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Saturday, 13 January

22:55

Romper Stomper Pulls On Its Boots Again (But Forgets To Thread Its Laces) "IndyWatch Feed National"

WARNING : CONTAINS SPOILERS Everything that needs be said about Stans new drama Romper Stomper has likely already been said, but for what its worth I thought Id throw my two cents in. To begin with, I suppose I should Continue reading

22:43

Chief Justice Bathurst again uses Supreme Court for personal grievance and vendetta against journalist Shane Dowling #auspol "IndyWatch Feed National"

The NSW Supreme Court, with CJ Bathursts finger prints all over it, denied me a fee waiver when I tried to file a Notice of Motion on Friday (12-1-18) on the basis that the Registrar said it was scandalous and had little chance of success which is a blatant denial of natural justice. The order []

21:51

One of the Biggest Crypto Exchanges Goes Dark and Users Are Getting Nervous "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bloomberg

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By Camila Russo

January 12, 2018, 2:39 PM EST

One of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges has been down for hours and its clients are starting to freak out.

Kraken went offline at 9 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday for maintenance that was initially scheduled to last two hours, plus an additional two to three hours for withdrawals, according to an announcement on the San Francisco-based companys website.

We are still working to resolve the issues that we have identified and our team is working around the clock to ensure a smooth upgrade, according to a status update on Krakens website posted seven hours ago. This means it may still take several hours before we can relaunch the site.

In previous updates, Kraken mentioned its working on unexpected and delicate issues and assured clients their funds were secure, adding that Yes, this is our new record for downtime since we launched in 2013. No, were not proud of it.....

21:39

Prayer and Meditation for Sunday, January 14, 2017 The body is not for immorality, but for the Lord "IndyWatch Feed National"

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 65

Art: The Charge to Peter by James Tissot

Reading 1  1 SM 3:3B-10, 19

Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORD
where the ark of God was.
The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, Here I am.
Samuel ran to Eli and said, Here I am. You called me.
I did not call you, Eli said. Go back to sleep.
So he went back to sleep.
Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli.
Here I am, he said. You called me.
But Eli answered, I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep.At that time Samuel was not familiar with the LORD,
because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet.
The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time.
Getting up and going to Eli, he said, Here I am. You called me.
Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth.
So he said to Samuel, Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply,
Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.
When Samuel went to sleep in his place,
the LORD came and revealed his presence,
calling out as before, Samuel, Samuel!
Samuel answered, Speak, for your servant is listening.

Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him,
not permitting any word of his to be without effect.

Responsorial Psalm PS 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10

R. (8a and 9a) Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
I have waited, waited for the LORD,
and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.
And he put a new song into my mouth,
a hymn to our God.
R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
Sacrifice or offering you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
...

21:31

Iran says will retaliate against US sanctions on chief judge Trump regimes hostile action (against Larijani) crossed all red lines of conduct in the international community and is a violation of international law. "IndyWatch Feed National"

DUBAI (Reuters) Iran said on Saturday it would retaliate against sanctions imposed on its judiciary head by the United States as President Donald Trump stepped up efforts to fix a nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.

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FILE PHOTO: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia January 10, 2018. REUTERSAlexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

Trump said on Friday he would waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the terrible flaws of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Washington also announced sanctions against 14 entities and people, including the head of Irans judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani.

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Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani

The Trump regimes hostile action (against Larijani) crossed all red lines of conduct in the international community and is a violation of international law and will surely be answered by a serious reaction of the Islamic Republic, Irans Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by state media.

On Friday, Irans Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter on that Trumps decision undermined the multilateral agreement.

Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

20:17

Making a dinosaur fossil in your own home "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2017 video is called Massospondylus | Learn Dinosaur Facts | Dinosaur Cartoons for Children | Im A Dinosaur.

From the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa:

Print a 200-million-year-old dinosaur fossil in your own home

CT-scan study makes it possible to 3-D print and study the skull of the dinosaur species Massospondylus that roamed South Africa 200 million years ago in your own home

January 12, 2018

The digital reconstruction of the skull of a 200-million-year-old South African dinosaur, Massospondylus, has made it possible for researchers to make 3D prints and in this way facilitate research on other dinosaurs all over the world.

Kimi Chapelle, a PhD student at the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa (Wits), has used the Wits MicroFocus CT facility to peer inside the skull of the dinosaur Massospondylus.

Chapelle was able to use the CT facility to rebuild every bone of Massospondyluss cranium, and to even look at tiny features like nerves exiting the brain and the balance organs of the inner ear. Her research is published today in the open-access journal, PeerJ.

Along with the paper, which is open for anybody to download and read, a 3D surface file of the skull is av...

18:55

PLEASE SIGN MY PETITION. "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is a sawn-off pump action Breech-Loading shotgun seized by police from criminals, this is what criminals use. They do NOT use black powder muzzle-loading pistols. So why are flintlocks, wheellocks & matchlocks on a restrictive firearms licence? Either it is because of sheer ignorance, or they simply could not be bothered to distinguish a muzzle-loading pistol from a modern breech-loading pistol when they drafted the legislation. None of these pistols is capable of firing modern cartridge ammunition.


Please sign my petition asking the government to take primitive muzzle-loading pistols off the restrictive H class licence & place them with other muzzle-loading guns on the less restrictive B class licence.
Thank you.
Keith.

This is a matchlock muzzle-loading pistol, it requires a smouldering matchcord to make it fire.
This is a wheellock muzzle-loading pistol, it requires a key to wind up the lock, & a piece of iron pyrite rock to make it fire.
...

18:08

Two glossy legs good, four grossy legs bad "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Glossies and grossies: too few of the first; too many of the second. Four Glossy Ibis recently dropped in on the Townsville Common and showed a taste - with two later arrivals - for life around the pools at Payets Tower and Melaleuca viewing area.

First quartet displayed uniform breeding plumage.


Later two offer more contrast, with one bird less colourful.

...

17:50

NZ boosts PNGs APEC Prep with K35m "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Picture: New Zealand High Commissioner Sue Mackwell officially signed the documents with APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko in Port Moresby.

Source: Loop PNG.

The New Zealand Government yesterday signed several official documents with the Government of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby. The documents signed were related to a total of NZ$ 15 million (K35 million) NZs support towards PNG as the hosts for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in November of this year (2018).

 

The document was signed by the NZ High Commissioner Sue Mackwell and with Papua New Guineas APEC Minister Justine Tkachenko.

 

New Zealand was one of the first economies to support PNGs bid for APEC 2018.

 

In 2017, the New Zealand government established a NZ$ 8 million APECs Fund to support PNG.

 

We are pleased to be able to support eight proposals which will see funding directed to water policing, cyber security, activities to support the PNGDF which includes support for incident response group preparations, defence intelligence training and the contribution of New Zealand Defence assets and staff for Leaders week.

 

The Fund is available to PNG, New Zealand and international partner agencies to submit proposals for funding towards initiatives to support the planning and delivery of APEC 2018 across security, logistics and policy areas.

 

Meantime, APEC Minister Tkatchenko thanks New Zealand for their continuous support and friendship with PNG.

 

The funding includes support to PNGs APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), protocol and liaison training, the contribution of a senior New Zealand Police contingent of 11 officers working under PNG-Australia Policing Partnership in support of the Royal PNG Constabularys training and preparations.

 

17:45

So-called Australia: Fundraiser for Prison Writings Journal Paper Chained Still Needs Support "IndyWatch Feed National"

PAPERCHAINED

Received on 12.01.18:

Hello,

Thank you to everyone who has shared and/or donated to the Paper Chained Journal 2018 costs so far we have just hit the halfway mark with $175.00 raised by 7 people!
With only $175.00 to go, wed just need 10 people to donate around $15-$20 each to reach the goal. Please share this link and news in your networks to help us get to the total:
https://www.gofundme.com/paper-chained-journal

We are crowdfunding to raise the costs associated with receiving material, printing, and distributing the Paper Chained Journal in 2018.
The first publication of Paper Chained (2017) was funded solely out of the pockets of a member of the Running Wild Collective who is a low-income earner and full-time student. The journal unfortunately cannot be sustained this way going forward and we are asking for assistance from the community to cover basic costs.

Costs include the lease of a PO Box to make submissions of writings accessible to those in prison ($129 per year), printing of journals so that we can send publications to people in prison and to community centers (roughly $5 per journal) and...

17:44

Black-chinned Honeyeater at Raysource Rd, Haigslea reported by Russell' Yong & J. Hatton on 13-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Killer views this morning (~7:30am) of four Black-chinned Honeyeaters feeding down low, right over the cross-junction. At least one was not in full colours and had a pale bill hence an immature and likely sign of local breeding. Readily lD'd by blue eye-skin and black chin; they were extensively vocal and were constantly calling throughout the time we were there (~30 mins). Closest l have ever seen this species to Brisbane.

Channel-billed Cuckoo at Gladstone reported by Ted and Alex Wnorowski on 13-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A pair of T. Crows successfully raised and fledged 4 cuckoo chicks in our garden. Channel-billed Cuckoos are common but so many chicks in one nest are rather unusual. This explained why our crows seemed so busy lately, raiding every property in the neighbourhood and storing pieces of food in the gaps of air conditioners, garden furniture slats and palm crowns.All four fledglings left the nest this morning and flew to the top of a tall Norfolk pine. They made very loud noises, constantly begging their foster-parents for food. After 30 min they all flew away - 4 cuckoos frantically chasing two crows in the sky.

Wood Sandpiper; Australasian Shoveler at Lake Clarendon reported by Russell' Yong & J. Hatton on 13-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Prolonged views of one Wood Sandpiper on the rock-strewn exposed land, close to the foot of the dam tower. At least four Aust Shovelers were seen from this vantage point, but no doubt there were more further out.

Musk Duck at Lake Clarendon reported by Donald Gaydon; Heath Gaydon on 13-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Single bird, female or juvenile, no throat lobe visable, large size, reptilian head and bill, sitting low in water, spiky tail held vertically. Single Musk Duck sighted amongst thousands of other waterfowl - primarily Hardheads and Grey Teal. Very hot conditions 40 degrees C at 10.30am

17:14

IN CANADA, SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS DESTROYING ALL OTHER RIGHTS "IndyWatch Feed National"

To see the real effects of redefining marriage, look no further than Canada. Regardless of whether one is for or against redefining the traditional definition of marriage in Australia, it is impossible to deny that the majority of Canadians have lost their fundamental rights as a result marriage being redefined. Read More

17:08

"Butterflies..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

"I think humans might be like butterflies; people die every day without many other people knowing about them, seeing their colors, hearing their stories... and when humans are broken, they're like broken butterfly wings; suddenly there are so many beauties that are seen in different ways, so many thoughts and visions and possibilities that form, which couldn't form when the person wasn't broken! So it is not a very sad thing to be broken, after all! It's during the times of being broken, that you have all the opportunities to become things unforgettable! Just like the broken butterfly wing that I found, which has given me so many thoughts, in so many ways, has shown me so many words, and imaginations! But butterflies need to know, that it doesn't matter at all if the whole world saw their colors or not! But what matters is that they flew, they glided, they hovered, they saw, they felt, and they knew! And they loved the ones whom they flew with! And that is an existence worthwhile!"
- C. JoyBell C.

16:55

Amnesty International urges Tonga to sign CEDAW ahead of UN human rights review "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Amnesty International has urged Tonga to sign the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) ahead of next weeks review of the kingdoms human rights.

Tongas human rights record will be examined by a United Nations panel in Geneva on Monday, January 15.

This will be third time the kingdoms human rights record has been studied since 2008.

Tonga will be represented at the review by the Solicitor General, Sione Sisifa.

It is likely that Tongas continued failure to sign the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) will be a focus of attention.

Several delegations attending Tongas last review in 2013 urged Tonga to sign the convention and Amnesty International has also urged the kingdom to sign CEDAW.

Amnesty International  has made a series of recommendations to all 13  nations taking part in the current round of United Nations human rights reviews.

In his presentation to the UN panel during the 2013 review, Lord Vaea, the then Minister of Internal Affairs,  argued that the introduction of new human rights would involve a delicate balancing exercise of important factors, including limited resources, core Tongan cultural values, fundamental Christian beliefs and liberal ideologies.

These circumstances should be recognized as the reason why Tonga has been slow to ratify the core human rights conventions, he said.

Next weeks examination will be carried out by a panel of three countries, including Angola, Slovakia and the United Arab Emirates.

The UAE has become a major investor in the Pacific in recent years, especially in the field of renewable energy.

Since 2008, all 193 UN member States have been reviewed twice.

State Department

In its 2016 assessment of human rights in Tonga, the US State Department said the most persistent problems were domestic violence, discrimination against women and government corruption.

Other concerns included the lack of public defenders for the poor, womens lack of rights to land, and the lack of comprehensive labour legislation.

Amnesty International

Amnestys recommendations to the government of Tonga include:

Ratifying the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Soci...

16:53

Chile churches attacked before Pope Francis visit "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Several churches in Chile have been attacked or vandalised ahead of a visit by Pope Francis next week.

Three churches in the capital Santiago were damaged by firebombs. Some flyers left behind warned that the next one was for the Pope.

But at another church south of the capital, a pamphlet used a phrase that refers to activism in the indigenous Mapuche territory.

President Michelle Bachelet described the incidents as "very strange".

"In a democracy, people can express themselves as long as they do it in a peaceful way," she told a radio station on Friday, adding that the attacks could not yet be tied to a particular group.

No one has been arrested for the attacks, which caused no injuries. The Vatican is yet to comment.

Pope Francis has made compassion and support for migrants and the needy a major theme of his papacy. But notes left at one of the attacked churches reportedly complained that money spent on his visit could be better used on the poor.

The Pope will hold mass on Tuesday in a Santiago park and hundreds of thousands of people are expected to turn out.

The pontiff will also meet Mapuche leaders on his visit to Chile.

They say vast privately owned estates and huge timber plantations have left their lands in the extreme south of Chile environmentally depleted and their people mired in poverty, says BBC World Service Americas Editor Candace Piette.

The pontiff, the first Latin American Pope, will travel to Peru after Chile.

 
Source: BBC

16:40

Vikings pay tribute to late Kato Ottio "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Super League Rugby League Club , Vidnes Vikings have paid tribute to late Kato Ottio with a minute silence at the Haltom Stadium in UK.



The players wore jersey   number 18  during the minute of silence.



Viking players remember late Kato Ottio with a minute of Silence before their game against Whitehavens.

The club also announced that they have raised up to 4296.71 during the games days and thanked their fans  for their donations towards Katos loved ones in and around the ground. "As we have raised 4296.71 today, this takes us past the 14,000 mark overall", the club posted via their Facebook page.

Kato Ottio  died at the age of 23 after suffering "a sudden health issue" in training. Ottio spent two seasons in the Canberra Raiders system but after failing to crack the NRL squad, signed with Widnes in December.

He was expected to travel to England this week to get ready for the start of the new Super League season in February.
...

16:20

Lets have more African immigrants "IndyWatch Feed National"

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is one bit:

Or consider Nigerian-Americans, Nigeria being the most populous nation in Africa. Their education levels are among the very highest in the U.S., above those of Asians, with 17 percent of Nigerian migrants having a masters degree.

And:

Economist Edward Lazear suggests a simple experiment. Consider immigrants to the U.S. from Algeria, Israel and Japan, and rank them in order of most educated to least educated. The correct answer is Algeria, Israel then Japan. Although thats counterintuitive at first glance, its easy enough to see how it works. If you are Algerian and educated, or aspire to be educated, your prospects in Algeria are relatively poor and you may seek to leave. A talented, educated person in Japan or Israel can do just fine by staying at home. These kinds of considerations explain about 73 percent of the variation in the educational outcomes of migrants.

Do read the whole thing.

The post Lets have more African immigrants appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

16:02

Are Police Acting Like Thugs Because Judges Refuse to Defend the Constitution? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave was questioning the school board how they can vote to give the superintendent a raise when school employees have not gotten a raise in years. A policeman from the parish Marshals Office told her to leave the room. He shut down her freedom of speech to even ask a question in a respectful manner.  He ordered her to step outside, pushed her to the ground, and then arrested her dragging her out in handcuffs.

The question this presents is why are police officer lacking any training about human and constitutional rights. Far too many seem they believe they are supreme in their authority and need not answer to anyone. This evolves because judges are not defending the constitution as a whole. There are no checks and balances anymore. What happened to We the People in this modern day?

15:43

Tuition Reviewed "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 

 

Prime Minister Peter ONeill said a review will be carried out at major state owned Universities regarding the increases in tuition fees that are reportedly imposed by the respective institutions.

The assurance from the PM comes amidst concerns raised by many parents and students.

Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Pila Niningi said as minister responsible he will facilitate the process to ensure that the 2018 academic year resumes uninterrupted.

Source: Post-Courier

15:13

William Carrs View of Money Manipulation "IndyWatch Feed National"

In 1886, Jekyll Island was purchased, and became an exclusive winter retreat for the Jekyll Island Club gang. It was the richest, most inaccessible club in the world. Some members: J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, William K. Vanderbilt, and Marshall Field. (photo  jekyllclub.com)

This is a follow up to my previous...

15:03

Anna Von Reitz -- More than One Way to Skin a Bunch of Rats "IndyWatch Feed National"

Submitted to Operation Disclosure | By GK

By Anna Von Reitz


Last night I tuned into a little ole down home teleconference sponsored by the Texas Republic. They are extremely well-organized compared to most of the rest of the state republics and have their history firmly intact. Many of their counties are up and operational and they hold their regular meetings at various places throughout the state to meet and greet and educate as they go. After all the gritty hand-to-hand in places like Illinois the past few weeks, it was like balm to my soul.

They have developed yet another ingenious and effective answer to the IRS fraud, which is simple and deadly to implement. The essence of it is to politely inquire about the jurisdiction of two courts. When the district level court replies that they don't have jurisdiction over the municipal corporation dba "IRS" and the "US TAX COURT" admits that it doesn't have jurisdiction over the territorial corporation dba "Internal Revenue Service" it puts the vermin in a real bind. If they take JOHN QUINCY DOE to US District Court, he can say, "But look here, the US District Court says it doesn't have jurisdiction over the IRS." If they take John Quincy Doe to the US TAX COURT, he can say, "But look here, the US TAX COURT says it doesn't have jurisdiction over the Internal Revenue Service." [They can't complain because "John Quincy Adams" does sound exactly like "JOHN QUINCY ADAMS" only now you get to use that fact against them the same way they used it all these years against us. ] And both statements are absolutely correct, counter-claiming, and self-cancelling.

This is because unknown to most Americans, we've been dealing with two separate governments (Territorial and Municipal) and two separate agencies (Internal Revenue Service and IRS) and two separate court systems (US District and US TAX COURT)---neither of which have anything much to do with us, except that they are supposed to be providing "essential government services" in Good Faith and aren't. Now if you do what these Texans recommend, you can put these courts in a good old-fashioned Texas Twist-Em double-bind. Either way they go, they are stuck having to explain to their own employees and to the public the fraud scheme they've been working, and rather than do that, they are going to let go of you faster than an average rattlesnake.

As I have explained many times these vermin have created public trusts named after you. They stole your identity and took title to your Given Trade Name, then spl...

14:56

The Cooking of Humanity Invisible Global Warfare "IndyWatch Feed National"

FOREWORD:

Barrie Trowers background and personal warning in his own words

In the very early 1960s I trained with the government microwave warfare establishment. I looked at all aspects of microwave warfare and when I finished my time in the military, because I had a lot of expertise in the microwave field, I was asked if I would carry on with this research. We are in a new Cold War and this is why countries are developing this. And this is why all the microwave transmitters are going up everywhere because somebody, if they wanted to, could use them for other effects. The system is up and running. Years ago our government said to our scientists when it comes to microwaves you will only talk about things to do with heat, and that is it. So they wont even discuss anything else. They will deny anything that doesnt have anything to do with heat. They even deny all their 40 years of research leading up to this, although theyve said that this can cause cancer and all the damage, they say no it cant. Were only looking at heat and heat is all that matters. So for the last 40 years the English government has been lying to the people. And the American, the Canadian, the Australian, they have been lying. They have been lying to protect industry, to protect their profits, to protect themselves from lawsuits. So they are really just liars and it is provable, sanctioned by the World Health Organization, without a shadow of a doubt. It is the same people that sit on the ICNAP certificate, sit on our government health protection agencies, sit on the World Health Organization it is the same people. There are probably no more than 20 of them. But, yes, they are going to, in my opinion, commit the worst genocide this planet has ever known, not just people, but animals and plants. They are probably going to cause more destruction than a global war, and in several hundred years time, people will look back, whoever survives, and look at what we tried to do to stop them.

...

14:55

PERTH Perth home owner charged over property fire that caused $500000 damage "IndyWatch Feed National"

snip .

Perth home owner charged over property fire that caused $500000 damage .

