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Wednesday, 18 July

00:15

NSW Northern Rivers koala deaths continue at an alarming rate in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"



Echo NetDaily, 12 July 2018:


Friends of the Koala reports that despite its campaign to prevent koala extinction on the North Coast, 12 sick, injured and dead koalas were brought to i...

Tuesday, 17 July

21:38

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil reinstates Nestls membership "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has readmitted the worlds largest food and beverage company, Nestl, whose membership it suspended last month over breaches of the RSPOs statutes and code of conduct.

The reinstatement followed Nestls submission of its time-bound action plan to achieve 100 percent RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil by 2023.

Nestl, which has its headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland, has more than 2,000 brands, including KitKat, Nescaf, Maggi, and Perrier sparkling water, and is present in 189 countries around the world.

The companys other brands include Purina pet foods, S.Pellegrino, Milo, and Carnation milk. The company produces Nesquik and numerous breakfast cereals, including Cheerios and Shreddies.

The suspension of Nestls RSPO membership resulted in the suspension of RSPO certification at all its facilities and subsidiaries.

The company no longer had the right to state that it uses Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO).

The companys certification status has now also been reinstated.

Nestl was in breach of the RSPO statutes and code of conduct because it had not submitted the required Annual Communication on Progress (ACOP) report for 2016, and, for 2017, it submitted the ACOP report without a time-bound plan.

Its membership payment was also overdue.

The companys re...

21:25

Trump Should Fire Rosenstein Immediately "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Does Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensteins indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers for allegedly hacking Hillarys emails and interfering in the US election have any purpose other than to throw a monkey wrench in President Trumps upcoming summit with Putin?

20:55

Psychoanalysing NATO: Gaslighting "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

For gaslighting really to work, the gaslighter either has to be in such a position of power that he can completely control the victim's surroundings or in such a position of authority that the victim cannot imagine doubting what he says. Those days are gone.

20:51

Why graphene hasnt taken over the worldyet "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Graphene is a form of carbon that could bring us bulletproof armor and space elevators, improve medicine, and make the internet run faster some day. For the past 15 years, consumers have been hearing about this wonder material and all the ways it could change everything. Is it really almost here, or is it []

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20:25

Deadly Agent Found in Perfume Bottle "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Sergej Skripal and his daughter Yulia both mysteriously recovered from the alleged 'nerve agent' 10 times as deadly as VX. It was the magic of the Novichok perfume that did it. One victim of the second 'Novichok' incident in Wiltshire, Matthew Rowley, is also on the path to full recovery.

20:09

Big banks benefit from KiwiSavers left in default schemes "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Big Banks robbing hard saving Kiwis of their retirement funds? These banksters have no conscience, thats for sure.   Report from Radio NZ: Default settings on KiwiSaver funds have given $1billion to banks instead of savers and an unnecessary $70million to the taxman over the past six years, according to a group of financial []

The post Big banks benefit from KiwiSavers left in default schemes appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

20:08

Meninga wants Kangaroos-Tonga Test match "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mal Meninga. Picture: KANIVA TONGA NEWS
SYDNEY, 16 JULY 2108 (AAP) Mal Meninga doesnt care where the Australia-Tonga rugby league Test is played, he just wants it to happen.

The Kangaroos coach is confident the historic match, which would see Cronulla star Andrew Fifita face off with his former national teammates, will go ahead later in the year.

Meninga suggested the game could be staged in New Zealand following the Kangaroos Test with the Kiwis in Auckland on October 13.

I think everyone wants it to happen, Meninga said in Canberra on Friday.

It hasnt been budgeted for within the games financials so theyre working through all options at the moment, what venues they are.

But Id hazard a guess, its definitely on, its just where.

Theres been talk about staying over after the NZ Test and playing Tonga over there, but the appetite for it is good.

Suncorp Stadium looms as the most likely venue, but Meninga also floated Sydney and Melbourne as potential hosts.

Tonga are desperate for their first shot against the Kangaroos and they boosted their chances by defeating Samoa in front of almost 18,000 people at Sydneys Campbelltown Stadium in June.

Fifita has been joined in the Tongan team by North Queensland star Jason Taumaolo.

The Sharks forward said that Tonga was ready to take on Australia.

Itd be a massive game if we can get it on, Fifita told AAP in June.

Looking at last year I went and played for Australia and there was barely anyone in the crowd for Australia and New Zealand down in Canberra.

Then I came here (to the Pacific Test at Campbelltown) and it was a full house. PacNews

20:05

The joy of extra CO2 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Sit up class!

Straight backs. Face the front.

Davidson stop reading comics under the desk. Will the big lout at the back put the stock market report away. Do your trading at playtime.

Take out your copy of Climate Change: The Facts 2017.

No not the 2014 one Lizzie. Stop making faces at her Gab. Its not her fault that shes slow.

Turn to page 189. Chapter 14. Carbon Dioxide and Plant Growth by Dr Craig D Idso, the founder, former president and current chairman of the board of the Centre for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change.

This is an amazing paper and it falls right into my original ballpark Agronomy, the integrating part of Agricultural Science that I studied in Hobart and then at the Waite Ag Research Institute in Adelaide. The Institute is a centre of excellence located next to the CSIRO Soils Division and the Wine Research Institute. Wine was not the big deal that it is these days, we were still taking it from glass flagons and beer was still overwhelmingly the drink of preference.

No I am not going to tell you about my research again, I told you about that when we did the neutralisation of the oceans and the barrier reef.

You all know that the level of CO2 is seriously sub-optimal for plant growth and a revelation in this paper is that the temperature is arguably sub-optimal as well.

The trend in CO2, from a preindustrial baseline a bit under 300 ppm we are now about 400 and we could reach 800 by the end of the century under the business as usual scenario.

Productivity. He cites figures for the extra growth of plants with 300ppm extra CO2 (not sure about the baseline). Average for herbaceous plants is 33% extra biomass. Especially strong performers are fruit of all kinds including grapes and also carrots and turnips near 70% extra.

Trees do even better, woody plants average 50% more biomass with the extra CO2.

Many aquatic plants do better as well, although there has been less study of them.

Yes Johanna I know hes still reading comics. You dont need to be a tittle tattle.

Enhanced water efficiency

This is a doozey because water is a limiting factor many places especially for broad acre farming and grazing where irritation is not an option.

You dont need to laugh Bruce, you know I meant irrigation.

Higher CO2 reduces the opening of the stomata (pores) in the leaves which give out water vapour (the main loss of water from the plant). They also produce less stomata. One might expect th...

19:55

Trump-Putin Summit Meets Expectations: Reviving Hopes for Better Future "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Improving the relations with Russia was Donald Trumps pre-election promise given to American people who voted for him. As one can see, the US president remains true to his word.

19:48

Polye backs Governement's move on Autonomy for Provinces but warns of abuse of powers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Giving autonomy to provinces is the right Approach! The government has decided well in my view!

On the issue of the type of autonomy, I think the Government has made the right decision in principle by giving political, administrative and financial autonomy to the three as a pilot case to improve this kind of governance and can be extended to others in the country over time!

In principle, I believe the decision is correct!

The execution and operation of this principle of autonomy is the next issue that needs to be crafted out.

Let's support this move by government and discuss as to how we can contribute making autonomy work better than the current system of governance.

Of course, the Bougainville's autonomy, I think, is absolutely different to that of the three provinces. However, the challenges we have seen in the implementation of the Autonomy in Bougainville could be the common issues for them. Its the implementation, I also think, PNG Think Tank and others should be focussed on in its deliberations to make some input to government and other authorities.

I also believe that some seed capitals should be made available to those provinces to start an economic investment program to begin a process of socio-economic sustainability.

The financial assistance should be staged out over a period suitable for full autonomy. The money could be lent or given as grant and exgracia, but the focus of the autonomy needs to become economic self-reliance!!!

I believe in socio-economic autonomy or self-reliance of each of the province, ethnicity, tribe, clan, locality and citizen and individual of our nation! We must erode free handouts and dependency! I also believe that socio-economic autonomy is key to political, administrative and other elements of sovereignty. Thus, we strive to become a great nation this way!

Nevertheless, let me also mention that such autonomy should not be abused. Autonomy needs to be given and taken with right motive! If the powers of autonomy are misused, abused or misapplied then provisions need to be inclusive in the...

19:35

Nine To Noon: Cyberwarfare "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

RNZ Nine to Noon

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In a world in which almost everything is connected, our society is more target rich for hackers than ever before. Its not surprising, then, that cyber threats now pose a bigger danger to world security than terrorism and nuclear weapons. The New York Times National Security correspondent David E. Sanger calls them The Perfect Weapon, the title of his new book. He talks to Kathryn Ryan about his investigations and how cyber warfare is transforming geo-politics; from the US attacks on Iran and North Korea, to the Russian attacks on the American election, and the wanna cry hack that temporarily crippled the NHS.

19:20

Not the Fucking News 17/07/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

33-year old Iranian civil rights activist and dissident Maryam [mary-yum] Faraji [farar-gee] has been found dead after disappearing earlier in July.

Ms Jarajis lawyer says relatives have identified her body which was found burnt near her car and belongings.

Her ex fiancee has been arrested and charged with her murder but because of Farajis involvement in the protests against the regime there are suspicions her murder involved Iranian security forces

On January 2, in the heat of widespread uprising against the Islamic Republics establishment, Faraji had been detained for ten days and gone under interrogation in the Intelligence Ministry Ward 209 in Tehrans notorious Evin prison


New legislation decriminalising abortion will be voted on by Queensland parliament next month.

The proposed laws will make abortion available up to 22 weeks and provide safe access zones around abortion clinics.

In Queensland, women face jail terms up to seven years, and doctors up to 14 years, for terminating a pregnancy, under a law dating back to 1899.

Some abortion clinics do operate currently in Queensland using some legal loopholes to perform the procedure.

Women in remote areas have less access to free safe abortion.

In 2010 a Cairns couple were charged but later acquitted this is the most recent criminal proceedings related to abortion in Queensland.

With the support of minor parties the bill may pass but could be blocked by conservative members of parliament including members of the ruling
Labour party.


The Liberal opposition in Queensland have passed a resolution which is basically an attack on Transgender and gender diverse people.

