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Tuesday, 21 November

20:13

Australia, New Zealand, PNG combined disciplined forces Training ends "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


The Public Order Management Tactical Trainer Qualifying program between the three discipline forces in the country and Australian Federal Police including New Zealand Police officially ended this morning at the McGregor Police Barracks. The training purposely was to teach officers crowd control especially rioting situations in the future.


Australian Federal Police Detective Superintendent Shane McLennan said they have gone through three weeks of internship training and he is happy to see participants eventually graduate from the three weeks training program led by AFP Sergeant Garry Hahn.
Papua New Guinea Defence Force Commander Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo said he was happy to see the three discipline forces in the country doing trainings together to prepare for the upcoming APEC Summit next year.

PNGDF Lieutenant Colonel Boniface Aruma said the type of training led by AFP to engage our discipline forces was crucial and he applauded them. He was pleased to see everyone contributing their efforts to host one of the biggest national events next year.

He added that such training will go a long way into the future after the APEC summit. He said preparations of APEC in the country have truly boosted the capability of the three discipline forces through the assistance of Australian and New Zealand governments.

Participants included three PNGDF Officers, three CIS officers and eight police personnel, six from Special Service Division and two from Police Public Safety Division and one AFP officer.
AFP imparted skills the officers needed and they are now ready to become trainers of local discipline forces personnel around the country for crowd control.

PNGFM/PNG Today

19:30

Undermining democracy in Qld: Broken promises and political favours for donors "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Undermining democracy in Qld: Broken promises and political favours for donorsThe Queensland Premier went back on her promise to hold an inquiry into political favours for donation was this, like the Adani veto, something to do with her partner, Shaun Drabsch? read now...

19:29

Media must ask LNP: Do you intend to allow the Manus refugees to die? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Since the days of the Tampa, seventeen years ago,  Ive heard it said repeatedly that Australians dont care about what happens to asylum seekers and refugees who arrived here by boat, perfectly legitimately, seeking only sanctuary. Obviously after seventeen years, during which the treatment of boat arrivals has only gone downhill, I must finally accept

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19:10

ON BEGGARS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I see that the Christchurch City Missioner has come out saying that the majority of beggars on the street are entrepreneurs looking to cash in on the 'left' induced perception of a society in crisis.

Such an observation is commendable.    It does however 'beg' the question as to why now and only after the election  of a Labour led government. 

Just askin.

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18:43

MACKAY Police shootout accused found dead in his cell "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 06:35AM ,

Police shootout accused found dead in his cell

November 21, 2017 at 06:35AM ,

The matter was heard yesterday in Mackay Magistrates Court. No evidence was offered by the prosecution and all the charges were dismissed, court

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18:43

MACKAY Tried to halt a hoon, ended up on wrong side of the law "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 06:26AM ,

Tried to halt a hoon, ended up on wrong side of the law

November 21, 2017 at 06:26AM ,

Nathan John Evans, 32, from Bucasia faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to dangerous operation on October 24.

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18:43

MACKAY She filmed arrests but refused to give police her phone "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

She filmed arrests but refused to give police her phone

November 21, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

Tyra Jane Elizabeth Hutchinson appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, pleading guilty to obstructing police about 1.10pm on October 17

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18:38

These Inspirational Quotes Generated By AI Turned Out Hilariously Wrong "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Once upon a time, we would think of computers as emotionless, useful pieces of equipment that would only respond to commands we put into them.

But over time, programs have been developed to allow computers to learn and respond to a greater array of cues thus giving them the ability to display positively human traits as batsh*t crazy as they can be!

Check out the below video from Googles DeepMind artificial intelligence company. The geniuses over in Silicon Valley have gone and developed an AI that has managed to learn how to walk, run, jump, and climb without any prior guidance.

The result is impressive, but sort of resembles a drunk limbo champion after leg day.

When it comes to communicating knowledge and guidance, programs such as Siri, or Ask Google are phenomenal in picking up what you say and guessing your next thought processes. But this knowledge has been generated based on what other people have asked and the computers have learned to pre-empt what youre going to say next.

But lets take another element of human behaviour: philosophy. The great minds over time have postulated over life and spat out things like:

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. Plato

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect Mark Twain

All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me consciously or unconsciously. Thats to be expected. A sexual dynamic is always present between people, unless you are asexual. Donald Trump

But what about if we give this task to the computers? The result at times may hit the mark, but by scouring the web for possible combinations of words on particular subjects, the results dont exactly hit the mark. Check out some of the bloody hilarious reflections on life below.

Credit: InspiroBot

Credit: InspiroBot

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17:54

Slater and Gordon announced GILLARD's exit from the firm one week before her 11 September 1995 record of interview "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

To date, most of us have believed that GILLARD left Slater and Gordon after and perhaps as a result of her 11 September 1995 formally recorded interview with Peter Gordon and Geoff Shaw. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/investigations/revealed-julia-gillard-lost-her-job-after-law-firms-secret-investigation/news-story/c59b5518bdc00c3987944bb715a4fc6d The TURC published highly selective extracts from Slater and Gordon partnership meetings, commencing with the firm's...

17:50

This Is The Fastest Title Fight KO In Boxing History "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

WBO bantamweight champion boxer Zolani Tete has broken the world record for the shortest world title fight defence in history this week, after knocking Siboniso Gonya out in just eleven seconds to retain his WBO strap. The former IBF junior bantamweight champion is well known for his lightning-fast hands and crushing power, having won 21 of his 26 victories by way of knockout.

This is the kind of guy you never want to piss off, because youre likely to end up waking up with a headache or just plain not waking up at all.

This guy starches people so hard that they need an OXYGEN MASK just to get up after the shots hes landed on them.

Photo: Tumblr

Photo: Tumblr

The South African pugilist claims to have had over four hundred amateur fights and is alleged to have only lost three of them.

The twenty-nine-year-old ripped his opponent with an absolutely devastating right hook only six seconds into the bout in Belfast, Ireland at the SSE Arena. It looked like it didnt just kill Gonya, but also sent a shockwave down through his bloodline. The referee recognised within five seconds that the fight was 100% over when he looked down and saw that Gonya resembled more of a corpse than a world title challenger.

Photo: WBO

Photo: WBO

The record that Tete broke with his amazing knockout power was just six seconds longer than this fight. The old record was recorded by Daniel Jimenez, the former WBO super-bantamweight champ, who knocked Harald Geier out in just seventeen seconds all the way back in 1994. Its taken over TWENTY years for someone to get knocked out faster in a world title fight.

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17:03

Fiji Bati bid to win "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The never-say-die attitude of the Vodafone Fiji Bati players on Saturday showed how important brotherhood was to the team.

Towards the end of the game, players were slower to get up and looked injured, but stood up anyway playing their hearts out.

"It is a sign of team spirit and harmony. They are prepared to do anything for each other. The credit goes to the senior player Kevin Naiqama, who instilled a proud culture," former Fiji Bati captain Petero Civoniceva said.

"We are proud of the brotherhood, which has grown throughout the course of this tournament."

A former Kangaroo himself, Civoniceva said if Fiji's defensive line held, the Bati could also surprise the Australian Kangaroos on Friday.

"We have a wonderful occasion for the boys to take on the world's best. It would be a game that many outside our time wouldn't think we would be capable of playing.

"But we've given ourselves every chance and we have shown last week that anything is possible.

"With the style we played last week, we showed that we could control the ball really well, we completed our sets well and that gave us a chance and defence was the cornerstone of that victory."

Civoniceva said defence would be critical when playing against players such as Cooper Cronk, Bill Slater and Cameron Smith.

"Your defence has to be on point, if it's not, Australia's got players who can really hurt or expose you," Civoniceva said.

Meanwhile,  Fiji Bati team spent most of Monday relaxing, but had an hour or so of recovery session at the Southbank in Brisbane, Australia.

Players had a pool session and finished with stretching exercises.

"I think for all of us we want to put what happened in the week behind us now. Now we focus on the next few days really to get preparation right.

"We need to make sure we have enough time to get over the bumps and bruises from the weekend and be ready.

"We have pretty much come through the game in good shape, only few bumps and bruises.

"It was a tough physical match(on Saturday)for Mick Reid (trainer), in his program it is all about rest and recovery and for the body to be back to 110 per cent as quickly as possible."

While Fijian fans celebrated all over the globe on Sunday, the Fiji Bati team travelled to Brisbane.

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17:03

MACKAY Mackay district court "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

MACKAY November 21, 2017 at 11:02AM ,

Mackay district court

November 21, 2017 at 11:02AM ,

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16:31

Australias economic trajectory "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

An article has been doing the rounds House of Cards by Matt Burnie and Craig Tindale, that we highly commend. Rarely do articles array so much data in devastating order. There must be over 100 links highlighting the risky nature of our economic miracle from one industry after the other. Whilst the authors []

16:30

16:26

Hide The Girls, by G Squared "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Anti-Abortionists are acting to protect The Rights of the child unable to represent itself. It is not the illusion of woman making choices concerning their bodies. It is not THEIR bodies that are at issue. But this is the level of their ignorance and arrogance. And then we had the problem in Ireland where Catholic []

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16:23

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

201117INTERNATIONAL CHILDRENS DAY HAHELA
By Aloysius Laukai

Early Childhood learning centres from North and Central Bougainville combined and commemorated the International Childrens Day at the Hahela Parish on Buka island.
Schools from as far as Wakunai, Tinputz and Selau Suir plus Schools on Buka island, Halia, Hagohe and Tsitalato met at the Hahela Parish and commemorated this day.
Bougainville Diocese Early Childhood coordinator, MARIETHA RUMINA said that celebrating childrens day after four years of operation throughout Bougainville was a big achievement.
She called on Parents to support their children at these early age as these are the critical years of learning for the Children.
She said that children are the future leaders and must be supported by all.
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16:21

Gangsterism, Mob Rule and War "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Criminal gangs that run our governments, control our corporations, fabricate our news, invent and reinvent out history and lull us into slavery do so believing humanity to be a form of cattle, no more.  Denying this is insanity.

Their prime methodology is war, this is what gangs do.

Ask anyone across the Middle East and they will say war is coming to Lebanon.  However, there is one problem with this, no one is certain who will be fighting whom?  The divided politics of Lebanon, though puzzling to outsiders and a daily concern to the Lebanese themselves are not a factor.  No one in Lebanon wants war.  Only Saudi Arabia and Israel want war, or so we are told.

Stranger still, classified briefings to key American congressional committees, blame Lebanons Hezbollah for backing ISIS across Africa and even in Afghanistan and Pakistan, notwithstanding the fact that Hezbollah has up to 20,000 fighters engaged in war against ISIS and its US backed surrogates at this time.

Saudi Arabia is blaming Iran for shooting missiles at them from heavily blockaded Yemen, and even more insane is the unending effort to accuse Syria of use of chemical weapons.

The world was supposed to learn a lesson after Bush 43 and Blair cooked up a war on terror after 9/11, might we well say conveniently after 9/11.  Fabricating war crimes, false flag terrorism, staged videos, actors as victims, all of this is not only standard fare, it is and has been the rule of the day.

Thus, we expect the now suspected 60-year marriage of love or marriage of convenience, the jury is out on which applies, between Saudi Arabia and their besties in Israel, to garner their assets, their paid-off politicians in America and Europe, their media assets, and their intelligence agencies, long suspected of backing ISIS and al Qaeda.

We can only wait for what they do next, will it be more staged gas attacks or a mass murder somewhere, anywhere, blamed on Iran or Syria or Hezbollah or perhaps Russia?

As American humorist, Jim W. Dean so often says, You just cant make this stuff up.

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Before assigning blame, usually attributed to the halls of...

16:20

"Just Passing Through..." "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

"We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. 
Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to loveand then we return home." 
- Australian Aboriginal Proverb, Author: A.B. Shepherd

16:13

Trumps Ultimate Deal Only offers Hard Choices for Abbas "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The long wait appears to be coming to an end on Donald Trumps ultimate deal, one supposedly capable of unlocking the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians.

The United States peace initiative may be unveiled as soon as January, marking the first anniversary of Mr Trumps arrival in office. Other reports suggest it may be delayed until March. But all seem sure it will be upon us soon.

Neither Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, appear keen to enter another round of fruitless dialogue.

But for good reason, Mr Abbas is far more reticent.

This month, in statements presumably directed at Washington, he insisted he would not agree to a Palestinian state without Gaza, or one restricted to Gaza. He also warned again that, in the absence of a two-state solution, Israel would face demands from Palestinians for equal rights in one state.

That was presumably the context for Mr Abbas being called to Riyadh earlier this month, doubtless after the White House urged Saudi Arabia to use its leverage with the Palestinian leader to bring him onside. According to Palestinian sources cited by Israeli reporter Ben Caspit, Mr Abbas was told in no uncertain terms that he had to respond positively to the coming peace initiative.

Strong-arming Mr Abbas was doubtless also the motive behind US threats at the weekend to shut down what is effectively the Palestinians embassy in Washington unless the Palestinian leader agrees to peace talks.

Outrage from Palestinian officials, who referred to the White House move as extortion, was an indication of their mounting exasperation.

Given that Mr Abbas is invested exclusively in diplomacy, his resistance to this round of US-led peacemaking should serve as warning enough of how bad a Trump peace is likely to prove.

At the weekend Israeli media offered the first substantive clues of what might be on offer.

The headline news is not entirely bad so long as one ignores the small print. Most significantly, if reports are accurate and Washington and Israel claim they are not the US is said to be ready to recognise a Palestinian state.

It is a move characterised by the kind of bullishness that is Mr Trumps trademark and has left Mr Netanyahu anxious. But everything else should reassure him.