January 13, 2018 at 10:22AM .

to the house and surrounding bushland, leaving an estimated damage bill of around $500,000. The man was taken to Royal Perth Hospital for injuries he sustained during the incident. He has been charged with criminal damage by fire and is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/crime/perth-home-owner-charged-over-property-fire-that-caused-500000-damage-ng-b88713523z&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEle34t7oHcNPK9gmb6qblHXrZ9hA

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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14:39

APEC Meet To Boost Local Businesses "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Post-Courier

 

BY MATTHEW VARI

The APEC summit this year is expected to boost the countrys economy through direct spending anticipated at K200 million by more than 15,000 international delegates.

 
This is according to APEC PNG 2018 Co-ordination Authority CEO, Christopher Hawkins on the gain for local businesses during the summit this year.

 
There is a few different areas for business, one is throughout the year with more than fifteen to eighteen thousand delegates coming, and that is not just the people attending the meetings, but those who arrange for their delegations and ministers and leaders, we estimate there will be a cash injection of around K200 million straight through that, Mr Hawkins said.

 
He said the estimate covers airfares, accommodation, setting-up temporary offices for delegates to support their ministers, presidents and prime ministers.

 
Mr Hawkins said the spending indicated in the 2018 Budget appropriation of K300 million will also be spent in the local economy, with a major portion also focused on security preparations for that budget.

 
Then there is the direct spending. We break that into consumables for the meetings that includes booking venues for meetings, the papers used to the signage to bottle of water to the transportation around the city.

 
That comes out of the APEC budget this year, but dont forget the big part of the APEC budget is security. That is investing in capacity we should have been advancing many years ago and now our government is in preparation for APEC investing in that capacity.

 
Mr Hawkins said progress into the year will see more and more tender opportunities posted on the APEC tenders website.

 
Areas like production of shirts hospitality and catering. We engaged a lot last year that went up on the APEC tenders website.

13:30

Interview: The Fight Against Climate Change Needs More Women "IndyWatch Feed National"

Four Chinese environmentalists talk about joining an all-female expedition to the Antarctic.

Credit: Homeward Bound

In February, a cohort of 80 women from 13 countries will make the chilly voyage by ship from the tip of Latin America to Antarctica.

Theyre part of a project called Homeward Bound, which seeks to strengthen the leadership skills of 1,000 women over the next ten years.

The voyage carries a message about how the planet is warming (nowhere is this more obvious than among the melting ice sheets of Antarctica), and the precious role of a robust, fair and representative global scientific community in meeting the challenges of a changing climate.

Drawing women from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups, the voyage creates a space for the women to bond and collaborate.

Founded by Australian marine ecologist Jess Melbourne-Thomas and leadership expert Fabian Dattner, the project is backed by many prominent women, including primatologist and environmental campaigner Jane Goodall, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and the Clinton Foundations vice chair Chelsea Clinton.

This years expedition includes four women from China. In advance of th...

13:22

Call Out for Conflictual Wisdom: A Second Try "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Call Out for Conflictual Wisdom: A Second Try appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following is a call out for contributions on a new publication called Conflictual Wisdom. A second attempt was made last year for contributions, but the project was delayed. You can read the original call out here. The email has been changed to conflictualwisdom (at) protonmail (dot) com. Both new and original articles on the subject of overcoming hopelessness, trauma, or disappointment as anarchists for the long term are welcome. The deadline is mid-February. If you plan to write an article specifically for this, they ask that you notify them in advance.

Call Out for Conflictual Wisdom / A Second Try

It has been over a year since my last attempt at this. I find myself writing this rough draft call out from the same historic hill I wrote from a little over a year ago. Originally I wrote a cathartic piece regarding my own existential issues as a revolutionary anarchist.
I typically have always wrote purely propaganda, but with time, feelings of disappointment or defeat are inevitable, affecting my ability to be so classically hyperbolic in what I say.
With this, I found the need to write a public piece last year regarding my issues with helplessness and my struggle to continue onward in permanent conflict with this society, as a self-proclaimed insurrectionary anarchist. I wrote a piece a little over a year ago titled To My Comrades. I wanted to turn it into a larger project that compiled different responses to the piece, hopefully creating a forum or publication of mixed voices in struggle on the issue of keeping strong, or generally just helping each other to get out of bed in the morning as anarchists in a horribly overwhelming era. To put it simply, I was humbly searching for advice and inspiration from other anarchists, and wanted to share whatever I discovered on this journey for help.

I believe that there are multiple benefits to creating a safe space for dialogue such as this: steering folks away from the counter-revolutionary directions of passive nihiism and post-modernism, or sharing with younger folks the obstacles that typically come with time as a revolutionary, and how some have chosen to overcome them.

I thought that by exposing some humility and existential contemplation, maybe I could start to encourage a dialogue that helps answer questions that tend to push folks away from the movement over time, or lead people to consider betrayal in the form of snitching or ghosting as an option in th...

12:46

APRadio welcomes Mike Holt to the team "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Harry touches on Queensland removal of agenda from Drivers Lic .. Julian Assange report on his status with

Authorities out of con...

12:36

White Lies Dont Matter: Report on the Racist Kalkaska Murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post White Lies Dont Matter: Report on the Racist Kalkaska Murder appeared first on It's Going Down.

KALKASKA, MI Broderick Brock Ward, 42, called his brother Sammy Ward, 38 telling him about how a resident of Kalkaska had questioned what is a n***er like you was doing here? You never heard of Kalkaska? There are three Ks in Kalkaska for a reason, the man told Brock, alluding to the Ku Klux Klan.  Explaining that he felt extremely uncomfortable the friend he had traveled up north with had told him to hide in a backroom should his Racist friends come over.

Brock told his brother that he had asked a mutual friend to come get him. He told Sammy to give the friend gas money if needed, because he was completely broke.

That was Nov. 17, the last time the brothers spoke. Brock stopped answering his phone, this was unlike him. Three days later on Tuesday, Nov. 21, Sammy and two other family members traveled the four hours north to look for Brock. They eventually found him 20 minutes south, in a rental trailer In Fife Lake dead, alone and covered in blood. He had been shot to death.

Samuel Ward said that police have told his family that a black man, Terrance Jordan, confessed to the murder and stated that it had to do with drugs. Ward said he is not buying it, The house had no drugs. I dont know what these people had when they caught up with them, but what does that have to do with my brother? Seems shit isnt adding up, Sammy continued, I dont know if this is a smokescreen. Theyre lying so much about everything and not telling us anything. Theyre saying a black guy confessed saying it was a drug deal gone bad.  I think they want us to put it out there to ease up the race thing. It will take the light off them.

Wednesday, Nov. 15, Sammy says his brother stopped by their mother Bettys house and brought a friend, Jason Morgan of Kingsley. They said they were heading up north to go fishing.  After they left, Sammy called his brother. Brock youre going way up north, you need to let me know where youre going, he told him, asking him to text him his address when he got there. He did.

Friday Brock called saying he felt uncomfortable because he was told by his friend, that it is racist up here, its very racist.

So at that point, I guess my brother was getting nervous. He called for a ride. He was telling me, Im on my way back down. Make sure Mike come get me. If they need gas money give them some g...

11:50

Bitcoin Enthusiast Finds Undiscovered Cave and Names It Satoshi "IndyWatch Feed National"

Italian Explorer Finds Undiscovered Cave and Names It Satoshi

Few people will ever encounter an undiscovered natural wonder, and then have the pleasure of naming it. Thats what happened to Guido Turricchia and his intrepid band of explorers deep within the Papua New Guinean jungle and deep beneath the earth. The speleologist found a new cave and had the honor of christening it. The epithet the environmental engineer and bitcoin enthusiast chose? Why, Satoshi.

Also read: Chinese Bitcoin Mining Giant Bitmain Establishes Branch in Zug, Switzerland

Blockchain meets Rockchain

For the past month, Guido Turricchia, Andrea Felici, and Maurizio Buttinelli have been AFK and thus divorced from bitcoin price moves and cryptocurrency drama. On December 10, the trio of experienced explorers left Italy to embark on their most ambitious trip yet through the dense rainforest of Papua New Guinea. The southwest Pacific nation, which lies north of Australia and to the east of Indonesia, is famed for its biological diversity.

Italian Explorer Finds Undiscovered Cave and Names It Satoshi

Guido and his group witnessed many enchanting sights as they trekked through the jungle, but they were saving themselves for the beauty that lay within the earth. From Guatemala to Costa Rica, the speleologists have...

11:37

Intelligent Birds Are Deliberately Starting Fires and Feasting on Animals as They Flee "IndyWatch Feed National"

(ANTIMEDIA) Australia  It appears human beings arent alone in their ability to control fire. A recently published study that compiled accounts from indigenous peoples of Australias Northern Territory reveals that at least three species of predatory bird actually start fires to aid in their hunts.

These accounts of so-called firehawk raptors the black kite, the whistling kite, and the brown falcon describe the birds using their beaks and talons to transport burning branches from existing brush fires to other locations. The fire and smoke from these newly-set fires cause prey to flee, exposing them to the predators.

Whats more, the raptors actually appear to work in coordination with one another, as study co-author Bob Gosford explained to the Washington Post back in 2016.

Its not gratuitous, said Gosford, an ethnobiologist and ornithologist. Theres a purpose. Theres an intent to say, okay, there are several hundred of us there, we can all get a meal.

Gosford was first inspired to conduct the research after stumbling upon a passage from I, the Aboriginal, a 1964 autobiography of Waipuldanya Phillip Roberts compiled by an Australian journalist.

I have seen a hawk pick up a smouldering stick in its claws and drop it in a fresh patch of dry grass half a mile away, Roberts wrotethen wait with its mates for the mad exodus of scorched and frightened rodents and reptiles.

Indeed, lead study author Mark Bonta made it clear to National Geographic that his team hasnt uncovered anything that wasnt already known to Australias Aboriginals.

Were not discovering anything, said Bonta, a geographer at Penn State University. Most of the data that weve worked with is collaborative with Aboriginal peoplesTheyve known this for probably 40,000 years or more.

Bontas team notes in the study that the behavior of....

10:23

MACKAY mackay crime mackay magistrates court "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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MACKAY Mackay woman convicted over desexing of stolen pet dog "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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09:44

Buying Time To Beat Adani "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

The environment and the people will ultimately win the battle to stop the Galilee Basin being opened to coal mining, predicts Ben Pennings.

Adani is on the ropes, desperately trying to rescue the $1.5bn they gambled on the economically marginal and environmentally disastrous Carmichael coal mine. Gina Rinehart, Clive Palmer or Aurizon might follow Adani into the Galilee basin but the environment movement has the numbers this time. Mass social movements like #StopAdani will triumph over profit, either through the ballot box or in front of bulldozers.

People ask me why I quit my job at The Queensland Greens, why I put myself at physical and legal risk to initiate citizen resistance against Adanis plans. The answer is always the same. To buy time. There is enough coal in the Galilee Basin to not only cook the Reef, but to supercharge extreme weather and destroy farmland worldwide. The resulting death and destruction is seemingly unspeakable.

Any time gained through stopping fossil fuel projects must be used to enact meaningful cultural and systemic change. The 50 years of the modern environment movement have been the most ecologically destructive in human history, when hyper-consumerism has become our dominant religion and carbon emissions have soared.

Our dominant culture of over-consumption, expensive thrills and massive waste must be challenged and changed. Civilised humans have turned their only home into a garbage dump, created an ecological debt that cannot just be written off. Solar-powered ecocide is still ecocide.

Living beyond our means hasnt made us any happier. If needless consumer products gave us the happiness promised in their ads we wouldnt need to buy any more of them. Few people are immune to the constant lies of advertisers and politicians advocating for faceless corporations.

US Ambassador Timothy Roemer is greeted by Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group at Adani House in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. (IMAGE: U.S. Embassy New Delhi, Flickr)US Ambassador Timothy Roemer is greeted by Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group at Adani House in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. (IMAGE: U.S. Embassy New Delhi, Flickr)

Every kid that gets cancer, every cyclone, and every useless nick knack contributes to economic growth. Progress must be measured differently through wellbeing, social equality and harmony. Despite advertising being embedded in our culture, people value health, relationships, and recreation more than extra possessions.

The environment movement can only challenge consumerist culture by taking up the fight for economic justice. People by nature compare themselves to others. The outlandish and celebrated...

09:37

Death of rugby league star unites PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The shackles of regionalism and tribalism that so divided Papua New Guinea have been broken.

Tears fell freely for most. A moment they shall never forget, as s the death of our champion brought together a nation.

It has taken the life of a 23-year-old rugby league star to do that.
Papua New Guinea international Kato Ottio died on Tuesday after he collapsed at training in Port Moresby.
The sight that moved everyone to tears. Joyce Ottio, mother of Kumuls' superstar Kato Ottio, is comforted by Widnes Vikings-bound Wellington Albert after the funeral service at Sir John Guise Stadium. Ottio and Albert were to have left for England on Thursday, but for Ottio's death.

Ottio spent the last two years with the Canberra Raiders and had just signed with Englis...

09:31

Bougainville clans regain power over mining rights "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bougainville Finance Minister Robin Wilson

The National aka The Loggers Times | January 12, 2018

Bougainville landowners own all the resources on their land and the Bougainville government only facilitates resource development, says Bougainville Finance Minister Robin Wilson, pictured.

Unlike the rest of Papua New Guinea, landowners in Bougainville have the power to allow or disallow exploration and extraction of minerals on their land, he said.

Wilson was speaking when handing the provinces 2018 Budget of K254 million to national Treasurer Charles Able in Port Moresby yesterday.

Wilson said Bougainville has lifted the ban on mining in Panguna, Mt Tore and Isinai and mining activities in those areas are now being driven by the landowners.

We introduced a law that is unique to the rest of the country where in terms of mining we have made the landowners the owners of resources, he said.

If there are resources in an area the landowner will give consent on, whether or not exploration w...

09:20

What a dump this place is. "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Just moved here. Fuck what a mistake! As soon as I can break lease I'm getting the hell out of here. Run down dump in the middle of nowhere. I kept hearing about "The Strand", The Strand! the Strand! - okay, I go look - It's a strip of lawn along a beach you can't go into the water (because of the Jellyfish). Wow - amazing guys eye roll

The rental agent rented me a unit that has a broken toilet (water from the drain pipe leaks and runs onto the floor and pools outside). The gas cooker is broke, knobs missing or broken so I can't use even if it did work (looks like i'm going to have to survive on fast food for dinner) Cockroachers and ants everywhere. And the "Laundry" is a washing machine from the 90's sitting outside. I've been here 1 day and want to get the fuck out. I should have expected to be ripped off from the local realestate mobs, you're all One Nation Voters and religious nutters up here, I should have known that makes you untrustworthy.

I'm sure you guys that have been born here and know nothing else think this place is the top shit, this place has more in common with Kalgoorlie. What a dump.

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09:16

Drop your Prescription Drugs: Here is how to Prevent and Heal Disease (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Drop your Prescription Drugs: Here is how to Prevent and Heal Disease (VIDEO) | spices | Multimedia Natural Medicine Special Interests

In spite of what many people believe, pharmaceutical drugs are not useful to achieve or maintain a healthy state, neither physical nor mental.

Both physical and mental health are closer to everyone than people imagine. Yet, so many people continue to believe that synthetic drugs are the solution to their problems.

Meds provided to the sick by a physician only perpetuate their unhealthy physical state, and those recommended by psychiatrists only aggravate the chemical imbalances in the brain.

The questions are then where do people go when they want to prevent and cure disease or when they want to stay healthy?

The answer is simple. Herbs and spices.

Herbs and spices are in most cases the inspiration for pharmaceutical companies to produce synthetic drugs that they allege treat and cure disease.

Those drugs unsuccessfully attempt to mimic what natural spices and herbs do all by themselves, without the help of artificial chemicals.

Herbs and cooking spices contain a wide variety of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, and help maximize the nutrient density of your meals, writes Dr. Mercola.

Just as any other food item people ingest, herbs and spices have an effect on their health, but different from most processed foods, they provide an upgrade to your nutritional habits.

When eating in low, normal doses such as ones most people use in preparing their meals, and for long periods of time, herbs and spices have the ability to prevent inflammation, which is the root cause of most diseases.

There are many lists that include spices which have shown signs of being beneficial to human health, especially when trying to prevent disease, but there are four of them that make every single one of those lists.

Clove, Ginger, Rosemary, and Turmeric have shown, in laboratory and human studies, to signif...

08:59

Returning to a Gold Standard Why and How. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Returning to a Gold Standard Why and How. | gold-dollar-eagle-720x340 | Economy & Business Special Interests

Author: Dr Fraser Murrell, Melbourne Australia
First Posted: Thursday , 20 Nov 2014

In the 1600s, Sir Isaac Newton presided over a (bi-metal) Gold and Silver Standard, with the flaw being the fix of silver to gold. In the 1900s, John Maynard Keynes revolutionized economics, with the result being certain economic collapse. In both cases there was a logical error in the key definition of price, which is critical to the stability of the economy. This note examines the problem and then goes on to present a workable Gold Standard, which it is argued, is the most stable frame of reference for our economy.

FRAMES OF REFERENCE

Life would be chaotic if time and space changed regularly or even our definition of it changed regularly. Fortunately, Newton sorted it all out back in the 1600s, developed the Laws of Motion, allowing mankind to proceed with certainty. However, if some Government expert later decided that time ran backwards on alternate days and space was shaped like a banana, then chaos would return.

In economics, the central concepts are time and price and again Newton considered this problem and deemed that price should be defined with reference to weights of gold and silver (more on this later). Once again the real world proved him (almost) correct and as a result there was economic certainty and Britain Ruled the Waves. But then along came economic experts like Keynes who changed all the critical definitions and as a result we have been plunged back into chaos.

To understand Keynes distortion of our economic frame of reference, consider the following example. A man walks into a bank in 1971 with savings of $1,000 (cash) and $1,000 (gold) and today in 2014 he retires and withdraws both. Ignoring for the moment interest and fees, under an (ideal) Newtonian frame of reference there would be price stability, so that the value of each wit...

08:56

John Oliver on Spotlight Vs Reality "IndyWatch Feed National"

Maybe its the times we live in, but journalism is being celebrated in the movies again. If only the gap between the Oscar-grabbing, fist-pumping glory and the grubby reality was not so great The 2015 Read more

08:40

Matthew Heffernan: Dont Redefine Indigenous, Redefine Good Government "IndyWatch Feed National"

Photo credit: Amy Hetherington                        Photo credit: Amy Hetherington Share this Post Matthew is a Pintupi-Luritja/Irish man, hailing from Alice Springs but now calling Darwin home. Matt was awarded a National Scholarship from Global Voices (A Non-Government Organisation promoting ...

08:06

100 Rare parrots found dead on road in New South Wales, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Environmentalists are concerned motorists are hitting and killing flocks of highly endangered parrots feeding around a New South Wales road. Ecologist Saan Ecker estimated more than 100 superb parrots had been found dead on a road off Barton Highway, near the town of Murrumbateman, in recent days. Yesterday she saw dozens of the dead birds surrounded by live ones, and said several motorists had alerted Wildcare of similar sightings in the area. "For every dead body was one or two live birds sitting between each and [they] are getting hit [by cars] as well."

08:01

January 13 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1825 - ABSCONDING CONVICTS
We have been favoured with the following extract of a letter from Newcastle.... Six men have recently taken to the bush; indeed every settler is complaining of men absenting themselves without effect. Here on Sunday evening five prisoners and one soldier (the latter being on duty at the wharf) took the Commandants gig and proceeded to sea with the intention of taking the Government cutter Mars but were prevented (the night coming on with hazy weather) and made prisoner at Reids Mistake.

1827 - ChristChurch at Newcastle was in a bit of a state....the church was falling to bits, the churchyard, for want of a fence had been made a thoroughfare and pigs were permitted to root amongst the graves.
The repairs were commenced at long last on this day.

1834 - Ten convicts being transferred from Macquarie Harbour Penal Station on Sarah Island, Tas, seized the brig Frederick and sailed to Chile in it where they lived freely for two years. Four of the convicts were later recaptured and returned to Australia, where they escaped the death sentence for piracy through a legal technicality; as it was never officially launched it wasn't an official ship, and as it was taken from a harbour and not at sea it didn't meet the requirements for piracy.

1834 - Bryant Kyne was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of James Gavarin (Gevan, Gavan, Gavanagh, Govarin) at the Balmain residence of the solicitor-general, John Plunkett.

1851 - Charles FitzRoy got the short straw and became 'Governor-General of all Her Maj's Aussie Possessions'...the title now known as Guv-General.

1853 -  Today the South Australian Register published an article titled Journal of A Trip To Kangaroo Island, in which the author mentions Van Dieman Aboriginals living on Kangaroo Island.

1854 - Fire and timber buildings really didn't bode well for prime real estate when sparky flames burnt down 3 stores and 5 houses in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne.

1859 - The Railway line from Geelong to Williamstown (Vic) was extended to Melbourne at Spencer Street Railway Station.

1864 - G.E. Dalrymple had an empty dance card so he led an expedition by sea from Bowen to establish the port of Caldwell, Qld.

