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Saturday, 21 January

00:26

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits Solomon Islands "IndyWatch Feed National"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit near the coast of Makira (San Cristobal), Solomon Islands at 23:04 UTC on January 19, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 29.9 km (18.6 km). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.8 at a depth of...... Read more »

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Friday, 20 January

22:25

Newly received RAAF file contains photos of an unidentified object "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi all,

I have just obtained a copy of a previously unseen RAAF file from the National Archives of Australia. File series J229, control symbol 5/13/Air, barcode 21290309 has a date range of 1956-1966, and is titled 'Sighting of unidentified objects.' It originated from 10 (MR) Squadron RAAF, based at Townsville, Queensland, Australia. It is 130 pages in digital format.



Among reports of a probable meteor (Townsville 13 Oct 1956); probable lightning flashes (Townsville 20 Jul 1957); a probable submarine intruder (during exercise Tuckerbox II, 12 Sep 1962 at 1922S, 15450E); another probable submarine sighting ( 27 Sep 1963 in the Torres Strait), is a much more intriguing set of photographs.


Unidentified object

On 16 May 1958, a Lincoln aircraft A73-60 photographed Cartier Island, at 0220Zulu, while flying at 1500 feet, using a 5 inch lens.



A memo from the Squadron photographic officer to the commanding officer, 10 Squadron, dated 29 May 1958, states in part:

'After normal processing film was numbered and assessed  for printing during which time object was discovered.'

...
The object

22:15

Melbourne CBD killer Dimitrious Gargasoulas social media post "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is a message that was posted by Melbourne CBD killer Dimitrious Gargasoulas from his social media account.

Source: Supplied

22:14

Let Us Doof in Cairns feat Zyce "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Watch out Cairns we’re coming to you for Let Us Doof feat Zyce on Fri 10 Mar at the Jungle Room <3 Early bird tix on sale this Wednesday !

The post Let Us Doof in Cairns feat Zyce appeared first on earthcore.

21:36

Regarding Yesterday’s Post on Mike Pence "IndyWatch Feed National"

I posted a couple videos made by some guy named Tori without watching them first and I now regret that decision. I was out of sorts yesterday and was seriously considering giving up on this mess- and I didn’t bother viewing the videos I was sent.

I DON’T believe in reptilians or aliens or any of the other stupid shit this guy said. I DO believe Pence is a closeted gay- and I DO believe Trump is a pedophile (as we have seen with Jeffery Epstein he both hangs out with AND DEFENDS pedophiles) and I ALSO BELIEVE chances are Pence is of the same cut of cloth- considering that ” birds of a feather flock together”. But this dude Tori- now that I actually listened what he had to say- sounds like a fricking wacko.

I am sorry for posting this without vetting it first. But I am human and make mistakes- just like everyone else.

20:26

World Rugby League CEO in PNG for talks "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Chief Executive of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Andrew Hill, is in the country to hold talks with the Local Organizing Committee on preparations towards hosting the world event in Port Moresby later this year.

Mr. Hill and his officials will hold discussions with Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko, the PNG Rugby Football League Chairman Sandis Tsaka, National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop, and sponsors of the event.

The 2017 Rugby League world Cup co-hosted by Papua New Guinea, ,Australia and New Zealand will not only see the world’s best rugby league players showcased but will also allow the players to experience PNG’s wide and diverse cultures, people and the environment.
Mr Tsaka said he looks forward to meeting with Andrew Hill as it is an important year for Rugby league in the country as PNG prepares to host this world stage event.
The home games at the National Football stadium in Port Moresby will see PNG play Wales on October 28th, Ireland on November 5th and the USA on November 12th. NBC News/ PNG Today

20:24

Sogavare: Para pemimpin MSG wajib hasilkan keputusan positif "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Jayapura, Jubi - Perdana Menteri Manasseh Sogavare melakukan tur ke Vanuatu, Fiji dan PNG dalam rangka membangun konsensus dengan para pemimpin Melanesia lainnya terkait sejumlah isu penting dengan cara dialog dan persaudaraan Melanesia. Menurutnya, dalam rilis yang dikeluarkan kantor Perdana Menteri Selasa (17/1/2017), tur tersebut menyusul pertemuan tingkat menteri Desember lalu di Port Vila, tur…

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19:53

Protests in Sri Lanka, UK and Australia Over Jallikattu "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Competitors try to tame a bull during Jallikattu organised as a part of Pongal celebrations at Alanganallore village in Madurai. Credit: PTI

London/Colombo: Protests demanding a reversal on the ban on the bull-taming sport Jallikattu have spread beyond India, with the Tamil diaspora in Sri Lanka, UK and Australia holding demonstrations.

Hundreds of UK based Indian Tamils have come together to organise a series of protests in favour of Jallikattu this week in London and across the UK.

The protest group includes London Tamil Sangam, World Tamil Organisation and British South Indians. They held protests outside the Indian high commission in London on January 17 and January 18. Further protests are being planned in the city of Leeds in UK and Dublin in Ireland.

“Hundreds have been turning out to highlight that Jallikattu is part of our tradition and identity. We are also working on a major hunger-strike this weekend to raise awareness around the issue in the UK. We are expecting over 1,000 people to join that protest,” a spokesperson for the protest group told PTI.

Protesters have been carrying placards and chanting slogans in Tamil that say, ‘We need Jallikattu’ and ‘Jallikattu is our identity’.

The group has also prepared a petition for the Indian high commission, which reads, “We, Indians living in the UK, have consistently shown our support to the conduct of Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu. We are gathered here to morally support our brothers and sisters that are leading the peaceful protestations in Alanganallur, Madurai district of Tamil Nadu.”

Meanwhile, in Sri Lanka, a protest was held in the Tamil dominated northern capital of Jaffna, yesterday.

Hundreds of people held placards saying ‘Why ban it when it is our culture’ and ‘This is a valued tradition lets permit it’.

The Australian Tamil community has also joined the ongoing protest against the ban on Jallikattu by holding peaceful demonstrations in Melbourne and Sydney, while further protests are being planned.

“Jallikattu is an ancient and traditional Tamil sport. The seals of the Indus Valley civilisation depict it, which is proof that this sport was in vogue more than five, six thousand years ago – why ban it now? It is like taking away a part...

19:52

Part 40 (D). Australia’s “irrelevant” crimes against humanity. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia’s “irrelevant” crimes against humanity are happening because Australian Government Service lawyers are not heeding the advice of Commissioner Ian Hanger and advising government Ministers of the “negative” aspects and ‘risks’ inherent in welfare policies and practices.

Note: The short link URL for this site is: http://wp.me/p1n8TZ-Kd

below the line is the text of an email to Mr.Tim Begbie, is a Senior Legal Counsel for the federal government. Welfare recipients how get slugged with one of the Tudge Fudge Fraud demands should copy this email text and include it any rebuttal of Centrelink’s demands. ————————————————

To:    Tim Begbie
Senior General Counsel
T 02 6253 7521
tim.begbie@ags.gov.au

Dear Mr. Begbie,

Re: Violation of the constitution – s.42C of the Social Security (Administration) Act (1991).

As a senior AGS lawyer, I should not have to remind you that the constitution is the ultimate law in Australia as even the high Court and the Parliament are bound by it. However, as the Parliament demonstrated on 4th August 2011, if politicians believe that they can get their own way by undermining the jurisdiction of the courts, they will give it a try. The High Court is well aware of this political reality and the rejection of the retrospective legislation put through the Parliament on 4th August 2011 was most emphatic:

 On the Director’s construction, s 66A creates a statutory fiction with the effect of attaching criminal liability to the defendant for her failure to advise the Department of an event within 14 days of its occurrence. This is so notwithstanding that at the time of the failure she was not required by law to inform the Department of the event (putting to one side receipt of any information notice) and that the duty is incapable of discharge.

  1. A clear statement of legislative intention is required before the courts will find that liability for a serious Commonwealth offence is imposed by means of a statutory fiction. The ascertainment of such an intention proceeds by the application of well-understood principles. In issue is proof of an offence under the Code. This directs attention to the law creating the offence and to the general principles of criminal responsibility under the Code. To observe that s 66A of the...

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18:11

Melbourne: Car Deliberately Strikes Pedestrians Killing Three and Hurting Many "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police and emergency services gather at the scene after a car is believed to have hit pedestrians in Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Several pedestrians were injured after being struck by a car in Australia's second-largest city on Friday, prompting a major police operation as officials told the public to stay away from the area. (Luke Costin/AAP via AP)

Police and emergency services gather at the scene after a car is believed to have hit pedestrians in Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, January. 20, 2017. Credit: AP

Sydney: A man deliberately drove into a street crowded with pedestrians in Australia’s second-largest city on Friday, killing at least three people and injuring 20 others, police said. Officials said the incident had no links to terrorism.

The chaos began in the early afternoon, after a man was seen driving in erratic circles in the middle of a major intersection in downtown Melbourne. The driver then turned onto the Bourke Street Mall, a pedestrian-only road, deliberately colliding with pedestrians before continuing onto a sidewalk and hitting several other people, Victoria state police acting commander Stuart Bateson said.

The man was arrested at the scene and there was no further threat to the public, Bateson said. Police believe the incident is somehow connected to a stabbing that had occurred in the city earlier in the day.

The incident comes amid global concern over extremists using vehicles to strike crowds, following truck attacks in Berlin and Nice, France last year. Bateson said the Melbourne incident had no links to terrorism.

“At this present stage, we ask the public to avoid the city,” Bateson told reporters. “It is going to take us a really long time to process this scene. Our priority at the moment is with the injured, and it must be that we give them our attention.”

Paramedics were assessing 20 people at the scene, several of whom had serious injuries, Ambulance Victoria said in a statement.

Video footage shot from a news helicopter overhead showed several heavily armed police officers standing near the area where the incident occurred. Several officers could be seen standing over a man lying on the sidewalk, clad only in his underwear, his hands apparently handcuffed behind his back. Police could also be seen examining a heavily damaged red car at the scene.

A video posted on social media captured the moment the car began driving in circles in the intersection before continuing on toward B...

18:00

Update on the John Finch Situation (Targeted Individuals) "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB Readers of Gumshoe know that certain things happen to targeted individuals. To name two of the individuals: John Finch of Melbourne and Janine Jones of Rotorua, NZ. A typical dose of torture consists of being hit with an electromagnetic wave. But there are others forms of targeting an individual, […]

16:47

1) Organisations petition Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


2) Indonesian Military to build naval base in Papua
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1) Organisations petition Australia
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  • 8 hrs ago

The five most prominent Ni-Vanuatu charitable organisations in the country led by the Vanuatu Free West Papua Association (VFWPA), have petitioned the Australian Government to “stop killing Melanesian people
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16:22

Former Newspaper Editor Who Exposed CIA Found Dead "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former editor of largest newspaper in Germany revealed the CIA pays journalists in Germany, France, Britain, Australia and New Zealand to plant fake stories – and the CIA is trying to bring war to Russia .  January 15, 2017 by Baxter Dmitry Dr Udo Ulfkotte, the former German newspaper editor whose bestselling book exposed how … Continue reading Former Newspaper Editor Who Exposed CIA Found Dead

15:44

Car rams into pedestrians, 3 dead, 20 injured in Melbourne, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

At least 3 people have been killed and 20 more injured after a vehicle was driven into a crowd of people in the center of Australia's second largest city Melbourne. The incident happened at about 1:30pm local time near Bourke and Elizabeth streets in Melbourne's city centre emergency services said. An Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman confirmed that several people were struck by a car while Victoria Police said a number of people had been injured in the incident.

15:33

New Online University Revolutionises Adult Education "IndyWatch Feed National"

ONLINE UNIVERSITY REVOLUTIONISES ADULT EDUCATION global freedom movement

It’s time to build the definitive truthseeker university.

A new online education initiative promises to shake up the way we learn, teaching everything we didn’t learn at school.

Global Freedom University (GFU) is a truly independent community-based online learning hub that will provide the leading-edge and “controversial” information that is left out of mainstream education and general public discourse. The 12 faculties of the new “truthiversity” will feature this diverse material in multimedia formatting to cater to all learning styles.

“Put simply, our mission is to un-slave humanity and provide the information and know-how to people such that they can know who and what they are, and be the authors of their own destiny. We want to remove the Orwellian boot from the face of humankind and replace it with the light of truth and freedom.

We realised people’s need for a more cogent, organised, directed, and efficient way to get the best and most essential information and action steps, so we are creating the GFU to serve that exact purpose.” Global Freedom Movement co-founders Brendan D. Murphy and Aimee Devlin

The crowdfunding campaign to raise $7,000 in much needed funds for Global Freedom University will run for 45 days from January 15th, during which time all contributors will earn their place on the Honour Roll as GFU Founders, and have the opportunity to receive rewards packages corresponding to their investment.

For additional information, please contact Global Freedom Movement here.

15:31

Benutzt hier jemand ein Android mit Opus-Support? Hoffentlich ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Benutzt hier jemand ein Android mit Opus-Support? Hoffentlich kriegt ihr dafür Updates.

Das Problem in Mediaserver, das sie da herausheben, der Einzeiler-Patch (das ist übrigens nicht ungewöhnlich) ist im libopus-Repository seit einem halben Jahr gefixt. Wieso hat Google so lange gebraucht?