The US will apparently agree that no one will be forcibly moved from their home. That may prove the answer to Israels prayers. It will finally have US blessing for all its illegal settlements, which have eaten into the bulk of the West Bank, turning it into a patchwork of Palestinian enclaves.

After five decades of Israel clearing most of the Palestinian population from t...

16:04

December Party: Armidale Community Garden "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

[ Thursday, 7 Dec; 6:30 pm; ] Lets celebrate members and volunteers for a great year of events and forums continuing our vision for Armidale to be a lovely sustainable town to live in. Its simple: bring a picnic blanket, some finger food and drink to share. The festivities will happen at the new time of 6.30pm Thursday 7th December at the Armidale Community Garden [...] full article 

16:03

Does Labour ever tell the truth? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Given the avalanche of flip-flops, backtracks and revised views should the media be asking:-

Does Labour ever tell the truth?

Will they?

Doubt it!

The corollary just how many lies did they tell to win the recent election.

Will media question this?

Doubt it!


16:02

Watch the New Video from The Lost Brothers Echoes In The Wind "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Image Courtesy of The Lost Brothers Irish folk-singing duo The Lost Brothers have returned with their beautiful new single and video Echoes In The Wind. If youre a fan of the close harmony singing of Simon and Garfunkel or The Milk Carton Kids then The Lost Brothers are going to youre new favourite band. Echoes []

16:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont have to stay on topic in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New []

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15:58

Media must ask LNP: Do you intend to allow the Manus refugees to die? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

  Since the days of the Tampa, seventeen years ago,  Ive heard it said repeatedly that Australians dont care about what happens to asylum seekers and refugees who arrived here by boat, perfectly legitimately, seeking only sanctuary. Obviously after seventeen years, during which the treatment of boat arrivals has only gone downhill, I must finally []

15:57

Ora Ora Shohei Otomo at Backwoods, Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Son of the legendary Katsuhiro Otomo Japanese author, illustrator and creator of cult classic Anime AKIRA Shohei Otomo is cut from the same cloth as his father. With intense concentration, he produces ballpoint drawings of semi-imagined figures and situations, blending the old guard sensibilities and pop-culture of Japan with his own dystopian take on life in the country and the seedy underbelly often hidden from the outside world.

With an impressive display of technical precision, incisive political critique and innovative style, Otomo effortlessly slides between the boundaries of graphic design, fine art, anime and raw punk power.

Featuring a larger-than-life-size hand-painted Sumo sculpture, amongst other visual treats, Otomos show opens to the public at Backwoods, Melbourne, this Friday, November 24rd and runs until December 10th.

Backwoods Director and stalwart of the Melbourne art scene, Alexander Mitchell, penned the following essay on Otomos work for the show:

Japanese culture is engaged in an ongoing battle against two opponents; its youth and the West. Like a colossal Sumo wrestler with expert cultural judo, by using its opponents own weight as a weapon, Japan somehow keeps the fight in equilibrium. It rolls with each blow, assimilates culture, pushes back with its own creations and always finds balance.

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15:57

Jacindas new catchphrase "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Given all the gaffes, mis-steps and lies, this seemed very apt:-


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NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

211117SPECIAL ABG MEET
By Aloysius Laukai

The ABG Speaker, SIMON PENTANU has called for all ABG members to attend a Special ABG Parliament session tomorrow November 22nd, 2017 starting TEN AM.
Speaker issued the notice last Friday as the time for the ABG next sitting.
The aim of the special parliament session is for the ABG President, CHIEF DR.JOHN MOMIS to brief the house on ABGs position on matters to be discussed in the forthcoming JOINT SUPERVISORY BODY(jsb) meeting on the 14th and 15th December, 2017 and the Referendum preparations.
The President will also use this opportunity to listen to the peoples representatives on ABGs position on matters before the Joint Supervisory Body meeting.
Meanwhile, the ABG members will also get briefing on the directions by Ombudsman Commission on the duties and responsibilities of the leaders.
New Dawn FM understands that one area of concern is that the constituency development grants by ABG members should not be deposited in the members private accounts.
The members will also get briefing on the UN Peace building fund.

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15:51

Matt Kings maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Again, great thanks Ele for this series

Homepaddock

Northland MP Matt Kings maiden speech:

Ko Matt King Toku Ingoa

No Te Noota Ahau

No Reira 

Tn Koutou, Tn Koutou, Tn Tatou Katoa

Mr Speaker can I start by congratulating you on your election to the prestigious role of speaker.

I look forward to your many positive rulings over the next 3 years in our favour.

Members of Parliament, ladies and gentlemen, friends and family, I stand before you filled with pride as the representative of the people of Northland.

Im proud to be a National Party MP in the most powerful and united opposition this Parliament has ever seen.

Today is my opportunity to introduce myself, share my journey and what I hope to achieve while Im there.

I come from the mighty Northland a truly beautiful place steeped in history.

I live a short distance from the harbour where Kupe first landed on our shores. 

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In brief: Papua New Guinea signs up to Chinas One Belt, One Road initiative, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

China deal to benefit Highlands provinces, call for restructure of agriculture department and quarantine authority, and Pacific Assurance Group goes into liquidation. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Prime Minister Peter ONeill says his government has signed a series of Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with the Chinese government and the China Railway Corporation that will deliver a number of new infrastructure projects in the Eastern and Western Highlands. These projects are taking place as part of the One Belt One Road initiative that is creating more efficient trade corridors between the Asia-Pacific and Western Asia, he said. The three MOUs cover the China-PNG Integrated Agriculture Industrial Park; the High Priority Economic Roads Project; and the Goroka Town Water Supply Upgrade Project.

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Signing of MOU with China. Credit: PMO

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15:46

Sara Boland At Tutere "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Red List, Red Thread By Kate Hartmann A new exhibition by Waikanae textile artist Sara Boland entitled Red List, Red Thread opened on the weekend in Tutere Gallerys exhibition space. In this body of work Sara Boland explores the colour, texture and pattern of five critically endangered birds that are currently listed on the IUCN []

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Eastside meets Catherine Traicos "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

CT-152Described as an artist of exceptional poise and talent (SMH) Catherine Traicos has just released her sixth studio album.

Luminaire is a beautiful album, wrought with emotion and turmoil. Catherine sat down with Eastside recently to discuss the recording process and play a couple of tracks from the album live in the studio.

 

Listen below.

 

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Singaporeans will never achieve democracy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The common but erroneous perception is that with more education and higher standard of living, a society would become more democratic. The belief was totalitarianism and societal advancements work in opposites. Unfortunately this is not true as history shows, and point proven by Singapore. Since independence no doubt the island has progressed economically, but as for democracy, it not only did not take root, and as far as democracy is concerned, it has regressed, not progressed.

And the reasons are obvious. A people cannot want what they do not know. And Singaporeans thanks to their dictators carefully shielding them from any mention of democracy have become today totally ignorant of what democracy even is. The ordinary Singaporean just as another Iraqi or Syrian or Afghan wants a job, food to eat and roof over the heads.  As for democracy, he hasn't heard of it, and as long as he is left alone, quite happy not to have it.

And this is exactly the state of affairs the islands dictators want. Singaporeans have no real rights as an American would have. Singapore police can arrest anyone anytime. But usually they only harass political opponents and criminals. If you are not a criminal or a political dissident, you have no problems at all.

Singapore does have a constitution which is almost the same as that of United States, replete with the rights of man, human rights, free speech and the entire litany. But unlike the United States all that is ignored and the police do whatever they want. But since the police and the Kangaroo judges placed by the rulers only punish anyone who is a critic or a criminal, people don't care whether they have rule or law or not since it doesn't affect them personally.

As a result Singapore today is a very repressive society with no rule of law. But the repression is only used against political opponents. The rule is, as long as you allow the rulers to be as corrupt as they want, you have no complaint of the lack of a free press, or lack of any freedoms, then you can go on with your life uneventfully and quiet. Since the aspirations of the average Singaporean only extends up to his daily upkeep and daily material needs, the dictators can continue in power for another 100 years as long as you accept your humble state.

Unlike the ordinary Singapore who lives this way, there are those, only a handful who may know that a free and independent life without having to live under Big Brother is much more meaningful and rewarding. So the handful, such as Chee Soon Juan and the late JB Jeyaretnam or myself have stuck our necks out to challenge this totalitarian regime for which we have suffered great punishment. And then there are the other handful who are aware but do not think it worthwhile to openly question authority. These people simply leave the island for se...

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In which the pond comes out swinging wildly at Terrorists and Caterists ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


This is an EXCLUSIVE - cry baby Hastie pastie calls up because he can't stand the heat in the kitchen after he lit the fire ...

Of course the reptiles and therefore the pond know the likely culprits ... snobby greenies ...


After Northcote, the pond wondered how long it would be before the reptiles discovered another EXCLUSIVE of the 'greenies are terrible people terribly up themselves' kind...

Perversely the pond was reminded of a recent quote it came across ...


Now ironies of ironies that was in the lizard of Oz - it can be googled by using key words - and reverting to the original online posting, Amis seems to have done a bit of a clean-up or enhancement, because here was a different form of it at The Independent back in 2007...

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15:36

Bloke Sets Up Fake Porn Star Casting Couch Auditions, Results Are Incredible "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I have to admit, when I first came across this video (not like that), I was a little worried that it would be in a similar vein to the one where that creepy fu*king dude set up a fake calling couch in order to have sex with unsuspecting women but this is totally different. This is awesome.

At the start of the clip, YouTube star Ross Everett wrote:

This video is a collection of real-life interactions that occur during adult modelling interviews. We film girls willing to do whatever it takes to land a job. I would hire them all

He also added the following (somewhat unrealistic) line:

HoweverIm not a real casting agentand Ive never seen porn.

Never, Ross? Ever?! Youd think that a fella would put in the necessary research before diving into a prank such as this. Hell, I researched the sh*t out of the women involved in it and Im only writing about it!

Still, whether or not he researched and is just embarrassed to admit it is a moot point since Everett knocks this prank out of the park.

He begins with the type of questions youd expect to be asked if you were auditioning for an adult film: whats your name? Do you have an experience in adult films? What type of scenes would you be comfortable shooting? Etc.

But things turn very weird, very quickly, as Everett begins to test their skills in the field of mathematics and their ability (and willingness) to help him move house.

Summer Day, included for research purposes, obviously...

Summer Day, included for research purposes, obviously

Kayden Kross. Her middle name DOES NOT start with a k!

Kayden Kross. Her middle name DOES NOT start with a k!

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15:32

People moves: Bougainville Copper, Westpac, Air Niugini, PNGICSA "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A new chair at Bougainville Copper, Westpac appoints a new Pacific Regional Head, a new Sales Manager for Air Niugini in the New Guinea Islands and a new chief migration officer appointed by the National Executive Council.

Bougainville Copper Limited has appointed Bougainvillean Mel Togolo as Chairman of the Board, replacing Robert Burns, who is retiring. Togolo, who only joined the board in October this year, has had a long involvement in the mineral sector and served on the BCL board in the early 1990s. He chairs his first meeting in February, 2018.

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Westpac has appointed Kip Hanna as its new Regional Head, Pacific. He was most recently Head of Asia-Pacific Business Development for ANZ, including PNG and Fiji.

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Air Niugini has appointed Robin Taman as the new Regional Sales Manager to look after its business operations in the New Guinea Islands region.

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The National Executive Council has appointed Solomon Kantha as the new Chief Migration Officer at the PNG Immigration & Citizenship Service Authority, effective immediately and for four years. The decision comes after Kantha was acting in the position since the death of Mataio Rabura.

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15:30

Seeking Babasaheb Among His People "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Where can one find Ambedkar? Does it make sense to look for him in the hallowed grounds of academia or in political ideologues?

B.R. Ambedkar. Credit: Ajay Tallam/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

B.R. Ambedkar. Credit: Ajay Tallam/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Our memories are like objects stashed away in an old storehouse, in the hope that they can always be retrieved in the future. Any act of remembering is akin to going through ones accumulated belongings of many years, where the frustration of being unable to locate the intended object is matched by a commensurate joy in making a serendipitous discovery. Reading Ambedkar: The Attendant Details put together by Salim Yusufji at Navayana evokes a similar feeling.

The B.R. Ambedkar we meet here is a collage of multitudinous images refracted through the prism of those whose lives he touched in one way or another: men and women who saw him in the flesh and knew him in many little ways. Like the Tamil writer Bama says in the introduction to this volume, We learn of his love for books, his speed in reading, his fortitude to bear sorrows, and his unceasing hard work. While the many voi...

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15:21

What we talk about when we talk about editing "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This is very resonant with fiction for me, and something I think many writers neglect to consider deeply: what shape is your story, and why is it made this way? I often reread Ursula Le Guins essay, The carrier bag theory of fiction, which talks about the issue of narrative form as a radical project and the idea of using the story as a container for something.

15:04

Opinion: seven things that will make you a successful expatriate in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

It takes a certain kind of person to be successful as an expatriate in Papua New Guinea, according to Fraser Hawkins, Principal Consultant at Peopleconnexion Recruitment. He explains how the right attitude matters just as much as what is on paper.

Port Moresby Town Credit: Stephen Rae/Media Haus

After four years of recruiting expatriates into diverse roles across PNG, I have worked with hundreds of candidates looking to move abroad. Based on this experience, there are seven traits I have consistently found in the candidates who thrive.

1. Resilience

Peopleconnexion Recruitments Fraser Hawkins

Living life as an expat provides you with a unique opportunity to experience a different corner of the world than your own, but it wont always be easy.

You may find yourself having to get a little more hands-on than you would at home, or getting a little more creative with the resources you have. Resilience is incredibly important.