1874 - Robert Goswell was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Mary Anne Lloyd at Stapelford, Beverley.

1878 - One of Australia's first telephones was tested between La Perouse and Sydney, NSW. Similar experiments were conducted in Melbourne around that time by the proprietors of McLean Brothers and Rigg.

1879 - The ill-fated Glenelg-Marino steam-powered railway opened today in Crow-Eater country (South Oz) but it was not to last ...it was plagued with sand drifts , 2 fatal accidents, poor patronage and time was called on it in Apr...

07:53

South Australia is Building the Worlds Largest Thermal Plant "IndyWatch Feed National"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Its official South Australia is going green. After flipping the switch on the worlds largest battery, the state has unveiled another project: the worlds largest thermal plant. The development is a result of SolarReserve receiving approval for its $650 million, 150-megawatt Aurora solar thermal plant.

When constructed, the facility will generate 500-gigawatt hours of energy each year enough to power around 90,000 homes with eight hours of full storage load. It will be located 30 kilometers north of Port Augusta, South Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that it will be the worlds largest single-tower solar thermal power plant.

How does it work? Multiple heliostats (turning mirrors) are used to focus solar energy onto a single central tower. There, molten salt technology is utilized to store the heat. That heat can later be used to create steam, turn a turbine and, as a result, generate electricity. Each year, the plant will displace approximately 200,000 tonnes of CO2.

South Australias acting energy minister, Chris Picton, said the project is a welcome development for the state....

06:42

Next Up, Paying Uncle Sam Taxes in Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Next Up, Paying Uncle Sam Taxes in Bitcoin appeared first on CCN

The ink is barely dry on President Trumps tax legislation, and a new bill has surfaced in Arizona that kicks things up another notch. The bill proposes using bitcoin to pay state income taxes, and it was submitted by Senators Warren Petersen and David Farnsworth as well as Reps. Travis Grantham and Jeff Weninger, all Continued

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06:27

Kentucky cop chokes innocent man for asking why the town's water was cut off "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Kentucky man learned the hard way this week that speaking your mind to those in a position of power can and will get you assaulted by police. A Martin County resident wanted to know why he was paying for water and not getting it, so a police officer grabbed him by the throat to keep him in his place. The residents of Martin County held a public meeting this week to address the fact that they are paying for water and it's not going into their homes. Although tempers were high, no one got violent and people only seemed to want answers as to when the Martin County Water District would turn the water back on. According to LEX18, the water company explained what they were doing to attempt to remedy the outages which started during cold temperatures last week. They were faced with two options, they said. The first would be cutting off water to the entire county while they attempted to fill the tank reservoir. The other would be to strategically cut water to different areas of the county. Unfortunately, even after doing the latter, the company admitted that they were still having difficulty.

06:10

Israeli Jews will never accept Palestinians as equals Klutznick, chair of Americans for Peace Now "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jim Klutznick, the chairman of the liberal Zionist group Americans for Peace Now (and a political player in Chicago and an early Obama supporter), yesterday dismissed the idea of a one-state outcome in Israel and Palestine because Israelis will never accept Palestinians as equals.

Klutznick responded to Palestinian pollster Khalil Shikaki, who said during a Peace Now podcast, that the major driver for Palestinian youth today is democracy and equal rights, not what has driven Palestinian politics for the last 50 years, the desire for sovereignty. Shikaki said these young Palestinians see a Palestinian state as a, a delusion, and b, just another corrupt inefficient authoritarian state, so they dream of equal rights with Jews in one state.

Klutznick dismissed the idea:

You brought up the word democracy. And I just wanted to make this observation particularly as it relates to your youth who are interested in civil rights and democracy. It seems to me that democracy is the common thread between either of these two versions. The difference is that you will not get civil rights under one state. And the only answer here is an independent and sovereign state for the Palestinian people where democracy will have a chance to flourish within the context of Palestinan democracy. Because I dont believe it will ever happen in one state, with Israel never allowing there to be civil rights for everybody and an equal vote.

Shikaki said that he agrees, but this is not an answer for young Palestinians:

I actually share your view on this. However, what would you say to those 18- to 22- year olds who basically say, You will fail to produce a two state solution. Why do you want to prevent me from dreaming about a one state solution, in which we all live in peace with equal rights. We know that it will be a tough battle. We know that it will not be easy and that Israeli Jews will not want to give up on their own state, but if we cant get a sovereign independent democratic state, we have no alternative but to take this approach.

What you just said and what I also believe in, is that only if we can provide them with a viable process that can lead to a two state solution. If we cant deliver on that, then our ability to convince the youth of our argument is very very weak.

Klutznick said the only hope is to reengage the U.S., though not under Donald Trump:

I agree with what you said. I think the answer lies in the fact that the United States has temporarily as we hope here lost its status as an honest broker. And I think the hope for both...

06:00

Great Barrier Reef tourism spokesman attacks scientist over slump in visitors "IndyWatch Feed National"

Col McKenzie calls on government to stop funding work of Terry Hughes, saying tourists won't do long-haul trips when they think the reef is dead'A Queensland tourism representative has called one of the Great Barrier Reef's leading researchers a dick, blaming the professor for a downturn in tourism growth at the state's greatest natural asset.Col McKenzie, the head of the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators, a group that represents more than 100 businesses in the Great [...]

06:00

Jim Bens motivation: Ancestors, family & his late fiance "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Jim Ben at his home in Mahuru Village Port Moresby
Jim Ben at his home in Mahuru Village, Port Moresby

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PORT MORESBY - Jim Ben is a youth from the Motu Koitabu village at Mahuru in Port Moresbys south. He is an aspiring entrepreneur despite not completing his primary education, and he is adamant that he will persevere in realising his goal.

By way of heritage, Jim is part Porebada and part Koitabu, the Koitabuans being the ancestral owners of the land that the Papua New Guinean capital is built on.

Numerous Koitabu landowning families have fallen into the practice of selling their land to anyone who is interested.

Many of these landowners are illiterate and are lured by the opportunity to make easy money.

The sad consequence is that families lose their traditional land and dispose of the inheritance of the next generations of Koitabuans.

However Jims story is different and is one of the few that brings to light the possibility of Koitabuans using their land in a more positive and sustainable way.

Currently Jim runs a market stall in front of his family house where he sells betel-nut, cigarettes and food items.

He has built his own house behind his parents and late in 2015 added two small rooms to his house.

These are tenanted and bring Jim revenue of K250 a fortnight. He has plans to build bigger and more permanent units and also to turn his small market stall into a fully stocked canteen.

It is not a glamorous establishment yet but it is proof that, if people set goals and have the determination to realise them, they can achieve them despite of how challenging their situation is.

Being patient and wise in the choices we make also affects our progress greatly, Jim said.

I have been selling food items from my little stall for over four years now, yes it has been that long.

Before building my house and the rent rooms, the area behind my parents house was very bushy, there was grass as high as two meters and a...

05:59

The Homeopathic Answer to Mumps "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is becoming increasingly clear that the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine is failing to live up to its alleged preventative benefits. Weve already seen small outbreaks of measles in the U.S. and now mumps appears to be making a comeback. And even though homeopathy is an effective alternative treatment for mumps, mainstream medicine doesnt really want you to know about it.

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05:55

PERTH Woman charged in relation to Maylands stabbing "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A WOMAN has been charged in relation to a stabbing in Maylands on Friday, January 12. The 48-year-old woman was charged with unlawful wounding in circumstances of aggravation by Midland Detectives. She will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on January 31. The alleged incident occurred at

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05:28

Young Womans Ovaries Destroyed by Gardasil: Merck Forgot to Research Effects of Vaccine on Female Reproduction "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: Young Womans Ovaries Destroyed by Gardasil: Merck Forgot to Research Effects of Vaccine on Female Reproduction For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

An alarming study has revealed that Merck & Co., the corporate mastermind behind the infamous Gardasil vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV), conveniently forgot to research the effects of this deadly vaccine on womens reproductive systems. And at least one young woman, in this case from Australia, bore the brunt of this inexcusable failure after discovering []

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05:10

Gun Training, Gun Laws, And Media With Cam Edwards "IndyWatch Feed National"

On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Cam Edwards joins Ben Domenech in studio to answer questions on gun laws, gun training, and his role in conservative media.

I really think we need to have some of these bigger, broader conversations about mental health in this country, as opposed to just mental health and gun ownership, Edwards said.

Cam Edwards is currently the host of the Cam & Company show on NRA TV, where they discuss second amendment issues. He lives on a 40-acre farm with his family in Farmville, Virginia.

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05:00

Heated polemics over aid heighten China - Australia tensions "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Australia-China-MaoFRANK CHEN | Asia Times

HONG KONG - Australia has renewed its animosity toward China in the new year, Chinese newspapers say, citing criticism from Canberras minister for international development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.

Senator Fierravanti-Wells said this week that China-invested infrastructure projects in Pacific island countries were far less than effective, such as roads that go nowhere, and that Beijing had imposed overbearing clauses and concessional loans in its financial aid to these underdeveloped parts of the world.

Such remarks as we just dont want to build something for the heck of building it were obviously aimed at China, adding more strain to the long-running tension between Beijing and Canberra concerning alleged espionage, political meddling and trade relations.

In a retort, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that allegations from anti-China reactionaries like Fierravanti-Wells were unfounded and that only the governments and people of the recipient countries have the final verdict as to the usefulness and effectiveness of China-led projects.

According to estimates by Sydney-based think-tank the Lowy Institute, China contributed more than A$2.3 billion in aid to Pacific countries in the decade since 2006, while the administrations of prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and his predecessor Tony Abbott slashed A$11 billion from Australias development budget, including aid for neighbouring Pacific nations. Thats allowed China to step into the void.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported on Wednesday that Australian officials complained in private about Beijings surreptitious practice to win favour by funding projects with money directly funnelled to leaders in the region.

Fierravanti-Wells also told ABC she was concerned about the ability of Pacific countries such as Fiji and Papua New Guinea to pay back the loans that Beijing offers them.

Turnbull has been seeking to curb Chinas influence in the region. For instance, he pledged last year to foot at least a third of the costs of PNGs ambitious plan to host the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit to countervail the rising Chinese influence in the poverty-stricken nation.

Interestingly, whenever the Australian political circle...

04:54

Facebook Takes Another Stab at Soft Censorship Through Modified Trustworthy Newsfeed "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a move that is set to infuriate news organizations that are not deemed trustworthy, Facebook is set to introduce sweeping changes to its newsfeed as early as next week, prioritizing trustworthy sites and removing clickbait and low quality news publishers, while promoting posts from friends and family, the WSJ reports.

Under its new approach, Facebook would evaluate parameters such as public polling about news outlets, and whether readers are willing to pay for news from particular publishers. Such variables would inform its algorithm that determines which publishers posts are pushed higher in the feed, one of the people said.

It is not known how Facebook will decide which publications are deemed trustworthy.

The move would thrust Facebook into an even more active role in deciding what content is acceptable on its site, in other words censoring content it deems inappropriate while promoting news outlets that are ideologically aligned with the organization.

While the WSJ writes that Facebook hasnt decided whether to proceed with the shift, and it may choose not to do so, the FT disagrees and reports that the worlds largest social network will unveil the change imminently, according to people briefed on the plans, hoping to differentiate between salacious content and quality news. Zuckerberg has finally realized that not all news is equal, said one publisher clearly on the promoted sight of equal briefed on the plans.

While Facebook will try to make the newsfeed a place for personal sharing and in-depth discussions similar to Snapchat and move other content from pages and publishers to a separate space within the app, the move is widely expected to infuriate news organizations which are not deemed trustworthy or high quality by the site.


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03:59

Why is ice slippery? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(We are bracing ourselves for a severe ice storm today in this region so I am reproducing a blog post from back in 2006, before I moved to this site, because I thought that readers might find it interesting. I have edited it slightly, because tinkering with my writing is something I cannot help. This question formed the basis of an article by Robert Rosenberg in the December 2005 issue of Physics Today, p. 50-55.)

As you can see from this video, this man was reminded that ice is really slippery.

But why is ice so slippery?

How people respond to such a question can tell you a lot about their relationship to science in general. Some people will think that such a question, dealing as it does with everyday phenomena, should have a simple answer that has been known for a long time. Others will answer that that is just the way ice is. Intelligent design and other types of creationists might respond that ice was made slippery by their god for a purpose that we cannot comprehend. Yet others will say who cares? and wonder why we should bother with trying to answer such a question at all. But ask a group of scientifically-minded people this question and you will get a lively discussion going about the various possible explanations.

The basic reason why ice is slippery is not hard to understand. It is caused by the presence of a thin layer of water on the surface of ice. But this prompts the next question of what causes that layer of water to coexist with the ice. Why doesnt it also freeze when the ambient temperature is below the freezing point of water? And seeking the explanation for this has formed the basis for a long series of research programs that have lasted for well over a century.

One popular explanation is that the pressure of the feet or skis or skates on the ice lowers the melting point temperature of ice. So when ice skaters glide on the ice, the high pressure caused by their weight on the thin blades (nearly 500 times atmospheric pressure) causes the melting point to drop below the normal freezing point of 0oC, and thus the surface of the ice, finding itself above that temperature, melts. Joly examined this idea in 1886 and calculated that such a high pressure would lower the melting point temperature to -3.5oC.

The problem with that explanation is that the optimum temperature for figure skating is -5.5oC while ice hockey players favor harder, faster ice at -9oC. In fact skating is possible at temperatures as low as -35oC. But this pressure explanation, despite its flaws, remained the dominant explanation for nearly a century. (However, it should be noted that the chief scientist of the 1910 Scott...

02:54

Trumps Rhetoric On Haiti Is The Kind Of Thing That Will Turn This Country Into A Sh-thole "IndyWatch Feed National"

The media is ablaze over the question President Trump reportedly asked lawmakers in an oval office meeting on immigration Thursday: Why are we having all these people from sh-thole countries come here?

To Trumps question I would respond: Mr. President, there are sh-thole countries around the world. There are terrible countries where governments are corrupt, people are expendable, dignity is nonexistent, the population is uncared for and uneducated, infrastructure is missing, and those who have power and money basically own those who dont. In these countries life is bleak, and suffering is so overwhelming that often the only options are death or flight.

In the country of Iraq where I was born, and which my latent love of motherland will only allow me to call a quasi-sh-thole, there are currently 3 million internally displaced people, more than 8 percent of the population. Across the Middle East there are millions of refugees in camps because someone believed they were worthless.

These countries exist in this state because somewhere in the hierarchy of their societies, a critical mass of people are okay with the degradation of humanity, okay with dismissing lives as worthless. America might not be there yet. But it seems that you and some of your colleagues are approaching that same kind of contempt for humanity.

Mr. President, I beg you: Use your position to elevate the conversation, to elevate these neighbors in such desperate need. Create a climate of human worthiness that will pressure their governments to create a space for these people to flourish. What concerns me is that your statements are not just words, but they convey our values, and if we continue to devalue each other, we too will become a sh-thole country.

In our own backyard, there is human abduction and coercion, sex trafficking, drug addiction, sexual abuse, and all manner of violence and deprivation perpetrated by one human being upon another. We too have sh-thole tendencies. Thats because too many people dont see each other as valuable human beings and precious souls, but instead as economic units.

Your rhetoric continues to drive our national character in this direction.

The answer is not to bring everyone from these countries to America. Not only would that not be fitting for us, but that is not what is best for them in the long run. Some may be better off coming here, and we may be better off if they do. But what is good and right is for them to have a chance to flourish in their own lands. And to have any hope of making that happen we have to first believe that t...

02:34

US military seeks to control your Facebook "IndyWatch Feed National"

US Army seeks new intel tool able to understand social media posts in languages including Russian, Arabic and French, and which can post answers on its own By Seraphim Hanisch Seraphim Hanisch | The Duran | January 11, 2018 For years the conspiracy theorists have claimed that Facebook is a CIA front operation, and that []

02:04

Who and What Will AI Serve? US and China Give Very Different Answers "IndyWatch Feed National"

BEIJING (Analysis) Speaking to a group of students in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a bold proclamation. Artificial intelligence is the future, he said, stating that this is a fact not only for Russia but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.

This single quote from Putin was cast in an ominous light by Western media, even leading SpaceX founder and the most recognizable critic of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Elon Musk to warn that the race for AI superiority at a national level may be the most likely cause of a potential world war. While the Western media may want their consumers to believe that this was the latest development in the tactics used in Russian aggression and the next logical step from the dreaded troll farms, those more grounded in reality acknowledged that, while Putin is right, Russia is not the number two competitor with the United States.

The real competitor in the race for AI superiority should be obvious. There is only one nation quickly catching up to the perceived technological superiority of the United States: China.

Not only is Chinas tech industry catching up with the United States but, unlike Washington, Beijing is directly investing billions of dollars in AI research projects. Washington has ceded both control of AI research and the drafting of laws governing and guiding tech companies to the CEOs of said companies and their lobbyists.

There are also major differences between Beijing and Silicon Valley, with the former seeking to use AI for improving human life economic systems in conjunction with the state while the latter seeks to exploit, extort and monitor humanity through the submission of the state.

These two approaches are night and day and account for many of the reasons that the West is truly threatened by the race for AI between the neoliberal privatizers in the U.S. and those pushing an alternate model in China that will largely operate as an extension of state economic management.

 

Silicon Valley: A hotspot of AI development and unethical business

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02:00

Marijuana Still Banned at Coachella Festival Even Though Its Legal in California "IndyWatch Feed National"

(TMU)  Cannabis was recently legalized for recreational use in the state of California, but one of the largest music festivals in the state just announced that the changing laws would not affect their policy on the substance, and that cannabis use will be prohibited at this years event.

A notice on the FAQ portion of their website answered the question, Hey since Marijuana is legal now, that means I can use it at Coachella right? With the cringe-worthy reply of, Sorry bro. Marijuana or marijuana products arent allowed inside the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Even in 2018 and beyond.  If that changes we will update this answer.

The page linked to an article at dailynews.com where Indio police Sgt. Dan Marshall explained that this was a decision that the promoters made.

The promoter has a standing right to the property, and they can determine what can and cannot be brought onto the premises, (for instance) you have the right to bear arms, but you dont have the right to bear arms in my house, Marshall said.

According to Digital Music News, even medical marijuana patients will not be able to use their medicine at the festival but will be forced to leave it in a box for the duration of the event. Interestingly enough, the festival will continue to serve alcohol, and be sponsored by alcohol companies, while it is now a generally accepted fact that alcohol is far more dangerous and harmful than cannabis.

The owner of the corporation responsible for the festival, Philip Anschutz, is a very controversial figure who has been rumored to make large contributions to prohibitionist and anti-LGBT organizations. Anschutz vehemently denied these claims in a...

01:59

Your UNIVERSAL RIGHT TO INFORMED CONSENT Denied By Vaccine Pushers "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Virtually every human ailment has some basis in our genes. [1] What affects human genes? Here are some of the more commonly recognized triggers: Genetics, epigenetics, environmental factors, chemicals, nutrition or lack thereof, electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs), radiofrequencies (RFs), and even medical procedures like ionizing radiation X-rays [2] and chemotherapy [3].

According to biotechnology experts, it usually takes more than a decade for a company to conduct the kinds of clinical studies needed to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration. [1]

Those types of studies are neither required nor performed in the case of influenza (flu) vaccines, especially!

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What does the above have to do with humans and health?

The main issue is informed rights and how those rights currently are being denied and taken away from humans in every age group, especially in the USA and Australia, plus other countries when it comes to vaccines and forced vaccinations.

Theres the Universal Right to Informed Consent, which...

01:21

Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" makes landfall near Wallal Downs, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" made landfall near Eighty Mile Beach, west of Wallal Downs in Western Australia just before 10:00 UTC on January 12, 2018 as Category 1 cyclone on the Australian tropical cyclone intensity scale. The system is expected to continue...... Read more

01:18

Dominic Raab is a liar "IndyWatch Feed National"


The new Tory housing minister Dominic Raab is a liar. He appeared on BBC Question Time on January 11th 2018 and told a glaring lie to the British people.

His lie was an absurd claim that the NHS has more beds than ever.

Anyone who has paid the remotest attention to the Tory vandalism of the NHS that has been going on since 2010 will have been aware of the dozens of NHS facilities that have been shut down and downgraded under their so-called cost-cutting measures.

How could there be more beds than ever as Raab claimed when the Tories have been closing and stripping back so many NHS services you may well ask.


The answer is that Dominic Raab was lying th...

00:48

14 West Papuan activists arrested for flying a flag "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

https://www.freewestpapua.org/2018/01/10/14-west-papuan-activists-arrested-for-flying-a-flag/

14 West Papuan activists arrested for flying a flag

JANUARY 10, 2018

We have received urgent reports from the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) that on 7th January at 09:13 (West Papua time), the Indonesian police came to their Maybrat regional office and demanded to know why it was raising the KNPB flag (which depicts half of the West Papuan flag).

Then at 15:00, 14 KNPB activists were arrested by the Indonesian military and police in Kisor and were taken to the Indonesian police station in Aifat. They were returned at 22:00 in the night.

