Pope Francis, the yarmulke-wearing Jesuit, recently came out against “fake news”.
A thing that can do great damage to the information media is disinformation: that is, faced with any situation, saying only a part of the truth, and not the rest.
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An upcoming Supermoon could set tensions running high this Christmas and make the festive season a "battle ground", according to one psychiatrist. Rose Smith, the head of the largest network of psychic readers in the Southern hemisphere, Absolute Soul Secrets, has said having three slightly larger moons in a row at the end of the year could result in people experiencing heightened emotions. Australian psychiatrist Rose Smith says a third supermoon could effect people's emotions and 'tip them over the edge' Ms Smith told Daily Mail Australia: "Supermoons are not unusual, we get several a year, but it is unusual to have three in a row and to have them at the end of the year and at the end of the '9' cycle. "There is a lot of stress in the aether, and a lot of pent up emotions built up over time. People have to tighten the reins on their tongues otherwise feelings might come out all over the place." She also warned that the third supermoon could make Christmas a 'battle ground', especially when people carry out their Christmas shopping. Ms Smith added that she had visions of people 'fighting over high heels'. The next supermoon is expected to take place just after midnight on Wednesday and will be the third supermoon in three months. Supermoon is the term given when a full moon is closest to earth. It appears 30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent bigger to those watching on Earth. Some myths and legends believe supermoons pushes people over the edge and into insanity. The word lunacy is actually derived from the Latin lunaticus, which means "of the moon" or "moonstruck".
Only government approved propaganda will be allowed to saturate the masses. By General Maddox. A bold move by the US Government may see the end of alternative media outlets being accessed by Americans. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which has been renewed every year by whatever president is in power since 9/11, will have […]
|The first person I bumped into was an old schoolmate of my brother David at Lae International High School in the 1980s Chris Davies and he thought I was David...another Mangi Lae from the glory days of our town has returned home...Chris is a born and bred Lae boy who did all his primary and high school here...and sad to see it going backwards...|
|I stayed at Lae City Hotel along 3rd Street, where the food and service was absolutely tops, not to mention the free Wi-Fi.|
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but 86-year-old Ed Moseley would disagree. In fact, the activist would likely tell you that you’re never too old to learn a new trade.
After Dogwood Forest Assisted Living, the facility Moseley lives at in Georgia, asked for residents to help make knit caps for premature newborn babies, the elderly citizen was more than happy to partake. He told Inside Edition:
“I’ve never knitted in my life. Corporate said it’s a nice project for keeping the old people out of trouble.”
Even though Moseley is battling cancer, he taught himself to knit in just four days. At first, the task of knitting a baby’s cap took Moseley four hours to complete. But now, he can complete a cap in 1 1/2 hours while watching television or chatting with a friend. Within the first few weeks, Moseley created 55 caps for premature babies. It wasn’t long before other residents pitched in to eventually create 300 caps to donate.
All caps were delivered to to the Northwise Hospital last Thursday, just in time for National Preemie Awareness Day. Says Patricia Blunt, a mother of a premature baby in the unit:
“It’s very nice that so many people care about the babies in the NICU. Being up here is so disruptive to your every day and knowing that people care enough to help parents is so appreciated.”
After months of misinterpretations and slandering by the mainstream media VaxXed goes off without a hitch. By General Maddox. Brutal verbal lashings by the Murdoch media monopoly leading up to the very first screening in Logan City, Queensland were deplorable to say the least. A host of disinformation and propaganda were regularly printed or published […]
The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea has
thanked the United States military for its ongoing support for the
hosting of APEC Papua New Guinea 2018.
Meeting with United States Navy Admiral Harry Harris, Commander of the United States Pacific Command, today in Port Moresby, Prime Minister O’Neill said APEC security is a joint operation for every APEC Host Economy and co-operation is taking place with security partners at the highest level.
He said the thousands of international visitors who visit Papua New Guinea in 2018 will experience one of the most diverse cultures in the world in a secure environment that will enable important discussions to take place.
"APEC in Papua New Guinea will be a unique Pacific experience, and will maintain the highest level of security to ensure the safety of all Leaders, delegates and officials,” PM O’Neill said.
“Papua New Guinea is working closely our security partners including the United States, Australia and New Zealand, to ensure we have co-ordination in critical areas.
“There has already seen a great deal of capacity building taking place on the ground through joint exercises and training.
“We are seeing our national disciplined services increase their capacity and this is essential to hosting a successful APEC year and Summit.
“The Leaders of most APEC Members have already agreed to attend the Leaders Summit in November 2018, and they will deliver significant policy outcomes for the region and have a memorable visit to our nation.”
The Prime Minister said Admiral Harris was complimentary of security operations that have already been undertaken at major events in Papua New Guinea as a platform to continue advancing capacity.
“I am proud of the capacity we have seen building in our disciplined forces that has been put into operation through recent major international events,” the Prime Minister said.
“In the past eighteen months Papua New Guinea has successfully hosted APEC Ministerial and working level events, the Pacific Games, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Leaders' Summit and now the FIFA Women’s Under 20 World Cup.
"We will continue to strengthen this capacity through the APEC PNG Joint Security Task Force that will engage our foreign partners.”
Prime Minister O’Neill thanked Admiral Harris for visiting Papua New Guinea and said he looks forward to further high level engagement with the United States.
The grade eight (8) national examinations in the
Morobe Province saw a large number of students, totalling up to 13
000 sitting for the exams, however the chances of being selected to
grade 9 for students have been quite slim in the past years, hence
the Morobe Education Division is now looking to register four new
schools to address this concern.
Division of Education Provincial Program Advisor Mr. Keith Jiram stated that out of all the students that sit the exams, about 40 % are selected whilst the other 60% miss out on continuing to grade 9.
“We are thinking of establishing and registering new schools so that we increase the percentage of grade nine intake.” says Mr. Jiram.
Mr. Jiram says he will be meeting with the Teaching Service Commission and the Department of Education regarding this plan to ensure that the schools are registered and ready for intake by next year.
The four schools the Morobe Division of Education is aiming to register include Ragiampun High school, Wantoat High School, Buang High school and the Kabwum Vocational School. Read more on >> PNG Education News Online
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A Muslim woman is on ‘trial by media’ for refusing to stand in court. But the media’s attention should be focussed on the allegations of police violence against a woman, writes Michael Brull.
Moutia Elzahed is a Muslim woman, who has two children. They are both teenage boys. She is married to Hamdi Alqudsi, who was convicted for his role in helping seven men go to Syria. As he is in prison, Elzahed must look after her two children as a sole parent.
On 18 September 2014, their house was raided by both the federal and NSW police. Ms Elzahed alleges that she was punched in the ear, eye and head during the raid. Her sons also allege that they were treated violently.
Ms Elzahed alleges that the police called her sons “terrorists”. She alleges that they said to her things like “Shut up bitch”, and “Get out of the fucking bed bitch”. Her son alleges that whilst not fully dressed, she tried to cover her body with a blanket. As she refused police requests to remove the blanket, a police officer punched her.
There has been no suggestion that Ms Elzahed has committed any crime, or is in any way implicated in the criminal actions of her husband. Yet the fact that she is seeking redress for violence allegedly perpetrated against her, whilst looking after two children by herself, has garnered little sympathy from the public, or from media commentators.
In this case, the alleged perpetrators of violence against a woman are the police. And the woman is a religious Muslim, who wears a niqab. No voices of sympathy have been offered on Ms Elzahed’s behalf. No interest has been shown in exploring the allegations she has made against the police.
In fact, it is striking that the allegations of violence have been completely ignored, as various media commentators compete to ridicule Ms Elzahed for her religious beliefs.
Ms Elzahed wears a niqab. This is a type of conservative Islamic headdress, which covers a woman’s neck and most of her face, except for her eyes. It is worn by a small minority of Muslim women. District Court Justice Audrey Balla decided that because Ms Elzahed refuses to take off the niqab to testify, she will not be allowed to give evidence about the assault by the police.
In effect, this is a determination to not hear the central allegation of the ca...
In of itself, technological development is benign. But behind every use is a human agent, and behind that agent is a motive, an inspiration, an agenda. Monitoring one’s employees has become the great mainstay of what companies claim is a productive exercise. The watched employee will have incentives to behave, to prosper, and to fulfil the ethos of the company.
Management at the mining giant Rio Tinto have ambitions to take the technology of monitoring employees to another level – quite literally. Proud to have been at the forefront of various technical innovations in the employment field, the recently proposed surveillance program by the company’s management caused more than just a ruffling.
Some of this was put down to the company’s fly-in, fly-out contractor (FIFO), which seemed enthusiastic about the idea of monitoring work personnel on the work camp sites. Last Thursday, Rio Tinto, through its human resources arm, distributed an email claiming the suggestion inaccurate. “We do not, nor will we in future, use drones to monitor employees on any of our sites or premises.”
Hair splitting duly ensued. “This concept,” claimed vice president for human resources Nicky Firth, “has never been proposed and there is no provision in the contract with Sodexo for this form of activity.”
Sodexo, the company allied to Rio Tinto’s operations similarly poured water on the idea, though it was hardly of the cold sort, claiming that “the comments in regards to future technology are conceptual only and there are no intentions to introduce any of these concepts to Rio Tinto sites.”
Soon after Rio awarded a 10-year facilities management contract to Sodexo in March, an agreement covering operations and accommodation sites, Keith Weston, Sodexo’s vice president for mining global sales and business sales, envisaged such mobile surveillance as a valuable measure providing “real time insights and metrics on equipment and people movement”.1
Weston had one unmistakable goal: “to get to the point where we capture individual insights on where employees are spending their time and money and improve the quality of their lives.” This was being done for them.
The mere fact that these ideas are doing the r...
Above : Chris Shortis (L) marching alongside other fascists (including man in swastika t-shirt, neo-Nazi Glenn Anderson) on May 31, 2015 in Richmond. This was the public debut of the UPF. Former United Patriots Front (UPF) turned Australia First Party … Continue reading
Previously published (13/12/16) on Russia Insider. See also: Reports: Audio recording between ISIS and US before Deir Ezzor massacre found (26/9/16) | Ron Paul Forums, US attack on Syrian Army in Deir Ezzor was â€˜coordinatedâ€™ (30/11//16) by Paul Antonopoulos | Al Masdar News.
A US investigation found the coalition 'botched' a strike in Deir ez-Zor, hitting the Syrian Army by mistake. Why did they not return to kill the IS fighters who moved in, or the IS fighters who just moved back to Palmyra?
Following a two-month investigation into the US coalition attack on a Syrian Army base in Deir al Zour in September, the Defence departments of the US and Australia concluded that the 'botched' strike was a result of poor information and human error, and no-one will face charges over the 'incident'.
What’s worse, a woman refusing to stand in court, or police assaulting a woman and calling her kids terrorists? Michael Brull thinks the answer is clear.
It turns out, a Muslim woman sitting down is more offensive to Australian media than police assaulting a Muslim woman and calling her children terrorists.
The woman in question is Moutia Elzahed, suing the police for assaulting her family. Right-wing Murdoch blogger Tim Blair has repeatedly ridiculed Moutia Elzahed on his blog at the Daily Telegraph, calling her a “bag lady”. That is his reference to her niqab.
In a caption to a picture of her on his blog, it says “Something – could be a person – leaves court yesterday”. His comments are somewhat representative of the Tele’s feverish and obsessive coverage of the case.
Aside from showing courage in challenging the police for their alleged assault and abuse, Ms Elzahed has also shown intelligent judgment. When confronted by writers for the Telegraph, she correctly observed that, “Your newspaper is evil… The Daily Telegraph is evil.”
A more repulsive reaction to the case was displayed by the vapid chauvinists of Channel 10 morning talk show, Studio 10. For a few stomach-turning minutes, the panel repeatedly sneer at Islam and Ms Elzahed. Not a single one of them made even a vague reference to the allegations of violence she has made.
Apparently unfamiliar with her name, none of them use it throughout the clip. That ignorance of the plaintiff and her case had zero influence on their eagerness to ridicule and attack her.
Denise Drysdale took particular pleasure in mocking Ms Elzahed: “When she says she’ll only stand for Allah – where’s he?” The audience and panel burst into laughter. “Where is he? Is he going to come into the court and then she’ll stand up? Isn’t he up there somewhere?”
When another panellist suggests that her insistence on testifying whilst wearing the veil was a separate issue related to the issue of modesty in Islam, Drysdale curtly responded: “She’s living in Australia.” The audience applauded.
The insinuation that Ms Elzahed was somehow an interloper, not one of us, but one of “them” who refuses to respect “our” way of life was taken up by Nic...
As big as a whale
All stories must start somewhere, so we will start with a horse named Gold and Black. The twenty-something rider on top of Gold and Black was one of Western Australia’s most skilled equestrians, Bertha Elvina Locke, although everyone called her Daisy. Daisy was to suffer several horse-related accidents throughout her life, but she just treated these as a risk of the sport. It is quite clear that this young woman was the sort to take life’s ups and downs in her stride.
Daisy lived at Wonnerup or, to be more specific, at Lockville Farmhouse, a picturesque building with an original wattle and daub cottage and a later two-storey limestone extension. It was probably slightly unusual in that part of the state for Daisy to have another hobby: reading mining manuals. She also discovered the whale which was Perth Museum’s most famous exhibit for more than a century, although it now lies hidden in a Welshpool warehouse awaiting a new home.
Picture Daisy riding one her horses along Lockeville Beach, accompanied only by her large white parasol, lined with green, on Tuesday 17 August 1897. This is when Miss Locke came to see a giant whale stranded near the jetty. Turning her horse around, she galloped to Wonnerup House to seek her uncle’s assistance. Together with another man, they went out in a small boat, harpooned the great creature, and securely anchored it to the shore. Daisy, with the knowledge gained from her mining manuals that everything of value must be within four pegs, decided to stake the beast in case anyone else claimed it. Three long pieces of wood were fo...
