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Saturday, 12 May


Australian Ritual Abuse Victim Fiona Barnett, Cardinal George Pell, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian victim Fiona Barnett just posted a new article on her site detailing her fight to get her case investigated as she seems to be facing the same opposition that I am here in the US.

There are two things to consider in Australia right now. 1). Cardinal George Pell has been ordered to face criminal charges concerning child abuse. He is 3rd in control of the Catholic Church and is responsible for their financial affairs.

And 2). Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have just recently been to Australia to meet with the Australian Prime Minister. Could these events be related? Considering how hard the powers that be are trying to clamp down on any talk about elite run child trafficking rings it certainly cant be ruled out.

Esp. considering what victims are going through right now in their fight to seek justice

Demand NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller opens Fiona Barnetts VIP pedo case

Demand NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller opens Fiona Barnetts VIP pedo case

by Fiona Barnett on May 12, 2018

Sutherland Detective Belinda Abdy was in charge of the investigation into my complaints of a VIP child trafficking network based in Sydney. Police took 4 days of witness statements from me in 2014 and 2015, and promised to take at least 5 more days of statements in 2016. However, in between the last two days of witness statement making, I was pursued by four military looking thugs, and defamed by a British Intelligence agent on ABC Media Watch. Despite these attempts to silence me, I showed up to the 4th day of statement making but Belinda Abdy did not. In fact, I never heard from Abdy again.

Sinead Harper took the 3rd and 4th day of statements, and she was awesome. She believed me and responded appropriately to everything that transpired. Harper commenced an investigation into my allegations, went door knocking throughout McAlister Ave, Engadine, and attended my pedophile grandfathers house at 14 McAlister Ave with cadaver dogs and multiple officers. Neighbours told Harper that my account of the Engadine pedophiles was consistent with their childhood memories of various characters and incidents. However, Harper answers to a chain of command starting with Belinda Abdy.

Following my 4 days of witness statement making, NSW Police subsequently stonewalled me, ignored my emails and calls, and eventually told Victim Services that they never found any evidence supporting my case when they did. I know because the people she interviewed contacted me.

I am the first victim in Australian history who was child trafficked at the level I was, to come forward a...


Serial rapist and alleged sexual predator protected with suppression orders by Justice Ian Harrison and Lucy McCallum "IndyWatch Feed National"

A couple of weeks ago serial rapist Graham Kay was put back behind bars for attacking a 16-year-old girl working at Woolworths. What was not reported is that last year Justice Ina Harrison issued a temporary suppression order at Graham Kays request banning the media from reporting on Graham Kay further. Only one question needs to []


Beijing winning the great South China Sea game "IndyWatch Feed National"

The security temperature in the South China Sea has ratcheted upward precipitously in recent weeks. On May 2, news outlet CNBC reported U.S. intelligence that China has installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles on three fortified outposts in the Spratly Islands.

By Jansen Tham

This deployment follows the installation in April of jamming equipment that disrupts military communications and radar systems also on outposts in the Spratlys.


This continued militarization of South China Sea features that Beijing controls comes on the back of extensive land reclamation activities to the tune of 1,295 hectares of land since 2013; the contravention of a 2015 verbal agreement between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama not to militarize Chinese-occupied features; and Beijings blatant rejection of the Permanent Court of Arbitrations ruling in 2016 in favor of the Philippines.

Most worryingly, the deployment of missiles for the first time provides China with offensive power projection capabilities, augmenting its existing anti-access, area-denial (A2/AD) naval strategy against its primary rival, the United States.

All these developments, coupled with the lack of any concerted or robust response from the U.S. and its allies and partners in the region, point to the inevitable conclusion that the sovereignty dispute in the South China Sea has irreversibly become a foregone conclusion. Three compelling reasons justify this assertion.

First, China sees the South China Sea issue as a security matter of paramount importance, according it the status of a core interest on par with resolution of the Taiwan question. From Beijings perspective, the greatest threat to its national security stems from the U.S. and its naval dominance in the Western Pacific strengthened by the military capabilities of its Japanese and Australian allies.

Surveillance and control over the South China Sea allows Beijing to detect and deter Washingtons maritime coercion, should the latter choose to do so. The recent deployment of offensive missiles perpetuates the A2/AD strategy of preventing the U.S. Navys access to regional waters, while also permitting power projection far from Chinese shores. This safeguards Chinas security.

Seen through this lens, there is no chance of Beijing acknowledging the sovereignty claims of Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia or Brunei. It is also wishful thinking to hope that it eventually dismantles the military facilities already constructed in those waters. The reality today is China possesses de facto control of the South China Sea and claimant states have little way to combat this fait accompli.

Second, the sovereignty of South China Sea wa...


Yoda: Judge Anna von Reitz Greatest Alt Reform Law Mind on the Planet? "IndyWatch Feed National"

From Australia, this is.  Validated by experts on natural and common law that is above state organizational law.

Mr Steele, I am a very concerned Australian, which is why I am forwarding you these links. Each article has a piece of the puzzle.   Much has been discovered by Judge Anna and the Living Law Firm. They have in their possession documentary evidence of every crime committed by the Globalists / Satanists against the American People , the processes used and the People and Organisations involved.

They followed the money back to Buckingham Palace, The International Bar Association, Jacob Rothschild and the Vatican ( this could be the Holy See or the Roman Curia or the Vatican Chancery Court AKA Vatican Bank I am not 100% sure on this last point ). These are not all the people involved and the Pope has taken steps to reform the Vatican. I am not just asking you to read the articles I am providing links for I am begging you to read them because they are very important.  Whether or not you understand and accept them is up to you.

The articles are as follows

No 965 ,

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No 971


Canberra Raiders keeping Kato Ottio's dream alive "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Sydney Morning Herald
By Caden Helmers
12 May 2018

Kato Ottio had a smile that could light up a room, and you would be hard-pressed to find a photo of him that doesn't show it.
Kato Ottio had a smile that could light up a room.
He arrived at Canberra Raiders headquarters with one goal - earn enough money to build his mother a house in Papua New Guinea.
Sia Soliola modelling the jersey that will be auctioned off for the Kato Ottio memorial fund.

At first he was almost silent - he knew little English and was a long way from home. But he was embraced by the club that is now working tirelessly to "keep his dream alive".
The Raiders were rocked when Ottio died of heatstroke in January, two days before he was due to fly to England to join the Super League's Widnes Vikings.
Now the club is paying tribute to Ottio through its indigenous round jerseys, which will bear his name on the inside collar when the Raiders face the Cr...


Australian Army MRH-90 Helicopter A40-024 at Maryborough Airport as "Checker 01" "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Friday 11 May, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-024 was spotted completing airwork at Maryborough Airport.  It had earlier flown up from Oakey Army Aviation Centre.

After completing its airwork A40-024 returned to Oakey.  The MRH-90 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Checker 01".

All photos taken by David Geck 


Australian government's deliberate education fail "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this day and age education is a privilege and not a right.

Government's are not in the business to provide top quality education for the children of the herd population, and least of all for the residents of a (penal) colony called Australia.

Why would the people in the Australian government want to teach the children of the cannon fodder for example;

- the 'Constitution' (Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (UK),
- Australia was taken from a people already 'occupying' the land, suggesting that the 'crown' is not as honourable as written,
- The Sheriff of Victoria cannot produce warrants, emanating from fines, as required by law,
- many Acts are in circulation unlawfully,
-  Today's 'city councils' across Australia are not the lawful department of the state as they are supposed to be, as defined within the 'Constitution',

just to name a few.

It's easier to teach the children of the cannon fodder to;

- focus on social media to get as many followers as possible,
- 'consume' Apple or Samsung products,
- become data providers for Au Gov Co, Google, Facebook, Amazon et al,
- be subservient to authorities without asking questions,
- live by the 'nothing to hide, nothing to fear' government propaganda,

and so many more examples that may create a blog that mere mortal man may not be able to finish reading within his lifetime.

See how the Australian government has deliberately failed the general population.


US fed up with unfair, unprincipled behaviour by China, former ambassador warns "IndyWatch Feed National"

Barack Obamas former top envoy in Australia has backed Donald Trumps tough approach to China, vowing the days of Beijing pursuing unfair, unbalanced, unprincipled rules of the road are over.

John Berry, the former US Ambassador in Canberra, told Fairfax Media that China could expect straightforward competition from the US on trade and strategic affairs.

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John Berry, the former US Ambassador in Canberra.

He was speaking after giving an address in Canberra on Thursday night in which he warned that the dreams are now over that as China grows richer it will become freer, more democratic and fairer in its trade deals and sovereignty disputes.

Instead, Communist Party rule under strongman Xi Jinping was more powerfully ensconced than ever, he told the Australian Naval Institute.

Mr Berry, who now heads the American Australian Association, said President Trump had pressured Beijing into finally talking about reducing its unfairly high tariffs.

Expanding his views to Fairfax Media on Friday, he said this was the way the US would deal with China now that it was clearly determined to compete with the US while refusing to play by international rules.

For years, China wanted it both ways. They wanted to be a world power and be treated equally as a world power and then whenever you wanted a level playing field, or you wanted to reverse and apply the same rules to them, they would suddenly cry, Oh no, no, no, were a developing power. Were so poor. We have so far to go.

Its a new world The way to be at the big boy table, they need to play fairly. Its going to be straightforward competition. The United States is going to demand that level playing field and the days of looking the other way because of the economic challenges they faced as they rose are now over.

He said the US would continue to co-operate with China where it could, but it will not be used as an excuse to continue unfair, unbalanced, unprincipled rules of the road that benefit them to the pain of democracies.

Mr Berry also pointed to Mr Xis vow during a visit to the US in 2015 that China would not militarise its artificial islands in the South China Sea.

President Xi said in black and white, in front of the world, th...


Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air A32-343 "Hudson 04" Pops into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Late in the morning on Thursday 10 May, Royal Australian Air Force Beech B350 Super King Air A32-343 "Hudson 04" was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Coffs Harbour in New South Wales.

After a lunch break and the King Air was refuelled, A32-343 departed Rockhampton Airport for Cairns.

All photos taken by Kayanne Hardsman 


Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air A32-437 "Dingo 14" Pops into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Among all the arrivals and departures for Beef Australia 2018, also calling into Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 8 May was Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air A32-437.

A32-437 at Maryborough Airport last week  (File photo)

Flying as "Dingo 14", the Super King Air flew down from Townsville and did several touch and go's at Rockhampton Airport before landing for a brief period of time.  It then 'reprogrammed' and departed back to Townsville.

Photo taken by David Geck 


Setelah Ego-isme Pribadi, Penyakit Terbesar Kedua ialah Curiga-Mencurigai antara Sesama Pejuang "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Telah berulang-ulang Papua Merdeka News (PMNews) menangangkat isu "egoisme" sebagai persoalan terbesar, pertama dan utama, yang menghambat perjuangan Papua Merdeka. Egoisme dimaksud ada pada tingkat individu para pemimpin dan aktivis Papua Merdeka dan juga ada di tingkatan suku, klen, agama, kelompok politik, pertahanan masing-masing di seluruh kalangan orang Papua. Setelah "egoisme" penyakit berikutnya ialah "curiga-mencurigai",

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Air Niugini to resume flights to Buka "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 AIR NIUGINI will resume daily flights into Buka airport starting next week.
Reliable sources told New Dawn FM that Technicians hired from New Zealand by the National Airport Corporation (NAC) which controls all airports in PNG will calibrate and test the lights tomorrow before flights can resume.
Sources at Air Niugini said that safety of passengers are very important to them and cannot resume flights until the NAC gives them the green light.
Our attempts to talk to the Public Relations people at Air Niugini office in Port Moresby were unsuccessful.


