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The make-believe that Beijing would eventually embrace Western values is over
Updated Dec. 12, 2017 5:40 a.m. ET
SHANGHAIFor decades, the relationship between China and the West rested on illusion and pretense.
Western politicians fooled themselves into thinking that the Chinese system, centrally directed and authoritarian, would in time resemble their own, open and democratic.
For its part, China camouflaged its global ambitions. Obeying Deng Xiaopings maxim to hide our capabilities and bide our time, it built itself into a manufacturing colossus and the worlds largest trader, amassed hard military power and projected soft influence, sometimes covert and bought with cash.
This game of make-believe is winding down.
Last weeks trip to China by Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister whose father engineered his countrys opening to the Peoples Republic, will likely go down as one of the last in a series of largely futile Western efforts to shape Chinas rise by encouraging its adoption of liberal Western ideas. He arrived with plans to open talks on a progressive free-trade agreement that stresses gender equality, labor protections and environmental rights. He was politely shown the door.
At the same time, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was underscoring a new era of realism. With China in mind, he introduced legislation to limit foreign interference in the countrys political life. The impact has been swift: On Tuesday, Labor party senator Sam Dastyari pledged to resign amid an uproar over his links to a real-estate billionaire affiliated with the Communist Party.
Australia exemplifies both the advantages and potential hazards of a more hard-nosed approach to China.
Some predict a new Cold War. Thats possible, if Western disillusion gives rise to such strong anti-China sentiment that it derails ties.......
How many people do you know who have died mysteriously or of a bizarre suicide, or have been beaten to death or murdered in a hail of bullets, how about someone who committed suicide by shooting themselves in the back of the head? For most of us the answer is none, but if you are Bill and Hillary Clinton, the answer to that question is at least 56 - and possibly more. The Clinton dead pool list has grown extensively over the years and we have a new 'suicide' to add to the list.
Philippine Star December 12, 2017
A member of Philippine Navy loads bullets for a machine gun
during a bilateral maritime exercise in June 2014. AP/Noel Celis,
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines Security against cross-border kidnapping and piracy in waters shared by Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines will be boosted when more joint patrols, which could include Australia and the US, are launched next year.
Around $5 trillion in commercial cargo passes through the waters, which needs to be better secured against abductions and hijacking by groups affiliated with the Abu Sayyaf group.
R.Adm. Rene Medina, commander of Naval Forces Western Mindanao, said the trilateral patrols with Malaysia and Indonesia in border waters have drawn more attention from the Australian and US navies, which have indicated interest in participating.
Medina said the Philippine Navy held joint patrols with the Royal Malaysian Navy and Indonesian Navy late November. He said that arrangement will continue under the Trilateral Cooperative Agreement among the three countries.
The Philippine Navy also held drills with the Royal Australian Navy along the southern border in late November. Medina said he and his Australian counterpart have discussed holding joint patrols aside from maritime exercises.
The US Navy was also talking with us on how they can come up or join in the area with regards to bilateral patrol, Medina said. Roel Pareo
The Australian government quietly introduced the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill 2017 to the Senate on Wednesday. If enacted, the bill will extend the scope of Australias copyright safe harbours - very slightly.
Safe harbours protect internet hosts and platform providers from monetary liability for copyright-infringing content posted or shared by their users. For example, if you post the latest Thor movie to YouTube, YouTube wont be responsible for copyright infringement if it takes down that video. In Australia, we only extend this protection to internet services providers, not general purpose websites.
This matters because technology firms rely on limits to liability to manage their risks. Companies like Facebook or YouTube, which host millions of pieces of user content, would face serious difficulty starting in Australia because our laws on copyright infringement are so strict.
This article is by Kylie Pappalardo, from Queensland University of Technology and was originally published on The Conversation. It is republished here under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Derivative Licence (CC-BY-ND). See the original article.
The new legislation is a step in the right direction, but it doesnt go far enough to create an environment that fosters Australian innovation.
Excluding platforms from safe harbours doesnt make much difference to tech giants like YouTube and Facebook, since they already operate within the United States safe harbours. But it does discourage Australian tech start-ups from the chance to experiment in a reduced-risk environment.
It is not just the US with broader copyright safe harbours than Australia - jurisdictions around the world extend safe harbours to internet intermediaries beyond ISPs.
The European Union, fo...
12 December 2017
More than 16,000 Australians are being diagnosed with cancer each year because of risky behaviour and habits, and at a greater rate than any other country, new research has found.
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institutes Professor David Whiteman said while many cancers were inevitable, his study found 40 per cent of cancer deaths were preventable.
A lot of those cancers that are occurring at high rates in Australia are ones that are directly due to the lifestyle that many of us choose to lead, Professor Whiteman said.
So what are Australians doing that is killing us?
The eight lifestyle factors to avoid are:
Thousands of supporters of the Opposition Alliance filled the streets of Honduras this morning as part of a national movement to protest the irregularities surrounding the presidential elections.Presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla
Citizens erected roadblocks around the capitals main highways, preventing traffic from continuing, while others marched the streets, demanding an end to the crisis. The demonstration continued until military police appeared on the scene and forced the protesters to disperse.
Social and political groups called for a national movement Sunday to denounce corruption and fraud in the U.S. and the Organization of American States (OAS).
A delegation of popular social organizations also took advantage of the movement to protest the hundreds of human rights violations in the country. There have been 16 killings, more than 620 people injured as well as dozens of arrests since the protests began, Human Rights Defender, Tomas Andino said.
Similar peaceful demonstrations have erupted across the nation drawing thousands to the streets with protesters declaring they will not rest until the true results of the presidential elections are released and the public has true electoral transparency.
People collectively know that negotiations here take place in the United States Embassy. Thats why people are very upset, because wh...
Ex-detainees request to take a stand during end
of year holiday events and bring to the forefront the forgotten
people in our community being tortured, refouled and abused by the
Australian government while mainstream Australia celebrates this
festive season. Statement by RISE eX-detainee
Originally published by Rise.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.
Read all our reports about refugees on Manus; here.
AFP | The deal values Australias Westfield at US$24.7 billion
Tuesdays announcement comes as mall operators embark on a consolidation drive as they face increasingly tough competition from online shopping sites such as Amazon, which this month launched in Australia.
Westfields share price is down about 10 percent in 2018.
The acquisition of Westfield is a natural extension of Unibail-Rodamco?s strategy of concentration, differentiation and innovation, Christophe Cuvillier, chief executive officer of Unibail-Rodamco, said.
It adds a number of new attractive retail markets in London and the wealthiest catchment areas in the United States.
We believe that this transaction represents a compelling opportunity for both companies to realise benefits not available to each company on a standalone basis, and creates a strong and attractive platform for future growth.
The statement said the proposal had been unanimously recommended by Westfields board of directors and Unibail-Rodamcos supervisory board.
Unibail-Rodamco is Europes largest commercial landlord and the purchase comes as it offloads smaller assets in Europe to focus on bigger shopping centres, which are likely to be better suited to fending off the march of e-commerce giants.
Bloomberg News contributed to this story
Shopping-Mall Operator Westfield Agrees to Takeover Bid Valuing It at $15.7 Billion
Deal would offer Westfield shareholders a combination of cash and shares
Sydney: Prominent Australian opposition senator Sam Dastyari said on Tuesday he would resign from parliament after a series of allegations emerged about his links with Chinese aligned interests in Australia.
Relations between Australia and China have become strained since Canberra announced last week it would ban foreign political donations as part of a crackdown aimed at preventing external influence in domestic politics. In announcing the ban, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull specifically singled out China, citing disturbing reports about Chinese influence.
China hit back, with the ruling Communist Partys official Peoples Daily describi...
He said more crimes committed recently involved criminals who have been arrested by police but were released but continued doing the same mistakes again.
Barker added that most crimes in the country have been perpetrated by a relatively small number of people.
Take the latest armed hold ups in normally peaceful Milne Bay that sadly caused a fatality last week.
It seems to have been caused by a small gang, whose ring leader has been arrested before, and even jailed, but each time, he is released by the police or escaped from Jail.
Meantime, Samarai Murua MP, Leonard Isi Henry, raised this issue last week in Parliament asking the Police Minister Jelta Wong, to address the issue once and for all.
Minister Wong responded and told Parliament that the police are doing its best and the suspects will be apprehended soon....
Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel, said the Government is confident in delivering to the people through these reforms.
Abel said some of these reform initiatives are aimed at reducing inefficiencies, rebasing the size and function of the public service, and re-aligning public sector functions and responsibilities to avoid duplication of roles and responsibilities.
The reforms include:
This is the paper that I presented at the Related Histories: Studying the Family conference, held at the National Library of Australia on 29 November 2017. If youre interested in knowing more, Caitlin Adams from Macquarie University has written a review of the Related Histories conference. Abstract Since the 1990s, the field of Chinese Australian history has been
Nationwide Microbank Limited (MiBank) has appointed Paul Nindipa as a Director of MiBank. Nindipa is a partner with NKA Chartered Accountants, and is currently on the Boards of Comrade Trustee Services Limited and the National Roads Authority.
IT entrepreneur and software developer Samson Korawali has been appointed Chief Technology Officer at GoFood PNG, a Port Moresby-based online and phone order and food delivery service.
The new Deputy Director General of the Forum Fisheries Agency is New Zealander, Matthew Hooper, who takes over from Wez Norris mid-January. Hooper was raised in Tokelau Islands and was involved with the NZ Governments Treaty of Waitangi negotiations with Maori tribes to enable a Maori fisheries management plan to be incorporated within the overall New Zealand fisheries management.
The post People moves: MiBank, GoFood PNG, Forum Fisheries Agency appeared first on Business Advantage PNG.
Hawkins told a resources conference in Port Moresby last month that there have been persistent doubts about whether PNG can host events.
Every time we have had that scepticism, it has been proven wrong.
It raises the profile of the nation and of the country.
Business people who are not aware of PNG before will be more aware.
Hawkins said foreign direct investment will increase as a result of the APEC meeting. He said governments will bring in K200 million for the meeting.
Business people who are not aware of PNG before will be more aware. It is a legacy that lasts well beyond the meeting.
Hawkins said some of the logistical challenges will be simpler in Port Moresby than they have been in other, larger cities.
We are not a big, sprawling metropolis. We dont have to have a big motorcade to deal with and a large population. It is an uncomplicated road network.
Hawkins said there will need to be 500-600 hotel rooms and cruise ships will house other delegates. It will also be necessary to upgrade parking spaces at the a...
Treasury Minister Charles Abel has outlined details of the US$500 million loan agreement between the government and Credit Suisse bank, which will see the last tranche of US$190 million released, when legislative requirements are met.
Abel said the initial US$310 million loan was used to finance the national bridge program, national highways, APEC-related infrastructure, NCD roads, the Waigani Court House refurbishment, police housing and infrastructure and election-related infrastructure.
There would also be allocations for provincial and district Support Improvement Programs, local level government (K100,000), the national broadband network, Port Moresby grid development, PNG towns electrification investment project, and transmission lines upgrade.
Visiting World Bank executives have commended the PNG Government for a very good 2018 Budget, which was passed last week. Country Director for PNG, Michel Kerf,...
This is urgent!
The Queensland Government is ready to extinguish our Native Title rights.
Adani is trying to push through an illegitimate land use agreement and extinguish our native title. We have a Federal Court case to challenge it it March, and have filed for an injunction to prevent them moving to have our rights extinguished before then.
We asked the Government to promise that they wouldnt act to extinguish our native title until the Federal Court heard our case. And they just refused.
That means they could move to extinguish our native title rights at any time.
And with Minister Anthony Lynham back in his seat, we expect him and Adani to act before our hearing, and slam native title extinguishment through!
Our native title rights are hanging in the balance. This is a race against time.
PLEASE TAKE URGENT ACTION WITH US.
Write to or call Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Dep...
QUESTION: Do you believe in life after death?
ANSWER: This is an area of personal belief which varies from one person to the next and there is no right or wrong. Believe it or not, there has been a serious study of the subject. There was one man who had died and was brought back. He astonishingly was able to detail what was taking place in the room as if he had watched it from an out of body experience.
The study documented that conscious awareness appears to continue for at least up to three minutes into the period when the heart stops beating. Clinically, the brain will shut down within 20-30 seconds after the heart has stopped. The man in question was able to describe everything that had happened in the room. What he described what happened to him had actually happened as if he was observing standing in the room looking at everyone and himself on the table.
QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; Nickolas Teslas work agrees with your analysis. He said: If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration. Has he been an influence in what you do?
ANSWER: No. I have not looked at Teslas work only because it is fundamental to everything. If you find the right frequency, you can shatter a glass. Therefore, I did not find it necessary to investigate Teslas work. Of course, it was critical but that statement was not earth-changing.
Nonetheless, the far more interesting statement of Tesla is not the obvious one that everything has a frequency. It was his statement that when science explores the non-physical phenomenon, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.
In this respect, I agree with Tesla. You have to dig deeper than traditional science explores. Once you begin to see the entire universe is governed by the 8.6 frequency, the doors to a hidden order spring wide open.
The galip nut (Canarium indicum) is indigenous to Papua New Guineas islands, including New Ireland, New Britain and Bougainville. It is a protein-rich nut with similar properties to an almond.
The nut sector has a predicted global annual growth rate of more than 5 per cent for the forecast period of 2016 to 2020.
Now is a great time to build an industry around the galip nut in Papua New Guinea
With minimal new nuts coming on the market, Wallace says the galip nut has great commercial potential.
We have an increasing world population and with people interested in healthy snacks, now is a great time to build an industry around the galip nut in Papua New Guinea.
Funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and Australias Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade, the project seeks to outline best practice for developing the industry in the region.
A similar study in Vanuatu resulted in the galip nut growing into a thriving industry.
The project team will expand trials to Port Moresby in early 2018.
Wallace says there are more resources available in Papua New Guinea and the potential for success is significant. She says the next step is for private investors to engage in the development of the sector.
To ensure the industry is sustainable, we need to see investment from the business community, she says.
Limited market testing has been ongoing in East New Britain, and the project team will expand...
My study is on tattoo trends and motivations for body art from an Australian context. Anyone over the age of 18 who resides in Australia can participate and have a chance to win one of three $150 vouchers. Why not have a look at the survey and see if you would like to participate. Feel free to share the link. All details are here: http://monasheducation.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_aXaLcUwNHtHun3v
Our new ACFCGN secretary Joel Orchard popped in to visit one of the nicest community gardens in the Northern Rivers Yamba Community Garden. His report...
It has been a high energy year both within the organisation and the conservation community. Gutted by a second consecutive coral bleaching, unseemly government support for the Adani mega-mine and a land clearing epidemic that is out of control, it would be easy to feel defeated and that action on climate change in Queensland is pie-in-the-sky dreaming. But things are only impossible until they are done. So lets not get mad (or sad), lets get organised!
We are increasing regional cohesion. One thing is for sure we need good people acting in many different ways. Science, advocacy, policy and implementation are interdependent and we need each in equal measure. This year alone, we have collaborated with 30+ organisations and groups on projects, events and issues, brought together more than 40+ groups at our most successful EnvironmentFNQ Roundtable and we re-booted Green Drinks to promote informal relationships across the sector. As our regional cohesion grows so too will our ability to create better outcomes for the environment.
We are building regional capacity. This year we collaborated with over 12 environmental organisations to deliver 11 different training opportunities to volunteers in Far North Queensland. This included a range of topics such as empowering women in the environment sector, community organising, digital skills, citizen science and engaging with decision-makers to name a few. Down south in the capital...
One of the biggest costs in PNG is imported raw materials. After reviewing the companys operations, Mainland Holdings has begun planting sorghum and soy to replace imported feedstock for pigs and poultry.