After reading Hoaxtead’s latest post- if I was Kristie- I would get together with all those at Shirley Oaks, the Hollie Greg camp, the Melanie Shaw camp, and with ALL THE OTHER FUCKING VICTIMS- and start working together to show that there is an OBVIOUS FUCKING ISSUE in the UK.
JUST AS THERE WAS IN THE 80’S- the last time they COVERED THIS SHIT UP.
Oxford university students told to use ‘ze’ instead or ‘he’ or ‘she’ | 11 Dec 2016 | Students at Oxford university have been told to refer to each other using gender neutral pronouns like ‘ze’ to stop transgender undergraduates from being offended. The students’ union said in a leaflet that the move was intended to reduce the risk of offending transgender students, the Sunday Times reported.
On 12 May 2014 Jeremy Stoljar SC made his opening statement about the AWU Scandal. He misled the Commission on the $60M contract Thiess was gifted by Carmen Lawrence's Government. The Commission learned nothing about Thiess during its two years of operation. Stoljar recommended that the Commission make these final...
One of the world’s most important processes in recent years has been the weakening of the US dollar on the international currency market and the desire of many countries to abandon it in order to release their economies from US influence. The United States is resisting this process.
Recently, the US created the Trans-Pacific Partnership: one of its goals was to counteract China’s economic expansion in the Pacific Ocean. Undoubtedly, the US dollar will be the most popular currency in the territory of the TPP. The United States itself and its closest partners such as Australia, Canada, Japan, etc. have joined the TPP. However, the Partnership is still open – as the US hopes to attract further members. Even the Peoples Republic of China was invited, despite it being the main competitor of the TPP. So, a number of developing countries of the Asia-Pacific region, seeking to increase their participation in international trade, are now facing a choice between the TPP and other economic organisations where Russia and China play the main role. First of all, this concerns the ASEAN countries.
Several major events were held in Hanoi at the end of October 2016: the 8th CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) Summit, the 7th ACMECS (Ayeyawady – Chao Phraya – Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy) Summit and the World Economic Forum on the Mekong Region (Mekong WEF).
As it is well known, the Mekong River has its origin in China and traverses the entire Mainland Southeast Asia, uniting all of its countries into a single sub-region. The river is of great economic significance for Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. These countries are forced to actively cooperate in order to jointly use it without violating any interests. CLMV and ACMECS Summits have been held since 2003. The most important economic and political issues of the Mekong sub-region are discussed there. These meetings have brought about a number of benefits, by maintaining regional stability and promoting the economic growth of all countries involved. Thanks to their cooperation, the Mekong sub-region has become one of the fastest growing parts of ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific Region. Mekong WEF was first organised at the initiative of Vietnam. 60 companies from the Mekong sub-region and more than 100 companies from other countries took part in the Mekong WEF....
I was over the back of the property and heard an unfamiliar bird calling and located a Hooded Robin about 20m up a nearby tree. It stayed for only about 1 minute but I had a clear view. I later checked with Morecombe app. and the call was identical with the sub-species picata AM recording. It appeared to be resting before going on in a south-westerly direction.
We remain locked out of the camps as assuredly as refugees are locked in. We don’t know the full extent of the horrors but the leaked reports should leave us in no doubt. This is our Belsen. On Manus Island paid homage to this terrible chapter in Australian history with grave dignity.
To Paul Bonnaci
Okay- so I know that you and your pal Noreen Gosch are going around telling people how full of shit I am- and so I have figured out a way that we can put this all to rest.
You see- you have a UNIQUE POSITION in that MYRIADS of people believe you were INTRINSICALLY INVOLVED with what was going on in Omaha- and so they look to you for answers with all of this mess. I mean- you were born and raised in Omaha- are STILL LIVING in Omaha- and by your own admission- you were heavily involved with what was going on in Omaha in the 80’s- so you MUST know your shit.
So what I propose is simple. I want you to go through my YouTube video I did DETAILING what I knew to have happened in Omaha in the Old Market at the time- and I would like you to explain- IN DETAIL- how I am wrong. And most of all- I would like you to CORRECT ME with THE TRUTH.
Since you were so involved with Omaha and the people in it- this should be ABSOLUTELY NO ISSUE for you.
Please- by all means- correct me with your truth, oh Franklin savior. Enlighten us all.
I’ll await your reply- since I am going to post this anywhere and everywhere I can. Because I want EVERYONE to get a chance to see what you have to say.
With the UTMOST Sincerity,
A Walking Tour of Pedophile Heaven Omaha NE’s real Legacy
Tanker loads of chlorine are being poured into prawn ponds south of Brisbane as biosecurity officials try to contain an outbreak of white spot disease.
Authorities are scrambling to contain the outbreak to the Logan River area, amid fears it could spread and affect lucrative prawn fisheries elsewhere.
So far wild prawns taken from the river have tested positive, as have prawns at three of the eight land-based farms in the region.
The virus, which can stop prawns and crabs from growing but poses no risk to humans, was not previously known to be in Australia, and has sparked a ban on prawn and crab fishing in the river while eradication efforts are underway.
Queensland’s Chief Biosecurity Officer Jim Thompson says chlorine is being used to kill all prawns on the three infected farms, including in ponds that have not tested positive for white spot.
The chlorine also acts as a decontamination agent.
Dr Thompson said it must be a difficult process for prawn farmers to watch.
But he said it’s a vital process to prevent birds or other agents potentially spreading the disease to new sites.
‘Our process is to, in effect, lock down those affected sites and clean them up as quickly as we can. Unfortunately, in those circumstances, it means we do have to destroy the prawns on site,’ he told ABC radio on Tuesday.
One farm’s stocks have already been destroyed. Work is continuing on Tuesday on the other two infected farms.
But there is some good news.
Sampling is being done across a wide area, and not one of 370 samples taken on Monday returned positive results.
Prawn farmers and fisherm...
December 2016 – Bird Outing Report – Park Lakes 2 area, Yandina – Bli Bli Road, BLI BLI.
By James O’Neill* Last week the UK Supreme Court (formerly the House of Lords) heard argument on the appeal by the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union from the unanimous decision of the High Court in favour of the applicant Gina Miller. That High Court decision brought howls of outrage from the tabloid press […]
Des Pensable copyright 2016
I’ve had a sad and unhappy time this year
When I should have been all gruntled with cheer
You see it all started quite well
Our politicians had decided to gruntle us, that’s fine
They had signed the climate agreement in Paris
Then returned and approved the Adani coal mine.
I wasn’t gruntled at all, in fact I was angry
Disappointed, annoyed, cross and irate.
Next the government kicked out their leader
As his approval polls had dropped too low
Abbot wasn’t gruntling many people so
They chose another idiot, a banker to the core
The one that ruined our Internet who
wants to tax the pensioners and the poor.
I wasn’t gruntled at all, in fact I was displeased
Exasperated, Irked, piqued and dissatisfied
Then we had new elections and promises galore
They promised jobs to gruntle the unemployed
and gruntle the corporations that paid no tax at all
They promised a gruntling budget and warned us
Not to vote for Independents, Labor or the Greens
I tried to vote them out but failed.
I wasn’t gruntled at all, In fact I was displeased
Fed up, vexed, miffed, riled and pissed off.
Finally we had the gruntling spectacle
of the US empire elections in all their glory
We were not gruntled when misinformation,
Media lies and election fraud was the main story
A pathetic choice between Clinton the war hawk
Or Trump the heroic climate change denier.
I wasn’t gruntled at all when Trump won, in fact
I was thoroughly disgruntled with all politics this year.
The verb disgruntle, which has been around since 1682, means “to make ill-humored or discontented.” .” In the 1920s, a writer humorously used gruntle to mean “to make happy”—in other words, as an antonym of disgruntle. The use caught on although it isn’t used very often.
This poem refers to the elections in the y...
National Nine News (Australia), April 27, 2006: Afghanistan is facing a health crisis larger than that experienced by Asian countries after the 2004 tsunami, an Adelaide forum has heard. Mariam Rawi, a member of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), has told the forum that despite Afghanistan receiving billions of dollars in aid, little has been done to address the country's lack of health services.
... but now that Najibullah Lafraie, in a rare show of shamelessness, has threatened RAWA supporters in Australia and is trying to put a mask on his fundamentalist face, I am compelled to write not only about our conversation but also to reject his statement. I hope it will also attract the attention of Mr. Throman Holi who as a lawyer of Najibullah Lafraie has asked our supporters in Australia to remove an article about Najibullah Lafraie from their website and apologies this 'foreign minister' of the criminals and killers.
RAWAs Amena Shams was in Australia, speaking at many forums across the country. For all those who were fortunate enough to attend one of Amenas many events, it was a great opportunity to reconnect directly with RAWA, to be inspired by news of RAWAs ongoing work and to receive accurate, current information of the situation for Afghan women. For this 2005 tour events were organised in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Lismore and Brisbane by a wide range of organisations including the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, the Boite, the International Womens Development Agency, Immigrant Womens Support Service, Melbourne University, Flinders University, Amnesty International, the Australian Peace Committee, WILPF, Darebin City Council, several private and government schools as well as many RAWA supporter groups and individuals.
A thunderstorm that formed near the Sydney CBD late Thursday, December 8, 2016 created a spectacular lightshow, with thousands of bolts striking in many directions. After a hot and clear day of 31 °C (87.8 °F) temperatures, the skies suddenly turned black as...... Read more »
As the world moves into an era above the ominous 400 parts per million carbon dioxide threshold, carbon storage and reforestation are becoming even more significant. In Southeast Asia, Vietnam has been largely successful in rehabilitating its lost and damaged forests over the past 15 years. Yet even as one country ups its canopy cover, the larger global problem of deforestation hasn’t eased. It’s been almost 50 years since attacks on Vietnam’s southern forests hit their peak in 1967. In a single year, the United States sprayed over 5 million gallons of defoliants, including Agent Orange, across more than 600,000 hectares. They were trying to eliminate forest cover that provided a hiding place for the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops, as well as crops. The extent of damage caused during the decade-long spraying campaign is hard to quantify. Estimates place affected forest cover in the range from 14-44 percent, with the most severe damage on coastal mangrove forests. In the regions hit heavily by chemical herbicides during the war, grasslands quickly took over. These are areas that researchers from Vietnam’s Huế University and Australia’s University of Queensland have deemed will be unlikely to recover in the short term without interventions. Even in areas outside of the former war zone, forest recovery has been a bumpy process fraught with challenges. Forest cover declined sharply during the latter half of the 20th century, from 43 percent in the early 1940s, to about 17 percent by the end of the 1970s, according to…
What began as a harrowing account of child abuse suffered by a former professional English soccer player last month has lifted the lid on what could be one of the worst pedophile scandals Britain has ever known. Andy Woodward, 43, who played in the lower divisions of English soccer, told the Guardian newspaper ... how his life had been ruined because he had been molested as a boy by a youth team coach. His frank revelations of the sexual abuse he endured three decades ago prompted more than 20 other former professionals to come forward with their own distressing stories of suffering at the hands of sexual predators in the sport. In a sign of how widespread the abuse might have been, British police said on Thursday that about 350 victims had come forward to report sexual abuse within soccer clubs and indicated the number was likely to rise. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) charity said that a helpline dedicated to the soccer abuse scandal had received 860 calls in its first week. The charity's staff had made 60 referrals to police or social services in the first three days, triple the number made in the wake of a similar scheme set up for victims of [Jimmy] Savile. The NSPCC has not ruled out suggestions the abuse is still ongoing. "It would be naive to assume that all of the concerns that are being disclosed and being talked about are in the past," said Jon Brown, the NSPCC lead on tackling sexual abuse. "There are many parallels between Savile and what we are seeing and hearing."
Note: Watch an excellent segment by Australia's "60-Minutes" team "Spies, Lords and Predators" on a pedophile ring in the UK which leads to the highest levels of government. A second suppressed documentary, "Conspiracy of Silence," goes even deeper into this topic in the US. For more, see concise summaries of deeply revealing sexual abuse scandal news articles from reliable major media sources.
Over the course of about six decades, more than 1,000 members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses were accused of sexually abusing Australian children, according to a new report. Victims were ordered to keep quiet. Not one of the alleged perpetrators were reported to the police. Now, a royal commission in Australia has found the church demonstrated a “serious failure” to protect children from the risk of sexual abuse. A 107-page-long report released Monday detailed a number of ancient policies that exhibited what the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse referred to as a “serious lack of understanding of the nature of child sexual abuse.” The church’s responses to sexual abuse allegations, and its desire to handle them internally, often mirror those of the Catholic church or of some Orthodox Jewish communities. But unlike the priests of the Catholic Church, the Jehovah’s Witnesses have no paid clergy. Alleged perpetrators are mostly regular congregants, who are shielded from official prosecution by the church’s code of moral conduct. The church’s rules, which are based on a strict interpretation of the Bible, call for separation from other members of society. The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ responses to abuse allegations are not limited to Australia. The religion’s parent organization, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, for 25 years has instructed its elders to keep cases of child sexual abuse secret from law enforcement and members of their own congregations.
Note: For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing sexual abuse scandal news articles from reliable major media sources.
December 13, 2016: Canadian mining companyEco Oro has filed an ISDS claim against a Colombian court decision to limit its mining activities for environmental reasons. The claim is funded by Amber Capital hedge fund which will in turn receive 11% of any compensation awarded as a result of the claim.
This follows reports last week of a notice of an ISDSdispute by Swiss Pharmaceutical giant Novartis over Colombian government plans to use compulsory licensing to reduce prices on a patented treatment for leukaemia, after voluntary negotiations with the company failed. These cases show how global companies can use ISDS to undermine environmental regulation and access to affordable medicines.