More Photos of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing EA-18G Growler Electronic Warfare Jets at Rockhampton Airport This Week "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Growlers carried out visual landing approach training and familiarisation operations at Rockhampton Airport including missed approaches and overshoots into both Runway 15 and then later, Runway 33.  The ability to land at alternate airfields is an essential part of the pilot training on the Growler aircraft.

Local plane spotters Russell P and Scott H were also on hand during the early part of the afternoon to capture some great photos as three of the Growlers, which are flown by the RAAF's Number 6 Squadron based at RAAF Base Amberley, flew from there to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) before they all made separate approaches into Rockhampton Airport.

The first three were identified as A46-302 which was flying as "Wolf 11".



Wild winds, record rainfall and cold temperatures hit Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Extreme weather events have broken historic rainfall records, caused wild winds and prompted unusually cold conditions across most of Australia on Friday, with more yet to come. Parts of Gippsland in eastern Victoria are bracing for a month's rain - as much as 100mm - on Saturday as the low pressure system that made Friday a sodden, wind-lashed taste of winter does its worst. New South Wales and the ACT are also beginning to feel the effects of the complex system, as it brings damaging westerly winds to the NSW ranges and the Illawarra. Tasmania The island state's capital was brought to a standstill on Friday as record-breaking rainfall caused schools to shut down, legal proceedings to halt and businesses to be evacuated. In the 24 hours leading up to 9am on Friday, Hobart experienced its wettest day since 1960 with the CBD and surrounding suburbs receiving more than 120 millimetres of rain. Sarah Sitton, extreme weather meteorologist from the Bureau of Meteorology, told The New Daily that by Friday morning, Mount Wellington had recorded 236 millimetres. "That was the second-highest-ever May rainfall in a single day for Tasmania. It was the highest rainfall that's ever been recorded at Mount Wellington," Ms Sitton said.


Is this Perths greatest building? "IndyWatch Feed National"

newspaper house

Welcome to the Stripped Classical, our favourite architectural style named after our favourite way of not wearing clothing. You are certainly familiar with Newspaper House on St Georges Terrace, but probably only because it now leads to a range of different drinking establishments behind. But before you drop into Print Hall for a glass of Shiraz, take a moment to study the faade.

If the building looks almost perfectly proportioned, thats because it is. Designed by warrior-architect J. J. Talbot Hobbs and opened in 1933, every ratio, every line, every window is exactly (and we mean exactly) according to the rules laid down by architects from the Renaissance onwards. To see what we mean, look at the building below.



The Endless Clinton Campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

The former secretary of State offers more criticism of U.S. leadership from overseas.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Sydney, Australia.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Sydney, Australia. PHOTO: DAVID MOIR/EPA-EFE/REX/SHUTTERST/EPA/SHUTTERSTOCK

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clintons 2018 global grievance tour touched down in Australia this week. The Democratic nominee for President in 2016 has been selling tickets to provocative events in which she explores the alleged shortcomings of her compatriots. Meanwhile back home, her team is once again tapping some of the very wealthiest of her compatriots to support the family enterprise.

Mrs. Clintons remarks to foreign audiences are not limited to gripes about the most recent U.S. presidential campaign. Shes also willing to offer unkind words about current U.S. policies.



Julie Bishop puts the Clintons and their Foundation first - Australia second "IndyWatch Feed National"


Russian vessel poised for historic port call in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"
May 12, 2018

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A Russian warship will make a first-ever port call this month in the Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea, Russias Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo told reporters.

"The Perekop training ship will make a historic business port call in Port Moresby," he said.

" This will be the first port call by a Russian military ship in the history of Russian-Papua New Guinean relations."

The warship with a crew of more than 200 cadets will arrive in the capital of the southwestern Pacific nation next Wednesday and will reportedly stay there through Saturday.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00009 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.15 AUD


War on cash: Australian gov kicks tyranny up a notch - makes purchases using currency over $10k ILLEGAL "IndyWatch Feed National"

As government attempts to track every purchase to increase their power, Australia is spearheading this war on cash by outlawing any purchases in cash over $10,000. The Australian government announced that it will soon be illegal to use more than $10,000 cash to purchase anything, forcing individuals that wish to buy more expensive items to use a cashier's check or electronic transfer, ostensibly in the name of fighting organized crime and money laundering. The move reportedly comes in response to the government's Black Economy Standing Taskforce. In addition to the cash purchase ban, the government has allocated a $319 million package to the Tax Office to develop new strategies to target the black economy. Treasurer Scott Morrison said the Black Economy Standing Taskforce will include a rigorous identification system and "mobile strike teams," in an effort to detect people making suspicious cash transactions, as well as a black economy hotline for citizens to report anyone suspected of engaging in illegal transactions.


No One Knows These Adorable 'Flying Teddy Bears' Even Exist "IndyWatch Feed National"

They might look like fluffy teddy bears, but these little guys can soar an impressive 300 feet in the air from tree to tree in their forest homes.

Meet the greater glider, an undoubtedly adorable marsupial who lives in the eucalyptus forests of eastern Australia. These nocturnal creatures are the largest flying possum out there but most people dont even know they exist.

Which is turning out to be bad news.

Credit: Queensland Glider Network

The gliders commonly live in old, hollowed-out trees, which have recently been getting cut down to make room for development projects or logging operations. The vegetation they rely on for food is also wiped out during development.

Greater gliders are dependent on tree hollows, which only exist in eucalypts of 100 years or older, Matt Cecil, projects manager for Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, told The Dodo. Where bushland has been cleared for agriculture, timber production, urban sprawl or linear infrastructure, the availability of tree hollows is much reduced.

Credit: Queensland Glider Network

Fewer trees means more trouble for the species, which has already seen an 80-percent population drop in recent years. For Cecil, who is part of a coalition called the Queensland Glider Network, which specifically works to help glider species, the largest struggle has been simply getting people to recognize that these animals exist and need help.

This is such a magnificent animal that most of the Australian public wouldnt even know existed, and wouldnt know what it was if it glided into their face, Cecil said. That is the sad part. Its hard to fight to protect animals that the greater population doesnt even know about.


Teslas Giant Battery in Australia Reduced Grid Service Cost by 90% "IndyWatch Feed National"

Via: Electrek: Teslas giant Powerpack battery in Australia has been in operation for about 6 months now and we are just starting to discover the magnitude of its impact on the local energy market. A new report now shows that it reduced the cost of the grid service that it performs by 90% and it []


Corporations Masquerading as Government in Australia & World Wide "IndyWatch Feed National"

Would you be surprised to find a company with the same name as your country registered with the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington DC?

by  Andy Whiteley, guest writer

Well, guess what?! Among those listed as corporate entities by the United States SEC are Israel, Turkey, Italy, Hungary, Sweden, Finland, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, The Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Jamaica, South Africa,...


MACKAY Homemade handgun excuse rejected "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Ichimoku buy signals for ADA, HSR, BTC, WAVES "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the most powerful trading systems in the world is also one of the oldest: Ichimoku Kinko Hyo. Roughly translated to mean, the market at a glance." Oddly enough, the Ichimoku system is often listed as an indicator in []

The post Ichimoku buy signals for ADA, HSR, BTC, WAVES appeared first on The Global Mail.


Greens Lawyer Weighs In On New Matilda reporting On Cate Faehrmann "IndyWatch Feed National"

A fortnight ago, New Matilda published a three-part series by Michael Brull on a pre-selection battle within the Greens NSW. One of the lawyers who advised on that battle, Brian Walters, responds.

In the middle of an internal Greens pre-selection, Michael Brull, a Greens member, has written for New Matilda a series of articles attacking a candidate Cate Faehrmann.

As he must know, candidates for pre-selection are not permitted to speak to journalists, and therefore have no right of reply. It is an archetypal act of cowardice to attack a person who is unable to defend herself. Brull bases his farrago on a bizarre series of falsehoods.

The articles arise from proceedings in the Supreme Court of New South Wales seeking an urgent interpretation of the NSW Greens constitution. The case is reported here.

On 5 February 2018, Cate Faehrmann transferred her Victorian Greens membership to New South Wales. She wanted to stand for pre-selection for the Legislative Council.

She was a paid up member of the Greens in Victoria. She had previously been a member of the Greens in NSW and served there as a Greens Legislative Councillor from 2010 to 2013.

Astonishingly, Alex van Vucht, the membership officer of the Greens in NSW, treated Cate Faehrmanns transferred membership as merely provisional for three months, thus denying her the right to nominate for pre-selection before the close of nominations on 9 April 2018. This was contrary to the constitution of the NSW Greens and the constitution of the Australian Greens.

To break the impasse, Cate Faehrmann sought legal advice.

I was one of those who advised, in a written advice provided to the Greens NSW, that there was no basis for treating her membership as provisional. Similar advice was rendered by a senior solicitor in New South Wales.

Neither the membership officer nor the Greens NSW obtained any contrary advice.

Ultimately, Cate Faehrmann sought a ruling on the correct interpretation of the constitution from the NSW Supreme Court (I was not involved in that proceeding). The court ruled comprehensively in her favour.

Mr Brull repeatedly asserts that Cate Faehrmann was attempting to change the constitution. That is patently false. Cate Faehrmann was seeking to have the terms of the constitution obeyed. That was the whole point of the advice and of the subsequent legal proceeding.

The matter was taken to the Greens NSW State Delegates Council (SDC). Mr Brull writes that the SDC was was able to have a say about whether the rules sh...


"IndyWatch Feed National"


I previously reported that I had located a copy of the 2008 Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications (AAWSA) program "solicitation" which called for bids to undertake the work in this area for the DIA. My blog post reported some of the details contained in this "solicitation." Since then, I have continued to look for further "solicitation" documents. I can now report that I have located a fuller version.

Fuller version

This 32 page document titled "Solicitation/Contract/Order for Commercial Items" is a 32 page document calling for bids for the AAWSA program work, and was issued by the Virginia Contracting Activity, the contract arm of the DIA, on 18 August 2008. Later, in this post, I will provide a link to the document so that blog readers may examine it, in its entirety. Others may well pick up important points that I have so far missed.

The front page

Security requirement section

LasVegasNow story

On 4 May 2018, KLAS TV Channel 8, posted a story to the...


Yandina Creek Wetland - Back from the Brink "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Yandina Creek Wetland this week, with the backdrop of Mt Ninderry
With floodgates being reopened this week so the Yandina Creek Wetland on Queensland's Sunshine Coast can be restored, the future is looking bright for this important site. A campaign spanning six years has finally resulted in an excellent outcome for biodiversity in the heart of Australia's tenth largest city. Supporters of that campaign have suggested that its history be documented; this account is penned in response.

I began campaigning to protect a wetland along River Road, Yandina Creek, back in 2012. At the time I thought the wetland was restricted to a small area of privately owned land adjoining the eastern end of the road. I was struck by how this property was so rich in birdlife - birds included Black-tailed Native-hen and Australian Painted-Snipe, both very rare in south-east Queensland.