If elected to parliament they would seek to have

  1. Recording the sex assigned at birth on every Queensland Birth certificate.
  2. Reverse any existing changes of sex for post-op transgender people, with the effect of taking away their legal recognition at...

19:14

Calls to make Britain great again draw on pseudo-intellectual defences of Empire "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Are white academics and politicians finding the space in Brexit Britain to rehabilitate colonialism, even as they claim victim status themselves?

Image: Rhodes Must Fall Oxford.

The British Empire was a white supremacist project of conquest, plunder and dispossession requiring the most extreme and brutal forms of violence. But since the Brexit vote with questions of immigration to the fore the nations appetite for imperial mythology and fantasy has grown. In place of the European market, government officials expected to revitalise long-abandoned trade relationships with the Commonwealth, expressing a preference for Indian and Australian migrants over Europeans.

Dubbed Empire 2.0, the policy mixed the arrogance of former imperial grandeur with the recycling in commodity-ready form of a discredited and shameful era in British history. Brexit has created the space for an unapologetic reassertion of colonialism. The hankering for Britain to be great again has not only infused British politics, but has been mirrored in the renewed appeal of mythical narratives about Britains imperial history in academia. Pseudo-intellectualised attempts to rehabilitate Britain's imperial past have surfaced, partly in response to the ground gained by effective anti-colonial movements.

Last year Oxford University announced a five-year project entitled Ethics of Empire' to be led by Oxford theologian Nigel Biggar. Biggar is a long-time apologist of the British empire, and as such has unsurprisingly seized the opportunity to gain institutional support for his research on empire. Biggar and Oxford...

19:07

Theyre Disappointed Because President Trump Did Not Shirtfront President Putin "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

(Photo The Economist)

by Dee McLachlan

Presidents Putin and Trump met for about two hours in Helsinki, Finland. It was a cordial and cooperative meeting. But the MSM and their followers wanted Trump to draw blood. With the World Cup over, they wanted a Shirtfronting as Tony Abbott had promised, but failed to deliver, back in 2014.

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19:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

One of the yard sticks by which I measure farms is the gates.

Does the chain closing them have enough links to allow it to be undone and done up easily?

Do they swing properly, allowing the opener and closer to open and close them without having to lift and drag them?

Today Im grateful for chains with enough links and gates that swing.

19:00

Tuesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Nigel Farage interviews Steve Bannon Talking, Trump, Tommy Robinson and more, stay tuned for fireworks near end of interview. The post Tuesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:59

Enter the Poetry Contest! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Kapiti Independent News announces a major new poetry contest: Poets in Kapiti or Horowhenua can now compete to win a major []

18:45

Two Keywords for US Imperialism: "Justification" and "Plausibility" "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Observing the behavior of the United States over recent decades, it becomes clear that the American establishment has always relied on two fundamental factors to justify choices in foreign policy.

18:30

Im not ashamed of being white "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Im not ashamed of being white appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:01

Releasing land titles could bolster Papua New Guinea SMEs says expert "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Improving the transfer of land titles could boost Papua New Guineas small and medium enterprise (SME) sector, according to Dr Charles Yala, Principal & Director of Niugini Land and Properties. He calls for a new policy direction that would allow the effective transfer of outstanding titles.

Land titles expert Dr Charles Yala Source: APNG Business Forum

Speaking in Brisbane, Yala put forward three case studies where improved transfer of land titles could have a significant effect on PNGs economy: in the  palm oil and housing sectors, and also with deceased estates. The first area considered was New Britain Palm Oils (NBPOLs) smallholder oil palm project.

He said NBPOLs oil palm projects are divided into: estates, which are government-owned plantations with Agricultural leases; mini-estates, which are plantations on customary land; and small holders, which are plantations with state leases, called Lease State Settlements (LSS).

State leases are typically for 99-years. Yala said that there are 2,403 of them. Of these, 56.4 per cent are without a title.

It is a very vibrant small business sector which is actually suffering from this title transmission issue.

Yala argued that if small holder operators are granted a title, they can create assets to be used as collateral (for raising capital).

Lets get these titles (to these small holders) who are struggling without titlesit is affecting production, he said.

Houses

Yala next looked at National Housing Corporation (NHC) houses.

He said government housing stock was largely inherited from the departing colonial government in 1975 and disbursed through various home ownership schemes.

Those [houses] disbursed under the various schemes fall into two major groups: where titles have been granted to the recipient and where titles have not been granted.

...

18:00

Classic Crime Drama: Between The Lines S02 E04 Honourable Men "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Between the Lines is a television police drama series created by J. C. Wilsher and produced by World Productions for the BBC. It was first shown on BBC1 between 1992 and 1994, running for three series.

The show centred on the eventful life of Detective Superintendent Tony Clark, played by Neil Pearson. Clark was an ambitious member of the Complaints Investigation Bureau (CIB), an internal organisation of the Metropolitan Police that investigates claims of corruption inside the police force. Along the way Clark had to overcome strong influence from his superiors and problems in his private life, most notably the break-up of his marriage following an affair with WPC Jenny Dean (Lesley Vickerage). Throughout the series Clark was assisted by sidekicks Harry Naylor (Tom Georgeson) and Mo Connell (Siobhan Redmond).

The show became a surprise hit for the BBC, winning a British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) for Best Drama Series in 1994. In 2000 it was voted into the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes by the British Film Institute. The series was reviewed in an episode of the BBC documentary series Call the Cops, which stated the series had found a way of getting to grips with the corruption scandals of the 1990s

18:00

Theological Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:47

MACKAY Man allegedly caught with explosives in Beaconsfield "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

MACKAY July 17, 2018 at 09:48AM ,

Man allegedly caught with explosives in Beaconsfield

July 17, 2018 at 09:48AM ,

a 24-year-old was charged with unlawfully possessing explosives and issued with a notice to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on August 7,

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17:47

MACKAY Man pulls knife on patrons at Mackay pub "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

MACKAY July 17, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

Man pulls knife on patrons at Mackay pub

July 17, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

He plead guilty in Mackay Magistrates Court to charges of being drunk and disorderly, failing to leave licensed premises and possessing a knife in a

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MACKAY Car intercept leads to charges for possession of explosives, Beaconsfield "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

MACKAY July 17, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

Car intercept leads to charges for possession of explosives, Beaconsfield

July 17, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

The fireworks were seized by police and the 24-year-old was issued with a notice to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on August 7, to have the

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MACKAY Drug enforcement Bowen "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

MACKAY July 17, 2018 at 12:15AM ,

Drug enforcement Bowen

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Both will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on August 8. The focus on drug related crime will not change. Enforcement action could be

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17:47

MACKAY Man found on CBD roof looking for money "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

MACKAY July 16, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

Man found on CBD roof looking for money

July 16, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

AN ALLEGED trespasser found on the roof of a Mackay CBD business claimed he was up there looking for money. In a bizarre incident on Saturday

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17:45

The conversation we dont have but desperately need "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

By Sean Hurley We need to have a conversation about economics. Not the prototypical economic conversation; theres no need to discuss regulation, interest, inflation, derivatives, or even the type of money we use. Our conversation should instead address the foundation of our modern economic system. Examine our economy from a broad perspective, without getting bogged

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17:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S01 E13 Bang Bang Youre Dead "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Water Rats is an Australian TV police procedural broadcast on the Nine Network from 1996 to 2001. The series was based on work of the men and women of the Sydney Water Police who fight crime around Sydney Harbour and surrounding locales. The show was set on and around Goat Island in Sydney Harbour.

Water Rats premiered on 12 February 1996, and ran for six seasons and 177 episodes. Colin Friels and Catherine McClements were the original stars of the series and were instrumental in the shows early success. They both departed the show in 1999. In later seasons, Steve Bisley, Aaron Pedersen and Dee Smart became the shows main stars.

For the sixth and final season in 2001, the show concentrated more on the cops personal lives rather than just focusing on the crimes committed. The Nine Network cancelled the show after six seasons. Executive Producer Kris Noble blamed escalating costs for the cancellation. However, Bisley and Smart had also just quit the show, and the series had already been suffering a ratings battle following the departure of Friels and McClements in 1999. 

17:30

Ferrata Telluride Colorado "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz ferrata  is a protected climbing/walking route -using a steel rope which climbers can attach to with rope and karabiner while wearing body harness. Via Ferrata Telluride Colorado Delivering rock climbing skills to novices. Not so much climbing though. But the [] The post Ferrata Telluride Colorado appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:27

Free speech at universities, unless someone says they hate it "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Free speech versus hate speech discussions continue, with the Vice-Chancellor of Massey University joining with a promotion of free speech at universities as long as it isnt deemed hate speech. A key question that again isnt answered who gets to decide what should be banned as hate speech, and who gets to decide []

17:23

Trump Vs. The MSM Vs. Putin! We Must Get Along "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The mainstream media were salivating as the meeting approached, and now theyre in full frenzied attack mode. Heres some Twitterings and MSM links on the Trump-Putin showdown and aftermath; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch []

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17:01

Multiple opportunities at TEQSA "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Australian Government Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency

17:00

Classic Comedy: Are You Being Served? S06 E06 Happy Returns 1978 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Are You Being Served? is a British sitcom created and written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft (Croft also directed some episodes), with contributions from Michael Knowles and John Chapman, for the BBC Set in London, the show follows the misadventures and mishaps of the staff of the retail ladies and gentlemens clothing departments in the flagship department store of a fictional chain called Grace Brothers.

17:00

John Cleese on Brexit, newspapers and why hes leaving the UK: BBC Newsnight "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:00

In which the pond enjoys a postprandial Caterist disruption to its usual torpor ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


The reptiles continued during 'the day' to attempt to cope with 'alternative reality', like 'Russian spies' , but the pond felt the need, with the sun over the yard arm, for a hit of distilled essence of Caterism


The valiant lad, taking a break from sucking on the teat of the Australian taxpayer, was blessed by a Krygsman which distilled the essence of Caterist thinking floating in mid-air ...


The pond has no idea why anyone might be agitated. Sue 'em!


More Graudian cartoons here ...

16:52

Clever thinking required to solve Papua New Guinea energy issues, say experts "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea has some ambitious plans to expand its populations access to electricity. However, boosting electricity supply across the country requires some very clever thinking, say energy analysts.