The names of those who were arrested are:

1. Abel Assem
2. Adam Sori
3. Martinus Mate
4. Agus Kawen
5. Silas Sowe
6. Oktovianus Ky
7. Titus Waymbewer
8. Silas Ky
9. Melkias Same
10. Izak Sori
11. Yohanis Ky
12. Selita Ky
13. Sekeius Sowe
14. Yulius Yam

Once again the arrest of peaceful activists by the Indonesian military and police illustrates the institutional disregard for freedom of expression in West Papua by the Indonesian Security Forces. The Indonesian authorities are only too willing to deny and suppress the rights of people just for flying a flag, in an attempt to intimidate them from campaigning for freedom.


00:35

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


120118 Massat calls for a responsible Referendum Ready Constituencies
By- Trish Baranangko
Bougainville is transiting a critical period because of the issue of Referendum which will be held in June 15 2019.
This was according to the Member for Tonsu, Ezekiel Masat during the seminar hosted by the Umi Wan Festival of Arts and Music held at the Bel Isi Park today.
In acknowledging the concept developed by the Umi Wan Festival which triggers Bougainvilles Unification, the Member said that the Festival has created an avenue for people to be aware of issues around them.
He said that given this period, the people can be able to learn and understand the Referendum Issues thus preparing themselves for the Referendum Election to be held next year.
Mr Masat said that it will be very unfair if the people are not fully informed of the issues of Referendum.
He said having minimum knowledge of the Referendum, it will be of no use when trying to impart other additional aspects of Referendum to the people.
The member is firm that the people must be fully informed and prepared before they make the decision for Bougainvilles political future.
In light of the Referendum Ready Concept, the Member mentioned that the Bougainville House of Representatives has passed a resolution in 2016 for each constituency to be responsible for the Referendum readiness.
According to the Member, So far, only two Constituencies which are, Bolave Constituency in Bana District and Hagogohe Constituency in Buka District have declared a referendum ready constituency.
The Member said that all Constituencies should adhere to the three requirements earmarked for a Referendum Ready Constituency. This includes weapons disposal, economic development and internationally accepted standard of good governance.
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00:30

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

120118 APEO OPOSES MINING, ENCOURAGES OTHER ECONOMIC INDUSTRIES
BY- TRISH BARANANGKO
The Business Management Consultant for TTanata Artwork Services LTD, Mr APEO TIMOCI TEATA said mining is not a preferred Industry that Bougainville should look at in preparations for self-Governance.
Speaking at the Public Seminar hosted by the Umi Wan Festival at Bel Isi Park Today, Mr APEO through experience with the environmental committee at Lihir Goal Mine said Companies are aware of damages caused but they dont expose such issues as they fear the risk of losing money at stock exchange. Given this experience, Mr APEO said the issue of mining should be put side.
Speaking in regard to the three Pillars of Referendum, the Government should consider other economic Industries such as Agriculture, Fisheries, Tourism, Manufacturing and Livestock. He said that these Industries are renewable resources unlike mining.
Mr APEO said that Small Business Enterprise (SME) is another aspect that Bougainville should adapt in order to help develop the given Industries so that Bougainvilles Economy is moved forward thus boosting the level of Bougainvilles Economic Development and securing a financially equipped economy in preparation for Bougainvilles Political Journey.
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00:30

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

120118Weapons Disposal key for Bougainvilles Unification, says Nakin
By- Trish Baranangko
The National Member for North Bougainville, William Nakin has raised serious concern on the status of Bougainvillians in preparations for the Referendum.
In his presentation at the Bel Isi Park during the Umi Wan Festival Semiar, the Member publicly asked the people of Bougainville if they are ready and willing to stand alone as an Independent Country. He questioned what kind of Nation Bougainville is building in preparations for Referendum.
He said that Bougainville has not done well in weapons disposal as it is still below the required level of its fiscal self-reliance.
He also said that Bougainville needs to do more in maintaining law and order and the rule of law.
In his statement, the Member said that although weapons disposal is not a condition of holding the Bougainville Referendum in accordance with Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA), it is definitely a serious threat to peace loving, simple village people of Bougainville who will take part in the Referendum for Independence on the 15th of June 2019.
The Member made a public appeal to Bougainvillians who are still holding onto weapons of war to surrender their weapons to the ABG.
In support of this process, the Member publicly announced the Contributions of the National Government in providing a sum of K12m in 2018 to the ABG specifically for weapons disposal.
He urged the public to participate meaningfully in the process of weapons disposal as it possess the real threat of holding a free, fair and safe Referendum.
The Member said that a weapons free Bougainville society is an ideal component for Unification resulting in the most needed aspirations of Bougainvillians which is Independence for Bougainville.
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00:27

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

12018 BOUGAINVILLE IN SEARCH FOR A NEW IDENTITY SAYS MOMIS
By Aloysius Laukai

The ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS told the people of Bougainville that Bougainville has embarked on a journey of discovery in search of a new National identity.
President Momis made these remarks at the Opening of the YUMI WAN festival in Buka on Wednesday.
He said that the Bougainville Peace Agreement which is enshrined in the national constitution of Papua New Guinea gives Bougainville a rare opportunity to create the kind of society and the kind of nation we want in accordance with our vision of having as both the subject and the object of integral human development.
He said the people must be powered to participate meaningfuly in the process of liberation from structural and attitudinal impediments in order to be active agents of change and development and not mere recipients of good and services.
The ABG President said in Bougainville true to our noble tradition we are trail blazers and pioneers of bold and innovative and transformative political and socio-economic initiatives in response to our felt needs and human aspirations.
He said that we are not afraid to think outside the box in order to pursue our objective of combating the syndrome of dependency, powerlessness and dehumanization.
President MOMIS further stated that in Bougainville we dream dreams that one day we will be free as we build a just society where every man and woman and child will be respected as created in the image and likeness of God.

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00:14

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

12018WORK ON TO BEGIN SOON
By Aloysius Laukai

Wok on developing data base for Businesses on Bougainville will begin this year says the newly appointed ACTING SECRETARY for ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, CATHY TOROI.
Since the economic summit held last year the Division of Economic Development has been working on ways of working with all business houses and other stakeholders on Economic recovery projects throughout the region.
MS TOROI made these remarks when answering questions by several people during the Public seminar session of the YUMI WAN Festival today.
She said that the Economic Development office wants to work with the people of Bougainville and called those who have queries to see them.
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00:01

For the Supreme Court Judges to Go Public Is Unsettling, but They Were Left with No Option "IndyWatch Feed National"

The last thing a democracy can afford is a judiciary which wont even dare to stand up for its own rights.

The Supreme Court. Credit: PTI

Silence is no answer, and the judges could not have turned to any other authority than the people. Credit: PTI

The press conference by four judges of the Supreme Court is extraordinarily unsettling. It is deeply regrettable that things have come to such a pass.

However, if one takes a close look at the options, this bold step was better than their accepting a situation they considered unfair. The last thing a democracy can afford is judges who dont even dare to stand for their own rights as judges, and for the systematic working of the highest court.

All four Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph have as good as given up the likelihood of a post-retirement sinecure such as a governors post. The two judges who are in line to be chief justice may even have risked that appointment. It is a courageous move, which must therefore be lauded.

Silence is no answer, and the judges could not have turned to any other authority than the people. And let us make no mistake, it is the people who are the ultimate authority in a truly democratic republic.

The various institutions of the state, including the apex court, are creatures of the constitution, which explicitly comes from we the people. That is the fundamental difference between constitutions such as of India, France and the United States on one hand and systems that hinge on the sovereignty of a monarch on the oth...

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23:58

SBC: Silence is Golden, Dave "IndyWatch Feed National"