Der Einsender meint, er habe mal bei Firefox geguckt, und da ist das auch noch ungefixt im aktuellen 51er-Prerelease. Wieso braucht Firefox eigentlich so lange?

Wieso liefern diese ganzen Idioten eigentlich überhaupt eigene Kopien von Upstream-Repositories aus?! Das ist ein völlig sinnloser Angriffsvektor.

Zu ihrer Verteidigung muss man allerdings auch vorbringen, dass Opus das nicht als Security-Fix gekennzeichnet hatte, und mit dem nächsten Release bis vor ein paar Tagen gewartet haben.

And this is why we cannot have nice things.

Update: Man muss auch dazusagen, dass dieser Patch jetzt nicht so dramatisch aussieht. Das eigentliche Problem ist also vermutlich ein Folgefehler von dieser Zeile.

15:29

Witness says Melbourne driver yelling 'Allah uh-Akhbar' while ploughing into people "IndyWatch Feed National"

This witness, Stefano, describes the driver screaming at people on the street.@theheraldsun pic.twitter.com/vlJYw6h0iW — Andrea Hamblin (@AndieHamblin) January 20, 2017 BREAKING: police say 3 dead after cars sped into pedestrians in #Melbourne. "Not a counter-terrorism related event." pic.twitter.com/4iIpD0zfu5 — Hugh Riminton (@hughriminton) January 20, 2017 Footage from Melbourne of car...

15:00

German Inflation Anxiety Could Bring an Election Shock in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The ECB’s increasingly shrill mantra that it makes policy for the monetary union as a whole and not for its largest member (Germany) could well cause a black swan to appear — in the form of a German political shock this autumn. The Frankfurt-based officials have been ignoring the historical observation of Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Mundell that central banks of federal unions are intuitively alert to symptoms of monetary instability in their dominant economic member — for example: Ontario in Canada and New South Wales in Australia. (California, at around 13% of the US economy does not qualify as “dominant.”)

The German economy is now emitting signals of serious euro-monetary disorder even though these become muffled in the various statistical averages across the euro-area as a whole which register on the dashboards of the Frankfurt monetary bureaucracies. Chancellor Merkel, the modern-day Metternich, fighting desperately to sustain the European status quo, apparently does not hear or see any of the alarm signals. These include a climbing inflation rate (already at 1.7% year-on-year in December — equivalent to 2.5% if as in the US imputed rents of owner-occupied dwellings were included — and widely forecast to be substantially higher in coming quarters). Als...

14:54

Boy Nearly Decapitated While Using THIS Popular Cell Phone Accessory "IndyWatch Feed National"

16-year-old Bradley Willoughby from Queensland, Australia, was nearly decapitated by the most unlikely of cell phone accessories while motorbiking on his parents’ farm. Even though he had taken all the  Full Article »

13:50

Mother, daughter investigated for death of newborn baby in Samoa "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A 24 year old woman and her mother are being questioned in relation to the secretive birth and burial of a newborn baby last week.

The women are from one of the villages in the Tuamasaga District on Upolu.

Police spokesperson Su’a Muliaga Tiumalu says charges of infanticide, concealing the death of a newborn baby and party to an offense could be filed against the two suspects.

“The police must be aware of whenever anyone dies so that way we can find out if their death was of natural cause or deliberate. However, in this case the two accused failed to report to police about the death of the baby,” said Su’a.

It is reported that the young woman gave birth at her home and her mother performed the delivery.

The older woman allegedly directed a man, who was at their home that night, to dig a hole to bury the baby.

The young man reportedly told his father, who is a former police officer, about the alleged incident.

A report was lodged with the police earlier this week.

“Right now we need the coroner’s approval in order to issue a post mortem. But investigations continue into the matter. However, it is likely that criminal charges will be filed after our first few witness interviews,” said Su’a.

If the coroner approves a thorough investigation into the matter, the body of the deceased infant will be dug up and transferred to Motootua Hospital for a formal autopsy.

The penalty for infanticide upon conviction is up to five years imprisonment. LoopSamoa

13:00

The poison of prohibition "IndyWatch Feed National"

‘We should not underestimate the harm that illicit drugs do everyday every day in our community,’ he has stated. A crucial aspect that Dr Gannon ignores is that harm can be significantly heightened through the very act of prohibition. Take for example the prohibition era of America in which alcohol was banned. Alcohol poisoning became more prevalent among drinkers due to two main reasons.

12:23

Part 40 (C). Australia’s “irrelevant” Crimes against Humanity. The role of the Australian Law Society in the Tudge Fudge fraud. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia’s “irrelevant” Crimes against Humanity would not be happening, e.g. the current Tudge Fudge Fraud, if the Australian Law Society practiced what it preaches. If Australian lawyers lived up to their professional standards, neither the “irrelevant” crimes against humanity nor the Tudge Fudge Fraud would be happening.

NOTE: the short link for this URL is: http://wp.me/p1n8TZ-JW

Below is a copy of yet another use of the ‘FORWARD’ button in my Microsoft email program to forward the AFP and UNHRC emails that are shown in parts 40 and 40(B) of this extended posting

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Attention: President or Chief Executive.

Australian Law Society

19th January 2017

There are no “fence sitters” in a humanitarian disaster of holocaust proportions.

I strongly recommend that you follow the advice that I am providing to everyone else, i.e. steps 1 to 10 in the email below to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Commissioner Al Hussein.

With an undisclosed, state sanctioned death toll that could easily be around the 100,000 mark, it is gross hypocrisy for ALS lawyers on both sides of a criminal prosecution to ignore the fact that the AFP, the ACC, SAPOL and the NSW Police, and every state and territory coroner in the nation, refused to acknowledge the persecution and murder of welfare recipients on a scale that under articles 6 & 7 of the Rome Statute, legally justifies the use of the terms “Genocide” and Crimes against humanity.”

The public silence of the ALS on these issues  means that, by act of omission, the ALS is a silent partner in these crimes, i.e. the ALS is giving 21st century meaning to Ella Wheeler Wilcox’s famous quotation, To sin by silence, when we should protest, Makes cowards out of men.

 Please, totally ignore my opinions and consider the Matters of facts and the Questions of Law raised by those facts. When you do this, please remember your own code of conduct:

“Fundamental duties of Solicitors”:

Section 3: “Paramount duty of the court and the administration of justice”.

Sub-section 3.1. “A solicitor’s duty of the court and the administration of justice is paramount and prevails to the extent of inconsistency with any other duty.”

Sub-section 4, “Other fundamental ethical duties- 4.1.4 “avoid any compromise to their integrity and professional independence.

By failing to uphold your own professio...

12:05

Part 40 (B). Australia’s “irrelevant” Crimes against Humanity.’FORWARD’ to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia’s “irrelevant” Crimes against Humanity could be stopped by the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Al Hussein. Unfortunately, this agency appears to be on an extended Christian break and so the Tudge Fudge Fraud rolls on unhindered by the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

Note: the short link URL for this posting is: http://wp.me/p1n8TZ-Jv

I used the ‘Forward” button in Microsoft Mail to forward the email to the Federal Police that is in my last posting (Part 40) to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Although the plain text email formatting is altered to suit this web page, the text of the to Mr. Al Hussein email is shown below the line is accurate in content:

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hc_al_hussein_largeCommissioner Al Hussein United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Per ...

12:04

Magnitude 6.5 – 67km W of Kirakira, Solomon Islands – January 19, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

USGS Event Page
2017-01-19 23:04:20 UTC
Magnitude 6.5
67km W of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
-10.386°S   161.308°E
29.9 km depth

Seismotectonics of the Eastern Margin of the Australia Plate

USGS “The eastern margin of the Australia plate is one of the most sesimically active areas of the world due to high rates of convergence between the Australia and Pacific plates.”
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11:43

Three Silk Road Vendors Convicted for Online Drug Distribution "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A federal jury in Orlando, Florida, found Julian Villa-Gomez Lemus, a 31-year-old from Visalia, CA, guilty of selling drugs via the darknet. Previously—or very shortly before but within the same week—Julian Villa-Gomez Lemus watched his conspirators plead guilty for the same or very similar crimes. All of the defendants shared a conviction: conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. However, the degree of each charge varied amongst the men.

According to the indictment, Julian Villa-Gomez, Fadhle Muqbel Saeed, and Alfonso Bojorquez-Vazquez involved themselves in said drug dealing conspiracy. The six-count indictment, only recently unsealed, charged the three with conspiracy to distribute several drugs: marijuana, methamphetamine, and hydrocodone. In addition to the conspiracy charges, the indictment accused the men of aiding and abetting each other and those both “known and unknown to the jury.”


The entire case raised questions online—specifically /r/darknetmarkets—based on the number of aliases involved. For instance, Saeed went by darkexpresso, bonappetit, and Damien Darko. The list of associated cases for some of the men took a decent amount of time to read through. Reddit users questioned why the government waited so long to make the arrests.

The indictment itself only accused the group with marijuana, methamphetamine, and hydrocodone distribution. However, the recent announcement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida mentions those substances, along with additional ones. According to the announcement mentioned above, the group sold cocaine and steroids as well. “The drugs were sent to purchasers throughout the United States and Australia,” the announcement stated.

During the hearing, according to the DEA, the courtroom heard the classic spiel on how to buy from the darknet, how to buy bitcoins, etc. The group, including known and possibly unknown individuals, conducted 1,300 transactions on Silk Road 2. The gross proceeds of those sales amounted to more than $1.9m—all of which must be forfeited.


The indictment revealed that the group sold starting as earl...

10:44

Interview: glaciologist Jason Roberts in Antarctica – video "IndyWatch Feed National"

Each day glaciologist Jason Roberts flies planes over Antarctica to map the terrain under the ice, trying to discover how climate change will affect sea level rise. Roberts, who works for the Australian Antarctic Division, says the point of his work is to look for the ‘canary in the coalmine', identifying hotspots where warm water is interacting with the east Antarctic ice shelf, making it vulnerable to changing climate conditions that could have drastic implications Continue reading...

10:42

Powerful 6.8 quake strikes near Solomon Islands "IndyWatch Feed National"

An earthquake measuring 6.8 magnitude on the Richter scale has struck west of Solomon Islands at a depth of 33km, according to the US Geologic Survey. The earthquake's epicenter was located some 71 kilometers from the town of Kirakira, the capital of Makira-Ulawa Province in the Solomon Islands. No Tsunami warning has been issued by either the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center or the emergency services of Australia and New Zealand.

09:54

Landholders will still have to wait for LNG dividend payments "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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No immediate dividend payment, says Sonk

Shirley Mauludu | The National aka The Loggers Times | January 19, 2017 
DIVIDENDS “will not be paid right away” to the beneficiary groups which have signed agreements to acquire Kroton equity in the PNG LNG project, an official says.
Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited managing director Wapu Sonk made the statement on Tuesday when PDL (petroleum development licence) 4 from Gobe in Southern Highlands signed their unit application form to buy their share of the Kroton equity.
“What we are doing will maybe go through two steps. After the signing, it does not mean that we will release the dividends right away,” he said.
“We will wait for all the green field areas to go through the normal process of clan vetting, ADR (alternative dispute resolution), to properly identify and register all the landowner groups, ILGs (incorporated land groups), landowner representatives of the ILGs.
“We will allow for that to complete and then we will release dividends. That will take some time.”
Ten (10) groups had signed their share transfer documents as well as the v...

09:27

Premier Baird was an ‘environmental destroyer’ "IndyWatch Feed National"

The government's anti-protest laws will be discussed at a Mullumbimby pub next week. /Joel Carrett

The government’s controversial anti-protest laws were the centre of discussion last year in Mullumbimby. Photo Joel Carrett

The conservation movement will remember Mike Baird as the premier who repealed some of the state’s most important conservation laws, according to the Nature Conservation Council.

‘Mike Baird might hope to be remembered as a builder, but the NSW conservation movement will remember him as a great destroyer’, Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski said.

‘Mr Baird was premier for only a few years but the harm of his backward environmental policies will be felt by our native wildlife, bushland and communities for many years to come,’ Ms Smolski said.

‘On his watch, the Liberal-National government repealed some of the state’s most important nature conservation laws, including the Native Vegetation Act and the Threatened Species Conservation Act, and put in place significantly weaker environmental protections.

‘His legacy is a system of laws that will accelerate land clearing and habitat destruction, and add extinction pressure to the state’s 1000 threatened species.

‘We recognise the Baird government has set a target of net zero carbon emissions, which is a positive signal that carbon pollution and climate change are higher on the Coalition government’s agenda.

‘However, the continued expansion of coal mines in NSW, including in Sydney’s drinking water catchment, and the lack of action on renewables undermines these efforts.

‘We sincerely hope the incoming premier takes a genuine interest in the protection of the astonishing natural beauty and wildlife that is the common legacy of all people in NSW,’ Ms Smolski said.

 

The post Premier Baird was an ‘environmental destroyer’ appeared first on Echonetdaily.