I was disturbed by the destruction of similar habitat on a neighbouring River Road property, and proposed to the Sunshine Coast Council (Sunshine Coast Regional Council at the time) that it acquire part of the area and protect it as a nature reserve. The proposal was rejected, largely on the grounds of cost.



The Daily "Near You?" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Thanks for stopping by!


Plastic bag found in Mariana Trench, deepest place on Earth "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A plastic bag has been found on the ocean floor in the Mariana Trench almost 11km below the sea surface.

There is a growing concern that deep-sea ecosystems have already been and will be seriously impacted by direct exploitation of biological and non-biological resources, deep-sea trawling and mining, and infrastructure development, such as hydrocarbon plants and submarine cables,

Michael Daly | Stuff NZ | May 11 2018

A plastic bag has been seen nearly 11km under the ocean in the Earths deepest feature, the Mariana Trench.

The discovery was revealed in a recently-established database that shows the deep oceans are awash with rubbish.

Set up by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) in March 2017, the database lists 3425 items of human-made debris seen in the deep sea.



Harvard said to seek sale of South American timber holdings "IndyWatch Feed National"

11 May 2018 | BloombergHarvard's portfolio is still vast, including farms in Australia, South Africa and Brazil, as well as vineyards in California and timberland in Eastern Europe and throughout Central and South America, according to tax documents and other filings.


Federated Colonies of Australia A Failed State | Sovereign Union - First Nations Asserting Sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed National"

Federated Colonies of Australia A Failed State | Sovereign Union - First Nations Asserting Sovereignty: For all our non-Aboriginal and First Nations sceptics, the conflict of superior laws is indeed a very real issue, because, as Mabo pointed out, if the country was not truly terra nullius there were only two other ways in which the colonisers could acquire our lands legitimately: by conquest or cession, neither of which happened. Any other way is a true invasion.

The rules of the conflict of laws provide that foreign statutes have no effect in overseas jurisdictions. There can be no British Charter 'accepting English law in Australia. An ancient Law has operated in Australia, and still operates, and has stood the test of time, for millennia, from long before the existence of the British people who colonised our Sovereign Nations.


PNG LNG project has not delivered on promise of infrastructure and services new report "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A new report on the adverse social impacts of a Papua New Guinea Liquefied Natural Gas project has found four years after the project has been operational, the majority of the promised infrastructure and services has not been delivered.

Jubilee Australias new report On Shaky Ground: PNG LNG and the Consequences of Development Failure is the first independent comprehensive report of the social impacts of the PNG-LNG pipeline since it started operating in 2014.

PNG activist Lucielle Paru said:

The Huli and all those who have been affected by the PNG-LNG project from Hela Province to Central Province have not benefited.  The decision by the leader of the Peoples National Congress Leader and Prime Minister Peter ONeill to proceed with this project has destroyed PNGs economy. Peter ONeill should apologize to the people of PNG especially those directly affected by the PNG LNG project. There is a growing call not only by the landowners in the Hela Province bu...


May 12 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tis International Nurses Day, so say thanks to the next nurse who looks after you...coz they've got the Power of The Enema just waiting to be used!!!

1792 - Things were crook with the flour ration being reduced they needed something more than castor oil.

1802 - Lord Pelham to the Treasury, - My Lords, Whitehall, 12th May, 1802. - It being judged expedient to send forthwith from this country four hundred convicts to New South Wales (viz't, 270 male, and 130 female), I am to desire that your Lordships will be pleased to cause the necessary directions to be given to the Victualling Board for providing a sufficient and proper quantity of provisions for their subsistence during the voyage, and salted beef or pork only for nine months for them after their arrival at New South Wales. I am also to desire that your Lordships will cause the necessary directions to be given for providing the 270 male convicts the particulars of clothing as undermentioned, to be consigned to the Governor for the use of such convicts on their arrival at that settlement, and that the said provisions and clothing may be put on board His Majesty's ship Glatton, which is now fitting at Sheerness for the conveyance of those convicts. It being also intended to allow about forty persons to embark on board the said ship who are going as settlers to that colony, I am to desire that directions may be given for providing the usual quantity of provisions for such number during their voyage thither. I am, &c., Pelham

1805 - The Sydney Gazette reported that ;
Yesterday sennight (a week) two characters of almost equal notoriety were shipped for Newcastle by the Resource, viz, Christopher Griffin alias Wooden Joe, as a petty receiver of stolen property, and encourager of petty larceny ; and Thomas Desmond whose unaccountable hardihood we have already had repeated occasion to notice for absconding from Kings Town and travelling in on foot through the bush.

1810 - Bligh sailed off into the sunset for Old Blighty, with witnesses for the court martial of George Johnston who dared deprive the rum-soaked colony of Bligh's leadership....

1810 -  George Caley and his Aboriginal guide and plant collector Daniel Moowattin from Parramatta sailed for England aboard the frigate HMS Hindostan.
Another passenger was the deposed governor William Bligh.

1812 - Daniel Moowattin returned to Sydney from London. Within two weeks he sold a fowling piece given to him by botanist Robert Brown, bought a jug of peach cider and ran  into the bush.

1823 - Servant Samuel Coleman per 'Morley' was permitted to pass to Pennington's farm on first branch of the Hunter's River.

1824 - Sir George Arthur rocked up to Tassie on board the Adrian (that's a ship, not a bawdy game with his valet) to pluck up his appointment a...


Swift Parrot at Durikai State Forest at 28 11 52S 151 37 09E reported by Barry Davies and Dennis Sewell. on 11-05-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Two adults and a juvenile at the pond. One adult has an aluminium ring on its right leg. They sat quietly in the same location for about 30 minutes. Two more were seen flying but they could have been the same birds.


A mystery in the cosmic dawn: What's been eating the first starlight? "IndyWatch Feed National"

A shoestring experiment in the Australian outback has seen the signal of the very first stars - and a weird effect astronomers are struggling to explain In the dusty, dry outback of Western Australia there is nothing for miles around but red dirt, unpaved roads and the occasional kangaroo. A journey across this alien landscape is a lesson in solitude - just you and the road, a 44 as essential as a sense of adventure. Astronomer Judd Bowman at Arizona State University has been coming here for nearly a decade to visit the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, an old sheep and cattle station repurposed as a place to listen to the universe. It hardly seems the stage for a scientific revolution, meagre compared with the cathedral-like majesty of machines like the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Yet what Bowman and his colleagues have discovered here, using a telescope half the size of a ping-pong table, spells trouble for our picture of the early universe.


Scientists find ground zero of deadly frog pandemic "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scientists started to get worried in the 1970s when frogs in Australia and Central and South America began disappearing. The culprit seemed to be a chytrid fungus that colonized frogs skin and impaired their ability to absorb water and electrolytes. The fungus soon spread to other parts of the world North America and the Caribbean in the 1980s, Europe in the 1990s leaving behind a wake of devastated frog populations. The fungus was formally described in 1999 and named Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd for short). By 2007, Bd infection had led to the decline or extinction of around 200 species of frogs, and today is considered one of the biggest single threats to amphibians around the world. So far its been something of a mystery as to where Bd came from and how it spread so quickly around the world. A hypothesis favored by many scientists is that it emerged in Africa and traveled with the trade in African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis), which were used for decades in human pregnancy tests and remain popular lab animals. The African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) is an aquatic frog species popular in research. For decades it was also used to test for human pregnancy. Female frogs would be injected with urine from a women if there were pregnancy hormones present in the urine, the frog would respond by laying eggs. Photo by H. Krisp via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0) American bullfrogs can carry chytrid without succumbing to it. Scientists


Famous at Pew "IndyWatch Feed National"

We get weekly e-mail updates at work about the cool things our organization does.  This year they started doing little interviews to help get to know the staff better.  Each week they highlight someone from the different programs.  This is a few months old now (you'd only know that if you worked at Pew), but thought I'd share it.  The photo was taken inside the Kirimati Island Lagoon last year while I was attending the Association of Pacific Island Legislatures meeting.

Before you were at Pew, what did you do? I ran an NGO on Saipan called the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance and a community environmental coalition called Beautify CNMI (short for Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).  Mostly I organized beach cleanups, tree plantings, and other environmentally themed community events. 

What would be the most amazing adventure to go on? Id like to visit Africa (climb Kilimanjaro) and Antarctica, so I can say Ive been to all 7 continents.

Whats the farthest youve ever been from home? Maug Lagoon in the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument and Kirimati Island in the Line Islands are the most isolated places Ive ever been, but measured by distance its probably Australia, New Zealand, or Chile. In addition to Saipan and DC, Ive lived in Florida, Massachusetts, Japan, and the UK, so I call several places home.

What book impacted you the most? I read Stupid White Men by Michael Moore on an airplane between the UK and USA, the week before the United States invaded Iraq in 2003.  I was already an activist at heart, but that book ins...


Australians Look to Bitcoin As Government Bans A$10,000 Cash Payments "IndyWatch Feed National"

The government of Australia plans to set up a Black Economy Standing Taskforce that aims to reduce the weight of illegal economic activity in the country.

To this end, the commission is introducing an economy-wide cash payment limit of A$10,000 to businesses. The public authorities intentions may be confronted with a rush towards cryptocurrencies as many Australians wont take these newly added controls lightly.

Australian Government May Trigger Rush to Bitcoin Amid Ban on A$10,000 Cash Payments

At the announcement of the Black Economy Standing Taskforce, Australias government Treasurer Scott Morrison explained that the commission is preparing a rigorous identification system and mobile strike teams in order to better detect illegal cash transactions. Additionally, the task force will establish a black economy hotline for people to denounce suspicious cash transactions.

The Government will introduce a cash payment limit of A$10,000 on payments made to businesses. This will not cover individual-to-individual transactions. The cash limit is aimed at reducing opportunities for criminals to launder the proceeds of crime into goods and services or for businesses to hide transactions to reduce their tax liabilities.

The official document added that the task force will be consulting the community and industry on the most effective way to implement this limit and to consider whether exemptions are warranted. The recommendation to strengthen anti-money laundering laws includes cracking down on unregulated money exchanges. 

Cash provides an easy, anonymous and largely untraceable mechanism for conducting black economy activity. Cash payments make it easier to under-report income and avoid tax obligations. This allows businesses transacting in cash to undercut competitors and gain a competitive advantage.

In order to extinguish the $50 billion black economy, the Aussie government proposes to ban all cash payments over A$10,000 made to businesses for goods and services from July 1, 2019. Treasurer Morrison explained the effort in his Budget speech.



Moresby, Melbourne court hearings will clarify future of Panguna "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The abandoned Panguna mine
The abandoned Panguna gold & copper mine - now the subject of separate court battles

KEVIN McQUILLAN | Business Advantage PNG | Pacific Media Centre

PORT MORESBY - Two court hearings next week one in Port Moresby and the other in Melbourne will help determine the future of the exploration licence for the Panguna copper mine in Bougainville.

The decision to refuse an extension of Bougainville Copper Ltds (BCL) exploration licence and to impose an indefinite moratorium over the Panguna resource followed a statutory wardens meeting in December 2017.

There was a narrow divide between those supporting the mine to be opened by Bougainville Copper Ltd and those that oppose it, according to Bougainville President John Momis.

BCL has successfully sought leave to apply for a judicial review of the decision to refuse its licence extension, citing legal and procedural concerns.

