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Friday, 12 January


Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" forms near Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" formed late January 10, 2018 (UTC), near the west Kimberly coast, Western Australia. The system is expected to intensify while moving in a S to SW direction. There is a risk of a severe tropical cyclone impacting the Pilbara or far...... Read more

The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: January 3 - 9, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

New activity/unrest was reported for 2 volcanoes between January 3 and 9, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Kadovar, Papua New Guinea. Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) |...... Read more

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Thursday, 11 January


Australia"s Hard Choice Between China and US "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia has always believed that it doesnt have to choose between its economic relationship with China and its defense alliance with the United States. But 2018 is already shaping up to be the year of the hard choice.


PERTH Tuart Hill woman (31) to face drug charges after police allegedly find methamphetamine in car "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Tuart Hill woman (31) to face drug charges after police allegedly find methamphetamine in car .

January 11, 2018 at 03:37PM .

Police stopped and searched the Captiva, and it will be alleged the methamphetamine was found in the vehicle. The driver, a 31-year-old Tuart Hill woman, was arrested, and will face a charge of possessing the drug to sell or supply after she was bailed to appear at Perth Magistrates Court on February .


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PERTH High risk of re-offending: Notorious driving offender who fatally hit 10-year-old cyclist refused bail "IndyWatch Feed National"

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High risk of re-offending: Notorious driving offender who fatally hit 10-year-old cyclist refused bail .

January 10, 2018 at 09:59PM .

In bizarre scenes at Perth Magistrates Court, a friend of the accused man marched out while swearing at the media before Mr Huston demanded security officers bring him back and warned him he too would be charged with contempt if he did so again. Mitchell Walsh, now 33, swore angrily when he was .


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PERTH West Perth man (25) charged over alleged burglaries in North Perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

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West Perth man (25) charged over alleged burglaries in North Perth .

January 11, 2018 at 03:03PM .

A DEAD husbands watch is allegedly among the haul of an alleged 25-year-old West Perth burglar who stole from 92- and 65-year-old women in North Perth. It will be alleged he stole the 65-year-olds handbag, cash and credit cards at her home on Glendower Street home about 8.30am on January 5, .


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PERTH Steve Mason Mourish pleads guilty to charges over horrific Kewdale crash which killed friend Jack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Steve Mason Mourish pleads guilty to charges over horrific Kewdale crash which killed friend Jack .

January 11, 2018 at 03:53PM .

Steven Mason Mourish cried as he fronted the Perth Magistrates Court on Monday. As he raced down Abernethy Road in Kewdale, a 70km/h zone, he reached speeds of up to 155km/h and ran two red lights before smashing into a bus, rolling several times before eventually coming to a stop 80m away. .


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PERTH WA sprinter jailed over one-punch attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WA sprinter jailed over one-punch attack .

January 11, 2018 at 06:15AM .

Magistrate Elizabeth Woods rejected Billingtons defence in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday that he thought his friend was in danger from Davis. She said there was no evidence of that and he had acted impulsively and unprovoked. However Ms Woods, who described his actions as a cowards .


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MACKAY Mackay man fined for ignoring precinct ban "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 11, 2018 at 12:15PM ,

Mackay man fined for ignoring precinct ban

January 11, 2018 at 12:15PM ,

Magistrate Damien Dwyer gave the advice to Chase Dylan Marshman, while sentencing him for contravening a ban on entering Mackay Safe Night Precinct on December 23 last year. Marshman faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty. Barrister Phillip Moore said Marshman had

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MACKAY Drink driving, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 11, 2018 at 09:48AM ,

Drink driving, Mackay

January 11, 2018 at 09:48AM ,

He will be appearing in the Mackay Magistrates Court on January 30 at 8:30am to have the matter heard. While we are used to hearing stories of the occasional motorist driving with readings at similar levels occurring during late night hours it is unusual to see a reading such as this during the day.

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MACKAY Charges follow theft of car, Blacks Beach "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 11, 2018 at 09:03AM ,

Charges follow theft of car, Blacks Beach

January 11, 2018 at 09:03AM ,

He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court to have the matters heard later this morning. If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day. You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered

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MACKAY Accused of stealing goods from supermarkets "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 11, 2018 at 07:00AM ,

Accused of stealing goods from supermarkets

January 11, 2018 at 07:00AM ,

A MACKAY woman is facing accusations of loading up with goods from supermarkets and shops before leaving without paying. Simone Nina Emery-Grant faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday on four fresh charges, represented by defence barrister Phillip Moore. Magistrate Damien Dwyer

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MACKAY Police cop it over delays in case of man accused of arson "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 11, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

Police cop it over delays in case of man accused of arson

January 11, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

A MAGISTRATE has criticised police over delays in the case of a Nebo man behind bars after allegedly torching a Koumala property in July last year. Curtis Phillip Meierts case was raised in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday by his solicitor, Chris Colwill. Meiert, 26, has been charged with arson,

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Supreme Court to Hear Plea for Probe Into Judge Loyas Death Tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed National"

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud today took note of the submission seeking urgent hearing on the plea for a probe into the case.

Judge Loya. Credit: The Caravan

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear a plea seeking an independent probe into the death of CBI Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya tomorrow. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud today took note of the submission seeking urgent hearing on the plea for a probe into the circumstances surrounding Loyas death.

Loya, who was presiding over the CBI court in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, passed away on December 1, 2014.

The plea was filed by Maharashtra-based journalist B.R. Lone. He submitted that a fair probe was needed into the death.

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PM visits Goroka before flying to Lae "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


The  in the Eastern Highlands Province will soon manage its own funding directly from the national government to address the drug shortages and other medical issues.

Prime Minister Peter ONeill announced this today in Goroka while visiting the near complete new wing of Goroka Hospital, being built at a cost of more than K88 million from the ONeill government.

Prime Minister ONeill said Goroka General Hospital will soon become a self-accounting Hospital together with Port Moresby General Hospital.

The National Government will directly fund them to cater for their medical needs to provide consistent quality medical care to the people of the highlands, Mr OGoroka Hospital VisitNeill said.

The Prime Minister said he will be present during the official opening of the new womens and childrens wing the hospital later this year and stressed that it is his governments aim to provide good quality health care to the people of this country.

Mr ONeill said Goroka Hospital is in a strategic location and serves the entire Highlands region and the state-of-the-art development was important.

Eastern Highlands Governor Peter Nu...


A marine biologist says a humpback whale protected her from a huge tiger shark while diving "IndyWatch Feed National"

An American marine biologist says footage of her swimming with a humpback whale shows the large mammal protecting her from a tiger shark. Nan Hauser, 63, president of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation and a Brunswick, Maine, resident, says she uploaded footage of her encounter Monday and it quickly spread across the internet. Hauser tells the Portland Press Herald she was in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific Ocean when she came face-to-face with a 23-tonne humpback whale, which approached her and began nudging her around the water. She says the whale also shielded her with a fin and even lifted her out of the water on one occasion.


Underwater Volcanoes Contribute to Warming Deep Water "IndyWatch Feed National"


QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I read you Maya Report and found it fascinating how volcanic eruptions in the ocean are polarized to where the North Pole is at that time. Now we have people trying to claim that the heat from global warming is being hidden stored deep in the oceans. It seems once more these people ignore the fact that there are underwater volcanoes erupting more so now than before. Is that a true statement?


ANSWER: Oh yes, that is correct. There have been attempts to measure the heat generated from underwater volcanic eruptions. They attempted that off the East Pacific Rise, which is a point in the ocean floor where continents move apart. This is where magma contained in the Earths core to rise to the surface and spew from underwater volcanoes. This data was part of what was supplied to me to run through our model to determine the cyclical nature of how the poles flip. The volcanic activity underwater is rising and no doubt has an impact on the temperature. There have been attempts to linked volcanism to tiny shifts in the Earths orbit around the sun, as well, that occur every 100,000 years. These shifts may trigger ice ages and warm periods, both of which affect global sea levels. That, in turn, would increase or suppress volcanic activity it is believed.

Nevertheless, the Global Warming crowd claims the oceans are getting warmer down deep and that must be from mankind. Once more, they take the results and fit it to a predetermined conclusion.


Going Bankrupt from Abroad or Having Debts in Different Countries "IndyWatch Feed National"

Published January 11, 2018

LONDON There are so many questions to be answered about having debts in UK. What will it happen if you have debts in the UK and then move to a different country? Will they affect you abroad or not? What happens if you get back in the UK? What about the accounts you owe if you move abroad?

Its all very complicated, but we have the answers. Well, at least a part of them, since every country has a different law on collecting debts.

The debts could be collected even though you move from the UK. If, for example, you moved to Australia, the collectors dont have authority in Australia, so they cant collect your debt. But they can make you bankrupt in the UK, and as soon as you buy a property, they will take it in the bankruptcy, no matter its location.

Your Debts Can Be Sold

The bank you owe money to can sell your debts to a different collector, so, one day, you might get a phone call from a different collector.

It is quite confusing, especially when you get debts in other countries. If you move from the UK to America, the bank might sell your debts to an American collection firm, so you will be chased in order to pay, according to the law.

Of course, its not as harsh as its in Dubai, where if you dont pay your debts, you can go to jail.

Going Bankrupt in the UK from Abroad

You can go bankrupt in the UK from a different country, depending on the country you have moved to and how much time you spent there. If you move to a EU country in three months time since you left the UK, you can go bankrupt back in the UK. After those three months, you will need to go bankrupt in that new country you live some EU countries have harsher bankruptcy laws, while others dont have an actual form.

What Will It Happen If I Leave Unpaid Debts?

A we already mentioned, the bank might sell your debts to a collector from the country you moved. Coming back to the UK while still being in debt will not have you detained, stopped or questioned, if you are a citizen of the UK. Leaving behind debt or unpaid bills is not a crime. The same goes for non-UK citizens...


Dormant/Extinct Volcano Erupts for First Time in Recorded History "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Another dormant volcano has suddenly awakened erupting in a rather spectacular fashion, spewing lava for the first time in known history, It sent an ash cloud 2.1 kilometers into the sky. This ancient volcano on Kadovar Island, which is northeast of Papua New Guinea, has been dormant throughout hu8man history until January 5th, 2018.  It began to erupt at around noon, local time. The volcanic island is about 24 kilometers from the northern coast of mainland Papua New Guinea. Our model is also showing that there will be a rise in volcanic activity as we move into 2024. We previously warned: If we see a series of volcanic eruptions in the VEI 6 category or greater within 2018, expect to see a very sharp turn down in temperature and Global Cooling will take on rapid change going into 2024. It is truly fascinating how this correlates to the change in the energy output of the sun.


Trumps Conciliatory Pose Crumbles as Mueller Moves to Interrogate "IndyWatch Feed National"

United Front Against Austerity|Tax Wall Street Party American System Network|Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Defying GOP Cover-Up, Sen. Feinstein Publishes Testimony of Fusion GPS Founder Glenn Simpson, Ending Republican Myth of How FBI Russiagate Probe Started; Investigation Triggered by Reports of Collusion from Britain, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Netherlands, France, and Australia; Thanks to GOP, Trump Inner [...]


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00006 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.75 AUD


SACOSS Disability & Essential Services Conference 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Monday, 14 May 2018 - 8:30am


SACOSS Essential Services and Consumers Living with Disability Conference 2018: Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Transport

Super early bird tickets on sale now! Don't miss out!


Coal activists facing trespass charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

Natan Shlomo and Lilli Barto blocked the railway line for five hours.

Two protesters who blocked a coal railway near Bowen in Queensland for five hours on Tuesday are facing trespass charges.

The pair locked their arms inside a concrete barrel on a railway line used by Aurizon to transport coal to Adanis Abbot Point terminal.

Lilli Barto, a physics student, and Natan Shlomo, a youth worker, called on the Queensland Government to rule out funding for Aurizon.

Ms Barto said Queensland Labor said during the election campaign that they would veto any NAIF loan that would enable Adanis dirty coal project.

Funding Aurizon would be a back-door route to allow Adani to build the biggest coal mine in the southern hemisphere, she said.

Mr Shlomo said coal was fuelling catastrophic climate change.

We stand against the damage this would cause in the Galilee basin, he said.

If Labor continue to turn a blind eye to the devastating cost of coal mining  they are complicit, he said.

Tuesdays action was part of an ongoing campaign against the controversial Adani Carmichael mine, and followed on from last week when activists stopped a coal train heading for Adanis coal port.

The pair are facing are trespass on a railway, interfere with a railway and contravene direction or requirement.

The group, Front Line Action on Coal, said it was  committed to sustained action against the Adani project.




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My anxiety levels are through the roof "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Thursday, 11 January 2018
Period debt occurred: 
January 2011
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

This supposed debt dates back to 2011, when I was grieving for the loss of my best friend to suicide.

I have received a letter saying I have no debt, and to disregard any previous letters, then a phone call was received by me today from a Collection Agency!!
My anxiety levels are through the roof and I am even having suicidal thoughts once more.

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 


Pineapple go to waste farmers warn of shortage "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

North Queensland farmers are being forced to leave hundreds of tonnes of pineapples to rot due to a glut of the fruit.

Ideal growing conditions across Queensland have led to a bumper season, forcing down the amount of money paid to farmers for their crop.

In many cases, its not enough to cover the cost of production.

Damien Berra, who farms at Rollingstone, about 50 kilometres north of Townsville, has left more than 40 tonnes of pineapples in a pile to rot or to be given away to be used as feed for livestock.

Its devastating, all the hard work you put in over the years, just ends up in a pile of rotting fruit, he said.

Stephen Pace, who chairs the peak industry group Australian Pineapple Growers, also farms in the area.

He said it was depressing to see so much fruit go to waste.

Its a sad fact its better to discard it rather than to put it on the market and drag down an already oversupplied market, Mr Pace said

A social media post made by business NQ Paradise Pines to raise awareness of the issue has gone viral.

Since Monday it has been shared by more than 15,000 people.

NQ Paradise Pines manager Robert Richardson said problems faced by growers were being exacerbated by food manufacturer Golden Circle, and its decision not to open its cannery during the industrys busiest period.

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California mudslides: Rescuer saves 'muddy doll' baby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A rescue worker has tearfully described the toddler he pulled from debris following devastating mudslides in Southern California as a "muddy doll".

Berkeley Johnson said the two-year-old girl was taken to hospital and suffered an injury to her hip.

Rescue efforts are under way in Santa Barbara County for residents trapped by mudslides that overwhelmed an area scorched by wildfires last month.

At least 15 people have died and more than two dozen others were injured.

"I don't know how the baby survived," Mr Berkeley told the Santa Barbara Independent newspaper.

"This was an hour of rain, and the house was gone," he said of his home in the community of Montecito.

Mr Johnson said he and his wife, Karen, heard a baby crying after the flooding had subsided and they managed to climb down from the roof of their swamped home.

The pair joined a fireman to dig the toddler out, scooping mud from her mouth before she was taken to hospital.

"Had we not gone over there, I don't think that kid would have [survived]", he added.

More than 50 people have been rescued already but many places are still inaccessible. Several roads are closed, including the major Highway 101.

Some 163 people have been taken to hospital. Twenty had "storm-related injuries" and four were critically hurt.

The upmarket neighbourhood includes homes owned by celebrities such as actor Rob Lowe, chat show host Ellen DeGeneres and media mogul Oprah Winfrey.

Ms Winfrey said on Instagram that her property sustained only minor damage as she toured the scene.

The first rain in months caused mudslides when it hit ground that had been burned by December's huge wildfires.

After a wildfire, burned vegetation and charred soil create a water repellent layer which blocks water absorption. Together with the loss of vegetation, this leads to an increased risk of mudslides and floods.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says the risk of flooding stays "significantly higher" for up to five years after a wildfire.

"Recent burn areas will be especially vulnerable where dangerous mud and debris flows are possible," said the National Weather Service in a statement.

In some places mud was waist-deep, officials said.

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Tongas King names new domestic wharf after his late father Taufahau Tupou IV "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

King Tupou VI has named Tongas new domestic wharf after his father late King Taufahau Tupou IV.

The naming has been revealed this morning while a letter from His Majesty was read to Members of Parliament in a soft opening ceremony to open the Legislative Assembly 2018.

As Kaniva News reported earlier this morning, work on the new multimillion wharf is nearly complete.

TOA Construction is expected to hand over the wharf at the end of the month.

Work on the Japanese-funded $TP66 million project is now concentrating on marking parking bays and pathways and landscaping.

This is expected to be completed by January 13.

The new wharf is expected to be opened by the king.

Tongan Port Authorities CEO Msese Lavemai said the new domestic wharf was the most beautiful and newest in the Pacific except Australia and New Zealand.

The domestic wharf was now separate from the International wharf known as Queen Slote wharf and the Cruise ship wharf known as Vuna wharf.

The wharf building was designed to resist earthquakes, tsunamis and cyclones.

The foundations are above sea level to cope with rise in ocean levels.

The wharf facilities were designed to help ships use less fuel during berthing.

The project, being constructed on the western side of Queen Slote Wharf, includes two ship berthing areas with each having a length of 90 metres and a three story terminal building.

Source: Kaniva News


Divine Word University first to introduce Online learning in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Divine Word  University is developing single units and programs in fully online learning mode to meet the needs of learners who are unable to commit to full-time or part-time or flexible (intensive residential) attendance. Online learning programs are not subsidized by university financial resources.

Online learning is different to traditional distance education. For distance education, unit materials and assessment tasks are typically sent to students, for students to complete work on their own and submit their assessment tasks, either by post or by email. Online learning is provided through the internet via a learning management system and typically includes opportunities to interact with your lecturer and other students, through chats, discussion boards, quizzes and other activities.

DWU fully online units and programs are designed to meet the needs of individuals, government, organizations and industry, thus careful research is carried out to match programs to market needs. Proven strategies are used to support students to successfully complete online programs while managing family, work or community commitments and for those people with disabilities. Lecturers remain in contact with students through the DWU Moodle Learning Management System.

To study online, you will need to have reliable and adequate internet access, as your units will be delivered through our online Learning Management System: Moodle. 

We are developing a series of units to be offered online from late 2017 or early 2018.  At present, however, we are not able to offer fully online units. We will advise prospective students as soon as we can of the units that will be available.

