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There may need to be a Great Migration of Black peoples out of Western Australia and the Northern Territory or some sort of revolution. Wherever there are significant Black population masses throughout Australia so too is there pronounced racism – flaring and rampant. White anger rages at Black identity. The more west and north we […]
NOTE: Look who bought a $795,000 home on the Gold Coast from a wealthy Lib donor on a nice taxpayer funded holiday.… Read More
Samoa’s Government is in talks with its
counterparts in Tahiti and American Samoa to increase Samoa’s
Samoa is currently connected to the internet via satellite and the older American Samoa – Hawaii Cable System.
According to Samoa’s Minister for Communication Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i this needs to improve to meet the growing demand for connectivity.
“Our active Samoa Submarine Cable company are also in talks with Tahiti for an additional connection from there as well,” he said.
The minister also indicated that Samoa will not only rely on the submarine cable project linked to the Southern Cross Cable in Fiji.
“It’s important to know that we aren’t going to wait around for the connection from Fiji to complete, which is by September this year. Complacency is the enemy here, when we know that this one submarine line isn’t enough to hold the standard we aim for,” Afamasaga said.
Samoa Submarine Cable Company Limited and Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks signed a contract to roll out a new submarine cable system named Tui-Samoa Cable.
The undersea cable will span more than 1,470 km, providing an advanced broadband highway.
Tui-Samoa Cable will have landing points in Apia, Tuasivi on Savaii Island and Suva, Fiji.
As for the project with American Samoa and Tahiti, the government of Samoa hopes it will be achieved by late 2018.
“We would have the capacity to reach the rural areas not just at home, but in schools, at hospitals and businesses. All that can be accomplished with good communications,” Afamasaga added.
“This is why we have also started work on our broadband highway centre here in Samoa. So that once the Tui- Samoa cable reaches here by September we would have already had somewhere it could connect to,” he added.
The Minister for MCIT says costs of internet would reduce by half.
Afamasaga says such a drop would benefit Samoa in more ways than one.
“This is the beginning and once it’s off the ground we will then start to look at things like planes, businesses and even that call centre we have been dreaming of setting up,” he said.
“The better the communication and connection is the more eyes will be on Samoa for businesses and imagine the wealth in our country when we have all these good established businesses station...
January 6 2017 – 6:33AM
Ahmed Abou-eid was enjoying a beautiful day with family at Harmony Park in Coburg on Wednesday when things turned ugly.
“My wife and friends frequent that park often, and the kids have a great time. It’s called Harmony Park for a reason – there’s so much friendliness in the park,” the Thornbury man said.
“We had three female friends of mine with their children, and they probably had seven kids with them, the park was quite full and there were a lot of kids playing around.”
A man clutching a whisky bottle, hurling offensive language and racial abuse, quickly changed the mood from playful to frightening.
66. (1) Subject to subsection (2) and section 1359, age pension is absolutely
inalienable, whether by way of, or in consequence of, sale, assignment,
charge, execution, bankruptcy or otherwise. Payments to Com...
Because Australia has convened a commission to terminate the $100 bill, in the wake of the currency being cancelled overnight in India, there is a growing distrust of high denomination euros and Australian bills. What is interesting is A$100 notes are nonnegotiable now in India. The same is happening in Europe with the €500 bills. There is a growing distrust of paper currency after Modi’s cancellation of high denomination notes in India. The word is getting out that this is a G20 trend that is being introduced in 2017. The last currency would be the US dollar and that would require Trump’s approval by 2018. Dollars in the streets overseas are starting to be the ONLY currency of choice.
8+ on both sides of highway. also 5 more along Jondaryan-Sabine Road. no sign of Black-eared Cuckoo here this time last year
One moment I was alone in the dust; the next, surrounded.
Without warning they began shifting on the ground around me like the shadows of predatory birds, emerging from clefts of the crumbly edifices they called home. Quiet, agile, they closed in until they brushed my legs, pulled at my arms. There was no escape.
Gripping the rupee notes into a crumple of promise, I looked at the group of Rajasthani village kids, then to my boyfriend – filming it all, bewildered – and back to the kids. They stared back, sandy-lashed, as if to loosen my grip with the sheer force of their gaze.
It was egg-frying midday in a nameless village compound on the edge of North India’s Thar Desert – stretching west towards Pakistan from Jaisalmer – where we stopped during our three-day camel safari.
While our guide collected supplies, three local children under 10 approached us bashfully and motioned for gifts. Without chocolate, I offered the sparkly keychain on my bag; in response to their ensuing mystification, I handed each a five-rupee ($0.10 AUD) coin.
This innocent ‘charity’ sent some 20 more village kids hurtling towards me, palms outstretched and shoving their companions. A few mothers, gums aflame with betel nut, joined in prying my hands for notes while I stood slack-jawed in the rush.
After distributing my remaining cash, we mounted the camels and left the dispersion of kids in our wake. But as the Thar’s harsh majesty ebbed and flowed in the dunes before us, my mind anchored back in the village: was money the right thing to give?
This isn’t the first time a traveller to India has contemplated this question. Yet the desert silence gave me a perfect setting to reflect its relation to two Westerner complexes in India, one far graver than the other (my boyfriend, having breakfasted on bhang cookies, was exploring his own complexity).
First, it’s fair to say most travellers to India crave authenticity, which exists no more vividly than within interactions with India’s people. We all want a Jamal Malik from Slumdog Millionaire, a Prabaker from Shantaram to drag us off the train and show us India’s real deal, shout us morning idly and impart philosophy bites to scribble in our new Ganesh journal.
However, as tourists, above all, we’re cogs in India’s money machine, a transient source of income. And so, more often than not, whichever character blesses you at the holy lake, shows you the best chai stand or poses for your photos will request a tip, albeit a small one.
But even the small can be big enough to bruise a traveller’s ego. Just when you thought t...
I was surprised to hear a Crake calling from the wetland near the Cloud Walk end of the Obi Obi Creek walkway early this morning. This may be the first Spotless Crake record for the Maleny plateau. Calls uploaded to attached eBird checklist.
1 Black Falcon chasing starling and crow. Many Brown Songlarks & Horsfield's bushlarks. Group of 5 White-winged Fairy-wrens.
Flock of 20+ Plum-heads including many juveniles in town centre 1 Black-faced Woodswallow, here at eastern extremity or range
"The Internet Will Shut down for 24 Hours in 2017
Causing Financial Markets to Crash"
(RT) Millions of computer users across the world could be blocked from the internet this year as the global network will shut down for 24 hours, US technology security vendor LogRhythm predicted in December.
Source: RT News | by RT News Staff Writer
The company's chief information security officer and vice president James Carder told Business Insider, it won't just be a technical issue stopping people from uploading their selfies on Instagram.
"In 2017, we're going to see it hit big sometime, somewhere. If the internet goes down, financial markets will tank," he said.
According to Carder, there were all the signs in 2016, with criminals "testing missiles by shooting them into the ocean."
"We saw the massive DDoS [distributed denial of service] attack against DynDNS just a couple of months ago. That DDoS attack took down sites like Twitter and Spotify for a few hours. We saw a similar DDoS hit Brian Krebs before the attack against Dyn. These were really just tests," he said.
In October a mass cyber-attack crippled some of the world's biggest websites with users unable to access Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify and many others for over two hours.
"If you can prove that you can take down massive sites and a large chunk of the US internet for a few hours, a 24-hour outage seems pretty easy to do?" said Carder.
The head of LogRhythm also said the issue of "fake news" will only get worse this year, with hackers targeting major media sites.
"The power of influence is starting to shift away from mainstream news outlets, and I don't think that is something those mainstream outlets can afford to let happen. They will respond to the fake news threat by trying to implement some level of media control that will likely take it a little too far," he said.
"I think hackers, in the name of protecting our freedom of speech, will retaliate by knocking down a major media outlet or two."
LogRhythm's Australia and New Zealand director of sales Simon Howe has predicted that ransomware on mobile devices will bec.........
In the computer business, the term “vaporware” refers to products that are announced, described in glossy brochures, and even offered for sale, but never actually delivered.
A similar term is certainly needed for books. My own book-in-progress, Economics in Two Lessons is years behind schedule, but a first draft is, at least, in sight.
The prize, in this respect, must surely go to Keith Windschuttle. His Fabrication of Australian History: Volume I, released in 2002, made a big splash This was not so much because of the contents (some quibbles over footnotes, along with a lawyerly attempt to blame Tasmanian indigenous people for their own disastrous fate). Rather, it was the promise of future volumes II and III, on a yearly schedule. Volume II, in particular, was supposed to be in advanced state of preparation and would refute Henry Reynolds’ work on the violence of the Queensland frontier. Volume III was to do the same for WA.