While the moratorium has been gazetted, it has no impact on existing exploration licences or applications for extension, lodged prior to the moratorium, said BCL company secretary Mark Hitchcock.

BCL remains the holder of the exploration licence until the matter is ultimately determined, he said.

BCL has held the licence since the mine closed in 1989. The company is now owned by the PNG national government (36.4%), the Autonomous Bougainville Government (36.4%), European shareholders (4%) and 23.2% through the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

Rio Tinto gave away its stake in 2016.

Those opposing BCLs involvement are led by Philip Miriori, who claims chairmanship of the Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association (SMLOLA).

He has thrown his support behind a bid by Perth-based junior miner, RTG Mining, to gain the exploration licence, setting up a joint venture company, Central Exploration, of which RTG owns 24%.

One of RTGs major shareholders holds another 32%, and SMLOLA retains 44%.

Mirioris chairmanship of the SMLOLA remains in dispute. The 367 authorised customary heads of...


Video Friday: Atlas Jogging, Launch, and Robotic Warehouse "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: Boston Dynamics via YouTube

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; heres what we have so far (send us your events!):

NASA Robotic Mining Competition  May 14-18, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
ICRA 2018  May 21-25, 2018  Brisbane, Australia
Dynamic Walking Conference  May 21-24, 2018  Pensacola, Fla., USA
RoboCup 2018  June 18-22, 2018  Montreal, Canada
RSS 2018  June 26-30, 2018  Pittsburgh, Pa., USA
Ubiquitous Robots 2018  June 27-30, 2018  Honolulu, Hawaii
MARSS 2018  July 4-8, 2018  Nagoya, Japan
AIM 2018  July 9-12, 2018  Auckland, New Zealand
ICARM 2018  July 18-20, 2018  Singapore
ICMA 2018  August 5-8, 2018  Changchun, China
SSRR 2018  August 6-8, 2018  Philadelphia, Pa., USA

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy todays videos.

Boston Dynamics posted some awesome new videos this week; the first shows Atlas jogging (!):

Jogging involves a flight phase, which means that the robot is spending time completely airborne during each gait cycle. It takes much more energy to do this relative to walking, which is more like a continuous controlled fall forward. Atlas even looks kind of human-like as...


Record rainfall, strong winds and cold blast as extreme weather hits parts of Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Extreme weather events have broken historic rainfall records, bringing strong winds and unusually cold conditions across Australia on May 11, 2018. Tasmanias capital Hobart experienced a record-breaking rainfall, which caused road closures, schools to shut...... Read more

Latam Eco Review: Colombias last nomadic tribe faces extinction "IndyWatch Feed National"

Below are summaries of the most popular stories by our Spanish language service, Mongabay Latam, from the week of April 30 May 6. Among the top articles: more than 20 families of the last nomadic indigenous peoples of Colombia face a serious food crisis. In other news, a new app allows fisherfolk and others in ports and markets to monitor fish in the Amazon river basin. The image above of an elephant weevil (Orthorhinus cylindrirostris) from the vast Mongabay archive was the most popular on Latams social networks. Colombias last nomadic tribe faces extinction The Nukak Mak often need to share a chicken among more than 70 people. Image by Alberto Castao for Mongabay. The Nukak Mak, the last nomadic indigenous, contacted peoples of Colombia, are on the brink of disappearance. Deforestation, invasions into their ancestral territories, displacement, along with a cultural and environmental degradation from bureaucracy, are making it impossible for the Nukak to manage their lands or feed themselves. Underwater spiders: the strange lives of intertidal spiders A male Bob Marley spider (Desis bobmarley) discovered in Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia. Image courtesy of Robert Raven A spider named for reggae legend Bob Marley is a new member of 15 species of intertidal spiders. At this point, scientists have registered intertidal spiders along the coasts of Australia, New Zealand, the south of Africa, the Pacific islands and India. The spider can stay under water for up to 24 hours due to a notable adaptation: small water

Deepbrain Chain and its DBC coin: A starters guide "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Deepbrain Chain project has a highly complex end goal, which basically facilitates the bootstrapping of a blockchain based artificial intelligence computing platform for the industry. The massive amounts of computing power needed will be provided via a decentralized cloud []

The post Deepbrain Chain and its DBC coin: A starter"s guide appeared first on The Global Mail.


Chlamydia is killing off Australia's koala bears "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the leading killers of Australia's endearing koalas is a debilitating bacterial infection: chlamydia. The idea of koalas with chlamydia - a common sexually transmitted infection in people - recently drew chuckles on HBO's "Last Week Tonight," but the disease, which is affecting koalas in epidemic proportions, is hardly a laughing matter. Chlamydia-infected koalas made the news on Sunday (May 6) when the show's host, John Oliver, mentioned the dedication of a new koala ward at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, called the John Oliver Koala Chlamydia Ward, to treat the sick marsupials. But chlamydia is no joke to koalas. Surveys have shown that some wild populations demonstrate a 100 percent rate of infection, which frequently leads to blindness, severe bladder inflammation, infertility and death. And treatment with antibiotics could create further problems for the marsupials, upsetting their gut microbes and making it difficult for them to digest the eucalyptus leaves that are a staple of their diet, researchers recently discovered.


Free press "IndyWatch Feed National"

A statesman. The freedom of the Press is a precious jewel. Jacob Rees-Mogg (@Jacob_Rees_Mogg) May 11, 2018 Two threats to a free press, fawned over by the turkeys for thanksgiving.


SparkLabs Launches Its Smart Planet Fund as the First Startup Accelerator Security Token Offering "IndyWatch Feed National"

SparkLabs Group , which has the largest accelerator network in Asia and operates global venture capital funds, has launched the first startup accelerator security token offering through their Smart City & Smart Planet Fund.  SparkLabs has engaged with Argon Group, a leading digital finance advisory firm, to launch this new offering.

Individual and institutional investors across the globe will be able to invest into this new fund offering that will equally invest into SparkLabs IoT & Smart City accelerator fund and SparkLabs Cultiv8 fund, which is an agtech, food tech and sustainability accelerator.

SparkLabs IoT & Smart City accelerator is a primary innovation partner for Songdo, South Koreas $35 billion smart city built from the ground up. SparkLabs Cultiv8 accelerator is a primary partner with the Government of New South Wales Department of Primary Industries for an agtech, foodtech and sustainability accelerator. The local government has given access to over 13,000 hectares (32,123 acres) of experimental farmland and 25 world-class research stations (i.e. fisheries, water, biosecurity, food safety) in Australia.

SparkLabs has been very conservative in our approach and viewpoints on the cryptocurrency space and token offerings.  We have been concerned that many utility tokens are in fact securities and have viewed this space with some trepidation.  After meticulous diligence, we have now decided to jump into the pool a bit with a security token offering that we believe is conservative and provides a better understanding for venture capitalists on how this can affect our industry in the years to come, stated Jimmy Kim, Co-founder of SparkLabs Group and former CFO of Nexon (South Koreas largest online gaming company).  Additionally, Mr. Kims most recent startup, N3N, was Ciscos first IoT investment.

The SparkLabs token is not a utility token and is simply a smart contract that represents an investors (Limited Partners) equity into its fund vehicle that will have equal holdings in start-up companies that are associated with SparkLabs IoT & Smart City Accelerator in Songdo, South Korea and SparkLabs Cultiv8 Accelerator in Orange, Australia.

We believe our Smart City & Smart Planet Fund allows people across the globe to invest into two accelerator funds that can truly change the world in terms of urban innovation, innovation in agriculture, and how we interact with our planet. Both accelerators have excellent partners, such as Australias Government of....


Former rifleman Bill Shorten removes headphones after talking to ABC Radio "IndyWatch Feed National"

Steely-eyed-missile-man. Bill Shorten removes his headphones after talking to @RNBreakfast this morning. #auspol ABCcameramatt (@ABCcameramatt) May 10, 2018


More libtard lunacy: 'Sex expert' claims parents need consent for diaper changing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Claims by a 'sexuality expert' that parents should ask their babies for permission to change their diaper has sparked a flood of reaction with political parties criticizing the Australian news channel which interviewed the woman. Deanne Carson, who works with Body Safe Australia, made the comments on ABC News as part of a segment on establishing a "culture of consent" in the home. She explained that she works with children from birth and, when asked to give examples of how children can learn about consent at such an early age, she said parents should ask questions such as "I'm going to change your nappy now, is that okay?" "Of course the baby is not going to respond 'yes mum, that's awesome. I'd love to have my nappy changed.' But if you leave a space, and wait for body language and wait to make eye contact, then you're letting that child know that their response matters," she continued.

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The Waiting Period "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Jonathan Spyer, The Australian,  May 11, 2018 It is spring in Israel. On the face of it, all appears normal. Yet underlying the everyday is the hint of tension. The low buzz that presages violent events. We know it well Continue reading


Australia Weighs the Cost of Resisting Chinas Meddling "IndyWatch Feed National"

Via: Bloomberg: When Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited Australia in March 2017, he had a clear message for policy makers: Theres no need to pick sides between Washington and Beijing. More than a year later, thats becoming ever harder for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. A slew of recent media reports showed that Chinas Communist Party []


Cars swept away as flash flood hits Hobart, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wild weather has caused flash flooding in Hobart's CBD, with cars swept away and emergency crews responding to hundreds of calls for help. Police say the CBD has been hit hard, forcing the closure of many roads and with more heavy rain expected on Friday, motorists are urged to stay off city roads. Streets turned into fast-flowing rivers, with water surging inside homes and businesses.


New F-35 fighter jets to be stationed in eastern Turkeys Malatya "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Turkish Air Forces Command is making last preparations to house new F-35 fighter jets, which will initially be delivered on June 21, Anadolu Agency reported Friday.

Turkish pilots will be flying two fighter jets to Turkey in September next year, after completing necessary training in the United States.

The jets will be refueled by a squirt, which will accompany the pilots during their return journey.

Anadolu Agency also reported that the new F-35 aircrafts would be brought to the 7th Main Jet Base Command located in eastern Turkeys Malatya province, replacing F-4 fighter jets.

The command is currently constructing new maintenance hangars and modernizing some aircraft shelters. The constructions, which started end of last year, are expected to be finalized in early 2019.

Turkey ordered 100 aircraft, 30 of which were approved. The aircraft ordered by Turkey are reported to have the F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variants. STOVL aircraft can take off without needing a long runway and make vertical landings. F-16 pilots currently serving in the Turkish Air Force will be able use the planes after the completion of a six-week training program.

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An F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter takes off on a training sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida in this March 6, 2012 file photo. (Reuters Photo)

Apart from Turkey, the U.S., U.K., Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Norway and Denmark are also present as participant members to the program.

Anadolu Agency and Daily Sabah

Turkeys cooperation with prime contractor U.S. defense giant Lockheed Martin dates back to the 1990s, when it previously purchased F-16 fighter jets. Turkish firms continue cooperation in the areas of system development and drills as part of the F-35 project.

Last month, three U.S. senators moved to block Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter jets from being delivered to Turkey, voicing concerns that President Recep Tayyip Erdoan had embarked on a path of reckless governance and disregard for the rule of law.

Ankara slammed the plans to block Turkeys role in the making of the F-35s. Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee Head Volkan Bozkr said that the U.S. has been threatening Turkey with a move regarding the F-35 deal if Turkey purchased S-400 missile defense systems from Russia.