If you would like to leave a message to advise of your interest in studying in fully online mode, please email: Plea...


Parties must relieve pressure on SA's struggling renters "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

With South Australian renters continuing to grapple with high utility costs, a good move would be to reverse a legislative change which hit tenants with water supply charges, writes Ross Womersley, CEO of the South Australian Council of Social Service

Cost of living issues are front and centre in the lead-up to the March state election. 

Yesterday the Government began sending out letters to 169,000 South Australian households inviting them to take up a deal they have negotiated with Origin Energy offering an 18% discount on supply and usage, plus no exit fee.

We believe this is a worthwhile deal. At the same time all parties will need to take further steps to help alleviate the pressure on low-income households and must pay particular attention to the needs of renters.


Late Kato Ottio's funeral this Friday "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Current Kumul centre Katto Otio aged 23 passed away in Port Moresby in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Ottio was Kumul No. 269 and played in seven Tests with the last game in the 2017 World Cup quarter finals against England in Melbourne on November 19, 2017.

His death has shocked us all, Tsaka said.

Our hearts and prayers are with the Ottio families during this time of sorrow and pray the Good Lord grant them peace and comfort.

We thank the Kumul Warrior for services to rugby league.

May his legacy live on and be an inspiration for the future.

May his soul rest in peace.

Meanwhile the funeral service for late Kato Ottio will be held on Friday January 12 at 10am at the Sioni Kami Memorial Church at 5 Mile in Port Moresby.

Chairman Tsaka said that a post mortem will be carried out on late Kato Ottio tonight. The family agreed for a post mortem to be done on late Kato to determine the cause of death, Tsaka said.

Therefore the funeral service will now be held on Friday morning.

Kato Ottio will be buried at the 9mile cemetery outside Port Moresby later in the afternoon on Friday.


Free trade or womens rights? Analysis from Kate Lappin "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 11, 2017: Kate Lappin, regional coordinator of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, has written an article explaining how trade and investment agreements like the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) can deepen gendered inequality and exploitation.

If enacted, the RCEP would entrench the power of multinational corporations and the wealthy few, via provisions on ISDS, agriculture, intellectual property and trade in services.

The RCEP chapter on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) would give corporations the ability to sue governments if changes to government laws or policies has harmed their profit. UN experts published a statement in 2015 stating that they believed governments would be less likely to pass regulations if they fear intrusive ISDS awards. Such regulations could  include increases to the minimum wage, affirmative action programmes for women and Indigenous people or efforts to protect the environment, food security and access to essential medicines.

RCEP would also open land and agriculture to foreign investors. This would pit women working on small-scale subsistence farms against giant agrobusiness monopolies. Expanding commercial agriculture of course means less communal land and resources, which again would disproportionately impact women.

The expansion of intellectual property protections would require states to sign up to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, which would allow patenting of seeds and would criminalise the saving and sharing of patented seeds, with exemptions only available to landowners. The majority of women farmers are not landowners, and may be faced with fines or prison terms for collecting seeds.

The provisions would also extend monopolies on medicines, delaying the availability of cheaper generic medicines. This increases profits for pharmaceutical companies, but  women will have  less access to affordable medicines. Patenting of traditional plants and medicines also put them out of reach of Indigenous women (who used them for hundreds of years before these corporations came along).

The trade in services proposals in the TPP and RCEP encourage privatisation of essential services (like education, health, water and energy) and relax regulations on these services (like environmental and health standards). They may prevent governments from re-regulating if privatisation fail...


WTB --> Full face snorkel masks in Cairns "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Anywhere in Cairns sell these full face snorkels? I dont want to drive all the way into the city just to deal with a bunch of underpayed drongo backpacker staff trying to earn commision by attempting to flog off all the overpriced in-store crap. So I was hoping to get an idea if the product is even available in Cairns... I know I could buy online, but kinda want it by next week. Any ideas? Thankyou Cairns ppl

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PM O'Neill launches 3G/4G Telikom Internet Services in Pangia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The cheaper and High Speed 3G/4G Internet Services provided by Telikom PNG is spreading across the country. Some of the centers already covered by the 4G network are:  Port Moresby, Mt Hagen, Goroka, Kundiawa, Lae, Wewak, Kimbe, Kokopo, Buka, Kerema, Madang and now Southern Highlands.

 Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has now launched 3G/4G Internet services in his Pangia district. The internet services will cover entire Ialibu-Pangia District.

At the moment Telikom PNG has one of the cheapest Internet in the country. Below is an example of their data cost.

      Telikom PNG                               Digicel                                 Bmobile-Vodafone
     Data         Duration     Cost

1. 15G            45 days     K250            13G   30days  K450             50MB      1day      K3
2. 10G            30 days     K175            5GB  30 days K110             150MB   7days     K5
3. 7G              30 days    K127             1.2G  30 days K68               350MB   14days   K20
4. 5G              30 days    K90               400MB  30 days K35          1.5G       30 days   K80
5. 3G              30 days    K60               6G   7 days     K135             3.5G      30 days  K150
6. 2G              30 days    K40               2.4G  7 days   K42               5G         30 days  &nb...


"The Philosophy Of Being" "IndyWatch Feed National"

 "The Philosophy Of Being"
By E D Detetcheverrie   

"Outrageous to some, clarifying for others, 
a strange conversation meant to provoke further thought.

Now I know why they explain it in metaphors. The truth seems surreal. We are inadequate to describe it concisely. Ask not if you have strayed from the path; there is only one path, one way, and you are always on it...

Do they call it enlightenment because there is a light?
It is not mere photons, and light is only one part of it.
Who is in charge of it all?
Yes, we are.
Do the wicked receive their just reward?
We shall all, ultimately, resume our place in the light.
Is the simplistic lifestyle really the true way?
All ways are the pathway to the light.
So, you can do as you please and still gain entry to that Better Place?
This is the place. Every experience is a learning experience.
What are the rules we should live by in order to achieve true happiness?
Merely be the best person you can possibly be.
How do we resolve all the ills of the world?
Merely be the best person you can possibly be.
Who should we pray to?
Adoration is not necessary. Rather, pr...


A concentration camp with cleaners cleaning several times a day? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Michael Coates [ not his real name] was an ex-soldier looking for new challenges when he answered an ad for interesting work in the South Pacific. He found himself in the controversial Regional Processing Centre on Manus Island. In a number of interviews with the media about his new book Manus Days: The Untold Story of []

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Black-necked Stork, Australian Bustard at Roma Taroom Rd reported by Alex and Ted Wnorowski on 08-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

At 110 km from Roma along the Roma Taroom Rd (25,55.52S, 149.25,51E) were 3 Black-necked Storks (including one juv). There were also 2 Magpie Geese, !2 White-necked Heron and many other water birds. 70 km further down the road to Roma (26.16,44 S, 148.53.54E) we encountered 11 Australian Bustards in one flock. Additionally 5 more birds we saw along the road.


Real women say stop demonising men just because you hate them "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Catherine Deneuve leads group of 100 women denouncing #MeToo campaign for puritanism

from the ABC and Cairns News

Actress Catherine Deneuve and 99 other French women have denounced a backlash against men following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, saying the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment amounts to puritanism and is fuelled by a hatred of men.

In the aftermath of accusations against the US movie producer, millions of women took to social media to share their stories of being sexually harassed or assaulted, using the #MeToo hastag worldwide or #SquealOnYourPig (#balancetonporc).


French actress Catherine Deneuve  says the puritan campaign against men has gone too far saying a mans right to pester a woman was an essential part of sexual freedom.
Sydney-based commentator and author, Stewie Jones-Cartwright agrees, telling Cairns News  the legion of men-hating dykes working for the ABC and other extremist womens groups are getting too much media attention over normal male and female interaction. The media should be cen...


Twilight Guitar with Bart Stenhouse @ Buckleys of Dunolly "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fresh from his tour of India, Australian virtuosic guitarist Bart Stenhouse will be touring Victoria. Jazz fusion/ mandolinist and guitarist, Barts music brilliantly blends feiry flamenco with cool jazz and rollicking Indian rhythms to create a sound that leaves the listener energised and ready for more..

Bookings required for this limited seating special twilight event at Buckleys of Dunolly.

Seating is limited. Book with Rachel at 0427 275 006 or $25 goes directly to the artist.


Safety of Monsanto/Dows Newly Approved Frankenfood (RNAi Corn) Called Into Question "IndyWatch Feed National"

Safety of Monsanto/Dow's Newly Approved Frankenfood (RNAi Corn) Called Into Question | gmo_monsanto_dow_RNAi_corn | Environment General Health GMOs Medical & Health Science & Technology Special Interests

Another study confirms what activists and scientists alike have been warning: the next generation of RNA interference GM foods may seriously compromise the genetic integrity of our species. 

A new study titled, Detection of dietetically absorbed maize-derived microRNAs in pigs, adds fuel to the fire of the growing controversy surrounding the EPAs recent and conspiculously underreported approval of Monsanto/Dows RNA interference (RNAi) corn  a new type of genetically modified organism comprised of a multitude of genetically engineered traits (and therefore potential health risks) destined to make it to peoples dinner tables by the end of this decade.

The Biotech/Chemical industrys new RNAi corn was quietly rubber stamped by the EPA on June 15th of this year under the premature, and likely patently false assumption that the RNA interference molecules in the maize can not directly affect the gene expression of those animals or humans who eat it.

The ongoing controversy relates to a fundamental difference of opinion on the age old aphorism: you are what you eat. The GMO side answers NO, rejecting the idea. To them, food isnt imbued with any unique, biologically meaningful properties beyond the fact that it is...


Censored News: The Oxford Union Lecture by Kevin Annett that Didnt Happen, until now "IndyWatch Feed National"

On the subject: Is there any good in the Roman Catholic Church?

 (Soon to be broadcast on youtube)

The Oxford Union Lecture Hall and its shadow of censorship

Hello and welcome. Im Kevin Annett. Not too long ago I received a formal invitation from the oldest debating society in the world, the Oxford Union, to come there and debate the rather strange question of whether there is any good in the Roman Catholic church. Just a week before the scheduled debate, and as on so many other occasions, my invitation to speak was withdrawn without explanation. So here is the talk I planned to present at the Oxford Union debate.

 Good evening. Let me begin by saying what a pleasant surprise it is to be able to join you here tonight. The last time I tried to give a public talk in England, at a London rally to protest child trafficking by church and state, your privately-run UK Border Agency police saw fit to arrest, finger print and deport me from this country without giving a reason. But be that as it may, and it usually is, I especially thank you for having me here.

 Tonights topic for debate is framed rather tellingly: Is there any good in the Roman Catholic church? and assumedly in its holding company, the Vatican Incorporated. The very wording of this subject imples that no, there isnt any good, so lets search for some. Of course, trying to locate integrity in any corporation is like looking for love in a brothel. So perhaps the question of tonights debate has already been answered, my job is done and we can all go home.

 In any event, the title of the main event tonight is a bit confusing, beginning with the word good, which is after all a completely relative and morally ambiguous term.

 The Spanish Conquistadors and their slaughter-blessing catholic priests thought they were doing good when they wiped out millions of non-catholic peop...


FixedIt: A man, not an app, was charged with rape "IndyWatch Feed National"

If a man and a woman meet on Tinder and the man later is accused of violence against the women, you can guarantee Tinder will be the first word in the headline of any article about that accusation.

Channel 9 News is not the only one and wont be the last one.

If they had met at a church group or a book shop or over cabbages in Coles, it wouldnt even rate a mention at the bottom of the article.

But Tinder creates a frenzy because violence is the expected consequence for women who actively and confidently pursue sex. Nice girls wait passively for men to want them, they are the objects of desire. Bad girls feel desire and act on it. And we all know what happens to bad girls.

Its an insidious and persistent form of victim blaming. It implies Tinder is the problem, not the men who commit violence against women (in this case allegedly his case has not yet been tried).

Tinder has nothing to do with the choices men make. How two people met is irrelevant to the violence men choose to commit against women.

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Justice Denied: The Government Is Not Going to Save Us! "IndyWatch Feed National"

The warlords of history are still kicking our heads in, and no one, not our fathers, not our Gods, is coming to save us. Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled: it will not hear the case of Young v. Borders.

Despite the fact that a 26-year-old man was gunned down by police who banged on the wrong door at 1:30 am, failed to identify themselves as police, and then repeatedly shot and killed the innocent homeowner who answered the door while holding a gun in self-defense, the justices of the high court refused to intervene to address police misconduct.

Although 26-year-old Andrew Scott committed no crime and never fired a single bullet or lifted his firearm against police, only to be gunned down by police who were investigating a speeding incident by engaging in a middle-of-the-night knock and talk in Scotts apartment complex, the Supreme Court refused to balance the scales between justice and injustice.

Despite the fact that police shot and killed nearly 1,000 people nationwide for the third year in a row (many of whom were unarmed, mentally ill, minors or were shot merely because militarized police who were armed to the hilt feared for their safety), the Supreme Court will not act to right the wrongs being meted out by the American police state.

Although knock-and-talk policing has become a thinly veiled, warrantlesslethalexercise by which citizens are coerced and intimidated into talking with heavily armed police who knock on their doors in the middle of the night, the Supreme Court will not make the government play by the rules of the Constitution.

The lesson to be learned: the U.S. Supreme Court will not save us.

No one is coming to save us: not the courts, not the legislatures, and not the president.

According to journalist Michael Harriot:

More people died from police violence in 2017 than the total number of U.S. soldiers killed in action......


Lose the name win the game Fact or Fiction? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some people may have heard the catch phrase;

"Lose the name win the game", where currently a search engine result points to 7,690,000 references.

In order to hold one accountable for one's actions the most important element in a court room, is the 'persons' name.

Without that there can be no case.

Many people should also be aware of the saying "knowledge is power" where today a researcher can obtain this with far less legwork than one did a generation ago, prior to the vast resources of the internet.

With that comes the fact that people are becoming more aware that (for example) fines are not being issued honestly by the Australian authorities.

As a result the authorities are responding, where now you do not know the name of your accuser as shown in the example of a fine or "Infringement Notice"

where in this case the Issuing Officer is the number 127.

The fundamental laws in this country give you the right to know the name of your accuser.

A right that has currently been taken away.

How does that saying go again? - "Nothing to hide nothing to fear", right?

Are these the actions of honest authorities?


FixedIt: how can you think child abuse is sex? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Kevin Leslie Baker has been charged with dozens of crimes against children, including 24 counts of indecent treatment of boys under 14 years, five counts of indecent treatment of girls under 17 years, 14 counts of carnal knowledge and one count each of unlawful wounding and deprivation of liberty.

The Bulletin reported he was in court this week on a procedural matter and described his alleged crimes as child sex.

To be clear, his case has not yet been heard by the court, therefore this commentary is nothing to do with his guilt or innocence, it is entirely about the way the charges against him are described in the media.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an...


The Surreal Oil Paintings of Joel Rea (12 Photos) "IndyWatch Feed Qld"


Joel Rea was born in 1983 and graduated from Queensland College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2003.

Identifying as a contemporary surrealist painter, Rea creates imagined scenarios that represent and deal with the issues of the present. All constructed in his recognisable hyperrealistic style, Reas work is a meld of political, social and environmental commentary.

My working life as an artist consists of meticulously moving paint whilst absorbing numerous sources of audio information via the internet. My hunger for knowledge grows at an accelerated rate but ultimately I am within a universe of constant distraction, a mental state of constant fantasy, memory and imagination constraint by my animal body.
I attempt now in my new work to open doors to these many windows of sublime curiosity, to commentate Weve travelled millions of years to get here, a race with amnesia pelting forward and fooled by a blue-sky vale. Our personal needs made paramount over...


Bougainville imposes moratorium on Panguna mine over fears of civil unrest "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Panguna mine, located in the east of Papua New Guinea in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, was at the centre of Bougainvilles decade-long civil war.

In dramatic policy turnaround, government determines people feel Bougainville Copper Limited doesnt deserve a social licence to run the controversial mine

Helen Davidson | The Guardian | 10 January 2018

The Bougainville government has enacted an indefinite moratorium on renewing the licence of a controversial mining company over fears it could reignite violent civil conflict.

In December Bougainville landowner groups were called to vote on allowing Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) to renew their mining licence and potentially reopen the Panguna mine, but the vote was split.

If we went ahead now, you could be causing a total explosion of the situation again, the Bougainville Autonomous Government (ABG) president, John Momis,...


MACKAY Road spikes used to stop drink-driver four times over limit "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Manning faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to stop a motor vehicle. Magistrate Damien Dwyer warned Manning, who did not have a lawyer, that he could expect a huge fine and huge suspensions. Not that I can do anything

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PNG Families Hit Hard by Nine Hundred Tarrif Increases "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

# The biggest negative impact will be on family food budgets. There have been a massive set of price increases facing families 518 areas where family food budgets will face increases.
PNG Families to suffer from governments tariff increases
PNG families will be facing much higher prices in 2018 because of poor government policies. Since forming government in 2017, the National Government has organised to increase prices on 918 items. These price increases will start coming through early in the new year. A government more in touch with the high cost of living facing our people would not deliberately increase prices that mainly suited their business besties said the Shadow Minister for Treasury and Finance, Ian Ling-Stuckey.
The biggest negative impact will be on family food budgets. There have been a massive set of price increases facing families 518 areas where family food budgets will face increases. The major ones are the 25% increase in milk products, the huge jump in chicken prices of K1.70 per kilo (and this the wholesale price, so the retail price may increase by even more),15% increases in a range of fish products and juice concentrates, and the 60 toea per dozen increase in egg prices. 56% of the tariff increases focus on the struggling food budgets of PNG families. PNG families deserve to be able to feed their children without these massive and widespread price increases said the Shadow Treasurer.
There will also be major increases in the costs facing families and businesses in their costs of travel. The increase in diesel excise by...


Southbound Irukandji no issue for tourism "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Irukandji is heading south. (wikipedia)

The deadly Irukandji jellyfish is moving south along the coast of Queensland and with warming sea temperatures it may become a regular at beaches as far south as the Gold Coast.

Toxicologist, Associate Professor Jamie Seymour from James Cook University, has little doubt Irukandji will end up at the popular beach after a stinger was found at Fraser Island on Sunday.