09:00

Kathryn Lomer’s Night Writing "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Kathryn Lomer, Night Writing (University of Queensland Press 2014)

nw.jpgKathryn Lomer has been to places I’ve been, loved music I’ve loved, had experiences similar to mine, learned things I’ve learned, and uses words about them that opens doors for me. A rural Catholic childhood, science and maths, bushwalking, parenthood, sex, the ups and downs of relationships, camping holidays, birds, cattle, several kinds of loss, several kinds of revival, surgery, music, visual art and sculpture, the quality of daylight, Brisbane and Melbourne art galleries, North Queensland tourist spots: she makes warm, intelligent, accessible poetry from all these.

An attractive feature of her work is the way it’s grounded in science and physical experience, while open to kinds of feeling generally associated with religion or fantasy. This stanza from ‘Measure’, for example:

I used to make shell necklaces on Hawley Beach,
my mother saying fairies made the shell holes
to help little children do just that.
I tell my son sea urchins
drill a hole to get at food inside.
Truth is also extraordinary

And how about this bit of taxonomical music from ‘Spyhopping’, which is addressed to humpback whales:

Your name is a parsing of the past:
animalia chordata vertebrata mammalia
cetacea mysticeti balaenopteridae
megaptera novaeangliae
;
a prayer said in Latin
that you survive.

The book is in five sections. Th...

08:47

Berejiklian frontrunner for Baird’s job "IndyWatch Feed National"

A June 21, 2016 file photo of NSW treasurer Gladys Berejiklian delivers her the 2016-17 budget to the Legislative Assembly in June 2016. AAP Image/Paul Miller

NSW treasurer Gladys Berejiklian delivers her the 2016-17 budget to the Legislative Assembly in June 2016. AAP Image/Paul Miller

SYDNEY [AAP]

Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian is the frontrunner to take over the leadership after Mike Baird’s shock resignation from the state’s top job.

The premier revealed his planned exit via social media on Thursday morning, citing serious health challenges his parents and sister are facing.

Mr Baird’s reign ends next week after being in the top job for two years and nine months.

A party room meeting is planned for Monday and a leadership spill is expected to happen on Tuesday.

Ms Berejiklian, a seasoned and scandal-free politician, confirmed on Thursday she would be would be standing for the role of 45th premier of NSW.

It’s not known if she will have any competitors but it’s believed transport minister Andrew Constance was sounding out support for a tilt.

Another possible contender, planning minister Rob Stokes, who was overseas when the announcement was made, won’t run for the leadership, according to the ABC on Friday.

In a statement on Thursday afternoon, Ms Berejiklian said she was saddened by Mr Baird’s decision to leave politics and that he was an ‘inspiring leader’ and a ‘man of enormous integrity’.

She also said Mr Baird was a friend and that his leadership had made ‘NSW the economic and infrastructure powerhouse of the nation’.

The state’s deputy premier and Nationals leader John Barilaro, who also learnt about Mr Baird’s retirement plans through the media, said Ms Berejiklian would make a fantastic premier.

Mr Baird has said Ms Berejiklian would be ‘outstanding’ but said he hasn’t backed a...

08:41

Croc sightings on the rise in Qld "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Crocodile in northern Queensland. Photo Christian Haugen flickr.com/photos/christianhaugen

Crocodile in northern Queensland. Photo Christian Haugen flickr.com/photos/christianhaugen

Melissa Grant

BRISBANE [AAP]

Crocodiles are being removed from golf courses and suburban waterways as sightings of the reptile rise in Queensland.

Ranger croc call-outs and sightings of the animal were up in 2016, during which NSW woman Cindy Waldron was killed by a croc at a beach north of Cairns.

The biggest one captured was a 4.7 metre monster around the Townsville waterfront precinct, The Strand.

Two were also captured at the suburban St Crispins Lake in Port Douglas after several were spotted, including one basking in a resident’s yard.

Crocs were also removed from golf courses in Cairns and Townsville, while another was handed into Innisfail police after it was seen crossing the Bruce Highway.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection resolved 127 reports concerning crocodiles in 2016 compared with 87 the previous year.

There were 59 confirmed croc sightings, up from 32, and another 378 unconfirmed reports, which was 49 more than in 2015.

The numbers are considerably higher than in 2011 when the department resolved eight reports of concerning crocodiles and there were 56 confirmed sightings plus 270 unconfirmed ones.

Cairns mayor Bob Manning said it was clear crocodile numbers were rising and the problem could not be ignored any longer.

‘All the public want is to know that their children are safe, they want their swimming holes back and they want to be able to feel safe at beaches,’ he told AAP.

‘If crocodiles were starting to find their way south … politicians may pay attention then.’

There have been renewed calls for a crocodile cull, with federal MP Bob Katter leading the charge by calling for...

08:38

Vic group nick flock of chooks: police "IndyWatch Feed National"

Free range chooks near Mullumbimby, NSW. Photo Good Goog Facebook page

Free range chooks near Mullumbimby, NSW. Photo Good Goog Facebook page

Christopher Talbot

MELBOURNE [AAP]

Police pulled over a van in regional Victoria and found five people laying in the back and 42 allegedly stolen chickens.

The group, who are reportedly animal activists, allegedly took the chooks from a poultry farm in Drouin in West Gippsland on Friday morning.

Police say they have interviewed the van driver and his passengers and they were released pending summons.

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08:18

The 7 trade deals being negotiated in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Including the TiSA and RCEP there are seven trade deals AFTINET will be monitoring this year.

The others are:

  1. Australia-Indonesia FTA: This is now a main priority for government with the aim to finish mid-late 2017. Key issues include ISDS, movement of temporary workers and stronger medicine monopolies. Read more.
  2. PACER-Plus: The 2016 deadline for completion was missed after PNG withdrew from the negotiations and Fiji announced that it does not agree with the final text. We are concerned about the deal having negative impacts for Pacific Islands on local employment, government revenue, access to services, health outcomes and food security. Read more.
  3. Australia-India FTA: Negotiations remain on hold but may resume this year. Major issues include ISDS and temporary migrant workers. Read more.
  4. Australia-EU FTA: Talks will begin in 2017 towards an FTA with the EU. A possible separate FTA with Britain cannot begin until Brexit is complete. Read more.
  5. Three ongoing WTO negotiations: Negotiations are ongoing at the WTO for the Information Technology Agreement and Environmental Goods Agreement. Australia is also seeking to join the WTO Government Procurement Agreement, which would lock in restrictions on local content. Read more.

07:57

Mental Health First Aid "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Glen Capitalism is a system that can make you sick. Unsafe working conditions, lack of regulations of chemicals, etc., not to mention the...

The post Mental Health First Aid appeared first on The Pen.

07:53

491 reports of dog attacks in 2016 reported across Mackay, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hundreds of dog attacks were reported across Mackay Regional Council area last year, despite rules around dangerous dog ownership. The council's health and regulatory services manager, Craig Shepherd, said there was 491 reports of attacks from January 1 to December 31 last year. Reports "varied from barking and growling to biting", Mr Shepherd said. The council investigates all dog attack reports, however there has been "very few instances" where dogs have been euthanased immediately, he added.

07:40

Homelessness needs practical solutions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly Homeless is a problem for a rapidly increasing number of people. It is brought about by the extreme rise in rentals and...

The post Homelessness needs practical solutions appeared first on The Pen.

07:33

From Truman to Trump (Extra War, Hold the Peace) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Seventy years ago president Harry Truman signed the National Security Act into law, a decision even he came to regret. We could say the rest is history, except that it is decidedly not. With a new White House occupant in place, Aussie writer Greg Maybury explores herein why this isn't the case.

07:28

Disappointing 2016 for Qld labour market "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Yesterday, on the same day the December jobs figures released by the ABS confirmed a disappointing 2016 for the Queensland labour market (see charts below), the Deputy Premier announced the State Government’s new regional jobs program. Coincidental or not, the timing highlighted to me the relatively limited impact that jobs programs typically have on the overall State economy. The Works for Queensland program may well bring benefits to some regions through upgraded infrastructure and temporary stimulus, but the expected State-wide impact of around 600 jobs quoted in the media release is relatively minor when compared with total unemployment in Queensland (around 155,000) and an estimated fall in employment over 2016 of over 30,000.

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07:11

Centrelink whistleblower reveals massive fraud "IndyWatch Feed National"

Reproduced here is a clarified summary of the whistleblower’s document, courtesy of GetUp Introduction & Summary of Errors Direct Quotes from Introduction “I am a...

The post Centrelink whistleblower reveals massive fraud appeared first on The Pen.

07:00

Tour of Australia by PNG writers was more than literary exchange "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Glen Elmes & Tony WellingtonFRANCIS NII

I READ somewhere that our brain can process images 60,000 times faster than it can process words - and that images can convey ideas which stick with us much longer than the words on a page.

I am sure this rings true the moment you see the images accompanying this story.

The two gentlemen you see in this first picture are Hon Glen Elmes MP, the local member for Noosa in the Queensland Parliament, and Tony Wellington, the mayor for Noosa Shire, proudly showing the gifts of sand paintings donated to them and the people of Noosa by Daniel Kumbon and his wife Julie.

During last year’s McKinnon-Paga Hill sponsored study tour of Australia, Daniel, Martyn Namorong and I didn’t discuss bringing PNG arts and crafts for our Aussie friends.

Ingrid Jackson & PNG booksHowever, of my own accord, I brought gifts of highlands bilums of different styles and, without me knowing it, Daniel and Julie did the same. They brought bilums, caps and two large sand paintings that vividly depict the Engan culture.

Keith and Councillor Ingrid Jackson’s home in Noosa was filled with excitement and hilarity when Daniel, Julie and I presented our gifts at the second of two receptions hosted by Keith and Ingrid.

We also presented copies of our books to our Aussie friends. In this picture Ingrid is showing off her gifts.

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06:33

1) MSG chair postpones PNG leg of Melanesia tour "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


2) ’Syringe terror’ prompts Papua Police to intensify security

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1) MSG chair postpones PNG leg of Melanesia tour
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The chairperson of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has postponed the PNG leg of his Melanesia tour.

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06:00

The political tide that is building into a tsunami "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Hillbilly Elegy coverPHIL FITZPATRICK

THERE are some interesting books coming out in the USA about the tide which brought us the seismic shock of the American election which tomorrow delivers us President Donald Trump.

This tide is the same one that has given us Brexit and the rise of far right political parties in Western democracies.

It is possible, but highly unlikely, that the same tide will wash through Papua New Guinea in 2017.

The undertow that created this tide is a growing disenchantment with conventional politics and the growing inequalities between rich and poor.

In the wash of the tide are serious questions about the very nature of democracy.

The politicians, by their selfish behaviour and corruption, have been trashing democracy and now the collateral damage is so great it looks like they will be paying the price for it.

But getting back to the books.

One of the most interesting is JD Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. Vance explains why so many disillusioned working class people voted for Donald Trump.

He makes it clear that those people, of whom he is one, didn’t vote for Trump because they liked or agreed with him. They voted for him to protest the system, the establishment and the status quo.

Vance is one of the few hillbillys who has managed to pull himself out of the quagmire of unemployment and poverty in America’s rust belts. He did this by fighting to get an education.

In discussing the problems manifest in these areas, he cites interesting research carried out in the US in 2011-12, the National Survey of Children’s Health.

This survey established a number of key ad......

05:00

Five reasons why people feel they should protest against APEC "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Manila APEC protestACT NOW PNG | Edited extracts

IN NOVEMBER 2015, Manila in the Philippines hosted an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.

Civil society mobilised to protest against the meeting. There are cogent reasons why people were so angered by APEC and what it represents.

Here in Papua New Guinea we should be similarly outraged as the same reasoning applies.

Ahead the Manila summit, Philippines’ social movements, unions, indigenous groups, farmers’ organisations and international activists mobilised to protest against the two-day annual meeting.

But why were so many people in the Philippines and around the world infuriated by the APEC summit?

Here are four reasons:

Firstly, over the years, APEC economic development has worsened poverty and inequality while strengthening corporate power.

APEC pushes free trade, deregulation and privatisation in the name of building economies in the Asia-Pacific region. But the claimed benefits of neoliberal globalisation promoted by APEC have been empty promises for poor and working people.

While APEC economies swell and transnational corporations reap major profits, the purported trickle-down of wealth and increased opportunities for those who need them most has never been realised. Poverty, inequality, and misery haven’t decreased as promised—they have increased.

“Only the big nations are reaping the rewards of globalisation under APEC, not the Philippines," said Teddy Casino, former member of the Philippine Congress and a leader of the People’s Campaign Against APEC and Imperialist Globalisation.

After years of unequal development, groups in the Philippines and beyond united to reject more of the same policies that destined so many people to poverty an...

03:58

This study found a statistically significant association between the intracranial distribution of gliomas and the self-reported location of the phone. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Am J Epidemiol. 2016 Dec 1 ;184(11):818-828. Epub 2016 Nov 3. PMID: 27810856 Abstract Title:  The Intracranial Distribution of Gliomas in Relation to Exposure From Mobile Phones: Analyses From the INTERPHONE Study. Abstract:  When investigating the association between brain tumors and use of mobile telephones, accurate data on tumor position are essential, due to the highly localized absorption of energy in the human brain from the radio-frequency fields emitted. We used a point process model to investigate this association using information that included tumor localization data from the INTERPHONE Study (Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom). Our main analysis included 792 regular mobile phone users diagnosed with a glioma between 2000 and 2004. Similar to earlier results, we found a statistically significant association between the intracranial distribution of gliomas and the self-reported location of the phone. When we accounted for the preferred side of the head not being exclusively used for all mobile phone calls, the results were similar. The association was independent of the cumulative call time and cumulative number of calls. However, our model used reported side of mobile phone use, which is potentially influenced by recall bias. The point process method provides an alternative to previously used epidemiologic research designs when one is including localization in the investigation of brain tumors and mobile phone use.