The United Nations Human Rights Office for the
Pacific has welcomed Samoa’s and Micronesia’s ratification of the
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
On December 2, Samoa ratified the Convention which was adopted by the General Assembly on 13 December 2006 and on Wednesday, Micronesia became the 171th State party to the Convention.
“By ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the governments of Samoa and Micronesia have committed to improving the lives of persons with disabilities which is a very encouraging step forward,” said Chitralekha Massey, Regional Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Pacific Regional Office in Suva, Fiji.
The Convention’s aim is to ‘protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity’.
Ms Massey said its main message is that people with disabilities are entitled to the full spectrum of human rights and fundamental freedoms without discrimination. To that end, the Convention promotes the full participation of persons with disabilities in all spheres of life, challenging customs, stereotypes, prejudices, harmful practices and stigma relating to persons with disabilities.
“In the 10 years since its adoption, the Convention has been one of the most quickly ratified of all the international human right treaties.
“In the Pacific, 12 countries have ratified it to date. The UN Human Rights Office in the Pacific is strongly encouraging Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Niue to also ratify this important international convention as soon as possible.”
In October this year, the UN Human Rights Office held a regional training on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities with the aim of increasing the understanding of the Convention and the capacity of States to implement it.
“I am pleased that also due to OHCHR’s contribution, the governments of Samoa and Micronesia took this important step of ratifying the treaty. My office stands ready to support both governments in their efforts to implement the Convention,” said Ms Massey.
Air will be keeping its customers entertained on board a number of
its flights (selected) starting today (Dec 13).
“We’d like to help people get into the Christmas spirit and also say thanks to all those who have supported us in our first year of operation,” says Chief Commercial Officer Paul Abbot.
“Together with the team from EMTV and a number of the stars from the hit series Vocal Fusion, passengers checking in and on board the aircraft will be treated to live entertainment as our way of ending the year on a high.”
Artists featured on PNG Air flights for the next two weeks include Joseph Ehava, Theo Benjamin, Didi Maru, Isaiah Mano and Peter Ho’leong.
“Don’t be surprised also if you see some of our very talented flight attendants joining in as part of the fun,” Abbot says.
Andrew Owen | Taranaki Daily News | 12 December 2016
The group fighting plans to mine millions of tonnes of sand off the South Taranaki coast is claiming record numbers of people have backed its campaign.
Monday was the final day for public submissions on Trans Tasman Resources’ bid to mine iron ore from 50 million tonnes of sand in a 66 square kilometre area off the coast of Patea, a move all eight Taranaki iwi have opposed.
Campaign group Kiwis Against Seabed Mining claimed it and Greenpeace would achieve a record 17,000 submissions against the plans when the 5pm deadline passed, ahead of an Environmental Protection Agency hearing set to take place next year.
“Last time Trans Tasman Resources tried – and failed – to gain approval for a similar proposal, the EPA re...
“Deeply disturbing,” “heinous intellectual theft,” erosion of the “public’s trust in medical research:” These are just a few words used to describe a rare type of plagiarism reported in this week’s Annals of Internal Medicine. Although we’ve only documented a few cases where peer reviewers steal material from manuscripts and pass them off as their […]
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Yesterday I attended a press conference in Jerusalem with one of Israel’s leading politicians, Yesh Atid leader, Yair Lapid. He’s a serious contender to be the country’s next Prime Minister. Like most politicians in Israel, he hates Palestinians, wants them to disappear and largely refuses to condemn settlers or settlements. Welcome to Israel in 2016.
I asked the following question:
“You talked before about the idea that since Oslo, Israel has done little or nothing wrong but the truth is that 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the occupation, there are now 600,00 to 800,000 settlers, all of whom are regarded by international law as illegal. Is there not a deluded idea here that many Israeli politicians, including yourself, continue to believe that one can talk to the world about democracy, freedom and human rights while denying those things to millions of Palestinians and will there not come a time soon where you and other politicians will be treated like South African politicians during Apartheid?”
This was Lapid’s response (already on his party’s Facebook page, the only response they thought was important enough from the conference to quote in full, and the comments below the video are racist and nutty):
It was a depressing and dishonest answer. Furthermore, with a few notable exceptions, the vast majority of journalists in attendance were deferential to Lapid and asked him bland questions. Lapid is a man who proudly talks about building a wall around all Palestinians. Like in so many countries, most reporters rarely challenge establishment power; they’re afraid of losing access.
I was planning on releasing the video of Lapid’s response soon (I hadn’t posted anything online yet about my question and his response) when the Jerusalem Post called me last night and said they were going to run a story about it and would I like to comment? I’m not convinced it’s really a story but many Israelis and its politicians are deeply sensitive to any criticism.
I’ve been writing about Israel and Palestine since 2003, and visiting since 2005 (I now live in Jerusalem), and all that’s worsened is the extremism and vitriol of...
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Commemorating Human Rights Day, a period action in Manokwari admitted beaten with rattan
News Portal Papua No. 1 | Jubi,
Gerardus Korlap Tembut when coordinated with the police Manokwari – IST
Jayapura, Jubi – Solidarity and Youth Care HAM Papua in
Manokwari in commemoration of Human Rights (HAM) which falls on
December 10, 2016, ended with the beating action by the police
against the future action of the threads as rattan, consequently
dozen students injured in the body.
Solidarity action was accommodated by three led Organizations (OKP), Manokwari including the Independent Student Forum (FIM), Manokwari, Catholic Student Association of the Republic of Indonesia (PMKRI), branch of Manokwari and the Indonesian Christian Students Movement (GMKI), branch Manokwari. Saturday (10/12/2016), Manokwari, West Papua.
Gerardus Tembut as field coordinator, said the peaceful rally to commemorate Human Rights Day in Manokwari future action was blocked by the police with no apparent reason. But eventually the police give this permission on the condition that future action must use the vehicle, are not allowed to walk.
"The actions of some college Manokwari also joined. During the action we were confronted with a reason to disrupt traffic so that future must use two or four wheeled vehicles with actio...
IT is around 9:30pm on 16 December, 2012. Jyoti Singh, a 23-year old paramedical student, and her male companion have just watched a screening of Life of Pi.
Wanting to return home, they board an off-duty public bus after being old it is heading towards their destination. On board are five male passengers, including a youth, and the driver.
As the bus moves along, Jyoti’s friend notices it is not taking the expected route and he questions the driver.
The fellow passengers respond with jeers of
cultural and moral shaming. Why are an unmarried Indian man and
woman out so late at night?
What follows is the horrific gang-rape of Jyoti. In the struggle, Jyoti is sexually brutalised, including with the use of an iron rod.
The male friend attempts to intervene. He is beaten and gagged. Then, almost naked, both are then thrown out of the bus.
Days later in Singapore, Jyoti dies in hospital from what the doctors describe as ‘unspeakable damage to her body’. Jyoti becomes known as ‘Nirbhaya' - the fearless one.
This tragic event sparked widespread outrage. Men and women, young and old, led protests that spilled into the streets of Delhi, then to the rest of India and then throughout the world.
It forced the government of India to respond swiftly to the people’s demands for better treatment and protection of girls and women.
On 23 December 2012, just one week later, the three-member Justice Verma Committee was given 30 days to deliver recommendations for amendments to India’s criminal and related laws. On 23 January 2013, the recommendations were delivered to prime minister Manmohan Singh.
A story-crafting workshop organised for writers by Papua New Guinea’s Crocodile Prize Association last weekend was a huge success.
Over 30 people attended the workshop in Port Moresby with participants ranging in age from 13 to 65 and consisting of writers, readers, enthusiasts and Crocodile Prize fans.
They were hungry to learn, there was
enthusiasm and passion, and many people raised insightful
There was also great energy for the future of the Crocodile Prize and the competition itself.
The winners of this year’s Prize are to be announced soon when the judging process is complete.
The presenters at the workshop included University of Papua New Guinea lecturers Russell Soaba (pictured), Dr Anna Joskin and McPolly Koima.
The Crocodile Prize committee is looking for sponsors for 2017 and also skilled Papua New Guineans to assist with running the Association.
The association is entirely run by volunteers, so if you think you have useful skills please email me here....
The phrase "money can't buy happiness" may actually be true, according to a new study. The research found that mental illness and failed relationships are more damaging to a person's contentment than poverty. The 'Origins of Happiness' study, conducted by a team of researchers at the London School of Economics (LSE), analyzed data from the US, UK, Germany, and Australia. It found that although average incomes have more than doubled over the past 50 years, people have not become any happier. Additionally, income inequality was found to explain just 1 percent of happiness variations. Instead, the biggest single predictor of happiness was mental health, explaining over 4 percent of happiness variations. The researchers found that eliminating depression and anxiety could reduce misery by 20 percent, compared to just 5 percent if poverty was alleviated. "Tackling depression and anxiety would be four times as effective as tackling poverty," report co-author Richard Layard said, as quoted by the Guardian.
Broadcast on Radio National (Australia) Nov 7, 2016 Introduction by Radio National: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is widely seen in the West as a monster and a butcher with blood on his hands. But Dr Tim Anderson of the University of Sydney says this description doesn’t gel with the man he met on a visit ...
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A contribution to ‘My Walk to
Equality’, the first anthology of PNG women’s
writing, to be published on International Women’s Day in March next year.
THE famous bow and arrow combination used by Huli men during tribal fights were invented by Hela woman who also taught the men how to use it.
Women taught Huli men how to build houses and invented the first Huli musical instrument.
These innovations and others are mentioned in Hela history but men try to ignore this and regard women as inferior child bearers.
The work of these women inspires Hela today but they receive no recognition.
In Hela history, Huli women were considered as aggressive and outspoken as Huli men and had great influence in society. They contested with the men to contribute to making decisions in the akali palamanda (men’s house).
Perhaps this was because they were largely responsible for the care of the pigs, the most important Huli exchange commodity.
Huli women owned and inherited land and argued for their rights in legal disputes. Today Hela women are not as aggressive and outspoken as they once were. They hardly participate at the top level of decision making.
So far no woman has ever been among the 111 members of Papua New Guinea’s parliament. I don’t know what happened to them on the way. Is it because they’re not responsible for anything more important than a pig? Or is it that they’re too scared to come out and fight for their rights?
Huli women are considered the backbone of society, making up the majority of agricultural labourers. Most of their skills and knowledge are acquired from their mothers or elders in the village.
Gardening techniques are learned early......
Global average temperatures have risen by about 1°C since 1880. But just one degree of human-induced warming has impacted nearly all aspects of life on our planet, concludes a new study. Climate change has affected species across ecosystems, changing their genes, physiology, morphology and phenology, and impacting their distributions, food webs and overall interactions, researchers report in the new study published in the journal Science. This finding was a total surprise, study lead author Brett Scheffers, an assistant professor in the department of wildlife, ecology and conservation at the University of Florida, told Mongabay. “We not only found ecological responses to climate change across freshwater, marine, and terrestrial ecosystems, but these responses scaled from the smallest level of a gene to the largest level of an ecosystem.” [caption id="attachment_190849" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Responses to climate change scale from the smallest level of a gene to the largest level of an ecosystem. Photo by amerune. Source: Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC BY 2.0.[/caption] Numerous studies have attempted to tease out the impacts of climate change in the past. Scheffers collaborated with researchers from 10 countries to review previously published research, and compiled evidence of climate change responses across 94 ecological processes that are integral to healthy terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecosystems. Of the 94 ecological processes reviewed in the study, over 80 percent showed signs of response and distress, the researchers found. “Some people didn’t expect this level of change for decades” study co-author James Watson of the University of Queensland in Australia…
Some argue that there is no second Stolen Generation because there is no longer a prescribed policy that children should be removed on eugenic based reasoning. The argument today is that there is no longer an assimilate or perish agenda but go tell that to the thousands of families who have had their children removed […]
In this first edition of Era of Wisdom radio, we go over the “fake news” hysteria in context with the BBC promoting child beheading “Syrian rebels,” we go over the big pharma dream of the “21st Century Cures Act,” we go over the pro-propaganda, anti-alternative media bill that slipped into the NDAA calling for the establishment of a government agency to promote the US and counter “fake news” (which is us).
We go into Brandon’s experience in Lebanon, the crimes of the US and its coalition in Syria, even chemtrails and biological warfare that is apparently being conducted on us, as people report illness after spraying in the US, and thousands were recently hospitalized in Australia due to what they call “thunderstorm athsma.”
(INTELLIHUB) — Julian Assange’s public disappearance shortly after the U.S. election prompted a wild internet frenzy igniting a number of viral rumors and conspiracy theories on social networks and online chat boards that Julian Assange had been captured and killed by the C.I.A..
Despite such claims, it is reported that the Australian-born Wikileaks co-founder and Editor in Chief is alive and well according to one of his friends who visited him last week.
Lauri Love, a fellow hacker and friend of Assange tweeted on Friday that he visited Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy where he has spent the last 4 years holed up in. He is reported to be “looking well” and “in reasonably good spirits.”
Just saw Julian at the embassy. He’s looking well and in reasonably good spirits, considering the world in which we find ourselves.
— Lauri Love (@LauriLoveX) December 9, 2016
It is understood that visitors are not allowed to bring electronic devices into the embassy and thus no photos of the meeting were taken.
Mr. Love, a 31-year old British political activist and engineering student with Asperger’s syndrome is best known for his daring exploits of U.S. government computer systems. It is alleged that he stole huge amounts of data from U.S. government agencies including the Federal Reserve, U.S. Army, Department of Defense, NASA, and the F.B.I. in 2012 and 2013.
His lawyer has said that if he is found guilty in America, he could face up to 99 years behind bars.
WeAreChange.org veteran reporter and researcher Aaron Kesel informed me on Monday morning that Lauri Love is an “absolutely credible” source.
This information comes just days after Assange released exonerating text messages relating to the sexual assault allegations levelled at him in Sweden.