Their southerly migration, Prof Seymour warned, would force beach closures and could collapse tourism.

But Queensland Tourism Industry chief Daniel Gschwind dismissed Prof Seymours concerns.

We are concerned about any potential risk but there is no need to be alarmed at this point, he said.

Fears about Irukandji come after one was caught on the western side of Fraser Island on Sunday, which prompted a warning for swimmers to stay out of the water.

There were 10 suspected Irukandji stings on the western side of Fraser Island between December 22, 2016, and January 5 last year, while a boy was stung on Mooloolaba Beach in early 2017.

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NSW power workers set to walk off job "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thousands of NSW Ausgrid workers have voted to strike next month in the peak of summer heat after negotiations over pay and career progression soured.

The Electrical Trades Union says after more than three years of pay freezes along with nearly 2000 job losses during the same period, workers have no choice but to take action.

Workers are seeking a pay rise of three per cent a year.

During this same time, Ausgrid executives awarded themselves pay increases averaging 5.3 per cent a year, while they also enjoyed average bonuses of more than $50,000 each in 2014, 2015 and 2016, ETU organiser Mark Buttigieg said in a statement on Thursday.

More than 93 per cent of about 2800 Ausgrid members, made up of four unions, supported industrial action including work stoppages, refusing to do overtime and callouts.

Workers will decide on what specific actions to take on January 31.In an official statement, Ausgrid, which is jointly owned by the NSW Government, Australian Super and IFM Investors, said it was disappointed at the proposed union action.

We believe we have achieved in principle agreement on virtually all of our proposal, Ausgrid CEO Richard Gross said in a statement.

If the unions elect to take industrial action, Ausgrid will ensure there is minimal impact on energy supply to our customers.

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New NSW shark nets yield same low results "IndyWatch Feed National"

A typical bull shark. Image

Only one target shark was caught in new nets deployed off the NSW North Coast in the first five weeks of their trial, while 53 other animals became entangled in the mesh.

Data released by the NSW government on Wednesday showed a single bull shark was caught in the nets off five beaches within the boundaries of Richmond Valley Council.

Meanwhile, 41 rays of different species were caught, with 16 of them dying, as well as four turtles, two of which died.

The second shark meshing trial, which began in November 2017, is using different types of netting at different heights to an earlier trial in order to reduce by-catch, the Department of Primary Industries has previously told AAP.

In the first trial, which ran from December 2016 to May 2017, 275 animals were caught in the netting, nine of which were target sharks a strike rate of three per cent.

The government considers tiger, white and bull sharks as target species.

Five fewer animals were caught in the new nets over a four week period compared to a similar time frame in December last year during the first trial.

Greens MP Justin Field called on the government to scrap the ineffective netting.

This report is yet more evidence the shark netting program in NSW does little to keep people safe in the water but takes a terrible toll on local marine life, Mr Field said.

A recent Senate report found people are 100 times more likely to drown at the beach than to be killed by a shark in Australia. The risk is infinitesimally small.

Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, accused the greens of using the regular, planned release of a monthly report to run a scare campaign over summer.

He said claims the strategy isnt a science-based approach were inaccurate.

Not only are we leading the world with our research and technology, we are also continually consulting with the community regarding all our approaches, Mr Blair said in a statement.

The DPI has been contacted for comment.

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NSW jobs are absolutely booming "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Sydney booms

Wow, even more stunning jobs vacancies figures for New South Wales, topping 81,500 for the latest quarter to November 2017! 

To put that in perspective, before this cycle no state or territory had ever gotten near to even 60,000, although there was a bit of a funding-related gap in the ABS survey through 2008-9.

Sydney may well be set for a record low unemployment rate over the next ~18 months on this evidence, so it's small wonder it remains the premier city of choice for immigrants.

Melbourne is shaping up extremely well too, while Brisbane and Perth are recovering nicely, if steadily. 

Jobs vacancies have thus exploded 17 per cent higher year-n-year to 210,800, easily the highest level on record - the Aussie economy is back in business!

And the number of unemployed persons per vacancy has declined to the lowest level in years, so finding a job is typically getting easier. 



The way to a healthy and sustainable food supply and where does GM2 fit in? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Fran Murrell

This blog post was originally published on MADGE.

It is essential to have a sustainable food system; people want healthy, safe food to feed themselves and their family. The government is putting our food at increased risk by considering the deregulation of controversial gene editing techniques which may have a catastrophic impact on our already fragile food system.

Twenty years ago, industrial agriculture released GM crops. One type is engineered to withstand sprays of herbicide, usually glyphosate based ones like Roundup, while the other type produces toxins that kill insects by destroying their stomachs.

There have been large numbers of claims and counter claims about the success or otherwise of these crops. It is frequently framed as a scientific discussion with neither side able to resolve the controversy. Many people are unaware that approval of these GM crops is based almost exclusively on unpublished studies done by the GM companies. There have been minimal animal studies and no human trials.

Pesticide usage has risen dramatically with GM crops (Benbrook)1. Argentina has decimated mixed agriculture and rainforest to grow vast acreages of GM soy for export as animal feed 2.

These growing areas are experiencing increases in birth defects, cancers and other illnesses 3. A recent UN report says pesticides arent necessary to feed the world, in fact, they are killing 200,000 people a year by acute poisoning and causing numerous diseases 4. Pollinators, including bees, are also killed by pesticides and without pollination the production of many crops collapses. Only a minor increase in yield is due to GM breeding, the majority of increases are due to conventional breeding and changed farming practices.

Now the seed breeding industry, which is dominated by chemical companies like Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta and Du Pont 6 says that new breeding technologies, like gene editing and CRISPR, will solve current agricultural problems. Industry claims that, although these techniques fall under the Cartagena Protocol and Codex definitions of biotechnology, they are not GM. I refer to these techniques as GM2 to highlight that they the next generation of GM breedi...


January 11 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1800 - Convict transport Minerva arrived at Port Jackson with 188 convicts. Also on board were Catholic Priest, Father James Harold, 'General' Joseph Holt and Lieut William Cox. 
On the same day, Thynne, under charter to officers of the NSW Corps, arrives from Bengal with a large quantity of spirits for sale in the colony.

1830 - Thomas Finley was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of overseer Edward Walsh at Bathurst.

1830 - John Mayo was Hanged at Hobart Gaol for the murder of James Bailey at Port Macquarie.

1837 - Colonel Light stood upon the hill and surveyed Adelaide...or rather, what was about to become Adelaide, once he'd surveyed her credentials rather closely and laid her out, so to speak.

1840 - Murderous bastard Angus McMillan and his party set out from Tambo River, Vic, to explore previously unknown areas of what is now known as Gippsland. They discovered the Gippsland lake system including its major tributary rivers when not busy killing GunaiKurnai people.

1841 - Opera glasses to the fore, ladies ! The Queen's Theatre opened in Gilles Arcade in Adelaide.

1857 - Land goes on sale in Nowra, NSW.

1858 - Lasting a mere 5 months today witnessed the first issue of the Melbourne Evening Mail.

1865 - In Ballarat afire on  Main Road  destroyed 60 premises.

1865 - Charleville, Qld, was gazetted as a town.

1866 - SS London, en route to Melbourne from Britain, sank in the Bay of Biscay; 244 passengers and crew drowned, including actor GV Brooke.

1867 - Northern Territory's Escape Cliffs settlement was abandoned; its inhabitants returned to Adelaide.

1867 - Sir Stuart Alexander Donaldson, first Premier of NSW, died, age 54.

1874 - Colonel Peter Warburton completed his gruelling nine-month crossing of the Great Sandy Desert.

1887 - Unemployment reached its highest ever level in the midst of an economic depression.

1896 - Today saw the end of the horrific 13 day heatwave that had swept over NSW, averaging temps of 47 degre...


The Fatal Flaw in Your Town's Development Pattern "IndyWatch Feed National"

A small town in Texas is doing exemplary work to put Strong Towns principles into action. Several Strong Towns members lead the local government in Fate, TX and they've used Strong Towns concepts in a number of ways to help themselves and their community to better understand the financial impact of their development pattern. We often encourage towns to #DotheMath and Fate has answered that call.

Justin Weiss, Assistant City Manager of Fate shared with us a slide from a presentation at a recent city council meeting, which perfectly illustrates the financial problem with the suburban development model. When a dead-end street in Fate needed repairs, Justin and his colleagues used basic math to look at how much those repairs would cost and how many years' worth of taxes the residents along this street would have to contribute in order to fully fund the repairs. The results were deeply troubling and yet they're the norm in towns and cities across the country.

Courtesy of the City of Fate

Courtesy of the City of Fate

Justin explains:

The goal is to demonstrate how those served (almost exclusively) by adjacent infrastructure have no way to pay for it when it comes time to replace/repair.

In this scenario, the neighborhood of about 22 properties pictured above was recently annexed by the City.  In doing so, the City also took on their [dead-end] road, which was the Countys responsibility previously.  It appears it was neglected for many years as it was ranked one of the worst in the road assessment performed by staff and engineer earlier this year.  During the budget process last summer, Council directed Staff to create a roads plan (with no dedicated revenue source)...  The solution for this particular road varied from grinding it up and leaving it as a dirt road to a full reconstruct with asphalt or concrete. 

Staff suggested the cheapest fix (next to grinding up the whole thing and leaving it as a dirt road) which was to do a chip seal at a cost of about $40,000.  It really isnt a fix, mostly cosmetic (only lasts a few years)  and doesnt address base failure, etc. We couldnt in good conscience recommend building a brand new road ...


As US East Coast Freezes, Bats Boiled Alive by Heatwave in Australia Fall From the Sky "IndyWatch Feed National"

(ANTIMEDIA) Australia  As those on the East Coast of the United States begin to breathe a little easier following a powerful winter storm this week, many on the other side of the world are battling through an altogether different type of weather situation.

Over the weekend, Sydney, the most populous city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales, became the hottest location on planet Earth. The city has been gripped by a devastating heatwave, and on Sunday the temperature rose to over 117 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sadly, the heat proved too much for some of Sydneys more vulnerable residents. In the suburb of Campbelltown, where the temperature reached nearly 112 degrees, hundreds of bats, mostly babies, were essentially boiled alive despite the efforts of wildlife rescue workers.

I dont know how many times I bent down and got on my knees to pick up a dead baby, Kate Ryan, who manages the colony of flying fox bats, told the Campbelltown-Macarthur AdvertiserThere were dead bodies everywhere.

Ryan was among several volunteers who descended on the location, where bats were either falling dead to the ground or perishing where they hung in the trees.

They basically boil, Ryan saidIt affects their brain their brain just fries and they become incoherent. It would be like standing in the middle of a sandpit with no shade.

A Facebook post from WIRES, Australias largest wildlife rescue....


Syrian Army makes major gains in Idelb, liberates nearly 100 villages "IndyWatch Feed National"

While the U.S. seems to have given up on regime change in Syria it is still trying to sabotage the progress of the Syrian government and its allies. The recent drone attack on the Russian base Khmeimim in Latakia is just one example. Thirteen sophisticated armed drones with a reach of some 100 kilometers attacked the base at the same time as a U.S. electronic warfare plane was circling off the Syrian coast. The attack was unsuccessful. Russia has sophisticated electronic warfare means and hijacked the command over six of the drones. The other seven were taken down by Russian air defenses. To claim, as the U.S. does, that ISIS or some "rebels" did this is nonsense. ISIS has made short range weaponized drones flown by remote control in line of sight mode. This attack was by autonomous drones using GPS and barometric sensors to find their way to their targets. This is qualitatively on a whole new level. I doubt that Russia will let this go unanswered. Look out for some "mishap" that may soon hit some U.S. troops or interests abroad.

Syrian Army makes major gains in Idlib province, liberates nearly 100 villages "IndyWatch Feed National"

While the U.S. seems to have given up on regime change in Syria it is still trying to sabotage the progress of the Syrian government and its allies. The recent drone attack on the Russian base Khmeimim in Latakia is just one example. Thirteen sophisticated armed drones with a reach of some 100 kilometers attacked the base at the same time as a U.S. electronic warfare plane was circling off the Syrian coast. The attack was unsuccessful. Russia has sophisticated electronic warfare means and hijacked the command over six of the drones. The other seven were taken down by Russian air defenses. To claim, as the U.S. does, that ISIS or some "rebels" did this is nonsense. ISIS has made short range weaponized drones flown by remote control in line of sight mode. This attack was by autonomous drones using GPS and barometric sensors to find their way to their targets. This is qualitatively on a whole new level. I doubt that Russia will let this go unanswered. Look out for some "mishap" that may soon hit some U.S. troops or interests abroad.


What We Can Learn 100 Years After the Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918 "IndyWatch Feed National"


It has been 100 years since the Spanish flu infected 500 million people around the globe and wiped out an estimated 20 million to 50 million of them. (source)

And here we are, potentially on the cusp of another influenza pandemic. H3N2, or the Australian flu is making the rounds this year and has spread to the UK, among other countries. This map from the UK Sun shows the spread and the potential for a pandemic.

This flu is particularly deadly. 745 people died from it in Australia in late 2017.

The NHS says that Australian flu symptoms have rapid onset:

  • a sudden fever a temperature of 38C or above
  • aching body
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • dry, chesty cough
  • a sore throat
  • a headache
  • difficulty sleeping
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhea or tummy pain
  • nausea and being sick

The symptoms are similar for children, but they can also have ear pain and lethargy.

As well, the Japanese Flu and the French Flu are two other strains that are running rampant, although their symptoms arent as severe as those of the Aussie H3N2. The Japanese Flu, also known as the Yamagata flu, is less serious but far more contagious. The French Flu is H1N1 and has been deadly for some sufferers.

The United States is having a bad year also.

Here in the US, an epidemic is rapidly becoming deadly and overwhelming hospitals.

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Arizona Girl Raped and Burned in Foster Care Still Represented by Same Attorney Kept Away from Family "IndyWatch Feed National"

Justice for Devani

A picture of how beautiful Devani used to look before she was kidnapped by the State of Arizona and removed from her family, and put into the care of foster parents who were child abusers.

by Health Impact News/ Staff

An Arizona court decided this week that a woman accused of scalding a little girl alive and burning over 80% of her body will go to trial in October 2018. Meanwhile, Samantha Osteraas is out on bail, and the little girls biological mother is still trying to get justice for her daughter, whose life was destroyed by Child Protective Services and the adults the agency placed her with.

While Samantha Osteraas is free to walk the streets as she awaits trial, little Devanis real family has no idea where she is or who the agency has placed her with this time.

The court-appointed attorney chosen to represent little Devani and allowed her to remain in foster homes where she was allegedly raped, sexually trafficked, and burned, is the same attorney still representing her today.

The foster parents who committed such atrocities are now answering for their criminal acts in the legal system, but the government agencies that placed her there and kept her there until today, are apparently not being held responsible for their parts in these heinous crimes.

Where is the justice?

How Can Something Like this Happen in America?

The Statue of Liberty is a colossal copper statue designed by Auguste Bartholdi a French sculptor was built by Gustave Eiffel

What happened to Devani is one of the most horrific cases that we have ever covered at Health Impact News.

We have seen hundreds of cases where children are removed from loving parents by the state for the simplest of infractions too many dishes in the sink, a child that is too short, or a disagreement with a doctor over a diagnosis or a treatment. In many cases, the allegations used against the parents are not even true, as apparently it is in this case.



Russia defeated ISIS in Syria so what was the US doing? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Who defeated the Islamic State In Syria? With a $1 trillion annual military budget why did it take the US six years to 'beat' a ragtag militia? Before answering that question. What is the ISIS? Can the public overcome its chronic amnesia and think back to the sudden appearance of ISIS dressed in brand new black uniforms, gleaming white NIKE's and driving Toyota trucks? They seemed to appear out of nowhere in 2014. ISIS looked as if it were a mirage when it appeared, or more likely a CIA staged scene from Hollywood.


Singautim ol narapela kain man na meri redi na kam "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


TUMBY BAY - The response to my article on kiaps being narapela kain man - at last count more than 1,200 Likes - has been surprising.

It seems to me that that strong reaction packaged an important message that needs to be understood by leaders in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Reader Anthony Sil cut to the core when he noted: During the kiap days we were in harmony. We worked together.

Anthony also said that the kiap philosophy should be kept in mind by Australian politicians before making decisions on PNG-Australia trade and development issues.

Michael Geketa, responding to a suggestion that the new Alliance party, with anti-corruption central to its platform, should think about tapping into pre-independence era expatriate expertise and using it as a resource.

I firmly believe that the kind of leadership exerted by the kiaps in PNGs early days is a missing link, Michael wrote.

Im not quite sure how to define the philosophy of the way kiaps worked. I suppose it centred around strong leadership, pragmatism, trust, honesty, immunity from corruption and, above all, a deep commitment to the people of Papua New Guinea all elements sorely lacking in todays leaders and elites.

Beyond that I think the overwhelming response to the article powerfully indicates that Papua New Guinean people desperately want things to change. The response to the floating of the Alliance party seems to be an outpouring of that same demand.

In essence, in terms of Papua New Guinean leadership - be it politicians, business people, churches or other institutions - people are looking for a brand of narapela kain man na (hopefully) meri to step forward to take up the baton.

I know, and so does everyone else, that bringing back anything remotely like the old kiap system would be impractical. A powerful group of unelected public servants would smack of neo-colonialism.

So it is not the philosophy of the kiaps that needs to come back but their ethos.

Ethos (attitude, character, spirit) exists within the minds of men and women and represents their guiding beliefs, whether they be a group, commun......


Justice Denied: The Government Is Not Going to Save Us "IndyWatch Feed National"

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled: it will not hear the case of Young v. Borders. Despite the fact that a 26-year-old man was gunned down by police who banged on the wrong door at 1:30 am, failed to identify themselves as police, and then repeatedly shot and killed the innocent homeowner who answered the door while holding a gun in self-defense, the justices of the high court refused to intervene to address police misconduct.


Foreign exchange PNGs most urgent problem: World Bank "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

MARCEL SCHRDER | Development Policy Centre | Edited

Marcel Schroder
Marcel Schroder

CANBERRA - The World Bank recently released the first biannual report of its newly launched Papua New Guinea Economic Update series.