Year followed year, and nothing appeared. Windschuttle got a number of gigs on the strength of his promises, notably including a seat on the ABC Board and the editorship of Quadrant. He also turned out a book on White Australia and then, confusingly, a Volume III of Fabrication, which was not the promised WA volume, but a rehash of the rightwing side of the Stolen Generations debate. He then promised a Volume II, for 2015, which of course has not appeared.
In all the time since 2002, as far as I can tell, he hasn’t released so much as a magazine article backing up his claims about WA and Queensland. I doubt that this can be simple laziness. More likely, he started the research and realised that the evidence wasn’t going his way. Rather than act like the objective historians he claims to admire, and report the facts, he strung along his fellow-believers in the inherent goodness of British civilization with promises that, Real Soon Now, he would come up the facts to refute those nasty leftists.
I was going to let sleeping dogs lie, but Windschuttle has appeared with another new book, this time attacking constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians. So, in honour of the non-appearance of the book that was going to set the historians straight, I propose the term “Windyware” for all such non-books.
In the lead-up to Christmas, tens of thousands of Australians started receiving threatening debt collection notices from Centrelink and its agents. Coming from a government that couldn’t run an online census, you can probably guess what happened. Ben Eltham explains just in case you can’t.
The worried emails and social media posts starting piling up in my inbox in December.
The problem? Centrelink. The government’s monolithic welfare agency is sending nasty letters to people out of the blue.
The government is calling it a “new online compliance system.” I prefer the catchy phrase “robo-debt.”
In the week before Christmas, thousands of Australians received letters or communications from Centrelink, or its appointed debt collectors.
Some received scary letters, informing them of debts in the thousands of dollars. Some logged into MyGov, the government’s creaking online information portal, to try and make a Medicare claim, only to discover a message that they owed thousands.
For others, the news came in a more threatening form: dozens of missed phone calls, culminating in threatening answering machine messages from debt collectors. Once again, the message was terrifying: they owed Centrelink thousands for an over-payment they knew nothing about.
For many, the debts that they owed to Centrelink were utterly mysterious. They had reported their income correctly at the time. There was simply no evidence that they had ever been over-paid.
The robo-debt dragnet began back in September. It has already generated considerable community anguish and concern. 169,000 robo-debt notices have already been sent.
We’ll call one Centrelink client we spoke to ‘Sally’. Her experience is indicative of what some people are going through.
“For about two weeks, I was struggling with some pretty serious anxiety as a result of daily automated phone messages and texts telling me I owed a debt. Some did not even identify themselves.
After a while, I typed the debt collectors’ name into a Google search, assuming it was some sort of phishing scam and found others saying it was on behalf of Centrelink. I called Centrelink, who confirmed that I had a debt and needed to pay the collectors directly as it was now out of their hands.
They had already taken my last tax return to help pay the debt.”...
It's been reported regularly over the past year of so that 'The largest study on the DNA of indigenous Australians confirms Aboriginal people were here tens of thousands of years before European colonisation.'
176 investigations started against 226 persons in Norway as part of Operation Incognito, the Scandinavian side of the United States-led Operation Hyperion. Hyperion was a global law enforcement action against dark web criminals (who dealt mostly with narcotics).
Authorities already detained and remanded 12 of the suspects in custody from the Northern region. Most of the suspects are located in the Western part of the country, police information says.
“The results show that drug trafficking has moved into the homes, and that you can order drugs in the mail while sitting with your kids, or in the bedroom. We have, in these cases, managed to break the anonymity of the Darknet,” said Linda Staaf, head of the intelligence unit at the National Police Operations Department in a press release.
Law enforcement authorities in Norway warned dark net buyers that they will be “more suspicious” and there is an expectation of “more efforts like this in the future”.
Operation Hyperion was the first law enforcement action ever coordinated on a global scale against dark web vendors and buyers. It was initiated by the US federal law enforcement and involved agencies in different countries, including the Europol, the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency, Australian Federal Police, New Zealand Police and New Zealand Customs Service, Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada Post and Canada Border Services Agency, the Netherlands, French Customs National Intelligence and Investigations Directorate, Finnish Customs, Swedish Police Authority and Swedish Customs, Ireland’s Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau, and Spain’s Guardia Civil.
An official press release was given by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement:
While illegal drugs continue to be the biggest item purchased and sold on Darknet marketplaces, law enforcement agencies around the world are also seeing counterfeit prescription drugs and other counterfeit items, dangerous and deadly synthetic drugs like Fentanyl, deadly toxins, fake and stolen identities, identity documents and stolen credit card data, as well as illegal services like computer hacking, murder for hire and money laundering.
One of the most shocking news for the dark web community was the Netherlands launching a .onion site on the dark net. The website listed the currently active and arrested Dutch vendors and the usernames of the identified dark web buyers.
Soon after Operation Hyperion launched, law enforcement authorities in Australia arrested four suspects. Police executed 11 search warrants in th...
Contributed by Ugly There has been a lot of concern about various forms of violence against and abuse of people in Australian society over the...
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Continuing my series of posts about references to Australian material in overseas periodicals, I bring you items from thirty eight year's worth of the US 'The MUFON Journal.'
Abu Ghraib – this is how we end up as a lawless culture. by Mary W Maxwell Using Tsarnaev’s Case As Basis for Real Indictments I am 99% satisfied that Jahar Tsarnaev had nothing to do with bombing the Marathon, killing MIT Officer Sean Collier, carjacking Danny’s car, stealing Danny’s money, shooting at cops, throwing […]
Wild affairs are usually best kept secret, but there’s no hiding Australia’s infatuation with Summernats.
Organisers are gearing up for the 30th and biggest edition of the annual car festival, which rolled into Canberra on Thursday.
It kick-started with the traditional City Cruise, where 300-odd hot rods and street machines rumbled down the CBD’s main drag.
Almost 2,500 cars have registered for the four-day event – smashing the previous record of 1952 set in 2009 – and more than 110,000 people are expected to visit.
Camping at Exhibition Park has also sold out for the first time in its history.
‘It’s definitely shaping up to be the biggest Summernats festival ever,’ co-owner Andy Lopez said.
‘The scope and the variety of cars coming will be off the scale.’
A contingent from New Zealand has already arrived, including half a dozen entrants for the ever-popular burnout competition.
There’s also keen interest from rev-heads in the US, with a number of media outlets, including The New York Times, in town to cover the festival.
‘I think Canberra’s secret love affair with Summernats is now a very public one,’ Mr Lopez said.
‘The New Zealand market is one that will grow into the future … [and] the American market is a huge one for us.’
While admitting Summernats is still ‘wild and crazy’, Mr Lopez insists it’s all about the cars and is open to families and children.
ACT Policing said crowds have been well-behaved in recent years and expects the same again this weekend....
A Wikipedia article about former Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s father-in-law and his controversial military service in West Papua is believed to have played a part in sparking a suspension in military ties with Australia.
It was revealed this week the Indonesian military suspended defence co-operation with Australia last month without the involvement of President Joko Widodo or his defence minister.
The suspension was triggered after an Indonesian special forces trainer teaching language studies at a Perth military academy was offended by material being used by an Australian student late last year.
AAP understands the material concerned information taken from the online encyclopedia website Wikipedia about the late General Sarwo Edhie Wibowo, who is considered a national hero in Indonesia.
Wibowo was involved in leading the purge of communists in Indonesia in 1965.
Before West Papua became Indonesian territory, Wibowo oversaw the 1969 referendum dubbed the ‘An Act of Free Choice’, which has since been widely condemned as a sham when only 1,025 people were selected to vote.
The Indonesian trainer was also offended by a poster that ridiculed Indonesia’s founding ideology, Pancasila.
Pancasila stipulates Indonesia’s five principles of religion, civilised humanity, unity, democracy and social justice.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he hopes the issue will be resolved quickly.
‘I look forward to this matter being resolved as soon as possible,’ he said in a statement on Thursday night.
‘I acknowledge and value President Widodo’s commitment to the strategic partnership between our two countries and value our personal friendship.’
A passenger suffering from a measles infection while on an international flight to Sydney has triggered a fresh public health warning about the highly contagious disease.
The young woman travelled on a Virgin flight from Denpasar to Sydney on January 1.
She also visited the Sutherland Hospital emergency department on January 4, with the hospital contacting people who may have been exposed during her visit.
NSW health authorities are warning fellow flight passengers and others who may have come into contact with the woman to be alert to measles symptoms in coming weeks.
Symptoms of the airbone virus include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed by a red, blotchy rash three to four days later.
‘The measles virus is highly contagious and is spread through the air by someone who is unwell with the disease,’ Dr Sean Tobin from NSW Health said on Thursday.
‘If you develop the symptoms of measles, seek medical advice. Please call ahead to your doctor or emergency department so that arrangements can be made to keep you away from others to minimise the risk of infection.’
The case is not linked to a cluster of four cases reported in December last year, authorities say.