On the same day that Mr. Love tweeted his....
Once again, climate policy is tearing a major party apart. This time, it’s the Coalition, writes Ben Eltham.
For those of us following the dismal history of climate policy over the past decade, the tribulations of the Turnbull government last week demonstrate a grim irony.
For years, climate was a disaster area for the Australian Labor Party, destroying prime ministerships and wreaking havoc within the ALP base. Kevin Rudd’s backflip on the “great moral challenge” of climate change was the beginning of the end of his prime ministerial authority; Julia Gillard’s ill-fated promise that “there will be no carbon tax under a government I lead” became a weighty millstone around her neck.
Carbon politics proved fiendishly difficult for the ALP, because it combined complex policy dilemmas with combustible populist vulnerabilities. Labor’s approach to tacking carbon emissions revolved around technically sophisticated policy instruments, like fixed-price emissions trading schemes and carbon compensation schemes. Even voters that understood how the ETS functioned and supported action on climate change found the technicalities boring.
In contrast, Tony Abbott mounted a simple but devastating offensive against the very concept of carbon pricing. The ETS was a “great big new tax on everything”. Voters believed it, because their electricity bills were skyrocketing (though for entirely unrelated reasons).Former prime minister Tony Abbott.
Abbott’s attack was profoundly dishonest – Whyalla was not wiped off the map – but witheringly effective.
So there must be some in the ALP who will be harbouring more than a little schadenfraude at the disastrous week the Turnbull government has just endured, as a result of carbon.
The week began with an apparently harmless thought bubble by Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg, who mentioned in passing that the government was considering an emissions intensity scheme to deal with carbon emissions from the electricity sector.
An emissions intensity scheme is basically just another type of ETS. Instead of capping emissions outright, it instead regulates emitters by the “intensity” with which they pollute. In other words, a certain “baseline” standard is imposed, and plants and factories that don’t meet it have to then trade with more efficient polluters for extra rights to spew out carbon.
Economists and energy market experts generally favour such schemes because they cost less than more draconian regulations, such as simply shutting down the worst polluters....
Faith in democracy is not low because people have disrespected institutions, but because those who fill them have disrespected the people, writes Max Chalmers.
Former Labor Senator Stephen Conroy has taken the next step in his life of public service and factional skulduggery. Having retired from the senate in mid-September, the right wing powerbroker is heading up an online gambling lobby group.
Online wagering, i.e. betting on the outcomes of events like sporting matches, is booming. The regulatory environment is being set around a developing market. There’s plenty to play for – and plenty to lose.
As Public Health academic Charles Livingstone has noted, online wagering can enable the kind of behaviour that is most likely to result in problem gambling. A 2015 report by Financial Counselling Australia is littered with examples of what that kind of addiction can do to people. Important reforms are now on the table, including a ban on credit betting.
With the rules being set, it’s an ideal time for companies to shore up their relationships with the government. Aside from luring Conroy, the Responsible Wagering Australia group has also taken on ex-Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck. Don’t let anyone tell you partisanship trumps self-interest.
However these two conduct themselves in the employ of a group that could rightly be described as ‘Big Wagering’, it’s clear why they were hired. Their relationships with those in power promise access. They may not be able to stop laws entirely, but they’ll have a better shot than the rest of us.
“It’s easy to be cynical re pollies, but they’re people who want to……ah fuck it….who am I kidding” https://t.co/YQ8lW71ErN
— Tim Lyons (@Picketer) December 7, 2016
Despite a momentary fuss, interest in Conroy’s new job quickly subsided. A few people tweeted in anger but no-one was too surprised. A politician used his public office to enrich himself shortly after leaving, in the service of an ethically dubious cause. That’s...
Political accountability, we are taught to believe, is a defining feature of liberal democracies. A basic relationship of accountability lies at the heart of democratic government: citizens elect their political representatives, and these representatives become accountable to voters. Yet political accountability, as we have traditionally understood it to exist in liberal democracy, is under stress.
Since September 11, 2001, liberal democracies have seen an escalation in attempts to decrease government transparency and limit civil society’s ability to check arbitrary power. One only has to think of the USA PATRIOT Act or the US detention regime at Guantánamo Bay. We see a pattern emerging across liberal democracies of the erosion of accountability in important policy areas. The re-emergence of torture as a potential state national security tool in the United States under a Trump Administration is a reminder of what is at stake when political accountability is avoided for past government wrongs.
Australia is not immune from this trend and I want to focus here on one particular policy area where there has been a deliberate and drastic reduction of accountability on the part of government: asylum seekers and refugees. In 2015, the Australian government placed a gag order on doctors working in the country’s offshore immigration detention centres to prevent them from speaking out about what they witnessed there. Conditions in the camps, located on small islands in the Pacific, are kept deliberately harsh to deter asylum seekers from coming to Australia by boat. Doctors who violated the gag order faced two years in jail.
This audacious example of executive-overreach is typical of increasing attempts by g...
Australia is headed towards a recession, aided by a federal government that appears to know not what it is doing, writes Ian McAuley.
The National Accounts released last week confirm what economists already know: the Australian economy is in poor shape.
The headline news is the 0.5 per cent quarterly fall in GDP, the first fall since 2011 and the worst since the fall in 2008 following the global financial crisis.
This time there has been no global financial crisis. Rather it’s the outcome of poor government policy, over both the long and short term.
The main contributor to the poor figures is a fall in private and public investment.
Private non-dwelling construction is down by 40 per cent or $17 billion from its 2013 peak. Some fall was to be expected as the investment phase of the mining boom wound down, but in a more structurally sound economy private investment would have moved to other sectors. That hasn’t happened because the mining boom itself, through its exchange rate effect, inflicted enduring damage on our manufacturing and other trade-exposed sectors.
Treasurer Morrison is already using this poor result to push his government’s case for corporate tax cuts, on the spurious basis that Australia’s corporate tax rate, at 30 per cent, is uncompetitive by global standards.
The truth is that because of dividend imputation Australia’s effective corporate tax rate is much lower than 30 per cent. For a firm paying out half its profits as dividends (a typical long-term rate) it’s effectively 15 per cent.
In fact in recent times firms have been paying out about 70 percent of profits as dividends, meaning the effective corporate tax rate for domestic investors is now around 9 per cent. Unfortunately journalists, including those from the ABC, rarely challenge government ministers on this deception.Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison delivering his first budget, in 2016.
The reason firms are not re-investing their profits has nothing to do with corporate taxes. Rather it’s that in spite of very low real and nominal interest rates they don’t see opportunities for a return on investments. Corporate tax cuts, if they are to stimulate investment, do so by improving investment returns, in the same way as lower interest rates are supposed to operate. But if lower interest rates haven’t worked, lower taxes won’t work either. Perhaps Morrison doesn’t understand basic business finance, or perhaps his...
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The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter
O’Neill has congratulated Hon. Bill English MP, as New
Zealand’s 39th Prime Minister saying he knows the relationship
between the two countries will continue to go stronger.
PM O’Neill also commended outgoing Prime Minister, Hon. John Key MP, for his commitment to advancing development in Papua New Guinea and around the Pacific.
“I congratulate Bill English following his election as Leader of the New Zealand National Party and Prime Minister of New Zealand,” Prime Minister O’Neill said.
“New Zealand is one of our closest partners and a great friend of Papua New Guinea.
“Engagement between the political leadership of our countries is very important, and I am sure that we will continue the strong relationship I have had with John Key.
“There are a number of areas where we will work to advance co-operation such as healthcare and education, and in building capacity in our SME sector.
“New Zealand is also offering substantial support as Papua New Guinea prepares to host the APEC Summit in 2018.
“I will be extending an invitation for Prime Minister English to visit Papua New Guinea at his earliest convenience.
“I look forward to Bill English getting to know the people of our nation better, and visiting several regions of our country.”
PM O’Neill further commended outgoing New Zealand Prime Minister
“It is a testament to John Key’s character that he has chosen to leave office at a time of his choosing,” PM O’Neill said.
“It has been a pleasure working with John Key over the past five years as Prime Minister.
“He has always maintained a keen interest in development in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific.
“I have appreciated John Key’s views on regional and global activities, particularly over the past year as the world has experienced challenge and change.
“I wish John and his family happiness and good health in their future life away from Government and politics.” Photo credit: RNZI
NBC News - Kelvin Kaspar
A senior Defence Force officer is being sent to Madang to investigate the beating of a prominent Madang resident, allegedly by members of the Defence Force Navy.
Former Commander retired Major General Jerry Singirok said he's reported the matter to the head of the PNGDF, Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo.
It’s been alleged Madang businessman Simon Merton was badly assaulted by drunk navy personnel when he was returning home on Saturday night.
He suffered a fractured eye socket and cheek bone and multiple bruises to his face.
Mr Singirok said Commander Toropo was particularly upset about the incident, and says there is no place for such behaviour in the PNG Defence Force.
Yeah I was just wondering if anyone knows where a good place to purchase fresh herbs? I usually have one guy I go to but he's away at the moment for Christmas :-( . I don't really trust nurseries, also they're a bit expensive. Cheers guys
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Stumbling out of Gare du Nord, I resist the urge to repeatedly punch myself in the head. A poorly booked, non-refundable ticket has left me 15 minutes to get from one side of the city of love to the other. And there I was, thinking I’d have time to sip on a cafe au lait under La Tour Eiffel. Fuck. Note to self – London and Paris might be close, but they’re in different time zones.
Stepping into the Parisian sun, having said au revoir to one rather crucial hour of my life, I realise I might be saying adios to my connection as well. So I set off, ready to clatter surfboard, hiking pack and giant toblerone between as many yapping tourists and unimpressed locals as necessary. But I’ve barely had time to squint at the lengthy queue for taxis when a pony-tailed dude shakes a bunch of keys in my face.
“15 minutes to get to the other side of Paris?”
“Pas de problème.”
It is at this point I notice the suspicious lack of a taxi. We both laugh – one an attempted chuckle, the other a derisive snigger. Or is that just my imagination? He takes my laugh as a yes and starts walking. I follow him deep into an alleyway. I wonder if this is dodgy. He gestures for me to get onto a motorbike. I realise it’s actually his and that he hasn’t led me to a violent mugging. I silently congratulate myself on this successful judgment of character, then gesture to the surfboard, bags and toblerone and shake my head, hoping it will come across as I’d love to but really can’t.
But this guy’s a problem solver. He opens the back of the bike and put my bags in. He picks my board up, puts it in in my hands, and starts the bike. I don’t have the balls to confront him and he fucking knows it.
Obviously at this point, even though I’m too embarrassed to tell him I’ve changed my mind, that I want him to stop touching my shit and I’m going to leave, I should at least ask how much it’s going to cost before we set off, right?
But the monkey that usually clangs around the symbols for me up in the ol’ brain box is busy negotiating the pros and cons of getting on the back of some random’s motorbike in a city known for its insane drivers. So I don’t ask.
0kmph can become 60kmph very quickly on a motorbike. And the pacemaker effect is doubled when you’re holding a surfboard, which threatens to pull you under a bus every 30 seconds. We pull out, overtake, and then squeeze in front of a smartcar – just before a truck goi...
At this conference the plenary speaker was cloaked in impressive accolades: a Professor from the UK, a translator of and collaborator with a renowned French theorist, and the author of sixteen books. Most of his work looks at cultural fields, the ways these are created, and the dynamics within them. It looked like it would be an interesting talk. It wasn’t.
Coal. Sugar. Reef. Magik. An invitation to submit works for North Queensland Conservation Council’s’s biennial postcard art exhibition held in association with Umbrella Studio. The postcard art auction is a creative and fun way of raising much-needed funds to enable NQCC to maintain the struggle to protect our precious environment. After an extended exhibition period … Continue reading "Postcard art exhibition and auction"
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What is so great about orange peels? They suck mercury out of the water! Justin Chalkner, a researcher at Flinders University in Australia, was trying to develop a new polymer made from sustainable materials when he found a new compound that sucks mercury out of the water and soil. Made from a combination of sulfur […]
Contributed by Joe Montero and Ugly The CUB 55 walked back into work today. This was no normal return. Hundreds had gathered by 6 a.m.,...
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Mothers are so ubiquitous in popular culture so as to be invisible. Cultural depictions of mothers are still, by and large, functional – women solely defined by their relationships to others, rather than full subjects with desires and anxieties of their own. Thankfully though, this is slowly changing, and we are beginning to see more nuanced representations of mothers. Here are five mothers who pushed the boundaries of maternal representation this year.
|The magic of Crystal Rapids|
|David pointing out Crystal Rapids to me|
Brett Goschen (BG): For me, most definitely, was being part of an industry that so visibly and in such a short space of time transformed the lives of so many hundred of millions of people.
In most Africa countries, before the introduction of GSM, there were few ‘fixed telephone lines’ and only a tiny elite section of the population had access to telephony. GSM operators changed all of that and bought communication to the vast majority of the population and significantly contributed to the socio-economic development of Africa over the last 15 to 20 years.
More recently the advent of smart phones is having a profound effect on how people live, work and play.
BG: My first major goal is to improve the customer experience at all touch points with Digicel. There are many but to illustrate some examples, would include data throughput speeds, network availability, value propositions, promotions, self service, call centre, and product availability.
My second major goal is to set Digicel PNG back on the growth path which I intend to do by improving the customer experience and providing more value to the market through more affordable pricing and innovative products and services.
Public urged to report corrupt officials REBECCA GREDLEY 8:28PM December 9, 2016 Members of the public are being encouraged by the WA Corruption and Crime Commission to speak up if they suspect corrupt or serious misconduct by a public officer. Friday marks United Nations' International Anti-Corruption Day, which the CCC...
Orica, one of the leading publicly-owned companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, is operating on land outside Port Moresby acquired through illegal Special Agriculture Business Leases (SABLs), according to local landholders.