The report is entitled Reinforcing Resilience and it contains a number of interesting findings and information on the PNG economy. For instance, inflation is currently projected at around six percent, despite sluggish economic growth and now fixed exchange rate.

However, the report argues that if betel nut is excluded, inflation drops to around two percent, which is more consistent with the current economic climate.

There is also a neat and comprehensive explanation for the puzzling observation that government revenue from the LNG project vastly lags behind the projected K2 billion per year.

The report suggests that revenue is determined by the well-head value, which is the difference between LNG-sales and the sum of operating costs, amortisation costs, and capital allowances.

According to the Bank, the wellhead value can be negative during times of low LNG prices, even when the project generates operating profits. In addition, there are various complex tax exemptions and allowances. Taken together, these factors explain why the project has so far only paid K150 million in royalties, and nothing in corporate tax.

Consequently, the report cautions against the provision of such overly favourable terms to future resource extraction projects.

The report suffers from a number of shortcomings. For example, it only includes a short section on the economic performance of the non-resource sector, which is the most relevant for the vast majority of Papua New Guineans, and seems to ignore the mounting evidence that this part of the economy has, in fact, been in recession.

There is also no mention of the historic colla......


Mark Zuckerberg Is Officially Considering a Cryptocurrency for Facebook in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed National"

(ANTIMEDIA)  2017 was an incredible year for cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. Bitcoin doubters are apologizing for their disturbing lack of faith while tech moguls are waking up in droves to the revolutionary potential of how a truly decentralized blockchain could help end corruption and market manipulation by untrustworthy central actors. The newest voice on the scene with regard to decentralization is none other than Mark Zuckerberg, whose recent Facebook post has many thinking the social media magnate is considering entering the crypto sphere.


Every year I take on a personal challenge to learn something new. I've visited every US state, run 365 miles, built an

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, January 4, 2018

Zuckerberg, who starts each new year with lofty public goals for where and how he wants to steer Facebook, had some interesting things to say for 2018.

[O]ne of the most interesting questions in technology right now is about centralization vs decentralization, Zuckerberg wrote. A lot of us got into technology because we believe it can be a decentralizing force that puts more power in peoples hands.

But today, many people have lost faith in that promise. With the rise of a small number of big tech companies and governments using technology to watch their citizens many people now believe technology only centralizes power rather than decentralizes it.

While it is more than a little ironic that Zuckerberg who prides himself on tackling humanitarian problems has the audacity to talk about giant tech companies using their technology to monitor people, he is at least acknowledging that a centralized corporatist technocracy might not have all the answers and that it may be necessary to destabilize that system.

There are important counter-trends to this like encryption and cryptocurrency that take power from centralized systems and put it back into peoples hands, Zuckerberg continued. But they come with the risk of being harder to control. Im interested...


Flaunting British Neo-Imperialism in Asia-Pacific "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Joseph Thomas For over a century, the British Empire exerted control over Asia-Pacific, outright colonizing India, Burma, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia while...


Netanyahu Defends Sons Demand for Prostitute Cash From Son of Energy Baron "IndyWatch Feed National"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended his son on Tuesday a day after an Israeli television channel aired recordings from 2015 in which he pressured an Israeli gas tycoons son for money for a prostitute using a controversial gas deal as leverage.

The recordings come as Israeli police continue their investigation into suspicions that the prime minister received gifts from tycoons in exchange for political favors.

Your witch hunt has reached a new and unprecedented low with the broadcast of a secret tape of things that were said jokingly two and a half years ago, between young people drinking alcohol, the Netanyahu family said in a statement.

According to an Israel Television News Company report, Yair Netanyahu, then 25, was in conversation outside a Tel Aviv strip club with Nir Maimon, the son of Kobi Maimon, a major shareholder in Isramco, one of the companies involved in developing Tamar, one of Israels offshore gas fields.

A third friend, Roman Abramov, who was reportedly employed at the time by a firm of the Australian billionaire James Packer and earning tens of thousands of shekels each month despite having no relevant experience, was also present.

Bro, you have to spot me, Yair Netanyahu was recorded telling Nir Maimon. My dad made an awesome deal for your dad, bro. He fought, fought in the Knesset for this, bro.

What? Maimon replied.

You owe us; you owe us 25,000 Shekels [$7,255], Abramov adds.

Yair Netanyahu continues: Bro, my dad now arranged a $20bn show for you, and you cant spot me 400 shekels [$115]?

Related | Thousands Of Israelis Rally For Sixth Week Against Criminal Netanyahu

Hadashot another name for the Israel Television News Company reported that the armored car in which the conversations took place was provided by the prime ministers office and driven by a state-funded driver.

A security guard, also funded by the state, escorted Yair and his friends throughout the night from the first strip club to another, according to Hadashot.

In the recordings, Abramov said that Maimon gave Netanyahu 400 shekels [$115]Netanyahu said: This was for a prostitute. Yair Netanyahu and his friends can be heard discussing the thousands of shekels they paid for strip...


Analysts: RT under siege because it 'gives a voice to critics of US system while MSM parrot govt line' "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the aftermath of the CBS interview with our Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan, RT asked several analysts to give their views about why the news network is so feared - and vilified - in the US. After CBS aired its interview with Editor-in-Chief Simonyan in early January, social media users took opposing sides over whether they like RT or not, but many agreed that CBS was pushing a mainstream media agenda claiming "Russian meddling." RT asked several analysts to make their points about the interview, which was produced in the form of a televised report selectively featuring Simonyan's answers. Political commentator John Bosnitch said RT has given a voice to "the critics of the US system," and those critics come from the US itself, including people opposing the US establishment, its foreign interventions and "the deep state" since at least the 1950s. The US is not used to hearing more than one official narrative, the analyst argued, adding "the White House, the Congress and the arms of the government, and the deep state, the police and intelligence services, define the [media] narrative."


Forest ranger kills unarmed man traveling to a spiritual retreat; FBI investigating "IndyWatch Feed National"

Community members are horrified and searching for answers after a beloved citizen of Hutchinson, Kansas, was shot and killed by a federal officer while traveling to a spiritual retreat. Tyler Miller, 51, was driving on a curvy, mountain road in the Coconino National Forest in Arizona when he lost control of his pickup truck and hit a large rock, according to a report from KWCH News. However, the details regarding what happened between the time Miller crashed and the time a federal officer opened fire on him, are still largely unknown. Attorney Matt Bretz confirmed that the Miller family is still awaiting more information from the FBI, which is currently investigating the shooting: "He was on his way to a spiritual retreat north of Sedona. The road is a bit curvy. He lost control of the vehicle, went off the road and hit a large rock, and then it becomes rather vague as to what happened, and the FBI hasn't been able to tell us or hasn't told us yet. At some point after the collision, Mr. Miller exited his vehicle, and was shot by a forest ranger."


Taking a more holistic approach to treating depression "IndyWatch Feed National"

All of us, even if do not suffer from depression ourselves, know people, often many people, who do suffer from it. It is telling that often, when we are informed that someone has depression, we ask whether it is clinical depression, a term that suggests that it is not some transient phenomenon caused by some immediate factor whose effects may decrease with time (like the death of a loved one), but is instead caused by something that is not just deep-rooted but also based in biology.

This way of thinking has resulted in the widespread prescribing of anti-depressants to control the levels of serotonin released into our brains, the lack of which is widely supposed to be a major cause of depression. Johann Hari was a columnist for the British newspaper The Independent. He is a good writer and I used to read him but then he disappeared from sight and I did not know why. I just learned that in 2011 he had been accused of plagiarism and that resulted in him losing his job.

He is back with a book about depression. He himself began to have depression when he was a teenager and was prescribed anti-depressants. His symptoms immediately went away but eventually came back and his dosage had to be increased. That cycle continued until he was taking large doses of drugs and still not getting relief. After 13 years of this, he started on a personal journey across the world to try to find out what was causing depression and how different people in different countries were dealing with it. He finds that there are more factors than biology at play and that we should not ignore them and focus too much on purely pharmaceutical solutions.

He presents the results of his investigations in the form of a book Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions and has published a long edited extract that summarizes his findings.

To find the answers, I ended up going on a 40,000-mile journey across the world and back. I talked to the leading social scientists investigating these questions, and to people who have been overcoming depression in unexpected ways from an Amish village in Indiana, to a Brazilian city that banned advertising and a laboratory in Baltimore conducting a startling wave of experiments. From these people, I learned the best scientific evidence about what really causes depression and anxiety. They taught me that it is not what we have been told it is up to now. I found there is evidence that seven specific factors in the way we are living today are causing depression and anxiety to rise alongside two real biological factors (such as your genes) that can combine with these...


Audio: Lessons from indigenous peoples about coping with climate change, plus the call of the night parrot "IndyWatch Feed National"

Happy new year to all our listeners out there! On our first episode of 2018, we speak with the author of a book about the resilience of indigenous peoples in the face of climate change, and well hear some recordings of the elusive night parrot in Australia! Our first guest today is Gleb Raygorodetsky, the author of The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change, a book published this past November by Pegasus Books. Raygorodetsky is a conservation biologist who has traveled around the world to live and work with indigenous peoples. In The Archipelago of Hope, he details his experiences with a number of Indigenous cultures and the ways their lives on their traditional territories are being reshaped by the impacts of global warming. Raygorodetsky appears on the podcast to tell us about the book and what he thinks the rest of us can learn about climate change from the indigenous peoples of the world. Our second guest is Nick Leseberg, a PhD student at the University of Queensland in Australia whose work focuses solely on the night parrot, a species endemic to Australia that was first discovered by Europeans in the mid-1800s. Though a wild population of the bird was found in the remote outback of Australia in 2013 nearly 150 years after the species was first discovered it still proved difficult for researchers to study because of its elusive nature. That is, until scientists realized that the night parrot comes


Feeding kangaroos in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 5 January 2018 video says about itself:

On this episode of Breaking Trail, Coyote joins a troop of Kangaroos for FEEDING TIME! Thats right, one of many things you can do in Australia is feed the Roos! Not only are they super friendly and adorable but they will also eat right out of the palm of your hand if you can believe it! Get ready to meet some hungry Kangaroos!


Is Cryptocurrency the Future? Or the Future Currency of the New World Order? "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 11th, 2018 By Ryan Cristin Guest writer for Wake Up World Are we being steered toward a controlled, cashless economy? There is a lot of debate around the intentions behind cryptocurrency, and in particular, Bitcoin itself. Some say that it is the answer we have been waiting for; the very thing that will allow us the freedom to finally []


Basking in Trump Support, Israel Shuts Its Gates to Refugees and Disagreeable Jews Alike "IndyWatch Feed National"

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL Though the Israeli government is enjoying a time of nearly unprecedented cooperation with the current U.S. president and his administration, several recent stories have derailed its carefully honed image of a homeland for the Jewish people regardless of race, national origin or political persuasion.

Israel has long been a country that prides itself on welcoming all Jews and offering support to all refugees in conscience of the Jews own plight during the Second World War. But a series of damaging stories have shown the current government taking a hard turn against Israels heritage as such a haven.

First, Israel ordered the deportation last Tuesday of thousands of African migrants who have been termed infiltrators, not immigrants, by Israels Population and Immigration Authority. Based on concerns repeatedly voiced by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, a major motivator for the edict was the fear that the unchecked influx of African migrants could present a threat to Israels social fabric and Jewish character.  Seemingly ignored is the fact that such an influx is now all but impossible, given the massive border wall Israel has constructed along its border with Egypt.

An Israeli government minister, speaking to this effect, called the migrants a cancer. Similar statements have been made of Israels Arab population, including Jewish Arabs.

The majority of the estimated 38,000 migrants are from Eritrea and Sudan, where they have fled war and persecution, and clearly meet the legal definition of a refugee according to the 1951 Refugee Convention, an agreement that Israel not only signed but reportedly helped to draft.

However, Israel has managed to avoid its legal obligations by leaving asylum requests unanswered, preventing the migrants from being recognized as refugees. Since 2015, Israel has granted only eight Eritreans and two Sudanese asylum from amongst tens of thousands of applications.


SOTT FOCUS: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - December 2017 : Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs "IndyWatch Feed National"

The cold and snow broke many records around the world last month, but the US took the worst of it, with all 50 states having snow on the ground even before winter had officially begun. Northern Mexico, and East Asia faced the worst winter in decades, while some parts of Australia were startled by snow in summer. Meanwhile, the white stuff blanketed the desert and mountains in Northwest China's Xinjiang province. Floods continued to wreak havoc in the Philippines and Indonesia, with thousands displaced, while heavy rain in Albania flooded thousands of homes and tore down roads and bridges. California was scorched by widespread wildfires that burned up to 280,000 acres and destroyed more than 1000 homes, becoming the largest and most destructive wildfire in the modern history of California. With an 'atmospheric river' and downpours predicted for the 1st week of January 2018, things are looking gloomy for the sunshine state. A high level of volcanic activity was seen around the world in December, while a deadly 6.5 earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Java. Meteors sightings increased in December with more and more reports of accompanying "mysterious loud booms", very likely the space rocks exploding overhead. Atmospheric phenomena, including iridescent clouds and "strange lights in the sky, continued to impress people from Sweden to Eastern Russia, but such events are likely evidence of a distinct cooling of the atmosphere, one of many signs of the possible onset of a new ice age. Check it out below!


First ICO backed by a VC Fund in Latin America "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is much talk about new forms of investment, but very little about addressing the issues haunting the investment ecosystem: the shrinking amount of liquidity on the exit, and the length of the illiquidity period. Mango Startups wants to change that, and it is turning to the blockchain as the answer to the liquidity problem.

 Today, Mango Startups has announced the launch of the first initial coin offering (ICO) for a VC fund in Latin America.

Mango Startups will use blockchain to allow backers to make early-stage investments in promising tech companies. The fund will invest in a diversified portfolio of up to 24 tech startups from different countries in Latin America. The aim is to offer transparency and liquidity as well as a clear exit strategy for the investors.

Our core mission is to democratize venture investments and reshape the traditional Venture Capital industry for startups and investors. We add value to startups and investors through a proven track record of coaching and due diligence methodology. We provide liquidity, transparency, and inclusivity on the blockchain, comments Ami Lebendiker,  Founding Partner of Mango Startups.

Our team coordinates the Latin America Accelerator Network (RETEI). With more than 8 accelerators and +1,000 startups, this network provides a huge pool of talented entrepreneurs and scalable projects to choose from. In order to minimize risk and maximize revenue, all startups in the portfolio must follow these prerequisites:

  1. Have graduated from a renown accelerator program,
  2. Maintain a positive cash flow for at least 6 months and
  3. Provide a service platform or product that is highly scalable. Only the best companies will receive funds to be part of the portfolio.

This initiative enables anyone to invest in early-stage tech companies while keeping the investment liquid from day one.

While equity crowdsourcing brought startup investments to the public, we are hoping that Mango Startups, with its liquidity and inclusivity, will bring more and more people to invest in a growing region like Latin America, while avoiding the inherent risk of investing into a single startup or ICO, said Fernando Arriola, CFO of Mango Startups.

The Ethereum-based token will be made available in cryptocurrency exchanges after the ICO is over.

Massive Benefits of VC Investing vis Digital Token:


Wednesday, 10 January


Philosophers corner "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

We really need some humour in this screwed up country

Brilliant in its simplicity..

  1. Back off and let those men who want to marry men, marry men.
  2. Allow those women who want to marry women, marry women.
  3. In three generations, there will be no Greens.

Such an unfair world:-

When a man talks dirty to a woman its considered sexual harassment.

When a woman talks dirty to a man its $10.50/min (charges may vary).My wife and I had words, but I didnt get to use mine.


Dont worry about avoiding temptation.  As you grow older, it will avoid you.


Wife to husband:        You told me youd spend your whole life trying to make me happy.

Husband to wife:        I didnt expect to live this long!


As I grow older. My mind doesnt just wander Sometimes it buggers off completely.


As I have grown older, Ive learned that pleasing everybody is impossible, but pissing everyone off is a piece of cake.


Isnt it weird that in this country our flag and culture offends so many people, yet our benefits dont.


Nikki Haley hosts Jerusalem UN vote after-party for 'Friends of the US': Countries representing 0.5% of world population show up "IndyWatch Feed National"

What if the US Ambassador to the UN had a party for all of America's true friends? The room might be pretty empty. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley hosted a "Friends of the US" reception Wednesday to thank the 64 brave diplomats who didn't scold Donald Trump for his over-the-top Hanukkah gift to his bro, Bibi Netanyahu. There were three levels of guests at the party, really. First, the VERY welcome guests - those who voted with the US, against the resolution. Numero Uno, of course, Israel: "Israel completely rejects this preposterous resolution. Jerusalem is our capital. Always was, always will be," explained Netanyahu. The other heavyweight nations that proudly stood with the United States were Guatemala, Honduras, Togo ("Africa's Best-Kept Secret") and the wee island states of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, and the Marshall Islands. As USA Today put it, "Four of the countries - Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, and Palau - have combined populations less than Boise, Idaho." This massive amalgamation, this force to be reckoned with, standing arm-in-arm with America, has a total population of less than one half of one percent of the world's population (about 3.7 million).


FLASHBACK: Worst flu season in history, NHS fears "IndyWatch Feed National"

The NHS is braced for the worst flu season in its history, amid fears that overcrowded hospitals will be unable to cope. The head of the health service has warned that "pressures are going to be real" as he warned that influenza levels are expected to be high. Simon Stevens said Australia and New Zealand - who are just coming out of their winter - have had a "heavy flu season" with many hospitals struggling to deal with demand. And he said scientists would now re-examine the vaccines amid fears that the current jabs may not hold off the infections.


10 Takeaways From Glenn Simpsons Fusion GPS Senate Testimony "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released a semi-redacted transcript of testimony Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson gave to the Senate Judiciary Committee on August 22, 2017. Simpson had called for release of the testimony in a New York Times op-ed proclaiming the importance of transparency. Simpson and other Fusion GPS principals have resisted invitations to testify from the committees investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. When faced with a subpoena, Simpson used his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to negotiate for a closed-door interview in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The transcript of the testimony runs 312 pages. Feinstein excluded exhibits that were attached to the testimony and redacted highly relevant information about which FBI agents were working with Clinton-funded operatives to investigate the Trump campaign.