If you are the kind of person who is willing to stick it out and looks for an opportunity to learn something from every challenge, you are likely to flourish in an expat role.

2. Cultural adaptability

Papua New Guinea is one of the worlds most culturally and linguistically diverse nations in the world. As an expat, it is your responsibility to respect and honour the culture in every way that you can and integrate into the community.

It might not be in your job description but, as an expat in PNG, you need to be willing to be a mentor to your team

If your partner or family is joining you, it is important that they feel they can make PNG their home too.  This is why it is essential to find ways to get involved in the community and make sure you arent just staying within expat c...

15:00

Progressive Muslim countrys mask has slipped "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Turkey is held up by left-wingers as an example of how progressive and peaceful a Muslim society can be. Under the leadership of a devout Muslim leader, Turkey is reverting to its roots. Progressive Muslims are not good Muslims because they choose to ignore Islamic law and Islamic values. Turkeys capital has banned the public []

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14:57

Roxanne Moore: Time to wake up Australia. Every child prison in this country is Don Dale "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I wonder how quickly change would have happened if these abuses were mostly happening to white kids not that it should be happening to any child at all Photograph: Roxanne Moore I wonder how quickly change would have happened if these abuses were mostly happening to white kids not that it should be happening to any child at ...

14:49

More evidence from the Slater and Gordon files "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Here are a few pieces of evidence that might assist authorities in investigating The AWU Scandal. In 1995 Andrew Taylor was Slater and Gordon's PR man. Here is the header for one of his invoices from the time. For July 1995 these line items appear. On 25 July 1995 Taylor...

14:30

Learn to speak Jacinderease in one easy lesson "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinderease The language of obfuscation: Words that make an answer, vague, unclear, unintelligible or that avoid answering the question altogether. Jacinderease is a language easily learned as it is full of bumper sticker slogans. The secret to speaking fluent Jacinderease is to have a relentlessly positive tone when speaking (or as Jacinda calls it, relentless positividdy) []

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14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Chemiluminescence  the emission or production of light as the result of a chemical reaction.


Filed under: language Tagged: chemiluminescence

14:19

Aboriginal funeral funds must be established by State and Territory Governments "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

On average each year there are 3,000 deaths of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, but many families cannot afford a funeral. The distress levels can damage families, displace anger, dishevelling people, condemning them to elevated risk to aberrant behaviours. Nationally, nearly half the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population lives below the poverty line, []

14:17

Is Australias Economy A House of Cards? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

(L) Shanghai harbour, (R) Eiffel Tower

By Dee McLachlan

Is there really enough iron ore sitting in the ports of China to build 13,000 Eiffel Towers? And isnt iron ore, Australias biggest export, the countrys main driver of a trade surplus and GDP growth?

I have, in past articles, commented on manufacturing industries in Australia collapsing, and that we are becoming a nation of tour guides and baristas. The main business and wealth earning industry, it seems, is sitting on property and waiting for asset prices to rise.

I have little understanding of economics and had never heard of something called the...

14:14

Life expectancy. From 45 to 82 years, we've come a long way "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

One hundred and fifty years ago on Tuesday The Sydney Morning Herald broke news that these days would be considered shocking.

The first 'life table' prepared for the British colony put the expected lifespan of a newborn non-Aboriginal Australian at just 45.6 years.

The Bureau of Statistics now gives newborns a lifespan of 82.5 years; 80.4 for boys, and 84.6 for girls.

And that's almost certain to be an underestimate. Improvements in medical technologies throughout 80 years of life are likely to add an extra four years to those totals.

On November 7, 1867, the life table was good news. We were better off than England where newborns got only 40.9 years, and better off than Belgium where they got 32.2.

And things were even better than the raw figure of 45.6 years suggested. An extraordinary 10.6 per cent of newborns (10.6 per cent of boys, 9.8 per cent of girls) died before they reached the age of one. If you survived to the age of one, you were likely to make it to 51.

From today's vantage point it looks as if life expectancy has always increased, but it hasn't, for decades at a time. The 1960s were what Melbourne University demographer Alan Lopez refers to as the "tobacco years". Life expectancy increased not at all.

For older Australians life expectancy scarcely increased for 50 years, between 1920 and 1970. It was only after 1972 when the tobacco use was brought under control (it didn't finally peak until 1978 - 1980) and progress was made against heart attacks that it began to grow again.

In recent years, newborns have been gaining an extra year of life every two and a half years. Australian National University demographer Liz Allen can't see an upper limit, although she concedes it will be more difficult. Controlling tobacco, preventing heart disease and making driving safer were easier to do than it would be to extend the lifespan of the parts of our bodies with built in obsolescence. Our bodies weren't designed to last too many years beyond childbirth, she says.

Alan Lopez says we've already harvested most of the low-hanging fruit. "The gains in lung cancer, chronic heart disease and the tobacco causes will continue, but at a much slower rate," he says. The gains from road accidents will depend on whether we adopt strict road rules of the kind Sweden has where there is a zero tolerance for alcohol.

At a public lecture to be presented at Melbourne University next week, he will suggest that life expectancy will continue to climb for the next 25 years, but at half the rate of the previous 25 years.

The biggest ob...

14:13

The National Security Editor at The Oz speaks out "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

There are times when I think the media are inhabited by clueless clowns and then there are times when I think things are even worse. This is written by the person The Australian has designated as its National Security Editor: Tony Abbotts vacillations leave him at risk of permanent irrelevance. I realise the difficulties of a cabinet government, in which his cabinet contained Malcolm, Julie and Christopher, and the intractability of a hostile Senate, which made impossible passing some of the things the Libs wished to do, are beyond the comprehension of some people, but here we are.

Having presided over the most brutal emasculation of the Westminster system since Federation, Tony Abbott is now busy singing the praises of Western civilisation. . . .

It was Abbott, who along with other conservative MPs, foisted the same-sex marriage plebiscite on this country. Plebiscites are grimy, divisive affairs, beloved by tyrants as a means of mobilising one group in society against another. They are kryptonite to a Westminster democracy, which holds the parliament as the supreme source of moral authority. . . .

Wasnt it Abbott who fought to the wire for the right of priests and celebrants to refuse to solemnise gay marriages? Indeed it was. But where was Abbott when Pauline Hanson walked into the Senate chamber in a full length burqa? . . .

As for free speech, the sine qua non of all democratic life, Abbotts record is none too flash. He flirted with the idea of banning Hizb ut Tahrir, a militant Islamic group whose anti-Western bluster is offensive, but otherwise harmless. . . .

He has since called for the entire abolition of the Human Rights Commission, a consequence-free act of political posturing that does nothing to remove one of the countrys most illiberal laws, one his government left encoded in our statutes.

Etc, etc. Ill pick a couple from the comments. If there was one that supported what he wrote I completely missed it.

An amazing blend of Abbott hatred, SSM enthusiasm and a wilful blindness to the dangers posed to western society by the likes of Hizb ut Tahrir. Gee I am glad you write about security and do not have the job of maintaining it.

I for one support Tony in this. Christianity is a core element of the Western tradition, not Islam. Islam is in fact against the Western tradition in many of its practices. How can the author be so selective in this aspect. It is an Abbott bashing exercise first and foremost and expects us to overlook the disingenuous and fallacious arguments....

14:06

Better economic days ahead? Sorry, not yet "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Why do people feel so rotten?

It's because they don't believe the federal Treasurer when he says there are "better days ahead".

He's said it 25 times, roughly once a week since April.

If things were really looking up, retailers wouldn't need to cut prices to maintain sales. During the June and September quarters, retail prices fell 0.2 and 0.4 per cent. Fell. It's rare for prices to fall across the entire retail sector for an entire quarter. It's even rarer for them to fall for two consecutive quarters, and rarer still for them to fall that much. It's the biggest wave of discounting this century.

What did the price dive deliver? An increase in spending of 1 per cent. In department stores, where prices slipped 0.3 per cent, spending slid 2.2 per cent.

ShopperTrak monitors retail traffic in real time. Store owners and shopping centre managers feed it video, Wi-Fi and the output of heat sensors to enable it to work out how many people are in participating stores at any given time and how long they stay. In September, foot traffic was down 6 per cent on the same period the previous year. In the first three weeks of October, it was down 7.5 per cent.

It's partly because we're switching to shopping online, where, for big items, we can get lower prices, often from overseas. But it's also because, even with low and sliding prices, we are less keen to shop.

Ask us whether we expect better or worse conditions in the year ahead, as the Melbourne Institute does every month, and only 21 per cent say "better". That's the average for the past 12 months. Back in the final year of the Gillard government and the last months of the mining boom, 30 per cent said better. Back further in the last year of the Howard government, 33 per cent picked better.

It's the same when you ask about the next five years: only 21 per cent of us expect better times; 26 per cent expect worse. Back in the final year of the Howard government 44 per cent of us expected better times, and only 22 per cent expected worse.

Like businesses reluctant to invest whatever the interest rate, households that are wary will be reluctant to spend whatever the price. Officially, inflation is just 1.8 per cent, keeping pace with record low private sector wage growth of 1.8 per cent. But 1.8 per cent is an overestimate.

The Bureau of Statistics conceded as much on Monday when it revamped the consumer price index to take into account changed buying patterns. The index measures the price of the basket of goods that is said to represent the purchases of a typical consumer. But what's typical changes over time.

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Changes to the way food inflation is measured "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Statistics New Zealand spokesman Jason Attewell said luncheon would no longer be included in the Food Price Index calculations. Nor will milkshakes, cottage cheese, spring onions, alfalfa sprouts or canned corn. Instead, olives, fresh herbs and herbal tea will be added. Mr Attewell said the index was reviewed every three years following a survey to []

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14:00

Rediscovering Abdus Salam Through a Visit to His Childhood Home "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Nobel laureate Abdus Salam was born and spent many years in Jhang, Punjab, in Pakistan.

Abdus Salams childhood home. Credit: Aown Ali

Tucked away in a quiet narrow street of Mohalla Chain Pura inside the Bab-e-Muhammad neighborhood of Jhang, a small 400 square foot house is designated as a national monument of Pakistan. This is the family house of Muhammad Abdus Salam, the Nobel Laureate theoretical physicist, and where he was born in January 1926.

The gated locality of Bab-e-Muhammad is known as Jhang city. In fact it is the old city of Jhang, which, like old neighborhoods in many other cities of Punjab, is gated and has its particular architecture and lifestyle.

Bab-e-Muhammad leads into a straight lane called Bazaar Noor Shah. Walking a few steps in this cluster of shops, looking over the true picture of life in old Jhang you could ask some passersby or a shopkeeper about Salams house. Turning a left at a Y-junction and walking a few more steps in this direction one arrives at a small house with a tiny inscription on the brown colour main door. The house looks no different than any of the other houses in the area, but it is from this house that a series of knowledge starts, a new page of science begins and the whereabouts of Salam are found.

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13:50

1,917 reasons to subscribe "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Okay, we decided to narrow it down from 1,917 reasons to simply the top 17!

13:47

November 2017 (#231) "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

In This Update:

  • TI Members Meeting
  • Recent Submissions to Government
  • Events including the TIA AGM, Sydney

TI Annual Members Meeting (October 2017).

At Transparency Internationals Annual Membership Meeting (AMM) on 15 October, in Berlin, Delia Ferreira Rubio was elected chair and Rueben Lifuka was elected as vice-chair, along with seven new board members.

TI Australias very own AJ Brown, Professor of Public Policy & Law at Australias Griffith University, and Non-Executive Director of TI Australia was elected to the TI Board. Congratulations AJ. Read more about these appointments.

https://www.transparency.org/news/feature/delia_ferreira_rubio_elected_chair_of_transparency_international

See a message from the new TI Chair, Vice-Chair and Board here.

The AMM was accompanied by a series of TI regional and cross regional meetings: Asia Pacific, Africa, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Europe. A wonderful opportunity to meet colleagues and discuss work to combat corruption across the TI Movement.

The latest edition of Eye on TI provides an overview of the AMM and associated meetings.

 

Submissions

TI Australia has made two submissions to government during October. A submission on the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Amendment Bill 2017.

A submission was also made to the Select Committee Enquiry into the Political Influence of Donations. This provided an opportunity to draw on the recently released research Corruption Risks: Mining Approvals in Australia.

http://transparency.org.au/our-work/mining-for-sustainable-development/mining-in-australia/

TI Australia Chair, Anthony Whealy QC, appeared as a witness before the Select Committee on the 2 November.

TI Australia submissions can be found on our website: http://transparency.org.au/submissions/

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13:37

Pay your rates "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Here is an article from a Melbourne suburbs newspaper telling people to pay their 'rates' at the Municipal office.


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Opera singer charged with historic child sex offences "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Sydney Morning Herald

Opera singer charged with historic child sex offences

  • Kate McClymont and Debbie Cuthbertson
21 November 2017

A longstanding member of the nations principal opera company, Opera Australia, has been charged with historic child sex offences, some of which are alleged to have been committed at the Sydney Opera House.

David Edward Lewis, 58, is charged with four counts of aggravated indecent assault of a victim under the age of 16 and two counts of sexual intercourse with a person 14 or over and under 16.

David Lewis has been charged with historic child sex offences, some of which are alleged to have been committed at the ...David Lewis has been charged with historic child sex offences, some of which are alleged to have been committed at the Sydney Opera House. Photo: Facebook

It was Mr Lewiss starring role as Princess Turandots father, the Emperor, in the opera companys spectacular production of Puccinis Turandot on Sydney Harbour in March last year, which prompted the alleged victim to go to police.

In the mid-1990s the then 14-year-old girl was in the childrens chorus of an Opera Australia production when it is alleged Mr Lewis, a chorister in his mid-30s, commenced to sexually assault her.