The accusations have come from the people of Papa village, close to the Exxon Mobil LNG site, who have seen their land illegally occupied for quarrying and provision of other LNG support services. The villagers are now demanding their land be given back.
Jura is very pleased to be hosting the launch of a new book by Dr Nicholas Apoifis. Nick is a long-time friend of Jura and a lecturer in International Relations at the University of NSW. He spent several years researching the Greek anarchist movement, which has blossomed spectacularly in recent times.
Nick will give a short introduction to the book, followed by questions and discussion. Snacks and drinks will be available by donation and copies of the book for $36.50.
The Athenian anarchist and anti-authoritarian milieu's public protests and battles against the Greek state, police and other capitalist institutions are prolific and highly visible. Away from the intensity of the street-protests and the glare of mainstream media, however, its militants implement anarchist practices whose outcomes are less visible. They are feeding the hungry and poor, protecting migrants from fascist beatings and trying to carve out an autonomous political, social and cultural space. Activists within this movement share politics centred on hostility to the capitalist state and all forms of domination, hierarchy and discrimination. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork amongst Athenian anarchists and anti-authoritarians, Anarchy in Athens unravels the internal complexities within this milieu and provides a better understanding of the forces that give the space its shape.
The federal government has 19 days to get very fast broadband to seven million homes and businesses or a three-year-old promise from Malcolm Turnbull will be broken.
Labor has highlighted repeated pledges from the prime minister, then opposition communications spokesman, in the lead up to the 2013 federal election that every Australian would have access to the national broadband network by the end of 2016.
‘This was no idle promise. Malcolm Turnbull made this promise explicitly, confidently and frequently prior to the 2013 election,’ Labor’s communications spokeswoman Michelle Rowland said on Monday.
She says costs for the broadband rollout have blown out and there’s still no way it can meet that promised end-of-year deadline for access for all Australians.
And for those who do have access, it’s often failing expectations, Labor says.
Complaints about the NBN to the telecommunications ombudsman have more than doubled over the past year.
‘No wonder Australians are fed up with all the deceit of Malcolm Turnbull’s fraudband,’ Ms Rowland said.
‘They are simply not getting what they paid for.’
Dylan Voller, the 19-year-old whose treatment at an NT youth detention centre sparked a royal commission, is due to give evidence.
However, his mother Joanne and lawyer Peter O’Brien say the teen is concerned about giving evidence while still in custody and fears repercussions from prison guards.
The royal commission comes after footage screened in July showed Mr Voller and five other youths being tear-gassed and spit hooded at the notorious detention centre.
Mr Voller can be seen strapped to a chair wearing a hood in images which shocked many when aired by the ABC’s Four Corners.
He is expected to front a closed session as the inquiry resumes on Monday.
Australia is losing more than $4 billion a year through Australian-based multinationals dodging their taxes by using corporate tax havens, Oxfam Australia says.
In new research it names the ‘world’s worst tax havens’ that encourage multinationals to avoid their taxes, revenue that could be spent on schools, hospitals and tackling poverty.
While it says the Australian government has taken steps in the right direction, data released on Friday by the Australian Taxation Office showing more than one in three large companies are paying no tax is evidence more needs to be done.
However, releasing the ATO’s corporate tax transparency 2015/16 report, tax commissioner Chris Jordan clarified that no tax paid does not necessarily mean tax avoidance.
These companies may have incurred an accounting and tax loss in the current year or in prior years, and are now using those to reduce current taxable income, Mr Jordan said.
Even so, Oxfam says this is only part of the problem with countries around the world – including Australia – slashing or planning to slash corporate tax rates.
‘There is no winner in this race to the bottom on corporate tax,’ Oxfam Australia senior economist Muheed Jamaldeen said on releasing the research on Monday.
‘The Australian government has a responsibility to join efforts to stop this race to the bottom on corporate tax rates and demand that companies pay their fair share – at home and abroad.’
Oxfam notes the average corporate tax rate across G20 countries was 40 per cent 25 years ago.
Today it is less than 30 per cent.
The Turnbull government continues to pursue its $50 billion 10-year plan to incrementally lower Australia’s corporate tax rate from 30 per cent to 25 per cent.
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PRIME minister Malcolm Turnbull may be quickly running out of friends in Australia – including in his own party – but he has a staunch ally in Papua New Guinea’s leader Peter O’Neill.
Turnbull met in Sydney with O’Neill last week to discuss the globally condemned Manus refugee prison (euphemistically termed the “regional processing centre” by the Australian government) and other problem issues.
During the meeting O’Neill expressed appreciation for Australia’s support of PNG’s hosting of the controversial APEC forum in 2018 – an exercise reported to be costing K400 million of the country’s besieged budget.
“Australia has a wealth of experience and technical information that we are drawing from, and is further providing support and capacity building in areas that include security, logistics and policy development,” O’Neill said.
“In particular, delivering the right level of security for the leaders’ Summit, and all APEC meetings through 2018, is essential in successfully hosting APEC.
“Papua New Guinea very much appreciates the commitment and the high level capacity building that we are receiving through the Australian Federal Police partnership.
“Papua New Guinea further appreciates support from the Australian Defence Force through training and the provision of equipment and personnel during APEC in 2018.
O’Neill said he has invited Turnbull to come to Papua New Guinea in 2017 for an official visit.
The Australian prime minister has so far failed to visit Australia’s nearest neighbour, a four-hour flight from Turnbull’s home base in Sydney.
Australia currently provides PNG with around a billion dollars a year in development assistance and special grants.
Brisbane riders are being asked to fight against the loss of up to 200 designated motorcycle parking spaces in the CBD from January 1, 2017, while the new Casino is built.
About 60 spaces will be permanently lost in Alice Street, William Street and Queens Wharf Road and 140 more spaces are closing during construction of the boardwalk, bikeway and foreshore works.Map of existing motorcycle parking spaces now in jeopardy
Motorcycle commuter Gary Davis has started the Brisbane Motorcycle Parking Progress Group on Facebook to develop strategies to fight the loss of parking spaces.
“It appears neither the BCC, state government or the developer of the new casino want to assist or acknowledge the issue of motorcycle parking in the CBD,” he says.
“Riders were given no warning on Friday of the core sampling truck that took most of the bike parks on Queens Wharf Rd.”
He says Brisbane motorcycle and scooter commuters are doing their bit to reduce congestion, pollution and the strain on public transport, but have to run the gauntlet of parking fine inspectors.
“The Brisbane City Council in recent times have really done little by way of increasing the number of designated motorcycle/scooter parks in the CBD,” he says.
“So, in most parts of the city, if you happen to start work any later that about 7am, you’re fresh out of luck.”
However BCC says they have installed more than 700 extra free spaces since 2012 around the CBD bringing the total number of free motorcycle parking spaces to about 1500.
A BCC motorcycle park...
PAPUA New Guinea’s deputy opposition leader Sam Basil is angry that his Bulolo district missed out on participating at PNG’s recent mining and petroleum conference, held in the big city comfort and retail opportunities of Sydney, Australia.
And he's even more livid that the country's premier mining conference is held in Sydney and not in PNG, where he believes it should be hosted.
Basil said the Bulolo District Development Authority - whose activities covers the Hidden Valley gold mine, the emerging Wafi Golpu gold and copper mine and hundreds of second and third generation of gold miners – couldn’t afford the K200,000 it would have cost to send a delegation to the conference.
He said the miners benefit PNG’s national revenue by K60-70 million annually.
“The name Bulolo is synonymous with mining, so wherever there are talks about mining, Bulolo must be invited and assisted by government to be part of such high level conferences,” Basil said.
He questioned the logic of landowners spending huge amounts of funds to travel offshore “to go and talk about resources that are under our feet.
“Investors who are genuine and want to invest in and develop our resources must come to the shores of PNG to discuss how they propose to develop these resources,” he told One PNG.
“Millions of kina in limited development funds are wasted every year by PNG government departments and landowners to attend these meetings when funds could have been spent onshore.
“Also more participants and stakeholders from PNG could attend if it was hosted onshore.”
Basil called on Chamber of Mines president Greg Anderson to reconsider having future mining conferences in PNG.
“If PNG is vying to host such high level events...
LAST week the Jamaica Gleaner reported that Digicel Group’s earnings have been hit by worsening economic conditions in Papua New Guinea.
The newspaper was quoting the British investment bank Barclays’ analysis of Digicel’s recent developments and earnings that showed that revenue fell 7% to $US638 million, while its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation declined 14% to $US253 million.”
Papua New Guinea accounts for 14% of Digicel Group’s revenue and is Digicel Pacific’s largest market.
"While we acknowledge investor concerns related to Digicel Pacific given the weak macroeconomic backdrop in Papua New Guinea, we continue to view cash flows from Digicel Pacific Limited as an important source of cash … and believe the operations in the country are close to bottoming-out," Barclays stated.
With lower earnings and pressure from investors, Papua New Guineans can expect to feel a huge squeeze from Digicel.
“I’m not just your grandma, I’m your friend, so you can tell me – have you tried acid?”
I was a bottle of wine deep on a balcony in Lisbon with my mum and grandma, and the conversation had taken a turn. Unsure of how to answer, I turned to my mum for guidance, but before I could say anything my grandma continued, “because you know, it’s become an epidemic in Australia, all these lives ruined because of the addicts.” I rolled her sentence over in my mind. “Do you mean ice?” I asked slowly. I stared at her with my mouth open. “OF COURSE I HAVEN’T DONE ICE!” She sipped her wine and nodded at me sagely, “Well, you just never know.”
This wasn’t the first conversation that had veered away from Appropriate Chat Highway and turned swiftly into I Need More Wine to Hear the Rest of This Town. It was day three of our Euro adventure, and I had another 12 days of traversing across Portugal and Spain with my mum and grandma. This was the first time all three of us had travelled together, and the first time either of them had done it out of a backpack and on a budget. I wanted to grab both their hands and show them my way of travelling: making plans up as you go along, befriending strangers on trains and, of course, sleeping in a variety of cheap but cheerful hostels.
I also wanted to get to know my mum and grandma and hear their stories. My grandma was married at 20 with her first baby at 21. She spent time in the Australian Ballet and now volunteers with her local fire service. My mum was hitched at 23 with her first baby at 27. She married a gentleman of the Navy, travelled the world and now plays bass guitar in her spare time. I wanted to trade experiences and travel with the two women who, along with Indiana Jones, inspired my restless spirit. However, by the end of the trip, I’d learned more than a bunch of stories about “what really went on in the ballet”.
Firstly, I learned to slow down. My grandma may look young, but she’s pushing 80 and her youthful face made that easy to forget. Instead of rushing around cities trying to squeeze everything in, I adjusted my pace and incorporated a lot of resting. Initially, my itchy feet bemoaned this slower style, but eventually I realised that changing my speed didn’t mean seeing less; it mean...
Charges and prosecutions are pending in the AWU Scandal. I've logged more than 20 hours with Ralph Blewitt recently. New documents have come to my attention. Today Ralph saw the full picture of the frauds for the first time. Here's what he said earlier today. And this was possibly the...
LMFAO- NOW Hoaxtead is claiming that America is talking about
“pizzagate” because we all HATE pizza places.
Have they had a chance to see how FAT American’s are? WE SO DO NOT HATE PIZZA…
Narcissists NEVER take responsibility for their own shit. Take Hillary. Her losing had NOTHING to do with her BAD BEHAVIOR when they ran Sanders out of the race during the primary elections- but rather- she lost because of RUSSIAN HACKERS. NEITHER of our candidates take responsibility- Trump trashes a handicapped guy on CAMERA- IN FRONT OF THE ENTIRE NATION- and then- right after – says he didn’t do it. THIS is what is running America. People who can do whatever fucked up thing they can think of and then they just DENY responsibility like THAT is going to make up for their shit.
If your child did this- what would you do? So if it isn’t acceptable for your CHILDREN- then WHY IN THE FUCK is it okay for our LEADERS???
So yeah- lets REDO the election. But lets throw SANDERS into the mix and see just how well BOTH Hillary and Donald do. If it is all about the “popular vote” then lets run the one WHO WAS THE MOST POPULAR..
I am SO SICK of this victimization people have going on. Hillary steals the nomination from Sanders- Trump steals it from Hillary- and now Hillary is considered a victim. And if you point this out- YOU get vilified and dismissed. Pointing out facts is simply that- pointing out facts. If you can’t deal with this- then that says something about YOU- not me.
DOD Spent $33,413,000,000+ on 186 Individual Contracts in November 2016
The Pentagon issues a jumbled list of contracts every business day around 5:00PM local time. Our project distills an entire month of these contracts into an accessible form.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) spent at least $33,413,000,000 on 186 individual contracts during November 2016. This amount does not include nineteen Foreign Military Sales transactions worth $1,869,924,000.
FOREIGN MILITARY SALES (FMS) – Through FMS, the U.S. government procures and transfers materiel to allied nations and international organizations.
Boeing received $13,877,016 to provide the Netherlands with CH-47F Chinook support services.
General Dynamics received $65,292,225 to provide Iraq with contractor logistic support and training for M1A1 tanks and M88A2 recovery vehicles.
L-3 Communications received $29,965,504 to provide the UK with an electronic instrument system replacement requirement.
Lockheed Martin received $27,000,000 to upgrade Singapore’s F-16 aircraft.
Lockheed Martin received $1,204,200,000 to upgrade F-16 for South Korea.
Lockheed Martin received $12,354,382 to provide Taiwan with developmental support equipment.
Raytheon received $26,223,357 to upgrade the Taiwan Early Warning Radar Surveillance Radar Program Missile Warning Center.
Raytheon received $22,998,943 for FMS (Turkey, UAE, Spain): management, logistics and engineering support for the Hawk missile stockpile reliability program and the operations of worldwide theater readiness monitoring facility.