There cannot be such thing that we will cancel the F-35 planes if you do not buy Patriots. There can be no conditions like we will sell you the Patriots, d...


BSP announces Mobile Phone Banking on Bmobile-Vodafone network "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

BSP is pleased to announce that BSP Mobile Banking Service is now available to bmobile-vodafone subscribers.  The USSD Menu-based service which was initially available to Digicel customers has now been extended to bmobile-vodafone subscribers.Customers can now register, activate and access their BSP account by dialling the short code *131#.

BSP Deputy General Manager Digital Banking, Ms Nuni Kulu, reaffirmed the bank's commitment to making financial services available for all Papua New Guineans.

"As more Papua New Guineans become more technology-savvy, BSP continues to enhance financial services. We began offering the Mobile Banking service in 2009, to Digicel subscribers, and now pleased to extend this service to bmobile-vodafone users," said Ms Kulu.

"This is part of our effort in ensuring that we make financial services more accessible for our customers and convenient which saves valuable time", she added.

For instance, if you are away and need to send money home or to your family, simply transfer funds from your account to another account and pay bills as well. You can do this anytime and anywhere with your mobile phone.

BSP Mobile Banking enables you to access your account to pay for mobile credits and electricity units in real time directly to your phone.  Avoid cash payments, and choose the cheaper way to manage your payments, without visiting the branch and certainly avoid waiting in a queue.

Register for BSP Mobile Banking to view account details on your mobile phone. Once registered, you must activate the service to access the following transactions:

Balance Enquiry: View your BSP account balance and view a mini statement. If you have more than one Account, you can link all your accounts to your registered mobile number.
Funds Transfer: Make a funds transfer from your nominated BSP account to another account with BSP or transfer funds to accounts with other Banks.
Top Up: Pay for Easipay or mobile airtime and receive the token in an SMS to your phone.
SMS Alerts: Manage SMS Alerts you want to receive for activity on your account, such as a salary alerts, which will advise you that your salary has been credited to your account.
BillPay: Pay your bills on time and manage your Billers from a growing number of companies.
BSP is pleased to welcome bmobile-vodafone customers to BSP Mobile Banking.

Register for mobi...


Nararas proudly flying PNG flag "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by Malum Nalu,
May 11, 2018

THE Flying Nararas from Milne Bay have been holding high the Papua New Guinea flag high internationally from their base in the United Arab Emirates.
The latest achievement was in February, 2018, when young Nigel Narara checked out on the Airbus A330 aircraft as a captain.
Two generations of pilots. Captains Nigel, Tico and Granger Matata in a photo shoot prior to Dublin, Shanghangai and Johannesburg respectively.
He is now flying as a commander on both the A330 and A320 under the mixed-fleet flying programme with Etihad Airways.
Nigel moved to the UAE as a seven-year-old year old when his father Granger Narara began flying for Emirates Airlines in 1991, after leaving Air Niugini to work with Emirates Airlines as an A310 captain
After 15 years in Emirates, Granger moved to Etihad Airways where he is currently a senior instructor on A330/340 aircraft.
Nigel completed all his primary and secondary education in the UAE and went on to Embry Riddle Aeronautical College in Prescott, Arizona, USA in 2001 to do a degree in aeronautical science, until the events of Sept 11, 2001 put an end to those dreams.
He then transferred to the Royal Queensland Aero Club at Archerfield in Brisbane in 2003 where he completed his commercial pilots license and instrument rating.
He started his flying career with Milne Bay Airlines (now PNG Air), where he worked from 2004 to 2006, flying the Twin-Otter based in Port Moresby and Kairik in Enga.
In 2007, Nigel was able to secure a job as a cadet first officer with Air Arabia, a low cost airline based in the UAE, flying the Airbus A320 on a regional network, until August 2012 when he was employed by Etihad as a first officer on the Airbus A330.
When the wheels of the Etihad Airways Airbus A330 Flight 055 lifted off the ground in A...


PNG welcomes funding boost from Australia and New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Foreign Minister  Rimbink Pato says the funding boost by Australia and New Zealand will assist Pacific nations advance their capacities to develop economically.

At the same time it will also enhance governance and security in island states, he said.

Mr Pato was responding to Australias A$1.3 billion (K3.28bn) aid package for the region handed down by Finance Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday night.

He also cited New Zealands NZ$714 million (K1.69bn) aid for the region announced by his Kiwi counterpart Winston Peters.

The big increase in their budgets by both of these close friends of PNG looks set to give Pacific Island states the opportunity to boost our capacity to develop economically and in governance and security, Mr Pato said.

Australia is already our biggest development partner in the Pacific, and to PNG in particular, but this generous increase to $1.3 billion makes it the biggest assistance package ever and so is destined to have a significant impact.

We are grateful for the support of the esteemed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, his respected Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and all those other ministers I recently met with in Brisbane and London.

The extremely generous assistance for us to host APEC, nearly $20 million and to install an underwater communications cable are examples of the support, but let me also mention the funding for future leaders and many other projects too numerous to list.

Our good friend in New Zealand, Foreign Minister Winston Peters, announced a 30 per cent increase in his countrys foreign aid budget to reach NZ$714 million, and we are very pleased that this is going to the neighbourhood, to the Pacific.

Mr Pato said it had become clear during recent meetings between Prime Minister Peter ONeill and his Australian and New Zealand counterparts, as well as between foreign and trade ministers, that the relationship with Papua New Guinea was highly valued.

Mr Pato said Papua New Guinea also welcomes the development assistance provided by friends such as Japan, the United States of America, South Korea and China.


Inaugural SME Digital Innovation Awards "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The inaugural SME Digital Innovative Awards HAS been launched to recognise achievements of Papua New Guinea businesses contributing to digital innovation.

The awards is the result of a partnership between ExxonMobil PNG Limited and the IBBM Enterprise Centre. The 2018 SME Digital Innovation Awards will be presented at the PNG APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Summit. It will focus on SMEs that utilise digital technology innovation as part of their processes, or that provide a service using technology. Awards will be presented across three categories including micro, small and medium enterprises. ExxonMobil PNG Managing Director, Andrew Barry, said ExxonMobil PNG is committed to recognising and encouraging SMEs that use technology platforms to continue evolving in an ever-growing digital world. Award winners will be announced at the ABAC MSME Summit being held in Port Moresby from 10 11 September 2018. Winners will receive training provided by the IBBM Enterprise Centre and equipment to support future digital endeavors. Finalists from the 2018 SME Digital Innovation Award will be nominated as finalists in the 2019 IBBM Biennial SME Awards under the digital innovation category.


Inaugural SME Digital Innovation Awards "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The inaugural SME Digital Innovative Awards HAS been launched to recognise achievements of Papua New Guinea businesses contributing to digital innovation.

The awards is the result of a partnership between ExxonMobil PNG Limited and the IBBM Enterprise Centre. The 2018 SME Digital Innovation Awards will be presented at the PNG APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Summit. It will focus on SMEs that utilise digital technology innovation as part of their processes, or that provide a service using technology. Awards will be presented across three categories including micro, small and medium enterprises. ExxonMobil PNG Managing Director, Andrew Barry, said ExxonMobil PNG is committed to recognising and encouraging SMEs that use technology platforms to continue evolving in an ever-growing digital world. Award winners will be announced at the ABAC MSME Summit being held in Port Moresby from 10 11 September 2018. Winners will receive training provided by the IBBM Enterprise Centre and equipment to support future digital endeavors. Finalists from the 2018 SME Digital Innovation Award will be nominated as finalists in the 2019 IBBM Biennial SME Awards under the digital innovation category.


Japans Biggest Cryptocurrency Exchange is Not Shutting Down, CEO Refutes FUD "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rumors are an integral part of the cryptocurrency industry. In Japan, there are some sources which claim the domestic Bitflyer exchange may be in trouble. Although specifics are difficult to come by, the company refutes all of these claims. The firm has also recently been on a big hiring spree to ensure it can continue to grow.

The Bitflyer Rumors in a Nutshell

Yuzo Kano is a well-known individual in Japan. He is also responsible for the massive growth of the Bitflyer exchange in Japan. In one of his recent tweets, Kano responds to allegations of the exchange being in trouble. While no specifics were provided, the Japanese cryptocurrency community is in a slight state of panic. With the FSA cracking down on exchanges which may pose a problem, fearmongering is the last thing this industry needs.

As is always the case, this rumor needs to be taken in stride. There has been a fair amount of miscommunication regarding cryptocurrency-related events in the past few years. It is true the Japanese FSA is closely monitoring all exchanges. They will not hesitate to undertake action if the need arises. For now, it seems BitFlyer is doing everything right.

The rumor in question mentions how Bitflyer will stop operations temporarily. So far, there is no official source to lend any credibility to these rumors and no active investigation is taking place. This rumor may also be the reason why all cryptocurrency markets see a lot of bearish pressure these past two days. Until proven otherwise, the Japanese exchange is doing fine and will not halt any operations. 

The Future of the Japanese Exchange

Despite this rumor, the growth of Bitflyer has been nothing but stellar. The exchange is the worlds fourth-largest trading platform by turnover. Moreover, the company has set up various physical offices in the US and Europe. Kano is confident he can expand Bitlfyers presence to Africa, Australia, Asia, and South America. Such an expansion will not happen if t...






Self Defence Laws In Australia. "IndyWatch Feed National"

You are not legally allowed to use a gun to defend yourself or your family. Whatever you do use, you will have to prove that it was a random choice of normal items you had in the house at the time. You can't for instance have a baseball bat unless you can prove you regularly play baseball. You can't have a table or chair leg by your bed to use in self defence. If the assailant has a gun, the best you can do is try & get your family out of the house, but bare in mind they may be in danger outside too! You can use a chair or a kitchen knife but these have their limitations if there is more than one intruder & they are armed. Basically you have a choice, you can either be a victim, or you can be a criminal! 

Possessing any object specifically for the purpose of self-defence, lethal or non-lethal, is a criminal offence (in Australia). There are many women, raped and/or murdered, who would have been liable to prosecution had they been carrying anything that might have saved them.




Julie Bishop Bullshits, "Australia's aid program reflects our interests". "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tell that to Australians doing it tough, as you load up our kids with debts to pay for your vanity.


Can Threats of Litigation Silence Truth? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chelmsford Hospital

A buzzfeed article in March, 2018 about doctors suing author Steve Cannane for defamation got my attention. Why, oh why, would the doctors sue? This only brings their names back into the limelight after some success in disappearing. The two doctors are John Herron and John Gill.



Brachiopod fossils, clue to Cambrian climate "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2008 video says about itself:

Invertebrate Fossils Lesson 16 Part 2 of 7

Horn coral
Brachiopod shells with external spines
Seasonal growth of coral
Cambrian fauna
Precambrian Ediacara fauna Australia First fossils formed with many cells

From the University of Leicester in England:

Tiny fossils unlock clues to Earths climate half a billion years ago

May 9, 2018

An international collaboration of scientists, led by the University of Leicester, has investigated Earths climate over half a billion years ago by combining climate models and chemical analyses of fossil shells about 1mm long.

The research, published in Science Advances, suggests that early animals diversified within a climate similar to that in which the dinosaurs lived.

This interval in time is known for the Cambrian explosion, the time during which representatives of most of the major animal groups first appear in the fossil record. These include the first animals to produce shells, and it is these shelly fossils that the scientists used.