A convicted murderer from Holland was able to walk through Britain’s porous borders without any checks and went on to attack two police officers with a claw-hammer.… Read More
IN early 1968 I was sitting in front of a rest house in a high valley somewhere out of Tambul in the Western Highlands.
Gathered in front of me were about 300 people chatting among themselves and patiently waiting their turn to cast a vote in the national elections.
Suddenly there was an uproar in the crowd and people started running in all directions. I glanced at the police to make sure that the red fibreglass ballot boxes were safe and then walked to what I estimated was the centre of the fuss.
The cause of the panic immediately became apparent. Making its way cautiously through the trampled grass was a bright yellow juvenile green python.
It was a stunningly beautiful and completely harmless creature and I gently picked it up and carried it back to the rest house where I deposited it in an empty bilum. I would release it into the forest when the voting was over and everyone had gone home.
The fear of snakes is widespread and occurs in most cultures. There is good cause for this because some of them are quite deadly.
The Papuan taipan kills quite a few people every year, mostly women working in their gardens. By the same token it is also a very shy snake and left alone will usually decamp when humans approach.
Otherwise it is good eating according to my Papuan friends. And that, of course, is also when a lot of people get bitten trying to kill them.
The Papuan blacksnake is also wary of humans but it will defend itself savagely if cornered. I was once bailed up by one on a road in Gulf Province.
I was with a party of geologists out for an evening stroll. The snake was up and making feints in our direction so we had to retreat and wait until it cooled off and left. The Papuan blacksnake carries a massive load of venom and once atta...
The future of coral reefs under climate change
Press Release – United Nations Environment Programme
5 January 2017 New climate model projections of the worlds coral reefs reveal which reefs will be hit first by annual coral bleaching, an event that poses the gravest threat to one of the Earths most important ecosystems.New research predicts the future of coral reefs under climate change
· If current trends continue, severe bleaching will occur every year on 99% of the world’s coral reefs within this century
· More ambitious emissions reductions may give reefs an average
of 11 extra years before annual bleaching strikes
· High-resolution predictions of annual coral bleaching can help prioritize reefs for conservation
5 January 2017 – New climate model projections of the world’s coral reefs reveal which reefs will be hit first by annual coral bleaching, an event that poses the gravest threat to one of the…
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AT 8pm on Tuesday 25 October 2016 the power went off. Black out.
I was over-tired; teaching year six teenagers and being a single mum to two lively children is not an easy task.
I held my daughter’s hand and we went to bed. She didn’t want to climb onto the top-bunk, which she shared with her brother, so we both lay down on the bottom one.
“Mummy, sleep with me here. Don’t go to your room,” she said, as we cuddled and said goodnight to each other.
The nanny was sitting outside the house waiting for the electricity to come on so she could clean the kitchen and wash the cooking utensils.
My 12 year old son decided to light a candle. He placed the candle on the UPS power unit that was next to the computer monitor on the table beside the bed where we all slept. He lay down on the top bunk and went to sleep.
The blackout continued so the nanny lay on the carpet in the living room, facing the opened door of my children’s room. She went to sleep.
At around 10pm, the candle burned and melted onto the UPS and a fire started. The UPS is made of some kind of plastic substance and the flames were high and gave out black smoke. They soared halfway to the celling, setting alight to the mattress next to the table.
My kids and I slept on.
Suddenly stones were being thrown at the louvres by people on the road. The glass broke, shattering everywhere. The nanny ran into the bedroom screaming, “Fire! Fire!”
I woke up dazed, half-dressed, while my children screamed; my daughter’s Afro-styled hair just inches away from the flames. I was confused to see the fire stretching halfway to the ceiling, black smoke everywhere.
I struggled to the kitchen tap and filled an em......
IT IS a challenge being a magistrate and there are risks with high profile cases but Anita Bacca, based at Bosim in Milne Bay Province, does it to build the community, ensure people know their rights and share information and knowledge.
There is no police support in Bosim, the nearest police station is a one-and-a-half hour boat ride away. But Anita finds her job to be rewarding.
ROXANNE - How long have you been a village court magistrate?
ANITA - Six years now.
Roxanne - Why have you chosen to be a magistrate?
Anita - I guess because of problems I had and needed to study law. I went through a lot of problems and needed to understand my rights.
Roxanne – What’s the best thing about being a magistrate?
Anita - It's good to raise awareness and share what you have. As soon as I got the opportunity I accepted training.
Roxanne - What motivates you?
Anita - Seeing people know their rights. Awareness so people know about the law. You get to know different problems and you get to know people you didn't know before. It's challenging but I get to know a lot of people. There are different places and religions.
Roxanne - What is the court hearing process?
Anita - When we have court cases we have magistrates and a peace officer and elders to witness the case.
Roxanne - What is the hardest part of being a magistrate?
Anita - I find it easier to get around now with a dinghy. During cases you have to think clearly. We are not at a higher level, we are at a grassroots level an...
A mysterious signal coming from deep in the universe has finally been traced to its source. Fast Radio Bursts, or FRBs, have only been heard 18 times and have been a puzzle to scientists since they were detected in 2007. Nobody knows where they could be coming from or how they might be triggered, with speculation ranging from a huge star, jets of material shooting out of a black hole - or even aliens. FRBs are powerful but very short radio waves, which last no more than a millisecond. The first was found by Australia's Parkes telescope in 2007. Since then, 17 have been heard, but only one of them has been heard repeatedly. That repeated burst was studied for six months, letting scientists find its exact position in the sky. It seems to be coming from a faint dwarf galaxy more than three billion light years away, scientists said. FRB 121102, as it is referred to, was found using the Very Large Array. That is a multi-antenna radio telescope operated by the US National Science Foundation.
By Staff of Fox News - Damning emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman did not come from Russian hackers and the claim is being made to "delegitimize" Donald Trump, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Fox News' Sean Hannity in an exclusive interview. Hannity sat down with Assange in London's Ecuadorian embassy, where the Australian native has been holed up for five years battling extradition to Sweden on unrelated charges. Part I of the interview is set to air Tuesday night at 10 p.m. on Fox News Channel's "Hannity." In excerpts released prior to airing, Assange is adamant that the hacked emails his organization released of Clinton official John Podesta did not come from Russia, as the Obama administration has claimed.
Sh. Mirza Yawar Baig
They say that reading biographies is perhaps the best way to learn real life lessons. That is because a biography is a record of practice. Of what worked and what didn’t. The life of Muhammadﷺ is perhaps one of the most well documented in human history.
Having said that one may ask why his life and all the detail is important at all? I am not speaking from the perspective of a Muslim for whom to study the life of Muhammadﷺ and to live his life in accordance with it, is a religious requirement. I am asking this from the perspective of a neutral reader, Muslim or not, who is looking for biographies to read.
The answer lies in the facts related to his life which are public knowledge. Here was someone who in a period of 23 years, took his people from being the weakest, most despised and oppressed in their community to being the leaders and role models in the same community. And he did all that without lies, cheating, corruption, violence or bloodshed. My question is, ‘Would you like to know how to do that? Would you like to know how to bring about not incremental but transformational change in your society? Then read the life of Muhammadﷺ.’
In the words of J. Krishnamurty, ‘It is no measure of health t...
UNITED LIBERATION MOVEMENT FOR WEST PAPUA Port Vila – Vanuatu, 19 – 22 Desember 2016 Sidang luar biasa United Liberation Movement for West Papua telah terlakasana dengan sukses selama 3 hari pada tanggal 19 – 22 Desember 2016 di Port Vila – Vanuatu. Sidang luar biasa dipimpin oleh tiga orang Dewan Komite,; Tuan Edison Waromi…Continue reading
Opposition has expressed grave concern over the failure by the
government to release the promised K12 million for the University
of Papua New Guinea.
Opposition Leader, Don Pomb Polye took Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill and his government to task over continues empty promises.
Mr Polye is frustrated that students attending UPNG will have to foot the cost of the revised 2016 academic year because the government has not released the promised K12 million kina.
“The Prime Minister promised that K12 million will be released before the close of the government accounts but this has turned out to be another lip-service and a lie from the CEOof this nation,” said Mr Polye.
Mr Polye said “its unfair that students are made to pay for the revised 2016 academic year”.
He questioned the government’s priority further wanting to know if the government policies are aimed at providing affordable education and health services or to inject millions of kina into infrastructure in Port Moresby alone where only a few minority and handful of companies owned by politicians and their cronies will benefit.
Mr Polye also called on the UPNG administration not to turn away or deny students their right to education.
“If the students are forced to foot the cost of the revised 2016 academic year, I urge the UPNG administration not be harsh on the students but allow them to pay on installments over a period of time,” said Mr Polye.
He said lack of funds experienced in all PNG institutions are all culmination of the mismanagement of the economy by the government.