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03:44

If This is True- Mankind is Fucked "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trump is our messiah- he is going to SAVE us. There is NO ONE ON EARTH who is more honest- trustworthy- or loveable because he is JUST LIKE JESUS CHRIST. He is going to do what we won’t do for ourselves and will do all the work for us himself! Those bad politicians hate him because he is so great and is working directly with the right hand of God. He LOVES us and he wants to PROTECT us and HELP SAVE us- and he will because he is so genuine and caring! GO TRUMP- AND THANK YOU FOR BEING OUR MESSIAH!!!

And remember to do your part to help stop pedophilia by clicking on a like button on Facebook today!!

02:33

Your Body is No Longer Yours: Australia Has Become The First Country To Microchip Its Citizens "IndyWatch Feed National"

You may not have noticed, but there are two kinds of countries in the world these days: Dictatorships led by authoritarians and democracies that are slowly being taken over by  Full Article »

01:55

People Are Knitting Giant Sweaters For Elephants To Keep Them Cozy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Credit: Wildlife SOS India

It’s estimated that within the next ten years, African elephants will go extinct. To protect the beautiful, wise, and intelligent creatures, activists have gone to great lengths to deter and capture poachers who are intent on killing them, as well as rhinos, in the wild. Now, a group of compassionate activists is knitting sweaters for the large land mammals in India to keep them cozy and to show love. 

According to Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center, a cold front is moving across northern India and everyone is beginning to feel the chill – including wildlife. To protect the sanctuary’s pachyderm residents, activists in the nation have volunteered to knit giant sweaters to keep the previously abused mammals warm and protected.

Credit: Wildlife SOS India

Local villagers were eager to collaborate and custom-knit large sweaters for the elephants and did so with a smile. Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder of Wildlife SOS, told The Dodo that it took about four weeks for them to complete one. However, that time frame didn’t stop them from quickly creating more.

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01:51

Human Rights in West Papua: 2016 in Review "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

2016 was a dismal year for West Papuan human rights. Despite promises from Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s administration, abuses continued and even expanded in response to growing Papuan civil society mobilisation in support of sel-determination. Most demonstrations in West Papua this year were held in support of an Internationally Supervised Vote for West Papuan self-determination, as well as the United Liberation Movement for West Papua and their bid for membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Mass Arrests

One stunning development in 2016 was the prominence of unprecedented mass arrests of peaceful demonstrators. Beginning around late April and early May – around the launch of the Westminster Declaration in London – the arrest were described as “the largest mass arrest during Indonesia’s democratic era”. West Papuans mobilising in favour of independence, calling for a new referendum, or supporting the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, were subject to mass detainment. Between April 25 and May 2, the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute documented 1,783 “unlawful arrests”.  A further 648 people were arrested from May 28-31 and international attention was garnered when a Spanish tourist was also arrested by the Indonesian police.

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00:38

The Genocide That Is Being Ignored By The World "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

If you need evidence that politicians and the mainstream media pick and choose which oppressive conflicts to cover in order to further geopolitical ambitions, you need only Google “West Papua.”  Full Article »

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23:19

PNG Electoral Commission to print Election ballot papers overseas "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has confirmed today that for the first time in history the PNG Electoral Commission is printing the ballot papers for the 2017 national general elections overseas.

It is understood this will take place in a highly secured facility by the Pura group located in Kudus which is just two hours drive from the Central Java city of Semarang Indonesia.
He said that this decision was not made lightly and occurred after a quote from the government printer increased from a former K9million in the last election to K23million for 2017 papers.
“The awarding of the printing contract was awarded to Treid Pacific Ltd, a wholly owned PNG based local company to supply and deliver from went through a transparent process of public advertisement placed in local newspapers inviting bids from printing companies in 2016.”

Mr Gamato further added that the Electoral Commission has confidence in the overseas based printing facility as it is highly secured facility passing evaluation tests.
“For the 2017 elections, PNGEC is printing a total of 10milion ballot papers – 5 million for the provincial electorates and 5 million for open electorates respectively.”
“These papers have eight hidden security features which are known only to me, the Electoral Commissioner and the printer.”

Meanwhile, at this time Mr Gamato said four senior officers of the Electoral Commission including the Deputy Commissioner Corporate Services John Kalamoroh are currently in the Central Java City of Semarang to commence printing.
“We have every confidence in this facility and its level of high security.”

23:16

Former PNG Army Chief eyes Governor General post "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Former PNGDF Commander, Brigadier General Ted Diro feels he is right for the Governor General Position.

In a press conference today, he stated that he is able to overcome all issues of minor physical nature brought about by aging process.
“It is my mental capacity that matters,” he said.
He said the government house must be our fortress of Democracy, a mecca of silent wisdom and an emblem of our history, our legacy and our core values.

He mentioned that if Sir Micheal Ogio the outgoing Governor General is considering another term, he will humbly step down. PNGFM/PNG Today

20:53

Huawei product designers arrested and charged with espionage for giving intel to LeEco "IndyWatch Feed National"


While it's not talked about often, industrial espionage is rampant in the mobile technology business. Competing fairly and sensibly can only get one so far in a field this challenging, saturated and fast-paced. So if one is to go about sneaking into their rival's backyeard, they best not forget the number one rule of espionage – which is "don't get caught!"

Sadly, it seems six product designers at Huawei forgot this most important rule while leaking confidential data to fellow Chinese firm LeEco. The latter has been making headlines with its efforts of selling its affordable smartphones in the U.S. at competitive prices while working on stuff like smart bycicles and electric cars, among many other things.

Huawei has already pressed charges against the alleged snitches. Meanwhile, LeEco denies receiving information from them and bounces the topic back to another pressing matter. Huawei insists that LeEco stole 2 technological patents for an antenna design and a children's smartwatch from them. The alleged informants' recent arrest is another drop of bad blood between the two.

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20:50

Campaigners back hijab-wearing girls in Australia Day advert row "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Far-right groups claimed that the original image misrepresented Australia Day

20:33

How Washington created disaster in Honduras "IndyWatch Feed National"

My investigation in US magazine Truthout (and my photos from Honduras are here):

Members of indigenous group Copinh protesting in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, July 2016. (Photo: Antony Loewenstein)

Members of Indigenous group COPINH protesting in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, July 2016. (Photo: Antony Loewenstein)

Armed men wearing ski masks suddenly appeared in the distance. On a dirt road in northern Honduras, between the city of Tocoa and the small village of Punta de Piedra, a massive drug raid was underway. Dozens of men in bulletproof vests with high-calibre weapons swarmed the area: members of the Honduran military and police as well as US-trained Tigres and Cobra forces. They burst forcefully into this area where drug trafficking was rampant.

I was travelling toward the Atlantic coast when I was stopped at a roadblock and ordered out of the car. My translator, my driver, a local Indigenous leader and I were all questioned by the masked police officer about our destination, profession and intentions. What’s happening here, my translator asked? “Too many traffickers, even during the day,” the policeman replied. We discovered that the raid’s purpose was to find a local drug kingpin and anybody working for him.

However, the absurdity of the mission was soon apparent. After arriving at the peaceful town of Iriona Puerta, no more than 15 minutes away from the raid, I was shown the house of the chased drug trafficker. It was a large wooden structure overlooking a calm river, with apparently nobody home, adjacent to the government’s municipal building and across the road from the main police station. The drug boss had little to fear, I was told by locals, because officials in the district protected him.

The house of a drug dealer in the northern Honduran town of Iriona Puerta, July 2016. (Photo: Antony Loewenstein)

The house of a drug dealer in the northern Honduran town...

20:12

A match made in haven "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"




Looks like a match made in haven


19:30

Syria: The 'barrel bomb' farce - consign it to the propaganda graveyard "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Every time one of these barrels strikes, it is the seismological equivalent of a 7.6 magnitude earthquake, and it happens around 50 times a day. (In Syria)You can't dial 911. You can't dial the fire service. You can't call the local police department. They don't exist." ~ James Le Mesurier, British ex-military trainer of the NATO-state, multi-million-dollar-funded White Helmets, based in Gaziantep, Turkey. In an interview with CNN in May 2015, this is the claim made by British mercenary trainer of the White Helmets to Dr Sanjay Gupta. Again, in June 2015, Le Mesurier made a similar claim to an audience during a speech at The Performance Theatre, Lisbon entitled very grandly, "Act 1: Witnesses to history in the making". On the front page of the fraudulently named Syria Civil Defence aka the NATO state sponsored, White Helmets, there is the same claim made by the extensively discredited, Ammar Al Salmo, "leader" of the Syria Civil Defence in Aleppo: Al Salmo's "evidence" was pivotal to the US alliance claims that, on 21st September 2016, Russian jets had targeted a humanitarian convoy to the west of Aleppo - Urum al Kubra, causing international outcry and almost precipitating a terrifying escalation of the conflict between Russia and the US on Syrian soil. Claims that were universally debunked, as were so many before them. Syricide on Twitter produced a video that demonstrates the grave anomalies in the Al Salmo report, that was used to trigger international outrage against Russia and the Syrian government. In November 2016, Raed Saleh, president of the White Helmets and "humanitarian" poster boy for the international community supporting the terrorist support group, gave an acceptance speech for the Right Livelihood Award. During this speech, Saleh reinforced the barrel bomb/earthquake imagery and increased the magnitude to a whopping 8:0 Here is the segment of the speech in which Saleh presents the barrel bomb case. Just after the liberation of East Aleppo by the Syrian Arab Army and allies, BBC Radio 4 interviewed James Le Mesurier who trotted out the usual platitudes regarding his band of "selfless humanitarians", described, universally as "Nusra Front civil defence" by Syrian civilians freed from almost five years of Nusra Front-led terrorist and extremist imprisonment, supported by the interventionist alliance of the US, UK, EU, Gulf States, Turkey, Israel, Canada, Jordan & Australia & Co.

18:54

CULLETON COURT PROVES SENATOR PARRY JUMPED THE GUN "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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January 19, 2017

COURT PROVES SENATOR PARRY HAS JUMPED THE GUN

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18:07

Meet the Girl Whose Cat is a Travel Blogger "IndyWatch Feed National"

Annie Yardhan has been travelling around the world for the past six months carrying her cat Mia in her backpack. Her blog IFollowMyCat.com and Instagram @Ifollowmycat  have received global attention and thousands of loyal followers after Buzzfeed wrote an article listicle about them last month. Annie and Mia have backpacked through 15 countries together, and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

N: How did you come up with the concept for the blog?

A:  It’s funny that you use the word ‘concept’. I don’t see my lifestyle as a concept at all. I fell in love with solo travel when I was twenty and did my first Contiki trip in America. The two and a half months I was there, I met such incredible people and grew as a person, but I wasn’t fully content. To be apart from my warm ball of fur, my best friend, was hard. A lot of people laugh at that, but I don’t care what they think. I knew when I travelled again I wanted to bring Mia along, so I did, and started sharing all our adventures and challenges with the world.

N: In your blog you write that when you’re stuck on which country to go to next, you open up a map and wherever Mia places her paw, you go. Is this true?

A: Yes! I don’t always travel based on the whims of a cat’s paw of course, but a few times I have done this and it has been awesome. After spending a month in Spain last summer, I felt overwhelmed with all Europe had to offer, so I left it to Mia’s spontaneity. I opened up a big paper map of Europe for Mia and straightaway she picked Serbia. I did some research to make sure it was feasible then off we went. If blogs consistently brag about travel that is ‘off the beaten track’, how much more hipster is my idea?

N: What have been the reactions of other people upon seeing you and Mia?

A: Mia is very sociable and having her around is the best way to make friends. She really helps to ease my nerves when I am in a new country and don’t know the language because locals always want to help the girl with the cat in her backpack. When I was shopping at a local market in Azerbaijan Mia somehow managed to wiggle out of my backpack. I was so panicked when I couldn’t find her for twenty minutes, then suddenly I heard a loud burst of laughter. I found Mia being stroked by an old moustached shopkeeper while his little son fed her some fresh tuna. The shopkeeper ended up inviting us to lunch at his house (entirely through sign language) and w...

18:02

Online compliance system is fundamentally flawed and must be abandoned "IndyWatch Feed National"

19th January 2017

The National Social Security Rights Network has been working since last year to help people respond to debts raised by Centrelink's new o

16:36

Connection to IXP facility to see fall in internet costs in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Mr Punaha said the neutral IXP facility will enable speed and eliminate the cost of high internet rates in the country. He said they are hoping that by the end of the week PNG DataCo will be able to connect to the IXP, including Digicel.

Mr Punaha said the IXP facility will provide for local peering, meaning the facility will enable internet traffic to be exchanged at a central point instead of hooking up with different and expensive points. He said because of that, PNG has been experiencing very high costs of internet rates, but with the IXP installed through the help of the Internet Society (ISOC) the prices are likely to come down by 10 per cent. “Therefore, all ISPs are encouraged to connect to the IXP to enhance and fast track the development of internet in the country in terms of local content creation, storage and delivery and of course help to lower the retail cost of internet to consumers.