I am delighted to publish this guest post from my friend and former colleague Paul McGuire, who has had a diverse career as a professional economist, including positions in the Commonwealth Treasury, OECD, Australian Government ministerial offices and Queensland Government agencies. His career has taken him all around the world, to Paris, the Cook Islands, Canberra and Brisbane, among other places. The views expressed in this article are Paul’s and should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT
by Paul McGuire
As an economist I am often asked for investment advice by friends and relatives. Accordingly, I have developed some tips based on my own research in managing my investments and those of my family. They have also benefited from comments and suggestions from a number of friends and colleagues. They are intended to be general information only and do not constitute professional advice.
1. Pay down your loan on your principal place of residence
If you have a home loan, the interest on your home loan is not tax deductible. Hence you are paying your interest from your after tax income.
If you are paying 5% interest on your home loan and your marginal tax rate is 34.5% (i.e. your taxable income is between $37,000 and $87,000 from 2016-17), paying down your home loan is equivalent to earning 7.6% before tax from an alternative investment.
If your marginal tax rate is 39% (i.e. your taxable income is between $87,000 and $180,000), paying down your home loan is equivalent to earning 8.2% before tax from an alternative investment.
If you know of a risk-free investment with guaranteed returns above 8.2% per year before tax please let me know and I will gladly invest in it.
You should also see if you can use an offset account for your day-to-day transactions. Any money in the account is offset against your home loan and directly reduces your interest payments.
2. Take advantage of your superannuation concessional contributions cap
There are a lot of tax advantages in investing in superannuation. The advantages are being reduced following the 2016-17 Budget, but the changes will generally only affect high income earners. The taxation treatment of superannuation will remain highly concessional.
The ½ percent GDP contraction in September quarter that the ABS published last week has raised a lot of questions about the current state of the economy, and whether the Government should do more in terms of economic reform or fiscal stimulus.
Regarding fiscal stimulus, I agree with Finance Minister Mathias Cormann’s view reported in the Brisbane Times that it would be undesirable. It is very possible that the September quarter result was an aberration caused in part by volatile public sector capital expenditure numbers, and that there will be a bounce back in December quarter (see the decomposition of GDP growth in Queensland Treasury’s latest National Accounts brief). That said, it is clear the Australian economy is not as healthy as we thought it was earlier in the year, and the outlook for business investment is concerning.
Fiscal stimulus has historically proven to be ineffective or counter-productive in stabilising the economy. There are at least two major problems with fiscal stimulus.
The second point is the well-known critique derived from the Mundell-Fleming model, which Tony Makin has effectively used in critiquing the Rudd Government’s fiscal stimulus packages in response to the financial crisis, most recently in a paper commissioned by the Treasury. Makin is correct the National Accounts data show that what appears to have saved the Australian economy at the time of the crisis was actually a depreciation of the currency in 2008, related to interest rate cuts by the RBA, and a boost in net exports, rather than the fiscal stimulus.
I should note that while I largely agree with Makin’s ex post analysis, I was working in the Treasury in 2008-09, and at the time I thought fiscal stimulus was warranted given the expectation that Australia would receive a huge adverse shock from the global financial crisis. Treasury officials thought that the crisis was of such an exceptional nature that it warranted it a strong a...
In the Galilee Basin itself, no. Not till requested by the Traditional Owners, protecting their country. But pretty much everywhere else, YES!
Our governments are falling over themselves to make it easier for multi-billionaire and political donor Gautum Adani to make even more money. The legal system and political process are stacked against us and the physical destruction of the Galilee Basin and Great Barrier Reef could start by mid 2017.
Adani and their corporate/political friends have premises and events all over Australia and beyond. The Galilee Blockade campaign encourages, supports and promotes action against these ecocidal companies and organisations. Anywhere in the world they operate.
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Brenda Niall’s biography of Irish-Australian Jesuit priest, Father Hackett, is absorbing from the start. Niall starts by sharing her musings as she walks through Kew cemetery in Melbourne where Father Hackett is buried. She shares some memories of the cleric … Continue reading
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Seen briefly at 6am - close to the rock piles at 255 Wyampa Rd, the bird appeared just over the treetops at a range of only 15m or so. I was immediately struck by its flitting, energetic, bat-like flight and could see all dark underparts with rounded wingtips. I'm certain it was a swiftlet, most likely an Australian. Keep an eye out.
I write this submission as an open data/budget transparency and privacy advocate and a citizen journalist, researcher and programmer. I researched and wrote the CensusFail submission to the Inquiry into the 2016 census in which I made salient points regarding privacy and data sharing of administrative data. The Inquiry into the 2016 Census failed to adequately address the privacy risks posed by government agencies sharing personal information without informed consent or appropriate de-identification practices.
The Amendment has had a chilling effect on discussion and debate of re-identification research....
Australian Muslim families with more than one wife are receiving spousal benefits from Centrelink, it has been claimed.
Polygamous marriages, largely confined to Islamic families, are allowed to claim multiple family tax benefit payments for children living under the same roof, The Sunday Telegraph reported.… Read More
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We are entering a Space Age, but not the kind President Kennedy originally envisioned. This Space Age is replacing resource wars and redefines planet earth as a “battlespace” in accordance with the military doctrine of “Full-Spectrum Dominance.”
This book examines how chemtrails and ionospheric heaters like the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Project (HAARP) in Alaska service a full-spectrum dominance.… Read More
Punching a kangaroo is one thing. Mauling and then stabbing a pig is another altogether, writes Geoff Russell.
A video went viral recently of a man punching a kangaroo. The man was carrying a really large knife and there are a couple of dogs in the film. For some strange reason, there’s been a considerable out-pouring of sympathy for the punchee, the kangaroo, while the puncher, one Greig Tonkins, is reportedly cowering before threats of revenge from animal rights people.
Most people know that I’ve been happy to wear that tag for a few decades and you can bet I reckon there’d be a special place in hell for Tonkins, if there was a hell, but not because of his punching the kangaroo. The punch certainly had shock and surprise value, but not much more.
But what about the pigs?
Imagine an out of control car killing five people and ending up ploughing through a shop window… with this last event caught on video. How strange would it be for the headline to read: “Car through window” with scant mention of the five deaths?
Tonkins and his mates went out with their dogs and knives to rip apart some pigs. If you have a strong stomach, you can find out what pig-doggin’ is by checking out this 2012 ABC report.
Hunters frequently glorify the notion of a “clean kill”; a single perfectly placed bullet that instantly snuffs out the consciousness of an animal. It is fired with extraordinary skill by a cool and methodical killer. This certainly is possible and quite common with some kinds of hunting.
It’s possible but rare when hunters use shotguns on ducks. Many fly on with pellets in one or other organs; or perhaps smashed legs or bills. But duck shooters at least make a pretense of wanting a clean kill, even if it is technically just a statistically unlikely chance event.
The pig doggers on the other hand, make no such pretense. The dogs catch and start ripping into the pig, at some point the person may judge that their own risk of injury is low enough, meaning the pig is weak enough, to move in with a knife and kill the pig. This is a slow, painful and terrifying way to kill an animal.
News Corp’s claims of Muslim husbands with multiple wives claiming multiple Centrelink payments dismissed by Finance Minister Mathias Cormann. Use the table of contents menu to jump to relevant sections. (December 11, 2016) – Mathias Cormann rejects News Corp assertions. (December 11, 2016) – Complaint registered with Australian Press Council. . Mathias Cormann rejects News […]
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From the Central Command of West Papua Revolutionary Army, the Officers of the WPRA would like to officially Extend Our Condolences for the death of Our Great Hero from Indonesia, hero of freedom and truth. All West Papuan fighters in the jungle of New Guinea hereby acknowledge the great work he…Continue reading
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At Sydney Town Hall, 2014, protesting funding cuts to the ABC Editor’s note: The old saying, “Death by a Thousand Cuts,” might soon apply to the mainstream media. This is Gumshoe News’ 1,000th article. by Mary W Maxwell I’ll make three arguments here. The first is that there should be no restrictions on commercial media, and no […]
RadioNZ - A Jakarta-based group says Indonesians need to learn more about the way West Papua was incorporated into the republic. The newly-established Indonesian People's Front for West Papua, or FRI West Papua, this week declared its support for West Papuan liberation from Indonesian rule. Made up of non-Papuans, the group said that the universal…Continue reading
On 16 August 2012, 34 South African mineworkers were gunned down by police in collusion with the British mining company, Lonmin, and Government Ministers. This documentary memorialises this atrocity:
A Commission of Inquiry has been launched into the tragedy.
On 26 November 1988, police and then military began a campaign of violence, logistically supported by British company Rio – ‘Better the Devil You Know’ – Tinto, and government Ministers, against landowners on Bougainville. Many thousands were killed. No commission of inquiry was called, no truth commission was launched. The Prime Minister in charge during this period of abuse and mass brutality, was rewarded with a Board position at the then Rio Tinto subsidiary, Bougainville Copper Limited.
The claim area us at the junction of the Queensland, South
Australian and Northern Territory boundaries.
The Wangkangurru / Yarluyandi people are descendants of the following ancestors
The parents of two brothers, Ililji-Danggana and Ililjili-Birbana
The parents of the sibling pair Nguarmariu (male) and Pungatjuntu (fenale
Sisters Maggie and Bugagaguna
The parents of a woman whose two sons (the name of the first son is unknown,the name of the second son is Yungili) married two sisters Maggie and Bugagaguna (as above) respectively (ie unnamed son married Maggie and Yungili married Bugagaguna)
Judy Dandribilina Trew (who married a man known as "Lagoon Charlie" Guranda and later a man called Charlie Trew
Appeared in the Koori Mail dated November 30, 2016
The publication Oodnadatta Genealogies by Jen Gibson has descendants of Yungili and Bugagaguna listed in Chart 10. This is attached in two parts ( 1 ) and ( 2 ).
Contributed by Jim Hayes The claim that Muslims are rorting the welfare system with multiple wives is a beat up. Very few practice polygamous relationships,...
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First ever collection of PNG women's writing - the deadline looms.
There are many talented women
writers in Papua New Guinea and, for International Women’s Day
an anthology of their writing will be published and launched in both Port Moresby and Brisbane. This will be the first book of its kind to come out of PNG and it will be an important moment. Writers can still contribute essays, short stories, articles, poetry and illustrations on the theme, ‘My walk to equality’. Closing date: 31 December. Click here for details.
WITH THANKS TO PAGA HILL DEVELOPMENT
COMPANY & JO HOLMAN - SUPPORTING THE WOMEN OF
For information about sponsorships & donations, contact Keith Jackson here
FORTY-ONE years after independence in 1975 and Papua New Guinean literature is still in its infancy.
It’s like a child that has never grown up. Or like one of those 20 year olds you occasionally see in primary school trying hard to learn to read and write.
Since Keith and I started the Crocodile Prize for Literature I have been trying to interest literary people in Australia in Papua New Guinean writing.
I believe that recognition outside Papua New Guinea will provoke organisations and government in Papua New Guinea to take literature seriously.
I have sent copies of the books we have published, including the anthologies, to all sorts of people in Australia who might be interested.
I have written articles and essays for literary and popular journals in Australia to use and maybe publish.
Every single one of these efforts has got nowhere. At best I’ve received feedback that essentially says, it’s not very good writing is it. Other editors simply don’t reply.
One of the most difficult things to get across to Australian audiences is that different cultures tell stories differently. For instance, a story from Papua New Guinea may not have a beginning or an end.
Some other conventions don’t apply. A cardinal rule in western literature is not to preach: establish your point subtly and whatever you do don’t spell it out. A lot of Papua New Guinean stories are built around morality tales and the meaning is explicit. This often doesn’t go down well with Australian readers or academics.
This doesn't mean that Papua New Guinean literature is ‘not very good’, it means that Papua New Guinean literature is different. It’s that difference that should be capturing their attention, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to.
A contribution to ‘My Walk to
Equality’, the first anthology of PNG women’s
writing, to be published on International Women’s Day in March next year.
IT ALL starts at home: story times are precious.
Children are usually quick to point out what is fair and what is not.
When I was a kid, I would fight with my younger brother, Avdoh, about small things - who gets the single seat sofa or who holds the television remote. Being older, I felt it was my right to have things my way.
Also, I harboured a small fear that, if I didn’t fight for my rights, he would get his way as the only boy. Did my parents love him more? Thankfully, I have a wonderful mother who understood a nine year old’s anguish.
My mother, Kekas Meki, is a Kafe woman from the Henganofi District of the Eastern Highlands. When Avdoh and I fought, she would pull us apart, sit us down on her bed and tell us about the special nature of the brother-sister relationship and the respect and good treatment given to women in her society.
She did this by telling us a tumbuna (legend) story from her village of Marikente. I called this story the ‘Cave Story’….
WHENEVER feasts or mumus are held, it is customary and important that brothers should first acknowledge their sisters and give them preferable treatment. This custom stemmed from a horrible incident and people guard against a repetition of the incident by honouring the custom.
A long time ago in the mountains around Henganofi there lived a man and his wife. One day there was a big feast in their village. The man was a leader in the village and was busy preparing for the feast and communing with his guests.
Amid all the commotion, he did not not......
A contribution to ‘My Walk to Equality’, the first anthology of PNG women’s writing, to be published on International Women’s Day in March next year
I WROTE this poem to honour the memory of a beautiful town of Rabaul and the people of East New Britain who have shown great resilience in the face of great tragedy of the twin volcanic eruptions in 1994. I have learnt a lot of moral values and great lessons from the people and their town now buried in ash, abandoned yet proud in its history. I have worked on several human rights projects with the East New Britain Council of Women under the leadership of Elizaberth Pawa, Relly Manning, Mrs Malori and others who have advanced the status and welfare of their womenfolk. I dedicate this poem to these women leaders who have taught me a lot about the road to gender equality.
LIKE an old friend she clung unto me as we drove into town.