Mr Polle warned the country to prepare for turbulent times this year.
He warns that effects of government’s numerous borrowings and reckless spending in 2016 will be felt in 2017 budget cuts.
Mr Polye warns that Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and his government will again pass the buck down to the consumers, especially the little people who he says will suffer the most.
“Kina is not strong anymore, taking a downward trend and the buying power is fast diminishing,” warned Mr Polye.
Mr Polye said most of the departments will have budget cuts and this will have serious consequences on their operations.
Mr Polye says oureconomy has been hard-hit by the combination of global economic variables coupled with massive borrowings and government’s inability to effectively manage the country’s economy.
“Massive borrowings and unbudgeted expenditure...
World (HRC) – In contrast to 2015’s largely upbeat report on the state of LGBTQ equality worldwide, the news in 2016 was more somber. While there were significant advances, such as the advent of marriage equality in Colombia and the creation of senior LGBTQ watchdog positions at the United Nations and the World Bank, the disturbing persistence of violence targeting vulnerable LGBTQ people around the world was a continuing cause for serious concern. Growing political backlash against LGBTQ rights in Latin America and Southeast Asia, a resurgence in the activities of American exporters of hate and the stunning November victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential elections were other developments that could bode ill for global LGBTQ rights as we move into 2017.
2016 saw major legal momentum on achieving LGBTQ equal rights and protections. The number of countries that continue to criminalize consenting adult same-sex relations fell from 75 to 72. Three countries – Belize in Central America, Nauru in Oceania and Seychelles in East Africa – decriminalized same-sex acts in the span of just four months. The case of Belize was especially remarkable as noted activist Caleb Orozco fought in court for six years to overturn the country’s antiquated sodomy law. The march towards marriage equality continued in 2016, albeit at a slower rate than before. Colombia achieved marriage equality in April through a court decision, making it the twentieth country in the world with full marriage equality. Efforts continue elsewhere to achieve marriage equality, most notably in Australia, Chile and Taiwan. Transgender people also saw incremental progress in many parts of the world and a progressive gender identity law was enacted in Bolivia in September.
In Latin America, Europe and North America, LGBTQ people continued to win at the ballot box and hold high level political positions. The first openly transgender person was elected to Congress in the Philippines and a pro-equality candidate...
By Sandy English:
A century since the publication of Henri Barbusse’s antiwar novel, Under Fire
4 January 2017
In January 1917, French novelist Henri Barbusse published his novel Under Fire: The Story of a Squad (Le Feu: Journal d’une escouade), which related the experiences of a French army unit in the First World War. The book was based on the writer’s own experiences in the trenches facing the German lines in northern France, where he served for 17 months. The novel had been published in serial form toward the end of 1916, and appeared as a book in the first month of the new year.
After the passage of 100 years, Under Fire remains one of the most compelling works of art from the early part of the 20th century, and the first—and, in some ways, the most psychologically revealing—of the antiwar novels that the war of 1914-1918 produced in Europe and America over the next two decades.
Perhaps more importantly, the novel itself became a factor in the struggle against the war. It expressed, in the very middle of almost unimaginable destruction, the thoughts and feelings of millions of workers, small tradesmen and farmers from Europe, Canada, Australia and the colonies, and soon from the United States, as those around them were dying in fetid trenches, by poison gas, artillery bombardment and sniper or machine gun fire. Under Fire provoked an immediate reaction from hundreds of thousands of readers, and mirrored the revival of an antiwar movement in the French working class.
After the war, Lenin was to remark that Barbusse’s novels [Le Feu and Clarté (Clarity)], “may be cited as particularly graphic corroborations of the mass phenomenon, observed everywhere, of the growth of revolutionary consciousness among the masses.”
A year and a half of war produced a monumental shift in the opinions and sentiments of millions of people in Europe, both soldiers and civilians. It was inevitable and necessary that artists began to treat these earth...
Turned up yesterday at 5:30pm with no reservation thinking we would get a table. They advised they were booked out, so we made a reservation for the following night.
Went the next night and noticed lots of people being turned away because they were again booked out.
Shared a full rack of ribs, chips and Buffalo wings. Ribs were awesome as always, Buffalo wings could have been spicier.
TL;DR: make a booking to avoid dissapointment. Chips are better than mash potato.
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Yet another massive pedophilia ring involving the New World Order has been exposed. Fiona Barnett has come forward at a Sydney Press Conference and bravely given names.
Fiona is a former victim of ritualistic abuse and was part of an international VIP pedophile ring. She has not only exposed this network for pedophilia and sex trafficking, as she also provided the names of three past Australian Prime Ministers and a former U.S president as participants in the ring.
According to her, the network is composed of actors, politicians, and figures of justice. While it exists in Australia, it also exists in the U.S and Britain as well.
In her testimony, Fiona explains that Australia is a haven for pedophiles and has even become the home to many Nazi war criminals including her grandparents. She was introduced to this dark world by her own family. Continuing, she states that victims are often taken from the streets, while many are bred for it.
Her mind is plagued with flashbacks of the abuse she has endured in her lifetime going back to the age of two. She says that she was taken to VIP parties where she was instructed to say that “the starchild is here” then watch as very elite politicians and celebrities took illicit drugs and performed horrific acts on her.
In the video, when she lists those who were involved, the following names were included:
While we must urge you to remember that what she encountered was horrific and that the pictures we are linking here are quite horrific, we have provided them in case you wanted further information. Please beware.
She further states that she was taken to Bohemian Grove, where she was taken to a pink bubble room and abused. The video depicts many terrible scenarios that will make your skin cr...
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Indonesia's defence minister has sought to play down a suspension of military ties between Australia and Indonesia, stressing it was important to keep a good relationship between the two countries. Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu stressed that Indonesia's relationship with Australia was "fine" after the shock announcement that defence co-operation had been halted after an Indonesian…Continue reading
Obama appointed Ash Carter as Secretary of Defense - here are the two old mates today. I guess since they are just "handing these out" all of us should get one too https://t.co/vID7ONjnHR — 🎙Wayne Dupree (@WayneDupreeShow) January 5, 2017 By way of comparison, here is what happened in the...
The other day I was communicating with a colleague, about the current state of Australian UAP research. My colleague remarked that their approach could best be described as 'nuts and bolts.' By this, they meant a reference to the idea that UAP are physically real, and should be studied using the scientific approach.
While I was digesting this thought, I received an email advising details of the January 2017 close encounter conference to be held in Byron Bay, New South Wales. Part of the conference email posed a series of questions, which included:
* What is the truth about UFO reality?
* Who is visiting us and why?
* What do these intelligences really want with us?
* What happens during encounters on space craft?
All very valid questions, and still along the 'nuts and bolts' line of thinking.
The Brisbane leg of the Laneway Festival happens to land on Hottest 100 day, and because it is an Aussie tradition to host a backyard party to count down the nation’s favourite songs, the organisers of Laneway have announced they will be doing exactly that.
Hosted by Brissy girl Patience Hodgson (The Grates) and
comedian/writer Mel Buttle,
the Laneway Festival’s Hottest 100 Backyard Party will happen within the grounds of Brisbane Showgrounds while the rest of the festival hums along in the background.
The likes of Violent Soho, DZ Deathrays, and numerous other legends will be partying there, signing vinyl, talking to Patience and Mel, and generally helping to make this Hottest 100 a great one.
There’s a strong protest movement to make sure AB Original’s searing protest song ‘January 26’ takes the top spot, but as we reported earlier today, we could be in for one of the biggest Hottest 100 upsets in years. As Rob Thomas once said, “Man, it’s a hot one” (sorry).
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Honiara (The IslandSun) : A detailed
study has revealed that average passengers on cruise boats visiting
the country spend less time ashore.
“The average time passengers spent ashore is lower than the global average. Qualitative research found this is partly due to: heat, lack of basic facilities and a lack of food that is perceived to be safe to consume,” it states.
It says time spent on tours also influences the time spent ashore.
“A prominent pattern observed by researchers was that after a few hours of a full-day stop spent ashore, many passengers return to the cruise ship for lunch and are unlikely to return, choosing to stay aboard the ship during the remainder of the day.
It says in Honiara, passengers spend AUD 28 on average per day.
From 1811 respondents, 55 percent of the passengers to Honiara were very ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ satisfied with the variety of things to see and do.
It also states that from the same number of respondents, 19 per cent of the passengers were ‘not very’ or ‘not at all’ satisfied with the variety of things to see and do.
The study found that passengers are often not expecting many services in Honiara and don’t particularly want them.
“Passengers are mostly interested in, and surprised by the beautiful unspoilt locations, the friendliness of the locals and rich local cultural history.
This study followed a data driven approach, including primary data collection from cruise operators, passengers, crew, and tourism related businesses in PNG and Solomon Islands.
The study was released last July.