‘This will be encouraged through local peering which keeps local traffic local, therefore minimising transitory costs, and also caching which keeps foreign content local,” he said. He added that APNIC and ISOC are assisting in discussion with NICTA to have Google and other providers come onboard and connect through the IXP hosted locally by bringing their services and having it hosted locally for PNG users. read more on >> PNG Technology News

16:23

World has hottest year on record "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian mean temperature deciles from January 1 to December 31, 2016. Australians endured unusually warm and wet conditions in 2016, with the year punctuated by extreme weather events including fierce fires and damaging floods, according to an annual climate statement released by the Bureau of Meteorology on Thursday. AAP Image/Bureau of Meteorology

Australian mean temperature deciles from January 1 to December 31, 2016. Australians endured unusually warm and wet conditions in 2016, with the year punctuated by extreme weather events including fierce fires and damaging floods, according to an annual climate statement released by the Bureau of Meteorology on Thursday. AAP Image/Bureau of Meteorology

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The world endured its hottest year ever in 2016 prompting calls for Australia and other countries to move quicker to cut greenhouse gas emissions to halt global warming.

The World Meteorological Organisation says global average temperatures were 0.07C warmer than the previous hottest year in 2015 and 1.1C higher than during the pre-industrial period.

The Climate Council says the latest data shows that the window of opportunity to avoid the most damaging impacts of climate change is almost closed.

While scientists have urged more rapid and drastic cuts to greenhouse emissions to limit global warming to the two degrees proposed in the Paris agreement.

‘Month after month, year after year, we are seeing records fall and every year without effective action makes the task of applying the brakes on the long-term trend more difficult,’ the Climate Council’s Professor Will Steffen said.

‘We aren’t moving nearly fast enough on emission reductions.’

Without action the record-breaking temperatures experienced in 2016 would soon become the norm, Australian National University climate scientist Sophie Lewis said.

‘Within just a decade or two, we can expect these record hot temperatures to become average or even cool year...

16:23

Mobiles, metadata and the meaning of ‘personal information’ "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Federal Court has today determined not to resolve the great privacy question leftover like a bad hangover from 2013: When is information ‘about’ Ben, and when is it ‘about’ a device or a network?

While at first glance you might think that the Privacy Commissioner losing an appeal would be bad news for privacy, the decision in Privacy Commissioner v Telstra Corporation Limited [2017] FCAFC 4 is not quite the train wreck that some have suggested.  It has not gutted the definition of ‘personal information’, nor has it said that metadata from telecoms is not protected by the Privacy Act.  It simply clarified that the word ‘about’ is an important element in the definition of ‘personal information’.

That might not sound like something worth arguing about, but understanding this little word ‘about’ has been critical in the on-going case involving Telstra and the definition of ‘personal information’ – upon which all our legislated privacy principles rely.

First, the background. When the Australian Government was preparing in 2013 to introduce its mandatory data retention laws, to require telcos to keep ‘metadata’ on their customers for two years in case law enforcement types needed it later, tech journo Ben Grubb was curious as to what metadata, such as the geolocation data collected from mobile phones, would actually show. He wanted to replicate the efforts of a German politician, to illustrate the power of geolocation data to reveal insights into not only our movements, but our behaviour, intimate relationships, health concerns or political interests.

While much fun was had replaying the video of the Attorney General’s laughable attempt to explain what metadata actually is, Ben also worked on a seemingly simple premise: “the government can access my Telstra metadata, so why can’t I?

Exercising his rights under what was then National Privacy Principle (NPP) 6.1, Ben sought access from his mobile phone service provider, Telstra, to his person...

16:14

Opinion: Papua New Guinea economy to remain weak but Lae business hopeful of an upturn "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea economy is not likely to improve greatly in the first half of the year, says Alan McLay, President of the Lae Chamber of Commerce. But he believes companies in Lae – PNG’s manufacturing and logistics hub – remain hopeful of an upturn and he expects some positive developments with power provision.

Alan McLay, Lae Chamber of Commerce Inc.

Alan McLay, Lae Chamber of Commerce Inc.

The following remarks are not intended to provide a crystal ball of what will happen in 2017. They are rather a general outlook based on experience; they are a guideline only.

We do not expect any real difference in the economic situation at least for the first half of the year. The pressure on foreign exchange is likely to continue even with a bit of relief that we have seen.

This situation is likely to continue in some form or other for the remainder of the year.

This is because the prices for PNG’s main export commodities are not likely to rise enough to relieve the situation. Gold, which showed a good improvement late last year, is now bouncing around and not likely to recover to a great extent.

Wholesale, retail and manufacturing

Lae’s wholesale and retail businesses continue to do it tough, although some businesses are doing better than others. This is also the situation with the manufacturers, where some of the long-established companies are laying off workers.

‘The Wafi-Golpu mine is most likely going to go ahead.’

The established fish canneries are the shining light, especially the tuna canneries relying on stock from Morobe waters. A new cannery will be built soon, which shows the strength of this industry.

Mining

Mining in Morobe Province continues to have a positive spin off to companies in Lae:

1. Hidden Valley Mine was taken over from the Harmony/Newcrest JV by Harmony themselves and they have instituted a range of reforms that should have the mine in a very strong situation this year.

2. The Wafi-Golpu mine is most likely going to go ahead and, with Newcrest being the single developer, they are now entering a full feasibility stage for the mine’s development.

‘Most companies see the early part of 2017 as a continuation of the economic slowdown of 2016.’

The National elections will be held mid-year an,  as has happened in p...

16:03

Polye tells O'Neill government not to cover up "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG  Opposition Leader Don Polye yesterday called on the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill not to cover up his government’s negligence over the major landslip at Guo village in Chimbu.

Mr Polye said Mr O’Neill should instead admit that due to the country’s cash flow crisis, the government did not intervene swiftly to remove debris blocking the road.

He also called on Mr O’Neill to respect the much-needed contributions and efforts by the business sector in helping open the highway for the public, something which his government gave blind eye to.

“Him talking down their contribution adds more stress to what he has already inflicted on them -depletion of foreign reserve due to his government’s economic mismanagement,” he said.

“This is the truth. Where was the Prime Minister when similar instances of massive landslides occurred along the Highlands Highway in the recent past.”

On Mr O’Neill’s announcement for a tougher law on people blocking highways Mr Polye said he should firstly pass bills like the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and Whistle blowers Act which had been pending for more than two years.

 He blasted O’Neill for bringing such a law at the last minute, given that the general election was looming.

Mr Polye visited the Guo village landslide site last Friday committing to put in K3 billion for maintenance of the country’s highways when in government.

15:41

How You Can Protect your Wealth from the Ice-Nine Plan "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

What Jim is telling you is that Brisbane is effectively ‘ground zero’ for the Ice-Nine plan. Tomorrow, I’ll show you how it’s already started

The post How You Can Protect your Wealth from the Ice-Nine Plan appeared first on The Daily Reckoning Australia.

15:36

#Solar to power Melbourne trams as Australia’s GHG emissions rise reports @takvera "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lily D’Ambrosio, the Victorian Energy and Environment Minister, stepped forward today to announce that Melbourne’s tram network will be powered by 100 per cent Solar. Not directly of course. But the government will issue a tender for a new 75MW capacity large scale solar farm to supply the equivalent power needed for the tram network […]

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John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.

15:36

Brace Yourself: Hitler, Churchill And Thatcher Reborn In Australian Theatre Tour "IndyWatch Feed National"

ADVERTORIAL: Award winning British actor and playwright Pip Utton makes his Australian debut touring three of his most ground breaking  plays, illustrating history’s most notorious leaders.

“Terrifying, Searing, Transfixing. It is impossible to be anything other than totally absorbed” – The Scotsman

Utton’s award winning one-man-performances offer five-star theatrical portraits of German dictator Adolf Hitler and British prime ministers Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher.

A scene from Pip Utton's Churchill.A scene from Pip Utton’s Churchill.

Adolf is live theatre at its best, with themes and subjects that touch us all. It is powerful, dramatic challenging, divisive, illustrative and educational. It is utterly provocative and totally necessary. This production comes with a sting in its tail so powerful that it forces you to look within your own self as it plummets to the very source of racism and exposes how its influence lurks just below the surface of our own lives.

The tension rises in Playing Maggie as The Iron Lady steps aside from her lectern and addresses you directly. Now it is your turn. The real reason you have come to watch this show. Raise your hand and ask the questions that have burned you for years. Some answers will make your blood boil. Some will make you laugh. But every single answer will portray a level of honestly you won’t be able to escape.

A scene from Pip Utton's Playing Maggie.A scene from Pip Utton’s Playing Maggie.

A moment of magic is shared in Churchill as Big Ben chimes and strikes 13, a time when once a year for just over an hour, the statues of the greatest statesmen in Parliament Square, London, come to life once again.

In the current political climate, there’s been no better time to look back at history’s leaders – both good and bad – and see what their legacy has created.

This is the kind of theatre people talk about – it causes controversy everywhere it goes, and it is important that it is seen.

For tickets and venue details, click here.

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15:18

Dismay Over Democracy: Alternative Policies For 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia has sunk to many new lows in recent years. Professor Stuart Rees outlines some ideas for a kinder, fair go nation.

In the wake of Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the prospect of right wing successes in European elections and, in Australia, the rudderless Turnbull government, social analysts insist that citizens have lost faith in democracy.

In response to public dismay about capitalism and democracy, plus major political parties’ fear of an angry populism, Professor John Hewson has argued that the status quo should be thrown out and replaced by a complete policy re-think. I wrote a re-think analysis and submitted it to the Sydney Morning Herald who replied that they would not publish me, their disinterest seeming to reflect the assumption of mainstream press that the public is seldom interested in serious analyses.

Nevertheless, here for another readership is the re-think. It requires a reversal of the market-oriented convention that tinkering with an economy must precede efforts to build a just society: economy first, society later. A reversal of that way of thinking begins by emphasizing commitments to human rights and to social justice as catalysts for a vibrant economy.

 

The Consequences of Injustice

Sir Michael Marmot’s 2016 Boyer Lectures stressed the social and financial costs of injustice as illustrated by the links between ill health and crime, by the negative effects of poverty on early child development and by the formula – the fewer the years of education, the higher the risks of early death.

His perspectives on inequalities produce two policy priorities: the need to promote equal educational opportunities, hence the value of Gonski-type funding; and the need to defend and extend Medicare, not least by paying belated attention to mental and dental services.

Sir Michael repeated his concern about the limited life expectancy of Aboriginal people, the country-wide rates of youth suicide and the obscene rates of incarceration of Indigenous citizens. Each of those outcomes expresses violence. It is a violence defined by evidence of physical force, but also by a stifling of individuals’ opportunities for development.

Elder Kingie Ross, pictured in his humpy in the remote Utopian outstation of Irrultja.Elder Kingie Ross, pictured in his humpy in the remote Utopian outstation of Irrultja.

Australian politicians acknowledge the consequences of domestic violence and have supported the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sexual abuse of children, but there’s little evidence of thinking of Australia as a non-violent...

15:04

The New Australian Order: Moving Power From The Courts To Peter Dutton Doesn’t Just Harm Asylum Seekers "IndyWatch Feed National"

A new report shines a light on the growing powers of the Minister. When norms like the presumption of innocence are challenged, we all lose, writes Max Chalmers.

Imagine a neighbour accuses you of a crime. The police investigate and file charges. It’s a minor crime, the neighbour says you stole a lawnmower, but their anger spurs police to push ahead. Before the case is complete the police drop the charges; the lawnmower turns up at the back of the neighbour’s shed.

For an Australian citizen, that would be the end of the matter. For an asylum seeker living in the community as their application is processed, the same encounter could well result in an indefinite period behind bars.

Sparkke-shop

Since the Coalition government decided to start turning boats of asylum seekers back to sea – more or less regardless of the age, condition, or experiences of those on board – the composition of Australia’s onshore detention centres has changed.

New Zealanders are now the largest cohort in detention, mostly people who have fallen foul of Section 501 of the Migration Act, which allows the Minister for Immigration to cancel a visa on the basis of that elusive trait, “character”.

With people who have lived most of their lives in Australia being deported in significant numbers, the Minister’s discretion has drawn consistent attention and criticism. But far less discussed has been the impact of a law allowing the Minister to effectively preside over the lives of asylum seekers like an absent judge, second-guessing the actual judiciary.

new matilda, refugeeAsylum seekers, as captured in the documentary film ‘Chasing Asylum’.

The powers relate to people on bridging visas, those who arrived by boat and are now living in the community while waiting for their refugee claims to be assessed. When somebody in this position is charged with a crime, the Minister has the power to return them to detention as soon as the charges are laid.

That may sound benign, but thanks to a recent report from the Commonwealth Ombudsman, as well as the work of the volunteers and advocates who visit our detention centres, we know just how fraught, unfair, and ca...

15:03

To all 33rd class Australian Army Apprentices - 40th year since enlistment commences now! "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week marks the fortieth year since the 33rd class of Australian Army Apprentices marched in to Balcolmbe Barracks. Looking back at old mates and memories it's pretty clear that the Army Apprentices School really was home to the cream of Australia's youth. Trained hard, worked hard, played hard, done...