David Lewis as Cousin Francois in Opera Australia's April 2017 Sydney production of Two Weddings, One Bride.David Lewis as Cousin Francois in Opera Australias April 2017 Sydney production of Two Weddings, One Bride. Photo: Prudence Upton

Sources have told Fairfax Media that one assault was witnessed by a cast member who reported the matter to senior figures within Opera Australia, who then appointed a chaperone for the children. No action was taken against Mr Lewis.

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13:30

As Critiques of UN Peacekeeping Missions Grow, Africa Seeks Peace on Its Own Terms "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Indian military doctors attend to a child in Kiwanja, the Democratic Republic of Congo via The Blue Berets. CC BY-SA 2.0

Indian military doctors attend to a child in Kiwanja, the Democratic Republic of Congo via The Blue Berets. CC BY-SA 2.0

United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions are ubiquitous on the African continent despite growing critiques of inefficacy. Peacekeepers work in cooperation with African military troops with increasingly broad mandates including civilian protection, counterinsurgency operations, and counterterrorism, among others. UN peacekeeping missions in places like Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Cte dIvoire have been hailed as successes, yet UN troops ground activities on the ground have been heavily questioned.

Since the first mission in 1948...

13:30

Dem pesky wabbits "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Rabbits cease to be cute once they form a plague. Carcasses litter the roads and burrows pock the hillsides and parks of the coastal Otago settlement, and the township wants help to fight back. Moeraki Village Holiday Park owner Robbie Mitchell said the population was larger than he had ever seen. [The population has] probably doubled []

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13:17

Cory Bernardi and the Australian Christian Lobbys call arms "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Contributed by Joe Montero

At last Saturdays (17 November 2017) national conference of the Australian Christian Lobby in Sydney, Senator Cory Bernardi told the delegates that the campaign against same-sex marriage in Australia was an extraordinary success, despite losing the national postal survey.

These were not the words of a deluded and frustrated individual. They were calculated and had a specific purpose. They were concerned with what to do in the period after the overwhelming victory of the Yes vote.

For Bernardi and those who agreed with him, the Conference was an occasion to get on with the next phase of bringing a collective view of the world that would propel Australia into the Middle Ages, where religion and politics were intertwined and any deviation from the prescribed format would not be tolerated.

The Senator had left the Liberal Party earlier this year, because in his view it had moved away from from conservative principle. He went on to form the Australian Conservative Party. The title is inaccurate because the Bernardi view of the world has nothing to do with conservatism and a lot more to do with with the reactionary radicalism that he shares with others in the Australian Christian Lobby and outside it.  The difference is important.  The radicals do not seek to keep the status quo, but to change it in their own direction.

The Australian Christian Lobby claims to represent Christianity in Australia. It does nothing of the sort. A significant of its leadership and support comes form a section of the Pentecostal tradition. Hillsong is intimately connected and jointly sponsored the Coalition for Marriage.  There are business money links. There are links to the Sydney based traditionalist leadership of the Methodist and Catholic churches. There is also a close connection with similarly minded factions in the Liberal and National parties.

The model and inspiration for the Australian Christian Lobby is what is often called the American Christian Right, which emerged in opposition to the ending of segregation and the schools and bussing in black children.

One of the two original founders is the retired Baptist minister and Queensland businessman,...

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Unemployment is miserable and doesnt spawn an upsurge in personal creativity "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Here is a summary of another interesting study I read last week (published March 30, 2017) Happiness at Work from academic researchers JanEmmanuel De Neve and George Ward. It explores the relationship between happiness and labour force status, including whether an individual is employed or not and the types of jobs they are doing. The results reinforce a long literature, which emphatically concludes that people are devastated when they lose their jobs and do not adapt to unemployment as its duration increases. The unemployed are miserable and remain so even as they become entrenched in long-term unemployment. Further, they do not seem to sense (or exploit) a freedom to release some inner sense of creativity and purpose. The overwhelming proportion continually seek work and relate their social status and life happiness to gaining a job, rather than living without a job on income support. The overwhelming conclusion is that work makes up such an important part of our lives and that result is robust across different countries and cultures. Being employed leads to much higher evaluations of the quality of life relative to being unemployed. And, nothing much has changed in this regard over the last 80 or so years. These results were well-known in the 1930s, for example. They have a strong bearing on the debate between income guarantees versus employment guarantees. The UBI proponents have produced no robust literature to refute these long-held findings.

While the Happiness Study notes that the relationship between happiness and employment is a complex and dynamic interaction that runs in both directions the authors are unequivocal:

The overwhelming importance of having a job for happiness is evident throughout the analysis, and holds across all of the worlds regions. When considering the worlds population as a whole, people with a job evaluate the quality of their lives much more favorably than those who are unemployed. The importance of having a job extends far beyond the salary attached to it, with non-pecuniary aspects of employment such as social status, social relations, daily structure, and goals all exerting a strong influence on peoples happiness.

And, the inverse:

The importance of employment for peoples subjective wellbeing shines a spotlight on the misery and unhappiness associated with being unemployed.

There is a burgeoning literature on happiness, which the authors aim to contribute to.

They define happiness as subjective well-being, which is measured along multiple dimensions:

life evaluation (by way of the Cantril ladder of life), positive and negative a...

13:11

Canberra and the thumping great Heffalump in the room "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

By David Ayliffe Shhhhh! Theres a thumping great Heffalump in Federal Parliament and hes making quite a racket. The Heffalump has been around for quite some time ever since this blasted Marriage Equality debate began. Why cant things just stay the same for ever and ever, Amen? Damned Heffalump, just like Pooh and Piglet, courtesy

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13:06

Farrar calls out the Ardern fan-club for their hypocrisy and Ardern for her stupidity "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

David Farrar has posted on how Arderns stupidity has led to widely reported comments which at best suggest naivety, others just seem to indicate she is seen as a rather silly neophyte.

What is very telling is the ending to the post.

The final aspect of this saga is how precious left activists are because a journalist vigorously questioned Ardern on the story she created.

Tame even had columns appear in Stuff condemning him because he kept persisting with trying to get a straight answer from Ardern for six minutes. If Tame had challenged John Key for six minutes on an issue, hed be held up as a champion of journalism and Key be condemned as evasive. But many on the left cant abide anything that is challenging of Ardern.

Tame, a journalist Adam has little time for, exposed just how superficial and shallow Ardern is. Furthermore he showed up her tendency to obfuscate and spin (aka lie) whenever pressed. Ardern coud not even take the heat over what what was manifestly her own fault caused by her big-noting to a so-called friend.

She is the Prime Minister of NZ, not a wannabe disc jockey. She is not fit to hold the office of PM.


13:04

BATR: Saudi Arabia and Israeli Alliance Targets Iran "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Saudi Arabia and Israeli Alliance Targets Iran

The consequences of the failed American foreign policy in the Middle East has seldom been more vivid with the defeat of ISIS; the U.S. surrogate in the Syrian conflict. ISIS, a blended creation of the CIA and the Mossad was the inevitable result of sanctioning the murder of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi. With the support of Russian involvement, Syria's President Bashar Hafez al-Assad was able to fend off the imperialist efforts of Israel to remove him from office and destroy his country. Defeating ISIS on the battlefield has never been the intention of the DC shadow government. The consistent policy under every US administration has been to protect the Zionist state above all else. Unfortunately, the Trump regime is no different and certainly does not follow a genuine America First foreign policy.

This background sets the stage for the next manipulation in the region. YeniSafak asks, What happened in the Mideast after Trump's Saudi visit? Their answer provides a list of developments.

May 20 - Trumps visit do Riyadh

June 5 Qatar crisis

June 21 New crown prince

July 30 Al-Sadr in Saudi Arabia

Sept. 25 Illegitimate referendum in the KRG

Oct. 12 Hamas and Fatah reconciliation

Oct. 13 Nuclear deal in Congress

Oct. 24 Saudi Arabia returns to moderate Islam

Nov. 2 Iran and al-Qaeda link in Bin Laden documents

Now the Daily Mail reports, Saudi Arabia king to step down and hand over the crown to his 32-year-old son. The palace putsch against rival princes has a nice ring to justify their removal from influence has less to do with their corruption than a st...

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#SanctionAustralia What Actions can international activists take? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

1. Contact human rights and civil society groups within your region. Ask them to publicly sanction Australia for torture of refugees.
2. Pressure the UN to sanction Australia for refugee rights violations and from participating in any refugee/humanitarian and human rights decision making process.
3. Consistent presence at Australian embassies carrying Sanction Australia banners visibly!
4. Banner/ brochure Sanction Australia banner drops in busy areas and brochure distribution at any events
5. Presence at sporting and other other events Australia participates in.
6. Boycott any events sponsored by security companies or private firms who ran detention centres in Australia such Serco, Wilson Security, Broadspectrum, Ferrovial Servicios etc.

NOTE:
RISE has to authorize any fundraising events for the #SanctionAustralia Campaign.
Respect eX-detainees running this campaign at RISE. Make sure you acknowledge our labour and leadership

RISE eX-detainee Team.

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12:54

One Crown to Rule Them All: The real reasons for the Saudi 'corruption crackdown' "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Saudi clown prince Mohammad Bin Salman is an impulsive tyrant. But what accounts for the urge to purge the country of any potential competing power center Why does he run a such an activist foreign policy? The answer might be Iran. Not Iran the country, but Iran the system. Since the U.S. war on Iraq the sclerotic Saudi Arabia continuously lost standing in its region. The Iranian model gained ground. A decade later the authoritarian Arab systems were challenged by the so called "Arab spring". While the movements in the various countries -as far as their were genuine- have failed, they were a warning sign for things to come. Saudi Arabia reacted to the challenges by moving away from a sedate, consensual run family business towards a centrally controlled, supercharged tyranny. The move allows for more flexible and faster reactions to any future challenge. But it also increases the chance of making mistakes. To understand why this endeavor is likely to fail one needs look at the traditional economic and social system that is the fabric of the country. The fate of the Hariri dynasty is an example for it.

12:54

Will Facebooks new image abuse tool really work? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A couple of weeks back (with the help of Electronic Frontiers Australia & conference organisers), I attended the inaugural Safety on the Edge Conference hosted by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. The eSafety Office falls under the Communications and Arts portfolio as it deals with regulation of internet content - an historically contentious topic for civil liberties groups.

The original scope of the eSafety Office was a focus on the welfare of children online, however after noting the prevalence of online abuse issues faced by adults, the agency was recently given funding to widen its scope.

This article is by and is the copyright of Rosie Williams, a citizen journalist who works on a range of issues, including data ethics and online safety. It was originally published on her The Little Bird blog and is republished here with permission. She the original article. Rosie is also very active on Twitter @Info_Aus.

Research used by the eSafety Office found image-based abuse has become a major issue facing internet users:

The research shows victims intimate images were most commonly shared without consent on popular social media sites. Facebook/Messenger accounted for 53%, followed by Snapchat at 11% and then Instagram at 4%. Text messaging and MMS were other common channels for distribution.

Earlier in the year, the office launched their online portal for reporting image-based abuse but used the more recent conference to announce the rollout of an additional tool aimed at pre-empting abuse.

The additional functionality is the result of a pilot partnership between Facebook and the eSafety office with Australia the first jurisdiction to trial the technology which offers assistance to people worried someone may be about to share their intimate images against their wishes.

In order to trigger the functionality, potential victims must first make a report through the...

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12:47

Criminal Barrister Charles Waterstreet Lied About Porn Video Played To Young Jobseeker "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

If youre going to serve the Australian courts as a criminal barrister, professional standards dictate there are certain behaviours you shouldnt engage in. Playing a video of yourself getting a hand job to a young university student applying for a job in your chambers, and then lying to The Sydney Morning Herald about it, is probably one of them. Nina Funnell and Chris Graham bring you the latest chapter in New Matildas ongoing investigation into The Real Rake.

A naked sex worker sits astride prominent Sydney lawyer Charles Waterstreet as a second sex worker kneels by her side. The cameraphone focuses on the two womens faces and naked breasts, before panning down to reveal Mr Waterstreets penis being masturbated by one of the women.

Its the video at the centre of allegations levelled at Mr Waterstreet by Sydney University law student, Tina Huang, who says the criminal barrister showed her the footage on August 21, just 20 minutes into a job interview for a paralegal position at his chambers.

Immediately after leaving the job interview, Ms Huang sent a Facebook message to a friend detailing the events of the interview, and the contents of the video. She has also since signed two statutory declarations, one of them specifically describing the video.

Tina-FB-message

In a public statement published in the Sydney Morning Herald late last month, Mr Waterstreet disputed Ms Huangs account of the incident, claiming any nude imagery she might have seen during her job interview and subsequent brief employment (Ms Huang lasted just a few hours in the job) was in the context of his professional duties as a criminal barrister and writer.

However, a whistleblower has now provided a copy of the masturbation video which matches the description given by Ms Huang in both her Facebook correspondence, and again in her original statutory declaration, made in late October.

Ms Huang has viewed the new video evidence in the presence of Marque....

12:46

The Classic Two Ronnies Millenium Sketch "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This has its antecedents in one they did with John Cleese for The Frost Report. It is excellent.


12:36

Man Trapped in Health Food Store Overnight Forced to Eat Own Poo "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

HealthFood2

A Sydney man was forced to eat his own poo to make it through a night trapped inside a local health food emporium when staff locked the store up for the night without realising he was still inside.

The mishap occurred after the man rushed into the store to use the gender-neutral toilet and fell into an LSD-like trance on the stool pool thanks to the mystic incense burning within the restroom.