Cropping is our newest and most exciting development, CEO David Alcock told the inaugural agricultural conference in Port Moresby last month.
In 2018, Mainland Holdings plans to grow 7500 tons of sorghum in the Markham Valley in Morobe Province, using company land and that of two or three small out-growers, who will lease their land at K120 per hectare for an initial 12 months.
There is a need to create a land bank register of landowners.
Mainland Holdings is the largest producer of stock feed in PNG, producing 100,000 tons of finished stockfeed per annum, he said, made up of cereal (wheat or sorghum) and protein (soy or canola) crops. These reduce the need for imported grains and thus foreign exchange.
Alcock said there was a need to create a land bank register of landowners throughout the country who were willing to lease their land or grow crops on their property.
Wed like to identify suitable areas for cropping throughout all areas of PNG where landowner issues can currently make development problematic.
The Grains Industry Association would collate information on the need for grains.
He also called for tighter border security to protect poultry stock from disease and sharing of cropping data with the National Agricultural Research Institute. He suggested establishing a Grains Industry Association which would collate information on the need for grains, people who are growing it and where it can be grown.
Alcock also saw potential to export into Solomon Islands and other Pacific nations, as well as Asia, where bird flu and other diseases had taken their toll.
The company wants to involve landowners in leasing their land.
The clean, pristine climate of PNG cant be over-estimate...
Education secretary Dr Uke Kombra says the 2017 academic year has ended successfully despite big challenges like the national election, economic tough times and students behaviour.
Dr Kombra said this when addressing the Grade 11 selectors meeting last week.
He pointed out some of the successes over the year and those include 42,000 teachers positions advertised in 2011 with results pending.
This year, saw a total of 2500 teacher graduates.
Dr Kombra said there were no reports of cheating during the examination.
This was the result of a tough stance by the Education Minister Nick Kuman to initiate an examination cheating review to the old system which implemented changes.
He said the completion of standard based curriculum this year will see printing of those curriculum (tool kits) for grade one, two and three and the teacher training for 2018.
No parent wants to see their children fail, he said.
That is why the system will continue to address challenges in order to provide quality education for students.
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Ten schools have been recognised as the best academic performing schools for 2017.
Another 10 were awarded for academic excellence in Year 12 level. Additionally the most improved secondary and high schools were also recognised last Friday by the Education Department.
This is the second year, schools in the education system have been awarded.
Those awards were presented to the schools by the Education Secretary Dr Uke Kombra at the end of the grade 11 selection meeting in Port Moresby that was attended by 152 principals and 22 guidance officers.
Schools in the nations capital dominated the awards, while remote Oksapmin High school in West Sepik remained in the top 10. Cameron Secondary in Milne Bay, St Charles Lwanga and Gordons Secondary in NCD and Mercy Secondary maintained their positions in the top 10 from last year.
Ten best academic performing schools are; Oksapmin High School (West Sepik), St Charles Lwanga Secondary (NCD), Marianville Secondary (NCD), Gordons Secondary (NCD), Cameron Secondary (MBP), Jubilee Catholic Secondary (NCD), Manus Secondary (Manus), Busu Secondary (Morobe), Mercy (ESP) and Mt Hagen Secondary (WHP).
Ten best grade 12 performing schools are: Port Moresby (NCD) Marianville (NCD) Kerevat (ENBP), Wawin (Morobe), Sogeri (Central) Aiyura (EHP), Cameron (MBP), St Ignatius (West Sepik), Passam (ESP) and Mt Hagen (WHP).
The five most improved secondary schools are; Utmei (ENBP), Busu (Morobe), Ecom (Manus), Manggai (NIP) and Buin (AROB).
Also, five most improved high schools are: Kompiam (Enga), Sacred Heart Tapini (Central), Misima (MBP), Kiriwina (MBP) and Iano (Central).
Dr Kombra challenged school administrators to lift up schools performances and stated that if one very remote school in the country can do best why not others.
Meanwhile, Jubilee Secondary School Principal Bernadette Ova said the selection criteria was unfair when it added the six national high schools to the list as the schools were elite schools....
It seems a simple thing for councils to do. Handing over an area of public land for people to turn into a community garden. Like many things so seemingly simple, it turns out to be more complicated. This is because councils are responsible for public land and they need to be confident that the land 
One bird on lawn for the day, left that night. Unusual as only the second record in this area since the mid 1960's. They were fairly common in this area until the arrival of foxes around 1915.
A 40-year-old man has been killed following a machete attack overnight in Braybrook, located in Melbournes western suburbs.Read More
Zionist Wars for a Greater
Most timid Americans would avoid any serious discussion on the true causes of a continuous failed foreign policy that only benefits Israel while costing our own country any chance of real national security and a prosperous society. The mere mention of the term Jew is usually enough for being banded to the back of the room and shunned as one of those haters. Unfortunately, President Trump has succumbed to this fallacious political correctness. In order to correctly understand the framework of the detrimental circumstances that propagate the decline of the American Empire, the clear-headed observer must confront why the United States remains a vassal to the Zionist myth that Israel is a valuable ally to our country.
Essentially the question boils down to a sober outlook. Does one place the interests of the foreign agents that swear allegiance to Israel above that of America, or are you content to bow to the dictates of Zionism, especially when they directly conflict with the betterment of our own people?
A genuine America First mindset rejects both attitudes and rests upon a basic non-interventionism whenever possible. In the case of Israel, there is no germane special interest that places their objectives above ours. Yet, the facts of the matter are that the practical reality in domestic politics has a virtual Jewish veto factor that makes wimps out of even the most courageous warriors. At the end of the cultural and governmental administration process; the influence of the pro-Zionist media, legal and court system, the Wall Street cabals of Banksters, socially progressive academia, culturally correct government schools, Big Corporatist Business and Christian-Zionist apostates all promote and perpetuate that Israel is a friend.
Ask yourself, exactly what did America gain by our involvement from decades of Middle East conflicts or from the trillions of dollars spent on bribes or military campaigns and deployments? The honest answer is nothing. We have been under the yoke of intimidation from the primary victimhood industry post World War II; namely the impact from false guilt to compensate for the hyperbolic holocaust claims that doom any objective discussion on the Khazar exodus to Palestine.
The final solution for these proclaimed Jews is to establish a Zionist political region within the expanses of the Middle East.
As Millicent Weber pointed out a little while back in Overland, literary festivals are complex beasts. Particularly in recent years, they appear to have become more politicised, more contested spaces exemplary of the tension that results when a cultural project, with presumed egalitarian aims, has a light shone on it by the market model it operates on, which doesnt favour all people equally.
As a member of Sweatshop Western Sydney Literacy Movement, I have had countless conversations with other writers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds about the responsibility we feel to our communities, and of the demands and restrictions that places on our work. When we critique narrow but socially dominant mimesis we are seen as bitter and demanding.
Immaculate Javia* | Earthworks | December 11, 2017
Women around the world have been applauded for breakthroughs in male dominated fronts and for fighting for gender equity. Yet there are others who silently occupy male dominated settings, performing tasks executed by men while also fulfilling their own responsibilities as a woman, as a mother, and as a sister.
Community groups accuse PNG government of keeping documents for its approval under wraps
Helen Davidson and Ben Doherty | The Guardian | 11 December 2017
A controversial experimental deep-sea mine is being challenged in court by environmental groups who have accused the government of withholding key documents about its approval.
Nautilus Minerals Inc, a Canada-based company primarily owned by Russian and Omani mining firms, wants to extract gold and copper deposits from 1.6km below the surface of the Bismarck Sea, using a seabed mining technique never before used in commercial operations.
Nautilus told the Guardian it has conducted dozens of community meetings reaching more than 30,00...
Die Anpassung an die Grabende Lebensweise in der Geschichte der Solenomyiden und Nuculaceen
By Steven Strong
A meeting was held with Elders and concerned residents who were invited to discuss the ways the Standing Stones Complex could be protected, rebuilt and resurrected to its former glory. Claimed by the resident expert of the time to be the oldest temple in the world recording the First Language ever spoken, there is depth of wisdom and spiritual insight attached to this Complex that is without equal. Twenty six people of Original and non-Original descent came to a consensus with a plan of action. After consulting with or contacting every official Governmental department and politician nothing happened, no-one could help or passed it on to an office where a recorded message answers the phone. Past the many protracted and unsuccessful attempts to scale a wall of apathy, the next step was to call a public meeting at the closest town to the actual complex, which was done and booked in at Mullumbimby Civic Hall for December 12.
Unfortunately due to a chain of events with one unexpected twist, we are forced to cancel a community event that had so much potential to both heal and prepare.
From the time in our second last meeting when one person was given the role of co...
In the aftermath of the 'Arab Spring' in 2011, which saw the overthrow of the Egyptian government, followed by a counter-coup in 2013, president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sharply pivoted Egypt's international outlook away from America and towards Russia. Since then, Russian-Egyptian relations have reached a level not seen since the 1970s. Throughout, pro-government Egyptian media regularly accused Barack Hussein Obama of siding with deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi's now-banned Muslim Brotherhood group. And all the while, Egypt has also seen a huge spike in terror attacks, with 'ISIS' promising more to come. One naturally wonders, is there a correlation between 'the political' and 'the terror'? The answer is, of course there is. The nexus is writ large everywhere once you see it. Earlier this year, newly sworn-in Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte was literally in Moscow meeting Putin to discuss refitting his country's military with Russian hardware when 'ISIS' sprang out of nowhere to take a major city in Mindanao hostage. Around the same time, the British establishment's preferred choice was facing defeat in the polls until 'ISIS' rode in to save the day for Her Majesty's Secret Services.
Sure, you can usually tell when someone is smart but the truth is those who are highly intelligent sometimes get lost in the cracks. Intelligence lies in some of the most unexpected places and can be found in some of the most unexpected people.
People who are considered to be smart are often put under a lot of pressure to do their best and never make mistakes but even the most intelligent people can make mistakes. We are all still flawed regardless of how brainy we seem. Being smart doesnt make you immune to being human. Below you will find a list of flaws I have found to be most common in those who are without a doubt above average.
Because the smart person is smart they are labeled as such. They have a lot of pressure on them to not make mistakes and so forth. This can even prevent people from asking important questions. One study actually found that students who were praised for being smart were more likely to cheat in order to not look stupid.
Intelligent people tend to analyze things so much that is causes them to worry more than others. They for whatever reason just cannot shut it off.
These people may feel like no one truly understands them and most are probably right. Smart people are put into their own category and tend to have to prove themselves more. They are often quite insecure. That being said, they tend to do better with fewer friends.
Research has shown that people with higher cognitive abilities do not need to rely on emotional skills as much to solve problems. Many smart people feel like they dont really feel as much as they should. Sure, they understand the emotions but they dont feel them on the same level as normal people do.
This is something that tends to push people away from the intelligent person. He or she will even in casual conversation feel the need to correct those he or she is conversing with. This can be embarrassing or offending to those you are speaking to.
Now, this can be both a good and a bad thing. You are more open to exp...
In addition to Jerusalem and the occupied Palestinian territories, the three days of rage that began on Friday, over the plan to relocate the US embassy to this city, reverberated in Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Morocco, Egypt, Pakistan, India, Lebanon, Yemen, Somalia, Malaysia, Indonesia, England, Italy, Greece and the United States.
In the West Bank and Gaza, Israeli military fired at protesters with tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and some live ammunition. Aircraft carried out bombing raids. Three Palestinian were killed and 200 wounded. Hamas has called for a new Intifada, that is, uprising against Israeli rule. There have even been protests in Israel.
The United Nations Security Council has condemned the United states and the Arab League is discussing how it is going to react and this brings up the possibility of imposing sanctions
by Dee McLachlan
What does the word victory or liberation mean these days?
There is now celebration that ISIS has been crushed. And Mosul, a city that once nourished about 1.4 million people, is now just rubble. It is incomprehensible that a city larger that Adelaide has been almost completely destroyed ending thousands of years of habitation. It has to be just another sign of human madness.
This is what The Sydney Morning Herald reported...
It is one of Earth's newest landforms and it could
just tell us where to look for evidence of life on Mars.
The tongue-twisting volcanic island of Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai exploded out of the Pacific Ocean in 2015, and its shape has been evolving ever since as it has been lashed and bashed by waves.
Scientists are watching this slow erosion very closely.
They think they see the remnants of many such water-birthed islands on the Red Planet.
If that is true, it is really intriguing. On Earth, we know that wherever you get submarine volcanic processes, you also very often get conditions that support microbial communities.
What the researchers see occurring at Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai (HTHH) therefore may be a kind of template to help them understand better the water environment on early Mars and, by extension, whether the conditions might also have been favourable for the initiation of simple life.
"The thought was that we might be able to use recognition of these kinds of landforms to be an indication of palaeowater stories, depths and longevities on the Red Planet," said Dr Jim Garvin, chief scientist at the US space agency's (Nasa) Goddard Space Flight Center.
So, we're going to use HTHH on Earth to train us to understand Mars. Dr Garvin and colleagues have been reporting their studies of HTHH here at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) - the world's largest annual gathering of Earth and planetary scientists.
The island grew out of the Hunga volcano - a 1.3km-high mountain that is all but submerged in the southwest Pacific in amongst the Tonga archipelago.
The new landform came into view in what is termed a "surtseyan" eruption, named after a very similar island called Surtsey in the North Atlantic, off Iceland, in 1963-7.
In such events, hot magma coming into contact with cold seawater causes a violent blast of ash and rock fragments.
This material then collects at the ocean surface, forming a tuff cone that in HTHH's case is more than 100m high. But scientists do not expect it to stick around forever. Storm action should eventually dismantle it.
However, this could take several decades and scientists intend to use high-resolution satellite imagery to watch the process every step of the way. Indeed, this is the first such island in the modern space era to erupt like this and not immediatel...
Australian firm taps into Gulf resources
The National aka The Loggers Times | December 11, 2017
AUSTRALIAN company Mayur Resources
now has an exclusive licence to develop a resource, energy and
industrial complex in Gulf.
An agreement was signed on Friday between Governor Chris Haiveta and Mayur managing director Paul Mulder in Port Moresby.
Haiveta said the agreement would use resources it had discovered in Gulf such as iron sands, zircon, ilmenite, coal and high grade silica sands for domestic use and export opportunities.
He said this would be done while leveraging favourable port areas in Gulf and the domestic market obligation for gas for a petrochemical industry.
Our country is in an energy crisis and we continue to send foreign currency offshore and import foreign liquid fuels at a far higher cost and far higher polluting than using our own domestic energy sources, he said.
Other Asia-Pacific countries are using their domestic energy and industrial resources.
PNG is importing most of our energy and nation building products even such things as cement, lime and diesel that enriches other countries rather than our own.
Our Prime Minister has advocated cheap, reliable...
December 12, 2017: Fairfax Media has reported that there is growing doubt that the Indonesia Australia free trade agreement (Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Agreement or IA CEPA) will be finalised by the end of the year, as intended. Australian and Indonesian trade ministers will meet again in Argentina this week, after failing to conclude negotiations last month in Jakarta.
Fairfax Media says, Both sides are tight lipped about the roadblocks but market access and legislative constraints to Australia opening university campuses in Indonesia are understood to be among them. Matthew Busch from The Lowy Institutewrites that there are reportedly unresolved differences on goods, services and investment.
In February Prime Minister Turnbull reiterated Australias committed to finalising the FTA by the end of this year. This commitment was reiterated by negotiators throughout the year. In August 2016 Trade Minister Ciobo said concluding the IA CEPA was his most significant priority.