15:00

Droudis Trial, Part 8: My Eight Complaints "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Ayatollah (L), striking a pose by Mary W Maxwell, LLB I doubt very much if Amirah Droudis committed the crime. My guess is that a professional killer did it. For an amateur to have done it, it would surely have been courting immediate arrest. I feel really bad about criticizing this judge. Either I […]

14:44

The National Hoax: How Did Queensland Ever Fall For Australia Day? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

We’ll never have unity around January 26, argues Jeff McMullen. So it’s time to start talking about a new national day.

There is something absurd about celebrating Australia Day on January 26th. It’s even crazier in this important year when there is intense national debate about Treaties, Sovereignty and how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people want to be recognised.

Sparkke-shop

We pretend as a nation to care what our First People say and want, but since 1938 when Pearl Gibbs, Jack Patton, William Cooper and Bill Ferguson led the first Day of Mourning by Aboriginal people, it has been perfectly clear that most cannot and will not joyfully celebrate a day of dispossession.

The whole thing is a tragic hoax that began when Sydney wanted to assert its superiority over the rest of the country by commemorating the day the English fleet sailed through the Heads. I am surprised Queenslanders fell for it.

Eddie Mabo, photographed during his time in Townsville. In 1981 a land rights conference was held and Mr. Mabo made a speech to the audience where he explained the land inheritance system on Murray Island. This speech lead to a 10 year process which resulted in the High Court's historic decision to overturn the legal doctrine of Eddie Mabo, photographed during his time in Townsville. In 1981 a land rights conference was held and Mr. Mabo made a speech to the audience where he explained the land inheritance system on Murray Island. This speech lead to a 10 year process which resulted in the High Court’s historic decision to overturn the legal doctrine of “terra nullius”. Ca. 1970 (IMAGE: City Libraries Townsville, Local History Collection, Flickr)

Most of the country showed common sense for years by ignoring January 26th and it was not until 1994 that the whole country joined in this phony national holiday.

To choreograph a shallow display of unity and nationalism, somehow expecting the First People of this land to ignore the history and the enormous injustice, shows we have not yet matured. We need to set a lot of things right and be serious about unity.

Most of the First Peoples have long said that they want something better, a recognition of the land and its people, a history that is at least 2,000 generations old, not the few hundred years since the English Fleet.

Joy...

13:44

Barty powers into third round at Australian Open "IndyWatch Feed National"

ASHLEIGH Barty’s return to tennis is already a screaming success, last night sweeping into the third round of a grand slam for the first time. Barty set up her Australian Open round-three appearance with a convincing 7-5 6-1 win on over American Shelby Rogers. And she has a golden chance to make it into the fourth round, next facing German qualifier Mona Barthel, who upset Olympian champion Monica Puig. Barty returned to tennis early last year after a stint playing professional cricket, with the Australian Open her first major campaign since the 2014 US Open.

13:22

Why do the Left hate Trump so much? His song should be music to their ears. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The bloated elites of The Left and their banker/corporate parasites thrive on the status quo. Clinton/Gillard/Rudd/Obamas need an under-class. It's an awful truth, but with no victims to exploit, there's no role for them. Japan (a generation or two ago) and China have been ruthlessly efficient in educating and building...

12:20

Dole-bludgers, leaners and other neoliberal fantasies "IndyWatch Feed National"

These cuts are usually defended by the cultural construction of the ‘bludger’: a largely mythological figure who prefers a life on welfare over working and who needs to be discouraged from their idleness by the formulation of harsh laws surrounding the eligibility of Centrelink recipients, already struggling, in financial and emotional distress, far below the poverty line.

12:05

MRA says mine MoAs should be public and independently audited every year… "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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… so what are Philip Samar and MRA doing to make sure that happens? 

Freddy Mou | Loop PNG | 18 January 2017

The Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) is calling for an improvement on how revised mining projects Memorandum of Agreements (MoA) are administered.

MRA Managing Director Philip Samar made this call when presenting six revised MoAs to the Mining Minister Byron Chan on Monday.

The revised MoAs are for Hidden Valley, Tolukuma, Ok Tedi, Simberi and Sinivit. The only new mining project MoA is for Woodlark.

Samar said that there is definitely a need to improve on how these MOAs are administered.

“The negotiations, as difficult and challenging as they might be, is actually the easy part.

“The real challenge is, and has always been, for the various parties to these MOAs to fulfil and deliver on their various commitments.”

Samar added that the MRA is proposing that an open and transpa...

11:34

PNG Health Department to investigate allegations of expired drugs "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea  Health Department is now awaiting a full report from the Laloki Psychiatric Hospital on allegations that it received expired medical drugs from the Borneo Pacifica Pharmacy.

This was raised by the CEO of the Laloki Hospital, Dr Ludwig Nanawar last week. Deputy Health Secretary, Dr Paison DAKULALA says all medical pharmacies know the standard of drugs that should be distributed to hospitals and the Dept will now investigate the matter. PNGFM/PNG Today

11:20

GOILALA’s BIG VILLAGE OF RUPILA CAN RING OUT – PNGLOOP. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

They see it as giving a voice to the voiceless because for far too long, certain parts of Goilala have been off the telecommunication grid.
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Today, it was Rupila, a major village with an estimated population of 1,000, about 40km from Tapini station and situated closer to the border of Morobe Province.

Rupila is now the seventh major village in the district to have a VSAT, enabling locals access to telecommunication.

Not only that, but according to VSAT project owner Steven Clay, the project also rolls out national television stations – NBC and EM TV, on the same platform.

“This service now allows the villagers to call, access internet, and watch television also with the 42-inch screen TV provided with it,” he said.

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10:37

Total & Utter Bullshit!!! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Don't believe a word of this, it will get you killed. By the time the police get there it will be too late!


Shooting them will change their plans!

09:48

Brutal Indonesian Genocide Taking Place in West Papua – Corporate Media Silent "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

We Are Change

(TAM) If you need evidence that politicians and the mainstream media pick and choose which oppressive conflicts to cover in order to further geopolitical ambitions, you need only Google “West Papua.”

Ever heard of it? Have you ever been sitting at home watching CNN, BBC, or Fox News and heard the news anchor mention West Papua?

It’s strange that this oppression receives little to no media coverage considering a recent fact-finding mission conducted by the Brisbane Archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission reported that West Papua was experiencing a “slow motion genocide.” The report warned West Papua’s indigenous population is at risk of becoming “an anthropological museum exhibit of a bygone culture.”

When you learn what fuels the conflict in West Papua, it becomes clear why this issue receives hardly a blink from our peace-loving politicians and media establishment.

West Papua is home to one of the world’s largest gold mines (and third largest copper mine), known as the Grasberg Mine. Grasberg is majority-owned by the American mining firm Freeport McMoRan. It has reserves worth an estimated $100 billion, and the company is Indonesia’s biggest taxpayer.

Money and geopolitics usually beat out human rights. Since the Suharto dictatorship of Indonesia annexed West Papua in a 1969 U.N. referendum – largely viewed as a land grab – an estimated 500,000 West Papuans have been killed fighting to achieve independence.

Freeport McMoRan was given rights to Grasberg when the Indonesian government signed the right to extract mineral wealth from the site in 1967. In order to preserve this quite literal gold mine, the Indonesian military uses brute force against the local indigenous population. Benny Wenda, a native Papuan who has campaigned his whole life for independe...

09:33

Adding gelatin to an intermittent exercise program improves collagen synthesis and could play a beneficial role in injury prevention and tissue repair. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Am J Clin Nutr. 2017 Jan ;105(1):136-143. Epub 2016 Nov 16. PMID: 27852613 Abstract Title:  Vitamin C-enriched gelatin supplementation before intermittent activity augments collagen synthesis. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Musculoskeletal injuries are the most common complaint in active populations. More than 50% of all injuries in sports can be classified as sprains, strains, ruptures, or breaks of musculoskeletal tissues. Nutritional and/or exercise interventions that increase collagen synthesis and strengthen these tissues could have an important effect on injury rates.OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to determine whether gelatin supplementation could increase collagen synthesis.DESIGN: Eight healthy male subjects completed a randomized, double-blinded, crossover-design study in which they consumed either 5 or 15 g of vitamin C-enriched gelatin or a placebo control. After the initial drink, blood was taken every 30 min to determine amino acid content in the blood. A larger blood sample was taken before and 1 h after consumption of gelatin for treatment of engineered ligaments. One hour after the initial supplement, the subjects completed 6 min of rope-skipping to stimulate collagen synthesis. This pattern of supplementation was repeated 3 times/d with≥6 h between exercise bouts for 3 d. Blood was drawn before and 4, 24, 48, and 72 h after the first exercise bout for determination of amino-terminal propeptide of collagen I content.RESULTS: Supplementation with increasing amounts of gelatin increased circulating glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, and hydroxylysine, peaking 1 h after the supplement was given. Engineered ligaments treated for 6 d with serum from samples collected before or 1 h after subjects consumed a placebo or 5 or 15 g gelatin showed increased collagen content and improved mechanics. Subjects who took 15 g gelatin 1 h before exercise showed double the amino-terminal propeptide of collagen I in their blood, indicating increased collagen synthesis.CONCLUSION: These data suggest that adding gelatin to an intermittent exercise program improves collagen synthesis and could play a beneficial role in injury prevention and tissue repair. This trial was registered at the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry as ACTRN12616001092482.

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09:26

Mike Baird announces he will quit politics "IndyWatch Feed National"

NSW Premier Mike Baird. AAP Image/Joel Carrett

NSW Premier Mike Baird.
AAP Image/Joel Carrett

Mike Baird says the decision hasn’t been easy but it’s the right time for him to step down as the NSW premier.

‘It has taken a lot of deliberation – but I strongly believe it is the right decision. Really, there’s a couple of reasons for that. In my maiden speech, I spoke about wanting to come into public life to make a difference. I was frustrated by what I saw – a lack of action – and I was determined to try and get things done,’ said a visibly emotional Mr Baird.

‘After 10 years in public life, three years as Treasurer and three years as premier, I think now is the right time to do this,’ he told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.

‘Secondly, there is a strong personal cost that comes in public life.’

Mr Baird announced via Twitter just after 9am on Thursday that he was retiring from politics.

‘It’s been an honour to serve you, NSW,’ he tweeted.

’There is a strong personal cost that comes in public life. I’ve probably felt that more than any other time in the past few months.

‘My father and my mother and my sister are going through a very serious health challenge and, to be honest, at times I have been in pain not being able to spend the time that I should.’

Mr Baird said is leaving behind a great team which is going to do many more great things for the state.

Mr Baird touched on the economy, infrastructure, education and social welfare as his key legacies to the state.

‘The economy – remember what New South Wales was like? It was a basket case. It now has the strongest economic growth, it has got the strongest jobs growth, it has got the strongest and highest housing approvals in the nation, and the lowest unemployment rate.

‘Things that don’t happen by chance, but with a lot of hard work, and we were proud to do that,’ he said.

Mr Baird said he spent the summer reflecting on his decision to quit.

Mr Baird, who became premier in April 2014, said it was time to hand over the reins to a new premier for the state.

A new premier will be appointed next week.

Mr Baird’s sudden resignation comes two months after the Orange by-election loss was la...

09:22

NAIMA RICE PROJECT, SO WHATS IN IT FOR US? -LUKE POLOE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Naima rice project has for the second time refloated. Just what happened in the last five years since it was first mooted on the eve of 2012 Elections? A coincidence perhaps with the 2017 Elections only months away. Just why would the same investor want to do it the second time around? Perhaps for lucrative governments contracts after the elections instead of a rice project.

An insider told me he distributed brown envelopes to MPs on the eve of 2012 Elections by the same Investor. Politicians no doubt will deny this, but that is in their nature. This is how our world is spun amidst the chaos and lacklustre services that politicians provide. Business and politics provide that formidable combination that spins cash we can only ever dream of. Perhaps we should also demand our share of the spoils as, without our land, this partnership would cease to exist.

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Joko Soegiarto Tjandra, a fugitive in the Bank Bali corruption case, is suspected to have flown to Singapore from Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, an official at the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) said Wednesday. According to our information, Joko Tjandra is already in Singapore. However, the AGO is coordinating with the Foreign Ministry to trace Djoko’s whereabouts, deputy attorney general for special crimes Marwan Effe...

09:16

Australians want to take country back from the rich and powerful "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes The latest Ipsos survey corroborates the growing mountain of evidence that people are disillusioned with the existing political institutions and politicians...

The post Australians want to take country back from the rich and powerful appeared first on The Pen.

09:10

Freeport to Give Up Current Contract to Extend Indonesian Operations Beyond 2021 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Freeport to Give Up Current Contract to Extend Indonesian Operations Beyond 2021

Freeport Indonesia wants to swap its current contract-of-work with a special mining permit to extend its Indonesian operation beyond 2021. (Reuters Photo/Muhammad Yamin)

By : Rangga Prakoso | on 4:43 PM January 17, 2017
Category : Business, Corporate News, Featured

Jakarta. Freeport Indonesia, the local unit of United States mining giant Freeport McMoRan, has asked the Indonesian government to swap its current contract-of-work with a special mining permit as the miner races against time to secure an extension for exporting gold concentrates from Grasberg in Papua, Indonesia’s largest gold mine.