We embraced like old friends with each passing
gaze and every passing scene,
a chord seemed to be struck with every taste, sound, smell and touch,
there was a bond somewhere.
Through the passage of time’s separate paths we travelled and now we met again on her humble stead where once she took me in with her other brood
and imparted the old wisdom of her people.
Hospitality and perseverance chief among them all.
How could I look past that streak of quiet
dignity that graced her every look despite
the weather-beaten neglect of age and tear.
Her hospitality stood in the test of time.
Everywhere the deep jagged thrust of the
savanna plains stared back with such loyalty.
That there are universal patterns in the naming of colors across languages has long been a topic of discussion in a range of disciplines, including anthropology, cognitive science and linguistics. However, previous color term research has not applied an evolutionary framework to the analysis of these worldwide patterns. Recently, scientists at Yale University traced the history of color systems in language by applying phylogenetic methods across a large language tree. They not only validated the phylogenetic approach to culture, but also generated a precise history of color terms across a large language sample drawn from the Pama-Nyungan languages of Australia, and moreover provided evidence supporting the loss and, as had been previously known, gain of color terms in the evolutionary process.
Prof. Claire Bowern discussed several key elements of the paper that she and Hannah J. Haynie published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, these being:
“We had a lot of trouble getting data for the languages, as well as interpreting the data we had,” Bowern tells Phys.org. “Since there’s no preexisting set of color term data-sets for these languages, we had to create it from grammars, dictionaries and field notes.” Moreover, she adds, if a term wasn’t in the data-set, they had to determine if it was truly absent from the language – or if it simply was not recorded in their data. The researchers also ran into difficulty deciding if a word was truly a color term, as was the case with orange, which had to be excluded from their list of colors because too many instances of the term referred only to the fruit.
“There is now a substantial body of literature on phylogenetic approaches to culture,” Bowern continues. (Phylogenetics is the study of evolutionary relationships among species, individuals or genes, as modelled on trees.) “It’s still somewhat controversial, but the critiques of phylogenetics outside of biology often focus on the differences between biological systems and other areas of change, such as in linguistics or culture.” That said, she points out that oftentimes these critiques overlook the degree of difference among biological evolutionary processes. “It’s........
WAMENA, JAYAWIJAYA, SATUHARAPAN.COM - Ribuan rakyat pro penentuan nasib sendiri Papua hari ini (10/12) menduduki halaman gedung DPRD Jayawijaya. Para pendukung United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) yang oleh pemerintah dicap sebagai gerakan separatis, berkumpul dalam rangka memperingati hari Hak Asasi Manusia (HAM) sedunia yang jatuh pada tanggal 10 Desember. Menurut laporan para saksi…Continue reading
PembebasanBandung, 4 Desember 2016 -- Pada 1 Desember 2016, Front Rakyat Indonesia untuk West Papua (FRI-West Papua) dan Aliansi Mahasiswa Papua (AMP) hendak melakukan aksi menyuarakan Hak Menentukan Nasib Sendiri bagi Rakyat Papua di Bunderan Hotel Indonesia, Jakarta. Namun, baru tiba di perempatan Graha Mandiri, massa aksi yang berjumlah 200 lebih itu dihadang barisan polisi…Continue reading
submitted September 2016, published at Human Rights Day, 10 December 2016
Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Republic of Indonesia
Human Rights Council
Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Republic of Indonesia
3rd cycle (May – June 2017)
Stakeholders’ Submission by:
Watch Indonesia! e.V.
West Papua Network (WPN)
World Organisation against Torture (OMCT)
1. This stakeholder report is a joint submission by
the West Papua Network (WPN), Watch Indonesia! and the World
Organisation against Torture (OMCT) The report highlights key
concerns, trends and significant developments in the human rights
situation in Indonesia including a particular focus on the region
West Papua between January 2012 and July 2016 in the following
areas: torture and maltreatment; extra-judicial and arbitrary
executions; violence against land rights activists; freedom of
expression and freedom of peaceful assembly; death penalty;
discrimination on the basis of religious belief and sexual
orientation; truth finding and dealing with the past, the role of
the military; human rights defenders; and indigenous peoples. This
report will conclude with a set of recommendations
2. The WPN is monitoring and documenting the human rights and conflict situation, the legal and institutional framework in Indonesia and supports a peaceful solution to the long lasting conflict in West Papua for more than 20 years. It operates jointly with other organizations in the International Coalition for Papua (ICP).
3. Watch Indonesia! is a Berlin based human rights NGO working since 1991 to address the human rights, democracy and environmental issues in Indonesia and East Timor. It has been actively engaged in doing lobby and advocacy work in Germany, at the EU and the UN level together with its local, national and international partners.
4. Created in 1985, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is today the main coalition of international non-governmental organizations (NGO) fighting against torture, summary executions, enforced disappearances and all other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. With 311 affiliated organizations in its SOS-Torture Network and many tens of thousands correspondents in every country, OMCT is the most important network of non-governmental organizations working for the protection and the promotion of human rights in the world.
read the complete submission at:
A tsunami warning has been issued for several Pacific countries – including Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu – following an earthquake with magnitude 7.8 about 68km off the coast of Kirakira in the Solomon Islands early today. The US Geological Survey (USGS) initially reported the quake at 4.18am local time as 8.0,…Continue reading
By Godwin Ligo in Port Vila Former Vanuatu Prime Minister and the country’s first Roving Ambassador, Barak Sope, has expressed his personal tribute to the late Fidel Castro of Cuba who died late last week. Speaking from his home on Ifira in a telephone interview with the Daily Post, Barak Sope, who was one of…Continue reading
By PMC Editor -December 10, 2016,By Margareth S. Aritonang in Jakarta After two years of running the country, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has still not fulfilled his campaign promise to address long-unresolved human rights abuse cases in Indonesia, a promise that is thought to have sealed his victory against his former contender Prabowo Subianto, who…Continue reading
By Debbie Singh in Suva A regional meeting to consider key Pacific priorities and responsibilities for advancing commitments under international and regional policy frameworks on climate change migration and displacement opened in Suva today. Senior Pacific island government officials from Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu,…Continue reading
I find it amusing that the very people who have constantly GIVEN us fake news are now the ones BITCHING about fake news. And even THIS is a lie- because what they are upset about is that the TRUTH is finally getting out and they can’t control it or spin it with their propaganda machine.
Fake news? Like going to war over weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist and killing MILLIONS of INNOCENT people while DECEMATING our economy at the same time?
I agree- FAKE NEWS SUCKS…
Pope Francis, the yarmulke-wearing Jesuit, recently came out against “fake news”.
A thing that can do great damage to the information media is disinformation: that is, faced with any situation, saying only a part of the truth, and not the rest.
Bill Shorten and his former wife Debbie Beale were highly likely “benefiting from the proceeds of crime” given their previous close relationship with Kathy Jackson says newly appointed Labor Party staffer Peter Wicks. Peter Wicks, who since the 31st of October 2016 has been employed as a staff member by federal Labor MP Michael Danby, […]
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill
has expressed appreciation for Australia’s support for Papua
New Guinea’s hosting of the APEC process in 2018, and the
understanding of the Australian Government in the action required
in closing down the Manus Regional Processing Centre.
PM O’Neill made the comments after meeting with his Australian Counterpart, Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, in Sydney yesterday, and the Australian Immigration Minister, Hon. Peter Dutton MP, on Monday this week.
“Progress is being made to close the Manus Regional Processing Centre in compliance with the ruling of the Supreme Court, and all parties are committed to this process,” the Prime Minister said.
“Further technical consultations will take place at the start of 2017 to move to the next level of this process.
“Our co-operation on this policy has saved countless lives of children, women and men who would otherwise have attempted to cross the Indian Ocean in unsafe boats.
“The trade human misery by people smugglers has ended.
“Now we move to the conclusion of this process.”
PM O’Neill further thanked the Australian Prime Minister for his Government’s ongoing support for Papua New Guinea in preparation for hosting APEC in 2018.
“This is the first time that Papua New Guinea will host APEC, whereas Australia hosted the G20 Summit two years ago and APEC in 2007.
“Australia has a wealth of experience and technical information that we are drawing from, and is further providing support and capacity building in areas that include security, logistics and policy development.
“In particular, delivering the right level of security for the Leaders’ Summit, and all APEC meetings through 2018, is essential in successfully hosting APEC.
“Papua New Guinea very much appreciates the commitment and the high level capacity building that we are receiving through the Australian Federal Police partnership.
“AFP personnel are amongst the best in the world and are demonstrating their capabilities and we look forward to maintaining, or even expanding this program in support of APEC.
“Papua New Guinea further appreciates support from the Australian Defence Force through training and the provision of equipment and personnel during APEC in 2018.
“Every APEC meeting is a joint security operation between partner countries, and I reassured Malcolm Turnbull that we appreciate the support and co-operation o...
Submitted By: Jan Kees van Donge, retired ex Professor of Political Science at UPNG
The concern with corruption in PNG is in the first place forensic: concerned with what goes wrong. It may, however, also be useful to give some attention to issues of policy in order to avoid, as much as possible, such situations arising again in the future. This is especially pertinent with respect to policies governing natural resources, as these are so important for the PNG economy and governance issues are so blatant. Such a policy debate needs to begin with information on the actual present situation. This article argues firstly that such information is not currently available. A debate on procedures for an Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is therefore simply irrelevant.[i] There are a number of reasons to ask scholarly as well as politically crucial questions that need to be answered before a sensible debate on natural resources policy can begin. These are set out below. Secondly, there is need of a debate on the ways in which PNG can extract income from such projects dealing with the amount of leverage allowed and equity participation. This article does not pretend to provide definitive solutions, but it wants to create sensitivity to the issues involved.
First, government data are not explicit on income from natural resources projects. The income flows from mines and oil/gas for the government have to be guessed. These income flows are governed by confidential Resource Development Agreements between the state and companies. Furthermore, there is not one prescribed format for such agreements; rather, agreements are contract-specific and may contain any kind of concession with respect to taxation, royalties, equity participation and so forth.[ii] Political action is needed to change the law so that these agreements become public.
Second, specific questions need to be asked about depreciation and tax concessions. For example: when Asian Development Bank economist Aaron Batten presented the seminal report, Papua New Guinea: Critical Development Constraints, he mentioned specifically the taxation concessions for Ramu nickel and the LNG project. The Internal Revenue Commission (IRC) defended these concessions, as companies need the time to extract, produce, export an...
Certainly a surprise to see one of the new Royal Flying Doctor
Service (RFDS) Beech B300C Super King Air VH-FDN "FlyDoc 427" visit
some Central Queensland Airports for the first time ever over the
|VH-FDN arrives in Cairns on delivery in 2015 (File photo)|
Sitting on a low branch of a shrub with it's catch; a Ringtail Possum
Brief look at two birds this morning and at first thought they were the Rose-crowned fruit-doves that have been seen there recently. It wasn't till we had a chance to look at the photos that we realised the bird we looked at was a male Superb Fruit-dove. Seen opposite 255 Wyampa Rd just north of the rock pile area.
On Thursday 8 December, the Queensland
Police Service (Airwing) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU
flew into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville. It had flown
into Cairns and then Townsville in Far North Queensland from
Brisbane the previous day.
“We need each other more than ever.”
Phil Baulch – in The Sustainable Hour
“Less is a new more.”
Simon Mulvani – in The Sustainable Hour
Triggered by the epically stupid plan to build a toxic coal complex in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, The Sustainable Hour on 7 December 2016 circles around our economy, energy and environment: how we can transition away from a growth-model based on debt and greed – and away from anxiety and despair over the way things are going.
Fort Hood in Texas, the biggest army base in the US, is
installing wind and solar. Why? To save taxpayers $168 million
Now who would complain? Meanwhile, in Australia… deep breath!… The Turnbull government decides to give “conditional approval” for a $1 billion loan of public money to build the railway for the coral reef destroying Adani mega coal mine in Queensland. This at a time when most countries around the world are finally realising we need get off the dangerous burning of coal, because our planet keeps warming. At the poles, temperatures are 20°C above normal and an ice chunk the size of India has disappeared.
The alarm bells of climate science are ringing louder and louder, but in Australia our politicians ignore them. How are we to respond? Why aren’t the public in uproar over this madness?
(L) Edgar Maddison Welch, and (R) Lucy Richards of Florida, in a police booking photo from the 1990s by Dee McLachlan I have noticed overthe last few days it takes a long time for sites like Infowars.com and Whatreallyhappend.com to open. This was posted on Infowars.com today: “EMERGENCY: The gov’t has announced they want to shut […]
As 2016 rounds out, it seems like everybody is just dying to denounce the year and look towards 2017 with hope, like the arbitrary changing of the Gregorians is going to bring with it some kind of swelling of fortune.
But of course it isn’t.
If 2016 was your annus horribilis let me assure you that 2017 will be straight-up fucked. Why? Because I’m a realist – the oft-touted euphemism for “negative old bastard”.
More of your heroes will die.
Musical, film, political, familial – as the people we look up to get older there’s a higher probability of them kicking the bucket. Get used to it, because that’s an unavoidable fact.
Your lot will get worse.
One year older means one year closer to the grave, plus another year’s problems. Health, wealth, career, relationships – the odds will continue to stack against you, compounded by the ungodly cunt-storm that 2017’s political landscape is about to unleash upon us.
Trump is confirming our worst
Remember when he won the election and all the moronic contrarians with their ignorance masquerading as faux apathy told you that It doesn’t matter, he’s just a figurehead, nothing will change, and do you really think that he’s any worse than Obummer/Killary?
Well I kind of wanted to believe you. I wanted to think that the election campaign was an act of theatrical brilliance, a lowest-common-denominator schlock-fest designed to rouse the ignorant to form an army of support without any intention of going through with it all, because it would be NUTS to run a country according to the desires of the bottom feeders, wouldn’t it?