While free trade negotiations between Australia and Indonesia continued throughout the year, Indonesia filed a complaint to the World Trade Organisation over the Australian governments decision to impose dumping duties on A4 paper from Indonesia, and signalled its concern over Australias investigation into the alleged dumping of steel rods exported from Indonesia.
A new cross-industry working group has been established with the goal of opening up Papua New Guineas capital markets, including devising a new trading platform for government bonds.
The group, which met for the first time last month in Port Moresby, is being supported by the PNG-Australia Governance Partnership.
The group includes representatives from the Bank of Papua New Guinea, the Securities Commission and the countrys two major super funds, as well as fund managers such as PacWealth Capital and Kina Securities, and potential international donors such as the Asian Development Bank, the IFC and Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Currently, central bank bills, inscribed stock and Treasury bills are bought and sold at auction in PNG using a manual process.
The working group will consider the best way to move PNGs capital markets on to a modern, Bloomberg-style trading platform.
Currently, central bank bills, inscribed stock and Treasury bills are bought and sold at auction in PNG using a manual process involving written bids from a small pool of pre-registered participants.
We need to step into the 21st century and put the system on a platform that would reach an investor in Delaware.
Moving to a trading platform would potentially not only reduce the costs of trading, but could open up trade in government securities to overseas investors who currently dont have easy access to PNGs capital markets.
Snag Island CG are selling raffle tickets to try and help raise funds to be able to purchase garden beds, water tanks, sheds, soils, fruit trees, vegetable seedlings, garden tools etc and they need all the help that they can get... tickets drawn at 8pm, 22 December 2018...
Channel 9 News reported a 55 year old man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and sexual assault of an eight year old girl. But they forgot to mention him in the headline.
Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit or are accused of committing, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story
If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.
But we are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.
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In advance of French President Macrons climate and finance summit, we call for an immediate end to investments in new fossil fuel production and infrastructure, and encourage a dramatic increase in investments in renewable energy.
We the undersigned, call for an immediate end to investments in new fossil fuel production and infrastructure, and encourage a dramatic increase in investments in renewable energy.
We are issuing this call to action in the lead up to the climate summit hosted by President Macron in Paris this December. President Macron and other world leaders, have already spoken out about the need for an increase in finance for climate solutions, but they have remained largely silent about the other, dirtier side of the equation: the ongoing finance of new coal, oil and gas production and infrastructure.
Ongoing global climate change and environmental destructions are happening at an unprecedented scale, and it will take unprecedented actions to limit the worst consequences of our dependence on oil, coal, and gas.
Equally as critical as drastically curbing the carbon intensity of our economic systems is the need for immediate and ambitious actions to stop exploration and expansion of fossil fuel projects and manage the decline of existing production in line with what is necessary to achieve the Paris climate goals.
Research shows that the carbon embedded in existing fossil fuel production will take us far beyond safe climate limits. Thus, not only are new exploration and new production incompatible with limiting global warming to well below 2C (and as close to 1.5C as possible), but many existing projects will need to be phased-out faster than their natural decline. Simply put: there is no more room for new fossil fuel infrastructure and therefore no case for ongoing investment.
It is time for the community of global economic actors to fully embrace, safe, and renewable energies and phase out fossil fuels. This letter affirms that it is the urgent responsibility and moral obligation of public and private investors and development institutions to lead in putting an end to fossil fuel development.
A global transition to a low carbon future is already well under way and we recognise that a full transition away from fossil fuels is an opportunity for a new economic paradigm of prosperity and equity. Continued expansion of...
More lies and deception from Nautilus and the mining industry. The court case by local communities is NOT about the EIS, it is about understanding in full the information on which licensing decisions were made and the environmental, health and economic impacts
PNG Industry News | 11 December 2017
THE environmental impact statement for Nautilus Minerals Solwara 1 seabed mining project has been on the companys website for more than eight years.
The EIS full document with all the appendices has been available to anyone who wished to see it since April 2009.
We translated the summary of the document into pidgin [Tok Pisin], and that is available as well. And there are also copies of our EIS at the offices of CEPA (Conservation Environment Protection Authority), said Mike Johnston, Nautilus chief executive officer.
Johnson was responding to a comments by an activist NGO whi...
The Liberal partys primary vote has collapsed in Bennelong where the Turnbull government is fighting a crucial by-election.
But deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop remains hopeful, despite conceding by-elections are very difficult for incumbent governments.
John Alexander is a very popular local member, hes working very hard and he is a very strong advocate for the people of Bennelong, she told Sky News on Tuesday.
Im hoping that we will get a very positive result in Bennelong but of course there are a whole range of issues that affect by-elections.
Mr Alexander, who was forced to resign as the Sydney seats MP because he was a dual citizen, has lost his nine per cent plus margin and is now neck-and-neck with Labors Kristina Keneally.
According to the Newspoll published in The Australian, they are 50-50 on the two-party preferred vote and 39-39 on the primary vote.
The Liberals vote appears to have gone to defector Cory Bernardis new party, Australian Conservatives which is running for the first time in the seat and has attracted nine per cent of the primary vote.
If Ms Keneally, a former Labor NSW premier, does pull off an upset this Saturday, it would rob the Turnbull government of its majority.
Obviously wed be down to 75 votes-all in the House of Representatives. It would be very precarious, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told News Corp journalist Miranda Devine on her web-based show on Monday.
Both parties are aware of how important this Saturdays by-election is, with both Mr Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten making frequent...
Earlier this year the members of the Halcro Street Community Garden put out a call out for local schools and gardening groups to assist with a project about researching the best plants to grow on the Fraser Coast in our weather conditions...
The High Court will examine on Tuesday whether a federal assistant minister is qualified to sit in parliament.
Nationals MP David Gillespie owns a small shopping centre in Port Macquarie, on the NSW mid north coast. One of the shops is an outlet of Australia Post, a government-owned corporation. Under section 44 of the constitution anyone who may have a direct or indirect financial interest in the commonwealth is disqualified from sitting in parliament.
Failed Labor candidate in the seat of Lyne, Peter Alley, is challenging Dr Gillespies eligibility to sit in parliament.
If Dr Gillespie is disqualified, it would trigger a by-election in his seat and threaten the governments one-seat majority.
Dr Gillespie has received advice from a Sydney
barrister Guy Reynolds SC that he does not have a problem under
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A string of government policies and practices has created a culture in which charities in Australia are self-silencing for fear of risking their financial security or attracting political retribution, according to a major report.
Civil Voices, an initiative by Pro Bono Australia in partnership with the Human Rights Law Centre, has found Australian not-for-profit organisations are treading carefully in their advocacy work. This trend threatens to silence a sector that has much to contribute to Australian public debate and policy making.
The research, carried out by academics at the University of Melbourne, set out to examine how public debate and advocacy had evolved over a decade and whether the perceptions of non-government organisations of their capacity to participate in public debate had changed.
A total of 1,462 people responded to the survey (30 per cent of whom were not-for-profit CEOs).
Sarah Maddison, report co-author and University of Melbourne associate professor, said the main finding was fairly insidious.
Weve moved away from the really overtly hostile period of governance of the civil society sector. Instead what we are seeing is that the sector itself has taken on board some of those concerns into a mode of operation that were calling self-silencing, Maddison said.
Our once vocal, sometimes strident, advocacy sector, bringing the voice and the experience of Australias most marginalised communities to the fore and helping government make better policy has been effectively silenced both by governments and now by itself.
In 2004 The Australia Institute produced the report Silencing Dissent: Non-government organisations and Australian democracy. This report detailed the growing fears across the NGO sector concerning civil societys right to advocate in the public policy domains of most concern to them, and more broadly about their changing role in the democratic process. Civil Voices built on this report and found the threat to advocacy remains a serious concern.
Civil Voices found, 13 years on, that debate was being stifled in Australia on a number of fronts, and when combined together these presented a powerful picture of a sector that is losing its voice.
If we think about the lack of media resources, in a crowded and noisy media environment, in which one in five organisations are still actively silenced by funding agreements, and 12 per cent by pressure from a board or management, we get a sense of the complex environment in which the sector is operating and their perceived need to carefully manage the risks associated with advocacy work, Maddison said.
The data clearly suggest that public debate is further limited through self-censorship because of implied repercussions (from wit...
The Turnbull governments proposed law against foreign donations and interference in Australian political affairs is being soundly and widely condemned as nothing more than an attempt to silence voices.
But people are speaking out against the promotion of xenophobia and playing anti-Chinese race card, which is being used to divert public attention away from the real major political donors, the pressure to conduct a real inquiry into the banks that will do something, the pressure to curb massive corporate tax evasion and several other issues that are weighing the government down.
It is the sort of thing that a government that has lost any semblance of principle and moral compass might do. At the same time, it is an admittance of its weakness, its fear of the population and a rising desperation to cling on at all costs.
The foreign donations law is only one of the new measures being brought in. Another is the attack on the unions, through a fake financial services inquiry. It is a fake, because, instead of an inquiry onto the banks as promised, there is an inquiry to reward the banks, by allowing them to take the industry super funds.
The unions are already being set up, accused of causing industry super funds to be misused. Turnbull and key ministers have already said that they intend to remove union representation from the super fund boards, which will be turned over to competition. Hand pisked Experts will be brought in business and finace will be brought onto the boards. Many of the them will come from the banks. The inquiry will suggest that this these are the things that must be done. It is one of those cases where the result has been announced, before the investigation has begun.
Less well known is that there is also an move to change Australias secrecy laws, so that those disclosing secret information will face up to 20 years jail. This covers government and intelligence services whistleblowers. It potentially covers journalists as well and has implications for online sites like WikiLeaks.
Grafted onto it is a list of aggravating offences that target anyone who publishes leaked material.
Disclosure of and publishing of secrets is already covered under a single offence under the Crimes Act. A new law is not necessary, unless it has a different purpose. It is not hard to see what this other is here. The target is not only government employees. Everyo...
Ewen Hosie | Australian Mining | December 11, 2017
Landowners in Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea, have expressed backing for an RTG Mining-led consortium to take over the abandoned Panguna mine instead of Bougainville Copper (BCL). The landowners are expected to present a 2000-signature petition in opposition of BCL.
The long-dormant copper mine, abandoned since 1989 due to local conflicts, is currently under consideration for redevelopment by BCL, which is now partially owned by the Bougainville Government.
The rival consortium, Central Meekamui Exploration, said it has the backing of local landowners, including the Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association (SMLOLA), however, and representatives of RTG Mining said that the BCLs problems regarding its legacy in the region were insurmountable. The mine, while non-operational for three decades, was owned by Rio Tinto until last year.
The Bougainville Government has accused the consortium of bribing landowners.
The Autonomous Bouga...
Its no secret that comedy is producing some of the best journalism in the world at the moment think John Olivers Last Week Tonight program (well it was, prior to breaking up for the year, but itll be back in 2018). Some of the best political analysis is also coming from comedians from Seth Meyers to Stephen Colbert to Trevor Noah to Samantha Bee, nothing happens in America these days without it being lampooned and explained by comedians. Its a brave new world.
One of the heavy hitters who gets much less attention, but definitely shouldnt, is Lee Camp.
Born on an Army base in Maryland, Camp is the host of the weekly program Redacted Tonight (you can follow it here). It only has about 150,000 subscribers to its official Youtube channel a far cry from Noah (2.7 million), Meyers (1.7 million) Bee (787,000) and Oliver (with a whopping 5.7 million subscribers) but its definitely not through lack of quality, and more likely to do with the fact its produced by RT America, the old Russia Tonight program which is a Washington-based channel part-funded courtesy of Vladimir Putins boys.
Americas Reds under the Bed obsession has been enjoying a revival of late, with breathless media reporting of Russias alleged involvement in the Trump election which undoubtedly impacts on the numbers watching RT America. But whatever the truth, Camps monologues are genuinely brilliant, and explain class politics in simple terms. Hes a lot more sweary than his compatriots, but also more passionate, and often more funny.
Camps latest episode is a case in point it starts out at a furious pace and maintains it throughout.
Highly recommended Christmas viewing for New Matilda readers, and watch Redacted Tonight closely in 2018. With the growing anger towards American rule, its likely to pick up a lot more followers in the not-too-distant future.
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1787 - Eleanor Higgins was a Convict and early settler of the Epping area. She was tried at the Old Bailey, London on 12 December 1787 for stealing four linen sheets and was sentenced to transportation for 7 years. She married David Kilpack who received a grant of 80 acres in Ryde which was known as the 'Field of Mars'. When David died she sold part of the land but continued to farm in her own right.
1787 - Rachel Moore was convicted of 'feloniously stealing' a range of clothing items including a muslin apron, silk border and velvet hood at the Old Bailey on 12 December 1787, she was transported to Sydney for seven years. In Sydney she formed a relationship with First Fleet surgeon John White with whom she had a son, and she later married Thomas Moore.
1815 Captain James Kelly set out on circumnavigation of Tasmania, during which important observations were made on the resources of the west coast.
HELEN DAVIDSON & BEN DOHERTY | The Guardian | Extract
SYDNEY - A controversial experimental deep-sea mine is being challenged in court by environmental groups who have accused the Papua New Guinea government of withholding key documents about its approval.
Nautilus Minerals Inc, a Canada-based company primarily owned by Russian and Omani mining firms, wants to extract gold and copper deposits from 1.6km below the surface of the Bismarck Sea, using a seabed mining technique never before used in commercial operations.
Nautilus told the Guardian it has conducted dozens of community meetings reaching more than 30,000 people from nearby islands and has had its key documents, including a detailed environmental impact statement, publicly available for years.
But members of nearby communities, represented by the Port Moresby-based Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights Inc (Celcor), claim they were not adequately consulted and that they hold grave concerns over its impact.
There are also concerns over its financial viability and the PNG governments stake in it.
Celcor, which has been assisted by the New South Wales Environmental Defenders Office, formally lodged an application in PNGs national court and served the PNG government last week.
It said key documents had not been published, and that under the PNG constitution affected residents had a right to the information.
The plaintiffs have previously sought documents including the original permit, the environmental management plan and independent reviews, all oceanographic data on the site, and any studies or modelling of the environmental, social, health, culture and economic impacts.
They had also asked for any agreements made between Nautilus and the PNG government or other en......
My colleague Nick Behrens from QEAS was quoted in yesterdays Financial Review regarding the need for new Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad to restrain State Government spending growth, and he has made related comments in his latest newsletter. As is well known, the state public service blew out in the Palaszczuk Governments first term, with the government breaching its own fiscal principle that the public service would grow no faster than the population, and employee expenses have exceeded budget forecasts (see chart below). As such, its probably unsurprising Queensland now has a new Treasurer.
Arguably, the major risk to the state budget continues to be health spending, which accounts for nearly 30% of the budget. Health spending has been growing much faster than spending on other purposes. In 2016-17, Queensland Health controlled expenses grew by 9.9%, compared with growth in Education controlled expenses of 5.5%, for example. And health has experienced large variations between actual and budgeted expenditures in recent years (see table below for Queensland Health controlled expenses). In 2016-17, Health full-time equivalent (FTE) employees ended up at arou...
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US Discloses Documents on Papua Independence Struggle
Photo: Johannes P. Christo
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta The United States has disclosed documents on Papua independence struggle. The documents say that Papuans asked for U.S. funding and armed them to fight Indonesian military in mid-1960.
The documents also recorded Papuan grievances about clashes with Indonesian security forces. Papuan nationalists have caught the attention of the United Nations (UN).
Researchers are currently trying to serve the documents online. AP reported that the dossier contains thousands of diplomatic telegrams between the U.S. State Department and Embassy in Jakarta. The documents recorded history from 1960 and were declassified early this year. Thirty-seven boxes of telegrams are stored at the National Archives and Records Administration in Maryland.