Scientists have long thought that the early Cambrian Period was probably a greenhouse interval in Earths climate history, a time when there were no p


The nomination form for election to the parliament - how much clearer could it be? "IndyWatch Feed National"

First published here just on 6 months ago. How could they be so cavalier? The nomination form for election to the Federal Parliament couldn't be more explicit about citizenship Thursday, 07 December 2017 Here's the AEC nomination form for candidates seeking election to the House of Representatives. Could it be...


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Antarctic cold front set to plunge temps to 1970's levels in Australia's grain belt "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's about to be pounded by a cold front that will take temperatures back to the 1970's and New Zealand will be inundated with flood waters again. Early seasons snows blanketing all of the alpine peaks in S.E Australia, plus the grain belt about to be swept by extremely high winds. Looking at the temperature anomaly map of Australia up to 8C below normal temperatures.


Asian stocks near three-week high point, dollar eases after lower US inflation report "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asian shares rallied on Friday as risk appetite got a boost from soft US inflation, helping alleviate worries of faster rate hikes by the Federal Reserve, while investors also cheered US-North Korean steps to further ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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Thursdays slower-than-expected April consumer price rises followed payrolls data last week which pointed to sluggish wage growth.

The two data sets meant inflation may be rising but not so rapidly that the Fed would have to take aggressive actions to keep the economy from overheating, said James McGlew, analyst at Perth-based stock broker Argonaut.

The recent shakeout in markets, partly stoked by Sino-US trade tensions, has also eased off, while money managers expect the relatively global low rates that fueled the goldilocks boom in stock markets last year will remain in place for some time.

While inflation is continuing to trend up its only happening slowly. So Goldilocks continues, Shane Oliver, chief investment manager at AMP, said in a note.

Indeed, a key measure of expected market swings, the Cboe Volatility Index, or VIX, has fallen very close to levels last seen in early January when stock markets were buoyant.

MSCIs broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.9 percent to near three-week highs with broad-based gains across all sectors.

Japans Nikkei climbed 1 percent while South Koreas KOSPI added 0.7 percent. Hong Kongs Hang Seng index jumped 1.4 percent. Chinese shares gave up early gains to be marginally lower.

On Wall Street, the Dow rose 0.8 percent, the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.89 percent and the S&P 500 rose 0.9 percent, surging past key resistance of 2,717 points.


Investors also appeared to welcome continued moves between the United States and North Korea to reduce tensions in the region.

US President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong un in Singapore next month amid high hopes of doing something very meaningful to curtail Pyongyangs nuclear ambitions.

Concerns still remain around US-China trade skirmishes and rising tensions in the Middle East, although analysts say the June 12 US-Korea summit will ensure the trade war rhetoric takes a back-seat for now.

Trump still needs President Xi (Jinping) and Chinas support in dealing with North Korea and this will be his priority in the short term, economists at JPMorgan wrote in a note to clients.

Once the meeting....


So President Trump's leading us to war hey Lefties? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Negotiating is always more successful from a position of strength.


Clinton Foundation Receives Another $5.5 Million from NZ Taxpayers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Clinton Foundation gets another $5.5m from NZ taxpayers

7 MAY 2018

Source: Scoop Independent News


A subsidiary of the controversial Clinton Foundation is set to receive US$3.9m (NZ$5.5m) in taxpayer money in 2018/19, the New Zealand Taxpayers Union can confirm. This is in addition to NZ$8m given to the organisation since 2014.

Taxpayers Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) claims that the organisation in question, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, is a separate entity. This is absurd the Clinton Foundation appoints the organisations directors, making it a subsidiary in legal terms.

The Foundation is currently under investigation by the FBI over the way it obtained donations while Hillary Clinton was US Secretary of State the same period in which the New Zealand Government began giving the initiative money.

Taxpayers deserve confidence that aid commitments are made to help the worlds poor, not to win favours with foreign politicians.

Even if aid money was meant to be used for diplomatic purposes, the fundings justification for no longer holds with Secretary Clinton out of public office. It seems that all taxpayers have to show for our generosity is a stop on her book tour!

The new Government should follow Australias lead and cut ties with Hillary Clintons potentially corrupt organisations. She is perfectly capable of raising money without handouts from the little New Zealand taxpayer.

This is the kind of nonsense that our Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters prides himself on exposing and cutting out. He should politely wait until....


It stinks, but not of Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Urban studies researchers working with residents of Polish cities have found that common perceptions of smells in daily life reveal much about how people feel about change and place. The smells people notice are often linked to broader social, political and economic conditions. In Poland, for example, life smells less like the vegetables in grocery stores and the natural environment of the past under socialism, and more like the petrol stations and supermarket air conditioning of capitalism in the present.


7 people, including 4 children, shot dead in southwestern Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police were called in early on Friday morning to a rural property near Margaret River. Upon their arrival, they discovered seven people dead at the scene: three adults and four children, according to a statement by Western Australia Police Commissioner Chris Dawson. Two firearms were discovered at the scene, and the bodies appeared to have gunshot wounds. Special units, including homicide investigators and a forensics unit, were dispatched from Perth. Police are reportedly treating the tragedy as a murder-suicide.


Jill Jacks, the quiet achiever - we owe her a great debt. "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Wednesday we brought you this story from the incomparable Jill Jacks: Last night Jill's work featured on The Outsiders on Sky News and today it's in The Australian. Deanne Carson recommends parents ask babies for consent to change nappies Ms Carson works with parents so they can teach...


Traditional owners seize control of infamous Lawn Hill cattle station "IndyWatch Feed National"

This news comes from Welcome to country (9 May 2018), an independent Indigenous news/media website. It tells of a story where traditional owners have just acted together, to take the land, over which their ancestors has traditional custodianship.

Traditional Waanyi Owners have reclaimed ownership of the infamous Lawn Hill cattle station. The Lawn Hill station once had 40 sets of Aboriginal ears nailed to the walls of the stations homestead.

The brutal history is a common story across Australia where land was taken under the most shocking circumstances. Just as those who faced the injustices back then, todays generation suffers the injustice of being left out and excluded from opportunities to develop the land the way we wish. This is changing on Waanyi land with this latest action by the Waanyi people. Watch below:

According to the media release by the Waanyi PBC, the Waanyi people wish to take back 100 percent full control of the station where previously 49% was held by New Century Resources under the joint Lawn Hill and Riversleigh Pastoral Company. The action comes after growing mistrust of the LHRPHC by the Waanyi PBC who claim they are being denied access to financial records which makes it impossible to know how much profits are being made under the LHRPHC name.

The Waanyi PBC also allege that LHRPHC membership records are not being provided on request and legitimate applications by Waanyi people are being ignored or denied. The partnership between the Waanyi Advancement Limited (WAL) and NCR under the LHRPHC was supposed to be an initiative that lead to financial empowerment for the Waanyi people but now, that only appears to be possible through complete 100% ownership and control.

Make sure to follow updates on this story by following Alec Doomadgee, the chairman of the Waanyi PBC on Facebook. We will be waiting to see the response by the media towards this historic action. You can be sure we will call them out if they choose to try and ignore these developments.

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Spring Hill and Lucknow: Village residents will have reason to smile with pipelines water "IndyWatch Feed National"

Spring Hill and Lucknow residents will soon have reason to smile when they switch to Oranges fluoride-enriched water system.

The 61-kilometre Orange-to-Carcoar pipeline will be commissioned in the coming weeks after a year-long construction process which was delayed by a costly vandalism attack in July last year.

The bore water currently supplied to both villages does not contain fluoride, and Orange mayor Reg Kidd said residents would benefit from tapping into Oranges supply, as the fluoridation process was a safe and effective way of preventing dental decay.

It is unlikely residents will notice a difference in the water as commissioning occurs when water from the Orange supply is slowly added to the existing Spring Hill and Lucknow supply, Cr Kidd said.

Both systems produce high-quality drinking water, but there are benefits to using the Orange supply.

The new system in place is more reliable than the existing bore water supplies in the villages and it is treated to a higher quality.

Cr Kidd said residents of the villages were fortunate to be getting access to some of the highest quality water in the state, having won the Water Industry Operations Association of Australia NSW water taste test in 2015.

The $21.21 million pipeline project was delayed in 2017 when vandals drilled holes in plastic sewer pipes that were on the roadside, waiting to be laid into the ground. There was also hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage inflicted on the projects machinery in the attack.

The pipeline, which was jointly funded by the NSW government, Orange City Council and Central Tablelands Water, uses steel pipes placed in underground trenches between one and two metres deep.

The majority of the pipeline was built adjacent to road corridors, with only small sections on private land, and includes pump stations to enable two-way water transfers.

Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless said the project will improve water security across a large area of Central West NSW, having flow on benefits to businesses, individuals and farms in the region.

*Original article online at......


While President Trump prunes NASA's climate activism, Turnbull funds (National) Australian Space Agency "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thanks to Seeker of Truth for the tip on President Trump's order that NASA ceases its climate change activity. The space agencys Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) has until now used satellite and aircraft instruments to monitor carbon dioxide and methane levels remotely at a cost of $US10 million per annum....


$4m fine urged for polluter Linc Energy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson (back) and Mr Peter Bond, CEO and founder of Linc Energy in 2011. AAP Image/Andrew Taylor.


A failed Queensland energy company, which polluted a large part of the Darling Downs with hazardous contaminants, should be fined up to $4 million dollars, prosectors say.

Sentencing has begun for Linc Energy in the Brisbane District Court with the company guilty of five counts of wilfully and unlawfully causing environmental harm.

Crown prosecutor Ralph Devlin QC told the court Linc had acted deviously in knowing the risks of its operations between 2007 and 2013, with one harmful chemical referred to as Mr Bubbles by management.

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New Zealand euthanasia advocate fined "IndyWatch Feed National"

Switzerland and David Goodall euthanasia: (L-R) Philip Nitschke, founder and director of the pro-euthanasia group Exit International, 104-year-old Australian scientist David Goodall and lawyer Moritz Gall, during the press conference a day before Goodalls assisted suicide in Basel, Switzerland, 09 May 2018. The 104-year-old, Australias oldest scientists, travelled to Switzerland where he has chosen to die by voluntary euthanasia on 10 May. EPA/GEORGIOS KEFALAS.


A euthanasia advocate cleared of assisting a womans suicide has been fined $NZ 7500 ($A6,946) for importing a lethal drug into New Zealand.

Susan Austen, a 67-year-old former school teacher, was in February found not guilty of aiding 77-year-old Annemarie Treadwell to commit suicide in 2016, but guilty on two other counts of importing the controlled drug pentobarbitone between 2012 and 2016.

The drug, taken in large quantities, can suppress the central nervous system, causing a coma and death and is used by vets to euthanise animals.

Fining and convicting Austen in the High Court at Wellington on Friday, Justice Susan Thomas described Austen as being on something of a crusade for law change.

That, however, does not alter the fact that you broke the law and did so knowingly, she said.

While the judge said Austen had shown no remorse, she pointed to strong support from members of the community and a lack of previous convictions.

Austen both imported the drug by mail and on her person while returning from Hong Kong, the court heard.

Austen is the head of the Wellington branch of pro-euthanasia group Exit International.

The police watchdog this year criticised officers for setting up a breath-testing checkpoint near Austens house in 2016 to get the details of t...