During the testimony, staff for Republican chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley alternated with staff for ranking member Feinstein, each group taking one hour at a time. The two followed different paths of questions. Republicans drilled down on Fusion GPSs work for Russian company Prevezon Holdings before discussing the work on the Russia dossier. Democrats focused on the contents of the dossier before asking about other Russian contacts.

Fusion GPS is facing scrutiny about whether its work for Prevezon violated federal requirements to register as a foreign agent, whether people mentioned in the unverified and salacious dossier were defamed, and all sorts of unanswered questions about its work creating the dossier on behalf of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.

In his testimony, Simpson didnt answer or carefully answered questions covering areas where hes legally vulnerable while also defending the dossier product he commissioned. Here are key takeaways.

1. The Most Interesting Part Turned Out Not To Be True

While the testimony is full of details, far and away the most interesting revelation was Simpsons claim that the FBI had a source within the Trump campaign. Simpson said that Christopher Steele, the freelance spy paid for dispatches about Trump, was told by an FBI official that they had a confidential informant in the Trump campaign. This human source from inside the Trump organization was acting in a voluntary manner. It was someone who decided to pick up the phone and report something.

Understandably, that was the big head...


Malaysia to pay American exploration company up to $70 million if it finds MH370 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Seabed Constructor

The Malaysian government has agreed to pay the American private seabed exploration company Ocean Infinity up to $70 million if it finds the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft MH370 within ninety days of starting its mission in the southern Indian Ocean.

The contract that was signed today (Wednesday) in Putrajaya, just outside Kuala Lumpur, is a no cure, no fee deal. Ocean Infinity confirmed that it will take on the economic risk of the renewed search, only receiving payment if the aircraft wreckage is located.

MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board. It was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The new search is due to begin by January 17. The focus now is the 25,000-square-kilometre priority zone identified by the Australian Tra...


Liberal Wonk Tries To Pretend Democrats Didnt Cap Medicare Spending "IndyWatch Feed National"

Heres a policy riddle for you: When is a spending cap not a spending cap? The answer: When a liberal finds it politically inconvenient.

During the confirmation hearing for Health and Human Services Secretary-designee Alex Azar, a staffer for the liberal Center for Budget and Policy Priorities tweeted that Azar supported capping Medicaid. I noted that meant he supported capping Medicaid spending like the caps Democrats enacted as part of Obamacareand thats when the fun began.

First came an attempt at pleading ignorance:

Then I pointed out that Section 3403 of Obamacare charges the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) with enforcing a cap on per-beneficiary spending in Medicare. She responded by saying that IPAB contains restrictions on rationing health care, raising Medicares premiums or cost sharing, cutting benefits, or restricting eligibility.

That response, while accurate, misses the point. First of all, while the law prohibits Medicare from rationing benefits, neither Obamacare nor any other law defines rationing. Former Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified to Congress in 2011 that HHS would need to undertake rulemaking to define rationing. However, as I noted this summer, the Obama Administration never even proposed rules protecting Medicare beneficiaries from rationing under the IPAB per capita capsso how meaningful can those protections actually be?

Capping Spending Does Indeed Reduce It

Second, a cap on spending, by...


A Lone FDA Scientist Could End the Autism Epidemic "IndyWatch Feed National"

By J.B. Handley, Co-Founder, Generation Rescue and Board Member, World Mercury Project


In a brand new published study, the only science vouching for the safety of injected aluminum adjuvant has come under extreme criticism by heavyweight scientists. Dr. Robert J. Mitkusauthor of the misleading aluminum safety study from 2011could change the autism debate forever by telling the truth.

While you were (hopefully) enjoying the winter holidays, a study was published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry (it went online on December 27th) that could change the autism debate permanently. In fact, this new study placed the burden of proof for the safety of aluminum adjuvants used in vaccines so squarely on the shoulders of a lone FDA scientistDr. Robert J. Mitkusthat he alone could permanently change the outcome of the autism debate. Forever.

Aluminum science is moving at light speed

Science moves at a glacial pace. By scientific standards, what has been learned about the aluminum adjuvant from vaccines in just the past few years has been genuinely revolutionary, and should scare the daylights out of every parent on the planet. Mystifyingly, the first time ANYONE decided to test the impact, biologically, of aluminum adjuvant was 2007, where it was pioneered by Dr. Christopher Shaw at the University of British Columbia. Ill let him explain:

Its hard to put Dr. Shaws work in proper context. Our public health officials, signing off on a massive growth in the number of vaccines given to children, and therefore massive growth in the amount of injected aluminum, had never conducted biological studies to assess the safety of aluminum, which allowed Dr. Shaw to do something groundbreaking in 2007.

It also raises an obvious question: what have our regulatory agencies been relying upon to assess the safety of injected aluminum?

The answer: a single study published in 2011 by Dr. Robert J. Mitkus in the journal Vaccine.

About Dr....


James Francos Carefully Worded Denial Of Sexual Misconduct Claims Raises Lots Of Questions "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last night, Stephen Colbert asked the actor to address recent allegations against him. Franco gave a nuanced answer that were still deciphering.

James Franco had less than a day to bask in his Golden Globes victoryhe won Best Actor in a Comedy for his role in The Disaster Artistbefore the headlines that have become all too familiar zeroed in on him.

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By Aloysius Laukai

The Head of the Catholic Church on Bougainville, BISHOP BENARD UNABALI says that the churches will do their part in preparing their faithful for the coming referendum.
He made these remarks at the Opening of the Bougainville YUMIWAN festival in Buka today.
His Lordship BISHOP BENARD UNABALI says that by March he will make an announcement on setting prayer groups all over Bougainville to have special prayers for the referendum and also what would happen after the Referendum.
He said he will be talking with the newly ordained Bishop of the United Church, BISHOP ABRAHAM TOROI so that the United Church and other church followers can do the same in their churches.
The Bishop said that the people need to pray for Peace and harmony before and after the referendum in 2019.




Kerry Stokes and Seven threaten journalist with jail for asking questions regarding the #MeToo sexual harassment campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

I emailed questions to Kerry Stokes, Ryan Stokes and other Seven West Media directors last night (9/1/18) and they responded by having their grubby lawyer Richard Keegan threaten me with jail when there is clearly no basis for the threat. Mr Keegan is in breach of the Solicitors Rules for making such a baseless threat []


Bougainville YUMI WAN Festival underway "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Four-Days Bougainville YUMI WAN Festival was officially opened by the ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS at the BEL ISI PARK in Buka town this afternoon.
The festival which started last year aims to unite the people of Bougainville through music and Arts and Crafts and prepare them for the upcoming Bougainville Referendum.

In His Opening remarks ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS congratulated organizers of the festival for their contribution to preparing artists a musicians for the Referendum.
He said that unity and solidarity is what Bougainville will need as we prepare for the Referendum.
President MOMIS said despite our differences, we must remain united to make sure that the outcome at the end will make the people of Bougainville happy.

He said Bougainvilleans need to know exactly what they want in the future and after the referendum.
The ABG President said that Bougainville has this one off Referendum that must be taken with full conscience as this will settle for once and for all the cries of our forefathers for self-determination.
source: New Dawn FM



By Aloysius Laukai

The Four-Days Bougainville YUMI WAN Festival was officially opened by the ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS at the BEL ISI PARK in Buka town this afternoon.
The festival which started last year aims to unite the people of Bougainville through music and Arts and Crafts and prepare them for the upcoming Bougainville Referendum.
In His Opening remarks ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS congratulated organizers of the festival for their contribution to preparing artists a musicians for the Referendum.
He said that unity and solidarity is what Bougainville will need as we prepare for the Referendum.
President MOMIS said despite our differences, we must remain united to make sure that the outcome at the end will make the people of Bougainville happy.
He said Bougainvilleans need to know exactly what they want in the future and after the referendum.
The ABG President said that Bougainville has this one off Referendum that must be taken with full conscience as this will settle for once and for all the cries of our forefathers for self-determination.




PNG Defence Force ready to evacuate Schouten Islanders "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The PNG Acting Government Chief Secretary, Frank Aisi, says the PNG Defence Force's naval element is already on the Schouten Islands, to assist evacuate the Kadovar islanders from the Ruprup Island to Turubu on the Wewak mainland.

Mr Aisi also says a K15,000 relief funding is being mobilized in consultation with the East Sepik Governor, Allan Bird, to purchase immediate supplies for the people.

Scientists at the Rabaul Volcano Observatory, say the spewing of smoke and ash on Friday, has covered the entire island, making it unfit for occupation.

Volcanologists also say while Friday's eruption was only a discharge of old material from the volcano, it could be disastrous if the magma reaches the surface.

The volcano observatory also says Kadovar islanders may not be able to return to their island in a long while.

Mr Aisi says, prime minister Peter O'Neill has directed relevant disaster and emergency organizations to work together help and resource the islanders from the disaster.

"So that's what the prime minister has done. He's also directed all relevant agencies work closely with the National Disaster Office and East Sepik Provincial Government and other agencies to ensure the islanders are safely evacuated to safer grounds.

"The Defence Force is already there, to assist with logistical requirements.

"The Rabaul Volcano Observatory is also being instructed to monitor the situation on the island as well as on nearby islands.

"We already secured the funding and we need to procure the goods from services providers in Wewak town.

We will arrange funding to Papindo in Wewak to purchase fresh water and food which are the immediate requirements."

Frank Aisi is the Deputy Secretary Policy 1, responsible for Economic, Infrastructure and International Relations with the Department of the Prime Minister and National Executive Council.

He's currently the acting government chief secretary in the absence of Isaac Lupari.


Mr Aisi says government agencies responsible for disaster warnings and emergencies should be grouped together in order to respond effectively to events in the country.

The vital disaster warning and emergency agencies are the Rabaul Volcano Observatory which comes under the Geohazards Division, located within the Department of Mining,...



By Aloysius Laukai

The Catholic Bishop of the Bougainville diocese, HIS LORDSHIP BISHOP BENARD UNABALI says that he was not happy the people of the West Coast have been neglected by the Governments since after the crisis.
Speaking at the Bougainville YUMI WAN FESTIVAL today, Bishop UNABALI said that he was organizing the people to march in to the BUKA Government office when they announced that the National Government had promised to upgrade the SIARA TO KORIPOVI road.
He said that they understand the ABG does not have the money to upgrade and service this road.
The Bishop said that finally help was coming to the people of West coast, the people of Torokina and the people of Atolls.

Caption is Bishop Benard Unabali and President John Momis



How Id end absolute poverty and reduce relative poverty if I were Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia is masking its true unemployment levels, hiding the real number of its jobless, fiddling with the numbers of homeless, cheating Australians on the extent and depth of poverty. Poverty, acute and relative, is extensive, but we are sold that this is an affluent nation. We are told that there are 740,000 jobless Australians when []


No extra fees for Madang schools "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

All Government run schools in the Madang Province are not allowed to charge any school or project fees this year.

Provincial Education Director Moses Sariki, says, this is because they do not have a Provincial Education Act that allows schools to charge fees for all TVET, elementary, primary, high and secondary schools in the province.

Mr Sariki says, because Madang does not have such a law unlike provinces like East New Britain, they will have to go by the Education Secretarys circular of 2016, which prohibits school fees and other related fees.

He however explains that while schools are still allowed to collect extra money, it has to be done with the approval of the provincial education board, and must be accompanied by proper documentation of projects that the schools want to implement.

Mr Sariki also emphasized that school administrations and boards must not make decisions in isolation from parents but must always seek their approval through the Parents and Citizens Association meetings.

This means if parents agree, schools can then ask the PEB to allow them to collect what he terms as "parental contributions" for special school needs.

NBC News - Anisah Issimel



By Aloysius Laukai

The national member for North Bougainville, WILLIAM NAKIN has also praised the organizers of the Bougainville YUMI WAN festival.
Speaking at the Official opening ceremony, member NAKIN said music and arts was one sure way of getting the message across to the people and this was other avenue we can tap on to.
The member said that since his election five months ago he has initiated many programs that will help create economic activities in North Bougainville to also contribute to preparing our people for the referendum.
The member said that he was working on establishing one or two beach-de-mer hatcheries that will provide Beach-de-mer farming in these constituencies around North Bougainville to start on some economic activities.
The member also pledged TEN THOUNSAND KINA to support the YUMI WAN FESTIVAL.



PNG Enga Governor calls on government to bring back AFP "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Enga Governor, Peter Ipatas has called on the government to immediately revisit the 2004 Enhanced Cooperation Program between the PNG and the Australian Governments, in a bid to curb the escalating law and order issues in the country.

Speaking to the media in Port Moresby, Governor Ipatas described the Royal PNG Constabulary as a 'liability' and that external help is needed immediately.

"We already have an understanding.

"The Australian government was already willing to fund it.

"So I am saying with the difficult economic conditions I don't think we have the resource to bring in 200 to 300 policemen and women.

"My suggest is that all this 200-300 policemen and women are deployed right throughout the country.

Not in Moresby only, not in Lae only, so that the bad type of attitudes that is creeping up in society, and for young people, we need to manage them.

"A policeman who is well trained, will be engaged properly with offenders, will be able to get the society to understand rights and wrongs.

"So I see that from my experience, I see that we are at the crossroads."

NBC News - Lyanne Togiba


Haryana Govts Flagrant Waste of Taxpayer Money: 10 Copies of Bhagvad Gita Bought for Rs 3.8 Lakh "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The ML Khattar-led BJP government gifted the copies to VVIPs during the International Gita Mahotsav in 2017, an RTI response said.

Union minister Sushma Swaraj (centre) with Haryana CM ML Khattar (second from left) and Yoga guru Ramdev (second from right) during the Gita Mahotsav. Credit: PTI

Union minister Sushma Swaraj (centre) with Haryana CM ML Khattar (second from left) and Yoga guru Ramdev (second from right) during the International Gita Mahotsav. Credit: PTI

An RTI filed by Rahul Sehrawat, a resident of Hisar, Haryana, has shed light on how the state government spent a staggering Rs 3,79,500 to buy just 10 copies of the Bhagavad Gita during the International Gita Mahotsav in November 2017. Each copy reportedly cost the government more than Rs 37,000.

According to the Times of India, Sources confirmed that the copies were prepared with special paper and were designed in such a manner that they looked like ancient manuscripts.

The copies were reportedly given as gifts to VVIPs attending the event. More so, the RTI reply states that the state also paid Rs 15 lakh to BJP MP and Bollywood star Hema Malini and Rs 10 lakh to Delhi BJP president and actor Manoj Tiwari for their performances at the event.

But the information, provided by the Kurukshetra Development Board, does not fully delve into why a total of Rs 15 crore had been sanctioned for the event as it only explains how Rs 4.32 crore was spent. The RTI reply shows that Tanvi Stationers was p...


SBC: Gullible COCKERILLs Dog Poo Myth "IndyWatch Feed National"

SBC: Gullible COCKERILLs Dog Poo Myth

  • an In My View report by NIGEL WARD, commenting on a Report presented to Full Council by SBC Portfolio Holder for Major Projects,  Councillor Mike COCKERILL [Ind.Ind.] addressing the South Bay pollution problem.


The official transcript of Councillor COCKERILLs verbal Report to Council on Monday 8th January 2018 is reproduced, below. Let us allow it to speak for itself. Thereafter, I propose to raise a question. Just one question. For now.

Thank you for the prior notice of your question. Whilst it specifically refers to the South Bay, my replies cover all of the designated bathing beaches along the whole of our coastline.

I will, once again, state that it is the Environment Agency which is the regulatory authority for BATHING WATER QUALITY.

Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency both have their respective and important roles and responsibilities but the greatest impact of less than EXCELLENT Bathing Water, as targeted by Yorkshire Water with its major investment programme, is on the tourism and business sectors.

As you are all aware, Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency carried out a major DNA sampling programme of bathing water within the South Bay and Wheatcroft area of Scarborough in late summer of 2016. You have all received copies of the detailed technical report together with the Executive Summary.

The findings of the report are guiding further work towards identifying possible sources and locations where different types of pollution start to be problematic. As was always stressed, we did not believe the report would, alone, provide all the answers to be able to solve the problem.

Some colleagues will have seen the article on BBC Look North last Wednesday when representatives from the Environmental Agency and Yorkshire Water were interviewed.

At this point I would state that I was not approached to participate, probably as the BBC understands, it is those interviewed that have the direct responsibility for Bathing Water Quality.

I am indebted to The Chief Executive together with the Leader and Deputy Leader who met with the Chief Executive of Yorkshire Water as recently as last w...


State By State Ranking For USA Bicyclists "IndyWatch Feed National"

SIERRA Renton Gene Coulon Park WB


Thanks to Sierra magazine for bringing this to our attention:

Is Your State Bicycle-Friendly?

A new report ranks the best and worst places to hop on the saddle

Do you live in the safest or the most dangerous state for riding a bike? The 2017 Bicycle Friendly State Report Card has the answer.

Each year,...


Finding the Answer to a Riddle Shrouded in a Mystery "IndyWatch Feed National"

High-level inter-Korean talks at the border village of Panmunjeom not only represent a vital step in Winter Olympics diplomacy but also offer a tantalizing chance of a breakthrough in stalled six-party discussions. 


PERTH Perth Ivy League student jailed for one-punch attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth Ivy League student jailed for one-punch attack .

January 10, 2018 at 01:22PM .

A STUDENT and athlete who was on a scholarship at Princeton University in the US has been jailed over a coward punch attack in Perth. Joshua Robert Billington, 21, was sentenced in the Perth Magistrates Court to an immediate prison term of nine months. He was convicted of assault occasioning .


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PERTH WA sprinter jailed over one-punch attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WA sprinter jailed over one-punch attack .

January 10, 2018 at 07:33PM .

Magistrate Elizabeth Woods rejected Billingtons defence in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday that he thought his friend was in danger from Davis. She said there was no evidence of that and he had acted impulsively and unprovoked. However Ms Woods, who described his actions as a cowards .


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PERTH Ivy league student Joshua Robert Billington jailed for one-punch attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ivy league student Joshua Robert Billington jailed for one-punch attack .

January 10, 2018 at 03:40PM .