The man said he would have used the pub toilet like a normal person, but he didnt feel like having the 50 or so guilt beers he was forced to down the last time a publican caught him popping in just to use the gents.
When I came to after smelling colours and seeing sounds Ive never tasted before, it was too late, and I was locked in the store with no phone charge, the man said. I tried to make it through the night with no food or water, but it was impossible. I had to do what anyone would do locked up in a place that only served loony health food, and dine on my own poo and wash it down with my own wee.

The man said that unlike the way most odd foods are described, it certainly didnt taste like chicken.


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12:30

Jacindas Beehive Antics: The Reality TV series "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Real Politician of Wellington The Real Politician of Wellington gives an exclusive look into the meetings, gossip and glamour of the PMs quirky SaveMart fashion items, her two pairs of shoes and life after the sad loss of Paddles the cat. Watch Jacinda as she navigates the overseas political scene while juggling her boyfriend []

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12:30

Queensland election: Labors to lose? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Queensland election: Labors to lose?With the polls tight, One Nation on the rise and an Adani coal mine wild card, this weekend's Queensland election is on a knife-edge, writes Dr Lee Duffield. read now...

12:19

Pike River Re-Entry: Is The Government Lying? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A newly seated government stalling on election promises? Hardly news really, is it? The butt of political jokes for decades. But its not so funny when lost lives and family closure and justice are involved, as is the case with the Pike River tragedy. A promise of re-entry to the mine to find answers and []

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12:13

12:02

SACOSS end-of-year breakfast "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Friday, 8 December 2017 - 7:30am

The SACOSS team would like to thank all our sector colleagues, members and supporters for your invaluable contributions over the last year, so come and celebrate on Friday 8 December with a scrumptious breakfast on us!

Please click here to RSVP

 

12:01

A Law Unto Himself: Barrister Charles Waterstreet Lied About Masturbation Video Played To Jobseeker "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

If youre going to serve the Australian courts as a criminal barrister, professional standards dictate there are certain behaviours you shouldnt engage in. Playing a video of yourself getting a hand job to a young university student applying for a job in your chambers, and then lying to The Sydney Morning Herald about it, is probably one of them. Nina Funnell and Chris Graham bring you the latest chapter in New Matildas ongoing investigation into The Real Rake.

A naked sex worker sits astride prominent Sydney lawyer Charles Waterstreet as a second sex worker kneels by her side. The cameraphone focuses on the two womens faces and naked breasts, before panning down to reveal Mr Waterstreets penis being masturbated by one of the women.

Its the video at the centre of allegations levelled at Mr Waterstreet by Sydney University law student, Tina Huang, who says the criminal barrister showed her the footage on August 21, just 20 minutes into a job interview for a paralegal position at his chambers.

Immediately after leaving the job interview, Ms Huang sent a Facebook message to a friend detailing the events of the interview, and the contents of the video. She has also since signed two statutory declarations, one of them specifically describing the video.

Tina-FB-message

In a public statement published in the Sydney Morning Herald late last month, Mr Waterstreet disputed Ms Huangs account of the incident, claiming any nude imagery she might have seen during her job interview and subsequent brief employment (Ms Huang lasted just a few hours in the job) was in the context of his professional duties as a criminal barrister and writer.

However, a whistleblower has now provided a copy of the masturbation video which matches the description given by Ms Huang in both her Facebook correspondence, and again in her original statutory declaration, made in late October.

Ms Huang has viewed the new video evidence in the presence of Marque....

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Tamworth Rally 26th November The Future of Our Food Bowl "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

[ Sunday, 26 Nov; 11:00 am; ] Hi Armidale folk, there will be a crew catching the train, attending the rally (which was moved back so you would make it on time) and then having lunch together :) Hear from experts about the effects of climate change on agriculture, the potential for renewable energy and candidates for the seat of New England. Train: Depart [...] full article 

12:00

Matt Kings maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Northland MP Matt Kings maiden speech:

Ko Matt King Toku Ingoa

No Te Noota Ahau

No Reira 

Tn Koutou, Tn Koutou, Tn Tatou Katoa

Mr Speaker can I start by congratulating you on your election to the prestigious role of speaker.

I look forward to your many positive rulings over the next 3 years in our favour.

Members of Parliament, ladies and gentlemen, friends and family, I stand before you filled with pride as the representative of the people of Northland.

Im proud to be a National Party MP in the most powerful and united opposition this Parliament has ever seen.

Today is my opportunity to introduce myself, share my journey and what I hope to achieve while Im there.

I come from the mighty Northland a truly beautiful place steeped in history.

I live a short distance from the harbour where Kupe first landed on our shores. 

A short distance from the site of our first Maori settlement and the region with the largest Iwi Ngapuhi.

Our electorates largest town is Kerikeri and its also the site of our first permanent European settlement and NZs oldest surviving building The Stone Store.

In the beautiful coastal town of Russell we have NZ first capital and across the water at Waitangi the grounds where the Treaty was signed.

These factors taken together make us the birthplace of our nation. 

The vast Northland electorate stretches from Cape Reinga and 90 mile beach in the North across to the beautiful Whangaroa and BOI harbours in the east to Dargaville and the mighty Tane Mahuta Kauri in the west then wrapping around Whangarei and extending past Wellsford and Mangawhai to the south.

We have 1700kms of coastline and the best scenery in the country despite what my colleague Tamati Coffey might try and tell you.

We enjoy the countrys highest average temperature, we have 3.6 per cent of the population and jus...

11:47

Electric Vehicle Expo 2018 in Inverell "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

[ Friday, 4 May to Sunday, 6 May. ] "Gathering of the Geeks" Electric Vehicles Expo Where: National Transport Museum Inverell NSW 2360 When: 4th to 6th May 2018 [embed width="520"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY65V5uDEM8[/embed] Visit the New England in Autumn for the first Electric Vehicle Expo and Motor Show held over 3 days and 3 Shires. The National Transport Museum is the largest in New England (4000m2 under one [...] full article 

11:39

INTERVIEW: Lindi Ortega "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

STRIPPING BACK THE LAYERS Lindi Ortega has had a year of quantum change in her personal and professional life. Ahead of her current Australian tour she talked with Chris Familton about those important events and the reasons behind them. To the casual observer, one might see Lindi Ortegas recently released EP, Til The Goin Gets Continue reading

11:30

Judginess? Grow up, youre the Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda Arern is becoming more and more stupid. She is even inventing new wordswords that the left would have criticised John Key for uttering. The latest is judginess. Asked about deputy Labour Party leader Kelvin Davis performance in the House last week while she and deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters were overseas, she said he []

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11:25

Invitation: Free Information Evening With Australian Wind Alliance "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

[ Thursday, 23 Nov; 6:30 pm; ] Making renewable energy projects work for the whole community. A free information forum for landholders and neighbours living near large scale renewable energy projects, with lessons from projects around Australia. Understand contracts you may be offered and how financial benefits are shared throughout the broader community Hear lessons from the National Wind Farm Commissioner, Andrew Dyer, [...] full article 

11:20

Weasel words from the Tin Man: The Prime Ministers response to the torture of a 6yr old girl. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter ONeill, presides over a country where, according to Mdecins Sans Frontires, the women are the most abused in the world outside of a conflict zone and where they endure some of the most extreme levels of violence in the world, according to the Lowy Institute. (Reported in an article published in The National by journalist Grace Maribu.) Over this humanitarian crisis the Prime Minister expresses his outrage but does little. When the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea finally came out with a press statement on the recent torture of a six-year-old girl over four days at the hands of a baying, adult male mob, it was with weasel words. Weasel words are words and phrases aimed at creating an impression that a specific or meaningful statement has been made, when instead only a vague or ambiguous claim has actually been Continue reading Weasel words from the Tin Man: The Prime Ministers response to the torture of a 6yr old girl.

11:19

Crater Gold secures funding for PNG works programme "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Megan Van Wyngaardt | Mining Weekly | 20 November 2017

ASX-listed Crater Gold Mining has secured a $4-million unsecured loan facility with major shareholder Freefire Technology that will enable it to continue to advance its flagship Crater Mountain gold project, in Papua New Guinea.

The loan will be used to restart exploration activities at the mine, including drilling, and also the restart of mining operations at the high-grade zone (HGZ).

The funds will also further exploration activities at Craters North Queensland polymetallic and graphite projects.

The first $1-million in...

11:18

Mengecam tindakan kekerasan aparat terhadap masyarakat adat Iwaro "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

20 Nov 2017 | PusakaSiaran pers mengecam tindak kekerasan aparat Brimob yang bertugas di areal perkebunan kelapa sawit PT. Permata Putera Mandiri (PPM, anak perusahaan ANJ Group)warga Kampung Puragi, Sorong Selatan, Papua Barat.

11:07

Willy Wagtail chick in spring "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Yesterday I was outside and a Willy Wagtail kept flitting around my head, until I realised there was a new new chick nearby and the parents were warding me off their bubba. Both parents were very attentive with the fledgling. I was very impressed ~ Willy Wagtail fledgling chick in springtime, flitting here and

11:04

Listen to the New Nahko Single Be Here Now "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Image Courtesy of Nahko The latest single from roots singer-songwriter Nahkos debut solo album My Name Is Bear is Be Here Now. The track shows off Nahkos eclectic styles and comes complete with a goofy lyric video. Im proud to announce the release of our lyric video for Be Here Now, Nahko announced.I hope you []

11:03

Uggah ill-advised on statement govt will never take peoples land Baru "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

State Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) chairman Baru Bian says Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who he claims to be new to native customary rights (NCR) land issue, may have been ill-advised when he recently said the government will never take the peoples lands from them. From the natives perspective, thousands of acres []

11:02

Sarawaks Penan mapping their way to land rights recognition "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

SARAWAKS last nomadic tribe, the Penan, have again pressed the state government to recognise their customary rights to land and a forest sanctuary they want called Baram Heritage Forest, by presenting to the government a detailed community map 15 years in the making. A group of nine Penan chiefs, led by Ajeng Kiew, a penghulu []

11:02

Penans want Baram Heritage Forest to be established "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A call has been made for Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to continue his predecessor the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satems effort to establish the Baram Heritage Forest (BHF). In making this call yesterday, Komeok Joe, who is Keruan Association coordinator, said this was the wish of the Penan communities in Ulu []

11:01

Tell Pakatan earlier of any problems, Dr M says after Zahid snub "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The government should have informed Pakatan Harapan (PH) of any problems dragging its registration so it could be resolved earlier on, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad urged today. The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) chairman had attempted to see Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi earlier today, but was directed to secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi []

11:01

No need to table 1MDBs financial statements, Putrajaya tells Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The financial statements of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) does not need to be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat, Prime Minister and Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today in a written reply. Najib said the audited statements of 1MDB between 2009 and 2014 had been filed with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM), while []

11:01

Citing sacred patrimony, churches reject unauthorised DBP translation of Bibles "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) expressed today its outrage that the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) can provide an official translation of its holy book in Bahasa Malaysia (BM) which forms part of the sacred patrimony for its adherents.The umbrella organisation representing 90 per cent of churches nationwide condemned the proposal by a legal []

11:01

No need to follow Sarawaks route on rights, Sabah minister says "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A Sabah minister has cautioned his state against copying Sarawaks approach to restore state rights that has been taken away by Putrajaya. Instead, Minister of Special Tasks and chairman of the State Rights Committee Datuk Seri Panglima Teo Chee Kang welcomed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razaks commitment to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63). We []

11:01

Putrajaya to act if petrol, diesel price exceeds RM2.50 for three months "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The government will intervene if pump prices for RON95 petrol and diesel remain above RM2.50 per litre for three consecutive months, the Finance Ministry said today. RON95 and RON97 petrol are currently RM2.38 per litre and RM2.66 per litre, while diesel is retailing at RM2.25 per litre. The ministry said the federal government understood the []

11:01

Deborah Henry: School syllabus needs to be revamped "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Malaysian education system must improve to allow better opportunities for children to succeed in life, said Fugee School co-founder Deborah Priya Henry. She said her wish during Universal Childrens Day was for children to be given equal opportunities to reach their full potential. Henry said the Malaysian school syllabus needed to be revamped for []

11:01

Zahid: Pakatan needs to resolve DAP, PPBM problems before registration "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Pakatan Harapan (PH) needs to resolve issues with the DAP and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) before it can be approved as a formal coalition, Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today. The deputy prime minister said among the issues that the Opposition coalition needs to address includes the final report of the []

11:01

Minister: Putrajaya needs more support for English-medium schools return "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A federal minister said today he backs calls for English-medium schools to be reinstated, but said the federal government will need more support to realise the policy. Minister in the Prime Ministers Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said he personally believes English schools are vital for human capital growth but feared that the issue []

11:01

With absent MPs, BN almost loses Budget 2018 vote "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The government narrowly won, by just one vote, the debate on a part of Budget 2018 in the Dewan Rakyat today as few Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs were in the House. Media reports said G. Manivanan (PKR-Kapar) called for a division vote when the government was wrapping up the debate on the Supply Bills portion []

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The Internet is a big place. Some women had to learn where it is safe to go "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One-third of New Zealand women have been subjected to online abuse and harassment, with half of the victims fearing for their personal safety, according to a new Amnesty International survey. The global Amnesty International poll looked at the experiences of 4000 women between the ages of 18 and 55 in New Zealand, Denmark, Italy, Poland, []

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11:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Wool gains dream come true Sally Rae:

Watching the volume of wool growing for Lanacos healthcare products and seeing lambs being born from specifically bred genetics is a dream come true for Nick Davenport.

Mr Davenport is chief executive and founder of the Auckland-based company, previously known as Texus  Fibre, which specialises in fibre innovation and developing functional materials derived from wool.

