny robot insects Photo: University of Washington

For robots of all sizes, power is a fundamental problem. Any robot that moves is constrained in one way or another by power supply, whether its relying on carrying around heavy batteries, combustion engines, fuel cells, or anything else. Its particularly tricky to manage power as your robot gets smaller, since its much more straightforward to scale these things up rather than downand for really tiny robots (with masses in the hundreds of milligrams range), especially those that demand a lot of power, there really isnt a good solution. In practice, this means that on the scale of small insects robots often depend on tethers for power, which isnt ideal for making them practical in the long term.

At the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Brisbane, Australia, next week, roboticists from the University of Washington, in Seattle, will present RoboFly, a laser-powered insect-sized flapping wing robot that performs the first (very brief) untethered flight of a robot at such a small scale.

There are a bunch of different ways to potentially power a robot remotely, but most of them suffer from low range, or low efficiency, or dont deliver a lot of power. For some small robots, this is just fine, but a flying robot demands a lot of power transmitted over a relatively long distance in order to be useful. Theres one obviously best way of doing this, and its obviously best because its the solution for pretty much every problem in science: lasers.

RoboFlya design based on the RoboBee flapping-wing microrobot from Harvards MicroRobotics Labis about the size of a bumblebee, and weighs just 190 milligrams (a bit more than a toothpick). Its powered by an infrared laser aimed at that tiny little photovoltaic cell, which can harvest the 250 mW required to get the robot airborne. In the video, the laser doesnt track the robot, so as soon as the solar cell moves out of the beam, it loses power and the robot stops flying. 

Ultimately, a RoboFly could be controlled by a ceiling-mounted laser that tracks it wherever it goes, or even lasers mounted on moving vehicles (or other robots) that can follow the RoboFly around and provide power to it indefinitely

While delivering the power is a significant part of the challenge, developing the...

00:15

Watch a Tesla Model X tow a giant Qantas Airways Dreamliner for a good cause "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tesla just earned a Guinness World Record.

Tesla just entered the Guinness World Record book. The electric automaker teamed up with Qantas for a publicity stunt in which a Tesla Model X P100D pulled a 287,000-pound Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner nearly 1,000 feet down the tarmac at the Melbourne Airport in Australia. The electric SUV drove into the history books for setting the very specific record of heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle.

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