The documents say that around 1,000 Papuans were cheated out of their rights as citizens to vote to strengthen Indonesias foothold in 1969. Before the annexation, the Netherlands had said that it would allow Papuans to prepare for their own government. In 1967, the U.S. government assisted mining company Freeport to exploit rich mining and gold deposit in Papua.
In April 1966, the documents transmitted by telegraph cable between the State Department and the U.S. Embassy recorded the eloquence and intensity of Markus Kaisiepo, an exiled Papuan leader. Kaisiepo talked with U.S. senior official on the plight of Papuans under the Indonesian rule.
Kaisiepo said that Papuans were striving for independence, but they lack financial resources and military equipment to fight the Indonesian government. He asked whether the U.S. government could lend a hand.
The request was rejected just like a similar request from another Papuan leader Nicolaas Jouwe. His request for funding and firearms to the U.S. and Australia was denied.
The documents also show how Indonesian government officials looted Papua after Indonesia seized the region in 1962. It has left the region with a collapse in living standards, sparking anger that boiled over into outright rebellion.
But the most notable issue to...
A former graduate student falsified or fabricated data in a manuscript submitted to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, according to the Office of Research Integrity at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In a finding released Dec. 8, ORI said that Matthew Endo, a former graduate student at the University 
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Breaking the silence and speaking truth to power is the job of the film-maker, writes John Pilger, something thats perhaps needed more today than ever before.
I first understood the power of the documentary during the editing of my first film, The Quiet Mutiny.
In the commentary, I make reference to a chicken, which my crew and I encountered while on patrol with American soldiers in Vietnam.
It must be a Vietcong chicken a communist chicken, said the sergeant. He wrote in his report: enemy sighted.
The chicken moment seemed to underline the farce of the war so I included it in the film.
That may have been unwise.
The regulator of commercial television in Britain then the Independent Television Authority or ITA had demanded to see my script.
What was my source for the political affiliation of the chicken, I was asked. Was it really a communist chicken, or could it have been a pro-American chicken?
Of course, this nonsense had a serious purpose; when The Quiet Mutiny was broadcast by ITV in 1970, the US ambassador to Britain, Walter Annenberg, a personal friend of President Richard Nixon, complained to the ITA.
He complained not about the chicken but about the whole film. I intend to inform the White House, the ambassador wrote. Gosh.
The Quiet Mutiny had revealed that the US army in Vietnam was tearing itself apart. There was open rebellion: drafted men were refusing orders and shooting their officers in the back or fragging them with grenades as they slept.Journalist John Pilger, reporting from Vietnam during the war.
None of this had been news. What it meant was that the war was lost; and the messenger was not appreciated.
The Director-General of the ITA was Sir Robert Fraser. He summoned Denis Foreman, then Director of Programmes at Granada TV, and went into a state of apoplexy. Spraying expletives, Sir Robert described me as a dangerous subversive.
What concerned the regulator and the ambassador was the power of a single documentary film: the power of its facts and witnesses, especially young soldiers speaking the truth and treated sympathetically by the film-maker.
I was a newspaper journalist. I had never made a film before and I was indebted to Charles Denton, a renegade producer from the BBC, who taught me that facts and evidence told straight to the camera and to the audience could indeed be subversive.
The Aussies are really angry with Jacinda Arderns constant virtue-signalling over Manus Island. They are steamed, from the government to pundits. This is Miranda Devine: NEW Zealands new Labour PM Jacinda Ardern has a hide. Her repeated offers to take some of the asylum seekers now causing trouble on Manus Island is just naive virtue-signalling. 
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News.com.au reported on Max Cliffords death by reminding everyone about how he was a celebrity publicist and PR Guru.
Hes not disgraced like he got caught with his hand in a cookie jar. Hes a convicted criminal. His crimes were among the most serious any person can commit. According to the Guardian, Clifford was told that had some of offences been tried under todays law, they would be considered as rape or assault by penetration with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Clifford was in jail after being convicted on eight counts of indecent assault against teenage girls. He was given a longer than expected sentence because the judge found his behaviour in court contemptible and a further indication that he had no remorse for the crimes he had committed against children.
His former career is not the most important thing to know about about a man who sexually abused children and laughed about it in court afterwards.
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Two years on from Russia's historic intervention in the Middle East to answer an international distress call from Syria, Russian president Vladimir Putin today made a surprise visit to Khmeimim airbase in northwest Syria to address Russian troops stationed there, and to tell them in person that they were going home after accomplishing their mission of saving the Arab republic from the scourge of ISIS. Russia's successful military intervention stands in stark contrast to American intervention in the region. 14 years ago, US president George W Bush declared 'mission accomplished' aboard a US aircraft carrier just two months into the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Far from marking any accomplishment - for either Iraqis or Americans - it merely foreshadowed a long and brutal period of Iraqi history that culminated in so-called 'Islamic State', the most dangerous terrorist group the world had ever seen. How's that for 'Freedom and Democracy'. In Putin's first-ever trip to Syria, he was met at the airbase by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, where he addressed Russian troops, congratulated them on a job well done and held meetings with President Assad and the Russian general staff. Putin also announced that Russia would keep its Khmeimim air base in Latakia Province as well as its naval facility at Tartus "on a permanent basis". Addressing Russian servicemen on the airbase runway, Putin praised their courage and professionalism, and announced that most of them would begin returning home:
One of the biggest stories in the world right now is US President Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Many Australians may not understand the significance of this, so Michael Brull explains the context.
In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly proposed to partition Palestine. Israels supporters constantly cite this resolution now as legitimising the creation of Israel, though they generally ignore the hundreds of UNGA Resolutions since condemning Israeli actions, including many which recognise East Jerusalem as occupied Palestinian territory.
The partition resolution didnt allocate Jerusalem to Israel, or to the Palestinians, but suggested it become a corpus separatum under an international regime administered by the United Nations.
When war broke out in 1948, Israel conquered some 78 percent of historic Palestine rather than the approximately 55 percent allocated under the partition resolution. Egypt conquered Gaza, and Jordan conquered the West Bank. Israel and Jordan divided Jerusalem among themselves, with Israel taking West Jerusalem and Jordan taking East Jerusalem.Israels security wall, on the outskirts of Jerusalem. (IMAGE: Chris Graham, New Matilda).
No other country recognised either state as having a legitimate claim to Jerusalem, let alone a sole claim to all of Jerusalem.
In June 1967, Israel successfully conquered the rest of Palestine, including East Jerusalem. Almost immediately, Israel acted to annexe East Jerusalem. As Israeli-Oxford historian Avi Raz observed, On 11 June, less than 24 hours after the final ceasefire had taken effect, the cabinet agreed to annexe the Arab part of Jerusalem. The decision was carried out on 27 June by swift passage in the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) of three laws which deliberately did not mention Jerusalem or use the term annexation. But this was annexation in all but name.
Israeli government officials recognised that their actions contravened international law. The Justice Minister Yaacov Shimshon Shapira, who stated in the Knesset that the eastern part of Jerusalem had been liberated from foreign rule by the Israeli armed forces, said in the cabinet: We set about Jerusalem with our e...
We live in difficult times, but theres a light on the horizon if we care to look, and read, writes Dr Richard Hil.
Enter most book shops these days and youll see shelves groaning with post-mortems on Brexit, Trump etc. Its a feast of agonised commentary laced with suggestions as to how we might resist the latest political calamity.
Yet events in London, Washington DC and elsewhere are evolving so rapidly and unpredictably that many of these books are soon out of date. Thats the problem with a lot of what we might call reactive-media-cycle commentary: its rapidly neutralized in the face of emerging events.
On the other hand, many other perhaps more considered books have appeared on the scene. Focussed on what is a rapidly changing ideological landscape these accounts have dared to peer into the future. You might think this is just another publishing fad, yet another round of intellectualising, or more likely, I would argue, its the sign of an imminent, swirling zeitgeist.
Lets trot out the titles and authors of some of these tomes: No is not enough by global activist Naomi Klein; Post Capitalism by English journalist Paul Mason; The End of protest by US activist, Micah White; Utopia for realists by Dutch Ted Talk star, Rutgers Bregman; Optimism not despair by stratospheric intellectual, Noam Chomsky; Reclaiming the State by Bill Mitchell and Thomas Fazi; Talking to my daughter about the economy by former Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis; Doughnut economics: Seven ways to think like a 21st-century economist by Kate Raworth; and Out of the wreckage by the irrepressible George Monbiot.
Each author applies her/his own unique interpretation of the current state of play, although they also share a lot in common, most notably a conviction (based on the available evidence) that the neoliberal project has run its course. Actually, their conclusions are more pronounced than this: the latest phase of laissez faire capitalism, they argue, is wreaking economic and spiritual havoc on populations across the globe (notwithstanding all the Pollyanna claims); and is taking us to the very brink of environmental destruction.Climate change activist Naomi Klein. (IMAGE: Sandra Gonzalez, Flickr)
Not surprisingly and after depressing th...
There are many different things that can play into the overall quality of life. Many of which are a direct effect of our visual perception of life do you see life negatively or positively? It makes a huge difference
We all want to live a long and happy life, I mean who wouldnt? However, it seems like more people are struggling to do so than ever. People are more depressed, lost, and discontented with life than they ever have been. Why do you think this is? Perhaps its a side effect of a generation engulfed in internet trends and social media, or maybe its the anything but natural lifestyles we live. Whatever it may be, were certainly struggling abundantly. If youre looking for relief of negativity and a refreshed outlook on life, look no further! All you have to do is be positive. I know what youre thinking, its not that easy. But what if it was that easy?
There are certainly a plethora of benefits that come along with being positive. Reduced stress, happier thoughts, improved skills, and an overall boosted quality of life. But sometimes it can be hard to see the stressful aspects of life positively. The answer to your stress, struggles, and discontentedness isnt just being positive its being open-minded. You...
Russia could consider using cryptocurrencies to trade oil.
APNewsBreak: Files show birth of Papua independence struggle
By Stephen Wright|AP December 10 at 9:38 PM
JAKARTA, Indonesia Prominent Papuans pleaded for the U.S. to give them money and arms in the mid-1960s to fight Indonesias colonization of their vast remote territory, according to recently declassified American files that show the birth of an independence struggle that endures half a century later.
The documents add to the historical evidence of deep Papuan grievances against Indonesia at a time when clashes between rebels and Indonesian security forces have flared in the impoverished region and Papuan nationalists have succeeded in drawing more attention to their cause at the United Nations. Indonesias defense minister said last week that activists who attended a recent pro-Papuan independence meeting in Vanuatu should be arrested on return to Indonesia.
The files are among the thousands of pages of cables between the State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta from the 1960s that were declassified earlier this year. The 37 boxes of telegrams are stored at the National Archives and Records Administration in Maryland and researchers are working on making them available online.
Papua, which makes up the western half of the giant island of New Guinea, remained in Dutch hands after Indonesia shook off colonial rule at the end of World War II. Many Indonesians saw their governments campaign in the early 1960s to take Papua from the Dutch as the final victory in their struggle for independence. But to Papuans, with a Melanesian culture and history distinct from Southeast Asia, Indonesia was a hostile colonizer.
The rest of the world looked away as a rigged vote of a little more than 1,000 hand-picked and closely managed Papuans cemented Indonesias control in 1969. The Netherlands, which before annexation was preparing Papua for self-rule, did not object. The U.S., which in 1967 helped American mining company Freeport secure rights to exploit rich copper and gold deposits in Papua, did not want to upset a status quo favorable for U.S. business or destabilize Indonesias pro-U.S. government.
An April 1966 cable from the State Department recorded the eloquence and intensity of Markus Kaisiepo, an exiled Papuan leader, who spoke with a senior U.S. official about the desperate plight of the Papua people under Indonesian rule.
Extreme weather hit the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland this past weekend. The Australian Daily Examiner described the scene in Grafton, New South Wales, where there were: more than 50 calls for help after a large hail storm caused widespread damage on Saturday afternoon. A large thunderstorm hit Grafton around 1.20pm, with hail the size of tennis balls battering some parts of the region. SES Clarence Nambucca region controller Michael Harper said SES resources from neighbouring towns were called in to respond to the large numbers of requests for help. "We had about 50 or more call outs on Saturday afternoon, and they were virtually all for broken windows, smashed skylights and roof damage," Mr Harper said. "It was a busy afternoon for them, we had about 10 crews out cleaning up and helping people, with most jobs completed by 10pm that same day, with only one or two left over the finish the next day." Mr Harper said Saturday's hail storm was the first major storm to hit Grafton since the start of the storm season. "There were hail stones up to seven to eight centimetres in size which is quite large," he said. "The storm went for about 15 or 20 minutes, and in that time it did cause some damage.
Our record as journalists in covering this Trump story and the Russian story is pretty good, legendary reporter Carl Bernstein told CNNs Brian Stelter over the weekend. Pretty good? If theres a major news story over the past 70 years that American media has botched more often because of bias and wishful thinking, Id love to hear about it.
This week alone, four big scoops were run by major news organizations written by top reporters and presumably churned through layers of scrupulous editing that turned out to be completely wrong: Reuters, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, and others reported that the special counsels office had subpoenaed Donald Trumps records from Deutsche Bank. They werent. ABC reported that Trump had directed Michael Flynn to make contact with Russian officials before the election. He didnt (as far as we know). The New York Times ran a story that showed K.T. McFarland had acknowledged collusion. She didnt. Then CNN topped off the week by falsely reporting that the Trump campaign had been offered access to hacked Democratic National Committee emails before they were published.
Forget your routine bias, these were four bombshells disseminated to millions of Americans by breathless anchors, pundits, and analysts, all of them feeding frenzied expectations about collusion that have now been internalized as indisputable truths by many. All four pieces, incidentally, are useless without their central faulty claims. Yet there they sit. And these are only four of dozens of other stories that have fizzled over the year.
If we are to accept the special pleadings of journalists we have to believe these were all honest mistakes. They may be. But a person might then ask, why is it that every one of the dozens of honest mistakes are prejudiced in the very same way? Why hasnt there been a single major honest mistake that diminishes the Trump-Russia collusion story? Why is there never an honest mistake that indicts Democrats?
Remember only last week we were all supposed to be mightily impressed that The Washington Post had sniffed out...
Most of the time when I travel, I get pretty sick. By the time I come home, Im a total mess, and have about a month-long hangover to cure. Apart from the odd bout of food poisoning, Ive never contracted any rare tropical viruses or severe STDs instead, I suffer from an autoimmune disorder called coeliac disease, which means my body cannot process gluten and basically attacks my digestive system if I consume even the smallest amount of it.
Short term, I feel like I have been hit by a truck. I might vomit. I might get diarrhoea, super bad stomach cramps or a migraine (not to mention I get so bloated that more than once, I have had to explain to friends that no, its not possible Im pregnant).
At home, its pretty easy to manage. I can cook my own food; I have access to contamination-free cooking utensils and an organic gluten-free grocery store right on my doorstep. However, when youre living in a remote Mexican village, its kind of difficult to ask the local taco-stand guy about his ingredients and cooking methods, not to mention pass up doughnuts when youre five tequila shots deep. There are also times when avoiding possibly contaminated food can appear more awkward than waking up after a one night stand. When a nun throws a dinner party in your honour, its rude to decline.
If I cared as much about my health a fraction of how much I care about my cat, I would be better at laying off the gluten; but in reality, my borderline-unhealthy obsession with food sometimes gets in the way. I often (always) plan my day around what Im going to eat, and Im not ashamed to admit that a couple of times, I have lead boys to believe that I was going home with them purely so I could get snacks. To those males I am sorry that the only thing that went into my mouth those nights was a burger.