SBC: Silence is Golden, Dave

  • an In My View article by NIGEL WARD, sharing with the public an unanswered question Is the tale wagging the dog. David KITSONs silence on the subject indicates an affirmative answer.

~~~~~

On 15th December 2017, I emailed the Scarborough Borough Council Deputy Monitoring Officer, Mr David KITSON.

I received a read-receipt informing me that Mr KITSON acknowledged opening my email as follows: 18th December 2017 11:23:01 (UTC) Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London.

Before reproducing that email, readers deserve an insight into my purpose in making a fundamental and, in fact, straight-forward enquiry.

Since mid-November, as I am sure regular readers are certainly aware, several Enquirer contributors have addressed the matter of the interception and censoring of emails from (we are told) certain members of the public to Councillors and ranking Council Officers.

Opposition Councillors notably, Councillor Tony RANDERSON [Lab.] and Councillor Janet JEFFERSON [Ind.] have expressed their anger and disbelief that their Officers have been standing between them and the people they represent.

Curiously, Conservative Councillors have been conspicuously silent on the subject, with the exception of the Leader (in his Queens Speech, which I have deconstructed elsewhere) and Councillor John NOCK [Con.], whose response to Councillor RANDERSON bore all the hallmarks of having been drafted or dictated by some obliging soul in the Legal & Democratic Services department. It concludes with the tired old mantra, The overarching reason for the current practice is to Protect Officers and Members from unreasonable stress, abuse and inappropriate conduct. I will not trouble to repeat the many reasons why this is nonsense.

That the current practice may be undemocratic, unreasonable and unjustifiable as well as illegal has clearly not entered Councillor NOCKs purview. Such things pass over his head, obscured by the Tory diktat of solidarity within the Conservative group.

The Leader returned to the topic in his Christmas Address, reiterating the party line, which bears repetition here (along with my deconstruction):

DB: The cou...

23:52

New Zealand Supports PNG with K35m funding for APEC Summit "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The New Zealand government has supported PNG with NZ$15 million (K35m) to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in November 2018.

New Zealand High Commissioner Sue Mackwell officially signed the documents today in Port Moresby with APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko.

New Zealand was one of the first economies to support PNGs bid to host APEC 2018.

In 2017, the New Zealand government established a NZ$8 million APEC Fund to support PNGs host year.

We have now completed the assessment of the first round of applications to the fund.

We are pleased to be able to support eight proposals which will see funding directed to water policing, cyber security, activities to support the PNGDF which includes support for incident response group preparations, defence intelligence training and the contribution of New Zealand Defence assets and staff for Leaders week.

The Fund is available to PNG, New Zealand and international partner agencies to submit proposals for funding towards initiatives to support the planning and delivery of APEC 2018 across security, logistics and policy areas.

Meantime, APEC Minister Tkatchenko thanks New Zealand for their continuous support and friendship with PNG.

The funding includes support to PNGs APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), protocol and liaison training, the contribution of a senior New Zealand Police contingent of 11 officers working under PNG-Australia Policing Partnership in support of the Royal PNG Constabularys training and preparations.

23:49

IBS Case : Interim Orders remain "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Interim orders against Secretary of the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST), Fr Jan Czuba, will remain in force until the case returns to court next week.

The temporary orders obtained by the Institute of Business Studies regarding its status on January 4, were extended today by the Waigani National Court.

The case filed by IBS returned before Justice Derek Hartshorn today however, only IBS was represented in court.

Justice Hartshorn adjourned the matter but gave an extension of the orders to next week to allow time for Fr Jan and DHERST to appear in court.

In the meantime, the interim orders restraining Fr Jan from taking further administration steps under the Higher Education (General Provisions) Act 2014 to cause any further delay in IBS registration as a university remains.

He is also to cooperate with the IBS administration to ensure there is a smooth start of the 2018 academic year, amongst other orders, pending the inter-parte hearing of the substantive notice of motion filed by IBS.

Following the orders of January 4, Fr Jan issued a media statement that the department maintains its position that IBS is not a university.

He said the requisite legal procedures and processes, leading up to the creation of universities, were not complied with by IBS and that the National Executive Council was misled on the 4th of December 2016.

That university status remains subject to legal proceedings.

23:02

Claire McCaskill Stumbles Over Just Crazy Facts In Revealing Medicare Exchange "IndyWatch Feed National"

Congressional hearings often serve as elaborate theatrical productions. Members ask pre-written questions, receive formulaic answers, and in many cases use witnesses as props to engage in rhetorical grandstanding. The grandstanding element was on full display Tuesday during the confirmation hearing for Alex Azar, the Health and Human Services Secretary-designee. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) wanted to beat up on evil drug companies, and she wasnt going to let facts get in her way.

McCaskill spent two minutes attacking pharmaceutical advertisements, including a reference to the one for erectile dysfunction where they have them in two bathtubs, before she tackled the issue of Medicare negotiating prices with drug companies. At this point she demonstrated ignorance on several issues.

First, she confused the difference between list prices, or the prices that pharmaceutical companies post publicly, and net prices, which are the net price for payors, based on negotiations with pharmaceutical benefit managers (PBMs). Azar admitted that drug companies have no economic incentive to lower list prices, but that negotiations with PBMs do put downward pressure on the net prices. One can question whether PBMs pass on their savings from negotiating rebates some have done just that  but their negotiating power does keep net prices in check.

Second, McCaskill failed to grasp that Medicare drug plans already negotiate with pharmaceutical companies, and that the discounts they obtain have helped keep overall premiums for the prescription drug Part D plan low. It may sound radical to McCaskill, who has spent practically her entire adult life working in government, but the private sector can negotiate just like the government, and probably do so more effectively than a government entity.

Third, McCaskill refused to believe that getting the government involved in negotiating drug prices would not save money. When Azar explained that removing a provision prohibiting federal bureaucrats from negotiating prices wouldnt save money, McCaskill called his explanation just crazy and nuts.

It isnt nuts, its economics. Even though McCaskill tried to lecture Azar on economics and markets at the beginning of her questioning, her queries themselves showed very little understanding of either concept. In a negotiation, the ability to drive a hard bargain ultimately derives from the ability to seek out other options. If Medicare must cover all or most prescription drugs, such that it cant walk away from the proverbial bargaining table, it will by definition be limited in its ability to put downward pressure on....

22:23

Woman stabbed 13 times by Palestinian jihadis asks: Is the UK funding the terrorists who tried to murder me? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The answer to the question is Yes, of course. The Palestinian Authority spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year in stipends and other benefits to jailed terrorists and their families. According to data collected by Israels Defense Ministry, the PA spent a total of 1.237 billion shekels ($358 million), or about 7% of the []

22:16

Prayer and Meditation for Saturday, January 13, 2018 Many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 310

Image may contain: one or more people and people sitting

Art: Many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples

Reading 1  1 SM 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1

There was a stalwart man from Benjamin named Kish,
who was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror,
son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite.
He had a son named Saul, who was a handsome young man.
There was no other child of Israel more handsome than Saul;
he stood head and shoulders above the people.

Now the asses of Sauls father, Kish, had wandered off.
Kish said to his son Saul, Take one of the servants with you
and go out and hunt for the asses.
Accordingly they went through the hill country of Ephraim,
and through the land of Shalishah.
Not finding them there,
they continued through the land of Shaalim without success.
They also went through the land of Benjamin,
but they failed to find the animals.

When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the LORD assured him,
This is the man of whom I told you; he is to govern my people.

Saul met Samuel in the gateway and said,
Please tell me where the seer lives.
Samuel answered Saul: I am the seer.
Go up ahead of me to the high place and eat with me today.
In the morning, before dismissing you,
I will tell you whatever you wish.

Then, from a flask he had with him, Samuel poured oil on Sauls head;
he also kissed him, saying:
The LORD anoints you commander over his heritage.
You are to govern the LORDs people Israel,
and to save them from the grasp of their enemies roundabout.

This will be the sign for you
that the LORD has anointed you commander over his heritage.

...

22:07

Australian Open: Billie Jean King wants Margaret Court Arena renamed despite friendship with tennis great "IndyWatch Feed National"

American tennis great Billie Jean King has joined calls for Margaret Courts name to be stripped from the arena at Melbourne Park due to the Australian champions vocal campaign against homosexuality.

There has been a campaign to change the name of Margaret Court Arena over the former players comments surrounding homosexuality and plan to boycott Qantas for its same-sex marriage stance.

ABC Australia

So its all good and Ok to be a homosexual or lesbian and be as outspoken as you like about your sexuality, and Christians are not allowed to express their solid Biblical opinions.

Removing names from stadiums, black-bansthese are the tactics of the left-wingers, who proclaim freedom of speech and freedom of personal expression.

 

ABC Australia

Australian Open: Billie Jean King wants Margaret Court Arena renamed despite friendship with tennis great

American tennis great Billie Jean King has joined calls for Margaret Courts name to be stripped from the arena at Melbourne Park due to the Australian champions vocal campaign against homosexuality.

There has been a campaign to change the name of Margaret Court Arena over the former players comments surrounding homosexuality and plan to boycott Qantas for its same-sex marriage stance.

The former 64-time major winner, who is now a pastor at Victory Life Church in Perth, also once wrote a letter to the West Australian to express sadness that Casey Dellacquas newborn child would be deprived of his father.

King said she had once supported Courts name adorning one of the stadiums, after Rod Laver was honoured with an arena.

However, she said comments from her f...

22:01

Word Salad is Not Disorganized Thought and Speech "IndyWatch Feed National"

This piece for Holistic Elephants discusses the role of social context and environment in our perception and construction of word salad, a common symptom of psychosis and extreme states.

So then the class explored instead: what this word salad might have actually been DOING to the psychologist, what did it DO within the social context of this interview and relationship, how did it function? The patient was breaking all of Grices Maxims of polite conversation, wrecking all the polite adjacency pairs, and presenting abstract and obfuscating answers to deflect inquiries, challenges, normal conversation, and relationship building. And the person did this perfectly by talking word salad, which makes sense when you put it in context; that is, when you think about what this language is doing in the situation and not analyse what it means, expresses, communicates, refers to, or represents. In a functional sense, this was not disorganized at all!

21:46

Memories will linger on : Joyce Ottio "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Late Kato Ottio has left his family in shock after his untimely passing during the early hours of Tuesday January 9, 2018 at the Pacific International Hospital (PIH).

Late Kato Ottio of a mixed parentage of Koiari, Buka and Tatana is the 4th child of Joyce Mattew Togiri and Late William Ottio. Memories that he left will linger in his home village at Tatana.

Mother Joyce Togiri could barely speak when this newsroom paid her a visit at the hauskrai at Tatana yesterday. She held back tears as she tried to answer questions and would occasionally glance at the newspaper cuttings she held in her hands of her late son-repeating the words, lau natugu, oina maragi herea, dahaka daina ome raka tanigu? (In motu- my son, you are too young, why did you have to leave me?).

Similar sentiments are shared throughout the country where he touched a lot of lives through the sportsmanship he showed in the sport of Rugby League, including young boys who aspire to be like him and call him their role model.

Two young boys flew all the way from Rabaul with their parents just to attend his funeral service.

The late Katos mother Joyce, kept newspaper articles and pictures of him from the games he played here and abroad since 2010.

Kato was a very obedient boy, he never hesitated nor rejected any of my favours, said Joyce through tears.

Kato is survived by his mother and four siblings who will miss him dearly. 

By Naina GABUTU | PNGFM

21:38

AFG interest-only smash "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Loan sizes up

Australia's largest mortgage aggregator Australian Finance Group (AFG) released its mortgage index for the December 2017 quarter. 

The major lenders have lost market share this year, but the non-banks and alternative lenders have generally picked up the slack, leaving lodgement volumes relatively flat over the year. 

Over the 2017 calendar year the average mortgage size written by AFG brokers increased by a relatively moderate +2.8 per cent.

The largest increase was in Victoria where the average mortgage size jumped by $20,385 to $496,815.

In New South Wales the average mortgage size was higher still at $613,084, having increased by $10,662 over the year, these mainly being capital city loans written to aspirational buyers. 

There were also +3.4 per cent increases in Queensland and South Australia respectively.


Reflecting challenges in the local economy, the average mortgage size in Western Australia declined by -1.1 per cent to $439,944.

The average loan size in the Northern Territory increased, but volumes are so small that there is no meaningful trend to be found in the numbers. 

IO strangled

Th...

21:24

Widnes Vikings signs PNG Rugby League International Stanton Albert "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

As revealed exclusively to 2018 Viking Stronghold Members this morning, Widnes Vikings have signed powerhouse prop, Stanton Albert.

Highly-rated Papua New Guinea international, Albert, joins the Vikings from PNG Hunters. The 23-year-old is the brother of fellow Vikings signing and international, Wellington Albert. He joins the club on a two-year deal, pending visa approval.

Weighing in at almost 17 stone, Stanton brings power and strength to the Vikings forward-line. Papua New Guinean media have praised the forward for his impressive appearances for the Kumuls, describing him as bulldozing through opposition defences in international test appearances.

The explosive prop made three appearances at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, including featuring in the defeats of Wales and Ireland. He has represented Penrith Panthers in the Queensland Cup, joining the club in 2015, and was a pivotal member of the PNG Hunters team that won the 2017 Intrust Super Cup Premiership. With 18 tackle breaks, 805 post-contact meters and ten offloads in his 22 appearances for the PNG Hunters last season, he proved to be an intimidating force for the Premiership winning side.

Denis Betts, Head Coach of Widnes Vikings, says: Stanton is a player that we have had real interest in, even before my time at the World Cup. He came highly recommended to us by some of our key contacts in Australia, and I was very impressed in what I saw in his international appearances for PNG at the tournament.

"Stanton joins the Vikings with a great pedigree and a desire to build his career. He will create real competition for places, because he is desperate to play and wants to make the most out of this opportunity.

"His move also makes a lot of sense, given the tragic news of Katos passing. We believe that Wellington and Stanton will get the best out of each other, and settle well in the local community together. Of course, Widnes Vikings have a famous heritage of brothers and relatives representing the Club, and we are excited that the pair have the opportunity to forge their own chapter in that history.

"I am sure that Stronghold Members and supporters will relish seeing him in action this season.

Stanton is proudly sponsored by VIQI.

Widnes Vikings have set up a crowd funder to support the loved ones of Kato Ottio, teammate of Stanton and Wellington. Please clic...

20:41

Look at Hoddle Street now: "streamlined " as opposed to "tree -lined" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hoddle Street is a very long road in Melbourne, Victoria. Congestion in Melbourne is reaching ludicrous and unforgivable proportions. The treelined part of Hoddle Street is apparently being sacrificed without public consultation for the no-win race of government-engineered population growth.

Ian Hundley, of Protectors of Public Lands,Victoria took these photos yesterday of the before an after tree removal for lane widening in Hoddle street Melbourne. He wrote:

"I checked out the Hoddle Street capacity road works today. See photos taken from the Vere Steet footbridge (near Collingwood Town Hall) to the south which shows trees retained and to the north which shows where trees have been removed from the median. Also one of the signs which declares this is a project to connect communities. We must try to contain the mirth on that one - if they pull it off it will be the first traffic sewer to have brought communities together."

The sign Ian refers to reads, "Streamlining Hoddle Street-Connecting our communities." How completely facile! It must have been coined on a morning tea break without realisation that "streamlining " in this case means de-tree lining!

All this destruction is to help accommodate the additional 100,000 cars each year in Melbourne. The only way to widen a long established street like Hoddle Street is to either knock down houses and appropriate land or remove anything not absolutely necessary, that won't cost the government money, and for which the voices of complaint, from the avian inhabitants and the long-suffering public will not be heard.


I did not hear any public announcement of the removal of these trees. They are just gone. What difference will the additional traffic and the absence of th......

20:37

Hundreds of dead fish mysteriously wash up on beach in Adelaide, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hundreds of dead fish have mysteriously washed up on an Adelaide beach as authorities warn swimming is off limits. Locals were shocked to find fish including mullet, trevally, bream and snapper washing up at West Lakes this week, 7 News reported. One woman said she saw over 50 stranded on a concrete pillar. Another said: 'We have a lot of people that come down here to do local fishing and they might be poisoning their children if they take the fish home.'

20:02

Germany Allows Iranian Mass Murderer To Leave The Country "IndyWatch Feed National"

BY BENJAMIN WEINTHAL
 JANUARY 11, 2018 18:08

Iranian dissidents protest at Hamburg airport.

Mahmoud Shahroudi

Mahmoud Shahroudi in 2007. (photo credit: REUTERS/RAHEB HOMAVANDI)

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi considered a successor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei fled Germany on Thursday for Iran amid criminal complaints filed against him for crimes against humanity, after the cleric received medical treatment for a brain tumor.

Critics accuse Shahroudi, the who headed Irans judiciary system from 1999 to 2009, of imposing executions on 2,000 people, including adolescents.

Germany has a choice, Dr. Michael Rubin, an Iran expert with the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. Does it want to be a safe haven for terrorists and mass murderers? Alas, for Sigmar Gabriel [Germanys foreign minister], it seems that the answer was and is yes. But why should principle matter if German businesses can make an extra million euros?

Shahroudis presence in Hanover prompted protests and widespread calls on social media for Germanys government to arrest and prosecute the religious leader.......

19:20

Farming trees with communities to power PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


LAE, MOROBE PROVINCE, PAPUA NEW GUINEA: With the need for additional electricity generation capacity in PNG, together with a strong push for renewable energy, announcements of new hydro power initiatives and solar power projects follow each other rapidly.

Another renewable source of energy is biomass power, a surprisingly simple generation concept with
substantial benefits, used by PNG Biomass in the Markham Valley near Lae.
After a competitive tender process, PNG Biomass signed a Power Purchase Agreement in December 2015with PNG Power Limited to supply up to 30MW of clean renewable baseload power into the Ramu grid, in linewith expected market requirements. PNG Biomass operates a renewable energy project that will use thebiomass of trees that are farmed on 16,000 hectares of customary land, harvested after 5 to 8 years andprocessed into wood chips to provide fuel for a biomass power plant.
As early as 2010, PNG Biomass was already working together with communities and landowners in theMarkham Valley, as most of the land required for tree farming is customary land. Landowner participation inthe project involves more than just leasing land, landowners also draw benefits from crop share payments,carbon credits, and community business opportunities. In addition, the project will create 500 ongoing localfulltime jobs and an estimated 2,000 indirect jobs over its 25-year project life.
Today, landowners are already obtaining the benefits from land rental, as well as inter cropping, where food and cash crops are planted between the rows of plantation trees. Local business group interim Chairman, Sam Mayeb, said that six main cash crops are planted during inter cropping, including rice, cucumber, watermelon,taro, peanuts, cassava. Watermelon and cucumber are the best performers and have generated significant incomes for our communities since 2014. Inter cropping offers more than just subsistence farming, it provides an opportunity for a sustainable and material source of landowner income seized in particular by many
women from local communities.
The first tree farms were established by PNG Biomass in 2012, with over 1,200ha of plantations establishedto date. Tree farming requires agricultural technologies and practices not readily available in PNG. PNGBiomass is therefore introducing new agricultural knowledge and technology into Morobe Province.
PNG Biomass has already int...

18:57

EDA RANU warns against fishing and eating fish from its waste ponds "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Communities around the Morata suburb in Port Moresby, are being warned not to fish or eat fish from Eda Ranu's Waste Stabilization Ponds in the area, because it is not safe.

The Chief Executive Officer of the state-owned water company, Henry Mokono, says fish from the ponds are not safe for human consumption because there is too much waste going into the water.

Mr Mokono says notice boards will be put up to alert the public of this concern.

"Although I know we got thousands of fish in the ponds, the wastes that go into the water is still very concentrated and it is not safe to get things out of it for human consumption.

"People should not fish here or consume fish from these ponds.

"They must use the swamps were the waste is a bit more friendly."

NBC News -

18:50

Issue of Judge Loyas Death a Serious Matter: SC "IndyWatch Feed National"

The bench posted the matter for further hearing on January 15.

Loya was a CBI judge probing Amit Shahs involvement in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case. Credit: The Caravan

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today termed as a serious matter the issue of alleged mysterious death of special CBI judge B.H. Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, and sought a response from the Maharashtra government on pleas seeking an independent probe into it.

The top court said, This matter requires bi-party hearing rather than exparte.

A bench of justices Arun Mishra and M.M. Shantanagoudar asked Maharashtra government counsel Nishant R Katneshwarkar to file a reply by January 15.

At the outset, senior advocate Dushyant Dave, representing Bombay lawyers association, said the high court is seized of the matter and the apex court should not hear the pleas.

The Bombay High Court is seized of the matter and in my opinion, the Supreme Court should not hear this matter. If the court goes ahead with the hearing, it may have implications before the high court, Dave said.

Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for one of the petitioners Maharashtra-based journalist B.R. Lone, said that s...

18:43

US, India Can Announce Major Deals in Intelligence, Fighter Aircraft "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cooperation with India on defence and counter-terrorism to enhance the long-term stability and security of the Indo-Pacific region is a key pillar, Ambassador Kenneth Juster said.

In his inaugural policy speech on US-India relations, Juster said that the US expects India to join export control regime Australia Group very soon. Credit: Twitter

In his inaugural policy speech on US-India relations, Juster said that the US expects India to join export control regime Australia Group very soon. Credit: Twitter

New Delhi: The United States is more than just another defence equipment supplier to India and the two sides can announce major pacts in areas such as intelligence, surveillance and fighter aircraft production next year, newly appointed Ambassador Kenneth Juster said on Thursday.

Cooperation with India on defence and counter-terrorism to enhance the long-term stability and security of the Indo-Pacific region is a key pillar, he said.

In his first public speech after taking over as the ambassador in November, he said an equally important objective is to continue support to India as a net provider of regional security, capable of...

18:03

Natural World Heritage Sites in trouble, especially in the Tropics "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Elephants in Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by ENOUGH Project on Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-ND More than a third of United Nations World Heritages sites with natural Outstanding Universal Value are under threat, according to a recent report by the IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The first assessment of all 241 natural World Heritage sites globally found that 29 percent are of significant conservation concern, while a further 7 percent are worse off, with critical concerns. Famous heritage sites evaluated to be at risk include Indonesias Komodo National Park, Ecuadors Galapagos Islands, Australias Great Barrier Reef, and Perus Machu Picchu. The report found tropical sites to be among the most critically threatened, especially in Africa, where developing nations often lack the funds to properly protect the preserves. World Heritage Sites are chosen by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for having exceptional cultural, historical, scientific or other significance, and the sites are legally protected by international treaties. Of these, 241 sites were selected for their natural outstanding universal value, covering 293 million of land and sea across 107 countries. The United States under Donald Trump withdrew from UNESCO this year, after not paying its UNESCO dues since 2011, a total of more than $550 million in arrears payments. Natural World Heritage sites are granted unique international recognition and should be models of conservation, says Peter Shadie, Senior Adviser for the IUCNs World Heritage Programme and co-author of the report. But

17:50

A Grand Plan to Do Nothing "IndyWatch Feed National"

The governments 25 Year Environment Plan is a work of cowardice

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 11th January 2018

Its as if it were written with an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. In terms of rhetoric, the 25 Year Environment Plan is in some respects the best government document Ive ever read. In terms of policy, it ranges from the pallid to the pathetic.

Those who wrote it are aware of the multiple crises we face. But, having laid out the depth and breadth of our predicaments, they propose to do almost nothing about them. Reading the plan, I can almost hear the internal dialogue: Yes, lets change the world! Hang on a minute, what about our commitment to slashing regulations? What about maximising economic growth? What would the Conservatives major funders have to say about it? Oh all right, lets wave our hands around instead.

For example, it makes bold and stirring statements about the need to keep the soil on the land (its compacting and eroding at horrendous rates in the UK), then proposes only working with the industry to update the 2001 guidance, spending 200,000 on developing new metrics and investigating the potential for research and monitoring. It would have been more honest to say we propose to nod sagely and look very serious.

The plan acknowledges that our trees and other plants are severely threatened by introduced pests and diseases, from a cross-border trade that creates far less income and employment than the industries it jeopardises. The obvious and perhaps only answer is to ban the import of live plants not propagated from tissue culture. But the ideology to which the government subscribes requires a total ban on banning. So instead the plan proposes to work with partners to raise awareness and to encourage the development of better biosecurity. Working with industry and asking nicely are fine in some circumstances. In others, you just have to say stop.