PNG Hydro power as an energy source. Source: PNG Power

Expanding Papua New Guineas power network requires a variety of approaches, some very clever thinking, and helping small communities develop sustainable incomes to pay for power.

That is the view of energy analyst, Craig Lawrence, who believes that state utility PNG Power (PPL) must look beyond its emphasis on power generation and grids.

At the heart of the debate over PNG Powers challenges is the governments ambitious policy of providing access to electricity to 70 per cent of the country by 2030.

It is currently between 12 and 13 per cent, according to the acting Managing Director of PPL, Carolyn Blacklock.

Electrification of PNG will be a progressive series of steps.

Queensland-based analyst Craig Lawrence says there is no single approach to achieving the governments aim.

He agrees that in the short-to-medium term, smaller regional-based, renewable projects are likely to be the most cost-effective solution.

Payment

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16:46

Burglars snatch motorbikes, $9000 cash "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

THREE MOTORBIKES and $9000 cash were stolen from the Tas Mini Motors dealership last week. Proprietor Malcolm Marks confirmed his Alfred street business was burgled...

16:34

In Brief: Borrowing from China to upgrade roads, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Negotiating to upgrade roads, using aid for development, and refunds to domestic fishing companies. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

in briefThe National Capital District Commission (NCDC) is reportedly negotiating with China Exim Bank for a loan to upgrade two roads into four lanes in Port Moresby, Governor Powes Parkop says.

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Speaking at the ground-breaking of the European Union-funded K4.5 million infrastructure project at the Morata Vocational Training Centre, First Counsellor of the EU delegation in PNG, Rudie Filon, noted that PNGs crime problem can be lessened if more young people are trained with specific skills and given fair opportunities in the workforce.

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The Government has decided to give vessel day scheme (VDS) refunds to domestic fishing companies linked to onshore processing facilities. The Fisheries Industry Association (FIA) announced this on Monday when welcoming the Governments decision to invest in infrastructure and support operational costs at processing facilities in the country.

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Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor Leste are the countries in the Pacific region most in need of aid funding, New Zealands foreign ministry says. The New Zealand government recently increased its Overseas Development Assistance budget by US$488 million, lifting the total to US$1.5 billion over the current four-year funding cycle.

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Lead partners implementing coffee rehabilitation in various provinces have been reminded to use funds properly to service the growers and not themselves. We have a task to deliver to coffee growers and not ourselves,&#8217...

16:32

Letter-winged Kite, Birdsville Track & Flinders Ranges "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Letter-winged Kite roost at sunrise

Following our visit to Diamantina National Park, we (myself, Bernie O'Keefe and Scott Baker) headed west towards Boulia, turning south at Springvale Station towards Coorabulka Station. Having had some excellent encounters with Grey Falcon, we were looking forward to another raptor treat. A gathering of Letter-winged Kites had been reported recently (I believe Jannette Manins first found them) at Whitewood Creek, between Coorabulka and the Kennedy Developmental Road.

Letter-winged Kites

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16:30

Classic Comedy: Fresh Fields S03 5/06 Crossed Lines "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Wikipedia

Hester and William Fields (McKenzie and Rodgers) are a devoted middle-aged, middle-class couple living an idyllic suburban lifestyle in Barnes, London. William works as an accountant while Hester is a housewife who works part-time in local restaurant Lucys Kitchen. The titles meaning, and crux of the show, is that Hester combats empty-nest syndrome by livening up her life with new interests and hobbies, to the exasperation of her hard-working husband who just wants a quiet life. The shows opening credits, featuring silhouettes of the characters, reflect this: Hester rides an exercise bike and plays a drumkit while William relaxes in a rocking chair.

The family home has an attached granny flat in which Hesters mother Nancy (Fanny Rowe) lives following her divorce from Hesters roguish father Guy (Ballard Berkeley); he often tries to win her back. (The pair finally remarry in the last episode.) Hester and William have two children of their own: the never-seen Tom who lives in New Zealand; and Emma, who is usually only heard (voice of Debby Cummings) telephoning her parents at inconvenient times. Emmas husband Peter (Philip Bird) appears occasionally; Emma and Peter later present the Fields with their first grandchild Guy, named after his great-grandfather.

The Fields neighbour Sonia Barrett (played by Ann Beach) pops round in every episode to borrow items; these appearances would irritate William to comical effect. Sonia had the shows only catchphrase: Its only Sonia! shed carol as she rapped at the Fields back door then let herself in. Sonias husband John (John Arthur) appeared occasionally, as did Williams secretary Miss Marigold Denham (Daphne Oxenford).

Fresh Fields ended in 1986 but three years later the series resumed as French Fields, which saw William and Hester relocating to France after William accepted a job there. There were three series of 19 episodes made between 5 September 1989 and 8 October 1991, all written by John T. Chapman and Ian Davidson. Philip Bird appeared as Peter in several episodes, with Emma finally seen on-screen, now played by Sally Baxter. Ann Beach made a guest appearance as Sonia in the final episode.

16:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Just a brief note to those readers who like to add their own contributions to Daily roundup in the comments. PLEASE remember that politically incorrect and offensive (but funny) jokes are only to be enjoyed on Mondays in the Comedy corner post which is specifically for that kind of humour. Do not post that kind of humour here.   Right versus [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:30

Barnaby's 'Leave Me Alone Tour' continues at Canberra Writers Festival "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Barnaby's 'Leave Me Alone Tour' continues at Canberra Writers FestivalFormer Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is the headline event at this years Canberra Writers Festival. read now...

16:23

People Moves: Digicel "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A senior vice president at Digicel

Digicel PNG has appointed a new Senior Vice President, Lorna McPherson, to build upon the companys strength locally and enhance PNGs largest communication network.

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16:19

ABC Fact Check: Error-ridden and misleading I "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Cats will recall that Chris Berg and I recently calculated that ABC journos are nearly 5 times (precisely: 4.74 times) more likely to vote Greens than the general Australian population. I wrote about it recently here at the Cat.

To remind ourselves this is what Chris and I did:

What Chris and I did was match that peer reviewed research with data from the Australian Electoral Commission results for the 2013 election and then report that ABC journalists were almost 5 times more likely to vote Greens than the general population.

This has caused a huge kerfuffle and now is the subject of an RMIT-ABC Fact Check analysis.

Their conclusion: Flimsy.

Now it isnt quite clear what flimsy means Im sure they would have loved to have concluded False, Wrong, Misleading etc. Anyway lets have a look at what the ABC Fact Check unit did.

It is important to have a clear understanding of what Chris and I did: we compared results from a peer-reviewed survey of journalists (conducted by Folker Hanusch) to the actual election results. When the ABC Fact Check unit asked me what we had done I explained that to them, sending them a link to the Cat post where I described it, and also a cut and paste from our book where we discuss it.

Okay so what did they do?

Step 1: Ask psephologist Kevin Bonham is this is a valid comparison. He suggests that rather than compare voting intentions to an actual election that we should have compared the voting intentions to Newspoll.

Dr Bonham suggested using an average of the Greens primary vote taken from the Newspolls conducted in the period in which Professor Hanuschs survey took place.

Step 2: Ask Associate Professor Jake Olivier about that comparison. What comparison you ask? The comparison that Chris and I did, or the comparison suggested by Kevin Bonham? Well look at the answer Jake Oliver gives (emphasis added):

I think the quality of the data makes it difficult to draw strong conclusions here. This is compounded now by comparing results from very different surveys (Hanuschs versus Newspoll). 

Just to...

16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. On Backchat, you are free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. To participate youll need to sign up for a Disqus account which is free, quick, and easy. On posts that are not articles like this one, you do not have to stay on topic [] The post Whaleoil backchat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:57

Is An End To South Sudans Civil War Finally In Sight? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The tragic result is that the worlds youngest nation is now at the bottom of almost all development indexes and has become the perfect example of a modern-day failed state, one which exists only in name but in reality is about to become an informal extension of its two most militarily involved neighbors by proxy.

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15:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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15:08

10% cant be counted "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Homepaddock

The release of data from this years census has been delayed because not enough people participated in it:

Stats NZ has revised the date for first release of census information from October 2018 to March 2019.

We will confirm the exact response and the coverage rates for the census after we complete our reconciliation processes. Stats NZs interim calculations show that full or partial information for at least 90 percent of individuals was received, compared with 94.5 percent for the 2013 Census.

As with previous censuses, we will use statistical methodology to compensate for missing data. For the 2018 Census we are revising this methodology because of the lower-than-expected response. We are discussing this new methodology with our technical customers. Were also undertaking analysis on how to improve data for small populations, subgroups, and small geographies. The new date for our first release will give us time to develop revised

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15:00

Auckland peace action needs a new logo: Six "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The anti-free speech activist organisation Auckland peace action has called for the Free speech coalition to be renamed the Hate speech coalition. They have accused the Free speech coalition of being about hate because it supports free speech for everyone (not just those who have the same views and opinions.) In contrast, the Auckland peace action [] The post Auckland peace action needs a new logo: Six appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:59

When is a record not a record? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Its been  cold here in Brisbane for the last few days, at least by our subtropical standards, with overnight minimums of 6 degrees in the city, and negative temperatures in  towns like Stanthorpe in the nearby Granite Belt. That occasioned lots of news coverage, with the observation that this was the coldest temperature weve had since 2014 and one of the coldest since 2000. The same was true for much of Eastern Australia. Melbourne had its coldest morning in several years, and  a couple of towns in NSW had the lowest minimum for several decades.

All of these are records in the trivial sense that we record the temperature every day, but none of them are records in the commonly used sense of lowest (or highest) value in the relevant record. That didnt stop the usual denialist suspects claiming a RECORD (all caps in original) and evidence of global cooling. The Daily Mail  claimed Australias east coast shivers through its coldest EVER morning even though the sub-headlines made it clear this wasnt true.

Whats striking here is that the same people who are willing to claim that the Bureau of Meteorology is part of a world-wide warmist conspiracy to doctor climate records are eagerly credulous about any piece of data that suits their case. Next time we get record heat, the conspiracy theories will be wheeled out again, but for now the Bureau is an unquestionable source of scientific evidence.