The Perth Magistrates Court heard the victim, Mitch Davis, was with a female friend who was being harassed by a friend of Billingtons. The court heard when Mr Davis stepped forward to be next to his friend, he was punched from the side by Billington. Mr Davis suffered concussion, a cut to his head, .


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Im Just Another Tourist in My Home Country "IndyWatch Feed National"

My stomach is churning as I walk towards the big green sign. No matter the destination, the feeling I get arriving at the immigration desk never ceases to change. When I get to the front of the line, a middle-aged Balinese man ushers me over.

Before I get the chance to give him my passport, he grabs it from my hand. His eyes fix on me, then my passport, then back again. He pauses, before casually starting to speak to me in Indonesian. I catch the first three words, but miss the rest hes too fast for me to comprehend. He stares directly at me, and all can do is stare back, oblivious.

He finally snaps.

CAN YOU SPEAK INDONESIAN? Cannn youuuuu speaaaak Indonesian? he asks, in a slow, patronising tone. The question itself is nothing new. Even back home in Australia, I am constantly asked it, but never as condescending as when I hear it in my so-called motherland.

Sedikit (a little), I smile, thinking it will ease the tension. It doesnt. He just shrugs and sighs, then enquires as to where where Im staying. I know the answer to this one: I have been practicing on the plane for the past three hours in preparation.

Saya tinggal di Canggu (I live in Canggu), I announce, pronouncing the c like a k in my Australian-born accent. He looks at me confused, then finally understands. CANGGU! he says, pronouncing the c like ch. Chhanggguuu, not Canggu. Disappointment is etched all over his face and all I want to do is run away.

The airport incident is one of many I face while travelling in Indonesia. Every time I visit, every time I meet a local, their reaction is the same. They are curious as to where I am from: questioning my heritage and testing my Indonesian, then they get frustrated when they learn that I know very little about my own culture.

I sit in the front seat of the cab watching scooters and warungs pass by in a blur. The taxi driver is attempting to make conversation with me in broken English, but it doesnt seem to get past How are you? After a few minutes of awkward silence, I see him in my peripherals glancing at me. His body is tense; hands tightly grip the wheel. Finally, he builds up the courage to timidly ask, Orang Indo, yah (Indonesian person, right)?

Iya (yes), I reply. He breathes a sigh of relief; his whole body relaxes as he sinks comfortably back into his chair.
Mbok dari mana (Miss, where are you from?)


Flaunting British Neo-Imperialism in Asia-Pacific "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 10, 2018 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - For over a century, the British Empire exerted control over Asia-Pacific, outright colonising India, Burma, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia while influencing and encroaching upon greater China, Siam and beyond.

It exploited the people and natural resources of the region, fuelled conflict as it waged war with rival European powers seeking to carve out their own colonies in Asia and left an enduring impact on the region, including ethnic and territorial feuds still unfolding today, e.g. the Rohingya crisis in present-day Myanmar.

Rather than make restitution for its decades of war, conquest and exploitation, the United Kingdom today eagerly seeks to reassert itself in the region alongside the United States who has also spent over a century in the region pursuing what US policymakers openly admit is American "primacy."

The Diplomat, a US-European geopolitical publication focused on Asia-Pacific, described this development in its article, "The British Are Coming (to Asia)."

The article featured a single image, that of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, one of the UK's newest warships and its largest. It is one of two "colossal warships" UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson recently pledged to send across the globe to aid Washington in its growing confrontation with Beijing.

The author, US Air Force Major John Wright currently serving as Japan Country Director, International Affairs, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Honolulu, Hawaii, attempts to construct a positive argument for the UK's involvement thousands of miles from its own shores.

The article admits that the US has few capable allies in the region willing to "comply with mutual defence needs beyond their own territory." It admits that the US has increasingly looked beyond Asia for partners. The UK then, is about as beyond Asia as any potential partner could be.

The article notes that the UK has already deployed warplanes to Japan in ad...


Flaunting British Neo-Imperialism in Asia-Pacific "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 10, 2018 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - For over a century, the British Empire exerted control over Asia-Pacific, outright colonising India, Burma, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia while influencing and encroaching upon greater China, Siam and beyond.

It exploited the people and natural resources of the region, fuelled conflict as it waged war with rival European powers seeking to carve out their own colonies in Asia and left an enduring impact on the region, including ethnic and territorial feuds still unfolding today, e.g. the Rohingya crisis in present-day Myanmar.

Rather than make restitution for its decades of war, conquest and exploitation, the United Kingdom today eagerly seeks to reassert itself in the region alongside the United States who has also spent over a century in the region pursuing what US policymakers openly admit is American "primacy."

The Diplomat, a US-European geopolitical publication focused on Asia-Pacific, described this development in its article, "The British Are Coming (to Asia)."

The article featured a single image, that of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, one of the UK's newest warships and its largest. It is one of two "colossal warships" UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson recently pledged to send across the globe to aid Washington in its growing confrontation with Beijing.

The author, US Air Force Major John Wright currently serving as Japan Country Director, International Affairs, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Honolulu, Hawaii, attempts to construct a positive argument for the UK's involvement thousands of miles from its own shores.

The article admits that the US has few capable allies in the region willing to "comply with mutual defence needs beyond their own territory." It admits that the US has increasingly looked beyond Asia for partners. The UK then, is about as beyond Asia as any potential partner could be.

The article notes that the UK has already deployed warplanes to Japan i.......


WVU IWSS: The Human Dimensions of Water "IndyWatch Feed National"

Martina Angela Caretta, WVU assistant professor of geography

The human dimensions of water by Prof. Martina Caretta

Source: WVU, Institute of Water Security & Science, October 30, 2017

Water is the driving force of all nature, but how do people react when an area begins to run out of water? Martina Angela Caretta, assistant professor of geography at West Virginia University, seeks to answer that question in a report she co-authored for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

In the report, Caretta discusses how water scarcity leads to migration of a land, while also studying how gender plays a role in the migration process. She also evaluates how water availability affects social stability and the number of jobs available for younger generations. The report indicates that two-thirds of the worlds population, or four billion people, live in conditions of severe water scarcity at least one month per year, while another half billion people face severe water scarcity year-round.

Climate change is triggering migration, especially in areas of the world that are water scarce, Caretta said. Water is a resource we cannot live without in the Global North as in the Global South. My research is about how our society is organized around water, who has access to it and who doesnt and how we can preserve water or remedy water quality so that we can have sustainable development.

Without that water, individuals cannot grow food for themselves, so they have to migrate to another area to find food and water. This migration ultimately leads to overcrowding, which can upset local citizens and lead to conflict.

One example of this dilemma is the war in Syria, says Caretta. Communities in the northern part of the country could not produce enough food for themselves due to water scarcity, so they migrated to the capital, which led to population pressure in a city where food shortage was already an issue. This, in turn, triggered conflicts between the local ethnic group and the newcomers.

There are a few studies that show a connection between climate change and reduced rainfall, failing yields, loss of livelihoods, conflict and migration, Caretta said. More research needs to be done to close this knowledge gap.

The report estimates that nearly 25 million people per year are forced from the...


UK child migrants sent to pedophile rings in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

  A UK inquiry has been told that child migrants kept being sent to farm schools in Australia despite official knowledge that some harboured pedophile rings.
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Nvidia chips are the latest to be hit by Spectre "IndyWatch Feed National"

The graphics chipmaker has revealed that some of its chipsets are among those affected by the Spectre memory flaw, which allows hackers to steal passwords of devices by bypassing their operating systems, reports Reuters. Nvidia says it is providing an initial security update to mitigate aspects of Spectre via a software patch and expects to

The graphics chipmaker has revealed that some of its chipsets are among those affected by the Spectre memory flaw, which allows hackers to steal passwords of devices by bypassing their operating systems, reports Reuters. Nvidia says it is providing an initial security update to mitigate aspects of Spectre via a software patch and expects to work with its partners on future updates to further strengthen mitigations. Affected chipsets include GeForce, Tesla, Grid, NVS, and Quadro.

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Petition To Have Muzzle Loading Pistols Removed From an H class licence ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

"To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales in Parliament assembled".
Parliament House
6 Macquarie Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000.
The Petition of Keith H. Burgess.
President of the New England Colonial Living History Group.
Brings to the attention of the House the matter of firearms licensing in relation to muzzle-loading pistols (percussion locks excluded).
At this present time, working replica (replicas of original 17th and 18th century antique muzzle-loading pistols) muzzle-loading pistols of the lock types matchlock, wheellock, tinderlock, doglock, snaphance and flintlock can only be owned by a person possessing a category H gun licence, and these pistols can only be legally fired on a registered gun range. Antique muzzle-loading pistols of the same type may be owned, but not used/fired without the owner possessing an H class licence. This requirement excludes the use of these antiques & antique replicas for Living History and Historical Re-enactment purposes. It also excludes the use of these antique replicas for use as a back-up safety for muzzle-loader hunters hunting on private property who are hunting with single shot muzzle-loading rifles or smoothbores.
Historical Re-ena...


Join the queue "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Recent comments by Peter Dutton on Sudanese crime in Melbourne, in support of the Victorian Liberals' attempts to court that old political tart Laura Norder, underline two failures of strategy: in his portfolio, and within the Victoria Liberals in their quest for state government this November.

The end of the line

Immigration policy in Australia was set at the turn of the century by then-Immigration Minister Phillip Ruddock, backed by John Howard and his government and only ever tweaked by successive governments since then.

The first thing to say about immigration to Australia overall is that it has increased significantly this century. Where the crackdown has come, and the headlines, is in the refugee and asylum-seeker intakes.

Ruddock developed the idea of a 'queue' for refugees - yes, the world was full of desperate people fleeing war and persecution, but all that was required for such people to enter Australia was to "join the queue", fill out some forms and applications would be processed in due course. People who paid people-smugglers and arrived in Australia by boat without visas were "queue jumpers", denying places on the small (and successively reduced) quota for refugee intake to those who did all the right things and waited patiently.

Here's where Dutton has torpedoed that policy, and made himself look silly: successive Immigration ministers from Ruddock to Morrison told us there were people waiting patiently in refugee camps in Africa unable to enter Australia because bad people from the Middle East tried to jump the queue by coming here on boats. None of the people on Nauru or Manus are from South Sudan. They are people who have come here through the very vetting systems that Dutton now oversees.

If you agree with Dutton that Sudanese gangs are terrifying Melbourne, then it follows that he has failed to vet these people properly. You can't believe that Dutton, with his inflated powers as Home Affairs Minister, is keeping Australia safe if you also accept that he has waved through the very people apparently causing this mayhem. Say what you will about Daniel Andrews, his government simply has no role in immigration vetting. Why detain people at Nauru, Manus, Woodville or anywhere else when you are clearly so careless? Dutton is undermining his own narrative:
"But the short answer is that, if people haven't integrated, if they are not abiding by our laws, if they don't adhere to our culture, then they are not welcome here."
Bit late for that champ.

No journalist has called him on it. Credulous dickheads like...


The Senate wants to know about Apples iPhone battery slowdowns "IndyWatch Feed National"

As in France, now the U.S. Senate wants answers about Apples practice of slowing down iPhones in order to prolong battery life in older models, reports the Wall Street Journal. Yesterday chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee John Thune (R., S.D.) wrote a letter to Tim Cook asking how the company has been tracking customer

As in France, now the U.S. Senate wants answers about Apples practice of slowing down iPhones in order to prolong battery life in older models, reports the Wall Street Journal. Yesterday chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee John Thune (R., S.D.) wrote a letter to Tim Cook asking how the company has been tracking customer complaints of the issue and whether Apple has considered offering rebates to people who had previously paid full price for a battery replacement. He also added that Apples proposed solutions have prompted additional criticism from some customers, particularly its decision not to provide free replacement batteries before requesting his questions be answered by January 23.

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SAD Mark Latham Predicts Free Sausages For All In Stunning Save Australia Day Ad "IndyWatch Feed National"

On the upside, in the future dystopia Australia, everyone gets a paper shredder in their kitchen. On the downside, those same kitchens are under constant surveillance by government-installed closed-circuit television. But on the upside again, everyone gets free sausages.

How did all these things the good, the bad and the fatty come about? Because we changed the date of Australia Day from January 26, to something else.

So says Mark Latham, one time Labor Opposition leader, turned right-wing conspiracy nutter.

Lathams public descent into madness has been, generally speaking, quite satisfying to watch. Like when your racist old uncle falls over at a family barbecue, or when Bill Leak died.

While Lathams latest venture has been a bit unsettling, like any car crash, its impossible to look away. So lets look more closely.

Outraged at the growing movement to Change the Date, Latham has been campaigning to save the date, or in his words, Save Australia Day. If you take the initials from that three-word Abbott-esque slogan it spells SAD. Brilliant!

The ad opens with the question, What if the Greens and Labor Left get their way and abolish Australia Day on 26 January?

A strange woman about to have a panic attack in a butcher shop.A strange woman about to have a panic attack in a butcher shop.

On screen runs a small, excited child who proudly shows her mum a picture she drew celebrating Australia Day. The mum shreds the drawing while looking suspiciously over her shoulder, observed by CCTV.

It then cuts to a woman in a butcher shop who orders a shit-tonne of sausages. She realizes she might be suspected of hosting an Australia Day event. She panics and leaves. Without paying.

Then it cuts to two old men both of whom bear an unsettling resemblance to everything I imagine a paedophile might look like sitting in a nursing home with lamingtons being castigated by a nurse for reminiscing about the good old days.

Two SAD old men in Mark Latham's SAD campaign.Two SAD old men in Mark Lathams SAD campaign....


Russias Interests in Oceania "IndyWatch Feed National"


In the past years, Russias foreign policy has been focused on expanding influence in the most remote corners of the planet. In particular, the Russian party has successful relations with the small island states of Oceania located in the South Pacific and with Fiji in particular.

Until recently, in the mid-2000s, the South Pacific Region (SPR) was mainly controlled by the three players: the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Currently, the US position is characterized by the last-gasp efforts of Washington to keep the control over strategically important territories in Micronesia, which have been gradually seized by China that has already merged the rest of Oceania. The only place in the US influence area untouched by the Chinese capital is Guam. It hosts the largest US air and naval bases in the Pacific Ocean with bombers and submarines, as well as ballistic missiles directed at North Korea. The weakening of the US financial positions in the SPR started after the global economic crisis in 2008 when the empty niches were occupied by China, which was pursuing economic and political goals in Oceania, not the military ones so far. Alongside with China, the Russian Federation started to explore Oceania by strengthening its international image here.

Out of 26 entities of Oceania, 13 are the full-fledged members of the UNO and other international organizations. As a result, friendly relations with these states bring only benefits for a very small by world standards donor assistance worth only a few tens of million dollars, which the partners of the countries of Oceania allocate to them in the framework of the development programs.

The active strengthening of the ties between Russia and China presupposes the common interests, and, consequently, the formulation of a well-coordinated political course in respect of the developing part of the world. Beijing has chosen the largest and the most significant state Fiji as its main ally in Oceania. Moscow is not sitting idle; it is developing multilateral cooperation with Suva, the capital of Fiji.

Fiji occupies a special place in the structure of relationships in the South Pacific Region. This is the largest state of Oceania (after Papua New Guinea) with the population of about 1 million people, which plays a s...


Why Governments are Like an Ameba "IndyWatch Feed National"


QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; You may be called the legend because of your forecasts on so many levels, but it might also be because you have met with more governments than probably any economist or analyst. My question is simple. From your experience, do you believe you can prevent the economic carnage that is becoming so obvious to everyone except those in government?


ANSWER: The idealistic belief in intelligence and goodness embedded within human beings is increasingly confronted with the harsh experiences of reality. We all indeed act in our own self-interest or we would take no action (Smiths Invisible Hand). Even an ameba, which lacks consciousness as we define it being self-aware, still responds to its surrounding and engulfs its prey to survive. It responds due to its hardwired nature. Unfortunately, humans also possess at that inner level this same survival instinct that is hardwired. This makes it increasingly unlikely that willingness to change gains sufficient strength in time before the abyss is reached. Hence, we must crash and burn.

Because the government will respond in the same manner as an ameba, there is no hope that they will spontaneously look in the mirror and reach an OMG moment of realizing that they are causing the demise of our society. Consequently, they will consume our liberty until they push it to the point that society will then act only in its self-interest to survive. Historically, all governments collapse once they have consumed rights, liberty, and privileges in their desire to maintain control and in the end, die by their own greed for power. They lack any consciousness of what they are doing precisely as an ameba. There is no reasoning for there is no one single mind to reason with.

Therefore, neither I nor anyone else, possess the power to prevent the cycle from unfolding. The very best I can hope for is perhaps to influence the reconstruction.


Extreme Volatility in Weather Part of Climate Change? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: It is crazy hot here in Sydney the exact opposite of the extreme cold in the north. Is there an explanation at all for this?

ANSWER:  Most people do not realize that the climate is actually polar opposites so historically when the North is dry, the South is wet or when the North is very cold the South will get very hot. Both the Arctic (North Pole) and the Antarctic (South Pole) are cold because they dont get any direct sunlight.  However, though the North Pole and the South Pole are polar opposites, they both get the same amount of sunlight but there is a major difference. The South Pole is a much colder than the North Pole and this also contributes to the difference in climate experience around the globe.

The Arctic is ocean surrounded by land whereas the Antarctic in the South is in fact land surrounded by ocean. Consequently, the ocean under the Arctic ice is cold, yet the water is still warmer than the ice! So the ocean warms the air which it cannot do in the South. Antarctica is dry despite the ice. Under the ice and snow, you find land with mountain ranges, not ocean. As with any mountain range, the higher you go, the colder it gets. The actual average elevation of Antarctica is about 7,500 feet (2.3 km).

The extreme heat in Australia, reaching 47c (116f), is more akin to the Middle East in summer. I went trekking through the valley of the Kings in Egypt when it was 50c (122f) and I was the only one out and about while everyone stayed in the hotel. As the energy output of the sun collapses, we will witness growing extremes in different regions. The la...