The plan writes touchingly about the benefits of re-engaging children with nature. It somehow forgets to mention that, due to government cuts, most local authority funding for adventure learning and outdoor education has been cut. It proposes to spend 10 million a tiny fraction of the money that has disappeared in recent years on introducing children to the alien world beyond the blackboard and the screen. This might be enough to reach about 1% of o...

17:12

"8 Reasons Why You Act Against Your Own Better Judgment" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"8 Reasons Why You Act Against 
Your Own Better Judgment"
by Mark Sisson

"We all make poor choices against our better judgment. Its kind of what makes us human the tendency to actively and willfully make decisions that will result in unfavorable outcomes. Sure, the candy bar tastes good, but you know youll feel awful after eating it. Yeah, that blog is fun to read, but you know youd be much happier if you finished that essay for class first. And yet five minutes later, a candy bar wrapper sits, emptied of its contents; your molars house fragments of nougat and sport a caramel sheen; light nausea approaches; and you find yourself wading knee deep through comment sections, MS Word window minimized. What just happened? Why did you do those things that you told yourself you wouldnt, that you warned yourself against, and whose negative ramifications are already coming to fruition just as you predicted?

Last week, we began the dialog with my introductory post on akrasia the act of knowingly working against ones own interests but we didnt get into any details. Today, Im going to try to provide a few answers. Im going to delve into the reasons for...

16:46

Can my wife carry a specialty vehicle knife in her 4WD? "IndyWatch Feed National"






Question.
Subject : Specialty vehicle knives. Are they legal to carry?
Enter your comments in this box: : My wife has been given a specialty vehicle knife to carry in her 4WD. It is a clasp knife with a short blade, a seat belt cutter & a window breaker. We live on our property, but my wife makes frequent trips to town. The roads are often flooded as are the creeks.
Is it legal for my wife to carry this vehicle knife in her 4WD?
Thank you for your assistance.
Reply.
Thanks for contacting NSW Police Customer Assistance Unit. Please see below email in relation acceptable reasons for having a knife in a PUBLIC PLACE or SCHOOL.

With reference to 11C (2) of the Summary Offences Act, what is included as being reasonably necessary for a person to have custody of a knife?
The lawful pursuit of the persons occupation, education or training
The preparation or consumption of food or drink
The participation in lawful entertainment, recreation or sport
The exhibition of knives for retail or other trade purposes
...

16:36

Another idiotic housing affordability solution emerges - Article by Leith van Onselen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Leading real estate rent-seeker, the Property Council of Australia (PCA), is pushing for another idiotic policy solution to fix Australias housing affordability woes: offering a government-backed low deposit home loan scheme.

From The Australian:

"A government-backed low-deposit home loan scheme could help address housing affordability by getting more buyers into the market and adding to the housing stock, according to the Property Council of Australia

The PCA highlighted the Keystart program in Western Australia, where buyers can purchase a home with a 2 per cent deposit in Perth and up to 7 per cent in regional areas without paying lenders mortgage insurance

PCA chief of policy Glenn Byres said the program had been useful in helping to drive supply and had helped buyers who would otherwise be locked out.

The big challenge right now is the deposit gap and people having to save sufficiently to meet the deposit requirements of lenders, Mr Byres told The Australian

BIS Oxford Economics senior manager for residential property Angie Zigomanis said any rollout of such a scheme might encourage some borrowers to buy better properties than they could otherwise afford, which could drive up prices for more affordable homes

Digital Finance Analytics principal Martin North echoed concerns about pressure on pricing, saying that when similar programs had been introduced around the world it tends to lift property prices higher.

Earth to PCA: you dont fix housing affordability by sucking sub-prime buyers into the market and raising demand. You fix it by implementing policies that lower demand and boost supply. You know, things like:

  • Normalising Australias immigration program by returning the permanent intake back to the level that existed before John Howard ramped-up it up in the early-2000s i.e. below 100,000 from over 200,000 currently [reduces demand];
  • Undertaking tax reforms like unwinding negative gearing and the CGT discount [reduces speculative dema...

16:26

January 12 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1807 - At Cockle Bay, Sydney Harbour, a chap managed to survive a shark attack.

1808 - The ship City of Edinburgh arrived at Port Jackson with a cargo of 100,000 litres of whiskey. Part owner Alexander Berry is on board.

1809 - Gnung-a Gnung-a Mur-re-mur-gan, the first Australian Aboriginal to visit America ( in 1793), was found dead in present day Sirius Park, Sydney ; his death was thought to be related to old injuries inflicted by warrior Pemulwuy.

1810 - Governor Lachlan Macquarie appointed emancipist Andrew Thompson a Justice of the Peace and Chief Magistrate at the Hawkesbury. He was the first emancipist magistrate appointed.

1814 - Nurragingy (Creek Jemmy), chief of South Creek, and Mary-Mary, chief of the Mulgoa clan, with their families, totalling 51 men, women and children, visited Governor Macquarie at Parramatta. They were given breakfast and dinner (midday meal) in the Government Domain (Parramatta Park). Narrang Jack, a previously hostile Aborigine, came to give himself up.


1823 - In an effort to shape up those shocking convicts who sat around knitting all day, Rev Archibald MacArthur held the first Presbyterian service in Hobart.

1824 - Governor George Arthur, hearing about the fine woollen garments those convicts were spinning with their yarns in Tassie, dropped by for a look-see.

1826 - The Hobart Town Gazette reported the visit to Launceston by 200 Aborigines;
 When crossing Patersons Plains they were wantonly fired on by the whites, and in their return some of their women were treated with indescribable brutality. When they reached the Lake River, two sawyers, who had never before suffered molestation, were wounded with their spears.

1830 - The first large grant of the year was allotted on this day to Mr. Thomas Peel, who selected 250,000 acres, described as in Cockburn Sound.

1835 - Rev. Henry Carmichael established the Normal Institution to train teachers for system of national schools in NSW,  situated near Hyde Park it opened for the admission of boarders and pupils on this day.

1835 - A collision occurred between the first paddle steamer to operate in NSW coastal waters, Sophia Jane, and  the steam tug Tamar.

1836 - Charlie Darwin popped his head in at Sydney to make our acquaintance while he was parked on board HMS Beagle.

1837 - The ship Coromandel anchored in Holdfast Bay, South Oz, where ten of the crew deserted and could not sail without more crew. Governor Hindmarsh offered a reward of 5 per head, or 50 for the ringleader, for information leading to their apprehension.
The deserters headed for the hills, then came to a lovely valley which they named after their ship, Coromandel., where some of them settled.

1838 - Mudgee, NSW,...

16:21

Immigration hype and immigration reality - enforced by the bulldozer "IndyWatch Feed National"

St Kilda Road and Hoddle Street widening to accommodate larger volumes of road traffic in Melbourne means bulldozing hundreds of beautiful, mature trees, cultivated in a time when people appreciated the importance of natural shade and beauty. This vandalism is caused by willful promotion of overpopulation by the Victorian State government. Furtively supported by an equally venal Opposition, invited economic mass immigration-caused population growth marches on like an invasion preceded by bulldozers, jack hammers and all manner of violence towards our environment and display of might by state governments. Australia grew by over half a million people between July 2016 and July 2017, although natural increase actually declined, almost certainly due to rising costs affecting Australia's fertility opportunity.[1]





Swamped by the numbers

Excuse me, but it seems that Pauline Hanson was right, at least on the numbers: We are being 'swamped' - at a rate of Overseas immigrants 63.0 : Australian citizens and residents 36.8 - by the numbers - wherever they come from. These latest growth figures were due 63% to overseas immigration; only 36.8% from natural increase between July 2016 and July 2017. (See the latest ABS graph and details below.) It doesn't matter where they come from; the point is that accommodating these numbers is overwhelming our native animal habitat, our infrastructure, our social organisation, our legal and planning system (which is changing to remove public...

16:03

Company Secretary "IndyWatch Feed National"

Engineers without Borders Australia

16:02

COUNTERPARTY RISK "IndyWatch Feed National"


COUNTERPARTY RISK

QUESTION:  In regard to counterparty risk when purchasing exchange traded funds or notes: With European banks being under capitalised due to the excessive risk undertaken due to the EU regulations regarding bailouts, how can we measure the threat of each counterparty which has backed each ETF. Would it be safer to consider only ETFs with US counterparties, or is just another risk we have to take on board. Do we avoid these types of instruments in favour of choice companies.

JB

ANSWER: If you wish to use ETFs, as they are extremely cheap and liquid, the large US names such as Vanguard, State Street etc. are available. We often write to hold the physical share certificate as the same as holding tangible assets but realize it is very difficult to take delivery.

 

 The flow of capital to the US will obviously support US names at the expense of European. However, because of the size of the issue and Europe being the second largest economy on the planet, no-region will be without risk. CDS for the USA traded from 6 cents to 52 cents during the financial crisis, not because of potential default, simply because it was re-priced against every other sovereign! Simply holding US Dollars or considering a basket of currencies is another way of limiting risk from your core currency.


 Please be aware that Armstrong Economics cannot provide personal guidance and all investment decisions should be undertaken using of an independent financial advisor.

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00006 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.80 AUD
Converter

15:47

Project completion set for August "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 
BY MIRIAM ZARRIGA
 
The new-look K70 million Butuka Secondary School on the Sabama-Pari Road in Moresby South will be completed before August.
 
This was the assurance given by contractor China Construction Steel Structure Corporation Ltd to Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko who visited the school yesterday afternoon.
 
In 77 days, signs are emerging of all structural posts going up for the classrooms, multi-purpose hall and 12 new teachers apartments.
 
They have done well and for it to be done in 77 days should be applauded, when we walked in for the first time, the school buildings were old and falling apart.
 
Look at what the children of Moresby South will be getting this year? Mr Tkatchenko said.
...

15:12

Bundjalung mural unveiled by artists in Peace Park, Nimbin "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jan 12: Bundjalung artists Oral Roberts, Gilbert Laurie and Lewis Walker have unveiled their new mural in Nimbin, northern NSW. The artwork, in Peace Park, tells Bundjalung creation stories and displays important symbols and totems. Laurie said they started painting the mural in October. It tells the story of our country, he said. How we connect with country and how it was made.

14:54

Worldwide Boom to Flood Asset Markets "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

  • An inevitable development gathers steam
  • Banks party like its 2007
  • Plus, why the world needs crypto to boom, and plenty more

Todays Daily Reckoning needs to take one step back before launching into the latest news.

Back in September, we made the case that mortgage competition remained hot, adding

The most interesting thing to watch from here is the first-homebuyer market (FHB). What bothers this group more than anything is the size of the deposit they need, not the repayments

But Im sure theres going to be more government tinkering to get this deposit problem down. Im just not sure what its going to look like.

Huzzah! Todays Australian reports that the Property Council has come out and said that a government-backed low deposit home loan scheme could help address affordability.

Theres no real details on how this would be structured, other than it could be similar to the Keystart program that the West Australian state government runs.

Keystart lets buyers put a 2% deposit down in Perth, without paying lenders mortgage insurance.

I expect something like this to get up sooner rather than later. Already the government is trying to get legislation through to allow first home buyers to save inside their super fund. But it wont be enough.

More buyers and lower deposits are bullish for the property market overall.

The loans should be pretty cheap too

Aussie banks raising money on the cheap

The Aussie banks have raised $9 billion in the first 10 days of the year, according to The Australian Financial Review. The AFR suggests theyre now seeing their most favourable credit market conditions since the global financial crisis.

Thats an opinion, but the numbers suggest its right. ANZ just sold three- and five-year bonds. The rate theyre paying is 30% lower than what CBA got at the same time last year.

This will help the banks margins, and therefore their profitability. This is the kind of thing we need to see for the Aussie market to go higher. It needs the banks to do some heavy lifting here because they dominate the index so much.

We can also gauge the availability of credit in other ways. New development approvals are one way to do that.

Charter Hall just received Victorian approval for a $200 million tower in the Melbourne CBD. Its due to be complete in the first half of 2020.

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14:45

Champagne: Four Founding Myths of a Global Icon "IndyWatch Feed National"

While champagne seems eternal and unchanging, its fame is in fact the product of four founding myths.

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How did champagne, against all expectations, acquire such a prestige, becoming the ultimate sign of celebrations world-wide? Credit: Yi Wang/Flickr

What made a simple wine grown in a fairly mediocre wine-growing region one of the most prominent and enchanting icons in the world today? How did champagne, against all expectations, acquire such a prestige, becoming the ultimate sign of celebrations world-wide? No wedding, business deal, sporting event or art exhibition would be complete without it. Champagnes success cannot be explained by its intriguing bubbles alone, so how did it become the ultimate symbol of celebration worldwide?

Looking for answers, I decided to examine the past 250 years of champagne marketing to discover what it can teach us about the ever-changing image of champagne and its place in consumer culture.

Champagnes undying fame is, in fact, the product of four founding myths. These have shaped its identity and the images now associated with its consumption. The marvellous history demonstrates the power of collective myth-making in knitting and reknitting brands into the cultural fabric of society.

A view from Hautvilliers, in the Champagne region. Credit: Dan Dickinson/Flickr

The origin myth

Initially, the Champagne region of France was better known for its wool than its wine. The most northern wine-growing region in France, it was not considered appropriate for producing high-quality wines. In fact, local wines were often given as a promotional gift to customers of the wool trade.

It was t...

14:08

MACKAY Facing 28 charges, including stealing, attempted car theft "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 12, 2018 at 05:52AM ,

Facing 28 charges, including stealing, attempted car theft

January 12, 2018 at 05:52AM ,

A MACKAY region woman faces more than two dozen accusations against her, including stealing and attempted vehicle theft. Krystal Rose Marie Johnson, 26, appeared in the Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday on 28 charges. Johnson is facing 12 counts of stealing, four counts of contravening

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MACKAY I was at the pub: Mackay mans alibi for alleged offence "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 12, 2018 at 04:56AM ,

I was at the pub: Mackay mans alibi for alleged offence

January 12, 2018 at 04:56AM ,

Though, whether thats the case or not, the 37-year-old will stay locked up for now after he was refused bail in Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday. Shaun Daniel Mccamley appeared in the court in custody, charged with failing to stop a vehicle for police, driving without a licence as a repeat offender

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MACKAY Public nuisance arrest, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

MACKAY January 12, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

Public nuisance arrest, Mackay

January 12, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

He was quickly arrested after the arrival of police and will be appearing at the Mackay Magistrates Court on January 30 to have the charge heard. 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

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14:00

Mariam Abou Zahabs Journey Into Various Jihads "IndyWatch Feed National"

Mariam Abou Zahab was an unconventional teacher who never tired of guiding policymakers, journalists and students through the maze of Pakistani and Afghan politics.

 Mariam Abou Zahab on one of her missions in southern Afghanistan for French humanitarian NGO, Afrane, during the mid-1980s | Credit: Laurent Gayer

Mariam Abou Zahab on one of her missions in southern Afghanistan for French humanitarian NGO, Afrane, during the mid-1980s. Credit: Laurent Gayer

In 2008, French scholar Mariam Abou Zahab met Abdullah Anas, a known Algerian Islamist and veteran of the Afghan Jihad, over dinner on the sidelines of a conference in London. At some point, the conversation turned to Afghanistan. Mariam Abou Zahab, who was conversing in Arabic, mentioned how dear the country was to her heart. Anas interest was piqued and he asked her if she had travelled to the war-torn country during the 1980s. She replied that she had indeed spent a considerable amount of time there. But what were you doing in Afghanistan? Were you a journalist? asked Anas, only to see his interlocutor shake her head in denial. A few more questions followed as he tried to further probe this enigmatic French woman. Was she an aid worker there, or a scholar? he asked. She was visibly amused and kept on answering in the negative. So what were you doing in Afghanistan? he asked in desperation. Jihad, replied the middle-aged woman with a smile.

According to a witness of this exchange, her laconic answer petrified Anas who was still struggling with the stigma of his militant past. He was so shocked that he did not dare ask for precise details. He just clung to his chair and waited for the conversation to move on, the witness recalled. All those present were left to wonder what she could have meant by her ambiguous statement.

This was not the first time that Mariam Jan, as her Afghan friends affectionately called her, had left her audience high and dry after arousing its curiosity. Not that she was secretive she just had a gift for dissuading others from enquiring further about her past lives. Because, like a cat, she lived several lives until cancer took her away on November 1, 2017, in Paris.

Longing for new horizons

Mariam Abou Zahab was born Marie-Pierre Walquemanne in 1952 in Hon-Hergies, a village in northern France. She came from a family of small industrialists and grew up in a Catholic environment. Feeling somewhat suppressed in her original milieu, she manifested a desire for new horizons early on. Moving to Paris was a first step in this direct...

13:41

Queensland scraps GENDERS from its drivers licences after receiving complaints from the LGBTI community "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Queensland Government has scrapped a requirement for gender to be shown on all driver's licences, after complaints from the LGBTI community (pictured: sample photo of old licences with gender identified)

Note: It did not take the LGBTIQ thugs long to start implementing their twisted agenda into everyday life. This comes with your YES vote Australia so buckle up because its going to get a lot worse.
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13:32

Funeral Service for late Ottio underway in Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The funeral service of the late Kumuls player, Kato Ottio, is currently underway at the Sir John Guise Stadium indoor complex in Port Moresby.

Hundreds of fans have packed the indoor complex to show their final respects to the late 23-year-old Hunters and Kumuls star.

Late Ottio's casket arrived at the Sir John Guise indoor stadium carried by his Kumuls and former Hunters teammates.

In attendance is Moresby South and Lands Minister Justin Tkatchenko, Vice Sports Minister Wesley Raminai and other senior statesmen.

The funeral service celebrant, Reverand Oika Gabutu, has taken the podium to deliver the sermon of the day.  Tribute speeches are being made by some dignotaries including PNGRLF Chairman SandisTsaka

After this funeral Service, the Casket  will return  to Funeral Home.

Other Schedules before the burial are stated below

Monday JANUARY 15, 2018
2.00pm Casket departs Funeral Home for Tatana village to overnight
Tuesday January 16, 2018
10.00am - Funeral Service at Tatana United Church
12.00 noon Burial at Tatana Cemetery

The Post Mortem is currently being done and PNGRFL will advise as soon as it is completed.

13:29

Chinese Bitcoin Mining Giant Bitmain Establishes Branch in Zug, Switzerland "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chinese Bitcoin Mining Giant Bitmain Establishes Branch in Zug, Switzerland

For centuries Switzerland was known around the world for its tradition of banking secrecy, but now a new financial industry is taking root in the country. Local leaders tried to establish a cryptocurrency hub, and their latest catch is Chinese bitcoin mining giant Bitmain, which expanded to a new location in the picturesque Swiss canton of Zug.

Also Read: Australian Taxation Office Creates Task Force to Go After Bitcoin Traders

Bitmain Switzerland

Chinese Bitcoin Mining Giant Bitmain Establishes Branch in Zug, Switzerland...

12:59

Post Doctoral Research Fellow "IndyWatch Feed National"

Murdoch University, Western Australia

12:57

Research Assistant "IndyWatch Feed National"

Murdoch University, Western Australia

12:29

APEC House on Schedule "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Prime Minister Peter ONeill made a site inspection of the APEC House in Port Moresby yesterday and expressed,


The APEC house is certainly going to host one of the very most important meetings ever held in this country in November this year. This is an historic event for Papua New Guinea and for the Asia Pacific region. The Issues that are going to be discussed in this particular building will have impact on the global stage. The 21 Nations that are going to be here on that occasion will represent over 50% of global trade and 50% of the global GDP. This 21 Nations play a very important role in the global economy and the economic growth that we continue to have in the region.

The Asia Pacific is seen as the engine room for the global economic growth and the meetings are going to have enamours impact on the confidence of investors that are going to come and invest in our country. Many countries around the world and many investors especially do not have much knowledge about our country, they do not know where our country is and do not know the potential of our country. Thats why such global events like this is another opportunity for PNG to show case itself to the investment community all around the world.

PNG will be highlighted in every Television stations and Newspapers around the world in that particular week in November and that is an important exposer for Papua New Guinea. I am pleased that this particular building is taking shape according to the timetables that are being set and on schedule and PNG is looking forward to welcoming the leaders that are going to come.

I would like to announce that we have already secured the services of the P&O cruisers, three large cruise ships that will be parked here in Port Moresby at our harbour which will cater for 4,000 rooms that will adequately accommodate for all the candidates that will come in to this country, and also in addition to that, Hilton Hotel is now on schedule to be completed well before November. So I want to assure the Nation and our people tha...

12:24

Toby Price chases Dakar Rally lead "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Australias first Dakar Rally winner, Toby Price, is only 9:39 minutes off the rally lead as the riders finish their first week and go into a rest day tomorrow.

Toby is sitting in fifth place overall with only 131 of the 142 riders remaining.

Fortunately, Australias only other riders, Rodney Faggotter of Queensland and Sydneys Scott Britnell, are also still in the rally.

Rod Faggotter Dakar Rally leadRod Faggotter

Veteran campaigner Rod is in a credible 18th position and Scott is in 78th after a strong start for a debutante.

Tobys chances have improved after KTM Red Bull teammate last years winner, Sam Sunderland crashed out of the rally on stage 4. He was in the lead having won two of the first three stages.

Toby Price chases Dakar Rally leadSam Sunderland injured

That makes Toby the second-placed KTM rider behind teammate Matthias Walker of Austria.

However, Toby says his strategy is to play safe in the first week and attack for the lead in the second week.

Toby Price chases dakar leadToby plays it safe

In 2015, he came from behind in the first week to win his and Australias first rally title, so keep an eye on him next week.

Toby seems to b...

12:16

Tonga Parliament opens without PM "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tongas Parliament opened Thursday but six Members of Parliament including Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva were not present at the session.

There was no mention of Pohivas absence in what was called a "Huufi Fakalotofale 'o e Fale Alea 'o Tonga" or "in-house" session.

Matangi Tonga reports this is the first session of Parliament following the General Election on 16 November 2017.

The session opened at 10am with only one or two members of the public attending and not one foreign diplomat was present.

Noticeable also was the absence of six members of parliament.

The PM, who is currently in the Intensive Care Unit at Vaiola Hospital, did not attend.

The other five MPs who did not attend are Semisi Fakahau, Deputy Speaker, Lord Tu'ilakepa, Lord Tu'i'afitu, Siaosi Sovaleni and Samiu Vaipulu.

A message from King Tupou VI was conveyed by Prince Tuipelehake, accompanied by Lord Fakatulolo and Lord Luani.

The King's message acknowledged the progress and success of development in the economic and the social sectors that had been initiated a few years ago.

Among some of these development projects are the construction of the wharf for domestic shipping, a project to be completed shortly and will be called, the Taufaahau Tupou IV Domestic Terminal.

The King expressed his gratitude to foreign countries, which had contributed to the development of Tonga, including the Peoples Republic of China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

He also expressed his best wishes to the House following the November 2017 General Election and called for a closer working relationship, according to the law and the Constitution for the unity and the development of the country.

The new Speaker of the House, Lord Fakafanua, concluded the session by tasking a six-member committee to draft a response to the Message from the Throne.

The committee includes Lord Tu'iha'angana, Lord Fusitu'a, Semisi Fakahau, Dr Saia Piukala, Losaline Ma'asi and Tevita Lavemaau.

The Speaker said he would inform members when the House will meet again next week.

The Members of the Legislative Assembly will take their oath of office on the first sitting day of the Legislative Assembly, to be announced. LoopTonga



   

12:10

Samoans to petition govt on customary land rights "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Samoans around the world are to petition the government to uphold the protection of customary land rights.

The Samoa Observer reported members of the Samoan Solidarity International Group will present the petition when parliament opens on the 23rd of this month.

Group member Unasa Iuni Sapolu says they want the 2008 Lands and Titles Act to be repealed.

Unasa says many of their concerns surround the Torrens system of registry of land titles which is enabled under the Act but which they say is contrary to traditional Samoan land rights.

Unasa says Torrens systems have "wrecked indigenous land ownership in other countries".

She says the group will work on educating people about the pitfalls of the system and how it could be used to secure loans and mortgages which risk the sanctity of customary land.
   

Source:  RNZI

12:01

Tradecraft: Ten Survival Tactics Used by the Military "IndyWatch Feed National"

(SurvivalSullivan) The prepping community is full of advice, some good and some bad. Sadly, most advice from experts out there, is nothing but poorly-researched garbage. Theres a lot of scam artists in the prepping community, making money off innocent people just wanting to learn to survive should a disaster strike.

I take this personally, and it infuriates me. How many times have you seen an article with this title? The answer is most likely a lot, but can you trust the writer to input legitimate military views every time?

There are so many military experts claiming to know the ins and outs of the military world, and how they can help you survive. I would dare say about 80% of the time, theyre either people who served in a non-combat job in their respective branch. Either that, or they never served and did extensive research. The biggest problem with this, is how can we know if their research wasnt from another writer who falls into the two categories I just listed?