UNICEF continues to support the current emergency
response efforts to affected communities in Makira province with
the provision of education, water and hygiene supplies, following
the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in early December 2016.
These supplies are sufficient to meet the needs of 12,500 people and include 3000 pieces of hand washing soaps, 5000 water containers, two cartons of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials carrying messages on hygiene practices, 12 tents and tarpaulins for affected schools.
In addition, radio spots promoting the preparation and storage of safe drinking water, safe food storage, and appropriate sanitation practices are scheduled for broadcast on Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation and will also be shared via mobile phones.
“We are pleased to provide these emergency supplies as they are crucial for families especially children in order to stay healthy, as the risk of getting sick due to diarrhoea is common and usually experienced in disasters,” said Chief of UNICEF Solomon Islands Field Office Yun Jong Kang.
Mr Kang said:
“The soaps, water containers and buckets will encourage families to practice constant handwashing and ease the burden of carrying and storing water.
“The tents and tarpaulins will be set up along affected schools before the school year begins in late January to ensure children continue schooling while the repair work on schools take place.”
Health and hygiene IEC brochures and flip charts will be used by health workers, volunteers and parents to encourage hygiene behaviours in the home and around the communities.
“An increase in the number of diarrhoea and red eye cases was noted in the affected areas and therefore these IEC materials will help families stay healthy,” explained Mr Kang.
Mr Kang assured that UNICEF Solomon Islands Field Office will continue to work closely with the National Disaster Operations Centre (NDOC) committees that are responsible for coordinating response at the national level mainly in Health, Education and Protection throughout the response phase.
The supplies will be distributed by Solomon Islands Red Cross health and hygiene promotion volunteers and in close collaboration with Makira Provincial Emergency Operation Centre (PEOC).
Loving live music isn’t just about attending music festivals and seeing an international artist’s massive arena show.
Even the biggest of big-name headliners started in the trenches, on the sticky carpets and bandrooms of your local bars and pubs – which is exactly where you should be if you want to discover your new favourite band or venue.
Here are our picks for this week’s best local gigs from Aussie talent – from Perth to the East Coast – and all for the price of a good meal.
Where: The Foundry, Brisbane QLD
When: 8pm – 11pm, Saturday Jan 7
Why: The Mums celebrate the release of their first ever 7″ record, Leather – four tracks of “pure punk and classic rock”, just as we’d expect. You can already pick this one up from Pissfart Records (love it), but why not swing down to The Foundry and grab a copy in person? Supports from Draggs and Voiid, too, so you’re in for a good one.
Tickets & Info: $12.75, more info here.
Where: Slyfox, Sydney NSW
When: 7pm – 3am, Thursday Jan 5
Why: The project of former Deep Sea Arcade guitarist Simon Relf, the eclectic guitar outfit The Tambourine Girls bring us into the new year with a free gig tonight, joined by Sydneysiders Easy Street as well as Lennie Tranter and the Bagism Revelation.
Tickets & Info: Free, more info here.
Where: The Foundry, Brisbane QLD
When: 8pm – 12am, Thursday Jan 5
Why: Get down to The Foundry tonight to catch a band with seven members for only ten bucks. Throw in supports, and that’s an even bigger bargain. How do they even afford beers after the set? You’ll get a ripper set from groovers Nice Biscuit as they launch their new single ‘Upside Down’, joined by The Delicates and Gooby Jim.
Tickets & Info: $10, more info here.
RNZ reports the leaders of two Tongan churches in
Auckland have been in talks over which one will hold the funeral of
the third person to die from a Christmas Eve bus crash near
The bus was carrying 53 members and supporters on a fund-raising trip from Mailefihi Siu'ilikutapu College on Vava'u, Tonga, who had been heading to Gisborne's Wesleyan Methodist Church for a performance.
Two passengers died when the bus crashed through a barrier in a remote area south of Gisborne.
The group's leader, 55-year-old Leotisia Malakai, also died of her injuries on Sunday.
A memorial service for the first two casualties - 11-year-old Sione Taumololo and 33-year-old Talita Fifita, was held at Ponsonby's Tongan Methodist church on 29 December.
But Tongan Advisory Council chair Melino Maka said that didn't follow protocol, because the college was part of the Free Wesleyan church and the Tongan Methodist church was just a sponsor of the trip.
He said he hoped the funeral would be at the Free Wesleyan church, not the Tongan Methodist church.
Photo: RNZ / Sarah Robson (A funeral service at Grey Lynn's Tongan Methodist Church for Sione Taumololo and Talita Fifita, who died in the crash on Christmas Eve).
Radio New Zealand
A woman has gone on a racist rant against two shoppers at a Coles supermarket in Melbourne’s west, threatening them with a food tin and abusing staff as they tried to defuse the aggressive situation.
An account of the rant suggests the woman became aggressive when she thought two women of African appearance had pushed in front of her at the checkout at Coles in the Woodgrove Shopping Centre in Melton on Wednesday afternoon.
“I was here, I was here first,” the woman yells in the video.
As staff attempt to take her to another register she picks up what looks like a Milo tin and threatens to throw it at one of the two women.
Air Niugini will commence direct flights between Port Moresby and Townsville, the largest city in Northern Queensland in March 2017.
‘The step will enhance the growth of the Jacksons Airport hub,’ noted Air Niugini Chairman Sir Frederick Reiher in a statement. ‘Travellers from Townsville, and the surrounding areas, will be able to connect to our services to major destinations, including Singapore, Manila, Hong Kong and Narita and, soon, Shanghai.’
‘Townsville Airport sees this as the beginning of a much stronger relationship between our region and PNG,’ Townsville Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill told the Townsville Bulletin.
‘The service will provide opportunities across a range of sectors including health, education, business, mining, defence and tourism.’
Townsville Airport services a catchment of 250,000 people, which is projected to triple by 2030. Townsville has an existing sister city relationship with Port Moresby.
The announcement means Air Niugini will fly to four destinations in Australia in 2017: Townsville, Brisbane, Sydney and Cairns. In December 2016, the airline commerced regular flights to the Federated States of Micronesia and it has also flagged an intention to commence flights to Shanghai, China.
Townsville in a nutshell
- Population: 194,000 (2015)
- Gross Regional Product: AUD$11.1 billion (2014/15)
- Industries: tourism, agriculture, mining (incl. mineral processing), healthcare, tropical sciences
- Attractions: Great Barrier Reef, home of Townsville Blackhawks Intrust Super Cup rugby league team
- Key infras...
Ralph Blewitt is yet to hear from the police. He's fit, ready and waiting to tell all. This is a part of his story. On 23 April, 1992 Ralph Blewitt made his only application for the incorporation of the AWU Workplace Reform Association. That application was rejected - to quote...
Subject: ZAP's Mid-Week from "The Office of
From: "The Office of Poofness" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, January 4, 2017 6:00 pm
I HAVE JUST BEEN ASKED IF I AM A RACIST BIGOT. LET ME CHECK (MISS PHIPPS… QUICK, THE THERMOMETER!). SORRY NEGATIVE RESULT.
HOWEVER, THE ORANGUTAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE IS ANOTHER MATTER. IN MY OPINION THIS BLACK ONE (IN MORE WAYS THAN JUST SKIN TONE) IS HARD AT IT TRYING HIS BEST TO SABOTAGE THE USA AND HER PEOPLE BY DOING WHATEVER HE CAN BEFORE HE GETS PUNTED OUT OF THE GAME.
NOW THE ONLY THING LEFT FOR HIM TO DO IS TO SLING HIS OWN SHIT AT THINGS AND PEOPLE. THE TEMPER TANTRUMS THE SECRET SERVICE HAS REPORTED…. WOW. AND THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A PRESIDENT?
HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN PUNTED 8 YEARS AGO, BUT HIS SAUDI BOSS PAID BILLIONS TO BUY THE ELECTION, AND THEN BILLIONS MORE TO KEEP HIM IN POWER AND SET THE STAGE FOR THE MUSLIMIFICATION OF AMERICA. SOUNDS WEIRD THAT DOES. KINDA EGYPTIAN.
THIS IS THE OBJECTION I HAVE TO THIS PARTICULAR SEMI-SAPIEN IN THE WHITE HOUSE. PROGRESSION OF THE MUSLIM POLITICAL AGENDA ON A COUNTRY NOT USED TO SUCH SUBTERFUGE WAS EASY FOR THIS ORANGUTAN TO DO HIS JOB.
THIS IS NOT BEING RACIST OR BIGOTED SINCE ANY MONKEY IS PRETTY SMART. BETTER THAN CALLING HIM A SEA CUCUMBER, RIGHT? BUT LOOK AT THE OTHER ANIMALS THAT WERE IN THE WHITE HOUSE AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER. THERE WAS A BULL IN THE CHINA SHOP (BUSH JR), UNICORN (CARTER), ANOTHER BABOON (BUSH SR), VAMPIRE BAT (CLINTON), AND THE LIST GOES ON.