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00005 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.90 AUD

Community Horrified as Cops Kill Upstanding, Unarmed Citizen Traveling to Spiritual Retreat "IndyWatch Feed National"

Community members are horrified and searching for answers after a beloved citizen of Hutchinson, Kansas, was shot and killed by a federal officer while traveling to a spiritual retreat. Tyler Miller, 51, was driving on a curvy, mountain road in the Coconino National Forest in Arizona when he lost control of his pickup truck and hit a large rock, according to a report from KWCH News. However, the details regarding what happened between the time Miller crashed and the time a federal officer opened fire on him, are still largely unknown.

Birds called 'firehawk raptors' are intentionally spreading fires in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

When you think of causes of fire in Australia, you might think of lightning or arsonists but you probably dont think of birds. But at least three birds of prey species spread wildfires in Australia, according to a new paper incorporating indigenous knowledge. Penn State University geographer and lead author Mark Bonta told National Geographic, Were not discovering anything. Most of the data that weve worked with is collaborative with Aboriginal peoplesTheyve known this for probably 40,000 years or more.


Blinded by Pellets in 2016, Kashmiri Teen Insha Mushtaq Clears Her Class 10 Boards "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 16 year old, who has undergone several surgeries, was hit in the face after she opened her window during the Kashmir unrest in 2016.

Insha Mushtaq, 15, lost vision in both eyes in July 2016 after being hit by shotgun pellets. Credit: Amnesty International

Insha lost vision in both eyes in July 2016 after being hit by shotgun pellets. Credit: Amnesty International

Srinagar: In a remarkable feat, 16-year-old Insha Mushtaq, who became the face of pellet victims who lost their vision during the 2016 uprising in Kashmir, has cleared her class 10 board examinations. The results were declared on January 9.

The teen gave the examinations with the aid of a helper who wrote the answers as she dictated. Despite being declared qualified in her mathematics paper, Insha will have to appear for it again as it was noted that she needs to improve.

The news has spread joy in Kashmir. Inshas father, Mushtaq Ahmad Lone, who was engaged as a driver with the state-run Motor Garages Department, started receiving congratulatory calls and messages soon after the results were declared and the news of Inshas success began to spread online.

We are very happy today, Lone tells The Wire, adding that Insha worked hard to memorise her lessons with the help of her teachers. Over the past year, Insha recorded the lessons she h...


"Muhammad gave us the glad tidings that at the End of Time, we will fight those Jews - Good News for Modern Muslims "IndyWatch Feed National"

MEDIA BLACKOUT AGAIN! North Carolina imam: Muhammad gave us the glad tidings that at the End of Time, we will fight those Jews This IMAM cited an antisemitic hadith! This is not extremist Islam, these words are from AUTHENTIC STANDARD MAINSTREAM ISLAMIC text! #Hannity Amy Mek (@AmyMek) January...


Recent Study Proves That Ibuprofen is Directly Linked to Male Infertility "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sperm counts of men living in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe are dropping at a shocking rate, with researchers reporting as much as a 59% decline in total sperm count over a 40-year period ending in 2011. For couples currently living with the reality of infertility, this number is staggering! It comes as no surprise, considering that startling data, that the fertility industry in the United States is currently valued at over $2 billion. With couples spending incredible amounts of money just for the chance to start their own families we have to ask, what are we doing that has resulted in such a dramatic loss in fertility for the male population?

Experts have explored a number of theories from the food we are eating to the clothes we wear, but one has recently caught the attention of researchers. Erma Z. Drobnis, PhD., an associate professional practice professor of reproductive medicine and fertility at the University of Missouri, Columbia explained that there is a significant problem overlooked in the testing process for medication today. While most medications are assessed for their impact on female fertility and pregnancy complications, the effects on male fertility are rarely investigated.

Drobnis explained, There is evidence that some medications are particularly harmful to the male reproductive system, including testosterone, opioids, antidepressants, antipsychotics, immune modulators and even over-the-counter antacid cimetidine (Tagamet). However, prescribing providers rarely mention these adverse effects with patients when prescribing these medications.

One such medication, experts are now reporting, is the commonly used NSAID ibuprofen. Often taken by high-level athletes as a preventative measure in an attempt to avoid pain and muscle soreness, a new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has discovered that regular use of the medication has been linked with decreased levels of fertility in men.



Increasing ocean temperatures in Great Barrier Reef has ea turtle population 'turning female' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Green sea turtles native to the Great Barrier Reef are under threat from rising temperatures, which are making the majority of hatchlings female, according to a team of biologists. Scientists researching the impact of climate change on one of the world's largest sea turtle populations have found that turtle eggs, laid on warmer beaches along the north-east coast of Australia, can produce animals almost entirely of the female gender. Scientists say it's down to rising temperatures prolonging the incubation process which in turn leads to more female offspring. The researchers, including scientists from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Queensland Department of Environment, are warning the trend could have a dire impact on the future of the species.

Increasing ocean temperatures in Great Barrier Reef has sea turtle population 'turning female' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Green sea turtles native to the Great Barrier Reef are under threat from rising temperatures, which are making the majority of hatchlings female, according to a team of biologists. Scientists researching the impact of climate change on one of the world's largest sea turtle populations have found that turtle eggs, laid on warmer beaches along the north-east coast of Australia, can produce animals almost entirely of the female gender. Scientists say it's down to rising temperatures prolonging the incubation process which in turn leads to more female offspring. The researchers, including scientists from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Queensland Department of Environment, are warning the trend could have a dire impact on the future of the species.


WHAT A GRUB! Elite Sydney lawyer Victor Berger finally struck off for pilfering money from dying women with dementia despite attempts by powerful friends to save him "IndyWatch Feed National"

An elite Sydney lawyer who parasitically preyed on the vulnerable, elderly and dying has finally been struck off the local legal register despite a Federal MP, two rabbis, a Senior Counsel, businessmen, a company chairman, a chairman of a public company, a solicitor and a retired Supreme Court Judge all providing character references and supporting the

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The Dunolly Jazz & Blues Show "IndyWatch Feed National"

Come and enjoy this afternoon of Jazz and Blues, where Oozin Blues will be special guests.
Music starts around 1pm.
Bands will include The Groove Dudes, Six Degrees, and The Jazz Dudes.
Bar opens around Midday and BBQ snacks and woodfired Pizzas are available.
Entry is gold coin, and if you want to sleep over, bring your swag, caravan or motorhome!
For any information call Jan Stephenson on 0408 442960.


Tom Fitton with Judicial Watch's magnificent work on Clinton/Abedin "IndyWatch Feed National"

Identity of CIA official found on Weiner's laptop by FBI. When will DOJ/FBI act on Clinton/Abedin classified mishandling issues? @JudicialWatch forced out this info -- not media, not Congress. Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) January 9, 2018 I think this is the most important thing Tom said - "The...


Giant Rays Are Being Caught In 'Shark Nets' And Left To Die "IndyWatch Feed National"

The eagle ray was going to die if help didnt come soon. He had gotten snarled in a submerged net off the coast of Sharpes Beach in Ballina, Australia, and was struggling to break free.

Last weekend, Jonathan Clark and a boat crew from Sea Shepherd Australia, an organization that works to protect marine animals, approached the net known as a shark net  at Sharpes Beach and discovered the struggling ray.

Credit: Sea Shepherd Australia

The group regularly monitors this shark net, which was installed to prevent sharks from getting too close to shore and bothering swimmers although experts argue that shark nets do nothing to protect people. What the nets actually do is lure sharks close to shore with bait while some of the sharks then get tangled up in the net, others are able to swim above or below the net without getting ensnared.

The nets are also responsible for accidentally catching and killing hundreds of marine animals each year, including turtles, dolphins, whales and protected sharks like great whites, which the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classifies as a critically endangered species. And, of course, eagle rays get enmeshed in the shark nets, too.

Credit: Sea Shepherd Australia

As we approached the net, we noticed a bait ball and saw a large shark under the bait ball, Clark told The Dodo. It moved away quickly. We noticed another shape on the seafloor near the net, and using our viewing scope got a very clear view of a dead manta ray that had been heavily predated upon within 10 meters [32 feet] of the net. We then checked the net and found the spotted eagle...


Gangs of Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

In a special report for Channel 7 News about African gang violence in Melbourne, I quoted a magistrate saying: People are scared to travel on our trains. And I concluded the report by saying: It has to stop.

That was not last week. Not even last year. It was more than five years ago, in October, 2012. Somebody dug it up again on Twitter this week. It is sadly, spookily, prescient. So, dont let anybody con you by brushing this off as something new. Politicians and former Police Chief Commissioners like Nixon and Overland have let Victorians down. Badly. DH


Bar/place to socialise in Cairns "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hi, I'm in cairns on my own and looking to socialise a bit. I'm staying at the Rydges Esplanade, close to (you guessed it) the esplanade. I like travelling and a backpackers/solo travelers place would be nice but I'm open to other kinds too. Cheers

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9000 Sealed Indictments -- Rumors of Impending Mass Arrests/Indictments Continue "IndyWatch Feed National"

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a vigil ceremony marking the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the Department of Justice on Sept. 11, 2017. (Image Source: Getty Images)

Source: DiscerningTheMystery | by Joshua Philip

The answer is uncertain at this point, but let's be more specific. The entire reason why indictments are sealed is multi-faceted. If a court were to produce an indictment against a suspected offender, there would need to be certain precautions taken in order to insure the indictment was successful.

We have heard that these indictments are sealed to prevent suspects from fleeing, destroying evidence, or sabotaging the case in some way. However, these files might also be sealed in order to avoid tipping off other possible conspirators of the crimes involved in these cases. To add, if federal law enforcement needed to gain further leads on potential suspects they might let word of the indictments circulate, wait for a time, and then see which suspects lose their nerve and make a run for it.

In this way, law enforcement might use some of these indictments as a scare tactic in order to flush out suspects that they may not have been aware of prior. The possibilities are numerous, it seems. However, instead of further speculation, let's examine the facts of the situation.

What we know from the situation is that the corporate media has not touched the story of these indictments. This seems to suggest that either the media does not consider the story very substantial, or they are deliberately attempting to further cover for the Deep State as they did all through 2017not to mention the previous two to three decades.

These indictments do exist, according to reports. It is the number of indictments which has been the point of confusion. Are there truly over 9,000 of these files, as researchers sugge...


Divemaster Internships "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

G'day again /r/Cairns,

I've just moved here, and I've got quite a bit of spare time up my sleeve, and wondering if anyone here has had any experience with some of the dive companies around town? I'm looking to do some unpaid deckhand work or even a divemaster internship as I'm already a qualified PADI Rescue diver.

As usual, with my last few questions to the community all your input is much appreciated!

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Bad Business: Marque Lawyers Zeroes In On 5 Corporations Caught Trying To Rip You Off "IndyWatch Feed National"

Big business you might remember them from such scandals as you pay tax, we dont and were going to try and rip you off at every available opportunity. Alex Horvath and Hannah Marshall from Marque Lawyers review five recent decisions from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission where big business was caught in the act.



1. GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis suffer pain over misleading Voltaren claims 


Youd think big pharma might have learned a lesson from the $6 million penalty Reckitt Benckiser paid for their Nurofen not-really-pain-specific products. Apparently not.

GSK and Novartis are now in trouble over their Voltaren Emulgel and Osteo Gel products the latter being made with the same active ingredient as the former, but priced 33 per cent higher and labelled to suggest it provided targeted relief for osteo arthritis.

The ACCC says that the products misrepresented that the Osteo Gel product provided more effective relief than regular Voltaren. In light of the Nurofen case, the ACCC saw the Voltaren marketing as particularly, ahem, inflammatory.

We sense some big fines on the horizon.


2. Red Balloon feels the pinch of penalties for excessive payment surcharges


Online seller Red Balloon copped $43,200 in fines for charging excessive payment surcharges on its website. If youre unaware, there is now a ban on any business imposing excessive surcharges on card transactions. They can only charge a customer what it costs them to accept the payment.

Large businesses such as Red Balloon were required to be compliant from September 2016, and all businesses were affected from September 2017. The ACCC is paying close attention to compliance.


3. Meriton busted for manipulating TripAdvisor reviews


The ACCC came up trumps against Meriton in a recent court...


MACKAY Man locked in cop car on scorching day "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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A ROCKHAMPTON man found himself in a hot situation on Christmas Day apprehended and locked in the back of a police car with no aircon while officers spoke with another person about a disturbance. Jody Brian Richardson, on Monday, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to one

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MACKAY Andergrove man faces illegal weapon, ammunition charges "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Andergrove man faces illegal weapon, ammunition charges

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Jesse Leigh Smith, 27, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged with unlawfully possessing explosives and two counts of unlawfully possessing a category M weapon. Police allege they discovered a disguised knife and a knife with a single-handled release blade both of which are illegal

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MACKAY Price to pay for pot in his saliva "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Taylor, 21, of Mount Charlton appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, pleading guilty to driving while a drug was present on November 7, 2017. Magistrate Damien Dwyer warned Taylor hed face a two-year minimum licence loss for any repeat offence. An early plea was considered. Taylor

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MACKAY Hospital trip ends in court case for South Mackay mum "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Hospital trip ends in court case for South Mackay mum

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Lynette Margaret Jordans decision on December 9 landed her in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, where she pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit. Jordan had just one traffic ticket in her history. Magistrate Damien Dwyer pondered aloud whether Jordan had an extraordinary

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MACKAY Mackay man will fight gun, drug, explosives charges "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Mackay man will fight gun, drug, explosives charges

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A BLACKS Beach man allegedly caught up in a drug lab raid at Mount Pleasant will fight some of the charges against him. Matthew David Thomas Cooks case was heard in Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday. Solicitor Antoinette Morton, of Fisher Dore Lawyers, appeared on behalf of the 35-year-old,

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MACKAY Charged with stealing iPad from police, ice possession "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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Charged with stealing iPad from police, ice possession

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Marie Te Puaki Nancye Gage, 33, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday on four charges. That included two counts of stealing (kitchen appliances and the iPad) and one count each of possessing tainted property (a bank card and details) and possessing the drug ice (methamphetamines).

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Tradecraft: Five Reasons to Have a Backup Rifle in Your Vehicle "IndyWatch Feed National"

(SurvivalSullivan) Whats the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun? The answer is simple; a good guy with a gun.

Theres a great chance that every time youre in a public area, you pass many people who have concealed weapons. Theres no way to tell what their intentions are, so you need to make sure youre prepared for the worst-case scenario. Thats why we call ourselves preppers, we prepare for everything.

Im all for carrying concealed vs. open carry for multiple reasons, but the biggest one is anonymity. You dont want to paint a target on your back. If there is somebody with ill-intent wishing to cause harm on a mass scale, youll be the first to be targeted (because youre the biggest threat). The worst enemy you can face is the one you dont know, the same goes for your adversary. However, just because you conceal, doesnt mean that youre necessarily prepared to defend against every attack.

For this reason, Ive decided to write this article dedicated to showing you why you should have a backup gun in your vehicle. Before we dive into the list, know that there are thousands of scenarios that can definitely be stopped by a citizen concealing a small firearm; but there are thousands more that require a little more firepower.

#1. Most Conceal Carry Weapons Have Limited Magazine Capacity

Sometimes, the situation at hand requires more rounds than you have on you. While you could always carry more magazines, I recommend having a solid backup plan in your vehicle. Statistically, you have a 40% chance of missing your first three rounds if youre in a shootout at 15 yards or more. That percentage increases to 70% for your first magazine missing if youre getting shot at, during a shootout at 15 yards or more.

Most AR-15 manufacturers have a base-model that cost less than $600 (depending on the state you live in), which is a fair price for a backup rifle for your vehicle. You really dont need super fancy attachments with an AR-15 to be able to engage targets at 150 yards or less, which is the beautiful thing about ARs.

Dont leave your survival, or innocent bystanders survival to chance. Its your responsibility as a prepper to ensure the safety of people who may not be as prepared as you. A selfish prepper is a useless prepper.

So, if youre in a situation where you know youll need a more powerful gun, use your EDC gun to fight your way back to your vehicle. This way, you can grab your rifle, and get back in the....


Air Niugini cancels flights into Wewak "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

In light of the recent volcanic eruption on Kadovar Island in the Wewak district, Air Niugini has advised the travelling public that Mondays flight to Wewak was rescheduled due to the dust and volcanic ash fallout over the Wewak township.

Flight PX126 from Port Moresby to Wewak on Monday has been rescheduled to daylight operations today, to allow for better visibility, however, this will be reviewed first thing in the morning to ascertain the situation, the airline said.

Air Niugini assures the travelling public that the situation is being monitored very closely by staff in Wewak in consultation with National Airports Corporation staff.

This will continue on a daily basis until the situation is cleared. It is highly recommended that passengers travelling to Wewak should remain in contact with their booking agent or contact Customer Services 3273409 for updated information on the Kadovar eruption and flight schedule.


Reports of UK joining TPP ridiculed "IndyWatch Feed National"

10 January 2018: As the remaining 11 members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (now rebranded the Comprehensive Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership) struggle to reach agreement, some strange reports are appearing in the media.

The Financial Times has reported that the Department for International Trade in the UK has held informal talks about joining the TPP. The UK cannot sign trade deals until it leaves the EU after Brexit, in March 2019.

The idea has been instantly and widely ridiculed. TUC general secretary Frances OGrady said joining the TPP would be scraping the bottom of the Brexit barrel. She said, Trade unions around the world have opposed this deal because it allows labour abuses, it puts public services at risk and it gives too much control to corporations.

UK Labours shadow trade secretary said Of course [TPP] could be helpful but it is not the main event, and at the moment the government is making a hash of that. He questioned why the Department for International Trade was discussing joining the TPP when the current members of the TPP account for 8% of British exports.


Papua New Guinea's Crocodile Whisperer "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Story and Photo By Michael  Passingan

Port Moresbys Adventure Park Animal Keeper Mr Farapo Sare of Gulf Province is Papua New Guineas Crocodile Dundee.

Mr Sare is the only person who can ride a crocodile like riding a horse and kiss a crocodile like kissing a wallaby.

Having been attacked by the fears looking reptile and being the care taker or the father and feeder of the two beasts, Farapo Sare is the man who can turn a huge 6meter crocodiles into a horse riding show for fun and entertainment.