To take this news a little more seriously, its important to remember that there are vast numbers of records that can potentially be broken on any given day highest and lowest maxima and minima, for a given month, in any location where weather is recorded. That means we need either to confine attention to a limited number of records most obviously mean global temperatures or look at statistical measures, such as the relative frequency of new records for cold and heat. Both of these measures give the answer that is by now obvious* from experience: the climate globally and Australia is getting warmer.

 

 

14:55

THAT IS MUCH EASIER. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



There is a new gold rush.
Where there is muck there is money.

The OPM spenders have launched into a toilet pan tax scheme to remove ever more loot from the easy targets who own property and pay rates
It matters little everyone not yet dead shits until they die so we wont tax all the shitters we will only tax the rich pricks who own the porcelain where all that shit hits the system.

Just as the owners of vehicles pay the rego that includes the ACC levy, albeit much reduced by the Key administration while those who merely ride in or on those vehicles pay nothing.
A normal person can only take a dump in one toilet at a sitting but there is a rich vein of precious opportunity set up because it has become fashionable and convenient to have en suites including a toilet along with the convenience of a central bog in modern homes and in our case another one in a detached shed for use when boots are muddy.
Then there is the rank unfairness for those who create, maintain and service a system that causes zero costs of infrastructure that we are told is creating major costs for local government.
Oh then there will be another income stream for the luvvies in the chemical toilet in the mobile home in use when nobody should be using any of  the four connected to our rural rated septic system.
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Similar opportunity to tax the toilets now a part of workplace practice.

No we could never contemplate a "poll tax", that would penalise the proletariat who create just as much pressure on waste water infrastructure as the owners of toilets while creating an equal quantity of shit.

14:49

Pay more attention to forests to avert global water crisis, researchers urge "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Australias Murray Darling basin covers more than a million square kilometers, 14 percent of the countrys landmass. Its the site of tens of thousands of wetlands, but increasing demand for water has stretched its resources to the limit. Many of the basins wetlands and floodplain forests are declining several former wetlands and forests have even been consumed by bushfires, which are becoming more frequent every year. Yet when Australian officials sought to introduce strict water allocation rules, they met with fierce resistance from farmers in the region who depend on irrigation for their livelihood. This is just one example of the ongoing conflicts over ecological water allocations featured in a new report released by the Global Forest Expert Panel (GFEP) on Forests and Water, an initiative led by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). More than seven-and-a-half billion humans currently occupy planet Earth together with an estimated three trillion trees, and both of these populations require water. According to the GFEP report, the growing human population and climate change are exacerbating a looming global water crisis that has already hit home in places like the Murray Darling basin but the crisis could potentially be averted if humans paid more attention to the links between forests and water. This international effort to highlight the interlinkages between forests, water, people and climate is very timely, given the pressures we now face on both human society and natural ecosystems, Caroline Sullivan, an environmental economist at Australias Southern Cross University

Protecting PNGs oceans: Q&A with marine activist John Aini "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

KUCHING, Malaysia For generations, the people of Papua New Guineas northeasternmostprovince, New Ireland, have depended on the regions rich marine resources for their livelihoods. Like the rest of the country, all of New Irelands land and water territory is held in customary tenure by indigenous peoples, who make up much of the archipelagic provinces current population of 195,000. New Irelands marine and terrestrial systems have faced numerous threats over the past 138 years, said John Aini, an indigenous fisheries scientist and marine advocate from the province who founded the conservation group Ailan Awareness. Aini was delivering a keynote speech at the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress in Kuching, Malaysia, on June 26. Aini said the threats to the province emerged in the 1880s, when German colonists arrived and began to establish coconut plantations, stole control of the land from the local communities, and forced people to move from the high mountains in the center of New Ireland to the coasts. He said the destruction of the provinces forests through logging began in the 1980s, large-scale mining and oil palm plantations in the 1990s, and that illegal fishing by fleets from across Asia had been going on for a century. These are just a few of the operations that have harmed the provinces marine ecosystem, Aini said. The natural environment and indigenous peoples in New Ireland are now also contending with modern threats, including the governments land-licensing program known as Special Agricultural and Business Leases (SABL). These allow communities to sign over

14:38

That classic 1957 Mt Stromlo observatory sighting - explained? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Astronomers and UAP

Those who haven't bothered to conduct any research, often state that astronomers never report seeing UAP. One of the sightings which is used to counter such arguments is from November 1957; by astronomers at the Mt Stromlo observatory, near Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

UAP periodicals as sources for the account

The APRO Bulletin, January 1958, page 3 carried the following:

'Canberra, Australia, 9 November. Four astronomers of the Commonwealth Observatory, Mount Stromlo, observed a bright pink object in the sky at about 3am. The object was observed for about 8 minutes as it moved across the western horizon, then disappeared. No aircraft in the sky at the time. Astronomers could not identity the object. Sputniks, meteors and the like were ruled out as possible explanations by the astronomers themselves.'



My comments:

1. The Bulletin cites no source for their information, and places the date of the sighting as 9 November, presumably 1957.
2. The time of observation is stated to have been about 3am. 

Flying Saucer Review, January/February 1958, page 3:

'Astronomers see pink UFO

The London Times , of November 7 reported that...hundreds of people at Bathurst, near Sydney, Australia...saw a metallic object over the town...on the previous day...However, on the same day, four astronomers at the Commonwealth Observatory, at Mt Stromlo, near Canberra, Australia on "sputnik watch" reported a strange object mo...

14:30

Is the propaganda working? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Almost every news bulletin features a doom and gloom climate story. If it rains, floods, snows, blows, droughts or scorches it is climate change. With such a daily diet, is it surprising that a poll discovers the vast majority of those polled expected to see frequent and extreme storms, more droughts, inundated coastlines from sea [] The post Is the propaganda working? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Hoosh  to force or turn or drive off or out; to shoo away; to move quickly; to land at great speed;  an exclamation used when shooing or driving animals and, in particular, when ordering camels to sit down; thick stew made from pemmican or other meat, thickener and water.

14:30

Islams weapon for world dominance is birth control "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Story Source: Ron Owen Gimpy Queensland


This of course is not all of the problems that the Non Muslims will face, as while the Muslims moon and star ascends into dominance the different sects will fight it out for ascendancy in the new world and before 2040 (when Im 92, and if alive, will be past caring much), the world will be ripped apart with the biggest wars that it has ever seen.

Islam family of 19 on taxpayer welfare includes 4 wives

Just one family of 19 supported by our taxes, but the real problem is that like London in 2040 they will be in the majority. What was once your country will be Theirs.

Africa and the Middle East have gone already, Israel will fight hard but eventually will succumb. France and Germany then Britain, then all of Europe will be ripped apart in huge civil wars. Russia will follow, then the United States. Australias only hope will be the Indians and Chinese, but we will have to contend with being on the doorstep of the largest Muslim country, (by population) in the world Indonesia, as well as our own imported problems. Thats why our traitorous politicians are giving them $500 million a year plus all our hand me down defence equipment. Defence equipment for us and war equipment for them, our politicians think they can buy them off.

I have never been a Prepper, I have always campaigned for people to speak out now an alleviate the coming danger, one of the readers of this tome, recently sent me copies of articles that I published in the 1990s. One was called, SOME HAVE CONFUSED ANONYMITY WITH FREEDOM where I advocated people not to bury their guns and heads in the sand but to protest and stand up and be counted against the impending doom. Unfortunately few people took any notice, and semi trailer loads of plastic drain pipe were distributed throughout Queensland. Unless, many thousands of Australians protest and prevent Muslim immigration and stop the free for all encouragement of the Muslim birthrate with out taxpayer welfare paying for Muslim men with sixteen kids and four wives to support, we dont have a chance. If that does not happen, look for a quite defendable spot with its own water, and food sources.

The people in the city and suburbs will suffer the most as soon as the power goes off, the supermarkets will be empty the supply of...

14:20

NEW LISMORE STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR BELL'S NAPPY CAKES "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Stallholder Profile for Bell's Nappy Cakes




Your name: Belinda Hampson
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: Bell's Nappy Cakes https://www.facebook.com/Bells.Nappy.Cakes/
The suburb/town you live in now: Lismore Heights
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: I design and create original Nappy Cake gifts for expecting parents and Baby Showers.

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14:00

I agree with Shane Jones "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Stuff reports: quote: NZ First MP Shane Jones has savaged a proposal for a giant statue of Papatnuku at Bastion Point, saying it is laughable Aucklanders are forking out for the work. Auckland Council has earmarked $1 million in its budget for the project, but Ngti Whtua rakei Trust deputy chairman spokesman Ngarimu Blair says the idea is unformed and [] The post I agree with Shane Jones appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

1.00 AUD = 0.00011 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.90 AUD
Converter

13:57

No Room At The Australian Inn For Gileads Handmaids "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The promise of sanctuary offered to Gileads refugees on arrival across the border is a sad fiction for real women fleeing persecution in todays world, writes Katie Robertson.

This season of The Handmaids Tale has made for brutally compelling viewing. Edge of your seat, white knuckled, gut-wrenching viewing.

The attempts by the lead characters to flee Gilead throughout the series have been some of the most agonising and suspenseful plot lines to endure. Each time we thought a pregnant June might just make it weve been left shaken and deflated (not least when she divided viewers by refusing to get into the escape vehicle in last weeks season finale).

We share Emilys elated disbelief as she realises shes going to get out. We held our breath last season as Moira made the final sprint over the Canadian border and slumped down with exhausted relief in the snow.

These women endure unspeakable horror, violence and repression Under His Eye. But if theres one glimmer of hope that exists throughout the monotonous brutality of The Handmaids Tale, it is the characters ever-present assumption that sanctuary can be found in a fictionalised neighbouring Canada, if only they can make it across the border.

But what if this assumption was wrong? What if the Handmaids were prevented from crossing the border, not by the Guardians of Gilead but by the Canadian Border Force, mandated to push them back from where they came? Or if they did manage to make it across they were immediately imprisoned on their arrival, separated from their children or forcibly removed and indefinitely detained on a small desolate island in the middle of the ocean?

Asylum seekers on Nauru protest their indefinite incarceration.