Before we get carried away, just know that Ill never disclose sensitive information regarding the military, and our tactics. First off, that puts our military at risk. Secondly, you can learn plenty off of information that is available to the general public.

You may be thinking, why cant I just research the public information myself, then?. The answer is simple: nobody has the time to look around for genuine accurate information. Thats why Im here, to help my fellow Americans survive if their life depends on it.

The United States Military is the best military in the world, and weve only been around for less than 300 years. Weve revolutionized tactics that have proven to be battlefield effective, so you can see why the public information can be very useful. Before you get defensive, trying to justify other countrys militaries, know that the facts dont lie. Enough of my biased view, lets get into some legitimate information that you as a prepper can use to help you survive should SHTF.

#1. Concealment is Key

Why risk getting into a firefight if you dont have to? Having the skill to conceal yourself, and your equipment is a major asset for preppers who need to get from one place to another should SHTF. This necessary skill greatly reduces the chances of being detected by people who might have a violent agenda if theyre desperate for supplies after SHTF.

Think about it, if you are by yourself when you bug out, do you think youll really stand a chance against three or four looters looking for anyone who they can exploit? If you answered yes, you need to reconsider your thought process, because that will get you killed.

Never engage in a fight that doesnt have 3:1 odds in your favor, unle...

11:59

PNG Community Development condemns attack on Woman "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea Department of Community Development Youth and Region has condemned the torture of an elderly woman  on the 4th of January in the suburbs of 8 mile in Port Moresby.

Acting Deputy Secretary for the Department for Community Development and Religion, Jerry Ubase says the Sorcery violence act committed on a defenseless elderly woman is totally uncalled for and requires immediate action.

Mrs Margaret Sipa Sipa was accused, assaulted and tortured a week ago after two women accused her of causing their illness when they began feeling sick.

Police have arrested and charged ten men with attempted murder of Mrs Sipa. The ten were part of the 12 men who were captured by police after an intensive search by the NCD Taskforce last week after the attack on Mrs Sipa.

Police investigators have told the PNG Media that the ten are now in police custody and will be remain in jail until their court appearance.

On Wednesday morning NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Perou NDranou said that he was pleased with the investigations so far when another five men were caught by the NCD Taskforce.

11:42

Statement on PNG Power Easipay system "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Easipay customers are advised that purchasing Easipay credits through the Digicel network is offline.

In a statement, the PNG Power Ltd said: There is currently a technical issue with Digicels Easipay vending and PPL is awaiting the mobile company to sort out the issue.

Customers are asked to purchase at the Easipay vending sites, through the bmobile network and through mobile banking.

Meanwhile, the National Capital District and surrounding areas experienced a total outage on Wednesday evening following a technical fault on the Port Moresby system.

The sudden outage of the Port Moresby system occurred during continuous lightning strikes and thunder during heavy rain at 6.12pm Wednesday evening.

The outage was due to the system tripping off from the LNG Power Plant and the Rouna 3 Hydro Power Station, stated PPL.

PPL personnel identified the fault and begun system restoration at 7.30pm by getting the Rouna 2 Hydro Power Station online and slowly starting up all the power stations and substation feeders  in Port Moresby.

The Port Moresby system was fully restored at 9.35pm.

For more information, contact the National Call Centre on 7500 8000 or check the PPL Facebook page.

11:15

Jacksonville City Council President and Local Public Defender Call for Suspension of Pedestrian Ticket Writing "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Jacksonville City Council president and other local lawmakers have called for suspending the issuing of pedestrian tickets in the wake of a state attorneys office bulletin, the substance of which suggests that hundreds of tickets had been issued in error in recent years.

Jacksonville Assistant State Attorney Andrew Kantor on Tuesday issued a bulletin to the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office detailing the proper enforcement of Floridas pedestrian statutes a document that supports a recent Times-Union/ProPublica analysis showing police have been issuing certain crosswalk violations in error, ticketing hundreds of pedestrians for failing to cross at formal intersections even when no such option was readily available.

Id like to make sure that we are enforcing the laws appropriately, City Council President Anna Brosche said shortly after being made aware of the state attorneys bulletin. I do support a pause to make sure that everything is being enforced that should be.

The Times-Union/ProPublica analysis published late last year found that more than 300 tickets over the last five years for pedestrians crossing streets outside a crosswalk resulted from mistaken interpretations of the applicable statute errors that resulted in unwarranted fines and suspensions of peoples drivers licenses.

While the statute bars pedestrians from crossing streets outside formal crosswalks when they are between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation, officers nonetheless issued scores of tickets to people who had no reasonable access to such intersections. In short, people were being punished for failing to avail themselves of safety features that werent easily accessible.

During the Times-Union and ProPublicas reporting on the tickets last fall, the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office said it would seek guidance on pedestrian statute enforcement from the local state attorney. Kantors bulletin was his answer to the sheriffs request. The office did not examine the tickets identified by the Times-Union and ProPublica, and the bulletin does not refer to the Times-Union/ProPublica findings.

It is unclear what, if any, steps Sheriff Mike Williams will now take. In an interview Thursday evening, Patrick Ivey, the sheriffs office second in command, maintained that the state attorneys position was not a legally binding opinion. Ivey added that the state attorneys review would not retroactively apply to tickets already issued by sheriffs officers.

Brosches call to temporarily halt all pedestrian ticket writing echoed similar calls by several other coun...

11:10

The Hobo Guide to Maintaining your Lady-like Composure "IndyWatch Feed National"

Every hobo-chick I know has had that moment, somewhere between using a razor you found in the hostel bathroom only to up your chances of hooking up with the new British arrival and being pretty effortlessly convinced into eating nothing but liquor ball sandwiches for a whole day, where it occurs to you that perhaps you are not the picture of a well-bred, genteel lady that your teachers and parents may have wanted for you.

And besides the fact that you dont want to be, you also never will be. That option left you the moment you proposed a rock-off to drink a litre of Sangria out of a shoe, then lost. Your rights to it were forfeited when you turned your underwear inside out so they would last a few days longer, and when you passed out drunk in a monkey onesie on the steps of the Canadian Consulate in Paris. So youll just have to get that idea out of your head.

This is a modern world chicks travel alone all the time; pretty soon we may even be able to vote! Being a hobo-lady is a refined and tricky art that we have all mastered, and lets face it, as crazed and unwashed as we may be homegirls still getting laid, right? So it isnt a bad thing to be a cultured bird with questionable views on personal hygiene and a fleeting sense of moral responsibility, and even if it were, I dont think any of us will be changing any time soon.  So, much like the photos of us getting fingered in Razzmatazz last night, we glorify and celebrate it.

Albeit sometimes a little dangerous, being a chick in this modern world has a lot of advantages while travelling: you are less likely to get arrested carrying that 12-inch hunting blade youve been using as a fork and mirror, you get into clubs first, and, generally speaking, people arent expecting you to be as much of a vagrant as you are. But youre also more likely to get raped than your male friend.

  1. Keep a harem

Now Im not sure if I am using that word correctly, but I dont give a fuck. Hunt in packs. Keeping a small posse of like-minded chicks where you can find them can bring you to some awesome and deeply disturbing places, besides being a good way not to drunkenly hook up with that sleazy ginger drug dealer you keep going to the bathroom with. If you are unsure of who these women are, try to engage them in a rock paper scissors battle for who will drink all the halfies on the hostel counter at 9 am. If they are already doing that without prompting, join them.

  1. Keep some basic hygiene product...

11:05

The Fatal Flaw in the Brain-Computer Interface "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jon Rappoport, Guest
Waking Times

There is a great deal of utopian research going on in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) merging with the brain.

Exuberant cheerleaders like Ray Kurzweil are quite confident we are approaching a moment when a computer will exhibit all the power of the human brain. And more.

Kurzweil and others are also sure were about to uncover the algorithm that underlies all brain activity.

They couldnt be more wrong. Neuroscience has barely scratched the surface of understanding how the brain operates. Cracking the code is not on the horizon.

Most importantly: how would a brain-computer interface work? Hook up your brain to a super-computer, and how does your brain absorb the computers data, and how does it make the data known to YOU, the user?

We arent talking about a quiz show where you ask a computer a question and it spits out an answer. And we arent talking about crude signals to the brain that can provoke physical reactions. This is about the transmission of detailed information.

There is another problem, even assuming a computer could magically fill your consciousness with usable data.

A human-computer interface, endowed with access to a hundred galaxies of stored data, would run up against the problem of vast chronic misinformation in those cosmic warehouses.

This is not something that can be deleted with a program or a committee tasked with making corrective changes.

For example, and here is just one area, medical science is rife with fraud, at many levels, as Ive demonstrated over and over again for the past 30 years. AI wouldnt even know where or how to begin analyzing this problem, becausewho would set the parameters of such an investigation? Who would even believe such an investigation is necessary?

There is an inherent self-limiting function in AI. It uses, accesses, collates, and calculates with, false information. Not just here and there or now and then, but on a continuous basis.

...

10:58

Funeral program for Late Kato Ottio via PNGRFL "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

This is the final final funeral program for Late Kato Otio - Hunter 29 and Kumul 269.

FRIDAY JANUARY 12 2018

9.45am - Casket leaves Funeral Home for SJGS Indoor Complex
10.00am - Funeral Service commences at SJGS Indoor Complex
1300pm - Funeral Service ends

Casket returns to Funeral Home

Monday JANUARY 15, 2018
2.00pm Casket departs Funeral Home for Tatana village to overnight
Tuesday January 16, 2018
10.00am - Funeral Service at Tatana United Church
12.00 noon Burial at Tatana Cemetery

The Post Mortem is currently being done and PNGRFL will advise as soon as it is completed.

10:53

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

Ryan Cristin, Guest
Waking Times

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 side-step the centralized control of the State. While others feel that this is just another long-con deception by the very entities and institutions that never cease in their tireless plots to acquire more control and more power over the average individual.

However, regardless of the intentions behind the Internets creation, it is plain for all to see that it has become quite literally the most important and valuable tool in the battle for the minds of everyone in the US, and the world for that matter. Even if it was designed as a setup, as a mechanism of deception for the unwitting citizen to willingly hand over their personal information (or however one wishes to imagine it) as some still maintain, it has also been used as a powerful tool for good, and that can not be overstated. I also tend to believe that these individuals of malicious intent behind the scenes, just could not...

10:15

BCL share price collapses as investors ditch stock "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bougainville Copper Limiteds share price has collapsed over the last few days, plunging 30% since markets reopened on December 28 after the announcement of a moratorium on mining at Panguna.

The company stock is now trading at 19 Australian cents, more than 50% down on a high of 40 cents in August 2017.

More than 750,000 shares have been traded in just the last four days as investors rush to drop the stock after the Autonomous Bougainville Government announced an indefinite moratorium on mining and rejected an application by BCL to renew its mining licence, saying the company has lost its social licence and citing fears of civil unrest.

10:10

Gold & Blockchain "IndyWatch Feed National"

Gold & Blockchain by Kevin Vecmanis, P.Eng VanAUrumTech Gold never changes only the world changes around it. I cant remember where I heard this quote, but Ive been thinking about it a lot lately.  Gold, as an asset class,...

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09:31

William Guy Carrs 1958 Book and Lecture Pawns in the Game "IndyWatch Feed National"

William Guy Carr

by Dee McLachlan

A decade before Dr Richard Days lecture in 1969, William James Guy Carr (1895 1959) had been giving countless lectures on his discovery of the Illuminati. He was a Canadian naval officer, and then turned to writing about a vast conspiracy theory which he alleged to have uncovered.

In 1958 he gave an extraordinary lecture, based on his book, describing the diabolic plot against humanity. The recording is below.

In an introduction to his book, Carr writes:

If what I reveal surprises and shocks the reader, please dont develop an inferiority complex because I am frank to admit that although I have worked since 1911, trying to find out why the Human Race cant live in peace and enjoy the bounties and blessing God provides for our use and benefit in such abundance? It was 1950 before I penetrated the secret that the wars and revolutions which scourge our lives, and the chaotic conditions that...

09:30

Failing seabed miner Nautilus Minerals continues on life support "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Nautilus Minerals remains in a critical financial state, able to survive only because of another short-term loan from its main shareholders

Press Release | GlobeNewswire | Business Insider | January 11, 2018

Nautilus Minerals Inc. announces that it continues to arrange bridge loans from Deep Sea Mining Finance Ltd, which are expected to form part of a larger secured structured credit facility of up to US$34 million to be provided by the Lender to the Company.

In conjunction with initial advances under the bridge loans, the Company has issued to the Lender an additional 8,591,065 warrants of the Company, for a total of 11,812,714 share purchase warrants issued to the Lender to date. Each Warrant entitles the Lender to purchase one common share of the Company at a price of C$0.17 for a period of five years from the date of issuance of the Warrant.

The bridge loans, which the Company expects to be in the amount of up to US$7 million, will assist the Companys immediate working capital requirements and facilitate payments required to continue the development of the Companys seafloor production system to be first utilized...

09:23

Cher to perform at Sydney Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cher will be the headline act at this years Mardi Gras in Sydney. (wikipedia)

International superstar Cher will perform at Sydneys annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in March, with the state government confirming one of the citys worst kept secrets.

The 71-year-old hinted she was coming Down Under in a cryptic emoji-laden tweet in December: OK.. YOU BOYS KNOW WHERE ILL IN MARCH #PutSomeShrimpOmTheBar[bie].

The NSW government on Friday announced Cher had been locked into performing at the Mardi Gras Party, when the city marks the annual parades 40th anniversary.

It will be the first since same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia.

When it comes to international recording artists, they dont get much bigger than Cher and as one of the LGBTQI communitys most vocal advocates, she is the perfect person to help celebrate Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said in a statement.

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09:20

Man dead in Tamworth after snake bite "IndyWatch Feed National"

Be wary. Brown snakes come in different shades and dont always even look brown, warn snake handlers. AAP Image/North Queensland Wildlife Care, Trish Prendergast

A man has died in NSWs New England region as the result of a suspected brown snake bite.

The 24-year-old was rushed to hospital but died within an hour of being bitten on the finger in a backyard at West Tamworth on Wednesday night, according to Fairfax Media.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner, a spokeswoman for NSW Police told AAP on Friday.

Its believed the man was bitten by the snake as he tried to move it away from a family pet.

Brown snake venom is among the most potent in the world and the reptile is responsible for more than 60 per cent of snake-bite deaths in Australia, according to the University of Melbourne.

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09:05

wp 1) RAMANDEY: INTERNATIONAL MECHANISMS CAN HELP TO SETTLE PAPUAN PAST HUMAN VIOLATIONS "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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RAMANDEY: INTERNATIONAL MECHANISMS CAN HELP TO SETTLE PAPUAN PAST HUMAN VIOLATIONS

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Jayapura, Jubi Head of Papua Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) representative office, Frits Ramandey said that it is possible for human rights issues in Papua to be solved based on international mechanisms.

However, he said, as long as national mechanism is working, international mechanisms must respect and should not interven the process.

But the intervention is very likely to happen in various international forums, for example some countries give their view of human rights issues in Indonesia, especially Papua in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) forum, Frits told Jubi on Monday (December 8).

According to him, that was an example of international mechanism, and possible political intervention in such forum is unavoidable. Besides, both victims and other parties need the support of international mechanisms.

For example, in 2017 some people referred to Papua journalists report in the media, for example, Jubi was a reference for various countries, especially embassies, such as Franciscan report, which provide basis for intervention, (in this way) the international mechanism is very possible.

Furthermore, Frits said that periodical report from National Human Rights Commission (KOMNAS HAM) on human rights development and enforcement in Indonesia can be a fresh reminder for Indonesia has ratified several international instruments.

Related to the Paniai case, he hopes that the newly appointed TNI Commander will give TNI members a chance to be questioned.

KOMNAS HAM Adhoc team needs to ask for information related to TNI involvement (in the case). If they fail to cooperate with Komnas HAM official letters such as the police, the credibility of TNI institutions will be ruin, as Indonesia is included in international human rights mechanism, he said.

Previously Papuan legislator John NR Gobai said he supports international mechanism used for Papua human rights settlement. According to him, so far the central government has been acting indifferent.

But the question is whether Indonesia government would gives permission or is willing, because international mechanism need government need support to be implemented, said Gobai.

He said, it is possible to solve the problem of Papuan human rights with international mechanism but...

09:00

USA-DPRK: Finding the answer to a riddle shrouded in a mystery (Pepe Escobar ) "IndyWatch Feed National"

11/01/2018 - The art of the non-deal might be the only way out of the stand-off between the US and North Korea High-level inter-Korean talks at the border village of Panmunjeom not only represent a vital step in ...

08:48

As Syria cleans up Idlib, the US goes for broke against Russia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The U.S. foreign policy establishment will not go gently into that good night in Syria. For weeks I've been keeping only half an eye on the situation there waiting for confirmation of U.S. intentions now that the bulk of the country has been returned to government control. And with the attack on the Khmeimim air base at in Latakia we now have our answer. On January 6th the so-called moderate rebels - who have been getting routed by the Syrian Arab Army - launched a major offensive on the air base using more than a dozen drones dropping mortar shells. The Russian air defense systems thwarted the attack with damage to a couple of planes. The Russians are convinced (and said publicly) that this attack could only have been pulled off with assistance from a technologically-advanced state. This is the Russian way of saying that the U.S. was behind the attack. This report from Southfront has one of our Boeing P-8 Spy planes in the area during the attack. The U.S., of course, denies this saying that the technology is available on the open market. Yes, but so what? It takes a little more than buying these drones to put them in the air and coordinate an attack with them. In effect, this was not a denial.

08:40

Trump China probe sparked by Aust concerns "IndyWatch Feed National"

US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping. Photo Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP

Australias concerns about Chinese meddling in national affairs has prompted US President Donald Trumps administration to open an interagency probe into Chinese covert influence in America.

A US National Security Council interagency group is examining the grey area of Chinese covert influence operations rather than traditional espionage, The Washington Post reported.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared in December Australia will stand up to Chinese meddling and ASIOs director-general Duncan Lewis warned in October foreign powers were clandestinely seeking to shape the opinions of members of the Australian public, media organisations and government officials in order to advance their countrys own political objectives.

A catalyst for the Trump administrations probe was an investigation in Australia, which revealed what that countrys security chief called unprecedented foreign meddling that could damage Australias sovereignty,Washington Post columnist David Ignatius wrote this week.

Mr Trump released a National Security Strategy paper last month highlighting concerns about China and other rival nations covert meddling

.Americas competitors weaponise information to attack the values and institutions that underpin free societies, while shielding themselves from outside information, the strategy paper states.

Australia is praised in the document for its ability to reinforce economic and security arrangements that support our shared interests and safeguard democratic values across the (Indo-Pacific) region.

A White House official offered examples of where China applied pressure on US institutions, including universities, Hollywood studios, think tanks and news organisations.

US universities host more than 350,000 Chinese students, about one third of all foreign students in the US, and Hollywood studios increasingly rely on revenues from the booming Chinese box office so are sensitive to upsetting Beijing.

Think tanks are keen to travel to and study China, but often need funding to make the trip...

08:39

BREAKING: Julian Assange Granted Ecuadorian Citizenship "IndyWatch Feed National"

Julian Assange

Ecuador has granted citizenship to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after more than five years of living in asylum at the nations embassy in London, officials announced Thursday. Assange is almost equally hated by both Republicans and Democrats because he dared to reveal the truth about the United States government and those who profit off of the oppression of others.

According to ABC News, Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said officials accepted Assanges request for naturalization in December, and they continue to look for a long-term resolution to a situation that has vexed officials since 2012. What naturalization does is provide the asylum seeker another layer of protection, Espinosa said.

Ecuador gave Australian-born Assange asylum after he sought refuge in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden for investigation of sex-related claims. Sweden dropped the case, but Assange has remained in the embassy because he is still subject to arrest in Britain for jumping bail. He also fears a possible U.S. extradition request based on his leaking of classified State Department documents.

Those documents that have been a thorn in the side of many high-ranking and powerful Democrats have come back to bite the government in the behind. Because of that, it isnt really surprising that that same government would want to extradite Assange.

Britains Foreign Office is not forgiving Assange for his crimes against governments. It said earlier Thursday it has rejected Ecuadors request to grant him diplomatic status in the U.K. Ecuador knows that the way to resolve this issue is for Julian Assange to leave the embassy to face justice, the office said.

Assange has been warned many times by many government officials to stop releasing information that makes them look bad. But hopefully, for the sake of all...

08:33

Falkholt critical, life support turned off "IndyWatch Feed National"

TV actress Jessica Falkholts remains in a critical condition in a Sydney hospital with reports her life support was switched off overnight, more than a fortnight after a horror crash that killed her parents and younger sister,

The 29-year-old has been fighting for her life in St George Hospital since she was pulled from the wreckage, along with her sister Annabelle, 21, on December 26 near Ulladulla.

She remains in a critical condition, a spokeswoman for St George Hospital told AAP on Friday.

Jessicas life support was turned off on Thursday night, media reports, a day after her family was farewelled at a funeral at St Marys Catholic Church in Concord.

The Falkholts family car was hit by a four-wheel drive on Boxing Day, with the sisters pulled from the wreckage before it erupted in flames with the bodies of their parents inside.

Annabelle died as a result of her injuries three days after the smash.

Jessica has reportedly undergone several surgeries, including the removal of a kidney and part of her skull, and has been in a coma.

Following reports Jessicas life support had been turned off, TV show Home and Away, on which she had her break-out role, tweeted: Rest in peace, beautiful Jessica Falkholt.

Home and Away star James Stewart tweeted: RIP Falkholt family late Thursday night.

The driver of the four-wheel-drive, 50-year-old Craig Whitall, was reportedly travelling home from a Nowra methadone clinic when he was also killed in the collision.

Whitall was a habitual traffic offender with more than 60 convictions to his name, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The Falkholt family was remembered as an inseparable, radiant group.

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08:26

Qlds economic outlook for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

CCIQs Joseph Kelly has published a nice note titled Business 2018 examining the outlook for Queensland business in 2018, in which he suggests 2018 has all the elements to be the year for business. Factors that will boost Queenslands economy in 2018 include the Commonwealth Games in April and the resurgence in the resources sector. But energy costs will continue to weigh on businesses. Mr Kelly notes that overall Queenslands economy goes into 2018 with momentum. My own view is that this momentum should continue through 2018. Queenslands economic conditions will most likely remain sound, as the Queensland Treasury described them in the Mid Year Fiscal and Economic Review (MYFER) published in mid-December. Expect health, aged care and education to continue to perform well in 2018, as well as new mining and renewable energy investments to provide a boost in regional areas across Queensland (e.g. see this Townsville Bulletin report and this Queensland Government media release from last October).

Based on data published so far this year, such as the retail trade data for November, which were boosted by iPhone X sales but still show weaker growth in Queensland than for NSW and Victoria (see chart below), I wouldnt yet adjust the MYFER forecasts Queensland Treasury made for Queensland economic growth: 2.75% in 2017-18 and 3% in 2018-19. Growth will continue to be respectable, but not extraordinary, so dont get too excited about the Queensland economy just yet. The resources sector may be expanding its exports and boosting growth, but some other sectors (e.g. manufacturing, retail) remain lacklustre.

...

08:18

Art of the non-deal: Finding the answer to a riddle shrouded in a mystery "IndyWatch Feed National"

The art of the non-deal might be the only way out of the stand-off between the US and North Korea 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. In stark contrast with the usual tweet barrage, United States President Donald Trump even told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that the meeting could yield a positive outcome. Among the possibilities are that Seoul and Pyongyang could resume civilian exchanges. The hotline between South and North Korea could reopen along with the joint Kaesong Industrial Region, which was closed in 2016. The potential of reinvigorating the sidelined six-party talks, involving China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, the US and North Korea, is another possibility. Beyond the Winter Olympics, the fierce divide between North and South, of course, will not be breached, even though North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has stressed that his country will not go nuclear unless "hostile forces" attack his regime. He appears confident that there will not be a preemptive US nuclear strike because of the North's deterrent. So, the question now is where will China position itself after the Panmunjeon talks?