In general, people I have come across are usually pretty considerate about me being coeliac, and only a few have resorted to the nickname glutard. I do get kind of pissed off when waiters dont know what coeliac is, and even more pissed off when they pass it off with, Our breads organic sure you dont want to try it? But the one thing that makes me really angryeven moreso than a Jetstar flightis being automatically lumped into the ever-growing class of part-time diet freaks. This demographic is mainly comprised of 16-to-25-year-old Instagram-loving white females who will fork out an extra $1-4 for gluten-free toast at brunch with the girls, despite having inhaled a pizza the night before.
The fact that such a demographic exists has made me do some deep, hard thinking...
Climate change could reduce the amount of wind available for power production in both the UK and the US, new research suggests.
The arrival of weaker winds in the northern hemisphere as a result of global warming could cause average windfarm output to fall by around 10% in the UK and 14% in the US by 2100, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.
Meanwhile, climate change could strengthen winds in parts of the southern hemisphere by the end of the century, the research finds, including in Australia, Brazil and South Africa.
However, the studys conclusions rely on models that have relatively low spatial resolution, other scientists tell Carbon Brief, which could affect the accuracy of the results.
Investment in wind power is part of many countries strategies for meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement, which strives to limit warming to well below 2C.
But some parts of the world have more favourable conditions for wind power production than others. This is due in part to prevailing weather patterns, such as the jet stream, as well as recurring atmospheric processes, including El Nio and La Nia.
The map below shows the average total wind resource in different parts of the world between 1980 and 2005, with high wind power potential shown in yellow and low potential shown in blue. Boxes highlight areas that were chosen for analysis in the new study.
The map indicates that many parts of the northern hemispher...
We all face great challenges in life. All of us.
The discovery of five 12,000-year-old fish-hooks has exploded the assumption that during the Pleistocene era fishing was men's work. In a paper published in the journal Antiquity, a team led by Sue O'Connor from the Australian National University's College of Asia and the Pacific, reports finding fish-hooks fashioned from sea snail shells in a rock shelter on the island of Alor in Indonesia. The hooks had been deployed as grave goods - items left on or next to a corpse. In this case, they had been placed carefully under the chin and around the jaws of a deceased adult female. Items used in burial or other funeral practices provide strong clues to the cultural values of the people involved, because they are inevitably either items associated with the person during life or things thought to be required for success in the afterlife.
Rosmann, an Iowa farmer, is a psychologist and one of the nations leading farmer behavioral health experts. He often answers phone calls from those in crisis. And for 40 years, he has worked to understand why farmers take their lives at such alarming rates currently, higher rates than any other occupation in the United States. Once upon a time, I was a vegetable farmer in Arizona. And I, too, called Rosmann. I was depressed, unhappily married, a new mom, overwhelmed by the kind of large debt typical for a farm operation. We were growing food, but couldnt afford to buy it. We worked 80 hours a week, but we couldnt afford to see a dentist, let alone a therapist. I remember panic when a late freeze threatened our crop, the constant fights about money, the way light swept across the walls on the days I could not force myself to get out of bed. Farming has always been a stressful occupation because many of the factors that affect agricultural production are largely beyond the control of the producers, wrote Rosmann in the journal Behavioral Healthcare. The emotional well-being of family farmers and ranchers is intimately intertwined with these changes.
2017 has had its fair share of bizarre, headline-grabbing medical cases which tend to leave people scratching their heads. Fox News has compiled ten of these cases. Braces are a pain - literally An Australian woman went to the doctor complaining of stomach pains. The doctor found her heart beat was elevated and her gut wall was inflamed. The docs were stumped, though, as when lab tests and liver scans of the liver, gallbladder and bile ducts all showed up as normal. It was only when they did a CT scan that they found an almost 3-inch long dental brace wire lodged in her intestines. "The wire penetrated through the small bowel and the small bowel mesentery and to another loop of the mid-small bowel," read the BMJ article reporting on the case. The woman told the doctors she hadn't had braces in over ten years and that she never remembered swallowing any.
He read an article in the NY Times that praised Ben Shapiro as a conservative intellectual and the cool kids philosopher, dissecting arguments with a lawyers skill and references to Aristotle., so what did he feel compelled to do? He read a whole lot of Shapiros writings. Ive read a few bits and pieces of Shapiros spew, and then had to turn away to cope with the gagging and retching, so Ive never taken the trouble to read it at length and figure out what rotting carcass of conservative thought hes pawing over now he was invited to speak on our campus by our College Republicans last year, which isnt a good sign. They like to invite provocative idiots, so I skipped it entirely.
But now Robinson has clearly immersed himself in the Shapiro oeuvre, and produced a thorough shaming of the mans shallowness and inhumanity. Youll discover how Shapiro deals with the race issuedishonestly.
What dispirited me about Shapiros approach is that hes clearly not actually very interested in Facts at all. The role that race plays in American life is a serious sociological question, one that isnt answered easily. But Shapiro plucks only the statistics that suggest race doesnt matter, and pretends the statistics that suggest it does matter dont exist. Nobody can trust him, because if he comes across a finding showing that incarceration rates more closely follow crime rates than racial demographics, you can bet it will appear in his next speech. But if someone shows that a white man with a criminal record is far more likely to receive a job callback than a black man without a criminal record, youll never hear it mentioned.
And then theres Shapiros racism. Hes got to be aware of it, because every talk of his Ive heard includes a pre-emptive salvo in which he claims that being called a racist is the worst slur in America, because it shuts down rational conversation (hes very big on rational conversation, while not bothering with any himself), so pointing out that what he says is racist is inherently irrational.
My initial impressions were also soured by Shapiros casual bigotry. That may not be the wisest observation to lead with: Im sure Shapiro would be very pleased with himself to hear me call him a racist. (Though Shapiro always looks somewhat pleased with himself.) Nothing could better prove his point: the left has no arguments, so they resort to calling people they dislike racists. And since he explicitly says that he isnt a racist, what am I doing if not using the classic left-wing bullying tactic of dismissing your opponent as a nasty, bigoted individual?
But, well, I dont know what else to call a statement like this: Israelis like to.........
Police in Kagua, Southern Highlands province have arrested two
youths transporting drugs to Mt Hagen, heading to the coastal
Kagua Police Station Commander Inspector Albert Korin said the youths were arrested by his men with two 20kg bags containing marijuana at the check point at Kagul bridge.
Korin said the two are now in the police cell in Mendi awaiting court mention.
Meanwhile, he said police will go down hard on those using marijuana in exchange for weapons, especially in the coastal regions.
He also thanked his men for doing a marvelous job in arresting the two youths. PNGFM
A top UN official told senior North Korean figures
there was an "urgent need" to keep channels open to avoid the risk
of war, the organisation says.
The statement follows a visit to Pyongyang by Jeffrey Feltman, the highest-level trip by a UN official to the isolated nation in six years.
North Korea says it has agreed to regular communication with the UN.
Tensions over the North's weapons programme were raised further after a fresh ballistic missile test last week.
North Korea said it was its most advanced missile yet, capable of reaching the continental US.
The test was the latest in a series of nuclear and missile tests conducted in defiance of UN sanctions.
South Korea and the US have meanwhile been carrying out large-scale military drills in a show of force.
On Sunday, South Korea said it will join the US in imposing fresh sanctions against the North.
Twenty North Korean firms and 12 individuals have reportedly been added to a South Korean blacklist, which will take effect from Monday.
The move by Seoul, its second set of unilateral sanctions in a month, was designed to cut off international sources of funding for North Korea's nuclear missile programme, a foreign ministry official in Seoul said.
The measures are in addition to those imposed by the UN Security Council.
'Hostile US policy'
The UN continues to operate in North Korea, with programmes providing food, agricultural and health aid but the last visit by a senior official was back in 2011.
After the UN's Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Mr Feltman met senior North Koreans all agreed "the current situation was the tensest and dangerous peace and security issue in the world today", according to the statement.
"Noting the urgent need to prevent miscalculations and open channels to reduce the risks of conflict, Mr Feltman underlined that the international community, alarmed by escalating tensions, is committed to the achievement of a peaceful solution," it added.
North Korean state media earlier said current tensions were "entirely ascribable to the US hostile policy".
But in its reporting of Mr Feltman's trip, KCNA also said both sides agreed on "communication through visits at different level on a regular basis in the future".
Many people fear death partly because of the perception they might suffer increasing pain and other awful symptoms the nearer it gets. There's often the belief palliative care may not alleviate such pain, leaving many people to die excruciating deaths. But an excruciating death is extremely rare. The evidence about palliative care is that pain and other symptoms, such as fatigue, insomnia and breathing issues, actually improve as people move closer to death. More than 85% of palliative care patients have no severe symptoms by the time they die.
America is in a race. It is not a race that we want to be in. America is heading headlong towards civil war. The elite 1% controls 40% of the countrys wealth. This wealth bifurcation inevitably leads to civil war with the right trigger event.
America is also in a race towards World War III. The central banks of the West are in the for the fight of their lives.
The primary quetion left to answer is: Will America start World War III first to save the Petrodollar from extinction, or, will America go to war with itself in a civil war in a desperate attempt to reallocate the nations resources in a typical Marxian kind of revolution?
I have chosen four stories which are typical of the econmic fate that most Americans find themselves in as America is still waging war on the middle class.
From Global Research and its ode to Capitalism and the general feelings of despair shared by tens of millions living inside of America:
Simply stand in the isle of a corporate, Big Box chain store or in the parking lot of a strip mall that squats, hideous, on some soul-defying, U.S. Interstate highway and allow yourself to feel the emptiness and desperation extant. The tormented landscape, besieged by an ad hoc assemblage of late capitalist structures, emporiums of usurped longing, reflects the desperate, rapacious nature of late capitalist imperium.
The collective feelings of hopelessness and despair caused by our economic system are accurately expressed by Sputnik News:
A new federal study observes that over half a million people...
Sydney (ABN Newswire) Bauxite producer, Australian Bauxite Limited (ABx) is reporting progress on the ALCORE project in accordance with the schedule announced to the ASX on 13th November 2017.
Engineering firm appointed to design and cost the Engineering Validation Plant (EV Plant)
Trade financing proposals suggests the 50,000tpa production plant can be largely financed
Discussions with governments and agencies are still progressing
Unexpected strong interest in co-products Corethane and silica fume.
The ALCORE project is the development of bauxite beneficiation and refining technology to produce from bauxite Aluminium Fluoride which is used in aluminium production and in lithium ion batteries. ALCORE will also produce Corethane which is a hydrocarbon that can subsititute for natural gas and will provide energy for the proposed ALCORE production plant.
The current ABx group available cash is A$2.05 million. ABx has unused lines of credit for working capital if required and has no current plans for capital raisings.
1. Engineering Validation Plant (EV Plant)
ABx has commissioned an engineering, design and costing study by Turnkey Innovative Engineering Pty Ltd for the Engineering Validation Plant (EV Plant) which is the first stage of the ALCORE project, designed to generate large tonnage bulk samples of the products that will be tested and validated by ALCOREs prospective customers, especially for high density Aluminium Fluoride, Corethane and Silica Fume.
Turnkey (TKIE) is a sophisticated, leading-edge chemical engineering firm that is well regarded because of its recent successful work on new technology for the manufacture of lithium carbonate from a brine project in Argentina.
TKIE has agreed to provide in Q1 2018, the engineering report, design and a lump-sum quotation for the construction and commissioning of the EV Plant which is to be constructed in mid 2018.
The chemical process, which was patented on 5th June 2017, has been established in Turnkeys chemical engineering systems and technical officers are now reviewing the plant equipment schedules and the experience of the technologists who developed the ALCORE process.
2. Financing Plans
Financing plans are scheduled to be finalised and announced in March 2018 once the EV Plant engineering report has been received and assessed.
ABx has been approached by three parties involved in the Aluminium Fluoride industry to discuss future sales. All three...
This video from London, England says about itself:
19 June 2017
AJ Tracey and his brother Mickey, who live close to Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, London, say they have witnessed no help from central or local government in response to the disaster. In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, they tell Iman Amrani the community has pulled together and acted as a family for the victims.
By Felicity Collier in Britain:
Survivors still let down 6 months on
Monday 11th December 2017
Labour demands action from government to address its failings.
LABOUR is demanding answers and action from the government, six months on from the Grenfell Tower disaster.
The Adani groups chances of getting a $900 million (AUD) concessional government loan ...
Fannin Road Baptist Church sits across from an abandoned cow pasture on the west side of Montgomery, Alabama, in a poor neighborhood of sparse, dilapidated single-story homes near Maxwell Air Force Base. Pastor Jim Lester began what he calls a missionary church here in 1998, while he was still on active duty in the Air Force.
At 63, Lester has a military bearing and sports a closely cropped gray mustache, a bald head, and a distinct North Carolina drawl. Like most pastors of independent fundamentalist Baptist churches in Alabama, Lester doesnt mince words about what he believesor why he supports Roy Moore.
Lester was one of the 53 Alabama pastors who signed a letter endorsing the Republican Alabama Senate candidate back in August. A month ago, Moores wife, Kayla Moore, re-posted the letter on Facebook in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against her husband. Since then, Lester says hes been contacted by close to a hundred reporters but hasnt spoken out, until now.
Roy Moore was a man who was willing to stand on his principles, even though it cost him his job as chief justice, cost him his livelihood, Lester says, referring to Moores removal from the Alabama Supreme Court, first in 2003 and again in 2016. Thats extreme. But Lester is quick to clarify that his support for Moore goes beyond his belief that Moore is a man of principle.
We take the Bible literally as Gods word, he says. And the problem with abortion is that we believe that its the taking of a human life, at any point. Lester is referring to Democratic candidate Doug Jones and his support for abortion, which is all Lester needs to know about him. He quotes Proverbs chapter 6, which lists seven things that God hates. You ever heard this? he asks me. You know what they are? Do you know what one of them is? He quickly answers his own question: The shedding of innocent blood. That is something God hates.
Lester doesnt believe the allegations against Moore are true. But he says that even if Moore were proven guilty of the worst of the accusations leveled against himthat he groped a 14-year-old when he was in his early thirtiesabortion, or the taking of a human life, would still be a worse sin in the eyes of God. Its not about what Jim Lester thinks, its about what God thinks, he says. That directs my voting.
This is more or less the view of a large swath of Moore supporters in Alabama, and especially the pastors of mostly small, independent churches who have publicly e...
If you are seeing the name above for the first time, so are we. It has come to our attention through this profile below. The questions raised are important. The answers, to the degree there are any, are fascinating. Thanks to longform journalism, which we need now more than ever, we have profiles like this:
The institute, an internal research division of the Simons Foundation, is a community of scientists who are working to use modern computational tools to advance our understanding of science, both through the analysis of large, rich datasets and through the simulations of physical process.
Algorithms made him a Wall Street billionaire. His new research center helps scientists mine data for the common good....
Googles high-end Home Max speaker is now available from Best Buy and Verizon, two months after the product was announced. Like the existing Google Home and Home Mini, the Max uses Google Assistant voice commands to launch music, answer questions, and control smart-home devices. But instead of dinky speakers, the Home Max has dual subwoofers
Googles high-end Home Max speaker is now available from Best Buy and Verizon, two months after the product was announced. Like the existing Google Home and Home Mini, the Max uses Google Assistant voice commands to launch music, answer questions, and control smart-home devices. But instead of dinky speakers, the Home Max has dual subwoofers and custom tweeters. It also automatically makes equalization adjustments to fit the room, using its microphones to measure the acoustics.