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resource last week issued a regulation that bars contract-of-work contractors from exporting mining concentrates starting from Jan. 12.

Contractors can only export concentrates once they acquire a special mining permit, the special mining business license (IUPK), the ministry said.

IUPK is one of a new series of licensing regimes to replace the work contracts of all miners that have been operating in Indonesia since the country revised its mining law in 2009.

"Freeport has conveyed to the government its intention to convert its current work contract into IUPK," Freeport spokesman Riza Pratama said on Monday (16/01).

The move marks a significant progress after months of negotiation between the government and Freeport ­ which had been looking for ways to ensure it can can extend its Indonesian operation beyond 2021, the deadline for its current contract of work.

The government is adamant that the only way Freeport could do that was by complying with the 2009 law, which apart from dropping the contract-of-work, also requires the miner to divest the majority of its shares to local investors and build a smelter in Indonesia to process raw mining ores.

Freeport had been reluctant on complying with the 2009 mining law, arguing that its contract-of-work, first signed in the 1960s, shield it from any change in domestic laws and taxation regimes.

Yet the prospect of losing a lot of cash from being unable to export concentrates seemed to force Freeport’s hand and leave it...

09:09

Evidence that humans and dinosaurs walked the earth…together! "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Ark Park and the yokels who visit it are made for each other. An article Louisville Magazine describes the awe and wonder the fake ark inspires in attendees.

Golly, someone said when the Ark came into view. Oh my goodness.

Four guys built that, another man said. Unbelievable, isn’t it?

Yep, sure is unbelievable. Here’s a photo of an early phase in the construction.

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One, two, three, many. Yes sir, four people made it.

Then there’s the point where visitors explain that gravity doesn’t exist.

Gravity has never been proven, because gravity is a large object attracted to a smaller object, and it’s never been seen. If gravity existed, a BB and a bowling ball should bump into each other. So you see how guys like Newton get caught in their own lies.

So, if I held a BB near, say, a big rock with a diameter of about 13,000 km, they would just hang there and not bump into each other? ‘k.

The reporter asked Georgia Purdom a rather fundamental question: why?

“So why an Ark?” I said. “Why build it at all?”

We want people to see that the Bible is true, Purdom said. Just as there was a judgement in Noah’s day, there’s another judgment coming, and those who don’t know Jesus Christ as their personal savior will spend eternity in hell.

Such nice people.

But really, my favorite part is where he asked Andrew Snelling for evidence that dinosaurs and people lived at the same time. Easy, he claims.

Purdom introduced me to geologist Andrew Snelling, who followed Ken Ham to the U.S. from Australia and for the last nine years has been the director of research for Answers in Genesis. I said,
“There were dinosaurs on the Ark, right?” Snelling nodded. Right.
“Then why aren’t there dinosaurs today?”

Dinosaurs went extinct after they left the Ark. After the Flood, we had the Ice Age. We had a radically different world. Some creatures weren’t able to adapt. But most cultures in the world have some legend about dragons, and these dragons are actually a good description of dinosaurs. The Chinese, for example — their dragons are depicted on scr...

08:56

Regular peanut consumption improved cerebrovascular and cognitive function. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Nutr Neurosci. 2016 Jul 7:1-8. Epub 2016 Jul 7. PMID: 27386745 Abstract Title:  Cerebrovascular and cognitive benefits of high-oleic peanut consumption in healthy overweight middle-aged adults. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: Peanuts contain bioactive nutrients beneficial for vascular function. This study investigated whether consumption of unsalted peanuts (with skins) would enhance cerebrovascular perfusion and cognitive performance.METHOD: In a randomized crossover trial, 61 volunteers (29 males/32 females, 65 ± 7 years, BMI 31 ± 4 kg/m(2)) consumed their habitual diet ± high-oleic peanuts (56-84 g/day), each for 12 weeks. Nutrient intakes, vascular and cognitive function were assessed at baseline and at the end of each 12-week phase. Differences between the ends of each phase were compared by general linear repeated measures ANOVA controlling for baseline. Pearson's correlation analyses determined relationships between differences in cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) and cognitive function.RESULTS: Intakes of bioactive nutrients increased during the peanut phase. CVR was 5% greater in the left middle cerebral artery (MCA) and 7% greater in the right MCA. Small artery elasticity was 10% greater after peanut consumption; large artery elasticity and blood pressure did not differ between phases. Measures of short-term memory, verbal fluency, and processing speed were also higher following the peanut phase; other cognitive measures did not change. Differences in CVR in the left MCA correlated with differences in delayed memory and recognition.DISCUSSION: Regular peanut consumption improved cerebrovascular and cognitive function; increased intakes of bioactive nutrients may have mediated these improvements. This clinical trial was registered with the Australian Clinical Trials Registry (ACTRN 12612000192886).

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08:38

Six in custody over huge $60m cocaine haul "IndyWatch Feed National"

$60 million worth of cocaine on display during a Victorian Joint Organised Crime Taskforce conference to announce the results of a major multi-agency operation, which has resulted in the arrest of six men in Melbourne and Queensland, at AFP Melbourne Office, Wednesday, Jan.18, 2017. Six men have been arrested in connection to an alleged plan to use an ex-Japanese whaling vessel to import more than $60 million worth of cocaine. (AAP Image)

$60 million worth of cocaine on display during a Victorian Joint Organised Crime Taskforce conference to announce the results of a major multi-agency operation, which has resulted in the arrest of six men in Melbourne and Queensland, at AFP Melbourne Office, Wednesday, Jan.18, 2017. Six men have been arrested in connection to an alleged plan to use an ex-Japanese whaling vessel to import more than $60 million worth of cocaine. (AAP Image)

Six men accused of trying to smuggle $60 million of cocaine into Australia in an ex-Japanese whaling vessel are behind bars after police raids in two states.

The six appeared in courts in Queensland and Melbourne on Wednesday after being arrested and accused of trying to import 186kg of cocaine that was seized from a 50-metre former commercial vessel on December 12.

The alleged syndicate had been under surveillance for around a year before the boat was intercepted in international waters near Hobart on December 12, police said.

Four of the accused, Omer Tok, 39, Mohamed Kaddour, 47, Christopher Peroulis, 48, and Youssif Tawfik, 25, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court charged with attempting to import a commercial quantity of cocaine and were remanded in custody until May.

The court was told they suffered a variety of ailments.

In Queensland, Vasilious (Bill) Triantafilopoulos appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court where an order was made to extradite him to Melbourne.
Moshey Youkhana will also be extradited to Melbourne after he faced the Southport Magistrates Court.

Ten men, who were found on board the boat, nine Chinese and one Singaporean, were charged last year over cocaine haul.

 

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07:48

Crowded Bilbao streets and the call for the repatriation of Basque political prisoners "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero I remember just a few years ago witnessing a  march for political prisoners in Bilbao. Marching were families and friends who...

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07:10

Conservation’s best kept secret (database) "IndyWatch Feed National"

There are only 200 southern warrus left. Warru is the wonderfully Australian name for the black-footed (or black-flanked) rock wallaby, whose southern subspecies – Petrogale lateralis lateralis – lies perilously close to extinction. Since 2011, conservationists working with the Monarto Zoo have successfully released 23 captive-born individuals back into the wild, giving the southern warru a chance for survival. But the success of this conservation mission has depended in part on an NGO thousands of miles away, in the U.S. state of Minnesota, that stores data collected on the warrus, including which wallaby should mate with which, given their low genetic diversity. [caption id="attachment_192486" align="alignright" width="396"] A curious warru, or black-footed rock-wallaby. Photo credit: Thomas Schoch, Wikipedia[/caption] Species360 is one of conservation’s best-kept secrets. Founded in 1974, this NGO runs an internet-based software known as ZIMS or Zoological Information Management Systems, which aggregates and shares data on animals in zoos and aquariums around the world. In all, the group – which recently changed its name from the International Species Information System, or ISIS, for obvious reasons – has hundreds of millions of records on 6.8 million animals in 21,000-plus species. “We don’t believe anyone else has even a fraction of this amount of data on wild or captive species,” Jim Guenter, the CEO of Species360, said. “Some of this data is very structured. Some of it is unstructured like images, notes and comments. Some of this data we are able to aggregate, assess, visualize and provide back to our members in very useful…

07:00

My Walk to Equality – voices of wisdom, optimism and hope "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

My Walk to Equality CoverTRISH NICHOLSON

My Walk to Equality, edited by Rashmii Amoah Bell, Pukpuk Publications, 278 pages. Paperback $US10.53 or Kindle $US1.00. ISBN-10: 1542429242. ISBN-13: 978-1542429245. Available here from Amazon

MY Walk to Equality is a remarkable achievement. Not only as Papua New Guinea’s first anthology of women writers but also for its inclusiveness, breadth of vision and balance.

The 45 writers of these 81 stories, essays and poems originate from many different parts of PNG and its islands.

Their day-jobs include aircraft mechanic, nurse, educator, lawyer, home producer, student and administrator.

They write as mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, friends and neighbours as well as professionals in their respective fields.

Equally diverse are the topics addressed: from village childhoods to competitive urban employment, taking leadership initiatives and engaging in inter-nation events.

The reader is cleverly guided through this rich feast by the anthology’s structure of four main themes: relationships, self-awareness, challenging gender roles and legacies.

The writing sparkles with originality and imagination.

But perhaps most remarkably, My Walk to Equality projects something few books of women’s writing manage to do so well: a clear understanding that gender equality is not simply a women’s issue – it is a complex societal problem that requires attention to male as well as female needs in rapidly changing times.

Among the prose and poetry are moving protests against the physical and psychological abuse so many women in villages and cities contend with...

06:02

1) A matter of principles "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


2) Greenpeace’s ‘Dirty Bankers’ Report Accuses HSBC of Funding Deforestation in Indonesia
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1) A matter of principles
The ‘five crazy principles’ and a rising challenge for Indonesia’s ideology
BRADLEY WOOD
Recent reports of a suspension of military cooperation between Indonesia and Australia were wildly exaggerated, but they emphasise the importance of proper intercountry linguistic, cultural and political understanding, Bradley Wood writes.
...

06:00

First in class: PNG student migration to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

School supplies (Flickr/The Wizard CC BY-NC 2.0)Many have commented on the stubbornly low number of Pacific islanders coming to Australia. The tiny number of Papua New Guineans is particularly egregious even by Pacific standards. There are more people of Samoan descent in Australia than there are of PNG descent.

But there are signs this may be changing, at least when it comes to students. This blog post last year documented international student commencements in Australia for the Pacific and PNG between 2002 and 2016 (Chart 1). The numbers from the Pacific are stagnant, except for PNG, where student commencements grew from 2,800 in 2002 to 7,600 in 2015.

Chart 1: International student commencements in Australia – Pacific citizenship – 2002-15

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06:00

Why organisations like DFAT and UNDP are so pathetic "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Foreign_aid_chain_of_lossPHIL FITZPATRICK

I GOT my first lesson in lateral thinking and innovation from Ross Allen, the Assistant District Commissioner at Mount Hagen in 1967-68.

Ross was one of those people who was difficult to categorise. On the one hand he frowned on my habit of wearing suede, elastic sided, desert boots and rolled down walk socks instead of polished brogues, but on the other hand, especially where it mattered, he had decidedly liberal views.

The lesson came in his innovative use of district development funds. On his advice I applied for funds to build a road that I had already completed using free kalabus labour and help from the local villagers who would benefit from its construction. They had done the job with simple spades and shovels.

When the funds arrived we bought a Massey Ferguson 135 tractor and trailer. This was despite the fact that the funds were earmarked for labour, not capital expenditure.

With the help of that little tractor, we built and maintained a few more roads. Later, using the same formula, we secured two more tractors.

The District Commissioner knew exactly what we were doing but looked the other way. He had probably taught Ross these techniques in the first place.

This kind of lateral thinking and innovation was not uncommon in pre-independent Papua New Guinea. Just about every kiap worth his salt maintained a ‘slush’ fund with which to do good works.

This fund was generally tucked away in the back of the station safe. It comprised money from diverse sources.

Money saved by bringing projects in under budget was never given back. Other funds came from things like ‘unofficial’ entrepreneurial endeavours like back-loading empty charter aircraft with vegetables from the station garden. These were sold in the district headquarters.

...

05:39

West Papua: The Genocide That Is Being Ignored by The World "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

If you need evidence that politicians and the mainstream media pick and choose which oppressive conflicts to cover in order to further geopolitical ambitions, you need only Google “West Papua.” Ever heard of it? Have you ever been sitting at home watching CNN, BBC, or Fox News and heard the news anchor mention West Papua? […]

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05:19

The Genocide That Is Being Ignored by The World "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By The Anti-Media

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By Darius Shahtahmasebi

If you need evidence that politicians and the mainstream media pick and choose which oppressive conflicts to cover in order to further geopolitical ambitions, you need only Google “West Papua.”

Ever heard of it? Have you ever been sitting at home watching CNN, BBC, or Fox News and heard the news anchor mention West Papua?