MAYBE IF I CALLED HIM A FUSCIA MONKEY…HMMM. NAAH, BLACK MONKEY IN A WHITE HOUSE IS TOO GOOD TO PASS UP. AND INHERENTLY FUNNY TOO (SO I THOUGHT AT FIRST).
A FELLOW HEART HAD MUCH TO SHARE ON THIS:
Let me extend to you and yours a hardy, happy and healthy New Year.
I have been a fan of Poof and you since, I cannot remember when. I have read and listened to Landa Global calls. I sincerely appreciate the satire, sarcasm, wit you undertake to share, however short you may fall, artistically speaking.
I want you to know I winced when you speak of the Muslim terrorists and because I agree that there are such people, I do not accept that all who practice the faith are as horrific and terrible as those who commit the atrocities.
SORRY YES GOOD POINT. THE PEACEFUL ONES ARE LOCKED IN AND CAN NOT GET OUT, AND SOME DO NOT MIND THE VATICAN CONCOCTED POLITICAL IDEOLOGY. I DO OBJECT TO THE ONES THAT DO IT OUT OF SOME BIZARRE LOVE FOR SLICING HEADS OFF. SIGH.
There are extremists in every group. or shall I say every cultural and ethnic group within the human (homo sapiens) race, i.e. as in one root with many branches.....
040117 MONEY OR YOUR FUTURE
By Tom Kathoa
As the date for the issue of the 2017 national election draws nearer, political parties and intending candidates are working around the clock to lure voters support.
Political parties, both old and new with intending candidates are using this period as awareness to explain their party policies to supporters and voters alike.
One elder from the Keriaka area of the West Coast of Bougainville, Mr. Peter Peka told a gathering organized by officials of the newly created SOM Party that the coming election is very important for Bougainville.
The meeting was organized for the people of Hagogohe Constituency heard that it is important for people Not to vote for money, but rather to vote for their future.
Another speaker told the meeting that voting for money will only make one poorer.
Most speakers stressed the importance of electing candidates to the national government who can work closely with the ABG Government.
At this critical period Bougainville needs leaders at all levels of governments who can work together to shoulder the referendum issue in order to arrive at an acceptable outcome.
By Tom Kathoa
The Christmas and New Year festive periods in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville passed without any major incidents of grave concern to the authorities.
Whilst is has been generally peaceful throughout the region, it cannot be denied that there were minor incidents experienced by some communities.
New Dawn Reporter Tom Kathoa says………Insert In……………Out Tk reporting.
By Tom Kathoa
The people of Hagogohe Constituency will soon benefit from the long awaited Electricity Project when power supply is finally connected and completed this year.
Half of the constituency will have power supply connected within the next couple of weeks while the remaining population will have to wait for the erecting of power poles in their area.
PNG Power employees have been working around the clock to try and connect power to as far as Poposoko Village before Christmas and New Year, but this was not possible.
But, it is now evident that power to this area will be switched on in a mat ter of days.
By Tom Kathoa
The Law enforcing authorities in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville are tight lipped about a triple murder in the Haku area towards Christmas last year.
The shooting down of the Four young men was carried out in public and on the main John Teosin Highway just before Christmas.
Reports say that family members and relatives of the victims were present and watched helplessly as their loved ones were mowed down by the eliminator’s gun.
Three of the victims died on the spot while the fourth tried to escape with wounds, but was later found and chopped to death.
The shooting was captured on mobile phones by those present at the scene of the killing at Eltupan Village, in the Haku area.
Police have not made any comment on the matter.
By Tom Kathoa
The out-going ABG Vice President, Hon Patrick Nisira is calling on his successor to be and the government not to make so many changes to the progress already made by his department during his tenure.
The Vice President issued the challenge during his last parliament attendance last month when announcing his resignation from ABG Politics to enter national politics.
Mr. Nisira said, Voice Insert In Cue, Mr. Speaker as I prepare to vacate…………Out, PNG and abroad.
Meanwhile, the out-going Vice President is yet to tender his resignation to the President and the ABG Government.
New Dawn wishes all intending candidates good luck in their election preparations and campaign.
By Tom Kathoa
A musical concert to promote unity amongst all Bougainvilleans is being planned for next week at the Bel Isi Park.
The event to be held on the Eleventh of this month is aimed at uniting all the people of Bougainville.
Participants are being asked to compose and perform songs on or about unity and peace in the region.
Organizers of the event say that no fee will be charged and there will also be no prizes awarded to participants.
But, they say the biggest Prize to be awarded is UNITY and PEACE in Bougainville.
Three reasons to STOP Adani: Sovereignty, the Great Barrier Reef
and our planet | www.socialism.com: Murrawah Johnson is the
youth leader of the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners
Council and her uncle, Adrian Burragubba, is the senior
spokesperson leading these court cases. On behalf of other
traditional owners, the pair have said they are prepared to fight
all the way to the High Court. Johnson and Burragubba have
travelled the world to build the mass opposition needed to stop the
The Indigenous campaigners face many legal obstacles. The Traditional Owners Council’s response to the mine is an emphatic “No.” But big capital’s path is cleared by both federal and Queensland governments. In October, the state government invoked special powers to declare the mine as “critical infrastructure,” fast-tracking it so that construction can begin in 2017.
by Dee McLachlan A few years ago I was flicking through Youtube movies, and came across a woman standing for the US Congress. She was being interviewed by members of the press. I was just about to move on when she began berating the journalists for their inability to ask the tough questions about 9-11. […]
Two Malaysian owned logging companies are currently destroying the forests of southern New Ireland. Local MP and Minister for Mining, Byron Chan, says the authorities should investigate and the illegal logging operations should be shut down, but how was it possible for the logging to start in the first place and what are the chances those officials complicit in authorising the operations will now take action?
From a detailed study of the very limited public documentation on the organisations involved we are able to start to answer these questions; and those answers provide a unique and fascinating window into the anatomy of an illegal logging operation.
The documents expose how one...
Taghazout Centre, 9 behind West coast restaurant on the left،
Cost: 3080MAD for an all-inclusive week’s package; 133MAD for a night’s bed and breakfast
Free Breaky: Yes
Free Wifi: Yes
Taghazout Surf Hostel is tucked away in one of the tiny alleyways just off the main road of Morocco’s dreamiest surf town. Waves are great all year around but you’ll find the best ones during high season from November until March. The comfortable temperatures of around 20°C at this time make Taghazout a top destination for a sunny getaway from winter in Europe.
This backpackers is one of the budget-friendliest options for a surf trip. An all-inclusive package includes an airport pick-up, accommodation in a dorm, all meals, surfboard and wetsuit rental, surf lessons, two yoga classes a week and a trip to a public hammam. Surfers of all levels, ages and nationalities come here to enjoy the countless breaks in the area. Some of the best surf spots are walking distance (or a camel) from the hostel.
Unlike other surf camps Taghazout Surf Hostel keeps it cozy and only has three bedrooms with the capacity to host 16 guests. The rooms are basic dorms with an ensuite bathroom containing a hot shower and a not always working toilet. Luckily the super friendly staff repair the toilets daily, but if you are really desperate to flush the remains of last nights’ dinner, there’s nothing you can’t fix with a ol’ bucket of water.
The roof terrace with comfy couches and pillows is a perfect place to hang after a long day of surfing. Breakfast and dinner are served here overlooking the ocean. It’s also a great spot for BYO sunset drinks or a cup of coffee or tea (free all day long!). The food is a good mix between western and local dishes: baguettes and pastas for breakfast and lunch and Moroccan delicacies for dinner. Hours before dinner the smell of tajines and taboulehs fill up the stai...
Frankiy Kapin | Post Courier | January 05, 2017
MAYUR Resource’s first proposed mixed coal power generation of 50 megawatts in in the country represents a miniscule [sic] 0.005 per cent, according to the company. Mayur stated that the area of impact will be comparatively minor, whilst it will use simple mining techniques and no need for chemical processing.
PNG will mine around 300,000 tons of coal per year while Indonesia mines 300 million (and increasing) – 1000 times more and by comparison in Queensland the recently approved Adani mine will abstract up to 60 million tons per year – one of the biggest coal mines in the world, says Mayur Resources.
“Even Japan, in the post Fukushima age, is building 43 coal new fired power stations in the next 12 years that will be 4...
Feral cats have taken over Australia, including its national parks, and more native species will die off without drastic action, experts say.
A new study by leading environmental scientists shows feral cats have spread across 99.8 per cent of Australia’s land mass.
They are present in all terrestrial ecosystems and in every region of Australia, from our biggest capital cities to every one of our largest offshore islands.
In fact, the only place you won’t find them is on some smaller islands, and selected mainland areas specifically fenced to keep out cats and foxes.