Wool from sheep developed by Wanaka man Andy Ramsden, from the Dohne, Cheviot and Finn breeds, and trademarked as the Astino breed, is used in healthcare products. . . 

Familys top two places a show first Sally Rae:

Not a bad show is how Will Gibson dryly describes his familys record-setting feats at last weeks Canterbury A&P Show in Christchurch.The Gibson family, from Middlemarch, won the prestigious Senior Meat and Wool Cup with their yearling supreme champion Hereford bull and were runners-up with their 2-year-old Santa Gertrudis cow with calf at foot.

It was the first time in the shows history the same exhibitor has won the top two placings and it was well-deserved recognition for a family who work hard, are passionate about their livestock and also about exhibiting at A&P shows.

The yearling bull Foulden Hill Mustang was unbeaten in his classes over the two days, both in the Hereford and all-breeds classes, and he also won the Junior Meat and Wool Cup. . . 

Alternative proteins on the verge of  mainstream:

Alternative proteins are on the verge of becoming mainstream and stealing growth from traditional meat products as they play a growing role in meeting consumer needs and preferences, according to a recently-released global research paper.

The report, Watch outor they will steal your growth by agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank, examines why alternative proteins including plant-based meat substitutes, emerging insect or algae-based products and lab-grown meat products are starting to successfully compete for the centre of the plate.

Report author, Rabobank global sector strategist for Anima...

10:54

22 percent pay rise for Vanuatu Government workers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Over 6,000 government employees in the public service, teaching service, the police, parliament and those under the Official Salaries Act, will receive a pay rise for the first time in 11 years that will cost the Government of Vanuatu nearly Vt1.9 billion (US$17.65 million).

The last increase was in 2006 to increase the salary of all government workers. Hence, this pay rise has been a long time coming, the Government Remuneration Tribunal (GRT) Board and all the stakeholders agreed.

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, the three-member GRT Chairperson, Marie-Antoinette Nirua, Vice Chair, Chris Kernot, and Member Roan Lester, signed the documents approving the pay rise of 22 per cent that will become effective on January 1, 2018.

These documents included the salary review reports and salary scale determinations.

Stakeholders representatives Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Martin Mahe, Chairman of the Teaching Service Commission, Derek Alexander, Commander Job Esau representing the Police Service Commission, and the Acting Clerk of Parliament, Leon Teter were present to witness the signing ceremony of the pay rise by the GRT Board and the Acting Director General of the Office of the Prime Minister, Gerard Metsan.

This week the new salary increase will be recorded in the Government Gazette by the State Law Office.

Also a workshop will be held by the Office of the Department of GRT with stakeholders to help with the implementation of the pay rise to be effective on January 1, 2018.

A total of 3,731 teachers under the Teaching Service Commission will receive the new salary grading approved by the GRT Board, and over 2,000 civil servants, over 600 police officers, all Members of Parliament and staff of the Parliament of Vanuatu, all government ministers and their political appointees of the government.

The government employees in the following sectors Parliament, officers under the Official Salaries Act (OSA) comprising of government ministers and their political appointees, support staff of government ministries and the Leader of the Opposition, Chiefs of Malvatumauri Council of Chiefs, Public Service, Police and its civilian staff, teaching service, and workers in government institutions including Vanuatu Institute of Technology, Vanuatu Institute of Teacher Education, Vanuatu Maritime College, and Vanuatu Agriculture College, will be affected.

This work (new sal...

10:51

Lord Tangi appointed interim speaker in Tonga Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

His Majesty King Tupou VI has appointed Lord Tangi as Interim Speaker of Tongas Legislative Assembly, with effect from Friday 17 November.

The appointment was made under Clause 61 of the Constitution of Tonga.

A government statement said the Interim Speaker will invite elected representatives of the Legislative Assembly to submit a nomination for Prime Minister designate.

Lord Tangi will call a meeting of the elected representatives of the Legislative Assembly, who will then vote in a secret ballot to elect the Prime Minister from the nominated representatives. The Speaker and the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga will also be elected.

The writ of election will be returned on or before the 30 November 2017. This date is crucial as it triggers the time period specified by law for the nomination of candidates for Prime Minister Designate and the meeting to elect the Prime Minister


SOURCE: PACNEWS

10:41

AVN Founder and Vaccine-Activist promises to retire if Victorian Minister is vaccinated "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Meryl Dorey, past-president and founder of the AVN, Australias national vaccine-safety consumer health lobby group, has called upon Jill Hennessy, Victorias Health Minister, to demonstrate that, There are no risks in vaccinating your children.

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10:40

Israeli journalist Gideon Levy is coming to Auckland Sunday 3 December "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We invite you to a public lecture by world-renowned Israeli journalist and author, Gideon Levy.
Gideon has been hailed as an heroic journalist for outspoken criticism of Israeli government policies and his honest journalism.

GIDEON LEVY LECTURE

3pm SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER

Free entry koha/donations welcome

MOUNT EDEN WAR MEMORIAL HALL

489 Dominion Rd, Mount Eden Auckland

hosted by NZ Palestine Solidarity Network

Facebook Events page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1899427033652269/


10:37

The Reserve Bank and the government have made renters' lives more difficult "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Here's a question for you: What happens when the Reserve Bank and the government make it harder for investors to buy and own homes?

And the answer, dear reader, is in the news today (and should be no surprise to anyone, except perhaps the Reserve Bank and the government and their voters):

RNZ NEWS: Renters caught out as supply falls
Too many would-be tenants are chasing too-few rental homes...
Who would have thunk it.

As Murray Rothbard might have commented,
It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialised discipline and one that most people consider to be a dismal science. But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.
Let us now add the Reserve Bank and the government* and their voters to those in that benighted state.

* Yes, Virginia, since successive governments have and will follow almost identical populist policies in this respect, they and their voters are both to blame.
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10:32

Easter Island, Nauru and the Future-Eating Global Growth Economy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Expansive Economies and Limited Economies: Industrial capitalism is characterized by population growth, economic growth, expansion and intensification. [1] Although there was a short-lived case of industrial capitalism between about 1585 and 1622 in the Netherlands, [2] industrial capitalism as we know it today really originated in England, based on the apparently limitless fossil reserves of coal and the presence of many landless people who had to live by their labour. [3] These vast reservoirs of fuel gave rise to technologies that permitted mass production and facilitated the conquest and settlement of lands all over the globe. In the 20th century petroleum oil replaced coal as the fuel of industrial expansion, particularly where wheeled transport was concerned, although coal remained a mainstay for electricity production. [This article is an extract from Sheila Newman, Demography Territory Law: The Rules of Animal and Human Populations, Countershock Press, 2013, which is part of a four-book series, of which the first two have so far been published.]

Expansive Economies and Limited Economies: Industrial capitalism is characterized by population growth, economic growth, expansion and intensification. [1] Although there was a short-lived case of industrial capitalism between about 1585 and 1622 in the Netherlands, [2] industrial capitalism as we know it today really originated in England, based on the apparently limitless fossil reserves of coal and the presence of many landless people who had to live by their labour. [3] These vast reservoirs of fuel gave rise to technologies that permitted mass production and facilitated the conquest and settlement of lands all over the globe. In the 20th century petroleum oil replaced coal as the fuel of industrial expansion, particularly where wheeled transport was concerned, although coal remained a mainstay for electricity production. [This article is an extract from Sheila Newman, Demography Territory Law: The Rules of Animal and Human Populations, Countershock Press, 2013, which is part of a four-book series, of which the first two have so far been published.]
In contrast to Britain, America, Australia, Canada, with their larger landmasses, fuel reserves and well established trade links, small isolated islander societies had to learn to live within firmly fixed, immediate, territorial limits.

Any isolated island society which failed to do this...

10:30

A rental crisis. Didnt I predict that too? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Everything that the current government has signalled leading into the election is landlord unfriendly.  And with the house prices topping out, many are choosing to exit the market. Renters are finding it particularly hard in the capital, with the total stock of rental properties in Wellington down by 69 percent. TradeMe Property spokesperson Nigel Jeffries []

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10:23

The most persecuted people on earth "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

They have been described as the most persecuted people on earth  and they are now the subjects of the worlds fastest-growing humanitarian crisis.

The Rohingya are  a stateless ethnic minority who live in the Rakhine, an area on the western side of Myanmar. They are the people no-one wants. Although the Rohingya have been present in Myanmar since the 12th century, the government of Myanmar does not recognise them. It argues that the Rohingya were part of the waves of migration from India when both Myanmar and India were under British colonial rule, that this migration was illegal, and that consequently the Rohingya are illegally present foreigners. This has seen their movements restricted, their access to government services denied, their rights under the law unrecognised, and their people brutalised by the military.

In August the military began reprisals after a Rohingya resistance group attacked a police station. Journalists are not permitted to enter the Rakhine, so there is no independent reporting of what occurred. What we do know is that the reprisals were so severe that in the space of just 3 months 615,000 of the million or so Rohingya living in Myanmar have fled. Most have made their way to Bangladesh, trekking through the jungle for days or taking a perilous journey across the Bay of Bengal on a flimsy raft. They arrive with harrowing stories of military personnel burning their houses to the ground, gang-raping girls and women, and shooting people.

The Rohingya who arrive in Bangladesh are mostly living in large makeshift settlements. Infrastructure is grossly inadequate, services are almost non-existent and the Bangladeshi government has made it clear that they will offer only temporary respite. They expect the Rohingya to return to Myanmar.

The only upside to this tragedy is that world attention is being focussed on the Rohingya. Let us hope and pray that change will come..You can also make a donation to one of the aid agencies working to provide support to the Rohingya refugees.  I recommend Baptist World Aid Australia.

 

10:18

New Infrastructure Projects with China will Change Lives Direct Investment by China Railway Group in PNG Economy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 

Media Statement via Prime Ministers Office PNG

Monday, November 20, November 2017

The Government of Papua New Guinea has signed a serious of Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of China and the China Railway company that will deliver a number of new infrastructure projects in the Highlands.

 

Witnessing the signing of the MOU today in Port Moresby, the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, said the new projects will have direct positive impacts on the lives of people in Eastern and Western Highlands provinces.

 

These projects will enhance agriculture, roads and water supply in parts of the Highlands will improve lives and help people to be more active in the economy.

 

China is one of our strongest development partners, and this direct investment is an example of the huge confidence that China and Chinese companies have in Papua New Guinea.

 

Despite the challenges in the global economy in recent years, the outlook for the Papua New Guinea economy is very positive and we thank our partners for their commitment to our country.

 

The projects that we initiated today will be delivered in some of the most remote parts of our country where there is a need to improve connectivity and services.

 

These projects are taking place as part of the One Belt One Road initiative that is creating more efficient trade corridors between the Asia-Pacific and Western Asia.

 

As this initiative grows we are seeing infrastructure improvements across many developing countries.

 

At the eastern end of the initiative, Papua New Guinea is deriving benefits that will strengthen capacity to trade across borders.

 

The Prime Minister thanked the President of the China Railway International Group, Mr. Zhang Zongyan, for visiting Papua New Guinea to see for himself where support can be allocated.

 

I thank the Government of China and the China Railway Company for their ongoing commitment to Papua New Guinea.

 

The projects we have agreed on today will deliver positive change for people in many towns and villages.

 

Your support for Papua New Guinea will be remembered long into the future.

 

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10:17

STOP EMBARRASSING YOURSELF JACINDA ... STOP EMBARRASSING US "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

St Jacinda is developing a reputation big noting, gossip, tittle-tattle, and its come back to bite her with a vengeance.     Last week she let slip that in meeting President Trump he thought she was Justin Trudeau's wife ... more grist to the 'dummkopf' legend.   The story made international news.

When pressed for details she backtracked and said she had heard that from a third party whom she declined to name.    Pressed further and she said that when she met Trump he knew exactly who she was.  

So Ms Ardern passes on gossip knowing it to be untrue.   She needs to grow up and realize she is no longer Comrade Ardern, President of the International Union of Socialist Youth, but Prime Minister of the country and act accordingly.    She embarrasses herself and embarrasses us.

One thing for sure ... her deliberate slighting of President Trump will not have gone unnoticed in the United States.  

10:13

Wilkie backs push against parliament delay "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Independent MP for Dennison, Andrew Wilkie. Photo AAP

Independent MP for Dennison, Andrew Wilkie. Photo AAP

CANBERRA [AAP]

Crossbench MP Andrew Wilkie says the federal parliament has a moral imperative to sit next week as Turnbull government ministers line up to defend deferring the lower house session.

Labor has drafted a letter petitioning Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to reverse his decision to postpone the House of Representatives sitting to December 4.

Victorian independent Cathy McGowan has confirmed she will not take part in any protest sitting, but her four crossbench colleagues are expected to co-sign Labors letter.

Their support would mean 73 MPs support the push the same number the government has on the floor of the house with Barnaby Joyce and John Alexander off fighting by-elections.

With numbers being that close surely theres a moral imperative if not a legal imperative on the prime minister agreeing that the parliament would sit next week, Mr Wilkie told ABC Radio.

Leader of the House Christopher Pyne said the delay would give the Senate time to pass the same-sex marriage bill and allow parliament to sort out the dual citizenship mess.

However, the announcement came just hours after Queensland LNP senator Barry OSullivan said up to four coalition MPs were considering breaking coalition ranks to vote for an inquiry into the banks.

Mr Pyne insisted the decision to delay the return of parliament had nothing to do with thwarting Labor or rogue government backbenchers mustering the necessary votes to launch an investigation into the banks.

Theres no motion or bill to establish a banking royal commission either before the Senate or the House of Representatives, he told ABC radio.

Treasurer Scott Morrison also played down the link but Opposition Leader Bill Shorten grabbed it with both hands.