Theres no doubting this adaption of Margaret Atwoods 1985 novel has resonated with huge audiences, particularly women, who have been both captured and horrified by the eerie dystopian world it so masterfully depicts. The show grips us so tightly because although Gilead seems alien at first glance, the gradual changes that we see evolving in pre-Gilead America are frighteningly recognisable....

13:56

13:30

How China Could Cripple the US Dollar "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

How does the US solve a problem like China?

More to the point, how does China solve a problem like the US?

Tensions between the two biggest economies in the world are high.

President Trump appears keen to tariff China into submission.

Chinese authorities, on the other hand, have taken a reactive approach to Trumps attacks.

Meanwhile, the media fixates on the misguided idea that Trump has the upper hand in the tit-for-tat trade war. Thats due to the trade imbalance that exists between the two trading partners.

The US buys a massive $631 billion from China. Thats three times the $155 billion of goods China imports from the US.

But what if Trump and the media at large has vastly underestimated what China can do to retaliate?

No, China may not be able to out-tax the US. But the Middle Kingdom can take seemingly small actions that could have catastrophic consequences for the US dollar.

The unofficial trade war became somewhat more official a fortnight ago when Trumps $45 billion in proposed tariffs on specific goods went into effect.

Within hours, China made good on its promise to fire back, implementing $45 billion in retaliatory tariffs.

But there could be more to come.

Bloomberg reports that Trump is reloading his tariff war bazooka and has another $291 billion in duties lined up.

While President Trump has denied that the spat is a trade war claiming it a matter of national security the application of one tariff followed by a retaliatory tariff is in fact the technical definition of a trade war.

With another $291 billion in tariffs on the cards, China doesnt have as much room to continue with retaliatory tariffs.

Or does it?

Sinking a currency to win a trade war

Early in Trumps election campaign, he was keen to label China a currency manipulator.

And hes not wrong.

The yuans value is fixed to the US dollar. But Chinas central bank, the Peoples Bank of China (PBoC), allows the yuan to rise or fall 2% from the previous trading days closing price. If the yuan looks like moving more than that in either direction, the PBoC has the power to step in and halt trading.

Thats currency manipulation, irrespective of how Chinese authorities choose to dress it up.

In August 2015, the PBoC reset the yuan to start the trading day 1.9% lower than the day before. This was the biggest one-day yuan reset in memory. That one instance of interference caused global markets to tumble for the rest of that month.......

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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13:26

Reshaping Justice in Bourke "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project was featured as the cover story of the Law Society of NSW Journal, June 2018 issue. Jane Southward writes that there are clear signs that justice reinvestment is an approach that is working for the Bourke community. Southward writes about the Daily Check-Ins at Maranguka Community Hub, where police report any incidents or concerns from the past 24 hours, allowing an early intervention to connect members of the community with service providers.

Southward talks about the first community report card, highlighting that youth crime and domestic violence reoffending have dropped. District Area Commander Greg Moore said, people tell us that the feeling of the town when they walk around has changed. Not only is there less crime, but they feel a sense of pride and cohesion within the community.

Other key points include that 114 people in 2017 obtained their drivers licence with assistance from Maranguka Hub and Birrang Enterprises, and Bourke High School has partnered with Maranguka to run an Our Place Program, which led to increased attendance and reduced suspensions.

The article also refers to an announcement by Attorney-General Mark Speakman of a grant of almost $250,000 for Just Reinvest NSW to share the success of the Maranguka Project in communities across NSW.

Read the full article here: Reshaping Justice in Bourke

The post Reshaping Justice in Bourke appeared first on Just Reinvest NSW Inc.

13:19

Bishop's DFAT fails FOI re her "numerous representations" to North Korea on our MIA servicemen. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

DFAT was due to respond to me by cob yesterday, 16 July. There's been nothing. Just crickets and tumbleweeds. Here's their 19 June 2018 email acknowledging my application and setting out the timeline for their response. Some of my articles on this matter are in the links at the tail...

13:19

Back in business "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Hello internet!  If anyone is still following this site, which undoubtedly looks dead, Id like to give you a shout that regular posts are on their way back.

First can I say, WTF has been happening in the world since I wandered away from the computer.  I stop keeping tabs on economic and political news for a couple of years and the world has completely changed I just dont even have the words.

I never meant to stop posting, hence why there was no farewell post.  However, my attempts at writing a PhD thesis got in the way of any other sort of reading or writing and as a result I was both short of content and shorn of the capability to write even poor attempts at blog posts.  Similarly the other brave writers of TVHE found life getting in their way our common group emails even became a rarity over this period something we all bemoaned!

However, now Im back to adding some content on here but Ill have to give a few notes:

  1. The plan is to only post once per week until I find my feet a bit more I still have a lot of balls in the air (the thesis isnt submitted yet and Im organising work) and dont just want to provide single links with a one line comment when I do post.
  2. On that note I will be hoping that, if anyone is around, they will be comfortable adding comments.  I do this for the conversation about economics not because I have any amazing insight.  If people are keen for us to bounce ideas off each other then this blog can get back rolling.
  3. I will be staying away from the TVHE twitter as I have for the last 3+ years (although these posts will be linked there automatically I hope so keep following).  Twitter became toxic in 2014 and appears to have just become more of a cesspool since I want to discuss economic ideas and arguments, not deal with traded insults.  If someone can convince me to come back then I may change my mind.
  4. I will NOT be blogging on my specialisation (analysis of income inequality) in detail until Ive defended my thesis that is months away still.  There will be outline posts, but I will steering away from to much detail at first.
  5. I have been lecturing entry level economics, and giving a few lectures on economic modelling, since I have been away.  Content related to this is likely to turn up.  Specifically, I would like to create content to share with my students this semester is macroeconomics, so I may be going back to macro for a bit.
  6. After a few months I will be looking at running some ideas past anyone who turns up to read these posts I would like some more interactive discussion of economic topics as related to New Zealand without...

13:16

13:15

Trump and Putin: A NZ take with Adams summation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Trump met with Putin in Helsinki, RNZ has a number of reports:-

RNZ Morning Report

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/mnr-20180717-0638-trump_backs_putin_defies_us_intel_in_helsinki-128.mp3

US President Donald Trump has publicly challenged his own intelligence agencies after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki overnight. Speaking at a 45-minute news conference with the Russian President, Mr Trump backed Mr Putin saying Russia did not meddle in the 2016 Presidential election. Our correspondent in Moscow is Dan Ashby. He talks to Philippa Tolley

Then we have this segment:-

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/mnr-20180717-0710-trump-putin_summit_us_presidents_comments_treasonous-128.mp3

Former top American intelligence officials have condemned President Donald Trump for accepting Vladimir Putins denial that Russia interfered in the 2016 US elections. Mr Trump and the Russian president met face-to-face in Helskinki overnight. Afterwards, Mr Putin denied meddling in the elections. Former CIA Director John Brennan called Mr Trumps comments nothing short of treasonous. In a tweet he said: Not only were Trumps comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called the news conference truly unbelievable and said: On the worlds stage, in front of the entire globe, the President of the United States essentially capitulated and seems intimidated by Vladimir Putin. Former CIA and National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden said in a tweet Mr Trump was essentially confessing to the world that he believes Putin more the the United States of America and its agencies. The BBCs Lyse Doucet is in Helsin...

13:14

Sexual Harassment In Hospitality: How Bad Is It? And How To Stop It! "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

You wont believe the rates of sexual harassment of hospitality workers in Australia. Cassandra Taylor breaks it down.

The pay packets of Australias hospitality workers took a hit last fortnight as a further drop in penalty rates came into effect on 1 July. For the second year in a row, these penalty rates will be reduced as a result of a controversial Fair Work Commission decision last year, which also impacted the pharmacy, fast food and retail industries. The practical impact of this change is that some of Australias most vulnerable workers will become more reliant on tips and, in turn, more likely at risk of workplace sexual harassment.

A recent survey by HospoVoice revealed that 89% of hospitality workers have been sexually harassed at work, and 19% have been sexually assaulted. For many who have worked in hospitality, including myself, it may even come as a shock that 11% were spared this humiliation.

Whilst at university, I worked in a shoe store, a caf, a restaurant, a bar, a bowling alley and a pub. I had my arse grabbed by my boss, received an unwelcome kiss from a customer and was subjected to more inappropriate comments than I can recall. I smiled and laughed it off, never complained, and received great tips.

The culture at one venue I worked at, on and off, for six years was particularly sexually hostile. We were told to only keep CVs handed in by attractive girls, and throw all others in the bin. Every December, we had to wear tight red t-shirts with Merry Christmas written across the bust in green. There were usually only sizes small and extra small to choose from, and the extra small ones were always left to the unlucky last picks.

Working in the gaming room, our job was to flirt with creepy old pokie addicts, bring them free food and do whatever we could to keep them playing. We always got the best tips in the gaming room and, at the time, this seemed enough to justify the wandering hands we were subjected to.

Looking back, I sometimes wonder why I put up with it. I think part of me didnt think it was serious enough to make a big deal of it happened almost every shift, and I witnessed my workmates experience far worse. But part of me kept quiet because I knew that if I spoke up, I would lose my shifts to someone who didnt. Besides, I knew that grinning and bearing it resulted in better tips and, as a uni student, every dollar counted.

The normalisation of sexual harassment in the workplace for the many men and women who start out their working lives in the hospitality industry has flow on effects for all Australian workplaces. There is a real misunderstanding of the types of behaviour that amount to sexual harassment in Australian workplaces, and this acts as a barrier to reporting.

The most recent telephone survey conducted by....

13:00

In which reptile Stewart updates the pond on his update ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"



An interesting thing happened today a change in the air, a mood swing, though the bromancer seemed to have gone missing and the Caterist decided it was wiser to bob up and talk about Brexit than mention the Donald

The pond even made a rare visit to the Bolter to see how he was reacting, but everything was running on empty as usual there



It was left to Cameron Stewart to chart the sudden change in the mood for the lizard Oz.

Here he was early on, doing the usual Fox schtick


It seemed the auguries were right, the Donald was upbeat, Vlad the impaler not so sour ...