Scientists have also found there are just as many feral cats inside national parks and other conservation zones as outside them, meaning they aren’t much help to native species that serve as prey.
Lead study author Dr Sarah Legge, from the University of Queensland, says the spread of feral cats has increasingly pushed land mangers towards expensive conservation measures.
She says fenced-off predator-free zones on the mainland have been costly but effective, but they are relatively small.
She believes future efforts must include a stronger focus on establishing island refuges, because unlike the mainland, they can be cleared and kept free of cats.
‘The federal government has a target of culling 2 million cats over five years. That’s very good, it’s very ambitious,’ she told AAP on Wednesday.
‘But it’s going to be very important to target cat culling to achieve the greatest benefit for wildlife. If you get rid of cats on larger islands, you can then stop their reintroduction with biosecurity measures, and then you have a big area that’s safe for wildlife.’
Australia’s feral cat population fluctuates between about 2 million, in lean times, and 6.3 million when there has been good rain, and prey is plentiful.
But cats are also prolific breeders, compounding the problem for wildlife managers.
Australia’s Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews agrees a targeted culling program is an essential part of the solution.
‘Australia is the only continent on earth other than Antarctica where the animals evolved without cats, which is a reason our wildlife is so vulnerable to them,’ he said.
Australia has already lost at least 20 mammals to feral cats.
The research, by more than 40 scientists, brought together almost 100 different studies on Australia’s feral cat problem. It was funded by the Australian government to better inform management plans and has been published in the science journal Biological Conservation.
The largest study on the DNA of indigenous Australians confirms Aboriginal people were here tens of thousands of years before European colonisation.
The study by La Trobe University analysed the mitochondrial DNA of 594 indigenous people from across Australia, which were classified into genetic groups that share a common ancestor.
The study’s findings show there is a high level of genetic diversity among Aboriginal Australians.
‘It suggests that there’s more than a single group, and at least two routes of entry,’ one of the study’s authors, Nano Nagle, told AAP on Wednesday.
Previous studies have found Aboriginal Australians arrived in Australia up to 55,000 years ago via the Indonesian island chain.
But there has been ongoing debate among archaeologists, anthropologists and scientists about when they arrived, and the path they took to get here.
‘Our findings confirm they were isolated in Australia for tens of thousands of years before European colonisation,’ Ms Nagle said.
‘It confirms what indigenous people have passed on from generation to generation.’
Ms Nagle said the findings, which were published in the Journal of Human Genetics, represents between five and six years of research.
Previous mitochondrial DNA studies on Aboriginal Australians have involved fewer than 100 participants.
Despite being one of the oldest continuous cultures in the world, Aboriginal Australians are one of the most poorly studied populations from a human evolution perspective, Ms Nagle said.
‘There is a mistrust and I don’t think there’s anything scientists could do to take away that mistrust.’
Aboriginal elder Lesley Williams, who was an adviser to the study, says Aboriginal people are increasingly interested in their genetic history.
‘I’m not surprised, but still heartened, to discover that this DNA analysis supports what our parents have taught us over many generations – that we have lived here in Australia since the Dreamtime.’
WA senator Rod Culleton has again denied owing large sums of money after this week’s latest bizarre public incident – a scuffle outside a Perth court.
The independent senator and former One Nation member was confronted by current party member Anthony Fels, who tried to serve him with a creditors petition on behalf of farmer Frank Bertola on Tuesday.
Senator Culleton tried to run away when confronted and tripped over a friend and landed heavily.
He was sporting a splint on his left wrist on Wednesday and said he was the victim of a ‘hostile, very callous attack’ by Mr Fels and police were investigating.
AAP understands Mr Bertola and Senator Culleton were close friends who helped each other in battles against the big banks over farm foreclosures but had fallen out over money allegedly owed by the politician.
Senator Culleton said he had ‘never owed’ Mr Bertola money and ‘it was news to him’.
The senator and his wife Ioanna were at court on Tuesday to extend violence restraining orders that Mrs Culleton has taken out against Mr Bertola and Bruce Bell, who they claim have threatened them.
The two men were arrested at the senator’s recent bankruptcy hearing, one of several legal problems that could end his career.
But AAP understands Mr Fels, a farmer from the same southwest WA region as Senator Culleton, denies being aggressive.
He says he was just trying to hand over papers claiming 40 alleged creditors are owed $3.93 million.
Mr Fels wants to stand for One Nation in the upcoming WA election but did not comment on Wednesday on party leader Pauline Hanson’s orders.
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Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has caused a new stir in US politics that could fracture the uneasy alliance between president-elect Donald Trump and Republican Party members of Congress.
Mr Trump on Wednesday trumpeted a new interview where Mr Assange said Russia did not give WikiLeaks the huge dump of emails hacked from the account of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign director John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee.
Mr Trump’s praise for Mr Assange’s comments contrasts with the president-elect’s scornful response to US government intelligence agencies who believe Russia attempted to influence the November presidential election.
‘Julian Assange said ‘a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta’ – why was DNC so careless?’ Trump wrote on Twitter.
‘Also said Russians did not give him the info!’
WikiLeaks’ release of thousands of Mr Podesta’s and the DNC’s emails before the election embarrassed and damaged Ms Clinton’s campaign.
Mr Assange, who was interviewed by FOX News commentator Sean Hannity, has been holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London since 2012 to prevent extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations and potentially to the US for leaking classified documents.
Senior Republican and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has had a hot and cold relationship with Mr Trump, slammed Mr Assange on Wednesday as a ‘sycophant for Russia’.
‘He leaks, he steals data and compromises national security,’ Mr Ryan said in an interview on the Hugh Hewitt Radio Show.
Another senior Republican, Lindsey Graham, said the American people should not give a lot of credibility to what Mr Assange says.
‘In Julian Assange’s world we are the bad guys, not the Iranians, not the Russians, not the North Koreans,’ Senator Graham told CNN.
‘You gotta remember who this guy is.’
Two more women have come forward to police saying they were sexually assaulted at Tasmania’s Falls Festival.
Five women have now reported sexual assaults, including an alleged rape, at the annual music festival.
Police earlier said two incidents occurred in the mosh pit area of the festival, being held at Marion Bay, about an hour’s drive from Hobart.
A young girl was assaulted on Thursday night during DJ Hot Dub Time Machine and another during hip-hop artist Illy’s performance.
A third incident in the camping grounds on Thursday night was also reported.
The festival also suffered through a crowd crush this year, in the aftermath of which 19 people were treated in hospital, though none were seriously injured.
by Realities Watch · January 4, 2017
The Pedophilia Network which underlies the New World Order was again exposed in the last few months by another brave whistleblower.
At the Guardian, Gareth Hutchens criticises some market economists for their forecasts of a correction in house prices in 2016, while house prices in Sydney and Melbourne actually grew at double-digit rates. Market economists Saul Eslake and Stephen Koukoulas have attempted to explain the divergence between their forecasts and outcomes by referring to unexpected RBA cash rate cuts and higher than expected population growth, among other factors. I would suggest they should have simply said the market has stayed irrational longer than they expected.
What we are seeing in Sydney and Melbourne is a property price bubble, in which a mania has gripped property buyers. This type of mania afflicts markets from time-to-time, and we should not think we are immune to it in Australia. Famous historical examples of market manias are the Dutch tulip craze, the South Sea bubble, the US stockmarket before the 1929 Great Crash, Tokyo real estate in the 1980s, and the US housing market before 2007-08. In Sydney and Melbourne, we now have property markets dominated by a mixture of speculators and people gripped by a fear of missing out, people who want to buy a property before it becomes even more ridiculously over-priced.
The mania could continue so long as people can access cheap debt and can meet mortgage repayments, but eventually constraints will be reached (or possibly rationality will prevail) and price growth will stop. And we will see a re-evaluation by the market of property prices, particularly given price growth has been massively ahead of the growth in rents. The most recent CoreLogic Hedonic Home Value Index report (available for download from CoreLogic) notes:
“Over the growth cycle to date, Sydney dwelling values are up 69% while rents have increased by approximately 10%; this has caused the gross dwelling yield to fall from 4.5% in June 2012 to the current record low of 3.0%. Similarly, in Melbourne, dwelling values are 51% higher over the cycle to date, while rents have risen by a much lower 9.6%. The divergence between dwelling value growth and rental growth has compressed Melbourne’s gross yield profile to a new record low of 2.9% from 3.8% in June 2012.”
Gross rental yields as low as this in Sydney and Melbourne are unsustainable (see figure below). Generally, they would only be tolerated by an investor who expects a large capital gain in the future. But the likelihood of that diminishes every time current property prices reach even more unsustainable levels.