Hillary CLINTON in Melbourne with GILLARD "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hillary Clinton talks 2016 election as she, Julia Gillard take to the stage Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaks with former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard in Melbourne. Picture: AAP The Australian 10:28PM May 10, 2018 They welcomed the US president we thought wed have with a rapturous...


Reservations about reduced speeds and barriers "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Riders have expressed reservations about the possibility of speed reductions and unsafe barriers in impending roadworks on Brisbanes most famous motorcycling road.

Transport and Main Roads has contacted members of the Motorcycle Advocacy Group (Qld) to advise they are starting design work on $11.3 million worth of roadworks projects in the Mount Glorious region.

They say the works will improve safety along sections of Mount Glorious Road and the western end of Samford-Mount Glorious Road (between Dawson Creek Road and Mount Glorious Road).

This includes installing reflective markers, guide posts, guard rails and road signage, along with line marking improvements and pavement resurfacing. Barriers will also be installed at known and high-risk crash locations, which include motorcycle safety features to protect these road users, the TMR says.

Rider reservations

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Motorcycle Advocacy Group (MAG) spokesman Stuart Langfield says he has reservations about the roadworks, particularly barriers, surface suitability, wet-road grip and reduced speed zones.

Motorbike Writer contacted the TMR for more details but a spokesman said they could not yet provide any specifics.

Work has just started on design so it is too early to discuss proposed works locations and types of treatments that may be included in this project, the TMR spokesman says.

We understand Mount Glorious Road and Samford-Mount Glorious Road are popular routes with motorcyclists and would like to reassure everyone that design features, including specific safety treatments for motorcyclists, will improve safety for all road users.  

The pr...


Wabi and its Wabi Coin: A Starters Guide "IndyWatch Feed National"

China is a country that has had countless cases of fake products. One of those cases was baby formulas. It resulted in thousands of babies being hospitalized and others even losing their precious lives. Fake products, including cosmetics, alcohol, and []

The post Wabi and its Wabi Coin: A Starter"s Guide appeared first on The Global Mail.


Shortens budget reply offers more within the set parameters "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Labor leader Bill shorten has delivered his budget reply. Those critical of what was delivered last Tuesday by Scott Morrison, will be pleased with some of what he had to say.

He explained what many of us had already discovered. The budget pretended to give most of us $10 a week, but in the fine print tekes a lot more.

As Shorten said, hidden in the text was an $80 billion hand out to big business, including the banks, a $17 billion cut to schools, a $715 million cut to hospitals. A further $270 million is cut from TAFE, and funding for the ABC is cut, yet again.  The retirement is still going up to 70. This is an effective cut on the age pension. Pensioners get a $14 cut every fortnight.

The most important promise made by the Labor leader, is that the $80 billion hand out to big business would be stopped. part of this money has been earmarked for spending on health, education, boosting wages and real tax cuts for the average Australian.

It is a start. At the same time, more could be done.

In the first place, the tax cuts presented by Morrison are designed to carve into what remains of the progressive nature of the income tax system.  This means, the higher the income up to the $200,000 threshold, the bigger your tax cut. It would be much better not to support this.

There could have been a pledge to put an end to the scandalous massive tax evasion industry that sees corporations not contributing their fair share. Not a word. If the  732 biggest companies had paid the 30 percent company tax, would have contributed $16.6 billion. Out of a profit of $500 billion in the previous financial year. This is for one year alone. Many of them paid absolutely nothing and the rest paid almost nothing. All this comes from the data of the Australian Tax Office.

There is a promise to reform negative gearing and the capital gains tax, and increase funding for hospitals, schools and welfare. Some of the other promises are a little more controversial.

As a package, Shorten offered a better alternative.

Even so, it remains that there could have been a lot more detail. This could have been backed up by a commitment to undo the damage that has been caused.  Imagine what could be done with captured corporate tax evasion dollars.

bill Shorten faces pressure from the Business Council of Australia and other  big business organisations, which command considerable resources to put into campaigning, not only for...


Turnbull In Australia Trying To Limit Size Of Cash Payments "IndyWatch Feed National"

The criminal organization headed by Malcolm Turnbull and flattering itself with unfounded claims to being the government of Australia is supposing it can cap the maximum size of cash payments as part of an ongoing racist campaign to combat the "black economy" (archived).


Discriminatory remote work scheme improved but onerous work hours and harsh penalties will drive poverty "IndyWatch Feed National"

The need for fair pay for work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities has finally been acknowledged by the Federal Government but Budget measures outlined for its remote work for the dole scheme fall well-short of realising this in practice.

The Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT (APO NT) and the Human Rights Law Centre cautiously welcomed some changes to the Community Development Program (CDP), but expressed deep concern about the Governments piecemeal approach and its decision to continue with onerous obligations while introducing a harsher penalty system in remote communities.

John Paterson, spokesperson for APO NT, said that for three years Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations have been dealing with the devastation wrought by the Governments program.

"The hard work of APO NT and other Aboriginal organisations and CDP providers has started to pay-off, with the Minister for Indigenous Affairs recognising that paid work with proper entitlements is the key to lifting families out of poverty, stimulating social enterprise and creating meaningful employment opportunities," said Mr Paterson.

Mr Paterson welcomed the announcement of 6000 subsidised jobs with proper work entitlements and improvements to the way that peoples work capacity is assessed but said the Government should be adopting the Aboriginal-led model already developed by APO NT.

"We are pleased that there will be subsidies for 6000 jobs and an improved assessment process to ensure vulnerable people are not forced to participate beyond their capabilities. However, the Government has engaged in a cherry-picking exercise rather than wholeheartedly adopting the positive Aboriginal community-driven model developed by APO NT, which will limit the benefits possible on the ground," said Mr Paterson.

The Budget measures include a reduction in work requirements from 25 to 20 hours, but people in remote communities, 83 per cent of whom are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, will still have to work around 270 hours more each year than people in urban areas.

Adrianne Walters, senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that it was mind-boggling that after three years, a racist and inflexible work hours requirement will continue to be imposed on remote communities, albeit in slightly modified form. 

"Equal pay for equal work is a core tenet of Australian society. The Federal Government must eliminate the blatantly discriminatory requirement which sees people in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities forced to work more hours for the same basic Centrelink payment as people in cities," said Ms Walters.

Both organisations have also warned that the new compliance measures announced in the Budget will undermine the potential for posi...


PNG gas project may spark new civil war "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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

Australian Associated Press | 10 May 2018

A new report on a partly Australian-funded Papua New Guinea gas project warns landowner discontent could spiral out of control.

A partly Australian-funded liquefied natural gas project in Papua New Guineas southern highlands has the hallmarks of another Bougainville civil war, a new report warns.

The ExxonMobil-led project, which attracted a half billion dollar Australian government loan in 2009, supplies eight million tonnes of gas a year to Japan, South Korea and China.

Despite gas flowing since 2014, landowners in Hela province are yet to receive royalty payments, resulting in escalating tensions, tribal violence, incidents of hostage-taking, blockades and sabotage.

A new report from Australian think tank Jubilee Australia warns there are risks landowner discontent could spiral out of control and might force the PNG government into a m...


EXPLAINER: The Stakes Are Bigger Than You Think In A War With Iran "IndyWatch Feed National"

With more missile strikes overnight, the United States and to a lesser extent Israel are leading the charge against Iran in the Middle East. Michael Brull explains why a war with Iran would be a very bad idea.

At time of writing, it is Thursday. Israel has just bombed targets in Syria again. It seems things might quieten down for now. However, as the threat of war involving Iran is increasing, it is worth recording what happened, and some of the context.

Israel launched a large-scale attack on targets in Syria early on Thursday morning. According to Haaretz, which often serves as stenographer to the Israeli military, The Israeli military stated that the retaliatory attack it carried out against Iranian forces early Thursday morning was the most extensive one it has set out on in decades. It reportedly hit targets deep within Syria. Israel claimed it targeted Irans al Quds force and the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Those Iranian forces are in Syria at the invitation of the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad. Assad has been waging a brutal counter-insurgency against an uprising which originated with Syrian citizens, but later included insurgents who travelled around the world. The insurgency received support from the West, and wealthy Gulf Arab countries, such as Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Assads government was sustained through support from the governments of Iran and Russia. Assad has also received support from the Lebanese Shia militia, Hezbollah.

The Israeli army claims that its attack was in response to 20 rockets fired at Israeli forces in the Golan Heights. The Golan Heights are Syrian territory, that Israel conquered and has occupied since the war in 1967. In 1981, the first right-wing Israeli Likud government of Menachem Begin purportedly annexed the Golan Heights. The rest of the world rejected this annexation, and this position was upheld in the unanimously adopted United Nations Security Council Resolution 497. That is, the rockets were fired at Israeli forces in Syrian territory.

Haaretz reported that according to the Israeli army, none of the rockets fired at Israel actually hit Israeli territory: four were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system and the rest landed in Syrian territory. This is misleading even if they had landed in the Golan, that too would be Syrian territory. However, it should be noted that there is limited evidence at this point that rockets actually were fired at Israeli forces, let alone that Iranian forces were responsible for those rockets. It is...


Scientists Discovered Berries That Could Be Used to Kill Tumors and Possibly Cure Cancer "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you have not yet heard of Blushwood berries, you should really look into them. It seems the extract produced by these berries could be considered to be a powerful tool in preventing and ridding ourselves of bad health.

Scientists have managed to destroy cancerous tumors by using an experimental drug derived from these berries. This drug is referred to as EBC-46. It was produced by extracting a compound from the berries themselves and showed to be about 70 percent effective.

While not much has been heard about the drug since 2014, it is important to be aware of. This drug works by destroying the blood vessels that supply the tumors with oxygen and nutrients. It targets a protein called Protein Kinase C (PKC) that prevents tumor cells from making the proteins that help them to continue on living.

This drug has proven to be quite effective. One very important thing to note about this berry-derived drug is that those mice also did not experience relapse which is quite common with treatment methods like chemotherapy. A company known as QBiotics holds the patent for EBC-46 and they have tested this product on mice, cats, dogs, and horses with great success.

According to the QBiotics website, they have begun clinical testing of this drug in humans and are evaluating it for safety as per usual. It is being conducted in Australia where it was first found/created and we hope will bring some promising things to light. So far, it seems trials conducted on 22 patients with things like melanoma demonstrated good tolerability and limited adverse effects.

QBiotics describes this drug as follows on their website:

QBiotics leading anticancer pharmaceutical, tigilanol tiglate (EBC-46), is a novel small molecule diterpene ester in development as a local treatment for solid tumors. Tigilanol tiglate was discovered by applying the EcoLogic approach to drug discovery from the tropical rainforests of Queensland Australia. The drug is not synthetically tractable and is isolated from the Australian native plant Blushwood. Tigilanol tiglate is a protein kinase C (PKC) activator and when injected into solid tumors causes PKC-dependent hemorrhagic necrosis, rapid tumor cell death and ultimate removal of solid tumors as demonstrated in pre-clinical models of cancer.

What do you think, could this play out in a...


Frustration builds around PNGs LNG project rights group "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Photo: RNZI/Johnny Blades

Radio New Zealand

An Australian human rights NGO says there is a lot of frustration in Papua New Guineas Hela province at the lack of benefits from the huge LNG project.

Jubilee Australia has just issued the second of several reports into the $US19 billion dollar ExxonMobil project.

The first report detailed the failure of the scheme, and the PNG Government, to deliver of huge promises of dramatic economic growth, many more jobs and much higher wages.