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13:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This piece of Whaleoil wisdom was brought to you by the Whaleoil Store. Visit us now and find the perfect piece of Whaleoil swag for your collection.   The post Whaleoil wisdom appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:56

WO1 John Franklin (manages Honours and Awards Chapter in Army Dress Manual) on Longman LNP candidate "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I joined the Army with John in 1978 and have been in constant contact with him since - he's a great soldier, a patriot and not at all political. John has been tireless in outing imposters - the last thing he'd do is downplay the misuse of honours or awards.

12:47

The Spiritual Evolution of Animals "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Article by Stuart Wilde. Have you wondered if an animal has a soul and an even afterlife? My old teacher said that animals have group souls, one for each species or subspecies.....

12:35

Mean mad white men: the allure of Jordan Peterson "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Peterson is urbane and respectable, emblematic of what British writer Olivia Laing has called the endless malice of the polite right. Just crazy enough, in Jon Ronsons phrase, to ensure media interest, but sufficiently intellectual-sounding to attract an audience for whom a brazen bigot like Yiannopoulos would be on the nose.

12:30

British bobbies agree with Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Allo, Allo, Allo. The Daily Mail UK reports: Quote: Serving police officers today backed Donald Trumps claim that some Muslim communities in the UK are no-go areas because of extremism. Several Met officers have said the Islamification of some parts of the capital requires extra vigilance and they cant wear uniforms for safety reasons despite Scotland [] The post British bobbies agree with Trump appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:26

Helsinki Theatrics: Trump meets Putin "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The first official meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his counterpart Donald Trump was a fairly casual, unpeopled affair, absent bureaucrats and note takers. This was what both wanted in Helsinki, men who believe in the gold weighting authority commands. According to Masha Gissen of The New Yorker, their meeting reflected their shared understanding

The post Helsinki Theatrics: Trump meets Putin appeared first on The AIM Network.

12:19

Indigenous Australian musician to collaborate with PNG artist "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Australia High Commission

Award-winning Indigenous Australian singer-song writer, Emily Wurramara, is in Papua New Guinea as part of theNational Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week celebrations hosted by the Australian High Commission.
Emily Wurramara performing at the Australian High Commission on Monday 16 July.

Emily Wurramara with Australian High Commission staff members after her performance.
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12:08

Exxons Papua New Guinea Gas Project Is Dead In The Water "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Tim Daiss | Oilprice | 16 July 2018

As liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets mature, trying to establish itself against decades of crude oil dominance, developments far removed from most of the action are taking unusual turns that could in time impact the entire LNG value chain.

Until recently, tiny Papua New Guinea (PNG) was the envy of the worlds LNG producers. Not only did its PNG LNG export project come online without much delay but it also avoided the quandary, affecting nearby Australia whose LNG development has been marred by budget over runs running into the billions, continual project start delays and industry troubling feuds between worker groups and project developers.

PNG LNG project loses its shine

The ExxonMobil-led $19 billion PNG project came online in mid-2014 and started shipping LNG to markets in the Asia-Pacific region, which accounts for 72 percent of all global LNG demand. By 2017, the project was producing some 8.3 million tonnes of LNG, an increase of 20 percent from the original design specification of 6.9 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).

By last year, ExxonMobils PNG p...

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Click on map for a high-res view Worldwide map of organized crime Come 2025 we will likely see a new category in the legend called tobacco with definitive lines into New Zealand. And someone is going to get filthy rich because of this.   The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:00

A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A beauty, a brainwave, a brilliance?

I couldnt find a collective noun for books, but any and all of those three would be an appropriate one for A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies by Kate Hursthouse.

The seed for the book was planted during a conversation about zebras in which she was told the collective noun for the animals is a dazzle.

The seed grew and blossomed into a book of collective nouns for animals, beautifully and creatively illustrated with pictures which reflect the words.

Each time I open the book I see something more.

It is described as a childrens book but will interest and delight adults too.

You can buy the book from the artists website.

Theres more about the artist and the book at: Renaissance artist the Aucklander helping keep alive age-old art of calligraphy.

12:00

New Economy Infrastructure for Philanthropy and Social Good "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub and Blockchain Philanthropy Foundation is hosting a full day conference on Blockchains and Philanthropy. The objective is to explore new blockchain technology and how it provides new economic infrastructure and business models for the charity and philanthropy sector.

The event will cover topics such as Blockchain 101, Crypto Altruism and Social Impact, Blockchain and Public Finance, Blockchain Application in organisations.

Click here for the program.

12:00

Football victory for France reverberates worldwide "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Football victory for France reverberates worldwideEven at the end of the Earth, or at least a most far-away point from France, they stayed up all night to revel in the countrys great victory. read now...

11:49

Putin - $400M was unlawfully sent from Russia to fund Hillary Clinton campaign "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This is Bill Browder. "Vladimir Putin is effectively a war criminal - this is a guy who should be contained, not engaged" - watch the full interview with 'Putin's number one enemy' @Billbrowder tonight on The World's special coverage of the Donald Trump/Vladimir Putin Summit. @bevvo14 #ABCTheWorld pic.twitter.com/7HoeMkS1y8 ABC...

11:40

Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, NEO, and XRP "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The crypto market is back to green after months of registering reds, dipping from their all-time highs. In reality, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Ripple did register decent register gains over the weekend. NEO also inched higher despite not getting []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, NEO, and XRP appeared first on The Global Mail.

11:39

Warren Mundine's complaint to ABC MD Michelle Guthrie over Paul Bongiorno "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

15 July 2018 Dear Ms Guthrie Im writing about the conduct of RN Breakfasts weekly commentator, Paul Bongiorno. Mr Bongiorno is a regular contributor to ABC Radio National on the RN Breakfast program and promoted by the ABC as key talent on ABCs website: www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/politics/9147810 On 8 July 2018, in...

11:30

Free speech is.what I say it will be "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We all understand how important free speech is. Even left-wing Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, approved the flying of the Trump blimp in London because he said he had no right to stop it, as it was a question of free speech. To me, insulting the President of the United States is probably pushing the [] The post Free speech is.what I say it will be appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:30

Nine to Noon: Te Papa collections under threat? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

RNZ Nine to Noon

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/ntn-20180716-0908-concerns_for_collections_at_te_papa-128.mp3

Former Manager of Collection Services at Te Papa Dr Mike Rudge says job cuts at our national museum will seriously compromise the collections.

Dr Rudge tells Kathryn Ryan about the stern letter he has written to Te Papas Board in response the proposed restructuring, asking them to defer proposed job cuts which he says pose a series challenge to our national museums statutory obligations to properly manage the countrys national treasures.

11:30

New Zealand should ratify the Kampala Amendment "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

In 2010, the parties to the International Criminal Court agreed the Kampala Amendment, which finally gave a formal, legal definition to the crime of aggression (you know, the one they convicted the Nazis of), allowing the court to prosecute it. 35 states have since ratified the amendment, and it finally came into force today. But strangely, New Zealand wasn't one of them. Writing in Stuff, lawyer Roger Clark and former Green MP Kennedy Graham argue that we should ratify:

Should New Zealand join? Of course it should. If it is good enough for the German chancellor and the prime minister of Samoa to be accountable under law for aggression, it is good enough for our own leaders. New Zealand signed on to the Kampala Amendment back in 2010. Liechtenstein ratified in 2012, Germany in 2013. New Zealand could also have done so then. No reason to delay further.

In the New Zealand Parliament back in 2009, a member's bill making aggression a crime was given a first reading debate. The penalty for a New Zealand leader could stretch to 10 years in prison, a sobering consideration. The bill was voted down, but the vote was close 64 to 58.

It is time for the Kampala Amendment to be brought into the House, and for that vote to be reversed.


And they're right. New Zealand's fundamental foreign policy position is for a peaceful, rules-based international order. But such an order is impossible where aggression is legal. As a small country, all we have is our voice. So if we want a peaceful, law-governed international order, we need to put our money where our mouth is, agree to be part of one, and do our bit to strengthen and spread those norms. I'm actually boggled we haven't done so already, but I guess that's what happens when you have a previous government obsessed with grovelling to the aggressive US...

11:24

Q: What does Putin want? A: Chaos "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


What does Putin want? Surprisingly, to me, I found a speech to the US Senate by Marco Rubio very helpful, and fairly persuasive, in giving an answer that makes sense.


With serious delusions about how the world works (it's a "zero-sum world," folks) and a leader of an economy not much bigger than Belgium and Holland, Putin still, somehow, wants to pretend he matters; he still wants to project power -- to strut on a world stage.

And how to do that with so little to call on ... ?

Answer: Chaos.

D'you think it's working?
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11:15

Julian Assange wins a legal victory but for now remains holed up in the Ecuadoran Embassy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

Julian Assange has won a significant new victory in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, based in Costa Rica. The Court handles cases relating to human rights relating to members of the Organisation of American States (OAS).

Assange benefits  from this. The Court determined that it is the duty of nations to allow the passage of successful asylum seekers from embassies to the mainland territory of the state.  That has granted the individual asylum.

It means that both Ecuador and Britain have a legal duty to allow Assange to leave the Embassy in London, without arrest, and be guarantee safe transit to Ecuador.

The decision is based on the American Convention on Human Rights and article XXVII of the American Declaration of Rights and Duties of Man. The Court concluded, that the right to seek and receive asylum and receive protection in a foreign country are human rights. Refugee status is defined under United Nations Instruments and corresponding national laws. The court rules that the conventions also apply to third states.

There is no guarantee that Britain will comply. Prior decisions made by international bodies over the Assange case have been ignored. the policy to arrest him and hand him over to the United States has remained, to be tried for treason remains. The fact that Assange is not an American Citizen has not made any difference. What might make some difference is that as government reeling form internal division, its mishandling of Brexit and immensely unpopular, does not need further international embarrassment. At the least, the case to pursue Assange has been weakened further.

But it might be important in regard to how Ecuador is going to react. When Julian Assange first entered the Embassy, the government of this country was sympathetic, allowed him refuge and gave him Ecuadoran citizenship. The current government is much less sympathetic, has a warmer relationship with the United states, and is being pressured by the United States, Britain and Spain to hand him over. A decision has been eminent.

The ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights means that Ecuador is now pressured, to not hand over Assange. At the very least, the stalemate looks like continuing.