It’s strange that this oppression receives little to no media coverage considering a recent fact-finding mission conducted by the Brisbane Archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission reported that West Papua was experiencing a “slow motion genocide.” The report warned West Papua’s indigenous population is at risk of becoming “an anthropological museum exhibit of a bygone culture.”

When you learn what fuels the conflict in West Papua, it becomes clear why this issue receives hardly a blink from our peace-loving politicians and media establishment.

West Papua is home to one of the world’s largest gold mines (and third largest copper mine), known as the Grasberg Mine. Grasberg is majority-owned by the American mining firm Freeport McMoRan. It has reserves worth an estimated $100 billion, and the company is Indonesia’s biggest taxpayer.

Money and geopolitics usually beat out human rights. Since the Suharto dictatorship of Indonesia annexed West Papua in a 1969 U.N. referendum – largely viewed as a land grab – an estimated 500,000 West Papuans have been killed fighting to...

The Genocide That Is Being Ignored by The World "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

death

by Darius Shahtahmasebi

If you need evidence that politicians and the mainstream media pick and choose which oppressive conflicts to cover in order to further geopolitical ambitions, you need only Google “West Papua.”

Ever heard of it? Have you ever been sitting at home watching CNN, BBC, or Fox News and heard the news anchor mention West Papua?

It’s strange that this oppression receives little to no media coverage considering a recent fact-finding mission conducted by the Brisbane Archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission reported that West Papua was experiencing a “slow motion genocide.” The report warned West Papua’s indigenous population is at risk of becoming an anthropological museum exhibit of a bygone culture.”

When you learn what fuels the conflict in West Papua, it becomes clear why this issue receives hardly a blink from our peace-loving politicians and media establishment.

West Papua is home to one of the world’s largest gold mines (and third largest copper mine), known as the Grasberg Mine. Grasberg is majority-owned by the American mining firm Freeport McMoRan. It has reserves worth an estimated $100 billion, and the company is Indonesia’s biggest taxpayer.

Money and geopolitics usually beat out human rights. Since the Suharto dictatorship of Indonesia annexed West Papua in a 1969 U.N. referendum – largely viewed as a land grab – an estimated 500,000 West Papuans have been killed fighting to achieve independence.

Freeport McMoRan was given rights to Grasberg when the Indonesian government signed the right to extract mineral wealth from...

05:00

Government is so corrupt it neglects its own highlands highway "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Highway problems 1PETER S KINJAP

THE O'Neill-Dion Government has secured a loan amounting to K6 billion from Exim Bank of China to fix the Okuk Highlands Highway.

This great highway is a lifeline for much of the economy of Papua New Guinea. It serves provinces that contribute massively to the country.

Just a few days ago, we learned that the Wandi section of the deteriorating highway in Simbu Province had been fixed by businessman Jacob Luke of Mapai Transport Ltd.

If he had not acted, the road would have become almost impassable, like in this photo of another section of the highlands highway.

Heavy trucks struggle to get through PNG’s major arterial route which is getting worse each day.

There are some serious questions the people of Papua New Guinea need to ask the government.

Why it did not act quickly to resolve the Wandi road calamity while spending K11 million on Hela security operations? Where is the loan of K6 billion received to fix the road?

There is a promise that Grade 12 students will be accepted into the new Western Pacific University in Ialibu. Is this still happening?

The chairman of the APEC forum committee announces there is no money to complete the APEC complex yet we see the government telling the international community it will be delivered on time.

And what is the logic of saying APEC will bring economic benefits while the highlands highway is deteriorating?

PNG! There is a high level well coordinated "legalized corruption" is in Papua New Guinea now and this Government is behind it.

If we are not going to change the current thread of the way we are going, the country is going to fail. The economy will collapse.......

04:35

Ray Hadley and Islam are direct threats to our implied right to freedom of speech "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 8 November 2016, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights was directed to enquire into whether the operation of Part IIA of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (including sections 18C and 18D) imposes unreasonable restrictions on freedom of speech - here are the full terms of reference. The...

02:26

After 3 Years, MH370 Search Ends With No Plane, Few Answers "IndyWatch Feed National"

| 17 Jan 2017 | After nearly three years, the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended in futility and frustration Tuesday, as crews completed their deep-sea search of a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean without finding a trace of the plane. The Joint Agency Coordination Center in Australia, which has helped lead the […]

02:17

CBS News Ben Swann Does a “Reality Check” on Pizzagate "IndyWatch Feed National"

His conclusion? JUST LIKE HAMPSTEAD- no real investigation into the allegations has EVER BEEN DONE. Just the accused and their supporters claiming the allegations are false. Of course, considering what we DO KNOW- we can pretty much assume that they are liars doing what EVERY criminal does- claim they are innocent while trying to cover their tracks…

01:20

Digital Asset’s New Challenger: DLT Disillusionment "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Digital Asset Holdings work with the Australian Securities Exchange resulted in some unhappy stakeholders, but it’s all just a part of the process, according to parties involved.

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01:18

Who needs men? Female shark reproduces without males after years alone "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Who needs men? A female shark separated from her long-term mate has developed the ability to have babies on her own. Leonie the zebra shark (Stegostoma fasciatum) met her male partner at an aquarium in Townsville, Australia, in 1999. They had more than two dozen offspring together before he was moved to another tank in 2012. From then on, Leonie did not have any male contact. But in early 2016, she had three baby sharks. Intrigued, Christine Dudgeon at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and her colleagues began fishing for answers.

00:15

The Australian Government doesn't only wreck asylum seeker lives on Manus and Nauru - it tosses away billions of taxpayer dollars in the process "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


The Turnbull Government (like the Abbott government before it) once again demonstrates why it is unfit to govern……

ABC News, 17 January 2017:

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has been accused of mismanaging offshore detention centre contracts, with an independent audit alleging more than $1 billion was spent over the last four years without proper authorisation.

A report from Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) detailed "significant shortcomings" in the management of contracts for security and welfare services on Manus Island and Nauru.
It cited $2.3 billion in payments made between September 2012 and April 2016, which it stated were not authorised or recorded correctly.

"$1.1 billion was approved by DIBP officers who did not have the required authorisation and for the remaining $1.1 billion there was no departmental record of who authorised the payments," it stated.

The report further stated that contract variations totalling more than $1 billion were made without a documented assessment of value for money.

The Immigration Department disagreed with the claim that some payments were not appropriately authorised.

However, a response from Jenet Connell, the department's chief operating officer, acknowledged the lack of documentary evidence around the payments and cited plans to "further embed improvements"....

Wednesday, 18 January

21:09

Woman plays dead to stop rogue kangaroo attack in Melbourne, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A 54-year-old woman named Debbie Urquhart has shared that she needed to play dead to stop a rogue kangaroo from viciously attacking her. The animal attack took place while she was jogging along a running track in Melbourne's northeast at about 6AM on Jan.14. The incident happened just 500m from her Templestowe home in Melbourne's northeast. She has recalled that she was kicked by a kangaroo repeatedly. The woman said she was left with no other option but to fake her death. Urquhart managed to jog her way home after the attack. She was rushed to the hospital, where she received 35 stitches in her arm, shoulder and buttocks. Urquhart shared that the animal has ripped her to pieces. "I was trying to crawl away. He left me for a bit and I thought he was going to come back and kill me," she told Manningham Leader.

20:53

IBS gets University status "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Institute of Business Studies (IBS) is now a University as it has gained approval by the  Papua New Guinea Government on the 1st of December 2016.

The Founder and Chairman for IBS University, Sir Mick Nades said during a press conference yesterday that “it has taken 28 years of visionary driven commitment and hard work to reach this very important milestone in the IBS journey.”

It is timely that IBS received this University status when it is introducing its own Bachelor Degree Programmes for the first time this year.
“We have found the inner core of our vision, to enrich lives through world class education, training and research. And to enrich lives, our focus has shifted from ‘teacher centered learning’ to ‘student centered learning’ in 2016. Indeed this transformation will guide us towards becoming an innovative university in the South Pacific,” Sir Nades said.

Among its list of achievements for the last 18 years, IBS has been running the Southern Cross Degree Program; UPNGs Diploma in Accounting Program and Deakin University’s MBA Program.
“The Office of Higher Education has offered over 400 scholarships-100 each for the four degree programs and the governments degree program is below K5, 000 whereas the Southern Cross degree program is over K24, 000 and K14, 400 for IBS self sponsored students,” Sir Nades added.
Meanwhile, the new IBS University buildings located at Mt. Ereama will be opened around April this year depending on the construction work currently being done. PNGFM/PNG Today

20:47

Two people dead in fatal road accident in Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A fatal vehicle accident has occurred this morning in Port Moresby where 2 people  were killed instantly  while 3 were admitted to hospital  with critical injury after a Hino truck with gravel belonging to POM Stones Limited lost control of its brakes and smashed into a red 5th element vehicle at the Kone round about in Port Moresby.

According to an eye witness, Mal Luma, the truck was in a high speed and lost control of its brakes while attempting to turn the corner of the Kone roundabout when it dented two cabs and fell onto a Red 5th Element Vehicle.

Another eye witness Pandai Poko who was at the scene said that the truck was at the Laws road and was heading down when it lost its control of its brakes.

Poko said because of the load of gravel, the driver of the truck attempted to avoid hitting two vehicles when it under estimated its balance and fell onto the Red 5th Element.
Poko added that the driver of the truck attempted to escape but was caught by the public and handed over to the police.

Meanwhile, Police and fire fighters arrived at the scene to ensure the safety of the crash site for other motorists. PNGFM/PNG Today

20:41

Better discipline for Uniforce : Says new head "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The position of university security personnel on the UPNG campus is paramount not only to securing school property but also ensuring the lives of the student body are protected.
This can be achieved via the proper upholding of their uniforce code of conduct, and maintaining discipline.
That’s the word from the new chief of security of UPNG, Mr Matthew Kipott during his official inauguration ceremony this morning.
It is understood that Mr Kipott comes with 45plus years experience in the disciplined forces which he aims to utilize in getting the best out of the security personnel at UPNG.
“It is my aim to encourage more training for the security personnel to bring our force to that of the level of professional corporate security.”
“In saying so, we will endeavour to uphold the restoration of discipline, commitment and efficiency.”
Mr Kipott further added that although the university security force is not in itself a professional security firm, its reputation can be restored through cooperation and any form of undiscipline will not be tolerated.
Meanwhile, this newsroom has been informed that the current standard of security on campus is the one to uphold and it will remain strict as it is to ensure both students and staff access services on campus without hindrance. PNGFM/PNG Today

20:37

PNG Electoral Commission reverts to Traditional metal boxes "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission has decided to revert to using metal ballot boxes in the 2017 National Elections.
In 2012, it ordered 30,000 transparent ballot boxes from China, replacing the metal ones, which has been traditional election item in the country.
But Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato says the PNG Electoral Commission is reverting to using metal ballot boxes.
The Commission will be ordering 20,000 metal ballot boxes from local manufacturer Barlow Industry.
The metal ballot boxes will be used in the highlands region while the plastic boxes will be used in the coastal areas.
In total the electoral commission will be distributing 2 million general and sensitive materials nationwide, weighing up to 55 tonnes.
Mr Gamato said he will be meeting with the Australian High Commissioner this week to see how the Australian Defence Force can assist in these elections, meanwhile all training manuals for polling and counting officials and scrutineers have been finalised for print.
Some 45,000 temporary electoral workers will be engaged for the exercise, most of whom will be public servants
NBC News PNG

20:30

ADB Looking to Further Strengthen Papua New Guinea Engagement "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Government and ADB are nearing completion of a funding arrangement that fix the Highlands Highway as a long-term permanent solution.
Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, met with Mr. Won-Mok Choi, the Asian Development Bank’s Executive Director for Papua New Guinea, and Minister for Works and Implementation, Hon. Francis Awesa MP. in Port Moresby this week to discuss the arrangement.
This is a partnership that will advance crucial road infrastructure in our country for which the Prime Minister said full details will be announced in the coming days, and the executive director for ADB in Papua New Guinea will finalise talks with government.
“We are upgrading the Highlands Highway to international standard, and we are implementing strategies to deal with extreme weather that causes damage.
“Work is already scheduled to begin on crucial parts of the Highlands Highway in the coming weeks, and this will further contribute to long-term positive outcomes for the highway,” the Prime Minister said.
“There is much more that we can do to strengthen our national infrastructure, particularly our National Highways.
“Following decades of neglect, we are bringing our road network back to life.
“We are restoring these vital arteries so that people can get goods to market, and people can travel for work, study and family reunions.
“The Highlands Highway is an important part of our national road network, considering the millions of people it services, but so too are other national highways of vital significance.
“We will continue to rebuild damaged roads, and build new roads where they have not existed before.
“Our country is changing and the number of roads that are appearing, and the places that are being connected, continues to expand.”
The Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to Mr. Choi for the ADB’s work in Papua New Guinea and around the region.
“I would like to thank the ADB for its efforts to date to help us to build the road network infrastructure that this country needs for today and into the future.
“In my discussion today with Mr. Choi, it is clear that the ADB is interested in expanding its engagement in Papua New Guinea.
“Potential new projects are now being discussed with the Minister Awesa, and further announcements will be made at the appropriate time.
“As the ADB celebrates its 50th year of operation, I expect that its partnership with Papua New Guinea, and other Pacific nations, will continue to strengthen long into the future....

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