Are we living inside a computer simulation? Bolingbrooks newest business, The Neo Center for the Study of Reality Coding, intends to find out.
At a private grand opening ceremony, attended by Mayor Roger Claar and all the village trustees, CEO Daniel C. Lovecraft explained the company purpose:
Many billionaires, like Elon Musk, believe that the reality we live in is a computer simulation. Some have privately told us they want to escape the simulation or tweak it. We want to help these folks, and with their funding, we might find the answer, eventually.
Lovecraft cited a Bank of America study that says the odds that we live in a simulation are between twenty and fifty percent. He added that since the odds are in favor of our reality being a computer simulation, it is a worthy investment to crack realitys source code.
Imagine making little changes, like giving every human unlimited access to food and water Or even eliminating the need to eat or drink. Everything is possible, including changes to our past.
Like changing the results of unjust elections? asked Trustee Maria Zarate.
Or eliminating the need for elections, entirely, replied Lovecraft.
I like that idea, said Trustee Deresa Hoogland.
Claar praised the companys decision to relocate to Bolingbrook. This is a top company with good-paying jobs thats come here. Just the other day, I praised McDonalds for rebuilding a store in Bolingbrook. Now you guys are here. That proves to me that Bolingbrook is not only good for business, its also good for business research.
Trustee Robert Jaskiewicz was not impressed: Didnt someone do a study that disproved your theory?
Thats fake news, replied Lovecraft. Besides, were just asking questions. Theres no harm in that.
Yes, but did Roger give you a tax credit for locating your office here?
Bob, Claar interrupted, If you had attended the 3 AM meeting of the Bolingbrook Quantum Computing Commission, you would know the answer to that question.
Ive never heard of that commission.
If you had asked the Village Attorney, he would have told you about it.
How would I know to ask the Village Attorney? Its not listed on the villa...
In this era of fake news, clarity matters. When propagandists working for the Muslim Brotherhood and other terrorist-aligned groups are intentionally trying to blur the meanings of words and misrepresent facts, it is vital to be clear about what you want, what your red lines are and what you are willing to compromise on. This will enable you to argue better and have more productive conversations both on and offline about this issue.
Elliot Friedland thinks too much and it annoys his wife. Send in your answers to these questions to email@example.com. The best answers may be printed.
The Australian government and intelligence whistleblowers and potentially even journalists may face up to 20 years in jail for disclosing classified information under the most sweeping changes to the countrys secrecy laws since they were introduced.Read More
Second Lt Kaitlin Daddona drills with her boxing training partner on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (Illustrative photo: US Air Force/Senior Airman Michael Reeves.)
Police in New South Wales, Australia, warned nightclubs, restaurants, shopping centers and sports grounds they need to train staff to confront possible terrorists. Specifically front of house staff such a bartenders, cleaners and waiters need to know what to do if a terrorist strikes.
The advisory came ahead of planned celebrations for New Years Eve and in light of the arrest of Somali-Australian Ali Khalif Shire on suspicion of planning an ISIS-inspired attack. He is charged with attempting to obtain a semi-automatic rifle with intent to shoot innocent partygoers in Melbournes Federation Square.
Frontline staff need to understand the plans (for a possible attack), Senior Sergeant Rob Fleischer said, according to The Daily Mail. A lot of times, its not going to be us (police) who are going to be dealing with the first five minutes. The first five minutes is front of house staff.
Those staff need to be trained in how to react and how to help patrons escape, police said.
Those receiving training should include ushers, people who take money at checkouts, cleaners, security theres a whole range, Inspector Peter Aitken clarified.
It has not been reported if the police intend to provide such training or if i...
Yes, but not by doing any of the things we know Trump to have done.
Dec. 10, 2017 3:46 p.m. ET
Speculation about Special Counsel Robert Muellers investigation has turned toward obstruction of justicespecifically, whether President Trump can be criminally prosecuted for firing James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation or for earlier asking Mr. Comey to go easy on onetime national security adviser Mike Flynn. The answer is no. The Constitution forbids Congress to criminalize such conduct by a president, and applying existing statutes in such a manner would violate the separation of powers.
Editorial: Yes, the president can obstruct justice, said Senate GOP
A reader made this comment on this, my personal blog-site a few days ago.
I know nothing of Murray Averill, his father Lloyd or Nexus Church.
If you can enlighten me and my readers further, please could you provide feedback in the comments box at the bottom of any article on this site
Readers comment of today:
Heres a scoop for you Don. Pastor Murray Averill (Nexus Church,
Everton Park, Brisbane -formerly Northside Christian Church) has
been sacked by the church. Last Sunday was his final service. He
was sacked for being a bully, autocratic, and he appears to have
upset the wrong people for too long. The church recently offered
Murray the role of pastor with no administrative powers, but he
refused. He wants the power. He was a bully and tyrant both as the
principal of the school (Northside Christian College) and the
church. He is best buddies with Brian Houston (best men at each
others weddings), so naturally Brian stepped in to try to help save
the job, to no avail. Murray is the son of the equally power hungry
and corrupt Lloyd Averill.
I would prefer my name etc be kept from this, these people are dangerous, I have experienced their corrupt nasty tactics in the past, and have no energy to deal with their campaign to crush the little people. But thanks to sites like yours we have a voice.
Gideon Levy is one of Israels most outspoken journalists. Hes been writing for decades in Israeli newspaper Haaretz about the devastating effects of the never-ending Israeli occupation of Palestine.
I first met Gideon in Tel Aviv in 2005 when I was researching my first book, My Israel Question.
Since then, hes become an inspiration for daring to reveal the dark side of Israeli society and what its supporting in the West Bank and Gaza.
He recently toured Australia, and received extensive media coverage, and I was privileged to speak alongside him at Sydney University. It was one of the biggest Sydney Ideas events of the year, with nearly 500 people present.
My comments begin at 50:07 and then a Q&A with Gideon.
Heres the audio:
And the video:
Psychology is an amazing subject and it is perhaps the only true concrete answers we have to the massively confusing minds we possess. Its the key to understanding not only the conscious mind but the subconscious too.
Psychology is such an intriguing topic because it gives us answers to the not so concrete feelings we experience when we are all wrapped up in our minds! In all honesty, everyone should know these amazing fifteen facts about psychology!
The placebo effect has actually shown to be more effective and offers more relief than actual medicine. It happens when the consciousness truly believes theyre getting better because of treatment, but the treatment actually has no external effect on it whatsoever.
Deja vu is a consciousness phenomenon in which one believes they are living in a moment for the second time. They truly feel as if they have experienced the present moment before. Interestingly, almost every person who experiences this does so about a conversation or a dream.
Calorie charts placed at the beginning of a restaurant buffet actually make people choose less healthy foods, according to a study.
Most identical twins are actually not identical. Our brains just perceive them that way.
People who play video games regularly are much more likely to lucid dream than people who dont. They are also better at changing and morphing their dream realities. This is thought to be because of a gamers ability to get lost in other worlds.
The word you can actually stimulate a persons brain to feel...
Trigger warning: this post contains discussion of weapons.
I dont often talk about my past but Ive dusted off an old post since taken offline and re-edited it completely in response to #Hack4DV. As Christmas approaches it is worth remembering that family time means different things to people from abusive families and there will be a lot of people across the country hurting this festive season as the alcohol and toxic relationships create a dangerous if not deadly mix. Some people will lose their lives this Christmas season.
Domestic violence is something that affected my life a long time ago and a lot of other issues which I feel have had a bigger impact on my life chances have happened since. Perhaps this trivialisation of what seemed normal for me (but definitely isnt) is precisely because I was born into a dangerous household and cant imagine a normal family and how I would be different. The truly sad thing is that this story doesnt even make me cry, its just my life.
When I meet people for the first time they tend to demand to know how I make a living. I never get asked what Ive survived or what challenges Ive faced. I find this gives people a very inaccurate view of my character and accomplishments. On the other hand, I dont want to feel like Im wearing the injustices Ive suffered like a victim badge. I have much fresher wounds to pick over so Im not usually thinking about the distant past. I am however, still dealing with the cumulative impact of many bad situations on my life-chances.
Long story short, I was born into a dangerous situation. By the time I was born my mother and siblings were already victims of my father who had developed paranoid schizophrenia and alcoholism on top of his abusive attitudes toward women. My earliest memory (I was about 2) is of my father shooting the family dog in front of us. The dog was a doberman that used to chase the school bus up the road like a mad thing. He was also my brothers pet.
After that, my father shot the cat, my sisters pet. It used to pee on his foot whenever he was around, something my mother always laughed about (behind his back). That day my father got his own back on the family pets as we watched them burn on the incinerator.
I remember my mother being threatened and I remember her need to learn how to bend to my fathers will in order to keep us all alive. In the early 70s information on mental illness was not available like it is now. My mother who had never even heard of such conditions struggled to understand what was going on. Her doctor gave her Valium and tried to get her to sprinkle medication on his cereal.
My father lost his job because he threatened his boss with a rifle so my mother had to go back to teaching and leave...
On 20 November 2017 Clover Moore, the Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney falsely framed my university research as anti-vaccination instead of describing it as the risks of a medical intervention. This is a crime for human health because it is a medical intervention that is given to healthy people and all of the risks and benefits of vaccination must be scrutinised before it is mandated in healthy populations.
My PhD thesis describing the adverse events to vaccines has been accepted and published by the University of Wollongong because it provides the scientific evidence and arguments for the risks of this procedure. Yet Australian journalists and public servants are falsely stating it is not evidence-based.
Public servants, journalists, politicians and doctors who label this university research as anti-vaccination are breaching their duty of care to the public. Tanya Plibersek, Labors Health Minister in 2012 has also breached her duty of care to the public by designing public health policy in 2012/13 through a petition on a lobby group website Mamamia website.
The Mamamia website and Murdoch News Ltd papers are a mouth piece for the industry pro-vaccine lobby groups (listed below) and they allow industry activists and journalists, without qualifications in immunology or vaccination science, to promote vaccines to the public using false information.
Clover Moore and the City of Sydney Council, stated that my university research should not be presented in public forums in Australia. This is an example of the suppression of scientific debate that is occurring in Australia today and the loss of freedom of speech.
The Australian governments vaccination policies have been influenced by the pharmaceutical companies through the funding of medical journals and donations...
Karun Cowper speaks with Johnny Windus, national advocacy coordinator of the Australian Unemployed Workers Union which is starting to get moving in Perth.
Speakers to broadcast terror warning in event of Melbourne city attack | 10 Dec 2017 | Police warnings to move, leave or stay would be broadcast at more than 90 city sites in the event of a terrorist or Bourke St-style attack. Already, 65 sets of loudspeakers are in place at sites including Federation Square, Flinders St station and the Bourke St Mall. A test message and "wailing" standard emergency warning signal -- alerting people that an emergency announcement is pending -- will be transmitted over speakers installed at the State Library on December 28. It comes as police warn there is an increased risk of terrorism over the festive season.
Karun Cowper speaks with Nick Everettt, co-convenor of Friends of Palestine WA on Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital, in reversal of decades of US policy and drawing international condemnation.
What are you working towards in life? What goals are most urgent for you to achieve before you die? Perhaps youre terrified of never achieving them, and you wouldnt be alone we all are! But maybe this study will be enough to inspire you to get out there and achieve what you desire.
We all have regrets and we definitely all make mistakes, and theres nothing wrong with that. When it comes down to it, life is an assimilation of feelings, memories, failures, and achievements. We dont really consider the times we were bored out of our minds or doing our daily routine as part of our real lives. Life is composed of different individual experiences, memories, and emotions some good and some bad. If you tend to stress about achieving your goals or reaching your highest potential, youre not alone! Pretty much everyone worries about the exact same thing, and maybe this study will be enough to inspire you to get out there and do it!
Australian Nurse and counselor, Bronnie Ware, has been taking care of terminally ill patients for some time now; some of which have only 12 weeks or less to live. Wares only job wasnt to provide these terminally ill patients with healthcare, hygiene, and food. She was also responsible for relieving them of mental stress and proving them with relief of any anguish about their upcoming end of days. Because most of her patients were elderly and only has about twelve weeks to live, she heard a lot about the regrets people has in their life. The things they never did that they wished they had. It actually turns out to be amazing advice. Ware composed the five most common regrets people who are near death complain about. We have the opportunity to do what they wished they had
Karun Cowper speaks with urbanist, activist and Audacities initiator Sharon Ede on cosmo-localisation in the New Economy in Australia and beyond.
Published December 11, 2017
STANFORD UNIVERSITY On Thursday, Dec. 7, President Russell Begaye spoke before the Stanford Graduate School of Business addressing the issues that the Navajo Nation faces in economic development.
Beyond the tenacity of our people, we are also creative and have the ability to make things happen, President Begaye said. We are changing the way we think about and approach infrastructure and economic development.
The president said that many issues that the Nation faces stem from the concept of sovereignty and how the Nation asserts itself in establishing a nation-to-nation relationship with the federal government. The Treaty of 1868 signed between the federal government and the Navajo Nation commits the government to the doctrine of trust responsibility.
When treaties were signed with Navajo, the government committed to providing things like health care, education and infrastructure, he said. These treaties are the equivalent of signing treaties with nations like Australia, Europe or China. Yet, we have to remind the government of this. When they issue usfunds, its not because we are a minority, its their contractual obligation.
Conversely, President Begaye said reliance on federal funding can cause tribal nations to become dependent on the federal government. As sovereign nations, its critical that tribes take more control over policies that guide areas like economic development.
How do we change dependency on outside resources? the president asked. Our people have suffered years of living with a lack of infrastructure that has fostered dependency on federal assistance. We need to become more self-sufficient in every area.
The Nation has looked closely at regulations that affect economic development to find language that provides for tax breaks or benefits on tribal land. We are monitoring tax bills to implement any tax breaks that are applicable to our...
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He said the Government has learned from experience and is now negotiating loans which have better terms for the country.
He said this following the signing of a concessional loan with the Czechoslovakian EXIM Bank for K172 million (Euro 55 million) for the Boram Hospital Upgrade Project.
Abel said given the experience of the China EXIM Bank loan, which had tied conditions, the PNC-led coalition is now working to move away from such arrangements.
He said the Government is now looking more at financing arrangements, which are not tied and will also have a trickling effect on the economy.
We want to begin a process where we want to move away from what we call tied bilateral financing. Some of the conditions that come with these loans require that a company must come from that particular country, so were doing our best to move away from that.
We want as much as possible to have open tender, and to have Papua New Guinean companies participate so that more of the indirect benefits from these financing can stay in Papua New Guinea, he said.
I was unable to attend your WEC in Orlando but purchased it to view remotely. Ive read the vertical market report and look forward to watching the video of the even when its ready. My only question is with regard to currency. With my currency in AUD I realise the place to be is in the DOW however with youre previous reports of Australia being one of the few countries with Super Annuation and the fact longer term you have predicted the AUD to surpass the USD will investing in the DOW be detrimental on a purely currency basis or will the USD rally against all currencies before many years ahead seeing the AUD rally against it? Is the Aussie Dollar included when you say all other currencies etc or is it unique like youve mentioned before in a 2010 down under report?
Thanks for all the effort you go to helping us all navigate through these interesting times.
ANSWER: The US$ has been moving higher against the A$ since 2011. It has NOT reached the Yearly Bullish Reversal which stands at 14252 on the cash. The technical resistance stands at the 160 and 170 levels. There is no indication that the US$ will make all-time record highs against the A$ just yet. Exceeding that 14250 area will ring the alarm bell for the A$.
Here are the technicals for the Dow in A$. Here we have elected four Yearly Bullish Reversals whereas, in the currency, we have not elected any s...