Now Jubilees Luke Fletcher says in Hela, where most of the project is sited, people have not received any royalty payments and none of the promised infrastructure improvements have been made.

Now those promises were probably overinflated but the point is that people were expecting it, Mr Fletcher said.

Quality of life is not good, it h...


May 11 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1806 - The Sydney Gazette reported ;
"...accounts were received from Hunters River, stating the total loss of the fine colonial schooner Governor King, of which we last week made mention. The person who brought in the first accounts of her loss came away very shortly after she struck, in order to obtain timely assistance from the owners, if any service could be rendered; but in the course of a few hours from the time he left her she went to pieces, and by the next morning fragments of the wreck were scattered along the shore for several miles. Great part of her freight of pork has been saved, but little else, except about two ton out of 12 ton of iron taken in at Dusky Bay in lieu of ballast picked up from the wreck of the Endeavour."

1813 - Gregory Blaxland set out with William Lawson and William Charles Wentworth on an exploring expedition across the Blue Mountains.

1815 - William Henry Moore was admitted to the courts as the first free solicitor in the colony.

1816 - The very first issue of the Hobart Town Gazette and Southern Reporter was published. Though 1 June is usually recognized as the date of its first issue, a rare earlier number dated Saturday, 11 May 1816, is described as 'volume the third number 158' and bore the normal heading 'Published by Authority'.

1821 - The Father of the Australian press, George Howe, printer, editor, publisher and poet, died aged just 51.

1825 - George Spencer, Lewis Collins and other convicts played pirate and escaped from Newcastle in the cutter Eclipse.

1827 - Private examination took place at the Police Office at Sydney in the case of Lieutenant Lowe who was accused of originating the death of a black native 'at Newcastle.. Lieut. Lowe is a gentleman universally esteemed for his mildness and humanity and he had great difficulty to encounter from the hostile and ferocious conduct of the blacks at the time the transaction is said to have taken place'

1835 - Patrick Kilmartin was hanged at Sydney for the murder of James Hamilton.

1836 - Joseph Free was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Edward Brown at Invermein.

1859 - John Arrow was hanged at Bathurst for the murder of Catherine Leary at Summer Hill Creek, Orange.

1859 - Thomas Ryan (alias William Martin) was hanged at Bathurst for the rape of Leah England in the Wellington Valley.

1861 - William Dymock, he what founded Dymock's Book Stores, was hatched.

1861 - Walter George Arthur, Aboriginal leader,  the son of Rolepa, known to Europeans as 'King George', a senior man of the Ben Lomond tribe in north-eastern Tasmania, was returning by row boat to Oyster Cove from Hobart when he fell overboard; his body was not recovered.

1880 - The Opening of the 10th Victorian Pa...


Ark coin: A starters guide "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the battle for the emerging dominant smart contract platform, the ledger and decentralized blockchain wars have seen many enter the fray. Perhaps no other project is ambitious as Ark and its ark coin. Can it be the Ethereum slayer? []

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Fortnightly Links: aid data, donors and spending, how to rig an election, and more "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The OECD has a detailed new report on how much aid donors give to civil society and what its spent on.

Jo Chandlers beautiful reporting for the Monthly puts human faces on the sometimes dry topic of the resource curse in Papua New Guinea.

Continuing their tradition of clearly communicating the findings of robust evaluations, Oxfam UK have a handy summary of what they learned about evaluating womens empowerment projects through a meta-analysis.

DFAT have updated their high-level aid data (and in user friendly spreadsheets too!). Access it all here.

A fascinating podcast on how to rig an election, covering the types of electoral fraud and the logic underpinning it.

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PERTH Dangerous WA sex offender Narrier caught "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Dangerous Western Australian sex offender Patrick Lennard Narrier has been caught by police two days after they lost track of him. Narrier, 45, has .



Pacific journalists launch environment group at media summit "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PEJN launch in Tonga
Moses Steven, Imelda Abano & Iliesa Tora cut the cake to mark the launch of the Pacific Environment Journalist Network

STAFF CORRESPONDENT | Pacific Environment Journalist Network | Pacific Media Watch

NUKU'ALOFA - The Pacific Environment Journalist Network (PEJN) has been officially launched in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, on the eve of the opening of the 5th Pacific Media Summit.

It aims to bring together journalists who are interested in reporting on environment issues and to provide them with the space, training and resources to do so.

It is time Pacific Islanders tell the world their own stories and this is a part of it. I would like to congratulate everyone behind it, said Pacific Islands News Association president Moses Steven.

He said PEJN should work with national media organisations to develop and grow reporting on environment issues because "we have to take ownership of our stories".

Earth Journalism Networks Imelda Abano said it was important to have such networks to strengthen and improve the quality and quantity of environment reporting in the Pacific.

PEJN is registered in Tonga and will have its secretariat in Tonga and the founding members had their first meeting in Nuku'alofa to elect office bearers.

PEJN is made up of 10 Pacific journalists who won awards to attend and report on the 23rd Conference of the Parties in Bonn, Germany, in November last year.

Membership will be open to journalists from across the region.


PR: Skrumble Network Crowdfunding Sells out in 1 Hour with the Help of LEEKICO and Announces First Exchange Listing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Skrumble Network Crowdfunding Sells out in 1 Hour with the Help of LEEKICO and Announces First Exchange Listing

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Sydney, Australia LEEKICO, a one-stop-service ICO platform, successfully supported Skrumble Network (SKM), a project aiming to solve the data ownership crisis with a secure blockchain and application, in completing its highly anticipated token sale on May 5th, 2018. With LEEKICOs support, Skrumble Network (SKM) reached their hard cap of 20,000 ETH, securing about $15 Million USD.

Following the incredible success of their public sale, Skrumble Network announced via their 48,000 members Telegram group that theyll be exclusive main board listing on the exchange starting on May 10th, 2018.

Skrumble Network (SKM) is a completely new and innovative blockchain and application that centers on creating the most secure connections for communication possible. Skrumble Network addresses the issues with current centralized communication systems that pose data security challenges, solves issues with data ownership and creates a safe haven for marginalized communication who seek free discussion and trusted connections.

Our users desire a secure community where they can feel comfortable enough sharing their personal data and wont need to worry about who else has access to it, because no one else will, says Skrumble Network Co-Founder Eric Lifson. It is our mission to give users back ownership of their data, and we could not have done it without the incredible support from our partnership with LEEKICO to help us run the token sale while we focus on this mission.

Skrumble Network is an open source community-driven blockchain and application which will allow users to perform communication and financial transactions more securely as well as build their...


Creativity: Scaling the loftiest peaks of the mind "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Power-of-the-mindSIMON DAVIDSON

KOKOPO - The mind is the most complex organ in the cosmos. It is one of Gods masterpieces. Neuroscientists call it the two pound universe.

Yes, weighing only two pounds it contains billions of neurons and trillions interconnections. It is the mechanism that controls human life.

The brain is also the source of creativity and innovation. Elegant prose, scintillating art, breathtaking melody, the loftiest religious abstractions, the digital marvels of the 21st century everything. All engineered by the brain.

How does one access this creative citadel? Many of the most creative minds that have graced our planet have revealed that they take time to be alone, to meditate, to imagine and to create.

As people meditate, the critical left brain enters a default state to reach what psychologist Mihly Cskszentmihlyi calls the flow state - where the brain performs at its peak.

Meditation opens the creative right brain to access the imagination, where creative thinking takes place.

During meditative imagineering, the mind takes a mental leap and transcends the limits of logical thought, creating a breakthrough to new ideas or innovation. 

I see in my mind what I want to paint and paint what I see, said artist Vincent van Gogh on creating his art via imagination.

And physicist Albert Einstein, imagining what it would be like to ride on a beam of light, formulated the general theory of relativity.

By meditating and harnessing the powers of the imagination, creative minds have been able to make inspired leaps and produced work of great originality, almost magical and other worldly, alive with the spark of genius.

Through the power of imagination, one can reach the loftiest peaks of the mind and be a creative genius like Edison, Mozart, Einstein, Dickens and so many more great and original thinkers.


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

Today, we are likely to see higher highs as lead regulatory officials from Asia and America revealed what they think about restrictive cryptocurrency regulations. Its likely that because of this, we are seeing recoveries in Bitcoin and Ethereum with the []

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


War On Cash Goes into Full Effect Purchases Over $10,000 ILLEGAL in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"


As government attempts to track every purchase to increase their power, Australia is spearheading this war on cash by outlawing any purchases in cash over $10,000.

The post War On Cash Goes into Full Effect Purchases Over $10,000 ILLEGAL in Australia appeared first on The Free Thought Project.


ZTEs Operations Shutdown Stymies Major Phone Customers "IndyWatch Feed National"

AT&T, Telstra, others reassess ties in wake of a U.S. ban on component sales to the Chinese company

ZTE said Wednesday it had halted major operations, though employees at its Shenzhen, China, factory showed up to work as usual Thursday.
ZTE said Wednesday it had halted major operations, though employees at its Shenzhen, China, factory showed up to work as usual Thursday.PHOTO:  BOBBY YIP / REUTERS/REUTERS

Customers of ZTE Corp. ZTCOY -15.37% world-wide are reassessing their ties with the hobbled Chinese telecommunications firm, concerned that supplies of phones and networking gear will soon run short after assembly lines were shut down.

Telstra Corp. TLSYY -1.96% , Australias biggest telecom carrier, said Thursday it would no longer carry its own-bra...


Seaweed in Cow Feed Reduces Methane Emissions Almost Entirely "IndyWatch Feed National"

Via: Food Tank: A recent study by researchers at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, has found a certain type of Australian red algae can significantly inhibit methane emissions from cows. Led by Professor of Aquaculture Rocky De Nys, researchers found an addition of less than 2 percent dried seaweed to a cows diet can []

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Australian Government Looks to Blockchain for Trade Modernization "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias Department of Home Affairs is looking to blockchain technology to provide secure and transparent international trade and logistics management. The department is hoping to Modernize International Trade Management within the country and is pushing for a pan governmental framework for emerging technology, Including blockchain, AI and the internet of things, to provide real time intelligence on the nations supply chain activities. The DHA suggested the frame during a joint Standing Committee on Trade Growth on Thursday, a ZDNet report says. A spokesman for the department was cited as saying: . Intelligence and risk assessment capabilities and revenue collection are enhanced by new and emerging technology, like blockchain, which would improve the veracity, validation and analysis of intelligence and trade data..

The DHA is currently exploring, exploring, and understanding the applicability of blockchain in creating its trade modernization plan. In the submission to the committee, the department said that in the coming 4 Years, it expects to find a 28 percent increase in air freight and a 13 percent increase in sea freight imports to Australia. Blockchain can play a role on reducing trade documentation and associated costs, as well as reducing delays associated with errors in the movement of paperwork, it continued. Further, the modernization effort can lead to increased safety and security along with greater efficiency in border examination clearance procedures..

The submission concluded: A secure and contemporary end-to end supply chain is essential to Australias security, growth and prosperity.. Outback road train picture via Shutterstock. A leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.

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Australia: Govt Considering Blockchain For Trade Supply Chains "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias interior ministry is looking to use blockchain to improve trade


Australian Government Looks to Blockchain for Trade Modernization "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's Department of Home Affairs is touting blockchain technology in a push to modernize the country's international trade supply chains.

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