08:14

Coachella Announces Cannabis Still Banned At Festival Even Though Its Legal Now "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cannabis was recently legalized for recreational use in the state of California, but one of the largest music festivals in the state just announced that the changing laws would not affect their policy on the substance, and that cannabis use will be prohibited at this years event.

A notice on the FAQ portion of their website answered the question, Hey since Marijuana is legal now, that means I can use it at Coachella right? With the cringeworthy reply of, Sorry bro. Marijuana or marijuana products arent allowed inside the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Even in 2018 and beyond.  If that changes we will update this answer.

The page linked to an article at dailynews.com where Indio police Sgt. Dan Marshall explained that this was a decision that the promoters made.

The promoter has a standing right to the property, and they can determine what can and cannot be brought onto the premises, (for instance) you have the right to bear arms, but you dont have the right to bear arms in my house, Marshall said.

According to Digital Music News, even medical marijuana patients will not be able to use their medicine at the festival but will be forced to leave it in a box for the duration of the event. Interestingly enough, the festival will continue to serve alcohol, and be sponsored by alcohol companies, while it is now a generally accepted fact that alcohol is far more dangerous and harmful than cannabis.

The owner of the corporation responsible for the festival, Philip Anschutz, is a very controversial figure who has been rumored to make large contributions to prohibitionist and anti-LGBT organizations. Anschutz vehemently denied these claims in a recent statement, saying that Recent claims published in the media that I am anti-LGBTQ are nothing more than fake news it is all garbage. I unequivocally support the rights of all people without regard to sexual orientation. We are fortunate to employ a wealth of diverse individuals throughout our family of c...

07:13

7 Effective Ways to Handle a Narcissist By Putting them in Their Place "IndyWatch Feed National"

To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance. Oscar Wilde

Studies have found that the number of narcissists in the United States may be as high as 30%, a number that experts report has been on the rise. We live in a self-centered society, encouraging people to embrace a me, me, me approach to life. This culture is further encouraged by the influence of social media and reality television.

Jim Taylor, PhD., an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco and the Wright Institute in Berkeley discussed this increase in narcissism in an article for Psychology Today. Breaking down the various theories as to why this is occurring, he stated, The answer that came most readily to my mind, and an apocryphal one at that, is a gradual, yet inexorable, tear in the fabric of our society. Think of all the qualities that enable us to form a functioning and vital nation respect, compassion, tolerance, selflessness and you will see that they dont exist in the narcissistic personality (or culture).

Source: Odonata Wellnesscenter | Pexels

 

Not only do we see an absence of these vital, positive personality traits, but Taylor also highlighted the prevalence of a different shift in our society today. The indifference, egotism, disrespect, and lack of consideration that are central to narcissism are also reflective of the increasingly polarized and vitriolic tone of our current body politic, recent unethical corporate behavior, the rise in cheating among students in school, and the gamut of bad behavior among professional athletes, he explained. When you really consider the state of our society today, his explanation makes sense!

Narcissists are everywhere. Often they move among us completely undetected ...

07:01

'Cruel mongrels': Authorities search for suspects who nailed koala to wooden post "IndyWatch Feed National"

The discovery of a dead koala found screwed to a wooden post in a park in Queensland, Australia, has sparked outrage and a hunt for the perpetrator. The animal's corpse was found screwed to a gazebo in Brooloo park, north of Brisbane, by Koala Rescue Queensland on Wednesday. The group said that, because of the amount of blood present at the scene, it believes the koala was alive when it was attached to the wooden post. It posted a photo of the dead animal on Facebook in an effort to catch those responsible. An autopsy will take place to determine the cause of death. "When he is brought in for post mortem, he will be given a name and treated with the respect he deserves. I wish we could have been there for him when it mattered," the animal rescue group said.

06:43

Victoria's Secret - To have gangs, or not to have gangs, that is the question. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear Mr Ashton - for clarity, you have set up a task force to combat gangs that you said dont exist? #Melbourne pic.twitter.com/Mg1ZP1Dyyl Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) January 11, 2018

06:37

Small dinosaur discovered in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2016 video is called Dinosaurs from Cretaceous Australia.

From PeerJ:

Turkey-sized dinosaur from Australia preserved in an ancient log-jam

New fossil gives fresh insight into the evolution and diversity of the dinosaurs that once inhabited the Australian-Antarctic rift valley 113 million years ago

January 11, 2018

The partial skeleton of a new species of turkey-sized herbivorous dinosaur has been discovered in 113 million year old rocks in southeastern Australia. As reported in open access journal PeerJ, the fossilized tail and foot bones give new insight into the diversity of the small, bipedal herbivorous dinosaurs called ornithopods that roamed the great rift valley that once existed between Australia and Antarctica. The new dinosaur has been named Diluvicursor pickeringi, which means Pickerings Flood-Running dinosaur.

Lower Cretaceous rocks of the deep sedimentary basins that formed within the Australian-Antarctic rift are now exposed as wave-cut rock platforms and sea-cliffs along the south coast of Victoria. The skeleton of Diluvicursor pickeringi was discovered in 2005 by volunteer prospector George Caspar, eroding from such a rock platform at a locality called Eric the Red West, near Cape Otway.

Diluvicursor shows for the first time that there were at least two distinct body-types among closely related ornithopods in this part of Australia, Dr Matt Herne, lead author of the new study said.

One was lightly built with an extraordinarily long tail, while the other, Diluvicursor, was more solidly built, with a far shorter tail. Our preliminary reconstruction of the tail musculature of Diluvicursor suggests this dinosaur was a good runner, with powerful leg retracting muscles, Dr Herne said.

Understanding the ecology of these dino...

06:00

We need a new, mature partnership with PNG & the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

KEITH JACKSON

NOOSA - When Australias Minister for International Development and the Pacific Concetta Fierravanti-Wells this week said China was constructing "useless buildings" in the Pacific, she foolishly slapped both at China and our regional neighbours.

And when she added later that "we just don't want to build a road that doesn't go anywhere" to add to allegations of 'useless' Chinese infrastructure, she doubled down on the damage she'd caused.

The senator was parroting recent mouth-offs at Beijing by Australian political figures as senior as prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and foreign minister Julie Bishop, so presumably felt she was on firm ground.

China reacted of course, yesterday making a formal diplomatic complaint and saying Fierravanti-Wells had spoken irresponsibly and falsely.

So whats going on here?

Well, Australia is beginning to panic about Chinese incursion into the Pacific region and seems to think its a smart move to attack China's practice of funding projects by funnelling concessional loans to win the support of regional leaders. (According to the Lowy Institute, China has contributed more than $2.3 billion in aid to the Pacific since 2006.)

How verbal assaults reinstate Australia's Pacific mojo is a secret beholden only to the Australian government.

Anyway, when I saw what the senator said, I turned to Twitter: Now junior & incapable Australian ministers are having a poke at China. No substitute for our strategic failure to establish fair dinkum partnerships with PNG & Pacific nations (& real dumb politics too).

I want to expand on this brief outburst of irritation.

While, in official pronouncements, Australia boasts repeatedly of its special relationship with Papua New Guinea, the truth is that we have fallen well short of being a true strategic partner. Nor are we seen as an honest broker. We're more like a shady wheeler and dealer.

In fact, there is much...

05:03

Why redevelop Pangunas mine now? It can be banked "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PAUL FLANAGAN

Paul Flanagan
Paul Flanagan

CANBERRA - Are we sure, as Axel Sturm asserts in PNG Attitude, that "one thing is for sure: Without revenues from the Panguna mine under the leadership of BCL that is owned by the Autonomous Bougainville Government, the independence of  the island will remain a sweet dream."

Separate to the BCL versus RTG issue there is a more fundamental assumption. Why is a mine essential for independence?

Bougainville's agricultural prospects are reasonably strong. It has some of the best agriculture land in Papua New Guinea.

Its cocoa and copra plantations were extremely productive prior to 'the troubles'. Tourist potential would appear significant if law and order issues are contained. Its waters would link into fishing revenues under the Nauru Agreement.

Bougainvilles estimated population of around 300,000 is larger than many other Pacific island nations - about half Solomon Islands, slightly larger than Vanuatu, New Caledonia and French Polynesia, and significantly larger than Samoa.

These countries get by with a form of independence without a mine.

Experience also is that mining can lead to resource curse issues that may manifest greatly in Bougainville as Panguna could represent a major share of measured GDP.

Im not saying there shouldn't be a mine, just asking why it is "essential"?

This is an assumption that needs to be examined closely. Using the figures quoted by Mr Sturm, even if 320 of 367 customary heads are in favour of a particular course of development, that still leaves 47 with issues. And the issues may not come only from the customary heads.

The Panguna mine riches are not going to disappear. Is it better that they are left in the ground for another generation until there is an absolutely unambiguous co...

04:53

MACKAY Dodged arrest while driving stolen ute, police allege "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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04:00

Chief justice attack: sorcery perpetrators act with public support "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia (Eoin Blackwell AAP)
Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia

HELEN DAVIDSON | Guardian Australia | Extracts

Read the full story here

PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guineas chief justice has been ambushed and attacked in another incident related to Papua New Guineas escalating problem with sorcery-related violence.

The ambush followed the kidnapping and torture of two women from the judges tribe, who were accused of killing a man with sorcery.

Chief justice Sir Salamo Injia was traveling from his home in Enga provinces Wapenamanda district on Monday when he and his police escort were stopped at a makeshift roadblock.

Acting police commander, Epenes Nili, said both vehicles were attacked by a large group of men in what he believed was a planned ambush.

They didnt listen to the police [trying to move the crowd on] and started attacking the police vehicle, and throwing stones and rocks at the chief justices vehicle, he told Guardian Australia.

The cars fled the scene and returned to Injias home, Nili said. The chief justice was not hurt but was shaken after the incident.

Injia was targeted because his tribe had not paid compensation for the death of a man said to have been killed with sorcery, Nili said.

Sorcery accusations and violent summary attacks occur with increasing frequency in PNG, but little action is taken.

Despite the brutal and frequent attacks, which occur completely outside the nations justice system and are punishable by death, there have been no convictions.

Perpetrators act within a culture of strong belief in sorcery, and with the knowledge they often have broad public support.

Nili said the only hindrance the police had was the reluctance of victims and their families to come forward usually because of their...

03:59

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

110118 Tsamalili emphases on investment for change
By- Trish Baranangko
The Executive Director for PNG Sports Foundation Mr Junior Tsamalili said he will continue to invest his time as the head of Sports in Papua New Guinea with his fellow Bougainvillians through sports.
He made these remarks at the public Seminar hosted by the UMI wan Festival at Bel isi Park today.
As a Bougainvillian, Junior Tsamalili said he will not invest money but he will continue to invest his time in developing Bougainvillian athletes as part of his contributions in unifying Bougainville in preparations towards Referendum.
On the same measure, when speaking about Referendum Process and its benefit on Bougainville, Mr Tsamalili said Bougainvillians must continue to invest most of their time on effects which they believe will bring change in the Communities and Region as a whole.
Instead of investing more time on unnecessary aspects such as home brew which will result in killing of one self, Mr Tsamalili is calling for a better investment of time on measures that will endure a lasting benefit for Bougainvillians and for the future developments in Bougainville.
He said Bougainville does not need a thousand men to make the change but it takes an individual to make the change.
Money will not change Bougainville, it takes an individual and his attitude to make the change, said Tsamalili.
He said that Bougainvillians must invest their time on things that will benefit the next generation of Bougainvillians.
Ends//

03:58

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

110118MANU ON ELECTORAL ROLL FOR REFERENDUM
By Aloysius Laukai

The Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU has called on the people of Bougainville to make sure their names are on the Referendum roll when his office starts visiting communities to update roll for the upcoming Bougainville Referendum.
MR. MANU made these comments during one of the public seminars organized as part of the four-days YUMI WAN Festival in its second day at the Buka towns BEL ISI PARK.
MR. MANU said that the Bougainville Electoral Commissions task is to make sure the process for the referendum Election is credible when it is taken on the referendum day.
He said that in the Bougainville referendum all eligible voters from the age of Eighteen and above must be registered to vote in the referendum.
The Bougainville Electoral Commissioner said in the past people did not make an effort to make sure their names were on the Common roll but would complain when they found out during voting that their names were not on the Common roll.
He said that the voting age for the referendum will remain on Eighteen as it will require the National Parliament to make changes for this change to take effect but as time is against us this wont be possible.

Ends

03:55

US Army wants new AI tool for social media surveillance and analysis "IndyWatch Feed National"

The US Army wants a new intelligence tool able to understand social media posts in languages including Russian, Arabic and French. It must also be able to answer on its own - just like those pesky "Kremlin bots" we hear about. The description of what the US military wants from the future software is outlined in a request for the submission of white papers published on the Federal Business Opportunities website on Wednesday. The self-improving AI tool is meant to work with text, voice, images and other content on social media in Arabic, French, Pashtu, Farsi, Urdu, Russian and Korean. It should understand colloquial phrasing, spelling variations, social media brevity codes and emojis, and also recognize various dialects. The content will be automatically analyzed for sentiment - at minimum distinguish positive, neutral and negative emotions and preferably tell anger, pleasure, sadness and excitement. It should also have the "capability to suggest whether specific audiences could be influenced based on derived sentiment."

03:53

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

110118MOMIS CALL FOR COMMITMENT
By Aloysius Laukai

The ABG President, CHIEF DR. JOHN MOMIS has called for full commitment from the people of Bougainville for the coming Bougainville Referendum.
Speaking at the launching of the BOUGAINVILLE YUMI WAN Festival yesterday,
PRESIDENT MOMIS called on the people not to drop the baton at the last lap of the referendum marathon.
He said that what many people had fought and died for must not be dropped on the last and final lap.
PRESIDENT MOMIS called on the people that despite the diversities and differences in ideas we must make sure the cries for our forefathers and of those who sacrificed their lives are not in vain.
He said that no matter which way the cake crumbles the people must be together making that decision as this would be the one and only chance for the people of Bougainville to make their decision for the future prosperity of Bougainville.

Ends

03:52

Outrage after dead koala found screwed to pole at Australian picnic area "IndyWatch Feed National"

A dead koala has been found screwed to a pole in Australia in a "sickening" act that sparked outrage Thursday on social media. Koala Rescue Queensland (KRQ) responded to a report of one of the furry animals climbing a picnic shelter at Brooloo Park Lookout near Gympie, 175 kilometres (around 100 miles) north of Brisbane, on Wednesday. But on closer inspection it was found to be dead and screwed in place. "This poor koala has been screwed to the pole with building screws," it said on Facebook "He is deceased, but whether or not he was when cruelly attached to the structure is unknown."

03:47

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

110118 Tsamalili upholds sports, arts and music in Bougainville
By- Trish Baranangko
As the Executive Head for Sports in Papua New Guinea, Tsamalili said Bougainvillians have an extra ordinary talents and potential in sports.
He said that if the Government wishes to do away with illegal activities such as home brew consumption, it must seriously look into creating more activities and avenues for sports, arts and music for youths to participate an thus drawing change in the community.
He said taking part in sports however is not only the key factor for bringing change.
He said that the environment created by sports is also educational for spectators as they will learn and adjust for a positive outcome.
Tsamalili believes that environments such as major sporting events are also avenues where political leaders can share common ideas for further developments. He said that leaders can also set up platforms to talk about other factors that can help generate Bougainville.
On this regard, Tsamalili is calling for the Governments support in promoting sports, arts and music in Bougainville.
He said that these activities should not be practised under the banner of the Department of Community Development but that the Government must start thinking of creating an independent Department for Sports, Arts and Music.
Ends//

03:31

Professor Lloyd Geering, New Zealands greatest Christian heretic speaks at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Professor Lloyd Geering, New Zealands greatest Christian heretic

Below is the transcript of a lecture Professor Lloyd Geering, New Zealands greatest Christian heretic, gave at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney Australia in 2004.

Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney Australia, like St Johns Presbyterian Church in central Wellington, New Zealand, has for many decades been a liberal theological church.

I was lectured by Lloyd Geering in Religious Studies at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand in the late 1970s.

Although I was a young Holy Spirit-baptised Christian, I still topped Lloyd  Geerings classes. I also topped his associate, Professor Jim Veitchs classes. Both Lloyd Gerring and Jim Veitch are New Zealand Presbyterian clergy, as was my father Rev Reuben Donald Elley, known as Rev Don Elley.

My father was one of the large group of clergy and lay leaders who tried to have Lloyd Geering tried for heresy in the 1967. They should have removed him instantly, and the New Zealand Presbyterian Church would be in a much better place today, if this has happened.

It is a misnomer to say that there were few clergy in favour of removing him. In fact, the vote was very close at the national conference of the New Zealand Presbyterian church.

My father told me about it as it was happening, and I can remember dad being very upset about Lloyd Geering.

Until dad...

03:15

A breakthrough against Israeli apartheid at the New York Times "IndyWatch Feed National"

The growing worldwide support for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement to pressure Israel over its treatment of Palestinians has led the Israeli government to ban 20 organizations that support BDS from entering Israel. The list includes Codepink, American Friends Service Committee, and Jewish Voice for Peace. The Israel lobby in the US has also used its clout to try and silence voices that support Palestinian rights and BDS.

Israel has powerful friends in the US government, the media, and academia but cracks are appearing in that wall of solidarity. For example, the New York Times has long turned a blind eye to the plight of Palestinians under Israeli occupation. It gives copious amounts of space to apologists for Israels behavior while giving scant attention to the cruelty of that governments actions. This has been most obvious in its editorial pages where rarely would any of its regular columnists make any criticisms of Israeli government and military actions except in the most egregious of cases and these would quickly disappear from view. But the global awareness of the awful conditions that Israel imposes on Palestinians that have evoked strong comparisons with the period of apartheid in South Africa can no longer be ignored by the major newspaper in the US.

Philip Weiss says that a recent column by Michelle Goldberg is a breakthrough, because she too thinks that the possibility of a two-state solution is dead. He quotes key passages from her piece.

Supporters of Israel hate it when people use the word apartheid to describe the country, but we dont have another term for a political system in which one ethnic group rules over another, confining it to small islands of territory and denying it full political representation.

If the Israelis insist now on finishing the process of killing the two-state solution, the only alternative we have as Palestinians is one fully democratic, one-state solution, [Mustafa] Barghouti says, in which everyone has totally equal rights.

Israels apologists will be left mimicking the argument that William F. Buckley once made about the Jim Crow South. In 1957, he asked rhetorically whether the white South was entitled to prevail politically and culturally, in areas in which it does not predominate numerically. The sobering answer, he concluded, was yes, given the white communitys superior civilization.

Its impossible to say how long Israel could sustain such a system. But the dream of liberal Zionism would be dead. Maybe, with the far right in power both here and there, it alre...

03:07

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

Miller family

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 hasnt been able to tell us or hasnt told us yet. At some point after the collision, Mr. Miller exited his vehicle, and was shot by a forest ranger.  

The Sedona Red Rock News reported that the shooting occurred around 4:15 p.m. on Jan. 5, and the U.S. Forest Service employee involved was female. The FBI was called to investigate the shooting because it happened on federal land.

A statement from the FBIs Phoenix office claimed that a U.S. Forest Service officer stopped to help Miller after he was involved in a wreck. However, the agency did not include details about what occurred when the officer approached Miller, how long the encounter lasted, or why it turned deadly.

The FBI did admit that Miller was not armed, and it claimed that all that is known about the incident right now is that after Miller got out of his crashed vehicle a U.S. Forest Service officer shot [Miller] near the scene of the accident.

The agency has also given conflicting reports concerning the status of the officer who killed Miller. While the initial report stated that a Forest Service law enforcement officer who was involved in the shooting was not injured, an update to the original story from KWCH claimed that the officer was also wounded in a subsequent alterca...

03:06

The fatal flaw in the brain-computer interface by Jon Rappoport "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 11, 2018 NoMoreFakeNews.com

There is a great deal of utopian research going on in the area of artificial intelligence (AI) merging with the brain.

Exuberant cheerleaders like Ray Kurzweil are quite confident we are approaching a moment when a computer will exhibit all the power of the human brain. And more.

Kurzweil and others are also sure were about to uncover the algorithm that underlies all brain activity.

They couldnt be more wrong. Neuroscience has barely scratched the surface of understanding how the brain operates. Cracking the code is not on the horizon.

Most importantly: how would a brain-computer interface work? Hook up your brain to a super-computer, and how does your brain absorb the computers data, and how does it make the data known to YOU, the user?

We arent talking about a quiz show where you ask a computer a question and it spits out an answer. And we arent talking about crude signals to the brain that can provoke physical reactions. This is about the transmission of detailed information.

There is another problem, even assuming a computer could magically fill your consciousness with usable data.

A human-computer interface, endowed with access to a hundred galaxies of stored data, would run up against the problem of vast chronic misinformation in those cosmic warehouses.

This is not something that can be deleted with a program or a committee tasked with making corrective changes.

For example, and here is just one area, medical science is rife with fraud, at many levels, as Ive demonstrated over and over again for the past 30 years. AI wouldnt even know where or how to begin analyzing this problem, becausewho would set the parameters of such an investigation? Who would even believe such an investigation is necessary?

There is an inherent self-limiting function in AI. It uses, accesses, collates, and calculates with, false information. Not just here and there or now and then, but on a continuous basis.

Think about all the entrenched institutions and monopolies in our society. Each one of them proliferates false information in cascades.

No machine can correct that. Indeed, AI machines are victims to it. They in turn emanate more falsities based on the information they are utilizing.

Each and every false datum generates a wider and wider stream of lies, and the streams, becoming rivers, overlap and produce oceans of contaminated information.

The oceans...

02:46

Traditional Pumpkin Soup Recipe "IndyWatch Feed National"

pumpkin soupIn the United States, pumpkin is most often used in sweet desserts, muffins and breads. Around the world, however, it is a popular vegetable for savory dishes such as pumpkin soup made with traditionally made bone broth.

My husband grew up in Australia where roasted pumpkin is a very popular choice as a side dish.

02:27

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

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 side-step the centralized control of the State. While others feel []

02:22

The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour 01.10.18 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tony Stanton, MD is a child and adult psychiatrist who has been in the field almost as long as I have, and like me from the beginning knew that drugs were not the answer.  For more than two decades, Tony ran a program in California that took the last resort children of the state, those who had failed everywhere else, often ...

The post The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour 01.10.18 appeared first on Progressive Radio Network.

01:27

How to deal with a sheriff's warrant "IndyWatch Feed National"

Many people's first contact with the "SHERIFF'S OFFICE VICTORIA" is in the form of a template letter stating that the "natural person" has outstanding warrants to a particular value.

As of this writing, the template letter has a scanned signature and a name of Brendan Facey, stating that he is the "Sheriff of Victoria".

In accordance with the law, specifically the Infringements Act 2006, S3 on "execution copy" states:

"execution copy", in relation to an infringement warrant, means the copy issued for the purposes of execution and includes an execution copy comprising a number of infringement warrants consolidated under section 86; 

as seen in the scanned document below:




Note: The burden of proof is on the accuser.

If you have obtained notification either verbal or in writing that the sheriff is stating that there are warrants in your person's name, demand that the sheriff produce;

1). Copies of the (alleged) warrants See: warrant form,
2). the "execution copy".

as required by law.

If the above documents are not produced and further action is carried out against your person, then the due process of law has not been followed, where your person has obtained financial damage, where you have a course of action against;

1). the (alleged) sheriff, Mr. Brendan Facey,
2). the "SHERIFF'S OFFICE VICTORIA"
3), the issuing person from the court,

or other persons associated with your matter.

See also the hidden video:
Sheriff's warrants do not exist - verified on video

01:26

UPNG announces Non-School Leaver Acceptance list for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The University of Papua New Guinea has announced the acceptance list for Non-School leavers for 2018. The list is available on the University Website. You can also view it on the list uploaded on the links below.



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