There is no doubt in my mind that one of the reasons why Mr Turnbull has cancelled parliament next week is because he knows a banking royal commission is inevitable, Mr Shorten said.

And he will do everything he can d...

10:06

FNQ Monthly Movements Summary - October 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"


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MONTHLY SUMMARY FNQ MOVEMENTS October 2017
Date Callsign Registration AC Type Route / Location Operator Comments
1/10/2017 KIW719 NZ7572 B752 CNS-PEN

10:06

People of Faith Blockade Work on Adani Rail Line "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

UPDATE: 5 of the protestors were arrested for contravening police orders and blocking a road. They have been released on summons.

November 21st: A multi-faith group of six peaceful protestors are blocking work on the rail line from Abbot Point to the Galilee Basin to protest Adanis proposed mega-coal mine.  The protestors are all members of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), a multi-faith organization that works with diverse faith communities to tackle global warming.

Among the protestors are a Uniting Church Minister, the Reverend Alex Sangster, and a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, Tejopala Rawls. Other participants are from the Catholic and Quaker traditions.

ARRCC President, Thea Ormerod said Stopping Adanis mega-coal mine from being built is a moral issue. People around the world are already losing their lives and livelihoods, and species are going extinct because of the damage we are doing to the earths climate. Today we call on people of all faiths to join us in taking a stand for those already being impacted by climate change, for future generations and for the Great Barrier Reef.

Ms Ormerod said her organisation had decided to engage in civil resistance because other avenues were not working. For ten years, ARRCC has drawn this issue to the attention of elected representatives and business leaders. We have done everything we could within the law to prompt our leaders to take action to move Australia away from dependency on coal, oil and gas.

Non-violence is at the heart of all the major faiths. We will continue to use all legal options open to us to convince our leaders to act for climate justice. However, where necessary, people of faith must not shy away from civil resistance.

Reverend Alex Sangster, a Uniting Church Minister, participating in the protest, said, Adani wants to dig the biggest coal mine in Australian history. Pollution from the mine will dwarf the emissions of whole countries such as Bangladesh and Malaysia, and the rail link would allow the development of other mines in the Galilee Basin, with all that added devastation. As people of faith we cannot stand by and be silent. We will resist the defeatism of easy despair and we will put our bodies on the line for our vulnerable earth. This mine will not go ahead.

Tejopala Rawls, an ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, also participating in the protest, said, Australias leaders remain in denial about both the science and the moral implications of actively promoting new coal mines. At a time when the only decent thing to do is to take urgent action to curb carbon emissions, mining companies are given protection by governments and our le...

10:04

The Charles Manson Variety Hour! "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Reading the obituaries for Charlie, I cant help but be amused at how they all present a fairly consistent message of the charismatic, cult leader who managed to bend people to his will with his hypnotic eyes. Strange then, that he never managed to get the record deal he craved. Surely he could have just

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10:03

UK Court of Appeal to hear Nigerian villagers pollution claims against Shell "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Leigh Day

On 21 November 2017, the UK Court of Appeal will hear an appeal on behalf of over 40,000 villagers from the Ogale and Bille communities from the Niger Delta in the latest stage of their legal battle against the oil giant Shell. 

The villagers claim that they have been severely impacted by years of oil pollution from pipelines owned by Shell and that both the London based parent company, Royal Dutch Shell Plc., and its Nigerian subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, are responsible for the pollution. 

The extensive pollution of the Ogale Community was documented in detail by the United Nations in 2011, which also recommended an urgent clean-up programme be undertaken, however, no such clean-up has taken place. 

Shell resists the villagers claims, arguing that the parent company has no responsibility for the pollution and that the claims should be heard in Nigeria rather than the UK.

The vil...

10:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Wild Man of Borneo Antarctic Explorer Tom Crean Some men are just simply built of a different constitution. Tom Creans accomplishments make The Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration the understatement of the century. By all accounts, Tom Crean seems to have been that friend who is quietly competent. You know the buddy who doesnt []

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09:59

Japan: Soccer v Rugby Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

To read part 1, scroll down to  November 19. School based structure By our Japan correspondent, Neil Smith Sport for school students was all co-coordinated by athletic associations for primary, junior high, and high schools respectively, all under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Sport. Each primary school had its own team participating []

09:47

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09:40

Tributes to Michael Spaans "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Michael Spaans, a former director of Fonterra and chair of DairyNZ has died.

Fonterra chair John Wilson paid tribute to him:

Sadly, today our Co-operative has lost one of our strongest people with former Director Michael Spaans passing away last night. He is survived by his wife Kristina and children Olivia, Logan and Harvey.

Earlier this year, Michael decided to step down from the Fonterra Board and focus on trying to recover from cancer. He and I go back many years and I saw him approach his illness in the same way he approached everything in life. He was resolute and determined and did his utmost to continue on as normal. It was a brave fight and I am sure that will not surprise those of you who knew him.

Michael was a proud dairy farmer with a passion for our Co-op and our industry. I have often talked about the importance of having leaders developing within our ranks and Michael is a very fine example. Michael served on the New Zealand Dairy Group Shareholder Council, before joining the Fonterra Shareholders Council at the time our Co-op was formed. He was also part of the first intake for the Fonterra Governance Development Programme, and later built his governance experience outside the industry including directorships with ASB Bank, Shoof International, DairyNZ, Manuka SA, Waikato Innovation Park, Innovation Waikato and Ospri New Zealand.

He then brought this experience, along with a huge level of energy and commitment to our Board, and won the respect of his fellow Directors and farmers for his willingness to listen and engage. Michael was a man who knew the importance of detail. He made sure that he knew this business extremely well, understood our strategy and was completely across the detail of the numbers. He always looked for constructive solutions and thought deeply about our Co-ops governance and his role in the evolution of our business.

His insights and experience along with his genuine interest and inquisitive mind were also invaluable on Fonterras Milk Price Panel, the Co-operative Relations Committee, and the Audit and Finance Committee.

As late as last month, Michael was working for the betterment of New Zealand farmers in his capacity as Chairman of DairyNZ. He has also remained an ambassador for Fonterra on the international stage and in Wellington, recently speaking at the United Nations in New York on behalf of the Global Dairy Platform and all farmers.

We have lost a clo...

09:30

All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than othersespecially Stephen Town "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The troughers are in a tizz: The chance to debate Auckland Councils business-class and premium-class travel expenditure has been rejected by its chief executive. An Auckland Council report found $1.1 million had been spent on international travel from the 20 months up until August this year. Of that almost half, $509,212 was spent on 62 []

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09:26

Fiji: New mill, processing site to create 200 local jobs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya (centre) officiates at the groundbreaking ceremony of Tuvatu Gold Mine processing plant civil works in Sabeto, Nadi last Friday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Kalesi Mele | The Fiji Times | November 20, 2017

LION One Ltd Mines will soon have a new mill and processing site after a groundbreaking ceremony at Tuvatu, Sabeto in Nadi.

The new development is set to create employment for about 200 locals.

The company had set up in Fiji eight years ago and was only issued a special mining lease in January 2016.

Acting Prime Minister Faiyaz Koya, who officiated at the event on Friday, said the development was set to have direct contributions to the economy.

It is evident how the company has forged ahead in meeting its exploration targets and is now advancing into the next stage of finalising its deposits for mine production, he said.

This is a positive sign as it portrays the commitment of Tuvatu Gold Mine to produce to its full capacity by th...

09:25

Labors nose in front in Qld: poll "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A nose in front: Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk AAP Image/Dan Peled

A nose in front: Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk AAP Image/Dan Peled

BRISBANE [AAP]

Queensland Labor has its nose in front of the LNP with just days left until the state vote.

A ReachTEL poll, for Sky News, has Labor ahead of the LNP 51 per cent to 49, after preferences.

Labor is also ahead on the primary vote, with 34 per cent of Queenslanders saying theyll vote for the incumbent party, to the LNPs 30 per cent. One Nation has 17 per cent support, while the Greens are on 10 per cent.

This is the first time that Labor has gained the lead in a two-party result, in a ReachTEL poll. So its certainly a move, ReachTELs James Stewart has told Sky News.

ReachTEL also polled voters in three marginal seats.

Labor and One Nation are neck and neck in the Labor-held seat of Thuringowa, with both parties on 50 per cent in the Townsville-based electorate.

The contest for the LNP-held seat of Whitsunday has One Nation on 50.5 per cent to Labors 49.5 per cent.

In Brisbanes western suburbs, Labors Local Government Minister Mark Furner is expected to hang on to the marginal seat of Ferny Grove, with the poll suggesting hell manage 54 per cent of the vote, to the LNPs 46 per cent.

Anning defection hits One Nation

But the defection of former One Nation senator Fraser Anning has hurt the partys prospects in the Queensland election, another poll suggests.

A statewide Galaxy poll for The Courier-Mail, conducted late last week, shows two out of five Queenslanders are now less likely to support Pauline Hansons party.

Senator Anning split with One Nation an hour after being sworn in in Canberra, claiming Senator Hanson forced him out, but the One Nation leader says he quit.

The Galaxy poll of more than 1000 Queenslanders showed 41 per cent are less likely to hand their vote to One Nation because of what happened in Canberra.

But it also found 46 per cent of poll respondents werent influenced by the defection, and seven per cent are now more likely to back the party.

Senator Hanson will hit the campaign trail in her battler bus again on Tuesday, after taking...

09:21

Reality check on renewable energy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

As activists talk up the market penetration of so-called renewable energy (i.e., energy that generally consumes more resources in its production than it produces*), Bjorn Lomborg offers an update on just how much (or how little) of it is out there in the wild.

Excitement for wind and solar PV. 
But remember, in total, they provide less than 1% of total energy supply.
(In 2040, it will be less than 3%.)



* Hence the continuing need both for subsidies, and for bans on other forms of energy.

09:19

Trump puts controversial decision allowing elephant trophy imports on hold "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Last Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lifted a ban on importing elephant trophies from Zimbabwe imposed under President Barack Obama in 2014. At a meeting of government officials and professional hunting associations in Tanzania, the U.S. federal agency announced that elephants that were legally hunted in Zimbabwe and Zambia between January 21, 2016, and December 31, 2018, could now be imported into the United States. The agency later issued a notice saying it had made a finding that the hunting of trophy African elephants in Zimbabwe during this period will enhance the survival of the threatened animals. The notice does not mention Zambia. On Friday, however, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that he was putting the big game trophy decision on hold until he had reviewed all conservation facts. He also said that his decision on the trophy imports will be announced next week. Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2017 Big-game trophy decision will be announced next week but will be very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017 Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tweeted a statement, saying President Trump and I have talked and both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical. As a result, in

09:18

Vance Joy Announces New Album Nation of Two "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Image Courtesy of Vance Joy Epic indie-folk singer-songwriter and radio darling Vance Joy has just announced plans to release his brand new album Nation of Two in February 2018. The album is Vance Joys second, following on from the crazy successful debut Dream Your Life Away. Nation Of Two describes a perfectly self-contained couple; their []

09:16

Mission creep in darkest Africa "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

https://orientalreview.org/2017/11/08/mission-creep-in-darkest-africa/

The British Empire, which at the end of the 19th century ruled one quarter of the earths land surface, is long gone. But its robust successor and heir, the United States, has set about enlarging it.

As I sought to explain in my last book American Raj How the US Rules the Muslim World, the US imperium exerts its power by controlling tame, compliant regimes around the world and their economies. They are called allies but, in fact, should be more accurately termed satrapies or vassal states. Many states are happy to be prosperous US vassals, others less so.

The US power system has successfully dominated much of the world, except of course for great powers China, Russia and India. Germany and much of Western Europe remains in thrall to post WWII US power. The same applies to Canada, Latin America, Australia, and parts of SE Asia.

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09:11

Cambodia dissolves opposition party "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

http://www.smh.com.au/world/descending-into-outright-dictatorship-cambodia-dissolves-opposition-party-20171116-gzn4k2.html

Cambodias Supreme Court has dissolved the countrys main opposition party, denying millions of Cambodians the opportunity to vote for their elected representatives in elections next year.

The verdict follows a sweeping crackdown on democracy and political freedoms in the country where Australia has an agreement to send refugees from Nauru and Manus Island.

More than half of the leaders of the National Rescue Party (CNRP), which Prime Minister Hun Sens government asked the court to dissolve, are already in jail or have fled the country.

The court also ordered a five-year ban on political activity for 118 members of the party, which had emerged as a threat to Mr Hun Sens three decade-rule.

The government has accused the party of plotting to overthrow the government with help from the United States, which strongly Washington denies.

Party leader Kem Sokha was jailed in a raid on his home by more than 200 police on September 3.

Human rights group slammed the verdict in the country, where they say the courts ar...

09:10

How do We turn Olympia Stand into the Olympia Commune? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The post How do We turn Olympia Stand into the Olympia Commune? appeared first on It's Going Down.

This editorial from Puget Sound Anarchist, a counter-information site in the Pacific Northwest, writes about the ongoing anti-fracking blockade of #OlympiaStand, and how it could manifest into a growing epicenter of autonomous power.

Photo from @DemandUtopia

It is worthwhile to consider the desired goals of the blockade, in order to give some clarity and direction to our activity at the camp. Is the goal to stop fracking and military equipment from moving through the port? Is the goal to clog an artery of a global regime of resource extraction and exploitation? Is the goal to create an autonomous power base, to enable us to seize control over our own lives and communities? For those interested in truly stopping the world that needs fracking, the answer is: all of the above and more. And as the Earth is being murdered in the name of profit, nothing short of a fundamental transformation in how society is organized is worthy of being taken seriously.