On the recently held Bulolo Show trip, Goilala District Development Authority was invited by Bulolo MP and Deputy Opposition Leader Hon Sam Basil to be the Guest Speaker.
Knowing Lae been the Industrial Hub of Papua New Guinea, Goilala District MP brought his full DDA Team with him.
Mostly aimed at Fact Finding, meeting stakeholders and establishing connections to foster understanding and help facilitate and deliver much-needed Services back in Goilala.
Two of the highlights of that trip was a meeting with Coffee Industry Corporation Officials here in their Lae HQ, and MRA own and managed Alluvial Mining Training Centre in Bulolo.
Among a host of minor meets, Goilala Development Authority made a finding that no one expected.
And that is MUDDY BARK INVESTMENT LIMITED. Owned and Managed by young Goilala men who call Morobe home.
Muddy Bark is engaged in timber milling and supplying. They cut timber from around the fringes of Lae Open, Naweb Open, Bulolo Open and Markham Open and mill that in their Timber yard and treat and dress before supplying to clients in Lae.
They are also into building construction – homes, offices, classrooms, churches.
Recently they have expanded their operation into bakery business due to the huge demand for freshly baked scones where they are based.
Present in the DDA during the tour of the Muddy Bark yard were District CEO, President Woitape, PreisdentGuari, President Tapini and their deputies.
Seeing the success of our own kind in Lae, GDDA engage Muddy Bark to produce School Desks for selected community schools in Goilala.
These desks once produced will utilize the forward loading option with Manolos Aviation choppers to drop off at selected schools District-wide.
Insert are photos first 50 Des been produced at the Muddy Bark yard.
In a bar outside Rome, foamy, black water crashed down the corridors of my mind. As thoughts rose like bubbles emerging from the submerged floors, the malignant waters surged around them, collapsing them with ease. My mind felt paralysed and numb, with a permeating feeling of inadequacy.
I swivelled my stool toward the bartender, away from the awkward silence between me and the two girls occupying the stools to my right. Trying to revive the conversation felt like resuscitating someone, and breaking their sternum in the process. I ordered my second expensive, cheap-tasting beer. I knew I was spending money I didn’t have, but goddamn, I had to do something with myself.
I scanned the bar behind me and spotted a pool table across the red, dimly lit sea of teenage heads, bobbing up and down like buoys on the vast ocean dance floor. Within a minute I was inhaling European cologne as I waded through chic European girls and pretty European boys who put more thought into their hair and clothes than the American girls I knew back home. God, I missed the stink and slovenliness of sweaty Americans in a bar.
The pool table was in a corner of the room on an elevated wooden platform. Green table felt shone through another blanket of red light lying on pool balls, cues, stools, and two dozen drink-in-hand French teens.
I struck a nonchalant lean against a pillar and watched two of the guys in the group stumble around the pool table having a grand time trying to pocket the eight ball. Minutes passed. Doing nothing was much worse than doing something – the weight of the black water was bearing down on me.
Finally, the eight ball dropped in a pocket. I immediately turned around and asked a French teen with kind eyes who didn’t know what to do with his non-beer holding hand, “You want to play?”
He picked up a pool cue and within a shot revealed he fucking sucked. Which was great, because I fucking sucked. On my third stroke, I missed the ball completely. Sweet. I shot a sheepish grin at him and endured the merciless, black deluge that swamped the halls and corridors. Every other shot I took was a bad shot. People were watching. I had to fight against the stabs of insecurity, the sloshing, heavy water pounding against the walls.
We had only been playing a few minutes when I heard someone from behind walk up the steps with a drunken holler to someone across the pool table. The holler couldn’t be defined, but it didn’t need to be. Any human knew what it meant. It w...
The Frieda River mine in the Sepik will enhance PNG’s prosperity, claims Fred Hess. Just like Panguna did for Bougainville, Ok Tedi has done for Western Province and Porgera is doing for Enga, Mr Hess?
Anyone with the slightest interest in evaluating Fred Hess’s claims should visit Arawa, Wabag and Daru and see how the same claims by made by Rio Tinto, Barrick Gold and BHP have proved to be false.
And don’t be fooled by Hess’s claims that the Frieda river mine will be constructed and operated by PanAust and Highlands Pacific. The mine is owned and will be operated by the Chinese company Guandong Rising Assets Management (GRAM).
Now why is Mr Hess so keen to hide that little fact?
Delly Waigeno | EMTV News | 9 December 2016
The Frieda River Project in West Sepik will contribute to enhancing the prosperity of Papua New Guinea.
Dr. Fred Hess, Managing Director of PanAust said this when talking about the risks and rewards of this project.
Frieda River has the largest known gold and copper deposits in the world with over 2 billion tonnes, and the O’Neill-Dion Government has committed to assisting the project at its various stages of development.
Dr. Hess said the Frieda River Project is one that’s been known for about 50 years. PanAust and its joint venture partner, Highlands Pacific are aiming to bring the project into development very soon.
They have already submitted a special mining lease application.
Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, said the government was committed to the project.
The Project is a substantial open cut mining operation, dominated by a large storage facility.
Dr. Hess said the project will generate substantial revenue that will be shared around a number of stakeholders including; local communities, provincial government, the national government, the company and its shareholders who will all benefit from this project going forward.
So I want to deal with this comment on Hoaxstead. I HAVE tried to help- not only get justice for the murdered children my family was involved with- but I ALSO have done my best to network people together so that they can help each other.
Do I have a donation page? Yep. Why? Because NOTHING is for free in this world. But I am CERTAINLY not going to holiday in Spain. Nor is anyone I know who is actually REALLY involved with this work. We don’t have the govt- who is stealing TRILLIONS UPON TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS from the American people- funding us- so we do what we must.
I am REALLY tired of this victim blaming. Vilifying someone who has come forward as a victim in this mess. THIS is the shit we have to contend with. Not that it isn’t all ready hard enough- we have ignorant opinionated assholes to deal with- who are MORE THAN EAGER to share their uneducated opinions.
How many victims has this anonymous person helped? When you see beyond his sickening facade of “compassion”- what you see is someone who would rather victims shut up and go deal with themselves. This dude has NOT A DROP of caring when you read exactly what he wrote- and you can read it in not only what he says- and what he doesn’t.
Like how HE has helped ANYONE who has gone through something HE IS VOCAL ABOUT EXPRESSING HIS DISBELIEF IN…
To the Order-
As you are quickly coming to realize- the New World Order has begun- in fact we are WELL beyond the dawn of that beginning, and you have completely lost. I realize how harsh of a realization this has been for the lot of you- but hey- don’t fret- because it ISN’T as if your efforts aren’t going to be rewarded. Because after everything is said and done- you got ME. And have NO DOUBT- I am going to MORE than reward you for what you have done. Because although I may have found myself BOUND to all of you- I have also discovered that none of you have an OUNCE of CONTROL...
Sajithra Nithi | ABC News | 10 December 2016
The world’s first project to mine the seabed for minerals is expected to begin operations in Papua New Guinea in early 2019.
Nautilus Minerals is the Canadian company in charge of the Solwara 1 project, which will see copper and gold deposits mined from the seafloor at a depth of 1,600 metres, 30 kilometres off PNG’s New Ireland Province in the Bismarck Sea.
A few months ago, Nautilus reported funding issues for Solwara 1.
Adam Wright, vice-president of PNG operations for Nautilus, said the global oil and iron ore price had an impact on some shareholders, who have now put in a bridging finance facility for the project.
Speaking at a conference about mining in PNG, he said a big incentive for mining the seabed is the higher concentration — or grade — of the metal deposits.
“The grades of the Solwara 1 deposits [are] 7.2 per cent copper. If you look at the average grades of copper in terrestrial copper mines, it’s now less than 0.7 per cent copper,” Mr Wright said.
“Yes, you can still find copper on land, but as grades fall you’re going to have to clear more land … relocate more communities, you’re going to have to store more tailings, you have to dispose of more waste … accessing an ever-decreasing resource with ever-increasing costs.”...
One PNG | December 8, 2016
Deputy Opposition Leader, Member for Bulolo and Pangu Pati Leader Honourable Sam Basil is concerned that his District has missed out on participation at the recent Mining & Petroleum Conference being held in Sydney, Australia.
Mr Basil said that the Bulolo District Development Authority (the BDDA) represents Bulolo District which hosts the Hidden Valley Mines and the upcoming Wafi Golpu Gold and Copper Mine.
The BDDA also represents second and third generation of gold miners along the Watut River, the Waria River, the Snake River and the Wau and Bulolo rivers, including hundreds of mining lease operators.
The alluvial miners input into the national coffers stands at K60 to K70m annually, including the Hidden Valley Mines and the upcoming Wafi Golpu Mine.
The name Bulolo is synonymous with mining so where ever there are talks about mining; Bulolo must always be considered by not only being invited but more so being assisted by any government to be part of such high level conferences or meetings.
Bulolo District could not send its delegation to the Sydney conference because the cost would exceed K200,000.00, which the BDDA simply could not afford.
Mr Basil questioned the logic of land owners and project hosts spending huge amounts of funds to travel offshore to go and talk about resources that are under our feet. Investors who are genuine and want to invest in and develop our resources must come to the shores of PNG to discuss how they propose to develop these resources, said Mr Basil.
Millions of Kina in limited development funds are wasted every year by PNG government departmen...
We should all be concerned about the effort of big brother to use the Internet to ratchet up spying on our very day affairs. All...
The post America’s NSA is trying to use the Internet for spying on citizens appeared first on The Pen.
Rosalyn Albaniel | Post Courier | December 9, 2016
THE Pacific’s two largest fisheries blocs – the Pacific Islands Fisheries Forum Agency and Parties the Nauru Agreement – are treating the issue of experimental seabed mining cautiously.
Pacific waters are home to the world’s largest fishery currently accounting for around 56 per cent of the global supply of tuna.
The dilemma the region faces is that those same waters will also be hosting the world’s first ever copper-gold project.
Papua New Guinea heavily relies on its extractive industry and the progress of the Solwara 1 project, now under development in its territorial waters, will mean added revenue to its national coffers while also much needed foreign exchange [will it? where is the evidence for this?].
Canadian miner Nautilus Minerals has already been granted the environment permit and mining lease required for resource development at this site. It has indicated plans to grow its tenement holdings in the exclusive economic zones and territorial waters also in the Solomon Islands, Tonga and other locations in the Western Pacific.
PNA chief executive officer Ludwig Kumoru, who trained and worked as a fisheries scientist, said he considered deep sea safer for tuna than land based mines.
This is because the proposed seafloor mining operations would be done at 1600 metres beneath the surface, well away from the 200 metre water level where the tuna live and breed.
However, he said the eight-member group recognised that being the first of its kind there were questions and different circumstances in different locations. However, land mines still posed more risk
“Worse is the taili...
Contributed by Joe Montero Channel Nine’s recent expose of Centrelink’s refusal to twice dismiss claims for disability support to an Indigenous man, despite having lost...
The post Cancer sufferer refused by Centrelink joins the list of its victims appeared first on The Pen.
On 1st December the people of West Papua commemorated their National Day, remembering 1st December 1961 when the West Papuan flag was first raised with the promise of Independence in exactly 9 years time. In West Papua this year, people took to the streets to call for freedom and were in many cases arrested and brutally arrested, including alongside Indonesian solidarity activists.
To show international solidarity for West Papua’s freedom, the West Papuan flag is raised around the world in solidarity and support for the West Papuan people who do not have the freedom to raise their own national flag in their own country. This year we received over 200 photos from over 30 countries around the world! We are so grateful for all the incredible support for the freedom of West Papua and would like to thank and encourage you all to keep up the global support and keep spreading the #FreeWestPapua message!
Below is a collection of various photos from the historic Global Flag Raising for West Papua, including pictures from demonstrations within West Papua and across Indonesia.
Indigenous Kalgoorlie residents plan own legal action after
landmark Palm Island court decision - ABC News (Australian
Broadcasting Corporation): The court found Queensland police
were racist in their response to the 2004 death in custody of
Cameron Doomadgee and the riots that followed.
Supporters of Kalgoorlie teenager Elijah Doughty, who was allegedly run down by a motorist in open grassland in August, have watched the Palm Island decision carefully.
Local Indigenous broadcaster Debbie Carmody believes the Palm Island ruling could open the door for a similar challenge in WA.
"The similarities between Palm Island and the Kalgoorlie experience? It is very very similar," Carmody said.
Contributed by Ugly The debate about euthanasia is ongoing. Basically, it is a relatively straight forward issue. There are those in great agony who no...
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THE PEOPLE of Papua New Guinea should be up in arms about the government's 2017 budget.
As a taxpayer I am absolutely furious. As a mortgagee I am totally petrified and mortified.
This is a direct insult to my family and every other hard-working and honest Papua New Guinean. The government does not seem to know or recognise the many challenges and struggles that my family and I went through just to secure a home for our future.
Furthermore, it does not to seem to comprehend the sheer magnitude of the day to day struggle that average working class Papua New Guineans like myself have to contend with just to keep our heads above the water.
Yet now it sees fit to impose a tax regime that will affect my ability to maintain my loan repayments and which puts my family's future at risk.
Since I have been employed I have not benefited from a large pay increase or additional perks and privileges like the politicians award themselves.
There is no word that can describe what I am feeling right now as I look towards the new year.
I have come to the conclusion that the current government under prime minister Peter O' Neill has failed the people of this country terribly.
To go into an election with a budget that will further push many Papua New Guineans below the poverty line is disgraceful.
If there is such a thing as karma, at the next general election in May this government should be turned out after a disgraceful record of mismanaging the economy and jeopardising the future of eight million Papua New Guineans.
At this week’s mining conference in Sydney, Peter O’Neill stabbed the people of PNG in the heart by denying their inalienable rights as landowners who d...
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