QUESTION: You have said that coins were still fiat and not tangible hard money. Nobody else has said that. Can you support that statement?
ANSWER: Of course. During the American Colonial period, there was a shortage of silver in particular in Britain. The British imposed restrictions on what coins could be used to pay Americans for anything. That restriction was imposed on silver and gold. Therefore, payment to Americans from Britain was always in copper coins. If Americans wanted to buy something from Britain, it was typically demanded in silver or gold. This was one of the reasons for the American Revolution.
Because of these restrictions, the monetary value of copper coins was twice its actual metal content. All governments produced coins ONLY at a profit, which is called the seignorage. Here is a table of the weight and metal content of a U.S. penny. Not only has it declined in weight, in 1982 it ceased being a copper-based coin. The penny today is zinc copper plated to maintain the appearance. The price of copper became worth more tha...
Most people do not understand that there is the Eurogroup, which is an informal body of finance ministers from the Eurozone member states that are intended to discuss matters relating to their countries common responsibilities related to the Euro. They do not keep any minutes so nothing emerges with respect to policy. There is now a clash building between this Eurogroup and that of the European Commission. The Eurogroup will most likely oppose the EU Commissions plans for an EU finance minister. This, of course, is one more step toward federalizing Europe. The view in Brussels is that their dream project is collapsing. The answer is not more freedom, but to centralize power to prevent the collapse of the Euro.
The Commission wants to impose its own finance minister over the Eurogroup and in turn, the Eurogroup will insist on having its own presidency. There is a rising belief within the Eurogroup that it should delineate the role of the Eurogroup from the role of the Commission. They see the Commission as attempting to grab more power unto itself.
Its main task is to ensure close coordination of economic policies among the Eurozone member states and promote conditions for stronger economic growth. This was seen as a critical element to maintain stability in the Eurozone as a whole.
However, as I have made clear before, the failure of the euro has been due to the refusal to consolidate the debts. Then you would have had a clean federal European government and each member state would then have its own budget that would not be dependent upon the federal government. Now because of this refusal to consolidate the debts from the outset, we have the idea of creating an EU Finance Minister who will then have dictatorial powers over Eurozone members.
This is going far beyond the United States of Europe, but a single government eliminating the sovereignty of individual member states. The USA has a federal government with its debt and 50 states which are all on their own. The Feds are not impacted by the budget of an individual state whereas the structure of the Euro is dependent upon each state. This is also why the EU opposes all separatist movements. The design is seriously flawed.
The Eurogroup exists without any real power...
It was clear at the just concluded first national inaugural agriculture summit in Port Moresby that the PPAP modality is strong in governance, transparency and accountability, hence delivery of project to the farmers is feasible, he said.
Be happy because youre in the forefront of a move in the country.
Hombunaka was talking to 45 extension officers attending a weeklong training at Aiyura coffee research and growers services station in Eastern Highlands on Friday, 23 November, 2017.
The officers work for 35 productive partners for Coffee Industry Corporations industry rehabilitation program under PPAP coffee component. They were trained on how best to train farmers outside of the conventional extension service practice.
Our current conventional extension service is just about training farmers on technical applications on production aspect of agriculture and we leave the farmers high and dry after the training, said Hombunaka.
I had been in Albania for four days. My friend and I were staying on the coast where endless days melted into sticky nights and our pink skin slowly cooked under the Mediterranean sun. We took day trips to the deep clear pools of the Blue Lagoon, and spent long nights in a shared dorm room, one fan slowly pushing the hot, heavy air between our beds.
On the fifth day, we rose early, strapped on our backpacks and made our way to the local bus stop. Most people were still sleeping, unaware that the asphalt was already humming with the promise of a hot day.
On arrival, we found broken air-conditioning and a full bus. Squeezing on, we sat wedged between local children, one of whom casually threw up in a bag, successfully circulating the smell of sick through the trapped humid air.
Six hours later, we arrived at our guesthouse in Berat, by which point the edges of my vision had become blurry and my skin had become hotter than a shirtless Channing Tatum. In a shitty turn of events (literally), my friend was curled up on our guesthouse floor, unable to move far from the safety of a toilet and unlikely to fetch me water and hydrolytes.
Certain I was on the brink of death, I rose from my bed and slowly shuffled in what I hoped was the direction of the hostel common room. I had become nauseous and shaky and was mentally writing my will in my mind: I bequeath my panda hat and diaries to Laura because no-one except her should have that weird shit.
Instead of the common room, I accidentally stumbled into the front room of the older couple who ran the hostel. I had disturbed an afternoon television session and two surprised faces looked at me as I attempted to ask for water. Neither of them spoke English and neither understood my broken Albanian. The last of my energy used up on this language attempt, I collapsed. My sun-soaked limbs had finally given in to the heatstroke that had been building for the last four days.
Immediately, the old woman in the room sprung into action. She spoke to her husband rapidly and he quickly left the room, shutting the door behind him. She turned off the TV and gently guided me to the couch. Her husband returned with bottles of cold water, a sheet and strips of cloth. The woman helped me take small sips of water before gently peeling off my sweaty clothes.
She lay me down on the couch and covered my body in the cool white sheet. Soaking the strips of cloth in cold water, she placed them under my arms, along my groin an...
So big is Melbourne's infrastructure boom that Treasurer Tim Pallas fears Victoria will run low on the specialist skills and resources such as gravel needed to make it happen.
"We've known for a while that the technical and the specialist skills required for transport projects, particularly rail projects, have been hard to get," he told The Age. "The more projects you start the harder it gets. We've only a handful of rail signallers in the entire state to manage not only the existing network but also the upgrades planned and under way.
"That's just one illustration. We are also hearing of shortages in project management, finishing trades, commercial advisory skills, industry analysis, systems engineering and tunnelling. For high-end skills, it's obvious, but its also a problem for entry-level skills."
"Only on Friday I was meeting with the extractive industries representative body, and everybody around that table was saying there is so much demand for raw materials, quarry materials, cement and sand and so on that suppliers are choosing which jobs they bid on.
"You've got to expect pressure on price."
Mr Pallas said that at $9.6 billion per year, Victoria's infrastructure spending program was unprecedented. As a proportion of the state budget it was the biggest since that of the Bolte Liberal government in the 1960s and 1970s that began construction of the Melbourne Underground Rail Loop.
Victoria's $9.6 billion per year program was in competition for resources with the NSW $12.1 billion per year program, also the biggest on record. Other big projects in Queensland and New Zealand meant that the market for skills along the east coast was tightening, as it had in Western Australia during the mining construction boom.
"We are having to get people from further away and pay them more than we thought," Mr Pallas said. "Ultimately we have to pay what the market is prepared to offer."
"Look at what happened with Sydney's Westconnex. The entire industry in NSW put in one single consolidated bid that put the state government at a disadvantage. Here, we are facing the same sort of thing with the North East Link. You can only bring so many people in from interstate. You get to a point where you hit bedrock in terms of imported skills."
Mr Pallas said it wasn't yet clear t...
China is using fake LinkedIn profiles to gather
information on German officials and politicians, the German
intelligence agency (BfV) has said.
The agency alleges that Chinese intelligence used the networking site to target at least 10,000 Germans, possibly to recruit them as informants.
It released a number of fake profiles allegedly used for this purpose.
BfV head Hans-Georg Maassen said the accounts show China's efforts to subvert top-level German politics.
"This is a broad-based attempt to infiltrate in particular parliaments, ministries and government agencies," he said.
Social media shown as evidence of 'Russian trolls'
China has denied similar allegations of cyber espionage in the past and has not yet responded to the German allegation.
The BfV published eight of what they say are the most active profiles used to contact German LinkedIn users. They are designed to look enticing to other users, and promote young Chinese professionals -who do not exist.Some of the accounts include "Allen Liu", said to be a human resources manager at an economic consultancy, and "Lily Wu", who reportedly works at a think tank in eastern China.
The BfV says both accounts are fake.
The agency is increasingly worried that Chinese intelligence is using the method to recruit high-ranking politicians as informants.
They asked users who believed they had been targeted by suspect accounts to contact them.
Last year, the BfV said they had detected "increasingly aggressive cyber-espionage" including "intensifying" attempts to influence September's parliamentary elections.
They said the hacker group known as "Fancy Bear" or APT28 was especially active - and it is believed to be controlled by the Russian state.
Tonga secured the final Oceania qualifying spot at
Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 after taking bronze in rugby sevens at
the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu.
Tonga beat the Solomon Islands 24-19 to join the 21 other qualified men's teams heading to San Francisco on 20-22 July, 2018. Samoa won the tournament, beating Fiji 14-17 in the final.
There will be 24 men's teams in total at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018. Thirteen teams are qualified either by their placings at Moscow 2013 or via the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and 11 through regional qualifiers. To date, nine of the 11 regional qualified teams are known, with Tonga joining Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Two other South American teams will be known in January to complete the 10 regional qualified sides.
The 10 sides will contest the Hong Kong Sevens qualifier next April to determine who takes seedings 15-24. The top 14 seeds will be allocated to series qualified teams, with the points from their 2016-17 series being added to the first seven rounds of the 2018 world series.
SOURCE: WORLD RUGBY/PNG Today
The Manu Samoa Sevens team in Vanuatu is celebrating sweet
It follows a remarkable 14-7 victory over Fiji in the Cup final at the Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
In achieving the feat, they have successfully defended the title at the Games.
Samoa went into the game as second favourites.
But Fijis poor handling and tackling opened the door to the men in blue who were a lot more clinical in their play.
It all went wrong for Fiji from the first minute after Leo Naikasau was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle.
Samoa capitalised scoring two tries which were both converted to lead 14-0 at halftime.
Fiji managed to score through team captain Alosio Naduva.
Samoa defended the title after beating Fiji 31-12 in the final of the 2013 Pacific Mini Games in Wallis & Futuna. Somoa Observer
It barely registered a murmur across the Australian press, though it caused the traditional ripples over the protester fraternity. Christian activists, collectively known as the Pine Gap Pilgrims, had received sentences pursuant to the Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952 (Cth), a cold war relic used by the Australian government to conceal the nature of Canberras association with the joint US-Australian signals facility.
The prosecution of Margaret Pestorius, Paul Christie, Jim Dowling, Franz Dowling, Andy Paine and Tim Webb centred on their entering of the clandestine base in September 2016 had been obstinate and typical.
The grounds advanced by Michael McHugh SC for the government made weak reference to the history of peaceful protest that had marked the practice of Australian democracy. He even drew a curious precedent from the archives of history about how the Suffragettes had, in their day, shown the way on civil disobedience. They, it should be noted, were deemed to have acted illegally, though ultimately successfully, in their cause.
The Crown certainly got what it wanted in terms of verdicts, but Justice John Reeves was not proving totally cooperative to the holy shrine of US power in Australia. The judge had initially given an inkling that the charade around Pine Gap and its secrecy might continue. For one, he found little to accept the defence made under the Commonwealth Criminal Code that the conduct of the six in trespassing had been in response to a sudden or extraordinary emergency.
The nature of that emergency was drawn from the targeting information for drone strikes supplied by the facility, disruption of which would purportedly save lives. The ruling effectively took a good deal of the carpet from under the protestors, given that the jury was disallowed from considering that evidence in reaching their verdict.
On December 4, the court refused to impose prison sentences, despite the guilty jury verdict. I do not accept the Crowns submission, said the judge dismissively, that your offences potentially struck at the heart of national security. All six were fined for unlawful entry to the tune of $1,250 to $5,000, and Paine was found guilty of the additional charge of carrying a photographic defence on the base.
The judge felt that the actions of the younger Pilgrims did not warrant custodial sentences. Jim Dowling was a considered a more complex matter, him of the serial non-violent direct action type with a mischief making record dating back to 1986.
by Dee McLachlan
The American president has ordered the USs embassy staff in Canberra to relocate immediately to the new capital of Australia. Melbourne.
A Historical Perspective A Two State Solution
It is feared that Trumps support in transferring the US Embassy to Melbourne might ignite old long running conflicts between the Melbournites and the Sydneyites. To prevent further unrest, all sporting facilities have ordered body scanners, and there will be increased security at all AFL and NFL stadiums.
In the 1890s, the rivalry between the Melbournites and Sydneyites had been at a fever pitch so after Federation in 1901, a site for the capital was sought and Ca...
Submissions to recent and ongoing Senate inquiries also indicate that whichever parties take government at the next election, many agencies already have preparations underway to adapt to climate change.
Peter Whish-Wilson the Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans who led a Senate inquiry into the impact of climate change on the marine environment that last week released its report said policy delay was the new form of climate denialism.
Whether you stick your head under the water up on the Great Barrier Reef and see the devastation first-hand or you talk to the defence force personnel involved in planning for natural disasters in the Pacific, you know that the effects of global warming are upon us and that without action the future is looking grim, Whish-Wilson said.
We now need to think about the increase of marine heatwaves as part of the range of climate impacts we need to prepare for, like we do with bushfires and droughts, he said.
For its part, the Defence Departments report to a separate Senate inquiry into the implications of cli...
Celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary, the Greens seem a confident and coherent political alternative. This is certainly the message that the party leadership is sending. Speaking at the recent national conference, leader Senator Richard di Natale outlined an ambitious plan to capture twenty-five House of Representatives seats over the next twenty-five years, transforming the party into the third-force of Australian politics.
Source: Loop PNG
This Sports Visitor Program will be the first-ever for Papua New Guinea that follows the very successful Sports Envoy Program in Basketball, in 2015, and initiated by the US Embassy Port Moresby.
The program directly supports Embassy Port Moresbys mission priorities of empowerment of women and girls, and the elimination of gender-based violence (GBV).
The program offers valuable opportunities to promote womens empowerment and launches a high-level campaign against gender-based violence, said public affairs officer, Beverly Thacker.
Thacker said the program will also help to elevate womens soccer through the participation of secondary school female students, and will further highlight the potential of sports to combat gender-based violence through the year-long Secretary of States Office of Global Womens Issues (S/GWI) campaign and SportsUniteds sports diplomacy programming in the United States.
This program is one part of the United States commitment to the trilateral partnership with the Papua New Guinean and Australian governments that began during the FIFA Under-20 Womens World Cup in 2016.
The all-female group comprises nine participa...
.@cpyne: The best thing @samdastyari can do is resign from the @AustralianLabor caucus and get on with his life in a different career. MORE: https://t.co/haVQVYb0zp #SkyLiveNow pic.twitter.com/niqnTvsITu Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) December 11, 2017
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Wiser men than us distilled the essence of their generation into 3 words. Lest We Forget. Lest we future generations forget what they did and why they did it. I wonder what they'd make of this letter from the Prime Minister. Most Fridays Turnbull emails his extensive list of contacts...
Linda Burney is perfect for the role of Chief Sympathy Officer in the Dastyari Project. Black. Woman. Muslim-friendly. The Dastyari Project Team is hard at work crafting Sam's post parliamentary career. Sam's done the hard yards for Labor - now Labor will do the hard yards for Sam. For life....
The folks at the Brisbane Queer Film Festival are hosting a fundraising screening of acclaimed gay indie film Beach Rats this Wednesday night. In the film, actor Harris Dickinson stars as 19-year-old Frankie, who spends his days playing handball, smoking weed, and cruising the beach for girls. But at night, he meets up with older ...
BY MIRRIAM ZARRIGA
Residents of Port Moresby have been asked to take ownership of the city.
NCD Governor Powes Parkop in a fiery statement told residents of six mile not to be complacent and wait for hand outs but to take ownership of the many infrastructures given by their members and work towards sustaining their livelihood by making use of the services.
SME (Small Medium Enterprises) is a vision shared by all members including the Prime Minister Peter ONeill, we do not want people working towards earning money for a day but we want them to work towards long term goals Governor Parkop said.