And so how do we grow the blockade into a model for how we want to live, how we want to treat each other, and how we want society to be organized? To a large extent this work has already begun in the camp. In order to build our collective power to resist the exploitation and ecocide of this world, we have to build the alternatives to sustain us. This is why the blockade has largely been recognized to have taken on the form and function of a commune. It is the natural structure that arises from a zone of collective care, which departs from the laws and logic of capitalism and the state. If the commune is the form that our transformative social organizations take, then we should ask ourselves in earnest: how do we expand the commune?

The question of sustaining and expanding the commune inevitably leads us to the issue of dealing with those who would crush this project before it begins.

How should we interact with the police?

Dialog with the police is not desirable or possible. The police have institutional power and we do not. Within the structure of this relationship, there is an inherent threat of violence that maintains this power imbalance. To put it bluntly, it is state violence that keeps us powerless. When the police come to talk with us, it is always with the end goal of neutralizing our resistance, with deadly violence if necessary. There can be no dialog when one party is pointing guns at the other. What is actually taking place when conversation is opened with the police is the beginning of our surrender..........

09:00

Once upon a time "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Resisting the temptation to declare that this current period of so-called governance of the nation reads and performs like the script of a Grimm Brothers fairy tale, we have to admit no screw it! it is like a fairy tale a horrid fantasy where instead of the villains getting their just

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09:00

08:59

Man builds gold-dredging machine from scrap metal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 20, 2017

A man from Aseki in Morobe has built a simplified alluvial gold dredging machine using pieces of scrap metal.
The machine, powered by electricity and water, will greatly assist small-scale alluvial miners.
Sam Sky is a Grade 6 dropout from Asini in Salamaua and Bangulum in Bulolo. His alluvial gold-dredging machine was launched during the 103rd Yabem district conference in Aseki which was attended by 14 circuits in the presence of Morobe deputy governor Waka Daimon.
Daimon last Thursday delivered 44 bags of 10kg rice to support and feed the delegations.
Sky said that his first invention was a machine used to husk peanuts after a woman farmer in Markham requested him to build it.
Sky said that it took him two weeks to design and four months to collect materials and tools and another four months to build the peanut pulper.
Sky later designed and built the alluvial mining machine launched last week.

My aim is to help small coffee farmers and alluvial miners who did not have easy access to services in Lae, Sky said.

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08:34

Sydney mayor hits out at mural vigilantes "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Local residents react to a mural that has been painted over with black paint in Newtown, Sydney, November 17, 2017. The mural, created by street artist Scott Marsh, depicted former prime minister Tony Abbott and Cardinal George Pell involved in a sex act celebrating the same-sex marriage survey 'yes' result. (AAP Image/Danny Casey)

Local residents react to a mural that has been painted over with black paint in Newtown, Sydney, November 17, 2017. The mural, created by street artist Scott Marsh, depicted former prime minister Tony Abbott and Cardinal George Pell involved in a sex act celebrating the same-sex marriage survey yes result. (AAP Image/Danny Casey)

SYDNEY   [AAP]

A Sydney mayor has accused Christian activists of vandalism and intimidation after two provocative murals were painted over in the days after Australia said yes to same-sex marriage.

The murals one featuring former prime minister Tony Abbott dressed as a bride with his hand down a shirtless Cardinal George Pells pants and the other depicting singer George Michael as a saint have been painted over in Newtown and Erskineville respectively.

Those behind the alleged vandalism said they were defending their religion, while Christian leaders said the murals were pernicious and intolerant.

Both incidents were filmed by onlookers and footage online of the latest in Erskineville shows the culprit was stopped by police.

NSW police on Monday said a 23-year-old man was arrested on Saturday and issued with a court attendance notice for graffiti.

Police last night arrested a 16-year-old youth with defacing two more murals in King Street, Newtown, and Bray Street, Erskineville.

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne has condemned the defacing of the murals and related homophobic and abusive comments online.

At a time of celebration about the big step forward we have made for human rights in this country, these attacks are the last thing we need, Mr Byrne wrote on Facebook on Monday.

The Labor mayor refused to take questions but said on Facebook he pl...

08:30

James Shaw thinks he is saving the planet but China doesnt care, neither does India nor Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

While James Shaw is grandstanding and wanting to implement policies that see our economy grind to a halt, so we can take a leadership stance on climate change, Donald Trump is saying drill, baby drill. One way to interpret what the Trump Administration is up to with its absurd denials of climate science is as []

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08:30

National Ag Day needed here too "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Its National Agriculture Day in Australia where the rural urban divide is widening:

The traditional divide between city slickers and their country cousins has turned into a yawning chasm, with 83 per cent of Australians convinced agriculture and farming have no or little relevance to their lives.

A new survey commissioned for the first National Agriculture Day tomorrow also found only 4 per cent of Australians correctly identified agriculture as the fastest-growing sector of the Australian economy, while fewer than half had met or talked to a farmer in the past year.

The National Farmers Federation, which commissioned the survey, believes it proves an urgent need for agriculture to promoted nationally as an exciting, hi-tech industry vital to Australias economic future, to reverse the misperception it is a dull, outdated sector of the past.

NFF president Fiona Simson said few Australians are aware that the nations once-quiet agricultural sector is now producing more than $64 billion of food and fibre products annually, provides 1.6 million Australians with jobs, grew at a phenomenal rate of 23 per cent last year and single-handedly prevented the economy from reversing into recession over the previous two quarters.

This is an industry that is powering ahead and which was the largest contributor to national economic (GDP) growth in the last two quarters, but no one in the cities knows that any more, Ms Simson lamented yesterday.

In the old days, everyone knew a farmer and understood what farmers did and where their food came from, but city people are now so geographically distant and disconnected from the broader agriculture and food industries, that all that understanding and interest has been lost.

It doesnt help that increasing urbanisation means fewer people in the media understand farming and wider rural issues, nor that this has allowed the radical green movement to dominate the debate with arguments based on emotion rather than science.

The 2016 census revealed that 49 per cent of Australians today were either born overseas or have foreign-born parents, while 70 per cent live in the eight capital cities.

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08:27

08:26

Building an Active Democracy through Constructive Engagement. Chris Trotter responds to John Minto. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

 Woman In The Hot Seat: New Zealand needs to develop new relationships with the countries of the Pacific Rim. And those new relationships need to be based on progressive ideals, mutual protection and solid economic self-interest with the latter being underpinned and facilitated through mutually beneficial multilateral trade agreements. Throughout history, trade and peace have marched hand-in-hand. New Zealand diplomacy needs to reflect that fact.

UNBELIEVABLE! WRONG! IDIOTIC! One of the many admirable qualities about John Minto is that he never leaves anyone in any doubt about where he stands. His rejection of the strategy of constructive engagementwith the Labour-NZ First-Green Government is unequivocal. For John, only active democratic opposition to Labours rather tentative embrace of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will suffice. In spite of the fact that barely thirty days have passed since Winston Peters anointed Jacinda Ardern as New Zealands first progressive prime minister in nine years, John is ready to call the Left onto the streets in protest at her governments refusal to walk away from the CPTPP.

Johns argument for actively opposing the coalition government on this issue is driven by his conviction that the CPTPP is, substantially, the same document that the previous National Government signed up to in 2016. If this is true, then his question Why would any self-respecting New Zealander oppose the TPPA when National was in government and then excuse Labour for signing up to it? is entirely fair. But is the CPTPP substantially the same document as the TPPA? Unfortunately for Johns argument, the answer is an emphatic No!

The withdrawal of the United States from the TPP has fundamentally weakened the agreement and prompted its signatories to set in motion a plethora of...

08:25

Thinking About Fostering? Heres Everything You Need To Know "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Want to make the world a better place? Fostering a dog or cat is a great way to start.

Not only does becoming a foster parent get an animal out of a shelter and into a home, it frees up valuable space and resources, allowing the shelter to welcome even more animals in need.

While some may think they cant foster unless they are ready to adopt, thats not always the case, explains Brittany Feldman, president and cofounder of Shelter Chic, a nonprofit foster-based dog and cat rescue group in New York City.

Even if its just for a short time, fostering plays an important role in successfully re-homing dogs and cats. A lot of organizations, including us, really can only take in as many animals as we have fosters for, so opening your home is actually saving a life, Feldman tells The Dodo. Through fostering, homeless dogs and cats learn what its like to be a member of a family a vital step on the way to finding their forever home.

Its great for people to experience the benefits of having an animal in the home, without a long-term commitment, Feldman says. And, for the animal, not only is it saving their life, but it makes them more adoptable. Having the dog in a home gives you experience with them, so you know things about their personality that you wouldnt know in a shelter.

Something as simple as learning whether a dog likes to sleep late or is obsessed with squeaky toys allows for better matches with potential adopters and makes the adoptions a lot more successful, Feldman adds. Its a win-win for the human and animal!

So what do you need to know before fostering a pet? Check out these answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

What are my responsibilities when fostering a pet?



Every animal is different, and depending on which shelter you work with, responsibilities may vary each time you foster a dog or cat. With dogs, its the foster mom or dads job to provide their pup with exercise, food, shelter and basic obedience training. Did we mention snuggles? Youll want to give him plenty of thos...

08:11

Market Talk- November 20, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Asia closed mixed in a fairly quiet session but ahead of what could be a wild week. The Nikkeis decline was very much reflected in the Yens strength. Financials again weighed on the index but this is a reflection of both low volume of shares traded and the shape of the yield curve (2s 10s in Japan at 22bp). In late Friday trading the Yen played around 112 but lost ground from the opening this morning, currently mid 112s. The Nikkei opened around unchanged and after the initial flash positive was under pressure for the balance of the day closing near its lows (-0.6%); additional share supplies did not help! The Australian dollar traded heavy all day, last seen near its days low (-0.25%) whilst the ASX index countered that weak opening by ending the day almost unchanged. China saw reasonable support for both the Shanghai A and B but also watched the Hang Seng return a positive +0.2% for Mondays trading. News from the Middle East has not helped the price of oil todays as investors are concerned the recent output cuts may be reconsidered in light of further rising tensions in the region.

Europe was buzzing with talk that Angela Merkel failed to find common ground with either of the two parties in-order to form a government. The Euro suffered as a result (-0.5%) and although the GBP initially found support on its back, that did not last more than 24 hours. European indices balanced the currencies weakness although sectors were influenced. Energy suffered both on underlying price action but also news that one large SWF was considering excluding oil and gas companies from its benchmark index. Both CAC and DAX closed around +0.5% with IBEX and UKs FTSE around +0.1%. After last weeks sell-off in credits we are seeing a little caution returning, but peripheral spreads remain in play unless credit is a real concern as evidenced by movements below. UK budget Wednesday with US holidays on Thursday.

The US session quickly forgot any negative thoughts it may have had at the opening and has spent the day rallying until drifting marginally at the close. Still, a good solid session to open the week for the US anyway. We saw assets and the currency appreciating especially supported as the treasury c...

08:04

NT Royal Commission recommendations could save the NT Govt $336 million within 10 years "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Just Reinvest NSW welcomes the release of The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children (NTRC) in the Northern Territory Report, as well as the independent costing completed by Deloitte.

The clear theme in the over 300 submissions was that we need to reform the system and reduce the number of young people being incarcerated. Justice reinvestment makes this possible, Chair of Just Reinvest NSW Sarah Hopkins said.

Strategic community-driven investment into localised early intervention, prevention and diversionary solutions reduces crime and builds local capacity. It is a smarter approach to justice that builds stronger communities by diverting money that would be spent on prisons into community supports and services.

For Just Reinvest NSW, this means Aboriginal-led, community-driven initiatives to address the underlying causes of crime to prevent it from happening.

Rather than locking up some of the most vulnerable young people in our communities right across the country, and traumatising them further, we should be addressing the underlying causes of crime to make our communities safer.

Mick Gooda, Commissioner of the NTRC has highlighted the importance of community and early intervention. The goal for us all must be a system that is child focused, community involved, evidence based, locally tailored and providing support for children and families as early possible, he said in a 2017 speech to the NT Council of Social Services.

Sarah Hopkins additionally said The issues the NTRC highlight are not unique to the Northern Territory. We want to see all tiers of the government all over Australia, take action to end the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the justice system.

These cannot just remain recommendations. We need a holistic, community-led approach supported by all levels of the government to end the over representation of Aboriginal children and young people in the justice system.

Right across the country we have correctional systems in place that have proven to be largely ineffective at reducing crime, while having a devastating impact on Aboriginal communities, she said.

November 2017

 

More information:

The Royal Commissions report:

https://childdetentionnt.royalcommission.gov.au/Documents/Royal-Commission-NT-Final-Report-Volume-1.pdf

The speech by Mick Gooda:

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08:01

Was the NSW Port Authority even aware of Noble Caledonia cruise line's plan to enter the Port of Yamba in 2018? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


On or about 23 October 2017 NSW Minister for Maritime, Roads and Freight Melinda Pavey, along with Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance and Nationals MP for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser, jointly announced An investigation into a new International Cruise Ship Terminal for the NSW mid North Coast will start as part of a future transport blueprint, with Coffs Harbour and Yamba identified as potential locations.


So much for the promised investigation before the starter's gun was fired.

On 20 November 2017 ABC North Coast's Facebook page revealed that the cruise ships scheduled visit to Yamba was not confirmed:

A UK-based company is advertising an ocean cruise that includes a stop at Yamba.
The website for Noble Caledonia offers places on an Australian Coastal Odyssey which departs from Thursday Island in October next year.
The 90-metre-long Caledonia Sky will sail for 22 nights down Australia's east coast at a cost of more than $19,000 each for about 100 passengers.
One of the destinations listed is the north coast port of Yamba, but the state's Port Authority says there is no confirmed booking for the ship.
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