As a writer, I am interested in the way we use words to express ourselves and capture moments in our life that we think are special. I am finding, however, that this means to invest deep meaning and significance into everyday life situations that perhaps aren’t as universally moving as I make them out to be.
Firstly, I’ll find myself reflecting on social situations as they are happening, and from this, deriving an unspoken sense of identity for both my self and my peers. Character building, if you will. Once I know who is who, it’s never long before I begin synthesising a narrative. Generic questions that aid this analysis might include – So what does this interaction mean for our friendship?’ Where will the relationship develop from here? What magical moments will we share in the future?
Take, for example, an evening that I shared recently in a Moroccan hostel, smoking hash with my friend Rob and a young American English teacher called Whitney. We spoke about dangerous animals, the carroway bird being a particularly hot topic; the places we’d been recently (Rob, correctly pointing out that the Portuguese coast bears resemblance to that found at the bottom of Australia); and suddenly realised, together, that the room was constructed from virtually no wood. “Weird”, we all said, looking at each other in stoned agreement.
It was lovely, but jaded by the fact that I couldn’t stop asking myself, “Yeah, but what does it mean?”
I pictured my friends and I laughing over glasses of wine at reunions years into the future, teaching our worldly children (who all learnt to speak five languages before the age of five) subtle lessons that we ourselves had learned on the road when we explored exotic countries together, discovering new cultures and learning about the beautiful symmetry and ‘oneness’ between all human beings. It’s such a wank. It seems as if I have been completely conditioned to a cinematic and pop-cultured sense of life that I remove myself from these present moments in favour of imagining those that the future may hold. In other words, the grass seems greener in places that I’m yet to even plant it.
Lately, I’ve begun to realise how problematic this kind of thinking is. Yes, there are moments and times when these imaginative thoughts will bring me a great deal of joy – but the more severe emotional consequences are often yet to follow. Severe cases of complete disillusionment. A feeling of disappointment when I couldn’t have passionate sex with the man I had been admiring, the comfortableness of two friends you imagined getting along...
IN the 1970s I moved schools to a rural outer suburb of Brisbane in Australia. I was in Grade 5, nearly 10-years old, and you could find me most mornings crying on a swing in the school playground, dreading the classroom.
I was the only person of colour in the entire school and quite a novelty. It was assumed I was an ‘Abo’ an awful abbreviated for Indigenous Australians, or Aborigines. A term used as an insult. A term to set you apart – make you feel less.
As a mixed-race Papua New Guinean-Australian, I’ve encountered racism in various guises in both PNG and in Australia, the country my parents chose to move to when leaving PNG in 1972 prior to independence. Or, as the Europeans said at the time, before it all “went to shit”.
As a mixed race person, I was too dark for the suburbs of Brisbane and too light back in my PNG village.
Returning home to my village in the Markham Valley as an adult to reconnect to family, culture and heritage, I was heartbroken because all the pikininis referred to me as a missis, a Tok Pisin term for female Europeans.
Obviously I was too light for the village, the home of my heart, and I was not the Markham meri that I desperately wanted to identify as.
My cousin was playing in a soccer tournament, so my female cousins took me to cheer him on. As we sat there we noticed people turning and pointing at me, giggling behind their hands. Soon hardly anyone was watching the match, but staring at the missis. My cousins were embarrassed and we ran back to the village in shame.
I told my male cousins what had happened and they were so angry and said we must go again tomorrow and they would “kill anyone that looked or made fun of me”. I felt so protected, so loved.
True to their word, off we went the next day. One male cousin sat...
Defending Dakar Rally champion Toby Price (pictured) had navigation issues that set back his title defence as the three other Aussies in the event also had a hard day.
Toby finished the third stage in the Paraguay mountains and canyons in ninth place and has dropped from first overall to fifth.
Queenslander Rod Faggotter (Yahama) finished the day 19th, Todd Smith (KTM) of Condobolin was 28th and in a credible 36th place was Dakar debutante Matt Hart (Husqvarna) who is raising money and awareness for wounded soldier charity Soldier On.Rod Faggotter
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Toby experienced problems with navigation, losing time even on the liaison stage and misreading the guide tape as he entered a river section of the course.
“Hopefully my bad day is over and done with now and the rest of the days will be good,” he says.
There is still seven thousand five hundred kilometres to go in the two-week rally.
The stage was won by Honda rider Joan Barreda North of Spain, followed by Toby’s KTM partner Sam Sunderland of Great Britain.Joan Barreda Bort
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SO prime minister Peter O'Neill has called on the “foreign media” to take fresh look at Papua New Guinea in 2017.
He made this appeal after the PNG press reported that there had been “minimal” disturbances over the Christmas-New Year festive period.
Apart from army elements attacking the police, that is, and the usual amount of “opportunistic crime”.
Mr O’Neill noted that this time of harmony was “a change from the problems of decades past.”
Having claimed a new era of peace under his leadership, O’Neill went on to address the main point of his message.
“2017,” he said, “should be a year when foreign media take a fresh look at PNG and move beyond the old stereotypes.
“While some foreign media might like to pick up on isolated incidents, and try to make them seem mainstream, all who live in our communities know that PNG is a county that is changing,” Mr O’Neill said.
“We do not have the problems of past decades and life is constantly improving around the nation.
“There is no doubt that we have so much work ahead to continue to share the benefits of development, but we are moving in the right direction.
“2017 will again be a year of growth and development for Papua New Guinea.
“I invite foreign journalists to be a part of this development, to get out from behind closed doors and to really visit our communities and get to know the people of our diverse nation,” he said.
Well, two-thirds of PNG Attitude’s correspondents live in the cities, towns and villages of PNG – and this is not the story they relate in our columns.
I read a novel, "Toropo the Tenth
Set in the 1960's, I saw a different PNG
A PNG dictated by the decisions of men
Young Toropo wanted to be educated
She worked hard to win her father's favour
Instead her father sold her as a commodity
To a man old enough to be her grandfather
The love she had for a younger man
Her dreams of being educated all burst into flames
A time difficult for any woman in PNG
Fast forward to today, the 21st
I see women everywhere, not restricted
Women in career fields that were once inclusive for men
Despite the hard work to achieve our goals
We are always picked on and mocked
All because we are women
Our culture makes it hard for us to fight back
But somewhere in time, I see hope
I see a ray of hope for the women of Papua New Guinea
The generation of, "A New Normal"
A new normal where we are equal
Where women are not judged
Where women are promoted based on merits
And not by sexist reasons
A small, rare earthquake has rattled Sydney, but Australian government officials are urging locals not to panic. The 3.9 magnitude quake was centred 16km south of Campbelltown and struck at 1.13am (3.13am NZT). According to Geoscience Australia, the quake would have been felt 56km from its epicentre. Local MP Jai Rowell told his constituents to remain calm. "It is hard to believe that we have had an earthquake in Wollondilly but we have," he said on Facebook. He reminded locals to report any damage or injury to emergency services. There are currently no reports of damage.
Online poker has always been a topic for debate in Australia. Just like in the United States, online poker has neither been banned by the government nor has it been approved on a widespread level. Even then, there are numerous casinos providing players with the opportunity to experience poker for the first time or play …
Snake catchers in Australia responded to an unusual call, arriving on the scene to find one deadly snake eating another. N&S Snake Catcher shared video of a deadly eastern brown snake devouring a carpet python inside a home in Queensland on Monday. "We will be here for a little while," the snake catchers wrote alongside a photo of the strange scene. Eastern brown snakes are known to eat other snakes, including other eastern browns, alongside their typical diet of mice, frogs and lizards, but Sally Hill. co-owner with her husband of N&S Snake Catcher, told ABC News this scene was unlike anything they'd ever seen.
Students in the United States have fallen behind kids in many other countries, according to the two largest international benchmarking tests in math, science, and reading. Five years into the implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (commonly known as "Common Core"), 15-year-old kids in the United States lag behind their peers in 35 other countries in math. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2015 showed American students holding stagnant in science and reading, compared to results in 2012 and 2009, but far behind their previous results in math. Out of the 69 countries (and territories) tested, the United States ranked 39th. In math, Singapore took the top spot, followed by four Chinese provinces: Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, and BSJG. Japan scored below Taipei and above BSJG. Many other countries ranked higher than the U.S., including Canada, Finland, Ireland, Vietnam, Russia, Australia, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Malta, and Israel. Comment: Singapore, other Asian nations remain at top of international education rankings
It is mindboggling for the many corralled within the whims of this nation’s miring racism – a knee-deep racism – when the majority of White Australians, and laced with hostility, deny this nation’s vice-like racism. We are living serious-impact national discussions that mire this nation deeper in both institutional and the ugliest forms of racism. […]
He is one of Australia’s truly singular politicians, relentlessly zealous, hewn from the granite of an older fanaticism. Despise him, loathe him, but consider him for one fundamental point: he has escaped the management artists, the curbing focus groups, and…
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