Source: Loop PNG
Acting Prime Minister Charles Abel however says various court cases have stopped the Government from doing so.
Abel said its a very complex issue and would like some of the court issues settled quickly so that the money is released.
He said numerous court issues have stalled clan vetting, which once completed, will finally see all landowners being paid their royalties.
Were committed to pay that money. We were ready to pay. Its the issues amongst the landowners, he said.
But hopefully we can get some clarity as soon as possible from our court system so were able to pay our Kikori landowners, progress the clan vetting up at Hides and even the pay out of the K35 million.
Recently, Hides landowners shut access to the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant, calling on the Government to immediately settle the K35 million it committed in 2016.
The move forced ExxonMobil to withdraw non-essential staff from the Plant while maintaining key personnel at the site.
The high profile Government delegation includes senior state ministers in the likes of the Minister for Education, Nick Kuman, Minister for Inter-Government Relations, Kevin Isifu, Minister for Information, Communication, Technology and Energy, Sam Basil, and Governor for West New Britain, Sasindran Muthuvel.
Other senior government officials traveling with the delegation include Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato and acting registrar general of the Civil and Identity Registry, Michael Kumung.
Reiterating that a key focus of the ONeill-Abel Government is to grow the economy, Minister Maru said the delegation is going to seek business opportunities and technical assistance from India to support PNGs development agenda.
Minister Maru added that the Government is also working to ensure that support exists for sectors such as energy, information and communication technology (ICT), health, education, law and justice and capacity development.
The training of Papua New Guineas human resources and development of research capabilities are also critical in this endeavour.
India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and one that has demonstrated success. The PNG delegation mission will look at how best we can replicate and harness some of...
11 December, 2017: As the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Meeting begins in Buenos Aires, the Our World is Not for Sale network of over 250 civil society organisations has condemned the banning of selected activists and called for fairer trade rules for developing countries.
Over 60 activists have been banned by the Argentinian government from participating in civil society activities at the meeting, despite the fact that they were accredited by the WTO and have participated in previous meetings. Several have already been stopped at the border.
Today, OWINFS Co-ordinator Deborah James criticised the Argentine governments decision, saying the banning of accredited participants to an international meeting of a multilateral organization de-legitimizes that meeting.
In terms of the overall state of play at the WTO MC11, OWINFS says that there is an urgent need for fairer WTO rules, including those which would allow the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be realised. The Doha Work Programme on development should be dealt with, rather than ignored in favour of a big business agenda. The core business of the MC11 should be fixing the unfair rules that restrict positive action on food security, sustainable development, affordable healthcare and global financial stability.
WTO rules must prioritise food sovereignty and security for all. This means reducing unfair agricultural export subsidies in industrialised countries, and ending the double standard that allows rich countries to subsidise agriculture when poorer countries cannot. Developing countries want to retain the right to public food stockpiles in emergencies, which would ensure food security and promote rural development. Rules on fishing subsidies should not favour industrialised countries, and should not prevent developing countries from managing their fishing resources.
There is a dangerous new agenda this year being pushed by some WTO members, under the rubric of e-commerce. This is about making it easier for big corporations to consolidate their monopoly power, and use data without restriction or responsibility (OWINFS). Earlier this year, AFTINET sig...
is not impressed by MS Ardern:-
NEW Zealands new Labour PM Jacinda Ardern has a hide.Her repeated offers to take some of the asylum seekers now causing trouble on Manus Island is just naive virtue-signalling.Ardern should know that her meddling runs the risk of putting what Indonesia calls the sugar back on the table for people smugglers.
Already leaked intelligence reports from Australia reportedly show that four boatloads of asylum seekers were intercepted trying to reach New Zealand, citing the new Ardern government as a more friendly lure.
Ardern is sending a message to the people smugglers that Australias borders could have a back door via NZ.She is giving them a product to sell to gullible economic refugees who risk their life only to end up in detention centres.
Surely, as a new PM she has enough on her plate in her own back yard. We love our Kiwi cousins but please mind your own business.
The much championed size and importance of the mining sector in Papua New Guinea is really all smoke and mirrors; an elaborate charade crafted through a mine of misinformation generated by industry and the government and repeatedly broadcast by an unquestioning and compliant media.
The favourite line is that the mining sector generates of 50% of Papua New Guineas revenue a statistic spouted by everyone from the Mining Minister, Johnson Tuke, down, at the recent Mining and Petroleum conference in Port Moresby.
GREAT! But what does this figure of 50% really mean and who benefits from that revenue?
Well it is certainly not the government or people of PNG!
Government revenue is generated by taxes and the mining and petroleum sector contributes but a small perce...
New Guinea is trailing fourth on the Mini Pacific Games medal tally
ladder. The games are underway in Vanuatu. After the third day of
the games, PNG took the early lead with 14 golds, 7 silvers and 6
bronzes. However, the medal tally has been changed after the
4th and 5th day of the games. New Caledonia is now
leading the medal tally with 27 golds, 10 silvers and 7 bronzes.
Fiji is now second placed with 15 golds, 10 silvers and 13 bronzes.
Samoa is above PNG on third place with 14 golds, 9 Silvers, 5
Host nation, Vanuatu is behind PNG and trailing 5th with 10 golds, 17 Silvers and 7 bronzes. The games continue today.
The Turnbull governments attack on GetUp is still going on. The first stage was to accuse the online campaign group to be an associated entity of the Labor Party and the Greens. The next is to push through perverted law that claims to be against foreign political donations, but is really a vehicle to restrict and silence the not for profit sector in Australia.
Many of these organisations are dependent on donations, both domestic and from overseas, to do their work. One that is the particularly vulnerable is the Save the Children Fund. The organisations that are under threat cover a whole range, including advocating for the poorest, providing a range of community services and advocacy, striving to protect the environment and giving a voice to those without one.
If the intent was really to stop foreign political donations, something would be done to target donations coming in from foreign corporate sources and their Australian subsidiaries, that flow into political parties. They would do something to restrict the massive lobbying industry that is known to be a massive source of political corruption. A law would be introduced to do something about companies that donate to that Australian government, receive lucrative contracts and are provided with the opportunity to carry out large scale tax evasion. Many of them are foreign based.
If the government gets its plan through, it will used as a tool to trey and silence critics of the government and attack those who involve ordinary Australians in activities that make a difference. It is also certain that if this gets through, it will not stop here.
The good news is that people are not just lying down and taking it. Thousands are rallying to support GetUp. Other not nor profit organisations, have been forced by the circumstances to raise their own voices.
A backlash against the governments plan is building and it will continue to press on at its own peril.
People can contribute to GetUps civil defence fund. This will help to bring in the resources needed to fight the law in the courts, which will help to build the challenge outside the courts.
The post There is a fight back against the Turnbull governments shocking GetUp law appeared first on The Pen.
The leader of the group that won this years Nobel Peace Prize has urged nuclear nations to adopt a United Nations treaty banning atomic weapons in order to prevent the end of us.
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded this years Nobel Peace Prize by a Nobel committee that cited the spread of nuclear weapons and the growing risk of an atomic war.
ICAN, which began in Melbourne, is a coalition of 468 grassroots non-governmental groups that campaigned for a UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted by 122 nations in July.
The treaty is not signed by and would not apply to any of the states that already have nuclear arms.
Beatrice Fihn, ICANs executive director, urged them to sign the agreement.
It provides a choice. A choice between the two endings: the end of nuclear weapons or the end of us, she said in her speech at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo on Sunday.
The United States, choose freedom over fear. Russia, choose disarmament over destruction. Britain, choose the rule of law over oppression, she added, before urging France, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel to do the same.
Israel is widely assumed to have nuclear weapons, although it neither confirms nor denies it.
A moment of panic or carelessness, a misconstrued comment or bruised ego, could easily lead us unavoidably to the destruction of entire cities, she added.
A calculated military escalation could lead to the indiscriminate mass murder of civilians.
Fihn delivered the Nobel lecture together with Setsuko Thurlow, an 85-year-old survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing and now an ICAN campaigner.
Thurlow recalled on stage on Sunday some of her memories of the attack on August 6, 1945.
She was rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building about 1.8 kilometres from Ground Zero, she said.
Most of her classmates, who were in the same room, were burned alive.
Processions of ghostly figures shuffled by. Grotesquely wounded people, they were bleeding, burnt, blackened and swollen, she said.
Parts of their bodies were missing. Flesh and skin hung from their bones. Some with their eyeballs hanging in their hands. Some with their bellies burst open, their intestines hanging out. The foul stench of burnt human flesh filled the air.
The US, Britain and France sent second-rank diplomats to the Nobel ceremony, which Fihn earlier told Reuters was some kind of protest.
The post Nuclear powers urged to ban the bomb appeared firs...
Digital technology is already changing childhood and could be a game-changer for the worlds poorest children but experts are warning it could also just draw new dividing lines.
A new report from UNICEF, released on Monday, looks at how online and digital opportunities can be harnessed to benefit disadvantaged children and protect the most vulnerable.I
t says digital technologies bring many opportunities, particularly for children in remote or isolated areas through education and giving access to information that can help their communities, and allows kids to participate on equal footing, such as those with disabilities.
But globally there are many access gaps: between the rich and poor, along gender lines, and language barriers where not much content is available in someones native tongue.
Children who can only use mobiles to access the internet often end up with a second-best experience.
And UNICEF warns that digital technology can make children more susceptible to harm, both on and offline.
In Australia, the vast majority of teenagers are online, with nearly one in four children first using the internet before they were eight.
The average time spent online each week for teenagers (18 hours) is nearly double that for all Australians aged over 15.
One in five teens experience cyberbullying and are exposed to inappropriate content.
About one in 12 younger children report the same bad sides to being online.
The internet was designed for adults, but it is increasingly used by children and young people and digital technology increasingly affects their lives and futures, UNICEF Australia director Tony Stuart said.
But while the internet has the ability to significantly benefit children, we need to realise it also has the capacity to enable harm to them.
UNICEF has made 29 recommendations in six broad areas on how parents, governments and business can protect children while making sure as many as possible can access online opportunities.
These include investing in free public hotspots, promoting the creating of content relevant to children, offering maximum privacy settings by default for children, teaching digital literacy from the early years of school, and ensuring parents are good role models in sensible use of technology.
For some weeks now, supporters of wharfies involved in industrial action at Webb Dock, have been maintaining a round the clock presence. They are doing this, because under the existing industrial relations regime, the Supreme Court has prevented the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) from doing it. Other unions are also prevented from being directly involved.
The writers of this article are proud to have joined the ranks of community volunteers and we are taking our own turns at the pickets, located on both road entries to the dock. Together with the others, we are making sure that nothing is going in or coming out.
This dispute is over victimisation and an understanding that behind the employers action, is a plan to get rid of wharfies standing up for themselves and their workmates. Behind the actions of this employer, is a determination to push down pay and conditions and to eventually de-unionise the workforce.
Those of us who are giving some of our time to help, know that the Turnbull government is looking for a diversion, to take attention away from the scandals that it is facing. It has already signaled that industrial relations reform and an offensive against the unions is going to be the way to do this.
A range of recent disputes and some that are now taking place, show a common theme. This is that they are about the same extension of casualisation, massive cuts to wages and conditions and the aim of eventually removing union representation from the workplace. These disputes show that this is not the making of just one or two employers, but the execution of a strategy combining many of the largest corporations operating in Australia and the Turnbull government.
There is a push for new industrial legislation, the imposition of more restrictions on the capacity of unions to represent their membership, more policing of unions and bigger fines for non-compliance.
The recent and obviously politically inspired raid on the offices of the Australian Workers Union (AWU) and the involvement of the ministers office, is an eye opener that should shed all doubt that an offensive is gathering pace.
The present battle at Webb dock is part of this bigger picture. It may even evolve into an epic battle on the scale of famous Patricks battle that began on the same dock in 1998. At that time, the employers and the Howard government closed ranks to take on the MUA and the union movement. The scale of public antipathy over what the...
Australia is not on track to meet its target of ending new HIV infections by 2020 but federal Labor says its got a plan to make the disease history.
Opposition health spokeswoman Catherine King will announce on Monday a $53 million pledge under a Shorten government to step up funding to the nations peak HIV organisations.
It includes $10 million a year for organisations to target at-risk populations and $3 million a year to target hidden populations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, whose rate of new infections is now above other Australians for the first time.
Labor has also promised almost $4 million a year to allow states and territories to offer another 17,500 Australians Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a preventive HIV medication.
PrEP is only available to those who can afford the drug themselves or can access it through state and territory trials, Ms King said in a statement.
Labor will fund states and territories to expand those trials to reach the people who are missing out under Malcolm Turnbull.
We have the knowledge to make HIV history now we need the resources.
Despite evidence showing the drug is up to 98 per cent effective when taken consistently, its not yet on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
Ms King will address the media in Melbourne on Monday morning with peak HIV organisations.
Eric Tlozek | ABC News | 11 December 2017
The Bougainville Government is holding a crucial mining wardens hearing at the abandoned copper mine which sparked a decade-long armed insurgency against the Papua New Guinea Government.
The hearing will help determine if the company Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL), which was forced to abandon the Panguna mine in 1989, should retain an exploration licence for the site.
The Bougainville Government now owns part of B...
Guest essay by Eric Worrall South Australians, the worlds renewable crash test dummies, have just overwhelmingly rated affordability and reliability of supply as more important than tackling climate change in an online survey but they still want their green energy revolution. Your Say survey finds South Australians rank power bills, supply over tackling climate
1823 Richmond Bridge (Tas) was opened, it is the oldest bridge in Australia still in use.
Thew new Rugby League World Cup 2017 standings were announced few days ago and Lebanon was one of the major movers whereas our Cedars team gained 9 spots and now ranks 9th out of 48 countries, which is great news!
Lebanon lost to Tonga in the last Rugby League World Cup but delivered an incredible performance throughout the tournament and almost made it to the semis if it wasnt for a controversial call.
Australia is still ranked #1, followed by New Zealand en England.
Mens World Rankings
2- New Zealand
Australian columnist Miranda Devine says Jacinda Ardern should stop meddling:
NEW Zealands new Labour PM Jacinda Ardern has a hide.
Her repeated offers to take some of the asylum seekers now causing trouble on Manus Island is just naive virtue-signalling.
Ardern should know that her meddling runs the risk of putting what Indonesia calls the sugar back on the table for people smugglers.
Australias policy of stopping people smugglers before they reach the ocuntry is tough but it has stopped the boats and the loss of many lives.
Ardern is sending a message to the people smugglers that Australias borders could have a back door via NZ.
She is giving them a product to sell to gullible economic refugees who risk their life only to end up in detention centres.
Surely, as a new PM she has enough on her plate in her own back yard. We love our Kiwi cousins but please mind your own business.
The continued needling of Australia by offering to take a relative few of the Manus Island assylum seekers might appeal to some of her supporters, but will do nothing for genuine refugees.
Its also cheap grandstanding when, as Bernard Lagan writes, Australia is lapping us on refugees:
. . .Australia cant accept New Zealands offer without breaking its core vow: that no asylum seeker coming on a people-smugglers boat will be allowed in. With New Zealand citizenship, they would be free to enter Australia. The Australian Labor Party has the same policy.
By continuing to hector Australia, Ardern has antagonised the Turnbull Government and demonstrated a shallow appreciation of the realities Australia faces in deterring people smugglers. The seaborne asylum-seeker traffic to Australia peaked in 2012 when more than 17,000 arrived. The number reached just under 5000 in one month. Nearly 2000 have drowned at sea trying to reach Australia in a dozen years. The flow and dro...
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