 

The post Julian Assange wins a legal victory but for now remains holed up in the Ecuadoran Embassy appeared first on The Pen.

11:11

Watch Your Step "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Adolf's Spanish lessons today include a section on idiom or sayings. 

Here's a real gem I've never heard in the English language:-

Love is blind but not the neighbours.

'El amor es ciego, pero los vecinos no'

Spanish has a comma before the word 'pero' (but)

Update:

This one was written for David

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed is king.

'En tierra de ciegos, el tuerto es rey'

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11:05

Trump in the UK "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Some very peculiar views aired here

11:00

Freedom of speech, even when we dont like it "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mayor Phil Goff bowed to pressure from the local Muslim community into cancelling the venue for Lauren Southern and Stephen Molyneux to speak at the Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland. New Zealand Federation of Islam Associations president Hazim Arafeh said, quote: [She] abuses her right of freedom of speech. Shes just going to give a [] The post Freedom of speech, even when we dont like it appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:00

Classic Comedy: It Aint Half Hot Mum -S03 S06 Dont Take The Mickey "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It Aint Half Hot Mum was the second of the three sitcom series co-written by David Croft set in the Second World War, the first being Dads Army (19681977) with Jimmy Perry and the third being Allo, Allo! (19821992) with Jeremy Lloyd.

Set during the Second World War (in the period just after the German surrender when the Allies were trying to finish the war by defeating Japan in Asia), the show focuses on a group of British soldiers stationed at the Royal Artillery Depot in Deolali, India, where soldiers were kept before being sent to fight at the front lines. The main characters are performers in the bases Concert Party, which involved putting on comic acts and musical performances (similar to those seen in a music hall) for the other soldiers prior to their departure for the front lines. The soldiers in the Concert Party all love this particular job, as it keeps them out of combat duty, but some do harbour dreams of becoming world-famous actors when they leave the army.

10:44

Sydney vacancy rate jumps "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Sydney vacancies rising

The latest building activity figures confirmed that the record number of apartments under construction in Sydney is now morphing into a surge in completions.

June is always a seasonally soft month for rental markets, but the latest release from SQM Research recorded a vacancy rate jumping all the way to 2.8 per cent for Sydney.

That's well up from 2 per cent a year earlier.

Vacancies were very high in the Hills District at 4.9 per cent.

But the inner suburbs have by no means been immune as apartments complete across the city. 


Melbourne's vacancy rate was just 1.6 per cent in the month of June 2018.

However, Melbourne now has more dwellings under construction than at any time in its history, as well as a range of transport, infrastructure, and commercial projects. 

Nationally, the vacancy rate declined from a year earlier from 2.5 per cent to 2.3 per cent, representing a decline from 78,314 to 75,757 vacancies. 

There were year-on-year declines in Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, and even Brisbane as more interstate migrants head north (as yet not fully recorded in official guesstimates, which have more lag than my Grandad's boiler).

You can find SQM's more detailed commentary in its always-excellent media release...

10:36

Kite Line: Anti-Detention Occupations from Australia to America, Part Two "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The post Kite Line: Anti-Detention Occupations from Australia to America, Part Two appeared first on It's Going Down.

Anti-prison radio and podcast show Kite Lines continues with coverage of ongoing occupations of deportation facilities.

Listen and Download HERE

Last week, Aren Aizura guided us through the history of colonialism in Australia, including racist measures to control non-white immigration, and later, in the 1980s, the implementation of mandatory detention for refugees. He focused on his experiences in an occupation outside the remote Woomera Detention Center, and the way that supporters on the outside grew in numbers, intensifying pressure on the authorities. Now, he walks us through the 2002 mass breakout of refugees there, all the way through the following standoff and its aftermath.

As we reflect on the inspiring actions at Woomera, we are also tracking the occupations underway across the US right now. Occupy ICE in Portland has been subjected to a brutal eviction, during which police shot occupiers with pepperballs at close range. Likewise, there was a mass arrest in San Francisco, following more than a week of occupation outside the ICE regional headquarters which halted all deportations in northern California. Occupations continue in Los Angeles, Tacoma, and Louisville, as well as many other cities.

10:30

Debating with a machine "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Can it be useful to debate with a machine? After Sophia became a Saudi citizen in 2017, we now find IBMs computers engaging in debate (against debating champions) and nearly winning. What is more, the artificially intelligent debater has no human face. It is an obelisk -and this project seems to be an Israeli one! [] The post Debating with a machine appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:09

Australian miners in firing line of PNG law shake-up "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The streets of Sydney are paved with Papua New Guineas gold

Jewel Topsfield | Sydney Morning Herald | 17 July 2018

Major Australian mining companies face the prospect of higher royalties, tough restrictions on fly-in fly-out workers and the potential nationalisation of assets under reforms under consideration by the cash-strapped Papua New Guinea government.

The proposed law changes have sparked warnings from the countrys peak mining body that they would pose significant deterrents to investment in future projects and threaten the existing operations of current mines.

Several Australian Securities Exchange listed companies including Newcrest, Highlands Pacific and St Barbara Limited operate mines in Papua New Guinea, which has significant resources including gas, gold, copper, cobalt and nickel.

10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: This is a motorbike which is parked (most days)at the corner of Parkvale Road and Karori Road, Wellington taken from our car window. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Frustration leads to success Neal Wallace:

John Falconer makes something of an understatement describing his Central Otago deer farm business as diverse. Neal Wallace visits the Falconers Clachanburn Station in the Maniototo, a farmer who says he is benefiting from two generations of careful deer breeding.

The stencilled 1988 on a shed wall at Clachanburn Station in Central Otago is more than a piece of graffiti or a casual reference to a year last century.

It marks the year John Falconers parents, Charles and Jane, started progressively replacing sheep with deer on the property near Patearoa in the Maniototo Basin. . .

Couple offer tips for the hive minded -David Hill:

Producing honey can be a sweet addition to farm income, but there are some sticky regulations to comply with.

Culverden farmers Dan and Mandy Shand shared their experiences of running a 2000 hive operation on their 7000ha high country farm, Island Hills Station, at Beef and Lamb New Zealands northern South Island farmer council FarmSmart conference last week.

Before returning home to the family farm, Mrs Shand was a scuba diving instructor, while Mr Shand was a software developer. . .

Women in Wine launch pilot national mentoring programme:

A nationwide mentoring programme has been launched to help women within the New Zealand wine industry achieve success.

Its an initiative of Women in Wine, which was launched by New Zealand Winegrowers in 2017.

Women in any role within the wine industry were welcomed to apply to be a mentor or mentee in June. Applications were then assessed by a selection panel and, after careful consideration, suitable mentor-mentee matches w...

09:45

Morning Report: Guyon Espiner discusses Trump and China with Simon Bridges "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

RNZ Morning Report 

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/mnr-20180716-0741-defence_strategy_will_have_economic_ramifications_-_bridges-128.mp3

Simon Bridges is ringing alarm bells about New Zealands relations with two world super powers America and China. Hes told Morning Report hes concerned about the unpredictability of Donald Trump after the US president labelled the EU as a foe. And Mr Bridges says China is set to take economic retaliation against New Zealand after its Defence Strategy warned of the consequences of a more aggressive China. Mr Bridges discusses the issue with Guyon Espiner.

Adam is not sure Bridges is right on the China point.Less reliance on China might not be bad.

09:30

Tweet for Today "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

 

09:30

Winston lashes out against multiculturalism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Winston Peters is having a blinder as acting-PM. Hes told the sugar tax lobby to shove it, made the right noises on a number of other issues and now he is slamming multiculturalism: Quote: Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters told talkback radio this morning that he stands for a New Zealand culture, not a multitude of [] The post Winston lashes out against multiculturalism appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:22

Morobe government eyeing 20pc stake in Wafi-Golpu mine "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Junior Ukaha | The National aka The Loggers Times | 16 July 2018

THE Morobe government wants an equity of no less than 20 per cent in the Wafi-Golpu Mine.

Governor Ginson Saonu made this known last Wednesday during a two-day stakeholder forum in Lae regarding development of the proposed mine.

He said the Morobe government wanted to be an active partner in mine development.

Apart from the legislated 2 per cent royalties, my government and people need better and attractive incentives in the form of equity, Saonu said.

We have made our position clear and have requested the National Government to acquire extra equity on top of the 5 per cent free carry.

We are prepared to assist the Government to acquire this equity ourselves. We expect no less than 20 per cent equity in the project.

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09:16

PNG's Wafi-Golpu Mine valued at K16.7 billion "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The rich Wafi-Golpu gold and copper prospect in Bulolo, Morobe Province, is valued an estimated K16.7 billion (US$5 billion) over a 25-year lifespan.
According to local MP Sam Basil, Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture (WGJV) will pour an initial capital investment of K8.8 billion (US$2.8 billion) over a 25 year life of the mine and the other half of the amount will be expended.
And the MP, who is also the Minister for Communication, Information Technology and Energy, told a two-day development forum last week in Lae that attracting financial backing for the project is not easy.
But he said the combined experiences and technical resources of the JV partners Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited and Newcrest Mining Limited will attract the capital investment.
But what I want to say is that all indications show that the WGJV team collectively knows what they are doing. This is based on experience in South Africa in the case of Harmony and Australia and Indonesia in the case of Newcrest. Their reputation is important in attracting investors to this Wafi-Golpu project.
In anticipation, Mr Basil added; As minister for State, I welcome the royalties and taxes to government that the Wafi-Golpu mine project will generate, the estimated 2500 jobs during construction, not mentioning employment of local contractors and suppliers, and enabling infrastructure including roads and bridges.
The K16.7 billion capital investment the WGJV brings are funds which the National Government, Morobe provincial government, the relevant DDAs and the relevant local-level governments desperately need in this tough economic times.
Mr Basil said he is excited about the potential of the Wafi-Golpu project unlocking agribusiness in the district and province.
He said there will be greater access to agriculture-related markets with a number of proposed new roads that will open up the region from Highlands Highway to Bulolo Highway.
Aa well new infrastructure to be developed for the Wafi-Golpu mine will make it commercially viable for up to 100,000 hectares of land in the Watut River valley to be used for agricultural purposes.
I am aware that the WGJV community development program has a strong focus on unlocking Morobes agribusiness potential through continuing support of an ongoing cocoa development program. They are also investigating other potential and appropriate agricultural initiatives.
The potential for positive impact on the national economy, Morobe Province and each of the core...