On Saturday last weekend Mr Sare rocked the Adventure Park crocodile gorge by performing his feeding techniques while riding and kissing two of the fears looking reptiles in front of over hundred spectators who were at there to witness the feeding session.

Mr Sare who is a respectable gentleman but a mute has his own ways of speaking to the crocodiles which they communicate very well during times of feeding and during shows.

His companion and college Peter Spaka said Mr Sare was once a victim to one the giant crocodiles some years back during one of his performances at the Moitaka show but he never gave up.

Sare spent 35years even his life around the two reptiles and today he is a champion and man of courage respected by all who knows him said Mr Spaka.

Mr Spaka said Sare is an asset to Adventure Park and an icon to the wildlife family and is the only one who can speak the crocodile language on when to tell the crocodiles to come out, stop, move and can ride or even kiss the crocodiles.

Sare is Papua New Guineas Crocodile Dundee and the only man who can ride a crocodile like riding a horse, he is our icon and crocodile worrier and everyone loves him said Spaka.

Spaka said the crocodiles are fed every Saturdays at 3pm in the evening and no one does that job but Sare who is the person in charge of feeding the crocodiles and speaking to them knows how to tame and make a crocodile listen.

He said Sare has a long history with crocodiles but to cut it short he was meant for that job, hes a wildlife preserver and he grew up with crocodiles and even regard them as his pets and best friends.


Q Anon Learn To Read The Map "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Phil Hingston

Who is really in charge? The above video is worth 10 minutes of your time.


The post Q Anon Learn To Read The Map appeared first on Gumshoe News.


Setelah Kantor ULMWP Ada Kapan Pejabat ULMWP Pindah dan Menetap di Port Vila? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Yang menjadi pertanyaan umum di seluruh dunia, dan sekarang ini juga menjadi pertanyaan Tentara Revolusi West Papua (TRWP) dari Markas Pusat Pertahanan (MPP), yaitu "Kapan para pemimpin politik dan diplomasi Papua Merdka bersatu-padu membangun kebersamaan dan kesatuan secara personal dan pindah bekerja sehari-hari di kantor perjuangan Papua Merdeka?" Dulu Seth Jafeth Roemkorem sebagai Ketua OPM/

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Ontario Teachers' acquires Australian Avocado Grower Jasper Farms "IndyWatch Feed National"

21 Dec 2017 | OTPPOntario Teachers' Pension Plan announces the acquisition of Jasper Farms, Australia's second-largest avocado producer.


Late PNG Rugby League star Kato Ottio died from complicated heat stroke. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Media Statement

This has been confirmed by the Pacific International Hospital.

Heat stroke is a serious form of heat injury, caused by the body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. Heat stroke occurs if the body temperature rises to 104 F (40 C) or higher.

According to doctor attending to him in the ICU ( Intensive Care unit ) Dr Jaiyesh Kumar, the late PNG Kumuls player was already showing symptoms of heat stroke when he was rushed into emergency yesterday afternoon.

Ottio had collapsed during training with the SP Hunters, on Sunday. He was taken to the Gerehu General Hospital before his conditioned worsened and was taken to PIH.

Dr Kumar confirms receiving the 24 year old at about 6:30pm on January 8th. But he says Ottio was already disoriented when he was brought in.

Most his organs were already affected, the heart, liver, kidney. And he was bleeding profusely.

Kumar says at least 15 20 bags of Fridge Frozen Plasma (FFP), 5 blood bags and 2 palettes were used to transfuse him.

Untreated heatstroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. The damage worsens the longer treatment is delayed, increasing your risk of serious complications or death.

Late Ottio passed on at 2 am this morning. He died due to DIC (Disseminated Intra-vascular Coagulation) - clotting process is disrupted, causing him to bleed from everywhere.


Three Local songs to be banned "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea Office of Censorship will issue a circular to all broadcasters by tomorrow to ban three local songs with lyrics deemed as inappropriate for listeners.

Chief Censor Steven Mala revealed that the three songs are Sigarapim saksak, Private Nangu and Meri Sunam by Jaro local.
The call follows mounting complaints on social media regarding the song Sigarapim saksak and the other two songs.

Chief Censor Steven Malas description of the songs was harmful and not listener friendly especially to the younger audience.

Censorship Office has a role to play and that is to make sure that whatever music or video that is broadcasted by Television and Radio is not offensive to listeners and the content must be appropriate to view said Mr Mala.

Following this issue, the Censorship Office will set up a guideline for all artists to follow in order for their songs to be aired.

When we put all the procedures and requirements in place, every new song will be screened by my office before it goes on airplay in any radio station and we hope to do that as soon as possible

The Chief Censor has also invited the concerned artists behind the banned songs to have an open dialogue with his office if they feel the need to justify why their songs should not be banned.

We dont want be seen as we are just there to penalize any musicians, we want to work together with them in becoming professionals in the Music Industry and not just allowing them to produce something that is offensive to the public

Mr Mala said his office is open to the concerned artists for discussion and any other artist who needs guidance content wise. 

By: Christine KILDI| PNGFM


Why I Make New Years Resolutions Every Year (and How I Keep Them) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Why I Make New Years Resolutions Every Year (and How I Keep Them) | 2018 | Preparedness\Survival Special Interests US News

It seems like theres a backlash this year against New Years resolutions. Its very true that many people make these vows and then slip back into their wicked ways within the first week of the year. Butit doesnt have to be like that.

I think that the first day of the year is a perfect time for introspection. What are you doing wrong? What are you doing right? What should you improve?

Each year, I spend the first with my journal and I write down the answers to these questions and many more. Then, I read over what Ive written and see what I can improve.

Last year, for example, I vowed to lose 20 pounds. I lost 23, and I did it by going back and revisiting my goal. Did I slip up? Of course I lost 31 pounds, gained 12 back, and then lost 5 again. I kept this goal foremost in my mind and worked on changing my habits.

Its the little things you do each day that create the person that you are.

If you arent happy with some part of your life, chances are, its the things you do each day that are supporting the very thing you arent happy with.

Heres how that works:

  • Are you in a bad relationship? Then perhaps you are allowing yourself to be mistreated by not putting your foot down. Maybe you could leave the relationship, but it seems too complicated, so each day you stay and become more miserable. Perhaps youve never communicated the problem to your partner.
  • Are you overweight and/or out of shape? Maybe you are eating the wrong things for your body every day, and you know it but do it anyway. Maybe you are watching TV instead of getting up and moving your body. Maybe you are drinking a sugary beverage every morning or afternoon.
  • Are you unhealthy? Maybe you are choosing foods that support the illness instead of your health. Maybe you are skipping essential medications. Maybe youre putting yourself at the mercy of your doctor instead of doing your own research.
  • Are you broke? Maybe you are spending money to comfort yourself. Maybe you are going into debt by shopping compulsively when something is wrong. Maybe you are too busy treating yourself on a regular basis to see that a treat is an occasional thing and a daily thing is a habit. Maybe you have a $5 a day coffee ha...


TRWP: Fokus dengan Perjuangan Papua Merdeka, Dinamika Internal Harus Dikesampingkan "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sejak perjuangan Papua Merdeka, dengan nama "nasionalisme Papua" dimulai, ada satu persoalan utama yang masih menjadi persoalan samapi hari ini, yaitu "ego pribadi" dan "ego kelompok". Orang Papua dalam perjuangan Papua Merdeka sampai hari ini kebanyakan belum "menyalibkan" ego pribadi dan kelompok. Entah itu kelompok suku/ marga dan kelompok organisasi politik dan militer masih sangat

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From the Archives: New Bilingual Edition of A Day Mournful and Overcast "IndyWatch Feed National"

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We print this as part of our ongoing writing and archival project now known as Burnt Ends Press, formerly (and affectionately) known as the North Carolina Piece Corps. If youre interested in radical southern history, critical reflections on whiteness and race treason, the intersections of anarchist, anti-state communist, and afro-pessimist thought, ongoing primitive accumulation and the gendered reproduction of labor, or analyses of contemporary insurrectionary happenings in the southeastern United States, please get in touch!

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I first heard about the Iron Column from this very text over a decade ago, and it remains, alongside Orwells Homage to Catalonia, my favorite piece of writing about the tumultuous time period known as the Spanish Civil War. That version, printed sometime in the 1990s and distributed by an Australian collective, had a perfect summary of the historical context of the column, worth reprinting in full:

The Iron Column was one of many volunteer militia groups that fought the fascists in Spain during the Spanish Revolution and Civil War of the 1930s. Unlike the other militias, however, the Iron Column found its members not in revolutionary trade unions or in radical political groups, but among the ranks of ex-prisoners. The outbreak of revolution in 1936 led to the liberation of thousands o...


Cave discovery in Gulf, Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

European explorers discover biggest underground cave system on the borders of Gulf and Southern Highlands provinces

MANY explorers who came to Papua New Guinea described this beautiful nation as a lost paradise with untouched virgin environment that has offered countless species of animals, plants, flora and fauna, underground systems including caves and water and spectacular diving scenario along the coast lines.

Since the 60s, Papua New Guinea has been visited by Westerners interested in the wonders of its geological karst formations.

British, French, Australian, Spanish, German and Irish caving expeditions spent weeks or even months visiting and exploring the wonders of the underground world that is offered by this lost paradise, Papua New Guinea.

This year, after 3 years of satellite analysis and studies, an Italian team led by Guido Baroncini Turricchia, Maurizio (Bruco) Buttinelli and Andrea Felici from Circolo Speleologico Romano, one of the oldest caving groups of Italy established in 1904, visited our country with the aim to explore and survey new caves in the Folopa territory in Gulf Province.

The team leader of the three Italian explorers, Guido Baroncini Turricchia said Papua New Guinea has the biggest underground system with many caves that are still unexplored.

Mr Turricchia said they had spent last month between Mount Tawa, Bolo, Negebare and Sirigi villages at the border between Gulf and Southern Highlands provinces and with the help and hospitality of the local community, were able to visit, explore and document 25 new caves and 3 km of new passages.

The biggest underground system, Satoshi-Babelrou, is an enormous cave with seven entrances that was partially surveyed for 2km and offers wonderful formation with column 12m high, coloured stalagmites, eccentric stalactites, an underground river and the biggest chamber of the gulf province: more than 100m long and 80m wide, he said. Mr Turricchia thanked the sponsors, including the power firm Solar made it possible to leave a solar panel to the Negebare local community, and through Helperbit platform, a bitcoin fundraising campaign to sustain sport and education in Folopa area that will be activated soon.

He said other sponsors of the expedition are Manker, Fabric, Darwin Viaggi and TIM.

Before returning back to Rome, they had hosted a presentation of their exploration in Mount Hagen with pictures and sto...


Tonga PM recovering well, expected to attend swearing in of Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Prime Minister Akilisi Phiva has been in good spirits since Monday night after being taken to Vaiola Hospital on Friday night.

Pohiva is expected to attend the swearing in ceremony of Members of Parliament in Nukualofa on Thursday.

Kaniva News reports Phiva is in a stable condition.

A Ministry of Health spokesperson said Pohiva was moved to the hospitals Intensive Care Unit after a decision to keep him undisturbed by visitors and other patients at the hospital.

He said the Prime Minister needs to have good rest.

Health authorities did not disclose his illness.

A medical evacuation to New Zealand was planned but later cancelled.


Source: Kaniva News


Meghan Markle closes social media accounts "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Meghan Markle has closed down her Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts, Kensington Palace confirmed.

Prince Harry's fiancee took the decision because the accounts "haven't been used for some time". Ms Markle also ran her own lifestyle website, The Tig, which she closed in April 2017.

The palace said the former actress and UN ambassador was grateful to everyone who had followed her over the years.

The move came after the couple made their first official visit in London.

In December 2017, Ms Markle had 1.9 million people following her posts on Instagram, and more than 350,000 Twitter followers.

Her Facebook page had almost 800,000 likes.

Earlier on Tuesday, Harry and Meghan were greeted by crowds of well-wishers at community radio station Reprezent, in Brixton, which trains youngsters in media skills.

Ms Markle went to the engagement in a Marks & Spencer sweatshirt, Burberry trousers and a Smythe coat.

A DJ at the station, Jeremiah Asiamah, described the pair as a "power couple", and added "they became family in the space of five minutes".

"She's beautiful, such an amazing character, if there's any way you could describe a power couple in this modern day and age, it's definitely them."

The founder of Reprezent FM, Shane Carey, welcomed the visit saying: "We're having the spotlight shone on us from all the world's media."

During the visit Ms Markle picked out male presenter YV Shells, for his work in promoting women on the station.

She said: "Empowering the women to make sure they're in a space where it's not as much [male] driven, to be the man there supporting I think that's incredible."

Harry and Ms Markle also visited Pop Brixton, a community project housing local start-ups and restaurants.

The couple met one of the station's presenters, Gloria Beyi, 17, and her producer Finn Whitehead, 27.

Gloria said there was shock that a such a high-profile couple had visited their radio station: "I think a lot of people thought those two worlds would never collide."

Talking to the teenagers, Ms Markle said: "I can see why your show is so popular. You're so thoughtful and your approach is so engaging."

She added: "I must tune in." more PNG Technology News on :...



The recent saga in relation to the appointment of the Secretary for the Department of Commerce and Industry has prompted me to write this article for public benefit. The process relating to the appointment, suspension and revocation of the appointment of a departmental head is provided for under the Constitution, the Public Services Management Act 2014 (hereafter the Act) and the Public Services (Management) (Employment of Departmental Heads) Regulation 2014 (hereafter the Regulation). This article should answer two primary issues, namely, what is the process involved in appointing, suspending and revocation the appointment and who ultimately makes the appointment, suspension and the revocation of appointment. For space reasons, some detail aspects of the process are omitted.

Appointment of Departmental Head.
The appointment of a departmental head is provided for under Section 193 of the Constitution and Section 27 of the Act. A detailed procedure is prescribed under Division 3 of the Regulation. When an office of a departmental head is vacant or is about to become vacant, Regulation 3.3 requires the Department of Personnel Management (hereafter DPM) to advertise publicly the position vacancy. Following the advertisement an internal selection committee comprising officers at deputy secretary level from the DPM and the departments of PM & NEC, Justice & Attorney General, Provincial and Local-level Government and National Planning interviews and shortlists candidates following a process prescribed by the Regulation. The Secretary for DPM then forwards the selection report and a shortlist of not less than three (3) and not more than five (5) candidates to the Ministerial Executive Appointments Commission (hereafter the MEAC).


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For coastal and island communities between Cardwell and Bowen.

At 4am a 999hPa low was located on the coast near Innisfail and a high pressure ridge is strengthening along the Central Coast. Between these two systems a band of gales is intensifying between Cardwell and Bowen.

LAND GALES Wind gusts to 90 kilometres per hour are expected which may bring down power lines and damage weaker structures.

Very heavy rain is falling with localised flash flooding expected.

Some road crossings are flooded and motorists should take care.

Water levels on the high tide this morning could reach the level of the highest tide of the year.

Residents and campers in low-lying seaside areas may experience some salt water flooding and should consider moving to higher ground. Large waves are expected with beach erosion.

For further advice, contact your local police or SES.

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued at 7 am.

This warning from the Weather Bureau is available from Telecom Dial-It in Townsville (077) 1196 Facsimile copies of this warning may be obtained by polling 019 725 278

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Solwara 1 Hydrothermal Vents: Sources of Riches from the Deep Blue Sea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Joanita Nonwo | EMTV | 8 January 2018

The interests in mining the deep seas for its riches date as far as the 1960s with research vessels discovering hydrothermal vents that spew out rich minerals from the earths crust. These vents are very rare, being found only where there are active volcanic and tectonic movements under the sea. 

Hydrothermal vents in simple, are openings in the earths crust of the ocean floor where extremely high temperatures exits, spewing out chemical water rich with minerals. 

Scientists first discovered hydrothermal vents in 1977 while exploring an oceanic spreading ridge near the Galapagos Islands, and to their surprise, found the area to be teeming with very rare marine biodiversity large numbers of organisms that had never been seen before. Flourishing with life in total darkness, toxic chemicals, and extreme water pressure where no life thought to exist. 

It was in the 1980s that the ocean floors of Papua New Guinea was included as a potential underwater mining site off the north-eastern waters of PNG, contained highly graded minerals of copper and gold. T...


Activist: DHS Order on El Salvador Will Break Up Families "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Sputnik) Brian Becker and John Kiriakou on Radio Sputniks Loud & Clear spoke to Heather Benno, an immigration attorney with the Esperanza Center and political activist with the ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition.

The secretary of homeland security just posted their announcement on temporary protected status for El Salvador earlier today, stating that they announced a termination of temporary protected status for El Salvador after an implementation delay of 18 months, said Benno.

Nobody has a crystal ball, but in terms of where momentum has been, the Salvadoran community has been putting pressure on Congress for quite some time in preparation for this announcement. Were not abandoning hope that Congress could come to a realistic assessment of whats actually going on in El Salvador today, which is extremely unsafe and very difficult conditions for nationals, she noted.

The attorney pointed out that the Salvadorans who would be affected have been living in the US for quite some time; according to recently released figures, there are approximately 190,000 children of Temporary Protected Status holders. This announcement very callously breaks up families and says that, with very little to no lead time, families are going to have to make preparation for being separated or deported.

Becker added that the Salvadorans were far from the first community to face a revocation of their TPS, and thus, tens of thousands of deportations. Other Latin American communities, such as expatriates from Haiti or Mexico, are also being pushed into large-scale migration.

There are approximately 20,000 Salvadorans in Maryland alone who are TPS holders, Benno added. And of those, over 17,000 have US born Maryland children. On top of Haiti, the most recent terminations of temporary protected status were from nationals of Nicaragua, which also happened in November. Then, of course, we had Honduras, where there are tens of thousands. of nationals protected by temporary protected status and no designation or determination was made. Those tens of thousands of people were left in limbo.

This uncertain status leads to enormous pressure on communities, Benno noted. Whether its direct pressure to just deport black and brown people out of the US, or psychological pressure, saying youre not wanted here, youre not a part of the community, people should just leave, thats the kind of pressure that our clients, our community members at the Esperanto center in Baltimore are facing.

The conversation then turned to the Democratic Party, nominally the party that more closely aligns with the interests of immigrant communities, and how little effort t............

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