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09:13

Western Governor Taboi Awi Toto joins O'Neill Government "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

WESTERN Governor Taboi Awi Yoto stole the show yesterday when he interrupted a Government announcement by announcing that he was also defecting.

The Government was on the verge of welcoming Maprik MP John Simon and Usino-Bundi MP Jimmy Uguro to its ranks, when Mr Yoto barged in to announce his defection.

The surprise turn of events took place at the ground floor conference room of Sir Manasupe Haus at Waigani, which is occupied by the office of the Prime Minister Peter ONeill.

Mr Yotos unassuming walk-in surprised the media, when he walked in on the Government announcement of the move by Mr Simon and Mr Uguro.

He was quickly taken to the front and greeted Mr ONeill with a firm handshake and a smile before standing next to the PM and Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel.

The media reaction was instantaneous with a flurry of whispers growing and the flash of the cameras, the attention Mr Yoto got was one of shock and disbelief that a member and one considered to be among staunch Opposition MPs, was joining Government.

With a smile, he was welcomed into the fold along with Mr Simon and Mr Uguro.

Mr Yoto entered politics as a member of the United Resources Party but later changed his allegiance to the PNG Party.

He quietly explained his reasons and why he chose to move.

He likened his move to being on the other side of a broken bridge, and trying to get to a mango tree full of fruits, however his stones were not reaching their target.

It is difficult for me to deliver while sitting on the other side.

Although we have a lot of resources, I dont have the money, I need the Governments support to bring that money back to spend.

I know my people will support me, I know this decision will get criticisms, but the criticisms will not move the province, they have the choice in 2022.

I will stand by this decision and when it comes to 2022, the people will have the final say for my political career, Mr Yoto said.

The Prime Minister welcomed Mr Yoto, Mr Simon and Mr Uguro, saying that their move to the Government had boosted his ruling Peoples National Congress number to 46 MPs.

We formally welcome the members who are joining the Government to deliver on the good policies that we have and that the policies we are developing and delivering to the nation....

09:07

Dodgy data from the Bureau of Meteorology "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Several chapters of Climate Science: The Facts raise really serious issues about the temperature records maintained by the Bureau of Meteorology (the Bureau). In addition to the adjustment (homogenisation) of records and the trashing of old files investigators met bureaucratic obstruction to keep the management processes out of sight.

One of Tony Abbotts last moves as PM was to set in train an investigation into the operations of the Bureau but that initiative was aborted by the incoming PM Turnbull. This is understandable given the importance of fake science and fake news to sustain the push to destroy the electrical grid of the nation.

Joanne Nova described mysterious revisions to Australias long hot history that were located by a team of well qualified and experienced volunteer citizen scientists. The story really has to be read to get the full flavour. For example they found that thermometers accurate to a tenth of a degree were being adjusted by as much as two degrees. The records now indicate that the hottest day recorded in modern history was at Albany on the coast of WA rather than in the baked arid zones of Oodnadatta or Marble Bar. The temperature reported in Albany on 8 February 1933 was 44C and 8 decades this was adjusted by 7C to 51. This pipped the 50.7 that was recorded for Oodnadatta on 2 January 1960.

New electronic thermometers were widely installed in the 1990s and many ran alongside the old system which would permit comparison of the old and new systems but the data are not available to the public and are routinely deleted as a part of normal practice. It is likely that the new system generates a step up in recorded temperatures but it appears that the trashing of records has eliminated the possibility of a proper investigation.

Early explorers were trained to record temperatures and there are masses of newspaper records that indicate weather patterns around the nation with many accounts of temperatures around 125F in the shade translating into 52C. On 3 January 1909 an observer recorded 125F at Bourke. The handwritten entry was underlined as one might do for a remarkable reading. Decades later this was declared an error for two reasons: it was taken on Sunday when the observers didnt normally work and the temperature at some other towns in midwestern NSW only hit 113F. On the first point, why would an observer NOT make an effort to record a potentially record-breaking temperature? On the second, a newspapers reported a figure of 123 at Brewarinna which is the nearest town to Bourke.

This team joined forces with Senator Bernardi to ask for an audit of the historical re...

09:03

Basil wants Wafi-Gulpu not to repeat Hidden Valley mistakes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Are they [Harmony Gold and Newcrest Mining] willing to admit the mistakes they have done up at Hidden Valley? Minister Sam Basil

Junior Ukaha | The National aka The Loggers Times | 13 July 2018

BULOLO MP Sam Basil says he does not want to see a repeat of problems faced by landowners of the Hidden Valley Mine to happen at Wafi-Golpu.

The Mineral Resources Authority, however, countered that the fault was with the landowners themselves.

Basil was speaking yesterday during the second day of the Wafi-Golpu Project Development Forum in Lae.

Basil, whose district hosts Hidden Valley Mine, said despite the mine operating for a number of years, living standards of the mine-area landowners had not improved.

He said the Biangai and the Watut people, traditional landowners of Hidden Valley, had not seen any tangible developments and benefits from the mine.
...

09:00

Sharp rise in use of mobile financial services in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Governor of the Bank of Papua New Guinea, Loi Bakani, has told an APEC Improving Digital Financial Literacy Workshop that the use of mobile phones for financial services is increasing sharply. He said the greatest challenge to further take-up is peoples distrust of technology.

Central Bank Governor Loi Bakani showed that the use of mobile phones for financial services is rising.

After the implementation of PNGs 2nd National Financial Inclusion Strategy in the March quarter of this year, Governor Bakani said there was a 55 per cent increase in users with mobile financial services accounts and a 62.75 per cent increase in women using mobile financial service accounts.

Bakani said that globally, financial sector policymakers recognise the game-changing potential of digital financial inclusion.

He said institutions and financial regulators have the opportunity and responsibility to prepare consumers for the risks and the rewards of the digitisation of financial services.

The existing bricks and mortar banking system does not work for poor people, said Bakani.

This is partly because most of their transactions are conducted in cash.

Handling cash transactions is costly for banks, utility companies and other institutions, which pass along the costs to their customers.

This takes the services beyond the financial reach of consumers.

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Bakani warned that although digital technology is opening new vistas, challenges remain.

Sparse populations, inconsistent network coverage, insufficient capital for building new business models, lack of trust and low technical literacy of consumers can stand in the way...

09:00

Mass Polio vaccination campaign launched in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The four rounds of sub-national mass vaccination campaign against polio in three high risk provinces in Papua New Guinea has been launched by Minister for Health and HIV and AIDS Sir Puka Temu in Lae Monday.

Sir Puka said the government is committed to working with partners from World Health Organisation, UNICEF and other global partners to re-eradicate polio in the country.

The commitment of the government and the department is for PNG to be declared again as polio free. It is a status that we must achieve and the world is watching us now.

So, our biggest challenge is to make sure our cold chain systems with our special immunisation programs are done effectively and we can go back to effective routine immunisation programs, Sir Puka said.

He said the four rounds of sub-national mass vaccination campaign programme will go in all the communities of the Morobe, Madang and Eastern Highlands provinces simultaneously effective as of Monday.

WHO country representative Luo Dapeng said for the next two weeks, the wide vaccination of all children under five years will be on in these provinces to protect them against polio.

We are doing the same vaccination campaigns in two other provinces of Madang and Eastern Highlands, Mr Dapeng said.

More than 300, 000 children under the age of five have been targeted for the immunisation programme in the three provinces.

UNICEF officer in charge and deputy representative Judith Bruno said their priority is to achieve the highest possible polio coverage for these provinces.

Our priority now is to achieve the highest possible polio immunisation coverage to stop the circulation of the virus because the threat will remain as long as children in this country are not consistently and routinely immunised against polio.

UNICEF is fully committed to supporting government efforts led by the department of health and WHO to re-eradicate polio in PNG, Bruno said.

UNICEF has procured and delivered 611,00 doses of polio vaccines early this month to support the emergency vaccination for children in the three provinces.

Sir Puka has confirmed K6 million funding from the national government is earmarked for the polio immunisation coverage in the provinces.

He also aims to secure additional funding to increase efforts to revamp the health surveillance systems...

09:00

Whaleoil video: Does Phil Goff actually believe what he says? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The post Whaleoil video: Does Phil Goff actually believe what he says? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:57

Trumpeting the latest "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Gilbert Haisman brings us up to date with the latest moves from the White House. Moving experiences Praising the genius []

08:37

Draft mining regulations insufficient to protect the deep sea IUCN report "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Our current understanding of the deep sea does not allow us to effectively protect marine life from mining operations

Stringent p...

08:30

Musk goes off "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Gizmodo reports that Elon Musk is showing his true colours over the rescuers of the Thai football team rejecting his submarine. Quote: Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk accused one of the British divers involved in the rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from the flooded Tham Luang cave complex of being [] The post Musk goes off appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

Opinion: Five steps to improving your employer brand "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Managing the way your business appeals as a place to work is crucial to good human resource management, according to Kristine Berry, Director of the recruitment and HR company Peopleconnexion. She calls it the employer brand. How good is yours?

Peopleconnexions Kristine Berry believes companies should manage their employer brand.

Youve got your hiring plan mapped out. Your job descriptions typed up. Job ads published. Recruitment team on standby. But your application inbox is empty. Why? Maybe its your employer brand.

One estimate by the Harvard Business Review found that a company with 10,000 employees could be spending an additional US$7.6 million in additional wages to compensate for their poor employer brand.

Why? Employers can expect to pay an additional 10 per cent in wages to convince candidates to come on board an organisation that has no branding, or a poor brand.

Employer branding is thereforean essential aspect of recruitment, even though it is often outside of the control of HR, or the team undertaking hiring.

One negative moment in the press can affect an employer brand years down the track.

With so many aspects out of your control, what steps can you take as an HR leader to improve your employer brand?

Step 1: Complete an employer brand audit

Before you set to work on revamping your employer brand, you need to first ask yourselfdo you have one at all? Ask yourself:

  • Do you have a career site?
  • Does it need a makeover?
  • Do you discuss your company culture in recruitment collateral?
  • How smooth is your application process?
  • ...

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